Fantasy Impact 2019: And The Winner Is…
It was definitely a merry Christmas for Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Luke Weaver — the 2019 Fantasy Impact champion!
In one of our Arizona leagues, Luke Weaver (Dream Weaver) dominated all season long, claiming clubhouse bragging rights over Steven Souza Jr., Nick Ahmed and Archie Bradley.
Luke was one of two MLB players who earned a league title this season, joining NL Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso.
Normally, our grand prize winner would receive a trip to Spring Training, but we think Luke’s already covered there. Our highest-scoring league champion who doesn’t play baseball for a living will head to Florida this spring to see his St. Louis Cardinals — Tyler Sickmeyer (Tyler’s Team)! Tyler earned a San Diego championship and out-scored everyone but Luke in Week 16.
Here’s a look at all of our prize winners this season:
Dream Weaver (171.02) — Souza & Weaver’s League
Grand Prize (Spring Training Trip)
Tyler’s Team (169.72) — Austin Hedges’ League
City Champions (First Pitch)
St. Louis: Psycho Kyler (162.48) — Pat Maroon’s League
Minnesota: Tecmo Super Bowl (149.50) — Kyle Gibson’s League
New York: King of Queens (148.86) — Zack Wheeler’s League
Arizona: Husband/Wife LawTeam (138.86) — Ahmed & Bradley’s League
San Diego: Tyler’s Team (169.72) — Austin Hedges’ League
Table Champions (Personalized Rawlings Bat)
Adam Wainwright’s League: MarvMagic
Michael Wacha’s League: Wrecking Ball
Jack Flaherty’s League: Rawlings Rappers
Pat Maroon’s League: Psycho Kyler
Kyle Gibson’s League: Tecmo Super Bowl
Jake Odorizzi’s League: Renegades
Ryne Harper’s League: David’s Dandy Team
Steven Matz’s League: FDNY Foundation Team
Zack Wheeler’s League: King of Queens
Pete Alonso’s League: Pete Alonso
Weaver & Souza’s League: Dream Weaver
Ahmed & Bradley’s League: Husband/Wife LawTeam
Austin Hedges’ League: Tyler’s Team
League Championship Recaps
Adam Wainwright’s League
MarvMagic: HUGE Davante Adams fan. Needing 24.94 points heading into Monday night’s Vikings/Packers matchup, the Green Bay WR delivered a clutch performance for Marv’s team. That, combined with much-celebrated waiver-wire pickup Mike Boone’s meager contribution, was enough to give MarvMagic the win over MustSeeTV314.
This was one of the most epic victories in Fantasy Impact history, surprising even Waino himself on the message board:
“Wow!!!! Marv Magic with one of the wins of the century!!!!! There’s always next year Mustseetv! Great effort by all this year. Y’all stayed up on your waiver wires and setting your lineups! Really good and competitive league. Proud to be a part of this league and with saving lives with all of you! Great work!!!”
Michael Wacha’s League
Wrecking Ball and STL BattleHawks were definitely the class of Michael Wacha’s League all season long, so it was fun getting to see them go head-to-head one more time to see who wins it all.
The matchup didn’t disappoint, as Wrecking Ball avenged a Week 3 loss when it mattered most — earning their second consecutive Fantasy Impact league title!
As was par for the course this year, Lamar Jackson led the way for Wrecking Ball, who also received an incredible effort from Julio Jones. Despite Michael Thomas’ record-setting performance and a strong game by Travis Kelce, STL BattleHawks couldn’t close the gap.
Jack Flaherty’s League
The CMC machine was in full effect for Rawlings Rappers in Week 16 — and the All-Everything Panthers RB wasn’t even the highest-scoring member on Mike’s team that week. Tyler Boyd finished the fantasy season with a monster game, and Dallas Goedert came through with 24.10 points … all of which compensated for Aaron Rodgers’ clunker.
JFlare‘s dreams of a players’ championship fell with his running backs. Chris Carson’s injury ended a solid season and James White was the loser of that week’s Patriots RB roulette game. We know the young ace will be aiming for the title again next season!
Pat Maroon’s League
You’ve got a few months ’til baseball season… plenty of time to work on your fastballs, Russ & Chris! Do what you can to avoid ending up on a list like this.
On the strength of a blowout victory over Dynasty 12, Psycho Kyler claimed the Fantasy Impact St. Louis title.
Michael Thomas and Ryan Tannehill (one of 2019’s biggest surprises) were the keys to victory for Psycho Kyler, with Dallas Goedert and Davante Parker also coming up huge.
Kyle Gibson’s League
What a performance by Tecmo Super Bowl! The No. 4 seed in the playoffs upset No. 1 ranked RohloJ in the semifinals are came out on top over No. 2 seed Tom’s Team in the championship round.
Drew’s team was the highest-scoring champion in Minnesota, so he can spend Christmas dreaming of throwing out the first pitch at Target Field. Michael Thomas and Miles Sanders were the keys to victory, and trendy waiver-wire addition Breshad Perriman outscored his projection in the victory.
It’s rare that a team featuring Lamar Jackson AND Julio Jones takes an L, but Tom’s Team didn’t get much help from his supporting cast. Congratulations on a great season, Rob, and best of luck next year!
Jake Odorizzi’s League
Is Styx considered Christmas music? We’ll spin some anyway, in honor of Renegades‘ league title.
Mike Boone made a few enemies in Week 16, and we don’t think Josiah will be buying his jersey anytime soon. Following injuries to Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison, several teams hung their championship hopes on the preseason star.
Unfortunately, one of those teams was Thielen’s Cousin, who finished 8.58 points away from fantasy football glory. Adding insult to injury were the bench-bound performances of DeAndre Washington (18.60) and Adrian Peterson (13.50).
Renegades benefited from big games by Christian McCaffrey and Devonta Freeman, who each scored more than 30 points last week. Brian almost earned the prize of a ceremonial first pitch, finishing 0.14 points behind Tecmo Super Bowl, from Kyle Gibson’s League.
Ryne Harper’s League
Swamp Thing tried to run the table after entering the postseason with a losing record… and almost pulled it off! However, David’s Dandy Team was just too strong this time.
Despite the Giants’ defense putting up a -1 point effort, David had a pretty solid week. All but 2 starters put up double digits, led by Aaron Jones and Travis Kelce. Needing 19.42 points heading in to that Monday night, Aaron Jones came through with a monster game. Even with Lamar Jackson at QB, Swamp Thing couldn’t hold off David’s Dandy Team.
Steven Matz’s League
Steven Matz, through his Tru32 initiative, is a tireless advocate for our brave first responders, so it was only natural that FDNY Foundation Team took home first place in his league. Michael & Bernard guided this team with expert precision, counting on steady performers like Drew Brees and Travis Kelce, while also benefiting from surprises like Terry McLaurin and Breshad Perriman.
Riso Legacy hitched their hopes to Lamar Jackson, arguably the fantasy football MVP this year. However, Duke Johnson, Danny Amendola and T.Y. Hilton couldn’t come through in Week 16.
Pete Alonso’s League
Pete Alonso is just racking up the hardware this year. The NL Rookie of the Year award will look great next to the Polar Bear’s real prize of 2019 — a customized Rawlings baseball bat, commemorating his Fantasy Impact league title!
Pete crushed the competition this year, relying on Lamar Jackson and Michael Thomas to lead the way. A late addition of Kansas City’s defense also helped the slugger claim victory over Cook My Kittle… another team burned by the tantalizing potential of Mike Boone. Though Drew Brees and Miles Sanders came through, DeAndre Hopkins was uncharacteristically quiet this week.
Dana, we’d love to see you back next year to see if you can wrest the title from the Mets’ star first baseman!
Zack Wheeler’s League
Just as Superman has Kryptonite, Impersonal Foul has King of Queens.
Throughout the season, Lee’s squad defeated opponents with reckless abandon. Impersonal Foul was the league’s highest-scoring team all season long by a wide margin, but King of Queens just has their number. After Rich claimed a victory in Week 3, Lee was ready to turn the tables and defend his league title.
However, the bottom half of his lineup wasn’t as revved-up. While the stars did their jobs, the curse of Mike Boone hit Impersonal Foul hard. A lackluster performance by the Patriots’ defense didn’t help, either.
King of Queens was just too good this time around, claiming the New York city title this year. Please, don’t pull a 50 Cent, Rich!
Nick Ahmed & Archie Bradley’s League
Case closed: Husband/Wife LawTeam gets to celebrate a huge victory! Mark & Alexis emerged with a solid victory over the underdog Mahome Boys. Since Luke Weaver throws out the first pitch that matters every 5 days, Husband/Wife LawTeam gets the honor of throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before a D-backs game this upcoming season!
Even though James Conner was hampered by injuries in Week 16, Mark & Alexis made it through, thanks to Drew Brees, Michael Thomas and Aaron Jones. Congratulations!
What a run by Mahome Boys, though! Troy’s team got hot at just the right time and made the right calls to move him into the championship round. However, D.J. Moore’s injury ended his day prematurely, and hot Week 16 waiver-wire addition Anthony Miller was silenced by Seattle.
Luke Weaver & Steven Souza Jr.’s League
Congratulations to our 2019 Fantasy Impact CHAMPION! Dream Weaver was a force right out of the gate, starting 4-0 before a heartbreakingly close loss to JONAS’s Team. Luke didn’t lose again until Week 13… and both losses he suffered were by less than a point.
No close call this time around, as Saquon Barkley-led Dream Weaver crushed Dem Boyz on their way to the overall championship. Vincent’s squad got great performances from Drew Brees and Aaron Jones, but the rest of his starters couldn’t live up to projections.
Austin Hedges’ League
In his first year as a Fantasy Impact participant, Tyler’s Team won big! Winners keep score, after all. San Diego was one of our most fun, competitive leagues and we’re grateful for all the teams who made it that way!
With Lamar Jackson, Tyler Boyd and Devonta Freeman leading the way, Tyler easily claimed a victory over El Diablo Rojo, who couldn’t update his lineup in time after Derrick Henry was a late scratch in Week 16. A rough performance by Deshaun Watson definitely hurt, too.