With one exception, my teams remain mired in mediocrity at the quarter mark of the 2013 campaign. Let's start with the good news. For the second week in a row, Da Commish remained in first place in the PB.com roto league, despite having only the fourth highest score this week. Second place Perpetuities had a stellar week, logging 223.85 points to my 171.95. Having Drew Brees as his QB helped a little!
Unfortunately, Bainbridge's Bruins remain mired in 8th place in Tabb's roto league.
Turning to the H2H leagues, I am now 2-2 in all three leagues. Cowboys Drool won in Tabb's Cowboy's Rule league:
Cowboys Drool got two big performances this week from Philip Rivers with 24.02 points and Wes Welker with 19.30, as they took down dizzle's Team, 89.87 - 77.59. While dizzle's Team (1-3) is only a game back of Cowboys Drool (2-2), they're quite a bit farther behind in points, 347.10 - 258.98. While each team hit their projections, Cowboys Drool scored 10.2% more than a projected 81.52 points to get the win. With Brandon Myers delivering zero points for Cowboys Drool, the gap could have been wider.
The Unseen Academicals squeaked out a narrow win in PB.com's H2H league:
Unseen Academicals got 29.60 points from Demaryius Thomas and 26.00 from Adrian Peterson to slip by I Pitta Da Fool 126.53 - 123.89. It was one of the closest matchups to date, and the 2.64-point margin of victory was the third-smallest recorded in the league this season. I Pitta Da Fool was led by Matt Ryan with 26.84 points and Jimmy Graham who scored 26.00. Unseen Academicals (2-2, 524.53 points) climbs into sixth place and I Pitta Da Fool (2-2, 545.40 points) drops to fifth place.
Sadly, however, Scalzi's Redshirts took a serious licking:
Rock and Load (fifth place, 2-2, 581.08 points) knocks Scalzi's Redshirts (2-2, 537.98 points) out of the league's top spot after beating them 164.38 - 123.72. Rock and Load overcame a 15.30-point projected spread to pull off the upset. They were led by Victor Cruz who got 32.40 points while Adrian Peterson scored 26.00. Rock and Load piled up 29.7% more points than projected (126.76). Scalzi's Redshirts fell short of their projections and got just 87.1% of their projected 142.06 points. Darren Sproles led Scalzi's Redshirts with 32.20 points while the Denver Broncos Defense brought in 18.00. With Brandon Myers delivering zero points for Rock and Load, the margin could have been bigger.
Big moves this week for the Unseen Academicals:
Dropped Mat Schaub and replaced him with Sam Bradford to cover RGIII's bye week. Didn't like Schaub's matchup against the 49ers.
Dropped Dallas DTS for the Titans.
Dropped St Louis' DST to add Andre Ellington, who seems to be emerging for Arizona.
Dropped the miserable Chris Ivory for Rashad Jennings, who should do well subbing for Darren McFadden.
Hopefully that will strengthen the team going forward.
Week 3 turned out to be a much better week than Week 2. In all but 1 league, we saw considerable improvement.
Let's start with the ProfessorBainbridge.com Sixth Annual PPR Roto league, in which Da Commish vaulted into first place with a 42.80 point lead on second place Dana Pointers. Da Commish led all teams this week with 196.35 points, benefiting from huge games by Antono Brown (40.50!), Jordan Cameron, and the Chicago DST.
Turning to Tabb's Roto League, Bainbridge's Bruins crawled from 9th to 8th place in this 11 team league. This despite goose eggs from Hakeem Nicks and Jermichael Finle yand continued misery from David Wilson.
In the H2H leagues, Scalzi's Redshirts won to improve their record to 2-1 in ProfessorBainbridge.com's First Annual Last Minute League. In doing so, the Redhsirts seized first place in the league standings (parity's a bitch). Here's Yahoo's recap:
Scalzi's Redshirts (2-1, 414.26 points) swaps first place with Non-Billable Hours (2-1, 378.68 points), beating them 147.48 - 116.32. They overcame an 11.84-point deficit on Monday night, and put up the second-highest point total in the league this week. With this win, Scalzi's Redshirts scored 8.7% more points than projected and has now beaten expectations every week this season. Cam Newton, with 36.42 points, racked up the third-highest score for the week. To make matters worse, Non-Billable Hours got zero points from Hakeem Nicks.
