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Cleaning Out My Locker, See You Next Season

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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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

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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.

Top Drafted Players For Week 15

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Still in the fantasy playoffs in your traditional fantasy football leagues, and stressing about critical start-bench decisions? Or maybe you just want a little guidance in your Throwdown drafts this week. Here are the Top 100 drafted players at Fantasy Throwdown as of right now, who were drafted in at least 5 drafts.

ADP = Average Draft Position; H = High (earliest pick); L = Low (latest pick); C = Count (number of times drafted)

+--------------------------+------+-------+-----+-----+----+
| Player                   | Opp  | ADP   |  H  |  L  |  C |
+--------------------------+------+-------+-----+-----+----+
| RB J.Charles, KC         | @OAK |  1.29 |   1 |   2 | 31 |
| QB P.Manning, DEN        | SD   |  2.21 |   1 |   9 | 33 |
| RB L.McCoy, PHI          | @MIN |  2.27 |   1 |   6 | 49 |
| RB M.Lynch, SEA          | @NYG |  2.65 |   1 |   7 | 20 |
| WR C.Johnson, DET        | BAL  |  2.71 |   1 |   6 | 24 |
| QB C.Newton, CAR         | NYJ  |  2.89 |   1 |   4 |  9 |
| QB D.Brees, NO           | @STL |  3.50 |   1 |  21 | 24 |
| RB M.Forte, CHI          | @CLE |  3.50 |   1 |   7 | 26 |
| WR J.Gordon, CLE         | CHI  |  3.63 |   1 |   8 | 27 |
| WR A.Green, CIN          | @PIT |  3.67 |   2 |   9 | 21 |
| WR A.Johnson, HOU        | @IND |  4.17 |   3 |   5 |  6 |
| TE J.Graham, NO          | @STL |  4.79 |   1 |  13 | 24 |
| RB S.Vereen, NE          | @MIA |  5.06 |   2 |  16 | 16 |
| QB N.Foles, PHI          | @MIN |  5.11 |   1 |  20 | 45 |
| RB K.Moreno, DEN         | SD   |  5.46 |   1 |  14 | 28 |
| WR D.Bryant, DAL         | GB   |  5.52 |   1 |  15 | 25 |
| QB M.Stafford, DET       | BAL  |  5.57 |   1 |  16 | 21 |
| RB D.Murray, DAL         | GB   |  5.67 |   2 |  23 | 24 |
| WR A.Brown, PIT          | CIN  |  5.71 |   2 |  14 | 21 |
| WR D.Thomas, DEN         | SD   |  5.92 |   2 |  10 | 26 |
| RB C.Spiller, BUF        | @JAC |  6.00 |   2 |  15 |  8 |
| WR B.Marshall, CHI       | @CLE |  6.29 |   2 |  13 | 24 |
| QB R.Wilson, SEA         | @NYG |  6.75 |   1 |  19 | 16 |
| WR D.Jackson, PHI        | @MIN |  6.91 |   3 |  12 | 44 |
| RB A.Morris, WAS         | @ATL |  7.00 |   1 |  17 |  5 |
| QB P.Rivers, SD          | @DEN |  7.07 |   2 |  16 | 14 |
| WR A.Jeffery, CHI        | @CLE |  7.20 |   3 |  13 | 25 |
| WR R.White, ATL          | WAS  |  7.40 |   4 |   9 |  5 |
| RB R.Bush, DET           | BAL  |  7.54 |   2 |  21 | 13 |
| QB T.Brady, NE           | @MIA |  7.56 |   1 |  29 | 16 |
| QB B.Roethlisberger, PIT | CIN  |  7.60 |   3 |  12 |  5 |
| RB L.Bell, PIT           | CIN  |  7.62 |   3 |  10 | 13 |
| WR L.Fitzgerald, ARI     | @TEN |  7.75 |   3 |  16 |  8 |
| RB E.Lacy, GB            | @DAL |  7.94 |   2 |  24 | 17 |
| RB G.Bernard, CIN        | @PIT |  8.08 |   3 |  12 | 13 |
| QB A.Luck, IND           | HOU  |  8.33 |   1 |  16 |  6 |
| QB T.Romo, DAL           | GB   |  8.75 |   2 |  18 | 20 |
| WR P.Garcon, WAS         | @ATL |  8.80 |   5 |  11 |  5 |
| WR W.Welker, DEN         | SD   |  8.86 |   7 |  13 |  7 |
| WR E.Decker, DEN         | SD   |  8.92 |   3 |  19 | 25 |
| QB A.Dalton, CIN         | @PIT |  9.63 |   2 |  15 |  8 |
| RB R.Jennings, OAK       | KC   |  9.64 |   2 |  16 | 14 |
| WR C.Shorts, JAC         | BUF  |  9.67 |   7 |  14 |  6 |
| QB J.Flacco, BAL         | @DET |  9.73 |   1 |  18 | 11 |
| WR J.Edelman, NE         | @MIA |  9.77 |   5 |  17 | 13 |
| TE J.Thomas, DEN         | SD   |  9.78 |   3 |  17 | 27 |
| WR A.Holmes, OAK         | KC   |  9.80 |   5 |  17 |  5 |
| WR M.Colston, NO         | @STL |  9.88 |   3 |  16 | 17 |
| RB A.Brown, NYG          | SEA  | 10.00 |   5 |  18 | 13 |
| TE J.Cameron, CLE        | CHI  | 10.05 |   3 |  16 | 19 |
| WR K.Allen, SD           | @DEN | 10.17 |   3 |  16 | 18 |
| QB J.McCown, CHI         | @CLE | 10.36 |   3 |  19 | 11 |
| RB Z.Stacy, STL          | NO   | 10.59 |   5 |  22 | 17 |
| WR S.Smith, CAR          | NYJ  | 10.63 |   6 |  16 |  8 |
| WR T.Hilton, IND         | HOU  | 11.00 |   8 |  15 |  5 |
| WR J.Nelson, GB          | @DAL | 11.06 |   6 |  23 | 18 |
| WR R.Streater, OAK       | KC   | 11.17 |   5 |  21 | 12 |
| RB R.Rice, BAL           | @DET | 11.23 |   8 |  16 | 13 |
| WR R.Cooper, PHI         | @MIN | 11.25 |   6 |  19 | 28 |
| RB D.Woodhead, SD        | @DEN | 11.38 |   4 |  21 | 16 |
| TE J.Witten, DAL         | GB   | 11.44 |   4 |  20 | 16 |
| WR V.Cruz, NYG           | SEA  | 11.54 |   4 |  17 | 13 |
| WR T.Smith, BAL          | @DET | 11.59 |   6 |  18 | 17 |
| TE G.Olsen, CAR          | NYJ  | 11.63 |   9 |  16 |  8 |
| TE C.Clay, MIA           | NE   | 11.71 |   7 |  18 |  7 |
| RB R.Mathews, SD         | @DEN | 11.87 |   5 |  17 | 15 |
| RB J.Bell, DET           | BAL  | 11.89 |   4 |  22 |  9 |
| WR G.Tate, SEA           | @NYG | 12.00 |   3 |  24 |  6 |
| WR D.Bowe, KC            | @OAK | 12.47 |   7 |  18 | 15 |
| RB B.Tate, HOU           | @IND | 12.60 |   6 |  18 |  5 |
| RB D.Sproles, NO         | @STL | 12.60 |   6 |  19 |  5 |
| RB B.Green-Ellis, CIN    | @PIT | 12.80 |   9 |  16 |  5 |
| RB F.Jackson, BUF        | @JAC | 12.80 |   6 |  17 |  5 |
| WR D.Baldwin, SEA        | @NYG | 13.00 |   9 |  18 |  5 |
| WR C.Patterson, MIN      | PHI  | 13.11 |   6 |  20 | 19 |
| TE A.Gates, SD           | @DEN | 13.36 |   6 |  18 | 14 |
| QB J.Campbell, CLE       | CHI  | 13.50 |   6 |  26 | 10 |
| RB M.Reece, OAK          | KC   | 13.60 |   7 |  28 |  5 |
| QB A.Smith, KC           | @OAK | 13.62 |   5 |  30 | 13 |
| TE Z.Miller, SEA         | @NYG | 13.89 |   8 |  22 |  9 |
| TE M.Bennett, CHI        | @CLE | 14.88 |   8 |  27 |  8 |
| RB P.Thomas, NO          | @STL | 14.88 |   9 |  19 |  8 |
| TE H.Miller, PIT         | CIN  | 15.33 |  10 |  21 |  9 |
| WR B.Hartline, MIA       | NE   | 15.40 |  11 |  26 |  5 |
| TE C.Fleener, IND        | HOU  | 15.50 |  11 |  20 |  6 |
| TE D.Pitta, BAL          | @DET | 15.64 |  10 |  27 | 11 |
| TE B.Celek, PHI          | @MIN | 15.75 |  10 |  20 |  8 |
| RB M.Ball, DEN           | SD   | 15.86 |   5 |  25 |  7 |
| RB T.Gerhart, MIN        | PHI  | 16.00 |  10 |  27 | 11 |
| WR T.Austin, STL         | NO   | 16.80 |  11 |  22 |  5 |
| WR G.Jennings, MIN       | PHI  | 19.20 |  13 |  24 |  5 |
+--------------------------+------+-------+-----+-----+----+

Throwdown-Showdown Results, Week 14

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

A Throwdown-Showdown is a four-person, one-week competition where each player plays three games against the other participants in the group. Standings are tabulated for the week, and the first place finisher wins the cash that each person anted up at the start.

 
Throwdown-Showdown Event 7
Lineup: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 O+ (Flex QB/RB/WR/TE), 1 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block; Scoring: PPR
Entry fee: $2; 1st Place: $8

Terminalkennedy 142.35
Bigchief37 160.75

Terminalkennedy 109.95
vmahaffe 170.25

jeffNFL 176.3
Terminalkennedy 128.35

Bigchief37 123.05
vmahaffe 161.85

Bigchief37 124.4
jeffNFL 125.15

vmahaffe 149.15
jeffNFL 119.6

Event 7 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. vmahaffe 3 0 481.3 352.6 128.7
2. jeffNFL 2 1 421.1 401.9 19.2
3. Bigchief37 1 2 408.2 429.4 -21.2
4. Terminalkennedy 0 3 380.7 507.3 -126.7

vmahaffe wins the group with a perfect 3-0 record.

 
Throwdown-Showdown Event 8
Lineup: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 O (Flex RB/WR/TE), 1 K, 1 DEF, 1 Block; Scoring: PPR
Entry fee: $5; 1st Place: $20

jeffNFL 133.9
Airbus79 169.85

jeffNFL 195.35
tttimmyg 118.7

Wilforkisland 195.65
jeffNFL 146.45

Airbus79 155.45
tttimmyg 143.75

Airbus79 155.85
Wilforkisland 142.9

tttimmyg 172.25
Wilforkisland 155.1

Event 8 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Airbus79 3 0 481.2 420.6 60.6
2. Wilforkisland 1 2 493.7 474.6 19.1
3. jeffNFL 1 2 475.7 484.2 -8.5
4. tttimmyg 1 2 434.7 505.9 -71.2

Airbus79 wins the group with a perfect 3-0 record.

 
Throwdown-Showdown Event 12
Lineup: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 O (RB/WR/TE), 0 K, 2 DL, 3 LB, 2 DB, 1 D (DL/LB/DB), 1 Block; Scoring: PPR
Entry fee: $5; 1st Place: $20

Kjhawkey 192.85
PFF_RossMiles 174.85

Kjhawkey 201.75
TheKommish 162.25

rhazes_darkk 174
Kjhawkey 210.8

PFF_RossMiles 151.85
TheKommish 245.1

PFF_RossMiles 195.95
rhazes_darkk 167.5

TheKommish 150.3
rhazes_darkk 189.85

Event 12 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Kjhawkey 3 0 605.4 511.1 94.3
2. TheKommish 1 2 557.7 543.5 14.2
3. rhazes_darkk 1 2 531.4 557.1 -25.7
4. PFF_RossMiles 1 2 522.7 605.5 -82.8

Kjhawkey wins the group with a perfect 3-0 record.

 
Congrats to our winners! vmahaffe, Airbus79 and Kjhawkey also each receive 2.5 bonus points towards their Leaderboard ranking formula.

T-Shirts! Random Draw Winners! Best of Throwdown!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

[Edit: Originally published Dec. 2; Updated Dec. 4 for Turkey Day Challenge results and PDW Challenge Finals]

I was originally thinking Turkey Day Challenge III and Throwdown-Showdown results on Monday, a much needed housekeeping catch-all post on Tuesday. However it appears we have challenges in both events using the New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks tilt on Monday Night Football. So lets flip it and start with the housekeeping to clean things up around here.

 
We Have T-Shirts

The long awaited t-shirts finally arrived this week! Now I have a big box in my office that we need to clean out. Many of you are owed shirts from winning tournaments and leagues, or finishing at the top of the Leaderboard for at least one week.

Limit 1 shirt per person. No need to outfit laoch with a shirt for Monday to Saturday and twice on Sunday! We have black shirts and athletic gray shirts. The people listed below earned shirts for their 2013 Throwdown accomplishments to date. Expect an email shortly so you can send me your mailing address, shirt size and color preference.

  • Butkiss – Big Time League Champ; Big Time Tourney Top Group; #1 Leaderboard Rank Weeks 2, 3, 4
  • Fantasytaz – Big Time Tourney Champ
  • jeffNFL – Turkey Day Challenge
  • Jessect6 – Turkey Day Challenge
  • j0eo1s – PFF Experts Tourney A-Champ
  • laoch – Big Time Tourney Champ; Big Time Tourney Top Group; #1 Leaderboard Rank Weeks 5, 7, 8, 9, 11
  • patwat – Big Time Tourney Top Group
  • Peppy_Pants – Big Time League Runner-up; ABT Experts Tourney A-Champ
  • rhazes_darkk – DLF Experts Tourney A-Champ; PDW Challenge Champ
  • tttimmyg – Article contributions
  • tonyburtt – FBG Experts Tourney A-Champ; #1 Leaderboard Rank Week 12
  • Wilforkisland – Turkey Day Challenge Champ

 
Random Draw Winners

We finished up our You vs. FF Experts Tourneys last week, and in case you didn’t read the fine print, if any of our experts won a tournament they participated in, then the prize that would normally go to them is randomly drawn amongst our members who played in that tournament. That included Throwdown account credits, and prizes donated from some of our tourney sponsors. As I tell people after I’ve had a good Throwdown week, it is better to be lucky than good. Without further adieu, the following are our lucky random draw winners.

  • Dynasty League Football Tourney A consolation (won by expert scott.peak) prize goes to . . . Bigchief37
  • Fantasy Sharks Tourney A Champ (won by pseudo-expert Mike) prize goes to . . . Rick

 
Best of Throwdown

No one here wants to hear this, but the NFL season is winding down. We are open for business all the way through the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl, but before that we want to recognize the best of the best amongst our Throwdown players with a special invite-only tournament.

Best of Throwdown runs NFL Week 15 through 17. That can be a busy time around the holidays, but I’m confident these diehards will be up for the challenge in this opportunity to be crowned the first ever Best of Throwdown Champion. The following people already earned one of the coveted spots, plus there are still a few available to be decided this week.

  1. Butkiss – #1 Leaderboard Rank
  2. Fantasytaz – Big Time Tourney Champ
  3. j0eo1s – PFF Experts Tourney A-Champ
  4. laoch – Big Time Tourney Champ; #1 Leaderboard Rank
  5. Mike – Big Time Tourney 3rd Place; Fantasy Sharks Experts Tourney Champ; Turkey Day Challenge 2nd Place; #1 Leaderboard Rank
  6. Peppy_Pants – ABT Experts Tourney A-Champ
  7. PFF_RossMiles – Throwdown-Showdown multiple winner
  8. rhazes_darkk – DLF Experts Tourney A-Champ
  9. tttimmyg – Throwdown-Showdown multiple winner
  10. tonyburtt – FBG Experts Tourney A-Champ; #1 Leaderboard Rank
  11. Wilforkisland – Turkey Day Challenge Champ
  12. – TBD
  13. – TBD
  14. – TBD
  15. – TBD
  16. – TBD

We have so many amazing players it is very tough to pick just 16, but I believe this is the format we’re going to go with for a rock’em sock’em elimination winner-take-all tournament to finish the regular season. As for the TBD spots, I have some ideas who is going to fill those. I’ll communicate that after I work out the details.

You Vs. FF Experts Tourneys, Championship Results

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

We wrapped up our You Vs. Fantasy Football Experts Tourneys in Week 12, and after three hard weeks of competition, the people crowned our champions really earned the kudos and swag coming their way for this accomplishment. If you’re wondering how we got to this point, check the previous posts about this event:

Thanks once again to all of our fantasy football experts who competed in this competition, participating websites, and all of our players for taking part and making this a great event. Now without further adieu, on to the results from our final week, and announcement of our A-Champion and B-Champion for each of the five tournaments.

 

Dynasty League Football Tourney
dynastyleaguefootball.com

W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. rhazes_darkk 2 1 402.0 364.9 37.1
2. scott.peak 1 2 364.9 402.0 -37.1

rhazes_darkk wins the A-Championship with a 2-1 record over scott.peak.

W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Luxuriousdusti 2 1 444.1 325.2 119.0
2. EyeoftheGator 2 1 399.6 368.5 31.1
3. TheFFGhost 2 1 383.2 354.2 29.1
4. RyanMc23 0 3 268.9 448.0 -179.1

Luxuriousdusti wins the B-Championship using the points differential tie-breaker over EyeoftheGator and TheFFGhost.

 

Footballguys Tourney
footballguys.com

W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. tonyburtt 2 1 412.4 395.7 16.8
2. @belaireric 1 2 395.7 412.4 -16.8

tonyburtt wins the A-Championship with a 2-1 record over @belaireric.

W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. atcdav 3 0 316.0 213.2 102.9
2. mr_punisher 1 2 356.7 388.8 -32.1
3. Matt 1 2 306.2 401.7 -95.6
4. GrumpySandman 1 2 236.0 211.2 24.8

atcdav wins the B-Championship with a perfect 3-0 record.

 

Pro Football Focus Tourney
profootballfocus.com

W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. j0eo1s 2 1 432.4 358.6 73.8
2. TheKommish 1 2 358.6 432.4 -73.8

j0eo1s wins the A-Championship with a 2-1 record over TheKommish.

W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Santo 3 0 462.1 405.6 56.6
2. thegrizzlybeard 2 1 429.8 371.8 58.0
3. Wilforkisland 1 2 383.2 404.1 -20.9
4. Bryan_Fontaine 0 3 307.8 401.5 -93.7

Santo wins the B-Championship with a perfect 3-0 record.

 

Fantasy Sharks Tourney
fantasysharks.com

W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Mike 2 1 382.7 379.5 3.3
2. chopinopus52 1 2 379.5 382.7 -3.3

Mike wins the A-Championship with a 2-1 record over chopinopus52.

W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. vmahaffe 3 0 410.5 386.2 24.3
2. patwat 1 2 404.2 379.6 24.6
3. awilde27 1 2 389.7 402.0 -12.3
4. Tylerrose34 1 2 378.4 415.0 -36.6

vmahaffe wins the B-Championship with a perfect 3-0 record.

 

Antonio, Bob and Taz Tourney
fftoday.com | footballdiehards.com | fantasytaz.com

W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Peppy_Pants 2 1 434.6 368.3 66.4
2. WHUDEY 1 2 368.3 434.6 -66.4

Peppy_Pants wins the A-Championship with a 2-1 record over WHUDEY.

W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. ArmchairPhenom 3 0 380.4 350.5 30.0
2. louislipps 2 1 422.6 412.7 9.9
3. ZazzyK24 1 2 415.0 379.5 35.5
4. tttimmyg 0 3 364.1 439.4 -75.4

ArmchairPhenom wins the B-Championship with a perfect 3-0 record.

 
Congratulations once again to our winners! Your account balance plus achievements for the Leaderboard will be updated soon.

Three Keys to Victory – Week 11

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

In 2012, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson were Top 10 plays down the stretch. Carson Palmer went from the 37th ranked quarterback after 10 weeks in 2011, to the 10th best fantasy QB in Weeks 11-17. Not to be forgotten, Tim Tebow was a Top 12 quarterback down the stretch in 2011 as well.

It seems like a yearly ritual. Second half quarterbacks outplay and replace the darling quarterbacks of the first half of the season. Three quarterbacks are trending upward in 2013, and each has a chance to outplay the QB in their respective matchups in Week 11.

 
Nick Foles vs. Robert Griffin III

There are only two quarterbacks who have more than three touchdowns of 40+ yards this season – Drew Brees (6) and Nick Foles (5). Foles has done it with less than half the starts of Brees. Here is a list of five startling stat categories that Foles currently ranks number one in the NFL:

  Nick Foles 2nd Rated QB
Yards per attempt 9.2 8.8
TD per attempt (%) 11.70% 8.94%
40+ TD per attempt (%) 3.70% 1.65%
PFF QB rating (time in pocket) 134.2 107.1
PFF QB rating (overall) 105.1 102.2

PFF = Pro Football Focus

Number two in all these categories is either Peyton Manning or Brees. The production cannot be argued, and Foles now has 16 touchdowns on the season with 0 interceptions. He is the highest in the league when he has time, and the fifth most accurate passer when he is under pressure. After three complete starts, this trend looks legit, and Chip Kelly’s offense seems ideally suited for him.

Robert Griffin III has two, 3-touchdown games this season. Foles has three, 3-touchdown games in his past four starts. Of the two, only Foles has a rushing touchdown this season. Griffin has the name appeal, which is why you may be able to grab Foles later in your drafts and watch him outplay Griffin this weekend.

 
Case Keenum vs. Terrelle Pryor

In the past three weeks, only four quarterbacks have 2+ games of three passing touchdowns – Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Nick Foles and Case Keenum. Keenum is throwing a touchdown once every 14.5 pass attempts, and he has yet to throw an interception this season. The Texans running game is rife with injury and inexperience, and Keenum has rejuvenated Andre Johnson, who now has 5 touchdowns since Keenum took over (see last week’s Keys to Victory for more on this transformation).

Keenum has delivered four 40-yard pass plays this year with two resulting in TDs; Schaub only had 1 play that long in 6 games. According to Pro Football Reference’s drive data, the Texans have converted 66.7% of redzone drives into TD under Keenum compared to 52.9% under Schaub. All of Keenum’s red zone touchdowns have been on pass plays. The offense has shifted to a more dynamic scoring offense with Keenum at the helm.

Terrelle Pryor has, on the other hand, been very shaky recently, and has dropped off from his stellar start to the season. In his past four starts, Pryor has thrown 1 touchdown pass and 8 interceptions. Although he can run, it hasn’t been enough to make up for poor passing, and he has a banged up knee. It’d be wise to grab Keenum in drafts and let your opponent have Pryor in this matchup.

 
Jason Campbell vs. Andy Dalton

Jason Campbell is one of six quarterbacks to have two games over 24 fantasy points (4 points per passing TD) in the past three weeks, except he’s only played twice. The exciting part about Campbell’s performance is that he has been efficient and consistent, and he performed exceedingly well against the Kansas City Chiefs in one of those matchups.

Earlier this year, Brian Hoyer put up 269 yards and 2 TD on 38 pass attempts against the Cincinnati Bengals. Comparatively, Campbell is averaging 278 yards, 2.5 TD on 35.5 attempts in his past 2 starts. These numbers have not varied much between the two outings.

Andy Dalton has not been as consistent in his play this season. The first time these two teams met, Dalton had his worst statistical game of the season, and A.J. Green was bottled up by Joe Haden for 51 yards (second worst game of the season). Although Dalton and Green have since put up good numbers, Haden is continuing to show that he is a legitimate shutdown corner. Campbell has a good shot to outgun Dalton in this matchup; so don’t sleep on him in your drafts.

#ThrowdownShowdown Results, Week 10

Monday, November 11th, 2013

A Throwdown-Showdown is a four-person, one-week competition where each player plays three games against the other participants in the group. Standings are tabulated for the week, and the first place finisher wins the cash that each person anted up at the start. Here are the results for Week:

 
Throwdown-Showdown Event 7
Lineup: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 O+, 1 K, 1 DEF; Scoring: PPR
Entry fee: $2; 1st Place: $8

tttimmyg 165.3
robmcangus 104.75

tttimmyg 128.2
Terminalkennedy 127.4

Mike 130.8
tttimmyg 141

robmcangus 127.3
Terminalkennedy 125.35

robmcangus 110.4
Mike 172.65

Terminalkennedy 123.9
Mike 154

 

Event 7 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. tttimmyg 3 0 434.5 363.0 71.6
2. Mike 2 1 457.5 375.3 82.2
3. robmcangus 1 2 342.5 463.3 -120.9
4. Terminalkennedy 0 3 376.7 409.5 -32.9

tttimmyg wins the group with a perfect 3-0 record.

