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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.

Saturday, August 22, 2015


Welcome to JFL 2015!  First and foremost, congrats to The Competitors!  The 10-3 championship season was arguably the most dominate performance in the history of the JFL.  Let me provide some context here -- The Competitors scored 100 or more points in each of the first 4 weeks of the season.  They produced 100+ points 7 out of 10 weeks -- only missing the 100 point mark 4 times the entire year.  In week 10, they rattled off 145 points.  Averaging 100+ points a game is an incredible accomplishment in fantasy football and one that does not just happen by luck.  The Competitors 2014 season will go down in JFL history and will be considered the standard by which we measure fantasy greatness.  On behalf of this great league, congratulations to Scott and The Competitors.  Admire his 10-3 record and league leading PF below:

The Competitors outscored the next best DDW by over 145+ points.  The DDW ran into some tough matchups and finished at a disappointing 6-7.  Only one win shy of The Prospectors who somehow managed to sneak in to their 3rd straight championship (thanks to an extremely weak EAST division).  The Prospectors limped to a lowly 7-6 record and 5th in overall scoring.  Hardly a championship contender from the start, The Prospectors landed lucky #12 pick in the 2014 draft.  Not only did they have last pick in the draft working against them... The Prospectors were forced to draft on the road (literally Steph was driving) from Austin.  The horrible draft day conditions certainly had their effects -- how else could you explain Matt Stafford in the first round?  If that wasn't bad enough, The Prospectors went against all fantasy football draft day logic and drafted a Tight End with their next pick.  Yep, a Tight End.  Matt Stafford and a Tight End.  Bad (Granted that TE scored 28 in Week 1).  

What else did we learn last year?  Let's look back:

  • I absolutely whiffed on my preseason power rankings.  I had The Woodsmen at #1... They finished 10th.  The DDW were ranked #2... As stated, they finished at 6-7.  I had Nomads at #3... They finished 11th.
  • By Week 2, I had adjusted The Power Rankings and they proved to be extremely accurate - The Competitors at #1 and The Prospectors at #2.  Nailed it!  
  • The Competitors had an absolute stable of running backs - in Week 1, The Competitors had the following RBs:  Demarco Murray (18 pts), Rashad Jennings (15 pts), and Chris Johnson (15 pts) Lamar Miller (11 pts), Terrance West (10 pts), Khiry Robinson (8 pts), and Stepfan Taylor (8 pts). *Points scored in week 1.
  • Beware, The Woodsmen have been deep undercover preparing for the 2015 season since Week 5 of the 2014 season.  If you recall, Ray Rice beat up his wife and in turn, the Woodsmen's fantasy season.  Hey diddle diddle, Ray Ray screwed The Woodsmen up the middle.  Josh did not get a win until Week 7.  By that time, Scott had already secured a playoff spot.  It's ok Josh, 2014 is over and you can come out now...  
  • By Week 4, The Silverbacks and The Competitors were the only remaining undefeated teams. Despite the record, the entire league (including Ole' Silver himself) knew The Silverbacks roster was a giant turd.  Clinging to Trent Richardson for dear life, The SBs posted only 54 points in Week 5 and would go on to win only 2 more games the entire season, finishing at 6-7.
  • As I look at the Final League Standings, I can't help but think that The Worldwide or K-Bastards should have been in the Championship and not The Prospectors...  But despite strong 2014 campaigns,  neither have what I would consider strong keepers.  Sorry Kurt, I am not big on Lesean McCoy this year and I don't think Worldwide gets anywhere near the production out of Manning.  Kurt is somewhat obligated to McCoy -- you wouldn't want to be the guy that lets go of McCoy (although there are preseason trade rumors already swirling).  Meanwhile, Jason has no such obligation to any of his players.  Outside of Manning, Worldwide has Joique Bell, Jordy Nelson, Andre Ellington, Mike Wallace, and Josh Gordon as potential keepers.  Oh wait, BREAKING NEWS, Jordy Nelson is out for the season... Joique Bell!  Joique Bell!
  • Speaking of keepers, The DDW have arguably the strongest pair of keepers in Arian Foster and Marshawn Lynch.  Could this be DDW's year?  It all depends on Foster's groin.  
  • The Mexicant's and The Prospectors landed two of the best rookies from the 2014 season in Odell Beckham Jr. and Jeremy Hill. Per Matthew Berry, Since 2001, there have been only two rookie running backs who had as many carries as Hill and averaged more yards per carry than Hill's 5.1. Those players? Adrian Peterson and Clinton Portis.  I like my chances (as long as Hill doesn't do his best impression of Moneyball's Doug Martin!)
  • The Mountain Warriors were one of my favorite teams last year.  By Week 7, the MTWs were sitting at 5-2 and I really thought this team had a chance at sneaking into the playoffs. However, by Week 8, The MTWs decided to start tinkering with the winning formula, sending Giovanni Bernard to The Prospectors in exchange for Brandon Marshall, Pierre Garcon, and Fred Jackson. Following the trade, the MTWs lost 4 straight weeks, effectively dropping out of the playoff race.  What's the lesson here?  Don't fix something that isn't broken.
  • Molly is day-to-day after suffering a broken finger in the 2014 Turkey Bowl.  Dang girl.  
  • What about all the other teams?  Let's go dumpster diving and dig into some of last year's garbage fires!  At 3-10, The Desperados finished at the bottom of The JFL.  Facing multiple sanctions for not setting his lineup, Alan has chosen to step down as the owner of the team and make room for an expansion team that has yet to be named.  The new owner will be inheriting Calvin Johnson and Frank Gore as potential keepers.  More news on this later.
  • What happen to The Nomads last year?  Coming off a championship year in 2013, The Nomads finished at a dismal 5-8.  Still, Adam has some of the stronger keepers in the league in Dez Bryant and Eddie Lacy.  We'll see how The Nomads bounce back after the down year.
  • What about Moneyball?  Is this the year that Jebby finally gets out from his brother's shadow and makes a playoff run of his very own?  We'll see!
I am super excited for another season of JFL!  Let's talk draft!  This year will be our very first LIVE DRAFT!  Draft info below:

DRAFT TIME:  6:00 PM - Saturday, September 5
DRAFT LOCATION:  113 Skyler Lane, Phoenix Oregon
*Pre-Event activities begin at 5:00 PM (Hosted by JFL'S Official Room Mom, Karen!)

I hope you all can make it to the event and represent your respective teams.  PLEASE BRING $50 WITH YOU TO THE DRAFT.  If you don't plan on attending the draft please use the extremely simple Paypal option below:

I would really like to get everybody's money before the season kicks off.  Don Sr. will be helping me collect funds this year.  Those who fail to pay will be receiving Paypal invoices, public shaming via this website/Sunday morning group text messages, and ultimately, super awkward phone calls from my Dad.  Don't be that guy.