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Week 4 Throwdown League Results

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

trophy_105x105We currently have only one official Throwdown League running, although I suspect there are a couple of the unofficial variety on the go. This one started in Week 3, so Week 4 was the second week of its regular season. This league really needs a proper name, doesn’t it? League members, feel free to post suggestions.

The twist with the games this week – a Throwdown favorite – all-bench challenges! Using the start/bench filter our drafters could only select bench players, except defense. Charlie Whitehurst slipped through the cracks as the only QB who was marked as bench early in the week. Some difference makers included Devin Hester, Eddie Royal, Stevie Johnson, Brandon LaFell, and there sure wasn’t much to get excited about at running back.

A league is usually an 8-player, 8-week event, with players playing a 7-week double header regular season. The top two teams after the regular season compete in the eighth week in a triple header championship. A league gives some flexibility to have a little fun with the format, implementing neat twists and turns from regular Throwdown matches over the course of the regular season. Some examples include, “bench only challenges”, or “#RaceToTheBottom” (must pick all uninjured starters, but lowest points wins).

The payout for this $10 entry fee league is $50 for 1st place and $22 for 2nd place. Each player who placed in these spots also receives the trophy icon and achievement bonus points of 10 and 5 respectively, towards their Leaderboard ranking.

Throwdown League #1 (reg. season week 2)

Wk 4 – TL1 – 10 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Bigchief37 4 0 295.8 190.8 105.0
2. jeffNFL 3 1 297.9 237.4 60.5
3. Wilforkisland 3 1 247.9 210.9 37.0
4. TheKommish 3 1 308.7 328.7 -20.0
5. Luxuriousdusti 2 2 241.6 265.0 -23.5
6. mikemar 1 3 249.1 296.8 -47.7
7. rhazes_darkk 0 4 212.6 261.3 -48.8
8. tttimmyg 0 4 248.5 311.1 -62.6

Bigchief37 holds down top spot after back-to-back 2-0 weeks. Wilforkisland was tied for first but falls back into a three-way tie for second after he split his week.

JeffNFL won his pair of games thanks to the aforementioned Eddie Royal. TheKommish won his doubleheader by the narrowest of margins of 1.1 and 0.3 points, which explains his 3-1 record but odd looking -20 points differential.

Note guys, the standings, for simplicity are sorted by record and then points differential, but head-to-head is still the first tie-breaker if needed to decide playoff spots at the end of the season. Each player should play every other player twice over the course of the season.

mikemar 31.15
Wilforkisland 76

Bigchief37 56.4
rhazes_darkk 33.1

jeffNFL 48.7
Luxuriousdusti 37.7

TheKommish 55.05
tttimmyg 54.75

Luxuriousdusti 47.4
mikemar 45.3

tttimmyg 44.4
Bigchief37 82.7

jeffNFL 69.8
Wilforkisland 19

TheKommish 52.6
rhazes_darkk 51.5

Week 4 Throwdown Showdown Results

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

sword_140x140We hosted four Throwdown Showdowns for Week 4, and these were some tightly contested battles. Two were decided with a 3-0 sweep, and two came down to a head-to-head tie-breaker scenario to determine the winner. Talk about narrow margins of victory. Looking across the board at the 24 games played there was a 1, 0.2 and 0.1 point margin of victory (or defeat, depending on your perspective).

Showdowns are 4-player, 1-week round robin, winner-take-all format events. They are essentially a mini-tournament, and a great way to play a trio of games in a single week and show off your skills winning a group beyond individual matches. Showdown winners also receive the sword icon and 2.5 achievement points towards their Leaderboard ranking for the win.

Terminalkennedy vs. jeffNFL vs. Kjhawkey vs. Shooby

Wk 4 – TS – $2 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Kjhawkey 3 0 423.1 346.7 76.4
2. jeffNFL 2 1 237.5 195.3 42.2
3. Terminalkennedy 1 2 347.0 417.6 -70.6
4. Shooby 0 3 264.7 312.7 -48.0

Kjhawkey sweeps this Showdown with a perfect 3-0 record.

Terminalkennedy 70.85
jeffNFL 142.2

Terminalkennedy 131.5
Kjhawkey 131.6

Shooby 143.75
Terminalkennedy 144.65

jeffNFL 94.3
Kjhawkey 124.45

jeffNFL DNF
Shooby DNF

Kjhawkey 167
Shooby 120.9

Terminalkennedy vs. rhazes_darkk vs. j0eo1s vs. mr_punisher

Wk 4 – TS – $5 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. j0eo1s 2 1 425.4 382.7 42.8
2. mr_punisher 2 1 419.7 361.6 58.2
3. Terminalkennedy 1 2 335.7 399.5 -63.9
4. rhazes_darkk 1 2 368.4 405.4 -37.1

j0eo1s wins this Showdown using the head-to-head tie breaker over mr_punisher.

Terminalkennedy 126.65
rhazes_darkk 114.6

Terminalkennedy 111.75
j0eo1s 141.8

mr_punisher 143.1
Terminalkennedy 97.25

rhazes_darkk 138.75
j0eo1s 134.3

rhazes_darkk 115
mr_punisher 144.45

j0eo1s 149.3
mr_punisher 132.15

jeffNFL vs. Luxuriousdusti vs. j0eo1s vs. awilde27

Wk 4 – TS – $5 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. jeffNFL 2 1 438.7 397.7 41.0
2. awilde27 2 1 405.9 411.3 -5.4
3. Luxuriousdusti 1 2 408.2 437.5 -29.4
4. j0eo1s 1 2 351.9 358.1 -6.3

jeffNFL wins this Showdown using the head-to-head tie breaker over awilde27.

jeffNFL 156
Luxuriousdusti 130

jeffNFL 119.3
j0eo1s 135

awilde27 132.7
jeffNFL 163.4

Luxuriousdusti 125.65
j0eo1s 121.45

Luxuriousdusti 152.5
awilde27 160.05

j0eo1s 95.4
awilde27 113.15

jeffNFL vs. awilde27 vs. mr_punisher vs. rhazes_darkk

Wk 4 – TS – $5 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. awilde27 3 0 453.5 399.1 54.4
2. mr_punisher 2 1 396.6 414.7 -18.1
3. rhazes_darkk 1 2 373.0 372.4 0.6
4. jeffNFL 0 3 380.5 417.3 -36.9

awilde27 wins this Showdown with a perfect 3-0 record.

jeffNFL 129.7
awilde27 154.55

jeffNFL 137.35
mr_punisher 141.5

rhazes_darkk 121.25
jeffNFL 113.4

awilde27 158.75
mr_punisher 136.3

awilde27 140.2
rhazes_darkk 133.1

mr_punisher 118.8
rhazes_darkk 118.6

Week 3 Throwdown League Results

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

trophy_105x105Last but certainly not least, we started a new Throwdown League in Week 3 and need to post the results from the opening week. A league is usually an 8-player, 8-week event, with players playing a 7-week double header regular season. The top two teams after the regular season compete in the eighth week in a triple header championship.

Although the opening week was fairly standard, a league gives some flexibility to have a little fun with the format, implementing neat twists and turns from regular Throwdown matches over the course of the regular season. Some examples include, “bench only challenges”, or “#RaceToTheBottom” (must pick all uninjured starters, but lowest points wins).

The payout for this $10 entry fee league is $50 for 1st place and $22 for 2nd place. Each player who placed in these spots also receives the trophy icon and achievement bonus points of 10 and 5 respectively, towards their Leaderboard ranking.

Throwdown League #1 (reg. season week 1)

Wk 3 – TL1 – 10 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Bigchief37 2 0 156.7 113.3 43.4
2. Wilforkisland 2 0 152.9 110.0 42.9
3. mikemar 1 1 172.7 173.4 -0.7
4. jeffNFL 1 1 179.4 180.7 -1.3
5. Luxuriousdusti 1 1 156.5 171.0 -14.6
6. TheKommish 1 1 201.0 222.4 -21.4
7. tttimmyg 0 2 149.3 173.3 -24.0
8. rhazes_darkk 0 2 128.0 152.3 -24.4

Bigchief37 and Wilforkisland each win their pair of games for an early lead in the standings. Four players split while tttimmyg and rhazes_darkk look to get off the schneid and earn their first win – or two – this week.

Week 3 Throwdown Tournament Results

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

medal_110x110We are rolling through our special event results from Week 3. Our biggest event of the season so far concluded in Week 3 with the finals of our 12-player tournament started in Week 2.

