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!

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

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