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Mar 27 2018, 06:36 AM
After recent events, I wanted to take a few moments to give a bit of a backstory and wanted to address everything that has happened.

I joined this league when it was still fairly fresh and was part of the season 3 draft. I had immediately been seen as a pretty decent prospect and was touted in the first round of the draft, where several teams had an interest in me. Most notably there was interest from San Jose (who ended up taking a kicker), Arizona (Er was someone I talked to a long time) and Orange County. In the end I went to Orange County and in the end, I could not have been happier with that. Everything worked out amazingly well in my career.

I spent the first seasons of my career hyperactive, with many posts about statistical analysis and inventing statistics and going to crazy lengths to give people crazy articles. I was so excited by this league. It gave me an outlet for my writing, my interest in math, my sports knowledge and passion. I really could not have been happier.

During my second season, I started a project which I probably spent more than 10 hours on and which sadly never got finished. It was a huge project that included having to go through every boxscore at the time, and more. It included a lot of math and spreadsheets. It was done to invent a statistic for this league that would have created the equivalent of WAR, the baseball statistic, which aims to look at every player on one scale, regardless of position. The project was incredibly time consuming and I loved doing it, but it also cost me a lot of energy and not finishing it was also part of the reason why I ended up going inactive. I could not deliver on such a monumental task that I had set myself and that felt like a failure in some ways.

There were a lot of issues in this league at the time that also made me start to enjoy it less. After a wide range of scandals, I finally felt myself drained and less enthusiastic. Around the same time, the PBE started, and I became very active in it and after a season there I took over the GM position for one of the teams. With that, came even less time and energy for the NSFL. I regret that I did not continue at least earning easy TPE in the NSFL like activity, training, predictions, but you cannot undo what is done.

Even in my bouts of inactivity, I continued looking at boxscores, continued looking at results, but I was never active on the site. The Otters were doing incredibly well and overall so was my player. I had enough TPE at this point to kind of rest on my laurels and continued seeing good results week to week. One championship turned into two and now into three in a row, with my player having done a lot of work to contribute to it. I could not be happier about those titles. We all worked hard on them. I know that Molar and Timeconsumer and others like Teddy and Boss are doing tremendous work on this team and lead them to great success.

For me though, it was not the best scenario for my activity. I would see boxscores and see myself get decent amount of tackles and other stats, would see the team win big, all while I was inactive and doing nothing to add to my player. Why come back and be active? Why try hard or do anything? It was all going great anyway! I kind of lost that drive, that will to be the best, which I very much still had in the PBE especially. To me, it felt like I was no longer the underdog, no longer the one who chased. I lost that drive to compete.

At some point last season, I started to become interested in the NSFL again. I did some of the work again and slowly built my player up further. I felt that itch again. I had inquired how long my contract still was and learned it was another season. I became intrigued by the prospect of being a free agent, of being able to go to a weaker team, an underdog, a team that chases, a team that had something to prove. League parity has become a bigger and bigger personal issue to me, something that I truly wanted to contribute to, not leaving a weak team in free agency to go to the best team, like some others do.

I want to reiterate, I have nothing but joy and happiness about my time with the Otters, nothing but love and respect for the people on that team. I feel very close to Molar especially. Many of the players on that team are awesome people. I share like 4 different locker rooms with Teddy. This was not the case of me wanting to leave because I disliked the team at all and it kind of hurt even to make that decision.

Eventually though, I made my decision. Unlike some others, I also did not want Molar to be blindsided. He had given me a lot of opportunities on this team and I did not want to just announce leaving in free agency after all that, especially not out of nowhere. I am sure some of my experiences from the PBE have shaped that opinion but I did not want this team to suffer because of this. I did what I felt was right, which was to tell Molar my decision and to say hey, I know you would lose me next season so if you feel you can trade me to get some value back, I understand that completely.

He also had given other GMs the opportunity to talk to me, to discuss my activity and plans going forward. I heard from several teams which I am very grateful for. I am sure that my activity level here at times deserved the attention I was getting but I appreciate it nonetheless. Many of the teams in this league are great and I could have seen myself on their teams as well. Purely based on my earlier statement, about wanting to go to maybe one of the weaker teams, I had looked at standings as a gauging of where teams were at. I had looked at the needs of the teams at Linebacker as well and at rosters and people I was friends with or knew from other leagues.

