New Contracts for the 2020 Dynasty Owner Season

Author: Steven Van Tassell

We are almost finished with the 2019 NFL season. The Super Bowl match-up is set with the Kansas City Chiefs facing off against the San Francisco 49ers. Hopefully Bruno, the Dynasty Owner contest winner, enjoys the game, has good seats and has a great time in Miami!

Here at Dynasty Owner, we’ve handed out awards for the best and worst of the 2019 season and now it’s time to start strategizing for the 2020 Dynasty Owner season. The podcast recently announced that the Dynasty Owner salary cap would be changed from the $120 million maximum with luxury taxes kicking in starting at $80 million in salaries to just a straight salary cap of $110 million. With the subsequent increase in roster spots from 24 to 30, there’s going to be more room for many Dynasty Owners to add players and salary, while others may have to trim some salary to fit under the new cap.

One thing that all Dynasty Owners will have to start paying attention to are players who got new contracts in 2019 that will be in effect for the 2020 season. Everyone probably remembers that back in April, Russell Wilson got a new contract that will make him the highest paid player in the NFL in 2020, unless someone else gets a new contract that pays them more. Carson Wentz also signed a new mega-deal in June, while a few players, like Tyreek Hill and Darren Waller signed new deals during the 2019 season that greatly increased their salaries for 2020 and beyond.

In this article, we’ll examine each position and give Dynasty Owners the details about the largest new contracts that individual players signed in 2019 and how much those contracts will cost Dynasty Owners in 2020 and future years. We won’t look at free agents, like Tom Brady, whose contracts expired at the end of the 2019 season as they likely aren’t getting signed until the 2020 NFL league year and free agency begins on March 18th.

All contract details and amounts are available on www.spotrac.com and details are in the selected news stories cited.

Welcome to the $30 Million Club

We have three QBs who will be joining Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan in the $30 million club in 2020 – Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Wentz.

The highest paid of the three QBs will be Russell Wilson at $35 million per year (4 year, $140 million contract). Wilson signed his new contract in mid-April (https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/seahawks/2019/04/16/seahawks-russell-wilson-contract-extension-record-deal-seattle-aaron-rodgers/3481934002/) and will become the highest paid player in the NFL in 2020, ahead of Aaron Rodgers. This new contract replaces his $21.9 million contract that was in effect for the 2019 Dynasty Owner season and is a $13.1 million increase for his Dynasty Owners next year. Hopefully they all have enough salary cap room, or he’ll be on the waiver wire or trade block.

A few days after Wilson signed his huge contract, Ben Roethlisberger signed a two-year extension for $68 million, or $34 million per year. His new contract also vaulted him ahead of Rodgers for the 2020 Dynasty Owner season  (https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/04/24/ben-roethlisberger-pittsburgh-steelers-agree-contract-extension-free-agency) . Roethlisberger is only currently rostered in 35% of Dynasty Owner leagues, meaning that there aren’t a lot of Dynasty Owners who need to find salary cap room for this new deal.

In June, Carson Wentz became the newest member of the club when the Philadelphia Eagles signed him to a 4-year, $128 million extension that starts in the 2020 season (https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/06/06/carson-wentz-eagles-four-year-contract-extension).  His new salary of $32 million a year dwarfs his 2019 salary of $6.7 million for a Dynasty Owner record increase of $25.3 million a year. That’s a lot of extra salary for his Dynasty Owners!

Finally, some of you might recall that Jared Goff signed a 4-year, $134 million contract extension back in September before the start of the NFL season (https://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/story/2019-09-03/rams-sign-quarterback-jared-goff-to-contract-extension). His new contract doesn’t take effect until the 2021 season, so he won’t join the $30 million club this year. Therefore, his Dynasty Owners get to keep him on his rookie salary of just under $7 million ($6,984,418 to be exact) for the 2020 Dynasty Owner season.

There Will Be a New Highest Paid Running Back (in 2021)

There was only one RB to sign a large contract in 2019, Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys. The 6-year, $90 million extension that Elliott signed just before the start of the 2019 season will cost his Dynasty Owners an average of $15 million per year (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001047218/article/ezekiel-elliott-signs-sixyear-90m-contract-extension). This is the highest RB contract in Dynasty Owner, surpassing the $14.4 million a year being paid to Todd Gurley by the Los Angeles Rams. However, the good news for Elliott’s Dynasty Owners is that this was an extension that doesn’t kick in until 2021. Sure, you’ll be on the hook for $15 million per year until 2026 if you keep him on your roster, but at least you have his $6.24 million salary for the 2020 Dynasty Owner season.

