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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