Thursday, September 30, 2010

3FL Notes: S10: Week 4 Preview

Last week was a high flying one in the 3FL, with more than 800 points scored by the league. And no team is left undefeated after only the third week of the season.

Bye weeks start this week - that should make things even more interesting as we get into the interdivisional middle part of the schedule. The waiver wire is already starting to light up!

Week 3 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Stiletto Stompers - 98 points

Player MVPs:
Michael Vick (QB/Phi) - 30 points
Anquan Boldin (WR/Bal) - 25 points
Peyton Manning (QB/Ind) - 24 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 11/18 - 61.11%
League Voting: 12/18 - 66.67%
Yahoo! Projections: 11/18 - 61.11%

The Lightning, Misfits, Inc., and ray ray haw were 6/6 in week 3 voting.

Go vote!

Week 4 Information

Sunday Night: Chicago Bears @ New York Giants
Monday Night: New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
Bye Week: Dallas, Kansas City, Minnesota, Tampa Bay

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 4:

ray ray haw (-2) vs. Dumbbums
The 'Bums are in a heap of trouble if they lose this week and drop to 0-4. And it looks like they'll need a lot of luck to have a chance. The haw may win with just their 2 RBs and Tom Brady.

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. Lightning
This one will be really close, but it will come down to the WRs to put one team over the top (since we already know the RBs will score at will). If the Brew Crew doesn't start a team Defense, though, I'm switching my vote.

The Comfy Chair (-1) vs. Stiletto Stompers
Both of these teams scored more than 90 points last week, but with Romo, Bowe and Peterson on a bye the Stompers probably won't do that again. The Chair just might.

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. Predacons
Just one week ago these two were 2-0 and headed for a matchup of the unbeatens this weekend. Now they are both mired in the middle of the standings and fighting to not drop to .500 on the year. The 'Morons look to have a slight edge, especially if the Preds continue to keep their highest scorers on the bench.

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Marauders
There is no reason this one can't end in a tie. A great battle on all fronts, it just feels like the matchups are favoring the Renegades by the slightest of margins. Can you believe that Coach Hoss' team has scored over 200 points in three weeks but is 1-2 and in the basement of their division?

And the game of the week...

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
Sure, the Vipers might win this one, but who knows? They have been snakebit (sorry) this season. First there was the stat correction tie and then two games in a row of playing the top scoring team of the week. Could this be when the defending champs (of the 3FL and NFL) get it together? It's all up to Sunday night. And Michael Vick.

Good luck this week.

Friday, September 24, 2010

3FL Notes: S10: Week 3 Preview

More injuries, more upsets and more high flying action continued in our second week. And the record books have been updated with the latest streak information now that the seven up and seven down are both over.

Week 2 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Baltimorons - 87 points

Player MVPs:
Jahvid Best (RB/Det) - 28 points
Matt Schaub (QB/Hou) - 25 points
LeSean McCoy (RB/Phi) - 24 points
Aaron Rodgers (QB/GB) - 24 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 6/12 - 50%
League Voting: 7/12 - 58.33%
Yahoo! Projections: 6/12 - 50%

Go vote!

Week 3 Information

Sunday Night: New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins
Monday Night: Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears
Bye Week: None until next week

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 3:

Lightning (-1) vs. Renegades
The Bolts are the highest scoring team in the league and are 1-1 right now. Go figure. The Renegades are also 1-1, and they aren't interested in their opponent's previous performances. Still, they'll need all they can get out of Aaron Rodgers to stay in this one.

ray ray haw (-2) vs. Marauders
The 3FL North is a juggernaut this year. A Marauders win would even the whole thing up and make things even more interesting. However, according to Yahoo! the haw are favored by 19 POINTS. And they won't underachieve again this week.

Yuengling Brewers (-1) vs. Dumbbums
Chris Johnson should make a triumphant comeback this week for the Brew Crew. That should help a lot. But it will also help that the 'Bums QB situation is a mess. At least they don't have to worry about their WR1 matching up against Darrelle Revis.

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
The good news is that one of these teams will earn their first win. So there's that. Neither has lived up to expectations in the first two weeks, but the Vipers won't be playing catchup again in this one. All of their players start at 1pm on Sunday.

