By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)
Dynasty Owners, we have officially made it through two weeks of football and while things started to look better in Week 2, I still don’t think we have a firm grasp on what teams are just yet. In Week 2, we had another week of pure craziness, and I will start my weekly recap off with my disappointment of the week, the Bengals.
- The Bengals were a team I was expecting to explode in Week 2 against a Dak ‘less Dallas team and instead it was Cooper Rush ($977,500) and the Cowboys’ defense who stole the show. While there is a ton of football left, I am officially worried about the reigning AFC champs.
- The runner up for disappointment of the week in Week 2 must be the Indianapolis Colts and their blowout loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. I am not sure what is going on in Indy, but it appears it will be a very long season for Colts’ fans.
- Comebacks were a big story in Week 2 with the Jets and Cardinals posting massive come from behind victories. I know the Cardinals won their game, but it has not been pretty for Arizona thus far.
- In what was the craziest victory I have seen in some time, the Joe Flacco-led ($3,500,000) Jets beat the Browns after being down 30-17 with under two minutes to play. Oh, and they had zero timeouts left. A true blunder from a team that needs to rack up as many wins as possible until Deshaun Watson ($46,000,000) returns from suspension.
- The last game I will highlight, unfortunately, is the New England vs Pittsburgh game. It was an absolute snooze fest on offense, but I still lost a bet and now must wear a Patriots shirt on the Dynasty Owner podcast/video this week with Steve Van Tassell (@SteveV33). If you would like to see me in an ugly shirt, be sure to stay tuned to the podcast I do with Steve.
Remember last week when I said that I would change the free agent requirements later in the season to get everyone better options? Well, that time is now as there were two players over the salary limit that I set last week ($7,500,000 or less). I just could not leave those players off this list, so the salary limit has changed. I may just stick to this approach moving forward to put as much productivity as possible in these articles.
- Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF) – 1 year/$7,000,000 – 20.85% Rostered
The 49ers and Dynasty Owners everywhere lost one of the more polarizing players in all of sports this week and the biggest winner out of all of that is the man listed above, Jimmy Garoppolo. After the 49ers struggles in Week one with Trey Lance ($8,526,319) at quarterback we heard plenty of rumblings that many in the 49ers’ locker room preferred Jimmy G over Lance. They will now get their wish. As for Dynasty Owners, it really sucks losing a player like Trey Lance, but Jimmy G is a suitable replacement and will offer a much safer floor. He does come with a much lower ceiling than the North Dakota State product offered. In relief of Lance, Jimmy G went 13 of 21 passing for 154 yards and a touchdown on top of 5 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown (20.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Grab Garoppolo now because he will be gone tomorrow. Affordable starting quarterbacks are extremely tough to find in Dynasty Owner and if you pay attention to Jimmy Garoppolo’s roster percentage over the next two days you will see that on full display.
- Curtis Samuel (WR – WAS) – 2 years/$11,500,000 – 64.26% Rostered
Curtis Samuel is by far the most expensive player I have ever included in this series and while he is a bit pricey, his connection with Carson Wentz ($32,000,000) is difficult to ignore. Through two weeks, Samuel has posted 15 catches for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns plus added 38 rushing yards on 5 carries (41.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). This is good enough for Samuel to qualify as a WR1 thus far. I am not sure that Samuel can keep up this pace playing for a team like the Commanders, but it seems Ron Rivera and company are keen to Samuel and love feeding him the ball. For once, I can honestly say this has nothing to do with my Ohio State bias, or does it? If Samuel continues to be featured, Dynasty Owners will have no choice but to find ways to fit him under their salary cap.
- Noah Brown (WR – DAL) – 1 year/$1,187,500 – 25.96% Rostered
Before the season started everyone was trying to assess who would be the Cowboys number 2 receiver while Michael Gallup ($11,500,000) was out. While most expected it to be Jalen Tolbert ($1,283,930) or KaVontae Turpin ($853,333), neither has stood out. The player that has stood out the most for the Cowboys offense has been 26-year-old Noah Brown. I am not expecting Brown to be great for years to come or anything along those lines, but as of now he is a solid Bench play and I see no reason he won’t be the number 3 receiver for Dallas after the return of Gallup. So far in 2022, Brown has quietly put up a stat line of 10 catches for 159 yards and 1 touchdown (31.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). If those numbers don’t earn Brown consistent playing time, nothing will.
- Greg Dortch (WR – ARI) – 1 year/$895,000 – 63.4% Rostered
Up next, we have our first repeat player of the year, Greg Dortch. As I mentioned last week Dortch should see a ton of work until DeAndre Hopkins ($27,500,000) gets back from his suspension. While Dortch did not have a huge Week 2, he did have 4 catches for 55 yards and a touchdown plus 21 return yards (16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) to follow up a solid Week 1 performance. The Cardinals are deep at the WR position, but as we all know productivity will always win. If Dortch can string a few more good games together it wouldn’t surprise me if he found himself ahead of A.J. Green ($3,500,000) and possibly even Rondale Moore ($1,731,060) this season.
- Logan Thomas (TE – WAS) – 3 years/$8,021,667 – 63.83% Rostered
In the final spot of today’s article, we have a player that I for some reason love and have way too many shares of sitting at the end of many of my dynasty benches, Logan Thomas. Thomas has been a fun player to watch since making the switch from quarterback to tight end and aside from the injuries, I must say he has done well. Over the past 13 games Thomas has appeared in over three seasons, he has scored double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in 10 of them and fell just .5 points shy of making it 11 out of 13 games. Thomas has not had a big game in 2022 just yet but he has posted solid numbers (6 catches for 82 yards and a touchdown, good for 20.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) after coming back from a significant injury. If Thomas can stay healthy, he should finish as a Top 15 tight end this season with Carson Wentz and his love affair for tight ends.
Thank you all for reading and good luck on your Week 3 matchups! Don’t forget to check out the other articles from Steve, Matt, and Nate, as well as the Livestream, Champions podcast, and the podcast with Steve and myself. Stay safe out there and good luck on your 2022 Chase for the Ring!