Edit: Added Jared, Dave, and my commentary on the matchups. -Tako
Last week's elimination round concluded with Team ntrebon taking out Team Matt Daddy, and Team David Piper trouncing PaulSF's Fighting Wheatons. Nick and Dave move on to the semifinals, where they take on jtlight and Takimoto, whose squads must be well rested by now. The first matchup for this week is jtlight vs. ntrebon.
|QB||Kellen Clemens||Bill Musgrave|
|RB||Ahmad Rashad||Jonathan Stewart|
|RB||LeGarrette Blount||Jeremiah Johnson|
|WR||Jaison Williams||Keenan Howry|
|WR||Terry Obee||Tony Hartley|
|TE||Josh Wilcox||Justin Peele|
|OT||Steve Barnett||Jim Adams|
|OG||Gary Zimmerman||Bob Grottkau|
|C||Brad Ecklund||Dan Weaver|
|OG||John McKean||Mark Lewis|
|OT||Fenuki Tupou||Josh Beckett|
|DE||Matt LaBounty||Devan Long|
|DT||Haloti Ngata||Rollin Putzier|
|DT||Vince Goldsmith||George Dames|
|DE||Mike Walter||Will Tukuafu|
|LB||Jeremy Asher||Tom Graham|
|LB||Blair Phillips||Peter Sirmon|
|LB||Joe Farwell||Bruce Beekley|
|CB||Chris Oldham||Herman O'Berry|
|CB||Jim Smith||Jairus Byrd|
|FS||Steve Donnelly||Eric Castle|
|ROV/SS||Anthony Newman||Chad Cota|
|K||Nathan Villegas||Tommy Thompson|
|P||Mike Preacher||Kurtis Doerr|
Here was jtlight's take on the matchup:
I think this weeks hypothetical matchup with Nick would be a very good game. Nick has some top notch skill position players, and a very efficient QB. He also has the top secondary and linebacker units of the draft.
But I think my team is set up to control these games, because it's lines are so far superior to any other line in the draft. Nick waited until the last few rounds to finish his O-line, and even the best offenses can't do anything if their line gets no push. Musgrave would spend most of the game on his back, and Stewart would have trouble getting to the line of scrimmage. And it's not like the rest of my defense is weak. With my secondary, even if Musgrave had a chance to throw, his receivers would have problems getting open against my All-American corners.
On the opposite side of the ball, I'm riding my superior blocking to victory. Nick's stellar secondary would make passing living hell, so I'll gladly use my strengths to counter that. With Zimmerman, Barnett, Eckund, Wilcox, and Jaison Williams, my offense would be running the ball a lot. The combo of Rashaad and Blount would wear down the fighting trebons.
This would be a great game, but superior line play is the key to victory, and would win this hard fought game.
Our other head-to-head battle is Team David Piper vs. Team Takimoto.
|QB||Akili Smith||Joey Harrington|
|RB||Onterrio Smith||Derek Loville|
|RB||Maurice Morris||Terrence Whitehead|
|WR||Bob Newland||Samie Parker|
|WR||Lew Barnes||Demetrius Williams|
|TE||David Paulson||Ed Dickson|
|OT||Paul Wiggins||Steve Hardin|
|OG||Adam Snyder||Lee Gundy|
|C||Fred Quillan||Enoka Lucas|
|OG||Palauni Ma Sun||Carson York|
|OT||Tom Drougas||C.E. Kaiser|
|DE||Matt Brock||Saul Patu|
|DT||Igor Olshansky||Matt Toeaina|
|DT||Steve Baack||Romeo Bandison|
|DE||Peter Brantley||Ron Snidow|
|LB||Ernest Jones||Anthony Trucks|
|LB||Casey Matthews||Kevin Mitchell|
|LB||Derrick Barnes||Terrance Kelly|
|CB||Cliff Harris||Rashad Bauman|
|CB||Walter Thurmond III||Steve Smith|
|FS||John Boyett||TJ Ward|
|ROV/SS||Michael Fletcher||Patrick Chung|
|K||Jared Seigel||Gregg McCallum|
|P||Len Isberg||Josh Syria|
Here is what Dave had to say about the matchup:
I'll be honest with you, I think this is a great matchup. I think the offensive skill positions are largely a wash. The other units are very close as well, but I do have a few advantages that will propel me to victory. I have a better offensive line, with Drougas and Snyder being among Oregon's give or six best ever. Tako's unit is still strong, but my elite pass rush will get them. Tako also has a weaker secondary. TJ Ward can was straight up bad against the pass, and Steve Smith was a subpar corner. My secondary is much stronger, with two lockdown corners, and a great all around free safety in Boyett. Tako has an outside linebacker who never played a down for Oregon. And I have the best kicker in Oregon history. Its a close matchup, but these key advantages will give me the win.
And here's Takimoto's take:
At the skill positions, it all comes down to what you prefer: talent over a short period, or sustained excellence? Every single one of my offensive skill players ranks in the top 4 in career numbers at their position. I have the most prolific running back, wide receiver, and tight end in Oregon history, and the best quarterback in the stat that matters most: wins. I think both mine and Dave's defensive line are slightly better than the other's offensive line, and our back sevens match up well. Dave's kicker may have the most field goals in Oregon history, but my kicker has the second most, while making a higher percentage. Our teams are strikingly even, but in the end it comes down to the legacy of all my skill players as having significantly better careers than Dave's.
OK ATQ, it's your time to vote. Who will advance to next week's ATQ Fantasy Football Championship?