Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Championship is Upon Us

The Semifinals are complete. The results are in. Yer X-MOM (P Smith) outscored CYBORG PIRATE NINJAS (R Smith) while the commissioner's team, Sea Buzzards (M Peltonen), held off Simba's Buttkicker! (R Johnson). Simba's Butt Kicker! was trailing Sea Buzzards after Sunday's games 104.2 to 117.38 with Q Ganther (RB) in the lineup on Monday night for Simba's Buttkicker! needing to score more than 13.18 points to win. He failed by 22 yards. The moral of the story, don't start unproven players. Starting B Roethlisberger (QB), A Bradshaw (RB), or M Sims-Walker instead would have given Simba's Buttkicke! the chance at a title. Now that Simba's Buttkicker! plays for the bronze instead means he will suffer a later draft pick position in the 2010 Brothers Keeper Fantasy Football Draft. Losing a week earlier would have given Simba's Buttkicker! a better draft pick position. Regardless, in this writer's estimate, he will be back in the non-playoff spots next year, where he has been historically.

The problem with Simba's Buttkicker!'s goes deeper than starting Q Ganther in the playoffs. Nor is it soley because M Turner (RB) got injured earlier in the season (because everyone should know of the curse of 370 which Simba's Buttkicker! totally neglected to consider when trading L Tomlinson (RB) to Kubuki Strikes Back (J Fullerton) for Turner in 2008). The problem is a combination of poor management and strategery. According to The Sons of the Tundra: Dynasty Rankings blog, Dynasty Owners are Chess Masters. There are a lot of variables to consider in order to be successful year in and year out and push far into the playoffs. Brothers Keeper's league power house, Yer X-MOM, has gone deep into the playoffs every year. Yer X-MOM has yet to miss the playoffs. One way to learn is to compare and contrast Simba's Buttkicker!'s waiver wire pickups and sit and starts over the past 3 seasons with Yer X-MOM's. What I suspect is case is that the core of the starters on Yer X-MOM stays relatively similar compared to Simba's Buttkicker!'s high variance in lineups from week to week. Yer X-MOM may have more waiver wire transacations, but he does not utilize streaming as a strategy to win, unlike Simba's Buttkicker!. If Yer X-MOM does utilize streaming it is strategically for future games, not past games.

Enough of the thought provoking analysis, on to the championship!

(8) Sea Buzzards
(2) Yer X-MOM

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