Monday Night Football Preview: Week 8

Bengals at Browns

By: Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl)

Dynasty Owners, we have football on Halloween night! The game may be lacking star power, but expect some wild things to happen as the universe just won’t be able to control itself. A black cat strolling on the field? Maybe. We’ll just have to wait and see.

What to Watch For

In tonight’s game, there will be several things that I will have my eye on. The first being Kareem Hunt ($6,000,000). Will he see the field? Will he be traded before, or even better during tonight’s game? My bet is he will be moved early Tuesday morning. The next big factor in tonight’s game is the fact that Joe Burrow ($9,047,534) does not have his best friend, Ja’Marr Chase ($7,704,910), on the field with him for the first time in a couple years. It will be interesting to see how Burrow handles it and we will find out later tonight. I am expecting Burrow to be fine with Cleveland’s defense not exactly being a tough task to handle this season. The last thing I will be keeping a close eye on tonight is the Cleveland coaching staff and play calling in particular. The Browns have a top 3 running back in Nick Chubb ($12,200,000) and they have failed to utilize him enough all season long. If the Browns want any chance to win this game, they will need a big-time performance from Nick Chubb. Somehow the Browns coaching staff has failed to realize that Jacoby Brissett averaging nearly 35 pass attempts per game is a bad idea. 

Jay’s Monday Night Prediction

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Cincinnati Bengals   Cleveland Browns

I am going with the Bengals tonight despite the struggles they had with the Browns in 2021. Nick Chubb will do enough to keep the game close most of the way, if Cleveland coaching actually gives him the ball. In the end, Joe Burrow will be too much to handle for Cleveland.

Over/Under Projections – Bengals

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Joe BurrowQB$9,047,53423.6Over

The back-to-back Dynasty Owner Player of the Week will look to stay atop his throne on Halloween night. Burrow will have plenty of tricks and treats in store for the Browns’ defense and will hit the Over easily.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Joe MixonRB$12,000,00016.5Under

I am not expecting Mixon to hit the Over this week, but I do expect him to have a decent game. Look for Mixon to finish in the 12.0 to 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point range tonight.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Tee HigginsWR$2,171,69617.9Over

If Burrow wants to have a shot at a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week award, Higgins must step up. Over for Higgins in a big game.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Tyler BoydWR$10,750,00014.1Over

Tyler Boyd has thrived in a number 2 role many times throughout his career, and I see no reason that changes now. Over for Boyd.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Hayden HurstTE$3,500,00010.0Over

Will it be a big game for all of the main Bengals ‘pass catchers? I believe so. Over for Hayden Hurst who is quietly having a good season.

Over/Under Projections – Browns

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Jacoby BrissettQB$4,650,00017.9Under

Brissett is averaging almost 35 pass attempts per game (33.3) and that will help him come close to hitting the Over. Unfortunately for Browns fans, I am expecting a couple turnovers for Brissett that will lower his Dynasty Owner fantasy point total for tonight.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Nick ChubbRB$12,200,00015.4Over

The rare running back who doesn’t need to catch passes to have a big Dynasty Owner fantasy point day. Nick Chubb is a beast and is an easy Over.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Amari CooperWR$20,000,00012.6Over

I have Cooper hitting the Over, but it would not surprise me if he came out and had a 5.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point outing or less. Cooper has had many disappearing acts throughout his career that make him tough to predict on a single game basis.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Donovan Peoples-JonesWR$870,4029.2Over

Despite fumbling issues, Peoples-Jones has started coming into his own the past few weeks. I am expecting a good game from the young receiver.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Harrison BryantTE$1,016,0077.9Under

The Browns faithful have loved Bryant since drafting him and he has looked good in spots during his career. That said, I don’t think Brissett trusts him all that much and that keeps him from hitting the Over this week.

Dynasty Owner Games of the Week

Every week, I will pick at least one Dynasty Owner game 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.

Game 1 – League #31822

Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) – No one left in Starting lineup or Bench left to play

juan blanco – Nick Chubb in Starting lineup left to play

Here we have the first of two tightly contested matchups. Both of these Dynasty Owners are in the top 10 in the Chase for the Ring standings, but not in this league. Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) and juan blanco are projected to finish just 1.21 Dynasty Owner fantasy points apart. Unfortunately for my friend Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S), I do not see him being able to pull out the win with no players left to play and Nick Chubb still to go for his opponent. I am in leagues with both of these Dynasty Owners and like both of them so I’m really hoping for a tie somehow. Sadly, I must pick one. In the end, my pal Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) just won’t be able to handle Chubb and will come up just short.

Game 2 – League #30539

Michael’s Bulldogs – Joe Burrow in Starting lineup left to play

Burrows before hoes – Demetric Felton on Bench left to play

In our second matchup this week, we have another close projected finish with the difference down to just 2.23 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. I find it ironic that the week I put team Burrows before hoes in one of my articles they are going to get beat by the man who inspired their team’s name, Joe Burrow. Michaels’s Bulldogs is down big heading into tonight, but they have to be feeling confident with their star young signal caller left to play. Sorry Burrows before hoes, I see Michael’s Bulldogs pulling out the win.

Value of the Game Recap

Last week, I had several options to choose from for Value of the Game, but I decided to go with the hot hand in Rhamondre Stevenson ($1,057,264). It paid off, putting me above .500 and getting over the whole Mike Boone ($1,925,000) debacle.

Week 7Rushing AttemptsReceptionsTotal YardsTDsDOFPSalaryDD/PT
Projection184134125.4$1,057,264$41,625
Actual – Winner11898123.8$1,057,264$44,423

Overall Record: 4-3

 Value of the Game

Week 8 Winner – Donovan Peoples-Jones

Week 8 ProjectedReceptionsReceiving YardsReturn YardsTDsDOFP
Donovan Peoples-Jones46322116.85

I had a very tough time with this week’s pick. It came down to Tee Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones. I am confident Higgins will have a good game, but he needs to more than double the total of Peoples-Jones. Because of that, I must go with the Browns player. Yuck!

Peoples-Jones has done well over the past few weeks, and I see no reason that changes with the Browns likely playing from behind most of the day.

Be sure to check out all our upcoming content this season. We will have several articles, podcasts, and the Livestream on Wednesday for everyone each week. Thank you all for reading and I hope your teams killed it this week. Stay safe out there and good luck on your 2022 Chase for the Ring!

Week 8 Preview – Changing of the Guard

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

There has been a changing of the guard at the QB position this season. The older QBs are being surpassed by the younger QBs. Not necessarily less expensive in terms of salary as a couple of the younger QBs, such as Josh Allen ($43,005,667) and Patrick Mahomes ($45,000,000)  have gotten new contracts and are deservedly two of the highest paid players in the game. Lamar Jackson ($23,016,000) is playing on his fifth year option and joining that club next season.

If you don’t believe that there has been a changing of the guard at QB this season, I completely understand. You probably are saying to yourself that Allen, Mahomes and Justin Herbert ($6,644,688) were all in the top 5 QBs last season and are pretty much the same this season. Herbert is QB6, but that’s close enough. Plus, it was all of the young QBs who went early in Dynasty Owner startup drafts.

Both of those statements are true, as is my contention about a changing of the guard at the QB position. Let’s tackle each point separately.

First, here’s the top 10 QBs from last season both in terms of overall Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFP) and Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. I used 2021 ages and salaries, but note that only Josh Allen had a salary increase for 2022.

RankPlayer2021 SalaryAge2021 DOFP2021 per game DOFP
QB1Tom Brady$25,000,00044521.530.7
QB2Josh Allen$5,295,76025503.329.6
QB3Justin Herbert$6,644,68823502.429.55
QB4Patrick Mahomes$45,000,00026475.828.0
QB5Aaron Rodgers$33,500,00037445.127.8
QB6Matthew Stafford$27,000,00033445.126.2
QB7Dak Prescott$40,000,00028428.726.8
QB8Joe Burrow$9,047,53424424.026.5
QB9Kirk Cousins$33,000,00033401.125.1
QB10Kyler Murray$8,914,50424368.926.35

There are some slight differences if you sort on a per game basis (Stafford drops to QB9, Murray goes to QB8, Prescott and Burrow move up a spot and Cousins drops a spot), but no changes to the top 10. By age, there is a huge gap between older and younger QBs with four QBs 33 years of age or older and the remaining six QBs 28 years of age or younger. If you remove Dak Prescott from the “younger” category, then it’s five QBs 26 years of age or younger. Close to an even split.

Fast forward to 2022 and the top 10 is much different (stats from the Thursday night Ravens-Buccaneers game are not included).

RankPlayer2022 SalaryAge2022 DOFP2022 per game DOFP
QB1Josh Allen$43,005,66726230.538.4
QB2Patrick Mahomes$45,000,00027230.132.9
QB3Joe Burrow$9,047,53425218.631.2
QB4Lamar Jackson$23,016,00025192.827.5
QB5Jalen Hurts$1,506,29224169.828.3
QB6Justin Herbert$6,644,68824161.323.0
QB7Geno Smith$3,500,00032158.622.7
QB8Kyler Murray$8,914,50425155.522.2
QB9Trevor Lawrence$9,198,37223144.520.6
QB10Daniel Jones$6,416,01425141.320.2

Besides the unexpected play of Geno Smith that has catapulted him in the top 10 in the #7 spot, there are no other QBs over 30 years of age. Just Geno all by himself. Everyone else is 27 years old or younger as Dak has dropped out due to injury and subpar play in the two games he’s been in the Cowboys’ lineup (21.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points).

What happened to the four older QBs from the 2021 top 10? Here’s where they rank this season so far:

RankPlayer2022 SalaryAge2022 DOFP2022 per game DOFP
QB11Tom Brady$15,000,00045138.319.8
QB14Aaron Rodgers$33,500,00038125.617.9
QB26Matthew Stafford$27,000,0003482.413.7
QB12Kirk Cousins$33,000,00034127.721.3

Only Cousins hasn’t changed much as he’s QB12, but would move into the top 10 at QB9 on a per game basis. The other “older” QBs from last year’s top 10 are well off from their 2021 performance. The G.O.A.T. Tom Brady is barely outside of the top 10 at QB11, but compared to his QB1 performance in 2021, he’s down 10.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game.

If you drafted Brady, Rodgers, Stafford, or even Derek Carr ($25,000,000) to hold down the Starting QB position while you wait for a younger QB on a rookie contract outside of the top 10 to play better, then your season might not be going as well as planned. It’s not a complete changing of the guard as Cousins and Smith are holding on, but it’s pretty close.

For those of you who have been playing Dynasty Owner for a couple of years, has it been the same couple of teams making the playoffs, but now someone new is coming into contention this season? We talk a lot about teams that have made repeat appearances in the Chase for the Ring and deservedly so, but let’s give a shout-out to any established Dynasty Owner teams that are trying for a changing of the guard in their beta league or their 2020 startup league. 

In fact, I found Match-up of the Week that fits this week’s theme and didn’t have to look too hard to find it since we discussed this league and one of the featured teams during the Livestream on Wednesday afternoon. Please watch and like the video on YouTube if you can as it’ll help Dynasty Owner out tremendously.

Thanks for reading my weekly preview article and for being a Dynasty Owner. If this is your first time reading my preview article, here’s what to expect. Every week of the 14-game Dynasty Owner regular season and three game playoffs, I’ll present a player at each position (QB, RB, WR, TE) who you should have as a Starter in your Dynasty Owner lineup. These won’t be the obvious choices. No recommendations to go ahead and start Josh Allen, Nick Chubb, Stefon Diggs, or Justin Jefferson. Those guys are cemented in your Starting lineup unless something bad happens, or they are on bye. Players who are rostered in 100% (or nearly 100%) of Dynasty Owner leagues with low ADPs and top rankings so far this season won’t be mentioned either. Nope, I’m going to recommend you Start players who were drafted to be on your Bench or Practice Squad or haven’t played well yet. Think about the players who aren’t on a roster in every Dynasty Owner league, or have high ADPs and could be found after the 15th round in a typical Dynasty Owner startup draft, but haven’t played well through the first half of the season.

After that, I’ll name one player per position who should be on your Bench or Practice Squad. For these Bench recommendations, it’s just the opposite. I’ll suggest players drafted early in Dynasty Owner startup drafts to be Starters with the low ADP to prove it or players who have done well so far this season. However, they shouldn’t be in your Starting lineup for the week based on matchups, past performance against a team or something else.

All stats cited are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the 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 roster percentage statistics were current as of the morning of Friday, October 29th.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

Let’s check on how my Week 7 recommendations fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok) as I predicted Dynasty Owner Starting lineup worthy performances from these four players.

QB: Marcus Mariota (ATL – $9,375,000) – 14.3 (Just Ok recommendation)

RB: D’Onta Foreman (CAR – $2,000,000) – 18.5 (Good recommendation)

WR: Nico Collins (HOU – $1,217,879) – 6.3 (Bad recommendation)

TE: Hunter Henry (NE – $12,500,000) – 2.2 (Bad recommendation)

A pretty average week with one Good and one Just Ok recommendation plus two Bad recommendations. Let’s start with the positive. I picked D’Onta Foreman because he had done something similar last year with Tennessee in replacing a superstar RB. He rewarded my faith with 18.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Marcus Mariota’s 14.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points was surprisingly Just Ok as there have been weeks when that many points would be Bad. However, Mariota was better than nine other QBs as there were more than a few very bad QB performances. He ended up as a mid-range Bench QB but not far off from being a low-end Starter. Nico Collins left the Texans’ game in the third quarter with an injury after getting 3 receptions for 33 yards (6.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), but he didn’t score enough points before the injury and that recommendation was Bad. Finally, the Hunter Henry recommendation was Bad as the Patriots struggled with QB production, Henry was only targeted twice and caught one pass for 12 yards (2.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points).

Only one Good recommendation, so the Good recommendation percentage is down a little bit to 32%, while the Bad recommendation percentage is also down to 57%. It’s time to find out who I’m recommending for Week 8 to increase my Good recommendation percentage.

Taylor Heinicke (WAS – $2,375,000): Heinicke was predictably average in his first action of the 2022 season with 19.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That ranked him as QB13 for the week and was right in line with his performance through the first 12 weeks of the 2021 season (average of 20.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game). He got injured in Week 13 versus the Cowboys and tailed off after that point of the season. Heinicke has been a low-end Starting QB to high-end Bench QB in Dynasty Owner during his career and that should continue in Week 8 against the Colts.

