Week 11 Preview: Tough Week

Author: Steven Van Tassell

Week 11 is a tough one. It’s tough for those of us who don’t lie winter as it’s mid-November and the weather is cold in much of the U.S. It was tough to decide on some of the players to recommend as Active and some who should be on the Bench. And one as one of the top teams in Dynasty Owner featured in the Match-up of the Week tries to do something difficult (some might say tough) and stay undefeated and in the Chase for the Ring.

This is our eleventh Dynasty Owner game preview article. Many of you are still new to Dynasty Owner, so let’s review what you’re going to read. We will pick a Match-up of the Week and analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance and make a prediction on the winner and final score. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations. All stats 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 .25 points for every 10 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.

Activate These Guys

First, we’ll look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active in Week 10:

  • QB: Jimmy Garoppolo – 11.5 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • RB: Ronald Jones II – 21.6 points (Good Recommendation)
  • WR: Zach Pascal – 4.6 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • TE: Mike Gesicki – 2.8 points (Bad Recommendation)

A pretty typical performance with only one Good and three Bad recommendations. On the positive side, the Ronald Jones recommendation was spot on as he was the sixth best RB of the week. However, the Bad recommendations were pretty off-base, particularly the choices of Pascal and Gesicki, who fumbled on the Dolphins’ first possession. Let’s try again as here are some recommendations of players who should be Active in Week 11.

Derek Carr (QB – OAK): Carr is averaging 24.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in the four games since returning from the Raiders’ bye week. He’s thrown for at least 1 TD in all four of those games as well. And here comes a Bengals defense to Oakland that’s not tough at all, allowing an average of 28.8 points per game. Expect Carr to throw for at least 250 yards and a TD, which is a minimum of 18.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Carr is your #18 ranked Dynasty Owner QB and only rostered in 41% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but if you have him, he should be in your Active lineup this week.

Joe Mixon (RB – CIN): After underperforming for most of the year, Mixon has put together back-to-back good fantasy weeks, averaging 18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his past two games. He ran for 114 yards last week versus Baltimore, his first game over 100 yards all season. He plays an Oakland defense that is allowing an average of 98.4 yards per game on the ground. The Bengals are still going with rookie Ryan Finley at QB, so they should lean on the run again this week, which is good for Mixon. He’s rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, so if you’ve got him, this is the week to make him Active.

Deebo Samuel (WR – SF): Two weeks ago, against Arizona, Samuel caught four passes for 40 yards and scored 8.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He was third on the team in targets just behind Emmanuel Sanders and George Kittle. Then last week, without Kittle for the entire game and Sanders for most of it, Samuel led the 49ers with 19.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions for 112 yards). With both Sanders and Kittle not practicing yet this week, the 49ers might be without its top two receivers and have to lean on Samuel. That’s good for Dynasty Owners with Samuel on their roster and means he should be in your Active lineup this week.

Jared Cook (TE – NO): Tampa Bay has been bad against opposing TEs this year, allowing an average of 15.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to the opponent’s top TE. In his return from an ankle injury, Cook was targeted 10 times by Drew Brees and scored 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions for 74 yards). That was his best game since he garnered 14.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points back in Week 5 against…Tampa Bay. It’s an ideal match-up for Cook and time to put him into your Active lineup.

Bench These Guys

Now, let’s look at last week and see how my Bench recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok) for Week 10 when I recommended having the following players on the Bench:

  • QB: Dak Prescott – 35.9 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • RB: Derrick Henry – 35.1 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • WR: Tyler Boyd – 12.2 points (Just Ok Recommendation)
  • TE: Jimmy Graham – 7.9 points (Just Ok Recommendation)

Not a great week with two Just Ok and two Bad recommendations for players to Bench. The Bad recommendations were particularly bad as both Dak Prescott and Derrick Henry had great games, scoring over 35.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Let’s try again with some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use or have been using in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 11.

Carson Wentz (QB – PHI): Wentz is the #13 ranked QB in Dynasty Owner. Since #9 QB Kirk Cousins is only rostered in 4% of Dynasty Owner leagues, #8 QB Matthew Stafford is injured, and top 10 QBs Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers are on bye, Wentz is a likely Active QB option for many Dynasty Owners. Don’t do it. He got a tough match-up against the Patriots defense that has been really, really good for most this season. The Patriots defense is likely still steaming about allowing Lamar Jackson to beat them two weeks ago and with a bye week to game plan against Wentz and the Eagles, my gut says they will make it tough for Wentz to perform well. Find a QB not playing the Patriots this week to make Active and leave Wentz on the Bench.

Todd Gurley (RB – LAR): While Gurley isn’t a Top 20 RB in Dynasty Owner right now (he’s #25), he was definitely drafted by his Dynasty Owners to be Active every week. Gurley has been averaging only 9.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week since he missed Week 6 against the 49ers. The Bears rushing defense isn’t too tough, but they did hold the Lions to only 61 yards rushing by RBs last week and the Chargers to only 36 yards three weeks ago. Gurley needs to score his fantasy points on the ground as he only has one reception in his past four games. He’ll probably keep up the streak of poor performances in Week 11, so keep him on the Bench.

Stefon Diggs (WR – MIN): In two games without Adam Thielen starting opposite him, Diggs has scored a total of 10.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. There’s a chance that Thielen plays this week against Denver according to Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer, which might help improve Diggs’ fantasy outlook, but don’t count on it. The Vikings should lean on their running game against Denver which would limit Diggs’ targets. Play it safe and Bench Diggs this week.

Zach Ertz (TE – BAL): Ertz had a great Week 9 against the Bears, before the Eagles bye week, scoring 25.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That performance moved him up to the #6 TE in Dynasty Owner. However, in a recent three game span before the Bears game, Ertz averaged only 5.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. The Eagles play the Patriots this week and the Patriots held Ravens TE Mark Andrews to just 4.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in their first loss of the season two weeks ago. Expect the Patriots defense to hold down Ertz, so sit him on your Bench and make another TE Active this week.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week

New York’s Strongest (Eddie Driscoll) vs. The Miracle Metcalfs (Andrew Wade)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. We have the undefeated and fourth ranked team in the Chase for the Ring (New York’s Strongest) facing off against The Miracle Metcalfs. It’s tough to go undefeated in fantasy football and New York’s Strongest has a chance to do so in the first season of Dynasty Owner. The Miracle Metcalfs have a .500 record, but the #1 overall player in Dynasty Owner in Russell Wilson is out on bye for them this week. That’s a tough break for The Miracle Metcalfs.

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

  • New York’s Strongest is sure living up to their name as they have a strong Active lineup, including the #1 RB (Christian McCaffrey) and #1 WR (Michael Thomas), plus the #2 QB (Lamar Jackson), #2 RB (Dalvin Cook), and #2 TE (Travis Kelce). Even Julian Edelman and Greg Zuerlein are ranked in the Top 10 at their respective positions. Unless a couple of them have a bad week, Eddie will be tough to beat this week and for the rest of the season.
  • Russell Wilson needs to be Benched or hopefully put on the Practice Squad for this week only to help The Miracle Metcalfs compete at their best. They have Baker Mayfield on their Practice Squad right now, so Andrew does have enough QBs to make it work.
  • Josh Allen is projected to score 22.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, but he put up 27.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the Bills first meeting against the Dolphins and 27.1 points versus the Browns last week, so I’m thinking he will exceed that projection. There’s still plenty of time for Andrew to get Allen into his Active lineup this week and hope he can produce a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week caliber game for The Miracle Metcalfs.
  • Eddie is trying to do something extremely tough – go undefeated in fantasy football. How many people do you know who have gone an entire fantasy season undefeated? Nobody has done it in my 20-year re-draft league, and I know only one person who has ever done it.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on the best lineup for each team has New York’s Strongest winning by a margin of 159.1-118.4. It’ll be tough for New York’s Strongest to win by over 40 points as his projected score of 159.1 is 15.5 points higher than his average of 143.6 points per week. I’ll go with Eddie having an “average” week, but still defeating The Miracle Metcalfs by a solid margin to keep his undefeated season alive and continue on in his Chase for the Ring.

Final score prediction: New York’s Strongest 143.6 vs. The Miracle Metcalfs 123.2

My prediction record is 5-5 for the season after a loss in Week 10 ended my three game winning streak. Can I predict the victor of this week’s game and move back to above .500 for the season? Check out the Week 11 Recap article next week to find out who won the Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 10 Recap: Welcome Back

Author: Steven Van Tassell

The return of Patrick Mahomes was a welcome sight for his Dynasty Owners. In a week with six teams on bye and more players out with injuries, the return of Mahomes was likely a game changer. Mahomes was welcomed back into the Active lineup of a lot of winning Dynasty Owner teams this week – including the winner of our Match-up of the Week.

This is our tenth Dynasty Owner weekly recap article, but for many of you, we might be welcoming you as a new Dynasty Owner. For those of you who are new, here’s what we do in the weekly recap articles. We look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, and highlight a player at every position who should have been Active and one who should have been on your Bench.

All stats 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 .25 points for every 10 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.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Patrick Mahomes

After missing the past two weeks due to a dislocated right kneecap, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was a welcome addition to his Dynasty Owners Active lineups this week. Mahomes had himself quite an afternoon with a 44.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (446 yards passing, 3 passing TDs). The four-point bonus for 400+ yards passing was just what Mahomes needed to edge past fellow QB Lamar Jackson (41.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) for the Player of the Week honor. Mahomes was ADP 4 in Dynasty Owner drafts and is backing up that high pick by averaging 31.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game played. He is currently the #6 ranked QB in Dynasty Owner despite missing two full weeks. Hopefully, his Owners got the news that he was playing in Week 10 and pulled him off their Bench or Practice Squad and made him Active.

  • Week 10 Points: 44.3
  • Week 10 Salary: $293,318
  • Week 10 Cost per Point: $6,621

Congratulations Patrick on winning another Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor!

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. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Tyreek Hill

With Mahomes throwing for 446 yards and 3 TDs, it’s not surprising to see Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill as the winner of the Value Player of the Week. Hill scored 33.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (11 receptions, 157 yards receiving, 3 yards rushing, 1 receiving TD) in the Chiefs 35-32 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Hill has been playing very well and scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in all five games since returning from his collarbone/shoulder injury. Because of his high production and low $646,555 annual salary, Hill has been in contention for Value Player of the Week twice already this season (Week 6 and Week 9), but was edged out for the honor both times.

  • Week 10 Points: 33.0
  • Week 10 Salary: $46,183
  • Week 10 Cost per Point: $1,399

Not so in Week 10, as Hill squeaked by New York Giants WR Darius Slayton (34.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, $688,497 annual salary, $1,442 cost per point) to earn his first Value Player of the Week honor.

