WPI Fantasy League: Weeks 1-3

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages: the Warpaint Illustrated fantasy league is off and running! The first three weeks of the 2008 NFL season are in the books, and as promised, I'll be here to recap the action and give you the inside skinny as eight teams battle it out in the hopes of becoming the inaugural WPI Fantasy Champion.

Unfortunately, as I mentioned earlier this week, we were unable to bring you a timely recap of weeks one and two due to a minor snafu in our Fantasy Football Results Compilation Department. Please rest assured that all responsible parties have been dismissed, and we are pursuing additional legal charges against their families, friends, and pets.

Before we begin, if you happened to miss the WPI fantasy league draft special, you can look it over right here and read up on how each participant painstakingly constructed his team.

Our Members:
- Michael Ash of WPI (We Play To Win The Game)
- Nick Athan of WPI (Warpaint Pubs)
- Adam Best of ArrowheadAddict.com (Arrowhead Addicts)
- Darren Carter of WPI (Sphinx Domination)
- Pat Clifton of WPI (Team Pat Is God)
- Topher Dean of WPI (Waste of Space)
- Chris Thorman of ArrowheadPride.com (Arrowhead Pride)
- C.E. Wendler of WPI (The Runnamuckers)


WEEK ONE

Arrowhead Pride (112.42)
Sphinx Domination (109.56)


The closest game of Week 1 was played by the teams who produced the two highest scores. Michael Turner's 220 yards and two touchdowns against the Detroit Lions provided Darren with a massive 46-point performance, and he rounded things off with solid outings from Brian Westbrook and Terrell Owens.

But due in large part to his starting quarterback Carson Palmer, who managed just four points against the Baltimore Ravens, it wasn't enough. Arrowhead Pride's high-powered attack, which saw Drew Brees and Reggie Bush combine for over 50 points in the Saints' win over Tampa Bay, helped Chris pull out the win in a squeaker.

But if there's any consolation to be found for Sphinx Domination, they did score the second most points in the league. Had they been matched up against any other team in Week One, they would have walked away winners.

Waste of Space (93.66)
Warpaint Pubs (78.60)


Nick got nice games from Tony Romo, the Chicago defense, and even Dwayne Bowe, who was still worth 10 points even with the butterfingers he had in New England. But despite the fact that Topher was surely expecting a little more out of starting quarterback Derek Anderson, his team still had a well-balanced attack. Led by Frank Gore and Adrian Peterson, he got double-digit points from all but three of his roster spots.

We Play To Win The Game (95.80)
The Runnamuckers (72.24)


C.E. got a big week from his receivers, as Plaxico Burress, Lee Evans, and Antonio Gates all delivered double-digit scores. But the big story here was the loss of Tom Brady, who contributed just three points to The Runnamuckers' cause before Bernard Pollard drove a dagger into the hearts of fantasy owners all over the world.

My own receivers came up alarmingly small, with Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes combining for a whopping 33 yards of production. But big games from Marion Barber and Jay Cutler, plus the assist from Pollard, helped We Play To Win The Game start off the season by living up to their name.

Arrowhead Addicts (100.36)
Team Pat Is God (65.88)


A huge mismatch at running back led to this week's biggest blowout. Adam got 46 points from the duo of L.T. and Willie Parker, while Pat got less than 10 from the combined efforts of Joseph Addai and Laurence Maroney. If this had been contested in a bizarro world where running backs didn't count, Team Pat Is God would have actually come out with the win.

Week One Transactions:

- C.E. dropped Eagles' wide receiver Kevin Curtis shortly after the draft, then added the Colts' Anthony Gonzalez a few days later. On Sunday he flipped Gonzalez for Titans' running backChris Johnson. He also dropped Tom Brady and picked up Eli Manning.

- Adam let go of the injured Nate Burleson and picked up Dante "Chargers Killer" Rosario.

- Darren dropped Devin Hester for Denver's Darrell Jackson, only to immediately dump one Jackson for another by picking up Vincent Jackson of the Chargers. He also released Ricky Williams to obtain the Cowboys' Felix Jones.


WEEK TWO

Warpaint Pubs (112.18)
The Runnamuckers (112.14)


A mere four hundredths of a point was the margin of victory here, as big games from Tony Romo and Anquan Boldin allowed Nick to escape by the skin of his teeth. To make the loss even more painful for C.E., we look to his bench where Darren McFadden and his 28 points sat helplessly and watched his team go down in defeat (editor's note – damn you, Hurricane Ike!).

