NFC: Cliburn's Week 12 Preview
We had a record broken in the OIL in week 11, but it's not a record Jessen should be proud of. His DominationStation now hold the OIL record for longest losing streak (nine games). His loss means four managers who held the record together can now have a sigh of relief. Meanwhile, Finch won his ninth straight game. That puts him one victory away from tying the all-time OIL record for most wins in a row (10). Who holds that record? Cliburn (me). And who do the Hard Targets play this week? Cliburn's Arrogant Americans. My season is all but over. There will be no playoffs. There will be no third OIL Bowl championship. But we can pull out all the stops to protect our record (set in 2010). If Finch wants a piece of our record, he's going to have to take it from our cold, dead hands.
Forgive Finch if he doesn't actually care too much about this week though. He clinched a playoff spot last week (the first team to do it) and may not have time to think about silly trivialities like league records. Still, this game is important to Cliburn, so the Targets better bring it.
On a league-wide note, it wasn't record-breaking, but there were a lot of low scores this week. So many fantasy players disappointed, and it's reflected in the totals this week. But things will be better next week. Week 11 was the last of the bye weeks so every team will be at full strength from here on out (aside from injuries, of course). Here's last week's matchups. Week 12 analysis after the jump.
#1 Hard Targets vs. #10 Arrogant Americans
As outlined above, a lot rides on this matchup. Finch has an opportunity to etch his name in OIL history. A victory would tie the record for most consecutive victories. But I own that record. And, if Finch wants to take it, he's going to have to do it against the Arrogant Fucking Americans. We don't have much this season. We're guaranteed a losing season. We won't be making the playoffs. Our first two draft picks have been massive disappointments. Our third-round pick is on IR. But we still have our pride. And so we're breaking out the alternate blue jerseys this week to remind the Hard Targets that we're two-time champions. Think of it as our last-ditch effort to intimidate the top team in the league before hoping to play spoiler. Will it be enough?
#5 AMMODOGS vs. #7 Roughnecks
This matchup has major playoff implications. Both squads won last week to climb to 6-5. Whoever wins this one will be 7-5 with only a likely make-or-break Rivalry Week matchup standing between them and the playoffs. The AMMODOGS have had the most points all season, but they're still in a precarious position. The Roughnecks have been relative over-achievers after losing Dez Bryant for much of the season. They'll need to keep up their run of good luck if they want to knock off Rogers. I foresee an AMMODOGS victory here.
#6 Lucky Enuf vs. #11 Dogs of War
During our matchup last week, Dogs of War manager Cobb text me to let me know his losing season would be a success if he just beat the Arrogant Americans (after beating Duffy earlier this season).
Well, he got his wish. But now he faces a pissed off Lucky Enuf team fresh off an upset loss to the Roughnecks. Pyle puts Cobb in his place here.
#14 DominationStation vs. #13 Whackers
The bad news is that Jessen set the record for longest losing streak last week (a feat that led to Mrs. Cliburn asking if he should change his name to SubmissionStation). The good news is that he plays the worst team in the league this week. At least this season, facing the lowly Whackers is the cure for all ills. DominationStation wins this one.
#12 Hangovers vs. #8 Dirty Hippies
To say the Hangovers season is a disappointment would be an understatement. It's been an absolute nightmare for Duffy ever since opening the season with a win. But he gets an opportunity for revenge this week against the team that knocked him out of the playoffs last season: the Dirty Hippies. In the process, Duff could torpedo Trovillo's 2015 playoff hopes. The Hippies are still in it, but they're nowhere near the juggernaut they were during their 2014 championship season. The Hangovers get the upset this week.
#9 Dead Again vs. #3 DARC NARCS
Dead Again got blown out last week by suddenly-resurgent SoonerJack. And how he has a tough task ahead of him in the DARC NARCS, fresh off a close WIN/LOSS against the Nobodies. Schmidt's team has over-achieved all season, but they're starting to fall back to earth. Henderson's NARCS win this one easily.
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