Author: Steven Van Tassell
It was a week of highs and lows in Dynasty Owner. For the second week in a row, scoring was lower than most weeks. That led the Match-up of the Week to be not as high scoring as anticipated even with two high-scoring, heavyweight teams battling it out. Ironically though, the Player of the Week set the record for the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single week as being an Aaron Rodgers owner finally paid off in a big way. We also had the worst Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance this week as Sam Darnold lost his owners double digit points with his five turnover game versus New England on Monday night.
This is our seventh Dynasty Owner weekly recap article. Just like the previous ones, 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 Player 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). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. 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 Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers becomes the first player in Dynasty Owner history to score more than 60 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a week, so he was the obvious choice for Player of the Week. Rodgers had 6 touchdowns and 62.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (429 yards passing, 6 yards rushing, 5 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD) against the Oakland Raiders. As the highest paid player in Dynasty Owner at $33.5 million annually, Rodgers was costing his owners a lot of weekly money and delivering good, but not great performances on a weekly basis. This week, owning Rodgers finally paid off.
- Week 7 Points: 62.1
- Week 7 Salary: $2,392,857
- Week 7 Cost per Point: $38,532
Congratulations Aaron on being the first player to reach the 60 Dynasty Owner fantasy point mark and on winning your first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor!
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 also have the Value Player of the Week. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Zach Pascal
Pascal has the lowest possible annual salary in Dynasty Owner at $525,000 annually. That low salary combined with his 28.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 7 against the Houston Texans (6 receptions, 106 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs) was enough to make him the Value Player of the Week. His $1,311 cost per point barely edged out two other players (Chase Edmonds and Darren Waller) who had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points (37.0 for Edmonds and 31.6 for Waller), but slightly higher salaries ($728,090 for Edmonds and $675,000 for Waller) and cost per point this week ($1,406 cost per point for Edmonds and $1,526 for Waller). Pascal is owned in exactly zero Dynasty Owner leagues since he has been inadvertently left out of the pool of available players, but once he’s available on Thursday, expect some Dynasty Owners to add him to their rosters.
- Week 7 Points: 28.6
- Week 7 Salary: $37,500
- Week 7 Cost per Point: $1,311
Congrats to Zach on beating back some tough competition to win the Value Player of the Week honors!
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 7. We aren’t going to write that you should have started the Ezekiel Elliott, since he should always be in your Active lineup (except next week when he’s on bye). Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents, on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 7 when they should have been.
QB: Kirk Cousins (MIN) – 41.6 points
It’s the second week in a row on this list for Cousins and his third straight good performance. Cousins likely wasn’t Active in many lineups since he’s available in over 95% of Dynasty Owner leagues, likely due to his $28 million annual salary. However, if you’ve got salary cap room and need a QB for your Active lineup since Patrick Mahomes is injured and Dak Prescott and Lamar Jackson are on bye in Week 8, then spending big money for Cousins might be worthwhile. He had his second straight 4 TD game and scored 41.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (337 yards passing, -3 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs) meaning the few Dynasty Owners with Cousins on their roster should have had him Active.
Honorable mention to Matthew Stafford. The Vikings-Lions game had a lot of scoring from little owned QBs. Lions QB Matthew Stafford should have also been Active for his Dynasty Owners (all 2% of them) since he had 40.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (364 yards passing, 4 passing TDs, 1 INT). He’s $1 million cheaper than Cousins if you need an Active QB for Week 8.
RB: Chase Edmonds (ARI) – 37.0 points
If Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury is to be believed, then David Johnson was only playing in an emergency, which apparently included the first drive of the game. With that information available before game time, more Chase Edmonds Dynasty Owners would have had him in their Active lineups and reaped the reward of his 37.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (126 yards rushing, 2 receptions, 24 yards receiving, 3 rushing TDs). Edmonds is rostered in over 80% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but most of his owners probably had him on the Bench or Practice Squad in Week 7 when he should have been Active.
Honorable mention Latavius Murray of the Saints, another backup RB who started and scored lots of Dynasty Owner fantasy points for anyone who made him Active. His Dynasty Owners should have known that Murray would start as Alvin Kamara was ruled out on Saturday, but they probably didn’t expect a 34.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (119 yards rushing, 5 receptions, 31 yards receiving, 2 rushing TDs) effort from him against the Bears. Murray should have been Active this week.
WR: Marvin Jones (DET) – 43.3 points
Jones broke out this week with 4 receiving TDs against the Vikings defense. After scoring just 3.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week against Green Bay, his Dynasty Owners can be forgiven if they left Jones on the Bench this week and didn’t get the full benefit of his 43.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 receptions, 93 yards receiving, 4 receiving TDs). Jones is rostered in 72% of Dynasty Owner leagues and maybe more of his owners will make him Active in Week 8.
TE: Kyle Rudolph (MIN) – 16.8 points
Leaving out Darren Waller, who should be Active in all of his Dynasty Owners’ lineups, means that Kyle Rudolph is the choice for a TE who should have been Active this week. Rudolph had only scored a total of 16.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first six weeks, so he wasn’t likely Active in many lineups due to being on rosters in only 24% of leagues. However, Rudolph had 5 receptions for 58 yards and his first receiving TD of the year to score 16.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 7 and should have been Active.
Honorable mention to Jimmy Graham who wasn’t far behind Rudolph with 16.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 65 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). Graham and his $10 million annual salary are only owned in 28% of Dynasty Owner leagues and he was only averaging 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game over the first six weeks of the season, so he likely wasn’t Active in a lot of lineups, but he should have been.