One of the teams that stood out early and stood out most was New Orleans. There was an obvious fit in terms of team strength (with them having had the 2nd worst record in the league), an obvious fit in terms of positional need (even without my activity for a few seasons, my player has a better overall rating than any of their current linebackers) and an obvious fit with people I knew from other leagues.

I want to talk about that a tiny bit more since that was a big factor for me still. I wanted to go to a place where I would continue to be motivated and while the first two factors are huge for that reason, the last is as well. The Otters discord is extremely active and fun to be in, even if I was not always the most active in it. I wanted to go to a place where I could have conversations with people. With that, I want to talk about some of the people that made my mind go towards New Orleans.

Tbone – I had drafted him this prior season in the PBE and we have gotten along well, plus his player kicks ass. Naturally, he was one of the people that stood out to me as someone I could want to be on a team again.

Bovo – I had contacted Bovo ahead of his PBE draft and we had a very interesting good interaction there. I felt like he and I would get along well and I think he had felt similarly.

Beaver – Beaver and I had some very good interactions and he had once given me one of my favorite compliments ever, and I still remember that.
Not to take away from anyone else but those three were the main factor in that sense. And just everything together made me feel like New Orleans was the perfect place to go.

After all though, I had not yet been traded and free agency was still a year away. Would I just go to a different team via trade and then leave in free agency next season? I was unsure about everything and had felt like maybe New Orleans was not trading for me after all, as some time had passed and no news were given.

Then suddenly, yesterday, seemingly out of nowhere it happened. I was traded to New Orleans, my number one destination and I could not be happier. I want to thank Molar again for his tremendous work and friendship and for his understanding of my wishes. I want to thank the Otters organization and teammates. I wish you the best of luck and I am sure you will do well for many seasons to come.

My time in New Orleans starts now and I have many goals. I want to help this team win, I want to improve my own stats, I want to grow TPE wise. I want to be as excited as I was when I joined this league and so far, I can feel that childlike excitement returning. The discord already seems a ton of fun and also slightly ridiculous though I fear I only contributed to that. I am very hyped about every opportunity I have here and hopefully I can show that my decision was a good one. I think this team can achieve a lot, maybe not next season yet, but down the road and I want to be part of this process that can lead the team from the bottom to the top. I want to win a championship again in my career and I think it will feel incredible if it were to happen with this team.

All this being said, yes, I do plan on signing a contract extension in New Orleans, as soon as it is allowed in order to show commitment to this team and to improve further. I want to be here for several seasons at the very least and see where this team can go.

I want to talk a bit more about my player and my goals now. I have obviously seen some success as a linebacker in this league although I would argue that I was never quite at the top yet. I have excelled in several areas of the game but don’t seem to have one that stands out. I am a good overall player I guess. My player rating is already 89 so there is not a ton I can improve on, but I still want to reach my potential. It looks fairly good for me being a pro-bowl player again for I believe the 2nd time in my career, but I am hoping to return there many more seasons to come.

One of my favorite aspects of this league and any sim league for me are the career statistics. I love rankings, leaderboards, etc and so for me, the career leaderboards are one of my favorite things here. Right now, I am not found on any of them for the regular season (I am on a couple playoff top tens). I want to change that for sure and that is a huge goal for my career still. By being active fully again, I am hopeful that my career can go several seasons deep into regression while still being an active starter on a team. I am hoping that I can delay the ultimate decay and continue finding roster spots on teams, even if it is just for a few snaps to add a few more tackles for the leaderboards. I want to especially end up on the top 10 leaderboard for career tackles, which is a huge goal of mine. I also think this move makes it more likely to achieve that. Evok’s player Stone had more than 100 tackles on this team last season and her player was not rated as well as mine is currently so my dream is to be able to top that still next year. Being the main focus on a defense is new for me and hopefully I can live up to that. The middle linebacker has a lot of responsibility but I think I can live up to that task. I also know that in the last two or three seasons, my player was very good for a linebacker in terms of sacks. That also means I may have an outside shot at the top ten in leaderboards for sacks as well.

