Saturday Night Live Fantasy League: Episode 43x12: Will Ferrell & Chris Stapleton

January 29, 2018


Saturday Night Live Fantasy League presented by Trivia Club, is a Fantasy League like no other. Like Fantasy Football for the comedy geek, participants draft cast members and prospective hosts before the start of the season and then are awarded points based of their performance through a scoring system. For additional points, before the start of each episode participants can guess which two songs they think the musical guest will perform. Since the beginning, this television institution has become the first step in the major leagues of comedy stardom, and with over forty seasons of familiar traditions, we’ve found a way to add math to comedy and somehow make that a fun game to play. Play at home,  or keep tabs on how we’re doing in our Saturday Night Live Fantasy League!

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REPERTORY CAST
Leslie Jones, 42 points
  • 5 points - promos
  • 7 points – cold open
  • 5 points – singing
  • 10 points – “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…!”
  • 5 points – sketch (Southwest Airlines Flight Crew)
  • 5 points – singing/dancing
  • 5 points – host hug

Beck Bennett, 33 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Top Clown)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Big Brother)
  • 5 points – in sketch alongside former host (Tracey Morgan)
  • 3 points – sketch V/O (Next for Men)
  • 5 points – sketch (Waiting for Robin and Dave)
  • 5 points – sketch (New York Times Op-Ed)
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (Chucky Lee Byrd)

Cecily Strong, 31 points
  • 10 points – monologue
  • 5 points - singing
  • 5 points – sketch (Top Clown)
  • 3 points – sketch V/O (Big Brother)
  • 5 points – sketch (Waiting for Robin and Dave)
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (Crate & Cracker Barrel)

Kate McKinnon, 25 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Real Dickenson’s Customers)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Next for Men)
  • 5 points – sketch (Waiting for Robin and Dave)
  • 5 points – sketch (New York Times Op-Ed)
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (Chucky Lee Byrd)

Kyle Mooney, 24 points
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Big Brother)
  • 5 points – in sketch alongside former host (Tracey Morgan)
  • 5 points – sketch (Southwest Airlines Flight Crew)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Next for Men)

Kenan Thompson, 20 points
  • 10 points – monologue
  • 5 points - singing
  • 5 points – sketch (New York Times Op-Ed)

Aidy Bryant, 15 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Southwest Airlines Flight Crew)
  • 2 points – swearing (“ass”)
  • 5 points – sketch (Waiting for Robin and Dave)
  • minus 2 points - breaking
  • 5 points – sketch (New York Times Op-Ed)

Alec Baldwin, DNP – Did Not Participate

Pete Davidson, DNP – Did Not Participate

FEATURED CAST
Heidi Gardner, 32 points
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Big Brother)
  • 5 points – in sketch alongside former host (Tracey Morgan)
  • 7 points – Weekend Update
  • 5 points – crying
  • 5 points – sketch (New York Times Op-Ed)
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (Crate & Cracker Barrel)

Chris Redd 20 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Top Clown)
  • 2 points – swearing (“ass”)
  • 5 points – sketch (Southwest Airlines Flight Crew)
  • 5 points – singing/dancing
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (Crate & Cracker Barrel)

Alex Moffat, 15 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Real Dickenson’s Customers)
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Next for Men)
  • 3 points – 10 to 1 sketch (Crate & Cracker Barrel)

Mikey Day, 12 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Top Clown)
  • 2 points – swearing (“ass”)
  • 5 points – sketch (Waiting for Robin and Dave)

Melissa Villaseñor, 12 points
  • 7 points – pre-taped sketch (Next for Men)
  • 5 points – sketch (Waiting for Robin and Dave)

Luke Null, 10 points
  • 5 points – sketch (Southwest Airlines Flight Crew)
  • 5 points – singing/dancing

HOST
Will Ferrell, 146 points
  • 15 points – cold open
  • 5 points – reoccurring (George W. Bush)
  • 5 points – singing
  • 15 points – “LIVE FROM NEW YORK…!”
  • 5 points – singing
  • 5 points – sketch (Top Clown)
  • 10 points – pre-taped sketch (Big Brother)
  • 5 points – in sketch alongside former host (Tracey Morgan)
  • 5 points – sketch (Real Dickenson’s Customers)
  • 2 points – swearing (“ass”)
  • 5 points – sketch (Southwest Airlines Flight Crew)
  • 5 points – singing/dancing
  • 10 points – pre-taped sketch (Next for Men)
  • 10 points – Weekend Update
  • 5 points – reoccurring (Jacob Silj)
  • 5 points – sketch (Waiting for Robin and Dave)
  • 5 points – causes break (Aidy Bryant)
  • 2 points – swearing (“bitch”)
  • 5 points – sketch (New York Times Op-Ed)
  • 5 points – eats food
  • 5 points – sketch (Crate & Cracker Barrel)
  • 5 points – sketch (Chucky Lee Byrd)
  • 5 points – singing/dancing
  • 2 points – embraces guest first

Tracey Morgan, 10 points
  • 10 points – pre-taped sketch (Big Brother)


The Ignorant Sluts – Matthew S.
Kate McKinnon - 25
Alec Baldwin – 0
Will Ferrell - 146
MUSICAL GUEST – Chris Stapleton - SONGS: 1) Broken Halos & 2) Either Way
EPISODE TWELVE TOTAL 171

War Horse Can Dance – Megan M.
Cecily Strong - 31
Alex Moffat - 15
Leslie Jones - 42
MUSICAL GUEST – Chris Stapleton – NO SONGS CHOSEN
EPISODE TWELVE TOTAL 88

The Party Andersons – Rob M.
Beck Bennett - 33
Aidy Bryant - 15
Kenan Thompson - 20
MUSICAL GUEST – Chris Stapleton - SONGS: 1) Broken Halos & 2) Either Way
EPISODE TWELVE TOTAL 68

The Not Ready For First Place Players – Kevin M.
Kenan Thompson - 20
Aidy Bryant - 15
Kyle Mooney - 24
MUSICAL GUEST – Chris Stapleton – 1) Millionaire & 2) Trying To Untangle My Mind (though he was right on the heavy inclusion of Stergall Simpson)
EPISODE TWELVE TOTAL 59

The Team You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation With At A Party – Brian E.
Cecily Strong - 31
Mikey Day - 12
Alex Moffat - 15
MUSICAL GUEST – Chris Stapleton – NO SONGS CHOSEN
EPISODE TWELVE TOTAL 58

Holtzwomenn – Sarah R.
Beck Bennett - 33
Alec Baldwin – 0
Kyle Mooney -  24
MUSICAL GUEST – Chris Stapleton – NO SONGS CHOSEN
EPISODE TWELVE TOTAL 57

Billion Dollar Murrays – Russel H.
Kate McKinnon – 25
Mikey Day -  12
MUSICAL GUEST – Chris Stapleton - SONGS: 1) Broken Halos & 2) Either Way
EPISODE TWELVE TOTAL 37

HARTMAN TROPHY STANDINGS (as of 43x12)
# TEAM NAME ∧∨-- HIGH[EP] HOST SONG TOTAL
1 The Party Andersons -- 174 [09] 197 43 1413
2 War Horse Can Dance -- 138 [09] 0 75 1238
3 The Team You Wish You Hadn’t
Started A Conversation With At A Party
-- 137 [07] 15 27 1174
4 The Ignorant Sluts ∧2 171 [12] 276 94 1050
5 Not Ready For First Place Players ∨1 117 [06] 0 54 1039
6 Billion Dollar Murrays ∨1 139 [07] 0 97 1011
7 Holtzwomenn -- 135 [04] 30 34 807


Will Ferrell had an all-time performance for a host, points-wise. Cold open, Update, sketch after sketch. Ferrell’s points alone, are almost twice as much as any other team. This should come as no surprise because as we talked about last week, there’s only Eddie Murphy and Phil Hartman who stand between Will Ferrell and being called the greatest cast member this show has ever produced. And even then, that just puts arguably before that statement. Likewise he’s arguably the shows biggest success because of this fact. It was a greatest hits kind of night for Ferrell, while giving him new classics to play within.


Next week on February 3rd, we’ll see Natalie Portman returning to host for the first time in 12 years… wait, really? It’s been that long since her classic performance, rapping alongside Lonely Island?  Congrats everyone, we’re all feeling older! Dua Lipa will be the musical guest on this rare fourth consecutive week of SNL!

LAST EPISODE: JESSICA CHASTAIN

NEXT EPISODE: NATALIE PORTMAN

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