Points are awarded based on a standard non-PPR basis. The first place finisher for the week gets 12 pts in the season standings, 2nd place - 10 pts, 3rd place - 8, 4th place - 6, 5th place - 4, .and 6th place - 2
Does your town or county have it's own Sports Hall of Fame? Mine doesn't. I wish they did. I'm heading tonight to the Racine County Sports Hall of Fame banquet tonight for their third class of inductees. Our basketball insider Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times was part of getting this Hall of Fame put together just three years ago. When you think of Racine do you really think they should have a Sports Hall of Fame? Probably not.
The banquet is held tonight at the Marriott Hotel in Racine with dinner and induction ceremony hosted by Channel 4's Rod Burks...I can't wait to see how the whole event works. Let me just say I wish more town's treated their atheletes like Racine does. How about you?
The Bucks basketball season is about a week away and the team has yet to win an exhibition game. I can't say I'm shocked by this fact, considering you have 11 new faces on the roster and a few of them have been hurt for a majority of or all of the exhibition season. Now with that being said, you should start seeing some cohesion from the guys who have been healthy throughout camp and to be quite honest I really haven't seen that to this point.
Coming into this season I have said scoring will be an issue this season and to this point of the exhibition season I haven't seen anything to change my mind yet. Defensively you would think this team will improve simply by not having Ellis or Jennings on the roster anymore, however, will Knight and Mayo be enough of an improvement on that side of the floor to compensate for the lack of scoring night in and night out during the season?
While I may seem like I'm not overly excited for the team at this point, you have to understand that when you have a team as young as this, there will certainly be tons of room for improvement throughout the season. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Bucks young players get better throughout the season, not really caring about the win/loss total at the end of the season. I can't wait to get back to doing postgame shows this season and talking with other Bucks fans as the season goes through it's up's and downs.
As you probably know my favorite play is the Jersey Boys as I’ve seen it four times with the fifth time scheduled to be on Thursday night at the Marcus Center. The play is based on the life and times of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The play itself is like going to a concert as most of your favorite songs are performed for you at some point during the night. You’re hands will get tired from clapping so much, while you’re heart strings are really tugged at during periods of the show. You’ll be able to feel the raw emotion of the characters like you were actually seeing real life play out in front of you.
I had a chance Tuesday morning to talk with the cast from Jersey Boys in town performing at the Marcus Center (http://www.marcuscenter.org/show/jersey-boys/). Nick Cosgrove plays the role of Frankie Valli, Nicholas Dromard plays Tommy DeVito, Brandon Andrus plays Nick Massi, and Jason Kappus plays the role of Bob Gaudio.
Hey Fantasy Football players, we're still considered 'somewhat' early in the 2013 fantasy season. That being said, it's time to, at least, consider a trade or two. If you see your season slipping away, maybe, just maybe, it's time to roll the dice. Put your chips in the middle, and it may turn your season around. The waiver wires are all picked over by the 'vultures', so that's not going to help. The mark of a good trade is not only the players you send and receive, it's 'WHEN' you send and receive them. Here are some players to consider when making your season changing move. Either getting the player on the cheap or sending a player, who later will be worth a value deal:
Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson:
-Both of these players are having sub-par years. However, at some point, you would imagine, the Bucs will get there stuff together. Not to say that they will make a run at the playoffs, but they will start looking like an NFL offense. Heck, SOMEONE has to score for them. You might get a top rated RB in Martin for next to nothing...at least he 'was' rated as a top RB. Additionally, Jackson has had some monster days in a Bucs uniform, it could happen again. Send somebody a flex player for Vincent Jackson, he's probably on someone’s bench right now.
Get him while you can. Although he has had 1 big game, he still might be a 'sale priced' player. Send someone an offer, they just might bite. Big Ben is still a nice QB, and Brown is a main 'go to' guy. His stock is considered low.
-Health has been an issue for Spiller thus far. If that clears itself up, one of the top ranked RB's to start the season, might just perform as one. His value is quite low, so gamble on him, what have you got to lose? Keep in mind, you'll have to share the carries with Fred Jackson, especially at the goal line, but maybe pick up Jackson at the same time, and handcuff your league. Take a look at the combined numbers in the Bills loss to Cleveland, plenty of fantasy points between the two of them.
-One of the elite WR's coming into the season, he’s see his numbers decline in the first few weeks of the season. There is just way too much talent, and Marshall may come cheap in your league. Marshall is one of those players that you'll have to give something to get him, but hopefully the guy that has Marshall is stacked at WR, and you can send him an RB, you might come out ahead, as Marshall’s numbers are BOUND to improve...you hope.
-Especially in a PPR league, Rice can be an improvement to your team down the stretch. Health has affected his season, but as the Ravens improve, so will Rice’s numbers. You might be surprised at what it will cost you to get him.
