You did it. You finished another fantasy football regular

  •  season and if you’re reading this Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey , you maybe even got your team into the playoffs. We started with 60 Bears fans looking to conquer the fake world in our Windy City Gridiron Tournament and the playoffs mean we have cut the field down to 30 for the ultimate crown.A quick recap of what is at stake. Each of the five division winners will collect a reward from the OSS-extraordinaire Whiskey Ranger. You’ll have a unique souvenir of your accomplishment to brag to your friends about. The grand prize, however, will be awarded to the division winner who scores the most points in the Week 16 Championship Games. A game within a game. Finally, the plan is to choose the top players, in a super secret formula, to start a champions league for next year’s tourney. I’ve asked each of the 4 staff commissioners to join me and writing a recap of their regular season and give a preview for the playoffs. Once again, thanks to everyone to participated and good luck to all except my opponents in the Payton Division!Payton Division - Jeff BerckesI’ve been very impressed by the competitiveness of the Payton Division all year. The league started to take shape pretty early on as the top half of the league broke away from the bottom half early. As a result, there wasn’t any real drama leading up to this week as the top 6 teams were just jockeying for playoff seeds. I was happy to avoid Trubiscuits&Gravy in the first round as the squad led by Patrick Mahomes and Todd Gurley probably has the best roster in the division. Further, because of seeding, Trubiscuits&Gravy would have to play BigMack Sacks in the second round - a team led by Drew Brees and Saquon Barkley. Yours truly needs to navigate a slightly more reasonable path to the championship game against a Zeke Elliot-led squad and then the amazing tandem of Alvin Kamara & Christian McCaffrey. Despite losing Kareem Hunt and James Conner, I think the Peanut Punchers are up to the task. Championship Prediction: Trubiscuits&Gravy over the Peanut PunchersButkus Division- Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.Congrats to the playoff teams in the Butkus Division, 1) Nathaniel’s Team, 2) Miller Time, 3) License to Khalil, 4) Rage Against Shaheen, 5) A Millers Attack, 6) Big Mack Attack. but I don’t see anything stopping the top seeded Nathaniel’s Team. Patrick Mahomes, Adam Thielen, and Ezekiel Elliott has been huge for him all season. The 3rd seeded License to Khalil scored the most points this year, but I’m still picking Nathaniel’s Team to win it all.It’s been a fun year, and seeing one winner crowned from so many divisions will make this league champ stand above the rest. Halas Division - WhiskeyRangerHalas Division has been super competitive this year, living up the the legacy of it’s namesake. As evidence of that, 4 playoff spots were still up for grabs as of week 13, and 7 teams still had a shot at them. You know it’s a competitive league when only 3 teams have been eliminated from the playoffs in week 13. But, competitive as it was, only 6 teams get to advance. Champaign Cubbies (Password is Taco) and Myself (Midway Turf Monsters) earned a 1st round bye , and a bit of breathing room at 11-2 and 10-3 respectively. Nomad30 (Zero Effort), finyards (Polk High Panthers), Bear Nuts (Bear Nuts), and BearAnBullsSoxOhMy! (Mitch N’ Biscuits) will battle it out in week 1, and with 1 win or less separating all these teams (they are all either 8-5 or 7-6), it looks to be a hard fought round.It’s anyone’s guess how this Division, and this Tournament, will shake out between now and week 16... but one thing’s for sure. It’s gonna be fun to watch!Championship Prediction:Bear Nuts over Midway Turf Monsters (Injuries finally catch up to a deep Midway Turf Monsters team, and they drop the most important game of the year in a shoot out between Todd Gurley and CMC).Sayers Division - Patti CurlI’m going to rip off the band-aid. I’m not in my division’s playoffs. I could make excuses—like Yahoo autodrafted my first pick while its leaky-garbage app was “loading” the draft room for several minutes—or make petty observations—like I scored more in total points than two of the playoff teams—but instead I