Wed Nov 6 6:01pm ET
Seasons greetings from Championship Headquarters and the desk of Commissioner Toe. It's been a long season but all our leagues are wrapping up this week, so lets get right to a few highlights of our higher profile leagues.
The Fantasy Championship
Our top event has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride for the leaders the last few weeks, but we definitely have a front-runner now that will be tough to beat. Our leader, who goes by an alias of Steve Shinigami, has his Philadelphia Eagles team out front by 38 points. They came out of the regular season in 431st place but have put up two monster weeks of 216 and 230 points. This team was drafted out of the 12 slot and is led by Jameis Winston, Zach Ertz, Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, Allen Robinson, AJ Brown, Derrick Henry, and Miles Sanders. Our leader after the regular season was Tip's The End, who is currently in 59th place and our leader after week 14 was Aaron Curry's Owning Souls 30, who is currently sixth. Some crushing injuries and surprise performances have changed the course of quite a few teams the last couple weeks and we expect week 16 to be more of the same. So stay tuned to the full TFC leaderboard.
Current TFC Leaders
|1.||589.61||Philadelphia Eagles||Steve Shinigami|
|2.||551.90||Tuddy Time 1||Andrew Friesen|
|4.||531.91||Crab Cakes & Football #3||Justin Marini|
|5.||529.52||chills zone 7||Curtiss Hills|
|6.||527.22||Owning Souls 30||Aaron Curry|
RealTime Fantasy Football Championships
We have nine of these 144 team contests this year, each competing for a $10,000 prize this weekend. There's plenty of close teams left in these contests as no team has more than a 23 point lead going into this weekend. The real winner so far though is RocFrost. He is always tough to beat in RTFFCs and this year is no different as he shows up six times in the top two.
Current RTFFC Leaders
|Purple||338.43||420 Violation (R.Frost)||315.35||PurpFox (R.Frost)|
|Gold||337.65||Klaatu Gold (B.Abel)||325.19||Gold Label (A.Rosso)|
|Platinum||334.73||Ballin Broke (R.Sangerman)||310.74||Route 420 (R.Frost)|
|Blue||323.40||RedSwipeNBlue (R.Frost)||323.40||Looking (Crawford)|
|Green||322.43||JCC RTFFC 2 (D.Costner)||301.93||Code Green (A.Curry)|
|Silver||320.71||Vikes 103 (R.Mogard)||312.45||Naked Boo (S.Fossum)|
|Red||316.51||Yang2020 (D.Noble)||306.71||Klaatu Red (B.Abel)|
|White||315.90||Homers Hitmen (T.Crandall)||305.90||WhiteSwipes (R.Frost)|
|Black||303.03||CornBelters (Mike & Tom)||294.48||Darkside (R.Frost)|
The Syndicate Leagues
We filled two of our high profile Syndicate leagues this year, each competing for a grand prize of $30,000 and $56,000 in total prizes. These have been highly competitive leagues all year and promise to have exciting finishes this weekend. In Syndicate I, the Tommyknockers team led by Thomas Potter and John Morrell is leading by less than two points. Ben Chiarelli's 5k-001 team that led much of the season, has turned into a dumpster fire and faded to fourth. In Syndicate II, Alexander Sullivan has opened up a 30 point lead. Chad Schroeder's Cocktails and Dreams team similarly led most of the year but has turned into a dumpster fire and faded to fourth.
|Syndicate I ||Syndicate II|
|413.73||The Degens||Santos/Shamy||370.87||Dingaling Gang||J.Delgadillo|
|333.44||5k 001 HS||B.Chiarelli||||358.62||Cocktails/Dreams||C.Schroeder|
Good luck to everyone competing this weekend in all of your leagues. Keep in mind statistics do not go final in any leagues until Thursday after week 16. Once statistics go final, prizes will be distributed into your RTSports accounts shortly after. From there, our Fantasy Championship Postseasn Shootout is already open and for $125 or 3 for $350 you can join up and compete for over $150,000 in total prizes. Or if you'd prefer, you can submit a withdrawal request here .
ChrisToeFer has been working in the fantasy industry since 2008. His day job is developing apps and other software such as DFS, draft, and auction rooms. His alter-ego is chief cat-herder in the RTSport chat rooms, trying to maintain some semblance of order.
Five Fantasy Takeaways from Week 3
Tennessee Titans OT Isaiah Wilson (illness) and CB Adoree' Jackson (knee) may return to practice this week, according to head coach Mike Vrabel. Wilson is currently on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, while Jackson is on the Reserve/Injured list.
Las Vegas Raiders OT Trent Brown (calf) and LB Nick Kwiatkoski (pectoral) may be available to play in the Week 4 game, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
Jacksonville Jaguars WR DJ Chark Jr. (back, chest) was undergoing tests Monday, Sept. 28.
Fantasy Spin: Chark was not able to play last week and is questionable for the Week 4 game. Fantasy players should keep an eye on his practice participation during the week. He can be a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues this week if he plays.
Indianapolis Colts CB Rock Ya-Sin (illness), TE Trey Burton (calf) and DT Sheldon Day (knee) are expected to return to practice this week.
Cleveland Browns LB Mack Wilson (knee) and CB Kevin Johnson (liver) will receive more playing time moving forward after returning to the lineup in Week 3, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski.
Cleveland Browns CB Denzel Ward (groin) hopefully will be ready for the Week 4 game. Ward sat out the second half of the Week 3 game because of a groin injury.
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase remains committed to struggling quarterback Sam Darnold after an 0-3 start. Darnold had three interceptions -- two which were returned for touchdowns -- in the Week 3 blowout loss to the Colts. Veteran backup Joe Flacco (neck) underwent surgery in April and has been out the first three games. Flacco didn't start practicing until last week and might be inactive again this Thursday against the Broncos. Mike White, who has no regular season experience, is currently the backup until Flacco gets healthy. It's not all Darnold's fault, as Gang Green's best offensive players -- Le'Veon Bell, Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman -- have all been sidelined by injuries in recent weeks. Until further notice, it's best to avoid this entire offense, even against a banged-up Broncos Defense in Week 4. Darnold has 32 interceptions in 29 career starts.
New York Jets LB Jordan Jenkins (shoulder) is considered day-to-day because of a shoulder injury.
San Francisco 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon (ribs) is considered day-to-day because of injured ribs.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players will need to keep an eye on McKinnon's practice participation during the week. He received a majority of the touches at running back last week, but his role this week is uncertain since Raheem Mostert may be able to play. McKinnon can be a No. 2 running back or flex option if he receive most of the work at running back this week.
Miami Dolphins CB Byron Jones (groin) did not participate in practice Monday, Sept. 28.
San Francisco 49ers DE Dee Ford (back) will not be able to play in Week 4 and may be a candidate for the Reserve/Injured list, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan.
San Francisco 49ers LB Mark Nzeocha (quadriceps) likely will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list because of a quadriceps injury.
San Francisco 49ers TE Jordan Reed (knee) suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament during the Week 3 game and will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. Reed will be sidelined for six to eight weeks.
Fantasy Spin: Reed was filling in for George Kittle but may not return until December because of the injury. Kittle has a chance to return this week, so fantasy players should monitor the situation. He is a must-start option if he plays.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (concussion, neck) is active for Monday night's meeting against the Baltimore Ravens. An inconsistent weapon for quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Watkins is best viewed as a risky DFS play this week for fantasy managers looking to differentiate their lineups from everyone else's, because you can't bet on Watkins having a solid night against a strong Ravens Defense. Still, the possibility that he finds the end zone will always exist in this high-powered Chiefs offense.
Baltimore Ravens running back Justice Hill is a healthy scratch on Monday night against the Chiefs, making it three weeks in a row that the second-year back hasn't played. Fantasy managers had high hopes for Hill last year, but it's become clear that he's not going to have a consistent role -- or even any role -- in Baltimore. Hill shouldn't be rostered in redraft leagues and is barely rosterable in shallow dynasty leagues.
The Baltimore Ravens have declared RB Justice Hill, QB Trace McSorley, OG Ben Bredeson, DT Justin Madubuike, DT Broderick Washington, S Geno Stone and WR Chris Moore inactive for Week 3.
The Kansas City Chiefs have declared DE Alex Okafor, OG Andrew Wylie, CB Thakarius Keyes, DE Demone Harris and TE Ricky Seals-Jones inactive for Week 3.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (concussion, neck) is officially active for the team's Week 3 game.
Fantasy Spin: Watkins had a terrific Week 1 performance but was held to 11 yards last week. He will be facing a tough Baltimore Ravens defense this week but could be at least a flex option in leagues.
San Francisco 49ers tight end Jordan Reed (knee) left Sunday's game against the New York Giants after injuring his knee on an end zone target. According to head coach Kyle Shanahan, Reed has a significant knee sprain that could keep him out between six and eight weeks. This is awful news for Reed, who has struggled with injuries throughout his career. He can be dropped in all fantasy leagues at this point. Hopefully he'll be able to progress through the injury and return later in the year.