-Here's a player that just might be on the waiver wire. Claim him if you have room, it's a good gamble. He has all the ability in the world, and the Jaguars are continually playing from behind, so the targets will be there. A REAL INEXPENSIVE GAMBLE.
-The new offense implemented in Arizona is going to take a few weeks. As the team gets to know it, Fitz's numbers WILL improve. For an elite fantasy WR, he has some lower value. See what it takes to get him.
-Remember that Gonzo did not do training camp, so it has taken him a bit longer to get into the rhythm of things. Get to the trade offer section of your league, and bounce something off your opponent. Gonzo WILL improve as the season moves along, and it's just about to happen.
-Although the Dolphins are playing well this season, it just does not appear the Wallace can be considered elite. He's a nice splashy name, and that is why you might consider trading him. He certainly has not performed, but star power name alone might get you what you need.
-Jacksonville plays from behind most every week, which takes carries away from MJD. You will have to suffer through an occassional nice game by MJD once you move him, but have no remorse, see if a player in your league still thinks it's MJD from years ago, and pull the trigger.
-If Rivers is one of two QB's on your team, and the other gets the starts, trade Rivers NOW. Don't wait, do not pass go, trade him yesterday. His value is at it's peak, as high as it has been in a few years. Can Rivers continue to put up these type numbers? Probably not. Send your buddy a trade offer, and make sure you send Rivers stats along with it. Your return will be nice.
-Can this old guy be worth something? YES, yes he can, and yes he IS worth something. Maybe more than you think. He's ONE injury from being worth virtually nothing, trade him before it happens. His stock is quite nice right now.
Now that the dust has settled for the 2013 Milwaukee Brewers, let's look ahead...it's soooo much better than looking backward. The question is, are the 2014 Brewers a playoff team? You tell me. The talent is certainly there, and with some additions, could be better. Take a look at this every day line-up:
The above line-up 'IS' a playoff batting order, and could be made better by a 1st Base addition. Health obviously is needed, but Brewers fans sure would like to see this line-up on a regular basis. However, the bigger question marks will be with the 2014 starting rotation. As of now, this would be your rotation:
Is this good enough to hit the post season? With a few fingers crossed, a big MAYBE. The Crew would have to have a few things go right, but all in all, you can't say it's a "bad" rotation. Here is where Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin has his work cut out for him. He has stepped up in the past and acquired a top of the rotation type pitcher (Greinke and Sabathia). Does he have enough in the minor league system to do it again? A 'front line' starter would certainly put the 2014 crew "over the top" and ticket them to the post season once again. The bullpen will have some turnover, but Jim Henderson, Brandon Kintzler, Tom Gorzelanny have 3 of the 7 spots locked up. The question here is, whether or not Henderson can be counted on to close games in the clutch down the stretch. Melvin has done a nice job over the years with acquiring decent bullpen arms, and there shouldn’t be much concern on this front.
Overall, the foundation is there, and Manager Ron Roenicke has his entire coaching staff returning in 2014 which will help. Bottom Line: The crew is NOT as far off as some might think. When you get to Las Vegas over the off season, put down a few bucks on the crew, you will get some good odds, and it might just pay off for you. Smile Milwaukee, The World Will Smile Back!!
Rough week last week...went 1-5 (thank goodness for the Bears)
TIME TO BOUNCE BACK!
#19 Northwestern at Wisconsin -10.5
We'll learn a LOT about the Badgers this weekend. Can they stop the NW passing attack? Can NW slow down the UW running game? I think a win here would be HUGE for Wisconsin. It would show they can beat a good team, finally. They will, but it will be CLOSE and a shootout. UW 41 NW 38
#12 Okalahoma -13 vs Texas
Remember when the Red River Shootout was "can't miss" game? Not anymore. Thanks, Texas. BOOMER SOONER big 40-14
#2 Oregon -14 @ #16 Washington
Washington scored (albeit late) on the Stanford defense last week. Oregon will do their normal thing: score...can the Huskies keep up? I think so...another video game score: Ducks 41 dogs 38
Packers -3 @ Ravens
Not too many teams go INTO Baltimore as favorites. The Packers will...and they'll do it without Clay Matthews. Could mean Flacco throws all day with little pressure. SOMEBODY must step up and get to the QB...oh, and please keep Aaron Rodgers upright. Packers win by 1 27-26.
Jacksonville @ Denver -28
yes...it's a FOUR TOUCHDOWN SPREAD...The biggest in NFL history. Yikes. You can't hear that you'll lose by 28 all week and NOT come out fired up, right? I'll be the dummy that takes the jags +28. Broncos 48 Jags 21
Saints @ Patriots -2.5
Saints are rolling. The offense is great (as usual). But the difference just may be new defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan. New Englands offense may see Gronk back...this is a MONSTER GAME. NO 30 NE 27.