will graciously congratulate the playoff contenders for their fine performances. This weeks match-ups look to be nail-biters. First up, Punching Peanuts—who rode Gurley, Mahomes, and a cast of scrubs into the playoffs—will face ShowMeThemTDs—who’s name refers to what may have a decent pun referring to female secondary sex characteristics the first time I heard it, but this isn’t the first time I’ve heard it. TDs made the prescient decision to start Isaiah Crowell over Derrick Henry and has Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. Calling this game is hard, because Gurley will be useless against the Bears, but Rodgers...eww. I suppose it will be annoying for Packers fans if Rodgers has a career high game the week after being eliminated from the playoffs, so I’ll side with TDs in this one.Hurricane Ditka takes on Bear Jordan with a Rivers/Keenan Allen stack and a side of Alvin Kamara. Bear Jordan has the more balanced squad, and despite having that name without Jordan Howard on his team, I think he pulls this off unless the Rivers Allen connection explodes . I’m not worried about that—I think that Bengals defense is enough games after firing their defensive coordinator to really hit its stride this week.Of our two Byes, Swaggy Nagy sits on top with a wealth of running backs featuring Christian McCaffery, David Johnson, and Philip Lindsay. Zero Dark Ten can rest on his laurels this week knowing he has three Bears starting on his troop—Jordan Howard, Anthony Miller, and Tre Burton.Championship prediction: Bear Jordan vs Zero Dark 10. Watch out Bear Jordan: ZD10-locks and his three Bears will be facing the SF defense in week 16.Ditka Division - Sam HouseholderNormally no one cares about your fantasy team, so this venue is a little different for me but I still hate to share a ton about my team. But I’m too proud not to share: This season has been one of the biggest single turnarounds for a fantasy team of my own. I was slow out of the gate but after starting 4-4 I won the last five in a row to win the regular season and earn the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. Unbelievable. My squad (On a Winning Tarik) is led by Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey and DeAndre Hopkins.Now, that doesn’t mean my competition hasn’t been stiff. Right behind me in the seeding and also earning first-round byes are BlackDragon1628 Womens Chase Daniel Jersey , led by Carson Wentz, Adam Thielen, Julio Jones and Melvin Gordon. In the third spot is It’s (A.) Miller Time (Webb Slinger), who has Patrick Mahomes, Rob Gronkowski and Devante Adams. The final bye belongs to Kiss My Butkus (sandersonjared), who boasts Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham and Stefon Diggs. Is he a closet Giants fan?KMB actually earned a bye despite a losing record (6-7) to show just how tough this division was, living up to it’s namesake.Trubisky and Whiskey (9-4, Dr. Acula III) clashes with Bill’s Elbow Chop (8-5, Bill Cartwright’s Elbow) highlight the round one games. Neither team has wow QBs (Jameis Winston and Josh Allen, respectively) but T&B has Ezekiel Elliott, Tyreek Hill and Phillip Lindsey while BEC has Travis Kelce, Alvin Kamara and Courtland Sutton.I Khalil You (BigPoppa77) and Hold My Ditka (StellarPete22) should also be a good match up with Khalil You featuring Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Ridley and Tarik Cohen while My Ditka has Phillip Rivers, Michael Thomas and Antonio Brown.Thanks again to everyone and good luck in the playoffs. Hit the comments below to discuss your playoff dreams or hit us up on Twitter @gridironborn @opinionbear @wiltfongjr @whiskeyranger29 @samhouseholder Schedule analysis and draft thoughts lead the news in today’s Den"BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!BEARRRSSSS / FREE AGENCY / DRAFTThe Bears’ 2019 schedule is out. Tribune writers make their game-by-game predictions - Chicago Tribune - The Bears will play the maximum five prime-time games as well as the early Thanksgiving game and one in London. Coach Matt Nagy has embraced that spotlight as a reward for their success. The league, after all, wants to showcase its best teams. With that elevated position, however, come expectations. The Bears carry them along with Super Bowl aspirations