Week 13 Preview: Giving Thanks

Author: Steven Van Tassell

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Dynasty Owners! I know we are all thankful to be playing Dynasty Owner. Special thanks to the O.G. Dynasty Owner Paul for creating and developing the game. Thanks to Tim for keeping the game going, communicating with the developers and being super responsive to requests and comments. And thanks to Don for his help posting these articles on the blog and Twitter. I’m thankful for the opportunity to work for Dynasty Owner and with all three of them.

In our Match-up of the Week, we have a team (Up Country Degens) who are thankful that they are guaranteed a spot in their league’s playoffs and a chance to continue on in the Chase for the Ring. Alex’s Team won’t win the Ring, but they need a victory to remain in second place and possibly lock up a playoff berth.

This is our thirteenth Dynasty Owner game preview article. We will analyze each team’s starters and bench in the Match-up of the Week to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance and make a prediction on the winner and final score. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations. 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.

Activate These Guys

First, we’ll look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active in Week 12:

  • QB: Jeff Driskel – 12.7 points (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: Jaylen Samuels – 6.2 points (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: Russell Gage – 15.6 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • TE: Dallas Goedert – 7.2 points (Just Ok recommendation)

Definitely not as good as last week and back to normal with two Just Ok and two Bad recommendations. Both Gage and Goedert were low end Active players in Week 12 as Gage finished as the #17 WR and Goedert was the #10 TE. However, there were other players who I could have been recommended that did better.  Let’s see if we can have a better set of recommendations of players who should be Active in Week 13.

Mitchell Trubisky (QB – CHI): His “hip” injury seems like a long time ago. Trubisky had his fourth best performance of the year last week against the New York Giants with 21.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Even including the game against the Rams in which he got “injured”, Trubisky is averaging 20.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over his past three games, including a 26.5 point effort in Week 10 versus Detroit. Just last year, Trubisky had his best performance as a pro with 44.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against Detroit. Thankfully for him, he gets to face the Lions defense again on Thanksgiving. Trubisky has put the embarrassing benching at the end of the Rams game behind him and Dynasty Owners should get him off the Bench this week and into their Active lineup.

Derrius Guice (RB – WAS): Carolina is allowing an average of 127 yards per game rushing and 19 rushing TDs on the season, nearly 2 rushing TDs per game. With Bill Callahan as Head Coach, the Redskins have said they want to emphasize the run. Guice split carries with Adrian Peterson the past three weeks, but since the Redskins aren’t making the playoffs, it’s time for them to see what Guice can do against the porous Carolina rushing defense. Make Guice Active this week.

Cole Beasley (WR – BUF): In the six games since Buffalo’s bye, Beasley has been averaging 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. While he hasn’t scored 20.0 or more points yet in 2019, he does have more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in seven games, including a season high of 19.6 points last week versus Denver. Dallas allowed 17.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to Julian Edelman last week and while Beasley isn’t Edelman, they both play the slot receiver position. Bonus points for Beasley who is back playing against the Cowboys. Put Beasley in your Active lineup and be thankful that you did.

Jack Doyle (TE – IND): The season-ending injury to fellow Colts TE Eric Ebron will give Doyle’s fantasy value a boost for the remainder of the season. Doyle is the #19 ranked TE in Dynasty Owner and Ebron is #15. In the Colts previous match-up versus Tennessee back in Week 2, they combined for 15.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 46 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD). If you combined them for the season, they would be the #2 ranked TE with an average of 14.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Doyle won’t be ranked that high for the rest of the season, but he should be a Top 10 TE this week and in future weeks, so get him in your Active lineup.

Bench These Guys

Now, let’s look at last week and see how my Bench recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok) for Week 12 when I recommended having the following players on the Bench:

  • QB: Aaron Rodgers – 11.5 points (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Josh Jacobs – 4.6 points (Good recommendation)
  • WR: Amari Cooper – 0.0 points (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Gerald Everett – 4.3 points (Good recommendation)

Best week of the season for Bench recommendations with all four being Good. Thanks to all four players for not playing well last week. Hope everyone who read the Week 12 preview heeded my advice and Benched all four of those guys. Let’s see if we can do it again! Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use or have been using in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 13.

Jameis Winston (QB – TB): Winston has thrown 20 INTs this season, 6 more than the next closest QB (Philip Rivers). He’s also fumbled 11 times and lost 4 of them. Despite all of the turnovers, he’s still #8 QB in Dynasty Owner because he’s thrown for over 300 yards in each of the last six games and averaged 24.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the five games since the Buccaneers bye week. The Jacksonville defense hasn’t been great recently, but a lot of the fantasy points they have given up to QBs in the past couple of weeks have been on the ground. They are giving up 21.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game passing the past three weeks with just one INT. That will change against Winston who might not have to pass as much as usual since Jacksonville is one of the worst defenses in the league against the run. Even if Tampa Bay doesn’t pass as much as usual, he’ll probably throw at least one INT, so Bench Winston this week.

Leonard Fournette (RB – JAX): Tampa Bay is second best rushing defense in the NFL, allowing only 78.7 yards per game on ground. Fournette averages 16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game at home in Jacksonville this season, below the 21.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points he averages on the road or at neutral sites. The Buccaneers have held other top RBs to single digit points this season, including Derrick Henry, Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey. They will do it again, so Bench Fournette this week.

Kenny Golladay (WR – DET): Regardless of whether it’s Jeff Driskel or undrafted rookie David Blough at QB on Thanksgiving, having Golladay in your Active lineup is not something Dynasty Owners want to do this week. While Driskel has been good at QB overall, Golladay has seen a decline in targets from 7.8 per game with Matthew Stafford at QB to 6.0 per game with Driskel. He had four 100+ yard receiving games in eight games with Stafford and none in three games with Driskel. And most importantly, Golladay is averaging 9.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game with Driskel compared to 17.3 with Stafford. Driskel is still day-to-day, but the outlook is worse if Blough is at QB on Thanksgiving so keep Golladay on your Bench.

Darren Fells (TE – HOU): In each of the past three games, Fells has caught one pass. Fortunately for his Dynasty Owners, one of them was for a TD, but he’s still averaging only 4.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in that time frame. In the eight games prior, he averaged 9.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Fellow Texans TE Jordan Akins has caught more passes in two of the past three games. Both of them get to face a New England defense that allows an average of only 3.8 receptions by TEs per game. That’s not a lot of receptions to go around for Fells and Akins, so leave Fells on the Bench this week.

Dynasty Owner Match-Up of the Week –

Up Country Degens (Kevin L) vs. Alex’s Team (Alex C)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. We have the first place Up Country Degens facing off against Alex’s Team. Up Country Degens are thankful that they are 10-2 so far this season and have clinched a spot in the playoffs, while Alex’s Team sits in second place in their league at 8-4 but needs a win and a lot of points to stay there. Up Country Degens don’t need a win, but they need to keep scoring as they are in 15th place in the Chase for the Ring.

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

  • Alex’s Team has five Top 20 RBs, but he can only have two Active and two on his Bench. I bet Alex would love a FLEX spot next year! Tough decisions abound for Alex as he’s starting Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott right now with Le’Veon Bell and Derrick Henry on the Bench (he also has Joe Mixon on his Practice Squad). Bell could have a monster game against the Bengals, but would you Bench Elliott or Gurley? I’d put Bell in and Gurley on the Bench. We’ll see if Alex changes and what happens.
  • Up Country Degens don’t have the depth that Alex’s Team does at RB, but they do have the #1 guy in Christian McCaffrey. After that, it’s a tough call for Kevin on who else to start at RB – James White, Austin Ekeler, Damien Williams or maybe promote Benny Snell from the Practice Squad. It’s Ekeler right now, but Kevin has until Sunday to decide for good on who to play.
  • Kevin also has a tough decision at TE with three Top 12 players (Darren Waller, Gerald Everett and Evan Engram) all playing teams who don’t defend TEs well. The decision might come down to Engram’s health as he’s facing Green Bay, while Everett has a good match-up against Arizona. Waller should probably stay Active regardless. Good thing he has until Sunday to make up his mind on this one as well.
  • Alex still has Keenan Allen on his Practice Squad, probably because he was on bye last week. Moving him into his Active lineup would be advised, bumping Michael Gallup to the Bench and Curtis Samuel to the Practice Squad. That’s an extra 3.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Alex’s Team based on projections.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on the current lineup for each team has Up Country Degens winning a high scoring game by a margin of 143.0-130.8. Both teams are at full strength with good players in their Active lineups and on the Bench, so a shoot-out is inevitable. I’m predicting a mild upset as both teams score lots of points, but Alex’s Team hangs on to win after going up big on Thanksgiving.

Final score prediction: Up Country Degens 153.4 vs. Alex’s Team 161.7

My prediction record is 7-5 for the season after a correct prediction in Week 12. Will Alex win to give me another victory and a three-game winning streak? Check out the Week 13 Recap article next week to find out who won the Match-up of the Week. Happy Thanksgiving!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 12 Recap: Staying Alive

Author: Steven Van Tassell

Week 12 was all about staying alive for the playoffs for many teams in the NFL (Browns and Steelers) as well as in Dynasty Owner. The Browns and Steelers both feasted on weaker teams to keep their playoff hopes alive. In the Match-up of the Week, The Replacements stayed alive in the Chase for the Ring and a berth in their league playoffs with a win over the Ballad of RickyBobby. Hopefully, all of you reading this article are still alive in your individual Dynasty Owner league playoff chase.

We are almost a teenager, as this is our twelfth Dynasty Owner weekly recap article. As usual, 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: Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson wins the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for the first time with his third consecutive 40+ Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance. Yes, despite being the #1 player in Dynasty Owner so far this season, Jackson had yet to win Player of the Week honors. In his MVP-caliber performance on Monday Night Football against the Rams, Jackson threw for 5 TDs to go with 169 yards passing and 95 yards rushing (plus 1 fumble) to score 47.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and easily claim the Player of the Week award. His performance also kept the Ravens alive in the hunt for the number one overall seed in the AFC and home field for the playoffs.

  • Week 12 Points: 47.0
  • Week 12 Salary: $169,137
  • Week 12 Cost per Point: $3,599

Congratulations Lamar on winning your first, but definitely not your last, 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: Chris Godwin

Another quality performance this week by Chris Godwin. Godwin has been a steady player all season, scoring single-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points only once and going over 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on five occasions to be the #2 ranked WR in Dynasty Owner. This week, Godwin put up 37.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 184 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs) for just $821,041 in annual salary. Even better news for his Dynasty Owners is that he has another year left on that deal so he could appear in this space again this year and next.

  • Week 12 Points: 37.4
  • Week 12 Salary: $58,646
  • Week 12 Cost per Point: $1,568

Congratulations Chris on your second and likely not your last Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor!

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 12. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Lamar Jackson or Christian McCaffrey because both of them should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 12 when they should have been.