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in Week 10. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Christian McCaffrey because he is the #1 ranked RB and should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 10 when they should have been.

QB: Daniel Jones (NYG) – 39.4 points

Jones has been pretty hit or miss since he became the Giants starter in Week 3. When he’s hot, he’s really hot – with an average of 41.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his two good games prior to Week 10. And when he’s bad, he’s pretty bad and averaging only 11.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the five bad games. Welcome back to the good Daniel Jones as he scored 39.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (308 yards passing, 20 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs, 1 2-pt conversion, 3 fumbles – 1 lost) in Week 10. Even though Jones was playing a “road” game in his home stadium against the Jets, many of his Dynasty Owners probably thought he’d have another bad game and had him on their Bench. Good Daniel Jones showed up this week and he should have been Active.

RB: Ronald Jones II (TB) – 21.6 points

In his first game as the starter for Tampa Bay, Jones produced a career-high 21.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (29 yards rushing, 8 receptions, 77 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD, 1 fumble lost). The eight receptions was a career high and equaled the number of receptions he had for the previous nine weeks. While the few of you who read the Week 10 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/11/week-10-preview-new-blood) may have made him Active, it’s more likely that plenty of his Dynasty Owners left him on the Bench.

WR: Darius Slayton (NYG) – 34.1 points

I can say with certainty that no Dynasty Owners had Darius Slayton Active this week since he is not listed in the Dynasty Owner database yet (bug reported). Once he gets listed, Dynasty Owners might want to consider picking him up since he has a low $688,497 annual contract for this year and the next three years. And if you think Daniel Jones is going to have one of his good games, then making him Active. Slayton had 34.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 receptions, 121 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs) this week. However, you can’t go back and make him Active in your Week 10 lineup.

TE: Jacob Hollister (SEA) – 20.2 points

Welcome back to Jacob Hollister as well. For the second week in a row, Jacob Hollister is our pick as the player who was likely not Active, but should have been. His ownership shot up from zero percent to seven percent after his 22.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 9 and should go even higher after he scored 20.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions, 62 yards, 1 receiving TD) in Week 10. As mentioned last week, he is available for a low $558,333 annual salary, so he might be worth picking up if you need a TE after his Week 11 bye. Or you should have picked him up before Week 10 and made him Active.

K: Younghoe Koo (ATL) – 12.0 points Welcome back to the NFL to Younghoe Koo. Koo played for the Los Angeles Chargers back in 2017 and was signed to kick when the Falcons released veteran kicker Matt Bryant. As a result of his recent signing, he is not listed in the Dynasty Owner database yet (bug reported) and had zero percent ownership in Week 10. That should change after he made all six of his kicks in his 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (3 FGs of 39 yards or less, 1 FG of 40-49 yards, 2 PATs). Even if he had been listed, it’s doubtful too many Dynasty Owners would have had him in their Week 10 Active lineup.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Active, but were better left on your Bench. Here are some likely Active players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 10.

QB: Jared Goff (LAR) – 1.2 points

Even though he was playing the Steelers defense that has gotten so much better since they traded for safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Goff was probably Active for many Dynasty Owners this week. He was rested after a Week 9 bye and was coming in on a roll, having scored 31.6 and 31.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his previous two games. But once again, a tough defense proved to be too much for Goff as he committed three turnovers and only scored 1.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (243 yards passing, 2 INTs, 3 fumbles – 1 lost). Not as bad as his negative one point performance in Week 6 versus San Francisco, but still so bad that he should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad.

RB: David Johnson (ARI) – -1.0 points

Maddening! That’s what David Johnson has been this year for his Dynasty Owners. First, he’s questionable and a game-time decision in Week 6 versus the Falcons, but plays and scores 28.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The following week, he’s Active, but plays one series versus the Giants and Coach Kliff Kingsbury says he was only available in an “emergency”. He doesn’t play Week 8 or Week 9, but is supposed to be back and healthy for Week 10 versus the Buccaneers. Welcome back, right? Of course not, as he only touches the ball six times (5 rushes, 1 reception) and scores negative one Dynasty Owner fantasy point (2 yards rushing, 1 reception, 8 yards receiving, 1 fumble lost). Hopefully, you didn’t believe the news and kept Johnson on your Bench or Practice Squad.

Dishonorable mention to LeSean McCoy who had 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, but did so from the comfort of the sidelines (or a luxury box) as he was surprisingly Inactive for the Chiefs Week 10 game versus Tennessee. He hadn’t been performing great, but is rostered in 78% of Dynasty Owner leagues so hopefully not a lot of his Dynasty Owners had him Active.

WR: Cooper Kupp (LAR) – 0.0 points

Cooper Kupp had a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in Week 10. He was targeted four times by QB Jared Goff, but had no receptions for no yards and no rushing attempts either. This is after he torched the Cincinnati Bengals for 41.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 8 (the Rams were on bye in Week 9). Kupp was probably not on the Bench or Practice Squad in too many Dynasty Owner leagues this week, but he should have been.

TE: Jason Witten (DAL) – 3.7 points

Witten is still the 12th ranked TE in Dynasty Owner, even after his 3.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (2 receptions, 17 yards) in Week 10 against the Vikings. Before that, Witten was averaging 9.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week. In a week with several Top 10 TEs out with injuries (Evan Engram, George Kittle and Will Dissly) plus Zach Ertz and Darren Fells on bye, many Dynasty Owners might have had to make Witten Active. That was a mistake as he was better left on the Bench.

