Thursday, December 31, 2020

3FL Notes: Season 20 Wrap-up

The 3FL 2020 final standings are as follows:

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

Week 16 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Spiked Vipers - 193 points! (New 3FL record)

Player MVPs:
Alvin Kamara (RB/NO/SV) - 52 points! (New 3FL record)
Josh Allen (QB/Buf/MI) - 33 points
Davante Adams (WR/GB/P) - 32 points
Stefon Diggs (WR/Buf/SV) - 32 points

Playoff Predictions Tally

Yahoo! Projections: 7/12 - 58.33%

Top Scoring Team of the Week
Number of times each team had the top point total for the week (playoffs include 8 teams only):

Spiked Vipers (6)
Dumbbums (2)
the HAW (2)
Phys. Ed. Phenoms (2)
Marauders (1)
Misfits, Inc. (1)
Predacons (1)
Yuengling Brewers (1)

Player MVPs to come...

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

SuperBowl XX Champion!

Congratulations to Coach Nick on winning his second 3FL championship!

The Spiked Vipers had an incredible week to cap their amazing year. In the SuperBowl they set new records for most points by a player in one week, most points during the three weeks of a playoff run and most team points in a game (by 40 points!). In fact, SpiVi scored more points this week than the combined (both teams) point totals in 17 of our 19 previous SuperBowls.

Stay tuned later in the week for final stats and the 2020 season wrap-up.

Happy holidays and thanks to everyone for a fun season and 20 great years!!

Thursday, December 24, 2020

3FL Notes: S20: Week 16 (SuperBowl) Preview

It was another high flying playoff week in the 3FL! Our semifinals jumped ahead of last week's total and became the new second highest scoring postseason week of all time. Five of our eight teams ended up with more than 100 points.

There are games across four straight days this SuperBowl week, starting with the Vikings/Saints matchup on Christmas afternoon (Friday) and stretching all the way until Monday night. There are six NFL games outside of the usual Sunday afternoon time slots. Make sure your team is ready!

Week 15 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: the HAW - 120 points

Player MVPs:
Jalen Hurts (QB/Phi/P) - 36 points
Josh Allen (QB/Buf/MI) - 34 points
Kyler Murray (QB/Ari/tH) - 30 points

Playoff Predictions Tally

Yahoo! Projections: 4/8 - 50%

Week 16 Information
Christmas Afternoon: Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints
Saturday Early: Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions
Saturday Late: San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals
Saturday Night: Miami Dolphins @ Las Vegas Raiders
Sunday Night: Tennessee Titans @ Green Bay Packers
Monday Night: Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots

It's SuperBowl week in the 3FL!

For 7th Place:
#2 Misfits, Inc. vs. #4 Dumbbums
As the Steelers fate has gone recently, so too has that of the 'Bums. They scored only 43 points last week and had to watch as their players from Pittsburgh sat out, got injured or threw the ball to nobody in particular. It might not be any better for them this week, as FitzCorp will lean on starts Derrick Henry and Josh Allen to not end up in the last place of the playoffs.

For 5th Place:
#6 the HAW vs. #8 Renegades
Both of these teams rebounded in week 15 and scored above the century mark. I mean, they were our league's second and third place scorers for the entire regular season, so that makes sense. It's just a week too late. But it does set up a great matchup to win the consolation bracket. Kyler Murray might be the difference as half of the players in this game will take the field before Sunday.

For 3rd Place:
#5 Marauders vs. #7 Phys. Ed. Phenoms
The Phenoms were the story of the second half of the season, rising from last place into the 7th seed and carrying that momentum all the way into the semifinals, where they scored 100+ points. But now they end up in a battle for the bronze digital trophy against Coach Hoss, who watched his team take the 5th seed but have to roll with six Qs on the roster. And unfortunately they'll add a D for this week. Ouch.

3FL SuperBowl XX
#1 Spiked Vipers vs. #3 Predacons
It was pretty much a given that SpiVi would end up in the SuperBowl this year. They set the record for most points ever scored in a regular season, recorded double digit wins and advanced to the postseason as the top seed. Since then they have scored the second most points in a playoff week and are on track to score the most points in a playoff run in our history. The Predacons took their division and qualified early, but only since week 13 have they been a true contender. In fact, these two teams have scored more points in the last three weeks than any other teams in the league.

