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.
|WR4||Odell Beckham Jr.||Terry|
Players who have severely underperformed expectations/draft position during the first half of the season – Non-injury edition.
|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.
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.
|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 revenge tour.
Who needs Luck when you’ve got skill?!
Must have all Murrays!
Lacy, Morris suck.
Hey look, Davonta Freeman!
Okay after all!
Fly Eagles Fly
Ginger at QB,
Gurley looks unstoppable
No Eagles on team??
Dez and Romo hurt.
Most Points Against by a ton.
Just can’t catch a break
Woodhead, Lewis: Studs
That’s why some hate PPR.
Peyton looks like poop.
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.