QB: Ryan Tannehill (TEN) – 38.0 points

Tannehill is still not rostered in a majority (54%) of Dynasty Owner leagues despite five consecutive games as a starting QB with at least 2 TDs and 24+ Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week was his best as he scored 38.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (259 yards passing, 40 yards rushing, 2 passing TDs, 2 rushing TDs, 1 fumble – lost) in the Titans 42-20 victory over the Jaguars. With a low $2 million annual salary and playing for a team still alive for an AFC South division title, Tannehill might be someone for Dynasty Owners in need of a QB for the stretch run and playoffs to look at adding to their team. And if he’s already on your roster, hopefully you had him Active this week.

Honorable mention for the second consecutive week to Jets QB Sam Darnold who had 35.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (315 yards passing, 16 yards rushing, 2 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD, 1 fumble) this week. Hopefully, last week’s performance was enough for his Dynasty Owners to get Darnold into their Active lineup.

RB: Jonathan Williams (IND) – 23.1 points

That’s two consecutive 100 yard performances for Williams after he ran for 104 yards back on Thursday night for the Colts against the Texans. The victory kept the Colts alive for the AFC South title. Williams helped with that and got 23.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (104 yards rushing, 3 receptions, 17 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD) for the few Dynasty Owners who have him rostered (only 8,7% of leagues). Hopefully, those Owners made him Active for the game since it was on Thursday night and he was only named the starter hours beforehand.

Honorable mention to Rashard Penny who came out of nowhere to rush for 129 yards and a touchdown, scoring 20.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the process. Despite being rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, Penny was probably not Active in many since he had scored just 27.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through his first 10 games of the season, including -2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 yards rushing, 1 fumble – lost) in his last outing before Week 12.

WR: A.J. Brown (TEN) – 23.5 points

Brown was the top Tennessee receiver this week with 23.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 135 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) and a Top 10 overall WR as well. Many Dynasty Owners thought he was poised for a breakdown season, as evidenced by his ADP 112 and 100% ownership rate. However, he’s been disappointing for most of the year and still only stands as the 40th best WR in Dynasty Owner after his Week 12 performance. Brown has been scoring more points since Ryan Tannehill took over as the Titans starting QB and should have been Active this week.

TE: Kaden Smith (NYG) – 12.7 points

Smith was not in any Dynasty Owner lineups this week as he is not rostered by a single Dynasty Owner yet. The rookie TE started for the New York Giants this week with starting TE Evan Engram and his backup Rhett Ellison both out with injuries. He had only caught one pass for one yard prior, but produced 12.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 17 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). That was the 4th best performance by a TE this week, behind likely Active TEs Zach Ertz, George Kittle and Jared Cook. For this week, Smith should have been rostered and Active.

K: Dustin Hopkins (WAS) – 17.0 points

In a Dynasty Owner first, Washington Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins earned six clutch scoring points, that’s two three-point bonuses, with a 42 yard FG with 1:49 left to tie the score and a 39 yard FG with 16 seconds left to win the game. Hopkins was perfect on the day with 4 FGs and 1 PAT in total. Three of his FGs were from 39 yards or less (28, 37 and 39) for 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points each plus the 42 yard game tying FG worth 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. All total, Hopkins scored 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the 11% of Dynasty Owners who have him rostered. He should have been Active in all of those leagues 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 12.

QB: Matt Ryan (ATL) – 7.4 points

Ryan was facing a great match-up against the poor Tampa Bay defense in Week 12 and the Falcons had played well in their past two games, likely prompting many of his Dynasty Owners to make him Active. That was the wrong move as he only scored 7.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (271 yards passing, 8 yards rushing, 1 INT, 2 fumbles – 1 lost) in the Falcons 35-22 loss. Instead, Ryan turned in his worst performance since getting injured in a Week 7 loss to the Rams (1.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and should have been on your Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Cowboys QB Dak Prescott. Tough match-up against the Patriots and bad weather contributed to the worst game of the season for the #3 overall QB in Dynasty Owner. Prescott only got his Owners 8.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (212 yards passing, 4 yards rushing, 1 INT) in Week 12 and should have been on the Bench.

RB: James White (NE) – 1.4 points

Whether it was the weather or just the Patriots game plan, Week 12 turned into a Sony Michel week for the Patriots – those of you who own either Michel or White in fantasy know what I’m saying. Michel had 20 carries for 85 yards, while White had just two carries and one reception. White scored more points on one kickoff return (20 yards for 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point) than he did rushing and receiving (5 yards rushing, 1 reception, -6 yards receiving for 0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Three touches on offense and only 1.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points were season lows for White, who should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 12.

WR: Amari Cooper (DAL) – 0.0 points

Benching Cooper this week turned out to be the right call, as I predicted in my Week 12 Preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/11/week-12-preview-playoff-push). The match-up against Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore was a tough one and the game was played in poor conditions that didn’t help either team’s passing game. Both of those factors contributed to Cooper putting up the dreaded Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Putting Cooper on the Bench or Practice Squad was a tough call, but it was the right one this week for his Dynasty Owners.

TE: Vance McDonald (PIT) – 1.1 points

In a weak week for TEs combined with a match-up against the Bengals, some fantasy analysts were recommending McDonald as a good TE this week. They were wrong as McDonald continued to disappoint, scoring only 1.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 1 yard). He was a very high Dynasty Owner draft pick (ADP 130) despite a $6.55 million annual salary and has disappointed his Owners almost all year with single-digit scoring in all but two games. This was another week that McDonald should have been on the Bench.

K: Mason Crosby (GB) – 0.0 points

It’s not Crosby’s fault that he scored a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) this week. He didn’t have any FG or PAT chances as Green Bay went for the 2-point conversion after their only TD. Even after the zero, Crosby is still the #13 kicker in Dynasty Owner and rostered in 78% of league, so he may have been Active for some of his Dynasty Owners. They should have left him on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Matt Gay of Tampa Bay who scored only 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point this week. Gay was pretty awful on PATs as he missed 3 out of 5 on the day. He did make his only FG attempt from 32 yards for 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but the missed PATs cost him 3.0 points. Gay is still the #4 kicker in Dynasty Owner and appears on rosters in 87% of Dynasty Owner leagues. Many of his Dynasty Owners probably thought he’d have a good chance at scoring plenty of points against the Falcons. He did have the opportunities, but didn’t convert them and should have been on your Bench.

The Replacements also moved up one spot in the Chase for the Ring standings to 8th place.

The Replacements could be higher in the Chase for the Ring standings if they had fielded a better lineup this week. Dustin kept two recommended Bench players (Josh Jacobs and Amari Cooper) in his Active lineup and it cost him quite a few Dynasty Owner fantasy points. A switch from Jacobs and Cooper to Mark Ingram and Will Fuller would have yielded The Replacements 34.5 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points and moved them up to 5th place in the Chase for the Ring.

The Replacements did have a couple of great performances this week as over half of their points came from two players (Christian McCaffrey and Zach Ertz). Those two combined for 64.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while the six players composing the rest of his Active lineup combined for just 57.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Bill took my advice to find another TE, but he ended up adding Jonnu Smith of Tennessee who only scored 0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 yards rushing). Smith did outscore Hayden Hurst who had a Blutarsky, but not O.J. Howard who produced 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 10 yards) on Bill’s Bench. It didn’t matter much though since Ballad of RickyBobby lost by 64.2 points.

The victory by The Replacements moves my Match-up of the Week prediction record to 7-5 for the season. It was my best prediction of the season as I was only 0.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points off on the final score for The Replacements. Check out the Week 13 preview article to see which teams are in the Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 12 Preview: Playoff Push

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Week 12, the final bye week of the NFL season and the start of the NFL and fantasy football playoff push. In the NFL, some teams are cruising towards a playoff spot but still need to keep win to secure home field advantage (New England and San Francisco), while others are fighting for their playoffs lives after tough starts to the season (Cleveland) and need to keep winning just to make the playoffs.

It’s the same in Dynasty Owner. The are undefeated teams (New York’s Strongest and Recyclers) who are going to make their league playoffs, but still need to win and put up big point totals to stay in the Chase for the Ring. Then there’s The Replacements, the #9 team in the Chase, and one of the teams featured in the Match-up of the Week. They only have a 6-5 record with some tough losses and two other top teams in their league in the Chase for the Ring (Day Drinkers and Puck Fittsburgh). Right now, The Replacements need to keep winning to even make the playoffs since they are in fifth place in their league.

This is our twelfth Dynasty Owner game preview article. We will analyze each team’s starters and bench in the Match-up of the Week to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance and make a prediction on the winner and final score. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations.

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.

Activate These Guys

First, we’ll look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active in Week 11:

  • QB: Derek Carr – 23.7 points (Just OK Recommendation)
  • RB: Joe Mixon – 17.3 points (Good Recommendation)
  • WR: Deebo Samuel – 21.4 points (Good Recommendation)
  • TE: Jared Cook – 11.3 points (Just OK Recommendation)

Much better than normal on the Active recommendations with two Good and two Just OK. The Just OK recommendations were both pretty close to being good as both Carr and Cook barely fell out of the top 10 performers at their respective positions in Week 11. Let’s try to duplicate last week with some recommendations of players who should be Active in Week 12.

Jeff Driskel (QB – DET): In two games as the Lions starter, Driskel has accumulated a total of 55.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week, he’s playing against the Redskins defense that just allowed Jets QB Sam Darnold to throw 4 TD passes last week (good for 34.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He’s only owned in 6.5% of Dynasty Owner leagues and his salary is just $43,795 per week so if you’re missing Patrick Mahomes or Kyler Murray this week and need an Active QB, go out and get Driskel.

Jaylen Samuels (RB – PIT): The Steelers need to win to maintain their playoff chances, but are likely to be without the services of James Conner for their game this week against the Bengals. Conner played part of last week’s game, but missed the two previous games. It’ll be Jaylen Samuels as the lead RB again and he has averaged 13.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the past three games. He also scored 23.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the last Steelers-Bengals game. Josh Jacobs had over 100 yards rushing and 14.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week against the porous Bengals run defense. Samuels should be Active this week for his Dynasty Owners.

Russell Gage (WR – ATL): Gage is rostered in only 2% of Dynasty Owner leagues and it should be more since his annual salary is only $654,049 per year for the next three years. Since the trade of Mohammed Sanu to the Patriots, he’s been the #3 WR in Atlanta and averaged six targets and 8.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. His involvement should continue to increase without TE Austin Hooper as well. This week, the Falcons face off against the dreadful Tampa Bay defense that has allowed multiple TDs to WRs in each of its past four games. Gage has a good chance to catch his first TD pass this week, so make him Active.

Dallas Goedert (TE – PHI): Tight end is a thin position this week with multiple top TEs out due to injuries (Austin Hooper and Will Dissly) or bye weeks (Travis Kelce and Hunter Henry). Goedert has averaged 11.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week over the past five weeks. The Eagles need wins to stay in the playoff chase, but are thin at WR with DeSean Jackson out and Alshon Jeffrey only just returning to practice after missing last week’s game. Goedert will only need to score 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to be a Top 10 TE and the Seattle defense has been poor against some other good TEs, allowing Gerald Everett to score 20.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Austin Hooper to score 18.5 against them. Goedert should be able to reach his average for the past couple of weeks and should be in your Active lineup.

