Playoff Finals Recap: And the Winner Is…

Author: Steven Van Tassell

The inaugural season of Dynasty Owner is over now, and we have our first Chase for the Ring winner. Congratulations to Eddie Driscoll and New York’s Strongest!

Eddie was the best Dynasty Owner for most of the year as he went undefeated in his League and won the Chase for the Ring. Eddie ended up winning it going away, winning his League and the Ring by over 100 points each.

This is our sixteenth and last Dynasty Owner weekly recap article of the 2019 season. As usual, we’ll 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. Plus, we’ll take a look at my recommendations for who to have Active and who to Bench in the final week and see how everyone in the Top 10 of the Chase for the Ring fared in their League Championship game.

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: Daniel Jones

Danny Dimes made his return to the New York Giants lineup and led his team to a 41-35 overtime victory. He did it by scoring 51.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (352 yards passing, 12 yards rushing, 5 passing TDs, 1 fumble). Jones is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but since he had missed the past two games, it’s unlikely that too many of his Owners made him Active for their League Championship. If you did, congratulations on winning your League Championship! Even though salaries are not charged for the Dynasty Owner playoffs, Jones would have been a cost per point bargain at his $6.42 million regular season weekly salary.

  • Week 16 Points: 51.8
  • Week 16 Salary: $458,287
  • Week 16 Cost per Point: $8,847

Congratulations Daniel on 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: Kenyan Drake

Drake helped his Dynasty Owners make it to their League Championship last week as the Value Player of the Week with 41.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. After last week, hopefully his Dynasty Owners had him Active to help them win their League. Drake had another big performance with 35.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (166 yards rushing, 3 receptions, 18 yards receiving, 2 rushing TDs). With these back-to-back high scoring weeks, Drake became the first player to win the Value Player of the Week honor twice in a row. At his $845,315 annual regular season salary, Drake would have only cost his Dynasty Owners $1,706 per point this week if salaries were charged in the playoffs.

  • Week 16 Points: 35.4
  • Week 16 Salary: $60,380
  • Week 16 Cost per Point: $1,706

Congratulations Kenyan on being the first player to win back-to-back Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honors!

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in the League Championship game. It’s the playoffs, so if you were New York’s Strongest and had the top QB (Lamar Jackson), RB (Christian McCaffrey), WR (Michael Thomas) and TE (Travis Kelce), you probably should have had them Active. For those of us without all four of those guys, here are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active when they should have been.

QB: Andy Dalton (CIN) – 48.8 points

Fresh off a 1.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance against New England last week, having Dalton as your Active QB for the League Championship game seemed like a tremendously bad idea. However, Dalton easily turned in his best performance of the year with 48.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (396 yards passing, 4 passing TDs, 1 2-pt conversion, 1 fumble), including a clutch 3 point bonus for his 2-point conversion to tie the game in regulation. Despite his mid-season benching, Dalton was still rostered in 52% of Dynasty Owner leagues for the League Championship game. Even though he was playing against the Dolphins, it’s doubtful that any Dynasty Owners had him Active when they should have done so.

RB: Devonta Freeman (ATL) – 33.7 points

Freeman waited until the Dynasty Owner League Championship game week to have his best performance of the season with 33.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (53 yards rushing, 9 receptions, 74 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD, 1 receiving TD). Even though he was drafted high enough on average (ADP 83) to be Active week in and week out, Freeman was still ranked outside the Top 20 RBs prior to this week and could have easily been on the Bench for his Dynasty Owners. Hopefully you made Freeman Active if you had him on your roster.

WR: Tyler Boyd (CIN) – 33.8 points

Boyd was the top WR in Dynasty Owner this week, just edging out the #1 WR for the entire year (Michael Thomas) by 2.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Boyd had quite a game against the Dolphins poor pass defense, scoring 33.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions, 128 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs). He had fallen out of the Top 20 WRs for the season, but definitely redeemed himself with his Dynasty Owners with this performance. Hopefully you were like Haddonfield Shapes and had Boyd Active in your League Championship victory.

TE: Mike Gesicki (MIA) – 26.2 points

There were several TEs outside the Top 10 who had good weeks in the League Championship game. Out of all of them, Gesicki was the best with 26.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 82 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs). Gesicki is rostered in every Dynasty Owner league, but after two poor performances in a row, it’s unlikely that too many of his Owners were like Bye Week who defeated Chase Contender Young Gunz and had him Active.

Honorable mention to Dallas Goedert, another TE outside of the Top 10 who is rostered 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues but was likely not Active in too many of them for the League Championship. Goedert had an early TD for the Eagles against the Cowboys and led his team with 24.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions, 91 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD). It was easily Goedert’s best performance of the season and he should have been Active for his Dynasty Owners in their League Championship game.

K: Sam Ficken (NYJ) – 12.0 points

Ficken is only rostered in 11% of Dynasty Owner leagues, so few Owners even had the opportunity to make him Active. For those few Owners with Ficken on their roster, he was perfect on the day with four successful kicks and 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Ficken had FGs of 37, 42 and 54 yards plus a PAT in the Jets victory over Pittsburgh. Hopefully you had him Active if he was on your roster for the League Championship game.

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 the Dynasty Owner Bench in your League Championship.

QB: Deshaun Watson (HOU) – 8.9 points

Hope you weren’t a Dynasty Owner relying on Deshaun Watson to lead your team to the League Championship because you were severely disappointed. Watson was held to only 8.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (184 yards passing, 37 yards rushing, 1 INT, 1 fumble) by Tampa Bay, who was one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. This was Watson’s second worst weekly performance and it couldn’t have come at a worse time for Chase for the Ring Contenders Florida Storm, Recyclers and Run CMC who all had Watson in their Active lineups. All of them lost their League Championship and should have kept Watson on the Bench.

RB: Nick Chubb (CLE) – 4.5 points

There were plenty of great reasons to have Chubb in your Active lineup. He was a Top 5 RB coming into the League Championship game. He was facing a Baltimore defense that he had a Player of the Week performance against back in Week 4 (41.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He helped his Dynasty Owners get to the League Championship with 25.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week. Finally, he was solid week in and week out with an average of 17.7 points per game in the Dynasty Owner regular season. Koopa Troopas and others in their League Championship games should have sat Chubb on their Bench because he had his worst performance of the year, scoring just 4.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (45 yards rushing).

WR: Tyler Lockett (SEA) – 2.5 points

None of the big name WRs went out and gave their Dynasty Owners a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) this week in the League Championship games (although two Top 40 WRs D.K. Metcalf and Darius Slayton did). However, Metcalf’s teammate Tyler Lockett wasn’t much better with just 2.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception, 12 yards receiving, 18 yards returning). It was the fifth time in six games that Lockett has scored less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Because of his 26.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance last week, many of his Dynasty Owners probably felt comfortable having him Active this week. The Young Gunz did and they should have left him on the Bench.

TE: Zach Ertz (PHI) – 6.8 points

Ertz was the #2 TE in Dynasty Owner coming into League Championship week, but sustained a rib injury in the first quarter of the Eagles game against the Cowboys. He played the entire game with the injury, but was only able to put up 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 28 yards receiving). Benching Ertz was the right move for his Dynasty Owners. Having Ertz Active over Mark Andrews was a factor in Florida Storm’s loss in their League Championship game.

K: Dan Bailey (MIN) – 3.0 points

It was a pretty good week for kickers. No kicker had negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points and only Jake Elliott of the Eagles missed more than one kick. Elliott did score 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but he is well outside the Top 10 kickers, so we had to find another kicker. Dan Bailey is the choice for kicker who should have been on the Bench as he made his only two attempts on Monday night (a 23 yard FG and a PAT), which was only good for 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Hopefully you didn’t have him Active and need a lot of points from him on Monday night to win your League Championship. He didn’t have the opportunities and should have been left on your Bench.

Preview Article Recommendations

We don’t have a Week 17 preview article as the Dynasty Owner season is over. As a result, we’ll have to recap my recommendations for the finals here.

First, we’ll look and see how my Active recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active for your League Championship game:

  • QB: Mitchell Trubisky – 8.9 points (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: Ronald Jones II – 19.9 points (Good recommendation)
  • WR: Tyler Boyd – 33.8 points (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Jacob Hollister – 11.4 points (Just Ok recommendation)

Hopefully everyone with Boyd on their roster took my recommendation to make him Active. Ronald Jones was a Top 10 RB as well. However, the Trubisky recommendation was terrible and Hollister was Just Ok. Two Good, one Just Ok and one Bad recommendation is a pretty average week for the Active recommendations.

Now, let’s look and see how my Bench recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok).

  • QB: Kyler Murray – 15.9 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • RB: Le’Veon Bell – 13.3 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • WR: Julian Edelman – 14.2 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • TE: Tyler Higbee – 19.4 points (Bad recommendation)

Three Just Ok recommendations and one Bad one. Both Bell and Edelman had decent games, but finished outside of the Top 20 at their respective positions. Murray wasn’t great, but was better than a few other Top 10 QBs (Dak Prescott, Deshaun Watson and Jameis Winston) despite leaving his game early with an injury. Higbee was the only Bad recommendation as he had another big game and was the 7th best scorer in Dynasty Owner at the TE position.

Chase for the Ring – Top 10 Contenders Game Recaps

Each of the Top 10 Contenders in the Chase for the Ring needed to win their League Championship in order to stack their claim as the Best Dynasty Owner and win the Ring. As a testament to the difficulty of capturing a League Championship, only half of the Top 10 Contenders actually won their League Championship game.

