Week 2 Preview: Papagiorgio vs. Teddy MF’N Ruxpin

Author: Steven Van Tassell

Week 1 is over and it’s time for Week 2 of Dynasty Owner. It’s an important week if you lost your first game as nobody wants to be 0-2, scrambling to pick up whoever is available in the Free Agent Auction and deciding how many Dynasty Dollars you’re going to need to spend in order to straighten out your team.

This is our second Dynasty Owner game preview article. This week, we’ll pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench. We’ll also look at one Dynasty Owner matchup, analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance, such as the creativity of the team names, and make a prediction on the winner and final score of the match-up.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Activate These Guys

Here are some players who were likely on the Bench or Practice Squad in Week 1, but should be Active in Week 2.

Derek Carr (QB – OAK): Carr had himself a good game at home against the Broncos on Monday night. He completed 22 out of 26 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown. This week, he plays at home against the Kansas City defense that gave up 347 passing yards and 3 TDs to the Jacksonville QB combo of Nick Foles and Gardner Minshew. If you have Carr, make him Active.

Chris Thompson (RB – WAS): Thompson had 14.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against Philadelphia in Week 1 and could be in line for similar production in Week 2 against Dallas. With Derrius Guice out, Thompson will share time in the backfield with Adrian Peterson, but Thompson is the one to have Active as he’s the pass-catching RB and will play more as Washington should fall behind and need to air it out.

Michael Gallup (WR – DAL): Fresh off 7 receptions for 158 yards in Week 1 (good for 22.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), Gallup has a match-up against a Redskins defense that allowed 15 receptions, 214 yards receiving and 4 TDs against the Eagles. Both Gallup and fellow Dallas WR Amari Cooper should be Active this week.

Mark Andrews (TE – BAL): Andrews scored 24.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 and gets to face the Arizona defense that allowed 25.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to fellow TE T.J. Hockenson in Week 1. That should be enough to get more Dynasty Owners to have Andrews Active Week 2 at home.

Bench These Guys

Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted for their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 2.

Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB): Rodgers only had 17 Dynasty Owner points in Week 1 against the Bears and he’s facing another good NFC North defense this week in Minnesota. If you drafted Rodgers and his $33.5 million salary, it wasn’t to sit him on the Bench, but that’s where he should be if you have a better option in Week 2.

James White (RB – NE): After the dreadful performance by the Miami defense against the Ravens, it’s shocking to see a New England player on the Bench list. However, The Patriots will be ahead by a lot of points and running the ball for much of the second half. White usually only plays in passing situations, so his playing time will be limited. They also have Antonio Brown to mix into the offense and White might lose receptions to him. Despite the tempting match-up, White should be on the Bench.

Emmanuel Sanders (WR – DEN): If you based your Active vs. Bench decisions on Week 1 production alone, then he’s Active since he had 19.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 86 yards receiving, 1 TD) in Week 1. However, it’s Week 2 and he’s facing the Bears defense that limited Davante Adams to only 4 catches for 36 yards (7.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in Week 1. Bench him.

Eric Ebron (TE – IND): Ebron only scored 1.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on 1 catch for 8 yards in Week 1. Fellow Indianapolis TE Jack Doyle also had 1 catch for 20 yards from new signal caller Jacoby Brissett. Ebron scored a lot of his points in 2018 off touchdowns and he’ll need one to be worthy of being Active. He likely won’t score a TD against the Titans, so Dynasty Owner can Bench Ebron this week.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Teddy Ruxpin (Tom Hamblett) vs. Papagiorgio (Joe Pessetto)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. This week’s match-up pits two friends looking for Dynasty Owner glory. On one side, we have Tom Hamblett who recruited his friend Joe Pessetto to join Dynasty Owner. Tom is 0-1 while Joe is 1-0. Will Papagiorgio need his corrective lenses to go 2-0 or will Teddy Ruxpin be able to tell everyone a story about how he beat his friend for his first Dynasty Owner victory?

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

  • Both have two injury crosses right now, but Teddy Ruxpin has the most likely player to miss Week 2 in Mike Williams. If Williams is inactive, Mr. Ruxpin (he prefers to be called Mr. Ruxpin) has to turn to one of two San Francisco 49ers receivers on his roster in Deebo Samuel or Marquise Goodwin. He does have Deon Cain and Miles Boykin on his Practice Squad, but neither one is much of an upgrade over Samuel or Goodwin.
  • Lots of top players on these two teams. It might be a battle of Teddy Ruxpin’s running backs (Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey) versus Papagiorgio’s quarterback (Patrick Mahomes or Lamar Jackson) and wide receivers (Davante Adams and DeAndre Hopkins).
  • Papagiorgio might need to go to the Free Agent Auction if Adam Vinatieri puts up another -1 point week since having the Dolphins kicker (Jason Sanders) as his backup doesn’t seem like he’s going to be scoring many points.
  • Finally, no advantage in the creative team name department as both have rock solid team names.

This is looking like a close one. Based on the exclusive Dynasty Owner score projections, Papagiorgio should edge out Teddy Ruxpin by a score of 138.6-138.1. Papagiorgio’s bench scoring is projected to provide an advantage of 4.2 points that will catapult Joe to victory and celebrations in the streets of Yuma, Arizona.

With Mike Williams questionable with a knee injury and questionable bench options in Deebo Samuel and Marquise Goodwin, it’s a tough game for Mr. Ruxpin. As Mr. Ruxpin said in an exclusive interview, “I don’t see how my guys can win without playing perfectly”. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen as Papagiorgio pulls out the victory in a high-scoring game.

Final score prediction: Papagiorgio 145.4 vs. Teddy Ruxpin 115.6

Check back next Tuesday to see who won this match-up and who’s our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and Player Value of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 1 Recap: The Party’s Over for Paul’s Bunch!

Author: Steven Van Tassell

That was awesome! Week 1 of the first season of Dynasty Owner has passed and beyond the expected bugs, it was a successful beta. There was plenty of scoring by the Baltimore Ravens against the Miami Dolphins, a Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots beatdown of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a wild finish in the first game of the Monday Night Football doubleheader between the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints. Plus, as predicted, more Antonio Brown shenanigans! More than enough action to make up for the Thursday night dud between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.

This is our first Dynasty Owner weekly wrap-up article. Every week, we’ll look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value of the Week, and highlight a player at every position who should have been Active and one who should have been on your Bench.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Dak Prescott

Dak wins Player of the Week behind his Dynasty Owner best 49.5 point effort (405 yards passing, 4 passing TDs, 12 yards rushing) against the New York Giants. Dak earned the 4 point bonus for passing for over 400 yards and did it while only costing his Dynasty Owners $680,848 in annual salary. Breaking down Dak’s performance, we find that he cost his Dynasty Owners less than $1,000 per point in Week 1.

  • Week 1 Points: 49.5
  • Week 1 Salary: $42,553
  • Week 1 Cost per Point: $860

Congratulations Dak on being our first ever Dynasty Owner Player of the Week!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we will also have the Value Player of the Week. Our first Dynasty Owner Value

Player of the Week is: Austin Ekeler

Austin got his Dynasty Owners a whopping 39.4 points (58 yards rushing, 1 rushing TD, 6 receptions, 96 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs) without earning any bonus points. Based on his rock bottom annual salary of just $556,667, Ekeler also cost his Dynasty Owners less than $1,000 per point in Week 1.

  • Week 1 Points: 39.4
  • Week 1 Salary: $34,792
  • Week 1 Cost per Point: $883

Congratulations Austin on being our first ever Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week!

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in Week 1. We aren’t going to tell you that you should have started Patrick Mahomes or Christian McCaffrey, since those are no-brainer decisions. Instead, these are players who might be on your roster, but likely weren’t Active in Week 1.

QB: Andy Dalton (CIN) – 30.9 points

Andy Dalton had the most passing yards in the NFL in Week 1 with a career high 418 yards passing, earning him the Dynasty Owner 4 point 400 yards passing bonus. His two passing TDs were offset by two lost fumbles in the Bengals close 21-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. At an annual salary of “only” $16 million, Dalton was probably drafted in most Dynasty Owner leagues, but probably few of those Owners had the foresight to have him Active.

RB: Austin Ekeler (LAC) – 39.4 points

Raise your hand if you left Austin Ekeler on your bench this week. My hand is up as that’s what I did and lost out on his 39.4 point effort (see above for the breakdown). This was good for second place among RBs behind only Christian McCaffrey and his 44.9 Dynasty Owner points in Week 1. Due to the uncertainty of who the lead RB was going to be for the Chargers in Week 1 in Melvin Gordon’s absence, keeping Ekeler on your Bench wasn’t a bad idea, it just turned out that he should have been active.

WR: Sammy Watkins (KC) – 46.8 points

The second most Dynasty Owner points this week came from Sammy Watkins who had 9 receptions for 198 yards receiving and 3 receiving touchdowns. Just two more yards and he would have gotten the 6 point bonus for 200 receiving yards and likely won Player of the Week honors. With his injury history and playing a supposedly good Jacksonville defense as legitimate reasons to keep him on your Bench, it turns out all of his Dynasty Owners really should have made him Active this week.

Honorable mentions to DeSean Jackson (35.4 points), John Ross III (34.8 points) and Marquise Brown (30.7 points) who all had at least 140 yards receiving and 2 receiving touchdowns this week.

TE: T.J. Hockenson (DET) – 25.1 points

T.J. is likely rostered in most Dynasty Owner leagues, but because it was the rookie from Iowa’s first NFL game, he may have been on the Bench in most leagues. He should have been Active because he scored 25.1 Dynasty Owner points in Week 1 (6 receptions, 131 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD), second most behind Evan Engram (28.6 points).

Honorable mentions to Mark Andrews (24.8 points) who was close behind Hockenson with 8 receptions, 108 yards receiving and 1 receiving TD and Delanie Walker who scored 2 receiving touchdowns among his 5 receptions for 55 yards (22.5 points).

K: Cairo Santos (TEN) – 12.0 points

Santos replaced long-time Tennessee kicker Ryan Succop who was injured in the pre-season and kicked two FGs – one from 37 yards and another from 53 yards. Because he was released by Tampa Bay on August 31st and didn’t sign with Tennessee until September 5th, he’s probably not on many rosters, never mind being Active. A dozen Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 will probably open up a spot on some rosters and Active lineups this week.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have a player who probably was Active, but was better left on your Bench. Everybody who drafted Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley, Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey had them Active this week (you would have been crazy not to do it), but here are some other star players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 1.

QB: Cam Newton (CAR) – 5.8 points

As a player with a pretty friendly annual salary of $20.8 million, Cam Newton was likely on many Dynasty Owner rosters and Active on a lot of those teams from Owners who expected a shootout with the Los Angeles Rams. Carolina did score 27 points, but Newton didn’t account for any TDs and only threw for 239 yards and an interception. That, plus -2 yards rushing and a fumble equals 5.8 Dynasty Owner points and a seat on the Bench.

RB: Sony Michel (NE) – 1.4 points

The high-powered Patriots offense scored 33 points against the Steelers on Sunday night and rushed for 99 yards, but Michel only accounted for 14 of those yards on 15 carries. Those 14 yards were his only fantasy contribution in Week 1 for a lowly 1.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He’ll likely do better in Week 2 against the Dolphins, but in Week 1, he should have been on the Bench in Dynasty Owner.

WR: Mike Evans (TB) – 4.8 points

There were many WRs with worse stats this week, but none with the pedigree of Mike Evans who caught only two of his five targets for 28 yards in Week 1. That’s just 4.8 points from someone who was likely the best WR on his Dynasty Owner teams and in nearly everyone’s starting lineup when he should have been on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Corey Davis who scored zero points this week and was a trendy breakout candidate this season, but should probably be on your Bench until he does something, like catch a pass.

TE: Eric Ebron (IND) – 1.8 points

Even with the change in QB in Indianapolis from Andrew Luck to Jacoby Brissett, Eric Ebron was a likely participant in many Active rosters in Dynasty Owner. He didn’t perform up to his lofty 2018 standards as he finished Week 1 with just one reception for 8 yards and 1.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He wasn’t even the top TE on Indianapolis (Jack Doyle bested him with 3.0 points in Week 1) and should have been sitting on the Bench.

K: Adam Vinatieri (IND) – -1 points

Sadly, for the 46-year old Vinatieri, he gave his Dynasty Owners a total of negative 1 point in Week 1. While he may have not been rostered in some leagues due to his $3.9 million salary, the requirement to have at least two kickers combined with the lock he had on the position in Indianapolis probably led many Dynasty Owners to draft and have him Active. He should have been on the Bench (or better yet, the Practice Squad).

Dishonorable mention to Kaare Vedvik, formerly of the New York Jets, who probably shouldn’t have been on anybody’s Active roster or Bench in Week 1 and should be cut from Dynasty Owner rosters after he missed a 45-yard FG and an extra point. That’s -3 points in Dynasty Owner for a guy who was seen as worthy of a fifth round draft pick by the Vikings earlier in the pre-season.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Paul’s Bunch (Paul Gabrail) – 76.2 vs. Bob Sacamano (Chris) – 136.5

Bob Sacamano ran away with the first Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week with a 136.5 to 76.2 victory over Paul’s Bunch. Bob Sacamano had the advantage in both Active lineup points (111.0 to 58.1) and bench points (25.5 to 18.1) in the victory.

DeShaun Watson led Bob Sacamano in scoring with 38.4 points (268 yards passing, 3 passing TDs, 40 yards rushing, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT), followed by Alvin Kamara with 22.9 points (97 yards rushing, 7 receptions, 72 yards receiving) and Julio Jones with 15.1 points (6 receptions, 31 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD). In fact, if Bob Sacamano had only started three players from his Active lineup (DeShaun Watson, Alvin Kamara and Julio Jones), he still would have won with 76.4 points.

Paul’s Bunch had good days from his starting WRs who both had receiving TDs. Chris Godwin led the way with 14.3 points (3 receptions, 53 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) and Kenny Golladay was close behind with 14.2 points (4 receptions, 42 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD).

As mentioned in the preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/post/week-1-let-s-get-the-party-started), Paul would have done better if he switched out Mitch Trubisky (9.5 points) for Kyler Murray (28.7 points) and picked up a kicker since both of his kickers got zero points. Neither one of those decisions cost him the match-up though. Since he’s the Owner of Dynasty Owner, Dynasty Owner 1.0, the O.G. of Dynasty Owners and super busy with development, we’ll cut him a break.

Finally, a mea culpa by yours truly on two fronts. First, I suggested that Chris replace Le’Veon Bell in his starting lineup with Duke Johnson Jr., which he did. That suggestion was a bad one as Bell outscored Johnson (23.2 for Bell vs. 13.0 for Johnson). Fortunately for Chris, it only impacted his margin of victory. Second, I picked Paul to win by a razor-thin 103-102 margin. That puts my Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week record at 0-1. Hopefully, both of us bounce back in Week 2.

Thanks for reading and hope you won your first Dynasty Owner match-up!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner