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  1. We are about to start our 7th season as a 16 team keeper league made up of the best fantasy football minds that CN has to offer. The league is constructed as follows: -Sixteen teams, in four divisions. -QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, RB/WR/TE, RB/WR/TE, RB/WR/TE, K on offense. -DB, DB, DB, DL, DL, DL, LB, LB, LB, DB/DL/LB, DB/DL/LB on defense. -Seven bench spots to make a total of thirty players on each roster, plus four inactive injured players if necessary, so 480-544 players in the league total. -Each team can keep up to seven of its players at the end of the season to carry over into next season, one of which must be a defensive player. The open team has some keeper talent as well as plenty of high picks with which to restock its farm. Season 6 Preview Season 5 Preview Season 4 Preview Season 3 Preview Season 2 Preview Season 1 Preview The league is on Fleaflicker, so if you are interested, send me your email info and we can get you signed up.
  2. You should still play, its a good way to learn :P   2 spots left for anyone who is interested!
  3. The preeminent Cybernations fantasy sports league is expanding to basketball. While the season is underway, it is still early enough, and frankly, some of us are hungry enough, to give it a go.   For those of you who haven't heard of us, here is how our football and baseball leagues work:   [url=http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?/topic/127326-the-righteous-orators-legacy-league-season-6]TROLL Football - Season 6[/url] 16 teams, 30 players per team. Teams select a roster of offensive and defensive players, and keep 7 of them from year to year. "The best football league ever made" - countless players. [url=http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?/topic/126108-the-righteous-orators-legacy-league-preeminent-cn-fantasy-football-league-expanding-to-baseball]TROLL Baseball - Season 1[/url] 12 teams, 30 players per team. Teams select position players and pitchers, and keep 6 of them from year to year. Teams also control "Farm Teams" of prospects who aren't ready for the big leagues, but are guaranteed for their team when they make it to the Show.   Now, we expand to basketball. Basketball obviously has far less players than the other sports, so the rosters will be smaller, but the competition will be no less fierce!   12 teams, 15 players per team (basically a regular basketball team's roster). Start 10 guys per night. Keep 5 players from season to season, basically lock up your "Starting 5". Priority is on balanced and competitiveness, to facilitate a constant need to be upgrading your team.   If you are interested, please shoot me a message with your email, and I will send you an invite.   I assure you, if you are a fan of fantasy sports and/or basketball, you will really love this league. Let me know if you have any questions.
  4. Last time, we gave 80% of our NS to defend our ally, in fact we were roughly the size of your alliance when the war ended. But instead of folding up shop as a meaningful alliance, we came back bigger and better than before. Again, ask people we've fought what they think of us. They usually end up wanting to treaty us afterward.
  5. Taking breathers isn't really our thing. I encourage you to ask people we've fought what they think of that.   Seeing as the only war that applies to your comment is Dave, it seems like you're a little more butthurt than you rightfully should be.
  6. I put about as much thought into them as you put into looking up our war history.
  7. Or as we in VE like to call it, 2.34 AMAS, Average Mogar Alliance Seniorities. RIA is throwing the curve though.
  8. Seems to be Rawls' job in Seattle if Lynch isn't going, not Jackson's.
  9. Redarmys spot is open if you want it :P
  10. Definitely have, you're one good WR away from being a really well-rounded team. That division will be tough, not a lot separating all of you guys.
  11. The Righteous Orators Legacy League is preparing to play its sixth season as the top fantasy football league in CN, and as a result we held our yearly draft yesterday. Each team kept six players from the season before, and selected 24 new players for their teams.   As before, the league is constructed as follows: -Sixteen teams, in four divisions. -QB, RB, RB, WR, WR, WR, TE, RB/WR/TE, RB/WR/TE, RB/WR/TE, K on offense. -DB, DB, DB, DL, DL, DL, LB, LB, LB, DB/DL/LB, DB/DL/LB on defense. -Seven bench spots to make a total of thirty players on each roster, plus four inactive injured players if necessary, so 480-544 players in the league total. -Each team can keep up to six of its players at the end of the season to carry over into next season. Starting in season 7, teams will also keep one IDP player every season.   These are the four divisions, and the four teams in each division:   Alter Egos Goldie (Brady's Lovechild) - VE Gofastleft (Fisher's Stache) - NSO Jekalle (Rex's Lap Band) - NATO Redarmy (Flying Dutchmen) - SRA   Haf's Flingers DylanCarter (Washington Sentinels) - Umb Sarkin (Cardiac Pack) - AB Verlion (Lion's Clubhouse) - VE Spartan1985 (Winston's Crab Shack) - VE   Heroes of Time Mergerberger (The Wild Thornberries) - MI6 Magicninja (Elway's Horse Teeth) - GATO Astriy (Adrian's Switch Hitters) - Umb Hornguard (Restricted Free Agents) - VE   Krack Heads Niota (Yo Soy Fiesta) - Umb Canik (Abdullah Akbar!) - FEAR Scipio (Easy Breesy) - MI6 AlmightyHero (JPP's Fireworks Emporium) - Umb     Last season Niota became our first two-time champion, defeating the defending champion, DylanCarter, in the title game for his second Schattenmann Cup.   [url=http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?/topic/123810-the-righteous-orators-legacy-league-season-5]Season 5 Preview 8/27/14[/url] [url=http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?/topic/118333-the-righteous-orators-legacy-league-season-4]Season 4 Preview 9/3/13[/url] [url=http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?/topic/112917-the-righteous-orators-legacy-league-season-3]Season 3 Preview 8/29/12[/url] [url=http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?/topic/104859-the-righteous-orators-legacy-league-season-2]Season 2 Preview 8/31/11[/url] [url=http://forums.cybernations.net/index.php?/topic/91532-introduction-to-the-righteous-orators-legacy-league]Season 1 Preview 8/31/10[/url]   Here is a breakdown of each team's key players (generally top 100-120 guys), and my opinion of each of their strengths, weaknesses, and chances.       Goldie (Brady's Lovechild)   Key Players QB - Andrew Luck RB - Le'Veon Bell RB - Carlos Hyde RB - Melvin Gordon WR - Amari Cooper WR - Martavis Bryant WR - Cody Latimer WR - Nelson Agholor TE - Rob Gronkowski   A third straight Alter Egos division championship, and a second straight semifinals defeat, leaves the team wanting more. Sporting top keepers at QB (Luck), RB (Bell), and TE (Gronk), but with question marks at WR, I went all in to get to the top of the draft this year and address that, with the hope of getting over the hump. With 4 picks in the top 24 of the draft, including #1 and #3, I drafted hopefully foundational players like Cooper and Gordon, and supplemented Cooper and my WR core of Martavis and John Brown with guys like Kenny Stills, Cody Latimer, and Nelson Agholor. Lot of WR2 talent and potential, with hopefully one or two (or three?) breaking into the upper tier. With the rest of my draft picks, I was able to put together a solid IDP crew, although there are question marks with the LB depth that may need to be addressed. A fourth straight division title would only be considered a success if its accompanied by a trip to the finals.     Gofastleft (Fisher's Stache)   Key Players RB - DeMarco Murray RB - Lamar Miller RB - Tevin Coleman WR - Odell Beckham WR - Jeremy Maclin WR - Golden Tate WR - Allen Robinson   GFL made a major leap forward last season, challenging for the division crown but falling short, but ultimately getting the best of the division champ in the third place game. Breakout stars like OBJ and a monster season from Murray paved the way. The RB's and WR's are very good, and among the deepest in the league with some home run potential if guys like Miller and Coleman pay off, but questions abound with Jay Cutler as the QB with his depleted and/or injured WR's. If Chicago's offense doesn't round into form, is a rookie QB like Mariota going to be able to do what is needed to get this team over Brady's Lovechild in the division? The playoffs should be a lock, but to do damage he will need a lot to break right, like it did last season.     Jekalle (Rex's Lap Band)   Key Players QB - Eli Manning RB - Joique Bell RB - Rashad Jennings RB - LeGarrette Blount RB - Charles Sims RB - Duke Johnson   Jekalle is one of several new owners in TROLL this year, and he took over a team that was bady mismanaged. EB autopicked a team based off of his 2013 pre-draft rankings, leaving him with very little in contemporary value. Jekalle made the right move in taking some home run swings on some RB's who could really pay off, but beyond that there is a lot of marginal talent and that doesn't bode well for his chances in 2015 with teams like Goldie's and GFL's dueling for the division title. He is counting too much on guys like Dwayne Bowe and Michael Crabtree to rewind the clock, or for guys like Eric Ebron, Charles Sims, or Duke Johnson to use injuries to other guys or new opportunities to take a huge leap forward. He will definitely improve on last year's record, but the playoffs will be a difficult task unless a lot goes right for him, and having Sims, Johnson, or Bell take their jobs and run with them will set him up nicely for 2016.     Redarmy (Flying Dutchmen)   Key Players QB - Ryan Tannehill RB - Chris Johnson RB - Ryan Mathews RB - Isaiah Crowell WR - Larry Fitzgerald   Redarmy took over Daikos' team, which was the worst in TROLL last year, with a totally barren slate of keepers. Moves were made to improve his stock, but this is a team that is just looking to improve and to get set up well for 2016, when he will have 2 first round picks and the hopeful return of Josh Gordon from suspension. Tannehill is a high risk/high reward QB pick, and he could definitely become a solid rock for Redarmy to build on. But the aging WR core of Steve Smith and Larry Fitzgerald will have diminishing value moving forward. The strength of this team is in its IDP players, with Justin Houston, Chandler Jones, and Harrison Smith definitely carrying strong value for 2016 when IDP players take a new keeper slot.     DylanCarter (Washington Sentinels)   Key Players RB - Jeremy Hill RB - Latavius Murray RB - T.J. Yeldon WR - Dez Bryant WR - Mike Evans WR - Calvin Johnson TE - Travis Kelce   DC again finds himself around the top of the league, and there is a clear path to competiting for a second championship in three years. His WR's are world class, although surprisingly the depth of previous years is absent past his top 3 and relics like Anquan Boldin. Hill could very well be the top back in fantasy this year, and Murray, if he stays healthy, should combine with him and the rookie out of Jacksonville (Yeldon) to take his team into the future and give him a savage skill position punch. DC's IDP's are classically his strength, and his cache of midround picks allowed him to stockpile top LB's such as Ogletree, Mosley, Poz, and Stephone Anthony. QB, however, is a major question mark. Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater lead one to the classic saying, if you have 2 QBs, you don't have any. Who knows which will have the better week in a given week, and if he will be the one playing, as both have the potential for some bad weeks. Short of that, though, DC looks to be fielding the top starting 22 in the league.     Sarkin (Cardiac Pack)   Key Players QB - Aaron Rodgers RB - Eddie Lacy WR - Julio Jones WR - Vincent Jackson WR - Charles Johnson WR - Dante Moncrief TE - Greg Olsen   Sarkin remade his team in Ted Thompson's image this offseason, trading for Aaron Rodgers to complement Eddie Lacy, his handcuff James Starks, and a Jordy-less flyer in picking up Ty Montgomery. Julio Jones is a monster, and Charles Johnson, Moncrief, and VJax could easily be the top options in good-to-great offenses. The only thing separating Sarkin from DC in this division is the IDP's, and Sarkin's just don't compare. But this team will make the playoffs, and has the firepower to make some noise once there.     Verlion (Lion's Clubhouse)   Key Players RB - Adrian Peterson RB - Danny Woodhead RB - C.J. Anderson RB - Andre Williams RB - Darren McFadden RB - Arian Foster WR - DeSean Jackson WR - Roddy White TE - Martellus Bennett   Verlion is another new team owner, and he inherited a team with top keepers on it, with Anderson, Foster (when he returns), and AP headlining a serious RB core that has a lot of high-upside players that could yield a fourth keeper-worthy back from it. The receivers would have been great 4 years ago, but White has injury concerns, Marques Colston has roster spot concerns, and Jackson has everyone hating him concerns. But his mid to late round autopicking took good care of his IDP's for him, and he will be able to compete for a playoff spot in year one with some good moves during the year.     