Week 17 Preview – There Can Only Be One

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

The old expression “Two’s Company, Three’s A Crowd” is an appropriate analogy for how to look at the situation at the top of Dynasty Owner right now. However, in the end, there can only be one team that reigns supreme in every single League and definitely only one team that wins the Chase for the Ring.

In the “Two’s Company” section, we have two undefeated teams looking to become the first ones since the inaugural season of Dynasty Owner in 2019. The rules were different back in the inaugural season. The leagues were only ten teams, there was no FLEX position, and only 20% of Bench points were added to your final score. The salary rules were different as well with a salary cap plus luxury taxes, and weekly salary charges, that I don’t recall completely. Let’s just say, it was different than the Dynasty Owner we all know and love today. Those teams are:

Team NameLeagueChase Position
DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew)274583rd
Detroit’s Finest747339th

In addition to the two undefeated teams, there are also two teams who will battle each other this week in every League for the right to become their League Champion.

In the “Three’s A Crowd” section, we have three main contenders for the Ring. Unless something completely unexpected happens, the winner of the Chase for the Ring will be one of the three teams at the top of the standings right now. Those teams are:

Sorry juan blanco, ODBs, Richie Incognito, Detroit’s Finest and everyone else on the Championship Contenders list below the #3 spot. I just don’t see all three of these top teams losing this week and everyone else is too far behind on points to make up. Detroit’s Finest may end up defeating their Week 17 opponent (kmvy) and be the only remaining undefeated team, but still not win the Chase for the Ring. Same for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew), although hey have a better chance to win the Ring if they can win this week.

While going undefeated is a major accomplishment, it’s still all about winning the Ring, so that’s going to be the focus of our Match-ups of the Week. No suggestions needed. We are going to profile the top three teams in the Chase for the Ring and see who’s in the best position to be the last team standing. After reading and looking at the match-ups, let me know on Twitter (@SteveVT33) who you think will be the “one”.

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 New Year’s Eve (December 31st).

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

First, let’s look at how my Week 16 recommendations fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I predicted performances worthy of being in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup for these four players for the Week 16 playoff semi-finals and totally brought it for the most important week of the year (until this week). For the first time in the 2021 season, I avoided making a Bad recommendation and even recommended a player who finished with the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points at his position.

QB: Russell Wilson – 22.3 (Good recommendation)

RB: Justin Jackson – 33.2 (Good recommendation)

WR: Laquon Treadwell – 9.4 (Just Ok recommendation)

TE: C.J. Uzomah – 8.6 (Just Ok recommendation)

First, we have the Justin Jackson recommendation. It was the first Good RB recommendation for the season and Jackson finished the week as the RB1. One. Can’t do much better than that or pick a better time than the playoffs to do it. Russell Wilson was QB10 for the week, so a low-end Starter and therefore, a Good recommendation. C.J. Uzomah ended up with 8.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points as the TE18 for the week, but less than 1.0 point from being in the Top 12 TEs. That makes his recommendation Just Ok. Laquon Treadwell was the worst recommendation for the week and that’s a pretty good week when 9.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and a Just Ok recommendation is the worst one. Right now, it’s two Good, three Just Ok and three Bad Starting lineup recommendations for the playoffs. Here are four players (just one per position) who hopefully push my Good Starting lineup recommendations for the playoffs ahead of my Bad ones.

Justin Fields (QB – CHI): After starting off the season very poorly, most of the five rookie QBs have gotten a little bit better over the course of the 2021 season. Mac Jones started the season off playing well and was the clear top rookie QB, but poor performances in two out of his last three games have closed the gap. Zach Wilson has scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in each of his past four games, after only doing it twice in his first seven games. Before missing Week 16 due to injury, Justin Fields had consecutive games with 21.6 and 19.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Fields also had consecutive games with 25.0 and 28.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points before getting injured in Week 11 against Baltimore. When healthy, Fields has played well recently, and those games referenced above average out to 23.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. The key word is “healthy” as Fields practiced on Wednesday and Thursday, but was limited. If Fields returns to play and is healthy, he should continue to do well against the New York Giants. He’s a good player to have in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup, but only if he’s healthy enough to play.

Boston Scott (RB – PHI): Third time is a charm for Boston Scott in this spot – am I right? It’s time for one more Good RB recommendation to close out the season. The first time that Scott was here, he scored 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 9, while Jordan Howard had 13.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, including a TD. Then in Week 13 with the Eagles playing the Jets, he didn’t practice all week with a non-COVID illness, but was listed as questionable and ended up being active. He only played three snaps on offense and had only 0.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points while Miles Sanders had 120 rushing yards and 19.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Sanders is supposed to be out for Week 17 and Howard is questionable with a stinger injury. It may be just Scott and Kenneth Gainwell who is limited in practice with a minor ankle injury. The Eagles are the top rushing team in the NFL and average 163.2 rushing yards per game. Jalen Hurts and other non-QBs, but mostly Hurts, account for about 50 yards per game, but 111.3 rushing yards by RBs will still be good enough against a banged-up Washington Football Team defense. Boston Scott should perform well enough this week to use in your Starting lineup and not make me regret picking him to fail for a third time. He won’t be the RB1 for the week like last week’s recommendation (Justin Jackson), but good enough for your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

Michael Gallup (WR – DAL): Gallup hasn’t been too bad this season as he has 78.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in eight games (9.9 points per game). That makes him the WR86 for the season. Even if he played in all 15 games with the same production, he would have 147.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, sandwiched between Marvin Jones and DeAndre Hopkins, and be just outside of a FLEX play at WR36. He’s been targeted plenty with 58 targets in eight games (7.25 targets per game). The main reason for Gallup’s low Dynasty Owner fantasy points total is that he only has 1 TD on the season. The Arizona defense has allowed 21 TD receptions to WRs, including eight in the past four weeks since their bye (10 passing TD overall). Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has thrown 29 TDs this season to rank ninth in the NFL. However, all but one of the players ahead of him have played in all 15 games, while Prescott missed Week 8 versus Minnesota. It should be a multi-TD pass week for Prescott and Gallup should have one of them to go with his average game of receptions and receiving yards. That is worth a spot in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

Gerald Everett (TE – SEA): This recommendation was foreshadowed in the Week 16 recap article when I broke down how well Gerald Everett performs with Russell Wilson at QB for Seattle. If you don’t want to click the link and read the whole analysis, the basics are that Everett is much better with Wilson at QB this season. He averages almost 9.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game (93.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in ten games) with Wilson at QB, while his overall average for the season is 8.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Everett has scored 10.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in seven out of the ten games that he has played with Wilson at QB. That’s enough points to be ranked in the Top 12 TEs for the week and why Everett should be in your Starting lineup for the Dynasty Owner playoff finals.

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

Through the Dynasty Owner regular season, I had as many Good as Bad Bench recommendations, which continued in the first round of the playoffs with two Good and two Bad recommendations. In the Week 16 playoff semi-finals, the trend continued because of these selections. 

QB: Kirk Cousins –  18.4 (Just Ok recommendation)

RB: Joe Mixon – 31.5 (Bad recommendation)

WR: Hunter Renfrow – 13.2 (Just Ok recommendation)

TE: Mike Gesicki – 5.2 (Good recommendation)

Another Bad Bench RB recommendation with Joe Mixon finishing just behind Justin Jackson with 31.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It took until Monday night for the Good recommendation to come through as Dolphins TE Mike Gesicki only had 5.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Kirk Cousins was in the middle of the pack in QB scoring so that recommendation was Just Ok, while Hunter Renfrow had an early TD but not much else. His 13.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points made for a second Just Ok recommendation this week. Here are four players (only one per position) who can break the tie and hopefully push my Good Bench recommendations for the playoffs ahead of the Bad ones.

Justin Herbert (QB – LAC): Almost all of the top QBs in Dynasty Owner have matchups in Week 17 against opponents who give up a lot of fantasy points to QBs. The exception to this is definitely Justin Herbert who has to go up against the Denver Broncos, which is why Herbert makes his first appearance here since back in Week 1. In three career games against Denver, Herbert has averaged only 24.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. That’s pretty good, but 4.5 points below his career average of 29.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. In no single game against Denver has Herbert reached that average. In those three games, he has thrown six TD passes, but also four INTs. He has 58 TD passes and only 20 INTs against the rest of the league. In his first game versus Denver this season, he had 25.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but 10.4 of those points (61 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 13 rushing yards) came on the final drive of the fourth quarter with the Chargers losing 28-7. Those points count, but it shows that Denver had held Herbert down offensively for most of the game. Dynasty Owner teams in the playoff finals are likely to have one of the top QBs with a better matchup than Herbert and advised to leave him on their Bench.

Alvin Kamara (RB – NO): It’s not going to get worse for the New Orleans Saints offense than it did last week against Miami with rookie QB Ian Book behind center. They only ran 51 plays for 164 total yards of offense. Kamara was about one-third of the Saints’ offense as he had 17 opportunities (13 carries and 4 targets) and 59 yards of offense (52 yards rushing and 7 yards receiving). However, they weren’t much better the week before with Taysom Hill at QB, only running 60 plays for 212 total yards of offense. Kamara had slightly worse numbers with 17 opportunities (11 carries and 6 targets) and 31 yards of offense (18 yards rushing and 13 yards passing). The Saints are going up against the Carolina Panthers who held him to only 30 yards of offense (5 yards rushing and 25 yards receiving) on 14 opportunities (8 carries and 6 targets). Even with a decent number of opportunities, Kamara hasn’t made much happen in his past two games (13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points combined) or in that previous match-up against Carolina (7.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). That’s not good enough to be in the Starting lineup for anyone competing for a Dynasty Owner League Championship.

Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS): It’s been a tale of two seasons for the Football Team and WR Terry McLaurin. In the first half of the season, the Football Team went 2-6, but he scored 125.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, an average of 15.7 points per game.  Despite losing their past three games and getting completely blown out by Dallas last week, the Football Team has been better in the second half with a 4-3 record. However, McLaurin has done worse. He has scored just 61.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in seven games (8.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game on average). Quarterback issues have been a primary culprit as the Football Team has used three of them over the past three game losing streak with those QBs combining for 557 yards passing, 3 passing TDs, 18 rushing yards, 3 INTs and 3 fumbles, 2 lost. That’s only 33.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points combined spread across three games. Not surprisingly, McLaurin has suffered tremendously with only 5 receptions for 91 yards in those three games (14.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). In a bit of strange NFL scheduling, the Football Team has only faced two opponents in that time, Dallas twice and Philadelphia. They face Philadelphia again this week and while it won’t be Garrett Gilbert at QB again, Taylor Heinicke will start, but Kyle Allen will “probably” play according to coach Ron Rivera. That doesn’t seem like a recipe for QB success, which means McLaurin is likely to struggle once again. He’s the WR25 on the season and likely a WR2 or FLEX position Starter normally, but I’d leave him on the Bench for the playoff finals.

Kyle Pitts (TE – ATL): Pitts is currently the TE5 for the Dynasty Owner season with 164.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That’s just under 11.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. It’s impressive that he has done this as a rookie and scoring only one TD. The Falcons play the Bills this week and Buffalo holds opposing TEs to 3.2 receptions for 34.9 receiving yards. Opposing TEs have also only scored three TDs against the Bills and none since Nick Vannett of New Orleans caught one in Week 12. The Bills held another Top 10 TE (Hunter Henry of New England) to only 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 9 receiving yards) last week and are likely to do the same to Pitts this week. Pitts hasn’t caught fewer than two passes in any game so far in 2021 so he is likely to do better than Henry did last week, but don’t expect a double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy point game. He’s better suited to be on your Bench this week.

Dynasty Owner Playoff Championship Match-up of the Week #1 – SKOL Vikings vs. Jhausdawg

The leader in the Chase for the Ring (SKOL Vikings) are the featured team in our first Match-up of the Week. The formula for SKOL Vikings to capture the Ring is simple, win and don’t get outscored by The Road Warriors by over 35.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, or by DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) by over 41.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. If SKOL Vikings get their season-long average of 174.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, they should be fine. However, in a bit of gamesmanship, they aren’t setting their Starting lineup and Bench until later on in the week to avoid letting their opponents know who they are going up against. As I said in the Livestream on Wednesday, I don’t get it, but it doesn’t matter whether or not I get it.

The only team that can stop SKOL Vikings from winning their League are Jhausdawg. Jhausdawg finished the regular season in third place with a 9-5 record. They averaged 129.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in the regular season and had about that many points in each of their two playoffs games (124.78 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first round and 136.18 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the playoff semi-finals). They are ranked 282nd in the Chase for the Ring. Jhausdawg cannot be just average this week to have a chance to pull off the upset of the top team in Dynasty Owner and retain the League #31927 Championship.

SKOL Vikings only lost once in the regular season, a close defeat back in Week 2 to Scubon1c Plagu3 by score of 154.6-151.7. They played Jhausdawg twice in the regular season and took the first match-up by nearly 100.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but the second contest by less than 15.0 points. It’s difficult for NFL teams to beat their division rivals three times in the course of a season, but is the same thing true in Dynasty Owner? We’ll find out.

Based on their current lineup, Jhausdawg is projected to score a few points above their weekly average. SKOL Vikings isn’t tipping their hand about their lineup, but my best guess is that they would be projected to score 181.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week with a full Starting lineup and Bench. I won’t give away my exact lineup predictions. My projected lineup would give SKOL Vikings an advantage of just under 44.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Both teams should have a Pittsburgh WR playing on Monday Night Football with Jhausdawg having Chase Claypool and SKOL Vikings having Diontae Johnson. Whether Claypool and Johnson will be in the Starting lineup or Bench is to be determined. If this match-up comes down to Monday night, it will be to the advantage of SKOL Vikings with the steady and higher ranked Johnson over the volatile, but potentially explosive Claypool.

Good luck to both teams in your attempt to win your League Championship and to SKOL Vikings in your quest to win the Ring.

Dynasty Owner Playoff Championship Match-up of the Week #2 – The Road Warriors vs. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew)

Our second Playoff Match-up of the Week is the heavyweight match-up of the week, possibly the season and maybe even in all of Dynasty Owner history. We have the second place team in the Chase for the Ring standings, but one that finished in third place in League #27449. They face off against DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) the top team in the league who finished in 54th place on the regular season leaderboard and has moved up to 42nd place currently. There is also another DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) team in third place in the Chase for the Ring standings who will be featured in the third Match-up of the Week.

The main reason why The Road Warriors finished in third place in the league is that they lost both regular season match-ups against DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew). The second loss in Week 14 gave The Road Warriors a 10-4 record, one game behind Who Dat Nation who finished 11-3. The loss forced The Road Warriors to have to play in the first round of the playoffs. The Road Warriors are looking for revenge and their first victory in the 2021 season against DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew).

The Road Warriors are projected to defeat DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) and capture the League #27449 Championship by 18.03 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (185.08 to 167.05). Both of these lineups look set, barring an injury, or positive COVID test or exposure. One exception may be that DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) has Lamar Jackson as their Bench QB now. That may change as Jackson practiced on Wednesday, but not Thursday. In case Jackson isn’t ready to play, DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) has applied the rare double handcuff with both Tyler Huntley and Josh Johnson on their roster. Huntley was picked up off the Free Agent Auction in early September, while Johnson joined the team right before last week’s game. There could be switches between the Starting lineup and Bench as well, of course, but the potential for substituting either Huntley or Johnson for Jackson is the most likely and meaningful change.

The Road Warriors have the advantage in both their Starting lineup and Bench. The position that they enjoy the biggest advantage is at TE with Travis Kelce as their Starter and Dalton Schultz on the Bench. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) counters with Tyler Higbee in their Starting lineup and Josiah Deguara on their Bench.

The Road Warriors hope to have a big lead at the end of the Sunday games as DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) has two RBs playing on Monday Night Football in Nick Chubb and Najee Harris. The Road Warriors hope that my Bench recommendation of Justin Herbert is incorrect as he is currently their Starting QB over Kyler Murray.

Good luck to both teams in your attempt to win your League Championship and to overtake SKOL Vikings and win the Ring.

Dynasty Owner Playoff Championship Match-up of the Week #3 – DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) vs. Boomer1977

The third and final Playoff Match-up of the Week also features DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew). However, in this league (#27458), they are the team ranked near the top in the Chase for the Ring and heavily favored to win. A victory by the third ranked team in the Chase for the Ring, DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew), over Boomer1977 would keep the perfect season intact for them. Boomer1977 was one of four teams in the league to finish at 9-5 but as the 9-5 team with the most points in the regular season (1,926.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), they earned the #2 seed in the league.

While DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) won both regular season match-ups, they beat Boomer1977 by less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 (163.18 to 153.2). Boomer1977 are currently ranked 224th in the Chase for the Ring after finishing the regular season in 382nd place. They did score a season high 208.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 13 and will need a similar performance to knock off DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) in Week 17.

This match-up is projected to be the biggest mismatch of our three Match-ups of the Week with DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) projected to win by 57.27 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over Boomer1977. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) has the advantage throughout both teams’ Starting lineups along with an advantage for most of the Bench. Only at Bench TE (Zach Ertz over Dawson Knox) and kicker (Robbie Gould over Michael Badgley) does Boomer1977 have the slightest of advantages in the projections.

The game that Boomer1977 needs to turn into a high-scoring affair is the Broncos vs. Chargers as they have three Starters (Justin Herbert, Javonte Williams and Keenan Allen) plus two Bench players (Melvin Gordon and Josh Palmer). The only player in the Starting lineup on either of those teams for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) is Austin Ekeler. They also have Chargers WR Mike Williams, but he is currently on the Practice Squad.

If this game is close after the Sunday night game is over, then Boomer1977 will have the opportunity for an upset with Steelers WR Diontae Johnson in their Starting lineup against Steelers RB Najee Harris in the Starting lineup at the FLEX position for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew). Based on the projections that is an unlikely outcome, but stranger things have happened in fantasy football in 2021.

Good luck to both teams in your attempt to win your League Championship and to DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) in your quest to overtake SKOL Vikings and win the Ring.

Conclusion

This is the end – the final week of the 2021 Dynasty Owner season. After Monday Night Football is finished, we will have only one team at the top of the Chase for the Ring standings, and they will be our new Champion. Good luck to all three teams in contention, to Detroit’s Finest on staying undefeated and to everyone trying to win their League Championship.

There will also be only one team per League that will finish as the winner of the third place game and also only one winner of the Loser’s bracket tournament in each League. Good luck to all of the teams competing in one of those games as well.

There is also only one weekly recap column left for the 2021 Dynasty Owner season and just one Monday Night Football preview article left from Jay Pounds as well. No more weekly Free Agent Auction targets or weekly articles from Matt Morrison – The Jerk. Don’t worry, they aren’t going away. We’ll all be back soon with off-season content to keep Dynasty Owners active and engaged throughout the NFL playoffs, free agency, the NFL draft, organized team practice activities (OTAs), training camps, and pre-season games until the 2022 Dynasty Owner season starts.

The one and only weekly Dynasty Owner livestream will continue during the off-season on Wednesdays at 4 PM (Eastern) with myself, Tim Peffer and hopefully plenty of guests. Set the timer on YouTube so you don’t miss it live, or make sure to watch it afterwards. Either way, don’t forget to smash the Like button.

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Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

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Value Of The Year Winners: 2021 Season

Hello Owners and thank you for reading. Today, I will be presenting my final article of the 2021 Dynasty Owner season. After this week, all the Dynasty Owner champions will be crowned. A Chase for the Ring winner will also be named. This is obviously a very exciting time for us here at Dynasty Owner. In addition to people winning their leagues, this is also a time to start fresh. After this week’s games, everyone will be equals again. Everyone will enter the off-season with just as much opportunity as the next Dynasty Owner. As I said, this is a very exciting time of the year for everyone.

The final article of the year will be where I give out the Value of the Year awards. I will present an award for each position as well as an overall winner. I have a lot to talk about so let’s do it.

Value Of The Year Winners

Quarterback

There were actually quite a few nominees for this award. There were six in total. They were:

  • Jalen Hurts
  • Lamar Jackson
  • Taylor Heinicke
  • Josh Allen
  • Mac Jones
  • Justin Herbert

While all six of these quarterbacks have played quite well over the 2021 season, only two had a realistic chance of winning. Hurts and Jackson have the lowest salaries, and they are lower by quite a bit when compared to the other nominees (except Heinicke). In the end, Jalen Hurts just had too good of a season combined with a very cheap salary for him not to win. He is the Quarterback Value of the Year for 2021.

Here is what I wrote about Hurts two weeks ago…

“So, we have a Top 10 quarterback with a Top 10 salary combined with the best DD/FP of any quarterback. Does it get better than that? Apart from Week 12, Hurts has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in all of fantasy.”

Excluding Week 17, Hurts is the QB10 in terms of total Dynasty Owner fantasy points (344.0) and he is the QB1 in terms of Dynasty Dollars per Fantasy Point (DD/FP) at $4,379.  Congratulations to everyone who has Hurts on their Dynasty Owner roster as there was no better value at quarterback this year.

Running Back

The running back position had only three nominees. They were:

  • Myles Gaskin
  • James Robinson
  • Jonathan Taylor

I will mention that Damien Harris put on a strong run towards the end of the season (especially Week 16). However, the trophy belongs to Myles Gaskin. As I mentioned two articles ago…

“I’m usually writing about players who overperformed their projected value because of exceptional fantasy output. Gaskin seems to be the opposite of that idea. Gaskin has led the running back values virtually all season despite only being RB19 on the season in terms of fantasy points. He has had a roller coaster type season which has left several Dynasty Owners disappointed in his overall touches (especially receptions).”

It’s hard to believe a player that is viewed as a disappointment can win, but that’s exactly what can happen when you have a salary of $651,694. I would have loved to name Jonathan Taylor as the winner, but the reality is that he would have had to outperform Gaskin three-fold in order to win. That didn’t happen and Gaskin took home the hardware with 163.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and a salary of $651,694. Gaskin finished the season as RB23 in terms of fantasy points, and RB1 in terms of DD/FP.

Wide Receivers

The wide receiver position was a close one especially over the second half of the season. While there were really only two players in actual contention, here is the full list of nominees…

  • Hunter Renfrow
  • Diontae Johnson
  • Deebo Samuel

I included Deebo mainly as a formality. He had virtually no chance to win even with a 26.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 16. The two person race came down to Renfrow and Johnson.  Here is a breakdown of their seasons as a whole…

PlayerSalaryReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFPDOFP per Game
Hunter Renfrow$708,987929496221.914.8
Diontae Johnson$1,070,241921,0797246.217.6

The winner this year is Renfrow. His salary is roughly two-thirds of Johnson’s, and his production was largely the same. This award is especially important because of the draft capital and/or trade value that you had to give up when acquiring Renfrow was minimal. He was being drafted in roughly the 15th round. What an amazing season from Renfrow, and it’s one that he will attempt to recreate (or improve on) in 2022. Renfrow finished as the WR13 for total Dynasty Owner fantasy points (221.9) and WR1 for DD/FP ($3,195).

Tight End

The tight end nominees were:

  • Mark Andrews
  • Dalton Schultz
  • Dawson Knox

As I mentioned last week, all three are having career years, but one of them was just too dominant to ignore. That player is Mark Andrews ($863,290). When this regular season concludes, Andrews will have over 100 receptions, over 1,200 receiving yards, and at least 10 touchdowns. This is a truly remarkable feat for a player who was perennially considered a low volume tight end. Andrews has earned himself the 4-year, $56 million contract ($14 million per year) that he signed back in September. Congratulations to those of you who owned Andrews this year. I have a feeling it will be a long time before we encounter a tight end value like this again

Andrews finished the season as the TE1 for total Dynasty Owner fantasy points (271.7) and also the TE1 for DD/FP ($3,177). Let me put it this way, if Andrews was labeled as a wide receiver, he would be the WR6 on the season. Not only that, but he would be the WR1 in terms of DD/FP. I hate to belabor the point too much, but I think it’s worth stating again:

“I have a feeling it will be a long time before we encounter a tight end value like this again.”

Value of the Year

And now we come to the final award. This player was the ultimate value for the 2021 Dynasty Owner season. This player not only dominated every player at his position, but he also dominated every player in value. The player is the aforementioned Mark Andrews.

When we have a player that is number one in points and value, that is an automatic lock for Value of the Year. Last year, no player double dipped like this. In fact, the only player who was close was Andrews. He lost to Dalton Schultz by about $200 in the DD/FP category and was TE6 in terms of overall Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Enjoy the win Dynasty Owners as Andrews value period ends after this season when his new $14 million per year contract kicks in.

Well folks, that is all I have for you. It has been a pleasure to present my content to you over this season. I know you’ll be seeing a lot of me this off-season as well as next year. 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

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Hello Owners and thank you for reading. Today, I will be presenting my final article of the 2021 Dynasty Owner season. After this week, all the Dynasty Owner champions will be crowned. A Chase for the Ring winner will also be named. This is obviously a very exciting time for us here at Dynasty Owner. In addition to people winning their leagues, this is also a time to start fresh. After this week’s games, everyone will be equals again. Everyone will enter the off-season with just as much opportunity as the next Dynasty Owner. As I said, this is a very exciting time of the year for everyone.

The final article of the year will be where I give out the Value of the Year awards. I will present an award for each position as well as an overall winner. I have a lot to talk about so let’s do it.

Value Of The Year Winners

Quarterback

There were actually quite a few nominees for this award. There were six in total. They were:

  • Jalen Hurts
  • Lamar Jackson
  • Taylor Heinicke
  • Josh Allen
  • Mac Jones
  • Justin Herbert

While all six of these quarterbacks have played quite well over the 2021 season, only two had a realistic chance of winning. Hurts and Jackson have the lowest salaries, and they are lower by quite a bit when compared to the other nominees (except Heinicke). In the end, Jalen Hurts just had too good of a season combined with a very cheap salary for him not to win. He is the Quarterback Value of the Year for 2021.

Here is what I wrote about Hurts two weeks ago…

“So, we have a Top 10 quarterback with a Top 10 salary combined with the best DD/FP of any quarterback. Does it get better than that? Apart from Week 12, Hurts has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in all of fantasy.”

Excluding Week 17, Hurts is the QB10 in terms of total Dynasty Owner fantasy points (344.0) and he is the QB1 in terms of Dynasty Dollars per Fantasy Point (DD/FP) at $4,379.  Congratulations to everyone who has Hurts on their Dynasty Owner roster as there was no better value at quarterback this year.

Running Back

The running back position had only three nominees. They were:

  • Myles Gaskin
  • James Robinson
  • Jonathan Taylor

I will mention that Damien Harris put on a strong run towards the end of the season (especially Week 16). However, the trophy belongs to Myles Gaskin. As I mentioned two articles ago…

“I’m usually writing about players who overperformed their projected value because of exceptional fantasy output. Gaskin seems to be the opposite of that idea. Gaskin has led the running back values virtually all season despite only being RB19 on the season in terms of fantasy points. He has had a roller coaster type season which has left several Dynasty Owners disappointed in his overall touches (especially receptions).”

It’s hard to believe a player that is viewed as a disappointment can win, but that’s exactly what can happen when you have a salary of $651,694. I would have loved to name Jonathan Taylor as the winner, but the reality is that he would have had to outperform Gaskin three-fold in order to win. That didn’t happen and Gaskin took home the hardware with 163.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and a salary of $651,694. Gaskin finished the season as RB23 in terms of fantasy points, and RB1 in terms of DD/FP.

Wide Receivers

The wide receiver position was a close one especially over the second half of the season. While there were really only two players in actual contention, here is the full list of nominees…

  • Hunter Renfrow
  • Diontae Johnson
  • Deebo Samuel

I included Deebo mainly as a formality. He had virtually no chance to win even with a 26.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 16. The two person race came down to Renfrow and Johnson.  Here is a breakdown of their seasons as a whole…

PlayerSalaryReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFPDOFP per Game
Hunter Renfrow$708,987929496221.914.8
Diontae Johnson$1,070,241921,0797246.217.6

The winner this year is Renfrow. His salary is roughly two-thirds of Johnson’s, and his production was largely the same. This award is especially important because of the draft capital and/or trade value that you had to give up when acquiring Renfrow was minimal. He was being drafted in roughly the 15th round. What an amazing season from Renfrow, and it’s one that he will attempt to recreate (or improve on) in 2022. Renfrow finished as the WR13 for total Dynasty Owner fantasy points (221.9) and WR1 for DD/FP ($3,195).

Tight End

The tight end nominees were:

  • Mark Andrews
  • Dalton Schultz
  • Dawson Knox

As I mentioned last week, all three are having career years, but one of them was just too dominant to ignore. That player is Mark Andrews ($863,290). When this regular season concludes, Andrews will have over 100 receptions, over 1,200 receiving yards, and at least 10 touchdowns. This is a truly remarkable feat for a player who was perennially considered a low volume tight end. Andrews has earned himself the 4-year, $56 million contract ($14 million per year) that he signed back in September. Congratulations to those of you who owned Andrews this year. I have a feeling it will be a long time before we encounter a tight end value like this again

Andrews finished the season as the TE1 for total Dynasty Owner fantasy points (271.7) and also the TE1 for DD/FP ($3,177). Let me put it this way, if Andrews was labeled as a wide receiver, he would be the WR6 on the season. Not only that, but he would be the WR1 in terms of DD/FP. I hate to belabor the point too much, but I think it’s worth stating again:

“I have a feeling it will be a long time before we encounter a tight end value like this again.”

Value of the Year

And now we come to the final award. This player was the ultimate value for the 2021 Dynasty Owner season. This player not only dominated every player at his position, but he also dominated every player in value. The player is the aforementioned Mark Andrews.

When we have a player that is number one in points and value, that is an automatic lock for Value of the Year. Last year, no player double dipped like this. In fact, the only player who was close was Andrews. He lost to Dalton Schultz by about $200 in the DD/FP category and was TE6 in terms of overall Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Enjoy the win Dynasty Owners as Andrews value period ends after this season when his new $14 million per year contract kicks in.

Well folks, that is all I have for you. It has been a pleasure to present my content to you over this season. I know you’ll be seeing a lot of me this off-season as well as next year. 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 16 Recap: One More Victory

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

In my long-time fantasy football redraft league, I always used to do a Playoff Scenarios story in the weeks heading into the playoffs. If a team had clinched their playoff spot, it would be mentioned, followed by playoff scenarios for the rest of the contenders. That league has three division winners plus a Wild Card so it’s only a four-team playoff and saying, “Vantastics just need one more victory to win their division”, “Trash Haulers can clinch the division with a victory over Iron Bulls” and “Vote Quimby needs to win each of its last two games against Crusty Crushers and Hail Mary’s to win the Wild Card” was always a lot of fun.

