ASFF Week 5 Recap
Matchup One: Reach Back Like 13 v Steeler Virginity
This week represented a close matchup between one team vying for a top 3 seed and a team vying for their first W. Don defeated Eric 122.32-115.74. The tone was set with Odell Beckham finally breaking out of his slump and beating his projections. In fact, he nearly doubled it with his 29.38 point total. The game came down to some late night heroics from Zach Ertz and Alfred Blue who allowed the comeback to be possible. Ertz catching every pass on the last drive for the Eagles brought him within earshot and allowed Alfred Blue to win it with his 15.90 points in the Sunday night game.
Eric had a valiant effort that was led by Carson Wentz returning to form with his 25.04 pts and Antonio Brown (25.10). Unfortunately, the duo weren’t able to squeak out the 7 point difference in the end and Eric saw his record fall to 0-5.
Matchup Two: Easy Breezy v Daniel’s Team
The heavyweight matchup felt a little flat in hindsight. Rico beat Daniel by a final score of 121.22-105.54. Going into the Saints-Redskins game, this game was short on points, but with Brees and Alvin Kamara on tap, the fireworks were for sure to be delivered.
Brees got the message. His 33.22 points led the team and he was also a part of a record breaking night when he surpassed two legends for the all time passing yards record. Combining with Todd Gurley, Richard was able to muster enough points to come away with the victory.
On the flip side, Daniel has to be searching for some kind of answers. Alvin Kamara was a victim of game script as he only managed to accumulate 9 total touches on a night where they were up big. Mark Ingram’s return wasn’t supposed to be this devastating and it probably won’t going forward, but each week matters in this league.
Matchup Three: Cry Me A Rivers v Shadows in my Room
Sheesh. Lou has rebounded nicely on the young season and he managed to pull off the upset over Juwan, 122.36-95.72. Philip Rivers was one of three players to score at least 20 fantasy points this week and he delivered on his namesake in carrying the team. The addition of TJ Yeldon (22.20 pts) allowed Lou to have his running backs be the most productive unit on the team.
Juwan predicted the slowdown, but this week would have been the one to have a Patty Mahomes gun-slinging performance. His 17.82 points were second behind James White (18.70) on the team and in a game where the entire team struggled to produce difference-making points, Juwan saw a second straight game get dropped.
Matchup Four: Cam Newton’s Ears v Keke Don’t Love Sh*t
Another lower scoring matchup. Danny beat T in a divisional matchup by a final score of 109.38-105.10. Cam Newton was the leading point producer for Danny with his 22.38 points. Joe Mixon was able to generate 19 pts to have a nice second-place, but the lower total output of points was a product of Michael Thomas not going off like he normally does. In a game where the Saints put up a ton of points, I was utterly shocked that the two biggest performances had lackluster days.
T is in the same boat as Juwan. His QB situation has cratered in the last two weeks and with it, so has his place in the standings. Matty Ice is just Ice these days and Calvin Ridley has cooled off. The two combined for 22.20 pts this week. For perspective, Saquon Barkley put up 26.90 this week thanks to a deep touchdown catch from his new QB! T is going to need to find some more gems, like having Mark Ingram come back and score 20.30 pts. The projections may not mean as much to T, but maybe streaks do as he drops his second straight game.
Matchup Five: Justin Murphy’s Team v Sly’s Team
Murph Dog is out of the abyss and he’s living up to his word. He beat sly this week by a final score of 127-116.82. Deshaun Watson led his team to a victory in real life and in fantasy. His 24 pts fell short of the projections, but came up big for Justin. Adam Thielen might be the perfect model of consistency as he’s now went over the 100-yard mark for five straight weeks.
For Sly, the wins are just so damn elusive. Russell Wilson performed this week, beating his projections by scoring 25.92 pts and Jon Conner was phenomenal with his 32.50 pts, but the team couldn’t muster enough scoring outside of of those two. Only Kenny Golladay cleared 15 pts for the 1-4 team.
Matchup Six: Being The (Eli)te v B*tch I Might Be
Trev beat JB by a final score of 117.28-111.44 in a matchup that saw two of the best QB’S to ever do it go to battle. Trevor’s team was led by Aaron Rodgers and his 34.68 pts. Rodger’s real life day was ruined by kicking, but Trevor wasn’t on the losing end of his poor kicking performance. Another week without Greg the Leg meant that the other positions would have to step up. Eric Ebron (27 pts) was the second leading scorer, but the night was made once Deandre Hopkins decided to spin twice and put the game away for both real life and fantasy.
JB drops the second of his prophetic win streak although he put up a fight. Tom Brady (35.54 pts) did his best to try to carry the squad, but Barnes received the same treatment as many other league members this week, the points were more scarce. I can’t lie, the road to the playoffs is very treacherous from this 1-4 spot.
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