Wild to think we're almost halfway through the regular season of fantasy. It's gone by quick, too quick. Painless for some, brutal for others. Monday nights continue to haunt Nick, he finally had a chance to get revenge on MNF by completing his own miracle with Mike Williams only needing 9pts to get a win. Patrick Surtain is the real deal though, he kept Williams quiet for the entire night and was held to 2 catches for 17 yards. A miracle turned to misery as Nick falls to 0-6, one loss away from tying the all-time worst start to a fantasy season in The League. Meanwhile, Ryan has fought his way back to .500 with three straight wins and looks to become the only other person besides Jere to make the playoffs after starting 0-3.
I'm stealing this next piece from Matthew Berry, NBC's Fantasy bro who used to work for ESPN. While I typically ignore his opening segment in his weekly Love/Hate column, he has a "blind resume" article that I always find interesting. This was something I wanted to do myself but plagiarizing is much easier.
Quarterback C: 19.0 PPG (271 pass yds/game), 2 games w/ 22+ fantasy points
Quarterback D: 19.0 PPG (244 pass yds/game), 2 games w/ 22+ fantasy points
QB C is Jared Goff – Currently QB7 in PPG and was being drafted as QB26.
QB D is Kyler Murray, whose preseason ADP was QB4.
Player I: 236 total rush yards (39.3 rush yds/game)
Player J: 264 total rush yards (44 rush yds/game)
Player I is Quarterback Daniel Jones.
Player J is Running back Najee Harris.
Wide Receiver Q: 50.3 total fantasy points, 204 yards, 1 TD
Wide Receiver R: 52.8 total fantasy points, 221 yards, 1 TD
WR Q is D.J. Moore.
WR R is Ben Skowronek.
Wide Receiver U: 24 receptions, 358 yards, 15.6 fantasy points/game
Wide Receiver V: 24 receptions, 321 yards, 15.7 fantasy points/game
WR U is Mike Evans.
WR V is Jakobi Meyers.
TE W: 7.2 PPG, 5.0 targets, 2.6 receptions, 33.8 yards, 1 TD
TE X: 8.2 PPG, 5.3 targets, 3.7 receptions, 34.7 yards, 1 TD
TE W: Kyle Pitts
TE X: Tyler Conklin
Pretty wild how things get shaken up from the pre-season. Fantasy is unpredictable and the ones who find the right adjustments mid-season to end up in better shape come playoff time. Stop overvaluing your own players, make some trades and don't be worried about "losing" a trade because no one knows what is going to happen. Yes, this means text me about a trade offer.
State of the Union: As commissioner, I have several responsibilities. I would list them all out but that would dig into the time of the responsibilities that would have been listed out. Above them all, I have the responsibility of upholding integrity, ethics and morale to the highest standards. It's one of the reasons we have a list as long as my responsibilities - which I can't list for the reason mentioned above - of potential candidates to join this league. With that being said, my inbox has been filled with questions regarding the start and blunder of the week selections. Typically these emails get funneled into my "suggestion box" otherwise known as junk, but today I feel it's appropriate to address these questions. These selections are not taking lightly. As with everything else we do in The League, several measures are taken to ensure all accolades and awarded properly with fairness in mind. These selections are done by a third-party committee. In fact, each weekly award has its own separate committee that burns the midnight oil debating over their selections until there is a unanimous agreement. These third-party committees fall under one umbrella, a well-known and reputable recruiting company, MAH Selection Corp. They recruit and assign committee members for The League and have done so with immeasurable effort. Label it nonsense should any league member feel due diligence has been ignored.
-Commissioner Goodell 2.0
WEEK 6 PAYOUT WINNER - MVP
Nathan, Joe Burrow 32.50pts
Joey B cashes out for Nathan and finds himself on this week's SI cover, too. Finishing just .3pts short of Burrow was J'aMarr Chase, who topped 100 yards for just the second time this year but had two TD's to go with it. Nathan can easily take this $20 and turn it into a little over $50 by parlaying the Niners +2.5 and the over 48.5 against KC this week. Lock of the week.
START OF THE WEEK
Ryan, JuJu - 22.30pts
JuJu has been relatively quiet this year and just a week ago I was told by someone who will remain unnamed, that I cursed him because I selected him as a value in the post-draft recap. Well, JuJu is coming off his best performance of the year helping Ryan pick up a win against Spencer and still has plenty of time to find that connection with Mahomes to keep the points coming. Cursed? I think not Justin.
BLUNDER OF THE WEEK
Probst, MVS. - 0.00pts
While JuJu is coming off his best performance, the WR across the field was held scoreless on three targets against the Bills. In a last-minute lineup change, Probst subbed out Pollard for MVS which could have cost him the matchup. With some help from Surtain, Probst still caught the win in what was a disheartening matchup with both teams finishing under 85pts. MVS has increased his snap count throughout the season but has yet to be a reliable target.
GAME-CHANGING PLAY OF THE WEEK
Breece Hall Game-Sealing TD
Coming in one of the upsets in week six, Hall continues to show why he deserves more snaps over Carter. A dominate performance with 116 yards on the ground, averaging 5.1ypc for the season. I apologize for the PTSD flashbacks for Probst as his Packers were outplayed on both sides of the ball last Sunday but this run below was a beautiful play call. A misdirection trap play where Hall cuts inside of his pulling tackle, finds a seam up the right hash and finishes by holding off Campbell with a nice stiff arm. The Jets will need to continue to lean on this running game as Zach Wilson's mediocre play is the one downfall for this team.
WEEK 6 POWER RANKINGS
The power rankings committee felt that little change was necessary.
1) LBJ = GOAT -- : Holding a one game lead in the South division and is averaging 10pts more per week than any other team.
2) Mac & Chase ▲1 : North division leader by tie-break but has one of the more complete rosters.
3) Me & Mahomies ▼1 : Comes off a loss with Derrick Henry's bye week. Looking to bounce back against a weak team.
4) upHill Battle ▲2 : Three game win streak and leader in transactions. That counts for something right?
5) Mile High Magic ▲2 : Jumps into the top-5 rankings with his third straight win lead by Ekeler, the RB1.
6) Just Do It ▼2 : Trounced by Nathan last week and faces a tough matchup without his best player Allen, the leader in points scored overall.
7) Pay Me ▼2: Slips in the rankings despite a win. The 84pt showcase was sloppy.
8) Oh Goed-ert Hurts -- : Still think he should change his team name to "Stick it in my Cooper".
9) Goodell 2.0 -- : Come one, come all. Currently open to all trade offers.
10) Romo's Rebuilders -- : Monday Nights continue to be the death of Nick.
MATCH-UP FOR WEEK 7
Commish (1-5) vs Nick (0-6)
The mid-season toilet bowl has arrived. Commish looks to keep a pulse with a win, although some may say he's already dead. Have some faith people, you wouldn't pull the cord on your mother and you better not do it to the commissioner. Nick is playing for one thing, and one thing only. To get above last place in the weekly rankings. Should he win, he may do just that.
Finally back to a winning week in my predictions, 3-2. Overall 11-14. I'm now 0-4 when picking myself, so let's switch it up this week.
Commish vs. Nick: Nick
Spencer vs. Worzie: Worzie
Probst vs. Jared: Jared
Justin vs. Ryan: Ryan
Nathan vs Jere: Jere
NEW SEGMENT: WEEKLY POLLS
WEEK 7 WEEKLY PAYOUT
Blackjack - Team with a starter closest to 21 points without going over
My favorite weekly payout of the season. Off the top of my head, I want to say this has been dominated by QBs in the past but I'm feeling like an RB might win it for someone this week. Probably Kamara.
A famous quote by our fearless and well-spoken President, "The best way to get something , if you, if you hold near and dear to you that you uh… umm. Like to be able to…. Anyway." That special something a mid-season award, which get presented next week. Last chance to prove your case and take home some coveted hardware. The committee has been watching closely and some of these are already locked up, others may come down to this week's game. Good luck to everyone this week, except you Nick. I plan on flushing your team officially out of the playoffs. Bolt up.