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Week 11 Fantasy Wrap-Up


It is never good to lose a divisional game, especially late in the season, but that is exactly what I did in Week 11.  Underdogs beat me to move into a tie for second-place in our division.  Just go away Favre is now 8-3 and appears to be running away with the Charlie Sanders Division, so now the teams behind him (myself, Underdogs, and Maize 'n' Blue Jays) are battling it out for a wild card spot. 

Maize 'n' Blue Jays is 5-6 after a loss to the division leader, and Underdogs' victory over me made us both 6-5.  Detroit's Few Good Men is also 6-5, and since the tiebreaker for the wild card is points scored, I believe he and I would make the playoffs if the season ended today.

Better Than Millen (me) 88.12
STUD: RB Frank Gore 21.4
DUD: TE Tony Scheffler 0
BENCHED: QB Gus Frerotte 11.82
OPTIMUM: 96.82 RATING: 91%
Underdogs (Sig Sauer) 96.02
STUD: RB Ryan Grant 21.1
DUD: TE Tony Gonzalez 3.9
BENCHED: QB Brett Favre 23.42
OPTIMUM: 114.42 RATING: 83%

One of the biggest stories from Week 11 was the controversial finish to the Steelers-Chargers game.  The Chargers were trailing 11-10 with only a few seconds left, and they tried to lateral the ball around in hopes a miracle would happen.  Troy Polamalu broke up one of the laterals and returned the fumble for a touchdown.  Not only did Pittsburgh suddenly cover the spread, but fantasy football players with the Steelers D/ST got somewhere around 8 points (2 for a fumble recovery and 6 for a TD).

The referees took some time to talk about the last play and eventually determined that an illegal forward pass had occurred.  Therefore, no fumble happened and no touchdown happened.  The call turned out to be completely wrong, and the impact the miscue had was huge on both the gambling and fantasy football worlds.  It is estimated that a $64 million swing happened in the gambling world due to the incorrect call, and for fantasy football the call lost or won games in many cases.

In the official POD league, Calvin and the Chipmunks lost by just over 6 points.  He had the Steelers D/ST in his starting lineup, and a correct call would have meant that he had beat Detroit's Few Good Men, which would have changed the entire playoff picture. 

In the Pride of Detroit overflow league, I played somebody that had the Steelers D/ST, and I only won by a score of 76.24-74.32.  When the Steelers scored that touchdown at the end, I was beyond pissed off as I thought I had lost.  Then, as the call was changed, I was ecstatic since I won thanks to the referee's mistake.  I shouldn't have let it be that close in the first place, as I had a terrible coach rating of 66%.  I made the mistake of benching Leon Washington, Jerricho Cotchery, and the Packers D/ST.  Had I started even one of them, the Steelers-Chargers finish wouldn't have made a difference.

There was no controversy in the SBN/AOL league since the owner of the Steelers D/ST had them on the bench in favor of the Panthers.  If the Steelers D/ST had been in the starting lineup, another fantasy football player would have been screwed over since the margin he lost by was around 4 points.  The controversy was moot, though, since the Steelers didn't start.  Thankfully I wasn't involved in that game anyways, as I won 101.85-63.05 and had a perfect coach rating to improve to 9-2 on the season.

A full look at all of the results from the official POD league can be found after the jump.

Detroit's Few Good Men (ReichardZ) 100.02
STUD: RB Joseph Addai 27.3
DUD: WR Marques Colston 3
BENCHED: WR Dwayne Bowe 17.3
OPTIMUM: 116.98 RATING: 85%
Calvin and the Chipmunks (mgersz) 94.02
STUD: RB Steve Slaton 23.6
DUD: WR Lee Evans 0
BENCHED: WR Ted Ginn 15.3
OPTIMUM: 113.22 RATING: 83%
Just go away Favre (ahtrap) 108.58
STUD: RB DeAngelo Williams 25
DUD: WR Laveranues Coles 3.8
BENCHED: RB Ahman Green 14.4
OPTIMUM: 122.48 RATING: 88%
Maize 'n' Blue Jays (THE_J) 71.16
STUD: RB Marion Barber 21.3
DUD: TE Antonio Gates 1
BENCHED: RB Jonathan Stewart 19.4
OPTIMUM: 105.56 RATING: 67%
West Coast Lions (LVLionfan) 54.32
STUD: QB Ben Roethlisberger 14.32
DUD: Three tied 0
BENCHED: WR Wes Welker 10.8
OPTIMUM: 74.02 RATING: 73%
SnotKnocker's (Ace BangerTheGuru) 110.1
STUD: K Phil Dawson 21
DUD: RB Tim Hightower 3.5
BENCHED: QB Tyler Thigpen 23.9
Motown Madmen (Jettero2112) 71.54
STUD: QB Drew Brees 15.44
DUD: RB Earnest Graham 0.3
BENCHED: QB Matt Cassel 44.2
OPTIMUM: 122.3 RATING: 58%
LA Leos (sgdbw90) 89.7
STUD: QB Peyton Manning 26.9
DUD: D/ST Bears -2
BENCHED: WR Kevin Curtis 6.4
The Gosder Cherilus Posse (The Prodigy) 94.34
STUD: RB Marshawn Lynch 24.7
DUD: WR Isaac Bruce 1.7
BENCHED: QB Trent Edwards 12.62
OPTIMUM: 103.84 RATING: 90%
Rudys Warhawks (isjim) 87.66
STUD: WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh 21.9
DUD: D/ST Ravens 2
BENCHED: RB Jerome Harrison 17.1
OPTIMUM: 109.06 RATING: 80%

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