A Throwdown Tournament is an elimination competition, with players split into groups, each attempting to advance from their group through a bracket to the Championship. Review the first round results to see how each player advanced.

The prize payout for this tournament is $100 to A-Champ, $25 2nd place (from A-Championship) and $20 to B-Champ. Each player who placed in these spots also receives the medal icon and achievement bonus points of 10, 5, 2.5 respectively, towards their Leaderboard ranking.

A-Championship:
atcdav vs. JoePoolGuy vs. Terminalkennedy

Wk 3 – TT – A W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Terminalkennedy 1 1 213.5 189.0 24.6
2. JoePoolGuy 1 1 231.5 241.3 -9.8
3. atcdav 1 1 240.1 254.8 -14.8

It was a close finish! All three teams split their games, with Terminalkennedy edging out JoePoolGuy and atcdav for first place based on the points differential tie-breaker. JoePoolGuy finishes second.

atcdav 147.65
JoePoolGuy 134.95

JoePoolGuy 96.55
Terminalkennedy 93.65

Terminalkennedy 119.85
atcdav 92.4

B-Championship:
Luxuriousdusti vs. Scott Kuff vs. Wilforkisland

Wk 3 – TT – B W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Wilforkisland 2 0 233.8 212.9 20.9
2. Scott Kuff 1 1 209.5 209.1 0.4
3. Luxuriousdusti 0 2 221.5 242.8 -21.3

Wilforkisland is our B-Champ winning the group with a 2-0 record.

Luxuriousdusti 100.5
Scott Kuff 117.65

Scott Kuff 91.85
Wilforkisland 108.6

Wilforkisland 125.15
Luxuriousdusti 121

Week 3 Throwdown Showdown Results

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

sword_140x140A lot of special event results to post this morning for Week 3 before we start turning our attention to Week 4. Lets start with the Throwdown Showdowns. These are 4-player, 1-week round robin, winner-take-all format events.

It is essentially a mini-tournament, and a great way to play a trio of games in a single week and show off your skills winning a group beyond individual matches. Showdown winners also receive the sword icon and 2.5 achievement points towards their Leaderboard ranking for the win.

jeffNFL vs. mikemar vs. awilde27 vs. tony25f

Wk 3 – TS – $2 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. awilde27 3 0 324.6 273.5 51.1
2. jeffNFL 2 1 269.3 253.2 16.1
3. mikemar 1 2 320.2 354.4 -34.2
4. tony25f 0 3 289.3 322.2 -32.9

awilde27 continues to show his early season dominance sweeping this Showdown with a perfect 3-0 record.

jeffNFL 105.6
mikemar 70.1

jeffNFL 94.4
awilde27 115.6

tony25f 67.5
jeffNFL 69.25

mikemar 96.7
awilde27 109.4

mikemar 153.35
tony25f 139.35

awilde27 99.55
tony25f 82.4

mikemar vs. Kjhawkey vs. Mike

Wk 3 – TS – 2 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Kjhawkey 2 0 238.4 193.4 45.0
2. mikemar 1 1 250.1 281.3 -31.2
3. Mike 0 2 228.5 242.4 -13.9

We didn’t get a fourth for this Showdown that came together Friday, so we simply went with 3-player round robin. These guys showed me no mercy. I lost two close games, by 7.2 and 6.65. (damn you Aaron Rodgers and LeSean McCoy!) while Kjhawkey won his pair of games to take the group.

mikemar 104.15
Kjhawkey 141.95

Kjhawkey 96.4
Mike 89.2

Mike 139.3
mikemar 145.95

Week 2 Event Results; Tourney Championship: atcdav vs. JoePoolGuy vs. Terminalkennedy

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Yesterday I posted Preliminary Event Results for Week 2, but it only included the results from one Throwdown-Showdown. There was a lot riding on the Philadelphia Eagles-Indianapolis Colts games last night on Monday Night Football, with another Throwdown-Showdown, and all three of our Week 2 Tournament Round 1 groups, to be decided on stats from that NFL game.

Lets look at the Tournament first, and then the Throwdown-Showdown further down.

Week 2 Tournament, Round 1

As mentioned yesterday, this is a 12-player, 2-week tournament. The players were split into three groups to each play a round robin schedule. The top player from each group advances to the Championship in Week 3. The second place player from each group advances to the B-Side Championship in Week 3.

Wk 2 – TT – A W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Terminalkennedy 3 0 378.4 309.5 68.9
2. Luxuriousdusti 1 2 361.4 368.5 -7.1
3. Bigchief37 1 2 377.9 390.1 -12.2
4. raptors 1 2 299.0 348.7 -49.7

Terminalkennedy wins Group A with a perfect 3-0 record. Luxuriousdusti finishes second using the points differential tie-breaker.

Wk 2 – TT – B W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. atcdav 3 0 264.2 221.8 42.4
2. Scott Kuff 2 1 281.9 223.3 58.6
3. jeffNFL 1 2 185.5 283.5 -98.0
4. Shooby 0 3 0.0 3.0 -3.0

atcdav wins Group B with a perfect 3-0 record. Scott Kuff finishes second with a 2-1 record.

Wk 2 – TT – C W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. JoePoolGuy 2 1 321.1 344.1 -23.0
2. Wilforkisland 2 1 348.8 357.2 -8.4
3. mr_punisher 1 2 357.4 348.5 8.9
4. Kjhawkey 1 2 382.0 359.6 22.5

JoePoolGuy wins Group C using the head-to-head tie-breaker over Wilforkisland. Wilforkisland finishes second.

So there you have it, the Championship Round is atcdav vs. JoePoolGuy vs. Terminalkennedy! They will play a round robin with the winner taking our first place, $100 prize. Second place receives $25.

The B-side Championship is Luxuriousdusti vs. Scott Kuff vs. Wilforkisland. They will also play a round robin with the winner receiving $20.

Throwdown-Showdown

Our second Throwdown-Showdown of the week pitted jeffNFL vs. mikemar vs. tttimmyg vs. Bigchief37. A Throwdown-Showdown, or T-S for short, is a single week, four-player round robin, with the winner of the round robin results taking the prize.

This was a $2 entry fee event, with the winner receiving $7. Without further adieu, the winner is. . . mikemar!

Wk 2 – TS – $2 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. mikemar 3 0 373.1 304.3 68.8
2. tttimmyg 1 2 347.4 345.9 1.6
3. jeffNFL 1 2 331.5 335.9 -4.4
4. Bigchief37 1 2 295.0 360.9 -65.9

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

Week 3 Events

Make sure to sign up for any of our special events this week. The earlier in the week the better. Each event, Tournaments, Leagues and Throwdown-Showdowns, will start as they fill. Right now we have a league that is half full, so we need four more to kick that off. Make sure to check the special events sign up page for details.

Week 2 Preliminary Event Results; Doclate First Throwdown-Showdown Winner

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Congrats Doclate! He is our first event winner of the season, finishing first in a Week 2, $2 Throwdown-Showdown vs. Luxuriousdusti, mikemar and Ditka.

This Throwdown-Showdown event wasn’t even the first T-S in play this week, nor the biggest event of the week, with the kickoff of our first tournament of the season, the drably named but to the point, Week 2 Tournament. However, results for every other event are riding on Monday Night Football, Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts.

Those results will be published once final, on Tuesday. In the meantime, below are the final results showcasing Doclate’s victory. It was close! Doclate and Luxuriousdusti each finished 2-1 in the round robin. Doclate won the competition by virtue of a head-to-head tie-breaker.

Wk 2 – TS – $2 W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Doclate 2 1 308.1 256.5 51.7
2. Luxuriousdusti 2 1 357.5 308.7 48.8
3. mikemar 1 2 251.4 309.7 -58.3
4. Ditka 1 2 303.9 346.0 -42.2

mikemar 72.75
Luxuriousdusti 139.8

mikemar 51.8
Doclate 86.95

Ditka 82.95
mikemar 126.85

Luxuriousdusti 91.5
Doclate 128.15

Luxuriousdusti 126.15
Ditka 107.75

Doclate 93
Ditka 113.15

Week 2 Tournament

Our initial tournament was intended to be 16-players, but we only managed to get 12 to sign up given the late notice last week. Good news! (For those who signed up.) As a reward to those who did sign up, I’m going to leave the intended prize pool the same as a 16-team tournament.

Instead of four groups of four, we has three groups of four. The top two from each group still advance, with the first place finisher from Groups A, B and C playing for the tourney championship in Week 3. The second place finisher from each group play for the B-side championship this week.

Once results are final, then I’ll post them and set up the games for those who moved on.

Week 3 Events

All of our events – Tournaments, Leagues and Throwdown-Showdowns – are open and available for sign up right now. Each event starts once full, and we already have our initial Throwdown League half full from sign ups last week.

Check details of each event type, and post a comment in the Site News, email or tweet if you have any questions.

 
Thanks to everyone who played in Week 2! More improvements and excitement this week as we roll into Week 3!

Special Events – Week 2 Tournament, Leagues and Throwdown-Showdowns

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
Are you ready to play in our popular special events - Tournaments, Leagues and Throwdown-Showdowns? Sign up is now open!

Are you ready to play in our popular special events – Tournaments, Leagues and Throwdown-Showdowns? Sign up is now open!

I felt like we eased into the season last week, don’t you? A lot of people played Fantasy Throwdown Week 1 against friends and old rivals, or some new names in our Lobby, but something missing from our regular dose of Throwdown activities were the popular Tournaments, Leagues and Throwdown-Showdowns.

In one sense, that was done purposely due to the chaos of activities leading up to the start of Week 1 of the NFL season, and because I know all or most all of you playing Throwdown have your regular fantasy football leagues you were jazzed about. Only the most dismal of dynasty teams don’t hold at least a little optimism their squad is championship bound heading into Week 1. So I felt, that’s cool, focus on your traditional fantasy leagues… last week.

Now the regular season has officially kicked off, the normal weekly routine kicks in managing our teams – waiver requests, maybe a trade proposal, start / bench decisions. Now you’ve really got some time to play Fantasy Throwdown! In case you are unfamiliar with our special events, here is how they work:

Throwdown Tournaments

A tournament is an elimination competition, spread over a two or three week span, depending on number of players. Suppose we have 16 players, then they are split into four groups of four. Each group plays a round robin in their group, with each group winner, based on head-to-head record, advancing to the championship the following week. Those four players in the championship group play another round robin, with the group winner taking the crown.

I’m proposing we do exactly this, have a 16-player tournament starting Week 2. It is $10 entry fee, with $100 to the A-Champion (that is 1st place, Champions Bracket), $25 to 2nd place, and $20 to the B-Champion, which is from the group of players who each finished 2nd in their group after the first week of the tourney.

So, 16 players enter. Each is guaranteed 3 Throwdown games played. Half of the participants will qualify to play 6 games over two weeks. $10 with 1 in 16 chance of turning that into $100.

Throwdown Leagues

Leagues are completely different than tournaments, and you likely have a good idea already what is involved. A smaller group of players form the league and stretch out their competition over a longer period, with a head-to-head regular season schedule, standings updated weekly, and top teams qualify for the playoffs and championship.

Given the flexibility of Fantasy Throwdown, we don’t have to play a league over the entire season. The format I propose is 8 players, playing 8 weeks. That includes a 7-week double header regular season schedule, with the top 2 teams advancing to a triple header championship in the last week. For fun, I also mix up the regular season schedule with different scoring and lineups, and some other unique twists.

We have various entry fee levels of $10, $20 and $40. We will kick off new leagues as they fill. A $10 league pays $50 for 1st place and $20 for 2nd place, so make that a 1 in 8 chance of quintupling your money.

Throwdown-Showdowns

Looking for a quick fix Throwdown competition against a few unlucky souls, careless enough to challenge your fantasy football acumen? Look no further than our Throwdown-Showdowns! They are 1-week competitions of 4 players.

It is pretty simple: The 4 players form a group and play a round robin. The winner of the group, based on head-to-head record, wins the competition and takes home the 1st place prize. There is no prize for 2nd place, it is winner takes all.

I currently have three different entry fees of $2, $5 and $10, and each with Team Defense lineup and PPR scoring. If you have a different entry fee level or lineup / scoring combination, form a group of four, let me know what you guys want and I will try to accommodate requests.

 
So there you have it, and overview of our three main special events, ready to roll for Week 2. All you have to do is login and go to our special events sign up, click the appropriate join button, and we will get you up and running as soon as your event fills.

Post questions here, or hit me up on Twitter or Facebook. Thanks, and good luck!

NFL Playoffs Challenge Super Bowl and Final Results

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

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 Divisional Round Results

Monday, January 13th, 2014

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