Pick ’em Pool Update

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Week 12 saw Ryan Jensen join the ten buck club, as Jake, Al, Alia & Ryan all have banked $10.  Here’s how everybody’s payouts look so far:

$10

Jake, Al, Alia, Ryan J.

$5

Brittney, Kyle, Jason, Stacy

$0

Baker, Becca, John, Ryan S.

 

And don’t forget about that overall title!  The winner not only gets $35 added to their bank, but will be up to get something cool at next year’s draft!  Here’s how it looks after Thursday night’s game:

1. Alia : 109-68
2. John : 108-69 (-1)
3. Britt : 107-70 (-2)
4. Stacy : 102-75 (-7)
4. Baker : 102-75 (-7)
6. Becca : 98-79 (-11)
7. Jason : 97-80 (-12)
8. Al : 96-81 (-13)
8. Ryan : 96-81 (-13)
10. Kyle : 93-84 (-16)
11. Jake : 90-87 (-19)
11. Jensen : 90-87 (-19)

Division Winner Scenarios: Week 13

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Week 13 is about to get under way, so I wanted to take a look at the division winner scenarios, with two games remaining:

Bon Division

ChicagNO Hash-Oilers (10-2)

Kyle’s Hash-Oilers have already won the Bon Division

 

Angus Division

Becky Football (8-4)

Becky Football wins the division with their next win

 

Eagle Zipper Hero (6-6)

Win division if they win out, and Becky Football loses out

 

Ragnarly (6-6)

Win division if they win out, Becky Football loses out, and Eagle Zipper Hero loses once

 

Ditka Wears Prada (6-6)

Win division if they win out, Becky Football loses out, Eagle Zipper Hero loses once, and Ditka Wears Prada scores more overall points than Becky Football

 

So that’s a quick look at the teams that are still in the mix for a division title with two games remaining.  After week 13 I’ll breakdown the wildcard scenarios for each team, but as of right now there are NINE teams who are still eligible for the 2 wildcard spots!  Crazy!

Is a Hash-Oil Fire Erupting?

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The ChicagNO Hash-Oilers have been the talk of the league all season.  However, as we approach the end of the season those talks have turned from perfection to a possible playoff upset as the Hash-Oilers have dropped two straight, to end their perfect streak and fall to 10-2 overall.

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Not since the Undertaker have we seen a streak as dominant as the one Kyle’s Hash-Oilers went on this season.  Not only did they start 10-0, but after 10 weeks the Hash-Oilers were 105 points ahead of the next best team, with a ridiculous 141.5 points per game.  This wasn’t a case of matchup heaven, the Hash-Oilers were dominating everybody that stepped in their path.

But then the anomaly that was week 11 happened.

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Playing the part of Brock Lesnar would be Cant Touch These TDs, as Brittney’s team would shock the league and upset the Hash-Oilers, 105.73 to 85.54.  The Hash-Oilers put up their worst performance of the season in this one, averaging a mere 7.77 points per starting position.

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But was this truly a sign of weakness for ChicagNO?  Not necessarily.  Week 11 was the worst overall week in Skoli’s II this season, seeing 4 teams score in the 80s, and only 2 teams scoring more than 120 points.  This was a bad fantasy week all around, and the Hash-Oilers would be a part of those unfortunate scores.  Only two of their players (John Brown and LeSean McCoy) beat their projections, and top TE Rob Gronkowski had an unusually quiet week (3.7 points).  Perhaps this was merely an off week and Kyle’s Hash-Oilers would bounce right back in week 12?

Well, that would be partly true.  ChicagNO would indeed bounce back in week 12, scoring the 4th-highest point total of the week (138.88 points).  However, this week it would be the matchup that turned a loss into a losing streak, as the Hash-Oilers went up against the top scoring team of the week, Ryan Jensen’s Clay Matthews Band (163.94).  CMB’s Russell Wilson would put up his 2nd straight huge game, scoring a league-high 38.2 points in the contest.  Russell appeared very pleased with himself after putting a hurt on ChicagNO.

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So the Hash-Oilers, after an impressive 10-0 start, have lost two straight and now sit at 10-2.  While there is reason to be concerned, this blogger doesn’t see it as a time to panic.  They still have a solid stable of QBs and RBs, and though big scorin’ Gronk is on the bench with an injury, Kyle Rudolph has a high ceiling and could be an admirable fill-in for the duration of Gronk’s knee injury (which could only be 1 game).  Additionally, during their 2-game losing streak, the Hash-Oilers have actually ADDED to their overall points lead, moving from 105.08 points up on 2nd place Becca after week 10, to 107.12 points up on 2nd place Stacy after week 12.  They have had the Bon Division sewn up since the conclusion of week 10, and are guaranteed to be the #1 seed in the playoffs still.  The road to the title goes through ChicagNO, and they aren’t going to back down easily.  A hot team like Eagle Zipper Hero or Pack That Ass Up could grab the 4th playoff spot, and would make for a tough 1st round matchup against the King of the Hill, but no matter what happens in weeks 13 and 14, expect a big playoff push from the team that has been dominating the league all season.  When this year is all said and done, we might just be lighting up some big dabs of Hash-Oil.

