WDE Rumble Weekly Storylines: Week 1 Sponsored by PS4 Pro)

Posted: September 8, 2016 by marquesstewart in Fantasy Footbal, Storylines, WDE Rumble

WDE Rumble Weekly Story lines: Week 1 (Sponsored by the PS4 Pro)

Here we stand once again – on the precipice of another great season of NFL fantasy football action. As we start the 2016-17 season, everyone in the league is currently a winner (although an argument could be made that Orange Nation has already lost a game due to their massive investment in Von Miller to start the season). This past season we lost a legend in Peyton Manning who was able to ride off into the sunset with a Super Bowl ring (which probably gives him even more time to make commercials) and we crowned the Ninjas as champion once again. But with a new season, comes new fantasy legends to be made and a (potentially) new champ to be crowned. Week 1 is always a crazy week that is sometimes not indicative of how the rest of the season will play out, but as college football taught us – Week 1 can be a heck of alot of fun. So let’s have some fun!

Nashville Ninjas vs. Orange Nation [Rivarly]: Well this match up got off to an unexpected bang when Joel went and spent 50% of his FAAB budget on a player that – as of this writing – isn’t even in his starting lineup.Both of these teams are coming in with pretty solid teams to start the season, with Orange Nation getting a slight edge because of their great draft position and keeper position. You know Joel has a direct line to the man upstairs when his starting lineup has Antonio Brown AND David Johnson in it. For the Ninjas, they have a pretty good mix of current studs (Cam Newton) and alot of dart throws. Lamar Miller has been given the reigns in Houston – will he actually live up to the hype? Does Antonio Gates have one more good season in him? Will Sterling Shepard be that complimentary WR2 that the Giants need to break open their passing game? I don’t know – but the NInjas are looking like a better Oct/Nov team rather than a win in week 1 team. That honor goes to Orange Nation, by a very small margin. Based on who he has available, there really is no way that Joel should lose this match up – but where there’s a will there’s a way. At least for week 1, Orange Nation comes out on top in this rivalry matchup.

WDESPN Prediction: Orange Nation

ATLien Rises vs. TheMistocles: This match up has the biggest points differential of the entire week – as of this writing, ATLiens is expected to win by 28 points. With all the draft picks that Reid had available to him, he should be fielding a strong team pretty much every week – but even the strongest team can come up against a scrappy little team that could pull off the upset. That’s exactly what we have in TheMistocles. Sporting the all underrated team of Carson Palmer, Sammy Watkins, Doug Baldwin and Mark Ingram – Maurice has assembled a team that he is hoping is greater than their individual parts. But in all honesty, this one shouldn’t even be that close but like we said in the opener – week 1 can lead to all sorts of craziness. This match up should not be one of those crazy games and Reid can start his march back to the playoffs with a win.

WDESPN Prediction: ATLien Rises

Bring It! Vs. Clark Kent: This will be one of the more interesting games of the week, as both teams are supposedly evenly matched from a point perspective. This might be the closest match up that has been projected in a long time. Headlining the Bring It squad, will be PRR’s favorite WR ever – Dez Bryant, being thrown to by an actual human being who had parents that thought DAK was a good first name for their child. Really? The core of PRR’s team is the RB tandem of Todd Gurley and Eddie Lacy. It will be interesting to see how the move to LA affects Gurley and the loss of weight affects Lacy. If Lacy/Gurley can actually have a good season together, this team might be able to scrap together a few wins. On the other hand, you have Clark Kent that is relying on the magic of AJ Green to elevate his poor excuse for a team. In previous year, D. Thomas was pretty much a locked in WR1 but with the current QB situation in Denver – that is no longer the case. It’s funny to think about, in previous years having AJ Green and D.Thomas on your team would have been an amazing stroke of luck – but this year, it’s to be expected. This match up will feature both starting WRs for the Broncos – so PRR and Mike should be watching this game closely on Thursday night to see which WR is being fed more. It’s also nice that Clark Kent is renting DeAngelo Williams for the first few weeks of the year – don’t want that rental to go to waste parked on the bench. Despite our better judgement, we believe that Bring It! Will somehow bring it on Sunday and start his quiet but predictable march to being bounced in the first round of the playoffs.