Sorry to break it to you guys…Fantasy Football is pure luck. For me, I’ve been the most unlucky GM this season, and we’re only five weeks in.
When Steve ‘Sparky’ Fifer made an ultimatum on the air at the end of the August, I knew I was destined to fail. Sparky made two things clear:
1. You, Joe Zenzola, need to have a better record and higher point total than Leigh McNabb from KISS FM in the Tony Kamps league, or you will be kicked out of the WSSP League next season.
2. Whoever finishes dead last in the WSSP League this season, they will be relegated to the Kamps League for next year.
So far…I’m failing in both.
In the WSSP League, I’m 1-4. I notched my first victory on Monday by defeating Leroy Butler and Ryan Road’s team (special thanks to 18 points from Justin Tucker and 22 points from the Niners D). Outside of that, most of my players have been an utter disappointment.
In the Tony Kamps Minor League, which I regret joining to this very day, I’m 1-4 as well. My team is stacked in that league, and yet, there’s not enough production. I continue to get lackluster performances from Doug Martin and Darren Sproles. I consider both to be overrated now.
Before I get to the worse possible news, let me document how awful this season has been starting from Week 1. I will also share you my current rosters for both teams.
Kamps League: vs. Leigh McNabb
· Peyton Manning has the game of his career. He gets Leigh 64.3 points.
· Jared Cook blows up for 31.1 points against me (hasn’t done anything since).
· Also, solid games from DeMarco Murray, Vernon Davis, and Julio Jones. They all play well against my squad.
· I put up 175 points against Leigh, and I still lose to her.
· Final Score:Me 175.5, Leigh 208.6
· Leigh McNabb is 5-0 in the Kamps League.
WSSP League: vs. Josh Vernier
· Yes, he had Peyton Manning, too.
· He also had Adrian Peterson. AP pulled in 29.1 points in Week 1
· Those two alone were more than enough to beat me Week 1.
· Final Score: Me 98.86, Vernier 134.08
· Josh Vernier is 5-0 in the WSSP League – he’s unstoppable.
Kamps League: vs. Brian Sorgi
· Arian Foster, Tavon Austin, and Jordan Cameron all blow up late in the game to give Sorgi’s team a big advantage.
· I have solid performances from RG3 and Jordy Nelson.
· Martellus Bennett blows up, but I fail to start him.
· Going into Monday night, I was still leading. Sorgi needs 10.1 points to beat me.
· A.J. Green for Sorgi puts up 10.1.
· Final Score: Me 122.5, Sorgi 122.6.
WSSP League: vs. Chuck, Wickett, and Zach
· Michael Vick blows up, throws for over 400 yards. Are you kidding me?! He practically carried their team that week.
· Matt Ryan and Julio Jones continue to be my top playmakers. Roddy White, however, has been a bust.
· Again, I have a slight lead over the morning show going into Monday Night Football.
· They have the Bengals D – Big Ben throws an INT late in the game. That gives the morning show the lead.
· I lose again. Final Score: Me 85.66, CWZ 87.22
I could easily be 1-1 in both leagues; instead, I’m 0-2, and I’m getting paranoid.
I make a trade with Sparky in the WSSP League.
I get Trent Richardson and Vincent Jackson, in exchange for Matt Ryan and Roddy White. Hopefully, that will help, right? Nope.
Kamps League: vs. Tony Kamps
· Adrian Peterson and Matt Stafford combine for 47 point for T-Kamps’ team.
· I get a lot of consistency this week from my guys, except for these people.
o Phil Dawson – 1 point
o Texans D – 4 points
o Tony Gonzalez – 6.4 points
o Martellus Bennett (who had such an great game last week) – 3 points
· Final Score: Me 99.5, Kamps 126.7
WSSP League: vs. Howie Magner
· Howie gets blow up performances from DeMarco Murray (26.3 points) and Antonio Freaking Brown (31.6 points).
· Trent Richardson plays decent for me – 9.5 points.
· V-Jax sucks Week 3 – 3.4 points
· Eli Manning takes Matt Ryan’s place at QB. Eli, despite throwing a lot of INTs the first two weeks, was still averaging 23 points per game.
o Eli gets me 5.16 points vs. Howie…Thanks, Eli.
· Final Score: Me 64.26, Howie 123.70
Kamps League: vs. Zach Klupchak
· Finally, I have some players that blow up for me.
o Tony Gonzalez – 38.9 points
o Darren Sproles – 31.2 points
o Demaryius Thomas – 29.6 points
· It was a neck and neck finish, but I got even with Zach, after he beat me in the WSSP League back in Week 2.
· Final Score: Me 167.8, Zach 165.6
· I’m 1-3 Yay!