Misfits, Inc. (-1) vs. Predacons
In this last week of the first set of intradivisional games, these two battle for supremacy of the weakest division in the league. The Preds may be 2-0, but the matchups in this one very much favor FitzCorp (who are fresh off their first win in the past eight 3FL weeks). Cue the Michael Vick jokes...

And the game of the week...

The Comfy Chair (-1/2) vs Baltimorons
It's going to be a great matchup, but unfortunately one of these two will pick up their first loss. Since both teams have players going at every scheduled game time it will be a marathon of competition. Fun to watch, too, and a reason to stay up on Monday night!

Good luck this week.

Friday, September 17, 2010

3FL Notes: S10: Week 2 Preview

It didn't take long to have our first tie and our first starting RB on the IR. More drama surely awaits in the next 15 weeks.

Week 1 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: ray ray haw - 80 points

Player MVPs:
Arian Foster (RB/Hou) - 29 points
Peyton Manning (QB/Ind) - 26 points
Tom Brady (QB/NE) - 23 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 2/6 - 33.33%
League Voting: 3/6 - 50%
Yahoo! Projections: 2/6 - 33.33%

I told you the first week was the hardest to predict...

Go vote!

Week 2 Information

Sunday Night: New York Giants @ Indianapolis Colts
Monday Night: New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco 49ers
Bye Week: None until week 4

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 2:

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
Each of these teams had a disappointing start to the season. And both scored less than 40 points last week. Lots of E-A-G-L-E-S (and one former e-a-g-l-e) will be on the field to decide who starts out 0-2 in the division.

ray ray haw (-2) vs. Predacons
A 14 point underdog in the second week of the season? The haw outscored everyone in the first set of games and they have a chance to do it again. But Arian Foster and Tom Brady can't put up that many points two weeks in a row. Right?

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
Ryan Grant is the first major casualty of the year, but the Renegades aren't in terrible shape without him. They'll put up points and then watch the 'Bums try to make a comeback with their four prime time players. Coach Coaldog's team scored only 28 points last week. When does Roethlisberger come back?

The Comfy Chair (-1) vs. Yuengling Brewers
The Chair somehow worked hard enough for a tie last week. That will have playoff ramifications down the road. Meanwhile, the Brewers leaned on first overall pick Chris Johnson to score a surprising victory. Is there another surprise ahead?

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
Last week the Vipers ran off to a big lead on Thursday and had to watch the Chair come all the way back (although a tie wasn't confirmed until a stat update in the middle of the week). This week will be the opposite, with 8 of the 9 SpiVis playing in the Sunday or Monday night game. Interesting indeed.

And the game of the week...

Lightning (-1/2) vs. Marauders
Looks like the 3FL North is going to be quite strong this year. Any of its three teams would have beaten any other team from any other division in week one. The Lightning were unlucky in playing the week's top scorer, but they would have lost to one other team last week, too. The Marauders.

Good luck this week.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

3FL Notes: S10: Week 1 Preview

We are only hours away from the beginning of our 10th 3FL season!

Can the Spiked Vipers defend the title and keep the trophy? Will new logos lead to renewed success for Coach Haw and/or Coach Skrabby? Will anyone else sign up for a Twitter account? Only the 3FL•X season will have the answers...

It all starts on Thursday night!
Remember to have your starting lineups set 5 minutes before the games begin this week. Any players in the Vikings vs. Saints game will be locked in whichever lineup position you have them at 8:25pm EDT on Thursday.

Coach Thadtotti once again calculated and spreadsheeted (it sounds better than the alternative, no?) our customized schedule. Each team once again plays its division rivals twice and everyone else once, and we have special rivalry matchups during week 10. Division winners will receive top playoff seeds so inter-division play is very important.

Week 1 Information

Thursday Night: Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints
Sunday Night: Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins
Monday Night Early: Baltimore Ravens @ New York Jets
Monday Night Late: San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs
Bye Week: None until week 4

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 1:
The first week is always the toughest to predict, but here goes...

The Comfy Chair (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
We'll know a lot more about where this one is headed after tonight's NFL opening game, when 44% of the Vipers are playing. It could be a high flying final score with Drew Brees and Peyton Manning taking to the air.

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
This one should be close, but Tony Romo gets to start against the Redskins. Edge to the Stompers. Then again, Randy Moss. I guess everyone will just have to sit through the Pred's RBs in the late Monday night game to find out the winner.

