Week 8 Preview – Halfway Point

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

We are halfway through the 2020 Dynasty Owner season! During the summer, nobody was sure if we’d get this far, but while COVID-19 rages on and players are still testing positive for it, the NFL has kept chugging along (with some tweaks and changes). Dynasty Owner runs through the first 16 weeks of the NFL season (13 regular season games and 3 weeks of playoffs), so this week is the halfway point for everyone who’s making it to the Championship Game in their League. Of course, you are! Am I right?

Congratulations if you are in that position, but if you’re not, there’s still time for your team to heal up from its injury woes and make a second half push for the playoffs. If that’s not likely to happen, then it’s a dynasty that you’re building, so explore trades to acquire players who will be the key to your team’s future. Young players with cheap contracts or draft picks can be acquired from Dynasty Owners looking for victories in the second half of the 2020 season.

To help you in your quest to win the first week of the second half of the 2020 Dynasty Owner season, there will be a set of players presented 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 Russell Wilson and Alvin Kamara (both are the #1 players at their position, so they are in your Starting lineup). Instead, these will be guys to Start who might be ranked outside the top players at their position, 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 7 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).

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 October 30th.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

First, let’s take a look at how my Week 7 Starter recommendations fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok):

  • QB: Joe Burrow – 46.7 (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Justin Jackson – 10.5 (Just Ok recommendation)
  • WR: Tim Patrick – 7.4 (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Darrell Daniels – 0.0 (Bad recommendation)

It’s been three consecutive weeks with two Bad recommendations, one Just Ok recommendation and one Good recommendation. The QB recommendation of Joe Burrow was very good as he finished as the #3 QB in Dynasty Owner for Week 7. Justin Jackson was Just Ok with 10.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which made him a very low end RB2 or FLEX starter. The Bad recommendations were at WR where Tim Patrick only got 7.4 points and TE where Darrell Daniels had a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). It’s been five consecutive weeks of at least one Good and one Just Ok recommendation, but only once have there been two of each. Let’s see who’s recommended as Starters in Week 8.

Baker Mayfield (QB – CLE): Mayfield had his best week of the 2020 season by far last week against the Bengals. He threw 5 TDs passes and scored 44.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (297 passing yards, 5 passing TDs, -1 rushing yards, 1 INT). That was more than double the points from his best previous week (21.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Cowboys in Week 4).  He did all of this without any production from Odell Beckham Jr. who was injured in the first quarter and is out for the rest of the season. Even with his great performance last week and having played in all seven games this season with no bye yet, Mayfield is still the #21 QB in Dynasty Owner. This week, the Browns play against a Raiders defense that has allowed 39.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to QBs over the past three games and 29.4 points per game for the entire season. Baker and the Browns appear to be on a roll so get Baker into your Starting lineup.

Jamycal Hasty (RB – SF): Injuries have not been kind to the San Francisco 49ers in general and to their RBs in particular. Right now, their leading rusher on the season, Raheem Mostert, is on the Injured Reserve (IR) list, their second leading rusher Jerick McKinnon is dealing with a rib injury and their third leading rusher and last week’s Value Player of the Week Jeffery Wilson is expected to be placed on IR soon after suffering a high-ankle sprain injury last week. We didn’t even mention Tevin Coleman who has been on IR since Week 3. Three different RBs have led the 49ers in fantasy points in a single game this season and if you add up 49ers RB with the most points per game, they would be the #2 RB in Dynasty Owner this season with 146.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind only Alvin Kamara (171.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Put Hasty in your Starting lineup so you get all of the points when he makes it four different RBs to lea the 49ers in Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week.

Marquez Callaway (WR – NO): It’s a big week in Dynasty Owner for Callaway. First, he appears as the #2 target in Jay Poundsee’s Free Agent Auction Targets column (https://dynastyowner.com/2020/10/week-8-free-agent-auction-targets/) and now, he’s being recommended as a Starter in your Dynasty Owner lineup for Week 8. His ownership has jumped from 12% on Tuesday to 38% now, but that means he’s still available in a majority of Dynasty Owner leagues. Last week with both Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders out, Callaway was Drew Brees’ top target. He was targeted ten times and had 15.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions, 75 receiving yards). Sanders is definitely out but Thomas could play. Even as the WR2 for the Saints, feel comfortable getting Callaway in your Starting lineup if you own him or plan to pick him up in the Free Agent Auction.

Ryan Izzo (TE – NE): The defenses who do the worst job defending TEs this season so far have been the Falcons, Bengals, Saints, Jaguars and Bills. The Falcons are playing on Thursday, so we can’t use any Carolina TEs. The Jaguars are on bye, so they are out. The Bengals play the Titans and Jonnu Smith the #5 ranked TE in Dynasty Owner, while the Saints play the Bears and Jimmy Graham who is #6. The only team left in the top five worst defenses against TEs are the Bills who are playing the New England Patriots. The Patriots aren’t known for featuring the TE since the departure of Rob Gronkowski, but with Julian Edelman out, Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels will be looking for other receivers to step up. Even with bad weather anticipated, the Patriots are going to throw the ball and Ryan Izzo, who is only owned in 3% of Dynasty Owner leagues, could be a good target for Cam Newton. It’s another dart throw pick here and while Darrell Daniels didn’t work out last week, Izzo will be good enough this week to be a Starter.

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

Next up is reviewing the Week 7 Bench or Practice Squad recommendations to see how those did.

  • QB: Ryan Tannehill – 23.5 (Good recommendation)
  • RB: James Robinson – 33.7 (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: CeeDee Lamb – 0.1 (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Hayden Hurst – 12.8 (Bad recommendation)

A split decision with two Good and two Bad recommendations. On the Good side, CeeDee Lamb had no receptions and just one rushing attempt for one yard. It didn’t help that Dallas starting QB Andy Dalton got a concussion and rookie seventh round draft pick Ben DiNucci finished up, but regardless, Lamb almost put up a Blutarsky. Tannehill’s 23.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points doesn’t look totally bad on the surface, but there were a lot of QBs (15 to be exact) with more points and several teams scored 40.0+ points. His 23.5 points this week didn’t cut it so that was a Good recommendation. Hayden Hurst was a top 10 TE with 12.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and James Robinson had himself a great game with 33.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, second only to Jeffery Wilson. Both of those recommendations were Bad. On the positive side, it’s the second time with two Good recommendations. However, it’s halfway through the season and I’m still looking for my first Good RB Bench recommendation. Let’s see if it happens in Week 8.

Josh Allen (QB – BUF): A good friend of mine and fellow huge Patriots fan is guaranteeing a New England victory this week. If that’s going to happen, the Patriots defense is going to have to hold Josh Allen to the 19.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points he’s been averaging the past three weeks rather than the 40.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points he averaged in the first four. Overall, Allen is the #4 ranked QB in Dynasty Owner, but he hasn’t been a quality Starter in three weeks. Allen has turned the ball over four times (3 INTs and 1 fumble) in those past three games. The Patriots create turnovers as they are tied for third in the NFL with 12 takeaways (8 INTs and 4 fumbles). And the weather is supposed to be terrible in Buffalo on Sunday with rain and 20 MPH winds probably limiting how effective passing will be for both teams. This might be a Patriots-biased recommendation with some weather and stats to back it up, but I’m making it anyways. Bench Allen this week.

Melvin Gordon (RB – DEN): Gordon is the #26 RB in Dynasty Owner, but with bye weeks and injuries, he’s likely finding a Starting spot either as a RB2 or FLEX for most Dynasty Owners this week. Even if Phillip Lindsay is out, Gordon isn’t recommended because he scores 75% of his Dynasty Owner fantasy points running the ball, while the Chargers give up only 8.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game on running plays. They have only allowed one rushing TD this season to a RB, tied for the fewest in the league. Gordon might be looking to show the Chargers that they shouldn’t have let him go via free agency, but that’s not enough to keep him in your Starting lineup this week.

Justin Jefferson (WR – MIN): The Vikings rookie is the #16 ranked WR in Dynasty Owner but that is largely built on two games. He had 30.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3 versus Tennessee and 39.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 6 versus Atlanta. In the other four games this season, he has 31.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points combined. The Green Bay defense is allowing only 149 yards per game receiving to WRs so far, which ranks 23rd in the NFL. They also held Jefferson to just 4.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 26 receiving yards) in the season opener. Not only is this a tough matchup for Jefferson, it’s also tough for Vikings QB Kirk Cousins who has thrown only 4 TDs in 3 games versus the Packers since 2019 and averages just 204 passing yards per game. With Cousins having troubles against the Packers and Jefferson relying on two big games to fuel his Starting WR status, it’s best to not bet on Jefferson to have a big game and leave him on the Bench.

T.J. Hockenson (TE – DET): Hockenson has scored 4 TDs so far this season in just 6 games, including the game-winning TD in the Lions 23-22 last second victory over the Falcons last week. That score earned him the clutch scoring bonus which helped to make him the #4 TE in Dynasty Owner right now. In contrast to the Atlanta defense, which is the worst against TEs, the Colts are this week’s opponent for the Lions, and they are the best. The Colts are giving up an average of only 5.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to TEs and only once (Austin Hooper with 10.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 6) have they given up double digits. Playing the Colts defense is enough to warrant leaving Hockenson on your Dynasty Owner Bench this week.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Russell Wilson’s War vs. Barley Boyz

It’s time for our eighth Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week for the 2020 season. This week, we feature a team in the Top 10 in the Chase for the Ring who is not in first place in their League. Russell Wilson’s War is that team as they are #10 in the Chase with 1,110.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but with just a 5-2 record halfway through the regular season. Their opponent are the Barley Boyz who sport a 6-1 record but are not in the Top 25 of the Chase standings. Overall, we can see that the game is expected to be very close.

Based on the exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections for each team’s current lineup, the margin of victory for Russell Wilson’s War is less than 1 point (148.7 to 147.8). Which team has the Starting lineup advantage in this matchup?

A virtual tie from the Starting lineups! Russell Wilson’s War has a mere 0.1 point advantage. With the exception of Travis Fulgham and the kickers, there are mostly high draft picks in the Starting lineup for both teams. No wonder they have a combined 11-3 record. The projections give Russell Wilson’s War an advantage at QB (Josh Allen over The G.O.A.T. Tom Brady) that is offset by the Barley Boyz advantage at TE (George Kittle over Darren Waller). The Bench scoring should be close as well, let’s take a look.

Russell Wilson’s War has an advantage of 56.8 to 53.2 in Bench scoring despite having Jarrett Stidham as his backup QB and Gerald Everett projected to score zero points. Probably because Tyler Lockett and his projected 20.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points are on the Bench. For the Barley Boyz, hopefully they have a third kicker or can pick one up since Sam Sloman of the Rams was released earlier in the week and will not score any points. Since this matchup is projected to be so close, it could come down to Bench scoring from a QB or kicker.

Conclusion

At the halfway point of the season, it’s nice to have a matchup of teams looking for their League championship and competing for the Ring. Hopefully you are in the hunt for both as well. If not, there’s still half of the season for your team to get healthy, on a roll with a few victories and into the playoffs. At that point, anything can happen. Or maybe you are looking forward to 2021 and looking to trade some veteran players to another Dynasty Owner for younger players with cheaper salaries or future draft picks. Even though the season is half over, you’re looking to build a dynasty so keep working.

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Updated Rankings: Preview

Author: Matt “The Jerk” Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Hey all.  The NFL has thankfully completed another week which means we are that much closer to the Dynasty Owner playoffs.  Not only are we one step closer to the championship, but we also may start looking towards the offseason.  During the offseason, there are still many ways to remain active on Dynasty Owner including completing trades, making free-agent acquisitions, preparing for your rookie draft, and tracking new or updated contracts.  We all know that in redraft leagues there is essentially nothing to do during the offseason.  Keeper and regular dynasty leagues certainly require more offseason attention than redraft, but neither of those compares to Dynasty Owner offseason.  The biggest stressor most teams will face in the offseason will be the realization that you may not be able to keep all your current players due to contract changes.  Suffice it to say, it’s never too early to start preparing for next year even if you are in the “hunt” this year.  For this reason, today I will be giving a sneak peek of my updated Dynasty Owner ranks.

To be honest with you, I think these rankings can be beneficial for this current season as well.  Hopefully, they help you determine value on players that may have progressed or regressed through the first seven weeks.  Full rankings will be released in the coming weeks, but I wanted to share some of my initial thoughts after updating.  I’ll be listing off the Top 10 at each position as well as giving the “Biggest Movers” in each position.

Quarterbacks

(Overall Rank) [Preseason Overall Rank] Player’s Name {Current Salary}

  1. (1) [1] Lamar Jackson {$2,367,912}
  2. (2) [5] Kyler Murray {$8,789,661}
  3. (10) [30] Josh Allen {$5,295,760}
  4. (37) [12] Patrick Mahomes {$4,106,447}
  5. (39) [76] Russell Wilson {$35,000,000}
  6. (40) [96] Justin Herbert {$6,644,688}
  7. (42) [48] Joe Burrow {$9,047,534}
  8. (57) [59] Drew Lock {$1,752,704}
  9. (58) [72] Gardner Minshew {$677,721}
  10. (67) [44] Daniel Jones {$6,416,014}

Biggest Movers

Stock Up: (214) [356] Derek Carr {$25,000,000}
Stock Down: (290) [98] Dwayne Haskins {$3,604,153}

Lamar Jackson remains my number one player overall.  Yes, I know, he has had a disappointing season so far.  However, his contract is as favorable as you can get especially at the quarterback position.  He still has a massive upside each week with a high floor due to his rushing yards.  He is currently the QB 16 on the year.  I still anticipate a Top 10 finish when the season is over.  I stand by my preseason assertion that Mr. Jackson is the most valuable player in Dynasty Owner.

Kyler Murray jumped three spots to number two overall.  He is second in points only to Russell Wilson.

Patrick Mahomes slid 25 spots from the preseason 12th overall to 37th currently.  The majority of his drop has nothing to do with his play, but rather his $45,000,000/year contract that is looming.  His payday will kick in in 2021 and with every game that passes in 2020, Mahomes’ value drops.

Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow have both jumped in the rankings.  In fact, no quarterback in the Top 10 made a larger leap than Herbert.  I was high on him coming into the season, and I even drafted him in one of my Dynasty Owner leagues, but what he has done in five games is truly unbelievable.  Through the five games, he has started, he has 1,542 passing yards, 12 passing touchdowns, 121 rushing yards, and two rushing touchdowns.  This is a small sample size, no doubt, but I’ve seen enough to move him up to QB 6 in DO.

The biggest movers since the preseason are Derek Carr and Dwayne Haskins.  Carr is currently QB 17, but he has shown a very solid floor throughout the young season.  His average fantasy output is 25.4 points and at $25 million/year, he’s becoming a value.  Dwayne Haskins looked to be one of the best options for a cheap QB2 option coming into the season.  Poor play and the fact that he was benched makes him impossible to start, but he should still be rostered.

Running Backs

(Overall Rank) [Preseason Overall Rank] Player’s Name {Current Salary}

  1. (3) [2] Christian McCaffrey {$4,310,326}
  2. (4) [4] Josh Jacobs {$2,983,350}
  3. (5) [6] Clyde Edwards-Helaire {$2,705,393}
  4. (6) [10] Alvin Kamara {$964,443}
  5. (7) [8] Dalvin Cook {$1,588,334}
  6. (8) [9] Miles Sanders {$1,337,544}
  7. (9) [7] Nick Chubb {$1,845,774}
  8. (11) [11] Ezekiel Elliott {$15,000,000}
  9. (14) [18] Jonathan Taylor {$1,957,287}
  10. (15) [22] Derrick Henry {$10,278,000}

Biggest Movers

Stock Up: (45) [Unranked] James Robinson {$763,333}
Stock Down: (Unranked) [261] Lamar Miller {$1,050,000}

Christian McCaffrey comes in as my number one Dynasty Owner running back.  The high ankle sprain that he suffered in Week 2 hurt his fantasy outlook, (especially for the short term) but Carolina has been conservative with his recovery and return.  I truly believe CMC will not return to action until he and the team doctors deem him one hundred percent.  It also helps that Mike Davis has been a worthy substitute.  Regardless, when CMC is on the field, he is the best at his position.

Alvin Kamara moves up four slots due to his dominant start to the season.  Kamara leads all position players (RB, WR, TE) in fantasy points at 172 and the next closest is Tyler Lockett at 147.  Kamara is also past his bye week.  The only reason Kamara isn’t number one overall is…(you guessed it) his pending salary next season.  Kamara’s yearly salary will be 15 million/year starting in 2021.  Even still, Kamara would be a value at that price this year.

The majority of running backs moved one spot or less.  CMC, Josh Jacobs, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Dalvin Cook, Miles Sanders, and Ezekiel Elliott, to be specific.  The running back who moved the most in the Top 10 is Derrick Henry.  I was skeptical that Henry would end up this high in my rankings for two reasons.  First, he receives low volume as a receiver.  Second, his contract is the top three in terms of expense for a running back.  I know how good of a downhill, pure runner Henry is, but I feared (and still fear) that his lack of receptions will end up limiting his upside.  But for now, he has earned the final spot in my Top 10.

The biggest movers since the preseason are James Robinson and Lamar Miller.  When Leonard Fournette was waived by Jacksonville, that paved the way for undrafted rookie James Robinson’s first-half dominance.  Even after the news of Fournette’s release, the backfield situation was far from clear.  The assumed starter was Chris Thompson, but he has been unable to amass more than 7 touches in any game.  James Robinson has been the workhorse back all season where he has seen over 19 touches a game on average and is currently the RB 3 on the season.  I could lie to you and say that I saw this coming, but I don’t think anyone did.  He jumps 395 spots from unranked to 45 and takes the title of Biggest Mover of any player in my rankings.  Lamar Miller was not high in my preseason rankings but definitely deserved to be drafted.  He signed with New England on August 10th and was subsequently cut by the Pats on September 5th (the day my final preseason rankings were published).  There isn’t much fantasy implication here, but I wanted to highlight how quickly rosters can change.

Wide Receivers

(Overall Rank) [Preseason Overall Rank] Player’s Name {Current Salary}

  1. (12) [35] DK Metcalf {$1,146,513}
  2. (13) [21] DeAndre Hopkins {$16,200,000}
  3. (19) [41] Calvin Ridley {$2,725,178}
  4. (20) [32] Davante Adams {$14,500,000}
  5. (21) [16] D.J. Moore {$2,792,829}
  6. (22) [27] A.J. Brown {$1,413,092}
  7. (23) [14] Chris Godwin {$821,041}
  8. (26) [34] Terry McLaurin {$961,918}
  9. (27) [13] Michael Thomas {$19,250,000}
  10. (28) [31] Kenny Golladay {$799,081}

Biggest Movers

Stock Up: (97) [Unranked] Travis Fulgham {$540,000}
Stock Down: (422) [277] Trey Quinn {$632,268}

There is a very healthy mix of high and low salary wide receivers inside my Top 10.  We have three receivers over 14.5 million/year, four between 1-3 million/year, and three that are less than 1 million/year.

DeAndre Hopkins, Davante Adams, and Michael Thomas are the three “expensive” wide receivers.  Hopkins and Adams’ seasons speak for themselves.  When they are healthy, they are both top-five options each week.  Michael Thomas is the outlier here.  He has missed games this season for a variety of reasons including an ankle injury, disciplinary reason, and now a hamstring issue that could linger past Week 7.  All of these concerns are the reason he dropped from 13 overall to 27 overall.  However, when Thomas returns to the field (whether it’s sooner or later) he should return to elite status beside Hopkins and Adams.

The remaining seven players are all “cheap” options with D.J. Moore being the most expensive at $2,792,829/year.  It should be no surprise that any of these seven are currently in my Top 10 due to how high they were being drafted and the fact that they are all young.  Godwin and Golladay find themselves at the bottom half of the list solely due to their impending contract extensions that will both start in 2021.

Coming into this 2020 season I found that I struggled most with finding out how to compare high-cost receivers with low-cost receivers.  I feel like I found a good balance in the end.  For example; In Dynasty Owner, it is very difficult to compare Davante Adams and D.J. Moore.  The large gap in contract amount has to be accounted for, and at some point, an owner has to decide when that expense is worth it.  I can honestly say that, in a vacuum, I would prefer to own Adams over Moore in DO.  In the same way, I can honestly say that I would rather own Terry McLaurin over Michael Thomas.  These comparisons become clouded when you factor in available cap and team needs, but there has to be a starting point.

The biggest movers since the preseason are Travis Fulgham and Trey Quinn.  Hopefully, you took my friend Jay Poundsee’s (@JayPoundsNFL) advice and picked up Fulgham when he was still 4% owned.  He is currently 96% owned in Dynasty Owner and seems to be locked in as the WR1 for the Eagles.  He has jumped from unranked to 97 overall and WR 42.  The departure of Desean Jackson to IR and the return of Jalen Reagor gives mixed messages on how productive Fulgham will be for the rest of the season.  However, with a floor of 12 fantasy points per game, continue to start him.

Tight Ends

(Overall Rank) [Preseason Overall Rank] Player’s Name {Current Salary}

  1. (24) [36] Travis Kelce {$9,368,400}
  2. (31) [33] George Kittle {$674,572}
  3. (33) [24] Mark Andrews {$863,290}
  4. (82) [84] Darren Waller {$7,450,000}
  5. (88) [130] Jonnu Smith {$776,572}
  6. (106) [123] T.J. Hockenson {$4,955,306}
  7. (111) [126] Hayden Hurst {$2,759,007}
  8. (112) [110] Noah Fant {$3,147,680}
  9. (117) [103] Mike Gesicki {$1,652,981}
  10. (120) [101] Dallas Goedert {$1,406,068}

Biggest Movers

Stock Up: (172) [Unranked] Robert Tonyan {$750,000}
Stock Down: (248) [143] Chris Herndon {$792,841}

Mark Andrews and Travis Kelce swapped spots in the rankings.  We knew coming into this season that Andrews wouldn’t have the most volume at the tight end position, but we also knew how efficient he was in 2019.  So far this season his games have either been boom or bust.  Boom or bust isn’t the worst-case scenario when dealing with tight ends due to the position scarcity, but it’s not what we look for from the #1 overall tight end.  For that reason, Andrews dropped slightly, and Kelce has risen a bit for his consistency.

Of all the mid salary tight ends, none ranks higher than Darren Waller.  Waller is currently the TE 3 on the season with 89 fantasy points while having already completed his bye.  If you own Waller, you know that he isn’t cheap to own ($7,450,000), but his production thus far has made him a value.  While his overall rank didn’t change much, he did jump from TE 6 to TE 4.

The biggest movers since the preseason are Robert Tonyan and Chris Herndon.  Tonyan is the TE 9 on the season in large part to his massive Week 4 performance.  In Week 4, Tonyan put up six receptions for 98 yards and three touchdowns.  Yes, this is an outlier week that inflates his overall rank, but it still happened, and it can’t be thrown aside.  He has shown to be a reliable pass-catcher on a team that is in need of a pass-catching tight end.  Tonyan has the skill to be that man, and I adjusted my rankings to reflect that possibility.  Chris Herndon is one of the players I’m most disappointed in this year.  I had very high hopes coming into the season, and I actively targeted him in all my Dynasty Owner mock drafts and real drafts.  Unfortunately, I was able to obtain him in both of my leagues where he has put up only 2.8 fantasy points per game.  Herndon is impossible to start for the rest of the season.  For his sake, I’m optimistic that a better head coach will make use of him, but I honestly don’t know at this point.  He has fallen so far in so little time.  

I hope you enjoyed the preview of my updated rankings.  Look for Dynasty Owner’s full updated ranks in the weeks to come.  Hope everyone is staying safe.  Take care.

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Week 8 Free Agent Auction Targets

Author: Jay Poundsee (@JaypoundsNFL)

We are just about at the halfway point this year and well… nothing has changed. We saw another huge pile up on the injury list again in week 7 with more big names going down, star players C. Carson, K. Drake, and O. Beckham Jr. were among those injured over the weekend in their respective games. I know if this trend continues even a few more weeks we can name the 2020 NFL season “The Year Of The Injured Star” if it hasn’t already earned the name. While no one in their right mind ever celebrates an injury it is something we as fantasy managers have to face regardless if it helps or hurts our team, usually the managers that avoid or handle injuries the best tend to make deep runs in their fantasy playoffs. Enough of the injury talk as I feel its almost consumed the season at this point, lets talk a little team strategy and what kind of moves you should make based on team outlook. If you are looking at an injury riddled team with one win you’ll want to shy away from players mentioned in past articles such as Nelson Agholor as hes getting older and likely doesn’t offer much outside of this season, but if your sitting on an undefeated or 1 loss team and need a player to get you those crucial overlooked bench points then Agholor is a perfect fit for your team. Learning what type of free agents to target when its time to build for next year or push your chips in for a championship run is one part of what makes a great manager in Dynasty Owner and will really make a difference in depth on your roster and your cap in the coming years.

The free-agent Auction processes bids on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 5 am EST during the regular season.

Reminder that All transactions (Trades & FAA) freeze on December 6th as we move into the playoffs. Trades and FAA bids can be placed after December 6th but they won’t process until December 29th. Once the season is over then the FAA will resume to 7 days a week at 5am EST.

Rashard Higgins (1 year $910,000) 12.37% Owned

Another former free agent target makes the list for a second time with the last being Travis Fulgham and we have all seen how that’s panned out. I am not saying Higgins is guaranteed to break out as I don’t have much faith at all in Baker but it is possible even with a below average quarterback. I think there is a real shot Higgins becomes not just the number 2 guy for the Browns but the number one guy for the Browns the rest of the season with Beckham Jr. going down to an ACL injury. When Higgins has played and has been given an actual role in the game plan he has done nothing but perform and perform well. This past Sunday Higgins had 6 targets catching all of them for 110 yards and was by far the Browns most productive receiver more than doubling Landry’s production on the same target share. The kid has managed a whooping 13.6 yards per catch with Baker Mayfield as his quarterback throughout his short career which tells me the kid screams potential breakout candidate. Baker has always seemed to have a lot of chemistry on the field with Higgins and I am assuming its going to pay off pretty big for Higgins and fantasy managers alike, just as Fulgham has in recent weeks. Jarvis Landry is still on this roster and more than capable of leading the way but he has looked off all season long and I feel its tied to the hip surgery he had before the season still lingering, as he has been one of the most reliable fantasy wide receivers in recent memory. Higgins is primed for a huge role and if I just lost OBJ or needed help at receiver I would be spending big on Higgins as a capable replacement for Beckham!

Marquez Callaway (3 years $765,000/yr) 12.37% Owned

Rookie Marquez Callaway had himself a coming out party of sorts this week which is something we have been waiting to see consistently from Tre’Quan Smith this season, but hes failed to do so in the absence of Thomas. Callaway will be given plenty of chances to cement himself in this offense over the next few weeks with Sanders on the Covid list and no one understanding whats going on with the great Michael Thomas. Callaway has strung together two solid games in as many weeks with a 4 catch 34 yard game against the Chargers and 8 catches for 75 yards against the Panthers. Callaway has seen his targets receive a bump in each of the last 3 games putting him on a promising trend for a rookie. While I don’t see Callaway having another 10 target game once Thomas returns he should see the field plenty in an annually great offense, making him an excellent stash for your Dynasty Owner practice squad with potential for more this season. The Saints have been looking for a number 2 guy seemingly since they drafted Thomas and while most think Sanders is that guy at least for this season I am not so sure with Sanders struggling some to start the year and getting up there in age, leaving plenty of room for someone like Callaway to step in and play his way into touches. The kid has the size and speed to be a dominant receiver in this league standing at 6 feet 2 inches weighing 204 lbs. He also managed to put up great combine numbers finishing in the top 11 in the broad jump and vertical leap while also running a 4.5 40 yard dash.

Ben DiNucci (4 years $682,537/yr) 9% Owned

By importance of position here at Dynasty Owner DiNucci slides in at number 3 this week. A big mistake I made coming into Dynasty Owner was not placing enough value at the quarterback position and building around the quarterback, instead I built my team first and took low end cheap options at quarterback. With such a cheap salary for DiNucci there is very little risk making him a high priority target for quarterback needy teams if Dalton even misses just one game. I am nowhere near a Dr. but after watching the horrible hit Dalton took from Bostic and as strict as the NFL has been with head injuries I don’t see much of a chance Dalton plays this week. As out of it as Dalton seemed I would say he will need at least a week off before he clears the very strict NFL concussion protocol. The Dallas offense is absolutely loaded with play makers and has potential no matter who is under center, even with Dalton’s recent struggles there is plenty of upside here. DiNucci wasn’t asked to do much Sunday but he did manage to complete 2 of 3 passes for 39 yards showing at least a little bit of promise. I wouldn’t recommend going crazy with your Dynasty Dollars to acquire DiNucci but if you need a quarterback this week hes worth a shot. Dallas has been significantly banged up at offensive line this season but will get all-pro guard Zack Martin back in the line up this week which can only help make things easier on whoever plays at quarterback. If Dallas can get the run game and play action going for DiNucci he could end up as a quiet value this upcoming week.

