View From the Pit 2016 – week 11

Week 11 is here – 1 team definitely through and 1 team definitely eliminated. for the rest of us, its all still to play for. Theres still some action to be had on the waivers too – so its still all to play for – especially now that there’s a ig difference in waiver budgets left.


Week 1 saw the Titans  clock up a monster 47 pts.

and with that we’re on to our own action


Jaguars at Fog

10-0 Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars, who hope to extend their 10 game winning streak, face off against the 6-4 Fog on the Tyne at New St James Park.

Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars were led in week 10 by a 27.54 point effort from Aaron Rodgers. In addition, Jordan Howard was not injured before the start of his week 10 game, and contributed 9.00 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 11 due to an injured ankle , which might severely limit his fantasy production. Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars can expect a 19.60 point effort from Aaron Rodgers in week 11.

Fog on the Tyne were led in week 10 by a 22.14 point effort from Joe Flacco. In addition, Michael Floyd was not injured before the start of his week 10 game, and contributed 10.10 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 11 due to an injured neck , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

In week 1, Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars defeated Fog on the Tyne by 33.34 points, so coach Stuart is looking for revenge this week. In the 4-year history of this rivalry, Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars hold a 7-1-0 all-time series record against Fog on the Tyne.

Jimmys $86 investment way back in week 4 could finally be paying off, with Doug Martin doing pretty well with his limited snaps for the Buccs last week. Much as I’m sure they’d like to keep him protected, they’ve really no one else to turn with a string of further injuries. In fact, Martin may be the #1 RB for the Jags this week ,but that’s just the start – there’s a good chance of a team all ranked in the top 15 this week for Jimmy, and although he’s guaranteed that bye in the playoffs he’ll no doubt be looking to extend the unbroken run of victories. AJ Green and Allen Robinson at WR give him a pretty good chance of that.

Fog on the other hand have a world of problems with bye weeks, Devonta Freeman and Matt Forte out this week will leave a big hole in the Fog Lineup. Stuart also needs a kicker, but that will likely wait till the free agency period, as he maybe hopes to bring in a bye week stud. Jacquizz Rogers will likely be just sitting on the bench taunting the rest of Fog as Doug Martin gets all his touches. Edelman and Beasly have a decent shout at 150 yds and a TD between them, but surely no match for Green and Robinson on the Jags side.

This doesn’t bode well for Stuart, unless he just lucks out with either just a stellar game for one of his or perhaps an injury for Jimmy, this is going to the Jags all the way.

What does the rest of the league want? With Jimmy already through and others maybe wanting him to use up all his luck now its got to be a win for the Jags, but really, no one would be that disappointed to see Jimmy’s run stopped now

TJ Hooker

69ers at Fire

5-5 SanFran-Gordon 69ers challenge the 4-6 Fife Fire at Balbirnie Stadium.

SanFran-Gordon 69ers were led in week 10 by a 26.00 point effort from DeMarco Murray.

Fife Fire were led in week 10 by a 23.90 point effort from Doug Baldwin.

In week 1, Fife Fire defeated SanFran-Gordon 69ers by 5.16 points, so coach Richie is looking for revenge this week. In the 2-year history of this rivalry, SanFran-Gordon 69ers hold a 1-2-0 all-time series record against Fife Fire.

69ers have been caught off guard a bit this week with byes for Julio Jones and Brandon Marshall, who have contributed quite a lot to the scores over the last 10 weeks – Jones much more so of course. Demarco Murray and Jordan Reed could well be the stars this week for Richie, and with a TD for Reed and a few hard yards, that could easily make up for the WR woes. Murray has been averaging way over 15 pts for the season, and last week even tried his hand as a QB, throwing a TD pass. Tricky though that is and fair play to Murray, he would have scored more if he’d run it in himself! Richie needs to hope that Murray is on tremendous form again this week.

Shaun’s Fire are second only in scoring to bottom placed Earthquakes, and with $92 in the bank if there was anything worth pouncing on on the waiver wire Shaun would be sure to take it – unfortunately it hasn’t panned out that way, and though he can make those bids there’s precious little to bolster his slightly struggling squad. This is a good week for the Fire’s matchup with the niners though, everyone is ranked top 30 even with a couple of players out hurt. Shaun should hoe for a decent 25 from Brees and maybe 400 yds plus 3 TDs from his 6 skill players – giving something like 58. There’s the possibility of a kicker change, and perhaps more likely a DST, there’s plenty on the wire and a bid above 3 or 4 bucks would be guaranteed to get your first choice surely?

