By: Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)
More awards?!?!? Hooray!
Just like the NFL with Pro Bowl selections, the Associated Press (AP) National Football League Most Valuable Player Award (NFL MVP), NFL Honors, Super Bowl MVP, and now the NVP which stands for Nickelodeon MVP, Dynasty Owner has way too many awards to give out. Unlike the NVP award, none of them will go to Mitch Trubisky though. That’s a promise.
What we’ll do is name the Dynasty Owner Playoff Player of the Year and a runner-up, plus the Playoff Breakout Player of the Year. There will be awards for every position (QB, RB, WR, TE, K) as well. We won’t name Value players, either overall or at each position, since salaries don’t really matter in the playoffs. It’s just all about scoring as many points as possible to win your League Championship.
Performing well in the Dynasty Owner playoffs can help players to maintain their high draft stock or move players up the draft board for the next season. For example, the 2019 Dynasty Owner playoffs saw the solidification of the high draft status of a few players from the regular season, such as Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, Lamar Jackson and Michael Thomas. It also saw the rise of Kenyan Drake. Drake’s 77.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point playoff performance in the two game 2019 Dynasty Owner playoffs pushed him up to ADP 30.4 in 2020 with a $8.48 million salary after an ADP of 77.0 in 2019 with a salary of only $845,315. Handing out some playoff awards to highlight the best performances of the 2020 Dynasty Owner playoffs can give us a glimpse into the 2021 draft position of some key playoff performers.
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, all playoff statistics are from the 2020 Dynasty Owner playoffs (Weeks 14 – 16), while regular season statistics are from Weeks 1 – 13. Salaries listed are from the 2020 Dynasty Owner season as well unless otherwise specified. With the boring caveats out of the way, let’s hand out some more awards!
Dynasty Owner Playoff Player of the Year
The 2020 Dynasty Owner Playoff Player of the Year is: Josh Allen
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen wins the 2020 Playoff Player of the Year award after scoring 112.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the playoffs. He started off Week 14 pretty well with a respectable 22.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but really earned this award based on his performances in Weeks 15 and 16. Exceeded 40.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in both weeks with 45.2 points in Week 15 and 44.5 points in Week 16. He wasn’t the highest scoring player in either week, but for the 3-game playoffs, he had the most.
Hopefully Dynasty Owners with Allen on their roster were able to survive Week 14 or had a bye so he led their team to a League Championship. After finishing as the #4 overall player in the regular season and at #1 during the playoffs, Allen and his $5.3 million salary is likely bound to be a first-round pick in 2021 Dynasty Owner start-up drafts, after having an ADP of 24.7 in 2020.
Our runner-up is Lamar Jackson who scored a total of 104.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the playoffs. Jackson had his best game in Week 14 with 43.5 points and went down each week, scoring 34.6 points in Week 15 and 26.1 points in Week 16. After finishing the season with an average of 24.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and as the 15th highest scoring QB in Dynasty Owner, this improvement in the playoffs boded well for anyone who drafted Jackson early in their 2020 Dynasty Owner draft. They didn’t get the production they were looking for from him in the regular season, but he made up for it in the playoffs. His playoff performance could be a preview of the 2021 season and return Jackson and his $2.37 million salary back to the top of 2021 Dynasty Owner draft boards.
Playoff Breakout Player of the Year
Our Dynasty Owner Playoff Breakout Player of the Year is: Jalen Hurts
The breakout player award goes to the player who exceeded their regular season performance by the most and will likely be a much higher draft pick in 2021 drafts than they were in 2020. Dynasty Owners who drafted Hurts in 2020 didn’t get any regular season production from him, but that changed dramatically in the playoffs. Hurts didn’t get his first start until the final week of the Dynasty Owner regular season and produced only 11.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.
He doubled that in the first week of the playoffs (Week 14) with 23.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, improved to 45.2 points in Week 15 and fell back again in Week 16 with 21.0 points. His ADP of 158.8 in 2020 Dynasty Owner drafts is sure to move up significantly in 2021 startup drafts as he will only cost just over $1.5 million against the salary cap for the next three years.
Playoff Position Players of the Year
Let’s look at every position (QB, RB, WR, TE, K) and award Playoff Position Players of the Year to the players at each position who did the most to help their Dynasty Owners win their League Championship. We will also award runner-up awards and playoff breakout players of the year.
Playoff QB of the Year: Josh Allen (BUF) – 112.4 points
Our Playoff Player of the Year is also our Playoff QB of the Year. Josh Allen averaged 37.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per playoff game, an increase from the 31.4 points per game he averaged in the Dynasty Owner regular season.
Our runner-up for Playoff QB of the Year is also the same player (Lamar Jackson) who was the runner-up for Playoff Player of the Year. Jackson improved on his regular season performance by 10.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game (34.7 in the playoffs, up from 24.1 in the regular season).
Our breakout Playoff QB of the Year is Jalen Hurts. Hurts was the #5 ranked QB in the playoffs with an average of 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per playoff game. This was after only starting one game during the Dynasty Owner regular season.
All three of these QBs are bound to be top draft picks in 2021 Dynasty Owner drafts. Each one is still on their rookie salary contracts and will only count $5.3 million (Allen), $2.37 million (Jackson) and $1.5 million (Hurts) against the 2021 Dynasty Owner salary cap.
Playoff RB of the Year: Alvin Kamara (NO) – 99.0 points
The second-best RB in the Dynasty Owner regular season stepped it up in the playoffs when his Owners needed hm the most. In the playoff finals (Week 16), Kamara lit up the scoreboard with 6 TDs and 58.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to lead many of his Dynasty Owners to their League Championship. For the entire 3-game playoffs, he averaged 33.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, a full 9.6 points higher than his regular season average of 23.4 points per game. That’s why his Dynasty Owners drafted him and his $964,443 salary when they did (ADP 7.7). He’ll be much more expensive ($15 million) in 2021 so he likely won’t be drafted nearly as high, but he may still be drafted early if he continues to produce like he did throughout 2020.
Derrick Henry is the runner-up for Playoff RB of the year. His Dynasty Owners are likely lamenting that his best playoff game came in the first round of the playoffs (Week 14) when he scored 42.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, instead of in the finals (Week 16) when he only had 9.8 points. He had 27.0 points in the semi-finals (Week 15) and 79.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points overall in the playoffs. His salary is set to increase from just under $10.3 million to $12.5 million in 2021, which is likely to cause a slight drop in his 2020 ADP of 23.8 in 2021 drafts.
Our breakout Playoff RB of the Year goes to David Montgomery. Montgomery started to turn it on at the end of the Dynasty Owner regular season with consecutive games of over 27.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (27.3 points in Week 12 and 27.1 points in Week 13) and just kept rolling in the playoffs by averaging 25.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per playoff game. That was a full 11.0 points higher than his regular season average. While it was a breakout performance for some, anyone who read Matt “The Jerk” Morrison’s predictions article (https://dynastyowner.com/2020/12/league-winners-and-playoff-predictions/) published right before the start of the playoffs were likely not surprised. With a salary of only just over $1 million for 2021, Dynasty Owners drafting their team in 2021 should expect to have to take Montgomery earlier than he was drafted in 2020 (ADP 44.2).
Playoff WR of the Year: Stefon Diggs (BUF) – 96.3 points
If you drafted a Bills stack of Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs in your 2020 Dynasty Owner draft, you’re likely reading this while counting your League Championship winnings. Diggs had three consecutive playoff games with more than 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (29.1 points in the first round, 25.7 points in the semi-finals and 41.5 in the finals) to finish the 2020 season as the Playoff WR of the Year. Diggs and his $14.4 million salary were the 37th WR off the board on average in 2020 Dynasty Owner drafts (ADP 102.5). After his 2020 season, Dynasty Owners in 2021 start-up drafts will have to draft him much earlier to secure his services.
The runner-up for Playoff WR of the Year is Davante Adams, who has a salary of only $100,000 more than Diggs at $14.5 million but was drafted significantly higher (ADP 29.0). Adams averaged 26.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game during the regular season and matched that in the playoffs with an average of 26.3 points per game (78.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the 3-game playoffs). With his salary in place for another year, look for Adams to be drafted right around the same spot in 2021 as he was this year.