Richard Rodgers (1 year $910,000) 15% Owned

I have Rodgers at the 4 spot this week for quite a few reasons with the main being I feel he is start-able with a floor until Goedert or Ertz return. Wentz has loved and I mean LOVED throwing to his tight ends throughout his career which bodes well for a player stepping in for injury like Rodgers is. The Eagles currently have Goedert, Jackson, Ertz, Jeffery, Reagor, and Sanders all out of the line up leaving plenty of work for Rodgers over the next 2-3 weeks. If Wentz starts to trust Rodgers which he seemed to Thursday night he could be in line for the normal role we see a Zach Ertz or Dallas Goedert get in this offense. I cant imagine the Eagles being able to survive many more injuries this season and stay competitive in games as they have been more beat up than any team I can remember in recent history. Who would have imagined in week 7 we would be discussing an Eagles team coming off a prime time win with an offense led by Wentz, Scott, Fulgham, and Richard Rodgers, but hey its 2020 anything is possible. Rodgers had a very good game Thursday seeing 8 targets with 6 catches for 85 yards and also managed a decent game against Baltimore with 3 catches for 31 yards on just 3 targets. I can see Rodgers getting at least 6 to 7 targets each game the next couple weeks making him primed to have tight end 1 potential with a safe floor until he gets booted back to the bench.

Tyler Kroft (1 year $4,000,000) 4% Owned

Tyler Kroft is an interesting choice at tight end playing in a surprisingly good offense even with some struggles in recent weeks. I say interesting because Buffalo hasn’t seemed to care to use their tight ends a whole lot in recent years but Kroft was able to step in for Knox Sunday and produce 4 catches for 64 yards. This is slightly encouraging simply because Knox has failed to do much this season and with the Bills gearing for the playoffs they have zero time to wait for young players to develop, this would almost certainly give Kroft the full time role if producing well. Knox is on the Covid list and will miss a few games from my understanding which opens the door for Kroft to perform and try and help add an element to this offense we have yet to see. The offense has struggled with John Brown being out and clearly needs some pass catching help to open things back up for Diggs. Kroft has also proved to be a solid red zone target earlier this season catching 2 big touchdowns week 3 against A tough Rams defense which is always great in terms of fantasy upside. I can only begin to imagine how good this Bills team could be with a solid threat at tight end on top of the addition of Diggs in the offseason which has paid huge dividends, it sure would be fun offense to watch.

If your team is looking like mine with injuries everywhere I would highly recommend stashing the top 2 guys on the list and players like them as you can never have to much young talent for depth on your team. At this point in the fantasy season its time to realistically gauge your team and understand where your headed, meaning if you have studs like CMC that are on the way back and you are only a game out of the playoff race its time to consider trading some of these young pieces and grab some guys producing now that will help lead you to the promise land. I cant wait for the weeks ahead as its crunch time for owners here at Dynasty Owner. Will you make the playoffs or build for the future? As always good luck on your Chase For The Ring!

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Week 7 Recap: Close Victories and Clutch Scoring

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Six NFL games this week were decided by a FG or less. It started with the Thursday Night Football game between the Eagles and Giants when the Eagles scored the game winning TD with less than a minute on the clock. It continued with the early Sunday games, took a break for the late games and cumulated on Sunday Night Football with the Cardinals 37-34 overtime victory over the Seahawks. In four of those games, there was a clutch scoring event, defined by Dynasty Owner as a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime, while one game had a missed FG (Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee) that would have been a clutch score. In two of those games (Cleveland vs. Cincinnati and Arizona vs. Seattle), there were two clutch scoring events.

Those six clutch scoring events gave extra Dynasty Owner fantasy points to nine players this week. Those extra points were the difference between victory and defeat in many Dynasty Owner matchups. In my beta league, Mafia Power 83 (Bruno Goncalves) defeated WANNABEES (David Brady) by 2.4 points (146.9 to 144.5). Boston Scott’s 3 point clutch bonus scoring was the margin of victory for Mafia Power 83. Diehard dynasty fantasy football players are always looking for new and innovative ways to tweak their fantasy league to make it more interesting or challenging. Clutch scoring is one such innovation and only Dynasty Owner has it.

This is our seventh regular season Dynasty Owner weekly recap article for 2020. That’s another thing that Dynasty Owner has that you don’t get on other fantasy football platforms – recaps of the past week, highlighted by looking at individual matchups and standings that could include you and your team. You’re not getting that on ESPN or MyFantasyLeague. Just like every week, 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 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 October 27th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our seventh Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2020 is: Tyler Lockett

Lockett was the highest scoring player in Dynasty Owner this week with 59.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (15 receptions, 200 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs, 9 return yards). He became the first player this season to earn the 6 point bonus for 200 receiving yards. Davante Adams just missed the bonus with 196 receiving yards this week. Last week’s Player of the Week Derrick Henry was the first player to earn the 6 point bonus for over 200 rushing yards so we’ve had back-to-back yardage bonus scoring. Lockett’s 59.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points were the most scored by a player this season, eclipsing the 54.0 points scored by his teammate Russell Wilson in Week 3. Despite Lockett’s performance, Seattle lost in overtime to Arizona 37-34. Despite already having his bye week, Lockett is now the #1 WR in Dynasty Owner for the season. If you owned Lockett and started him, you likely won your Dynasty Owner game this week.

  • Week 7 Points: 59.2
  • 2020 Salary: $10,250,000
  • Cost per Point: $173,142

Congratulations Tyler on the first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor of your career!

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 seventh Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for 2020 is: Jeffery Wilson Jr.

After three consecutive non-RB winners of this award, Jeffery Wilson Jr. of the San Francisco 49ers took back the honor for all of the lower-paid, high-performance RBs out there. Wilson took full advantage of his opportunity to play after the injury to Raheem Mostert last week and popped out a career-high 34.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (112 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs, 2 receptions, 8 receiving yards). As the #3 or #4 RB in San Francisco at the beginning of the season, Wilson was a late round dart throw for most Dynasty Owners with an ADP of 276.6 and ownership in 80% of Dynasty Owner leagues. However, he suffered a high ankle sprain late in the 49ers 33-6 demolition of the New England Patriots and is expected to join Mostert and Tevin Coleman on the crowded 49ers injured reserve list.

  • Week 7 Points: 34.0
  • 2020 Salary: $750,000
  • Cost per Point: $22,059

Congratulations Jeff on your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor! Hope you are healthy and back on the field soon.

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 7. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Russell Wilson or Davante Adams this week because barring injury or bye week, he 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 7 when they should have been.

QB: Joe Burrow (CIN) – 46.7 points

Burrow was only the #19 QB in Dynasty Owner before the start of Week 7 as mentioned in the preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/2020/10/week-7-preview-key-matchups/). However, the matchup versus Cleveland appeared to be a good one for Burrow since he had performed well against the Browns back in Week 2 with 32.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He did better this week with 46.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (406 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 34 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT, 3 fumbles – 1 lost). His scoring included the clutch bonus for the 3-yard TD pass he threw to Giovani Bernard with 1:06 left in the game that put the Bengals ahead 34-31. The Bengals ended up losing a close game 37-34 to the Browns. The passing volume is there for Burrow as he’s averaging 41.8 passing attempts per game, so he can be part of your Starting lineup when the matchup is right, like it was this week.

Honorable mention to the other QB in the Cleveland-Cincinnati game, Baker Mayfield, who had 44.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (297 passing yards, 5 passing TDs, -1 rushing yards, 1 INT) himself, including the clutch scoring bonus. Both Burrow and Mayfield got the clutch scoring bonus as Mayfield matched Burrow’s late TD pass by driving the Browns down the field and throwing a 24-yard TD pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones with just 11 seconds left in the game and a 37-34 victory. This performance was more than double his best previous performance of the year (21.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 4 versus Dallas). Mayfield would have looked good in his Dynasty Owners’ Starting lineup this past week.

RB: Giovani Bernard (CIN) – 24.2 points

Bernard was thrust into the starting RB role in Cincinnati because of the foot injury suffered by Joe Mixon last week. However, having Bernard in your Starting lineup wasn’t a guarantee as we saw what happened in Week 6 when countless Dynasty Owners with Alexander Mattison gleefully put him in their Starting lineup only to see him put up just 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In contrast, Bernard took advantage of his opportunity and scored 24.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (37 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 59 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 24 return yards). He also had the previously mentioned go-ahead 3 yard TD reception from Joe Burrow that earned him the 3 point clutch scoring bonus. Those points put him ahead of Jamaal Williams in scoring for the week. Bernard produced in the same situation that Mattison didn’t and was worth having in your Starting lineup.

Because of Bernard’s clutch scoring bonus, Jamaal Williams only gets an honorable mention with 21.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (77 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 4 receptions, 37 receiving yards) as the starter in place of an injured Aaron Jones. The Packers didn’t need any clutch scoring from Williams or anyone else in their 35-20 victory over the Houston Texans. Just like Bernard, Williams produced in his new role and was worthy of having in your Starting lineup this week.

WR: Diontae Johnson (PIT) – 29.0 points

After all of the attention paid to Chase Claypool the past two weeks, Dynasty Owners with Diontae Johnson can be forgiven for not having him in their lineups this week. While Claypool was having breakout weeks with 42.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 5 versus Philadelphia and 18.1 points in Week 6 versus Cleveland, Johnson was putting up only 1.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points combined in those two games. They reversed roles in Week 7 as Claypool took a backseat to Johnson and only scored negative 0.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (more on that later). Johnson had a career high 29.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions, 80 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). Johnson was actually drafted ahead of Claypool on average (ADP 93.2 for Johnson and 157.4 for Claypool) and was the Pittsburgh WR who should have been in your Starting lineup.

TE: Harrison Bryant (CLE) – 21.6 points

The Browns’ rookie TE was the top TE in Dynasty Owner this week with 21.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 56 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). Bryant and fellow backup David Njoku played in place of injured TE Austin Hooper and combined for 3 TDs in the game against Cincinnati. Bryant’s 21.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points was more than Hooper had scored in any single game to date this season as well. Bryant is owned in 81% of Dynasty Owner leagues, so he’s out there on the Free Agent Auction for some of you to grab if you have just over $1 million in salary cap room ($1,016,008 to be exact). For those of you with Bryant already, hopefully you decided to put him in your Starting lineup after the news of Hooper not playing in Week 7 came out.

K: Zane Gonzalez (ARI) – 20.0 points

Gonzalez makes it on this list due to the 6 clutch bonus points he scored in the Cardinals 37-34 overtime victory over the Seahawks. Gonzalez nailed three of his four FG attempts (44, 48 and 49 yards), with the 44 yard FG tying the game at the end of regulation. He missed a 41 yard FG attempt in overtime that could have gave the Cardinals an earlier victory, but then ended up making the 48 yard FG with 15 seconds left in overtime to earn his second clutch scoring bonus and give his team the victory. Gonzalez also added 4 PATs to account for a total of 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and hopefully, a spot in Starting lineups all throughout Dynasty Owner.

Honorable mention to Tyler Bass who tied a NFL record with eight FG attempts on Sunday. He made six of them and accounted for all of the Bills’ points in their 18-10 win over the New York Jets. Bass made two FGs of 39 yards or less (29 and 37 yards), three FGs of between 40 and 49 yards (40, 46 and 48 yards) and one 50+ yard FG (53 yards) while missing a 37 yard FG and a 45 yarder. All total that’s 16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which was good but not better than Gonzalez because it lacked any clutch scoring bonuses.

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 were not scoring any clutch bonus points and should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in Week 7.

QB: Cam Newton (NE) – -2.2 points

Pre-COVID Cam Newton was a pretty good Dynasty Owner QB. He averaged 27.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in three games and the Patriots had a 2-1 record. Post-COVID Cam Newton has been a disaster, scoring 16.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a Week 6 loss to Denver and -2.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (98 passing yards, 19 rushing yards, 3 INTs) in this week’s loss to San Francisco. Newton was pulled in favor of Jarrett Stidham late in the third quarter. Newton hasn’t been good enough the past two weeks to be in your Starting lineup.

Dishonorable mention to Sam Darnold who also had negative points this week. Darnold was better than Newton with -1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (120 passing yards, 2 INTs, 1 fumble). However, the only way anybody should be starting Darnold is if he’s their only QB and this week they would have been better off Benching Darnold, taking the zero and leaving Starting QB position open.

RB: James White (NE) – 1.3 points

Usually James White is immune from the ups and downs of being a New England Patriots RB. He averaged 12.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the three games he played coming into Week 7 after averaging 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last season. White usually has a pretty high floor, scoring 10.0 or more points in 13 out of 18 games the past two seasons. This week was his worst with just 1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 receptions for 3 yards), worse than his previous low of 1.4 points in Week 12 last year against Dallas. The Patriots lack of offense the past two weeks should be troubling to White’s Dynasty Owners and make them think about whether or not he deserves a spot in their Starting lineup moving forward. In Week 7, he should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad.

WR: Chase Claypool (PIT) and CeeDee Lamb (DAL) – -0.2 and 0.1 points

These two rookie WRs had been must-starts the past couple of weeks and for Lamb, pretty much all season as he was averaging 16.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and had not scored less than 11.4 points in a single game all season. However, they both put up very poor performances in Week 7. Claypool had -0.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception, -2 receiving yards, 1 fumble), while Lamb had 0.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 rushing yard). Lamb had zero receptions despite being targeted 5 times on the day, while Claypool let Diontae Johnson take over the #1 WR role in Pittsburgh for the day. Both of them should have been on your Practice Squad this week.

TE: Jonnu Smith (TEN) – 1.9 points

The Pittsburgh defense has been really good against TEs this season, allowing an average of 7.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and holding Zach Ertz, Jordan Akins and Evan Engram to less than 5.0 points each. They did it again against Tennessee as they held Jonnu Smith to only 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 9 yards). That’s two consecutive games with only one catch for Smith who started the season averaging 17.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in the Titans’ first four games. He’s still the #5 TE in Dynasty Owner right now, but should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad this week.

K: Younghoe Koo (ATL) – 2.0 points

It’s not his fault that he only had two PAT attempts in the Falcons’ 23-22 loss to the Detroit Lions. He made both of them, but that was it for the day and he finished with just 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 PATs). Eagles kicker Jake Elliott was actually worse than Koo back on Thursday night, scoring 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (made 31 yard FG and PAT, but missed 29 yard FG). However, Elliott was the #29 ranked kicker coming into last week and is #31 now, so he probably shouldn’t be in your Starting lineup unless you have just one kicker or two kickers and your Starter is on bye. Koo also shouldn’t have been in your Starting lineup this week despite being the #4 kicker in Dynasty Owner.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

The Prince of Helaire pretty much nailed his projection with 142.2 points, but that wasn’t enough to defeat Beaumont Riders who scored 174.8 points to win the Week 7 Matchup of the Week. Neither team had Tyler Lockett, but Beaumont Riders had Davante Adams and his 44.6 points. Each team had a high scoring QB who cancelled each other out (49.6 points for The G.O.A.T. Tom Brady for the Prince of Helaire and 45.7 points for Kyler Murray of Beaumont Riders). Both teams are now 5-2 and tied for first place in their League.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

We have a new leader at the top of the Chase for the Ring standings! Congratulations to Sweet Keats for putting an end to The Human Fund and All Might reign at the top of the leaderboard (at least for one week).

It took a 203.1 point week for Sweet Keats to get to the top spot, but they had both Tyler Lockett and Davante Adams, and those guys were enough to jump over The Human Fund and All Might. The 4th and 5th spots in the Top 10 are both newcomers (Bronx Bombers and My Corona) as is 8th place (Baby Got Dak). Both My Corona and Baby Got Dak are undefeated as well, the only two undefeated teams in the Top 10.