Bench These Guys

Now, let’s look at last week and see how my Bench recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok) for Week 11 when I recommended having the following players on the Bench:

  • QB: Carson Wentz – 14.4 points (Good Recommendation)
  • RB: Todd Gurley – 19.3 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • WR: Stefon Diggs – 23.1 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • TE: Zach Ertz – 18.4 points (Bad Recommendation)

Week 11 was worse than usual with only one Good recommendation and three Bad ones. All of players who ended up as Bad recommendations finished the week in the Top 10 players at their respective positions. Let’s try to do better this week with some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use or have been using in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench.

Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB): The winner of the Green Bay-San Francisco game will have the advantage in the race for home field throughout the NFC playoffs. The top paid QB in Dynasty Owner, Aaron Rodgers, has been held under 20 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in six out of ten games this season, including his last two games before their Week 11 bye. He only scored 12.4 points versus Carolina and 16.6 versus the Chargers in his last two outings. And neither one of those defenses is as good as a San Francisco defense that is only allowing an average of 173.5 passing yards per game. Kyler Murray did score 32.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against them last week, but 12.7 of those points came on the ground (67 yards rushing and 1 rushing TD). Bench Rodgers against San Francisco and find another QB to make Active this week.

Josh Jacobs (RB – OAK): If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. That’s my mantra with this pick since I picked Jacobs as my Bench RB back in Week 9 and he burned me by scoring 26.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Here’s the argument for leaving the #8 RB in Dynasty Owner on the Bench. He scores over three-quarters of his Dynasty Owner fantasy points on the ground and the Jets have held opponents’ RB to an average of 46 yards per game over the past four weeks. The last time an opponent ran for over 100 yards against the Jets defense was Ezekiel Elliott back in Week 6. Dynasty Owners have a lot of other RBs with good match-ups this week that they can make Active, while leaving Jacobs on the Bench.

Amari Cooper (WR – DAL): Benching the #4 WR in Dynasty Owner might be tough to do, but it’s the correct call this week. Cooper is matching up against the Patriots secondary which has been outstanding all season. In particular, Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore should shadow Cooper and opposing WRs are averaging only 3.3 receptions for 33.1 yards per game against him. It’s also a road game for Cooper and the Cowboys and Cooper only averages 10.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per road game this season. This is after averaging just 8.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per road game in four road games for the Cowboys last year. That’s not enough points to be Active, so leave him on your Bench this week.

Gerald Everett (TE – LAR): The whole Rams passing game struggled last week, including Everett who only caught 1 pass for 20 yards (3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). As a result, the Rams find themselves right in the middle of the Wild Card race with the playoff-bound Ravens coming to Los Angeles on Monday night. If the Ravens defense plays as well against the Rams as they did against the Texans, it’ll be another poor performance for Everett. The Ravens held Darren Fells and Jordan Akins to a combined 5.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week (2 receptions for 33 yards). The Ravens have also only allowed two TDs to TEs this season. Even though it’s a thin week at TE, Dynasty Owners can find a better option to have Active than Everett.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week

The Replacements (Dustin S) vs. Ballad of RickyBobby (Bill J)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. The Replacements are chasing two things right now – a playoff spot and the Ring. While they sit in 9th place in the Chase for the Ring, only 86 points behind New York’s Strongest, they still need to win their league to win the Ring. The problem is that right now, they aren’t even a playoff team in their own league. The Replacements are sitting in fifth place with a 6-5 record on the season. To say this is a must-win for The Replacements is an understatement.

Their opponent, Ballad of RickyBobby, have just a 4-7 record on the season, but are looking at this week as their own personal playoffs and relish the chance to be a spoiler.

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

  • The Replacements have two of my recommended Bench players (Josh Jacobs and Amari Cooper) in their Active lineup right now. But, do they have any viable “replacements” for them?
  • Mark Ingram might be a better bet than Josh Jacobs in the second RB spot behind Christian McCaffrey for Dustin. He doesn’t lack for options to replace Cooper as between his Bench and Practice Squad, he’s got seven other WRs not on bye. Curtis Samuel, who is currently on the Practice Squad, could be promoted to Active with Cooper taking Zach Pascal’s spot on the Bench if Dustin agrees with my analysis on Cooper and wants to Bench him.
  • It’s a thin week at TE but is it that thin that the Ballad of RickyBobby needs to have O.J. Howard in his Active lineup with Hayden Hurst on the Bench? With no extra TE on the Practice Squad to switch, Bill should look at his league’s Free Agent Auction to see if widely available TEs such as Ryan Griffin (available in 89% of Dynasty Owner leagues) or Jacob Hollister (available in 57% of Dynasty Owner leagues) are there for him to grab. Both are on one-year deals and he’ll only need to pay their salary for three weeks, so it’s a potential low-risk, high-reward roster move for Bill.
  • Bill needs to jump out to a big lead in the early Sunday games and hope to hang on after his Active lineup is finished scoring. That’s because Dustin has two players in his Active lineup playing Sunday night and his kicker playing on Monday night.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on the current lineup for each team has The Replacements winning by a margin of 131.4-100.6. It’ll be closer than that as The Replacements will win, but they may be fighting for their Dynasty Owner playoff lives and praying for more scoring in both the Sunday Night and Monday Night Football games.

Final Score Prediction: The Replacements 120.6 vs. Ballad of RickyBobby 99.7

My prediction record is 6-5 for the season after a correct prediction in Week 11. Will it be another victory and a two-game winning streak or a loss that will send my record back to .500? Check out the Week 12 Recap article next week to find out who won the Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 11 Recap: The Strongest Team

Author: Steven Van Tassell

In a week that featured several strong performances by some of the NFL’s top players, such as Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott, we chose to highlight a team in our Match-up of the Week (New York’s Strongest) that featured a strong lineup from top to bottom. New York’s Strongest lived up to their name as they proved to be too strong for their opponent as well as the rest of us playing Dynasty Owner so far.

This is our eleventh Dynasty Owner weekly recap article. Hopefully, it’s a strong one. As usual, 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: Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo loves playing against the Arizona Cardinals. In two games against them this year, he has accumulated 88.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, including 46.9 this week (424 yards passing, 7 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs, 2 INTs). The 25-yard passing TD to Jeff Wilson with 31 seconds left was the score that gave Jimmy G the 3-point clutch scoring bonus and vaulted him over 40 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the second time against Arizona. Jimmy G did all of this scoring without his best receiver (George Kittle), so he really earned his nearly $2 million Dynasty Owner weekly salary in Week 11.

  • Week 11 Points: 46.9
  • Week 11 Salary: $1,964,286
  • Week 11 Cost per Point: $41,882

Congratulations Jimmy G. 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: Dak Prescott

Surprisingly, this is Dak’s first Value Player of the Week honor, although he did win Player of the Week back in Week 1. As the #3 ranked QB in Dynasty Owner with a rock-bottom salary of $680,848 for this season, Prescott has been a strong contender several times for the honor, but has just missed out every time. That will change next year once he signs a new contract, so his Dynasty Owner should enjoy the value while it lasts. This past week, he scored 46.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (444 yards passing, 18 yards rushing, 3 passing TDs). He nearly won Player of the Week honors for the second time, but has to settle for Value Player of the Week with a cost per point in Week 11 of just over $1,000.

  • Week 11 Points: 46.0
  • Week 11 Salary: $48,632
  • Week 11 Cost per Point: $1,057

Congratulations Dak on your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor!

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 11. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Christian McCaffrey because he is the #1 ranked RB and should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 11 when they should have been.

QB: Jeff Driskel (DET) – 33.6 points

In two games as the Lions starter, Driskel has accumulated a total of 55.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with 33.6 of those points coming in Week 11 against the Cowboys. Driskel only threw for 209 yards, but had 3 TDs (2 passing and 1 rushing) as well as 51 yards rushing. His 33.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points was sixth best among QBs and easily the most unlikely. Driskel is only rostered in 2% of Dynasty Owner leagues and was highly unlikely to be Active.

Honorable mention to Jets QB Sam Darnold who had 34.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (293 yards passing, -3 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs, 1 INT, 1 fumble). While he scored 0.8 points more than Driskel, Darnold could have been Active in more lineups due to his 100% ownership and the fact that the Jets were playing the Redskins. The Redskins defense is not very strong, so hopefully Dynasty Owners with Darnold on their roster made him Active this week.

RB: Gus Edwards (BAL) – 19.2 points

Edwards ripped off a 63-yard TD run late in the Ravens 41-7 victory over the Texans to earn this spot. The 63 yard play was more yards than the backup to Mark Ingram had run for in a single game all season. All total, Edwards had 19.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (112 yards rushing, 1 rushing TD) for a mere cost of $570,000 in annual salary. Few of the Dynasty Owners in the 39% of leagues in which he is rostered likely had him in their Active lineup, even though he ended up the week tied for second in rushing yards (behind Johnathan Williams of the Colts) and sixth in Dynasty Owner fantasy points among RBs.

Honorable mentions to Tony Pollard (18.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Tarik Cohen (18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) who each had a receiving TD this week. Pollard earned two points by running in a 2-pt conversion and an extra point from his 42 yards of kickoff returns to jump ahead of Cohen, who had more rushing yards (39 to 12 for Pollard) and receptions (5 vs. 4 for Pollard).

WR: Randall Cobb (DAL) – 21.5 points

Randall Cobb has a two-game streak of scoring 20+ Dynasty Owner fantasy points after this week’s 21.5 point performance (4 receptions, 115 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). After a promising Week 1 with 16.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Cobb didn’t score in double digit again until Week 10 (22.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Dynasty Owners must have thought it was a mirage since nobody picked him and his $5 million annual salary up after his Week 10 performance. That was a mistake as some Owners could have really used him in their Active lineup this week.

TE: Ross Dwelley (SF) – 17.4 points

With the injury to George Kittle, Dwelley stepped into the 49ers Week 10 lineup and produced 5.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions for 24 yards). In Week 11, Dwelley had one more reception but for 10 fewer yards. The difference was that he scored 2 TDs to give his few Dynasty Owners 17.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 14 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). A couple of Dynasty Owners took a chance and picked up Dwelley and his $525,000 salary for this year (2% ownership). Hopefully they made him Active.

K: Stephen Hauschka (BUF) – 13.0 points

After a dreadful week in which he scored -3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Browns, Hauschka came back with a strong performance in Week 11 versus the Dolphins. It was his second week with double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy point this season – both against the Dolphins. Hauschka was perfect on the day, making all seven of his kicks (3 FGs and 4 PATs). He had two short FGs of under 39 yards (21 and 34 yards) plus a 51-yard FG worth 5.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to give him a total of 13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Not bad for a kicker who was not likely Active in many Dynasty Owner leagues since he is only rostered in 6.5% of them.

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 11.