Sphinx Domination (115.34)
Arrowhead Addicts (102.34)


Darren had quartet of 20+ point performances, with Jon Kitna, Terrell Owens, Larry Fitzgerald, and Brian Westbrook all bringing home the bacon. Adam's team fought valiantly, highlighted by a 27-point explosion from Calvin Johnson. But the disappointing four point performance from the hobbled L.T. was too big of a hurdle to overcome.

After their victory, just to rub salt in the wound, Sphinx Domination picked up Darren Sproles off waivers.

Waste of Space (114.72)
Team Pat is God (79.54)


It's not often that a team only gets four points from their quarterback, no points from one of their receivers, and still manages to walk away with the victory. But with Jake Delhomme struggling against the Chicago defense and the postponement of the Ravens/Texans game putting Andre Johnson into an unexpected bye week, that's exactly what Waste of Space accomplished.

It was strong performances by Adrian Peterson and Chris Chambers that made up the difference against Team Pat is God. Pat got a 23-point performance from Greg Jennings, but received no points from Rashard Mendenhall, who didn't get a carry in Pittsburgh's victory over Cleveland.

We Play To Win The Game (156.30)
Arrowhead Pride (77.04)


What looked like a promising matchup between two undefeated teams turned into the most lopsided game of the week. After being the highest scoring team in the opening week of the season, Arrowhead Pride's efforts were sabotaged by their stable of superstars. Larry Johnson, Randy Moss, Marvin Harrision, and Chad Johnson combined for just 9.7 points.

Meanwhile, the Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall combo was everything hoped, as their combined total alone – an astonishing 72 points – was nearly enough to earn a win. Strong games from Clinton Portis and Marion Barber were just the icing on the cake.

Week Two Transactions:

- Darren added a pair of Chargers, dropping the wildly disappointing Carson Palmer for Phillip Rivers and casting off Selvin Young for Darren Sproles.

- Adam sent Dante Rosario back into obscurity, flipping him for Eagles' wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Then he grabbed the discarded Palmer, dropping David Garrard in the process.


WEEK THREE

Team Pat is God (108.74)
Warpaint Pubs (85.20)


Twenty-point games from Joseph Addai and Julius Jones, plus Roddy White's big day against the Chiefs, finally got Pat onto the winning side of the ledger.

Nick got a strong effort out of Maurice Jones-Drew, but apparently missed the news that Marques Colston is out with an injury. But because his only other option at wide receiver is from the anemic Vikings' passing game, perhaps it doesn't make that much difference.

The Runnamuckers (110.98)
Arrowhead Pride (82.24)


Solid outings from Kurt Warner, Marshawn Lynch, and LenDale White helped C.E. cruise to his first win of the season. Chris got a strong 42 points from his running backs combo of Larry Johnson and Reggie Bush, but the continued disappearances of Chad Johnson and Randy Moss hurt him for the second straight week. His team also lost four points thanks to the Patriots' defense getting run over by the Dolphins.

Sphinx Domination (101.64)
Waste of Space (66.54)


Michael Turner's big day made the difference for Sphnix Domination, as Turner was able to offset a combined 2.9 points from Terrell Owens and Brian Westbrook. Waste of Space somewhat lived up to their name, with only two players – Frank Gore and Nick Folk – scoring higher than eight points.

We Play To Win The Game (130.16)
Arrowhead Addict (65.94)


For the second week in a row, a promising game on paper turned into a laugher thanks to my dominating Cutler-to-Marshall combo. Adam got a strong performance from Brett Farve, but no one else on the Addicts cracked the ten point barrier.

Week Three Transactions:

None.


Current Standings:

1. We Play To Win The Game 3-0-0 382.26

2. Sphinx Domination 2-1-0 326.54

3. Waste of Space 2-1-0 274.92

4. The Runnamuckers 1-2-0 295.36

5. Warpaint Pubs 1-2-0 275.98

6. Arrowhead Pride 1-2-0 271.70

7. Arrowhead Addicts 1-2-0 268.64

8. Team Pat is God 1-2-0 254.16

Week Four Preview:

(1) We Play To Win The Game vs. (3) Waste of Space

(2) Sphinx Domination vs (8) Team Pat is God

(4) The Runnamuckers vs. (7) Arrowhead Addicts

(5) Warpaint Pubs vs. (6) Arrowhead Pride

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