Week 8 Preview – Injured Reserve

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

A total of 304 NFL players are on Injured Reserve right now and a total of 472 players have been on it at some point during the 2021 NFL season, according to the NFL Injured Reserve Tracker from our friends at Spotrac. That’s a lot of players!  Not surprisingly, the Baltimore Ravens lead the league with 16 players currently on Injured Reserve and a total of 27 at some point this season. Dynasty Owners know all about the season-ending injuries to RBs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, but fewer probably know the Ravens currently have 10 defensive players on Injured Reserve. It’s almost an entire defensive team on Injured Reserve alone.

Prior to the 2012 season, players placed on Injured Reserve by their NFL teams were out for the rest of the season. In 2012, NFL teams were allowed to have one player injured during the season designated to return after spending at least eight weeks on the Injured Reserve list. Subsequent changes have been made over the past decade to change the rules and increase the number of players allowed on Injured Reserve. In 2020, there were more changes due to COVID-19 and those changes carried over into the 2021 season. Those changes reduced the time that players had to stay on Injured Reserve to only three weeks. There is also no limit now on the number of players who can return from Injured Reserve. That’s how T.Y. Hilton (WR – IND) was able to return in Week 6, while Jerry Jeudy (WR – DEN) is seemingly likely to return in Week 8.

Of course, plenty of those NFL players on Injured Reserve also populate Dynasty Owner rosters. Fortunately, Dynasty Owner has an 3-man Injured Reserve that Dynasty Owners can use to stash injured players. Those players still count against the $127.75 million salary cap, but it allows Dynasty Owners to have up to 33 players on their roster. Injuries have been so prevalent this season that all four of my Dynasty Owner teams have had the entire 3-man Injured Reserve filled for most of the season. One team only has two players on there now as I activated Marquez Valdes-Scantling the other day when it looked like he would be added to the Packers’ active roster for their Thursday night game. All of my teams have suffered with injuries throughout the whole season with key players such as Christian McCaffrey, Raheem Mostert, Michael Gallup, James White and Ryan Fitzpatrick sitting on the Injured Reserve list now. There have been so many injuries that Tim had to go recruit his Cousin Justin, Doctor of Physical Therapy, to join the Wednesday livestream to help Dynasty Owners figure out how to navigate through all of the injuries happening this year.

Of course, my teams aren’t the only ones affected and to be honest, I haven’t had nearly the level of injuries as some other Dynasty Owner teams. I told a quick look at the other teams in my leagues and found one with six IR guys (Kareem Hunt, J.K. Dobbins, Will Fuller, Parris Campbell, D.J. Chark and Irv Smith) plus Jeffrey Wilson listed with an “O” for “Out” because he’s on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. That’s another list entirely, but Wilson has been out injured all season so far. There’s another team with six completely different players listed as “IR” (Ryan Fitzpatrick, David Montgomery, Chris Carson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Michael Gallup and Rodrigo Blankenship) plus Jarvis Landry who just was activated last week.

Even if I’m injured, I’ll be here every week of the 14-game Dynasty Owner regular season and three game playoffs to give Dynasty Owners 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. The players to Start will be players who were clearly drafted to be on your Bench or Practice Squad, or who currently rank outside the Top 12 QBs, Top 24 RBs, Top 24 WRs and Top 12 TEs. For the Bench recommendations, I’ll suggest players drafted to be Starters or who should be in your Starting lineup based on their play so far this season, but who shouldn’t be in there this week based on matchups, past performance against a team or something else. Usually these players aren’t injured, but a few times so far this year, a player has been ruled out after appearing on one of these lists. It’s 2021, that stuff happens now.

I’ll also find one Dynasty Owner game, our Match-up of the Week, to preview. For this week, both teams featured have a combined one player on Injured Reserve (Saints RB Tony Jones). They have lots of players listed with a “Q” and one with an “O” (Davante Adams who is on the COVID-19 list), but they have largely avoided injuries so far this season. As a result, they are battling for the top spot in their League. If you’d like to see your team featured next week, then send me a tweet (@SteveVT33).

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 October 29th.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

First, let’s look at how my recommendations from the previous week fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I predicted performances worthy of being in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup for these four players in Week 7 and here’s how they did.

QB: Matt Ryan – 23.8 (Just Ok recommendation)

RB: Devonta Freeman – 12.9 (Just Ok recommendation)

WR: Marquez Callaway – 6.3 (Bad recommendation)

TE: Robert Tonyan – 16.3 (Good recommendation)

Another Good TE recommendation with Robert Tonyan for three in a row. The streak of Bad RB recommendations was broken because Devonta Freeman had a TD and was just barely inside the Top 24 RBs. While it was Just Ok, it’s the first time this season that my RB recommendation topped 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Matt Ryan was tied for QB11 in Dynasty Owner, so he’s with Freeman as a Just Ok recommendation. Only recommending Marquez Callaway was Bad as Alvin Kamara was a one-man show for the Saints against the Seahawks and Callaway only had 6.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Overall, a better than average week even with all of the bye weeks. With only the Ravens and Raiders on bye in Week 8, let’s see my Starting lineup recommendations.

Teddy Bridgewater (QB – DEN): Hopefully this isn’t wishful thinking on my part as I have Teddy Bridgewater in the Starting lineup in my Dynasty Owner beta league and also on my Bench in another league (Mahomes is the starter in that league). Teddy B has been a mid-range QB this season. He’s the QB16 for the season, has four games with more than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but none with 30.0 points. His only game with less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points was against Baltimore in Week 4 when he suffered a concussion late in the first half and didn’t play at all in the second half. Fortunately for his Dynasty Owners, he didn’t need a trip to the Injured Reserve list. Despite having foot and quadriceps injuries, he’s listed here because the Broncos play the Washington Football Team in Week 8, and the Football Team defense has been dreadful this season. They are allowing an average of 34.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to opposing QBs and five out of seven starting QBs against the Football Team defense either had their best or second best game of the season against them. This game is in Denver and the Football Team defense has been even worse on the road, allowing an average of 41.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. The first more than 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point game of the season is not out of the question for Teddy this week. He’s my beta league Starting QB and should be in your Starting lineup too.

Samaje Perine (RB – CIN): For the season, Perine is the RB56, but that ranking is largely because he started off the season with only 8.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (28 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 30 receiving yards) in the first four games. However, he played well in both Week 5 against Green Bay (18.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Week 7 against Baltimore (14.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He missed Week 6 against Detroit as he tested positive for COVID and was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list, not the Injured Reserve, so he didn’t have to miss three games. His Week 7 performance was particularly encouraging for everyone with Perine on their Dynasty Owner roster (92.3% rostered) as his coach stated that his role for the game was “unclear” after fellow backup RB Chris Evans had played well in his absence against Detroit. Critics will say that a lot of his points came on a 46-yard TD run in the middle of the fourth quarter when the Bengals were ahead by 17 points. While Perine didn’t get a clutch scoring bonus, the TD was still worth 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The Bengals’ opponent this week, the New York Jets, allowed a lot of garbage time RB fantasy points last week in their game versus New England. As a result, three New England RBs (Damien Harris, Brandon Bolden and J.J. Taylor) were worthy of using in Dynasty Owner last week. Two Cincinnati RBs (Joe Mixon and Perine) will be good enough to have in your Starting lineup this week.

Jamal Agnew (WR – JAC): Since Jacksonville was on bye in Week 7, Dynasty Owners may have forgotten how much and how well Jamal Agnew has played since D.J. Chark was lost for the season due to an ankle injury. Before Chark’s injury and subsequent placement on Injured Reserve, Agnew had only played a total of 20 offensive snaps in three games. That increased to eight snaps in Week 4 when Chark got hurt on the opening drive of the game and then ramped up to 45 snaps in Week 5 and 39 snaps in Week 6. That’s just over 60% of the offensive snaps in the past two weeks and this usage led to 27.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Agnew (11 receptions, 119 receiving yards, 8 rushing yards, 140 return yards). He’s been pretty good and better than both of the other WRs on the Jaguars over the past two games (26.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Marvin Jones and 18.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Laviska Shenault). Agnew should have his third consecutive good game in a row, so if you need help at WR and have $4.75 million in salary cap room, go ahead and pick up Agnew (only rostered in 8.3% of Dynasty Owner leagues) and stick him in your Starting lineup.

Pat Freiermuth (TE – PIT): Another player coming off a bye week after turning in a good performance in Week 6 that Dynasty Owners may have forgotten about is Pat Freiermuth. In the Steelers’ Week 6 victory over Seattle, Freiermuth scored 12.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 58 receiving yards) and only trailed Diontae Johnson in receptions and receiving yards for the Steelers. This was their first game without JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was place on Injured Reserve after suffering a right shoulder injury in Week 5, and could be a sign of things to come for the rest of the season. Freiermuth has been more productive this year than veteran TE Eric Ebron and might get even more opportunities this week against the Browns with Ebron out with a hamstring injury. The Browns had solid defensive games against lesser TEs such as Jordan Akins and Pharoah Brown of the Texans, Cole Kmet of the Bears, and Darnell Daniels of the Cardinals, but haven’t fared as well in two of the past three weeks against the Broncos and Chargers. Noah Fant had 8.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against them last week and Donald Parham had 12.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 5. Freiermuth has the potential to match his Week 6 production and that of Fant and Parham against the Browns defense. With two top TE options in Mark Andrews and Darren Waller out this week on bye, Freiermuth should be able to produce enough points to be 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 7 worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). Unfortunately, these were not quite as good as the Starting lineup recommendations or the previous two weeks of Bench recommendations.

QB: Sam Darnold – 2.5 (Good recommendation)

RB: Darrell Henderson – 9.4 (Just Ok recommendation)

WR: Corey Davis – 14.7 (Bad recommendation)

TE: Mike Gesicki – 21.5 (Bad recommendation)

Choosing Corey Davis and Mike Gesicki for the second time didn’t work out as both of them scored a TD. Gesicki was the TE3 for the week, so recommending him for the Bench was clearly Bad. He is now the TE3 for the entire 2021 season, even after his Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) back in Week 1. Davis wasn’t quite as good as Gesicki, but his TD pushed him into being a low-end WR2 or FLEX starter so that recommendation was also Bad. Darrell Henderson had more touches than I anticipated, but didn’t do much with them to score only 9.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That put him just outside of the RB2 or FLEX starter range, but not by much so that recommendation was Just Ok. Finally, Sam Darnold’s return to New York went worse than even I anticipated as he scored just 2.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and was pulled for backup QB Phillip Walker. Walker only costs $782,500 in salary for one year and is rostered in just 20.1% of Dynasty Owner leagues if you’re worried about Darnold’s future in Carolina. Recommending that Dynasty Owners put Darnold on their Bench was a Good recommendation.

I can’t recommend Darnold again since he’s now QB19 after his great start to the season, so I’ll have to find other players to recommend that Dynasty Owners sit on their Bench in Week 8.

Tom Brady (QB – TB): I fully expect very, very few people to follow this recommendation and I’m not 100% sure that I should be writing it. After all, the G.O.A.T. is the overall #1 scorer in Dynasty Owner with 245.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He also already had his “bad” week back in Week 4 against New England when the Patriots defense held him to zero TDs and just 13.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Plus, when I listed him here in Week 3 against the Rams, he went out and scored 38.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. However, as I look out on the rest of the Starting QBs for the week, I didn’t see anybody else to put here. I can’t have Kyler Murray (8.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on Thursday night) here, while Lamar Jackson and Derek Carr are on bye. The rest of the Starting QBs have either already played (Aaron Rodgers) or look like they have solid match-ups this week. The exception is the G.O.A.T. who is playing New Orleans on the road this week. He scored his season low of 1.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last year in Week 9 against New Orleans at the Superdome and while he played better there in the playoffs and the Buccaneers won, it still wasn’t a great fantasy game for him (27.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). That was his best game versus New Orleans in 2020 as he scored 23.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the 2020 season opener versus the Saints. Without a better choice, I’m going to say Dynasty Owners should keep the G.O.A.T. on their Bench this week.

Antonio Gibson (RB – WAS): It’s sad, but after being in the early first or late second round of 2021 Dynasty Owner start-up drafts (ADP 14.4), Antonio Gibson is the RB21 for the season. He finished the 2020 season as the RB13 in Dynasty Owner and with three years left on his very affordable rookie contract ($1,233,159 per season), the hype wasn’t unwarranted. He started slowly, but had a good three game stretch (Weeks 3-5) as he scored a TD in each one of those games. The TDs have dried up and he has averaged just 5.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over the past two weeks. In contrast, his teammate J.D. McKissic has averaged 14.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over the past two weeks and outscored Gibson four times already this season. Gibson has been hurt for most of the season, but hasn’t been placed on Injured Reserve and is still going out there each and every week. However, just because he’s playing and was a high draft pick this season doesn’t mean he needs to be in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup. Hopefully you have better options and can put him on the Bench this week.

Mike Evans (WR – TB): It’s not just the G.O.A.T. who struggles against New Orleans, Mike Evans does too. In three games against them last season, Evans averaged only 8.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. In two of those games, he was limited to only one reception. Fortunately, both of those receptions went for TDs, so he came away with a better fantasy day than real football day. He didn’t score a TD in other regular season contest and had his best game with 10.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions for 64 receiving yards). Evans was only targeted 13 times in those three games. That’s because he is shadowed by Saints CB Marshon Lattimore and as Mike Clay from ESPN points out, it shows up in Evans’ numbers. Lattimore also held Evans to a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) on three targets back in Week 5 of the 2019 season before the G.O.A.T. was in Tampa. Lattimore was beat by DK Metcalf for an 84-yard TD in the Saints’ last game, but then held Metcalf to only one more reception for 12 yards. It’s possible that Evans does the same this week and scores on a long TD pass, but I wouldn’t count on it. Put Evans on your Dynasty Owner Bench this week.

C.J. Uzomah (TE – CIN): Despite his standing as the TE11 in Dynasty Owner after seven weeks, Uzomah has really only been good enough to have in your Starting lineup when he scores two TDs in a game. That’s happened twice already in 2021 as he had 26.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 95 receiving yards, 2 TDs) in Week 4 against Jacksonville and 24.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 91 receiving yards, 2 TDs) in Week 7 against Baltimore. He has just 22.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD) on a total of only 10 targets in the other five games combined. While playing against the Jets would seem like a great opportunity for Uzomah to have another 2 TD game, the Jets have only allowed 7 passing TDs in their first six games of the season, which is tied for third fewest in the NFL. The Jets are far more vulnerable against the run and have allowed 11 rushing TDs, which is second worst in the NFL ahead of only the Houston Texans. Since it’s the Jets, we can’t be 100% certain that it won’t happen, but I don’t think Uzomah will have 2 TDs this week, so he can be safely put on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Big Grizz vs. Little Donny Foundation

It’s time for the eighth Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week of the 2021 season and the first one featuring teams in one of my own Dynasty Owner leagues. Don’t worry, it’s not one of my teams. Instead, it’s a matchup between the top two teams in League #76065, which is also informally known as the Team Polian league.

Both of the teams in this match-up (Big Grizz and Little Donny Foundation) are ahead of Team Polian, as well as my team and Dynasty Owner Tim’s team. That could change this week as the first place Little Donny Foundation brings their 6-1 record into a match-up with Big Grizz, the second place team with a 5-2 record. While Little Donny Foundation has a one-game lead in the league standings, it is Big Grizz who has scored more points (1,051.0 to 1,030.1). Both Team Polian and Tim’s team are 5-2 as well, but Big Grizz has scored more points than everyone else in the league. All four of those teams are so far ahead of my team in the standings that I have a sore neck from looking up at them.

Big Grizz was sitting in 291st place in the Chase for the Ring standings before Thursday night’s game between Arizona and Green Bay. That’s pretty impressive, but Big Grizz (aka Dave Delp who those of you who watch the Wednesday livestream should be familiar with his commentary in the chat) might be angry at me for highlighting this team as it’s the worst of his five teams. That’s correct, his 5-2 team that is in 291st place in the Chase for the Ring is the worst out of his five Dynasty Owner teams. He has a 6-1 team in League #30056 that is in 91st place and another 5-2 team in League #31819 that is in 56th place. His other two teams are also 5-2 and in the Top 150 (the League #66644 team is in 145th place and the League #27989 team is in 150th place). Good luck keeping up all of those teams at or near the top of the standings in your leagues and Chase standings.

Both teams have a full complement of players at their disposal this week as the only significant players on bye are Rashod Bateman for Big Grizz and Devonta Freeman for Little Donny Foundation. As noted earlier, there are few players on Injured Reserve, but there are still injury concerns on both sides. Big Grizz should be more worried as both of the WRs in his Starting lineup (Sterling Shepard and T.Y. Hilton) are listed as questionable right now, logged limited practices on Thursday and didn’t play in Week 7. Dak Prescott is also Big Grizz’s starting QB, and his status seems up in the air, although he is more likely to play than Shepard and Hilton. Further complicating matters for Big Grizz is the fact that Prescott plays in the late game on Sunday night and Shepard plays on Monday night. Big Grizz hopes that both of them end up playing as a late gametime decision to make either one inactive might cause him to have a zero in his Starting lineup. Let’s see how the match-up is looking right now.

After all of the discussion about how great Big Grizz and his team are, it turns out that they are a slight underdog this week. Little Donny Foundation is projected to squeak out a close victory by just over 3.0 points (152.37 to 149.23). Both teams are pretty evenly matched as neither team has a significant advantage at any position in their respective Starting lineups as well as on the Bench. Based on how both of these teams have done so far this season and their projected lineups, it should be a close game that may come down to whether Sterling Shepard plays on Monday night and how well he plays. Regardless of which team wins, both will have a tough road to winning their League Championship. If one of them does, they have a good chance to appear on the final Chase for the Ring leaderboard.

Conclusion

The injuries for Week 8 already started last night as Robert Tonyan walked off the field after a 33-yard reception in the fourth quarter and was subsequently declared out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. There will be others who will get hurt this week and more additions to Injured Reserve next week. Hopefully, we will see the return of Jerry Jeudy this week and some other players, such as Russell Wilson and Michael Thomas, who are on Injured Reserve now, but can return later on in the season. Those returning players might offset the injuries that are sure to keep coming.

We’ll try to get Dr. Cousin Justin to comment on the Tonyan injury (and others) during our Wednesday afternoon livestream. If there is a particular injured player who you are interested in learning more about, drop me a line on Twitter (@SteveVT33) and I’ll put it on the list for Cousin Justin to research.

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 doesn’t suffer any injuries, and you stay in contention for the playoffs and even 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. 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 8 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. This Wednesday, he handed out some mid-season awards and previewed his next series. The next day, he’ll have an article previewing the Thursday Night Football game that will start Week 9 of the Dynasty Owner regular season.

Don’t forget about the weekly Dynasty Owner livestream on Wednesday with myself, Tim Peffer, and Dr. Cousin Justin. Set the timer on YouTube so you don’t miss it live, or make sure to watch it afterwards. Either way, please don’t forget to smash the Like button.

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Thursday Night Football: Week 8

Packers vs Cardinals

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

The set up for this Thursday Night game was widely hyped. On paper, we have the best Thursday Night Football match-up of the year. Tonight, the 6-1 Packers travel to Arizona to play the 7-0 Cardinals. As I said, this match-up seems to be one of the best of the year, let alone one of the best Thursday Night games. Well, there were some unfortunate events that took place over the past few days that threw a little water on this hot matchup.

First, there was breaking news on Monday that Davante Adams had been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list. Adams has been reported to be vaccinated, so this likely means that he received a positive test. This ruled out Adams early in the week, and took one of the best fantasy scorers in football away from this matchup. Next, Allen Lazard was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list on Tuesday. There are reports that Lazard (who is unvaccinated) was a close contact to Adams, and he will also need to quarantine. Lazard will be out as well. Meanwhile, Marquez Valdes-Scantling (MVS) was questionable to play after being activated off the IR this week, but reportedly is not going to play.

These events put the Packers chances of winning this game in serious danger. Not only that, but it will be tough to rely on Aaron Rodgers as a Dynasty Owner starter given his best receiving option may be Robert Tonyan. There was a lot of line movement following the Adams and Lazard news. A line that once started at Arizona -3 has moved all the way to Arizona -6.5. However, there is a juicy over/under of 50.5 points. I am still greatly looking forward to watching this game, but it’s no surprise that the Cardinals should be the heavy favorite.

Value of the Game Recap

Well, all good things must come to an end. My Value of the Game (VOTG) winning streak did not continue past Week 7. Last week, I predicted that Courtland Sutton would be the VOTG. Not only did I miss on my prediction, but I missed badly. Here is my prediction versus the actual results…

Week 7 ProjectionsReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Courtland Sutton6106122.6
Week 7 ActualReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Courtland Sutton568011.8

In the end, the Value of the Game was the player who received his first start of the season in Week 7. That player is D’Ernest Johnson. Johnson had an electric game, and one that made me proud I picked him up in a few of my Dynasty Owner leagues. While I don’t expect this breakout to continue (Nick Chubb seems to be ready to play in Week 8), I do expect D’Ernest to receive a little more opportunity than he did earlier in the season. Here was Johnson’s final line…

Week 7 ActualTouchesYardsTDsDOFP
D’Ernest Johnson24168126.8

This production combined with an amazingly cheap salary of $585,000 makes D’Ernest Johnson the Week 7 Thursday Night Football Value of the Game.

What To Watch For

I already talked about it at length in my opening statement, but the number one thing I’m going to be watching is who (if anyone) steps up at receiver for the Packers. Similarly, I want to see if Rodgers is able to piece together an acceptable fantasy performance given the fact that he will be without his top two wide receivers. Look for Randall Cobb and Amari Rodgers to pick up the majority of the wide receiver touches.

Starters

These are the players that I would recommend placing in your Starting lineup. Of course, this isn’t a “one size fits all” statement. If you have an absolutely stacked team, then maybe some of these players should be left on your Bench. As always, use your best judgement.

Kyler Murray ($8,914,504)

Aaron Rodgers ($33,500,000)

James Conner ($1,750,000)

Aaron Jones ($12,000,000)

DeAndre Hopkins ($27,250,000)

Christian Kirk ($1,473,717)

Zach Ertz ($8,500,000)

Robert Tonyan ($3,384,000)

Bench

Players that you place on your Bench will add 25 percent of their fantasy total to your overall team total. This is just one of the many aspects of Dynasty Owner that makes it unique, and you should take advantage of this opportunity. Players that I would feel comfortable putting on my Bench include…

Chase Edmonds ($728,090)

A.J. Dillon ($1,321,458)

A.J. Green ($6,000,000)

Rondale Moore ($1,731,060)

Randall Cobb ($9,000,000)

Marquez Valdes-Scantling ($669,388)

Value of the Game

I’m going to think a little outside the box on this week’s pick. As most of you know, the player I pick for the VOTG has to be a player that has above average production with a very low salary.  For example: I would love to pick Kyler Murray, but his salary is too high for him to end as the VOTG.

For the first time this year, I am going to pick a Bench player as my Value of the Game. There is a good reason for this. Simply put, I don’t trust MVS enough to start him this week, but his salary is so low that even an average game would make him the biggest value. We also know that it only takes one big play for the big burner to capitalize on, and that is exactly what I’m predicting this week.

This is also a risky play because we don’t know for sure that MVS will be active. Regardless, if he plays, I am predicting he will be the Week 8 Thursday Night Football Value of the Game.

Week 8 ProjectionsReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Marquez Valdes-Scantling376116.6

**This prediction about MVS was obviously written prior to the news that he is likely miss the game. While I liked the prediction overall, it seems it will be a moot point.**

In MVS’ place, I will substitute Chase Edmonds. Edmonds has a very affordable salary of $728,090. Edmonds has quietly posted an average of 5.8 yards per carry this season as well as 27 receptions. While I see James Conner out-scoring Edmonds tonight, it won’t be by much. Edmonds should be the better value. Here are his projections.

Week 8 ProjectionsTouchesYardsTDsDOFP
Chase Edmonds1868114.8

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

TheJerk

Mid-Season Awards & Rankings

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Hello all. I’m Matt TheJerk back with another Thursday article. Today I’m going to be presenting some mid-season awards. While this isn’t the exact halfway point of the entire Dynasty Owner season (including playoffs and the championship), this is the midway point of the regular season. Obviously, not every Dynasty Owner will be competing for the Championship after Week 14. Therefore, I figure Week 7 is an appropriate time to recap the season so far. I’ll be presenting some Top 5 rankings for each position as well as the first half status of the Value of the Year candidates. I have a lot to talk about today so let’s do it…

Mid-Season Awards & Rankings

Quarterback Top 5

RankPlayerSalaryTotal YardsTDsDOFP
QB1Tom Brady$25,000,0002,31222245.2
QB2Matthew Stafford$27,000,0002,19619217.8
QB3Kyler Murray$8,914,5042,12820216.5
QB4Lamar Jackson$2,367,9122,42312210.9
QB5Patrick Mahomes$45,000,0002,31219208.4

This is a very solid list, and I don’t see many surprises here. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m not so much surprised that Tom Brady is the QB1, but rather by how much he leads the position. Brady currently has almost 30 points more than Matthew Stafford (the next closest quarterback).

Something else worth mentioning is that Josh Allen barely missed this Top 5 as he is QB7 at the moment. He is the highest ranked quarterback that has already had his bye week. This means that he has one game in hand over every other QB above him. I’m not going to say that he will make up the distance between him and Brady in a single game, but he would without a doubt jump to QB2. Using his average fantasy points per game, he would have 233.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFP) and would solidly be the QB2. Just something to think about for all of you Dynasty Owners with Allen on your roster. Bye weeks tend to skew total points.

Running Back Top 5

RankPlayerSalaryTotal YardsReceptionsTDsDOFP
RB1Derrick Henry$12,500,0001,0231810201.5
RB2D’Andre Swift$2,134,728653425137.3
RB3Jonathan Taylor$1,957,287792186135.2
RB4Austin Ekeler$6,125,000598277131.8
RB5Najee Harris$3,261,862632344123.2


**This was written prior to the Monday Night Football game where Alvin Kamara scored a season high 33.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This puts him at 123.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and RB5 on the season. Given that the points scored between Harris and Kamara were so close I just left Harris at 5.**

Look at all the youth on this list. Sure, Henry and Ekeler are veteran backs with a combined 11 years of experience under their belts, but the other three running backs on the list have a total of five combined years of experience. It’s said all the time, but the future of running backs is definitely bright for the NFL.

Henry is far and away the best running back this season. He is currently on pace for 2,484 yards and 24 touchdowns. The biggest surprise on this list is the fact that Ekeler and Harris make the Top 5 despite already having their bye weeks. This is an amazing statistic considering they have played 85 percent of the games that other running backs on this list have.

Wide Receiver Top 5

RankPlayerSalaryTotal YardsReceptionsTDsDOFP
WR1Cooper Kupp$15,750,000804569190.9
WR2Ja’Marr Chase$7,547,410752356151.2
WR3Davante Adams$14,500,000744523150.4
WR4Tyreek Hill$18,000,000704525149.4
WR5Marquise Brown$2,946,835571376132.1

Again, we have a good mix of veterans and younger players. Likewise, there is a good mix of cheap and expensive salaries. Marquise Brown comes into this list as the best value by far. His WR5 standing combined with his salary of less than $3,000,000 makes him the most valuable wide receiver in the Top 5 (at least on paper).

Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if this list looked very similar to this at the end of the season. All five of these players look like they have no intentions of slowing down, especially Kupp, Chase and Adams.

Tight End Top 5

RankPlayerSalaryTotal YardsReceptionsTDsDOFP
TE1Travis Kelce$14,312,500533454122.3
TE2Mark Andrews$863,290516373112.6
TE3Mike Gesicki$1,652,98142737291.7
TE4T.J. Hockenson$4,955,30635938285.9
TE5Dalton Schultz$728,09035931384.9

The biggest takeaway from this list is the idea that the tight end position is very bunched up outside of the top tier. I’ve talked about this before, but outside of the top tier, the position starts to get murky. The other problem is that it’s not easy to predict who will be in the top tier each year. Before the season started, I had Kelce in his own tier by himself, Kittle and Waller in tier two and players like Andrews, Hockenson and Pitts in tier three.

So far this season Andrews has outperformed Waller (injury, low volume) and Kittle (injury). Not only has he outplayed both of them, but his salary is less than one-eighth of Waller’s and less than one-fifteenth of Kittle’s.

Value of the Year Candidates

There are several players that I am keeping my eye on for the Value of the Year (VOTY). There are three quarterbacks, three running backs, two wide receivers and one tight end that I want to mention today. I do believe that one of these players will end up being the VOTY for 2021. The players are:

  • Kyler Murray
  • Lamar Jackson
  • Josh Allen
  • D’Andre Swift
  • Jonathan Taylor
  • James Robinson
  • Deebo Samuel
  • Terry McLaurin
  • Mark Andrews

I mentioned most of these players in the above sections. However, I didn’t talk about James Robinson, Deebo Samuel and Terry McLaurin. All three are outside the Top 5 at their positions, but their salaries are so low that they have a realistic chance of making a run at the Value of the Year.

The odds-on favorite is likely a quarterback just because they historically score more points than any other position. But will that quarterback be able to outperform a running back or wide receiver that has a sub $1,000,000 salary. That remains to be seen, but I think the only QB that can do it would be Lamar Jackson.

In the end, I will predict that James Robinson wins the Value of the Year award for the second consecutive year.

This week was a stand-alone article. Next week I will start talking about some opportunity and efficiency rankings. I did that last year and titled those articles “Opportunity is Almost Everything.” 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

Week 7 Recap: Dynamic Duos

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

The list of dynamic duos is long. The original Dynamic Duo was Batman and Robin, but we’ve had plenty of others come along recently. From TV, Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street come to mind, as do Statler and Waldorf from the Muppets. In movies, we have Thelma and Louise, Woody and Buzz, Bonnie and Clyde, and Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield. Two of the best food dynamic duos have to be macaroni and cheese, along with iced tea and lemonade (aka an Arnold Palmer). Others might be partial to peanut butter and jelly as kind of an iconic dynamic food duo, but I like mac and cheese with an Arnold Palmer to drink.

There are plenty of dynamic duos in sports as well. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls certainly qualify as they won six NBA championships together. Sorry Aaron Rodgers, but you and Davante Adams aren’t Jordan and Pippen as you’ve appeared in exactly the same number of Super Bowls together (zero) as the Dynasty Owner livestream dynamic duo of and me and Tim Peffer.

While Rodgers and Adams aren’t a dynamic duo because they have been together for eight seasons and never made a Super Bowl appearance, there are definitely some NFL dynamic duos out there. The G.O.A.T. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have won the Super Bowl together three times (Super Bowls XLIX and LIII with New England and Super Bowl LV with Tampa Bay). I’m not even counting Super Bowl LI because Gronk was on Injured Reserve and didn’t play in the game. In the past, we had Joe Montana and Dwight Clark who won two Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers. Montana also won two more with Jerry Rice later on in his career and Montana to Rice may be a better duo than Montana to Clark.

This year, we may have seen the emergence of two new NFL dynamic duos in Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase for Cincinnati and Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp for the Los Angeles Rams. Since both of these duos are in their first year together in the NFL, they can’t be criticized for not making it to any Super Bowls yet. Both duos have been getting the job done all season and had tremendous performances in Week 7 as they were the four top scorers in Dynasty Owner for the week. Burrow may only be the QB8 right now in Dynasty Owner, but he’s the only QB to throw multiple TD passes in every game so far in 2021. Ja’Marr Chase has 754 receiving yards in his first seven NFL games, which is a record number of receiving yards for a rookie. He is the WR2 in Dynasty Owner as well with 151.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The only WR ahead of Chase is Cooper Kupp who has scored 190.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with four games of more than 30.0 points. Veteran QB Matthew Stafford is in his first year with Kupp and the Rams and just edged in front of Kyler Murray as the QB2 in Dynasty Owner for the 2021 season with 217.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (an average of 31.1 points per game).

The winner of our Match-up of the Week has a dynamic duo that led them to victory, while their opponent had two of their top players sit out Week 7 due to injuries. With all of the teams on bye, they had just too many players out to win. Neither team moved into the Top 10 of the Chase for the Ring, as only one team from Week 6 dropped out.

Does your Dynasty Owner team have a dynamic duo and if so, who are they? Do you disagree with me and think Rodgers and Adams qualify as a dynamic duo even without a Super Bowl appearance? Let me know by sending me a message on Twitter (@SteveVT33). Also feel free to mention a dynamic duo that I missed or suggest your team as one to feature in the Week 8 Match-up of the Week.

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 October 26th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our seventh Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 is actually not a single player, but the Cincinnati Bengals dynamic duo of: Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase

We split the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor this week for the second time in history. Back just over two years ago in Week 5 of 2019, the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor was split by a dynamic QB-WR duo (Deshaun Watson and Will Fuller of the Houston Texans). Hopefully, things are brighter in two years for Burrow and Chase than they are right now for Watson and Fuller. Burrow and Chase made history before as they won a National Championship at LSU and are now paired up together in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals. Both of them had their best game of the season in Week 7 as Burrow had a career high 416 yards passing and scored 39.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (416 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 1 INT), while Chase had the first 200 yard receiving game of his career and scored 39.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions, 201 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 1 fumble). It’s supposed to be Player of the Week (singular), but because of their LSU and Cincinnati connection, it was impossible to separate them, so the duo become the second pair of teammates to share the honor and the first to do so this season. Burrow has the higher salary ($9.05 million) and scored more points, so his stats are listed first.

Week 7 Points: 39.8

2021 Salary: $9,047,534

Cost per Point: $227,325

Ja’Marr Chase is on his rookie contract and his $7.55 million salary is looking like a great value more and more every week. Because he makes about $1.5 million less than Burrow and had almost as many points (only 0.7 less), Chase was a better value this week.

Week 7 Points: 39.1

2021 Salary: $7,547,410

Cost per Point: $193,028

Congratulations to both Joe and Ja’Marr on winning the first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor of your respective careers.

Honorable mentions to the Los Angeles Rams dynamic duo of Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp. Stafford and Kupp were very close to bringing the Player of the Week award to Los Angeles as Kupp had 37.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 receptions, 156 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs) to continue his fantastic season with Stafford who had 37.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (334 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, -2 rushing yards, 1 2-pt conversion). These were a couple of great performances by the Rams duo in their 28-19 victory over the Lions, but not quite good enough to win this week. Maybe they can have another great week and split the award so both of them can win it for the first time.

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

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

For the second week in a row, we have a player on the Cleveland Browns as the winner of this award. Last week, it was Donovan Peoples-Jones who stepped up with Nick Chubb and Jarvis Landry out. Kareem Hunt also got injured during the game last week. This week with the RB duo of Chubb and Hunt ruled out for the Browns’ Thursday night game against the Broncos, one of the Browns young RBs was going to need to do the same. The RB ended up being D’Ernest Johnson who scored almost as many points in this week’s game than he did in the entire 2020 season (29.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and more than he did in his rookie season in 2019 (18.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Johnson had 26.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (146 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 receptions, 22 receiving yards) in the game on Thursday and nobody came close to matching his performance in the remaining Week 7 games. It would have taken an amazing week to be a better value than Johnson because of his extremely low $585,000 salary. His cost per point of $21,828 was the second best of the season, only trailing Myles Gaskin’s $20,429 cost per point (31.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for $651,694 in salary) back in Week 5. Johnson is currently being rostered in 85.8% of Dynasty Owner leagues up from 33.1% last week. Hopefully everybody who bid on Johnson’s services in the Free Agent Auction and won then promptly inserted him into their Starting lineup and got the full benefit of his award winning performance.

Week 7 Points: 26.8

2021 Salary: $585,000

Cost per Point: $21,828

Congratulations D’Ernest on winning the first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of your career and being the second Cleveland Browns player to win the award in a row.

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 7. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Cooper Kupp because if you have him, you shouldn’t be taking him out of your lineup until his bye week (Week 11). Instead, these are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad (or even not on many Dynasty Owner rosters), but likely weren’t Starters in Week 7 when they should have been.

QB: Tua Tagovailoa (MIA) – 35.4 points

His 2021 ADP of 75.1 made Tua Tagovailoa the 12th QB drafted, on average, in Dynasty Owner leagues. However, he did miss three full weeks (Weeks 3-5) plus most of Week 2 with fractured ribs and was the subject of plenty of trade rumors and speculation during the week prior to the Dolphins’ game on Sunday against Atlanta. The rumors plus the injury combined with the travel back playing in London last week could have made his Dynasty Owners think that they should start another QB this week. That would have been a bad decision as Tua put up his first 4 TD game as a professional and a career best 35.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (291 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, 29 rushing yards, 2 INTs). Not sure if it was good enough to stop the Dolphins from trading him away for Deshaun Watson, but it was plenty good enough to be in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

RB: Brandon Bolden (NE) – 19.9 points

One week after seeing Rhamondre Stevenson seemingly move ahead of Brandon Bolden in the always changing New England Patriots RB depth chart, Bolden moved right back into the second spot behind Damien Harris with a 19.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (6 receptions, 79 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). Last week, Stevenson was on the field for more snaps than Bolden (18 vs. 11) and scored his first NFL TD and had 15.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (23 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 3 receptions, 39 receiving yards). This week, Stevenson was a healthy scratch on Sunday morning and hopefully on your Practice Squad before the early Sunday games started. In his place, Bolden was on the field for 21 snaps and had his first TD of the season in the Patriots 54-13 demolition of the New York Jets. Good luck figuring out which New England RB to use on a weekly basis, besides Damien Harris, if you have either Bolden or Stevenson on your Dynasty Owner roster. This week, it was Bolden’s turn, his did his job, and should have been in your Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to J.J. Taylor, yet another New England RB who should have been in your Starting lineup. Taylor got two late garbage time 1-yard TD runs and ended up scoring 15.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (21 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 1 reception, 5 receiving yards). Taylor only scored a total of 16.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (110 rushing yards, 1 reception, 4 receiving yards, 98 return yards) in the entire 2020 season and had just 0.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 3 receiving yards, 1 fumble – lost) up to this point of the 2021 season. Taylor is on the roster in almost three-quarters (72.8%) of Dynasty Owner leagues due to his $695,000 salary, not because his Dynasty Owners were expecting him to be a Top 20 RB in Week 7. Taylor was one of three New England RBs, along with Bolden and Damien Harris who had 27.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, who should have been in your Week 7 Starting lineup.

WR: Allen Lazard (GB) – 17.0 points

Allen Lazard would have been the answer to the question “Who is the WR1 for Green Bay with Davante Adams on the reserve/COVID-19 list?”, if he hadn’t gone on the list himself on Tuesday afternoon. With the Packers playing on Thursday night this week, both of them will be out for Week 8. In the past two games, Lazard had produced almost as many Dynasty Owner fantasy points (11.7 points in Week 6 and 17.0 points in Week 7) as Adams (12.9 points in Week 6 and 19.6 points in Week 7). However, prior to Week 6, Lazard had only 16.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first five games of the season, after a solid 2020 season in which he averaged 10.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in ten games played. In Week 7, Lazard scored a TD for the second consecutive week and had 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 60 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). He would certainly have been in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup in Week 8 with Adams out (prior to his positive test) and should have been in there as well in Week 7.

TE: C.J. Uzomah (CIN) – 24.1 points

The streak lives on! This is the fourth week in a row that a TE who makes over $6 million per season is in this spot. C.J. Uzomah and his $6.1 million salary return for their second appearance after starting the streak back in Week 4. Uzomah had gone up to being owned in 0.6% of Dynasty Owner leagues in Week 4 up to 13% after his 26.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance. He followed that 2-TD performance with only 3.6 points in Week 5 and 10.5 points in Week 6, so the growth in his roster percentage slowed down and he’s only currently rostered in 18.3% of Dynasty Owner leagues. He should have been picked up in more leagues with three of the Top 12 TEs out for Week 7 on bye (Dawson Knox, Dalton Schultz, and Jared Cook) plus TE14 Tyler Conklin on bye and Rob Gronkowski still out injured. Dynasty Owners could have used Uzomah in their Starting lineups this week as he had his second 2-TD performance of the 2021 season and scored 24.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 91 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs) in Week 7. Uzomah just edged out Kyle Pitts (23.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) as the TE1 for the week.

K: Austin Seibert (DET) – 13.0 points

As the Lions kicker for four games so far this season, Austin Seibert hasn’t gotten a lot of scoring opportunities. He had attempted seven FGs and just four PATs, making six of the FGs and all four PATs for a total of 23.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5.75 points per game). He also missed two games and his replacement (Ryan Santoso) for those games only had 1 FG attempt and four PATs for a total of 9.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Not a lot of points being scored by the Detroit kickers, so if Dynasty Owners with Seibert on their roster (89.9% of leagues) put him on their Bench if they had two kickers this week, they probably thought that they were making the correct decision. It wasn’t as Seibert ended up scoring 13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (FGs of 31, 37, 41 and 47 yards plus one PAT) in the Lions 28-19 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Seibert should have been a Starter at kicker.

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 only scored only a few Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week. All of them should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad with the guys from the six teams who were on bye in Week 7.

