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Sunday, December 13, 2015

2015-2016 Playoffs: The Don Bowl & The Mountain Top Beard Bowl

We have arrived at the 2015-2016 JFL Playoffs!  This year we have a historic Father/Son matchup -- Don v. Don Bowl.  Meanwhile, on the other side of the bracket, we have a bearded battle between the Mountain Warriors and The Woodsmen.  There are no shortage of pacific northwest themes in that matchup.

When you look across the league, one could argue that the Prospectors may be the most consistent team in the JFL.  For the fourth year in a row, The Prospectors have made the playoffs after putting up the league's best record at 10-3.  However, let's not forget that this is the same team that has lost the last 3 JFL Championships.  It should come as little surprise that The Prospectors have drawn comparisons to the Buffalo Bills.  In a subtle poke from the fantasy Gods, ESPN just aired their latest 30 for 30 documentaries, The Four Falls of Buffalo.  Coincidence?  There are no coincidences in fantasy football.  In hopes of avoiding a similar fate to Buffalo, The Prospectors have paid tribute to the Fantasy Gods -- adding longtime hex idol Jon Kitna to their lineup as they enter the first round of the playoffs.  The Prospectors go up against the preseason #1, Silverbacks.  Although the SBs garnered a lot of preseason hype, The SBs started the season 1-5.  Somehow, The SBs battled back, putting together 6 straight wins to make the Playoffs.

On the other side, we have two 9-4 teams in what I am calling, The Mountain Top Bowl -- The Woodsmen Vs. Mountain Warriors.  A couple of bearded dudes battling it out!  AMERICA!  If I recall correctly, this is Preston's first playoff appearance since his fateful slumber 4 or 5 years ago?  Meanwhile, the last time we saw Josh, he was the recipient of a fourth quarter, 60+ yard field goal, to get knocked out of the championship...  BRUTAL.  Welcome back boys.

Congrats to everyone who has made it this far!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Week 6 Power Rankings

Don Sr. and Kurt (seen above) star in today's "Senior Bowl."

 #1.  The Woodsman
At 5-0, Josh is all but a lock for the playoffs.  However, it should be noted that those injury concerns I mentioned in my preseason power rankings are starting to come to fruition.  Still, Josh has a very strong team and

#2.  The Prospectors
The Prospectors are one of the better teams at sifting through players to find hidden gold.  This is the 2nd year that The Prospectors have drafted Devonta Freeman -- gold.  Deandre Hopkins?  Gold.
I've had some pretty strong teams over the years, but I might venture to say that the 2015 Prospectors are the strongest.  The Prospectors have 2 of the top 5 RBs in Freeman/Forte and a top 3 WR in Hopkins.  Julian Edelman and Forsett aren't too bad either.  Could this be the year The Prospectors finally break through?  4th time is a charm?

#3  MTWs
At 4-1, Preston has put together a very solid team that appears playoff ready.

#4  DDW
I like Cody's team better than his record.  Today might be a must win if Cody wants to keep his playoff hopes alive.

#5 Cant's
When Aaron's team is fully healthy, this team is a no brainer top 3.  Even with all the injuries, Aaron has been able to put together some wins.  Aaron is literally The Steelers of the JFL.

#6  Salty Dogs
This is another team that is a bit of a head scratcher for me...  I think this could be a team to watch on the back half of the season.

#7 The Competitors
With Tyrod out, The Competitors turn to Teddy Bridgewater this week...  You know shit is bad when you call on Teddy.  If Scott can win today against former running mate, Jeb, I think he might have a shot to make things interesting down the stretch.  The talent is there and Demarco is starting to look like Demarco again.  MUST WIN for Scott today.

#8 Nomads
The Nomads are sneaky and can beat anyone on any given Sunday.  With Dez Bryant set to return soon, The Nomads could be an interesting team down the stretch.  However, like all the other 2-3 teams, today should be viewed as a must win.

#9  KBs
Kurt vs. Silver today in what we like to call, "The Senior Bowl."

#10 Moneyball
Jeb and the boys are out there fundraising, but no one is making any donations to this dog.  Moneyballers are the lowest scoring team in the league and with Duke Johnson starting, I am not sure things are going to get better.

#11  Silver
CJ Anderson is this year's Trent Richardson...  Sorry silver.

#12  Worldwide

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Week 4 Power Rankings

1.  The Woodsmen
I think we finally have a clear favorite.  The past couple weeks, the #1 spot has been a revolving door.  After their record setting (183 points!) week 3 performance, I can confidently say that The Woodsmen are the favorite.

2.  Mt. Warriors
Preston also proved that he deserves to be in the conversation.  I like this team more each week.

3.  Cant's
Despite losing in week 3, I still like Aaron's roster and depth.  The loss of Big Ben hurt, but Aaron was able to grab Andy Dalton to fill the void.  Still betting on Aaron to make the playoffs.

