Week 9 Preview: Bench is Better?

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Week 9 and time when a lot of Dynasty Owners are going to find out how good their Bench is because, for many of them, players usually on the Bench will have to be Active this week. We have bye weeks for four teams including two teams (Rams and Saints) with a lot of top Active fantasy players, plus a couple of usual Active players on rosters of the other two teams on bye (Bengals and Falcons). For some Dynasty Owners, it might be a battle to see if their Bench masquerading as their Active lineup can play better than their opponent.

This is our ninth Dynasty Owner game preview article, the third in a row with an undefeated team looking to stay undefeated and the second in a row in which the undefeated team is playing an opponent with a losing record. As usual, we will 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, let’s 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 8:

  • QB: Teddy Bridgewater – -0.2 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • RB: Benny Snell Jr. – 1.3 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • WR: Corey Davis – 2.9 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • TE: Jonnu Smith – 19.8 points (Good Recommendation)

Once again, three out of four players who I recommended be Active would have been better off on the Bench. Even disregarding the Teddy Bridgewater choice, which was submitted before the Saints announced that Drew Brees would be back at QB last week, these were still poor recommendations. I promise to try and do better with my recommendations of players who should be Active in Week 9.

Matthew Stafford (QB – DET): Are you one of the few Dynasty Owners who has Stafford on your roster? There’s not a lot of you as he’s only rostered in 2% of Dynasty Owner leagues. If you have him, you should make him Active and probably should have made him Active the past two weeks when he’s averaged 36.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and moved up to become the 8th rated QB in Dynasty Owner. This week, he gets to face an Oakland defense that allows an average of 32.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week to QBs, including four weeks with 30+ points. The fewest points they have allowed this season is 16.3 so the floor for Stafford is pretty high and 30+ is pretty likely. If you need a QB because Goff, Brees or Ryan are on bye and have room for his $27 million annual salary, then pick up Stafford and make him Active.

Tarik Cohen (RB – CHI): Cohen is basically a pass catching RB. He has 56.4 out of his 66.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points as a receiver this year. The Eagles defense has allowed an average of 7.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on receiving alone to pass catching RBs with three of them scoring more than 10 points. Cohen will make it four, so be comfortable with putting him in your Active lineup.

D.K. Metcalf (WR – SEA): Metcalf has been targeted in the red zone 11 times this season so far, tied for fifth most in the NFL. Last week, he turned both of his red zone targets into TDs. His overall targets are also on the upswing since the injury to starting TE Will Dissly. Metcalf is averaging 10.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, which is good for 32nd among WRs. This week, he faces the Buccaneers defense that has allowed eight red zone receiving TDs in the past three weeks (six of them from WRs). Expect Metcalf to catch at least one red zone TD this week and make him Active.

T.J. Hockenson (TE – DET): The Raiders have allowed six TDs to opposing TEs this season which bodes well for Hockenson’s chances of reaching the end zone in Week 9. Only Arizona is worse, but they play George Kittle and the 49ers and Kittle should be Active every week. Hockenson has only scored 29.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (an average of just 5.0 points per game) since Week 1 when he had 25.1 points against the Cardinals. Many of his Dynasty Owners are likely to have him on the Bench based on his recent form. Because the Lions are playing the Raiders and Stafford is projected to have a good game, Dynasty Owners should put Hockenson in their 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). Last week, I recommended having the following players on the Bench:

  • QB: Kyler Murray – 11.3 points (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Nick Chubb – 10.8 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • WR: Courtland Sutton – 10.2 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • TE: Greg Olsen – 3.3 points (Good recommendation)

Once again, I’m better at projecting who should sit on the Bench as opposed to be Active with two Good and two Just Ok Bench recommendations. 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 9.

Kyler Murray (QB – ARI): Once again, Murray is the pick here for a QB to Bench. It was a good recommendation last week as he had no touchdowns and only scored 11.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Saints, coming on the heels of a no touchdown, 8.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point outing in his previous game versus the Giants. He’s still the 11th ranked QB in Dynasty Owner, so many of you who own him are thinking that he should be Active. Not with the very good 49ers defense coming to the desert. Murray should be on the Bench this week.

Josh Jacobs (RB – OAK): None of the top RBs have tough match-ups this week, so because I have to pick someone, it’s Jacobs. He’s not a great receiver out of the backfield as three-quarters of his Dynasty Owner fantasy points have come on the ground. The Lions defense held Saquon Barkley to only 64 yards rushing on 19 attempts last week, so it’s possible that they hold Jacobs down this week enough that his Dynasty Owners will wish they left him on the Bench.

Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS): Just because he’s ranked in the Top 20 of Dynasty Owner WRs doesn’t mean you have to start Terry McLaurin. First, he’s only scored a total of 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the past two weeks. Second, Dwayne Haskins is scheduled to start for Washington and in the second half last week when Haskins played against the Vikings, McLaurin was only targeted once by Haskins (and it was an INT). Third, in the other game McLaurin played without Case Keenum (Colt McCoy started), he only scored 8.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Patriots. I could continue, but you get the idea. McLaurin should be on the Bench this week.

Mark Andrews (TE – BAL): Andrews has been really good in his rookie season, as in the 5th best TE in Dynasty Owner so far. He is scoring an average of 13.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. However, he’s got to face the Patriots defense that has allowed only 42.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to TEs all season (an average of just 5.3 points per game) and just one TD. Something’s got to give this week and it’ll be Andrews’ performance. Bench him because of the match-up and find another TE to put in your Active lineup.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week –

Recyclers (Chuck) vs. Pkoy (Pat)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. We’ve got another undefeated team (Recyclers) looking to stay that way and playing with fire by allowing themselves to be Match-up of the Week. Standing in the way of a 9-0 record for the Recyclers is Pkoy with a record of 2-6.

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

· The Recyclers are strongly considering a switch at RB with Derrick Henry moving from the Bench to Active and Jamaal Williams heading to the Bench. Chuck said he was thinking of making a change at RB2 and didn’t explicitly say Williams was going to the Bench, but it’s a safe assumption he wasn’t talking about Christian McCaffrey. Using the Dynasty Owner projections, this isn’t much of an upgrade, but it’s a good move and one that he should make.

  • It’s only a few hours until Thursday Night Football and Pkoy still hasn’t moved Dante Pettis out of his Active lineup. He’s got Davante Adams sitting on the Bench. Since Adams returned to practice on Thursday for the first time in over a month, it’s time to get Adams back in the Active lineup and send Pettis back to the Bench where he belongs.
  • Pat has two New England Patriots RBs on his roster, but is only starting one of them (Sony Michel). Choosing which New England RB is likely to score more points is always a dicey proposition. White has been the more consistent RB with at least 11.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, but no more than 13.8 in any single game. White is likely to provide the same production versus the Ravens on Sunday night, while Michel could bust like he did in Week 1 (1.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Steelers) or boom like he did in Week 7 versus the Jets (22.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.
  • Pat also has a tough decision at QB. Starting Carson Wentz over the G.O.A.T. is a not a bad decision, even though the G.O.A.T. is projected to outscore Wentz 25.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to 23.2. Overall, they have both played about equal this season as Wentz is averaging 22.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, while Brady is averaging 24.6. Regardless of who is Active and who is on the Bench, both should be solid performers for Pkoy this week.
  • Both owners will probably be tuning into Monday Night Football to see if Amari Cooper can put the Recyclers over the top for the week. Cooper is the only player on either roster playing on Monday night and while the match-up is projected to be over by then, I wouldn’t count on it.
  • Despite all of the players on bye this week, only Austin Hooper of the Falcons is appearing on one of the team’s Bench. Pkoy is missing a kicker on his Bench as well, which should even out the Recyclers’ missing points from Hooper.
  • The Recyclers have a decent team name, but a great logo. It’s might be hard to see, but it’s Ric Flair looking like he’s ready to give a big WOOOO!!!!

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on their current lineups has the Recyclers staying undefeated by a healthy margin of 124.3-97.4. The Recyclers Active lineup at the time of this article provides the entire margin of victory as Bench scoring is tied with both teams getting 16.1 Bench points. Nothing fancy here, as I predict the Recyclers continue to stay undefeated, even accounting for Adams in place of Pettis in Pkoy’s Active lineup.

Final score prediction: Recyclers 120.2 vs. Pkoy 110.6

My prediction record is 4-4 for the season with two wins in a row. Can I make it three straight and have a winning record for the first time this season? Check out the Week 9 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 8 Recap: History Repeats Itself

Author: Steven Van Tassell

History sure did repeat itself quite a bit in Dynasty Owner Week 8. We have repeat winners as both Player of the Week and Value Player of the Week. And for the second week in a row, an undefeated team was highlighted, predicted to lose and then was actually defeated in our Match-up of the Week.

We are also repeating ourselves with our eighth Dynasty Owner weekly recap article. Just like the previous ones, we’ll 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: Mike Evans

Mike Evans makes history by becoming the first player in Dynasty Owner history to win a second Player of the Week honor. Back in Week 3, Evans became the first non-QB to win this honor with 45.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week, Evans had 42.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (11 receptions, 198 yards, 2 receiving TDs) to just edge out two other non-QBs, Aaron Jones (41.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Cooper Kupp (41.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), for the honor. Evans is one of the most expensive WR with an annual salary of $16.5 million for his Dynasty Owners, but for the second time, they are happily forking over that nearly $1.2 million per week for that many points. Despite setting a career-high with 220 yards receiving and getting the 6 point bonus that goes with it, Kupp’s 41.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (7 receptions, 220 yards, 1 receiving TD) was narrowly edged out by Evans’ slightly better performance.

  • Week 8 Points: 42.8
  • Week 8 Salary: $1,178,571
  • Week 8 Cost per Point: $27,537

Congratulations Mike on being the first two-time, two-time Dynasty Owner Player of the Week!

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: Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones also makes history by becoming the first player in Dynasty Owner history to win his second Value Player of the Week honor. Jones had 41.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (67 yards rushing, 7 receptions, 159 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs). At his low $650,484 annual salary, Jones’ cost per point was just over $1,100 this week, not as low as his $907 cost per point from back in Week 5 when he scored 51.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but still good enough to be the best value in Dynasty Owner. Cooper Kupp also received consideration for this award with his 41.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for just $957,940 annually (or $68,424 per week over the 14-week Dynasty Owner regular season). However, Kupp’s cost per point of $1,669 was over $500 more per point than Jones this week.

  • Week 8 Points: 41.6
  • Week 8 Salary: $46,463
  • Week 8 Cost per Point: $1,117

Congrats to Aaron on your second of what could be many Value Player of the Week honors!

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 8. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Christian McCaffrey, since he should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents, on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 8 when they should have been.

QB: Daniel Jones (NYG) – 38.4 points

After four straight weeks with less than 15 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, benching Daniel Jones seemed like a smart play. It wasn’t this week as Jones lit up the Detroit Lions defense for 38.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (322 yards passing, 13 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs, 2 fumbles – one lost). That was the best QB performance of Week 8 and while he is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, many of his owners likely didn’t have him Active when they should have.

