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)
What did you find interesting this Sunday and Monday? Let me know by commenting below!

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