What these goals mean is that ultimately, my goal is to fight regression as long as I can, despite the couple seasons of inactivity I lost. I will have to really try hard, but ultimately I do think I will be able to fight it, especially if I stay humble and excited for this league. The further we go in this league, the better this will go, I think. I want to achieve a lot!

I mentioned above that I was on two career top ten lists for playoff statistics, which are sacks and tackles. Neither of which, I am in the top seven for, so going from a playoff team to a weaker team is definitely not helping my case there. I am very hopefully that I can help lead this team to playoff appearances in the future and that would also help my own case for those leaderboards.
Seasonal top ten lists will already be very hard to get into. My player is not close to the league leaders in terms of TPE or ratings and some of the top 10 seasons are already amazingly great. To get to the top 10 in tackles in a season, you already need 121, which is insanely high. I also know that my sack count should be fairly high, career wise and going forward again next season too hopefully.

Now, finally let me give a little conclusion. I am very happy that I was traded, but again, I loved my time with the Otters and could not be more grateful for the opportunities I got with them and the titles we won together. I am excited for this new chapter of my career and being able to have a new challenge has revitalized my effort and my excitement for this league and I am hoping to keep that going for as long as possible. This is an incredible league and it gives me an opportunity to live out this cool fantasy we all seem to have in common of what a professional sports career would be like. I guess I had to experience a trade too in order for it all to feel realistic //files.jcink.net/html/emoticons/smile.gif

Thank you for reading!
Nov 20 2017, 05:03 AM
One of the biggest changes of the off-season came in the form of overhauled offensive lines. Teams were now able to buy bots to play on the offensive line and it changed the league dramatically. Some of the best talent in the league now switched positions. We have seen new Quarterbacks, new running backs, new defensive player. Overall, offensive lines have gotten dramatically better, as we have these bots in place now. With all the changes in the league, one player has suffered the most: Superstar Jayce Tuck.

Jayce Tuck has been arguably the best player of the NSFL since the creation of the league. No player has dominated his position as obviously as Jayce Tuck has.

In three seasons, Tuck leads the league with 71 sacks. Sabercats Dan Miller is second on that last with 45. Just look at what a difference that is! Jayce Tuck has two of the three best sack seasons and three of the top ten sack seasons. Last year he destroyed his own record when he got 32 sacks in one season.

So what has Jayce Tuck done since the rules have changed? Well, he has been stifled. He doesn't look like that same dominant player right now and Arizona has suffered a bit through that. After 8 games, Tuck has a disappointing four sacks this season, an output that he had in several games last year. But this year, he is struggling. Right now he is still third in the league in tackles for loss, so he is not completely falling off, but his sacks have been lacking. He also has many less tackles than last year.

So what does this mean? Well, it means offensive lines are doing what they are supposed to now. Will they be forever dominating Defensive Ends? I doubt it. We will see Jayce Tuck strike back eventually. But it is an interesting change. From 32 sacks to less than 10 in a season (at least most likely).

How will he react to this struggle? Will he try even harder to get back to the top? We have only seen him have dominance and success, never struggle and failure.

I personally believe we will see Tuck back soon enough. Maybe even this year in the playoffs. Tuck is still a superstar, no matter what and teams will game-plan against him.

Arizona still leads the league in sacks but the league as a whole is having a much lower pace for sacks. The offensive line changes really are making a huge difference.

So far this year, there have been 6.625 sacks per game (both teams combined), while last year there were 9.410 sacks per game. So basically every game has three sacks less. It is easy to see what a huge difference this rule change made. Overall though, I do think this is a good step for the league and makes the league more competitive and realistic.

One other thing is also clear, if these rules are continued, Jayce Tuck will easily have the all time record for sacks in a season forever. No one will ever even get close to 32 again. And I have a feeling he will still continue to grow his lead on the all time sack list well and once his career is over, he will have an incredible lead on anyone else on that list.

Jayce Tuck is a superstar, no doubt about it. Even with these struggles, I doubt anyone feels differently. I think he will end up with 9 sacks this year, but bounce back next year with 15 sacks and lead the league again.

What are your own predictions?
Nov 2 2017, 06:10 AM
Well, we don't have much else to do, so let us take a look at the first two weeks of pre-season and make completely irrational statements on how we expect the season to go based on those! Sounds fun right?

First off, let's take a look at the completely changed circumstances with Quarterbacks in this league. We saw several guys take their first snaps behind center and we should look at the results of that.

A. Blocksdale is one of the new Quarterbacks, leading the Baltimore Hawks to two wins in the pre-season, one on the road against a decent Sabercats team. He had two impressive performances, with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception in the two games. As said, he lead the team to two victories as well. He seems to have a good connection to C. Christmas, who lead the team in receptions both times and yards once. As far as the Hawks are concerned, they should be happy. Blocksdale looks like the real deal. And despite the team going through massive changes, they won both games. Their former Quarterback S. Kyubee, now on the defensive side, had an interception in both games. Even if he does not continue to be quite so dominant, this seems like a switch that was good all around. Another big change comes at the Running Back position where O. Taylor replaces D. Farlane who had lead the league in Rushing Yards just two seasons ago and was still solid last year. Taylor had 194 yards in two games and two touchdowns.

And speaking of new Quarterbacks, M. Akselsen gave his first two starts behind center as well, though with slightly more mediocre results. In the two games, he had 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. If he will turn the ball over this much, that might be an issue. The Wraiths still his bad game decisively, 38 to 10 against the Legion, despite him throwing four picks. After losing Josh Garden this off-season, the Wraiths look for Bailey Cook to step up and dominate the league. He proved his worth in these two games, leading his team in receptions and yards both times, showing a good rapport with Akselsen already. The Wraiths also let E. Kennedy run the ball in these two games, with limited success against the Otters.

While Chris Orosz is not a new Quarterback, he does play for a new team now. Orosz lost both games, though he played a fantastic game on the road against the dominating Arizona Outlaws, where he had 350 yards and two touchdowns, without an interception. Despite having this great game, the Outlaws won on a late Ronaldo field goal. Then the Sabercats lost at home against the Hawks. Go figure?! They also sport a new Running Back in J. Yates, who had solid games.

The Legion are also starting a new Quarterback in W. Stone. While in the first game the Legion could do barely anything on offense, despite the defense getting four interceptions, they managed to win the second game at home against the Yeti. Both teams are not expected to be any good this year, despite the Legion improving in free-agency.

The Outlaws struggled surprisingly, winning against the Sabercats barely and then losing against the Liberty. But don't worry, the Outlaws know exactly what they are doing. With many Offensive Line changes not in the game yet, the Outlaws will still be dominating this year. One thing to consider is this: How happy do you think Dustin Evans and C.A. Chess are right now, after the shocking acquisition of Josh Garden in the off-season? While Josh Garden had 237 yards in the two weeks, Evans and Chess had 175... combined!

That's all I have for now!
Oct 20 2017, 05:00 AM
This was a lot of work compiling the list and comparing the two years, so I again used my brother to help me. Please give @StevenO'Sullivan 50% of the payout!

With the season over, I wanted to look at how the top 10 career leaderboards have changed from season 2 to season 3.

Passing attempts:

M. Boss - 1504 (+3)
C. Orosz - 1502 (-1)
S. Kyubee - 1421 (-1)
E. Hunt - 1200 (+2)
K. Bronko - 1021 (+2)
J. Bercovici - 974 (+2)
L. Noble - 915 (-4)
J. Christ - 854 (-4)
C. Rove - 514 (N/A)
V. Draxel - 444 (-1)

In most quarterback categories we will see a similar trend every year, with active QBs rising up higher and inactive ones falling down. Noble and Christ were the main losers in this season, while Mike Boss jumped up from 4th to 1st.

Passing Completions:

M. Boss - 910 (+2)
C. Orosz - 899 (-1)
S. Kyubee - 838 (-1)
E. Hunt - 675 (+2)
K. Bronko - 581 (+2)
L. Noble - 513 (-2)
J. Bercovici - 499 (+1)
J. Christ - 459 (-3)
C. Rove - 286 (N/A)
V. Draxel - 228 (-1)

Very similar to attempts obviously. We just see very slight differences.

Pass Completion Percentage:

M. Boss - 60.5 (+1)
C. Orosz - 59.9 (-1)
S. Kyubee - 59.0 (-)
K. Bronko - 56.9 (+2)
E. Hunt - 56.2 (-1)
L. Noble - 56.1 (-1)
C. Rove - 55.6 (N/A)
J. Christ - 53.7 (-1)
V. Draxel - 51.4 (-1)
J. Bercovici - 51.2 (-1)

This is an interesting category as it will likely evolve slower over time than others since it is not a quantity based category.

