DAL captures Patero Division; playoff schedule finalized

Dallas delivered the knockout blow to Syracuse this weekend to capture the Paterno Division championship and the #3 seed, so our playoff rosters are set. Dallas’ 103-90 win is the first time a team has topped 100 points this year. These are arguably the two hottest teams in the league right now, and it might also be the highest-ever score for a losing team, but I’m too lazy to research that.

The overall point race has tightened considerably over the past couple weeks. Keystone still leads but several teams are now in play:
1. Keystone 864
2. Boston 840
3. Syracuse 832
4. New Pepper 820
5. Dallas 812
There’s a 120+ point drop after that (Chicago Mud @ 689)

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Week 14 (Wild Card Round):
#1 New Pepper Patriots (11-1) – BYE
#2 Keystone Longfellows (9-3) – BYE
#3 Dallas Armadillos (8-4) vs. #6 Chicago Mud (6-5-1)
#4 Boston Wildcats (9-3) vs. #5 Syracuse Blizzard (7-4-1)

Week 15 (Semi-Final Round):
NPP will choose their oppononent from the winners of the Wild Card Round
KEY will play the team NPP does not choose

Week 16:
Fantasy Bowl XXVI

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2017 Final Regular Season Standings

Cappelletti Division
Team W L T PCT GB Streak Div PF PA
NPP* 11 1 0 0.917 0 W11 5-1-0 820 538
BOS^ 9 3 0 0.750 2 W1 4-2-0 840 652
MIA 4 8 0 0.333 7 L2 2-4-0 634 760
HVV 4 8 0 0.333 7 L6 1-5-0 650 722
Engle Division
KEY* 9 3 0 0.750 0 L1 7-1-0 864 575
CHI^ 6 5 1 0.542 2.5 L2 4-3-1 689 627
FFL 5 7 0 0.417 4 W3 4-4-0 560 622
OCD 4 8 0 0.333 5 W2 2-6-0 605 635
BOB 3 8 1 0.292 5.5 W1 2-5-1 512 662
Paterno Division
DAL* 8 4 0 0.667 0 W2 5-1-0 812 672
SYR^ 7 4 1 0.625 0.5 L1 2-3-1 832 630
PHI 3 8 1 0.292 4.5 W1 3-2-1 603 689
MER 3 9 0 0.250 5 L5 1-5-0 592 631

* – Division Winner
^ – Wild Card team

Playoff Teams All Determined

Going into the final week of the regular season, a lot of questions have been answered. We know all the teams that will make the playoffs, and only one division champ is yet to be determined.

With their win over Boston this past week, New Pepper finishes the season at 11-1 and will be the #1 seed for the playoffs. They have a bye the final week.

Keystone’s week 12 win clinches the Engle Division, and Keystone will enter the playoffs as the #2 seed.

Both NPP and KEY will have byes the first week of the playoffs.

Boston (currently 8-3) and Chicago (currently 6-4-1) are guaranteed wild card berths.

The Paterno Division is still up for grabs between Syracuse (7-3-1) and Dallas (7-4). The teams play each other this week. Both are guaranteed playoff spots, and neither team will get a bye during the first round.

All remaining teams have been eliminated from playoff consideration.

Playoff Scenario Entering Week 12

The trade deadline is in the rear-view mirror and the FFL playoff picture is coming into focus. Here’s a quick summary of where things stand leading into Week 12. Reminder there are 3 Thanksgiving games (Lions vs. Vikings 12:30pm; Cowboys vs. Chargers 4:30pm; Redskins vs. Giants 8:30pm).

With 2 weeks left in the regular season it seems very likely the playoff participants will be: New Pepper, Boston, Keystone, Chicago, Syracuse, and Dallas.  With 2 weeks left in the regular season, these 6 teams all have at least a 2-game lead on the rest. Happy Valley is the only remaining team with a slim shot at a wildcard spot (see Dallas below).

The division races are all still wide open. As a reminder, the 3 division winners are all in PLUS three wildcard teams (next best W-L records).

CAPPELLETTI DIVISION:

New Pepper (10-1): One game left (vs BOS, week 13 bye). If NPP beats BOS this week, they clinch the division and the #1 playoff seed.

Boston (8-2): Two games left. If Boston wins out (beats NPP and HVV), then BOS clinches the division and the #1 playoff seed (would win a division tiebreaker vs. NPP based on a better division record if both teams finish 10-2).

ENGLE DIVISION:

Keystone (8-2): Two games left (vs. CHI and OCD). One win clinches the division. In a tiebreaker for playoff seeding, KEY did not play NPP this year so the tiebreaker would be overall points (KEY leads). KEY lost to BOS head-to-head this year, so KEY would lose a playoff seeding tiebreaker to BOS.

Chicago (6-3-1): Two games left (vs. KEY and FFL). CHI can win the division if they win both remaining games *and* KEY loses both remaining games. CHI is guaranteed at least a wildcard berth.

PATERNO DIVISION:

Syracuse (6-3-1): Two games left (vs. MER and DAL). SYR clinches the division if they win both remaining games. SYR is guaranteed at least a wildcard berth.

Dallas (6-4): Two games left (vs. HVV and SYR). If DAL wins both remaining games, they win the division. If they split their two remaining games, they are guaranteed at least a wildcard berth. DAL can get knocked out of the playoffs if they lose their two remaining games *and* if Happy Valley (4-6) wins their two remaining games (both would be 6-6, and HVV would win a head-to-head tiebreaker).

2017 Draft Lottery Results

The 2017 draft lottery was held at Nick’s house on Saturday July 17. In attendance were owners Nick Fisher, Mike White, Rich Sladic, Jim Waugh, David Zilberfarb, Terry Muth, Doug Weaver, and Ron Yeany.

The order for the first seven picks of the draft were chosen from lottery. Here are the results:

  1. KEY Longfellows
  2. HVV Violence
  3. SYR Blizzard
  4. BOS Wildcats
  5. PHI Griffins
  6. OCD Beach Dudes
  7. FFL Froglickers

Mark your calendars for important draft-related dates:

PROTECTION DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 30th at 9pm ET
TRADES can be made up until the protection deadline
DRAFT: Tuesday, September 5th starting 8pm ET
TEAMS ELIGIBLE TO PROTECT 6 PLAYERS: KEY, HVV, SYR, BOS, PHI, OCD, FFL. All others eligible to protect 5. See the rules or ask Ying if you have questions.