This is it. After a glorious run in battle after battle, some of you have managed to make it to the top, while others are already gearing up to avoid relegation and the lower opportunity at the Gavel that it brings. For it's inaugural year in this new format, the D League has managed to grow smoothly from an idea that would most likely get messed up, to this final part of the season.
This week begins our final championship hunt. Who will hoist the Gavel at the end of the year? Who will be eligible for Championship Jerseys? Will Zachar be Mr. Fantasy Football? These next few weeks decide it all.
Here are your championship matchups.
The President's League
Sully remarked to me that if you had to pick who would be in the playoffs after the draft, the results wouldn't be too far off from who is actually in. Our first and second round byes are both held by former champions looking for their second place on the trophy, and the remainder is filled out with perennial contenders. All of WDM has been placed into the Loser Ladder, so we bid farewell to Valley, flushing them into relegation.
First Round Byes : #1 The Mirthmobile (11-2) and #2 Arnie's Pizza Shop (8-5)
#5 Upper Decker (8-5) and #4 Breesus, King of the Drews (8-5)
This matchup pits a consistent Upper Decker against a mostly downward trending Breesus. Stewart has managed his way into the playoffs after a narrow victory this past week, crushing Hanks' dreams along the way. Anyone, take a look at T Micks team and tell me that's a good team.
#6 Phuket Rippers (7-6) and #3 Dallas Dictators (8-5)
Sully has so far done the impossible. After sitting squarely at the bottom of the food chain in President's League, this team has managed to break of a streak of wins to secure the last spot in the playoffs. With a team that's pretty frightening at this point, this matchup looks to be close.
The Royal Purple League
The Royal Purple League started out the year by consuming more alcohol than the other league's combined, drafted like a bunch of clowns, and quickly became one of the weirdest leagues to watch. Tortugas and Never Say Wombat took the lead, and the rest of the league boiled down to "who is going to get the other four spots."
First Round Byes : #1 Las Tortugas (13-0) and #2 Never Say Wombat (11-2)
Both of these teams absolutely throttled the rest of the league. Knust loses a couple times to teams, but holds highest points, and Daveo manages to beat literally everyone else, setting a record for longest streak along the way.
#5 Vintage Bamrick (6-7) and #4 Team TIEDS (7-6)
Will manages to slip into the playoffs with a losing record, barely winning at the end to get that final spot. Always the showman, he looks to prove he can finish the season with a win. Tieds plays a solid hand this year and secures a decent spot.
#6 Beats By Ray (6-7) and #3 Team Jean Rack (7-6)
The D League's own Park Ranger becomes the second team to make it into the playoffs with a losing record. Team Jean Rack, whose owner learned how to play fantasy football while taking shots at the draft, also manages to beat enough teams to compete. With the level the top two are playing, it's going to be interesting to see who stands on top when the smoke clears.
The White League
Billy aside, the White League has turned out to be the most competitive. The Swamp Donkeys gained the number one seed by virtue of a one win advantage. Given the fact that the last team to get into the playoffs are sitting at 7-6, the level of competition made for an exciting finish at the end of the regular season.
First Round Byes : #1 Swamp Donkeys (9-4) and #2 Murder Boner (8-5)
Both of these teams managed to secure their final standing at the end of the year. A win for either would have flipped the order around, and possibly changed the second seed.
#5 Dallas Flying Fortress (8-5) and #4 California RedHawks (8-5)
These two teams get the pleasure of reliving their previous week matchup, except with this time meaning the end of a playoff run for one of these teams. Tex's team has looked strong all year, but Kristiaan's blowout win last week is either a sign of things to come, or motivation for Tex's sweet revenge.
#6 California Boat Rockers (7-6) and #3 Cry Me A Rivers (8-5)
The S.S. Ward floats on into the playoff bay based on a name I don't understand and some solid play. Benda also gets in with a convincing win, leaving this matchup to be decided by two teams with strong showings. Ahoy there matey.
The Gold League
This turd bucket managed to be pretty entertaining throughout the season. For a while, it looked like our pal Dr. Juice would end up being the most vocal person to stay in the Gold another year, but it's looking like Zachar is going to end up with the Mr. Fantasy Football prize package for the draft next year.
First Round Byes : #1 Dirty Mike and the Boys (12-1) and #2 Here's to Lincoln (7-6)
Pratt gives us the second most dominant performance out of the season, only losing to Tyler Shannon, which I think he did as a joke. Lincoln also continues his performance art piece of being the only team I can't tell if he is playing or not for like 4 years total.
#5 Barking Spiders (6-7) and #4 Somali Pirates (7-6)
Ojash manages to be one of the lucky few (or the fact that only 2 teams aren't in the playoffs) who get a shot to leave the Gold league with a losing record. TJ Schmitt comes out of his philosophic haze to set his lineup enough to get a shot as well.
#6 Quad Bangarang (6-7) and #3 Team You Knowshon (7-6)
T Shan overcomes literal jaundice to get into the playoffs this year, and Nigro makes a silent but respectable run of Gold league to get this 3rd slot. Will T Shan manage to set his lineup, even without a Gall Bladder?
2018 Assist Raffle Tracker
T. Shannon - 24
J. Edwards - 1