QB: Deshaun Watson (HOU) – 3.7 points

Watson easily turned in his worst performance of the 2019 season this past week against the Baltimore Ravens, scoring only 3.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (169 yards passing, 12 yards rushing, 1 INT, 1 fumble – lost). Prior to the Texans’ Week 10 bye, Watson was averaging 30.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, so his Owners can be excused for thinking that he was a solid every week Active QB. Unfortunately for them, that was wrong, and they should have kept him on the Bench.

RB: David Montgomery (CHI) – 6.0 points

This is two weeks in a row that Montgomery has scored just 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points after putting up consecutive 20+ Dynasty Owner fantasy point outings that had his Owners thinking he should be Active every week. It’s not because of a lack of touches, as Montgomery had 15 touches this week after having 17 touches the week before. He just hasn’t been doing much with the ball in his hands as he had just 31 yards rushing (on 14 carries) and 1 reception for 19 yards. With uncertainty at QB for the Bears, it may be advisable to Bench Montgomery for the foreseeable future. His Dynasty Owners would have been better off with him on the Bench in Week 11.

Dishonorable mention to trendy free agent pickup Brian Hill of the Falcons. Hill was rostered in 52% of Dynasty Owner leagues, probably because of his $600,000 one year contract as well as the fact that he was expected to be the lead RB for the Falcons and build on his 14.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort from Week 11. With projections positive for a good week, many of his Owners likely had Hill Active and reaped only 4.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (30 yards rushing, 1 reception, 8 receiving yards) for it. He should have been on the Bench.

WR: Tyler Boyd (CIN) – 2.0 points

His Dynasty Owners might not have wanted to make him Active, but with injuries to several top WRs (Adam Thielen, T.Y. Hilton, Brandin Cooks) and more on bye (Davante Adams and Tyler Lockett), many of them might have been left with no other choice. These Owners were probably hoping he would replicate his 12.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance from Week 10 with Ryan Finley as the Bengals QB, but alas, Boyd would only score 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 yards rushing, 1 reception, 0 yards receiving). Leaving him on the Bench would have been the better play.

TE: Jack Doyle (IND) – 0.0 points

Doyle had been on a roll in the four games since the Colts bye, scoring an average of 9.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. After being cleared to play earlier in the week and with Jacoby Brissett back in the lineup at QB, Doyle was expected to be a good TE to have in your Active lineup. Unfortunately for those Dynasty Owners who made him Active based on that information, Doyle was not targeted in the Colts 33-13 win over the Jaguars and ended up with a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He should have been left on your Bench or better yet, Practice Squad.

K: Joey Slye (CAR) – 2.0 points

Carolina kicker Joey Slye is the choice here even though several kickers had worse weeks than he did. However, the kickers who earned negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (Eddy Pinerio, Josh Lambo and Chris Boswell) were likely not Active in too many lineups. In contrast, Slye is rostered in 65% of Dynasty Owner leagues and still the #11 ranked kicker after making his only FG attempt (31 yards) in Week 11.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

New York’s Strongest (Eddie Driscoll) – 178.1 vs. The Miracle Metcalfs (Andrew Wade) – 95.1

New York’s Strongest lived up to their name with a very strong performance this week against The Miracle Metcalfs, prevailing by a score of 178.1-95.1. New York’s Strongest showed the top to bottom strength of their Active lineup and also got strong performances by most of the players on their Bench in the easy victory.

The Miracle Metcalfs had a solid performance with 95.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points despite having Active QB Russell Wilson on bye. A recommended switch to Josh Allen in the Active lineup and moving Baker Mayfield from the Practice Squad to the Bench would have yielded them an extra 39.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for a total of 134.6. Not enough to win, but the game would have been closer.

It turns out that Eddie was a little modest when naming his team. New York’s Strongest is a little bit off as they are really Dynasty Owner’s Strongest now, sitting at the top of the Chase for the Ring standings.

New York’s Strongest has a 47 point advantage over the second place team (Recyclers) in the Chase for the Ring standings. They made a strong move this week, moving from fourth place last week to first place behind their 178.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Eddie is in great position, but needs to finish strong over the next three weeks of the regular season and win his league in order to claim the Ring.

Even though I predicted a closer game, said it would be difficult for New York’s Strongest to win by the projected margin of 40 points and that they would have an “average” performance, their victory makes my Match-up of the Week prediction record 6-5 for the season. Check out our Week 12 preview article to see which teams are in the Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

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Week 11 Preview: Tough Week

Author: Steven Van Tassell

Week 11 is a tough one. It’s tough for those of us who don’t lie winter as it’s mid-November and the weather is cold in much of the U.S. It was tough to decide on some of the players to recommend as Active and some who should be on the Bench. And one as one of the top teams in Dynasty Owner featured in the Match-up of the Week tries to do something difficult (some might say tough) and stay undefeated and in the Chase for the Ring.

This is our eleventh Dynasty Owner game preview article. Many of you are still new to Dynasty Owner, so let’s review what you’re going to read. We will pick a Match-up of the Week and analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance and make a prediction on the winner and final score. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations. 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.

Activate These Guys

First, we’ll look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active in Week 10:

  • QB: Jimmy Garoppolo – 11.5 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • RB: Ronald Jones II – 21.6 points (Good Recommendation)
  • WR: Zach Pascal – 4.6 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • TE: Mike Gesicki – 2.8 points (Bad Recommendation)

A pretty typical performance with only one Good and three Bad recommendations. On the positive side, the Ronald Jones recommendation was spot on as he was the sixth best RB of the week. However, the Bad recommendations were pretty off-base, particularly the choices of Pascal and Gesicki, who fumbled on the Dolphins’ first possession. Let’s try again as here are some recommendations of players who should be Active in Week 11.

Derek Carr (QB – OAK): Carr is averaging 24.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in the four games since returning from the Raiders’ bye week. He’s thrown for at least 1 TD in all four of those games as well. And here comes a Bengals defense to Oakland that’s not tough at all, allowing an average of 28.8 points per game. Expect Carr to throw for at least 250 yards and a TD, which is a minimum of 18.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Carr is your #18 ranked Dynasty Owner QB and only rostered in 41% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but if you have him, he should be in your Active lineup this week.

Joe Mixon (RB – CIN): After underperforming for most of the year, Mixon has put together back-to-back good fantasy weeks, averaging 18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his past two games. He ran for 114 yards last week versus Baltimore, his first game over 100 yards all season. He plays an Oakland defense that is allowing an average of 98.4 yards per game on the ground. The Bengals are still going with rookie Ryan Finley at QB, so they should lean on the run again this week, which is good for Mixon. He’s rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, so if you’ve got him, this is the week to make him Active.

Deebo Samuel (WR – SF): Two weeks ago, against Arizona, Samuel caught four passes for 40 yards and scored 8.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He was third on the team in targets just behind Emmanuel Sanders and George Kittle. Then last week, without Kittle for the entire game and Sanders for most of it, Samuel led the 49ers with 19.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions for 112 yards). With both Sanders and Kittle not practicing yet this week, the 49ers might be without its top two receivers and have to lean on Samuel. That’s good for Dynasty Owners with Samuel on their roster and means he should be in your Active lineup this week.

Jared Cook (TE – NO): Tampa Bay has been bad against opposing TEs this year, allowing an average of 15.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to the opponent’s top TE. In his return from an ankle injury, Cook was targeted 10 times by Drew Brees and scored 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions for 74 yards). That was his best game since he garnered 14.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points back in Week 5 against…Tampa Bay. It’s an ideal match-up for Cook and time to put him into your Active lineup.

Bench These Guys

Now, let’s look at last week and see how my Bench recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok) for Week 10 when I recommended having the following players on the Bench:

  • QB: Dak Prescott – 35.9 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • RB: Derrick Henry – 35.1 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • WR: Tyler Boyd – 12.2 points (Just Ok Recommendation)
  • TE: Jimmy Graham – 7.9 points (Just Ok Recommendation)

Not a great week with two Just Ok and two Bad recommendations for players to Bench. The Bad recommendations were particularly bad as both Dak Prescott and Derrick Henry had great games, scoring over 35.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Let’s try again with some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use or have been using in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 11.

Carson Wentz (QB – PHI): Wentz is the #13 ranked QB in Dynasty Owner. Since #9 QB Kirk Cousins is only rostered in 4% of Dynasty Owner leagues, #8 QB Matthew Stafford is injured, and top 10 QBs Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers are on bye, Wentz is a likely Active QB option for many Dynasty Owners. Don’t do it. He got a tough match-up against the Patriots defense that has been really, really good for most this season. The Patriots defense is likely still steaming about allowing Lamar Jackson to beat them two weeks ago and with a bye week to game plan against Wentz and the Eagles, my gut says they will make it tough for Wentz to perform well. Find a QB not playing the Patriots this week to make Active and leave Wentz on the Bench.

Todd Gurley (RB – LAR): While Gurley isn’t a Top 20 RB in Dynasty Owner right now (he’s #25), he was definitely drafted by his Dynasty Owners to be Active every week. Gurley has been averaging only 9.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week since he missed Week 6 against the 49ers. The Bears rushing defense isn’t too tough, but they did hold the Lions to only 61 yards rushing by RBs last week and the Chargers to only 36 yards three weeks ago. Gurley needs to score his fantasy points on the ground as he only has one reception in his past four games. He’ll probably keep up the streak of poor performances in Week 11, so keep him on the Bench.

Stefon Diggs (WR – MIN): In two games without Adam Thielen starting opposite him, Diggs has scored a total of 10.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. There’s a chance that Thielen plays this week against Denver according to Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer, which might help improve Diggs’ fantasy outlook, but don’t count on it. The Vikings should lean on their running game against Denver which would limit Diggs’ targets. Play it safe and Bench Diggs this week.

Zach Ertz (TE – BAL): Ertz had a great Week 9 against the Bears, before the Eagles bye week, scoring 25.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That performance moved him up to the #6 TE in Dynasty Owner. However, in a recent three game span before the Bears game, Ertz averaged only 5.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. The Eagles play the Patriots this week and the Patriots held Ravens TE Mark Andrews to just 4.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in their first loss of the season two weeks ago. Expect the Patriots defense to hold down Ertz, so sit him on your Bench and make another TE Active this week.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week

New York’s Strongest (Eddie Driscoll) vs. The Miracle Metcalfs (Andrew Wade)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. We have the undefeated and fourth ranked team in the Chase for the Ring (New York’s Strongest) facing off against The Miracle Metcalfs. It’s tough to go undefeated in fantasy football and New York’s Strongest has a chance to do so in the first season of Dynasty Owner. The Miracle Metcalfs have a .500 record, but the #1 overall player in Dynasty Owner in Russell Wilson is out on bye for them this week. That’s a tough break for The Miracle Metcalfs.

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

  • New York’s Strongest is sure living up to their name as they have a strong Active lineup, including the #1 RB (Christian McCaffrey) and #1 WR (Michael Thomas), plus the #2 QB (Lamar Jackson), #2 RB (Dalvin Cook), and #2 TE (Travis Kelce). Even Julian Edelman and Greg Zuerlein are ranked in the Top 10 at their respective positions. Unless a couple of them have a bad week, Eddie will be tough to beat this week and for the rest of the season.
  • Russell Wilson needs to be Benched or hopefully put on the Practice Squad for this week only to help The Miracle Metcalfs compete at their best. They have Baker Mayfield on their Practice Squad right now, so Andrew does have enough QBs to make it work.
  • Josh Allen is projected to score 22.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, but he put up 27.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the Bills first meeting against the Dolphins and 27.1 points versus the Browns last week, so I’m thinking he will exceed that projection. There’s still plenty of time for Andrew to get Allen into his Active lineup this week and hope he can produce a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week caliber game for The Miracle Metcalfs.
  • Eddie is trying to do something extremely tough – go undefeated in fantasy football. How many people do you know who have gone an entire fantasy season undefeated? Nobody has done it in my 20-year re-draft league, and I know only one person who has ever done it.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on the best lineup for each team has New York’s Strongest winning by a margin of 159.1-118.4. It’ll be tough for New York’s Strongest to win by over 40 points as his projected score of 159.1 is 15.5 points higher than his average of 143.6 points per week. I’ll go with Eddie having an “average” week, but still defeating The Miracle Metcalfs by a solid margin to keep his undefeated season alive and continue on in his Chase for the Ring.

Final score prediction: New York’s Strongest 143.6 vs. The Miracle Metcalfs 123.2

My prediction record is 5-5 for the season after a loss in Week 10 ended my three game winning streak. Can I predict the victor of this week’s game and move back to above .500 for the season? Check out the Week 11 Recap article next week to find out who won the Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 10 Recap: Welcome Back

Author: Steven Van Tassell

The return of Patrick Mahomes was a welcome sight for his Dynasty Owners. In a week with six teams on bye and more players out with injuries, the return of Mahomes was likely a game changer. Mahomes was welcomed back into the Active lineup of a lot of winning Dynasty Owner teams this week – including the winner of our Match-up of the Week.

This is our tenth Dynasty Owner weekly recap article, but for many of you, we might be welcoming you as a new Dynasty Owner. For those of you who are new, here’s what we do in the weekly recap articles. We 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: Patrick Mahomes

After missing the past two weeks due to a dislocated right kneecap, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was a welcome addition to his Dynasty Owners Active lineups this week. Mahomes had himself quite an afternoon with a 44.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (446 yards passing, 3 passing TDs). The four-point bonus for 400+ yards passing was just what Mahomes needed to edge past fellow QB Lamar Jackson (41.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) for the Player of the Week honor. Mahomes was ADP 4 in Dynasty Owner drafts and is backing up that high pick by averaging 31.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game played. He is currently the #6 ranked QB in Dynasty Owner despite missing two full weeks. Hopefully, his Owners got the news that he was playing in Week 10 and pulled him off their Bench or Practice Squad and made him Active.

  • Week 10 Points: 44.3
  • Week 10 Salary: $293,318
  • Week 10 Cost per Point: $6,621

Congratulations Patrick on winning another 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: Tyreek Hill

With Mahomes throwing for 446 yards and 3 TDs, it’s not surprising to see Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill as the winner of the Value Player of the Week. Hill scored 33.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (11 receptions, 157 yards receiving, 3 yards rushing, 1 receiving TD) in the Chiefs 35-32 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Hill has been playing very well and scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in all five games since returning from his collarbone/shoulder injury. Because of his high production and low $646,555 annual salary, Hill has been in contention for Value Player of the Week twice already this season (Week 6 and Week 9), but was edged out for the honor both times.

  • Week 10 Points: 33.0
  • Week 10 Salary: $46,183
  • Week 10 Cost per Point: $1,399

Not so in Week 10, as Hill squeaked by New York Giants WR Darius Slayton (34.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, $688,497 annual salary, $1,442 cost per point) to earn his first Value Player of the Week honor.

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 10. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Christian McCaffrey because he is the #1 ranked RB and should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 10 when they should have been.

QB: Daniel Jones (NYG) – 39.4 points

Jones has been pretty hit or miss since he became the Giants starter in Week 3. When he’s hot, he’s really hot – with an average of 41.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his two good games prior to Week 10. And when he’s bad, he’s pretty bad and averaging only 11.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the five bad games. Welcome back to the good Daniel Jones as he scored 39.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (308 yards passing, 20 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs, 1 2-pt conversion, 3 fumbles – 1 lost) in Week 10. Even though Jones was playing a “road” game in his home stadium against the Jets, many of his Dynasty Owners probably thought he’d have another bad game and had him on their Bench. Good Daniel Jones showed up this week and he should have been Active.

RB: Ronald Jones II (TB) – 21.6 points

In his first game as the starter for Tampa Bay, Jones produced a career-high 21.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (29 yards rushing, 8 receptions, 77 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD, 1 fumble lost). The eight receptions was a career high and equaled the number of receptions he had for the previous nine weeks. While the few of you who read the Week 10 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/11/week-10-preview-new-blood) may have made him Active, it’s more likely that plenty of his Dynasty Owners left him on the Bench.

WR: Darius Slayton (NYG) – 34.1 points

I can say with certainty that no Dynasty Owners had Darius Slayton Active this week since he is not listed in the Dynasty Owner database yet (bug reported). Once he gets listed, Dynasty Owners might want to consider picking him up since he has a low $688,497 annual contract for this year and the next three years. And if you think Daniel Jones is going to have one of his good games, then making him Active. Slayton had 34.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 receptions, 121 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs) this week. However, you can’t go back and make him Active in your Week 10 lineup.

TE: Jacob Hollister (SEA) – 20.2 points

Welcome back to Jacob Hollister as well. For the second week in a row, Jacob Hollister is our pick as the player who was likely not Active, but should have been. His ownership shot up from zero percent to seven percent after his 22.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 9 and should go even higher after he scored 20.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions, 62 yards, 1 receiving TD) in Week 10. As mentioned last week, he is available for a low $558,333 annual salary, so he might be worth picking up if you need a TE after his Week 11 bye. Or you should have picked him up before Week 10 and made him Active.

K: Younghoe Koo (ATL) – 12.0 points Welcome back to the NFL to Younghoe Koo. Koo played for the Los Angeles Chargers back in 2017 and was signed to kick when the Falcons released veteran kicker Matt Bryant. As a result of his recent signing, he is not listed in the Dynasty Owner database yet (bug reported) and had zero percent ownership in Week 10. That should change after he made all six of his kicks in his 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (3 FGs of 39 yards or less, 1 FG of 40-49 yards, 2 PATs). Even if he had been listed, it’s doubtful too many Dynasty Owners would have had him in their Week 10 Active lineup.

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 10.

QB: Jared Goff (LAR) – 1.2 points

Even though he was playing the Steelers defense that has gotten so much better since they traded for safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Goff was probably Active for many Dynasty Owners this week. He was rested after a Week 9 bye and was coming in on a roll, having scored 31.6 and 31.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his previous two games. But once again, a tough defense proved to be too much for Goff as he committed three turnovers and only scored 1.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (243 yards passing, 2 INTs, 3 fumbles – 1 lost). Not as bad as his negative one point performance in Week 6 versus San Francisco, but still so bad that he should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad.

RB: David Johnson (ARI) – -1.0 points

Maddening! That’s what David Johnson has been this year for his Dynasty Owners. First, he’s questionable and a game-time decision in Week 6 versus the Falcons, but plays and scores 28.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The following week, he’s Active, but plays one series versus the Giants and Coach Kliff Kingsbury says he was only available in an “emergency”. He doesn’t play Week 8 or Week 9, but is supposed to be back and healthy for Week 10 versus the Buccaneers. Welcome back, right? Of course not, as he only touches the ball six times (5 rushes, 1 reception) and scores negative one Dynasty Owner fantasy point (2 yards rushing, 1 reception, 8 yards receiving, 1 fumble lost). Hopefully, you didn’t believe the news and kept Johnson on your Bench or Practice Squad.

Dishonorable mention to LeSean McCoy who had 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, but did so from the comfort of the sidelines (or a luxury box) as he was surprisingly Inactive for the Chiefs Week 10 game versus Tennessee. He hadn’t been performing great, but is rostered in 78% of Dynasty Owner leagues so hopefully not a lot of his Dynasty Owners had him Active.

WR: Cooper Kupp (LAR) – 0.0 points

Cooper Kupp had a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in Week 10. He was targeted four times by QB Jared Goff, but had no receptions for no yards and no rushing attempts either. This is after he torched the Cincinnati Bengals for 41.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 8 (the Rams were on bye in Week 9). Kupp was probably not on the Bench or Practice Squad in too many Dynasty Owner leagues this week, but he should have been.

TE: Jason Witten (DAL) – 3.7 points

Witten is still the 12th ranked TE in Dynasty Owner, even after his 3.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (2 receptions, 17 yards) in Week 10 against the Vikings. Before that, Witten was averaging 9.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week. In a week with several Top 10 TEs out with injuries (Evan Engram, George Kittle and Will Dissly) plus Zach Ertz and Darren Fells on bye, many Dynasty Owners might have had to make Witten Active. That was a mistake as he was better left on the Bench.

K: Greg Zuerlein (LAR) – 1.0 point

Zuerlein only scored 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point in Week 10 against the Steelers. It wasn’t that he was exceptionally bad, he just didn’t have many chances and missed one of them (a 56-yard FG at the end of the first half). He did make a 30-yard FG and his only PAT attempt, but with the miss, that’s only 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point for Greg the Leg. He’s owned in every Dynasty Owner league and was probably Active in a lot of them when he should have been on the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Wannabees (David) – 96.4 vs. Turd Burglars (Ryan) – 122.4

Plain and simple, this was an upset. The formerly 3-6 Turd Burglars defeated the undefeated Wannabees who were in fifth place in the Chase for the Ring by a score of 122.4-96.4. Having eight players on bye plus what turned out to be a bad trade by the Wannabees was too much to overcome. The Turd Burglars exceeded their projections and were able to win despite having two automatic zeros on their Bench.

The Turd Burglars won the QB battle by welcoming back Patrick Mahomes and putting him in their Active lineup over Matt Ryan. However, it was by a surprisingly low margin as David’s starting QB (Daniel Jones) put up almost as many points as Mahomes (39.4 for Jones versus 44.3 for Mahomes). If not for Jones’s performance, the results would have been worse for the Wannabees.

The trade that David made to shore up his WR corps – giving up Aaron Jones for Cooper Kupp – really hurt as Kupp turned in the dreaded Blutarsky, while Jones had 27.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 10. Substituting Jones for the underperforming David Johnson would have yielded the Wannabees enough points to eke out a close victory. David said that he could have used Jones this week and unfortunately, he was right.

Ryan’s WR problems ended up not hurting him as Amari Cooper played and scored 31.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points after being questionable and missing practices leading up to the Cowboys’ Week 10 game. Ryan did pick up another WR as suggested and Diontae Johnson scored him 9.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, so the Turd Burglars would still have barely won if he had been forced to start Johnson over Cooper.

The Wannabees loss puts me back at .500 (5-5) for my Match-up of the Week predictions, as well as ends my modest three game winning streak. It’s going to be tougher now with all of the new Dynasty Owners so check and see what teams are in the Week 11 Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Dynasty Owner Tips for New (and Original) Players

Author: Steven Van Tassell

Welcome to all of the new Dynasty Owners! Many of you have been asking questions about how to play or questions about what you can do to improve your team for this year and beyond. For those of you with questions about how to play, Tim just did an awesome Zoom presentation where he went over how to navigate the Dynasty Owner desktop and mobile sites, so we aren’t going to review that here. Go check it out, learn how to use the website and maximize the time you spend on your team – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elecGOhF0o0.

If you want ideas about what you can do to improve your team for this year and beyond, then this is the place for you. Hopefully this article will help you with that aspect of the game as we’ll offer some tips on how you can fix up that neglected team you inherited (or drafted on your own for original Owners).

In addition, all Owners can go back and read the initial Dynasty Owner Draft Tips articles from August – (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/07/dynasty-owner-draft-tips) and (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/08/dynasty-owner-draft-tips-part-2). They may help you in preparing for next year’s rookie drafts or if new Dynasty Owner leagues are created for Year Two. On to the hopefully helpful tips!

Learn the Scoring System

The Dynasty Owner scoring system is different than scoring in most other fantasy football leagues, so knowing the scoring system will help you prioritize free agent claims and analyze trade offers. The draft tips articles have a more in-depth analysis of some of these differences, but here are a couple of quick highlights.

Quarterbacks score more points in Dynasty Owner than standard leagues. QBs get .1 point for every 2 yards passing (instead of .04 points per yard as standard in many leagues) and passing TDs are worth 6 points in Dynasty Owner (instead of just 4 points as in many leagues).

Players on your Bench score points in Dynasty Owner. Everyone on your Bench accumulates points and 20% of your bench scoring will be added to your final score.

Players who return kicks or punts return extra value. We have points for kickoff and punt return yards. It’s .25 points for every 10 yards.

All Dynasty Owner 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.

Injured Reserve Is Your Friend

Are you stuck with Ben Roethlisberger or Cam Newton on your inherited roster, but don’t want to release them and pay the waiver fee? What about those of you who took over a team with Kerryon Johnson, Will Dissly, John Ross or Preston Williams? You want to keep them for next year and beyond since it’s a Dynasty league and in the case of Dissly and Williams, their salaries are ridiculously inexpensive.

The answer is to put them on Injured Reserve. There’s no fee to do so and you get a 50% reduction in your weekly salary if you are over the $80 million salary figure. This can help if you’re strapped for Dynasty Dollars because the previous owner spent too much on salaries. Using Kerryon Johnson as an example, putting him and his $1,625,923 annual salary on Injured Reserve will save you almost $300,000 over the rest of the regular season.

  • Annual Salary = $1,625,923
    • Weekly Salary = $116,137 (Annual salary divided by 14-week Dynasty Owner regular season)
    • IR Salary Reduction = $58,069 (50% of weekly salary)
    • Rest of Season Salary Reduction = $290,345 ($58,069 * 5 weeks left in regular season)

You can only have one player on Injured Reserve at a time, so if you’re stuck with Cam Newton and his $20.76 million salary, it’s better to put him on Injured Reserve than Kerryon Johnson. Either way, Injured Reserve is a quick and easy way to save some precious Dynasty Dollars.

This is Not the NFL Practice Squad

The NFL practice squad is reserved for young players who a team wants to keep around and develop. Not so in Dynasty Owner as anyone can be on the Practice Squad. If your starting QB has a bye, put him on the Practice Squad for one week so you don’t get a zero in your Active lineup or on your Bench. The Practice Squad is a great place to have a third kicker, so you don’t get a zero from your Bench kicker when he’s on bye.

Have more than one player injured and out for the year? Stash one on Injured Reserve and the other one on your Practice Squad.

Like Jarrett Stidham as the Patriots QB of the future after the G.O.A.T. retires? Grab him and put him on the Practice Squad.

Additional Players Can Be Added

Dynasty Owner drafts were 20 rounds, but there are 24 roster slots (including the Practice Squad). This is good news for everyone, but especially new owners who are replacing people who probably didn’t fill up those spots. If you’ve got room under the salary cap and are willing to spend some money for Dynasty Dollars (they are cheap – only $1 for $1 Million Dynasty Dollars), adding players might be a good move.

You could add up to 4 players who might help you win this year.

  • J.D. McKissic (RB – DET) – Available in 76% of Dynasty Owner leagues for only his $645,000 annual salary this year
  • Zach Pascal (WR – IND) – Available in 71% of Dynasty Owner leagues for only his $525,000 annual salary this year
  • Mason Rudolph (QB – PIT) – Available in 37% of Dynasty Owner leagues for only $980,472 annually for the next three years

Or, you could add players who might not help this year, but could stick around on your Dynasty Owner roster at a low salary for the foreseeable future. Players such as:

  • Hunter Renfrow (WR – OAK) – Available in 67% of Dynasty Owner leagues for only $708,686 annually for the next four years
  • KeeSean Johnson (WR – ARI) – Available in 50% of Dynasty Owner leagues for only $682,328 annually for the next four years
  • Drew Lock (QB – DEN) – Available in 39% of Dynasty Owner leagues for $1.75 million annually for the next four years

Stockpile Draft Picks

The draft is extremely important in Dynasty Owner. New Owners will be able to fill holes in their roster with the best available rookies who will be playing on inexpensive rookie contracts for the next four years. It’s a great place to find the next Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, Aaron Jones, Kenny Golladay, Terry McLaurin, or George Kittle.

Draft picks can be traded in Dynasty Owner. It’ll cost you Dynasty Dollars in the future, but for now, there are no trade fees so if you can find another Owner who is willing to deal picks for next year, make them an offer and start to hoard those picks.

Make the Playoffs

To quote Jim Mora – Playoffs?!?!? The team that you inherited (or drafted) might not be great, but they could still have a shot at the playoffs. New Dynasty Owners in my league inherited teams who are 4-5 and just one game out of the playoff hunt.

Even if you lose in the first round of the playoffs, you still get 5% of the Championship pot. If the Championship pot in your league is $300 million Dynasty Dollars, you get $15 million Dynasty Dollars for just making the playoffs. That’s a nice chunk of change that you can put towards adding players for 2020 and beyond, so don’t automatically assume as new Dynasty Owners that you need to trade away all of your assets and build for the future.

Conclusions

It’s not too late to get your team into shape for the rest of the beta season of Dynasty Owner or build for next year. There’s plenty of things that new Dynasty Owners (or original Owners who aren’t doing well this year) can do to improve their teams right now. Hopefully these tips are helpful and make Dynasty Owner a more enjoyable experience for all Dynasty Owners!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 10 Preview: New Blood

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Week 10 and there’s a lot of new blood setting lineups in Dynasty Owner for the first time. There’s also going to be lots of new blood in those Active lineups as we have six teams on bye this week (Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, New England, Philadelphia and Washington). Six teams on bye equals lineup problems and decisions for both old and new Dynasty Owners.

This is our tenth Dynasty Owner game preview article, but the first one for many of you so we’ll review what you’re going to read. We will pick a Match-up of the Week and analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance and make a prediction on the winner and final score. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations.

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.

Activate These Guys

First, we’ll look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active in Week 9:

  • QB: Matthew Stafford – 36.9 points (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Tarik Cohen – 4.4 points (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: D.K. Metcalf – 27.0 points (Good recommendation)
  • TE: T.J. Hockenson – 8.6 points (Bad recommendation)

Two Good and two Bad recommendations. Better than usual, but still not great. On the positive side, the Good recommendations (Stafford and Metcalf) were really good, while one of the Bad recommendations (Hockenson) was bad, but not terrible. Only the choice of Tarik Cohen was completely off-base. Here are some recommendations of players who should be Active in Week 10.

Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF): He’s only owned in 20% of Dynasty Owner leagues and as the #21 rated QB, you probably shouldn’t have him Active on a weekly basis. However, with six teams of bye and a few usual starting QBs (The G.O.A.T. Tom Brady, Deshaun Watson, Carson Wentz) amongst them, Garoppolo is a good Active replacement if you own him. He’s averaging 21.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game if you take out the sloppy mess of a game versus Washington a couple of weeks ago and is fresh off a 41.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance last week versus Arizona. Garoppolo is a good choice for your Active lineup this week.  

Ronald Jones II (RB – TB): Jones is the new Tampa Bay starting RB after a season high 16.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance against Seattle in Week 9. In his first assignment as the starter, he gets to face an Arizona defense that has allowed an average of 154.9 yards rushing per game with 87.4 yards going to the starting RB. If Jones is truly the starter and gets to carry the ball 18 times again as he did in Week 9 versus Seattle, then he should provide at least an average performance against the Arizona defense. Jones has scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in every game in which he’s had 13 or more carries. Expect him to get that many against Arizona and produce a game worthy of being Active.

Zach Pascal (WR – IND): Pascal is only averaging 10.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and is the #47 WR overall in Dynasty Owner. However, he’s the new starter with T.Y. Hilton out for the Colts. In two games without Hilton, Pascal has averaged 15.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, compared to 8.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game when Hilton is in the lineup. Regardless of whether Jacoby Brissett or Brian Hoyer is at QB, expect Pascal to produce and be worthy of having in your Active lineup this week.

Mike Gesicki (TE – MIA): Normally, picking the TE facing the Arizona Cardinals is the smart play here, but neither O.J. Howard nor Cameron Brate has done anything this year, so I’m looking elsewhere. Gesicki had the best game of his short NFL career last week with 15.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions for 95 yards). With rookie WR Preston Williams out for the rest of the season, it looks like Gesicki is the number two option in the Dolphins passing game behind DaVante Parker. The Colts defense is allowing an average of just under 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to TEs with a low of 7.6, so Gesicki probably has a good floor this week. Put Gesicki in your Active lineup with confidence this week.

Bench These Guys

Now, let’s look at last week and see how my Bench recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). Last week, I recommended having the following players on the Bench:

  • QB: Kyler Murray – 29.5 points (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: Josh Jacobs – 26.0 points (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: Terry McLaurin – 7.9 points (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Mark Andrews – 4.1 points (Good recommendation)

Two Good and two Bad recommendations for players to Bench. Not as good as usual, but ok. I’ve been better at projecting who should sit on the Bench as opposed to be Active in the past. Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use or have been using in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 10.

Dak Prescott (QB – DAL): Another tough week to decide on a Bench QB. We’ll go with Prescott who has thrown 8 INTs this season and is playing against the Vikings defense that has 8 INTs on the season, tied for 6th place. The Vikings defense is only allowing opposing QBs an average of 225 yards passing per game. Prescott is averaging 297 yards passing per game, but if you remove his 400+ yard performances against the Giants and Packers, that average drops to 252 yards per game. And he might be without Amari Cooper for the game as Cooper is undergoing an MRI on his knee. Prescott will need to throw for at least 2 TDs to be worthy of having in your Active lineup. He won’t, so go ahead and leave him on the Bench.