Wide Receivers Are Getting Paid in 2020 and Beyond

The top paid WR in Dynasty Owner during the 2019 season was Odell Beckham Jr. at $18 million per year. Two players, Julio Jones and Michael Thomas, signed contracts that will make their average Dynasty Owner salary more than that amount with one starting at that salary in 2020, while the other player’s Dynasty Owner salary doesn’t increase until 2021. A third player, Tyreek Hill, signed a new deal that will put him in a salary tie with Beckham for the 2020 season. And they weren’t the only WRs to get new contracts in 2019, as several additional WRs signed new deals as well.

Julio Jones will be the highest paid WR in Dynasty Owner, but not until the 2021 season when his 3-year, $66 million extension finally goes into effect (https://thefalconswire.usatoday.com/2019/09/12/julio-jones-falcons-contract-details-extension/). His Dynasty Owners can keep him on their rosters for “only” $14.25 million in 2020. While he will be the highest paid WR in 2021, the salary increase will only be $7.75 million for the 3rd best WR in Dynasty Owner this past season.

The best WR in Dynasty Owner in 2019 will be getting paid starting in 2020. Michael Thomas becomes the second highest paid Dynasty Owner WR at $19.25 million per year after signing a widely reported $5 year, $100 million extension in July that is really worth $96.25 million before elite-performance escalators in the contract for the both 2022 and 2023 (https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/27293746/saints-wr-thomas-reach-100m-deal). Hopefully his Dynasty Owners, like our Ring Champion New York’s Strongest, have room for almost $18 million more in salary since he only cost them $1.28 million in 2019.

In October of 2019, Tyreek Hill signed a 3 year, $54 million extension that will cost his Dynasty Owners $18 million per year starting with the 2020 season (https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nfl/news/chiefs-tyreek-hill-contract-trouble/1225e1l38jbzi14enutho59j00). This is an increase of over $17.3 million – slightly less than the Michael Thomas increase – for those Dynasty Owners who only paid Hill’s $646,555 rookie salary in 2019.

Those were the biggest WR deals signed in 2019, but two additional players signed 4-year, $40+ million extensions that kick in for the 2020 season after costing their Dynasty Owners significantly less in 2019.

Vikings WR Adam Thielen also signed a new contract back in April, but his 4-year, $64 million is an extension to his current $4.8 million per year deal which expires after the 2020 season. Therefore, Dynasty Owners won’t have to pay $16 million, which is an additional $11.2 million per year, for his services until the 2021 season (https://www.twincities.com/2019/04/12/vikings-wr-adam-thielen-agrees-to-four-year-64-million-extension/).

Finally, we didn’t even touch on WRs who signed new contracts or extensions for 2020 that are for less than $10 million per year, such as Julian Edelman and Davante Parker. In a bit of good news for their Dynasty Owners, both contracts were only slight upgrades in salary that won’t break the bank ($2.625 million more for Parker and $2.25 million more for Edelman).

There Will Be a Few Newly Paid Tight Ends for 2020

There were three TEs who signed new contracts or extensions in 2019 with very different implications for their Dynasty Owners in 2020.

First, Kyle Rudolph got a 4-year, $36 million extension from the Vikings for 2020 (https://vikingswire.usatoday.com/2019/06/11/vikings-sign-te-kyle-rudolph-to-contract-extension/). However, this new deal is only a $1.7 million increase from the $7.3 million salary that the 26% of Dynasty Owners who had Rudolph on their rosters in 2019 paid him, so they should be able to keep Rudolph around if they want.

At the other end of the TE salary spectrum is Tyler Higbee. Higbee got a new 4-year, $31 million contract extension just a few days before the 2019 season started and will be paid $7.25 million by the Rams and his Dynasty Owners in 2020 (https://theramswire.usatoday.com/2019/09/05/nfl-rams-tyler-higbee-contract-extension-tight-end/). Higbee was only rostered in 43% with his $730,215 salary and now will cost almost ten times as much, or over $7 million, which might lower his ownership even more even after his stellar play to close the 2019 season.

