Emilio Pescatore wins the pool.  Pescatore lost the lead for exactly one play in the
fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIII before regaining the lead for good.  
Pescatore was 1
of 28 entries that had both QB-Kurt Warner and WR-Larry Fitzgerald on the roster.  
Warner and Fitzgerald combined for 179 fantasy points and the two players alone
would have outscored 343 of the 450 entries.  Warner and Fitzgerald were on 25 of the
top 26 entries.  While Fitzgerald was the easy choice for MVP, Kurt Warner threw for
1,147 yards and 11 touchdowns in 4 playoff games.  His 81 fantasy points are a Fantasy
Playoff Pool record for a QB.  Pescatore also had the top scoring RB, San Diego’s
Darren Sproles, valued at only $5.  In 2 playoff games, Sproles had 256 yards from
scrimmage with 3 touchdowns.  The Arizona defense was also the best in the
tournament for
Pescatore.  The Arizona defense had a touchdown, 9 sacks, forced 13
turnovers and 2 safeties.  Pescatore’s kicker, Neil Rackers had the second most fantasy
points (30).   While WR-Fitzgerald cruised, Pescatore’s other 2 WRs did not have such a
smooth post-season.  Anquan Boldin injured his hamstring in the first playoff game,
causing him to miss the second playoff game.  Then, Boldin was caught by cameras
arguing with his Offensive Coordinator in the championship game over his lack of use.  
Boldin did finish the playoffs with 190 yards receiving and a TD.  Vincent Jackson was
held without a catch in week one.  Later that week, V-Jax was arrested for DUI, but
was still able to return for the divisional round game and caught a crucial 41-yard TD
Pescatore.  Vincent Jackson and TE-Antonio Gates, who had 146 receiving yards,
were on both this year’s and last year’s winning entry.

       Down by 10½ points entering the Super Bowl,
James Yu became the third team to
ever takeover the Pool lead in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl.  He soon became the
first to then lose it and it only took one play.  (Willie Parker was tackled for a 4-yard
loss, costing him one point).  Entering SB43, Yu needed Willie Parker and the Pittsburgh
defense to outscore Tim Hightower and the Arizona defense by 10½ points.  They
outscored them 12½-7, which was not enough for Yu.  Willie Parker had 53 yards
rushing, but had three carries for zero yards after giving Yu the lead with 13:34
remaining in the game.  James Yu finished as runner-up.  In a costly roster move, Yu
took Brandon Jacobs at RB for $8.  Jacobs had only 9 fantasy points.  Yu could have
had Brian Westbrook (26 points) for the same value and would have won the pool.  
James Yu was also hurt by a costly play.  With 2:03 remaining in the divisional round
game, the Pittsburgh defense gave up a late 62-yard TD catch to Darren Sproles.  The
TD cost the Steelers defense 1½ points and gave Sproles, who was on Pescatore’s
roster, 12 fantasy points.  That one play was a 13½ point swing and Yu lost to
Pescatore by only 5 fantasy points.    

       After winning the Pool’s opening week, Seth Friedman’s
MORTY finished in 3rd
place.  Seth becomes only the 4th owner to finish in the top 3 in two different years.  
Joe Kelly, Jerry Alicea and Danny Pic are the only others to do it.