Week 9 Recap: Who Are Some of These Guys?

Author: Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

This wasn’t planned in advance, but it seems very 2020 that last week it was big names scoring big points, while the very next week, we had TDs being scored by some pretty obscure NFL players. Last week, it was a “Who’s Who” of players putting up big performances and this week, it’s more of a “Who’s That?”.

A dozen NFL players who are owned in 5% or less of Dynasty Owner leagues scored a TD this week. For half of them, they scored more Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week than they had done all season. Most of them have salaries of under $1 million as well. Three of these players (Richie James, Ryan Nall and Mack Hollins) check all three of the above boxes. Fortunately for me, I don’t need to analyze all of them and make the difficult decision of figuring out who’s worth picking up off the Free Agent Auction this week and who isn’t. That’s Jay Poundsee’s job (@jaypoundsnfl) in his just published Tuesday article and he had plenty of work to do this week in deciding if James, Isaiah McKenzie, Tyler Kroft, Maxx Williams and the rest of the guys who scored a TD this week with under 5% ownership are worth using your Dynasty Dollars on.

Not only were there a dozen guys with under 5% ownership who scored TDs, we also had players with little name recognition and Dynasty Owner ownership like Cam Sims (4% ownership) and Austin Mack (0% ownership) scoring double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points (14.0 for Sims and 11.2 for Mack) without the benefit of a TD. New Jaguars QB Jake Luton isn’t a household name, even in fantasy football playing households, but he had 25.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week which included a rushing TD. Finally, some highly owned but underperforming players (Irv Smith Jr., Adam Trautman, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, James Washington and more) got into the TD-scoring act this week. Both Smith and Valdes-Scantling had 2 TDs each. There was plenty of scoring from guys who probably weren’t in a lot of Dynasty Owner Starting lineups or on too many Benches this week.

We’ll expand upon the performances of some of these players in our ninth 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 November 10th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our ninth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2020 and first repeat winner for the season is: Josh Allen

For the second time this season, Josh Allen scored over 50.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and didn’t commit a turnover. The first time he accomplished both of these feats was back in Week 2 when he scored 50.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and had no turnovers against the Dolphins. This week, he torched the Seattle defense for 50.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (415 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 14 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD) without a turnover. Allen outdueled the #1 QB in Dynasty Owner in Russell Wilson this week to lead his Bills to a 44-34 victory over Wilson’s Seahawks. After four consecutive subpar performances, Allen was on top of his game this week.

  • Week 9 Points: 50.2
  • 2020 Salary: $5,295,760
  • Cost per Point: $105,493

Congratulations Josh on being the first player to win two Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honors this season.

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. The ninth Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for 2020 is: Richie James

There was some stiff competition for this honor with all of the low-salary players who scored TDs this week. With the opportunity to play due to three 49ers WRs on the COVID-19 reserve list (Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne) plus George Kittle’s injury, James was the highest scoring WR of the week with 33.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions, 184 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). That was slightly more points than top WRs Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill. James was only owned in 2% of Dynasty Owner leagues despite his low $634,143 salary prior to this week. With the return of Samuel and Aiyuk for Week 10, James’ ownership may not go up much after his Week 9 award-winning performance.

  • Week 9 Points: 33.4
  • 2020 Salary: $634,143
  • Cost per Point: $18,986

Congratulations Richie 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 9. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Kyler Murray, Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce because barring injury or bye week, those guys 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 9 when they should have been.

QB: Drew Lock (DEN) – 36.4 points

Lock is in this spot for the second week in a row and this week, he was even better. He had the same type of game as last week in that he didn’t do much in the first half (98 passing yards for 4.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and came on strong in the second half with 3 TDs (2 passing and 1 rushing). He ended up with 36.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (313 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 47 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT). He’s still averaging less than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per start (19.6), putting him in Tier 3 among QBs from the Week 9 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/2020/11/week-9-preview-trade-talk/), but he’s made his case to be in Dynasty Owner Starting lineups over the past two weeks. This week, he definitely should have been your Starter as he was easily in the Top 10 QBs.

Honorable mention to another Tier 3 QB Teddy Bridgewater who had the same number of Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week as Lock. Bridgewater had his top weapon in Christian McCaffrey back and took advantage to produce his best game of the year with 36.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (310 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 19 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD). Bridgewater was on the top end of Tier 3 after eight weeks with an average of 20.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week. After this week’s performance, he’s at the low end of Tier 2 with an average of just over 22.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. In Week 9, he was at his best and should have been in your Starting lineup.

RB: J.D. McKissic (WAS) – 17.2 points

If you take out his Week 1 performance (0.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), McKissic has been a serviceable low end starter or top Bench option. He has averaged 7.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, which jumps up to 9.1 points if you exclude Week 1. He has done all of this without scoring a TD and continued his TD-less season in Week 9. However, he scored 17.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (17 rushing yards, 9 receptions, 65 receiving yards) for his best performance of the season. With all of the RB injuries and bye weeks, McKissic has turned into someone you can plug into your Starting lineup and get some points. He should have been a Starter for your Dynasty Owner team this week.

Honorable mention to Kalen Ballage who re-emerged with the Los Angeles Chargers to put up 16.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (69 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 receptions, 15 receiving yards). It’s been quite the year for Ballage. He started the 2020 season with the Miami Dolphins, but was traded at the end of August to the New York Jets. That trade was voided three days later after he failed a physical with the Jets. He was then released by the Dolphins in early September and picked up by the Jets ten days later. He played three games with the Jets but waived in early October. Four days after he was waived, the Chargers picked him up and added him to their Practice Squad. When he finally got the chance to play this week, he produced a very solid game. Even though he was still owned in 21% of Dynasty Owner leagues, it’s unlikely anyone had him anywhere near their Starting lineup. Ballage had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week than every RB, but first round draft picks Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey plus McKissic and should have been in Dynasty Owner Starting lineups.

WR: Jakobi Meyers (NE) – 28.9 points

After producing only 1.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first five games of the 2020 season, Meyers has emerged as the top New England WR with the injuries to fellow WRs Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry. He had 10.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the Patriots’ Week 7 loss to the 49ers and followed it up with 13.8 points in a Week 8 loss to the Bills. This week, Meyers had 28.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (12 receptions and 169 receiving yards) without the benefit of a TD, which is more points than he had scored up to this point of the season (25.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Meyers is rostered in 61% of Dynasty Owner leagues with a really low salary of $588,333, but was unlikely to have been in many Starting lineups.

Honorable mention to another WR who played on Monday Night Football. Brashard Perriman had only played four out of eight games this season so far, but hadn’t made much of an impact with just 22.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points combined. This week, he had 27.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 101 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs) to lead the Jets offense. His $6.5 million salary and lack of production have kept his ownership low, at just 36%, but if you have him on your Dynasty Owner roster, this was the week to get him in your Starting lineup.

TE: Irv Smith Jr. (MIN) – 15.0 points

Travis Kelce was the #1 TE in Dynasty Owner again this week with 25.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He’s outscoring every other TE by 57.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. So, if you have Kelce, you’re fine. If not, you might be looking every week to figure out who should be in your Starting lineup. One person who probably wasn’t in too many Starting lineups this week was Irv Smith Jr. of the Minnesota Vikings. Smith had only collected a total of 3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through the first four weeks of the season. That didn’t cause many Dynasty Owners to drop him as his ownership is still 99% now. Instead, they held on and may have been rewarded as Smith scored more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in two of the past three weeks. Make that three out of four after his 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (2 receptions, 10 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). He might finally be worthy of that mid-round pick (ADP 132.9) most of his Dynasty Owners used on him. Hopefully they took advantage of having Smith on their roster and had him in their Starting lineup this week.

Honorable mention to Saints rookie TE Adam Trautman who scored his first NFL TD this week and had 12.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 39 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). That was good for a spot in the Top 10 among TEs this week, just a couple weeks after he was inactive for a game against the Chargers. After scoring just 6.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the Saints’ first seven games, Trautman doubled that output in Week 9 alone and should have been in your Starting lineup.

K: Nick Folk (NE) – 17.0 points

Folk was questionable for Monday Night Football against the Jets due to a back injury. As a result, Dynasty Owners likely removed him from their Starting lineup (and even from their Bench) because of that uncertainty. His Dynasty Owners missed out on 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points by not waiting. Of course, he was the #26 kicker in Dynasty Owner after eight weeks and hadn’t scored double digit points yet, so his 17.0 point outburst was a surprise. Folk was 3 for 3 on FGs with one from every scoring range (29, 45 and 51 yards) and 3 PATs. His 51-yarder happened as time expired at the end of the game and earned him the week’s only clutch scoring bonus. Dynasty Owners with Folk on their roster should have waited and put him in their Starting lineup this week.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been one of your Starters but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Starters, but were better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in Week 9.

QB: Tom Brady (TB) – 1.5 points

In my Week 9 preview article, I recommended that the G.O.A.T. should be on your Dynasty Owner Bench. While I thought that he would struggle against the Saints as he has in games this year against NFC teams, I wouldn’t have predicted him to have only 1.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (209 passing yards, 3 INTs). With two more NFC opponents on tap the next two weeks (Panthers and Rams), it is time to believe in the pattern for the G.O.A.T. is locked in. He probably should be on your Dynasty Owner Bench the next two weeks, just like he should have been this week.

RB: James Conner (PIT) – 4.0 points

Big things were predicted this week for James Conner with the Steelers facing the Dallas Cowboys defense that had allowed over 100 yards rushing by a single RB in two of the past three weeks (with Boston Scott having 70 yards in the third game). As a Top 12 RB in Dynasty Owner with an average of 16.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, his Dynasty Owners were slotting Conner in as their RB1 for Week 9. That didn’t materialize as he completely flopped, scoring just 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (22 rushing yards, 2 receptions, -2 receiving yards). Despite the great matchup, Conner should have been left on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

WR: Corey Davis (TEN) – 0.0 points

Corey Davis was having a breakout 2020 season despite contracting the COVID-19 virus and having to sit out two games. In the five games that he had played before Week 9, Davis had not gotten less than double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points and was averaging 16.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. However, this week against the Bears, he put up the dreaded Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He was targeted three times, but had no catches and should have been left on your Bench or Practice Squad.

TE: Rob Gronkowski (TB) – 1.2 points

After a slow start to the 2020 season, Gronk has had three consecutive weeks with a receiving TD and more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (18.8 in Week 6, 16.2 in Week 7 and 14.1 in Week 8). This week, with the G.O.A.T. struggling (see above), Gronkowski only garnered 1.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 2 yards). This poor performance was despite being targeted six times in the game against the Saints. Leaving nearly all Buccaneers players on the Bench or Practice Squad was the right call this week, Gronkowski included.

K: Ryan Succop (TB) – 4.0 points The Buccaneers offensive woes this week also translated into few scoring attempts for kicker Ryan Succop. He had only one FG attempt, from 48 yards, which he made. That was good enough for 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the previously ranked #8 kicker in Dynasty Owner. In a week with only seven missed FGs, no kicker had fewer points than Succop. Carolina kicker Joey Slye missed two FGs this week and only finished with 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points as well, but since he was just the #18 ranked kicker prior to Week 9, he shouldn’t have been in too many Starting lineups. Succop probably was with a high-scoring game between the Saints and Buccaneers expected on Sunday Night Football. It wasn’t for the Buccaneers and Succop was better left on your Bench.

Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week Recap

Baby Got Dak had a mixed bag result this week. They kept their undefeated season going with a 134.8-127.7 victory over Serenity Now, but didn’t score enough points to stay in the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring. As you can see, Baby Got Dak won because of their Bench scoring.

Baby Got Dak trailed Serenity Now 117.6 to 115.7 using just their Starting lineups. However, the combination of zero points from Serenity Now’s backup kicker Sam Sloman plus 28.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Jakobi Meyers who was on Baby Got Dak’s Bench (5.8 points towards their Total Score) pulled Baby Got Dak to victory.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

We have a new leader, his name is Victor, and Victor’s team name is Barbee Kilgore. Barbee Kilgore followed up a 241.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point week last week to move into the Top 25 with 232.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to move from second place into first. If you want to learn more about Victor and how he put together his Chase leading team, then check out last week’s Tuesday live podcast and hear Victor talk about it.

The top two teams (Barbee Kilgore and Quaranteed for Greatness) are the only teams with over 1,500 Dynasty Owner fantasy points after Week 9. Besides that, the Top 10 in the Chase looks remarkably familiar with only Yanji in sixth place and The Tough Guys in seventh not being in last week’s Top 10 (although The Tough Guys were in eleventh place). My Corona won again, but slipped from seventh place down to tenth place in the Chase for the Ring standings with their victory.

Conclusions

Last week, it was the big names who produced big points for your Dynasty Owner team. While plenty of them scored big again this week, as evidenced by the high point total for Barbee Kilgore and Quaranteed for Greatness, guys who are only household names in their own household were scoring TDs and the Dynasty Owner fantasy points that go along with those TDs. Some of those guys will be worth picking up in the Free Agent Auction in the upcoming days and weeks, while others can be left there. Now that the games are over for the week, it’s time for Dynasty Owners to get into General Manager mode for Week 10.

Please read the preview article which comes out on Friday throughout the Dynasty Owner season to see how my Week 9 recommendations did and who should be a Starter and who should be on your Bench in Week 10. Besides the weekly recap and preview articles, we will also have articles every week from both Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) and Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl) as well. Reading their articles will help you figure out the ins and outs of Dynasty Owner and make you a better General Manager and Head Coach.

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Week 10 Free Agent Auction Targets

Author: Jay Poundsee (@JayPoundsNFL)

The free agent market has really been starting to dry up as the weeks pass, but this week there seems to actually be some depth to the point some of these players on the list may be arguable. At this point in the season you should have a pretty solid idea if your team is heading for the playoffs or a high draft selection, and base your free agent targets off of that.

I will do my best to try and select players that can help right now and are young enough to still have future upside to help those of you looking to next year too, but these players are naturally going to be more beneficial for owners fighting for playoff spots. I know sometimes as an owner it’s very easy to look at your team with a bias and have somewhat unrealistic expectations for how the season will go, but this is the time of year to be as honest as you can with yourself and make the right selections in who you are targeting. I envision the worst scenario for any losing owner is to pick a free agent up, have him win you a week and amount to nothing but a cap holds for next season.

If you are stuck in a rebuild don’t feel bad, I am in the same boat with my team performing well below expectations this season, but I have to say trading in this format has made even a pathetic losing season enjoyable. The salaries make trading extremely interactive and require a lot of strategy and thinking when trying to execute, just imagine how much fun trading will be if conditional picks become available. One last tip i would like to recommend is starting to factor in years and salary before picking up free agents, especially if you’re not exactly on the winning end of things. I can only imagine how much harder trying to rebuild a team is with most of its cap utilized vs. a team with over half the cap available.

Garret Gilbert (1-Year $690,000) – 28.87% Owned

Man did Gilbert Grape look great on Sunday against my Steelers. Yes, I stole Steve’s Gilbert Grape line for this article, because well… it was a hilarious comment, and one I was hoping would be true. Steve’s comment, while hilarious ended up not being the case as Gilbert came out and played much better than any expected against the vaunted Steelers defense. The Steelers have had a tendency over the Tomlin era to let bad teams stay in games, but I don’t think this was fully the case here. The Steelers came into this game with one plan, and that was to stop Zeke, Pollard and the run game. Gilbert recognized this early and began to pick the Steelers D apart with short to intermediate throws, finishing with 243 yards and a touchdown. He was also able to earn the respect of the defense which helped open up running lanes, and the play action pass.

I realize that the Cowboys have Andy Dalton who will be back healthy any week now, but this Sunday was the best the Cowboys have looked as a team since losing Dak which may have paved the way for Gilbert to remain under center moving forward. The Cowboys have only managed to win 2 games this season, and are somehow still in the thick of a playoff race thanks to the putrid division they play in. At this point with as bad as Dallas has looked, McCarthy may be coaching for his job and shouldn’t hesitate to go with Gilbert the way things went this weekend against a good football team. Gilbert slots in at number 1 this week with as important as the quarterback position is, and as hard as quality signal callers are to obtain.

Kalen Ballage (1-Year $750,000) – 20.62% Owned

In 2020 we have seen many odd things that’s for sure, but one thing we have seen that makes perfect sense is players like Robby Anderson and Kalen Ballage performing as soon as they were able to get away from the legend of his own world, Adam Gase. Ballage wasn’t a can’t miss prospect coming out of school by any means, but scouts and fantasy managers knew the kid had talent and could produce at the NFL level in some form.

In his first few years in the league for Miami, Ballage looked terrible averaging what seemed to be negative yards per carry, while looking inept as a runner. A few years down the road Ballage seemed to be nothing but a missed prospect and forgotten name, until the Chargers got banged up and needed a warm body. Ballage was much more than the warm body the Chargers needed totaling 15 carries for 69 yards a touchdown and added on 2 catches for 15 yards as well. The running back room for the Chargers looks similar to the 49ers roster with virtually everyone banged up and opening up carries for whoever is healthy.

Ballage may end up being the go-to back this week, but I want to air on the side of caution with him as I feel if Jackson or Pope are healthy, they will get carries over Ballage. After seeing week 9’s results, I think it’s safe to say the Chargers have seen enough of Josh Kelly and are phasing him out of the lineup with Pope, and Ballage out touching him in back to back weeks. We have now seen 3 players who looked very bad under Gase look like completely different competent players under new coaches, the players being Ballage, Anderson, and Tannehill. Only time will tell if Ballage can continue the trend Tannehill and Anderson have started.

Ross Dwelly (1-Year $750,000) 38.14% Owned

The 49ers have been the most beat up team this season, and it’s not even remotely close. Kittle, the 49ers pride and joy went down with a serious injury roughly a week ago with initial reports saying he would be out around 8 weeks, and while it seems it won’t be that long Kittle is almost a lock to miss the fantasy playoffs. Sunday against Green Bay the 49ers were not able to do much of anything without their star tight end, especially early in the game. The only true bright spot was Richie James (who you will see later), and his monster performance, though some may consider Dwelly’s 3 catch 55-yard day a success in his first game without Kittle leading the way. I am curious to find out if the production from Dwelly was more caused by the lack of play makers the 49ers had on the field, or a sign of things to come moving forward.

Dwelly is nowhere near Kittle’s talent level nor do I believe he’s even on Jordan Reeds talent level, but Dwelly played 42 snaps to Reed’s 13 seemingly acting as the 49ers tight end 1. I am unsure whether Reed was being eased back into things after missing multiple weeks on IR, or if the 49ers truly are going with Dwelly moving forward. No matter which direction the 49ers go on the season Dwelly should be rostered as he is a candidate to see plenty of work, and potentially play his way into viable option for next season. The biggest positives Dwelly has on his side is the fact that he is younger than Reed, the 49ers are losing, and seem to have realized this is a lost season.

Richie James (2-Years $634,143/Year) – 2.1% Owned

The rest of this list was extremely tight as far as production this season and beyond goes. I chose Richie James here in the 4th slot because of his age, talent, and monster game he put up against the Packers. James was drafted in 2018 by the 49ers and has been very effective as a return man throughout his short career. James has outlasted several players throughout his 49ers tenure, even players drafted early such as Dante Pettis. He has also survived constant change at the position on the depth chart, and through it all James has remained a constant. The 49ers have tremendous faith in James, and he showed everyone why Thursday night when the 49ers were more shorthanded than a David Price outing in the playoffs.

James, fresh off the injury report stepped in Thursday and delivered in a big way with 9 catches for 184 yards and a touchdown, all while outperforming Devante Adams on the same field. As we move forward James is nowhere near a lock with players like Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk due back in the lineup in the coming weeks, although this performance is a much-needed step in the right direction. With as banged up as the 49ers are at running back James may be a solid flex or bench option the rest of the way with San Francisco needing to throw the ball much more often than normal. James was able to show a good burst off of the line, along with creating separation continuously, and from what I have seen a very solid route runner.

Austin Mack (1-Year $765,833) – 0% Owned

I went with Mack in the final spot over players like Robinson, Zaccheaus, and David Moore because he is a rookie who performed well in place of a disgruntled veteran. Golden Tate was benched Sunday against the Washington Football Team due to performance and effort issues, which never ends well for said player. We may or may not have seen the last of Tate in a Giants uniform, but one thing is for certain, Mack stepped up big when called upon. Mack signed as an undrafted free agent this past off season out of The Ohio State University, and as we have seen so many times in the past, all players like Mack need is a chance.

With his chance, Mack hauled in 5 catches for 73 yards, and hopefully earning more of a role in the coming weeks. The Giants like the Cowboys have just 2 wins but are squarely in the mix for a division title, although it’s hard to imagine them deferring to a veteran over a possible up and coming rookie given the expectations of this team. Being an Ohio State die hard I was able to get more than a good look at Mack in college, and while raw Mack certainly has the skill set to succeed at the NFL level. Picking up players like Mack really early in their careers are what separates the good fantasy teams with depth from the bad teams. In Dynasty Owner there is no such thing as to much young, cheap talent, hoard it while you can.

As many fantasy leagues are starting to wind down with just a few weeks until playoffs followed by nothing until it’s time to redraft next year, here at Dynasty Owner we are just getting started. Outside of the initial draft day event there is no time more interesting than now in Dynasty Owner, as I mentioned above this is when things start to become clearer.

In any redraft league the teams that are out of it would have lost interest leaving unfair match ups because of unset lineups at times. The teams that aren’t in the playoff race in Dynasty Owner are busier than ever trying to unload contracts and pick up as much draft capital as possible. If you really start to ponder the idea around Dynasty Owner is as close as most will ever get to be a real NFL GM, handling salaries, and trying to identify the next James Robinson, or Austin Eckeler.

As I close out today, I would like to encourage everyone to tell a friend about Dynasty Owner, and hopefully they’ll be able to enjoy it with the rest of us! As always Good luck on your Chase for the Ring!

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Week 9 Preview – Trade Talk

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

The NFL trade deadline came and went on Tuesday with a few deals (Isaiah Ford to New England and some defensive players switching teams), but nothing major at all. The rumored trade of Will Fuller, or any Texans WR, to Green Bay never materialized and the deadline came and went without much action. It’s a different story when you get to fantasy football in general and Dynasty Owner in particular.

Fantasy football owners love to talk trades and analyze trades. Some even actually make reasonable offers and get one done. Dynasty Owner is no different. What is different is that Dynasty Owner Tom Ayling (@flanker546) created the Twitter hashtag #DOTRADES so all Dynasty Owners can see and comment on each other’s trades after they’ve gone down. That’s not happening on ESPN, Sleeper or any other fantasy football platform.

In my beta league, eight out of the 12 owners made a trade in October and one team who didn’t (my team) has a deal cooking for next week. That seems like a lot of trades – more than in my other leagues, both redraft and dynasty – but it would seem that trading is more difficult in Dynasty Owner because of the contracts and salary cap. However, the fact that Dynasty Owner requires more engagement from its Owners might be overriding those obstacles and creating more trades. What do you think? Comment on one of our YouTube videos or tweet using #DOTRADES and tag me (@SteveVT33) and Dynasty Owner (@Dynasty_Owner) to give us your opinion.

One thing that we aren’t going to trade is our weekly Match-up of the Week. Every week, we look at one Dynasty Owner game, check out the overall projected score and then each team’s Starters and Bench to see how their current lineups are projected to produce.

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 November 6th.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

First, let’s take a look at how my Week 8 Starter recommendations fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok):

  • QB: Baker Mayfield – 9.0 (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: Jamycal Hasty – 10.0 (Just Ok recommendation)
  • WR: Marquez Callaway – Did Not Play
  • TE: Ryan Izzo – 4.4 (Bad recommendation)

For the first time since Week 2, there were no Good recommendation last week. Baker Mayfield had a Bad game in the bad weather in Cleveland and while Ryan Izzo had his best game of the season with 4.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, it was still not enough to even rate as Just Ok. Marquez Callaway would have done well, but he ended up not playing this week and Jamycal Hasty’s performance of 10.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points was a very low end RB2 or FLEX starter, so recommending him was Just Ok. I’d like to trade my picks in Week 8 for four better ones this week. Honestly, it’s past time for a four Good recommendation week, so here we go again with four players who are recommended as Starters in Week 9.

Derek Carr (QB – LV): There are effectively three tiers of QBs in Dynasty Owner this season. Tier 1 are the ten QBs averaging 28.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game so far this season ranging from Russell Wilson (40.4) to The G.O.A.T. (28.3). Tier 2 are the second set of ten QBs who are averaging between 22.0 and 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the top of this tier and Carson Wentz at the bottom. Finally, we have the Tier 3 guys who are averaging less than 22.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. This tier is where you look for the QB to play for a week when your top QB is out on bye or facing a really tough match-up. Derek Carr heads up this tier and this week, he gets one of those defenses (Los Angeles Chargers) that he can produce more than an average game against for his Dynasty Owners. Last week, Drew Lock (another member of Tier 3) had himself quite a good second half against the Chargers and scored 30.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Carr will do that this week against the Chargers, so he can be in your Starting lineup. You likely don’t even need to trade for him as he’s only rostered in 45% of Dynasty Owner leagues.

La’Mical Perine (RB – NYJ): Perine has been splitting time pretty evenly with the ageless wonder Frank Gore in the Jets backfield in the three games since Le’Veon Bell was released. He’s been slightly better than Gore (8.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game vs. 6.7 for Gore) in those games despite slightly fewer touches (12.0 for Gore vs. 10.7 for Perine). Starting a Jets RB, especially one splitting time doesn’t seem like a good play until you consider that they are playing against New England and since the Patriots bye week, the Pats have given up an average of 174 yards rushing per game, including 190 yards to Buffalo last week and 197 yards to the 49ers the week before. Even Adam Gase can’t screw this up, can he? Don’t get him confused for his older brother Samaje who is on the Bengals and on bye this week. Start La’Mical on Monday Night Football against New England.

Marvin Hall (WR – DET): Kenny Golladay went down with a hip injury last week and Hall stepped in and scored 15.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Colts. Golladay was averaging 16.45 points per game in the four games he played this season, and someone has to step up again this week for the Lions against the Vikings. It could be Hall again and he showed some rapport with QB Matthew Stafford last week. If Stafford doesn’t play, then it’ll be either backup QB Chase Daniel or David Blough. Hall might have better rapport with them than any other WR on the Lions roster since they should be running scout team plays together. His contract is only $690,000 for this year and he’s still only rostered in 10% of Dynasty Owner leagues, up from 1% before Jay Poundsee’s Tuesday free agent target article, but till not very high. Dynasty Owners in the playoff hunt with Golladay or any of the many other injured WRs around should consider grabbing Hall and inserting him in their Starting lineup this week. He might only be a one-week solution, but every game and point counts in Dynasty Owner.

Jordan Akins (TE – HOU): Akins is currently ranked as the #31 TE in Dynasty Owner after missing the last three games. In his place, Darren Fells had two great games with 13.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Jaguars in Week 5 and 20.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Titans in Week 6. Jacksonville has allowed an average of 11.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to their opponent’s top TE this season while facing just two of the top 10 TEs (T.J. Hockenson and Jonnu Smith). This bodes well for Akins in his return from injury, so get him off your IR list and into your Starting lineup this week.

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

Next up is reviewing the Week 8 Bench or Practice Squad recommendations to see how those did.

  • QB: Josh Allen – 13.0 (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Melvin Gordon – 10.7 (Just Ok recommendation)
  • WR: Justin Jefferson – 5.6 (Good recommendation)
  • TE: T.J. Hockenson – 13.5 (Bad recommendation)

A better than average week two Good, one Just Ok and one Bad recommendation. The two Good ones were quite Good as Josh Allen relied on his running game and only had 13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against New England, while Justin Jefferson had just 5.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against Green Bay as Dalvin Cook ran wild over the Packers defense. Melvin Gordon was Just Ok against his former team in the Los Angeles Chargers, while T.J. Hockenson lost me bragging rights with Tim with his 13.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance. Still looking for my first Good RB Bench recommendation and it’s a big name who I’m pegging for a poor performance in Week 9. Let’s see who it is:

Tom Brady (QB – TB): The G.O.A.T. has become what some fantasy analysts, such as me, have criticized Aaron Rodgers for becoming over the past couple of seasons. That’s inconsistent. Overall, the stats are good for Brady. He’s averaging 28.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and is the #8 ranked QB in Dynasty Owner. However, if you look closer, you’ll see that he has great games (49.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Raiders and 46.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Chargers) mixed in with bad ones (10.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Panthers and 17.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Bears). If you look even closer, you start to see a pattern. He’s averaging 19.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in five games against NFC teams, with a high of 25.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week versus the Giants, as opposed to 42.6 points in three games against AFC teams. This week, the Buccaneers play the Saints for the second time. Brady had 23.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in their first matchup back in Week 1. Will he be better against them the second time around or are we seeing a pattern here? I vote pattern and would Bench the G.O.A.T. this week.

Ezekiel Elliott (RB – DAL): Elliott is still the #5 RB on the Dynasty Owner season, but it’s been a rough time for him since Dak Prescott got injured. With Andy Dalton and Ben DiNucci under center for the Cowboys for the past three games, Elliott has averaged just 8.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game after averaging 21.7 points per game in the first five games of the season. The Cowboys play the Steelers this week and surprisingly, the Steelers haven’t been great at holding down opponent RBs this year. Opposition RBs are averaging 16.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game against them. Only against Kareem Hunt of the Browns did they hold the top RB to under 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7.7 for Hunt in Week 6). However, don’t expect the Steelers to let Elliott run much with Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush at QB so Bench Elliott this week.

Mike Evans (WR – TB): The G.O.A.T. has been lobbying to play with Antonio Brown again for over a year after one game with him for New England in 2019. In that game, Brown had 15.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with Julian Edelman coming in second among WRs with 9.1 points. Brown was targeted 8 times, the most on the team. Brown is also apparently living at Brady’s house in Tampa right now, while none of the other Buccaneers WRs are. There appears to be some kind of bromance alive and well in Tampa with Brady and Brown. The loser in this scenario is Mike Evans. Evans has been fine overall this year for Tampa, but is mostly thriving when there’s no other WR for Tom to have eyes for as he’s averaging 20.05 Dynasty Owner fantasy points without Chris Godwin in the lineup, but just 7.3 with him there. Bench Evans until you see if he can get the G.O.A.T. to take his eyes off of Antonio Brown.

Mark Andrews (TE – BAL):  Despite having given up 13.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week to T.J. Hockenson, the Colts defense has still not given up a TD to a TE this season. They are also allowing a NFL low 31.7 yards per game to TEs this season. Mark Andrews has been a TD dependent TE so far this season. He has five TDs overall and two games with two TD receptions plus one game with one TD. In those three games, he is averaging 20.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. In the other four games in which he hasn’t scored a TD, he is averaging only 4.35 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Bet on the Colts keeping up their streak of not allowing a TD reception by a TE this week and leave Andrews on your Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Baby Got Dak vs. Serenity Now

For our ninth Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week for the 2020 season, we are featuring one of only three undefeated teams in the Chase for the Ring Top 25. Sitting in 21st place after eight weeks is Baby Got Dak who are 8-0. They face off against a strong 6-2 team in Serenity Now. You don’t have to go undefeated to win the Ring, but you do have to win your League and it’ll be tough for Baby Got Dak to do both if they need to face formidable teams like Serenity Now in their League playoffs.

Based on the exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections for each team’s current lineup, it’s going to be a close, high-scoring game with Serenity Now pulling out the victory  (140.2 to 136.2). Does Serenity Now have the lead from their Starting lineup or Bench? Let’s examine their Starters first to see how they match up.

