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.