Here are the week 4 game recaps, saved for posterity sake. It was another great week of PAFFL action.
Nick Novak helps Strongfighters barely triumph over BLAK JESUS
Hopefully Coaches John Matern and Tyson Robertson have been taking their heart medication. After last week's close game, they sat through another suspense filled contest this week. Strongfighters (3 - 1) tightroped past BLAK JESUS (0 - 4), winning 71.83 to 71.07. Coaches John Matern and Tyson Robertson should thank their lucky stars they drew BLAK JESUS for thisweek's contest, since their squad would have lost to EVERY other team thisweek.
The game leaves both these teams streaking in opposite directions. Strongfighters has now won three games in a row. This loss brings BLAK JESUS's losing streak to four in a row.
Strongfighters got three solid performances this week, courtesy of Nick Novak, Trent Richardson, and Brandon Marshall, who together racked up 36 points. Richardson scored 13 points, which is the most he's gotten so far this year. More good might be coming from Richardson, who has improved his performance in each of the last three weeks.
This week's loss for BLAK JESUS was a true group effort. They were brought down by seven underperformers, the worst of whom was Stephen Hill (zero points). Hill's performance ended a three game streak of beating the expert's projections.
Coaches John Matern and Tyson Robertson had a big hand in this week's victory. They went with Nick Novak over the higher ranked Shaun Suisham.
This decision netted Coaches John Matern and Tyson Robertson an extra 4points, which was the difference in the game. This is the first time all season that Coaches John Matern and Tyson Robertson have earned extra points for their team.
Coaches Stephen Goldberg and Tom Ord and Demaryius Thomas secure the win
Coach Mike Tadlock might be wishing they could roll over some points from previous matches. Los Frijoles Pinto came in on a three game winning streak, but couldn't get it done in this matchup. Los Frijoles Pinto lost a heartbreaker against Delta Mad Dawgs, 94.6 to 93.37.
The loss was only the first for Los Frijoles Pinto, whose record now sits at 3 - 1. The win brings Delta Mad Dawgs to 3 - 1.
Demaryius Thomas was the clear leader on Delta Mad Dawgs this week, tallying 21 points.1 That's all in a day's work for the 2nd best wide receiver in the league.
Coach Tadlock will find no easy scapegoat for this week's loss. Steve Johnson was the worst of a five man group of underperformers, totaling zero points. Johnson came down with only one catch for -1 yards, and is expected to be limited in practice this week while nursing a hamstring injury.
Coaches Stephen Goldberg and Tom Ord can pat themself on the back for this week's victory. They started Fred Jackson instead of Mohamed Sanu, despite the experts' prediction that Sanu should have played.
This decision boosted Delta Mad Dawgs' final score by 13 points, which was the difference in the game. This makes it four weeks in a row that Coaches Stephen Goldberg and Tom Ord have taught the experts a lesson in lineup management.
Salem Beavercats had no chance as Victor Cruz got the job done
The experts pegged these two squads as even going into the game, but anyone hoping to watch a tight, hard-fought contest was sorely dissapointed.Monkey Fust gave Salem Beavercats a 111 to 78 point drubbing. The game evens up both teams' records at 2 - 2.
Monkey Fust relied heavily on Victor Cruz, who posted 27 points. That performance topped all but three players this week.2 No surprise there, as he is currently the best wide receiver in the league.
It will be difficult for Coach Josh Wetzel to fault any one player for this loss. Salem Beavercats had five underperformers, with Darren McFadden (3 points) being the worst.3 He was probably the cause of more four letter words than any other player this week, as he was supposed to post 17 points. He carried the ball only five times before exiting the game with a hamstring injury, although he's not expected to be out for long.
Next week, Monkey Fust will take on South Whore Jibbers, who comes into the game looking for their first win. South Whore Jibbers will have to put their wide receiver depth to the test, as Antonio Brown has his bye week.
As for Salem Beavercats, they will match up with Palo Alto Short Bus nextweek. Palo Alto Short Bus will have to play without Adrian Peterson, who has a bye week.
Tony Gonzalez's 28 points were too much for East Bay Funk
Pomona Stoned Hens got off the schneid with this win. They now sit at 1 - 3. The loss drops East Bay Funk's record to 2 - 2.
Pomona Stoned Hens got more than half their points from just two players: Tony Gonzalez and Reggie Bush. Bush scored 25 points, which were good for 2nd place among all running backs this week. He cut through and jumped over half of the Chicago defense on this 37 yard TD rush.
East Bay Funk suffered through poor performances from Brandon Bolden, Sam Bradford, and EJ Manuel, who collectively produced 19 points.
