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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

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

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

Took a week off to recharge the batteries and talk to the bank about the delay in FAAB deposits lately, especially the weeks that Reid is scheduled to receive money. Hopefully we’ve worked out all the kinks and that’s behind us – but before we can completely move on, we must recap the award winners for the past 2 weeks:

WDE Rumble Week 5 Award Winners:

  • Cleveland Cavaliers Award (Most Points scored): Orange Nation
  • Ryan Lochte Award (Most points but lost): The Outlaws
  • 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 6 Award Winners:

  • Cleveland Cavaliers Award (Most Points scored): ATLiens Rises
  • 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): Fear the Neckbeard

Now that we are at the mid-season mark for the league…it’s time for the cream to rise to the top. Who will rise and who will fall is the name of the game as the playoffs draw near. Let’s go over some of the top matches this week:

ATLien Rises vs. Bring It!: This fiery rivalry is renewed – just from two very different parts of the winning spectrum. For ATLiens, this just might be their season to win it all once again and taste that rare air of being a 3 time Rumble champion. For Bring It, the ship is sinking and he’s just trying to get us much stuff off as possible. But when these two face off against each other – it’s not so much about what has happened in the past, it’s about kicking the snot out of each other in the present. Now, I would say that the player to watch on Bring It is Tom Brady but someone went and traded him away. So then the real player to watch for Bring It! will be Alex Smith. Alex Smith? Yup – that Alex Smith. He is definitely not known for his high output games…but this week, he’s facing off against the New Orleans Saints and that could lead to a potential shootout (and everyone knows the Saint’s defense isn’t all that tough to beat through the air). Could Alex Smith and PRR shock the world? For his part, Reid hopes that his QB will prevent that shocking from happening as his player to watch is Drew Brees. Now I know what you’re saying ‘How could Drew Brees be a player to watch?’. Well friends, while Drew is amazing at home under the safe lights of the Superdome…have you noticed what his performance is like AWAY from the  Superdome? 20 points vs. the Giants and 18 points vs the Chargers….those aren’t exactly lights out defenses. He has not scored below 30 points at home – but player against the bend but don’t break Kansas City defense AT Arrowhead could be cause for concern for ATLiens. But we all know the way this one is going. Reid keeps rolling along on his way to locking up the number 1 seed in the playoffs and PRR starts his draft strategy for 2017 a little early.

WDESPN Prediction: ATLiens Rises

The Outlaws vs Fear the Neckbeard: This started off as a nice little game between two coaches that had never met each other and were just going to put their best foot forward to make it through the season and get to the playoffs. But then Kyle/FTB went and traded for Tom Brady, so Marques/The Outlaws went and traded for his 1A RB, James White. Now these two bitter foes will face off in a match up that will have Patriot vs Patriot in a battle for supremacy. As of this writing, neither team has their new toys on the squad yet so they will not be taken into account as players to watch. So for FTB, their player to watch will be Brandon Marshall. Going from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Geno Smith should not really be an upgrade – but Fitzmagic ran dry and then the well was destroyed in the last few weeks, so it has to be an upgrade. I think the question that FTB has to be asking themselves is if Geno will have more receptions to Brandon or the Ravens secondary? It might be to close to call. For the Outlaws, the player to watch – and you’re going to have to get up early to do this AND have NFL Network – is Odell Beckham, Jr. It was a rollercoaster with him last week, but in the end he put the Giants and the Outlaws on his back and guided them both to victory against scrappy opponents last week. Now OBJ is in London for the first time against the LA Lambs – will he be able to put on another show against a not so great Rams secondary? England is hoping so, as well as the commish. This one might be a little bit close to call due to the incoming Patriots assistance – but since there seems to be a pattern developing, this is the week that the Outlaws lose and once again go below .500 – because they are truly trying to be a Jeff Fisher team this year.

WDESPN Prediction: Fear the Neckbeard

The Footballas vs. Texasseans: These are two friends of Jonas facing off against each other – that’s about the only similarity these two teams have with each other. They are both on the opposite sides of the winning percentage and one has help coming in the form of Andy Dalton (you don’t hear that to often) and the other is just reveling in the joys of week 1. In that way, these two teams kind of remind me of the current election cycle. The Footballas are the expected winners and just need their team to show and actually get the job done. The Texasseans know they are going to lose but put on a good face anyway and are always living in the glory days of the past (i.e. the Primary/Week 1). But I digress. For the Texasseans, the player to watch will be Golden Tate. With Theo Riddick out last week, he decided to come alive to the tune of 31 points (which almost equals the points he had for the entire season up to last week). Can lightning strike twice? For the Footballas, their player to watch will be CJ Anderson – who has been on a very steady decline since the start of the season in terms of points (he hasn’t scored more than 30 points since the start of the season). With Devante Booker breathing down his neck and a primetime slot on the horizon – could this be the last hurrah for good ole CJ or will he be able to pull a rabbit out of his hat once again and hold off the competition like he did last year with Ronnie Hillman? From our seats, the Footballas should win this one pretty easily. But it wouldn’t surprise me if Phil and his motley crew took down the #1 team in the Smackdown division – he’s prone to overachieving.

WDESPN Prediction: The Footballas

Before we can appreciate the awesomeness that is Week 5 and the first bye week of the year with multiple people out, let’s take a look back at the carnage and glory that was dispatched in week 4:

WDE Rumble Week 4 Award Winners:

  • Cleveland Cavaliers Award (Most Points scored): The Footballas
  • Ryan Lochte Award (Most points but lost): Family Owned
  • Simone Manuel Award (Fewest points but won):Bring It!
  • US Olympics Women’s Basketball Award (Largest Margin of victory): Fear the Neckbeard

Week 4 featured the first bye week of the season and it wasn’t so bad, only 2 teams were out of commission. Now 4 teams are on a bye and only 3 of them have multiple players that people care about in the land of fantasy. But with week 5 comes the true nature of the league and how well people have drafted and played the waiver wire over the course of the last few weeks. As the season starts to take shape, some are looking up wondering what it will take to get out of the cellar and some are wondering what unexpected player is going to knock them down from their perch. The competition is getting both fierce for the upper tier players and tougher for the lower tier players – but on any given Sunday the script can flip. Will this be the Sunday where it flips for you?

Clark Kent vs. Texasseans:The man who would be king vs. the man who has given up on this season. This one should be interesting because Phil is known for playing spoiler for people that he has a slight rivalry to. And we all know that the rivalry between these two runs deep – all the way back to their days in Morristown. The player to watch for Mike (Clark Kent) will be Demaryius Thomas. There are days in which he can be a no-brainer WR1 and bring the championship home and there are days when he is a frustrating WR3 and can sink your fantasy hopes and dreams. Sometimes it doesn’t even matter what the level of the opponent is – D.Thomas can easily develop a case of dropped ball-itis. On the other side, the player to watch for the Texasseans will be Alshon Jeffery. With no Kevin White on the scene, it’s going to be all AJ all the time going up against an easily beaten Indy defense. The main challenge will be health and QB – Alshon is not guaranteed to make it through any game healthy and Brian Hoyer is not a QB that’s going to lift any WR to victory on a consistent basis. But hey – he’s better than Cutler, that’s for sure. Honestly, this match up shouldn’t even be all that close. Clark Kent should roll on and keep their undefeated streak alive. I remember the last time Mike went on an impressive undefeated streak….it didn’t result in him winning the championship, and that’s what matters.

WDESPN Prediction: Clark Kent

Bring It vs. TheMistocles: Now at this point, we would normally not be focusing on a 1-3 match up because they are typically featuring two teams that are struggling to get by. But the reason for highlighting this match is because….he’s back! Tom “Terrific” Brady makes his 2017 season debut going up against the hapless Cleveland Browns. There’s a chance that Brady may score more points then all all TheMistocles players combined. In addition, this might be the week that Eddie Lacy and Todd Gurley get off the snide and start making PRR’s team look respectable again. On the other side, you have Maurice and TheMistocles who will do their best to get a piece of that Brady pie by rolling out Chris Hogan, Lagarette Blount and the New England defense. All they are missing to complete the set is Gronk and Brady. At least as Maurice watches the game and watches Brady score, it will be the source of both pain and joy. There’s no need to labor this point any further, Bring It! Is going to rock the world of TheMistocles and PRR’s going to feel dirty about it at the same time. So really, it’s a win-win for all involved (except Maurice….poor poor Maurice).

WDESPN Prediction: BringIt! (how’s he going to sleep when he owes his victory to the man he hates?)

Fear the Neckbeard vs. Family Owned: These two teams are coming into this week off a 200+ point performance in week 4…but two very different results. FTB scored over 200 points last week and came away with the victory over the hapless Mistocles franchise, while Family Owned scored over 200 points and was crushed by the might of the Footballas. One team will be looking to keep the roll going while the other will be looking to regain the momentum they lost last week. For Family Owned, the player to watch will be the Denver defense. Crazy, right? But they are going up against the number 1 player in fantasy right now in Matt Ryan. Everyone had their doubts about Matty Ice last week against Carolina and he blew those doubters out of the water. This week brings the question of is this legit or just a mirage? The Denver defense has not scored less than 30 points since the start of the season and they’ve faced the likes of Newton, Luck, Dalton and Winston in that span…on the other hand, Atlanta has given up the 4th fewest fantasy points to defenses this season. So something has to give. For FTB, the key player to watch will be Julian Edelman. With Brady back in the lineup, will that vault Edelman back up to the PPR monster that he has been in previous seasons? Due to the performance of the backup QBs to start the season, each week Edelman has scored fewer and fewer points. Is a new day upon us with the Brady “Gronk You Tour” about to commence? Yahoo is predicting a 20 point difference in points, but I think this match up will actually be closer than that but you all know it’s going to come down to Monday Night…it just feels like that kind of game. As for our prediction.give us Family Owned to come  out on top and get the family momentum going again.

WDESPN Prediction: Family Owned

On this Force Friday, there was only one way to describe the Outlaws last week…a force to be reckoned with. Here’s a recap of last week’s Award Winners

WDE Rumble Week 3 Award Winners:

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

Week 4 represents a whole new level of competition for the Rumble competitors. Whereas before, they were beating each other up across conferences – it’s time to take the battle within the not-so-friendly confines of their RAW and SMACKDOWN conferences. This is also the first bye week of the season – so team’s rolling with the Pack or the Eagles will need to find someone to fill the void in their life. This is where all your hard effort in the draft and picking up waiver wire gems starts to pay off…or crush your hopes of making the playoffs.

Week 4 Storylines:

  • ATLiens vs. Clark Kent: #1 vs. #2 in the RAW division is our highlight match of the week. While Reid has not cracked 200 since his amazing performance in week 1, he has somehow found a way to win when it matters most (i.e. on Sunday). This week though, he will be going up against someone that has consistently broken 200 and is looking to continue the trend against the top dog in the conference. The player to watch will be the defenses of both teams: Houston (for Clark Kent) and Minnesota (for ATLiens). Last week the Vikings scored an impressive 83 points against the Carolina offense and Reid truly enjoyed their performance….as they sat on the bench. This week they will be once again under the lights of Monday Night football – will they have another star studded performance like they had against Green Bay (50 points)? For Clark Kent, the real question is what do the Houston Texans defense look like without JJ Watt? Is it nearly as dominant a force as it was with Watt at the forefront? Well, we’re about to find out (spoiler alert: the answer is no). While this will be an interesting game, you just have to believe that somehow, someway ATLiens is going to find a way to win…despite themselves.

WDESPN Prediction: ATLiens Rises

  • The Outlaws vs. Orange Nation: Can the Owen Brothers sweep the Outlaws this season? That’s the question on everyone’s mind as we head into this match up. Both teams are 2-1 and are right next to each other in the standings. A win here for either team puts them that much farther away from .500 and closer to the promise land known as the playoffs. This is also the $100 matchup as it will feature Von Miller facing off against the team that drafted him and dumped him before the start of the season….you know he’s going to be playing angry because of that one. The key players in this match up are going to be Christine Michael and David Johnson. For the Outlaws, they put their fantasy faith in Michael to start the season (sorry Von) and it finally paid off last week as he was the RB1 for Seattle and turned in a Beast Mode like performance. Now against a much tougher opponent in the NYJ, what will Michael look like this week? Russel Wilson is injured, so will Michael become the focus of the offense and how will he handle the 3rd strongest run defense in the league? For Orange Nation, they will be sending their beloved David Johnson to take on the villainous Los Angeles Rams. While the Rams are obviously not a good team, they somehow find a way to win a few of these NFC West matchups (just ask Seattle). While David will more then likely have a very solid RB performance – the question is will that be enough to overcome the Outlaws this week? We think the answer is yes…and the sweep is complete. We can only hope that Joel will be more humble in victory then his brother was.

WDESPN Prediction: Orange Nation

  • Bring It vs. Macheteros: Some call this a “wounded animal” game – both teams are desperate for a win. The best part about this match up – at least 1 of them will come away with the victory….unless they tie, then they should just punt this season. You want to talk about cursed teams – you definitely need to talk to these guys. Both of their 1st round draft choices are injured, neither one has their star QB this weekend and their RB2 choice is something to laugh at (You know Artis-Payne is getting a TD stolen by Newton and who’s this Farrow kid?). This one might be a low scoring game – but at least we know one team will not be going winless this season. So the key players for the teams are Stefon Diggs and Allen Robinson. Those are really the only two players that you can hang your hat on in this match up….both teams have just be decimated by injury and bad NFL playing. Once has to wonder what is going through the minds of these coaches as they watch their season slip away from them. Is it a desire to push on and make something of this season…or to start prepping for next year? This one is really a crapshoot as I can see going either way. But we have to decide and I see it going the way of Bring It. He’s got to find a way to win…because if he only wins once Brady comes back, I don’t think he’ll be able to handle the shame…..shame…..shame…..shame.

WDESPN Prediction: Bring It!

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