QB: Patrick Mahomes (KC) – 6.8 points

When the player with the highest salary in the NFL scores less than double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the first time, it’s a problem for his Dynasty Owners. As a result, Mahomes was the only QB under consideration for this spot. Even with his $45 million salary, he was still the sixth QB off the board in 2021 Dynasty Owner start-up drafts (ADP 37.1) and the only QB with a salary over $10 million with an ADP of under 100. If you have Mahomes on your Dynasty Owner roster, you pretty much have to play him week in and week out as your ability to build a quality team around him and have another good QB on your roster is extremely limited. Mahomes’ salary takes up 35% of the Dynasty Owner salary cap of $127.75 million and through the first six weeks of the season, he was earning it by scoring 201.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (average of 34.7 points per game). That made him the second highest scorer, only behind the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady who had scored 210.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Mahomes is down to QB5 for the 2021 season after his 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 7 (206 passing yards, 35 rushing yards, 1 INT, 2 fumbles – 1 lost). Few to no Dynasty Owners could have possible done the right thing and left Mahomes on their Bench, or Practice Squad, this week.

RB: Mike Davis (ATL) – 1.0 point

All of the Mike Davis haters can finally rejoice! They were correct about him and how awful he was going to be this fantasy football season. It took them until Week 7, but Davis finally put up a completely terrible performance with just 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (10 rushing yards). With only 4 touches in Week 7, It was the first game in which Davis touched the ball less than 15 times all season. With only 4 touches, he scored less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the first time all season. Up to this point, Davis had been outscored by fellow Falcons RB Cordarrelle Patterson, but he had still put up respectable showings every week and was averaging 11.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. No single game was great as Davis had a high of 13.3 points, but his low was 10.2 points. It ended for Davis and his Dynasty Owners in Week 7 as he finally put up a performance worthy of a spot on your Dynasty Owner Bench or better yet, the Practice Squad if you had enough RBs playing to leave him there.

WR: Tyler Lockett (SEA) – 3.2 points and Allen Robinson (CHI) – 3.6 points

Both members of this WR duo finished the 2020 Dynasty Owner season in the Top 10 WRs (Lockett was WR8 and Robinson was WR9), but have seen their production take a sharp nosedive this season due to QB issues. Robinson had suffered through plenty of bad QBs during his NFL career, but even he hasn’t been able to overcome the rancid play calling by Head Coach Matt Nagy for the Bears QB duo of Andy Dalton and Justin Fields. As a result, Robinson has only 1 TD for the season and just one game with double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10.4 points in Week 2). He hit a new low in Week 7 with just 3.6 points (2 receptions for 16 receiving yards). Lockett hasn’t done much since the first two games of the season and this has reached a low point with Geno Smith at QB as he scored just 5.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week. He’s gone down further by scoring just 3.2 points (2 receptions for 12 receiving yards) in Week 7. Both of them are making more than $10 million in salary, but are only tied to those salaries for the rest of the season. It’s been a terrible fall in 2021 for both of these WRs who should have been sitting on your Dynasty Owner Bench for most of the season and definitely in Week 7.

TE: Mark Andrews (BAL) – 6.8 points

Mark Andrews is still the TE2 for the season, but he fell further behind Travis Kelce in his quest to be the TE1. After the first six weeks of the season, Andrews was only 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind Kelce, but he fell further behind after a 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (3 receptions, 48 receiving yards, 1 fumble) in Week 7. Despite the poor game by Patrick Mahomes, Kelce still had his sixth weekly double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy point game in Week 7 with 13.5 points. Andrews had one great week (44.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 5 versus Indianapolis) and four good weeks in which he averaged 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in between his two poor performances from Week 1 (5.0 points) and this past week. Andrews was in your Week 7 Starting lineup based on his status as the TE2. He will likely still be the TE2 for the season and in your Starting lineup again after his Week 8 bye, but he should have been on your Bench in Week 7.

K: Jason Sanders (MIA) and Harrison Butker (KC) – 2.0 points

For the kicker who should have been on your Bench, we have a duo who both were among the first five kickers drafted in 2021 start-up drafts based on ADP. Jason Sanders was second at ADP 161.9, likely due to his $637,800 salary, while Harrison Butker was fifth at ADP 174.8, likely due to the fact that he kicks for the Kansas City Chiefs. For Butker, it’s not because Dynasty Owners really want to pay him $4.055 million in salary for the next four years to score 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (made 42-yard FG and missed 57-yard FG) like he did in Week 7. Butker hasn’t been great this season before that as he was only averaging 7.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and had yet to score more than 9.0 points in a single game. Sanders has been even worse and only was averaging 5.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game before his 2.0 point outing in Week 7 (4 PATs and a missed 49-yard FG). Sanders has had at least one very good game (12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3), but also had a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) the week before. While neither Butker nor Sanders were ranked in the Top 12 kickers for this week, Dynasty Owners drafted them to be their Starting kicker. Hopefully they left them on the Bench in Week 7.

Dishonorable mention to Matt Ammendola of the New York Jets. Dynasty Owners would have been better off leaving their Starting or Bench kicker spot open than have Ammendola in there this week as he managed to score -1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 PAT and a missed 48 yard FG). Unless your Dynasty Owner team only had one kicker available in Week 7, you probably weren’t putting Ammendola in your Starting lineup as he had only scored 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through the first five weeks of the season (3.4 points per game). He has had two weeks already with a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) because he had zero kicking attempts. His Dynasty Owners would have preferred that he didn’t have any attempts this week as it would have been better for them.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – TPC Murder Hornets vs. Wheelwoody

Wheelwoody has a dynamic duo on their roster, but not one of the pairs mentioned earlier. Instead, they have half of each of those duos with Matthew Stafford and Ja’Marr Chase on their team. The Wheelwoody dynamic duo scored a combined 76.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to lead them to an easy victory over the TPC Murder Hornets. The rest of Wheelwoody’s lineup was pretty good too as nobody in it had less than 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Five out of their seven Bench players also had more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with only their Bench RB tandem of late scratch Rhamondre Stevenson and Mark Ingram (5.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) falling to reach double-digit points.

TPC Murder Hornets had 33.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on Monday night from Alvin Kamara and 15.5 points from Geno Smith as their Bench QB, but the match-up was long past over. There were several players who didn’t live up to expectations for the TPC Murder Hornets including Darrell Henderson (9.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), but decisions by NFL teams to sit out a high scoring duo of players in the TPC Murder Hornets’ original Starting lineup (Antonio Brown and Darren Waller) cost them as well. Their Starting lineup replacement duo of Rondale Moore and Darrel Williams only combined for 12.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

The defeat ends the TPC Murder Hornets undefeated season, but they are still on top of the League #27466 standings with a 6-1 record, but dropped back into 133rd place in the Chase for the Ring standings. Wheelwoody remains in third place at 5-2, but has moved up into 54th place in the Chase for the Ring standings and are only 29.5 points out of the Top 25. Another week like this one for Wheelwoody and they might find their way on to the Leaderboard.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

Neither TPC Murder Hornets nor Wheelwoody appear in the Top 10 in the Chase for the Ring standings as nine of the Top 10 from last week held on to their spots for another week.

For the second straight week, there was only one new team to the Top 10. This week, it was John Boy’s Bolts who are now in 10th place and swapped places with Joeyjet53 who is now in 12th place. There was a bit of shuffling in the Top 10 but The Road Warriors are still on top and have expanded their lead to 38.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. At the halfway point in the regular season, they have to be considered the favorite to win the Ring. SKOL Vikings continue to have a duo of Top 10 teams with the team in League #31927 in 2nd place and the team in League #31831 in 6th place. None of the other teams moved up or down more than two spots from their position last week.

Conclusions

The top scoring dynamic duo so far in Dynasty Owner this season are Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp. They are averaging a combined 58.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. That’s 5.0 points more per game than the second highest scoring duo of Tom Brady and Mike Evans who average 53.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game.

My top dynamic duo has definitely been Kyler Murray and Christian Kirk on my 6-1 team in the Writer’s League (League #80545), but they are significantly behind and averaging 44.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game so far. At the beginning of the 2021 season, I would have predicted my top duo would be the Justin Herbert-Keenan Allen duo that I drafted in the league with Team Polian, but that duo has been slightly less productive and averages 44.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Neither one is close to being the top Dynasty Owner duo though.

Speaking of dynamic duos, we have one of those with the other Dynasty Owner writers of Jay Pounds and Matt Morrison – The Jerk.  Both of them are producing plenty of great Dynasty Owner content for you to check out. Jay does the Monday Night Football preview on Monday afternoons and has his Free Agent Auction targets article and video on Tuesdays. Everyone can get Matt’s insights on Wednesdays with an article and video on a topic of his choice and then again on Thursday afternoons with his Thursday Night Football preview for Week 8. I’ll be back with an article and video on Friday previewing the rest of the Week 8 slate of games. Check it out to see how my Week 7 recommendations fared and what teams are featured in the Match-up of the Week.

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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Free Agent Auction Targets – Week 8

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

What’s up everyone? Welcome back to another week of Free Agent Auction targets for you folks to gobble up. The free agent pool is starting to dry up quickly as there is only one running back left who I would consider picking up. No, I won’t give any spoilers, you’ll have to read along if you’d like to find out who this mysterious running back is. If you are a first time Dynasty Owner player, I am sure you have noticed how thin the Free Agent Auction in your league has been the last few weeks and it’s only going to continue to get worse.

Before we jump into this week’s article, let’s recap Jay’s Week 7 takeaways. The Browns found a way to win on Thursday against a tough to predict Broncos team, but I can’t help to think Baker would have found a way to lose that game. The most surprising team so far thus season has got to be the Chiefs who got completely steamrolled by the Tennessee Titans and fell to 3-4. The Dolphins have been nothing, but a major let down as well sitting at 1-6. I hope they remain smart and keep Brian Flores around for another year. The Jets look like the worst team in the NFL through seven weeks and it’s not particularly close. After seven full weeks of play, I still have zero idea how to feel about the Panthers and Sam Darnold. Bring back CMC! The Bengals are here to stay and as I tweeted earlier this week, I was dead wrong when I said the Bengals should have taken Penei Sewell over Ja’Marr Chase in this past NFL draft. The Raiders look like a playoff team, and it seems they have put the Gruden drama in the rearview. Jared Goff did what Jared Goff does and almost beat his old team on Sunday. It’s looking like Adam Gase 2.0 in Chicago and I am still not sure how Matt Nagy has kept his job this far into Justin Fields’ career. Can someone please get Nagy away from Fields before he completely ruins him? Finally for this week, we have the San Francisco 49ers who some had as a dark horse Super Bowl contender, but have been nothing but a major disappointment so far this season as their opponent, the Colts, continued to look very tough on the ground. With that we are on to Week 8 folks!

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 8:

  1. Kendrick Bourne (WR – NE) – 3 years/$5,000,000 – 41.2% Rostered

Kendrick Bourne has quietly put together a great five game stretch and I am guessing his usage is here to stay for the Patriots. In Week 7, Bourne caught 4 balls for 68 yards, and he had a TD to top it off. Let’s not forget the touchdown involved some trickery calling for Bourne to channel his inner Mac Jones and throw for a touchdown. I am assuming the 3-year contract is what is keeping Bourne off most Dynasty Owner rosters, but I think we can start to look past that with the consistent production he has put up over the last five weeks. Kendrick Bourne will likely have some ups and downs moving forward but if you are able to play him on his good weeks, he will pay off nicely and is virtually free to add to your roster.

2. Kalif Raymond (WR – DET) – 1 year/$1,127,500 – 58.0% Rostered

Kalif Raymond is another guy like Kendrick Bourne, meaning he seems to be extremely consistent for a player not a lot of Dynasty Owners want on their roster. In the past five weeks, Raymond has scored double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points four times just like Kendrick Bourne. Jared Goff has used Raymond as his security blanket for most of this season and it showed on Sunday when Raymond had 6 catches for 115 yards. We all know Jared Goff loves to check down and it seems Raymond is the man to fill that role in Jared Goff’s heart. Plus, the Lions are going to have to throw the ball 45 times a game with as often as they find themselves losing.

3. Dante Pettis (WR – NYG) – 1 year/$920,000 – 11.8% Rostered

If you thought the last two picks were ugly, please stay clear of this area. We are bringing back the original Brandon Aiyuk with Dante Pettis making a case for himself to be included in more than just my waiver wire segment this week as I have seen him in several others. In the past two weeks, Pettis has put together a nice little stretch finishing both games with 5 catches and finding the endzone this past Sunday against the Panthers. The Giants are extremely banged up at the receiver position right now which would usually mean someone like Pettis would head straight back to the Bench but let’s not forget how talented this kid was coming out of college. If Pettis can continue to impress, we can finally see what he is capable of, it just happens to be 10 years after the fact…… not literally it just feels like it.

4. Mike White (QB – NYJ) – 1 year/$850,000 – 0.0% Rostered

If you were watching football on Sunday and heard whoever was announcing the game you were indulging in say that Zach Wilson went down with an injury and Mike White is now the quarterback followed by, “WHO IS MIKE WHITE?” Don’t worry, you weren’t alone. I’ve seen that exact question probably 45 times on Twitter, my son asked me, hell I even asked myself I’m not going to lie. I honestly believe the only reason the Jets have Mike White as their backup and not someone more well-known is because they did not want their young rookie looking over his shoulder, especially with as brutal as the fans are in the Big Apple. As we always say cheap quarterbacks are Dynasty Owner gold, which makes Mike White worth an add.

5. Brandon Bolden (RB – NE) – 1 year/$1,850,000 – 68.6% Rostered

I know, I know. Brandon Bolden is over 65% rostered, but the percentage is too close to leave him off of this list after the game he just had. Bolden went full James White on Sunday finishing the game with 6 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. Granted it was in a blowout against the Jets, but the Dynasty Owner fantasy points still count. The Patriots have seemed to like Bolden thus far and I see no reason that stops anytime soon with James White still injured. The fact that Bolden is on a very manageable one-year deal he is almost a risk-free addition to your roster. Steve Van Tassell approves of this pick up!

Please do not forget about Steve Van Tassell’s weekly 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 for reading and as always good luck on your 2021 Chase for the Ring!

