This week, fantasy mirrored reality, as corss-divisional matchups in the conference schedule resulted in some gnarly blowouts that definitely skewed the results, depending on each team's roster makeup. If someone owned a player from Eastern Michigan, Massachusetts, Buffalo, or Miami, they were probably gonna lose. Hard. Conversely, if they owned a Toledo Rocket, a Bowling Green Falcon, or a Northern Illinois Huskie, they were probably having a good day.
There were a couple waiver wire claims and trades that went down during the week, which I'll go over in brief:
Russ picked up Kent State QB George Bollas and Toledo WR Cody Thompson, while dropping Ball State QB Jack Milas and Miami's defense.
Hammond swapped Akron tight ends, picking up Josh McNeil and dropping John Godfrey.
Finally, Russ and James also executed a trade in Week 7, with Russ receiving Western Michigan's defense, and James receiving Toledo WR Alonzo Russell.
Without further ado: THE SCORES.
Corey Davis Based God (Brown and Gold) vs. Cooper Rush Happy Hour (James H. Jimenez)
|Matt Johnson||35||QB||Cooper Rush||33|
|Joel Bouagnon||31||RB||Jahray Hayes||0|
|Kareem Hunt||10||RB||Daz'mond Patterson||8|
|Ryan Burbrink||11||WR||Roger Lewis||23|
|Sebastian Smith||13||WR||KeVonn Mabon||5|
|Rodney Mills||9||TE||Sam Browning||6|
|Jordan Reid||10||FLEX||Eddie Daugherty||1|
|Jamal Wilson||7||FLEX||Alonzo Russell||4|
|Christian Hagan||9||K||Morgan Hagee||7|
|TOTAL POINTS||152||TOTAL POINTS||80|
A revival of Western Weekend seems happen every two weeks or so on here, and this one would be a flat out destruction. Fitz continues to roll behind Matt Johnson's amazing statlines (25-30, 357 yards, five touchdowns, no iNT's) and Joel Bouagnon's two week hot streak, which saw him run 14 times for 134 yards and three touchdowns. Jahray Hayes did not play due to a freak hand injury just before gametime, and no other player next to Roger Lewis scored in double figures. Ohio's D also laid an egg agianst Western, so noting is looking too great for CRHH right now. (Full disclosure: I was sitting with Fitz in the CMU press box the entire game, and man, was it awful.) Corey Davis Based God is riding high on a seemingly-endless winning streak, and moves to 5-1, while Cooper Rush Happy Hour is 3-4.
Double Fisting Pepsis (Russ Johnson) vs. Tupande Kileleni (Alex Alvarado)
|George Bollas||15||QB||Phillip Ely||29|
|Trayion Durham||1||RB||Daruis Jackson||23|
|Travis Greene||13||RB||Anthone Taylor||6|
|Robbie Rhodes||0||WR||Gehrig Dieter||13|
|Cody Thompson||17||WR||Corey Jones||14|
|Matt Weiser||2||TE||Derek Lee||1|
|Jerome Lane||4||FLEX||Darian Green||3|
|Argeros Turner||2||FLEX||Papi White||1|
|Dylan Mulder||8||K||Tyler Tate||10|
|Western Michigan||9||D/ST||Central Michigan||20|
|TOTAL POINTS||70||TOTAL POINTS||124|
You've got to give Russ some credit here: the man certainly knows have to shop the waiver wire, as he (once again) picks up the WAIVER WIRE TRANSACTION OF THE WEEK (trademark still pending) with Toledo WR Cody Thompson, who had 110 receiving yards and a touchdown. Russ also picked up George Bollas, the newly appointed starter for Kent State, who didn't do half bad either, 125 passing yards, 79 rushing yards, and a touchdown. However, a lack of production from any other position doomed him. Alex had six positions score in double digits, with Darius Jackson (113 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns) and Central Michigan (one sack, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions, 14 points allowed) highlighting the day. Double Fisting Pepsis falls to 2-5, while Tupane Kileleni jumps to 4-3.
Reece's Huff (Mike Karpinski) vs. Zippy Squad (Matt Hammond)
|Reginald Bell III||4||QB||Thomas Woodson||10|
|Jarvion Franklin||16||RB||Fred Coppet||11|
|Conor Hundley||6||RB||Terry Swanson||15|
|Tommylee Lewis||11||WR||Daniel Braverman||17|
|Jordan Williams||12||WR||Tajae Sharpe||4|
|Keith Heitzmann||0||TE||Michael Roberts||10|
|James Gilbert||5||FLEX||Imani Davis||0|
|Jordan Huff||12||FLEX||Josh McNeil||1|
|Josiah Yazdani||2||K||Robert Stein||4|
|TOTAL POINTS||90||TOTAL POINTS||72|
In what turned out to be our upset of the week, 1-5 Reece's Huff upended the mighty 5-1 Zippy Squad, even despite not having an effective starting quarterback. Northern Illinois ate up a poor Miami offense, collecting four sacks, one fumble recovery, one interception, and allowing only 12 points. Meanwhile, Jarvion Franklin ran ruckshot over the Ohio Bobcats for 105 total yards and a score for REECE'S. Daniel Braverman didn't have a great day for ZIPPY against the Broncos, but did manage two touchdowns on the day. ZIPPY left points on the bench, opting to start Thomas Woodson over Zach Terrell (25 points). Zippy falls to 5-2, while Reece's Huff climbs to 2-5.
Kadeem Goul-bourne Supremacy (Justin Coffin) vs. Firing Up My Chips (Nick "Frenchy" Fries)
|Derrius Vick||10||QB||Drew Hare||14|
|Jamauri Bogan||19||RB||Damion Jones-Moore||14|
|Cody Grice||0||RB||Donovan Wilson||13|
|Corey Davis||10||WR||Jesse Kroll||19|
|Kenny Golladay||7||WR||Sam Martin||0|
|Ben McCord||1||TE||Ryan Smith||1|
|Ronnie Moore||3||FLEX||Jordan Johnson||3|
|Carrington Thompson||0||FLEX||Marken Michel||2|
|Kaleb Patterson||4||K||Jameson Vest||9|
|Kent State||19||D/ST||Ball State||0|
|TOTAL POINTS||73||TOTAL POINTS||75|
This just might be the closest game of the season here, and boy was it a barnburner.
Each player had four positions go over double digit points and had to depend on role players to gather up the rest of those critical points. For KGBS, Jamauri Bogan (135 yards and a score) had a fantastic perormance, while Kent State (four sacks, one interception, one safety, 10 points against) flexed its muscle against the hapless Massachusetts. For FUMC, Damion Jones Moore (82 yards and a touchdown) and Jesse Kroll (133 yards and a touchdown) were key contributors that went off where they weren't expected to. Both players will be fuming at their benched though, as KGBS left both Martez Walker (19 points) and Ron Willoughby (11 points) sitting on the pine, while FUMC left the Bowling Green defense (25 points) watching from the sidelines. The result brings both teams into the middle maelstrom in the standings at 3-4.
Here are next week's games: