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FINAL FOUR + WEEK 11 RECAP

2020 Players Only League Main Tournament

Our Final Four is now set, in upset fashion. Adam Wainwright and Matt Holliday get big wins against Max Scherzer and Michael Lorenzen, and Sonny Gray cruises towards the dance floor while Nick Ahmed gets his glass slippers ready!

Congratulations to all four finalists, who earn an additional $4,000 towards their charities. Additionally, a salute to Alex Bregman, who's this week's high-points winner and receives a $1,000 bonus.

Check our leaderboard to see how much money you've raised for your charity.

FANTASY WEEK 11

Here are some insights from this past week:

  • One of the most intriguing X factors in the NFL—Taysom Hill—finally got a chance to start at QB. Daniel MurphyJustin VerlanderMike Mayers and Steven Souza Jr. felt adventurous enough to add him to the lineup. Their average score in Week 11? 116.3, just a bit higher than the overall league average of 110.01.
  • Chargers RB Kalen Ballage was the most-rostered non-kicker this week, rewarding 8 teams with a solid 14.10 points. The popular backup helped Adam Wainwright get into the Final Four—and Bryan Shaw, Eric Hosmer, and Evan Longoria/Mike Yastrzemski into the top half of the Second Chance Bracket.
  • Great minds think alike? Of the Final Four teams, 3 gambled on the Jets defense (WainoSonny GrayMatt Holliday), which netted a respectable 7 points in Week 11. It's apparent that players are looking for value from the D/ST slot.

Read below for a full breakdown.

Remember: you're never out of contention for winning money for your charity, so don't forget to set your lineup before you start carving that turkey!

Thursday's Thanksgiving lineup: 

  • 12:30 p.m. ET: Houston Texans @ Detroit Lions
  • 4:30 p.m. ET: Washington Football Team @ Dallas Cowboys
  • 8:20 p.m. ET: Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers

From all of us at Big League Impact, we hope you and your families all have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

 

TOURNAMENT BRACKET

#9 ADAM WAINWRIGHT (245.35) DEF. #1 Max Scherzer (226.95)

Our #1 seed goes down, as POL founder Waino gets a big revenge win over his long-time rival! Having to play from over 20 points down from last week, Max had to make a major play, and did so by burning two of his slots on Jamal Agnew (4.00) and Isaiah Wright (1.70) to have the salary to stack Mahomes (26.00) and Kelce on MNF (26.90), and play RB1s Dalvin Cook (26.00) and Josh Jacobs (13.40). Adam also picked Cook, but his Mark Andrews (20.60) and Younghoe Koo (13.30) were enough to keep the lead and advance after a big fantasy heavyweight brawl. He'll face off in our first of four brackets against another fantasy champ, #5 Sonny Gray.

#5 SONNY GRAY (228.15) DEF. #20 JACK FLAHERTY (190.15)

Jack had a lot to make up coming into this one, but a second Duke Johnson (6.50) wasted starting opportunity plus both guys picking Alvin Kamara (10.50) negated his chances. Both Week 11 rosters were disappointing, as Sonny's Gio Bernard (9.50), Aaron Jones (17.10), and Marvin Jones (9.10) were part of picks that only netted 94.00 points. But it was enough, and it sends him on for a date to tangle with a menacing Adam Wainwright in the Region 1 Final Four showdown. Jack goes into the Second Chance Bracket with a chance to continue earning dollars towards Tyler Skaggs Foundation.

#23 MATT HOLLIDAY (219.10) DEF. #2 MICHAEL LORENZEN (207.00)

A huge comeback victory and upset, as Matt put together quite a gem. Also going with the MNF spotlight, but the ground-game version, he put Mahomes (26.00) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (20.70) with Diontae Johnson (23.10), Justin Jefferson (17.60), and got his flex pick of Denzel Mims (10.10) to overcome a 24.45 deficit coming into the last week of the round. Michael also got bit by his Duke Johnson pick, though the Carlos Hyde (17.50) and Kyler Murray (22.95) ones had him looking good going into the weekend. Matt goes up against a surging Nick Ahmed in the Final Four, and the POL is shaping up to be as dramatic as it comes.