There are approximately 603,275 places to find out that information about the NFL playoffs so everyone reading this can go find out what each of the 24 NFL teams (13 in the AFC and 11 in the NFC) still alive in the playoff hunt need to make it. Believe it or not, that’s how many teams are still in contention for the NFL playoffs with just two weeks left to go in the NFL regular season. However impossible as it seems, the 6-9 Washington Football Team can still make the playoffs as the #7 seed if they win out to finish 8-9 and a lot of other things too numerous to mention here have to happen. At the other end of the spectrum, there are six teams who have clinched a playoff berth (1 AFC team and 5 NFC teams) with four of them (Kansas City, Green Bay, Dallas and Tampa Bay) having clinched their division. Nobody has clinched the #1 seed and first round playoff bye yet, so even those teams already in the playoffs still need at least one more victory and have something left to play for in Week 17.

That’s good because Dynasty Owners in their League Championship game, third place game and Loser’s Bracket tournament final should have all healthy NFL players at their disposal in the final week of the Dynasty Owner season. Half of the 12 teams in every league are still trying for one more victory, whether it’s to win their League Championship, those extra $5 million Dynasty Dollars (plus extra cash in cash prize pool leagues) for finishing in third place, or the bonus 1.13 rookie draft pick for winning the Loser’s bracket tournament. A few select teams even need one more victory to have a chance at the biggest prize in Dynasty Owner – the Super Bowl style custom fit ring encrusted with diamonds and rubies. 

Of course, a loss in Week 17 ends all of those hopes and dreams. It’s second place and $50 million Dynasty Dollars instead of $100 million Dynasty Dollars, fourth place and only $5 million Dynasty Dollars, or just an Amnesty Provision for losing the Loser’s bracket tournament final. Even if your team has the most points in Dynasty Owner after 17 weeks, if they don’t get one more victory and claim their League Championship, the Dynasty Owner won’t win the Ring.

Even our two remaining undefeated teams need to win, or else they won’t finish the season undefeated. Starting with five teams in Week 11, we have been highlighting the quest to finish undefeated. Now, we still have two Dynasty Owners left who are one more victory away from that achievement. If they remain undefeated, they will be their League Champion and have a chance to win the Chase for the Ring. Let’s see how DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) and Detroit’s Finest are faring after 16 weeks of games.

Team NameLeagueWeek 16 ResultChase PositionChange
DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew)27458Win3rdNone
Detroit’s Finest74733Win9thUp 2

For the third consecutive week, DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) stayed in third place while Detroit’s Finest moved up two spots in the Chase for the Ring standings. Detroit’s Finest are now in 9th place after starting Week 16 off in 11th place. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) once again scored nearly 200.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in their Week 16 victory with 192.94 points, while Detroit’s Finest added 145.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in their Week 16 victory. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) will have to face the #2 team in their league, Boomer1977, in their Week 17 playoff finals, while Detroit’s Finest will play against #2 seed kmvy who squeaked out a victory in the semi-finals by just 1.07 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

This week, it’s pretty simple to pick the Match-ups of the Week. We have three teams who are most likely to be our 2021 Chase for the Ring Champion. Each one can win to become their League Champion and depending on the outcomes of the other match-ups and their final score, they could be the winner. Believe it or not, one Dynasty Owner is featured in two of the three match-ups. See the Week 17 preview article to find out which team it is. I’ll be posting about all three of these match-ups on Twitter (@SteveVT33) during the week 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.

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 December 28th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our second Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for the 2021 playoffs and sixteenth overall for the season is a player who is winning the honor for the second time this year, but the first time winning it by himself: Joe Burrow

Back in Week 7 when Joe Burrow split the Player of the Week award with his teammate Ja’Marr Chase, they were extremely close in Dynasty Owner fantasy points with 39.8 for Burrow and 39.1 for Chase. This week, Burrow separated himself from the other offensive players on Cincinnati and had 55.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (525 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, 11 rushing yards). Several other Bengals players had great games as Tee Higgins had 43.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Joe Mixon had 31.5 points in the Bengals’ 41-21 victory over the Ravens. Burrow also threw a TD pass to Tyler Boyd who had 17.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and for over 100 receiving yards to Ja’Marr Chase who had 19.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Burrow set a new Bengals record with 525 passing yards, which is also the most passing yards in a game this season. His 55.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points is also a career high. It’s just the fourth week of the 2021 that a player has scored more than 50.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and the sixth game overall (three players had more than 50.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 5). Burrow joins fellow QBs Patrick Mahomes (3) and Josh Allen (2) as the only players to win multiple Player of the Week awards during the 2021 season.

Week 16 Points: 55.3

2021 Salary: $9,047,534

Cost per Point: $163,608

Congratulations to Joe on winning your first solo Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor and second overall honor for the 2021 season.

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

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

With Austin Ekeler on the COVID-19 reserve list, Jackson took over as the starting RB for the Chargers in Week 16 and had the most points by a RB with 33.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (64 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 8 receptions, 98 receiving yards, 1 fumble lost). This was an easy week to name a Value Player of the Week as Jackson has one of the lowest salaries in Dynasty Owner at $570,000 and one of the highest point totals for the week. Jackson had the lowest cost per point amount of the season at $17,169, $1,402 lower than Tyler Huntley had last week when he set the record for the 2021 season. Jackson had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (33.2) than he did in the entire Dynasty Owner regular season (30.0). He also had 10.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week and has been one of the best values of the Dynasty Owner playoffs so far. As a backup to Ekeler, Jackson hasn’t gotten a lot of opportunities to touch the ball 19 times in a game like he did this week and as a result, this is the first Value Player of the Week honor of his career.

Week 16 Points: 33.2

2021 Salary: $570,000

Cost per Point: $17,169

Congratulations Justin on the first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of your career. It will likely be the last one with free agency and a new contract looming in the off-season.

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 16. These are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 16 when they should have been and helped your Dynasty Owner team win its playoffs semi-final match-up.

QB: Zach Wilson (NYJ) – 26.2 points

There was a trio of unlikely high scoring QBs this week, but the QB with the most points out of the three was Jets rookie Zach Wilson. Wilson had a 52-yard TD run in the hapless Jets’ 26-21 victory over the even more hapless Jaguars and scored a total of 26.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (102 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 91 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD). It was Wilson’s third straight game without an interception and his second best game of the season, just 0.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind Week 13 when he had a season-best three TDs and 26.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It was his fourth game with more than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in eleven starts for the rookie QB who has moved up to be the QB31 for the 2021 season. Wilson was the QB6 for the week and while only four teams per league were alive for the playoffs, many Dynasty Owners would have been happy with Wilson as their Starting QB since he was only outscored by five QBs well ahead of him in the QB rankings (Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Joe Burrow and Dak Prescott). Hopefully if you were playing in a playoff game without one of those five QBs on your team, you had Wilson and put him in your Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to Davis Mills of the Texans and Josh Johnson of the Ravens. Both of these QBs have appeared here previously with Johnson doing so as a member of the New York Jets back in Week 9. Mills had 24.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (254 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, -1 rushing yard) for his fourth game of more than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this season, while Johnson had 24.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (304 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 10 rushing yards, 1 INT, 2 fumbles). This was Johnson’s second start of the season and the second time that he had been worthy of a spot in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup. Both of them would have been extremely low salary Starting QBs for the playoff semi-finals.

RB: Rex Burkhead (HOU) – 30.9 points

This was the week that Jay Pounds was talking about when he had Rex Burkhead listed as #8 in his Week 16 Free Agent Auction targets article. The exact quote was:

I know Burkhead is not a pretty option at all but if you are desperate, he is seeing enough touches to produce at some point.

Burkhead had a season-high 24 touches this week and produced 30.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (149 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 2 receptions, zero receiving yards). It was the fifth time in the past six weeks that Burkhead had gotten over 10 targets, but in four out of those five games, he scored less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (with 10.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the only double-digit performance). It was his first 100+ yard rushing game of the season and his second and third TDs. He was only rostered in 46.75% of Dynasty Owner leagues, just a slight increase from the 42.01% he was rostered in at the end of Week 15, so not a lot of Dynasty Owners listened to Jay’s advice. Hopefully those Dynasty Owners who did listen, or had Burkhead on their roster prior to this week, put him in their Starting lineup.

WR: Isaiah McKenzie (BUF) – 29.4 points

For the second consecutive week, this space is occupied by a Buffalo WR. Last week, Gabriel Davis had his long awaited breakout game this season with 25.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Since Davis and fellow Bills’ WR Cole Beasley were out for the game against the Patriots on the COVID-19 reserve list, it was time for Isaiah McKenzie to have another late season career game with 29.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (11 receptions, 125 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, -1 rushing yard). Last season, McKenzie had 3 TDs (two receiving and one return) and 33.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 17 after the Dynasty Owner season was over. This season, McKenzie had only scored a total of 35.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and just 20.3 of those points were on offense. He had 732 return yards for the season, which is sixth most in the NFL, to account for the remainder of his Dynasty Owner fantasy points. McKenzie is only on a roster in 7.1% of Dynasty Owner leagues and hopefully those Dynasty Owners with him were paying attention to the Bills’ WR situation and put McKenzie in their Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to Byron Pringle of the Kansas City Chiefs, another WR who stepped up with a top receiving option on the COVID-19 reserve list. It was TE Travis Kelce who didn’t play for Kansas City, but Pringle made Chiefs’ fans forget about his absence and scored 25.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 75 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). It was Pringle’s best game of the 2021 season and best since Week 17 of the 2020 season (same as McKenzie) when he had 17.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Pringle is on many more Dynasty Owner rosters than McKenzie (47.9%) and hopefully those Dynasty Owners with a playoff semi-final match-up this week found a spot for Pringle in their Starting lineup.

TE: Gerald Everett (SEA) – 16.8 points

The biggest beneficiary of the return of Russell Wilson to the Seahawks lineup may be Gerald Everett. He is the TE21 on the Dynasty Owner season, but has missed two games with an injury and suffered through three games with Geno Smith at QB. He only scored a total of 12.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in those games with Smith at QB. In nine games with Wilson at QB prior to Week 15, Everett had a total of 76.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8.5 points per game). In Week 16, Everett was the TE3 behind only Mark Andrews and Dalton Schultz with 16.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 68 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). This includes the Week 13 disaster game against San Francisco when he had -1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 7 receiving yards, 2 fumbles lost). Everett has scored 10.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in five out his past seven games including this week when he would have been a great TE to have in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

K: Ryan Succop (TB) – 14.0 points

Just a week removed from a game in which he missed his only FG attempt of 45 yards and scored -2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Ryan Succop had six kick attempts in Week 16 and made all six of them. He had four FGs with two of them from 21 and 36 yards out worth 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points each and two from 43 and 48 yards out worth 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points each, plus two successful PAT attempts worth 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point each. That’s a total of 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which is his best performance of the 2021 season and the top performance of Week 16. Dynasty Owners with Succop on their roster hopefully weren’t deterred by his poor Week 15 performance, or knocked out of the playoffs because of it, and had him in their Starting lineup this week.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored only a few, none or negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 16 when Dynasty Owners facing a match-up in the semi-finals of the playoffs really could have used them to play well. All of them should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Matthew Stafford (LA) – 6.6 points

While there were only five top QBs who had good performances in Week 16, all of the other top QBs except Stafford were at least decent and had between 18.4 and 24.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Stafford was far and away the worst of the top QBs this week with only 6.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (197 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 8 rushing yards, 3 INTs, 1 fumble). It was easily the worst performance of the season for the QB5 in Dynasty Owner. The only game last year which Stafford scored fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points was Week 16 when scored 0.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points after getting injured on the first series of the game. Hopefully your Dynasty Owner team survived and won if you had Stafford in your Starting lineup, or you saw this performance coming and had him on your Bench.

RB: Melvin Gordon (DEN) – 1.0 points

The Denver Broncos offense was pretty ineffective with Drew Lock at the helm against the Las Vegas Raiders. They ended up with only eight first downs, 158 total yards of offense and 18 rushing yards. The 18 rushing yards is pretty bad for a team with two Top 20 RBs (Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon) playing against a Raiders defense that gave up 16.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to another Top 20 RB (Nick Chubb of the Browns) the previous week. While Williams performed decently with 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (12 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 receptions, 8 receiving yards) on nine touches, the same was not true for Melvin Gordon. Gordon had eight touches, one fewer than Williams, but only produced 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (-4 rushing yards, 1 reception, 4 receiving yards). This performance was definitely not worth having in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup, or even on your Bench, and hopefully didn’t cost Dynasty Owners their Week 16 playoff semi-final match-up.

Dishonorable mention to Myles Gaskin of the Miami Dolphins. One week after Gaskin watched newly promoted RB Duke Johnson run wild for 27.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on 23 touches (compared to just 5.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on 10 touches for him), he was in a three-way RB split in Week 16. Both Johnson and a returning Phillip Lindsay had 13 touches, compared to just four for the RB in the Top 24 in Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the season. Gaskin ended up with 2.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 rushing yards, 1 reception, 6 receiving yards). Neither Johnson nor Lindsay did much with their touches as Johnson had only 3.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Lindsay had 3.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The musical chairs at RB seems to be working for the Dolphins as they won their seventh straight game, but it definitely didn’t help any Dynasty Owners who had Gaskin in their Starting lineup this week instead of riding the Bench.

WR: Tyreek Hill (KC) – 3.9 points

Without Travis Kelce in the Kansas City lineup this week, Dynasty Owners with Tyreek Hill were probably salivating about how Hill would perform as part of their Starting lineup. They definitely weren’t thinking that Hill would only have 3.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 19 receiving yards) on the afternoon and fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points than seven of his Kansas City teammates (Patrick Mahomes, Byron Pringle, Derrick Gore, Mecole Hardman, Darrel Williams, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Elliot Fry). Yes, Hill was outscored by the third string RB (Gore) and the kicker brought in as a replacement for the week (Fry). It was Hill’s worst week this season, but his fifth week with less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points after just one such week during the 2020 season. There were likely very few Dynasty Owners with Hill on their Bench instead of in their Starting lineup when it should have been the other way around.

TE: Rob Gronkowski (TB) – 3.3 points

Similar to Tyreek Hill, Rob Gronkowski was expected to be a featured receiver in Week 16 with three of Tampa Bay’s top offensive weapons (Leonard Fournette, Chris Godwin and Mike Evans) out for their game against the Carolina Panthers. However, Tampa Bay welcomed back Antonio Brown, one of Tom Brady favorite WRs, from his three-game suspension. Brown had 15 targets, over half of the 29 targets on the game, and 20.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In contrast, Gronkowski was only targeted twice and had just 3.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 23 receiving yards) in Week 16. That’s two poor outings in a row for Gronkowski in the Dynasty Owner playoffs as he only had 4.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first round of the playoffs. This is quite the drop from the 15.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game he averaged in the eight games he played in the Dynasty Owner regular season (123.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Dynasty Owners with Gronkowski on their team were likely expecting a performance closer to those he had produced when healthy in 2021 instead of another poor game in which he should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

K: Chris Boswell (PIT) – 0.0 points

Boswell had scored 10.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in seven games during the 2021 season and was averaging 8.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game prior to Week 16. However, he ended up with zero Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 16 with one successful PAT attempt and one out of two FGs made from 39 yards or less. Boswell made a 34-yard FG to score 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but missed one from 36 yards that cost his Dynasty Owners 3.0 points. Hopefully Boswell was on your Bench this week as he was projected to score below his average (6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and wasn’t in your Starting lineup.

Dishonorable mention to Cardinals kicker Matt Prater who missed two out of his three FG attempts (misses of 41 and 51 yards and a made FG from 28 yards) plus one of his two PAT attempts and cost his Dynasty Owners points this week. He was outside of the Top 12 kickers for the season, so hopefully not many Dynasty Owners had him in their Starting lineup and had to bear the full weight of his -2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in the playoff semi-finals. Prater is almost universally rostered in Dynasty Owner (95.9%) despite counting $3.25 million against the Dynasty Owner salary cap this year and being under contract for that amount in 2022 as well.

Dynasty Owner Playoff Semi-Final Match-up of the Week Recap #1 – Havana Club 79 vs. Inter Miami CF

Havana Club 79 had their hopes for a Dynasty Owner League Championship and maybe even being the Chase for the Ring Champion end with a loss in the League #31820 semi-finals. They also did not avenge their regular season loss with a close defeat by just 5.18 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to Inter Miami CF.

The trade of Jonathan Taylor (and K.J. Osborn) to Havana Club 79 from Inter Miami CF for a package of players including Deebo Samuel worked out in Inter Miami CF’s favor as Samuel outscored Taylor 26.1 to 12.8, while Osborn had 17.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points while sitting on the Practice Squad for Havana Club 79. Havana Club 79 was hurt by having two of the players listed in the Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad section (Matthew Stafford and Tyreek Hill) in their Starting lineup. Inter Miami CF was led by Samuel, Kyler Murray (24.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Cooper Kupp (21.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) plus solid contributions from most of the rest of their Starting lineup in the victory. They also overcame having two Bench players with zero points (Taysom Hill and Jordan Wilkins).

Havana Club 79 was outscored by 20.95 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from the Starting lineup (127.25 to 106.3), but almost made up those points through Bench scoring. The Havana Club 79 Bench had 31.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Joe Mixon and 23.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from David Montgomery, but they weren’t enough to overtake Inter Miami CF.

The loss ends the Chase for the Ring aspirations for Havana Club 79 who finished in fourth place on the Regular Season leaderboard and would have stayed in fourth place overall on the Championship Contenders leaderboard had they been victorious. Instead, Inter Miami CF will face off against FC Pinar DR in the League Championship game, while Havana Club 79 plays for third place against juan blanco. Inter Miami CF are currently in 96th place in the Chase for the Ring with an 11-5 record, while FC Pinar DR are in 187th place with a 13-2 record.

Dynasty Owner Playoff Semi-Final Match-up of the Week Recap #2 – SKOL Vikings vs. DC Dawgs

The score projection for DC Dawgs was pretty spot on while the higher ranked SKOL Vikings fell short of their projections in the League #31831 semi-final match-up. As a result, DC Dawgs pulled off the anticipated upset of the previously ranked #6 team in the Chase for the Ring standings for their second victory of the season against them.

The Packers QB-WR combination of Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams led DC Dawgs to victory with 61.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (33.4 from Adams and 28.0 from Rodgers). Deebo Samuel also contributed 26.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. SKOL Vikings made the right decision at QB by picking Josh Allen as their Starter (41.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) over Tom Brady (18.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), but were hurt by below average performances from Tyler Lockett (6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Ricky Seals-Jones (0.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). SKOL Vikings were missing three key players in Week 16 (Dalvin Cook, Mike Williams, and T.J. Hockenson) and it hurt their chances for a victory.

Both teams had similar Bench scoring (72.5 to 72.2 advantage for SKOL Vikings) so the big advantage rolled up by the DC Dawgs Starting lineup was plenty good enough. It helped DC Dawgs that they had their Free Agent Auction pickup Rex Burkhead on their Bench, while the Free Agent Auction pickup of Isaiah McKenzie by SKOL Vikings ended up not helping them on the Practice Squad.

The loss ends the Chase for the Ring aspirations for this SKOL Vikings team who finished in fifth place on the Regular Season leaderboard and would have been in ninth place overall on the Championship Contenders leaderboard had they been victorious. Instead, DC Dawgs will face off against the winner of the other semi-final (Teflon Hearts) in the League Championship game. SKOL Vikings has a third place game versus The Human Fund. DC Dawgs have a 11-5 record and are currently in 280th place in the Chase for the Ring, while Teflon Hearts are 10-5 and in 149th place.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

One SKOL Vikings team was eliminated from the Chase for the Ring standings with their loss, but did the same thing happen to the other SKOL Vikings team that was in first place last week? We saw two Top 10 teams eliminated in the two Match-ups of the Week featured, but did any other Top 10 teams lose or drop out of the Top 10, even with a victory?

In addition to Havana Club 79 and SKOL Vikings (League #31831), John Boy’s Bolts who were in 10th place last week lost and dropped completely off the Championship Contenders leaderboard. In place of those three teams, we have two teams returning to the Top 10 plus a completely new team – TheFootballGuys (Jeff) – who hasn’t been on this leaderboard all season. Jeff just missed being there back in Week 2 as he was in 11th place. His team finished the regular season in 37th place and have moved up at a rapid clip over the past two weeks.

The top seven teams in the current Chase for the Ring were all in the Top 10 last week. With Havana Club 79 losing, juan blanco moved up to fourth place, while ODBs jumped three spots from eighth place to fifth place. Richie Incognito also moved up three spots from ninth place to sixth place. Blaze’s Backyard Burners did win, but had a low-scoring week so they got passed by both ODBs and Richie Incognito to remain in seventh place.

The top three teams stayed completely intact. Third place DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) closed the gap between themselves and the top two teams. They now trail SKOL Vikings for first place by 41.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points after being behind by 65.2 points last week. Their deficit has dropped from 53.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind The Road Warriors for second place to only 6.3 points.

SKOL Vikings are in the driver’s seat heading into Championship Week with a 35.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy point lead over The Road Warriors, up from 11.3 points just a week ago. All SKOL Vikings need is one more high-scoring victory, and they will be the 2021 Ring winner. Check the Championship Contenders leaderboard to find out who joins Eddie and Viktor as our next Ring Champion.

Conclusions

There’s only one more weekly preview article and one weekly recap article remaining that will highlight the final week in the Dynasty Owner season. After that, it’s time for the NFL playoffs and the Dynasty Owner off-season. Off-season is really a misnomer as there is no off-season in Dynasty Owner. Returning Dynasty Owners from 2020 know what I’m talking about and if it’s your first year playing Dynasty Owner, you’ll figure it out soon enough.

However, the focus is on Week 17 of the Dynasty Owner and NFL season. It’s on those two teams in every league who are fighting for the right to be a League Champion, the two Dynasty Owner teams trying to remain undefeated and the top Dynasty Owner teams in the Chase for the Ring. All of them just need one more victory.

With only one week left in the Dynasty Owner season, we have a bit less content coming over the next week. Earlier today (Tuesday), Jay Pounds had his Week 17 Free Agent Auction targets article and video go live for everyone looking for players to help them get that one more victory this season. Matt Morrison – The Jerk has his Value Player of the Year winners article and the video coming on Wednesday. There’s no more Thursday Night Football games for the rest of the NFL season, so no more Thursday Night preview from Matt. With New Year’s Eve looming and only games on Sunday and Monday, the final weekly preview article and video will appear in the next couple of days with a look back at my Week 16 player recommendations, recommendations for Week 17 and Match-ups of the Week featuring the top Chase for the Ring contenders. Finally, Jay’s Monday Night Football preview article will come out on Monday afternoon with his predictions for the game score, over-under for key players from each team, and Value Player of the Game. It will also have at least one Playoff Game of the Week featuring two teams trying to win their League Championship that will be decided on Monday night.

Please read all of our articles, watch our videos on YouTube or listen to them wherever you get your podcasts. Don’t forget to follow all three of us plus Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well. Happy New Year to everyone who plays Dynasty Owner. If your New Year’s resolution is to win a Dynasty Owner League Championship, I hope it happens. 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 17

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Dynasty Owners, welcome to the last week of Free Agent Auction pickups for the 2021 season. I may be releasing more articles this week if circumstances warrant for all our Dynasty Owners competing for their League Championship or the beloved bonus pick that we offer to the winner of the Loser’s bracket tournament. Week 16 was no different than any other week we have seen this season with many crazy outcomes, injuries, and more players out with Covid. Only the strong, or lucky, whichever term you prefer survive in 2021. As always before we hit our Free Agent Auction targets, we will cover the games of Week 16 during Jay’s weekly recap.

Up first, we have the Thursday night snooze fest between the 49ers and Titans, and I am only calling it a snooze fest because I fell asleep for majority of the game. I am no help on this one I know! In my favorite part of this segment, well call it a sub-segment, Baker Mayfield struggles again. The Browns played a virtual must win game against the Packers and the former Number 1 overall pick, Mayfield had his first career four interception game leaving Browns’ fans with a sour taste in their mouth. The Colts and the Cardinals squared off in another game with big playoff implications with the Colts coming out on top once again. They are one of the hottest teams in football right now. Joe Burrow had a career day throwing for 525 yards and four touchdowns against the Covid ridden Ravens. The Bills and Patriots played in a huge divisional matchup with the Bills taking over first place in the AFC East. Finally, Eli and the rest of the Bills Mafia can celebrate for a week. The Cowboys defense continued to dominate against the Football Team and the offense finally seems to be back on track as well. Finally, we have the Steelers putting a whooping on the Kansas City Chiefs…… and then I stopped dreaming!

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 the Dynasty Owner playoff finals, aka Week 17:

  1. Rex Burkhead – (HOU – RB) – 1 year/$1,500,000 – 46.75% Rostered

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Rex Burkhead. The legend himself had a performance we have not seen since his Patriots days but as I said the past couple of weeks, if Burkhead finds the end zone he is 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points waiting to happen. It just so happens he was out to prove me wrong again and put up 30.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Chargers. In Week 16, Burkhead finished with 22 carries for 149 yards and added 2 touchdowns as well. I think it is safe to say if you picked up Burkhead, he helped you win your week, so I figured why not run it back. The Texans square off against the 49ers, so it will be a tougher matchup but if you have someone out with Covid, Burkhead has the hot hand right now. One last thing to note is the Texans have played significantly better since switching back to Davis Mills at QB.

2. Dare Ogunbowale – (JAX – RB) – 1 year/$850,000 – 11.24% Rostered

A few weeks back, the Jaguars fired their head coach, Urban Meyer and it seemed the handcuffs would finally come off their star running back James Robinson. Unfortunately, as soon as things seemed to finally start getting better for James Robinson, it got so much worse. Sunday against the Jets, James Robinson went down with what is being reported as a torn Achilles. As sad as the injury is to such a fun player, it is part of football and is now time to look to Robinson’s replacement, Dare Ogunbowale. After taking over, Ogunbowale had a decent performance finishing with 17 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown. If the Jags are going to commit to the run Ogunbowale is the running back, you want!

3. Isaiah McKenzie – (BUF – WR) – 1 year/$1,127,500 – 7.1% Rostered

The Bills had their game of the year thus far on Sunday in a rematch against their rival New England Patriots. The Bills had several questions to answer coming into the week and answered each with authority. A big reason why the Bills were able to look so good against the Patriots was because of little known receiver Isaiah McKenzie. In Sunday’s game the Bills were without Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis, and it did not matter as McKenzie had a stat line of 11 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown (along with -1 rushing yard), good enough for 29.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. If Davis or Beasley don’t make it back for the week McKenzie becomes a solid flex play.

4. Braxton Berrios – (NYJ – WR) – 1 year/$644,602 – 63.91% Rostered

Here is another free agent pickup from last week who made a solid difference if you played him, Braxton Berrios. Berrios had a decent day through the air showcasing his safe floor of roughly 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Luckily for those who played him Berrios can score in creative ways showing his skill set with a touchdown in the return game. In Week 16, Berrios finished the day with 5 catches, 37 receiving yards, and a kick return for a touchdown. He also added 3 rushing yards and 150 return yards for a total of 18.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Be sure to keep an eye on the injury report as Berrios may take a hit if Elijah Moore is able to return.

5. Laquon Treadwell – (JAX – WR) – 1 year/$990,000 – 44.97% Rostered

I have to say I called my shot on Laquon Treadwell last week during the Dynasty Owner Livestream when I said Treadwell was a guaranteed 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, or more if he can finally find the end zone. In Week 16, albeit against the Jets, Treadwell put up basically another 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point game finishing with 9.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. I know 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points is nothing to get excited about but if you happen to be playing a lot of boom or bust guys, Treadwell could make for a nice safe piece on your Bench, especially in the Loser’s bracket tournament finals.

Please do not forget about Steve Van Tassell’s weekly recap article and Week 17 preview article and video, as well as Matt “The Jerk” Morrison’s weekly article and video on Wednesday. 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 16

Dolphins vs Saints

By: Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl)

Welcome back to the Week 16 edition of the Monday Night Football preview. In Week 15, the NFL had to move three games to either Monday afternoon or Tuesday and it certainly made for a crazy week of playoffs on Dynasty Owner. In the Browns vs Raiders matchup, I had Hunter Renfrow as my Value of the Game pick, and it turns out he can have a rough outing after all. Foster Moreau combined his cheap salary of $752,098 with 7 catches for 65 yards (13.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) making him the Value of the Game by a longshot. In the originally scheduled Monday night game, we had the Bears and Vikings face off. In this matchup, I had Darnell Mooney as my Value of the Game and he did not let me down finishing with 11.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 63 receiving yards, 3 rushing yards) which was good enough to win Value of the Game. In the last 2 match-ups, we had the Seahawks vs Rams and the Football Team vs the Eagles. In the first matchup, I selected DK Metcalf and it was his teammate DeeJay Dallas who took home the award with 14.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (41 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 3 receptions, 11 receiving yards) for $947,350 in salary to win over Rams WR Ben Skowronek who had 8.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions for 42 receiving yards) for only $891,131 in salary. In the other Tuesday matchup, I selected Antonio Gibson, but it was Philadelphia QB Jalen Hurts who took home the gold with 29.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for a salary of only $1,506,292.

What to Watch For

In tonight’s matchup between the Saints and the Dolphins there are a few things we should all be watching with both teams looking to sneak into the playoffs. On the Dolphins side of the ball, I will be watching to see if Duke Johnson can show any resemblance of last week against a nasty Saints run defense. Let’s not forget to mention this Saints defense has made Tom Brady look rather pedestrian since Brady moved to the Sunshine State. On Saints side of things, there are more than a few things to watch for but none more important than the Saints having to rely on rookie Ian Book this week. As you can see these NFL teams are struggling to stay healthy and it will be interesting to see if the Saints can fend off the Covid bug, or if it will cost them a playoff appearance. This is a huge matchup for both teams who are trying to secure a playoff berth.

Jay’s Monday Night Prediction

 
Miami Dolphins 24    New Orleans Saints 20

Over/Under Projections

Dolphins

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Tua TagovailoaQB$7,568,85922.3Over
Duke JohnsonRB$5,203,3334.1Over
DeVante ParkerWR$7,625,00011.3Over
Jaylen WaddleWR$6,771,49813.5Over
Mike GesickiTE$1,652,98111.5Under

Saints

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Ian BookQB$1,038,39615.9Over
Alvin KamaraRB$15,000,00022.1Over
Marquez CallawayWR$765,0009.0Under
Tre’Quan SmithWR$855,1318.8Over
Nick VannettTE$2,666,6670.7Over

Jay’s Dynasty Owner Playoff Game of the Week

This week, I am picking one game with a Chase for the Ring contender that is close in score and will 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.

