Thursday Night Football: Week 4

Jaguars vs Bengals

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Week 4 of Thursday Night Football has arrived. Like last week, this may not be the most anticipated matchup of the season. That’s okay though. My job is to get you excited for this game. We’ll get to it later, but I would be excited to watch several players in this game, especially if I happened to own any of them in Dynasty Owner. Tonight’s game sees the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals facing off against the winless Jacksonville Jaguars. For you sports betters out there, the Bengals are favored by 7.5 points and the over/under is 45.5. This means a very healthy implied point total of 26.5 points for the Bengals.

Value of the Game Recap

Last week, I declared my value of the game to be D.J. Moore. After getting close to hitting on my first two weeks, I finally got a correct pick. D.J. Moore was, in fact, the Week 3 Value of the Game. Here is how his terrific night broke down.

Week 3 Actual StatsReceptionsReceiving YardsRushing YardsTDsDOFP
D.J. Moore8126-1020.5

Compare this with the projection that I had for Moore, and you have a pretty accurate prediction.

Week 3 ProjectionsReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
D.J. Moore794122.4

A stat line of 20.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFP) combined with his ultra-cheap salary of $2,792,829 makes him the Week 3 Thursday Night Football Value of the Game.

***It’s also worth noting that Moore had zero receptions after eight minutes left in the third quarter.***

What To Watch For

Similar to Week 1 when I talked about the three wide receivers from the Buccaneers, I am most excited to watch how the wide receiving core’s pecking order works out for the Bengals. Obviously the injury to Tee Higgins throws a wrench in this three-headed monster, but the split between Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd will still be worth watching. Ja’Marr Chase has been sensational this season.  He is WR11 with 220 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns in three games. That is good enough for 56.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. On the other hand, Tyler Boyd has only 34.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. What’s strange is that Boyd has three more receptions and three more targets than Chase. While I admit that I would rather own Chase over Boyd (especially in Dynasty Owner), the volume is there for Boyd. I will be interested to see if/when Boyd has any dominating games, while Chase plays more of the secondary role. Maybe that day is today?

Starters

All the players that I include in this list are players who I think should be started in most, if not all, Dynasty Owner leagues. They are:

Joe Mixon ($12,000,000)

James Robinson ($763,333)

Ja’Marr Chase ($7,547,410)

Marvin Jones ($6,250,000)

Bench Players

In Dynasty Owner, you are able to set a Bench roster. The players on your Bench add 25 percent of their overall total to your final point total at the end of the week. Therefore, it is important to not only consider your starting lineup very carefully, but also consider your Bench. These are the players that I would be comfortable placing on my Bench tonight.

Joe Burrow ($9,047,534)

Trevor Lawrence ($9,198,372)

Tyler Boyd ($10,750,000)

Tee Higgins (OUT) ($2,171,696)

D.J. Chark ($1,111,807)

Laviska Shenault ($1,924,017)

***Ignore the Tee Higgins line.  He has been declared out for this game, and he should be removed from all lineups.

Value of the Game

My Value of the Game pick for tonight is going to be James Robinson. Robinson is by far the cheapest player that I have in my Starters category for this game. Robinson is on a contract that is worth $763,333 per year. Robinson had a very disappointing first two weeks of the season. He had only 16.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in those two games total. What is encouraging is that his usage has increased significantly in each game this year. While it was clear that Urban Meyer may not have been sold on Robinson (as evidenced by the drafting of Travis Etienne), I believe he is starting to realize that James is the best running back option on the team.

The truth is that even with an average game, Robinson will still probably be the Value of the Game due to his amazingly cheap salary. Here is the stat line I have predicted for him tonight…

Week 4 ProjectionsRushing AttemptsRushing YardsReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
James Robinson1468549122.7

Thank you all, and I will see you next week.  Take care and be safe.

TheJerk

Incredibly True Statistics – Quarterbacks

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Hello all. Thank you for continuing to read my articles, and thank you for supporting Dynasty Owner. Today I will be starting a new article series. If you followed my content over the past couple of weeks, you know that I wrote about why you shouldn’t overreact to some performances in this young season. The general idea was that one or two weeks is too small of a sample size to gauge a full season. Two weeks is too small to judge players in Dynasty Owner especially. If you play in redraft, then I can understand the willingness to make important decisions based on a couple weeks, but we are trying to build a team for years to come. Please continue to trust your off-season process and your overall plan.

As I said, today I am going to start a new series. This will be divided into four parts, and it will take a look at some of the more unbelievable statistics that have occurred so far this season. While this isn’t going to be a “Blind Player Comparison” theme, it will use some of the writing styles and tools that I use in those articles. These four articles will hopefully give you a new way of looking at some players, and most importantly, be fun to read. Hopefully, you have as much fun reading them as I do writing them. With that being said, here is my brand new series “Incredibly True Statistics.”

Tom Brady

The first player we are going to talk about today is Tom Brady. After three weeks, Brady is the number one quarterback in Dynasty Owner. Not only is he the QB1, but he holds that spot by more than 7.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Now, I admit that seeing Brady as the top quarterback is not necessarily surprising, but the fact that he had an outstanding game in Week 3 is. Brady went up against one of the top three defenses in the NFL last week as the Bucs played the Rams. The Rams were in control of the matchup from start to finish, but that didn’t stop Brady from posting his third consecutive game with over 37.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Tom didn’t have a particularly strong game when it came to scoring touchdowns, but he made up for that with total yards. Brady passed for 432 yards and earned Dynasty Owners an additional 4 points for a +400 yard passing game. 

The fact that Brady could have a well above average fantasy week while also going against possibly the best defense in the league solidifies him as a must start quarterback for the rest of the season regardless of the matchup. Coming into Week 3, I had several people asking my opinion on whether they should sit Brady. I received questions like, “Should I start Baker over Brady?” “Should I start Tannehill over Brady?” Someone even asked if they should start Daniel Jones over Brady. I answered that I would start Brady over all of those options, but deep down, I wasn’t as confident as I may have appeared to be. Well, those fears have been put to rest. Brady should be a starting quarterback in Dynasty Owner for the duration of the season.

It’s also worth noting that Brady has scored twice as many points as players like Baker Mayfield, Matt Ryan and Big Ben Roethlisberger. Again, this may not be the most surprising statistic in the world, but it continues to show how valuable he can be even in a dynasty league that takes into account salary and age.

Derek Carr

Carr has very quietly become the QB6 in Dynasty Owner. He is averaging 32.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game on the back of a two touchdown per game average. The passing yards have also shown up this year as he is averaging 401 yards per game. Didn’t think it could get any more incredible? Well, Carr is currently the league leader in passing…by 116 yards. Carr finished as QB14 last season, and he has already totaled more than one-fourth of his passing yards for last season. He is playing at a career best pace, and I hope he can keep it up. I’m not going to declare that Carr will finish the season as a top six quarterback, but Dynasty Owners with Carr on their roster have to be happy with his performance.

Let me drop one final statistic on you…

Of the top six quarterbacks in Dynasty Owner, only one has a cheaper salary than Carr ($25,000,000).  That player is Kyler Murray ($8,914,504).  Depending on the matchup, I think Carr may have graduated from the Bench in most Dynasty Owners’ lineups into their Starting lineup.

Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold

Jones and Darnold came into the 2021 season as “wild cards”, at least in my opinion. They were both struggling quarterbacks on poor teams. They were both coming close to the end of their rookie contracts. They both had been paired with top five running backs that they did not have in the 2020 season.

Well, three games into the 2021 season, they are both playing above expectations. They are currently QB12 (Jones) and QB13 (Darnold). Jones may be a little more of a shock for me just because I was higher on Darnold than most this off-season.

Regardless, they are both playing good “fantasy football.” The fact that both players are on rookie (cheap) contracts makes all the difference in their value. Much of Jones’ ($6,416,014) and Darnold’s ($7,561,929) success hinges on the success of their team’s running game. Saquon Barkley has been eased back into action, but he is starting to receive increased touches. His usage has increased every game this season (11 touches, 15 touches, 22 touches). Likewise, Christian McCaffrey (CMC) came into the season healthy, but a hamstring injury forced him out of the game in Week 3. The expectation is that McCaffrey will miss some, but hopefully not much time. There is no sugar coating it. CMC’s absence hurts the Panthers, and it hurts Darnold. Even with the early success, I would consider both Jones and Darnold bench quarterbacks until I can see a greater sample size.

Taylor Heinicke

The biggest quarterback surprise for me this season is Taylor Heinicke. Heinicke was on my radar all off-season. The main reason for this is the fact that Washington has praised him and stated how much they like him as a prospect. We also witnessed some success last year in Week 16. The injury to Ryan Fitzpatrick was very disappointing, but that injury has provided a priceless opportunity for Heinicke.

Through three games this season, he has posted 223 yards per game, 2 touchdowns per game, 15 rushing yards per game, and 22.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. This is good for QB18. Heinicke ($2,375,000) has the third lowest salary of any quarterback in the Top 20. That combination of above average fantasy production mixed with a low salary makes him a very good Bench quarterback candidate.

Aaron Rodgers

Finally, let’s talk about the bad…

Aaron Rodgers is currently the QB20 on the season. Once again, there is no way to sugar coat this. It’s bad for Rodgers, but there is hope. In his three games this season, he is averaging 21.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. If you remove his Week 1 game entirely, then he is averaging 31.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Now, I never want to erase statistics. His 0.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance against New Orleans happened. It matters. But at the end of the season this will be considered an extreme outlier of a game.

Yes, Rodgers is barely hanging onto the Top 20 of quarterbacks. Yes, Rodgers is tied with Jared Goff as the fifth most expensive quarterback you can own in Dynasty Owner ($33,500,000). Yes, I am disappointed and surprised by the start to his season too. After all, he finished as QB2 in 2020. Be patient though. Every quarterback this season will have a bad game. Maybe they won’t have 0.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points bad, but there will be poor performances all around. Give Rodgers time before you give up on him. I’d be willing to bet anyone that Rodgers will be a Top 10 quarterback at the end of this season.

That wraps up the first part of my “Incredibly True Statistics” article. As always, thank you for reading and continuing to support Dynasty Owner. Message me on Twitter (@dynastyjerk) and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I would appreciate it if you followed @Dynasty_Owner on Twitter as well as subscribed to Dynasty Owner on YouTube. Take care everyone and be safe.

TheJerk

Free Agent Auction Targets – Week 4

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

I am going to do things a little different to start this week’s article and I hope everyone reading feels it’s well deserved. One of the true legends in this industry lost his battle with Covid over the weekend and I feel it’s only right to pay some respects in the form he seemed to love so dearly: fantasy football content. Every single time I had the privilege of listening to Mr. Tagliere, he made football seem as if it were the most important thing on planet earth but also found a way to mix in humor. It truly gave me some free time and peace in this world each day. I have played fantasy football for a long time, and never once did I think about getting into content creating for fantasy football, until the first time I listened to Mike Tagliere that is. I have never personally met Mike Tagliere, nor have I talked with him all that much on Twitter aside from a few occasions that always brightened my day, yet I feel like he was somewhat of a mentor to me. Idol may even be a better word to use. The drive and passion that man showed to the game of football and his co-hosts Kyle Yates, Dan Harris, and Joe Pisapia was intoxicating, and I just knew I had to take a chance in this industry, all because of a man I have never met. That is my version of the genius of Mike Tagliere. If you happen to follow both of us on Twitter you will notice my Twitter name is very similar to his and it’s because I wanted to be like Mike and I am not talking about Michael Jordan, I wanted to be like Mike Tagliere! If any of his family, friends, or fans happen to read this just know Mike Tagliere will be dearly missed and I will continue to keep every single one of you in my thoughts during this difficult time! To the undisputed Fantasy Feud Champion: Rest easy Mr. Tagliere you have and will continue to inspire many people and not just in this industry but other phases of life as well.

Alright Dynasty Owners, we are back with another week of trying to find a diamond in the rough with the Free Agent Auction targets. The free agent articles/videos will be dropping every Tuesday afternoon in advance of when bids process on Wednesday at 5 AM and will consist of the week’s Top 5 free agent adds. I will do my best to keep the players listed at an ownership percentage of 65% or less and make sure all players have contracts of $8,000,000 or less, with most players coming in at under $4,000,000. One last note, in Dynasty Owner you will be credited each week with 25% of your entire Bench’s score making these weekly free agent pick-ups extremely important to help boost your total weekly score.

