Thursday, December 13, 2018

3FL Notes: S18: Week 15 (Semifinals) Preview

The curse strikes again!! The Preds were beaten by the #8 seed 'Morons and our top regular season team now has only a single title in 18 seasons. And the 2nd and 3rd seed are also in the consolation bracket after the quarterfinals. Yikes.

All individual team pages (see links on the sidebar) and the 3FL Records have been updated and show statistics through the end of the 2018 regular season. This year's additions to the records page are in bold - and there are a lot of them! Through 1,422 regular season games we have scored a combined 183,766 points.

Don't forget about the two Saturday games this week (in addition to Thursday night). Make sure your lineup is set.

Week 14 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Dumbbums - 102 points

Player MVPs:
Amari Cooper (WR/Dal/D) - 39 points (T-3rd, playoffs all-time)
Saquon Barkley (RB/NYG/B) - 25 points
JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR/Pit/M) - 25 points

Playoff Predictions Tally

Yahoo! Projections: 2/4 - 50%

Week 15 Information

Thursday Night: Los Angeles Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs
Saturday Late: Houston Texans @ New York Jets
Saturday Night: Cleveland Browns @ Denver Broncos
Sunday Night: Philadelphia Eagles @ Los Angeles Rams
Monday Night: New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers

Semifinal Games
(Winners play in 3FL SuperBowl XVIII, losers play for 3rd Place)

#4 Lightning vs. #8 Baltimorons
It was no surprise that the defending champs knocked off the #1 seed to make it to the second round of the playoffs. But it is a bit of a surprise that the Bolts are now the highest seeded team that's still in the championship bracket. Coach Thad will be the underdog here, too, and he'll have to make all of the right decisions to beat the favorable matchups of the 'Morons this week. It would be a shame to be just a TE away from a SuperBowl birth.

#6 Dumbbums vs. #7 Spiked Vipers
Our two top scoring teams from last week meet each other for a chance at the championship. They've been an even matchup all year, earning the same record and having only 11 points separate them after 14 weeks. The story here is that both of their starting QBs are questionable and SpiVi's Wentz might be out for the year. Will they spend their one add/drop trying to pick from the waiver wire for a replacement? Or will McCaffrey and Kelce help them advance by exceeding their already high projections?

Consolation Games
(Winners play for 5th Place, losers play for 7th)

#1 Predacons vs. #5 the HAW
All of the curses were just too much for the Preds to break. Despite their 10 win season and tying (with the HAW) for the scoring lead this season, the result ended up the same as the past 17 seasons. Meanwhile the CAPS had a down week in the quarterfinals, scoring more than 35 points less than their (league high) point estimate. All that said, this will be a good matchup that extends late into the prime time games.

#2 Yuengling Brewers vs. #3 Marauders
This wasn't supposed to happen. These two were supposed to be battling for a shot at the SuperBowl. But instead they meet here to try for 5th place at best. The Brew Crew had a strong year, but they waited until the playoffs to score their lowest total since...well since the week before. But the Marauders were in good shape even going into MNF last week. It took a silly performance by the Bears D for them to end up here. It might be our best matchup of the week (especially if both star RBs actually play), but the thrill is gone.

Good luck this week. The SuperBowl awaits!

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