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AFL Quickplay Week 16

Andrew Nordmeier
Friday July 5, 2013


How many of you missed Arizona, Spokane, Tampa and Chicago last week? I know I did as I posted a paltry 145 points on the week. Last week saw limited options and all kinds of quarterback changes during the game as well.

Donovan Morgan of the VooDoo posted a one catch, 15-yard game after so many solid games in a row and that resulted in some zeroes coming up on the board. Orlando and New Orleans both changed quarterbacks during their game which made both teams crapshoots at that position. The Iowa-San Antonio game turned out to be the low-scoring game of the week with its 35-34 final thanks to a blocked field goal. It makes for exciting football but was just awful for fantasy.

RochRush won the week with 206 points and was one of two teams to pile up at least 200 points. He used Aaron Garcia, Dan Raudabaugh and Russ Michna as his quarterbacks with Marco Thomas, Prechae Rodriguez and Jason Willis as his wide outs. Fat Nuts (no, seriously, that's the name) had 200 points even for a second-place finish. The Nebraska Predators (194) finished third while the The Commish edged out the Soup Nazis 187-186 for fourth this week. The next five teams were separated by two points.

Overall, arenabowlbound has the lead at 3,217 while the South Phoenix Bombers have a solid handle on second place with 3,182 points. Third through eighth are separated by 27 points. The Nebraska Predators are fending off the Washington Commandos, skillet, Short Bus Kids, Unemployed Punters and RochRush. All of those teams have crossed the 3,100 point barrier this season.

This week's games are: Pittsburgh at Cleveland, Chicago at Philadelphia, Arizona at Orlando, Spokane at Tampa Bay, New Orleans at Utah and San Antonio at San Jose. Jacksonville and Iowa are on bye this week and are the final byes for the season.

So let's get to it and set this week's lineup.

Quarterbacks

Adrian McPherson is expected back from his hyperextended knee issue that sidelined him a couple weeks back. When he's in, he's one of the best in fantasy. Nick Davila and Erik Meyer should also be in the starting lineup as well. The Spokane-Tampa Bay game should be a shootout and you should be able to take advantage of it. Davila has simply been one of the best quarterbacks in the league this season as well.

Fullback

Derrick Ross gets the call again. No real surprise here that when you can take one of the all-time best at the position, you do it.

Wide Receivers

Tiger Jones of Philadelphia has been consistent this season and it really shows through in an otherwise unpredictable division. Cleveland and Pittsburgh swing too wildly from week to week to be anything more than desparation throws of the dice.

Reggie Gray is back after a bye last week and he has been able to put up solid numbers in nearly every week of the season.

Joe Hills of the Storm has been a massive thorn in the side of Spokane posting 392 yards and eight touchdowns in his last two outings against the Shock. Something about Spokane elevates his game so we'll elevate him to the third spot here.

Kicker

Jose Martinez of Chicago meets the divisional requirements and has been one of the upper-tier kickers all season.

Unemployed Punters Week 16 Lineup

Eastern Division
1 Anthony Jones WR PHI
2 Derrick Ross FB PHI

Central Division
1 Reggie Gray WR CHI
2 Jose Martinez K CHI

Southern Division
1 Adrian McPherson QB TB
2 Joe Hills WR TB

Western Division
1 Erik Meyer QB SPO
2 Nick Davila QB ARI 


 
Andrew Nordmeier is a freelance sportswriter originally from Chicago. Andrew is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association and has won more than three dozen fantasy championships. He has written for local newspapers in the Phoenix area covering high school sports for the last seven years. Andrew also has done play-by-play in the USHL and on the Arizona Rattlers internet broadcast in 2011. He lives in Phoenix with his wife and two sons. You can find Andrew on Twitter @AndrewNordmeier.
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