WDE Rumble 2016: Week 13 Awards + Week 14 Storylines (Sponsored by Yahoo!)

Posted: December 8, 2016 by marquesstewart in Awards, Storylines, Uncategorized, WDE Rumble

Playoffs! We’re talking about Playoffs?!

That’s right, the time has finally arrived – after the hope of the 1st part of the season (the draft), the soul crushing nature of the 2nd part of the season (the regular season) comes the stress inducing part of the season – the playoffs! For the 8 teams that made it to the promise land, congrats…it’s an honor just to be nominated. It’s also an honor to get a weekly awards, let’s see who won one last week:

WDE Rumble Week 13 Award Winners:

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

Now we take look forward to the matches that await us in the 1st week of the playoffs. As we all know, anything can happen on Sunday – who will move on to the next round and who gets to enjoy their holiday season? Let’s find out…

#1 Clark Kent vs. #8 Nashville Ninjas: This is one of those rare back to back 1st round playoff matches – will history repeat itself?  These two teams faced off against each other in week 13 and week 2, both resulting in a Clark Kent victory. Amazingly enough – Mike can steamroll almost any team in this league EXCEPT the Ninjas. The average margin of victory in this series is just 8 points…that’s raiser thin. It’s hard to beat a team three times in a season and back to back – is Mike up to the challenge? Both of these coaches have tasted fantasy gold before – and each wants to get back to that sweet taste. The player to watch for Clark Kent will be Demaryius Thomas because if Paxton Lynch plays again, he might not be that great of an option. Heck, even with Simien playing – he may not be that great of an option. In the last 5 week, Thomas has scored over 20 points only once and will be going up against a Tennessee defense that can be difficult at best. For the NInjas, the player to watch will be Eric Berry – he showed up in a big way in week 13 coming away with the pick 6 and the PAT returned for TD. Can he pull off that magic once again on Thursday night? Eric seems to shine in the spotlight so that plus his color rush uniform should result in a magical day for EB. Ultimately it comes down to firepower, Mike/Clark Kent has alot of it and the Ninjas are slightly lacking. Clark Kent has a much bigger margin of error compared to the points projection from Yahoo. While it would be highly interesting if the Ninjas were able to pull off the upset, we believe the #1 seed will safely move on to the next round of domination.

WDESPN Prediction: Clark Kent

#2 The Footballas vs. #7 Fear the Neckbeard: You want to talk about two teams coming into the fantasy playoffs with little momentum behind them, look no further then this match up. The Footballas are coming off a humiliating loss to Bring It – the team that sold all their good players this season to make a run next year. Somehow PRR find a way to get to 5 wins AND stick it to the his division leader. On the other hand, you have Fear the Neckbeard – he who purchased most of the good players from Bring It, despite all that purchasing found himself in 7th place. How much does trading to get to 7th place cost you? Apparently a 2nd, 4th, 9th 12th and 10th round. You make all those moves to win the championship – not just barely make it into the playoffs, so will Kyle be able to pull off the upset? For The Footballas, the player to watch will be Julio Jones – he supposedly has a minor turf toe injury so it will be interesting to see how that affects his ability to play against the lowly LA Rams. For Fear the Neckbeard, the player to watch will be Brandon Marshall. Now that the Jets have turned over the reins of the team to Bryce Petty – it will be a big mystery what happens to Brandon (and Matt Forte’s) fantasy value. Never before has so much been riding on the Jets to actually perform up to par – but if there’s one team that can make almost any other team look goods, it’s the 49ers. Looking at the match up, this has the potential to be one of the lowest scoring games of the fantasy playoffs – more like a slugfest instead of a sustain aerial attack. These teams are probably really evenly matched. The last time these two teams faced off was in week 1 and it wasn’t even close….so will history repeat itself? Probably not – where there’s blood, there’s sharks and Kyle has definitely been a shark this season with his wheeling and dealing with PRR. We think the shark eats and moves on with the upset.

WDESPN Prediction: Fear the Neckbeard

#3 ATLiens Rises vs. #6 Family Owned: These are two fairly strong teams going against each other to show who’s got the biggest MO going at the moment. Both teams crushed players that were at the very bottom of the 2016 Rumble ladder – now it’s time to beat up on someone their own size. The player to watch for Family Owned will be Melvin Gordon. He’s been a bit of a revelation this season, scoring no less than 10 points since week 7 – he’s probably singlehandedly kept Family Owned afloat in the league this season. But in week 14, he’s got a slight challenge in front of him in the form of the Carolina defense – that hasn’t been great, but has (until last Sunday night) been a bend but don’t break defense. Last week they broke and it’s possibly that Gordon could find yet another stud fantasy day against them. For ATLiens , the player to watch will be the Vikings defense – who will be going up against the gift giving Blake Bortles. It’s quite possible that they break 70 fantasy points in this game – which amazing enough, they have not done. So who will come away with the victory in this one. Just like with Clark Kent, due to the trades that he has made – his margin for victory is much larger than Family Owned – but you never know what will happen on any given Sunday, right? With that said, ATLiens will come out of this one a little bruised but moving onto the second round.

WDESPN Prediction: ATLiens Rises

#4 Orange Nation vs. #5 The Outlaws: Even though Joel and Marques have never really over the phone, Nation has had the Outlaws number all season long. These two teams have faced off against each other twice and it really hasn’t been that close either team.The only thing that is readily apparent about this match up is that if the Outlaws want to have a prayer of beating this squad they are going to need to score 220+ points to make that happen. Which probably isn’t all that likely, but I digress. For Orange Nation, the player to watch will be DeMarco Murray going up against the vaunted Denver defense. Not only has Murray been in decline for the last few weeks – he hasn’t scored more than 20 points in a game since week 10 – but he’s going up against one of the top defenses in the league. Will Murray be able to break out against the Broncos and at least have a high statistical day with a few scores to boot? For The Outlaws, the player to watch will be Malcom Mithcell. With Gronk out for the season and Amendola out on the mend, Mitchell has really found a place in the Patriots offense that will hopefully lead to long term fantasy success. Since Week 11, Mitchell has not scored less than 10 points and should continue to eat against the vaunted and spotty Baltimore secondary. Marques relying on a Patriot to get him to the fantasy playland – will wonders never cease! For us, this is a clear cut case of the team with more fire power just crushing the poor spirit of the Outlaws and sending them spiralling into the fantasy off season. So Orange Nation will continue to find a way to nation build and move on to the next round of the fantasy playoffs.

WDESPN Prediction: Orange Nation

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