Week 8: Mid-Season Spectacular

Week 8: Mid-Season Spectacular

The end of week 8 brings us to “halftime” for our season, so we’ll bring in Katy Perry and her beach balls for our halftime entertainment.  Here’s a bit of a recap for the first half of the season.

(Ok, since I didn’t actually get to this last week, I’ll have to kinda go back in time to reconstruct the way things were at the mid-point.  Please forgive any mistakes.)

In the overall standings, the Yukon Gold (7-1) reached week 8 with a two game lead over Fly Eagles Fly (5-3), the only team to have defeated the Gold so far.  Mashed Potatoes and Don’t Stop Believin’ (both 4-4) are right behind Jason, with the Edgars (3-5) and Geno’s Jawbreakers (1-7) picking up the rear.

Through 8 games, the Gold (1781.06)  have a significant lead in the overall points standings as well, but the battle for second is extremely tight.  Despite only 1 win, the Jawbreakers (1582.28) hold the second spot in total points by about 30 points over the Eagles (1551.9) who lead a logjam for 3rd through 5th by the slightest margin.  Less than 7.5 points separate the Eagles, Squished Spuds (1550.6), and the Beleivers (1544.48). The Edgars (1502.3) are still not far behind, less than 80 points out of 2nd place.

The race for weekly wins has been dominated by the Gold, who have had the top score in the league in 5 of the first 8 weeks.  The Mashed Potatoes have had a very Jekyll and Hyde year with 2 weekly wins, but they have also had the low score in the league 3 times.  Fly Eagles Fly picked up the remaining weekly win, putting up the highest score of the entire season in week 3.

Mid Season “Awards”

Mid-Season All Star Team

Our list of top performers has good participation from every team.

Position Name Owner
QB1 Tom Brady Amina
QB2 Andy Dalton Jason
RB1 Davonta Freeman Doug
RB2 Mark Ingram Amina
RB3 Danny Woodhead Terry
WR1 Julio Jones Chris
WR2 DeAndre Hopkins Chris
WR3 Larry Fitzgerald Doug
WR4 Odell Beckham Jr. Terry
Flex Julian Edelman Anand
TE Rob Gronkowski Amina
K Stephen Gostkowski Jason
Def/ST Denver Broncos Chris
All-Bust Team

Players who have severely underperformed expectations/draft position during the first half of the season – Non-injury edition.

Position Name Owner/Draft pick
QB1 Peyton Manning Terry/Rd 4
QB2 Sam Bradford Chris/Rd 11
RB1 CJ Anderson Chris/Rd 3
RB2 Eddie Lacy Doug/Rd 1
RB3 Alfred Morris Doug/Rd 7
WR1 Charles Johnson Anand/Rd 16
WR2 Andre Johnson Doug /Rd 11
WR3 Nelson Agholor Amina/Rd 13
WR4 Roddy White Doug/ Rd 15
Flex Melvin Gordon Terry/Rd 9
TE Jordan Cameron Chris/Rd 17
K Adam Vinatieri Anand/ Rd. 19
Def/ST Houston Texans Doug/ Rd 9
Worst round of the draft

I was surprised how far I had to go to find a single round of the draft that had fewer disappointments (albeit some from injury) than the first round, but I think I found it.  A completely wasted draft round with no redeeming qualities.  We’d all apparently run out of our “good” players and hadn’t yet started taking chances on sleepers.  I present to you the Seventeenth Round:

Tre Mason – Did nothing with opportunity before Gurley came along
Jordan Cameron – has done next to nothing all year
Cody Parkey – never topped 6 points before tearing groin muscles
Isaiah Crowell – Browns running game sucks
Joique Bell – lost his job to Zach Zenner.  ‘nough said.
Joe Flacco – Meh.

Yuck.

All-Injury Bug Team

The most impactful injuries from the first half of the season. Some had a big impact in the first half  but may still return to form, while others will be felt as the rest of the season goes on.

Position Name Owner
QB1 Tony Romo Anand
QB2 Ben Roethlisberger Doug
RB1 Jamaal Charles Jason
RB2 Arian Foster Chris
RB3 LeVeon Bell Chris
WR1 Dez Bryant Anand
WR2 Steve Smith Anand
WR3 Alshon Jeffrey Doug
WR4 Davante Adams Doug
Flex DeSean Jackson Amina
TE Julius Thomas Amina
K Cody Parkey Doug
Def/ST Baltimore Ravens (Suggs) N/A

Mid-Season Team Haiku

Few well-chosen words.
Simple rules for syllables.
Five, seven, and five.

One verse for each team.
Some have pretty pictures.
Pithy wisdom bits.

Don’t Stop Believin’
Brady Bunch
Brady and his Bunch lead the way for Don’t Stop Believin’ this season

Brady revenge tour.
Who needs Luck when you’ve got skill?!
Must have all Murrays!

The Edgars

Lacy, Morris suck.
Hey look, Davonta Freeman!
Okay after all!

Fly Eagles Fly

Ginger at QB,
Gurley looks unstoppable
No Eagles on team??

Geno’s Jawbreakers

Dez and Romo hurt.
Most Points Against by a ton.
Just can’t catch a break

Mashed Potatoes
manning int animated
Yep. Peyton looks like poop.

Woodhead, Lewis: Studs
That’s why some hate PPR.
Peyton looks like poop.

Yukon Gold

Draft running backs high
Wide receivers carry team
to first place in league.

My intention was for a themed pictures for each team, but I ran out of time, so those two will have to do for now.

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