TNSNFFL: Week 13 Final Scores

The GethinAntiochos showed resilience, but Dittle Island ultimately won out and will win his division. The Five Stars was a close battle all season long, but two teams continued to fight to the end: Dittle Island and GethinAntiochos. Dittle Island now clinches a top 4 seed.

901 Elite earned their FIRST EVER TNSNFFL divisional win! They improve to 3-10 on the season and 1-5 in the division. 901 Elite now has an 1-11 divisional record all-time.

Lynnville Ducks finishes the season strong with a 6-7 record.

GOAT Squad falls .3 points shy of TNSNFFL record for most games scoring 100 points in a single season, but wins.

Team Better Than You finally ends the losing skid and defeats Franklin’s Finest.

The Baril House will end the season and head into the postseason with seven consecutive wins!

The VILLAINS sweeps the entire division and finishes the season at 11-2.

The Demons finishes the season at 6-7 after defeating the Super Mariota Bros.

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Titans Offensive Line: Identifying the Problems and Solutions

The Titans offensive line hasn’t done a great job blocking for the run or protecting Marcus Mariota this season. Dion Lewis is only averaging 3.4 yards per attempt, good for 39th in the league. The Titans have also given up the 5th most sacks in the league at 33. These numbers come as a bit of a surprise given how good the Titans have been on the offensive line in recent years. There clearly is a problem now, and today, I want to identify it and figure out how the O-Line issues can be fixed.

Tackles

Taylor Lewan’s play this year has been up and down, however it is clear he is the best lineman the Titans have. With Lewan having signed a massive extension this summer, he is a clear long term piece the Titans have available. When healthy, he remains one of the top tackles in the league. Jack Conklin’s season has been rough, and that’s pretty surprising given his early success in the NFL. Conklin has been beat on numerous plays on speed rushes, which poses the question: Is Conklin’s knee injury from the AFC Divisional round still bothering him? He tore his ACL on his left knee, which as a right tackle is the knee he uses to push off in pass blocking situations. If Conklin can’t get the same initial push he did in his first two years, that may be a problem going forward for the talented young tackle. Dennis Kelly, the backup tackle, has looked good this season. He is someone to keep in mind as the season unfolds.

Interior

The interior of the Titans’ offensive line has been the weak spot recently. The eye test would say that Quinton Spain is the best of the group, however Pro Football Focus has him at a 66.1 season grade, lower than center Ben Jones, who has a 71.3. Jones doesn’t appear to have played that well and he’s certainly someone who may be replaced in the offseason. Right Guard Josh Kline has been average at best this season. He signed a 4 year, 26 million dollar deal this offseason. As the offensive switched to more of a zone blocking scheme, Titans management felt that the change would benefit Kline, who is a good athlete. This theory was proven incorrect as Kline is having the worst season of his career according to PFF. The Titans can cut Kline after next season and eat 1 million dollars, which would be the smart move to get them out of a bad contract. All in all, the interior of the offensive line needs improvement.

How to fix offensive line woes

Step 1 – Evaluate Jack Conklin’s knee issues. If damage is irreversible and he will never regain all his athleticism, kick him inside to guard.

It’s very sad to think that Conklin could possible have lost his kick on the outside, however if he can’t regain lateral athleticism, he can be a good fit at guard. If Conklin can continue to get healthier, I still believe he has a ton of potential to be a bookend tackle in the NFL.

Invest draft capital

The Colts used a first round pick and a second round pick in this past years’ draft to select two plug and play guards, Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith. Guards are very easily projectable to the NFL: Most guards drafted in the late first round-early second round grade will become at least solid starters.We hear the term “plug and play” used a lot for offensive lineman, and the Titans should look to add a guard through the draft with one of their top 2 picks. Specifically, Cody Ford from Oklahoma has been excellent this season as a right tackle, but will be a guard in the NFL.

Any other ideas for how to improve the O-Line? Let me know!

TNSNFFL: Week 12 Final Scores

901 Elite loses again. That’s 7 consecutive losses and his highest point total in that span is 77 points.

GOAT Squad soars past Music City Mafia to improve to 10-2.

The Baril House clinched his division with a big win over Team Better Than You! He improves to 8-4 and now has six consecutive wins.

The GethinAntiochos win to set up a huge Five Stars Division Championship game next week!

The Tyrants needed 5.7 points and didn’t get it. They’ll drop to 6-5.

The Ducks barely escape with a win here to improve to 5-7 on the season.

The VILLAINS become a 10-win team for the first time and can now call themselves division champs

Dittle Island score 152 to improve to 9-3. They have to now gear up for an important divisional match next week.

TNSNFFL: Awards, What they mean, and the Nominees.

The following is the list of awards that will be given out after week 13 has concluded. I will briefly explain what each award means and explain why each team has been chosen for the award. You can use this to help make your vote.

Newbie of the Year

This award is self-explanatory. It goes to the TNSNFFL newbie (first season in the league) who has had the best season in team performance. You can use their circumstances to determine if you feel that team deserves it. Every newbie is up for this award, but here are two who are likely front-runners.

GOAT Squad: He started off the season 2-0, lost two straight, then hasn’t lost since. He currently sits at 9-2 overall and has one of the best rosters in the league. The only question mark about this team, is their division has basically been bye weeks for them. You can easily say they’ve gotten some free wins because of their easy division.