Conclusions

Close games and clutch scoring go hand in hand in Dynasty Owner. This week, nearly half of the NFL games were decided by three points or less and that led to nine players earning clutch scoring bonus points for their Dynasty Owner teams. Dynasty Owners can’t count on getting those bonus points on a week in and week out basis, but they are nice and sometimes are the difference between a win and a loss. With the midway point of the Dynasty Owner season upon us, it’s critical to maximize your points if you want to win your League and maybe the Ring.

Please read the preview article which comes out on Friday throughout the Dynasty Owner season to see how my Week 7 recommendations did and who should be a Starter and who should be on your Bench in Week 8. Besides the weekly recap and preview articles, 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). Follow all four of us plus Dynasty Owner (@Dynasty_Owner) on Twitter.

The podcast series with myself and Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer goes live this week at 1 PM on Wednesday and 10:30 AM on Friday (both times Eastern). If you can’t make it, then watch or listen to it anytime on the Dynasty Owner YouTube channel. You can catch up with older videos and tutorials there as well. Subscribe as well to receive notifications and make sure to “Like” all of the videos to help promote them. Dynasty Owner is up to 542 subscribers on YouTube. All of this great content is available to help you win your Dynasty Owner league and make your way into the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring standings.

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Week 7 Preview – Key Matchups

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Week 7 started on Thursday with a key matchup that might help determine who wins the NFC East division this year. Of course, both teams had one win coming into the game because nobody in the NFC East is any good so every time a NFC East team can win a game, it’s a huge step towards winning the division. At the end of the week, the two night games are both key matchups between likely playoff bound teams. On Sunday night, undefeated 5-0 Seattle takes on 4-2 Arizona, while on Monday night, the surprising 5-1 Bears play against the 4-2 Rams. Both of those games will help determine who might win the NFC West and earn the only bye in the conference playoffs. Remember, seven teams from each conference make the playoffs this year, so only the top team per conference gets a bye.

In Dynasty Owner, there are key matchups all over. There are ones between teams in the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring (Quaranteed for Greatness vs. Oh God Dalvins Cookin) and others between a team in the Chase who is facing a team with the same record (Hyenas vs. The Replacements). In the Experts League, Tim and I face off to see who has bragging rights on the podcast for the rest of the year. And finally, we have a Matchup of the Week between two teams at the top of their league.

Your matchup may not be featured here, but it could be just as important to getting you into the Dynasty Owner playoffs. To help you in your quest to win your League, every week of the regular season and playoffs, there will be a set of players presented 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 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 be ranked outside the top players at their position, 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 6 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).

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 October 23rd.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

First, let’s take a look at how my Week 6 Starter recommendations fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok):

  • QB: Kyle Allen – 20.8 (Just Ok recommendation)
  • RB: J.K. Dobbins – 4.9 (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: Christian Kirk – 22.6 (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Cameron Brate – 1.3 (Bad recommendation)

Two consecutive weeks with two Bad recommendations, one Just Ok recommendation and one Good recommendation. The Bad recommendations were once again at RB and TE as neither J.K. Dobbins nor Cameron Brate got enough touches to be productive. Rob Gronkowski hogged all of the TE targets in Tampa this week, leaving Brate to just one catch for three yards. And Gus Edwards got the rushing TD and had more carries than Dobbins (14 to 9), but fewer yards (26 to 28 for Dobbins). Kyle Allen was the #12 QB this week, better than lots of bigger names, and so that pick was Just Ok. Finally, Christian Kirk made the most of his two targets with two catches for 86 yards and two TDs to finish as the #5 WR for the week. That’s a good recommendation! It’s time to duplicate that Good recommendation at WR and get more at the other positions in Week 7.

Joe Burrow (QB – CIN): The Browns are one of the few teams who we can look at how Joe Burrow did against them in trying to find a weekly Starter who might be on your Dynasty Owner Bench right now. Back in Week 2, Burrow put up 32.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against Cleveland. The Bengals trailed by two scores for most of the second half, so Burrow ended up throwing 61 passes. He’s probably not going to throw that many times this week and the Cleveland defense has been much improved recently, allowing only 31.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points combined in the last three games. However, Burrow has thrown the ball a league high 246 times, an average of 41 times per game, and stands to throw it a lot on Sunday afternoon at home. With that kind of volume, it’s surprising that Burrow is the #19 QB in Dynasty Owner. Bet on Burrow airing it out again against the Browns and putting up enough points to be worth having in your Starting lineup.

Justin Jackson (RB – LAC): Dynasty Owners may have forgotten that Chargers RB Justin Jackson had himself a pretty good game back in Week 5 versus New Orleans with 14.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (71 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 23 receiving yards). He has outperformed fellow Chargers RB Joshua Kelley the past two weeks and stands to do so again this week against Jacksonville. The Jaguars allow an average of 25.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to RBs per game and the fifth most rushing yards in the NFL per game so far this season. Jackson is ranked as the #67 RB for the year right now, but was a RB2 in Week 5. At only $570,000, he’s a great value and should be good for at least that this week. Go ahead and put him in your Starting lineup if he’s on your roster.

Tim Patrick (WR – DEN): When Courtland Sutton got injured, it was an open question of who the top receiver would be in Denver. After five games, it’s been Tim Patrick and Noah Fant with Patrick having more receptions (20 to 19) and yards (310 to 219) and tied with Fant in TDs (2 each). Most importantly, Patrick has more Dynasty Owner fantasy points (63 to 54.9). Of course, Fant missed last week’s game while Patrick played and had 14.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to go ahead. Even though he’s the top WR in Denver, he’s still ranked as the #37 WR in Dynasty Owner so he’s not a definite Starter. He should start this week against Kansas City after three consecutive weeks of double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points (14.3 points in Week 3 versus Tampa Bay; 23.3 points in Week 4 versus the New York Jets; and 14.1 points in Week 6 versus New England). Last year, Sutton averaged 13.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in two games versus Kansas City without scoring a TD. Patrick should equal or exceed that this week and be in your Starting lineup.

Darrell Daniels (TE – ARI): Daniels is the top TE in Arizona, but has only scored 11.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points all year and ranks as the #58 TE in Dynasty Owner. He has played a majority of the snaps for the Cardinals in each of the past four games and this week gets to the face the worst defense in the NFL against TEs in the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have let five opposing TEs have their best game against them over the first six games of the season (Greg Olsen – 12.4 points in Week 1; Dalton Schultz – 20.8 points in Week 2; Jimmy Graham – 23.0 points in Week 3; Robert Tonyan – 33.8 points in Week 4; Irv Smith Jr. – 11.5 points in Week 6). Daniels’ best week so far this year is 5.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 5 versus the Jets, so it’s not a high bar to clear for him to have his best week of 2020 this week. Daniels is only owned in 1% of Dynasty Owner leagues even though his salary is only $690,000. If you need a TE for Week 7, go out and get Daniels in the Free Agent Auction and put him in your Starting lineup. It worked last week with Anthony Firkser and can work again this week.

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

Next up is reviewing the Week 6 Bench or Practice Squad recommendations to see how those did.

  • QB: Tom Brady – 20.3 (Just Ok recommendation)
  • RB: Aaron Jones – 13.1 (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: Cooper Kupp – 4.2 (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Noah Fant – DNP

An average week with one Good, one Just Ok and one Bad recommendation. Noah Fant didn’t play so we won’t count him. The G.O.A.T. Tom Brady finished a little bit behind our Starter recommendation Kyle Allen with 20.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to finish just outside the Top 12 QBs at #14. That counts as Just Ok. Aaron Jones didn’t have a great week, but his 13.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points was a Top 20 RB performance which means he should have been a Starter and thus, recommending him for the Bench was Bad. For the second week in a row, the WR Bench recommendation was Good as Cooper Kupp managed just 4.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. So far this year, it’s been at least one Good Bench recommendation per week, but only two of them one time. It’s time for a second week with two (or more) Good Bench recommendations in Week 7.

Ryan Tannehill (QB – TEN): Tannehill has played very well this season with only one poor game (14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3 versus Minnesota). The Pittsburgh defense is allowing a mere 19.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to the opposition’s starting QB through their first five games. They haven’t exactly faced the best QBs in the NFL in that time (Daniel Jones, Jeff Driskel, Deshaun Watson, Carson Wentz and Baker Mayfield), but have not allowed more than 24.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to any of them. They had their bye in Week 4 unexpectedly because of a COVID-19 outbreak involving their Week 7 opponent, the Tennessee Titans. Will the Pittsburgh defense be fired up to play Tennessee finally and keep their unbeaten record or will Tannehill show he’s a better QB than all the QBs who have played Pittsburgh already and expose the Pittsburgh defense as not that good? Bet on the former and Bench Tannehill this week.

James Robinson (RB – JAX): While he’s still the overall #8 RB in Dynasty Owner right now, James Robinson has been pretty average the past three weeks, scoring 12.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week in that time. In the first three games of the season, he averaged 21.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In the two weeks he hasn’t scored a TD, he’s only produced 10.0 and 9.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week, he faces a Chargers defense that has yet to allow a rushing TD to a RB this season and averages only allowing 16.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week despite facing off against Top 12 RBs every week (Joe Mixon, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Mike Davis, Ronald Jones and Alvin Kamara). Even though Dynasty Owners probably will start him anyway since RBs are so hard to find, Robinson probably isn’t worth putting in your Starting lineup this week.

CeeDee Lamb (WR – DAL): This would be Michael Gallup, but he’s ranked as the #39 WR in Dynasty Owner right now, so he shouldn’t be a Starter. Both CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper are in the Top 10, but that was largely built off the work they did with Dak Prescott at QB. Both had good performances last week against Arizona (Cooper had 20.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Lamb had 12.4 points). However, most of Lamb’s points (11.0) came in garbage time late in the third quarter and the fourth quarter when the Cowboys trailed by more than 20 points and did almost nothing but throw the ball. It’ll be tougher for Dalton and the Cowboys to throw against the Football Team as the team ranks second in passing yards allowed with 207 yards per game and ninth in sacks with 16 total. This choice could easily have been Amari Cooper as he has tended to not perform well in road games as a Cowboy, but that’s been less true this year – maybe because of the lack of crowds. Therefore, Lamb is the pick so put him on the Bench this week.

Hayden Hurst (TE – ATL):  Surprisingly, Hayden Hurst is the #9 ranked TE in Dynasty Owner right now. He was drafted on average as the #9 TE with an ADP of 93.8. He has scored 3 TDs, but is only averaging 3.2 receptions and 37.8 receiving yards per game. That’s what happens when you have Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage on your team, you become the fourth option. Now, he faces a Lions defense that has allowed only 10 receptions to TEs this season. Something tells me that Matt Ryan is going to look more towards Julio, Ridley and Gage this week against the Lions or maybe run the ball with Todd Gurley and Brian Hill against a Lions defense that gives up 123.8 yards per game to RBs on the ground. Hopefully your Dynasty Owner team has a better option so you can Bench Hurst.

Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week – Prince of Helaire vs. Beaumont Riders

It’s time for our seventh Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week for the 2020 season. This week, we have a battle for first place in League #37205 between the 5-1 Prince of Helaire vs. the 4-2 Beaumont Riders. Not only are they in first and second place but they just pulled off a trade with the Prince of Helaire getting Kareem Hunt in return for sending Jonathan Taylor to the Beaumont Riders. Thanks to Prince of Helaire owner Stuart Spackman (@stuspackman) for sending me the details of the trade and this matchup. The projections are close so let’s dive in.

Based on the exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections for each team’s current lineup, the Beaumont Riders should pull the mild upset and move into a tie at 5-2 with the Prince of Helaire. Beaumont Riders are projected to win by only 4.1 points (137.0 to 132.9). Stu must be confident in his team and that the projections are wrong if he’s sending the details of this game, so let’s look each team’s current Starting lineup:

The Starting lineups projected scores (not pictured here) are super close with Beaumont Riders holding a slight advantage (123.5 to 122.4). Both teams have outstanding WRs with Beaumont Riders spending a significant portion of their salary cap ($51 million) on three players, their Starters at WR and FLEX (Davante Adams, Mike Evans and Amari Cooper). Of course, those three guys are projected to score 58.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and if they do, it’ll be money well spent.

Let’s look at both Benches next to check out where Beaumont Riders are gaining their advantage.

The Bench QB competition between Nick Foles and Andy Dalton is projected to be a blowout for Dalton (23.6 to 15.2), which provides quite a bit of the overall Beaumont Riders advantage from Bench scoring (67.6 to 52.3). Not sure if that will turn out to happen, but we’ll find out on Tuesday.

Bravo to both owners for being able to field full Starting lineups and Benches this week. Good drafting and team management there, not surprising since both teams are fighting for the top spot and a first round bye in their league.

Conclusion

Is the Matchup of the Week going to be as close as the Giants-Eagles game? More importantly, what about your weekly Dynasty Owner matchup? Hopefully, yours is a battle for first place or at least an important one on your road to the Playoffs. For those of you in the Chase for the Ring, every matchup is important as you need victories in order to win your League, so you have a chance to win the Ring.

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Trade Time

Author: Matt “The Jerk” Morrisson (@dynastyjerk)

Hey y’all.  It’s TheJerk here again with another weekly article.  I want to start off by stating the obvious…Mondays are so much better with double MNF games.  I know the reason for the coupled games is unfortunate, but it’s nice to stop and enjoy the little things this season.  A double slate of Monday games is definitely a pleasant surprise.  I did note a few takeaways from Monday’s games.  First, CEH looked fresh and able to take on the 30-carry workload that he was offered.  He rushed 26 times for 161 yards (6.2 yards/attempt) and added four receptions for eight yards.  He was once again denied the end zone as he had a six-yard touchdown run that was nullified by a holding penalty.  In the later game, Zeke had a disappointing day with two lost fumbles (-3 points each in DO).  He continues to lead the NFL in fumbles (5) and fumbles lost (4).  Zeke somewhat salvaged his fantasy night with eight receptions for 31 yards.  I think the biggest story to come out of Monday night is how historically awful Dallas’ defense continues to be. be.  Dallas has allowed 218 points this year or 36.3 points/game.  They are bottom five in total yards allowed and rushing yards allowed.  Continue to start your players against the Cowboys with confidence. 

