I am writing this while half comatose on the train after leaving work sick. Some would call me a hero…I would never call myself one…but some would. And part on Wednesday, lying in bed, because I passed out writing it on the train and then didn’t do anything but pet the kitty and sleep when i got home.

Playoff Semifinals FINAL

Notable Season Nuggets
  • Regular Season Average Scoring Per Week
    • Week One: 113.47
    • Week Two: 121.29
    • Week Three: 103.11 (Least)
    • Week Four: 123.08
    • Week Five: 121.19
    • Week Six: 103.326 (First Week Of Byes)
    • Week Seven: 110.51
    • Week Eight: 126.35 (Most)
    • Week Nine: 120.08
    • Week Ten: 110.92
    • Week Eleven: 108.56
    • Week Twelve: 115.09
    • Week Thirteen: 113.626
    • Average Scoring Per Week Is 116.66
  • Regular Season Margin Of Victory By Week:
    • Week 1: 35.156
    • Week 2: 16.284
    • Week 3: 23.216
    • Week 4: 35.84
    • Week 5: 35.748
    • Week 6: 12.756
    • Week 7: 23.792
    • Week 8: 37.552
    • Week 9: 34.488
    • Week 10: 23.484
    • Week 11: 47.44
    • Week 12: 28.02
    • Week 13: 36.25
    • Average Margin Of Victory This Season Is 30.03
  • The coveted 160+ threshold does not get any new members this week.
    • Ronan has the highest scoring week of the season, but otherwise this is the Tom McLaughlin and Matthew Buzzi show as each have three games with over 160 points.
      • Ronan McClorey 174.12 (Week 8)
      • Matthew Buzzi 173.52 (Week 5)
      • Tom McLaughlin 173.22 (Week 1)
      • Tom McLaughlin 173.02 (Week 11)
      • Matthew Buzzi 172.7 Week 4)
      • Tom McLaughlin 162.74 (Week 8)
      • Matthew Buzzi 160.54 (Week 11)
  • Points Scored Compared To Projected Through Week Thirteen
    • My Glockz Out (+127.76)
    • Hotel, Motel, Golladay Inn (+58.78)
    • Ek’s Gonna Give It To Ya (+44.23)
    • My Own Worst Etiennemy (+34.58)
    • Lights, Kamara, Jackson (-1.22)
    • Country Roads Take Mahomes (-10.28)
    • The Bourne Supremacy (-49.45)
    • Ooooo Jeudy James Jeudy (-88.44)
    • Dirty Mike And The Boys (-144.74)
    • Keke, Coutee Luv Me (-221.82)
  • No more byes for the remainder of the season.

Semifinal Matchup Recaps

Lights, Kamara, Jackson (128.54) Leads My Glockz Out (127.1)

Coming from behind…Tom McLaughlin has stamped his place in the Back At The Reeeeeem Fantasy Football Championship. Tom was down 128.54 to 1271. entering the second week, but the regular season champion rose to the challenge.

Should be noted that I did pay his first place regular season winnings ($50) Tuesday morning.

Part two of this matchup comes down to meeting expectations. Ronan and Tom were projected to be neck-and-neck this week, but the upstart below .500 number four playoff seed found himself urging his team on to no avail.

Ronan has to be asking himself, how in the fucking, fuck does Joe Mixon only get 7.9 points when the Cincinnati Bengals scored 34 total points and looked utterly unstoppable in the second half? Mixon was held to only 21 rushing yards on 11 rushes on Sunday. Mixon has had four game with less than 30 rushing yards this season, and two of them have in his last three games played. Bad time for Mixon to have a dud. Very bad time.

Man, we have to talk DeAndrew Hopkins too. Every since Colt McCoy took over at quarterback against the Patriots, Hopkins has been handcuffed. Over the last two games he has 9.4 and 9.5 points. Not good timing for Ronan and his playoff/championship dreams.

And damn Mike Williams? 6.7 points? Come on.

Only three players bested their projections for Ronan; A.J. Brown had 22.6 points for the Eagles in their tough win against the Chicago Bears. The Denver Broncos defense had 12.0 points against the depleted Cardinals (RIP Hopkins), and Nick Folk had 13.0 points in an idiotic loss to the Raiders.

Anything that Ronan could have done to swap it up? Maybe plug in Adam Thielen for Mike Williams? Maybe do Cordarelle Patterson…instead of Joe Mixon? Yea…Ronan played the right guys.

How wold things have been different if Lamar Jackson was healthy? If only.

Alright, enough focus on the loser. Let’s handle the winner here.

Tom McLaughlin still didn’t get anything strong from Tua Tagovailoa in Buffalo…but damn it was made up for by Saquon Barkley. The New York Giants running back had 20.5 points…his first 20+ point game since week 10 against Houston. He had been averaging only 10 points per game over the last four games, but damn did he come up huge. Barkley ran for 80 yards in the fourth quarter. Eighty yards. Eight. ZERO. Talk about coming up huge.

The only under performer for Tommy was Brandon Aiyuk. He scored only 2.9 points in San Francisco’s win. His first “bust” week according to ESPN.com.