On to the top targets for Week 4:

  1. Jacoby Brissett (QB – MIA) – 1 year/$5,000,000 – 42.6%

As I mention a ton in my articles, quarterbacks are Dynasty Owner gold. I have had plenty of weeks where my entire team did well, and I lost because of a 20-point QB in my Starting lineup. I am not sitting here saying Brissett will have a 40-point week, but he will look solid on your Bench until Tua Tagovailoa comes back. In Week 3, Brissett had one of the weirdest stat lines I have ever seen going 32-49 for 215 yards and no touchdowns, completing 65% of his passes on just 4.39 yards an attempt. He was able to add a touchdown on the ground though. The Dolphins haven’t shown much at all from the running game and Brissett will have to continue to help in that area as well while he is the starting quarterback in Miami.

  • Cole Beasley (WR – BUF) – 2 years/$7,250,000 – 62.7% Rostered

Up next after Josh Allen’s big bounce back performance in Week 3, we have a repeat from a few weeks ago, Cole Beasley. Beasley caught 11 of his 13 targets for 98 yards against the Washington Football Team showing glimpses of what made him extremely useful in Dynasty Owner last season. If Josh Allen can continue to play the way he did in Week 3 for the remainder of the season, Cole Beasley will be a steal regardless of how many Dynasty Dollars you spend to acquire his services. Beasley has been nothing short of a steady force for this Buffalo Bills team over the past couple seasons and I see no reason that ends now.

  • Emmanuel Sanders (WR – BUF) – 1 year/$6,000,000 – 58.6% Rostered

As I just mentioned with Cole Beasley, most of the same can be applied to Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders is probably the player I was most wrong about coming into the 2021 season as I was expecting him to take a backseat to Gabriel Davis but that has not been the case thus far. Aside from injury, I see no reason that the Bills will start throwing to Davis over Sanders and if you are expecting big things from Josh Allen the rest of the way, then Sanders is a no brainer to have with bye weeks coming up. In Week 3, Sanders came away with 5 catches on 6 targets for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns. I don’t know about you, but I would love that kind of production anywhere in my lineup.

  • Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (WR – TEN) – 1 year/$610,000 – 3.55% Rostered

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine may very well be the lowest rostered player to ever hit this series at just 3.55%. I am sure not many are all that familiar with Westbrook-Ikhine, don’t worry I wasn’t either. A.J. Brown is said to have a Grade 1 or 2 hamstring injury and is looking at missing three weeks minimum with a high chance of re-injury when he can return. Even if Brown only ends up missing the minimum of three weeks, Westbrook-Ikhine will still be a solid piece to hold as young depth. Look for Westbrook-Ikhine to be the Robin to Julio Jones’ Batman for the foreseeable future.

  • Peyton Barber (RB – LV) – 1 year/$990,000 – 33.7% Rostered

You know how I mentioned how Westbrook-Ikhine may be the lowest owned player ever? Well Peyton Barber may be the top dawg for players that felt the grossest to put in the list. Nonetheless with Barber hitting the century mark in Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, I had to include him this week. Barber may be a tricky pickup this week with the Raiders playing on Monday night and Josh Jacobs getting an extra day of rest. If you are desperate or have Jacobs on your Dynasty Owner roster, Barber may be worth a look this week.

Conclusion

I unfortunately did not get to watch as much football as I would like this week because my son’s football games are on Sundays at 1 pm for some reason. As much as I hate missing any of the NFL games on Sunday, it is well worth it.

In Sunday’s 5th grade football game, my not so little man (5 ft 4 inches, 165lbs) never came off the field and had 3 sacks, 8 tackles for a loss (one which looked like a miniature version of Jadeveon Clowney against Michigan) and added 9 pancake blocks on offense. If you read this week’s article, your dad is proud! I hope you enjoyed my little story here at the end and hope your teams are all undefeated. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Please do not forget about Steve Van Tassell’s weekly Tuesday recap article and Friday preview article and video, as well as Matt “The Jerk” Morrison’s Wednesday article and video plus his Thursday Night Football preview article. Don’t forget to check out Dynasty Owner on YouTube!

Thank you all for reading and as always good luck on your 2021 Chase for the Ring!

Week 3 Recap: Rookie QB Struggles

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Let’s travel back in time to the NFL draft in April. Five teams (Jacksonville, New York Jets, San Francisco, Chicago and New England) drafted a QB with their first round draft pick, while a sixth team (Houston) didn’t have a first round pick, but used their first selection (in the third round) on a QB. In Dynasty Owner, on average, four of the five first round QBs were taken in the first six rounds of Dynasty Owner start-up drafts and in the first round of rookie drafts. Mac Jones was the exception with a start-up draft ADP of 85.3 and a rookie draft ADP of 12.8. Expectations were pretty high for the rookie QBs with plenty of Dynasty Owners believing at least one of them would play as well as Justin Herbert did last year (28.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game). If not at Herbert’s level, then definitely as well as Jalen Hurts did in the four games he started at the end of the 2020 season (26.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) or at worse how Joe Burrow did before he got injured (22.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game). Even the worst of the 2020 rookie QBs (Tua Tagovailoa) averaged 19.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his nine NFL starts.

Both Lawrence and Wilson were expected to be starters for the Jaguars and Jets this season, while Mac Jones outplayed Cam Newton to win the starting QB job for the Patriots. Bears fans were clamoring for Justin Fields to start over Andy Dalton, while many felt that it was only a matter of time before Lance was the 49ers starter over Jimmy Garoppolo and Davis Mills would take over the reins of the Texans offense once the team had given up on the 2021 season. With a full training camp and pre-season games in 2021 that none of last year’s rookies had the benefit of, those high expectations seemed logical.

Well, being a NFL quarterback is pretty hard and the performances of these rookie QBs so far this season are proof of the difficulty. Those six rookie QBs have started 11 games so far this season (three each by Lawrence, Wilson and Jones plus one by Fields and Mills). In a majority of those games (six out of 11), the rookie QB has scored 10.0 or fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Last year, the rookie QBs started 38 games over the course of the entire season and in only three games, did they have fewer than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The most Dynasty Owner fantasy points in those 11 rookie QB starts so far this year is 26.4 by Trevor Lawrence in Week 1. That’s fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Herbert averaged in 15 starts in 2020 and similar to Hurts’ average in four starts.

No doubt that the 2021 rookie QB class has struggled mightily so far this season and Dynasty Owners who drafted them highly have been disappointed in their production. Even if those Dynasty Owners planned on having a rookie QB as their Bench QB all year, none of them are performing well enough to even be a steady Bench option as all of them are ranked outside the top 24 QBs right now (Lawrence is QB28, Jones is QB29, and Wilson is QB31). The struggle is real!

All stats cited 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 rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of September 28th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our third Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 is: Josh Allen

This week’s Player of the Week is also a QB who struggled as a rookie. Josh Allen threw more INTs (12) than TDs (10) as a rookie in 2018 and had three games with under 100 yards passing. However, he ran the ball very well with 631 rushing yards and 8 rushing TDs, so he wasn’t completely useless in fantasy as a rookie. Now, he’s the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week because he had the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, as well as the best performance of the 2021 season by a QB so far. Allen threw for 358 passing yards and 4 passing TDs to go along with 9 rushing yards and a rushing TD (49.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). It was also Allen’s first game of the season without a turnover. Allen nearly eclipsed the 50.0 point mark that he achieved twice in 2020 (50.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2 versus Miami and 50.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 9 versus Seattle). His point total in Week 3 was also more points than he had scored in the first two weeks combined (41.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) for his Dynasty Owners who drafted him extremely highly this season (13.3 ADP) and may have been panicking a little bit after two consecutive average weeks.

Week 3 Points: 49.8

2021 Salary: $5,295,760

Cost per Point: $106,341

Congratulations Josh on winning your third overall Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor. This one will go nicely with the two that you received in 2020. Now, you’re back tied with Derrick Henry and just one behind Patrick Mahomes for the most in Dynasty Owner history!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. The third Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 season is: Dalton Schultz

With his first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor, Dalton Schultz becomes only the third TE to win it. Not a single TE did it in 2019, while George Kittle and Anthony Firkser won it in 2020. Schultz put together the best performance of his career this week with 26.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 80 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). Schultz was a Top 10 TE last year in Dynasty Owner, but many expected Blake Jarwin to be the #1 TE in Dallas this season as evidenced by the fact that Jarwin had a lower ADP (187.9 vs. 229.7 for Schultz) despite having a salary of $5.5 million for three more years, compared to just $728,090 for one year for Schultz. In the first two weeks of the 2021 season, Schultz had slightly more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Jarwin (14.3 points vs. 11.7 for Jarwin), but neither one had been targeted much (8 targets for Schultz and 7 for Jarwin). Schultz was one of three Cowboys with more than 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3 but both Dak Prescott ($40 million) and Ezekiel Elliott ($15 million) make significantly more than Schultz does and would need to score hundreds of points in a single week to be the Value Player of the Week.

Week 3 Points: 26.0

2021 Salary: $728,090

Cost per Point: $28,003

Congratulations Dalton on winning the first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of your career and being the second consecutive Cowboys player to win it this season.

Honorable mention to James Robinson who scored 24.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (88 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 6 receptions, 46 receiving yards, 1 fumble) and was well on his way towards his first Value Player of the Week award for 2021 and second one overall before Schultz overtook him on Monday night. Robinson was the RB7 in Dynasty Owner in 2020 and averaged 18.45 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, but only was the Value Player of the Week once and similar to this week, was edged out of winning twice. Robinson had 21 touches (15 rushing attempts and 6 receptions) and 24.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3 compared to 22 touches (16 rushing attempts and 6 receptions) and just 16.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first two weeks combined. If Jacksonville utilizes Robinson more like they did this week, he could be the Value Player of the Week at least once this year.

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 3. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Derrick Henry or Travis Kelce because barring injury or bye week, both of them should always be in your Starting lineup. Instead, these are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad (or even not on a Dynasty Owner roster), but likely weren’t Starters in Week 3 when they should have been.

QB: Kirk Cousins (MIN) – 34.3 points

Only two players in Dynasty Owner have scored 30.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in all three games this season – the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady and Kirk Cousins. Normally, I wouldn’t have a player rostered in only 3% of Dynasty Owner leagues listed here, but Cousins has been too good through the first three games of the season to ignore. Cousins is averaging 306 passing yards per game and has thrown 8 TDs and no INTs so far this season. While it’s been great fun mentioning his high salary and low ownership rates in the past, it’s getting to the point where anyone who has a Dynasty Owner team doing well needs to think about picking up Cousins, while using their Amnesty Provision if they are still rostering either Deshaun Watson at $39 million per year (18.9%) or Jared Goff at $33.5 million (1.8%). Same goes for Dynasty Owners with Carson Wentz ($32 million; 10.7% rostered), provided that they have $1 million in room under the salary cap. This week, Cousins had 34.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (323 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 2 rushing yards, 1 fumble) to rank as the QB5 in Dynasty Owner for Week 3. He would have been a great Starting QB for the handful of Dynasty Owners with him on their rosters.

RB: Peyton Barber (LV) – 24.2 points

Believe it or not, but Peyton Barber is only 27 years old. Doesn’t it feel like he’s been kicking around the NFL for a long time? He did enter the NFL after only two years in college, so it’s his sixth NFL season (four with Tampa Bay, last season with Washington and this season with Las Vegas). Maybe that has something to do with it. After four years with Tampa Bay, he signed a two-year/$3 million contract with the Washington Football Team and had a great start for them with two rushing TDs and 14.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1. However, he never mustered another double-digit point week in 2020 to go along with a 2.7 yards per carry rushing average. In 2021, he was released by the Football Team at the end of training camp. He signed with the Washington practice squad but was signed off of that by the Raiders a couple of days before the start of the season. After Josh Jacobs’ injury led him to be inactive in Week 2, Barber was declared the starter by Raiders’ coach Jon Gruden, and he promptly went out and averaged 2.5 yards per carry with 13 carries for 32 yards (3.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). With Jacobs still out in Week 3, barber was the lead Raiders RB and topped 100 yards rushing for the first time since November 18th, 2018. Barber finished Week 3 with 24.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (111 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 3 receptions, 31 receiving yards, 1 fumble).