RB: Tevin Coleman (SF) – 39.8 points

Just three weeks after his 49ers teammate Matt Breida was the pick in this spot with 29.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Tevin Coleman takes this honor for Week 8 with 39.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (105 yards rushing, 2 receptions, 13 yards receiving, 3 rushing TDs, 1 receiving TD). Who knows, maybe the remaining RBs on the 49ers roster, Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson, will appear here sometime in the future? Regardless, Coleman is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but most of his owners probably had him on the Bench when they should have had him Active.

Honorable mention for the second week in a row for Latavius Murray of the Saints. Another week without Alvin Kamara equals another 100+ yard rushing and 2 TD effort from Murray. His Dynasty Owners shouldn’t make him Active in Week 9 since the Saints are on bye, but they should have gotten his 38.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (102 yards rushing, 9 receptions, 55 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD, 1 receiving TD) effort in Week 8 into their Active lineups.

WR: Chris Conley (JAX) – 20.3 points

Cooper Kupp could have been the pick here, but he really should be starting every week (yes, even after two below average performances the past two weeks) and most of the other WRs who had big weeks were top players who should probably be in your Active lineup every week. Instead, we’ll highlight Chris Conley of the Jacksonville Jaguars who is owned in only 4% of Dynasty Owner leagues, yet managed to score 20.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 103 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) in Week 8. The couple of Dynasty Owners with Conley on their rosters should have had him Active.

TE: Ryan Griffin (NYJ) – 24.6 points

My friend and Jets fan Mookie texted me after Griffin’s first TD, said “Griffin is a beast” and asked me who has Griffin in fantasy. My response was “Griffin who?” which is not a bad response since Jets TE Ryan Griffin is not listed in the Dynasty Owner database yet. Don’t confuse him with Buccaneers backup QB Ryan Griffin who is listed, but incorrectly as a QB (don’t worry, bug reported). The Ryan Griffin on the Jets had 4 receptions for 66 yards and 2 receiving TDs to lead all TEs in Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the week.

Honorable mention to Darren Fells, who is listed in the Dynasty Owner database, but is only rostered in 15% of Dynasty Owner leagues. He should be rostered in more leagues as the 8th best TE so far in Dynasty Owner this year and only on the books for one year at $1.5 million. His 23.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (6 receptions, 58 yards, 2 receiving TDs) was just behind Griffin and more of his owners should have made him Active against the Raiders.

K: Dan Bailey (MIN) – 14.0 points

For the second time this year, Bailey had 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a game against an NFC East opponent. Back in Week 5, it was against the Giants on the road, while this week, it was at home against the Redskins on Thursday night. He also had 7.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Eagles in Week 6. Bailey should have been Active this week and maybe again in Week 10 when he faces off against another NFC East opponent in the Dallas Cowboys.

Honorable mention to Adam Vinatieri who benefitted from the Dynasty Owner scoring rules in tying Bailey with 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Vinatieri had a 51-yard, game winning FG with 22 second left that awarded his Dynasty Owners eight Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 points for a 50+ yard FG and the 3 point clutch scoring bonus). He would have had more points for his Dynasty Owners, but he missed a 45-yard FG.

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 8.

QB: Jacoby Brissett (IND) – 10.5 points

It was a pretty good week for good QBs as most of the QB who scored less than 10 Dynasty Owner fantasy points were guys who shouldn’t be in any Active lineups (Mitch Trubisky, Joe Flacco, Case Keenum, Kyle Allen). Therefore, the choice here is Jacoby Brissett who had 10.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (202 yards passing, 34 yards rushing, 1 fumble – lost). Based on his performance the previous week against the Texans (38.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), he may have been Active for some of his owners when he should have been sitting on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Kyle Allen who had negative 1.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week. Despite being rostered in nearly half of Dynasty Owner leagues (46% to be exact), it is likely that few of his owners rolled the dice with Allen as Carolina was playing the 49ers defense. Leaving Allen on the Bench this week was the correct call for his Dynasty Owners.

RB: Derrick Henry (TEN) – 6.3 points

If you just looked at his 75 rushing yards, you would have thought Derrick Henry had a productive fantasy day. However, you’d be wrong as he only added 1 reception for 8 yards to his point total, but lost a fumble that cost him 3 points. Put it all together and it was just a 6.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort from Henry in Week 8. With that performance, he was best left on the Dynasty Owner Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Le’Veon Bell who barely outscored Henry with just 6.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (23 yards rushing, 3 receptions, 12 yards receiving). Based on his performance this year, most Dynasty Owners should have Bell on the Bench. However, he is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues with an ADP of 66, so many of those owners who drafted him early are probably still putting him in their Active lineup every week. This is despite the fact that he has only exceeded 100 yards of total offense once this season (Week 2 versus Cleveland). He can probably be Active next week since the Jets play the Dolphins, but in Week 8, he should have been sitting on the Bench.

WR: Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) – 2.8 points

Fitzgerald had his second poor performance in a row in Week 8 as he only scored his Dynasty Owners 2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 8 yards) after turning in a 2.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort in Week 7. In the first six weeks of the season, Fitzgerald averaged just under 15 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and was probably a steady presence in his owners’ Active lineup. He hasn’t been good enough to be Active in the last two weeks and should have been on the Bench in Week 8.

TE: Zach Ertz (PHI) – 4.0 points

The Eagles dominated the Bills defense on the ground in Week 8 and as a result, Eagles TE Zach Ertz only had 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 20 yards). Ertz was even outscored by fellow Eagles TE Dallas Goedert for the third consecutive week as Goedert had 11.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. As the 7th rated TE in Dynasty Owner, Ertz is a mainstay in his owners’ Active lineups, even though he should have been on the Bench this past week.

K: Eddy Pinerio (CHI) – 2 points

Pinerio missed a potential game winning 41 yard FG in the Bears 17-16 loss to the Chargers this week. As a result, he only scored his Dynasty Owners 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points by making 3 short FGs (19, 22 and 25 yards) and missing one additional FG attempt of 33 yards. He also made his only PAT attempt. However, it’s the potential game winner that will haunt Bears’ fans and his Dynasty Owners who lost a potential nine points on the missed FG (-2 points for the missed FG plus not earning 4 points for a 40-49 yard FG plus missing the 3 point clutch scoring bonus that would have went along with the made FG). Hopefully his Dynasty Owners in the 54% of leagues in which he is rostered kept Pinerio on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Stephen Hauschka of the Bills who had negative 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 8. Hauschka isn’t on many Dynasty Owner rosters, just 4%, so he couldn’t be Active in many leagues, but for those few owners who have him and made him Active, it was a bad move. He missed a 53-yard FG at the end of the first half, made his first PAT attempt and had the second one blocked. He should have stayed on the Bench in the handful of leagues in which he is owned.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Miami Gladiators (Brian Auricchio) – 166.7 vs. Mafia Power 83 (Bruno Goncalves) – 139.5

History also repeated itself in our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week as for the second consecutive week, an undefeated team lost. This time it was Mafia Power 83 losing to the Miami Gladiators in the highest-scoring Match-up of the Week so far this season. The Miami Gladiators also set the mark for highest individual team score in a Match-up of the Week, while Mafia Power 83 had more points than any losing team featured as well.

Both owners did a good job setting their lineup even though neither got the 3 point coaches’ bonus, which has yet to be awarded to a team in our Match-up of the Week so far this season. Bruno could have started Jamaal Williams over Todd Gurley and D.K. Metcalf over T.Y. Hilton and scored 16.7 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Mafia Power 83, but it still wouldn’t have given him the victory.

The Miami Gladiators stack of Jared Goff and Cooper Kupp from the Rams paid off big this week to the tune of 72.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, even as they only connected for one TD. Starting Jacoby Brissett over Russell Wilson and creating an Indianapolis stack for Mafia Power 83 would have cost Bruno points so he made the right move in keeping Brissett on the Bench. He would have benefitted from a Seattle stack of Wilson and Metcalf, but not enough to win, as mentioned previously.

My Miami Gladiators upset prediction was correct and I almost nailed the final score for Mafia Power 83 as I had guessed predicted they would score 139.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. My prediction record improves to 4-4 on this inaugural season of Dynasty Owner with my first chance to have a winning record since Week 1 coming up this week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 8 Preview: Mismatch or Upset?

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Week 8 and time for a playoff push for many Dynasty Owners. With only seven weeks remaining in the regular season, Dynasty Owners are looking hard at their teams and trying to decide if they are in playoff contention or in rebuilding mode. Only Baltimore and Dallas are on bye this week, so many Dynasty Owner rosters are at full strength. That could be good for Dynasty Owners at the top of the standings who have their regular Active lineup and Bench at maximum power so they can continue to crush the competition. Or, it could mean those teams at the bottom of the standings don’t have to worry about missing players, so they have enough firepower to pull off an upset this week and stay in playoff contention.

This is our eighth Dynasty Owner game preview article. At first look, we have a Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week that looks like it could be a mismatch, but might really be an upset in the making. To see which it is, we will 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, let’s look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). Because they were playing the Redskins and Dolphins, I recommended having the following 49ers and Bills players Active in Week 7:

  • QB: Jimmy Garoppolo – 5.6 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • RB: Tevin Coleman – 8.1 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • WR: John Brown – 19.3 points (Good Recommendation)
  • TE: Dawson Knox – 4.2 points (Bad Recommendation)

Even though all of the players I chose were playing two of the worst defenses in the NFL, I still managed to miss on three out of four recommendations. Thanks to John Brown for bailing me out! Crummy field conditions due to a steady day-long rain in the Washington, DC region didn’t help Garoppolo and Coleman, but that’s no excuse. I’ll have to do better with my recommendations of players who should be Active in Week 8.

Teddy Bridgewater (QB – NO): Bridgewater is a one-week Active stop-gap at QB if you own him as Drew Brees is expected back soon. For the 28% of Dynasty Owners who have him on their rosters, he’s someone you can make Active and feel good that he’s going to perform well. Bridgewater has thrown for more than 200 yards in each of his last three games and has avoided turnovers since he replaced Brees with only three (2 INTs, 1 fumble). This week, he gets to play the terrible Arizona defense that is allowing an average of 285.6 yards passing per game, including 356 yards passing and 4 TDs to Matt Ryan two weeks ago (42.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Teddy gets it done in his last start for the Saints, so he should be Active.

Benny Snell Jr. (RB – PIT): Snell has only scored 12.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points all season, but 9.9 of them came in Pittsburgh’s last game versus the Chargers. He is rostered in 39% of Dynasty Owner leagues so he’s pretty available if you need an RB this week and I doubt many of his Dynasty Owners plan on having him Active. They should as both James Conner and Jaylen Samuels are banged up and Pittsburgh is going up against the Dolphins defense on Monday night. That’s the same Dolphins defense that allowed 100 yards rushing to Cowboys backup RB Tony Pollard in Week 3 and over 100 yards rushing to every opponent except the Chargers. Pittsburgh figures to be up big at the end of this one and Snell could be the RB to carry the load in garbage time, so make him Active.

Corey Davis (WR – TEN): Davis broke out for his second 20 Dynasty Owner fantasy point outing last week, catching 6 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown from new Titans starting QB Ryan Tannehill. This week, Tannehill and Davis get to face the Buccaneers defense that has given up 20 or more points in every game this season. They have also allowed three WRs to catch over 100 yards in passes in a single game. Davis has the best chance to accomplish this feat for the Titans and that’s why he should be Active.

