October 16, 2012

Dirty D Week 6 Power Ranks

1.Tahiti Loungers (last week #1)- Oh Lordy, Lordy- am I thankful for Jordy! The Rodgers-Nelson connection this week was exactly what I was picturing when trading for Jordy. The 81 points between those 2 were actually enough to beat Dan's entire team this week. (Actually If I was playing Dan I would have won by over 100 points! haha) This week my team had an INSANE amount of touchdowns, which pretty much pushed me over the top for highest score for far this season at 169.  Between my QB. WR, and TEs, I had 6 passing, 6 receiving, and 3 rushing TDs. Next up for me on the schedule is last place Campbell. 

2. Crossing Guards (last week #4)- Bill's team had another very strong week with close to 150 points. This team is labeled for the playoffs. Actually, the way Bills roster is built (kinda shitty QB, INCREDIBLE depth at both the WR and RB positions, beast TE) reminds me a lot of how I like to build my team. Lets take a closer look at positional rankings within our league and where Bill stacks up:

WR Core Ranking:

1. Bill (Percy, Dez, Nicks, Jones, Hixon)
2. James (Roddy, Jordy, Torrey Smith, Denarious Moore)
3. Jenna (Megatron, Fitz, Lance Moore)
4. Donny (Bowe, Lloyd, Thomas, Amendola)
5. Mr B (Julio, Wallace, Britt, Washington)
6. Dan (Marshall, Wayne, Boldin, Hartline)
7. Kait (Colston, Andre, Maclin, D Jax)

RB Core Ranking:

1. Kait (Mccoy, Sproles, Spiller, Green)
2. Bill (AP, DMC, Morris, Ballard)
3. Adam (Rice, Murray, T Rich, WIlson)
4. James (Foster/Tate, Mathews, Quizz, Hunter)
5. Campbell (Bush, Martin, Ridley, Leshoure)

So you can see I LOVE the core of Bill's team. His QB/TE combo is Romo/V Davis. This is the only reason why I can't and won't rank Bill's team ahead of mine. Rodgers/Hernandez is too much better. But, overall, these top 2 teams are close.

3. Team Ice Cream (last week #3)- Tough loss for Adam, in more ways than one. Obviously the130+ point showing is always tough when you lose, but more importantly Adam suffered another couple injuries this week. T Richardson only has a rib injury... he should be fine. But I am concerned with DeMarco Murray, who left with a foot injury. He has all but been ruled out for next week, and my fear is that this injury can and will linger all season. It's eerily similar to the McFadden foot injury from last season, which started out as something that didn't look too bad but DMC ended up sitting out the last 8 weeks of the year. I don't know if the Murray injury is THAT serious but the strength of Adams team lies within his depth at RB, his STUD QB, and AJ Green. Also, Murray is known to be an "injury prone" player but hopefully he can shake this one off quickly. RG3 is electric, but still an injury risk with his style of play. AJ Green is the #1 fantasy WR this year and that was an excellent pick by Adam, especially because all of his other wide receivers are trash. Kendall Wright as your 2nd best option is not ideal. The one other thing I'll say about this team is that Jermichael Finley screwed Adam, again. He needs to be replaced, at least for now. (and not with Scott Chandler. He is not Allen Iverson.) 

4. Victorious Secret (last week #7)- Finally, an appropriate showing for this stacked roster. This week was especially a big win for Kait with 2 of her best players, Colston and Sproles, on a bye. This upcoming week is another challenge for Kait, as the rest of her entire team has the week off. Anyway there are 2 things I want to discuss to justify this high ranking, despite the fact that Kait is only 8th in points. First, she had a major trade this week that significantly improved her team. Donald Brown is nothing more than a flex player at best, she was able to flip him for Jeremy Maclin who flashed his play-making ability this weekend and scored 27 points. Secondly, it is time we all re-evaluate Ben Roethlisberger. I've written here in the past Kait is a QB-upgrade away from the top tier of the rankings... but is that really necessary? This season Big Ben has weekly scores of 15-19-33-13-BYE-19. If you account for the bye week, Big Ben has had almost identical fantasy seasons to Matt Ryan, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. The Steelers offense under their new OC is not going to stop passing, and Big Ben looks on target this year. He is more than capable of being a reliable Fantasy QB1 and everyone is/has underestimated him this year.

5. Eat More Chicken (last week #2)- It seems like each week one of the "really good" teams falters. Week 3 it was my team. Last week it was Adams. This week: Jenna's. She still scored just over 90 points, but we got a glimpse of what may happen later this year when the weather turns cold and the Falcons aren't running track vs everyone. The Shonn Greene bust-out performance is much needed for this team- If he could ever keep it up than I'd feel much better about the RBs on this team. All this bad luck is going to catch up to Jenna, this upcoming week T Gonz, Ryan, and McGahee are all on bye and if Jenna drops to 2-5 she is going to need Dan-luck to have any shot at the playoffs. You're probably looking at the best team that won't make the playoffs right here. Good thing you drafted Rivers to screw people over/trade him, though. 

6. The Godfather (last week #9)- Abe had a tough loss this week, scoring 120+ but falling short. That happens a lot in Fantasy Football, but it's getting unfair for Abe. 3 of the 4 losses Abe has suffered have come when his opponents have had their highest scoring week. So apparently the Godfather brings out the best in his opponents and to be honest, that makes a lot of sense. No one wants to lose to the rookie, so anyone playing Abe has probably had discussions with the players themselves, and let them know that they simply NEED to show up vs the Godfather. Joking aside, though, this team is getting better by the week. Charles didn't even show up this week and Abe still had a beast score. For the time being, while Bradshaw is dominating, I will keep Abe in the top half of the league. The past 4 weeks Abe actually has the second highest score, so his team is really one that is playing well despite his 2-4 record. Such is fantasy football.

7. A1 Providers (last week #6)- Paul just keeps riding that luck train. The epitome of luck, Paul only has the 7th highest total in points but he sits atop the league with a 5-1 record. Even this week, a 1 point win, was lucky... considering he left Pierre Garcon in his lineup when Garcon was inactive. I'm still not ranking this team any higher than right here. While it is true Paul is going to have a hard time MISSING the playoffs this year, I still think the luck runs out eventually. If Paul had any sort of RB crew at all I could make a case for the team, but when your trotting out Turner, Bolden, and J Stew as your top 3 backs, I just can't really take your roster THAT seriously. It will be interesting to see if Paul can pull off a trade (Maybe Welker or Brees?) that will even out his team.  

8. the rental guys. (last week #8)- Yikes. This week, Dan scored a record low 62 points this season. Cam, Marshall, Forte, and Bush were all on bye, so you HAVE to take that into consideration, but outside of that there is still nothing really going on for the rental guys. Pettigrew is just a name- he has been surpassed by at least 12 other weekly TE options. Trading Maclin for Donald Brown, even if he didn't get injured, is an awful downgrade. Dan has now "sold low" on Jordy Nelson, Doug Martin, and Jeremy Maclin and I think that is going to be too much to overcome. Hartline and Boldin are two WR I would never feel comfortable trotting out there...Both are shaky flex plays at best in my book. Maybe, MAYBE Cam Newton figured something out during the bye week, but it is hard to ignore how ineffective he has been for a full season now. If you take his last 16 games, he is OUTSIDE the top 10 in fantasy QBs. This team is 10th in total points and its going to be a struggle to makes the playoffs. 2012* may finally be the year that math wins and Dan doesn't make the playoffs as one of the lowest scoring teams. 

9. Boston Patriots (last week #11)- Another heart-breaker for Mr B.  Peyton Manning fell 1 point shy on MNF and Mr B dropped to 2-4 with another pretty gross week. This team has been remarkably consistent in the 100-115 range and while that will always be good for a few wins, it most certainly will not be good enough to drive this team to the playoffs. I think there is a lot of talent on this roster and with a few shrewd moves the Patriots could rise in these rankings, but as stated before the trade history here is virtually non-existent. Until this team makes moves, expect more mediocrity.  

10. Angry Pirates (last week #10)- I refuse to rank Campbell's team lower than this. Yes, he had ANOTHER sub-100 week but this roster is very solid. Seriously Campbell has built a stable of decent running backs, he has 2 very consistent and capable WR in Brown and Decker, and he has Stafford at the helm who just HAS to start playing better, right? Anyway I don't know if Campbell is done wheeling and dealing, but if he is, his roster as is will crush a lot of playoff dreams down the stretch. Weeks 9-13 Campbell will have at least 3-4 chances to knock out teams so I hope he stays the course. Easily the best 0-6 team ever. Has to be. 

11. A Pinch Better (last week #5)- Biggest drop of the week in the ranks goes to Sean. In the past 4 weeks Sean is the 5th lowest scoring team, and I really think this week was more of what you can expect moving forward. Yes, he has Eli and Cruz, the latter which is a Man amongst boys but I just don't trust Lynch, obviously CJ?K is a scrub, and Sean has the worst bench in the league. The one player Sean has that I may not give enough credit to is Steve Smith. He is just not my type of guy to own (deep threat, non ppr dude) and I admit, I probably shouldn't be ranking Sean's team THIS low, but fact is I would rather have probably any other roster in the league over this one. I hate this team.

12. Comeback Story. (last week #12)- The bottom of the ranks remains unchanged. Donny has gotten pretty lucky this season, however, with 2 of his wins coming by virtue of 107 an 97 point performances. 2nd least amount of points in the league, but a 3-3 record. The good thing here is that Donny has basically been given a second chance on the season; I hope he goes the way of Campbell and makes some major moves to shake things up because as is, this roster is incredibly boring and uninspiring. 

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