The Colts’ defense is in the middle of the pack, allowing an average of 18.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. However, if you remove the three games against Ryan Tannehill ($29,500,000) and Russell Wilson ($35,000,000) who are the older QBs that they have played (Tannehill is 34 years old and Wilson is 33 years old), that average increases to 23.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Heinicke is 29 years old, but plays younger than Tannehill and Wilson, so he’s more like the younger QBs the Colts have played in Patrick Mahomes, Trevor Lawrence and Davis Mills ($1,304,383).

Heinicke will probably have around 20.0 to 23.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which would have put him in QB7-QB11 range in Week 7. It should be about the same, which means Heinicke won’t be a top 5 QB and he may barely crack the top 10. However, he’ll be good enough to be a Starting QB in Week 8 so get him in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

Tyler Allgeier (ATL – $998,474): Since Week 4, Tyler Allgeier has received at least 10 rushing attempts per game. This is mostly due to the injury suffered by Cordarrelle Patterson ($5,250,000) in Week 3 that kept him out of most of the Week 4 game against Cleveland and then a stint on Injured Reserve. Not sure if it’s a changing of the guard in the Falcons’ backfield or if Patterson is the lead RB or just an all-purpose weapon when he returns. That doesn’t matter right now though as I’m sure the first-place Falcons (yep, that’s correct) are just trying to win in Week 8.

Allgeier is going to be a Starting RB this week due to volume. He doesn’t catch many passes (2 receptions for 25 yards), doesn’t break off big runs with only one 20+ yard run all season, and isn’t returning kicks. It’s all about the rushing opportunities, yards and TDs for him. Therefore, it’s good news that the Falcons’ opponents this week are the Carolina Panthers who are allowing an average of 120.9 rushing yards per game, 4.1 yards per carry (which is also Allgeier’s average) and have given up 7 rushing TDs. The fact that this is likely to be a low-scoring close game helps Allgeier as well because the Falcons won’t need to abandon the run. They usually don’t as they are ranked second in rushing play percentage (58.04%), behind only Chicago at 59.75%. All this says to me that he’ll get more than 10 carries plus a TD this week, and score enough Dynasty Owner fantasy points to be a worthy inclusion in your Starting lineup.

Darius Slayton (NYG – $688,497): The highest ranked Giants’ WR in Dynasty Owner is Richie James ($1,065,000) who has 38.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and is WR74. He seems to have fallen out of favor in recent weeks with just 6 receptions for 45 receiving yards in the past four games. Meanwhile, Darius Slayton has scored 33.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (11 receptions, 166 receiving yards, 1 TD) over the same time period. He is also the only Giants WR to play a majority of the snaps in each of the past four games. With the trade of Kadarius Toney ($3,429,877) to Kansas City, Slayton appears to be the top WR for the Giants at the moment.

What a great moment for him to be in that position as the Giants face Seattle who are a below average defense against the pass. The Seattle defense allows 249.4 passing yards per game (ranked 23rd) and has given up 11 passing TDs (tied for 22nd). With the Giants only passing catching TE Daniel Bellinger ($1,113,276) out, the team’s passing catching corps are even more depleted which should mean Slayton is heavily targeted this week.

In surprising news, Slayton is still available in almost 20% of Dynasty Owner leagues (80.85% rostered) and has such a low salary that almost every Dynasty Owner team can afford to have him on their roster. If you have him, then Start him. If you don’t and he’s on the Free Agent Auction, bid on his services tonight and then put him in your Starting lineup.

Jelani Woods (IND – $1,343,118): The three TEs for Indianapolis are all pretty similar for fantasy football purposes, which isn’t exactly great for Dynasty Owners with any of them on their rosters. It’s hard to tell who’s going to play well every week. Jelani Woods had 2 TDs in Week 3 versus Kansas City and another one in Week 6 versus Jacksonville. Mo Alie-Cox had 2 TDs in Week 4 against Tennessee. Kylen Granson doesn’t have a TD, but has the most targets, receptions and receiving yards.

RankPlayerSalaryRoster %ReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
TE27Mo Alie-Cox$5,850,00051.91%11136236.6
TE29Jelani Woods$1,343,11897.45%677334.7
TE30Kylen Granson$1,046,59281.28%17165032.9

What a crapshoot! So, why am I sticking my neck out and picking Woods for your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup?

It’s because he’s the only one of the three TEs who caught a TD pass from new Colts starting QB Sam Ehlinger ($902,677) during the pre-season. In the first pre-season game, Woods caught 2 passes from Ehlinger for 22 yards and a TD. Granson had 1 reception for 19 yards and Cox had nothing all pre-season. Woods is also starting to play more. He’s third among the TEs in snaps, but the difference is getting smaller as the season progresses.

The Commanders are allowing 2 passing TDs per game (14 in total), so there’s a good chance that Ehlinger will throw at least one TD in his first start. With all of the TEs other than the top echelon completely TD-dependent, I like the odds of picking a TE playing a team that allows a lot of passing TDs. The only team worse than Washington is Kansas City who is on bye. Therefore, the Starting lineup recommendation is Woods.

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

Now it’s time to look at how my Bench recommendations from Week 7 worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). The Good recommendations have outnumbered the Bad ones over the first five weeks. Let’s find out how they did.

QB: Trevor Lawrence (JAC – $9,198,372) – 22.8 (Bad recommendation)

RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC – $2,705,393) – 9.2 (Just Ok)

WR: Courtland Sutton (DEN – $15,200,000) – 5.3 (Good recommendation)

TE: T.J. Hockenson (DET – $4,955,306) – 8.8 (Just Ok recommendation)

Two Just Ok recommendation plus one Good and one Bad recommendation is likely the definition of average. The Good recommendation was pretty good as Courtland Sutton only had 5.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but it wasn’t like he had a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) or anything horrific. The Bad recommendation saw Trevor Lawrence be the QB7 for the week, but he was only a couple of points ahead of being a Just Ok recommendation as Taylor Heinicke was QB13 with 19.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The Just Ok recommendations were just that – Ok. Nothing special even after Clyde Edwards-Helaire was demoted from being the Chiefs’ Starting RB (which happened after I made my recommendation). He was an extremely low-end FLEX Starter or a high-end Bench option. Hockenson was a mid-tier Bench TE but just a point or two away from being a low-end Starter, so that one was also Just Ok. A whole lot of average going around.

Speaking of average, my Good recommendation percentage is now 46% and just ahead of the Bad recommendation percentage of 43%. I’ve still had at least one Good recommendation every week, but not two since Week 5 and not three since Week 3. It’s time to do better and here are the Week 8 Bench recommendations to do that.

Trevor Lawrence (JAC – $9,198,372): Probably not the best idea to go with the guy who was here last week and finished as QB7 with 22.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (310 passing yards, 3 rushing yards, 1 TD) but I’m going with it. I was correct about the one TD but 100 yards off on the passing and that was an extra 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, including the 1.0 point bonus for 300+ passing yards). Without those yards or the 1-yard TD run, he would have been outside the top 12 QBs and I would have claimed it as a Just Ok recommendation.

The Jaguars’ foe this week is the Denver Broncos, and their defense is much better than the Giants. They are allowing only 173.1 passing per game with only 3 TDs through the first seven weeks of the season. Without them, Denver might be winless as the Broncos only allowed 9 and 10 points in their two victories while the offense piled up just 16 and 11 points. Opposing QBs are averaging only 10.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game with a high game of 22.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (and two of the three passing TDs) from Seattle QB Geno Smith in Week 1. The only other top 12 QB they faced was Justin Herbert in Week 6 and they held him to a season-low 9.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

I have faith in the Denver defense so I’m doubling down on Lawrence as a Bench QB this week. Jacksonville will probably win the game by a score of 13-9 and treat the fans in London to a lot of punting and field goals versus TDs. Don’t forget to get up early to check for inactives and get Lawrence out of your Starting lineup.

Dameon Pierce (HOU – $1,118,858): Unless you are a Tennessee Titans’ fan, I bet you didn’t know that they are on a 4-game winning streak. It’s been overshadowed by the Eagles undefeated season and the out of nowhere 4-game winning streaks by the Jets and Giants. Plus, they had a Week 6 bye. During that winning streak, RBs only ran for a total 216 yards (54 rushing yards per game). For some reason, nobody runs the ball against Tennessee as opponents have only attempted 22 rushes per game against them all season. Only Buffalo with 21.7 rushing attempts per game against their defense is lower. They have also only allowed one rushing TD all season. It was back in Week 1 as Saquon Barkley ($7,217,000) had a 4-yard TD run along with 164 rushing yards and 34.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Titans.

All of this is to say that Dameon Pierce will likely not have a lot of attempts or rushing yards this week and he’s highly unlikely to rush for a TD. That’s not a great profile for a RB to have in your Starting lineup. At some point, there could be a changing of the guard and Pierce could be the top RB in the division, ahead of Derrick Henry ($12,500,000) and Jonathan Taylor ($1,957,287), but for now, he’s still a rookie and one facing a good rushing defense who teams don’t run the ball against much. Hopefully you have better options and can leave Pierce on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

Christian Kirk (JAC – $18,000,000): Pretty much what I said in the Trevor Lawrence section plus add to it that Kirk is trending down after a great start to the season. Kirk had 62.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (18 receptions, 267 receiving yards, 3 TDs) in the first three games. In the past four games, he has only 37.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (14 receptions, 191 receiving yards, 12 rushing yards, 1 TD, 1 lost fumble). He did improve last week with 17.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 96 receiving yards, 5 rushing yards), but is unlikely to be able to break out like that against the Denver defense. I’d make Lawrence and Kirk my Bench QB-WR stack in Dynasty Owner if I had them and find another QB and WR for my Starting lineup.

Kyle Pitts (ATL – $8,227,624): If you drafted him as highly as his Dynasty Owner ADP (18.2 in 2022, 31.5 in 2021 and 3.8 in 2021 rookie drafts), then you really want to keep putting him in your Starting lineup. I’m here to tell you to stop doing that. He’s a great talent and will be a solid Starting TE in Dynasty Owner for years to come so don’t trade him away. Right now, he’s TE23 for the season and is only averaging 5 targets, 2.7 receptions and less than 30 receiving yards per game (29.7).

The Falcons aren’t passing the ball enough to justify using him in your Starting lineup. They pass on only 41.96% of their offensive plays and QB Marcus Mariota ($9,375,000) is averaging only 21.4 passing attempts per game. Don’t torture yourself and think that this is the week Arthur Smith is going to see the light and start feeding Pitts and Drake London ($5,383,617) the ball. He’s not and until he does, keep Pitts on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Bull Dawgs vs. Out of Luck

I don’t know the ages of the Dynasty Owners in this week’s Match-up of the Week, so it’s not necessarily young vs. old. It is however looking like a changing of the guard in Beta league 1 (League #27481).

The Bull Dawgs are trying to make the playoffs in this league for the first time and topple Out of Luck who has been one of the top teams in the league in each of the past two seasons. Out of Luck has finished in the top two in the regular season standings in both seasons, but has not won a League Championship yet. They finished in second place in 2020 and third place in 2021 after finishing in first place during the regular season with a 11-3 record.

This year is different as Bull Dawgs are in first place in the League so far and Out of Luck is in second place. Both have 5-2 records, but Bull Dawgs have scored 29.6 more points. They face each other this week so let’s see the current score and projections.

If you take a quick look, you might think Out of Luck is cruising so far as they are ahead 34.95 to nothing, but the projections actually have Bull Dawgs winning by 2.82 points with a Win probability of 53.9%.

Out of Luck had Lamar Jackson and Justin Tucker ($5,000,000) from the Ravens in their Starting lineup and playing on Thursday plus Buccaneers kicker Ryan Succop ($4,000,000) on their Bench. They don’t have any Chiefs or Chargers players on bye on their 25 man roster, but are hurting at WR with both Ja’Marr Chase ($7,704,910) and Marquise Brown ($2,946,835) out due to injuries. With less than $5 million in salary cap room and a short roster of just 25 players right now, is this the year that Out of Luck runs out of luck and misses the playoffs?

Bull Dawgs are clearly Browns’ fans. If you don’t know the owner, then just see their logo and look at their team to see that their 26-man roster has seven Browns’ players. They have all of the expensive Browns, except Deshaun Watson ($46,000,000) with three of them, Amari Cooper ($20,000,000), David Njoku ($13,687,500) and Nick Chubb ($12,200,000) taking up over 30% of their salary cap (31.5%). All three Browns have produced well so far in 2022 which has helped the Bull Dawgs start 5-2. Njoku is hurt now, and the Browns’ bye week is looming in Week 9, so they really need a win this week against the one of the top dawgs in their League.

Bull Dawgs made a trade this week that we discussed on the Livestream to address the Njoku injury as they picked up Travis Kelce ($14,312,500) and Kendrick Bourne ($5,000,000) from AB Boys for Adam Thielen ($16,050,000), Jahan Dotson ($3,762,090), three rookie draft picks (2023 first and second round picks plus a 2025 first round pick) and an amnesty provision. Kelce is on bye this week, so they are rolling with Browns TE Harrison Bryant ($1,016,007) right now as their Starting TE in a must-win week.

Check out my weekly recap article on Tuesday to see which team won and now sits at the top of the Beta League #1 standings. If you want to be Match-up of the Week or see a good Match-up in your League, go ahead and send me a tweet (@SteveVT33) and maybe it’ll be featured here in the future.

Conclusion

The changing of the guard at QB has officially been announced. While Lamar Jackson didn’t have a lot more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than the G.O.A.T. last night, he did outscore him 28.2 to 23.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and more importantly, his team won the game. The torch won’t be completely passed until the young QBs start to win more Super Bowls as only Patrick Mahomes has one, but with Brady seemingly out of the way, the door is wide open. The problem is that five out of the top six play in the AFC with only Jalen Hurts being a NFC QB. Only one young QB will be left standing in the AFC and unless it’s Hurts representing the NFC, the Super Bowl might be the last stand for the old QBs. If Hurts and the Eagles aren’t the NFC Super Bowl representative this year, I’m honestly not sure who it’s going to be, but several of the leading contenders have older QBs. After all, having more Dynasty Owner fantasy points, passing yards, TDs, MVPs and Pro Bowl appearances is nice, but Super Bowls are what every QB wants the most.

Who’s going to win the Super Bowl this year? It’s too early to predict that, but I did have a bunch of recommendations in this weekly preview article. Dynasty Owner also has plenty of other great content to help you find the players who are going to be the ones who help your team win its Dynasty Owner League Championship and maybe even become our 2022 Chase for the Ring Champion. Here’s our 2022 in-season publication schedule:

  • Mondays: Jay Pounds will preview the Monday Night Football matchup from the Dynasty Owner perspective.
  • Tuesdays: Jay Pounds is back with his weekly Free Agent Auction targets article that has at least five players to target for the first Free Agent Auction run of the week on Wednesday at 5 AM (Eastern).
  • Wednesday: Matt Morrison – The Jerk writes about a topic of his choosing and his weekly rankings will also pop up on Wednesdays as well. This week, he gave a mid-season review and next week, it’s his look at the contenders for Value of the Year.
  • Thursday: Matt Morrison – The Jerk will preview the Thursday Night Football game, which will include his selection for “Value of the Game”. He nailed the Value of the Game pick this week with Devin Duvernay ($1,143,952).
  • Friday: Listen to the Dynasty Owner podcast with me and Jay or watch it on YouTube on Friday morning. Due to scheduling issues, it will appear on Saturday AM this week.

We also have the Champions podcast, in which our past three Dynasty Owner Chase for the Ring Champions talk about a variety of Dynasty Owner specific subjects. Check Dynasty Owner on YouTube and wherever you get your podcasts to subscribe so you know when the next episode of the Champions podcast is being released.

Please read all of our articles, listen to the podcasts and watch the Livestream as it happens on Wednesdays or catch it afterwards if you can’t watch us live. Don’t forget to follow Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well. Thanks, and have a great day!

Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

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Thursday Night Football: Week 8

Ravens @ Buccaneers

By: Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

The Baltimore Ravens will travel to central Florida to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I would assume that both teams think they have underperformed this season so far. I know that is true for the Buccaneers who are a surprising 3 – 4. Tampa Bay is coming off of a seemingly horrendous loss to the Carolina Panthers. Tom Brady ($15,000,000) was unable to produce a single touchdown in Week 7. In fact, the Buccaneers didn’t score a touchdown at all. They will look to rebound against a stout Ravens’ defense.

The game was a straight up “pick em”, but the line has moved, and the Buccaneers are favored now by two points. It also has a somewhat underwhelming Over/Under of 46. I’ll pick the Ravens on the road in this game. They seem like the more well-rounded team at the moment.

What To Watch For

If there was one thing that shocked me in Week 7, it was the absolute breakout of Ravens’ running back Gus Edwards ($4,500,000).  Edwards led all Baltimore rushers in touches with 16.  He had 66 yards on the ground with two short touchdowns (1 yard and 7 yards). Barring injury, Edwards should without a doubt be the goal line back for the Ravens for the rest of the year. What I want to see is how the rushing distribution works against a solid rushing defense.

Value of the Game Recap

Eno Benjamin was my Value of the Game (VOTG) pick in Week 7. This one was a big hit. James Conner ($7,000,000) was once again ruled out prior to game time. This allowed a great opportunity for Benjamin, and he pulled through with 23.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFP). This exceeded my expectations.

Week 7 ProjectionSalaryReceptionsTotal YardsTDsDOFP
Eno Benjamin$849,428383116.3
Week 7 ActualSalaryReceptionsTotal YardsTDsDOFPDD/PT
Eno Benjamin$849,4284113123.3$36,456

Benjamin was the VOTG last week, and I am finally back on track with a win. In fact, his Dynasty Dollars per Fantasy Point (DD/PT) value of $36,456 made him the Value Player of the Week. I’m 3 – 4 on the season.

Overall Record: 3-4

Starters

All the players on this list are ones who I would feel comfortable starting in Dynasty Owner this week.

Lamar Jackson ($23,016,000)

Tom Brady ($15,000,000)

We have two top tier options at quarterback this week. Yes, Brady has struggled this season, but he is still QB11, sitting between Daniel Jones ($6,416,014) and Kirk Cousins ($33,000,000).  Definitely not what his Dynasty Owners expected this year, but you have to keep starting him.  He has too many offensive weapons, and the Buccaneers will figure out their offense at some point.

Lamar is currently QB4, and is a rock solid start for the rest of the season.

Gus Edwards ($4,500,000)

Gus Edwards is fresh off his first game of the season. As I talked about at the beginning of this article, he will likely be the Ravens’ primary goal line and short yardage back. That is a valuable player to have on one of the heaviest rushing teams in the league.

Leonard Fournette ($7,000,000)

Fournette had his worst game of the year in Week 7. He finished with 4.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, and more than half of those came on a couple of receptions for 7 yards. Continue to start him each week. I have him as my RB7 in my weekly rankings.

Rashod Bateman ($3,149,853)

Mike Evans ($16,500,000)

Chris Godwin ($20,000,000)

A trio of receivers is next. Evans and Bateman are the top two wide receivers for their teams at least when healthy. Monitor both of their injuries prior to kickoff, but I expect both of them to be able to go.

Godwin has no injury designation and should be started in most Dynasty Owner leagues.

Mark Andrews ($14,000,000)

Andrews played more than 85 percent of the snaps for the Ravens on Sunday (56 out of 64 snaps), but he only finished with a single rush for four yards. That is highly out of character for Andrews. I would be more concerned about his injury if it had kept him off the field in Week 7. It did not, so I’ll chalk that performance up to bad luck.

Bench

Here at Dynasty Owner, you not only get points from your Starting lineup, but also from your Bench. Your Dynasty Owner teams get 25 percent of the points scored from players on your Bench added to the total final score. This means that Bench scoring could (and often does) affect the outcome of individual matches as well as championships. Here are the players I would be okay putting on my Bench.

Kenyan Drake ($1,035,000)

Devin Duvernay ($1,143,952)

Cade Otton ($1,123,486)

All three of these players are “emergency” start type players. Yes, I’d be happy to have all three of them on my Dynasty Owner roster, but I would not feel comfortable starting any of them either. Hence, this is where they land in the Bench category. All three should get you a floor of about 5.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points which is fine with me.

Value of the Game

I really don’t have much of a choice for the Value of the Game (VOTG) pick. There are less than a handful of good choices to score Dynasty Owner fantasy points with a low salary. I will once again take a chance on a WR2 catching a touchdown. That player this week will be Devin Duvernay. I know I just said that his floor is 5.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Obviously 5.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points is not going to be good enough to lock up the VOTG. I’m projecting more of a 14.0 – 18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point night.

Week 8 ProjectionSalaryReceptionsTotal YardsTDsDOFP
Devin Duvernay$1,143,952550116.0

Other players on my short list include Kenyan Drake and Scotty Miller ($661,960). Both would qualify for the low salary, but I don’t see Drake getting enough work to be fantasy relevant and a VOTG pick.

Scotty Miller wasn’t really considered as even a Bench player for me so I would have a very hard time making him a VOTG pick.

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

TheJerk

Mid-Season Rankings – 2022

By: Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Hello Dynasty Owners and welcome to another one of my Wednesday articles. With the completion of Week 7 two days ago, we are exactly halfway through the Dynasty Owner regular season. Obviously, we go past Week 14 with the three weeks of playoffs, but I like giving my mid-season outlook between Week 7 and 8. Today, I will be posting the Top 5 rankings for all four major positions and discussing them. In addition, next week I’ll be giving my candidates for Value of the Year. In last year’s article, I had nine candidates and of those nine, one eventually became the Value of the Year. It was Mark Andrews. First, let’s talk about the Top 5.

Quarterback Top 5

RankPlayerSalaryTotal YardsTDsDOFPs
QB1Josh Allen$43,005,6672,23719230.5
QB2Patrick Mahomes$45,000,0002,27220230.1
QB3Joe Burrow$9,047,5342,22718218.6
QB4Lamar Jackson$23,016,0001,90715192.8
QB5Jalen Hurts$1,506,2921,80712169.8

No surprise here that Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes come into this article as the top two quarterbacks. Most people would agree that they are the two best quarterbacks in the game at the moment, and their fantasy production reflects that. Obviously you are paying up to have them in Dynasty Owner, but it will be worth it if you get a League Championship out of them.

Joe Burrow is a surprise for me. Not that I didn’t expect he could be in the Top 5, but seeing him at three is a shock. Even more than that, it’s exciting to see the relatively small gap between him and Allen/Mahomes. Big games over the past two weeks are to thank for Burrow’s ascension.  He had 42.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFPs) in Week 6 and 54.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 7 and won the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week award in each of the past two weeks.

Two rushing quarterbacks (Lamar Jackson and Jalen Hurts) round out the list. Hurts was many people’s pick (including mine) to be a major breakout this season. I’m happy with the Top 5 production so far, but I wish he could get a little closer to the Top 4 in points scored. One thing to keep in mind though…

Allen and Hurts have already had their bye week. Expect Allen to continue to remain as QB1 for quite a while, and expect Hurts to creep closer to the Top 3.

Quarterback scoring is also way down this season.  Here is what the Top 5 QBs had last year after Week 7…

DOFPs
245.2
217.8
216.5
210.9
208.4

Running Back Top 5

RankPlayerSalaryTotal YardsTDsDOFPs
RB1Austin Ekeler$6,125,0007378174.4
RB2Saquon Barkley$7,217,0009064149.6
RB3Nick Chubb$12,200,0008078145.7
RB4Josh Jacobs$2,983,3507746138.4
RB5Christian McCaffrey$16,015,8757343130.2

Austin Ekeler leads all running backs in total points. What’s interesting is that he also has scored more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than all but the Top 4 QBs. That’s right, Ekeler is so productive through his first seven games that he is the overall #5 players for the 2022 season. He already has 53 receptions and three receiving touchdowns. Dynasty Owners may have been disappointed with his first three games as he did not record a touchdown. Ekeler has made up for that as he has eight touchdowns in four games. Truly remarkable.

The next four running backs on this list all have around the same number of Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Saquon Barkley is only 19.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points ahead of Christian McCaffrey. There is also a wide spread of salaries on this list. We have one cheap, rookie salary. We have two middle of the road salaries even though one happens to be a rookie salary. Finally, we also have two expensive salaries with McCaffrey being the priciest RB in the NFL.

Ekeler is on his bye this week although there’s still a chance he may be RB1 this time next week. Jacobs has already had his bye which shows you how dominant his season has been.

Wide Receiver Top 5

RankPlayerSalaryTotal YardsTDsDOFPs
WR1Stefon Diggs$14,400,0006566150.6
WR2Cooper Kupp$15,750,0006485147.8
WR3Tyreek Hill$18,000,0007912147
WR4Ja’Marr Chase$7,704,9106076143.7
WR5Justin Jefferson$3,280,7016573132.8

The top three wide receivers so far are all on middle-of-the-road WR salaries. I would consider Hill’s to be closer to the top end, but Kupp and Diggs are for sure outperforming their contracts. The Top 4 are all separated by less than 7.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. All are obviously the number one receivers on their teams, and there are really no surprises. If I had to pick one, I’d probably choose Tyreek Hill as the biggest surprise. He hasn’t missed a beat compared to last year. After Week 7 last year, Hill had 149.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He is only 2.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points off of that mark. It’s not so much that I didn’t trust the talent as he is obviously one of the most athletic and fastest players in the NFL. Rather it was the change of team and quarterback.

Diggs, Kupp and Jefferson have already had their bye. Expect all three of them to be in the Top 3 at some point.

Tight End Top 5

RankPlayerSalaryTotal YardsTDsDOFPs
TE1Travis Kelce$14,312,5005587146.8
TE2Mark Andrews$14,000,0004625115.2
TE3Zach Ertz$10,550,000320285
TE4Taysom Hill$10,000,000367779.1
TE5David Njoku$13,687,500412178.2

The King is back on top. Travis Kelce is once again the best fantasy tight end in the NFL. He has 30.0 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than TE2 (Andrews), and he will be on his bye this week.  I don’t expect Andrews to pass him this week either.

Speaking of Andrews, he had one rush for four yards last week (0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). This was a very disappointing outcome for one of the most consistent tight ends over the past few years. I have no long term concerns unless we hear news that his lack or production was injury related.

Zach Ertz, Taysom Hill and David Njoku finish off this list. Many times, I have talked about how the tight end position becomes a wasteland very quickly these days. That is not to say that any of these players aren’t good. It’s just that the tier break between them and the Top 2 is substantial. With that said, I would still be happy to own Ertz, or even TE8 Dallas Goedert ($14,312,500), if I missed out on Kelce and Andrews.

Next week, I’m going to post all of my contenders for Value of the 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. Thank you all. Take care and be safe.

TheJerk

Week 7 Recap: Roller Coaster

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

The NFL and Dynasty Owner seasons can be a little bit of a roller coaster. It starts off fast, then there are ups, like the draft when everybody is optimistic and happy, similar to the first big hill on a roller coaster when almost everyone is excited by what’s going to happen next. Believe it or not, but that’s all they are called, hills, according to this website on roller coaster terminology. Things go up and up and up until the top is reached. Then it’s downhill and for some teams, it’s an exhilarating first win that validates everything that was done in the off-season. Unless you’re afraid of roller coasters and end up with a terrifying loss. The final 13 games of your Dynasty Owner season, or the remaining 16 NFL regular season games will have ups and downs plus twists and turns (cobra rolls, corkscrews and dive loops). 

Individual NFL and Dynasty Owner games can be a roller coaster of emotions as well. Take the Monday Night Football game between New England and Chicago as an example. The Bears roared out of the gate and down the field on their first drive and got a field goal then followed up with a TD drive to go ahead 10-0. Patriots fans are down, Bears fans are up. Then the Bears pick off Patriots QB Mac Jones ($3,896,588) and the booing starts in Foxborough. However, the Bears lose the momentum and have to punt. Then Bailey Zappe ($1,076,768) comes out as the Patriots QB and immediately throws a 4-yard pass to Jonnu Smith ($12,500,000). The screams of the crowd got louder, like the high point on the coaster or right as it’s time for a series of loops. The Patriots scored on that drive, then had an interception of their own and scored again. Patriots lead 14-10. Patriots fans are up, and Bears fans are down. Is this ride ever going to end?

