WDE Rumble 2016: Week 7&8 Awards + Week 9 Storylines (Sponsored by Marvel’s Doctor Strange)

Posted: November 3, 2016 by marquesstewart in Awards, Storylines, Uncategorized, WDE Rumble

We here at WDESPN hoped that everyone had a great Sports Equinox weekend. It was a week in which anything seemed possible as the the equinox is a rare and special occasion. You know what’s also special – winning an award! So let’s see who are winners are from the last few weeks:

WDE Rumble Week 7 Award Winners:

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

WDE Rumble Week 8 Award Winners:

  • Cleveland Cavaliers Award (Most Points scored): The Outlaws
  • Ryan Lochte Award (Most points but lost): Orange Nation
  • Simone Manuel Award (Fewest points but won):Nashville Ninjas
  • US Olympics Women’s Basketball Award (Largest Margin of victory): The Outlaws

It’s amazing how time flies – we’re heading into week 9 of the fantasy football season! Only 5 more weeks left in the regular season before we head into the promise land known as the playoffs. Now contrary to popular belief, the teams at the bottom of the league are technically still in the race for a playoff spot. Only 2 games separate the number 8 team and the number 12 team. And as we all know, you only need to get hot at the right time to ride into the fantasy sunset as a champion. With bye weeks still wreaking havoc on teams, which teams will be able to overcome their internal challenges and win one more game to get them closer that fantasy gold?

The Outlaws vs. ATLien Rises [Rivarly]: Even though there is alot of animosity between these two teams over the year, Marques actually owes a debt of gratitude to Reid for actually saving his season early on. Before the season started, Marques stupidly drafted fragile Tony Romo to be his main QB for the season and Andy Dalton was meant to back him up. Unfortunately, Tony was more fragile than anyone realized and was out for the season before the first game of the year. The Outlaws were looking like a team that would have to ride Andy Dalton to fantasy (fools) gold this year – but then Reid dropped Matt Ryan for Spencer Ware and Marques picked up Matt Ryan for $5. Probably the best $5 spent this year as Matt has played at a MVP level for plenty of games this year. Combine that with the Freeman trade from last year and the chickens might be coming home to roost in this one against the ATLiens. For ATLiens Rises, the player to watch will be Drew Brees. Last week he was good but not great against the Seahawks at home. But now he’s playing with kryptonite this week i.e. away. As is well documented, Drew Brees is a monster when play at the Superdome – but away from the dome he has yet to crack 40 points and perhaps somehow the lowly 49ers can bring the great Drew Brees low. For the Outlaws, the player to watch will be Matt Ryan – since his explosive game against the Panthers in Week 4, he has been good by not great. In addition, he’s playing on a Thursday night which has not typically been a bastion of points for fantasy purposes. The last time Ryan faced the Bucs, he threw for 334 and 2 TDs – can he do better this week? After last weeks surprising loss to the Footballas, you can’t take anything for granted – but ATLiens is looking like the team of destiny right now. Just like the Vols…and we saw how far that got them. We’re still going with ATLiens to win this one, but it might be closer than we all think.

WDESPN Prediction: ATLien Rises

The Footballas vs Orange Nation: When you look up the word overachieve, you should find a picture of Todd’s team – The Footballas – as they definitely outkicked their coverage last week with a surprising win over the ATLiens. Just goes to show – on any given Sunday, any team can win (I’m looking at you bottom barrel teams!). Now this next challenge shouldn’t be that hard, but if there’s one thing we all know – coming down from a massive win like that can really mess with a team and make them complacent. Joel/Orange Nation is coming off a 3 game losing streak, which was preceded by a 3 game winning streak. So will this be the start of a winning streak for the older Owen brother? The player to watch for Joel will be Derek Carr – who just absolutely dominated the Bucs in last Sunday’s game. When you go for 513 yards and 4 touchdowns – all eyes are definitely on you to see if you can keep it up. It’s going to be hard to do against the vaunted Broncos defense – but if he does overcome that hurdle, he would be a legend. For the Footballas, the player to watch will be Big Ben. Since Andy Dalton is on a bye this week, Todd has to be hoping that Big Ben can saddle up once again and keep his teams playoff hopes alive and well. Reports have come out suggesting that Ben could strap it up this weekend, but only time – and pain tolerance will tell. On paper, these are two very evenly matched teams – it’s going to be a shame that one of them definitely has to lose. I think in the end Orange Nation is going to be able to pull out the win and show Todd that he’s a one hit wonder at the top. You do have to wonder who Joel will be rooting for in the Oakland/Denver match up: Derek Carr or Von Miller? Where does his loyalty lie?

WDESPN Prediction: Orange Nation

Texasseans vs Macheteros: There are two teams that are just trying to make it through this season with some very flawed teams. But don’t look now, Phil is in the hunt for a playoff spot with his 3-5 record. Technically, Macheteros isn’t out of it either with his 1-7 records (only 2 games back from 8th place). This is going to be an interesting match up as 2 key cogs in the Texassean machine will be on bye this week (Alshon Jeffery and Kirk Cousins). Which means that Phil will have to turn back to a player that is his player to watch and probably someone he hasn’t had to rely on since the first game of the season – Jameis Winston. In week 1, he lit the world on fire with his 281 yard 4 TD performance against the Falcons. So who does he get the pleasure of facing off again – only at home this time – that same Falcons defense. So literally could not have come at a better time. For Macheteros, the player to watch will be Aaron Rodgers. Even though the Packers offense lost last week, it’s starting to actually come around from a fantasy perspective – with Aaron leading the way by putting up 2 of his largest points performances of the week in the last 2 weeks. Will Aaron be able to continue that trend heading into what should be a shootout game against the Colts? We shall definitely see but somehow this game is going to be close – somehow, someway. But Macheteros will walk with the victory and potentially be one step closer to making it to the 3rd fantasy season of the year.

WDESPN Prediction: Macheteros

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