WSSP League: vs. Matt Regashus
· Colin Kaepernick, who I cannot stand, puts up 13.78 points. Before that, he struggled the previous two weeks.
· Ragu also had Vernon Davis (7.8 points) and Anquan Boldin (15 points), and Phil Dawson (5 points).
· All of this production came on Thursday Night Football, so going into Sunday, I still had a great chance of beating Matt.
· Greg Jennings, who hasn’t done a damn thing all season, picks Week 4 to blow up against me. He rakes in 21.2 points. Demaryius Thomas also picks up 20 points for Matt.
· On the flipside, I had a bunch of busts.
o V-Jax – 2.7 points
o Eli Manning – 8.88 points
o Owen Daniels (who was suppose to be this big TD machine) – 7.2 points
o And Ray Freaking Rice…My first round selection has flat out sucked this year. He gets me 1.7 points in Week 4.
· I lose hands down. Final Score: Me 76.68, Ragu 112.78
Now, I’m 0-4 in the WSSP League, 1-3 in the Kamps League. It was time to make more trades…
With Terrelle Pryor on my bench, it was time to remove Eli Manning. I wanted to compliment Pryor with his number one WR – Denarius Moore.
I traded the struggling and unhealthy Vincent Jackson to Matt Barlow’s team for Denarius Moore.
Then, with all of my anger set on Ray Rice, I ship him to Matt Regashus for Anquan Boldin.
That second trade would prove to be a big mistake.
Furthermore, I had two offers on the table from Howie Magner. He wanted Julio Jones from me.
He offered DeMarco Murray and Marlon Brown, or Knowshon Moreno and Steve Smith.
I turned down both deals. I would soon regret that decision as well…
Kamps League: vs. Samantha Winkler and Andy Borgealt
· They have the Seahawks D and Justin Tucker. Those two alone combine for 29 points.
· Great production from Vincent Brown (19.7 points) and Antonio Gates (14.4 points). Those two killed me as well.
· On my side of things, RG3, Alfred Morris, and Doug Martin all had byes.
· I benched the Texans D last week – They pulled in 13 points. This week I start them, and they get me 3 points.
· I also started Alex Smith at QB…He got me 8.8 points.
· Peyton Manning has another freakish game against Dallas, and Demaryius Thomas sees no piece of the action. He gets me only 10.7 points.
· I fall to 1-4. Final Score: Me 114.5 Team WB 136.8
WSSP League: vs. Leroy and Ryan
· As I mentioned earlier, the Niners D and Justin Tucker were crucial to my first victory.
· However, Ray Rice, who I dealt to Regashus, blows up. He rushes for 74 yards, along with 2 TDs. I’M FURIOUS! Anquan Boldin, on the other hand, rakes in 2.1 points….I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS!
· Final Score: Me 94.64 Leroy and Ryan 87.18
And now for the biggest news…
TE OWEN DANILES OUT 4-6 WEEKS. BIG LOSS FOR ME IN THE WSSP LEAGUE.
AND THEN, THIS NEWS…
JULIO JONES, MY BEST WR IN THE WSSP LEAGUE, IS OUT FOR THE SEASON.
I’m ready to lose my mind. This is the type of season that I’ve been dealing with. At times, I just want to pull my hair out. For everything that’s transpired the last five weeks, how can it get any worse? I’m due for some good luck, right?
Perhaps I’m snake-bitten.
Yes, I should blame my fantasy football season on the Brewers…or not.
Whatever, it’s just a game, I guess.
Nonetheless, I deserve a second chance to stay in the WSSP League. I expect to get some sympathy from my opponents. Seriously, are there are people like me out there with the same bad luck?
Here are my two rosters as of today:
Kamps League, 10-team PPR: This is a great team, right? How can I be 1-4?
RB: Doug Martin
RB: Alfred Morris
WR: Demaryius Thomas
WR: Jordy Nelson
WR: Danny Amendola
TE: Tony Gonzalez
Flex: RB Darren Sproles
Kicker: Nick Novak
· RB Fred Jackson
· RB Ben Tate
· WR Mike Williams
· WR Donnie Avery
· TE Jared Cook
· TE Martellus Bennett
· QB Alex Smith
WSSP League: 14-team Standard:
QB: Terrelle Pryor
RB: DeAngelo Williams
RB: Trent Richardson
WR: Anquan Boldin
WR: Denarius Moore
Flex: WR Mike Williams
Kicker: Justin Tucker
· WR Julian Edelman
· QB Eli Manning
· RB Kendall Hunter
· RB Roy Helu Jr.
· TE Jermaine Gresham
Injured: WR Julio Jones, TE Owen Daniels…
In both leagues, I'm 1-4. That's 2-8 overall. I still believe I can get on hot streak in the Kamps League. Am I running out of time, though?
I expect to go 1-12 in the WSSP League…not good. At least I won a game!