As promised, the results from the Flint Michigan Megabowl Fantasy Football League. This week the Thurman Murmans (3-2) faced off against City Slickers (3-2). This game was projected to be close as there were several top tier players on both teams going head to head.
At quarterback, Matthew Stafford had a tough draw taking on a solid Cleveland Browns defense against Peyton Manning against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Stafford started slowly, but finished strong, throwing for 248 yards and four touchdowns. To say that Manning had a down game with only 295 yards and two touchdowns shows how good he really is. On this day however, Stafford was better.
In the QB2 slot, Jay Cutler got his first start for the Murmans due to Matt Ryan’s bye, and had a respectable 262-2 line. The City Slickers started Tom Brady who put up almost identical yardage, but threw one less touchdown and was sacked five times, leading to Cutler’s win.
In the wide receiver matchup, Marques Colston got another start, despite playing poorly, against Victor Cruz. In one of the few positional matchup wins for the City Slickers, Cruz’ four catches alone would have been enough to beat Colston’s 11 yards.
I was confident with my chances at WR2 as Antonio Brown was going against T.Y. Hilton. Brown is the picture of consistency, only once scoring less than 10 points. Hilton is boom or bust and after booming in week five, I figured he would bust this week. Brown’s 101 all purpose yards were enough to top Hilton’s 43.
At running back, Adrian Peterson went head to head with Ray Rice, in another marquee matchup. Neither back was great, but Peterson’s 83 yards was enough to beat Rice who had only 49 total yards.
RB2 had Reggie Bush against Giovani Bernard. Bush is by all accounts a RB1 and showed it with 135 yards and a touchdown. Bush is the eighth highest scoring RB in fantasy so far this season. Bernard was close this week with 100 yards and a touchdown, but fell just short 22-19.
I mentioned earlier that this game featured several good battles and Jordan Cameron against Jimmy Graham should have been another solid clash. Cameron only had 64 yards, but Graham was held scoreless by Aqib Talib before the injury.
At flex, Le’Veon Bell went against Darren McFadden. Both had tough matchups. This round went to the City Slickers as McFadden’s 83 yards were enough to best Bell’s 56.
Matt Bryant was on bye, so he got dropped and Nick Novak got the start. Novak had a very solid outing, making field goals of 31, 33, 34 and 50 yards. Sebastian Janikowski fell victim to a mediocre offense running into a great defense as Janikowski only had one point.
Wesley Woodyard was added in week five, got injured, and was ruled out for week six. Hence, he got dropped for Jerrell Freeman, who had a good game with seven points in the first half before leaving to injury. It was enough to beat out Jerod Mayo, who also got injured running into Darren Sproles of all people.
It was past time to sit Charles Tillman, and his injury forced the move from starting DB to bench. I wrote about Janoris Jenkins being a dark horse sleeper and I believed in him enough to drop Bernard Pierce. Jenkins went head to head with Major Wright who had a strong 11 tackle day, but the Jenkins pick of T.J. Yates was enough to get him the victory 12-11.
On the defensive line, Jason Pierre-Paul had yet another disappointing effort with only two total tackles. Fortunately, Greg Hardy didn’t do much better and JPP wins the saddest battle of perhaps the season.
The final positional fight was D’Qwell Jackson against Karlos Dansby. Jackson didn’t have his strongest showing factoring on only eight tackles. Dansby had a great day with 15 fantasy points, on three passes defended and 11 tackles.
In the end, poor quarterback play from the City Slickers and a bagel by Graham were too much to overcome. Final score 160.6-110.26. The Murmans stay tied for second place with next week’s opponent Macon Bacon, each with a 4-2 record.
As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.
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