WR: Emmanuel Sanders (BUF) – 26.4 points

Last season, Emmanuel Sanders was expected to provide Drew Brees with another WR to throw the ball to instead of always seeming to target Michael Thomas. Despite finishing the 2020 season as the WR42 in Dynasty Owner, Sanders left New Orleans in free agency and signed with the Buffalo Bills. With Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley already established as the #1 and #2 WRs in Buffalo, Sanders was expected to be the #3 WR and possibly cede that spot to Gabriel Davis and be the #4 WR.  That’s why he had an ADP of 244.1 in Dynasty Owner start-up drafts. The first two weeks of the 2021 season saw Sanders put up 9.2 and 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points respectively and provide some decent Bench points to the Dynasty Owners with him on their roster (58.6%). In Week 3, Sanders had his best week since 2019 when he was on San Francisco as he scored 26.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 94 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). That’s good enough that his Dynasty Owners should have put him in their Starting lineup this week.

Honorable mention to Sanders’ teammate Cole Beasley who had 20.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (11 receptions for 98 receiving yards). Buffalo had two WRs with over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while RB Zack Moss, TE Dawson Knox, WR Stefon Diggs and kicker Tyler Bass all had double-digit points. Not to mention what Josh Allen did. That’s what happens when your team puts up 43 points and 481 yards of total offense. While Sanders got a lot of his points on TD receptions, Beasley did it on volume with 11 receptions on 13 targets. Beasley and Sanders are tied with 194 receiving yards and 42.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the season, but Beasley is just a bit ahead of Sanders in all of the other important Dynasty Owner metrics ($7.25 million in salary, 62.7% rostered and 227.3 ADP). If you had Beasley on your Dynasty Owner roster instead of Sanders, it wasn’t too much of a drop off in points and both of them should have been in your Starting lineup.

TE: Tyler Conklin (MIN) – 20.0 points

Until Dalton Schultz’s performance on Monday Night Football, Conklin had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than any other TE in Week 3. Yes indeed, he had more points than Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Mark Andrews and a host of other better known TEs. Kelce, Kittle, Andrews and Mike Gesicki had more receiving yards than Conklin this week, but Conklin had a TD, while each of the other three didn’t. As a result, Conklin finished Week 3 with 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 70 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). In the first two weeks, Conklin had only 11.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and was probably not making everyone who started picking him off the Free Agent Auction happy at all. Since September 1st, Conklin has gone from being rostered in 37.3% of Dynasty Owner leagues to 90.5% of leagues now. After this week, I’m sure a Dynasty Owner or two in the remaining 9.5% of leagues will bid on his services and maybe even put him in their Starting lineup. That’s where he should have been in Week 3 for everyone who already had him on their roster.

K: Chase McLaughlin (CLE) – 18.0 points

After two weeks, Browns kicker Chase McLaughlin had only attempted one FG from 30 yards and seven PATs. He made them all, but since the PATs were the longest kick that he had even attempted, he had only scored 9.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in total. In Week 3 alone, McLaughlin attempted six kicks (4 FGs and 2 PATs) and made them all for 18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The field goals were from 28, 41, 52 and 57 yards respectively. While kicking for six teams over the past two seasons (Chargers, 49ers and Colts in 2019 and then Vikings, Jaguars and Jets in 2020), he had never scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points despite being active for 16 NFL games. Since his salary is only $762,500 per season, he is rostered in 95.9% of Dynasty Owner leagues but I’m not sure how many of those Dynasty Owners actually had him in their Starting lineup. Hopefully they did as he was the top kicker for Week 3 and is currently tied for eighth for the season.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one highly drafted or highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored very few Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, so they should have spent Week 3 riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Justin Fields (CHI) – 4.6 points

All five of the rookie QBs who started in Week 3 could have been the choice here, but after all of the hype surrounding Fields and the anticipation of his first NFL start, more Dynasty Owners than should have probably started him. Those who did ended up with just 4.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (68 passing yards and 12 rushing yards). Fields didn’t have a turnover, so it could have been worse. Fields actually had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 (6.8) when he didn’t start than this week when he did. All in all, it was a terrible struggle this week for Fields and nearly all of the rookie QBs. Fields should not have been anywhere near your Starting lineup or Bench in Week 3.

As mentioned above, dishonorable mentions to the four other rookie QBs who started in Week 3 for their NFL teams. Davis Mills was the best of the four and he only had 14.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (168 passing yards and 1 passing TD). He was also the most unlikely one for any Dynasty Owners to start since he was getting his first NFL start on a Thursday night. Mac Jones had the second most Dynasty Owner fantasy points with 13.3 (270 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 28 rushing yards, 3 INTs), followed by Trevor Lawrence with 7.6 (219 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 27 rushing yards, 2 INTs, 2 fumbles – lost) and Zach Wilson bringing up the rear with only 2.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (160 passing yards, 2 rushing yards, 2 INTs). Not sure what kind of desperate straits your Dynasty Owner team would have to be in to have Wilson as your Starting QB, but he definitely should not have been. All of these rookie QBs should be on your Bench, or Practice Squad if you have three starting NFL QBs on your Dynasty Owner roster, until further notice.

RB: Damien Harris (NE) – 3.1 points

It was a pretty bad fantasy week for the New England Patriots, which as we all know is what Bill Belichick cares about the most. Only Kendrick Bourne (21.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Jakobi Meyers (18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) did enough to be worthy of starting. Damien Harris did not with only 3.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (14 rushing yards, 2 receptions, -3 receiving yards) despite being the most likely Patriots player to actually be in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup. It’s really bad when your QB is your leading rusher on the day (Mac Jones had 28 rushing yards). With Rhamondre Stevenson out again, it seemed logical that both Harris and James White would factor significantly into the Patriots offense, but White was injured early in the game after his first rushing attempt and quickly ruled out with a hip injury. Harris only had eight touches (six rushing attempts and two receptions) while backup RBs J.J. Taylor and Brandon Bolden had nine combined (four rushing attempts and five receptions). It wasn’t a great day all around for the Patriots offense and hopefully you weren’t counting on Harris to do well as a member of your Starting lineup when he should have been on your Bench.

WR: Robby Anderson (CAR) – 1.8 points

With Sam Darnold playing well through the first two weeks of the NFL season and the Panthers playing the Houston Texans, it seemed that starting Robby Anderson on Thursday night would be a good idea for Dynasty Owners. All off-season there was speculation that Anderson would be Darnold’s favorite target as the two had hooked up for 88 passes, 1,353 yards and 11 TDs in two seasons together in New York. They only connected once in Week 1 against the Jets, but it was a 57-yard TD pass, good for 12.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. And despite scoring only 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions for 38 yards) in Week 2, Anderson was targeted by Darnold on six occasions. It wasn’t to be in Week 3 as Darnold looked to D.J. Moore early and often, while Anderson was limited to just two targets and 1.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 8 yards). Anderson is rostered in 95.9% of Dynasty Owner leagues despite carrying a salary of $10 million for this season (which increases to $14.75 million for the 2022 season). Anderson didn’t do much this week and starting him would have gotten your Dynasty Owner team off to a poor start in Week 3. Hopefully you didn’t do it.

TE: Robert Tonyan (GB) – 1.6 points

After the first two weeks of the season, Robert Tonyan was the TE12 in Dynasty Owner, but with only 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He was also the 12th TE drafted on average in Dynasty Owner start-up drafts (ADP 114.0). If you waited to draft a TE after Kelce, Waller, Pitts, Kittle, Hockenson and Andrews were off the board, then Tonyan could easily be your Starter. The likelihood increased after he had 14.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 52 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) in Week 2 against Detroit. Despite 33 passing attempts by Aaron Rodgers in Week 3, Tonyan was only targeted once. He shouldn’t feel bad as Rodgers only had eyes for Davante Adams (as usual) who had 18 targets. However, any Dynasty Owners who had Tonyan in their Starting lineup are feeling bad about only getting 1.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (1 reception for 6 yards). There aren’t a lot of TEs who should be in your Starting lineup every week regardless of the matchup and Tonyan isn’t one of them. He should have been on your Bench this week.

A dishonorable mention to T.J. Hockenson who only scored 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 10 yards) after consecutive weeks with more than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Hockenson was the #3 ranked TE in Dynasty Owner after the first two weeks, behind only Travis Kelce and Rob Gronkowski. He was clearly Detroit’s best receiver and led the team in receiving yards in each of the first two games. He had the most targets (20), receptions (16), receiving yards (163) and receiving TDs (2) on the team as well. However, this week, he had fewer targets, yards and Dynasty Owner fantasy points than his backup Darren Fells (3 targets, 2 receptions for 35 yards and 5.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). A disappointing outing against a Baltimore Ravens defense that gave up 26.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to Raiders TE Darren Waller in Week 1 and 23.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to Chiefs TE Travis Kelce in Week 2. Fantasy analysts were starting to mention Hockenson as being in the same tier as both of those guys, but likely won’t be doing it after this week’s Bench worthy performance.

K: Tristan Vizcaino (LAC) – 1.0 point

Starting Vizcaino in Week 3 was a good idea if you thought that the Chargers-Chiefs game would be a high scoring affair. That thought was correct as the teams combined for 54 total points with the Chargers defeating the Chiefs by a score of 30-24. With 30 points, it seems logical that the Chargers kicker would have more than just 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point, but that’s how many Vizcaino scored as he missed two PATs, while making one, and also kicked a 24 yard FG. Vizcaino had been fine through two weeks with 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 for 4 on FGs 39 yards or less, 1 for 2 on FGs of 40 to 49 yards and 2 for 2 on PATs). The Chargers have a very good offense so Vizcaino should keep having opportunities to kick, but if he keeps missing PATs, he won’t be worth using in your Starting lineup since he’ll probably not be kicking for the Chargers anymore.

Dishonorable mention for the second consecutive week to Jacksonville kicker Josh Lambo for his -1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 3. This was his second straight week with negative points and after the first one, he shouldn’t have been in anybody’s Starting lineup. However, when you score negative points and have negative points three weeks into the season, it’s pretty much required that you get mentioned here. Lambo has three fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points so far this season than everybody reading this article. Dynasty Owners with Lambo on their roster (42.0%) would have been better off leaving the spot in their Starting lineup or Bench empty than having Lambo in it.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – The Road Warriors vs. Dynasty Trade School (Mad Minshew)

The changing of the guard didn’t happen as the Dynasty Owner who appeared on the final 2020 Chase for the Ring leaderboard – Dynasty Trade School (Mad Minshew) – defeated the team that was #2 on the 2021 leaderboard after the first two weeks (The Road Warriors) by a convincing margin of 166.5 to 139.9. Everyone in Dynasty Trade School’s Starting lineup had at least 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, except his kicker (Younghoe Koo) who had just 9.0 points. Tom Brady led the Dynasty Trade School team with 38.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Alexander Mattison had 25.1 points in place of the injured Dalvin Cook. On the other side, it’s hard to quibble with The Road Warriors’ lineup choices, but Christian McCaffrey only had 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, DeAndre Hopkins had just 5.1 and T.J. Hockenson only scored 3.0 in a losing effort. The Road Warriors had a lot of Bench points, but that’s what happens when you have Justin Herbert (44.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), Chase Claypool (18.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (17.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) all on your Bench. That’s why many people have commented that The Road Warriors’ Bench is better than a lot of other teams’ Starting lineup.

The win puts Dynasty Trade School (Mad Minshew) at the top of the League #27449 standings with a 3-0 record and 495.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. They are slightly ahead of Blue Mountain State who is also 3-0 and has scored 490.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The Road Warriors slip down to 4th place in the League despite a league high 533.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. More importantly, will that be enough points to keep The Road Warriors in the Top 10 of the Chase for the Ring standings?

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

The answer is Yes as The Road Warriors dropped slightly in the Chase for the Ring standings as they moved down five spots to 7th place, but despite the loss, they are still in the Top 10.

