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

WDE Rumble Week 1 Award Winners:

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

As is always the case, week 1 was full of surprising and thrilling performances from most of the Rumble teams. You had the ATLiens roar out to a dominate win over TheMistocles, you had BOTH Owen brothers winning their first game of the season and you had the Madden Curse work in its fastest time ever by taking out Gronk before Week 1 even got started. Now we move on to week 2, which is when the reality of the season starts to set in. There are only 3 options available to the teams as this week starts off: 2-0, 1-1 or 0-2. Which way will your season head?

The ATLiens Rises vs. Macheteros: So right now, Reid’s team is not only the points leader for the league but also looks like the most dominant force this league has ever seen. He’s got superstars at every position (the joy of having so many early draft picks) and just crushed his week 1 opponent – I think Mistocles just stopped crying on Tuesday. The question isn’t so much will Reid win this game, but how much will he win this game by? There’s an outside chance that Chris will be able to go toe to toe with Reid, but that chance is not only outside – it’s running away from the house in terror. For ATLiens, all eyes will be on Spencer Ware…he had a great week 1 performance and looked like an Elite RB1. Will he be able to pull off that same type of performance against a much better defense? Even though JJ Watt isn’t at 100%, JaDaveon Clowney was on a tear last week and could cause some havoc in the backfield for Mr. Ware.Will Spencer wear down in week 2 or prove that he’s a force to be reckoned with this season? On the Macheteros side, all eyes will be on Aaron Rodgers and how he performs against the underrated Minnesota defense. Rodgers has always had issues taking on a Mike Zimmer defense, and this one will be amped up as they are playing on Sunday night AND are opening up their new stadium. That place is going to be rocking – so it will be interesting to see if that rocking rattles Rodgers. The ATLiens should win this one fairly easily – Reid might not lose a game until the bye weeks happen and his depth is tested. We shall see – but not this week.

WDESPN Prediction: The ATLiens Rises

Orange Nation vs. The Footballas: Both teams are coming off impressive week 1 victories and looking to continue their momentum heading into the first bye weeks. For Joel, his week 1 victory over Jonas was just the confidence booster that he needed to know that he might actually be able to compete in this year’s Rumble. Taking down a legend like the Ninjas is no easy task, so Joel was so excited that he went on Facebook Live to let the world know (oh wait, he was preaching via FBLive? I’m sure he was preaching about his victory – what else is there to talk about?). But now Orange Nation/Joel needs to prove that he’s not a one week wonder and build on that great win. On the other side of the ball, you have The Footballas/Todd who crushed his week 1 opponent like a grape and is looking to continue that dominant performance this week. Both teams will have their eyes on the Bengals vs. Steelers match up as Orange Nation has Antonio Brown and The Footballas has Ben Roethlisberger. As proven on MNF last week, Antonio Brown is the unquestioned #1 WR in the NFL at the moment – but someone has to throw him the ball. Both coaches are hoping for a great performance from their Steeler, it’s just a matter of who will step up more. In addition, Orange Nation is also hoping for another solid performance from their $100 man, Von Miller against Andrew Luck. The funny thing about Von Miller this week, is that in order for Von Miller to get alot of points – he needs to get sacks. Which means sacking Andrew Luck. Which means hurting his brother’s (Phil/Texasseans) chance of winning this week. Does fantasy trump brotherly love? We shall see. But for us, this might be a close one but we think that Orange Nation has a really good chance of going 2-0 to start the season…which I believe is a sign of the apocalypse. Need to jump on Facebook Live and let the world know!

WDESPN Prediction: Orange Nation

Texasseans vs. Family Owned: Another battle of 1-0 teams which will probably also be another close game. Both of these teams beat week 1 opponents that couldn’t even crack 160 points for the week – so this match up should be alot more equal compared to last week. For the Texasseans, this is a chance to show that even though beating the Outlaws is the highlight of their season every year, they are not a one trick/one win pony and can string together multiple wins. For Family Owned/Corey – he wants to show that a family that plays together, crushes other teams together. Should be an interesting one. The spotlight player for the Texasseans will be Andrew Luck. Last week, he looked pretty bad during the first part of their game against the Lions but came to life in the second half to put up 52 points last week. This week, Luck will have a much harder time against the vaunted Denver defense and Phil will need all the help he can get this week. For Orange Nation, all eyes will be on Philip Rivers to see how his team responds to the loss of Keenan Allen. Last year, once Allen went out it was pretty much a game of dominoes as other Chargers started going down with injuries left and right, leaving you with a decimated Chargers O-Line and very hurried QB in Rivers. Will history repeat itself?Unfortunately, I do believe so. Give us the Texasseans in a close one. Wow – both Owen brothers going 2-0?Seriously…sign of the apocalypse. 

