This week, the eight teams that won their first matchup get the benefit of being ranked higher than the rest. Let the power rankings begin!
1. DITTLE ISLAND (1-0)
ESPN might as well project Kamara 30 points every week because he has been a fantasy football powerhouse since he entered the offensive scheme in New Orleans. With Dittle Island being the only team in TNSNFFL history to finish a season 12-1 since the league was created in 2016, the hosts of the TNSNFFL Podcast have debated recently if this squad could do it again.
With seven of Dittle Island’s nine starters scoring 11+ points in the first week, and having Kamara carrying this lineup, there’s a chance they could get back to a twelve-win season. 148.5 points scored in Week 1 (ranked 1st in the TNSNFFL) earns Dittle Island the number one spot on our power rankings.
2. FRANKLIN’S FINEST (1-0)
Having only one draft pick (reserved for their keeper) in the first four rounds of the draft, Franklin’s Finest has had to really capitalize on all of their picks in the later rounds of the draft, and after Week 1’s performance, it looks like this team did just that.
Picked in the 12th round (180th overall) by Franklin’s Finest, James Conner could be the steal of the draft as Pittsburgh’s running back is starting in place of the holdout, Le’Veon Bell; James Conner put up 31.7 points (2nd-most amongst RBs) against the Cleveland Browns. Along with Conner, Dion Lewis, Antonio Brown, and Randall Cobb all put up over 19 points in the season opener.
Losing Delanie Walker likely for the season is a tough loss, but Franklin’s Finest has one of the deepest rosters in the league and has built a team that can withstand blows from injuries.
3. TENNESSEE TYRANTS (1-0)
Host of the Tennessee Tyrants Podcast and owner of this team is the beloved Caleb “Coach” English, whose roster consists of starters in Deshaun Watson, David Johnson, Lamar Miller, Keenan Allen, Amari Cooper, Rob Gronkowski, Carlos Hyde, Vikings D/ST, and Harrison Butker; this is a strong, and one of the more, really balanced teams in the league.
English shouldn’t be too disappointed in Watson’s 11-point performance in a tough game played in New England against Belichick’s Patriots. The Tennessee Tyrants still had six other starters who outscored Watson, and has the team that won’t implode if one or two players have a bad game. The Tyrants are projected 107.5 points in Week 2 (2nd-most in the TNSNFFL) and are in a favorable matchup, being a 15.1 point favorite against the Minnesota REAL.
4. GOAT SQUAD (1-0)
Argued as having the most balanced team in league (which he should since the team had six picks in the first three rounds of the draft and nine picks in the top 100), GOAT Squad is a big favorite to win it all in the 2018-19 season.
Saquon Barkley was the first non-keeper off the board in the draft, and he is everything the Giants hoped he’d be in the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars; Barkley had 20 total touches for 128 yards and a touchdown in his first game.
GOAT Squad took a hit with the loss of Greg Olsen for an extended amount of time, but I know he’s very happy to have George Kittle stashed on his bench, who was 8th among TEs in points Week 1. GOAT Squad gets the award of league’s highest in projected points for Week 2 with 109.4.
5. TEAM BETTER THAN YOU (1-0)
Having Tom Brady and Zeke Elliott can create mismatches on weekly basis. The rest of Team Better than You’s starting lineup consists of guys that could be booms or busts on any given week. Sammy Watkins, Travis Kelce, and Pierre Garçon were busts Week 1, putting up a combined 7.8 points among them.
In other words, Isaiah Crowell had a performance on Monday Night Football of 102 yards and 2 TDs in a blowout against the Detroit Lions which sealed the deal in their Week 1 matchup versus The Baril House. Team Better than You is the highest ranked team in this week’s rankings where there are some question marks on the roster, which are primarily at wide receiver.
6. KINGSPORT KNIGHTS (1-0)
Tyreek Hill went OFF against the San Die— *cough cough* Los Angeles Chargers with 38.8 points, the highest Week 1 fantasy football performance behind Ryan Fitz[magic].
Hill could explode on the stat sheet with a cannon-arm in Patrick Mahomes he has throwing the ball to him. Other than Hill, Melvin Gordon, and the kicker and D/ST positions, the rest of this team’s lineup had guys with either really bad days, or hardly any action.
Stafford threw 4 INTs, Duke Johnson had only six touches, Evan Engram only two catches, and D.J. Moore had no catches. The Kingsport Knights have the 2018 NFL Draft’s 3rd-overall Pick Sam Darnold in his starting lineup this week, who could impress against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday; and there have been guys who have compared him to, and say he’s the next Andrew Luck in this league—he’s a thicc trunky coastal kid.
7. NASH VILLAINS (1-0)
Co-owned by the owner of @tennsports, this guy has made a lot of moves since the draft in the past two weeks.
A team whose two starting RBs after the draft were LeGarrette Blount and Giovani Bernard… since September 1st, Nash VILLAINS has gotten many several upgrades through acquiring Jay Ajayi from Minnesota REAL, Matt Breida from Tennessee Tyrants, Sterling Shepard from 901 Elite, and Adam Vinatieri from GOAT Squad.
Nash VILLAINS has a belief system saying that “It isn’t about how well you draft, but rather it’s about how you acquire players through trades and from the waiver wire after the draft.”
He proved that point after a huge win versus Minnesota REAL in Week 1.
8. SUPER MARIOTA BROS (1-0)
112.5 points in Week 1 (4th-highest in the TNSNFFL) helped this rookie owner get a big win in the league’s season opener. Wide receivers Golden Tate, Emmanuel Sanders, and Ted Ginn combined for almost 60 of those points.
But Super Mariota Bros has already taken one hit after his keeper, Le’Veon Bell, decided to holdout because of contract dispute. Now, bad just became worse, as he loses his starter Kenneth Dixon (10.4 points Week 1) to IR. Super Mariota Bros has a major hole with the RB position, and has settled with adding Alfred Blue from waivers to be his RB2 in Week 2.
9. MUSIC CITY MAFIA (0-1)
I’m surprised that Music City Mafia didn’t add an additional D/ST to his team after the Saints D/ST scored -9 points for allowing 42 points against the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Nevertheless, putting up 108.3 points still wasn’t enough to win after being overwhelmed by Franklin’s Finest’s. Music City Mafia had the best one-two punch at wide receiver Week 1 in Michael Thomas and Mike Evans.
Kirk Cousins, who gets criticized a lot for being overrated, is still proving his fantasy relevance after a 20.4-point performance against the 49ers. Devonta Freeman only touched the ball nine times against the Eagles, and Alex Collins was taken out of the game when the Ravens began to pull their starters after the blowout had begun against the Buffalo Bills.
Jack Doyle was robbed when Eric Ebron had a touchdown pass from Andrew Luck. Music City Mafia has the team that can easily score 100+ points week to week.
In recent news, Music City Mafia traded away Mike Evans for Leonard Fournette (who got banged up Week 1), adds depth to the RB position. Their starting RBs and WRs in Week 2 will be Devonta Freeman, Leonard Fournette, Michael Thomas, Nelson Agholor, and Alex Collins.
10. TEAM POWERHOUSE (0-1)
Injuries plagued POWERHOUSE in the TNSNFFL Game of the Week after Doug Baldwin went down, and Leonard Fournette left the game with an injury.
Big fan of the trade by POWERHOUSE to acquire WR Mike Evans for Fournette to replace injured Doug Baldwin. Todd Gurley performed very well and was top-5 among RBs in points with 22.2.
Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber have tough matchups against the Jets and the Eagles this week. POWERHOUSE is highly favored in this week’s matchup versus the Kingsport Knights.
11. CONNECTICUT GETHINANTIOCHOS (0-1)
I decided to google search “Gethin Anitochios” and found out that “GethinAntiochos” is a Hunger Games reference. In other words, your chances of winning get completely downgraded when your opponent scores 148.5 points on you.
Derrick Henry was robbed of a long touchdown run when a questionable “holding” called it back. Connecticut’s two starting WRs Odell Beckham and Adam Thielen had 100-yd games to kick off the season.
Drew Brees’ 31.6-point performance was the result of an attempt to bail out his defense after allowing 40+ for the 17,000th time. Marshawn Lynch had a great first half before Carr started throwing INTs and Oakland began playing from behind in the second half.
The Connecticut GethinAntiochios are looking to bounce back in a potentially close matchup against Team Better than You in Week 2.
12. THE BARIL HOUSE (0-1)
Six starters in the TNSNFFL Week 1 produced zero or less points, Rishard Matthews for The Baril House being one of them.
Jamaal Williams potential to get the run game going for Green Bay quickly went away when the Packers trailed big time to the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football.
The Baril House had six out of nine starters put up 10+ points, but it wasn’t enough to get a W against Team Better than You. In other words, Patrick Mahomes (who was on the team’s bench) put up 28.3 points in his first season-opener against the Chargers.
He will start Week 2. The Baril House will need some big production from his players against a hot Franklin’s Finest team in the upcoming TNSNFFL Game of the Week.
13. MINNESOTA REAL (0-1)
Minnesota REAL couldn’t get enough help from their starters in Matt Ryan, LeSean McCoy, Bilal Powell, Jimmy Graham, and Kelvin Benjamin—they scored 21.7 points amongst the five of them.
The rest of Minnesota REAL’s starting lineup consisted of Stefon Diggs (12.6), Jarvis Landry (14.1), Rams D/ST (15), and Stephen Gostkowski (9). Luckily the bench (which almost outscored the starting lineup 70.7 to 72.4 points) has players in Philip Rivers, Jared Cook, and Tyler Lockett who all three are getting promoted to starters in Week 2;
if Minnesota REAL started those three bench players over Matt Ryan, Jimmy Graham, and Kelvin Benjamin, the team would’ve scored 126.8 points instead of 72.4—which was 2nd-worst in Week 1.
14. THE SONS OF THUNDER (0-1)
You rely on your quarterback to be somewhat consistent on a weekly basis, but when he has to leave the game (twice) due to injury, that will greatly hurt your fantasy football team.
Marcus Mariota scored 1.6 points in Week 1 after hurting his hand, and then elbow/shoulder against the Miami Dolphins. Dalvin Cook, Julio Jones, Larry Fitzgerald, and the Panthers D/ST all scored double-digit points for The Sons of Thunder.
Mariota has gotten the “good-to-go” for Week 2, but for The Sons of Thunder, the QB position is still a question mark looking long-term this season, when Josh Allen is the team’s only other quarterback.
15. 901 ELITE (0-1)
901 Elite managed 93.8 points from his starting line-up after being projected 70-something for Week 1.
Strength and depth at quarterback and kicker were definitely the priority for 901 Elite after drafting three of each, including taking Aaron Rodgers with the eighth overall pick.
Rodgers had 24.9 points in his epic comeback against the Chicago Bears, DeSean Jackson had an impressive 29.1 points versus the New Orleans Saints in a game where 88 points were scored between two teams, and Justin Tucker having scored 12 points rounds out the double-digit scorers for 901 Elite.
The rest of the six starters combined for 27.8 points on a roster that has big holes at primarily RB and TE.
16. DELLWAY DEMONS (0-1)
Dellway Demons was plagued by several players who didn’t get the production that they were projected, and settled for 68.6 points (last in the TNSNFFL Week 1).
Kareem Hunt, Chris Hogan, Austin Hooper, Jordy Nelson, and Chris Boswell (who missed his only FG attempt) all disappointed, but the Dellway Demon’s starters that performed well with double-digit points included Cam Newton, Tevin Coleman, and A.J. Green.
The Dellway Demons have a tough matchup against a #1 ranked Dittle Island in Week 2.