Thursday, November 30, 2023

3FL Notes: S23: Week 13 Preview

We just had our highest scoring week of the year and saw our first two playoff spots finally claimed, but there are still six up for grabs. Things are still very much in flux with only two weeks to go in the regular season. And this week of divisional matchups also includes six NFL teams on a bye. It's going to be interesting!

Also last week we crossed over the quarter million points milestone. After 1,818 games in 303 weeks, the 3FL has scored a combined total of 250,790 regular season points. WOW!!

Week 12 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Yuengling Brewers - 124 points

Player MVPs:
Kyren Williams (RB/LAR/R) - 32 points
Christian McCaffrey (RB/SF/M) - 25 points
Bijan Robinson (RB/Atl/P) - 24 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 49/72 - 68.06%
Yahoo! Projections: 48/72 - 66.67%

The Comm-nosticator was 6/6 in week 12 predictions

Week 13 Information

Thursday Night: Seattle Seahawks @ Dallas Cowboys
Sunday Night: Kansas City Chiefs @ Green Bay Packers
Monday Night: Cincinnati Bengals @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Bye Week: Bears, Bills, Giants, Raiders, Ravens, Vikings

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

Dumbums (-1/2) vs. Misfits, Inc.
Both of these teams are fighting to play in week 15 and the loser of this game is most likely going to be eliminated from contention. If the Corporation picks up some bye week fill-ins it could be close, but all those Qs on the 'Bums' side of the field don't instill confidence either way. Perhaps we'll have to wait until MNF.

Stiletto Stompers (-1/2) vs. Lightning
With a combined six bye week starters to replace (and many of those players not yet on either roster), I have no idea what's going to happen here. Let's go with the Stompers, who need a W to stop their 7 game losing streak and avoid adding their name to the records page.

Baltimorons (-1) vs. Predacons
It's a good thing the Preds clinched a playoff spot last week. They're currently a 15+ point underdog to the 'Morons and starting Gardner Minshew at QB isn't going to help them avoid their first loss within the division all year. This one will be over long before the prime time players take the field.

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
PEP could really use a win here to stay in the thick of the postseason race. To do that they'll just need to beat the defending champs, who also happen to have the best record and highest point total and are riding a seven game winning streak. No problem, right? Actually it will be closer than you think. Upset special?

Marauders (-1/2) vs. Renegades
It seems like the Marauders fate is usually dependent on the Dolphins. I guess that's what happens when four of your starters play for one team. The top spot in the West is on the line here, as both these teams have matching records and matching divisional records. It's going to be a good one.

And the game of the week...

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. the HAW
Clinging to the last playoff spot with two weeks to go in the regular season is not ideal, but SpiVi is in good shape with points and projections. A win here will likely keep them in the top eight and having some key CAPS on a bye will help. But it may still come down to Monday night.

Good luck this week!

Thursday, November 23, 2023

3FL Notes: S23: Week 12 Preview

It was another interesting week and most of the North Division got back on the winning track, but this time the West was 0-4. No postseason spots have been claimed and there are only three weeks to go!

All teams have now played each other one time and we're back to divisional battles to wrap up the regular season and figure out our playoff seedings. There are three Thanksgiving Day games and one on Friday afternoon game this week. Make sure your team is ready!

Week 11 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Phys. Ed. Phenoms - 100 points

Player MVPs:
Saquon Barkley (RB/NYG/L) - 25 points
Justin Herbert (QB/LAC/SS) - 24 points
Josh Allen (QB/Buf/tH) - 22 points
Lamar Jackson (QB/Bal/P) - 22 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 43/66 - 65.15%
Yahoo! Projections: 43/66 - 65.15%

Week 12 Information

Thanksgiving Early: Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions
Thanksgiving Late: Washington Commanders @ Dallas Cowboys
Thanksgiving Night: San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks
Sunday Night: Baltimore Ravens @ Los Angeles Chargers
Monday Night: Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings
Bye Week: None

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 12:

Spiked Vipers (-1/2) vs. Lightning
Despite being fifth in the league in scoring, SpiVi is tenth in the standings. This game might come down to the health of D'Andre Swift. And if Josh Dobbs can engineer another comeback - this time for the Vipers on Monday night.

the HAW (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
It has not been a fun month for the Stompers. They're last in the league, have the lowest point total and have lost six in a row. And still they're only two games out of a postseason spot with three weeks to go. They'll have to hope Justin Jefferson is back in order to have a chance against the Thursday heavy CAPS. But you're saying there's a chance?

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
If the season ended right now, all the East Division teams would be in the playoffs. It's almost a shame they have to play against each other in these last few weeks. This game will be closer than it appears because it is unlikely the Preds will pick the correct Flex player or Defense.

