2019 - King’s Classic – Jim Brown Division - Week 8

Each week, we bring you the results of the Jim Brown Division in the King’s Classic Expert League! Follow the league on Twitter @KingsClassicFF

In the summer of 1963 the Greater Oakland Professional Pigskin Prognosticators League held what would be the first ever fantasy football draft.  Shortly thereafter, the Kings X bar opened in Oakland and introduced fantasy football to its patrons.  Since the opening of the Kings X in 1968, fantasy football has snowballed into the multi-billion dollar industry that has spawned a radio network, network time devoted to fantasy on all the major sports networks, numerous websites, podcasts and even a clothing line.  In 2018, the Inaugural King’s Classic took place at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  The idea was a dual effort of Canton native and creator Big Guy Fantasy Sports, Bob Lung, and Brad Evans of Yahoo Sports.  Their vision was for 24 of the best and brightest minds in fantasy football to assemble at the Hall of Fame in two divisions, for two drafts.  The divisions were named for the first two picks in the inaugural GOPPPL draft, first overall pick George Blanda, who was followed by the legendary Jim Brown.  Each player participated in both a snake and auction draft, with half of the $100 entry fee going to charity.

We added four more teams in Year 2 and had our drafts on Saturday, Aug 17. Once again with Sirius Fantasy Sports Radio in attendance!

Each week, we will recap the happenings in both divisions.  You can also follow along with each league by clicking the links below.  It’s anyone’s guess, but one thing is certain, it’s going to be a wild ride!

 

Jim Brown Division

Participants

Yahoo

Brad Evans

ESPN

Mike Clay

CBS Sports

Dave Richard

FullTime Fantasy

Brad Kruse/Brian Owens

Big Guy Fantasy Sports

Bob Lung

Football Diehards

Bob Harris

RotoWire

Jim Coventry

Pro Football Focus

Jeff Ratcliffe

RotoWorld

Pat Dougherty

Guru Elite

Corey Parsons

FSWA

Andy Behrens

Fantasy Alarm

Colby Conway

RotoViz

Curtis Patrick

FantasyData

Dom Cintorino

 

Games of the Week

 

Snake Division

https://fantasy.espn.com/football/league?leagueId=5325353

Game of the Week honors in the snake league go to Dave Richard and Jim Coventry with Richard’s CBS Sports team flexing on the Rotowire team 124.5 to 122.4 to squeak out a tough win.  The CBS team was led by wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Stefon Diggs combining for 40 points, while Devonta Freeman added 16 from the running back spot.  Coventry got 27 and 24 points from Aaron Rodgers and David Montgomery respectively, while Emmanuel Sanders added a dozen in the loss. 

 

Auction Division

https://fantasy.espn.com/football/league?leagueId=26923919

Yet another nail biter in this division as the Game of the Week saw Jeff Ratcliffe’s Pro Football Focus team eek by the Football Diehards squad captained by Bob Harris 111.3 – 110.5.  Team PFF got a big day from running back Dalvin Cook with 28 points, while kicker Adam Vinatieri added 13, and Baker Mayfield chipping in 12.  Harris enjoyed 28 points for QB Aaron Rodgers, 18 from Austin Hooper and 11 from James White, but it just wasn’t enough for the win. 

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