By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)
Let’s not waste any time here. The winner of the 2021 Dynasty Owner Chase for the Ring is:
SKOL Vikings – League #31927
Congratulations to Jeff, owner of SKOL Vikings, on being our third Chase for the Ring Champion. He joins Eddie (formerly New York’s Strongest, now New York’s Rabid Dogs) and Viktor (Barbee Kilgore) in this illustrious club. Like both of our previous winners, SKOL Vikings was the leader on the Regular Season Leaderboard and held on through the playoffs to win their League and the Ring.
You have to go back to Week 2 of the 2021 season to find a Top 10 Chase leaderboard without a SKOL Vikings team on it and back to Week 3 to find one without the League #31927 SKOL Vikings team. Their first appearance at the top of the Chase standings came in Week 5 and they also led in Weeks 9 and 10 before taking the top spot for good in Week 14.
Jeff will join Tim and myself on a special Tuesday edition of the Dynasty Owner Livestream at 4 PM (Eastern). Come find out his thoughts on his team, the 2021 season, what life is like as the new Chase for the Ring Champion and the name of the dog that used to be in his profile picture.
In addition to a Ring Champion, we are also celebrating two undefeated teams for the entire Dynasty Owner regular season and playoffs. Both of our remaining undefeated teams after Week 16 were victorious in Week 17 to capture their League Championship and finish off an undefeated season.
|Team Name||League||Week 17 Result||Chase Position||Change|
|DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew)||27458||Win||3rd||None|
|Detroit’s Finest||74733||Win||7th||Up 2|
DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) moved into third place in Week 9 and never relinquished the spot. They were a Top 10 fixture from Week 4 onward. Detroit’s Finest made their first appearance in the Top 10 in Week 3, dropped out the following week and didn’t come back until Week 10, then dropped out in Week 11 before making their third and final Top 10 appearance in ninth place in Week 16. They moved up two spots again to seventh place after everything was said and done, won their League Championship and can call themselves undefeated.
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, all statistics were current as of the morning of January 4th.
Dynasty Owner Playoff Championship Match-up of the Week Recap #1 – SKOL Vikings vs. Jhausdawg
We all know by now that SKOL Vikings won this match-up to win the Chase for the Ring. Let’s see the final scoreboard.
This game was a lot closer than predicted. SKOL Vikings were about 35.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points under their prediction, while Jhausdawg was pretty much right on target. Jhausdawg made it close, but it could have been a whole lot closer and the result could have been different with just one lineup change.
That’s because both teams left their top point scorer for the week on the Bench. SKOL Vikings had Tom Brady and his 42.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on their Bench, while Jhausdawg left Joe Burrow and his 51.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on their Bench. SKOL Vikings started Justin Herbert and he had 24.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Jhausdawg had Josh Allen in their Starting lineup. Allen scored 19.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and came into the week as the overall #1 scorer in Dynasty Owner. If both teams had started the higher scoring player, SKOL Vikings would have sweated out a victory by a score of 162.12 to 160.31. In fact, they would have been behind (159.13 to 157.84) heading into Monday Night Football with Bench players Diontae Johnson (SKOL Vikings) going up against Chase Claypool (Jhausdawg). It could have been that close.
The result could have also been completely different. If Jhausdawg had Burrow in their Starting lineup over Allen and SKOL Vikings still had Herbert, Jhausdawg would have won the game and the Championship and we’d have a different Ring winner.
Both teams also had zero Dynasty Owner fantasy points from their Starting kickers (Matt Gay for SKOL Vikings and Greg Zuerlein for Jhausdawg). SKOL Vikings had Vikings kicker Greg Joseph on their Bench and he ended up scoring 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the frigid conditions at Lambeau Field, while Jhausdawg missed out on a season-high 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Seahawks kicker Jason Myers. Both were solid decisions. Gay missed only his second FG of the season in Week 17 and first since Week 4. Joseph was kicking in cold conditions and his team was starting their backup QB and not expected to have a prolific offensive game. Zuerlein was averaging 8.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and had made 13 FGs of under 50 yards since coming back from injury before he missed the 43-yard FG against Arizona. Myers had only scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points once all season, was averaging 3.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game for the season and just 2.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game since Seattle’s Week 9 bye.
