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Daily Fantasy Sports For IDP Fantasy Football Players – Week 6: Get Hooked on IDP

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Tell everyone you know - fantasy football players who love using IDP can play weekly FF too, right here at Fantasy Throwdown. Who wouldn't want the chance to add Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt to their fantasy team?

Tell everyone – fantasy football players who love IDP can play weekly FF with IDP, right here at Fantasy Throwdown. Who wouldn’t want the chance to add Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt to their fantasy team?

One of the things that sets Fantasy Throwdown apart from other daily fantasy sports websites, and weekly fantasy football games in particular, is the fact that it offers you the opportunity to use Individual Defensive Players (IDPs). Much like weekly games, which add a whole new twist to the hobby we all love, IDPs add a new level of strategy and excitement to fantasy football.

Just as in the NFL, defense can finally make a difference. However, many fantasy enthusiasts eschew the IDP route, fearful of voyaging into uncharted waters. Fear not, intrepid reader! We have you covered.

Each week for the rest of the season, we’ll be providing you with valuable tips and information you can use to gain an advantage over the competition.

So if you’re already into IDP, read on and prepare to dominate. If you aren’t, perhaps the info contained here will inspire you to give IDP a try. Once you do, you’ll be hooked.

Games of the Week

Another one of the things that makes Fantasy Throwdown unique is the manner in which players are selected. With fantasy owners picking from only a few games, the games you choose are almost as important as the players.

With that in mind, here’s a look at a couple of contests in Week 6 that are brimming with tasty IDP goodness.

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

This AFC East matchup is worth a look for the pass-rushers alone. The Patriots’ defensive line features a pair of IDP studs in Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich, while the Buffalo Bills have one of the most loaded fronts in the National Football League.

The Bills and Patriots also offer more than a little linebacker talent, headlined by New England’s Jerod Mayo. However, be warned that the secondaries of these clubs don’t offer a whole lot from a fantasy perspective, with Buffalo safety Aaron Williams headlining a weak group.

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams

The St. Louis Rams may not be much to look at NFL-wise, but when looking at the Rams through IDP goggles it’s a different story. Led by defensive end Robert Quinn and linebackers James Laurinaitis and Alec Ogletree, the Rams’ front seven is stacked. Conversely, the Rams are also very friendly to opposing IDP’s, allowing the most fantasy points to defensive players in Fantasy Throwdown IDP Scoring in 2014.

Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers may still be without the services of linebackers Navorro Bowman and Aldon Smith, but from defensive end Justin Smith to inside linebacker Patrick Willis and strong safety Antoine Bethea, the Niners have fantasy-relevant talent at every level of the defense.

No-Name All-Stars

If one of the games you’ve selected is this week’s AFC South showdown between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans, I hope I don’t have to tell you that grabbing J.J. Watt early is a pretty good idea. The fourth-year end doesn’t suck, that’s for sure.

However, if you can pull the proverbial rabbit out of your hat, and field a less-than-household defensive name who puts up Watt-like numbers, then you’ll be well on the way to a Week 6 win.
To help you in that regard, here’s one recommendation at each position for Week 6, with an extra “flex” option thrown in for good measure. These players may not have their own commercials yet, but this quartet should be available late in your draft and have the potential for a fat stat line this week.


DE Justin Smith, San Francisco 49ers (at STL)
After posting at least one sack in each of the 49ers’ first two games of the season, Smith has now gone three straight games without one. However, the odds are good that dry spell ends this week against a Rams team that’s been very generous to opposing defensive linemen in 2014. Besides, there’s something to be said for having someone to cheer for on Monday night.


ILB Wesley Woodyard, Tennessee Titans (vs. JAC)
After coming out on the wrong end of the biggest road comeback in NFL history, Woodyard told ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky he’s “pissed off.” With any luck the 28-year-old will take out some of the frustrations over his pitiful two tackles a week ago on the Jaguars Sunday, as Jacksonville is allowing the most fantasy points per game to linebackers by a significant margin.


SS Ryan Mundy, Chicago Bears (at ATL)
Mundy’s hardly a well-known name, but he’s quietly posted Top 20 fantasy numbers among defensive backs through the season’s first five weeks. There’s little reason to think the sixth-year veteran can’t keep that up in Week 6, when the Bears travel to face an Atlanta Falcons squad surrendering over 40 fantasy points per game to defensive backs in 2014.


MLB Rolando McClain, Dallas Cowboys (at SEA)
McClain has been a pleasant surprise for the Dallas defense in 2014, playing well after sitting out all of last year. The fourth-year veteran appears to be more-or-less fully recovered from his groin injury but now is nursing a leg issue, but with the Cowboys set to travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks there should be no shortage of tackle opportunities in Week 6 assuming McClain plays.

Have a question regarding a specific player or game? Hit me up on Twitter and I’ll do my best to help!

Gary Davenport is a Senior Staff Writer at Fantasy Sharks, an NFL and Fantasy Football Analyst at Bleacher Report, a Contributing Author and Associate Editor at Football Diehards and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and Pro Football Writers of America. Gary’s work has been featured in a number of national print publications and on both satellite and terrestrial radio, and he was a finalist for the FSWA Web Article of the Year in 2013.

Three Keys To Victory – Week 1: Hot Starts, Bad Defenses

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
RB Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

Expect Matt Forte to continue his trend of a big Week 1 performance, this time at the expense of the Buffalo Bills defense.

The NFL season is finally here!

The first week for fantasy footballers brings those same feelings of a seven year old waking up on Christmas morning. We’re all excited to play with our new toys. Just don’t let the shiny new toys distract you from sound judgment. There’s a reason the “start your studs” mantra echoes from every fantasy football expert, particularly for Week 1.

It’s true for Fantasy Throwdown as well, but I don’t think you need me telling you to draft Peyton Manning or Demaryius Thomas in Week 1. Your studs will most likely do well, but I’m going to give you some information to help you spot some other Week 1 performances that may help you win your games this weekend. There are three profiles from recent history that may help you spot a gem or feel better about picking the stud.

Slow Starting Defenses

There are some defenses that have been very generous to teams in Week 1 in recent years. For instance, here is a graph of four quarterbacks that have faced the Green Bay Packers in the past four seasons.


Even the cautious side arm of Alex Smith had a successful opening day against the Packers defense. It was Colin Kaepernick’s best game of the entire year, and guess who gets to face them first this year – Russell Wilson.

Odds are that history will repeat itself, on Thursday Night, in a rematch of the Fail Mary. For those looking forward to Sunday games, don’t fret. Green Bay is not the only team with interesting trends on opening day. Here are three position profiles that are trending in the past two seasons.


I’ll start with running backs. Two Top 5 running backs have chopped up the Jacksonville Jaguars in the past two years, and this year, their first week they face LeSean McCoy. I’d say that’s a safe bet for a three-peat.

Buffalo Bills are squaring off against the Chicago Bears, and have given up big weeks to number two receivers the past two years. That’s enough to make me take Alshon Jeffrey over Brandon Marshall to see if the trend continues.

Ryan Fitzpatrick does not fit the profile of Drew Brees or even Michael Vick, but there’s a good chance he has an above average start versus the Washington Redskins this week.

Hot Start Players

Just like certain defenses start slow, there are certain players that have been trending towards hot starts.

I’ll start with quarterback first. For the past three consecutive years, there are only four quarterbacks who, when active and healthy, have averaged 20 fantasy points per opening day and Top 10 performances. The first three are Brees, Peyton Manning (injured one year) and Aaron Rodgers.

The fourth guy is Robert Griffin III. According to (4 points per TD scoring), Griffin has finished 2nd and 10th in Week 1 each of the past two seasons, with a low of 24.9 points. He now pilots Jay Gruden’s high flying attack, plus has a fully healthy Pierre Garçon, Jordan Reed, and a new weapon in Desean Jackson at his disposal. Despite the porous preseason, Griffin could easily keep his trend going.

At running back, outside of Adrian Peterson, Matt Forte is the most consistent opening day starter in the past three years. He has breached 15 standard fantasy points for three consecutive years. He’s an underrated stud who should be the best running back in the Bears-Bills matchup.

Finally, at wide receiver, if you get stuck with the Broncos-Colts game, don’t fret if you lose out on consistent opening day freak Demaryius Thomas. The third most consistent opening day wide receiver in the past three years is playing for Indianapolis. His name is Reggie Wayne. Every year, people suggest Wayne is done, and every year he produces near 100 receiving yards and 1 TD in Week 1. In fact, his lowest yardage output in the past three is 96 yards, and one year he didn’t score (but did get 136 yards).

Dismal Defenses Ready to Get Lit Up

This happened at a profound level last season when Baltimore Ravens faced Denver. They lost several key players in the offseason, including future Hall of Famers Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. They were strong up front with Elvis Dumervil and Haloti Ngata, but struggled at linebacker and secondary. Pair that with the greatest offense the NFL has ever seen, and you get Peyton Manning with seven touchdowns (and almost every other Broncos player with a career day).

I’ll give you one defense this year that is struggling with almost identical issues to start the season, and they are located in Texas – the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas is reeling on defense right now. They lost DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher this offseason, and they lost Sean Lee (again) and Orlando Scandrick to injury. Pair this with an unheralded, unproven secondary, and you have another recipe for disaster.

Luckily, they’re not playing against Manning, but they are playing a very good offense in San Francisco. I’d say this is a huge advantage in Fantasy Throwdown, as most Cowboys, based on August Average Draft Position, will be picked before 49ers. But I could easily see Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis outscoring Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and Jason Witten this week. As sloppy as the 49ers have looked, coupled with the losses of Navarro Bowman and Aldon Smith, this game could produce a lot of fantasy superstars.

Hope you have a good start to the fantasy season, and maybe one of these profiles will help you spot other gems in Week 1.

NFL Playoffs Challenge Conference Championship Results

Monday, January 20th, 2014

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 Tournament Final Results

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

What a Super Bowl. It looked like we might have a bit of a yawner one play into the second half, but then the lights went out for a while which apparently dimmed the Baltimore Ravens’ focus while sharpening the San Francisco 49ers’ resolve. The 49ers stormed back to really make a game of it. They never took the lead, but they sure came close while the Ravens hung on for dear life.

I question why the 49ers didn’t have Colin Kaepernick run at least once inside the 10 against some slow looking defenders. Hindsight is great though. Eventually something would have worked, but they just ran out of chances. The 49ers definitely look like a team to be reckoned with in the immediate future.

The Ravens, not so much on the bright future, but they had enough for this game and got their ring. That is all that matters now. Congrats to them and the city of Baltimore. Nice to see guys like Matt Birk, Anquan Boldin, Ed Reed, Haloti Ngata and Michael Oher, amongst others, be crowned Super Bowl champs.

Now, on to the big Fantasy Throwdown news at hand – to announce the winner of our NFL Playoffs Tournament! You think the Super Bowl was close? It was a battle royale in Group A for the championship in our tourney. And the winner is . . . CP78, a.k.a. Colin Pratt or @DSEmpire_Colin on Twitter.

He didn’t win the last group, but he finished 2nd, giving him a 1st, 1st, 2nd, 2nd place result through the four rounds of the tournament. That was enough to stay ahead of j0eo1s, who went 4-0 in Group A this round, and CP78 just edged out Scott Kuff, who finished third in Group A and was our #1 overall ranked player going into this round. Note, CP78 was #1 after the Wild-Card and Divisional Playoffs rounds. Great consistency and top results. Congrats Colin!

Some other notables in our overall rankings, Peppy_Pants, who only started playing Throwdown at the start of the playoffs and was referred by Fantasytaz, jumped to fourth overall after winning Group B and just edged out Taz, who won Group C and finished fifth overall.

Airbus79 won Group D with a 4-0 record and jumped into the top 10, finishing ninth overall. Fantasy Acumen rebounded nicely from a rough opening two rounds, finishing 5th twice, to win his group each of the last two rounds. WHUDEY went 4-0 in his group and it came down his match against DLFootball to decide it.

Here are the final overall standings, followed by the group results for the Super Bowl round of the tourney.

NFL Playoffs Tournament Overall Standings
Final Results

Super Bowl Round Group Results

Group A W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. j0eo1s 4 0 436.5 381.9 54.7
2. CP78 3 1 428.0 395.2 32.9
3. Scott Kuff 1 3 418.2 431.1 -12.9
4. Wilforkisland 1 3 373.3 427.4 -54.1
5. rich1978 1 3 410.1 430.6 -20.5

j0eo1s wins the group with a perfect 4-0 record. Scott Kuff finishes third using the points differential tie-breaker over Wilforkisland and rich1978. Wilforkisland finishes fourth using the head-to-head tie-breaker over rich1978.

Group B W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Peppy_Pants 3 1 445.8 382.2 63.6
2. robshell 3 1 413.6 427.7 -14.1
3. patwat 3 1 437.2 404.0 33.2
4. stauqmuk 1 3 383.8 406.0 -22.3
5. Bill_Riccette 0 4 409.7 470.1 -60.4

Peppy_Pants wins the group using the points differential tie-breaker over robshell and patwat. robshell finishes second using the head-to-head tie-breaker over patwat.

Group C W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Fantasytaz 3 1 413.6 382.1 31.6
2. djreese5 3 1 420.7 408.8 11.9
3. TheApemanCometh 2 2 382.4 403.4 -21.0
4. Mike 1 3 423.8 412.8 11.0
5. Terminalkennedy 1 3 393.1 426.6 -33.5

Fantasytaz wins the group using the head-to-head tie-breaker over djreese5. Mike finishes fourth using the head-to-head tie-breaker over Terminalkennedy.

Group D W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Airbus79 4 0 442.7 362.8 79.9
2. unstable 2 2 435.5 407.1 28.4
3. FBGWILL 2 2 414.1 397.6 16.6
4. cwill0303 1 3 391.4 447.4 -56.0
5. Grindstone 1 3 364.9 433.8 -68.9

Airbus79 wins the group with a perfect 4-0 record. unstable finishes second using the head-to-head tie-breaker over FBGWILL. cwill0303 finishes fourth using the head-to-head tie-breaker over Grindstone.

Group E W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Fantasy Acumen 3 1 331.8 303.2 28.7
2. robmcangus 3 1 319.7 302.0 17.7
3. Jessect6 2 2 305.6 322.4 -16.8
4. laoch 2 2 314.4 340.0 -25.6
5. Harwood 0 4 0.0 4.0 -4.0

Fantasy Acumen wins the group using the head-to-head tie-breaker over robmcangus. Jessect6 finishes third using the head-to-head tie-breaker over laoch.

Group F W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. WHUDEY 4 0 404.7 357.8 46.9
2. DLFootball 3 1 384.0 370.1 13.9
3. TheKommish 1 3 382.0 363.7 18.3
4. atcdav 1 3 372.1 397.7 -25.6
5. Losperros 1 3 359.4 412.9 -53.5

WHUDEY wins the group with a perfect 4-0 record. TheKommish finishes third using the points differential tie-breaker over atcdav and Losperros. atcdav finishes fourth using the head-to-head tie-breaker over Losperros.

Thanks again to every who played in our tournament, and thanks to everyone who played Fantasy Throwdown this season. We really appreciate the continued support, and we hope to be back bigger and better for the 2013 NFL season. Enjoy the off-season.

Super Bowl Week!

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Super Bowl XLVIIIt is finally upon us, Super Bowl Week! The lead up to the biggest game of the year. It took 256 regular season games plus 10 playoff games over 21 weeks to get here since opening kickoff back in September to showcase the Baltimore Ravens versus the San Francisco 49ers for Super Bowl XLVII (a.k.a. 47) and the Lombardi Trophy (a.k.a. all the marbles).

Of course I’m biased, but this is a great time to play Fantasy Throwdown, and to introduce people to Fantasy Throwdown, or in a broader sense, fantasy football. Okay, sure, the player pool is much smaller than a normal Throwdown match of three NFL games, and with the Block it is possible for someone to take a goose egg at kicker, defense, or ~ gasp ~ even quarterback if they aren’t careful (and if their opponent is cut throat).

On the plus side, this is a biggest game of the year, so even your buddies who aren’t hardcore football fans like you or I, they will be watching the Super Bowl and they can get a taste of what this fantasy football thing is you keep yammering on about. That is… if they have some specific players to root for.

Not to mention everything else about Fantasy Throwdown works great to get newcomers invested in our hobby. The format is simple – two players, head to head. The time commitment is minimal – draft in as little as a few minutes. It is completely free, as you know. It makes for a great little challenge mixing skill and luck to see who can come out on top picking the best performing players on the biggest football stage.

Super Bowl Party Idea

For my Super Bowl party I’m going to set up two laptops, each logged into Throwdown with two new accounts. Then as people start arriving before the game, I’ll pair them up to face off against each other for a Throwdown match. The pair of combatants has their own Throwdown to see who wins, and also by using just the two accounts they’ll form two groups, with a cumulative score to see which side wins.

Yes, we’ll still have a squares board and my annual Super Bowl Quiz, but this should add a fun fantasy football twist to the event. Feel free to use this idea for your get togethers on Sunday! Hmm… maybe I’ll cover my keyboard with plastic wrap, to protect from spills.

If you want to show your friends what to expect from a Throwdown draft, here is one I drafted last week against the current number one ranked player from our NFL Playoffs Tourney, Scott Kuff:

Mike vs. Scott Kuff, Super Bowl Throwdown

NFL Playoffs Tournament

Speaking of our NFL Playoffs Tourney, I know most of us took things slow last week with our final round Super Bowl matches, but now… its… Super Bowl Week! Get in there and get your matches done. It is very unlikely any new injury info is going to come our way between now and Sunday, so don’t wait to the last minute or your opponent may not be available to finish. Make your pick(s) if you’re up, and use the pre-draft feature.

Have a great week! Thanks as always for supporting Fantasy Throwdown, and enjoy the big game!

Playoffs Tourney Conference Championship Results

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Sorry, I’ve been a bit lax getting the results up from the Conference Championship Round of our NFL Playoffs Tourney, but with two weeks until the Super Bowl, I thought I’d try to s-t-r-e-t-c-h things out a little bit.

Pretty good games last weekend. Oh, Atlanta. Can’t hold a lead. It is difficult to identify exactly who to blame for their collapse against the 49ers. The defense was porous, although they did force a turnover on the goal line. The offense stopped scoring, and the Matt Ryan fumble was a killer. This one defined “team loss”.

Tony Gonzalez said no one should pity him for not making it to the big game. Okay, I won’t, but out of all four teams, all the players and the coaches who were still playing last week, he was the guy I clearly wanted to see play another week on the biggest football stage. A class act, superstar player, and it just amazes me how good he was this season. Hard to believe he could hang them up, and it sure sounds like he will. If he does, it was still a heck of a swan song.

Now for some commentary on the Baltimore Ravens dismantling of the New England Patriots. I did not see that coming, at least by such a lopsided score. Regardless of the Ravens not being at all intimidated by the Patriots aura, the Pats did not play like they normally do. I even continued to expect a comeback pretty late in the ball game, to at least make a game of it, but the hit on Steven Ridley was a tide turner. The high deflection and interception didn’t help either.

Bernard Pollard. Crazy how much impact one defensive player – and not a household name by any stretch – can have on a franchise over the course of many seasons. Bill Belichick has to be seriously sitting thinking, how can I sign this guy? Even if he could get him and just sit him on the bench that would be a plus move for the Pats.

Okay, on the group results from Round 3 of our tourney. It was fun sitting in the top group while it lasted, but I had a dismal week. Thanks for nothing, Colin Kaepernick. Yeah, yeah, I’ll still draft you again for next week…

Group A W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Scott Kuff 4 0 542.2 413.3 129.0
2. CP78 2 2 486.0 490.6 -4.7
3. Wilforkisland 2 2 453.6 465.5 -11.9
4. patwat / Matt 2 2 463.7 480.5 -16.8
5. Mike 0 4 416.1 511.7 -95.6

Scott Kuff wins the group with a perfect 4-0 record. CP78 finishes second using the points differential tie-breaker over Wilforkisland and patwat. Wilforkisland finishes third using the head-to-head tie-breaker over patwat.

Group B W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. j0eo1s 4 0 509.1 441.5 67.6
2. Peppy_Pants 2 2 499.0 458.2 40.8
3. Bill_Riccette 2 2 514.5 458.7 55.8
4. Fantasytaz 1 3 402.1 541.2 -139.1
5. cwill0303 1 3 461.5 486.5 -25.1

j0eo1s wins the group with a perfect 4-0 record. Peppy_Pants finishes second using the head-to-head tie-breaker over Bill_Riccette. Fantasytaz finishes fourth using the head-to-head tie-breaker over cwill0303.

Group C W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. rich1978 3 1 507.5 427.8 79.7
2. stauqmuk 3 1 515.0 459.2 55.8
3. Terminalkennedy 2 2 469.5 511.5 -42.0
4. FBGWILL 2 2 502.2 459.3 43.0
5. Harwood 0 4 411.1 547.5 -136.4

rich1978 wins the group using the head-to-head tie-breaker over stauqmuk. Terminalkennedy finishes third using the head-to-head tie-breaker over FBGWILL.

Group D W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. TheApemanCometh 4 0 530.1 385.5 144.6
2. robshell 3 1 489.2 354.1 135.1
3. Airbus79 2 2 328.8 360.4 -31.7
4. unstable 1 3 406.1 481.8 -75.7
5. WHUDEY 0 4 241.4 413.7 -172.4

TheApemanCometh wins the group with a perfect 4-0 record.

Group E W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. djreese5 4 0 486.8 443.5 43.3
2. Grindstone 3 1 473.7 449.1 24.6
3. laoch 2 2 472.8 474.1 -1.4
4. TheKommish 1 3 464.2 462.0 2.2
5. Losperros 0 4 439.4 508.1 -68.7

djreese5 wins the group with a perfect 4-0 record.

Group F W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Fantasy Acumen 4 0 559.7 396.4 163.3
2. robmcangus 3 1 497.6 469.9 27.8
3. Jessect6 2 2 492.3 461.1 31.2
4. DLFootball 1 3 429.6 549.6 -120.1
5. atcdav 0 4 415.1 517.3 -102.2

Fantasy Acumen wins the group with a perfect 4-0 record.

Remember we are playing the final round for the Super Bowl. Our next post will show the final group assignments and we’ll get the games set up in your Game Manager. In the meantime, you can play Fantasy Throwdown for the Super Bowl outside the tournament. Cheers.

Playoffs Tourney Divisional Results

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Many people claimed this past weekend was going to be the best weekend of football all year, and the way the games turned out, their claim could very well be on the money. We started Saturday with a double overtime thriller in which I sure expected the Denver Broncos defense to play much better, and perhaps Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco to play a little worse, than each did. Of course for fantasy the Denver D/ST was a great pick, thanks to former Houston Texan Trindon Holliday. Anyone watching last night’s game with a rumbling Danieal Manning think how a swifter Holliday would have made a difference in that game? Or another former Texan, Jacoby Jones for that matter.

On to the Saturday night game, Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers. Colin Kaepernick, your dynasty league fantasy stock just went through the roof. The Packers had no answer for Kaepernick short of that early interception returned for a touchdown. At the end of this one we had back-to-back scoring fests and were possibly setting Fantasy Throwdown records for weekly high score. That is, if anyone picked the likes of Kaepernick, Michael Crabtree and Torrey Smith for their teams.

On Sunday the first half was all Atlanta Falcons, but for us diehards whose eyes didn’t flip away in the second half, we got to witness Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson just tear up the Falcons defense while the Falcons offense did little to compensate. So it was all Seahawks except for a short trip down memory lane courtesy of Michael Turner, and the ‘Hawks took the lead finally with :31 on the clock. Only to blow it. Two pass plays and two field goal attempts later, the second of which counted, the Falcons advance. I feel bad for Wilson, but very good for Tony Gonzalez. Well earned and a long time coming, best TE of all time.

Finally for the match expected to be the most lopsided, the Texans hung around with the New England Patriots for a while, but it became apparent the teams are playing on different levels right now. Even with some key injuries to Rob Gronkowski (costing many a Throwdown win this week, I’m sure) and Danny Woodhead, the Pats depth easily picked up the slack. I’m not saying this would have made the difference last night, but the Texans losing MLB Brian Cushing midseason was significant.

As for our NFL Playoffs Tournament, Round 2 results are in with the group standings shown below. Nice job everyone getting all of the drafts done last week, and congrats to our group winners! We will shake up the groups again for Round 3, the Conference Championships. The new group assignments will be in the next Site News post, but in the meantime if you want to get started drafting with the smaller player pool (just two games on the NFL schedule), go ahead and start issuing some challenges. Good luck!

Group A W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. CP78 4 0 586.7 481.4 105.4
2. Scott Kuff 3 1 526.6 507.6 19.1
3. Bill_Riccette 2 2 537.7 523.8 13.9
4. cwill0303 1 3 486.7 511.4 -24.7
5. robshell 0 4 442.8 556.4 -113.7

CP78 wins the group with a perfect 4-0 record.

Group B W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. patwat 3 1 603.2 509.5 93.7
2. Wilforkisland 2 2 510.7 538.6 -28.0
3. Peppy_Pants 2 2 566.1 536.6 29.5
4. rich1978 2 2 533.3 541.0 -7.7
5. TheApemanCometh 1 3 493.3 580.7 -87.5

patwat wins the group with a 3-1 record. Wilforkisland finishes second using the head-to-head tie-breaker over Peppy_Pants and rich1978. Peppy_Pants finishes third using the head-to-head tie-breaker over rich1978.

Group C W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Mike 4 0 524.0 435.3 88.7
2. Fantasytaz 3 1 538.3 475.6 62.7
3. stauqmuk 2 2 494.1 505.2 -11.2
4. djreese5 1 3 490.1 510.6 -20.6
5. TheKommish 0 4 426.3 546.0 -119.7

Mike wins the group with a perfect 4-0 record.

Group D W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. j0eo1s 4 0 580.0 448.2 131.9
2. Harwood 2 2 527.0 525.7 1.3
3. Airbus79 2 2 524.3 532.1 -7.9
4. Grindstone 2 2 512.5 560.5 -48.0
5. robmcangus 0 4 471.6 548.9 -77.3

j0eo1s wins the group with a perfect 4-0 record. Harwood finishes second using the points differential tie-breaker over Airbus79 and Grindstone. Airbus79 finishes third using the head-to-head tie-breaker over Grindstone.

Group E W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Terminalkennedy 4 0 559.9 464.7 95.3
2. unstable 2 2 545.7 502.8 42.9
3. Losperros 2 2 496.4 535.6 -39.2
4. Jessect6 1 3 534.6 575.3 -40.7
5. DLFootball 1 3 478.8 537.1 -58.3

Terminalkennedy wins the group with a perfect 4-0 record. unstable finishes second using the head-to-head tie-breaker over Losperros. Jessect6 finishes fourth using the head-to-head tie-breaker over DLFootball.

Group F W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. FBGWILL 3 1 512.7 481.8 30.9
2. WHUDEY 3 1 605.3 485.1 120.2
3. laoch 2 2 513.7 531.7 -18.0
4. atcdav 1 3 483.0 550.4 -67.4
5. Fantasy Acumen 1 3 490.8 556.5 -65.8

FBGWILL wins the group using the head-to-head tie-breaker over WHUDEY. atcdav finishes fourth using the head-to-head tie-breaker over Fantasy Acumen.

Throwdown Tourney Round 2 Results

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Round 2 is in the books for our “For The Heck Of It” Tournaments. A few matches were still to be decided from the San Francisco 49ers-Arizona Cardinals yawner on Monday night.

