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.

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