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Team Preview: Steel Curtain

Team Preview
Steel Curtain

As NFL training camps start to get underway, the divorce proceedings for new KFFL majority team owner Dave Neitzer are final. I had a chance to speak with the Steel Curtain owner about the upcoming season.

Former Steel Curtain partial owner Erin

KFFL: First and foremost, let me say congratulations on your recent breakup from Marge Schott… err I mean Erin.

DN: Thanks, I appreciate that. I went through a pretty tough stretch for a while, but I am feeling much better now. It was a pretty nasty battle to get 51% ownership of the Steel Curtain franchise. I put her in check and got my team back.

KFFL: Now that you have sole ownership of Steel Curtain, what were your thoughts on your 2009 season?

DN: I think it was a season that can be described in one word: underachievement. I had some quality guys on my team, but they just didn’t produce. I was fortunate enough to have everyone stay healthy, but they couldn’t score me any points.

KFFL: What are your thoughts on the activity in the league?

DN: I think the activity is crazy. I can’t believe how many people have made moves already. I am not sure Matt Larson has slept at all since the new site was released. And Barley, he comes into the league and starts wheeling and dealing within 20 minutes. Didn’t he trade away his entire team and his Land Rover for Aaron Rodgers?  I kind of hope Rodgers snaps his leg.

KFFL: You have just made the one move of sending Brandon Marshall to Breaston My Face, any other trades on the horizon?

DN: I think I am pretty set at this point. I put more faith in drafting confidently. I figure Larson can’t draft worth a lick, so I will just pick up all of the good talent that he passes over.

KKFL: Who are you thinking about keeping?

 
 

Lion standout Calvin Johnson

DN: I have it narrowed down to 4 different guys. Now I just need to figure out which one of the following guys I am keeping; Rashard Mendenhall, Michael Turner, Calvin Johnson or Anquan Boldin. Just not sure which direction I want to go.

KFFL: What are you looking to go after in the early rounds of the 2010 draft?

DN: I think I am going to look to go with a QB early. I am looking to find that franchise QB. I need to find a replacement for Ben Rapelessburger.  After the QB,I think I will look to go WR.   

KFFL: Are there any possible sleepers that you’re looking to take this year?

DN: There are a couple of guys that could go late that I think could produce some good points. I think Dez Bryant is going to have a great season; he is in line to put up a bunch of points. The other one would be Javhid Best, I think he is going to be the starter by week 3.

KFFL: Which teams are you looking out for in 2010?

DN: I have my eye on a couple of teams. I like the addition of rivalry week. I am looking to take the gay Spartan out at the knee caps. I am not afraid of Josh Little at all, he can’t win at fantasy football because he can’t cheat. Anyone who has ever played golf with him, knows about his cheating habits. Honestly, though I am gunning for the Steve, the defending chump…. champ.  

KFFL: What sort of preparation do you do to prepare yourself for the upcoming 2010 draft?

DN: I don’t start any of my preparation this early. I am looking forward to the draft and doing much better than last year.

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Team Preview: Breaston My Face

Team Preview
Breaston my Face

This week KFFL examines a team that finished in the middle of the pack last year, Breaston My Face, owned and operated by Kyle Karns, who also doubles as the KFFL commissioner. With a very one sided interview, here is a team preview for Breaston My Face.

KFFL: What are your thoughts on how your team performed in 2009?

KK: Well going into the season I certainly thought I was going to have a better year. I thought I had a good core of guys, and if everyone produced I was going to be a tough team to beat. Come to find out, a chimpanzee could have picked a better team than I did last year.

KFFL: You always seem to come up with creative team names, will you be keeping this name or finding a new one?

KK: Well it is a keeper league, so I thought about keeping the same name. But the name didn’t really do much for me last year, so I might have to keep some and change some. Maybe come up with something like Breaston Plants. I am sure I will come up with something.

KFFL: What are your thoughts on the activity in the league?

KK: The activity in the league is great. It is exactly what I had in mind when I created the league a year ago. I wanted something that would be entertaining to do during the football season and the offseason.

