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.
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.
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.
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