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It has been a very strange 2 weeks of the NFL – some say it’s because of bad play on the field, others are just thinking that it will take a while for the offenses (and the explosive scoring) to get back on track. Either way – we honor those who fought hard and bravely to walk away with a little bit of fantasy gold in week 2:

Team with the most overall points for the week = The New England Patriots Award

Clark Kent:When you’ve got 3 players going over 30 points – it’s pretty easy to walk away with this award. But it’s interesting how things can change from week to week in this league – in week 1, Mike’s team barely broke 170…the next week they explode to almost go juggernaut. That’s a huge swing in points.

Team with the largest margin of victory = The Golden State Award

Clark Kent: Hopefully this doesn’t become a trend, but last week the winner of this award

also faced off against FTNB and just crushed them. The same goes this week – they could conceivably be the NY Jets of the Rumble this season. But you know what they say “It’s a rebuilding year”

Team with the most points but lost = The Alabama Award

Texasseans: Your team is probably a little bit cursed/a little bit unlucky when you have Tom Terrific scoring over 50 points and Michael Crabtree comes away with the hat trick TDs, and you still end up losing. You might be unlucky – or you might be experiencing the Madden Curse!

Team with the fewest points but won = The Sloane Stephens Award

Orange Nation: With the loss of David Johnson, we were expecting Orange Nation to just start racking up L’s from now until the end of the season. But this team shocked the world by beating The Footballas who was projected to beat Joel by 20+ points. Oh, the power of pastors!

Now let’s look forward to week 3 – a week of change as we have our first London game of the season AND Thursday Night Football makes it debut on Amazon Prime.

The Outlaws vs. Family Owned: If you want to talk about a team that’s been extremely lucky these past 2 weeks, look no further than the Outlaws. They’ve had a Monday night miracle 2 weeks in a row to steal victory from the jaws of defeat. Will that luck continue in week 3? For the commishes team, it will all come down to whether or not Gronk plays in Week 3 – he was such a huge difference maker (as expected) but couldn’t finish the game last week and now the commish is at the mercy of Coach Belichick and his mind games when it comes to football preparation. If Gronk goes – this could wind up being a compelling match up between two 2-0 teams. On the other side of the equation – Corey has but one question: Which Dez is going to show up on Monday night? He’ll be going up against Patrick Peterson on Primetime – not exactly a recipe for success and explosive plays. But if there’s one guy who could possibly put an end to the Outlaws Monday night hijinks, it would be Dez. While the expected spread is about 28 points, these games have ended up being alot closer than projected due to the low scoring by some teams. Unfortunately, one of these teams will walk away with their first L of the season….and we believe that will be going to the Outlaws as their magical undefeated run comes crashing back to earth.

WDESPN Prediction: Family Owned

Bring It! Vs. Orange Nation: It’s the man who would be king vs. the current king of the Rumble. With his collection of MVP quarterbacks, PRR has pretty much been rolling over teams this season with a weekly projection of over 200 points. So there’s no question about the QB position – there is a question about the RB position, though. Not about whether Zeke will play, but whether or not he will stay in the game mentally if things go south against Arizona like they did last week in Denver. The gravy train came to an abrupt stop against one of the elite defenses of the league – and now Zeke is going up against an Arizona defense that’s held two leading RBs to just 76 yards on 29 carries so far this season. Oh, and they’re on primetime. For Orange Nation, without David Johnson in the house – they’re just glad to be fielding an almost competitive team. The player to watch for Orange Nation will be TY Hilton going up against the Cleveland defense. Under normal circumstances, this would be a game that got you really excited because you had a feeling TY would at least get 100 yards and maybe a score. But with Jacoby at the helm, Joel will be lucky if TY scores over 10 points this game. This one is setting up to be a bloodbath – and possibly the first (of many) times this season Bring It brings the pain to their opponent of the week.

WDESPN Prediction: Bring It!

