Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Analysis of the Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl Selections


By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

For the first time since 2007, the Packers have five Pro-Bowlers. Taking the trip to Hawaii in late January are S Nick Collins, LB Clay Matthews, CB Charles Woodson, WR Greg Jennings and LT Chad Clifton.

In addition to the five spots on the starting roster, QB Aaron Rodgers and CB Tramon Williams are first alternates. I'm not really sure what the voters were thinking because Rodgers and Williams should have been sure selections along with Matthews and Jennings.

Not that many people really care about the Pro Bowl, but here is my reaction to each Packers player selected or not selected.

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Jordan Taylor Shines in Wisconsin's Win over Minnesota



By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

If you haven't heard, the Wisconsin Badgers' Jordan Taylor is emerging as one of the Big Ten's premier point guards. He went for a game-high 22 points and seven assists on Tuesday Night to give #24 Wisconsin (11-2) a 68-60 upset of #13 Minnesota (11-2).

Reaching double-digits is becoming regular for the junior from Bloomington, MN as he's reached the mark in twelve of the Badgers thirteen games this season. Don't be fooled by the points as Taylor also excels in the passing game with 57 assists compared to only 15 turnovers.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Week 16 Tuesday Night Heroes!


By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

What a week! The birth of my son (Keenan Kelly Grays), a HUGE Packers win and the Rose Bowl right around the corner. On top of all that, we have some Tuesday Night Football (thus the Tuesday Night Heroes). Watch the following game to see who makes the fantasy championship game:

Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles 7:20 PM (NBC-HD)

Winner's Bracket (a.k.a. Playoffs)

What's At Stake: This is what it's all about in fantasy football, PLAYOFFS! After a grueling 13 weeks of fantasy match-ups, a play-in game and a week of playoff match-ups we our down to four teams. Just as a friendly reminder, here's what the four teams are ultimately battling for:

1st Place - $145 + Fantasy Trophy ($15) + Fantasy Championship (priceless)
2nd Place - $80
3rd Place - $25

1.) #5 Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (7-6) vs. #1 Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (9-4)

Score: 77-43 Team Szmanda (34 point lead)
Possible Tuesday Night Heroes: RB Adrian Peterson (Team Lowenberg) and WR Jeremy Maclin (Team Lowenberg)
Reaction/Prediction: How bout the return of Aaron Rodgers (34 points, pictured above)? Team Szmanda may have booked his ticket to the championship due solely to Rodgers' 404 yards and four touchdowns versus the Giants. If that's the case, everyone who said Rodgers was a dumb first-overall fantasy draft pick must rescind their claims immediately. While Team Lowenberg is far from being defeated, I'm going to stick with Jason because Peterson (proj. of 13) is returning from an injury and Maclin (proj. of 14) should have a good game, but not a great game.

2.) #3 Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (9-4) vs. #2 The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (7-6)

Score: 84-39 Team McCarthy (45 point lead)
Possible Tuesday Night Heroes: K David Akers (Team McCarthy) and QB Michael Vick (The Rippin and the Tearin)
Reaction/Prediction: If anyone could score 50+ points, it would be Michael Vick (proj. of 25) who posted 49 fantasy points back in week ten. Unfortunately for Rory, Matt has the Eagles' kicker, Akers (proj. of 7), who would also benefit from Vick's hypothetical fifty spot. Therefore, Matt will be making his first ever appearance in the Fantasy Championship. Can he win an astonishing nine straight fantasy games to win it all?

Winner's Consolation Ladder (a.k.a. Knocked out of the Playoffs)

What's At Stake: Not much accept a $5 baller pot if you can be the team to score the most points!

1.) #6 Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (7-6) vs. #4 Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (8-5)

Score: 56-40 Team Breiby (16 point lead)
Possible Tuesday Night Heroes: Eagles D/ST (Team Lee) and RB LeSean McCoy (Team Breiby)
Reaction/Prediction: Not that it really matters because these point totals are no where near what is needed for a baller pot award. Team Breiby should win this one behind a decent performance from McCoy (proj. of 16). Just for fun, I think the Eagles D/ST (proj. of 6) will reach their projection.

2.) #9 Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (6-7) vs. #7 Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (7-6)

Score: 79-63 Team Grande (16 point lead)
Possible Tuesday Night Heroes: WR DeSean Jackson (Team Merrill) and WR Sidney Rice (Team Merrill)
Reaction/Prediction: I expect Jackson (proj. of 12) and Rice (proj. of 5) to give Team Merrill some bragging rights in this match-up. Similar to the previous match-up, no baller pot here.

Bye Weeks: #8 Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo)

Consolation Ladder (a.k.a Loser's Bracket)

What's At Stake: For those five teams who didn't make the playoffs, don't give up because there's a valuable prize to be won in the loser's bracket. For the owner and team who can rise above the rest will be awarded with their choice of draft position in next season's fantasy league. That's right, pick #1 overall, last, or somewhere between, it's all up to you! Just remember that this is a ladder and not a bracket, meaning if you lose, there still exists the chance to fight back up the ladder in four total games.

1.) #11 Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (5-8) vs. #10 Team Grays (Nick Grays) (6-7)

Score: 106-97 Team Grays (FINAL)
Possible Tuesday Night Heroes: None
Reaction/Prediction: No competitive nature surrounding this match-up as Kari and I watched football in the hospital with the newborn. For the second time in four weeks, I pulled out the win against Team Klitzman with huge days from Josh Freeman (31 points) and Jamaal Charles (23 points). Kari won't be picking her draft spot, but has to be thinking this season was only a sophomore slump. I've scored 100+ for two straight weeks and hope the 106 is enough to grant me the baller pot this week.

2.) #13 Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (5-8) vs. #12 Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (5-8)

Score: 93-55 Bobby's Sad-Asses (38 point lead)
Possible Tuesday Night Heroes: QB Brett Favre (Free Victory), TE Visanthe Shiancoe (Free Victory) and K Ryan Longwell (Free Victory)
Reaction/Prediction: The winner of this one will play my team for the right to pick their draft spot next season. While Tim appears to still have a chance, this is probably not the case since Favre (proj. of 0) is doubtful. Shiancoe (projLongwell (proj. of 8) has yet to reach double-digit fantasy points. Bobby's Sad-Asses put together a nice little week with five performers in double-digits and should prove to be a good match-up for Team Grays in week seventeen!

