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Mission Impossible: Viking Funeral - Weeks 4 & 5

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Week 4
Week four was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. On one hand, the Vikings' defense looked atrocious. Even with how good the Rams are, there's no reason to ever have Barr covering star receivers deep down the field. 
On the other hand, the offense played out of their minds. Kirk Cousins gave the fantasy team 31.7, and Thielen and Diggs added 27.5 and 23.3 points respectively. 
The problem is, fantasy still requires depth to be successful. Cook, coming off of an injury, and Latavius Murray produced just 7.8 points combined. Further, Kyle Rudolph (10.7) and Laquon Treadwell (8.7) had mediocre performances, which is not great in such a talent heavy league.
Speaking of not great, the Vikings D/ST. -9 Points. Negative. For a defense touted as one of the best in the NFL, that is just mind bending. In a game where the Fantasy Vikings lost by just 3.1 points, we would have won if we didn't even play a defense.
What are you gonna do?


Week 5

Week five was another odd matchup.…

Mission Impossible: Viking Funeral - Week 3 Recap

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Mission Impossible: Viking Funeral - Weeks 1 & 2

A couple weeks have gone by and the mission to bring the fantasy roster filled with only Minnesota Vikings players is in full effect.

Let’s take a look at what’s happened so far:

Week 1
Week one actually turned out pretty well for the team. They put up 105.3 points in the PPR format which is about average, maybe a bit below, and every starter with the exceptions of Latavius Murray and LaQuon Treadwell seemed to meet expectations. The problem here is that no one had an above average game besides the Vikings defense thanks to the interception return for a touchdown by rookie Mike Hughes. It could have been better, but we’ll take this in most weeks.

Too bad this wasn’t most weeks.

The other team (cleverly sporting the name “Team 6”) had a monster effort from their team. They exploded with 161.3 points thanks to great performances from Tyreek Hill (42.3 points), Odell Beckham jr. (22 points), Golden Tate (20.9 points) and Jay Ajayi (20.2 points). It was a herculean effort from the opponents t…

Mission Impossible: Viking Funeral - Draft Recap

After two attempts, the all Minnesota Vikings fantasy team is ready to go, and it looks pretty good.

The first attempt at drafting only Vikings crashed and burned like the actual team did in last year's NFC championship game. After successfully nabbing Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, and Stefon Diggs, a disgruntled owner made it their mission to sabotage every other pick we had. We ended up with just those three Vikings, and would have needed a miracle to even win a single game.

Determined to succeed, and equipped with too much time on our hands, we started another draft, and just barely secured our top three. With no owners recognizing the fairly obvious pattern, we easily drafted the rest of the team.

It is a twelve-team league with ESPN standard PPR scoring, however, the playoff format is only four teams, and there are two weeks per playoff round, which is a huge problem for a team that needs everything to go right for them. At least the roster looks good…

Here is the breakdown of t…

Mission Impossible: Viking Funeral - Pre-Draft

The mission, should we choose to accept it, is to draft a complete and competitive fantasy football team made entirely of Minnesota Vikings. Of course, should this mission result in failure, absolutely nothing will happen because this is a truly unnecessary endeavor.
The Constraints: At no point will any non-Viking be on the roster The league will be at least 8 teams deep No collusion between other teams is allowed Any player who is no longer on the Viking’s roster must be dropped within 24 hours, and shall never start the upcoming game
Key Positions: QB - If we are unable to draft Kirk Cousins, that’s pretty much a death sentence. The only way to salvage a season without him is for a disastrous season ending injury. RB - Dalvin Cook is a huge upgrade from Latavius Murray, especially if he plays like he did the first few weeks of 2017. Missing Cook would be hard to overcome, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world. D/ST - Obviously this is a must have, otherwise we would be stuck wit…

The 'Definitive' Ranking of "Mario Superstar Baseball" Characters

I know what you’re thinking. Did this guy really take a considerable amount of time to rank the baseball abilities of fictional characters from a children’s game that was released in 2005? Yes, yes I did. “Mario Superstar Baseball” for the Nintendo Gamecube was released just under 13 years ago, yet to my friends and me, it is still completely relevant. I’ve placed each of the 32 characters in one of four tiers, creatively named Tier 1, 2, 3, and 4. The list will begin with the absolute worst characters and progress until I declare the ultimate character. Without further ado, let’s get started.

Tier 4

32 Koopa
Scouting Grades: Hit:30/Power:25/Run:45/Arm:50/Field:45/Pitch:40/Overall:30

To quote my brother, “Koopa has fly ball power.” Combine the power of Diddy with mediocre defense, no discernable pitching ability and a high tendency to pop up and you have this shelled liability. When a turtle’s most redeemable quality is his speed then he’s in trouble.

31 Baby Mario
Scouting Grades: H…

Gophers Drop Tough Game to MSU, 87-57

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn – The Minnesota men’s basketball team dropped their Tuesday evening matchup at Williams Arena by a score of 87-57 against the nation’s No. 2 team, Michigan State. Michigan State, coming off a thrilling buzzer-beating victory over the top-5 ranked Purdue Boilermakers, came to the barn with a chip on its shoulder after missing the top spot in the AP poll in favor of Virginia despite their loss to unranked Virginia Tech.

Minnesota (14-14, 3-12 B1G) had balanced scoring from the three players you would expect to put up decent numbers, but received underwhelming support from the bench and other support players. Freshman Isaiah Washington led the team with 18 points, followed by Jordan Murphy and Nate Mason with 16 and 14 points respectively. Murphy did a bit of everything, adding seven rebounds and four steals in addition to his point total.

Michigan State shot a blistering 63.6 percent from three-point range, and 53.3 percent overall. The Spartans had 15 offensive rebound…