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AFL Quickplay Week 13: Expect the Unexpected

Andrew Nordmeier
Friday June 6, 2014


Week 12 in the AFL was one of the most bizarre weeks we have seen in a long time. We saw unexpected performances in both directions. Iowa quarterback Brian Reeder threw for seven touchdowns last week. Danny Southwick racked up 252 yards and six touchdowns through the air for the Thunder.


Meanwhile, Prechae Rodriguez of Pittsburgh had 77 yards and no touchdowns while Tyrone Goard had 80yards and four scores last week. Even a normally solid player like Reggie Gray laid a fantasy egg with 24 yards and no scores against Arizona.

Let’s see who did well in a minefield of a week.

RochRush won the week with 174 points. That is not a typo. The best score of the week was 174 points. Team ROD came in second with 170 while the Unsubmitted Commitment forms took third with 168 points. Our squad, the Unemployed Punters, finished 12th with 142 points.

For the season, it’s the same story with the Short Bus Kids on top with 2416 points. Roch Rush moved into second with the best score of the week and has 2349 points this season. Legnbaz holds down third place with 2316 points. The rest of the top 10 is separated by 40 points from fourth through tenth. The Unemployed Punters sit sixth with 2287 points.

This Week’s Schedule:

Arizona at Portland 10:00 p.m. Eastern—FRIDAY
Spokane at Jacksonville 3:00 p.m. Saturday
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay 5:00 p.m.
New Orleans at Pittsburgh 5:00 p.m.
Orlando at San Antonio 8:00 p.m.
Iowa at Cleveland 8:00 p.m.
Los Angeles at San Jose 10:30 pm

This makes your roster deadline 9:00 p.m. Eastern tonight; 6:00 p.m. Pacific

Let’s get right into this one, shall we?

Western Division

We’ll take Arizona QB NICK DAVILA and WR ROD WINDSOR. Davila’s father passed away Friday and the game plan was for him not to play last week against San Jose. Instead, he came off the bench to replace Jason Murrieta and threw four touchdown passes in the win that wrapped up the West.

Windsor had a solid game with 130 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win. He’s taking advantage of the injury absence of Maurice Purify (knee) . Last time in Portland, Windsor put up huge numbers and he very well could do it again this week.

Pacific Division

We’re going to take WR REGGIE GRAY again since he should bounce back nicely against Los Angeles. The KISS allowed 70 points to Arizona last time out and had a bye week (with open tryouts) to try and solve things. San Jose should have plenty of opportunities to put up points against the KISS especially when their offense misfires which it does quite often.

Our other pick out of the division is K NICH PERTUIT. He’s been a consistent player at the position and looks to be in line for a big week.

If you want a sleeper, try Southwick of the Thunder as he should have plenty of opportunities to put up points in catch-up mode against Arizona.

Southern Division

This wound up being an odd division with quarterback changes in Orlando hurting the fantasy value of both Bernard Morris and Jason Boltus. Ryan Perilloux got the start over Kurt Rocco in New Orleans and that’s noteworthy. When Rocco starts LJ Castille does well but when Perilloux starts Quorey Payne is the receiver to own.

That’s why we’ll avoid this all together and take Tampa QB RANDY HIPPEARD and WR JOE HILLS.  They’ve been clicking lately and have a pretty favorable matchup at home against the Soul. Tampa has put it back together on offense with 117 points in its last two games, both wins. They scored 107 in their previous three combined and lost them all.

Hills has been frequently found in the end zone and Hippeard now looks trustable after seven total touchdowns last week against the VooDoo (five pass, two rush).

Other options for sleepers are RJ Archer of Jacksonville but his wide receiver group has been balanced which makes us shy away from taking any of them. Castille is too much of a crapshoot since the quarterback situation is a toss-up. It’s also a tough matchup with Pittsburgh in the Steel City, which makes us like the VooDoo less this week.

Greg Carr of Orlando cooled off last week with 73 yards and a touchdown.-Meanwhile; Larry Brackins posted a line of 9-117-3 and was the much better fantasy player. The other thing to factor in is a weak matchup against San Antonio which could be a blowout (see last week: Philly 76, SA 40) and players could get pulled early if this gets out of hand.

Eastern Division

FB DERRICK ROSS goes again because of a lack of options.

The last player this week is always a tough one. Marco Thomas of Iowa is usually a good choice but he had a blah week last week. Thomas has 49 yards and two touchdowns while Darius Reynolds lit it up against Orlando to the tune of 123 yards and four touchdowns. Was it a one-off for Thomas or is Reynolds rising up? Also, it was Brian Reeder rising up for the big game which makes us wonder about how much flux the quarterback job has in Des Moines. We’ll pass on the Barnstormers especially this week with a tough Cleveland team.

The final pick is QB TOMMY GRADY of the Pittsburgh. They crushed New Orleans 56-14 earlier this season and they very well could put up a big win again. That was without Prechae and we can only wonder how much better Grady will be with his top receiver back. Goard makes a nice sleeper pick if you want one but this matchup is too good to pass up.

Unemployed Punters Week 13 Lineup

QB Nick Davila ARI
WR Rod Windsor ARI
K Nich Pertuit SJ
WR Reggie Gray SJ
QB Randy Hippeard TB
WR Joe Hills TB
FB Derrick Ross PHI

QB Tommy Grady PIT

 


 
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.
The opinions expressed in the article above are only those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts, opinions, or official stance of ArenaFan Online or its staff, or the Arena Football League, or any AFL or af2 teams.
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