Bye Weeks: #14 Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy)
 
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin 80 Coppin St. 55

By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

With a 80-55 win over the Coppin State Eagles, the Wisconsin Badgers have now won 10 non-conference games for the fifth time in the last six seasons. Junior Jordan Taylor and senior Jon Leuer led the way with 19 points a piece.
The Badgers (10-2) final tune-up before the conference season was successful on both sides of the floor as they extended their nation leading streak to 31 games while holding opponents under 70 points at the Kohl Center.
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Week Sixteen Fantasy Predictions from Nick and Chad


Nick's Record (55-45 overall) (4-26 in points predictions) = 63 points (6-0 in week fifteen)
Chad's Record (61-39 overall) (4-26 in points predictions) = 69 points
(5-1 in week fifteen)

Winner's Bracket (a.k.a. Playoffs)

What's At Stake: This is what it's all about in fantasy football, PLAYOFFS! After a grueling 13 weeks of fantasy match-ups, a play-in game and a week of playoff match-ups we our down to four teams. Just as a friendly reminder, here's what the four teams are ultimately battling for:

1st Place - $145 + Fantasy Trophy ($15) + Fantasy Championship (priceless)
2nd Place - $80
3rd Place - $25

1.) #5 Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (7-6) vs. #1 Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (9-4)

Nick's Outlook: Nick and his Team Lowenberg will look for two upsets in a row as he takes on the top-ranked Team Szmanda. Jason and Team Szmanda proved all the nay-sayers wrong when he put up a respectable 88 points in a win last week. The match-up couldn't be any closer as both participants have six players with double-digit projections. Nick's Ronnie Brown (proj. of 13) has been known to under-perform, but I really like Marshawn Lynch (proj. of 14, pictured above) against a Tampa Bay defense which looks lost against the run. Jason survived with Kerry Collins at the realm last week, but can let out a sigh of relief this week when Aaron Rodgers (proj. of 15) returns in a must-win game versus the Giants. You can also forgot the big zero Vernon Davis (proj. of 11) put up against the Chargers because I see him as an instrumental part of the win over St. Louis. Should be a close match-up and will come down to Monday Night with Lowenberg's Roddy White (proj. of 13) and Szmanda's Lance Moore (proj. of 10). Szmanda enters Monday with a lead and keeps it to advance to the championship.
Nick's Prediction: Team Szmanda

Chad's Prediction: Team Lowenberg

2.) #3 Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (9-4) vs. #2 The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (7-6)

Nick's Outlook: If you thought the last match-up was close, this could be the match-up of the year. Team McCarthy is beyond hot as of now (even though he squeaked out a tie-breaking win in week fifteen), I'm not even sure how to explain it. The Rippin and the Tearin knows what I'm talking about because he has Michael Vick (proj. of 25) who just might catapult himself to the fantasy MVP award. McCarthy has an appealing option at QB as well with Tom Brady (proj. of 16); the only issue is whether he will play the entire game against an improved Buffalo squad. After Tim Tebow stole the show from Knowshon Moreno last week, Matt is deciding to take a different route and put the Saints' Chris Ivory (proj. of 7) into a Monday Night Hero role. Rory's game-changer also plays on Monday Night and that's Marques Colston (proj. of 13) who has turned it on as of late and plays a Falcons' defense ranked 27th in the league against the pass. Matt's eight game winning streak comes to an end this week as Rory advances to the championship for the second year in a row.
Nick's Prediction: The Rippin and the Tearin

Chad's Prediction: The Rippin and the Tearin

Winner's Consolation Ladder (a.k.a. Knocked out of the Playoffs)

What's At Stake: Not much accept a $5 baller pot if you can be the team to score the most points!

1.) #6 Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (7-6) vs. #4 Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (8-5)

Nick's Outlook: Team Lee hasn't shown any signs of depression from his heart-wrenching loss to Team McCarthy in the playoffs as he went on to hit the waiver wire hard. That's a fantasy football player as he will rely on Donald Brown (proj. of 13) who broke out with 18 points last week. Team Breiby can only sit back and wonder what if as Arian Foster (proj. of 26) and Larry Fitzgerald (proj. of 16) have dream match-ups against the 32nd ranked Broncos run defense and Cowboys pass defense. Chad wins and is a player for the baller pot.
Nick's Prediction: Team Breiby

Chad's Prediction: Team Breiby

2.) #9 Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (6-7) vs. #7 Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (7-6)

Nick's Outlook: Give Seth and Team Merrill a pat on the back as they did all they could to try to take down the top ranked team last week. This week, he will meet Team Grande who was thrown to the side by Rory's baller pot performance. Anthony looks primed to get his dignity back with a league-high eight players projected in double-digits. It all starts with newly acquired Tim Tebow (proj. of 15) who plays a struggling Texans team. Brandon Marshall (proj. of 12) is showing shades of his old self and the Steelers D/ST (proj. of 14) takes on the Carolina Panthers, oh my! Seth's Maurice Jones-Drew (proj. of 16) won't keep up with Anthony's squad this week.
Nick's Prediction: Team Grande

Chad's Prediction: Team Grande

Bye Weeks: #8 Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo)

Consolation Ladder (a.k.a Loser's Bracket)

What's At Stake: For those five teams who didn't make the playoffs, don't give up because there's a valuable prize to be won in the loser's bracket. For the owner and team who can rise above the rest will be awarded with their choice of draft position in next season's fantasy league. That's right, pick #1 overall, last, or somewhere between, it's all up to you! Just remember that this is a ladder and not a bracket, meaning if you lose, there still exists the chance to fight back up the ladder in four total games.