The schedule for Pomona Stoned Hens brings Los Altos Isotopes around next week. Pomona Stoned Hens will have long odds to win if Los Altos Isotopes scores another 142 points, like they did this week. Meanwhile, East Bay Funk will be playing Strongfighters.
Antonio Gates and Naughty Thoughts put an end to Engel Shiz's three game streak
The win gets Naughty Thoughts back to .500 with a 2 - 2 record. The loss is the first of the season for Engel Shiz, dropping their record to 3 - 1.
Naughty Thoughts underperformed a bit during Sunday's main action. Rashard Mendenhall was the worst of a five man group of underperformers, scoring only 2 points.
While Naughty Thoughts were playing poorly, Engel Shiz were just dreadful. Terrelle Pryor really stunk it up, scoring zero points. That made Pryor the worst starter this week.
Engel Shiz also had to deal with a poor effort from LeSean McCoy (9 points below expected). McCoy's 9 points were the fewest he has scored so far this year.
Naughty Thoughts were already a big favorite to win going into Sunday night's game. After Kenbrell Thompkins dropped 19 points, the contest was over. A good performance for Engel Shiz by Darren Sproles on Monday night was not nearly enough for a comeback.
Jimmy Graham drops 26 points in leading Fuego to victory
Fuego didn't have too much trouble with BINGO this week, winning 122.57 to 94.43. The win is part of a larger trend for Fuego. In each of the last threeweeks they have scored more points than the week before.
The win brings Fuego back to even at 2 - 2. The loss drops BINGO's record to 1 - 3.
Fuego had several players step up in the win, as four starters beat their positional averages. Jimmy Graham was just a bit ahead of the others, putting up 26 points.1 That's all in a day's work for the best player in the league. He has also exceeded the average tight end's performance in every game so far this year.
There were plenty of chefs cooking up this week's loss for BINGO. They were brought down by five underperformers, the worst of whom was Ben Tate (4points).3
BINGO will face off against BLAK JESUS next week. BLAK JESUS will come into the game looking for their first win.
As for Fuego, they will square off against Team Kitty. The matchup will feature the two top TE's in the league, as Jimmy Graham meets up with Jordan Cameron.
Taking the Reins
Los Altos Isotopes gets a big effort from Matt Forte this week
Coach Todd Feinberg might have been looking to rest their nerves a bit after last week's nailbiter. Well, they got the rest, but definitely not the win. Palo Alto Short Bus suffered a huge loss to Los Altos Isotopes, going down 142.13 to 98.17. The loss drops Palo Alto Short Bus' record to 2 - 2, while the win brings Los Altos Isotopes to 3 - 1.
Los Altos Isotopes had all (well, most) hands on deck in this win, with eight players beating their positional averages. Matt Forte was the best of the bunch, recording 22 points.1 Forte's performance this week was like all his others, which have exceeded the average running back's performance every time. He went 53 yards untouched into the endzone on this sweep to the right side.
While Los Altos Isotopes had plenty of heroes in the victory, Palo Alto Short Bus had plenty of duds in the loss. Brian Hartline was the worst of a seven man group of underperformers, racking up only 3 points.
Next week will see Palo Alto Short Bus taking on the 2 - 2 Salem Beavercats. Both Palo Alto Short Bus and Salem Beavercats will enter that game trying to recover from the beatings they each took this week. Meanwhile, Los Altos Isotopes will collide with Pomona Stoned Hens nextweek.
South Whore Jibbers couldn't handle Jordan Cameron as Team Kitty gets the win
Coming into the game, South Whore Jibbers had scored the second fewest points of any team this season. No surprise then, they got weak results thisweek. Coach Patrick Simmons' squad just didn't have enough against Team Kitty, losing 80.5 to 72.77.
Another defeat makes it four in a row for South Whore Jibbers, dropping their record to 0 - 4. The win brings Team Kitty to 3 - 1.
Three players (Jordan Cameron, Matt Cassel, and Jerome Simpson) delivered victory to Team Kitty, getting 48 of their team's 81 points. Cameron's TD connection with Brian Hoyer continued with this nice back shoulder grab.
Coach Simmons can look to running backs Isaiah Pead and Montee Ball when passing out blame for the loss. The two combined to score only 2 points. Pead scored zero points, which were fewer than every other running back this week. Coach Simmons is still waiting to get one above-averageweek from him.
Next week, South Whore Jibbers will be playing Monkey Fust. South Whore Jibbers won't have Antonio Brown available to start in that contest.
Meanwhile, Team Kitty will take on Fuego next week. will come into the game with some momentum, having posted back-to-back 110 point games. Fuego will also enter the game with Jimmy Graham, who has been the best player in the league so far.
- Player didn't have most points on team, but did the best compared to their position
- Performance rank based on how player did vs their positional average
- Player didn't have fewest points on team, but did the worst versus their positional average