K: Greg Zuerlein (LAR) – 1.0 point

Zuerlein only scored 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point in Week 10 against the Steelers. It wasn’t that he was exceptionally bad, he just didn’t have many chances and missed one of them (a 56-yard FG at the end of the first half). He did make a 30-yard FG and his only PAT attempt, but with the miss, that’s only 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point for Greg the Leg. He’s owned in every Dynasty Owner league and was probably Active in a lot of them when he should have been on the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Wannabees (David) – 96.4 vs. Turd Burglars (Ryan) – 122.4

Plain and simple, this was an upset. The formerly 3-6 Turd Burglars defeated the undefeated Wannabees who were in fifth place in the Chase for the Ring by a score of 122.4-96.4. Having eight players on bye plus what turned out to be a bad trade by the Wannabees was too much to overcome. The Turd Burglars exceeded their projections and were able to win despite having two automatic zeros on their Bench.

The Turd Burglars won the QB battle by welcoming back Patrick Mahomes and putting him in their Active lineup over Matt Ryan. However, it was by a surprisingly low margin as David’s starting QB (Daniel Jones) put up almost as many points as Mahomes (39.4 for Jones versus 44.3 for Mahomes). If not for Jones’s performance, the results would have been worse for the Wannabees.

The trade that David made to shore up his WR corps – giving up Aaron Jones for Cooper Kupp – really hurt as Kupp turned in the dreaded Blutarsky, while Jones had 27.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 10. Substituting Jones for the underperforming David Johnson would have yielded the Wannabees enough points to eke out a close victory. David said that he could have used Jones this week and unfortunately, he was right.

Ryan’s WR problems ended up not hurting him as Amari Cooper played and scored 31.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points after being questionable and missing practices leading up to the Cowboys’ Week 10 game. Ryan did pick up another WR as suggested and Diontae Johnson scored him 9.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, so the Turd Burglars would still have barely won if he had been forced to start Johnson over Cooper.

The Wannabees loss puts me back at .500 (5-5) for my Match-up of the Week predictions, as well as ends my modest three game winning streak. It’s going to be tougher now with all of the new Dynasty Owners so check and see what teams are in the Week 11 Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Dynasty Owner Tips for New (and Original) Players

Author: Steven Van Tassell

Welcome to all of the new Dynasty Owners! Many of you have been asking questions about how to play or questions about what you can do to improve your team for this year and beyond. For those of you with questions about how to play, Tim just did an awesome Zoom presentation where he went over how to navigate the Dynasty Owner desktop and mobile sites, so we aren’t going to review that here. Go check it out, learn how to use the website and maximize the time you spend on your team – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elecGOhF0o0.

If you want ideas about what you can do to improve your team for this year and beyond, then this is the place for you. Hopefully this article will help you with that aspect of the game as we’ll offer some tips on how you can fix up that neglected team you inherited (or drafted on your own for original Owners).

In addition, all Owners can go back and read the initial Dynasty Owner Draft Tips articles from August – (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/07/dynasty-owner-draft-tips) and (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/08/dynasty-owner-draft-tips-part-2). They may help you in preparing for next year’s rookie drafts or if new Dynasty Owner leagues are created for Year Two. On to the hopefully helpful tips!

Learn the Scoring System

The Dynasty Owner scoring system is different than scoring in most other fantasy football leagues, so knowing the scoring system will help you prioritize free agent claims and analyze trade offers. The draft tips articles have a more in-depth analysis of some of these differences, but here are a couple of quick highlights.

Quarterbacks score more points in Dynasty Owner than standard leagues. QBs get .1 point for every 2 yards passing (instead of .04 points per yard as standard in many leagues) and passing TDs are worth 6 points in Dynasty Owner (instead of just 4 points as in many leagues).

Players on your Bench score points in Dynasty Owner. Everyone on your Bench accumulates points and 20% of your bench scoring will be added to your final score.

Players who return kicks or punts return extra value. We have points for kickoff and punt return yards. It’s .25 points for every 10 yards.

All Dynasty Owner stats 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 .25 points for every 10 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.

Injured Reserve Is Your Friend

Are you stuck with Ben Roethlisberger or Cam Newton on your inherited roster, but don’t want to release them and pay the waiver fee? What about those of you who took over a team with Kerryon Johnson, Will Dissly, John Ross or Preston Williams? You want to keep them for next year and beyond since it’s a Dynasty league and in the case of Dissly and Williams, their salaries are ridiculously inexpensive.

The answer is to put them on Injured Reserve. There’s no fee to do so and you get a 50% reduction in your weekly salary if you are over the $80 million salary figure. This can help if you’re strapped for Dynasty Dollars because the previous owner spent too much on salaries. Using Kerryon Johnson as an example, putting him and his $1,625,923 annual salary on Injured Reserve will save you almost $300,000 over the rest of the regular season.

  • Annual Salary = $1,625,923
    • Weekly Salary = $116,137 (Annual salary divided by 14-week Dynasty Owner regular season)
    • IR Salary Reduction = $58,069 (50% of weekly salary)
    • Rest of Season Salary Reduction = $290,345 ($58,069 * 5 weeks left in regular season)

You can only have one player on Injured Reserve at a time, so if you’re stuck with Cam Newton and his $20.76 million salary, it’s better to put him on Injured Reserve than Kerryon Johnson. Either way, Injured Reserve is a quick and easy way to save some precious Dynasty Dollars.

This is Not the NFL Practice Squad

The NFL practice squad is reserved for young players who a team wants to keep around and develop. Not so in Dynasty Owner as anyone can be on the Practice Squad. If your starting QB has a bye, put him on the Practice Squad for one week so you don’t get a zero in your Active lineup or on your Bench. The Practice Squad is a great place to have a third kicker, so you don’t get a zero from your Bench kicker when he’s on bye.

Have more than one player injured and out for the year? Stash one on Injured Reserve and the other one on your Practice Squad.

Like Jarrett Stidham as the Patriots QB of the future after the G.O.A.T. retires? Grab him and put him on the Practice Squad.

Additional Players Can Be Added

Dynasty Owner drafts were 20 rounds, but there are 24 roster slots (including the Practice Squad). This is good news for everyone, but especially new owners who are replacing people who probably didn’t fill up those spots. If you’ve got room under the salary cap and are willing to spend some money for Dynasty Dollars (they are cheap – only $1 for $1 Million Dynasty Dollars), adding players might be a good move.

You could add up to 4 players who might help you win this year.

  • J.D. McKissic (RB – DET) – Available in 76% of Dynasty Owner leagues for only his $645,000 annual salary this year
  • Zach Pascal (WR – IND) – Available in 71% of Dynasty Owner leagues for only his $525,000 annual salary this year
  • Mason Rudolph (QB – PIT) – Available in 37% of Dynasty Owner leagues for only $980,472 annually for the next three years

Or, you could add players who might not help this year, but could stick around on your Dynasty Owner roster at a low salary for the foreseeable future. Players such as:

  • Hunter Renfrow (WR – OAK) – Available in 67% of Dynasty Owner leagues for only $708,686 annually for the next four years
  • KeeSean Johnson (WR – ARI) – Available in 50% of Dynasty Owner leagues for only $682,328 annually for the next four years
  • Drew Lock (QB – DEN) – Available in 39% of Dynasty Owner leagues for $1.75 million annually for the next four years

Stockpile Draft Picks

The draft is extremely important in Dynasty Owner. New Owners will be able to fill holes in their roster with the best available rookies who will be playing on inexpensive rookie contracts for the next four years. It’s a great place to find the next Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, Aaron Jones, Kenny Golladay, Terry McLaurin, or George Kittle.

Draft picks can be traded in Dynasty Owner. It’ll cost you Dynasty Dollars in the future, but for now, there are no trade fees so if you can find another Owner who is willing to deal picks for next year, make them an offer and start to hoard those picks.

Make the Playoffs

To quote Jim Mora – Playoffs?!?!? The team that you inherited (or drafted) might not be great, but they could still have a shot at the playoffs. New Dynasty Owners in my league inherited teams who are 4-5 and just one game out of the playoff hunt.

Even if you lose in the first round of the playoffs, you still get 5% of the Championship pot. If the Championship pot in your league is $300 million Dynasty Dollars, you get $15 million Dynasty Dollars for just making the playoffs. That’s a nice chunk of change that you can put towards adding players for 2020 and beyond, so don’t automatically assume as new Dynasty Owners that you need to trade away all of your assets and build for the future.

Conclusions

It’s not too late to get your team into shape for the rest of the beta season of Dynasty Owner or build for next year. There’s plenty of things that new Dynasty Owners (or original Owners who aren’t doing well this year) can do to improve their teams right now. Hopefully these tips are helpful and make Dynasty Owner a more enjoyable experience for all Dynasty Owners!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 10 Preview: New Blood

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Week 10 and there’s a lot of new blood setting lineups in Dynasty Owner for the first time. There’s also going to be lots of new blood in those Active lineups as we have six teams on bye this week (Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, New England, Philadelphia and Washington). Six teams on bye equals lineup problems and decisions for both old and new Dynasty Owners.

This is our tenth Dynasty Owner game preview article, but the first one for many of you so we’ll review what you’re going to read. We will pick a Match-up of the Week and analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance and make a prediction on the winner and final score. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations.

All stats 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 .25 points for every 10 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.

Activate These Guys

First, we’ll look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active in Week 9:

  • QB: Matthew Stafford – 36.9 points (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Tarik Cohen – 4.4 points (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: D.K. Metcalf – 27.0 points (Good recommendation)
  • TE: T.J. Hockenson – 8.6 points (Bad recommendation)

Two Good and two Bad recommendations. Better than usual, but still not great. On the positive side, the Good recommendations (Stafford and Metcalf) were really good, while one of the Bad recommendations (Hockenson) was bad, but not terrible. Only the choice of Tarik Cohen was completely off-base. Here are some recommendations of players who should be Active in Week 10.

Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF): He’s only owned in 20% of Dynasty Owner leagues and as the #21 rated QB, you probably shouldn’t have him Active on a weekly basis. However, with six teams of bye and a few usual starting QBs (The G.O.A.T. Tom Brady, Deshaun Watson, Carson Wentz) amongst them, Garoppolo is a good Active replacement if you own him. He’s averaging 21.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game if you take out the sloppy mess of a game versus Washington a couple of weeks ago and is fresh off a 41.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance last week versus Arizona. Garoppolo is a good choice for your Active lineup this week.  

