Keystone wins Points Championship

For the fourth time — and twice in the past three years — Keystone has topped the league in total points, winning the Points Championship with a nice round grand total of 1,200 points. The Longfellows finished 35 points ahead of Fantasy Bowl Champs Big Oregon Bang, who finished the 2019 campaign with 1,165.

It’s the fifth time for both teams of being in the money (finishing 1st or 2nd) for overall points.

2019 marked a low point for Happy Valley with the team’s first finish in last place points overall. But the Violence scored 805 points, which marks the highest number ever for a last-place points team.

Final 2019 Points:

  1. Keystone 1,200
  2. Oregon 1,165
  3. Boxboro 1,112
  4. Frelinghuysen 1,028
  5. Boston 996
  6. New Chester 996
  7. Mercer 978
  8. Miami 942
  9. Orange County 932
  10. Philadelphia 929
  11. Chicago 922
  12. Dallas 854
  13. Happy Valley 805

Oregon edges Keystone 56-53 in Fantasy Bowl XXVIII

Top-seeded Big Oregon Bang hung on for a narrow victory over Keystone, and in doing so captured the franchise’s third championship with a 56-53 win in Fantasy Bowl XXVIII. It is the Big Bang’s first championship since 2009.

As he did all year, the league’s top-scoring performer — Ravens’ QB Lamar Jackson — lead the charge for the Big Bang with 23 points on the week. Keystone’s running backs — as they have done all season — lead the scoring for the Longfellows as Christian McCaffrey and Todd Gurley combined for 26 points between them. But Keystone’s receivers let them down; entering the Monday night game Keystone needed only 4 points from Adam Thielen, but he came up short and only posted 2 rushing yards.

In the consolation game, Orange County ended their late-season surge with a huge 100-63 victory over second-seeded Mercer. Nittany Lion great RB Saquon Barkley lead the charge for the Beach Dudes, posting the highest individual score in week 16 — 35 points.

We enter the final week with total points still undecided. Keystone and Oregon are almost assuredly locked into the top two point slots, with Keystone leading Oregon by 32 points entering the final weekend.

Fantasy Bowl XXVIII: Oregon vs. Keystone

The matchup is set for the 2019 Fantasy Bowl. Top-seed Big Oregon Bang (10-3) will face the fifth-seeded Keystone Longfellows (9-5) for the league’s 28th championship game. The Big Bang ousted Orange County 74-63 in the semi-finals, while Keystone easily dispatched Mercer 77-53.

The Mustangs (8-5) and Beach Dudes (7-7) will face each other for the 3rd-place consolation game.

Keystone becomes only the second team in league history to reach 3 consecutive Fantasy Bowls. The Boston Wildcats went to 3 consecutive Fantasy Bowls 1999 through 2001 (BOS lost all three).

This will be the sixth appearance for the Big Bang in the championship game, going 2-3 in 5 previous appearances, last winning in 2009. This will be the 5th Fantasy Bowl appearance for the Longfellows, who are 2-2 in 4 previous appearances, last winning in 2017.

And with two weeks remaining in the season, Keystone leads Oregon 1087-1052 in the overall points race. This is likely an insurmountable lead over the rest of the field. Only two other teams (Blowfish with 985, Wildcats with 904) are above 900 points.

Playoff matchups set

The Big Bang has spoken. Ergo, the semi-final playoff matchup is set. Oregon will place Orange County.

The Fantasy Bowl Semi-Finals:

#1 Big Oregon Bang (9-3) vs. #6 Orange County Beach Dudes (7-6)
This is the first meeting this season between the Bang and the Dudes.

#2 Mercer Mustangs (8-4) vs. #5 Keystone Longfellows (8-5)
This is the first meeting this season between the Mustangs and the Longfellows.

Good luck!

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