Passing Interceptions:

S. Kyubee - 47 (+1)
M. Boss - 47 (-)
J. Bercovici - 43 (+2)
C. Orosz - 37 (-)
N. Pierno - 35 (N/A)
E. Hunt - 32 (+1)
L. Noble - 28 (-4)
C. Rove - 24 (N/A)
K. Bronko - 23 (-1)
J. Christ - 21 (-4)

Obviously this is not the leaderboard you want to be on, but it will still be interesting to keep an eye on. Nick Pierno had an absolutely horrendous season after being pushed into a starting role he was not ready for. With just one season, he immediately jumped into 5th place and is set to maybe take the lead in this category next year.

Passing Yards:

M. Boss - 10592 (+1)
C. Orosz - 10108 (-1)
S. Kyubee - 9280 (-)
E. Hunt - 7926 (+2)
K. Bronko - 6851 (+2)
J. Bercovici - 5677 (+3)
L. Noble - 5621 (-3)
J. Christ - 5044 (-3)
C. Rove - 3461 (N/A)
V. Draxel - 2858 (-2)

This is obviously one of the crowning leaderboards out there. Boss and Orosz are the first Quarterbacks over 10 thousand yards and Kyubee will be next. This is going to be a category that will be fought over for years to come.

Passing Touchdowns:

C. Orosz - 63 (-)
M. Boss - 62 (+1)
K. Bronko - 50 (+2)
S. Kyubee - 46 (-)
E. Hunt - 44 (+3)
L. Noble - 33 (-4)
J. Bercovici - 30 (+2)
J. Christ - 21 (-2)
C. Rove - 20 (N/A)
V. Draxel - 20 (-3)

Another very important leaderboard and the only one Orosz actually kept his lead in, but barely. We will see a lot of competition in the next few seasons over this top ten!

Passing Rating:

K. Bronko - 84.4 (+1)
C. Orosz - 83.7 (-1)
M. Boss - 82.6 (+1)
E. Hunt - 77.6 (-1)
S. Kyubee - 75.4 (+2)
L. Noble - 73.7 (-1)
V. Draxel - 73.6 (1)
C. Rove - 70.0 (N/A)
J. Christ - 69.4 (-1)
J. Bercovici - 60.9 (-1)

King Bronko with the only category he has the lead for. We have seen some great passer ratings seasons this year, so this might be a challenging list in the next few seasons.

I will skip the longest ______ categories, as it is not really a career accomplishment in my eyes.

Rush Attempts:

B. Nuck - 878 (-)
R. Mackworthy - 839 (+1)
B. Tweed - 832 (+2)
O. Wright - 771 (-2)
J. Durden - 739 (-1)
D. Farlane - 736 (+2)
A. Savea - 538 (+3)
L. Jenkins - 521 (-1)
V. Bowers - 427 (-3)
M. Robinson - 382 (-1)

Farlane makes another big step up, as did Tweed and Savea. Nuck holds his spot at the top still, though with far less of an edge than last year.

Rushing Yards:

B. Nuck - 3303 (-)
B. Tweed - 2976 (+3)
R. Mackworthy - 2934 (-)
O. Wright - 2897 (-2)
J. Durden - 2495 (-1)
D. Farlane - 2381 (+2)
L. Jenkins - 1954 (-1)
A. Savea - 1680 (N/A)
V. Bowers - 1541 (-2)
M. Robinson - 1349 (-1)

Tweed makes a huge step forward in this very important leaderboard. Farlane makes another step forward as well. Savea is a new entry on the list.

Rushing Touchdowns:

O. Wright - 19 (-)
R. Mackworthy - 18 (+2)
B. Nuck - 17 (-1)
J. Durden - 13 (-1)
E. Burnsman - 12 (N/A)
D. Farlane - 11 (+4)
B. Tweed - 11 (-2)
L. Jenkins - 11 (-)
K. O'Connell - 10 (-3)
A. Savea - 10 (N/A)

Omar Wright keeps the lead in this important category, despite a down-year in other categories. Mackworthy and Nuck are both threatening. Rookie Burnsman lead the league with 12 Touchdowns and immediately becomes a threat in this category going forward.