Another TE who got a similar size increase in salary was Darren Waller. Waller was only on the books for the 2019 Dynasty Owner season for $675,000, similar to Higbee, but after playing well in 2019, he got signed in October to a new deal that will cost his Dynasty Owners $7.45 million per year starting in 2020. We will see if the $6.775 million increase in salary causes a decline in his ownership or forces some Dynasty Owners to trade him away.

More Years, but Only Slightly More Money for Justin Tucker

The only kicker who signed a significant new contract for 2020 was Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens. Tucker’s Dynasty Owner salary isn’t going up too much, just $800,000 as his Dynasty Owners paid him $4.2 million in 2019. That will increase to $5 million in 2020 and beyond after he signed a new 4-year deal (https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/04/24/justin-tucker-signs-four-year-extension-with-ravens/). If you were willing to pay $4.2 million for Tucker in 2019, then an extra $800,000 probably isn’t going to change his status with your Dynasty Owner team for 2020, unless you are over the new $110 million cap.

Conclusions

There were a lot of new contracts and contract extensions signed in 2019 that will impact the 2020 Dynasty Owner season. Many of these, like the new contracts for Carson Wentz, Michael Thomas and Tyreek Hill, will cost their Dynasty Owners more than $15 million in 2020 than last year. Others are more modest and can likely be easily absorbed by their Dynasty Owners, unless they are over the new $110 hard salary cap.

Either way, there are going to be more of these new contracts in the upcoming months and Dynasty Owners will have to pay attention to them and make changes to their teams accordingly. Just another reason why Dynasty Owner is different than any other fantasy football league out there and why you need to follow us for Dynasty Owner advice all year round.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Dynasty Owner Busts of 2019

Author: Steven Van Tassell

We gave out the Player of the Year awards first and now, we follow up with the Busts of 2019. Hopefully you weren’t relying on these players to help you capture your Dynasty Owner League Championship because none of them lived up to their expectations in 2019. Unfortunately, there were many “worthy” candidates this season and not all of them made the list.

Like the Player of the Year awards, our Dynasty Owner Busts of the Year awards are for the 14 game Dynasty Owner regular season. We have the Dynasty Owner Bust of the Year, Injury Bust of the Year, Rookie Bust of the Year and Position Busts of the Year (plus runners-up) at every position (QB, RB, WR, TE, K).

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 Bust of the Year

Our first Dynasty Owner Bust of the Year is: Baker Mayfield

The dishonor of Bust of the Year goes to Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield. By no means did Mayfield have the highest cost per point or statistically the worse year in Dynasty Owner, but when you factor in ADP and salary, he’s the choice. Mayfield had an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 9 meaning he was likely drafted by most Dynasty Owners with their first round pick and as the centerpiece of their team. Like the Browns, Baker started slow, with an average of 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in his first six games before the Browns’ bye week. He improved in the seven games after the bye, averaging 20.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Better, but still not the production expected from a first round pick. Even though his $8.17 million annual salary is low for a QB, Dynasty Owners who drafted Mayfield were likely looking for more production than he delivered during the 2019 season.

  • Regular Season Points: 224.4
  • Regular Season Salary: $8,170,745
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $36,412

Injury Bust of the Year

Our Dynasty Owner Injury Bust of the Year is: A.J. Green

A.J. Green is the easy “winner” here as he went the entire Dynasty Owner regular season on the Bengals roster and never played in a game. Not a single one. Green was drafted in 74% of leagues with an ADP of 138 so his Dynasty Owners were probably thinking about keeping him on their Bench and maybe having him Active based on their weekly match-up. Nobody who drafted Green and his $15 million annual salary thought that he wouldn’t play the entire year. The Bengals didn’t even put him on Injured Reserve until Week 17 of the NFL regular season. Therefore, all of his Dynasty Owners had to carry his $15 million salary all year without the ability to use the Injured Reserve spot and save some salary. What a disaster!

  • Regular Season Points: 0.0
  • Regular Season Salary: $15,000,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: Not Applicable

Rookie Bust of the Year

Our Dynasty Owner Rookie Bust of the Year is: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

Our pick for Rookie Bust of the Year is Philadelphia Eagles J.J. Arcega-Whiteside who managed to only score 27.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points during the Dynasty Owner regular season. Arcega-Whiteside was not injured during the season and “played” in all 14 Dynasty Owner regular season games. He scored no Dynasty Owner fantasy points in eight games and had a total of just 3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through the first ten games of the season. As the #57 overall pick in the NFL draft, the Eagles were counting on more production from Arcega-Whiteside than he delivered. In Dynasty Owner, he and his $1.236 annual salary was drafted in 100% of leagues with an ADP of 124 – slightly later than fellow second round NFL draft pick, rookie WR D.K. Metcalf who was ADP 111 and finished the Dynasty Owner regular season with 152.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

  • Regular Season Points: 27.0
  • Regular Season Salary: $1,235,682
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $45,766

Position Busts of the Year

Here are the “winners” and runners-up for Bust of the Year at every position (QB, RB, WR, TE, K):

Bust QB of the Year: Baker Mayfield (CLE) – 224.4 points

In addition to everything cited in the Bust of the Year section for Mayfield, we should note that he scored only just over half (52%) as many Dynasty Owner fantasy points as Player of the Year Lamar Jackson. Mayfield’s annual salary is nearly three and a half times more than Jackson’s salary.

Runner-up Bust QB of the Year: Cam Newton (CAR) – 20.5 points

Cam Newton put up just 20.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his first two games after being drafted in 91% of Dynasty Owner leagues with an ADP of 76, was then benched for a foot injury and never played another game. Unfortunately for his Dynasty Owners, he wasn’t put on Injured Reserve until Week 10, so they had to carry Newton’s $20.76 million salary for most of the Dynasty Owner regular season. He still has one year left on that contract as well. At least his Owners were able to use another QB in Newton’s place once he got benched.

  • Regular Season Points: 20.5
  • Regular Season Salary: $20,760,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $1,012,683

Bust RB of the Year: David Johnson (ARI) – 138.2 points

Through the first six games of the 2019 season, Johnson was nowhere near being called a bust as he scored 121.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, an average of 20.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. At that point, Johnson was definitely worth the $13 million in salary his Dynasty Owners were spending on him, as well as validating his ADP of 52. Then came the game against the New York Giants in Week 7 when he was questionable coming in with an ankle injury. He played one series, rushed for 2 yards and then sat in favor of Chase Edmonds for the rest of the game. After that game, Johnson scored only 16.9 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the rest of the Dynasty Owner regular season, leading him to be the Bust RB of the Year.

  • Regular Season Points: 138.2
  • Regular Season Salary: $13,000,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $94,067

Runner-up Bust RB of the Year: Dion Lewis (TEN) – 45.8 points

By virtue of having a cost per point of over $100,000 as a running back, Dion Lewis makes the list as the runner-up RB. Dynasty Owners in 72% of leagues drafted Lewis and his $4.95 million salary, probably as a handcuff in case of a Derrick Henry injury or thinking that he would have a role in the Tennessee offense catching passes on third down. Neither happened as Henry stayed healthy for the entire Dynasty Owner regular season and Lewis averaged less than two receptions per game for the Titans. His ADP of 144 meant he was probably destined for a Bench spot on your Dynasty Owner team, but he didn’t even warrant that as he never scored more than 7.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single Dynasty Owner regular season game.

  • Regular Season Points: 45.8
  • Regular Season Salary: $4,950,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $108,079

Bust WR of the Year: Brandin Cooks (LAR) – 88.0 points

Cooks started off the 2019 season pretty well, scoring 55.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his first four games (an average of 13.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game). After that, he scored only 32.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points the rest of the season. Admittedly, he did miss two games due to injury, but he still appeared in the other seven games and averaged only 4.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Cooks was drafted in 96% of Dynasty Owner leagues and picked fairly high with an ADP of 87. What makes everything worse for Cooks’ Dynasty Owners is that they paid him $16.2 million for this “production” and still have him on their rosters for another four years at the same salary.

  • Regular Season Points: 88.0
  • Regular Season Salary: $16,200,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $184,091

Runner-up Bust WR of the Year: JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT) – 105.4 points

How many of you were debating on your draft night between Michael Thomas and JuJu Smith-Schuster? Probably quite a few as they came into the 2019 season looking like the top two value WRs in Dynasty Owner. A lot of you took Smith-Schuster over Thomas based on his slightly lower ADP (8 for Smith-Schuster versus 12 for Thomas). The small difference in ADP ended up being a huge difference on the “field” as Thomas scored 198.1 more regular season Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Smith-Schuster. The saving grace for Smith-Schuster Dynasty Owners is that he only cost just over $1 million in salary this year and you can keep him (if you want) for another year at that salary and hope he turns it around in 2020.

  • Regular Season Points: 105.4
  • Regular Season Salary: $1,048,945
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $9,952

Bust TE of the Year: Vance McDonald (PIT) – 74.7 points

This was a close competition and probably the closest position choice of all of them, but Vance McDonald “wins” over O.J. Howard here because of his almost $3.8 million higher salary for 2019 and the next two seasons. McDonald was drafted in every Dynasty Owner league with an ADP of 130 despite his high salary ($6.55 million). He didn’t produce for that salary and ADP as he only scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points twice (Week 2 and Week 9) and failed to score at least 5.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in six regular season games.

  • Regular Season Points: 74.7
  • Regular Season Salary: $6,550,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $87,684

Runner-up Bust TE of the Year: O.J. Howard (TB) – 66.7 points

O.J. Howard is the runner-up to Vance McDonald even though he had a higher ADP (45 for Howard versus 130 for McDonald) and scored 8.0 fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points during the Dynasty Owner regular season. Howard and his $2.77 million annual salary (for three years) was drafted in every Dynasty Owner league. In return, his Dynasty Owners had to wait until Week 10 for Howard to score more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single game.

  • Regular Season Points: 66.7
  • Regular Season Salary: $2,773,655
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $41,584

Bust K of the Year: Adam Vinatieri (IND) – 41.0 points

Even though he ended the year on Injured Reserve, Vinatieri did play in all but one Dynasty Owner regular season game. In those 12 games, he scored only 41.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, or an average of 3.4 per game. The 46-year old future Hall of Famer missed 8 FGs and 6 PATs in those games and scored negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points three times. He cost $3.875 million in salary for 2019 and was drafted in 85% of Dynasty Owner leagues at an ADP of 185. He might return to kick again in 2020, but his contract expired so all Dynasty Owners who had him on their rosters this year aren’t obligated to keep him.

  • Regular Season Points: 41.0
  • Regular Season Salary: $3,875,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $94,512

Runner-up Bust K of the Year: Ka’imi Fairbairn (HOU) – 70.0 points

Fairbairn was drafted in 98% of Dynasty Owner leagues at an ADP of 179 and carried a salary of over $3 million for 2019. He averaged only 5.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game with a high of 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points just twice. The good news for his Dynasty Owners is that he was on a one-year deal, so they don’t have to keep him for 2020.

  • Regular Season Points: 70.0
  • Regular Season Salary: $3,095,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $44,214

Hopefully you didn’t draft too many of the players these players! Our next article will look at some players who got new contracts in 2019 that take effect for the 2020 Dynasty Owner season. Thanks for reading and being a fellow Dynasty Owner!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Dynasty Owner 2019 Awards

Author: Steven Van Tassell

With the first season of Dynasty Owner over and a winner of the Chase for the Ring (New York’s Strongest) announced, it’s time to recap the 2019 season and hand out some awards. Like the NFL awards, our Dynasty Owner awards are for the 14 game Dynasty Owner regular season. First, we’ll name the Dynasty Owner Player of the Year and Value Player of the Year. In addition, we have other awards to give away, including Rookie of the Year, Free Agent of the Year and Position Players of the Year and Value Position Player of the Year at every position (QB, RB, WR, TE, K).

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 of the Year

This one is easy. It’s Eddie Driscoll, the owner of New York’s Strongest and winner of the first Chase for the Ring. If you haven’t heard already, Eddie was the only Dynasty Owner to go undefeated (14-0) in the regular season. He capped his season off by easily winning his League Championship and capturing the Ring.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Year

Our first Dynasty Owner Player of the Year is: Lamar Jackson

Jackson finished the Dynasty Owner regular season with 429.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, over 40 points more than any other player. He started off hot with 47.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 and never really cooled down. Jackson only won the Player of the Week honor once (47.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 12), but only had less than 24.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points once as well (11.1 points in Week 5). As the last pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, Jackson only cost his Dynasty Owners $2.37 million in salary this season (as well as for the next three years), making him an excellent value as well.

  • Regular Season Points: 429.7
  • Regular Season Salary: $2,367,912
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $5,511

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Year

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 Year. The Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Year is: Dak Prescott

At an annual salary of $680,848 for the 2019 Dynasty Owner season, Dak Prescott was a leading contender at the start of the season for this honor on a weekly basis. He ended up only winning it once (Week 11), along with one Player of the Week honor in Week 1. Despite the lack of weekly honors, he didn’t disappoint his Dynasty Owners as they got 368.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points during the Dynasty Owner regular season for that $680,848 in salary, a cost per point of just $1,846. That’s just a little more than one-third of the cost of the Player of the Year.

  • Regular Season Points: 368.8
  • Regular Season Salary: $680,848
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $1,846

Rookie of the Year

Our Dynasty Owner Rookie of the Year is: Kyler Murray

The #1 pick in the 2019 NFL draft ended up as the Dynasty Owner Rookie of the Year by producing 300.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points during the Dynasty Owner regular season, nearly 90 more points than the next highest scoring rookie (Gardner Minshew II). Murray cooled off at the end of the Dynasty Owner regular season and in the playoffs, but had four games with 30.0+ Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first 11 weeks. He carries a $8.79 million annual salary for the next four Dynasty Owner seasons.

  • Regular Season Points: 300.9
  • Regular Season Salary: $8,789,661
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $29,211

Free Agent of the Year

Our free agent of the year is a player who produced the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points over the course of the Dynasty Owner regular season, but was not drafted by any Dynasty Owners.

Our Dynasty Owner Free Agent of the Year is: Gardner Minshew II

A rookie sixth round draft pick, Minshew started off the year as the Jacksonville backup QB and thus, was not drafted in any Dynasty Owner leagues. By the end of his magical 2019 season, he was the starter in Jacksonville and rostered in 78% of Dynasty Owner leagues. During the Dynasty Owner regular season, he produced 212.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for only a salary of $677,721. While he’s not officially the starter in Jacksonville for 2020, his low salary for the next three years means he could win the 2020 Value Player of the Year as well.

  • Regular Season Points: 212.4
  • Regular Season Salary: $677,721
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $3,191

Position Players of the Year

In addition, we have other awards to give away for Position Players of the Year and Value Position Players of the Year at every position (QB, RB, WR, TE, K).

QB of the Year: Lamar Jackson (BAL) – 429.7 points

Nobody was really close to Lamar Jackson for QB of the Year. Deshaun Watson was the #2 regular season QB and still finished 60.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind Jackson.

Value QB of the Year: Dak Prescott (DAL) – 368.8 points

Prescott was the #3 overall QB and Value QB of the Year by a wide margin with his $1,846 cost per point. Kyle Allen was the second best Value QB due to his $525,000 annual salary, but still fell well short of Prescott with a $2,717 cost per point ($525,000 annual salary divided by 193.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points).

RB of the Year: Christian McCaffrey (CAR) – 389.6 points

McCaffrey had a monster year and became just the third player in NFL history to have 1,000 yards rushing and receiving. He also scored 19 TDs. Overall, he scored the second most points in Dynasty Owner (389.6), behind only Lamar Jackson. McCaffrey was also a model of consistency with just two weeks of under 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Despite all of the yards, scoring and scoring over 40.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points twice, McCaffrey did not win a single Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor. His 2019 performance certainly justified his ADP of 5 and he might go quicker in 2020 Dynasty Owner drafts with two more years left on his contract at just $4.31 million annually.

  • Regular Season Points: 389.6
  • Regular Season Salary: $4,310,326
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $11,063

Value RB of the Year: Austin Ekeler (LAC) – 269.1 points

Ekeler won two Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honors, the first week with 42.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and the last week of the Dynasty Owner regular season with 33.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In between, he had five performances of over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and just one below 10.0 (5.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 6). Ekeler scored a lot of his points while Melvin Gordon was holding out at the beginning of the year, but still maintained his value once Gordon returned to the Chargers lineup. Fortunately for his Dynasty Owners, he did all of this for only $556,667 in salary. Unfortunately, his contract expired at the end of the season and he will command a lot more in 2020 and beyond.

  • Regular Season Points: 269.1
  • Regular Season Salary: $556,667
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $2,069

WR of the Year: Michael Thomas (NO) – 303.5 points

Thomas was a consistent source of Dynasty Owner fantasy points week in and week out for his Dynasty Owners. He had a low of 10.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 13, but surpassed 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points eight times. He only cost his Dynasty Owners just under $1.28 million in salary in 2019, but has signed a huge extension that kicks in for 2020 ($96.5 million for 5 years) so his Owners will have to decide if they can absorb the extra $18 million in salary to keep him on their rosters.

  • Regular Season Points: 303.5
  • Regular Season Salary: $1,279,743
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $4,217

Value WR of the Year: Chris Godwin (TB) – 259.0 points

Godwin won the Value Player of the Week honor twice in 2019 and takes the season long award as well for WRs. It was a season of ups and downs for Godwin and his Dynasty Owners. He had the two Value Player of the Week winning weeks (41.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 4 and 37.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 12) plus another week with 30.0+ points. On the flip side, half of the time (7 out of 14 weeks in the Dynasty Owner regular season), his Dynasty Owners got less than 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Godwin only cost $821,041 for the 2019 season and has one year remaining on his contract, so his Dynasty Owners will likely take the week to week fluctuations in stride for another year.

  • Regular Season Points: 259.0
  • Regular Season Salary: $821,041
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $3,170

TE of the Year: Travis Kelce (KC) – 201.3 points

As the second most expensive TE in Dynasty Owner, Kelce earned his nearly $9.4 million annual salary by getting his Dynasty Owners 201.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over the course of the Dynasty Owner regular season. Kelce was a consistent source of points every week with a low of 9.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 6 and a Dynasty Owner regular season high of 23.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2. He also came through in the Dynasty Owner playoffs with two games of over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points when it really counted.

  • Regular Season Points: 201.3
  • Regular Season Salary: $9,368,400
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $46,539

Value TE of the Year: Darren Waller (OAK) – 175.5 points

If you didn’t want to spend over $9 million for Kelce at the beginning of the year, there were several cheaper TE options available for salaries of under $1 million (George Kittle, Austin Hooper, Mark Andrews). However, none of them ended the Dynasty Owner regular season with as many Dynasty Owner fantasy points as Darren Waller (175.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). His best game was a 31.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 7, while his worst game was a 7.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 10. Waller was very consistent week to week with only five weeks of less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. His salary of $675,000 was on par with Kittle and slightly lower than Hooper or Andrews, but his value in 2019 was the best of the four of them. However, that ends in 2020 as he signed a new contract in October of 2019 that will push his Dynasty Owner salary to $7.45 million annually.

  • Regular Season Points: 175.5
  • Regular Season Salary: $675,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $3,846

K of the Year: Wil Lutz (NO) – 121.0 points

New Orleans kicker Wil Lutz was the top kicker in Dynasty Owner this year with 121.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points during the Dynasty Owner regular season. He edged out Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker for the honor by just 5.0 points. Lutz only missed five kicks (4 FGs and 1 PAT) during the Dynasty Owner regular season. Lutz doesn’t come cheap in Dynasty Owner with a salary of $4.05 million annually over five years, but if you value stability at the kicker position, he was a great choice this season.

  • Regular Season Points: 121.0
  • Regular Season Salary: $4,050,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $33,471

Value K of the Year: Harrison Butker (KC) – 115.0 points

At a salary of just $510,000 annually, Harrison Butker was the Value Kicker of the Year and ranked third overall with 115.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points during the Dynasty Owner regular season. His ADP of 130 showed that many Dynasty Owners valued having the Kansas City kicker on a cheap one-year, minimum salary deal. Butker also tied for the best individual game performance by a kicker with 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 9.

  • Regular Season Points: 115.0
  • Regular Season Salary: $510,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $4,435

Congratulations to all of our winners. Our next article will tackle the Biggest Busts of 2019. Hope you enjoyed the first season of Dynasty Owner. Please keep in touch with us on Twitter.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

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