Jonnu Smith (TE – TEN): The Buccaneers defense is awful defending TEs this year, only Arizona is worse. Starting Titans TE Delanie Walker got injured last week against the Chargers, is questionable and didn’t practice on Wednesday so Smith has a good chance to play a lot of snaps this week. Last week, he had his best game of the season with 9.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions for 64 yards) and he’s likely to do better this week. He’s also widely available if you need an Active TE to replace Mark Andrews or Jason Witten, since he’s only owned in 22% of Dynasty Owner leagues.

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 – 8.0 points (Good Recommendation)
  • RB: Kerryon Johnson – 2.3 points (Good Recommendation)
  • WR: Terry McLaurin – 2.1 points (Good Recommendation)
  • TE: Jared Cook – 0.0 points (Good Recommendation)

Perfection! Four recommendations and every single one of them was good. My Bench recommendations seem to be better than my Active ones so far this season. Kerryon Johnson got injured early in the game and Jared Cook was inactive (Full Disclosure: The article was written and submitted before that announcement), which helped, but I still nailed the Murray and McLaurin Bench recommendations. 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 8.

Carson Wentz (QB – PHI): Wentz is coming off his worst performance of the season (7.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points vs. Dallas) and here comes the Buffalo defense. Buffalo’s defense is only allowing an average of 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to QBs. Wentz is the 10th best QB in Dynasty Owner and was drafted high (ADP 31), so he should be Active based on those metrics, but his Dynasty Owners should leave him on the Bench.

Nick Chubb (RB – CLE): Dynasty Owners drafted Chubb as ADP 16 to make him Active every week. However, the Browns are playing the Patriots defense that has two shutouts already this season and not given up more than 14 points to any team. So, they are hard to score against. They held the best RB they have faced (Le’Veon Bell) to 35 yards rushing and 70 yards rushing in the two games he played against them. This is no knock on Chubb, it’s just that the Patriots defense is playing so well that Dynasty Owners should Bench anyone playing against them – even Chubb.

Courtland Sutton (WR – DEN): The trade of Emmanuel Sanders to the San Francisco 49ers should improve Sutton’s fantasy stats as he’s the likely beneficiary of additional targets that would have gone to Sanders. However, now Sutton is the clear #1 WR in Denver (and the 10th best WR in Dynasty Owner) and teams will be game planning to stop him. Indianapolis hasn’t done a great job defending some of the top WRs in the NFL this season, allowing more than 100 yards receiving to DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones and Keenan Allen. However, Joe Flacco isn’t Deshaun Watson, Matt Ryan or Philip Rivers. The Indianapolis defense did hold down the Raiders and Titans top QB-WR combo and the Broncos combo of Flacco and Sutton is more like those teams. Bench Sutton for better options this week.

Greg Olsen (TE – CAR): If you are a Dynasty Owner who is paying Olsen’s $8.55 million annual salary, then you are likely making him Active every week. Hopefully you have a good backup TE because Olsen should be on your Bench this week against the 49ers. The 49ers defense has allowed only one TE to reach the end zone this season and no TE has gotten more than 32 yards receiving against them. While Olsen is the 10th highest scoring TE in Dynasty Owner, he’s had four games (out of six) in which he’s scored less than 10 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He’ll make it five out of seven, so you should leave him on the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Mafia Power 83 (Bruno Goncalves) vs. Miami Gladiators (Brian Auricchio)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. Once again, we’ll be looking at a match-up with an undefeated team (Mafia Power 83). In a twist compared to last week, Mafia Power 83’s opponent, the Miami Gladiators, sits below .500 with a 3-4 record. A mismatch, you might be thinking, but then a quick look at the rosters reveal that the Miami Gladiators have a solid Active lineup featuring Dalvin Cook, Julian Edelman and Cooper Kupp. The Gladiators have scored 871.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this season, while the undefeated Mafia Power 83 has scored only slightly more at 874.8. Suddenly, we have the possibility of an upset on our hands.

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

  • Each team will have a full Active lineup and Bench to score them points. Only Mark Ingram is on bye this week and he’s safely hidden away on Mafia Power 83’s Practice Squad. No bye week excuses for either owner.
  • No real issues with either team’s Active lineup. Todd Gurley and his arthritic knee is always worrisome, but neither RB on Mafia Power 83’s Bench (Jamaal Williams and LeSean McCoy) are better than Gurley. Plus, Gurley and the Rams are playing the Bengals this week. Jared Cook of the Miami Gladiators is facing off against the Arizona Cardinals who have been awful for most of the season against TEs. However, George Kittle is Brian’s Active TE and it’s difficult to recommend benching him for Cook.
  • The Miami Gladiators have a Rams stack at QB-WR with Jared Goff and Cooper Kupp. If they connect for a TD this week, it’ll be 12 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the Gladiators. Mafia Power 83 does have Jacoby Brissett on his Bench throwing to T.Y. Hilton in his Active lineup, but Bruno is unlikely to Bench Russell Wilson, who is the top scorer in Dynasty Owner after seven weeks.
  • No reason to watch Monday Night Football this week for either owner as neither has a player in their Active lineup or Bench from either Pittsburgh or the Dolphins. With the Miami Gladiators name, it’s possible that Brian is a Dolphins fan (my condolences if this is true) and will be watching.
  • Finally, we have some creative team names after a few weeks of teams with the name of their owner (Benjamin Schmitke, TWilliams, etc.). It’s hard to choose which one is better, so we’ll happily call it a tie.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on their current lineups has the Miami Gladiators pulling off the upset of the undefeated Mafia Power 83 by a razor-thin margin of 130.5-129.3. It’s close if you only examine their Active lineups as well (a 114.4-113.3 margin for the Miami Gladiators).

The closest Match-up of the Week came in Week 2 as Teddy MF’in Ruxpin prevailed over Papagiorgio by just 4.3 points, but records were made to be broken and I think this Match-up breaks that record. The Miami Gladiators pull an upset with a close victory and stop Mafia Power 83’s undefeated season.

Final score prediction: Miami Gladiators 143.6 vs. Mafia Power 83 141.3

My prediction record is still below .500 at 3-4 for the season, so Mafia Power 83 probably isn’t sweating too much. Check out the Week 8 Recap article next Tuesday 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 7 Recap: Highs and Lows

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It was a week of highs and lows in Dynasty Owner. For the second week in a row, scoring was lower than most weeks. That led the Match-up of the Week to be not as high scoring as anticipated even with two high-scoring, heavyweight teams battling it out. Ironically though, the Player of the Week set the record for the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single week as being an Aaron Rodgers owner finally paid off in a big way. We also had the worst Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance this week as Sam Darnold lost his owners double digit points with his five turnover game versus New England on Monday night.

This is our seventh Dynasty Owner weekly recap article. Just like the previous ones, we’ll 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: Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers becomes the first player in Dynasty Owner history to score more than 60 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a week, so he was the obvious choice for Player of the Week. Rodgers had 6 touchdowns and 62.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (429 yards passing, 6 yards rushing, 5 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD) against the Oakland Raiders. As the highest paid player in Dynasty Owner at $33.5 million annually, Rodgers was costing his owners a lot of weekly money and delivering good, but not great performances on a weekly basis. This week, owning Rodgers finally paid off.

  • Week 7 Points: 62.1
  • Week 7 Salary: $2,392,857
  • Week 7 Cost per Point: $38,532

Congratulations Aaron on being the first player to reach the 60 Dynasty Owner fantasy point mark and on winning 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: Zach Pascal

Pascal has the lowest possible annual salary in Dynasty Owner at $525,000 annually. That low salary combined with his 28.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 7 against the Houston Texans (6 receptions, 106 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs) was enough to make him the Value Player of the Week. His $1,311 cost per point barely edged out two other players (Chase Edmonds and Darren Waller) who had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points (37.0 for Edmonds and 31.6 for Waller), but slightly higher salaries ($728,090 for Edmonds and $675,000 for Waller) and cost per point this week ($1,406 cost per point for Edmonds and $1,526 for Waller). Pascal is owned in exactly zero Dynasty Owner leagues since he has been inadvertently left out of the pool of available players, but once he’s available on Thursday, expect some Dynasty Owners to add him to their rosters.

  • Week 7 Points: 28.6
  • Week 7 Salary: $37,500
  • Week 7 Cost per Point: $1,311

Congrats to Zach on beating back some tough competition to win the Value Player of the Week honors!

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 7. We aren’t going to write that you should have started the Ezekiel Elliott, since he should always be in your Active lineup (except next week when he’s on bye). Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents, on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 7 when they should have been.

QB: Kirk Cousins (MIN) – 41.6 points

It’s the second week in a row on this list for Cousins and his third straight good performance. Cousins likely wasn’t Active in many lineups since he’s available in over 95% of Dynasty Owner leagues, likely due to his $28 million annual salary. However, if you’ve got salary cap room and need a QB for your Active lineup since Patrick Mahomes is injured and Dak Prescott and Lamar Jackson are on bye in Week 8, then spending big money for Cousins might be worthwhile. He had his second straight 4 TD game and scored 41.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (337 yards passing, -3 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs) meaning the few Dynasty Owners with Cousins on their roster should have had him Active.

Honorable mention to Matthew Stafford. The Vikings-Lions game had a lot of scoring from little owned QBs. Lions QB Matthew Stafford should have also been Active for his Dynasty Owners (all 2% of them) since he had 40.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (364 yards passing, 4 passing TDs, 1 INT). He’s $1 million cheaper than Cousins if you need an Active QB for Week 8.

RB: Chase Edmonds (ARI) – 37.0 points

If Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury is to be believed, then David Johnson was only playing in an emergency, which apparently included the first drive of the game. With that information available before game time, more Chase Edmonds Dynasty Owners would have had him in their Active lineups and reaped the reward of his 37.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (126 yards rushing, 2 receptions, 24 yards receiving, 3 rushing TDs). Edmonds is rostered in over 80% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but most of his owners probably had him on the Bench or Practice Squad in Week 7 when he should have been Active.

Honorable mention Latavius Murray of the Saints, another backup RB who started and scored lots of Dynasty Owner fantasy points for anyone who made him Active. His Dynasty Owners should have known that Murray would start as Alvin Kamara was ruled out on Saturday, but they probably didn’t expect a 34.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (119 yards rushing, 5 receptions, 31 yards receiving, 2 rushing TDs) effort from him against the Bears. Murray should have been Active this week.

WR: Marvin Jones (DET) – 43.3 points

Jones broke out this week with 4 receiving TDs against the Vikings defense. After scoring just 3.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week against Green Bay, his Dynasty Owners can be forgiven if they left Jones on the Bench this week and didn’t get the full benefit of his 43.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 receptions, 93 yards receiving, 4 receiving TDs). Jones is rostered in 72% of Dynasty Owner leagues and maybe more of his owners will make him Active in Week 8.

TE: Kyle Rudolph (MIN) – 16.8 points

Leaving out Darren Waller, who should be Active in all of his Dynasty Owners’ lineups, means that Kyle Rudolph is the choice for a TE who should have been Active this week. Rudolph had only scored a total of 16.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first six weeks, so he wasn’t likely Active in many lineups due to being on rosters in only 24% of leagues. However, Rudolph had 5 receptions for 58 yards and his first receiving TD of the year to score 16.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 7 and should have been Active.

Honorable mention to Jimmy Graham who wasn’t far behind Rudolph with 16.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 65 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). Graham and his $10 million annual salary are only owned in 28% of Dynasty Owner leagues and he was only averaging 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game over the first six weeks of the season, so he likely wasn’t Active in a lot of lineups, but he should have been.

K: Brett Maher (DAL) – 13.0 points

Kicking a 63-yard FG was enough for Maher to make this list, but he also had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than any other kicker this week. Maher made two additional FGs of 26 and 29 yards plus 4 PATs to give him 13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, his second consecutive week with 10+ points. Maher is perfect on PAT attempts this season (22 for 22) and while he’s still just the 12th best Dynasty Owner kicker for the season, he should have been Active this week.

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 7.

QB: Matt Ryan (ATL) – 1.2 points

Matty Ice was ice cold in the Falcons 37-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams and scored just 1.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (159 yards passing, 2 yards rushing, 1 INT, 2 fumbles – 1 lost) before injuring his ankle and being replaced by Matt Schaub. After consecutive 40+ point outings, he was probably Active in most of his Dynasty Owner’s lineups this week. Ryan didn’t throw a TD for only the second time this year and didn’t earn the 300+ yard passing bonus point for the first time. He should have been on the Bench.

A special dishonorable mention to Sam Darnold who had the worst performance in Dynasty Owner history with negative 10.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (86 yards passing, -1 yards rushing, 4 INTs, 1 fumble lost). Darnold is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues. Despite that, he only gets a special dishonorable mention since he was playing the top-rated Patriots defense, and nobody probably had him in their Active lineup. Hopefully you left him on the Practice Squad this week if you are a Darnold owner.

RB: David Johnson (ARI) – 0.2 points

All of Johnson’s Dynasty Owners are sarcastically thanking Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury for saving Johnson’s health by only letting him in the game against the New York Giants for three plays and rushing him only once for two yards. If Kingsbury had said before the game that Johnson was only going to play in an “emergency”, then his Dynasty Owners would have likely sat him on the Bench.

WR: Terry McLaurin (WAS) – 2.1 points

In the sloppy 9-0 San Francisco 49ers victory over the Washington Redskins, nobody but 49ers kicker Robbie Gould should have been Active. A steady rain prevented both offenses from moving the ball very much and McLaurin was only targeted twice and caught just one pass for 11 yards (2.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). McLaurin was averaging 18.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game prior to this week and was worthy of being Active based on his stats. However, his Dynasty Owners should have heeded the warning about him from the Week 7 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/post/week-7-preview) and sat McLaurin on their Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Kenny Golladay who had just 3.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 21 yards) in Week 7. Golladay was likely Active in many lineups since his Average Draft Position (ADP) was 37 and he is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues. However, Marvin Jones was the Lions WR to have Active this week and Golladay should have been on the Bench for his Dynasty Owners.

TE: Evan Engram (NYG) – 1.6 points

For a while, it was death, taxes and have your TE Active against the Cardinals defense. In Week 7, that would have meant having Evan Engram in your Active lineup. That was the wrong move, as he only scored 1.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 6 yards) after averaging 16.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through his first five games. Usually Engram should be in your Active lineup, but he was better left on the Bench this week.

K: Brandon McManus (DEN) – -2 points

His Dynasty Owners probably thought Denver might score some points this week at home against Kansas City and might have made McManus Active. That was a bad idea as he missed a 45 yard FG and had no official PAT attempts for negative two Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the Broncos 30-6 loss. He did make one PAT attempt, but there was a penalty, so Denver took the point off the board and tried to go for a two-point conversion, which failed. Even with this bad performance, McManus is still the 13th best kicker in Dynasty Owner for the season and a fringe Active player with bye weeks. However, this past week, he should have been on the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Benjamin Schmitke (Benjamin Schmitke) – 81.1 vs.

German Ballers (Christian Pfeifer) – 95.3

The potential high of an undefeated season for Benjamin Schmitke ended in a low-scoring battle against the German Ballers, who improved their record to 5-2. The scoring predictions had this as a high-scoring affair between teams averaging over 130 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week. However, it turned into the lowest scoring Match-up of the Week with neither team reaching 100 points and Benjamin Schmitke barely avoiding the indignity of having the lowest scoring team featured in our first seven weeks.

Benjamin can blame Kliff Kingsbury for his low scoring as he started both of his Arizona Cardinals this week and got a lowly 0.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from them combined. As mentioned before, David Johnson only played one “emergency” series at the beginning of the game and Christian Kirk was inactive for the game, but still in Benjamin’s Active lineup.

On the other hand, Christian was on a high and had a Houston Texans stack of Deshaun Watson at QB and DeAndre Hopkins at WR that paid off to the tune of 45.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (25.6 for Hopkins and 19.6 for Watson). He also got 18.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Green Bay RB Aaron Jones and 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from the returning Saquon Barkley.

The German Ballers also had some low scores as the trio of Kenny Golladay, Evan Engram and Dan Bailey only put up a combined 8.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Christian’s Bench also featured no players who put up double digit points. As a result, his Bench was outsourced 17.1-6.1 by Benjamin’s Bench.

Benjamin had the difficult choice of whether to start the top QB in Dynasty Owner Russell Wilson or the second best QB in Patrick Mahomes and made the correct choice by switching to Wilson who outscored Mahomes 17.8 to 10.0. However, this correct decision didn’t result in a victory for his team.

Even though the score projection was off by quite a lot, my prediction was correct as I had a German Ballers victory. My prediction record improves to 3-4 on this inaugural season of Dynasty Owner with another chance for me to get to .500 in Week 8.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

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Week 7 Preview: Heavyweight Match-Up

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Week 7 – the halfway point of the regular season of the inaugural season of Dynasty Owner! Four teams are on bye this week (Carolina, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay) as roster depth continues to be a factor for Dynasty Owners. Christian McCaffrey is the heavyweight champion RB right now and his owners will need a big game from his replacement as they hope to win without him. The same holds true for Chris Godwin owners as he’s the top WR in Dynasty Owner, but on bye as well this week.

This is our seventh Dynasty Owner game preview article and this one is a heavyweight battle between two stacked teams – one based in the U.S. and another based in Europe. Sort of a Joe Louis versus Max Schmeling fight to continue our boxing theme this week. In our look at the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, we will 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, let’s 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 6:

  • QB: Gardner Minshew – 5.3 points (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: Kenyan Drake – 13.3 points (Just OK recommendation)
  • WR: Michael Gallup – 8.8 points (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Geoff Swaim – 1.5 points (Bad recommendation)

Another terrible week for Active recommendations with no good ones and one just ok recommendation. The Jacksonville stack of Minshew and Swaim really didn’t pay off as they combined for only 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. I’ll have to do better with my recommendations of players who should be Active in Week 7, so the recommendations are stacked with 49ers and Bills players who go up against the Redskins and Dolphins defenses.

Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF): This one is probably not even fair since he’s playing the Redskins, but since Jimmy G is the 24th ranked QB in Dynasty Owner, he’s not supposed to be Active this week. However, he’s playing the Redskins defense that is giving up an average of 26.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game with three QBs (Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott and The G.O.A.T., Tom Brady) getting more than 30 points against them. Jimmy is averaging only 17.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, but he’ll exceed that comfortably this week and should be Active.

Tevin Coleman (RB – SF): Coleman averages 12.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week, but is only the 47th ranked RB since he missed two weeks due to injury and the 49ers have already had their bye week. While he’s still splitting carries with Matt Breida, Coleman plays more, and those extra carries will help him gather up points at the expense of the Redskins defense that has let four RBs score in its last five games.

John Brown (WR – BUF): Brown has probably flown under the radar a little bit as he’s only scored one TD this season so far. However, he’s averaging 14.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and here comes the Miami Dolphins defense to upstate New York. The Dolphins’ best cornerback, Xavien Howard, is out with a knee injury and without him last week, Terry McLaurin of the Redskins had 100 yards receiving and 26.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Brown should have at least that many yards and a TD reception, so make him Active.

Dawson Knox (TE – BUF): The Giants and Evan Engram play the Cardinals this week, but he should be Active if he’s healthy anyway, so he can’t be the choice. Even though going deep didn’t work last week, I’ll try again with Dawson Knox. Knox is only averaging 6.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, but he’s playing the Dolphins so why not? The Dolphins allowed Mark Andrews to catch 8 passes for 108 yards and a TD in Week 1 and since then, they haven’t faced many top TEs. If you need a bye week replacement for Greg Olsen or are rostering O.J. Howard and can’t play him this week (or any other week), look no further than Knox as your Active TE for 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: Jameis Winston – 15.1 points (Just OK recommendation)
  • RB: Matt Breida – 10.3 points (Just OK recommendation)
  • WR: Mike Evans – 20.6 points (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Jason Witten – 10.7 points (Just OK recommendation)

A slightly below average week with three Just Ok recommendations and one Bad recommendation. Jameis Winston had to hit the 4 point bonus for 400 yards to offset his 6 turnovers (5 INTs and 1 lost fumble) and become Just Ok instead of Good. 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 7.

Kyler Murray (QB – ARI): A tough week to choose a quality QB to send to the Bench, but one needs to be chosen, so it’s going to be Murray. Why Murray who is coming off his best week in which he scored 39.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points? First of all, it was against the dreadful Falcons defense and the Giants are better. The G-Men held the G.O.A.T. to only 23.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in their last game and are rested with 10 days off since they played the Patriots. Second, he’s playing on the road and has exactly zero TD passes in two road games. Third, the rest of the top QBs have better match-ups and are likely to score more than Murray. Bench Murray even though he’ll do well – just not as well as other QBs who should be Active.

Kerryon Johnson (RB – DET): The Lions are facing an elite Vikings run defense that has only given up more than 100 yards rushing and allowed 1 RB rushing TD this season (Aaron Jones in Week 2). While Johnson is averaging 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week, he has only rushed for more than 50 yards once this season (Week 4 vs. Kansas City). Johnson is unlikely to reach his average against the Vikings, so his Dynasty Owners should find a spot on their Bench for him.

Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS): The 49ers defense is on a roll and holding their opponent’s top receivers down seemingly every single week. None of the Rams top receivers (Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp or Robert Woods) had more than eight Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week and the 49ers held Jared Goff to only 78 yards passing total for the entire game. While McLaurin had 26.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week and is averaging 18.8 points per game, he only got 8.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Patriots in Week 5. McLaurin has been a worthy starter for most of the year on a terrible Redskins team, but his Dynasty Owners should keep him on the Bench this week.

Jared Cook (TE – NO): Cook has been on a bit of a roll the past two weeks with 12.7 and 14.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points the past two weeks. However, if you look past just the points, you’ll see that he had a TD both weeks and still hasn’t caught more than four passes or gotten over 41 yards in a single game so far this season. With those kinds of numbers, he needs a TD to be Active and I don’t think he’s getting one against the Bears defense that has only allowed one TD to a TE all season. Bench Cook if you own him.

Dynasty Owner Match-Up of the Week –

Benjamin Schmitke (Benjamin Schmitke) vs. German Ballers (Christian Pfeifer)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. At this point in the season, it’s not easy to be undefeated and for this match-up, we have a 6-0 team in Benjamin Schmitke battling against another top team in his division, the German Ballers, who are 4-2. Both teams score a lot. Benjamin Schmitke is averaging 141.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and the German Ballers are balling at an average of 131.8, so it should be a shoot-out.