League #31820

Havana Club 79 – Tua Tagovailoa on Bench left to play

Havana Club 79 is the Number 4 team in all of Dynasty Owner and is somewhat of a long shot to survive this week’s matchup. Havana Club 79 comes into Monday night trailing by just under 7 points, but the big issue is his only player, Tua Tagovailoa remains on the Bench meaning Tua will need to score over 27.5 points for Havana Club 79 to pull out a victory. If Havana Club ends up losing the blame will be easy as Matthew Stafford, Tyreek Hill, and Jonathan Taylor all had below average weeks by their standards. Will the first of our Chase for the Ring contestants lose? It will take a massive day from Tua, but I am predicting he gets it done and Havana Club 79 moves on.

Inter Miami CF – Mike Gesicki on Bench left to play

Inter Miami CF is playing the part of David attempting to slay Goliath and doing a fantastic job. Inter Miami CF is heading into tonight feeling confident as many are expecting this Saints defense to shut down whoever they are playing, but they aren’t quite as good against other teams as they are against Tom Brady for some reason. I do expect the Saints to play well on defense, but the Dolphins are one of the hottest teams in football right now and certainly won’t go easy. If Inter Miami CF wants a worry-free night, they just needs to see Tua come out and struggle which is certainly possible, or have him throw a lot of receptions to Mike Gesicki who is on the Bench for Inter Miami CF. As I said earlier, I am going with Havana Club 79 but that could be considered a bold prediction.

Value of the Game

In this weeks Value of the Game, I had a very tough time choosing as both Saints receivers, along with their starting QB for the week being on extremely cheap salaries. I initially thought about putting Ian Book in the Value of the Game spot but the performance by Jake Fromm of the New York Giants yesterday was extremely discouraging for someone wanting to select Book to do well later in the week. Even with that said it makes any Saints receivers a sketchy choice as well but one I am going to have to deal with. Sometimes everyone else is just too expensive and you must pick your shot. It’s another thing that makes Dynasty Owner so much fun!

Winner – Tre’Quan Smith

Jay’s Projected Stat LineReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Tre’Quan Smith561117.1

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. 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 16 Preview – Anybody Can Win

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

At this point of the season, any team can defeat their opponent. It’s true in the NFL. Just look at what happened last week when a Detroit Lions team with 11 losses on the season defeated a 10-win Arizona Cardinals team pretty handily. It wasn’t nearly as big of an upset, but on Sunday night, the New Orleans Saints team who were 6-7 and in need of victories to make a playoff run shut out the defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers are still three games ahead of the Saints in the NFC South and nearly a lock to win the division and make the playoffs, while the Saints are still not in the playoffs right now.

It’s a little different in Dynasty Owner as all of the teams playing each other this week have either won a playoff game, or were good enough to secure a first round bye. In theory, they should be closer in talent, and it won’t be surprising if a lower seed comes up and defeats one of the teams that had a bye in Week 15. There are plenty of Dynasty Owner leagues in which a #6 seed beat the #3 seed and advanced to play against the #1 seed this week. Remember, that the semi-finals are reseeded, so the lowest ranked team that won in the first round faces off against the #1 seed. It didn’t happen in one of our Match-ups of the Week in the first round as The Road Warriors defeated Ruff Ryders Inc. However, in League #34636 that featured our other Match-up of the Week between Goff Balls and Super Mario Bros., the #6 seed team (Taylor Park Boys) defeated the #3 seed (Laxbro) by almost 67.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

It also happened in two of my Dynasty Owner leagues, but not in the “Polian” League (League #76065) as Quaranteam didn’t get the job done against my Vantastics (sorry to rub it in Nick). I’m sure many of you are in a league that had a #6 seed upset a #3 seed and advance to the playoff semi-finals this week. While most of those wins can be classified as upsets, all of the teams remaining in the Dynasty Owner playoffs were at least in the top half of their league and playing a team that didn’t secure a first round bye.

In fact, both of the remaining undefeated teams in Dynasty Owner get to face off against a #6 seed in their league semi-finals with their undefeated season and chance to win the Chase for the Ring on the line.

Team NameLeagueChase Position
DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew)274583rd
Detroit’s Finest7473311th

DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) goes up against Deep Snap Gurus in League #27458, while Detroit’s Finest has a playoff semi-finals match-up against Ciricmc17 in League #74733. Deep Snap Guru sent Beer Bellies packing in the first round, while Ciricmc17 beat Thunderkatz.

For the Match-ups of the Week, we have a pair of games with Top 10 teams in the Chase for the Ring who are either facing a team who beat them in the regular season or one who is favored to beat them this week. Just like the title of the article says, “Anybody Can Win”. Neither one of the opponents is a #6 seed, but one could end up facing a #6 seed in their League Championship game in Week 17. Neither of these match-ups was suggested, but I’m still willing to take a suggestion for next week via Twitter (@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 Christmas Eve (December 24th).

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

First, let’s look at how my Week 15 recommendations fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I predicted performances worthy of being in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup for these four players for the first round of the playoffs and things didn’t go so well. Only one Just Ok recommendation and three Bad recommendations to start off the playoffs. It would have been a likely first round playoff loss with those results.

QB: Trevor Lawrence – 12.6 (Bad recommendation)

RB: Rhamondre Stevenson – 4.0 (Bad recommendation)

WR: A.J. Green – 10.4 (Just Ok recommendation)

TE: Ricky Seals-Jones – 6.9 (Bad recommendation)

The only Just Ok recommendation was A.J. Green at WR as he scored 10.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to rank just outside of the Top 24 WRs for the week. A couple of additional points and it would have been Good. Rhamondre Stevenson never really got going against Indianapolis and his 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points made for a Bad recommendation. Both Trevor Lawrence and Ricky Seals-Jones were low-end Bench options, although Lawrence wasn’t far off from being in the middle. Since these were Starter recommendations, both of them were Bad. Just like anybody can win, anybody can turn in a weekly performance worthy of being in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup. Here are four players who I think will do so in Week 16.

Russell Wilson (QB – SEA): As the third most expensive player in Dynasty Owner with a salary of $35 million per year, Russell Wilson should be a week in and week out Starter for his Dynasty Owners. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been one since returning from the injury to the middle finger on his throwing hand. It’s not that he’s been bad every game, it’s just that it’s been difficult to predict how well he’s going to perform on a given week. In six games since the Seahawks bye week and his return to the lineup, Wilson has three games with over 200 passing yards, 2 passing TDs and over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (24.6 points on average). Those games came against teams in the bottom third in fantasy points allowed to QBs (Washington and San Francisco) plus Houston. The other three games against better defenses (Arizona, Green Bay and the Los Angeles Rams) are when he has struggled. In those three games, he is averaging only 6.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game with an average of less than 175 passing yards per game, zero TDs and five turnovers (3 INTs and 2 lost fumbles). Fortunately for his Dynasty Owners, Wilson gets to play Chicago this week and the Bears have allowed the fifth most fantasy points to QBs. If Wilson is your Dynasty Owner QB, hopefully you survived his 4.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort last week in the first round of the playoffs. Don’t let that deter you at all from getting him into your Starting lineup this week.

Justin Jackson (RB – LAC): With Austin Ekeler on the COVID-19 reserve list and saying himself that it’s not looking good for Sunday’s game, the next man up for the Chargers is Justin Jackson. Jackson played very well last week against Kansas City with 13 carries for 86 yards plus one reception for 13 receiving yards (10.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He also gets to face the Houston Texans this week and the Texans are allowing 145.0 rushing yards per game. The last three lead RBs who have played Houston (James Robinson, Rashaad Penny and Jonathan Taylor) have averaged 127.3 rushing yards and almost 24.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. While Robinson and Taylor are two of the best RBs in the NFL, Penny had a career game with 137 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs and 28.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Dynasty Owners with Jackson on their roster should make sure that they get him in their Starting lineup.

Laquon Treadwell (WR – JAC): One thing that was likely lost about the Jets-Dolphins game with all of the talk about Duke Johnson was that the Jets gave up 16.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 68 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) to the top WR for the Dolphins, DeVante Parker. Believe it or not, but the top WR for the Jacksonville Jaguars right now is Laquon Treadwell. Marvin Jones, Laviska Shenault and Jamal Agnew have all scored more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Treadwell, but in the past four games with Agnew out on Injured Reserve, the Jaguars’ leading receiver has been Treadwell. He has more Dynasty Owner fantasy points (42.0), receptions (18) and receiving yards (240) and is tied with Shenault for the most targets (28). None of them has a TD reception in that time as QB Trevor Lawrence has only thrown one (to WR Tavon Austin), but Lawrence is due to throw at least one against the Jets who have allowed 22 passing TDs on the season. Lawrence can’t play against the QB taken after him in the 2021 NFL draft (Zach Wilson) and not throw a TD pass, can he? It’s one of the only reasons to watch the Jaguars-Jets game, unless you have players in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup playing. Treadwell should be one of those guys if you’re one of the Dynasty Owners in 39.05% of leagues who have him on your roster.

C.J. Uzomah (TE – CIN): Remember when he was a fantasy relevant TE? It was way back in Week 7 when he scored 24.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Baltimore Ravens. The same Baltimore Ravens who are the Bengals’ opponent this week. He had two TDs that week. One was a 55-yard reception and the other one went for 32 yards. Those were his last two TDs of the season and since that game, he has averaged only 5.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. That’s not exactly a vote of confidence for picking him to be in your Starting lineup. However, not only did Uzomah play well against the Ravens’ defense back in Week 7, but the Ravens have been extremely poor at stopping TEs for the past month. In the last four weeks, they have given up an average of 14.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to the TEs on the opposing team. The Packers trio of Marcedes Lewis, Josiah Deguara and Tyler Davis had 7 receptions for 78 receiving yards (14.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) against them and Austin Hooper had 5 receptions for 30 receiving yards and a TD (14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) the week before. I’m not saying Uzomah is going to have two more long TD catches, but I think he’ll do well enough to be worth having in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

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

Through the Dynasty Owner regular season, I had as many Good as Bad Bench recommendations. In the first round of the playoffs, this continued with two Good and two Bad recommendations. Let’s check out who I selected and how they did in Week 15.

QB: Dak Prescott – 13.7 (Good recommendation)

RB: Ezekiel Elliott – 16.2 (Bad recommendation)

WR: Michael Pittman – 1.7 (Good recommendation)

TE: Dallas Goedert – 20.5 (Bad recommendation)

Not surprisingly, the Good recommendations were at QB and WR, while the Bad ones were at RB and TE. That’s how it’s been for most of the season as I have had eight Good Bench QB and WR recommendations and only three Good RB and TE ones. Dak Prescott wasn’t very good with just 13.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That made him the QB18 for the week and a Good recommendation. Michael Pittman was ejected from the Colts-Patriots game after scoring just 1.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, so that was another Good Bench recommendation. Dallas Goedert was TE5 with 20.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Ezekiel Elliott was a top 12 RB so both of those recommendations were Bad. Here are four Bench recommendations for the Dynasty Owner playoff semi-finals (Week 16).

Kirk Cousins (QB – MIN): It used to be a fun thing to note how nobody had Kirk Cousins on their Dynasty Owner roster because of his $33 million contract and middle of the pack QB production. In 2019, he was QB15 and was on very few Dynasty Owners rosters. He improved to QB10 last season, but really started to gain a spot on more rosters this season as Patrick Mahomes, Dak Prescott and Deshaun Watson got higher paying contracts than his in the off-season. He’s up to a record high of being on nearly one-quarter of Dynasty Owner rosters (24.85%) and is QB7 this year. However, he still has his bad weeks with five games of fewer than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on the season, including the past two weeks. This week will make it three in a row as he has to face a Los Angeles Rams defense that hasn’t allowed a passing TD over the past three weeks and has given up only 14 all season. Only the Buffalo Bills have allowed fewer passing TDs with 11. It all adds up to a bad week for Cousins and a reminder to the Dynasty Owners with him on their roster why there isn’t that much competition for his services in our game. Hopefully you have another QB to put in your Starting lineup and leave Cousins on the Bench.

Joe Mixon (RB – CIN): While Mixon is the overall RB5 for the 2020 season and is averaging 17.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and 78.1 rushing yards per game. However, over the past three games, he has only scored 24.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8.1 points per game) and rushed for 170 yards (56.7 yards per game). In the Bengals’ first game of the season against the Ravens, Mixon only had 59 rushing yards, but scored a TD for 11.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It was only the second time he has scored a TD in eight career games against the Ravens. Bengals’ QB Joe Burrow had a career high 416 passing yards in the first game against the Ravens this season, the Ravens’ secondary has three key players out with injuries and is the second worst in passing yards allowed per game (264.9 yards per game). The weather looks good for the game, so there’s no reason why the Bengals won’t air it out and limit Mixon’s rushing attempts. Mixon doesn’t do much in the passing game for the Bengals, averaging just over 2 receptions for 14.6 receiving yards per game. With the Bengals likely to pass a lot, leave Mixon on your Dynasty Owner Bench this week.

Hunter Renfrow (WR – LV): It says a lot about how Hunter Renfrow has played this season that we’re at the point where he can appear on this list and is in the conversation for Value Player of the Year. He started off the 2021 season pretty well with double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in eight out of his first ten games. With all of the upheaval in Las Vegas, he and Derek Carr kept going every week and when Darren Waller went out with knee and back injuries, Renfrow became a target magnet for Carr’s passes. Renfrow had 33 targets in the last three weeks of the Dynasty Owner regular season and scored an average of 23.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. However, that ended in the first round of the Dynasty Owner playoffs as the Browns’ defense held Renfrow in check with just 3 receptions for 32 receiving yards. He also had 31 punt return yards and two fumbles for a total of 5.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week, he faces a team that knows him well and has held him to under 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in four out of the five games that he has played against them in his career. Don’t worry about him getting a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). That’s highly unlikely to happen, but if history is any guide, he won’t have more than 7.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points since his average is 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points the past two years with a high of 6.7 points. Keep those points and Renfrow on your Dynasty Owner Bench this week.

Mike Gesicki (TE – MIA): In contrast to Hunter Renfrow, Mike Gesicki is no stranger to this spot as he has appeared here twice before. Once it was a Good recommendation as he had a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 versus New England. The second time was Bad as he had 21.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 7 against Atlanta. This week, Gesicki and the Dolphins face off against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints defense does a good job against opposing TEs and has only allowed them to score three TDs this season. Last week, the G.O.A.T. targeted Rob Gronkowski a game high 11 times with Chris Godwin and Mike Evans leaving with injuries. Despite all of the targets, Gronkowski only had 4.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 29 receiving yards). While Gesicki is the TE7 on the season and has been pretty steady with 10.0 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points on six occasions, this week won’t be one of them. Keep Gesicki on your Dynasty Owner Bench for Monday Night Football.

Dynasty Owner Playoff Semi-Final Match-up of the Week #1 – Havana Club 79 vs. Inter Miami CF

In the first Playoff Semi-Final Match-up of the Week, we have the #4 team in the Chase for the Ring standings facing off against one of only two teams to defeat them in the regular season. It’s Havana Club 79 vs. Inter Miami CF in a League #31820 semi-final that strikes me as having a South Florida connection. Havana Club 79 is looking to avenge a Week 7 game loss by a score of 185.0 to 156.15 to Inter Miami CF. However, a lot has changed since then for both teams and one major change was a trade between the two teams that occurred a few weeks after that match-up.

