2015 Playoffs: Quarterfinals

(6) Goldbergs Gorillas at (3) GoodmansGreatGuesses

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After starting 1-4, Goldberg won six of his final eight games to finish at 7-6 and sneak into the postseason. The veteran manager made back-to-back trades after four straight wins, acquiring Eric Decker and DeMarco Murray for Stefon Diggs and Jonathan Stewart in separate deals.

Jason heads into the postseason on a two-game losing, squandering a chance at a first-round bye after his 29-point Week 13 loss.

The history: Both of these teams return to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus.

This is Goldberg’s 7th playoff appearance in 11 seasons, as he looks to become the league’s first three-time champion.

This is Jason’s 4th playoff appearance in six seasons, as he seeks his second championship.

The management: With T.J. Yeldon at home against the Colts and DeMarco Murray’s role in jeopardy, Goldberg will have a tough choice to make at that RB2 slot. Ironically, Goldberg’s RB1 will be LeSean McCoy who faces Murray and his former team.

Jason has his own problems at RB2, as he continues to battle the Denver RB seesaw as an owner of both CJ Anderson and Ronnie Hillman, with Ryan Mathews potentially returning and sliding into the starting RB role for the Eagles.

The game: Falcons at Panthers, 1:00 p.m.

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Jason – Greg Olsen, Carolina D
Goldberg – Cam Newton

The matchup: Goldberg -6.5

The key for Jason will be trying to slow down Goldberg’s WRs. The trio of Demaryius Thomas vs. Oak, Eric Decker vs. Ten, and Alshon Jeffrey vs. Was all get HOME, favorable matchups.

Seattle D at Baltimore (Matt Schuab!) could be the x-factor, a scary situation for Jason.

(5) A. Goodman at (4) #FreeBRADYansky

These two teams enter the postseason as the league’s hottest two.

Stan enters the playoffs on a three-game winning streak coming off a 150+ point must-win victory.

After a 1-5 start, Goodman ended the season a remarkable 6-1.

The history: This is just Goodman’s 3rd playoff appearance in 13 seasons and incredibly, his first playoff game since 2009 when he lost to the eventual champion Porter’s Playas in the semi-finals 126-92. Goodman goes for his 2nd championship and 1st in modern league history (post 2005).

After missing the playoffs last season, this is Stan’s 5th playoff appearance in 11 seasons. He has been one the league’s most dominant managers over the past few seasons, climbing his way all the way up to the top of the Aldo’s Leaderboard. Stan goes for his league-high third championship.

The management: Goodman’s key decision comes at WR2/Flex, when choosing two out of these three fantasy wack-a-moles: Vincent Jackson (vs. NO), Golden Tate (at Stl) and DaVante Adams (vs. Dal).

He also may have backed himself into a corner at TE. With Gronk likely out and Tom Brady staring daggers at him across the sidelines for Stan, Goodman will decide between Scott Chandler (at Hou) and Martellus Bennet vs. Was.

Stan will have a tough call at WR2 between the battered Willie Snead at TB and the rookie DaVante Parker vs. NYG on Monday night.

Secondly, at his flex spot, Stan can go with his normal flex in Duke Johnson vs. the putrid 49ers, or Darren Sproles at home vs. Buffalo in a potentially increased role, or either one of Snead or Parker.

The game: Patriots at Texans, 8:30 p.m.

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Stan – Tom Brady, New England D
Goodman – Scott Chandler

The matchup: Goodman -1

The key here for Goodman is to establish the run. His No. 1 pick Adrian Peterson opens the matchup on Thursday night against an intimidating Arizona Cardinals defense. Then, his young workhorse Latavius Murray has a treacherous matchup against the league’s best defense at the Denver Broncos.

Stan will need to get production from one of his two Cleveland Browns, Johnson and/or Gary Barnidge, with Johnny Manziel starting at QB at home against the 49ers. Both are safe bets for double-digits, which Goodman will live with, but anything significantly more or less could flip the matchup.

Brady off two straight losses against the Texans in primetime is never a fun thing for any opponent, either.

Goodman will hope for a TD or two from the ascending Chiefs defense against his backup QB—Philip Rivers—and one of the NFL’s worst offensive line. A glorious matchup on paper for Goodman.

 

Bye: (2) Snake, (1) Tepel

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After both teams missed the postseason in 2013, they have now finished 1-2 for the second straight year.

It’s Tepel’s 5th playoff appearance and 3rd first place finish in 14 seasons (2nd in a row). For Blake, this is his 6th playoff birth in 11 seasons.

Snake looks for a record third championship, while Tepel tries for his first title.

