Sep 13, 2011

Week 1 Recap

The first week of the Fantasy Season is in the books, and it was a wild week for sure! Surprises were common and a few records were set that may end up standing for a while. So, without further ado, here is a game-by-game breakdown of Week 1:

Angler Pigs over Annihilating Angels, 114.98-47.24
It was, in his own words, a "disappointing start to a dynasty" for Kyle. His team name would have better fit its performance if it was "Annihilated Angles", losing to the Angler Pigs by a whopping 67.74 points- a record that may stand for a while. Kyle's QB, Tony Romo and two RBs, Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles all had mediocre point totals for names of that caliber. The rest of the team was even more disappointing, with 4 starters scoring 2 or fewer points, with one of them, the Kansas City DST scoring -4. On the flip side, the Angler Pigs dominated with impressive 20+ point days from QB Drew Brees, WR Wes Welker and free-agent pick up DST Houston. One glaring flaw in the Angler Pigs would be the running backs, which only scored a combined 4.8 points. If the RBs pick their game up, the Pigs may need to be Feared, as Drew so commonly proclaims!

Red Hawks over Lehman Demons, 101.5-76.15
A strong running back core led Mitch to an easy victory over Dave's Demons, aided in part by the epic collapse of the Pittsburgh Steelers against Baltimore. Dave's Steelers players, RB Rashard Mendenhall and the DST scored a -3.5 points combined, with the usually stalwart Steelers D scoring -6. The outcome would have been much different had the Steelers, along with QB Matt Ryan shown up, as the rest of the his team performed well. Interestingly, Mitchells' top player, LeSean McCoy, scored over 25 points on just 17 touches. If McCoy gets the ball even more in future weeks, he could lead Mitch to an impressive season.

White Star Fleet over Red Dragons, 130.84-87.5
The game with the most pre-game smack talk lived up to its billing with the highest combined score of the week, another record that could stand for a while. In the end, Keith used strong Monday Night performances from Oakland RB Darren McFadden and K Sebastian Janikowski and Miami WR Brandon Marshall to run up the score, having already secured the victory. Despite adding 42.5 points on Monday Night and scoring an amazing 130.84 was not enough for Keith. He was quick to point out there was no stat category for field goals over 60 yards, referencing Janikowski's record tying 63 yard field goal. Meanwhile, the Red Dragons did not have any break out stars, or any big busts. Not real exciting, but on most weeks, it may get the job down. Add in some break out performances, and something special could happen.

Ferocious Foxes over Mike's Big Dawgs, 111.57-98.24
This was a very fascinating and dramatic match-up to watch, with even more story-lines than meets the eye. Despite the obvious RB Arian Foster drama and K Nate Kaeding injury, resulting in a goose-eggs for two position, Mike was leading Fantasy Rookie Maria well into the second half of the New England-Miami game Monday night, which was the final football to be played for this matchup. Of course, this match would have not even been close had Maria played Baltimore's DST, which was benched based on a terrible piece of advice from a certain husband. Tom Brady effectively took over the drama of the match with his own drama, posting a week best 32.64 points, mostly in the second half. Unfortunately, someone had to lose this matchup, but neither owner should be unhappy. Mark week 11 on your calendars, when these two meet again.

Dogs of War over The Rabid Penguins, 92.98-66.17
We end this preview where we started: a Montreuil brother beating up on an Eggleston brother. Though Ryan did better than Kyle, and Scott did not quite match Drew, this was still a rather lospided match. Ryan only had 2 players in double-digits, compared to Scott's 5. One would think that QB Ben Roethlisberger and the New Orleans DST will score Ryan more than a combined 3.5 points each week, so he should not panic too much. Scott's Dogs of War had a bit more of the big game performance that Steve lacked, but still did not see any player top 20 points. He could end up being another consistent, but quiet winner week in and week out.

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