For my work fantasy league I write up Power Rankings every week, if you’re interested in how our league is playing out, I’ll be posting the Power Rankings every week (teams listed by team name, names hidden to protect my co-workers, my team is “Julio Jones and Me”):
1 – CF Luncheon Wagon – if you’ve ever been called “Matty Ice” you had a good Week 1 of the fantasy season, with nobody better exhibiting it than the East Division’s top ranked team in this year’s inaugural Power Rankings. Matt’s team put up 122 in their Week 1 win and with Peyton Manning and Le’Veon Bell looking strong, Matt’s team is looking like a bonafide contender at the start of the year.
2 – Julio Jones and Me – Putting up the biggest score league-wide this week, Julio Jones and Me come in #2 in the Power Rankings. With a fluky performance from K Matt Bryant (18 points), along with their own Matty Ice putting up 30 at QB; the PR’s are unsure if this team should be taken seriously, but 128 points in one week was too much to drop lower than 2.
3 – #Bennetting – Showing that his team name is purely ironic, delivered a beatdown to Justin to the tune of 50 points. High draft picks of Calvin Johnson and Julius Thomas paid off great dividends in Week 1, putting up 56 points combined (Blaine Gabbert’s entire team put up 57).
4 – The Meta Hipsters – The Meta Hipsters’ Week 1 takedown of the Freshmakers was a statement game in their manager’s 2nd year playing fantasy. Strong performances from Luck, Forte and AJ Green carried them to victory, despite starting two players with 0 points (known in some circles as pulling a Montross).
5 – Team Sanidas – The highest ranking rookie in the East Division belongs to Team Sanidas. Putting up 101 points in the first week is a strong performance, they just unfortunately ran into the buzz saw that is the CF Luncheon Wagon. The Alshon Jeffrey injury didn’t help, nor did a poor showing from Victor Cruz. Expect Team Sanidas to put up more than 9 total points from WR’s moving forward while they compete for the playoffs. I’ll like their chances much more once they create an original team name and embrace the full fun of fantasy football (how’s that for alliteration?).
6 – Team Pupp n Suggs – Team Pupp n Suggs, while having the best name in the East, failed to show up this week. While Julio Jones and Me got a fluky performance from Matt Bryant and his 18 points, Pupp n Suggs didn’t have a single player outscore his opponent’s kicker, firmly proving he did not deserve the sweet taste of victory this week.
7 – The Freshmakers – The lower half of the Power Rankings are familiar territory for the Freshmakers. Coach “loves his team” but love is not enough to put crooked numbers in the win column. Leaving 30 points from DeAndre Hopkins and Chris Ivory did not help the Freshmakers, but even with those players starting victory was not in the cards for them this week.
8 – Blaine Gabbert – The rookie manager will need to step his game up if he’s to be taken seriously this year as right now, most uberVU Fantasy veterans have circled him in their schedules as an easy W. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as Blaine Gabbert didn’t exactly tear up the league when playing and Justin has modeled his team after the 1st round bust. That said, it’s safe to say that Aaron Rodgers and Jamaal Charles will combine for more than 11 points most weeks and the Power Rankings will be watching Blaine Gabbert for improved performances to come.
1 – Boston Brawlers – Last year’s champion didn’t skip a beat with their opening performance of the year, riding another strong Peyton Manning performance to victory. Vernon Davis’ multiple TD performance was a nice surprise for the Boston Brawlers in the league’s first week. The West will need to work hard to dethrone the champ as his team is deep with Peyton, AJ Green, Dez Bryant and Vernon Davis all looking primed to have strong years, and the high mark for the league in Week 1 bench points at 83.
2 – Team Tyk – Carrying the torch for the rookies in both divisions is Team Tyk, pulling off Week 1’s closest victory with a 103-102 win over Team Benny C. Team Tyk was powered by the Detroit duo of Stafford and Johnson combining for 57 points. However, injuries and slow starts for Tyk’s RB’s may spell issues if Megatron and Stafford have a down week.
3 – Team Ayotte – What Team Ayotte lacks in name originality, they more than make up for in dominance on the field, demolishing team Jake by 27 to start the season. The RB tandem of Bell and Forte led the way with a combined 40 points, but a strong overall performance carried Ayotte to victory. 64 bench points show that this team is no fluke and will be a factor in the playoff race later this year.
4 – Viva Katalinas – Despite drafting without their expert magazine, Team Katalinas kicked off the season on a high note. Any week you can win with 2 points from your 1st draft pick is one to appreciate, and high scores from Luck, Gio Bernard, Antonio Brown and Gronk powered the Katalinas to victory. Benching a 30 point Matt Ryan start didn’t hurt them at all, and they may want to capitalize on their QB depth by trading for more depth.
5 – Team Benny C – Team Benny C got the short end of the Week 1 draw as they’d be 1-0 if they’d played anyone but Team Tyk, Team Ayotte or the Boston Brawlers. That said, look for Benny C to start racking up W’s in the near future as he squad looks solid from top to bottom. Benny C even surpassed Team Ayotte with 75 bench points this week, which he surely could have used to take down Team Tyk this week. Will he have the gall to start Sproles or Bell over Bush next week? Will Tony Romo find a way to pull Benny C down despite rarely, and possibly never, seeing the field? Only time will tell.
6 – Team Running – Team Running had a week of peaks and valleys, with high scores from Julius Thomas and Marshawn Lynch and nothing but disappointment from the rest of the starting lineup. Leaving double digit scorers Jennings, Maclin, Williams and Ivory hurt team Running; in fact, if those 3 of those players had started Team Running could have won by 3 points. The Fantasy Gods smile upon those with unique names, perhaps that was the ultimate cause of Team Running’s benching of needed points.
7 – Every Team has a Smith on It – Every Team has a Smith on It are facing tough times with the recent cutting/suspension of Ray Rice, Cam Newton’s rib problems, Andre Ellington’s foot issues and Jordan Cameron’s re-injury of his shoulder the team is in a state of disarray. Can Manager Smith and team leaders McCoy and Murray help to rally the troops and correct things or is Every Team has a Smith on It doomed for a season destined for failure like the St. Louis Rams.
8 – Team Knightridder – Team Knightridder had an unfortunate start to the year with Tate and Lacy leaving their games early due to injury. After that early stumble, Team Knightridder struggled to catch up from behind. Julio Jones’ fumble on his way to the end zone didn’t help, but when you lose by 46 points, there are lots of plays that can be pointed to as contributing to the loss. Rotating in healthy RB’s, along with the possible reinstatement of Wes Welker, should help Team Knightridder perform better in Week 2.
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