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

  • The bye week problems for most Dynasty Owners won’t really impact this match-up. Despite four teams on bye, Benjamin Schmitke has no bye week issues in either his Active lineup, Bench or Practice Squad. He’s at full strength in his quest to go undefeated. The German Ballers only have minimal bye week issues as their back-up QB is Mason Rudolph of the Steelers and Christian doesn’t have another QB on the Practice Squad to substitute in Rudolph’s place.
  • Benjamin has the top scorer in all of Dynasty Owner, Russell Wilson, on his Bench. That’s what happens when you have the second highest scoring player in Patrick Mahomes at QB as well. Might Benjamin switch it up and go with Wilson over Mahomes? The projections say No as Mahomes is projected to score 32.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus 27.5 for Wilson, but I think a switch could be warranted. Mahomes is “only” averaging 24.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game over his last three games (compared to 31.1 for Wilson) and Mahomes has to go against the Broncos defense on the road on Thursday. It’s always tough to play on Thursday on the road. This is a decision, but a good one for Benjamin.
  • As one of our excellent European Dynasty Owners, it’s tough for Christian to watch the late Sunday games. Good thing that the German Ballers have all of their Active lineup playing at 1 PM (Eastern), 7 PM (Central European Time). Christian can sit back after dinner, have a pint of his favorite German beer (Spaten Oktoberfest perhaps) and watch his players go at it. Prost!
  • In contrast, Benjamin has to keep track of players on Thursday night, in the early Sunday games and Monday night. He’ll jump out to a lead on Thursday Night behind Mahomes and Harrison Butker, but will he be staying up late to see if James White can push his team over the top to victory on Monday?

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on their current lineups has Benjamin Schmitke defeating the German Ballers by a margin of 135.2-128.1. The margin of victory is entirely due to Benjamin’s Bench, which is projected to outscore the Ballers by a margin of 18.6-11.7. I’m going against the projections and predicting a close victory for the German Ballers. It’ll go to the judges’ cards, but Christian wins by split decision as Mahomes’ projections appear to be over-inflated.

Final score prediction: Benjamin Schmitke 130.5 vs. German Ballers 132.3

My prediction record is below .500 at 2-4 for the season, so don’t celebrate with your newly won Heavyweight title belt just yet Christian. Check out the Week 7 Recap article on Tuesday 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 6 Recap: Unlikely Outcomes

Author: Steven Van Tassell

Week 6 of the Dynasty Owner season was definitely not as high scoring as Week 5 which led to some unlikely players winning Player of the Week and Value Player of the Week honors. It also caused our Match-up of the Week of undefeated teams to be much lower scoring than anticipated.

This is our sixth Dynasty Owner weekly recap article. Just like the previous ones, we’ll 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: Stefon Diggs

Stefon Diggs is the Player of the Week as he was just one of two players with more than 40 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (Matt Ryan was the other one). However, because Diggs’ performance was one point higher than Ryan’s (43.5 for Diggs versus 42.5 for Ryan) and because he had only scored 41.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the previous five weeks combined, the honor goes to Diggs. Diggs finished with 7 receptions for 167 yards plus 3 receiving TDs as well as 18 yards rushing. Diggs has a very high salary cap of just over $1 million per week – based on his $14.4 million salary (spread out over 14 weeks of the Dynasty Owner regular season), but his Dynasty Owners finally didn’t mind paying him that as he earned every penny this week.

  • Week 6 Points: 43.5
  • Week 6 Salary: $1,028,571
  • Week 6 Cost per Point: $23,645

Congratulations to Stefon on winning an unlikely 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: James Conner

Facing lots of 8-man fronts due to having a third string QB in the lineup, Conner was an unlikely source of Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week. However, he delivered for his Dynasty Owners in only three quarters of action with 30.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (41 yards rushing, 7 receptions for 78 yards and 2 TDs – one rushing and one receiving). Conner’s annual salary of just $790,381 means that he cost his Dynasty Owners only $1,827 per point this week. While this is the highest cost per point for a Value Player of the Week, it was still good enough to win Conner the honor!

  • Week 6 Points: 30.9
  • Week 6 Salary: $56,456
  • Week 6 Cost per Point: $1,827

Congrats to James on your first Value Player of the Week honors!

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 6. We aren’t going to write that you should have started the top scoring RB in Dynasty Owner (Christian McCaffrey), since he should always be in your Active lineup (except next week when he’s on bye). Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents, on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 6 when they should have been.

QB: Kirk Cousins (MIN) – 38.7 points

After the first four weeks, Cousins was averaging only 12.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week, leaving probably all of his Dynasty Owners to put him on their Bench. He’s improved the past two weeks with 27.6 points in Week 5 versus the New York Giants and this week’s 38.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (333 yards passing, 4 TDs and 1 INT) against the Eagles. He’s still ranked as the 16th best Dynasty Owner QB, but should have been Active in his owners’ lineups this week.

Honorable mention to Sam Darnold. Back from a bout with mono, Jets QB Sam Darnold was unlikely to be Active in a lot of Dynasty Owner lineups, but he should have been as he scored 27.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (338 yards passing, 2 passing TDs, 1 yard rushing, 1 INT).

RB: Jamaal Williams (GB) – 25.6 points
The Free Aaron Jones movement had its coming out party in Week 5 and was put back in its place in Week 6 with the 25.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (104 yards rushing, 4 receptions, 32 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) performance by fellow Green Bay RB Jamaal Williams on Monday Night Football. After Jones’ Value Player of the Week honor, Dynasty Owners with Williams on their rosters were justified in having him on the Bench. Turns out they should have had him Active.

WR: Robby Anderson (NYJ) – 23.5 points
Anderson benefitted from having a real starting QB throwing him passes again this week with the return of Sam Darnold. After struggling and only scoring 24.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through his first four games, Anderson got his groove back with the return of Darnold and nearly doubled his fantasy output in Week 6. Anderson had 5 receptions for 125 yards and a TD for 23.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He might be worth putting in your Active lineup from now on and definitely should have been in it this week.

TE: Hunter Henry (LAC) – 30.0 points

After missing the past four games and coming into Week 6 with a questionable injury designation, Dynasty Owner can be forgiven for not having Henry in their Active lineup. For those who kept him on the Bench or Practice Squad, they missed out on a 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (8 receptions, 100 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs). Get him into your Active lineup next week and hope for similar production.

K: Matt Prater (DET) – 19.0 points

Prater had 5 FGs and a one PAT, but was overshadowed by Packers kicker Mason Crosby who booted a 23-yard FG as time expired in the Packers 23-22 victory over the Lions. Prater had the PAT plus FGs of 22, 26, 41, 51 and 54 yards for a total of 19 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. After a couple of poor early performances, Prater has two weeks in a row (sandwiched around a bye week) with 10+ Dynasty Owner fantasy points and should be Active in your lineup if you have him.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have some players, mostly from the Rams, 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 6.

QB: Jared Goff (LAR) – -0.1 points

The San Francisco defense had been playing well so far this season, but that probably didn’t deter a lot of Goff’s Dynasty Owners to bench him. That was the wrong decision as Goff had a total of only 78 yards passing and 2 fumbles – one lost to give his Dynasty Owner negative .1 points this week. It wasn’t for lack of trying or benching as Goff played the entire game and had 24 pass attempts. The 49ers defense just held the Rams offense in check and left Goff as the QB this week who his Dynasty Owners should have left on the Bench (or Practice Squad).

Dishonorable mention to Marcus Mariota who also had negative points (-2.4 points) but was likely in fewer Active lineups than Goff. Mariota’s lackluster 63 passing yards, 4 rushing yards and 2 INT performance led to his benching in favor of Ryan Tannehill who wasn’t a whole lot better (4.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Mariota definitely was better off being on your Bench or Practice Squad this week.

RB: Derrick Henry (TEN) – 4.3 points

The Denver Broncos defense bottled up the Tennessee Titans offense, allowing them only 204 yards from scrimmage in the Broncos’ 16-0 shutout of the Titans in Week 6. Henry had 16 touches, but only managed 33 yards from scrimmage (28 yards rushing and 5 yards receiving from 1 reception) to earn his 4.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. After five consecutive weeks of at least 10 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week, his owners likely counted on a sixth week and had him Active when he should have been on the Bench.

WR: Tyler Boyd (CIN) – 4.0 points

Boyd was expected to play well coming off a 28.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort against the Cardinals in Week 5 and playing against a Ravens defense that allowed JuJu Smith Schuster to have his best week of the season and accumulate 17.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week. However, Boyd didn’t play well and only got his Dynasty Owners 4.0 points (3 receptions for 10 yards). With that performance, he should have been on your Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Cooper Kupp who had only 5.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 reception for 17 yards) in Week 6. All of the Rams WR could have been given this dishonor, but Kupp had the lowest of the three starting Rams WRs, barely edging out Robert Woods who had only 7.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (16 yards rushing and a rushing TD, but no receptions) and Brandin Cooks who had just 6.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 18 yards receiving, 14 yards rushing). A lousy week to have any Rams WRs Active as all of them, but especially Kupp, should have been sitting on your Bench.

TE: Gerald Everett (LAR) – 2.9 points

It wasn’t only the Rams WRs who deserved a spot on the Bench. A week after being listed as someone who should have been Active, Everett falls into the Bench category this week with his 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (2 receptions, 9 yards receiving) performance. This isn’t surprising when you see that his QB only threw for 78 yards passing, but it definitely was unlikely when Dynasty Owners were setting their Week 6 lineups.

K: Greg Zuerlein (LAR) – 1 point

It’s not Greg the Leg’s fault that he should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench this week. He had one PAT attempt and made it. Unfortunately, that was it for him as he had no FG attempts and finished with just the one Dynasty Owner fantasy point. While the 49ers defense was supposed to be good coming into this contest, most Dynasty Owner probably didn’t expect them to almost completely shut down the Rams offense and make Zuerlein irrelevant, so he was not worthy of the spot he likely occupied in your Active lineup.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

A Team Has No Name (Daniel Rivera) – 112.6 vs. Brandon Dunn (Brandon Dunn) – 93.7

In the battle of undefeated 5-0 teams, it was A Team Has No Name who prevailed over Brandon Dunn by nearly twenty points, 112.6-93.7. The low scoring affair saw Daniel Rivera’s team move to 6-0 with the victory. His total of 112.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points was very close to his predicted score of 113.5, while Brandon Dunn’s team fell 30 points short of his predicted score of 123.9 and over 50 points shy of my prediction. The most unlikely part of this Match-up of the Week was that it was the lowest scoring match-up that we’ve analyzed. Even the battle of winless teams in Week 4 had more points scored than we got from two 5-0 teams this week.

The difference in tight end scoring really benefited Daniel as he got 25.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Austin Hooper, while Brandon saw Will Dissly go down with an Achilles injury and score zero points. That was more than enough to give Daniel the victory.

A Team Has No Name also overcame its bye week and injury problems as they were able to win despite having two Bench players (Allen Robinson and Eric Ebron) on bye and two more Bench players (Mason Rudolph and Sterling Shepard) injured and not playing. Even with only three Bench players scoring points, Daniel only lost the battle of the benches by less than two points (11.3 to 9.6).

