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Thursday, September 11, 2014

WEEK 2 POWER RANKINGS

Ok, ok, I'll admit, my celebration of my Power Rankings were a bit premature.  Monday night left 3 of the top 4 teams with losses.  In fact, most of the lower ranked teams beat higher ranking teams in week 1 of play.  I still standby my initial power rankings.  Granted, there will be some shakeups (sorry Josh, that loss of Ray Rice is gonna hurt), but I refuse to overreact after only 1 week of play.  With that, let's take a look at the Week 2 Power Rankings:


TEAMS I AM BUYING?  THE COMPETITORS AND THE SILVERBACKS!  TEAMS I AM SELLING?  ANY TEAM THAT HAD RAY RICE!

1.  The Prospectors (1-0)
The Prospectors were the only team in the top 4 to win.  They also posted a league high score of 124.1 points.

2.  The Competitors (1-0)
Any questions I had about The Competitors backfield were answered on Sunday.  Collectively, Demarco Murray (18 pts), Rashad Jennings (15 pts), and Chris Johnson (15 pts) accounted for 48 points.  Balance at the RB position is a key ingredient in making a playoff run and The Competitors have it.  Additionally, The Competitors have the most depth at the RB position out of the entire league.  The Competitors have four RBs on the bench, including Lamar Miller (11 pts), Terrance West (10 pts), Khiry Robinson (8 pts), and Stepfan Taylor (8 pts).  This could finally be the year that The Competitors break the Kitna curse!

3.  DDW (0-1)
Tough 1 point loss for the DDW this week.  They put up a respectable 88 points.  I still really like this team for the playoffs.  They got a tough match this week against a team that The Woodsmen.

4.  The Nomads (0-1)
The Nomads had a disappointing opener.  Who cares?  We are all gonna put up low scores.  The only concern I have for this team is Lacy's health.  Still a balanced team with a lot of talent.  Also, nice to see Mark Ingram and CJ Spiller look like the players they were in college.

5.  The Silverbacks (1-0)
I'm always rooting for Ole' Silver and his band of retirees, so it was a nice surprise to see the old dogs get a win!  Joking aside, The Silverbacks have a legit squad - especially if Cordarrelle Patterson emerges as the new Percy Harvin (which it looks like he could after that 18 pt performance).  It should also be noted that The Silverbacks have substantial depth at the RB position - AP, Steven Jackson, Trent Richardson, Knowshon Moreno, Pierre Thomas, and Devonta Freeman.

6.  The KBs (1-0)
This will be a high scoring team all season - very balanced.

7.  Woodsmen (0-1)
Big tumble this week. This was a #1 team with Ray Rice in the roster.  Ray Rice is no longer part of the equation and Johnathan Dwyer is not gonna get it done.

8.  Prestige Worldwide (1-0)
I am still low on this team.  Too many health questions.  If Andre Ellington has a good week I will be much more optimistic PW.

9.  Desperados (1-0)
It feels wrong to put a team with a win at #9.  I just can't ignore the Ben Tate injury.  This roster is RB poor -- I don't think you can escape with a win scoring 80 often.  Desperados are gonna be desperate for some RBs.

10.  MTW (0-1)
Still think this could be a sneaky team.  Aaron Rodger doesn't score under 10 points ever again.  Don't panic Preston, you're good.  If you win this week, you make a big jump up the power rankings.

11.  Fighting Cant's (0-1)
I was so wrong about Le'Von Belle.

12.  Centurions (0-1)
Paging Billy Beane! 


Monday, September 8, 2014

WEEK 1: FIRST IMPRESSIONS (Part 2)

Power Rankings Dead On!  The Woodsmen & Ray Rice?  Julius Thomas Hecklers?

Everybody likes to bitch about the power rankings, but let's look at the results?  The Top 3 out of 4 teams all won on Sunday (or are projected to win).  The Woodsmen were the only team in the top 4 to lose, but they lost to The Competitors, a top 5 team.

Speaking of The Woodsmen, the Ray Rice video concerns me in a big way.  I could see Ray Rice being out for the year, leaving The Woodsmen with a super questionable backfield - Jamaal Charles had a slow debut, and Jonathan Dwyer is unproven.  I think these concerns are something Josh and The Woodsmen are going to have to address sooner than later.  Maybe The Woodsmen leverage Matt Ryan's debut and try to land a mid-tier RB?  Maybe they look to move Randall Cobb?  At any rate, if Ray Rice is out for the season (instead of just two games), I am not as confident in saying that The Woodsmen are a #1 team.  I don't think Josh would disagree. 

