Notable Week 9 Nuggets
- Ronan is the hottest team in the league with three straight wins. McGinnity is in the hardest stretch with three straight losses
- Tom McLaughlin is the only team with about 62% to make the playoffs; he is 98%…so he is in. Ronan is at 68%. Tommy, Buzzi and I are tied at 62%. One of use will be very disappointed.
- Let’s check in on Joe Mixon’s monster day…
- From Sports Illustrated: “His 55.1 points are the ninth-most scored by a running back in the Super Bowl era, and it’s the most points scored in a single game since Alvin Kamara scored 56.2 fantasy points on Christmas 2020. If you were wondering, Mixon’s previous career high in points was 42.1 back in 2020.”
- Budget summary for those curious.
- Ritz: $100 FAB left
- McGinnity: $96 FAB left
- Ronan: $90 FAB left
- Tommy: $83 FAB left
- Jimmy: $78 FAB left
- Steve: $75 FAB left
- Tom: $68 FAB left
- Lobo: $55 FAB left
- Buzzi: $50 FAB left
- Stanko: $17 FAB left
- I have made 27 roster moves…by far the most this season. Tommy is second with 20 moves. Tom and McGinnity have made the fewest with five.
- Ronan is now tied with Buzzi for second most games with 150+ points. Tom McLaughlin still holds the season lead with three.
- Ronan McClorey 174.12 (Week 8)
- Matthew Buzzi 173.52 (Week 5)
- Tom McLaughlin 173.22 (Week 1)
- Matthew Buzzi 172.7 Week 4)
- Tom McLaughlin 162.74 (Week 8)
- Tom McLaughlin 158.18 (Week 2)
- Ronan McClorey 154.34 (Week 9)
- Matthew McGinnity 152.28 (Week 5)
- Teams on a bye in week 10: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, New York Jets
- Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, Rhamondre Stevenson, Tee Higgins, Ja’Marr Chase, Mark Andrews, New England Patriots D/ST, Cincinnati Bengals D/ST, Baltimore Ravens D/ST
Hardest Schedule Remaining:
- Based On Record:
- Stanko: 21-15 (Tommy, Tom, Steve, Buzzi)
- Buzzi: 19-17 (Jimmy, Lobo, Tommy, Stanko)
- Jimmy: 19-17 (Buzzi, Ritz, Ronan, Tom)
- Tommy: 19-17 (Stanko, Steve, Buzzi, Lobo)
- McGinnity: 18-18 (Ritz, Ronan, Tom, Steve)
- Steve: 18-18 (Lobo, Tommy, Stanko, McGinnity)
- Tom: 18-18 (Ronan, Stanko, McGinnity, Jimmy)
- Lobo: 16-20 (Steve, Buzzi, Ritz, Tommy)
- Ritz: 16-20 (McGinnity, Jimmy, Lobo, Ronan)
- Ronan: 16-20 (Tom, McGinnity, Jimmy, Ritz)
- Based On Opponents Points Scored
- Stanko: 4373.5 (Tommy, Tom, Steve, Buzzi)
- Jimmy: 4338.64 (Buzzi, Ritz, Ronan, Tom)
- McGinnity: 4222.2 (Ritz, Ronan, Tom, Steve)
- Tom: 4197.94 (Ronan, Stanko, McGinnity, Jimmy)
- Tommy: 4163.08 (Stanko, Steve, Buzzi, Lobo)
- Steve: 4129.98 (Lobo, Tommy, Stanko, McGinnity)
- Lobo: 4123.42 (Steve, Buzzi, Ritz, Tommy)
- Ronan: 4013.84 (Tom, McGinnity, Jimmy, Ritz)
- Buzzi: 4093.32 (Jimmy, Lobo, Tommy, Stanko)
- Ritz: 4079.5 (McGinnity, Jimmy, Lobo, Ronan)
- Well I have a fucking hard road to the playoffs. I have the toughest schedule based on opponents record and opponents points scored
- Jimmy is also in a really tough spot with the third best records he is going against and second most points scored.
- Buzzi opponents the rest of the way is 19-17, but it is the second fewest points scored; he is the luckiest person of the bunch
- Ronan and Tommy have a massive matchup this week; it is more of a must win of Tom to secure a spot because the rest of way he has a much harder path than Ronan.
- Ronan has three of the four lowest scorers in his last three weeks
Average Team Totals Per Week
- Week One: 113.47
- Week Two: 121.29
- Week Three: 103.11
- Week Four: 123.08
- Week Five: 121.19
- Week Six: 103.326 (First Week Of Byes)
- Week Seven: 110.51
- Week Eight: 126.35
- Week Nine: 120.08
Points Scored Compared To Projected Through Week Nine
- Lights, Kamara, Jackson (+75.92)
- My Glockz Out (+38.76)
- Hotel, Motel, Golladay Inn (+35.42)
- Ek’s Gonna Give It To Ya (+12.86)
- My Own Worst Etiennemy (+6.7)
- The Bourne Supremacy (-14.71)
- Ooooo Jeudy James Jeudy (-51.86)
- Country Roads Take Mahomes (-52.12)
- Dirty Mike And The Boys (-110.94)
- Keke, Coutee Luv Me (-140.26)
Week Nine Matchup Recaps
The Bourne Supremacy (142.02) Defeats Keke, Coutee Luv Me (78.3)
Lobo’s team was full of players who played in really, really, ugly games. Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills lost 20-17 against the New York Jets and Allen was not good…as he will say.
And more horrendous news for Lobo; Josh Allen dealing with a potential UCL tear? That would end his hopes, and really damage the owners of players like Stefon Diggs (Ritz), Devin Singletary (Jimmy), and Gabe Davis (McGinnity).
Aaron Jones was part of a gross 15-9 loss against the Detroit Lions. Tyler Allgeier was part of a 20-17 game. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin (who combined for 13.7 fantasy points) didn’t do much in a Tampa Bay 16-13 victory. Jakobi Myers scored only 4.9 points and had a fumble in a GROSS New England win. Kyle Pitts had his sixth single-digit scoring day in same game Allgeier took part in. Then Allen Robinson had just 3.9 points in his team loss.
That is a lot a numbers, I get that. But just looking at the games Lobo’s players played in, only two players he had took part in games that had over 40 total team points…and they were his defense (Jacksonville Jaguars) and his kicker (Evan McPherson). And look, The Bengals scored 42 points, and McPherson had only five points.
We will get to my running back.
I was devious during the week. I saw on Wednesday that Jonathan Taylor did not practice for the Colts. Lobo owns Taylor. I jumped on grabbing Deon Jackson, the backup to Taylor, just so Lobo could not grab him. Sure, Jackson had only 4.6 points, but to have Taylor’s backup for a season where the Colts might shutdown Taylor…I will take that.
The Colts had only 121 total yards…and not much better…the Patriots had 203 total yards. Thankfully for me, Rhamondre Stevenson had over a third of those yards with 70 net yards.
A runner-up to MVP is Nick Folk. He has 38 points over the last two weeks; 21 against the Jets and 17 against the Colts.
The MVP of this matchup is Justin Fields. He is the number on fantasy player over the last four weeks. He set the NFL record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game with 178 yards running. Ignore the 123 yards passing, instead admire how Field kept the Bears in pace with the Miami Dolphins and his zero turnovers. This is what I expected (to an extent) with Trey Lance when I drafted him.
Lights, Kamara, Jackson (154.34) defeats Hotel, Motel, Golladay Inn (109.14)
Tommy Simon was hampered this week by byes. He was without Christian McCaffrey, CeeDee Lamb, Nuck Chubb and Courtland Sutton, all of whom he would be starting. In their place, he had to throw in Romeo Dobbs (who had 2.3 points), and tight end Gerald Everett (who scored 6.1 points) into his flex spot.
The thing is…even if Tommy had all of his guys…it would not have been enough. Ronan still did his thing.
The paparazzi is chasing after Ronan because he is simply burning the league with his high-scoring scorching weeks. This week his ballooned team-total was filled up by the biggest fantasy scoring day of the entire 2022-23 NFL season. But we will get to that.
You know who has the number one defense in the NFL according to EPA? The New England Patriots. Do I necessarily believe it? No. But does Ronan love reaping the benefits of the Patriots playing the Indianapolis Colts? You betcha. The Patriots defense had 26.0 points aided by a last minute defensive touchdown.
Ronan’s pair of massive performances helped even out average performances by Josh Jacobs, A.J. Brown, Adam Thielen and DeAndre Hopkins.
Tommy surpassed his team expectations with all of his starters out, but it just was not enough. Joe Burrow led this team to 42 points…but most of them were not throwing touchdowns. Kenneth Walker III continues his Rookie of the Year campaign with 109 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Tommy as has Juju Smith-Schuster becoming consistent. Three straight games with double-digit points and a pair of poor defenses coming up.
But all of that being said. Tommy stood no shot.
The MVP is Joe Mixon because he scored 53.1 points. Yea, that is a lot. That is over A THIRD OF HIS ENTIRE POINTS THIS SEASON. He put up A THIRD OF HIS SEASON POINTS IN ONE GAME. If you lost a fantasy game with him in your starting line-up, then god help you because you will need therapy. Last week he had 9.4 points, and this week he MORE THAN QUINTUPLED THAT!
My Own Worst Etiennemy 139.72) defeats Ek’s Gonna Give It To Ya (139.3)
The only close game of the week. I want to thank Steve and Buzzi for creating some drama in a week of competitive matchups.
It came down to Sunday night. Steve with 116.5 points waiting on Derrick Henry, and Buzzi with 123.7 points hoping for just enough from Travis Kelce. The game is ugly, played to the Titans style. Despite the extra playing time with overtime and an already 106 yard receiving game, Kelce is not able to hold off Derrick Henry. Steve Kultzow behind two touchdowns from “Tractorcito” picks up a massive victory by just .42 points.
The Los Angeles Chargers get the team win, but Buzzi is screaming at the TV wondering why Justin Herbert has only 12.1 points. He has four games this season with one touchdown or less. He is the 14th ranked quarterback in terms of fantasy points this season. His breakout possibly QB1 fantasy season is still waiting for a spark.
Steve, also getting to go to the Jets game and seeing them beat the Bills, saw his man Garrett Wilson score 13.9 points, his second straight double-digit week and third this season.
Both Steve and Buzzi had Chicago running backs in their rosters. Khalil Herbert had only 2.3 points for Steve, and David Montgomery had 4.9 points. They totaled 59 rushing yards.
A certain quarterback who was picked up on rosters and played by a super smart GM more than tripled their combined output on the ground…
Henry has to be the MVP because he was Steve’s last player playing and he did just enough to give him the win. Henry has boomed four times this season and is now averaging over 20 points per game. He has two touchdowns in back-to-back weeks, and has two touchdowns in three of his last four games.
This is just a random tid-bit on Henry. The second ranked fantasy running back is averaging 15.43 points in his three home games this season. In his five road games, Henry is averaging 23.5 points per game. He has one touchdown at home, and eight on the road. Just some really random splits.
Does Derrick Henry’s workload end when Tannenhill gets healthier? If Henry is running like this, I highly doubt it.
Country Roads Take Mahomes (124.04) defeats Ooooo Jeudy James Jeudy (103.84)
Is this a loser leaves town match?
I, unfortunately, think so.
Jimmy Simon keeps his season alive and McGinnity goes down the spiral that must be similar to a hallucinate inducing Ayahuasca drug trip.
I make that extended and flat joke because McGinnity can trace this loss, and much of his season, to the incredibly poor performance of his quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. Thee interceptions, two of which were in the red zone, one of which bonked off a defenders helmet. That is not what you want from any quarterback, let alone one you hoped to not have to worry about this entire season. I heard on a podcast this morning that he has gone nearly a full calendar year since throwing for over 300 yards. He did toss for 291 today…and that was against the worst defense in football.
On the other side, Jimmy got his massive game with Patrick Mahomes to ensure himself an easy win. 34.14 points on Sunday night football…Mahomes threw the ball 68 (SIXTY-EIGHT) times! Bonkers! Mahomes carried the team and he can take home the MVP for Jimmy because he scored 34.14 points and all of Jimmy’s starting RB1, RB2, WR1, WR2 and WR3 combined for 47.2 points. Normally that would be a death sentence, but Mahomes is the ultimate band-aid.
It also should be a comforting thing for Jimmy to see that T.J. Hockenson caught all nine targets that went his way on a new team. That is with less than a week of practice. So things can go up from there.
I wish I had more to write about this matchup, but there is just not a lot to write home about. Maybe McGinnity would have had better luck if the San Francisco 49ers were on a bye, but that would be a lot on Deebo Samuel and George Kittle’s (brittle) shoulders.
It may be too little too late, but McGinnity should look to trade for Geno Smith on Jimmy’s bench. Jimmy is never going to play Geno over Mahomes, and McGinnity can not rely on either Aaron Rodgers of Derek Carr.
My Glockz Out (126.5) defeats Dirty Mike And The Boys (83.6)
Tom McLaughlin keeps his first place ribbon and I really hope he took pity of Ritz and didn’t take his 20 bucks.
Ritz picked up Tom Brady off the waiver wire to replace Dak Prescott who was on a bye. Thank god Brady scored a TD on the last drive because if he didn’t it would have been even worse. You look at Ritz’s entire roster…heading into Monday night…Brady was one of two positions on his roster to beat out the projections…it was Brady and the Green Bay Packers defense.
DJ Moore was limited to just 3.4 points in a game the Panthers we getting blown out. Stefon Diggs burned Sauce Gardner on the first drive but then was held to just 93 yards…which is not a lot for him. His third lowest of the season.
We could go through all of the Ritz’s players, but the facts of the matter are that Ritz played everyone he should have. Ritz’s bench scored -3.1 points.
McLaughlin’s team survived a brutal bye week. With no Saquon Barkley and Tony Pollard in his lineup, McLaughlin had to rely on AJ Dillion and Darrell Henderson Jr., who combined for just 11 points. He did have Michael Carter score 15.1, which was not expected.
Justin Jefferson and Tyreek Hill made up for the absences with 45.8 points between the two of them. Joshua Palmer also came up big with 14.6 points. With no other receivers healthy, Palmer reaped the reward from Just Herbert. These three wide receivers made the vacancy of Amari Cooper an after thought.
I do have to question Tom on this: why are you playing Kyler ahead of Tua? I just feel the ceiling for Tua is way higher than Kyler? With the weapons he has…? You can have a Tua and Tyreek stack which maybe the best stack in the entire NFL besides Josh Allen and Diggs?
The MVP of this contest is going to Tyreek Hill. He holds the NFL record for receiving yards through nine weeks. He also score his first touchdown since week two. Imagine in Hill had more than three touchdowns this season? Insane would could be.
Week Nine Matchups
Dirty Mike And The Boys (2-7) vs. Ooooo Jeudy James Jeudy (3-6)
My Own Worst Etiennemy (4-5) vs. Keke, Coutee Luve Me (4-5)
My Glockz Out (7-2) vs. Lights, Kamara, Jackson (5-4)
Country Roads Take Mahomes (4-5) vs. Ek’s Gonna Give It To Ya (5-4)
Hotel, Motel, Golladay Inn (5-4) vs. The Bourne Supremacy (6-3)
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