One Week to Trade Deadline

Greetings FFL-GOO owners. We have 10 weeks in the books for 2021, with 4 weeks to go in our regular season.

Kickoff Week 12 marks some deadlines, so let’s review:

  • Trade deadline. This was previously kickoff week 11, but we pushed this back when the NFL added a week to the season. All trades must be completed before week 12 kickoff of all players involved in a trade.
  • Protection eligibility. A player must remain on a roster continuously from week 12 kickoff onward to be eligible for protection going into 2022 draft.
  • Transactions revert to first come / first serve after kickoff week 12.

With deadlines reviewed/reminded, let’s look at the standings as we hit the home stretch on the 2021 season.

– Dallas Armadillos have a 3-game lead in the Paterno Division, are #1 in total points (9 points ahead of the Blowfish) and hold the league’s best record at 8-1. Considering Dallas’ remaining opponents are a combined 15-21, the Dillos have the inside track to the #1 playoff seed.

– Frelinghuysen Froglickers have the league’s second-best record at 7-2 and hold a one-game lead over Boxboro Blowfish in the Cappelletti Division. The Lickers averaged 87 points per week over the course of a 6-1 start, but have averaged only 60 points per week since losing Derrick Henry (going 1-1 with a bye during that stretch). Meanwhile, Boxboro has won 5 of their last 6. Both teams seem playoff-bound, but the division championship seems wide open at this point. And oh, by the way, BOX plays vs. FFL this weekend.

– Someone’s gotta win the Engle Division. One of Oregon (5-4), Keystone (4-5-1) or Philadelphia (4-5) might break out of this pack in 2021’s weakest division.

– Six teams will make the playoffs, and right now 7 teams have winning records. Miami (5-4-1), New Chester (5-4), and Chicago (4-3-2) are all lurking 3 games behind Dallas in their division, but a wildcard team (or two) might come out of here.

– Finally, in the points race, as noted previously Dallas holds a slim lead (867 points) over Boxboro (858), with a notable drop-off to third place (Froglickers and Thorobreds tied at 794 points).

Week 11 starts tonight (Patriots vs. Falcons) and remember there are THREE games Thursday next week (Thanksgiving). Ping the Commish if you have any questions, and good luck down the stretch.

Mid-Season Report

Greetings FFL owners, we are half way through the FFL-GOO regular season. We get great recaps each week from the CBS “fantasy journalist” but let’s take the macro look at the halfway point from your resident and long-time human FFLGOO journalist.

The Froglickers and the Armadillos share the league’s best record at 6-1 and the Froglickers have scored exactly ONE more point through 7 games: 611.5 to 610.5. The Boxboro Blowfish (4-2) enjoy a small lead in the overall points race at 632. Three other teams: Big Bang (4-3; 600.5), Thorobreds (3-3; 597.5) and Wildcats (2-5; 583) are within 50 points.

In the division races, Froglickers have a two-game lead over Blowfish in the Cappelletti Division, and Dallas has a two-game lead over Miami (4-2-1) in the Paterno Division. The Big Bang leads Keystone (3-3-1) by a half-game in the Engle Division.

Only 5 of our 13 teams have winning records at the half way point.

At the bottom, the Beach Dudes are buried in the sand at 0-6 and are 260 points off the lead. Reminder that Orange County was a playoff team last year. Also in the category of “what a difference a year makes” is the defending champs: Chicago Mud is 3-2-1 and 10th in overall points.

And finally I’ll take a journalistic “license to whine” moment to point out the Bad New Wildcats: the newly-relocated Connecticut team has been clobbered in a rather unprecendented fashion this season: the last 5 weeks the Wildcats opponents have scored: 92, 92.5, 90, 113, 93.

Week 1 results

Week 1 is done, and we begin our typical head-to-head matchups beginning in Week 2.

The winners/losers/sister-kisser for week 1:

DAL 119 – W
KEY 116 – W
CHI 109.5 – W
BOX 106 – W
BOB 82.5 – W
FFL 81.5 – W

MIA 81 – TIE

PHI 74 – L
CTW 68 – L
MER 61 – L
OCD 54.5 – L
NCT 46 – L
HVV 45 – L

For CBS, I then retroactively paired the matchups and re-ran the Week 1 standings so every winning team “played” a losing team. With the exception of Miami — we must mentally note for the standings that Miami has a tie that will not show up in CBS League Standings.

2021 Protected Rosters

FFL GOO Protections 2021 Season

BOB
QB Lamar Jackson
RB Nick Chubb [P]
RB David Montgomery
RB James Robinson
WR Keenan Allen
WR D.J. Moore

BOX
QB Dak Prescott [P]
RB Alvin Kamara
RB Dalvin Cook
WR Robert Woods
TE Travis Kelce [F]

CHI
QB Tua Tagovailoa [P]
RB Miles Sanders
RB Jonathan Taylor
WR Tyreek Hill
TE Dareen Waller

CTW
QB Justin Herbert
RB Aaron Jones
RB Kareem Hunt
RB Cam Akers [P]
WR Mike Evans
WR Amari Cooper

DAL
QB Patrick Mahomes
RB Damien Harris [P]
RB JK Dobbins
RB Joe Mixon
WR CeeDee Lamb
WR A.J. Brown

FFL
RB Derrick Henry [F]
RB De’Andre Swift
WR Justin Jefferson
WR Odell Beckham
WR Kenny Golladay [P]
TE George Kittle

HVV
QB Aaron Rodgers
RB Chris Carson
RB Chace Edmunds [P]
WR Allen Robinson [F]
WR Terry McLaurin

KEY
QB Kyler Murray
RB Christian McCaffrey [P]
RB Antonio Gibson
RB Darrell Henderson
WR Michael Thomas
WR Jerry Jeudy 

MER
QB Tom Brady
RB Raheem Mostert
RB Jamaal Williams
RB Gus Edwards [P]
WR Davante Adams [F]
WR Tee Higgins

MIA
QB Joe Burrow
RB Austin Ekeler
RB Clyde Edwards Helaire
WR DeAndre Hopkins
WR Stefan Diggs
WR Chase Claypool [P]

NCT
QB Josh Allen
RB Ezekiel Elliott [F]
RB Leonard Fournette [P]
WR Cooper Kupp
WR Juju Smith-Shuster

OCD
RB Saquon Barkley
RB Mike Davis
WR D.J. Chark
WR Brandon Aiyuk

PHI
QB Deshaun Watson
RB Josh Jacobs
RB Sony Michel [P]
WR Calvin Ridley
WR D.K. Metcalf

2021 Schedules

With the NFL adding one more week to the season and one more game to each team’s schedule, we have an extra week in FFL to deal with in 2021.

Owner consensus has landed us here: Week 1 of FFL season be total points only, no head-to-head matchups. The top 6 teams get a WIN, the bottom 6 teams get a LOSS, and the #7 team gets a TIE.

Our regular head-to-head schedule will resume in NFL Week 2. Our playoffs will be NFL Weeks 15-16-17, with no changes to the playoff format.

The trade deadline will be pushed back as well: to kickoff Week 12, rather than kickoff Week 11.

Draft Lottery Results

Here are the results from the draft lottery. The first 7 picks of the first round will go in this order:

1. MER Mustangs
2. DAL Armadillos
3. FFL Froglickers
4. BOB Big Bang
5. MIA Muffdivers
6. KEY Longfellows
7. CTW Wildcats

The rest of the first round and all subsequent rounds will follow the normal draft order, as published on fflgoo.com

REMINDER: The draft is Tuesday, September 7th at 8pm EST.

2021 Divisions

The division assignments for 2021 are below. (Rule 1.6)

PATERNO DIVISION:
CHI Mud
NCT Thorobreds
DAL Armadillos
MIA Muffdivers

CAPPELLETTI DIVISION:
BOX Blowfish
HVV Violence
FFL Froglickers
BOS Wildcats

ENGLE DIVISION:
PHI Griffins
OCD Beach Dudes
BOB Big Bang
MER Mustangs
KEY Longfellows

2020 Final Regular Season Standings

Cappelletti Division
Team W L T PCT GB Streak Div PF
BOX*7500.5830W12-1-01217
DAL5700.4172L23-0-0973.5
MER5700.4172W41-2-0896.5
KEY21000.1675L40-3-0784.5
Engle Division
PHI*8400.6670W12-2-0999.5
HVV^8400.6670W13-1-0972
OCD^6600.5002L13-1-0849.5
BOS5610.4582.5L21-3-0859
FFL4800.3334L11-3-01002.5
Paterno Division
CHI*9300.7500W12-1-01132
NCT^8310.7080.5W32-1-0915.5
BOB5700.4174W21-2-0938
MIA5700.4174L31-2-0905.5

*Division Winner
^Wild Card

Regular Draft Order – 2021 Draft

Here’s the regular draft order for the 2021 draft.

Note the first 7 picks of the first round will be determined by lottery. The rest of round 1 and subsequent rounds will follow the order below. The order is determined by worst regular season record thru highest money won. (Rule 5.2)

  1. KEY Longfellows (2-10)
  2. FFL Froglickers (4-8)
  3. MER Mustangs (5-7; 896)
  4. MIA Muffdivers (5-7; 905)
  5. BOB Big Bang (5-7; 938)
  6. DAL Armadillos (5-7; 973)
  7. BOS Wildcats (5-6-1)
  8. OCD Beach Dudes (min. 160 payout)
  9. NCT Thorobreds (175)
  10. HVV Violence (200)
  11. PHI Griffins (300)
  12. BOX Blowfish (570)
  13. CHI Mud (685)

Nick’s 2020 Season Recap

It’s been since 2009, eleven consecutive seasons, since Zilb (FFL) had a winning record or won money. This streak is the longest current. It has been eight consecutive seasons for Dan/Ross (OCD) of consecutive seasons without a winning record; though they were in the money the last two.

Mike W/Rich S (NCT) won money and had a winning record for the fifth consecutive season; both the longest such current streaks.  Talk about year-to-year parity, Nick (PHI) is the only other team with consecutive winning seasons, currently at two.

First time Paul/Sam been out of the money two consecutive seasons since 2008-2009. 2008 was the year Sam became co-owner with Paul (who did not win money in 2007 either).  

After three consecutive seasons Terry (KEY) was NOT in the top two overall in points.

KEY went from first in 2019 to worst (13th) in cumulative points this year.  This comparative twelve spot drop was the biggest since Paul (DAL) went from 2nd to14th (2006-2007). The only other times we had a season-to-season drop from worst to first were: Ron/Greg 1st to 14th(1999-2000) and Nibs 1st to 12th (1993-1994).

This is the first time in KEY franchise history they ended up with the fewest total overall points They were the last of our franchises to have had never accomplished this embarrassing dishonor.

CHI (Ron F.) had the biggest comparative point gain going from 11th in 2019 to 2nd this season.

This season marked the first time that owner Ron F. won the most money. This leaves four owners; Eggo, Jim, Dan/Ross and Trz/Chris/Jeff as the only who have yet to attain this lofty feat, with Eggo and Jim being the only two never in the top two in year-end money.

With the new PPR rules and the explosion in offense this season, 1000 points is no longer the barometer of an outstanding season total.  We smashed the cumulative points total as every team but one (KEY) exceeded 1000.  Ron F and Doug both totaled over 1500 points;the next highest was Nick (PHI), far behind at 1313.

The average points per team per game was 73.17, well above the previous season high set in 2018 of 60.72.

PHI lost the Fantasy Bowl for a record 7th time in a record 11 tries. Note:  Only BOX (DougW.), BOS (Ying), and the MUD (twice as the Riot) franchises have has been in the championship that many times; each with seven appearances.

Despite the fact that COVID transactions were complimentary….

             The second most money was spent in total on transactions ever.

Dallas lead the league and broke a league record in transaction spend this season ($111), eclipsing the old mark ($102)set by Ying just last year; in fact In 13 seasons since Sam has returned to league ownership his squad has been in the top three of transaction spend each season (the most 7 times, second most four times, and third twice.)

Ying was tied for fourth in transaction spend.  He has been in the top four in this category every season, except for 1994 (our third year of league existence). 

Eggo spent more on transactions this season than he has ever (just a whopping $34).  Note: Sam and Ying usually spend that much in a single weekend.  Nick also broke a record for all-time franchise transaction spend.

Ron Feldman has not spent less on transactions since 2001 and Rich/Mike have not spent less on transactions since2007; both teams with solid cores and posted winning records this season.

SPECIAL THANKS:

As always Special thanks to Ying for running the draft and website and to Trz for keeping the weekly Excel spreadsheets

FOR THE 29TH STRAIGHT YEAR, THERE WERE AS MANY TEAM VICTORIES AS LOSSES THIS SEASON.

DRAFT LOTTERY TO BEHELD AT FISHER GALA ON SATURDAY, JULY 17. ALL INVITED. STAY TUNED FOR LIVE-STREAMING DETAILS IF YOU CAN NOT ATTEND IN PERSON.

Blowfish Win Points Championship

The Boxboro Blowfish entered the final week of the season with a significant lead in the points race, and they stuck the finish — winning the Points Championship.

Here’s the final tally of total points for 2020 season:

  1. BOX Blowfish – 1556
  2. CHI Mud – 1516.5
  3. PHI Griffins -1313
  4. HVV Violence – 1309
  5. FFL Froglickers – 1307
  6. DAL Armadillos – 1275
  7. BOB Big Bang – 1233
  8. MIA Muffdivers – 1230
  9. MER Mustangs – 1206
  10. NCT Thorobreds – 1155.5
  11. BOS Wildcats – 1109
  12. OCD Beach Dudes – 1002.5
  13. KEY Longfellows – 959

Mud Wins Fantasy Bowl XXIX

The Chicago Mud has won the franchise’s fifth league championship with a 81.5-63 win over the Philadelphia Griffins in Fantasy Bowl XXIX. The Mud ties the Blowfish franchise for most titles (5) in league history. The Griffins extend their record for most Fantasy Bowl appearances (11) and title game losses (7).

The Boxboro Blowfish — as they have done several times this year — led the week in points and won the consolation game, 123-102.5, over the Happy Valley Violence. The Blowfish finish 3rd in the playoffs, but have likely sealed up the points championship, as they enter the final week of play with an 82.5-point lead over second-place Mud.

For the fifth-place game, the New Chester Thorobreds defeated the Orange County Beach Dudes 80.5-29.

Celebrate the new year safely, everyone, and here’s hoping for better things in 2021!

Mud vs. Griffins in Fantasy Bowl XXIX

We do not need to await the results of the Monday Night NFL this week — our semifinal playoffs are over, and the top two seeds will advance to play in our 29th championship game.

The Chicago Mud (10-3) will face the Philadelphia Griffins (9-4) in Fantasy Bowl XXIX. The Mud advance by means of a solid 90-63 win over Happy Valley, while the Griffins held on for a tight 2.5-point over Boxboro, 87.5-85.

Both our finalists are seeking their franchise’s fifth championship (Chicago has 2 wins as the Mud and 2 as the Riot! in the 1990s), which will tie the Blowfish franchise who has a record five Fantasy Bowl championships. The Griffins and Mud also have the most appearances in the title game: this will be a record 11th Fantasy Bowl appearance for the Griffins, while it’s the 8th trip to the title game for the Mud/Riot franchise.