GethinAntiochos: This team started off hot, cooled down a bit, and is right back in the thick of things at 8-3. They’ve been in the leagues toughest division and finally has tied the top team in it at 8-3. He has had a tough road in his division, and could still end up winning it with a win this week and next, and one Dittle Island loss.

GM of the Year

This award goes to the team owner who drafted well, traded well, and/or made quality waiver pickups. This team owner has shown the ability to face adversity and still lead their team to victory week in and week out. Despite the last line, this award is not based off record, but more so based off how smart this team owner is when it comes to building a roster. Here are the nominees:

English – Tennessee Tyrants: After starting off on the mediocre side of things, he made some key trades to end up with Todd Gurley, Adam Thielen, and Aaron Rodgers. That has made the difference in his season and very well clinched him a playoff spot.

Chris – Nash VILLAINS: After having probably one of the worst drafts in the league, he made key trades that ultimately was the reason he started 3-0 instead of 0-3. Then, he made big trades for guys like Antonio Brown, Robert Woods, James White, and Melvin Gordon to ultimately give him one of the best rosters in the league despite having a horrible draft.

Austin – GOAT Squad: Unlike the previous two teams, Austin has been reaping the benefits of his great draft. He had an abundance of draft picks, and did well with them. Because of his good draft, he not only has a really solid starting lineup, but he has a manageable bench that could ultimately become the difference in the post season.

Dante – GethinAntiochos: It’s more so his draft than anything else that lands him on this nominees list. Because of his decent draft, he’s able to enjoy a 8-3 record right now and enjoy a playoff berth in his first season.

Best Fantasy Name

This award goes to the best and most creative Fantasy Football name. No explanation needed for each nominee.

Nominees: Nash VILLAINS, The Baril House, GOAT Squad, Super Mariota Bros, GethinAntiochos

Best GM Luck

This award has a bit of a “negative” twist to it. With this award, you are saying that the team you vote for should have had a bad season, but got some lucky success instead. Here are the nominees:

Super Mariota Bros: When he lost Le’Veon Bell, one would say with his mediocre roster, he was done for. But somehow, he started 3-1 and was atop the league. Recently though, the luck has run out as he is now 4-7. However, one could say he could be worse right now if it wasn’t for good luck.

Team Better Than You: This team randomly got hot out of nowhere, going on a huge win streak and was considered a Championship favorite as hot as they were. But now the team is sliding and they are 6-5. Was the winning streak full of luck?

Dittle Island: Far too many times he has gotten away with a low scoring game, because his opponent also had a low scoring game. If things were, perhaps, normal for Dittle Island, he would not be 8-3 right now…or would he? That is up to you to decide.

Worst GM Luck

With this one, you are saying that this team owner had a good draft or made good trades, but they could never seem to have anything go their way. Here are the nominees:

Tennessee Tyrants: With their roster, they should be in the MVP race at 10-1 right now. However, they aren’t. It seems as if whenever they have a chance to win, one of their players completely falls off the face of the earth. Are the Tyrants the most unluckiest team in the TNSNFFL?

Music City Mafia: This team had a good draft, but started a league-worst 1-7. He was expected to start at the very least 4-4, if not 6-2. But injuries plagued this team and they saw little success. 

Dellway Demons: This team had a decent roster, but fell victim to a good division. One could say the Demons would be a decent playoff team in another division. Or would he?

MVP

Who has been the best overall fantasy owner this season? Really no explanation needed. Just use your own judgement. Here are the nominees: GOAT Squad, Nash VILLAINS, GethinAntiochos, Dittle Island, Baril house.

Bounce Back Fantasy Player of the Year

Please read carefully so you don’t get this award confused with the next one. This award goes to the player who had a rough year last year, and bounced back with a good year this year. Here are the nominees:

Dellway Demons: This player went 2-12 last year, and had one of the worst seasons in TNSNFFL history. However, this season he is 5-6 and had a decent draft. Is that a good bounce back?

Nash VILLAINS: An inconsistent team plagued him last season as he finished 7-7 and missed the post season. This season, he’s 9-2, after starting 5-0, and is well on his way to the playoffs and possibly the championship.

The Baril House: Similar to the VILLAINS, this team finished 7-7 last year, but actually made the post season. This season, he is only 7-4, but is having his best TNSNFFL season to date. 

Dittle Island: This team finished 6-8 last season and was mostly forgotten about in the league. Now, they are 8-3 and possibly a championship favorite. 

Best Turnaround of the Season

This award goes to the team who started rough this season, but found their groove and is now on pace to a playoff berth. Here are the nominees:

The Baril House: This team started 2-4 and looked to be done. Everyone was asking if his division was over-hyped. Team Better Than You was in the spotlight. However, the Baril House came rolling back in and has now stolen the number one spot at 7-4. 

Minnesota REAL: This one isn’t as glamorous as the previous one. REAL started 3-3 and was still in the mix of things, and is now 7-4 and in sole possession of second place in the Rivalry Central division. 

Biggest Ego Award

This season, we have had some egos and highly-confident personalities collide in the group chat. Now, it is up to you to vote on who had the biggest ego out of these nominees:

Evan/Brock (POWERHOUSE) 

Mikey (Minnesota REAL)

Austin (GOAT Squad)