A-LG Week 5 Power Rankings: Football is Back

Life is good again

Life is good again

Beginner's Luck

Beginner’s Luck

Ah yes, life is good again — football is back. While football being back is good, my fantasy team on the other hand is not so good. But hey, I’m officially in the win column. I know it was a less-than-impressive 98-point effort, but a win nonetheless. And no I am not throwing in the towel. And no I am not demoting myself if I get last 🙂

 

Beginner’s Luck?

After completing the only 1-loss season in LED history (both leagues) and defeating the 3x Fluke Champ in the LED Showdown, it appears the rookie Steven‘s momentum and good fortunes are carrying over to the big leagues. Thru the first 4 weeks, Steven is 3-1 which marks the best start for any rookie since the B-LG era (2010). No rookie has ever been above .500 after 4 weeks.

 

Week 4 Quick Hits:

  • Jeff took down the Week 4 pot, posting his highest point total of the season with 170 pts
  • Oddly enough, each of the 3 division leaders Ken, Jeff, and Edmond all have exactly 11 moves
  • After finishing with 5+ pts in each of the first 3 weeks of Pick Em, Steven missed the cut this week going 4-3. He is now tied with Arman with 19 pts
  • It appears Anthony is a division drafting genius as his division–yet again–has no teams above .500
  • Of the top 6 teams heading into Week 4, only Ken earned a victory, allowing him to take over the #1 spot
  • Surprisingly, Martin has the one of the least amount of points scored against him. This is arguably the first and only time this will ever happen in Martin‘s fantasy career. In an astonishing 4 out of the 5 last seasons he has finished no worst than 3rd-highest in points against

 

A year later, still one of the best plays ever

A year later, still one of the best plays ever

Week 5 Match of the Week: KEN vs ED

This week’s MOTW is a battle of 3-1 division leaders

  • Yahoo is currently projecting this match at 132.43 vs 127.24 in favor of Ken
  • Last September, Ken crushed Edmond in a Week 3 matchup 155.92-109.5
  • The 2 managers are 1-1 against each other dating back to 2013
  • Voters currently favoring Ken 8-3

 

Commish’s Picks

Overall YTD: 14-14
Last Week: 3-4
Lock of the Week YTD: 0-0
Upset Special YTD: 0-0

Commish’s Week 5 Picks

Martin > Sunny (W)
Steven > Arman (L)
Jay > Ant (L)
Ed > Steve (L)
Mike > John D (L)
Jeff > Doug (W)
Ken > Presley (W)

Commish’s Week 5 Picks

Martin > Anthony *Upset Special*
Steven > John D
Arman > Jay *Lock of the Week*
Mike > Steve
Jeff > Sunny
Presley > Doug
Ken > Ed

 


GRONK SMASH

GRONK SMASH

1 Steven

RECORD: 3-1
LAST: –
TREND: uparrow

Quite an impressive start for the rookie. First in the power ranks, first in total points, and first in pick em. This week, GRONK SMASH takes on REALGRONKSMASH. Which GRONK team will win!? I say whoever loses has to ditch the team name.

Commish’s Pick: WIN vs John D

redRIFLEweek

2 Mike

RECORD: 3-1
LAST: –
TREND: uparrow

After finishing 2nd last season, Mike looks ready to rock yet again, taking down 2 of the 4 weekly pots thus far. Even without real RB’s, this team has done very well.

Commish’s Pick: WIN vs Steve

abusement Park

abusement Park

3 Ken

RECORD: 3-1
LAST: –
TREND: uparrow

Why is the #1 team ranked 3rd? Ken is actually only the #1 team because he owns a 1-0 division record over Steven who currently has not played any division games. This team is solid but I’d like to see Ken get more involved in the weekly waivers.

Commish’s Pick: WIN vs Ed

Juice

Juice

4 Jeff

RECORD: 2-2
LAST: –
TREND: uparrow

With Gurley back, Jeff could have arguably the best RB duo in the league with Bell/Gurley. I like Jeff‘s chances to make some serious noise going forward — I am drinking the Wu Juice.

Commish’s Pick: WIN vs Sunny

MOOSE KNUCKLE

MOOSE KNUCKLE

5 Anthony

RECORD: 2-2
LAST: –
TREND: uparrow

Currently the only team on a “winning streak” with 2 wins, Anthony will be missing his $70 stud AP this week vs Martin. Lucky me.

Commish’s Pick: LOSS vs Martin *Upset Special*

mARcus MAriota N

mARcus MAriota N

6 Arman

RECORD: 3-1
LAST: –
TREND: uparrow

Quite possibly the ugliest team name I have ever seen in my 10+ years of playing fantasy football. And I say that while being one of the biggest fans of Mariota. Anyhow, a good start for Arman who is 3-1 for the first time since 2011.

Commish’s Pick: WIN vs Jay *Lock of the Week*

6DIOS

6DIOS

7 Presley

RECORD: 1-3
LAST: –
TREND: uparrow

WTF is 6DIOS? In spite being 1-3, Presley actually ranks 6th in total points. For someone who is perennially the luckiest player, I daresay Presley is experiencing a little bad luck?

Commish’s Pick: WIN vs Doug

Luckiest Team

8 Steve

RECORD: 2-2
LAST: –
TREND: uparrow

Stuck in a division with former B-Leaguers, Steve will have to show why veterans are cooler than newbies. This week, Steve will look to upset the mighty Mike Kawano

Commish’s Pick: LOSS vs Mike

ManningOfSteel

ManningOfSteel

9 Sunny

RECORD: 2-2
LAST: –
TREND: uparrow

Thank you Steve Smith Sr., Sanders, Peyton, and and Olsen for doing absolutely nothing last week. The commish thanks you sincerely.

Commish’s Pick: LOSS vs Jeff

Poor Jordy

Poor Jordy

10 Edmond

RECORD: 3-1
LAST: –
TREND: uparrow

Whoa whoa whoa, why is 3-1 division leader Edmond ranked 10th!? It’s because he is averaging only 10 points/week more than Martin who is riding the basement of the league.

Commish’s Pick: LOSS vs Ken

REALGRONKSMASH

REALGRONKSMASH

11 John D

RECORD: 2-2
LAST: –
TREND: uparrow

I have to agree with John D, since he owns Gronk, he is the real Gronk Smash. Once again, this week’s match should determine who truly owns the rights to name their team after Gronk.

Commish’s Pick: LOSS vs Steven

Multiple Mugasms

Multiple Mugasms

12 Jay

RECORD: 1-3
LAST: –
TREND: uparrow

Are you even paying attention bro?

Commish’s Pick: LOSS vs Arman *Lock of the Week*

Football and chill

Football and chill

13 Martin

RECORD: 1-3
LAST: –
TREND: uparrow

I am making myself #13 since I have 1 win and Doug does not. Har har har

Commish’s Pick: WIN vs Anthony *Upset Special*

drb's wrecking crew

drb’s wrecking crew

14 Doug

RECORD: 0-4
LAST: –
TREND: uparrow

Can you stay winless Doug so I can feel better about myself at #13?

Commish’s Pick: LOSS vs Presley

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