#30 NICK AHMED (241.90) VS. #11 KERSHAW/STRIPLING (234.45)

This one stayed close the whole way, and Nick punches his ticket to the Final Four with another upset victory—this time with an amazing comeback. Using Justin Herbert's career day (31.40) to go with Dalvin Cook, Chase Claypool (15.90) and a strong showing by Younghoe Koo and the Steelers D (13.00), he ends the Kershaw/Stripling run in exciting fashion. Clayton and Ross put up a good effort with Murray, Cook, and the Washington D (11.00), but Kamara got Taysom'd, and Jakobi Meyers' (6.80) PPR streak came to a close. Nick moves on to face another upset-minded foe in #23 Matt Holliday.

second chance bracket

The top 8 teams below win $500 for their charities and advance to the next round to battle it out with the losing teams from the Main Tournament. Shoutout to Eric Hosmer, who outscored everyone in this round with an all-pro 274.45 performance.

Team  Total Points
Eric Hosmer 274.45
Bryan Shaw 250.95
Michael Wacha 246.80
Longoria / Yastrzemski 238.00
Steven Souza 230.85
Luke Weaver 228.80
Jordan Lyles 220.00
Corey Kluber 213.10
Paul Goldschmidt 211.80
Ryan Zimmerman 202.45
Mike Mayers 202.35
Brian Dozier 200.30
Kyle Gibson 188.55
Jason Castro 186.75
Matt Wieters 159.75
Chase Anderson 99.00

 

WEEK 11 Points

Here are the weekly point totals from Week 11:

Team  Total Points
Alex Bregman 136.40
Eric Hosmer 134.00
Steven Souza 129.45
Michael Wacha 129.30
Matt Holliday 127.00
Longoria / Yastrzemski 126.05
Max Scherzer 123.60
Ryan Zimmerman 122.75
Justin Verlander 122.15
Adam Wainwright 120.85
Tyler Chatwood 120.00
Bryan Shaw 119.65
Mike Mayers 118.35
Nick Ahmed 116.90
Paul Goldschmidt 112.60
Luke Weaver 111.65
Brian Dozier 110.10
Craig Stammen 108.70
Kershaw/Stripling 108.15
Lance Lynn 107.90
Daniel Murphy 105.15
Jordan Lyles 104.80
Kyle Gibson 101.40
Chase Anderson 99.00
Jason Castro 96.05
Trevor Story 95.55
Sonny Gray 94.00
Corey Kluber 93.85
Jack Flaherty 92.80
Michael Lorenzen 90.45
Matt Wieters 78.85
Matt Carpenter 62.75

WEEK 11 SPOTLIGHT

Congratulations to Week 11's top scorer — Alex Bregman! The Astros third baseman rode the hot hand with Kirk Cousins (27.10), also getting strong performances from Ezekiel Elliott (19.40) and Justin Jefferson (17.60).

For his high score, Alex earned a $1,000 donation to his charity, Bregman Cares. Bregman Cares supports children with autism (through a partnership with BlueSprig Autism), as well as people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Earlier this year, Alex and his fiancée teamed up with the Houston Food Bank to raise $2 million for quarantine food kits as part of the #FEEDHOU campaign, feeding local kids whose schools were closed because of COVID-19.

From that charitable campaign, Bregman Cares was born. In addition to helping the Houston Food Bank, Bregman Cares has also provided iPads to children with autism, assisting them with vital educational resources. Learn more about Alex's great work in the video below.

Click to watch on YouTube

WEEKly highest points winners

The highest scoring team each week earns $1,000 for their charity. Here are the winners so far: 

  Player Charity Amount Raised
Week 1  Jordan Lyles Carolina’s Kids $1,000
Week 2 Michael Lorenzen Southern California FCA Baseball $1,000
Week 3  Matt Wieters Water Mission $1,000
Week 4 Matt Wieters Water Mission $1,000
Week 5 Bryan Shaw Cleveland Animal Protective League $1,000
Week 6  Adam Wainwright Big League Impact $1,000
Week 7  Kershaw / Stripling Kershaw’s Challenge/KC 22 $1,000
Week 8 Max Scherzer Humane Rescue Alliance $1,000
Week 9 Michael Lorenzen Southern California FCA Baseball $1,000
Week 10 Eric Hosmer  Fundahigado America Foundation $1,000
Week 11 Alex Bregman Bregman Cares $1,000

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