Each week, CREATiVESPORTS’ National Fantasy Football Championship combatants break down one aspect of the industry’s premier fantasy football contest.
I wasn’t planning to write another NFFC Zone column this year, but something has happened which I find both amazing and encouraging to any fantasy player of any game, league or format.
Recently, I wrote about the second season of the National Fantasy Football Championship Classic, noting one of the 65 teams competing for the $100,000 grand prize had a particularly steep challenge.
“1 800 GO DEEP”, owned by Steve Luzzi of Huntington Beach, CA, was seeded 65th of 65 finalists after finishing 151st in points of the 294 main event teams during the initial 13 weeks. That is in the lower half! GO DEEP accumulated almost 300 fewer points than the top scoring team in his own league, but slipped into the final round with the best head-to-head record in Las Vegas League 1.
Still, once the second season began, all that mattered was the average for the first 13 weeks. It would count as one-fourth the final score, added to the points for weeks 14-16 to determine the winner. With GO DEEP over 22 points behind the leader heading into week 14, I assumed he had almost no chance of taking the crown and said so.
I was wrong.
Luzzi’s roster peaked at just the right time, powering him to the 2009 NFFC Classic championship and the $100,000. Here is how he did it:
Week 14 - #3 of 65 teams with 197.6 points
Week 15 - #13 with 157.1 points
Week 16 - #6 with 166.3 points
GO DEEP’s total of 645.04 points edged Troy Young's TOPPDOG by 3.20 points for an amazing, fantastic finish. Congratulations, Steve!
For all of us, this story can be a great reminder that once in the finals, no matter how you got there, keep playing hard and anything can happen.
For CREATiVESPORTS, now Mastersball, I am proud to have carried our flag into the finals, finishing 19th overall. All season long, our roster was just one wide receiver short of being good enough to take it all.
This comes on the heels of an excellent NFBC season, as well. With NFFC co-manager J.P. Kastner finishing 20th in the NFBC and my team at 23rd of 390 teams, our site placed three teams in the top 25 of the NFBC and NFFC main events in 2009.
For that, we are proud, and a bit richer, as well. Best wishes to all for fantasy success in 2010!
Brian Walton is the 2009 National League Tout Wars champion, having scored the most points in the league’s 12-year history. He is a 2009 NFBC league winner with a pair of top 25 overall finishes and is also a top 20 finisher in the NFFC. His writing can also be found daily at thecardinalnation.com and his blog, thecardinalnationblog.com.