We're halfway through the first round in the MTV News Fantasy Football League playoffs, and already we've got one serious upset brewing.
For roughly 10 weeks now, we've been touting the explosiveness, awesomeness and general invincibility of the Block Entertainment squad, the two-headed fantasy monster captained by Yung Joc and label CEO Block that ran roughshod over most of the other teams during the regular season. Powered by stud running back LaDainian Tomlinson, they compiled the league's best record and entered the postseason riding an eight-game winning streak.
But lo and behold, with week 14 now in the books, and week 15 looming large on the horizon (first-round matchups run for two weeks), the Block are down. And possibly out, all thanks to a monster effort by their first-round opponent, the much-derided Method Man.
Meanwhile, things aren't nearly as close in our other first-round contest, as Paul Wall's Lone Star Monsters squad holds a commanding 55-point edge over Cool & Dre, who — based on the "strength" of some of their coaching decisions as of late — have seemingly forgotten that they even have a team in the league.
Let's get you up to speed on all the first-round action:
Wow. Midway through our first-round matchups, Meth is poised to score the biggest upset since Broadway Joe led the New York Jets over the Colts w-a-a-a-y back in Super Bowl III. But, like we said in our playoff preview, this one was gonna be close, and it could all come down to the play of Pittsburgh Steelers RB Willie Parker. And, boy, did Fast Willie deliver, racking up 223 yards and 28 fantasy points in his Thursday game against the hapless Cleveland Browns. We also said that the play of Meth's wide receivers could throw the matchup in his favor, and it did, as he got a combined 28 points from Reggie Wayne and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. But while the Block are down, they're most certainly not out ... and any team that starts RBs Tomlinson and Frank Gore can never truly be counted out. Can Meth hold his 12-point lead and move on to the championship game? This one is gonna come down to the wire.
The same cannot be said, sadly, for our other first-round contest, in which Paul Wall stomped a mudhole in the hapless production duo of Cool & Dre. Of course, Wall's big lead was helped by the fact that C&D decided to keep two players who aren't gonna see the field again this season — Miami Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown and Colts tight end Dallas Clark — in their starting lineup. Note to Cool & Dre: You have dudes like Julius Jones and Jeremy Shockey just sitting on your bench! Get 'em in the game! (Phew.) Barring a remarkable comeback, Wall will waltz to the finals, powered by his two Jacksonville Jaguar RBs, Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew, who personally destroyed the vaunted Colts this past week.
But who will he meet in the finals? Are Cool & Dre even alive? Can Block right the ship? Or will Method Man continue his upsetting ways? We'll know after Week 15.