KFFL: You have been busy this offseason dealing several of your players and acquiring new keeper Brandon Marshall, anything else planned?

KK: I think I am pretty set at this point. Several of the guys had the luxury of having extra keeper caliber players.  I am still looking for a RB. I have Steven Jackson, but if I could find another RB to go with him, I would be happy

KKFL: Speaking of Jackson, who are your possible keepers?

 

2009 breakout star Jamaal Charles

KK

: Well when you look at my roster I think it would be clear on the guys that I am most likely keeping. I know for sure that I am keeping Jackson, and Marshall. I am leaning towards Reggie Wayne as my 3rd keeper, but you might be shocked to hear I am also giving Jamaal Charles some thought. Charles came alive at the end of the year last season, and I don’t want to let him go and he becomes the next best thing.

KFFL: What are you looking to go after in the early rounds of the 2010 draft?

KK: Well that is an interesting question. I do have 2 picks within the first 11 selections, so I know I should be able to get some decent talent. But without having a selection in round 6, I have to make those first 2 picks count. I would imagine I would take the best player on the board, no matter what position it is.  

KFFL: Last year you found the late season gem Jamaal Charles, is there someone like that you’re looking for in the draft?

Slaton with one of his many fumblesKK: I have realized that the mid-rounds is where a lot of value sits. I drafted Steve “Sir Fumbles” Slaton in the first round, and Ronnie Brown in the second round last year and now they are both off of my team. With that being said I think that shows how important it is to find that gem later on in the draft.

KFFL: Which teams are you looking out for in 2010?

KK: I like the new addition of rivalry week. I think that certainly adds something to the league. When you only get a chance to play that team once a season, you have to make it count, so I am looking forward to taking on John Barley that week. He has already started to put together a good team. I also want to beat the H&!! out of Matt Larson and his squad. He eats, sleeps and shits fantasy football, so to beat him would be nice.

KFFL: What sort of preparation do you do to prepare yourself for the upcoming 2010 draft?

KK: Well last year I bought a magazine that told me to draft Steve Slaton as high as possible. I think I was high for listening to them, so I might pass on the magazine this year. Not sure how much preparation I will get in since the birth of my first child may get in the way of the draft.


Team Preview: Kibbles n Vick

Team Preview
Kibbles n Vick
 

Vice President and animal freak Jamie Delemeester

As the draft approaches the Karns Kruiser continues to visit different team camps, ok not really, but the phone interviews continue with each team owner. This week KFFL had a chance to speak with team owner Brodie Delemeester. With a team name inspired by team vice president, and animal rights activist Jamie Delemeester, here is your 2010 fantasy preview. 

KFFL: What are your thoughts on how your team performed in 2009? 

BD: Of course just like everyone else, I set out to win the league, and of course I was disappointed not to win, but I thought I was competitive from start to finish. I felt like I had some good players at each skill position. 

KFFL: What are your thoughts on the activity in the league? 

BD: There has been activity in the league? I thought the league started in August.  I have been enjoying my offseason. I have been up north each weekend not even thinking about fantasy football. 

KFFL: So are you not looking to make any moves in the remainder of the offseason? 

BD: Well I just logged onto the website, I might try to take a look to see if there is anyone still interested in making some trades. It looks like it might be difficult to pull off any deals since everyone has already made deals this summer. 

KKFL: Who are you looking at for possible keepers? 

 

Possible keeper Frank Gore

BD: At this point I have several guys that I would be looking at keeping. I am keeping Brees for sure, and then after that it is kind of toss-up. I have Frank Gore, Sidney Rice, and now that the flex position also includes the TE position it might be worth keeping Jason Witten. So I am not really sure at this point.

KFFL: What are you looking to go after in the early rounds of the 2010 draft? 

BD: I am going to be looking for the best player available. WR’s are a dime a dozen, so I am not going to draft by need, but more for the best talent. 