Spartan1985 (Winston's Crab Shack)   Key Players RB - Chris Ivory RB - Andre Ellington RB - David Cobb WR - Jordan Matthews WR - Michael Floyd WR - Jarvis Landry WR - Eric Decker DL - J.J. Watt   Spartan, like Redarmy, took over a barren team. He aggressively set about making it his own, and there are the makings of a threat to DC down the road for division dominance here. For the first time ever, a DL will be listed as a key fantasy player, because J.J. Watt might be the only TE to have DL eligibility with how he's used on that team, and is just otherworldly. I'd guess that two of Ivory, Cobb, or Ellington will have keeper-worthy seasons, and Landry could be a top 10 WR by the end of the season. All of the pieces aren't there yet, but there has been enough done that, as we move into IDP keepers going forward with the best one locked in to this team, 2016 could be a big year for Spartan.     Mergerberger (The Wild Thornberries)   Key Players QB - Matt Ryan RB - Matt Forte RB - C.J. Spiller WR - Antonio Brown WR - Demayrius Thomas WR - Sammy Watkins   Unlike many other new owners, Merger was able to take over a team that was well set up from the previous owner. Monty didn't have time to keep with the team, and he left a full cupboard of stud young WR's and a top RB in Forte, as well as one of the rarities in the game these days, a reliable QB in Matt Ryan. In a very even division, its guys like Antonio Brown that can separate you, and while I don't think he is a championship contender with the state of his IDP's, he has the base to contend for the playoffs for years to come.     Magicninja (Elway's Horse Teeth)   Key Players QB - Matt Stafford RB - Justin Forsett RB - LeSean McCoy RB - Jonas Gray RB - Devonta Freeman RB - Montee Ball WR - Keenan Allen WR - Brandin Cooks TE - Julius Thomas   Magicninja's home run hitters are the key to his upcoming season. McCoy has a job as a workhorse, and Forsett has his job until he decides to be Justin Forsett again, but the rest are pure speculation, and that's how you get a leg up in a viciously competitive division. Neither Jonas Gray, Devonta Freeman, or Montee Ball start the season with an actual job, but they each start in some form of a committee and if just one emerges as the clear cut starter, due to performance or injury issues with others, then the sky is the limit for the points these guys can put up for MN. Brandin Cooks will get a heavy workload in NO, and Keenan Allen will look to bounce back from his dismal 2014. And if his hand heals, Julius Thomas could be the crutch Jacksonville needs for its offense to take the next step, and combined with above average IDP's, this might be the team to beat, if the RBs and WRs round into form.     Astriy (Adrian's Switch Hitters)   Key Players QB - Ben Roethlisberger RB - Jamaal Charles RB - Alfred Morris WR - Randall Cobb WR - Alshon Jeffery TE - Jimmy Graham   This is the real boom or bust team in this division. After a disappointing 6-7 finish last year (albeit with a playoff berth), Astriy's team is set up with some of the best keepers in TROLL, but major lottery tickets surrounding them. Cobb and Jeffery are the man in each of their passing offenses, now they just need to stay healthy. Similarly for Jamaal Charles, if he's healthy, Astriy is almost assured a playoff spot. If he isn't, he's going to wish he had Knile Davis, or really any depth behind Morris. The WR's are where his team can get exciting, with rookies in good situations like Jaelen Strong in Houston, Tyler Lockett in Seattle, and DeVante Parker in Miami all with the talent to be the best receivers on their team, if they get the chance to establish themselves in that role. This might be a team best set up to compete in 2016 than it is now, but if Astriy can flip some talent into IDP's, the rookies break out, and people stay healthy, he could compete for the championship. If a couple of those thinggs don't happen, he might well miss the playoffs.     Hornguard (Restricted Free Agents)   Key Players QB - Tony Romo RB - Marshawn Lynch RB - Doug Martin RB - Frank Gore RB - Shane Vereen RB - Alfred Blue WR - Davante Adams WR - Victor Cruz TE - Jason Witten   Hornguard autopicked himself to a pretty decent skill position starting lineup. Alfred Blue fails the eye test, but in this league, opportunity is sometimes enough, and he has the opportunity to take the Houston job and run with it. Adams could be in play for a huge role with Rodgers chucking him the ball, similarly to how guys like Nelson and Cobb got opportunities before him from guys leaving or getting hurt. The IDP's arent great, but with Gore and Lynch potentially in their last years of keeper-league relevance, this team is in full win-now mode, and has the firepower to take the division.     Niota (Yo Soy Fiesta)   Key Players QB - Cam Newton RB - Joseph Randle RB - Tre Mason RB - Todd Gurley WR - Julian Edelman WR - Andre Johnson WR - Kelvin Benjamin   Niota starts his championship defense in a hole, with last year's #1 overall pick, Benjamin, out for the season, leaving him down a keeper. He thought he had nabbed his replacement when he traded up to the #2 overall pick to get Amari Cooper, but I sniffed it out and jumped him to #1 overall. He was left with a great consolation prize in Todd Gurley, and made the unsexy, but smart pick to handcuff them together in drafting Tre Mason 4 picks after grabbing Gurley. One way or another, barring a catastrophe (or Benny Cunningham), the St. Louis running attack is his, and it is a very productive one, with superduperstar upside with Gurley. Niota chose to focus on lottery picks at the skill positions, and locking down IDP's, getting top guys like Lavonte David and DeAndre Levy to complement his keeper, Luke Kuechly. Brandon Coleman looks to have the fast track to a productive job, but guys like Randle, Corey Brown, and Ladarius Green need to show us a lot more than they have before in their expanded jobs for Niota to be able to repeat.     Canik (Abdullah Akbar)   Key Players QB - Peyton Manning QB - Tom Brady RB - Mark Ingram RB - Giovany Bernard RB - Ameer Abdullah WR - Emmanuel Sanders WR - Mike Wallace   Canik made the classic mistake of trading for a 2nd QB shortly before the draft, and as a result, he had to keep two older QB's, with limited dynasty value, instead of a young RB/WR, and that could cost him the shot to overtake Niota this year. His RBs are all guys who could have big years, but who also could simply not have jobs by midseason, with both Jackson, Abdullah, and Gio on the wrong side of committees, although Abdullah looks like the real deal. Devin Funchess is a great pickup, especially when it comes at the expense of one of Niota's best players, and at the very least, Canik can trade a QB for improvements elsewhere, although he probably won't get the value of the keeper spot he used in return. Still, this is a playoff team if a little breaks right for him.     AlmightyHero (JPP's Fireworks Emporium)   Key Players QB - Russell Wilson RB - David Johnson WR - Torrey Smith WR - Brandon Marshall WR - DeAndre Hopkins TE - Jordan Cameron   The lack of a draft pick this season in the first round really hurt Hero's chances to turn his team around this season, as Pierre Garcon has drifted into fantasy irrelevance, but Ameer Abdullah or T.J. Yeldon, guys available where Hero would have picked had he not flipped the pick (and others) for him, would have been high value/high upside players to have moving forward. His RB's are a mess, and outside of Hopkins, there isn't any youth there either. This will be a tough season for Hero, and it might be time to start building with 2016 and beyond in mind.     Scipio (Easy Breesy)   Key Players QB - Drew Brees RB - Jonathan Stewart RB - Bishop Sankey WR - T.Y. Hilton WR - A.J. Green WR - Jordy Nelson TE - Coby Fleener   Scipio thought he was building the best WR core in TROLL when he traded the #2 overall for A.J. Green (and other keeper players), but sadly Jordy went down and took that idea with him. Sankey and Stewart, if they can prove they can hold onto their jobs (and stay healthy) could have strong years, and Brees is always a lock to put up good numbers. An unsexy but effective IDP core could help him rise to the middle of the pack, but he is a move or two away from playoff contention, but that's a big step up from where the team was before he took over. When Nelson gets back, this will be a strong team for 2016, and should make noise then.           By popular demand, here are my Totally Out of Nowhere Predictions (TOONP):   Alter Egos Division Champ: GoFastLeft makes a good run at it, but Goldie locks up his 4th consecutive division title before they play their Week 13 season finale. Haf's Flingers Division Champ: DylanCarter again is too much for the rest of the division and takes the crown for the third year in a row. Heroes of Time Division Champ: Hornguard's RB's drive him to the division title, even though he finishes with the same record as Mergerberger and only a game or two ahead of Astriy and Magicninja. Krack Heads Division Champ: Canik takes advantage of Niota's flaws and knocks the champ out of the top spot in the division.   Schattenmann Cup Winner: DylanCarter breaks Goldie's heart again in the final, and makes it two wins in three years. 
  12. I've seen a lot of crazy things happen, but the fact that this has actually happened might be up there with the craziest of them.