Catches:

R. Phelps - 251 (-)
G. Wright Jr. - 225 (+4)
B. Westfield - 216 (+5)
J. Garden - 211 (-)
B. Cook - 208 (-2)
K. Hendrix - 197 (-1)
S. Weston - 187 (+2)
D. West - 182 (-1)
A. LeClair - 179 (N/A)
B. Bottles - 173 (-)

This category is dominated by the Orange County Otters, with the top three choices being Otter players. LeClair makes a new entry here. There are also two Tight Ends on the list still, though Wright Jr. changed positions now and so this might look very different next year again.

Receiving Yards:

R. Phelps - 3832 (-)
B. Westfield - 3570 (+3)
J. Garden - 3523 (-1)
B. Cook - 3242 (-1)
S. Weston - 3001 (+3)
K. Hendrix - 2894 (-2)
N. Stormblessed - 2712 (+2)
A. LeClair - 2665 (+2)
F. North - 2549 (N/A)
M. Jackson - 2442 (N/A)

Westfield makes a huge jump to give the category to the Otters again. Weston also makes a good jump. North and Jackson are new on the list, replacing D. West and C. Christmas.

Receiving Touchdowns:

B. Westfield - 26 (+2)
J. Garden - 25 (-1)
N. Stormblessed - 23 (-1)
R. Phelps - 19 (+5)
B. Cook - 18 (-)
K. Hendrix - 16 (-2)
A. LeClair - 16 (-)
D. Law - 15 (-2)
S. Weston - 14 (N/A)
C. Chess - 13 (N/A)

Westfield takes the lead here as well, but Garden and Stormblessed are close. Phelps makes a huge jump with an 11 touchdown season. Weston and Chess replace Jackson and Christmas.

Fumbles:

O. Wright - 12 (+3)
D. Farlane - 11 (-)
B. Nuck - 10 (+4)
E. Hunt - 10 (-)
M. Robinson - 9 (-4)
C. Orosz - 7 (-1)
J. Durden - 7 (-1)
B. Tweed - 6 (N/A)
R. Mackworthy - 6 (N/A)
S. Kyubee - 4 (N/A)

Omar Wright sits atop this bad leaderboard. Nuck made a big jump as well. Tweed, Mackworthy and Kyubee are new on the list.

Fumbles Lost:

D. Farlane - 8 (-)
O. Wright - 8 (+1)
E. Hunt - 6 (-1)
B. Nuck - 5 (N/A)
C. Orosz - 4 (+1)
B. Bottles - 4 (+1)
J. Durden - 4 (-3)
M. Robinson - 3 (-3)
B. Tweed - 3 (N/A)
D. Kroetch - 3 (N/A)

Nuck will not be happy about entering this list so highly. Farlane and wright need to work on ball security.

And now we get to the defensive side of the ball:

Interceptions:

I. Rashad - 16 (-)
V. Marmeladov - 14 (+1)
S. Maddox - 14 (+3)
A. Hayden - 13 (+6)
T. Oles - 13 (N/A)
A. Delacour - 12 (+3)
R. Flock - 12 (-5)
P. Carter - 12 (N/A)
D. Speed - 11 (-1)
D. Lavelle - 10 (-6)

Rashad keeps his lead, but it is closer now. Hayden with a huge jump after a seven interception year. Oles jumps into the top ten. Flock is the big loser, despite three more interceptions this year. Lavelle Is another big loser, despite two more interceptions.

Interception Return Yards:

S. Maddox - 331 (-)
D. Speed - 271 (+4)
V. Marmeladov - 268 (+6)
A. Hayden - 266 (-)
R. Flock - 265 (-3)
P. Carter - 244 (N/A)
A. Delacour - 199 (N/A)
D. Verns - 180 (N/A)
J. Williams - 168 (-6)
T. Oles - 159 (N/A)

This is a category that saw a lot of change. Maddox stays at the top, Speed and Marmeladov make huge steps forward. A few new people on the list while others are gone.

Tackles:

A. Selich - 352 (+1)
J. Lee - 348 (-1)
S. Harrison - 315 (+2)
J. Saint - 308 (-1)
I. Bavitz - 307 (+1)
A. Hackett - 305 (-2)
D. Verns - 295 (N/A)
W. Fulton - 280 (N/A)
H. Ernston - 275 (-2)
T. Varga - 268 (N/A)

Tackles is one of the prime categories for defense. Selich is now the leader, Harrison makes a good step forward. Verns and Fulton appear for the first time and make a big jump.

Sacks:

J. Tuck - 71 (-)
D. Miller - 45 (+5)
M. Ramrio - 42 (-1)
H. Ernston - 40 (-1)
F. Wozy - 39 (+1)
J. Saint - 37 (-2)
V. Cox - 33 (N/A)
B. Bjornsson - 31 (N/A)
B. Metas - 30 (+1)
W. Fulton - 30 (N/A)

In what might be the most impressive and surreal lead of any category, Jayce Tuck is ages better than anybody else. His lead is essentially almost an elite season worth of sacks. D. Miller makes a huge jump to get to second place.

Forced Fumbles:

J. Saint - 6 (-)
W. Fulton - 5 (+1)
D. Miller - 5 (N/A)
A. Delacour - 4 (N/A)
F. Wozy - 4 (+3)
M. Ramrio - 4 (N/A)
B. Bjornsson - 4 (-3)
J. Tuck - 4 (-3)
H. Ernston - 4 (-3)
I. Bavitz - 4 (N/A)

Not much to say in this category, this will be more interesting in ten seasons. I will skip Fumbles Recovered, Fumble Return Yards and Defensive Touchdowns for that reason.

Punt Return Yards:

O. Wright - 1025 (+1)
R. Mackworthy - 992 (-1)
S. Weston - 767 (-)
B. Westfield - 760 (+2)
D. Lavelle - 508 (N/A)
A. Delacour - 429 (N/A)
N. Stormblessed - 409 (-2)
A. Hayden - 404 (-4)
B. Tweed - 323 (N/A)
D. West - 298 (-3)

O. Wright is the first player with over 1000 punt return yards. There was less change here than I might have imagined.

Kick Return Yards:

N. Stormblessed - 2337 (-)
O. Wright - 1932 (-)
S. Weston - 1912 (-)
A. Hayden - 1686 (-)
B. Westfield - 1475 (N/A)
L. Jefferson - 1339 (N/A)
J. Garden - 1302 (N/A)
A. LeClair - 1227 (N/A)
L. Novel - 1182 (+1)
R. Phelps - 1171 (N/A)

This Is an interesting category. No change in the top four positions and the rest of the spots is almost completely new.

Field Goals Made:

T. Turkleton - 78 (+1)
A. Booter - 71 (-1)
C. Ronaldo - 64 (+2)
B. Kicksit - 53 (-1)
S. Harris - 41 (+3)
I. Blewitt - 39 (+4)
K. Laces - 38 (-3)
B. Walsh - 29 (+1)
A. Sims - 26 (N/A)
A. Nugent - 25 (-4)

Turkleton is safely at the top. Ronaldo, Harris and Blewitt with some nice gains. Sims is here for the first time.

Extra Points Made:

C. Ronaldo - 82 (+3)
A. Booter - 81 (-)
T. Turkleton - 79 (-)
B. Kicksit - 69 (-3)
S. Harris - 60 (+3)
A. Sims - 55 (N/A)
I. Blewitt - 48 (+1)
B. Walsh - 37 (+2)
K. Laces - 36 (-3)
A. Nugent - 36 (-5)

Cristiano Ronaldo takes the lead in this category already. Harris and Sims made huge jumps.

Punt Average:

C. Ronaldo - 46.8 (+1)
I. Blewitt - 46.0 (+2)
S. Harris - 45.5 (-2)
J. Langdon - 45.4 (-1)
B. Kicksit - 45.3 (-)
A. Booter - 45.2 (+1)
J. Darkapple - 45.2 (-1)
T. Turkleton - 44.6 (+1)
J. Lombardi - 44.1 (N/A)
K. Laces - 43.3 (-)

Ronaldo also has this category lead, but Blewitt made a good jump upwards as well.