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Skoli’s II Pick ’em Pool

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It looks like three people are starting to pull away from the rest of the pack as John, Brittney, and Alia are all 5 or more games ahead of everybody else.  Week 10 saw Al Conquistador hit for the second time this season, so his prize bank goes up to $10.  He joins Jake as the only people to have won more than 1 week in the Pick ’em Pool.  Ryan S., John, Baker and Becca are the only four people who have yet to bank any weekly money.  Prize banks look like this:

Jake – $10
Al – $10
Alia – $5
Brittney – $5
Ryan J. – $5
Kyle – $5
Jason – $5
Stacy – $5

The overall winner at the end of the NFL season will bank an additional $35!  Prize banks will be paid out at the end of the NFL season, or can be carried over and applied to next year’s fees, if preferred.  Let’s take a look at the overall standings as of today (includes Thursday night game picks):

1. John (92-55)
2. Britt (91-56)        -1
3. Alia (90-57)         -2
4. Stacy (85-62)      -7
5. Baker (85-62)      -7
6. Jake (84-63)         -8
7. Ryan S. (82-65)   -10
8. Becca (82-65)      -10
9. Jason (79-68)      -13
10. Al (78-69)          -14
11. Kyle (78-69)      -14
12. Ryan J. (74-73) -18

Don’t forget to make your picks for week 11.  And don’t forget to click “Minnesota” in that matchup.

Week 11 Power Rankings

POWER RANKINGS1. ChicagNO Hash-Oilers (10-0)

Barring a crazy collapse, it appears that ChicagNO Hash-Oilers are going to sit atop the power rankings for the remainder of the season.  Blasted an overmatched Ditka Wears Prada team to officially secure a playoff spot.

2. Becky Football (8-2)

Alex Smith has been a valient QB2 this season, but Becky Football gets Tony Romo back this week.  Will the Brady/Romo combo be enough to make Becky Football championship favorites?

3. Ragnarly (5-5)

I know, I know.  A 5-5 record doesn’t scream “#3 in the power rankings!”, but Ragnarly is getting hot when it matters most.  Having won 4 of their last 5, the team has seen a drastic turnaround, going from 1-4 to 5-5 and right into playoff contention.

4. Ditka Wears Prada (6-4)

Left a WR on bye in their lineup in week 10, and suffered a tough defeat at the hands of Kyle’s Hash-Oilers.  Has some bye week hell again this week (Drew Brees & Beckham Jr.) in a tough matchup against an angry It’s yer PETER son team.  Would hold a playoff position if the season ended today, but will have a tough time holding on to it for the remainder of the year.

5. ChoklitFudgePoptarts (6-4)

With no Andrew Luck, Wilson’s CFP is left with one viable QB (Carson Palmer) and Blaine frickin’ Gabbert.  Making it no easier, is a rivalry game against Clay Matthews Band in week 11.  Much like Ditka Wears Prada, ChoklitFudgePoptarts desperately needs to avoid a 2 game slide going into the home stretch.

6. Aaron Rodgers is GAY (5-5)

ARiG is clinging to their playoff hopes after losing two straight and seeing both Peyton Manning & Brian Hoyer relegated to the bench after injuries (and poor play).  They’ll need to rely heavily on Philip Rivers & Devonta Freeman now in order to pull off some upsets down the stretch.

7. Eagle Zipper Hero (4-6)

Coming off a massive victory over Aaron Rodgers is GAY and facing a touch test this week against Ragnarly, Eagle Zipper Hero is riding some incredible play from their QBs.  Cam Newton is average 22.56 points per game this season, and over his last 6 starts Jay Cutler is averaging 21 points per game.  They’ll need that QB consistency to keep their playoff chances alive.

8. It’s yer PETER son (4-6)

Two straight losses and slumping play from their QB/WR combo of Bridgewater and Diggs has to have owner Al Conquistador worried.

9. Pack That Ass Up (3-7)

Is it too little, too late?  Most likely.  Pack That Ass Up would need a lot of help in order to return to the playoffs (and defend their title), but they’ve erupted as of late, leading the league in scoring for two straight weeks.  A 7-7 team has made the playoffs before… could we see it happen again?

10. BRIDGEtroubledWATER (3-7)

Cyborgs took over control of this team for a couple of weeks, and the team seemed to get it’s act together, improving their weekly score each of the past 5 weeks.  Seemingly hitting their stride, BRIDGEtroubledWATER probably won’t make the playoffs, but could definitely play a part in stopping somebody else from doing so (they play playoff contenders Aaron Rodgers is GAY in week 11 and ChoklitFudgePoptarts in week 14).

11. Clay Matthews Band (3-7)

Reeling, the Clay Matthews Band is currently on a 3-game losing streak.  Russell Wilson has been a true disappointment this season as a QB1, scoring 20+ points only twice.

