Payton34 Fantasy Football - 2012 Season

Welcome to the something-th season of Payton34 fantasy football!

We're a Yahoo league: This auxiliary page just lets me communicate with my league homies and serves as an archive over time.

Everything for this season is jammed on this page, in chronological and Bear player-ranking order. Go:

  1. Pre-draft logistics (Julius Peppers Aug 8 post)
  2. Draft bulletin board (Jay Cutler Aug 15 post)
  3. Draft details (Brian Urlacher Aug 18 post)
  4. Draft results (Brandon Marshall Aug 26 post)
  5. Final standings (Lance Briggs Dec 5 post)
  6. The 2012 All-Payton34 Team (Matt Forte Dec 5 post)
  7. Zee Playoffs, Round 1... WildCard! (Peanut Tillman Dec 12 post)
  8. Zee Playoffs, Round 2... Semifinals! (Robbie Gould Dec 18 post)
  9. Zee Playoffs, Championship! (Walter Payton Dec 24 post)

That's it. yow, bill

1. Pre-draft logistics

Aug 8, 2012

Who's the best Bear of all. Julius Peppers. Duh. Julius Peppers


So far, so good. The draft this year:

We are shooting for 14 teams again this year. The draft order depends on who shows up at the draft and last year's standings (link).

One change from the past: our draft will be straight up and down, not a snake draft. For example, the champion Chicago PinkHat will select last in every round.

hike... yow, bill

2. Draft bulletin board

Aug 15, 2012

The second best Bear isn't all that difficult either... Jay Cutler. Jay Cutler

Kudos to the KGG. This is a (sweet) online bulletin board that will be updated while we draft.

Note: I pulled the bulletin board code out of the page because we didn't use it this year. It's still in here but commented out. Peek at the source for this web page if you want to grab it.

3. Draft details

Aug 18, 2012

The third best Bear... Brian Urlacher. Brian Urlacher

The draft this year:

The rules are the same as last year with one exception: We're doing a straight draft this year, no snaking. The rest still applies: 6 playoff teams, 14 round draft, lineup is QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, RB/WR, TE, K, Defense. See the Yahoo league for scoring.

Here's the draft order for 2012.

  1. Jay - Belichick Yo Self
  2. Aaron - Palatine Pirate
  4. Justin - Mini-Commish
  5. Tom - Van Buren Jag
  6. Bill - Janesville Mormon
  7. Commish - KGG Football 2012
  8. Ryan - Bulter Hobo (** newbie **)
  9. Daryl - Lawn Ranger
  10. Poap - Melonville LaRue
  11. Joe - Da No Brainer
  12. Jeff - Fightin Bulldog
  13. Rob - Metal Militia
  14. Ty - Chicago Cake

We have one (faux) newbie right how. Ryan is the Commish's brother (or as he prefers, Justin's uncle), and yes, he's the Ry Rebel from fantasy baseball. We're currently one team short. If you have any prospects, let me know. If we run with 13 that's not a problem. I'll just construct a horrific dummy team that everyone will beat each week. Sort of a faux bye week.

I think that's it. Email me if you have any questions. On draft day, call me on the blower if you have any problems finding the place or whatever.

peace... yow, bill

4. Draft results

Aug 26, 2012

The fourth best Bear... Brandon Marshall (with his BFF Jay Cutler) Brandon Marshall

Great draft!

Of course, we start each draft bowing down to our better in every way... congrats to the reigning champ, Ty and the Chicago PinkHat!! Here are some pics of the joyous trophy ceremony. Click on them to make them big-big-bigger.

Ty champion! ... Ty champion! ... Ty champion!

Tourist: "Who is this year's Cam Newton?"
Ty: "Cam Newton!"

Anywho, the Payton34 2012 draft results are here. First, in their original Poap form:

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And here's the 2012 draft results, grabbed from our Yahoo league:

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For accuracy (and so I don't get my ass sued off), the Militia did not select the St. Louis defense in round 14. He took the Seattle D, but it was already snagged by the Hobo in Round 9 and no one caught it. It happens. The Militia will get his choice of defenses off the scrap heap for free to fix this minor snafu.

Thanks to the KGG for the draft locale and hospitality. Thanks to the Poap for the scribe-work. And thanks to all who participated! I think it's a great start to another outstanding year for the Payton34.

Good luck to all in 2012!

hike... yow, bill

PS - Addendum. I saw this after the fact. Yahoo says KGG deserve the Toyota Best Draft Award. KGG - Toyota best draft winner

And this is cool. I don't know if it's new or if I just found it. You go to our league and select League/Projections. KGG are projected to win Payton34 in 2012 with an 11-2 record. KGG - projected to win Payton34 2012

Hey, we'll check back in 4 months. No pressure, KGG. Ha!

5. Final standings

Dec 5, 2012

The fifth best Bear... Lance Briggs Lance Briggs

Here's the final standings of the 2012 regular season:

Final 2012 standings

If you want a chuckle, then you can page up to the Draft Results section and check out Yahoo's preseason projections. Comparing to reality, Yahoo's hit rate on picking playoff teams was only 50%.

6. The 2012 All-Payton34 Team

Dec 5, 2012

The sixth best Bear... Matt Forte Matt Forte

The 2012 All-Payton34 team... the highest Yahoo-scorers after the regular season at each position:

Pos Player (NFL team) Team Points
QB T Brady (nwe) Jag 174
RB Arian (hou) Yo Self 138
RB AP (min) Yo Self 120
WR AJ Green (cin) Cake 110
WR Brandon Marshall (chi) Yo Self 102
WR/RB D Martin (tam) Mormon 120
TE Gronk (nwe) LaRue 91
K L Tynes (nyg) Mini-Commish 129
Def Chicago Bear Palatine Pirate 128

So, your 2012 Payton34 MVP is Tom Brady (nwe), Van Buren Jaguar.

And of course, Tom is the super handsomest of all as well. Ha! Tom Brady is handsome

Honorable mention:

Kudos to the flippin' Belichik Yo Self... 4 of the top 10 RB/WR scorers in the league. That's messed up.

7. Zee Playoffs, Round 1... Wildcard!

12:12 pm Dec 12, 2012

The seventh best Bear... Peanut Tillman (on my favorite play of the year... denying Megatron in the endzone, cha!) Peanut Tillman

Our top two seeds (#1 Mini and #2 Yo Self) took the week off... letting the little wildcard fishies gnaw on each other while they enjoyed this year's December sunshine.

The wildcard round feature a blowout and a dogfight:

Here are the boxscores.

Air Flight Jordan 51, KGG 51

Air Flight Jordan 51, KGG 51 boxscore

Summary: A 4-point Monday night performance by Andre Johnson pulled the Air Flight Jordan into a tie with the KGG. Based on a week 5 47-43 victory, the AFJ23 hold the tiebreaker over the KGG and advance to live another round.

The KGG tale of woe is mixed. Outstanding performances by scrubs Danario Alexander and Knowshon Moreno were offset by a pregame injury to kicker Robbie Gould and virtually no production out of stars like Jimmy Graham and Torrey Smith.

Chicago Cake 85, Fightin Bulldog 57

Chicago Cake 85, Fightin Bulldog 57 boxscore

Summary: This was a close game. And then, in the 3:00 game, the Cake went into Beast Mode. Cake superstar Marshawn Lynch rumbled to 24 fantasy points and crushed the Bulldog.

Reigning champion, The Cake, has one word in his vocabulary these days: REPEAT! I don't know if it's coincedence or foreshadowing but... the Chicago fantasy ballclub scored 85 points in round one of the playoffs last year (2011 playoff boxscore) and was led by, you guessed it, Beast Mode Marshawn Lynch.

On to round 2... the Semifinals!

8. Zee Playoffs, Round 2... Semifinals!

The 8th best Bear... Robbie Gould Robbie Gould

In the semifinals, our top two seeds surged to early leads. The #1 and #2 seed's dreams of P34 glory, however, were dashed. The underdog Cake and Air Flight Jordan both staged impressive comebacks to advance to the Finals. Read on!

Chicago Cake 66, Mini Commish 48

Chicago Cake 66, Mini Commish 48 boxscore

Summary: The top-seeded Mini Commish came out of the box strong with big performances out of unlikely heroes, James Jones (20 points) and Alfred Morris (16 points). Then, the Mini stars crashed and burned. Ray Rice, M Stafford, M Colston and league-leading kicker L Tynes could only tally a combined 2 points. Incredible!

The reigning champ, Chicago Cake, posted solid performances out of nearly every player in their lineup. Six Cake players scored 8 or more points, led by controversial QB Tony Romo with 14 points. The Cake will look to become the first team ever to repeat as P34 champion next week.

Air Jordan Flight 85, Belichik Yo Self 75

Air Jordan Flight 85, Belichik Yo Self 75 boxscore

Summary: The Yo Self dominated Payton34 this year and led the league in scoring. The team is absolutley loaded, featuring stars like Arian Foster, AP, and Brandon Marshall. All of the Yo Self stars were on their game for the playoffs. The Yo Self even parlayed 24 points out of Minnesota kicker B Walsh. Belichik rocked the casbah to the tune of 75 points... but it was not to be.

The Air Jordan Flights responded to the Yo Self challenge with an incredible scoring barrage that included 6 of the team's 9 players reaching double digits in scoring. The AJF23 were, of course, led by superstar QB Aa Rodgers' 17 points. The sixth-seed's improbable run continues next week in the Championship round!

9. Zee Playoffs, Championship!

The best Bear ever... Walter Payton! Walter Payton

And your (repeat) champion is...

2012 Payton34 Fantasy Football Champion

Chicago Cake

Owner: Ty Krieger

Here's the final 2012 Payton34 playoff bracket:

Payton34 2012 Playoff Bracket

Championshop game results...

Chicago Cake 88, Air Jordan Flight 57

Chicago Cake 88, Air Jordan Flight 57 boxscore

Summary: The Chicago Cake became the first team in Payton34 history to repeat as champion. In dominant fashion, the Cake scored a playoff-high for any team of 88 points. The team was led in the finals by resurgent QB Tony Romo (24) and Roddy White (19). Chicago's leading rusher Marshawn "Beast Mose" Lynch put the "cherry on top" of the title with 17 points in the Sunday night game.

Aa Rodgers carried the Air Jordan Flights with 24 points. The rest of the lineup, however, was unspectacular. It was a great playoff run for the Air Jordan, but the Cake would not be denied their repeat crown. This marks Myles' second appearance in the Finals. The (legendary) FRENCH FRY lost in the 2009 Championship.

So, that's a wrap on another great season. The Cake two-peat is Payton34 history, to be sure. Here are some more nuggets from the 2012 Chicago Cake season:

If the Cake three-peat next year, we will shutter the league. He he. Until then, congrats Ty. And, en homage, here's the fearsome Chicago Cake logo.

Chicago Cake logo

Merry Christmas!

yow, bill

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