View From the Pit 2016 – week 9

Week 8 is over, and one of our mammoth streaks is finally over. Unfortunately for everyone else, its the losing streak that is over, meaning we are back, just about, to having 12 horses in the race. Jimmy is guaranteed a playoff spot now with his 8 victories. The rest of the league is still wide open and there’s not much more we’ll know till at least a couple more weeks when the divisional games start up again.

New England got a massive 40 points last week, and really is there any other song to choose than this one. I’ll make an exception for my rule against live versions for this one. 

Back to our action

Tigers at Jaguars

4-4 Tranent Tigers play the 8-0 Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars at Greendale Stadium.

Tranent Tigers were led in week 8 by a 30.10 point effort from Tom Brady, but he’s on a bye in week 9, they’ll need to count on their second-string QB to carry the team this week.

Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars were led in week 8 by a 33.84 point effort from Aaron Rodgers, who got by the.

In the 2-year history of this rivalry, Tranent Tigers hold a 0-2-0 all-time series record against Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars.

Can Nicky be the one to finally put a stop to the Jags. Jimmy has a few bye week worries again, with his New England and Cincinnati studs on a bye week for a start. That means he’s either going to have to pick up some randoms on the waivers (though with only $5 that could be a problem or go with what he has and some players ranked down in the 40s. It’s a tougher choice than it might appear, will he go for extending the unbeaten run or just consolidate for his guaranteed playoff berth. Nicky has to hope for the latter, but Jimmy is nothing if not a competitor, so expect some movement tomorrow- even if it is after 10.00. with the Cards on a bye at the very least he needs a DST.

Tigers now lead Shatner division after last weeks win, but its a shoogly peg as far as the stats go as he is also struggling with 4 players on a bye. At least the Tigers have a full lineup if Nicky decides to ‘wait out the storm’ of his monster bye week. Jamies Winston seems a good enough sub at QB and Nicky would struggle to beat his prospects on the wavers. WRs Antonio Brown and Demaryius Thomas still look starter worthy – Though Browns numbers will be affected by a fully fit or not Big Ben at QB for the Steelers. Isaiah Crowell and Ryan Matthews look good enough for 2 RB starters and surely there is 20 points plus between them. All in all a team that looks capable of anywhere between 80 – 110 points, the bottom end of which might not be enough to win – but surely the top end would – the choice is Nicky’s whether to go for broke on the waivers.

The stats say Nicky for this one, and the Pit is going with that – but there are no guarantees.

Pirates at 69ers

5-3 Tweedbank Pirates face off against the 4-4 SanFran-Gordon 69ers at Castle Greyskull.

Tweedbank Pirates were led in week 8 by a 20.46 point effort from Andy Dalton. With Dalton on bye in week 9, they’ll need to count on their second-string QB to carry the team this week. In addition, Larry Fitzgerald was not injured before the start of his week 8 game, and contributed 7.40 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 9 due to an injured ankle , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

SanFran-Gordon 69ers were led in week 8 by a 19.40 point effort from Andrew Luck, who got by t.  Was not injured before the start of his week 8 game, and contributed 18.80 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 9 due to an injured toe , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

In the 3-year history of this rivalry, Tweedbank Pirates hold a 0-4-0 all-time series record against SanFran-Gordon 69ers.

Pirates are sitting comfortably on top of Kirk Division but there is no room for complacency, coming off a defeat and with another week of bye week woes. Paul has shored up the team again this morning on the FCFS waivers, wisely saving his bucks for maybe a more important week – either that or he was just outbid for a stud like most everyone else. Gurley and Hilton should lead the scoring as RB1 and WR1 for the Pirates – both are ranked comfortably in the top 10 and should get 20 pts plus between them – Tds a bonus. Kelce could be the ace in the hole for Paul – but as usual as a TE he will be very TD dependent – expect 80 yds though, enough to make up for perhaps a few yards short for RB2 and WR2. The real choice for Paul is flex – Perhaps the fairly consistent Darren Sproles or hot hand WR Quincy Enunwa, Sproles maybe due a TD where Enunwa has had his share? Tough call, and will come down to a bit of luck.

Richie’s 69ers have got to be disappointed at sitting at 4-4 when they have the second highest total in the league. Tough to swallow but Richie will just have to suck it up and get on with it this week. With a massive 5 players on bye (2 of them TEs!) you would think this was the chance for those pirates to steal the some thunder? It looks good for the 69ers though – niners players consistently outrank the Pirates everywhere except TE and DST – though the Vikings have shown that they are capable of making up in special teams what a fantasy team might be lacking in skill players. Julio Jones is ranked #1 WR – with the likelihood of at least some playing time for Ben Roethlisberger that seems justified, but it is a short week and a Thursday night game, so nothing guaranteed. Even with this monster bye week, Richie is still able to put up a decent team

Really you cant see past the 69ers in this game.

Bohemians at Fog

3-5 Earlstonian Bohemians face off against the 5-3 Fog on the Tyne at New St James Park.

Earlstonian Bohemians were led in week 8 by a 13.60 point effort from Stefon Diggs. In addition, Spencer Warewas not injured before the start of his week 8 game, and contributed 4.70 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 9 due to an injured concussion , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

Fog on the Tyne were led in week 8 by a 36.82 point effort from Derek Carr. Jacquizz Rodgers was not injured before the start of his week 8 game, and contributed 13.80 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 9 due to an injured foot , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

In the 3-year history of this rivalry, Earlstonian Bohemians hold a 3-2-0 all-time series record against Fog on the Tyne.

Bohemians, whether by luck, bad planning or just through playing the long game, have ended up with 5 players on a bye. There’s a team to play, but its pretty rag tag and will take some luck to get over the finish line. Despite last weekends bravado on having faith in, then completely disowning Russell Wilson, he’s still the top choice for coach ally – perhaps there was just nothing better on the waivers or maybe his erratic numbers suit the Bohemian lifestyle? Whatever, there’s better players in the lineup who could score more too. Le’Veon bell is the first and most obvious of those – expect another 150 yd game with a TD or 2 if he’s lucky on top. Spencer Ware, Peyton Barber and DeAngelo Williams surely have 30 pts between them – but one of them needs to be on the bench – who that will be is up to coach Ally, WRs have a chance at TDs as every week – but without those its looking like 12 – 15 pts between them.

Fog also have some waiver woes. Gronk is surely the biggest loss, Jack Doyle broke out in week 7 but failed to live up to the hype in week 8 – he’s ranked highly but will need to have luck on his side in Green Bay. Freeman and Forte at RB look the best pairing across the league this week, both with great chances for both yards and TDs, expect them to be the hub for scoring in the Fog lineup . However, Edelmann and Floyd will be a big gap at WR as they are both on Byes – there could be precious little at WR here- likely less yds than the Bohos and less chance of TDs – there’s no points for a half chance at a TD though – so if Fog can repeat last weeks endzone glory days Stuart will be on a winner.

The stats say Bohos for this one – but its closer than it might appear.

Pickaxe at 187s

3-5 Nitten Pickaxe, who hope to end their 5 game losing streak, play the 5-3 Kelso 187’s at Compton Palace.

Nitten Pickaxe were led in week 8 by a 24.42 point effort from Matt Ryan.

Kelso 187’s were led in week 8 by a 27.28 point effort from Dak Prescott.

Nitten Pickaxe hold a 0-2-0 all-time series recordagainst Kelso 187’s.

Pickaxe Pickaxe Pickaxe, the season started so well but this middle phase will be best forgotten. Pickaxe have faced the most points against by quite some distance though – and even with injuries and byes have stayed close to the 100 pt mark – so there’s wins to come from the Nitten crew. Jeremy Hill is on a bye week, and Gav’s RB squad is not the deepest – Smith or Asiata will get the call to suit up this week – Smith perhaps guaranteed at least a few carries for the Buccs in their likely RBBC setup. Asiata will get a boost if Jerrick Mckinnon is out for another week and would probably get the nod if that is the case. Dez Bryant was back with a vengeance last week – collecting a cool 100 yds and a TD – seems that soupfingergate has come to nothing. Brandin Cooks is proving a worthy backup too getting his regulation 10 in the last 3 games.

187s are sitting atop TJ Hooker and coming off a win. There’s some points here for sure, Dak Prescott is pretty good so far this season and shows no sign of letting the pressure get to him. That’s certainly interesting in this matchup though as Gav will score points for quite a lot of Dak’s successes though Bryant and Elliot. Devontae Booker, Melvin Gordon and Odell Beckham are the core of the team this week and should see a combined score of 45 plus – with at least a couple of TDs between them. There’s a bit of choice at Flex, not least waiver pickup Tim Hightower who could be in line for a fair few carries after coming in for the fumbling Mark Ingram.

All in all this is a decent scoring contest – making it tougher to predict – but the Pickaxe boys have it on the strength of Matt Ryan and Zeke Elliot.

Fire at Panthers

3-5 Fife Fire face off against the 3-5 Pilton Panthers at Pilton Park.

Fife Fire were led in week 8 by a 20.70 point effort from Drew Brees.

Pilton Panthers were led in week 8 by a 15.40 point effort from Mike Gillislee. In addition, DeSean Jackson was not injured before the start of his week 8 game, and contributed4.80 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 9 due to an injured head , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

Down at the more dusty end of the league – we have two teams with losing records- so at least one of them gets a boost this week coming closer to getting in to the black. Fire need a kicker before Sunday, but that shouldn’t be a problem – plenty of 5-10 players sitting on the waivers. Fire have a big edge at RB when the Panthers look to WRs to get all their points. Both Teams have pretty big bye week troubles with at least 3 players out on both sides.

Shaun’s Drew Brees is a little erratic this season, but that’s only really in how much over 18 pots he gets – which is a pretty safe place for a QB. Carlos Hyde and Theo Riddick are perhaps not the 2 top 5 RBs you’d wish for at this stage in the season, but they are more than capable of 100 yds each plus a TD so plenty of scope for points. WR is a little lighter, Baldwin and Jones are perhaps looking at 6-8 receptions between them – as long as they get a couple of 30 yarders that should see them reach a decent enough total of 15-20 and any TDs will be a bonus.

Rab’s Panthers will need some luck to beat the Fire- Jordy Nelson can provide some of that though – along with Jarvis Landry there should be 25 -30 pts at WR for Rab. RB is a bit of a struggle, and flex is the choice of a few second string or even third string players. Even with those woes, there is plenty of chance for a TD, if not mammoth yardage at RB. Gary Barnidge surely will not go the whole season without a TD – could be this week.

A tough match to call – but the Fire have the advantage of slightly more consistency and low floor, leaving Rab needing just a bit more luck than Shaun if he’s to win.

Earthquakes at Avengers

1-7 Earlston Earthquakes play the 4-4 Kelsae Avengers at Samuel Sawyer Memorial Park.

Earlston Earthquakes were led in week 8 by a 23.30 point effort from Amari Cooper. In addition, Alex Smith was not injured before the start of his week 8 game, and contributed 9.98 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 9 due to an injured head , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

Kelsae Avengers were led in week 8 by a 12.78 point effort from Cam Newton.

Last but not least the Earthquakes have finally got their win. There’s still a chance to qualify too – but things really have to go Chris’ way for that to happen. Getting a QB is the first priority before any thoughts of the playoffs – there’s guaranteed to be a 20 point plus QB on the waivers, but who is it to be? Tannehill, Fitzpatrick, Bradford – or maybe get a trade in with someone with 2 QBs, needs to go through now though. Chris also needs a kicker, but that will be easier to find. Jerrick McKinnon says he’s back – but the rankings don’t agree, it will be up to Chris to decide what is best for the Quakes, but Stewart and Ingram could be better plays even if he’s fully fit. Sanders and Cooper will surely get the start at WR and should get 15-20 pts. Quakes have to play for pride at least – and it may be time to shake things up a bit further still.

Avengers are sitting level pegging but talisman David Johnson is on a bye this week after a slightly disappointing outing last week – only in comparison to his host of 20 pt games though – he;s reached his regulation 10 pretty much all season. Avengers pulled the trigger on Charcandrick West this morning – there must have been at least a couple of other bids but coach Stuart had the deepest pockets. He’s certainly got a chance to prove his worth to the Chiefs, but may only get a week to do it. If he gets over 100 yds this week he will be hard to shift from at least a decent number of snaps going forward, and Stuart has to hope for that too. Mike Evans and Jordan Matthews are not perhaps in the same league as each other in terms of capability – but Matthews can certainly bolster the WR numbers even when Evans takes all the glory – expect 30 pts between them. Jimmy Graham has been a bit quiet after a couple of great weeks, he’ll need to do more if he’s to get a shot at draft pick of the year – but with a couple of TDs he has a shot at that still.

A balanced game, but without a QB and a Kicker to look at the crystal ball says avengers all the way.

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