Friday, December 31, 2021

3FL Notes: S21: Week 17 (SuperBowl) Preview

What a playoff week in 3FL! Both of our championship semifinal games ended with prime time comebacks for a SuperBowl berth!! And every team in the winners bracket outscored every team in the consolation bracket.

There are no Thursday or Saturday games this week so SBXXI won't start until 1pm on the first Sunday in 2022. Make sure your team is ready!

Week 16 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Spiked Vipers - 120 points

Player MVPs:
Dak Prescott (QB/Dal/M) - 32 points
Tee Higgins (WR/Cin/SV) - 31 points
Damien Harris (RB/NE/tH) - 28 points

Playoff Predictions Tally

Yahoo! Projections: 4/8 - 50%

Week 16 Information
Sunday Night: Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
Monday Night: Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers

It's SuperBowl week in the 3FL!

For 7th Place:
#6 Baltimorons vs. #8 Dumbbums
It's almost fitting that the 6th and 8th place teams meet to decide which one ends up in 7th. The 'Bums made some noise in the quarterfinals, almost pulling the upset and activating the curse but it wasn't meant to be. Meanwhile the 'Morons have had an up and down season this year and the timing was just a bit off at the end. Remember when these two tied back in Rivalry Week? That could happen again.

For 5th Place:
#2 Stiletto Stompers vs. #4 Predacons
These West Division foes are familiar with each other. They battled for the division title and at multiple points in the season it seemed like either one might be able to pick up their first championship in the 3FL. Now they get to face off to win the consolation bracket instead. Injuries will make for an unexciting postseason finale but maybe one of them will get a shot at the trophy in our 22nd season?

For 3rd Place:
#3 the HAW vs. #5 Yuengling Brewers
It was a heartbreaking set of night games for these two 3FL North teams in the semis. They both had a lead going into the prime time games last week but they'll end up playing each other for the virtual bronze trophy. The CAPS scored over 100 points (which would have beaten any other team in the playoffs except their opponent) and the Brew Crew had another upset in the works until the Cowboys wouldn't stop calling passing plays on Sunday night. Both meetings between these teams this season resulted in a CAPS blowout victory, but this time it might be the best game of the week.

3FL SuperBowl XXI
#1 Marauders vs. #7 Spiked Vipers
What a couple of comebacks! Instead of Cooper Kupp, the Marauders relied on Dak Prescott last week to put up his highest total of the year and seal a SNF comeback. And the Dolphins Defense gave the Vipers 24 points on MNF to earn them a victory and a chance to repeat as SB champions.

It's going to be quite a matchup. The Marauders topped SpiVi's 2020 performance for the season scoring record this year, earning the top seed in the process. But the Vipers have a chance to go back-to-back as they're getting back their best players just in time for the SuperBowl. They may have finished the regular season with a .500 record but they outscored everyone last week. These two are projected to combine for 200 points in this game. And we all remember what SpiVi did last year.

Will SuperBowl records be broken again? Can the #1 seed win the championship two years in a row or will the Vipers keep the title and the trophy? Maybe the Marauders will ride another MNF comeback to win it all?? It all comes down to week 17!

Good luck this week!

Happy New Year and thanks to everyone for another great season!!

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Thursday, December 23, 2021

3FL Notes: S21: Week 16 (Semifinals) Preview

It was a low scoring but exciting first round of the playoffs, complete with a Tuesday night comeback and a one point game (our 7th in postseason history). For the second year in a row all of the odd numbered seeds advanced to the semifinals.

All individual team pages (see links on the sidebar) and the 3FL Records have been updated and show statistics through the end of the 2021 regular season. This year's additions to the records page are in bold. Through 1,662 regular season games we have scored a combined 224,614 points.

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

Week 15 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: the HAW - 98 points

Player MVPs:
Travis Kelce (TE/KC/SV) - 31 points
Patrick Mahomes (QB/KC/SV) - 27 points
Cooper Kupp (WR/LAR/M) - 25 points

Playoff Predictions Tally

Yahoo! Projections: 2/4 - 50%

Week 16 Information

Thursday Night: San Francisco 49ers @ Tennessee Titans
Christmas Afternoon: Cleveland Browns @ Green Bay Packers
Christmas Night: Indianapolis Colts @ Arizona Cardinals
Sunday Night: Washington Football Team @ Dallas Cowboys
Monday Night: Miami Dolphins @ New Orleans Saints

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

#1 Marauders vs. #5 Yuengling Brewers
Cooper Kupp should be getting a nice gift basket from Coach Hoss for Christmas. Last week was the third time this season he engineered a prime time comeback for the Marauders and this was by far the most important one. But maybe a brush with the curse is just what the #1 seed needed. They look strong heading into this battle with the Brew Crew, who pulled off their own Tuesday night magic to advance to round 2. The only problem now is all of those Qs.

