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Hustle Belt Fantasy League Update: It's playoff time at last!

After a long season, and an interesting final week, the playoffs are set. See who made it and who's battling for the cellar.

JImmy rode Cooper Rush to a miraculous playoff berth.  Can he pull off the upset?
JImmy rode Cooper Rush to a miraculous playoff berth. Can he pull off the upset?
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Before we get to the playoffs, let's break-down the Week 11 match-up to see how we got there.

Corey Davis Based God (Fitz) vs Kadeem Goul-Bourne Supremacy (Justin)

Corey Davis Based God Kadeem Goul-Bourne Supremacy
Player Pts Position Player Pts
Matt Johnson, BGSU 21 QB Joe Licata, UB 19
Joel Bouagnon, NIU 27 RB Jamauri Bogan, WMU 23
Kareem Hunt, UT 23 RB AJ Ouellette, Ohio 7
Ryan Burbrink, BGSU 3 WR Corey Davis, WMU 15
Sebastian Smith, Ohio 10 WR Kenny Golladay, NIU 26
Rodney Mills, UMass 0 TE Jeremiah Mullinax, WMU 0
Shaq Vann, EMU 2 FLEX Ronnie Moore, BGSU 0
Jamal Wilson, UMass 23 FLEX Ron Willoughby, UB 10
Christian Hagan, NIU 11 K Kaleb Patterson, Miami 4
Toledo 5 D/ST Kent State 3

This one was fun.  I jumped out to an early lead after the Tuesday games, but with most of Justin's players going on Wednesday, he took a 103-100 lead to head into Saturday.  However, he only had Patterson going for him while I had three players going.  Two of those players didn't even cover the initial difference of three, but Wilson's 23 point explosion pushed me over the hump to the win.  Justin becomes just the 2nd other team to break the 1,000-point barrier on the season (joining myself), and was locked into the 3-seed before the week.  I'm locked into the 1-seed.

Firing Up My Chips (Nick) vs Zippy Squad (Matt)

Firing Up My Chips Zippy Squad
Player Pts Position Player Pts
Drew Hare, NIU 0 QB Zach Terrell, WMU 15
Damion Jones-Moore, UT 0 RB Fred Coppet, BGSU 6
Donovan Wilson, BGSU 0 RB Terry Swanson, UT 4
Jesse Kroll, CMU 13 WR Daniel Braverman, WMU 6
Sam Martin, Miami -1 WR Tajae Sharpe, UMass 12
Ryan Smith, Miami 8 TE Michael Roberts, UT 6
Juwan Brescacin, NIU 0 FLEX Imani Davis, Akron 6
Jordan Johnson, UB 12 FLEX Jacob Martinez, UB 0
Jameson Vest, UT 2 K Robert Stein, Akron 4
Bowling Green 11 D/ST Akron 15

When five of your players combine for -1 points, you're gonna have a bad time.  Matt didn't have the best week, but was already locked into the 2-seed.  Really, there isn't much to say.  Nick left 2 points on his bench while Tommy Woodson would've provided that same bump to Matt if started over Terrell.  With the loss, Frenchy was doomed to fall into a tiebreaker with the winner of our next match-up.

Reece's Huff (Karp) vs Double Fisting Pepsis (Russ)

Reece's Huff Double Fisting Pepsis
Player Pts Position Player Pts
Billy Bahl, Miami 14 QB George Bollas, Kent 5
LeVante Bellamy, WMU 6 RB Trayion Durham, Kent 2
Jarvion Franklin, WMU 0 RB Travis Greene, BGSU 35
Antwan Dixon, Kent 6 WR Robbie Rhodes, BGSU 0
Teo Redding, BGSU 10 WR Cody Thompson, UT 6
Keith Heitzman, Ohio 0 TE Matt Weiser, UB 5
Jordan Huff, NIU 11 FLEX Jerome Lane, Akron 14
Conor Hundley, Akron 29 FLEX Aregeros Turner, NIU 7
Josiah Yazdani, Ohio 7 K Dylan Mulder, EMU 3
NIU 6 D/ST Western Michigan -4

Russ had a shot here.  Instead of starting Rokeem Williams (who put up 24 points in a starting role) over Robbie Rhodes (who hasn't seen much action in MAC play), he lost a shot at the 6-seed and will have to settle for the 8-seed and hope for a win over the loser of our next match-up.  Still, the trade to send Bouagnon for Greene paid off as he has a solid core to hopefully avoid the 8th place final ranking.  For Karp, his team is rolling at just the right time to hopefully finish strong and win the consolation playoffs.

Tupande Kilelini (Alex) vs Cooper Rush Happy Hour (James)

Tupande Kilelini Cooper Rush Happy Hour
Player Pts Position Player Pts
Phillip Ely, UT 20 QB Cooper Rush, CMU 23
Darius Jackson, EMU 5 RB Daz Patterson, Ohio 6
Anthone Taylor, UB 5 RB Marquis Young, UMass 22
Gerhig Dieter, BGSU 8 WR Eddie Daugherty, EMU 9
Corey Jones, UT 2 WR Roger Lewis, BGSU 20
Derek Lee, BGSU 0 TE Sam Browning, EMU 4
Papi White, Ohio 0 FLEX Alonzo Russell, UT 8
no play -3 FLEX Jahray Hayes, CMU 1
Tyler Tate, BGSU 3 K Brian Eavey, CMU 4
UMass 12 D/ST Miami 3

I'm not sure what went wrong for Alex.  At one point, he was leading the league and seemed like the unstoppable force with a Jackson-Taylor running back core.  Then, everything just fell apart.  Conversely, James was a bottom feeder and then made a trade to send Blake Frohnapfel for Cooper Rush.  While Froh has underperformed, he's been buried on the bench (for me).  Rush?  Well, he is now the namesake of a playoff bound team as James has risen from the ashes and clinched a playoff berth with the win.  Oh, and James left Ohio's defense (and 26 points) on his bench and still won.


So it's playoff time.  Here were the final regular season standings

1 Corey Davis Based God 9-2 1188
2 Zippy Squad 8-3 994
3 Kadeem Goul-Bourne Supremacy 6-5 1000
4 Cooper Rush Happy Hour 5-6 920
5 Tupande Kileleni 5-6 870
6 Reece's Huff 4-7 851
7 Firing Up My Chips 4-7 743
8 Double Fisting Pespis 3-8 750

And with that, here are our playoff match-ups:

#1 Corey Davis Based God vs #4 Cooper Rush Happy Hour
#2 Zippy Squad vs #3 Kadeem Goul-Bourne Supremacy

and the consolation playoffs:

#5 Tupande Kileleni vs #8 Double Fisting Pepsis
#6 Reece's Huff vs #7 Firing Up My Chips