WDESPN Prediction: Texasseans

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 weekly awards are a way to acknowledge some of the highlights and low lights from the past weekend of football. Every year, the awards remain the same but the names change – and this year is no different. 🙂 So first let’s introduce the award names for this season:

The Rhonda Rousey Award: For the team that has the most dominant performance of the week.

The Jurassic World Award: For the team the scores the most overall points of the week

The Seattle Seahawks Superbowl Award: For the team that scores the highest losing score of the week

The Ant-Man Award: For the team that scores the fewest amount of points but wins

We’ll recap weeks 1 & 2 this time around, but moving forward will recap the weeks as they happen.

Week 1:

The Jurassic World Award: The Nashville Ninjas / Key to Victory: After everyone laughed it out of the draft room for picking Cam Newton early, Jonas picked up Carson Palmer and he has been a great starting QB for him…even though he was supposed to be the backup.

The Rhonda Rousey Award: TheMistocles / Key to Victory: A pissed off Tom Brady – that’s the only key you need.

The Seattle Seahawks Superbowl Award: Bring It / Key to Loss: Dougie was not so fresh in week 1, Doug Martin only brought in 5 points to the cause in week 1. He and Greg Olsen were determined to not give the victory to PRR.

The Ant-Man Award: Clark Kent / Key to Victory: J-E-T-S came back in a big way during week 1. They say defense wins championships….it could net Mike at least a conference championship if the Jets keep playing like they did in week 1.

Week 2:

Jurassic World Award: The Nashville Ninjas / Key to Victory: Antonio Brown is one of the few top picks so far this season that’s actually living up to his billing. And that bill led to a win over Mike before his wedding…a cruel wedding gift if ever there was one.

Rhoda Rousey Award: Macheteros / Key to Victory: It’s not very often that a Jaguars player is the key to victory for any squad – but that was the case this week with Allen Robinson chiming in for over 40 points. He’ll probably never be that good again in his career.

Seattle Seahawks Superbowl Award: Clark Kent / Key to Loss: Who knew that the West Coast waters are what gave Frank Gore his strength. Perhaps it wasn’t Trent Richardson’s fault that he sucked in Indy – maybe there’s something up with Indy? (Note: Nope, Trent Richardson just sucks as an NFL RB)

The Ant-Man Award: The ATLiens Rise / Key to Victory: Phil not knowing that Mike Evans was still out last week. He lost by 8 points…which 3 players on Phil’s bench had and could have had the win easily. But he who prepares…wins…unless they are facing the Ninjas.

Injuregeddon has hit almost every team in the league over the last 2 weeks…who knew that teams depth charts would be tested so early on! As the waiver wire has proven over that same period, certain people are trying to cobble together a team after suffering so many setbacks within a short period of time. But one team that is not suffering a setback – but is out kicking their coverage is Mike Williams, coach of Clark Kent. This past week Mike finally got married! It’s a good thing he had something positive to look forward to after the drubbing that Jonas put on his last weekend. So in honor of this momentous occasion, we start the storylines with his team and their one on one match up with the Great One.

Clark Kent vs. Bring It!: While this match up is pretty close from a point perspective, the most interesting match up will be at the QB position. Over the past 3 games (including last season), Andrew Luck has look very mortal and nearly the top QB that everyone expected him to be. While he has put up respectable numbers, Andrew’s luck appears to have run out for the time being. But this week, he’s going up against a team that he’s very comfortable with – the Tennessee Titans. Will that result in a return to Andrew’s former glory or will the Mariota affect bring him down a peg again? On the other side, Russell has been pretty much what he has always been – a good but not great fantasy QB. But this weekend he’ll be going up against the very banged up Chicago defense and offense – and he’s dealing with an upset Jimmy Graham. Could both of those things result in an offensive explosion from the Wisconsin grad? We actually think the answer is yes and somehow, some way the new husband pulls off the week 3 miracle.

WDESPN Prediction: Clark Kent (and PRR will consider that win his wedding gift)

Nashville Ninjas vs. The Footballas [Rivalry]: So you know how we said at the top that alot of teams were hit by the injury bug this past weekend? One team that is amazingly enough still healthy are the Ninjas and they have been using their healthy roster position to pretty much steamroll every team they have encountered so far. But Todd’s team may be able to at least make it look competitive…maybe. The players to watch in this game will be at the RB position as Todd is rolling out Lamar Miller and the NInjas are rolling out Melvin Gordon. Miller has been on the injury report all week long and is not a lock to play at all – in addition, he would be going up against the tough Buffalo run defense….so not exactly a recipe for great fantasy success when you’re going up against a dominant team like the Ninjas. On the other side of the equation, you have the star rookie RB of this past year’s draft who hasn’t broken over 10 points yet this season. Fortunately for Jonas – he’s built a good team around that weak piece and it’s paying off handsomely for him. Well this week, it continues to pay off handsomely for him as he adds Todd to his win column this week. The good thing for Todd is that – since he now lives out in the country – he can sit back in his rocking chair with his daughter and ponder what moves he needs to make to get revenge on Jonas in the playoffs. Sweet sweet revenge.

WDESPN Prediction: Nashville Ninjas

TheMistocles vs. The ATLien Rises: For the most part, the Mistocles coach – Maurice – is a pretty quiet guy. He’s got kind of a workman-like attitude when it comes to fantasy football: It clocks in on Sunday, sets his lineup, gets the W and clocks out. It’s a pretty nice way of living at the moment. This stability is probably what has led to his 2-0 start (oh yeah, and having a pissed off Tom Brady at your disposal isn’t to bad either). So the most interesting match up right now will be at the flex position for both teams – Maurice with Terrance Williams and Reid with the $70 man known as Matt Jones. Since this is coming out after the Thursday night game – yeah, ouch. That is not necessarily looking like money well spent – but the season is still young. For Maurice’s team, while Williams is healthy (for now, the Cowboys seem to have contracted a very bad case of the injuries) he’s now got Brandon Weeden throwing to him instead of Tony Romo. While Weeden is an ok player, he’s no Romo and it will be interesting to see if he can stretch the field enough to be a useful part of the fantasy world. These two teams are also dealing with the injury bug with their primary RBs as well – Carlos Hyde and CJ Anderson. Which one will actually suit up, play AND be productive this week? (Carlos only did it once, need to see it again for it to be a trend). I think the Tom Brady affect is just to much for Matty ice and company to overcome in week 3. But if Reid is lucky, he’ll have the highest losing score and get some of his FAAB money back….maybe.

WDESPN Prediction: TheMistocles

The season of hope is almost over – time for all the planning of the summer to lead into the planning of next year’s draft picks as some teams are destined for greatness while others will start off the year with their year long losing streak. But week 1 is always full of anticipation as we all put our best team forward and try to get the season off right.

As always, the first storylines of the year will highlight all the teams playing in week – whereas for week 2 and beyond (except Rivalry week) we will be highlight just the top 3 matchups of the week. So which match up highlights week 1 of the regular season….a rematch of the last 2 Rumble Champions!

The Outlaws vs. The ATLiens Rises [Rivalry]: The last two champions of the Rumble face off in this highly anticipated match up. The focal point of this matchup will be at the WR position as both teams are coming in with potential Top 15 picks at their disposal. Both teams have someone who is considered an elite talent (Cobb vs. Bryant) and both teams have someone that is in a new position that will be interesting to see how it plays out in week 1 (OBJ being the focal point of the Giants offense and Maclin being in KC, maybe he can score a TD). During the draft, Reid stated that he was going to try fielding a team without a kicker – it looks like that plan didn’t last very long as he picked up Graham Gano not long after the draft. As we said at the top, there’s alot of hopes and dreams in these week 1 games – but only one person can lead off the year with a win. The key game for Reid will be the Falcons vs. the Eagles on Monday night – everyone is expecting it to be a shootout, but will Matty Ice be up to the challenge? On the other side of the field, in that same game we will be getting our first real look at Nelson Agholor, the WR2 on the Eagles. Everyone expects Jordan Matthews to be the lead WR for the Eagles, but there’s potentially more than enough targets to go around to make Nelson a viable option. It’s only a question of will he cease the moment on the big stage? Yahoo is predicting that this will be a close game – and it’s always a good sign when it comes down to Monday Night, but we think the Outlaws pull this one out…but just barely. (We don’t believe Kyle Rudolph will be a huge factor in this game, but of course he could go out there and prove us all wrong)

WDESPN Prediction: The Outlaws

Footballas vs. Orange Nation: I don’t know how they did it, but somehow Orange Nation turned what looked like a horrible draft into a respectable starting lineup for week 1. Must be the power of prayer! Having the Murray’s at RB position is definitely not a bad thing and if they are able to live up to their play of last year (even if Murray only did it for one game), then this might be a team to contend with throughout the course of the year. While their RB position is good, their WR corps is a little bit on the older side of the equation – starting both Jerrico Cotchery and Larry Fitzgerald, but hey someone has to catch the balls in Carolina and Arizona, right? Joel’s love for the Raiders is starting to show though – as he picked up their no.1 WR (Amari Cooper) in addition to Latavius Murray. He must have alot of faith in Derek Carr – or he wasn’t paying attention. On the other sideline, you have the man who decided that in order to improve his drafting ability, he needed to move out into the country and just get away from it all. Did it help? Probably not for week 1 as his WR1 isn’t healthy and his TE1 (Julius Thomas) is out for the first 4 weeks of the season. Oh yeah, and his kicker will potentially lose their job prior to the 2nd game of the season…but other than those things, great roster construction! So again – despite having a not so great draft, Joel gets a not so great opponent to cruise to their first win of the season. If Todd can take any solace from this, it’s the fact that a quarter of his game will be over by Thursday night….so he can start accepting his loss early.

WDESPN Prediction: Orange Nation

Nashville Ninjas vs. Bring It!: This one should be fun, primarily because of who the Ninjas are NOT playing in week 1. Despite the great acclaim that the league gave him for the pick, Jonas appears set to not start Cam Newton in week 1. Instead, going with old faithful in Carson Palmer – but it’s week 1, so he should be fine, right? As long as the Cardinals don’t give him another extension, he should make it halfway through the season. This will be an interesting battle of the A’s on both sides of the ball. For Jonas, he’s got Antonio Brown, AJ Green and Andre Ellington all geared up to take on the Andrew Luck and Ameer Abdullah. If that was all the firepower that Bring It was bringing to the party, this match would be done before it got started. But PRR reached for a bit of homer love by taking (i.e. stealing away from Reid) Julio Jones who just received a monster contract and will be out on a mission to prove that he’s worth every penny. Each coach is rolling out a rookie RB for week 1, so we will see which one is actually better. Both coaches are also rolling out RBs who were disappointing last year – in Andre Ellington and Doug Martin. It has been 2 years since Doug Martin was relevant for fantasy purposes, so it will be interesting to see if the off season of hype actually lives up to the real thing. If it doesn’t, it’s going to be a painful few weeks for PRR as he awaits his two other injured RBs to get healthy enough to play. If things work out the way PRR hopes, he’s got a team that’s built for the second half of the season. Unfortunately for him, he’s got to survive the first half before he can get there. This game may come down to Monday Night as well, as Julio attempts to go off against the vaunted Eagles defense (sarcasm). If this is going to be a high scoring game, it’s going to be a long night of nail biting for Jonas. I actually think that PRR is able to pull of the miracle victory and despite his team being on the medical table most of the time, he walks away with a victory in the first game of the season.

WDESPN Prediction: Bring It!

Texasseans vs. Under New Management: Well then you’ve just been promoted to the big fantasy football league, you’ve got to make sure you’ve got a legend at the helm to guide you through this new terrain. A terrain where everyone knows all the sleepers – it’s just a matter of who will pick him up first. Terrain where it’s not the draft that creates champions, it’s the waiver wire. But the draft helps – and Cory (UNM) came into the league with one of the top 2 QBs in the game with Aaron Rodgers at the helm. But Phil is no slouch himself, he brought his own legend to the gun show as well as Peyton Manning  gears up to face the Baltimore Ravens in week 1. The last time the Broncos started the year off with the Ravens, it was an amazing game for Peyton and a coming out party for Julius “The new if he can stay healthy” Thomas. Could the same thing happen this year for Phil’s squad. This should be an interesting match up in the WR/RB department. Phil has some interesting selections in the WR department as he has the entire TB WR Corps and the unproven WR2 for the Packers. Can Adams live up to the hype that was generated for him after the loss of Nelson in the off season? Are there enough passes in TB to sustain both TB WRs? For UNM, Jeremy Hill burst onto the season last year with an amazing run of games – but the league has had a year to prepare for him. And as Gio Bernard has demonstrated oh so well, the Bengals have no loyalty to their RBs. But rounding out UNMs RB Corps, he has Mat Forte. Who’s typically a PPR monster during the first part of the season and kind of levels off towards the middle and end of the season. But with all the injuries to the WR Corps in Chicago, there’s a very good chance that he will once again be an early season PPR monster. It’s just a matter of how much opportunity he will get going up against the juggernaut known as the Packers. But do you know what the most interesting match up will be in this entire game….the Baltimore defense vs. the Manning offense. Oh wait – you say that I already mentioned that? Well can you take a guess as to who has the Baltimore defense (and no current backup defense)? That would be the Texasseans! This is just one of the many reasons that UNM is projected to win this match up in a potential layup. Peyton will make this match competitive, but Phil’s coaching will sink their chances.

WDESPN Prediction: Under New Management

Clark Kent vs. Fear the Neckbeard:So the highlight of this match up will be at the RB position as both teams are starting oldies but goodies at the position. For Clark Kent, they will be starting one of the favorite RBs of the last few years…just on a better team then he has ever played with before. Frank Gore is the new starting RB for the Colts and he’s got a proven track record that that show’s he’s no Trent Richardson. Mike will also be rolling with Jamaal Charles – who is one of the best PPR RBs in the game and will definitely be healthy for week 1, it’s just a question of how long he can last before he misses his eventual 1-2 games of the season. For Kyle (FTNB), they are rolling with the only remaining vestige of John Stewart’s “Daily Show” by rolling out John Stewart – who’s got the Carolina backfield all to himself for the first time in forever. FTNB is the only one to bring some youth to dance by bringing in one of the MANY Atlanta RBs in the mix this season, Tevin Coleman. With his first game being under the lights of MNF, it should be interesting to see if he shows up under the bright lights of the Georgia Dome on primetime. Amazingly enough, out of all the games that are being played in week 1 – this could be the most fun simply because of the shootout quality that’s possible at the WR position. Both teams have guys that could literally turn the game on its head if things go the right way – but this is week 1 and all sorts of craziness can happen that are not indicative of the rest of the season (everyone remember’s Terrance Williams big game in week 1 a few years back?). Yahoo believes that FTNB will walk away with the victory, possibly on the back of Drew Brees and Calvin Johnson. We can’t help but agree with that sentiment. If it’s any consolation – Mike’s wedding is coming up soon and that should make up for any loss he accumulates prior to that date. 🙂

WDESPN Prediction: Fear the Neckbeard

TheMistocles vs. Macheteros: So when we look back on the draft, we will probably say that the best value pick belong to Mistocles with their pickup of Tom Brady in the 5th round. Now that his suspension has been lift, he not only gets to potentially start Brady in week 1 – he also has the (as of right now) starting QB for the high flying Eagles offense in Sam Bradford. If things break correctly, Mistocles could have some trade bait on their hands in the latter parts of the season. But outside of the QB spot, there’s not really much to write home about in terms of offensive weapons for the Mistocles. While they do have Demaryius Thomas in the WR1 slot, DeAndre Hopkins is not in the greatest offense in the world and Torrey Smith has never been consistent…and now that he has missile arm Kaepernick throwing to him, good luck. On the flip side, you’ve got the homer team of the New York Giants with two players (Eli and Rashad) taking the lead with this group. The highlight of the roster is obviously Adrian Peterson, but one person does not a championship run make. Chris is hoping against hope that LeSean McCoy is able to suit up in week 1 as his only other RB is another New York Giants RB (Andre Williams). And speaking of another injured member of the Macheteros, Chris is hoping that TY Hilton will be out of the concussion program in time for week 1. So basically, Chris will be making some visits to doctors over the next couple of days to make sure that two of his star players are on the field to start off the year. This one is going to be unspectacular, but in the end the Mistocles will probably pull of the close victory.

WDESPN Prediction: TheMistocles