#3 the HAW vs. #7 Spiked Vipers
The CAPS just keep going. They outscored the league again last week (for the fourth time this season) and were on the correct side of the Biggest Blowout for the second consecutive week (and fourth time this season). It's even better when those things happen in the playoffs. Meanwhile the Vipers had both Mahomes and Kelce return to form. Look out, everyone else. Can they do it again and give SpiVi an opportunity to defend the title and keep the trophy? It might all come down to the COVID protocols.

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

#2 Stiletto Stompers vs. #6 Baltimorons
After a great end to the regular season, the Stompers couldn't continue their momentum into the playoffs. They found themselves down 18 after the Thursday night game and couldn't recover. Now the problem becomes filling their lineup against Coach Drew. The 'Morons were our lowest scoring team from last week, but that doesn't matter too much if your opponent has to leave a blank space where the starting RB should go.

#4 Predacons vs. #8 Dumbbums
One. Point. Was it the zero from the defense? Or the -1 kicker? Or maybe the fact that their top WR was injured after 49 receiving yards? Whatever the case, the Preds will have to wait until year 22 for a shot at their first championship. The 'Bums put up quite a fight from the eighth seed but it wasn't quite enough. Do they have enough firepower to make this one exciting? With probably MVP Aaron Rodgers you can never count them out.

Merry Christmas and good luck this week! The SuperBowl awaits!!

Thursday, December 16, 2021

3FL Notes: S21: Week 15 (Quarterfinals) Preview

Our regular season finale week gave us another tie and shuffled up the playoff seedings. And our highest scoring week since W6 permanently placed a few of our teams on the records page. Now it's time to start the journey to the SuperBowl!

Remember that ROSTERS WILL LOCK AT 1pm THIS SUNDAY, December 19th. 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 14 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Stiletto Stompers - 124 points

Player MVPs:
Dalvin Cook (RB/Min/SS) - 33 points
Josh Allen (QB/Buf/L) - 32 points
Aaron Rodgers (QB/GB/D) - 30 points

Regular Season Final Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 51/84 - 60.71%
Yahoo! Projections: 50/84 - 59.52%

Week 15 Information

Thursday Night: Kansas City Chiefs @ Los Angeles Chargers
Saturday Afternoon: Las Vegas Raiders @ Cleveland Browns
Saturday Night: New England Patriots @ Indianapolis Colts
Sunday Night: New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Monday Night: Minnesota Vikings @ Chicago Bears

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

#1 Marauders vs. #8 Dumbbums
What a year it was for the Marauders. They broke the season record for points (and average points per game) while securing the top seed and were the only team to go undefeated in their divisional games. Their point totals have dropped some since Rivalry Week but they shouldn't need a huge prime time comeback to beat (or tie) the 'Bums here. Coach Coaldog is the only playoff team with a sub-.500 record. But wait...don't forget about the curse. This one will be closer than you think.

#2 Stiletto Stompers vs. #7 Spiked Vipers
Don't sleep on the Stompers. They finished just a half game behind the Marauders to take second place, outscored the league last week to secure the West Division title and won their last four in a row (and six of their last seven). All signs point to more of the same with a healthy backfield. SpiVi has had an up and down season. They ended up 7-7 and haven't gone over 100 points since week seven. Some of that blame falls on Mahomes and Kelce. Which version of those superstars will show up tonight's game? That might be the difference in this matchup.

#3 the HAW vs. #6 Baltimorons
Last week saw the CAPS leave no doubt about the North. They scored 114 and had the biggest blowout of the week to leapfrog the Brew Crew and win the division. Coach HAW has been victorious in his last four straight, averaging more than 110 points during that run. Things won't be easy against the 'Morons and their Sunday night Saints though. This game will stretch from their five combined starters tonight all the way until Monday night. Will a late field goal attempt be the thing that punches a ticket to the semis?

#4 Predacons vs. #5 Yuengling Brewers
The last time these two played it was not pretty for the Beermen. And last week they scored only 44 points. But this is looking like it could be the closest game of the week. The Preds had the third highest scoring total of the year but have some unfavorable matchups despite the projections. Meanwhile the Brewers will have to wait until closer to gametime to figure out who their QB will be. Along with their four other question marks for this week.

Good luck in the playoffs! The trophy awaits!!

Thursday, December 09, 2021

3FL Notes: S21: Week 14 Preview

There is still one more week left in our first 14 game season since 2003, but all the playoff spots have been locked up. Actually, one of them is still technically in contention, but it would require a giant point differential so it's all but finalized.

We still have a few close matchups that will sort out the seedings and crown our remaining division champions. It should be a great finale!

Week 13 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Predacons - 116 points

Player MVPs:
George Kittle (TE/SF/PEP) - 30 points
Justin Herbert (QB/LAC/tH) - 24 points
Justin Jefferson (WR/Min/R) - 24 points
Jonathan Taylor (RB/Ind/P) - 24 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 46/78- 58.97%
Yahoo! Projections: 45/78 - 57.69%

Week 14 Information

Thursday Night: Pittsburgh Steelers @ Minnesota Vikings
Sunday Night: Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers
Monday Night: Los Angeles Rams @ Arizona Cardinals
Bye Week: Colts, Dolphins, Eagles, Patriots

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 14:

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Misfits, Inc.
FitzCorp would have to win this game and score 191 more points than the losing Spiked Vipers to claim the last playoff spot available. So you're saying there's a chance? Well there's definitely the possibility of a (slight) upset here, as the Preds have their best player on a bye.

Baltimorons (-1) vs Renegades
Remember way back in early September when the Renegades were awarded the best draft after their go with the #1 pick? Well they currently have 4 players on the IR and another 4 on a bye this week. Their lineup is a microcosm of their whole season. Meanwhile the 'Morons are chugging along toward the postseason thanks to that tie.

Stiletto Stompers (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
Speaking of the tie, the 'Bums have also benefited from their half of that point in the standings. They've locked up a playoff spot but things are looking tough this week against the second place Stompers. Coach Bev can clinch the West Division with a win here, and it all begins when they combine to start 5 players in tonight's game.

Marauders (-1) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
I hope you stayed up for last week's MNF game. The Marauders completed an improbable comeback (more like an "outlast") against the last place Renegades to win by one point. They broke our single season scoring record as well, posting 24 more points than the current best in an equal 13 games. And they locked up the #1 seed and the East Division. So now there's just the curse...

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. Lightning
Thanks to scoring a bunch of points this season, SpiVi has pretty much locked in our final postseason spot. It's a good thing too, because they have a losing record and haven't scored more than 75 points since week 10. But Mahomes & Kelce are bound to pick up their pace soon. Perhaps that starts here against the 10 loss Bolts.

And the game of the week...

the HAW (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
There aren't any playoff spots up for grabs in our regular season finale, but that doesn't mean there won't be drama. The CAPS are on a roll and a win here would take the North Division title from the Brew Crew while leapfrogging them in the standings. The projections are favoring that outcome too. But you just never know.

Good luck this week!

Thursday, December 02, 2021

3FL Notes: S21: Week 13 Preview

Our first three playoff spots have finally been claimed. How many more teams can qualify this week? Things are still very much in flux with only two weeks to go in the regular season.

There are four teams on a bye this week (and next), so it will be even more interesting for our divisional matchups.

Week 12 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: the HAW - 108 points

Player MVPs:
Leonard Fournette (RB/TB/tH) - 37 points
Josh Allen (QB/Buf/L) - 29 points
Joe Mixon (RB/Cin/SS) - 28 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 42/72 - 58.33%
Yahoo! Projections: 41/72 - 56.94%

Week 13 Information

Thursday Night: Dallas Cowboys @ New Orleans Saints
Sunday Night: Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs
Monday Night: New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
Bye Week: Browns, Packers, Panthers, Titans

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

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
It looks like PEP is just about eliminated from the playoffs, even after their homestead victory last week. If everything goes their way it would still come down to points and there are just too many to make up. They can annoy the understaffed 'Morons this week though. Which will be even easier if Coach Drew doesn't look at his lineup before tonight's game.

Marauders (-1/2) vs. Renegades
Look away. This one could get ugly. The Marauders locked up the East with their victory last week and they're almost assured a win here in our first vs. last place matchup. But the big question is if they'll put up 55 points and break the season scoring record after only 13 weeks. I'd guess yes.

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. Lightning
The Brew Crew just keeps going. They're still tied with the Marauders for the best record in the league and can push their win total to double digits with a victory here. That would also extend the Bolts' losing streak to six games.

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
If the numbers hold this one shouldn't really be very close. But we all know how those things usually end up. The Preds had a terrible showing last week (it doesn't help when you have 2 WRs and a TE that combine for 1 point), but they should be back on track for this one. Two stars play tonight and then we'll have to wait for a 'Bums prime time comeback.

Stiletto Stompers (-1) vs. Misfits, Inc.
With their win last week the Stompers clinched a playoff spot and are one game up atop the West. Things won't be as easy this week against FitzCorp and their quest to jump up into a postseason position. It's looking like a high scoring affair, as long as the right players make it into the starting lineups.

And the game of the week...

the HAW (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
This is going to be a good one. The CAPS have outscored the league the last two weeks in a row and were the only team to go over 100 points in W12. Now they face a SpiVi team that is clinging to the 8th spot with two weeks left. The projections are just about even, but which Patrick Mahomes will show up? That could be the difference. Along with the other 7 combined players in prime time games.

Good luck this week!