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.