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Battle of The Sexes 2017: The Results

At the start of the season, some of fantasy football industry’s top female writers/analysts went head to head with some of DFF’s finest in a competition. The competition went as follows. ‘Team Female’ had to come up with a bold pick for the season and somebody on ‘Team Male’ would oppose it. ‘Fantasy Twitter’ then voted and decided the winner who was Team Male taking a 5-3 victory. (Team female was given a pass on the Willie Snead prediction)

Pre-season was based on a crowd’s opinion, now it is now time to see who the real winner was based on in-season results. The picks were all great, and explanations as to why everyone picked what they did can be seen here.

All the write-ups are interesting and all fully justify why people choose the side they did.

Round 1: @LizLoza_FF vs. @dibari22 

Robert Turbin will score more TDs than Frank Gore this season

Pre-season result:      

Actual result:

Okay, now this was an incredibly bold take, so I have to take my hat off to Liz Loza for sticking her neck on the line. In truth, it wasn’t a million miles away from being correct. Gore finished the season with 4 touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 receiving) while Turbin finished with 1 touchdown. This does, of course, mean that the winner is Di Bari, but kudos to Liz for the pick.

Round 2: @draftqueens_NFL vs. @DFF_TonyL

Willie Snead is top scoring WR in New Orleans

Pre-season result:

 

Actual result:

Now, I have to feel bad for @draftqueens_NFL here, as I was very much on her side with this one. At the time this pick was made, Snead wasn’t suspended and was following on from a breakout year. Unfortunately, due to the suspension and an injury that stuck with Snead all year, he ended the season with just 92 yards making him the 5th highest scoring WR on the Saints roster finishing with just 7.20 fantasy points (standard scoring). So, sorry @draftqueens_NFL, you have to take the L on this one.

Round 3: @themondaymommy vs. @DFF_JamesH

Austin Sefarian-Jenkins will finish the season as a top 15 TE

Pre-season result:

     

Actual result:

I have to hand it to Jennifer here, it was a bold pick, and it looked like it was going to be a comfortable winner early in the season. Unfortunately, though, ASJ only played 13 games but did manage 25.6 points between weeks 5-7. (It would have been more but for a blown call by the officials). Overall, Sefarian-Jenkins finished 27th among tight ends, which isn’t that bad at all when you consider that he missed 3 games and had to contend with a change of QB midway through the season. I would have been comfortable to take the L on this one, but stats don’t lie so unfortunately for Jennifer, this pick was bold, but was also incorrect.

Round 4: @BrandonHerFFB vs. @DFF_Shane

The Seahawks will throw the ball on 61% or more of their plays this season

Pre-Season result:

 
Actual result:

This was bold. The Seahawks notoriously like to run the ball whether that be from their RBs or Russell Wilson using his legs. As of the 23rd December, Seattle’s passing percentage was at 60.29%, as of the end of the season they were at 59.38%. For Brandon, this is unlucky as there was a genuine feeling that this pick was going to be a winning one. Based on the pre-season poll being strongly against her and the stat line at one point nearly touching 61%, I am going to allow Brandon the win here. It was a great pick and was unfortunate not to be a winner.

Round 5: @FF_female920 vs. @DFF_DWIN

Martavis Bryant it will finish the season as a top 20 WR

Pre-season result:

     

Actual result:

So Bryant has had a busy season. There were talks of a rift between him and other Steelers personnel, then talks of him being traded. Despite all of that, Bryant has still been a rock-solid WR3 for Pittsburgh, racking up 82.50 fantasy points (standard scoring). This meant he fell just outside of the top 50 WR’s in fantasy football scoring. I have to admit, I thought there was a good chance that this would be a good pick. We knew JuJu was good coming out of USC, but nobody could have foreseen the huge impact he has had for the Steelers which has severely lowered Bryant’s productivity. Sorry, Jen, I thought you would be right with this one, but you have to take the L no matter how much I think you should have been correct.