It did as every who watched knows. The Bears scored again to move back in front 17-14 and never looked back. The game got infinitely less exciting, kind of like the end of the ride as you’re heading back to get off the ride. If your team won, it was fun and exhilarating. If they lost, you feel like you want to throw up. And sometimes you win, but still want to throw up.

Dynasty Owner games can be the same. Your team might go up (or fall behind) on Thursday night, then things change during the early Sunday games (or the London game, if there is one of them, like there is in Week 8). The game can go back and forth several times as there are the late Sunday games, Sunday Night Football, then finally Monday Night Football. That’s at least five sets of games that can change the trajectory of your Dynasty Owner match-up. I had several of these games this week, more than usual it seemed, in all sorts of leagues. I had matchups that I was rooting for guys to play badly, ones that I need players to get me some points so I could relax (thanks for doing that Rhamondre) as well as a best ball match-up that I thought I was going to lose until Zappe came in at QB for the Patriots and Khalil Herbert ($902,677) rumbled for an unexpected receiving TD. They all weren’t good outcomes, but there were quite a few games that came down to Monday night.

The Match-up of the Week was also a roller coaster with each team leading at various points and the game not getting decided until well into the third quarter on Monday night. Check out who won as well as the rest of the recap. In case you don’t know, please check out this explanation of our Dynasty Owner scoring system:

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 afternoon of October 25th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our seventh Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2022 is a familiar name as this is the fourth Player of the Week award of his career. He was also Player of the Week earlier this year. In fact, it was last week as our Player of the Week winner once again was Joe Burrow

I finally don’t have to type “distinct winners” when referring to the fact that all of the weekly winners have been QBs. Burrow’s win makes it seven for seven QBs winning, but is the first repeat winner of the season. He is one of eight different players to win this award multiple times in a single season and the third player to do it in two different seasons. Not surprisingly, the other two are Patrick Mahomes ($45,000,000) and Josh Allen ($43,005,667). Burrow was better this week than last week as he had 54.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (481 passing yards, 20 rushing yards, 4 TDs – 3 passing and 1 rushing). He was a top 5 QB for the week in the first half alone with 345 passing yards and 3 TDs (35.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) as the Bengals scored TDs on their first four possessions of the game. He becomes the first Player of the Week winner to repeat the honor in Dynasty Owner history. Kenyan Drake ($1,035,000) won two consecutive Value Player of the Week awards during the 2019 Dynasty Owner playoffs. Burrow has the opportunity to make it three in a row next week on Monday Night Football in the Battle of Ohio against Cleveland on Halloween night. That sounds like “can’t miss” television to me.

Week 7 Points: 54.0

2022 Salary: $9,047,534

Cost per Point: $167,547

Congratulations Joe on your fourth career Dynasty Owner Player of the Week award and second in a row. When I sarcastically wrote that I “can’t wait to see if you have more in the future and if any are split with Ja’Marr Chase”, I didn’t expect you to win two in a row by yourself.

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. The seventh Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2022 season is our sixth first-time winner in a row.  Similar to last week’s first-time winner, it was a player who wasn’t a starter at the start of the season. Unlike Deon Jackson ($825,000) who won last week, this player was expected to have a role in 2022, but definitely exceeded expectations this week: Eno Benjamin

Benjamin has been solid all season, even in a backup role to James Conner ($7,000,000) for the first five games of the season. This week was his best performance though with his first career NFL game with over 100 total yards of offense and 23.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (92 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 21 receiving yards, 1 TD). Prior to Week 7, he had averaged a respectable 9.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game (55.1 points in six games), which is great value for a player with a salary of under $850,000 and a Dynasty Owner startup draft ADP of 228.8. His Dynasty Owners have received a player who is now ranked RB19 for the season and a strong contender for the Value Player of the Year award. It’s still a bit too early to be giving out yearly awards, but he’s clearly in the conversation for it and likely in the top five values for the season. His season-long value will take a hit if Conner comes back in Week 8, but nobody was a better value in Week 7 than Benjamin.

Week 7 Points: 23.3

2022 Salary: $849,428

Cost per Point: $36,456

Congratulations Eno on the first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of your career. After seeing Joe Burrow repeat as Player of the Week, we’ll see if Benjamin can be the second repeat Value Player of the Week and the second Cardinals RB to accomplish the feat.

Week 6 Surprise and Totally Predictable Events

This section is where I highlight one fantasy football surprise of the week and one totally predictable thing. The surprise should be surprising for most people, but the totally predictable thing might be something that I’ve been believing and saying for a while, but nobody’s been listening or agreeing with me on it. Hopefully everyone reading this section is enjoying it as much as I am:

Surprise of the Week: The Jets and Giants won again! Both won games on the road and improved to 6-1 (Giants) and 5-2 (Jets). It was mainly the defense leading both teams in the past, but this week, we had an impressive offensive performance by Giants QB Daniel Jones ($6,416,014) who had over 200 yards passing and over 100 yards rushing. If you think I’m going to stop being surprised by either team of those teams winning, the answer is No, but this week is a little different as I get to add in the surprise of Daniel Jones having his best performance of the season and one of the best performances of his career.

After all of the drama with Jets WR Elijah Moore ($2,235,107) asking to be traded and then rookie RB Breece Hall ($2,253,694) tearing his ACL in the second quarter of the game against the Broncos, the Jets from pretty much most of the past five decades (let’s just say since their Super Bowl III victory and leave it at that) would have collapsed, lost this game and then finished up the season with only 1-2 more victories. This is not the same Jets team as they rallied to win after consecutive plays in which they lost the lead in the game and then Hall got injured. Admittedly, the Broncos were only ahead 9-7 and had Brett Rypien ($895,000) at QB, but I’m sure Jets’ fans can remember dozens of games in the past when the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets haven’t been able to rally. The 2022 Jets (and Giants too) are different, playing well and winning ballgames and I will continue to be surprised until it stops.

Totally Predictable Event of the Week: It’s the continued lack of self-awareness of Aaron Rodgers ($33,500,000). I know that I’m not alone in this opinion as there are probably hundreds of thousands of tweets just like this one:

This is correct. Rodgers is the leader. His salary is a reason why he has a group of largely new and unproven WRs and WRs who are playing on one-year contracts. Dynasty Owners know this better than most football fans as those with Rodgers, who is on a roster in 90.21% of Dynasty Owner leagues, can think of all of the players who would fit nicely on their Dynasty Owner roster, if they just had the salary cap room to draft or acquire them.

Last week, Aaron Rodgers said things needed to be simplified and he needed to play “a tick” better. At that point, the Packers were the 24th best scoring offense and Rodgers was averaging only 17.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game with a high game of 22.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. To put that in perspective, ten QBs are averaging more than 22.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. However, I guess he did his part as he had 20.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, a bit more than his average this year.

While Rodgers was better, things got worse for the Packers as a team on Sunday as they lost their third straight game with Rodgers saying things such as:

“We didn’t run the ball particularly well, didn’t catch it particularly well,”

Fortunately, one reporter pointed out the obvious thing missing in that statement in her post-game article.

Notice there was no mention of whether he threw the ball particularly well.

I think that sums things up pretty well. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t get that he’s part of the problem, never has realized it, and never will. After multiple off the field and off-season issues in the past two years, you would think he might have a little more humility and a little more self-reflection. Instead, he hasn’t changed and that was totally predictable.

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Now, we look at players who should have been one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 7. These are players who aren’t on a lot of Dynasty Owner rosters and if they are, were more likely to be on your Bench or Practice Squad when they should have been in your Starting lineup.

QB: Andy Dalton (NO – $3,000,000) – 36.1 points

People may have missed that Andy Dalton had this many Dynasty Owner fantasy points since two of his passing TDs came in the fourth quarter with New Orleans down by multiple scores. They also came after he threw a pair of interceptions that were returned for TDs by the Arizona defense near the end of the first half. Dalton had those two interceptions plus another one (3 INTs total) to go along with 4 TDs, 361 passing yards and 21 rushing yards (36.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Not sure if the Saints will focus more on the 4 TDs or the 3 INTs when evaluating Dalton and whether he remains their starting QB, or they switch back to Jameis Winston ($14,000,000).

It’s been a bit of a roller coaster season for the Saints with a lot of injuries, but even though they have a 2-5 record, they are only one game out of first place in the NFC South. Because Dalton and the Saints were playing on Thursday night and Winston was a healthy backup, I bet that most of the Dynasty Owners with Dalton (57.02% rostered) held him out of their Starting lineup unless they had no other option. That means they missed possibly making themselves sick because of his roller coaster outing, but also they missed all of those Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Honorable mention to Daniel Jones who had 34.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (202 passing yards, 107 rushing yards, 2 TDs). I mentioned Jones earlier, but didn’t say that he had that many points and was one of the top QBs in Week 7. He is also up to QB10 for the 2022 season and can’t appear here until his performance falls off for at least a couple of weeks. Even though the Giants won, while the Saints didn’t, Dalton had more points and that’s why Jones got the honorable mention.

RB: Gus Edwards (BAL – $4,500,000) – 18.6 points

Unless you saw the news on Saturday night that Edwards was taken off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and pulled him off Injured Reserve (IR) and took the chance and put him in your Starting lineup, your Dynasty Owner team didn’t get all 18.6 of the Dynasty Owner fantasy points (66 rushing yards and 2 TDs) that he produced on Sunday. All of that is pretty unlikely even if you had stashed Edwards on IR for the first six weeks of the season (and maybe even all of last season too). The news that Edwards was off the PUP list was good news for his Dynasty Owners (97.87% rostered), but lots of them didn’t get any of those points, or only received 25% (4.65 points) if he was on your Bench. Nobody can blame you as getting 16 carries and having the most snaps of all of the active Baltimore RBs didn’t seem very likely, even on Sunday morning. However, by Sunday afternoon, it was pretty clear that Edwards was the RB1 for the Ravens this week and probably moving forward until J.K. Dobbins ($1,432,359) returns from his knee injury. Maybe beyond that, but time will tell.

WR: Marquise Goodwin (SEA – $1,272,500) – 22.7 points

I was truly surprised that Marquise Goodwin was not one of the five players in the weekly Free Agent Auction targets article by Jay Pounds. I’m adding him, so congratulations Marquise Goodwin as Chris Jericho would say, You just made the list! Sammy Watkins ($1,850,000) would be have been off the list to keep it to only five players.

Goodwin had a much better week with 22.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 67 receiving yards, 2 TDs). Watkins only had 2 receptions for 36 yards (5.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). The injury to DK Metcalf ($1,146,513) thrust Goodwin into a larger role and he excelled in it. Whether Goodwin is the WR2 for Seattle moving forward remains to be seen, but if Metcalf misses any time, it seems like a likely scenario. His major “competition” is D’Wayne Eskridge ($1,488,376) along with a bunch of even lesser-known players. I can guarantee that nobody had Goodwin in their Starting lineup, or on their Bench, as he is rostered in exactly zero Dynasty Owner leagues currently. That’ll change soon, with or without the mention in Jay’s article.

Two really good weeks in a row for Parris Campbell ($1,193,984) but his first Honorable Mention this week. He had 18.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 57 receiving yards, 1 TD) in Week 6 and followed it up with 23.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 receptions, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD) in Week 7. He did have 0.3 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Goodwin, but since Campbell is rostered in 90.21% of Dynasty Owner leagues, he was definitely in a Starting lineup or two (or more) with four teams on bye. If you have Campbell and didn’t have him in your Starting lineup, it’s going to be a tough call in Week 8 as the Colts have a new starting QB in Sam Ehlinger ($902,677).

TE: Juwan Johnson (NO – $895,000) – 20.2 points

Only George Kittle ($15,000,000) had a better week than Johnson did this week, which made this choice easy. After his 20.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (5 receptions, 32 receiving yards, 2 TDs), Johnson is TE18 in Dynasty Owner and the Saints are the only team with two TEs in the top 20. The human roller coaster of fantasy production Taysom Hill ($10,000,000) is listed as a TE and is TE4. Dynasty Owners may have forgotten about Johnson’s performance on Thursday Night Football as it was lost in the discussion of TDs being scored by even more obscure players, such as Keaontay Ingram ($957,648), Greg Dortch ($895,000) and Rashid Shaheed ($705,000). As I mentioned in the preview article, two of our top Chase for the Ring teams had Johnson on their Bench, not their Starting lineup, and they may have been the only ones to get any points from him in Week 7.

K: Cairo Santos (CHI – $3,000,000) – 16.0 points

I wrote about Seattle kicker Jason Myers ($3,862,500) being the kicker as he had 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (FGs of 34, 46 and 50 yards plus 4 PATs). Since I wrote it, I’ll include Myers as an honorable mention.

On Monday Night Football in some wet and foggy conditions, Cairo Santos made all seven of his kicks (4 FGs and 3 PATs) to score 16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and edge Myers out by 1.0 point. Santos had fewer points than Myers before Week 7 as well (42.0 for Myers versus 36.0 for Santos), so Santos would have won a tiebreaker. Santos had two FGs of 39 yards or less (23 and 38 yards), a 42-yard FG and a 50-yard FG plus the 3 PATs. Santos is now tied with Evan McPherson ($955,928) as the 8th ranked kicker in Dynasty Owner this season.

Honorable mention to Jason Myers and here’s what I wrote before Monday night. If you roster Myers in Dynasty Owner (72.34% rostered), the decision on whether to have him in your Starting lineup probably came down to whether or not you truly believe in the 2022 Seattle Seahawks. If you do, then Myers was probably in your Starting lineup. However, if you don’t, or expect Myers to go back to being one of the lowest scoring kickers in Dynasty Owners as he was in 2021 when he ranked 25th, then he was likely on your Bench. Myers has been nearly perfect in 2022 and has now made 15 out of 16 FGs and 18 out of 19 PAT attempts.

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 ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but scored few, zero, or even negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 7. All of them should have been riding your Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Lamar Jackson (BAL – $23,016,000) – 11.9 points

After scoring more than 50.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in consecutive weeks (Weeks 2 and 3), Lamar Jackson has posted four consecutive weeks with less than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Not exactly a roller coaster ride as it basically was up and up and up then a long drop without going  back up. Maybe he’ll go back up on Thursday night against Tampa Bay?

He better or his Dynasty Owners are going to wonder why they aren’t winning games with the QB4 on their roster. Yes, despite four consecutive weeks with less than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Lamar Jackson is still QB4 for the season. This past week’s 11.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (120 passing yards and 59 rushing yards) effort was his season low so there’s only one way to go. How high Lamar goes will be interesting for his Ravens’ teammates and Dynasty Owners and they will see if he goes back down again soon. Doubtful that too many of his Dynasty Owners left him on the Bench for the game against the Browns, but kudos to you if you did.

RB: A.J. Dillon (GB – $1,321,458) – 1.5 points

Dillon only had 4 carries for 15 rushing yards (1.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) with zero targets. His fellow Packers RB Aaron Jones ($12,000,000) only had 8 carries for 23 yards, but added 9 receptions for 53 yards and 2 TDs, so he had 28.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Not sure if keeping Dillon off the field was part of simplifying the Packers’ offense, or not.

Regardless, it’s a week that Dillon’s Dynasty Owners would like to forget about because they likely weren’t expecting it. Dillon and Jones played a roughly equal number of snaps through the first six games (248 for Jones and 201 for Dillon with most of the difference coming in Week 5 when Jones out snapped Dillon 46 to 20). With a seemingly good match-up against the Washington Commanders, I’m sure Dynasty Owners with Dillon had him mostly in their Starting lineup at RB or FLEX hoping that he’d snap his five game streak with less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Instead, the streak stands at six games, and his Dynasty Owners should have had Dillon on the Bench, or Practice Squad, in Week 7.

WR: Drake London (ATL – $5,383,617) – 1.9 points

It’s tough being an Atlanta Falcons pass catcher right now. The team is just not passing the ball much at all. Marcus Mariota only had 13 pass attempts this week, after attempting just 14 passes last week. Drake London has a target share of 29.3%, but when your QB has only attempted 150 passes in seven games (21.4 attempts per game), that still leaves you with 44 targets, or just over six targets per game. However, that drops to only four targets per game when the QB is only attempting 13 or 14 passes in a game. Four is how many targets London received last week, but he dropped to just one target this week, which he caught for a 9-yard reception (1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). It’s tough to score many Dynasty Owner fantasy points with only one target in a game. If you think that’s going to happen again, then leave London on the Bench in Week 8, where he should have been this week.

The only thing worse than getting just one target is getting four targets like Romeo Doubs ($1,085,979) or two targets like Michael Gallup ($11,500,000) and not catching any of them. That’s a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) folks and both of these WRs had one of them in Week 7. Both of them were averaging under 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game (9.75 for Doubs and 7.5 for Gallup), but had tantalizing matchups and QBs with something to prove throwing the ball to them. Both should have been on the Practice Squad this week.

TE: Mark Andrews (BAL – $14,000,000) – 0.4 points

When a player like Andrews struggles and only has one reception for 4 yards, plus a fumble, and scores just 0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, there’s no need to look anywhere else. Even if one of the other top 12 TEs had gotten a Blutarsky, I probably would have chosen Andrews and made the other TE as an honorable mention. It happens. Most TEs have ups and downs and Andrews occasionally has a bad game, but this was remarkable and the worst game of his career.

He had never scored as few as 0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a game in his career and has never gotten a Blutarsky. That’s what makes this performance so shocking. He had eight career games with 5.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points or less (out of 53 career games from 2019 to now), but never less than 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, until last week.

K: Brandon McManus (DEN – $4,300,000) – 1.0 points

After the first six weeks of the season, McManus was tied as the 12th best kicker in Dynasty Owner with 42.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This is despite having made three FGs of 50 yards or more (50, 51 and 55 yards) worth 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Those have been offset somewhat by losing 9.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from 3 missed FGs (53, 56 and 64 yards) in the same range and a 34-yarder that was blocked. He has only attempted seven PATs so far this season and made just five of them.

Kicking in the high altitude of Denver is supposed to give him an advantage, but he is really just a mid-tier Bench kicker, as evidenced by the fact that he has never finished higher than as the 15th best kicker in Dynasty Owner (2020) in any single season. I wasn’t expecting all of his career Dynasty Owner finishes to be that low to be honest and apparently being a low-end Starter so far this year was a high point for him. No longer as he’s back to familiar territory as the 17th best kicker in Dynasty Owner right now and someone who should be on your Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – Hingle McCringleberry vs. WANNABEES

The highest rated Match-up of the Week for the season ended as predicted with the undefeated team prevailing over the team in the Top 25 of the Chase for the Ring. The margin of victory was lower than anticipated for both teams. Let’s see what the final score looked like.

The WANNABEES stayed undefeated with a 10.1 point victory over Hingle McCringleberry in League #31232. Hingle McCringleberry is still in second place despite having two losses, but have more ground to make up to win the League regular season and need to hold off four 4-3 teams to keep their spot and first round playoff bye.

The match-up was a roller coaster for both teams as WANNABEES had a lead after Thursday night (20.2 to 0.0), but were losing 107.6 to 93.4 after the Sunday games were over. They had Rhamondre Stevenson ($1,057,264) in their Starting lineup and Nick Folk ($2,500,000) on their Bench, but the projections had them squeaking out a victory by less than 2.0 points. In the end, Stevenson was the leading scorer for WANNABEES with 23.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. They did have Daniel Jones and his 34.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on their Bench. In fact, it was the Bench scoring that gave WANNABEES the victory as Jones and company contributed 20.7 points versus only 4.7 points for Hingle McCringleberry.

Hingle McCringleberry was not able to overcome the automatic zeros at both kicker spots and backup QB. They also had Bench WRs Demarcus Robinson ($1,035,000) and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine ($895,000) finish with a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Their Starting lineup had more points than WANNABEES behind 33.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Ja’Marr Chase ($7,704,910), but it wasn’t enough.

If you have an intriguing Week 8 match-up that you’d like highlighted as the Match-up of the Week, let me know on Twitter (@SteveVT33).

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

Despite the loss, Hingle McCringleberry stayed in the Top 25 of the Chase for the Ring, but dropped several spots from 10th place down to 18th place. WANNABEES are still outside of the Top 25 in 66th place with 1,092.2 points for the season. Here’s how the Top 10 looks now.

It looks like we have a new leader – Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) has taken over the top spot with 1,287.4 points and a lead of 14.8 points over Stayner. Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) was in third place last week and had 188.18 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, while Stayner jumped up from 9th place with 201.3 points.

There was more stability than I thought as eight out of 10 teams in last week’s Top 10 remain. Only Clara Strong 💪 from League #28280 and Hingle McCringleberry dropped out. Our 9th and 10th place teams (The Oracle 🙌 and Storm Fc) are not only new for this week, but both are making their Top 10 debuts for the season.

The rest of the previous week’s Top 10 shuffled around and dropped a couple of positions. The exception was Blaze’s Backyard Burners who moved up to 3rd place from 8th place with 194.45 points.

Conclusions

Hopefully you are having more ups than downs in this roller coaster NFL and Dynasty Owner season. Even if there have been more downs, there are worse things in the world than having an 0-7, 1-6 or 2-5 Dynasty Owner team (or teams). If you’ve experienced some bad luck and think your team is better than your record indicates, then there is still a little bit of time to get going on an upswing and turn your season around.  

Pretty soon, we’ll need to start checking out how many teams have only experienced good things so far and are undefeated. We’ll also focus on how to get your team into the playoffs, when any of the six playoff teams can emerge victorious.

In addition to this weekly recap article, Dynasty Owner has plenty of other great content to help you win your League Championship and maybe be our 2022 Chase for the Ring Champion. Our 2022 in-season publication schedule is as follows:

  • Mondays: Jay Pounds will preview the Monday Night Football matchup from the Dynasty Owner perspective.
  • Tuesdays: Jay Pounds is back with his weekly Free Agent Auction targets article to help you figure out what players to bid on before the first Free Agent Auction run of the week is processed on Wednesday at 5 AM (Eastern).
  • Wednesday: Matt Morrison – The Jerk writes about a topic of his choosing and his weekly rankings will also pop up on Wednesdays as well. He’s starting a new series this week.
  • Thursday: Matt Morrison – The Jerk will preview the Thursday Night Football game, which will include his selection for “Value of the Game”.
  • Friday: Listen to the Dynasty Owner podcast with me and Jay or watch it on YouTube on Friday morning.

My Weekly preview article will be released either on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. Finally, we also have the Champions podcast which appears on Dynasty Owner on YouTube and wherever you get your podcasts.

Please read all of our articles, listen to the podcasts and watch the Livestream with me and Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer this Wednesday at another special time of 12:30 PM (Eastern) or afterwards if you can’t catch us live. Don’t forget follow Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well. Thanks for reading!

Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

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Free Agent Auction Targets – Week 8

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Dynasty Owners! Welcome back to the bargain bin with Jay. I warned you earlier this season that the Free Agent Auction would dry up at some point. There are some good ones this week, but I see rough times in the near future.

What a year this has been! I know most NFL seasons have a lot of surprises, but I honestly cannot remember anything more surprising than the Giants starting 6-1 this season. I know coaching is more important in football than any other sport, but I don’t remember any team that looked as inept as the 2021 Giants to follow up the next season up with a dominating (almost) first half. I know they have not actually dominated opponents but no matter how you spin it they are 6-1 heading into Week 8 of the season and that’s pretty dominant if you ask me.

Another major surprise this season has been the disappointing play of Tom Brady ($15,000,000). I am not sure if age is finally catching up to Brady, or if his personal life is interfering with his play but either way it has been an odd sight to see. Luckily for Brady, he plays in a very weak division and has plenty of time to figure things out.

As I almost always do, let’s talk about the Cleveland Browns. The coaching and play calling for the Browns has been atrocious this season and the fact they are averaging just over 40 passing attempts per game is Ludacris, no I am not talking about the rapper. I wonder if coach Kevin Stefanski forgot Deshaun Watson ($46,000,000) is suspended. If the Browns would copy what the New York Jets have done this season they would easily have a winning record.

The last team I want to touch on are the Bengals, as it seems Joe Burrow ($9,047,534) has finally found his stride. Burrow started off cold, but over the past two weeks, he has been better than anyone on the Dynasty Owner platform.

Let’s dive into this week’s bargain bin on Dynasty Owner. The players listed below are in no order and are less than 85% rostered in Dynasty Owner with a salary of $9,000,000 or less.

  1. Sam Ehlinger – (QB – IND) – 3 years/$902,677 – 25.96% Rostered

In a surprising move on Monday, the Colts announced long time NFL starter Matt Ryan ($30,000,000) will be benched for the remainder of the season. Who will be the Colts new starter you ask?  Former sixth round pick Sam Ehlinger will take over that role and from everything I have read it will be for the remainder of the season. Ryan has struggled with turnovers this season (9 INTs and 1 lost fumble) and that combined with bad offensive line play and a lack of mobility are the reasons he was benched. Ehlinger steps in as an extremely raw prospect who excelled this past pre-season, Ehlinger threw for 289 yards, 4 touchdowns, zero interceptions and added 71 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Colts’ fans seem to be excited about this move and Dynasty Owners should be too. If Ehlinger becomes an average quarterback, he will become an insane value on the Dynasty Owner platform and could be for the next two and a half seasons if all goes well.

  • Evan Engram – (TE – JAX) – 1 year/$9,000,000 – 72.34% Rostered

I believe I said this the first time I put Evan Engram on this list, it feels gross. Engram has been a major disappointment during his career, outside of his rookie season way back in 2017 when he posted a stat line of 64 catches, 722 yards, and 6 touchdowns. After leaving the Giants for Jacksonville this season, Engram has had a resurgence of sorts, catching 28 passes for 275 yards, no touchdowns and a 2-pt. conversion (57.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Engram is currently the 13th ranked tight end on Dynasty Owner and could easily vault up if he starts seeing work in the red zone. I know the name Evan Engram is scary in fantasy football, but he is worth a look in his new offense and his role only seems to be growing.

  • Philip Walker – (QB – CAR) – 1 year/$895,000 – 83.4% Rostered

Philip Walker went head-to-head with Tom Brady and beat him. I probably could have left the rest of this blank and you guys would get my point. Walker is by no means a superstar, or even a quarterback who will put up huge numbers, but he is cheap and a good option for your Bench quarterback during bye weeks. After the way Baker Mayfield ($18,858,000) played to begin the season, it will not surprise me to see Walker start the rest of the way if he continues to manage games. Who would have thought that Week 8 would provide us with two extremely cheap options at the quarterback position? Potentially season long options too. We may only see one or two more short stint signal callers the rest of the way, so grab these guys while you can.

  • DeAndre Carter – (WR – LAC) – 1 year/$1,135,000 – 60.00% Rostered

Up next, we have our third repeat player this week, DeAndre Carter. I believe Carter could step into a huge role this week with Keenan Allen ($20,025,000) being eased back into action and Mike Williams ($20,000,000) going down with an ankle sprain this past Sunday. The Chargers love Carter as a player and would not shock me one bit to see him have his biggest game of the season against the Falcons after the team’s Week 8 bye. Carter has played ok this season posting a stat line of 19 catches for 229 yards and 1 touchdown, all while playing behind a pair of $20,000,000 receivers, though Allen has missed time with injury. I would grab Carter as soon as possible with Williams being a question mark, even with his next game being two weeks out.

  • Sammy Watkins (WR – GB) – 1 year/$1,850,000 – 82.13% Rostered

In the final spot, we have long time NFL veteran Sammy Watkins who is paired with longtime NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers ($33,500,000) this season. Unfortunately for Watkins, he has been banged up for the majority of this season but now that he is back, he should be a productive player for Dynasty Owners. The Green Bay Packers are in desperate need of receiving help and once Watkins gets back into game shape, he will likely become the number 1 receiver for the Packers. I know Allen Lazard ($3,986,000) has been handling the role well as of late but if we are being honest, he is not as talented as Sammy Watkins and the Packers are losing games. The big concern for Watkins moving forward will be his health and the trust of Rodgers. At such a low salary, it’s well worth the risk.

