Luke’s Team won their third week in a row, defeating Hi There’s team by a slim margin 163-157. The three victories have moved Luke’s Team from ninth place all the way to third place, which all but guarantees them a spot on the playoffs. In addition, Luke’s team now owns the third-highest weekly average score in the Joes Be Pros League at 135 points per week. This makes Luke Benigno’s team a dangerous opponent heading into the playoff weeks regardless of what happens in Week 13.
We’ll wait until the playoff seeding is finalized before we interview Joes Luke Benigno and Mike Cardano Jr. who both look playoff bound as of now. Instead, we decided to speak with Tony Cincotta, manager of Hi There. At one point early in the season, Hi There was looking like a juggernaut and sitting near the top of the standings. However, over the past three weeks, Hi There has faded to eighth place and is unlikely to make the playoffs, even with a win in Week 13. It appears that Cincotta’s “bad luck” can be traced back to one move made at the beginning of November. It was then that Cincotta released Kirk Cousins and threw in his lot with Philip Rivers. I decided to ask Cincotta about this fateful (and fatal) move.
I posed the following question to Cincotta. “After starting the season strong, your team has slipped to 6-6. If the playoffs were to begin today, Hi There would be out of the running. I noticed that you dropped Kirk Cousins in favor of Philip Rivers. Cousins is now helping Scott Engel’s Kai Forbath Fanclub make a playoff run. What was your reasoning for dropping Cousins, who is easily a Top 10 QB?”
Cincotta replied, “The Kai Forbath Fanclub owner is inferior to me as a Fantasy Football stud and he needed help. I knew he needed a QB and that the only way he was going to get better was with my assistance. I am the Mother Theresa of Fantasy Football – without the accolades. When you play in a league that includes your boss, a Fantasy Football Hall of Famer, and several guys trying to make a name in the Fantasy Community, why would I want to win? It’s about helping others who cannot help themselves; I did my part, and I hope these guys don’t screw it up.”
The Rest of the League
Beat Engel’s Team (6-6) rode 30 points from Mike Evans and 27 points from Aaron Rodgers to defeat Gregg’s Super Team 132-123. With three losses in a row, Gregg’s Super Team (5-7) has dropped all the way down to tenth place in the standings with no chance to make the playoffs. Unfortunately, the win is too little too late for Beat Engel’s Mike Cardano, as he has just a very slim chance of making the playoffs.
Joe Buck Lite lost to Maaaarv for the second time this season, this time getting beat 128 to 117. David Johnson’s 30 points sealed the deal for Maaaarv (10-2), who is sitting pretty in first place, clinching a first week bye in the playoffs after winning five weeks in a row. Joe Buck Lite (6-6) is hanging onto a playoff spot by the skin of his teeth. He has an 80-point edge over the seventh place Beat Engel’s Team. JBL should be able to hang on to secure his playoff berth, as it would take a massive collapse by several teams to unseat him.
The Kai Forbath Fanclub was embarrassed by the 3-9 FerdinandoD’s, losing 134-99 in a stunning upset. Marcus Mariota racked up 25 points and joined with 21 points from Jonathan Stewart to seal FerdinandoD’s win. Kai Forbath Fanclub nonetheless all but clinched a playoff spot anyway, given his 7-5 record.
The Better Cardano (7-5) beat the hapless (1-11) Liberty City Wrath 144-111 to secure fourth place and just about guarantee a playoff spot. That means both “Joes” are going to the playoffs this season barring a significant upset or two in Week 13.
Team A beat George Kurtz 153-128 to secure second place and a spot in the playoffs. Right now, It looks like Team A will have a first week bye.