Round 6: @leedoglaw vs. @DFF_Madman

Pierre Garcon outperforms his ADP and finishes as a top 20 WR in PPR leagues.

Pre-season result:

     

Actual result:

This really should have been a winning pick had Pierre Garcon not only played 8 games. He had 67 targets in those 8 games, turning 40 of them into receptions for 500 yards and somehow no touchdowns. This would have meant 90 points in PPR scoring for Garcon. Now let’s say he played all 16 games and kept that production up, including a few touchdowns since he never got the chance to play with Jimmy G-Q throwing to him, he would have ended up with nearly 200 points which would have put him around 18th-19th. Yes, this is all speculation, and this may be controversial – but I am willing to give Lisa the win here. It was a solid pick that 100% would have been a winning pick had he played all season. Sorry, Jeremy!


Round 7: @SharonaSZN vs. @DFF_BMack

Derrick Henry is the back to own for the Titans and will have a better fantasy season than Demarco Murray

Pre-season result:

     

Actual result:

I think this pick is bolder than it may seem. While there are a lot of people out there that rate Henry very highly, he was ultimately still a back-up to Murray. The key to this matchup was consistency; unfortunately, Derrick Henry just wasn’t consistent enough across the season to win this. Murray finished the season with 132.50 fantasy points; Henry finished with 124 (standard scoring) – a difference of only 8.5. Had Derrick Henry kept producing the same as he did against Indy (week 6), Houston (week 13) and Jacksonville (week 17) he would have won this and it wouldn’t have been close. I have to give kudos to Sharona for the pick, but unfortunately, this lost by a hair.

Round 8: @keightypi vs @DynoEconomist

Melvin Gordon will overtake LeSean McCoy in fantasy production this season

Pre-season result:

 

Actual result:

This one was entirely on the money, the pre-season poll got it right, as did Kate. In standard scoring, Melvin Gordon finished the season with 230.10 fantasy points, whereas LeSean McCoy finished with 204.60. It looked at one point as though Austin Ekeler was going to emerge in the Chargers team and steal a lot of Gordon’s work, but Melvin Gordon stepped up and finished the season with over 1,100 yards and 12 total touchdowns. McCoy won if this was total yardage, but this was fantasy production, and for Kate, that is all that mattered as she gives ‘Team Female’ another win.

Round 9: @AllieFontana vs. @NFLDraftTalker (Jake has left the DFF Family)

Kareem Hunt will finish as the top scoring fantasy rookie RB this season

Pre-season result:

     

Actual result:

I had to agree with Allie on this one. I was convinced that despite Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, Alvin Kamara and others all being fancied more than Kareem Hunt, I thought Allie was right in that Hunt would finish the season as the top scoring fantasy rookie RB. Despite a mid-season dip in production from Hunt and an unbelievable 2nd half of the season from Alvin Kamara, Hunt held on and finished as the 3rd overall running back in fantasy football behind Todd Gurley and Le’Veon Bell. I can’t remember whether this pick was made before or after Spencer Ware got injured – but either way, it was a great pick from Allie meaning another win for ‘Team Female.’

The overall result:

Team Male 5

Team Female 4

Ultimately, the ladies were handicapped in this by having to make the bold picks to start with (something that will change when we do the 2018 DFF Battle of the Sexes), so only losing by 1 is a great effort. 

I would like to extend my thanks to all the ladies who took part in this and to everybody on Twitter who took the time to vote. I can’t wait to do this all again before next season where it will be made bigger, better and hopefully more fun. As always, you can find me on Twitter @DFF_JamesH if you want to talk Football.

jhanmore

I work as an In-Play US Sports trader, father to Elijah, Archie and Izzie. Fan of Pittsburgh Steelers. Play the game as DT for Staffordshire Surge (Find them on Twitter @StaffsSurge). FSWA member. Follow me on Twitter @DFF_JamesH

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