Dynasty Owner Week 4 Free Agent Auction Targets

Author: Jay Poundsee (@JaypoundsNFL)

The preseason is finally nearing a close and on to the…oh that’s right we are almost a quarter of the way through the regular season and surprisingly football hasn’t been as sloppy as most would have thought. This season has been one for the books to say the least from COVID-19, surprise players, injuries, and the Eagles it sure has been crazy along with everything else in 2020. There are very few things in 2020 that are always a guarantee when it comes to fantasy football and two of the most important are football games will be played and your weekly free agent auction article. Hopefully your teams are looking great and you are just here for some awesome bench stashes, if your here for starters its slim pickings. These are the top 5 free agents to target here on Dynasty Owner.

Braxton Berrios (2 Years – $644,602) 14.4% Owned

As much as I don’t want to do it, I have Berrios at number 1 this week and I have a feeling if you want him you better get him now! Berrios will never be a sexy play in your lineup but if you are in a pinch, he is starting to look like he may be dependable with a decent floor in this offense moving forward. Over the past 2 weeks he has been able to muster up 10 catches for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns playing for the worst offense in football. We all knew the Jets would be bad coming into 2020 but they have really taken it to a whole new level of bad to start this season.

There has been one lone bright spot (if you want to call it that) for the Jets this season, being Berrios through the first 3 games. I am not certain if Berrios will ever get to the level of dependable fantasy starter but in Dynasty, we love potential and Berrios has shown just that thus far. Darnold has also seemed to show trust in the kid as he’s been his only reliable target with all of the injuries and poor play from the Jets.

Rex Burkhead (1 Year – $3,000,000) 34% Owned

Number 2 may be even more painful than number one for me as Burkhead is the reason I lost in my big money league this week with him posting over 34 ppr points. My opponent started Burkhead over David Johnson and I lost by 2.6 points great play or bad beat? The Patriots backfield is an absolute nightmare, but so are some fantasy teams right now and it’s only going to get worse with bye weeks starting in week 5. Every time you roll Burkhead into your lineup it’s going to smell horrible but as he has shown this week and, in the past, he has scoring potential each and every week because Belichik loves him making him just start-able if injuries or bye weeks hit hard.

Burkhead posted a monster week 3 against the Raiders posting 6 carries for 49 yards and 2 TDs with 7 catches for 49 yards plus a 3rd touchdown. Will this happen again, probably not but Burkhead does offer some type of touchdown potential weekly floor in a pinch at your flex spot. I do not believe that I have ever met anyone that has openly said I want all of the patriots backfield for fantasy, or even any part of it but with deeper leagues sometimes a Burkhead can earn you a fantasy win and make a difference on your team especially having the bench scoring feature here on Dynasty Owner.

Mohamed Sanu (1 Year – $1,050,000) 11.3% Owned

At the third spot I went with my gut and potential flex or bench point production throughout the season with Mohamed Sanu. The 49ers have been completely destroyed by injury this season especially on offense. They have seemingly had every pass catcher go down followed by their running backs in weeks 2 and 3 none being serious thankfully. Sanu has been a very consistent receiver throughout his entire career aside from his years in New England, which we have seen numerous players have trouble doing over the years due to the complicated system being especially hard on receivers. Sanu was able to have some of his best seasons with Shanahan as his offensive coordinator in Atlanta while playing for the Falcons and had solid production until being traded for a 2nd rounder to New England where he fell out of favor with the coaching staff according to rumors. Trust with the coaching staff should not be an issue moving forward for Sanu like it was in his last stop with the need the 49ers have for pass catchers.

I would say Sanu will only become more involved moving forward. He should be fairly close to a full go come next week in terms of the playbook and understanding the terminology on the field making him extremely likely to see a heavy snap share going forward or at least until Debo is able to come back.

Travis Homer (3 Years – $665,840) 33% Owned

At the 4 spot I went with potential production for a week and the eye test as I watched some Travis Homer film from the NFL and collegiate level and the kid is electric. With Chris Carson going down to a knee injury in Week 3, Homer will see somewhere around 10 to 15 touches while splitting time with Carlos Hyde in week 4. If Homer is able to get going this week the Seahawks may let him loose for a game to see what he can do. While Carson may only be out one week after suffering a minor knee sprain, we have seen time and time again in this league that sometimes a player just needs a chance to shine and Homer may get this week.

Homer has looked good in limited work posting career numbers of 26 carries for 153 yards with 13 catches for 60 yards at 5ft 10 202lbs he has flashed 3 down potential in his limited time on an NFL field. In week 4 I see Hyde being the primary ball carrier for the Seahawks while Homer is the change of pace and pass catching back though if Homer starts looks significantly better, he may end up with a few extra touches making him fantasy relevant for the day. Homer will only be an emergency starter or bench scoring player this week, but he does seem to have the potential to be a hold for Dynasty.

Nick Mullens (1 Year – $750,000) 44.3% Owned

In the last spot I went with the hot hand in the bay area for the 49ers. Nick Mullens is going to be my number 5 free agent pickup this week though I do realize there is a chance Jimmy G comes back as soon as this week according to some rumors so be aware and have a backup plan if possible. With a high ankle sprain sidelining Garoppolo its highly unlikely he plays this week, as we have seen with Michael Thomas a high ankle sprain takes time to heal.

Mullens played well the last 2 weeks and wouldn’t be a bad option if you happen to need him as a cheap quarterback option for a week or two. Mullens had a great day throwing for 343 yards completing 25 of his passes on 36 attempts adding a touchdown as well. I understand the Giants secondary is downright awful but being able to throw for almost 350 yards in an NFL game will earn some trust in the locker room going forward as well as put the coaching staff at ease, so they don’t have to rush Jimmy G. back.

Hopefully your Dynasty Owner seasons are going fantastic and you are having fun. Check back next week to see which players are available and as always good luck on your Chase for the Ring!

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Week 3 Recap: Clutch

Author: Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

There were 13 NFL games on Sunday and in four of them, the winning team scored with under two minutes left in the game to win and stay undefeated. Buffalo, Chicago, Seattle and Tennessee all won this way. There were also two other games with game winning or game tying FGs at the end of the fourth quarter, giving the Lions their first victory of the season and helping the Eagles tie their game with the Bengals. This is exciting for the NFL and fantasy football players. These scores are even more exciting and important for Dynasty Owners because of one of the many Dynasty Owner innovations – the clutch scoring bonus. That’s right, if a player scores a TD or kicks a FG in the last final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime that results in a lead change, then the player gets a 3 point bonus. It’s mentioned on Page 7 of the Dynasty Owner Constitution and in the explanation of scoring in all of my articles that everyone probably skips reading.

Nine players got the clutch scoring bonus points this week – 4 QBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE and 2 kickers. Two of those players (Anthony Miller and Stephen Gostkowski) have multiple clutch scoring weeks with Gostkowski earning the bonus every week so far this season. Last week, Harrison Butker of the Chiefs had two clutch scoring bonuses for a total of 6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. They aren’t as common as they were this week, but clutch scoring is something different that can help determine the winner and loser of a Dynasty Owner matchup. Just ask Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL) of the Fantasy Pros (https://www.fantasypros.com/) who won his matchup in our Experts league 153.7-151.3 over Jerry Donabedian (@JerryDonabedian) of Rotowire (https://www.rotowire.com/), a game in which Kyle’s team got a clutch scoring bonus from Josh Allen.

This is our third regular season Dynasty Owner weekly recap article for 2020. No clutch fantasy football article writing points, but plenty of this article was written late on Monday evening after the conclusion of Monday Night Football so many of these words would have qualified if that existed. Regardless of when it was written, this article will name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, highlight a player at every position who should have been one of your Starters and one who should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad. We’ll also look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, see if either team had some clutch scoring points, and take our weekly look at the Chase for the Ring standings.

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 1 point for every 40 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. For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner ownership statistics were current as of September 28th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our third Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2020 is: Russell Wilson

For the third week in a row, a different QB is the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week. Russell Wilson wins it this week after being close to winning the past two weeks. This week, he had 54.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (315 passing yards, 5 passing TDs, 22 rushing yards, 1 2-pt conversion) which included a bonus point for over 300 passing yards and the 3 point clutch scoring bonus for the 29-yard TD pass to D.K. Metcalf with 1:47 left in the Seahawks 38-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Wilson has scored the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points (142.3) over the first three weeks and had the highest single scoring week of the season in Week 3. Not quite as good as back in Week 9 of last season when he had 57.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but it was the best this week, just edging out Patrick Mahomes and his 52.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (385 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, 26 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD) on Monday Night Football. However, Russell had those clutch scoring bonus points that put him ahead of Mahomes to help him win the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor.

  • Week 3 Points: 54.0
  • 2020 Salary: $35,000,000
  • Cost per Point: $648,148

Congratulations to Russell on winning the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor for the first time this season and the second time overall!

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. The third Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for 2020 is: Alvin Kamara

In terms of value, running back is the position to find it in Dynasty Owner. For the third consecutive week, the Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is a running back. This time, it’s Alvin Kamara and his $964,443 salary for 2020 who had a 44.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (58 rushing yards, 13 receptions, 139 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs) in Week 3. Rookie RB James Robinson of the Jacksonville Jaguars almost won this award with his 30.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (46 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 6 receptions, 83 receiving yards) for just $763,333 in salary, for a cost per point of $24,703. Kamara had more points but also costs more in salary, just over $200,000, so Kamara’s cost per point was slightly lower than Robinson at $21,576 per point. He was the third RB taken on average (ADP 7.7) but so far is the clear #1 RB in Dynasty Owner after three weeks with a total of 106.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

  • Week 3 Points: 44.7
  • 2020 Salary: $964,443
  • Cost per Point: $21,576

Congratulations Alvin on winning the Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor for first time!

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been in one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 3. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Russell Wilson or Alvin Kamara because both of them should always be in your Starting lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 3 when they should have been.

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA) – 30.8 points

He’s widely owned in Dynasty Owner (97% of leagues), but I can’t imagine a lot of Dynasty Owners riding with Fitzmagic as their week in and week out Starter at QB. His high ownership is likely the result of being one of the cheaper QBs around at only $5.5 million in salary for 2020. His first two games were dramatically different (3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 versus New England, followed by 32.6 points versus Buffalo), which combined ranked him outside the Top 20 at QB. He’s now had two good performances in a row after scoring 30.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (160 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 38 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 reception) against Jacksonville on Thursday night. He was the #9 QB in Week 3, so he should have been a Starter for most of his Dynasty Owners.

RB: Rex Burkhead (NE) – 34.8 points

Last week, I said that “it’s nearly impossible to trust a New England RB for fantasy purposes because you never know what Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels are going to do on a game-by-game basis.” This week was no different but for the opposite reason as last week as Dynasty Owners could have safely started two New England RBs and been happy. Rex Burkhead wins the honor this week, but Sony Michel was also worthy of having in your Starting lineup this week. Burkhead was impressive and did his best James White impersonation with 34.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (49 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 7 receptions, 49 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). Michel had 18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (117 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 23 receiving yards) as well. Don’t expect this out of Burkhead, who is only owned in 34% of Dynasty Owner leagues, many more times but if you had Burkhead and trusted him enough to put him in your Starting lineup this week, then you reaped the benefits of his great performance.

WR: Justin Jefferson (MIN) – 30.5 points

Despite being drafted in the seventh round on average in Dynasty Owner leagues (ADP 80.7), Dynasty Owners with Justin Jefferson can be forgiven if they left him on the Bench or Practice Squad in Week 3. After all, he had scored just 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first two weeks combined. There wasn’t a lot of reason to suspect that he would erupt for 30.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 175 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) in Week 3 versus Tennessee. The 21-year old rookie first round draft pick from LSU was probably not in a lot of Starting lineups when he should have been.

Honorable mention to Cedrick Wilson of the Dallas Cowboys. The #4 WR in Dallas had 27.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 107 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). He is currently not on any Dynasty Owner rosters, so nobody had him in their Starting lineup in Week 3. Wilson can be had off the Free Agent Auction for a mere $540,000 for each of the next two seasons if you have an open roster spot and a minimal amount of salary cap room. He’s unlikely to outscore Michael Gallup, Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb many times in the future, but why not take the chance, especially if you have Gallup, Cooper or Lamb and one of them gets injured. 

TE: Tyler Kroft (BUF) – 21.4 points

Even though Jimmy Graham outscored Kroft slightly (23.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Graham vs. 21.4 points for Kroft), the nod goes to Kroft because 3 of his points were clutch scoring points. Those came on his second 3-yard TD reception of the afternoon in the Bills come from behind 35-32 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Overall, Kroft had 4 receptions for 24 yards and the two receiving TDs for a total of 21.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Kroft gets the nod over Graham because he is only owned in 1% of Dynasty Owner leagues, compared to 2% for Graham. That’s what happens when you are making $4 million as a backup TE (or $8 million for Graham in each of the next two years). It’ll be interesting to see if many Dynasty Owners pick up Kroft after this performance.

K: Stephen Gostkowski (TEN) – 25.0 points

After missing his first three FG attempts as a member of the Tennessee Titans, Stephen Gostkowski has made his last nine attempts, including six in the Titans Week 3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The last one was a 55-yarder with 1:44 left on the clock to put the Titans up by one point. He’s had three consecutive weeks with a clutch game winning FG of progressive longer lengths (25 yards, 49 yards and 55 yards). In Week 3, he had three FGs of less than 40 yards (30, 31 and 39) plus three FGs of 50+ yards (51, 54 and the game winning 55 yarder). He also made his only PAT attempt after missing one in each of the first two games. Gostkowski is now the #1 kicker in Dynasty Owner with 38.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, including the -1 points he put up in Week 1. He is owned in less than half of Dynasty Owner leagues (48%) and will only cost $2.75 million in salary this season. He’s on a hot streak and if you need a kicker for your Starting lineup, then ride the hot hand and check if he’s available in the Free Agent Auction of your league.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been one of your Starters but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Starters, but were better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in Week 3.

QB: Cam Newton (NE) – 13.8 points

After looking rejuvenated the first two weeks and scoring 27.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 and 40.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2, lots of Dynasty Owners probably pulled the trigger on Starting Newton against the Raiders in Week 3. While Newton didn’t play badly, it’s just that New England didn’t need him to do as much this week as the last two weeks. As a result, he only scored 13.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (162 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 27 rushing yards, 1 INT) and should have been on your Bench or maybe even the Practice Squad if you’re carrying three starting QBs.

Dishonorable mention to Matt Ryan. Another guy who lit it up the first two weeks (35.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 and 39.3 in Week 2), but who didn’t produce in Week 3 with only 14.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (238 passing yards, 1 passing TD, -1 rushing yard, 1 INT). That’s not what Dynasty Owners want from a guy who is costing them $30 million in salary this year. He’s still easily in the Top 10 QBs and can probably be a Starter most weeks, just not this past week.

RB: Leonard Fournette (TB) – 4.2 points

With so many RBs out with injuries, it’s difficult to find healthy productive RBs to put in your Starting lineup, never mind your Bench as well. That’s why a lot of Dynasty Owners with Leonard Fournette got excited about his 29.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort in Week 2 and probably inserted him into their Starting lineup for Week 3. Makes sense to put in a guy you may have drafted early before he got released by Jacksonville or later in drafts after he was released and signed by Tampa Bay. Nice try, but it didn’t work out for Fournette owners this week as he scored just 4.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (15 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 7 receiving yards) and should have been left on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

WR: Julian Edelman (NE) – 4.2 points

What a difference a week makes – part 1. One week after setting a career best in receiving yards with 179 on 8 catches (25.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) against the Seattle Seahawks, Edelman had just 4.2 points (2 receptions, 23 receiving yards, -1 rushing yards).  It wasn’t for lack of trying as he was targeted 6 times by QB Cam Newton, the most of any New England WR. He’s still the #20 ranked WR in Dynasty Owner after this Bench-worthy performance. He should be good to put back into your Starting lineup as a WR or FLEX in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

TE: Darren Waller (LV) – 2.9 points

What a difference a week makes – part 2. Waller was the #2 TE in Dynasty Owner after the first two weeks, but went out and scored just 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 9 receiving yards) in Week 3. He was headed for a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) until the final Raiders drive of the game when he caught those two passes. He’s still the #5 TE in Dynasty Owner after three weeks, so don’t go over-reacting and putting him on your Practice Squad just yet. It wasn’t his week against the Patriots, and he should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad, but maybe he’ll rebound against the Bills at home next week.

K: Harrison Butker (KC) – 1.0 points

Kansas City scored 5 TDs on Monday Night Football and Butker made 4 PAT attempts (4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). However, he also missed one PAT (-1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) as well as a 42-yard FG attempt (-2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) near the end of the first half. Just a week after scoring 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points which included 6 clutch scoring points, he put up just 1.0 points this week. Butker has the lowest ADP of all kickers (167.4) so if you drafted him and his $4.055 million annual salary that high, you probably have him in your Starting lineup every week. In hindsight, this was the week to Bench him.

Dynasty Owner Matchups of the Week Recap

The Human Fund had themselves another great week, putting up 195.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to win over the DC Dawgs by an impressive 88 points. The top Humans for the Human Fund this week were our Value Player of the Week Alvin Kamara (44.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), QB Dak Prescott who had 39.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and RB Nick Chubb who had 26.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Those three players had 109.9 points – enough to win the game by themselves. The Human Fund improves to 3-0 on the season, but were 195.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points enough to keep them at the top of the Chase for the Ring leaderboard?

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

It was not!  The Human Fund drops into second place in the Chase for the Ring as they were overtaken by All Might who jumped from second place into first place as behind 205.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3. These two teams are dominating the Chase so far as the only two teams with more than 600 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (613.8 for All Might and 608.0 for The Human Fund) through three weeks of the 2020 season. They are both over 40 points clear of Keats McGee who occupies third place with 567.6 points.

Special shout-out to Entchev is Homeless who had 237.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3 to jump into the Top 10 of the Chase for the Ring with 538.1 points and a 2-1 record. With over a thousand Dynasty Owners playing in leagues, it’s possible that someone had more points than Entchev this week. If that was you, then let everyone know by tweeting it and using the hashtag (#chaseforthering).

Conclusions

Many close games and clutch performances in Week 3 and hopefully there will be more in Week 4. After next week, we will be officially one-quarter of the way through the 2020 Dynasty Owner season (including playoffs that end in Week 16). It’s time to start piling up the victories and the points, including those clutch bonus points, if you want to win your Dynasty Owner league.

Please read the recap every Tuesday and the preview articles which come out on Friday throughout the Dynasty Owner season. We will also have at least one article every week from one of our other Dynasty Owner writers: Chris Wolf (@ckwolf21), Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) or Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl).

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Week 3 Preview – Worlds Apart

Author: Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Two weeks into the NFL and Dynasty Owner season, we’re starting to see patterns, trends and groups forming. In the NFL, you’ve got your likely playoff teams sitting at 2-0 (Ravens, Chiefs, Bills), a bunch of teams at 1-1 and some teams with playoff aspirations sitting at 0-2 who are worried about falling out of the playoff hunt in Week 3 (Texans and Eagles). Within the 2-0 group, you have teams like those listed above with visions of the Super Bowl dancing in their heads, along with teams who are just happy to be 2-0 at this point (Las Vegas Raiders). Both the Chiefs and Raiders might both be 2-0 and in the same division, but they are worlds apart in their likelihood of reaching the Super Bowl. Sorry Chucky.

It’s the same in Dynasty Owner. You’ve got groups of teams in every league at 2-0, a group of teams sitting at 1-1 and still another group of teams at 0-2. Since everyone started in the same spot, nobody should have been in rebuilding mode at the start of the season, but two games in, it’s possible some Dynasty Owners are thinking about 2021 if they can’t pick up a victory in Week 3. And even within the 2-0 group of teams in every league, you’ve got teams who are high in the Chase for the Ring standings and those who are 2-0, but aren’t anywhere close to making it onto the Chase leaderboard. Those teams might both be 2-0, but they are probably going their Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) in Dynasty Owner. Anybody else have a flashback to the days when MTV showed videos like the Journey – Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) video? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LatorN4P9aA) If you don’t remember, just watch it in all its cheesy 80s glory.

Every week of the regular season and playoffs, we’ll present a set of players at each position (QB, RB, WR, TE) who you should have as a Starter in your Dynasty Owner lineup as well as one player per position who should be on your Bench or Practice Squad. We won’t recommend a kicker to Start or Bench though and these won’t be the obvious choices for Starters, like go ahead and start Patrick Mahomes, Ezekiel Elliott, Alvin Kamara and Travis Kelce (as if you weren’t going to do that already if you have them). Instead, these will be guys to Start who might not be highly owned or who were drafted to be a backup. For the Bench or Practice Squad choices, we’ll find typical Starters who shouldn’t be in your Starting lineup for the week based on matchups or past performance against a team. We’ll also review my Week 2 recommendations and see how those players fared.

Finally, we will look at one Dynasty Owner game, our Match-up of the Week. For the Match-up of the Week, we will look at the overall projected score and then each team’s Starters and Bench to see how their current lineups are projected to produce. If you want your Dynasty Owner team to be featured as the Match-up of the Week in the future, just tweet me (@SteveVT33) and maybe it’ll be your matchup highlighted sometime in the future.

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 1 point for every 40 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.

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner ownership statistics were current as of September 25th.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

First, let’s take a look at how my Week 2 Starter recommendations fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok):

  • QB: Mitchell Trubisky – 17.1 (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: Joshua Kelley – 13.3 (Just Ok recommendation)
  • WR: Tre’Quan Smith – 13.6 (Just Ok recommendation)
  • TE: Logan Thomas – 6.6 (Bad recommendation)

Week 2 was better than last week, but still had only two Just Ok recommendations out of four, while the Mitchell Trubisky and Logan Thomas recommendations were bad. Both Joshua Kelley and Tre’Quan Smith were at the bottom end of being worthy to start, finishing as the #25 RB and #29 WR respectively so both fall into the Just Ok category. Trubisky was the #24 QB and a low-end Bench option at best, while Thomas was the #29 TE and best left on the Practice Squad. Let’s try to get at least one Good recommendation in Week 3 out of these four:

Carson Wentz (QB – PHI): Despite his ADP of 124.2, Wentz is nothing but a backup for most Dynasty Owners at this point. A few are even releasing him and using an Amnesty Provision or taking the $32 million Dynasty Dollars hit (25% of the $128 million remaining on his contract) as his ownership is down to 66%. While the Bengals defense has only let up 31.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first two games (11.1 for Tyrod Taylor and 20.6 for Baker Mayfield), Wentz will have both of his starting tackles (Lane Johnson and Jason Peters) for a second straight game. The offensive line allowed zero sacks to the Rams last week and if Wentz gets comfortable behind his line, he should be able to find Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert and Miles Sanders enough to make him worth being a Starter, even if the Eagles run the ball a lot as predicted.

Rex Burkhead (RB – NE): I’m likely going to regret this recommendation but with James White looking out for the Patriots versus Las Vegas after the tragedy involving his parents, Rex Burkhead becomes someone you can put in your Starting lineup this week. I know in the Week 2 recap article that I said you can’t trust a New England RB for fantasy purposes, but I think that with a full week of practices and time to game plan for Burkhead, he takes White’s role for a week. He had 8.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week (2 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 47 receiving yards) without the benefit of a week to plan. Belichick and McDaniels will do better than that this week making Burkhead worthy of being a Starter despite being a New England RB and only owned in 28% of Dynasty Owner leagues.

Adam Humphries (WR – TEN): It’s a good thing that I can’t include Thursday games because one of two Jacksonville WRs (Keelan Cole or Laviska Shenault Jr.) would have gone in this spot. Neither was spectacular with 8.9 and 8.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points respectively on Thursday night versus the Dolphins. Let’s pick on the Vikings instead since their pass defense has been horrible this season against WRs (33 receptions, 405 receiving yards, 5 receiving TDs). Most of that damage was done by Green Bay with Davante Adams, Allen Lazard and even Marquez Valdes-Scantling catching TD passes in Week 1, but even Zach Pascal had a TD for Indianapolis last week. The Tennessee Titans will be playing in Minnesota this week and QB Ryan Tannehill has been throwing the ball very well over the first two games of the season. The Titans receiver with the most receptions has been Adam Humphries (11 vs. 10 for Corey Davis and 8 for Jonnu Smith). Humphries is only owned in 5% of Dynasty Owner leagues, largely because of his $9 million annual salary. If you’re paying his salary, you might as well get some Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Humphries so put him in your Starting lineup this week.

Drew Sample (TE – CIN): C.J. Uzomah is out for the rest of the season after tearing his right Achilles last week. An injury that probably went unnoticed because it happened on Thursday and then a bunch of more prominent guys got injured later on in Week 2. In his place, Sample had 7 catches for 45 yards (11.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). All total, Bengals TEs have 35.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (22.7 for Uzomah and 13.2 for Sample), which would rank them as the #5 TE so far this season if just one of them had all those points. Sample should get all, or almost all, of the TE targets this week versus a Philadelphia defense that allowed 3 TDs to Rams TE Tyler Higbee last week. Sample was owned in just 15.5% of Dynasty Owner leagues last week and is now owned in 82.5% of leagues. If you picked him up, you probably should use him as a Starter this week.

These Guys Should Be on the Bench (or Practice Squad) This Week

Next up are the Week 2 Bench or Practice Squad recommendations. How did they fare (Good, Bad or Just Ok)?

  • QB: Carson Wentz – 12.8 (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Melvin Gordon – 16.4 (Just Ok recommendation)
  • WR: Terry McLaurin – 25.5 (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Noah Fant – 17.7 (Bad recommendation)

Two weeks and only two good Bench recommendations so far with another one coming in Week 2 with the selection of Carson Wentz, who was well outside of the Top 12 QBs. Melvin Gordon was the #17 RB so that was Just Ok as he was a low-end FLEX Starter. The inclusion of Terry McLaurin and Noah Fant on the Bench list were Bad ideas as both of them finished in the Top 10 at their position, so let’s not speak of them again. Hopefully we can do better with this set of players who should be sitting on the Bench or hanging out with the Practice Squad in Week 3.

Deshaun Watson (QB – HOU): Consensus first round Dynasty Owner draft pick (ADP 9.8) who signs a 4 year contract extension that averages $39 million per year and kicks in next year. That was Watson’s off-season. Now that the games have started, the difficult early season schedule combined with the impact of losing DeAndre Hopkins has kicked in and is impacting Watson’s fantasy production. After two weeks, he was ranked as just the #18 QB in Dynasty Owner. Now, he has to go on the road to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers defense in Week 3. No thank you! Hopefully you picked up a quality, high-salary backup QB and can insert him into your Starting lineup this week and leave Watson on the Bench.  

Todd Gurley (RB – ATL): Gurley was one of those “don’t draft him” guys for me this year after he finished the 2019 season as the #16 RB in Dynasty Owner and the Rams released him. Even though he signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Falcons and has just Ito Smith and Brian Hill behind him on the depth chart, I still wanted no part of him this year. Many Dynasty Owners disagreed and drafted him high (ADP 45) as a RB1 or RB2. Now with injuries to several high-profile RBs, Dynasty Owners are left with a tough decision about starting Gurley again this week after he put up just 19.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (117 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 receptions, 1 receiving yard) over the first two weeks. He’s averaging just 3.3 yards per carry so far this season and that’s not likely to go up significantly against the Bears defense. Don’t stick with him just because you drafted him so early, sit Gurley on your Dynasty Owner Bench this week.

Robert Woods (WR – LAR): Robert Woods meet Tre’Davious White. He’ll likely be shadowing you this week and preventing you from catching passes from Jared Goff. He’s only allowed five receptions all year (admittedly against the Jets and Dolphins, but still pretty impressive). Mr. Goff will be getting pressured by the Buffalo Bills defense and likely dumping passes off to slot receiver Cooper Kupp and tight end Tyler Higbee instead of challenging Mr. White. Woods also had more yards rushing in Week 2 than receiving (19 rushing vs. 14 receiving). Not something I want from a $6.8 million WR with an ADP of 68.8.  Woods won’t get totally shut out this week, but he’s probably not worth a spot in your Starting lineup either.

Darren Waller (TE – LV): Waller torched the New Orleans Saints defense for 28.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on Monday night (12 receptions, 103 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) and is the #2 TE in Dynasty Owner after two weeks. That means he’s on the Must-Start list, right? Wrong. Waller should be on your Bench this week because he’s playing the New England Patriots, not the New Orleans Saints again. The Patriots defense is just good against TEs. Last year, TEs averaged 4 receptions and 43 receiving yards per game versus them and this year, the Dolphins and Seattle TEs have combined for just 4 receptions and 39 receiving yards. Bill Belichick is always looking to take away a team’s top options, meaning stopping Josh Jacobs from running the ball and preventing Waller from catching passes. Plus, the Raiders are flying cross-country on a short week to play a 1 PM (Eastern) game, which is not good for their chances to go 3-0 or Waller’s chances to be a Top 12 TE. Bench him.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – The Human Fund vs. DC Dawgs

It’s time for our third Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week for the 2020 season, but the first one featuring a team from the current Chase for the Ring standings. The Human Fund is the #1 team right now, but they face a Week 3 challenge from another 2-0 team in their league, DC Dawgs. In contrast, DC Dawgs sit in 816th place – that’s not a typo – in the Chase standings (You’ll have to trust me and Don on that one since my standings don’t go that low). Sorry to say it, but this looks like a mismatch based on the Chase standings alone. And based on the exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections for each team’s current lineup, it looks like The Human Fund should win pretty easily over the DC Dawgs (162.4 to 120.6).

Let’s look each team’s current Starting lineup to see how much of an advantage that gives The Human Fund:

The Human Fund has the advantage at almost every position and an overall advantage of 34.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. DC Dawgs has a decidedly Green Bay flavor in their Starting lineup with three Packers (Aaron Jones, Allen Lazard and Davante Adams). If the Packers score a lot of points on Sunday night against New Orleans, we could have an upset by the DC Dawgs.

On to the Bench where Dynasty Owners get 20% of their Bench scoring added to their overall point total. Each team has the following players on their Bench right now.

The Human Fund advantage extends to the Bench. They are projected to outscore the DC Dawgs by an 88-50.3 margin and have higher projections from every Bench position.

This matchup will be over after Sunday Night Football as neither team has anyone in their lineups right now on either Baltimore or Kansas City. Both teams will have to wait until after Monday Night Football is over to check the final Chase standings though. Be sure to check out the Tuesday recap article to see who actually won and if The Human Fund are still on the top of the Chase for the Ring Leaderboard and most importantly, if your team was good enough to make it there as well.

Conclusion

The Human Fund is expected to win and move to 3-0 on the 2020 Dynasty Owner season, but will they remain at the top of the world in Dynasty Owner (aka the Chase for the Ring standings)?  Even if DC Dawgs pulls the upset and The Human Fund loses, they might stick in the Top 25 with a solid points performance.  However, you have to win your league to win the Ring so just racking up points isn’t enough.

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2020 Rookie Check Up

Author: Chris Wolf (@CKWolf21)

As Dynasty players, we are obsessed with potential. We measure it in college performance, breakout age, workout measurables, draft stock and finally – usage. Let’s take a quick look at where some notable rookies have progressed from draft to training camp(ish) to actual gameday usage. Their stats through two weeks are listed below their names.

Joe Burrow – QB – CIN ($9.05M)

  • 509 Pass Yards
  • 3 TDs
  • 1 INT
  • 65 Rush Yards
  • 1 TD

Burrow has been running for his life behind a seemingly annual disappointment of an offensive line. A lesser rookie QB may have fared much worse with what he’s had to work with, but Burrow is an elite competitor. His pocket presence is miles ahead of where most rookies would be, and he has thus far proven that he has the ability to place the ball into tight windows of coverage.

His 97 attempts through two weeks is absolutely insane but their ground game’s ineptitude has led to Burrow putting the games on his back. He and A.J. Green look like they are worlds apart right now in the chemistry department, but he has shown a solid rapport with Tyler Boyd and his tight ends.

Justin Herbert – QB – LAC ($6.64M)

  • 311 Pass Yards
  • 1 TD
  • 1 INT
  • 18 Rush Yards
  • 1 TD

Herbert did not get into the game week 1 but we were able to get a glimpse of his talent this past Sunday. It was one of the strangest Sunday’s in recent memory so why not throw a rookie QB in against the reigning Super Bowl champs on a moment’s notice? The Chargers “leaned” on their impressive run game, but they did not shy away from calling the promising rookie’s number when they needed him.

His 33 pass attempts resulted in 22 completions, 1 passing score and an ill-advised INT that was thrown across his body. It was a solid debut for the big-armed rookie that hasn’t even taken reps with the first team offense.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire – RB – KC ($2.7M)

  • 176 Rush Yards
  • 1 TD
  • 6 Receptions
  • 32 Yards

CEH put on an absolute show on opening night against the Texans rushing 25 times for 138 yards and one TD. He usage shifted towards the receiving game in week two against the Chargers aggressive front. He saw 8 targets in week 2 compared to just 2 in week one. This was a likely mixture of Darrel Williams exiting the game and Mahomes playing mostly hurry-up in the second half. He will see better days on the ground but probably after next week when they clash with the Ravens.

Jonathan Taylor – RB – IND ($1.96M)

  • 123 Rush Yards
  • 1 TD
  • 8 Receptions
  • 76 Receiving Yards

Taylor was immediately put to test when Marlon Mack went down early in week one. He didn’t find much room to run against an underrated Jacksonville front seven, but he was able to secure all 6 of his targets for 67 yards. Week 2’s performance with 28 touches showed that he is the every down back that he was billed to be. He completely dominated the touches over Nyheim Hines (28-1) and he is locked into the RB1 situation for the rest of the season.

James Robinson – RB – JAX ($763K)

  • 164 Rush Yards
  • 1 TD
  • 4 Receptions
  • 46 Receiving Yards

Of course, we knew that at this point, James Robinson would have more rushing yards than Jonathan Taylor. With back to back games of exactly 16 carries each, Robinson has been given the workhorse role in this new look Jaguars offense. With 35 total touches through two weeks, he provides the usage you are looking for on your Dynasty Owner team to be a competent RB2 or Flex. The only true concern is game script going forward since the Jags figure to be playing catch up quite a bit in 2020.

J.K. Dobbins – RB – BAL ($1.4M)

  • 70 Rush Yards
  • 2 TDs
  • 1 Reception
  • 13 Receiving Yards

This one is a bit maddening. It would be scary if the Ravens unleashed Dobbins but this three headed monster that they have as a backfield rotation will truly limit his potential until he’s needed to take over a game. In week 1 he scored twice on seven touches. In week 2 he ran for 48 yards on only two carries and caught his only target for 13 yards. You can only hope that Baltimore is keeping their prized rookie fresh for the long haul but man, the possibilities in this offense.

Jerry Jeudy – WR- DEN ($3.79M)

  • 8 Receptions
  • 15 Targets
  • 118 Yards
  • 0 TDs

Jeudy has recorded 4 receptions in each of his first two games and has seen a team-high 15 targets. The targets should remain the same with Courtland Sutton now being out for the season. With Jeff Driskel stepping in for Drew Lock (shoulder), Jeudy’s usage did not take a hit. He and Noah Fant are destined to be the go-to recipients when the Broncos have to throw the ball. In this run-first offense, expectations should be tempered for Jeudy, but he is now the unquestioned WR1 on his team.

CeeDee Lamb – WR – DAL ($3.5M)

  • 11 Receptions
  • 15 Targets
  • 165 Yards
  • 0 TDs

Lamb looks like a true #1 receiver on a team that already has two #1 receivers. His physicality and body control are just ridiculous for someone at this stage of their professional career. His 9.7 yards after catch in week two demonstrates just how physical the former Oklahoma Sooner really is. He will maintain his role in the slot and his snaps are sure to keep increasing due to the loss of Blake Jarwin from week 1. You can safely play him as a solid flex option in this high-powered offense.

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Week 2 Recap: An Exciting, but Injury Filled Week

Author: Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

There was some exciting football in Week 2 of the NFL season. The crazy ending to the early Dallas-Atlanta game, the pair of FGs by Harrison Butker to tie the game then win it for Kansas City in the second set of games, followed by the goal line stand by Seattle to preserve a close victory over New England in the Sunday night game. There was even a late score in the Cleveland-Cincinnati game on Thursday night to make it a one possession game.

There were also a lot of injuries. A lot of injuries. Almost too many to keep track of and we aren’t even focusing on the defensive side of the ball here. The consensus top two RBs in Dynasty Owner – Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey got hurt and are out for the rest of the season and “multiple” weeks respectively. Denver had two key offensive players get injured as WR Courtland Sutton tore his ACL and is out for the rest of the 2020 season, while QB Drew Lock has a sprain shoulder and will be out at least a couple of weeks. Both had ADPs below 60 meaning they were drafted in the first five rounds on average. Not to mention Rams RB Cam Akers, 49ers RB Raheem Mostert, Colts WR Parris Campbell, Giants WR Sterling Shepard and Jets WR Breshard Perriman. All of those guys got hurt as well and will miss varying amounts of time.

This is our second regular season Dynasty Owner weekly recap article for 2020. Hopefully, it’ll be exciting and injury-free. Once again, we’ll name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, highlight a player at every position who should have been one of your Starters and one who should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad. We’ll also look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week and take our weekly look at the Chase for the Ring standings.

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 1 point for every 40 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. For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner ownership statistics were current as of September 21st.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our second Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2020 is: Josh Allen

Two weeks and two QBs have been Player of the Week. That’s how it rolls in Dynasty Owner. This week, it’s Josh Allen who abused the Miami Dolphins defense for 50.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (417 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, 18 rushing yards). Allen completed passes to eight different players and four different guys caught TD passes. There were questions about his passing abilities, but he relied on them this week more than his legs. He had the fourth worst rushing performance of his career, but had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than any single game in his career. Allen just inched out his first Player of the Week award over Dak Prescott who had 49.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Aaron Jones, who had 47.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and had to settle for Value Player of the Week.

  • Week 2 Points: 50.7
  • 2020 Salary: $5,295,760
  • Cost per Point: $104,453

Congratulations Josh on winning the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor for the first time!

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. The second Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for 2020 is: Aaron Jones

For some players, a 47.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance would clearly be the best performance of their career. For Aaron Jones, it’s merely his best performance in 2020 as he had 51.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points back in Week 5 of the 2019 season. Jones had a pretty dominating performance this week with 3 touchdowns and a total of 236 yards on 22 touches for an average of 10.7 yards per touch. As mentioned previously, he had 47.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (168 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 4 receptions, 68 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). In a big scoring week, Jones almost had the biggest week and the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It wasn’t quite meant to be, but he was easily the best value and therefore, takes the award for Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week.

  • Week 2 Points: 47.6
  • 2020 Salary: $650,484
  • Cost per Point: $13,666

Congratulations Aaron on winning your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor for the 2020 season and your third overall!

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been in one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 1. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Russell Wilson, Ezekiel Elliott, DeAndre Hopkins or Travis Kelce because all of them should always be in your Starting lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 2 when they should have been.

QB: Ryan Tannehill (TEN) – 37.2 points

Tannehill was the sixth best QB in Dynasty Owner this week with 37.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (239 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, 12 rushing yards) against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tannehill has played well in both of Tennessee’s games this year with no turnovers and 6 passing TDs. Despite his great end of the 2019 season and start of the 2020 season, Tannehill is only owned in 19% of Dynasty Owner leagues right now, because his $29.5 million salary makes him the 9th highest paid QB for the 2020 season. That matches his ranking as the 9th best QB in Dynasty Owner after the first two weeks of the season. Not sure how many Dynasty Owners can afford to add Tannehill to their team, but he’s playing well enough to be in the Starting lineup for those of you who already have him.

RB: James Robinson (JAX) – 23.0 points

Sure, he’s the starter in Jacksonville, but how many Dynasty Owners trusted James Robinson enough against the Titans defense to have him in their Starting lineup in Week 2? The undrafted rookie out of Illinois State had 23.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (102 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 3 receptions, 18 receiving yards) to rank as the 7th best RB for the week, behind some pretty solid early round Dynasty Owner draft picks (Aaron Jones, Alvin Kamara, Leonard Fournette, Nick Chubb, Christian McCaffrey and Kareem Hunt). Right now, he’s the #12 ranked RB in Dynasty Owner and with all of the RB injuries this past week, Robinson might find his way into the Starting lineup for more of his Dynasty Owners next week and beyond.

Honorable mention to Darrell Henderson. As the only Rams RB who wasn’t injured in Week 2, Henderson ended up carrying the load for his team and ended up with 20.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (81 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 receptions, 40 receiving yards). After the performance of Malcolm Brown in Week 1 in which Henderson only had 3 carries for 6 yards, not a lot of his Dynasty Owners likely had Henderson in their Starting lineup.

WR: Braxton Berrios (NYJ) – 17.9 points

Are you the Dynasty Owner with Berrios on your roster? He’s only owned in 1% of Dynasty Owner leagues, so that likely means only one of you actually owns him right now. Since it’s highly unlikely that Berrios was in the Starting lineup for that team, it’s safe to put Berrios on this list after his 17.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (6 receptions, 59 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). With Jamison Crowder out for the game and Breshard Perriman and Chris Hogan getting injured during it, Berrios was targeted 8 times (tied with Hogan for the team lead). With a low salary of just $644,602, he might be worth a flyer for any Dynasty Owners who have multiple injured WRs on their team. Since his salary is so low, adding him is advised, especially if Crowder misses any additional games.

Honorable mention to Keenan Cole of the Jacksonville Jaguars who had a TD reception for the second consecutive game. In Week 1, Cole had 15.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 47 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) which he promptly followed up with 17.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (6 receptions, 58 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). That makes him worthy of having been in your Starting lineup two weeks in a row and makes him the #17 WR in Dynasty Owner right now. Not bad for a guy who’s only owned in 13% of Dynasty Owner leagues. If you want to add him to your roster, it’s not a long term commitment as he is only signed to a one-year contract for $3.26 million.

TE: Jordan Reed (SF) – 24.0 points

There were several low-owned, low-salary TEs who took over in Week 2 for injured starters and performed extremely well. Dalton Schultz (owned in 36% of Dynasty Owner leagues; $728,090 salary) had 20.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions, 88 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 1 fumble lost) in place of Blake Jarwin in Dallas. Mo Allie-Cox (owned in 21% of Dynasty Owner leagues; $660,000 salary) got 16.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions and 111 receiving yards) taking Jack Doyle’s starting TE spot in Indianapolis. Both of those were top 12 TE performances this week. However, neither one was as good as Jordan Reed (owned in 36% of Dynasty Owner leagues; $1.05 million salary) had for the San Francisco 49ers as the injury replacement for star TE George Kittle. Reed had 24.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 50 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs) in the 49ers demolishing of the New York Jets. In a remarkably high-scoring week for TEs, both regular starters and injury replacements, Reed stood out just a little bit more than his fellow low-owned, low-salary TEs and should have been in your Starting lineup.

K: Randy Bullock (CIN) – 11.0 points

If you missed Thursday Night Football, forgot about it after Sunday’s games or just don’t like kickers and refuse to pay attention to them, you may have missed that Randy Bullock of the Bengals made all six of his kick attempts (3 PATs and 3 FGs) this week. None of the FGs were very long (27, 38 and 43 yards) but those points add up to 11.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That made him one of the top kickers in Week 2 and someone who should have been in the Starting lineup for his Dynasty Owners. He is under-owned as he’s only rostered in 59% of Dynasty Owner leagues despite a salary that ranks only 18 overall among kickers according to Spotrac (https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/rankings/average/kicker/#). Bullock didn’t have the most kicker points this week, that would have been Harrison Butker who got 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points because of the two 3-point clutch scoring bonuses. However, everyone who has Butker on their roster likely had him in their Starting lineup. That’s not the case for Bullock, even though he also would have been useful in your Starting lineup this week.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been one of your Starters but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Starters, but were better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in Week 2.

QB: Daniel Jones (NYG) – 8.2 points

A young quarterback struggles against the Chicago Bears defense. That hasn’t happened every year for the past couple of decades has it.  This week, it was Daniel Jones of the Giants who had a week to forget with only 8.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (241 passing yards, 21 rushing yards, 1 INT, 1 fumble lost). Not what his Dynasty Owners expected from a guy they drafted on average at the end of the fourth round (ADP 44.2). The injury to star RB Saquon Barkley didn’t help Jones at all and it might get tougher for him without Barkley and the running game to lean on. If you drafted Jones early in your Dynasty Owner draft, hopefully you picked up another starting QB because Jones should probably be riding the Bench most weeks this season.

RB: Sony Michel (NE) – 1.9 points

When James White was declared inactive prior to the Patriots game on Sunday night versus the Seahawks, Dynasty Owners with Sony Michel in their Starting lineup probably though Michel was in for some heavy usage and a better than average fantasy game. They were wrong. As usual, it’s nearly impossible to trust a New England RB for fantasy purposes because you never know what Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels are going to do on a game-by-game basis. Without White, Michel had just 7 carries for 19 yards (1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and was only targeted once passing. In contrast, fellow New England RB Rex Burkhead had 10 touches (6 carries and 4 receptions), or three more than Michel. Michel now has fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points on the season than Burkhead as well (12.1 for Burkhead vs. 11.6 for Michel). Michel probably shouldn’t be in your Starting lineup too much this season.

WR: Anthony Miller (CHI) and Will Fuller (HOU) – 0.0 points

While nobody of note who played in Week 1 had the dreaded Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), we had two likely Starting WRs who pulled off the feat in Week 2. Both Anthony Miller and Will Fuller who had 20.6 and 19.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points respectively in Week 1 failed to catch a pass in Week 2, while Fuller even had a rushing attempt but for zero yards. After Top 20 WR performance in Week 1, which made both of them players who should have been in your Starting lineup, they both did nothing in Week 2 and should have been on your Practice Squad.

TE: Rob Gronkowski (TB) – 0.0 points

Many people felt that Gronk was due for a big game after being held to just 3.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 versus New Orleans. Especially since Chris Godwin was out with a concussion. However, QB Tom Brady only targeted Gronk once all game and Gronk ended up with the dreaded Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). That’s not what Dynasty Owners were expecting to get for $9 million in salary (tied for 4th highest with Kyle Rudolph, who coincidentally had the same stat line as Gronk with 1 target for zero receptions). Gronk should have been on your Bench in Week 1 and Practice Squad in Week 2.

K: Matt Prater (DET) – 1.0 points

Prater had the lowest number of Dynasty Owner fantasy points of all kickers in Week 2 with 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points as he made all 3 of his PAT attempts but missed a 57-yard FG attempt at the end of the first half. There weren’t any huge easy missed kicks this week so even those kickers who missed a PAT or long FG this week are unlikely to be cut, but Prater probably should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench or Practice Squad this week.

Dynasty Owner Matchups of the Week Recap

The Champ has been defeated again! This time it was Yorkshire Roses who improved their record to 2-0 with the 145.4-132.5 come from behind victory. Darren Waller outscored Emmanuel Sanders 28.3 to 2.8 on Monday Night Football to fuel the comeback for the Roses. Yorkshire Roses improve to 2-0 heading into a Week 3 clash against the only other team to beat New York’s Strongest, VIP Club Dub. New York’s Strongest falls to 0-2 and looks to rebound against yours truly in Week 3. Both of us will be without our first round draft pick RBs (Barkley for New York’s Strongest and McCaffrey for me). Don’t worry, it won’t be the Matchup of the Week.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

We have a new leader at the top of the Chase for the Ring leaderboard after two weeks. Congratulations are in order for The Human Fund who scored 232.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2. Combined with the 180.9 points from Week 1 which were good enough to put them in the Top 25, The Human Fund sits on top of the Leaderboard with 412.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Close behind in second place are All Might who scored 233.4 points this week.

Special shout-out to the guy who beat me for my Dynasty Owner league title last year, Tom Hamblett – Teddy MF’in Ruxpin, who sits in 7th place right now. Happy that I’m not in his league, or any of the leagues of the teams in the Top 10 this year.

Conclusions

That’s all for Week 2. No injuries occurred during the writing of this article. Let’s hope that Week 3 brings just as much exciting football and close games, but far fewer season-ending injuries.

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Five Players to Target in Your Free Agent Auction for Week 3

Author: Jay Poundsee (@JaypoundsNFL)

In Fantasy Football there always seems to be players available on waivers every week regardless of how deep your league is. The free-agent auction here on dynasty owner operates a little different than most leagues, with the best comparison I can think of being A free agent auction budget. In Dynasty Owner you will place a bid of no less than 1,000,000 Dynasty Dollars on whichever player you desire that is not on a roster. The free-agent Auction processes bids on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 5 am EST. There is no limit to how much dynasty owner currency you can acquire throughout the year as it comes down to how much you feel comfortable spending.

You can acquire dynasty dollars by winning them (The highest scorer of each league wins $2MM each week), trading for them, winning them against your opponent if you make a side bet in the sportsbook, or you can buy them where every $1 USD will get you $1,000,000 in dynasty dollars. Hopefully, this gives you a decent understanding of how the system works here on Dynasty Owner. If you need help with anything feel free to reach out via email (commish@dynastyowner.com).

Keelan Cole WR, Jaguars (1 yr. – $3,259,000)

At number one in my free-agent rankings this week I had an extremely tough time deciding who to put on top as three players stood out as season-long options with all seemingly having decent floors going forward. I ended up going with Keelan Cole in my first spot simply because he has played well through two weeks and looks to have the number 2 role locked up in Jacksonville. Cole is on a roster in just 13.4% of all Dynasty Owner leagues with a contract of 1 year $3,259,000, making him an appealing grab.

Minshew has seemed to lean on Cole this year as his number one guy with 11 catches 105 yards and 2 touchdowns over the first two weeks of the season. The Jaguars have a really bad defense and it seems they will throw the ball a ton this year. If you’re in a bad spot at receiver and need instant production…try to snag up Cole, he has a solid range of outcomes one being the Jags lead wide receiver. He has led the Jaguars in targets and touchdowns up to this point.

Dalton Schultz TE, Cowboys (2 yrs. – $728,000) and Drew Sample TE, Bengals (3 yrs – $1,376,574)

I am going to sneak in two tight-ends here as I have the two dead even going forward this season. I will start with Dalton Schultz owned in 36.1% of leagues with 2 years at $728,000 left on his current deal. This kid at 24 years old was handed the lead tight end role in Dallas on a moment’s notice and looked excellent while doing it. His first full game as a starter he totaled 9 catches for 88 yards, and he found the end-zone. If Schultz can put up points in the ballpark of these numbers weekly, he will be a great play going forward, it also helps that he is in a high-powered offense. My next player is another young tight end in Drew Sample.

Sample has 3 years left on his deal at $1,376,574 and is only owned in 15.5% of leagues. Sample didn’t quite put the yardage total up that we would like to see but the targets were there he finished with 7 catches for 45 yards and had a whopping 9 targets. Give him a little time to get into the game plan and the yards will come in an offense that just threw the ball 61 times Thursday.

Mike Davis RB, Panthers (1 yr. – $3,000,000)

Mike Davis slots in at 3 owned in just 24% of leagues he has a 1-year contract valued at $3,000,000. I would have put Davis higher, but he is likely only going to be an option for a few weeks going forward. Davis plays backup to McCaffrey in Carolina who went down with a high ankle sprain this Sunday and will likely miss 3-5 weeks according to what reports I have seen. Davis seems to be a solid option over the next few as the Panthers 3 down back totaling 8 catches for 74 yards out of the backfield that had McCaffrey most of the game. If your hurting at running back this week Davis is by far the most appealing option moving forward but beware you may need to pony up to get him with the big-time injuries, we have seen thus far.

Isaiah Ford WR, Dolphins (1 yr. – $750,000)

Isaiah Ford is owned in 30% of leagues and has a contract of 1 year $750,000. Ford will slot in at number 4 after a nice week against a really tough match-up in the Buffalo Bills. The Bills have one of if not the best cornerback groups in the NFL with Tre’Davious White leading the way. Ford was able to rack up 7 catches for 76 yards on 9 targets against the White led defense.

There was a ton of hype surrounding Ford’s teammate Preston Williams throughout the offseason, but let’s not forget he is a player that went undrafted and has only played 11 games in his career. The role we all thought Williams would have this season seems to be opening more by the week with the poor play of Williams through two weeks of this young season. Isaiah Ford stepped up big time for the dolphins Sunday and may be able to step up big for your Dynasty Owner teams throughout the season.

Jeff Driskel QB, Broncos (2 yrs. – $2,500,000)

I have a feeling the next position in my rankings will be a rarity that we may only see another time or two this season. A cheap starting quarterback on waivers is unheard of in Dynasty Owner, so be sure to act fast as he won’t be available long. Jeff Driskel is owned in 3.1% of leagues and has a contract with 2 years left at $2,500,000. Driskel played well Sunday in relief of Lock completing 18 of 24 passes for 256 yards 2 scores and a pick. Driskel almost led the Broncos to a comeback win on Sunday against a top 3 defense and looked impressive doing it. He seems as if he will be a viable fantasy starter when the Broncos have favorable matchups while Lock is out dealing with an injury.

As you can see there is still solid potential left on waivers here at Dynasty Owner. If you happen to be one of the owners facing big-time players to significant injury this is the time to spend your precious dynasty dollars and hope that these gems will hit providing your team with a little bit of comfort in the coming weeks. I also have one honorable mention that I did not have in my top 5 and would like to mention. Wayne Gallman RB, Giants is owned in 44% of leagues with a contract of $704,912 and 1 year remaining. I like Gallman over Dion Lewis but there happen to be quite a few rumors the Giants could sign a big-name free agent running back in the coming days keeping Gallman out of the top 5 this week. As always good luck on your chase for the ring!

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Week 2 Preview – Heavyweight Battle

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

This week, it’s one of the Dynasty Owner Chase for the Ring matchups we wanted to see in 2019 but didn’t. That’s right, last year’s Champ Eddie Driscoll and New York’s Strongest take on the team that stormed up the Standings in the final two weeks and had the most points in the playoff finals (Dan Clarke of Yorkshire Roses). They didn’t face each other last year because they were in different Dynasty Owner beta leagues, but now we have the opportunity in 2020 to see this heavyweight battle of two of the best Dynasty Owners from last year.

Every week of the regular season and playoffs, we’ll present a set of players at each position (QB, RB, WR, TE) who you should have as a Starter in your Dynasty Owner lineup as well as one player per position who should be on your Bench or Practice Squad. We won’t recommend a kicker to Start or Bench though and these won’t be the obvious choices for Starters, like go ahead and start Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey and Travis Kelce (as if you weren’t going to do that already if you have them). Instead, these will be guys to Start who might not be highly owned or who were drafted to be a backup. For the Bench or Practice Squad choices, we’ll find typical Starters who shouldn’t be in your Starting lineup for the week based on matchups or past performance against a team. We’ll also review my Week 1 recommendations and see how those players fared.

Finally, we will look at one Dynasty Owner game, our Match-up of the Week. For the Match-up of the Week, we will look at the overall projected score and then each team’s Starters and Bench to see how their current lineups are projected to produce. If you want your Dynasty Owner team to be featured as the Match-up of the Week in the future, just tweet me (@SteveVT33) and maybe it’ll be your matchup highlighted.

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 1 point for every 40 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.

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner ownership statistics were current as of September 17th.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

First, let’s take a look at how my Week 1 Starter recommendations fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok):

  • QB: Jimmy Garoppolo – 25.9 (Just Ok recommendation)
  • RB: Tarik Cohen – 6.7 (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: DeSean Jackson – 6.6 (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Jordan Reed – 3.2 (Bad recommendation)

A poor start to the 2020 recommendations with just one Just Ok and three Bad recommendations. The Jimmy Garoppolo recommendation almost qualified as Good since he was tied for 13th best QB in Week 1, but instead he fell 1.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points short of Cam Newton for the 12th spot. Tarik Cohen was closer to being Just Ok than either Jackson or Reed as he was the #46 RB for the week – meaning he was a very low-end Bench option. Jackson and Reed were clear Practice Squad players.

Let’s try to do better in Week 2 with these four recommendations:

Mitchell Trubisky (QB – CHI): One great quarter (89 passing yards and 3 passing TDs plus 20 rushing yards) was all it took to make Trubisky the 5th best QB in Dynasty Owner last week with 34.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Even with his Top 5 performance, most Dynasty Owners with him on their roster (owned in 94% of Dynasty Owner leagues) probably aren’t thinking about making him their Starter, are they? They should since the Giants defense gave up 29.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (229 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 9 rushing yards, 1 fumble) to Ben Roethlisberger. Mitch’s status as a Dynasty Owner Starter isn’t going to last long, so ride him while he’s playing well.

Joshua Kelley (RB – LAC): The atmosphere for the Chargers first game at SoFi Stadium is going to be better than it was for their “home” games the past three years playing in front of more opposition fans at StubHub Center. Will that suddenly make Kelley worth being in your Starting lineup? No, but it was fun to type out. What makes him worthy of being a Starter this week is his play last week (12 carries for 60 rushing yards and a rushing TD) against the Bengals combined with the Chiefs poor performance stopping David Johnson of the Texans last week (19.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn has suggested that starting RB Austin Ekeler could see his pass-catching opportunities “limited”. Not sure who would pick up those additional opportunities, but with Justin Jackson looking increasingly unlikely to play in Week 2, Kelley is most likely to pick up some extra chances to touch the ball. That makes him someone to look at for your Week 2 Starting lineup, either as a RB2 or FLEX.

Tre’Quan Smith (WR – NO): Somebody in New Orleans is going to have to replace Michael Thomas who is likely out for Week 2 and a few more weeks with a high ankle sprain. It should be Smith who gets a good portion of the nearly 12 targets that Thomas averaged per game in 2019. He’s not available in many Dynasty Owner leagues (available in just 3%, likely because of his low $855,131 salary), but with injuries to several WRs last week, many Dynasty Owners are probably looking to their Practice Squad for those backups who they drafted late, hoping for a breakthrough. Smith has a great chance to do that this week against the Las Vegas Raiders who let Carolina Panthers WRs catch 16 passes for 211 yards last week. Move Smith off your Bench or Practice Squad and get him in your Starting lineup this week.

Logan Thomas (TE – WAS): Jordan Reed didn’t work out as the TE recommendation last week against the Arizona Cardinals, but let’s try again by picking the TE facing Arizona this week. Logan Thomas, come on down! After all, the Cardinals are just one season removed from allowing nearly 20 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to the opposing team’s TE. Thomas is a guy who you can still find (along with his $3,072,500 salary) in the Free Agent Auction in 31% of Dynasty Owner leagues, down from 71% last week. As the #7 TE last week, he was picked up by a lot of Dynasty Owners and you didn’t pick him up to have him sit on your Practice Squad, did you? Put Thomas in your Starting lineup and see if he can have another TE1 performance this week.

These Guys Should Be on the Bench (or Practice Squad) This Week

Next up are the Week 1 Bench or Practice Squad recommendations. How did they fare (Good, Bad or Just Ok)?

  • QB: Aaron Rodgers – 43.4 (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: Kareem Hunt – 11.1 (Just Ok recommendation)
  • WR: Amari Cooper – 18.1 (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Evan Engram – 2.9 (Good recommendation)

Just like last year, my Bench recommendations were a little better, but the Rodgers recommendation was a huge mistake since he was Dynasty Owner Player of the Week. Kareem Hunt had only 11.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points but was the #29 ranked RB (but #81 ranked among players eligible to be in the FLEX lineup spot) so he should have been on the Bench, but just barely. Amari Cooper was a clear Starter as the 18th best WR for the week, while Evan Engram should have been on the Practice Squad with his #36 TE performance. Let’s see if we can do better with this set of players who should be sitting on the Bench or hanging out with the Practice Squad this week.

Carson Wentz (QB – PHI): The Philadelphia offensive line was truly offensive last week, allowing Wentz to get sacked eight times by the Football Team defense. This week, it’s Aaron Donald and the Rams defense who had three sacks of Dak Prescott in the Rams 20-17 victory over Dallas on Sunday night. Lane Johnson should be back this week to help shore up the offensive line, as will RB Miles Sanders who can help take pressure off Wentz with a good running game and receiver to dump off passes. Sure, the Rams defense allowed Cowboys WRs to 18 passes for 190 yards but remember WR isn’t exactly an Eagles position of strength and Prescott was just the #18 QB in Dynasty Owner in Week 1. Wentz struggles for the second week in a row and should be on your Dynasty Owner Bench again.

Melvin Gordon (RB – DEN): If Saquon Barkley only got 12.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Pittsburgh defense to finish as the #23 RB for Week 1, do you think Melvin Gordon will do better? Even with Phillip Lindsay possibly missing or being limited in Week 2 and Gordon getting more touches, it’s tough to recommend anything but sitting Gordon on the Bench despite his #16 RB rank in Week 1, ADP of 51 and $8 million salary. Dynasty Owners will have plenty of opportunities to start Gordon this season, just not this week.

Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS): Just because I’m recommending that you start Logan Thomas doesn’t mean I think all players on the Football Team are advisable Starters this week in Dynasty Owner. Unlike Thomas, I think Terry McLaurin should be a Bench option at best. First, he has had less of a connection with Dwayne Haskins than other Football Team QBs in his pro career. He’s averaging 13.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in 15 games as a pro, but only 10.45 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in games that Haskins has played the whole game. Second, he’s likely to be shadowed this week by Patrick Peterson who’s looking to be seen as one of the top shadow cornerbacks in the league again in 2020. Both of those factors lead to a Bench recommendation for McLaurin this week.

Noah Fant (TE – DEN): It worked last week so I’m going to use the TE facing the Steelers defense in this spot again in Week 2. Fant had a great Week 1 with 19.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 81 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) against the Titans on Monday night. He ranks as the 3rd best TE in Dynasty Owner after Week 1 and was drafted as a #1 TE with an ADP of 85.4 despite a salary of $3.15 million. Fant is a Bench recommendation for the same reasons as Giants TE Evan Engram was last week – the Steelers defense is really good in general and especially against TEs since they acquired Minkah Fitzpatrick from the Dolphins last year. Despite his performance last week, Bench Fant this week.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – New York’s Strongest vs. Yorkshire Roses

It’s time for our second Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week for the 2020 season. Both teams won their league in 2019, but that can’t happen in 2020 because they are in the same league!  And now in Week 2 of the 2020 season, they must play each other. Yorkshire Roses is looking to start the season 2-0 while New York’s Strongest is trying to avoid their second ever Dynasty Owner loss and an 0-2 start to the 2020 season.

Based on the exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections for each team’s current lineup, it looks like New York’s Strongest has a slight edge over Yorkshire Roses (130.5 to 124.1).

Let’s look each team’s Starters and see if New York’s Strongest earns the advantage over Yorkshire Roses from their Starting lineup:

New York’s Strongest definitely has the advantage in Starting lineups with a projected 121.5 to 110.3 lead. Pretty much all of their advantage is at RB as Saquon Barkley’s projection for 21.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points is almost twice the 11.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points projected for Devin Singletary. Everything else is pretty even.

On to the Bench where Dynasty Owners get 20% of their Bench scoring added to their overall point total. Each team has the following players on their Bench right now.

Yorkshire Roses has a significant advantage right now with the Bench scoring and is projected to outscore New York’s Strongest at almost every Bench position. However, their 23.8-point Bench points advantage (69.1 to 45.3) only cuts New York’s Strongest lead by 4.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

The projections have New York’s Strongest back in the winner’s circle this week, but nothing is official until Monday Night Football is over. Check out the Tuesday recap article to see who actually won, if either one or both teams make their 2020 season debut on the Chase for the Ring Leaderboard and most importantly, if your team was good enough to make it there as well.

Conclusion

Please read the preview article each week. Maybe your team will be featured in the Match-Up of the Week – it’s going to definitely be someone other than New York’s Strongest next week. If you want it to be your team that is featured, then just tweet me (@SteveVT33) and check out next week’s preview to see if your matchup was chosen. Remember that there will be a recap article coming out every Tuesday and a preview article posted every Friday throughout the Dynasty Owner season. We will also have articles from Chris Wolf (@ckwolf21), Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) and Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl) during the season as well. Follow all four of us plus Dynasty Owner (@Dynasty_Owner) on Twitter.

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Don’t Tilt After One Week

Author: Matt “TheJerk” Morrison

Hey y’all. TheJerk here again.  Hope you had a great weekend watching what we’ve all missed for seven months. Today I’m going to go through all 32 teams and talk about one player’s performance on each team that shouldn’t cause you to overreact.

Chiefs

This season picked up right in the same place the Chiefs left off last season…dominating good football teams. A lot of fantasy (and real football) implications came from this game, but I would argue that none was bigger than Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s (CEH) debut performance. His night began modestly with back-to-back rushes to the left side, each for three yards. On the next drive, he took a one-yard rush to the right side.  So here we are, nearly a full quarter into the game and CEH has three carries for seven yards with zero targets. 

Were CEH owners concerned?  Probably some. Was Twitter concerned? Very. Was I concerned? Minimally, and the reason is SAMPLE SIZE.

Would I have liked to see CEH rip off the first carry of his career for a 65-yard touchdown? Of course, but I think seasoned dynasty players realize (that while possible) it is not likely. Would it have been nice to see a well-organized screen (the prettiest play in football) develop to CEH? Again, of course it would, but the early game script didn’t call for it. Well as most of you reading this know, those three lackluster plays are where CEH’s lack of success ended. On his fourth carry he broke away up the middle for an 18-yard run. I’m not going to recite the entire play-by-play of his night, but he was very effective from here on out. Continuously picking up 8-12-yard chunks. In total, he ended the game with 25 carries for 138 yards with one sensational 27-yard touchdown run. (I would have liked to see at least one of his goal line carries taken in, but Houston’s defense stepped up inside the five).

So why was I so long winded in laying out that for you? I did it to show how quickly people can tilt or overreact from a small sample of plays.  I literally read comments where people were saying that CEH is a bust and anyone that drafted him in the first or second round was wrong to do that. Now I’m sure some of these people don’t really believe what they’re saying and are trying to get others riled up, but that’s my point. Don’t listen to it. Don’t listen to the tilting when you know how small a sample it that is being analyzed. In the same way, don’t listen to the single game over hype that CEH is getting. The hype where people are proclaiming, he’s already heading to the HOF. That he’s a lock to win both the Rookie of the Year and MVP. This is what I say…

He had a great game.  No doubt about it. His vision to find lanes were top level in my opinion.  His cutting and agility were also top level. In summation, he’s showing us skills that we saw him show in college.  What I am more impressed with (and it’s something that he can’t even control) is his usage.  25 carries for a rookie back in his first game on a top three offence. That is valuable.  Zero targets are disappointing for sure, but those will come. My bottom line is this…had CEH come out and put up a line of 19 carries for 65 yards and no receptions, my opinion of him wouldn’t change much. I wouldn’t be declaring him a bust or be looking to trade him.  Seasons take time to build steam especially in this zero-game preseason. Don’t tilt based on one bad performance. Don’t tilt based on one good performance. There are things that you should tilt on, and I’ll discuss those at the end. For now, let’s go through every NFL team and I’ll give you one player performance from each team that you shouldn’t cause you to overreact. 

Texans

There were two players I was anxious to watch during this Thursday night game. I’ve already spent a great amount of time talking about the first and the second is David Johnson. DJ (having been traded for DeAndre Hopkins and carrying a 13-million-dollar salary) was under the microscope Week 1. Can he prove this trade was worth it for the Texans? Can he still produce at 28 years old? Can he produce one year removed from a season in which he looked run down?

He had many questions to answer and to be honest, this one game doesn’t answer any of them.  He had a good game.  He ran hard and he looked like he did three years ago.  He finished with 11 rushes for 77 yards and one touchdown including three receptions for 32 yards.  A solid game and one to be proud of, but I wouldn’t go out and sell my future for him.  Chances are the DJ owner will be looking for a large haul following this good game, but with a 13-million-dollar price tag I wouldn’t be a buyer.  Again, I think DJ should have a fine, high floor year, but the price to acquire him, given his salary, is most likely going to be too high.

Bills

Please, please don’t freak out about Devin Singletary.  I know the box score doesn’t look great.  I know what the big concern is, and I’m a little concerned too, but roll with him for a while before you give up.  Mr. Singletary posted nine rushes for 30 yards with five receptions for 23 yards and no touchdowns. Zack Moss is the obvious elephant in the room. They both ended with disappointing, but not disastrous fantasy results. The fact is this…Buffalo is going to be using a committee for their backfield. Both Singletary and Moss are above average players and, to be honest, they should both be used. This isn’t what Singletary owners want to hear (especially when you drafted him in the late second or early third). Here is some optimism…Singletary costs less than one million. Singletary is still going to be used in the passing game. Five receptions this week is behind only Hines (8), Carson (6) and Taylor (6). So yes, I think you’ve lost value on Singletary since the draft, but the answer is not to “tilt trade” him. Hang on for a while. Don’t let one game cloud your decisions.

Jets

Sam Darnold had a poor performance on Sunday.  He salvaged his day by completing a 69-yard touchdown to Jamison Crowder. A play, by the way, that was caught behind the line of scrimmage and involved two and a half-missed tackles. At any rate, Darnold completed a disappointing 21 of 34 passes. His final stat line was 215 yards with one touchdown and one INT. Not the worst performance, but not great either. There will be brighter days ahead for Darnold. Plus, with his salary being in the bottom half of all starting QB’s, he is still a value.  Let’s just hope the current coaching regime in NY doesn’t start to cause regression for him.

Dolphins

Miami played New England close for the entire game and while Mike Gesicki had a crucial 18-yard reception during their only touchdown drive, he was otherwise mostly silent. Three receptions for 30 yards is a disappointing stat line for a player of Gesicki’s athleticism.  I am unconcerned. There are not many quality receiving options in Miami, and I believe the 24-year-old TE will become more involved, especially with the news that DeVante Parker aggravated his hamstring.

Patriots

Cam Newton had a great game. Cam did something in one game that Tom Brady didn’t do in the last two seasons combined. That is, he rushed for 75 yards. Cam threw for 155 yards with 75 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. A great fantasy performance and one that any owner is happy with.  My problem with Cam is not going to be performance. He will have a good season if he stays healthy. My issue is his value in Dynasty Owner format. Cam is getting paid almost nothing this year. If you want to own him and make a run for the championship now, I have no issue with it. (You may not find a better value at QB) Next year however, and the years to come are concerning.  If he puts up similar numbers throughout the entire season, he will get paid in 2021 and it will be north of 30 million.  In my eyes, I am not willing to sacrifice what it will take to acquire him, just to lose much of that value next year.

Example:

  • Team A Receives: Cam Newton
  • Team B Receives: Joshua Kelley, TJ Hockenson, 2021 2nd

I understand this trade is hard to consider in a vacuum without any team needs specified, but value wise, I would rather have Team B’s side. This is a reasonable trade that could very easily be offered and accepted. Bottom line: If you have Cam, congrats and sell high if possible. If you don’t have Cam, don’t sell your future for him.

Ravens

There’s no Raven’s player that I think is in danger of overreaction.  Maybe the closest player I can see would be J.K. Dobbins. Dobbins was involved but ended up having a good fantasy day because he converted two carries inside the five-yard line into touchdowns. This was notoriously Mark Ingram’s territory, so it is worth monitoring in the weeks to come.

Browns

I’m unconcerned about Nick Chubb.  He only rushed for 60 yards.  He was out touched by Hunt, and he lost a fumble.  All things considered; I chalk it up mostly to the Raven’s defense.  There will be better fantasy finishes ahead for the top three running back in terms of talent.

***Spoiler Alert***

Chubb’s QB is someone I have long term concerns for, and I’ll get to that later.

Jaguars

The Jags shocked me. It’s not necessarily that they beat the Colts. (I’ve been saying all offseason that Jacksonville will not be the worst team in the NFL) It was more about how they won. Every carry by a running back was taken by James Robinson. 16 carries for 62 yards to be exact. That stat line gave him the record for most rushing yards by an undrafted free agent in their debut game.  But this anti overreaction is not about Robinson. It’s about Chris Thompson.  Chris Thompson had zero rushes and only two receptions for 6 yards. How is that possible?  Thompson was sure to be the beneficiary of additional work after the departure of Leonard Fournette. I’ll be honest, the lack of usage is puzzling for me, but for now I’ll say that game script is the reason. The Jags did not need many passes to win this game as Gardner only attempted 20. Thompson is an above average receiving back and should be worked into the scheme more in the future especially as Jacksonville trails games throughout the season. Don’t give up on him yet.

Colts

I’m not in danger of overreacting about anyone from the Colts. Rivers is what we thought he would be…a high volume, sometimes very inaccurate gunslinger. Campbell and Hilton will go back and forth as the number one receiver on the team throughout the year. Neither of their stat lines surprised me. I would say the most surprising development for the Colts is the fact that the “one-two punch” we heard about from Frank Reich was not Mack and Taylor, but instead was Hines and Mack. That point is, however, moot with the season injuring Achilles tendon injury to Mack. Look for Taylor and Hines to shoulder the backfield.

Football Team

Don’t tilt over Antonio Gibson. Gibson put up nine rushes for 36 yards, and he added two receptions for eight yards. He is a rookie who was playing in his first game. In the same way that we shouldn’t have called CEH a bust if he had a poor performance on Thursday, we shouldn’t call Gibson a bust or move his value down at all. Give him time to develop and don’t shop him around for cheap. In fact, buy him low if his owner is panicking.

Eagles

Zach Ertz had a fine game. It wasn’t spectacular. It may not have been what you wanted, but it was serviceable.  Most importantly, it didn’t lose you the week. Just don’t look at Goedert’s box score or game film. Don’t do it…Well, if you own Ertz then you probably already know. While Ertz went for 3/18/1, Goedert went for 8/101/1. Pretty rough right? I say no. Sure; I agree that it would have been nice if Ertz would have received all of that work, but it’s not what’s happening in Philly. They have two above average tight ends and they use both of them. This just happens to be a week that was skewed in favor of Goedert. Don’t panic. Ertz had a good game and will continue to have good games. Stick with him.

Bears

Allen Robinson didn’t receive the volume he was expected to receive, or did he? Five receptions for 74 yards and no touchdowns. A solid outing. Nothing special. Robinson, however, did have nine targets. The volume was there, but the early season connection was off.  I have no concerns.

Lions

AP had a great game, but I don’t expect it to continue.  Peterson shouldn’t be dropped and deserves to be rostered in all leagues, but don’t get too attached to him.  I expect Swift to be the best running back on the team and take over lead duties eventually.  I have AP as a solid bench RB until then though.

Packers

Aaron Rodgers is owned in only one third of Dynasty Owner leagues.  That’s no surprise.  He added no offensive weapons in the offseason and his contract is 33.5 million for 4 years. (Quite a commitment). For those reasons, I don’t anticipate a big increase in ownership after Week 1.  Rodgers went 32/44 for 364 yards and four touchdowns. He will not have to pass the ball 44 times a game very often and there will no doubt be more of a focus on the ground game in the future. If you own him, congrats on being able to afford his contract and continue to start him. If you don’t own him, don’t rush to the wire to add him.

Vikings

The arguments I made against picking up Aaron Rodgers can also be applied to Kirk Cousins.  Cousins had a great game. (259/2/1) He also added an unexpected 34 yards rushing.  Both of his touchdowns came in the fourth quarter and one was in garbage time. Cousins costs 33 million for three years and is owned in zero Dynasty Owner leagues. It should stay that way.  The long-term commitment is not worth the occasional big games. Don’t be tempted.

Seahawks

Looks like we’re on a QB run here with the third in a row. Russell Wilson had a phenomenal game. This was quite possibly the best game Russell has ever played. He threw 35 times, completing 31 for 322/4/0. He had the same number of touchdowns as he did incompletions. Of those four incompletions, two were blatant drops by DK Metcalf, one was tipped as he threw and one was a poor pass. Russell made a single mistake…Amazing. Regardless, Russ is owned in 100% of leagues as he should be. The price to acquire him after Week 1 would be astronomical in terms of trade and salary commitment. For that reason, I predict Russell will be in the bottom 20% of players that are traded this year. If you own him, you don’t want to trade him. If you don’t have him, you probably don’t have enough (assets or cap space) to acquire him.

Falcons

Where do I begin here? Who do I talk about? How about Matt Ryan attempting 54 passes for 450 yards? How about the fact that three wideouts each had 12 targets, nine receptions and over 110 yards? I’m not a statistician, but I can guarantee you that has never happened in NFL history.

Nope, I’m going to talk about a tight end I was targeting in my DO drafts. Hayden Hurst. Hurst had a subpar game. Three receptions for 30 yards. The majority of the targets went to the aforementioned receivers. The usage will increase. I would tell you to stick with him, but with the scarcity at TE, you may not have any other options.

Raiders

Don’t panic on the Raider’s rookie receivers. (Edwards and Ruggs) Ruggs actually had a fine day by the box score, but he wasn’t involved much.  Edwards’ day was disappointing.  They will both get worked in slowly and will make more of an impact in the future. Store them both.

Panthers

DJ Moore will be fine.  He had a disappointing game, but those will happen. (4 for 54) Moore had a very healthy nine targets, but the in-game connection between him and Teddy was not apparent yet. Stay calm, it’s only one week.

Chargers

I think it’s clear (even from one game) that Austin Ekeler will not be the workhorse back for the Chargers. I’m not sure I expected him to be, but I am surprised by the carries and efficiency of Joshua Kelley. Kelley (12 for 60) scored the Chargers only touchdown. Most surprising is the fact that Ekeler only had one reception on one target. Game script was to blame, and it also seemed like the Chargers struggled at getting their passing game going. Ekeler will rebound.

Bengals

I’m not concerned about Joe Mixon’s poor performance on Sunday. (19 for 69 with one reception) Continue playing him with confidence.

Cardinals

Not much to overreact to here. Kyler was superb as expected. Drake had a solid game.  Hopkins is the man and the number one receiver like we knew he would be. The Cardinals beat a good team, and I look for that trend to continue.

49ers

I’m going to change the rules when it comes to the 49ers. I’m going to overreact…I missed the boat on Raheem Mostert. I respected the talent, but I wasn’t sure the efficiency and lack of volume would continue to provide high end fantasy performances. Mostert was the best-looking player for San Fran on Sunday. He was the most explosive player and received the most volume. Mostert will return value for where he was drafted this year especially given his current contract. (2.9 million) I’m second guessing my rank after one game. I would advocate attempting to trade for him if you can get away without overpaying.

Saints

It was brutal to watch, but I have zero concern about Michael Thomas this year. You should have none either.

Buccaneers

I was worried about Mike Evans coming into Sunday. I thought there was a good chance he wasn’t going to play and an even better chance he would be ineffective if he did. His hamstring strain was worth monitoring and plugging in a safer (earlier game) player would have been the smart move. Evans was also going to be opposed by Marshon Lattimore. Well, it didn’t seem like the hamstring inhibited Evans’ production. Marshon Lattimore, however, did inhibit him.  Evans was lined up against Lattimore 29 times in which he caught zero passes on two targets.  Evans did, partially, bail out Dynasty Owners with a two-yard touchdown reception. (His only reception of the game) Evans will look towards Week 2 with better and more opportunities.

Rams

Don’t fret over Cam Akers’ disappointing game. He is a rookie playing in his first game (notice the theme). Yes, he was very inefficient with 14 carries for 39 yards. Malcolm Brown looked good and will, no doubt, take the majority of the carries until he shows a drop-in production.  Hold onto Cam and start him on your bench for now.

Cowboys

Don’t put too much stock into Amari Cooper’s volume on Sunday night (14 targets for ten receptions) While I expect Cooper to be the #1 for the Cowboys year long, I don’t expect him to be the runaway #1. There are a lot of mouths to feed in Dallas and those mouths have a ton of talent. (Elliot, Cooper, Lamb, Gallup) Again, continue starting Cooper, but don’t expect ten reception nights every week.

Steelers

James Conner hurt a lot of Owners Monday night.  He hurt my All-Star League team. He hurt himself, but I believe the team when they say they don’t expect him to miss time. I’d be looking to buy on Conner if his Owner is panicking. But if you are his owner, you know better. We don’t sell low. Hang onto him and monitor his ankle in the coming weeks.

Giants

The Giants’ offensive line looked abysmal. They were getting “blown up” nearly every drop back and the rushing attempts were not any better. Saquon Barkley was held to six rushing yards on 15 carries. He also added six receptions for 60 yards which held his fantasy week (somewhat) intact. The O-line’s issues are concerning, but it’s not worth panicking over. Stand firm and start your stud.

Titans

Corey Davis had the big volume game that his Owners have been waiting for. He totaled seven receptions. This is only the second time in his career he’s had seven or more receptions and it’s something he didn’t do at all last year. Davis is owned in 74% of Dynasty Owner leagues as his yearly salary is 6.3 million. If you don’t own him, I wouldn’t be rushing out to pick him up. 

Broncos

Everything looked right on par for me as far as the Broncos go. Nearly every player received the amount of work I thought they would. I would say the most surprising outcome was Noah Fant (having five receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown). I believe the breakout is starting.  If you drafted Fant, congratulations. I think he will be well involved in the offense moving forward.  It remains to be seen how much of his volume will drop off when Cortland Sutton returns from injury. 

“So”, you’re asking yourself, “it sounds like you aren’t overreacting about any player.  Why didn’t you just write, ‘I have zero concerns about any player’”. Just because I am not overreacting, or tilting, that does not mean that I don’t have concerns. Here is a non-comprehensive list of a few players I am closely monitoring and am putting a high-risk label on…

  • Brandon Cooks (salary mixed with lack of recent production)
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick (poor play, possibility of being replaced)
  • Le’Veon Bell (usage, poor play, current injury, salary, apparent unrest with Adam Gase)
  • Mark Ingram (lack of usage, lack of usage around the goaline)
  • Baker Mayfield (inaccuracies continuing from last season, lack of connection with OBJ)

Once again, I’m not writing these players off as it was only one game.  However, most of them have lingering concerns from the previous year that hopefully won’t turn into trends. 

If you couldn’t tell after reading my 32 team write up, then I’ll tell you now. I am a patient man. 

I prefer to watch seasons develop and obtain as much information about a player or team that I can before making a regrettable, impulsive decision. I think that is a good quality to have in a fantasy owner, and even more so in a Dynasty Owner. Dynasty Owner is focused on building a team (a dynasty) for a lifetime. This single week is very minor in terms of your entire career at DO. Be patient, and don’t make a team altering decision based off of 60 minutes.  Let the season come to you and enjoy it.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you all next time. Cheers!

Week 1 Recap: In the Books

Author: Steven Van Tassel (@SteveVT33)

Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season is in the books. Some people thought that it might not happen, but it did and for many people, it was spectacular. For others, it wasn’t so good, but they should be happy that football is back after months of uncertainty. For every 1-0 Dynasty Owner who’s crowing to his or her Twitter followers, friends, and league mates, there’s a Dynasty Owner sitting there with an 0-1 record and checking out their opponent’s team for Week 2.

This is our first regular season Dynasty Owner weekly recap article for 2020. For everyone back from the beta season, you know the drill. For everyone who is new or just didn’t read these recap articles last year, here’s what happens. We’ll name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, highlight a player at every position who should have been one of your Starters and one who should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad. We’ll also look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. Finally, we debut a new feature with a weekly look at the Chase for the Ring standings.

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 1 point for every 40 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. For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner ownership statistics were current as of September 14th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2020 is: Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers had himself quite a game on the road against a division foe in the Minnesota Vikings. Hopefully, you didn’t pay attention to any so-called analysts who suggested that you Bench Rodgers this week based on his 2019 performances against Minnesota. Last year, he was not very good in two starts against the Vikings (19.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2 and 9.5 points in Week 16), but this year was a different story. Rodgers accumulated a Dynasty Owner leading 43.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (364 passing yards, 4 passing TDs plus 2 rushing yards). All of that adds up to the second Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor of his career.

Week 1 Points: 43.4

2020 Salary: $33,500,000

Cost per Point: $771,889

Congratulations Aaron on being the first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for the 2020 season!

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. The first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for 2020 is: Nyheim Hines

All off-season, the talk about the Indianapolis backfield centered on when Jonathan Taylor would overtake Marlon Mack as the lead RB. However, on the first drive of the season, Nyheim Hines was in the backfield on first and 10 from the Jacksonville 12 yard line and took the ball into the end zone for a TD. Hines ended up catching an 8 yard pass from Philip Rivers in the second quarter for another TD. Marlon Mack got hurt and Hines ended up as the leading rusher for the Colts with 28 yards on 7 carries. Overall, Hines had quite the day with 27.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (28 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 8 receptions, 45 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 24 return yards). That performance combined with his $796,137 salary was a good enough combination to make Hines the Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week.

Week 1 Points: 27.9

2020 Salary: $796,137

Cost per Point: $28,535

Congratulations Nyheim on winning the first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor for the 2020 season!

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been in one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 1. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Lamar Jackson, Christian McCaffrey, Michael Thomas or Travis Kelce because each one of them was the #1 player in Dynasty Owner at their respective position in 2019 and should always be a Starter. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 1 when they should have been.

QB: Mitchell Trubisky (CHI) – 34.7 points

Even though he is rostered in a remarkably high 94% of Dynasty Owner leagues, I’ll venture to say that he wasn’t in the Starting lineup for a lot of those Dynasty Owners. And after three quarters, this seemed like the smart decision as Trubisky had just 153 passing yards and zero TDs. However, he threw for 89 yards and 3 TDs in the fourth quarter to lead the Bears to a 27-23 comeback victory over the Detroit Lions. All combined Trubisky had 34.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (242 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 26 rushing yards, 1 fumble). Out of those 34.7 points, 25.45 of them came in the fourth quarter, including the 3 point clutch scoring bonus that he got for the 27 yard TD pass to Anthony Miller with 1:54 left in the game.

RB: Malcolm Brown (LAR) – 26.0 points

With Coach Sean McVay talking about a three-back rotation as late as last Tuesday, Dynasty Owners with Malcolm Brown on their roster can be forgiven for not having him in their lineup as a Starter for Week 1. How were they to know that Brown would finish the Sunday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys with 26.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (79 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 3 receptions, 31 receiving yards)? Brown was a Top 5 RB this week and finished with more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than consensus first round draft picks like Alvin Kamara and Clyde Edwards-Helaire, both of whom had excellent games as well. Brown is 40% of the way to his 2019 Dynasty Owner fantasy points total of 65.1. Beware of reading too much into this performance, since Brown had 17.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in last year’s season opener, then just 47.8 points for the rest of the season.

WR: Robby Anderson (CAR) – 25.5 points

For this week, Anderson was the Carolina WR to own as he turned eight targets into 25.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 115 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD and 1 2-pt conversion). He had the same number of targets as Curtis Samuel and only one fewer than DJ Moore, but turned his targets into more receptions than either Samuel (5) or Moore (4). Most of his points came on a single play, the 75-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter, but that’s ok with the 53% of Dynasty Owners who have Anderson on their roster. With an ADP of 227.4, he was a late round, depth WR pick-up for most of his Dynasty Owners, most of whom probably kept him riding the Bench or even worse, sitting on the Practice Squad and not earning any points for his great performance.

TE: David Njoku (CLE) – 14.0 points

Even though he’s rostered in 92% of Dynasty Owner leagues, it’s doubtful that too many of those Dynasty Owners had faith that Njoku would outscore the likes of George Kittle, Darren Waller and Hunter Henry this week. Njoku also had one more target than his teammate Austin Hooper (3 targets vs. 2 for Hooper). Njoku had 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 50 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) before spraining his MCL and having to go on Injured Reserve for at least three games.

Honorable mention to Logan Thomas of the Washington Football Team. Despite being named the starting TE for Washington, only 29% of Dynasty Owners took a chance on Thomas and his $3,072,500 salary for 2020. Thomas ended up as a TE1 for Week 1 with 13.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 37 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). He could be a top Free Agent Auction pickup on Wednesday with those stats if Dynasty Owners have more than $3 million in salary cap room or plans to release some underperforming injured player after Week 1.

K: Mason Crosby (GB) – 11.0 points Due to his $4.3 million annual salary and the fact that he only achieved double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points twice in 2019, Crosby is only owned in a remarkably low 21% of Dynasty Owner leagues. Dynasty Owners missed out on a chance for 11.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Crosby who kicked 5 PATs and made FGs of 31 and 43 yards in the Packers 43-34 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. He may get picked up in a few leagues by Dynasty Owners who have some salary cap room and had Austin Seibert on their roster since Seibert was released by Cleveland on Monday.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been one of your Starters but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Starters, but were better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in Week 1.

QB: Carson Wentz (PHI) – 15.7 points

For the most part, the top QBs had pretty good weeks. The guys who did the worst are highly owned, but likely not in many Dynasty Owner Starting lineup, such as Ryan Fitzpatrick (3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) or Tyrod Taylor (11.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), or low ownership players like Jared Goff (16% ownership; 12.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Therefore, Carson Wentz gets the nod here based on his 15.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (270 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 2 rushing yards, 2 INT, 2 fumbles – 1 lost). Many of the Dynasty Owners with Wentz on their roster (79% ownership) may have started him against the Football Team and that decision didn’t pay off.

RB: Joe Mixon (CIN) – 5.1 points

That’s a bad week for the late first round, early second round draft pick (15.6 ADP). Mixon had plenty of touches (20), but not a lot of production with just 5.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (69 rushing yards, 1 reception, 2 receiving yards, 1 fumble lost).

Dishonorable Mention to Le’Veon Bell. Usually I try to exclude guys who get injured from this list, but Bell wasn’t doing much of anything for his Dynasty Owners before he got hurt in Week 1. He had only 6.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (14 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 32 receiving yards). Bell’s Dynasty Owners might be missing him for a couple of weeks due to a hamstring injury, and a few might even look to use their Amnesty Provision to get out from under his hefty contract ($13.125 million for three more years).

WR: Mecole Hardman (KC) – 2.1 points

Nobody of note who played in Week 1 had the dreaded Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), but Mecole Hardman came pretty close on Thursday night with only 2.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception, 6 receiving yards, 20 return yards). That’s not good for a guy who was likely drafted in the first ten rounds (ADP 114.4) of your draft. Don’t be surprised by this performance, he had five games in 2019 with fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points, including a couple in which he only got any points because of his role in the return game.

TE: Evan Engram (NYG) – 2.9 points

Only 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 9 receiving yards) is definitely a disappointment from Engram. Engram is definitely a top second tier Dynasty Owner TE behind Travis Kelce, George Kittle and Mark Andrews, but he didn’t perform like one. It was for lack of trying to get him the ball by QB Daniel Jones who targeted Engram seven times in the Giants 26-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. All combined Giants TEs had just 8.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 39 receiving yards) – a sign that starting your TE against the Pittsburgh defense might be a bad idea this year.

K: Greg Zuerlein (DAL) – 2.0 points

This dishonor goes to Greg the Leg even though other kickers had fewer points and more misses (sorry to call you out Austin Seibert, but you did miss both of your kicks for Cleveland on Sunday and your job on Monday, and Stephen Gostkowski who finished with -1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points after missing 3 FGs on Monday night). However, neither of those guys were the fourth kicker being drafted, on average, in Dynasty Owner. Zuerlein was and scored just 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points as he made both PAT attempts and a 33 yard FG, but missed a 53 yard FG attempt.

Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week Recap

The Champ has been defeated! Anthony Huether and his VIP Club Dub team becomes the first Dynasty Owner to defeat Eddie Driscoll and New York’s Strongest.  VIP Club Dub jumped out to an early 84.7-15.6 lead on Thursday night behind Patrick Mahomes, David Johnson, Will Fuller and Travis Kelce and never looked back. Congratulations to Anthony for this historic victory and to Eddie on winning the Ring last year – you’re still the gold standard in Dynasty Owner and nobody can take that away from you.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

Here it is – the first weekly 2020 Chase for the Ring leaderboard.  We have a clear leader at the top, the only team to score more than 200 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 with 235.3 points. Congratulations to The Swamp Donkeys!

Not surprisingly, VIP Club Dub had both the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week in Aaron Rodgers and his teammate Davante Adams, who had 41.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points himself this week. They also had Calvin Ridley (33.9 points), Christian McCaffrey (28.4 points), Chris Carson (24.6 points), Mark Andrews (22.8 points) and Robert Woods (17.9 points) in their Starting lineup. However, the Swamp Donkeys did not get the 3 point Coaches bonus as they left Raheem Mostert and his 25.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on their Bench.

Conclusions

That’s all for Week 1. It’s on to Week 2 or as Bill Belichick would say “On to Cincinnati.”

Please read the recap every Tuesday and the preview articles which come out on Friday throughout the Dynasty Owner season. We will also have articles from Chris Wolf (@ckwolf21), Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) and Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl) during the season as well. Follow all four of us plus Dynasty Owner (@Dynasty_Owner) on Twitter.

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NFL Week 1 Preview – Here We Go!

Author: Steven Van Tassel (@SteveVT33)

Football is back! Things were looking bleak a few months ago when all sports were shut down, but the NBA, NHL and MLB are all playing right now and here comes the NFL! There will be fewer fans in the stands (if any at all in certain places), but football will be on your TV starting with Thursday Night Football between the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans. And Dynasty Owner is back for its second season, the first one with 12-team leagues, but still with real NFL salaries and a hard $110 million salary cap. To all of the returning Dynasty Owners, welcome back and thanks for playing again and reading this preview. For the new Dynasty Owners, thanks for joining us and let’s go over how we do this weekly preview article.

Every week of the regular season and playoffs, we’ll present a set of players at each position (QB, RB, WR, TE) who you should have as a Starter in your Dynasty Owner lineup as well as one player per position who should be on your Bench or Practice Squad. We won’t recommend a kicker to Start or Bench though (you’re welcome to all of the people who hate kickers in fantasy football, particularly Kyle Webster). These won’t be the obvious choices for Starters, like go ahead and start Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Michael Thomas and Travis Kelce (as if you weren’t going to do that already if you have them), but guys who might not be highly owned or who were drafted to be a backup. For the Bench or Practice Squad choices, we’ll find typical Starters who shouldn’t be in your Starting lineup for the week based on matchups or past performance against a team. It’ll be a little bit harder without pre-season games to review, but we need to proceed without the benefit of that information.

Finally, we will look at one Dynasty Owner game, our Match-up of the Week. For the Match-up of the Week, we will look at the overall projected score and then each team’s Starters and Bench to see how their current lineups are projected to produce. For the first week of the season, we have a special Match-Up of the Week planned.

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 1 point for every 40 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.

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner ownership statistics were current as of September 9th.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

Usually, we look to see how my recommendations from the previous week worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok), but seeing as this is Week 1, we don’t have a previous week to review. Instead, let’s take a look at how my 2019 season predictions at each position so everyone can judge whether or not to pay attention to these recommendations. There were no Week 1 or Week 17 predictions, so we just have 15 weeks of predictions.

  • QB: Good – 5 weeks (33%); Bad – 7 weeks (47%); Just Ok – 3 weeks (20%)
  • RB: Good – 7 weeks (47%); Bad – 6 weeks (40%); Just Ok – 2 weeks (13%)
  • WR: Good – 7 weeks (47%); Bad – 6 weeks (40%); Just Ok – 2 weeks (13%)
  • TE: Good – 5 weeks (33%); Bad – 7 weeks (47%); Just Ok – 3 weeks (20%)
  • All: Good – 24 weeks (40%); Bad – 26 weeks (43%); Just Ok – 10 weeks (17%)

Overall, an average performance in 2019 with two more Bad recommendations than Good ones. In addition to the overall stats, let the record show that there were two weeks with four Good recommendations (Week 3 with Jacoby Brissett, Frank Gore, Nelson Agholor and Greg Olsen and Week 13 with Mitchell Trubisky, Derrius Guice, Cole Beasley and Jack Doyle). Let’s get off to a good start in 2020 with four good recommendations of players who should be Starters this week.

Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF): In both games last year against Arizona, Jimmy G had over 40.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In Week 9, he had 41.1 points and in Week 11, it was 46.9 points. It’s true that several 49ers WRs are banged up right now, but he had his best week of the 2019 season at home against Arizona in Week 11 with his #1 receiving option in George Kittle out injured. Please look at the numbers and don’t discount this recommendation based on my past presidency in the Jimmy Garoppolo Fan Club.

Tarik Cohen (RB – CHI): David Montgomery’s status for the season opening game versus Detroit is unknown, but he did suffer a groin injury back on August 26th and was expected to miss 2-4 weeks. If he is out or plays a limited number of snaps, that means more Tarik Cohen for the Bears. Cohen did well in two games against the Lions in 2019 (21.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points combined) with one receiving TD. However, Montgomery also caught a receiving TD in one of the games against the Lions last year and they allowed eight receiving TDs to RBs in total all season (tied with Houston for the most in the NFL in 2019). Cohen could even pick up more rushing attempts this week with Montgomery’s injury. Cohen is a definite starter this week in either one of your RB spots or at the FLEX position.

DeSean Jackson (WR – PHI): With Alshon Jeffery and first round draft pick Jalen Reagor likely out for the Eagles Week 1 game against the Redskins, DeSean Jackson becomes the top WR in Philadelphia. And boy did Jackson love playing Week 1 versus his old football team last year. He had 35.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 (8 receptions, 154 yards, 2 receiving TDs) against them and could be in line for similar production in the 2020 season opener. He is only owned in 36% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but if you took a chance on Jackson and his $9.3 million salary, this is the week to put him in your Starting lineup and see if he’s still worth it.

Jordan Reed (TE – SF): After 65 games over six seasons in Washington before missing the entire 2019 season with concussion issues, Jordan Reed is now George Kittle’s backup in San Francisco. Reed will be reunited with Coach Kyle Shanahan who was his offensive coordinator in his rookie season in Washington, one in which he had 45 receptions for 499 yards and 3 TDs in just 9 games. Still, he’s a backup and only owned in 17% of Dynasty Owner leagues, why should Dynasty Owners go out and pick Reed up off the Free Agent Auction and insert him into their Starting Lineup or Bench? Answer: It’s all about the matchup against the Arizona Cardinals who had the worst defense in the NFL in 2019 against TEs. They allowed an average of 19.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to TEs last season. In Week 11, Kittle was out for the 49ers and Ross Dwelley scored 17.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 14 yards, 2 TDs) against the Cardinals. Plus the 49ers receiving corps are banged up and Kittle has been promoting the idea of using all four 49ers TEs at once (https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/49ers/george-kittle-wants-49ers-run-four-tight-end-sets-jordan-reed). Even if they just run a lot of two TE sets, Reed will be on the field a lot in Week 1. Obviously, you start Kittle this week, but feel comfortable putting Reed in your lineup as well.

These Guys Should Be on the Bench (or Practice Squad) This Week

Now it’s time to look at how my Bench recommendations from the previous week worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok), but again seeing as this is Week 1, we have to take a look at how my 2019 season predictions fared at each position. Everyone can judge whether or not to pay attention to these 2020 Bench recommendations based on my 2019 performance. There were no Week 1 or Week 17 predictions, so we just have 15 weeks of predictions.

  • QB: Good – 6 weeks (40%); Bad – 4 weeks (27%); Just Ok – 5 weeks (33%)
  • RB: Good – 5 weeks (33%); Bad – 6 weeks (40%); Just Ok – 4 weeks (27%)
  • WR: Good – 5 weeks (33%); Bad – 5 weeks (33%); Just Ok – 5 weeks (33%)
  • TE: Good – 9 weeks (60%); Bad – 4 weeks (27%); Just Ok – 2 weeks (13%)
  • All: Good – 25 weeks (42%); Bad – 19 weeks (32%); Just Ok – 16 weeks (27%)

My Bench predictions were a little better than my Starter predictions. Bench predictions for TEs were where I shined the most with 60% Good recommendations. Like my Starter recommendations, I also had two weeks with four Good Bench recommendations in 2019 (Week 7 with Kyler Murray, Kerryon Johnson, Terry McLaurin and Jared Cook and Week 12 with Aaron Rodgers, Josh Jacobs, Amari Cooper and Gerald Everett). Let’s see if we can get off to a good start in 2020 with four good recommendations of players who should be sitting on the Bench or hanging out with the Practice Squad this week.

Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB): Rodgers doesn’t really like playing at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. He’s played four games there since the stadium opened in 2016. In 2017, he broke his collarbone and the other three games haven’t been a whole lot better than that. He has averaged 14.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the three games he played at the stadium (not including 2017) with no more than 216 yards passing in a single game. He’s also had 1 TD pass twice and zero TD passes once. He did rush for a TD in 2016 when he scored 17.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In 2018, it was 15.9 points and by last year, he was down to 9.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He is only rostered in 34% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but to those owners with him on their team, leave him on the Bench or Practice Squad this week.

Kareem Hunt (RB – CLE): With an ADP of 60.2, Dynasty Owners drafted Hunt to either start in one of their RB slots or at least in the FLEX position. Hunt only played in eight games and in only two of them did he score less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Week 16 against the Ravens was one of them. Hunt got most of his Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the receiving game last year (71.5 of out 99.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). The Ravens were one of the best teams in the NFL last year at stopping RBs from catching the football, allowing only 60 receptions for 454 yards and 1 receiving TD by a RB. Even though it’s a new coach and offensive coordinator in Cleveland, the Ravens defense should be tough again this year, so leave Hunt on your Bench this week on the road against Baltimore.

Amari Cooper (WR – DAL): The Cowboys face the Rams on the road in their first game of the 2020 season with Cooper having missed four straight practices before practicing in full on Wednesday. That’s a series of bad things for Amari Cooper’s Dynasty Owners. As I’ve noted before, Cooper has been a Bench option playing on the road in his career as a Cowboy – averaging only 9.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in eight road games in 2019 and 8.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per road game in four road games for the Cowboys in 2018. He’s also playing against a top cornerback in Jalen Ramsey and back in Week 12 of the 2019 when he played against another top CB on the road (Stephen Gilmore of the Patriots), he was on the Bench These Guys list and got a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Ramsey also held him to 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 19 yards) in Week 15 last year. All of that means Cooper should be on your Dynasty Owner Bench (or Practice Squad if you’re stacked at WR) to start the 2020 season.

Evan Engram (TE – NYG): As the sixth TE off the board on average in Dynasty Owner drafts (ADP 84.3), you didn’t draft Engram to have him on your Bench. However, he’s also not going to be playing the Pittsburgh Steelers defense every week like he is in Week 1. Last year, the Steelers defense was tied for 24th place in receptions allowed to TEs and 29th in yards allowed. They did allow 8 receiving TDs to TEs, but two of them came in Week 2 against Seattle before they acquired safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. In general, it’s probably a good idea to sit players going up against the Steelers defense, so get Engram out of your Starting lineup and on your Bench.

Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week – New York’s Strongest vs. VIP Club Dub

It’s time for our first Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week for the 2020 season. While all of the Week 1 Match-ups are compelling and worthy of previewing, there’s really only one team that has to be mentioned here and that’s 2019 Chase for the Ring winner Eddie Driscoll and New York’s Strongest. He’s still the only undefeated player in Dynasty Owner history (if you didn’t play in 2019, you don’t qualify for that honor) and while Eddie has more than one team, he helped put together a league of beta users from 2019 to see if he could knock off the “best of the best” in Dynasty Owner. Will Eddie continue his winning streak, or will Anthony Heuther and his VIP Club Dub squad be the first Dynasty Owner team to defeat New York’s Strongest? At first glance, based on the exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections for each team’s current lineup, we see that VIP Club Dub is favored to win by 15.1 points (143.8 to 128.7).

So how is VIP Club Dub predicted to take down the Champ so decisively?  Let’s look each team’s Starters:

New York’s Strongest has the advantage at RB with Barkley and Gordon over Ingram and David Johnson, but VIP Club Dub overwhelms Eddie at TE by having Travis Kelce over T.J. Hockenson. That advantage gives VIP Club Dub an overall 8.9 point lead from his Starters.

On to the Bench where, as a reminder for new players, Dynasty Owners get 20% of their Bench scoring added to their overall point total. Each team has the following players on their Bench right now.

VIP Club Dub has a significant advantage right now with the Bench scoring and is projected to outscore New York’s Strongest at every position. The 31.5 point margin equals an extra 6.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for VIP Club Dub.

The projections have VIP Club Dub as the winner of this week’s Match-up of the Week, but nothing is official until Monday Night Football is over. Check out the Tuesday recap article to see who actually won and if your team was good enough to make it on to the first Chase for the Ring Leaderboard of 2020.

Conclusion

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