How about Julius Thomas last night?  Anyone still want to give The Prospectors shit about their #1 draft pick?  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

WEEK 1: FIRST IMPRESSIONS (Part 1)

Silverbacks Underrated!  Woodsmen Bench Matt Ryan? Competitors Deep!


The Silverbacks might have been the most underrated team heading into Week 1.  The SBs have a legit bench too - Knowshon Moreno put up 19 and Roddy White 13.  Expect the SBs to jump up this week's power rankings.

Speaking of benches... I think The Competitors might have the deepest bench in the league: Lamar Miller put up 11 points, Terrance West, the unknown RB for The Browns put 10, and Khiry Robinson put up 8.  That's a lot of RBs in the stable.  Well done Competitors!

Fighting Cant's got 50 points between their two RBs Lynch and Bell...  I might have been way wrong about LeVeon Bell.

Remember that time the Mt. Warriors "slept in" and forgot to set his lineup in the JFL Championship?  It comes as no surprise that Preston started Bishop Sankey (who they took way, way too early!) despite the fact that Sankey was not the listed starter.

The Preseason favorite Woodsmen benched Matt Ryan and elected to start Carson Palmer?  Matt Ryan put 31 points...  I am just guessing that Carson Palmer will not be able to match that.

Friday, September 5, 2014

PROSPECTORS UNVEIL 2014 CAMPAIGN

The Prospectors have unveiled their 2014 campaign, "Gold."

Thursday, September 4, 2014

WEEK 1 POWER RANKINGS

As I've said before, I take my preseason power rankings very seriously.  Last year I correctly projected 3 out the 4 playoff teams in my preseason power rankings (The Prospectors, The Nomads, and The Silverbacks).  However, this year has been much more difficult to accurately forecast the top 4 teams. The 2014 draft resulted in extreme parity across the league -- these are by far the most balanced rosters I have seen since starting the JFL.  For the first time in JFL history, there is no clear cut #1 team.  Still, the season cannot start without power rankings.  Here goes nothing...

In my opinion, in order to be a true playoff contender, teams need to have at least one, truly elite player at the RB and WR slot (The QB position is super deep this year).  You'll notice each team in the TOP 4 have at least one elite player at RB/WR.  I also took into consideration the owners entire body of work -- previous playoff appearances prove that the owner knows how to manage a fantasy football team and can make the right moves to stay competitive throughout the year.  I can't stress enough how much the management of a team matters -- the draft is only part of the equation.  With that, I give you this year's initial power rankings:





1.  The Woodsmen 
The Woodsmen always seem to be in the playoff conversation.  Last year they were knocked out of the JFL Championship when Matt Prater kicked a 60-some yard field goal.  This year, I think Josh is poised to make his 3rd playoff run and I would not be surprised if he won it all.  The Woodsmen have elite talent at RB/WR with Jamaal Charles and AJ Green.  I believe his #2 WR Randall Cobb is going to be an elite fantasy WR by year's end.  At RB#2, Josh scooped up a sketchy Ray Rice - even though he's suspended and coming off a down year, let's not forget the fantasy numbers he has put up in the past.  The Woodsmen are my #1 team heading into Week 1.

2.  Destiny Dream Weavers 
2011 was the last time The DDW made the playoffs.  Since then, Cody has been stuck in a fantasy nightmare.  Last year, DDW finished 11th place after injuries decimated his team down the stretch.  This year, I think the DDW finally make it back to the playoffs.  Arian Foster and Julio Jones are their elite RB/WR tandem.  Victor Cruz at #2 WR can easily put up elite numbers and Montee Ball has a lot of hype heading into his sophomore campaign.  Rob Gronkowski, when healthy can be just as dominant as a Jimmy Graham -- DDW have handcuffed Gronk to Tom Brady which only strengthens their case for the #2 ranking heading into the season.

3.  The Nomads 
Adam is the defending JFL Champion and I am betting that he makes another playoff run this year.  While he might not have what fantasy experts would classify as elite talent at the RB spots, he has a balanced attack and guys with a lot of upside.  I think Eddie Lacy could be a top 5 RB this year and there is no way that CJ Spiller can be as bad as he was last year (that spot is reserved for Trent Richardson).  Dez Bryant at #1 WR is probably the only guy that would qualify as a fantasy elite guy.

