ReviewSeptember 21, 2009

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Cafe/Fleaflicker Challenge: Cafe Comes Through

By R.J. White

Time for another update on the Cafe’s quest to beat Fleaflicker … at their own game. We explained the premise here, and in the first week, the Cafe tied Fleaflicker at four wins a piece. Which side benefited from the explosive games of Frank Gore, Chris Johnson, and Andre Johnson? We’re here to let you know how your team is doing in our weekly Challenge update. Remember, we’re taking your questions all week — send them to

Week 2

Six of this week’s eight games are in the books, and I’m happy to say that five of those went the Cafe’s way. Big props go out to flotsamnjetsam, bungle613 and mattb47, who will finish this week with a 2-0 record. Also, congrats to Free Bagel and WaCougMBS, who locked up Week 2 wins for the team. The only sure loss the Cafe is getting is at my expense. I was without top rusher LaDainian Tomlinson and top receiver Wes Welker, a pain I’m sure many of you felt, as well as without Antonio Bryant. It’s hard to win in a 16-team league when you’re missing one star, let alone three. Of course, even with a healthy lineup I wasn’t beating Team Ski, who rode Gore, Andre Johnson and Aaron Rodgers to the current top score of this week (although it’s likely to be topped Monday night).

In the two yet-to-be-decided games, Cafe teammate LS2Throwed has a 30-point lead over Chase-N-Me, who starts Peyton Manning tonight. Considering LS2’s QB Matt Schaub put up 37.25 points in our league, this game can’t be chalked up as a Cafe win at this time. The Cafe will counter with Donald Brown. In the second game, dream_017 is behind 34 points to North East Beast, but our Cafe competitor has three players in tonight’s game, Ronnie Brown, Adam Vinatieri and the Dolphins D, while the Beast has just Joseph Addai. This game is clearly looking like a win for Fleaflicker, but with the league already seeing a 30-plus point performance from a defense this season, it’s still too early to consider this one over.

Update: Ronnie Brown was great on Monday, and with the 11 points Cafe team Dream received from Adam Vinatieri, they were within a point of their competitor. Luckily, the Dolphins defense gave them that point, and the Cafe nabbed another win this week as Dream defeated North East Beast 82.5-81.7.

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If you want to update the Cafe on how your Cafe league is doing, please send me a 1-2 paragraph synopsis of the week’s key events, and it’ll show up in this portion of the weekly column. Enjoy your Monday, and look forward to seeing WaCoug’s Weekend Wrap-Up later today!

R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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