The first week of the season was an interesting one. There were injuries to key players, harsh weather conditions in Florida that pushed back prime fantasy games, and the rise of several young fantasy studs. Yet, we’ll peer-in to see how the Pace U. Crew made out and adjusted for week two in our ‘League Follow’ series.
To begin the season, Big-Blue Wreckin Cru picked up where it left off by easily defended its turf in the championship rematch game against Luck of Lucien. Meezy Esq. and NY Hitmen got off to fast starts alongside FAHQ and Cayman Rays. Both Stuugotz TD’s and SuperfectaStunnas were simply embarrassed.
LUCK OF LUCIEN vs. BIG-BLUE WRECKIN CRU
As we quickly noted after the draft, Luck of Lucien is set to struggle in the absence of any running game. This was clearly evident as Lucien’s total running back production amounted to 3.10 fantasy points behind backups Jamaal Charles and CJ Prosise. To make matters worse, Lucien’s Martavis Bryant was a no-show and Cam Newton simply couldn’t get things going (…Matthew Stafford sat on the team’s bench). The only bright spot in Lucien’s defeat was its Baltimore Defense. It didn’t help that wide receiver Mike Evans was on a first week bye.
Big Blue’s key move was playing Tyrod Taylor over Philip Rivers. Both Zach Ertz and Keenan Allen proved to be ‘Target Monsters’ in their season debut, adding just enough points to outduel the opponent’s Rob Gronkowski and Larry Fitzgerald.
While neither team put up big numbers, the game will likely be remembered for Big Blue’s loss of its number one draft pick, running back David Johnson.
Lucien’s week-two free agent adds include Jacquizz Rodgers, Theo Riddick and Marlon Mack. Big Blue’s FA adds include Corey Davis, Chris Carson and the Oakland Defense.
MADDAWGS vs. NY HITMEN
Team Maddawgs took an admirable loss to NY Hitmen, but likely learned a lot about its young stud running back Dalvin Cook. Cook looked like a beast running for 100+ yards. Aside from sitting Baltimore’s Terrence West, Maddawgs certainly played the right lineup, as its bench players all scored less than the starters. Imagine that, Andy Dalton threw four interceptions and notched two fantasy points.
Both Matt Ryan and Jordy Nelson put NY Hitmen’s lineup over the top. Rookie Joe Mixon was one of the few rookie running backs that didn’t show up in week one, but Hitmen’s offense didn’t need him. Aside from his lone fumble, rookie running back Christian McCaffrey had a decent showing. Unfortunately, Hitmen’s squad took a small hit in itself when it discovered that Danny Woodhead was headed to IR.
Maddawgs main week-two FA add was Tarik Cohen. NY Hitmen’s FA adds were Kerwynn Williams and the Cincinnati Defense.
FAHQ vs. STUUGOTZ TD’s
Though FAHQ absolutely pummeled Stuugotz TD’s, Le’Veon Bell and Jimmy Graham were complete no-shows for its lineup. Aaron Rodgers was Aaron Rodgers and rookie running back Leonard Fournette showed that he’s among one of the young stud’s of this draft class. When FAHQ’s entire lineup is on display, this will certainly be one of the tougher team’s to deal with.
Not a single player showed up on Stuugotz’s roster. Not Tom Brady. Not Dez Bryant. Not Tyler Eifert. It didn’t help that Thomas Rawls was plugged into Stuugotz’s lineup and didn’t play, while Stefon Diggs sat on the team’s bench. Even so, Stuugotz’s team just didn’t have enough in the tank to compete with FAHQ on this day.
Stuugotz’s key FA adds for week-two were Corey Colemen and Javorius Allen. Team FAHQ chose to stand pat, foregoing any waiver activity.
MONEY MIKE vs. MEEZY ESQ.
Money Mike and Meezy Esq. played the closest game of the week in the Pace U. Crew league. The match was basically an even match outside of the crooked number put up by rookie running back Kareem Hunt. Dude when off for 148 rushing yards, 98 receiving yards and two touchdowns. That performance alone set the tone for the week. Kareem Hunt is another young stud in this deep class of running backs.
A notable blow to Meezy’s otherwise awesome win was seeing that running back Jordan Howard’s work was cut into by rookie Tarik Cohen. It’s something Meezy will want to monitor in keeping his backfield competitive. Meanwhile, Money Mike lost wide receiver Allen Robinson for the season to an ACL injury.
Money Mike’s week-two FA adds include Kenny Golladay, Nelson Agholor and Alex Smith. Meezy Esq. stood pat with its lineup.
CAYMAN RAYS vs. SUPERFECTASTUNNAS
Cayman Rays (a.k.a. Team Autodraft) absolutely killed it against SuperfectaStunnas. Of all the teams in the league, the Rays had the most evenly distributed points among its players. Marcus Mariota, Antonio Brown, Tyreek Hill, Ty Montgomery and Ezekiel Elliot all chipped in nicely. Cayman Rays even left points on the bench by sitting Carson Wentz, Mike Gillislee and the Rams Defense.
While both LeSean McCoy and Todd Gurley showed up for SuperfectaStunnas, Kirk Cousins and Hunter Henry did the team no justice. Going forward, it’s safe to say that SuperfectaStunnas will trust in Derek Carr by getting him off of the bench to pair alongside Amari Cooper.
While the Cayman Rays stood pat on the waiver wire, SuperfectaStunnas week-two FA adds included Charles Clay, Jay Cutler, the Jacksonville Defense and kicker Blair Walsh.
We’ll continue to follow the Pace U. Crew league in Week Three.