BEAT ENGEL VS. KAI FORBATH FANCLUB, FEATURED MATCHUP
The Week 9 matchup between Scott Engel’s Kai Forbath Fanclub and Mike Cardano Sr’s Beat Engel squad is the one we’ve been waiting for ever since Cardano announced the formation of the Joes Be Pros league. If you recall last week’ league recap, we previewed this matchup and Cardano had plenty to say about his expectations. Here’s a little sample:
“I fully expect Engel to wilt under the pressure and err in his lineup strategy. I’ve knocked off Blewitt, then Cincotta, and Engel will be the next in line to fall as I start my playoff push…,” Cardano said.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned for Beat Engel, as they could only muster 148.88 points to KFF’s 162.92. Cardano maximized his point potential with only one minor error that only cost him eight points, which would not have made a difference.
I went looking for a concession from Cardano after his loss to Engel. I asked him, “Do you have anything you want to say to Scott Engel or those who are following the Joes Be Pros League?”
Cardano replied, “To be fair, I had one of the highest scores of anyone in the league this week. My problem is, there is no way to put up a Fantasy defense against a team that puts up the highest score for the week. Scott’s team had a great performance this past week. But, you know what they say… Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once and a while…”
I also spoke with Engel. I informed him of Cardano’s comments and asked him for his thoughts. As you’ll soon see, he started off cordially enough, but it wasn’t long before he tossed a few barbs Cardano’s way.
“Scott, you scored the highest point total of the week in the Joes Be Pros league, but more importantly, you beat Mike Cardano’s Beat Engel team rather handily. Cardano swore he was going to take you down this week, when I spoke with him a week ago. Now that you’ve won and denied Cardano the only thing he really wanted to accomplish, what do you have to say to him?”
Scott said, “This was another good win for me, as I am intent on reaching my goal of finishing in one of the top spots in the standings. Obviously, there are other goals after that, but earning a prime playoff seeding is the first. It didn’t matter who I was playing; it meant way more to him than it did to me. His goal was obviously different than mine. Now that he did not reach his goal of beating me and trying to validate himself as a respectable fantasy player, his season is obviously over. This was just another game for me, and that was his personal Super Bowl. He obviously created the league for the sole reason of having a matchup with me, and I can see that as flattering. Hopefully, he enjoyed the unique experience of competing against true Fantasy experts, and maybe he learned a thing or two, as he now starts looking ahead to 2017.There was no real luster to this matchup from my perspective; it was just another good victory. Mike set his bar a too high this time and failed, so now maybe he can return to the level of play where he belongs, and he’ll enjoy competing with his lower-level peers much more.”
Well, OK then. I think I’ll just leave it there and inform you that KFF is firmly in third place while Beat Engel has dropped into 10th place. You should also know that the trade deadline in the Joes Be Pros League is set for Saturday, November 12.
THE REST OF THE MATCHUPS
Gregg’s Super Team (5-4) rode to victory over Hi There (5-4) with a score of 140.04 to 120.10. Gregg Sussman got a real boost from running back Melvin Gordon, who put up a solid 36.10 points. You can’t fault Hi There manager Tony Cincotta, who had his optimal lineup active for the matchup. Sussman left about 10 points on his bench but it didn’t matter. There was no chance of a victory for Hi There, who dropped sixth place, about 40 points behind The Better Cardano. Meanwhile, GST bumped up to fourth place, hot on the heels of The Kai Forbath Fanclub.
JBL, managed by Mike Blewitt, is mired in eighth place, but he’s just 18 points behind seventh place team George Kurtz
The Better Cardano (5-4) defeated the 2-7 FerdinandoD’s Team by a score of 131.70 to 125.12. FerdinandoD’s manager Nando DiFino is kicking himself for this loss because he could have won if he’d started T.J. Yeldon over any one of his three active running backs. However, if TBC manager Mike Cardano Jr. had played his optimal lineup, he would have made this a blowout. Unfortunately, Cardano Jr. had no faith in Robert Woods of the Buffalo Bills. Instead, he played Allen Hurns who put up a doughnut.
George Kurtz’ Team (4-5) scored the second-highest point total in the Joes Be Pros league this week, and he needed every single one of them to beat Luke’s Team (4-5) by the narrowest of margins, just 150.92 to 149.08. Oddly enough, Kurtz played his optimal lineup. However, Luke Benigno could have won had he played Buffalo’s Tyrod Taylor (28.86 pts) instead of garbage-time king, Blake Bortles (26.48). There are four teams at 4-5 this season, including these two, but Kurtz is the leader of the middling pack with 1250.44 points. That puts him in seventh place, while Benigno’s team is down in ninth place.
League doormat, Liberty City Wrath (1-8), lost again this week to remain in last place. They managed just 75.58 points versus Maaaarv (7-2), who put up 102.14 points to maintain his second place standing.