Oct 252012
 

No I in Lapdance and Lawdawg04 continue to dominate the Gridiron Rats Fantasy Football League, as Lapdance beat the Bruisers 155.38-120.10 and Lawdawh disposed of It’s Complicated 131.72-123.62. The East and South continue to be sub-par divisions with JUSTmyLUCK and Lambda Chi Guy holding momentary advantage in their respective divisions.

Here are your results from Week 7:

Team Dan Mocci 200.04 – Ghost Rats 95.54

Boy… talk about getting pounded this week! Team Dan Mocci destroyed Ghost Rats 200.04 – 95.54 while also putting up the second-highest score of the season. While Ghost Rats (3-4) is only a game back of Team Dan Mocci (4-3), they’re quite a bit farther behind in points, 1,070.61 – 813.48. This was a beatdown for the record books, with the 104.50-point margin of victory being the highest recorded in the league this season. On top of the loss, Ghost Rats had a starter score zero points (Brandon Bolden).

WD Forte 113.88 – Madden All-Stars 112.50

WD Forte (5-2, 970.95 points) edged Madden All-Stars (4-3, 963.67 points) 113.88 – 112.50 in a matchup with four lead changes. Their top player was Drew Brees, who had the highest point total in the league this week. Madden All-Stars was the first to put up points and by Sunday was already out in front 15.60 – 0. That advantage disappeared by the end of the early Sunday games and they trailed by 27.48. By the end of the Sunday night game, the lead flipped yet again and Madden All-Stars went up 106.10 – 94.18. WD Forte closed it out with a comeback on Monday night, thanks to 7.00 points from Robbie Gould.

Lambda Chi Guy 141.70 – SG-1 87.14

Lambda Chi Guy picked up 25.80 points from Rob Gronkowski and 25.00 from Matt Hasselbeck to thump SG-1, 141.70 – 87.14. SG-1 has had some misfortune and is on a three-game losing streak. Andrew Luck led SG-1 with 26.64 points while Sebastian Janikowski racked up 14.00. Adding insult to injury, SG-1 got zero points from Isaac Redman. Lambda Chi Guy (4-3, 925.44 points) remains in fourth place while SG-1 (3-4, 799.80 points) stays in 11th place.

No I in Lapdance 155.38 – Bruisers 120.10

No I in Lapdance got past Bruisers 155.38 – 120.10 and logged the second-highest point total in the league this week. No I in Lapdance has proven they are for real and remains undefeated. Bruisers was led by Jay Cutler with 23.40 points and Brandon Marshall who scored 20.10. Bruisers (2-5, 818.65 points) crawls into 13th place while No I in Lapdance (7-0, 1,090.18 points) remains in first place.

InNae 150.40 – Brownie Bites 81.53

InNae registered the highest score they’ve earned all season, pummeling Brownie Bites 150.00 – 81.53. It was a monumental rout, and the 68.47-point margin of victory was the seventh-highest recorded in the league this season. Brownie Bites, coming off a 118.56 – 100.81 win against Lambda Chi Guy, saw their scoring drop substantially this week. Brownie Bites (2-5, 795.30 points) sinks into 14th place while InNae (1-6, 757.35 points) remains mired in the cellar.

Reyno Island 118.75 – nylifers 48.50

Reyno Island got 38.80 points from Ryan Fitzpatrick and 26.20 from Frank Gore, dismantling nylifers, 118.75 – 48.50. Even though these teams have matching 2-5 records, Reyno Island has a distinct advantage in points, 901.08 – 793.36. It was a beating to remember, and the 70.25-point margin of victory was the sixth-highest recorded in the league this season. To make matters worse, nylifers got goose eggs from both Peyton Manning and Kevin Smith.

Lawdawg04 131.72 – It’s Complicated 123.62

Down 27.42 on Sunday night, Lawdawg04 came back to beat It’s Complicated 131.72 – 123.62. Lawdawg04 got 35.80 points from Chris Johnson and 28.52 from Ben Roethlisberger. Lawdawg04 met their projections and scored 5.8% more than their projected 124.55 points, while It’s Complicated fell just short of hitting their projections and got 98.0% of a projected 126.16. It’s Complicated was led by Robert Griffin III with 37.22 points and Victor Cruz who scored 29.10. It’s Complicated (4-3, 888.57 points) drops to eighth place and Lawdawg04 (6-1, 935.74 points) remains in second place.

JUSTmyLUCK 136.01 – Chump Change 89.68

JUSTmyLUCK (4-3, 958.77 points) trashed Chump Change (3-4, 834.82 points) 136.01 – 89.68, led by Tom Brady with 35.36 points and Randall Cobb who scored 32.70. JUSTmyLUCK scored first and went into Sunday in front 7.00 – 0. They lost the handle after the early Sunday games and trailed 75.58 – 59.05. JUSTmyLUCK took the lead back during the late Sunday games and held on for the victory.

Current league standings can be found here.

Week 8 Match-ups include

Ghost Rats @ Lawdawg04
WD Forte @ Lambda Chi Guy
No I in Lapdance @ Brownie Bites
Team Dan Mocci @ It’s Complicated
InNae @ Reyno Island
Madden All-Stars @ Chump Change
nylifers @ Bruisers
SG-1 @ JUSTmyLUCK

Oct 182012
 

I missed the update last week; just too many things going on. So before the next slate of games starts tonight, let’s catch up on the developments in the Gridiron Rats fantasy football league.

Gridiron Rats StandingsWLTPFPlayoff Seed
(current)
GiR Contributor
East
JUSTmyLUCK430958.773
Ghost Rats340813.36Ghost Rat
Brownie Bites250796.30Fat Jesus
nylifers250794.04
North
Lawdawg04610943.162
WD Forte520971.955Cankles
Team Dan Mocci4301070.61
Chump Change340835.42Flip Stricland
South
Lambda Chi Guy430928.144
Reyno Island250899.78Reyno Island
Bruisers250815.15
InNae160757.75
West
No I in Lapdance7001090.361Like Gandhi But Taller
Madden All-Stars430964.676
It's Complicated430887.87
SG-1340799.80Brodrick Kincaid

Here are the Week Six results:

Ghost Rats 117.34 WD Forte 90.52

WD Forte labored to score points this week and lost to Ghost Rats 117.34 – 90.52. Ghost Rats met expectations and put up 8.7% more than their projected 107.93 points, while WD Forte did not meet to their projections and scored only 80.1% of a projected 112.97. WD Forte was done in by a dramatic drop in scoring from last week’s 195.30 – 140.32 win against JUSTmyLUCK. Ghost Rats (3-3, 717.94 points) climbs into 10th place and WD Forte (4-2, 857.07 points) drops to fifth place.