In the trade that occurred before the start of Week 11, Inter Miami CF traded Jonathan Taylor and K.J. Osborn to Havana Club 79 for a quartet of players (Deebo Samuel, Cam Akers, Travis Etienne and Elijah Mitchell). Both teams were 8-2 at the time and likely to make the playoffs, but Havana Club 79 was in fifth place in the Chase for the Ring and clearly looking to move up. I haven’t spoken to either team about their motivation for the trade, but I can only guess that Inter Miami CF was looking more towards the future by getting both Akers and Etienne who are out for the rest of the 2021 season, while not completely mortgaging the present by acquiring Samuel and Mitchell. Both 49ers were having good seasons, but Samuel hadn’t blossomed into the weapon he’s been in the running game at that time and Mitchell was back from his first injury of the season.

Now, in the playoff semi-finals, the trade partners meet again. Havana Club 79 has clearly been bolstered by the acquisition of Taylor and has Ring aspirations with this team. On the other hand, Inter Miami CF has a weakened backfield now that Mitchell has been out for the past three weeks, but they managed to win a close game in the first round of the playoffs by a score of 133.19 to 126.4 over How I Metcalf your mother.

With Deebo Samuel having played on Thursday night, Inter Miami CF has already banked 26.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but are an underdog by 11.42 points according to the projections. They are missing a backup QB as Taysom Hill is out for the Saints’ game on Monday night and already got a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) from Bench RB Jordan Wilkins.

If Dynasty Owner was a traditional fantasy football league with no Bench scoring, then Inter Miami CF would be in better position as Havana Club 79 only has a 0.33 point advantage from the Starting lineups. However, Havana Club 79 has a full Bench, bolstered by the presence of RBs Najee Harris and Alexander Mattison. Right now, Havana Club 79 has Tyreek Hill on their Practice Squad, but would likely call him up if he is activated off the COVID-19 reserve list by Sunday. Inter Miami CF may have D’Andre Swift back for this week and could use him as a boost to their Starting lineup.

Right now, both teams have no players in their Starting lineup playing on Monday, so this match-up will be largely determined by Sunday night. A potential match-up in the finals looms against the #1 seed in the League (FC Pinar DR) if they can get past juan blanco (who has a team in another league ranked #5 in the Chase for the Ring). FC Pinar DR swept the regular season with two victories over Havana Club 79 and one over Inter Miami CF.

Dynasty Owner Playoff Semi-Final Match-up of the Week #2 – SKOL Vikings vs. DC Dawgs

Our second Playoff Match-up of the Week is from League #31831 and has the Chase for the Ring contender as the underdog in the match-up. That’s right! SKOL Vikings are an underdog by 6.79 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to DC Dawgs. This isn’t the #1 SKOL Vikings team, instead it’s the team that was in 6th place after the first round of the playoffs. It’s kind of like the Jan Brady to the Marcia Brady that is the League #31927 SKOL Vikings team. I’m sure that Jeff, the owner of SKOL Vikings, loves both of these teams and all of his other Dynasty Owner teams equally, but only one can be Marcia.

This SKOL Vikings team, like the League #31927 squad, has Dalvin Cook on their roster, but Cook is out for Week 16 and possibly the Week 17 playoff finals as he tested positive for COVID-19. Cook is unvaccinated, so he has to miss at least 10 days. He may return one day prior to the Vikings’ Week 17 game against the Carolina Panthers, but it’s not guaranteed right now. This could be a problem against the DC Dawgs who are currently in 516th place in the Chase for the Ring.

Back in Week 10 with a healthy Cook in their lineup, SKOL Vikings lost to DC Dawgs 138.0 to 130.1. DC Dawgs have been active on the Free Agent Auction in anticipation of this match-up. They dropped two injured RBs (Tarik Cohen and Carlos Hyde) plus a backup who recently returned from injury (Damien Williams) and replaced them with Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden. Both Burkhead and Bolden are on the Bench for DC Dawgs, but their presence is likely to generate additional points that DC Dawgs might need to win.

Just like Inter Miami CF in our first match-up, DC Dawgs have already gotten 26.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Deebo Samuel on Thursday night. Bench RB D’Onta Foreman only had 7.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points which accounts for the 1.93 points for SKOL Vikings. While it says that SKOL Vikings has 13 players left to play, they have Tyler Lockett in their Starting lineup, but he is still listed as Out despite being removed from the COVID-19 reserve list.

We won’t have to wait until Monday night to find out who is victorious as neither team has anyone in their Starting lineup or on their Bench from the Saints or Dolphins. By the end of the Packers-Browns game on Saturday, we may have a better sense of which team will win as DC Dawgs has a QB-RB-WR stack from the Packers of Aaron Rodgers, A.J. Dillon and Davante Adams, plus Mason Crosby as their Bench kicker (and Austin Hooper from the Browns as their Bench TE). A big game from those players on Saturday afternoon could mean good things for the DC Dawgs. We can’t call it an upset since DC Dawgs are favored, despite the huge gap in Chase for the Ring position.

Conclusion

This week could see any of the four teams remaining in the playoffs in each Dynasty Owner league win and advance to the League Championship game. There will be upsets, some Top 25 Chase for the Ring teams will lose and drop off the Championship Contenders leaderboard and maybe even one of our two remaining undefeated teams will get beat by a #6 seed. Anybody can win in the NFL, just ask the Arizona Cardinals that question, and any of the lower seeded teams remaining in the Dynasty Owner playoffs could pull off an upset victory too.

For everyone who wins and advances in the playoffs (and Loser’s bracket tournament), it’s on to Week 17 and the final week of the Dynasty Owner season. There’s a third place game as well, but nobody wants to be there, so we don’t mention it.

Please read my weekly preview article each and every week. With numerous players out due to COVID, it might help you set your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup or decide who should be on your Bench. 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 out. Hopefully, your choices for your Starting lineup and Bench are the best ones you can make, and your team wins this week to move on to the Championship game.

In addition to this weekly preview article, Dynasty Owner has plenty of other great content coming up next week. On Monday, Jay Pounds will preview the Monday Night Football game from the Dynasty Owner perspective. Tuesday has a double shot of Dynasty Owner content with my Week 16 recap article and Jay’s final Free Agent Auction targets article and video of the season. On Wednesday, Matt Morrison – The Jerk announces the winners of the Value Player of the Year at each position and overall Value Player of the Year. There are no more Thursday Night Football games, so no Thursday Night Football preview from Matt until the 2022 season.

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Thursday Night Football: Week 16

49ers vs Titans

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Tonight, we have a very fine Thursday Night Game that has major playoff implications. For starters, the 49ers are 8-6 while the Titans are 9-5. The 49ers are currently the 6th seed in the NFC as they have won five out of their last six games. They look to be in a solid spot to make the playoffs, but winning the division looks doubtful. Teams knocking on their door for a wild card spot are the Vikings, Eagles and Saints.

The Titans are in quite a different situation. They are currently the leaders in the AFC South.  They hold a single game lead over the Colts. They are also in the driver’s seat for the tiebreaker as they have already won the season series 2-0. The Titans are the 3rd seed in the AFC and are still able to capture the two or even the one seed depending on how the Patriots and Chiefs end the season.

This game should be a quick one as far as time goes. There will be plenty of rushing attempts as both teams rank in the Top 5 for rushing percentage. Despite the high probability of this being a game with long drawn out drives, Vegas has given it a mediocre over/under of 44.5. This isn’t a terrible implied point total for each team, but it doesn’t exactly stand out as a game that could turn into a shootout. Regardless, there will be several high quality fantasy options that I would love to start in this game.

Value of the Game Recap

Last week I had Jalen Guyton as my Value of the Game (VOTG). Not only was he the game’s greatest value, but he outperformed my expectations. In last week’s article, I mentioned that a single catch that goes for a touchdown would likely be enough to make Guyton the VOTG. Well, that wasn’t too far off from happening. Justin Herbert connected with Guyton on a short second quarter touchdown. Here is how my projection matched up with the actual outcome…

Week 15 ProjectionSalaryReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Jalen Guyton$540,00026408.4

And here is how Guyton’s actual day ended…

Week 15 ActualSalaryReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Jalen Guyton$540,00021019.0

Those 9.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points combined with a salary of $540,000 makes Guyton the Week 15 Thursday Night Football Value of the Game

Starters

All the players on this list are ones that I would be very comfortable starting in my Dynasty Owner playoffs this week.

Jimmy Garoppolo ($27,500,000)

Jeff Wilson Jr. ($2,050,000)

D’Onta Foreman ($920,000)

Deebo Samuel ($1,811,869)

Brandon Aiyuk ($3,132,835)

George Kittle ($15,000,000)

Bench

Ryan Tannehill ($29,500,000)

Dontrell Hilliard ($920,000)

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine ($610,000)

Value of the Game

The VOTG for this week is not the easiest choice. I had the choices narrowed down to D’Onta Foreman and Deebo Samuel. Foreman should be the leading rusher and most likely player to score a rushing touchdown for the Titans tonight. On the other hand, Deebo has been one of the most electric and versatile players in the league all year, but especially over the past month. The decision, as always, comes down to salary.

In the end, Foreman’s salary is just too cheap to ignore. Deebo would have to double Foreman’s Dynasty Owner fantasy point total in order for him to be a bigger value, and I don’t see that happening. D’Onta Foreman is my Week 16 Thursday Night Football Value of the Game.

Week 16 ProjectionSalaryRushing AttemptsRushing YardsReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
D’Onta Foreman$920,0001972113115.5

This will be my final Thursday Night Football article of the year as this is the final week with a Thursday Night game. It has been an absolute pleasure to bring you these pre-game articles. I look forward to doing it again next year.

Thank you all for reading. Take care and be safe.

TheJerk

Free Agent Auction Targets: Week 16

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

What’s up fellow Dynasty Owners? I hope all your playoff matchups went better than mine as I will not be winning a League Championship this year despite having two absolutely loaded rosters. I am not going to waste anytime this week, let’s get right into Jay’s weekly recap.

Week 15 in the NFL was extremely crazy, and it was headlined by the Detroit Lions beating the Arizona Cardinals and opening the NFC West back up for grabs. The Browns almost pulled one out without their top two quarterbacks and my main takeaway from the game is Baker Mayfield should be doing so much more with this roster around him. The Chiefs and the Chargers battled it out in an epic overtime thriller with the Chiefs coming out on top and sweeping the Chargers, which gives them a crucial head-to-head tiebreaker if needed. The Colts stunned the surging Patriots, and, in my opinion, Jonathan Taylor should be the front runner for MVP right now. The Bills took advantage of the Patriots loss beating the Panthers and now have a chance at redemption against the Patriots this week. The Ravens may have found a long-term backup in Tyler Huntley who almost led the Ravens to victory over the Number 1 seed in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers. The Saints seem to be some type of kryptonite to Tom Brady as they pulled out another improbable victory against the 44-year-old G.O.A.T. The last game I have on the list is none other than my Steelers keeping their playoff dreams alive beating the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Good luck this week everyone! Now on to the free agents!

  1. Josh Reynolds – (WR – DET) 1 year/$1,750,000 – 72.19% Rostered

I know last week I said I wouldn’t put Josh Reynolds back on this list but the disrespect towards this man is real and it must be fixed. Against a stingy Cardinals defense in Week 15, Josh Reynolds had an excellent game for a Lions player finishing with 6 catches, 68 yards, and a touchdown (18.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Reynolds has clearly been Jared Goff’s favorite target since arriving in Detroit and I see no reason that changes the rest of the way.

2. Laquon Treadwell – (WR – JAX) 1 year/$990,000 – 25.44% Rostered

Another repeat on the list from last week, Laquon Treadwell. Treadwell has quietly put together a few solid performances finishing with more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in each of his last three games. I would not recommend anything more than a Bench spot if you’re playing Treadwell as you are more likely to hit the lottery than see a Jaguars player not named James Robinson score a touchdown.

3. Duke Johnson – (RB – MIA) 1 year/$5,203,333 – 4.73% Rostered

If I am being completely honest, I feel about as confident in this pick as when I did put Craig Reynolds on the list last week. It just seems like a flat-out fluke. All of that said, Johnson did have his 1st career 100-yard rushing performance on Sunday and earned a lot more playing time moving forward. I would tread carefully with Johnson as the Dolphins have a tough matchup this week against the Saints and Myles Gaskin is still going to be in the mix.

4. James O’Shaughnessy – (TE – JAX) 1 year/$1,590,000 – 33.14% Rostered

In the 4th spot we have Dan Arnold 2.0, James O’Shaughnessy. Since taking over for Arnold, O’Shaughnessy has filled in nicely and continues to put up relatively similar numbers. In Week 15 O’Shaughnessy had his best game yet with a 4 catch, 60-yard day totaling 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. O’Shaughnessy has another friendly matchup against the Jets this week and can be a viable Bench play at the tight end spot for at least Week 16.

5. Craig Reynolds – (RB – DET) 1 year/$850,000 – 27.22% Rostered

As I mentioned earlier I was extremely skeptical about putting Craig Reynolds on last week’s list. There were two real reasons for this, the first being I expected D’Andre Swift back by now, and the last being I just wasn’t sure he would be able to do it again. In Week 15, Reynolds proved me to be wrong as he compiled 26 carries for 112 yards. If the Lions keep Swift sidelined for the remainder of the year, which I hear is a real possibility, Reynolds could step in and help you win a matchup or two in the playoffs. A half of a league winner if you will!

6. Braxton Berrios – (WR – NYJ) 1 year/$644,602 – 51.48% Rostered

In the #6 spot we have yet another repeat player who put up decent number of Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 15, Braxton Berrios. Berrios did not have the type of targets we are used to seeing but nonetheless, he was able to find the end zone and salvage his day. In fact, Berrios only managed to bring in only one catch, but it was for 26 yards, and he added 2 carries for 5 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. In Week 15, Berrios finished with 11.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points which is prime Bench player material. If Berrios gets back to a massive target share in Week 16, he could be an underdog that puts you over the top, though I wouldn’t count on it with the way the Jets’ offense looks.

7. Ameer Abdullah – (RB – CAR) 1 year/$990,000 – 62.72% Rostered

Ameer Abdullah is someone I strongly considered putting on the list last week, but I ultimately went with Royce Freeman instead. I am sorry. As I am sure most of you know, Freeman was a bust with Rex Burkhead playing against the Jaguars. Abdullah did not disappoint any Dynasty Owners who did play him finishing with a measly 4 carries for 7 yards, but he added 4 catches for 48 yards and a touchdown through the air, good enough for 17.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. If Abdullah continues to get meaningful receptions out of the backfield, he is someone who can squeeze into a Bench spot in a good matchup.

8. Rex Burkhead – (RB – HOU) 1 year/$1,500,000 – 42.01% Rostered

Rex Burkhead has been an absolute opportunity machine during the back half of the season when healthy. In Week 15, Burkhead got another 17 touches but was unable to do much with them. I know Burkhead is not a pretty option at all but if you are desperate, he is seeing enough touches to produce at some point. Burkhead also received three targets in the air which is another positive trending in the right direction for the former Patriot.

