Will BOB pick KEY or OCD???

The wild card playoff round is over, and the curse of the #3 seed continues.

Third-seeded New Chester was knocked out of the championship race with a 63-58 loss to the Orange County Beach Dudes. Since changing our playoff format to the current 3 division winners plus 3 wild cards, the #3 seed has NEVER made it out of the first round of the playoffs.

And the top-seeded wild card — Philadelphia Griffins — also went down to defeat, soundly getting stuffed by the Longfellows, 86-47.

Yet again this year, the top two seeds are fortunate to have byes the first round. Big Oregon Bang (48 pts) would have lost to all but PHI, and Mercer (35 pts) would have lost to all other playoff teams.

We now await the decision from the Big Bang: will they choose to play the Longfellows or the Beach Dudes? Oregon has until Wednesday evening 8pm EST to make that decision. If Oregon declines to make a selection by the deadline, their opponent will be Orange County. Mercer will face off against the team that BOB does not choose.

In other scores, the Boston Wildcats continue to do fantastic when they don’t have an opponent. After scoring a whopping 131 points in week 8 during their bye, the Wildcats scored 107 points after failing to make the playoffs. Scores for non-playoff teams this week:

Boston 107
Frelinghuysen 79
Happy Valley 76
Miami 64
Boxboro 62
Dallas 40
Chicago 32

Stat of the week: here is the opponent’s point average against each team this year through the regular season. The average weekly score of all teams was 59 points.

BOB 62
BOS 74
BOX 61
CHI 60
DAL 57
FFL 56
HVV 59
KEY 58
MER 53
MIA 57
NCT 58
OCD 58
PHI 53

2019 Final Regular Season Standings

Cappelletti Division
TeamWLTPCTGBStreakDivPFPA
MER*8400.6670W35-1-0778633
HVV5700.4173W11-5-0624703
CHI4800.3334L23-3-0713716
DAL4800.3334L33-3-0657687
Engle Division
BOB*9300.7500L16-2-0930741
PHI^9300.7500W35-3-0814635
BOX5700.4174W13-5-0878735
FFL5700.4174L13-5-0711675
BOS4800.3335L33-5-0716888
Paterno Division
NCT*7500.5830W25-1-0789696
KEY^7500.5830W43-3-0924699
OCD^6600.5001L23-3-0661694
MIA5700.4172L31-5-0762686

* – Division Winner
^ – Wild Card team

Playoff schedule set

Our playoff schedule for Week 14 is set.  Best of luck to the six teams who made it in (only 2 of these teams were in the playoffs last year). 

FFL-GOO PLAYOFF SCHEDULE 

Week 14: 
#1 Big Oregon Bang (9-3) – BYE 
#2 Mercer Mustangs (8-4) – BYE 
#3 New Chester Thorobreds (7-5) vs. #6 Orange County Beach Dudes (6-6) 
#4 Philadelphia Griffins (9-3) vs. #5 Keystone Longfellows (7-5) 

Week 15: 
Big Oregon Bang will choose their opponent from the winners of either NCT vs. OCD, or PHI vs. KEY 
Mercer Mustangs will plays vs. the team BOB does not choose 

Week 16: 
Winners of Week 15 games will meet in Fantasy Bowl XXVIII

NCT clinches; KEY and OCD are in

Congratulations to the New Chester Thorobreds, winner of the Paterno Division by virtue of their win this week over Miami combined with holding the tiebreaker over both Keystone and Orange County. The Thorobreds will enter the playoffs with the #3 seed.

The final two playoff spots will go to Keystone and Orange County. The KEY vs. OCD game this week is still too close to call going into the Monday night game, but both teams will make the playoffs due to losses by both Miami and Frelinghuysen.

The winner of the KEY vs. OCD game will hold the #5 playoff seed, and the loser will be the #6 playoff seed.

Mercer with a win this week secures the #2 overall seed. Mercer will join #1 seed Big Oregon Bang with byes during the first week of the playoffs.

REMINDER: With kickoff week 13 behind us, there are no transactions involving running backs or receivers. For weeks 14-15-16, you can only add a QB (*if* you drop a QB) or you can only add a K (*if* you drop a K). See rules 6.3.13 and 6.3.14 if you have any questions.

I’ll post end-of-regular-season info later this week, including 2020 draft order, draft lotteries chances, etc.

Good luck to all playoff teams, and remember that points continue to count through week 17, and at least one non-playoff team remains in striking distance of a top-2 overall point finish.

Week 13 Playoff Outlook

Greetings, FFL-GOO Owners! I hope everyone is enjoying great food, football, friends and family.