Well, let’s jump into the meat of the article.  Today I’m going to talk about trading.  After looking back through all my Dynasty Owner (DO) articles, I’ve found that “trading” may be the most neglected topic.  Well, now that we’re halfway through the regular season for fantasy, I think this is a great time to discuss it.  I’m sure everyone reading this has either been involved in a DO trade or have seen a trade occur in your league.  This particular format (as many of you know) makes trading a more complicated, thought provoking task.  In Dynasty Owner, there is no trade deadline where you are unable to make trades.  Instead, all trades made between Week 13 and Week 16 are “frozen” and will not process until after the championship match.  Owners are able to trade players, draft picks (up to six years out), Amnesty Provisions and Dynasty Dollars.  In DO, it would be unwise to make a trade solely on player performance as you need to take into account player’s salaries this year and for future years.  Let me give you an example…

In one of my dynasty leagues that is not Dynasty Owner, Todd Gurley was traded for David Johnson. The trade occurred between Week 4 and 5.  Doesn’t seem like an exciting trade does it?  Both players are the primary back on their team and handle the majority of the carries but are “older” as far as running backs go.  DJ and Gurley (after four weeks) were within eight touches of each other (60 to 68 respectively) and were separated by less than four fantasy points (50.7 to 54.3 respectively).  I’m not giving you this example in order to analyze the trade but rather to admit this is a reasonable swap in a regular dynasty league.  In Dynasty Owner however, Gurley for Johnson is not reasonable, and you already know why.  DJ costs 13 million/year to own, while Gurley is only 6 million/year.  Add in the fact that DJ has two years on his contract while Gurley is on his last year, and you have a very one-sided trade.  In this case, the expiring contract affords the owner additional flexibility when compared to a more expensive contract with additional years.

When it comes to assessing a DO trade, the goals of the trading parties need to be taken into account.  If you are sitting at 6-0, 5-1 or 4-2 and are dominating your league, it wouldn’t make sense to trade away some of the main players that have lifted your team to dominance.  In the same way, if you are sitting at 0-6 or 1-5, you may be looking towards a rebuild and would be willing to trade some of your valuable, expiring contracts.  In this article I’m going to break down some trade examples that would benefit “Contenders” and “Rebuilders.”

Contender Trades

Congratulations on reaching a point in the season where you feel that you can win the championship right now.  That is the ultimate goal, right?  To win?  We talk about rookies, picks and youth in Dynasty Owner quite a bit, but we are trying to do the same thing in the end.  We want to win, and we’d prefer that we win soon.  So here we are…halfway through the regular season, and we are in the top half of our standings.  What can we do to put a stranglehold on our league?  Well, a lot of it depends on how much cap room you have to deal with.  I’m going to provide a list of potential league winners that are affordable to most teams.  In other words, here are some players that you should be able to acquire from rebuilding teams.

Player (Current Annual Salary)

  • Patrick Mahomes ($4,106,447)
  • Deshaun Watson ($3,463,570)
  • James Conner ($790,381)
  • Chris Carson ($616,282)
  • Chase Edmonds ($728,090)
  • Cooper Kupp ($957,940)
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster ($1,048,945)
  • George Kittle ($674,572)
  • Dalton Schultz ($728,090)

This is a non-comprehensive list.  Obviously, there are other players that I would love to trade for and could make a run with, but I’ve selected the cheapest ones that I feel would be easiest to obtain.  Yes, yes, I know what you’re saying…” but there is no way someone is going to trade me Mahomes.”  That may be true, and it may be true for a good percentage of leagues, but I know for a fact that there are teams out there that are under .500 with Mahomes on their roster.  I also know that the majority of those teams have not yet figured a way to keep Mahomes on their team next year for 45 million.  The biggest hurdle to acquiring Pat is probably the fact that whoever owns him hasn’t given up on the season yet.  As the weeks pass, Mahomes owners are going to feel the pressure building and know that a decision will eventually need to be made.  Maybe throw an offer out there, but don’t take it personally when it’s rejected.  Also, I would be trying to shop more aggressively for him if you do have a low cap and have a plan in place to keep his salary for the next decade.

Example Trades for P. Mahomes:

  • J. Jacobs for P. Mahomes & 2021 3rd
  • J. Taylor for P. Mahomes & 2021 3rd
  • 2021 1st & 2022 1st for P. Mahomes

(For the record, I’m not saying I, personally, would make any of these trades, but these are probably in the ballpark of what Mahomes’ owners will ask for).

The identical argument can be made for Watson.  While Deshaun won’t demand as much of a salary cap hit as Mahomes, it will still be unmanageable for most teams.  As owners become more panicked towards the end of the season, see if you can reach out and pick him up.

Example Trades for D. Watson:

  • T. McLaurin & 2021 2nd for D. Watson
  • C. Lamb & 2021 3rd for D. Watson

James Conner, Chris Carson, and (to a lesser extent) Chase Edmonds all fall into the same category for me.  They are cheap, productive backs on short contracts.  Conner and Carson each have a year left on their less than $1 million salary.  Barring injury, both will see large paydays next year, possibly on new teams.  This is the kind of uncertainty that may make a rebuilder sell.  There is a chance that Conner and Carson both make over $10 million next year, and rebuilders may feel it’s worthwhile to sell now for picks.  I would be a buyer for both at the right price.  We have already seen what both of them can do when they are healthy.  In 2019 Conner averaged 17.6 fantasy points in the games that he was healthy.  Through five games this year, he is right on that same pace with 17.4 fantasy points per game.  Conner produces when he plays, and he will continue to be productive through the year.  Carson was more effective that Conner last year and continues to be more effective this year.  He is averaging 19.8 fantasy points per game in 2020.

Example trades for J. Conner:

  • C. Akers for J. Conner & 2021 3rd
  • D. Singletary & 2021 2nd for J. Conner & 2021 3rd
  • 2021 1st for J. Conner

Example trades for C. Carson:

  • T. Higgins & 2021 2nd for C. Carson
  • 2021 1st & 2021 3rd for C. Carson

Cooper Kupp and JuJu Smith-Schuster have both underperformed this year.  Buying them now would be more a testament that you believe they will rebound, rather than buying a player while they’re hot.  Regardless, I see both of these players as serviceable for the rest of the season.  They are both on expiring contracts.  Kupp has already signed an extension worth nearly $16 million/year.  JuJu should get north of 10 million, although it may not be with the Steelers.  Buying them now (from an owner that can’t or won’t pay them next year) is a smart choice.  No matter how much you think they will rebound, they will certainly be a value as they are both currently getting paid $957,940 and $1,048,945 respectively.  Just don’t overpay for them…

Example trades for C. Kupp:

  • 2021 2nd & 2021 3rd for C. Kupp
  • R. Gage & 2021 2nd for C. Kupp

Example trades for J. Smith-Schuster:

  • H. Hurst & 2021 2nd for J. Smith-Schuster
  •  D. Henderson & 2021 2nd for J Smith-Schuster

George Kittle (like Mahomes and Watson) may not be the easiest player to trade for.  He is currently the TE #2 despite missing two games.  I suggest you take a peek at who owns Kittle in your league and see if they are also contenders.  If they aren’t and are up against the cap, you may have some leverage for a trade as his salary will increase to 15 million next year. 

Example trades for G. Kittle

  • A. Gibson & 2021 1st for G. Kittle
  • 2021 1st & 2021 2nd for G. Kittle

I tried to write this based on the idea that each team does not have much cap flexibility as it seems the majority of Dynasty Owners are over 105 million.  These are cheap options that could pay off in the playoffs.  Now let’s turn the discussion around and talk about what you could do if you feel like a rebuild is on the horizon…

Rebuilding Trades

I want to start by saying that the decision to enter a “full rebuild phase” should not be taken lightly.  If you read any of my other articles, then you know I am an advocate for patience.  I prefer to let the season develop and am usually against giving up after six weeks.  That being said, there are scenarios where it may be the smart decision.  If you deem that your best course of action is to rebuild now, then stick around for these trade targets.  It seems like common sense, but as a rebuilder, my primary goal would be to obtain as many first-round rookie picks as possible. 

We know that in DO you have to roster at least 25 players and no more than 30.  So, the most picks you will be able to use in the 2021 rookie draft is five.  My goal would be to first obtain five picks and then try to convert as many of them to first rounders as I can.  It may not be possible as most owners guard 1st round picks tightly, but it’s worth a try.  Also, keep in mind that your first-round rookie picks will, on average, cost more per year than second or third rounders.  Make sure you budget out your picks so that you don’t have to waste any pick on a late round player because you ran out of cap space.  Aside from picks, here are some players I would target if I was rebuilding.

Player (Current Annual Salary)

  • Jacob Eason ($841,816)
  • Dak Prescott ($30,144,000)
  • J.K. Dobbins ($1,432,359)
  • Cam Akers ($1,543,258)
  • Saquon Barkley ($7,798,688)
  • Henry Ruggs ($4,167,906)
  • Marquise Brown ($2,946,835)
  • Parris Campbell ($1,193,984)
  • Adam Trautman ($1,124,850)

In addition to compiling draft picks, the primary targets you are going to want to trade for are young, high upside players.  First on my list is Jacob Eason.  You’re going to have to wait at least one to two years to see any return on Eason, but I think he will be worth the wait.  He has not played in any game this season and currently sits behind Phillip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett on the depth chart.  Eason is obviously on a cheap rookie contract and should be relatively inexpensive to trade for.  If you can handle him not playing for two to three years, he could provide value before his rookie contract expires.

Example trades for J. Eason:

  • 2021 3rd & 20 million DD for J. Eason
  • Amnesty Provision & 2022 3rd for J. Eason

There is a good chance that Dak Prescott is available in the Free Agent Auction for your league as he is only owned in 63.92% of leagues.  Assuming he is owned in your league and that you are able to fit his current contract ($30,144,00) under your cap, he should be traded for.  With one third of leagues already dropping Dak, you should be able to pick him up for very cheap.  I believe he will come back next year ready for the season opener and return as a Top 5 quarterback.

Example trades for D. Prescott:

  • Matt Ryan for D. Prescott
  • Tom Brady for D. Prescott

J.K. Dobbins (RB 40) and Cam Akers (RB 90) have both underwhelmed this year so far.  Both have received far less opportunity than I (and most analysts) had estimated they would, even for rookies.  Each is the most talented back on their team and both situations are, quite honestly, baffling to me.  Regardless, I see much brighter years ahead for both backs.  I predict both will become their team’s primary rusher next year, and both are on high power offenses.

Example trade for J.K. Dobbins:

  • K. Drake & J. Washington for J.K. Dobbins

Example trade for C. Akers:

  • J. Conner for C. Akers

Saquon Barkley is another unique case like Dak Prescott’s.  As you all know, Saquon is out for the remainder of the season with an ACL tear in his right knee.  While Saquon is 100% owned, you may find a panicked owner who has tunnel vision and is only looking at the current year.  If you do find a seller, it will no doubt be expensive, but it also may be worth it.  I would suggest trying to trade a player like A. Jones or J. Mixon for Saquon. You will be cutting salary for next year while also receiving a better player.

Example trades for S. Barkley:

  • A. Jones for S. Barkley
  • J. Mixon for S. Barkley

Henry Ruggs, Marquise Brown, and Parris Campbell are three of the fastest receivers in the NFL.  They are all 23 years old or younger and can all be obtained for cheaper than they should be.  Henry Ruggs can be obtained due to his relatively expensive rookie deal.  (He was the first wide receiver taken in the 2020 draft at 12th overall).  He was also injured for Week 3 and 4.  Buy Ruggs from an owner looking to make a run who is not necessarily concerned about the next few years.  Marquise Brown has disappointed this year as half of his games have tallied less than 10 fantasy points.  In addition, his best game resulted in 20.6 fantasy points.  Like the Ruggs’ owner, Brown owners may be looking to move on.  Parris Campbell has been on IR since Week 2 when he injured his left MCL and PCL.  His return date has yet to be determined, but that really doesn’t matter much to you if you’re rebuilding.  Worst case, Parris will be back at the start of next year and, barring further injury, he’ll look to be a top, young talent again.

Example trade for H. Ruggs:

  • C. Edmonds for H. Ruggs

Example trade for M. Brown:

  • D. Henderson for M. Brown

Example trade for P. Campbell:

  • 2021 2nd and 10 million DD for P. Campbell

The final player on my list is a deep sleeper.  Adam Trautman was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.  In fact, the Saints traded their remaining draft picks (picks 130, 169, 203 and 244) in order to move up and draft Trautman.  He surely has the draft capital invested in him and depending on what the Saints do with Jared Cook next year, he may take over as the primary receiving tight end as soon as 2021.  At any rate, a trade for Trautman will likely not pay off for at least a couple years, but it will pay off at some point.

Example trade for A. Trautman:

  • 2021 3rd & 10 million DD for A. Trautman

Once again, this is not a comprehensive list, and there are many more young players I would love to own.  However, these are the players I think you’ll have the easiest time acquiring.  I thank you all for sticking with me and I hope to see you on the next one.  Take care and be safe.

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Week 6 Recap: Can Anyone Spare a Healthy Running Back?

Author: Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Odds are good that your Dynasty Owner team was missing at least one of its top RBs this week, either because of injury or bye weeks. Half of the RBs drafted on average in the first two rounds (ADP 24.0 or less) of Dynasty Owner drafts didn’t play in Week 6 for one reason or another. Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Nick Chubb, Dalvin Cook and Austin Ekeler were all out injured, while Alvin Kamara and Josh Jacobs were on bye. The only healthy ones playing were Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Ezekiel Elliott, Miles Sanders, Joe Mixon, Jonathan Taylor and Derrick Henry (and Sanders got injured and is now out 1-2 weeks). That’s a lot of missing RBs!

Not only are a lot of the best RBs injured, but several of the rookie RBs who Dynasty Owners drafted early on this year haven’t done much so far to help their teams either. Sure, Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been pretty good (#9 ranked RB in Dynasty Owner), but Johnathan Taylor hasn’t lived up to his lofty ADP (16.1) as he’s the #15 RB in Dynasty Owner right now. Most of the other rookie RBs drafted in the Top 100 picks are also underperforming as none are in the Top 20 RBs right now.

  • J.K. Dobbins – ADP 27.1; RB rank #40; 45.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points
  • D’Andre Swift – ADP 33.2; RB rank #25; 70.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points
  • Cam Akers – ADP 34.6; RB rank #90; 12.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points
  • Ke’Shawn Vaughn – ADP 81.8; RB rank #85; 14.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points
  • Antonio Gibson – ADP 88.2; RB rank #24; 73.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points
  • Zack Moss – ADP 95.2; RB rank #75; 16.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points

In most leagues, there’s hardly anyone in the Free Agent Auction worth picking up. With all of the injuries, all of the good backups are gone too. That’s why plenty of Dynasty Owners are asking around to see if anyone can spare a healthy RB. 

This is our sixth regular season Dynasty Owner weekly recap article for 2020. Just like every week, 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 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 October 20th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our sixth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2020 is: Derrick Henry

Derrick Henry became the first player this season to claim the 6 point bonus for over 200 rushing yards in the Titans 42-36 victory against the Texans. Overall, Henry scored 49.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (212 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 2 receptions, 52 receiving yards), which included the 200 yard rushing bonus and the clutch scoring bonus of 3 points for his 5-yard TD run in overtime. His total of 49.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points is the most by a RB since Week 5 of the 2019 season when Aaron Jones had 51.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Henry is now the #2 RB in Dynasty Owner after this performance. Sure, he was a high draft pick (ADP 23.8) and costs over $10 million of your salary cap, but so far this year (and especially this week), he’s been worth it.

