Power Rankings – Week 6
By Sean Dochney
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1. Shockers – (5-0- 1), Point Differential – 119. (Prev. 1)
The Shockers won again, this time against the Grizzlies, the final score was 38-6. The usual suspects had good games for the Shockers again. Giuffre took home another POTW with his 356 yards and 5 TDs. Barbiere would have 7 catches for 135 yards, and a TD. King TUTdown (Ryan Pharo) had 4 catches for 94 yards, and 2 TDs. Devon Snead also had a day, hauling in 3 catches for 68 yards. The Guffslinger has been one of the best QBs in the league for a while now, and having what is probably the best receiving corps in the league doesn’t hurt him. Devon Snead (26 rec. 469 yards, 6 TDs), Charlie Barbiere (28 rec. 432 yards, 4 TDs), Ryan Pharo (21 rec. 328 yards, 7 TDs), Anthony Spanola (26 rec. 272 yards, 6 TDs), and Anthony Carlo (19 rec. 286 yards, 3 TDs), are all putting up good seasons for the Shockers. Out of all those receivers, King TUTdown owns the best QBR to WR rating at 158.33. This stat came as a surprise to me considering Spanola never goes out over 5 yards for a pass so there is usually never a chance the ball will hit the ground or be picked off when thrown to him. Next week the Shockers will be playing French Toast Mafia. The Shockers shouldn’t sleep on French Toast, who should be dangerous as they will be playing some desperate ball as they are fighting for life to stay in the playoff race.
2. Rabid Squirrels – (4-2), Point Differential – 32. (Prev. 3)
The Squirrels sit in 2 nd place in the power rankings even though they are technically 3 rd in standings because of point differential. This is the first time they are actually ahead of their spot in the standings, and they’ve earned this place in the rankings. Sean Collins made sure to point out to me Saturday that they have now beaten 2 playoff teams from last season, and hats off to the Squirrels. I still won’t say they play with class and sportsmanship though; my ego isn’t ready to give them too much credit just yet.
In an important game against the Woodchucks, the Rabid Squirrels showed up big time and won 27-20. Sean Collins had a nice game going 21-40 for 282 yards, 3 TDs and 0 interceptions. Mike Lawrence broke out in a big way with a 7 catch, 132 yard, and 2 TD performance. Joe Andress has been the epitome of a possession receiver all season, and that stayed true against the Woodchucks as he caught 5 passes for 67 yards and a TD. Bill Budd was able to pick up a sack on defense, while someone not on the official roster named Faulkner on back of his jersey pulled in an interception. Faulkner sounds like a ringer to me guys; I don’t care if I am almost positive I’ve seen him there every week.
The Rabid Squirrels have found success with their very good trio of receivers Mike Lawrence (22 rec. 435 yards, 6 TDs), Corey Feldman (26 rec. 378 yards, 5 TDs), and Joe Andress (26 rec. 308 yards, 6 TDs). They all rank in the top 11 on the JSGFFL leaderboard for receivers. Sean Collins is also having an impressive season. He is the 5 th rated QB with a 111.7 rating. He has 1551 yards, 19 TDs, and 6 interceptions. They will be taking on the Rattlers this Saturday, and there is no denying the Squirrels are the heavy favorites. The only upset that may occur in this game is if the Squirrels play honorably and with good sportsmanship.
3. Woodchucks – (4-2), Point Differential – 100, (Prev. 2)
The Woodchucks lost the Game of the Week against the Rabid Squirrels this past week and slipped in the power rankings, but not the standings. But as everyone already knows the standings don’t really matter; the opinion of the guy keeping the score and stats is really the only thing that’s important. The Zit still had a nice stat line per usual, he went 23-33 for 259 yards, 3 TDs and 1 interception. The Woz, who has quietly been one of the top receivers in the league this season, also had a nice game with 6 catches for 95 yards and a TD. Jose Ortiz didn’t try to fight anyone, so that is always a positive takeaway any time that happens. Jose did have a sack and 5 catches for 48 yards on the day as well.
On the season, the Zit is the 3 rd rated QB with a 132.8 rating. He sits in 2nd in both yards (2,014) and TDs (30) to the Guffslinger. The Zit, or Check Down Charlie as some like to call him, spreads the ball out well to his receivers. Jeremy Wozniak (27 rec. 381 yards, 6 TDs), Charlie Mackie (14 rec. 266 yards, 5 TDs), Chris “The Undertaker” D’Addario (17 rec. 220 yards, 5 TDs), and Anthony D’Addario (23 rec. 265 yards, 3 TDs) have all put up solid numbers so far this season.
The Woodchucks still sit in a good spot even after the loss. They don’t have the easiest schedule remaining, that honor belongs to the Rabid Squirrels, but they will go into both of their remaining games as the favorites. They really only need to win one of the games to make sure they get into the playoffs. They will be looking for that win against the Grizzlies in Week 7.
4. Warewolves – (3-2- 1), Point Differential – 91. (Prev. 5)
The Commissioner led the Warewolves to a 28-12 victory on the heels of a 21-30 for 276 yards, and 4 TD game. He is the highest rated QB in the league and still has not thrown an interception. Shane Capone was his usual elusively dominant self with 8 catches for 122 yards and 2 TDs. Dizzy Izzy Rodriguez would chip in 2 sacks on the defensive side of the ball.
The Warewolves have lived and died by the Angelini – Capone connection for the season. Do not sleep on Mike Kalucki though, he may be the 3 rd option on days McAndrew shows up, but he is putting up a great season and is one of the most underrated players in the league on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Kalucki now has caught 26 passes for 344 yards, and 4 TDs. He also has 2 interceptions, but it always seems as if he or Chris DiMicco are pulling all the flags out there on D.
The Wolves have clawed their way back into a playoff spot after a rough start to the season. They will take on the Assassins, who are winless but always seem to find themselves in close games with top teams. The Wolves need to win this game because they will be taking on the Shockers in Week 8. The Wolves do not want to enter Week 8 against the Shockers in a win or go home scenario.
5. French Toast Mafia – (3-3), Point Differential – 15. (Prev. 4)
French Toast Mafia and the Grizzlies are both on the outside looking in at the playoffs. French Toast edges the Grizzlies out in the Power Rankings because of a better defense and a positive point differential.
French Toast Mafia lost to the Warewolves 28-12 this past week. Luke Fernandez was really the only bright spot on the offensive side of the ball as he caught 4 passes for 76 yards and the only 2 TDs that FTM would score. Luke, AKA the Cuban Missile, is in the middle of putting up a nice season with 17 catches for 266 yards, and 5 TDs. Casey Sirotniak and Justin Kramer continued their tenacious pass rush against the Wolves as they combined for 7 sacks on the day. They sit in 1 st and 2nd in the league in sacks on the season.
It’s not going to be easy for FTM to make the playoffs. They by far have the hardest schedule over the last few weeks of the season; they will play the Shockers in Week 7 and the Woodchucks in Week 8. You still have to play the games though, and French Toast has the talent at receiver and pass rush to sneak their way into the playoffs with a few upsets.