Thursday, September 24, 2015

3FL Notes: S15: Week 3 Preview

Our second week had considerably more drama than our first (despite the league scoring the exact same number of points). For starters we had our first tie of the season. And the Phenoms earned their first ever 3FL win by posting the high weekly total and the blowout of the week (which is easier to do when you play against the team that scored 14 points).

Get ready for the last of our first set of intra-divisional games and the final full-roster games before the bye weeks start!

Week 2 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Phys. Ed. Phenoms - 81 points

Player MVPs:
Ben Roethlisberger (QB/Pit/tH) - 29 points
Tom Brady (QB/NE/M) - 25 points
Carson Palmer (QB/Ari/PEP) - 25 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 8/12 - 66.67%
League Voting: 7/12 - 58.33%
Yahoo! Projections: 8/12 - 66.67%

Go vote! Seriously - only one team voted last week.

Week 3 Information

Thursday Night: Washington Redskins @ New York Giants
Sunday Night: Denver Broncos @ Detroit Lions
Monday Night: Kansas City Chiefs @ Green Bay Packers
Bye Week: None until next week

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

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
Don't look now, but the 'Morons just took over the top spot in the league. And now they have LeVeon Bell back on the field. Coach Drew will have to deal with a bunch of injuries and the matchups will make this closer than you think, but it just depends on who picks the correct starters.

the HAW (-1/2) vs. Renegades
Also don't look now, but the CAPS have won seven in a row (going all the way back to week 12 of last season). I feel like I've said that before. After a dramatic MNF tie last week Coach Val and new QB Marcus Mariota will try to stop that winning streak from getting any longer. It's looking like the Steelers hookup holds the cards.

Dumbbums (-1/2) vs. Lightning
Would you believe me if I told you that Aaron Rodgers' 3FL team is 0-2 and in 10th place in the league right now? It's true, but maybe this week is where the 'Bums snap out of it and mount a MNF comeback. And if they play a TE. It's good to have one of those on the team.

Marauders (-1/2) vs. Misfits, Inc.
It's not like Romo ever saw the Marauders' starting lineup, but maybe it wasn't too bad of a decision to take Brady with the very next pick, right? Either way Coach Hoss is undefeated while FitzCorp's WR/WR strategy has yet to get a win. Perhaps this is the week now that the Bradford experiment seems to be temporarily over.

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
These teams don't have a single win between them and SpiVi just made the list for least points scored in a week. Don't expect only 14 points from them again this week (in fact, Luck might score more than that by himself), but the Brew Crew is looking pretty strong. As long as their RBs actually play in their NFL games.

And the game of the week...

Phys. Ed. Phenoms (-1/2) vs. Predacons
What a way to get their first win. PEP outscored everyone to leave no doubt about the victory, and now they look to go 2-0 and jump to the top of the West. All those Preds Ps and Qs are going to make it difficult to stop that from happening, but it might just come down to a dramatic prime time comeback.

Good luck this week.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

3FL Notes: S15: Week 2 Preview

Despite a double dose of MNF there was very little drama in week one. But the HAW and Baltimorons picked up this season where they left off last year.

Week 1 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: the HAW - 96 points

Player MVPs:
Tom Brady (QB/NE/M) - 29 points
Rob Gronkowski (TE/NE/PEP) - 22 points
Aaron Rodgers (QB/GB/D) - 22 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 5/6 - 83.33%
League Voting: 4/6 - 66.67%
Yahoo! Projections: 5/6 - 83.33%

Go vote!

Week 2 Information

Thursday Night: Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday Night: Seattle Seahawks @ Green Bay Packers
Monday Night: New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts
Bye Week: None until week 4

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

the HAW (-1/2) vs. Misfits, Inc.
Let's do a little HAW recap. Since winning their fourth SuperBowl title last season, the CAPS were awarded the best draft, outscored the league in week one and also had the biggest blowout. Can anyone stop them? Please?? FitzCorp has a chance but an injured Dez doesn't help.

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
Week one wasn't kind to either of these two. The good thing is that one of them will most likely pick up a win this week. Edge to Brees. And the team who will keep an inactive player out of the starting lineup.

Phys. Ed. Phenoms (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
PEP started their 3FL career with a huge Thursday night game, but the week ended with a loss. Can they pick up win number one against Andrew Luck and SpiVi? Maybe. But MNF will be stressful.

Dumbbums (-1/2) vs. Predacons
This one is looking like a showcase of RBs (on the field and on the bench). Too bad we can only start two each. The matchup will be pretty close until Aaron Rodgers throws a bunch of Sunday night TDs to people not named Davante.

Lightning (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
Sunday night will hold a lot of the keys to victory here. Along with which one of his six RBs Coach Drew puts on the field. Tannehill could be a surprise for the Bolts, but they can't rely on a dramatic comeback on MNF.

And the game of the week...

Marauders (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
Brady. Manning (he'll do better this week). Beckham. Peterson (he'll also do better). This one is shaping up to be a great matchup, with the battle stretching from Thursday through Monday night. The slight edge goes to Coach Hoss to start the season 2-0.

Good luck this week.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

3FL Notes: S15: Week 1 Preview

Can the HAW win a fifth SuperBowl title? Will two-thirds of the league keep a generic Yahoo! helmet as a logo? Can there be any peace in the Renegades/Phenoms household? Only the 3FL season will have these answers...

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

Coach Thadtotti once again crafted our customized schedule. Divisional games will be played in weeks 1-3 and 11-13 and week 11 will be our rivalry week.

Voting is up and running for the season. Make sure you vote on all the 3FL games before the beginning of tomorrow night's NFL game.