KFFL: Last year you hit the jackpot by drafting Cedric Benson late in the draft. Anyone out there this year that you might look to draft late?
 

Goat and Sheep Farmer, Tom Brady

BD: Well each day when I get home I find my wife drooling over a picture of Tom Brady and his shaggy  hair. I have told her numerous times that he will be unavailable, however she has insisted that I offer our first-born child in a trade for Brady. On a more serious note, I think Matt Stafford could be a good back up QB for my team, so I might look at him later in the draft. 

KFFL: Which teams are you looking out for in 2010? 

BD: Well I certainly would like to beat the guys on the softball team. Beating Josh should be fairly easy, he drafts worse than he hits in softball, so that’s a scary thought. I just want to make another run in the playoffs again. 

KFFL: What sort of preparation do you do to prepare yourself for the upcoming 2010 draft? 

BD: Last year I bought a magazine before the draft, I feel like I did alright with that so I might try that again. I am afraid though that I have gotten a late start on making trades and trying to make my team better.


Team Preview: The Penetrators

With a team that managed to win the games that mattered most, team owner Matt McNulty (Nuts) found his team in the playoffs in the first year of the KFFL. After drafting Matt Forte in the first round last year, people wondered if Nuts had ever played fantasy football before. However he proved all of the doubters wrong as he took his team through the playoffs and finished in 3rd place. I had a chance to chat with Nuts about the upcoming season.

KFFL: What are your thoughts on how your team performed in 2009?

MM: I was pleased to have my team do so well, they seemed to get hot at the right time and I rode that wave into the playoffs. In hindsight, maybe it wasn’t the best idea to draft Forte, however I still think he has a lot of potential to explode for a good year.

 
 
 

Self Proclaimed Fantasy Guru Matt Larson

KFFL: What are your thoughts on the activity in the league?

MM: The league is great, the new website is amazing, and I think that helps make the league more interesting. We have a lot of guys that like to stay active on the trade market like Matt Larson (pictured right). I think he might go a little overboard, but that’s his choice. I also am still trying to figure out if Barley actually knows enough about fantasy football to know Aaron Rodgers is a good fantasy pickup, or if he is just trying to draft all of the Packers this year.

KFFL: So are you not looking to make any moves in the remainder of the offseason?

MM: I am not saying that, I just think guys like Larson could be jumping the gun a little to soon. He has traded away a lot of good players already, and I kind of hope one of his studs like Chris Johnson snaps a leg. It would serve him right.

KKFL: Who are you looking at for possible keepers?

MM: I think I have several guys that would make for a solid core. Tom Brady is for sure. It can be known that I have a man crush on Brady. I like Miles Austin as well, but then I have to consider Matt Forte and Ryan Grant. It is nice to have choices.

KFFL: What are you looking to go after in the early rounds of the 2010 draft?

MM: That would depends on what my keepers are when I enter the draft, but more than likely I will be going after a top end WR or

Waiver wire steal, Miles Austin

RB.

KFFL: Last year you hit the jackpot by claiming Miles Austin off waivers, any sleepers you might have your eye on this year?

MM: One guy that nobody is really talking about is Matt Stafford. I think Detroit has finally put enough guys around him that he could be a pretty good weapon. He could put up some good numbers, so he wouldn’t be bad for a second QB.

KFFL: Which teams are you looking out for in 2010?

MM: I am not looking out for any teams, they should be looking out for me. No, in all honesty, I would love to beat Matt Larson. I know he sleeps with his fantasy football magazine under his pillow, so if I can beat him at his own game, that could make my season.

 
 
 
 

McNultys predraft workout

KFFL: What sort of preparation do you do to prepare yourself for the upcoming 2010 draft?

MM: I actually watch a lot of porn to help take my mind off of things. After that I have the munchies so I make myself a BBQ Chicken Pizza. While I eat the pizza I might watch some ESPN. Other than that, it’s all instinct for me.

KFFL: Any other tidbits of information you would like to share?