The Road Warriors are one of five teams from last week’s Top 10 to remain up there this week along with Crow Valley Corvids (down two spots from 1st place to 3rd), Miami Crypt Keepers (up five spots from 9th place to 4th), KingMelo (up one spot from 6th place to 5th) and Bastedos (down three spot from 7th place to 10th). The rest of the Top 10 are new with Heeb Unit being our new leader with 554.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. They were outside of the Top 25 last week, but a 204.8 point performance in Week 3 has them on top for now.

If you check out the full Top 25 standings, you’ll see that Dynasty Trade School (Mad Minshew) has a team in 16th place with 515.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That team plays in League #27458, while the team that defeated The Road Warriors is in League #27449 and currently sits in 53rd place overall.

Conclusions

Hopefully your Dynasty Owner team wasn’t counting on one of the rookie QBs drafted in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft this season. If so, it’s highly unlikely that your team is on the Chase for the Ring leaderboard or frankly, even has a 3-0 record at this point in the season. If you do, the rest of your team must be pretty impressive, and I’d love to see it. Send a picture of that team to me on Twitter (@SteveVT33) or tell me your team name and I’ll look it up. Then I’ll tweet out your roster and give you the props that you so justly deserve.

Congratulations to everyone with a 3-0 record right now. None of my teams made it to 3-0 as both of my previously undefeated teams lost in Week 3, while my other two teams won, so at least all four of them have a victory and a chance to make the playoffs. If your team is 0-3, don’t give up hope as there are still 11 more weeks of the Dynasty Owner regular season left.

If you need help figuring out how to replace that rookie QB who is struggling and left your team at 0-3, or have a 3-0 team that you want to keep on track, Dynasty Owner has plenty of great content coming out this week for everyone to check out. Later today (Tuesday), Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl) is back with an article and video to help you figure out what players you need to target in the Free Agent Auction. Matt Morrison – The Jerk has an article and video dropping on Wednesday, then his Thursday Night Football preview on Thursday afternoon. Finally on Friday, I’m back with an article and video that will preview the Week 4 slate of games. I’ll also have another Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week and see how my Week 3 recommendations fared.

Please read all of our articles, watch our videos on YouTube or listen to them wherever you get your podcasts. Don’t forget follow all three of us plus Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well. Thanks, and have a great day!

Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

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Monday Night Football Preview: Week 3

Eagles vs Cowboys

By: Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl)

It is honestly hard to believe it is already Monday Night Football for Week 3 but regardless of if I believe it or not, the end of Week 3 is near.  In Week 2 we had the Lions vs Packers for our Monday Night Football game and I had Marquez Valdes-Scantling (MVS) as my Value of the Game. As we all know football is a game of inches. I say this because MVS had a few chances to make big plays and finish as the Value of the Game, but the former MVP Aaron Rodgers missed him on a couple occasions leading Rodgers to apologize to the young speedster after the game. Hey Aaron Rodgers! If you are reading this, I feel I could use an apology as well as I looked horribly wrong with my Value of the Game prediction last Monday night because of those missed opportunities. While I had the position right for Value of the Game, I happened to be looking on the wrong team. Quintez Cephus was the real Value of the Game for Monday Night Football in Week 2 finishing with 4 catches for 63 yards and a touchdown, all on a salary of just $899,822. Enough of last week, let’s move on to why you are all reading this to begin with!

What to Watch For

In this week’s Monday night contest, we have a heated rivalry out of the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys on prime-time television. In this week’s matchup, I am watching for a couple different things but none more important than the Cowboys defense. The Cowboys defense has highly exceeded expectations in this young season, and I am very interested to see how they look against Jalen Hurts and his ability to extend plays outside of the pocket. If the Cowboys come out and have another solid defensive performance, they just may be a playoff squad this season.  On the other side of the ball, we have the Eagles being led by the previously mentioned Jalen Hurts, who I will be watching with a close eye later tonight. Hurts struggled with accuracy at times last season and has seemed to be improved in that area of his game thus far this season. Will Hurts continue his improvement as a passer or will he show us he has just had an easy matchup to start the season against the Falcons? The last couple things I will be watching for: how Amari Cooper plays after being banged up last week; how does the Cowboys run game shake out with Tony Pollard continuing to impress; and how each of these offensive lines look after being banged up and missing pieces. And by missing pieces I mean Cowboys’ offensive lineman La’el Collins trying to bribe drug test collectors.

Jay’s Monday Night Prediction

In tonight’s game I think we will see the defenses take somewhat of a backseat as the offenses take turns trading shots with the Eagles ultimately coming out on top.

Eagles 30Cowboys 24

Over/Under Projections

Cowboys

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Dak PrescottQB$40,000,00030.0Over
Ezekiel ElliottRB$15,000,00016.9Under
Tony PollardRB$796,9459.7Over
CeeDee LambWR$3,502,50318.5Over
Amari CooperWR$20,000,00017.9Over
Dalton SchultzTE$728,0906.9Under

Eagles

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Jalen HurtsQB$1,506,29226.9Over
Miles SandersRB$1,337,54415.8Over
Kenneth GainwellRB$953,8828.3Over
DeVonta SmithWR$5,035,34814.6Over
Jalen ReagorWR$3,317,66910.0Over
Dallas GoedertTE$1,406,0688.6Over

In this Monday night matchup, I am expecting a tough division game and I do not mean defensive tough. I am expecting to see a few lead changes and the Eagles running game with Hurts, Sanders, and Gainwell proving to be too much in the end. In Week 2, each of these teams struggled to get going offensively with neither scoring over 20 points. Look for both offenses to come out on fire while putting up points rather quickly tonight.

Jay’s Dynasty Owner Games of the Week

Each week I will pick two games that are close in score and will likely be decided during Monday Night Football. If you happen to find yourself in this situation on Sunday night, please get ahold of me on Twitter (@jaypoundsnfl) and I will gladly feature your game here.

Game 1 – League #27446

Horny Toads – Dallas Goedert and Greg Zuerlein in Starting lineup left to play

Looking at Horny Toads starting lineup I would have expected a higher total score but that highlights the importance of having a high scoring quarterback each week. Horny Toads had every single player aside from Tyler Lockett score double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, yet only has a total of 111.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the week with Dallas Goedert and his kicker yet to go. Ultimately, I don’t see the horny fella pulling off this upset with Pollard being too much in the opposing lineup. If Horny Toads are unable to pull off the victory this week, the blame will fall squarely on the shoulders of Kyler Murray and Tyler Lockett.

Fields of Dreams – Tony Pollard in Starting lineup left to play

Fields of Dreams is making his 2nd appearance in the first three weeks of the season in this section. Fields of Dreams should be feeling comfortable heading into tonight’s game with a 9.5-point lead and Tony Pollard yet to go. The Cowboys have been utilizing Pollard much more as of late and I expect it to be no different this week. If Fields of Dreams does lose this matchup in a close game, they will only be able to blame themselves as they left two bench spots open this week (RB and kicker).

Game 2 – League #28278

Turn Down for Watt – Kenneth Gainwell in Starting lineup left to play

Turn Down must be feeling pretty good heading into tonight’s game only needing 6.6 points from Kenneth Gainwell to come away with the win. When looking at the matchup, Turn Down is probably feeling a little lucky with his opponent leaving two Bench spots open this week. Turn Down had a huge performance from Matthew Stafford (41.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and a nice performance from Cordarrelle Patterson (17.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) to help put them in position to win on Monday Night Football.

Donkey Punchers – No players left to play

If I were the Donkey Punchers owner, I would be extremely nervous heading into tonight’s game and would not be counting on a victory this week. The Eagles have seemed to love Gainwell thus far and I would imagine we will see him get a solid amount of work again tonight resulting in a loss for Donkey Punchers. If this ends up coming down to just a couple points, Donkey Punchers will only be able to blame themselves for not having enough depth to fill out their Bench leaving two spots open (Tight End and kicker).

I chose both games to highlight the importance of Bench scoring and making sure to set your Bench lineup in Dynasty Owner!

Value of the Game

At last, we have what I am going to assume is everyone’s favorite, the Value of the Game. Last week, I missed bad with Marquez Valdes-Scantling who did absolutely nothing and will look to redeem myself here in Week 3.

In this week’s edition, I will be going with none other than Jalen Hurts, Quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. While I did not think Hurts was horrible last week, he certainly did not play his best and will be looking to bounce back against the Cowboys defense tonight. At a salary of just $1,506,292 Hurts is setup well to hit as tonight’s Value of the Game. As we should all be used to by now, I am expecting Hurts to make big plays with his legs and arm which will help him fend off the likes of CeeDee Lamb as value of the game. I have Hurts in the range of 250 passing yards and 100 rushing yards to finish with the stat line below.

Winner – Jalen Hurts

Jay’s Projected Stat LinePassing AttemptsPassing CompletionsPassing YardsPassing TDsRushing AttemptsRushing YardsRushing TDsDOFP
Jalen Hurts25332422968136.9

Be sure to check out my Free Agent Auction article and video that will be released on Tuesday afternoon before Free Agent Auction bids are processed on Wednesday at 5 AM. Don’t forget about Steve Van Tassell’s weekly Tuesday recap article and Friday preview article and video, as well as Matt “The Jerk” Morrison’s Wednesday article and video plus his Thursday Night Football preview article. Don’t forget to check out Dynasty Owner on YouTube!

I hope everyone is having a better start to the season than I am as I have too many shares of Amari Cooper who killed me in Week 2 and DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Brown who have been banged up over the past two weeks. Thank you all for reading this week’s Monday Night Preview and as always good luck on your 2021 Chase for the Ring!

Week 3 Preview – Changing of the Guard

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

This week’s Thursday night game was decidedly less exciting than the past two weeks, but it did feature something that both of those games lacked. That’s right a rookie QB making his first NFL start. Washington Football Team QB Taylor Heinicke was making his first regular season start last week, but don’t forget that he started the Football Team’s playoff game against Tampa Bay last year. Last night, it was Davis Mills taking over for Tyrod Taylor as Houston’s QB and you have to think that with Deshaun Watson’s “issues” and desire to never play for the Texans again that we might have seen the change to a new QB of the future for Houston.

The same thing is possible for the Chicago Bears with Justin Fields starting at QB this Sunday in place of an injured Andy Dalton. Sure, Bears’ Head Coach Matt Nagy said that Dalton is the starter once he’s healthy, but Anthony Lynn said the same thing last year when Justin Herbert took over at QB for the Chargers in place of an injured Tyrod Taylor. Lynn said this after Justin Herbert’s first NFL start back in Week 2 of the 2020 season, “…the veteran quarterback right now gives us the best chance to win.” He also said “If Tyrod Taylor is 100%, then he is our quarterback”. In case you forgot, Taylor never played another snap for the Chargers and signed with the Texans in the off-season. Don’t be surprised if the same thing happens with Dalton and the Bears. If I was a Bears fan, I’d be praying for the same thing that happened with Herbert to happen again with Fields.

There’s also a potential changing of the guard in Dynasty Owner. Into the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring in 2021 are newcomers like Crow Valley Corvids (currently in 1st place), The Road Warriors (2nd place), Foxborokid (6th place) and many others. Out are Barbee Kilgore (1st place in 2020), Quaranteed for Greatness (2nd place in 2020), The Human Fund (5th place in 2020) and most of the other teams who finished last season in the Top 25 of the Chase for the Ring.

The good news for those teams from 2020 who aren’t on the Chase leaderboard is that they still have a dozen Dynasty Owner regular season games plus the playoffs to right the ship, win their League and maybe find their way back. We’ll highlight a game in our Match-up of the Week between one of the new teams trying to take over the Chase standings and a member of the old guard who wants to hold on to their spot.

Thanks for reading my weekly preview article. Every week of the 14-game Dynasty Owner regular season and three game playoffs, I’ll present a player at each position (QB, RB, WR, TE) who you should have as a Starter in your Dynasty Owner lineup. After that, I’ll name one player per position who should be on your Bench or Practice Squad. These won’t be the obvious choices for Starters either. No recommendations to go ahead and start Patrick Mahomes, Derrick Henry, Davante Adams and Travis Kelce. I also won’t have “sleepers” like Matthew Stafford. He is the QB11 right now in Dynasty Owner. He should be a Starter and is definitely not a “sleeper”. Highly drafted players who may have had a bad first two weeks, such as Josh Allen or Antonio Gibson, won’t be mentioned either. Nope, I’m going to recommend you Start players who were drafted to be on your Bench or Practice Squad. For the Bench recommendations, I’ll suggest players drafted to be Starters or who have had a great first two weeks and their current ranking says they should be in your Starting lineup, but who shouldn’t be in there this week based on matchups, past performance against a team or something else.