1.) #11 Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (5-8) vs. Team Grays (Nick Grays) (6-7)

Nick's Outlook: For the third time in four weeks, Kari and Team Kitzman take on my team. I won the regular season match-up while Kari took the initial ladder match-up. This one is very important as the winner will play for the draft prize next week. With Felix Jones (proj. of 6) beat up, Kari does not have a lot of favorable match-ups. Dwayne Bowe (proj. of 21) may reach the big projection now that QB Matt Cassell is close to 100%. However, Team Grays has Ray Rice (proj. of 17) who went for an amazing 35 last week and Jamaal Charles (proj. of 18) who is quietly the ninth best fantasy back in all of the NFL. Who else would I pick in this one?
Nick's Prediction: Team Grays

Chad's Prediction: Team Klitzman

2.) #13 Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (5-8) vs. #12 Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (5-8)

Nick's Outlook: The seeds in this match-up may be low, but like the match-up before, it's very important as the winner will play for the draft prize next week. Neither of these guys have a starting quarterback, so I'll take a stab in the dark and take Free Victory in this one.
Nick's Prediction: Free Victory

Chad's Prediction: Free Victory

Bye Weeks: #14 Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy)

Points Predictions

What's At Stake: Make sure your line-ups are ready to go by gametime because the $5 baller pot is available to any team for the remaining three weeks.
Nick's Prediction: Highest (Team Breiby) and Lowest (Bobby's Sad-Asses)

Chad's Prediction: Highest (The Rippin and the Tearin) and Lowest (Team Lee)

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Green Bay Packers Face NFL's Hottest Team


By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

A questionable Aaron Rodgers and a 7-3 upset by the Detroit Lions has the Green Bay Packers limping into one of the biggest games of the season. At a full game back of the NFC-North leading Chicago Bears, the Packers will desperately look for a win on Sunday night in Foxborough against the NFL's hottest team.

While the New England Patriots (11-2) will be more than just another bump in the road, the Packers (8-5) need to find a way to overcome this offensive funk they have found their selves in. Particularly on third down where the Packers went 2-for-12 in the loss to the Lions. If they cannot do this, they may be a ten-win team looking from the outside when it comes time for the playoffs.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Week Fifteen Fantasy Predictions from Nick and Chad

Nick's Record (49-45 overall) (4-24 in points predictions) = 57 points (1-2 in week fourteen)
Chad's Record (56-38 overall) (4-24 in points predictions) = 64 points
(1-2 in week fourteen)

Winner's Bracket (a.k.a. Playoffs)

What's At Stake: This is what it's all about in fantasy football, PLAYOFFS! After a grueling 13 weeks of fantasy match-ups and a play-in game, we our down to eight teams. Just as a friendly reminder, here's what the eight teams are ultimately battling for:

1st Place - $145 + Fantasy Trophy ($15) + Fantasy Championship (priceless)
2nd Place - $80
3rd Place - $25

1.) #9 Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (6-7) vs. #1 Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (9-4)

Nick's Outlook: Team Merrill's Sidney Rice (proj. of 7) was a Monday Night Hero as Seth edged out Joe and Wizard Killer in this year's play-in game. Now he steps into the ring with the #1-seeded Team Szmanda who had a uncharacteristically bad week during the bye. Fortunately for Jason, the match-ups look better this week including Kerry Collins (proj. of 15, pictured above) against Houston and Vernon Davis (proj. of 11) against the Chargers. Seth's Maurice Jones-Drew (proj. of 17) will make it close, but I like the #1 seed to advance.
Nick's Prediction: Team Szmanda

Chad's Prediction: Team Szmanda

2.) #5 Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (7-6) vs. #4 Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (8-5)

Nick's Outlook: Of all the playoff match-ups, this may be the most intriguing one. Team Breiby has been one of the most consistent teams this season with Peyton Manning (proj. of 23), LeSean McCoy (proj. of 10) and Arian Foster (proj. of 20) all stepping up on different occasions. While Team Lowenberg has struggled at times, he looks primed for a big week this week. Roddy White (proj. of 16) should shred a bad Seahawks secondary and you would have to think Ronnie Brown (proj. of 13) or Ricky Williams (proj. of 14) will breakout against the Buffalo Bills. I think Brown and Williams have big weeks, meaning an upset of Team Breiby.
Nick's Prediction: Team Lowenberg

Chad's Prediction: Team Breiby

3.) #6 Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (7-6) vs. #3 Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (9-4)

Nick's Outlook: Team McCarthy is on a tear; he didn't even need a wide-out to approach 150 fantasy points last week. Not only that, Matt comes into the playoffs a winner of his last seven match-ups. The group of Michael Turner (proj. of 16), Knowshon Moreno (proj. of 15) and Darren McFadden (proj. of 25) are the best in the fantasy league. Expect these guys to combine for almost sixty points and take Matt to the next round. I don't even need to mention Team Lee's team.
Nick's Prediction: Team McCarthy
Chad's Prediction: Team McCarthy

4.) #7 Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (7-6) vs. #2 The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (7-6)

Nick's Outlook: Oh, how I missed watching Rory's team in action. Michael Vick (proj. of 24) is fantasy nuts and takes on the New York Giants in a very important divisional match-up. Even though the match-up is bad for fantasy purposes, Vick will find a way to get his points. I really like Jahvid Best (proj. of 13) against a Tampa Bay team which allowed the Redskins' Ryan Torain to run all over them. Don't count out Team Grande just yet as he does have Andre Johnson (proj. of 16) and Ahmad Bradshaw (proj. of 15). Despite the favorable match-ups, won't go big enough, thus I can't pick against Rory's sexy fantasy team.
Nick's Prediction: The Rippin and the Tearin

Chad's Prediction: The Rippin and Tearin

Consolation Ladder (a.k.a Loser's Bracket)

What's At Stake: For those five teams who didn't make the playoffs, don't give up because there's a valuable prize to be won in the loser's bracket. For the owner and team who can rise above the rest will be awarded with their choice of draft position in next season's fantasy league. That's right, pick #1 overall, last, or somewhere between, it's all up to you! Just remember that this is a ladder and not a bracket, meaning if you lose, there still exists the chance to fight back up the ladder in four total games.


