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Fantasy Football 2018-19

Only 79 days left until kickoff of the 2018-19 NFL season. This year we had two managers leave our fantasy league. Thanks to Jim for playing with us the last 10 years and Austin for the last 5! You guys were great additions to the league and you will be missed.

Since we have some new members, I thought I’d introduce everyone:

  • Andy lives near Green Lake and his dog has more Instagram followers than I do.
  • Dad is one of my parental units. He lives in Indiana and has three tractors.
  • Logan is my brother-in-law (Tyla’s brother). He started off pretty bad in the league but somehow seems to be winning too much lately. He lives in Kirkland.
  • Luke is my brother-in-law (my sister’s husband.) He lives in Toledo and just built a fence.
  • Nick currently inhabits half of my office at work. We say that together we make a pretty average software developer. He lives in Woodinville.
  • Tim is my brother-in-law’s (Luke’s) brother. He was also my roommate for a few years.  He lives in Monroe.
  • Tyler lives all the way across the cul-de-sac from me. He has a bigger garden than me and one more MG than I do.

Now that you’ve all been introduced, let’s refresh our memories of the standings for the last 10 seasons.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
2008 Ben Tim Jim Luke Dad Ryan Andy Ed
2009 Luke Dad Kyle Tim Andy Jim Ryan Ben
2010 Luke Time Ben Dad Andy Jim Logan Kyle
2011 Luke Time Ben Dad Andy Jim Logan Kyle
2012 Andy Micah Ben Tim Jim Dad Logan Ryan
2013 Logan Andy Dad Ben Jim Tim Luke Austin
2014 Austin Jim Tim Ben Luke Logan Andy Dad
2015 Austin Logan Ben Dad Luke Andy Tim Jim
2016 Logan Austin Andy Ben Tim Jim Dad Luke
2017 Logan Ben Luke Austin Andy Dad Tim Jim

And if you take that chart and calculate average finish, here’s what you get:

Name Average Finish
Logan 3.2
Ben 3.5
Luke 3.5
Tim 3.8
Andy 4.6
Dad 4.9

The first piece of business is picking a date for our draft. We’ll do a live draft party at my house again, but as always, you’re welcome to autodraft if you prefer. I don’t think there’s much correlation between the people that the draft method you prefer and your finishing position in the league so don’t sweat it. Watch your email for a link to a poll for picking the draft date/time. You don’t want to miss out on your chance to pick Kaepernick. I mean, surely some team will pick him up before the start of the season, right?

Fantasy Football – Week 16

As the announcer of the Seahawks/Cowboys game said, “If the Seahawks win this, it will be the worst offensive performance I’ve ever seen from a winning team.” Now clearly he hadn’t seen some of the games early in the season, but yes, the Seahawks offense was a hot mess. And hey, their postseason hopes are still alive by a thin margin.

Of the top four teams in our league, only one team broke 100 and that was Logan. Congrats on another first place trophy! Logan’s third round draft pick, Todd Gurley, really paid off in the playoffs with 88.1 points. Here are the final standings;

1. Logan
2. Ben
3. Luke
4. Austin
5. Andy
6. Dad
7. Tim
8. Jim

At the beginning of the season, I heard that some people might not be too interested in continuing this. I really appreciate everyone keeping their roster full! If you want out, it’s completely fine. Let’s do this as an opt-in situation. If you want to play next year, send me a private message/email/text by the Super Bowl. That will give me plenty of time to fill any empty team slots before the next season starts.

I’ll try to scrounge up some more overall season stats in a week or two, but for now, here are the weekly stats.

