Inaugural High Stakes League update 8

Updated: November 28th 2021

I’m coming to you a little later in the week on this one.  I devoted the front half of my week to Thanksgiving.  Both planning and enjoying.  Fantasy Football is great and all.  One of my favorite things in the whole wide world.  But, it will always be there.  The opportunity to spend time with loved ones will not.  I hope all of you were able to enjoy this Thanksgiving with people you love.

I’m proud to say that I watched almost zero football, as well.  If I’m being totally honest,  it’s not necessarily because of being devoted to Thanksgiving.  Although, I do try and not watch too much football each year and make it a point to mingle and have some good discussions.  Admittedly, more of the reason was that there just isn’t a lot of excitement in my personal football fandom world.  Unfortunately, I’m a Bears fan.  Things are pretty miserable these days.  I don’t watch the games as much as I’m watching the calendar.  Counting down the days until the end of the season when we will finally move on from head coach Matt Nagy.  Word has it the Bears actually won their game.  Barely.  Against the winless Lions.  I kind of wish the Lions had won.  Maybe Nagy would have been let go that day.  One can only wonder now.  All I know is it is affecting my desire to watch football these days.

However, It has not affected my interest in fantasy football.  Even as my own squad is out of contention this league has really been a lot of fun to watch and be involved in.  I’m really looking forward to the new storylines that we will develop next year when we add another league, that will compete with our current one, in one networked conference that will continue to grow more leagues within the conference over time.  Have you gotten your name on the waiting list yet?  It’s currently free and requires no commitment.  It does ensure you will be in-the-know as the league starts to come together so that if the timing is right and you are ready to make the jump, the opportunity will be there.  I look forward to writing about you and your accolades next season.  So, come join the fun – contact me today on any of my social media accounts, RSO’s social media accounts, or in a direct email to RSO via their website.  Tell them The Storyteller sent ya for a bonus code to use in ’22.

This past weekend was a big one in our league.  We had two match ups that carried a lot of weight.  The biggest of them all of was, of course, the battle between the #1 (Y Town) and #2 (“The Don” Piccolo) seeds.  As I am now essentially a part of the media as it pertains to the High Stakes League, it’s interesting that I’m now getting contacted by the…um, marketing department from the headquarters of some teams.  Following their big win, “The Don” Piccolo reached out to give a statement:

“Picking up cam Newton earlier in the week and starting him when Kyler was ruled out was paramount to my victory this week and moving me into 1st place.”

Indeed it was.  And it was a great match up that you would expect between the two big dogs.  Our scoring system is such that usually, if you score less than 100 points, you are assured a loss.  If you score more than 150, you’ve likely got a victory.  With our total points leader this season averaging 160 (XFL Stars).  A match up like this should see around 150 points scored and that’s what we got.  Going into Sunday night, things were looking somewhat dim for Y Town.  But, Y Town had Austin Ekeler who was an absolute monster scoring 41.50 points.  This put the game within reach for Y Town who was looking for that Monday Night Miracle.  With Tom Brady, Mike Evans, and 51 points to go, there were several people that I know for sure who were closely watching this outcome, including me.  In the end, Brady and Evans didn’t quite have enough juice in the tank to pull off a Monday night miracle.  The two players put up about 40.5 points which put Y Town at 147 for the week, about 11 points short of “The Don” at 157 points.  We officially had a new number one seed.

In the other game of consequence, Philadelphia Freeways was hoping to hang with the high flying, high scoring, XFL Stars.  Philly has maintained one of the better overall records while lacking total points, keeping them as a lower seed.  We knew they would need to score more points than they usually do to have a chance.  I’m happy to report that they did.  The XFL Stars, with a win, could move into the #2 seed because of the top two teams playing each other.  The XFL Stars wouldn’t need to do anything more than they have been so far this season as our total points leader.  Just keep putting up points.  They did it once again.  Setting the tone for the league as high points for the week at 183.  Philly put up more than they usually do with 122, but this XFL team is just too strong.  They are seemingly getting stronger each week.  They move into the #2 spot but might be the most feared team in the league right now.

Before I go this week I must mention the upset that happened at the bottom of the standings as well.  This league maintains integrity by requiring the best competitive lineup from an owner each week.  So, if you bench Davante Adams for Ben Skowronek, the Commissioner has the authority to make things right.  This is yet another reason it is beneficial to trade away stars in the final year of their contracts before the trade deadline as a tanking team who is looking towards the future.  The draft picks or other future stock are nice, but giving yourself the best chance at finishing as low as possible in the standings is important too.  So, when every owner keeps a competitive lineup, we still see a few upsets along the way.  Previous #12 seed, NJ Generals, accidentally walloped previous #4 seed, Big Tings.  Which means, yours truly, is now the #12 seed after another loss.  Thank you.  Thank you everyone.  I’ve worked really hard at being the worst and will keep working on being the worst team in the league (legally, of course) for the rest of the season.  Big Tings misses the chance to stay in the #4 spot and drops to 6th now instead.

Let’s see how things look after week 11:

(seed) Team. Record, total points

(1)  “The Don” Piccolo.  9-2, 1461

(2)  XFL Stars. 8-3, 1765

(3)  Y Town.  8-3, 1561

(4)  Wendell Takeover Project.  6-5, 1517

(5)  Just Dodge, No Rodge.  5-6, 1470

(6)  Big Tings.  6-5, 1460

(7)  Borderland Bombers.  6-5, 1427

(8)  DC Guardians.  5-6, 1384

(9)  Philadelphia Freeways. 6-5, 1335

(10) Schless is More.  3-8, 1268

(11) NJ Generals.  2-9, 1236

(12) These Truths to be Self Richard Dent.  2-9, 1221

Top four seeds based on record.  Final two based on total points.

Only a few weeks to go.  The next game of the week looks to be between juggernaut #2 seed XFL Stars and #5 seed Just Dodge, No Rodge, who recently underwent a minor name change.  That’s one of my superstitions, never change your name unless you have zero wins and need to shake things up.  Maybe it’ll work out better for these guys.  Come back next week and join me for the results.

– RSO High Stakes League Storyteller

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