Joe Topples Pro From the Top of the Standings
The big news from Week 6 of the Joes Be Pros league is the defeat of first place team Maaaarv (4-1) by The Better Cardano (3-2) by a score of 139.86 to 132.12. Mike Cardano Jr., one of our esteemed Joes grabbed quarterback Andy Dalton off the waiver wire to replace the injured Cam Newton. He also got a knockout performance out of Theo Riddick, who put up 26.20 points and scored two TDs on passes out of the backfield. Oddly enough, it was The Better Cardano’s running backs that carried him to victory in Week 5. He got a combined 49.60 points from running backs Carlos Hyde and Riddick while only getting 31.80 points from his three active wide receivers.
The performance from running backs has been driving The Better Cardano’s success for most of the season. However, that’s not what Mike Cardano Jr. had in mind on draft day. In fact, Cardano used the vast majority of his early picks on wide receivers. After the draft was over, I asked Cardano what his strategy was, especially in the early rounds.
He replied, “My strategy in the early rounds, and even later in the draft, was to load up on wide receivers. I believe that with the receivers I picked that I will win this league,”
Team Maaaarv, who was interviewed last week, was handed their first loss of the season. He indicated in his interview that Carson Wentz was the quarterback he was targeting to replace Carson Palmer, who was out for the Week 5 game. Wentz turned out to be a solid play, as he put up 21.92 points. Unfortunately, Wentz was just about the only player on Maaaarv to play up to expectations. He got a zero from RB DeAngelo Williams, just 4.80 points from TE Cameron Brate and a combined 37.50 from his three main wide receivers. The loss dropped Maaaarv from first place all the way down to third, while the victory elevated The Better Cardano up to fifth place.
Recapping the Rest of the Joes Be Pros League
Beat Engel’s Team Defeats George Kurtz
Beat Engel’s Team (3-2) managed to come back from a 34.52-point deficit on Monday night to beat George Kurtz (1-4) 162.86 to 137.38. Mike Cardano is finally seeing some payoff from his tight end triumvirate, as he received 57.80 points from the combination of Greg Olsen and Martellus Bennett. George Kurtz was doomed by another low-scoring effort from Matt Forte and a surprisingly low total from Julian Edelman.
Luke’s Team Defeats Gregg’s Super Team
Luke’s Team (2-3) head coach Luke Benigno is still basking in the glow of Le’Veon Bell’s return, as the Pittsburgh running back put up a 24.40 effort that helped carry Luke to victory. Meanwhile, Gregg Sussman, coach of Gregg’s Super Team (3-2) is kicking himself for leaving players like Dwayne Allen, Jeremy Kerley, James White and Cole Beasley on his bench. All four players outscored the players Sussman had active, and they would have helped him defeat Luke’s Team. Ahh, 20-20 hindsight!
FerdinandoD’s Team Can’t Buy a Break
Joe Buck Lite (2-3) walked all over FerdinandoD’s (0-5) squad, more than doubling their point total with a final score of 198.14 to 94.12, Mike Blewitt’s JBL team got double-digit point totals from all but two of his active players – his kicker and flex play. On the other side of the coin, Nando DiFino’s players underperformed by significant amounts. In fact, six of his active players didn’t get out of single digits. Memo to Nando – It’s time to do something drastic!
Adam’s Team Squeaks Past the Kai Forbath Fan Club
Adam Ronis will be insufferable this week, as Adam’s Team (4-1) has now steamrolled to victory for the last three weeks. Aside from a subpar performance from A.J. Green, just about every player on Adams Team outperformed expectations. Of course, 40 points from Tom Brady didn’t hurt at all. Scott Engel’s Kai Forbath Fan Club (3-2) fielded his best possible lineup, so you can’t really blame him for the loss. When you only get 19.60 points from your four active wide receivers it’s impossible to win.
Liberty City Leveled to Rubble by Hi There
If a Fantasy Football team could actually cause destruction, then poor Liberty City (1-4) would be a pile of rocks after a Week 5 romp by Hi There (4-1). In fact, it appears that Liberty City’s coach, Gabe Morency, has thrown in the towel already. Four of his active players put up goose eggs this week. Tony Cincotta’s Hi There looks like the primary challenger to Adam Ronis. However, Hi There has six players that are “Questionable” as we head into Week 6, so he will need to do some roster shuffling in the near term to keep up with Ronis.