As you all know, I am a member of P&G’s Blogger Fantasy League*, and I am helping out Team Febreze with this week’s recap. It’s fitting that Febreze is this week, since it’s perfect for eliminating the lingering football and food odors left over from Turkey Day.
It’s also fitting because an industrial size bottle of Febreze is exactly what I need to mask the ever-worsening scent emanating from the carcass of my team.
Friends, as I mentioned in the Week 13 start em, sit em post, Week 12 was a week to forget. I lost 84.50-80.94 to Fresh 2 Death, one of the teams currently ahead of me in the Procter division. And the worst thing about is that I could have and should have won.
What stings though is that I waffled back and forth until kickoff Sunday on whether to start Kevin Boss or Vernon Davis at tight end. I chose Davis, and I chose wrong. Boss put up 13.4 points while Davis put up a measly 3.2 points.
Now, because of that one erroneous decision, I sit tied with Team Gunaxin two games behind DayQuil Fighter Of The NyQuil for the final playoff spot from the Proctor Division. Fresh to Death and its 9-3 record has already clinched.
So I need to win out and I need lots of help. To say I’m a bit deflated today would be a gigantic understatement. Team Gunaxin surely feels a similar sense of deflation today too, despite their Week 12 win, because both of us sit two games behind a team that we have scored nearly 1,000 points more than. (Actually, it’s only about 200 points…forgive me for engaging in excessive hyperbole. The Week 12 wounds are still too fresh for objectivity.)
Such is the sometimes frustrating reality of fantasy football.
Okay…who is ready for me stop bitching!? Everyone? Well all right!
Moving along, the Gamble Division is much more competitive than the Procter Division. With two weeks left before the playoffs begin, every single team is still alive for the playoffs. That’s right. There are two teams at 7-5 (For a Better Looking Tomorrow and 99-Rated Swagger), two teams at 6-6 (DVOA vs GERD and Febreze Freshness), and two more teams tied at 5-7 (Fuzzy Gullets and Sweaty Ditkas). What a final two weeks it should be as we see which four teams compete for the two Super Bowl tickets that await the winner.
A few Week 12 game balls:
Dominating Performance: Febreze Freshness
Peyton Hillis and Michael Turner combined for 54.8 points to lead Febreze Freshness to the highest point total in Week 12. Incredibly, Hillis’ point total (37.4) would have beaten Febreze Freshness’ opponent by itself. That’s right. The Sweaty Ditkas managed to put up 38.68 points in Week 12, and that was with Drew Brees having a respectable 15.78-point day on Thanksgiving.
Cash in the Clutch: For a Better-Looking Tomorrow
Obviously I missed my chance to be clutch on Monday night, but For A Better-Looking Tomorrow came through with a strong Sunday performance to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Mike Tolbert and Jacob Tamme combined for just over 30 pts, easily offsetting Reggie Wayne’s weak 4.2 point effort for DVOA vs GERD.
There are few things in fantasy football as satisfying as pulling out a late W because of your players performing well during the primetime games. I’m sure that Steph would agree.
The Obvious Second Guess Award: What Would Revis Do
Brian Bassett, founder and editor of The Jets Blog, runs What Would Revis Do. Naturally, his team is stacked with New York Jets players. In Week 12, however, he made a decision to start one of Jets players that, while not egregious, did cost himself a victory.
Bassett decided to go with Mark Sanchez against the Cincinnati Bengals rather than trust rookie Sam Bradford against the porous Denver Broncos defense. Bradford racked up 24.22 points while Sanchez racked up just 8.24. The difference would have given Bassett a narrow victory over Team Gunaxin (and helped me out in the process!!!!).
Looking ahead to Week 13, there are plenty of compelling matchups.
I get to face Bassett and take out my frustrations on him for not beating Team Gunaxin, and I obviously won’t have any idea if I will win or lose until late Monday night. What Would Revis Do is already out of playoff contention, so Bassett could be nice and bench all of his starters. Just sayin’…
PUNTE and his DayQuil Fighter Of The NyQuil squad plays Fresh 2 Death. I obviously need Fresh 2 Death to win here for me to even have a chance. Fuzzy Gullets and Sweaty Ditkas, the two 5-7 teams in the Gamble Division, face teams above them in hopes of evening things up even more in that division.
* – The P&G Blogger Fantasy League (BFL) is a group of 12 digital sports influencers competing on the NFL.com fantasy platform for the chance to win P&G product, a donation to a local charity, and a trip to Super Bowl XLV, all furnished by P&G. The NFL Entities have not offered or sponsored the sweepstakes in any way.