An advantage of 8.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Serenity Now from the Starting lineups. Baby Got Dak has the better RBs (Alvin Kamara and Melvin Gordon) by 7.5 points over Phillip Lindsay and Josh Jacobs, while Serenity Now has a trio of great WRs in DK Metcalf, Stefon Diggs and Tyreek Hill who are projected to be 21.5 points better than A.J. Brown, Robby Anderson and Mike Evans for Baby Got Dak. With Nick Mullens at QB, Serenity Now could open up a lead on Thursday night or be wishing they started their other QB. Let’s look at the Benches to find out who that QB is:

It’s Washington Football Team QB Kyle Allen who’s on Serenity Now’s Bench in favor of Mullens. Based on projections (23.5 for Mullens vs. 20.8 for Allen), it’s the right call, but we’ll find out on Sunday for sure. Baby Got Dak has the much stronger Bench, particularly at RB as J.D. McKissic and Leonard Fournette are expected to outscore Jeremy McNichols by 14.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which is almost 3.0 points added to their final score. Serenity Now could close the Bench points gap and increase their projected margin of victory by promoting another RB or kicker from their Practice Squad, making a trade or using the Free Agent Auction to add to their Bench and close their projected deficit in our Match-up of the Week.

Conclusion

It’s almost time this week to trade in your General Manager’s hat for your Head Coach’s one as we get closer to Sunday. During the week is time for looking at other team’s rosters, trying to analyze your own team and figure out your needs for the week and rest of the season and maybe communicate with other Dynasty Owners about a player’s availability for a trade. Once the weekend rolls around, you pretty much know who’s available on your team for the week and need to move forward with analyzing your lineup. While the NFL trade deadline may have passed, Dynasty Owners can trade up until the playoffs and then a freeze on trades (and Free Agent Auction pickups) is instituted and only lifted once League Champions and a Chase for the Ring winner have been crowned.

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Dynasty Owner’s 2020 Midseason Awards

Author: Jay Poundsee (@JayPoundsNFL)

I know many of you myself included are amazed that the midway point has come and gone, but even with the season flying tradition still stands strong. The midseason awards we see from every sports outlet possible are finally here on Dynasty Owner and have been determined below, but beware, some awards are not awards you would want to win.

This is an article I want to have a little fun with for you, while still including some key stats and salaries as well. I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to write articles and help on the podcast here on Dynasty Owner. It truly has been a great experience and opportunity and I cannot thank Tim, Don, and the rest of the guys enough for all their hard work! I also cannot begin to thank you guys enough for helping Dynasty Owner grow the way you have; you all really are amazing!

I am not too sure if it’s the whole no preseason or just the pure excitement that we actually have a football season this year that is making Sundays seem faster than DK Metcalf after a Seahawks interception, but as we have all said many of times at least we have football in 2020. The NFL honestly deserves to be handed one of these awards with the job they have been able to do thus far containing COVID-19 and making this season a success, up to this point at least.

The fact they have executed this so well without a bubble while teams are traveling all over the country and even hosting fans in some venues has been a very refreshing site to see. We have seen so many interesting things around the NFL this season from the Chargers turning into the Falcons blowing every lead imaginable all the way to Daniel Jones tackling himself, and all I can think is how it’s by far one of my favorite starts to a season in recent memory…. That may or may not have something to do with my Steelers being undefeated!

If you guys and gals find you have a different choice in players for any of these awards please feel free to contact me on twitter and let me know what player it is and why you would give them the award. To me there is nothing more fun than discussing different football opinions, so please feel free. The way I like to describe fantasy football is an opinionated eye for talent, meaning there is a fair amount of skill that goes into fantasy but a ton of opinion and luck as well, which really makes it so much fun. If you really think about it without opinions in fantasy we would have zero reason to even play let alone draft or trade, because at the end of the day we would all just simply agree and that would be more boring than the Rams vs Patriots super bowl.

The only requirement will be that the player has played in most of the games, otherwise I would have to put players like Andrew Luck in this list. Yeah, I just threw out Andrew Luck in a 2020 article, why not right? Finally, I will shut up, and we will move on to the Dynasty Owner awards!

The “Why Did I Draft Him” Award

Winner – T.Y. Hilton (1-Year $13,000,000)

($276,008 $DD/PT)

Before getting to far into the first two awards I want to explain what these awards are for and what they mean. These awards will both be determined by each players dollar per point based on their salary and fantasy points scored. While TY Hilton may not be the technical answer here, he is by far one of the worst players as far as cost per point goes. Hilton’s unreal cost per point has more than doubled from the 2019 season and sits at $276,008 $DD/PT. Hilton was looked at as a possible solid veteran coming into the year judging by his 71.1% ownership.

I am willing to bet that if you were offered the same deal Jackie Moon had for Ed Monix (in the movie Semi Pro) sitting in front of you right now you would take it, wouldn’t you? I also need mention the runner up here which is Julio Jones at a whopping $202,952 $DD/PT this season. Julio was banged up a little but has still put up a few massive performances and has played in all but 2 games this year. I knew Julio’s cost would be high because of his 4-Year $22,000,000 contract, but I was not expecting it to be this bad. Just so it is out in the open for everyone to see the true winner is Andrew Luck at $24,594,000 $DD/PT.

The “I Am So Glad I Drafted Him” Award

Winner – Gardner Minshew (1-Year $677,721)

($3,987 $DD/PT)

Gardner Minshew was sitting at the top of the list when doing my research, and I have to say I was more than shocked it was not Alvin Kamara the way he has played. Minshew has been a very consistent fantasy player this season outside of week 3 against Miami when he posted a dud for 10 points. The offensive talent such as Chark, Robinson, Cole, and Shenault that Minshew has at his disposal shows up for fantasy owners each week, even if it does not for the Jaguars on Sundays. While this may be a great recipe this year it may translate to the Jags drafting Minshew’s replacement come spring. When I was doing a little rough drafting, I knew I would see Minshew somewhere near the top with as cheap as his salary is playing at the premier position in all of sports.

What I did not expect was to be taken on a full-on mustache ride like I was, not seeing a Kamara or Fulgham in the top spot. I know this is Minshew’s award, but I want to touch on Fulgham briefly and just how unbelievable this kid has been. Fulgham looks like a true alpha receiver who can do it all in this league, and is at the point if he’s able to continue playing close to the level he has recently that he may just earn the opportunity to be a force in the fantasy community for years to come.

Honorable Mention – Alvin Kamara ($4,926 $DD/PT)

The “I Really Want Him Moving Forward” Award

Winner – DK Metcalf (3 years $1,147,513)

($7,695 $DD/PT)

Is there a better contract in all of Dynasty Owner moving forward? I am sure you can make the case for some of the younger quarterbacks but with Metcalf it just seems you are going to have way more boom weeks than you bust. Metcalf is locked in with one of, if not the best quarterback in football Russel Wilson for the foreseeable future. Wilson has compared Metcalf and himself to Montana and Rice on several occasions and he just seems to enjoy flat out playing football with this kid, not to mention how much trust he’s shown in him. If you have Metcalf right now, I honestly think he’s almost untouchable, as nothing you will get back gives you the upside of Metcalf with Wilson on a week to week basis, especially at Metcalf’s salary.

Metcalf has posted an insane $7,695 $DD/PT so far this season and seems to be just getting started and being a prime candidate for the Wr1 spot on the season certainly helps his case for the award. Metcalf had an ADP of 37.8 this off season making him easily one of the best steals in the draft. I would be willing to bet a good majority of the top Chase for the Ring contestants have Metcalf on their roster balling out.

Honorable Mention – Kyler Murray ($37,708 $DD/PT)

The “Juggler” Award

Winner – Diontae Johnson (4 years $1,070,241)

($16,216 $DD/PT)

The Juggler award is one of my personal favorites and the meaning is quite explanatory, the point totals for the player juggle on a week to week basis more than anyone else. Johnson has had some of the highest highs this season, as we witnessed against the Titans when he exploded for 29 points, and another for 24.4 against the Broncos.

Johnson is also capable of some absolute stinkers posting 4 weeks this season with a score of 1.6 points or less for the week. These types of players are good to have around if you can predict when they are going to hit, if you cannot be ready for a headache all season long. Johnson has been banged up this season and I’m sure his owners are hoping that is why he has had so many of the lowest of lows this season. Did I mention this is one of my favorite awards, because it wouldn’t be if Johnson was on my team.

Honorable Mention – Brandin Cooks ($182,638 $DD/PT)

The “Best Jay Suggestion (Free Agent)” Award

Winner – Travis Fulgham (1-Year $540,000)

($5,596 $DD/PT)

This was one of the tougher calls I had on awards night as the two candidates were neck and neck. It came down to Mike Davis and Fulgham, with Fulgham gaining the edge because of his chance at longevity, and a cheaper salary. Is there honestly any better feeling in fantasy than picking up an absolute stud on waivers in any dynasty format, it is like a vacation that just relaxes and calms you in a way you cannot explain. Fulgham has done nothing but play spectacular since catching on with the Eagles, and his $5,596 $DD/PT is third in all of Dynasty Owner.

Fulgham stepped in as a no name kid in a big game against the 49ers catching the game winner and never looking back. The numbers he has been able to put up when he was a practice squad player just 5 weeks ago are unreal at 29 catches for 435 yards and 4 touchdowns and has shown the ability to produce in anyway needed. I heard Fulgham summed up the best way possible the other day when someone said Fulgham is living the American dream right now. I thought about it a while and he really is living the classic “American Dream” starting as an unknown becoming a household name playing his way into potentially millions of dollars, just as any wildly successful CEO does.

Honorable Mention – Mike Davis ($25,338 $DD/PT)

The “Best Young Gun” Award

Winner – Joe Burrow (4-Years $9,047,534)

($46,976 $DD/PT)

This was another insanely close race for me, but I must give Burrow the edge at this point with the way he has played under strenuous circumstances. What this kid has been able to do on a bad Bengals team is extremely impressive. The Bengals have capable play makers around Burrow no doubt about it, but their defense, and offensive line both rank near the bottom of the NFL.

As of October 15th Burrow had been pressured on a massive 51% of his drop backs and to think of it as a rookie being blitzed successfully on every other play while looking at how he’s performed thus far, it’s extremely remarkable. The rookie is completing 67% of his passes for 2,272 yards 11 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions under more pressure than America during election day. If I am the Bengals, I am drafting lineman with all my draft picks to ensure Burrow does not get as beat up as Tim Couch with the Browns. I really hope we all get the privilege of seeing of Burrow with an above average line soon, he may be unstoppable at that point.

Honorable Mention – Justin Herbert ($34,935 $DD/PT)

The “Surprise Birthday Party” Award

Winner – James Robinson (3-Years $763,333)

($5,629 $DD/PT)

Has anyone ever come out of nowhere like James Robinson was able to in this off season? All joking aside Robinson is the poster boy for the 2020 season, unlikely to happen but so much fun to watch, OK seriously now all joking aside. The Jags ultimately shocked the world when releasing Fournette with the season just around the corner, and what the world did not know was how good Robinson really was waiting in the balance.

I remember being somewhat alright with Fournette’s release even after drafting him because I drafted Armstead as well, and that play has smelt worse than a porter potty on a hot day. Thinking back to past fantasy seasons there are some comparable players to Robinson with Austin Ekeler being the one that stands out the most. One of the most mind-blowing stats I have seen on Robinson is his ADP at the 251st slot, which is the definition of league winner to me. If you were one of the lucky few to get Robinson at his shocking $5,629 $DD/PT feel free to toot your own horn a bit, you deserve it

Honorable Mention – Robby Anderson ($79,872 $DD/PT)

The “Kitchens to Stefanski” Award

Winner – Corey Davis (1-Year $6,348,672)

($75,670 $DD/PT)

This season has seen many players improve upon their 2019 campaigns and none has stood out more than Corey Davis. I know going into the year we were hearing a ton of chatter about how Davis is done and that there is no way well see another Devante Parker type breakout so late in one’s career, and if we did it would not be so soon. Well here we are 8 weeks in, and Davis sits at 29 receptions for 369 yards and 3 touchdowns, finally finding a solid option at quarterback.

Are the bad years of Davis to blame on Mariota or did it just take a while for him to figure the NFL out and get up to speed? Davis is another late round pick with an ADP of 234 making him another great steal here in Dynasty Owner. This is another one of those rare moments and special stories we do not see so often in sports. The only question that remains is if he can continue this level of play.

Honorable Mention – DK Metcalf ($7,695 $DD/PT)

The “Reminds Me of Watching the Jets” Award

Winner – Ezekiel Elliot (6-Years $15,000,000)

($112,697 $DD/PT)

As you have all learned from my previous articles, I love taking shots at the Jets. A few weeks back Tim, The Jerk, Steve, and I were chatting and the Jets had been brought up for some reason and Tim said “me being A Browns fan I know what it’s like and I try not to make fun of other teams” which makes me wonder if I’ve been spoiled in my lifetime as A Steelers fan in the middle of Browns country. This award is basically the most disappointing player and this year, and that has to be none other than Zeke. Zeke was a lock to be a top 5 back this off season, and with such a huge salary he had to be for your team to compete, unless you drafted extremely well.

Zeke is at a position that never ages well in this sport and this year seems to be nothing but a waste of one of his prime years. Elliot has a monster 6 years left on his deal so owners have to hope Dak is able to come back strong next season while getting a new deal allowing Zeke to get back to what we are used to seeing. I am one of the biggest Ohio State fans you will ever meet, and Zeke is near and dear to my heart, and it just kills me giving him this award.

Honorable Mention – Jonathon Taylor ($20,822 $DD/PT)

The “Opposite of Daniel Jones” Award

Winner- Kyler Murray (3-Years $8,789,661)

($37,708 $DD/PT)

This award name is pretty simple, I am looking for someone that is in their sophomore season, and on the opposite trajectory of Daniel Jones. I had to roll with Kyler here as he has been spectacular this season, especially on the ground and for fantasy. If you do not get the Cardinals games in your area you have got to find a way to watch this kid play weekly! Murray is so unique in the way he plays that he reminds me of Mighty Mouse, which makes him so much more entertaining to watch than most other quarterbacks. I honestly feel like a toddler zoned out watching baby shark every time I see the kid play. Kyler has been phenomenal statistically as well this season earning 233.1 fantasy points and a $37,708 $DD/PT.

Honorable Mention – Not Daniel Jones

The “JaMarcus Russel David Blaine” Award

Winner – Cam Akers (4-Years $1,543,258)

($80,799 $DD/PT)

Every year we as fantasy players see exciting new talent come into the league and we naturally overvalue some while undervaluing others, and 2020 has been no different. This award goes to the rookie that has just flat out disappeared (David Blaine) this season and has not performed much at all.  Akers was expected to perform at a high fantasy level being a 2nd round draft pick this past off season which is usually a great indicator that he would get a shot at a big role for the team that drafted him regardless of a rookie status. The fact Akers has only been able to produce 19.1 fantasy points thus far is a massive disappointment for his rookie campaign and fantasy owners alike.

Akers has produced a horrible $80,799 $DD/PT so far which his owners must be disgusted with, as well as them being disgusted drafting him at an ADP OF 34.6. I am not too sure which side of this I would choose at this moment in time, but it is between drafting Akers at his ADP knowing what we know now, or going full Brittany Spears meltdown twice a week for a year.  All joking aside Akers has the talent it just may not be showing up at practice for some reason which tends to happen at times with rookies, he should bounce back soon.

Honorable Mention- Ke’Shawn Vaughn ($80,607 $DD/PT)

The “Opposite of the Atlanta Falcons” Award

Winner – Leonard Fournette (1-Year $2,000,000)

($32,000 $DD/PT)

The Opposite of the Atlanta Falcons Award can only mean one thing, and that is a player who is going to finish strong…. something the Falcons have never done. Sorry Falcons fans! Fournette goes into week 9 with 62.5 fantasy points and a solid $32,000 $DD/PT for someone that has been hurt and has missed almost 4 full games, as well as signing late and having to learn a new system. I have noticed a few solid trends for Fournette the most important being that he has been thoroughly better than Ronald Jones every game he has been fully healthy.

Fournette only managed 10.1 fantasy points in week 8, but that was mostly due to the bad game the entire Buccaneers team had. Over week 7 and 8 Fournette has clearly established himself as the dominate pass catching back in the Brady led offense, which we all know is a fruitful place to be in football. Fournette sits at 225 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards for the 2020 season, and I am going to make a bold prediction on Fournette right here right now! Leonard Fournette will finish 2020 with at least 800 yards rushing and 250 yards receiving, and I must note that Tampa has yet to have their bye week.

Honorable Mention – Brandin Cooks ($182,638 $DD/PT)

The “Before the MVP Butt Fumble Look Alike” Award

Winner- Adam Gase (Salary Too Much)

Here it is guys, my full shot at the Jets, and more importantly Adam Gase. Every weekend I see a rare appearance of the Jets on the RedZone channel, and it is like a lunar eclipse. Every time I see Adam Gase in Gang Green, I see butt fumbles everywhere it sometimes leads to a nightmare. I have thought long and hard on this and I have yet to come up with one reason why Adam Gase still has a job in the NFL unless Woody Johnson is walking to his office 3 yards per day like Gase averages per play. I have made this comment more than once and I will say it again, has anyone made a coach more money than Peyton Manning has Adam Gase.

If we look back Gase got the Miami job shortly after Manning’s record-breaking season in Denver back before 50 touchdowns in a season was cool to do. We all know Manning was the offensive coach on his teams after a few years in the league, and if you are too young or just don’t remember go watch one 6 minute highlight of Manning and it will be him lining up calling 736 audibles before each snap. Never let the Omaha cadence die! Gase has failed miserably in each of his 2 stops, and I have to believe whenever the Jets finally come to their senses it will be the last we have seen of Gase as a head coach in the NFL… unless the Jets hire him back a few years down the road, which would be a typical jets move.

Honorable Mention – Daniel Jones Tripping Over Himself

The “2020 G.O.A.T” Award

Winner- Russell Wilson (4-Years $35,000,000)

($123,850 $DD/PT)

Is there anyone more exciting to watch or # on twitter this season than #LetRussCook. Wilson has been nothing short of brilliant this season while improving on what already was the most elegant deep ball the league has ever witnessed. I have a tough time deciding which has more beauty, a deep ball from Wilson to Metcalf or my wife on date night. All off season long we heard how the Seahawks were finally going to #LetRussCook and they have backed it up with Wilson throwing for 2,151 yards and 26 touchdowns just 8 games through the year, and not to mention he’s completing 71% of his passes as well as only throwing 6 interceptions.

Wilson has a massive salary inflating his point to dollar ratio sitting at $123,850 $DD/PT, but to analyze it a little better a player like Aaron Rodgers is all the way up at $154,949 $DD/PT with a cheaper salary. I could have easily gone a different direction here and focused more on dollars per point, but after thinking it through I just couldn’t as I don’t think Seattle wins one game this season without Wilson at the helm. When you are that important to your entire organization there is no way, I can select anyone else but said player as the G.O.A.T.

Honorable Mention – Alvin Kamara (RB Leader in $DD/PT)

Real Consideration – James Robinson (35th Overall in Scoring, ADP 251)

The “Last but Not Least Owner of The Year” Award

Winner – Dynasty Owner (Tim Peffer And Crew)

This here is by far my favorite and the most deserving award of all. This platform is so well put together and thought through Tim, Don, Paul, Seth, Steve, and Matt(The Jerk) have all put in a ton of time and effort into making this site what we have all come to love and enjoy, and will only get better. The innovations Dynasty Owner has introduced, and from what I can see will continue to introduce in the coming years are second to none and are all made to make our fantasy experience and the fantasy community that much better.

As I mentioned earlier, I feel privileged to work with such a fantastic group of individuals and hope to continue working to make Dynasty Owner a better more intriguing fantasy option than it was yesterday. Always remember word of mouth is one of the best and most reliable ways to help something grow as the person you’re telling is hearing it from someone they know and trust instead of a random guys with original names from a fantasy football website.

Thank you all for reading I hope you enjoyed this article as it was a lot of fun to write. As always good luck on your Chase for the Ring!

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Blind Player Comparisons: Under Owned Players

Author: Matt “TheJerk” Morrisson (@DynastyJerk)

Welcome back.  We all watched another riveting week of football.  This week included a four-touchdown performance by Dalvin Cook, five passing touchdowns from Patrick Mahomes, and another terrible loss for the Chargers.  Dalvin Cook had three rushing touchdowns (21 yds, 1 yd, 1 yd) and one sensational receiving touchdown (50 yds).  Even more impressive is the fact that Cook racked up all his touchdowns before the fourth quarter.  Cook ended the night with (a season high) 32 touches, (a season high) 226 total yards, and (obviously a season high) four touchdowns.  Cook was so dominant that while he tallied 226 yards, the rest of his team was left with only 107 yards.  Remarkable.  Speaking of season high performances, let us talk about Patrick Mahomes Sunday afternoon.  All five scores for the Chiefs came from Mahomes hand.  What really caught my eye is how unique two of the touchdown passes were. 

I’ll break down all five…Mahomes’ first touchdown was a 30-yard tap pass to Mecole Hardman.  Mahomes has already made a career off improbable and improvised plays, but none of them are prettier than a perfectly timed tap pass that develops into a score.  Mahomes’ second (36 yds to T. Hill), fourth (26 yds to D. Robinson) and fifth (41 yds to T. Hill) touchdown passes were all standard deep end zone shots, if you consider touchdowns of over 26 yards “standard.”  Mahomes’ third touchdown, however, was as creative as they come.  With one-minute left in the second quarter, the Chiefs were on the Jet’s three-yard line.  They were in shotgun formation with Tyreek Hill running motion to the right.  After the snap, Mahomes takes five steps to the right and makes a fully underhand throw to Travis Kelce who then turns and runs three yards into the endzone.  My words are not giving the play justice, and if you have not seen it, I suggest you look it up.  It was a great play from one of the best we have ever seen at the position. 

