From: Portsmouth RI
Well, the semifinals are set in the Matrix fantasy football leagues. In the Pro league Quarter-finals Fair Warning pounded Zeta16 with key performances from Chalres Tillman (96pts), Donald Driver (94.3 pts), Nate Kaeding (84pts), Jason Taylor (82pts) and what could be Kevin Jones last game of the season (70.73 pts). Zeta16 struggled on Offense, lead by Carson Palmer (57.5) ands Plaxico Buress (53.63) and suffered on defense from Chris gambles inactive call, and absymal perfomance by Champ Bailey (10pts) and Lemar Marshall (14pts) while leaving Terrell Suggs 88 pts, Shleton Quarles 85.5 and Keith Brooking 73pts on his bench.
My match up with Neverwinter Knights wen right down the wire last night - I had a 120 point lead going into Monday night on a 110pt effort by Josh Scobee, 73.88 from Larry Fitzgerald and 63 from Mark Clayton. On defense Charles Woodson's 55.7 was the best I could muster and Shaun Phillips and Asante Samual - my to anchors conbined for anly 40. THis eft me very vulnerable to Torry Holt, Cedric Benson and Brian Urlacher, with only Thomas Jones. Neverwinter knights nearly as adiasaster as Romo only had ~10 points in the first half, but had a solid 2nd nearly matching Garcia's 48.54 with 43.77. Nate Clements great game, capped with an INT for TD put him over 100pts, and Frank Gore and Rudi Johnson together broke 120! Marty Booker's 80.88 helped a lot. Defense was an isue for the Knights with Madieu Williams, Osi Umenviora, and Julius Peppers combining for a devestting 23 points. As the Monday knight game went on, Thomas got a score but nothing inspiring - but nearly 42 points. Unfortunately Holt was Bulgers go to guy and kept chipping away at the lead nearly getting to 90 points himelf. Benson got some attention and loked like he might get a score, when the Bears gave third string back Adrian Peterson (not THE Adrian Peterson...) and he got what probably would have been Benson's TD! Yahoo had a problem with defense and Only Urlachers 23 first half points showed up so it looked like my lead was more comforatable than it was. Half way through the 4th it looked like Thomas was down, but Bulger and Holt (and Benson) were not. Neither was Urlacher who looked like he at least should have goten a Pass defense if not a forced fumble on a ot drop in the endzone. I would not be surprised if the stats get revised to give him one - which could my victoy margin to a scant 3 points! It looked like benson might get a chance to get his TD on a Dallas Carke pass play to the 6, but it got called back and the Bears had to settle of a field goal atempt (that was misssed...) I was weating it ight to the last Rams play as Holt dropped several balls tht could have sent my home, but a pick on a deep Bulger throw ened it - and gave me a 725.97 to 704.2 (and possibly 722.2 if Urlacher gets that not a fumble but sure looked like a pass defensed)..
Anyway that leaves number 1 seed Erik Rutin's Bennington Bolts to take on Zeta 16. Erik is hoping Peyton breaks out of his slup with a performance like last year against Palmer and has TO and Darrel Jackson as his top receivers and Brian Westbrook as must play RB, and Alge Crumpler at TE, His D is anchored by Rashean Mathis, Wil Witherspoon, Antonio Pierce and James Farrior. Zeta 16 relies on Micheal Vick as his only QB, with Deion Branch DOnald Driver and Braylon edwards at Wide out. Jason Witten seems his choice over Heath Miller at TE and he has an assortment of RBs that include LJ and likely two of Joseph Addai, Wali Ludy, Millis McGahee, Leon Washington DOminc Rhodes, and the now lamb duck Kevin Jones. Nate aeding has done yeoman serivce at K and a defense anchored by Jason Taylor, Chalres Tillman, Kieth bullock and Richard Marshall.