In Tabb's H2H Cowboys Rule League (worst league name ever), my Cowboys Drool team finally won a game and thus improved to 1-2 (for 8th place):
Cowboys Drool got the second-highest player score of the week from Cam Newton (28.71) to get the win over Armadillo Armageddon 99.31 - 76.48. With this loss, Armadillo Armageddon scored 78.7% of their projected points, and has now failed to meet projections every week this season. Drew Brees, with 29.89 points, brought in the highest score this week. Cowboys Drool (1-2, 257.23 points) climbs into eighth place while Armadillo Armageddon (1-2, 259.78 points) drops to seventh place.
Sadly, in Professor Bainbridge's Sixth Annual H2H League, the Unseen Academicals lost for the second week in a row, falling to 1-2, having run into a buzz saw powered by Matthew Stafford, Jordan Cameron, and Cecil Shorts:
AvariciousAmphibians got the highest score this week on the way to their third win in as many matchups when they beat Unseen Academicals 146.50 - 106.64. The streak is due in part to AvariciousAmphibians having the second-highest scoring output in the league at 149.77 points per matchup. Unseen Academicals stays in seventh place with a 1-2 record. AvariciousAmphibians remains unbeaten and in first place having also beaten Vaqueros (162.63 - 123.38) and Portland Drizzles (140.17 - 103.23).
These guys were all drafted with the idea that they would be starters (at least flex starters), except maybe Chris Ivory. All have disappointed, but my ire is mainly for the top three. Wilson has been terrible the first two weeks and is dragging two leagues down with him. Spiller and Ridley were drafted 1-2 in the same league and have dragged it down to disaster two weeks in a row. Time to start trolling the waiver wires.
The NFL will keep a close eye on hits to the knees of defenseless players this season, with the possibility of extending the rules protecting such players.
If the league's competition committee finds enough evidence this season that hits to the knees are "becoming a problem," it could take action, chief of football operations Ray Anderson told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
The committee could make a recommendation to the owners next March to prohibit direct hits to the knees of defenseless players. The owners would then vote on such a change.
The NFL created this problem when it started going after hits to the head. Players are now going low to avoid fines and penalties. If the NFL bans low tackles (NFL defenders define defenseless, please), you might as well turn the whole thing into flag football.
It's the ProfessorBainbridge.com H2H league. PPR. 6 points per passing TD. Snake draft. I had the # 1 pick and the wheel thereafter. It's a long wait between picks in this format. Anyway, here's how I did:
Pretty much everyone agreed that this was going to be a make-or-break season for Ryan Mathews. So far, the running back is making the most of his opportunity. In his first two preseason games, Mathews has averaged 5.3 yards per carry. But more importantly, he looks much more confident than in seasons past. From the looks of things, new head coach Mike McCoy is going to give Mathews every chance to be San Diego’s featured back. For our tastes, Mathews’ history of injury and lost fumbles still makes him a risky proposition, but if he can continue to run the way he has in the preseason, he could end up as a late round bargain in plenty of fantasy football leagues.
I drafted Mathews in at least one league each of the last three years and rued it every year. So I just don't care how many of these stories I see, I'm not drafting him this year.
Like much of football fandom, I watched with some puzzlement Bill Belichick's decision to bring Tiom Tebow on board the Patriots. At the time, I speculated that Belichick might be the one guy able to convince Tebow to spend considerable time as a H-back or tight end. Now with Rob Gronkowski having back surgery on top of his arm problems and Aaron Hernandez standing accused of having shot one guy and having his house searched in connection with a homicide, the Pat's needs in the TE area are looking much greater than anybody would have suspected. It's going from an area of great strength to one of weakness. Could Tebow fill the vacancy, as well as bringing some Wildcat trickery? Would he be willing to do so? And, most important form my perspective as an avid fantasy football player, should he be drafted and, if so, what round?