The results of the match-ups for the Top 10 were as follows:

  1. New York’s Strongest – 186.8 vs. Budney – 80.9
  2. Florida Storm – 113.6 vs. Flying Pigs – 119.4
  3. Haddonfield Shapes – 165.2 vs. Ambassador Millerr – 144.5
  4. Recyclers – 140.8 vs. TE Ertz When Eifert – 167.0
  5. Young Gunz – 127.6 vs. Bye Week – 152.1
  6. Run CMC – 125.7 vs. K-Hunta’z Gunna’z – 150.1
  7. Puck Fittsburgh – 155.0 vs. Day Drinkers – 123.8
  8. Up Country Degens – 133.4 vs. Alex’s Team – 121.8
  9. Koopa Troopas – 117.6 vs. Mafia Affiliated – 157.2
  10. Yorkshire Roses – 188.0 vs. WhoDey & the Blowfish – 125.1

Not only did New York’s Strongest win their League Championship by over 100 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but they also had the second most points of any of the Top 10 Contenders with 186.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Yorkshire Roses had the most points with 188.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week to win their League Championship. They moved up from 10th place in the Chase to finish in 4th place.

Congratulations to New York’s Strongest on your undefeated season and winning the Ring!

For everyone else, preparations for the 2020 Dynasty Owner season start now. Keep an eye out for new articles, podcasts, and tweets soon to help you prepare for next year.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

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Playoff Finals Preview – Who’s Going to Win the Ring?

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s League Championship week and the end of the first Dynasty Owner Chase for the Ring. Everyone who made it this far still has a chance to win the Ring, but they first need to win their League to stake their claim. We have a favorite in our #1 team (New York’s Strongest), but will they be able to run the table with an undefeated season, League Championship and victory in the Chase for the Ring?

Who else are potential contenders for the Ring? What are their chances of winning? Which player or players can provide those teams with an advantage over the competition in the Chase or does everyone in the Top 10 in the Chase for the Ring have the same players?

We’ll answer those questions and more in our final Dynasty Owner preview article of the season. In a change from normal, we will be taking a quick look at the Top 10 teams in the Chase for the Ring and assessing their chances at winning it. We’ll also so our usual thing and pick some players who should be in your Active lineup for the League Championship games 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 playoff semi-finals recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active last week:

  • QB: Tom Brady – 18.2 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • RB: Kenyan Drake – 41.6 points (Good recommendation)
  • WR: Danny Amendola – 18.2 points (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Ian Thomas – 4.3 points (Bad recommendation)

Overall, a decent set of recommendations. Kenyan Drake was the Value Player of the Week and a match-up winner for his Dynasty Owners, while Amendola was a Top 20 WR. Brady had a similar number of points as a lot of QBs last week, while Thomas didn’t perform up to the level predicted. These predictions are critical for the Championship game in everyone’s league. Let’s see if we can have four good recommendations of players who should be Active this week.

Mitchell Trubisky (QB – CHI): Despite averaging 25.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his past six games and 28.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his past four games, Trubisky is still outside the Top 20 QBs for the season. He’s almost universally rostered (93%) so there have to be some Dynasty Owners in their League Championship game with him on the roster. Have you made it this far without the benefit of having Lamar Jackson on your team? If so and Trubisky is on your roster, consider making him Active for the Bears match-up against the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football.

Ronald Jones II (RB – TB): While Jones appears to be in a timeshare with Peyton Barber, Jones is the Tampa Bay RB who catches more passes. Injuries to the top two Tampa Bay WRs (Mike Evans and Chris Godwin) may lead Jameis Winston to throw more passes Jones’ way in the Buccaneers game against the Texans. The Texans defense has struggled since J.J. Watt got injured and has allowed an average of 21.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to RBs over the past five weeks. If you need a replacement for Dalvin Cook or an underperforming RB, feel comfortable putting Jones in your Active lineup.

Tyler Boyd (WR – CIN): In three games against pass defenses in the bottom 10 in the NFL (Arizona, Oakland and Seattle), Boyd has averaged 14.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. If we take out the Oakland game when Ryan Finley, not Andy Dalton, was at QB, it rises to 21.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. The Dolphins are the 24th ranked pass defense in the NFL and Dalton is back at QB for the Bengals. The leading WR against the Dolphins in the past five weeks is averaging 28.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That’s Boyd this week, so you should get him in your Active lineup.

Jacob Hollister (TE – SEA): Hollister was a trendy pick-up back a few weeks ago after he put up consecutive 20.0+ Dynasty Owner fantasy point performances against the Buccaneers and 49ers. However, he has faded in the past couple of weeks since Seattle’s bye and averaged only 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points the past four weeks. Now, he gets to play against the worst defense in the NFL against TEs in the Arizona Cardinals. Back in Week 4, Seattle TE Will Dissly scored 17.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Cardinals. He’s injured now and Hollister will be the beneficiary of the Cardinals’ inability to cover TEs. Hollister is rostered in over half (52%) of Dynasty Owner leagues and his Owners should feel comfortable having him Active 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) in the playoff semi-finals when I recommended having the following players on the Bench:

  • QB: Aaron Rodgers – 18.5 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • RB: Dalvin Cook – 7.3 points (Good recommendation)
  • WR: John Brown – 16.9 points (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Austin Hooper – 5.0 points (Good recommendation)

Same record for my Bench recommendations as the Active ones – two Good, one Just Ok and one Bad. It’s critical for everyone in their League Championship and the Chase for the Ring to Bench those guys who aren’t going to perform well this week. Hopefully all four of this week’s Bench recommendations are Good ones.  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 during the playoff finals.

Kyler Murray (QB – ARI): Murray has struggled in the three games since the Cardinals Week 12 bye – averaging just 15.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Even with those struggles, he’s still the #8 QB in Dynasty Owner. All of the past three games were at home and this week, he faces Seattle on the road in a tough environment. Seattle has something to play for as they need a victory to stay in first place in the NFC West. In the Cardinals first game against the Seahawks, Murray didn’t throw a TD pass and only had 17.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He’ll struggle again this week so leave him on your Bench.

Le’Veon Bell (RB – NYJ): Some analysts might pick Bell as a player to be Active since he’s back playing against the Steelers in a “revenge” game. Those analysts are ignoring the reality of Bell’s performance all season long and recently against much weaker competition than Pittsburgh. Bell has averaged a solid, but not spectacular 14.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game this season. However, he hasn’t taken advantage of playing against some really poor run defenses (Cincinnati, Miami, New York Giants, Washington) in the past couple of weeks with only a slight improvement in points – 16.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Pittsburgh is a lot better than all of those teams, so if you have better options, then Bench Bell in your League Championship game.

Julian Edelman (WR – NE): Edelman had his worst week of the season in the playoff semi-finals putting up only 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Bengals. His second worst week was way back in Week 4 when he was limited to just 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points by the Bills. The Patriots are playing the Bills once again this week. Edelman is dealing with an injury, definitely played hurt last week and has been limited in practice this week. Edelman helped get you to the Dynasty Owner playoffs as the #5 WR for only $5.5 million in annual salary, but since he is injured and playing the Bills, you should keep him on your Bench.

Tyler Higbee (TE – LAR): Higbee just climbed into the Top 10 TEs after his performance the past three weeks and is rostered in 37% of Dynasty Owner leagues – up from 11% back in Week 13 when he started on his roll of great games. If you’re one of those Owners who has been rolling with Higbee the past couple of weeks – Congratulations! However, having him Active this week based on his prior three weeks would be a mistake. First, he’s not playing the Cardinals or Seattle this week, he’s facing the 49ers who rank second in fantasy points allowed to TEs according to Pro Football Reference. Second, the 49ers held Higbee and Gerald Everett to only 8.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points combined back in Week 6. Finally, Higbee has had the TE position pretty much to himself as Everett was out the past three weeks. Everett is back this week and the two might split time and receptions so sitting Higbee on the Bench is the right move.

Chase for the Ring – Top 10 Contenders

For the Finals, we are changing things up and looking at the Top 10 Contenders in the Chase for the Ring. We’ll go in reverse order and look at the exclusive Dynasty Owner score projections for their League Championship game, highlight a key player or players they need to win their game and keep their Ring hopes alive and rate their chances of winning the Chase for the Ring.

Surprisingly, the current Active lineups (minus kickers) for the Top 10 Contenders very considerably and feature 34 separate players. The most owned players are Christian McCaffrey and Michael Thomas (6 teams each), followed by Travis Kelce (4 teams). Nobody else, including #1 overall Dynasty Owner player Lamar Jackson, is Active for more than three teams in the Top 10. The updated Chase for the Ring standings are as follows:

Number 10 – Yorkshire Roses (2012 Dynasty Owner fantasy points)

The European-based Yorkshire Roses hold the #10 spot in the Chase after finishing with a 9-5 record and in 18th place in the Chase regular season. They have made quite a move in just one week to crack the Top 10. They are 219 Dynasty Owner fantasy points out of first place, 34 points out of ninth place and need pretty much all of the Contenders ahead of them to lose to be fitted for the Ring. They have a match-up against Whodey & the Blowfish that they are expected to win by a tight margin of 133.5-126.1.

  • The good news is that they have three players (Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay and Carlos Hyde) who aren’t Active for any other Top 10 team. Hyde, in particular, will be critical for Yorkshire Roses hopes to win their League Championship and stay in the Chase for the Ring. Hyde will need to better his best game of the season (18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week) for the Roses to move up the Chase standings.

Number 10 – Yorkshire Roses (2012 Dynasty Owner fantasy points)

The European-based Yorkshire Roses hold the #10 spot in the Chase after finishing with a 9-5 record and in 18th place in the Chase regular season. They have made quite a move in just one week to crack the Top 10. They are 219 Dynasty Owner fantasy points out of first place, 34 points out of ninth place and need pretty much all of the Contenders ahead of them to lose to be fitted for the Ring. They have a match-up against Whodey & the Blowfish that they are expected to win by a tight margin of 133.5-126.1.

  • The good news is that they have three players (Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay and Carlos Hyde) who aren’t Active for any other Top 10 team. Hyde, in particular, will be critical for Yorkshire Roses hopes to win their League Championship and stay in the Chase for the Ring. Hyde will need to better his best game of the season (18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week) for the Roses to move up the Chase standings.