4.  DDW
Even at 1-2, I like the DDW's roster better than some of the other teams that have a better record.

5.  The Prospectors
At 2-1, The Prospectors might be a bit of fool's gold.  I'll admit it.  Rolling the dice this week with Derek Carr.  Also, benching Jeremy Hill.  Time to take some chances.

6.  Salty Dogs
Here is another 2-1 team that I'm not big on -- I have long term concerns about The Salty Dogs roster.

7.  KBs
The KBs have not scored many points this year, but have somehow managed a 2-1 record.

8.  Silverbacks
Still so many questions on Silver's roster - CJ Anderson, TJ Yeldon...

9.  Worldwide
Jason's team showed signs of life last week, putting up 100+.  Worldwide could be moving up the ranks if they have a repeat performance in week 4.

10.  Competitors
The defending champ can't catch a break.  Last week Scott put up over 100 points and still lost.

11.  Nomads
Adam is coming off a 40 point week -- yikes.    

12.  Moneyballers
Jeb is desperately looking for fundraisers and anyone that will listen...

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Week 2 Power Rankings: DDW Top Rankings

1.  DDW
In my preseason power rankings, I said that this team was a 9-4.  Week 1 confirmed my belief that this will be a playoff team.  

2.  Can'ts 
I like this team a lot... and half their talent is still suspended.  Scary.

3.  The Prospectors
I have my questions about Tannehill...  However, there is too much talent everywhere else not to consider this a top 4 team.  Deandre Hopkins was a pleasant surprise in Week 1.

4.  Nomads
Let’s be honest, that Dez Bryant injury hurts bad.  I have no doubt Adam can adapt and make the moves he needs to make to remain competitive… But it still hurts.  If the Nomads can survive until Dez gets back, this team is a no brainer for the playoffs -- think about this for a moment:  Eddie Lacy, Carlos Hyde, Arian Foster, and Dez Bryant... That's pretty scary.  Until then, I still have a few questions - WR specifically… Amari Cooper and Allen Robinson?  Eli Manning? 

5.  Competitors
I’m not panicking too much after Week 1… but I do have my concerns, specifically at the WR position…  Would not be surprised if you see Scott making some trades for a true #1 WR.

6.  Woodsmen
I'm still warm on The Woodsmen.  They were the 2nd highest scoring team in Week 1, however, the jury is still out...  Let me explain -- I never place too much weight on tight ends and defensive scoring.  In Week 1, Josh had Kelce go for 22 and Seattle's D score 18.  I don't want to take anything away from The Woodsmen 113 score, I just want to explain why he is not ranked higher.  

7.  MTWs
The biggest mover and shaker this week has gotta be Preston and The Mountain Warriors!  This team is sneaky good — don’t get hung up on their score in Week 1.  Look at his bench:  Bishop Sankey (20 points), Danny Woodhead (18 points), and James Jones (17.1 points).  Now add in his starters, Aaron Rodgers, Jarvis Landry, Demaryius Thomas, Brandin Cooks — this team has a lot of depth and scoring potential.  Top 5 team no questions.

8.  Silverbacks
Big tumble this week for the preseason favorite.  I have real concerns about CJ Anderson and the lack of depth at RB for ole' Silver..

9.  Moneyballers
Jeb and the boys put up more points than I thought they would...  I still don't recognize a lot of the players on that roster, but I like saying their names - FUNCHESS!

10.  Worldwide
As stated, I don't think you are getting the Manning of yesteryear this year...  Sorry Jason :(

11.  Salty Dogs
Keep calm and Frank Gore on!  

12.  KBs

Thursday, September 10, 2015

2015 Preseason Power Rankings

1. The Silverbacks 
 Ole’ Silverback didn’t so much look like a giant gorilla on draft day as he did a happy pig, rolling around in a pile of shit. Only instead of shit, it was an early draft pick and a returning Adrian Peterson. Sitting triumphantly atop his large sectional, Silver let everyone know just how happy he was, touting his team as a preseason favorite. Looking at his team, I might agree. Ok, ok, I do agree. I don’t know much about T.J. Yeldon and I rarely trust a Denver RB, but when I compare this team to the rest of the rosters, I think Silver is justified in all of his shit rolling.

 BOLD BET: Devante Adams finishes in the top 10 for WR.

 2. The Competitors 
 Strong RBs are the cornerstone of any great fantasy team and Scott has just that – DeMarco Murray and Lamar Miller are solid. Alfred Morris, while not a sexy name, will be a pounder all year long and I think Jeremy Maclin has a big year in Andy Reid’s pass first offense.