Derrick Henry (RB – TEN): Henry does most of his damage on the ground. However, he is averaging only 71 yards per game with a high of 100 yards back in Week 4 versus the Falcons. The Chiefs defense has held their opponents’ starting RB to just 71 yards last week (Dalvin Cook) and 67 yards the week before that (Aaron Jones). Both of those guys are as good or better than Henry and it’s unlikely Henry will exceed those numbers on the ground, making it difficult to trust him in your Active lineup.

Tyler Boyd (WR – CIN): Boyd is averaging only 8.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game the past three weeks, including 3 receptions for 10 yards (4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) back in Week 6 against the Ravens. That performance came with Andy Dalton at QB and this week, there’s a new starting QB for the winless Bengals in rookie Ryan Finley. Probably not an upgrade for Boyd, so leave him on the Bench this week and see if Finley is the answer.

Jimmy Graham (TE – GB): Graham is the 13th ranked TE in Dynasty Owner scoring an average of 7.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, so he’s a fringe starter who might be pressed into your Active lineup this week. The targets aren’t there for Graham this season as he only has been targeted more than five times once. And he’s pretty touchdown dependent to be worth having Active as he has only scored more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the three games in which he’s scored a TD. The Carolina defense has only given up two TDs to TEs this season, so bank on Graham staying out of the end zone and leave him on your Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Wannabees (David) vs. Turd Burglars (Ryan)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. This week, it’s old vs. new with an undefeated original Dynasty Owner squad (Wannabees) playing a new Dynasty Owner in the Turd Burglars. The Wannabees haven’t just been winning because some of the Owners in their league weren’t active enough, they’ve scored the fifth most points in all of Dynasty Owner and are a contender in the Chase for the Ring. But to win the Ring, they need to keep winning their league games and the 3-6 Turd Burglars are standing in the way of that this week.

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

  • The Wannabees have eight players on bye, including likely Active players in Deshaun Watson and Leonard Fournette. All of eight of them are safely parked on the Practice Squad and in an impressive display of roster management, none of his Active or Bench players are on bye.
  • We can’t fault the Turd Burglars new owner for his roster construction, but having only four WRs in total on his team will really hurt him this week as both Will Fuller and Dede Westbrook are on bye, but on his Bench. Matters might get worse at WR for Randyas he’s got Amari Cooper in his Active lineup and Cooper missed practice to have an MRI on his knee. If Cooper misses the game, then the Turd Burglars will need to either pick up a new WR from the Free Agent Auction or take a zero in their Active lineup.
  • The Wannabees made a big trade to shore up his WR corps, but gave up a great RB to do so, trading Aaron Jones for Cooper Kupp. That leaves him starting David Johnson this week and putting Emmanuel Sanders back on the Bench. As David put it, “I could have used Jones this week.” We’ll see if the trade costs him any points on Sunday.
  • The Turd Burglars have a definite advantage at QB with Patrick Mahomes and Matt Ryan. In comparison, the Wannabees are starting Daniel Jones with Ryan Finley on the Bench. Even if we count DeShaun Watson who is on bye this week and on Chuck’s Practice Squad, the Turd Burglars still have better QBs.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on their current lineups has the Wannabees winning by a margin of 130.5-113.9. Both teams will fall short of those projections this week, especially the Turd Burglars who are expected to get 33.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from the returning Patrick Mahomes and 16.7 from Amari Cooper. However, the Wannabees will still win by a solid margin and remain undefeated and in the Chase for the Ring.

Final score prediction: Wannabees 125.6 vs. Turd Burglars 98.1

My prediction record is 5-4 for the season with a three game winning streak. Four in a row? Check out the Week 10 Recap article next week to find out who won the Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 9 Recap: No Competition, but No More

Author: Steven Van Tassell

The lack of competition in some Dynasty Owner leagues is ending as inactive Owners are being replaced with new ones. The competition should heat up in individual match-ups as well as in the Chase for the Ring since the winner of the Chase for the Ring has to win their league. Tougher league competition will make that more difficult to do. We also saw an uncompetitive Match-up of the Week, but that was mainly because the winning team (Recyclers) had two of the highest scoring players in their Active lineup this week. Future Match-ups of the Weeks should also be more competitive.

This is our ninth Dynasty Owner weekly recap article, but for many of you, it might be your first one as a new Dynasty Owner. To get you up to speed, here’s what we do in the weekly recap articles. We 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: Russell Wilson

Despite being the top scorer in Dynasty Owner this season, this is Wilson’s first Player of the Week honor. There wasn’t a lot of competition for the honor as Wilson scored 15+ Dynasty Owner fantasy points more than anyone else. Wilson was incredible in the Seahawks 40-34 overtime victory over the Buccaneers with 57.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (378 yards passing, 21 yards rushing, 5 passing TDs, 1 2-pt conversion), including the three point clutch scoring bonus on his 10-yard TD pass in overtime. This week’s 57.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort outshined his 53.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance from back in Week 3. His $21.9 million salary for 2019 is manageable, but it’s his $140 million, 4-year extension starting in 2020 that is causing Wilson’s ownership rate to be only 74%. His Dynasty Owners don’t mind the Week 9 salary, as they likely won their game if they had Wilson Active.

  • Week 9 Points: 57.0
  • Week 9 Salary: $1,564,286
  • Week 9 Cost per Point: $27,444

Congratulations Russell on being the top scorer in Dynasty Owner and securing 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: Preston Williams

In the Miami Dolphins’ first victory of 2019, they got a great performance out of rookie free agent WR Preston Williams. Williams gave it his all in the game versus the New York Jets and scored 24.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 72 yards receiving, 19 return yards, 2 receiving TDs). He gave so much for so little salary (just $585,000 annually) that he tore his ACL in the fourth quarter and is out for the remainder of the year.

  • Week 9 Points: 24.5
  • Week 9 Salary: $41,786
  • Week 9 Cost per Point: $1,706

Williams edged out some tough competition this week from fellow pass catchers Jacob Hollister (22.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, $558,333 annual salary, $1,757 cost per point) and Tyreek Hill (26.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, $646,555 annual salary, $1,743 cost per point).

Congrats to Preston on your first Value Player of the Week honors! Hope the surgery on your torn ACL is successful and you’re back on the field next year.

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 9. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Christian McCaffrey, even though he had 39.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, since he is the top RB in Dynasty Owner and should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 9 when they should have been.

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) – 41.1 points

Since it came way back on Thursday night, you might have forgotten about Jimmy Garoppolo’s 41.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (317 yards passing, 2 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs). It was the second best performance by a QB after Russell Wilson in Week 9. Garoppolo is only rostered in 22% of Dynasty Owner leagues and even with that performance, he’s still the 21st ranked QB in Dynasty Owner, so few of his Owners probably had him Active when they would have been rewarded handsomely for doing so.

RB: Devin Singletary (BUF) – 23.0 points

Singletary came through for his Dynasty Owners for the second week in a row with 23.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (95 yards rushing, 3 receptions, 45 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD). With a match-up against the dreadful Washington Redskins and on the heels of a 14.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 8, there was a good argument that he should indeed be Active this week. Congratulations to those Dynasty Owners who had the foresight to do so and reaped the benefits of his performance this week.

WR: D.K. Metcalf (SEA) – 27.0 points

Both Tyler Lockett and Mike Evans had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points (40.5 for Lockett and 36.0 for Evans) than Metcalf, but Lockett and Evans should be Active every week, so Metcalf is the pick here. Metcalf has been very good for a couple of weeks, but just crawled into the Top 20 WRs after his 27.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (6 receptions, 123 yards receiving, 7 yards rushing, 1 receiving TD, 1 2-pt conversion) in Week 9 against the Buccaneers. The rookie should have been Active.

TE: Jacob Hollister (SEA) – 22.7 points

It’s not surprising that we have another Seattle receiver here since Russell Wilson was the Player of the Week and threw for 5 TDs. Two of those TDs went to TE Jacob Hollister, including the game-winner in overtime to earn both of them the 3 point clutch scoring bonus. Hollister had 22.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 37 yards, 2 receiving TDs) after only having 8.8 points combined in the previous two games. Hollister is available in every Dynasty Owner league right now for a low $558,333 annual salary, so he might be worth picking up if you need a TE in the coming weeks.

Honorable mention to Noah Fant who scored 20.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 115 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) after averaging only 5.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the previous eight weeks. While he is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, there probably weren’t a lot of owners with him in their Active lineup based on his season-long performance as well as having Brandon Allen starting at QB for the first time this season.

K: Harrison Butker (KC) – 20.0 points

There was no competition for Harrison Butker in this spot. Butker is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, likely because he kicks for the Kansas City Chiefs and carries only a $510,000 annual salary. However, going into Week 9 action, he hadn’t scored double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single game since Week 1. So, his owners might have left him on the Bench based on performance combined with the fact that the Chiefs were without starting QB Patrick Mahomes. That was a mistake as he got his owners 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind his game-winning 44 yard FG as time expired plus FGs of 24, 45 and 54 yards and 2 PATs. His performance was nearly enough for him to be named Value Player of the Week (20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, $510,00 annual salary, $1,821 cost per point). He should have been Active.

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 9.

QB: Gardner Minshew II (JAX) – 11.0 points

Minshew was seemingly in line to score a lot of Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week as he was facing the Houston Texans defense who was playing without J.J. Watt. However, Minshew didn’t produce in what might end up being his last start of the season as he had three turnovers (2 INTs and 1 lost fumble) to go along with 309 yards passing and 35 yards rushing. That only equals 11.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and preferably a spot on the Bench or Practice Squad last week and in the future.

RB: Royce Freeman (DEN) – 2.4 points

Freeman was averaging 14 touches and 13.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his three games prior to the Broncos’ Week 9 game versus the Browns, so his Dynasty Owners probably felt good about having him in their Active lineup. However, he only touched the ball six times on offense and scored just 2.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (15 yards rushing, 1 reception, -1 yards receiving). Freeman was best left on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Aaron Jones who was the Value Player of the Week just a week earlier. This past week, he only had 3.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (30 yards rushing, 1 reception, -1 yards receiving) against the Chargers and should have been on your Bench instead of in your Active lineup.

WR: Stefon Diggs (MIN) – 2.6 points

Surprisingly, Diggs should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench if you own him as he only scored 2.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (12 yards rushing, 1 reception, 4 yards receiving) against the Chiefs. The Vikings played most of the game without fellow starting WR Adam Thielen, but still Diggs held down. Ultimately, he was outscored by Laquon Treadwell who had 8.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions for 58 yards). This comes after Diggs had seemingly turned the corner on the season with 100+ yard receiving games three weeks in a row and in four out of his last five. It was not to be, and Diggs was probably Active, when he should have been on the Bench.  