9. Scotty Miller – (WR – TB) 2 years/$661,960 – 67.46% Rostered

In the last spot on the biggest free agent list ever, we have none other than Buccaneers receiver, Scotty Miller. Miller has not done much this season but as we all know injuries are a massive part of Dynasty Owner, which have cleared a path for Miller to make an impact on your roster. Chris Godwin is out for the season with a torn ACL, while Mike Evans is banged up with a hamstring injury and may not play in Week 16. If this scenario happens, I expect Miller to be a favorite for Tom Brady as he seems to have a good amount of trust throwing to Miller. The only player I see out touching Miller if Evans does not play is Antonio Brown.

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 weekly 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!

Week 15 Recap: Five Days of Football

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Due to scheduling changes because several NFL teams had a high number of players go on the COVID-19 reserve list, we ended up with five days of football during Week 15 (Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday). That’s more than the usual three days per week and the four days that happen after the college football regular season is finished. Several weeks in the middle of the 2020 season ended up playing on four days as well. Three games were moved this week (Browns vs. Raiders, Seahawks vs. Rams and Football Team vs. Eagles) with two of them having to be moved to Tuesday. With games already scheduled for Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, we ended up with five days of NFL games.

As fun as it was for NFL fans to have that many games to watch over that many days, it wreaked havoc on Dynasty Owners in terms of player availability and lineup setting. Since it occurred during the holiday season with a bunch of other multi-day celebrations (12 Days of Christmas, 8 Days of Hannukah and 7 Days of Kwanzaa), it made me think about creating a song (or poem) to commemorate it. For everyone who celebrates Festivus and thinks that I’m leaving it out, remember that is only one day long because that’s what Frank Costanza decided. There is also the Feast of the Seven Fishes but again despite having seven in the title, it’s an Italian tradition, not a holiday and only a one-day celebration.

Regardless it’s on to the brand new Five Days of Football song (or poem if you prefer).

On the first day of football, the NFL gave to me.

Forty-one point one Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Travis Kelce.

On the second day of football, the NFL gave to me.

A victory over New England for the team from Indy.

On the third day of football, the NFL gave to me.

Three sets of games for a sense of normalcy.

On the fourth day of football, the NFL gave to me.

A pair of games that both featured three TDs.

On the fifth day of football, the NFL gave to me.

A match-up between 6-7 teams fighting for the playoffs, won by Philly.

I hope you enjoyed it and if not, don’t worry, I promise not to do it again unless we have a week in the future with six days of football. Trust me, it wasn’t easy to figure out things that rhymed on every day (even badly like I did).

Back to actually focusing on Dynasty Owner games. We still have two Dynasty Owners who are undefeated, the favorites to be their League Champion and still with a chance to win the Chase for the Ring. Let’s see how DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) and Detroit’s Finest are faring in the Chase for the Ring.

Team NameLeagueWeek 15 ResultChase PositionChange
DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew)27458No Game3rdNone
Detroit’s Finest74733No Game11thUp 2

For the second consecutive week, DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) stayed in third place while Detroit’s Finest moved up two spots in the Chase for the Ring standings. They are now in 11th place after starting Week 15 off in 13th place. Both scored far more points than anyone else in their League who played in the first round of the playoffs. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) added 196.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to their total for the year, while Detroit’s Finest added 169.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) will have to face Deep Snap Gurus in their Week 16 playoff semi-final, while Detroit’s Finest will play against Ciricmc17.

Just like the first round of the playoffs, I will take suggestions for the Match-up of the Week for the playoff semi-finals, but will likely focus on some of the top rated teams in the Chase for the Ring. There is one team in the Top 5 of the Chase who has a playoff semi-final match-up against one of the few teams to defeat them this season, so that may be one of the match-ups highlighted. There may be additional games previewed as well, so if you are the underdog in a playoff semi-final game, but think you have a chance to win (or even the favorite and just want to see your team featured), let me know on Twitter (@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.

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 December 22nd.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for the 2021 playoffs and fifteenth overall for the season isn’t a single player, but a pair who has been combining their talents for the past couple of years. It’s the Kansas City Chiefs QB-TE combination of: Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce

The Player of the Week award has been split between a QB and WR from the same team on two previous occasions. This is the first time that it has been split between a QB and TE. Not all of the passes thrown by Mahomes were caught by Kelce, but plenty of the important ones were, including two out of the three TDs and the game-winner in overtime. Mahomes scored 44.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (410 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 32 rushing yards, 1 INT, 1 fumble lost, 1 2-pt. conversion) and had 7.0 bonus points (4.0 for over 400 yards passing and 3.0 for the clutch 34-yard TD pass to Kelce that won the game for Kansas City in overtime). Kelce caught 10 passes for 191 receiving yards and two TDs and scored 44.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. No bonus points for the receiving yards, but he did get the 3.0 point bonus for the clutch overtime TD reception. Anyone with this Kansas City QB-TE stack who had a match-up in the first round of the Dynasty Owner playoffs likely won and advanced to the playoff semi-finals in Week 16. Mahomes is the QB, so his stats are listed first. It’s always the QB who is listed first. In addition, he has a much higher salary ($45 million) and scored 0.6 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Week 15 Points: 44.7

2021 Salary: $45,000,000

Cost per Point: $1,006,711

Travis Kelce is one of the highest paid TEs in the NFL, but he’s been the TE1 for the past two Dynasty Owner seasons and is in a close competition with Mark Andrews for TE1 this season. He’s earned every penny of his $14.3 million salary this season.

Week 15 Points: 44.1

2021 Salary: $14,312,500

Cost per Point: $324,751

Congratulations to both Patrick and Travis on splitting the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor and probably helping all of the teams who have both of you on their rosters to a victory in the first round of the Dynasty Owner playoffs. It’s the sixth award for Patrick and third one this season, but his first playoff honor. It’s the first one overall for Travis and he becomes only the second TE (along with Darren Waller) to win one.

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 first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 playoffs and fifteenth for the season is a surprising first-time winner: Tyler Huntley

Tyler Huntley started this week for Baltimore in place of Lamar Jackson and ended up winning his first Value of the Week honor. With a salary of just $780,000 and scoring 42.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (215 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 73 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs), Huntley ended up with the lowest cost per point amount of the season. He threw both TD passes to Mark Andrews who ends up as the runner-up for the second consecutive week with 35.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 receptions, 136 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). Andrews was the runner-up to Hunter Renfrow last week and should have won the Week 5 Value Player of the Week award. Despite not winning a weekly honor, Andrews is the TE1 for the season, ahead of Travis Kelce, and looks like he’s well on his way to being the Value Player of the Year. However, for Week 15, Huntley had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points for less salary ($780,000 to $863,290 for Andrews) and was the best value. His Dynasty Owner roster percentage jumped from 20.1% up to 60.4% before this week and should go higher in advance of Week 16. If you picked Huntley up off the Free Agent Auction this week (or even if you had him before this week), I hope you got the Value Player of the Week into your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

Week 15 Points: 42.0

2021 Salary: $780,000

Cost per Point: $18,571

Congratulations Tyler on the first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of your career. Hopefully Mark Andrews forgives you for taking it away from him.

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 15. These are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 15 when they should have been and helped your team win its first round playoff match-up.

QB: Jared Goff (DET) – 28.8 points

While Tyler Huntley had far more points than Jared Goff, Huntley was the Value Player of the Week, so Goff gets listed in this section. Goff is still only on a few Dynasty Owner rosters (1.2% of Dynasty Owner leagues) and likely wasn’t in anyone Starting lineup (or at least not for anyone with a first round playoff match-up). Week 15 was the Lions’ second victory in three weeks and the second time that Goff has been in this space. He had 28.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against Arizona with a pretty boring stat line of 216 passing yards and 3 passing TDs. Unlike Huntley, he didn’t have any rushing attempts or TDs. He did have a victory over a 10-win team while Huntley wasn’t able to defeat the Green Bay Packers. Goff is unlikely to get picked up off the Free Agent Auction in any Dynasty Owner leagues in advance of the Week 16 playoff semi-finals, but did play well enough to be in Starting lineups in Week 15.

RB: Duke Johnson (MIA) – 27.7 points

Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores must have learned his lessons about RB usage from Bill Belichick. While he has a healthy lead RB in Myles Gaskin, it seems like he’s not happy with him and won’t trust him as so every week. This makes it difficult to rely on any Dolphins RB on a weekly basis, even one as inexpensive as Gaskin ($651,694). While Gaskin has a Value Player of the Week honor this season and played in all 14 games, he has yet to top 100 yards rushing in a single game and wasn’t the top rushing RB for the Dolphins twice earlier in the season. Recently, the Dolphins picked up Phillip Lindsay off waivers and played him immediately. This week, they had to promote Duke Johnson off the practice squad due to having three RBs on the COVID-19 reserve list early in the week. Johnson ended up playing  more snaps than Gaskin and getting the first 100 yard rushing game of the season for the Dolphins. He had 27.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (107 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 1 reception, 20 receiving yards) and was the RB1 for the first week of the Dynasty Owner playoffs. As he still has his $5.2 million contract from last season in effect due to being promoted from the Dolphins’ practice squad, he was only on 4.7% of Dynasty Owner rosters and likely in few Dynasty Owner Starting lineups.

WR: Gabriel Davis (BUF) – 25.5 points

In a breakout game long awaited by his Dynasty Owners, Gabriel Davis led the Buffalo Bills in receptions (5) and receiving yards (85) this week and had two TDs for a total of 25.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Davis was drafted ahead of every other Bills’ receiver, except Stefon Diggs, with an ADP of 137.0 in Dynasty Owner start-up drafts. He was even chosen ahead of TE Dawson Knox on average (ADP 163.3 for Knox) despite a slightly higher salary ($998,595 for Davis vs. $880,400 for Knox). Davis had scored more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points a total of 12 weeks in his two years in the NFL, including five times this season, but had never scored 20.0 or more until now. Davis likely helped the Dynasty Owners who had him in their Starting lineup to a victory in the first round of the playoffs and could be helpful in the playoff semi-finals as fellow Bills WR Cole Beasley is on the COVID-19 reserve list and has to stay there for 10 days since he is unvaccinated. That means Beasley will automatically be out for Week 16 of the NFL regular season and open up more opportunities for Davis. Hopefully all of the Dynasty Owners who drafted Davis so highly this season had him in their Starting lineup this week.

TE: Foster Moreau (LV) – 13.5 points

Darren Waller has been out of the Raiders’ lineup since Week 13 and at the beginning of his injury hiatus, lots of people were mentioning Foster Moreau as a viable replacement. This was largely because Moreau scored 18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points back in Week 7 against Philadelphia when Waller was out. Moreau finally turned in the performance his Dynasty Owners have been waiting for here in Week 15 against Cleveland with 13.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions for 65 receiving yards). That put him behind only six of the best TEs in the NFL (Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, Hunter Henry, Dalton Schultz, Dallas Goedert, and George Kittle). It was also more than the 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions for 50 receiving yards) that he had scored in the three previous games. Hopefully his Dynasty Owners were patient and waited the extra two days for the Browns-Raiders game to be played and had Moreau in their Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to another TE playing on Monday night, Cole Kmet of the Chicago Bears. Kmet was a high Dynasty Owner draft pick this season (ADP 121.2) and hasn’t played up to that lofty selection. He is currently TE20 on the Dynasty Owner season, but was the 14th TE drafted overall. In the first nine games of the season, Kmet had 56.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6.3 points per game) and only one game with more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In his past five games, including Week 15, he has scored 41.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8.3 points per game) with two games with more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week, he had 13.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions for 71 receiving yards). Kmet still hasn’t scored a TD yet this season, while the other TEs on the Bears roster have scored a total of five (two each by Jimmy Graham and Jesper Horsted and one by Jesse James). Horsted had the only Bears’ TD in Week 15, but only 8.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Despite the lack of a TD, Kmet was the Bears’ TE to have in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

K: Ka’imi Fairbairn (HOU) – 15.0 points

In easily his best game of the 2021 season, Ka’imi Fairbairn got to attempt six kicks and made them all in the Texans’ 30-16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 15. It was the most attempts for Fairbairn in a single game this season. He has two games without an attempt this season, a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) four times and had -1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 5 against New England when he missed two PAT attempts and a 56-yard FG. He made all six of his kicks this week (FGs of 25, 51 and 52 yards plus 3 PATs) to score a total of 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He could technically qualify as a Free Agent Auction target as he is only on a roster in 13% of Dynasty Owner leagues and has a $4.4 million salary. However, that salary is third highest which is a lot to pay for the #28 ranked kicker this season. If you are one of the few Dynasty Owners with him on your roster and had a first round playoff or Loser’s bracket tournament game, hopefully he was in your Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to another kicker on a really bad NFL team who had a really good week, Riley Patterson of the Detroit Lions. Patterson has only kicked in four games for the Lions, but they have won twice and both times, he had double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Just like Fairbairn, he made all six of his kicks this week (3 FGs of 37, 45 and 47 yards plus 3 PATs), but had two fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points with 13.0. He was a far better value as his contract is only $660,000 and he’s available in a majority of Dynasty Owner leagues (43.2% rostered). Will he be part of the Free Agent Auction targets from Jay Pounds? Check out his article or video for this week, or tune into the Livestream at 4 PM on Wednesday to find out. Either way, he should have been in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup in Week 15.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one highly drafted or highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored only a few or negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 15 when plenty of Dynasty Owners really could have used them to play well. All of them should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Tom Brady (TB) – 4.9 points

He’s still the G.O.A.T. and the top scorer in Dynasty Owner this season, but Tom Brady had himself an extremely poor outing against New Orleans with only 4.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (214 passing yards, 2 rushing yards, 1 INT, 1 fumble lost). It was his worst outing of the season and second worst as a Buccaneer, after his 1.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance back in Week 9 of 2020. That performance was also against New Orleans and he’s now 0-3 in the regular season versus the Saints as the Buccaneers’ QB. He beat them in the NFL playoffs last year, when it really counts though. Unfortunately for his Dynasty Owners who were playing in the first round of the Dynasty Owner playoffs, he turned in a terrible performance when it really counted for them. It’s doubtful that any Dynasty Owners had him on their Bench, instead of the Starting lineup since he’s the overall #1 player, but hopefully you either did or won your first round match-up despite the poor game from the G.O.A.T.

Dishonorable mention to New York Giants QB Mike Glennon. Glennon and his Dynasty Owners probably wish that he hadn’t cleared concussion protocols in time for the Giants’ game against Dallas on Sunday. If he hadn’t played, then he wouldn’t have scored -4.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (99 passing yards, 3 INTs) this week and been pulled for Jake Fromm late in the fourth quarter. Glennon is rostered in over half (50.9%) of Dynasty Owner leagues and hopefully none of those Dynasty Owners actually used him in either their Starting lineup (or had him on their Bench either) this week.

RB: Najee Harris (PIT) – 4.6 points and Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL) – 4.3 points

It was hard to decide which performance this week was worse between Najee Harris and Cordarrelle Patterson. Both are Top 10 RBs who had helped their Dynasty Owners all season, then ended up scoring less than 5.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Hopefully most of their Dynasty Owners did well enough to avoid having a first round game, so the 4.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (18 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 8 receiving yards) from RB4 Najee Harris and the very similar 4.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (18 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 5 receiving yards) from RB7 Cordarrelle Patterson didn’t hurt their Dynasty Owners too badly. Both of them were likely in your Starting lineup, but hopefully it was just to get your team points for the Chase for the Ring, not to determine if your team won a first round playoff game.