Marauders (-1/2) vs. Misfits, Inc.
Only one game separates these two divisional foes (and 159 points). But that doesn't matter this week as it could really go either way (as long as the Corporation has a chance to optimize their lineup before the games start). Here's something I never thought I would type: The Marauders need big games from their Dolphins on Friday at 3pm.

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
The 'Bums can enjoy Thanksgiving without worrying about their lineup; they don't have any active players until Sunday. Coach Val will have bookends to the game, with two on Thursday and her QB on MNF. And if Kyren Williams returns (as is expected) this week it should tip the scales in her favor.

And the game of the week...

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. Baltimorons
Wow, this is going to be a good one. The Brew Crew is holding on to the top spot and they've won their last six in a row. But the 'Morons have the highest projected total for the week and are definitely in position to break that streak. It will be even more entertaining since there is a player in every single one of the eight NFL time slots.

Happy Thanksgiving and good luck this week!

Thursday, November 16, 2023

3FL Notes: S23: Week 11 Preview

An interesting Rivalry Week shuffled the standings a bit and saw the North Division's teams all lose again. They're now sitting at a combined L-14.

There are only four games left in the regular season and no playoff spots are clinched and no team is mathematically eliminated either. It should be a fun sprint to the postseason!

Week 10 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Yuengling Brewers - 128 points

Player MVPs:
Dak Prescott (QB/Dal/YB) - 37 points
Keenan Allen (WR/LAC/M) - 29 points
Justin Herbert (QB/LAC/SS) - 29 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 40/60 - 66.67%
Yahoo! Projections: 39/60 - 65%

Week 11 Information

Thursday Night: Cincinnati Bengals @ Baltimore Ravens
Sunday Night: Minnesota Vikings @ Denver Broncos
Monday Night: Philadelphia Eagles @ Kansas City Chiefs
Bye Week: Colts, Falcons, Patriots, Saints

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 11:

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
Last week was a better showing, but the Stompers have now lost five in a row and remain in last place in the standings. They still have a shot at the postseason but they'll need a win here to make things more realistic. The Preds are hoping Lamar Jackson can start things off tonight with a push for a W-3.

Marauders (-1) vs. Spiked Vipers
It's been a tough month for SpiVi as they've lost their last four and have fallen down to 11th place. It doesn't get easier this week against Coach Hoss. The Marauders will finish up just after dinner on Sunday and the Vipers will still have four players to go in an agonizing attempt at a comeback.

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. Lightning
The Bolts have lost their last three in a row but are somehow still atop the North Division (by a single point). This one will be closer than it appears at the moment (after some expected lineup swaps), but we'll all have to wait until prime time to see how it turns out.

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
Outscoring the league and putting up the biggest blowout of the week allowed the Brew Crew to remain alone in our top spot. They're the only team that can clinch a playoff spot this early and it might not even come down to the head-to-head matchup on MNF.

the HAW (-1/2) vs. Renegades
Only two total points separate these two teams after ten weeks of games. This matchup should be just as tight, especially since they have six players projected to score the same exact amount as their counterparts in the same starting positions. Weird.

And the game of the week...

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Phys. Ed. Phenoms
FitzCorp has caught fire lately, winning their last three and jumping into playoff position. PEP is moving in the other direction. They can't seem to catch a break since November started. This will be a great game and things look even across the lineup. Pay attention to the TEs and Football Night in America.

Good luck this week.

Thursday, November 09, 2023

3FL Notes: S23: Week 10 Preview

The lower seeds won five of our six games last week and half of the league is now 5-4 on the season. And we have a fourth different #1 team in the past four weeks. Whose turn at the top is next?

Rivalry Week will have some great matchups but won't allow anyone to lock in a playoff spot yet. And don't forget about another NFL game in Germany on Sunday morning. Warum machen sie das weiterhin?

Week 9 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Dumbbums - 112 points

Player MVPs:
C.J. Stroud (QB/Hou/D) - 42 points
Dak Prescott (QB/Dal/YB) - 26 points
Jalen Hurts (QB/Phi/B) - 25 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 35/54 - 64.81%
Yahoo! Projections: 35/54 - 64.81%

Week 10 Information

Thursday Night: Carolina Panthers @ Chicago Bears
Sunday Morning: Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots
Sunday Night: New York Jets @ Las Vegas Raiders
Monday Night: Denver Broncos @ Buffalo Bills
Bye Week: Chiefs, Dolphins, Eagles, Rams

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for Rivalry Week:

Misfits, Inc. (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
If I would have told you that these two teams would be facing off in week 10 as the #10 vs #11 matchup you wouldn't have believed me. But here we are. Bye weeks won't be a factor, but SpiVi will need to choose the right QB starter to even have a chance. Even then, the projections are not looking favorable.

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Lightning
After four long weeks the Preds finally picked up another win, putting them right back in the thick of things. And they get to face the Bolts with some of their key players on a bye. It might not even come down to the dueling WRs on MNF.

Yuengling Brewers (-1/2) vs. the HAW
This classic rivalry is renewed with a lot on the line. The Brew Crew took over the top seed with their fourth straight win last week and they're our lone team with six wins. The CAPS are leading the North Division but come into this game as a big underdog. Even with Travis Kelce on a bye.

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. Dumbbums
This one looks very even across the lineups, especially when the 'Morons decide to pick up a kicker. Wow, there are a lot of red injury designations between these two. Things start tonight for the 'Bums but it's looking like it will wrap up in the early evening on Sunday.

Phys. Ed. Phenoms (-1/2) vs. Marauders
It was a short stint at the top for Coach Hoss, but the Marauders remain in good shape as they still lead the West and are second in league scoring. The problem here is that all those high-flying Dolphins are on a bye. Can PEP pick the correct WRs to take advantage?

And the Rivalry Week game of the week...

Renegades (-1/2) vs. Stiletto Stompers
Our favorite and most obvious annual rivalry game should be a good one. The Stompers scored the lowest weekly total of the year last week, but they're set to rebound here. Meanwhile the Renegades held on against a furious MNF comeback for a two point win and a leapfrog in the standings. But they'll have to hope for their own prime time comeback this time around.

Good luck this week.

Thursday, November 02, 2023

3FL Notes: S23: Week 9 Preview

We have a new top team after a high-flying week. Every team now has at least three wins and three losses, and the difference between #1 and #12 is only two games with six to go.

We're back to NFL team byes and there is another Sunday morning game (in Deutschland) this week. It should be interesting!

Week 8 Recap

Top Scoring 3FL Team: Baltimorons - 134 points

Player MVPs:
Dak Prescott (QB/Dal/YB) - 29 points
CeeDee Lamb (WR/Dal/MI) - 28 points
Jalen Hurts (QB/Phi/B) - 28 points

Predictions Tally

The Comm-nosticator: 32/48 - 66.67%
Yahoo! Projections: 31/48 - 64.58%

Week 9 Information

Thursday Night: Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday Morning: Miami Dolphins @ Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday Night: Buffalo Bills @ Cincinnati Bengals
Monday Night: Los Angeles Chargers @ New York Jets
Bye Week: 49ers, Broncos, Jaguars, Lions

And now the Comm-nosticator’s predictions for week 9:

Lightning (-1/2) vs. Misfits, Inc.
That was quite a comeback by FitzCorp. They were down 15 points going into MNF but ended up winning by 9, mostly thanks to Jahmyr Gibbs. But he's on a bye this week and the Bolts are the team with three players in prime time.

Dumbbums (-1) vs. Stiletto Stompers
The Stompers were on the wrong end of the biggest blowout last week, and that just might happen again in this one. Their bench will be of no help at all – between byes and injuries those players are projected to score zero total points. The 'Bums won't put up crazy numbers but it should be enough for a W.

Predacons (-1/2) vs. Spiked Vipers
What a slide the Preds are on. After winning their first four games and sitting alone atop the league, they have just dropped their last four in a row and hold our current longest losing streak. That might be extended this week against SpiVi, but they're on their own two game skid. At least one of them will pick up a win.

Baltimorons (-1/2) vs. the HAW
Their record may be .500, but the 'Morons are tied for second in the league in scoring and are projected to have the highest score in the league this week. That spells trouble for the CAPS, who have two important WRs on a bye and some tough matchups on the schedule.

Marauders (-1/2) vs. Yuengling Brewers
This is going to be a good one. The Marauders just jumped up into the top spot last week and the Brew Crew is sitting in second. This game will be all you'd expect from a 1 vs. 2 matchup. We'll know where things are headed after the Sunday morning game in Germany, with four Dolphins leading the charge for Coach Hoss.

And the game of the week...

Phys. Ed. Phenoms (-1/2) vs. Renegades
It's always fun to watch this matchup, and this year might be the best one in a while. These two teams have the same record, are #7 and #8 in the standings and are within 20 total points of each other for the year. And PEP has won their last four in a row. Can Coach Val end that streak? Or will Joe Burrow throw to someone other than Ja'Marr Chase on SNF and secure the victory and house bragging rights?

Good luck this week.