Our breakout Playoff WR of the Year is Nelson Agholor of the Las Vegas Raiders who upped his average Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game from 11.3 points per game, which ranked him 49th among WR for the season, to 18.8 points per game in the playoffs. He was the 7th best WR in the playoffs, only behind some pretty big names in Stefon Diggs, Davante Adams, Calvin Ridley, Mike Evans, DeAndre Hopkins, and Allen Robinson and just ahead of the top scoring WR for the regular season in Tyreek Hill. Agholor was on a one-year, $1,047,500 veteran minimum salary for 2020 and stands to get paid a lot more in 2021 to either stay in Vegas or go elsewhere.
Playoff TE of the Year: Travis Kelce (KC) – 73.2 points
First in regular season points and first in the playoff points. That’s what Travis Kelce did in 2020 for his Dynasty Owners. He was also first in TE points back in 2019 as well. This year, he averaged 20.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the regular season and was even better in the playoffs, averaging 24.4 points per game. He was also consistent with more than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in all three playoff games (27.6 points in Week 14 and 22.8 points in both Week 15 and Week 16).
Kelce did the same thing last year, averaging 15.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the regular season to lead all TEs and doing even better in the playoffs with an average of 23.3 points. He has never scored less than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the playoffs as he had 25.2 points in Week 15 and 21.4 points in Week 16 last year when there were only two playoff rounds. His $9.37 million salary increases to $14.3 million in 2021, but Kelce should be one of the first TEs off Dynasty Owner draft boards even at that amount.
Just as he was in the regular season, Darren Waller was the runner-up for Playoff TE of the Year. He also averaged over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (20.2) in the playoffs, an increase of 3.9 points from his season-long average of 16.3 points. Waller is currently expected to be the 8th highest paid TE in 2021 with a salary of $7.45 million. His cost per point for the regular season and playoffs was $29,011 compared to $29,760 for Kelce, so Dynasty Owners might consider drafting Waller before Kelce and use the nearly $7 million in savings at other positions. Regardless, Waller should be drafted earlier in 2021 than he was in 2020 (ADP 77.3).
Our breakout Playoff TE of the Year is Irv Smith Jr. who scored a total of 46.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the playoffs. That total nearly matched the number of points he scored in the regular season (47.2). Because of his potential and $1.45 million salary, Smith had an ADP of 132.9 in 2020 Dynasty Owner drafts. His salary will remain the same for 2021, but it remains to be seen if Dynasty Owners will look more at his playoff performance and draft him earlier than last year or rely more on how he did in the regular season.
Playoff K of the Year: Cairo Santos (CHI) – 36.0 points
Santos had the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points of any kicker in the playoffs, so he is the Playoff K of the Year. His 12.0 points per game average in the playoffs was almost double his regular season average of 6.5 points per game. He had the single highest scoring playoff game for a kicker in 2020 with 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the playoff semi-finals (Week 15).
The runner-up for Playoff K of the Year is Greg Zuerlein. After a disappointing regular season that saw him average just 6.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and score in double digits just four times, Zuerlein had three consecutive playoff games in double digits (12.0 points in Week 14, 11.0 points in Week 15 and 10.0 points in Week 16).
Congratulations to all of our winners, runners-up and breakout players for the 2020 Dynasty Owner playoffs. If your favorite player didn’t win an award, then they aren’t going to win one for the 2020 season as we’ve handed them all out now.
Based on the 2020 Dynasty Owner playoffs, expect to see a couple of things in your 2021 start-up drafts. The QBs who stood out in the 2020 playoffs (Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson and Jalen Hurts) are all still playing under their rookie contract and will likely be among the highest picks in your 2021 drafts. Players who did better in the playoffs than they did during the regular season and are still playing under their rookie contracts, such as David Montgomery and Irv Smith, should see a bump in their ADP in 2021 as well. Finally, veterans who are locked in to their 2021 salary already, such as Stefon Diggs and Darren Waller, will likely move up draft boards even more after standout regular season and playoff performances in 2020.
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