As we enter the final weekend of the regular season, the playoff picture is much clearer in two of our three divisions.

ENGLE DIVISION: Big Bang (9-2) has clinched the division and the #1 overall seed. Griffins (8-3) have clinched the top-seeded wild card slot. BOS and BOX are eliminated from playoff contention.

CAPPELLETTI DIVISION: Mustangs (7-4) have clinched the division. CHI, HVV, DAL are all eliminated from playoff contention. MER holds the tiebreaker over both NCT and OCD for the #2 seed.

PATERNO DIVISION: A 3-way tie going into the final weekend with Thorobreds, Beach Dudes and Longfellows all at 6-5. New Chester controls their destiny — a win over Miami, and they win the division as they hold the tiebreaker over both KEY and OCD. The other pivotal game is KEY vs. OCD this weekend. The winner of that game is assured a playoff spot, and if NCT loses the winner of this game wins the division.

WILD CARDS: Three wild cards advance to the playoffs.
— PHI has clinched (#4 overall seed).
if NCT wins then the winner of KEY vs. OCD is in (#5 overall seed) PLUS one team at 6-6.
if NCT loses then two teams at 6-6 would get in.

We could have as many as four teams finish 6-6. The loser of the KEY vs. OCD game will be 6-6. New Chester (6-5), Miami (5-6) and the Froglickers (5-6; vs. PHI this week) could all finish 6-6.

FYI: in case one of these games ends in a tie this week, 6-5-1 is a better record than 6-6.

CLINCHED: BOB, MER, PHI
IN CONTENTION: NCT, KEY, OCD, MIA, FFL
ELIMINATED: BOS, BOX, CHI, HVV, DAL

Gobble, gobble, goo! Happy Thanksgiving!

Week 12 Update

The quietest trade deadline ever came and went, without a trade. Just another oddity in this strange season.

With only two weeks remaining in the regular season, very little has been decided and the playoff race is very wide open.

We know that either the Big Bang (8-2) or the Griffins (7-3) will win the Engle Division. Both teams are all but locks for a playoff spot either way.

We know that Mercer (6-4) is ONE win short of clinching the Cappelletti Division, with games remaining vs. DAL (4-7) and CHI (4-6).

We know that anything could happen in the Paterno Division. Orange County has moved into first place with a 6-4 record. All other teams — Thorobreds, Longfellows, Muffdivers — have identical 5-5 records.

We know six teams will go to the playoffs. Things look bleak for Dallas and Happy Valley — both 4-7, with one game (and one bye) left each. A 5-7 record is not likely to get a playoff spot.

But a 6-6 record this year looks like it might be in the running for a wild card. So in addition to the aforementioned teams with 5-5 records, there are four teams with 4-6 records that might have a shot if they win out: Wildcats, Blowfish, Froglickers and Mud.

Remember the playoff teams from last year? Entering week 12, NONE OF THEM have a winning record. This is what they were seeded in 2018 and where they currently stand in 2019:

1. Longfellows 5-5
2. Blowfish 4-6
3. Thorobreds 5-5
4. Armadillos 4-7
5. Wildcats 4-6
6. Violence 4-7

Go Lions — kick some Buckeye Butt! Have a great weekend everyone, and good luck in FFL. Remember there are 6 NFL teams playing Thanksgiving so be aware of early lineup decisions. Thanksgiving weekend games will be our final regular season week, and a lot is still on the line.

Transactions delay and TRADE DEADLINE

Sorry folks – I did not process transactions Tuesday night at the deadline, so I’m getting caught up this morning.

I rejected two transaction requests for Brian Hill that arrived after 9pm Tuesday night, and ran the other five through waivers. Congratulations, Happy Valley — the proud owners of a spiffy new Falcons running back.

The remainder – 4 other transactions – were all uncontested.

A quick reminder that KICKOFF THIS WEEK IS THE TRADE DEADLINE. You can trade any player up until the time of his team’s kickoff this week. Also remember that only players on a roster continuously from kickoff this week through protection deadline next fall can be on protected rosters for 2020 season.

We are in the playoff stretch and going into Week 11, only the defending champs — Boxboro Blowfish — have been eliminated from division contention. Every other team could conceivably still win their division. All teams are still conceivably in the playoff hunt.

Lastly – Ying will be traveling this weekend — to Penn State Friday night, at PSU for the game Saturday (Go Lions!!), and remain with family in PA Sunday and Monday. I will have sporadic access but will also be on the go, so text or phone me will be best when reporting trades.