1.) #13 Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (5-8) vs. #11 Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (5-8)

Nick's Outlook: Basically by default, Free Victory has fought his way to the top of the ladder, that's how bad Bobby's Sad-Asses were last week. Team Klitzman put together a heroic performance from Derrick Mason and Joe Flacco (proj. of 12) to knock off Team Grays. She looks to retain her spot at the top with Hakeem Nicks (proj. of 15) back and healthy. Tim is still without a quarterback as Brett Favre (proj. of 0) is not sure to go and if he does, will he provide many points anyways?
Nick's Prediction: Team Klitzman

Chad's Prediction: Team Klitzman

2.) #14 Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (3-10) vs. #10 Team Grays (Nick Grays) (6-7)
Nick's Outlook: Team Szombatfalvy went for 100+ last week. He must be asking his self where that production was in the regular season. My match-up won't be an easy one as Mike's Chris Johnson (proj. of 22) has finally awoken from hibernation and Philip Rivers (proj. of 17) still has an outside shot at the MVP award. For what seems the millionth time, I will pick myself to win behind big days from Jamaal Charles (proj. of 18) and Josh Freeman (proj. of 18).
Nick's Prediction: Team Grays

Chad's Prediction: Team Grays

Bye Weeks: #12 Bobby's Sad-Asses

Points Predictions

What's At Stake: Make sure your line-ups are ready to go by gametime because the $5 baller pot is available to any team for the remaining three weeks.

Nick's Prediction: Highest (Team McCarthy) and Lowest (Free Victory)

Chad's Prediction: Highest (Team McCarthy) and Lowest (Free Victory)

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin 70 Green Bay 56


By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

The Badgers continued their winning ways at the Kohl Center with a 70-56 victory over the Green Bay Phoenix. The win marks a sweep of the three in-state rivals for the first time since 2006-07 and the sixth time in the Bo Ryan era.

Wisconsin (9-2) also avenged an 88-84 overtime loss to the Phoenix (4-7) in Green Bay last season. Since the loss to Notre Dame on November 28th, the Badgers have reeled off five straight wins.

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Badgers J.J. Watt Wins 2010 Lott Impact Trophy



By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

Best senior quarterback (Scott Tolzien and 2010 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award), best offensive lineman (Gabe Carimi and 2010 Outland Trophy Award) and now the best defensive player in the country as the Badgers' defensive end J.J. Watt was named the 2010 Lott Impact Trophy Award Winner on Sunday Night.

Watt has had a monster year while accumulating 21 tackles for loss, seven sacks, eight passes broken up, ten quarterback hurries and three blocked kicks.

The other three finalists for the Lott Impact award were Texas defensive lineman Sam Acho, Oregon linebacker Casey Matthews (Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews brother) and LSU cornerback Patrick Patterson.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Week Fourteen Monday Night Heroes

By: Nick Grays, League Commissioner

The NFL blows my mind. It's almost as bad as watching the movie Inception (Great Movie). When I missed the first half of the Packers game due to blizzard conditions knocking out Fox 47's transmitter followed by wishing the second half never came on; I could only ask myself if this is really a dream. Unfortunately, this was not the case. The Packers playoffs are now as slim as Paris Hilton's (pictured above) mental image of herself. But I digress, for those limited amount of souls playing in the fantasy league this week, check out the following double-dose of games on Monday:

New York Giants @ Minnesota Vikings (Ford Field) 6:20 PM (FOX)
Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans 7:30 PM (ESPN)

Winner's Bracket (a.k.a. Playoffs)

What's At Stake: This is what it's all about in fantasy football, PLAYOFFS! After a grueling 13 weeks of fantasy match-ups, we have our nine teams. Just as a friendly reminder, here's what the nine teams are ultimately battling for:

1st Place - $145 + Fantasy Trophy ($15) + Fantasy Championship (priceless)
2nd Place - $80
3rd Place - $25


1.) #9 Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (6-7) vs. #8 Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (7-6)

Score: 70-68 Team Merrill (2 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: WR Sidney Rice (Team Merrill) and K Billy Cundiff (Wizard Killer)
Reaction/Prediction: When the team looked down and out, DeSean Jackson (27 points) came to Team Merrill's rescue. With an amazing 210 yards and a touchdown, Jackson was clicking on all cylinders with Michael Vick. "It was all #7," said Jackson after the Eagles' big win in Dallas. This fantasy week was all about the unknowns as Joe's Tim Hightower (24 points) came out of no where to make this a close one. It's not quite over as we have seen key wide receivers be shut down. Seth's Rice (proj. of 14) faces a Giants defense which ranks tenth in the league against fantasy receivers. Meanwhile, Joe's entire season rests in the hands of Cundiff (proj. of 9) who needs to kick at least a few field goals prevent a upset. I did initially pick Joe to win this one, but at this point, I don't see it; Team Merrill by five or more.

Consolation Ladder (a.k.a Loser's Bracket)

What's At Stake: For those five teams who didn't make the playoffs, don't give up because there's a valuable prize to be won in the loser's bracket. For the owner and team who can rise above the rest will be awarded with their choice of draft position in next season's fantasy league. That's right, pick #1 overall, last, or somewhere between, it's all up to you! Just remember that this is a ladder and not a bracket, meaning if you lose, there still exists the chance to fight back up the ladder in four total games.

1.) #11 Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (5-8) vs. #10 Team Grays (Nick Grays) (6-7)

Score: 57-33 Team Grays (24 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: QB Joe Flacco (Team Klitzman), WR Derrick Mason (Team Klitzman) and RB Ray Rice (Team Grays)
Reaction/Prediction:
The battle at the top of the ladder is an interesting one. Kari will rely on the passing attack with Flacco (proj. of 17) and Mason (proj. of 14) while I look to benefit from the Ravens running attack behind Rice (proj. of 18). One thing we do know is that the Texans' pass defense is absolutely horrible, so expect Flacco and Mason to connect more than a few times. However, I think Rice does just enough to keep my self at the top of the ladder. I also expect to see Kari once again in two weeks when she fights her way back up the ladder.

