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Monday, August 22, 2016

2016 KICKOFF: Silverbacks Defending Champs

Welcome to the 2016 fantasy season!  Before we kick off the new season, let's take a moment and congratulate the 2015-16 JFL Champion, The Silverback himself, Don Senior.  The Silverbacks had one of the most memorable performances in league history.  After starting the season 1-5, savvy Silver somehow rallied to win 6 straight and sneak into the playoffs.  During that incredible 6-win run, Silver posted yuuuuuuge numbers on his way to leading the league in total points scored:
  • 156 points in Week 10 
  • 136 points in Week 12
  • From week 7-13, Silverbacks averaged 110+ points per game
These performances were made possible by a number of free agent pickups and crafty trades.  Let's take a look at some of Senior's key transactions:
  • Silverbacks acquired Carson Palmer from free agency in Week 1 -- Carson Palmer in Bruce Arians offense blew up last year -- good move Silver!
  • Silverbacks traded Ronnie Hillman/Alan Hurns for Calvin Johnson -- I am not sure how this trade happened, but Megatron had some monster games down the stretch.  Is Hurns a keeper... Maybe?
  • Silverbacks traded TJ Yeldon for Deangelo Williams -- Silver credits D.Willy for taking him to the promise land as he played a key role at a pivotal moment in the season.  Again, maybe someone was looking for a keeper in TJ Yeldon... and if that's the case, that's sad.
  • Silverbacks acquired Jeremy Langford off waiver wire -- Langford had three 20+ games during Forte's injury.  This one hit too close to home for me to discuss.
  • Silverbacks acquired Charcandrick West off waiver wire -- Charcandrick was just one of many role players that provided stability for Silver in his great time of need.  Remember, Silverback held out hope for CJ Anderson for far too long (every year Silver seems to draft a RB that totally shits the bed -- anyone remember Trent Richardson?)  
Congrats Silver!  Your perseverance and roster moves were equally impressive.  Three cheers for Silver!

With that, let's talk 2016 and the opportunity to MAKE YOUR TEAM GREAT AGAIN!  As you know by now, the league has been activated.  Draft info can be found below:


This year I am proud to announce that the Silverback himself will be acting as the Department of Treasurer.  He will be calling each of you to collect league fees.  You also have the option to pay via PAYPAL.  However, that option is only good for the next week.  At that point, if you have not paid, Don will be calling you directly to collect a check.  PayPal info can be found below:

League Fees for 2016 are $50:  https://www.paypal.me/donjeter


***Bold bets & Commissioner's power rankings will be published post-draft.

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