  • Week 6 Points: 49.4
  • 2020 Salary: $10,278,000
  • Cost per Point: $208,057

Congratulations Derrick on your first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor and only the second one overall by a running back!

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 sixth Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for 2020 is: Anthony Firkser

For just the third time overall and first time in 2020, two players on the same team are the winners of the Player of the Week and the Value Player of the Week award. This is the first time that the players haven’t been members of the Kansas City Chiefs as well as the first non-QB and WR combination. Anthony Firkser earns this honor after taking over for an injured Jonnu Smith and scoring 25.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions, 113 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). The absence of Corey Davis all game and Smith for much of it plus a porous Texans pass defense gave Firkser the opportunity to shine and he ended up scoring more points in one game (25.3) than he had scored in four previous games this season (15.9). All for just $660,000 in salary.

  • Week 6 Points: 25.3
  • 2020 Salary: $660,000
  • Cost per Point: $26,087

Congratulations Anthony on your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor!

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 6. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Derrick Henry this week because barring injury or bye week, he 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 6 when they should have been.

QB: Carson Wentz (PHI) – 34.6 points

Carson Wentz hasn’t had the benefit of a healthy Eagles offense for the 2020 season and his stats have shown it. This week, he almost led his depleted team to a come from behind victory against the Baltimore Ravens. It wasn’t to be, but he did score 34.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (213 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 49 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 2-pt conversions, 1 fumble lost). That was the most points he has scored since Week 1 of the 2019 season (35.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and made him the #5 QB for the week. It wasn’t enough for him to climb into the Top 12 QBs (he’s #15 overall now) and make him a weekly Starter, but Dynasty Owners with Wentz on their roster should have had him in their Starting lineup this week.

RB: D’Andre Swift (DET) – 29.3 points

Swift has been perfectly average so far this season after being drafted pretty early in Dynasty Owner drafts (ADP 33.2). He was averaging 10.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week in the first four weeks of the season before the Lions’ Week 5 bye.  Good, but not what his Dynasty Owners were probably expecting from the rookie RB and Dynasty Owners may have been reluctant to start him with Adrian Peterson still getting more carries than Swift. Hopefully you had no other choice with all of the top RBs out this week as the Lions finally let Swift loose a little bit in Week 6. He responded with 29.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (116 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 3 receptions, 7 receiving yards). It’s possible that he could be in line for even more work in the future as he only carried the ball 14 times compared to 15 times for Peterson. The 14 carries were more than he had all season to date (12). That’s good news with all of the injured RBs around the league. It’s probably time to make sure Swift is in your Starting lineup on a week in and week out basis after his performance in Week 6.

WR: Christian Kirk (ARI) – 22.6 points

Unless you actually paid attention to what I wrote in the Week 6 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/2020/10/week-6-preview-2020/), then you probably didn’t have Christian Kirk in your Starting lineup. Kirk was the #78 WR in Dynasty Owner before the beginning of Week 6, but had been improving for the past couple of weeks. While he didn’t get the increased number of targets predicted, he made the most of both of them by scoring 22.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 86 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). That was good enough to make him a Top 5 WR for the week and so, Dynasty Owners should have put Kirk in their Starting lineup.

TE: Trey Burton (IND) – 21.9 points

Indianapolis QB Phillip Rivers has a pretty long track record of throwing to his TEs. Twice this season, Mo Allie-Cox scored double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points (16.1 in Week 2 and 14.0 in Week 3) catching the ball from Rivers. With Cox out due to a knee injury, Trey Burton stepped in and scored 21.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 58 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 1 rushing yard, 1 rushing TD). Burton has a low salary of $910,000 this year and some track record of success in the past, but is still only owned in 79% of Dynasty Owner leagues. While he was owned in that many leagues, not too many Dynasty Owners likely had Burton in their Starting lineup this week.

K: Brandon McManus (DEN) – 22.0 points

McManus is not rostered in as many Dynasty Owner leagues as most of his kicking colleagues with just 69% ownership. If he continues to put up 22.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points every week (or even 18.0 points like he did last week), his ownership will go up, even at his $3.75 million salary. This week, McManus made all six of his FG attempts with two short FGs of less than 39 yards (20 and 27) worth two points, two medium length FGs of 40 to 49 yards (44 and 45) worth four points and two long FGs of 50 or more yards (52 and 54) worth five points. He has only missed one FG attempt so far this season (a 58 yard attempt). All together his 22.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points was the most points by a kicker this season and his 53.0 points for the season makes him the #5 kicker now despite already having had his bye week. He was the #7 kicker last year and should probably be in your Starting lineup if he’s on your roster.

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. Even with injury depleted rosters and bye weeks, here are some likely Starters who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in Week 6.

QB: Aaron Rodgers (GB) – 3.4 points

So far this season, the up and down Aaron Rodgers had been nothing but up for his Dynasty Owners. In the first four games of the season before the Packers Week 5 bye, he averaged 36.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. He only had three games with more points last year all season, including one game with 62.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but no other games of over 40.0 points. This year, he already had two games with 40.0+ points (43.4 in Week 1 versus Minnesota and 41.9 in Week 4 versus Atlanta). His Dynasty Owners were feeling good with Rodgers in their weekly lineup coming into Week 6 and the return of Davante Adams to the Packers lineup was making them feel even better. It was not to be as Bad Aaron made the trip south to Tampa and he only scored 3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (160 passing yards, 14 rushing yards, 2 INTs). In a surprise to probably most of his Dynasty Owners, Rodgers should have been on their Bench or better yet, the Practice Squad, this week.

RB: Alexander Mattison (MIN) – 4.0 points

This is exactly the situation that explains why Dynasty Owners drafted Mattison so high. Many drafted Dalvin Cook in the first or second round of their Dynasty Owner draft and then used a pretty early pick (ADP 106.9) on a definite backup RB. Whether as a handcuff to Cook or thinking Mattison might carve out a fantasy relevant role as a backup or in anticipation of Cook getting hurt, this was why Dynasty Owners got Mattison. What a disaster it turned into as Mattison only carried the ball 10 times for 26 yards and scored 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (26 rushing yards, 1 reception, 4 receiving yards). Not as his Dynasty Owners had drawn it up, but probably par for the course in 2020. Mattison should have been a backup option this week and left on the Bench.

WR: Mike Evans (TB) – 2.0 points

Mike Evans has been one of the few constants in the Tampa Bay receiving corps this season with injuries costing Chris Godwin three games and O.J. Howard two games and counting. He was averaging 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and had scored a receiving TD in each of the first five games of the season. However, in Week 6, his TD streak came to an inglorious ending with a 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (1 reception for 10 yards). There’s not much more left to be said other than he should have been left on your Bench or Practice Squad.

TE: Mike Gesicki (MIA) and Christopher Herndon (NYJ) – 0.0 points

Gesicki and Herndon were opponents this week as the Dolphins and Jets clashed in what ended up as a 24-0 Dolphins victory. Neither starting TE for the two teams had a reception, but their backups scored quite a bit. Miami backup TEs Adam Shaheen and Durham Smythe had TD receptions and Jets backup TE Ryan Griffin had two more catches than Herndon. Gesicki has given his Dynasty Owners a couple of good weeks of more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (27.0 in Week 2 and 14.1 in Week 5). The same cannot be said for Christopher Herndon who has yet to score double digits. In fact, Herndon has been outscored by Griffin in two of the last three weeks (3.7 points to zero this week and 4.0 points to 2.1 points in Week 4). Both of them put up the dreaded Blutarsky this week with 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and were best left on the Practice Squad.

K: Stephen Gostkowski (TEN) – -2.0 points

Just when Mike Vrabel and Dynasty Owners were starting to trust Gostkowski after his Week 1 kicking issues, he goes out and misses two FGs of less than 39 yards and scores negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points (-2.0).  Both FG attempts came in the second half with the 27 yarder blocked and the 37 yarder missing wide right. He had 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2 and 25.0 points in Week 3 after scoring -1.0 points in Week 1, so his Dynasty Owners are hopefully that he’ll go out and do the same in Weeks 7 and 8 after this -2.0 point outing (2 missed FGs of 39 yards or less and 4 made PATs).

Dishonorable mentions to Jake Elliott of the Eagles and Sam Ficken of the Jets. Both of them had -2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 6 as they each missed their only FG attempt of 50+ yards with no PAT attempts. Few Dynasty Owners should be starting either one of them due to their team’s offensive challenges, but if an owner only had one kicker available to put in their Starting lineup, it’s possible they did damage with those performances. Hopefully their Dynasty Owners don’t need to start either one again as both are ranked very low among kickers so far this season (#24 for Ficken and #29 for Elliott). 

Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week Recap

It wasn’t as close as expected and neither team put up as many points as predicted, but that doesn’t matter to Dynasty Rewind who notched another victory, this week over DynastyPrice by a final score of 107.2-82.3.

With such a low scoring game, it’s not surprising that there were few standout performances. DynastyPrice had Trey Burton in their Starting lineup and started him over Austin Hooper to lead his team in scoring with 21.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The Dynasty Rewind crew was led by Ryan Fitzpatrick with 22.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Both of them had some duds too as Mike Gesicki scored 0.0 points for Dynasty Rewind and Duke Johnson only had 2.1 points for DynastyPrice. Both of them also had only 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point each from their Starting kicker.

In the end, Dynasty Rewind got revenge for DynastyPrice leaving their crew and improved their record to 4-2 on the season. They stay in third place, while DynastyPrice drops to 2-4 and now sits in last place in the league.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

Let the flip flopping continue as The Human Fund regains first place in the Chase for the Ring standings despite losing their weekly matchup. The Human Fund is in first place in the Chase for the Ring with 1016.7 points, but second place in their own league with a 4-2 record. Let Russ Cook is the leader of The Human Fund’s league with a 5-1 record, including a 115.2-110.1 victory this week. Congrats to @LASportsFan68 on the victory!

Out of the Top 10 teams in the Chase, only one (The Tough Guys) is undefeated. They also jumped up to third place from sixth place last week. Quaranteed for Greatness drops one place to fourth. Welcome to two newcomers to the Chase standings, just wanna win moves into fifth place and Mad Minshew’s Moustache sits in sixth place. 

Conclusions

The running back issues will likely continue for many Dynasty Owner in Week 7 with the addition of Miles Sanders to the injury list and the return of none of the injured top RBs for at least another week. Both Alvin Kamara and Josh Jacobs will be back to help alleviate the issue for their owners. However, since it’s 2020, there will be other issues that arise between now and Sunday, whether it’s more running back injuries, positive COVID tests or something else.

Please read the preview article which comes out on Friday throughout the Dynasty Owner season to see how my Week 6 recommendations did and who should be a Starter and who should be on your Bench in Week 7. Besides the weekly recap and preview articles, 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 7 Free Agent Auction Targets

Author: Jay Poundsee (@JayPoundsNFL)

When will the injuries end! This week we had Miles Sanders(knee), Raheem Mostert (ankle), and star Steelers line backer Devin Bush(knee) all go down with injuries, and that’s just some of the big names. We all know that injuries cant be predicted but didn’t we all somewhat see this coming to an extent. We hear every off-season to value depth for your fantasy roster and that was emphasized to the extreme heading into 2020. Only most were wrong about why we would need depth, no one imagined this many star players going down to just injury. We all thought we would see multiple star players miss games because of COVID, it just seemed inevitable going into the season. We were thankfully dead wrong up to this point we have watched one game play without a major fantasy piece being Cam Newton for the Patriots. 

We have seen some great players start to develop because of these injuries and some have been picked up off of the free agent auction in many Dynasty Owner leagues. I was fortunate enough to get Travis Fulgham for a $1,000,000 dynasty dollar bid this week, I couldn’t be more excited to watch the kid play. I know it is tough to fit a ton of depth into a salary cap, but the free agent auction is key to help continue filling the lower spaces on your roster with what I like to call fantasy capable players.

Isaiah Wright ( 3-Years $763,333) 10.31% Owned

I have rookie Isaiah Wright as my number one free agent going into this week for two main reasons, he’s a rookie and he’s playing a lot of snaps. I went and watched some highlights of Wright and I think he can be a fine NFL receiver if given above average quarterback play and of course opportunity, as every player needs. Wright went to Temple for college and while he didn’t put up huge numbers he did manage to have 12.0 yards per reception meaning he can make plays. The Washington Football Team has had Wright on the field for 47% of their snaps this season and seems likely to increase with players like Inman and Sims ahead of him on the depth chart. I know The Football Team’s offense doesn’t look all that appealing right now but by this time next season Wright could be catching passes from a Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, or Trey Lance with a much higher upside. 

Wright could turn into a fantastic bench play this season if things continue in the direction they are going for him now. Let’s not forget how important bench scoring is in this format if you have seen games in your league decided by 3 points or less they were more than likely decided by bench scoring. Also is anyone else ready to admit Washington Football Team doesn’t sound all that bad?

Marcus Johnson (1-Year $925,000) 2.06% Owned

Marcus Johnson broke out in a big way this week going for 5 catches 108 yards on 8 targets against Cincinnati. Johnson also had a solid week in week 6 against the Browns catching 3 passes for 53 yards. The Bengals and Browns have showed us multiple times this season how bad they are against the pass but these are still NFL teams that Johnson was able to put up these type of numbers on. While Johnson is not exactly a young guy having been in the league for almost 3 ½ seasons he does seem to have some upside moving forward with the Colts. 

We have seen undrafted free agents bounce around a few years and end up catching on with someone making a name for themselves before, but it’s a long shot and that’s what fantasy is about. Johnson has a great football background winning a super bowl with the Eagles and playing with Wilson in Seattle. Johnson, similar to Fulgham are perfect examples of what we like to call “lottery tickets” here in the fantasy community. Johnson has started to earn the trust of his quarterback Phillip Rivers and if he’s able to continue this for another week or two he could earn enough of a role to become a rest of the year flex or bench option because of the injuries to the Colts at receiver.  

Anthony Firkser (1-Year $660,000) 17.53% Owned

How often have we seen tight ends drafted in the NFL where they just come out their rookie year and dominate finishing as the TE3 for the season… oh that’s right we have never seen that from a tight end as it is one of the toughest positions to make the proverbial leap from college to the pros. Firkser, whether you have heard of him before Sunday or not had a monster game in place of stud tight end Jonnu Smith. Firkser managed to put up 8 catches for 113 yards and a touchdown against a very shaky Texans defense, but take nothing away from the man he did look good while doing it. 

I am not positive he will have much of a role once Smith gets back into the fold but he will have a game or two to make his case given the reports I have seen on Smith’s injury. Firkser is on the last year of his rookie deal so its possible he strings a few games together earning a few targets each game the rest of this season, even with Jonnu coming back. He may be one of the next potential break out tight ends we always seem to look for in fantasy. The Titans have also started to throw the ball a lot more with Tannehill just dominating every defense he faces, increasing Firkser’s chances of seeing targets.

Ty Johnson (3-Years $672,976) 22.68% Owned

At some point and time in the 2020 season the New York Jets will come to their senses and release “The Man That Manning Built” Adam Gase. The Jets are win-less and have looked absolutely dreadful, discombobulated, horrible, or another words you’d like to use to describe their football team at the moment. My point here for Ty Johnson is that eventually 77 year old Frank Gore will return to his wheel chair on the sidelines(totally kidding) and the Jets will evaluate their younger talent on the roster. Johnson has had one of the only explosive plays for the Jet’s run game this season, (outside of Darnold’s run against the Broncos) he was only able to see three attempts in the game Sunday. If the Jets reduce Gore’s workload out of the backfield that could leave quite a few touches for Johnson and Perine to battle for the rest of the way. 

While Perine is the rookie drafted by the organization he has not looked good in the opportunities he has been given thus far, and though very limited Johnson has. The Jets need big plays on offense in the worst way and one way to get that going is by getting big chunks on the ground, something only Johnson has shown capable of on this roster. 

Adam Shaheen ( 1-Year $1,477,634) 0% Owned

At number 5 we have another 4th year tight end who happened to be buried in the horde of tight ends Ryan Pace acquired in Chicago the past few seasons. Shaheen was a very talented prospect coming into the league drafted in the 2nd round by the Bears. Oddly enough after investing that much draft capital in Shaheen the Bears continued to bring in a ton of stable veteran options as competition and Shaheen never seemed to have much of a chance. Shaheen may be starting to bounce back in his career catching a touchdown in the Dolphins blowout win against the 49ers in week 5. 

Fitzmagic made Shaheen a bit more of a priority this week finding him for 3 catches 51 yards and a touchdown. While these numbers may not blow you away maybe this will, Gesicki was held to just two targets and was unable to bring either down for a catch against the lowly Jets. While this is by no means a changing of the guard at tight end in Miami, it does give Shaheen some juice going forward making him an interesting stash. In dynasty there are two ways to acquire a Travis Kelce or George Kittle outside of startup and those ways are to trade for them, or find them early and sit on them until they are ready.

I do have one player this week I would like to mention who is just a little to expensive to suggest as a top 5 target, as many of you are up against the cap. Cole Beasley for the Buffalo Bills has been one of the best safety nets in the NFL over the past few seasons, even dating back to his Dallas days. Beasley has a salary of $7,250,000 and is owned in just 41.24% of Dynasty Owner leagues and will offer you a great bench play every single week and a starter when needed. 

I hope your season is going well, if not that’s what makes this platform so much fun, crunch some numbers make a few trades and stock up on young talent ready to breakout next season as well as draft capital. As always feel free to message me on twitter to talk through any trades or other help you may have and good luck on your Chase For The Ring!

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Week 6 Preview – Bye Week Issues

Author: Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Bye weeks were originally supposed to start in Week 5 with the Packers and Lions, but the Titans and Steelers ended up having their bye in Week 4 due to a coronavirus outbreak with the Titans. Next, the Patriots and Broncos had their bye weeks moved to Week 5 as the Patriots experienced positive cases on their team. Now, it’s on to Week 6 and bye week issues are becoming real for some Dynasty Owners, including those in the Chase for the Ring. With Las Vegas, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans and Seattle on bye, there are many Dynasty Owners out there wondering how they are going to replace Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller, Hunter Henry, Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, Chris Carson, D.K. Metcalf and of course, Russell Wilson in their Starting lineups. It’s possible that between yourself and your opponent, one of you doesn’t have a full Bench of players who aren’t on bye this week.

Just looking at the Chase for the Ring Top 10 current lineups finds half of the Top 10 fielding a full Starting lineup and Bench right now in Week 6. Admittedly, there are a few days left before Sunday for these teams to pick up a player off the Free Agent Auction or swing a trade, but that’s a lot of teams going without either a Bench QB and/or kicker when their record is either 5-0 or 4-1 and they are in the hunt for the Ring. There is even one 4-1 team playing a Chase contender starting Jordan Love with Jake Fromm on their Bench. At this point, the decision to not draft a third starting QB or a third kicker and the inability to pick one up off the Free Agent Auction due to salary cap restraints starts to make Dynasty Owner feel a lot less like a fantasy and closer to reality for Dynasty Owners.

This lack of a Bench QB and/or kicker could be a 4-5 point swing in your Week 6 matchup and the difference between a win and a loss, or the just the loss of those 4-5 points could be the difference between being in the Top 25 or just outside of it. That’s why someone in your league might have bid a crazy amount of Dynasty Dollars on Andy Dalton on Wednesday (he went for $80 million Dynasty Dollars in my beta league, but wasn’t available in the Experts league since Sideline Squib handcuffed him to Dak with the #253 draft pick). The bottom line is that if you’re not fielding a full Bench this week due to bye week issues, you aren’t alone. It’s might cost you though.

Regardless of bye weeks, every week of the regular season and playoffs, there will be a set of players presented 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 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 be ranked outside the top players at their position, 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 5 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).

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 October 16th.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

First, let’s take a look at how my Week 5 Starter recommendations fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok):

  • QB: Teddy Bridgewater – 29.0 (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Tony Pollard – 5.9 (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: Cole Beasley – 11.3 (Just Ok recommendation)
  • TE: Eric Ebron – 6.3 (Bad recommendation)

For the first time, the QB recommendation was Good as Teddy Bridgewater was a Top 12 (#11) QB for the week. At RB, the prediction that Dallas would have a big lead and run over the Giants was not to be and so Tony Pollard only put up 5.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Bad recommendation. As was Eric Ebron, who had 6.3 points which included a lost fumble that cost his Dynasty Owners three points and Ebron the difference between being a Just Ok recommendation as the #15 TE and a Bad recommendation as the #19 TE for the week. Finally, Cole Beasley had another double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy point week, but was Just Ok for the second week in a row with many WRs outscoring him again. We finally got our first Good QB recommendation in Week 5 and now it’s time for the first Good WR recommendation (and more) in Week 6:

Kyle Allen (QB – WAS): In less than a half of football against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, Allen had 10.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (74 passing yards, 7 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD). Not bad for not playing all season for the $585,000 QB. Allen was injured on a hit to his arm and replaced by Alex Smith, but is expected back at QB for the Football Team’s next game against the New York Giants. The Giants sport a below average defense and have given up an average of 20.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to QBs. Those QBs haven’t exactly been Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Dan Fouts and Drew Brees in their prime. Nick Mullens was able to put together a 24.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance against the Giants defense and there’s no reason to think that Allen can’t do the same or better. This is only applicable to Dynasty Owners with Allen on their rosters as he’s almost universally owned. He shouldn’t start over Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen, but would make a nice replacement for Dynasty Owners who might also have Joe Burrow, Daniel Jones or Carson Wentz also on their roster.

J.K. Dobbins (RB – BAL): If this list was based on talent, then Dobbins wouldn’t be here. However, he hasn’t gotten the opportunities in the Baltimore offense yet this season despite averaging 7.9 yards per carry rushing and having more receptions than any other Ravens RB with nine. He’s only gotten to rush the ball 16 times in the first five games of the season and so his RB rank right now is #38 overall. It’s the best on the team as Mark Ingram is #39 and Gus Edwards is #61, but still leaves him well outside being a definite Starter at RB or FLEX this week. The Ravens’ opponent this week is the Philadelphia Eagles who have given up an average of 14.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to their opponent’s top RB this season. That should be Dobbins this week (and frankly every week) for Baltimore and if he gets the average points being given up by the Eagles, he’ll be at the edge of the Top 20 RBs, making him a RB2 or FLEX and in your Starting lineup. If you drafted Dobbins, you drafted him with a high pick (ADP 27.1). Time to make Dobbins earn that early selection and get him in your Starting lineup.

Christian Kirk (WR – ARI): It’s tough being one of the other starting WR when D’Andre Hopkins is on your team. Hopkins is a target monster with 45 so far this year compared to 43 for all of the other Arizona WRs combined. And he hasn’t had less than 150 targets in a season since his second season in 2014. That’s probably why Christian Kirk has seemingly struggled so far this season and is the #78 ranked WR in Dynasty Owner currently. Fortunately for Kirk’s owners, he has been scoring more the past two weeks (10.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 4 and 12.0 in Week 5). Next up are the Dallas Cowboys who have given up an average of 40 points per game in their last four games with the lowest point total in that time being 34 by the New York Giants. Arizona is a much better passing team than the Giants and so their WRs are likely to feast on the Cowboys secondary. Hopkins will get his targets, receptions and yards, but so should someone else and for the past two weeks, that’s been Kirk. Insert him into your Starting lineup this week.

Cameron Brate (TE – TB): The Saints and Falcons have been the worst defenses against TEs this season, but the Saints are on bye and the Falcons just had a positive COVID case so who knows if they will play this week. Also, the Vikings TEs are Irv Smith Jr. and Kyle Rudolph, and I can’t stomach the thought of recommending either one of them, so it’s time to look elsewhere. Which brings us to Cameron Brate of Tampa Bay. Last week, he was tied for first in receptions with Mike Evans and tied for second in targets behind Evans. O.J. Howard was getting as much (or more) targets than Rob Gronkowski before he was injured and Brate looks like he’s stepping into that role for Tampa now. His $6.8 million annual salary means that he’s only owned in 7% of Dynasty Owner leagues, so not a lot of Dynasty Owners even have the opportunity to put him in their Starting lineup. If you are missing Darren Waller, Hunter Henry or Jared Cook this week and somehow have Brate on your roster, then Start him.

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

Next up is reviewing the Week 5 Bench or Practice Squad recommendations to see how those did.

  • QB: Gardner Minshew II – 26.9 (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: Joe Mixon – 15.4 (Just Ok recommendation)
  • WR: Terry McLaurin – 5.6 (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Zach Ertz – 1.6 (Good recommendation)

For the first time this season, we had two Good Bench recommendations (Terry McLaurin and Zach Ertz), which is exactly what I asked for last week. Terry McLaurin missed having Dwayne Haskins throwing him the ball (did I just type that sentence), while Zach Ertz misses having a WR who can take the pressure and the double teams off him. As a result, both of them should not have been in your Starting lineup. On the Just Ok side was Joe Mixon who scored 15.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but needed a whopping 30 touches to do so. Even so, he was barely in the Top 20 RBs for the week, so that recommendation was Just Ok. Gardner Minshew II was the #12 QB this week, which means he should have been a Starter, therefore that recommendation was Bad. Last week, I wrote that hopefully the Good Bench TE selections keep coming and it pairs with the first Good Bench WR selection of the season. Since that’s what happened, I’m asking for four Good Bench recommendations with these Week 6 selections.

Tom Brady (QB – TB): Brady is currently the #7 QB in Dynasty Owner, so he should be a Starter, but he is coming off a poor outing in Week 5 against the Bears in which he only scored 17.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Brady has had two very good games (46.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 4 and 31.9 points in Week 3) to go along with an average game in Week 1 (23.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and two poor ones (10.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2 and last week with 17.7 points). The Green Bay defense is rested after their Week 5 bye and should be plenty ready to face Brady and the Buccaneers. Brady’s top three WRs (Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Scott Miller) were all limited in practice on Thursday and questionable for Sunday’s game. Their health, or lack of it, might task even the G.O.A.T. so Bench Brady this week.

Aaron Jones (RB – GB): Don’t say this too loud for fear of being mocked, but Aaron Jones is TD-dependent. He’s the #4 RB in Dynasty Owner despite playing one fewer game than every other top RB, but much of his scoring is built on his six TDs so  far this year. On the other side of the ball, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense has been pretty stellar against the run in 2020, allowing only 43 rushing yards per game. Of course, they have allowed five TDs to RBs (4 rushing and 1 receiving), so Jones might still be a top RB if he doesn’t gain many yards on the ground. Not a big fan of having to rely on a guy to score TDs to be worth a spot in my Starting lineup. With Alvin Kamara, Josh Jacobs and Chris Carson out plus injuries to Dalvin Cook, Nick Chubb, Austin Ekeler, Dynasty Owners might have no choice but to Start Jones. However, if you have some depth, consider leaving him on the Bench this week.

Cooper Kupp (WR – LAR): Out of the Rams three main receiving weapons, Cooper Kupp is the one most likely to have a bad game versus the San Francisco 49ers. Last year, he only scored 17.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in two games vs. the 49ers compared with 27.9 for Robert Woods and 24.9 for Tyler Higbee. And in his only other appearance against San Francisco back in 2017, he scored just 3.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He didn’t play in either game against the 49ers in 2018. It appears that 49ers Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh, who has been at the helm of the team’s defense since 2017, has Kupp’s number. Kupp is currently the #17 WR in Dynasty Owner and was a high draft pick (ADP 56.2). Don’t let those stats make you overlook his track record against this week’s opponent and leave Kupp on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

Noah Fant (TE – DEN): Fant is listed as questionable to play as of Thursday night, so Dynasty Owners may not have to decide about Starting him this week against New England. The Patriots have faced the #1 and #2 TEs in Dynasty Owner the past two weeks in Travis Kelce and Darren Waller and held them to 10.0 and 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points respectively. Not sure why Fant would be expected to do better than that, especially coming off a sprained ankle sustained in the Broncos Week 4 victory over the Jets. Don’t bother waiting until Sunday to make your decision to Bench Fant, do it now and worry about other things.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – DynastyPrice vs. Dynasty Rewind

It’s time for our sixth Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week for the 2020 season and this one is a grudge match. DynastyPrice (Garret Price) of the Dynasty Nerds battles his former crew at Dynasty Rewind. Verbal shots have been fired on Twitter and now it’s time to see who’s got the better Dynasty Owner team.

Based on the exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections for each team’s current lineup, it’s Dynasty Rewind as they are projected to win by 13.8 points (124.4 to 110.6). Not exactly the cakewalk that Dynasty Rewind tweeted (https://twitter.com/DynastyRewind/status/1316798650085978115), but a solid win for the Rewind crew. First, let’s look each team’s current Starting lineup to see who’s got the advantage there:

The Dynasty Rewind advantage is built upon their RBs, including James Robinson at the FLEX position as Miles Sanders, David Montgomery and Robinson are expected to score 40.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Duke Johnson, Johnathan Taylor and Preston Williams at FLEX are projected for just 28.3 points. The rest of the Starting lineups are even.

Let’s look at both Benches to see if both teams have a full one or if the Bye week is forcing one or both teams to have someone on the Bench who is on Bye.

Dynasty Rewind has Drew Brees on their Bench, getting them a guaranteed zero. Of course, they did draft three starting QBs, it’s just that the third one was Dwyane Haskins who is no longer a starter for the Washington Football Team. DynastyPrice is fortunate that both of his starting QBs (Baker Mayfield and Joe Burrow) aren’t on bye this week. Even with the zero from Brees, the Rewind team is projected to score more Bench points (52.3 to 40.5).