There will be two consolation games this week as well: Happy Valley will face off against Boxboro for third place overall, and New Chester vs. Orange County will determine 5th/6th place.

Who Will The Mud Choose?

FFL-GOO Owners await the decision of the Chicago Mud: will they choose to play the Blowfish or the Violence?

The 2020 quarterfinals are complete, and the Boxboro Blowfish have dispatched the Orange County Beach Dudes 71-55.5. In the meantime, the Happy Valley Violence have demolished the New Chester Thorobreds 101.5-39. The Blowfish and Violence advance, and we await Mr. Feldman’s decision on his opponent to finalize the semifinal matchups. The Griffins will face the remaining quarterfinal winner.

The Mud have also closed the total points gap with the Blowfish, and Boxboro now holds a 46-point lead (1288-1242) over Chicago with three full weeks remaining in the points race. The Froglickers (1093.5) are a distant third with the Griffins and Violence (1073.5) tied for 4th in points.

Playoff matchups will be posted when our #1 seed makes his choice.

UPDATE: The Mud has spoken:

Our 2020 semifinal lineup is set.

#1 Chicago Mud (9-3) vs. #5 Happy Valley Violence (9-4)
#2 Philadelphia Griffins (8-4) vs. #3 Boxboro Blowfish (8-5)

Good luck, gentlemen!

FFL-GOO Playoffs Set

FFL-GOO Playoff Lineup

WEEK 14 (quarterfinals):
#1 Chicago Mud (9-3) – bye
#2 Philadelphia Griffins (8-4) – bye
#3 Boxboro Blowfish (7-5) vs. #6 Orange County Beach Dudes (6-6)
#4 New Chester Thorobreds (8-3-1) vs. #5 Happy Valley Violence (8-4)

WEEK 15 (semifinals):
#1 Chicago Mud chooses his opponent of the quarterfinal winners.
#2 Philadelphia vs. the remaining quarterfinal winner.

WEEK 16: Semifinal winners play in Fantasy Bowl XXIX.
Semifinal losers play consolation game for 3rd place.

FFL-GOO Playoff Outlook

We still have one NFL game left on Tuesday, but I sure do hear the fat lady warming up her voice in FFL-GOO. Let’s take a look.

Chicago Mud – finishes 9-3 and will be the #1 seed.

Boxboro Blowfish – finishes 7-5 and will be the #3 seed.

New Chester Thorobreds – finishes 8-3-1 and will be the #4 seed.

Philadelphia Griffins lead Dallas Armadillos 64-50.5
+ PHI has K Justin Tucker in the Tuesday game
+ DAL has RB J.K. Dobbins in the Tuesday game

— IF the Griffins win this week, they win the division, finish 8-4, and will be the #2 seed. Happy Valley Violence would be the #5 seed.
— IF the Armadillos win this week, HVV (8-4) would win the division and be the #2 seed, PHI (7-5) would be the #5 seed, and DAL (6-6) would get the final wild card spot.

Not Dead Yet:

Orange Co. Beach Dudes — lost week 13, finishes 6-6, BUT would still get the final wild card spot if both the Armadillos and Wildcats lose. OCD loses a tiebreaker to DAL if they both finish 6-6.

Boston Wildcats — losing week 13 to Mercer, but could finish 6-5-1 if Amari Cooper scores more than 33 points. (Rumor has it Wildcats administrative offices are already packing the trucks to move to Pennsylvania.)

So to recap:
IN: #1 Chicago Mud, #3 Boxboro Blowfish, #4 New Chester Thorobreds
IN: Philadelphia Griffins and Happy Valley Violence (division winner #2 seed; other team #5 seed)
ONE SPOT LEFT: for either Beach Dudes, Armadillos, or Wildcats