Dishonorable mentions to a pair of Top 25 RBs (Alvin Kamara at RB12 and Darrell Henderson at RB21) who also didn’t score as many Dynasty Owner fantasy points as anticipated and hopefully ended up on your Bench instead of your Starting lineup. Since Henderson had missed the two previous games, played on Tuesday night and only came off the COVID-19 reserve list on Saturday, some Dynasty Owners may have been worried enough to keep him on their Bench and didn’t have his 4.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (23 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 4 receiving yards) in their Starting lineup. Kamara was less likely to be on your Bench as he had come back at full strength the previous week. However, some Dynasty Owners may have seen the Buccaneers on the Saints’ schedule and sought out another option. That would have meant his 5.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (18 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 13 receiving yards) would have only been on their Bench. There were a few other Top 25 RBs with less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (Joe Mixon – 7.0 points, James Conner – 9.0 points, Melvin Gordon – 7.1 points, Myles Gaskin – 5.4 points and Darrel Williams – 1.2 points) and hopefully none of them cost your Dynasty Owner team its first round playoff game.

WR: Ja’Marr Chase (CIN) – 1.3 points

He’s still a top 10 WR in Dynasty Owner and the top rookie WR, but this week was a struggle for Chase as he only scored 1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 3 receiving yards) in the Bengals 15-10 victory over the Broncos. It ended up being a Tyler Boyd game (20.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) for the Bengals and while Chase was targeted four times by QB Joe Burrow, he only reeled in one of those targets. Other top WRs had poor games, like Jerry Jeudy and Julio Jones who both had Blutarskys (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), Michael Pittman who got ejected with just 1.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the game, and Chase Claypool who had 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Jeudy, Jones and Claypool are outside of the Top 24 WRs so they may not have been in your Starting lineup, while Chase was probably there based on his performance for the entire season.

TE: Tyler Conklin (MIN) – 1.7 points

Conklin was on the edge of being a Starter for Dynasty Owner teams this week as the overall TE16. With Darren Waller and T.J. Hockenson out, it wasn’t too much of a stretch to imagine Dynasty Owners with Conklin as their starter this week in his match-up with the Chicago Bears. Hopefully you had one of the top TEs who did really well this week and didn’t have to put Conklin who only scored 1.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 7 receiving yards) in your Starting lineup. He didn’t have many chances to do much as Justin Jefferson was targeted on 10 out of the 22 times that Kirk Cousins threw the ball towards his teammates (not the horrendous INT that he threw near absolutely none of them). Conklin was much better suited to being on the Bench for Dynasty Owners in the first round of the playoffs.

K: Ryan Succop (TB) – -2.0 points

While Succop was outside of the top 12 kickers in Dynasty Owner, anyone with him in their Starting lineup, or on the Bench ended up with negative points for $4 million in salary. None of the top kickers had fewer than 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and they made all of their kicks and aren’t really worthy of being here. In fact, there were few missed kicks this week (six FGs and two PATs, both by Greg Zuerlein of the Cowboys) and Succop’s missed 45-yard FG for Tampa Bay was one of them. Since Tampa Bay was shut out, it was his only opportunity of the week and so, he ended up with -2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Hopefully, Succop was on your Practice Squad in the first round of the playoffs and his negative point performance didn’t hurt your Dynasty Owner team.

Dishonorable mention to Panthers kicker Zane Gonzalez who injured his quadriceps in pre-game warmups and was unable to kick and thus scored zero Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The injury was so late that many Dynasty Owners with Gonzalez on their teams likely didn’t hear the news in time to take him out of their lineups. Usually, players who get injured aren’t included here, but due to the lateness of the injury and the fact that it didn’t happen during the game, it warranted mentioning.

Dynasty Owner Playoff Match-up of the Week Recap #1 – The Road Warriors vs. Ruff Ryders Inc.

All of the optimistism in the world wasn’t enough for Ruff Ryders Inc. to overcome the early lead that The Road Warriors got off to after last Thursday night (123.5 to 9.0). They ended up losing to the #2 team in the Chase for the Ring in the first round of the League #27449 playoffs by a final score of 206.75 to 150.23.

As mentioned in the Week 15 preview article, The Road Warriors had jumped out to a big lead behind co-Player of the Week Travis Kelce (44.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), Tyreek Hill (32.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), Justin Herbert (28.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Austin Ekeler (18.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). They kept piling on the points with only kicker Tyler Bass having fewer than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6.0 points). Their lowest scoring position player was Justin Jefferson with 14.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and five of the players on their Bench had 10.0 or more points as well.

Ruff Ryders Inc. acquitted themselves nicely by scoring 150.23 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) despite having Ja’Marr Chase (1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Allen Lazard (4.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) contribute little to their cause. Even if they had swapped out their higher scoring Bench WRs (Gabriel Davis who had 25.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Marquez Callaway who had 17.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), they still would have fallen short by 29.07 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Aaron Rodgers led Ruff Ryders Inc. in scoring with 32.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Brandin Cooks had 29.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

The season is over for Ruff Ryders Inc., while The Road Warriors have a match-up with Who Dat Nation in the Week 16 playoff semi-finals. If The Road Warriors can win that game, they could face the top seed in League #27449 and the team that has beaten them twice in the regular season, DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) who sit in 65th place right now in the Chase for the Ring standings with their team in this League.

Dynasty Owner Playoff Match-up of the Week Recap #2 – Super Mario Bros. vs. Goff Balls

In a game that was pretty close to the score of their regular season match-up, Goff Balls defeated Super Mario Bros. in the first round of the League #34636 playoffs by a score of 151.23 to 113.75. The score was similar, but the winner was different. Goff Balls also scored very close to their projected score of 153.38 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Super Mario Bros. fell short by nearly 20.0 points.

Goff Balls were led by Travis Kelce and his 44.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Thursday night. They also got 26.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Josh Allen and 18.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Deebo Samuel. Chase Claypool was the only really poor performer in Goff Balls’ Starting lineup with just 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. On the other side, Super Mario Bros. close the gap from Thursday night, but still fell short. Both of their Starting WRs scored well below their projections (Michael Pittman with 1.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Tee Higgins with 4.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Jonathan Taylor was the leading scorer for Super Mario Bros. with 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Dallas Goedert added 20.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Goedert would have needed to be the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week in order to have scored Super Mario Bros. enough points to win.

Goff Balls now get to face War Eagles in the Week 16 playoff semi-finals, while Super Mario Bros. are done for the season. Goff Balls improved their Chase for the Ring position by 51 spots, moving up from 200th place to 149th place.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

While teams like Goff Balls moved up in the Chase for the Ring standings and two teams per league got knocked out of the standings altogether, there was no change in the Top 10 for the first time this season. All of the same teams who were in the Top 10 last week are still there with four changes in position.

As we can see, only The Road Warriors have played 15 games this season. It’s 14 for everyone else as they all had a bye in the first round of the playoffs. They still had to set a Starting lineup and Bench to accumulate Dynasty Owner fantasy points during the Five Days of Football, but didn’t have the stress of needing to win a game like The Road Warriors did. The four teams at the top didn’t change positions, but The Road Warriors and DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) both gained ground on SKOL Vikings (League #31927) in terms of points. Havana Club 79 remained in fourth place, but fell further behind on points.

SKOL Vikings (League #31831) moved back one spot into sixth place, while juan blanco moved up one spot to overtake them for fifth place. ODBs jumped two spots up to eighth place, while John Boy’s Bolts dropped back from eighth place into tenth place. It’ll be interesting to see if any of these Top 10 teams lose in the playoff semi-finals and drop out of the Chase standings entirely, or if they all stay in place and competing for the Ring.

All of these teams are back in action in Week 16 with playoff semi-final match-ups. Their spots in the Regular Season Leaderboard are locked in place for all time, but the Championship Contenders standings are still up in the air for two more weeks and a lot can change in that time.

Conclusions

It’s time to start looking forward to the semi-finals of the Dynasty Owner playoffs. The Five Days of Football are over, and we will have games on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday as usual at this time of the season – just none on Tuesday (as of right now). A few NFL teams have the opportunity to clinch their berth in the playoffs and join Green Bay who is the only team to do so right now. Five teams have been eliminated from the NFL playoff race (Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, New York Jets and Chicago Bears) but still have games to play.

In Dynasty Owner, only four teams per League have the opportunity to be crowned their League Champion and four teams still can get the extra first round pick (1.13) in next year’s rookie draft by winning the Loser’s bracket tournament. The other four teams are done playing games. All of the top Dynasty Owner teams will have games and it’ll be interesting to see the movement and changes in the Chase for the Ring standings. Depending on how the top players perform in Week 16 of the NFL regular season, we could see significant changes or not many at all. After this week, four more Dynasty Owner teams will be eliminated and only four will remain.

Regardless of their playoff status, all Dynasty Owners will get the following content this week and those still alive in the playoffs and Loser’s bracket tournament can use the information to help them win their Week 16 game. It’s a different schedule than usual due to the Tuesday games. On Wednesday afternoon, Jay Pounds will discuss the top free agents available during the Livestream and then his Free Agent Auction targets article and video will be available for everyone. Matt Morrison – The Jerk had his article about the WRs and TEs nominees for Value Player of the Year released on Tuesday afternoon and the video was posted on Wednesday around Noon. He will be back on Thursday afternoon with his Thursday Night Football preview. My article and video previewing the rest of the weekly slate of games will appear on Friday in advance of the Christmas holiday and games on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Check it out to see how my Week 15 recommendations fared and what teams are featured in the playoff semi-final Match-ups of the Week. Finally, Jay’s Monday Night Football preview article comes out on Monday afternoon to cap off the second week of the Dynasty Owner playoffs.

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Value Of The Year Nominees: WRs & TEs

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

The first round of the Dynasty Owner playoffs are almost officially over. So far, Week 15 has been disappointing on many levels, but despite that overall disappointment, there will be 33 percent of you remaining in the hunt for a championship after it is over. That’s right, our 12-team leagues will have shrunk down to four remaining by after the Tuesday games. This also may have been the best week imaginable to have a first round bye. Between COVID, injuries and just overall poor performances, it would have been a nice week to have zero stress.

For those of you who survive, today we are going to talk about some pass catchers that a lot of you probably have on your Dynasty Owner roster. The players I’m about to list are the most “valuable” of the 2021 season. Here is what I wrote in last week’s article when I talked about some quarterback and running back Value of the Year (VOTY) nominees.

Throughout the Thursday Night Article series, I have presented a Value of the Game prediction. Today and next week, I will present three to five nominees for a Value of the Year (VOTY) at each position. This will lead me into the Week 17 article where I will crown a Value of the Year winner for each position as well as an overall Value of the Year.

In order to be eligible for the VOTY, each player will have to be around the Top 20 or better for their position. In addition, they will have to be in the Top 10 in terms of value (DD/FP). Okay, let’s do it…

Wide Receivers

The first thing I want to mention about the wide receiver list is that it leaves off quite a few players who I thought would have been guaranteed to make it. Those players include DK Metcalf, A.J. Brown and Terry McLaurin. All three of these great talents would have made this article last year, but unfortunately, they have not been productive enough on the season to qualify. It goes without saying, but it has been a disappointing season for each of them.

Hunter Renfrow

Renfrow has been a very pleasant and unexpected surprise this year. Last year he finished as WR57 with 136.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Believe it or not, this number of fantasy points combined with his cheap salary of $708,987 put him as a Top 10 wide receiver in terms of Dynasty Dollars per Fantasy Point (DD/FP).

Well, this season has been even more impressive for him. He has scored north of 200.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and still has the same salary as last season. This puts him as the number one wide receiver for DD/FP this season. That number is $3,396. The Dynasty Owners who roster him know that it goes without saying…he has been an extreme value this year and that should continue.

The one other thing I want to mention is the fact that Darren Waller is currently dealing with both a knee and a back injury. Renfrow has been a target machine in the games that Waller misses.

Diontae Johnson

Johnson has been a staple of efficiency since he entered the league. The reason for this is the fact that he was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. This draft capital earned him a $1,070,241 salary. Excluding last week, 20 of his last 21 games played have ended with more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He has been not only a model of efficiency but also a model of consistency. With three games left in the regular season, he looks to easily cruise past 100 receptions. He has already surpassed 1,000 receiving yards. Let me give you a real life trade that I pulled off involving Johnson…

Thirty-two days ago, I traded Michael Pittman and a 2022 2nd round pick for Diontae Johnson.  As I made the trade, I realized that I was probably overpaying, but I was okay with that. I was, and still am, in win now mode for this league. I shed a little over $1,000,000 worth of salary cap and acquired an upgrade at receiver. Yes, this move will look much worse over the off-season, but my goal is to win a championship now and worry about the consequences later.

To sum up my thoughts: Diontae is currently the third ranked wide receiver when it comes to DD/FP. He sits at $4,611 and is one of the front runners to win the Value of the Year award from the wide receiver category.

Deebo Samuel

There is literally no player I have enjoyed watching more this season than Deebo. I don’t own him in either of my Dynasty Owner leagues, but it’s not for a lack of trying. I have composed several trades for Deebo over the past few months with no luck stealing him. I was prepared to greatly overpay for him too.

Regardless, Deebo has been one of the greatest values this year.  That value applies to both salary and draft capital. His salary is a cool $1,811,869, and he was regularly being drafted in the 5th/6th round in start-up drafts (ADP 69.0).

The most exciting part of Deebo’s season lies in the fact that he has been effectively used as a gadget running back for the last month. He has 12 total touchdowns on the season (7 rushing, 5 receiving). Over the past four games, he has four touchdowns, and all of them have come on the ground. He is one of the most versatile players in the game, and has a WR5 ranking to show for it. Deebo will likely not win the wide receiver Value of the Year, but he deserves the mention.  Unfortunately, his salary is just a little too high to justify a crown.

Tight Ends

Mark Andrews

I’m just gonna say it right now…Andrews is going to win the VOTY for the tight end class. There is virtually no chance he loses. The next closest player is Dalton Schultz, but it would take a historic and unprecedented end to the season for him to pass Andrews. Andrews is not only the greatest value this year. He also is currently the TE1 on the season. He was always the frontrunner for most efficient tight end in terms of salary, but now he’s also contending for the title of the greatest tight end in the NFL. Sorry to spoil the ending a week early, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you at this point.

Dalton Schultz

The aforementioned Schultz is having a career year himself. He has already surpassed his 2020 fantasy point finish, and he still has three weeks to go in the regular season. My assumption coming into the 2021 season was that Schultz would relinquish some of his target share back to Blake Jarwin. If you remember, Jarwin missed nearly the entire 2020 season due to injury. Well, even before Jarwin went on IR for the majority of this season, Schultz was the Cowboys’ TE1 in terms of fantasy production. He still sits as TE4 overall in what has been a real breakout season for the 25-year old pass catcher.

Dawson Knox

Speaking of career years, here is another tight end having exactly that. Knox is on pace for over 50 receptions, over 600 yards and 10 touchdowns. What else can you ask for from a tight end that makes less than $1,000,000 per year? My answer is…”nothing.” Knox has been better than I expected, and he is in a dog fight for the TE5 spot. He is currently competing against Kyle Pitts and Mike Gesicki.

I’ve said this many times this year, but I’ll say it again today. The tight end position is extremely scarce these days. It’s rare to find one that will clear 170.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, let alone do it with a sub $1,000,000 salary. Cherish these players. This type of value is not found often, and the benefactors of it will likely be competing for a championship over the next two weeks.

Thank you for reading everyone. Next week will be a great article to catch. I am going to have a lot of fun breaking down the five Value of the Year award winners as I recap the 2021 Dynasty Owner season. 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