Finally, I will look at one Dynasty Owner game, our Match-up of the Week. Again, this week’s matchup was mentioned in the chat during the Wednesday afternoon live Dynasty Owner podcast with me and Tim Peffer. If you didn’t see the Wednesday live podcast, or Tim and Seth live on Thursday, you can check both of those videos out on the Dynasty Owner YouTube anytime.

All stats cited 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.

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of September 24th.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

As always, let’s take a quick look at how my recommendations from the previous week fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I predicted good performances worthy of being in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup for these four guys in Week 2, so let’s see how they did.

QB: Ben Roethlisberger – 16.7 (Bad recommendation)

RB: James Conner – 2.6 (Bad recommendation)

WR: Jarvis Landry – 1.9 (Bad recommendation)

TE: Jared Cook – 5.8 (Bad recommendation)

That didn’t go slow well, did it? Out of the four recommendations, all were Bad with only QB Ben Roethlisberger having double-digit points and even being close to a decent option for your Bench. He was QB23 in Dynasty Owner for Week 2 and finished with fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points than a couple of QBs who got injured (Tyrod Taylor and Carson Wentz). The rest didn’t do much either, but Jarvis Landry had potential before he sprained his MCL early in the Browns’ game. It’s the changing of the week now to Week 3. The only way that I can go is up with these recommendations:

Ryan Tannehill (QB – TEN): As the QB26 right now in Dynasty Owner and the 20th QB off the board on average in Dynasty Owner start-up drafts (ADP 119.4), Ryan Tannehill definitely qualifies as someone who should probably be on your Bench this week. He’s not a “sleeper” like some people are calling Matthew Stafford. Tannehill’s history against Indianapolis (average of 18.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in three starts as Titans QB) doesn’t scream “Start me” either. However, I have to think better games are coming for Tannehill and the Titans passing offense. So far in 2021, Indianapolis has allowed the top two opposition WRs to score a combined 90.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in just two games. Admittedly, those were great WR pairs (Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf for Seattle; Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp for the Rams), but you know what Tannehill has as well. A pair of great WRs in A.J. Brown and Julio Jones. In total, the Indianapolis defense has allowed opposition QBs to throw 24 completions for 407 yards and 5 TDs to their WRs. If you take half of those stats for Tannehill and round down, it’s 203 passing yards and 2 passing TDs (22.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). That’s a good start towards a Top 12 QB performance, so put Tannehill in your Starting lineup.

James White (RB – NE): Technically, James White shouldn’t be eligible, but unless you have James White on your roster, you probably aren’t aware that he’s the RB15 in Dynasty Owner after the first two weeks of the 2021 NFL season. He leads the Patriots in receptions (12) and receiving yards (94) as well. Rookie QBs need reliable players to throw short passes to and if you look up reliable in the dictionary, you’ll see James White’s picture. Not sure if they still have dictionaries anymore, but look around and maybe you’ll find one in the library. White doesn’t run the ball much as he only has nine carries for 32 yards, but since Dynasty Owner is full PPR (one point per reception), it’s fine since White gets the vast majority of his fantasy points in the receiving game (80% in 2020 and 83% in 2019). He averaged 13.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in 2019 with the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady under center for New England. We’re pretending the 2020 season with Cam Newton didn’t happen. Mac Jones isn’t Brady, but he’s been fine and the best of the rookie QBs so far. That’s because of his reliance on White. An average week for White would be six receptions for 47 yards, which is 10.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. I think he’ll do better than that and be worthy of inclusion in your Starting lineup.

Hunter Renfrow (WR – LV): After the first two weeks of the season, Renfrow is the leading WR for Las Vegas with 11 receptions and ranked second in receiving yards behind Henry Ruggs with 127. He’s also chipped in 36 punt return yards, good for 0.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He also led the Raiders WRs in receptions last year with 56 for 656 receiving yards and two receiving TDs to finish as the WR57 in Dynasty Owner. That’s pretty solid production for only $708,987 in salary and about $100,000 less than a 2021 undrafted rookie free agent. That’s Bench WR production, but with fellow Raiders WR Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards likely to be defended by the Dolphins top CBs Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, I believe that Raiders QB Derek Carr will continue to target Renfrow when Darren Waller isn’t open, as he has already done 16 times this season. Derek Carr has attempted 93 passes against only 46 rushing attempts, probably because Raiders RBs are averaging only 2.4 yards per carry (36 carries for 86 yards). Renfrow is still waiting to score his first TD in Las Vegas, and this could be the week, so get him in your Starting lineup.

Austin Hooper (TE – CLE): Hooper is arguably the top available Cleveland pass catcher this week. Odell Beckham Jr. is expected to play, but how much is an open question because he hasn’t played in a NFL game since last October. As a result, I wouldn’t rely on OBJ. Because of Hooper’s $10.5 million salary and the fact that he finished 2020 as the TE21 in Dynasty Owner, he is only rostered in 37.9% of Dynasty Owner leagues. While the Bears are in the bottom third in terms of fantasy points allowed to TEs, it’s because Bengals QB Joe Burrow only targeted TE C.J. Uzomah twice in last week’s game against them. Back in Week 1, the Bears defense gave up 11.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions for 68 yards) to Rams TE Tyler Higbee which put Higbee in the Top 10 TEs after the first game. Finally, Jarvis Landry missed the Browns’ Week 16 game last year and guess who was the Browns’ leading receiver in that game? It was Hooper who was targeted a whopping 15 times and scored 14.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions for 71 yards). If you happen to be one of those Dynasty Owners with Hooper on your roster, get him in your Starting lineup.

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

Now it’s the time to look at how my Bench recommendations from Week 2 worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). In Week 1, I was a perfect 4 for 4 with all Good Bench recommendations. Did I do it again in Week 2?

QB: Jameis Winston – 7.4 (Good recommendation)

RB: Josh Jacobs – DNP (N/A recommendation)

WR: Corey Davis – 2.8 (Good recommendation)

TE: Kyle Pitts – 12.3 (Bad recommendation)

I feel like the villains in Scooby Doo saying, “if it wasn’t for that meddling Kyle Pitts” Here’s a great YouTube video if you’re not familiar with what I just wrote. Without the Pitts recommendation which was Bad because he had 12.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and finished among the top 10 TEs for the week, I’d still have a perfect Bench recommendation record. Guess I should have gone with Tyler Higbee (1.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) or George Kittle (4.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) instead. The Jameis Winston and Corey Davis Bench recommendations were both stellar as neither one did much in Week 2 after huge performances in Week 1. At the time of publication last week, Josh Jacobs hadn’t been ruled out for the week, so that pick doesn’t count.

Let’s see if I can keep up the good week with these four recommended Bench players for Week 3.

Tom Brady (QB – TB): With a near perfect Bench recommendation record on the line, picking the G.O.A.T. is likely not the smartest move, but I’m making it anyways. The basis is basically that the Buccaneers are playing against the Rams this week and the Rams have a really good defense. The Rams held Brady to only 16.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (216 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 2 INTs) in Week 11 of last year. That was his third worst performance of the 2020 season behind 1.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 9 against New Orleans and 10.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2 against Carolina. Even the G.O.A.T. has a bad game every once in a while. I know the G.O.A.T. is likely super focused on the Rams, you can’t tell me that he isn’t thinking just a little bit about the Buccaneers’ Week 4 matchup against the New England Patriots. The news stories with comments from his trainer and Dad have already started and I think the G.O.A.T. might overlook the Rams and need to be on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

Alvin Kamara (RB – NO): The Saints play New England this week and Bill Belichick loves to take away the best offensive player on the opposition team. That’s clearly Alvin Kamara for the Saints, so guess who the Patriots defense is going to focus on? The Patriots defense has allowed only two TDs so far this season (1 rushing, 1 passing) and neither were scored by a RB. Kamara does a lot of his damage receiving out of the backfield and in the first two games of the season, New England has allowed all RBs to catch only 9 passes for 80 receiving yards. They definitely weren’t focused on stopping Myles Gaskin (12.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) who finished as a low end RB2 in Week 1 or the Jets trio of RBs (a combined 18.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). The Saints offense had a terrible game last week with only 128 yards of total offense and Kamara only scored 7.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 25 receiving yards). The Patriots likely won’t keep Kamara from catching the ball at all, but they can limit his touches and possibly keep him under 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which would put him RB30 territory and worth a spot on the Bench.

Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS): Opposition starting WRs are averaging only 10.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game against the Buffalo Bills defense. Those WRs aren’t slouches either as it includes the Steelers trio of Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and JuJu Smith-Schuster and the Dolphins pair of Jaylen Waddle and Davante Parker. Johnson, Claypool and Smith-Schuster were all top 24 WRs in 2020 and Parker was the WR40. Waddle is a rookie, but was the #6 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. If the Bills were able to hold down multiple WRs from those two teams, how is Terry McLaurin going to do as really the only WR worth guarding on the Washington Football Team? McLaurin has more receptions and receiving yards (15 receptions for 169 yards) than all of the other Washington WRs combined this season (14 receptions for 103 yards). The Steelers and Dolphins targeted their WR a combined 52 times in the first two games with just 31 receptions and 255 receiving yards to show for it. That’s the fifth most targets and fifth fewest amount of receiving yards. Not a great combination for McLaurin, so put him on your Dynasty Owner Bench and find a better option at WR.

Mark Andrews (TE – BAL): Andrews hasn’t been very good this year so far. He has only produced 15.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to rank as the TE16 after two games. Six other Ravens players have scored more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Andrews so far this season. The appealing thing about Andrews has always been his low salary ($863,290) and the fact that he scores a lot of TDs (10 in 2019 and 7 in 2020). So far, zero TDs through two games this season and his salary goes up to $14 million a year in 2022. However, his salary doesn’t matter in terms of whether or not to start him this week against the Detroit Lions. What matters more is that the Ravens have run the ball 75 times in two games for 440 yards (5.9 yards per carry), while the Lions have allowed an average of 113.5 rushing yards per game. The Ravens will likely try to run as much as they can, limiting the number of targets and TD opportunities that Andrews can expect to get again this week. Even though he’s the TE16 right now, he was drafted to be a Starter (ADP 52.7) and most Dynasty Owners will want to have him in their Starting lineup this week. Hopefully you have someone else you can plug in as your Starting TE and leave Andrews on the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – The Road Warriors vs. Dynasty Trade School (Mad Minshew)

It’s time for the third Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week of the 2021 season. The first two match-ups have been really good and the third one looks to be right in line as well. Our Week 1 game came down to Monday Night Football with Dan’s Dynasty taking down the 2020 Chase for the Ring Championship team Barbee Kilgore by 2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Week 2 also came down to Monday night and saw Scubon1c Plagu3 outlast SKOL Vikings by just 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

The predictions are showing that the Week 3 Match-up between The Road Warriors and Dynasty Trade School (Mad Minshew) in League #27449 should be almost as close. The Road Warriors are in second place right now in the 2021 Chase for the Ring, while the Dynasty Owner running the Dynasty Trade School (Mad Minshew) team knows how to get to the top of the Chase standings as he finished in third place last year with another team (Mad Minshew’s Moustache in League #27458). Both teams are 2-0 in League play and the top spot in League #27449 is on the line.

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The Road Warriors are favored to win by a high-scoring game befitting these two top teams by a score of 174.3 to 171.2. Unless one of them makes a lineup change, this Match-up will be over on Sunday night as neither team has any Cowboys or Eagles players in their Starting lineup or on the Bench right now. Everyone can look on Monday to see what happened if one of them is still on the Chase leaderboard or just wait for the Tuesday recap article to see who won and went to 3-0 on the season.

Conclusion

Please read my weekly preview article each and every week to see who should be in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup and who should be on your Bench. If you have one of the players mentioned, hopefully it will assist you with your lineup decisions. While some Dynasty Owners may heed my advice, others might disagree, or not have a better option for their Starting lineup and choose to ignore a Bench recommendation. Other Dynasty Owners may not need Starting lineup help as they have a stud player at a position who isn’t moving to the Bench unless he’s injured or on bye. Hopefully, the choices for your Starting lineup and Bench are solid, your team wins its game, and you stay in contention for the playoffs and the Chase for the Ring.

