View From the Pit 2016 – Week 12

Week 12 is here – 1 team through and 1 team out – there’s still all to play for for everyone else.

Week 11 saw a monster score from Washington. Hmmm, its thanksgiving too. Now America, you’ve been a bit disappointing over the last few weeks – maybe  look at where you are going and stop treading on the wee guys eh?

Bohemians at Pirates

5-6 Earlstonian Bohemians challenge the 6-5 Tweedbank Pirates at Gun Knowe Stadium.

Earlstonian Bohemians were led in week 11 by a 26.10 point effort from Le’Veon Bell,

Tweedbank Pirates were led in week 11 by a 20.00 point effort from the Minnesota Vikings.

In week 2, Tweedbank Pirates defeated Earlstonian Bohemians by 0.44 points, so coach Ally is looking for revenge this week. In the 4-year history of this rivalry, Earlstonian Bohemians hold a 4-5-0 all-time series record against Tweedbank Pirates.

Ally must surely have forgiven Russell Wilson for his less than 10 pt outing a month ago, 3 25 pt game sin a row have to get a QB back in the good books? Added to that Leveon Bell is coming off two monster games and looks in great form, particularly with Ben Roethlisberger back from injury meaning defenses have to think about the pass too. Really you’ve got to think that very little on the Bohos team will change, apart from as ever streaming a DST for the week. All the offensive players are ranked in the top 15 and that’s going to be a lot for anyone to challenge this week.

Paul has come down pretty hard after a great start to the season, and meets Ally perhaps on the way up. Only one of these teams can go through to the playoffs for sure- but there is a chance for both to make it through wildcard. Todd Gurley and Rashad Jennings look solid at RB1 and 2 but will possibly come up 50 yards shorter than the Bohos pairing – so need some Tds as well, not impossible. Its the same story at WR but they are petty evenly matched to the Bohos pair – expect a good 150 yds between them. Flex could be the let down here, there’s really nothing on the squad to compete with one of Ally’s top Rbs, and there will need to be more than a little luck to get 10 pts here. The Vikings could be the ace in the hole though – cooing off a 20 pt game and being the 4th highest scorer on the Pirates roster

All in all, it looks like Ally has the advantage at most positions, but the Vikings and a lucky break at WR could seal the deal for Paul’s Pirates.

The rest of the league must surely now want a Pirates win to open up the other wildcard slot – A win for Ally could put both teams through.

Panthers at Tigers

5-6 Pilton Panthers play the 4-7 Tranent Tigers at Polson Park.

Pilton Panthers were led in week 11 by a 27.40 point effort from Kirk Cousins. In addition, LeSean McCoy was not injured before the start of his week 11 game, and contributed 10.50 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 12 due to an injured thumb , which might severely limit his fantasy production. Pilton Panthers can expect a 16.70 point effort from Kirk Cousins in week 12.

Tranent Tigers were led in week 11 by a 28.40 point effort from Tom Brady. In addition, Ryan Mathews was not injured before the start of his week 11 game, and contributed 3.10 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 12 due to an injured knee , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

In week 2, Tranent Tigers defeated Pilton Panthers by 7.42 points, so coach Rab is looking for revenge this week. In the 3-year history of this rivalry, Pilton Panthers hold a 4-1-0 all-time series record against Tranent Tigers.

Panthers are fresh off a divisional win and are maybe smelling blood or the light at the end of the divisional tunnel. However, it was no in any way a league winning score last week and things will have to tighten up if the Panthers are to take the division. Things look a wee bit shoogly for Rab’s Panthers, barring Jordy Nelson there are no players ranked in the top 10 this week, rankings mean nothing if you get the matchups though. LeSean McCoy and Tevin Coleman, though not looking stellar this week are both higher ranked than anything Nicky can offer – they are perhaps looking at 150-200 yds between them but if they can capitalise with a couple of Tds that would be a huge advantage for Rab.

Nicky has just had a bit of bad luck – though the signs were there for Antonio Brown and Big Ben last weekend – both of them really underperformed and that could mean the end of the season for the Tigers. This week Brown and Brady are ranked #1 again – and surely Antonio Brown will want some of those TD passes. Rishard Matthews at Flex could be a good option this week with a reasonable match up against the Bears – tough choice to put him in over Devante Adams though – one of them should score for sure. Gostkowski and the choice of 2 DSTs round things out nicely for Nicky – and should be good for maybe 12-15 between them – perhaps expect a DST to go in the waivers in the morning, if Nicky can still afford to pick anyone up.

