Week 6 here already, a big bye week again for some of our teams, but the chance to go clear in all 4 divisions, setting us up for the playoff push in the next month or so. No one is out of it, or guaranteed a spot, but we are getting close to both of those spots with Jimmy and Gav respectively. This week looks likely to change some fortunes at least with the injuries we’ve had, so let’s get going straight away.
Pickaxe at Pirates
5-0 Nitten Pickaxe, who hope to extend their 5-game winning streak, face off against the 3-2 Tweedbank Pirates at Gun Knowe Stadium.
Nitten Pickaxe were led in week 5 by a 27.20 point effort from DeAndre Hopkins, who snuck past the Kansas City Chiefs defense for 52 receiving yards and 3 receiving TDs. In addition, Odell Beckham was not injured before the start of his week 5 game, and contributed 21.50 points, but he’s now on the injured reserve, which will prevent him from contributing at all this week. Nitten Pickaxe can expect a 20.12 point effort from Jordan Howard in week 6.
Tweedbank Pirates were led in week 5 by a 17.40 point effort from Pierre Garcon, who got by the Indianapolis Colts defense for 94 receiving yards. Tweedbank Pirates can expect a 18.73 point effort from Todd Gurley in week 6.
This is the first game between these two franchises in 2017, and is sure to be a game for the ages. In the 4-year history of this rivalry, Nitten Pickaxe hold a 2-2-0 all-time series record against Tweedbank Pirates.
Pickaxe are riding high, now alone at 5-0 in the league and so near that playoff berth. Have the wheels come off though, the hideous injury to Odell Beckham will leave some difficult waiver dealings to get a few points on the board. Gav’s RBs have had a disappointing week though Wayne Gallman may have been a good pick up to see Gav through the bye weeks. There is some depth at WR to cover OBJs absence, De Andre Hopkins with a few good targets and DeSean Jackson fresh off a good outing. Gav needs to pick up a DST and may also think about a kicker after Mason Crosby missed a couple of PATs last week. Matt Ryan is surely due a good week, and just as well, Eli Manning barely got the Pickaxe through the week 5 bye week, losing 4 WRs in the same game, it would be a brave soul, or a desperate one, who picks him up now in all but the toughest bye week binds.
Pirates have faced more than 150 more points than Pickaxe this year, Paul has to trust that 30 extra minus points a game cannot last. A look at the stat sheet shows the Pirates RB squad getting healthy points on the board every week, however first round pick LeSean McCoy is on a bye for week 6 which could be important. Todd Gurley is averaging over 25 a game though – so almost enough for 2 starters on Gav’s tea, that should fill Paul with a bit of confidence. Pirates need a streaming TE for week 6, not too tough to find someone who is capable of a TD or 2, just picking which week that it might go your way that is the problem. Larry Fitzgerald and Pierre Garcon look to have the WR posts in the bag, a choice at flex but any of 3 could see action.
The Pirates are perhaps due a bit of luck and the stats say that this is going their way, but Gav’s streak has held this long, and we all hope it continue surely?
Panthers at Earthquakes
1-4 Pilton Panthers face off against the 2-3 Earlston Earthquakes at The Claudie.
Pilton Panthers were led in week 5 by a 20.40 point effort from Aaron Jones, who beat the Dallas Cowboys defense for 125 rushing yards and 1 rushing TD in addition to 9 receiving yards. In addition, Devin Funchess was not injured before the start of his week 5 game, and contributed 18.30 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 6 due to an injured knee, which might severely limit his fantasy production. Pilton Panthers can expect a 15.13 point effort from the Houston Texans Defensive Team in week 6.
Earlston Earthquakes were led in week 5 by a 19.30 point effort from Le’Veon Bell, who snuck past the Jacksonville Jaguars defense for 47 rushing yards in addition to 46 receiving yards. In addition, Nick Folk was not injured before the start of his week 5 game, and contributed 2.00 points, but he’s now on the injured reserve, which will prevent him from contributing at all this week. Earlston Earthquakes can expect a 22.55 point effort from Le’Veon Bell in week 6.
This is the first game between these two franchises in 2017, and is sure to be an epic battle. In the 4-year history of this rivalry, Pilton Panthers hold a 3-1-0 all-time series record against Earlston Earthquakes.
Last years champs seem to have been a bit quiet this year. They could do with a boost at QB and a bit of luck elsewhere on the board. Jay Ajayi is averaging one of the lowest scores for a first round pick – less than 10 a game, but there are points hidden in here surely, he just has to find them. Mark Ingram is the best scorer but rising star and waiver wire gem Aaron Jones is higher ranked this week and could get a start. Devin Funchess looks like being another great waiver pickup and along with second rounder Michael Thomas and 4th Round Golden Tate should round out the skill positions. Ben Watson could be streamed at TE, but not much chance of Steven Gostkowski getting replaced at kicker any time soon, he’s scoring very well.
Earthquakes have faced an enormous 610 points against this year – a full 170 pts more than the Pickaxe boys. Still Cozy is on 2-3 and there must be a few wins sitting in the wings here. What are the quakes doing for kickers, that’s 2 Chris has broken in the last 2 weeks, must be all that standing on one leg in the earthquake, never a good idea. There’s streamers a plenty on the waivers though – stick a pin in somewhere and you’ll have 5-10 pts no problem. Russel Wilson is on a bye so Kirk Cousins will likely get the start unless Chris has a steamer in mind. Le’Veon Bell and Christian McCafferty look to be in at RB, and Allen and Cohen could fight for the flex spot too. That’s because the Quakes have one of the weaker WR sets in the league, Emmanuel Sanders and Davante Parker likely to start this week. Gronkowski had a bit of a bruise last week, but looks to be back in action for week 6 – guaranteeing a few points there.
This looks close on paper, and Rab has the advantage at most of the all-important receiver positions, however, if Gronk is fit that could wipe out all of those Panthers bonus points from one place, I’m plumping for the Quakes this week
Jaguars at Tigers
0-5 Jerman Jaguars, who hope to end their 5 game losing streak, challenge the 3-2 Tranent Tigers at Polson Park.
Jerman Jaguars were led in week 5 by a 15.80 point effort from Kelvin Benjamin, who snuck past the Detroit Lions defense for 58 receiving yards and 1 receiving TD. Jerman Jaguars can expect a 20.75 point effort from Jordy Nelson in week 6.
Tranent Tigers were led in week 5 by a 26.20 point effort from Cam Newton, who tore apart the Detroit Lions defense for 355 passing yards and 3 passing TDs. In addition, Travis Kelce was not injured before the start of his week 5 game, and contributed 17.80points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 6 due to an injured concussion , which might severely limit his fantasy production. Tranent Tigers can expect a 19.27 point effort from Antonio Brown in week 6.
This is the first game between these two franchises in 2017, and is sure to be a classic showdown. In the 3-year history of this rivalry, Jerman Jaguars hold a 3-0-0 all-time series record against Tranent Tigers.
Uncharted territory here as Jimmy’s Jags slip to 0-5 – could they miss out on a playoff spot for the first time ever? With Zeke on a bye that could be a possibility. But let’s stop for a minute and look at some numbers, Jags have faced 639 points so far, almost 40 a game more than the Pickaxe, and could have beaten at least a few teams most weeks, so its far from over. Jimmy has also been quite canny with his waiver budget and is now sitting in pole position to pick up any studs that should appear there in any given week. CJ Anderson and Andre Ellington could get the starts at RB without Zeke in action, Jordy Nelson and Kelvin Benjamin at WR. Jordy Nelson looks to be the pick of them, though of course he’s had a week with zero receptions so its not a guarantee to see 10 pts from him. Matt Stafford and Matt Prater should bookend the team though there could well be a streaming DST to take the place of the Jets this week.
Tigers picked up Alex Smith in week 2, but so far have not capitalised on that, he’s outscoring Cam Newton by nearly 5 points a game, its no guarantee he’ll get a start this week either, but it must be getting harder to leave him on the side-lines. Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell look to be getting the RB jobs this week, neither has had a great start to the season, but Powell looks the better of the 2 at the moment. Its WR where Nicky really has value, Antonio Brown is averaging a good 20 points a game and that should continue this week. Damaryius Thomas and Rishard Matthews are no real comparison to Brown, but they are still putting up their respectable 10 points a game. Travis Kelce is second only to Gronk this week and should get a few points.
Although the rankings lean over to Nicky’s Tigers, a quick look at the numbers shows that really that is only at WR, where he’s just a couple of ranks ahead at WR1 and WR2. Both Jimmy’s RBs outrank Nicky’s top ranked player and I think that will swing it – it’s a first win for the Jags this week.
Fog at 69ers
3-2 Fog on the Tyne face off against the 1-4 SanFran-Gordon 69ers at Castle Greyskull.
Fog on the Tyne were led in week 5 by a 31.40 point effort from Leonard Fournette, who tore apart the Pittsburgh Steelers defense for 181 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs in addition to 3 receiving yards. In addition, Andy Dalton was not injured before the start of his week 5 game, and contributed 13.32 points, but he’s listed as questionable in week 6 due to an injured ankle , which might severely limit his fantasy production. Fog on the Tyne can expect a 17.14 point effort from Stefon Diggs in week 6.
SanFran-Gordon 69ers were led in week 5 by a 25.60 point effort from Davante Adams, who snuck past the Dallas Cowboys defense for 66 receiving yards and 2 receiving TDs. SanFran-Gordon 69ers can expect a 23.02 point effort from Aaron Rodgers in week 6.
This is the first game between these two franchises in 2017, and is sure to be an epic battle. In the 4-year history of this rivalry, Fog on the Tyne hold a 4-2-0 all-time series record against SanFran-Gordon 69ers.
Although Fog are ‘in the black’ Stuart must be feeling a bit robbed, he’s scoring well and is well over the 110 pts each week, with a couple of standout performances, it’s always a kick in the teeth to lose with the second best score of the week. It’s just Andy Dalton on a bye for Stuart this week. There are no gaps in the starting lineup – everyone once again is ranked in the top ten, but perhaps a bit more depth at RB will be the target for the week, Rob Kelley and Chris Johnson don’t look great, Johnson has in fact just been released, so make that 2 roster spots available! Picking up a QB could wait till the second or third round of waivers as Stuart has plenty cash to spend, there’s certainly no need at WR, where amazingly a #9 WR could be just the fourth choice and bench warming for the week.
69ers need to put a lot of hope on Aaron Rogers’ shoulders this week, he’s the only player ranked higher than the equivalent of Stuarts. Mind you that’s really just because Richie has come up against the Fog in maybe the worst possible week. There’s a few top ten and plenty of top 20 players here. Devonta Freeman and Demarco Murray should get things started on the ground and James White looks likely to be one of the only RBs in at flex in the whole league – though of course he gets a fair few points for receptions anyhow. There’s likely a better TE on the waivers than Marcedes Lewis and Richie also needs to find a DST, shouldn’t be too much trouble though.
The rankings are by no means an absolute guide, but this week they are all in favour of the Fog, and surely it would be a pretty lucky/unlucky week for all of them to go against him, it’s a win for Stuart.
Bohemians at Kestrels
Coming up in a week 6 Earlston Fantasy Football League battle, the 3-2 Earlstonian Bohemians challenge the 2-3 Kelso Kestrels at Shedden Park.
Earlstonian Bohemians were led in week 5 by a 30.90 point effort from A.J. Green, who tore apart the Buffalo Bills defense for 189 receiving yards and 1 receiving TD. With Green on bye in week 6, they’ll need to count on their second-string WR to carry the team this week. Earlstonian Bohemians can expect a 21.64 point effort from Tom Brady in week 6.
Kelso Kestrels were led in week 5 by a 24.70 point effort from T.Y. Hilton, who tore apart the San Francisco 49ers defense for 177 receiving yards. Kelso Kestrels can expect a 17.94 point effort from Jameis Winston in week 6.
This is the first game between these two franchises in 2017, and is sure to be a classic showdown.
Bohemians had a rare off week in Tom Brady last week, expect him to come back fighting in week 6. Ameer Abdullah and Tyreek Hill look to be the starting stars at RB and WR, Tevin Coleman probably has the RB2 slot but for WR2 and Flex there’s a wide range of options. Dropping Duke Johnson in week two probably starting to look like a bit of a mistake now, though Tevin Coleman is at least maintaining an above 10 average. He’s back after a bye week rest as well, so maybe some more explosive action from him to come? Ally might be struggling on the waivers tomorrow, he likely wants to replace Jesse James, Robbie Gould and the Steelers for the week, with just 23 bucks left he’ll have to choose wisely or wait till 7 and have very fast fingers.
Kestrels have been fighting a rear-guard action for the last couple of weeks, with little chance of wins, but they’ve still posted over 100 pts, which has been capable of a win in the right week, so all hope is not lost for Ryan’s birds. Deshaun Watson is well ranked this week, as are Kyle Rudolph at TE and Lamar Miller at RB. TY Hilton is the only other real likely start this week, but there are possibilities for points most other places too. Jerrick McKinnon is moving up the ranks due to a monster performance last week and if he can repeat that he should be tied is as mainstay RB for the Vikings, but let’s remember that the week before he had a -1, so its all to prove for him.
WR2 sand flex could be the difference for the Kestrels, everywhere else Ryan outranks or is pretty close to Ally, but there’s a big gap at those positions, and that could be the difference. Its maybe too close to call, so let’s go with Ryan’s Kestrels who maybe need a bit of luck after a bit of an unlucky start.
187s at Avengers
4-1 Kelso 187’s, who hope to extend their 3 game winning streak, face off against the 3-2 Kelsae Avengers at Samuel Sawyer Memorial Park.
Kelso 187’s were led in week 5 by a 29.74 point effort from Dak Prescott, who got by the Green Bay Packers defense for 251 passing yards and 3 passing TDs in addition to 37 rushing yards. With Prescott on bye in week 6, they’ll need to count on their second-string QB to carry the team this week. Kelso 187’s can expect a 18.62 point effort from Mike Evans in week 6.
Kelsae Avengers were led in week 5 by a 34.30 point effort from Melvin Gordon, who beat the New York Giants defense for 105 rushing yards in addition to 58 receiving yards. Kelsae Avengers can expect a 20.92 point effort from Kareem Hunt in week 6.
This is the first game between these two franchises in 2017, and is sure to be an epic battle. In the 2-year history of this rivalry, Kelso 187’s hold a 1-1-0 all-time series record against Kelsae Avengers.
187s have maybe found their stride this season. Dak Prescott could be the steal of the draft in round 12, he’s on for a great season, but the dreaded by week is now, so Euan will have to rely on Big Ben to fill the gap. There’s not a standout RB here, though Lynch and Frank Gore seem to be finding a bit of form and are pushing for 10 point averages, look to them both to get a start this week. Mike Evans and Keenan Allen are the real stars here, both with 15 pt. averages or thereabouts. It’s a bit of a step down to find someone to put in at flex, but certainly there are a few options capable of some points. Euan might be looking for some extra depth at WR this week, and there’s a few bucks to play with tomorrow night, a kicking streamer will probably wait till the free agency and the Jags will likely keep their DST spot for at least another week.
Stuart has to be happy with the Avengers possible scores, if not their weekly totals. In most weeks he’s been capable of putting 130 pts on the board. Kareen Hunt Melvin Gordon and Doug Martin look to be a formidable running back trio for the Avengers this week, all of them averaging over 15 points a game. With those sort of totals you don’t really need any reception bonus points to boost the score. However, there are some possibilities at WR too, even if the lineup is not nearly as strong. Doug Baldwin and Tyler Locket on bye weeks is just no help with that of course, Alshon Jeffery and Will Fuller should get a few between them. Stuart needs a kicker and may try to trade up from the chiefs DST, there’s unlikely to be anyone better than Delanie Walker for TE though. Avengers only have $40 to play with but they could well get away spending nothing this week.
This game has advantages and disadvantages all over, 187s the clear winner at WR whilst Avengers have it in spades at RB. Those reception points will be useful, and for that reason I’m going with the 187s, but I think it will be close.
That’s your lot, still all to play for and nothing to lose.