Tepel’s World And We’re Just Living In It

PHILADELPHIA – Andrew Tepel is dominating Northeast Philadelphia’s most prominent Fantasy Football league like a Thanksgiving fart.

Quiet, but deadly.

This weekend, Tepel became just the second manager ever (Scott, 2009 and 2012) to win his second Blue-Gold rivalry week championship, outscoring Andrew Goodman by a mere 1.04 points.

That’s a cool 180 + 20 from Phil Pane’s fine = 200.

With his Week 13 victory, Tepel all but secured his second straight first-place finish, as his 148 point-one game lead over Jason makes it everything but official with one week remaining in the regular season.

Tepel will become the first owner in modern league history to achieve back-to-back first place finishes.

This will be Tepel’s third first-place finish in the last five seasons, an unprecedented run.

That gives him another 900, for a total of 1,100 so far this season (after winning 1,200 last season). 2,300 in two seasons with a playoff season looming ain’t too shabby.

Oh, and we still owe him dinner for his Week 6 championship.

All of that said, Tepel has never been able to get the monkey off his back and actually win the whole damn thing. This year, he tries again with the No. 1 overall seed and first-round bye, the clear favorite.

Ps. He just bid $36 and won David Johnson, who will likely be the Arizona Cardinals’ starting RB the rest of the way, just because.

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Surging Mike Gold Smells Blood, Wheels And Deals In Hopes Of Playoff Push

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Mike Goldberg can smell blood.

After four straight victories, suddenly, the 11th year owner is sitting at 5-4, good for 5th place in 14th Annual Northeast Philly’s Fantasy Football League.

Seeking to become the league’s first-ever three-time champion, Goldberg wheeled and dealed on Wednesday night.

First, Mike Gold traded emerging young-star Stefon Diggs for Eagles running back DeMarco Murray. Then, minutes later, he flipped Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart for the consistent Jets WR Eric Decker.

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Essentially, Goldberg traded Diggs and Stewart for Murray and Decker, a relatively lateral move on the surface.

Multiple reports indicate Goldberg also attempting to acquire Rob Gronkowski from Porter for a deal that included Diggs and Stewart, but Porter’s season-saving walk-off win halting all talks.

Goldberg (5-4) — along with Stan (4-5), Blake (6-3), and Porter (3-6) — has the opportunity to become the first owner to accumulate three championships.

The trade deadline is Friday, November 27th at 9:59 p.m. E.T.

And down the stretch they come!

The Double Season-Saving, Walk-Off TD Heard ‘Round The World

PHILADELPHIA – Fantasy and reality.

It didn’t just save one season. It saved two.

Jordan Matthews’ 41-yard TD catch on Sunday night propelled the Eagles to 4-4 and just 1/2 game back in the NFC East (Giants 5-4), likely saving their season.

That, he knew immediately upon crossing the goal-line.

What J-Matt didn’t know, was that over 1,500 miles away…

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…a young man named Andrew Porter had his own season saved with Matthews’ catch. His fantasy season.

Loss No. 7 is usually equivalent to a “your-season-is-over” pink slip in the storied 14-year long Northeast Philadelphia born Fantasy Football League, and down 27.12 points with just Duck Hands Matthews remaining on Sunday night, Porter wrote himself off—for the matchup and in turn, the season.

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But then, this happened.

Down 9.92, Matthews’ 11.1 point walk-off touchdown gave Porter the 1.18 point win.

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With the win, Porter improves to 3-6, but more importantly avoids his 7th loss. Stan, takes it on the CHIN, and falls to 4-5.

Live LOOK in on #FreeBRADYansky:

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Porter: My Completely Irrelevant, But Highly Anticipated Preseason Analysis

Give the people what they want, right?

Every year I continue to churn out my meaningless preseason rankings, but without fail, after every draft, you nitwits continue to beg for them. So here I am, on a hot summer Sunday afternoon, sitting in my house typing irrelevant preseason rankings for my Fantasy Football League. Call me crazy if you please—I cannot object.

As always, I’ll start with my team and go down the list. For the record, there are no standout dominant teams and no really bad teams.

Let’s hit it!

Porter

The Commish
Budget $200
1. (1) Ryan Tannehill (Mia – QB) $7
2. (13) Arian Foster (Hou – RB) $28
3. (25) Andre Ellington (Ari – RB) $12
4. (37) Randall Cobb (GB – WR) $39
5. (49) Mike Evans (TB – WR) $38
6. (61) Rob Gronkowski (NE – TE) $52
7. (73) Anquan Boldin (SF – WR) $7
8. (85) Cleveland (Cle – DEF) $1
9. (97) Joique Bell (Det – RB) $8
10. (109) DeAngelo Williams (Pit – RB) $2
11. (121) Allen Hurns (Jax – WR) $1
12. (133) Marvin Jones (Cin – WR) $2
13. (145) Theo Riddick (Det – RB) $1
14. (157) Jameis Winston (TB – QB) $1
15. (169) Leonard Hankerson (ATL – WR) $1

Grade: B

Strength: Starting pass catchers (Cobb, Evans, Gronk)

Weakness: Depth

X-Factor: Arian Foster

Best value pick: Andre Ellington for $12

My strategy was to snag Tannehill for cheap ($7 a little more than I wanted), get two top-12 WRs, get value on Foster— potentially top-5 fantasy player for under $30, and dominate at TE. I believe I did all that. Problem was, I had no money to bid on some bench guys I loved (Charles Johnson, Danny Woodhead, Jarvis Landry, Stevie Johnson, Brandon Coleman, to name a few).

Jason

GoodmansGreatGuesses
Budget $200
1. (2) Matt Ryan (Atl – QB) $4
2. (14) Lamar Miller (Mia – RB) $31
3. (26) C.J. Anderson (Den – RB) $41
4. (38) T.Y. Hilton (Ind – WR) $40
5. (50) Keenan Allen (SD – WR) $18
6. (62) Greg Olsen (Car – TE) $12
7. (74) Ryan Mathews (Phi – RB) $10
8. (86) Miami (Mia – DEF) $5
9. (98) Larry Fitzgerald (Ari – WR) $3
10. (110) Charles Johnson (Min – WR) $16
11. (122) Ronnie Hillman (Den – RB) $8
12. (134) Javorius Allen (Bal – RB) $1
13. (146) Cody Latimer (Den – WR) $2
14. (158) DeVante Parker (Mia – WR) $4
15. (170) Cameron Artis-Payne (Car – RB) $1

Grade: B+

Strength: Well balanced, PRR RB’s

Weakness: Elite scoring

X-Factor: Charles Johnson

Best value pick: Greg Olsen, $12

Another strong draft for Jason, which is becoming a staple. Nothing fancy either. He gets the guys he wants and doesn’t mess around, and there’s certainly something to be said for that.

T.Y. Hilton could become a No. 1 wideout, but volume may be an issue in Indy—a lot of mouths to feed.

RB is a strong position for Jay, who boasts two pass catching big-play backs, in Miller and Anderson.

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2015 Rivalry Week Matchups

Rivalry will be Week 12 this year, beginning on Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), highlighted by Eagles at Lions at 12:30pm. The trade deadline is the following day, Friday, November 27th.

Here are the matchups:

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The full schedule is now available on the league homepage.

2015 Draft Day Prop Bets

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Will Andrew Goodman attend the draft?

Yes  -175
No  +150

Will Mike LaRose bring WaWa?

Yes  -180
No  +130

Will Mike LaRose draft Tony Romo?

Yes    -500
No     +300

Will Mike LaRose draft Jason Witten?

Yes    -350
No     +275

Will Damien Wilmer bring any draft prep besides a cell phone?

Yes  +2000
No   -1000

Will Blake Rosenberg miss out on a player because no one can hear him?

Yes    -100
No     +100

What time will Linto Thomas arrive (Draft begins at 8pm)

Before 8       25/1
At 8              15/1
8pm-8:15       5/1
8:15-8:30       7/2
After 8:30       9/1

How many kickers will Stan Borodyansky draft?

0 – 1/5
1 – 5/1
2 – 25/1
3+ – 250/1

How long will Mike Goldberg’s rendition of the National Anthem be?

o1:20   +225
u1:20   -175

What will Andrew Tepel wear?

Eagles jersey                             22/1
Larry Bird/Dr. J choking shirt     30/1
Shirt and tie                               50/1
Plain v-neck t-shirt                       5/1
None of the above                       2/1

Who will own the most Eagles’ players?

Tepel       8/1
Porter      9/1
Scott        9/1
Damien   10/1
Other      12/1

Who will be the auctioneer (Dane is unavailable)?

Ryan Scherer      3/2
Porter                  5/1
Jordan Cogan    10/1
Joey LaRose      10/1
Osni Rocha         10/1
Corey Seidman   50/1

What will be the biggest problem of the draft?

Phil Pane’s face time/skype-in situation      2/1
Goodman having a replacement drafter     6/1
No auctioneer                                              8/1
Eagles-Packers distractions                       15/1
Linto’s tardiness                                         100/1

*Place your bets in the comment section, please.