Finally, the Chargers lost another close game.  They lost after being up by 10 points with 8:02 left in the game and after being up by six points with 2:34 left in the game.  Denver scored a one-yard touchdown on the last play of the game to take the win.  This marks three games this year that the Chargers have lost on a game winning play (two game winning field goals in OT, and now the Denver loss). 

Today I am going to be writing about one of my favorite topics…blind player comparisons.  If you remember, I wrote a preseason article about some player comparisons that hopefully started to get you thinking about players and their stats in a different light.  As is everything with Dynasty Owner, the comps get much more complicated when you factor in salary and team’s available salary cap.  Without further introduction, let us jump into the first two players.

Quarterbacks

Who would you rather have in Dynasty Owner?

Player A (Alpha):

  • 29 years old
  • 23.8 fantasy points per game in 2020
  • 1,836 yards – 14 touchdowns – 93 rushing yards – 2 INT
  • $25 million/year for three years

Player B (Bravo):

  • 43 years old
  • 28.3 fantasy points per game in 2020
  • 2,189 yards – 22 touchdowns – 6 rushing yards – 4 INT
  • $25 million/year for two years

At first glance, I would concede that most Owners would rather have Bravo.  Yes, he is older.  Yes, he will not be playing for more than three years at most.  However, with nearly a five-fantasy point per game difference, Bravo is the obvious choice.  Also, Alpha and Bravo cost the exact same for the next two years.  Let us look a little deeper…

Alpha is already through his bye week, while Bravo has his scheduled for Week 13.  This fact obviously does not affect their fantasy points per game, but (on a small scale) it does affect Owners mindsets coming into the playoffs.  If you are in a tight race for the final playoff spot, and you have Bravo as your starting quarterback, there is a good chance you will be at a disadvantage in a must win Week 13 matchup.  Like I said, this should not affect our long-term outlook for either player, but it is not a throwaway fact.  It is important to consider if you are trying to win this season.

Another statistic worth considering is the rush/pass percentage for each team.  Alpha’s team passes on 53.6 percent of snaps.  This ranks as the sixth least through eight weeks.  Bravo’s team, on the other hand, passes on 60.6 percent of snaps.  This ranks tenth in all of football.  I can also represent my point this way…Alpha has attempted 235 passes this year while Bravo has attempted 268.  This is not a large difference, but it does make a difference.

Most of you have already guessed who Bravo is (probably solely on the age) but let me give you one more fact that somewhat baffles me.  In Dynasty Owner, Bravo is 96 percent owned.  (It should be 100 percent, but I will leave that conversation for a different article.)  Regardless, Bravo is owned in almost every league.  Alpha is only owned in 45 percent of Dynasty Owner leagues.  That stat is very surprising to me.  I understand that expensive quarterbacks like Carson Wentz ($32,000,000), Big Ben ($34,000,000), and Kirk Cousins ($33,000,000) are most likely not worth owning, but Alpha has outscored all of them on a per game basis.

Now for the big reveal if you have not guessed them already.  Alpha is Derek Carr and Bravo is Tom Brady.  Like I said in the beginning, most Owners would take Brady over Carr, and I am not disagreeing with that decision.  What I am saying is that Derek Carr is being undervalued in DO.  Maybe he should not be 100 percent owned, and he should not be started over Brady, but he is an above average quarterback who has shown the ability to give high ceiling games with a very safe floor.  At $25 million per year, Carr should be owned in more than 45 percent of leagues.

Running Backs

Who would you rather have in Dynasty Owner?

Player C (Charlie):

  • 23 years old
  • 13.9 fantasy points per game in 2020
  • 387 rushing yards – 198 receiving yards – 2 touchdowns
  • 14.3 carried per game – 4.3 receptions per game

Player D (Delta):

  • 27 years old
  • 14.6 fantasy points per game in 2020
  • 375 rushing yards – 78 receiving yards – 5 touchdowns
  • 15 carries per game – 3.2 receptions per game
  • Missed one game this season

All things look pretty even here, right?  Delta may be a little more productive in terms of touchdowns, but both players seem to have a good number of opportunities per game.  (15 touches as a running back is hard to find.)  In fact, both players seem to be equally efficient with their touches.

Coming into Week 7, Charlie was on the field for 67 percent of his team’s offensive snaps which ranks thirteenth among all running backs.  Delta was on the field for only 58 percent of his team’s offensive snaps.  Charlie is the locked in number one running back on his team.  Delta is the lead back (especially in the passing game) but averages a roughly 60/40 carry split with his secondary back.  I would argue the backup running back for this team is more talented than Delta.  That opinion is reflected by the fact that he has 7.6 rushing yards per attempt through 45 carries this year.  Regardless of usage, Delta has been more productive than Charlie.

Now let us talk about salary.  Charlie costs $651,694 per year for the next three years.  Delta costs $8,000,000 per year for the next two years.  It looks like the tables have turned.  When Charlie and Delta’s contracts come into consideration, Charlie is the easy choice to make.  That is not to say that Delta does not deserve to be rostered (he absolutely does), but he is much less of a value than Charlie.  Well, Charlie is Miles Gaskin and Delta is Melvin Gordon.  It is easy to see why Gaskin’s ADP (258.8) was low coming into 2020.  The Dolphins had a very crowded backfield that consisted of Jordan Howard, Matt Breida, Patrick Laird, and Kalen Ballage.  Gaskin took over as the lead back early in week one and has done enough to retain that role.  He is now 100 percent owned and proves to be one of the top five best free agent values throughout all of Dynasty Owner.  Melvin Gordon on the other hand has underwhelmed.  Anyone that drafted Gordon in the fifth round is not pleased with his 14.6 point per game output.  He has not been terrible, and he certainly has not lost your season, but he has just been average.

Wide Receivers

Who would you rather have in Dynasty Owner?

Player E (Echo):

  • 31 years old
  • $7,250,000 for three more years
  • 12.8 fantasy points per game in 2020
  • 41 receptions – 494 yards – 2 touchdowns
  • 60.1 percent owned

Player F (Foxtrot):

  • 27 years old
  • $7,625,000 for four more years
  • 12.1 fantasy points per game in 2020
  • 30 receptions – 367 yards – 3 touchdowns
  • 100 percent owned

Much like my quarterback comparison, the theme of this comp will be percentage owned.  On the surface, it looks as if both wide receivers should have the same ownership percentage.  12-13 fantasy points per game is not spectacular, but it is generally good for WR 20 – 30.  Echo is currently WR 22 on the season while Foxtrot is WR 31.  Echo has not had his bye yet, which skews the results a bit in his favor.  Either way, they have had similar production through 2020.

So, I ask the question, why is one of these wide receiver’s 100 percent owned and the other is 60 percent owned.  The answer is simple: 2019.  In 2019, Echo put up 185 fantasy points in 16 games (11.6 fantasy points per game).  In 2019, Foxtrot put up 246 points in 16 games (15.3 fantasy points per game).  This also makes sense when you look at the 2020 ADP.  Echo’s ADP was 239.5 while Foxtrot’s ADP was 71.4.

Cole Beasley (Echo) and Devante Parker (Foxtrot) do not have the same ownership percentage because…

  1. Parker has shown that he has a much higher ceiling that Beasley even though their floors are similar.
  2. Parker started the season with a head start.  Parker was drafted in the sixth round (on average) while Beasley was left undrafted in many leagues.  Parker should without a doubt be owned in every league.  What I am stating is that Beasley is getting to the point that he should be as well.  There are very few consistent wide receivers in Free Agent Auction that cost less than $7.5 million per year.

Tight Ends

Who would you rather have in Dynasty Owner?

Player G (Golf):

  • 33 years old
  • $8,000,000 for two more years
  • 9.6 fantasy points per game in 2020
  • 29 receptions – 247 yards – 4 touchdowns

Player H (Hotel):

  • 25 years old
  • $10,607,000 for one more year
  • 9.6 fantasy points per game in 2020
  • 29 receptions – 324 yards – 1 touchdown

For this comp, I am going to tell you who the players are up front because that is not the surprise at the end.  Jimmy Graham (Golf) and Hunter Henry (Hotel) have very comparable stats through Week 8.  Henry has already had his bye, so his total fantasy points are lower than Graham’s, but their fantasy points per game are identical.  You can see that Graham has been more touchdown dependent than Henry.  Graham is eight years older, but he has a longer contract that is $2.6 million cheaper than Henry’s.

Graham is playing for his fourth NFL team, and he will, no doubt, have less longevity than Henry who is only 25.  Graham is also currently in a crowded TE committee that includes the athletic rookie tight end from Notre Dame, Cole Kmet.  At any rate, Graham has been producing this season despite competition.  I know what you are thinking…” you call 9.6 fantasy points per game a productive stat line?”  My answer is “yes.”  Less than ten points per game is not great, but it is a decent output for the TE position that is very scarce and continues to become scarcer.  If I had the cap room and Graham was available on the FAA, I cannot imagine I would not pick him up.  After checking both of my leagues’ FAA, I have found that the only tight end that comes close to the value of Graham is Jared Cook.  (The fact that Cook is available is baffling to me as well because he is owned in 87 percent of leagues.)

Well, here is the big reveal, and I had to double check my numbers because I did not believe it the first time.  Hunter Henry is owned in 100 percent of leagues while Jimmy Graham is owned in only 36 percent.  Once again, I am not saying I would rather have Graham over Henry.  I am saying that Graham has produced too much this year to be owned in less than 40 percent of leagues.

With that, I will leave you with the same message I put in my preseason Blind Comparisons article…

“I am attempting to show how nuanced certain statistics can be and how no stat or a group of stats can tell the entire picture.  Value is hidden within the statistics and the salary, and it’s up to the Dynasty Owner to find it.”

Take care and be safe.

TheJerk

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Week 8 Recap: Big Names Equal Big Points

Author: Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Sometimes in the NFL, it’s the value picks who really carry your team to greatness. Think New England drafting The G.O.A.T. Tom Brady with the 199th pick of the 2000 NFL draft or Terrell Davis going with the 196th pick of the 1995 draft to the Denver Broncos. For other teams, it’s the big names drafted with those early picks who really pay off, such as the Dallas Cowboys teams of the early 1990s with the Triplets (QB Troy Aikman – #1 pick in the 1989 NFL draft, RB Emmitt Smith – #17 pick in the 1990 NFL draft, WR Michel Irvin – #11 pick in the 1988 NFL draft). Those three consecutive first round draft pick Hall of Famers helped Jimmie Johnson and the Cowboys to three Super Bowl victories.

Dynasty Owners haven’t had multiple years yet to build their Dynasty, but this was the week when nailing those early round draft picks this year’s draft really paid off. Many of the leading scorers of the week weren’t guys who you picked up in the late rounds of your Dynasty Owner drafts or from the Free Agent Auction, although Corey Davis (ADP 234) was a standout with 26.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Instead, it was a bunch of guys who you drafted in the first four rounds who led Dynasty Owner in scoring this week. Players like Patrick Mahomes (ADP 3.5), Alvin Kamara (ADP 7.7), Dalvin Cook (ADP 12.5), Davante Adams (ADP 29.0), Tyreek Hill (ADP 30.3), Travis Kelce (ADP 37.2) and DK Metcalf (ADP 37.8). All of those high draft picks were in the top three in Dynasty Owner fantasy points for players at their position this week. It was not outside the realm of possibility to have drafted this week’s top QB (Mahomes), RB (Cook), WR (Metcalf) and TE (Kelce) with the first four picks of your Dynasty Owner draft. If you had those big names, your Dynasty Owner team probably scored well over 200 points this week and your name is likely appearing on the Chase for the Ring standings.

This is our eighth regular season Dynasty Owner weekly recap article for 2020. In honor of all of the big names who scored a lot of points this week, getting a big name to write this recap article was considered, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen. 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 November 3rd.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our eighth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2020 is: Patrick Mahomes

Mahomes wins his first Player of the Week honor this season with the second best performance of the season. He scored 54.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (416 passing yards, 5 passing TDs). He had no rushing yards, no 2-pt conversions, nothing but passing yards and passing TDs. He never got sacked either. He could have gotten more points, but was removed after his fifth TD pass and did not play in the Chiefs’ final drive of their 35-9 victory over the New York Jets. This performance was great, but ultimately not enough to move Mahomes into the top spot in the Dynasty Owner QB rankings as he’s still in second place behind Russell Wilson. As usual, he was totally worth his $4.1 million contract for the 2020 season and even his $45 million contract for 2021 and beyond.

  • Week 8 Points: 54.8
  • 2020 Salary: $4,106,447
  • Cost per Point: $74,935

Congratulations Patrick on the first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor of the season and your third overall. With his third, he has more Player of the Week honors than any other player.

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 eighth Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for 2020 is: DK Metcalf

Metcalf winning the Value Player of the Week honor is perfect in a week in which big names had big performances and scored big points. He becomes the first player earning over $1 million to win the Value Player of the Week honor in Dynasty Owner’s year and a half history. Other big names, such as Aaron Jones, Alvin Kamara and George Kittle have won the honor this year, but all of them have 2020 salaries of less than $1 million. A week after his teammate and fellow WR Tyler Lockett was the Player of the Week, Metcalf put up his own performance worthy of honoring with 40.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (12 receptions, 161 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs).

  • Week 8 Points: 40.1
  • 2020 Salary: $1,146,513
  • Cost per Point: $28,591

Congratulations DK 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 8. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Patrick Mahomes, Dalvin Cook, DK Metcalf, Davante Adams, Travis Kelce or any of the other big names who scored big this week because barring injury or bye week, those guys 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 8 when they should have been.

QB: Drew Lock (DEN) – 30.3 points

In the three games in which Drew Lock had started and played the entire game this season, he had scored a total of only 31.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It looked bleak for any Lock Dynasty Owners who started him this week after the first half as he produced just 2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (58 passing yards, -1 rushing yards). Lock came out and looked like a different QB in the second half as he scored an additional 27.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for a total of 30.3 points (248 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, -1 rushing yard, 1 INT). His 1-yard TD pass to KJ Hamler as time expired tied the score and Brandon McManus won the game with the successful extra point attempt for the Broncos. Despite a ridiculously low ADP of 58.3, few Dynasty Owners were likely using him in their Starting lineup. His low ADP is the direct result of his low $1.75 million annual contract. If you drafted Lock in Dynasty Owner, hopefully had him as your Starter this week.

Honorable mention to two other QBs ranked outside of the Top 12 QBs who scored more than 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Philip Rivers had his second consecutive good game with 30.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (262 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, -2 rushing yards), but is still just the #24 QB in Dynasty Owner. Matthew Stafford had his best game of the 2020 season with 30.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (336 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 10 rushing yards, 1 INT, 1 fumble – lost). That jumped him up to be the #16 QB in Dynasty Owner for the season. Both were big names for a while, but nowadays, neither one is a week in and week out Starter for your Dynasty Owner team. However, if you own one, having him in your Starting lineup this week would have been good.

RB: DeeJay Dallas (SEA) – 22.8 points

In just his fifth NFL game, the rookie fourth round draft pick DeeJay Dallas had two TDs and 22.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (41 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 5 receptions, 17 yards, 1 receiving yard). Dynasty Owners weren’t sure until after the start of the early Sunday games if Seattle RB Chris Carson (the big name in the Seattle backfield with an ADP of 49.4) was going to play, so it was difficult to put Dallas in your Starting lineup, especially if you had a lot of RBs playing early. For those of you who had faith in him or were lucky enough to be able to wait on your decision until the Seattle inactive list was announced, having Dallas in your Starting lineup was well worth the wait.

Honorable mention to Indianapolis Colts teammates Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. Hines was the first Value Player of the Week this season when he scored 27.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with 2 TDs. For the next five games, Hines didn’t have a TD and averaged just 6.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Just when his Dynasty Owners were probably starting to Bench him, he goes out and scores 22.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 54 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs, 39 return yards). Jordan Wilkins had only produced 13.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through the first six weeks including 0.1 points in Week 5 and -0.1 points in Week 6. As a result, his 20.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (89 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 reception, 24 receiving yards) eruption in Week 8 came from out of nowhere. Instead of having them on the Bench, Dynasty Owners should have had both Hines and Wilkins in their Starting lineup this week.

WR: Mecole Hardman (KC) – 23.0 points

Hardman was a second round draft pick by the Kansas City Chiefs back in 2019 and had an ADP of 114.4 in Dynasty Owner, but hasn’t really lived up to his draft billing so far. He always scores a few points, mostly because he returns kicks for the Chiefs, but he hasn’t broken out with a great game to justify his draft status to date. He finally did this week with a 23.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (7 receptions, 96 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 14 return yards) performance. This was the best game of his career and a reminder to Dynasty Owners why they selected him so early in their draft this year. Despite using a high pick on Hardman, Dynasty Owners can be forgiven if they didn’t have him in their Starting lineup this week.

TE: Eric Ebron (PIT) – 14.8 points

As usual, Travis Kelce was the #1 TE in Dynasty Owner this week with 24.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. You drafted him early (ADP 37.2) and he’s in your Starting lineup every week, except when the Chiefs are on bye. Same thing if you drafted either George Kittle (ADP 27.7) or Mark Andrews (37.1). You invested a top four pick in those guys, so they are your Starter. If you’re one of the other nine Dynasty Owners without Kelce, Kittle or Andrews on your roster (or the Kittle owner now that he’s out for pretty much the rest of the Dynasty Owner season), picking a TE on a weekly basis can be more of a challenge. It seems like different guys are stepping up for a week, such as Robert Tonyan, Harrison Bryant or Anthony Firkser, then falling back down the next week. This week it was Eric Ebron’s turn in the TE spotlight as he was the third best one this week with 14.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 48 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). That’s nearly double his average of 7.75 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from the first six weeks of the season and why he’s still ranked as the #15 TE in Dynasty Owner. If you have Ebron on your roster, hope you picked him as your Starter this week.

K: Cairo Santos (CHI) – 16.0 points

Santos has been pretty good this season for Dynasty Owners who plucked him off the Free Agent Auction after regular Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro was placed on Injured Reserve. For the season, he has made 29 out of 31 kicks (14 of 16 on FGs and 15 of 15 on PATs) and this week, he was perfect on 5 kicks (3 FGs and 2 PATs). He had FGs from every Dynasty Owner scoring range with one FG of less than 39 yards (29) for two points, one from between 40 and 49 yards (44) for four points and one from 50+ yards (51) for five points. The 51 yarder tied the game with 13 seconds left and earned Santos the clutch scoring bonus. It was a 16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point day for Santos. He is still available in 12% of Dynasty Owner leagues and only costs $805,000 in salary if you want the #11 kicker in Dynasty Owner in your Starting lineup next week. Honorable mention to Michael Badgley who also had FGs in every Dynasty Owner scoring range this week (33, 47 and 52 yards) plus 3 PATs for a total of 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The difference was that none of Badgley’s kicks were clutch, so he didn’t get any bonus points. This was the first week in which Badgley had double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points and he’s still ranked as the #24 kicker in Dynasty Owner for the season. However, he should have been in your Starting lineup this week.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

Not every big name scored big points this week. 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 8.

QB: Josh Allen (BUF) – 13.0 points

There were several QBs (Jimmy Garoppolo, Tua Tagovailova, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Carson Wentz, Jared Goff) who had fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Allen. None of them were selected as high as Allen (ADP 24.7) or were performing as well as he was before this week’s game. Therefore, no one of them were likely in too many Dynasty Owner Starting lineups. Poor weather and a dominant running game kept Allen’s stats down as he only scored 13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (154 passing yards, 23 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT). Allen was best left on your Bench this week.

RB: Jonathan Taylor (IND) – 5.1 points

With both Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins scoring over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, it should be no surprise to see rookie Colts RB Jonathan Taylor here. Taylor was a very high pick (ADP 16.1) and was averaging 14.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game before this week. Despite 13 touches, Taylor only produced 5.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (22 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 9 receiving yards). He does have a bit of an ankle issue, according to Colts coach Frank Reich, but since Reich only learned about the injury after the game, that’s not going to keep us from saying Dynasty Owners should have kept Taylor on their Bench this week.

WR: Amari Cooper (DAL) – 1.5 points

It was to be expected that the Dallas WRs would struggle with rookie seventh round draft pick Ben DiNucci at QB for the Cowboys this week. Incredibly, Michael Gallup produced 13.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while rookie WR CeeDee Lamb had 8.7 points. Even TE Dalton Schultz had a solid game with 11.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Instead, it was the $20 million big name WR who struggled with only 1.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 5 yards). Cooper should have been on your Bench this week and might even stay there for his Dynasty Owners with Pittsburgh’s defense on tap in Week 9.

TE: Dallas Goedert (PHI) – 2.5 points

Based on his strong 2019 performance and low salary of just over $1.4 million, Goedert was an early pick for his Dynasty Owners with an ADP of 116.9. He started strong with a 24.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 1, but got injured in Week 3. He made his return this week and was only targeted one time by QB Carson Wentz for a paltry 2.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 15 yards). Dynasty Owners with Goedert may have put him back in their Starting lineup right away, expecting a big game against the Cowboys defense that has been terrible in pass coverage this season. It was not to be as Goedert should have stayed on the Bench or Practice Squad this week.

K: Rodrigo Blankenship (IND) – 1.0 points

The Colts offense scored five TDs this week, but their kicker Rodrigo Blankenship was only able to convert three of the PATs. That 3 for 5 performance on PATs was good for just 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point. Blankenship had been perfect (15 for 15) on PAT attempts and only missed two FGs (16 for 18 overall) prior to this week and was a top 12 kicker. With the two missed PATs, he dropped back to the #13 kicker in Dynasty Owner. He should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad, if you have three kickers on your roster, this week.

Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week Recap

Russell Wilson’s War didn’t turn out very successful this week as they lost to the Barley Boyz by a score of 152.5 to 121.4 to fall two games behind them in their League standings. The Barley Boyz are an impressive 7-1 in a league with two teams (Russell Wilson’s War and Swamp Donkeys) in the Chase Top 25. Russell Wilson’s War dropped from 10th place in the Chase for the Ring standings down to the 22nd spot after this week.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

Welcome back to the top spot All Might! A fixture of the Chase for the Ring standings since Week 2, but they haven’t been at the top of the leaderboard since back in Week 5.

Led by the top QB (Russell Wilson) and RB (Alvin Kamara) in Dynasty Owner, All Might holds a 7.3 point advantage over a newcomer to the Top 10 in Barbee Kilgore. Barbee Kilgore had 241.7 points this week with Mahomes, Cook, Hill, Adams and Kelce in their Starting lineup. That performance by Barbee Kilgore was great, but not the best by a Dynasty Owner team this season as Blake Carrington had 252.0 points back in Week 7. Mahomes, Kamara and Hill are the big names who fueled the first appearance by Gabagool in the Chase standings in the #10 spot.

Conclusions

Big names were the guys to have in your Dynasty Owner lineup this week as they were the ones who produced the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points in general. You had to have the right guys as some big names, including Josh Allen, Jonathan Taylor and Amari Cooper didn’t produce as expected and should have been on your Bench. As usual, being a successful Dynasty Owner required being a good GM on draft day to draft the right players and Coach on game day to have the right players in your Starting lineup versus on the Bench.

Please read the preview article which comes out on Friday throughout the Dynasty Owner season to see how my Week 8 recommendations did and who should be a Starter and who should be on your Bench in Week 9. 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).

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 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 544 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 9 Free Agent Auction Targets

Author: Jay Poundsee (@JayPoundsNFL)

The halfway mark is upon us and as I sat here researching information for this article with my two toddlers running rampant and my 9-year-old nagging at them, I just stopped shook my head and chuckled a bit. The site of these guys going crazy through the house is a normal day in my house and has become even more than normal since COVID, which can become more than stressful at times, as I’m sure many of you can relate. The stresses of everyday life tend to wear on us as humans, and things like fantasy football are a welcome getaway even with as fickle as it may be.

The thought of this stressful and very hard to predict game being a get away was summed up perfectly by Rich Dotson of the Dynasty Nerds podcast the other day when Dotson said, “Even when you are losing you are winning”. This statement really got me thinking in depth about why we play this game and its more than true. If you have a terrible season guess what is waiting at the end of the tunnel, someone like Trevor Lawrence or Ja’marr Chase. Dynasty owner takes all that and adds so much more with the salaries and strategy involved it truly has been one of the better “getaways” for me throughout COVID and now the future, and I hope it has for you as well. Enough of the love story about myself and fantasy, let’s get to some football and free agents of the week.

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.

Nick Mullens (1-Year $750,000) 47.42% Owned

With starting quarterback Jimmy G. set to miss at least 4 weeks from initial reports I have to put Mullens at the top of this week’s free agent targets. When called upon this season Mullens has performed admirably and seems more than capable of putting up consistent points. The problem is George Kittle went down with what I am assuming will be a season ending injury with the initial reports saying he is looking at missing 8 weeks. The task at hand is not going to be easy for Mullens with all of the injuries the 49ers have faced this season, they have seemed to be the most beat up team by far losing so many key pieces. When Jimmy G. went down Sunday Mullens came in and played very well completing 72% of his passes for 238 yards and adding 2 touchdowns through the air as well. The emergence of Brandon Aiyuk will certainly benefit Mullens on Game day as Aiyuk has done nothing but look like a true alpha when he has played.

The biggest question for me is how will the run game hold up without Kittle as he is such a vital piece to the 49ers run blocking. The 49ers are usually one of the top few teams in the league in rushing, but Sunday without Kittle they struggled horribly and must get better in the coming weeks if they want Mullens to have any sort of shot at success. This is a situation to monitor if your depending on Mullens as the 49ers have started to unload pieces and may look to come back healthy next year with another high draft pick.

Jake Luton (4-Years $704,187/Year) 46.39% Owned

We have heard rumblings for a short while now about the Jags possibly benching Gardner Minshew, and while he’s not being benched, he isn’t going to be starting either. A thumb injury will hold Minshew out of the match up against the Texans and give rookie 6th rounder Jake Luton the start for Jacksonville. The Jags also have Glennon on the roster but with them completely out of the playoff race there is zero benefit in starting the veteran QB. Luton is very raw there is no doubt about it and being a 6th round talent with very limited off-season work does not bold well for the former Beaver, but this is what free agent gambles are all about. Is it highly likely Luton goes out and looks no different than Dinucci against the Eagles on Sunday night, yes it is but there is also a sliver of a chance that he goes out plays well and never looks back. The chance of Luton having a huge game is exactly what we are looking for when we target players like Luton in free agency.

I went back and watched a few college highlights for the Beavers, and I didn’t see anything spectacular in Luton but I did see a very smart, well poised kid who doesn’t make mistakes, and he played in a pro-style offense. I am not all that confident in this selection, but the Jags have nothing to lose so Luton may get more chances at the job than usual, especially if he proves somewhat capable. Be sure to keep in mind Luton isn’t stepping into the starting role for the Chiefs this is a bad football team, though it does seem to have young capable play makers on offense. I have to say I honestly feel bad for Minshew, he has struggled some this season, but this defense is horrendous, and the offensive line is not much better which hasn’t given Minshew much hope for success.

Marvin Hall (1-Year $690,000) 1% Owned

Marvin Hall will be in the number 3 slot this week and while he’s not a pretty pickup as usual, he is a capable big play guy. I have heard from more than one source that Kenny Golladay is heading to the IR, which leaves a massive hole with a lot of open potential for Detroit in the coming weeks. Hall had a very good day against a tough Colts defense totaling 4 catches on 7 targets for 113 yards. A good portion of Hall’s day came from one huge 70 plus yard play and that is exactly what you are picking up Hall for, to make the big play in Detroit. I know that the most obvious answer here to replace Golladay is Marvin Jones, but how many times have we seen Jones struggle in the number one role in the past when given the chance, he seems much better suited as Robin over Batman. Outside of Golladay we haven’t seen any sort of consistency as far as fantasy goes but the offense does score points and they have a very bad defense, which is usually a great recipe for fantasy and the exact reason we should target some piece of this offense while Golladay is out.

The most important thing a receiver can have 90% of the time is a good quarterback throwing them the ball and Hall has just that in Stafford. While Stafford has not looked great at times this year, he has played better the past few weeks, including a beautiful game winning drive against Atlanta. There is also zero risk tied to Hall with such a cheap salary and only one year remaining meaning he can be cut for cheap anytime or dropped for free at the end of the season.

Braxton Berrios (1-Year $644,602) 33% Owned

As much as it pains me to do it I have to put Berrios back on the free agent target list again this week. I seriously can’t believe I just typed this but it’s true target Berrios as a great bench play or even spot starter if you are really banged up. As gross as picking up Berrios may sound its actually not a bad play as he’s shown the ability to have big games (by Jets standards) anytime Crowder misses, and Crowder has been banged up all year. Berrios has also shown the ability to produce without Darnold as well and I know what you’re thinking what does it matter if Darnold plays or not he stinks, while you are right I came across an interesting stat that the Jets haven’t won a game without Darnold playing since drafting him which means he makes a little bit of a difference.

I know that still doesn’t equate to much, but it has to say something about what Berrios has been able to do this season for the lowly Jets. Teams have to know what the jets plan to do at this point which is throw 3-yard passes to Berrios or Crowder 20 times a game. Eventually this coaching staff will get a bit of an overhaul and young players like Berrios who have shown promise amid disaster this season should continue to see valuable reps as the season goes. I know he only had 34 yards this week but if you are making a playoff run and I told you that you could pick up an unnamed receiver cheap in the auction that has potential to get 10-15 targets anytime he starts in the slot you would do it almost every time, right?

Troymaine Pope (1-Year $645,000) 0% Owned

The Pope exploded onto the scene out of nowhere this week with 10 carries for 67 yards while adding on 5 catches. The great thing about Pope is his extremely small deal making it easy to move on from him freely this off season. Pope has bounced around in previous years even finding himself out of the league for the 2017 and 2018 seasons before catching on with the Chargers in 2019. The best staying power Pope has is beating out rookie Josh Kelly for touches, while Kelly has struggled over the past few weeks it’s hard to imagine Pope being anything more than a rental for the next few weeks while Kelly figures things out. All that said the Chargers are still in the playoff race and don’t seem to be an easy out with stud rookie Herbert at the helm.

If Kelly continues to struggle especially in practice look for someone like Pope to step in and take Kelly’s touches, just like Pope did Sunday.  The running back landscape is probably the worst we have ever seen it making players like Pope very intriguing pickups. I’m willing to bet if you go through 90% of leagues many will be struggling to find any type of solid production from their bench running backs and some struggling to have two solid starters. I know I’ve said it a lot but players like Pope who can contribute on your bench should not be overlooked, especially if you’re going for a championship. I have lost a total of 6 games by 5 points or less throughout all of my fantasy teams this season which tells me bench scoring is the deciding factor in more than a few match ups each week throughout the platform.

While I tend to be a pretty laid back guy and what most would call a Jokester, I do not ever cheat the system as I feel it usually doesn’t get much accomplished and rarely teaches any type of lesson. I wanted to “cheat the system” worse than ever this week and put Jordan Wilkins in my free agent targets as almost everything fit the requirements. His salary is $675,310 with 2 years remaining, but his ownership is just above the 50% threshold at 53.6%. Wilkins may be a solid play moving forward depending on the health and performance of rookie Jonathan Taylor. Wilkins did outperform Taylor this week easily posting 20 carries for 89 yards and 1 touchdown against the Lions. Wilkins has a horrible match up against the Ravens this week and I would recommend waiting to play him, if possible.

One other player I would like to mention is Demarcus Robinson (1 year $2,297,500) who had a solid game against the lowly Jets. I don’t have Robinson on the list because of the emergence of Mecole Hardman as well as the army of weapons at the Chiefs disposal, putting Robinson a bit further in the pecking order than I am willing to trust. I hope everyone is enjoying Dynasty Owner as much as I am, even blowing up my team I still find it the most fun I have ever had playing fantasy and I hope you are as well! As always good luck on your Chase for the Ring!

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