For those who didn’t manage to stay up for the duration, Larry Fitzgerald was tackled half a yard short of the end zone on the Cards’ final play on offense. It made a difference in two of my traditional fantasy leagues, and here is hoping you weren’t on the wrong end in your Throwdown match as a result of that Kevin Dyson-Mike Jones-esque finish. (Sorry to dig up that analogy, Titans fans.)

From our initial rules, the winners of Groups D and E advance to the A-side Championship to play three games against each other this week. The second place finishers in Groups D and E, plus first and second place from Group F, play a round robin for the B-side Championship.

At the end of it, we’ll have an A-side and B-side Champion for each of the Dynasty League Football, Footballguys and Pro Football Focus tournaments. Although this wasn’t envisioned at the start, perhaps we can have a cross-tourney champion match the following week.

Of greater concern right now is whether everyone who advanced can check in this week as a result of power outages due to Superstorm Sandy. We’ll do a roll call and see if anyone is missing in action. If that happens, then we will roll the tournament finals to the next week. We are Fantasy Throwdown – we can do that!

Congrats to all of our competitors who advance to the finals. Check below for the Round 2 group standings.

Dynasty League Football Tournament
Group D W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Shasta 4 0 472.9 360.0 112.9
2. EyeoftheGator 1 3 373.4 411.5 -38.2
3. DLFootball 1 3 365.4 440.1 -74.7

Shasta wins the group with a perfect 4-0 record. Eyeofthegator finished second using the points differential tie-breaker over DLFootball.

Group E W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. mann231 3 1 463.4 408.9 54.5
2. Butkiss 2 2 378.2 410.8 -32.7
3. Terminalkennedy 1 3 392.2 414.0 -21.8

mann231 wins the group with a 3-1 record. Butkiss finishes second with a 2-2 record.

Group F W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. RyanMc23 3 1 321.4 355.0 -33.7
2. stauqmuk 2 2 376.3 330.4 45.9
3. laoch 1 3 335.0 347.2 -12.2

RyanMc23 wins the group with a 3-1 record. stauqmuk finishes second with a 2-2 record.

Footballguys Tournament
Group D W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Fantasytaz 3 1 451.3 372.5 78.8
2. ffbobby24 2 2 390.1 396.2 -6.1
3. FBGWILL 1 3 408.8 481.5 -72.7

Fantasytaz wins the group with a 3-1 record. ffbobby24 finishes second with a 2-2 record.

Group E W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. WHUDEY 3 1 393.5 369.1 24.4
2. ChipsAndTricks 2 2 415.1 392.6 22.5
3. Wilforkisland 1 3 414.0 460.9 -46.9

WHUDEY wins the group with a 3-1 record. ChipsAndTricks finishes second with a 2-2 record.

Group F W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. j0eo1s 2 2 465.2 386.9 78.3
2. jrnall2 2 2 364.8 436.1 -71.4
3. JeneBramel 2 2 393.7 400.6 -6.9

j0eo1s wins the group using the points differential tie-breaker over jrnall2 and JeneBramel. jrnall2 finishes second using the head-to-head tie-breaker over JeneBramel.

Pro Football Focus Tournament
Group D W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Mike 3 1 455.0 379.6 75.4
2. cwill0303 3 1 489.2 422.3 66.9
3. @BNQ_ 0 4 350.3 492.5 -142.2

Mike wins the group using the points differential tie-breaker over cwill0303. cwill0303 finishes second with a 3-1 record.

Group E W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. qryztopher 4 0 418.2 309.1 109.2
2. TheKommish 1 3 434.3 409.9 24.5
3. Grindstone 1 3 338.1 471.7 -133.6

qryztopher wins the group with a perfect 4-0 record. TheKommish finishes second using the points differential tie-breaker over Grindstone.

Group F W L PF   PA   Dif  
1. Bryan_Fontaine 4 0 496.5 386.2 110.3
2. Scott Kuff 1 3 412.0 447.0 -35.0
3. PFF_RossMiles 1 3 402.7 478.0 -75.3

Bryan_Fontaine wins the group with a perfect 4-0 record. Scott Kuff finishes second using the points differential tie-breaker over PFF_RossMiles.