WDE Rumble 2016: Week 11 & 12 Awards + Week 13 Storylines (Sponsored by Disney’s Moana)

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

Well we have finally made it – the end of the regular season is at hand. Before we take a look at what awaits the league in week 13, let’s take a look back at the award winners for the previous 2 weeks:

WDE Rumble Week 11 Award Winners:

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

WDE Rumble Week 12 Award Winners:

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

Now our attention turns to the final week of the regular season. While 7 of the 8 teams have their playoff spot locked, there’s still some question of where will everyone end up placed when the dust settles on Monday night. While it’s pretty much set in stone who the number 1 and number 2 seeds are – it’s pretty much anyone’s ball game for the other playoff spot. So the question is will certain teams roar into the postseason with a dominant record or will certain teams crawl in and just hope for the best? Technically speaking, there’s only one team that has been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and that’s Macheteros (who’s only one game out of being in the playoff mix). So let’s dive in and find out the key matchups are:

Texasseans vs. Family Owned: Now one might look at this and say why would a match up featuring the 11th best team in the league be the headline match this week? Well as strange as it sounds, both teams are kind of fighting for a playoff spot (even if it’s a longshot playoff spot). A win by Family Owned and he’s going to the postseason but a win by the Texasseans could conceivably bring Phil back to the promise land that he yearns so much for year after year but it would take some work by other teams to make that a possibility. Even if he doesn’t make it – playing spoiler to actual playoff teams is an Owen tradition. So for the Texasseans, the player to watch will be Jameis Winston. In his first game of the season, Winston went off and score 45 points and he’s only come close to that total one other time this season. Will Winston be able to finish the season the way he started and pull the Texasseans to yet another upset victory? For Family Owned, the player to watch will be the Denver defense. They are one of the main reasons that Cory has been so successful this season – they have only scored below 20 points once this entire season…now that’s a string of dominant performances. Going up against Blake Bortles is a recipe for success sometimes for defenses, will this be yet another dominant performance by the Broncos to propel? From our standpoint, this is going to be a pretty close match and will really come down to which player has an outlier of a performance (either good or bad). I think that Family Owned will win this game, but I could really go either way on this. With his shocking performance last week against his brother, you just can’t underestimate that scrappy little guy (he’s smaller than Reid – that’s a fact!). Had these two played last week, the Texasseans would have beat Family Owned as easily as they beat Orange Nation…but that’s last week and this week is week 13, where Family Owned gets the job done.

WDESPN Prediction: Family Owned

The Outlaws vs. TheMistocles: This is our first playoff entrant vs playoff hopeful spotlight match. For weeks now the Outlaws have been pretty much locked into the 5th spot in the draft – never joining the elite 4 of the league or the bottom 4 – just right there in the middle with their average team. Now this team is in a position where a loss could send them plummeting from 5th to 7th place in the playoff race – so it’s crunch time for them. For TheMistocles, they are technically still alive in the playoff race – a win here gives them at least a reasonable shot at making it to the regular season promise land…but it would really come down to point differential. This could end up being a rough week for the Outlaws as they try to find points somewhere on this team – the player to watch will be Devontae Booker. Booker has been extremely disappointing from a fantasy perspective for the last few weeks but one thing is for certain, he’s definitely getting the workload that makes it very hard to bench him. Could this be the week that Booker somehow puts in a respectful performance against the lowly Jaguars defense? For TheMistocles, the player to watch will be Jordan Howard – he has definitely had some up and down moments this season with a high of 30 points and a low of 3 – the question for Maurice is which Howard will show up against the lowly 49ers defense? If history is an indication, probably the one that put up 30 points. This is not looking to good for the commish – when his team is in a tight spot this season, they tend to collapse…will this be another collapse? We tend to think so and the Outlaws will be waiting to see how far they’ve dropped down the polls come Monday morning.

WDESPN Prediction: TheMistocles

Bring It vs. The Footballs: It’s the top of the Smackdown hierarchy vs. the bottom as these two legendary Rumble coaches face off in a game that has the chance to have some playoff ramifications. A win here by Bring It! Would cap off a disappointing but semi-amazing year (winning 5 games while selling off your best players and getting draft picks for next year, not a bad year) and propel them to the upper echelon of fantasy players for the next year. A loss for Bring It would eliminate them from playoff contention and make Todd feel more comfortable about his team. For Bring It, the player to watch will be Tyler Gabriel. He has had an amazing 4 week span of scoring more than 18 points in a game – and going up against the Chiefs bottom ten fantasy secondary with a red hot Matt Ryan throwing to him could lead to more fantasy good for Taylor as we close out the regular season. For the Footballas, the player to watch will be Julio Jones. While Taylor has been pretty hot over the last few weeks, Jones has fluctuated a bit more. But it’s possible that both players have good fantasy days this time around – it’s just a matter of who will have the better day. For our money, we think that the Footballas will come away with this and it won’t be close as Todd closes out his complete domination of the Smackdown brand in the 16-17 season.

WDESPN Prediction: The Footballas

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