Friday, October 16, 2020

3FL Notes: S20: Week 6 Preview

The East swept the South last week and the Baltimorons picked up their first W of the season.

There is no Thursday game this week—it was part of the reshuffling of the schedule that happened on Sunday morning. We could be in for more of the same thing this week.

The most up to date fantasy protocols for how different NFL scenarios will affect our league are available here from Yahoo!, including waiver processing dates, COVID-IR status designations and the latest schedule changes. As that site says, 'this is and will likely be a fluid situation all season.'

Week 5 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Spiked Vipers - 104 points

Player MVPs:
Patrick Mahomes (QB/KC/YB) - 26 points
Russell Wilson (QB/Sea/SV) - 25 points
Deshaun Watson (QB/Hou/PEP) - 23 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 18/30 - 60%
Yahoo! Projections: 18/30 - 60%

The Comm-nosticator was 6/6 in week 5 predictions

Week 6 Information

Sunday Night: Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco 49ers
Monday Early: Kansas City Chiefs @ Buffalo Bills
Monday Night: Arizona Cardinals @ Dallas Cowboys
Bye Week: Chargers, Raiders, Saints, Seahawks

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 6:

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
This one is really too close to call. These teams have matching 4-1 records and have scored almost exactly the same amount of points so far this season. It might come down to the 'Bums rooting for their favorite team. Or FitzCorp rooting against theirs.

Yuengling Brewers (-1) vs. Marauders
The Monday night games will decide the outcome of this one, with five combined players scheduled in those two matchups. But the biggest problem for Coach Hoss is his RB2 bye week replacement options. Oh, and also playing against Patrick Mahomes.

Spiked Vipers (-1) vs. Stiletto Stompers
SpiVi is continuing their high flying ways and despite having two starters on a bye they're still predicted to score in the 90's. The Stompers look like they'll have a harder time with their byes (and some Qs). Even Lamar Jackson won't be able to make up the difference.

the HAW (-1/2) vs. Predacons
After a tough loss last week the Preds are finally looking healthy. They'll need everyone available to have a chance against the CAPS and they'll need to choose the correct RBs too. But it could all be for nothing if Kyler Murray hits his point projection on MNF.

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
Coach Val's team dropped down to fifth place after their loss to SpiVi, but they're still second in league scoring. The matchups give them the slight edge this week, but the 'Morons look to have filled in their bye week gaps and are now looking to extend their one game winning streak.

And the game of the week...

Lightning (-1/2) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
Our best matchup of week 6 also has serious implications down the road. The loser here is going to have a really tough time getting into the postseason after starting 1-5. It's really anyone's game and will depend on some injury designations and lineup choices.

Good luck this week.

Thursday, October 08, 2020

3FL Notes: S20: Week 5 Preview

Both of our undefeated teams were defeated last week and now half of the league has a 3-1 record.

We haven't seen the last of postponements and rescheduling and surprise byes. Things are already shifting for this week so make sure you keep up with the changing nature of the schedule this season!

Week 4 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Yuengling Brewers - 126 points

Player MVPs:
Joe Mixon (RB/Cin/P) - 36 points
Tom Brady (QB/TB/M) - 35 points
Dak Prescott (QB/Dal/R) - 35 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 12/24 - 50%
Yahoo! Projections: 14/24 - 58.33%

Week 5 Information

Thursday Night: Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Chicago Bears
Sunday Night: Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle Seahawks
Monday Night: Los Angeles Chargers @ New Orleans Saints
Bye Week: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 5:

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. Predacons
The 'Morons stand alone as our last team without a win. In fact they've lost their last six straight and have the lowest scoring total in the league. But the Preds probably won't be able to field a whole team again thanks to byes and injuries. Upset special of the week.

Dumbbums (-1/2) vs. Lightning
After securing their first win the Bolts seems to be back in the mix. They match up well against the 'Bums this week, but the difference in RBs might prove to be a bit too much. Plus, Big Ben has a scheduled game (as of right now).

Marauders (-1/2) vs. the HAW
This is going to be a really close game although the individual position matchups are not really even. It's the total that will be interesting to watch. The CAPS need some players to step up because nobody on their bench is getting into a game.

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
Now this game has even matchups across the board. But can Josh Allen really keep up with Lamar Jackson? Will Lamar Jackson even play? That might be the more important question.

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
The Brew Crew outscored everyone last week to give the high flying Vipers their first loss. Now they turn their attention to the Phenoms, who have run out of IR space. But it actually will be closer than you might think depending on how some of those Qs end up.

