It’s the start of week 7 of the 2015 NFL season which is, near as dammit, halfway through the fantasy NFL season so, this week, Stat Blats will look at positional groupings in the DynaBowl to breakdown which parts of your team are riding high and which are down in the dumps. I’ll start with the raw data, then do a team-by-team breakdown, looking at the season so far with some slipshod analysis. You’re welcome. You’re all so very welcome.
|1||Tamworth Two||Rodgers, Palmer||21.76|
|2||Dynaforone Firebirds||Wilson, Rivers||18.28|
|3||DynaHarder||E. Manning, Mariota, Stafford||18.03|
|4||Champions of the Sun||Roethlisberger, Palmer||17.57|
|5||Kelkowski||Bortles, Kaepernick, Romo||17.43|
|6||Here Comes the Brees||Brady, Luck||16.77|
|7||East Flanders Dungeoneers||Newton, Tannehill, Foles||16.61|
|9||Dynasore Losers||Dalton, P. Manning||15.32|
|10||Dynasty of Sadness||Brees, Bridgewater||11.80|
For sections under flex consideration I have worked out the average number of starters in each position over the first 6 weeks and divided the average by that number. This produces an average score per player you start at that position, not favouring teams that start more players in one position.
|1||Dynasore Losers||Forte, Peterson, Lewis (3 starters (2.5 av))||34.27
|2||Here Comes the Brees||Freeman, Martin, Crowell, Miller (4 starters (2.83 av))||37.05
|3||Champions of the Sun||L. Bell, L. Murray, Rawls, Da. Williams, Spiller (5 starters (2.17 av)||24.95
|4||Tamworth Two||Ivory, Du. Johnson, McCoy, McFadden, Stewart, K. Williams, A. Williams (7 starters (3 av))||32.30
|5||Kelkowski||Blue, Foster, Ingram, D. Murray, Yeldon (5 starters (3 av))||31.72
|6||DynaHarder||Charles, Morris, Randle, Sankey, Gurley (5 starters (3 av))||31.11
|7||East Flanders Dungeoneers||Forsett, Woodhead, Hyde, Jennings (4 starters (3 av))||28.05
|8||Dynasty of Sadness||Abdullah, Blount, M. Jones, Lacy, Vereen, De. Williams (6 starters (3 av))||26.73
|9||Dynablaster Bombermen||Bernard, Ellington, Gordon, J. Hill, Da. Johnson (5 starters (3 av))||25.96
|10||Dynaforone Firebirds||Anderson, Gore, C. Johnson, Lynch (4 starters (2.83 av))||19.38
Receivers (WRs and TEs)
|1||Dynaforone Firebirds||Colston, Edelman, Ju. Jones, Royal, Thomas, Bennett, Clay, Gates, Gronkowski (9 starters (5.17 av))||60.84
|2||Dynasore Losers||Agholor, Fitzgerald, Ja. Jones, Moncrief, Sanders, T. Smith, Donnell, Graham (8 starters (5.5 av))||57.15
|3||Kelkowski||Baldwin, Cobb, Ca. Johnson, Maclin, Barnidge, Witten (6 starters (5 av))||48.38
|4||Champions of the Sun||J. Brown, Evans, Hankerson, Harvin, Hopkins, Robinson, White, Kelce, Reed, Walker (10 starters (5.83 av))||54.45
|5||Dynablaster Bombermen||Boldin, Cooks, A. Green, A. Johnson, Matthews, Shorts, Olsen, Sefarian-Jenkins (8 starters (5 av))||44.47
|6||Dynasty of Sadness||Beckham, D. Bryant, Crowder, Decker, Ginn, Tate, Wheaton, Allen, Chandler, Escobar, L. Green (11 starters (5 av))||41.71
|7||East Flanders Dungeoneers||Adams, Allen, Cooper, Mi. Floyd, S. Johnson, Marshall, Randle, Stills, Fleener, Rudolph (10 starters (5 av))||41.17
