Week 3: Game of the Week

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Deppen is allegedly responsible for the Game of the Week. I’m too lazy to go back through the site’s archives, but I am not even sure he’s ever done a single one. He’s probably still in the corner crying, licking his 0-2 wounds, so I’ll leave him be for now.

This week’s slate of games is one of the best ones we’ve had in a while. We have some historic matchups, some early season matchups with Playoff ramifications, and of course Brother vs. Brother.

I struggled quite a bit selecting this week’s GotW. All four matchups have qualities that you want in a GotW. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, below are this week’s matchups:

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Without further ado, I give to you….

Week 3: Game of the Week

#1 Willenium Force vs. #6 BRUMrodKOWSKI

As I mentioned previously I was on the fence a bit on which matchup to select. There was some back-and-forth internally by me, but I went with my gut on this one.

Will vs. Brum just has this certain aura to it that is undeniably great. When you look at what the two have done this year so far you may not think of this one as GotW material, but you’d be mistaken. Will sits atop the table at 2-0, while Brum finds himself 1-1 in 6th.

Will jokingly said earlier this week he was going to sit his K & DEF in order to make it a littler more fair for Ty, but I’m here to give you the skinny on this one, and we’ll take a peek and see why Ty actually may have a chance (spoiler: he doesn’t).

All-time Head-2-head:

Will 3-2 over Ty

Will has dominated the early days of the DFFL, winning once and finishing 2nd the year prior. That’s pretty good. And Ty, well, he hasn’t done shit. But, he does have two wins in five tries against Will. And with a win this weekend would collect his 3rd, something no other manager has done against Will through 3 seasons.

Think about that further for a sec. Every other DFFL manager has at least 3 losses against at least one (and if you’re Rat, multiple) manager. However, Will has come out clean with a max of 2 losses by any given manager. Brum will look to change that.

Key Positional Battle:

Running back

It’d be easy to look at this matchup and quickly say QB. And you wouldn’t necessarily be wrong either. For Will, Brees gets fuggin Atlanta at home. In Coll Brees’ two matchups against the Falcons last year, he only did: 62 of 81 (77% comp), 635 yards, 2 TD’s, 0 INT’s. Can I interest you in that? If there’s a saving grace for Ty, it’s the low-ish TD total.

On the other side of the ball is Rodgers getting Detroit at Lambeau. Considering the Pack just dropped a divisional game, I’m thinking they’ll come out pissed and want to torch Detroit, which isn’t hard. The Lions have given up 6 passing TD’s already, and are allowing an average of 296 yards per game through the air. Rodgers should get back on track this week, easily.

Like I said, it’d be easy to point to those two as the linchpin to this battle, but it’s for that reason it’s the opposite. Rodgers and Brees should each approach 50-60 points pretty easily, but this battle will be won in the trenches.

Speaking of that Detroit vs. Green Bay game, Brum will likely start Theo Riddick. And, since the Lions suck, they’ll likely be playing from behind. That’s where The-o Chronicles of Riddick excels, picking up garbage passing yards. He could have a nice game this week. Ty also will skank one last week out of DeAngelo Williams, who has been great thus far (/pukes). Bell will be back next week, so Williams will return to a supporting role, and all of a sudden Ty’s RB’s look even worse somehow.

Where things get interesting are Will’s RB’s. We know they’re not good, at all. Ingram gets the aforementioned Falcons, who also can’t stop anyone. So that at least could give him some value. However, as of press time of me writing this, he’s got Spencer Ware slotted to start at RB2. Jamaal Charles should make his 2016 debut Sunday, effectively ending Spencer Ware.

I’m starting to sound a bit like a broken record, but Will’s RB shit-show may just not matter. IF Ty wants to have a chance, he’s gotta hope for HUGE weeks from his RB’s. (and just about everyone else).

The Prediction:

Willenium Force 198 – BRUMrodKOWSKI 180

In the Weekly Roundup this week I predicted a blowout. That may have been a little harsh, but I’m still not thinking Brum stands all that much of a chance. I think he makes it interesting for Sunday, but I just can’t see any way for Ty to hold off Brees, Julio, and Ingram come Monday.

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