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    The Dominator Rallies to Beat Spartacus, Moves Up to Fifth Place

    Week 9

    • The Dominator
    • 5-4
    • Weekly Grade: F
    • 72.01
    • Spartacus
    • 5-4
    • Weekly Grade: F
    • 65.66

    This had the look of a gritty NFC North showdown in December, with The Dominator (5-4, 1,152.69 points) finding a way to get past Spartacus 72.01 to 65.66, despite getting just the ninth-highest total in the league this week. The Dominator got real lucky, winning while putting up just 56.2% of their 128.08-point season average. The Dominator has now gotten lucky like this for the second time, after defeating Team BWhit 98.99 to 80.33 in Week 2. The Dominator has had some favorable matchups, helping them reach fifth place even though they rank just seventh in total points. The matchup was painful for Spartacus (5-4, 1,152.19 points), who not only lost, but also ended up dead last in the league in points.

    Top Players

      • Eric Decker
      • 22.88
      • Demaryius Thomas
      • 22.88
      • Cam Newton
      • 13.85
      • DeMarco Murray
      • 13.28

    Smooth Moves by The Dominator

    • The Dominator won even with Joique Bell in the starting lineup, who didn't score any points.
    • The Dominator won even though both of their WRs scored below their projected points.
    • Perhaps this is how backups become starters. The Dominator won with four players on the bench that did not play this week.

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    • Spartacus may have missed the opportunity for a win, but they gained an opportunity to be mercilessly taunted by The Dominator. 
    • Made a mistake in not starting Matt Asiata, who ranked 10th in the league in scoring and topped his scoring projection by 230.6%, the second-highest percentage in the league.
    • Should have started the San Francisco 49ers Defense, which underachieved, but still had more points than the starting DEF with 13.00 against a projected 13.36.
    • The Dominator had their fewest points of the season, but Spartacus could not pull out the win.
    • Spartacus had 5 of their 9 starters score zero points.

    What If

    • If The Dominator played Spartacus every week, they would be 5-4 this season.
    • The Dominator would not have beaten any other team in the league besides Spartacus this week.
    • The Dominator would be 3-5 if they played the same schedule as Spartacus.
    • If The Dominator had played every team in the league each week, they would be 35-46.
    • Spartacus would have been beaten by every other team in the league this week.
    • Timing really is everything. The Dominator would have lost to Spartacus 137.89 - 130.71 had they played each other last week.
    • Spartacus would be 5-3 if they played the same schedule as The Dominator.
    • Spartacus would be 34-47 if they played every team every week.

    Game Notes

    • Even though Spartacus lost, they had two players score higher than the leading scorer for The Dominator.
    • This matchup featured the two lowest-scoring teams in the league this week.
    • With 65.66 points, Spartacus scored the fewest points in the league this week and had the lowest score of any team this season.
    • The tragedy of being an underachiever is that The Dominator knows what they should be, but reality keeps telling them that they're wrong. They scored 72.01 points against a projected 115.25 and underachieved for the seventh time this season, including the last three weeks in a row.
    • The Dominator won by scoring 72.01 points, the lowest winning score in the league this season.
    • The Dominator did not cover the 45.22-point spread, winning by 6.35 points.
    • Spartacus got their lowest combined scoring output from the RB position this season with only 12.90 points this week.
    • Although The Dominator won, it was no thanks to Cam Newton, who scored 13.85 points and has now scored below his projection in three straight weeks.
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