Ronald Jones II (RB – TB): Jones is the new Tampa Bay starting RB after a season high 16.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance against Seattle in Week 9. In his first assignment as the starter, he gets to face an Arizona defense that has allowed an average of 154.9 yards rushing per game with 87.4 yards going to the starting RB. If Jones is truly the starter and gets to carry the ball 18 times again as he did in Week 9 versus Seattle, then he should provide at least an average performance against the Arizona defense. Jones has scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in every game in which he’s had 13 or more carries. Expect him to get that many against Arizona and produce a game worthy of being Active.

Zach Pascal (WR – IND): Pascal is only averaging 10.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and is the #47 WR overall in Dynasty Owner. However, he’s the new starter with T.Y. Hilton out for the Colts. In two games without Hilton, Pascal has averaged 15.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, compared to 8.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game when Hilton is in the lineup. Regardless of whether Jacoby Brissett or Brian Hoyer is at QB, expect Pascal to produce and be worthy of having in your Active lineup this week.

Mike Gesicki (TE – MIA): Normally, picking the TE facing the Arizona Cardinals is the smart play here, but neither O.J. Howard nor Cameron Brate has done anything this year, so I’m looking elsewhere. Gesicki had the best game of his short NFL career last week with 15.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions for 95 yards). With rookie WR Preston Williams out for the rest of the season, it looks like Gesicki is the number two option in the Dolphins passing game behind DaVante Parker. The Colts defense is allowing an average of just under 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to TEs with a low of 7.6, so Gesicki probably has a good floor this week. Put Gesicki in your Active lineup with confidence this week.

Bench These Guys

Now, let’s look at last week and see how my Bench recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). Last week, I recommended having the following players on the Bench:

  • QB: Kyler Murray – 29.5 points (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: Josh Jacobs – 26.0 points (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: Terry McLaurin – 7.9 points (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Mark Andrews – 4.1 points (Good recommendation)

Two Good and two Bad recommendations for players to Bench. Not as good as usual, but ok. I’ve been better at projecting who should sit on the Bench as opposed to be Active in the past. Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use or have been using in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 10.

Dak Prescott (QB – DAL): Another tough week to decide on a Bench QB. We’ll go with Prescott who has thrown 8 INTs this season and is playing against the Vikings defense that has 8 INTs on the season, tied for 6th place. The Vikings defense is only allowing opposing QBs an average of 225 yards passing per game. Prescott is averaging 297 yards passing per game, but if you remove his 400+ yard performances against the Giants and Packers, that average drops to 252 yards per game. And he might be without Amari Cooper for the game as Cooper is undergoing an MRI on his knee. Prescott will need to throw for at least 2 TDs to be worthy of having in your Active lineup. He won’t, so go ahead and leave him on the Bench.

Derrick Henry (RB – TEN): Henry does most of his damage on the ground. However, he is averaging only 71 yards per game with a high of 100 yards back in Week 4 versus the Falcons. The Chiefs defense has held their opponents’ starting RB to just 71 yards last week (Dalvin Cook) and 67 yards the week before that (Aaron Jones). Both of those guys are as good or better than Henry and it’s unlikely Henry will exceed those numbers on the ground, making it difficult to trust him in your Active lineup.

Tyler Boyd (WR – CIN): Boyd is averaging only 8.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game the past three weeks, including 3 receptions for 10 yards (4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) back in Week 6 against the Ravens. That performance came with Andy Dalton at QB and this week, there’s a new starting QB for the winless Bengals in rookie Ryan Finley. Probably not an upgrade for Boyd, so leave him on the Bench this week and see if Finley is the answer.

Jimmy Graham (TE – GB): Graham is the 13th ranked TE in Dynasty Owner scoring an average of 7.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, so he’s a fringe starter who might be pressed into your Active lineup this week. The targets aren’t there for Graham this season as he only has been targeted more than five times once. And he’s pretty touchdown dependent to be worth having Active as he has only scored more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the three games in which he’s scored a TD. The Carolina defense has only given up two TDs to TEs this season, so bank on Graham staying out of the end zone and leave him on your Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Wannabees (David) vs. Turd Burglars (Ryan)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. This week, it’s old vs. new with an undefeated original Dynasty Owner squad (Wannabees) playing a new Dynasty Owner in the Turd Burglars. The Wannabees haven’t just been winning because some of the Owners in their league weren’t active enough, they’ve scored the fifth most points in all of Dynasty Owner and are a contender in the Chase for the Ring. But to win the Ring, they need to keep winning their league games and the 3-6 Turd Burglars are standing in the way of that this week.

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

  • The Wannabees have eight players on bye, including likely Active players in Deshaun Watson and Leonard Fournette. All of eight of them are safely parked on the Practice Squad and in an impressive display of roster management, none of his Active or Bench players are on bye.
  • We can’t fault the Turd Burglars new owner for his roster construction, but having only four WRs in total on his team will really hurt him this week as both Will Fuller and Dede Westbrook are on bye, but on his Bench. Matters might get worse at WR for Randyas he’s got Amari Cooper in his Active lineup and Cooper missed practice to have an MRI on his knee. If Cooper misses the game, then the Turd Burglars will need to either pick up a new WR from the Free Agent Auction or take a zero in their Active lineup.
  • The Wannabees made a big trade to shore up his WR corps, but gave up a great RB to do so, trading Aaron Jones for Cooper Kupp. That leaves him starting David Johnson this week and putting Emmanuel Sanders back on the Bench. As David put it, “I could have used Jones this week.” We’ll see if the trade costs him any points on Sunday.
  • The Turd Burglars have a definite advantage at QB with Patrick Mahomes and Matt Ryan. In comparison, the Wannabees are starting Daniel Jones with Ryan Finley on the Bench. Even if we count DeShaun Watson who is on bye this week and on Chuck’s Practice Squad, the Turd Burglars still have better QBs.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on their current lineups has the Wannabees winning by a margin of 130.5-113.9. Both teams will fall short of those projections this week, especially the Turd Burglars who are expected to get 33.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from the returning Patrick Mahomes and 16.7 from Amari Cooper. However, the Wannabees will still win by a solid margin and remain undefeated and in the Chase for the Ring.