The hilarious bit of irony here is that Tom’s real quarterback…the one that would be playing…is Kyler Murray. Still on his bench (not on his IR), Murray being involved would have changed this matchup for everyone.

Also, Tom, why do you still have Melvin Gordon III on your roster? He isn’t even on a team.

The MVP of this here matchup is Justin Jefferson. The top fantasy wide receiver this season made it his personal business to help the Minnesota Vikings come back from 33 points against the Indianapolis Colts. Jefferson’s 24.3 points, which is his third 24+ points game in the last four weeks, made him the top scorer for Tom. Jefferson helped Tom complete the comeback against Ronan. Without it his season would have been over. Without the Vikings from from behind win, the belief in them as a team would have been over.

Now hope springs eternal.

The comeback complete. The top-ranked team advances to the finals.

Ek’s Gonna Give It To Ya (261.1) Leads Hotel, Motel, Holladay Inn (247.46)

Buzzi won by roughly seven points (131.08-124.96) against Tommy last week, and seals a trip to the finals with another win of roughly that margin.

If I told you that Matthew Buzzi would win this contest with Justin Herbert scoring only 8.72 points, and Austin Ekeler tallying just 14.0 points after being hampered with injury…you have thought I was crazy.

But folks, there is a reason they call it any given Sunday.

OH, and Davante Adams gets only 4.8 points too?? I mean good lord. Tommy, how did you not beat this guy?

Ohh, I see it now. David Montgomery decided to play meaningful fantasy football again…or should I say for the first time this season? For the first time this season, Montgomery passed the 20 points plateau. 12 carries for 53 yards is not a lot, and only thee catches for 36 doesn’t sound like a lot. But when you add in two touchdowns…that will do the trick.

Buzzi getting the unsung players to come up huge in the biggest moments. What fantasy playoff football is all about.

Reflecting on Tommy’s roster, he really played it as well as he could. I know one could say that he could have played Kirk Cousins who scored 32.4 points…but let’s be real…who is going to play Kirk Cousins over Joe Burrow?

No one. The answer is no one.

Christian McCaffrey did his thing with over 20 points. CeeDee Lamb and Juju-Smith Schuster put up double figures. Perhaps Christian Watson was a disappointment on Monday night with just 6.6 points…but the next highest flex option was Kenneth Walker III who scoring just 9.9 points. Not nearly enough to make up the difference.

I mean, there is only one option for MVP. Besides Buzzi’s brain picking up this player…the nod has to go to Jerrick McKinnon. The Kansas City Chiefs running back scored a career best 30.2 points, collecting a pair of touchdowns, 52 yards on the ground and 70 yards receiving. McKinnon has three straight weeks with 10+ points. Let’s check what his average was before this happened…oh only 5.85 points per game.

For the second straight week, Tommy’s bet on Isaiah Pacheco is blindsided by McKinnon. Pacheco goes for only 19 points over two weeks while McKinnon tallies 59.1. A 40.1 points difference.

Holy shit, Batman. That is what we call a game breaker.

The biggest fan of the AFC West advances to the Back To The Reeeeeem Fantasy finals.

Matchups That Didn’t Matter

  • Dirty Mike And The Boys (179.3) defeats Ooooo Jeudy James Jeudy (159.16)
  • My Own Worst Etiennemy (243.38) defeats Country Roads Take Mahomes (234.32)
  • The Bourne Supremacy (208.2) defeats Keke, Coutee Luv Me (179.24)

Matchups That Don’t Matter

  • Hotel, Motel, Golladay Inn vs. Lights, Kamara, Jackson
  • The Bourne Supremacy vs. My Own Worst Etiennemy
  • Dirty Mike And The Boys vs. Country Roads Take Mahomes
  • Ooooo Jeudy James Jeudy vs. Keke, Coutee Luv Me

Championship Matchup Preview

#1 Tom mcLaughlin (10-3) vs. #2 Ek’s Gonna Give It To Ya (9-4)
  • The two only played once during the regular season, and Tom came out with a bludgeoning 162.74-82.84 win.
    • Buzzi had Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler and Travis Kelce on a but that week, so he had to sub in Daniel Jones, Zach Ertz and Antonio Gibson (who actually performed well)
    • Tony Pollard and Tyreek Hill had over 25 points for Tom.
    • It is Tom’s third highest scoring effort of the season.
  • Technically speaking, Tom has lost two of his last three single week matchups.
  • Buzzi has on six straight single-week matchups.
  • Tom and Buzzi finished first and second this season in terms of points scored, so this matchup is fitting. They also finished first and third, respectively, in fewest points scored against.
  • Tom has not scored over 130 points in a single week since over the last three weeks. Previous to that he had done it three weeks in a row.
  • The biggest discrepancy between the two teams comes at the tight end position; Buzzi is locked in with Travis Kelce, but Tom has to juggle Tyler Higbee, Hayden Hurst (questionable) and Taysom Hill.
  • The drama for the championship may come down to Sunday night, or Monday morning of week 17. Buzzi has Herbert and Ekeler playing on Monday night this week, and Sunday night next week. But the anchor may came down to Week 17 Monday night with Tyler Bass, kicker of the Buffalo Bills going up against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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