Marauders (-1) vs. Dumbbums
Coach Coaldog is going to change out his suspended QB before Sunday's games, right? COACH? The Marauders are in a tough division, but they still don't need a freebie in week one.

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
Can Kevin Kolb lead both the Eagles and FitzCorp to glory this year? Ask me in about 8 weeks. I do know that the 'Morons will be within striking distance when their Defense takes the field at 10:30pm on Monday night.

Lightning (-1) vs. ray ray haw
Two games will decide this one. It's QB vs QB in the Bengals/Patriots matchup, and the Bolts Defense against a WR and RB of the the haw at Heinz Field. Coach Thadtotti has a good team on paper, but the haw(k) have a new logo (is that a hawk? Because then I get it) and players stretching from Thursday to Monday past midnight.

And the game of the week...

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
Our first tie? An even matchup in all facets of the game, this battle may come down to if Chris Johnson can live up to the hype of being the #1 overall pick. I have a feeling that Aaron Rodgers is in for a huge year, but will he start piling up points this soon?

Good luck in Week 1 and for the rest of Season 10!

Monday, September 06, 2010

3FL Notes: 2010 Draft Analysis

Eleven of twelve teams were in attendance for our online draft and everyone seemed to have a good time. Here is an analysis of the results (in draft order):

1. Yuengling Brewers: The Brew Crew (obviously) took Chris Johnson with the first pick of the draft. They also ended up with Larry Fitzgerald and Philip Rivers. Then they went to bed.
Grade: B+

2. Stiletto Stompers: Coach Bev was online for the whole draft this year and it shows. She just better hope that none of her starters get hurt... Grade: B+

3. Lightning: Wow. Even the players who aren't top tier are still poised for a great year. The Bolts have got to be the preseason favorite to win 3FL SuperBowl X. Grade: A

4. Spiked Vipers: The 3FL defending champions decided it would be a good idea to draft more than a few NFL defending champions. Their QB, RB, WR and D are all from the Saints. But like the stock market, past returns are no guarantee of future performance. Grade: B+

5. Dumbbums: You can tell that Coach Coaldog was the only coach not present for the online draft (Roethlisberger in the 3rd round?!?). But if Alex Smith can hold down the fort until Big Ben returns from his suspension the 'Bums will be the ones laughing. Grade: B+

6. Misfits, Inc.: If you have played QB for the Philadelphia Eagles in the past 4 years, chances are that you are now wearing a Misfits, Inc. uniform. Along with the best WR tandem in the 3FL. Grade: A-

7. ray ray haw: It wasn't apparent during the draft, but the haw ended up with quite a solid team. They will be guided by the fortune of the Atlanta Falcons. Oh, and Tom Brady. Grade: A-

8. Baltimorons: Coach Drew missed the first few rounds with an excuse called "work" or whatever. He ended up with an interesting mix of superstars, veterans, and guys you've never heard of. It's a rag tag bunch, but that isn't always bad. Grade: B

9. Renegades: The engaged couple have the top QB and top D in the entire NFL, but the rest of their lineup also looks awfully good. Except for WR3. It will give them something to argue about.
Grade: A-

10. Predacons: A rookie RB? Randy Moss? A Steelers player? Santonio Holmes + 4 weeks of suspension? This is not your usual Predacons team. But Coach Sinkerbeam has never won the trophy with his usual picks. Grade: B+

11. Marauders: It was a solid draft for Coach Hoss. If it wasn't for the laundry downstairs that needed changing it might have been even better. QB might be a bit weak, but they make up for it with some sneaky WR/RB picks. Grade: B+

12. The Comfy Chair: The chair is stuffed with talent, even after being the last pick in the draft. Vincent Jackson is not actually on a NFL team and RB2 is staffed by a couple of 2nd stringers, but, Peyton Manning, y'all. Grade: B+

The Comm-nosticator makes his first predictions soon. Stay tuned.

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Draft Day

Welcome to season 10!

3FL•X is ready to kick off with our annual live online draft tonight at 9pm EDT.

Make sure you run a test on your computer to make sure you have the necessary plug-ins installed. Just go to our league homepage and click "test your system" at any point before the draft.

Also, try to arrive and sign in a little early - we will start right on time.

And don't forget to sign your team (or you) up on Twitter and follow @the3FL.

Good luck!