Can they keep it up for one more important game? Will the Vipers cruise to their second championship with yet another record setting performance? Or will the Predacons surprise everyone (and get a little help from the curse) to earn their first ever SuperBowl victory in their fifth appearance in the big game? SpiVi's last loss came against the Preds in week nine so Coach Sinkerbeam owns the tiebreaker.

It's looking like a great matchup, and it will be a marathon holiday weekend with at least one player scheduled in all seven NFL timeslots.

Good luck this week!

Merry Christmas and thanks to everyone for another great season!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Thursday, December 17, 2020

3FL Notes: S20: Week 15 (Semifinals) Preview

For the first time in our history all of the odd numbered seeds advanced to the semifinals. Seems appropriate for 2020. It ended up as our second highest scoring playoff week ever and three of the four winning teams scored more than 100 points.

All individual team pages (see links on the sidebar) and the 3FL Records have been updated and show statistics through the end of the 2020 regular season. This year's additions to the records page are in bold. Through 1,578 regular season games we have scored a combined 210,101 points.

Fun fact: After 20 years of the 3FL, Coach Drew and Coach Nick have the exact same regular season W/L/T record (129/127/7), but Coach Drew has scored two (just 2!) more total points. That's a one point differential per decade. Crazy!

Don't forget, the four teams still in the championship bracket will have only one player add available this week. And there are two Saturday games in addition to Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights.

Week 14 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Spiked Vipers - 133 points (2nd, playoffs all-time)

Player MVPs:
Derrick Henry (RB/Ten/MI) - 33 points
Aaron Rodgers (QB/GB/SV) - 30 points
Jonathan Taylor (RB/Ind/SV) - 28 points

Playoff Predictions Tally

Yahoo! Projections: 1/4 - 25%

Week 15 Information

Thursday Night: Los Angeles Chargers @ Las Vegas Raiders
Saturday Afternoon: Buffalo Bills @ Denver Broncos
Saturday Night: Carolina Panthers @ Green Bay Packers
Sunday Night: Cleveland Browns @ New York Giants
Monday Night: Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals

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

#1 Spiked Vipers vs. #5 Marauders
Another week, another record book addition for SpiVi. This time it's the second best playoff weekly score of all time. They've been putting up so many points that even the curse might be apprehensive to take them on. The Marauders have quietly found themselves in the semis, but this game would be a lot more competitive if they didn't have six players who are questionable for this weekend. The Vipers have only one Q. Look out (again), 3FL records.

#3 Predacons vs. #7 Phys. Ed. Phenoms
It wasn't looking great for PEP after a late RB scratch and a 20+ point deficit following the Sunday night Bills/Steelers game. But an amazing MNF comeback gave them an upset victory and a chance to face the Preds. Coach Sinkerbeam's team advanced with little drama, and this matchup means that one of our teams without their name on the trophy will get a shot at a championship next week. That team will be the one who makes the correct lineup decisions, starting with tonight's game.

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

#2 Misfits, Inc. vs. #6 the HAW
It's a shame that this game is in the consolation bracket because it's looking like our best matchup of the week. Things are even across the board, but Derrick Henry may be the key to victory for FitzCorp. Can he put up 30+ points again? And will the CAPS' WRs return to form after a tough quarterfinals game? There are players in the first five time slots but we'll have a winner decided by 7:30pm on Sunday.

#4 Dumbbums vs. #8 Renegades
These two were our lowest scoring teams from last week, so it's fitting that they meet here. The 'Bums had every player except one perform lower than their projections – and that one player is now on the COVID list for this week. The Renegades ended up almost twenty points under their projected total. Not that it really mattered as they could have scored 65 more points and not won against the record setting Vipers. Still, this sets up to be an exciting game and it will all come down to the Steelers on MNF.

Good luck this week. The SuperBowl awaits!

Thursday, December 10, 2020

3FL Notes: S20: Week 14 (Quarterfinals) Preview

Our regular season finale week locked in our final two postseason spots and gave us a few additions to the 3FL Records page. It's already shaping up to be an exciting run to SuperBowl XX!

Remember that ROSTERS WILL LOCK AT 1pm THIS SUNDAY, December 13th. Under our playoff rules you will be allowed to make 1 add/drop per week once the postseason starts, but only teams still in the winners bracket will be eligible to make a move (with waivers set in reverse order of seeding).

Three wins in a row wins it all!!