Brownie Bites 118.56 Lambda Chi Guy 100.81

Percy Harvin put up 32.40 points and Joe Flacco scored 24.06 as Brownie Bites defeated Lambda Chi Guy, 118.56 – 100.81. Brownie Bites beat expectations and put up 10.1% more than their projected 107.72 points, while Lambda Chi Guy failed to meet their projections and scored only 88.2% of a projected 114.35. Lambda Chi Guy, coming off a 151.30 – 102.90 win against Chump Change, saw their scoring drop off this week. Brownie Bites (2-4, 713.77 points) inches up to 13th place and Lambda Chi Guy (3-3, 783.74 points) drops to fourth place.

No I in Lapdance 190.52 Team Dan Mocci 141.08

No I in Lapdance put up the highest point total this week on the way to their sixth win in a row when they defeated Team Dan Mocci 189.52 – 141.08. The streak is due in part to No I in Lapdance having the highest scoring output in the league at 155.80 points per matchup. Team Dan Mocci goes to 3-3 and slides to eighth place. No I in Lapdance stays unbeaten and in first place at 6-0.

It’s Complicated 128.73 InNae 92.62

It’s Complicated picked up the second-highest player score this week from Robert Griffin III (48.58) and beat InNae 128.73 – 92.62. InNae is headed for a lost season and is winless. InNae was led by Josh Freeman with 40.12 points and Doug Baldwin who scored 15.40. To make matters worse, InNae had two starters score zero points (Steve Smith and Justin Blackmon). It’s Complicated (4-2, 764.95 points) climbs into seventh place and InNae (0-6, 607.35 points) stays locked in last place.

Madden All-Stars 175.34 Reyno Island 170.39

Madden All-Stars amassed the second-highest point total this week and erased a 42.95-point deficit on Monday night, edging Reyno Island 175.34 – 170.39. Madden All-Stars has built consistency after winning their fourth straight. Reyno Island was coming off a 146.62 – 105.75 loss against No I in Lapdance and saw their scoring ratchet up this week. Madden All-Stars (4-2, 851.17 points) climbs into sixth place while Reyno Island (1-5, 782.33 points) sinks into 15th place.

Lawdawg04 130.82 nylifers 112.76

Lawdawg04 got 34.92 points from Ben Roethlisberger and 19.90 from Adrian Peterson to take down nylifers 130.42 – 112.76. Lawdawg04 met expectations and scored 6.5% more points than projected (122.48). nylifers got just 87.2% of a projected 129.27 points. nylifers, coming off a 171.30 – 80.28 win against Brownie Bites, saw their scoring drop substantially this week. Lawdawg04 (5-1, 804.02 points) climbs into second place and nylifers (2-4, 744.86 points) drops to 12th place.

JUSTmyLUCK 126.55 Bruisers 104.54

JUSTmyLUCK took advantage of the third-highest player score this week from Tom Brady (44.80), taking down Bruisers 126.55 – 104.54. JUSTmyLUCK has beaten expectations three weeks straight and put up 21.6% more points than projected in this matchup. Bruisers was done in by a substantial drop in scoring from last week’s 142.58 – 75.03 win against InNae. The gap could have been wider, JUSTmyLUCK had a starter score zero points (Daniel Thomas). JUSTmyLUCK (3-3, 822.76 points) climbs into third place and Bruisers (2-4, 698.55 points) sinks into 14th place.

Chump Change 125.40 SG-1 100.10

Chump Change picked up 40.00 points from Sam Bradford and 19.60 from Kyle Rudolph to beat SG-1 123.40 – 100.10. Chump Change met their projections and scored 5.5% more points than projected (116.98). SG-1 got just 86.6% of a projected 115.58 points. SG-1 was led by Isaac Redman with 18.90 points and Andrew Luck who scored 16.10. The result might have been even worse, Chump Change had a starter score zero points (Brian Hartline). Chump Change (3-3, 745.14 points) climbs into ninth place while SG-1 (3-3, 712.66 points) drops to 11th place.

Oct 022012
 

Lawdawg04 and No I in Lapdance took their records to 0-4 as the lest of the teams continues to struggle through mediocrity in the Gridiron Rats Fantasy Football League. SG-1 improved to 3-1 with a win over the Ghost Rats, while WD Forte whipped Chump Change. After Week Four, seven of the sixteen teams find themselves locked at 2-2. You can see the complete standings here.

Here are your Week Four results:

SG-1 128.40 Ghost Rats 116.96

Facing a 15.46-point deficit on Monday night, SG-1 (3-1, 526.22 points) came from behind to get past Ghost Rats 128.40 – 116.96, despite scoring just the 12th-highest point total in the league this week. SG-1 has had a little help in the standings overall. They are currently in sixth place, but rank just ninth in total points. The matchup was painful for Ghost Rats (2-2, 506.18 points), who not only lost, but also ended up 14th in the league in points. Cam Newton (42.70 points) was the leading scorer for SG-1, posting the ninth-highest total in the league this week.

WD Forte 170.54 Chump Change 84.80

WD Forte got the second-highest point total by a player this season from Drew Brees (57.34) to pummel Chump Change 170.54 – 84.80. WD Forte came into the matchup as the underdog, with a projected spread of 17.70. It was an epic beatdown, and the 85.74-point margin of victory is the second-highest in the league this season. Chump Change, coming off a 214.82 – 121.80 win against nylifers, saw their scoring drop dramatically this week. Adding insult to injury, Chump Change had two starters score zero points (Jake Locker and the Buffalo Bills Defense). WD Forte (3-1, 571.25 points) climbs into fifth place while Chump Change (2-2, 518.84 points) drops to 10th place.

Reyno Island 145.34 Lambda Chi Guy 136.76

Reyno Island (1-3, 506.19 points) defeated Lambda Chi Guy (2-2, 531.63 points) 145.34 – 136.76, led by Michael Vick with 30.04 points and Dez Bryant who scored 23.50. Reyno Island was the first to put points on the board and by Sunday was already in front 17.60 – 0. That advantage disappeared by the end of the early Sunday games and they trailed by 97.86. However, Reyno Island pulled out the victory with a comeback on Monday night.

No I in Lapdance 158.56 It’s Complicated 125.57

No I in Lapdance benefited from the third-highest point total by a player this season from Aaron Rodgers (54.56) and erased a 26.21-point deficit on Monday night, defeating It’s Complicated 158.56 – 125.57. Still undefeated at this point, No I in Lapdance is putting together a great season. Robert Griffin III led It’s Complicated with 39.22 points while Victor Cruz racked up 28.90. The margin could have been bigger, No I in Lapdance had a starter score zero points (Randy Moss). It’s Complicated (2-2, 537.68 points) drops to eighth place while No I in Lapdance (4-0, 598.66 points) remains in first place.

JUSTmyLUCK 182.15 Brownie Bites 145.79

JUSTmyLUCK picked up the third-highest player score of the week from Tom Brady (52.00) and got past Brownie Bites 182.15 – 145.79. Each side met their expectations, but JUSTmyLUCK put up 49.5% more points than projected (121.85) to earn the win. Brownie Bites put in the required effort with an increase in scoring compared to last week’s 158.70 – 107.02 loss against Team Dan Mocci. The margin could have been bigger, JUSTmyLUCK had a starter score zero points (Todd Heap). JUSTmyLUCK (2-2, 555.89 points) climbs into third place while Brownie Bites (1-3, 514.93 points) drops to 12th place.

Team Dan Mocci 189.38 nylifers 146.12

Team Dan Mocci beat nylifers 189.38 – 146.12 and logged the second-highest point total this season. Both teams played very well but Team Dan Mocci put up 53.1% more than a projected 123.71 points to get the win. nylifers was led by Peyton Manning with 49.42 points and Larry Fitzgerald who scored 20.40. Team Dan Mocci (2-2, 536.82 points) climbs into ninth place and nylifers (1-3, 460.80 points) stays in 14th place.

Lawdawg04 149.76 InNae 107.56

Lawdawg04 beat InNae 149.76 – 107.56 thanks to Kevin Kolb who registered 44.46 points and Dwayne Bowe who scored 26.80. With Lawdawg04 undefeated and InNae winless, it appears that they are headed in different directions this season. InNae was led by Josh Freeman with 28.76 points and the Houston Texans Defense who scored 27.00. Adding insult to injury, InNae had a starter score zero points (James Starks). Lawdawg04 (4-0, 583.92 points) remains in second place and InNae (0-4, 439.70 points) stays in last place.

Madden All-Stars 186.86 Bruisers 134.40

Madden All-Stars recorded the second-highest point total this week and defeated Bruisers 186.86 – 134.40. Bruisers has had a bad run and is on a three-game losing streak. Bruisers put in a solid effort with an increase in scoring compared to last week’s 145.54 – 96.97 loss against It’s Complicated. Madden All-Stars (2-2, 570.87 points) climbs into seventh place while Bruisers (1-3, 451.43 points) drops to 15th place.

Week Five Games

Ghost Rats (2-2) @ It’s Complicated (2-2)
WD Forte (3-1) @ JUSTmyLUCK (2-2)
Lambda Chi Guy (2-2) @ Chump Change (2-2)
No I in Lapdance (4-0) @ Reyno Island (1-3)
Brownie Bites (1-3) @ nylifers (1-3)
Team Dan Mocci (2-2) @ Lawdawg04 (4-0)
InNae (0-4) @ Bruisers (1-3)
Madden All-Stars (2-2) @ SG-1 (3-1)

Sep 272012
 

Hurrying to get this entry in before Week Four kicks off; I’ve been behind all week thanks to the officials’ lockout. Here is your Week Three re-cap and Week Four contests:

Ghost Rats 136.32 JUSTmyLUCK 87.96
Ghost Rats benefited from 36.82 points from Matthew Stafford to stomp JUSTmyLUCK 136.32 – 87.96. Ghost Rats met their projections and scored 4.2% more than their projected 130.82 points, while JUSTmyLUCK underwhelmed and got just 77.2% of a projected 113.94. JUSTmyLUCK, coming off a 149.60 – 144.24 loss against Lawdawg04, saw their scoring drop off this week. Each team left something on the table as Ghost Rats had one starter turn in zero points and JUSTmyLUCK also had one. Ghost Rats (2-1, 389.22 points) climbs into fourth place while JUSTmyLUCK (1-2, 373.74 points) drops to 10th place.

WD Forte 117.95 InNae 99.50
WD Forte (2-1, 400.71 points) found a way to defeat InNae, 116.95 – 99.50, despite scoring just the 12th-highest point total in the league this week. WD Forte averages 133.57 points per matchup this season, and put up 87.6% of that in this one. It was a rough outing for InNae, who fell to 0-3 (332.14 points) while also ending up 14th in points. Drew Brees led WD Forte in scoring this week with 35.50 points.

Madden All-Stars 120.92 Lambda Chi Guy 117.00
Down 10.88 on Monday night, Madden All-Stars came back, slipping by Lambda Chi Guy 120.92 – 117.00. Madden All-Stars picked up 37.22 points from Andy Dalton and 35.40 from Calvin Johnson. This was anybody’s to win, with the 3.92-point margin of victory being the second-smallest recorded in the league this season. Matt Ryan led Lambda Chi Guy with 42.40 points while Nate Washington racked up 23.20. Madden All-Stars (1-2, 384.01 points) climbs into ninth place and Lambda Chi Guy (2-1, 394.87 points) drops to third place.

No I in Lapdance 146.62 SG-1 134.28
No I in Lapdance earned their third straight win when they beat SG-1 146.62 – 134.28 in a Monday night comeback. They were led by A.J. Green who had 37.40 points and the Chicago Bears Defense who got 29.00. The streak is the result of some high scoring by No I in Lapdance, who owns the highest overall point total in the league this season and is averaging 146.70 points per matchup. SG-1 goes to 2-1 and falls to eighth place. No I in Lapdance remains unbeaten and on top of the league having also defeated Madden All-Stars (177.62 – 119.22) and InNae (115.86 – 97.42).

Team Dan Mocci 158.70 Brownie Bites 107.02
Team Dan Mocci benefited from 42.10 points from Matt Schaub and 25.20 from Wes Welker to easily dispatch Brownie Bites 158.70 – 107.02. It was one of the biggest beatdowns to date, and the 51.68-point margin of victory was the fourth-highest recorded in the league this season. Brownie Bites was done in by a drop in scoring from last week’s 143.84 – 141.30 win against WD Forte. Team Dan Mocci (1-2, 347.44 points) climbs into 12th place and Brownie Bites (1-2, 369.14 points) drops to 11th place.

Chump Change 214.82 nylifers 121.80
Chump Change crushed nylifers 214.82 – 121.80 while also putting up the highest point total this season. It was a solid rout, and the 93.02-point margin of victory was the highest recorded in the league this season. nylifers was led by Peyton Manning with 41.20 points and Larry Fitzgerald who scored 29.40. To make matters worse, nylifers had a starter score zero points (LaMichael James). Chump Change (2-1, 434.04 points) climbs into fifth place while nylifers (1-2, 314.68 points) drops to 14th place.

Lawdawg04 175.26 Reyno Island 116.03
Lawdawg04 registered the second-highest score this week on the way to their third win in a row when they pummeled Reyno Island 175.26 – 117.33. The streak is the result of some high scoring by Lawdawg04, who owns the second-highest overall point total in the league this season and is averaging 144.72 points per matchup. Reyno Island falls to 15th place with a 0-3 record. Lawdawg04 remains undefeated having also defeated Chump Change (109.30 – 100.16) and JUSTmyLUCK (149.60 – 144.24).

It’s Complicated 145.54 Bruisers 96.97
It’s Complicated got 37.84 points from Robert Griffin III and 30.30 from Maurice Jones-Drew, pummeling Bruisers, 145.54 – 96.97. It was the second blowout loss on the season for Bruisers. Bruisers gave it a good shot with an increase in point total compared to last week’s 119.06 – 72.84 loss against Chump Change. On top of the loss, Bruisers had a starter score zero points (Jeremy Maclin). It’s Complicated (2-1, 412.11 points) climbs into sixth place while Bruisers (1-2, 317.03 points) drops to 13th place.

Week Four contests:

Ghost Rats @ SG-1
WD Forte @ Chump Change
Lambda Chi Guy @ Reyno Island
No I in Lapdance @ It’s Complicated
Brownie Bites @ JUSTmyLUCK
Team Dan Mocci @ nylifers
InNae @ Lawdawg04
Madden All-Stars @ Bruisers

Sep 192012
 

So I figured an easy win this week over nylifers, given the point differential going into the game and my confidence in the players I was starting. Then Aaron Hernandez got hurt, Matt Stafford got outplayed by Carson Palmer (seriously?) and I started Kevin Smith over Willis McGahee. The result? I am right next to the Patriots in terms of upsets for the week.

Oh well… it’s a long season, so let’s see how everyone else fared this week:

nylifers 101.94 Ghost Rats 94.70

Entering Monday night with an 8.80-point deficit, nylifers (1-1, 192.88 points) came from behind to take down Ghost Rats 101.94 – 94.70, in spite of scoring just the 12th-highest point total in the league this week. This was a painful one for Ghost Rats (1-1, 252.90 points) to take, who in addition to losing, also ended up 14th in the league in points. Trent Richardson led nylifers in scoring this week with 33.50 points.

Brownie Bites 143.84 WD Forte 141.30

Brownie Bites (1-1, 262.12 points) edged WD Forte (1-1, 283.76 points) 143.84 – 141.30, led by Percy Harvin with 30.60 points and Tony Romo who scored 25.44. Heading into Sunday, Brownie Bites was in front 15.60 – 9.40. They lost the handle after the early Sunday games and trailed 117.00 – 96.10. However, following the late Sunday games, Brownie Bites regained the lead for good.

Lambda Chi Guy 110.51 Team Dan Mocci 85.10

Lambda Chi Guy (2-0, 277.87 points) got the win over Team Dan Mocci (0-2, 188.74 points) 110.51 – 85.10, led by Matt Ryan with 34.66 points and Rob Gronkowski who had 19.50. Lambda Chi Guy was the first to put points on the board and by Sunday was already in front 15.25 – 0. They lost the handle after the early Sunday games and trailed 73.20 – 61.05. However, Lambda Chi Guy pulled out the victory with a comeback on Monday night.

No I in Lapdance 115.86 InNae 97.42

C.J. Spiller put up 35.00 points and Aaron Rodgers scored 23.16 as No I in Lapdance took down InNae, 115.86 – 97.42. Both sides fell short of expectations, but No I in Lapdance scored 90.0% of a projected 128.80 points to pick up the win. InNae suffered a substantial drop in scoring from last week’s 167.36 – 135.22 loss against Lambda Chi Guy. On top of the loss, InNae got zero points from Justin Blackmon. InNae (0-2, 232.64 points) goes to 15th place while No I in Lapdance (2-0, 293.48 points) remains in first place.

It’s Complicated 163.20 Madden All-Stars 143.87

It’s Complicated registered the highest point total in the league this week and took down Madden All-Stars 163.20 – 143.87. Each team met their expectations but It’s Complicated scored 24.8% more than a projected 130.77 points to get the win. Andy Dalton racked up the third-highest score for the week with 44.12 points for Madden All-Stars. It’s Complicated (1-1, 266.57 points) shifts into seventh place while Madden All-Stars (0-2, 263.09 points) winds up in 13th place.

Lawdawg04 149.60 JUSTmyLUCK 144.24

Lawdawg04 (2-0, 258.90 points) put up the second-highest point total in the league this week, sneaking by JUSTmyLUCK (1-1, 285.78 points) 149.60 – 144.24. Heading into Sunday, Lawdawg04 was in front 25.90 – 7.65. They lost the handle after the early Sunday games and trailed 90.69 – 83.40. Lawdawg04 took the lead back during the late Sunday games and held on for the victory.

Chump Change 119.06 Bruisers 72.84

Chump Change picked up 29.70 points from Arian Foster and 23.00 from the Buffalo Bills Defense to wallop Bruisers 119.06 – 72.84. It was an epic beatdown, and the 46.22-point margin of victory is the third-highest in the league this season. Bruisers, coming off a 147.22 – 123.28 win against Reyno Island, saw their scoring sink this week. Chump Change (1-1, 219.22 points) shifts into 11th place while Bruisers (1-1, 220.06 points) winds up in 10th place.

SG-1 144.22 Reyno Island 120.24

SG-1 got 38.90 points from Hakeem Nicks, a distinct upgrade on his 12.37 projected, and beat Reyno Island 144.22 – 120.24. SG-1 played better than expected and scored 12.0% more than their projected 128.81 points, while Reyno Island fell just short of projections and got 99.7% of a projected 120.55. Michael Vick led Reyno Island with 38.74 points while Ray Rice racked up 21.20. On top of the loss, Reyno Island had a starter score zero points (Stephen Hill). SG-1 (2-0, 263.54 points) shifts into fifth place while Reyno Island (0-2, 243.52 points) winds up in 14th place.

League standings can be found here.

Week Three games

Ghost Rats (1-1) @ JUSTmyLUCK (1-1)
WD Forte (1-1) @ InNae (0-2)
Lambda Chi Guy (2-0) @ Madden All-Stars (0-2)
No I in Lapdance (2-0) @ SG-1 (2-0)
Brownie Bites (1-1) @ Team Dan Mocci (0-2)
nylifers (1-1) @ Chump Change (1-1)
Lawdawg04 (2-0) @ Reyno Island (0-2)
Bruisers (1-1) @ It’s Complicated (1-1)

Sep 112012
 

Not only is the first week of the NFL season in the books, but so too is the first week of the Gridiron Rats Fantasy Football League. Seven of our contributors are in this pay league, accompanied by nine friends and readers. Kudos to “No I in Lapdance”, who was the high scorer this week with 177.62 points. Thanks to Yahoo!, the following recaps are available from Week One.

Ghost Rats 158.20 (Ghost Rat) – Brownie Bites 118.28 (Fat Jesus)

Julio Jones put up 31.80 points, an upgrade on his projected 14.37, as Ghost Rats beat Brownie Bites 158.20 – 118.28. Ghost Rats played very well and put up 24.8% more than their projected 126.75 points, while Brownie Bites fell just short of projections and scored 95.4% of a projected 124.02. Tony Romo brought in the third-highest score for the week with 43.48 points for Brownie Bites. Adding insult to injury, Brownie Bites got zero points from Greg Little. Ghost Rats starts off the campaign with a 1-0 record, good enough for third place. Brownie Bites begins at 0-1 and in 12th place.

WD Forte 142.46 (Cankles) – Team Dan Mocci 103.64

WD Forte beat Team Dan Mocci 142.46 – 103.64 thanks to Drew Brees who amassed 42.56 points and Pierre Garcon who scored 23.90. WD Forte beat expectations and put up 13.0% more points than projected (126.06). Team Dan Mocci got just 83.9% of a projected 123.58 points. Team Dan Mocci was led by Matt Schaub with 26.44 points and LeSean McCoy who scored 20.60. WD Forte (1-0) starts off the season in fifth place while Team Dan Mocci (0-1) begins in 13th place.

Lambda Chi Guy 167.36 – InNae 135.22

Lambda Chi Guy beat InNae 167.36 – 135.22 and registered the second-highest point total this week. Each team met their expectations but Lambda Chi Guy scored 43.8% more than a projected 116.39 points to get the win. Darren McFadden led InNae with 24.80 points while Josh Freeman racked up 20.82. Lambda Chi Guy (1-0) starts the campaign in second place while InNae (0-1) debuts in ninth place.

No I in Lapdance (LGBT) 177.62 – Madden All-Stars 119.22

No I in Lapdance got the highest score this week and upset Madden All-Stars 177.62 – 119.22, overcoming a 13.23-point spread. No I in Lapdance piled up 51.3% more points than projected (117.38) while Madden All-Stars fell just short of projections and got 91.3% of their projected 130.61 points. Madden All-Stars was led by Stevan Ridley with 26.20 points and Calvin Johnson who scored 20.10. No I in Lapdance kicks off the campaign with a 1-0 record, good enough for first place. Madden All-Stars opens at 0-1 and in 11th place.

JUSTmyLUCK 141.54 – nylifers 90.94

JUSTmyLUCK took advantage of 33.04 points from Tom Brady and 23.00 from the Baltimore Ravens Defense, bulldozing nylifers, 141.54 – 90.94. JUSTmyLUCK was better than projected and scored 16.3% more points than projected (121.67). nylifers scored only 88.7% of a projected 102.51 points. nylifers was led by Philip Rivers with 27.04 points and Michael Crabtree who scored 14.60. Adding insult to injury, nylifers got zero points from LaMichael James. JUSTmyLUCK kicks off the season with a 1-0 record, good enough for sixth place. nylifers debuts at 0-1 and in 16th place.

Lawdawg04 109.30 – Chump Change (Flip Stricland) 100.16

In spite of scoring just the 12th-highest point total in the league this week, Lawdawg04 (1-0, 109.30 points) managed to take down Chump Change, 109.30 – 100.16. This was a painful one for Chump Change (0-1, 100.16 points) to take, who in addition to losing, also ended up 15th in the league in points. Ben Roethlisberger led Lawdawg04 in scoring this week with 25.20 points.

Bruisers 147.22 – Reyno Island (Reyno Island) 123.28

Bruisers got 30.42 points from Jay Cutler and 29.90 from Brandon Marshall, taking down Reyno Island 147.22 – 123.28. They came into the matchup as an 18.29-point underdog. Each team met their expectations but Bruisers put up 44.1% more than a projected 102.13 points to get the win. Michael Vick led Reyno Island with 31.38 points while Ray Rice brought in 24.30. With Ronnie Hillman delivering zero points for Bruisers, the margin could have been larger. Bruisers starts off the season with a 1-0 record, good enough for fourth place. Reyno Island begins at 0-1 and in 10th place.

SG-1 (Brodrick Kincaid) 119.32 – It’s Complicated 103.37

SG-1 took advantage of 29.02 points from Cam Newton and 19.00 from DeMarco Murray, taking down It’s Complicated 119.32 – 103.37. Both sides failed to hit their projections, but SG-1 scored 94.9% of a projected 125.71 points to pick up the win. Eli Manning led It’s Complicated with 25.02 points while BenJarvus Green-Ellis racked up 16.50. SG-1 (1-0) starts the season in seventh place while It’s Complicated (0-1) opens in 14th place.

League standings can be found here.

Week Two games

Ghost Rats @ nylifers
WD Forte @ Brownie Bites
Lambda Chi Guy @ Team Dan Mocci
No I in Lapdance @ InNae
Madden All-Stars @ It’s Complicated
Lawdawg04 @ JUSTmyLUCK
Bruisers @ Chump Change
SG-1 @ Reyno Island

Aug 222012
 

We held the first annual Gridiron Rats fantasy football draft on Monday night, in our sixteen team pay league. If you’ve never been in a sixteen team league, let’s just say it ain’t easy. Because our league is heavy on quarterback and receiver play (recognizing life in today’s NFL), quarterbacks are at a premium, and so many NFL teams conduct running back by committee that it is equally difficult to get a feature back. Receiver depth is typically not a problem, but with so many teams running three and four wide receivers, it is easy to accrue points over a season, but harder to count on week to week consistency. My thought on winning this league is that quarterbacks are most valued, receivers are second (along with the top tier tight ends), and running backs are third, unless the running back catches a lot of balls out of the backfield.

Yet that is the type of league that we run, given our desire to include as many interested players as we can, to have our teams perform like real teams and, since we are a pay league, to accrue as much prize money for our players as possible. So Monday night we got down to business, and thirteen of our sixteen managers were able to join us for our live, online draft. The results are below.

Speaking for my own team (Ghost Rats), I feel I was able to construct a competitive team, barring major injuries. I drafted twelfth/fifth in a snaking draft, but was relieved to find one of my top five quarterbacks (Matt Stafford, QB-Detroit) still available by the time I got on the clock. With my next pick I was able to snag Julio Jones (WR-Atlanta), whom many people are expecting great things from this season. Twenty-three picks later I went after Aaron Hernandez (TE, New England) and then grabbbed Willis McGahee (RB-Denver) as my primary back. After four rounds, 64 players are off the board, and now the real test of the draft begins; rounding out a roster and creating depth). Needing to fill out my second receiver spot, I landed on Stevie Johnson of Buffalo, who I was surprised was still available at Pick 76. Then at Pick 85 Jonathan Stewart (RB-Carolina) was available to round out my starting running backs.

It’s a long spell to wait until Pick 108, and I wait as players such Peyton Hillis, Erin Decker, Pierre Garcon, LeGarrette Blount and David Wilson all come off the board. I still need someone to fill out the flex WR/RB position we have on our active rosters , but am also watching as some of the top defenses have come off the board already. San Francisco was selected early in the sixth round, and Baltimore and Chicago closed the sixth round, while Green Bay (wow) went in the middle of the seventh round. So seeing that three of the receivers I wanted were still available, I buckled to pressure and selected Philadelphia’s defense with my seventh round pick. At pick 117 I was surprisingly able to land Titus Young (WR-Detroit) to round my offensive starters. At 140 I chose Montario Hardesty (RB-Cleveland) as a backup running back, taking a chance that he will get a healthy dose of playing time either to spell Trent Richardson or to replace him in the event of further injuries. At 149, I selected Brian Quick (WR-St.Louis), a promising rookie who might be a surprose fantasy producer this season. By Pick 172 I knew I needed a good backup quarterback in the event that Stafford goes down, but most of the quality quarterbacks had vanished from the board by then. Given the choice between Jake Locker, Matt Flynn, and Carson Palmer I went with Locker (QB-Tennessee), but have since agreed to a straight up trade for Palmer (QB-Oakland). I am not a Carson Palmer fan, but with any luck this is a one game starter for me. At 181, most of the top tier kickers were already off the board, so I again buckled to some pressure and grabbed Jason Hansen (K-Detroit), figuring with the Lions’ offense Hanson should get plenty of opportunities again this season.

By now the pickings are slim, and most often just projections of hoped-for production. I waited until Pick 204 and selected Davone Bess (WR-Miami) hoping that he will become a preferred target for Ryan Tannehill. At 213 I took Kevin Smith (RB-Detroit), a total shot in the dark, given that Smith is trying to come back from an injury and is off to a slow start. Set with running backs (we mainatin a maxiumum of 4) and quarterbacks (2), I went after a backup tight end, selecting Tony Scheffler (TE-Detroit) with Pick 266 and then grabed another tight end by accident at 245, taking Dennis Pitta (TE-Baltimore). I must have momentarily blanked out, as I needed another defense and not another tight end. So I dropped Scheffler and am awaiting waiver wires for another defense. But if the worst that happens is that I made that error, I feel pretty good about the draft that I had, despite the fact that of the 16 players I targeted for selection by round, I ended up with only three of them (Julio Jones, Aaron Hernandez, and Brian Quick).

So that’s a peek into the madness that drove my draft. I had pre-ranked players at each position, landing my #5 & 17 quarterbacks, #21, 22, 24 and 46 running backs, my #4, 19, 31, 33, & 46 wide receivers, my # 2 and 21 tight ends, my #2 defense, and my #5 kicker.

As for our entire league, here’s how the draft played out:

No I in Lapdance (Like Gandhi, But Taller)

1. (1) Aaron Rodgers (GB – QB)
2. (32) Andre Johnson (Hou – WR)
3. (33) A.J. Green (Cin – WR)
4. (64) Jason Witten (Dal – TE)
5. (65) Donald Brown (Ind – RB)
6. (96) Chicago (Chi – DEF)
7. (97) LeGarrette Blount (TB – RB)
8. (128) C.J. Spiller (Buf – RB)
9. (129) Alshon Jeffery (Chi – WR)
10. (160) Randy Moss (SF – WR)
11. (161) Terrell Owens (Sea – WR)
12. (192) John Kasay (NO – K)
13. (193) Mike Tolbert (Car – RB)
14. (224) Heath Miller (Pit – TE)
15. (225) Dan Carpenter (Mia – K)
16. (256) Jason Campbell (Chi – QB)

JUSTmyLUCK**
1. (2) Tom Brady (NE – QB)
2. (31) Darren Sproles (NO – RB)
3. (34) Roddy White (Atl – WR)
4. (63) Antonio Brown (Pit – WR)
5. (66) Beanie Wells (Ari – RB)
6. (95) Baltimore (Bal – DEF)
7. (98) Coby Fleener (Ind – TE)
8. (127) Mario Manningham (SF – WR)
9. (130) David Akers (SF – K)
10. (159) Alex Smith (SF – QB)
11. (162) Matt Cassel (KC – QB)
12. (191) Randall Cobb (GB – WR)
13. (194) Rashad Jennings (Jac – RB)
14. (223) Matt Bryant (Atl – K)
15. (226) Washington (Was – DEF)
16. (255) Kendall Hunter (SF – RB)
** over quarterback limit; must drop one

Chump Change** (Flip Stricland)
1. (3) Arian Foster (Hou – RB)
2. (30) Jamaal Charles (KC – RB)
3. (35) Greg Jennings (GB – WR)
4. (62) Jermichael Finley (GB – TE)
5. (67) Torrey Smith (Bal – WR)
6. (94) Carson Palmer (Oak – QB)
7. (99) David Wilson (NYG – RB)
8. (126) Santonio Holmes (NYJ – WR)
9. (131) Sam Bradford (StL – QB)
10. (158) Jerome Simpson (Min – WR)
11. (163) Buffalo (Buf – DEF)
12. (190) Kyle Rudolph (Min – TE)
13. (195) Rob Bironas (Ten – K)
14. (222) Brandon LaFell (Car – WR)
15. (227) Bernard Scott (Cin – RB)
16. (254) Ryan Tannehill (Mia – QB)
** over quarterback limit, dropped Ryan Tannehill

Reyno Island (Reyno Island)
1. (4) Ray Rice (Bal – RB)
2. (29) Michael Vick (Phi – QB)
3. (36) Frank Gore (SF – RB)
4. (61) Dez Bryant (Dal – WR)
5. (68) DeSean Jackson (Phi – WR)
6. (93) Michael Floyd (Ari – WR)
7. (100) Jermaine Gresham (Cin – TE)
8. (125) Ryan Fitzpatrick (Buf – QB)
9. (132) Denarius Moore (Oak – WR)
10. (157) New York (NYG – DEF)
11. (164) Toby Gerhart (Min – RB)
12. (189) Joe McKnight (NYJ – RB)
13. (196) Mike Nugent (Cin – K)
14. (221) Jacoby Ford (Oak – WR)
15. (228) Anthony Fasano (Mia – TE)
16. (253) Stephen Hill (NYJ – WR)

Team Dan Mocci
1. (5) LeSean McCoy (Phi – RB)
2. (28) Fred Jackson (Buf – RB)
3. (37) Wes Welker (NE – WR)
4. (60) Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG – RB)
5. (69) Vincent Jackson (TB – WR)
6. (92) Matt Schaub (Hou – QB)
7. (101) Owen Daniels (Hou – TE)
8. (124) Lance Moore (NO – WR)
9. (133) Mark Ingram (NO – RB)
10. (156) Malcom Floyd (SD – WR)
11. (165) Dustin Keller (NYJ – TE)
12. (188) Christian Ponder (Min – QB)
13. (197) Kendall Wright (Ten – WR)
14. (220) Minnesota (Min – DEF)
15. (229) Emmanuel Sanders (Pit – WR)
16. (252) Graham Gano (Was – K)

SG-1 (Brodrick Kincaid)
1. (6) Cam Newton (Car – QB)
2. (27) DeMarco Murray (Dal – RB)
3. (38) Hakeem Nicks (NYG – WR)
4. (59) Tony Gonzalez (Atl – TE)
5. (70) Brandon Lloyd (NE – WR)
6. (91) Isaac Redman (Pit – RB)
7. (102) Andrew Luck (Ind – QB)
8. (123) Anquan Boldin (Bal – WR)
9. (134) Sebastian Janikowski (Oak – K)
10. (155) Ryan Williams (Ari – RB)
11. (166) Dallas (Dal – DEF)
12. (187) Jacksonville (Jac – DEF)
13. (198) Early Doucet (Ari – WR)
14. (219) Ryan Grant (GB – RB)
15. (230) Benjamin Watson (Cle – TE)
16. (251) Daniel Thomas (Mia – RB)

WD Forte (Cankles)
1. (7) Drew Brees (NO – QB)
2. (26) Michael Turner (Atl – RB)
3. (39) Marques Colston (NO – WR)
4. (58) Vernon Davis (SF – TE)
5. (71) Reggie Bush (Mia – RB)
6. (90) Pierre Garcon (Was – WR)
7. (103) Michael Bush (Chi – RB)
8. (122) Pierre Thomas (NO – RB)
9. (135) Nate Burleson (Det – WR)
10. (154) Jabar Gaffney (NE – WR)
11. (167) Mark Sanchez (NYJ – QB)
12. (186) Ed Dickson (Bal – TE)
13. (199) David Nelson (Buf – WR)
14. (218) Robbie Gould (Chi – K)
15. (231) Oakland (Oak – DEF)
16. (250) Miami (Mia – DEF)

Madden All-Stars
1. (8) Calvin Johnson (Det – WR)
2. (25) Marshawn Lynch (Sea – RB)
3. (40) Jordy Nelson (GB – WR)
4. (57) Antonio Gates (SD – TE)
5. (72) Shonn Greene (NYJ – RB)
6. (89) Eric Decker (Den – WR)
7. (104) Stevan Ridley (NE – RB)
8. (121) Sidney Rice (Sea – WR)
9. (136) Andy Dalton (Cin – QB)
10. (153) Tim Hightower (Was – RB)
11. (168) Danny Amendola (StL – WR)
12. (185) Matt Flynn (Sea – QB)
13. (200) Devery Henderson (NO – WR)
14. (217) Alex Henery (Phi – K)
15. (232) Tennessee (Ten – DEF)
16. (249) St. Louis (StL – DEF)

Lawdawg04
1. (9) Chris Johnson (Ten – RB)
2. (24) Adrian Peterson (Min – RB)
3. (41) Mike Wallace (Pit – WR)
4. (56) Ben Roethlisberger (Pit – QB)
5. (73) Dwayne Bowe (KC – WR)
6. (88) Peyton Hillis (KC – RB)
7. (105) Green Bay (GB – DEF)
8. (120) Ben Tate (Hou – RB)
9. (137) New York (NYJ – DEF)
10. (152) Dallas Clark (TB – TE)
11. (169) James Jones (GB – WR)
12. (184) Jon Baldwin (KC – WR)
13. (201) Scott Chandler (Buf – TE)
14. (216) Eddie Royal (SD – WR)
15. (233) Nate Kaeding (SD – K)
16. (248) Rueben Randle (NYG – WR)

Bruisers
1. (10) Brandon Marshall (Chi – WR)
2. (23) Jay Cutler (Chi – QB)
3. (42) Demaryius Thomas (Den – WR)
4. (55) Jeremy Maclin (Phi – WR)
5. (74) Fred Davis (Was – TE)
6. (87) Roy Helu (Was – RB)
7. (106) Jahvid Best (Det – RB)
8. (119) Mason Crosby (GB – K)
9. (138) New England (NE – DEF)
10. (151) Mikel LeShoure (Det – RB)
11. (170) Mike Williams (TB – WR)
12. (183) Ronnie Hillman (Den – RB)
13. (202) Greg Olsen (Car – TE)
14. (215) Chad Henne (Jac – QB)
15. (234) Neil Rackers (Was – K)
16. (247) Kansas City (KC – DEF)

InNae
1. (11) Ryan Mathews (SD – RB)
2. (22) Darren McFadden (Oak – RB)
3. (43) Steve Smith (Car – WR)
4. (54) Doug Martin (TB – RB)
5. (75) Kenny Britt (Ten – WR)
6. (86) Jacob Tamme (Den – TE)
7. (107) Josh Freeman (TB – QB)
8. (118) Houston (Hou – DEF)
9. (139) Stephen Gostkowski (NE – K)
10. (150) Justin Blackmon (Jac – WR)
11. (171) James Starks (GB – RB)
12. (182) Doug Baldwin (Sea – WR)
13. (203) Tony Moeaki (KC – TE)
14. (214) Tim Tebow (NYJ – QB)
15. (235) Billy Cundiff (Bal – K)
16. (246) Atlanta (Atl – DEF)

Ghost Rats** (Ghost Rat)
1. (12) Matthew Stafford (Det – QB)
2. (21) Julio Jones (Atl – WR)
3. (44) Aaron Hernandez (NE – TE)
4. (53) Willis McGahee (Den – RB)
5. (76) Stevie Johnson (Buf – WR)
6. (85) Jonathan Stewart (Car – RB)
7. (108) Philadelphia (Phi – DEF)
8. (117) Titus Young (Det – WR)
9. (140) Montario Hardesty (Cle – RB)
10. (149) Brian Quick (StL – WR)
11. (172) Jake Locker (Ten – QB)
12. (181) Jason Hanson (Det – K)
13. (204) Davone Bess (Mia – WR)
14. (213) Kevin Smith (Det – RB)
15. (236) Tony Scheffler (Det – TE)
16. (245) Dennis Pitta (Bal – TE)
** over tight end limit, dropped Tony Scheffler

Brownie Bites (Fat Jesus)
1. (13) Tony Romo (Dal – QB)
2. (20) Jimmy Graham (NO – TE)
3. (45) Percy Harvin (Min – WR)
4. (52) Miles Austin (Dal – WR)
5. (77) DeAngelo Williams (Car – RB)
6. (84) Cedric Benson (GB – RB)
7. (109) Evan Royster (Was – RB)
8. (116) Detroit (Det – DEF)
9. (141) Joe Flacco (Bal – QB)
10. (148) Greg Little (Cle – WR)
11. (173) Laurent Robinson (Jac – WR)
12. (180) Kellen Winslow (Sea – TE)
13. (205) Steve Breaston (KC – WR)
14. (212) Isaiah Pead (StL – RB)
15. (237) Arizona (Ari – DEF)
16. (244) Rian Lindell (Buf – K)

It’s Complicated
1. (14) Maurice Jones-Drew (Jac – RB)
2. (19) Victor Cruz (NYG – WR)
3. (46) Eli Manning (NYG – QB)
4. (51) Robert Griffin III (Was – QB)
5. (78) BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Cin – RB)
6. (83) Brent Celek (Phi – TE)
7. (110) Darrius Heyward-Bey (Oak – WR)
8. (115) Seattle (Sea – DEF)
9. (142) Jacquizz Rodgers (Atl – RB)
10. (147) Santana Moss (Was – WR)
11. (174) Martellus Bennett (NYG – TE)
12. (179) Felix Jones (Dal – RB)
13. (206) Mohamed Sanu (Cin – WR)
14. (211) Cincinnati (Cin – DEF)
15. (238) Nick Novak (SD – K)
16. (243) Plaxico Burress (NYJ – WR)

Lambda Chi Guy
1. (15) Matt Forte (Chi – RB)
2. (18) Rob Gronkowski (NE – TE)
3. (47) Matt Ryan (Atl – QB)
4. (50) Steven Jackson (StL – RB)
5. (79) Reggie Wayne (Ind – WR)
6. (82) San Francisco (SF – DEF)
7. (111) Nate Washington (Ten – WR)
8. (114) Joshua Cribbs (Cle – WR)
9. (143) Dan Bailey (Dal – K)
10. (146) Dexter McCluster (KC – RB)
11. (175) Devin Hester (Chi – WR)
12. (178) Danny Woodhead (NE – RB)
13. (207) Matt Hasselbeck (Ten – QB)
14. (210) Joel Dreessen (Den – TE)
15. (239) Preston Parker (TB – WR)
16. (242) Jason Avant (Phi – WR)

nylifers
1. (16) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari – WR)
2. (17) Trent Richardson (Cle – RB)
3. (48) Philip Rivers (SD – QB)
4. (49) Peyton Manning (Den – QB)
5. (80) Brandon Pettigrew (Det – TE)
6. (81) Robert Meachem (SD – WR)
7. (112) Jared Cook (Ten – TE)
8. (113) Pittsburgh (Pit – DEF)
9. (144) Michael Crabtree (SF – WR)
10. (145) Rashard Mendenhall (Pit – RB)
11. (176) Phil Dawson (Cle – K)
12. (177) Austin Collie (Ind – WR)
13. (208) Johnny Knox (Chi – WR)
14. (209) LaMichael James (SF – RB)
15. (240) Deion Branch (NE – WR)
16. (241) Brandon Jacobs (SF – RB)

Who do you think had the best draft? Feel free to leave a comment.