Monday Night Football Preview: Week 7 Saints vs Seahawks

By: Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl)

What’s up Dynasty Owners? It is time for another edition of Dynasty Owner’s Monday Night Football preview. In this week’s matchup, we will be featuring the New Orleans Saints vs the Seattle Seahawks. Before we jump into tonight’s matchup let’s talk about last week quickly. In last week’s article, I chose Dawson Knox as my Value of the Game, and he was on track to come through for me before getting injured and not being able to return to the game. Ultimately, he ended up on Injured Reserve. In all fairness to myself, the other player I seriously considered as the Value of the Game ended up winning and that player was none other than A.J. Brown. While Brown had a fantastic game (16.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for $1,413,092) and earned the Value of the Game, he was only able to finish roughly $30,000 per point ahead of the cheaper Dawson Knox (7.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for $880,440) for the contest. While I hate getting the Value of the Game wrong, I won’t beat myself up too much over it as injuries can happen at any time in the NFL.

What to Watch For

What am I watching for in tonight’s game you ask? In tonight’s game, I will be looking for two major things and both involve the quarterbacks. Geno Smith will get his second straight primetime start tonight against the Saints. While the Seahawks lost to the Steelers last week, Geno Smith didn’t play a horrible game. If Geno can play turnover-free football and hit some timely passes, the Seahawks may have a shot to come away with a victory. On the other side of the ball, we have the former number 1 overall pick in Jameis Winston. Winston has been up and down the entire season and has yet to really flash any of the crazy upside we all witnessed when he was with Tampa Bay. If Winston can find a way to be a little more explosive without turning the ball over the Saints will be tough to beat as the season goes. If Jameis comes out and lays another egg, it could be a long night for his team. Overall, I am expecting a run heavy game.

Jay’s Monday Night Prediction

 
New Orleans Saints 24    Seattle Seahawks 13

Over/Under Projections

Saints

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Jameis WinstonQB$5,500,00022.3Over
Alvin KamaraRB$15,000,00021.9Over
Marquez CallawayWR$765,00012.1Over
Kenny StillsWR$1,075,0008.4Under
Juwan JohnsonTE$695,0004.3Over

Seahawks

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Geno SmithQB$1,212,50020.4Under
Alex CollinsRB$990,00010.3Over
DK MetcalfWR$1,146,51315.6Over
Tyler LockettWR$10,250,00014.4Under
Gerald EverettTE$6,000,0007.4Under

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 – Tyler Lockett in Starting lineup left to play

Horny Toads are making their second appearance in Jay’s Dynasty Owner Games of the Week. Horny Toads heads into tonight’s matchup down 6.98 points with Tyler Lockett left to play. If the Horny Toads wind up losing this game, they will solely be able to blame the late scratch of DeVante Parker for their loss. No worries Horny Toads, Parker cost me a win this week as well. At the end of the day, I just feel the zero from Parker will be too much to overcome.

Doobey’s Misfits – Jason Myers in Starting lineup left to play

I am sure Doobey’s Misfits was feeling just as excited as my opponent this week when they watched 1pm Eastern hit while Parker was still active in my lineup. Doobey’s Misfits head into tonight with a slight lead and I feel they also have a nice advantage of Geno Smith throwing Tyler Lockett passes instead of Russell Wilson. I am also expecting the Seahawks will have to settle for field goals much more frequently with Russ out. All of this means good news for the Misfits.

Game 2 – League #36362

COOPS TROOPS – No one in Starting lineup or on Bench left to play

While I am not expecting COOPS TROOPS to win, I can almost guarantee you they were not planning on winning this week either as they had Andy Dalton as their starting quarterback because of bye weeks. If COOPS TROOPS somehow end up pulling out a victory, it should go down in history as a David vs. Goliath type win.

Midgey Menace – Alvin Kamara in Starting lineup left to play

As I mentioned above, Midgey Menace had to see this matchup as an easy victory for their team and it has been nothing but the opposite. Heading into tonight’s game, Midgey Menace needs 23.27 points out of Alvin Kamara. I’m not sure they are feeling 100% confident, but I am here to tell you not to worry Midgey, Alvin Kamara and the fantasy gods will get it done.

Value of the Game

I am hoping I am not starting a trend of jinxing the players I select as the Value of the Game but nonetheless let’s give it a go. In this week’s edition, I am going to take Marquez Callaway as my Value of the Game. Callaway is a physical specimen who can make a big play at any given time, and I am expecting him to break loose a time or two in tonight’s game. Get your popcorn ready folks! It’s time to see if Callaway is for real!

Winner – Marquez Callaway

Jay’s Projected Stat LineReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Marquez Callaway474117.4

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!

Thank you all for reading and hopefully tonight’s game will be a good one with all these projections coming true. Stay safe and good luck on your 2021 Chase for the Ring!

Week 7 Preview – Full Lineups

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Everybody who plays fantasy football is talking about the fact that six NFL teams are on bye this week and how tough it is to field a team this week. Most of these people are likely playing in traditional dynasty league, or redraft leagues, and maybe have to set a lineup with ten starting lineup spots at most. In some dynasty leagues, teams can have up to 30 players on their roster and don’t have to worry about managing a salary cap. In reality, it shouldn’t be too hard to find ten active and healthy players when you have thirty players to choose from on your roster and 26 active NFL teams. They may not be the “best” players or guys who would ever grace your lineup in a normal, bye-free week, but at least they should play and possibly score some points for your team.

In addition, it’s not like you’re the only team in this situation. Everybody in your league has the same problem. With the Bills, Chargers, Cowboys, Jaguars, Steelers and Vikings on bye, it’s inevitable that both you and your opponent will have a few players on bye this week. The important thing is that you do your best to field a full lineup and try to win your Week 7 games.

Dynasty Owners have to do more than most fantasy football managers every week. We have to set lineups with eight players in our Starting lineups, plus seven players on the Bench who get 25% of the points that they score added to your final score. Having a full lineup of 15 players might give you the small advantage that your team needs to win. Sometimes, that’s what it takes to win. Last week, a team in my beta league (Beta League 3 – #27483) lost by just 0.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That’s only 2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from a player on your Bench. Last week, Patriots kicker Nick Folk was 3 for 3 on PAT attempts and scored 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. If the team that lost by 0.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points didn’t have a Bench kicker, but had at least $1.075 million in salary cap room to take on Folk’s salary, they could have picked up Folk and been victorious.

That wasn’t the case as the team had a full lineup and Folk is rostered in 97% of Dynasty Owner leagues, so it wasn’t likely that he was available to add last minute to many teams. However, here is a list of players (with at least one player per position). All but one of these players makes $1 million or less in salary for the 2021 season,. All of them are widely available in Dynasty Owner leagues and would have provided more than 2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week.

PlayerTeamPositionYears Left/SalaryDOFPRoster %
Brandon AllenCINQB1 year/$1.5 million6.05.3%
Travis HomerSEARB2 years/$665,7046.444.4%
Ray-Ray McCloudPITWR1 year/$1 million6.31.8%
Nick Westbrook-IkhineTENWR1 year/$610,0005.733.7%
Luke FarrellJACTE4 years/$959,5053.13.6%
Jody FortsonKCTE1 year/$660,0003.79.5%
Matthew WrightJACK1 year/$780,00019.040.2%

It’s not easy to do, but it’s doable if you want to have a full lineup every week, keep some salary cap room, and look hard enough at the Free Agent Auction. For example, I didn’t have a Bench QB or Bench kicker for a team in one of my Dynasty Owner leagues for Week 7. I had drafted three starting QBs and three kickers at the beginning of the year, but Ryan Fitzpatrick and Rodrigo Blankenship are currently on IR and Justin Herbert and Tristan Vizcaino are on bye. The news that Baker Mayfield wouldn’t play on Thursday night opened up the possibility of picking up Case Keenum who has two years left on his contract at $6 million per year. Not a shrewd pickup by any means, but I didn’t want to miss out on those Bench QB points, so I bid the minimum of $1 million Dynasty Dollars on Keenum and won the bid. Keenum played ok last night and scored 16.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, meaning my team will get an extra 4.15 points added to its final score. Whether I win because of those points is another matter, but at least I feel like I did my best to win this week.

If you were in a similar situation and did the same thing by picking up Keenum or even did another move like bidding on Chris Blewitt, the new kicker for the Washington Football Team (1 year/$780,000) who is now rostered in 27.2% of Dynasty Owner leagues, I applaud your desire to compete every week and do your best to win. In fact, I got outbid for Blewitt’s services as I bid $2 million Dynasty Dollars and he went for $3 million. Imagine getting outbid for a kicker who has never kicked in a NFL game or in a meaningful game since 2016 when he was in college at Pittsburgh. He was working at Home Depot and Planet Fitness and lives in Northern Virginia. I also live in Northern Virginia near where he went to school, so I might have run into him at the Jersey Mike’s near both of his workplaces one day. Only in Dynasty Owner can you get outbid for a kicker with that kind of resume!

If you read this whole introduction, you’re getting a full dose of Dynasty Owner analysis, which is kind of like having a full lineup. It won’t get you any Dynasty Owner fantasy points to help you win your game this week, unless my analysis is helpful, and you follow it. 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. With six teams on bye, it’s going to be tougher than ever to find players to Start who were clearly drafted to be on your Bench or Practice Squad, or who currently rank outside the Top 12 QBs, Top 24 RBs, Top 24 WRs and Top 12 TEs. For the Bench recommendations, I’ll suggest players drafted to be Starters or who should be in your Starting lineup based on their play so far this season, but who shouldn’t be in there this week based on matchups, past performance against a team or something else. That’s also tougher to find with six teams on bye.

Finally, I will look at one Dynasty Owner game, our Match-up of the Week. For this week, both teams have full lineups ready to go already and neither one had to pick up Case Keenum or Chris Blewitt to do it. Can’t blame either team if they had picked up those players as both are in the Top 150 of the Chase for the Ring and playoff contenders in their league. If you’d like to see your team featured next week, then send me a tweet (@SteveVT33). The other way is to like my tweets and have an undefeated team just outside of the Top 100 in the Chase for the Ring standings, like how I chose this week’s teams. That’ll do it as well.

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 October 22nd.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

First, let’s look at how my recommendations from the previous week fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I predicted performances worthy of being in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup for these four players. Here’s how they all did in Week 6.

QB: Taylor Heinicke – 12.1 (Bad recommendation)

RB: Brandon Bolden – 1.2 (Bad recommendation)

WR: Tim Patrick – 13.2 (Just Ok recommendation)

TE: Ricky Seals-Jones – 15.8 (Good recommendation)

Ricky Seals-Jones was the best recommendation as he finished with the most points and was TE6 in Dynasty Owner for Week 6. Patrick was just outside of the Top 24 WRs and could have been in the FLEX position for your team, so that recommendation was Just Ok. However, both Heinicke and Bolden weren’t even close to being Good choices. Bolden continues a streak of six consecutive Bad RB recommendations and two straight Bad recommendations who play for New England, so despite thinking about it, I’m not recommending that Dynasty Owners start Rhamondre Stevenson this week.

It was a slightly below average week with four teams on bye, so let’s see how I do in Week 7 with six teams resting.

Matt Ryan (QB – ATL): The Dolphins are allowing opposing QBs to score an average of 26.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game against them. What’s interesting is that almost all of those points have come via the pass. Very few points (just under 1.0 per game) have been from QBs running the ball. Almost all (96.2% of points) have come from QBs throwing the ball. Even Bills QB Josh Allen had only 35 rushing yards against the Dolphins defense. At the same time, Matt Ryan has scored 96.2% of his Dynasty Owner fantasy points by throwing the football. Both starting Dolphins CBs (Xavien Rhodes and Byron Jones) missed last week’s game versus Jacksonville and have been limited in practice so far this week. If they aren’t able to play at full strength, the Dolphins pass defense becomes even weaker. Ryan is averaging 24.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this season (120.1 points in five games), but scored 39.8 points in Week 4 versus Washington and 30.0 points in Week 5 versus the Jets. He’s getting better as the season rolls along and against a Miami defense that has allowed 13 passing TDs and 307.5 yards passing per game, there’s no reason to think his good play won’t continue. Start Ryan this week against the Dolphins.

Devonta Freeman (RB – BAL): In the Ravens’ Week 5 comeback against Indianapolis, Devonta Freeman was the team’s top receiving RB (3 receptions for 34 yards good for 6.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). In Week 6, all three of the Ravens’ active RBs (Latavius Murray, Le’Veon Bell and Freeman) scored rushing TDs and Murray sprained his ankle, so Freeman ended up as the team’s leading rusher (53 yards vs. 44 for Murray and 18 for Bell). With Murray likely out this week, Freeman should be the Ravens’ lead ball carrier and pass catcher out of the backfield. Opposing RBs are averaging 7.8 receptions and 48.5 receiving yards per game against Cincinnati. Even if Freeman only gets half of those points, that’s 4 receptions for 24 receiving yards (6.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Add in some rushing yards and Freeman should be able to score double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week and be worth a spot in your Starting lineup.

Marquez Callaway (WR – NO): Everyone who drafted Marquez Callaway thinking that he’d be the replacement for WR Michael Thomas while Thomas was on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list weren’t too happy after the first four weeks of the 2021 season. At that point, Callaway had scored only 28.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions, 137 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). He nearly matched that production in Week 5 with 24.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 85 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). At this point, he’s still WR54 after six weeks. The Saints had their bye in Week 6, but even if you project his average of 10.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (53.2 points in five games) over six games, he’d still only be WR42. If you went further and removed all of the players on bye in Week 7, he’d still be WR30 and outside of Starting WR range. With Thomas’ return on the horizon, it may be Callaway’s last chance to be the top Saints WR. Fortunately for him and his Dynasty Owners, he’s playing against a Seattle defense that is ranked 21st in fantasy points allowed to WRs and allowed Pittsburgh WR Diontae Johnson to garner 9 receptions for 71 receiving yards, plus 25 rushing yards (18.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) last week. Use Callaway in your Starting lineup this week then keep him around for the rest of the season because of his inexpensive salary (2 years/$765,000 per year).