WDESPN Prediction: Bring It!

The Outlaws vs. Texasseans [Rivalry]: If there’s one team that Phil can get excited for every year in the league, it’s his annual match up against the Outlaws. Even though Phil doesn’t draft a superior squad, his team somehow finds a way to embarrass and beat the Outlaws when it counts.This is believed to be the first time that either team has faced each other in Week 1, so it will be interesting to see if that Owens luck can start the season off strong. For the Outlaws, the core of their team is their dynamic WR corps of Odel Beckham and Jordy Nelson. For the 3rd year straight, the Outlaws and OBJ are joining forces to take down the evil known as the other teams in the Rumble. Last year, OBJ was teamed up with Randall Cobb who just couldn’t find his way without the true WR1 in Green Bay. Now OBJ is teamed up with the aforementioned WR1 in Green Bay – can their powers combined take down Phil in week 1? On the other hand, after a somewhat rocky, soccer filled draft – the Texasseans have found a way to revitalize their team picking up Terrance West and a hand full of IDPs that Phil is hoping will give him the edge over the Commish’s squad. The games that both teams will be watching are Jaguars vs. Packers (both have the starting WRs for Green Bay) and Indianapolis vs. Detroit (both have the starting WRs for Detroit and Phil has Andrew Luck). This game could end up being close, but it’s week 1 and somehow, someway the Outlaws will find a way to come out on top against the great Phil revival.

WDESPN Prediction: The Outlaws

Macheteros vs. Family Owned: So can we just spend this entire column just talking about what a terrible draft choice Victor Cruz was? No? Really? Fine – remember it was terrible. Now onto this match up, featuring Gronk and Allen Robinson vs. Adrian (I really should have been drafted by PRR) Peterson and….the Denver defense? If there was ever a match up that could feature some surprising results, it would be this one. The main reason is that no one on the either squad really stands out outside of the aforementioned players/defenses. Aaron Rodgers could be elite – but he has to prove it after the rocky season the Packers had last year. Rivers could be elite – but his offensive line needs to stay healthy for the majority of the season. Ultimately, this match up is going to come down to which not quality level QB will hurt their star player: Shaun Hill/Sam Bradford hurting Adrian Peterson’s value or Garopolo hurting Gronk’s value? On any other day, I would say the Gronk you tour would beat out Peterson and the mediocre twins – but his year, the Madden curse will strike at the most unexpected time and why not week 1? I don’t think that Gronk will get hurt, but Garopolo is no Brady and teams will definitely be scheming ways to force things to other players not named Gronk – and Garopolo should take those chances. So the family that plays together, stays together and totally owns Chris in week 1.

WDESPN Prediction: Family Owned

Fear the Neckbeard vs. The Footballas: One of these teams is coming into this season after making a semi-respectable show in the playoffs last season and the other is licking his wounds after coming in dead last in the league and only winning 2 games. It takes alot of out of mentally when you lose all your games except when you play the Owens boys. But this season represents a new slate and new opportunities to make it into the post season for both of these teams. For The Footballas, their bread will definitely be buttered by the silky smooth Julio Jones – the question is, how many games will Julio actually play this season and will Sanu provide enough of a distraction to keep Julio in that upper tier of WR rankings that we’re accustomed to seeing him at. For FTB, their bread will be buttered by their running game of Matt Forte and Danny Woodhead, or as they are called in PPR land “Mr Reliables”. While neither back is known for their durability, this is only week 1 and they should both come out of it unscathed for the most part and potentially leading their team to victory. I actually think that FTB has the firepower, no matter how limited it actually is, to get the job done this week. With Forte and Woodhead leading the way, they could lead this team to the promise land via PPR. So with that as prologue, we think that FTB will come away with the W in week 1.

WDESPN Prediction: Fear the Neckbeard

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