Week 7 Schedule (Fantasy Sharks favourites in bold)
Tranent Tigers (4-2) – (3-3) Earlstonian Bohemians
Bohemians are the early and narrow favourites (-0.81) over the Tigers where they also hold a 3-0 all-time record. Even on paper, this looks like a close game!
The Bohemians and Tigers are evenly matched at QB No 1 and 3 respectively and also at WR where the Tigers are 3rd and the Bohemians 5th. A slip up by either AJ Green or Antonio Brown could be costly to each outfit and with the Bengals travelling to Pittsburgh a nice little intrigue game for Nicky and me to watch on Sunday evening.
The matchup will most likely hinge on both teams anaemic running games (ranked 11th and 12th). The Bohemians group face the 2nd, 3rd and 4th worst RB defences this week whereas the Tigers schedule is less kindly…this looks like the key to victory for the Bohemians.
SanFran-Gordon 69ers (1-5) – (1-5) Pilton Panthers
An almost battle of the basement as the 69ers and Panthers vie for the 2nd and 3rd spots in next years rookie draft. The 69ers suffered a gut punch last week when they lost Aaron Rodgers, but enter this game as early 8 point favourites.
Carson Palmer seems the most likely to take over for Rodgers, but the key to this game will be the RB matchup. The Panthers currently rank 5th in the league at that position whereas the 69ers rank a lowly 10th. If the Panthers can strengthen their QB and TE output then they could be on the way to a turnaround victory.
69ers are 6-1 all-time against the Panthers
Nitten Pickaxe (5-1) – (4-2) Kelso 187s
The Pickaxes unbeaten run finally came to an end last week, and to make matters worse they face a 187s squad who is an early 3 point favourite. The Pickaxe currently lead the league in TE production and their WRs are 2nd, but with Hopkins and Jones on byes the 187s may have found a good week to take advantage. The key to this game will be the new 187s RB pairing of Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson. If Peterson can roll back the years, then the 187s should enough of an advantage at QB, WR and PK and DT to take the victory.
The 187s are 3-0 all-time against the Pickaxe
Kelso Kestrels (3-3) – (0-6) Jerman Jaguars
It’s predicted as the lowest scoring game of the week with both the Kestrels and Jaguars expected to produce under 95 points each. That would be a surprise for the Jaguars considering they’ve faced the most points this season…but perhaps this is an opportunity to grab that face-saving win?
There are a number of QBs on this weeks waiver wire who will be startable for the Jaguars, including Carson Palmer, and with waiver sensation Deshaun Watson missing the Kestrels may have to rely on the disappointing Jameis Winston.
They key to this game will be the improving Kestrel RBs and their management of their 10th ranked WR and TEs group against the Jaguars 6th ranked WR and RB groups. Matchups will be key with each teams RBs facing tough opponents and the Jaguars star WR missing his QB.
Tweedbank Pirates (4-2) – (4-2)Kelsae Avengers
The matchup of the week featuring the leagues top 2 scoring outfits. Both teams will be keen to see a victory in this matchup with the Pirates fending off an ascending Earthquakes and the Avengers chasing an impressive Fog. The Pirates are early 13 point favourites.
The Avengers boasts the most impressive RB grouping in the league, but the No3 ranked Pirates are not far behind with a more balanced outfit overall. The key to this game will lie not in the Kareem Hunt vs Todd Gurley clash, but rather the Doug Baldwin/Alshon Jeffrey vs Larry Fitzgerald/Pierre Garcon clash. Each stable faces tough matchups, but the 49ers-Cowboys clash could be the decider.
The teams are 1-1 all-time against each other
Earlston Earthquakes (3-3) – (4-2) Fog on the Tyne
Another close matchup in this weeks schedule sees the Earthquakes take on the Fog as early 1 point favourites. Fog on the Tyne has been one of the most consistent teams in the league boasting above 100 point performances every week. The Earthquakes have been less consistent, with 2 worst week performances as well as last weeks record-setting 171.6.
The key to this clash will be the Fogs 4th ranked WRs against the Earthquakes 12th ranked. If the Earthquakes can find 25 points from a combination of Adam Humphries, Devonte Parker, Tyrell Williams, Jeremy Maclin and Emmanuel Sanders then their No2 RB outfit should do enough to run them to victory.
Fog on the Tyne hold a 4-2 all-time series record.