Sitting at 1-2, Cliburn and Schmidt decided to shake things up. Schmidt gave up the number one TE in the game to Cliburn for the fourth-highest scoring TE and the fourth-highest scoring WR (Jordan Reed and Steve Smith, respectively). It's a risky move for Cliburn, who now needs to find a WR3 somewhere in a crowd that includes names like Darius Heyward-Bey, Marqise Lee, Devin Funchess, and Devante Parker. Meanwhile, Schmidt gets more depth at WR and not too much of a drop off at TE. After the trade, Cliburn's projected victories went down by two, and FantasySP.com's trade analyzer liked Schmidt's haul more.
But Cliburn is undeterred. With Gronkowski on a bye, it's possible the 'Mericans fall to 1-3, but this puts them in a better position for the playoffs if they can find a replacement-level WR3 in the interim.
After starting the season with three disappointing losses, Roe Rebel Alliance decided it couldn't wait on Martavis Bryant any longer. They trade him and Shane Vereen to the Redlegs for emerging RB David Johnson and steady-Eddie WR Nate Washington. It wasn't the most Roe could command for Bryant, but Roe really needed help for this week. LeSean McCoy may not play, and the Rebels don't have Karlos Williams backing him up.
This is the AFC's first trade of the season.
Down goes Frazier! . . . or Brosh in our case. The man that was thought to be untouchable went down this week by a mere two points. But, like my Dad used to say, one point is as good as a million. Congrats to Jimmy Venable for getting his first win. What is amazing about our league is that there is only one team left undefeated: the Brewmasters. There are two teams that are still winless: the Cocks and Rebel Alliance. There are seven teams that are 2-1, only separated by points scored.
With the standings being so close together, this week could actually separate some contenders from the fake contenders. A lot of experts had the War Ponies going all the way, the Redlegs have won almost half of their predicted wins and the Brewmasters are surprisingly leading the league. However, it appears to a lot of sports writers that the Hilliers are on the rise.
It seems that some players are starting to get planned for and schemed around by defenses, so make sure that every GM is paying attention to that. Also, it is the start of October, which means the NFL will be supporting Pink for the fight against Breast Cancer. And this is the best time in sports all year; you have: NCAA Football; the NFL; NBA; and MLB Playoffs. Enjoy the season and enjoy the weather. Hope all of you are well my brothers and have a great week.
Only two teams in OIL history have begun the season 0-3 and gone on to make the playoffs:
I told my wife I'd welcome 0-3 . . . because, when I ended up making the playoffs and winning the OIL Bowl, "they'll write books about our comeback." Her response? "Well, we know you'll write a book about it." But fret no more: the Arrogant Americans beat Dead Again to avoid an 0-3 start. Similarly, the Hard Targets got their first win of the season as well. But the same can't be said for Morgan, who now hopes he can be the third team to start 0-3 and still make the tournament.
Conversely, only twice has a team that started out 3-0 missed the playoffs:
The PFC has a new manager, and it's a good one. Stephen Pennington spent the last three seasons in the MGL (the one-time sister league of the OIL). So he brings three seasons of experience with our league settings into his maiden season in the OIL. More importantly, Pennington is a member of the 158th FA regiment that started all this. He was on the 2008 Iraq mission, and he later spent a year in Afghanistan with the 158 as well. He'll be a good addition. His team name and logo are to be determined. He replaces Hudson, who had not logged in since August.
PFC Commissioner Scott Buehre unveiled the Dirty Dogs logo and uniforms Tuesday morning. With the unveiling, we are one team closer to decking out the entire PFC. Thanks to Michael Taylor for the design work.