|8||DynaHarder||Austin, A. Brown, Hilton, Hurns, M. Jones, Watkins, Wright, Bennett, Cook (9 starters (5 av))||40.33
|9||Tamworth Two||Coleman, Crabtree, V. Jackson, Jeffery, Landry, Snead, Wallace, Ebron, Rodgers (9 starters (5 av))||39.48
|10||Here Comes the Brees||Benjamin, Garcon, D. Jackson, Ch. Johnson, S. Smith Sr., T. Williams, Daniels, Eifert, Ertz (9 starters (5.17 av))||39.00
|1||Dynasore Losers||Gostkowski, Tucker, Anger, King||16.86
|2||DynaHarder||Bryant, McManus, Hekker, Pinion||15.30
|3||Dynablaster Bombermen||Brown, Schmidt||14.58
|4||Champions of the Sun||Catanzaro, McAfee, D. Colquitt||13.48
|5||East Flanders Dungeoneers||Parkey, Santos, Lee||12.56
|6||Dynaforone Firebirds||Crosby, Koch||12.51
|7||Dynasty of Sadness||Hauschka, Vinatieri, Lechler||11.91
|8||Here Comes the Brees||Gano, Jones, Kern||10.91
|9||Tamworth Two||Carpenter, Coons, Butler, McAfee||10.42
|10||Kelkowski||Prater, Gould, Huber, Martin||9.53
|1||Tamworth Two||McCoy, McDonald, Short, C. Jones, Tuitt, Vernon (3.33 av)||29.67
|2||Here Comes the Brees||Donald, Howard, Bennett, Cox, Jordan (3.17 av)||27.88
|3||DynaHarder||Hankins, Harrison, B. Williams, Ansah, Watt (3.17 av)||26.58
|4||Champions of the Sun||Dareus, Mitchell, Campbell, Carradine, Quinn, Vernon (3 av)||24.54
|5||Dynasore Losers||Babineaux, Phillips, Siliga, T. Walker, S. Williams, Dunlap, Hughes, Wilkerson (3.33 av)||19.67
|6||Dynasty of Sadness||Brockers, Floyd, Joseph, J. Allen, Bailey, Clayborn, Moore, Richardson, Taylor (3 av)||16.38
|7||Dynaforone Firebirds||Atkins, Suh, Edwards, Gilberry, Ch. Johnson, Ninkovich, Tuck (3.5 av)||18.29
|8||Kelkowski||Brown, Ratliff, Shelton, Avril, Griffen, Jenkins (3 av)||11.25
|9||Dynablaster Bombermen||Hill, K. Williams, Casey, Liuget, Wake, M. Williams (3 av)||11.00
|10||East Flanders Dungeoneers||Crawford, Marks, Ealy, Hayward, Lawrence, Paea (3 av)||10.25
|1||Champions of the Sun||Barr, Barrett, Bowman, Collins, Davis, Houston, Mack (4 av)||42.60
|2||Dynasty of Sadness||P. Brown, David, Irvin, M. Kendricks. T. Smith, Trevathan, Wagner (4 av)||34.22
|3||DynaHarder||Alonso, Clowney, Hightower, Laurinaitis, V. Miller, Mosely, Orakpo (3.83 av)||29.51
|4||Kelkowski||Alexander, Anthony, Cushing, Dansby, Greenway, D. Jackson, B. Marshall, Robinson, Ware (4 av)||30.68
|5||Tamworth Two||Attaouchu, Freeman, C. Jones, Kikaha, Kuechly, Posluszny, Williamson (3.67 av)||26.12
|6||Dynaforone Firebirds||Graham, D. Johnson, Ogletree, Peppers, Te’o, Timmons (3.5 av)||23.92
|7||Dynablaster Bombermen||Barwin, Dumervil, Elliott, Lee, C. Matthews, Shazier (4 av)||25.23
|8||East Flanders Dungeoneers||D. Davis, D. Harris, Ingram, M. Smith, Worrilow (4 av)||23.17
|9||Here Comes the Brees||Bradham, Butler, Hicks, Jenkins, Kennard, Lansanah, McPhee, Morgan, D. Smith, Tulloch (3.83 av)||20.91
|10||Dynasore Losers||Hali, Kerrigan, Kruger, Okafor, Rey, Suggs, Unga (3.67 av)||14.92
|1||Dynablaster Bombermen||Breeland, V. Davis, Gilmore, Roby, Graham, Ihedigbo, Ward||38.88
|2||Champions of the Sun||Carrie, Carroll, Flowers, A. Jones, Norman, Church, R. Jones, Weddle||38.13
|3||Kelkowski||K. Jackson, J. Jenkins, Revis, J. Smith, M. Adams, Bethea, M. Jenkins, Nelson||33.70
|4||Dynasty of Sadness||Butler, Fletcher, Fuller, Gay, Berry, Matthieu, McDonald, Vaccaro||30.03
|5||Tamworth Two||Amukamara, Rhodes, Shields, Verner, Chancellor, Collins, Rolle, Whitner||28.96
|6||Dynasore Losers||J. Banks, Joseph, M. Peters, Logan, Gipson, Moore, Quin||28.18
|7||DynaHarder||Cox, Peterson, Talib, Webb, Bucannon, Cyprien, Pryor, Reid||26.74
|8||Here Comes the Brees||Darby, Hall, Toler, Verrett, T. Williams, Conte, R. Johnson, H. Smith, E. Thomas, S. Thomas||25.55
|9||East Flanders Dungeoneers||Haden, Harris, Maxwell, Clinton-Dix, Hill, Iloka, A. Williams||22.68
|10||Dynaforone Firebirds||Grimes, Sherman, Trufant, C. Williams, Barron, Burnett, Parker, Searcy||19.64
Below is a table that brings each team’s positional ranks, along with their offensive, defensive and overall average points, into one place for easy digestion.
The above table shows a clear leader and a clear trailer in terms of average overall score, with the other 8 teams clustered with only 15 points separating them from the Tamworth Two in 2nd to the Firebirds in 9th.
Champions of the Sun – The current front-runners for the Owl show good consistency across all categories, indicating playmakers in most spots. Although their offence is above average, the clear difference maker is the defence, scoring 20 points per week more than the 2nd best defence on average.
Tamworth Two – If I’d done this article last week the Hogs would not have been as high up the tables but that’s what scoring 280 points in a week will do for you. Unsurprisingly, having Aaron Rodgers as your QB lands you at #1 in the QB rankings but the dominant defence from last year is rolling back into form too, after a slow start. An injury to Alshon Jeffery has cost the receiving corps but that doesn’t explain #9 by itself. This is an area T2 should, and are, looking to improve but getting better at skill positions mid-season is never easy. Willie Snead should help but they may want to look at special teams too for an improvement.
DynaHarder – A hot start from the owners of last year’s #1 pick has tailed off somewhat but Chris and Steve’s team is still looking strong even with JJ Watt’s transformation into ‘normal NFL player’. Their low ranking at WR is nothing to worry about as the return of Ben Roethlisberger should carry Antonio Brown back to his previous heights and Martavis Bryant is also now back from suspension.
Dynasore Losers – Oh Peter. Peter, Peter, Peter. Should’ve quit while you were ahead. Manning’s struggles have sunk the Losers’ QB ranking but with Andy Dalton cemented at #1 on the Losers’ depth chart now and Derek Carr waiting to back him up the only way is up. Early-season predictions of doom from the Stat Blats were wide of the mark at RB but spot-on at linebacker where the Kruger/Kerrigan axis from last season has failed to hit form this year, leaving the Losers languishing. Their top scoring offence is covering for now but Slater may want to look into trading for some promising talent on his defence.