My 4 seed Pack o'Pain has to once again upset Mick's Pulled Hammy featuring Marc Buger as likely QB, Regie Wayne and Roy Williams at WR, and Steven jackson and Wilie Parker at RB. Mick's strength is his D where London Fletcher, Lance Briggs, Sean Jones, DeMarco Ryans and Shawne Merrimen have teh potential to outscore his offense... LOsing McNabb has left me scrambling for QB - I went with Jeff Garcia, and likely will again over Kitna or Rothlisberger. I'm in a quandry with stalwart Steve Smith hobbled by both an ankle "tweak" and a Weinke QB...here's hoping Delhome can somehow return...Larry Fitgerald is a no brianer, as is Shaun Alexander at RB , but THomas Jones or his brother Julius supporting? and which 3 of Jerricho Cotchery, Isaac Bruce, Mark Clayton, and Devery Henderson at WR... Josh Scobee has saved my bacon seeral times. My Defense is almost as strong as Mick's featuring Kerry Rhodes, Charles Woodson and Asante Samuel and Donnie edwards and Cato June and Aaron Schobel at D-Line. We will see how it works out... the "predictions" have me up by 12 points, but that is hardly re-assuring...
In the Classic league number 1 seed 5150 (Marc Bulger and Holt, Favre and Greg Jennings to pick from at QB nd WR, and LJ, and Dommic Rhodes at RB with Kevin Jones out - potentially into next season and the San Diego defense) against my 4 seed Pack o'Pain
anchored by Drew Brees and Devery Henderson, Regie Wayne, Willie Parker and Ahman Green at RB and Buffalos big scoring defense.
THe 2 seed StanleyCup Champs featuring Tony Romo, Steve Smith and Javon Walker, Deuce Mcallister will miss Ronnie Brown, but the incredible Chicago D (and Hester on special teams) could be a difference maker against 3 seed Labatts Blues looks to be going with Jon Kitna agaisnt the big play prone Packer secondary, though the thought of what Carson Palmer did in last years game v Indy may have him csecond gues that a couple times. But then agains when you have LT, you have a LOT of margin for error ;) HE may need it as his WR corps is a squirrelly lot, any of which has about equal chances of a 30 pont gem, or single digit stinker. THe Dallas D could help considerably if they dismantle the Giants again.
In the Hall of fame league I suffered only my 2nd defeat - to my last place sister (how demeaning is that...) I am still the number 1 seed riding the back of Payton Manning and Carson Palmer, TJ Housyermamma, and Plaxico Buress, Wilie Parker and Marion Barber III (who scared the crap out me with his -1 yard performace..) Jeff Wlkins has ben money as a kicker and *I* have the Chicago D (and am taking a chance on Green Bay doing well at home agaisnt the Lions. Zeta16 wil be hoping I leave points on my bench yet again, and praying that Tom Brady breaks out of his slump and Air McNair keeps up his solid work. Chd Johnson and Laverneous Coles anchor a more consistent receiver corps than mine, but has to decide which of the Denver Bell backs to pick to support Rudi Johnson. THe JAx D is a no brainer for him, but Steelers or Saints is a tougher call. The matchup has us only 21 points apart and I am VERY woied about poor machups...
The other game pits the 2 seed Buckhead beerbellies against Vinny's Prostidude MCSH. THe Beerbellies feature Chad Pennington and Jeff Garcia at QB and Both Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne and Reggie Brown. LT at RB will be suppored by either Thomas Jones, Reuban Droughns or Joseph Addai. The baltimore D will be supported by either the 49ers or falcons. Prostidude has Drew Brees and Micheal Vick at QB and top WRs are Andre Johnson (who I traded to him ...) and Marty Booker and Marques Colston. Vinny has more RBS than any to other teams I think - with LJ being a sure play, but a choice between Travis Henry, Maurice Jones-Drew, Deuce McAllister, Corey Dillon, Chester Taylor, Brandon Jacobs and he won't even miss Kevin Jones. And he traded me Warrick Dunn for Andre Johnson...(semed like the thing to do about week 4...). He's goin down anyway as Asante Samual is gonna take Andre out of the game this week...