Cleaning Out My Locker, See You Next Season

February 4th, 2014 by Mike

clean_out_locker

Post-Super Bowl, marking the end of the season, does have this uneasy cleaning out my locker, goodbye, and see you when I see you feel to it. We’re not a sports team exactly, but I feel like we’ve started to build a very cool community of fantasy football players here, so it does make me a bit sad we won’t be playing Throwdown, talking football and staying in touch each week like we have for the last 22 straight weeks. Our Twitter community is especially fun to banter back and forth and connect with some great people.

That said, I am EXCITED for the future of Fantasy Throwdown. We did a lot of new things this year, and I learned a lot – some things the hard way which is par for the course. The new stuff that worked, we want to expand on those ideas to make them more brilliant next season. I also have a lot of new, untapped ideas, which will make for an even better experience for our players. All the while making sure we are true to the classic nature of our unique head-to-head fantasy football game. A game that fantasy football players, love playing.

background_football_guyI don’t want to promise too much here which is why I’m being vague, but some of the things we want to take to the next level in 2014 are our special events – leagues, tournaments and contests. These are always a big hit amongst players. We opened up Throwdown to allow people to play cash games in the middle of this past season, and that will be a focal point to help grow our community, while still keeping options open to play Throwdown for free. In terms of site design, at a minimum, I am pretty tired of this guy –>

For a last word on the 2013 season, THANK YOU for playing Fantasy Throwdown. I really appreciate your support of the website which continues to drive me to keep plugging away at it. I’m going to send one last email for the 2013 season to everyone who played this year through a service called Delighted that collects customer service feedback. It is a very simple one question survey which I would appreciate your response to. Signing off for the season, I look forward to refilling my locker and reconnecting next season. Cheers!

Final Second Half Leaderboard

February 4th, 2014 by Mike

You know, originally, I wasn’t even going to update our Leaderboard through the NFL Playoffs. However, after Wild-Card Weekend I realized the points didn’t properly add up to the won-loss record for each user, which updates automatically. So. . . I kept updating each week.

I had a nice comfortable lead in first place, 146 points to 136.5 points for tonyburtt in second place after the Conference Championships. Then my Super Bowl week playing Fantasy Throwdown apparently went only slightly better than Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl. At least I wasn’t in front of a national audience.

My record for Super Bowl was a pitiful 3-13, including a loss to Tony as I challenged him to a game to give him a last shot at the top spot. Smooth move! He went 3-1. That game he beat me was the difference.

Congrats Tony! You are our second half Leaderboard champion!

Destroyers 13 shot way up in the final week, from 15th to finish in third. Nicely done! Our NFL Playoffs Challenge Champ, rhazes_darkk, finished fourth and our Best of Throwdown Champ, Bigchief37, finished fifth.

We actually didn’t award any Leaderboard bonus points or badges for the NFL Playoffs Challenge because, as I said, I hadn’t planned to update the Leaderboard once the playoffs started. I really liked that concept though, so we’ll expand our badges/bonus points system next year as we run more special events, and maybe come up with some cooler looking badges.

For posterity, here is a screen shot of the Leaderboard Top 15 for the second half of 2013. The full Leaderboard will stay in place until we reset it prior to the 2014 NFL season. Thanks again everyone for playing, and see you back here next season!

Congrats to tonyburtt, our Second Half Leaderboard Champ! He knocked off Mike in the final week - Super Bowl! Mike held top spot since Week 13.

Congrats to tonyburtt, our Second Half Leaderboard Champ!
He knocked off Mike in the final week – Super Bowl! Mike held top spot since Week 13.

NFL Playoffs Challenge Super Bowl and Final Results

February 3rd, 2014 by Mike

That wasn’t the game anyone expected! Sure, I saw lots of win predictions for the Seattle Seahawks over the Denver Broncos, but man, I don’t think anyone even wanted to believe it would be such a big blowout. We’ve had so many good, closely contested Super Bowls lately, this brings me back to the Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys days. Bad memories! Or the San Francisco 49ers vs. San Diego Chargers Super Bowl. I think that one I ended up playing pool in my university bar for the second half.

Well, as we close the books on another season, lets first get down to business and figure out who won our NFL Playoffs Challenge. Remember the Super Bowl match – there was just one challenge per player in the contest – is worth double points in the standings.

There were also points up for drafting the Super Bowl MVP throughout the NFL Playoffs Challenge, but since that wasn’t Peyton Manning or Russell Wilson or even Percy Harvin, who got drafted a lot this week and even a bunch of times in the Seahawks win over the New Orleans Saints, no one drafted the MVP.

Congratulations to LB Malcolm Smith for landing the MVP honor. Maybe I should give the MVP bonus points to everyone who drafted the Seattle Seahawks defense? Technically, I cannot do that, as that wasn’t clear in the rules previously. I’ll definitely think about adding that in the future, however, that if a defensive player wins MVP then the points go to that team defense. It sure makes sense in Seattle’s case.

Personally, I had an absolutely terrible final week of the season playing Fantasy Throwdown. “Manning” (pun intended) the Throwdown1 account for this challenge, I went 7-15. All but two of the losses, my opponent won by 21+ fantasy points for the. . . lets call it the ass-kicking, bonus.

No loss was bigger than the one handed out by Wilforkisland. He won by 93 points! Final score 136-43. He got his hands on Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker, and took Seattle defense and Steven Hauschka early, in the 5th and 6th rounds, between me adding Percy Harvin and Golden Tate. He nabbed Doug Baldwin with his final pick, the final nail in the coffin.

Didn’t I say just last week I was shocked Wilforkisland was in last place, winless, in this contest? Figures he took it to heart and finished strong with the biggest win in the Super Bowl round. He wins the $50 weekly prize.

Now down to the big dogs who finished in the Top 5 overall for this contest. This is I guess what you would consider our first guaranteed prize pool, or GPP in daily fantasy sports lingo. Not that all of our cash games aren’t guaranteed prizes, so it is a bit confusing. Players flock to GPP though, so GPP it is! First place in this contest wins $300, 2nd place $150, 3rd place $75 and 4th and 5th place, each $40.

Drumroll please. . . and. . . our Top 5 last week all won, and won big this week. No change! Womp womp womp. Since we didn’t have any points awarded for the MVP, that couldn’t come into play. All of these guys brought their A-game to get the maximum 5 points for Super Bowl (4 for the win, 1 for winning by 21+). And those guys start with. . .

Champion rhazes_darkk! He finished with a 6-1 record in the contest and won 4 of those games by 21+. Great job, rhazes_darkk!

Second place, Bigchief37 (5-2, 3 by 21+) wins a points differential tie-breaker over third place, Luxuriousdusti with the exact same record.

Kjhawkey finished 4th, also with a 5-2 record but I managed to keep most of those wins close. He won once by 21+, the Super Bowl being the only one. mr_punisher is 5th with a 4-3 record but all 4 of those wins he won by 21+ to edge out three more players who all finished 4-3.

Congrats to our winners! Thanks again to everyone for playing. As I said in the email last week, I really enjoyed this format and I hope you guys did too. We’ll look to do more of these multi-week, bigger group events next season. Without further adieu, here are the weekly results from Super Bowl and final overall results from the inaugural NFL Playoffs Challenge:

 
Super Bowl Standings

W L W by 21+ Pts   Dif  
1. Wilforkisland 1 0 1 5.0 93.1
2. Airbus79 1 0 1 5.0 76.5
3. mr_punisher 1 0 1 5.0 75.5
4. rhazes_darkk 1 0 1 5.0 50.1
5. BeastModeCV 1 0 1 5.0 44.8
6. Haysie 1 0 1 5.0 44.6
7. Luxuriousdusti 1 0 1 5.0 31.5
8. jeffNFL 1 0 1 5.0 31.1
9. Bigchief37 1 0 1 5.0 30.3
10. raptors 1 0 1 5.0 30.3
11. Kjhawkey 1 0 1 5.0 27.3
12. j0eo1s 1 0 1 5.0 25.7
13. ffrittle 1 0 1 5.0 23.9
14. eddieprobro 1 0 0 4.0 17.9
15. Scott Kuff 1 0 0 4.0 8.5
16. spridlewv 0 1 0 0.0 -7.2
17. awilde27 0 1 0 0.0 -16.9
18. Doclate 0 1 0 0.0 -17.3
19. Fantasytaz 0 1 0 0.0 -19.1
20. NiteHawk55 0 1 0 0.0 -33.6
21. robmcangus 0 1 0 0.0 -35.7
22. atcdav 0 1 0 0.0 -60.3

 
Overall Standings

W L W by 21+ Pts   Dif  
1. rhazes_darkk 6 1 4 16.5 166.3
2. Bigchief37 5 2 3 14.0 73.9
3. Luxuriousdusti 5 2 3 14.0 1.1
4. Kjhawkey 5 2 1 13.0 29.8
5. mr_punisher 4 3 4 12.5 209.3
6. raptors 4 3 3 12.0 55.2
7. jeffNFL 4 3 3 12.0 11.2
8. BeastModeCV 4 3 1 11.0 -63.2
9. ffrittle 3 4 2 9.5 -80.7
10. Airbus79 3 4 1 9.0 -11.8
11. Scott Kuff 3 4 0 8.0 -60.1
12. atcdav 3 4 3 7.5 4.2
13. Haysie 2 5 2 7.5 -123.8
14. j0eo1s 2 5 1 7.0 -95.8
15. eddieprobro 2 5 1 6.5 -60.0
16. Wilforkisland 1 6 1 5.0 -83.9
17. awilde27 2 5 1 4.5 -5.4
18. spridlewv 2 5 1 4.5 -143.4
19. NiteHawk55 2 5 0 4.0 -157.1
20. Fantasytaz 1 6 1 2.5 -103.2
21. Doclate 1 6 0 2.0 -174.8
22. robmcangus 1 6 0 2.0 -276.6

 
Game 7 Results

atcdav 59.9
Throwdown1 120.2

Doclate 81.4
Throwdown1 98.7

Wilforkisland 136.6
Throwdown1 43.5

Scott Kuff 94.3
Throwdown1 85.8

robmcangus 72.2
Throwdown1 107.9

Bigchief37 105.2
Throwdown1 74.9

rhazes_darkk 115.1
Throwdown1 65

spridlewv 85.2
Throwdown1 92.4

eddieprobro 98.2
Throwdown1 80.3

Luxuriousdusti 105.8
Throwdown1 74.3

ffrittle 102
Throwdown1 78.1

BeastModeCV 112.9
Throwdown1 68.1

mr_punisher 127.8
Throwdown1 52.3

raptors 105.2
Throwdown1 74.9

Haysie 112.8
Throwdown1 68.2

awilde27 81.6
Throwdown1 98.5

Airbus79 128.3
Throwdown1 51.8

Kjhawkey 103.7
Throwdown1 76.4

j0eo1s 102.9
Throwdown1 77.2

jeffNFL 105.6
Throwdown1 74.5

Fantasytaz 80.5
Throwdown1 99.6

NiteHawk55 73.7
Throwdown1 107.3

NFL Playoffs Challenge Conference Championship Results

January 20th, 2014 by Mike

Regardless of what you think about Richard Sherman . . . (it seems everyone is commenting on Richard Sherman today in a free-for-all for hits and retweets #RichardSherman #ErinAndrews #MichaelCrabtree #LegionOfBoom #trolling #justkidding #apologies) . . . those were two excellent games yesterday. Really lived up to the word “Championship” in Conference Championships.

Now we are down to two teams set to compete for the Super Bowl in two weeks – Denver Broncos versus Seattle Seahawks! Hey, that is pretty much what the majority predicted way back in August and September. That never happens, so you could almost consider it unexpected two number one seeds advance to the big game.

I received marketing emails from a lot of daily fantasy sports websites last week hailing the Conference Championships mark the end of fantasy football for the season. Say what? We are open for business. Yes, there is just one game or two teams to form the player pool for your draft, but it is the biggest game of the year. We couldn’t let the Super Bowl go by and not play Fantasy Throwdown.

Lineup options are reduced, and the Block is off the table for Super Bowl challenges, but otherwise, get in there and do a draft against a friend. If you haven’t played Throwdown yet, this is a nice way to get your feet wet and try it out. It doesn’t have to be for money. Simply play for free if you prefer.

On to the business at hand, it was week three of our NFL Playoffs Challenge, with just one game to go for the Super Bowl (worth double points) to decide our inaugural NFL Playoffs Challenge Champion. Plus there is a weekly prize for this past week and Super Bowl week.

Tim, member tttimmyg, had another very good week as Throwdown1, while I went a bit overboard on the LeGarrette Blount Kool-Aid, and it cost me playing as Throwdown2. Tim went 16-6 in his challenges, while I was a measly 10-12. I’d like to blame my trip to Las Vegas last week, but I know it was too much Blount, Frank Gore, New England Patriots Defense and not enough Demaryius Thomas, Peyton Manning and Marshawn Lynch.

Five of our players went 2-0 this week. Three of them won both of their games by 21 or more points. That means it comes down to a tie-breaker to decide our weekly winner. And the winner is . . . atcdav! His two wins combined for an almost 104 point margin of victory to help him win the $50 weekly prize. Our other 2-0 players were jeffNFL, Luxuriousdusti, Bigchief37 and rhazes_darkk. r_d went 2-0 and won the $50 last week, so he is on a big time roll.

r_d is now alone in 1st place overall with a 5-1 record and 1.5 points up on Bigchief37 and Luxuriousdusti. mr_punisher shared 1st place with r_d after last week, and held the tie-breaker, but dropped down to 5th place after going 0-2. Kjhawkey is in 4th place, while atcdav moved way up with his big week and is now in a tie for 5th.

I think the most shocking ranking for me is Wilforkisland, way down now by himself in last place and 0-6 in the competition. Wilfork is our Turkey Day Challenge winner, Top 10 on the Leaderboard and holds a 3-2 record over my own “Mike” account this season since Week 9. The playoffs just aren’t going the way he expected or wanted, I suppose, as of yesterday especially since he is a Pats fan.

Conference Championship week standings below, then the updated overall standings, and we’ll get rolling for Super Bowl.

 
Conference Championship Standings

W L W by 21+ Pts   Dif  
1. atcdav 2 0 2 5.0 103.8
2. jeffNFL 2 0 2 5.0 83.4
3. Luxuriousdusti 2 0 2 5.0 61.2
4. Bigchief37 2 0 1 4.5 71.4
5. rhazes_darkk 2 0 0 4.0 20.8
6. ffrittle 1 1 1 2.5 8.2
7. Fantasytaz 1 1 1 2.5 -28.4
8. Airbus79 1 1 0 2.0 -0.3
9. Kjhawkey 1 1 0 2.0 -0.7
10. robmcangus 1 1 0 2.0 -1.2
11. Scott Kuff 1 1 0 2.0 -19.7
12. raptors 1 1 0 2.0 -21.8
13. BeastModeCV 1 1 0 2.0 -56.4
14. awilde27 0 2 0 0.0 -19.4
15. j0eo1s 0 2 0 0.0 -20.7
16. Doclate 0 2 0 0.0 -23.0
17. Wilforkisland 0 2 0 0.0 -35.5
18. mr_punisher 0 2 0 0.0 -37.4
19. eddieprobro 0 2 0 0.0 -56.0
20. NiteHawk55 0 2 0 0.0 -95.7
21. Haysie 0 2 0 0.0 -119.3
22. spridlewv 0 2 0 0.0 -127.7

 
Overall Standings

W L W by 21+ Pts   Dif  
1. rhazes_darkk 5 1 3 11.5 116.2
2. Bigchief37 4 2 2 9.0 43.6
3. Luxuriousdusti 4 2 2 9.0 -30.4
4. Kjhawkey 4 2 0 8.0 2.4
5. mr_punisher 3 3 3 7.5 133.8
6. atcdav 3 3 3 7.5 64.5
7. raptors 3 3 2 7.0 24.9
8. jeffNFL 3 3 2 7.0 -20.0
9. BeastModeCV 3 3 0 6.0 -108.0
10. awilde27 2 4 1 4.5 11.6
11. ffrittle 2 4 1 4.5 -104.6
12. spridlewv 2 4 1 4.5 -136.2
13. Scott Kuff 2 4 0 4.0 -68.6
14. Airbus79 2 4 0 4.0 -88.3
15. NiteHawk55 2 4 0 4.0 -123.5
16. eddieprobro 1 5 1 2.5 -77.9
17. Fantasytaz 1 5 1 2.5 -84.1
18. Haysie 1 5 1 2.5 -168.4
19. j0eo1s 1 5 0 2.0 -121.5
20. Doclate 1 5 0 2.0 -157.5
21. robmcangus 1 5 0 2.0 -240.9
22. Wilforkisland 0 6 0 0.0 -177.0

 
Super Bowl

One game to go. This game is worth double points in our competition. Also, remember you’ll earn bonus points for drafting the player named the Super Bowl MVP, assuming it isn’t Richard Sherman or other defensive player.

Super Bowl MVP bonus points are calculated from every week of this contest, so if the MVP is Peyton Manning and you drafted Peyton in every NFL Playoffs Challenge match all the way from Divisional Playoffs (Broncos and Seahawks didn’t play Wild-Card Weekend), you’ll get the maximum bonus of 0.5 per game, or 3 points total (5 Throwdown games, plus double for Super Bowl). That could make a big difference in our final overall standings.

For clarity, the Super Bowl MVP bonus points will not be used to determine the weekly winner for Super Bowl week, just as they haven’t been used to determine the weekly winner so far.

No Block in these Super Bowl challenges. The lineup is:

1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DEF

Games will be added middle of this week. We have two weeks to finish, so not an urgency to get them done this week. Remember, even if you are out of the running for Top 5 overall, try to win that weekly prize. Thanks again for playing, and good luck!

 
Game 5 Results (RB/WR/TE Flex)

atcdav 133.85
Throwdown1 97.2

Doclate 112.7
Throwdown1 118.65

Wilforkisland 103
Throwdown1 122.75

Scott Kuff 98.8
Throwdown1 128.75

robmcangus 102.4
Throwdown1 116.25

Bigchief37 122.7
Throwdown1 102.65

rhazes_darkk 114
Throwdown1 111.75

spridlewv 77.4
Throwdown1 156.25

eddieprobro 80.9
Throwdown1 125.05

Luxuriousdusti 125.3
Throwdown1 102.05

ffrittle 106
Throwdown1 133.65

BeastModeCV 77.5
Throwdown1 147.95

mr_punisher 108.75
Throwdown1 120

raptors 94.45
Throwdown1 127.7

Haysie 76.9
Throwdown1 149.95

awilde27 99.55
Throwdown1 118

Airbus79 103.2
Throwdown1 118.55

Kjhawkey 113.8
Throwdown1 107.55

j0eo1s 110.6
Throwdown1 111.65

jeffNFL 136.85
Throwdown1 96

Fantasytaz 78
Throwdown1 132.85

NiteHawk55 80.9
Throwdown1 133.65

 
Game 6 Results (No Flex)

atcdav 148
Throwdown2 80.85

Doclate 103.1
Throwdown2 120.15

Wilforkisland 101.15
Throwdown2 116.9

Scott Kuff 114.4
Throwdown2 104.15

robmcangus 126.95
Throwdown2 114.3

Bigchief37 144.95
Throwdown2 93.6

rhazes_darkk 121.3
Throwdown2 102.75

spridlewv 88.45
Throwdown2 137.3

eddieprobro 106.65
Throwdown2 118.5

Luxuriousdusti 140.7
Throwdown2 102.75

ffrittle 131.5
Throwdown2 95.65

BeastModeCV 119
Throwdown2 104.95

mr_punisher 102.4
Throwdown2 128.55

raptors 119.2
Throwdown2 107.75

Haysie 90
Throwdown2 136.25

awilde27 107.45
Throwdown2 108.4

Airbus79 123.6
Throwdown2 108.55

Kjhawkey 112.1
Throwdown2 119.05

j0eo1s 102.7
Throwdown2 122.35

jeffNFL 134.8
Throwdown2 92.25

Fantasytaz 129.25
Throwdown2 102.75

NiteHawk55 89.1
Throwdown2 132.05

NFL Playoffs Challenge Divisional Round Results

January 13th, 2014 by Mike

Round 2 – Divisional Playoffs – of our NFL Playoffs Challenge is in the books. We are at the halfway point and this is still a wide open competition for who is going to claim each of the coveted Top 5 money spots, including number one overall after the Super Bowl.

This was a very good week for the “home” side. Not that we (Throwdown) win anything as players are trying to earn points in this competition relative to one another. Throwdown1, this week manned by my “ringer”, Tim Grinstead or better known as member tttimmyg and writer of the Three Keys to Victory column all season, went 15-7. I focussed on the Throwdown2 account this week, and my record was 18-4.

You can guess what went right for both of us. We didn’t discuss strategy going in, as I just asked Tim to do the QB-Flex lineups, but apparently we each independently loved LeGarrette Blount this week and grabbed him whenever we could. Getting the first pick was big this week too, assuming it was used on Marshawn Lynch. Keenan Allen looked nothing like a rookie and scored the best at WR with his two scores.

The quarterbacks were all huddled together and none really stood out, except Tom Brady in a negative way about 10 points behind the other five starters. Jimmy Graham was shut down. I opted for Julius Thomas first at TE, but if I didn’t get him then I still fell for the name recognition of Graham a few times. Stellar season but bumbled it at the end for fantasy players with a poor Week 15, and mostly invisible playoffs.

Even with only a combined 11 losses in 44 games for Throwdown1 and Throwdown2, two of our players still managed to win both of their games this week. rhazes_darkk and Kjhawkey each went 2-0. Nicely done gentlemen. Adding to this accomplishment, rhazes_darkk won both of his games by 21+ points for the 0.5 point bonus in the standings, and he wins the weekly prize of $50 for this week.

r_d was clearly high on the Blount train. I liked Blount a lot, but waited expecting to get him later in most challenges, and I’m guessing Tim was the same. r_d took Blount in the 3rd round of his Throwdown2 draft. It paid off for him big time.

r_d pulls into a first place overall tie with mr_punisher, who went 1-1 for the week. mr_p holds the tie-breaker right now though, given his huge margin of victory in his DP win vs. Throwdown2. He won by a 109 points! Yes, I did field a lineup as bad as that sounds. He grabbed Lynch first overall, Blount in the 5th, Marques Colston, Anquan Boldin. I had Brady, Graham. It was a massacre. Definitely the largest margin of victory this week in the whole contest.

Kjhawkey is in third overall. Last week’s top player, raptors, falls to fourth. Then we have a logjam at the next six spots, all 2-2 and just half a point separating them.

One more quick props out to Fantasytaz, who was the only player who drafted LaVon Brazill in all of Fantasy Throwdown this week, not just our NFL Playoffs Challenge. Rewarded for his bold call with 2 touchdowns.

Okay, lets get to the weekly standings for Divisional Playoffs, followed by updated overall standings.

 
Divisional Playoffs Standings

W L W by 21+ Pts   Dif  
1. rhazes_darkk 2 0 2 5.0 63.5
2. Kjhawkey 2 0 0 4.0 22.0
3. mr_punisher 1 1 1 2.5 80.4
4. awilde27 1 1 1 2.5 31.8
5. Bigchief37 1 1 1 2.5 -14.2
6. Scott Kuff 1 1 0 2.0 -3.7
7. NiteHawk55 1 1 0 2.0 -31.8
8. Doclate 1 1 0 2.0 -40.8
9. BeastModeCV 1 1 0 2.0 -44.8
10. Fantasytaz 0 2 0 0.0 -4.3
11. eddieprobro 0 2 0 0.0 -41.3
12. atcdav 0 2 0 0.0 -68.8
13. Airbus79 0 2 0 0.0 -78.0
14. j0eo1s 0 2 0 0.0 -80.9
15. spridlewv 0 2 0 0.0 -81.6
16. raptors 0 2 0 0.0 -86.2
17. jeffNFL 0 2 0 0.0 -88.2
18. Haysie 0 2 0 0.0 -92.1
19. ffrittle 0 2 0 0.0 -94.7
20. Wilforkisland 0 2 0 0.0 -97.7
21. Luxuriousdusti 0 2 0 0.0 -113.9
22. robmcangus 0 2 0 0.0 -118.2

 
Overall Standings

W L W by 21+ Pts   Dif  
1. mr_punisher 3 1 3 7.5 171.2
2. rhazes_darkk 3 1 3 7.5 95.4
3. Kjhawkey 3 1 0 6.0 3.1
4. raptors 2 2 2 5.0 46.7
5. awilde27 2 2 1 4.5 31.0
6. spridlewv 2 2 1 4.5 -8.5
7. Bigchief37 2 2 1 4.5 -27.9
8. NiteHawk55 2 2 0 4.0 -27.8
9. BeastModeCV 2 2 0 4.0 -51.6
10. Luxuriousdusti 2 2 0 4.0 -91.6
11. eddieprobro 1 3 1 2.5 -21.9
12. atcdav 1 3 1 2.5 -39.3
13. Haysie 1 3 1 2.5 -49.1
14. Scott Kuff 1 3 0 2.0 -48.9
15. Airbus79 1 3 0 2.0 -88.0
16. j0eo1s 1 3 0 2.0 -100.8
17. jeffNFL 1 3 0 2.0 -103.4
18. ffrittle 1 3 0 2.0 -112.8
19. Doclate 1 3 0 2.0 -134.5
20. Fantasytaz 0 4 0 0.0 -55.8
21. Wilforkisland 0 4 0 0.0 -141.5
22. robmcangus 0 4 0 0.0 -239.7

 
Conference Championships

Conference Championships up next! Each person is due for another two games this week, but keep in mind the player pool is cut down to two-thirds its normal size because there are only two games on the schedule. When you accept your challenge, you only need to decide if you want the first pick in the draft, or the second plus third picks in the draft.

The lineups for this week are:

1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 O, 0 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block (Flex RB/WR/TE)

vs. Throwdown1, and:

1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block (no Flex)

vs. Throwdown2.

Games will be added shortly. Keep fighting to the end, because you can make up ground quickly in this competition. Same points are awarded this week as the last two weeks. Points are double for the Super Bowl, and there are still bonus points for how many times you drafted the eventual Super Bowl MVP, which we won’t know until the end of the big game on February 2nd. Good luck!

 
Game 3 Results (QB/RB/WR/TE Flex)

atcdav 108.65
Throwdown1 156.35

Doclate 131.25
Throwdown1 127.85

Wilforkisland 129.35
Throwdown1 165.15

Scott Kuff 154.65
Throwdown1 152.6

robmcangus 124.5
Throwdown1 146.15

Bigchief37 163.2
Throwdown1 134.95

rhazes_darkk 139.3
Throwdown1 99.9

spridlewv 119.35
Throwdown1 142.15

eddieprobro 117.45
Throwdown1 137.45

Luxuriousdusti 112.55
Throwdown1 173.3

ffrittle 120.55
Throwdown1 174.45

BeastModeCV 150.65
Throwdown1 148.05

mr_punisher 132.2
Throwdown1 160.75

raptors 134.95
Throwdown1 174.55

Haysie 131.95
Throwdown1 147.25

awilde27 141.1
Throwdown1 107.2

Airbus79 101.85
Throwdown1 174.65

Kjhawkey 137.65
Throwdown1 135.3

j0eo1s 107.9
Throwdown1 166.15

jeffNFL 113.6
Throwdown1 138.6

Fantasytaz 138.45
Throwdown1 141.65

NiteHawk55 100.65
Throwdown1 152.25

 
Game 4 Results (RB/WR/TE Flex)

atcdav 113.7
Throwdown2 134.8

Doclate 112.1
Throwdown2 156.3

Wilforkisland 80.2
Throwdown2 142.05

Scott Kuff 125.8
Throwdown2 131.6

robmcangus 90.4
Throwdown2 186.95

Bigchief37 105.7
Throwdown2 148.15

rhazes_darkk 147.3
Throwdown2 123.25

spridlewv 108.1
Throwdown2 166.9

eddieprobro 85.55
Throwdown2 106.8

Luxuriousdusti 106.2
Throwdown2 159.3

ffrittle 96.5
Throwdown2 137.3

BeastModeCV 103.8
Throwdown2 151.2

mr_punisher 176.45
Throwdown2 67.5

raptors 104.4
Throwdown2 150.95

Haysie 81.3
Throwdown2 158.05

awilde27 108.5
Throwdown2 110.6

Airbus79 121.7
Throwdown2 126.85

Kjhawkey 140.7
Throwdown2 121.05

j0eo1s 115.3
Throwdown2 137.95

jeffNFL 97.3
Throwdown2 160.5

Fantasytaz 131.55
Throwdown2 132.6

NiteHawk55 128.5
Throwdown2 108.7

NFL Playoffs Challenge Wild-Card Weekend Results

January 6th, 2014 by Mike

We kicked off a new format special event for the NFL Playoffs, and everyone who took the plunge and signed up appears to be very into it given the quick pace at which we got 44 challenges drafted last week. It is called the NFL Playoffs Challenge, and is played from Wild-Card Weekend through the Super Bowl, with each participant playing two games of Fantasy Throwdown per week against a representative from FT (most likely, me).

The more you win, and win big, the more points you score in the standings to rise up the ranks of the competition. We are excited to offer this event, because it is one method by which we can scale Fantasy Throwdown to allow more people to play in a combined competition than the leagues or tournaments we’ve run throughout the year.

Check the rules for details about the competition, but the basics are we had 22 entrants, they earn 2 points per win plus an extra half point if they win by 21 or more points. The first tie-breaker is points differential. The overall winner after the Super Bowl wins $300, and the Top 5 earn a prize. Plus there is a weekly $50 prize.

From what I would consider a somewhat bad drafting week – I drafted Jamaal Charles at every opportunity, then Jimmy Graham, plus I was high on Marques Colston, and had very few drafts with Alex Smith, Andrew Luck or T.Y. Hilton – the Throwdown1 account went 8-14. No surprise there. However the Throwdown2 account somehow produced a record of 15-7 for a combined record of just over .500.

As for our competitors, only four players went 2-0 for Wild-Card Weekend. Two of those four earned both blowout bonuses for winning by 21 plus fantasy points, so the weekly prize of $50 came down to the tie-breaker and was awarded to raptors, just edging out mr_punisher.

I have to give special recognition to member Haysie. Not only because it was his first ever game of Fantasy Throwdown, but because he recorded the biggest lopsided victory of the week. He won vs. Throwdown1 by 104.4! Damn! Luck to Hilton! Where was that Chiefs defense? The closest game of the week, Throwdown1 wins by 0.8 points over Wilforkisland.

Below are the weekly and overall standings after one week.

W L W by 21+ Pts  Dif  
1. raptors 2 0 2 5.0 132.9
2. mr_punisher 2 0 2 5.0 90.8
3. spridlewv 2 0 1 4.5 73.1
4. Luxuriousdusti 2 0 0 4.0 22.3
5. Haysie 1 1 1 2.5 43.0
6. rhazes_darkk 1 1 1 2.5 32.0
7. atcdav 1 1 1 2.5 29.5
8. eddieprobro 1 1 1 2.5 19.4
9. NiteHawk55 1 1 0 2.0 4.0
10. awilde27 1 1 0 2.0 -0.8
11. BeastModeCV 1 1 0 2.0 -6.8
12. Airbus79 1 1 0 2.0 -10.0
13. Bigchief37 1 1 0 2.0 -13.7
14. jeffNFL 1 1 0 2.0 -15.2
15. ffrittle 1 1 0 2.0 -18.1
16. Kjhawkey 1 1 0 2.0 -18.9
17. j0eo1s 1 1 0 2.0 -19.9
18. Wilforkisland 0 2 0 0.0 -43.8
19. Scott Kuff 0 2 0 0.0 -45.2
20. Fantasytaz 0 2 0 0.0 -51.5
21. Doclate 0 2 0 0.0 -93.7
22. robmcangus 0 2 0 0.0 -121.5

Its still early, because there are two more games to be played for each of Divisional Playoffs and Conference Championships, plus one for Super Bowl worth double points, so everyone is still in it, and don’t forget there is a weekly prize up for grabs every week.

The game results from Wild-Card Weekend are included below. The Divisional round games will go in later today so we can get rolling with those. The lineups are similar to last week with one challenge a QB Flex option, and the other a Flex RB/WR/TE.

Thanks to everyone who is playing in the NFL Playoffs Challenge, and good luck the rest of the way!

 
Game 1 Results (QB/RB/WR/TE Flex)

atcdav 106.15
Throwdown1 111.85

Doclate 84.15
Throwdown1 123.95

Wilforkisland 106.95
Throwdown1 107.75

Scott Kuff 99.5
Throwdown1 120.15

robmcangus 72.45
Throwdown1 101.55

Bigchief37 100.8
Throwdown1 89.6

rhazes_darkk 144.85
Throwdown1 94.15

spridlewv 168.05
Throwdown1 106

eddieprobro 107.1
Throwdown1 84.5

Luxuriousdusti 111
Throwdown1 101.25

ffrittle 83.65
Throwdown1 103.65

BeastModeCV 109
Throwdown1 97.35

mr_punisher 144.15
Throwdown1 95.95

raptors 168.35
Throwdown1 79.8

Haysie 182.85
Throwdown1 78.45

awilde27 107.7
Throwdown1 93.8

Airbus79 94.2
Throwdown1 86.7

Kjhawkey 109.35
Throwdown1 106.85

j0eo1s 87.35
Throwdown1 108.85

jeffNFL 98.75
Throwdown1 94.85

Fantasytaz 93.05
Throwdown1 104.15

NiteHawk55 105.65
Throwdown1 91.55

 
Game 2 Results (RB/WR/TE Flex)

atcdav 144.85
Throwdown2 109.65

Doclate 77
Throwdown2 130.85

Wilforkisland 77.45
Throwdown2 120.45

Scott Kuff 87.05
Throwdown2 111.55

robmcangus 80.75
Throwdown2 173.15

Bigchief37 105.35
Throwdown2 130.2

rhazes_darkk 87.4
Throwdown2 106.15

spridlewv 105.8
Throwdown2 94.75

eddieprobro 132.7
Throwdown2 135.95

Luxuriousdusti 105.95
Throwdown2 93.45

ffrittle 110.25
Throwdown2 108.3

BeastModeCV 85.2
Throwdown2 103.65

mr_punisher 155.3
Throwdown2 112.75

raptors 143.85
Throwdown2 99.55

Haysie 82.55
Throwdown2 144

awilde27 97.3
Throwdown2 112.05

Airbus79 94.05
Throwdown2 111.55

Kjhawkey 99
Throwdown2 120.35

j0eo1s 123.95
Throwdown2 122.35

jeffNFL 94.1
Throwdown2 113.15

Fantasytaz 108.25
Throwdown2 148.65

NiteHawk55 121.45
Throwdown2 131.55

DLF #PlayingForSteaks Championship Final

January 6th, 2014 by Mike

Fantasy Throwdown was honored to host the inaugural Dynasty League Football #PlayingForSteaks Staff league this season. Similar to our Big Time Throwdown League, this is an 8-player event that started Week 11 of the NFL season and culminated with the Championship played Wild-Card Weekend between the top two players from the regular season.

The regular season involved all-bench challenges, specific NFL games, various lineups, and even #RaceToTheBottom matches one week. After the conclusion of the seven week regular season schedule, DereksDayCare (10-4) and EyeoftheGator (9-5) finished first and second, and earned the right to face each other in a best-of-three Championship. The winner takes home all the stakes . . . which happened to be a steak dinner at the restaurant of their choice (and hence how this league got its name). And the winner is . . .

DereksDayCare!


DereksDaycare 100.7
EyeoftheGator 83.75

EyeoftheGator 85.95
DereksDaycare 137.8

EyeoftheGator 133.65
DereksDaycare 97.45

Derek rolled through the regular season and won two of the three matches over EyeoftheGator to claim the Championship. The steaks are his. Congratulations! We’ll also recognize the accomplishments by each of these gentlemen awarding 5 Leaderboard ranking bonus points to Derek, and 2.5 points to EOTG.

Thanks to all the DLF guys for playing, and to everyone for following along the league results. Next year we’ll attempt to automate more league functions and host more leagues throughout the season.

Big Time Throwdown League 2 Championship Final

January 6th, 2014 by Mike

Wild-Card Weekend was not only the start of the NFL Playoffs but also Championship Week for our Big Time Throwdown League 2, an 8-team league that started back in Week 11. It used a weekly double header format for a seven week regular season, with top 2 from the regular season advancing to the best-of-three final.

In the end, tonyburtt was victorious over tttimmyg winning all three games of the best-of-three. He joins our Wall of Champions (figure of speech . . . no actual or virtual Wall for viewing currently exists) along with Butkiss who was crowned champion of the inaugural Big Time Throwdown League, and DereksDayCare, who won the first ever Dynasty League Football #PlayingForSteaks Staff League, also decided Wild-Card Weekend.

Here are the game results for the Championship:


tttimmyg 86.6
tonyburtt 143.05

tonyburtt 112.45
tttimmyg 89.2

tonyburtt 119.95
tttimmyg 115.8

With the win, tonyburtt earns eternal bragging rights, plus $50 from the initial $10 per person entry fees and an additional 5 Leaderboard ranking bonus points. tttimmyg wins $30 for finishing in 2nd place, plus 2.5 Leaderboard ranking points.

Thanks everyone for playing! Next year we’ll look to better automate our systems and host more leagues throughout the season, so get recruiting your future league mates.

NFL Playoffs Challenge Rules, Prizes

January 1st, 2014 by Mike

Weeks 16 and 17 of the NFL season does not need to signify the end of fantasy football for another year! Instead, it highlights the fact that Fantasy Throwdown keeps on rolling right through the NFL Playoffs including the Super Bowl!

We are already hearing non-stop playoff scenario talk heading into the final weeks of the regular season, but that is okay, because . . .

What is our NFL Playoffs Challenge? This is different than the prior years. Here goes:

 
Format and Rules

  1. Sign up by purchasing an entry in the NFL Playoffs Challenge. One entry is $20, and members can purchase multiple entries.

  2. Once the playoff schedule is known after the conclusion of Week 17, each contestant receives two official Fantasy Throwdown challenges marked “PC” (Playoffs Challenge) for Wild-Card Weekend.
  3. Contestants need to accept the challenges and finish their drafts against a representative from Fantasy Throwdown the week leading up to the Wild-Card Weekend games.
  4. Once results are in after the last game on Sunday, points are awarded for wins, and standings are tabulated for the Playoffs Challenge.
  5. Contestants earn 2 points for a win, plus a half point bonus if they win by 21 or more points. There is potential for an additional half point bonus awarded for drafting the eventual Super Bowl MVP.
  6. All contestants each receive another two Fantasy Throwdown challenges for Divisional Playoffs, and two for Conference Championships. Points are awarded and standings updated each week.
  7. All contestants each receive one Fantasy Throwdown challenge for Super Bowl. All available points are doubled for Super Bowl (4 points for a win, 1 point for a win by 21+, 1 point for drafting the Super Bowl MVP).
  8. Final overall standings after the conclusion of the Super Bowl determine our overall contest winners. There is also a weekly prize for the best single week performance (all games played for one entry) after each round of the playoffs.

Lineup:

WC Game 1 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 O+, 0 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block
WC Game 2 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 O, 1 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block
DP Game 1 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 O+, 1 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block
DP Game 2 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 O, 0 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block
CC Game 1 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 O, 0 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block
CC Game 2 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block
SB 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DEF, 0 Block

WC = Wild-Card; DP = Divisional; CC = Conference Championship; SB = Super Bowl

O+ = Flex QB/RB/WR/TE; O = Flex RB/WR/TE

Scoring: Standard performance + 1 PPR

 
Prizes

Overall Prizes

1st Place: $300

2nd Place: $150

3rd Place: $75

4th Place: $40

5th Place: $40

Weekly Prize ( each of 4 weeks )

1st Place: $50

 
Entry Fee

$20 per entry

This contest is capped at a maximum of 50 entries. Contestants can purchase multiple entries to help increase their chances of winning.

 
Important Points

Contest Entry Deadline

Wild-Card Weekend games start Saturday January 4th. The deadline to join the NFL Playoffs Challenge is Friday January 3rd at 6:00pm Eastern, to help ensure drafts are finished prior to opening kickoff of the first playoff game.

Incomplete Drafts

If a contestant fails to accept and sufficiently complete their draft (at least 7 picks made) prior to Friday at 6:00pm Eastern of that week’s games, then Fantasy Throwdown cannot guarantee the draft will be finished before opening kickoff of that playoff week. An incomplete draft will expire, and no points awarded to the contestant for that match.

Standings Tie-breakers

In the event contestants are tied in the standings based on points earned, the first tie-breaker is overall point differential. The second tie-breaker is point differential for the Super Bowl.

Multiple Entries

Contestants can purchase multiple entries. These will be marked PC1 (first entry), PC2, (second entry), PC3 (third), etc., etc. Contestants cannot combine PC1 results from one week with PC2 results from another week, for example. Each entry must be tracked separately.

 
I hope you decide to join us in this contest to wrap up a great season of fantasy football at Fantasy Throwdown. Sign up early so you don’t miss out. Good luck!

Best of Throwdown Tourney, Championship

December 30th, 2013 by Mike

We have our winner in the highly prestigious, inaugural, Best of Throwdown Tournament! And that winner is . . .

Bigchief37

Congrats! The Championship round of our tournament, played Week 17, consisted of a four-player round robin. The four players – rhazes_darkk, j0eo1s, Wilforkisland and Bigchief37 – advanced through Round 1 and 2 of our tourney to get to the Championship. This from our initial field of 16 players that qualified to play in Best of Throwdown in the first place.

It looks like it was a tough battle in the end to crown our champion, as no one managed to sweep the board in the group. It came down to a head-to-head tie-breaker between Bigchief37 and j0eo1s to determine first versus second place. Here are the results:

rhazes_darkk 132.85
j0eo1s 189.7

rhazes_darkk 181.25
Wilforkisland 122.1

Bigchief37 130.95
rhazes_darkk 106.75

j0eo1s 160.05
Wilforkisland 142.2

j0eo1s 117.6
Bigchief37 155.4

Wilforkisland 121.2
Bigchief37 114.75

W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Bigchief37 2 1 401.1 345.6 55.6
2. j0eo1s 2 1 467.4 430.5 36.9
3. rhazes_darkk 1 2 420.9 442.8 -21.9
4. Wilforkisland 1 2 385.5 456.1 -70.6

Bigchief37 wins the group using the head-to-head tie-breaker over j0eo1s. rhazes_darkk finishes third using the head-to-head tie-breaker over Wilforkisland.

Each of our four competitors added to their prize winnings from this tournament by virtue of winning at least one game this round. Each game won earned a $10 skin.

Bigchief37 wins an additional $50 for finishing in 1st Place, plus 10 Leaderboard ranking points. I’ll throw in an official Throwdown t-shirt too, as I don’t think you have one yet. Can’t have that for our Best of Throwdown Champ.

j0eo1s wins an additional $20 for finishing in 2nd Place, plus 5 Leaderboard ranking points. rhazes_darkk receives 2.5 Leaderboard ranking points for finishing in 3rd Place.

Thanks to every for playing. That is our last regular season tournament of the 2013 season. With only the NFL Playoffs Challenge on deck, the season is quickly winding down. Its been a great year, and we’ll look to build on this for an even better season next year in 2014!