A Pro Wins the Championship But the Joes Earn Respect
The inaugural season of the Joes Be Pros League concluded with a Team Maaaarv victory by the score of 130.78 to Team A’s 105.28. At the conclusion of the Week 16 Sunday games, Team Maaaarv was behind by just over three points. Monday night’s 29.40 point performance by Dez Bryant sealed the win for Chris Meaney’s team. He also received substantial help from David Johnson (33.60 points) and quarterback Jameis Winston (22.48).
Team Maaarv struggled during the first few weeks of the season, putting together a record of just 3-2 after the first five weeks of games. However, Chris Meaney’s squad then had a string of eight straight victories, five of them over the final weeks of the regular season, then three consecutive post-season wins to nail down the league Championship.
[caption id="attachment_117844" align="alignright" width="340"] David Johnson's consistent performances carried Team Maaaarv to victory. Photo Credit: Keith Birmingham/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire[/caption]
I asked Chris Meaney what he thought were the keys to his victory in the Joes Be Pros League.
“David Johnson was without a doubt my season MVP. Even when my team put up a mediocre performance, Johnson did enough to give me a win each week. From Week 5 until the end of the season, 17 fantasy points was his lowest point total, and that was a week when he was injured. Johnson really was my only back as my RB2, DeAngelo Williams, kept me afloat for a few weeks until Le'Veon Bell returned. Unfortunately, I didn’t have Bell. So, aside from a couple of decent outings from Kenneth Dixon, it was all Johnson for me. He was a consistent producer from beginning to end.
My wide receiver group was carried by Marvin Jones (the player referred to by my team name - Maaaaarv) during the early weeks of the season, but he faded towards the end. Dez Bryant picked up the slack in the later weeks, though, and ended up being one of the keys to my championship game win. Tight end Cameron Brate was a terrific streamer. I picked him up in Week 5 and he had five very good productive games for me over the final 10 weeks.”
There are a few interesting statistical items to note looking back on Maaaarv’s march to victory. First of all, the championship game pitted the two Joes Be Pros teams that ended up with the best win/loss record for the regular season; 11-2 for Maaaarv and 9-4 for Team A. During the regular season, Maaaarv and Team A only met once, a Week 6 matchup that ended with a 152.52 to 140.07 victory for Maaaarv. While Maaaarv beat Team A in the only two meeting they had, things would have turned out differently if the two had faced each other in different weeks. In fact, if Team A and Maaaarv had faced each other every week for the season, Team A would have been victorious nine out of 15 times.
One of the Joes, The Better Cardano very nearly made it to the championship matchup. If Mike Cardano Jrs team had actually faced Chris Meaney’s squad for the championship, Cardano would have emerged victorious, as he ended up with 155.82 points in the matchup that netted him third place in the league. So, a slightly different schedule could have changed things to the point that one of the “Joes” would have been the champion. On the other side of the coin, had Maaaarv played Team A’s schedule during the regular season, they would have been eliminated from the playoffs with a record of 7-6. Timing is everything.
The Better Cardano ended up in third place in the Joes Be Pros League, and the other “Joe,” Luke Benigno of Luke’s Team, finished in fifth place. Considering the depth of the competition in the league, these were very respectable finishes for the two “Joes.” The eight “Pros” that played here have over 100 years of Fantasy Football experience combined, so the “Joes” had their work cut out for them right from the beginning. In the final analysis, both Mike Cardano Jr. and Luke Benigno more than earned respect from the “Pros” for the job they did from the draft right through to the final games. Without a doubt, these two “Joes” proved that they can hang in there with the best – and even beat them.
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