The leading scorer for SKOL Vikings was Green Bay WR Davante Adams with 30.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, followed by Herbert, Josh Jacobs (18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Deebo Samuel (17.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Jhausdawg had 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Devin Singletary and 19.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from both Josh Allen and David Montgomery.
Coming into Monday Night Football, Jhausdawg needed a miracle with Steelers WR Chase Claypool having to outscore his teammate Diontae Johnson by 36.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for them to win. Johnson had more points and Jhausdawg fell short in his attempt for a second straight League #31927 Championship and to be the spoiler in SKOL Vikings’ quest for the Ring.
Dynasty Owner Playoff Championship Match-up of the Week Recap #2 – The Road Warriors vs. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew)
This game was projected to be the closest of the three featuring our top Contenders in the Chase for the Ring and it ended up being much closer than projected. Both teams fell short of their projections and while The Road Warriors were projected to win by 18.03 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and they ended up winning by only 2.38 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew).
The Road Warriors had 30.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Davante Adams and 29.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Kyler Murray to pace their scoring. They also had just over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from both of their Starting RBs (Jonathan Taylor with 20.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Austin Ekeler with 20.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). They did leave DK Metcalf on the Bench and he ended up scoring 30.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Tough decisions on what WRs to have in the Starting linuep for The Road Warriors as they had Adams, Tyreek Hill, Justin Jefferson, A.J. Brown and Metcalf at their disposal. The TE advantage for The Road Warriors didn’t materialize as much as projected as Travis Kelce only outscored Tyler Higbee by 0.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the Starting lineup (13.4 to 12.9). Dalton Schultz did have 11.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on the Bench for The Road Warriors compared to just 3.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on the Bench for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew), but that only added 2.07 more points for The Road Warriors. However, those points plus the 0.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points advantage from Kelce over Higbee at TE was more than the final margin of victory.
The leading scorer for both teams was Tom Brady with 42.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the Starting lineup for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) who also had 31.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Cooper Kupp from Najee Harris on Monday Night Football and 21.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Cooper Kupp, which was very good, but below his season-long per game average. On the other hand, Nick Chubb disappointed DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) by only scoring 5.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on Monday night (58 rushing yards on only 12 carries). Browns’ fans and DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) probably have a lot of questions about the play calling in the first half by Browns coach Kevin Stefanski. Dalvin Cook also disappointed on Sunday night with just 4.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.
The Road Warriors had a big lead heading into Monday night with a 39.78 Dynasty Owner fantasy point advantage, but it was barely enough. The combination of Nick Chubb and Najee Harris scored 37.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to allow The Road Warriors to hold on for the narrow victory, capture the League #27449 Championship and retain second place in the Chase for the Ring.
Dynasty Owner Playoff Championship Match-up of the Week Recap #3 – DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) vs. Boomer1977
As noted in the undefeated teams section earlier, the DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) team in League #27458 won and remained undefeated for the 2021 Dynasty Owner season. It wasn’t by quite as much as predicted, but a win is a win, and this win was by more than enough points.
Balanced scoring was the name of the game for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) as they had seven of the players in their Starting lineup (all but the kicker) with more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Until Najee Harris had 31.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on Monday Night, their leading scorer was Cooper Kupp with 21.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) was able to leave Joe Burrow and his 51.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on their Bench and still secure an easy victory.
The Starting RBs for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) scored a significant amount of the final margin of victory as Austin Ekeler and Joe Mixon had 29.0 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) than Jordan Howard and Javonte Williams did for Boomer1977 (35.8 vs. 6.8). Boomer1977 could have used a swap of his Bench RBs (Rhamondre Stevenson and Melvin Gordon) who combined for 34.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The added points would have meant a smaller lead for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) of 127.75 to 114.70 heading into Monday Night Football. After Diontae Johnson scored first for Pittsburgh, there could have been some anxious moments for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew).
In the end, Boomer1977 was behind by 34.17 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and while the Johnson TD may have given them a small shred of hope, it didn’t last long. Najee Harris of DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) ended up outscoring Diontae Johnson of Boomer1977 by 14.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (31.6 for Harris versus 17.1 for Johnson) to secure the final margin of victory, the League #27458 Championship and third place in the final Chase for the Ring standings for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew).
