With every week, the NFL gets more and more odd. This year’s onslaught of injuries have wreaked havoc on everyone — both in reality and fantasy. Only four matchups remain in our Ladies of the League regular season. Which four team’s will meet each other in the playoffs remains to be seen. Lots can happen between now and Week 13. With injuries knocking out some of the league’s premier players, and creating lots of opportunities for waiver wire wonders, the field remains wide open!
HALL OF FAMERS
Nick Foles. I couldn’t wait to check the matchups to see who owned Nick Foles and if they were lucky enough to start him. The answer to the first question is Broad Street Bullies. And the answer to the second is NOPE. She, like 96% of ESPN fantasy owners who own Foles, benched him. Regrettably, of course. But can you blame them? Even after going apeshit and breaking all types of statistical records, not even Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was prepared to make him the guaranteed starter going forward. And that probably makes benching him even more frustrating for Broad Street Bullies. Or not. Because truth is, not even Foles’ 45 points could’ve saved her from the beating Catch Me If You Can handed her. This time, the trio Zac Stacy (29), Russell Wilson (21), Giovani Bernard (21) balled out, putting up enough points to defeat Broad Street Bullies by themselves. Ouch.
Victorious Secret refuses to lose. After starting 3-3, she’s won her last three matchups and has earned herself a 6-3 record. Whereas most fantasy owners have been handicapped by injured running backs, Victorious Secret’s season has been mostly powered by them — Matt Forte (23 pts) and Eddie Lacy (21 pts) to be exact. My Detroit Playas came thisclose to stealing a win, but Victorious Secret’s one-two punch at RB ripped that win right out of My Detroit Playas grip. But with Jay Cutler expected to return this week, could that cut into Forte’s carries? Maybe.
How’d I do?
Woo! Last week I barely eeked out a win against Cruz Control. And when I say barely…I mean barely. Winner and loser were separated by ONE point. When Arian Foster left Sunday’s game, I tossed in the towel. I didn’t think there was any way my team would cover the points I’d lose without Foster. Cruz Control had Brandon Marshall, Jordy Nelson, and Martellus Bennett active on Monday night. I watched that entire game stressed as hell because the projections seesawed back and forth between the two of us. No one was more nervous during the Chicago Bears’ final nine minute possession than me. However, when the game clock finally ticked down to all zeroes, and I had a one point lead, I exhaled.
It’s all about me and Broad Street Bullies. I barely snapped my three game losing streak and am nervous about letting my 2nd place ranking slip. Even though Broad Street Bullies is 3-6, I can’t sleep. With the way players are dropping from week to week, nothing is guaranteed!
Matchup to Watch:
(7-2) Manifest Destiny vs (6-3) Victorious Secret: If Victorious Secret continues her winning streak, first place will be up for grabs!
Losing Aaron Rodgers (1 pt) in the first quarter of a game, on Monday night, when you’re in striking distance of pulling off a win, AND you have Jordy Nelson (6 pts), is tough. Heading into the game, you’re down by 19 points, but you know, at the very least, Rodgers will drop a cool 18 points. That’s slight work for him. And Jordy Nelson? Well, he’s been less consistent, but over the past three weeks he averaged 17 points. So again, your confidence is pretty, pretty high…Until Rodgers is injured and is ruled out the remainder of the game. Suddenly, you know it’s all over. Just like that. And what’s worse is that Nelson’s productivity is directly tied to the QB’s efficiency. You’re hit with a double whammy because now Nelson’s touches are going to suffer too. Welp. That’s exactly what happened during Notorious L.E.X.’s and Sacks N’ the City’s matchup. Although Sacks N’ the City was probably thrilled to know Rodgers couldn’t tally up any points for her opponent, I’m sure she too was holding her breath because she was relying on Jarrett Boykin (1 pt) to help her out a little bit. But instead of a come from behind victory for Notorious L.E.X., we got an unpredictable win for Sacks N’ The City. Welcome to fantasy football, where one (wo)man’s misfortune is another (wo)man’s fortune.
How’d I do?
I won. And with this win, I’d like the record to show that I am officially holding down the fourth and final playoff spot. The playoffs are still weeks away, but I just had to point that out. I climbed all the way from 12th place in Week 4 to 4th place in Week 9. I got my swagger back, ladies! Watch out!!
I play Notorious L.E.X. She started out the season 3-0 and has since gone 0-6, but I’m not writing her off. She’s the kind of streaky player that will end up coming out of nowhere, backing into the playoffs, and taking the chip. I know your type, Notorious L.E.X. I know your type.
Matchup(s) to Watch:
(4-5) Obi Wan Nikobi vs (4-5) Caep’n Krunch and (4-5) Forever the GOAT vs (4-5) Every Play I’m Russelin’ and (4-5) Team Coston vs (3-6) Brooklyn Bruisers: All of the 4-5 teams are still within playoff contention. If I take an L this week, any one of those teams can replace me as the fourth seed.
It happened! What? Necessary Roughness finally took her first loss of the season. How? Only by the grace of God. With the majority of her starters on bye — Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Frank Gore, she was forced to make adjustments. Then, Arian Foster missed most of the game due to back issues, and that was all she wrote. Well, that and the fact that Team Sassy took last week’s matchup seriously. She actually hit up the waivers and snagged a few players. Correction, she snagged one player in particular who made ALL of the difference in the world. Jerricho Cotchery(27 pts)! Number three wide receiver on the Pittsburgh Steelers depth chart, Cotchery came out of nowhere and played the best game of his career. I can’t explain it, but that’s just how these things go sometimes. Had Necessary Roughness‘ usual roster been available, Team Sassy probably wouldn’t have stood a chance. But sometimes luck wins over strategy in the most unexpected ways.
How’d I do?
I beasted thanks to Andre Johnson dropping 40 points and shutting everything down. Even with Matt Ryan continuing to struggle without his top receivers, I still managed to win by 43 points. However, despite Bri-Ah Muladadians loss, I will admit that she’s been making a decent attempt to turn things around. Matt Forte (23 pts) and Marlon Brown (19 pts) held her down, but she had a couple of bad breaks with Aaron Rodgers leaving in the first quarter. She also missed the memo that Jeff Cumberland was inactive on Sunday, so her tight end position put up nada. In the end, it just wasn’t enough to get it done.
Me and Necessary Roughness face each other. She handed me my first and only loss of the season. And I know she’d love nothing more than to take me out again because I’ve placed a bullseye on her back forevs. For the most obvious of reasons, this is also the matchup to watch.
This week’s Thursday night features the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings. Both teams have been struggling, so there’s no telling what kind of numbers to expect from these guys if you have some of their players as your starters. Good luck, tho!