Both teams need a victory as Dynasty Rewind is in third place in our Experts league at 3-2 and a loss will knock them down the standings. DynastyPrice sits in 10th place, but his 2-3 record would move to .500 with a victory and put them right in the hunt for the playoffs.

Conclusion

There’s no bye week in Dynasty Owner! Dynasty Owners can’t take a week off from setting their Starting lineup or their Bench, especially not in Week 6 when no one has clinched a playoff berth or is totally out of the playoff hunt officially yet. Dynasty Owners also have to make sure all of the games will be played as scheduled and adjust accordingly if more bye weeks are moved around.

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Week 5 Recap: Decisions, Decisions

Author: Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

NFL coaches make hundreds of decisions every week. What play to call on offense, what defensive formation best suits the down and distance situation, should we go for it on fourth and short or punt and whether or not to kick an extra point or go for two in certain game situations. It’s decision after decision after decision all game long. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had an especially crucial decision on Sunday night against Seattle – whether to go for it on fourth and one from the Seattle 6-yard line up by five points to pretty much clinch the game or kick a FG to go up by eight points with two minutes left to go. Zimmer chose to go for the first down, Alexander Mattison got stopped short and the Vikings turned the ball over on downs. After that, Russell Wilson drove the Seahawks down the field for a game-winning TD.

Dynasty Owners had a big decision this week as well. Start your Tennessee and Buffalo players who were supposed to play on Tuesday night and hope the game was played, or play it safe and insert someone on a team playing on Sunday or Monday and take the guarantee of your player actually playing. Tough decision, especially for Dynasty Owners with Josh Allen and Derrick Henry on their teams. Unlike Mike Zimmer who gambled and lost, Dynasty Owners who gambled that the Titans-Bills game would be played on Tuesday were correct. Whether or not it helped them win their Dynasty Owner game is a completely different story. Everyone can feel free to comment about this or other decisions on Twitter, Facebook or just to yourself in the privacy of your own home.

This is our fifth regular season Dynasty Owner weekly recap article for 2020. Good thing that I decided to turn in this article on Wednesday AM instead of Tuesday or I would have missed out on including one player in the Bench players section. Just like every week, 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 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 October 14th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our fifth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2020 is: Chase Claypool

Like a RKO out of nowhere, Chase Claypool is the first WR and first rookie to win the Player of the Week honor this year. Daniel Jones was the other rookie Player of the Week winner back in the Playoff Finals last year. The Pittsburgh rookie WR had only scored 26.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through the first three weeks of the season (Pittsburgh had an unexpected bye in Week 4). This average production left many of his Dynasty Owners to make the decision to keep him on the Bench or even leave him on the Practice Squad (am I right Tim?). All of them who decided to keep him on the Bench or Practice Squad missed out on Claypool’s breakout performance with 42.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 110 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs, 6 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD). Moving forward, I’m sure more of them will be making the decision to put him in their Starting lineup.

  • Week 5 Points: 42.6
  • 2020 Salary: $1,654,156
  • Cost per Point: $38,830

Congratulations to Chase on your first Dynasty Owner weekly honor in just your fourth game!

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 fifth Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for 2020 is: Travis Fulgham

A most unlikely winner in a most unusual year. Fulgham has played as many weeks in the 2020 season as teams who have released him this year (two). The Eagles are his third team of the year after he was released by both the Lions and Packers in late August. He was signed to the Eagles’ practice squad, suited up last week for the first time due to multiple WR injuries and ended up catching two passes for 57 receiving yards and a receiving TD (13.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). That was good enough to get him and his $540,000 minimum salary picked up in 4% of Dynasty Owner leagues in advance of Week 5 (take a bow David Brady of the Wannabees). If any of those Dynasty Owners made the decision to start Fulgham (or even put him on their Bench this week), it paid off as he scored 31.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 receptions, 152 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). Not bad for a guy who would have been on bye this week if he had still been on the Lions or Packers roster.

  • Week 5 Points: 31.2
  • 2020 Salary: $540,000
  • Cost per Point: $17,308

Congratulations Travis on playing your way onto the Eagles roster and securing your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor!

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 5. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Patrick Mahomes or Travis Kelce this week because that’s an easy decision. 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 5 when they should have been.

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA) – 38.1 points

Four good weeks in a row for the 37-year old Fitzpatrick makes it so he probably shouldn’t be eligible for this spot anymore. He’s now the #8 QB in Dynasty Owner and has scored more than 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in three of the past four weeks. He did it again this week against a good 49ers defense. It makes all of the talk during the week about the Dolphins playing Tua Tagovailoa seems like ancient history. Fitzpatrick just edged out Ryan Tannehill, who had 38.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on Tuesday night, for the top QB spot this week. Fitzpatrick should have been in your Starting lineup this past week and probably should be in it next week when the Dolphins face off against the hapless New York Jets.

RB: Chase Edmonds (ARI) – 21.0 points

Who’s the RB with the most fantasy points on the Arizona Cardinals? After his Week 5 performance of 21.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (36 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 5 receptions, 56 receiving yards, 31 return yards), it’s Chase Edmonds. Edmonds is the #26 ranked RB in Dynasty Owner with 60.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points now, ahead of teammate Kenyan Drake who is ranked #33 with 51.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. You know who knew the answer to that question? Everyone who drafted Drake (ADP 30.4), that’s who. And it wasn’t even Edmonds’ Week 5 performance that put him in front of Drake as Edmonds had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points coming into Week 5 as well (39.6 for Edmonds vs. 38.4 for Drake). If you have both of them on your Dynasty Owner roster, it’s decision time moving forward on which one of them to put in your Starting lineup and which one to leave on the Bench. This past week, it was Edmonds who should have drawn the Starting nod.

WR: Brandin Cooks (HOU) – 30.1 points

What a difference a week makes. After putting up a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in Week 4 and averaging just 5.95 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game through the first four weeks, Brandin Cooks was likely not in many Dynasty Owner’s plans this week. He should have been as he was the third best WR of the week behind Chase Claypool and Travis Fulgham. Cooks’ ownership had dropped to 55% despite an ADP of 156.7. His ownership might not rise much due to his $16.2 million annual salary, but those people who have him on their Dynasty Owner roster might give him a second look when setting their Starting lineup in Week 6 since he should have been there in Week 5.

TE: Darren Fells (HOU) – 13.7 points

What a difference a week makes – part 2. Last week in this spot, it was Robert Tonyan of Green Bay with 33.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week, it’s Darren Fells from the Houston Texans who scored 20.1 fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points with just 13.7 points. That was still good enough to make Fells the #6 TE for the week. Fells only had two targets, but he turned them into 2 receptions for 57 receiving yards and a receiving TD (13.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Pretty good for a player who is only owned in 16.5% of Dynasty Owner leagues and thus, not in many Dynasty Owner Starting lineups.

K: Graham Gano (NYG) – 19.0 points

While the New York Giants haven’t been scoring many TDs, they have been giving Graham Gano plenty of FG chances and he’s taken advantage by making 9 out of 10 FGs (as well as both PATs), through the first four weeks of the season. This week, Gano had three FGs of 50 yards or more, accounting for 19.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (FGs of 28 yards, 50 yards, 54 yards and 55 yards plus 2 PATs). He wasn’t signed by the Giants until mid-August after being cut by Carolina, but has seized the opportunity presented in New York and is one of the few Giants worth having in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to Jason Sanders who also had 19.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to go along with previous weeks of 11.0 and 16.0 points in Weeks 2 and 4. Gano received the nod because he is owned in fewer leagues (80% vs. 100% for Sanders). Sanders shouldn’t be sitting on anyone’s Bench or Practice Squad moving forward as he’s perfect on the season (14 out of 14 on FGs and 10 out of 10 on PATs) and the #1 kicker in Dynasty Owner right now.

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 5.

QB: Matt Ryan (ATL) – 7.2 points

Matt Ryan has been a pretty steady QB to play in Dynasty Owner as he had scored 20.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in 12 out of 19 weeks between this year and last year. And only twice had he failed to score at least 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over that same time period. Make it three times now, as Ryan only scored 7.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (226 passing yards, -1 rushing yard, 1 INT, 1 fumble) for his owners this week. It’s looking like Falcons owner Arthur Blank is leaving the decision on Ryan’s future up to his new coach and GM next year (https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/30102371/atlanta-falcons-owner-arthur-blank-says-team-see-matt-ryan-future). Dynasty Owners with Ryan on their roster can decide every week whether or not to put Ryan in their Starting lineup. This week, he should have been on the Bench or Practice Squad if you’re fortunate enough to have three NFL starting QBs on your roster.

RB: Devin Singletary (BUF) – 4.3 points

Dynasty Owners waited through the seemingly endless number of Titans COVID tests on Sunday, Monday and even Tuesday AM to find out if keeping Singletary in their Starting lineup was the right decision. Finally after no positive tests on Tuesday AM, the Bills-Titans game would move forward and all of Singletary’s Dynasty Owners who had decided to roll the dice and Start him had gotten what they waited for – Tuesday Night Football and Singletary earning points for their Dynasty Owner team. It was all for nearly nothing as Singletary had only 4.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (25 rushing yards, 1 reception, 8 receiving yards). Being conservative and leaving Singletary on the Bench or Practice Squad was the better decision than waiting and having him in your Starting lineup.

WR: Amari Cooper (DAL) – 4.1 points

No crying “not fair” about Cooper’s inclusion on this list because of Dak Prescott’s injury as Cooper had 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points before Prescott’s injury and all 4.1 of his points (2 receptions, 23 receiving yards, -2 rushing yards) after Andy Dalton entered to play QB for Dallas. Cooper had earned his spot in your Starting lineup on a weekly basis by putting up an average of 21.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over the first four weeks of the 2020 season. He was also playing at home where he had been a much better performer since coming over to Dallas and was playing against the Giants who he averaged 20.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game against in 2019. All signs pointed to another big fantasy week for Cooper and the Cowboys cooperated with 37 points and 288 yards passing, but Cooper had very little of that production. As a result, the smart decision would have been to put him on your Dynasty Owner Bench, not Starting lineup, this past week.

TE: Mo Allie-Cox (IND) – 0.0 points

Mo Allie-Cox had TD receptions in each of the past two weeks and had averaged 10.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over the first four weeks of the season heading into his Week 5 game versus the Cleveland Browns. He was just outside of the Top 12 TEs coming into Week 5 at #14, but many people expected another quality performance from him. They had him in their Starting lineup based on his hot start to the season and the fact that the Browns were giving up an average of 14.65 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to TEs over the first four weeks of the 2020 season. Starting Allie-Cox was a bad decision as he put up the dreaded Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) for everyone who decided to trust him to do well this week. He should have been on your Bench or better yet, on your Practice Squad.

Dishonorable mention to a quartet of TEs who all put up fewer than 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 5. If not for Mo Allie-Cox and his Blutarsky, any of the following TEs could have been the choice for Bench TE this week: Logan Thomas (1.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points); Dalton Schultz (1.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points); Zach Ertz (1.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points); and Hayden Hurst (2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). None of them belonged in anybody’s Dynasty Owner Starting lineup although many Dynasty Owners probably make the incorrect decision to start them.

K: Michael Badgley (LAC) – 0.0 points

The 50 yard FG attempt that bonked off the right upright cost Badgley’s Dynasty Owners 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. At that time, he had made 3 out of 4 PATs and had 2.0 points, but the missed FG led to a two point deduction which gave him a 0.0 for the week. If the kick had gone through, Badgley would have gotten an additional 8.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5.0 for the 50-yard FG and the 3 point clutch scoring bonus since it would have won the game at the end of regulation for the Chargers). Badgley didn’t have the worst kicker week as Stephen Hauschka, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars, had -3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points because he missed two FGs (24 and 49 yards), while making two PATs. Hauschka was only owned in 4% of Dynasty Owner leagues last week (second shout out this week to the Wannabees who were one of those teams) because of his release earlier in the year by the Bills combined with his $4 million annual salary. Hauschka should be released now as he was by Jacksonville and Badgley should have been on the Bench this week.

Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week Recap

Neither team lived up to their lofty projections this week, but it was F.F. Express who won the Match-up of the Week by nearly 50 points (128.3 to 78.8) over YayareaBoogiemen. F.F. Express moves to 5-0 on the season and still sits in 24th place in the Chase for the Ring standings. YayareaBoogiemen’s record falls to 4-1 with the loss.

F.F. Express made a decision in setting their lineup which cost them 15.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and eight places in the Chase standings. The decision to leave Brandon McManus in their Starting lineup and keep Graham Gano on the Bench didn’t matter in the game outcome, but is the difference between 24th place and 16th place in the Chase. F.F. Express has another decision to make now because his Starting QB was Dak Prescott. Does F.F. Express drop Dak and his $30.144 million, 1-year contract and pick up another high-priced QB to maintain their lead in their league standings and place in the Chase for the Ring, or do they hold on to Dak for future seasons and possibly sacrifice their chance to win this year? Maybe they can do both, but that’s a huge decision for F.F. Express and other Dynasty Owners with Dak on their roster.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

The flip flopping of the top two places in the Chase for the Ring standings continues as All Might is back in first place with The Human Fund falling to second place.

However, in a fascinating development, both All Might and The Human Fund are not undefeated. In fact, only four of the Top 10 teams in the Chase are in fact undefeated this year. Overall, just 13 of the Top 25 are undefeated and two Top 25 teams sport 3-2 records (Rimmerworld Smegheads in 20th place and Russell Wilson’s War in 23rd place). So much for the myth that some of these teams at the top of the Chase might be in non-competitive leagues! On the other hand, the teams in the 6th to 10th position in the current Chase standings are all new to the Top 10. The five teams that dropped out of the Top 10 are all still in the Top 25, including the two 3-2 teams mentioned above who were in 6th and 9th place just last week.

Conclusions

It was a week of tough decisions for the NFL, NFL coaches and Dynasty Owners alike. The decisions on who to start, who to play on your Bench and who to keep on the Practice Squad continue for Dynasty Owners with four teams (as of now) on bye in Week 6. This is along with the added decision for some Dynasty Owners about what to do with Dak Prescott.

Please read the preview article which comes out on Friday throughout the Dynasty Owner season to see how my Week 5 recommendations did and who should be a Starter and who should be on your Bench in Week 6. Besides the weekly recap and preview articles, 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).

Hopefully, you didn’t miss this week’s Tuesday Live YouTube podcast featuring three of the Dynasty Owner writing crew (myself, Matt and Jay) along with Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer and Uncle Don at the controls. If so, then head over to YouTube or one of the many other places (iTunes, Spotify, Spreaker) that you can watch or listen to it.

The podcast series with myself and Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer will continue with weekly videos that will be posted on the Dynasty Owner YouTube page as well. You can catch up with older videos and tutorials there as well. Tune in to learn more about Dynasty Owner, see how our predictions did and help you set your weekly lineup. Subscribe to the YouTube channel and make sure to “Like” all of the videos to help promote them. Dynasty Owner is up to 530 subscribers on YouTube and gaining more every week. All of this great content is available to help you win your Dynasty Owner league and make your way into the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring standings.

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