Week 11 – We’d rather be “lucky” than good
It just hit me….
We’re heading to WEEK TWELVE?
ALREADY? It seems like we just
started PLAYING last week. Two more
weeks, and the 2018 DFFL Playoffs will begin.
(Note: A message from Commissioner Francis – Remember, those of you that
make the 2018 DFFL Playoffs – You can only pick up a replacement player off the
waiver wire if you’ve suffered an “IR / Out” injury to one of your core
members. And, when you DO pick up a
player, he MUST start, the next week. No
league will soon be closing its’ doors for the 2018 season, we’ll add some more
news tidbits to our normal WWIT column in the next segment, but, for now, here’s
just a reminder. “Tidbits” are great,
but we’re all here to see how that bastion of mediocrity looks after 11 weeks
of “combat.” It’s time to answer that
“What Was I THINKING?”
More on the
DFFL “Race for Mediocrity” later. First
up – DFFL Playoff Headlines! Let’s look
at how the playoff races are shaping up.
Lombardi – The Norsemen
and the Bolts both sit at 5-and-6 on the season with two games remaining. Note: Rob’s Norse Crew has the h/h tiebreaker
in hand and can win the division with another win over the Bolts in Week 13.
Halas – The Grim
Reaper needs just one win or a loss by MGL to wrap up the division title, and
possibly a #1 playoff seed. The 7-and-4
MGL franchise looks like a very solid wild card playoff team and could still
wrest the division title away from the Reaper with 2 late wins.
Shula – The Baltimore
Ravens can wrap up the division title with a win over YNH/LGJ in week 12
play. If LeGOAT wins, it’s chaos in the
division with one week left. Could be
Landry – Full Tilt
Poker can wrap up the division title and a first-round bye in the playoffs with
either a win vs. the Trojans in Week 12 or a loss by the Burbank Thumpers, or a
victory in Week 13 versus the Grim Reaper.
And THERE are
your DFFL notes of the week! Next up –
let’s get back to business with the WWIT column, starting with the Genius
And, just as
predicted, not one, but TWO perfect scores popped up on the Week 11 Genius
docket – One by our esteemed commissioner, Jim Francis of the Bolts, and the
other by the man currently dominating the Halas division with the best record in
the DFFL, Mr. Alan Sullivan. Those
perfectos will receive 7 Genius points for low score of the week, plus two more
Genius points for the perfect scores.
Nice goin’, gentlemen!
silver medal this week goes to our resident Cowboys fan, Robert Abundis of the
Killing Fields, who put up another nice week of scoring by losing only one
point to the bench. That’ll be good for
5 Genius points, which moves Robert into a tie for second place in the Genius
Division. Jesus Cortez of the Mob Squad
takes down third place honors and 3 Genius points by losing just 2 points to
his bench. (We’ll give out one-point
bonuses this week to FTP, the Norsemen, MGL, Burbank, and the Trojans for
single-digit losses for the week.)
But – When the
dust settled in Week 11 play, our resident Genius, Anthony Pitassi, maintained
his 11.5-point lead over the pack, with just two weeks left. Week 12 could settle things, we’ll have to
see how things play out.
OK, here’s how
they currently stand after Week 11 of the 2018 DFFL Genius Division, with just 2
weeks of play left….
DIVISION – WEEK 11 STANDINGS – DFFL 2018
1. Mr. Go Lucky (44.5 points) – Anthony holds
his 11.5-point lead. Get the hardware
2. The Killing Fields (33 points) – Robert’s
strong second half has put him into the mix
2. Bolts (33 points) – Fireworks next week,
when Bolts / Norsemen vie for the division title
2. Burbank Thumpers (33 points) – Still in this
thing, but needs a perfecto to have a shot
Name Here (29 points) – No positive score this week, could be out of it.
6. Run & Gun (24 points) – 2018 not Ron’s
year. He’ll be back next year.
Trojans (21 points) – A great franchise
that got bad breaks every week this season.
8. Baltimore Ravens (20 points) – See
below. This young man is “making his
Reaper (19 points) – Another good week for the playoff-bound Reaper.
Mob Squad (10 points) – Still smiling with that big Rams’ win on Monday Night
Norsemen (8 points) – Lying in wait for the Bolts game in Week 13
Full Tilt Poker (8 points) – Pitiful. Could move up to 10th place,
but most likely will not.
to score – Me. Again. 8 points in 11 weeks? Awful.
That’s all for
the Genius Division. Looks like Anthony
has that baby locked up, unless something kooky happens in the next two
weeks. OK – Let’s get to the
meat-and-potatoes of this column, my friends.
We need to find out who should have called the psychic hotline for help
with their lineups, but decided to “go it alone,” and totally mess things
up. It is time to ask the question….
What Was I THINKING?”
As usual, the
Dunn-Edwards Fantasy Football League this knack for doing something that defies
logic, and stretches the imagination of our scoreboard past the realm of
What might this
be, you ask? Simple.
In Week 11 WWIT
play, we had not one, but TWO teams score Genius points… AND WWIT points, IN
THE SAME WEEK. I’m telling you, ONLY in
We’ll get to
those “special” franchises that did the infamous “double-play” last weekend in
a minute…. But first, let’s hand out the WWIT tarnished gold medal to the
franchise that lost a whopping 29 points to the bench in Week 11 play –
of the Baltimore Ravens.
Grant benched the
Colts (against his father’s suggestion), he benched Adam Humphries (after being
told he’d have a good week), and benched Josh Adams of the Eagles (a surprise). The good news? Grant’s Ravens team won his Week 11 game by
almost 30 points! The BAD news? The 7 WWIT points he won for this malfeasance
of lineup selection has elevated Grant into the top spot in our legendary “What
Was I Thinking” competition with just two weeks to play.
Way to go,
son! (I wish I could leave 29 points on
my bench, and STILL score 125 points in a game.)
tell us about the “double-play” teams!” No, not yet… Let’s move to the WWIT silver
medalists (yes, there were TWO), and what a surprise THIS is – One of the
silver medalists is the DFFL franchise that has been LEGENDARY in the area of
making late moves to challenge for a “win” in WWIT – Your Name Here, now
piloted by Ryan Francis, who lost 23 points to the bench in Week 11. And – The other 2nd-place weekly
finisher, Ron Bolton, of all teams, lost 23 points to HIS bench. Both teams receive 5 WWIT points, and our
thanks, for creating this log-jam.
OK, here we go…
The “double-play” teams were the two Bronze medalists in WWIT for Week 11. We had a tie for third-worst bench this week –
Rob Mielke of the Norsemen, and Jose Cano of the Burbank Thumpers. Both franchises lost (are you ready?) SIX
POINTS TO THEIR BENCH in Week 11.
SIX. These two teams get a minus-3 WWIT point
score for losing SIX points to their bench for the week, and, as mentioned
earlier, ALSO received one GENIUS point each for the single-digit loss for the
week. Only the DFFL could do this. Oh, and not only THAT, but Jose ALSO receives
two EXTRA WWIT points for not benching his IR kicker for the other guy that WAS
The DFFL. (Laugh)
OK, here are the updated WWIT Standings….
WAS I THINKING DIVISION – WEEK 11 RESULTS – 2018
5. Dirty Birds (-26 points) – A brand new
leader, at the wrong time of the year.
3. Hoarse-Men (-25 points) – Absolute “Rob-“bery,
but it happened.
Pop-Gun Run (-24 points) – I don’t believe
this. This cannot be. Must be a mistake.
Wonder (-24 points) – The “Miller Move” makes its’ appearance!
Trojans (-23 points) – Knew he’d fall out of the top three.
1. Worst Show on Paper (-23 points) – Still
hanging around the leaders
3. Grim Reeker (-22 points) – Perfecto in
Genius Division says it all.
9. Beautiful Downtown Burbank (-21 points) – Whatzup
with that PK thing?
5. Dead on the Field (-19 points) – Still in
the running, I guess. (Not really.)
Fully Tilted Poker (-11 points) – I “think” I’m out of it. Maybe.
Mr. Not-So-Lucky (-10 points) – Genius Champion-in-waiting.
Dolts (-10 points) – One more good week, and he’s eliminated from WWIT
all for this week, friends. As always, I
have all the e-mails to ship out the parakeet paper every week, on Tuesday,
normally around Noon. Some of you don’t
have Microsoft Office / Word? If that’s
the case, just check out the weekly WWIT at www.theacescasinoblog.com. It’ll be there! Have a good week!