Here we go!

Week 1 Information

Thursday Night: Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots
Sunday Night: New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys
Monday Night Early: Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons
Monday Night Late: Minnesota Vikings @ San Francisco 49ers
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 HAW (-1/2) vs Yuengling Brewers
The Big Ben to Antonio Brown hookup is going to reward the CAPS with a lot of points this season, just maybe not this week. They can still take this one, though, depending on the health of Mike Evans and Eli's play on Sunday night.

Dumbbums (-1) vs. Baltimorons
The 'Morons might have drafted six RBs, but the top two are officially out this week and two more are Q and P respectively. Let's just make sure that Coach Drew swaps out players before Le'Veon Bell is locked in with a zero beside his name.

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
Will Andrew Luck live up the expectations of being the #1 pick? SpiVi has put a lot of faith in his QB and his TE while the Preds went all in with a bunch of RBs. We'll see which strategy delivers a win to start the season, but this one won't be decided until early on Tuesday morning.

Marauders (-1/2) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
We haven't had a new team debut in the 3FL in 12 years so this is kind of a big deal. Of course the Marauders aren't concerned with rolling out the red carpet. And Tom Brady is bound to be angry tomorrow night.

Stiletto Stompers (-1/2) vs. Misfits, Inc.
This Stompers team is better than you think - Peyton Manning and AP and the Seahawks highlight Coach Bev's swirly helmet squad. They are favored by the slimmest of margins, but Sam Bradford could surprise everyone (except Coach Tim-A) and give FitzCorp a divisional win to start the season.

And the game of the week...

Lightning (-1/2) vs. Renegades
Everything is even in this one so it should be a fun first GOTW to watch. It will be exciting from Thursday night all the way through Monday's late game, even though Coach Val won't be awake to find out the result.

Good luck in Week 1 and for the rest of Season 15!

Saturday, September 05, 2015

3FL Notes: 2015 Draft Analysis

A majority of our teams were represented during at least part the online draft on Thursday night. Here is an analysis of the results (in draft order):

1. Spiked Vipers: SpiVi did get a little creative with the first pick (as usual) but kept things relative strategic this year. And they waited until the tenth round to draft a Defense! Grade: B (Yahoo! Grade: B)

2. Phys. Ed. Phenoms: Coach Greg's first draft with his own team didn't go exactly as planned. Blaming work and the app on his phone, PEP drafted Gronk with the second overall pick. But that might not be too wrong. Grade: B (Yahoo! Grade: B)

3. Dumbbums: Once the 'Bums found the draft button things were pretty smooth this year. Some late sleepers will complement a solid offensive team. An early D pick was the only questionable choice. Grade: B (Yahoo! Grade: B-)

4. Stiletto Stompers: AP dropped all the way to the fourth pick and the Stompers swiped him up quickly. The RBs might be sketchy but this team is otherwise quite competitive. Grade: B- (Yahoo! Grade: B)

5. Yuengling Brewers: The sleeping strategy worked again, although not as well as in recent years. The Brew Crew is going to have to pay attention to keep up in 2015. Grade: B- (Yahoo! Grade: B)

6: Predacons: For a while there it looked like the Preds were drafting last year's team all over again, with J.Charles and M.Forte back in black and red. Yahoo! didn't like this draft much but it looks better in reality, especially if some of the late value breaks out. Grade: B (Yahoo! Grade: C)

7. Lightning: The Bolts went with an old school RB/RB strategy to start the draft. Then they waited until the ninth round to draft a QB. Overall this idea worked out, as long as nobody gets hurt. Grade: B+ (Yahoo! Grade: A-)

8: Baltimorons: Le'Veon Bell has to sit out the first couple of games but the 'Morons solved that problem by drafting six RBs. When he comes back this team can be better than you think. Grade: B- (Yahoo! Grade: C+)

9: the HAW: Coming off of their fourth SuperBowl victory, the CAPS are already in the driver's seat for this year (at least according to the algorithms). They have the Big Ben to AB hookup and were awarded the Toyota best draft. Business as usual for Coach HAW. Grade: B+ (Yahoo! Grade: A-)

10. Renegades: Last time Coach Val was in complete control of the Renegades franchise they won it all. Just saying. Her draft went well (hopefully it was worth the lack of sleep) and things will be good as long as the New Orleans offense performs. Grade: B (Yahoo! Grade: B)

11. Misfits, Inc.: Dead last. That's where Yahoo! projects FitzCorp to end up after starting the draft WR/WR and selecting a few sleepers at the end. I respectfully disagree. Grade: B (Yahoo! Grade: C)

12. Marauders: Much of the chatter in the draft window this year revolved around Coach Hoss' decision (or his iPad's decision) to draft Romo and Brady back-to-back with picks 60 and 61. Even so, this team is pretty good. Grade: B (Yahoo! Grade: B)

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

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

All In for 2015 Plus Ballot Results

Everyone is signed up and the divisions, draft order and schedule matrix are set for the fifteenth year of the 3FL.

If you haven't started your research yet you should probably start soon. The draft is tomorrow night, September 3rd @ 9pm EDT.

The ballot results are in and even though we discussed a few rules changes for this season none were confirmed with our managers' votes. We did decide to open up rosters during the playoffs, though, and each team still in the championship bracket will be allowed one move per week.

Don't forget to sign up for a Twitter account and follow @The3FL to join the conversation. And make sure you download the updated Yahoo! fantasy football app when you get a chance - you can make roster moves, keep track of gameday scoring and even participate in the live draft right from your phone.

The Spiked Vipers are on the clock!