BAFA National League Roundup – Week 13

By Tim Monk (@Tim_MonkF10Y)

Business end of the season now with a few teams completing their season (for better or worse) and most teams with just one 2 games left to go. Some changes at the top of some divisions which will course affect seedings as we head straight for the playoffs.

Let’s see what happened in week 13, where yes, it was unlucky for some:

Prem North

Leicester Falcons 6 -38 Manchester Titans
Merseyside Nighthawks 6 – 30 Tamworth Phoenix

In the battle at the top, the Tamworth Phoenix readily dispatched the Merseyside Nighthawks 30-6 to take control of the division and put themselves in pole position as a #1 seed for the postseason.

Manchester Titans returned to the Titans many will recognise after their win away to the Leicester Falcons, winning 38-6.

Next week sees the Titans host the Phoenix where Manchester with a win, would top the division at the death with the H2H record (don’t forget to check out podcast with Sam Bloomfield the Manchester Titans QB from when they defeated the Titans!). Certainly a nailbiter in store there! Tamworth will be looking for retribution from earlier in the season when the Titans handed Tamworth their first lost in over 35 regular season games stretching over a few years!

At the bottom, we have a 3 way tie going in to the final week. Any 1 from Edinburgh, Sheffield or Leicester could face the drop. Edinburgh face Leicester so the winner will be safe (outside chance of a tie? Surely not!), whereas Sheffield face Merseyside so look up against it. Get your tiebreaker rules out.

Prem South

London Warriors 58 – 0 London Olympians
London Blitz 42 – 0 Kent Exiles
Bristol Aztecs 30 – 0 Farnham Knights

Three fixtures, three home wins as the London Warriors do what they do best: Post shutouts or 50 burgers. This week was no different, doing both in the pummelling win over the Olympians 58-0. Similar theme throughout the division where were big wins for the Blitz and Aztecs at home, both teams posting shutouts too.

Warriors will be the #1 seed from the South and will play the loser of the Tamworth/Manchester game. London Blitz are confirmed as the #2 seed from the south and will face the winner of the same game.

Down in the basement, Farnham need to beat the Kent Exiles to have any chances of survival otherwise it’s the trap door for them. They have the H2H after their win vs the Exiles earlier in the season so a nervy game in prospect there.

NFC 1 North

East Kilbride Pirates 0 – 5 Northumberland Vikings
Glasgow Tigers 40 – 0 Gateshead Senators

Huge result in East Kilbride saw in scoreless until the 4th qtr. More flags in this game than outside European Parliament in Brussels saw some good drives being instantly killed with holding penalties (East Kilbride) and some unsportsmanlike conduct calls (Northumberland).

Tensions were running high throughout this slugfest and with the way the standing were prior to the game, EK Pirates could have afforded a loss by less than three points. Funny that the first score should be a safety being conceded by them! The Vikings defence was the real MVP here especially Connor Joyce who was immense. The Vikings showin why that defence has only conceded 31 points all season. Multiple times the Pirates got inside the redzone but came away with nothing. On offence, the Vikings then were able to muster a field goal which will give them the H2H vs the Pirates BUT there is a massive game next week where Aberdeen come down to Northumberland where a win for the Vikings will see them take the division crown from under the noses of the Pirates. Tense stuff.

A real treat that this game was a live stream too.

Hoping to catch one of the Vikings coaching staff on the podcast later this week! Eyes peeled for that.

Elsewhere in the division, the Glasgow Tigers put a whooping on the Gateshead Senators 40-0 which confirms Gateshead’s winless season, going 0-10 and a relegation to NFC 2 North for next year.

NFC 1 South

Chester Romans 60 – 0 Doncaster Mustangs
Sandwell Steelers 42 – 0 Shropshire Revolution

More shutouts and 50 burgers here with Chester getting the 50 burger and the shutout vs Doncaster and Sandwell continuing their unbeaten season with a 42-0 win over Shropshire. Title already confirmed for Sandwell Steelers, they just keep on rolling into the postseason.

Like Gateshead, Doncaster have a0-10 season confirmed and they’ll be falling through the trap door for 2020.

SFC 1 Central

Berkshire Renegades 6 – 37 Solent Thrashers
Oxford Saints 18 – 55 Sussex Thunder

Solent Thrashers are confirmed division winners after their 37-6 win over Berkshire Renegades and their final fixture vs Hertfordshire is no longer the winner takes all it could have been. Sussex Thunder secured a 55-18 win over the Oxford Saints.

Both the Berkshire Renegades and the Oxford Saints have away trips on final gameday weekend with both looking nervously at the other game to see what’s going on.

A win for Berkshire sees them safe, whereas defeat would require a defeat by Oxford to stay. Oxford need to better Berkshire’s result to stay up.

SFC 1 East

Bury Saints 30 – 12 London Hornets
Ouse Valley Eagles 24 – 14 Colchester Gladiators

A costly loss for the London Hornets away to the Bury Saints 30-12 sees the Cambridgeshire Cats sit in the driving seat for the division title. Cambridgeshire just need to defeat the bottom placed Colchester Gladiators next week to secure the title. A loss for the Gladiators will see them relegated.

NFC 2 North

Carlisle Sentinels A – W Dumfries Hunters (Away walkover)

No fixtures this week due to Carlisle forfeiting earlier in the year so we wait for next week where Dumfries need to beat Clyde valley to try and peg them back in the race for top spot.

(PS: Inverclyde Goliaths travelled to Dunfermline as the Dunfermline kings got their associate process off and running. The Goliaths ran out 38-0 winners, but I am sure the Goliaths will remember how hard they were pushed by a team that could potentially be facing them next season. More to follow on that.)

NFC 2 Central

Leeds Bobcats 6 – 36 Halton Spartans
Morecambe Bay Storm 12 – 28 Knottingley Raiders

In a battle at the top, the Halton Spartans defeated the Leeds Bobcats 36-6 to take the division crown with a game to go. These two teams head and shoulders above the rest but Halton winning the 2 H2H games are the difference this season.

Furness Phantoms and Morecambe Bay Storm will be trying to win their last game in 2 weeks time to avoid the wooden spoon in that division.

NFC 2 South

Humber Warhawks 42 – 20 Crewe Railroaders

Just the 1 fixture where the Humber Warhawks secured their 3rd win of the season over the Crewe Railroaders who are still to find a win this season and are now confirmed bottom with 2 games to go. Shoutout to the Social Media guy for Humber, some very entertaining stuff on there (Twitter:@humberwarhawks).

The Birmingham Bulls have that division sewn up.

SFC 2 West

Torbay Trojans 52 – 20 Cornish Sharks
Worcestershire Black Knights 0 – 47 Bristol Apache

Torbay Trojans keep the heat on South Wales Warriors after a convincing 52-20 win over the Cornish Sharks. The Bristol Apache kept themselves on the heels too with a 47-0 victory over bottom placed Worcestershire Black Knights. Realistically, both Torbay and Bristol will need a slip up for South Wales to see the pinnacle of the division. South Wales Warriors face the Cornish Sharks in what will seemingly be a straight forward assignment but with the finish line in sight, who knows?

SFC 2 South

Bournemouth Bobcats 52 – 0 Hastings Conquerors
Jurassic Coast Raptors 16 – 68 London Blitz B

London Blitz B do their best London Blitz A impression as they stomp all over the Jurassic Coast Raptors. With that win, take the division title.

A check in on Hastings in their quest to score a point will go on to next week after being shutout to the Bournemouth Bobcats 52-0. Just 2 games left to try and get a point on the board.

SFC 2 East

East Kent Mavericks 14 – 23 Essex Spartans

Just the 1 fixture this week saw one of the closer games and it was still a 2 score game. (not many close ones this week up and down the country) the Essex Spartans win away from home at the East Kent Mavericks 14-23. The Spartans keep their 100% in tact with 3 left to play there down in the South East of England.

I wonder how the new A14 Road project is getting on, I have to go down that way in August…

So there’s your review of week 13. Hope you enjoyed it. In the battle between the 50 burgers and the shutouts, the shutouts win 9-6 (Field Goal game!). Just the 1 game that finished within 1 score which isn’t perhaps the best but who knows, maybe there’ll be more next week, you’ll have to wait and see.

For the latest standings in table view, because let’s be honest, we love looking at tables (that’s why IKEA exists!) visit http://dblcoverage.com/adult/bafa-nl-adult-standings/ .

Don’t forget to keep your eyes out for some Britball podcasts this week too!

Back next week!

Podcast 60 – Week 12 preview

Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

It’s the Friday podcast, but no Lee! Don’t sweat because Adam steps in for the full podcast this week to recap the 3 Thanksgiving games as well as looking ahead to the Sunday games.

We give you all the stats and opinions you could need as well as our best bets!

Podcast 55 – Week 9 Review and so much more!

It’s the Tuesday podcast so lots to get through including Week 9 recap of all the games, Stinkers and Stonkers of the week. Waivers for Week 10 and TNF.

Not forgetting regular Tuesday segments Jason Garrett Corner and everybody’s favourite NFL Quiz: The Full 10 Questions sees James Hanmore take on the 10 questions.

There are some choice words on the back of the Dallas game from Tim whilst Lee sprays a bit of friendly fire for Jason Garrett Corner!

Dont forget to enter our November competition and your chance to win a Larry Fitzgerald jersey from NFL Vintage UK. Head over to our Twitter page and our pinned tweet for details.

Thanks for listening, enjoy the podcast!

 

Podcast 44 – Week 4 Preview

Fore! We steamroll into the Week 4 Sunday games and we have your angles covered!
Tim and Lee review the crazy Thursday Night Football game in LA and look ahead to all the Sunday games, giving you the injury news, starts and sits and the betting lines.
Tim and Adam then go through the best bets for week 4.
(No Kickers Corner this week, unfortunately).
Thanks for all your support and thanks for listening!

Podcast 43 – My Man, Nick Kostos!

In this podcast, we speak to the man, the legend….#MrMondayNight, Nick Kostos!
Nick plays his favourite gameshow, “Hot Take or Juuuust Right?” and talk all things NFL including why Dak Prescott will get paid in the off-season.
We also talk his other passion, WWE and reminisce about the attitude era but also find out which wrestler he would be.
We couldn’t let him go without talking about himself and the other 3 horseman of the Picksix Podcast and play a game of “Who is most likely to….”.
Nick should be followed on Twitter @TheKostos.

2018 Fantasy Football Industry Mockstravaganza – 1.01

Welcome to the Mockstravaganza!

You are reading this because you love draft season and you love fantasy football or you follow interesting people on social media…

Our podcast is part of a deep group of fantasy experts and podcasters pitting our wits against one another to be able to call themselves the cream of the crop.

Details of the league and the background to the draft can be found here.

We are a 12 team league and I have the honour of picking the 1.01. Joys!

You can follow our draft through the links which will take you through all the wonderful podcasts that are involved in this jolly jaunt and they can be found at the beginning and end of our posts.

In another league I had the 1.01 this year and drafted Zeke because I wanted to be different. This time, I followed the sheep.

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Pick #1 – Todd Gurley, RB – LA Rams

Todd Gurley is as safe as they come in fantasy football this season; High scoring offence, focal point of attack and a mastermind at the head coach position.

Gurley managed to obtain over 2000 scrimmage yards last season and 19 total touchdowns. Same again? Probably not, but should get fairly close.

Yes, a lot more attention will be given to Gurley after last season’s performance and yes I don’t expect the long screen pass touchdowns to be as effective for Gurley and the Rams this season but Gurley truly has it all.

To give you insight in to why Gurley is the consensus number one pick this season, let’s take a look at the dominance that was Gurley in 2017…

In half PPR format leagues, Gurley finished as a top 10 RB  in 12 out of the 15 games played last year (didn’t play week 17 and neither should your fantasy league!). Furthermore he finished in the top 3 SIX times! That’s almost half of your fantasy season. To reiterate, chances are I don’t see him replicating his 2017 performance but he sure as hell isn’t going to fall through the floor, Sean McVay is too talented and creative a Head Coach. He’ll find new ways of getting Gurley the ball in space and in to the endzone. The LA Rams defence will be stellar meaning that they’ll chew the clock in some games and positive gamescript is important for running backs.

I don’t think you can make the wrong decision at #1 and the only thing stopping them from performing is an injury, just ask David Johnson fans from 2017.  But seriously, all players can get injured and you shouldn’t be playing fantasy football if you don’t pick a player because they may get injured (fair enough if they are already injured, but I am not picking Rashad Penny here…).

I could have taken Zeke again at 1, but it’s nice to have different shares of players in the 50 different fantasy leagues you’re in…right?

Your first round pick should have the least concerns, the highest floors and the biggest ceilings. Todd Gurley ticks all of those boxes. So I choose you, Todd!

Who went pick #2? You can find out by clicking here.

Over to you, number 2…

Enjoy the ride!

 

Podcast 27 – Britball Week Part 4 – Manchester Titans

Ben Nuttall (@bnuttall11) joins us to talk about what it’s like being a player for a Britball team.


Everything from Flag to coaching, Ben tells us all about the main differences in this country between Flag football and full contact.

In the news, Jalen Ramsey had some kind words to say about the QBs in the league and we let you know about what’s coming up on the Full10Yards over the next couple of weeks.

Tomorrow sees our final stops on the Britball tour of the UK, hope you can join us!

Podcast 23 – Dynasty Leagues

Frank Scandurro of the Fantasy Football Franchise joins us to gloss over Dynasty Leagues.

He answers questions like what a 2019 1st round pick is worth and what the main thing is that you have to remember with Dynasty Leagues.
We also talk New Orleans Saints and he leaves us with a fiery Premier League hot take!Before that we run through the latest news in the NFL, Johnny Manziel’s debut for the Montreal Alouettes and after we let you know the future plans for the podcast. Frank can be found on Twitter on @Frank_Scandurro.

Please spread the Full10Yards word!