And the game of the week...

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. Renegades
SpiVi may have picked up their first loss last week but they scored more than 100 points again and have put up 491 already this year. That's 71 more than our next highest scoring team - the Renegades. Both teams look strong this week and have games scheduled from tonight until Monday night. It should be a good one!

Good luck this week.

Thursday, October 01, 2020

3FL Notes: S20: Week 4 Preview

We all knew this season was going to be interesting. Make sure to adjust your lineup to take the postponement of the Steelers/Titans game into consideration.

As for the 3FL, we're down to two undefeated and two winless teams after three weeks. What comes next as we get into the cross division matchups?

Week 3 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Dumbbums - 133 points

Player MVPs:
Russell Wilson (QB/Sea/YB) - 40 points
Patrick Mahomes (QB/KC/YB) - 39 points
Josh Allen (QB/Bal/MI) - 32 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 10/18 - 55.56%
Yahoo! Projections: 12/18 - 66.67%

Week 4 Information
Thursday Night: Denver Broncos @ New York Jets
Sunday Night: Philadelphia Eagles @ San Francisco 49ers
Monday Night: Atlanta Falcons @ Green Bay Packers
Bye Week: None until next week

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

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
It's already time for this household matchup! The Renegades come in higher in the standings and have scored almost 100 more points than PEP in just three weeks. But they have some injury issues at WR. Can their RBs cover that gap? Or will Mason Crosby kick the Phenoms to a comeback victory?

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
SpiVi is crushing it this season. They are 3-0 and have averaged 129 points per game. To put that in perspective, our highest scoring team of all time averaged just over 98 ppg. If there's one team with a chance to beat them, though, it's the Brew Crew with Patrick Mahomes. It's a shame that their six injured players won't make it a true test.

Dumbbums (-1/2) vs. Predacons
The 'Bums are on a roll, staying undefeated by earning the biggest blowout of the week and jumping up to second place. Meanwhile the Preds turned in a clunker last week - their top scoring players were the kicker and defense. The Steelers postponement will make this closer than it should be.

Stiletto Stompers (-1/2) vs. Marauders
This one looks like it will be a good matchup. I mean, as long as they both actually start players with a scheduled NFL game. Injuries will also play a role. Can someone tell Coach Bev that Courtland Sutton is out for the year?

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. the HAW
Speaking of injuries, it looks like every one of our teams has at least one WR with a red letter beside his name. And the CAPS are still feeling the effects of trying to fill in for the #1 pick being on the IR. That gap is going to make it tough against the surging Corporation.

And the game of the week...

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. Lightning
The good news is that one of these teams will finally get a win. The bad news is that the other will not, and starting 0-4 is not easy to come back from. The 'Morons WR Qs are concerning, but it will all come down to Matt Ryan's comeback attempt on MNF.

Good luck this week.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

3FL Notes: S20: Week 3 Preview

Week two saw our third highest weekly score of all time. Plus ALL OF THOSE INJURIES!

Get your team set for the last of our first round of intra-divisional games until the final three weeks of the season.

Week 2 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: the HAW - 135 points

Player MVPs:
Aaron Jones (RB/GB/tH) - 40 points
Josh Allen (QB/Buf/MI) - 33 points
Dak Prescott (QB/Dal/R) - 32 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 7/12 - 58.33%
Yahoo! Projections: 9/12 - 75%

Week 3 Information

Thursday Night: Miami Dolphins @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday Night: Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans Saints
Monday Night: Kansas City Chiefs @ Baltimore Ravens
Bye Week: None until week 5

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

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
The Yahoo! draft analysis folks are looking like geniuses. The 'Morons have followed their predictions, going winless so far and scoring our lowest total after the first two weeks. They need to right the ship quickly but playing against Pat Mahomes on MNF might not be the best spot to do that.

Misfits, Inc (-1) vs. Lightning
The North could be our toughest division and the Bolts have not done themselves any favors so far. And injuries were added to the insults last week, putting them in an even worse spot. Barkley, Kittle, Chark and Shepard all in one week. Ouch.

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Marauders
These teams are headed in opposite directions, with the Preds winning their last three and the Marauders losing their last five straight. That trend is projected to continue but it won't be easy with  a combined six WRs with a red Q beside their names.

Stiletto Stompers (-1/2) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
It's still early, but PEP could really use a win to turn things around and keep up in the South. It looks like Joe Burrow will lead the team against Lamar Jackson and the Stompers. Perhaps a victory will have to wait until next week.