Final Chase for the Ring Leaderboard
We know who the winner was, and that the Top 3 teams all won, but what about the rest of the Top 10? Who else won and made it on the final Top 10 Championship Contenders leaderboard, and who lost and was replaced?
Overall, six of the teams from last week’s Top 10 survived and won their League Championship.
The final margin of victory by SKOL Vikings was 25.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over The Road Warriors and 30.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew). Both of the runner-up teams closed the gap between themselves and SKOL Vikings by about 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) had a chance at second place with a better game by Nick Chubb and finishes third for the second consecutive season, an impressive accomplishment to say the least.
After SKOL Vikings, The Road Warriors and DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) in the top three spots, there was a lot of change. Our new fourth place team is ODBs who moved up from fifth place by scoring 201.64 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to win their League Championship game. It was quite the meteoric rise for ODBs who didn’t crack the Top 10 Leaderboard until Week 13. Richie Incognito also moved up one spot from when they ended after Week 16 going from sixth to fifth place. Detroit’s Finest moved up two spots from ninth place to seventh place in their undefeated season.
ODBs replaced juan blanco in fourth place after juan blanco lost in their League Championship game to Orange Crush. Three other teams in the Week 16 Top 10 also lost. Former seventh place team Blaze’s Backyard Burners lost an extremely close Championship final in League #28287 to Orange Crush (146.06 to 145.91). Orange Crush toppled two Top 10 teams in the final week. Blaze’s Backyard Burners needed 31.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Najee Harris and fell just short of victory.
Former eighth place team Thee Camel Toe Jockey fell to Asian Zing in League #66645 and former tenth place team The FootballGuys (Jeff) lost to Life as a Falcons Fan in one of the DynastyDorks Pros vs. Joes leagues. Neither game was close and both of the League Champions in those leagues ended up in the final Top 25 of the Chase.
In place of those teams that lost, we have Oh God Dalvins Cooking from League #27444 jump into the Top 10 in sixth place after being in 11th place last week. The remaining Top 10 teams are all new and making their inaugural appearance in the Top 10. Chicken Dinner from League #30058 captured eight place, in ninth place was King Bluntzworth, your champion from League #30057 and Little Donny Foundation from League #27446 finished in tenth place.
Finally, a quick look at how the Top 25 teams from the end of the regular season finished up. In the end, 13 out of the Top 25 teams in the final regular season leaderboard won their League Championship and appear on the final Championship Contenders Leaderboard. A dozen teams lost, similar to what happened in the 2020 season. This demonstrates again that it’s tough to get on the Chase for the Ring leaderboard and even tougher to stay on there until the end.
Congratulation to SKOL Vikings on winning the Ring. Congratulations to both DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) and Detroit’s Finest on finishing the season undefeated. Congratulations to everyone who finished in the Top 10 and Top 25 of the Chase for the Ring as your spot will be immortalized forever on the 2021 Championship Contenders Leaderboard. Congratulations are also in order for all of our 2021 Dynasty Owner League Champions, regardless of where you finished in the Chase for the Ring. All of you should be proud of your accomplishment.
Congratulations, but to a lesser extent, to the second place teams who lost the Championship game on making it that far, and to the third place game winners and Loser’s bracket tournament winners. All of the Loser’s bracket tournament winners earned something that may help them win their League (or the Chase for the Ring) next year.
While that’s all for the Chase for the Ring and our undefeated teams, we still have to review how the players did in Week 17. That’ll happen on Wednesday with the weekly recap article naming the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week, Value Player of the Week, reviewing my Week 17 recommendations and seeing what players should have been in your Starting lineup and on your Bench.
The rest of the Dynasty Owner content will recap the year as well. Since there’s no more players to target in the Free Agent Auction on a weekly basis, Jay Pounds is going to take a look back at the year in the Free Agent Auction on Thursday with an article and video. On Friday, Matt Morrison – The Jerk will offer up an article and video with his League Winners plus Dynasty Owner Player of the Year awards.
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. Thanks to all of my fellow Dynasty Owners on a great 2021 Dynasty Owner season. Special thanks to everyone who has read my articles and watched my videos this season. I appreciate all of you. Have a great day!