In addition to this weekly preview article, Dynasty Owner has plenty of other great content to help you win your League Championship and maybe the Chase for the Ring. Our in-season publication schedule is as follows. On Monday, Jay Pounds will preview the Monday Night Football matchup from the Dynasty Owner perspective. Tuesday has a double shot of Dynasty Owner content with my Week 3 recap article and Jay’s Free Agent Auction targets article and video. Wednesdays is when Matt Morrison – The Jerk will dive into a topic of his choosing with an article and a video, while the next day, he’ll have an article previewing the Thursday Night Football game to start Week 4. Don’t forget about the Dynasty Owner livestream on Wednesday with myself, Jay Pounds and Tim Peffer as well as the free flowing fun that is Seth and Tim chatting together live on Thursdays at 1 PM. Set those timers so you don’t miss either one of those broadcasts.

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Thursday Night Football: Week 3

Panthers vs Texans

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Hello Dynasty Owners. Welcome to Week 3 and Thursday Night Football. Before the season started, I looked at every Thursday night matchup just to get an idea of what matchups will be the most exciting. This matchup didn’t fit that description. Rather, I thought there was a decent chance both the Panthers and Texans would be winless. As it turns out, neither are winless and the Panthers are actually undefeated. The Jets’ matchup was not a surprise win, but them beating the Saints was unbelievable. I really like watching this new Panthers team with Sam Darnold as the leader.

Value Of The Game Recap

Last week I broke down a match-up between the New York Giants and the Washington Football Team. The Football Team came out with the win. In that matchup, I predicted Antonio Gibson would be the “Value of the Game.” The sad reality is that Gibson had a poor performance that mainly stemmed from the fact he had only two receptions for four yards. He also had zero touchdowns. Gibson wasn’t even close to the “Value of the Game” with 9.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Instead, that honor goes to his teammate, Terry McLaurin. Terry was an absolute superstar with Taylor Heinicke delivering the passes. McLaurin had 11 receptions for 107 yards and one touchdown. Truly an amazing game. This was good for 27.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That output combined with a salary of $961,918 makes McLaurin the Week 2 Thursday Night Football Value of the Game.

What To Watch For

The main thing I’m looking for in this matchup is if Sam Darnold continues to play like a MVP candidate. Darnold currently has four total touchdowns combined with a completion percentage of 68.5 percent. I see no reason why this success cannot continue into this game. This is also one of the few games throughout the season where I would feel comfortable sliding Darnold into my Starting lineup. Obviously this decision depends on your other quarterback options, but I would consider it.

Starters

All the players that I include in this list are players who I think should be started in most, if not all, Dynasty Owner leagues. They are:

Christian McCaffrey ($16,015,875)

D.J. Moore ($2,792,829)

Robby Anderson ($10,000,000)

Brandin Cooks ($16,200,000)

Bench Players

After the starters come the Bench players. In Dynasty Owner, players that are on your Bench count towards your overall team total. Those players receive 25 percent of their fantasy points. Here are the players that I’m not confident enough to start, but should be on your Bench.

Sam Darnold ($7,561,929)

Mark Ingram ($2,500,000)

David Johnson ($5,000,000)

Philip Lindsay ($3,250,000)

Terrace Marshall Jr. ($1,432,372)

Dan Arnold ($3,000,000)

Value Of The Game

My Value of the Game is the cheapest starter who I listed. That player is D.J. Moore. Moore has had a hot start to his 2021 season. This is something that Dynasty Owners, especially Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer, have been waiting on for quite a while. Not only is the high reception total happening (7 per game), but he has been posting high yardage numbers (79.5 per game) with a single touchdown. The Texans look to be a rock solid matchup against the Panthers’ weapons. I do believe that we are starting to witness the beginning of the D.J. Moore breakout, and I can’t wait to see it. Here are my predictions for Moore tonight…

Week 3 ProjectionsReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
D.J. Moore794122.4

This reception and yardage total put him pretty much on track with his yearly average so far. I do think he gets in the endzone in this game as well. I have the Panthers easily beating the Texans by eight points in this game. Start Moore with confidence.

This prediction combined with his very cheap salary of $2,792,829 makes D.J. Moore my Week 3 Value of the Game.

Thank you all, and I will see you next week. Take care and be safe.

TheJerk

Don’t Tilt After Two Weeks

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)


Week 2 has come and gone. With it, there are only seven teams remaining that are undefeated.  Today, I will be finishing up the second half of my “Don’t Tilt” article series. Last week, I brought you an explanation as to why you shouldn’t tilt about players on half of the NFL teams. The other 16 teams will be presented today. Obviously we have a little bigger sample size as I’m writing this after two weeks of action instead of one, but the point still remains. I would not overreact to performances after just two weeks. The only case that I would tend to “give up” on a player is if they are injured and projected to miss significant time. Let’s get into it…

Raiders

The Raiders are one of the teams that are currently undefeated. They have beaten two quality opponents in the Ravens and Steelers. Josh Jacobs had a fantastic Week 1 fantasy finish with 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but that took its toll on his body. He sat out Week 2 with a lower leg injury. I’m not an injury expert, but the expectation is that he will return to action sooner than later. I have little concern about Jacobs long term despite his injury and touchdown dependence.

Chargers

Justin Herbert had his second consecutive game with less than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He’s actually had two very symmetrical games. Both games included: 31 completions, one touchdown, four rushes, at least one turnover, and passing yards within 1 yard of each other (Week 1: 337, Week 2: 338). Herbert hasn’t shown the big game potential this year yet, but those big games will come. Continue to be patient with one of the best quarterback values in Dynasty Owner ($6,644,688)

Rams

I have little concern for anyone on this Rams’ offense. They are 2-0 and offensively rolling through the competition. Would I like to see more production from Robert Woods? Probably, but you knew what you were getting when you drafted him. You got an extremely consistent wide receiver with a floor of 10 fantasy points, and little upside. This describes Woods, and this year is no exception. He has 12.4 and 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first two weeks.

Dolphins

Speaking of consistency, let’s talk about Myles Gaskin. We knew that if Gaskin could keep the lead running back job for the Dolphins all season that he would be an above average value ($651,694). While his rushing volume has certainly not been there (14 total rushes through Week 2), his receiving volume has been exactly what we expected (9 total receptions through Week 2). I have little concern about Gaskin as he will continue to be the primary receiving option out of the backfield. The one thing I would continue to monitor is Tua Tagovailoa’s injury as the entire offense as a whole will be hampered by any additional missed time.

Vikings

While the Cardinals/Vikings Week 2 matchup was one of the most entertaining of the season so far, the ending was tough to see. The game ended with Greg Joseph missing a 37 yard field goal. Even with their 0-2 start, the Vikings have had a plethora of fantasy production.

PlayerDynasty Owner fantasy points
Kirk Cousins63.2
Adam Thielen45.1
Dalvin Cook38.2
Justin Jefferson31.1

Unfortunately, I think the Vikings will be playing comeback in most games this season which will help all four of these players. I have zero fantasy concerns.

Patriots

Maybe the most disappointing Patriots player from a fantasy perspective is Jakobi Meyers. Not that he’s had a disastrous season, but it’s less than I expected. He is currently averaging five receptions a game (which is healthy), but his yards per game is only 41. Meyers ($588,333) came in as one of the only quality receiving options for the Patriots in my opinion, but his lack of production with the volume is cause for concern. Only 9 of Mac Jones’ 22 completions went to wide receivers in Week 2. Hopefully a more balanced passing approach will take over in New England.

Saints

I admit that I don’t use Twitter as much as I could or should, but when I was watching this week’s Saints/Panthers game I could only think of one thing to Tweet. I said, “Does this Saints’ performance say more about Rodgers, Darnold or Winston?”  And I honestly don’t know the answer. The Saints got blown out 26-7 by Carolina this week. Winston looked not great as he completed only half of his passes and had two interceptions. I would say that the Saints should see more success against the Patriots and Giants over the next two weeks, but I would have said the same thing about the Panthers this past week.

Giants

Speaking of the Giants, I am concerned for Kenny Golladay. I’m not considering dropping him because I am more patient than that, but 17.2 fantasy points through two weeks is greatly hurting any team that owns him. I would do the value math for you, but I’m trying to be as positive as I can in this article. Let’s just say that a player making $18,000,000 with less than nine Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game on average is an extreme negative value.

Jets

I’ll sum this Jets’ section up quickly. Zach Wilson is a rookie. Zach Wilson went up against a top tier defense and paid the price for it. Don’t make any extreme decisions about Wilson based on one bad game.

Eagles

In the same way that Zach Wilson had a bad week against a good defense, Miles Sanders did the same. No fantasy owner wants to see their RB1 or RB2 matched up against a traditionally top rushing defense. While the 49ers may not statistically be a top rushing defense yet this year, it is a little deceiving because they gave up 82 rushing yards to Jalen Hurts. The truth is that the 49ers are limiting opposing running backs to below average games. Sanders was no exception.  Expect much more than his Week 2 fantasy performance (6.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in the next two weeks as he plays Dallas and Kansas City.

Steelers

I don’t think I would ever be able to trust Ben Roethlisberger as my starting quarterback in Dynasty Owner, but he is a perfect candidate for a Bench quarterback. Does anyone remember my conditions for a Bench quarterback? It is a player who has a cheap salary ($14,000,000) with middle of the road production (15.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game). Big Ben fits that description, and I would love to have him on my Bench for the whole season.

***This is a quick reminder that (here at Dynasty Owner) players you put on your Bench will add 25 percent of their fantasy points to your overall total.***

49ers

I loved Deebo Samuel coming into the 2021 season. I thought he was undervalued and under drafted in most leagues. It seems like his production so far would be enough for me to take a victory lap. The truth is that we have to wait and see how the rest of the season shapes out.  Yes, 23.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game is a blistering pace, but I don’t think that number is sustainable given the 49ers commitment to the run game and the total number of weapons in San Fran. I like Deebo to finish as a Top 20 wide receiver overall in 2021, but I don’t expect him to be Top 10.

Seahawks

Tyler Lockett (57.8) has more than doubled D.K. Metcalf’s (27.3) Dynasty Owner fantasy points this season. The truth is that this is just a small sample size. There will be games like the first two where Lockett has more receptions and receiving yards, but the same will be true for Metcalf. Don’t get discouraged. Continue to hold Metcalf proudly. Maybe send out a trade offer for him as well if you think his Dynasty Owner is panicking.

Buccaneers

The Buccaneers cruised to a second win on the season thanks to Tom Brady’s five touchdown passes. If there was any concern about Mike Evans last week, surely that was washed away with his Week 2 performance. Instead, Antonio Brown was left out this week. He had only one reception for 17 yards. Continue to play him as a Bench wide receiver for the time being.

Titans

As I watched this game, I was preparing myself to write about Derrick Henry. He was on his way to a very disappointing fantasy week at halftime. In fact, through two games this year, he only has 43 rushing yards on 22 attempts in the first halves. In the second halves, he has 25 rushes for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns. Henry has done this for much of his career. He gets better as the game progresses and as the defenses get tired.

Football Team

Now we come to one of the hardest pills for me to swallow in this young season. Antonio Gibson has had a bad start.  He has less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in each of his first two games. I am not panicking, and neither should you. The one statistic that gives me a little anxiety is the fact that Gibson only had only two receptions in Week 2 while J.D. McKissic had five  I think I’m going to have to temper my reception expectations for Gibson for the time being, but my overall outlook has not changed.

Well, that’s it. That’s all I have today. As always, thank you for reading and continuing to support Dynasty Owner. Message me on Twitter (@dynastyjerk) and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I would appreciate it if you followed @Dynasty_Owner on Twitter as well as subscribed to Dynasty Owner on YouTube.  Take care everyone and be safe.

TheJerk

Free Agent Auction Targets – Week 3

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Is there something about Week 2 that causes a ton of NFL injuries? In Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season, we saw multiple stars go down with injury. Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Courtland Sutton, Nick Bosa, and Cam Akers all suffered Week 2 injuries in 2020. In Week 2 of 2021, multiple things outside of injuries caught my eye and we’ll cover those in this week’s edition of Jay’s Week 2 recap.

