Well thank Christ for that. Week 4 is in the books and finally we have some data that is actually starting to mean something. This feels like the first point in the season, for me, that we can really look at our teams’ performances and start to draw meaningful conclusions. Over the next two weeks I’m going to take a look at each team’s average score by position group so far this season and compare it to their average from weeks 1 – 16 of last season. This week: offence. To the data!
|2016 Week 1-4 Average vs 2015 Season 2015 Average|
Yuk. It looks much prettier in my spreadsheet, you’ll just have to take my word for it.
Winners: So far MANGBOOB has resisted the urge to fiddle about switching Drew Brees in and out with whatever no mark he has down the depth chart and it’s paying dividends with an increase of nearly 6 points on average at the position. I mean, last season’s performance was a low bar to clear (less than 15 points a week) but a win’s a win. The Champions are showing an improvement of over 4 points too with Roethlisberger, Eagles aside, going to town so far in 2016.
Losers: So far through 4 weeks, a QB has been in Dyna Hard’s top 10 scorers of the week only once, in week 1 (for comparison, everyone else has had a QB in their top 10 3 or 4 times). Chris has cycled through Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning and even Marcus Mariota so far, trying to play matchups but those three are simply too hard to predict (well, you could probably predict Marcus Mariota hasn’t been worth starting any of these weeks). Chris is probably best advised to pick one of Stafford and Manning and stick with them although no doubt whoever he picks will be the wrong one. The other big loser here is the Firebirds but I’m wary of reading too much into this. The Seahawks typically take time to get their offence going and Wilson has been banged up. I think we can expect to see this improve.
Winners: There are two runners way ahead of the pack here, the Sadness and the Bombermen. Neither of these is difficult to analyse. Imagine me standing mutely on a stage. To my right is Ezekiel Elliot. I am pointing at Ezekiel Elliot. To my left is David Johnson. I am pointing at David Johnson. You can dive a bit deeper and say that both are getting better support from Jeremy Hill and Matt Jones’ raging lack-of-any-competition but you probably don’t need to.
Losers: As many Dynabowl experts predicted (well, one… well, me) at the start of the season, T2 are suffering at tailback this season. Jonathan Stewart disappeared some time in September and without him LeSean McCoy is trying to navigate choppy waters on his own. T2 have traded for Bilal Powell this week in an attempt to put things back on course and it’s a good solid move that should help to steer them back towards mediocrity. The other big loser here is Breeses but, considering their RBs are still the 5th highest scoring in the Dbowl, I don’t think there’s much to read into this. With Doug Martin injured and Devonta Freeman not scoring three TDs every game it was bound to happen.
Winners: The Bombermen are another big winner here and when you consider that between receivers and RBs they’re averaging 24 points more than last season it’s easy to see why they’re top of the rankings. It feels like this is the production we thought was coming this year so it’s not really a surprise. It must be very pleasing for Ben to see, having kept faith with Cooks, Benjamin and Jordan Matthews as each came through their own struggles last season. The Losers and Brees are also much improved here and you can point at off-season trades for Allen Robinson and Jarvis Landry respectively as big factors in this.
Losers: While every category so far has been a triumph for the Sadness, the reading isn’t so pretty here. Odell Beckham is mouthing off more than he’s balling out and losing Eric Decker and Golden Tate (look, he was good last season) has hurt too. Stephon Diggs looks like the real deal though and as MANGBOOB’s rookies start to warm up to the NFL this score will head back the right way. The Firebirds are the next in line to the throne of suffering. No Gronk, no Demaryius Thomas and no Brady slingin’ it to Edelman probably explains this. The good news for Neil is that Willie Snead looks to be a good WR 2/3 going forward and that Gronk and Brady will be back firing on all cylinders soon. The real person to look to for trouble here is Pete. Cooper doesn’t get a sniff in the end zone and Allen and Kevin White are done for the season. That -4 is only going down from here I’m afraid.
Winners: We are all winners because we play in a league with fantasy punters. Every day I wake up a little bit happier than I would have been otherwise, knowing that this is the case. Now, if only we could get those fantasy Long Snappers in.
Losers: All those plebs out there who restrict themselves to a fantasy kicker. They don’t know what they’re missing. The only thing better than a great punt is an awful punt.
Winners: The Bombermen are a whopping 25 points better this season on offence than last season, turning from a middle of the road goose (they weren’t bad enough to be an ugly duckling) into a swan. Most of that 25 points is accounted for above so I will take the time to draw attention to the second most improved team on offence, the Dynasore Losers. I haven’t mentioned them much in any of the categories above because their improvement has more been about building on what came before. Good gains at receiver at and running back pair with holding steady at QB and special teams to produce a strong growth.
Losers: Dyna Hard are one of the biggest losers compared to last year, their offence being 10 points down on last season’s performance. Much of that is accounted for in QB as mentioned above but it’s worth noting that they are worse in every single offensive position this season, a worrying trend. Bottom of the pile are Neil’s Firebirds with a modest gain at RB from CJ Anderson’s new-found reliability not enough to counteract that weakened receiver corps and a banged-up Russell Wilson. The question really is, if Neil is giving 13 points away on offence compared to last season then how has he had such a decent start to the season? Tune in to next week’s blat to find out…
Here are your stats after week 4.
Peter vs. Tim Watch
Week 1: Peter (average) 179.68 vs Tim (average) 192.14. Tim wins. 1-0 to Tim (victory margin 12.46)
Week 2: Peter (average) 184.04 vs Tim (average) 200.91. Tim wins. 2-0 to Tim (victory margin 16.87)
Week 3: Peter (average) 192.11 vs Tim (average) 212.54 Tim wins. 3-0 to Tim (victory margin 20.43)
Week 4: Peter (average) 175.27 vs Tim (average) 198.18 Tim wins. 4-0 to Tim (victory margin 22.91)
Season to Date: Peter (average) 182.78 vs Tim (average) 200.94. Tim leads (margin 18.17)
Oh dear. That margin just keeps growing. I might have to call this for Tim. TKO.