This Week This Season All-Time
Highest Team Score Tim had 133..76 Logan had 188.80 (Week 15) Tim 200.51 (2015)
Lowest Team Score Dad had 89.69 Jim had 60.95 (Week 10) Andy had 41.29 (2015)
Biggest Blowout Team beat Jim by 36.08 Luke beat Jim by 74.22 (Week 3) Luke beat Andy by 113.02 (2010)
Closest Win Luke beat Austin by 5.52 Dad beat Jim by 1.86 (Week 15) Jim beat Ben by 0.12 (2012)
Highest Scoring Player Todd Gurley had 43.50 points for Logan. Tom Brady had 45.72 for Luke. (Week 3) Drew Brees had 60.54 on Tim’s bench (2015)
Longest Active Winning Streak Logan has a 3 game winning streak Austin has a 6 game winning streak (Week 13) Micah (2011) and Ben (2015) had an 8 game winning streak
Longest Active Losing Streak Austin and Jim have 3 game losing streaks. Tim had a 5 game losing streak. (Week 5) Kyle had a 14 game losing streak (2011)

Fantasy Football – Week 15

Let’s just skip talking about the Seahawks this week like I skipped watching most of the second half.

Our league was much more exciting. Luke went into the playoffs with the #1 spot and lost to the yahoo who limped backwards into the playoffs (me). And in #2 vs #3 game, Logan put up the highest score of the season to beat Austin. The consolation bracket didn’t disappoint either as Dad and Jim posted the closest game of the season. Next week will wrap up our season as Logan and I battle it out for first place. This feels kind of like a David vs Goliath thing. It’s more than a little intimidating to head into the championship game against the guy who just put up 188 points! Just to put that number into perspective, Logan played against the second highest scorer this week and still almost set the season record for the biggest blowout!

Also of note, week 15 was the highest total league score that we’ve put together this season. We also had 5 people within less than 8 points of each other.

Power rankings for week 15:

1. Logan (+3)
2. Ben (-1)
3. Luke (-1)
4. Austin (-1)

On to the weekly awards…

This Week This Season All-Time
Highest Team Score Logan had 188.80 Luke had 161.89 (Week 3) Tim 200.51 (2015)
Lowest Team Score Tim had 81.08 Jim had 60.95 (Week 10) Andy had 41.29 (2015)
Biggest Blowout Logan beat Austin by 66.44 Luke beat Jim by 74.22 (Week 3) Luke beat Andy by 113.02 (2010)
Closest Win Dad beat Jim by 1.86 Andy beat Jim by 2.96 (Week 6) Jim beat Ben by 0.12 (2012)
Highest Scoring Player Todd Gurley had 43.50 points for Logan. Tom Brady had 45.72 for Luke. (Week 3) Drew Brees had 60.54 on Tim’s bench (2015)
Longest Active Winning Streak Ben has a 3 game winning streak Austin has a 6 game winning streak (Week 13) Micah (2011) and Ben (2015) had an 8 game winning streak
Longest Active Losing Streak Austin and Jim have 2 game losing streaks. Tim had a 5 game losing streak. (Week 5) Kyle had a 14 game losing streak (2011)

Fantasy Football – Week 14

The Jaguars are good? Well this is certainly weird. It was also weird to see our QB throw three interceptions in one game. Honestly it’s amazing he doesn’t throw more with all the crazy scrambling throws that he makes. The most disappointing part of the game was the last 45 seconds when the Seahawks, led by Michael Bennett, showed their lack of anything resembling sportsmanship. Can we please trade away Bennett? I’m done with him. I’m also feeling like it’s time for Blair Walsh to go. He’s 7 of his last 13 attempts. Is this one of those things that’s just stuck in his head? The kicks only get more intense from here on out. Can he handle it?

In our league, Luke beat out Austin in a battle for top seed in the playoffs. Logan also won so he ends up in the second seed as Austin falls to third. Logan lost Carson Wentz to an injury though. With no QB on his bench, who will he pick up for the playoffs? And the final spot in the playoffs goes to… me! The implausible scenario that I mentioned two weeks ago played out. Dad lost both games and I won both games with just enough points to get the tiebreaker. I’m predicting coal in my stocking.

So we’ll kick off the playoffs with Luke vs me and Logan vs Austin. The consolation bracket will be Dad vs Jim and Andy vs Tim.

At the end of the season, I’m going to be sending around an email asking who wants to be in the league next year. I got the impression at the start of this season that a few of you weren’t too keen on playing but kind of went with it since Yahoo auto-added you. I really appreciate everyone sticking with it, but I also don’t want you to feel trapped in this forever. It would be a blast to have everyone back, but if you want out, it’s fine. I’d just like to have the offseason to figure out if we need to find some new players, etc. So there’s nothing to do at this point, but please think about it over the next couple weeks.

Power rankings for week 15:

1. Ben (+4)
2. Luke (+2)
3. Austin (-2)
4. Logan (-2)

On to the weekly awards…

This Week This Season All-Time
Highest Team Score Luke had 152.79 Luke had 161.89 (Week 3) Tim 200.51 (2015)
Lowest Team Score Dad had 74.69 Jim had 60.95 (Week 10) Andy had 41.29 (2015)
Biggest Blowout Luke beat Austin by 63.51 Luke beat Jim by 74.22 (Week 3) Luke beat Andy by 113.02 (2010)
Closest Win Tim beat Andy by 13.01 Andy beat Jim by 2.96 (Week 6) Jim beat Ben by 0.12 (2012)
Highest Scoring Player Caron Wentz had 35.24 for Logan Tom Brady had 45.72 for Luke. (Week 3) Drew Brees had 60.54 on Tim’s bench (2015)
Longest Active Winning Streak Ben and Tim have 2 game winning streaks. Austin has a 6 game winning streak (Week 13) Micah (2011) and Ben (2015) had an 8 game winning streak
Longest Active Losing Streak Dad has a 3 game losing streak. Tim had a 5 game losing streak. (Week 5) Kyle had a 14 game losing streak (2011)

Fantasy Football – Week 13

I fully admit that I didn’t think the Seahawks would stand a chance against the red hot Eagles. With their decimated defense and lack of an offensive line, I expected a blowout. Boy was I pleasantly surprised? Well I was surprised when it was over… for the entire game I kept trying to figure out how they were going to end up losing. But this was a really solid game. The Seahawks are great in December so who knows. Maybe they’ll hold on to a wild card spot?

Our league was a surprise as well with three of the top four teams losing. Tim beat Luke in a brother v. brother battle and Jim toppled Dad. Jim’s win was actually key for the playoff picture. Austin, Luke and Logan are already locked in, but Dad needed to win to guarantee a playoff spot. Now it gets interesting as Dad faces off against Logan. Here’s how the fourth spot can play out:

  • Dad wins. He’s into the playoffs.
  • Dad loses and I win. If I score 8 more points than Dad, I win the tiebreaker and I’m in the playoffs. Otherwise Dad is in.
    • Technically the same is true if Dad loses and Andy wins by he’d need ~80 more points than Dad and that seems unlikely.

Whether you’re in the playoffs already or have been eliminated, please keep those rosters full so that we can have a fair fight. It’s down to the wire!

Power rankings for week 14:

1. Austin
2. Logan (+1)
3. Dad (+1)
4. Luke (-2)

On to the weekly awards…

This Week This Season All-Time
Highest Team Score Austin had 142.97 Luke had 161.89 (Week 3) Tim 200.51 (2015)
Lowest Team Score Luke had 86.67 Jim had 60.95 (Week 10) Andy had 41.29 (2015)
Biggest Blowout Austin beat Logan by 43.55 Luke beat Jim by 74.22 (Week 3) Luke beat Andy by 113.02 (2010)
Closest Win Jim beat Dad by 10.02 Andy beat Jim by 2.96 (Week 6) Jim beat Ben by 0.12 (2012)
Highest Scoring Player Alex Smith had 45.64 for Tim’s bench. Tom Brady had 45.72 for Luke. (Week 3) Drew Brees had 60.54 on Tim’s bench (2015)
Longest Active Winning Streak Austin has a 6 game winning streak Logan had a 5 game winning streak (Week 5) Micah (2011) and Ben (2015) had an 8 game winning streak
Longest Active Losing Streak Dad has a 2 game losing streak. Tim had a 5 game losing streak. (Week 5) Kyle had a 14 game losing streak (2011)