This installment of The JFF Power Rankings features a lot of movement, and at least one major NFC “upset” that took place in Week Six. Two new teams moved into the Top 16 while two other teams dropped out.
What are the most interesting storylines after seven weeks of league play in The JFF?
1) Injuries, injuries, and even more injuries
Most of the teams in the league have avoided major injuries to star players, but at least a handful of teams have experienced a major injury to at least one star player on offense or defense.
If there is one league member who is extremely miffed about the injuries to his team, it is JFF Indianapolis Colts Owner / Coach Alan C. a.k.a. “Air Attack.” After watching his team lose their second closely contested, heart-breaking loss, Air expressed some frustration. “I know most of the league will not agree with me on this, but I think playing a season with injuries ‘ON’ is total crap. I hate it. Not only as it relates to my team, but any team. I feel bad for league members who paid top dollar for a team, and have to play two or more games without one of their top players,” said Air.
Dating back to Week Seven of the Fall 2013 season, the JFF Colts are 13-0-0 in Regular Season games where QB Terrelle Pryor started and played the entire game and 1-3 in games where a QB other than Pryor started for the team. Last season, Indianapolis was without TE Dwayne Allen for six weeks. Allen was the 2nd leading receiver in the league prior to his injury. The JFF Bengals struggled this season without starting QB Andy Dalton in the lineup for the first six games, and the JFF Patriots are surely going to have a more challenging time on offense without the starting TE Rob Gronkowski, who actually is the leading receiver in the league.
A list of some of the major injuries to star players this season:
JFF Cincinnati Bengals
QB Andy Dalton (injured in Week One, returned to action in Week Seven)
JFF Detroit Lions
CB Chris Houston (injured in Week Four, will return to action in Week Nine)
JFF Indianapolis Colts
QB Terrelle Pryor (injured in Week Five, will return to action in Week Nine)
ROLB Robert Mathis (injured in Week Seven, will return to action in Week Eleven)
JFF New England Patriots
TE Rob Gronkowski (injured in Week Seven, will return to action in Week Twelve)
JFF Pittsburgh Steelers**
TE Heath Miller (injured in Week Seven, will return to action in Week Eleven)
Note: The JFF Steelers are currently on an indefinite Auto Pilot status due to internet connection quality issues
JFF San Diego Chargers
ROLB Dwight Freeney (injured in Week Five, is out for the remainder of the season)
JFF Seattle Seahawks
RG J.R. Sweezy (injured in Week Two, will return to action in Week Nine)
The League Commissioner lowered the slider setting for injuries at the end of the Preseason, but the league has still experienced many injuries.
2) Is your JFF league team performing better, worse, or about the same as their NFL team counterpart?
Monday night, October 20, 2014, marks the end of Week Seven in The JFF Madden NFL Online League. Because of an interesting coincidence, Monday night also represents the conclusion of Week Seven in The National Football League (NFL).
During many of the previous seasons, I would do a comparison between the JFF League teams and their NFL counterparts. This week, I decided present another edition of this interesting comparison. Are you utilizing the talent on your team better, about the same, or worse?
New England Patriots
New York Jets
Kansas City Chiefs
San Diego Chargers
New York Giants
Green Bay Packers
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
St. Louis Rams
San Francisco 49ers
The following teams are still available to be purchased (discounts available):
JFF Atlanta Falcons
JFF Chicago Bears
JFF Jacksonville Jaguars
JFF Kansas City Chiefs
JFF New Orleans Saints
JFF N.Y. Jets
JFF Oakland Raiders
JFF St. Louis Rams
JFF Tennessee Titans
JFF Washington Redskins
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