The Week 6 preview article was technically correct in predicting that the match-up could come down to Monday night (https://dynastyowner.com/post/week-6-preview). However, it was all but over at that point since Brandon only had a 93.7-88.8 lead with Daniel having two Active players (Aaron Jones and Mason Crosby) plus Matt Prater on his Bench remaining.

What was not correct, not even technically, was my Week 6 prediction. I had Brandon Dunn winning, so my record drops to 2-4 on this inaugural season of Dynasty Owner. Stay tuned and see if I can turn things around in Week 7.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 6 Preview: Look Out, Here Comes the 5-0

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Week 6 and four teams are on bye this week (Buffalo, Chicago, Indianapolis and Oakland) so roster depth is coming into play for Dynasty Owners. While there aren’t a ton of stud players on those four rosters, some Dynasty Owners are looking to replace Josh Allen, Marlon Mack and others this week. Hopefully you’ve got a good Bench and Practice Squad or plenty of Dynasty Dollars to bid on Free Agents (you can buy more Dynasty Dollars via credit card now). If you’re like the Patriots, 49ers and the Dynasty Owners in the Match-up of the Week, then you’re playing to stay perfect.

This is our sixth Dynasty Owner game preview article and this one is much better than the Dolphins-Redskins game down in Miami. Our Match-up of the Week pits two undefeated 5-0 teams looking to stay perfect in the inaugural season of Dynasty Owner. 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. In our look at our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, we 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.

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, let’s 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 5:

  • QB: Jimmy Garoppolo – 19.8 points (Just OK recommendation)
  • RB: Jaylen Samuels – 1.5 points (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: Geronimo Allison – 4.8 points (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Tyler Eifert – 3.4 points (Bad recommendation)

A terrible week for Active recommendations with no good ones and one just ok recommendation. I’ll have to do better with my recommendations of players who should be Active in Week 6.

Gardner Minshew (QB – JAX): Minshew Mania is finally coming to the Dynasty Owner preview article! How could it be Week 6 and I’ve yet to suggest making Minshew Active in Dynasty Owner? He has been consistently good so far, scoring 20+ Dynasty Owner fantasy points in four out of five games (and 17.3 in the fifth game), but never more than 26.9 points. Even with those point totals, he sits just outside of the Top 10 QBs in 12th place, so he qualifies as someone who shouldn’t be starting in Dynasty Owner on a weekly basis. And he’s playing a Saints defense that has allowed almost 30 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to QBs. That’s enough to suggest making Minshew Active.

Kenyan Drake (RB – MIA): Miami plays Washington this week in what many are calling the Tank Bowl. Even if the ownership and front offices are tanking, the players won’t be and one player who should do well in this matchup is Kenyan Drake. Washington has given up, on average, 110.8 yards per game rushing to RBs. Since Drake is the Dolphins starting RB, he should get the lion’s share of those rushing yards and be worthy of being in your Active lineup this week (and probably only this week).

Michael Gallup (WR – DAL): The clear #2 WR in Dallas has flown under the radar a bit this year due to missing two games due to injury. In the three games he’s played in, he’s averaging under just 20 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, with a 24.3 point game last week versus Green Bay. The Cowboys play the Jets this week and the Jets defense has been terrible all season. All of his Dynasty Owners should have Gallup in their Active lineup.

Geoff Swaim (TE – JAX): Austin Hooper plays the Cardinals this week, but he’s the #1 rated TE in Dynasty Owner so I can’t use him here. I’ll go deep and pick Geoff Swaim of Jacksonville since I’m already touting Minshew to be Active. Starting TE James O’Shaughnessy is out for the rest of the year with an ACL injury, so Swaim should inherit most of his production, which was good enough to make him the 13th best Dynasty Owner TE through five games. O’Shaughnessy was consistently average with no more than 10 points per game, but no less than seven. Add Swaim’s average of 3.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to O’Shaughnessy’s 8.3 average and you’ve got almost 12 points this week and a spot in some Active lineups.

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: Matt Ryan – 41.2 points (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: Josh Jacobs – 34.3 points (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: Sammy Watkins – 0.0 points (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Delanie Walker – 2.0 points (Good recommendation)

An average week with two Good recommendations and two Bad ones. Both of the Bad recommendations were really bad as Matt Ryan and Josh Jacobs were among the top fantasy players last week. My good recommendations were very good as hopefully people heeded them and kept Watkins and Walker on their Bench. Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 6.

Jameis Winston (QB – TB): In Week 2 against Carolina, Winston only had 17.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (208 yards passing, 1 passing TD, 9 yards rushing) without a turnover. The Carolina defense has averaged 4 sacks per game and forced 7 turnovers (3 INTs, 4 fumbles) in the past three games since their game against the Bucs. Winston is the 9th rated QB in Dynasty Owner but has backups playing at both right tackle and right guard this week in London. Sounds like a recipe for multiple turnovers by Winston and a spot on the Bench in Dynasty Owner.

Matt Breida (RB – SF): The loss of fullback Kyle Juszczyk will impact the 49ers running game. This loss, combined with splitting carries with Tevin Coleman, leaves Breida as a Bench recommendation. We’ve seen how the loss of James Develin has hurt Sony Michel in fantasy and Breida could end up suffering the same decline in production. Almost half of his 29.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points came on a single play, the 83 yard TD run, which occurred while Juszczyk was still in the game. He also had only 11 carries versus 16 for Coleman, meaning he might be on the lower end of the time share at RB again this week. Be safe and leave Breida on the Bench this week.

Mike Evans (WR – TB): This is a Bench stack with Winston. Even though he was the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week back in Week 3, he’s averaged only 8.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the other four games, including his zero point performance last week. He exceeded that average with 10.1 points (4 receptions and 61 yards) in Week 2 against Carolina, but not by much. History is working against Evans as well as he hasn’t scored a TD against Carolina since the 2016 season and hasn’t gotten over 100 yards receiving against them since December of 2017. Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it (thank you Edmund Burke for the quote). Don’t be that guy – keep Evans on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

Jason Witten (TE – DAL): I could have picked on Delanie Walker for the third consecutive week, but decided that was piling on, so Witten is the choice. He’s the 12th rated TE, but most of his points came in the first two weeks when he scored TDs. Witten has caught either 3 or 4 passes every week so far this season, so he has a decent floor of about 5-6 points per week. However, his ceiling isn’t much higher and he’s too touchdown dependent to be worth a spot in your Active lineup.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – A Team Has No Name (Daniel Rivera) vs. Brandon Dunn (Brandon Dunn)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. At this point in the season, it’s not easy to be undefeated, never mind have two undefeated teams in one league, but that’s what we have in this week’s match-up. Both Daniel Rivera and Brandon Dunn have put together undefeated seasons so far, but unfortunately for one of them, the dream of a perfect season ends this week. Let’s find out who’s going to stay undefeated!

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

  • A Team Has No Name has a bye week problem with two players on bye (Allen Robinson and Eric Ebron) on their Bench right now. There’s no TE to be found on their Practice Squad so it looks like that’s a zero inn that spot for his Bench. However, Daniel does have A.J. Brown on the Practice Squad at WR and should put him in Robinson’s spot. In contrast, he has a good batch of RBs in Derrick Henry and Aaron Jones in his Active lineup with James White and Mark Ingram on the Bench.
  • Brandon Dunn has a really solid set of WRs in Michael Thomas, Cooper Kupp, Adam Thielen and D.J. Chark. Right now, Thielen and Chark are on his Bench, but they could probably start for a bunch of teams in his league.
  • The game could come down to Monday Night as Daniel has Aaron Jones. If A Team Has No Name is within striking distance after Sunday’s games, it could come down to Monday night to decide who stays undefeated.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on their current lineups gives Brandon the victory over Daniel by a margin of 123.9-113.5. Brandon’s Bench scoring gives him most of the margin of victory (14.8 Bench points for Brandon vs. 7.2 Bench points for Daniel). Even if Daniel moves some players off of his Practice Squad by Sunday, I predict it’ll be a victory for Brandon. The strength of Brandon’s receiving corps will help him win by more than predicted.

Final score prediction: Brandon Dunn 148.6 vs. A Team Has No Name 109.3

With my prediction record standing at 2-3 for the season, I need a Brandon victory to even my record to .500. Check out the Week 6 Recap article on Tuesday to find out who remained undefeated.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 5 Recap: High Scoring Week

Author: Steven Van Tassell

Week 5 of the Dynasty Owner season certainly had a lot of scoring, didn’t it? Eight players had 40 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, so the competition was fierce for Player of the Week and Value Player of the Week. Speaking of fierce, the Williams brother vs. brother Match-up of the Week was also a barnburner with the highest score of any Match-up that we’ve looked at so far this season.

This is our fifth Dynasty Owner weekly wrap-up article. If you missed the first four articles, let’s tell you what to expect. Every week, we’ll 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 Players of the Week are: DeShaun Watson and Will Fuller

With all of the scoring, there were many worthy candidates this week and in the end, we just couldn’t decide between Houston Texans’ teammates DeShaun Watson and Will Fuller. So, for the first time, we have Co-Players of the Week. Fuller put up 58.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (14 receptions, 217 yards receiving, 3 receiving TDs, 1 fumble – not lost), while DeShaun put up the second most Dynasty Owner fantasy points in our game’s five week history with 58.0 points (426 yards passing, 5 passing TDs, 47 yards rushing, 2 fumbles – not lost). Without the fumbles, Watson would have put up the first 60 Dynasty Owner fantasy point game in history. Congratulations are in order for Will Fuller on being the first receiver to get the 6-point bonus for 200+ yards receiving. Getting over 200 yards receiving from a WR who isn’t breaking your salary cap with his $2.54 million annual salary is great for his Dynasty Owners and ended up costing them only a little over $3,000 per point this week.

  • Week 5 Points: 58.7
  • Week 5 Salary: $181,506
  • Week 5 Cost per Point: $3,092

DeShaun Watson isn’t busting your salary cap either as he also has a very Dynasty Owner friendly annual salary for a QB of only $3.46 million.

  • Week 5 Points: 58.0
  • Week 5 Salary: $247,398
  • Week 5 Cost per Point: $4,265

Congratulations to both Will and DeShaun on winning your first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honors together!

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: Aaron Jones

Jones led the Packers offense in both rushing and receiving in Week 5 and scored 51.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (107 yards rushing, 4 rushing TDs, 7 receptions, 75 yards receiving) in the Packers 34-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Jones’ annual salary of just $650,484 means he cost his Dynasty Owners less than $1,000 per point this week, the second time a player has had a below $1,000 cost per point week this season (Week 1 – Austin Ekeler – $883 cost per point).

  • Week 5 Points: 51.2
  • Week 5 Salary: $46,463
  • Week 5 Cost per Point: $907

Congrats to Aaron on your first of possibly many Value Player of the Week honors!

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 5. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Christian McCaffrey or Amari Cooper, even though both of them scored more than 40 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, since both should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents, on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 5 when they should have been.

QB: Matt Ryan (ATL) – 41.2 points

Only an idiot would suggest having Matt Ryan on your Bench this week (https://dynastyowner.com/post/week-5-preview). After a down week of less than 20 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and zero passing TDs against Tennessee, some people might have been tempted to bench Ryan against the Houston Texans. Those people missed out on a 41.2 point outing (330 yards passing, 3 passing TDs, 7 yards rushing, 1 rushing TD, 1 2-pt conversion, 1 INT). Next time don’t pay attention to that guy who told you to Bench Ryan, he should have been Active.

