By Josh Knust, Never Say Wombat
First week is in the books and it was a good one up here in President’s League. I’m pretty happy that we have another dozen or so weeks of this.
Without further ado:
***Swamp Donkeys (TMAS) vs Las Tortugas (DTAY)
I made a mistake in my preview calling for a Dave-O win on the back of a big game from Big Ben, which was nonsense because TJ owns Big Ben. It doesn’t matter, because this one was a blow-out. Masker just didn’t get much from his starters, and left some points on his bench. Even with an optimal line-up, the Swamp Donkeys still would have gone down. For the Tortugas, if Odell Beckham is your lowest scorer with 6.9 points followed by your defense at 9, you could probably just assume that you won that week without looking at any of the other scores. A big game from Forte (25.1) and a huge kicker game from McManus (18) pushed the Tortugas to victory.
Winner: Las Tortugas (DTAY) – [125.1 - 72.9]
***Dallas Dictators (JBAM) vs Backalley Bootleggers (DPAT)
This turned out to be a great match-up, just as expected. Each team had players in the Monday night games and got great performances from each. Demarco Murray had a respectable game for Denton with 16 points, but this was negated by a top-notch night by Matt Bryant with 17 points. Denton was still down a big chunk of points going into the final game of the week, but a big night from Carlos Hyde closed the gap to give the Bootleggers the victory. One interesting stat: the Bootleggers had an extremely top-heavy performance with three of their players (Rob Gronkowski, Carlos Hyde, Keenan Allen) scoring 68.4% of the total team points.
Winner: Backalley Bootleggers (DPAT) – [124.4 - 118.8]
***Upper Decker (MSTE) vs Never Say Wombat (JKNU)
I got most of what I wished for in my preview as Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdowns to people not named Eddie Lacy, but lacy still had a respectable game on the ground, including one rushing touchdown. This match-up was marked by a quite consistent set of scores at most positions, with most players pulling their weight. Sammy Watkins throwing up a stat line in the trillions an incredible game from Seferian-Jenkins swung the game in Stewart’s favor. Both of us left some points on the bench, but Upper Decker would have taken it even under optimal line-ups.
Winner: Upper Decker (MSTE) – [116.3 – 107.5]
***Duncombe Demons (TMIC) vs Haarig Holzfallers (ABIA)
Dez Bryant going down for the next six to eight weeks is a cruel blow to the already depleted Demons (having lost Jordy Nelson in the preseason). Solid performances from a few of the Demons’ starters weren’t enough to make up for lackluster stats from the others. T-Mike may have a rough go in the coming weeks. Just like Denton’s Backalley Bootleggers but to a lesser degree, Bianchi’s Holzfallers won on the back of a top-heavy performance. Strong showings from DeAndre Hopkins, Antonio Brown, and Chris Ivory accounted for 53.3% of the team total augmenting solid games from almost all of the other starters. Watch out for this team.
Winner: Haarig Holzfallers (ABIA) – [139.9 - 95.2]
***The Mirthmobile (ABAM) vs Phuket Rippers (MSUL)
This was the lowest-scoring match-up of the week with no real breakout performances or drama. This game played out completely differently than I predicted with Sully’s running backs completely out-performing Bamrick’s. Even still, Sully will anxiously await the return of Le’Veon Bell, especially if the TY Hilton knee injury turns out to be worse than reported. Not a lot to say about this match except that the highest scoring players on each team were defenses.
Winner: Phuket Rippers (MSUL) – [101.8 – 83.7]
***Arnie’s Pizza Shop (LKOC) vs Uncle Abe (NLIN)
Lincoln had a great week scoring the second-highest point total, and did so despite my preview prediction of a strong game from Eli Manning being completely off. Uncle Abe was a consistent squad overall would have won even if Julio Jones hadn’t completely gone off. Arnie’s Pizza shop just didn’t have a solid week with otherwise dominant players having pretty quiet outings.
Winner: Uncle Abe (NLIN) – [128.1 - 93.9]
By the Numbers:
· Lowest Winning Score – 101.8 [Phuket Rippers (MSUL)]
· Highest Losing Score – 118.8 [Dallas Dictators (JBAM)]
· Highest Individual Player Score – Carlos Hyde, 31.2 [Backalley Bootleggers (DPAT)]
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