Battle of the Dokks
It’s a crucial game for both members of the matchup of the week as both teams are 1-2 and are certainly hoping that they do not need to climb back from a 1-3 hole to make the playoffs. It also just so happens that the matchup is between two brothers. Andy Vandokkumburg leads the Grand Rapids Chodes as they take on Ben Vandokkumburg who is the head man for the Everton Hawkeyes. Both are bringing in capable teams as the Hawkeyes and Chodes rank 4th and 6th in the league in total points scored, but both teams have found themselves in the 1-2 scenarios for far different reasons. Andy had the unfortunate scheduling of having to play Brett and Bs (combined record of 5-1) in weeks 1 and 2, while Ben, after putting up an astonishingly high 199 points in week 1, has seen his team falter the past 2 weeks with the 7th and 11th highest scores. It is crucial for the players on both squads to perform at the highest level, as both the Chodes and Hawkeyes are capable of putting up elite scores.
Key Matchup: Ben Roethlisburger vs. Trevor Simeon. Both “Rossburger” and Simeon have had an up and down season so far in 2016. For Simeon (who B. Dokk dropped the Brock Lobster for), he lead the league in QB points last week, but he is still Trevor Fucking Simeon, so who knows if that can continue against the Buccaneers in week 4, even though Tampa Bay’s defense has been playing like a pack of puppies as of late. Roethlisburger plays the Chiefs who picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick 6 times in last weeks “gun show”, Whichever QB can put together the better week could prove huge in deciding who wins this week.
Ben Should Worry If: The New Orleans defense continues their trend of giving up an average of 138 rushing yards per game to opposing running backs. Andy brings in recently traded for Melvin Gordon to this juicy matchup with the Saints, and seeing how Gordon received 87% of the snaps last week (his only week playing without Danny Woodhead), it could get ugly for the Saints defense and cause problems for the Everton Hawkeyes
Andy Should Worry If: Odell Beckham Jr turns his game around and gets back to his elite form. OBJ hasn’t been bad per say. But with only 15 fantasy points per game and no touchdowns in 2016 so far, it could get much better for B. Dokk and the hawkeyes.
Ben will grin to a point of awkwardness if: The listed worry above comes true, and OBJ still remains the third best receiver on Everton’s team. So far this season, Willie Snead and Larry Fitzgerald have been B. Dokks best receivers as they rank 19th (playing only 2 games) and 7th respectively. Fitzgerald has come a long way since he was the guy everyone hated having on their fantasy team. He now is 3rd amongst Wide Receivers in redzone targets and has hit pay dirt 3 times so far in the early parts of 2016. Snead is a breakout candidate after having games of 33.2 and 16.4 points the first two weeks. If they can continue their production, Ben’s receiving core will continue to be best in the Couches Elite League.
Andy will grin to a point of awkwardness if: Anquan Boldin continues to vulture touchdowns. After having TD’s each of the last two weeks (and having another come back because of penalty), the oldest, slowest receiver is becoming a viable fantasy option. With Andy giving Boldin the start in week 4, he will be a critical part in the Chodes success. Add in the fact that the Lions get to play a porous defense in Chicago, and there could be plenty of touchdowns to steal.
The part where I predict whatever the Projections say: Ben wins 153.9 – 145