4.  The Prospectors 
The Prospectors have had back to back 2nd place finishes.  Is this the year they finally break through?  The 12th pick certainly did not help.  Thanks to their keepers, they have elite talent in Forte and Marshall.  The Prospectors RB #2, Fred Jackson has always been a Prospector work horse - he led the league in carries last year and I believe he will continue to be the go-to goal line back for the Bills.  Julian Edelman will be Tom Brady's go-to-guy again this year and Pierre Garcon is going to benefit from the addition of Desean Jackson.  Also, Julius Thomas is arguably the 2nd best TE behind Jimmy Graham.  I'll admit, this is not the sexiest roster, but it's balanced.  Plus, The Prospectors have a ton of upside guys on their bench that could easily become household names if given the opportunity - Carlos Hyde, Jarrett Boykin, and Jeremy Hill.  I would bet at least one of those guys becomes a starter by mid-season.  Expect The Prospectors to be right back in the playoff conversation.

5.  The Competitors
The Competitors have finished in 9th place for 3 years in a row now (VOCW finished 9th in 2011).  Last year was just shitty luck considering The Competitors finished 3rd overall in scoring.  Still, I've bet on The Competitors before and been burned.  This year, I'm hedging my bets and ranking them at #5 heading into the season.  There is no question that Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham are elite, however it concerns me that The Competitors don't have any elite guys at the RB/WR positions.  Is Demarco Murray a good RB?  Absolutely - when he is healthy.  Rashad Jennings?  Unproven.  Chris Johnson?  Aging.  Reggie Wayne is also aging and might lose some of his targets to a younger T.Y. Hilton.  I think Emmanuel Sanders is the real gem of this roster - I expect him to have a huge year in Denver.  

6.  Mountain Warriors
Aaron Rodgers and Demaryius Thomas are the headliners for the Mt. Warriors.  But it's the rest of the team I am excited about.  Giovanni Bernard could be the new Ray Rice.  I think Preston took Bishop Sankey a little early, but he could be this year's Doug Martin (remember Doug Martin's rookie year?).  And Percy Harvin?  We all know what he can do if he stays healthy.  The Mt. Warriors are my dark horse team this year.  Don't be surprised if this team shoots up the power rankings with a win in week 1.

7.  The Kurteous Bastards
This is another team that could sneak up on some people.  Nothing needs to be said about Lesean McCoy.  I think Russell Wilson finally becomes a legit fantasy QB (if not, he has Cam Newton on the bench).  Alshon Jeffrey is quickly becoming a top tier fantasy WR.  Alfred Morris is a solid 15 point guy.  I like KB's team.  

8.  The Fighting Cant's
The 2 time JFL Champion has an interesting team this year.  Marshawn Lynch, LeVeon Bell and Zac Stacy could be the deepest RB core in the league.  However, I am not sure I am buying Bell or Stacy.  Time will tell.  Not a huge fan of Phillip Rivers, or Keenan Allen.  

9.  The Silverbacks (Wild Hogs)
Old Silver has arguably the most veteran squad in the league - AP, Roddy White, and Steven Jackson (Steven Jackson was such a beast in Madden 2006!).  Throw an Andy Dalton on top and you have a Silverback Sunday - tasty?  Not sure...  The Silverback also elected to keep Trent Richardson this year which has the whole league questioning his managerial skills.  

10.  The Centurions
Coming off a last place finish The Centurions have a lot to prove this year.  Anytime you take rookies, you're gonna have question marks - that being said, Sammy Watkins could be a superstar.  I just have my doubts - there are always rookie WRs that come in with a lot of hype and do nothing...  It doesn't help that EJ Manuel will be throwing to the rookie.  Doug Martin had a huge rookie season, but then was a massive bust in his sophomore year.  Andre Johnson is old and has Fitzpatrick throwing to him (ugh).  Reggie Bush and Andrew Luck need to be consistent if Billy Beane is gonna make a playoff run.

11.  Prestige Worldwide
Peyton Manning needs to have the same season he had last year or this team is in trouble.  There are just too many question marks for me here - Andre Ellington?  I've heard the hype, but I have a hard time getting behind any Cardinal RB.  Cecil Shorts?  At best, he'll have an unproven rookie throwing to him (if not Chad Henne)... and he's still Cecil Shorts.  I always get Stevan Ridley confused with Shane Vareen - I think Belichick does too.  Jordy Nelson is solid, but I think Rodgers is going to spread the ball around this year - Randall Cobb and Jarret Boykin are going to get their targets.  Vincent Jackson is literally the only show in Tampa - he'll be inconsistent again this year.

12.  The Desperados
The Desperados and Silverbacks have all the right pieces to build an NFL time machine.  The Desperados would bring Frank Gore, MJD, and Larry Fitzgerald.