Number 8 – Up Country Degens (2049 Dynasty Owner fantasy points)

Up Country Degens hold the #8 spot in the Chase, just as they did at the end of the regular season, in which they finished with a 12-2 record. They are 182 Dynasty Owner fantasy points out of first place, but just 13 points out of seventh place. Up Country Degens also need most (if not all) of the Contenders ahead of them to lose plus roll up some points. They face Alex’s Team in their League Championship and are projected to win by single digits – 138.5-130.3.

  • Carson Wentz is the Up Country Degens’ QB right now over Kyler Murray. A good game by Wentz will help the Degens win and move up in the Chase standings as no other Contenders have him as their Active QB. They are also the only Contenders with Stefon Diggs Active.

Number 7 – Puck Fittsburgh (2062 Dynasty Owner fantasy points)

Podcast regular Puck Fittsburgh holds down the #7 spot in the Chase, moving up from 9th in the regular season. They finished the regular season with a 10-4 record, but have to face their League regular season champ, the Day Drinkers who are #13 in the Chase for the Ring, to keep their Ring hopes alive. They are 169 Dynasty Owner fantasy points out of first place and 25 points behind the #6 team, so plenty of help is needed for them to win the Ring. However, it’s not outside the realm of possibility. In their League Championship game, Puck Fittsburgh is expected to handle the Day Drinkers pretty handily by a 137.1-119.6 margin.

  • They are the only Contender with both Drew Brees and Leonard Fournette Active. When the season started, I doubt Puck Fittsburgh planned on having Breshard Perriman Active over Julian Edelman at WR in the Championship game. That’s what he’s going with right now. Good performances by Brees, Fournette and Perriman will help Puck Fittsburgh win their League Championship and maybe the Ring.

Number 6 – Run CMC (2087 Dynasty Owner fantasy points)

The only team to move down in the Chase for the Ring standings after the semi-finals was Run CMC. They are in the #6 spot in the Chase after finishing in 5th in the regular season with a 13-1 record. They are 144 Dynasty Owner fantasy points out of first place in the Chase for the Ring and get to face K-Hunta’z Gunna’z in their League Championship game. They need a better performance this week and losses by the top five teams in the Chase to win the Ring. Run CMC is supposed to win a close game versus K-Hunta’z Gunna’z by a 141.8-133.6 margin.

  • Run CMC obviously has Christian McCaffrey at RB, but is trotting out an interesting WR corps of Robert Woods and Breshard Perriman for their League Championship. Only Run CMC has Woods in their Active lineup among Top 10 Chase teams and he could be a difference maker.

Number 5 – Young Gunz (2112 Dynasty Owner fantasy points)

The Young Gunz finished the regular season with a 12-2 record and were the team that moved ahead of Run CMC after the playoff semi-finals. Currently, they occupy the #5 spot and are 119 Dynasty Owner fantasy points out of first place in the Chase for the Ring. They face Bye Week in their League Championship game, but are a slight underdog and expected to lose 130.6-126.4. They will need to win their League first if they want to keep their slim chances alive to win the Ring.

  • The loss of Chris Godwin leaves the Young Gunz relying on either Terry McLaurin or Dede Westbrook as their second Active WR. Whoever they choice to make Active could be the difference maker in the Chase for the Young Gunz since no other Contenders has either in their Active lineup.

Number 4 – Recyclers (2139 Dynasty Owner fantasy points)

Recyclers are the #4 seed in the Chase for the Ring and only 92 points behind the top seed, but just two points out of third place.  Jumping over one team and hoping the Top 2 teams lose doesn’t seem too unlikely so the Recyclers appear to have a slight chance at the Ring. They breezed through the regular season with a 13-1 record and face a slightly depleted TE Ertz When Eifert team in their League Championship game. Recyclers are projected to win by a 141.0-130.8 margin, but could face a closer game if TE Ertz When Eifert can find an adequate replacement RB for Josh Jacobs.

  • Amari Cooper and Tyler Higbee are two players who are Active for Recyclers but nobody else in the Top 10 of the Chase for the Ring. Solid performances by both of them would go a long way towards a League Championship victory and then seeing what happens to the teams above them in the Chase.

Number 3 – Haddonfield Shapes (2141 Dynasty Owner fantasy points)

Haddonfield Shapes are the team holding the #3 spot in the Chase for the Ring. They are 90 points behind the top seed, but just two points ahead of Recyclers. They finished the regular season 12-2 and get to face Ambassador Millerr in their League Championship game. They are expected to win 133.7-123.5 but if the projections are correct, they will fall behind the Recyclers and reduce their chances to win the Ring.

  • Julian Edelman currently occupies one of the Active WR spots for Haddonfield Shapes and will be a key player for them this week. They are the only Contender with Edelman Active and a more typical Edelman performance than what we saw last week could keep them ahead of the Recyclers in the Chase. They also have Aaron Jones in their Active lineup – the only Top 10 team with him Active at RB.

Number 2 – Florida Storm (2170 Dynasty Owner fantasy points)

Florida Storm only finished the regular season with a 11-3 record, but are the #2 seed in the Chase for the Ring. They are 61 points behind the top seed and 29 points ahead of Haddonfield Shapes, so they likely need a loss by the top team to be fitted for the Ring. They match up against the Flying Pigs in their League Championship game and are expected to win handily by a 150.2-114.6 margin.

  • They have both Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins Active and is one of only two teams in the Top 10 with a QB-WR stack (Puck Fittsburgh is the other one with Drew Brees and Michael Thomas). Zach Ertz is the Active TE for the Florida Storm and no other Top 10 team. As a result, a 30.0+ Dynasty Owner fantasy point game by Ertz like he has done twice this season could be what Florida Storm needs to win the Ring. Of course, a game like his last one versus Dallas (5.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) would hurt those chances tremendously.

Number 1 – New York’s Strongest (2231 Dynasty Owner fantasy points)

New York’s Strongest is certainly the favorite in the Chase for the Ring after an undefeated regular season and with a 60 point lead over Florida Storm. Their opponent is Budney who has suffered several injuries in the past few weeks (Chris Godwin, Josh Jacobs, Ryan Griffin) and is operating at less than full strength. As a result, New York’s Strongest are expected to win 151.2-115.2 over Budney to clinch their League Championship and a likely Ring ceremony with visits to Chipotle and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton sometime next year.

  • Nothing fancy here. New York’s Strongest has relied on the top QB, RB, WR and TE (Lamar Jackson, Christian McCaffrey, Michael Thomas and Travis Kelce) to lead them to the top spot in the Chase and just need them to perform at their usual level to win the Ring. They are the only Contender with all four of them on their team.

New York’s Strongest should hold on and win the Ring. They have one of the least competitive League Championship games and a 60 point advantage in the Chase. I fully expect Eddie to complete his perfect season and earn the Ring and everything that goes along with it. We’ll find out on Tuesday in our recap article.

Don’t miss the last recap article of the Dynasty Owner season to find out who wins the Ring and is named the best Dynasty Owner!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Playoff Semi-Finals Recap

Author: Steven Van Tassell

The Playoff Semi-Finals (aka Week 15) are all over now. We know which teams have qualified for their league Championship game and who will have the right to be called a Dynasty Owner League Champion. We also have a better idea of the teams realistically competing in the Chase for the Ring and the chance to call themselves the Best of the Best. Sadly, the Chase ended for a few teams including one of the teams in our Match-up of the Week.

This is our fifteenth and next to last 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 Players of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Players of the Week are: Jameis Winston and Lamar Jackson

For the second time this season, we have selected two Players of the Week. The two QBs honored this week put up a virtually identical number of Dynasty Owner fantasy points. As the top two scorers this week, they likely led many of their Dynasty Owner teams into the league Championship game. For the second straight week, Winston put up 48.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (458 yards passing, 4 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs, 1 INT) to claim his first Player of the Week honor. Even though salaries are not charged for the Dynasty Owner playoffs, Winston would have been a cost per point bargain at his regular season weekly salary (based on his $6.34 million annual salary).

  • Week 15 Points: 48.3
  • Week 15 Salary: $452,701
  • Week 15 Cost per Point: $9,373

Jackson was just behind Winston with 48.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (212 yards passing, 86 yards rushing, 5 passing TDs, 1 fumble) for his second Player of the Week honor. Jackson has been a bargain this entire season for his Dynasty Owners as the top scorer for only $2.37 million in annual salary.

  • Week 15 Points: 48.2
  • Week 15 Salary: $169,137
  • Week 15 Cost per Point: $3,509

Congratulations Jameis and Lamar on sharing the 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: Kenyan Drake

Drake was touted as a player to have in your Active lineup in the weekly preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/12/playoff-semi-finals-preview) and did he ever deliver on that recommendation. Drake got almost all of the touches by Cardinals’ RBs in their victory over the Cleveland Browns and rewarded his team with 4 TDs and his Dynasty Owners with 41.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (137 yards rushing, 1 reception, 9 yards receiving, 4 rushing TDs). Hopefully, his Owners got him in their Active lineup and were rewarded with a berth in their league Championship game. At an annual salary of $845,315 during the regular season, Drake would have only cost his Dynasty Owners $1,451 per point if salaries were charged in the playoffs.

  • Week 15 Points: 41.6
  • Week 15 Salary: $60,380
  • Week 15 Cost per Point: $1,451

Congratulations Kenyan on winning 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 the playoff semi-finals. It’s the playoffs, so you should have been starting your stud players like Lamar Jackson and Christian McCaffrey because they helped get you into the playoffs 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 the playoff semi-finals when they should have been.

QB: Ryan Tannehill (TEN) – 30.0 points

Tannehill provided just a slightly above average fantasy performance this week for his Dynasty Owners. That’s because he was averaging 28.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per start in his first seven starts of the season and “only” scored 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (279 yards passing, 10 yards rushing, 2 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT). Despite those gaudy stats, Tannehill was still not owned in 35% of Dynasty Owner leagues going into the playoffs. We don’t know for sure how many of his Owners had him Active this week, but unless his Owners also have Lamar Jackson, Jameis Winston or Drew Brees, he should have been Active for all of them.

RB: Tony Pollard (DAL) – 24.3 points

Since Kenyan Drake was our Value Player of the Week, we need another RB for this spot. Miles Sanders and his 37.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points would have been the choice, but he should have been Active as one of the only healthy options for a banged-up Eagles offense going against the Redskins. Therefore, the choice is someone who was likely not Active for any Dynasty Owners this week – Tony Pollard. The Cowboys back-up RB got to play a lot in the Cowboys blowout victory over the Rams and put up 24.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (131 yards rushing, 2 receptions, 12 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD). Unless you had the foresight to know the Cowboys would blow out the Rams and Pollard would get to play as much as he did (or thought Ezekiel Elliott would go down with an injury), then you probably didn’t make Pollard Active.

WR: Breshad Perriman (TB) – 34.6 points

With Mike Evans out for the rest of the season, there were large shoes for the Tampa Bay WRs not named Chris Godwin to fill. Some people thought it might be Breshad Perriman who would fill Evans’ shoes, while others picked Justin Watson. Scotty Miller was also an option. However, it was Perriman who ended up stepping up the most with a total of 34.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 113 yards receiving, 3 yards rushing, 3 receiving TDs). Perriman was available in all Dynasty Owner leagues for the playoff semi-finals, but after this performance and with the injury to Chris Godwin, a few Dynasty Owners might pick him up for their Championship game.

TE: Jonnu Smith (TEN) – 16.7 points

Smith had nearly an equal number of yards in the game against the Houston Texans running and catching the ball. That’s right, Smith had a 57-yard run on one carry as well as 60 yards receiving on 5 receptions for a total of 16.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That was good for a Top 10 TE performance in the playoff semi-finals. Smith was owned in 54% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but with a ranking outside of the Top 20 among TEs, he likely wasn’t Active in too many playoff games this week.

Honorable mention to Ricky Seals-Jones. It’s no surprise that a TE playing against the Cardinals would have a big game. The surprise was that Cleveland TE David Njoku was declared inactive and Seals-Jones had the big game against his former team in Njoku’s place. Seals-Jones only caught 3 passes for 29 yards, but two of those receptions went for TDs (along with a lost fumble) for a total of 14.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He was owned in only 26% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but even though the Browns were playing the Cardinals, it’s unlikely that he was Active in many leagues.

K: Dustin Hopkins (WAS) – 12.0 points

Hopkins was perfect on all five kicks in the Redskins 37-27 loss to the Eagles. He made 3 PATs and 2 fourth quarter FGs, a 43 yarder and a 53 yarder. Neither FG was clutch, so he didn’t earn the clutch scoring bonus. Not bad for a kicker who is now ranked #20 in Dynasty Owner and only owned in 11% of Dynasty Owner leagues. Based on those stats, it’s unlikely that he was in anybody’s Active lineup 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 the playoff semi-finals.

QB: Jacoby Brissett (IND) – 9.0 points

Several of the top QBs put up a lot of Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (Lamar Jackson, Jameis Winston, Drew Brees, and Patrick Mahomes). While others got around 20.0 points or so (Dak Prescott, Deshaun Watson, Kyler Murray and Aaron Rodgers), which is enough to not have hurt you too much and warrant a spot on the Bench. Brissett has the dishonor of appearing in this spot since he had only 9.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (165 yards passing, 7 yards rushing) against the Saints on Monday Night Football. This was just a week after the Saints were gashed by Jimmy Garoppolo for 39.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, possibly leading some Dynasty Owners to think having Brissett Active was a good idea. It wasn’t and he should have been on your Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Phillip Rivers who was the pick for Bench QB prior to Monday night. Rivers had four turnovers against the Vikings and only 10.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (307 yards passing, 1 passing TD, 3 INT, 1 fumble – lost). Rivers is owned in just over half (52%) of Dynasty Owner leagues and hopefully none of his Owners had him Active this week.

RB: Marlon Mack (IND) – 1.9 points

Mack hasn’t been the same since missing two games with injury as he followed up his 9.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy point outing from last week with just 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (19 yards rushing) this week. Before the injury, he was averaging 14.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and was a clear Top 20 RB. Now, he’s fallen just outside of the Top 20 (#22) and should have been on your Bench this past week.

Dishonorable mention to Phillip Lindsay who is still inside the Top 20 RBs, but just barely at #19. Lindsay had his worst game of the season with only 3.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (32 yards rushing) in the snow in Kansas City. However, he hasn’t been producing much recently as he’s scored less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in four out of the past five games. That’s Bench production.

WR: Julian Edelman (NE) and Amari Cooper (DAL) – 2.9 points

None of the big name WRs went out and gave their Dynasty Owners a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner Fantasy Points) this week, but Edelman and Cooper didn’t do much better. Both of them had just 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in blowout victories this week. Cooper caught only one pass for 19 yards, while Edelman had two catches for 9 yards. A spot on the Bench was likely not where most of their Dynasty Owners placed these Top 10 WRs with a berth in their league finals on the line, but it’s where they should have been.

TE: Hunter Henry (LAC) – 1.9 points

For the second time in three weeks, Henry had a disappointing outing. Back in Week 13 versus Denver, he only scored 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and he did worse this week with just 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 29 yards, 1 fumble – lost). He’s only averaging 2 receptions and 26 yards receiving per game since the Chargers Week 12 bye. If not for a TD against Jacksonville in Week 14, it would be three straight Bench-worthy games for Henry. Despite these performances and missing four games due to injury, he’s still the #8 TE in Dynasty Owner.  

K: Greg Zuerlein (LAR) – 1.0 points

Zuerlein made his only PAT attempt this week, but only one PAT attempt is definitely not what his Dynasty Owners expected from Greg the Leg and the Rams offense. While the Rams scored three TDs, they went for the 2-point conversion on the final two TDs. That’s two consecutive 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point outings for Zuerlein who is also dealing with a muscle strain in his leg. Based on his season-long performance and reputation, Zuerlein was likely Active for a lot of his Dynasty Owners when he should have been on the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Day Drinkers – 150.9 vs. The Replacements – 145.1

The tough luck season continued for The Replacements in the Dynasty Owner playoff semi-finals. Armed with just a 8-6 record in their league, but ranking 12th in the Chase for the Ring, The Replacements have been scoring lots of points, but many times playing someone who scores more. That unlucky streak continued as the Day Drinkers outlasted The Replacements by a close 150.9-145.1 score. The Day Drinkers advance to their league finals and continue their Chase for the Ring, as they now sit in 13th place.

Both teams had one bad position player. It was Dalvin Cook for the Day Drinkers who got only 7.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points before leaving with an injury, while for The Replacements, it was Amari Cooper’s terrible 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance that really hurt them. In addition, both of their Active kickers (Jason Myers and Greg Zuerlein) underperformed with 4.0 and 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points respectively. It’s a testament to the rest of their lineups that they were able to score as many points as they did.

The Day Drinkers had tough decisions to make at WR and in the end, didn’t end up making the best WR selections. However, because all of his WRs played pretty well, it was still good enough for them to win. They ended up having Davante Parker (23.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Cooper Kupp (16.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) Active with Robby Anderson (12.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Tyler Lockett (26.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) on the Bench. They also had Anthony Miller and his season-high 26.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on the Practice Squad. It didn’t matter for their playoff match-up, but the extra 13.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points the Day Drinkers could have had would have moved them up two spots in the Chase for the Ring.

If there was a prediction playoffs, I’d be out as I had The Replacements winning. However, I was very close in my points prediction for them (145.8). There will be one more playoff prediction in the last Dynasty Owner preview article of the inaugural Dynasty Owner season later on this week. Congratulations to the Day Drinkers and everyone else who made it to the finals in their league!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Playoff Semi-Finals Preview

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s finally time for the first Dynasty Owner playoffs! Congratulations to all of the Dynasty Owners who made it this far. Half of you will be eliminated from the playoffs as well as the Chase for the Ring, while the other half will move on to the Finals and remain in contention for the Ring and a lot of Dynasty Dollars. No more facing off against inactive teams who aren’t setting their best lineup. It’s the best versus the best in every league facing off to see who’s really the Best. And to illustrate that, we have a great Match-up of the Week on tap. Two teams with legitimate aspirations to win the Chase for the Ring will square off in a playoff Elimination game.

This is our fifteenth Dynasty Owner game preview article and the first one for the playoffs. As usual, we’ll take a look at our Match-up of the Week, highlight some interesting lineup decisions for each team and make a prediction on the winner and final score. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup for the first week of the playoffs 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 14:

  • QB: Jacoby Brissett – 29.2 points (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Devonta Freeman – 19.4 points (Good recommendation)
  • WR: Dede Westbrook – 8.5 points (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Mike Gesicki – 1.6 points (Bad recommendation)

Back to normal with two Good and two Bad recommendations after last week’s perfect set. These predictions are more important now. Let’s see if we can have a repeat performance of Week 13 with my recommendations of players who should be Active in the semi-finals of the Dynasty Owner playoffs.

Tom Brady (QB – NE)

Even though he’s the G.O.A.T., Brady is just the #14 ranked QB in Dynasty Owner this season, meaning that he’s not an automatic Active player. With the Patriots offense not clicking on all cylinders the past few weeks, Brady has been mediocre and averaging only 18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points since the Patriots Week 10 bye. However, Brady and the Patriots are mad that they lost to the Chiefs last week and get a break this week as they are facing the Cincinnati Bengals. Brady has thrown an average of 40 passes per game this year and even though the Bengals run defense is the worst in the NFL, Brady will probably still pass a lot. And probably throw for at least 2 TDs. And stay in and play the entire game and continue to rack up fantasy points, even if the game is out of reach. Put Brady in your Active lineup this week.

Kenyan Drake (RB – ARI)

In five games with the Cardinals, Drake has averaged 17.2 touches per game. Even with both David Johnson and Chase Edmond back in action last week, he got 14 touches. He plays this week against a Browns defense fresh off allowing Joe Mixon to get a season-high 29.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (146 yards rushing, 3 receptions, 40 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD). Drake won’t do as well as Mixon did, but should still have a good enough day that he should be in your Active lineup.

Danny Amendola (WR – DET)

Detroit is down to only three WRs on their roster right now after placing Marvin Jones on IR. Last week, they put TE T.J. Hockenson on IR. Somebody besides Kenny Golladay has to catch passes for the Lions this week, right? So, why not Amendola? Their depleted receiving corps also gets to play against one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are allowing an average of 278.8 yards passing per game. Amendola has eight targets in each of the past two games from rookie QB David Blough. Amendola should be Active this week, even though he is currently rostered in only one Dynasty Owner league (2% ownership).

Ian Thomas (TE – CAR)

Ever since Greg Olsen left the Panthers game with Washington in Week 13; Thomas has caught 9 passes for 81 yards and a TD (23.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Olsen needs to pass the NFL concussion protocol to play, leaving the opportunity for Thomas to step up once again against Seattle. Seattle has been pretty bad against TEs all season and given up an average of 21.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to TEs since their bye week. Thomas probably won’t get that many points, but he’ll get enough to warrant being Active.

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 14 when I recommended having the following players on the Bench:

  • QB: Kyler Murray – 11.9 points (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Todd Gurley – 21.3 points (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: Tyler Lockett – 8.3 points (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Mark Andrews – 2.4 points (Good recommendation)

Another week in which I did better with my Bench recommendations as three of them were Good and only recommending Todd Gurley be benched was bad. Hopefully this week’s Bench recommendations are just as good or even better since it’s the playoffs. 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 during the playoff semi-finals.

Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB)

Just looking at the overall picture, Rodgers should be Active as he’s the #6 rated QB in Dynasty Owner, averaging 24.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. However, a look at his week-by-week performance shows that he’s more likely to score less than 20 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 times) than over that (5 times). He’s scored less than 20 points in four out of the last five weeks and only averaged 18.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points during that time.  Bench Rodgers this week.

Dalvin Cook (RB – MIN)

This is a tough one to pick, but here goes. Cook has been good, but not great recently. He’s averaging 14.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game over the past three weeks after averaging 24.8 per game in the first ten weeks. The Chargers have held opposing RBs to less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in each of the past two games. As the #2 RB in Dynasty Owner, it would be extremely difficult for his Owners who are in the playoffs to Bench Cook this week. However, he’s likely to not reach his projection of 20.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and may be worth sitting on the Bench if his Dynasty Owners have better options.

John Brown (WR – BUF)

Brown was doing well in the first ten games of the regular season, averaging 16.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. His production has slipped in the past three games to an average of just 10.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. However, he got 8.8 of those points from a trick play TD pass on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys and only has caught 8 passes for 91 yards the past three weeks. This week, he has to face the Pittsburgh Steelers defense that has held opponents to under 200 yards passing in eight of the past ten games. It’ll be tough for Brown to put up too many points this week, so leave him on your Bench.

Austin Hooper (TE – ATL)

We are dealing with a limited number of healthy Top 10 TEs this week with Jared Cook and Greg Olsen both hurt and unclear on whether or not they are going to play. Therefore, the only logical choice is to pick Hooper since he’s facing the defense that has allowed the fewest yards to TEs this season (San Francisco). Hooper is also still working his way back from a sprained MCL and didn’t have a great game last week with only 5.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 32 yards). Bench Hooper this week.

Dynasty Owner Match-Up of the Week

Day Drinkers vs. The Replacements

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week and it’s a good one. We have the only playoff semi-final elimination match-up featuring two teams in the Chase for the Ring. In one corner, we have Day Drinkers who finished in first place in their league with a 12-2 record and are in 17th place in the Chase. They are matched up against The Replacements who finished in fourth place in their league with an 8-6 record, but scored more points than the Day Drinkers and sit in 12th place in the Chase. For one of them, their league title hopes and quest for the Ring ends this week.

Some quick thoughts about this match-up:

  • The Day Drinkers have a big decision to make at WR. Right now, they are starting Tyler Lockett over Anthony Miller. Lockett is projected to score more points than Miller (14.0 vs. 10.6), but Miller has been playing better than Lockett recently. Lockett has averaged just 4.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his past three games, while Miller is averaging 16.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points during that time. However, Miller put up a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) back in Week 1 against Green Bay at home and just 3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last year in his only appearance against the Packers. One benefit of playing Lockett for the Day Drinkers is that Russell Wilson is The Replacements’ starting QB and any Wilson to Lockett completions will be an advantage in points for the Day Drinkers. We’ll find out if the Day Drinkers make the correct decision on Sunday.
  • Both teams have a vested interest in the Thursday Night Football game with Lamar Jackson at QB for the Day Drinkers and Mark Ingram at RB for The Replacements. There’s always a chance that The Replacements go with Josh Jacobs in place of Ingram now that Jacobs is healthy and supposed to play this week. The Jets allow the second fewest yards per game rushing, but if Baltimore gets out to an early lead, they could use Ingram and the running game a lot. A tough decision for The Replacements.
  • It should be all over by Sunday night as only The Replacements have a player going on Monday night and it’s his Bench TE (Jared Cook). Unless the margin is really close, we should have a winner before Monday Night Football.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on the current lineup for each team has The Replacements winning by a 139.4-128.7 margin. These playoff match-ups are tough to predict as both teams have plenty of really good players in their Active lineup and on the Bench. Even though The Replacements are the fourth seed in the playoffs, this isn’t an upset.

Final Score Prediction: The Replacements 145.8 vs. Day Drinkers 135.3

My regular season prediction record was 10-6 after a sweep of the three Match-ups last week. Check out the Playoffs Semi-Finals Recap article next week to find out which team advances to their league title game and kept their Chase for the Ring chances alive.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 14 Recap: Playoffs Here We Come

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Dynasty Owner playoff time! Four teams in each Dynasty Owner league qualified for the playoffs this year and will battle it out in Weeks 15 and 16. In many leagues, the playoff teams and places were pretty much set, while there was a lot riding on Week 14 in other leagues, such as League #53 that featured our three Match-ups of the Week. In the NFL, three teams (Chiefs, Ravens and 49ers) all won big games to join the Saints in clinching playoff berths.

This is our fourteenth and final regular season Dynasty Owner weekly recap article. We’ll look at what happened in the three Dynasty Owner Match-ups 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: Drew Brees

Drew Brees had a six TD game, including a clutch 18 yard TD pass with just 53 seconds left, against the San Francisco 49ers and his team still ended up losing the game. At least he can console himself with the fact that the Saints have already won the NFC South and clinched a playoff berth. Plus he won the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor for scoring 57.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (349 yards passing, 1 yard rushing, 5 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD). Brees’ point total was the fourth best point total in Dynasty Owner history, as he earned every penny of his $25 million annual salary this week.

  • Week 14 Points: 57.6
  • Week 14 Salary: $1,785,714
  • Week 14 Cost per Point: $31,002

Congratulations Drew on 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: Austin Ekeler

Ekeler has been a fantasy godsend this season for his Dynasty Owners. Projected to possibly share the workload with Justin Jackson at the beginning of the season with Melvin Gordon holding out, Ekeler has been a steady week-to-week source of Dynasty Owner fantasy points all season long. Even with the return of Gordon, he has scored less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points only once (Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh), while averaging 20.7 points per game. This week, he had his second best performance of the season with 33.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (101 yards rushing, 8 receptions, 112 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD). His best performance came back in Week 1 when he was our first Value Player of the Week with 42.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. All of these points for only $556,667 in annual salary, or just under $40,000 per week.

  • Week 14 Points: 33.3
  • Week 14 Salary: $39,762
  • Week 14 Cost per Point: $1,194

Congratulations Austin on winning the first and then the last regular season 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 14. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Lamar Jackson, Christian McCaffrey, Michael Thomas or Travis Kelce because each is the #1 player in Dynasty Owner at their respective position 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 14 when they should have been.

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) – 39.6 points

After this week’s 39.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (349 yards passing, 1 yard rushing, 4 passing TDs, 1 INT), we can probably take Garoppolo out of consideration for this honor as he’s moved up to be the #11 QB in Dynasty Owner. This was his third best performance of the season with the top two both coming against Arizona, so his Dynasty Owners may not have been comfortable having him Active until he proved he could put up big points against someone but the Cardinals. He’s only rostered in 22% of Dynasty Owner leagues, so he couldn’t have been Active for too many people regardless. Hopefully those of you with him on your roster made him Active this week.

Honorable mention to Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky who is owned in 93% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but likely on the Bench in most of them. This is despite the fact that he is averaging 26.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game over the past five weeks. Way back on Thursday night, Trubisky dropped 39.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (244 yards passing, 62 yards rushing, 3 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT) on the Cowboys for his second straight week with 30.0+ points. He should have been Active instead of on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

RB: Raheem Mostert (SF) – 24.9 points

Mostert has been the San Francisco RB to have for the past two weeks. He followed up his 25.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 13 versus Baltimore with a 24.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (69 yards rushing, 2 receptions, 40 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD, 1 receiving TD) in Week 14. Still, those back-to-back performances have only moved him up to being rostered in 30% of Dynasty Owner leagues and the #35 ranked RB. As a result, he probably wasn’t in many Active lineups when he should have been.

WR: A.J. Brown (TEN) – 33.6 points

Brown had his best week of the season in Week 14, scoring 33.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (13 yards rushing, 5 receptions, 153 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs) against the Oakland Raiders. As just the #29 WR in Dynasty Owner after this week, he may not have been in a lot of Active lineups despite his 100% ownership and high draft position (ADP 112). It was the 13 rushing yards that allowed Brown to stay ahead of Darius Slayton for the honor of being the WR who should have been in your Active lineup.

Honorable mention to Darius Slayton of the New York Giants who had 32.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 154 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs) on Monday Night Football. All of Slayton’s points came in the first half alone and any Dynasty Owners with him in their Active lineup (or on the Bench) were probably disappointed that he didn’t add to his point total after halftime. Slayton is owned in just over half (52%) of Dynasty Owner leagues and is now ranked as the #27 WR in Dynasty Owner. Hopefully you thought he’d have a good game with the return of Eli Manning and had him Active, not on the Bench.

TE: Noah Fant (DEN) – 21.3 points

Fant was the second best TE in Dynasty Owner this week, finishing only behind Zach Ertz. He had his second 100-yard receiving performance of the season with 113 yards and scored 21.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 113 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) before leaving the Broncos game after having his foot stepped on. The Week 14 performance makes Fant the #15 ranked TE in Dynasty Owner, so he may not have been Active for too many of his Owners this week when he should have been.

Honorable mention to Tyler Higbee. Higbee put up another Top 10 TE performance this week against Seattle on Sunday night. He had 18.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 116 yards receiving) in place of Gerald Everett and is still available in 70% of Dynasty Owner leagues. He did get to face two teams that defend TEs poorly (Arizona and Seattle), so it’ll be interesting to see if he has another 100 yard receiving game this week against Dallas.

K: Jason Sanders (MIA) – 19.0 points

Sanders has had himself quite an eventful past two weeks. First, in Week 13, he becomes the first kicker to catch a TD pass since 1977, then this week, he kicks 7 FGs, only one FG away from tying the NFL record of FGs in a game. The TD reception wasn’t enough to get him recognized here, but the FGs were. Sanders made 5 out of 6 FGs from 39 yards or less (22, 25, 28, 31, and 37 yards plus a miss from 34 yards out) plus a 47-yarder and a 53-yarder. The 37 yard FG was a clutch one with 1:33 left on the clock that earned him the extra 3 point clutch scoring bonus. Despite the eventful past two weeks, Sanders is still only rostered in 35% of leagues and as the #22 ranked kicker in Dynasty Owner, he probably wasn’t Active for too many Dynasty Owners.

Honorable mentions to Younghoe Koo. Koo has averaged 9.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week since taking over as the Atlanta kicker in Week 10, including a 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance this week. Koo made 8 kicks (4 FGs and 4 PATs) with 3 FGs of 39 yards or less (29, 35 and 37) plus a 50 yarder. He also recovered a fumble on a kickoff return that unfortunately doesn’t count for any Dynasty Owner fantasy points to cap an outstanding game.

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 14.

QB: Russell Wilson (SEA) – 11.1 points

A while ago, Russell Wilson was the #1 ranked player in Dynasty Owner. Now, he’s down to the #4 ranked QB and except for his Player of the Week winning Week 9 effort, he has been not worthy of being Active for several weeks. Week 14 was the worst of them as Wilson got his Dynasty Owners only 11.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (245 yards passing, 28 yards rushing, 1 INT, 1 fumble). Wilson used to be a reliable Active QB, but no more as he should have been on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Kyler Murray and Josh Allen, two other Top 10 QBs who didn’t perform well in Week 14. Murray had just 11.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (194 yards passing, 2 yards rushing, 2 passing TDs, 3 INTs, 1 fumble) against the Steelers, while Allen had only 12.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (146 yards passing, 9 yards rushing, 1 passing TD, 2 fumbles) against the Ravens. Both of them should have been on the Bench.

RB: Alvin Kamara (NO) – 5.3 points

Yes, there were plenty of RBs who scored fewer than 5.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, but none were more surprising than Kamara only having that many points in a week in which the Saints scored 46 points and he touched the ball 17 times on offense. Kamara had 13 rushes for 25 yards and caught 4 passing for 18 yards, plus a lost fumble, to get his hard-earned 5.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. There were plenty of Saints who should have been Active last week, just not Kamara.

WR: Brandin Cooks (LAR) – 0.0 points

Brandin Cooks was the WR who gave his Dynasty Owners a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) this week. In three games since returning from a concussion, Cooks has scored just a total 9.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. His performance this past week and for most of the season should have made him a steady presence on the Bench, even though he was a high draft pick (ADP 87) for most of his Dynasty Owners.

TE: Austin Hooper (ATL) – 5.2 points

Hooper had a disappointing return from injury with only 5.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 32 yards) in Week 14. In contrast, six of the top 10 TEs had more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Jason Witten had 8.7 points. The other two were out injured (Greg Olsen) or got injured during their Week 14 game (Mark Andrews), leaving Hooper as the TE who was probably Active, but should have been on the Bench.

K: Matt Prater (DET) – -1.0 points

Prater didn’t have a lot of opportunities to score this week as he made his only PAT attempt and missed his only FG attempt from 45 yards out for -1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Prater has cooled off after starting the season averaging 10.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through his first five games. Since then, he’s only averaging half that much (5.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) per game, including this week. Even so, he’s still the 5th rated kicker in Dynasty Owner and rostered in 80% of Dynasty Owner leagues. He was likely to be Active in many of them when he should have been left on the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-ups of the Week Recap

Sobriety Is Boring (1st Place) – 156.6 vs. Kramerica Industrys (3rd Place) – 110.2

Sobriety Is Boring finished the regular season strong and secured first place in League #53 with a convincing 156.6-110.2 victory over Kramerica Industrys, who finished the season in third place. The outcome means that there will not be a rematch in the League #53 semi-finals.

Both Jameis Winston and Aaron Jones came up big for Sobriety Is Boring as they combined for 81.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Kramerica Industrys were also lead by a QB-RB combination, but Jared Goff and Christian McCaffrey combined for only 45.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

In our Week 14 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/12/week-14-preview-whos-making-the-playoffs), we made three lineup suggestions for Kramerica Industrys – replacing Josh Allen with Jared Goff and replacing Marvin Jones and Michael Gallup with Davante Parker and Robert Woods. Kramerica made two out of the three changes, but left Robert Woods and his 25.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on the Bench. In the end, it didn’t matter much as Sobriety Is Boring would have still won if Woods had been Active.

Fuego (2nd Place) – 144.5 vs. Grbalj (4th Place) – 94.6

Fuego was guaranteed a spot in the playoffs no matter what, while Grbalj needed a win to secure his spot. In the end, Fuego won by a 144.5-94.6 score, but despite the loss, Grbalj scored enough points to still make the playoffs.

Fuego was led by Zach Ertz (33.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Deshaun Watson (31.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), while leaving Austin Ekeler and his 33.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on the Bench. Todd Gurley had 21.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Grbalj in a losing effort, while Michael Thomas and his 29.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points were left on Grbalj’s Bench.

It didn’t end up coming down to Monday Night Football for Fuego as predicted. He was leading by a small margin (96.7-89.1) before padding his victory with scoring by Ertz, Saquon Barkley and Jake Elliott.

Ring My BELL (5th Place) – 110.7 vs. New Mexico Mountain (6th Place) – 94.2

Ring My BELL did what he needed to do by defeating New Mexico Mountain by a score of 110.7-94.2 and ending up tied with Grbalj at 9-5. However, Ring My BELL didn’t score enough points as the points tiebreaker went to Grbalj. As a result, Ring My BELL ended up in fifth place in the standings and out of the League #53 playoffs.

Ring My BELL did leave significant points on the Bench by not having Ryan Tannehill Active as Tannehill outscored Ryan Fitzpatrick by a wide margin (37.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to 13.8). James White also outscored Benny Snell (13.3 to 1.1) and should have been Active for Ring My BELL. Those choices cost Ring My BELL 47.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points – which would have made the tiebreaker to determine fourth place closer. However, even setting an optimal lineup and securing the Coaches’ Bonus would have left Ring My BELL 26.4 points short of what he needed to overtake Grbalj.

New Mexico Mountain also had lineup issues as he went with Taysom Hill over Drew Lock and left Adam Thielen in his Active lineup. Hill only ended up with 3.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Lock had 33.0 points. Choosing Hill over Lock ended up costing New Mexico Mountain the victory.

My prediction record ends up being 10-6 on the season as I finished on a high note and swept all three League #53 predictions, including close final score predictions in two out of the three Match-ups. It’s on to the Playoffs for the next preview article. Good luck in the Playoffs to Sobriety Is Boring, Fuego, Kramerica Industrys, Grbalj and all of the other Dynasty Owners who made it!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 14 Preview: Who’s Making the Playoffs?

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Week 14, the final week of the Dynasty Owner regular season and a lot of Owners are asking that very question. There are lots of Match-ups across all Dynasty Owner leagues with playoff implications. Who’s getting in? Who’s playing who in the playoffs next week? And who’s going to win their league and have a chance to win the Chase for the Ring? We’ll find out more once we figure out who’s making the playoffs.

We have a twist this week for our Match-up of the Week as we are going to analyze all of the Match-ups with playoff implications in one Dynasty Owner league (League #53). Through lucky scheduling, all six teams in contention for the playoffs in League #53 are facing off against one another. In one Match-up, we have the top seed and only team guaranteed to make the league playoffs facing off against the third ranked team. In the second Match-up, we have the second and fourth ranked teams, so whoever wins is in and the other team is sweating out the result of our third Match-up of the fifth and sixth seeds. In that Match-up, the loser is out, while the winner needs to score a lot of points and hope to win a tiebreaker.

This is our fourteenth Dynasty Owner game preview article and the final one of the regular season. Since we have three Match-ups to analyze, we’ll take a shorter look than normal at each one, but still make a prediction on the winner and final score for all three. 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 13:

  • QB: Mitchell Trubisky – 33.3 points (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Derrius Guice – 29.7 points (Good recommendation)
  • WR: Cole Beasley – 23.0 points (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Jack Doyle – 19.3 points (Good recommendation)

A perfect 4-0 week with the Active recommendations! This is my second perfect week this season with the first one coming way back in Week 3. Not only were all four of these picks good, but all four players finished in the Top 10 at their respective positions. Let’s see if we can have a repeat performance with my recommendations of players who should be Active in Week 14.

Jacoby Brissett (QB – IND): Brissett is only averaging 16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game since returning from his knee injury. He averaged 23.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his first seven games of the season. Brissett did throw for over 300 yards against Tennessee last week, a significant improvement from his first two weeks back after being injured. Brissett should revert back to his early season form this week against a Tampa Bay defense that is near the bottom in passing defense, so make him Active.

Devonta Freeman (RB – ATL): Carolina gave up 248 yards rushing to the Redskins last week and are allowing an average of 137.5 yards per game on the ground. This week’s beneficiary of Carolina’s generosity will be Freeman. Freeman didn’t play against Carolina back in Week 11, but the collection of backup RBs the Falcons put out there still got a total of 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Freeman will do better than that and should be Active.

Dede Westbrook (WR – JAX): Westbrook has been a solid WR for the Jaguars with Gardner Minshew II at QB. He has scored double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in six of the eight games that both he and Minshew have appeared in. He also has caught both of his TD passes this season from Minshew. Westbrook has averaged 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points the past three weeks as well, so he’s on a bit of a roll. Westbrook could be a nice addition to the Active lineup this week for his Dynasty Owners.

Mike Gesicki (TE – MIA): Gesicki has been playing very well over the past five weeks, averaging 11.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over that time. That’s enough to get him up to the #19 TE in Dynasty Owner for the season. He scored 15.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 95 yards receiving) in the Dolphins’ last game versus this week’s opponent, the Jets. The Jets defense will likely be without safety Jamal Adams, which should help Gesicki as well. Gesicki has been worthy of being Active recently and should be Active 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) for Week 12 when I recommended having the following players on the Bench:

  • QB: Jameis Winston – 12.4 points (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Leonard Fournette – 18.1 points (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: Kenny Golladay – 25.8 points (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Darren Fells – 10.3 points (Bad recommendation)

Not the best of weeks with only one good recommendation and three bad ones. Hopefully this week’s Bench recommendations are better. 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 14.

Kyler Murray (QB – ARI): Murray is coming off one of his worst performances of the season last week against the Rams, as he only scored 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Next up is the Steelers defense that is giving up an average of only 13.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to opposition QBs in the ten games since acquiring Minkah Fitzpatrick. Back in Week 5, the Steelers held Ravens QB Lamar Jackson to only 11.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and intercepted him three times. Expect Murray to have another bad performance this week and even though he’s the #7 QB in Dynasty Owner, he should be left on the Bench.

Todd Gurley (RB – LAR): Gurley has been getting a bigger workload recently because Sean McVay has stopped “being an idiot”. Gurley received 20+ touches in two of the Rams’ past three games after not getting 20 in any game prior. However, while he’s being used more, he’s not been lighting the fantasy world on fire as he’s just averaging 12.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in the four games since the Rams’ bye week. That’s slightly below his season long average of 13.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Gurley has been only average in night games this season so far, scoring an average of 11.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the Rams’ night games. Gurley might get more usage this week, but he’s likely to keep scoring only a dozen points, not enough to warrant being Active.

Tyler Lockett (WR – SEA): Lockett should have been in this space last week as he picked up a Blutarsky against the Vikings on Monday night. It wasn’t just last week as he’s only averaged 6.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his two games prior to the Blutarsky. If you remove his two biggest games of the year (40.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 9 versus Tampa Bay and 33.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3 versus New Orleans), Lockett is only averaging 11.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. That’s not good enough to be Active, so leave Lockett on the Bench this week.

Mark Andrews (TE – BAL): With a limited number of good TEs out there, it’s tough to find someone in the Top 10 who should be on the Bench every week. Dynasty Owners can’t really sit either of the top guys (Kelce or Kittle) even if they don’t have a great match-up. Slightly further down on the list we have Mark Andrews who is the #4 TE in Dynasty Owner and plays Buffalo this week. Andrews has been solid most of the season, but still has put up five games of less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, including in his last tough match-up against an AFC East team (New England). Andrews scored only 4.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Patriots. Buffalo has held down some good young TEs in recent weeks, allowing Noah Fant of Denver to only score 4.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Mike Gesicki of Miami to only score 5.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The Bills will hold down Andrews as well, so put him on the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-Up of the Week #1

Sobriety Is Boring (1st place) vs. Kramerica Industrys (3rd place)

It’s time for our first Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week.  We have the only team guaranteed to make the playoffs (Sobriety Is Boring) going up against the third place team (Kramerica Industrys). A win for Kramerica and they are safely in the playoffs at 10-4 and possibly the top seed, while a loss leaves them at 9-5 and hoping they have enough points to win a tiebreaker.

Some quick thoughts about this match-up:

  • Sobriety Is Boring is relying on a Tampa Bay QB-WR stack of Jameis Winston and Chris Godwin plus a pair of Green Bay Packers (Aaron Jones and Davante Adams) to carry them to victory. That’s over half of his Active lineup, so if the Tampa Bay and Green Bay offenses fail to produce, Sobriety Is Boring will be in trouble.
  • Kramerica Industrys is currently starting the wrong WRs with Marvin Jones and Michael Gallup Active and Davante Parker and Robert Woods on the Bench. Switching them around is recommended and would yield Kramerica another 4.6 projected Dynasty Owner fantasy points.
  • Another recommended switch for Kramerica would be to get Jared Goff in his Active lineup at QB and Bench Josh Allen who’s playing against Baltimore.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on the current lineup for each team has Sobriety Is Boring winning a pretty close game by a 133.2-122.6 margin. This one seems correct to me. Sobriety Is Boring should win a close game and secure the #1 seed in the playoffs.

Final score prediction: Sobriety Is Boring 128.7 vs. Kramerica Industrys 119.8

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week #2

Fuego (2nd place) vs. Grbalj (4th place)

The second Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week features two teams with identical 9-4 records, but different playoff hopes. By virtue of a league high 1663 points, Fuego sits in second place, while Grbalj is in fourth place. Fuego will make the playoffs even with a loss due to his lead in points, but Grbalj is only guaranteed a playoff spot with a victory.

Some quick thoughts about this match-up:

  • Grbalj currently has Michael Thomas on his Bench. Yes, he had a season low 10.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week and the Saints are playing against the 49ers, but he still should be Active as the #1 WR in Dynasty Owner. If not changed by Sunday, this decision could cost Grbalj some badly needed points.
  • Fuego has a lot riding on Monday Night Football with three Active players (Saquon Barkley, Zach Ertz and Jake Elliott) playing then, plus Alshon Jeffrey and Jordan Howard on the Bench. That’s a lot of players in one game!
  • Not a really good kicker to be found on either team. Jake Elliott, Aldrick Rosas, Brett Maher and Austin Seibert are your Active and Bench kickers for this Match-up and the highest rated one is Seibert at #15 for the season.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on the current lineup for each team has Fuego defeating Grbalj 138.4-119.1 margin. I think Fuego maintains his #2 spot in the playoffs with a larger than anticipated margin of victory.

Final score prediction: Fuego 140.6 vs. Grbalj 100.4

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week #3

Ring My BELL (5th place) vs. New Mexico Mountain (6th place)

Finally, we have a must-win situation for both teams to even make the playoffs with a pair of 8-5 teams in Ring My BELL and New Mexico Mountain. Ring my BELL has the better chance of making the playoffs, but he needs to win, hope that Grbalj loses and that he can outscore Grbalj by 80 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That’s a tall mountain to climb! Speaking of mountains, New Mexico Mountain is looking at a 5th place finish at best since he is almost 100 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind Ring My BELL and 180 behind Grbalj.

Some quick thoughts about this match-up:

  • Taysom Hill or Drew Lock. That’s the QB choice for New Mexico Mountain. Lock is the safer play as he’ll likely score some points, while Hill is Active right now and more of a dart throw. Since New Mexico Mountain needs lots of points and pretty much a miracle to make the playoffs, he’s decided to take a chance and play Hill.
  • There is injury concerns for both teams as Ring My BELL has Josh Jacobs and his fractured shoulder Active, while New Mexico Mountain has Adam Thielen on his Active roster, even though he’s listed as doubtful with the hamstring injury that has kept him out for a month. Fortunately, each team has quality replacements on their Bench and time to switch.
  • In contrast to the Fuego-Grbalj Match-up, this one will be done completely on Sunday. We may know by then if Grbalj has scored enough points to advance to the playoffs or if he needs some scoring from Aldrick Rosas and Sterling Shepard on Monday Night Football.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on the current lineup for each team has Ring My BELL getting their win by a score of 118.1-104.9 over New Mexico Mountain. I agree with the prediction of Ring My BELL as the winner but don’t really see either team reaching its projections.

Final score prediction: Ring My BELL 106.5 vs. New Mexico Mountain 93.1

My prediction record is 7-6 for the season after missing with my Week 13 prediction. Can I get all three Match-ups correct and finish on a high note or will I miss all three and finish with a below .500 record? Check out the Week 14 Recap article next week to find out who won all three Match-ups and made the playoffs!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 13 Recap: One Week Left

Author: Steven Van Tassell

While the NFL season marches on for four more weeks, there’s only one week left in the Dynasty Owner regular season. One week left for Owners to solidify their spot in the Chase for the Ring, their playoff position or win their regular season finale and make it into the playoffs. For the winner of our Match-up of the Week, it’s one more week until the playoffs and an improvement in his standing in the Chase for the Ring, while the loser still has another week to play to clinch his spot in the playoffs.

This is our thirteenth Dynasty Owner weekly recap article. Only one more recap left before we move into Playoff Mode. 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: Aaron Rodgers

Ten players scored over 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week with Rodgers just squeaking by with the most – 38.6 (243 yards passing, 24 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs). It was not nearly as many points as he scored in his last Player of the Week effort – a Dynasty Owner record 62.1 points – but it was good enough to edge out James White (37.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and the QB duo of Deshaun Watson and Jared Goff (37.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points each) for this week’s honor. For the second time this season, owning the highest paid player in Dynasty Owner ($33.5 million annual salary) really paid off.

  • Week 13 Points: 38.6
  • Week 13 Salary: $2,392,857
  • Week 13 Cost per Point: $61,991

Congratulations Aaron on winning your second 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: Kyle Allen

Allen wins his first Value Player of the Week honor in a week that saw all of the 30+ Dynasty Owner fantasy point performances get turned in by players making at least $1 million or more. In addition, several other QBs scored more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Allen did. But because of his rock bottom $525,000 annual salary, Allen was able to sneak in and win this week’s honor behind his 27.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (278 yards passing, 22 yards rushing, 2 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT, 2 fumbles – 1 lost).

  • Week 13 Points: 27.1
  • Week 13 Salary: $37,500
  • Week 13 Cost per Point: $1,384

Congratulations Kyle 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 13. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Lamar Jackson because while he had an average performance, he is still the #1 QB and top scorer 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 13 when they should have been.

QB: Jared Goff (LA) – 37.2 points

After going without a TD pass for the entire month of November, Dynasty Owners with Goff on their roster can be forgiven for having him riding the Bench or sitting on the Practice Squad this past week. However, they missed an opportunity with terrible Arizona pass defense as the Rams’ opposition. Goff took advantage with a 37.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (424 yards passing, 2 passing TDs). Goff was the only QB to hit the 400 yards passing bonus of four points this week. While he is rostered in every Dynasty Owner league, he was likely not Active in many of them based on his November performance when he should have been.

Honorable mention to Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick who just fell short of Goff with 36.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (365 yards passing, 2 yards rushing, 3 passing TDs, 1 2-pt conversion, 1 INT) this week. If Fitzpatrick had just not thrown the INT, he would have been Player of the Week. Despite playing well since taking over as the Miami starting QB, he is still rostered in just 24% of Dynasty Owner leagues, so few Dynasty Owners could have had Fitzpatrick Active this week.

RB: Derrius Guice (WAS) – 29.7 points

Guice scored 29.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on only 12 touches (129 yards rushing, 2 receptions, 8 yards receiving, 2 rushing TDs). He might have been Player of the Week if the Redskins hadn’t given 13 carries (for 99 yards rushing) to Adrian Peterson. Carolina came into the game allowing an average of 127 rushing yards per game rushing and the Redskins almost doubled it with 248 yards on the ground. Guice had only just over half of those yards for his first 100+ yard game along with the first two rushing TDs of his career. He should have been Active.

Honorable mention for the second week in a row to Rashaad Penny. Penny had 20.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 12 and did even better in Week 13. Penny had 26.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (74 yards rushing, 4 receptions, 33 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD, 1 receiving TD). Penny is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues and hopefully many of his Owners took his Week 12 performance as a sign of things to come and made him Active.

WR: Alshon Jeffrey (PHI) – 28.7 points

Expectations were likely low for Jeffrey in his return to the lineup after missing two games with an ankle injury. However, Jeffrey was playing against the lousy Miami pass defense and ended up scoring 28.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions, 137 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) for anyone who decided to make him Active. Jeffrey is rostered in 59% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but may not have been in the Active lineup in too many leagues even though he had the third most points among WRs in Week 13.

TE: Tyler Higbee (LAR) – 23.7 points

Prior to the match-up against the Arizona Cardinals, Higbee was averaging 4.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a backup role to Gerald Everett. However, with Everett missing the Cardinals game, it wasn’t surprising that Higbee stepped up and gashed the Cardinals defense for 23.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 107 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD). If you need a TE for this week, Higbee is currently only owned in 11% of Dynasty Owner leagues and plays the Seahawks who also don’t defend the opposition’s TE very well. As a bonus, he only has a $730,215 annual salary. Higbee should have been Active in Week 13 and might also be worthy of a spot in Active lineups in Week 14.

Honorable mentions to Jack Doyle and Mike Gesicki. Both are rostered in plenty of Dynasty Owner leagues (98% for Gesicki; 65% for Doyle), but sit outside the Top 10 at the TE position. In Week 13, they were #2 and #3 in TE scoring with 19.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 73 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) for Doyle and 18.9 Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 79 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) for Gesicki. Both of them should have been Active.

K: Brandon McManus (DEN) – 17.0 points

McManus had two FGs of over 50 yards in the Denver Broncos game against the Los Angeles Chargers, including a 53 yarder as time expired to lift the Broncos to a 23-20 win. In addition to that clutch FG, McManus also kicked FGs of 31 and 52 yards and added 2 PATs to score 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Despite his current status as the #7 kicker in Dynasty Owner, McManus is only rostered in 13% of leagues so he wasn’t Active for too many Dynasty Owners.

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 13.

QB: Jameis Winston (TB) – 12.4 points

As the #8 ranked QB in Dynasty Owners prior to last week, Jameis Winston was likely Active in a lot of Dynasty Owner leagues. However, don’t let the Winston owners say they weren’t warned not to have him Active this week (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/11/week-13-preview-giving-thanks). While he didn’t throw an INT as predicted, he did have a fumble and only produced 12.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (268 yards passing, 20 yards rushing, 1 fumble – lost), so he should have been on the Bench as recommended

Dishonorable mention to Jaguars QB Nick Foles who really deserves this spot after scoring -4.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (93 yards passing, 3 yards rushing, 1 INT, 2 fumbles – lost) this week. Since Foles is only rostered in 6.5% of leagues, not too many Dynasty Owners could have had him Active. The three turnovers led to Foles’ benching by Jacksonville for the second half of the game against Tampa Bay and the return of Gardner Minshew II.

RB: Ronald Jones (TB) – 0.8 points

It appeared that Jones was the starting RB in Tampa Bay and worthy of being Active after he averaged 12.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game since the Buccaneers’ bye back in Week 7. Fellow Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber averaged only 6.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game over the same time period and seemed like someone to stash on your Bench. Things changed in Week 13, as Barber got 17 carries for 44 yards plus 2 rushing TDs and a 2-point conversion for 18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Jones only rushed the ball six times for eight yards and 0.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Jones should have been the Tampa Bay RB on the Bench in Week 13.

WR: Tyler Lockett (SEA) – 0.0 points

Another week, another top WR rolling a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) for his Dynasty Owners. This week, it was Tyler Lockett on Monday night with a performance to forget. Hope you didn’t need just 0.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Lockett to win your match-up because then you lost. Even though Sammy Watkins also had a Blutarsky, he was likely not Active in as many lineups as Lockett. While Lockett is still the overall #13 WR in Dynasty Owner, that’s three bad weeks in a row for him and he should have been occupying a spot on your Bench.

TE: Hunter Henry (LAC) – 3.0 points

Henry had scored 10.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in six out of seven games he played in this season. That was good enough to make him the #8 TE in Dynasty Owner despite missing four games. However, he only produced just 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 10 yards receiving) in Week 13. There were plenty of other TEs who scored more than Henry and hopefully his Dynasty Owners had one of them Active and put him on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to George Kittle who only had 3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 17 yards receiving, -3 yards rushing). Henry wasn’t the only top TE to put up a poor performance in Week 13 as Kittle barely outsourced him in the 49ers’ loss to Baltimore. Kittle is usually a no-brainer Active lineup player as the #6 ranked TE in Dynasty Owner despite missing two weeks due to injury. Unfortunately for his Owners, he had a bad week and should have been on the Bench.

K: Brett Maher (DAL) – -4.0 points

Maher is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, likely due to his $525,000 annual salary and the fact that he plays for the Dallas Cowboys. Hopefully his Dynasty Owners didn’t have him Active this week as it would have cost them precious points. Maher had a day to forget with as he made his only PAT attempt but missed FGs of 35 and 47 yards for -4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Maher should have spent Thanksgiving on your Bench or, better yet, the Practice Squad.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Up Country Degens (Kevin L) – 142.2 vs. Alex’s Team (Alex C) – 111.4

Up Country Degens clinched first place in their league and moved up in the Chase for the Ring with a convincing 142.2-111.4 victory over Alex’s Team. The win improves the Up Country Degens’ record to 11-2 and moves them into 10th place in the Chase for the Ring, up five spots from last week., The loss drops Alex’s Team to 8-5 and 3rdplace in their league. Alex needs a win in Week 14 to guarantee his spot in the playoffs.

Up Country Degens could have moved up to 7th place in the Chase for the Ring standings if they had fielded their optimal lineup this week. Kevin had both James White (37.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Robert Woods (30.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) on his Bench. Both of those players outscored the players he had in his Active lineup who could have been on the Bench (Austin Ekeler and Dede Westbrook). A change to White and Woods over Ekeler and Westbrook would have yielded Up Country Degens an additional 27.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Alex’s Team ended up keeping his starting RBs as Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott and leaving Derrick Henry and Le’Veon Bell on the Bench. Benching Bell was a good idea as he produced the fewest Dynasty Owner fantasy points of the bunch with just 10.7. Henry, on the other hand, had the most with 24.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Hopefully next year, we’ll have a FLEX option and Alex can start three of his RBs every week.

Up Country Degens won the match-up at QB and TE as Kevin’s margin of victory was 28.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Carson Wentz and Darren Waller outscored Drew Brees and Zach Ertz by a combined 29.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Unfortunately for Alex, his Bench QB (Jacoby Brissett) and TE (Noah Fant) weren’t any better and wouldn’t have closed the scoring gap.

The victory by Up Country Degens drops my Match-up of the Week prediction record to 7-6 for the season and halts my two-game winning streak. Check out the Week 14 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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