Anyway, though Murray has shown his all round skill, that’s about it as an advantage for Richie, the pit sees this one going to Fire.

What does the rest of the league want? 187S look to be the clear leader at the moment in Hooker, so a win for Fire would suit more second place finishers than 69ers going into the black.


Earthquakes at Bohemians

1-9 Earlston Earthquakes play the 5-5 Earlstonian Bohemians at Bohemian Park.

Earlston Earthquakes were led in week 10 by a 9.50 point effort from Rob Kelley.

Earlstonian Bohemians were led in week 10 by a 26.52 point effort from Russell Wilson.

In week 1, Earlstonian Bohemians defeated Earlston Earthquakes by 17.18 points, so coach Cozy is looking for revenge this week. In the 4-year history of this rivalry, Earlston Earthquakes hold a 3-4-0 all-time series record against Earlstonian Bohemians.

Its officially over for the Quakes, a season lost by some bad draft decisions, bad luck and bad injuries. There’s still pride to play for though – and there’s no guarantee of that #1 draft pick. Cozy’s team looks very capable of a 100 pt game this week, Amari Copper the star and maybe a streaming QB of the wire too, Cousins perhaps? There’s little else to add CJ Prosise seems to have risen to the top of the Hawks depth chart, but perhaps not enough to gain a starting place in the Quakes lineup. You’ve just got to think that they can come together with a few TDs one week.

Bohemians are on a bit of a roll, and with Pirates on a 3 game losing streak Kirk is well up for grabs. A super deep RB set means that there are options to play any 3 of 4 top 10 RBs this week, WR is a litrle less secure, but really as long as there’s a TD, 100 yds and no injuries between Thomas and Diggs, what’s to complain about. Ally’s BOHOs are coming of a week high 130 pts and there’s no reason to think this weeks lineup couldn’t get a similar score given a bit of TD luck. Legarrette Blount may have secured his spot in the lineup with last weeks 25 pt effort, even with coach Ally’s love hate relationship with the RB. Russell Wilson could be back in favour too, could we see a settled Bohos lineup this week?

It is surely a better score than last week for the Quakes, but even then it looks likely that the Bohos will take the victory.

What does the rest of the league want? Bohemians and Pirates are tied at the top, and one of them is guaranteed through, however, with Cozy definitely out now a win for him does no one else any harm.


Pickaxe at Panthers

4-6 Nitten Pickaxe face off against the 4-6 Pilton Panthers at Pilton Park.

Nitten Pickaxe were led in week 10 by a 38.90 point effort from Ezekiel Elliott.

Pilton Panthers were led in week 10 by a 18.60 point effort from Jordy Nelson.

In week 1, Nitten Pickaxe defeated Pilton Panthers by 27.18 points, so coach Rab is looking for revenge this week. In the 4-year history of this rivalry, Nitten Pickaxe hold a 5-2-0 all-time series record against Pilton Panthers.

Pickaxe finally brought their 6 week losing streak to an end with an emphatic win over the Avengers in week 10 – despite a very poor showing from Matt Ryan. Big Ben looks to be back in action to cover Ryan’s bye week though so don’t expect too many changes for the Pickaxe. Gav needs a DST though so there could still be some streaming over the last 3 weeks. The Chargers were a big let down last week ,so surely there are more than 2 pts somewhere on the wire. Dez Bryant seems to be back to decent fitness and has got to grips with rookie Dak Prescott’s style so there could be a decent 70 – 100 yds from him with maybe a TD thrown in. Brandin Cooks is coming of a 98 yd game too – so there’s definitely some points possible there. Zeke is the star though – and could be the difference between a playoff spot or not – can he stay fit is the question.

Panthers need a QB to get their team going this week – there are plenty of streaming options at 15 pts or so – and of course at least one of them will get 25, picking the right one could be the problem, but Rabs final $15 should be enough to secure who he needs if he wants to make sure, perhaps more likely a lower bid or even waiting till free agency – can the Panthers coach tough it out – wait and see. Lesean McCoy is more than capable of keeping up with Zeke Elliot, and has surpassed him oin several week this year. RB1 Could decide this matchup, so both Rab and Gav will be looking to the 6.00 games for some good news. The Chiefs are the other stars for Rab this week, and could easily get 5-10 more points than anyone on the wire, so don’t leave them out of any decisions about who will eb winning this game.

All in all, it could be close, but the pickaxe rankings are just that little bit too much better than the Panthers, and should be enough to secure a win.

What does the rest of the league want? With all three Shatner teams on 4-6, these divisional matchups are going to be crucial. And it seems unlikely that Shatner will provide a wildcard slot, so no one is probably too bothered until next weeks divisional game, Nicky’s non divisional might be more important for the rest of the league.

Non Divisional

Pirates at 187s

5-5 Tweedbank Pirates, who hope to end their 3 game losing streak, face off against the 7-3 Kelso 187’s at Compton Palace.

Tweedbank Pirates were led in week 10 by a 13.30 point effort from Larry Fitzgerald.

Kelso 187’s were led in week 10 by a 19.76 point effort from Dak Prescott.

In the 2-year history of this rivalry, Tweedbank Pirates hold a 2-1-0 all-time series record against Kelso 187’s.

Pirates have not had the best of it in the last 3 weeks, coach Paul must be getting twitchy for a 100 pt game. It will come, but will it be in time to save the Pirates sinking season? Quincy Enunwa and the Jets are on a bye for Paul this week, but expect the Jets to be dropped in the morning, assuming there’s is anyone Paul can see his way to picking up. Those 2 byes should not pose too much of a problem, though the Vikings early season DST dominance seems to have faded fast. TY Hilton and Travis Kelce are the best ranked players this week though Matt Stafford looks none too shabby either at QB. Elsewhere there are certainly yds and TDs, pretty much everyone is a starter and there’s no one here who we’d expect to be limited to 40 yds or less. TDs will be the big bonus, and there’s plenty of chances of that in the Pirates lineup.

187s have bye week misery with 5 players out for week 11. Fortunately its not a divisional game for Coach Euan, though whether that’s luck or judgement I’ll leave to you to decide. Three wins on the bounce have to give Euan some confidence going in to this match, a win would just about see them through on a wildcard, but those bye week missed players are going to really hurt the scoreline. Whether there is anyone on the waivers to plug the skills gap will be up to Euan, or he could just ride out the storm and hope for a win in the next 2 divisional games. Ivory and White have got to be good for maybe 120 yds between them, a TD perhaps an unexpected bonus. Odell Beckham and Kelvin Benjamin could of course soak up any lost yards to third string RBs so its not all bad news for the 187s, both of them have just about held on to their 10 pt averages for the season.

It could go to the 187s but the signs point for a favourable wind for the Pirates.

What does the rest of the league want? 187S are nearly through – so another win for them leaves the door open for the wildcard teams.

Avengers at Tigers

5-5 Kelsae Avengers face off against the 4-6 Tranent Tigers at Polson Park.

Kelsae Avengers were led in week 10 by a 23.84 point effort from Cam Newton.

Tranent Tigers were led in week 10 by a 20.40 point effort from Antonio Brown.

Last but not least its the Avengers Tigers matchup. Avengers have to be a wee bit sore at losing last week with a decent enough score, though they were nly 5th top scorer in the week. Cam Newton is still the fit and forget QB, but those hits are still doing the damage, and so he could come to nothing in any week, so could every other QB though and he shows no sign of being stopped in his running ways. David Johnson was outgunned last week by Zeke Elliot, but that wont bother Stuart this week – any score above 20 will be a big bonus for the Avengers. Mike Evans and Jimmy Graham have the chance to score well too this week, so there’s plenty for Stuart to look out for.

However, the Tigers actually have 3 #1 ranked players to start this week, Tom Brady, Antonio brown and Steven Gostkowski. Gostkowski’s rank perhaps counts not quite in the same league as Brady’s and Brown’s but nevertheless that’s a formidable stat and one that no one else has repeated this season. Unfortunately, there are some bye week holes elsewhere in the tam, and particularly at RB we could see a bit of a struggle, perhaps 15 yds between them and maybe a TD too – that would leave Brady and Brown to have just ‘average’ weeks in order to get the Tigers to regulation. Nicky needs a DST but the waivers will surely provide something with at least 5 pts, so there’s little to worry about there, with onyl 12 bucks left though – Nicky may want to save some cash and wait till the open Waiver section.

So, although this is a non divisonal game, it could actually put either of these teams at the top of their divisions, so all to play for – though Nicky has those #1 players, Stuart is close behind at those positions and has the advantage nearly everywhere else, so we’ll give it to the Avengers.

What does the rest of the league want? Avengers are at the bottom of TJ Hooker but could still get in the wildcard mix – so the rest of the league maybe hoping for a win from Tigers.

And that’s the lot – 2 more weeks of regulation, before the season is officially over for 6 teams



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