RB: Matt Breida (SF) – 29.9 points

Breida had an 83-yard TD run on the 49ers first play from scrimmage on Monday Night Football and added another receiving TD later. Both of these scores came in the first quarter when he amassed 23.1 out of his 29.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points alone in the 49ers 31-3 victory over the reeling Cleveland Browns. Overall, Breida finished with 114 rushing yards, 3 receptions for 15 yards and 2 TDs – numbers worthy of being in everyone’s Active lineup this week.

WR: Allen Robinson II (CHI) – 28.7 points

Blimey! Did Allen Robinson really score 2 TDs against the Raiders in London this week? He did and produced 28.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 97 yards, 2 receiving TDs) for his faithful owners. Benching Robinson seemed like a good move with the Bears playing in London with their backup QB (Chase Daniel), but he produced like a player who should have been Active.

Honorable mention to Byron Pringle of the Kansas City Chiefs. Pringle was the Kansas City top receiver for Week 5 with 6 receptions for 103 yards and a receiving TD (22.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He was the fifth player to lead the Chiefs in receiving yards in a game this year (Sammy Watkins, Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman and Travis Kelce) and probably the most unlikely one. He likely wasn’t on many Dynasty Owner rosters or Active in any lineups, but should have been.

TE: Gerald Everett (LAR) – 20.6 points

Everett moved up from the Honorable Mention list last week with another great performance. Everett caught 7 passes from Jared Goff for 136 yards to give his Dynasty Owners, like Andy Rocco, 20.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Everett may have been Active in some leagues after last week, but most of his Dynasty Owners probably didn’t have him there in Week 5.

Honorable mention to Darren Fells of the Houston Texans who gets on this list with a 16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance. Fells was efficient as he caught 2 passes for 20 yards, but both of them were TD passes. Fells is the second Texans TE to appear in this column (Jordan Akins was the first). If you were one of the few Dynasty Owners to have Fells on your roster, he should have been Active.

K: Dan Bailey (MIN) – 14.0 points

Dan Bailey scored 14 Dynasty Owner fantasy points as he didn’t miss a kick in the Vikings’ Week 5 28-10 victory over the New York Giants. Bailey booted FGs of 31, 32, 45 and 48 yards plus added two PATs to fill up the stat sheet this week. The Vikings haven’t been giving him a lot of scoring opportunities this season as he only had four FG attempts and ten PAT attempts in the previous four games, including no attempts at all in Week 4. Based on that lowly production, having Bailey on the Bench, instead of Active, was likely for most of his Dynasty Owners.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have a player who probably was Active, but was better left on your Bench. Here are some likely Active players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 5.

QB: Phillip Rivers (LAC) – 4.3 points

Rivers had scored over 25 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in three out of the first four games, so his Dynasty Owners can be forgiven for thinking that he should be Active against the Broncos at home. Instead, Rivers should have been on your Bench due to his 4.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (211 yards passing, -3 yards rushing, 2 INTs).

RB: LeSean McCoy (KC) – 1.3 points

With Damien Williams back in the lineup for the Chiefs, LeSean McCoy struggled to get involved in the offense and finished Week 5 with only 1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 23 yards, 1 fumble lost). He had been averaging 10 rushing attempts per game so far this season, but had none this week and should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench if you own him.

Dishonorable mention to Jaylen Samuels who hopefully was not Active for any of his Dynasty Owner despite being touted as a player to Activate this week. Samuels touched the ball eight times in the Steelers 26-23 loss to the Ravens, but only produced a total of 17 yards of offense and 1.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 yards passing, 2 yards rushing, 3 receptions, 11 yards receiving, 1 INT). Samuels was better left on your Bench.

WR: Mike Evans (TB) – 0.0 points

Two weeks ago, he was the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week with 45.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week, Mike Evans scored zero Dynasty Owner fantasy points, the dreaded Blutarsky, and should have been on your Bench. Evans was targeted three times, but reeled in zero catches. The best thing that can be said about his performance is that at least he didn’t get negative points.

Dishonorable mention to Emmanuel Sanders who had only 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 9 yards) in Week 5. That’s not a lot of points for someone making $11 million annually who was probably Active in many Dynasty Owner lineups. Sanders should have been sitting on the Bench this week.

TE: Greg Olsen (TEN) – 0.0 points

Another Blutarsky, not seen at the TE position in this column since O.J. Howard back in Week 2, for Greg Olsen in Week 5. Olsen was targeted just twice in Carolina’s 34-27 victory over Jacksonville, leaving most of the receptions and yards to D.J. Moore and Christian McCaffrey. This is a far cry from the 25.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points that Olsen put up in Week 3 versus Arizona. He should have been Active that week, but on the Bench this week.

K: Cairo Santos (TEN) – -9 points

Cairo Santos, the man known as NYJ for a while on Dynasty Owner, had the worst kicker game of the year this week. Santos missed 4 FGs, including two of less than 40 yards (one was blocked) to cost his Dynasty Owners 9 points this week. His performance also cost him his job as the Titans released Santos on Monday. Hopefully he was on your Bench or better yet, Practice Squad.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Twilliams (Tyler Williams) – 155.5 vs. Darnold’s Dudes (Alex Williams) – 138.1

In the battle of undefeated brothers, it was younger brother Tyler who managed a 155.5-138.1 victory over his older sibling Alex. Tyler had scored more points coming into the week and kept his scoring lead over Alex. Appropriately in this high-scoring week of football, our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week produced more points than any previous Match-up of the Week. Tyler’s final score of 155.5 points also eclipsed the previous individual team record set in Week 3 by DynastyMasterMike.

Tyler got a great game from Michael Thomas (41.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Dak Prescott (32.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) plus double-digit points from the rest of his starters, except Mike Evans who put up the previously mentioned Blutarsky. Tyler’s balanced scoring was enough to overcome Christian McCaffrey’s 49.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point outburst for Darnold’s Dudes. Alex also had 26.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Cooper Kupp and 25.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Dalvin Cook. However, he had three low scores (6.0 points from Wil Lutz, 5.6 points from Keenan Allen and 1.8 points from Noah Fant) that helped to seal his defeat.

In the Week 5 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/post/week-5-preview), the wide disparity in QBs was noted and the 22.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point difference between Tyler’s QBs (Dak Prescott and Jared Goff) and Alex’s QBs (Kyle Allen and Taysom Hill) was more than Tyler’s overall margin of victory.

Finally, my Week 5 prediction was correct, and Tyler’s victory gives me a 2-3 record on the season. One more victory until .500!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 5 Preview: Battle of Undefeated Brothers

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Week 5 and we are well on our way into the of the first season of Dynasty Owner. Bye weeks are continuing with Kenny Golladay and Kerryon Johnson of the Detroit Lions as the biggest names on bye this week. If you’ve got one of them, hopefully you’ve got a solid replacement on the Bench or Practice Squad. The Miami Dolphins are also on bye, but I hope for your Dynasty Owner team’s sake that you haven’t been using any Dolphins players in either your Active lineup or on the Bench.

This is our fifth Dynasty Owner game preview article and in this one, we have a battle of undefeated brothers to analyze. We’ll also continue to pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations. In our look at our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, we analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance, such as the creativity of the team names, and make a prediction on the winner and final score to find out which brother will reign supreme in the Battle of Undefeated Brothers.

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, let’s 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 4:

  • QB: Jacoby Brissett – 30.2 points (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Justin Jackson – 0.0 points (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: Adam Humphries – 3.5 points (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Will Dissly – 17.7 points (Good recommendation)

Two good and two bad recommendations for a .500 record last week. In all fairness, the Justin Jackson pick shouldn’t count against my record as I picked him before he strained his calf in practice on Thursday and he ended up being inactive. With that said, let’s see if I can do better with my recommendations of some players who should be Active in Week 5.

Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF): I could have taken Jacoby Brissett for the third consecutive week, but he’s currently the 7th rated QB in Dynasty Owner, so I need to look elsewhere. Why not choose another one of the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady’s former backups in Jimmy Garoppolo? Jimmy G has one good game (30.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2 versus Cincinnati) and two poor games (13.1 points in Week 1 versus Tampa Bay and 13.2 points in Week 3 versus Pittsburgh). Cleveland might still be without both of their starting cornerbacks this week and has let up 30 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points twice already this season. Jimmy will make it three, so you’ll want him Active this week.

Jaylen Samuels (RB – PIT): Even if James Conner plays this week, I think Samuels should be Active for his Dynasty Owners. Samuels operated out of the Wildcat against the Bengals last week and had 23.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The Ravens defense isn’t the usual Ravens defense as they gave up almost 200 yards rushing to Cleveland last week and let LeSean McCoy score two TDs (1 rushing and 1 receiving) the week before. Make Samuels Active this week.

Geronimo Allison (WR – GB): Green Bay is likely to be without the services of top WR Davante Adams in their Week 5 game against the Dallas Cowboys. This gives all of the other Packers’ WRs a chance to shine. Allison should move into the starting lineup and therefore, is the most likely to break out for a good game and be worthy of being Active. He had 14.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week against the Eagles and he’ll put up at least that many points this week against another NFC East opponent.

Tyler Eifert (TE – CIN): I repeat what I wrote last week – Death, taxes and start your TE if they are playing Arizona. Those are the three guarantees in life in 2019. Even though Eifert hasn’t been setting the Dynasty Owner world on fire (25.1 points, good for 24th place among all TEs), I’m going with him since he’s playing Arizona. The Arizona defense has allowed an average of 23.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to TEs this season with the 17.7 points produced in Week 4 by Will Dissly, the least amount they have given up all season. Come on Tyler don’t let me down!

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: Baker Mayfield – 21.2 points (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: Sony Michel – 6.3 points (Good recommendation)
  • WR: Stefon Diggs – 14.8 points (Just OK recommendation)
  • TE: O.J. Howard – 6.3 points (Good recommendation)

Two Good recommendations and a Just Ok one – acceptable, but not great. My Bad recommendation came on my second choice in Baker Mayfield, although my first choice (Carson Wentz) wouldn’t have been Good either. Two above average weeks in a row on the Bench selections is the start of a good trend. Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 5.

Matt Ryan (QB – ATL): Tough week to pick a QB for the Bench as most of the top QBs have good matchups, so Matt Ryan is the pick since he’s going up against the Texans defense that held Carolina to 16 points last week and QB Kyle Allen to only 2.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Admittedly, Ryan is much better than Allen, but the Houston defense has played well at home. Bench Ryan if you have a better option.

Josh Jacobs (RB – OAK): As the 21st rated RB in Dynasty Owner, he’s technically outside of being an automatic Active player in a 10-team Dynasty Owner league. However, since Kerryon Johnson is 20th and on bye this week, Jacobs is technically 20th best and should be Active. Don’t make that mistake. The Raiders are flying across the Atlantic to play the Bears in London this week. Jet lag plus a stout Bears defense that has allowed only 45 points and one rushing TD this season equals the Bench for Jacobs.

Sammy Watkins (WR – KC): Picking a Kansas City WR to Bench with Patrick Mahomes at QB seems like a foolish idea, but here goes. Since his 46.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 1, Watkins has averaged just 8.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with a high of 10.9. Those are Bench numbers. Believe it or not, the Colts passing defense is pretty good and could hold Watkins and his fellow Kansas City WRs down this week, so Dynasty Owners should Bench Watkins this week.

Delanie Walker (TE – TEN): Walker had a poor Week 4 performance against Atlanta with just 0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception, 4 yards, 1 fumble – not lost), even though the Titans passing game had over 200 yards and 3 TDs. This week, the matchup is even tougher with the Bills defense that held the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady to just 150 yards passing in Week 4. Walker is the 9th best TE in Dynasty Owner right now, but his owners should Bench him for a better option this week.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Twilliams (Tyler Williams) vs. Darnold’s Dudes (Alex Williams)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. This week is a very compelling match-up of two brothers, both with undefeated records putting up the most points in their league. Younger brother Tyler vs. older brother Alex, #1 vs. #2 in the league for family and Dynasty Owner bragging rights!

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

  • Darnold’s Dudes are really hurting at QB with Kyle Allen and Taysom Hill. Alex drafted Cam Newton and Sam Darnold, but both of them have been out the past couple of weeks. Darnold might be back for Week 5, but will he have the stamina to start and produce against the Eagles? Alex may have to find out as Kyle Allen has a tough match-up against Jacksonville and Taysom Hill isn’t a starting QB, but a glorified gadget player. The projections say have Allen Active with Darnold on the Bench. Regardless, Alex is giving up almost ten points to his brother at QB alone.
  • That’s because, in contrast, Tyler has two solid options at QB. The closest call for players who should be switched from Active to the Bench for this match-up might be at QB for Tyler. He could have Jared Goff Active over Dak Prescott, even though Prescott is projected to outscore Goff by a small margin (25.0 for Prescott vs. 24.1 for Goff). Regardless of who he chooses to start, Tyler has a huge advantage at QB in the battle for brother supremacy.
  • Alex went for rookie TEs with T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant on his team. With no other options on his Practice Squad, it looks like Fant will be Active, Hockenson will be on the Bench giving Alex a zero at that spot.
  • Tyler has put up 560.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in just four weeks – an average of over 140 per week. That’s what happens when you have two Players of the Week (Dak Prescott – Week 1 and Mike Evans – Week 3) on your roster. Alex isn’t too far behind his younger brother with 546.9 points.
  • Alex has the advantage in team name with Darnold’s Dudes since Tyler has apparently been too focused on creating a monster team to bother changing his team name.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections gives Tyler the victory over Alex by a margin of 131.7-122.6. I agree that Tyler is going to be the undefeated Williams brother at the end of Week 5, but the game will be closer than anticipated with Tyler’s QBs providing the margin of victory.

Final score prediction: Twilliams 135.2 vs. Darnold’s Dudes 130.1

I wouldn’t celebrate yet if I’m Tyler since my prediction record is 1-3 so far this season. Check out the Week 5 Recap article to see if I improve to 2-3 or start the inaugural Dynasty Owner season with a 1-4 prediction record.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 4 Recap: Don Gets His First Dynasty Owner Victory

Author: Steven Van Tassell

The first bye week of the football season has concluded and with it, the end of the winless seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Don.. (Don). The Steelers beat their division rival Cincinnati Bengals for their first victory on Monday night, while Don.. defeated Jazz for his first Dynasty Owner victory.

This is our fourth Dynasty Owner weekly wrap-up article. If you missed the first three articles, let’s tell you what to expect. Every week, we’ll 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: Nick Chubb

Nick Chubb becomes the first RB to win Player of the Week behind his Dynasty Owner best 41.3 point effort in Week 4 (165 yards rushing, 3 rushing TDs, 3 catches, 18 yards receiving) in Cleveland’s 40-25 victory over Baltimore. Chubb just edged out Buccaneers teammates Jameis Winston and Chris Godwin, who both had 41.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week. Chubb is pretty Dynasty Owner salary cap friendly as well with his $1.85 million annual salary.

  • Week 4 Points: 41.3
  • Week 4 Salary: $131,841
  • Week 4 Cost per Point: $3,192

Congratulations Nick on your first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honors!

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: Chris Godwin

Godwin barely missed out on Player of the Week honors, but his low $821,041 annual salary and 41.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points easily made him the Value Player of the Week. Godwin was questionable with a hip injury coming into Week 4 and Dynasty Owners didn’t know if he’d play or how well he’d play if he did suit up. Dynasty Owners who went ahead and put him in their Active lineup were rewarded with 12 receptions, 172 yards receiving and 2 receiving TDs.

  • Week 4 Points: 41.2
  • Week 4 Salary: $58,646
  • Week 4 Cost per Point: $1,423

We finally had a non-AFC West player win the Value Player of the Week honors. Congrats to Chris!

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 4. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Christian McCaffrey, since he should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents, on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 4.

QB: Jameis Winston (TB) – 41.2 points

Famous Jameis had been improving every week in fantasy this season. He started off with only 6 points in Week 1, went up to 17.3 in Week 2 and then added 35.3 points in Week 3. He exceeded his Week 3 performance in Week 4 with 41.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (385 yards passing, 4 passing TDs, 1 INT, -1 yards rushing). The Rams defense put up little defense against Winston, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin this week and as a result, Winston should have been Active.

RB: Jordan Howard (PHI) – 32.5 points

Way back on Thursday night, Howard had himself quite a game with 3 TDs (2 rushing and 1 receiving), 115 yards from scrimmage (87 rushing and 28 yards receiving on 3 catches) for a total of 32.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Dynasty Owners can be forgiven for not having Howard Active as he’s part of the Eagles dreaded RBBC (Running Back by Committee) and through the first three games, he had only scored 20.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He should have been in everyone’s Active lineup this week.

WR: Jarvis Landry (CLE) – 24.7 points

Many of the top scoring WRs this week were guys who should be Active every week in Dynasty Owner. However, all of his Dynasty Owners can be forgiven for leaving Jarvis Landry out of their Active lineups in Week 4 as he was averaging less than 10 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game so far this year. If you left him on the Bench this week, you missed out on 8 receptions for 167 yards in three quarters of action in Week 4. Despite leaving the game with a concussion and not playing the entire fourth quarter, Landry played well enough to warrant a spot in everyone’s Active lineup.

Honorable mention to A.J. Brown of the Tennessee Titans. Brown only had 3 receptions, but 2 of them were for TDs. Brown had 94 receiving yards on those 3 receptions and finished with 24.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He likely wasn’t Active in too many lineups, but should have been.

TE: Ricky Seals-Jones (CLE) – 17.2 points

I’m surprised to report that Seals-Jones is owned in at least one Dynasty Owner league as Hog Hannah (Andy Rocco) in my league has him on his Practice Squad. Not sure how many other Dynasty Owners have Seals-Jones on their team, but after this week’s 17.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (3 receptions, 82 yards, 1 receiving TD), he’s sure to be on more in the coming weeks. With more bye weeks on the horizon, maybe even a few Dynasty Owners will have him Active, just as they should have this week.

Honorable mention to Gerald Everett of the Los Angeles Rams who is also on Hog Hannah’s roster and had 15.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 44 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD). Few Dynasty Owners likely had Everett in their Active lineup this week, but more of them should have done so.

K: Ty Long (LAC) – 16.0 points

This week, Ty Long is the kicker who should have been Active on your Dynasty Owner team as he scored 16 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He didn’t miss a kick as he had three FGs (44 and 45 yarders worth 4 points and a 51 yarder worth five points) plus three PATs. Long has been filling in for regular Chargers kicker Michael Badgely so far this season and likely wasn’t Active in many lineups, even though he was playing against the Dolphins.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have a player who probably was Active, but was better left on your Bench. Here are some likely Active players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 4.

QB: Tom Brady (NE) – 4.2 points

The G.O.A.T. had been terrific this season until running into the Bills defense in Week 4. Brady threw for only 150 yards plus an INT and had -3 yards rushing for a total of just 4.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He was clearly inside the Top 10 Dynasty Owner QBs after three weeks and is still in 10th place after this week’s performance, so if you have him, you likely had him Active when he should have been on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Dak Prescott. After putting up 49.5, 35.4 and 28.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first three weeks, his Dynasty Owners were probably confident that he’d have another good week versus the Saints. He didn’t, with only 223 yards passing, 7 yards rushing and an interception. That’s only 8.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points that would have been better off on your Bench this week.

RB: Marlon Mack (IND) – 3.9 points

While he only played three quarters before leaving with an ankle injury, Mack wasn’t productive in that time against the Raiders defense. Mack only rushed for 39 yards and had no receptions, despite 24 completions and 265 yards from Indianapolis QB Jacoby Brissett. Most of his Dynasty Owners likely expected more this week and had him Active, when he should have been on the Bench.

WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT) – 4.5 points

Nobody who drafted Smith-Schuster expected him to struggle this much so far in the season, even without Ben Roethlisberger for over half of it, but he has. This week, it was a measly 3 catches for 15 yards and only 4.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Based on his low $1.05 million annual salary and 2018 production, he should have been a high draft pick and a no questions asked Active player every week. However, this week, he should have been on your Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Adam Thielen who had only 2.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 6 yards) in Week 4. The Vikings passing game has been abysmal in 2019 and no one has suffered more than Thielen. Many Dynasty Owners may still be putting Thielen in their Active lineups, but he should be on the Bench until further notice.

TE: Delanie Walker (TEN) – 0.4 points

If you spent $8.5 million in salary on Delanie Walker in Dynasty Owner, it’s not to have him sitting on your Bench. Well, that’s where he should have been this week after his 0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (1 reception, 4 yards, 1 fumble – not lost). Adding insult to injury is the fact that the Titans had 3 receiving TDs and threw for 227 yards passing in their 24-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

K: Stephen Gostkowski (NE) – 2 points

Gostkowski missed another PAT this week, giving him 4 missed PATs on the year. He did convert another PAT and a 23 yard FG to give him 2 points for Week 4, but his Dynasty Owners were probably expecting more from the kicker for the high-powered New England offense. That offense sputtered this week and so did Gostkowski who should have been on the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Jazz (Joey) – 108.7 vs. Don.. (Don) – 120.3

It was Don who pulled out his first Dynasty Owner victory this week, by a solid 120.3-108.7 margin over Jazz. Don maximized his points at every position, except kicker, and almost got the three point Coach’s bonus in the victory. Jared Goff led Don’s team with 29.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Don started Jarvis Landry and reaped his 24.7 point performance as well.

On the other side, Jazz took my advice from the Week 4 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/post/week-4-preview) and started Will Dissly at TE. It ended up costing him points as his Bench TE Austin Hooper put up more Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week than Dissly (22.0 for Hooper vs. 17.7 for Dissly). However, that move only cost Jazz 3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which was much less than the margin of victory in the game.

The main culprits in Jazz’s loss were the poor games he got from his starting WRs (9.8 points from Amari Cooper and 5.4 points from Sammy Watkins) as well as from QB DeShaun Watson (12.2 points).

My Week 4 prediction was wrong as I had Jazz winning, putting my record on the season at 1-3. As Coach Belichick would say “On to Week 5” and the preview article for me. Good luck to Jazz too in picking up his first Dynasty Owner victory next week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner

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