K: Brett Maher (DAL) – 13.0 points
Kicking a 63-yard FG was enough for Maher to make this list, but he also had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than any other kicker this week. Maher made two additional FGs of 26 and 29 yards plus 4 PATs to give him 13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, his second consecutive week with 10+ points. Maher is perfect on PAT attempts this season (22 for 22) and while he’s still just the 12th best Dynasty Owner kicker for the season, he should have been Active this week.
Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench
For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Active, but were better left on your Bench. Here are some likely Active players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 7.
QB: Matt Ryan (ATL) – 1.2 points
Matty Ice was ice cold in the Falcons 37-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams and scored just 1.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (159 yards passing, 2 yards rushing, 1 INT, 2 fumbles – 1 lost) before injuring his ankle and being replaced by Matt Schaub. After consecutive 40+ point outings, he was probably Active in most of his Dynasty Owner’s lineups this week. Ryan didn’t throw a TD for only the second time this year and didn’t earn the 300+ yard passing bonus point for the first time. He should have been on the Bench.
A special dishonorable mention to Sam Darnold who had the worst performance in Dynasty Owner history with negative 10.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (86 yards passing, -1 yards rushing, 4 INTs, 1 fumble lost). Darnold is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues. Despite that, he only gets a special dishonorable mention since he was playing the top-rated Patriots defense, and nobody probably had him in their Active lineup. Hopefully you left him on the Practice Squad this week if you are a Darnold owner.
RB: David Johnson (ARI) – 0.2 points
All of Johnson’s Dynasty Owners are sarcastically thanking Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury for saving Johnson’s health by only letting him in the game against the New York Giants for three plays and rushing him only once for two yards. If Kingsbury had said before the game that Johnson was only going to play in an “emergency”, then his Dynasty Owners would have likely sat him on the Bench.
WR: Terry McLaurin (WAS) – 2.1 points
In the sloppy 9-0 San Francisco 49ers victory over the Washington Redskins, nobody but 49ers kicker Robbie Gould should have been Active. A steady rain prevented both offenses from moving the ball very much and McLaurin was only targeted twice and caught just one pass for 11 yards (2.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). McLaurin was averaging 18.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game prior to this week and was worthy of being Active based on his stats. However, his Dynasty Owners should have heeded the warning about him from the Week 7 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/post/week-7-preview) and sat McLaurin on their Bench.
Dishonorable mention to Kenny Golladay who had just 3.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 21 yards) in Week 7. Golladay was likely Active in many lineups since his Average Draft Position (ADP) was 37 and he is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues. However, Marvin Jones was the Lions WR to have Active this week and Golladay should have been on the Bench for his Dynasty Owners.
TE: Evan Engram (NYG) – 1.6 points
For a while, it was death, taxes and have your TE Active against the Cardinals defense. In Week 7, that would have meant having Evan Engram in your Active lineup. That was the wrong move, as he only scored 1.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 6 yards) after averaging 16.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through his first five games. Usually Engram should be in your Active lineup, but he was better left on the Bench this week.
K: Brandon McManus (DEN) – -2 points
His Dynasty Owners probably thought Denver might score some points this week at home against Kansas City and might have made McManus Active. That was a bad idea as he missed a 45 yard FG and had no official PAT attempts for negative two Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the Broncos 30-6 loss. He did make one PAT attempt, but there was a penalty, so Denver took the point off the board and tried to go for a two-point conversion, which failed. Even with this bad performance, McManus is still the 13th best kicker in Dynasty Owner for the season and a fringe Active player with bye weeks. However, this past week, he should have been on the Bench.
Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap
Benjamin Schmitke (Benjamin Schmitke) – 81.1 vs.
German Ballers (Christian Pfeifer) – 95.3
The potential high of an undefeated season for Benjamin Schmitke ended in a low-scoring battle against the German Ballers, who improved their record to 5-2. The scoring predictions had this as a high-scoring affair between teams averaging over 130 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week. However, it turned into the lowest scoring Match-up of the Week with neither team reaching 100 points and Benjamin Schmitke barely avoiding the indignity of having the lowest scoring team featured in our first seven weeks.
Benjamin can blame Kliff Kingsbury for his low scoring as he started both of his Arizona Cardinals this week and got a lowly 0.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from them combined. As mentioned before, David Johnson only played one “emergency” series at the beginning of the game and Christian Kirk was inactive for the game, but still in Benjamin’s Active lineup.
On the other hand, Christian was on a high and had a Houston Texans stack of Deshaun Watson at QB and DeAndre Hopkins at WR that paid off to the tune of 45.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (25.6 for Hopkins and 19.6 for Watson). He also got 18.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Green Bay RB Aaron Jones and 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from the returning Saquon Barkley.
The German Ballers also had some low scores as the trio of Kenny Golladay, Evan Engram and Dan Bailey only put up a combined 8.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Christian’s Bench also featured no players who put up double digit points. As a result, his Bench was outsourced 17.1-6.1 by Benjamin’s Bench.
Benjamin had the difficult choice of whether to start the top QB in Dynasty Owner Russell Wilson or the second best QB in Patrick Mahomes and made the correct choice by switching to Wilson who outscored Mahomes 17.8 to 10.0. However, this correct decision didn’t result in a victory for his team.
Even though the score projection was off by quite a lot, my prediction was correct as I had a German Ballers victory. My prediction record improves to 3-4 on this inaugural season of Dynasty Owner with another chance for me to get to .500 in Week 8.
Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.