Week 5 of the Hall of Fantasy league is behind us as we officially move on to the first week of the NFL season with teams on a bye (Niners, Jets). This means that some teams will have to adjust their lineups and rely on the depth of their benches, adding a wrinkle into their matchups.

If you are unfamiliar with the league, they do a fantastic job of laying everything out clearly and concisely on their homepage:

“The HOFL consists of 10 Football Franchises representing key markets throughout the U.S. Teams will be managed by a dedicated Front Office of fantasy experts who will compete on behalf of their respective Stakeholders.”

For more information, I wrote up the ins and outs of the entire league, including who is involved. You can read it here.

In regards to this piece, in particular, this will be a weekly piece highlighting where things stand in the league and a matchup to look forward to in the upcoming week.

Stake Rankings

The biggest draw to the HOFL is a fan’s ability to stake a team and have skin in the game without needing to keep up with the day-to-day management. Below is a reminder as to where teams ranked heading into the season in terms of the total stake, with the Vegas Pocket Kings being the league leaders.

Stake RankTeam (GM)
1Vegas Pocket Kings (Jeff Mans)
2Ohio GOATS (Michael Fabiano & Bob Harris)
3NY Bodega Cats (Scott Engel & Raphael Rabe)
4LA Sidekicks (Christopher Harris)
5Chicago Hogmollies (Jeff Ratcliffe)
6Texas Y’allers (Sigmund Bloom & Joe Bryant)
7Boston Barflies (John Paulsen & Jennifer Eakins)
8Atlanta Hot Wings (Graham Barfield & Joe Dolan)
9Seattle Haze (Melissa Jacobs & Pat Fitzmaurice)
10Philly Powderkegs (Adam Caplan)

Week 5’s matchup of the week featured two teams fighting to move above .500, as the Ohio GOATs and the Boston Barflies squared off in a tightly-projected game.

The entire box score is below.

Week 4 Recap - Hall of Fantasy League

This game featured a ton of fireworks, as the Barflies scored over 150 points and still lost by over 30 thanks to so many ceiling games for the GOATs.

The Barflies finally got a productive game out of Robert Woods but were unable to overcome the down games that they got from Jared Cook, DJ Moore, Jamaal Williams and Jaylen Waddle. On the other side, the GOATs had at least 20 fantasy points from five separate players on their roster, capitalizing on extremely productive outings.

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After their matchup, the Ohio GOATs moved to 3-2, while the Boston Barflies dropped to 2-3-0. Below is a snapshot of how the entire league is shaking out:

RecordTeamPoints ScoredFAAB
5-0-0Atlanta Hotwings811$48
4-1-0Chicago Hogmollies904$70
3-2-0Ohio GOATS873$12
3-2-0NY Bodega Cats846$58
3-2-0Vegas Pocket Kings778$58
2-3-0Boston Barflies754$4
2-3-0Seattle Haze741$68
1-4-0LA Sidekicks780$10
1-4-0Texas Y’allers690$51
1-4-0Philly Powderkegs671$41

While there’s still very little space between teams, there’s less of a mosh-pit in the middle now that teams have separated themselves (for better or worse) from the 2-2 pack that cluttered the league ahead of Week 5. The Hotwings remain the sole undefeated team, but it’s FTN’s Jeff Ratcliffe (Chicago Hogmollies) who leads the lead in overall points scored (904).

Week 6 gives teams yet another chance to separate themselves, as those that moved to 3-2 will look to gain some momentum, while the Hotwings and Hogmollies will look to continue their dominance at the top of the standings.

Matchup of the Week - Week 6 - Hall of Fantasy League

Despite being on different ends of the spectrum in terms of their overall record, the matchup between the NY Bodega Cats (3-2, 140.69) and the LA Sidekicks (1-4, 141.56) is the tightest-projected game on the slate this week.

A win for the Sidekicks would put them right back in the thick of things, while a loss only buries them further down the standings. Below is the matchup preview, with the Bodega Cats listed on the left and the Sidekicks on the right.

Kyler MurrayQBLamar Jackson
Darrell HendersonRBDamien Williams
Jonathan TaylorRBD'Andre Swift
Henry RuggsWRMarquise Brown
Cooper KuppWRAJ Brown
Mike WilliamsWRMichael Pittman
Cameron BrateTETravis Kelce
Leonard FournetteFLXJosh Jacobs
Jamison CrowderFLXTim Patrick
Justin HerbertSFLXJared Goff
Daniel CarlsonKYounghoe Koo
Carolina PanthersDSTLos Angeles Rams

Three of the four quarterbacks in this matchup find themselves at the top-end of the scoring leaders at the position, which primes this game for a photo finish and provides a great explanation for the tight spread.

Week 6 Overview - Hall of Fantasy League

Looking at the league as a whole, below is a preview of the other Week 6 matchups outside of the matchup of the week.

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With so much stake on the line, every week counts. Will teams make a statement and separate themselves, or will they sink in Week 6 and make it even harder to climb out of the hole at the bottom of the standings?