Thank you all for reading and good luck with your Week 8 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!

Monday Night Football Preview: Week 7

Bears at Patriots

By: Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl)

Dynasty Owners! Welcome to the end of what I like to call “make it or break it” week. Week 7 tends to smack Dynasty Owners in the face every season and this year is no different. Those of you who were sitting at 3-3 or, even worse, 2-4 with a projected win this week only to lose are now going to have to make some moves and be realistic about where your roster is heading. If you need any advice, feel free to contact me via The Elon Musk Machine (aka Twitter).

What to Watch For

I have three major things I will be watching for in tonight’s game. The first and most important is the quarterback position for the Patriots. Mac Jones ($3,896,588) is slated to start after three solid performances from rookie backup Bailey Zappe ($1,076,768). Will Belichick stick with a struggling Mac Jones, or will he give him the boot the same way he did old Drew Bledsoe in the year 2001. The second big thing I am looking at on the Patriots’ side of the ball is how the running back position continues to play out. Rhamondre Stevenson ($1,057,264) has been playing out of his mind this season and has earned a featured back role, but this is Bill Belichick we are talking about, and he does crazy stuff no one expects all the time. On the Bears’ side of the ball, I will be watching the offense as a whole as they have looked bad the majority of the season. In my opinion, Justin Fields ($4,717,989) has played well given the team he has around him. I am looking forward to seeing him go against a coach like Belichick on a Prime Time stage.

Jay’s Monday Night Prediction

I am expecting the normal Patriots vs. a young quarterback game, meaning the Bears are in for a very long night. I love Fields and despite the lack of production this season, I still believe he is a quality NFL quarterback in a bad situation. Look for the Patriots to have a few methodical drives, eat the clock, and play great defense in a win.

Over/Under Projections – Bears

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Justin FieldsQB$4,717,98915.7Over

As much as I love the former Buckeye, I don’t see a huge night for him by any means. I do see him throwing for a touchdown and doing just enough on the ground to go over his projected point total.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
David MontgomeryRB$1,003,84511.5Over

The Bears’ offense starts on the ground and David Montgomery is a big part of that. If the Bears want any chance at winning, Monty must be involved in the passing game which will also help him hit the over.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Darnell MooneyWR$894,26310.2Under

It really sucks seeing Mooney struggle the way he has throughout the season as I thought he would be the one to help Fields take the next step. It’s a big difference when you’re the number 2 guy vs. getting double teamed every play as the number 1 receiver. Under for Mooney.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Equanimeous St. BrownWR$965,0003.1Over

I always find it so hard to predict the under for a player with such a low point total. It just feels disrespectful to take the under. St. Brown has been good enough this season that Fields will get him involved at least a few times throughout the game. Gimme the Over!

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Cole KmetTE$1,894,4444.7Over

Cole Kmet has struggled this season, but then again so has most of the Bears’ offense. I still like the talent of Kmet and will go with the over in tonight’s matchup, but I don’t see him going over by much.

Over/Under Projections – Patriots

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Mac JonesQB$3,896,58818.8Under

Mac is back! I am very curious to see what would happen if Mac Jones came out and laid an egg. Would the Pats go back to Zappe quickly? I am not sure, but I picked the under to see if we can get the law of attraction going.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Rhamondre StevensonRB$1,057,26413.6Over

Stevenson has been on an absolute tear and while the Bears have a good defense, I don’t see it stopping the second year running back. An easy over for Stevenson based on how many touches he will get tonight.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
DeVante ParkerWR$7,625,0008.5Over

I know there is always a worry that Parker will come out and post a dud, but I don’t see it happening with Jones back. Parker seems like the perfect fit alongside Jones, and I will be watching to see how the pair gels with Mac back.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Jakobi MeyersWR$3,986,00012.7Under

Jakobi Meyers has produced pretty well when healthy this season and I don’t think that changes tonight, though I don’t see Meyers doing enough to hit the over. Look for Meyers to finish in the 9 – 11 Dynasty Owner fantasy point range.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Hunter HenryTE$12,500,0008.3Over

I have Hunter Henry hitting the over tonight and I have that based off the expectation that he will catch a touchdown. If that doesn’t happen, this projection will be wrong.

Dynasty Owner Games of the Week

Every week, I will pick at least one Dynasty Owner game 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.

Before jumping into the Games of the Week, I would like to take a moment to thank Rudy (Dynasty Trade School DTS) for letting me know about a close matchup in our first game. Also, Rudy, congrats on being the current leader in the Chase for the Ring!

Game 1 – League #28281

Senior AAA Whale sh!t – Tyquan Thornton on Bench left to play

God of Thunder – Nick Folk in Starting lineup and Cairo Santos on Bench left to play

My word did Rudy deliver one hell of a matchup for us! Kickers, Bench players, and a Chase for the Ring contender (Senior AAA Whale sh!t is currently in 20th place), it doesn’t get much better than this when playing Dynasty Owner. After looking into the matchup, I have no idea who to pick as the winner, but I will go with the upset on this one and give God of Thunder the win. Sorry Whale Sh!t, it is nothing personal. I just do not want to piss anyone off with the name God of Thunder. Good luck to both of you and thank you for the fantastic matchup!

Game 2 – League #34662

juan blanco – Rhamondre Stevenson in Starting lineup left to play

Jimtown Buccaneers – Hunter Henry in Starting lineup and Mac Jones on Bench left to play

In our second Game of the Week, we have a true David vs. Goliath matchup with Juan Blanco sitting at 5-1, while the Jimtown Buccaneers are winless on the season. A little luck and all of that could change tonight. Now for the bad news, I am projecting Stevenson to have a big game meaning Jimtown will not get the win if things go according to my predictions. As most of you gathered from the statement above, juan blanco will be the winner in this matchup. Good luck to both of you and for Jimtown’s sake, I hope I am wrong. We all deserve at least one win!

Value of the Game Recap

Week 6 ProjectedRushing AttemptsRushing YardsReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Mike Boone1384448123.2
Week 6 ActualRushing AttemptsRushing YardsReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Mike Boone111301.4
Week 6 WinnerReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFPSalaryDD/PT
Joshua Palmer957014.7$1,258,365$85,603

I hate missing these picks more than anything and unfortunately, I suffered another defeat this week. I am ok with the process I had in coming up with my Value of the Game prediction. In the end, Nathaniel Hackett threw a curveball at me. though I think I am ok being on the wrong end of a Hackett curveball. I expected Mike Boone to be the lead back with Melvin Gordon ($2,500,000) banged up and instead it was Latavius Murray ($1,120,000) who saw the bulk of the snaps for the Broncos. Had Boone played more I feel confident he would have produced. The other player I considered; Josh Palmer was last week’s Value of the Game making my miss all the more painful. I will NEVER trust Hackett again and I blame myself for doing so in the first place. Lesson learned!

Overall Record: 3-3

Value of the Game

Week 7 Winner – Rhamondre Stevenson

Week 6 ProjectedRushing AttemptsRushing YardsReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Rhamondre Stevenson18106428125.4

As I mentioned earlier, Stevenson has been playing lights out and if we were to take away the first two weeks of the season, I am sure he would be a top 5 running back in Dynasty Owner. If Stevenson is able to continue his tear this will be an easy pick, but he is not without tough competition. Outside of Stevenson there are three other players with extremely low salaries in this game, making it somewhat of a crapshoot if things don’t go well for the Patriots. The other players up for consideration were David Montgomery, Darnell Mooney, and Equanimeous St. Brown. All three players have shown themselves as capable of being the Value of the Game this season and will cause me to sweat while watching tonight.

Be sure to check out all our upcoming content this season. We will have several articles, podcasts, and the Livestream on Wednesday at 4 PM (Eastern) for everyone each week. Thank you all for reading and I hope your teams killed it this week. Stay safe out there and good luck on your 2022 Chase for the Ring!

Week 7 Preview – Useless Points

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

I’m curious as to how many of my fellow Dynasty Owners agree with the great Matthew Berry that almost all of the TDs in the Arizona-New Orleans are really “useless points”. I’m not picking on Matthew Berry as I think he’s awesome! Not just sucking up, I mean the guy literally invented an entire industry. However, he’s mistaken on this tweet and that’s because he doesn’t play Dynasty Owner. I did my best to reply in 280 characters or less.

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Playing Dynasty Owner makes games like Arizona vs. New Orleans with lesser known players scoring TDs and getting a bunch of yards and receptions more fun to watch. It makes seemingly lousy games like the past three Thursday Night Football games more fun to watch. It makes games predicted to be low scoring, like last night’s game which had an over/under of 44 points and a lot of big name players out with injuries, more fun to watch.

These games are more fun to watch because your Dynasty Owner team might have to play Keaontay Ingram ($957,648) in a Bench RB spot with some top RBs out on a bye and others out with injuries. Plenty of Dynasty Owner have Greg Dortch ($895,000) on their roster (74.89%) so they got at least 2.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points if he was on their Bench and 1.88 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from that 5-yard TD reception alone. Dortch also scored 1.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points by having 48 kickoff return yards. That’s “only” 0.3 points if he was on your Bench, but plenty of games are settled by that many or fewer points.

Let’s face it. Few saw the Cardinals-Saints game being a 76 point shootout with two defensive TDs, which is not helpful in Dynasty Owner unless you played a team using Andy Dalton ($3,000,000) since an INT is a loss of 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The Cardinals had 42 points on their own while missing both James Conner ($7,000,000) and Marquise Brown ($2,946,835). However, many Dynasty Owners have some of the players who scored “useless points” on their roster and since 15 players per week on a Dynasty Owner roster score at least some points, it’s possible some of these guys were in a Starting lineup or on a Bench or two. After all, Stefon Diggs ($14,400,000), Cooper Kupp ($15,750,000), Justin Jefferson ($3,280,701), A.J. Brown ($1,413,092), Miles Sanders ($1,337,544) and Dalvin Cook ($12,600,000) are all in the Top 50 in Dynasty Owner scoring and on bye. Note that I didn’t even mention a QB and still had six Top 50 players on bye this week.

In comparison to other fantasy football platforms, the players who scored “useless points” and some other players who scored TDs or had a bunch of receptions and receiving yards, but aren’t household names, are much more likely to be on a Dynasty Owner roster than a roster on another platform. Here they are ranked by Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFP) scored on Thursday night.

PlayerSalaryDOFPDynasty Owner %ESPN %Sleeper %Yahoo! %CBS %
Juwan Johnson$895,00020.279.15%3.2%5%3%4%
Rashid Shaheed$705,00013.60.85%0.2%0%0%1%
Keaontay Ingram$957,64811.797.02%1.2%5%0%3%
Tre’Quan Smith$3,000,00010.919.15%0.6%3%1%7%
Greg Dortch$895,0008.874.89%1.9%6%3%7%

Only in CBS Sports leagues is a player on this list (Rashid Shaheed) who performed well on Thursday night owned in as many leagues as Dynasty Owner. We honestly don’t know the true CBS percentage as 1% is obviously rounded up. Besides for Shaheed with CBS, it’s not even close. Tre’Quan Smith with 7% roster percentage on CBS is closest to his Dynasty Owner roster percentage (19.15%).

Neither of the teams in our Match-up of the Week had any of those players and I wish someone had sent me a match-up to highlight with any of them in a Starting lineup or Bench spot. If you want to be Match-up of the Week or see a good Match-up in your League, go ahead and send me a tweet (@SteveVT33) and maybe it’ll be featured here in the future.

I did look at the teams in the Top 25 of the Chase for the Ring and only two teams – Crangis McBasketball in first place and Clara Strong 💪 from League #34662 in fifth place – had one of those players. Both of them had Juwan Johnson as their Bench TE. However, neither one of them has a match-up that is anticipated to be close and worthy of being Match-up of the Week. Let me note that a move like having Juwan Johnson on your Bench when he comes out of nowhere for 20.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points is how you separate your team from everyone else and win the Chase for the Ring!

In the end, I did find an extremely worthy Match-up of the Week with one team currently in the Top 25 of the Chase for the Ring and their undefeated opponent being just outside of it. Check out the Match-up of the Week section to find out which teams are being featured.

Thanks for reading my weekly preview article and for being a Dynasty Owner. If this is your first time reading my preview article, here’s what to expect. Every week of the 14-game Dynasty Owner regular season and three game playoffs, I’ll present a player at each position (QB, RB, WR, TE) who you should have as a Starter in your Dynasty Owner lineup. These won’t be the obvious choices. No recommendations to go ahead and start Patrick Mahomes, Austin Ekeler, Ja’Marr Chase, or Mark Andrews. Those guys are cemented in your Starting lineup unless something bad happens, or they are on bye. Players who are rostered in 100% (or nearly 100%) of Dynasty Owner leagues with low ADPs and top rankings so far this season won’t be mentioned either. Nope, I’m going to recommend you Start players who were drafted to be on your Bench or Practice Squad or haven’t played well yet. Think about the players who aren’t on a roster in every Dynasty Owner league, or have high ADPs and could be found after the 15th round in a typical Dynasty Owner startup draft, but haven’t played well through the first six weeks of the season.

After that, I’ll name one player per position who should be on your Bench or Practice Squad. For these Bench recommendations, it’s just the opposite. I’ll suggest players drafted early in Dynasty Owner startup drafts to be Starters with the low ADP to prove it who have likely done well so far this season. However, they shouldn’t be in your Starting lineup for the week based on matchups, past performance against a team or something else.

All stats cited are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the 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 roster percentage statistics were current as of the morning of Saturday, October 22nd.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

Let’s check on how my Week 6 recommendations fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I predicted performances worthy of being in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup for these four players.

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo (SF – $7,000,000) – 21.9 (Good recommendation)

RB: Darrell Henderson (LAR – $1,053,001) – 13.2 (Good recommendation)

WR: Marquez Valdes-Scantling (KC – $10,000,000) – 0.0 (Bad)

TE: Eric Saubert (DEN – $1,187,500) – 0.0 (Bad recommendation)

On the surface, it’s a split decision with two Good and two Bad recommendations. However, the two Bad recommendations overshadow the two Good ones as both Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Eric Saubert got a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Saubert only played one snap on offense and rookie TE Greg Dulcich ($1,314,785) should have been the pick here as he scored 12.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 44 receiving yards, 1 TD) in his NFL debut. I knew that a Denver TE would score a TD, I just picked the wrong one. Speaking of picking the wrong one, that was exactly what I did at WR by taking Valdes-Scantling. I said it all in my Week 6 recap article if you want more details. Both Jimmy Garoppolo and Darrell Henderson were low-end Starters, so both were Good recommendations, but nothing to brag about too much.