Robert Tonyan (TE – GB): Last year, Tonyan had 11 TDs, nine games with more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, and averaged 11.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. This year, it’s a completely different story as he has only scored 1 TD with one game of more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (14.2 points in Week 2) and has scored 26.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points scored (4.4 points per game). Fortunately for Tonyan, he gets to face a Washington Football Team defense that has been bad all year and doesn’t appear to be getting any better. They have been allowing an average of 10.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to their opponent’s top TE. Granted that includes Travis Kelce (17.9 points), Dawson Knox (14.9 points) and Kyle Pitts (9.0 points), but it also includes Jared Cook (10.6 points), Adam Trautman (a season high 6.3 points) and Kyle Rudolph (a season high 4.5 points). Even the bad TEs are going for season high Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Football Team and the good to decent ones are getting double digit points, or close to it. That’s because while they have only allowed one TD to a TE all season (Knox in Week 3), they are in the Top 10 in receptions and receiving yards allowed to TEs. Three Top 12 TEs are on bye this week (Knox, Dalton Schultz, and Cook who is TE12) plus TE14 Tyler Conklin is on bye too. All Tonyan should need is to be a Starting TE is match the average number of Dynasty Owner fantasy points being allowed by the Football Team. Tonyan will be at least average this week, so insert 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 6 worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). It was another week with at least two Good Bench recommendations. That’s four out of six weeks with that many. I also had two Bad recommendations to go along with the two Good ones.

QB: Derek Carr – 28.9 (Bad recommendation)

RB: Dalvin Cook – 23.3 (Bad recommendation)

WR: Tyler Lockett – 5.6 (Good recommendation)

TE: Dawson Knox – 7.5 (Good recommendation)

Derek Carr was QB8 in Dynasty Owner for Week 6 and Dalvin Cook was a Top 10 RB. Both of those recommendations were Bad, and they should have been in your Starting lineup. However, I was correct that Tyler Lockett would struggle in Pittsburgh with Geno Smith at QB. Dawson Knox broke his hand in Week 6, but still threw for a 2-point conversion, but only had 7.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and was a low-end Bench TE as a result.

The good news with six teams on bye is that players who might not be normally in your Starting lineup are suddenly there because of all of the good players out, so the pool of available players for Bench recommendations has improved. However, the bad news is that it will take fewer points to be a Starter than previous weeks. Good and bad, just like my Week 6 recommendations. The Week 7 Bench list starts with…

Sam Darnold (QB – CAR): After four good weeks to start the season, Sam Darnold has seemingly returned back to his old ways and played poorly the past two weeks. In the first four weeks, Darnold averaged 28.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, while in the past two games, he has scored a combined 26.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6.8 points in Week 5 and 20.1 points in Week 6). So why is he listed here? Even with those two poor recent games, he is still QB14 on the season and with four Top 12 QBs are on bye this week (Josh Allen – QB3, Dak Prescott – QB6, Justin Herbert – QB7, Kirk Cousins – QB10), Darnold is the 10th ranked QB playing in Week 7. He may be the best option that some Dynasty Owners have this week, but I’m here to remind you that Darnold has to go back to New York. He’s playing the 1-5 Giants, but a return to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey isn’t likely at the top of his favorite things to do list. The Giants have played decently against QBs this season as they have given up 155.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to QBs in six games. While that QB would be ranked QB11 in Dynasty Owner, if you take out the past two games when they faced QBs much better than Darnold (Matthew Stafford and Dak Prescott), their average QB drops to 23.2 points per game. Start Darnold if you have to, but I’d suggest leaving him on the Bench if you have another option.

Darrell Henderson (RB – LAR): This is somewhat of a hunch, but I think Rams Head Coach Sean McVay will throw the ball more than normal with QB Matthew Stafford playing against his old team (Detroit Lions) this week. Stafford is averaging 33.3 pass attempts per game, which is lower than the 36.8 passing attempts that Jared Goff averaged in 2020. Even Rams backup QB John Wolford threw the ball 38 times in his Week 17 start last year. More passing this week than normal equals less running for Darrell Henderson and running the ball is how Henderson scores Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Two-thirds (67.2%) of Henderson’s points come on running plays as he has just 12 receptions for 119 receiving yards and 1 receiving TD in five games played so far in 2021. Once the Rams get up big by throwing the ball, they will probably rest Henderson and use Sony Michel more in the fourth quarter. Henderson had 21 carries in last week’s 38-11 blowout of the New York Giants compared to 9 for Michel, but in the fourth quarter, Michel had five carries versus four for Henderson. It’s tough to recommend putting the RB13 on the season who is averaging 18.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game on the Bench, but that’s what I’m doing. We’ll see what happens.

Corey Davis (WR – NYJ): The Patriots defense held Davis to only 2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 8 yards) back in Week 2 against the New York Jets. I see no reason why they won’t do it again. While it’s true that Zach Wilson has three more NFL games of experience and a bye week to prepare for the New England defense this time, I don’t think the results will change much for Davis. He may get more than 2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, but he won’t have enough to be in your Starting lineup. Bench Davis again like his Dynasty Owners should have done in Week 2.

Mike Gesicki (TE – MIA): For some reason, the Dolphins aren’t on bye this week. With the NFL giving six teams the week off, you’d think both teams who played in London last week would be resting. Jacksonville is, and Atlanta and the Jets were off Week 6 after playing there in Week 5. The last time a Dolphins team played the week immediately after playing in London was 2017 when their bye week was shifted to Week 1 due to a hurricane. In the game after playing in London, the Dolphins beat Tennessee 17-10, but only had 178 yards of total offense under QB Jay Cutler. In addition to thinking the Dolphins’ offense will be off after playing overseas, the Falcons defense has gotten better against TEs in their last three games (6 receptions for 53 yards on 13 targets). Is the Tua-Gesicki combination that much better than Daniel Jones-Evan Engram, Taylor Heinicke-Ricky Seals-Jones, or Zach Wilson-Ryan Griffin? Ok, they are definitely better than Wilson and Griffin, but not a lot better than the other pairs. And I know that Gesicki just had 19.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against Jacksonville with Tua back at QB. However, I also remember Gesicki getting a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in Week 1 against New England with Tua at QB. I also remember that one week after exploding for 31.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against Tampa Bay in Week 5, Dolphins RB Myles Gaskin disappeared for Miami in Week 6 with just 2.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It’ll happen again this week, so put Gesicki on your Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – TPC Murder Hornets vs. Wheelwoody

It’s time for the seventh Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week of the 2021 season. Despite the fact that six NFL teams are on bye, both teams featured this week will be fielding full lineups. That’s right, all eight Starting lineup positions and seven Bench spots for both the TPC Murder Hornets and Wheelwoody are filled with players playing games this week. That’s good as both teams are looking to make it back to the playoffs in League #27466 where they faced off in the third place game last year (a game won by TPC Murder Hornets by a score of 200.7-154.6).

For the most part, TPC Murder Hornets are injury free, although Antonio Brown has missed practices and is listed as questionable. They are also using every available, healthy WR and TE on their roster including Free Agent Auction pickup Dante Pettis as a Bench WR and Rams TE Tyler Higbee in their FLEX position. On the other side, Wheelwoody has Tyreek Hill in his Starting lineup and both Jeremy McNichols and Tyler Kroft on his Bench. All of them are listed on the injury report as questionable right now. They can substitute Dallas Goedert, fresh off the COVID-19 list, into their lineup to replace Kroft, but don’t have a next man up if McNichols sits out this week.  However, both teams are, as NBC golf announcer Gary Koch famously said about this Tiger Woods putt, “Better than most!”

TPC Murder Hornets sit at the top of the League #27466 standings with a 6-0 record and were in 112nd place in the Chase for the Ring standings before Thursday night’s Browns-Broncos game with 959.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Wheelwoody is behind by two games in the league standings at 4-2, but have scored only 10.7 fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points than TPC Murder Hornets and were in 148th place in the Chase standings before Thursday night.

Interestingly, TPC Murder Hornets are projected to win this week’s Match-up of the Week by more Dynasty Owner fantasy points (21.62) than their advantage from the previous six weeks of games.

The entire advantage for TPC Murder Hornets comes from their Starting lineup and more specifically their Starting RBs. Alvin Kamara and Darrell Henderson of TPC Murder Hornets are projected to score 41.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while the Wheelwoody Starting RB combo of Mark Ingram and Michael Carter are projected for just 16.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That’s what is happening to Wheelwoody as both of their usual Starting RBs (Dalvin Cook and James Robinson) are on bye.

TPC Murder Hornets made a huge move earlier this season that may help keep them at the top of their League standings and in contention for the Ring. They ended up using an Amnesty Provision on Russell Wilson after he was injured and replaced him with Kirk Cousins and Geno Smith. They had bid $12 million Dynasty Dollars back in March for Wilson in the Free Agent Auction and then spent $1 million Dynasty Dollars for Cousins and $6 million Dynasty Dollars for Smith after Wilson went down. Those are some bold in-season moves by TPC Murder Hornets in their quest for the Ring.

Conclusion

If your Dynasty Owner team, or teams, are heading out this week with a full lineup, you deserve a round of applause. Either you were extra sharp in paying attention to the bye weeks while drafting your team, or got lucky with the players you drafted in 2020 and held on to during the off-season. It probably wasn’t easy to make it happen, regardless of how you drafted with all of the injuries so far this season. In most cases, multiple Free Agent Auction bids probably helped get your team to full lineup status as well. Hopefully the full lineup strategy works out for your Dynasty Owner team with a victory this week (unless you’re playing one of my teams) and you can continue to fill out a full lineup in the remaining seven weeks of the Dynasty Owner regular season. That’s correct! After this week is finished, we will be officially halfway through the 2021 Dynasty Owner regular season.

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 even 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 7 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. Since his Incredibly True Statistics series is over. You’ll have to check and see what topic is on tap for Wednesday. The next day, he’ll have an article previewing the Thursday Night Football game to start the second half of the Dynasty Owner regular season (aka NFL Week 8).

Don’t forget about the two weekly Dynasty Owner livestreams. On Wednesday, it’s myself, Tim Peffer and Cousin Justin (who is an injury expert and a real actual Doctor of Physical Therapy) recapping the past week. There is also the free flowing fun that is Seth and Tim chatting together live on Thursdays at 1 PM, interviewing some Chase for the Ring contenders and setting up the Dynasty Owner week. Set those timers on YouTube so you don’t miss either one of those broadcasts.

Please read all of our articles, watch our videos on YouTube if you can’t make it live or listen to them wherever you get your podcasts. Don’t forget follow all three of the Dynasty Owner team of writers 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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Thursday Night Football: Week 7

Broncos vs Browns

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Week 7 starts with a game between two 3-3 teams. The Denver Broncos will travel to Cleveland to battle the Browns. The Broncos started the season 3-0, but it’s worth noting that their only victories have come against teams with a combined 3 wins. Those teams are the Giants, Jaguars and Jets. Under normal circumstances, I would have given this game to the Browns easily, but this game is not taking place under normal circumstances. Let me explain why.

The Browns will be without their secondary running back, Kareen Hunt. Hunt was ruled out early in the week as he suffered a calf injury in Week 6. Hunt has already been placed on IR, and will miss at least three games. There was some hope that Nick Chubb would be able to play in this game after he has been battling a calf injury of his own. Unfortunately, Chubb was also ruled out for this Thursday Night affair. Chubb was declared out on Tuesday, and he will miss his second consecutive game. The final blow for the Browns came yesterday as Baker Mayfield was also ruled out. Baker has a labrum tear that happened in Week 6. He will miss the first game of his career due to injury as Case Keenum will take over as the leader of the Browns tonight.

Cleveland is a two point favorite with a very low forty-one point over/under. It appears Vegas is predicting a low scoring game with so many offensive weapons missing.

Value of the Game Recap

Last week, I predicted that Jalen Hurts would be the Week 6 Value of the Game. After watching the game, I was a little unsure if that prediction was right. I compared three of the top players from that game in terms of their Dynasty Dollars per Point (DD/PT) value, and here are the results…

 SalaryDOFPDD/PT
Jalen Hurts$1,506,29227.1$55,582
Antonio Brown$3,075,00024.3$126,543
Leonard Fournette$3,250,00030.7$105,863

Hurts was indeed the Value of the Game from Week 6 Thursday Night Football. He actually had a pretty poor real life football game, but his rushing touchdown efficiency saved his fantasy day.  Hurts ended the game with 27.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFP), and he currently sits at QB9 on the season. Here is my projection from last week compared to the actual results…

Week 6 ProjectionsAttemptsCompletionsPassing YardsRushing YardsTDsDOFP
Jalen Hurts453030157232.8
Week 6 ActualAttemptsCompletionsPassing YardsRushing YardsTDsDOFP
Jalen Hurts261211544327.1

As you can see, my projections were a good way off, but the end result is the same.  Hurts was the Value of the Game.

What To Watch For

The number one thing I’m looking for in this game is essentially what I talked about in my opening. I’ll be keeping track of which offensive players take the lead for the Browns. They will be missing their top three weapons and overall team leaders. How will they respond, and will their defense be able to keep them in the game?

The popular pickup this week was D’Ernest Johnson. I even picked him up in one of my Dynasty Owner leagues. He was cheap enough to warrant an addition (1 year/$585,000). While I’m not expecting an MVP type game, I will be happy with 8 to 10 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. I think he is more than capable of reaching that goal especially with the expectation that he will be the goal line back.

Starters

Every player on this list should be started in nearly every Dynasty Owner league.  At a minimum, you should have a tough decision as to whether you’re going to start them or put them in your Bench slot.