Week 13 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Predacons - 130 points

Player MVPs:
Darren Waller (TE/LV/P) - 32 points
Josh Allen (QB/Buf/MI) - 30 points
Baker Mayfield (QB/Cle/SS) - 28 points

Regular Season Final Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 45/78 - 57.69%
Yahoo! Projections: 42/78 - 53.85%

Week 14 Information

Thursday Night: New England Patriots @ Los Angeles Rams
Sunday Night: Pittsburgh Steelers @ Buffalo Bills
Monday Night: Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns

The Comm-nosticator is finished for the year, but game previews are not...

#1 Spiked Vipers vs. #8 Renegades
SpiVi finished our twentieth regular season with the top seed while setting the record for most points scored in a season in the history of the league. Not too bad. Now they get to start their journey to a championship against the tough luck (and 4-8-1) Renegades. It should be an easy first step, but we all know about the curse...

#2 Misfits, Inc. vs. #7 Phys. Ed. Phenoms
FitzCorp fell out of the top spot after a week 13 loss with an incomplete starting lineup. Was it playoff prep or curse avoidance or forgetting to double check? We may never know. But they ended up earning a game against the suddenly hot Phenoms, who have climbed up from the basement to the seventh seed. This might be our best matchup of the week and it's going to come down to MNF for a PEP comeback.

#3 Predacons vs. #6 the HAW
They beat the #1 and #2 teams in back to back games and just finished the year by outscoring the league and being on the right side of the Biggest Blowout of the Week™. But have the Preds peaked too soon to have a shot at their first title? They get the four time champion CAPS in the quarterfinals, and in addition to having the highest projected total coach HAW might just get Christian McCaffrey back from IR. So...maybe next year?

#4 Dumbbums vs. #5 Marauders
These two teams from the West division are separated by one win and only seven total points after our regular season. And this game might be just as close. The matchups are even across the rosters and it's going to come down to coaching decisions and a three player comeback attempt by the 'Bums in the prime time games.

Good luck in the playoffs! The trophy awaits!!

Saturday, December 05, 2020

3FL Notes: S20: Week 13 Preview

Games were rescheduled, new all-time records were set and another playoff ticket was punched. And we have five teams still fighting for two postseason spots.

Here's to an exciting week to wrap up the regular season!!

Week 12 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Phys. Ed. Phenoms - 153 points (New 3FL record)

Player MVPs:
Tyreek Hill (WR/KC/PEP) - 44 points (T-4th all-time)
Derrick Henry (RB/Ten/MI) - 35 points
Deshaun Watson (QB/Hou/PEP) - 34 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 42/72 - 58.33%
Yahoo! Projections: 37/72 - 51.39%

Week 13 Information

Sunday Night: Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs
Monday Early: Washington Football Team @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Monday Night: Buffalo Bills @ San Francisco 49ers
Tuesday Night: Dallas Cowboys @ Baltimore Ravens
Bye Week: Buccaneers, Panthers

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 13:

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Marauders
This is one of two matchups this week without playoff implications. Both of these teams have already qualified, so there won't be too much drama. But it will let us know if FitzCorp will defend the title from the top spot or not. Can they break the curse? Do they even want to try?

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. the HAW
There is also no playoff drama to be had here either, as both teams already punched their postseason tickets weeks ago. The excitement will instead come from watching SpiVi's point total. If they score 78 or more this week they'll set the league record for team points in a season. It's going to be a close game too, with players in every game through MNF.

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Lightning
They may be in 11th place, but the Bolts still have shot at playing next week. They need a win here and some help, though. The Preds have been trending downward and have scored a lower point total every week for the past five games. Maybe Coach Thad's team can pull out two surprises in a row?

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
This might be our best matchup of the week. Things look even across the board (as long as Coach Coaldog does a lineup check before Monday afternoon) and it's going to stretch all the way until Tuesday night. The Renegades are for sure in the playoffs with a win, but they might be in with a loss too.

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
Week five seems so far in the past. After that set of games the Brew Crew was celebrating their fourth straight win and was sitting in second place. Since then they have lost seven in a row and have fallen out of the top eight. They need a win here for a chance at the postseason. Luckily they face off against the only team in the league that's already mathematically eliminated.

Phys. Ed. Phenoms (-1) vs. Stiletto Stompers
Speaking of the past, after week ten the Phenoms were in last place in the league after losing four in a row. Things weren't looking good. But here we are just two weeks later and PEP has jumped up above the playoff cut line and scored the highest weekly point total in our history. Now they can sure up their postseason spot with a win against the Stompers – who could themselves be in with a win.

Good luck this week!