Three weeks in a row with multiple Good recommendations. My Good recommendation percentage is up to 33% for the season. Let’s check out the guys I’m trusting as my Week 7 recommendations to make it four weeks in a row with multiple Good recommendations:

Marcus Mariota (ATL – $9,375,000): Cincinnati should defeat Atlanta pretty easily and that should lead Atlanta to have to throw the ball a lot late in the game. So far, Mariota has thrown the second fewest passes per game (22.8 attempts). Only Justin Fields ($4,717,989) has fewer attempts (19.2 per game). Even with throwing the ball that infrequently, he has averaged 17.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and exceeded 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in each of the past two weeks. His rushing has helped a lot as he’s averaging 34.3 rushing yards per game and has three rushing TDs. More passing attempts should equal more passing yards plus his rushing floor should be enough to get him to 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and be a top 12 QB. However, he has a tendency to turn the ball over with 7 turnovers (4 INTs and 3 lost fumbles) this season.

Those turnovers have gone down significantly in the past two weeks. Mariota only has one fumble in his past two games. He lost 24.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points due to turnovers in the first four games, but just 1.0 points in the past two games as he recovered his own fumble. Cincinnati is a middle of the pack defense in terms of forcing turnovers, so I wouldn’t expect Mariota to lose too many points this week due to turnovers. The combination of increased passing attempts, his rushing floor and few to no turnovers will equal a top 12 QB finish for him this week and a spot in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

D’Onta Foreman (CAR – $2,000,000): With Christian McCaffrey ($16,015,875) getting traded to the San Francisco 49ers late Thursday night, there should have been a mad scramble for Carolina Panthers’ RBs in the Free Agent Auction. Unlike other fantasy football platforms, the two leading contenders are rostered in over 90% of Dynasty Owner leagues. D’Onta Foreman is rostered in 97.45% of leagues and Chuba Hubbard ($1,048,294) isn’t available in a single league as his roster percentage is 100%.

However, on the flip side, the current leader in Dynasty Owner fantasy points among active Carolina Panthers RBs is still available in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues. His name is Giovanni Ricci ($825,000), a second-year fullback out of Western Michigan who has 10.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions for 58 receiving yards). Both Hubbard and Foreman have far fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4.1 and 3.7 respectively) and the team leader in rushing yards among players on the roster is QB Baker Mayfield ($18,858,000) with 40 yards. It truly is a dreadful sight for Panthers’ fans.

So why is Foreman the pick here versus Hubbard, Ricci or someone else? Foreman has done this before. Specifically, he did it last year when he was playing for Tennessee and Derrick Henry ($12,500,000) got injured in Week 8. From Week 9 on, Foreman scored 97.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10.9 points per game), although I will caution that he only had 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (29 rushing yards) in Week 9 against the Rams. However, the Titans thought that Adrian Peterson, who is currently training to box Le’Veon Bell, and Jeremy McNichols ($965,000) who is on season-ending Injured Reserve for the Steelers were better options. They weren’t.

With two RB1s in Dalvin Cook and Miles Sanders and a RB2 in Devin Singletary ($974,500) on bye, this might be a good week to put Foreman in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup and see if he produces like he did last year.

Nico Collins (HOU – $1,217,879): There are really only two WRs on the Houston Texans roster – Collins and Brandin Cooks ($16,200,000). Sorry to everyone who’s a huge fan of Chris Moore ($1,187,500) and Phillip Dorsett ($1,055,000), but they have barely made a dent in the Texans’ offense. Only those four Texans WRs have even a target for the team this season compared to five TEs, RBs Dameon Pierce ($1,118,858) and Rex Burkhead ($2,350,000), and defensive end Troy Hairston. While Cooks has more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Collins (53.5 for Cooks vs. 42.2 for Collins), Collins has more receiving yards (272 for Collins vs. 235 for Cooks). Cooks has the only TD and nine more receptions through the Texans’ first five games.

The Texans get to face the Raiders this week and the Raiders are 28th in the NFL in scoring defense (26.0 points per game) and have allowed 11 passing TDs in only five games. Odds are good that Collins can get his first TD of the season this week and since he has 11.2 and 10.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his past two games without a TD, adding in his first TD will make him a Dynasty Owner Starting WR this week.

Hunter Henry (NE – $12,500,000): Waiting for the Monday Night Football game for my TE recommendation worked out so well last week that I’m going to do it again! I was right that a Denver TE would score a TD, but I missed which one it would be. There were a bunch of options for the Broncos, but only two for New England – Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith ($12,500,000 each). Smith has only one TD in his 21 games as a Patriot (way back in Week 4 of last season against Tampa Bay), so it’s much more likely that if a Patriots TE catches a TD, it’ll be Hunter Henry. Henry has 10 TDs in his Patriots career (23 games).

Henry has also played well the past two weeks with 9.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 5 versus Detroit and 16.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 6 versus Cleveland. Both of those games were with Bailey Zappe ($1,076,768) at QB over Mac Jones ($3,896,588), but I’m going with Henry regardless of who’s at QB for New England.

While the Bears defense has been solid against TEs and only allowed 22 receptions for 205 receiving yards and one TD to them, it’s also true that the best TE they have faced this season is Robert Tonyan ($3,750,000) who is TE10 in Dynasty Owner. George Kittle ($15,000,000) was out when they played San Francisco in Week 1. I’m not worried about the Bears’ defense shutting Henry down, so I’d have him in my Dynasty Owner Starting lineup if he’s on your roster (49.36% rostered).

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

Now it’s time to look at how my Bench recommendations from Week 6 worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). The Good recommendations have outnumbered the Bad ones over the first five weeks. Let’s find out how they did in Week 6.

QB: Lamar Jackson (BAL – $23,016,000) – 17.2 (Just Ok recommendation)

RB: Christian McCaffrey (CAR – $16,015,875) – 22.8 (Bad recommendation)

WR: Tyreek Hill (MIA – $18,000,000) – 29.7 (Bad recommendation)

TE: Tyler Conklin (NYJ – $6,750,000) – 2.7 (Good recommendation)

It’s the second worst set of Bench recommendations so far this season with only one Good recommendation, a Just Ok one and two Bad ones. The Bad recommendations were really Bad as both Christian McCaffrey and Tyreek Hill were in the top 5 at their position and rank as the third best at their position through six weeks. Lamar Jackson was QB15 for the week, which means he was a high Bench option, so I’ll call that one Just Ok. I correctly called picking Tyler Conklin a freebie, but I needed it. He only scored 2.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and saying he should be on your Bench was my only Good Bench recommendation.

Six weeks with at least one Good Bench recommendation (thanks Tyler). Hopefully there’s another freebie so I can have a seven week streak. However, I’m going to need more than one as my Good recommendation percentage is down to exactly 50%, while the Bad recommendations are as high as they have been this season at 46%. With my winning record potentially on the line, here are my Week 7 Bench recommendations.

Trevor Lawrence (JAC – $9,198,372): Lawrence is technically QB13 for the season, but with QB1 Josh Allen ($43,005,667), QB4 Jalen Hurts ($1,506,292) and QB9 Kirk Cousins ($33,000,000) all on bye plus QB8 Kyler Murray ($8,914,504) already having played on Thursday night and QB10 Carson Wentz ($32,000,000) out this week, he’s clearly going to start for some Dynasty Owners.

I would suggest using someone else. Lawrence will probably be ok, but not good enough to start. The Giants defense is allowing opposing QBs to average 205 passing yards and 18.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Only two QBs, Ryan Tannehill ($29,500,000) and Aaron Rodgers ($33,500,000), have scored over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against them. They held Lamar Jackson to being a high-end Bench QB last week with only 17.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Lawrence isn’t going to be completely shut down as the Giants don’t generate enough turnovers (1 INT and 7 fumble recoveries) to create negative points for him. He’s likely to have about 200 passing yards with a TD, which is 16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and a high-end Bench option. Find a Starting QB with more potential and leave Lawrence on your Bench this week.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC – $2,705,393): Clyde Edwards-Helaire (CEH) is RB13 in Dynasty Owner and that combined with Jay Pounds choosing him as his Bust of the Week during our podcast, makes him my choice here. Jay has solid reasons for this choice. First, CEH has been held in check the past two weeks with a combined 9.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (48 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 20 receiving yards) against Las Vegas and Buffalo. Second, the San Francisco defense is just as good, if not better, than the Bills and Raiders in preventing RBs from producing good games. Last week, they did allow Falcons’ RBs to run for 118 yards, but it took them 34 rushing attempts. There’s not a chance that CEH gets 34 rushing attempts as his career high is 26 carries with only three games of 20 or more carries (all in the first six games of his rookie season in 2020). In 2022, he is only averaging 9.8 carries per game. I did question Jay about whether the San Francisco defense is that good, but after looking at what they have done this year, such as holding Christian McCaffrey to only 54 rushing yards in Week 5, I’m more comfortable with believing that they will shut CEH down this week. Leave CEH on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

Courtland Sutton (DEN – $15,200,000): If I’m going to label Russell Wilson ($35,000,000) as my Bust of the Week, then it stands to reason that his receivers aren’t going to do very well either. Only Cooper Kupp appears to be immune from bad performances when his QB isn’t playing well. Courtland Sutton isn’t Cooper Kupp and as a result, a solid Jets’ defense (I cannot believe I just typed those words) will make Sutton not worth having in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup. He was worth it in the first five weeks as he averaged 15.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with a low of 11.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1. He was also averaging 9.2 targets per week in those five weeks and when the targets went down to three as they did in Week 6, so did his production (3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points).

In the past three weeks, the Jets defense has played pretty well against top WRs. The three teams they faced (Pittsburgh, Miami, and Green Bay) have six Top 50 ranked WRs and those players averaged only 7.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game versus the Jets. All of those teams also have QBs like Russell Wilson, who are ranked outside of the top 12 QBs. I’m downgrading Sutton until Wilson proves that he can play as well as he has in the past. Since I don’t think Russ will find that magic against the Jets, I think Sutton should sit on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

T.J. Hockenson (DET – $4,955,306): I feel like a broken record (dated reference alert), but it’s true that one good week can vault a TE into the top 12. Juwan Johnson is now TE12 after his 20.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort on Thursday night. He moved Mike Gesicki ($10,931,000) to TE13. Gesicki had just moved to the TE12 spot after scoring 24.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 6.

It’s true even higher up in the rankings. T.J. Hockenson is TE6 so far this season, but has only had one excellent performance (39.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points back in Week 4 versus Seattle). In the Lions’ other four games, he has a total of 25.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (11 receptions, 88 receiving yards, 1 TD). One week he averaged 22.4 yards per reception (8 receptions for 179 yards) and the rest of the season, it’s 8.0 yards per reception. It should also be noted that Week 4 was the week that Detroit was missing both Amon-Ra St. Brown ($1,066,313) and D’Andre Swift ($2,134,728).

I bring up the yards per reception because the Dallas Cowboys are holding opposing TEs to only 6.35 yards per reception (31 receptions for 197 yards), which is second lowest in the NFL. Hockenson is going to need a lot of receptions to be a Starting TE. Since St. Brown is back this week and Swift is questionable, Hockenson is unlikely to be as highly targeted as he was in Week 4. He was targeted 12 times in that game and his second highest number of weekly targets is just 7. Keep Hockenson on your Dynasty Owner Bench this week.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Hingle McCringleberry vs. WANNABEES

This is easily the highest ranked match-up so far this year, at least in terms of position in the Chase for the Ring standings. Hingle McCringleberry sits in 10th place with 1,056.1 points and their opponent, WANNABEES, are in 31st place with 994.7 points. Obviously they are the two highest scoring teams in League #31232 and by a whopping 181.7 points after six weeks over the third highest scoring team in the league (Triple Threat). WANNABEES have a 6-0 record and Hingle McCringleberry is 5-1. Hingle McCringleberry’s only loss was by 0.35 points to King Henry (133.30 to 132.95) in Week 3.

This must be predicted to be a close, high-scoring match-up based on what’s happened so far this season. Let’s see what the Scoring preview shows us:

Actually, not really. The projected final score is 132.32 to 111.74 in favor of the WANNABEES, which is pretty low when you realize that both teams score an average of over 160.0 points per week.

Obviously, the bye weeks are hurting both teams. WANNABEES are missing Jalen Hurts and Stefon Diggs from their usual Starting lineup and Dallas Goedert ($14,250,000) from either the FLEX or Bench TE spot as they also have Mark Andrews ($14,000,000). Hingle McCringleberry is without the services of Josh Allen, Justin Jefferson and Rams kicker Matt Gay ($2,540,000). The difference is in the replacements that both teams have for those high-scoring players on bye.

Hingle McCringleberry has Mitchell Trubisky ($7,100,000) as his Starting QB and Skylar Thompson ($935,554) as his Bench QB. With only $74,919 in salary cap room, they can’t afford to get another QB so they might end up with zero QB points this week. They will also get nothing at kicker with Gay on bye and in their Bench spot as their only other kicker right now is Caleb Shudak ($856,667) who is on Tennessee’s Injured Reserve list. They are predicted to score 111.74 points because of the quality of the rest of their Starting lineup and respectable Bench, but missing those QB and kicker points is likely to cost them the victory and maybe their spot in the Top 25 of the Chase for the Ring.

In contrast, WANNABEES were able to put Kyler Murray in their Starting lineup and still have Daniel Jones ($6,416,014) as their Bench QB. They have a full lineup and their Starting lineup and Bench players at both QB and kicker are projected to score 33.12 points. Without those players, WANNABEES would be projected to lose. WANNABEES may not end up in the Top 25 but they will stay undefeated in the League.

This is very likely the Championship matchup in League #31232. Sorry to the other ten teams, but you have your work cut out for you. Unless Hingle McCringleberry does some roster revamping, their lack of a Bench QB and kicker could be their undoing in the playoffs.

You can find out the results from the Match-up of the Week and if either team, or both, appear in the top 10 of the Chase for the Ring leaderboard in the Week 7 recap article.

Conclusion

Who knows if a late-game reception or touchdown by a player who 95% or more of fantasy players consider “useless” will be the one that allows a team to win their weekly match-up or even stay in contention for the Chase for the Ring. The fact that two of our top five Chase teams have a player on their Bench this week (Juwan Johnson) who scored 20.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but is rostered in 5% or fewer of leagues on four popular other fantasy football platforms shows me two things.

First, how different and more difficult Dynasty Owner is than other fantasy football leagues. Players who are deemed largely “useless” can play a role in Dynasty Owner weekly match-ups. They can make watching an anticipated low-scoring game into something that Dynasty Owners don’t want to miss.

Second, the small differences that can make a big difference in Dynasty Owner, especially when the scoring margins are so close. Lots of weekly match-ups are decided by who has the best players on their Bench, who makes the correct Starter vs. Bench decision (which is the main reason why I devote a lot of time highlighting some of those unlikely players for both spots), and who frankly has players available to fill out an entire Bench, especially now with bye weeks in full effect. If either Crangis McBasketball or Clara Strong 💪 (or maybe someone else not on our radar now) wins the Chase for the Ring by 5.0 points or less, they may point to this week’s decision to put Juwan Johnson on their Bench as the difference maker and reason why they are figuring out their ring size.

In addition to this weekly recap article, Dynasty Owner has plenty of other great content to help you win your League Championship by finding those players who might not be highly rostered on other fantasy football platforms, but who can help out your Dynasty Owner team. If you made a lot of great draft decisions, trades, Free Agent Auction pickups and then had the correct players in your Starting lineup and on your Bench, maybe you can become our 2022 Chase for the Ring Champion. Here’s our 2022 in-season publication schedule:

  • Mondays: Jay Pounds will preview the Monday Night Football matchup from the Dynasty Owner perspective.
  • Tuesdays: Jay Pounds is back with his weekly Free Agent Auction targets article to help you figure out what players who may have been thought of as “useless” before the Week 7 games are now highly desired. He’ll give at least five players to target for the first Free Agent Auction run of the week on Wednesday at 5 AM (Eastern).
  • Wednesday: Matt Morrison – The Jerk writes about a topic of his choosing and his weekly rankings will also pop up on Wednesdays as well. Find out what’s next now that his Blind Comparison series is finished.
  • Thursday: Matt Morrison – The Jerk will preview the Thursday Night Football game, which will include his selection for “Value of the Game”.
  • Friday: Listen to the Dynasty Owner podcast with me and Jay or watch it on YouTube on Friday morning.

We also have the Champions podcast, in which our past three Dynasty Owner Chase for the Ring Champions talk about a variety of Dynasty Owner specific subjects. Check Dynasty Owner on YouTube and wherever you get your podcasts to subscribe so you know when the next episode of the Champions podcast is being released.

Please read all of our articles, listen to the podcasts and watch the Livestream on Wednesdays at 4 PM or afterwards if you can’t catch us live. Don’t forget to follow Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well. Thanks, and have a great day!

Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

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2023 Rookie Draft Preview – Wide Receivers

By: Nate Christian (@NateNFL)

We have been very lucky over the past couple years to have seen some incredible wide receivers come out of the college ranks and make an immediate impact in the NFL. Here are five more who might do the same next year.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba – Ohio State

Stop me if you have heard this one before, an Ohio State wideout in the first round. But this time it’s a player who outplayed the two first round picks in 2022. Smith-Njigba caught 95 balls for 1,606 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns last season, pacing a high-powered offense in both receptions and receiving yards. After competing with Garrett Wilson ($5,138,502) and Chris Olave ($4,817,969), Smith-Njigba was set to lead the Ohio State wide receiver room in 2022. Unfortunately, he has missed the majority of the first half of the season with a lingering hamstring injury. Despite this, he is still one of the top receiving prospects in the upcoming draft class after his huge sophomore season.

If Smith-Njigba can come back healthy for the second half of the season, he should be looked at as one of the top receivers (and overall prospects) in the 2023 NFL draft class. His ability to create space before and after the catch gives him instantly translatable skills to bring to the NFL. He could make an early impact, like many other rookies we’ve seen recently, and should be one of the first receivers off the board come April.

Jordan Addison – USC

Last year’s Fred Biletnikoff Award winner (awarded to the best wide receiver in college football), Addison had a truly incredible season as the top target for Kenny Pickett ($3,516,976). In 2021, Addison reached the century mark for receptions and included 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns while in the process. An impressive performance after a promising freshman year with 60 receptions, 666 yards and 4 touchdowns with Pittsburgh. This off-season, with Pickett making his way to the NFL, Addison chose to transfer to USC and play for Lincoln Riley. Assuredly, part of this decision came down to the fact that college superstar Caleb Williams is the new face at quarterback for the Trojans. The change of scenery has not negatively affected Addison as through seven games he has 39 receptions, 585 yards, and seven touchdowns.

At 6’ 0” and only 175 pounds, some may say that Addison is too skinny to play on the outside at the next level, but he has a physical presence to him despite his weight, much like Eagles wideout DeVonta Smith ($5,035,348). His ability to make plays at all three levels of the field, as well as in the red zone, gives him the versatility and all-around profile that teams will covet. And with three years of elite production, Addison is nearly guaranteed to be a Top-15 pick and possibly the first receiver off the board.

Josh Downs – North Carolina

Often times, fans and media personalities are so focused on the SEC and the BIG 10 that they forget about the great football being played over in the ACC. North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye has picked up where Sam Howell ($1,005,400) left off and Downs is reaping the benefits.

With Howell, Downs had the following per game averages:

  • 7.8 receptions
  • 102.7 receiving yards
  • 0.6 touchdowns

This year so far with Maye, Downs has averaged the following per game:

  • 7.5 receptions
  • 85 receiving yards
  • 1 touchdown

With only a slight decrease from the numbers with the now-NFL signal caller, Downs is having another productive season.

At 5’ 10” and 180 pounds, Downs looks (and plays) the part of a shifty slot receiver. He’s got big play ability with his speed to win downfield, while also great agility to create yards after the catch and find open space. Lining up in the slot on 96.8% of passing snaps for North Carolina, Downs may be limited to the same position in the NFL, but that shouldn’t stop you from targeting him in the back half of the first round in next year’s rookie drafts.

Kayshon Boutte – LSU

“I have some questions about Evans and some of the ‘issues’ that have popped up around him over the past couple years, but at the end of the day none of it included legal issues or anything more suspect than some personal issues with coaching staffs.”

That’s the first sentence for Zach Evans from my last article on 2023 running backs, and it applies here to Boutte as well. Boutte has been a hot topic over the past couple months, from the unknowns in the off-season to the inconsistency during the season. As a result, he has fallen from the WR1 rank that seemed nearly consensus only a year ago.

At 6’0” and 190 pounds, Boutte may not sound like a dominant outside receiver, but in 2020 and 2021 he was. With 83 receptions, 1,200+ receiving yards, 14 touchdowns over his first two years, Boutte looked like the next stud wide receiver to come out of LSU. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury in 2021 and it cut his season short after just six games.

In the time since, Brian Kelly has become the new head coach at LSU and reports were not positive surrounding the relationship of the player and the new head coach. With questions about his injury and his place with the team swirling, Boutte has only put together 23 receptions for 245 yards and one touchdown through the first six games of the 2022 season. Now the question, has switched from his place among the 2023 wideouts, to if he even declares this year. There may be a chance that Boutte looks towards the transfer portal to resurrect his first-round pedigree in preparation for the 2024 NFL Draft. Keep an eye on Boutte, the talent is there, is everything else?

Quentin Johnston – TCU

After a soft start to the season, the TCU alpha receiver has exploded onto the scene for the Horned Frogs. After two seasons of flashing big play ability, Johnston seems to be coming into his own with the new and improved TCU offense. Through six games, he has 34 catches for 500 yards and two touchdowns. After averaging 20+ yards a catch over his first two years in college, Johnston is being given more volume in the new air raid offense and he’s taking advantage with big games of 14 receptions, 206 receiving yards and a touchdown against Kansas and 8 receptions, 180 receiving yards and a touchdown against Oklahoma State in the past two weeks. As TCU continues to get deeper into their conference schedule, they will likely continue to lean on Johnston as one of the main receiving threats.

With an impressive frame at 6’4” and 215 pounds, Johnston may look a little lanky, but his game isn’t founded on pure physicality like many other tall receivers. An incredible athlete, Johnston can get behind the defense with ease while also bringing the ability to get yards after the catch on shorter routes and screens. Many draftniks expect Johnston to test well at the NFL Combine, and are predicting a 40-time in the 4.4s. With his expected production the rest of this season combined with his chances to impress at the combine, Johnston isn’t very far away from being a first-round pick and a darling for Dynasty Owners picking in the middle of the first round.

Thursday Night Football: Week 7

Saints @ Cardinals

By: Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Tonight’s game will feature the Arizona Cardinals hosting the New Orleans Saints. Both teams are surprisingly 2 – 4. In addition, the Cardinals have not won a home game yet this year. They will look to end that losing streak tonight. They are the favorite by two points, and the game currently has an average Over/Under of 44.5. I have been abysmal at picking the Over/Under this year so I’m not going to even try for this one. All I have to say is that if you have any players on these teams, you are obviously hoping for a high scoring game.

What To Watch For

This week we get to witness the return of DeAndre Hopkins ($27,250,000). Not only is he playing this week, but it happens that this will be the first week that Arizona is without Marquise Brown ($2,946,835). Brown suffered a foot injury that will sideline him for at least the next month. I want to see how this Cardinals’ passing attack will shape up. I anticipate Hopkins to finish this game as the targets and target share leader for this team. The Brown injury will also keep the target share potential open for Zach Ertz ($10,550,000) and Rondale Moore ($1,731,060).

Value of the Game Recap

Last week I picked Darnell Mooney ($894,262) as my Value of the Game (VOTG). Here is the stat line I predicted.

Week 6 ProjectionSalaryReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Darnell Mooney$894,262364115.4

This one was a tough loss to take. Despite not having a touchdown, Mooney was set up to receive the VOTG award.

  • He led all players in this game in targets (12) and receptions (7).
  • He came in second in receiving yards (68).
  • He had his hands on the game winning touchdown pass that would have catapulted him to the winner’s circle.

In the end, he could not corral the final pass of the game. The VOTG award went to Dante Pettis ($1,035,000) instead. He finished with four receptions, 84 yards and one touchdown (16.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Almost all of his fantasy production came on a 40-yard touchdown reception. Here is how Mooney finished the day versus Pettis.

Week 6 ActualSalaryReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFPDD/PT
Darnell Mooney$894,262768013.8$64,802
Dante Pettis$1,035,000484118.4$56,250

I’m 2 – 4 on the season.

Overall Record: 2-4

Starters

All the players on this list are ones who I would feel comfortable starting in Dynasty Owner this week.

Kyler Murray ($8,914,504)

Kyler has underperformed this season, yet he is still QB8 thanks to his rushing baseline.  New Orleans is a fine opponent for Kyler. They do have a solid defense, but they are giving up more points to the quarterback position than two-thirds of NFL teams.

Alvin Kamara ($15,000,000)

Eno Benjamin ($849,428)

Alvin Kamara is an obvious start and someone who should be started regardless of matchup. 

Eno Benjamin is a start for me this week because it appears as if James Conner will miss his second consecutive game. At the time of this writing, he is a game-time decision. Eno had a poor start in Week 6 (9.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), but I’m hoping for a rebound. I’m also looking for more receiving work for him this game.

Chris Olave ($4,817,969)

DeAndre Hopkins ($27,250,000)

Both of these wide receivers are the “number ones” on their team despite not starting the season that way. Olave should have over 7 targets tonight given that Michael Thomas ($19,025,000) has been ruled out. He is a very fine volume play, who could also beat Arizona over the top for a long touchdown.

DeAndre Hopkins is a little harder to predict. If Marquise Brown was healthy and playing in this game, I wouldn’t be expecting much from Hopkins. However, Brown is not playing, and Hopkins is all of a sudden a necessity for this offense. I don’t know what the target share or total routes run will be for Hopkins, but I’m betting on a touchdown for him.

Zach Ertz ($10,550,000)

Ertz is TE3 on the season. He may not be dominating the way Mark Andrews ($14,000,000) and Travis Kelce ($14,312,500) are, but he is still a must start each week.

Bench

Here at Dynasty Owner, you not only get points from your Starting lineup, but also from your Bench. Your Dynasty Owner teams get 25 percent of the points scored from players on your Bench added to the total final score. This means that Bench scoring could (and often does) affect the outcome of individual matches as well as championships. Here are the players I would be okay putting on my Bench.

Andy Dalton ($3,000,000)

I don’t trust Dalton enough to be my starter this week, but any starting QB in the league has the potential to be a Bench player.

Mark Ingram ($1,800,000)

Ingram will occasionally spell Alvin Kamara. He is not a high upside player, but he should be good for between 4 – 6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Tre’Quan Smith ($3,000,000)

Rondale Moore ($1,731,060)

Both of these wide receivers would be considered desperation starts. I like Moore better than Smith, but both belong on the Bench for this game.

Taysom Hill ($10,000,000)

And finally, we come to Taysom Hill. I completely understand if you want to put Hill into your Starting lineup. Honestly, there isn’t much I can say to persuade you otherwise. You know what you’ll get (attempt wise) from Taysom each game. He is going to rush a handful of times, and he may attempt a couple of passes. Is there a chance some of those rushes or passes go for one or multiple touchdowns? Of course, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Safer to leave him on your Bench.

Value Of The Game

I’m picking Eno Benjamin this week for my Value of the Game. This week is set to be another one without James Conner and Darrel Williams ($1,187,500). New Orleans has been pretty stout against the run this year, so I have more than half of Benjamin’s total yards coming via the passing game. A single touchdown and some receptions for Benjamin should be enough to make him the Week 7 Value of the Game.

Week 7 ProjectionSalaryReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Eno Benjamin$849,428383116.3

I briefly considered Rondale Moore, but his salary mixed with the return of Hopkins made me look elsewhere.

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

TheJerk