Just two more games are left in the regular season, and we have our first playoff berths clinched:
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Man, what a week in the OIL. In both the NFC and PFC, the top four teams all lost. Winless DominationStation gave undefeated SoonerJack their first loss of the season, meaning each OIL team has at least one loss. And the Nightmares continued their nightmare of a season, falling to 0-7 . . . the OIL's only remaining winless squad. Here are your games of the week (click on title to be taken to the matchup page on Yahoo!).
This is a rematch of last year's Thunder Bowl, when Zerger and the Redlegs defeated Green's Doughboys to win their first championship. It's fitting then that Zerger comes in ranked higher than Green. The Redlegs are built for this league, boasting the top two WRs in the OIL, the top pass-catching RB in Chris Thompson, and steady RB Mark Ingram. The Doughboys are built more for a standard league with RBs dominating the early draft rounds. I'm picking Zerger to continue his resurgence and move closer to a playoff berth (and perhaps first-round bye).
On paper, this looks like an easy Vandals victory. Lutonsky is ranked first in the PFC, averages 14 more points per game than Tadlock, and has a greater OPR. But the Vandals are dealing with six byes this week, so I'm picking them to lose their second-straight game (and fall out of first place).
This matchup will greatly affect each team's chances at securing a playoff berth in Week 14. Each team is 4-3 and right on the playoff bubble. But Baldwin's Roughnecks have already lost Odell Beckham for the season, Martavis Bryant to stupidity, and Leonard Fournette to a bye week. Meanwhile, Henderson's DARC NARCS, after a couple suspension scares, still have RB Ezekiel Elliott to lean on, along with RB Melvin Gordon and breakout QB Carson Wentz. Look for Henderson to make a statement as we get closer and closer to the playoffs.
The OIL Record Book spreadsheet now includes overall power ratings for each manager, as well as a power rating for each of their seasons. You can view a manager's overall power rating and their top-rated and lowest-rated seasons (2010-present) on the main Manager Rankings spreadsheet. On each manager's spreadsheet, you can view the power rating for every season, the average power rating (2010-present), and the top-rated and lowest-rated seasons (2010-present).
The power rating was created by the Oberon Mt. Fantasy Football League and has been featured on ESPN's Fantasy Focus podcast. It is used by many leagues across the country. Read the formula creator's explanation and see how it applies to the OIL after the jump.
Once again, it was a low-scoring week. The NFL better get its offenses in gear or no one will be able to break Zerger's 2016 record for most points in a season. Speaking of Zerger, his Redlegs lead the pack in the AFC and the OIL as a whole at 2-0 and averaging 156.35 points per game. Reed's Sawtooths are number two in the AFC, but they've benefited from an easy schedule . . . opponents have averaged less than 100 points per game. Meanwhile, Brosh is in last place, as he's faced the toughest schedule thus far . . . but he's also scored the second-fewest points in the AFC. That's not a good combo.
Four teams are undefeated in the NFC, with Cliburn's Arrogant Americans (fresh off their 101st career victory) setting the standard at 2-0 and averaging 149.95 points per game. Morgan, Bruesch, and Leal round out the top four. Duffy and Pyle would be in the playoffs if the season ended today, as they sit at fifth and sixth, respectively. Cobb, whose Dogs of War were awarded the "Best Draft" by Yahoo!, now sits at 0-2, averaging less than 100 points per game. Pathetic.
The PFC, like the AFC, boasts just a pair of 2-0 teams: Gray and Tadlock. But the next four teams, at 1-1, could easily end up surpassing them soon. This conference may be the most balanced so far. Mitchell is having a nightmare of a season thus far, as he has lost his first two games and averages just 123.05 points per game. That's not gonna do it.
The defending champion Redlegs start 2017 atop the AFC standings once again, while the NFC champion Dirty Hippies failed to break triple-digits in their 2017 debut. The PFC champion Dirty Dogs, however, managed to start their title defense with a victory.
The injuries of David Johnson and Allen Robinson have reverberated across the league. Their owners already face adversity in the young season.
OKLAHOMA CITY — OIL manager Justin C. Cliburn and his Arrogant Americans became the first OIL franchise to reach 100 victories Monday. The historic win was earned when the 'Mericans came back on Monday night to defeat the Hard Targets in Week One of the 2017 season, Cliburn's 159th game as an OIL manager.
Hard Targets manager Finch came into Monday night comfortably ahead, with a 66% chance of victory. But Cliburn's receiving tandem of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen combined for 52.4 points to take the lead. From there, the 'Mericans never looked back. Cliburn will face Cobb and his Dogs of War in Week Two.
Since it's Kickoff Sunday and records are bound to be broken in 2017, the full list of records is embedded at the bottom of this post. But, first, a series of numbers illustrating where the OIL is heading into its 12th season.
12: Number of OIL seasons.
0: Number of managers that got to draft their own team in 2006.
8: Number of current OIL managers who were in original league in 2006.
14: Number of original players still in the league, including kickers.
4: Number of OIL trophies.
42: Number of managers now in the OIL.
9: Number of states represented by OIL managers.
5: Number of countries OIL managers have competed from.
3: Number of continents OIL managers have competed from.
60+: Number of combat deployments by current OIL managers.
500+: Number of years of military service of current OIL managers.
3: Number of OIL conferences in 2017.
11: Number of different champions spread across the three conferences.
5: Number of managers with more than one championship.
1: Number of champions no longer in the OIL.
5: Number of states championship trophies have resided.
32: Number of current OIL managers without a championship.
8: Number of managers who have reached the championship game but lost.
24: Number of managers who have never reached championship game.
1: Number of OIL draft-related arrests (not bad for over a decade of drafts).
2: Number of OIL draft-related explosions.
7: Number of OIL draft locations.
And be sure to reference the Record Book throughout the season to monitor how well (or poorly) OIL teams are faring in 2017.
For the third consecutive season, RateMyLeague.com has previewed all three OIL conferences. The RML crew ranked the teams by combining two scores: Starters (1-10) and Bench (1-10), with Safety Score (1-10) acting as a tiebreaker. Access the rankings and audio after the jump.
The 2017 draft is finally completed. View the full draft classes by clicking on the image for the corresponding conference.
Yahoo! Draft Grades
Yahoo! Draft Day Projections
Yahoo! will soon conduct its annual National Draft Day, and the OIL will be a part of it. Commissioner Justin C. Cliburn and his arch-rival, Adam F. Duffy, will be in New York alongside industry experts Andy Behrens, Brad Evans, Liz Loz, Scott Pianowski and Dalton Del Don, who was the most accurate expert for draft rankings according to FantasyPros.com.