12. Cant Touch These TDs (3-7)

A little over a month ago, Brittney’s Cant Touch These TDs was a hot team, with a 3-2 record, and big games out of her Packer players.  Now, after losing 5 straight, it looks like hope is about lost.  Could Britt be this season’s Lutefisk?

The Madness Continues!

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We’re calling it, “The Wink of the Undefeated”.  It’s an image that has been long-lasting here in Skoli’s II Football League.  Kyle Adams, owner of the ChicagNO Hash-Oilers, looks upon his competition and delivers a sly wink, as the owner continues his absolute historic run.  The ChicagNO Hash-Oilers are now 10-0, and just 4 games away from a never-before-seen perfect regular season.  Let’s check in with Mercury Morris, RB from the famously perfect 1972 Dolphins, to see what he thinks about this run at perfection:

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Only one team in NFL history has ever started and ended a season without a single loss.  The 2007 Patriots came close, but lost in a historic Super Bowl to the New York Giants.  Do the Hash-Oilers have what it takes to win out and secure the title and a 16-0 record?  Does Mercury Morris need to make room for LeSean McCoy & Jeremy Langford in Perfectville?

Reaction from around the league is mixed, to say the least.  Ryan Swenson, owner of Ragnarly, has been very vocal about his desire to meet the Hash-Oilers in the first round of the playoffs. He recently took to social media to declare to Adams, “I hope I get that #4 seed so that we can square off in week 15.  I WANT HOLYFIELD!”  The Ragnarly owner is confident in his team’s ability to play David against the Goliath Hash-Oilers, but the comment also implies that Swenson sees Adams’s team finishing the regular season as the #1 seed.  “They’re going to go 14-0” Swenson would add.  “But none of that matters when you don’t finish it off in the playoffs.”

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The Hash-Oilers aren’t just gunning for perfection, they want a record that will never be touched again.  “I’m going for Bulls 72-10 untouchable record status at the VERY least. Perfection is definitely possible with the heart that the players in this organization play with every week” said Adams when addressing the possibility of perfection.  The organization is confident in their ability to win week in and week out, but others around the league aren’t so sure.

“I just don’t see it happening” said John Swenson, owner of BRIDGEtroubledWATER.  “He had a great run, I give him that.  He took a team that many of us felt would have to heavily rely on Le’Veon Bell and Rob Gronkowski, and made it a team to be envious about.  But… as I said at the draft, he’ll only stay as strong as his team is healthy.  If he is going to stay undefeated it would take a lot, and I mean A LOT, of help from his backups and free agent pickups.”  Swenson is right to point out the Hash-Oilers potential kryptonite – injuries.  They have lost Le’Veon Bell and Steve Smith for the year, and will rely on names like Dorial Green-Beckham and Jeremy Langford to help keep the ball moving.

Let’s break down what the Hash-Oilers will need to march to a perfect season.  Week 11 pits the Hash-Oilers up against the league’s worst team, Cant Touch These TDs, in what should be a cake walk to 11-0.  Having amassed a number of Green Bay Packers players (4), their offensive futility over the past 4 weeks has been dreadful.  The four players (Jones, Cobb, Starks & Lacy) have provided Brittney’s CTTTDs with only 67.8 points over the last 4 weeks (even factoring in the week 7 bye, that is still only 5.65 points per player, per game).  That’s just not going to cut it from your WR1, WR2, RB1, and FLX1.

Week 12 will be interesting, as nearly all of the players on the Hash-Oilers are playing an away game that week.  Ryan Jensen, owner of the Clay Matthews Band, will hope that this matchup feels like a home game, as they are currently slated as a 72% favorite to upset the Hash-Oilers and end the streak.  

Week 13 could prove to be the hardest remaining test, as the Hash-Oilers will look to spoil the playoff chances for ChoklitFudgePoptarts.  Jake Wilson’s team put up a great fight in week 6 against the Oilers, but ultimately fell 135-122, in what Adams deemed “the biggest challenge of our season yet”.  Without Andrew Luck at the helm, it will be hard for CFP to instill the same amount of fear (Luck scored 30 points in their previous matchup), and the Hash-Oilers are heavily favored to win their 2nd matchup of the season.

If the Hash-Oilers make it through those two tough weeks unscathed, then it could be a cake walk to a 14-0 record.  Week 14 will see the team facing off against Jason Gaydos’s Aaron Rodgers is GAY squad, who is down to just 1 QB after Peyton Manning and Brian Hoyer have both found their way to the bench with injuries.  Aaron Rodgers is GAY will rely on a huge week from Devonta Freeman who will face off against the stout Carolina defense.

Luckily for the Hash-Oilers, the league’s morgue has been collecting a lot of QB bodies (Luck/Peyton/Hoyer).  And it could be this unfortunate QB luck (no pun intended) that propels Kyle Adams’s team to perfection.

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