into 2019. Here’s their full schedule and a breakdown of each game.Chalk Talk: What’s toughest part of schedule? - - Senior writer Larry Mayer discusses the most difficult portion of the Bears’ schedule, if the Bears could have a sixth night game added and the last time the Bears played on Thanksgiving in back-to-back seasons.Mayer: Capsules of Bears’ 2019 opponents - - Take a capsule look at the 13 teams the Bears will play during the 2019 season, including series records and the last meetings between the Bears and their opponents.Mayer: Iconic sportscaster Coppock passes away - - Legendary Chicago sportscaster Chet Coppock passed away Wednesday from injuries he sustained in an automobile accident near Hilton Head, South Carolina.Medina: If the Schedule and Trubisky Are the Bears’ Biggest Concerns, We’re Not Worried - Bleacher Nation - There’s nothing like bulletin-board material in April!Medina: Potential Bears Draft Target Devin Singletary Showed His Hamstring Is Fully Healthy at Recent Workout - Bleacher Nation - FAU running back Devin Singletary proved in a workout with the Bears that his hamstring problem is a thing of the past.Eurich: How the Chicago Bears can win the 2019 NFL Draft - 247Sports - So how can Bears GM Ryan Pace walk away from the draft feeling like a winner?Eurich: Free agents the Chicago Bears can still target ahead of draft - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears will not have the chance to fill out their roster via the draft like many others around the league.Gabriel: Scouting Bears’ Kicking Options In The NFL Draft - 670 The Score - The Bears could select a kicker next week in the NFL Draft.Behind Enemy Lines: Looking at where the Bears fall in their opponents’ schedules - NBC Sports Chicago - The NFL released its schedule on Wednesday night, and Paul Aspan breaks down where the Bears fall in their opponents’ schedules Bennie Fowler III Jersey ,Mayer: Bears featured in two of NFL’s top 10 games - - According to analyst Elliot Harrison, the Bears will play in two of the NFL’s top 10 games during the 2019 season, both on Sunday Night Football.Bears have a different view of the draft this year - Daily Herald - The Bears have a different view of the draft this year. After a worst-to-first jump last season in the NFC North, the Bears have one of the league’s best defenses and banking on a more creative offense led by QB Mitchell Trubisky to improve.POLISH SAUSAGENFLPA president: Voluntary means voluntary – ProFootballTalk - Jaguars executive V.P. of football operations Tom Coughlin say that all players should be present for voluntary offseason workouts. The president of the NFL Players Association says that voluntary doesn’t mean what Coughlin apparently thinks it means.KNOW THY ENEMYLions GM: Detroit not planning to trade up in 1st round - Pride Of Detroit - Don’t expect the Lions to trade up in the first round.San Francisco man swindles Vikings in luxury suite scam - Daily Norseman - The team estimates that they lost around $70,000Packers’ 2019 schedule predictions: Is a 10-6 record realistic? - Acme Packing Company - There are tough stretches in this year’s schedule, but are the Packers headed back to the playoffs? Ken's Note: Denial is a river that runs through Green Bay.Lions GM: Stafford's absence won't affect draft plans - - Lions general manager Bob Quinn said Thursday that Matthew Stafford's absence from the team will not affect how Detroit attacks the 2019 NFL Draft.Draft analysis: With playmakers Jackson, Clinton-Dix, Bears need safety depth - Sun Times - On a team with a strong front seven like the Bears ... it’s a potential bonanza to have two ballhawks like Jackson and Clinton-Dix in the secondary.IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRONWiltfong: 10 Thoughts on the Chicago Bears 2019 Schedule - Windy City Gridiron - Now that the Chicago Bears 2019 schedule has been made official, and we’ve all had some time to dissect the path the Bears will need to travel to repeat as NFC North champs, I wanted to share my...Infante: Analyzing which running backs Bears should target in 2019 NFL Draft - Windy City Gridiron - Last week, I asked you all on Twitter which running back draft prospects you wanted me to break down. 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