TE: Mark Andrews (BAL) – 4.1 points

There were other TEs with worse weeks, but Andrews is the #7 rated TE in Dynasty Owner, so most of his Owners likely had him in their Active lineup. Andrews didn’t play as much as fellow Ravens TEs Nick Boyle and Hayden Hurst and only had 4.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 21 yards). This was probably only a one-week aberration and he should be in your Active lineup moving forward. However, for Week 9, he was better left on the Bench.

K: Jason Myers (SEA) – 1 point

There were 74 points scored in the Seahawks-Buccaneers game and it could have been more if Myers hadn’t missed two FGs and one PAT. Myers did convert two short FGs of under 39 yards (22 and 37 yards) and 2 PATs, but missed a PAT and two FGs, a 47-yarder and a 40-yarder at the end of regulation. Despite being the kicker for the high-scoring Seattle offense, Myers was best left on the Bench in Week 9.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Recyclers (Chuck) – 183.5 vs. Pkoy (Pat) – 60.9

Pkoy was no competition for the Recyclers in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, but then again, nobody was going to have much of a chance. The Recyclers scored 183.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, eclipsing the Miami Gladiators for highest individual team score in a Match-up of the Week. They also easily set a new record for largest margin of victory.

Chuck had two of the top scorers of the week on his Active roster in Tyler Lockett (40.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Christian McCaffrey (39.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Chuck should have started his Buccaneers as not doing so cost him the 3-point Coaches’ Bonus. He had his Bench kicker (Matt Gay) and QB (Jameis Winston) outscore his Active kicker (Zane Gonzalez) and QB (Deshaun Watson).

Pat had a tough choice at RB between two New England Patriots and ended up sticking with Sony Michel when he should have switched Michel (4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) with James White (16.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He also missed out on additional points by keeping Dante Pettis (9.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in his Active lineup instead of switching him out for either Davante Adams (11.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) or Jarvis Landry (17.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). It wouldn’t have mattered in terms of winning and losing, but Pkoy could have scored 30.7 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points had he set a perfect lineup.

The Bench scoring was very close as predicted in the Week 9 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/11/week-9-preview-bench-is-better), with the Recyclers barely edging out Pkoy with 16.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from his Bench compared to 15.2 for Pkoy. This was very close to the projected 16.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for both team’s Benches.

I didn’t overthink things, went with the Recyclers for the victory and now my prediction record stands at 5-4 for the season. It’ll get tougher with new Dynasty Owners and an increased level of competition coming up in Week 10 and onward, so I’ll have to work hard to keep making winning predictions.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 9 Preview: Bench is Better?

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Week 9 and time when a lot of Dynasty Owners are going to find out how good their Bench is because, for many of them, players usually on the Bench will have to be Active this week. We have bye weeks for four teams including two teams (Rams and Saints) with a lot of top Active fantasy players, plus a couple of usual Active players on rosters of the other two teams on bye (Bengals and Falcons). For some Dynasty Owners, it might be a battle to see if their Bench masquerading as their Active lineup can play better than their opponent.

This is our ninth Dynasty Owner game preview article, the third in a row with an undefeated team looking to stay undefeated and the second in a row in which the undefeated team is playing an opponent with a losing record. As usual, we will analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance and make a prediction on the winner and final score. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations.

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.

Activate These Guys

First, let’s look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active in Week 8:

  • QB: Teddy Bridgewater – -0.2 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • RB: Benny Snell Jr. – 1.3 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • WR: Corey Davis – 2.9 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • TE: Jonnu Smith – 19.8 points (Good Recommendation)

Once again, three out of four players who I recommended be Active would have been better off on the Bench. Even disregarding the Teddy Bridgewater choice, which was submitted before the Saints announced that Drew Brees would be back at QB last week, these were still poor recommendations. I promise to try and do better with my recommendations of players who should be Active in Week 9.

Matthew Stafford (QB – DET): Are you one of the few Dynasty Owners who has Stafford on your roster? There’s not a lot of you as he’s only rostered in 2% of Dynasty Owner leagues. If you have him, you should make him Active and probably should have made him Active the past two weeks when he’s averaged 36.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and moved up to become the 8th rated QB in Dynasty Owner. This week, he gets to face an Oakland defense that allows an average of 32.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week to QBs, including four weeks with 30+ points. The fewest points they have allowed this season is 16.3 so the floor for Stafford is pretty high and 30+ is pretty likely. If you need a QB because Goff, Brees or Ryan are on bye and have room for his $27 million annual salary, then pick up Stafford and make him Active.

Tarik Cohen (RB – CHI): Cohen is basically a pass catching RB. He has 56.4 out of his 66.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points as a receiver this year. The Eagles defense has allowed an average of 7.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on receiving alone to pass catching RBs with three of them scoring more than 10 points. Cohen will make it four, so be comfortable with putting him in your Active lineup.

D.K. Metcalf (WR – SEA): Metcalf has been targeted in the red zone 11 times this season so far, tied for fifth most in the NFL. Last week, he turned both of his red zone targets into TDs. His overall targets are also on the upswing since the injury to starting TE Will Dissly. Metcalf is averaging 10.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, which is good for 32nd among WRs. This week, he faces the Buccaneers defense that has allowed eight red zone receiving TDs in the past three weeks (six of them from WRs). Expect Metcalf to catch at least one red zone TD this week and make him Active.

T.J. Hockenson (TE – DET): The Raiders have allowed six TDs to opposing TEs this season which bodes well for Hockenson’s chances of reaching the end zone in Week 9. Only Arizona is worse, but they play George Kittle and the 49ers and Kittle should be Active every week. Hockenson has only scored 29.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (an average of just 5.0 points per game) since Week 1 when he had 25.1 points against the Cardinals. Many of his Dynasty Owners are likely to have him on the Bench based on his recent form. Because the Lions are playing the Raiders and Stafford is projected to have a good game, Dynasty Owners should put Hockenson in their Active lineup.

Bench These Guys

Now, let’s look at last week and see how my Bench recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). Last week, I recommended having the following players on the Bench:

  • QB: Kyler Murray – 11.3 points (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Nick Chubb – 10.8 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • WR: Courtland Sutton – 10.2 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • TE: Greg Olsen – 3.3 points (Good recommendation)

Once again, I’m better at projecting who should sit on the Bench as opposed to be Active with two Good and two Just Ok Bench recommendations. Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use or have been using in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 9.

Kyler Murray (QB – ARI): Once again, Murray is the pick here for a QB to Bench. It was a good recommendation last week as he had no touchdowns and only scored 11.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Saints, coming on the heels of a no touchdown, 8.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point outing in his previous game versus the Giants. He’s still the 11th ranked QB in Dynasty Owner, so many of you who own him are thinking that he should be Active. Not with the very good 49ers defense coming to the desert. Murray should be on the Bench this week.

Josh Jacobs (RB – OAK): None of the top RBs have tough match-ups this week, so because I have to pick someone, it’s Jacobs. He’s not a great receiver out of the backfield as three-quarters of his Dynasty Owner fantasy points have come on the ground. The Lions defense held Saquon Barkley to only 64 yards rushing on 19 attempts last week, so it’s possible that they hold Jacobs down this week enough that his Dynasty Owners will wish they left him on the Bench.

Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS): Just because he’s ranked in the Top 20 of Dynasty Owner WRs doesn’t mean you have to start Terry McLaurin. First, he’s only scored a total of 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the past two weeks. Second, Dwayne Haskins is scheduled to start for Washington and in the second half last week when Haskins played against the Vikings, McLaurin was only targeted once by Haskins (and it was an INT). Third, in the other game McLaurin played without Case Keenum (Colt McCoy started), he only scored 8.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Patriots. I could continue, but you get the idea. McLaurin should be on the Bench this week.

Mark Andrews (TE – BAL): Andrews has been really good in his rookie season, as in the 5th best TE in Dynasty Owner so far. He is scoring an average of 13.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. However, he’s got to face the Patriots defense that has allowed only 42.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to TEs all season (an average of just 5.3 points per game) and just one TD. Something’s got to give this week and it’ll be Andrews’ performance. Bench him because of the match-up and find another TE to put in your Active lineup.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week –

Recyclers (Chuck) vs. Pkoy (Pat)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. We’ve got another undefeated team (Recyclers) looking to stay that way and playing with fire by allowing themselves to be Match-up of the Week. Standing in the way of a 9-0 record for the Recyclers is Pkoy with a record of 2-6.

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

· The Recyclers are strongly considering a switch at RB with Derrick Henry moving from the Bench to Active and Jamaal Williams heading to the Bench. Chuck said he was thinking of making a change at RB2 and didn’t explicitly say Williams was going to the Bench, but it’s a safe assumption he wasn’t talking about Christian McCaffrey. Using the Dynasty Owner projections, this isn’t much of an upgrade, but it’s a good move and one that he should make.

  • It’s only a few hours until Thursday Night Football and Pkoy still hasn’t moved Dante Pettis out of his Active lineup. He’s got Davante Adams sitting on the Bench. Since Adams returned to practice on Thursday for the first time in over a month, it’s time to get Adams back in the Active lineup and send Pettis back to the Bench where he belongs.
  • Pat has two New England Patriots RBs on his roster, but is only starting one of them (Sony Michel). Choosing which New England RB is likely to score more points is always a dicey proposition. White has been the more consistent RB with at least 11.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, but no more than 13.8 in any single game. White is likely to provide the same production versus the Ravens on Sunday night, while Michel could bust like he did in Week 1 (1.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Steelers) or boom like he did in Week 7 versus the Jets (22.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.
  • Pat also has a tough decision at QB. Starting Carson Wentz over the G.O.A.T. is a not a bad decision, even though the G.O.A.T. is projected to outscore Wentz 25.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to 23.2. Overall, they have both played about equal this season as Wentz is averaging 22.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, while Brady is averaging 24.6. Regardless of who is Active and who is on the Bench, both should be solid performers for Pkoy this week.
  • Both owners will probably be tuning into Monday Night Football to see if Amari Cooper can put the Recyclers over the top for the week. Cooper is the only player on either roster playing on Monday night and while the match-up is projected to be over by then, I wouldn’t count on it.
  • Despite all of the players on bye this week, only Austin Hooper of the Falcons is appearing on one of the team’s Bench. Pkoy is missing a kicker on his Bench as well, which should even out the Recyclers’ missing points from Hooper.
  • The Recyclers have a decent team name, but a great logo. It’s might be hard to see, but it’s Ric Flair looking like he’s ready to give a big WOOOO!!!!

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on their current lineups has the Recyclers staying undefeated by a healthy margin of 124.3-97.4. The Recyclers Active lineup at the time of this article provides the entire margin of victory as Bench scoring is tied with both teams getting 16.1 Bench points. Nothing fancy here, as I predict the Recyclers continue to stay undefeated, even accounting for Adams in place of Pettis in Pkoy’s Active lineup.

Final score prediction: Recyclers 120.2 vs. Pkoy 110.6

My prediction record is 4-4 for the season with two wins in a row. Can I make it three straight and have a winning record for the first time this season? Check out the Week 9 Recap article next week to find out who won the Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner