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.
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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