WDE Rumble 2016: Week 2 Awards & Week 3 Storylines (Sponsored by NFL RedZone)

Posted: September 22, 2016 by marquesstewart in Awards, Storylines, Uncategorized, WDE Rumble

With week 2 in the books, let’s take a look at who came away as champs and chumps in those matchups:

WDE Rumble Week 2 Award Winners:

  • Cleveland Cavaliers Award (Most Points scored): Family Owned
  • Ryan Lochte Award (Most points but lost): Nashville Ninjas
  • Simone Manuel Award (Fewest points but won): ATLiens Rises
  • US Olympics Women’s Basketball Award (Largest Margin of victory): Family Owned

Now with that out of the way, Week 2 presented a potential return to the average and a potential view of what the season might hold for some of our big name teams. For the Owens brother, Week 2 meant a return back to what their teams are accustomed to doing – losing games. Both came out firing in week 1, but reality set in for week 2. The question becomes, will this reality continue in week 3? For a team like the Ninjas though – it’s starting to sink in…their team might not be very good this season. When you give up so much to climb up the mountain in one season, you might pay dearly in the next season….will this be a cautionary tale for teams that are currently looking at 0-2 (time to sale?) or 2-0 (time to buy using picks?). Week 3 is where both types of team start to separate from the rest of the pack – in one direction or another. Will the Owens get back to their winning ways or will the slide continue? Will teams like the Ninjas and Bring It find the will to win sometime this season? Week 3 is where the rubber meets the road…before the detour known as bye weeks arrive. This week we’re going to keep the storylines simple.

WDE Rumble Week 3 Storylines:

ATLiens Rises vs. Family Owned: It’s #1 vs. #1 for the right to be the man in this league (at least for the first part of the season). For Reid, this match represents an opportunity to stamp his dominance on the early part of the season. For Cory, this is a statement game to say the he should be taken seriously – and the family that drafts together, dominates together. The key player for ATLiens will definitely be their defense as Carolina gets to face an AP-less Minnesota offense. Stefon Diggs has proven for 2 weeks that he’s a force to be reckoned with, will the Carolina defense be that reckoning? For FO, the key player has to be Melvin Gordon. With Danny Woodhead out for the season, the SD backfield belong solely to Melvin…will he be able to take advantage of it to the benefit of Cory and his winning streak? This one is projected to be a little bit close – but will it actually end up being all that close? Probably not….as ATLiens starts the season 3-0 and sends Cory and his family into disarray.

WDESPN Prediction: ATLiens Rises

Clark Kent vs. The Footballas: It’s #2 vs. #2 for the right to be the right hand man to the man in this league (at least for the first part of the season). Both of these teams are coming off impressive wins over some legends of the league – and as they face off early in the season, they know that THIS is their Florida game (featuring 2 people who never went to Tennessee). A win here sets them up for long term success over the course of the season, while a loss will send either man crumbling into a spiral of depression….which isn’t good since both are dealing with newborns and need to keep a stiff upper lip for their families. For Clark Kent/Mike, he will be watching how quickly his pickup of Theo Riddick. With Ameer Abdullah on IR, Riddick is the man in Detroit – will he be able to translate that into consistent fantasy points or will someone else step in and vulture value away? For Todd, the way that CJ Anderson goes – so goes the Footballas. With Doug Martin now on the mend for a few weeks, it all comes down to CJ keeping up his amazing/rock solid RB1 pace. In previous years, the Cincy defense was one that should be feared…that has not been the case this year, but you know there’s no time to start like the present to start a new/old trend. These teams are pretty closely matched at the WR position, so it will come down to the RBs. Since this is the last week that he will get to enjoy the majesty that is DeAngelo Williams, we think that Mike will be able to trot out a better cast of RB characters then Todd – but this one might actually be a close game. It might be a game in which both teams try to find a way to lose…but Mike will come out the ultimate winner and go 3-0.

WDESPN Prediction: Clark Kent

Fear the Neckbeard vs. Nashville Ninjas: In a better run organization, we would have a research department that could tell us this…but we’re going to say: no team has ever gone 0-3 and made the playoffs. So this is really crunch time for the Ninjas…will they fade into obscurity this year and reload for 2017, or will they take a stand and start righting the ship this week? For the Ninjas, all eyes will be on Charles Sims. With Doug Martin out for a few weeks, Sims gets the opportunity to try his hand at being a lead back for the Bucs – what will he do with that opportunity? Jonas is hoping that it turns into a few monster performance – but going up against the Rams defense isn’t necessarily a recipe for fantasy gold. For Kyle and the Neckbeards, all eyes will be on Fozzy Whitaker as he takes over for the injured Jonathan Stewart. Everyone knows that Cam Newton is a great QB, but he also steals goal line carries from his RB…who just happens to be Fozzy this week. So Jonas will be cheering for Cam to run, run and run near the goal line while Kyle will be cursing up a storm when that actually happens. Kyle is also starting Derrick Henry – apparently hoping that the RB injury bug taps DeMarco this week and he’ll be the beneficiary during the actual week the injury happens. That’s just cold, Kyle. Cold! And for that coldness, we think that the Ninjas right the ship and get a W in the column to avoid the disastrous 0-3 start. If they can’t win here…when can they win? The Owens brothers are no longer the punching bags of the league.

 

WDESPN Prediction: Nashville Ninjas

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