This game could decide Shatner – or leave it wide open again – the rest of the league perhaps wanting a Panthers win to leave Pickaxe and Tigers in the dust – but certainly Gav and Nicky need a Tigers win badly.

Fire at 187s

4-7 Fife Fire play the 7-4 Kelso 187’s at Compton Palace.

Fife Fire were led in week 11 by a 16.40 point effort from Drew Brees. In addition, Theo Riddick was not injured before the start of his week 11 game, and contributed 8.30 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 12 due to an injured ankle , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

Kelso 187’s were led in week 11 by a 25.64 point effort from Dak Prescott.

In week 2, Kelso 187’s defeated Fife Fire by 20.00 points, so coach Shaun is looking for revenge this week. In the 2-year history of this rivalry, Fife Fire hold a 2-1-0 all-time series record against Kelso 187’s.

Its the brotherly no love lost bowl again – 20 pts is a bit of a stinger for Shaun, but then the season hasn’t really panned out as well as expected – there’s a couple of interesting waiver picks around this week and Shaun has the cash to guarantee one of them at least – and he’d still have $40 for next week. That money is going to be be burning a hole in the Fire pockets at the end of the season though – really there’s nothing in the lineup or the waivers that looks a dead cert to take on the brother. Riddick, West, Marshall and Hopkins can perhaps expect 250 yds between them plus maybe a TD – any more than that is looking sketchy and will need a bit of luck. Fire have maybe traded away just at the wrong times this year – Aaron Rogers is outscoring Brees over the season for a start. Its looking a bit of a smouldering wreckage for the Fire at the end of this season.

187s couldn’t get across the line last week – but have another chance to seal the deal in week 12. Dak Prescott is probing himself quite a star – and consistently performing above his already quite high rank – it seems no ‘real pundit’s will believe that a rookie can end the season top 5. Gordon an Beckham have proved their worth over and again this season for Euan’s 187s and that should continue in week 12. Kelvin Benjamin has perhaps taken a wee bit of a tumble after his great season start – but there must be some more TDs in there somewhere. The rest of the squad leaves some choices at RB2, WR and Flex, but you’ve got to suspect that Michael Crabtree is in the mix as well. There’s 40 pts in yards from any number of RBs and WRs here – it will be a case of who is more likely to score those TDs that determines the lineup, and there will be a big bench score for sure.

The rest of the league has to be hoping for the 187s to seal the deal – again leaving a wildcard space open for anyone else, that looks likely this week for sure – the 187s just look too strong for the Fire.

Fog at Avengers

6-5 Fog on the Tyne face off against the 6-5 Kelsae Avengers at Samuel Sawyer Memorial Park.

Fog on the Tyne were led in week 11 by a 21.60 point effort from Derek Carr. Fog on the Tyne can expect a 20.84 point effort from Derek Carr in week 12.

Kelsae Avengers were led in week 11 by a 28.00 point effort from David Johnson. In addition, Thomas Rawls was not injured before the start of his week 11 game, and contributed 8.80 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 12 due to an injured undisclosed , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

In week 2, Fog on the Tyne defeated Kelsae Avengers by 12.94 points, so coach Stuart is looking for revenge this week. In the 2-year history of this rivalry, Fog on the Tyne hold a 3-0-0 all-time series record against Kelsae Avengers.

Its Stu vs Stu again for the wildcard spot in Fog are riding their luck a little in Uhura – Avengers are outscoring them most of the season, just not in the games that matter leaving Fog in front by a nose. The sad news for both these teams is that only one of them can go through – and even then only as a wildcard as Jimmy has it all sewn up. Avengers have to win both this and the last game against Jimmy to stand a chance, where Stuart can get through with one win out of the 2.

fog have been very inconsistent over the season, but have made their wins count. This last stretch could be a bit too far though, there’s only so much that Gronk can do, he’s not the talisman he’s been over the last 3 seasons. Derek Carr Looks serviceable this week – but he’s not really performing better than you might expect from a streaming QB, sop there could be a change there – certainly Stuart can afford a wee bid in the waivers.

Avengers have also just been too up and down all season. David Johnson is interesting as the only player in the whole league to be averaging more than the teams QB over the season, and still yet to post anything below 10 – proving his 1st round status and likely cementing it for 2017 too. Jimmy Graham is in the mix too, the rest of the league collectively trying to forget the giggles that greeted his pick in the later rounds of the draft. Whilst they cant be cocky, Avengers have the advantage pretty much everywhere except flex kicker and DST – and event them they are not far behind.

The rest of the league really want neither of them to win – but surely Stuart is the best hope – facing as he does Jimmy next week.

Jaguars at Pickaxe

11-0 Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars, who hope to extend their 11 game winning streak, challenge the 4-7 Nitten Pickaxe at New Victoria Park.

Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars were led in week 11 by a 29.34 point effort from Aaron Rodgers. In addition, A.J. Green was not injured before the start of his week 11 game, and contributed 0.00 points, but he’s listed as out in week 12 due to an injured hamstring , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

Nitten Pickaxe were led in week 11 by a 20.00 point effort from Dez Bryant.

This is the first game between these two franchises in 2016, and is sure to be a epic battle. In the 3-year history of this rivalry, Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars hold a 3-2-0 all-time series record against Nitten Pickaxe.

Jimmy rolled on to yet another victory in week 11, but it has cost him a starting WR in AJ Green. To be fair Green wasn’t contributing a huge amount of the Jags points in any case – and there are waiver picks that might replace him – Jimmy will have to wait till after 9.00 though – as there’s no money left in the biscuit tin. Aaron Rogers was a great trade at a great time for Jimmy, he’s outscored Carson Wentz, who he replaced, by more than 10 pts a game. Miller Gore Howard and Martin are surely all in the mix for a starting spot this week – $86 is a lot of fantasy dough to spend on a benchwarmer but that could well be the case this week as the others have pretty good matchups.

Gav is cursing his luck this season – week 11 went past with a perfect chance to prove the Pickaxe formula – only to get beaten by a well below standard 80 pts. The silver lining is the Cowboys in the squad, Dez Bryant and Zeke Elliot seem to gel well with Dak Prescott and they are sure to keep their spots this week. Jeremy hills run of TDs came to an abrupt end last week – but with a season ending injury to Giovani Bernard there could be more touches for him – is he fit enough to handle that pace is a big question, Pickaxe are pretty much forced to try their luck with him. Brandin cooks and Greg Olsen can surely only get better from last weeks Thursday night effort.

All in all this is a must win for Gav, but the rest of the league are still hoping for Jimmy’s run to continue – we have to ask if their priorities are right here – we cannot have an unbeaten season yet – what’s left to play for next year? We’ll expect big cheers for Pickaxe come Sunday evening.

Earthquakes at 69ers

2-9 Earlston Earthquakes challenge the 6-5 SanFran-Gordon 69ers at Castle Greyskull.

Earlston Earthquakes were led in week 11 by a 31.70 point effort from Rob Kelley. In addition, C.J. Prosisewas not injured before the start of his week 11 game, and contributed 14.10 points, but he’s listed as out in week 12 due to an injured shoulder , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

SanFran-Gordon 69ers were led in week 11 by a 22.00 point effort from the Steelers In addition, Andrew Luck was not injured before the start of his week 11 game, and contributed 18.68 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 12 due to an injured concussion , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

This is the first game between these two franchises in 2016, and is sure to be a classic showdown. In the 3-year history of this rivalry, Earlston Earthquakes hold a 2-1-0 all-time series record against SanFran-Gordon 69ers.

Oh dear Earthquakes, Its finally coming together, but just too late, Rob Kelly had some effort last week and that might push him forward for more yards – but he’s ranked just 15th in RBs this week – giving him more like 80yds and a possible 1 TD. Those rankings mean not a lot in the heat of the game though – so there’s no reason at all it couldn’t be more. Amari Copper and the Pts DST are the other highlights this week for Cozy. The rest of the skill players should make up around 300 yds and have a reasonable chance of a couple of TDs between them all. Kaep at QB is maybe not the best available choice this week, and there’s money in the pot for the Quakes to perhaps get a last chance QB to ruin a couple of folks seasons.

69ers are close – a win here should get them at least a wildcard spot – and there’s still a chance of the division. Demarco Murray and Julio Jones are the stars here, and show no real signs of slowing down – they are perhaps not the highest averaging pair across the league but they have been consistent – though Julio has had 2 less than 5 pt performances too – so chickens should not be counted just yet. Doug Baldwin could end up being a great late season pickup for Richie and last weeks effort certainly helped the niners cause. He’ll likely start again and put a good 100 yds on the board give or take a TD.

A win for the Quakes would please everyone except Richie – but the stats say no. However that has been the case all season and its not really panned out that way for the niners – so anything could happen here

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