MM: I am excited for the new rivalry week this year. I can’t wait to represent the green and white and kick Dave’s A%$ just like I did in beer pong. Besides I am tired of hearing about how big of a UM fan he is, didn’t he go to some other po-dunk school.


KFFL Offseason Grades

In the past few weeks many of us have enjoyed the weather outside either by golfing, swimming and maybe even the occasional firework display. However, those teams that decided to get started with their fantasy football rebuilding in the past month have found themselves with much better rosters heading into the draft.

With the ability to keep three players going into the late August draft, many of the teams went on a whirlwind to try and work deals to obtain the top available talent. So let’s see how everyone has stacked up this offseason, as we grade each team’s offseason moves.

 

Adrian Peterson

Gym Schwartz
The most active team (like always) was Gym Schwartz. Owner Matt Larson was looking to obtain any player that currently had a pulse. He worked out deals with newest KFFL team owner John Barley, and team owner Logan Johnson. Through his deals he was able to acquire Adrian Peterson to go with his two other solid keepers Chris Johnson and Andre Johnson. But before he acquired Peterson, he also sent Aaron Rodgers packing in addition to Peyton Manning and Ray Rice. To go along with Adrian Peterson he collected an entire plethora of draft picks. Larson was unavailable for comment on his offseason moves because he was out scouting 8th graders so he could draft them with one of his 80 picks. Because his team was already arguably the most talented going into the offseason, it would be hard for his moves to make a huge impact.
Offseason Grade: B

Deep Buttons
Logan Johnson made a large splash so far this offseason by making his team much better going into the draft. Johnson made the blockbuster deal of the summer as he sent Adrian Peterson to Gym Schwartz to receive Peyton Manning and Ray Rice. Johnson now heads into the draft with a top tier player at each one of the skill positions. Before the big trade, Johnson had debated who he was going to keep, now there is no doubt that he has 3 quality keepers. Also by sending Randy Moss to team owner Josh Little, Johnson now finds himself with a selection in the first round.
Offseason Grade: A

 

Randy Moss

Hadenaiders

Team owner Josh Little was certainly questioned last year by some for his moves during the season. Some of those moves paid off (Mike Sims-Walker) others left you scratching your head (Marion Barber in round 1). With a roster that doesn’t really include one sure stand out keeper, Little worked a deal with close friend Logan Johnson (which seems to be a sure bet to happen each season) to land Randy Moss. Of course, Moss is getting up there in age, but at least at this point Little now has someone he can focus his team around. Although sending away one of his first round picks may have been a little high for an aging WR, he still can look forward to a more productive 2010 season.
Offseason Grade: B+

The Penetrators
For a team that surprised everyone and finished in 3rd place last year, team owner Matt McNulty was pretty content on not making to many moves. He had an extra WR in Greg Jennings that he had intended to drop, so he unloaded him to Breaston My Face for a swap of their 7th round picks. Heading into the season, it looks as if McNulty (Nuts) has  a decision to make in who to keep; Tom Brady, Ryan Grant, Miles Austin or Matt Forte, making him ready to be in the mix once again in 2010.
Offseason Grade: C

Steel Curtain
For the team owner that thinks we are all crazy because we are already starting our fantasy football season, team owner Dave Neitzer hasn’t done much. More concerned about his golf game and challenging Tony Romo for the last qualifying spot in the next U.S. Open, Neitzer has pretty much stood pat. With a team that currently had 3 of the games top WR’s in Anquan Boldin, Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall he had the ability to unload some talent. At this point, his main offseason move has been a trade that sent Brandon Marshall packing for an extra 6th round pick in return.
Offseason Grade: B-

 

Frank Gore

Kibbles n Vick

If someone could please let team owner Brodie Delemeester know that he still has a team in the KFFL league, that would be great. Delemeester has clearly been enjoying his offseason, as he is one of only two teams that has not made any trades this offseason. With a team that has potential keepers in Drew Brees and Frank Gore, his third keeper is a little bit of a question mark. As opportunities have now slipped by, Brodie could find himself looking to play catch up in the draft.
Offseason Grade: D

