From: Portsmouth RI
The Matchups this week in the Matrix Basic league are (1) USS America Tsunami vs (4) Mandrake's Maulers and (2) Atomic Punks vs (3) Bat Area Nightmares. Tsunami got a solid 17.1 from Felix Jones and 9.75 from the Dallas D. BIg things are expected from the Patriot's Welker and Gronk, and QBs Vick and Sanchez. The Maulers got 112.5 from Michael Turner, but only 1.4 from Tony Gonzales leaving them sucking some of the Tsunami's exhaust. Looks like the Maulers are going with Cam Newton over Tebow. God will not be pleased ;p The Jacksons, Vincent and DeSean need big games for the Maulers.
In the other game, the Atomic Punks have a commanding lead after Roddy Whites Huge 29.5pt game. Laurent Robinson and Matt Bryant also over achieved giving the Punks nearly 50. Dan Bailey came up a bit short with only 7, while Knigntmare dreams of AP being ready for Sunday dance through his head... Mike Wallace and Donald Driver could come up big, as could Kevin Smith.
IN the Hall of Fame League, My daughters stunning upset propelled her YIkesdaVikes into the playoffs, but the early games have gone Poundcakes way. Laurent Robinson and the Dallas D both overachieved Drew Breeze and LeSean McCoy waiting in the Wings. For Yikes, Romo, Miles Austin and Micheal Turner all did about as expected, while Tony Gonzales and Lagarrett Blount let here down big time. SHe has made money off the Green Bay and Baltimore D's and still has Eli Mannign and Jermichael Finley who could be in for big games.
The other matchup is my Pack o'Pain vs Kelly's Zeros. This matchup did not see much early action. I got a nice game from Matt Bryant, while my Aaron Rodggers-NMatt Stafford tag team at QB has made up for my deficient receiving crew with Gregg Jennings out. Last week against my daughter my Elite RB corps let me down big time! I need Ray Rice, Arian FOster and Willis McGahee to come through for me this week. I've got some hard decisions at the bottom of my lineup with Kevin smith and Ryan Grant high risk high reward, as Are James Jones, Johnney Knox, Reggie Wayne and Eric Decker.Keely's Zero got an slightly above expectation game from MJD - but nothing like some of the monsters he has had. Cam Newton and Tom Brady at QB, Megatron at WR and Shonn Greene, Michael Bush and Darren Sproles give could deliever big!
In the Pro league (5) seed Northern Horde knocked off Breezly Bruins to get the matchup with 1st seed Fudgehamers while my 2nd ranked Pack o' Pain gets 3rd seed Moster. A potential upset is already in the making as the Horde had Matt Ryan and Roddy White who combined for 150+ pts right there. However DeMarcus Ware and Daryl Smith both had subpar games, as did Witten. Tony Gonzoles terrible night together with a subpar outing for Dan Bailey has Fudgehammers needing big games Cam Newton and Tim Tebow (or will he go to Vick?? Will we see C.J. Spiller or Pierre Thomas come off the bench or will he roll the dice with Ryan Grant and Ben Tate? Cruz, Moss and Vincent Jacson are in now witth Manningham riding the pines and what is up with the trio of Ogbonnaya, Kendall Hunter and Daniel Thimas, who has combined for ~250 over the last 4 weeks. Will one them rise up and preserve victory for the injury stricken FH? He needs his D to come through! The Horde still has Eli Manning and Marques Colston in the air, and Ray Rice, Stephen Jackson and Willis McGahee on the ground. Patrick Willis may be good to go, but tough to see him getting big numbers...
In the other game, Moster has faultered abit out of the blocks with LaGarrette Blount bad game and subpar performances from MJD and LB Sean Wtherspoon. He has Matt's Hasselbeck and Stafford, Welker and A.J. GReen in the air, and some strong Defenders in Antoine Bethea, Pat Angerer and James Anderson. With Matt Forte out and Devin Hester and James Starks questionable, there not much help onthe bench... Meanwhile my Pack has been anchored by Rodgers and Brady at QB and targets Jordy Nelson and Aaron Hernandez, I've added Demaryius Thomas on the hunch Tebow is going to have a good day against the awful Patriot secondary. Shonn Green has been money, but since Freddy Jackon went down I've been stuck with Dexter McCluster, Maurice Morris, Donald Brown and Marion Barber on the ground - All of whom have had at least one nice game in the past for weeks, but also several TERRIBLE games...tough call! AS is whether to stick with Hernandez at TE or go with Jermichael Finley who i think will get more touches with Jennings oout... Then there is Jabar Gaffney or Pierre Garson...again Monster or Midgett with gaffney laying a goose-egg on me a couple weeks ago... My D has gotten me this far but with Haloti Ngata hurt I picked up Vince WIlfork who i think will get some work against McGahee... Brian's Cushing and Urlacher and DeAngelo Hall and Chales Woodson have also been money for me done the stretch, Hall in particular with over 200 pts in teh last 4 weeks.
More after the games tomorrow!