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. the HAW
Our two top scoring teams face off in what should be a high flying affair. SpiVi has been flying high so far, earning the biggest blowout of the week in both weeks this season. Can they do it again? Probably not, especially with that bench of injuries. But the CAPS have #1 pick injury worries of their own.

And the game of the week...

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
The winner of this matchup will take control of the West division and go 3-0 to start the year. It's projected to be even across the rosters and personnel decisions might be the difference. Stay tuned - things won't be decided until Monday night.

Good luck this week.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

3FL Notes: S20: Week 2 Preview

Football is back and we saw a little bit of everything in week one! Some personnel decisions were a little difficult thanks to a lack of preseason games, but we'll all continue learning as we go.

Week 1 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Spiked Vipers - 124 points

Player MVPs:
Russell Wilson (QB/Sea/SV) - 32 points
Josh Jacobs (RB/LV/SS) - 31 points
Davante Adams (WR/GB/P) - 27 points
Lamar Jackson (QB/Bal/SS) - 27 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 3/6 - 50%
Yahoo! Projections: 3/6 - 50%

Week 2 Information

Thursday Night: Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns
Sunday Night: New England Patriots @ Seattle Seahawks
Monday Night: New Orleans Saints @ Las Vegas Raiders
Bye Week: None until week 5

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

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. Misfits, Inc.
Someone needs to explain to me how Pat Mahomes and the Brew Crew scored the second lowest total in the league last week. FitzCorp can hope for a repeat of that but I'm pretty sure the script gets flipped and the Corporation will need to outperform expectations to keep up.

Spiked Vipers (-1) vs. Baltimorons
So I warned you about SpiVi this season, and Yahoo! warned you about the 'Morons. The Vipers outscored everyone in week one and put up almost two-and-a-half times more points than Coach Drew's team. Perhaps this one will be closer than that, but it won't be close.

the HAW (-1/2) vs. Lightning
Neither of these teams had the start to the season that they wanted. But now things get more serious as the loser here will end up in last place in the North and 0-2 in the division. George Kittle's knee could hold the key.

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Marauders
As of this writing all three starting WRs (and one bench WR) are questionable for the Marauders this week. That has to give the edge to Coach Val's team in this matchup. Even if one of her bench players is officially out for the season.

Phys. Ed. Phenoms (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
The 'Bums looked strong on opening weekend, scoring our second highest total despite having an injured James Conner put up a goose egg. Things will get tougher this week against PEP but it will probably come down to the other Steelers players' performances on Sunday afternoon.

And the game of the week...

Stiletto Stompers (-1/2) vs. Predacons
The winner of this game will take early control in the South division. It looks just about even across the rosters but Lamar Jackson can push any team to a victory. There's a player in every time slot this week so it's going to be a marathon.

Good luck this week.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

3FL Notes: S20: Week 1 Preview

Will we get through the whole NFL season? Can Misfits, Inc. repeat as SuperBowl champions? Will this year be even crazier than a usual one?? Only the 20th 3FL season will have these answers.

20 YEARS! Now that's already crazy.

It all starts tonight. Get your team ready to go!

Week 1 Information

Thursday Night: Houston Texans @ Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday Night: Dallas Cowboys @ Los Angeles Rams
Monday Night Early: Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Giants
Monday Night Late: Tennessee Titans @ Denver Broncos
Bye Week: None until week 5

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

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
The Brew Crew looks to get off to a fast start tonight, with Mahomes and the KC Defense kicking off the new season. But will their Qs be able to play on Sunday? That could be the difference.

Marauders (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
These two West division teams are projected to end up in the bottom three of the standings according to the post-draft projections. I'm not so sure about that. Especially if Big Ben is all the way back and if Tom and the kids perform to their potential.

the HAW (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
The teams with the top two drafts (according to Yahoo!) will face off to see which draft was actually better. But seriously, the CAPS look strong in our first weekend. It will be up to Lamar Jackson to try to carry the Stompers to victory.

Misfits, Inc. (-1) vs. Baltimorons
FitzCorp begins their title defense against Drew Brees and the 'Morons. The Corporation should cruise to their first victory of the year, but they'll have to root against some Eagles in the process.

Phys. Ed. Phenoms (-1/2) vs. Predacons
It's really a shame that these two have to face off in week one after picking right next to each other in the draft. It will be an even matchup throughout the week, starting tonight and ending with whichever Steelers WR puts up more points on MNF.

And the game of the week...

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. Lightning
This game kicks off tonight and ends up with a Saquon Barkley comeback attempt for the Bolts in the early MNF matchup. It's almost too close to call between these two long time rivals, with the defensive matchups giving SpiVi a slight edge.

Good luck in Week 1 and for the rest of Season 20!

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

3FL Notes: 2020 Draft Analysis

Eleven of our twelve teams were represented during the online draft on Thursday night. Here is an analysis of the results (in draft order):

1. the HAW: With the first pick the CAPS selected the consensus #1 pick Christian McCaffrey. They also received the (unsponsored this season) Best Draft™ award, despite selecting two TEs and a guy on the COVID-19 list. Grade: B+ (Yahoo! Grade: A-)

2. Dumbbums: The second pick spot didn't go as well as the first. Yahoo! gave the 'Bums the Worst Draft (no trademark or sponsorship) grade. I don't actually think the team is that bad. But they will lean heavily on the Steelers Offense. Grade: C (Yahoo! Grade: D+)

3. Lightning: The Bolts were unable to attend the draft this year so we couldn't watch all the picks that made sense to a spreadsheet. The team that was autodrafted is just ok. First move would be to drop one of the extra TEs or DEFs to get some help at WR3. Grade: C (Yahoo! Grade: C)

4. Spiked Vipers: This team looks really good. SpiVi did their patented early defense selection, but the rest of the team ended up solid all around. This is my pick for the team to beat this year. Grade: A- (Yahoo! Grade: B)

5. Baltimorons: Yahoo! was not nice to the 'Morons with their draft assessment. And I usually think things are better than the automated insights, but this team is not great. Seems like things got jammed up early and they to scramble to fill some important spots. Grade: D (Yahoo! Grade: D+)

6. Yuengling Brewers: Seems like the Brew Crew went with Eagles, Chiefs and former Nittany Lions this year. But that's all good if you have Patrick Mahomes. Grade: B- (Yahoo! Grade: C)

7. Misfits, Inc.: The defending champions look a little different than usual. Their draft this year featured late QBs, an early DEF and K, and not a single Eagle. But the overall results seem to be the same. Grade: B (Yahoo! Grade: B)

8. Marauders: It seems like Coach Hoss selected every rookie available in the draft. Four Marauders have never played an NFL game. On the other side of things, Tom Brady has played 285. But maybe all of those players will surprise everyone. Grade: C (Yahoo! Grade: C)

9. Stiletto Stompers: A solid draft strategy was implemented perfectly by the Stompers, and their team ended up strong and well rounded. Also, it's hard to bet against Lamar Jackson, no? Grade: B (Yahoo! Grade: B+)

10. Renegades: The top half of the Renegades draft looks good, and the bottom half is full of players who could turn out way better than their ADP would have you believe. You can't expect much more than that from the 10 spot, especially when drafting right next to your housemate for the second straight year. Grade: B- (Yahoo! Grade: B)

11. Phys. Ed. Phenoms: It's the usual turn of events for PEP. Good team. Solid starters. Good strategy with the next to last pick. They just need to hope that nobody gets hurt. Grade: B- (Yahoo! Grade: B-)

12. Predacons: It was pretty clear that the Preds were not used to being at the end of the draft order. The overall team ended up fine, but things look way different than usual. Most of the season will probably involve picking between two players with equal projections. Grade: B (Yahoo! Grade: B)

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

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

2020 Draft Order and Divisions

Using the updated double-secret reverse reveal draft pick method and some left over Christmas card envelopes, the draft order for the 20th season of the 3FL has been chosen. Three-quarters of our teams were present during the selection process.

2020 3FL Draft Order

1. the HAW
2. Dumbbums
3. Lightning
4. Spiked Vipers
5. Baltimorons
6. Yuengling Brewers
7. Misfits, Inc.
8. Marauders
9. Stiletto Stompers
10. Renegades
11. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
12. Predacons

Divisions were also randomly chosen for next season, giving us the following league structure:

the HAW, Lightning, Spiked Vipers

Stiletto Stompers, Phys. Ed. Phenoms, Predacons

Baltimorons, Yuengling Brewers, Misfits, Inc.

Dumbbums, Marauders, Renegades

Possible rule changes are being taken into consideration and will be put to a vote during training camp. We will tentatively hold the live online draft at 9:00pm EDT on Thursday, September 3, 2020.

Have a great off-season!