First Tynes a Charm
With a last place finish and the victor of the first ever KFFL toilet bowl award, Matt Rodriguez has had to suffer through a long offseason. With a team that is littered with role players and only one true standout talent (Philip Rivers), Rodriguez has worked to make his team competitive in 2010. Rodriguez acquired Greg Jennings and Ronnie Brown from Breaston my Face. In a deal that allowed him to keep his early picks, it should be easy for Rodriguez to get into the mix in 2010. With a team most in need of big offseason moves, Rodriguez has made the moves that could prove to make a difference.
Offseason Grade: A

Team Barley
After acquiring his KFFL franchise during the middle of the offseason, team owner John Barley made quick moves to obtain 2009 fantasy stud Aaron Rodgers. Barley traded away a good deal of his early picks in the 2010 draft and sent Peyton Manning, Joseph Addai and his first born child to Gym Schwartz. It is reported that Barley is still actively looking to acquire more pieces to his team as he approaches the 2010 draft.
Offseason Grade: B+

 

Brandon Marshall

Breaston My Face

With a team that flirted with disaster last season by only clinching a playoff spot in the last regular season week, offseason changes were necessary. As team owner Kyle Karns made trades starting immediately following the finals of the 2009 KFFL Championship, he has improved his roster by adding Steven Jackson and Brandon Marshall. By sending Ronnie Brown and Greg Jennings off to First Tynes a Charm, Karns now owns 2 selections within the first 11 picks.
Offseason Grade: B+

Monsters o da Midway
Being the second team out of the KFFL that chose not to make any offseason moves, team owner Steve Bach is like that girl in high school that kept flirting and putting ideas into your head, but then never let you pull the trigger. His lack of trades this offseason hasn’t been to his lack of trying, numerous reports have indicated Bach has made attempts to ship Roddy White out of town. However Bach continues to take his carefree approach to his offseason following the first KFFL Championship.
Offseason Grade: D


2010 KFFL Schedule Released; Rivalry Week Introduced

As the draft approaches everyone has been awaiting the release of the 2010 fantasy football schedule. This year in the KFFL there are tons of matchups that are intriguing and will prove to be pivotal games starting in the beginning of the season.

Monsters o da Midway begins his campaign of a KFFL championship repeat as he takes on Deep Buttons in week 1. Deep Buttons has made vast improvements to his roster, and this could be an early test to the defending champion.

Team Barley's newest addition, Aaron Rodgers

In week 3 the 2009 regular season champion, Gym Schwartz takes on KFFL newcomer John Barley. The newly acquired team of Barley doesn’t look the same as it did last season, now his roster boasts fantasy standout Aaron Rodgers.

In week 4 of the 2010 season the worst two teams of the KFFL 2009 season meet again as Hadenaiders and First Tynes a Charm meet. Both teams have made offseason trades that have improved their roster, and if all plays out correctly, one of them should win this game.

 

Week 5 has several interesting matchups. Both on the field and off the field, this week could be the most entertaining of the early season. Ferris State college roommates tee off against each other as team owners Dave Neitzer and Kyle Karns square off in their first meeting of the season. In a college not to far away, but with thousands of more students, Michigan State alumni Matt Rodriguez and Matt McNulty send their best squads out.

The city of Chicago is represented in week 7 as both native Chi-towner Steve Bach takes on current Chicago resident John Barley. With the new additions to the Barley squad, this will be an interesting mid-season match with the proven fantasy veteran.

In week 9 the best softball team in the Midwest will be divided as Brodie Delemeester takes on Choppers teammate Dave Neitzer. Trash talking will certainly take place in the dugout as these two squads look to be in the playoff mix.

New to the KFFL in 2010 is the addition of Rivalry Week. Teams and owners are carrying over grudges from last season, and in week 11 the heat is turned up a notch. In the first week after all bye weeks have been completed, and with the playoff push in full force anything goes. In a classic (somewhat one-sided) rivalry Michigan State grad and fan Matt McNulty represents his green by taking on Dave Neitzer, a Wolverine fan that bleeds blue. The intense matchups continue as Gym Schwartz and Monsters o da Midway compete in the first rematch of the 2009 KFFL Championship. Also in Rivalry Week best friends Josh Little and Logan Johnson square off.

In the final week of the season, and with playoff hopes dangling by a thread, many teams may be playing for their postseason chances. In a matchup with teams that could see each other once again in the postseason, Gym Schwartz concludes his season by taking on the high flying attack of Team Barley. In their second matchup of the season, friends Matt McNulty and Kyle Karns could battle each other for final playoff positions. Also looking to be included in that postseason is Dave Neitzer who battles the Monsters o da Midway in the final week.

As the draft looms and a flurry of offseason moves continue, teams prepare for what will be the most talked about season in KFFL history (ok, it’s only been 1 year). 

To view your team schedule log into your team account at www.myfantasyleague.com.


Gym Schwartz Team Review

Week 2 Team Outlook
Gym Schwartz – Matt Larson

If there was one team that dominated the second half of KFFL last year it was Gym Schwartz, however for team owner Matt Larson, his domination ended one game to soon. With questionable draft picks in the middle rounds, Larson found his team struggling in the first part of the regular season. With an opening week loss to Yo Money and a week 3 loss to team owner Matt McNulty he began to tinker with his team. Larson was considerably the most active owner in the league last season as he was consistently scouring the waiver wire and sending out trade requests to anyone who opened their inbox. With a season changing trade with Breaston My Face, Larson acquired Ray Rice and never looked back. He finished the regular season with the best record at 10-3. Larson battled with Monsters o da Midway in the finals only to come up short from taking a KFFL sweep. As we look forward to the 2010 season Gym Schwartz is easily considered one of the top teams in the league.  

KFFL had a chance to speak with team owner Matt Larson and had a chance to reflect back on 2009 and look ahead to what should be a good season in 2010.

KFFL: Looking back on the 2009 season could you have ever guessed it would have went so well?

ML: I knew several of the guys going into this league, and I knew that it was going to be a very competitive league from top to bottom. Part of my success certainly was due to some luck, my guys stayed healthy. It certainly was disappointing to do so well in the regular season, but only to come up short in the finals.

KFFL: Anything you took away from the 2009 season aside from being the regular season champs?

ML: The biggest thing I think is importance to stay active on the trade market. I couldn’t afford to stop building my team after the draft was over. I had continued to find ways to make it better. Of course I was unemployed at the time and had nothing better to do, but that’s beside the point.

KFFL: Who are you looking to keep in 2010?

ML:  Chris Johnson, and Andre Johnson are for sure. Now that I have traded to acquire Adrian Peterson, I think he will be my 3rd keeper. 

KFFL: What positions are you looking to fill in the early part of the draft?

ML: I will most likely look to go running back or quarterback early in the draft. The 3 running back stable worked well for me last year.

KFFL: Any sleepers you might have on your board?

 

2010 Fantasy Football Rookie Dez Bryant

ML: One player that I am keeping my eye on is Dez Bryant in Dallas. I think he was lucky to get placed in an environment where he can make an immediate impact. He could put up some great numbers in his first season.

KFFL: What are your thoughts on the new weekly payout in the KFFL league?

ML: I think the new payout is a great way to keep all of the teams interested throughout the year. Any week, no matter what place you’re in, you have a chance to win some money.

KFFL: What teams are you gunning for in 2010?

ML: At this point it is to early to tell. Certainly to become the best team, you have to take the current best team out, so I would have to say I am gunning for Monsters o da Midway. If he thinks we are all in his rearview mirror, then it will only be a matter of time before we pass him by. After all, objects in the mirror are closer then they appear.

Over the past week, once again team owner has been the most active owner as he traded pieces of his team away to acquire Adrian Peterson. Gym Schwartz now has 7 picks in the first 3 rounds. He will certainly be the team to beat in 2010.