Courtland Sutton ($1,710,480)

Noah Fant ($3,147,680)

Bench

Teddy Bridgewater ($11,499,000)

Melvin Gordon ($8,000,000)

Javonte Williams ($2,216,438)

Demetric Felton ($910,285)

D’Ernest Johnson ($585,000)

Tim Patrick ($3,384,000)

Donovan Peoples-Jones ($870,402)

Value of the Game

This is the least confident that I have been in a few weeks. I have a player in mind that should be the Value of the Game pretty easily, but there are a lot of new, cheap players on the Browns that have the potential to break out. Regardless, I am going with the established player. This week I am picking Broncos WR Courtland Sutton. Sutton has had an inconsistent start to his season to say the least. He has three games of less than 9.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points while also having three games of greater than 23.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. With Jerry Jeudy out for this game, I see Sutton having a game closer to 23 points as opposed to 9.  Here is my official prediction for Courtland tonight…

Week 7 ProjectionsReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Courtland Sutton6106122.6

This prediction combined with a salary of $1,710,480 makes Sutton my Week 7 Thursday Night Football Value of the Game.

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

TheJerk

Incredibly True Statistics – Tight Ends

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

As we start another week in dynasty football, my article series comes to an end. This will be the final installment of my “Incredibly True Statistics” theme. Today, I will be talking about the surprising seasons that a few tight ends have had. Like I always mention, we are still dealing with a fairly small sample size. Yes, six weeks is a big chunk of the season, but what can happen in six game increments can still be misleading. Regardless, six weeks is not negligible.  We have seen what the majority of player’s seasons should shape up to be within the first two months of the season. Of course, there will be outliers in the back half of the season as there are in the first half, but I feel like we have a much better idea of what some of these players (especially rookies) will become.

This is a long winded way of saying that you may have the urge to give up or replace certain players on your team, and it is perfectly fine to do that by now.  While one or two weeks is not enough time to move on from a certain player, six weeks is more than sufficient.

Incredibly True Statistics

Tight ends may not be your favorite topic to hear about, and to be honest they aren’t my favorite, but they are an important position in Dynasty Owner. Hopefully you can find some value in what I’m about to present to you as there is a major opportunity to beat your opponent in this position especially. While others are becoming bored with tight ends, you should be trying to improve it. Your opponent’s complacency is your gain. Any edge that you can find over your opponent should be exploited, and I think tight end is one of the most exploitable positions in all of fantasy football.

Mark Andrews

The thing that makes Mark Andrews’ performance this season incredible is not the fact that he is TE2 on the season. Before the season started, I would have admitted that a TE2 finish for Andrews is in the realm of possibility. While I wouldn’t have predicted him to be TE2 six weeks through the season, I wouldn’t have called you crazy if you would have told me that. Rather, what’s incredible is how close he is to being the TE1 on the season.

It’s no surprise that Travis Kelce is the current number one tight end, but he holds that spot by only 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFP). That’s right, only three receptions separate the Tight End King from Mark Andrews. Here is how Andrews has done it…

He currently has:

 ReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Mark Andrews344683105.8

This really is an incredible amount of volume when you examine it next to his 2020 and even 2019 volume.  Here is Andrews’ 2021 16-game pace compared to his 2020 and 2019 16-game pace.

2021 ProjectedReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Mark Andrews911,2488282.1
2020 16-Game StatsReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Mark Andrews668018192.1
2019 16-Game StatsReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Mark Andrews6890911218.9

So, there are two ways you can look at this. You can choose to say, “Well, Andrews is on pace for a career year in volume and overall production. He’s well over his career pace, and he’s not going to be able to sustain that efficiency or volume.”

You could take it the other way and say, “Andrews is having a career year, and he is finally being utilized the way that he should. He is a Top 5 tight end in the NFL, and he should see 100 receptions a season.”

I don’t think either side is wrong because I could see his season going either direction, but I would tend to think his usage will more or less be the same going forward. He is a Top 5 NFL tight end. I do feel like he had been underutilized in the past. Here’s the thing though. He really wasn’t needed to be a 100 reception guy in the previous two years. The running game was more than enough to allow Baltimore to win the majority of their games, and I’m worried that you can’t say that now. Running back injuries have decimated the Ravens’ depth chart. I think placing a bigger responsibility on Andrews is the right decision, and I think it will continue through the rest of the 2021 season. If he gets anywhere close to 100 receptions this season, he will be one of the best values in all of Dynasty Owner, let alone among tight ends. A salary of $863,290 is going to allow him to compete for the Value of the Year award.

Dalton Schultz

Probably more surprising than Andrews’ spot at TE2 is the fact that Dalton Schultz is TE3 in Dynasty Owner on the season. Yes, he is in a completely separate tier from Kelce and Andrews due to a significant drop in Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but it’s still very impressive that Schultz has been the third best fantasy tight end. The most interesting part of his epic rise has been the fact that he’s doing it with Blake Jarwin back on the team. You may remember that Schultz got his big opportunity in the NFL after Blake Jarwin missed almost the entire 2020 NFL season. Schultz had a fantastic season as he finished as the TE10 with 148.5 fantasy points.

The assumption was that Schultz’s production would decrease with Jarwin returning. The opposite has actually been true. Schultz not only seems to be the more trusted tight end, but he is also receiving the most volume and playing time. I have both Jarwin and Schultz in one of my Dynasty Owner leagues. I incorrectly played Jarwin over Schultz in the first two weeks. That won’t be happening again this season. While I don’t know if Schultz’s production will continue at a TE3 pace, I do know that he is a Starting tight end, or at the very least a Bench tight end.

As is the case with Andrews, Schultz is on a very cheap salary ($728,090) and has been a good value so far through six weeks.

Kyle Pitts

Finally, let’s talk about Kyle Pitts. There was more hype and optimism surrounding Pitts than any other rookie tight end that I can remember. A lot of this hype was justified though. It’s not every day that NFL fans get to see a tight end selected fourth overall in the NFL draft. I’m not going to say anything bad about Pitts for a few reasons…

First, I think it would be extremely unfair to downplay Pitts’ production so far when he has played in only five NFL games. He is playing one of the most difficult positions to learn as a rookie player. Second, he really hasn’t been bad. A lot of his lack of production has come because of either poor quarterback play or just a lack of volume.

Pitts currently sits as the TE10 on the adolescent season. Pitts’ Dynasty Owners are probably not too happy with the start to his season. Let me give you a few reasons why you shouldn’t be concerned.

First, the most obvious reason is that Atlanta has already had their bye week. This means that while most tight ends have played six games, Pitts has only played five. Don’t let the lack of Dynasty Owner fantasy points scare you. It is a little misleading. Second, as I said earlier, Pitts is a rookie. He’s still learning. Third, his most recent game a week and a half ago was by far his best, and it was a real breakout game. In Week 5, Pitts posted 9 receptions, 119 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown. Now, I don’t expect him to do this every week, but this gives a lot of hope to the Dynasty Owners who have him on their roster. This should help you see a path to fantasy greatness.  Finally, this is Dynasty Owner. So, what if it takes him a year to figure out how to be an NFL tight end?  You are still going to have a superstar in the future with a relatively cheap contract ($8,227,624). Sure, he may disappoint you this year, and this may be a year that you really want to take home the Championship, but you will say that about every year.  Be patient with him (and really all rookies). I can promise you that in two or three years you will be reaping the benefits of sticking with Pitts.

That finishes up my “Incredibly True Statistics” articles.  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

Week 6 Recap: Who’s Clutch?

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

It was quite a week for clutch scoring in the NFL and Dynasty Owner. In total, there were eight clutch scoring events as defined by the Dynasty Owner Constitution (https://app.dynastyowner.com/how-to-play then click on DO Constitution and scroll to the bottom of Page 8). Nine players received the 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point clutch scoring bonus, while Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell got the bonus twice and scored an extra 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for those Dynasty Owners (43.2%) who have him on their roster. Boswell kicked a 52-yard FG with 1:30 left in regulation to break a 17-17 tie in the Steelers-Seahawks game and later won the game in overtime with a 37 yard FG. There were three clutch scoring events in that game alone as Jason Myers kicked a 43-yard FG with no time on the clock to send the game into overtime.

That wasn’t the only NFL game with clutch scoring events. The Dallas Cowboys also had two clutch scoring events in their 35-29 victory over the New England Patriots. First, there was Cowboys’ kicker Greg Zuerlein who made a 49-yard FG with 20 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime and then in overtime, there was the Dak Prescott to CeeDee Lamb 35-yard TD pass that ended the game. The Carolina-Minnesota game also featured two clutch scoring events that garnered the clutch scoring bonus for four different players. In regulation, Sam Darnold threw a 7-yard TD pass to Robby Anderson with 42 seconds left to bring the Panthers to within two points of the Vikings (28-26). The subsequent successful two-point conversion (Sam Darnold pass to Tommy Tremble) tied the score and was the clutch scoring event. The overtime TD pass by Vikings QB Kirk Cousins to WR K.J. Osborn was the other clutch score in the Vikings 34-28 victory. Finally, over in London, Jacksonville kicker Matthew Wright kicked a 53-yard FG at the end of regulation to give the Jaguars their first victory since Week 1 of the 2020 season.

Overall plenty of Dynasty Owners got those clutch scoring bonuses and there was at least one game decided by the clutch scoring bonus. In League #27451, Somerset KAos defeated Han and the Solos by a score of 169.88 to 169.73. It was so incredibly close and an extra two yards rushing or receiving by any player in the Starting lineup for Han and the Solos would have given them the victory. Somerset KAos didn’t know it on Sunday night, but the late fourth quarter FG by Greg Zuerlein was the margin of victory for their team because of the 3.0 point clutch scoring bonus. Without the bonus, Somerset KAos would have lost. That FG and the clutch scoring bonus could end up being a big deal in how both teams finish in their league.

Did clutch scoring make or break your Dynasty Owner matchup this week? Let me know by sending me a message on Twitter (@SteveVT33). If you won your Dynasty Owner game because of a clutch scoring event, I’ll celebrate by letting everyone know. If you lost because of the clutch scoring bonus, I’ll post but add a sad emoji face (or two) when I tweet it out.

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 October 19th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our sixth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 is a player who got a clutch scoring bonus for an overtime TD pass: Dak Prescott

Dak was the first winner of the Player of the Week honor back in Week 1 of the 2019 season. He also won this award once in 2020 as well as a Value Player of the Week award in 2019 when his salary was only $680,848. This week, his 42.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (445 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 10 rushing yards, 1 INT, 1 fumble – lost) including both the 4.0 point bonus for over 400 passing yards and the 3.0 point clutch scoring bonus for his 35-yard TD pass to CeeDee Lamb in overtime. The 42.2 points is the lowest for a Player of the Week award winner this season, but not the lowest in Dynasty Owner history as Aaron Rodgers won the award in Week 13 of the 2019 season with 38.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Prescott’s cost per point this week was second highest in Dynasty Owner history, behind Patrick Mahomes in Week 1 ($1,032,110 per point). If Dynasty Owner didn’t have the clutch scoring bonus, Prescott would still have been Player of the Week with 39.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but he would have had a cost per point amount exceeding $1 million.

Week 6 Points: 42.2

2021 Salary: $40,000,000

Cost per Point: $947,867

Congratulations Dak on winning your third overall Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor and joining Patrick Mahomes as the only players to have won the award in each of the past three years.

Honorable mention to Kirk Cousins who just missed out on winning his first Player of the Week honor. Cousins has been playing well in 2021 and averaging 28.15 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game with four games of more than 30.0 points. He is rostered in 7.7% of Dynasty Owner leagues, which is probably the highest percentage in Dynasty Owner history for him. That may go higher after he threw a 27-yard TD pass in overtime to K.J. Osborn and scored 41.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (373 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 16 rushing yards, 1 fumble) in Week 6. The Vikings are on bye in Week 7 so that might stop some Dynasty Owners from picking up Cousins from the Free Agent Auction right away. The clutch scoring bonus that Cousins received for the overtime TD pass moved him ahead of several players in Week 6 scoring and he was on his way to winning until Prescott’s heroics in the Cowboys’ late Sunday afternoon game.

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. The sixth Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 season is: Donovan Peoples-Jones

With Nick Chubb out and Kareem Hunt injured, it was left to Donovan Peoples-Jones to try and salvage the Browns game against the undefeated Arizona Cardinals with the best performance of his short career. He scored 2 TDs, but unfortunately those were the only two that the Browns scored in their 37-14 loss in Week 6. Peoples-Jones had a career high 26.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 101 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs) with the first NFL 100 yard receiving and 2 TD game. Because he was a sixth round draft pick in 2020, his salary is only $870,402 per year and the better news for his Dynasty Owners is that he will stay at that salary for two more seasons. That’s why he is rostered in 95.9% of Dynasty Owner leagues and didn’t appear in the Free Agent Auction targets article. Hopefully he was in your Starting lineup this week, or at least on your Bench, if you have him on your Dynasty Owner team.

Week 6 Points: 26.1

2021 Salary: $870,402

Cost per Point: $33,349

Congratulations Donovan on winning the first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of your career. It is also the first time that a Cleveland Browns player has been the Value Player of the Week in Dynasty Owner history.

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 6. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Derrick Henry or Cooper Kupp because both of them are the clear #1 player at their positions so far this year. The way that both of them have been playing means you aren’t taking either one out of your Starting lineup unless they are suddenly inactive or on their bye week. Instead, these are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad (or even not on many Dynasty Owner rosters), but likely weren’t Starters in Week 6 when they should have been.

QB: Joe Burrow (CIN) – 30.5 points

While he was drafted like a week in and week out starter as the seventh QB taken with an ADP of 38.9 in 2021 start-up drafts (as well as having an ADP of 42.5 in 2020 start-up drafts), Joe Burrow hasn’t lived up to his lofty draft position so far in 2021. He was the QB16 entering Week 6 and averaging 23.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. He wasn’t the best QB in Week 6, but would have been a solid QB to have in your Starting lineup since he had 30.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (271 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 20 rushing yards, 1 INT). That was good enough to be QB6 for Week 6 and more points in Week 6 than the top three QBs in Dynasty Owner scoring through the first five weeks (Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes, and Lamar Jackson). He’s up to QB13 for the season now, but has a tough matchup in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens. Hopefully his Dynasty Owners saw the matchup versus Detroit in Week 6 as a good opportunity for Burrow to put up some points and had him in their Starting lineup.

RB: Kenyan Drake (LV) – 21.3 points

Kenyan Drake had 10 rushing TDs in 2020 when he was on the Arizona Cardinals, but through the first five weeks of the 2021 season with the Las Vegas Raiders, he had yet to find the end zone. Because of that scoring drought, Drake was only averaging just over 7.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. The past three games had been even worse as he only scored a combined 12.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in those games (4.2 points per game). It was so bad in the past two games that he had twice as many points from return yards (103 return yards worth 2.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) than rushing or receiving (13 rushing yards and zero receptions worth 1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Even with four teams on bye this week, it wasn’t likely that a lot of Dynasty Owners with Drake on their rosters expected a victory if they used him in their Starting lineups. Drake wasn’t used much in Week 6, but he made good use out of his six touches with 21.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (34 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 receptions, 39 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). Hopefully you needed to have him in your Starting lineup and reaped the rewards.

WR: K.J. Osborn (MIN) – 22.8 points

After three poor weeks with a combined 15.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions, 66 receiving yards, 10 rushing yards), K.J. Osborn is back to performing like he did in the first two weeks of the 2021 season. He put together his best week of the season with the help of the clutch scoring bonus from the 27-yard receiving TD in overtime. The bonus gave him a total of 22.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 78 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). Without those clutch scoring bonus points, he would have been eclipsed by Cole Beasley of the Buffalo Bills who had 21.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 88 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) on Monday night. While Osborn hadn’t done well since Week 2, he should have been in your Starting lineup in Week 6 as his 22.8 points were the most he has scored in a single game in his career.

TE: O.J. Howard (TB) – 16.9 points

It’s been a banner year for $6 million TEs. For the third week in a row, a TE who makes over $6 million per season is in this spot. No Ohio connection, but the $6 million salary streak lives on after O.J. Howard’s 16.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (6 receptions, 49 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) on Thursday night against Philadelphia. It was Howard’s best game, in terms of fantasy points, since 2018 as he had never scored more points for a Dynasty Owner than he did this week. So, who is it going to be next week? Dynasty Owners with Gerald Everett (1 year/$6 million), Kyle Rudolph (2 years/$6 million per year) or Evan Engram (1 year/$6.013 million) might want to put them in their Starting lineups in Week 7 and hope it’s their guy appearing here next week. Dynasty Owners with Eric Ebron (1 year/$6 million) will have to wait until Week 8 since Ebron and the Steelers are on bye in Week 7. For Week 6, it was O.J. Howard’s turn and hopefully his Dynasty Owners spotted the trend and had him in their Starting lineup.

K: Matthew Wright (JAC) – 19.0 points

Last week, I wrote this about Matthew Wright.

“Hopefully none of the few Dynasty Owners with Wright on their roster had him in their Starting lineup, or will have any Jacksonville kicker there until one of them can make a FG.”

All it took was a trip to London for this to happen as Wright made a 40-yard FG in the first quarter. He made another one (54 yards) with just under four minutes left in the fourth quarter and then he followed up with his third FG of the game, a 53-yarder with no time remaining on the clock. The final one was the game winner and as a clutch scoring event, it was worth an extra 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The clutch scoring bonus gave Wright a total of 19.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (FGs of 40, 53 and 54 yards plus 2 PATs) in Week 6. If you are one of the few (7.1%) and now proud Dynasty Owners with Matthew Wright on your roster, I hope you figured out that this was the week a Jacksonville kicker was going to finally make a FG and had Wright in your Starting lineup.

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 definitely didn’t have any clutch scoring events and in fact scored only a few Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week. They should have spent Week 6 riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad with the guys who were on bye.

QB: Lamar Jackson (BAL) – 13.4 points

Last week, Lamar Jackson won the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week award and scored more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single game than he had in his entire career. This week, Lamar Jackson scored fewer points than he had in a game since back in Week 5 of the 2019 season as he only had 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (167 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 51 rushing yards, 2 INTs). It only mattered to the Dynasty Owners with Lamar in their Starting lineup as the Baltimore Ravens easily defeated the Los Angeles Chargers by a score of 34-6 behind rushing TDs from a trio of RBs who weren’t even on the Baltimore roster until after training camp finished up. While 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points isn’t great, it was better than five other NFL starting QBs this week (Jared Goff, Taylor Heinicke, Daniel Jones, Davis Mills and Geno Smith). However, none of those guys should realistically been in your Starting lineup. Jackson was likely in most of his Dynasty Owners’ Starting lineup, but would have been better on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Justin Herbert who also had a tremendous Week 5 performance of 55.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, only to fall back to earth and score a mere 13.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (195 passing TDs, 1 passing TD, 12 rushing yards, 1 INT) in Week 6. It wasn’t a great week to have a QB who played amazing in Week 5 as the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady, who tied Herbert with 55.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 5, was also mediocre in Week 6 with just 23.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This would have been a good week to put Herbert on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

RB: Jamaal Williams (DET) – 1.9 points

For each of the first five weeks of the 2020 season, Jamaal Williams had received 10 or more touches per game. The results had fluctuated from a high of 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 to a low of 6.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 4. However, because the volume has been there, Dynasty Owners probably didn’t think twice about having him on in their Starting lineup for the Lions’ Week 6 game against Cincinnati. After all, he was a Top 24 RB and getting 10 or more touches per game, even as the backup to D’Andre Swift. The volume wasn’t there for Williams in Week 6, and neither were the fantasy points as he only touched the ball five times and scored a mere 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (11 rushing yards, 1 reception, -2 receiving yards). It was his worst performance since scoring only 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point back in Week 4 of the 2019 season. Hopefully if you have Williams on your Dynasty Owner roster, you had him on the Bench or your Practice Squad.

Dishonorable mention to Myles Gaskin of the Miami Dolphins. You might remember him from last week when he won the Value Player of the Week award. That seems like a long time ago for his Dynasty Owners. Those who had Gaskin in their lineup last week were probably very excited about the prospect of him playing against Jacksonville in Week 6 and possibly putting up more than the 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points he was projected to score. Those Dynasty Owners who missed his Week 5 outburst likely had put him in their Starting lineup this week to make amends for that poor decision. All of them are probably wondering what happened to make Gaskin go from 15 touches, 99 yards and 2 TDs (31.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) against Tampa Bay to only 7 touches, 14 yards and a fumble against Jacksonville. Gaskin only had 2.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 5 receiving yards, 1 fumble) this week and should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad this week despite easily being ranked in the Top 24 RBs after the first five weeks of the 2021 season.

WR: Chase Claypool (PIT) – 3.7 points

Chase Claypool was averaging 15.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game through the first five weeks of the season. He missed the Steelers’ Week 4 game against Green Bay, so he had only played in four of those games, but whenever he suited up, he had played well. His Dynasty Owners may be wishing that he missed Week 6, so they wouldn’t have had him in their Starting lineups and expecting similar production to what he had delivered so far this season. Instead, they got his worst performance of the season, scoring only 3.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 17 receiving yards). It was 6.0 points less than his previous worst game of the season (9.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2 versus Las Vegas). Claypool should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 6 as there were plenty of WRs who scored more points than he did.

TE: David Njoku (CLE) – 1.6 points

The state of the TE position is so bad in fantasy football that Rob Gronkowski is still the TE11 in Dynasty Owner despite not playing the past three weeks. Kyle Pitts was on bye in Week 6, yet is still the TE10 in overall points. That is why David Njoku can go from being someone who is listed as in the Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week section one week, then here the following week. There are only a few guaranteed week in and week out Starting TEs in Dynasty Owner (Travis Kelce, Darren Waller, Mark Andrews, T.J. Hockenson, and Kyle Pitts). Both Dalton Schultz and Dawson Knox are getting there as well based on their play this season. If you don’t have one of those TEs, then it’s not a bad idea to start someone who had a great week the week before and see if he can replicate it. In Week 6, that was Njoku as he slipped into the Starting TE conversation after his Week 5 performance left him as the TE13 for the season. With Pitts on bye plus Gronkowski and Dallas Goedert not playing in Week 6, Njoku was definitely someone who Dynasty Owners should have had on their Starting TE radar. If that was the case for your Dynasty Owner team, I’m sorry that Njoku only had 1.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 6 yards) and should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad.

K: Greg Joseph (MIN) – 3.0 points

With an average of 9.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, Greg Joseph was the #2 ranked kicker in Dynasty Owner heading into Week 6. That’s true, I actually went back and did the math. Part of the reason for his high ranking was that he had gotten the clutch scoring bonus in two out of the first five weeks of the season, adding 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to his total points. He’s fallen down to #6 kicker after only scoring 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 6 (made FGs of 25, 25 and 38 yards plus one PAT and missed FGs of 47 and 50 yards). Not only did he score just 3.0 points, but he missed out on a chance for his third clutch scoring bonus of the season as the 47-yard FG was at the end of regulation and would have won the game for the Vikings. That’s a swing of 9.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points as Joseph would have gotten points for making the 47-yard FG (4.0 points), having it be a clutch scoring event (3.0 points) and gotten back the points he lost for missing the FG (2.0 points). He’d still be the #2 kicker in Dynasty Owner with 60.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, behind only Justin Tucker who has 62.0 points, and most importantly, not made the list as being the kicker who should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench this week.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – The Dropkick Joey Browners vs. LvMeSmMe

As predicted, this was a close, high-scoring game. The projections in the Week 6 preview article had The Dropkick Joey Browners winning by 8.78 points and the final score margin of victory was 7.55 points. Both teams scored around 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points more than projected. All in all, that’s a pretty spot on projection!

The Dropkick Joey Browners had solid performances from almost all of their Starters with just D.J. Moore failing to score double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He fell short by only 0.1 points and would have gone over if not for the lost fumble that cost his Dynasty Owners three points. The Cardinals QB-WR stack of Kyler Murray (32.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and D’Andre Hopkins (20.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) produced a bit more than projected as did the rest of their Starting lineup of D’Andre Swift, James Robinson, Tyreek Hill, Mark Andrews and Justin Tucker.

As predicted, it was the Bench scoring that gave The Dropkick Joey Browners their margin of victory as their Bench outscored LvMeSmMe’s Bench by 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which adds 6.25 points to their total score since Bench scoring added 25% to your point total. That’s pretty close to the projections of a 26.3 advantage for The Dropkick Joey Browners’ Bench. Joe Burrow (30.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), A.J. Green (18.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), and Free Agent Auction pickup Ricky Seals-Jones (15.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) led the Bench scoring for The Dropkick Joey Browners.

Injuries played a part in LvMeSmMe’s loss as Preston Williams was a late scratch for the Dolphins and was in their FLEX spot. Both of their Bench WRs did play, and both scored a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), so a Sunday morning swap from Williams to fellow Dolphins WR Travis Fulgham wouldn’t have mattered. Their other Bench WR was Greg Ward of the Eagles who got his Blutarsky on Thursday night. LvMeSmMe got great games from Josh Allen and Derrick Henry on Monday night as they combined for 75.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. However, LvMeSmMe was just too far behind at that point.

The victory puts The Dropkick Joey Browners at 6-0 with a one-game lead in the League #27464 standings over LvMeSmMe. There are two other 5-1 teams in the league as well. The Dropkick Joey Browners are now in 22nd place in the Chase for the Ring standings, while LvMeSmMe is just outside of the Top 25 in 35th place and only 18.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points away from appearing on the Chase for the Ring leaderboard.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

The Dropkick Joey Browners had a very good week to pull into the Top 25, but didn’t have enough to make it into the Top 10. The Top 10 was tough to crack as nine out of the teams in the Top 10 held on to their spots.

The only newcomer to the Top 10 are The Bootheel’s Best and they were in 14th place a week ago. Every other team was here last week as only Rimmerworld Smegheads dropped out, going from ninth place to barely outside of the Top 25 (28th place).

The Road Warriors are back on top, but only 2.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points ahead of Heeb Unit. Heeb Unit was the only Top 10 team to score over 200.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week as they moved up from fourth place. The Road Warriors had been in second place last week. SKOL Vikings still has two teams in the Top 10, but both lost a tiny bit of ground this week going from first and sixth places to third and seventh places.

Conclusions

Clutch scoring is one of the many things that makes Dynasty Owner different than a “regular” fantasy football league, or even your run of the mill dynasty league. It rewards players (and Dynasty Owners) for extraordinary efforts that help their NFL team win (or at least give their team the chance to win). Garbage time yards and TDs when your NFL team is winning or losing by a lot are great and should count as much as yards and TDs at any point of the game, but the addition of a bonus for clutch scoring is something innovative and unique to Dynasty Owner.

Hopefully your Dynasty Owner team got some of the clutch scoring bonus points that were plentiful this week. Even if they didn’t, hopefully your opponent didn’t get them and squeak out a close victory because they did. If the latter happened, then you might have words that aren’t “innovative” or “different” to describe the clutch scoring bonus.

There should be more clutch scoring bonuses in Week 7, even with six teams on bye. In fact, getting a clutch scoring bonus could be even more important as Dynasty Owner game scores should be lower without players from the Bills, Chargers, Cowboys, Jaguars, Steelers and Vikings contributing any points.

There’s plenty of great Dynasty Owner content coming out this week to check out. The Free Agent Auction targets article and video by Jay Pounds was published on Tuesday. Hopefully you read it and watched the video to help you decide who to bid on and then won those bids. The final article and video in the Incredibly True Stats by position series from Matt Morrison – The Jerk will feature TEs and be out later in the day on Wednesday. Matt will be back with his Thursday Night Football preview on Thursday afternoon to set the tone for Week 7. Finally on Friday, I’m back with an article and video that will preview the rest of the Week 7 slate of games. I’ll also have another exciting Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week and see how my Week 6 recommendations fared.

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