Kelkowski Don’t Play By No DynaRules – The Rules started slowly but are now rounding into better form, largely thanks to the return from injury of Arian Foster and the return from ‘getting dropped for a 2 yard loss on every play’ of DeMarco Murray. Expect that mediocre #5 rank at RB to rise. The big holes are at special teams (for a pair of owners who won’t shut up about the value of kickers and punters they don’t seem to have any good ones) and on the defensive line, where rookie tackles, people blowing their own fingers off and under-performing Everson Griffen have left them light. If I was Kelkowski I would be hitting the phones and sounding out other owners with depth at DT or DE on potential deals.
Here Comes the Brees – I thought this team were supposed to be terrible? Everybody told me they were terrible, including co-owner Ben Archee. Instead they’re a team with a few big holes and a few big strengths who have perhaps gone into full rebuilding mode too early. Their high ranking at DL is sure to drop with Aaron Donald traded away but the unlikely power-trio of Doug Martin, Devonta Freeman and Lamar Miller should carry them through at RB. Injuries to DeSean Jackson, Breshad Perriman, Steve Smith Sr and Victor Cruz have left them low at WR, hence the low ranking but, to my mind, there’s enough here to be optimistic.
Dynablaster Bombermen – Well, so much for the Stat Blats pre-season choice for the Owl. Through 6 games the Dynablaster Bombermen have underwhelmed and you can’t really point to any 1 thing as the reason why. The Falcons are 5-1 but Matt Ryan is no more than a low-end QB1 so far. What should have been one of the best RB groups currently looks like one of the worst, whether through injury, game plan or poor play. The saving grace for the Bombermen has been an overpowering set of playmakers in the secondary and solid special teams play. They’ve addressed the problems on the line already with the trade for Aaron Donald at least. In terms of action I think Hendy and Smith have taken the best course with that move. Their offence is horribly underperforming at the moment but the talent is there and this team will score very well when it breaks right. Don’t give up hope!
The People’s Republic of the 4th Dynmension: Dynasty of Sadness – New year, same problem. The Sadness are unlucky to be 1-5 with their average scores showing them to be at the same level as most other teams but they are let down, for the second season in a row, by poor QB play. Laycock and Simpson went all in on Teddy Bridgeeater and they have to be wondering if that was sensible at this point as the 2nd year QBs play has been questionable at best. Brock Osweiler sits on the bench, rubbing his hands gleefully at every wobbled pass thrown by Peter Manning but should the Sadness be looking to get in another pair of hands until that point? The Stat Blats think so. The rest of the team looks ok with no obvious holes except, maybe, DT but that position can be a lottery. A trade for Allen Bailey has shored up DE and the loss of Dez Bryant is always going to hit your receiving corps hard. TE is a position that could use a bump, having said that. How much for Gary Barnidge…
Dynaforone Firebirds – Is this a typo? What are the current champions doing languishing down here in 9th place on overall average score?! Look at those running backs (ranked 10th). Look at that secondary (ranked 10th). Look at those linebackers (ranked 9th). This is a team with some obvious strengths and some hideous weaknesses. Neil has been trying to address some of the holes on defence but without much luck so far. The secondary could do with an overhaul though. At this point it might be worth dropping the lot of them without guaranteed money and just picking up whoever the best free agents are. Could that end any worse? Injuries to Lynch and the underperformance of CJ Anderson explain the poor RB play but Hawke may well be regretting the trading away of Jeremy Hill in the summer (not that he’s done much better). Chris Johnson’s re-emergence and a recent trade for Ryan Matthews help here and should see the position pick up.
East Flanders Dungeoneers – Well done, Pete. You won a couple of games with this shower. Kudos. We knew it would be a long re-building process for the Dungeoneers and so it’s proving. Pete Conaghan is in the midst of a furious reshuffling that has seen him trade many of his players with short-term value for picks or multiple lottery ticket players. It was never going to be pretty in the short term. The offence has been competent, if inconsistent, but the defence is a disaster. What does Stat Blats recommend? Keep on keeping on, Pete. Keep on keeping on. And maybe don’t pick up quite as many Chargers.