Clark Kent vs. Nashville Ninjas [Rivalry]: Mike has somehow found a way to win in the first two weeks of the season – but if there’s one person (not named Phil) that has his number, it’s the co-commish: Jonas Applegate. While Jonas does have a L in his record, you can never count that lucky bastard out of anything – and they’re projected to have the most points this week as well. For Mike’s team, the question is – where is Tarik Cohen??? But for real, the player to watch will be Davante Adams. With Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb potentially hurt for this game, it could be a big one for Adams to step up into and repeat his performance from last week. On the Ninjas side of the equation, all eyes will be on Christian McCaffrey. After being one of the first rookies taken during this years draft, it’s a legit question to ask if he’s lived up to the hype so far. With less than 10 points in 2 weeks, I would think the answer is no. But will this be the game that McCaffrey finally introduces himself to the world during the regular season? All the experts are expecting it – which probably means it won’t happen…but hey, hope springs eternal right? Even though Yahoo is predicting a 25+ point differential – you just know it’s either going to be a close game OR it’s going to be a blowout. These two teams know no other way to operate. Despite what was said at the beginning – we think that Mike finds a way and continues his undefeated streak to start the season. If he does win this game, one has to wonder…did Mike just pick up Terik Cohen as a lucky charm and has no intention of ever playing him??? He’s wiley like that (or cheaty like that…he does live in Massachusetts, where all the best cheaters live).

WDESPN Prediction: Clark Kent

Other Games:

Macheteros over Fear the Neckbeard

Texasseans over ATLien Rises

The Footballas over TheMistocles

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Before jumping into the first week of all teams playing (thanks Irma), let’s take a look back at our awards winner from a crazy (performance wise) week 1:

Team with the most overall points for the week = The New England Patriots Award

Winner: Nashville Ninjas / A pretty well round victory for this crew – except for that pesky #1 pick and Jonas’ love child known as Christian McCaffrey. If this team can get it’s act together, they might be able to go places.

Team with the largest margin of victory = The Golden State Award

Winner: Nashville NInjas / This is more thanks to FTNB rather than the Ninjas. When you’ve got a player that gives you -9 points and no one on your team scores more than 20 points…you’re going to be helping teams get this award alot.

Team with the most points but lost = The Alabama Award

Winner: The Footballas / This team got a nice surprise in the form of Mike Gillislee’s performance on Thursday night…unfortunately that same night Tyreek Hill had an awesome game as well. If you want to add insult to injury, PRR beat Todd with one player on a bye. Just shameful.

Team with the fewest points but won = The Sloane Stephens Award

Winner: Family Owned / Amazingly enough this was a close game going into MNF – but thanks to the decent work of Drew Brees and the hardwork of Melvin Gordon, they were able to squeeze out a 13 point victory. Hopefully this isn’t the ceiling for both teams or it’s going to be a long season.

Now onto week 2 – where all the overpaying for players in week 1 either looks like fools good or the greatest decision certains teams have made to save their fantasy season (looking at you FTNB and Clark Kent).

Bring It! Vs. Nashville Ninjas [Rivalry]: It’s the team that cashed in the most draft picks this season vs. last week’s juggernaut team. It’s not to often you see a team that put up over 200 points last week as an underdog in week 2 (when there are no byes) but when you have the squad that PRR has – everyone else gets a little bit nervous. Now that PRR is fully invested in the Kansas offense, the player to watch is Kareem Hunt. He blew onto the scene in week 1 against the Patriots defense – but will he be able to make lightning strike twice (or multiple times) this season? The rookie sensation has everyone’s attention now – can he live up to his own hype? As for the Ninjas, they have their own rookie sensation that they hope will explode onto the scene in week 2. Christian McCaffrey had a solid – but unspectacular – week 1. It wasn’t anything to write home about – maybe a short text, but not a full letter – and to combat the awesomeness that is Kareem Hunt, McCaffrey and company are going to need to bring their A+ game to have a chance in this one. For some reason, I think this is going to be a closer match up than it looks on paper – but how can you bet against a team that has Rodgers, Zeke and Hunt? You can’t!

WDESPN Prediction: Bring It!

Clark Kent vs. Fear the Neckbeard: What is being dubbed the FAAB bowl, the two teams that spent the most on week 1 performers meetup in week 2 to determine who made the better business decision. Let’s start with the big spender – FTNB. He spent his entire FAAB budget on Alex Smith based on his week 1 performance. Now this decision was obviously made because Andrew Luck looks like he’s going to be out for at least the next few week and Andy Dalton was a human sack machine in week 1…so had to go the 4 QB route. But by spending that much money on Alex Smith, Kyle can not drop him for any reason….if he were to get hurt but not placed on IR, I think he would still need to keep him on his roster to justify the cost. So the question for Kyle is was Week 1 Alex Smith a mirage or the real deal? It could be the real deal – Matt Ryan took a leap in his performance last year after years of mediocrity….but if it’s not, this is going to be a painful season for Kyle. For Clark Kent, their investment in Tarik Cohen might just define their season. Last season, ATLiens picked up Spencer Ware as a Free Agent and it transformed his season (coincidentally, he let Matt Ryan go in that deal which ended up helping the Outlaws tremendously)…could the same thing happen with Tarik Cohen this season? Possibly, but there was one key difference between Cohen and Ware from last year – Ware became the bell cow back for the Chiefs, Cohen isn’t built for that kind of work. Will his Darren Sproles like ability translate into fantasy gold? Here’s hoping – but as of this writing, Mike doesn’t believe so. He’s got Cohen on the bench….oh ye of little faith. Right now, Yahoo is predicting a win for Mike – and going up against a team that’s starting an Indianapolis WR that’s not being thrown to by Andrew Luck (oh the double irony), this one could be another blood bath for FTNB. He’s truly in suck for luck mode.

WDESPN Prediction: Clark Kent

Texasseans vs. Family Owned: These two teams are pretty evenly matched which is why they both have a 50/50 shot of winning this match up. They are both starting elite QBs in their QB1 spot – so where do you find the difference at? With Texasseans, they will be hoping for another solid game for Jordan Howard – who had some of his lightning stolen last week by Tarik Cohen. Can he reestablish himself as the true all around RB1 that the Bears need or will Mike once again ride on the coattails of Phil? For Family Owned, they’re rolling with Blake Bortles and hoping that the Bortles of last week is the floor for this season…he had a solid, but not spectacular week 1. Losing your WR1 for the season isn’t exactly a recipe for long term success, but you never know what the family can pull off. It would be interesting if such a close game came down t the kickers….Mason Crosby didn’t have alot of work last week because of the defensive battle the Packers were in and Vinateri missed a FG and XP. Don’t be surprised if that happens with these closely matched teams. So who walks away with the victory? Gotta give the W to the team with 1) Angry Tom Brady 2) Going up against the Saints defense that made Sam Bradford look like an MVP candidate.

WDESPN Prediction: Texasseans

Other matchups:

Outlaws overs ATLiens Rises

Macheteros over TheMistocles

The Footballas over Orange Nation

New Yahoo Feature: Skill Level

Posted: September 6, 2017 by marquesstewart in Fantasy Footbal, WDE Rumble

So as I was gearing up for the fantasy football season kickoff, I noticed a new addition to the “header” of my team page:

FootballSkills

So now you can see how much better at fantasy your opponent is compared to you. Some folks got some catching up to do!

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

WDE Rumble 16: Weekly Awards Titles

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

With this being the year of the Olympics, Zika and the Cavaliers finally winning a championship – there were a lot of good things to choose from for the names of our weekly awards. But as always, there can be only 4. So without further adieu, here are the titles of the 4 weekly awards:

Most points scored during the week = The Cleveland Cavalier Award: In honor of the Cavs finally bringing a championship back to the city of Cleveland and doing it in such a dominant, never been done before fashion. Basically the Cavs said the Warriors “We’ll spot you 3 and still win”. If that’s not a Juggernaut worthy team, I don’t know what is.

Most points scored but lost = Ryan Lochte Award: When you have everything going your way – but you still end up falling short…not only as an athlete (living in the shadow of Phelps/the highest scoring winning total) but also as a person – this award is for you. Now no one in the league falls to the douche bag level that is Ryan Lochte, but to honor his embarrassing of his country and the human intelligence we name this award after him.

Fewest points scored but won = The Simone Manuel Award: When you try to do something that people find impossible, that’s the sign of a true competitor which is perfectly symbolized by the first black woman to win individual swim gold at the Olympics. When people stand on the side and say you can’t do that, you can’t win that game – I hope for a stat correction. You stand tall in your ability to overcome adversity and your opponent to bring home the actual Championship gold.

Largest Margin of Victory = The US Olympics Women’s Basketball team: When you’re just so dominant, that you make it look easy – that’s the perfect award for this kind of team. The team that wins this award not only beat their opponent, they pretty much curb stomped them and then said “Sir, may I have another next week?”. For the team that wins this award, it just serves as a gentle reminder that some teams are just better than others – and your team was the better one this week.

The most wonderful time of the year is finally upon us – the official start of the NFL season. This means that it’s time to get your priorities straight and focus on the goal that matters over the next 3 months – the WDE Rumble Championship. The biggest change of the summer is the fact that the Spartans were replaced by TheMistocles, providing the Rumble with our first rookie in over 2 years.  According to the Yahoo draft grades, he had a mediocre draft – but that’s why you play the games. Week 1 is one of the most exciting weeks of the year as everyone is still mathematically alive and in the playoffs. So over the next 13 weeks, we will answer the question of whether or not Reid will be able to repeat as Champion under the hardest circumstances in Rumble history. Will PRR be able to climb to the top of the mountain again and claim his place in fantasy lore? Will theMistocles continue the tradition of amazing rookie performances in the Rumble?

All these questions and more will be answered starting on Thursday – but we still need to breakdown each game and give our opinion. So for Week 1, we will cover all the games being played this week. In the following weeks, we will only cover the 3 best games of the week. So as the saying goes – Let’s get it on!

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ATLiens vs. The Footballas: (FYI – for all official WDE purposes, Reid’s team will be referred to as ATLiens. They have now officially entered the ‘Washington Football Team’ territory with their current name.) A rematch of last year’s fantasy football championship, but the outcome could be very different this time around. On one side, you have the team known as the ATLiens who before the draft even started was declaring this a fire sale season. After having sold his team out last year, the pickings were slim with them getting their first pick in the 3rd round. While it did work out for them last year – resulting in a fantasy championship, this could be the year that they pay the piper in order to come back strong in 2015. Reid is relying on a bounce back year from his boy, Matty Ice, as well as expecting CJ Spiller/Ben Tate to remain healthy for a decent portion of the season. Those aren’t exactly encouraging players if you were trying to make a run for it – but the only thing Reid is running towards is the trading block to see what he can get for any of his guys. On the flip side, you have the team that came so close last year but couldn’t close the deal – just like their beloved Cardinals against the Red Sox. If you thought the RB group for Reid was bad, just look at the RBs that Todd has: Steven Jackson and Mark Ingram – not exactly a recipe for fantasy dominance on the ground. Both of these teams sold out to win last year – and now they are starting off behind the 8-ball this year. This could be one of the ugliest matchups of week 1 but there has to be a winner, right? I think the difference maker in this game will be the Keepers and defense – DeSean Jackson/Seattle (Footballas) vs. Terrance Williams/NY Jets (ATLiens). If either one performs above their stock – which is highly likely in week 1, then that team will come away with the victory. And with the Jets facing off against the Raiders in week 1, it could be a monster day for them. But ultimately, we believe that the Footballas will come away with the W in week 1. The team has just enough good things to pull out the win – but just enough and no more.

WDESPN Prediction: The Footballas

Nashville Ninjas vs. Bring It! (Rivalry): You saw how – in the previous match up – Reid and Todd were suffering from a lack of picks? Meet the team that took most of them, the Nashville Ninjas. The Ninjas were able to stockpile draft picks for this year and came out with a strong team on paper. When you have that many draft picks, it’s imperative that you come away with at least an A draft and that’s exactly what the Ninjas did. Even though they had to steal two of the Outlaws picks in JJ Watt and Luke Kuechly, their team is just full of studs from top to bottom. Starting with the gunslinger Matt Stafford all the way down to the number 3 defense last year, Carolina. This will definitely be a team to reckon with in the first few weeks of the school. So who will reckon with them first? Why that would be that team of PRR and Bring It! They drafted their namesake (Philip Rivers), his number one receiver (Keenan Allen) and PRR’s personal man crush, Jimmy Graham. While one would hope that this would be enough to bring home a victory in week 1 – when you’re going up against someone who is projected to be at least 40 point favorite over you in week 1, you’re going to need more than the Superfly to help bring home the W. The secret weapon for PRR is Zac Stacy – Jonas’ waiver wire find from 2013. If he’s even close to the player he was last year going up against an average Vikings defense, PRR might have a chance. But if he’s just average – and with Clemens as the QB that could be the case – than that will result in an average day for PRR and a loss. For us, in week 1 – we have to go with the Ninjas. But week 1 is full of stories where goliaths such as the Ninjas went down in flames on day 1.

WDESPN Prediction: Nashville Ninjas

Orange Nation vs. Maddog: Kyle was able to capitalize on the Ninjas taking Jamall Charles with the first pick by getting the team that willed the ATLiens to fantasy gold last year, LeSean McCoy. Mighty mouse was just unstoppable in the last few weeks of 2013 and to some, should have been the overall number 1 pick this year. But that’s why we draft – you just never know who’s going to fall to you. With the top player from last year on his team, Kyle went for another ATLiens guy who was a surprise hit last year – Andy Dalton. Basically appears that Maddog is just trying to recreate the 2013 ATLiens squad and see if he can repeat the fantasy magic without having to sell all his top draft picks for 2015. For Maddog, he has two players that will be very interesting to watch – the first is Eric Decker, who went from the penthouse with Peyton Manning to the doghouse with Geno Smith in NY. While he is the number one receiver there, it will be interesting to see how he handles number one receiver coverage. The other position to watch is Kicker – yes, kicker. Maddog dropped Sebastian Janikowski and picked up Alex Henery, who was waived by the Eagles. So the search for another kicker begins – and with a match that will supposedly be tight, every point counts. On the Orange Nation side of the fence, they are rolling with a little bit of Luck at both QB and the RB position. Andrew Luck is their starting QB and this could be the year that he pieces it all together and becomes the top tier QB everyone is expecting him to be. Joel is also rolling with Arian Foster, who could be a stud at RB if he can once again piece together a healthy season – which is sadly asking a lot of the former Vol these days. The X-factor for Joel will be Crabtree – if he can live up to his number 1 receiver pedigree, Joel could be looking at his first respectable season in a long time. The same could be said of Kyle and Percy Harvin – but everyone knows that Harvin is just an injury risk waiting to happen, so it’s a matter of how long will he be available for usage. This is shaping up to be a fairly even battle between these two veteran teams and we’re going to have to give the nod to Maddog. When you have the number 1 running back in fantasy, you should win in week 1. Fantasy fact!

WDESPN Prediction: Maddog

Texasseans vs. TheMistocles (Rivalry): Now this is shaping up to be a good match up – you’ve got the rookie coming in trying to prove something and you’ve got Phil coming in trying to prove that he’s still got it to be a threat to anyone in the league. We’ll first cover the rookie, Maurice and TheMistocles. He’s coming in with the one time number 1 pick, Adrian Peterson which wouldn’t be a bad pick if he had a QB that was competent. But that’s not looking like that will be in place at the start of the year and thus it could be another long year for AP. At the RB2 spot, he’s got the one time fantasy stud Alfred Morris who is great in a traditional league but since he doesn’t catch passes, makes him a bit of stretch in this format. He’ll definitely need TDs in order to be worthwhile for the Mistocles. But the player that could be the hidden gem for Maurice could end up being Jay Cutler. Everyone saw what the QB whisperer known as Marc Trestman did with Josh McCown – imagine what he can do with an entire season of Jay Cutler.  But one of the recipients of Jay Cutler’s potential renaissance is actually standing on the other side of field in the form of Alshon Jeffery who is on Phil’s team. Jeffery was an unqualified stud while McCown was throwing the ball around – but will that love affair continue with Jay back in full control and his bromance with Brandon Marshall in full effect? The x-factor for Phil will be the performance of Toby Gerhart. When he was the backup to AP in Minnesota, he showed flashes of being good but not great – here is his chance to prove the world and his doubters wrong. And what a game to prove them wrong in – is it within the realm of possibility that Toby could score more than Adrian in this game? Totally possible. Will it happen? Probably – since AP is going up against a good defense in St Louis and Toby is going up against the turnstile defense of Philadelphia. For me, the deal breaker comes in the one player that we haven’t mentioned yet who will be going up against his old team – Peyton Manning. In his first game last year, Peyton went off on the Ravens defense to the tune of 7 TDs. Now we don’t expect a repeat of that, but it’s entirely possible he could be involved in a shootout under the lights of Sunday Night Football – and that will bring victory to the pride of the Southland, Phil Owens.

WDESPN Prediction: Texasseans

The Outlaws vs Clark Kent (Rivalry): The future of the Arizona Cardinals vs. the past of the Arizona cardinals – that’s what this match up is all about. Even though he wasn’t able to be present at the Rumble draft, somehow Marques was able to come away with a decent team to start the season. The WR star of his group is Michael Floyd, the number 2 WR in Arizona. He had a slightly better year than Fitzgerald last year but doesn’t yet have the name recognition of Fitz. Mike, on the other hand, does have the future hall of famer, Larry Fitzgerald, and is hoping that his performance on Monday Night football will reestablish him as one of the top tier WRs in the game today. Amazingly enough, for the second year in a row the Outlaws were able to pick up Eddie Lacy and this time pair him with his QB, Aaron Rodgers. Hopefully this will provide enough protection for Rodgers so that he can remain healthy all year and reclaim his dominance that he should have shown last year but was cut off by injury. Mike, on the other hand, is hoping for a resurgence for Tom Terrific. While he has never been terrible, it’s been a while since he had a monster season that really made you stand up and take notice. With Gronk potentially starting in week 1 (anything beyond that is just bonus at this point), Tom could get off to a very hot start against an average Miami defense (While Rodgers has to face off against the stout Seattle defense on Thursday night – two things that don’t mix for a high scoring affair) and put his stamp on the season from the very beginning. While this one could be close throughout the entire weekend – it could all come down to Monday night and finding out which Arizona WR will bring home the bacon under the lights. For our money, give us – Clark Kent. The Outlaws having two players going up against the Seattle defense does not inspire confidence that they will generate enough points to bring home the W.

WDESPN Prediction: Clark Kent

Pain and Suffering vs. Macheteros: This one should be interesting – primarily because while Macheteros is weak  at QB (Foles) and RB (Jennings/Sankey), they are unbelievably strong at WR (D.Thomas, AJ Green and Victor Cruz). That’s a studly lineup of WRs if ever we saw one. On the flip side, Matt’s team is a bit more balanced with a stud WR (Calvin Johnson), stud RB (Matt Forte) and a stud defense (St Louis going against MN). Now the only problem that I forsee for Matt is that he has Cordarelle Patterson going against the St Louis defense. Basically – if Patterson does well, his defense will suffer – but if his defense does well, Patterson will suffer. Doesn’t exactly feel like a recipe for success. What also doesn’t feel like a recipe for success is starting Nick Foles in week 1. Everyone knows the awesome season that he had last year – but one has to wonder if that was real or a fluke. Most people would give him a game to prove it wasn’t a fluke – but Chris isn’t most people. But Foles could be the x-factor for this game – whether good or bad. If he’s good, he could go toe to toe with Brees in week 1. If he’s bad, he could stop this team’s momentum before it ever had a chance to start. Thankfully, he’s going up against the Jacksonville offense and that has the look of a team that’s just ready to make Foles look good. In a bit of an upset, I think that Macheteros will pull out the win in week 1. I don’t know how they do it – but week 1 is all about the craziness that makes fantasy football both awesome and frustrating at the same time. This match up is setting up to have both emotions in full affect.

WDESPN Prediction: Macheteros

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