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Bracket Busting: For All The Marbles

High-stakes writers Monty Phan and John Lapinski chronicle their entry in the FFPC Super Bracket contest.

The Super Bracket regular season runs for just 11 weeks, and the league is far from decided. After a solid win last week, we’re right back in the thick of it.

Here are the playoff seeding rules:

  • Seed 1) Team with Best Regular Season Record ($2,000)
  • Seed 2) Team with Highest Point Total ($2,000)
  • Seed 3) The remaining team with the best Regular Season record ($650)
  • Seed 4) The remaining team with the Highest Point Total ($650)

Ok, let’s break this down.

There are basically five teams in serious contention for those four spots, with Fantasy Assassins, despite a 6-4 record, lagging behind the rest of the top teams in points by a significant margin. Over-Hyped Sleeper SB has nearly the same points, but owner Dan Williamson could force his way into the finals with a head-to-head victory if one of the other 7-3 teams loses.

Even if all the 7-3 teams lost (unlikely), the best we could do would still be to tie their record at 7-4, at which point the tiebreaker is points. So there it is. We need points. Lots of points.

If we want one of those top two seeds, we need to catch BashBros who currently leads us by 31 points … or have BashBros win, and have the most points of the 8-3 teams, and then we just need to be ahead of whoever else remains.

Unfortunately, there are still scenarios where we can miss the tournament entirely and be the odd team out of the group. If the aforementioned Over-Hyped Sleeper squad manages to make it in based on record, while having fewer points than us, that leaves little margin for error.

Got all that? I hope so, because I sure don’t. Monty and I couldn’t even figure out if we wanted to beat Brown Pandas last week or if we’d be better off having him eke out a head-to-head victory over us. We need to score points and pray.

So who do we have to score those points? Well, I’m not entirely sure about that either.

George Kittle has a dream matchup this week against a Cardinals team that can’t defend the tight end, but he’s already been declared out. Wait, what’s that? He’s not out? He’s “probably” out but no one really knows? Thanks for the clarity there Shanahan.

David Johnson looked like he was running through molasses in Week 10. Fortunately we have his backup in Kenyan Drake, so when they declare Johnson inact … wait, what’s that? They took Johnson off the injury report despite him running like a recently reanimated corpse? Ok, so now we get two guys likely splitting touches in some form against a tough Niners defense. Fantastic.

But it’s ok that our first two picks in the draft are hobbled, at least we have some solid depth. We can always flex our fourth-round pick, T.Y. Hilton. Oh yeah, he’s hurt too. How about eighth-round pick Will Fuller? Oh, he’s still working back from a hamstring injury and isn’t a lock to play. So, uhhh, DeVante Parker versus the Bills? This is what our season has come to.

Next Week

Will next week’s column be a eulogy, or a hype piece for our first matchup of the elimination tournament? Only DeVante Parker knows, and he ain’t saying.

Image Credit: Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: DeVante Parker.

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