BOLD BET: Scott’s Billef (do you see how I spelled belief there?) in Buffalo gets the best of him and he starts Tyrod Taylor in week 3

3.  Cant's 
Once LeVeon Bell and Martavis Bryant return this team will be dangerous.

BOLD BET:  Steelers go to Super Bowl and in turn, Aaron returns to the JFL Playoffs!

4. The Prospectors 
Are you seeing the RBs in this stable? Forte, Hill, and a Poor Man’s Forte (Forsett)! Give me a break. Seriously though, let’s just jump to my Bold Bet right now — Forsett is the new Matt Forte. Boom. That happened. Don’t believe me? Ask Forte’s former head coach, Marc Trestman, who is now the Offensive Coordinator for the Ravens. I am predicting a lot of screen passes and hopefully a few 80 yard scampers from Forte 2.0. Plus, there last names are practically the same — rearrange the letters of Forsett’s last name and you can spell Forte (you just have to drop a ’t’ and lose the ’s’). Coincidence? There are no coincidences in fantasy football. KITNA!

 BOLD BET: Forsett finishes in top 5 at RB.  That's fucking bold!

5.  DDW
We need to replace the 'W' with a 'V' and call these guys the Destiny Dream Vets:  Marshawn Lynch, Drew Brees, Brandon Marshall, Mike Wallace... The Wild Hogs of the NFL.  As much as I'd like to poke holes in this roster, it is actually really solid.  Even if these guys aren't necessarily what they used to be, I think we are looking at an 8-5 or 9-4 type season.  I think we are all expecting Julio Jones to go crazy this year and Melvin Gordon has got a lot of hype.  Solid (albeit old) team here.

BOLD BET:  I think Marshawn Lynch slows down dramatically this year and finishes outside of the Top 7 at RB.

6. The Woodsmen 
The Woodsmen burned my preseason power rankings last year. But I just can’t quit Josh. That roster, that golf swing, Josh's beard. Plus, the Woodsmen can’t be THAT bad two years in a row right? Let’s start at QB - TOM BRADY IS THE MAN. First and foremost, the dude is handsome… and pissed. There is nothing more dangerous than a handsome, pissed off man. I think Tom is going to come out tonight with a triumphant middle finger raised to the league and throw for 20+ fantasy points. I think Josh has the same chip on his shoulder (did I mention last year?).  The only concern? There are a lot injury prone dudes on this team — Jamaal Charles, McFadden (laughing right now by the way), A.J. Green, Ingram… So many injury concerns on this team.

BOLD BET:  A.J. Green doesn't play the whole year... Is that bold?  No.  Crud.

7.  The Nomads 
I would argue that The Nomads have two of the strongest keepers in Eddie Lacy and Dez Bryant. But keepers only get you so far in this highly competitive league. Without Arian Foster in the lineup, Adam is forced to start 3 WRs, two of which are questionable at best.  Amari Cooper is an unproven rookie playing in Oakland and Allen Robinson (who?) is in his second year in Jacksonville. Eli Manning is the cherry on top of this hot fudge fantasy Sunday (is it fudge?  it looks like fudge)!  Yikes. Talk to me when Arian is back (and plays for more than 2 weeks).

BOLD BET:  Eli Manning...  I don't know.

8.  Salty Dogs
This RB group is bad.  However, luckily there are a few glimmers of talent elsewhere in Randall Cobb, Calvin Johnson and Jimmy Graham.

BOLD BET:  Steve Smith Sr. goes out on top, finishing in the Top 10 at WR.  Love that dude.

9.  The Mt. Warriors 
My turd-alert starts sounding anytime I see Jonathan Stewart as a No. 1 RB.  Let's be honest, we're all Duck fans, but Stewart is a low-end No. 2 at best. Giovani Bernard and his 8 carries aren’t doing much to temper my concerns. On a side note, Brandin Cooks is legit.

BOLD BET:  Brandin Cooks finishes in Top 5 at WR.

10.  Worldwide
That Jordy injury hurt in a bad way.  So many question marks here... Latavius Murray?  Can Alshon be the same Alshon now that he is the only show in town?  Is Peyton Manning still Peyton Manning?  Is Andre Johnson 42?  Did you know that you drafted Doug Martin?

BOLD BET:  Doug Martin is the Doug Martin from last year (not the 2012 Doug Martin).

11. The Moneyballers
Speaking of Doug Martin... Jeb is hot on the campaign trail showing us all how to cut the deficit and do more with less!  With names like Nelson Agholor, Jordan Matthews and Tre Mason... This is the vintage Moneyball play we have come to expect from Jeb and the boys!

BOLD BET:  Golden Tate ends up being Moneyball's silver lining.  What that means?  I don't know... I am grasping here.

12.  KBs
RBs?  Who needs em'!  No but for real, Kurt, you forgot to draft RBs.

BOLD BET:  Kurt is forced to drop Vincent Jackson to pick up a RB before the start of the season... Oh that already happened.