Week 7 marks half way in the EFFL regular season – whether you are in the black or the red this week, there is still time to make the playoffs. Even Earthquakes, who had our worst start to the season, are now joined in their misery by the Pirates, Tigers, 69ers and 187s on 2-4. This season is very far from done. Rab might be top of the pile with his Panthers on 5-1 but that can all change – lets get things started with a wee bit of good ol’ heavy rock to pick your spirits up if you are on the wrong end of 2-4, as the man says, ‘I’m down but I’m not defeated’
Lets start with our league leaders up against an old enemy
Panthers at 69ers
5-1 Pilton Panthers, who hope to extend their 5 game winning streak, face off against the 2-4 SanFran-Gordon 69ers at Castle Greyskull.
69ers were led in week 6 by a 19.60 point effort from Aaron Rodgers. With Rodgers on bye in week 7, they’ll need to count on their second-string QB to carry the team this week. In addition, Allen Robinson was not injured before the start of his week 6 game, and contributed 14.60 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 7 due to an injured leg. SanFran-Gordon 69ers can expect a 11.44 point effort from Rob Gronkowski in week 7.
In the 2-year history of this rivalry, Pilton Panthers hold a 0-4-0 all-time series record against SanFran-Gordon 69ers. That’s right – Rab’s Panthers have never won against Richie. Richie is on a 4 game losing streak so he too is wanting this win bad. What do the numbers say? Well Richie will need to put a lot of the burden on Gronk’s broad shoulders as TE is pretty much the only position where he has a big advantage, Bills look a decent DST option this week too though. Elsewhere, Rab has the advantage, but its not so great as to be insurmountable. 69ers second tier QB, Matt Stafford is coming off a 30 point monster game, so perhaps its a good week for Rodgers to take his bye? Carlos Hyde has a chance too to get things started on Thursday night against a Hawks defense that is ranked number 1 in fantasy, but is 12th overall for actual points let in and is averaging 100 yds a game. Rab though has the 15+ pt averaging DeAndre Hopkins, against a pretty poor Dolphins defense, even away from home he could run wild.
The rankings say otherwise, but the pit has to go with the 69ers here, mainly for the sake of the rest of the league.
Next up it’s another non divisonal match up, the Fire was put out a bit last week, but those pirates are desperate to go marauding somewhere…
Fire at Pirates
4-2 Fife Fire play the 2-4 Tweedbank Pirates at Gun Knowe Stadium.
Fire were led in week 6 by a 19.76 point effort from Cam Newton, Fife Fire can expect a 20.49 point effort from Cam Newton in week 7.
This is the first game between these two franchises in 2015, and is sure to be a game for the ages. Pirates DST get things going on thursday night – the Seahawks have been putting up some reasonable scores, but haven’t quite lived up to their #1 DST status. Fire look to be starting late with the bulk of their points coing in the sunday late and Monday night games, note that Shaun still needs to pick up a kicker. Pirates QB Luck came back strong last week and is #2 ranked for week 7 so that at least should be some points in the bag for Paul. In the other match ups its pretty even, Larry Fitzgerald for Fire being a bit of an exeption, as he’s predicted a big score. If Fire can pick up a lucky kicker and go for broke with their second string DST, this game could well be theirs.
However, the Pit goes with Paul’s Pirates this time, as Luck seems back in gear.
Avengers at Pickaxe
Shatner and Uhura are the closest of the divisions at just about half way, and this tussle could upset either of these teams chance at the playoffs
3-3 Kelsae Avengers challenge the 4-2 Nitten Pickaxe at New Victoria Park.
Avengers were led in week 6 by a 24.00 point effort from the Miami Dolphins Defensive Team. Jeremy Maclin was not injured before the start of his week 6 game, and contributed 4.80points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 7 due to a concussion. Kelsae Avengers can expect a 10.80 point effort from Sam Bradford in week 7.
Pickaxe were led in week 6 by a 27.60 point effort from Devonta Freeman. Nitten Pickaxe can expect a 18.69 point effort from Russell Wilson in week 7. GAv’s Pickaxe get stuck right in on Thursday night with a Seahawks foursome that should put a few points on the board even on a bad day. Stuarts Avengers take the laid back route – waiting till Monday to finish their scoring. Stuart really needs Megatron to have started a wee run – if he can build on a great game last week, that could eat into some of the Pickaxe early lead. Sam Bradford will surely outscore his 10.8 MFL prediction, though he has been a bigtshort on yards and long on picks so far this year.
This is the first game between these two franchises in 2015.
Avengers could do with this win as Uhura is so close, but the pit goes with the Pickaxe this time.
Bohemians at 187s
3-3 Earlstonian Bohemians play the 2-4 Kelso 187’s at Compton Palace. Bohemians lead Kirk Division, but are the only divisional leaders on 3 or fewer wins. 187s on the other hand have had 3 straight disasters, could this be the turnaround that must surely come?
Bohemians were led in week 6 by a 21.52 point effort from Andy Dalton. With Dalton on bye in week 7, they’ll need to count on their second-string QB to carry the team this week. In addition, Anquan Boldin was not injured before the start of his week 6 game, and contributed 10.20 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 7 due to an injured hamstring , which might severely limit his fantasy production. Bohemians can expect a 12.18 point effort from Mark Ingram in week 7
Euan’s 187s may have timed their assault on bohemia to perfection, with Dalton out and some injury worries for Coach ally. the match ups are pretty close, Ally with a lead on RBs but Euan with the wideouts. Boldonm could get the party started for the Bohemians on Thursday night, but 187s should clear those points in the early games on Sunday, Ally will be playing catch up from there and has to hope that last weeks star trade Gary ‘Barnstormer’ Barnidge continues his great run of form.
This is the first game between these two franchises in 2015, and is sure to be a hard-fought struggle. Inthe end though ,the Pit can’t see past Ryan Murray and Brown which should seal it for the 187s
Tigers at Jaguars
Another cat fight in the EFFL, this time it’s Nicky’s Tigers vs last years champs the Jaguars.
2-4 Tranent Tigers face off against the 3-3 Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars at Die Walküre Stadium
Tigers were led in week 6 by a 22.94 point effort from Blake Bortles. Emmanuel Sanders was not injured before the start of his week 6 game, and contributed 16.90 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 7 due to an injured shoulder. Tranent Tigers can expect a 13.77 point effort from Blake Bortles in week 7.
Jaguars were led in week 6 by a 22.48 point effort from Tom Brady. Keenan Allen was not injured before the start of his week 6 game, and contributed 15.70 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 7 due to an injured hip , which might severely limit his fantasy production. Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars can expect a 18.00 point effort from Tom Brady in week 7.
Jimmy’s Jags have maybe had a tough time of it so far – they’ve been predicted big scores that just haven’t materialised, notably from Forsett and Jones. Jones is returning from a wee injury, so could see his tocuhes get a boost, whilst Forsett’s slightly lower than predicted scores are simply a TD drought, so that could all change with a wee bit of luck. Nicky has a bad habit of dropping folk just before their points explode, so he’ll be hoping that he’s held on to some of the current roster long enough this week, Adrian Peterson and Antonio Gates are the likely big guns this week – though points for TEs are notoriously all over the shop, the Raiders, however, have let in the most points to TE’s this season, so there’s hope for the Tigers.
This is the first game between these two franchises in 2015. It could go either way, but the stats in almost every postion point just towards the jags, so we’ll call it for Jimmy this time.
Earthquakes at Fog
2-4 Earlston Earthquakes challenge the 4-2 Fog on the Tyne at New St James Park.
The Quake are on a 2 game streak whilst Fog have 3 weeks under their belts. Fog are now leading the hard fought Uhura division, but the Avengers or Jaguars could challenge that if results go their way and against Stuart here. Quakes are looking to get off the bottom of Kirk division, and again that’s possible if the Pirates are sunk.
Phil Dawson will be kicking to lead the Earthquakes charge here, and has a decent chance at points if the 49ers can get the ball moving but struggle to reach the endzone. That’s a distinct possibility and although he’s predicted 5 points, I can see it being more like 5 or 12, not a lot in between. Other than that the bright spots in the quakes lineup are all at RB, where they have a reasonable chance of 15 points each. Fog’s Marshall, Smith and Cooper WR Trio will almost certainly dominate that area of the matchups.
Earlston Earthquakes hold a 1-3-0 all-time series record against Fog on the Tyne. This game could be pretty close, but this time the Pit is going for the quakes.
that’s yer lot for week 7