2.) #13 Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (5-8) vs. #12 Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (5-8)


Score: 46-38 Bobby's Sad-Asses (8 point lead)
Possible Monday Night Heroes: QB Brett Favre (Free Victory), TE Visanthe Shiancoe (Free Victory), Ravens D/ST (Free Victory) and K Ryan Longwell (Free Victory)
Reaction/Prediction:
Ouch, this match-up makes the consolation ladder look really bad. Check this out; Tim has four people playing on Monday Night and is projected to win by only one point, are you kidding me? Even if Favre (proj. of 0) doesn't play, you have to think Shiancoe (proj. of 2), Ravens D/ST (proj. of 4) and Longwell (proj. of 3) will score more than eight points. Heck, I'll go out on a limb and predict Longwell to do almost if not all of the work for Free Victory. No one is worth talking about on Robert and John's squad, so let's just say Free Victory by eight!

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Badgers Gabe Carimi wins Outland Trophy


By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

The announcement of the Wisconsin Badgers returning to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2000 was only the beginning of a historical year in Madison. On Thursday night, senior offensive lineman Gabe Carimi was named the Outland Trophy winner, an award handed out to the best interior lineman in the country.

Carimi joins former Badger and current Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas as the second Wisconsin football player to win the award in the last five years.

The Outland Trophy, which has been awarded annually by the FWAA since 1946 is named after the late John Outland, a lineman at Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. The Outland Trophy is the third oldest award in major college football behind the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell award.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Week Fourteen Fantasy Predictions from Nick and Chad

Nick's Record (48-43 overall) (3-23 in points predictions) = 54 points (6-1 in week thirteen)
Chad's Record (55-36 overall) (3-23 in points predictions) = 61 points
(5-2 in week thirteen)

Winner's Bracket (a.k.a. Playoffs)

What's At Stake: This is what it's all about in fantasy football, PLAYOFFS! After a grueling 13 weeks of fantasy match-ups, we have our nine teams. Just as a friendly reminder, here's what the nine teams are ultimately battling for:

1st Place - $145 + Fantasy Trophy ($15) + Fantasy Championship (priceless)
2nd Place - $80
3rd Place - $25

1.) #9 Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (6-7) vs. #8 Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (7-6)

Nick's Outlook: Seth and Joe meet in the vaunted play-in game. One team earned their spot while the other kind of limped in to the playoffs. Regardless, neither of these teams are going to be an easy out for #1 Team Szmanda next weekend. Team Merrill's Maurice Jones-Drew (proj. of 18, pictured above) is playing some great football right now and most likely making his case to be a top-five pick next season. Seth may have trouble at QB as Matt Cassell (proj. of 10) had an appendectomy on Wednesday and Brian Westbrook (proj. of 6) just doesn't have what it takes to fill in for the injured Frank Gore. That's why I like Wizard Killer to live another day behind Greg Jennings (proj. of 22) and Steven Jackson (proj. of 15).
Nick's Prediction: Wizard Killer

Chad's Outlook:
Sunday night around 6pm, Team Merrill probably noticed that Team Grays only needed to score 20 points more with Ray Rice and Dustin Keller yet to play. Fortunately for him, they only posted 6 and the playoffs became a reality. Monday night came around and Wizard killer was getting ready to pop the cork as his Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes needed to outscore Grande’s Nick Folk by 5 points to get the must needed win and ensure a playoff spot. Easy, right? WRONG. Sanchez barely managed 2 points and Wizard Killer’s score kept dwindling as the INT’s racked up in the second half. Luckily Folk only had 2 points, otherwise he would have been out of the playoffs. Both teams sweated until the very end of week 13 and now both must play each other in week one of the playoffs as everyone else watches. Wizard killer has the edge at QB since Merrill’s Matt Cassel matches up against a strong San Diego defense. Wizard has maybe the league’s hottest RB, MJD, and Merrill has maybe the league’s hottest WR, Greg Jennings. I like Merrill's TE, A. Gates, against K.C. if he is healthy enough to play and also Wizard Killers Packers defense could put up points against the lions playing a 3rd string QB. This match shapes up to be pretty even and the winner could go much farther than the 2nd round. I think Wizard Killer squeaks out the win.
Chad's Prediction: Wizard Killer

Bye Weeks: #1 Team Szmanda, #5 Team Lowenberg, #4 Team Breiby, #3 Team McCarthy, #6 Team Lee, #7 Team Grande and #2 The Rippin and the Tearin

Consolation Ladder (a.k.a Loser's Bracket)

What's At Stake: For those five teams who didn't make the playoffs, don't give up because there's a valuable prize to be won in the loser's bracket. For the owner and team who can rise above the rest will be awarded with their choice of draft position in next season's fantasy league. That's right, pick #1 overall, last, or somewhere between, it's all up to you! Just remember that this is a ladder and not a bracket, meaning if you lose, there still exists the chance to fight back up the ladder in four total games.

1.) #11 Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (5-8) vs. #10 Team Grays (Nick Grays) (6-7)

Nick's Outlook: For the second week in a row, it's the battle of the two lovers. Team Grays won round one, but still missed out on the playoffs. Here's a chance to redeem myself by trying to reach the top of the ladder and snag my draft position for next season. Kari will try to shrug off the unlucky season by deploying Joe Flacco (proj. of 17) and Mike Tolbert (proj. of 14). However, I have not once picked against my team and I won't start here. Malcom Floyd (proj. of 19) and Ray Rice (proj. of 18) are overrated, but Jamaal Charles (proj. of 15) will back me up by having a big game en route to my fourth straight fantasy win.
Nick's Prediction: Team Grays

Chad's Outlook:
Team Klitzman is probably very upset with last week’s loss against Team Grays because a win would have sent her to the playoffs. Now she’s fighting for next year’s “pick your draft position” prize. She has a chance to also get her revenge against her hubby. Unfortunately for her, Grays looks to have the edge in almost every category starting with 2010’s sleeper running back, J. Charles. He ranks 3rd among RBs in the league and Ray Rice’s matchup against the Texans looks promising. For Klitzman, Dwayne Bowe looked to be the only player holding up her team, until last week’s goose egg. I have to give this one to Grays for consecutive wins over his lady.
Chad's Prediction: Team Grays

2.) #13 Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (5-8) vs. #12 Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (5-8)

Nick's Outlook: This one is really interesting because both teams have hit the proverbial wall when it comes to fantasy football. Free Victory has to deal with Brett Favre (proj .of 7) drama each week while Bobby's Sad-Asses watches Kyle Orton (proj. of 17) and Brandon Lloyd (proj. of 13) play for a Broncos team which seems to be self-destructing. When it comes to two fantasy teams like these, I like to say your fantasy team is only as good as the teams (plural) your fantasy players play on. Yeah, it's confusing, but think about it.
Nick's Prediction: Free Victory with the upset

Chad's Outlook:
Free victory at the sad-asses… Two teams very upset with their seasons as indicated by their team names. This is exactly what we would expect from the 12 and 13 seeds. Other than Reggie Wayne’s 24 projection, this is shaping up to be a low scoring 12 vs. 13 matchup. Free Victory’s Favre has 2 double digit performances this year and Shiancoe has only 2 TDs compared to his 11 last year. His team looked dangerous in August, but turned out as a pity-pot machine. As for the sad-asses, you know your team is bad when you are starting the RB behind a healthy Adrian Peterson. The colts defense has -5 points in the last 3 weeks and who is Tony Moeaki? This ugly match will be of no one’s concern this week. Heads says Free Victory wins, Tails for Sad-asses… Heads wins.
Chad's Prediction: Free Victory

Bye Weeks: #14 Team Szombatfalvy

Points Predictions

What's At Stake: Make sure your line-ups are ready to go by gametime because the $5 baller pot is available to any team for the remaining four weeks.

Nick's Prediction: Highest (The Rippin and the Tearin) and Lowest (Bobby's Sad-Asses)

Chad's Prediction: Highest (Wizard Killer) and Lowest (Bobby's Sad-Asses)

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin 61 Milwaukee 40


By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

Coming into Wednesday's match-up with the Panthers, Wisconsin ranked sixth in the nation in scoring defense and that was exactly the story as the Badgers held down Milwaukee 61-40 for their third straight win.

Wisconsin's (7-2) domination of Milwaukee (4-6) continued as they are now 27-1 all-time against the Horizon League foe.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Week Thirteen Fantasy Predictions from Nick and Chad

Nick's Record (42-42 overall) (3-21 in points predictions) = 48 points (5-2 in week twelve)
Chad's Record (50-34 overall) (3-21 in points predictions) = 56 points
(4-3 in week twelve)

1.) Team Grays (Nick Grays) (5-7) vs. Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (5-7)

Nick's Prediction: Team Grays

Chad's Outlook:
This is a storybook ending for the two lovers. Kari has herself in a “win and she’s in” position. She has over a 100 point lead on all the other 5-7 teams and as of now, she is the 9th seed. Grays also has a decent shot at the playoffs. He obviously needs to win. Also, he needs to score at least 3 more points than the Sad-asses score in a win. If Merrill and grays both win, Grays needs to maintain a 12 point lead. I suspect one of the two make the playoffs.
Chad's Prediction: Team Klitzman and makes playoffs

2.) Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (5-7) vs. Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (5-7)

Nick's Prediction: Team Merrill

Chad's Outlook: As stated last week, Free victory’s chance of making the playoffs is almost 0% now. He would need to overcome at least 161 points in the case Grays pulls off a win. He would need 264 if Klitzman wins. As for Merrill, he needs Grays to win and needs to overcome a 12 point deficit. If Klitzman wins, she will for sure have the edge in points. Another route to the playoffs would be a Wizard killer loss while maintaining his 18 point lead. I think Merrill wins this week, but misses the playoffs because of a Klitzman and Wizard killer win.
Chad's Prediction: Team Merrill

3.) Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (7-5) vs. Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (7-5)

Nick's Prediction: Team Breiby

Chad's Outlook: Both teams are in the playoffs but both teams need to get their acts together. They both started out hot and slumped in recent weeks. Manning and Brees have combined for 25 interceptions in their last 6 games. Foster continues to surprise as the league’s leading rusher for Team Breiby and Welker is really starting to heat up as the patriots are showing elite abilities again for Team Lee.
Chad's Prediction: Team Breiby

4.) Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (8-4) vs. Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (5-7)
Nick's Prediction: Team McCarthy

Chad's Outlook: Team McCarthy is in the playoffs. The sad-asses are in the same situation at Merrill, but they need to maintain a 2 point lead over grays with a grays win. A wizard killer loss would boost the Sad-asses in the playoffs assuming they maintain a 28 point lead over him. Again, with my Klitzman and wizard killer predictions of a win, the sad-asses miss the playoffs.
Chad's Prediction: Team McCarthy

5.) Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (3-9) vs. Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (6-6)

Nick's Prediction: Team Lowenberg

Chad's Outlook: Szom was eliminated last week from the playoffs. The reason a Lowenberg loss was not tied in with the possibilities of Merrill and the Sad-asses making the playoffs is because it is highly unlikely they overtake lowenberg in points. The sad-asses would need to make up for 47 points and Merrill would need to make up 57 points. It could happen, but not likely. Lowenberg’s chances of missing the playoffs are unlikely win or lose. A win for lowenberg would increase his chances of a first round bye.
Chad's Prediction: Team Lowenberg

6.) Wizard Killer (Joe Selb0) (6-6) vs. Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (7-5)

Nick's Prediction: Team Grande

Chad's Outlook: With Grande’s win last week, he has secured a playoff spot. Wizard killer needs a win this week to have a good chance at the playoffs. A loss will come down to the points tie-breaker with Merrill or the Sad-asses.
Chad's Prediction: Wizard Killer

7.) Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (8-4) vs. The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (7-5)

Nick's Prediction: Team Szmanda

Chad's Outlook: This could be a preview of the championship game. Both teams are in the playoffs and are now fighting for that #1 seed. Rory has taken the point lead at 1118 and a win will secure the #1 spot. Szmanda’s fantasy defense won’t have it easy this week as The Rippin is the hottest team in the league. The Rippin’s top two fantasy players were both waiver wire pickups, M. Vick and P. Hillis, who have both combined for 217 points in the last 4 weeks.
Chad's Prediction: The Rippin and the Tearin

8.) Points Predictions

Nick's Prediction: Highest (Team Grande) and Lowest (Team Lee)

Chad's Prediction:
Highest (Team Klitzman) and Lowest (Team Lee)

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Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin 87 NC State 48


By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

The Wisconsin Badgers did their part in the 2010 ACC/Big Ten Challenge as they defeated the NC State Wolfpack by the score of 87-48. The Badgers (5-2) don't want to hear about the ACC being the best basketball conference in America because they have won their last six against ACC foes including two already this season (65-55 win over Boston College in Old Spice Classic).

With the win, the Badgers improve to 6-6 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge Games and an astonishing 70-5 at the Kohl Center in regular season non-conference games under Head Coach Bo Ryan.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Big Ten's Freshman of the Year comes down to Scheelhaase and White


By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

Four weeks ago, The Sports Bank's founder and senior writer Paul Banks named the Illini's freshman QB Nathan Scheelhaase the most likely candidate to win 2010 Freshman of the Year. Deservedly so as Scheelhaase grabbed Big Ten Offensive Player and Freshman of the week after a magnificent win over Purdue where he went for 118 on the ground and tossed four touchdowns through the air.

But, that was all before the Wisconsin Badgers took off as one of the hottest teams in the country behind one of the most potent rushing attacks in all of college football. An instrumental piece of the Badgers' rushing attack is freshman RB James White who has run for 1,029 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Together, Scheelhaase and White have combined for nine of the twelve Big Ten Freshman of the Week Honors given out throughout the season. When the Big Ten Freshman of the Year Award is given out Monday night, one of these guys will surely be the recipient. The question is, which one?

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wisconsin Badgers Are Rose Bowl Bound



By: Nick Grays, The Sports Bank Columnist

With a 70-23 trouncing of the Northwestern Wildcats, the Rose Bowl committee has seen enough. They should and most likely will invite the Wisconsin Badgers to the 2011 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

An invitation would mark the Badgers' first trip to the elite New Year's Day Bowl since beating Stanford 17-9 in the 2000 Rose Bowl. Ironically enough, the Badgers may face off with #6 Stanford who appear to be a legitimate at-large option for a BCS bowl this season.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Week Twelve Fantasy Predictions from Nick and Chad

Nick's Record (37-40 overall) (3-19 in points predictions) = 43 points (4-3 in week eleven)
Chad's Record (46-31 overall) (2-20 in points predictions) = 50 points
(4-3 in week eleven)

1.) Wizard Killer (Joe Selbo) (6-5) vs. The Rippin and the Tearin (Rory Linton) (6-5)
Nick's Outlook: Joe is on a surprising three-game winning streak including a baller pot in week eleven. That's not too bad for a guy who has avoided the waiver wire all year long. Greg Jennings (proj. of 22) may be a little over-projected against a decent Falcons secondary, but Steven Jackson (proj. of 19, pictured above) is due for a big day against the Broncos. On the other side, Rory has this year's fantasy MVPs in Peyton Hillis (proj. of 25) and Michael Vick (proj. of 20). This one will most likely be close because of Joe's current streak, but I'll stick with Rory on a hunch.
Nick's Prediction: The Rippin and the Tearin

Chad's Outlook:
It’s interesting that Rippin is currently a #2 seed, but theoretically speaking could miss the playoffs by losing the next two weeks and having a lower point total for the tie breaker. It’s a safe bet that if the Rippin wins one out of the next two, he’s in. The same goes for Wizard Killer. He has the 3rd best point total out of the 6-5 teams, so the playoffs look promising if at least 1 win can be achieved.
Chad's Prediction: Rippin secures a playoff spot

2.) Team Szmanda (Jason Szmanda) (8-3) vs. Team Klitzman (Kari Klitzman) (4-7)

Nick's Outlook: Jason can have fun on Thanksgiving because he will have four fantasy players in action. Calvin Johnson (proj. of 23) is one of them against a super soft Patriot's secondary. Kari hopes Frank Gore (proj. of 21) can rebound from a bad game against Tampa Bay. Against Arizona, I expect Gore to more than make-up for his pitiful five fantasy points last week. For that reason, I take Kari in this one to make next week's matchup with Team Grays really interesting.
Nick's Prediction: Team Klitzman

Chad's Outlook:
Szmanda has obviously locked up a playoff spot, but has not locked the #1 seed. Breiby needs to make up only one game in the next two weeks to overtake the #1 seed assuming Szmanda doesn’t make up for the 101 points that he’s behind on their season’s head-to-head total. Of course any 6-5 team could overtake the number one seed with 2 Szmanda losses, 1 Breiby loss, and a whole lot of points. Team Klitzman is in the same boat as the Sad-asses with one major advantage. She has about a 60 point lead over her potential competitors, Merrill and the 2 other 4-7 teams. She also has to beat out her baby’s daddy and hubby in week 13, Grays. Team Klitzman has the best chance out of the 4-7s, but will need a lot of help.
Chad's Prediction: Klitzman upsets and keeps her playoff hopes alive.

3.) Team Grays (Nick Grays) (4-7) vs. Free Victory (Tim Harwood) (5-6)

Nick's Outlook:
Is this the week we will see Free Victory's Reggie Bush (proj. of 10) return from his broken leg? I think it is, meaning Tim has a good chance in this one with the hot Steve Johnson (proj. of 15) playing as well. The Bill's Johnson is averaging 12.2 fantasy points a game. However, Johnson also alternates good and bad games much like his fantasy team. For the first time all year, my entire team has double-digit projections. I'm not sure that's a good or bad thing. I'll side with good seeing I was able to snag the Browns D/ST (proj. of 13). I have a feeling Ray Rice (proj. of 19) and Jamaal Charles (proj. of 16) want to be in the fantasy playoffs.
Nick's Prediction: Team Grays

Chad's Outlook:
Grays’ chances aren’t horrible to make the playoffs. He needs to beat Victory and Klitzman the next two weeks and needs Merrill to drop one of the next two while maintaining his point lead over Merrill. Grays has a pretty decent point total, so if any of the current 6-5 teams drop 2 straight, he could win a tie breaker with them instead of Merrill. Free Victory needs to straight up win out if he wants to make the playoffs. All those pity pots are coming back to bite him because he will lose any tie breaker thrown his way with a league low 767 points scored.
Chad's Prediction: Grays keeps his playoff hopes alive while destroying Free Victory’s

4.) Team Merrill (Seth Merrill) (5-6) vs. Team Lee (Isaac Lee) (6-5)

Nick's Outlook: A must-win for Team Merrill as he doesn't want to fall down to the seven loss mark. Luckily for him, Maurice Jones-Drew (proj. of 17) and DeSean Jackson (proj. of 15) are two of the hottest fantasy options in the game right now. Meanwhile, Isaac's team has completely collapsed. Drew Brees (proj. of 21), Rashard Mendenhall (proj. of 18) and Dez Bryant (proj. of 11) is all the little man really has. I'm thinking Team Merrill takes this one, essentially putting Team Lee's season in jeopardy.
Nick's Prediction: Team Merrill

Chad's Outlook:
Merrill has just an average season point total of 895 so 2-0 would be the safe route to the playoffs but 1-1 could do it with some big points in the next two weeks. The safe route for Lee is going to be at least one win in the next two because he also has just an average point total at 895. I think Lee secures a spot this week with a win, also giving more hope to grays’ playoff chances.
Chad's Prediction: Team Lee

5.) Team Breiby (Chad Breiby) (7-4) vs. Bobby's Sad-Asses (Robert Trader/John Rymaszewski) (4-7)

Nick's Outlook: Team Breiby is the only fantasy team in the league to eclipse 1000 total points this season and Peyton Manning (proj. of 20) and Arian Foster (proj. of 19) are big reasons why. Couple them with LeSean McCoy (proj. of 17) and you're talking some serious firepower. Bobby's Sad Asses have won two straight with solid production from the odd couple, Kyle Orton (proj. of 19) and Brandon Lloyd (proj. of 16). However, I think the Rams' defense is better than advertised, so I'll take Team Breiby because St. Louis will limit the odd couple. That will officially end Robert and John's chances are the playoffs.
Nick's Prediction: Team Breiby

Chad's Outlook:
Mathematically, Breiby cannot miss the playoffs. For the Sad-asses, Merrill and Victory both need to lose this week (which would give Team Grays a win). Merrill and Victory play each other week 13 giving one of the two a 6-7 record. If the Sad-asses’ season point total is more than the winning team of the Merrill-Victory match in week 13 (and more than Team Grays' point total pending a week 13 win for him also), he can make the playoffs as a # 9 seed. Team Klitzman could also win out, achieving a 6-7 record (knocking Team Grays out of the playoffs). In that case, Sad-asses would need to eclipse Klitzman’s point total on the season. This case is assuming that the current 6-5 teams don’t lose their last two games. If such case were to occur, the sad-asses would have a better chance. In a nut-shell, the sad-asses had a sad ass season and their chances of making the playoffs are just as bad as the viking’s chances of making the playoffs.
Chad's Prediction: Team Breiby wins and the Sad-asses miss the playoffs.

6.) Team McCarthy (Matt McCarthy) (7-4) vs. Team Lowenberg (Nick Lowenberg) (6-5)

Nick's Outlook: Both of these teams are most likely in the playoffs, but nonetheless this match-up remains an important one for seeding purposes. Not sure if anyone can stop Team McCarthy right now who has reeled off five straight wins. His Tom Brady (proj. of 18) will be thinking Turkey on Thursday while Mike Wallace (proj. of 20) will be thinking touchdown on Sunday like he has many weekends before. Team Lowenberg has sputtered after a hot start. Adrian Peterson (proj. of 20) is still waiting for another break-out game after being limited to only 15 points in the last two weeks combined. Roddy White (proj. of 16) will also try to exploit the Packers' secondary. I'm not sure that will happen, so I'll stick with the streak.
Nick's Prediction: Team McCarthy

Chad's Outlook:
McCarthy is in the playoffs already. Lowenberg can pretty much guarantee a playoff spot unless he puts up two hideous scores this week and next. Lowenberg closely follows Rippin in highest point total out of the 6-5 teams. So if Lowenberg drops the next two, he will most likely win a playoff spot because of the tie breaker. I think Lowenberg wins this week to lock up the spot.
Chad's Prediction: Team Lowenberg

7.) Team Szombatfalvy (Mike Szombatfalvy) (3-8) vs. Team Grande (Anthony Grande) (6-5)

Nick's Outlook: Team Szombatfalvy looks to play spoiler behind Chris Johnson (proj. of 24) and Philip Rivers (proj. of 19) while Team Grande tries to avoid a hideous ending to the season. The Giants' officially hate Ahmad Bradshaw (proj. of 17) after naming Brandon Jacobs the starter and Sam Bradford (proj. of 16) should finish the game unlike Vince Young. The new scary trio consists of Andre Johnson (proj. of 15), Terrell Owens (proj. of 15) and Danny Amendola (proj. of 12). Even if Marshall is out of the equation, I like those three to put up some numbers. Give me Grande to clinch his playoff spot this weekend.
Nick's Prediction: Team Grande

Chad's Outlook:
Szom has the number one QB in the league and number 14 record. He is the only one that is mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Grande needs to scrape at least 1 win to feel good about his playoff hopes because he is the third worst in scoring this year behind SZOM and the pity pot champ. If he loses out, a different 6-7 team will surely win the tie breaker against him. Grays and Klitzman will be rooting for a big SZOM win this week to brighten their playoff hopes. I think SZOM pulls off the upset, just to keep things interesting.
Chad's Prediction: Team Szombatfalvy

8.) Points Predictions

Nick's Prediction: Highest (Team McCarthy) and Lowest (Team Szombatfalvy)

Chad's Prediction:
Highest (The Rippin and the Tearin) and Lowest(Bobby's Sad-Asses)

9.) Playoff Predictions

Nick's Prediction: Team Szmanda, The Rippin and the Tearin, Team Breiby, Team Lowenberg, Team McCarthy, Team Grande, Wizard Killer, Team Merrill, Team Klitzman (Team Klitman beats Team Grays in Week 13)

Chad's Prediction:
Team Szmanda, Team Breiby, The Rippin and the Tearin, Team McCarthy, Team Lowenberg, Team Lee, Wizard Killer, Team Merrill, Team Grays (Team Grays pulls a magical finish while Grande drops two straight.)

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