Final score prediction: Wannabees 125.6 vs. Turd Burglars 98.1

My prediction record is 5-4 for the season with a three game winning streak. Four in a row? Check out the Week 10 Recap article next week to find out who won the Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 9 Recap: No Competition, but No More

Author: Steven Van Tassell

The lack of competition in some Dynasty Owner leagues is ending as inactive Owners are being replaced with new ones. The competition should heat up in individual match-ups as well as in the Chase for the Ring since the winner of the Chase for the Ring has to win their league. Tougher league competition will make that more difficult to do. We also saw an uncompetitive Match-up of the Week, but that was mainly because the winning team (Recyclers) had two of the highest scoring players in their Active lineup this week. Future Match-ups of the Weeks should also be more competitive.

This is our ninth Dynasty Owner weekly recap article, but for many of you, it might be your first one as a new Dynasty Owner. To get you up to speed, here’s what we do in the weekly recap articles. We look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, and highlight a player at every position who should have been Active and one who should have been on your Bench.

All stats 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 .25 points for every 10 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.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Russell Wilson

Despite being the top scorer in Dynasty Owner this season, this is Wilson’s first Player of the Week honor. There wasn’t a lot of competition for the honor as Wilson scored 15+ Dynasty Owner fantasy points more than anyone else. Wilson was incredible in the Seahawks 40-34 overtime victory over the Buccaneers with 57.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (378 yards passing, 21 yards rushing, 5 passing TDs, 1 2-pt conversion), including the three point clutch scoring bonus on his 10-yard TD pass in overtime. This week’s 57.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort outshined his 53.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance from back in Week 3. His $21.9 million salary for 2019 is manageable, but it’s his $140 million, 4-year extension starting in 2020 that is causing Wilson’s ownership rate to be only 74%. His Dynasty Owners don’t mind the Week 9 salary, as they likely won their game if they had Wilson Active.

  • Week 9 Points: 57.0
  • Week 9 Salary: $1,564,286
  • Week 9 Cost per Point: $27,444

Congratulations Russell on being the top scorer in Dynasty Owner and securing your first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor!

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. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Preston Williams

In the Miami Dolphins’ first victory of 2019, they got a great performance out of rookie free agent WR Preston Williams. Williams gave it his all in the game versus the New York Jets and scored 24.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 72 yards receiving, 19 return yards, 2 receiving TDs). He gave so much for so little salary (just $585,000 annually) that he tore his ACL in the fourth quarter and is out for the remainder of the year.

  • Week 9 Points: 24.5
  • Week 9 Salary: $41,786
  • Week 9 Cost per Point: $1,706

Williams edged out some tough competition this week from fellow pass catchers Jacob Hollister (22.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, $558,333 annual salary, $1,757 cost per point) and Tyreek Hill (26.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, $646,555 annual salary, $1,743 cost per point).

Congrats to Preston on your first Value Player of the Week honors! Hope the surgery on your torn ACL is successful and you’re back on the field next year.

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in Week 9. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Christian McCaffrey, even though he had 39.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, since he is the top RB in Dynasty Owner and should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 9 when they should have been.

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) – 41.1 points

Since it came way back on Thursday night, you might have forgotten about Jimmy Garoppolo’s 41.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (317 yards passing, 2 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs). It was the second best performance by a QB after Russell Wilson in Week 9. Garoppolo is only rostered in 22% of Dynasty Owner leagues and even with that performance, he’s still the 21st ranked QB in Dynasty Owner, so few of his Owners probably had him Active when they would have been rewarded handsomely for doing so.

RB: Devin Singletary (BUF) – 23.0 points

Singletary came through for his Dynasty Owners for the second week in a row with 23.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (95 yards rushing, 3 receptions, 45 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD). With a match-up against the dreadful Washington Redskins and on the heels of a 14.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 8, there was a good argument that he should indeed be Active this week. Congratulations to those Dynasty Owners who had the foresight to do so and reaped the benefits of his performance this week.

WR: D.K. Metcalf (SEA) – 27.0 points

Both Tyler Lockett and Mike Evans had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points (40.5 for Lockett and 36.0 for Evans) than Metcalf, but Lockett and Evans should be Active every week, so Metcalf is the pick here. Metcalf has been very good for a couple of weeks, but just crawled into the Top 20 WRs after his 27.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (6 receptions, 123 yards receiving, 7 yards rushing, 1 receiving TD, 1 2-pt conversion) in Week 9 against the Buccaneers. The rookie should have been Active.

TE: Jacob Hollister (SEA) – 22.7 points

It’s not surprising that we have another Seattle receiver here since Russell Wilson was the Player of the Week and threw for 5 TDs. Two of those TDs went to TE Jacob Hollister, including the game-winner in overtime to earn both of them the 3 point clutch scoring bonus. Hollister had 22.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 37 yards, 2 receiving TDs) after only having 8.8 points combined in the previous two games. Hollister is available in every Dynasty Owner league right now for a low $558,333 annual salary, so he might be worth picking up if you need a TE in the coming weeks.