The Ravens and the Chiefs put on an absolute show Sunday night with Lamar bouncing back and beating Mahomes for the first time in his young career. The Vikings defense continues to struggle and looks like it will be the teams Achilles heel all season. Aaron Rodgers bounced back in the 2nd half of Monday night’s game beating the Lions 35-17. I see the Packers as a team that gets better week in week out and comes ready to play when it matters most. The Titans new offensive coordinator finally figured out how to win football games when he let Derrick Henry carry the load against the Seahawks to the tune of 35 carries for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns. Henry also came away with 6 catches for 55 yards, potentially adding another element to his game. Are the Texans for real? The Browns struggled against the Tyrod Taylor led Texans but ultimately came away victorious after Taylor left the game in the 2nd quarter. The Jaguars looked like a much better football team this past weekend, but it unfortunately it did not mean a big game from Trevor Lawrence as he struggled against a very good Broncos’ defense. The Cowboys defense looks much improved from last season and found a way to win a game without Dak Prescott needing to throw for 400 plus yards. Finally, we have Kyler Murray for MVP! Kyler finished Sunday’s game with 400 yards passing and 4 touchdowns resulting in a 34-33 shootout win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Alright Dynasty Owners, we are back with another week of trying to find a diamond in the rough with the Free Agent Auction targets. The free agent articles/videos will be dropping every Tuesday afternoon in advance of when bids process on Wednesday at 5 AM and will consist of the week’s Top 5 free agent adds. I will do my best to keep the players listed at an ownership percentage of 65% or less and make sure all players have contracts of $8,000,000 or less, with most players coming in at under $4,000,000. One last note, in Dynasty Owner you will be credited each week with 25% of your entire Bench’s score making these weekly free agent pick-ups extremely important to help boost your total weekly score.

On to the top targets for Week 3:

  1. K.J. Osborn (WR – MIN) – 3 Years/$890,693 – 63.9% Rostered

K.J. Osborn is one of the repeat guys on the list from last week’s Free Agent Auction article. Osborn had another big week after his strong showing to start the 2021 season in Week 1 and will likely be rostered in north of 90% of Dynasty Owner leagues come the start of Week 3. In Week 2, Osborn again blew up to the tune of 5 catches for 91 yards and a “tuddy” as Brady and Gronk like to say. The Vikings’ defense has looked atrocious to start the 2021 season and looks as if it will continue to be an issue through the season. If the Vikings defense does continue to struggle, Osborn should continue to thrive. The last thing I love about Osborn is the way Adam Thielen played towards the end of last season pointing to a potential need at the receiver spot with the Vikings. In the back half of 2020, Thielen’s fantasy production was largely dependent on his touchdowns.

  • Sammy Watkins (WR – BAL) – 1 year/$5,000,000 – 47.9% Rostered

Sammy Watkins did not have the greatest performance against the Chiefs, but he showed me that he will have a consistent role in the Ravens offense this season. The Ravens ran the ball 41 times on Sunday and Watkins still found a way to come up with 4 catches for 44 yards good enough for 8.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. If Watkins can produce like that on his down weeks, he will be more than worth a pickup for contending teams. Another factor I love about picking up Watkins is that he only has 1 year remaining on his contract meaning you can move on from him free and clear at the end of year. One thing that does worry me with Watkins is when Rashod Bateman returns to the starting lineup. Will it hurt Sammy Watkins’ production to the point that he is not playable?

  • Zach Pascal (WR – IND) – 1 year/$3,384,000 – 63.3% Rostered

Another free agent run another week of the legend Zach Pascal talk. Pascal has seemingly earned every bit of Carson Wentz’s trust in the redzone as he is the only one Wentz seems to throw to these days when the Colts get inside of the 20. In Week 2, Pascal performed well again against a tough Rams defense with 5 catches for 38 yards and a touchdown. It’s not a crazy scenario to put Pascal on your Bench and forget about him if he is going to continue to see 6-8 targets per game, especially when some of those targets are in the redzone. Be sure to grab the 2020 Dynasty Owner livestream WR1 before it’s too late and the rest of the Dynasty Owners get on board. One thing you will want to monitor is the health of Colts quarterback Carson Wentz as every playmaker on the team will likely see a dip in production if he can’t play.

  • Cordarrelle Patterson (RB – ATL) – 1 year/$3,000,000 – 49.1% Rostered

I mentioned last week how gross it felt to have Cordarrelle Patterson listed as a pickup. His play on the field led to me doubling down this week and putting him on the list again, though this week doesn’t feel quite as gross. In Week 2 against a very good Tampa Bay defense Patterson found the end zone twice and accounted for 69 total yards. Mike Davis was again inefficient but still managed to come away with 16 total touches meaning Patterson’s role still has room to potentially grow. If Davis continues to play the way he is, I could see Patterson getting an uptick in usage while stealing some from Davis. Regardless I think he has carved out a nice role for himself in the Falcons offense. The Falcons look like one of the worst teams in the NFL through the first 2 weeks of the season and look as if they will be down by a lot of points on a weekly basis. The more the Falcons throw the ball, the more opportunities Patterson will get.

  • Rashard Higgins (WR – CLE) 1 year/$2,377,500 – 40.8% Rostered

Rashard Higgins may come as a surprise to some on this list but with the health of Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry still up in the air, I feel Higgins should be a big factor if either one misses the game this coming week. Higgins has always played well when given an opportunity and looked good in limited work this past week against the Texans. Higgins caught both of his targets ending the day with 2 catches for 27 yards. The Browns used three tight ends in the passing game Sunday with Harrison Bryant, Austin Hooper, and David Njoku all catching at least two passes. If the Browns want to have some type of passing game, they will need someone to step up and who better than the guy who already has a great connection with Baker Mayfield, Hollywood Higgins.

Conclusion

After a wild first two weeks, the Free Agent Auction is starting to slim down. Make sure you are filling out your Bench and the back end of your rosters as players who are productive full-time are extremely hard to come by the later the season goes.

Please do not forget about Steve Van Tassell’s weekly Tuesday recap article and Friday preview article and video, as well as Matt “The Jerk” Morrison’s Wednesday article and video plus his Thursday Night Football preview article. Don’t forget to check out Dynasty Owner on YouTube!

Thank you all for reading and as always good luck on your 2021 Chase for the Ring!

Week 2 Recap: Turnover

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

That’s not a mistake or misprint in the title, it says “turnover” on purpose. While there were plenty of turnovers in Week 2 of NFL action and a couple of them were crucial ones (see Chiefs, Kansas City), we are focusing on turnover here in the Week 2 recap. Some NFL teams had turnover under center as several QBs (Tua Tagavailoa, Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor) were hurt and had to be replaced. Fans of the Chicago Bears are hoping the turnover is permanent and Justin Fields takes over for the rest of the season. In San Francisco, there was also plenty of turnover in the 49ers backfield with three more RBs (Elijah Mitchell, Trey Sermon and JaMycal Hasty) getting hurt in Week 2, just one week after Raheem Mostert’s season ending injury.

More importantly, there was plenty of turnover in Dynasty Owner this week as eight out of the teams in last week’s Top 10 in the Chase for the Ring are no longer there. Some of them even dropped off the Top 25 leaderboard. What about your individual Dynasty Owner league – any turnover at the top of your league Standings? With hundreds of leagues, there are bound to be teams who were in the middle of the standings after Week 1 who are now on top and vice versa.

All stats cited 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 rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of September 21st.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our second Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 is: Derrick Henry

Having a RB win the Player of the Week honor is fairly rare. While this is Henry’s third time winning it, only two other RBs have ever been the recipient of this award (Nick Chubb in Week 4 of 2019 and Alvin Kamara in Week 16 of 2020). By scoring 49.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (182 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs, 6 receptions, 55 receiving yards), Henry eclipsed his personal best 49.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance from Week 6 of 2020. His third and final rushing TD of the day tied the Titans-Seahawks at 30-30 with just 29 seconds left in regulation time and was worth 6.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It put Henry ahead of Cardinals QB Kyler Murray who scored 45.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week. This was Murray’s second consecutive runner-up performance of the 2021 season.

Week 2 Points: 49.7

2021 Salary: $12,500,000

Cost per Point: $251,509

Congratulations Derrick on winning your third overall Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor. One more and you’ll be tied with Patrick Mahomes for the most in Dynasty Owner history!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. The second Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 season is: Tony Pollard

Two weeks and two RB wins for Value Player of the Week. In contrast to the Player of the Week award, there were fifteen times that a RB won this award in the first two seasons of Dynasty Owner and ten different RBs have been the Value of the Week. Ty’Son Williams made it sixteen RB wins and eleven different RB winners in Week 1 and Tony Pollard adds another name to the list with his first honor. However, this is not the highest scoring game of Pollard’s career as he scored 31.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 15 of last year. However, he was edged out for the Value of the Week award by Zach Pascal who scored slightly fewer points (27.9), but was earning only $660,000 and thus, was more valuable. That game was with Ezekiel Elliott out of the Cowboys lineup due to injury. This week, Elliott was healthy, but Pollard played better than Elliott and was the clear winner of the Value Player of the Week award with 26.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (109 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 3 receptions, 31 receiving yards, 71 return yards) in the Cowboys’ 20-17 victory over the Chargers.

Week 2 Points: 26.8

2021 Salary: $796,945

Cost per Point: $29,737

Congratulations Tony on your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor. Don’t be surprised if he wins another since he has two seasons left at his current salary.

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 2. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Derrick Henry or Kyler Murray because barring injury or bye week, both of them should always be in your Starting lineup. Instead, these are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 2 when they should have been.

QB: Daniel Jones (NYG) – 33.9 points

After Week 1, Daniel Jones was a pretty solid Bench option for your Dynasty Owner team. He was drafted in the eighth or ninth round on average (ADP 100.9) in 2021 Dynasty Owner start-up drafts and finished the first week as QB16 with 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Jones improved upon his Week 1 performance in Week 2 as he scored 33.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (249 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 95 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD) in the Giants’ last second 30-29 loss to the Washington Football Team. That was good enough to be the QB5 in Dynasty Owner for Week 2 and someone who definitely should have been in your Starting lineup.

RB: Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL) – 23.6 points

Remember during the off-season and training camp when everybody playing fantasy football was wondering who was going to play RB for the Atlanta Falcons this season? Both of the team’s leading rushers from last year (Todd Gurley and Brian Hill) were free agents. The Falcons declined to sign either one when free agency opened. After a few days, they signed Mike Davis who filled in so well for Christian McCaffrey in Carolina in 2020. In mid-April, they released Ito Smith who was their third leading rusher last season. Everybody thought that they’d take a RB in the NFL draft, but they didn’t. They signed undrafted rookie free agents Javian Hawkins and Caleb Huntley and lots of people drafted those guys in leagues far and wide because they thought one of them would end up as Davis’ backup. Hawkins was the early favorite with an ADP of 30.3 in Dynasty Owner rookie drafts and 205.0 overall ADP. It was quite the shock when he got released after the Falcons’ second pre-season game. So, people started gravitating towards Caleb Huntley and D’Onta Foreman, but alas both of them got released during training camp as well. Qadree Ollison was still on the roster, so Dynasty Owners started drafting him (ADP 217.8) but then he was released. Finally, at the end of training camp, they signed Wayne Gallman who had been released by San Francisco and played pretty well and was RB34 in Dynasty Owner for the New York Giants in 2020. All along, nobody suspected that the answer might be Cordarrelle Patterson, the guy they signed back in mid-April when they released Ito Smith. Maybe people will now after his 23.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (11 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 5 receptions, 58 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 27 return yards). He was right there under everyone’s noses since mid-April and hardly anyone believed that it would be him. Congrats to those of you who did and drafted him (ADP 233.7) in Dynasty Owner start-up drafts or held on to him from last season. He’s still available in almost one-third (30.8%) of Dynasty Owner leagues and only costs $3 million in salary cap.

WR: Rondale Moore (ARI) – 24.4 points

Two weeks and two Arizona Cardinals WR in this spot without D’Andre Hopkins getting injured. Last week, it was Christian Kirk with 24.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and this week, it’s Rondale Moore who outscored him by just a bit with 24.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 114 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 40 return yards, 1 fumble). While Kirk had the flashier performance in Week 1 with two TDs, Moore had more yards (114 yards vs. 70 for Kirk in Week 1) and receptions (7 vs. 5 for Kirk in Week 1), which were actually worth more Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6.4) than the additional TD (6.0). Moore also earned an extra point for having 40 return yards. He appears to be the top return man for the Cardinals which will help your Dynasty Owner team if you have him on your roster since Dynasty Owners get 1 point per every 40 return yards. The competition for the WR2 spot in Arizona is fierce after two weeks and both Moore and Kirk look worthy of consideration for being in your Starting lineup after their play in the first two weeks of the season.

Honorable mention to Henry Ruggs who had 23.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 113 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 2 rushing yards, 22 return yards) in the Raiders’ Week 2 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. After two weeks, Ruggs is the leading WR for Las Vegas with a total of 30.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which trails only TE Darren Waller who has scored 38.0 points. Similar to the WR who earned an honorable mention last week (Sterling Shepard), hopefully Dynasty Owners who believed in Ruggs and his role in the Raiders’ offense had him in their Starting lineup this week and benefitted from his production.

TE: Maxx Williams (ARI) – 16.4 points

While Rondale Moore led the Cardinals in targets and receiving yards in Week 2, he was tied for the lead in receptions with TE Maxx Williams. Both of them had seven receptions with Williams being targeted seven times for 94 yards compared with eight targets for 114 yards for Moore. Williams scored 16.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions for 94 receiving yards) and nearly as many receptions and yards as he did in 2020 when he played in six games (8 receptions for 102 receiving yards). This week, the seven year veteran set new career records for receptions and receiving yards in a single game, so if you had him on your Dynasty Owner roster (only 1.2% rostered) and then in your Starting lineup this week, I applaud you for your foresight. He could be a deep TE stash, but his $3.5 million salary might prevent some Dynasty Owners from picking him up and scare others away who want to see another solid week before investing in him.

Honorable mention to another expensive (2 years/$7.1 million) and little rostered (5.9%) TE. It’s Jack Doyle who scored 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 64 receiving yards, 1 2-pt. conversion) this week for Indianapolis. Doyle had 5.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 and appears to be the top TE for the Colts with 12 targets through two games. The only other Colts TE with any targets through two games is Mo Alie-Cox who has four and just 2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 18 yards). Doyle is expensive, so it’s doubtful that too many Dynasty Owners are going to run out and pick him up, especially since his contract has two years left on it. If you happen to have him on your Dynasty Owner roster, this was the week to have him in your Starting lineup.

K: Graham Gano (NYG) – 20.0 points

Gano is only rostered in an absurdly low 27.2% of Dynasty Owner leagues because the 34-year old veteran kicker has a 3 year, $14 million contract ($4.67 million per season). That makes him the second highest paid kicker in Dynasty Owner behind Justin Tucker at $5 million. However, Tucker was the #3 kicker in Dynasty Owner in 2020 with 129.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Gano was ranked #13 with 112.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Not only is he expensive but Gano was coming off a Week 1 performance of just 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (1 PAT). Not too many people had the Giants scoring 29 points against the Football Team and Gano with a 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (5 FGs of 23, 35, 47, 52 and 55 yards plus 2 PATs). That’s the most points by a kicker this season and puts Gano in a tie for third place overall with 21.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind only Daniel Carlson of the Raiders (29.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Dustin Hopkins of the Football Team (25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Worth monitoring if you need a kicker and have salary cap room. Gano might also possibly be worth starting in Week 3 if you have him already on your roster.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one highly drafted or highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored few or no Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, so they should have spent Week 2 riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Dak Prescott (DAL) – 7.8 points

After throwing 58 passes in Week 1 and scoring 39.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Dak Prescott owners were likely very excited to have him on their roster with visions of how he played in 2020 before getting injured (36.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game). The Cowboys-Chargers Week 2 game was anticipated to be high scoring as well, likely fueling even more optimism for Prescott. All of that came crashing down in Week 2 as Prescott only threw for 237 yards with an interception and fumble for a lowly 7.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It’s true that there were other QBs with fewer points this week (Zach Wilson with 0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but were you really starting him against Bill Belichick’s defense and Tua Tagavailoa who had 0.6 points but was injured early in the Dolphins game against Buffalo). Regardless, Prescott should have been on your Bench in Week 2.

A dishonorable mention for Jameis Winston of the New Orleans Saints who fell flat in his second start of the season with just 7.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (111 passing yards, 19 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 INTs). More troubling for Winston and his Dynasty Owners may be that he only threw 22 passes in Week 2 just one week after throwing 20 passes. A low volume passing offense isn’t what anybody wants their starting Dynasty Owner QB to lead, even if he only costs $5.5 million in salary like Winston does. After Week 1, plenty of Dynasty Owners with Winston on their roster likely inserted him into their Starting lineup for Week 2 when they shouldn’t have done so.

RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC) – 1.6 points

With the exception of Saquon Barkley, no early round Dynasty Owner draft pick has been more disappointing than Clyde Edwards-Helaire. His ADP in 2020 was 18.3 and he finished as RB21. He even went with the overall #1 pick in at one of my leagues in 2020. Getting a low end RB2 with a first or second round pick isn’t what Dynasty Owners counted on when drafting Edwards-Helaire. Despite this poor performance in 2020, Dynasty Owners still drafted him early in 2021 start-up leagues as his ADP was only slightly higher at 19.9. Nobody drafted in the first two rounds on average has gotten fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points over the first two weeks than Edwards-Helaire. He followed up his pedestrian 10.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 1 with a complete dud of just 1.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2 (46 rushing yards and 1 lost fumble). The turnover was crucial in the Chiefs’ 36-35 loss to the Baltimore Ravens as it came late in the fourth quarter. He’s probably not in too much danger of losing his spot as the top RB in Kansas City as he’s accounted for 27 out of the 41 rushing attempts by the Chiefs in the first two games (Darrel Williams has the second most among RBs with four). However, Dynasty Owners should consider putting Edwards-Helaire on the Bench this week and should have had him there in Week 2.

WR: Antonio Brown (TB) – 2.7 points

I thought about awarding this to Brandon Aiyuk again as he only scored 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2, but after what happened in Week 1, Dynasty Owners shouldn’t have been counting on him to perform well enough to be in their Starting lineup. Instead, the dishonor goes to Antonio Brown who followed up his stellar Week 1 performance of 23.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with a 2.7 point performance (1 reception for 17 yards) in Week 2. Brown was the odd man out for the Buccaneers this week, just as Mike Evans was in Week 1. With four high-quality pass catchers (Evans, Brown, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski) to get the ball to on offense, the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady can’t feed everyone enough targets on a weekly basis to make them worthy of being in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup. Weeks like this are going to happen to somebody on Tampa Bay and this just happened to be the week Dynasty Owners should have left Brown on the Bench.

TE: Tyler Higbee (LAR) – 1.8 points

Dynasty Owners who are spending $7.25 million to have Tyler Higbee on their roster are expecting better than 1.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 8 yards). At least he had 11.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 and no other TE for the Rams has even been targeted with a pass over the first two weeks of the season. Matthew Stafford has only targeted six players with throws in 55 pass attempts, so at least Higbee appears to be one of the few options for Stafford’s passes. It just wasn’t Higbee’s week as Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods did most of the receiving work in Week 2 (14 receptions for 227 yards). Higbee should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

K: Jason Sanders (MIA) – 0.0 points

Through no fault of his own, this dishonor goes to Jason Sanders of the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins only produced 216 yards of total offense and turned the ball over three times. Despite reaching the red zone three times, Sanders didn’t attempt a field goal and the Dolphins didn’t score any TDs so he couldn’t kick any extra points. Sanders did kick off to start the second half, but that was his only appearance. Dynasty Owners with Sanders on their roster likely had him in their Starting lineup because he was the top kicker in Dynasty Owner in 2020 with 153.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9.6 points per game) and scored 10.0 or more points in nine games. They weren’t expecting Sanders to not attempt a kick, otherwise they would have put him on their Bench, or better yet, their Practice Squad for the week.

Dishonorable mention to Jacksonville kicker Josh Lambo for his -3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 2. His 1.0 point performance in Week 1 combined with his 248.7 ADP means if you have Lambo on your Dynasty Owner roster (45.6% rostered), he probably is your Bench kicker. However, if you got excited because he was kicking in the thin air in Denver and put him in your Starting lineup, he rewarded your faith by missing FGs of 48 and 52 yards (worth -2.0 points each). He did nail his only PAT attempt though. That’s pretty terrible for a kicker making $3.875 million for two more years.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – SKOL Vikings vs. Scubon1c Plagu3

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With Top 25 Chase for the Ring pedigree, both teams performed well in Week 2, but were under their projections of 177.8 for SKOL Vikings and 169.6 for Scubon1c Plagu3. SKOL Vikings missed theirs by more which caused them to lose by just 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (154.6 to 151.7). It came down to Monday Night Football as both teams had players in their Starting lineup with the Scubon1c Plagu3 duo of D’Andre Swift and T.J. Hockenson scoring a combined 32.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to overtake SKOL Vikings who got 20.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Davante Adams. Kyler Murray led Scubon1c Plagu3 with 45.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Terry McLaurin had 27.7 points. Six players in the SKOL Vikings Starting lineup scored double-digit points, including QB Justin Herbert who had 19.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. However, SKOL Vikings started Herbert over the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady who had 41.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Starting Brady over Herbert would have given SKOL Vikings the victory and sole possession of first place in League #31927. That spot belongs to the 2-0 Scubon1c Plagu3, despite the fact that SKOL Vikings has scored 0.1 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points through two weeks of play. These two teams will face off in Week 13 of the regular season and probably again in the playoffs, so this may not be the last time they will appear as the Match-up of the Week.

Even those both teams had a lot of points this week, they both slipped out of the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring with SKOL Vikings now in 28th place and Scubon1c Plagu3 in 29th place. Don’t be surprised to see both teams back in the Top 25 at some point in the season and maybe appearing on the Thursday podcast with Tim and Seth.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

We know that neither SKOL Vikings or Scubon1c Plagu3 are in the Chase standings, but who exactly is in the Top 10 now. How much turnover was there from Week 1 to Week 2?

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Your new Chase for the Ring leader is Crow Valley Corvids from League #34654 with 402.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. They were in ninth place after the first week and are one of only two teams to appear in the Top 10 in both weeks. My Corona moved down one spot from fourth place to fifth place. The rest of the Top 10 are all new this week – talk about turnover!

The second place team in Week 1 (Juan Blanco in League #71012) is still in the Top 25, but now resides in 21st place overall. Neezy453, our Week 1 leader, has fallen out of the Top 25 and is now in 76th place overall. At least they won their Week 2 game and are still in first place in League #53939. That’s how quickly the Chase for the Ring standings can change in just one week. If your Dynasty Owner team has a good Week 3 performance, maybe you’ll be in the Top 10 or Top 25 next week.

Conclusions

It’s two games down and 15 games to go for the NFL season, but only a dozen regular season games left for Dynasty Owners. If your Dynasty Owner team isn’t close to cracking the Chase for the Ring standings and started off 0-2 in your league, hopefully it’s because of bad luck and you still think you have a chance to make the playoffs. With only two weeks completed, there’s plenty of time to turnover your roster and pick up some wins, starting in Week 3. If it’s not your year, it’s probably time to go back and read the off-season rebuilding articles by Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl)

Other Dynasty Owners could be sitting pretty in first place in their league and maybe thinking about contending for the Chase for the Ring. Is that your team? How are you going to turnover your roster in that scenario? Are you going to make moves in the Free Agent Auction or are you targeting some guys in trades to help make your run?

If you need help in any scenario, Dynasty Owner has plenty of great content coming out this week to assist you and maybe help you win your League Championship and the Chase for the Ring. Later today (Tuesday), Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl) is back with an article and video to help you figure out what players you need to target in the Free Agent Auction. Matt Morrison – The Jerk has an article and video dropping on Wednesday, then his Thursday Night Football preview on Thursday afternoon. Finally on Friday, I’m back with an article and video that will preview the Week 3 slate of games. I’ll also have another Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week and see how my Week 2 recommendations fared.

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