 
Throwdown-Showdown Event 12
Lineup: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 O, 1 K, 2 DL, 3 LB, 2 DB, 1 D; Scoring: PPR
Entry fee: $10; 1st Place: $40

Mike 128.6
PFF_RossMiles 170.85

Mike 186.05
Tylerrose34 155.85

Kjhawkey 177.2
Mike 210.45

PFF_RossMiles 186.4
Tylerrose34 123.95

PFF_RossMiles 171.7
Kjhawkey 236.15

Tylerrose34 180.6
Kjhawkey 199.85

 

Event 12 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Kjhawkey 2 1 613.2 562.8 50.5
2. PFF_RossMiles 2 1 529.0 488.7 40.3
3. Mike 2 1 525.1 503.9 21.2
4. Tylerrose34 0 3 460.4 572.3 -111.9

Kjhawkey wins the group based on points differential tie-breaker over PFF_RossMiles and Mike.

 
Congrats to our winners! They also each receive 2.5 bonus points towards their Leaderboard ranking formula.

First Half Final Leaderboard, Second Half Reset

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Just like the title says, I made the executive decision last week to reset the Leaderboard after Week 10. We’ll split the season and have two final Leaderboards, the first half Weeks 1-9 and second half Weeks 10-17. Maybe a third for the NFL Playoffs. I haven’t thought that far ahead yet.

Part of the motivation here is because our top four players – laoch, Butkiss, Mike (woo!) and Wilforkisland – are extremely tough to move out of those top four spots thanks to the volume of games they’ve each played. Maybe that is the way it should be, ultimately, but I’d like to give the many new players we’ve added since Week 1 a shot at the coveted Top 3.

The other reason for the reset is I really want to change how the Leaderboard is presented. In case you weren’t aware, our Leaderboard ranking methodology is a formula that awards points for games played (to a maximum) and wins, and deducts points for losses. Bonus points are awarded for wins against players ranked high on the prior week Leaderboard, plus additional bonus points are earned for winning special events – leagues, tournaments and Throwdown-Showdowns.

After I tabulate the ranking points, players are sorted by the Throwdown ranking points. However, those points are not shown on the Leaderboard, and neither is the detail about the special event wins. I’d like to change that. The points for (PF) and points against (PA) columns don’t really add much to the existing Leaderboard. I don’t mind the Opp column, which is number of different opponents faced, although it is not currently included in the methodology at all.

Anyway, I haven’t made the changes to the Leaderboard yet, but hopefully I can roll out what I have in mind next week with some brand new rankings. We definitely want to give props for the accomplishments of our members in the first half. Congrats to laoch, our first half champ! He’s currently representing Fantasy Throwdown in our You Vs. FF Experts Tournaments as a result of this accomplishment. Here is our first half Top 10:

Congrats to laoch, our First Half Leaderboard Champ!
He held the top spot on the Leaderboard four of eight weeks, including consecutively Weeks 7 through 9.

Beyond the pure points earned for the Leaderboard, perhaps an even better judge of skill playing Fantasy Throwdown is Leaderboard points earned per game. Kind of like how we review NFL players with a high fantasy points per game even though they aren’t high in the full season rankings, because they missed some games due to injury, for example. Here are our Top 10 players in PPG through the first half, quite a different list than the Top 10, above:

Fantasytaz 1.61
cubbess17 1.50
Osowilds 1.45
ArmchairPhenom 1.38
PhantasyMike 1.29
pkuff 1.27
Demiser 1.25
louislipps 1.21
ljs44 1.20
Peppy_Pants 1.14

Thanks to all of our players who competed in the first half of the season. Good luck in the second half!

Three Keys to Victory – Week 10

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

It’s just a natural fact in sports that there are teammates that make you better, and there are teammates that you struggle to play with. With all the quarterback injuries this season, offenses are having to adjust to find success. New dynamics affect a player’s value. Not all changes help a team, but below are three examples where quarterback changes have helped a player emerge. Their successes should continue this week.

 
Shift to Running : Zac Stacy

Since Week 5, Zac Stacy has been the St. Louis Rams lead running back, accounting for 73% of all running back carries in that time span. Stacy has shown incredible balance and tackle-breaking ability, which has placed him fourth among all qualified running backs in Pro Football Focus’s elusivity ranking. Since Week 5, Stacy is second in the league in carries. A closer look reveals that the change at QB to Clemens is a boost for Stacy.

The past two weeks with Kellen Clemens at quarterback the Rams offense shifted their offensive balance. In Weeks 1 through 7, with Sam Bradford at QB, the Rams averaged a 38:22 pass-to-rush ratio. That ratio shifted to 33:35 with Clemens in at quarterback. For Stacy, personally, his carries went from 16.5 per game in Weeks 5 through 7 to 26.5 in the past two weeks. In addition, Stacy was seventh on the team in targets during Bradford games, and third on the team in targets playing with Clemens.

On paper, Indianapolis appears to be a tough matchup, and they are in the top 5 of fantasy points allowed to running backs. Stacy, though, has already put up good numbers against other stout run defenses (Seattle, Carolina, Houston.) So, he’s proven himself against tough competition. The other running back in this matchup is Trent Richardson. Although the Rams have given up a lot to running backs, I’d rather have Stacy, averaging 5.0 ypc the past two weeks, than Richardson, who’s likely to put up another dud this weekend.

 
Flying Eagle : Riley Cooper

The Eagles QB situation has been in contstant flux this season, as injuries have been the biggest factor in determining their weekly starter. Although Matt Barkley has not fared well, both Nick Foles and Michael Vick have shown what an explosive offense this can be with efficient quarterback play. However, the way the offense functions and who the key skill position players are, vary depending on which quarterback plays.

The biggest story this past week was the explosion from Foles to Riley Cooper, and though a small sample size, this appears to be a trend that will continue. The two players rapport shows up clearly on the stats sheet. On the season, the top three targets for the Eagles, in order, are: DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, and Cooper, but Foles may be changing this order. The chart below shows a comparison of WR averages (targets receptions-yards, TD) between full games that Foles has played and full games that Vick has played.

  Jackson Cooper
Michael Vick 9 5-98.3, 0.5 4.5 2.0-22.8, 0.25
Nick Foles 6 6-107.0, 1.5 6 5.5-129.5, 2

From the small sample size of full games, it appears clear that with Foles there is a 1 and 1A wide receiver, as opposed to DJax being the clear number one with Michael Vick. The Eagles face Green Bay this week, and both defenses are amongst the worst in the league giving up fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. With the loss of Rodgers, though, the Green Bay passing attack is unclear, while the Eagles have solid production with Foles. Cooper could outscore all of Green Bay’s receivers this week, and you may be able to grab him a little later in drafts.

 
Return to Glory : Andre Johnson

In five full games this season with Matt Schaub at the helm, Andre Johnson had 37 receptions, 407 receiving yards, and 0 touchdowns. In the past two games, playing with Case Keenum, Andre Johnson has 13 receptions, for 318 yards and 3 touchdowns. It’s fair to say the change has been revitalizing to Johnson, as the two have developed a quick rapport.

Although, the Houston Texans have been a run-heavy squad the past few seasons, injuries to Arian Foster and Ben Tate may force them to rely more on the pass going forward. Pro Football Focus measured that Keenum is attempting a deep pass on 20% of drop backs with 75% accuracy. Though a small sample size, this would place him tops in the league amongst all starters in both categories. Last week, this willingness to go deep with efficiency helped Andre Johnson score touchdowns of 62 and 41 yards.

This week’s matchup is not a favorable one on paper, as he will square off against Patrick Peterson for most of the game. The Cardinals were stronger towards the beginning of the season, but receivers have been scoring fantasy points on them the last couple of weeks. Calvin Johnson put up 116 yds and 2 TD on them earlier this year, and Andre is the type of physical talent that could put up numbers on the Cardinals. Draft AJ with confidence.