Honorable mention to Noah Fant who scored 20.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 115 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) after averaging only 5.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the previous eight weeks. While he is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, there probably weren’t a lot of owners with him in their Active lineup based on his season-long performance as well as having Brandon Allen starting at QB for the first time this season.

K: Harrison Butker (KC) – 20.0 points

There was no competition for Harrison Butker in this spot. Butker is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, likely because he kicks for the Kansas City Chiefs and carries only a $510,000 annual salary. However, going into Week 9 action, he hadn’t scored double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single game since Week 1. So, his owners might have left him on the Bench based on performance combined with the fact that the Chiefs were without starting QB Patrick Mahomes. That was a mistake as he got his owners 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind his game-winning 44 yard FG as time expired plus FGs of 24, 45 and 54 yards and 2 PATs. His performance was nearly enough for him to be named Value Player of the Week (20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, $510,00 annual salary, $1,821 cost per point). He should have been Active.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Active, but were better left on your Bench. Here are some likely Active players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 9.

QB: Gardner Minshew II (JAX) – 11.0 points

Minshew was seemingly in line to score a lot of Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week as he was facing the Houston Texans defense who was playing without J.J. Watt. However, Minshew didn’t produce in what might end up being his last start of the season as he had three turnovers (2 INTs and 1 lost fumble) to go along with 309 yards passing and 35 yards rushing. That only equals 11.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and preferably a spot on the Bench or Practice Squad last week and in the future.

RB: Royce Freeman (DEN) – 2.4 points

Freeman was averaging 14 touches and 13.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his three games prior to the Broncos’ Week 9 game versus the Browns, so his Dynasty Owners probably felt good about having him in their Active lineup. However, he only touched the ball six times on offense and scored just 2.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (15 yards rushing, 1 reception, -1 yards receiving). Freeman was best left on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Aaron Jones who was the Value Player of the Week just a week earlier. This past week, he only had 3.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (30 yards rushing, 1 reception, -1 yards receiving) against the Chargers and should have been on your Bench instead of in your Active lineup.

WR: Stefon Diggs (MIN) – 2.6 points

Surprisingly, Diggs should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench if you own him as he only scored 2.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (12 yards rushing, 1 reception, 4 yards receiving) against the Chiefs. The Vikings played most of the game without fellow starting WR Adam Thielen, but still Diggs held down. Ultimately, he was outscored by Laquon Treadwell who had 8.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions for 58 yards). This comes after Diggs had seemingly turned the corner on the season with 100+ yard receiving games three weeks in a row and in four out of his last five. It was not to be, and Diggs was probably Active, when he should have been on the Bench.  

TE: Mark Andrews (BAL) – 4.1 points

There were other TEs with worse weeks, but Andrews is the #7 rated TE in Dynasty Owner, so most of his Owners likely had him in their Active lineup. Andrews didn’t play as much as fellow Ravens TEs Nick Boyle and Hayden Hurst and only had 4.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 21 yards). This was probably only a one-week aberration and he should be in your Active lineup moving forward. However, for Week 9, he was better left on the Bench.

K: Jason Myers (SEA) – 1 point

There were 74 points scored in the Seahawks-Buccaneers game and it could have been more if Myers hadn’t missed two FGs and one PAT. Myers did convert two short FGs of under 39 yards (22 and 37 yards) and 2 PATs, but missed a PAT and two FGs, a 47-yarder and a 40-yarder at the end of regulation. Despite being the kicker for the high-scoring Seattle offense, Myers was best left on the Bench in Week 9.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Recyclers (Chuck) – 183.5 vs. Pkoy (Pat) – 60.9

Pkoy was no competition for the Recyclers in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, but then again, nobody was going to have much of a chance. The Recyclers scored 183.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, eclipsing the Miami Gladiators for highest individual team score in a Match-up of the Week. They also easily set a new record for largest margin of victory.

Chuck had two of the top scorers of the week on his Active roster in Tyler Lockett (40.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Christian McCaffrey (39.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Chuck should have started his Buccaneers as not doing so cost him the 3-point Coaches’ Bonus. He had his Bench kicker (Matt Gay) and QB (Jameis Winston) outscore his Active kicker (Zane Gonzalez) and QB (Deshaun Watson).

Pat had a tough choice at RB between two New England Patriots and ended up sticking with Sony Michel when he should have switched Michel (4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) with James White (16.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He also missed out on additional points by keeping Dante Pettis (9.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in his Active lineup instead of switching him out for either Davante Adams (11.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) or Jarvis Landry (17.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). It wouldn’t have mattered in terms of winning and losing, but Pkoy could have scored 30.7 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points had he set a perfect lineup.

The Bench scoring was very close as predicted in the Week 9 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/11/week-9-preview-bench-is-better), with the Recyclers barely edging out Pkoy with 16.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from his Bench compared to 15.2 for Pkoy. This was very close to the projected 16.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for both team’s Benches.

I didn’t overthink things, went with the Recyclers for the victory and now my prediction record stands at 5-4 for the season. It’ll get tougher with new Dynasty Owners and an increased level of competition coming up in Week 10 and onward, so I’ll have to work hard to keep making winning predictions.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner