View from the Pit 2016 week 13

Week 13 is here, and with it we’ll be saying goodbye to six teams till 2017, seems a long way away the now but it rolls around quick dont you think?


week 12 saw the Saints clock up some awesome numbers, though one Brandin cooks must be wondering what he did wrong to not be a part of the actions, anyway, here’s the meters with one of the most sampled songs ever.


Avengers at Jaguars

7-5 Kelsae Avengers face off against the 11-1 Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars at Greendale Stadium.
Kelsae Avengers were led in week 12 by a 22.40 point effort from Mike Evans. In addition, David Johnson was not injured before the start of his week 12 game, and contributed 22.10 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 13 due to an injured finger , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars were led in week 12 by a 23.12 point effort from Aaron Rodgers. In addition, Lamar Miller was not injured before the start of his week 12 game, and contributed 6.50 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 13 due to an injured ankle , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

In week 3, Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars defeated Kelsae Avengers by 37.88 points, so coach Stuart is looking for revenge this week. In the 2-year history of this rivalry, Kelsae Avengers hold a 1-2-0 all-time series record against Jimmy’s Jerman Jaguars.

Jimmy’s run finally came to an unceremonious end last week, with the Jags posting their lowest score of the year, and plenty of points on the bench. However, that’s just academic as they’ve been safely through for a while now.

Avengers have to win to be sure of a wildcard slot, and 8-5 would have been enough to take any of the other divisions, so Stuart will be raging if by shear fluke he doesn’t make it. But beating jimmy may be enough encouragement he needs for this week in any case. Jimmy Graham and David Johnson will surely get some points on the board with their #1 rankings for the week, neither has disappointed too often this season. Cam Newton is a bit lower down the pecking order this week, and there could be a waiver option there for coach Stuart if he’s prepared to take that risk. All in all this looks like a great lineup though, Stuart has maybe had a bit more luck than some with injuries, but the team has solidified and almost everyone in it is punching above their draft position.

Jimmy can rest easy if he likes, now that the chance for a perfect season is done. But unless he drops all of his players there is a formidable lineup somewhere here for sure. WR has taken a bit of a dent, but there’s still options and Moncreif Shepard and Boyd are surely guaranteed a TD between them – but who to leave out? RB is not a lot easier, but perhaps all of the 4 possibles will more than likely net a TD and/or 100 yards, so less of a problem for Jimmy in choosing. Eifert was left on the Bench ch last week but Zach Ertz didn’t really show that hes capable of putting a consistent score up,so expect the Bengal to be back in the squad.

This game likely doesn’t matter too much, but its still Stuart who wants the victory more, to ensure a better run at the payoffs, given the lineups,  i think that’s likely. There’s not really anyone else who cares too much about this result, it will affect someone somehow, but you’ll need to look at the other post for that one.

187s at 69ers

8-4 Kelso 187’s play the 6-6 SanFran-Gordon 69ers at Castle Greyskull.

Kelso 187’s were led in week 12 by a 21.70 point effort from Dak Prescott. In addition, Chris Ivory was not injured before the start of his week 12 game, and contributed 11.50 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 13 due to an injured hamstring , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

SanFran-Gordon 69ers were led in week 12 by a 21.50 point effort from Jordan Reed.

187s have clinched their spot and can maybe take it easy, but they have the chance to ruin Richie’s season and leave him waiting for next year. Its not over for Richie with a loss, but it will be a much more complicated route, reliant on several other games.

Euan’s 187s are riding high, but they only have the 6th best scoring this year and have never had the top in a week, there’s been a couple of blips on the scorecard too, so this is by no means plain sailing. Euan needs a DST too, there’s plenty on the wire, but choosing could be  a challenge. Melvin Gordon and Odell Beckham will surely get somewhere north of 30 between them, leaving the rest here to pick up perhaps 70 points between the7 of them. Dak Prescott is pretty much a shoe in for his share, but no one else has the same guarantee.

69ers are still struggling despite their top 3 score on the year. A big chunk of that average came in just week 4 though, only 4 of the other weeks have been over 100. Julio Jones  and Doug Baldwin are the big stars here, and have been outstanding most of the season. Demarco Murray and Terelle Prior on a bye in the last game is bad timing, but there’s no excuse for not making plans to cope with that. Carlos Hyde should put up better than average numbers but can Damian Williams or Robert Turbin come close to their regulation 10 points, not without a TD I’d suggest.

This game could be close, but I’m giving it to 187s given that they have the advantage at RB, and therefore likely to see consistent yards. It could easily go the other way if Richie’s WR end up chasing their games, a 50 yd TD for example could swing this tie Richie’s way.

Bohemians at Fire

6-6 Earlstonian Bohemians play the 4-8 Fife Fire at Balbirnie Stadium.
Earlstonian Bohemians were led in week 12 by a 22.80 point effort from Michael Thomas,

Fife Fire were led in week 12 by a 33.50 point effort from Drew Brees.

Even the bot has very little to say about this game. Fire have just not got going in 2016, and have now lost any chance of a playoff spot, that could be good news for the Bohos though who need this win badly to have a chance.
Ally’s Boho’s are looking pretty comfortable, with their formidable RB team and Russell Wilson seemingly back on form there’s a good chance of a playoff spot. WR is less secure, Thomas, Watkins and Diggs are surely in the mix for a spot this week, and any one of them capable of the big plays given a chance. We could see yet more changes with a streamer for TE or DST, but Bennet and the Ravens should be more than capable of getting at least a few points on the board.

Fire have the dubious honour of having the lowest score 4 times this season – there’s not really any rhyme or reason to that, as the rankings suggest this team to be comfortably mid table, but for whatever reason they’ve just not fired on all cylinders. This week though, Drew Brees is ranked #1 and that can perhaps set the spark to see the Fire go out with a bang? unfortunately, so one else in the squad is ranked within the top 10 and that will mean short yardage with just the outside chance of TDs for the team. With no one there who’s averaging 15 or more, it really needs everyone to get lucky the same week to see a win. That could happen, and of course, there has been some bad luck for Shaun, so perhaps he’s due something this week?

The prediction is for a Boho win by some margin, but if Shaun uses some of his vast waiver fortune in the morning, no one can stop him picking up exactly who he wants, a TE and a new DST have to be high on that list for a start.

Fog at Panthers

6-6 Fog on the Tyne challenge the 6-6 Pilton Panthers at Pilton Park.
Fog on the Tyne were led in week 12 by a 19.70 point effort from Devonta Freeman. In addition, Rob Gronkowski was not injured before the start of his week 12 game, and contributed 0.00 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 13 due to an injured back , which might severely limit his fantasy production. Fog on the Tyne can expect a 18.76 point effort from Derek Carr in week 13.

Pilton Panthers were led in week 12 by a 30.16 point effort from Kirk Cousins. In addition, Gary Barnidge was not injured before the start of his week 12 game, and contributed 1.10 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 13 due to an injured knee , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

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

Fog could go through even at the bottom of their division, but they really need this win to happen for them. the rankings suggest that they are marginally behind Panthers at most positions, but its not a chasm, and of course Panther need to pick up a TE from the wire – with a few folk looking that way too, that could be harder than it appears. Adrian Peterson is apparently close to return, but surely it will not be this week, meaning Freeman and Forte should get starts, there’s 150 yards and a TD between them with any justice, so that averages out at regulation 10 pts. Edelmann and Cole Beasley look not quite so safe, Beasley in particular has gone from the darling of the waiver wire to not a look in just over  a month, can he pick it up for Fog in this last regular season game?

Panthers are finishing well, and a win this weekend clinches a place without worrying about anyone else. Lesean Mccoy and Jordy Nelson should be the ones to get the bulk of the points this week, but any gaps in their perform ace will open a big hole for the Fog to come in. Cousins is on a roll, but that doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed a start over Pip Rivers, who faces a slightly easier matchup in week 13, a tough choice for Rab, there’s bound to be advice out there on the web, but in the end it will be the higher scoring game that is likely to give the higher scoring QB, and Rab has to hope he picks wisely. Picking up a TE could be problematic this week, as there are several people in the league in the same position, Rab has a budget, but it will be finding a player who can score big that is the problem.

This looks close. A big scoring game would be a fine end for both these seasons, but not satisfactory if you don’t make the playoffs, and I don’t think they both can.

Pirates at Earthquakes

6-6 Tweedbank Pirates play the 3-9 Earlston Earthquakes at The Cauldie.
Tweedbank Pirates were led in week 12 by a 17.46 point effort from Carson Wentz. In addition, T.Y. Hilton was not injured before the start of his week 12 game, and contributed 5.40 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 13 due to an injured back , which might severely limit his fantasy production.

Earlston Earthquakes were led in week 12 by a 33.14 point effort from Colin Kaepernick.

In week 3, Tweedbank Pirates defeated Earlston Earthquakes by 64.84 points, so coach Cozy is looking for revenge this week. In the 4-year history of this rivalry, Tweedbank Pirates hold a 3-4-0 all-time series record against Earlston Earthquakes.

Pirates can go through with a win here and with the Quakes out already that is possible. However Paul has to get past an angry Cozy to do that. The wind has gone from the Pirates sails somewhat over the last few weeks, sure there have been wins and a great score in week 11, but its been around 70 most of the last month or so. Todd Gurley is surely guaranteed an RB start but as for the other slot and a flex, there’s a load of slightly scrappy players to choose from. Its likely at least one of them will have a decent game, but predicting it could be tricky. Hilton Fitzgerald and perhaps Cobb are maybe more secure in their WR positions and Kelce has proved his worth as a TE receiver too.

It all came together for the quakes over the last two weeks, that’s a bit of a kick in the teeth when you are out so fair play for sticking with it. Cozy has the advantage this week for sure though, the Quakes can field higher ranked players at most positions except QB and TE, WR2 could be the only spot where Paul has a significant advantage. There’s not really any need for waivers, though both teams have inexplicably ended up with kickers ranked in the 20‘s, not that it matters too much for kickers, but there will be free for all waiver kickers that are available come 10:00 tomorrow. Mark Ingram, Amari copper and the Pats DST shout lead the scoring for Cozy, with Kaepernick putting in a decent week at QB too.

Paul might be pleading that this one doesn’t matter to Cozy, but if the last two weeks are anything to go by that will fall on deaf ears, and if he sets his prime lineup Cozy looks likely to burst Paul’s bubble.

Tigers at Pickaxe

4-8 Tranent Tigers, who hope to end their 4 game losing streak, play the 5-7 Nitten Pickaxe at New Victoria Park.
Tranent Tigers were led in week 12 by a 27.10 point effort from Antonio Brown. Tranent Tigers can expect a 15.83 point effort from Tom Brady in week 13.

Nitten Pickaxe were led in week 12 by a 24.00 point effort from Ezekiel Elliott, who got by the Washington Redskins defense for 97 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs in addition to 23 receiving yards.

In week 3, Nitten Pickaxe defeated Tranent Tigers by 41.40 points, so coach Nicky is looking for revenge this week. In the 3-year history of this rivalry, Tranent Tigers hold a 2-3-0 all-time series record against Nitten Pickaxe.

Last but not least Nicky’s Tigers take on Gav’s Pickaxe. The Tigers have lost their teeth a bit come the end of the season and its all over for them. Tom Brady and Antonio Brown have been the sole highlights in an otherwise lacking season, just two weeks over 100 and quite a few less than 75. If there are going to be points this week, they will surely come in the air from Brady, Brown, Demaryius Thomas and Vance Macdonald. Bibbs and Langford at RB are looking likely to be TD dependant for anything like a regulation 10 points, but of course stranger things have happened.

Gav’s season is reliant on this and the Panthers Game. That’s a decent shot at the division though, and as usual there’s a pretty good chance at 90-100 pts in the squad. Last weeks kicker and DST points were a massive bonus, and the lack of a single look form Brandin Cooks is a huge worry if he’s done something to upset Brees, but there doesn’t seem to be any explanation online as to what happened, with their monster score, it surely wasn’t just luck and coverage that saw him left out?  Zeke Elliot and Dez Brant on the other hand continue to score well. Bryant is missing the TDs but is putting up good yardage and seems to be getting a fair share of the looks from Dak Prescott. Ben Roethlisberger seems to be back in decent form, whilst alternative Matt Ryan is just passable, Big Ben likely to get the start for this final regular season week.

With that, we’ll be saying goodbye to 6 of these teams till next year, as we will only be focusing on the competitive games from now on.


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