It's been a great year so far for my fantasy football teams. I wanted to recap the action thus far, after ten weeks.
I'll start with my ESPN teams. First the New Mexico Scorpions. They went 8-0 in the first eight weeks. They took their first loss in week nine and are staring down the barrel of losing their 2nd game in a row. We need Mike James (RB) of Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get at least 20 points tonight against the Dolphins on Monday Night Football, to win. This means he has to get 80 yards from scrimmage (combined rushing, and receiving with no fumbles lost, and score a touchdown. Or - he gets 140 yards from scrimmage with no fumbles and one touchdown. Or - he gets 200 yards from scrimmage with no fumbles and no touchdowns) Even if he comes up short and Scorpions lose, we will still hold a 2 game lead in our division with 3 games to go and a three game lead over the best wild card team for a playoff spot so just one more win in the next 3 games clinches us a spot in the playoffs.
Triple X will win this week as all players from my team and my opponents have all played. They will move to 6-4 and are in 4th place. (Top 4 teams in all leagues gets to play in the playoffs) I figure at worse, we have to win 2 of the next 3 games to have a shot. If we win out all three games, we will be in for sure.
Kingston and Roswell will also win this week, pushing both teams to 7-3 for the year with 3 games left. They will both be in 3rd place for the playoffs. I figure 2 more wins for both of them in the last 3 games and they should clinch playoff berths.
Finally, The Piketon Red Streaks took a loss this week and will drop to 6-4, taking them out of 4th place and dropping them to 5th place. To get in the playoffs in their league, we may have to win out. Maybe going 2-1 in the final 3 games will get us in, I don't know. But last week, all five of my ESPN teams were in prime playoff position. This week, 4 of 5 are in playoff position with Piketon still fighting for a spot. Not bad really, this late into the season.
In my CBS leagues, Columbus Bandits will move to 7-3, and will be first in their division by 3 games with 4 games left in the regular season. Two more wins over the next 4 weeks and we will clinch our division and a playoff spot, or one more win by us and one more loss by the second place team and we will clinch. Anyhow, it looks good for them. Lucky thing that team is in a weak division.
For the Ross County Warriors, they will fall to 6-4 and hold a one game lead in their division. (Another weak division) I think we might have to go 3-1 in the last four games to get our playoff spot. We might be able to sneak in if we go 2-2, but that would be pushing it.
As for the Waverly Thrashers, they are eliminated with a 3-7 record so far. I will merely be trying to get them to be respectable, hopefully at 7-7 if we win out. Maybe next year.
Maybe next year too for two of my Yahoo! teams: Chillicothe Paints who are 2-8 and Ohio Wildcats at 3-7. They too are eliminated.
However, The Santa Fe Eagles will win this week, pushing them to 6-4 and a 4th place spot with 4 games to go while the Quebec Knights dropped this week to 6-4 and will fall from 2nd place to 4th with four games remaining. We will probably have to win 3 of the next 4 games with both of these teams to make it into post season play. We might be able to sneak in if we go 2-2, but again, that would be pushing it.
To recap: 12 teams / leagues, 3 eliminated from playoff chances, 8 teams in playoff position and one team (Piketon) fighting for their playoff lives. So 9 teams are still in good position. This far into the season, that is not bad at all. Last year at this time, I only had six teams still in the mix and the year before that, 7 teams out of the 12. So this year has been a little more exciting despite most of my teams having suffered a ton of injuries.
Wish me luck for the rest of the season! I'll let you know what happens.