Keystone coasts to Points Championship

The Keystone Longfellows pulled off the league’s Grand Slam by winning both the Fantasy Bowl and the Points Championship in the same season. Keystone coasted to 1,155 points despite scoring only 18 points in the final week. It’s the third points championship for Keystone following wins in 2002 and 2010. The 2017 Longfellows are the 7th team in our 26 years to capture both trophies in the same season.

The Boston Wildcats shrugged off a sluggish week 16 performance and posted 59 points in the final week to capture second overall in points. Boston finished at 1,099 points, just 17 points ahead of Syracuse (1,082). It’s the seventh time the Wildcats have finished 2nd overall in points, and the 11th time the Wildcats have finished in the top 2 overall points.

New Pepper (1,062) and Dallas (1,037) also finished above 1000 points. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Oregon (611) had the lowest point total of any team since 2010. It’s the first time the Big Bang has finished at the bottom of overall points.

Ronnie and Sam — it’s your obligation to get the trophies to Ver asap. Do so before the NFL Super Bowl to avoid penalties.

Baseline payouts before transaction pool (Nick will send out details in coming weeks):

KEY (playoff and points champs) 425 + 320 = 745
BOS (4th playoffs + 2nd points) 200 + 260 = 460
CHI (runner-up playoffs) 300
NPP (3rd playoffs) 250
DAL (5th playoffs) 175
SYR (6th playoffs) 160

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Keystone beats Mud 88-66 in Fantasy Bowl XXVI

Keystone put an end to Chicago’s hopes for a repeat championship, and the Longfellows walked away with the franchise’s second Fantasy Bowl following an 88-66 win over the Mud. Once again this week, running back Todd Gurley lead the way for Keystone with 34 points. In the two weeks covering the semi-finals and Fantasy Bowl XXVI, Gurley scored a whopping 71 points. That’s 19 more points than Oregon’s RBs scored ALL YEAR.

This is the third Fantasy Bowl appearance for Keystone and its second Fantasy Bowl win. The Longfellows beat Boston 91-78 in 2001; Boston beat Keystone 71-40 in 2010. The Mud now drops to 2-3 all-time in the championship game, with wins in 1998 and 2016, and losses in 2002 and 2004.

In the consolutation game, top-seeded New Pepper rebounded for a 74-38 win over the Boston Wildcats to win third place.

Keystone’s big scores over the past two weeks have vaulted them into a substantial lead in overall points (1,137 points) going into the final week. Keystone is nearly 100 points ahead entering the final week. Boston’s weak showing in Week 16 has left Syracuse back into the picture, so second place in overall points remains hotly contested between Boston (1,040) and Syracuse (1,037) going into the final weekend.

Longfellows to meet Mud in Fantasy Bowl XXVI

The top-scoring team in the league up to this point will meet the defending champions in Fantasy Bowl XXVI. Keystone posted the highest score of any team this season as the Longfellows clobbered Boston 106-80. Todd Gurley’s 37 points proved the difference, and is the highest single scoring week for any fantasy player this season.

Keystone will meet the Chicago Mud, who knocked off top-seeded New Pepper 72-62. The Mud enjoyed big games from Cam Newton and Melvin Gordon. New Pepper was hampered by the injury to Antonio Brown, but Patriots fans are also questioning the coaches, who failed to post a starting kicker for the week’s game.

Boston and New Pepper will meet in Week 16 to play for third place.

In the points race, Keystone and Boston remain #1 and #2, and pulled ever so slightly ahead of Syracuse (74 this week) and Dallas (54).

New Pepper picks Chicago

With a brief note simply reading “Let’s start with the 2nd City boys … Chicago Mud” the top-seeded New Pepper Patriots selected their opponent for the semi-final round. Our FFL GOO Semi-Finals are set:

#1 New Pepper Patriots (11-1) vs. #6 Chicago Mud (7-5-1)
#2 Keystone Longfellows (9-3) vs. #4 Boston Wildcats (10-3)

New Pepper beat Chicago 79-37 when they played in week 7 this season, with Zeke Elliott contributing a significant portion (35 points) of that total. With Elliott serving the final week of his suspension, one might expect a closer contest this time around. BUT, then again, if you look back to the previous time these two teams met (2014) the Mud lost 74-39, so maybe a trend is afoot.

And this is the first time in league history that two franchises who changed their team names at the beginning of the season will meet in a playoff game. Just another useless stat, but instead of seeing it on ESPN you read it here on FFL GOO. (Editor’s Note: Actually, I didn’t even research this. I just *think* it’s the first time this has ever happened. So FFL GOO might actually be fake news.)

But back to real news in fantasy football, the other semi-final matchup features the top two scoring teams in the league: Keystone (943 points) vs. Boston (922 points). These two teams had a barn burner in week 3, with the Wildcats topping the Longfellows 89-72. Both teams have numerous players on their roster (KEY: 8, BOS: 7) who have put up 20+ point weeks sometime this season, so this could be another slugfest.

Syracuse and Dallas might have lost in the wild card round, but both are still within striking distance in points (SYR 903 – 40 back; DAL 876 – 67 back) and have both leapfrogged New Pepper (843 – 100 points back) in the overall points race since week 12. But Zeke Elliott is back for the final TWO weeks of the season and those points will all count. The top TWO teams in overall points receive prize money.

Wildcats and Mud advance to semi-finals

The wildcard round is over, and the FFL GOO fan base awaits the big decision: will the New Pepper Patriots choose to play the Boston Wildcats or the defending champion Chicago Mud in the semi-final round?

We got to this point with Boston scoring a big 82-71 win over Syracuse, while Chicago pulled the upset with a 70-64 win over the Armadillos.

Syracuse doesn’t have far to look beyond the concussed Alvin Kamara, who got knocked out early and contributed 0 points. Dallas doesn’t have far to look beyond Tom Brady — the highest scoring QB in our league this year posted only 6 points in a disappointing loss.

New Pepper must pick their opponent from Boston and Chicago, and Keystone awaits the other team. Keystone kept in playoff form during their bye week scoring 79 points. New Pepper, on the other hand, apparently went to beach for their bye week, scoring only 23 points.

SEMI-FINALS:

#1 New Pepper (11-1) vs. TBD (#4 Boston 10-3 OR #6 Chicago 7-5-1)
#2 Keystone (9-3) vs. TBD (BOS or CHI)

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

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