The first round of the Back At The Reeeeeem Fantasy Championship match has come to a close. Top seeded Tom McLaughlin holds a 24.1 points lead over Buzzi. I would think that both team owners expected more from their teams.

Championship Match Recap

We have to talk about quarterbacks right off the top. Buzzi went into Monday night thinking that he would gain a lot of ground on Tom, but when your quarterback scores 5.5 fantasy points…YIKES! Back to back single-digit scoring outputs for Herbert! On the otherside…Tom had his quarterback get this third concussion of the season and play only a have. There is no way that Tua is going to suit up next week. What will Tom do? He only had 10.4 points this week, and he despite his lead, he can not afford that again.

This would be a time I note that Buzzi has $42 in FAB, and Tom has $67. There can be some strategy there.

In terms of the running back position, RB1s Saquon Barkley and Austin Ekeler evened each other out with 23.3 and 21.9 points, respectively. At RB2, Jerick McKinnon had 11.3 points and Tony Pollard had 11.0. Neither days to boast about to your dying grandma, but still solid days.

Now we get to the grand canyon of player out. The largest gap, and the potential championship decider.

Buzzi’s top wide receiver all year has been Davante Adams. Consistently in the top five of scoring, he ranks third in fantasy this season averaging over 16 points per game. However, over the last three weeks, and in particular this week, Adams has forgotten how to play football. At least at high level. Adams has single digit points in each of his last three games, and last week against Pittsburgh he had 2.5 points…his second lowest point total of the season.

On the other side of the coin, is arguably the NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Justin Jefferson can not be stopped. We don’t even know if he can be contained. Against the New York Giants, Jefferson went off for 12 catches, 133 yards, and a touchdown. Jefferson has 15+ targets in his last three games. He has scored over 24 points his last three games.

Justin Jefferson outscored Davate Adams by 22.8 points. The margin is 24.1.

Down the rest of the line, the paid matchup somewhat alright…until the kicker spot. Ryan Succop takes advantage of Tampa Bay’s terrible offense and cashed in a tone of field goals for 15 points. Meanwhile Tyler Bass in windy Chicago only had two fantasy points despite the Buffalo Bill scoring 35 points as a team. That 13 points difference was the biggest edge for Buzzi against Tom.

I suppose if you want to look at one more factor in this week, it is that Christian Kirk was held to only 4.1 points for Jacksonville, but that was expected against Sauce Gardner and the New York Jets. Buzzi couldn’t have expected a back breaking day from him with the way the Defensive Rookie of the Year odds are playing out.

The MVP of this matchup is non other than the…Indianapolis Colts defense. Oh, they are not on a team? Well, regardless, the fighting Jeff Saturday’s managed to hold Justin Herbert to his worst game of the season. Herbert had just 235 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. The Colts sacked him four times. I think that Tom McLaughlin should sent a letter to Jim Irsay and thank him personally.

Herbert has not thrown a touchdown in two straight weeks. With Buzzi needing to make up 24.1 points, he is going to need Herbert to go nuts and break his rut. The Colts defense kept the Tua injury and lack of second half production on the back burner in terms of important events.

The biggest question for next week is what is Tom going to do for the quarterback position? With Tua Tagovailoa not expected to play against the New England Patriots, who will Tom pick up? Is he going to roll with Russell Wilson. Is he going to roll with the rookie Brock Purdy? Is he going to throw it all up the gods of feast-or-famine with either Gardner Minshew or Taylor Heinicke?

I suppose the next logical question is how will Tyreek Hill be affected now that he doesn’t have Tua throwing to him? Time will tell, and time will test Tom because he does not have much time to plan it all out. Week 17 is for all the marbles.

Key NFL matchups for both Buzzi and Tom in Week 17.

  • Los Angeles Chargers (Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, Joshua Palmer) vs. Los Angeles Rams
  • Kansas City Chiefs (Jerick McKinnon, Travis Kelce) vs. Denver Broncos
  • Las Vegas Raiders (Davante Adams) vs. San Francisco 49ers (Brandon Aiyuk, D/ST)
  • New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins (Tyreek Hill, Tua Tagovailoa)

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.

Matchups That Don’t Matter

  • Hotel, Motel, Gollday Inn (132.06) leads Lights, Kamara, Jackson (91.1)
  • The Bourne Supremacy (104.16) leads My Own Worst Etiennemy (78.6)
  • Country Roads Take Mahomes (152.86) leads Dirty Mike And The Boys (145.18)
  • Ooooo Jeudy James Jeudy (93.52) leads Keke, Coutee Luve Me (74.78)

Also Mike Ritz would like me to point out that his team does not stop fighting.


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