Punt Yards:

S. Harris - 14743 (-)
A. Booter - 12327 (-)
C. Ronaldo - 12064 (+1)
I. Blewitt - 10635 (+3)
B. Kicksit - 10058 (+1)
T. Turkleton - 9137 (+3)
A. Nugent - 7376 (-4)
B. Walsh - 6791 (N/A)
K. Laces - 6361 (-4)
J. Darkapple - 5016 (-2)

Harris and Booter still in the lead, Ronaldo, Blewitt, Kicksit and Turkleton all make jumps upwards.

Tackles for Loss:

J. Tuck - 51 (-)
A. Tomlinson - 45 (+3)
B. Crocker - 40 (-1)
F. Wozy - 38 (+2)
B. Blade - 38 (-1)
J. Spearhead - 31 (-3)
D. Dam - 26 (-)
C. Okonkwo - 25 (N/A)
J. Saint - 23 (N/A)
D. Davidson - 22 (N/A)

Tuck has another category here and he will not give it up easily. Tomlinson made a big jump forward though, as did Wozy.

Pancakes:

A. Winchester - 190 (+1)
M. Akselsen - 178 (-1)
T. Pest - 177 (+1)
B. Longshaw - 157 (-1)
J. Floggity - 154 (-)
G. Clegane - 144 (+4)
C. Hamilton - 134 (+2)
S. Jefferspin - 131 (+1)
B. Rodriguez - 125 (-2)
A. Thomas - 122 (N/A)

Winchester takes over the lead. Clegane makes the biggest jump. This category will be fought over hard still.

Sacks Allowed:

A. Bennett - 29 (-)
B. Rodriguez - 27 (-)
T. Tebow - 25 (+7)
A. Thomas - 22 (+1)
B. Longshaw - 21 (N/A)
D. Ferguson - 21 (-)
T. Bullard - 20 (N/A)
V. Sharpei - 19 (N/A)
G. Tech - 19 (-1)
S. Walters - 18 (N/A)

Tebow makes a massive jump as one of the worst offensive linemen, but Bennett and Rodriguez are still at the top. Several new entries for this list as well.

And that concludes this comparison. Hope it was as interesting to you as it was for us!

















Oct 19 2017, 07:39 AM
Because of the argument in regards to making Offensive Line not playable anymore, because supposedly it is not fun and many people stop being active, I thought I would check if that claim is correct since no one actually bothers to check if it is correct, they just blindly say things.

Here are totals for every position based on the NSFL rosters update page. There may be one or two mistakes, but most is pretty clear. I defined middle as someone who has updated in the last two to three weeks and often before then but not this current week:

QB:

Active: 6
Middle: 1
Inactive: 5

RB:

Active: 7
Middle: 2
Inactive: 10

WR:

Active: 17
Middle: 1
Inactive: 11

TE:

Active: 6
Middle: 1
Inactive: 9

OL:

Active: 16
Middle: 5
Inactive: 20

DL:

Active: 13
Middle: 2
Inactive: 22

LB:

Active: 11
Middle: 3
Inactive: 16

CB:

Active: 12
Middle: 1
Inactive: 14

S:

Active: 8
Middle: 1
Inactive: 10

K/P:

Active: 4
Middle:
Inactive: 5

If we consider middle to be null for this statistics, here are the percentages from most active to most inactive:

WR: 60%
QB: 55%
CB: 46%
OL: 44%
S: 44%
K: 44%
RB: 41%
TE: 40%
LB: 40%
DL: 37%

With the exception of Wide Receiver and Quarterback, every position is under 50% activity rate. Offensive Line is actually fairly near the top, which is surprising given the large number of players needed to fill a roster with (40 total) while a position like Kicker only needs 8. Positions like Running Back, Tight End, Linebacker and Defensive Line are all less active than Offensive Line.

Sure, one can argue that other positions would start being more active if we eliminate Offensive Line. But why eliminate offensive line and not defensive line based on these numbers? Just cause someone somewhere thinks that Offensive Line makes people go inactive more often, which clearly is not the case, despite all the OL men that switched positions to it in order to play and then never logged on again. And still OL is more active than some other positions.

Yes, other positions will be more active if the active OL men are forced to switch, but I believe that is a drastically wrong move and I pinpointed here why. The fact of the matter is, Offensive line does not appear to be any less fun or keep people active or inactive as other positions.

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