Free Agent Auction Targets – Week 7

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Welcome Dynasty Owners to another week of the Free Agent Auction targets article. I want to apologize as the Dynasty Owner site has been experiencing problems and undergoing maintenance. I was not sure if I would be able to get this article out, so I will have to skip over Jay’s weekly recap due to time constraints. I also want to encourage everyone to do some of their own free agent digging this week as I may have overlooked a low owned player. I will say Week 6 was wild and that I was happy to see my Steelers get back to .500. With that said, let’s check out this week’s free agent targets.

Alright Dynasty Owners, we are back with another week of trying to find a diamond in the rough with the Free Agent Auction targets. The free agent articles/videos will be dropping every Tuesday afternoon in advance of when bids process on Wednesday at 5 AM and will consist of the week’s Top 5 free agent adds. I will do my best to keep the players listed at an ownership percentage of 65% or less and make sure all players have contracts of $8,000,000 or less, with most players coming in at under $4,000,000. One last note, in Dynasty Owner you will be credited each week with 25% of your entire Bench’s score making these weekly free agent pick-ups extremely important to help boost your total weekly score.

On to the top targets for Week 7:

  1. D’Ernest Johnson (RB – CLE) – 1 year/$585,000 – 33.1% Rostered

Outside of losing the game, the Browns got some of the worst news possible with one of their star running backs (Kareem Hunt) going down with a significant injury. Unfortunately, in the NFL injuries are part of the game and the next man up scenario is a real thing. I am expecting D’Ernest Johnson and Demetric Felton (89.9% rostered) to split carries evenly since Chubb will not play in Thursday’s game. If Johnson shows out with his opportunity, he could be in line to spell Chubb while Hunt is out.

2. Kendrick Bourne (WR – NE) – 3 years/$5,000,000 – 36.1% Rostered

If you are not named Steve Van Tassell, or a different Patriots fan, you may not be aware just how good Bourne has been this season, especially recently. In the past four weeks, Bourne has scored double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points three times. It seems Bourne has found his place in the Patriots’ offense and while he may not be a consistent player every week, he will get you solid production for a Bench player most weeks. The only real downside with Bourne is his contract and the fact you will have to hold onto him for three years or pay the price of cutting him.

3. O.J. Howard (TE – TB) – 1 year/$6,013,000 – 30.8% Rostered

Most everyone has no idea how long I have been waiting to put O.J. Howard on a list like this. I have been a huge Howard truther since he come out of Alabama and feel Tampa has never quite used him correctly. I am not sure this 6 catch, 49 yard, 1 touchdown (14.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point) performance is here to stay or if it was simply a fluke. Either way, I am excited. If Howard is gaining Brady’s trust, he could be a surprise in the second half of the season.

4. Ross Dwelley (TE – SF) – 1 year/$1,600,000 – 26.0% Rostered

While I am not all that excited about the last two guys on this list, they are certainly candidates to play on your Bench throughout Bye Week season. Dwelley has not done much since taking over for George Kittle, but in his defense Kittle had not done much either before his injury. If Dwelley can get on the same page as whoever is chucking the rock, he could be a sneaky Bench play.

5. Kalif Raymond (WR – DET) – 1 year/$1,127,500 – 49.1% Rostered

Just as Kendrick Bourne has, Kalif Raymond has quietly put-up double-digit points in three of his last four games with one 0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point dud in between. Raymond seems to be trusted by his quarterback Jared Goff as he has caught six passes in a game twice already this season. The main worry I have with Raymond is the fact that Tyrell Williams will be back at some point, and Raymond’s production could take a massive hit because of it.

Please do not forget about Steve Van Tassell’s weekly recap article and Friday preview article and video, as well as Matt “The Jerk” Morrison’s Wednesday article and video plus his Thursday Night Football preview article. Don’t forget to check out Dynasty Owner on YouTube!

Thank you for reading and as always good luck on your 2021 Chase for the Ring!

Free Agent Auction Targets – Week 6

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Welcome back to another week of the Dynasty Owner Free Agent Auction preview. The chance to grab talent in the Free Agent Auction is drying up quick and you must get the players you want now. Before we get into the available free agents, we have Jay’s weekly recap for the 5th week of the NFL season.

The Steelers and Big Ben bounced back in a big way scoring 27 points on a very good Denver defense. The Seahawks playoff chances took a serious hit with Russell Wilson set to be out until at least Week 10. Can Geno Smith weather the storm? The Jets are still the Jets as things continue to look ugly for the guys in green. Kyle Pitts had his first big game as a rookie for the Atlanta Falcons with Calvin Ridley out for the week. The Bengals and Packers combined to miss five potential go ahead field goals before Mason Crosby nailed the game winner in overtime. My biggest take away from that game is how well the Bengals have played to start the season. Jalen Hurts led the Eagles to a comeback win against the Panthers, but even after winning the Philly franchise cannot feel the best about Hurts as their franchise QB. The Texans are playing extremely hard for new coach David Culley and may have found an answer at quarterback despite all the Deshaun Watson drama. The Jaguars will likely be looking for a new coach after this season with Trevor Lawrence underperforming significantly and an 0-5 start in Jacksonville. The Lions lost another tough heartbreaker but even after an 0-5 start, I love the direction Dan Campbell has the Lions going in moving forward. Tom Brady put it on the Dolphins throwing for 5 touchdowns after getting a new wheel put on his walker the night before the game. The Bears struggled at times against the Raiders but seem to have found their franchise QB in Justin Fields after he led the team to another win. The Cardinals are Super Bowl contenders after finding a way to beat San Francisco despite Kyler Murray not having a great performance. The Giants without Daniel Jones proved to be no match for the Cowboys surging defense. The only thing good that came out of this game after losing Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay, and Jones to injury was Kadarius Toney bursting onto the NFL scene. The Chiefs struggles on defense continued as they lost a key AFC matchup to Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night. Lamar Jackson threw for a career high 442 yards in a magnificent comeback win over the Colts on Monday Night Football. At last, that leaves us with Baker Mayfield and the Browns. The Browns and Mayfield played a great game but, in my opinion, it was more of the same. The one thing I want to see from Mayfield is him learning how to win games he shouldn’t, similar to Lamar Jackson against the Colts last night.

Alright Dynasty Owners, we are back with another week of trying to find a diamond in the rough with the Free Agent Auction targets. The free agent articles/videos will be dropping every Tuesday afternoon in advance of when bids process on Wednesday at 5 AM and will consist of the week’s Top 5 free agent adds. I will do my best to keep the players listed at an ownership percentage of 65% or less and make sure all players have contracts of $8,000,000 or less, with most players coming in at under $4,000,000. One last note, in Dynasty Owner you will be credited each week with 25% of your entire Bench’s score making these weekly free agent pick-ups extremely important to help boost your total weekly score.

On to the top targets for Week 6:

  1. Geno Smith (QB – SEA) – 1 year/$1,212,500 – 1.8% Rostered

The Seahawks playoff chances took a massive blow on Sunday when Russell Wilson injured a finger on his throwing hand paving the way for Geno Smith to see the field. Smith filled in well for Seattle’s superstar quarterback finishing the game with 10 completions on 17 attempts, 131 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and the game ending interception, though the pick was not his fault. As I always say quarterbacks are Dynasty Owner gold especially when they have a salary in the same range as Geno Smith. If you lost Wilson, over the weekend Smith is the perfect guy for your roster.

  • David Njoku (TE – CLE) – 1 year/$6,013,000 – 23.1% Rostered

David Njoku may finally be happy with his place in the Browns organization after Sunday. Njoku exploded against the Chargers, and I believe it would behoove the Browns to play him over the other tight ends on the roster because of his playmaking ability. Njoku’s athleticism was fully on display Sunday evening as he posted a stat line of 7 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown scoring an impressive 27.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. If Sunday happens to be a rare occurrence for Njoku, no worries you will not be on the hook for him after this season with him only having one year left remaining on his current contract.

  • Kendrick Bourne (WR – NE) – 3 years/$5,000,000 – 32.5% Rostered

Kendrick Bourne was a player I considered in last week’s article, but I wanted to see a little more from him on the field before recommending him. In Week 5, Bourne did not have the best week finishing with 3 catches for 26 yards plus 12 rushing yards, but aside from Hunter Henry the entire Patriots offense seemed to struggle in the win. In the weeks prior to the Texans game, Bourne had solid performances in back-to-back games with a combined stat line of 11 receptions, 154 receiving yards and 1 receiving TD (32.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Expect Bourne to have some up and down weeks on your Bench but he is worth a look.

  • Rashard Higgins (WR – CLE) – 1 year/$2,377,500 – 42.0% Rostered

A few weeks back I had Rashard Higgins in a Free Agent Auction article and while he has not quite produced like I had hoped, here we are again. Odell Beckham Jr has struggled to say the least since his return from injury and I am not particularly sure he is even close to 100% just yet. While this is not good news for the Browns, it is good news for Hollywood Higgins. Donovan Peoples-Jones led the Browns WRs with 6 targets, while Higgins finished with 5. At some point, the Browns are going to need to depend on their WRs and Higgins has a great shot to be the safety net for Baker Mayfield, especially while Jarvis Landry is out.

  • Ricky Seals-Jones (TE – WAS) – 1 year/$990,000 – 35.5% Rostered

While I hate putting two tight ends in these articles, I am not sure anyone else makes more sense, plus I wanted to give you a cheaper option at the position than Njoku. If you are a cap strapped Logan Thomas owner like me, you may end up needing to go this route versus taking a shot on David Njoku. In Week 5, the Football Team struggled on offense, but Seals-Jones still saw 8 targets catching 5 of them for 41 yards for 9.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. If the Washington offense continues to get their tight ends involved often it will give Seals-Jones a shot to be productive in place of Thomas.

Conclusion

Please do not forget about Steve Van Tassell’s weekly Tuesday recap article and Friday preview article and video, as well as Matt “The Jerk” Morrison’s Wednesday article and video plus his Thursday Night Football preview article. Don’t forget to check out Dynasty Owner on YouTube!

Thank you for reading and as always good luck on your 2021 Chase for the Ring!

Free Agent Auction Targets – Week 4

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

I am going to do things a little different to start this week’s article and I hope everyone reading feels it’s well deserved. One of the true legends in this industry lost his battle with Covid over the weekend and I feel it’s only right to pay some respects in the form he seemed to love so dearly: fantasy football content. Every single time I had the privilege of listening to Mr. Tagliere, he made football seem as if it were the most important thing on planet earth but also found a way to mix in humor. It truly gave me some free time and peace in this world each day. I have played fantasy football for a long time, and never once did I think about getting into content creating for fantasy football, until the first time I listened to Mike Tagliere that is. I have never personally met Mike Tagliere, nor have I talked with him all that much on Twitter aside from a few occasions that always brightened my day, yet I feel like he was somewhat of a mentor to me. Idol may even be a better word to use. The drive and passion that man showed to the game of football and his co-hosts Kyle Yates, Dan Harris, and Joe Pisapia was intoxicating, and I just knew I had to take a chance in this industry, all because of a man I have never met. That is my version of the genius of Mike Tagliere. If you happen to follow both of us on Twitter you will notice my Twitter name is very similar to his and it’s because I wanted to be like Mike and I am not talking about Michael Jordan, I wanted to be like Mike Tagliere! If any of his family, friends, or fans happen to read this just know Mike Tagliere will be dearly missed and I will continue to keep every single one of you in my thoughts during this difficult time! To the undisputed Fantasy Feud Champion: Rest easy Mr. Tagliere you have and will continue to inspire many people and not just in this industry but other phases of life as well.

Alright Dynasty Owners, we are back with another week of trying to find a diamond in the rough with the Free Agent Auction targets. The free agent articles/videos will be dropping every Tuesday afternoon in advance of when bids process on Wednesday at 5 AM and will consist of the week’s Top 5 free agent adds. I will do my best to keep the players listed at an ownership percentage of 65% or less and make sure all players have contracts of $8,000,000 or less, with most players coming in at under $4,000,000. One last note, in Dynasty Owner you will be credited each week with 25% of your entire Bench’s score making these weekly free agent pick-ups extremely important to help boost your total weekly score.

On to the top targets for Week 4:

  1. Jacoby Brissett (QB – MIA) – 1 year/$5,000,000 – 42.6%

As I mention a ton in my articles, quarterbacks are Dynasty Owner gold. I have had plenty of weeks where my entire team did well, and I lost because of a 20-point QB in my Starting lineup. I am not sitting here saying Brissett will have a 40-point week, but he will look solid on your Bench until Tua Tagovailoa comes back. In Week 3, Brissett had one of the weirdest stat lines I have ever seen going 32-49 for 215 yards and no touchdowns, completing 65% of his passes on just 4.39 yards an attempt. He was able to add a touchdown on the ground though. The Dolphins haven’t shown much at all from the running game and Brissett will have to continue to help in that area as well while he is the starting quarterback in Miami.

  • Cole Beasley (WR – BUF) – 2 years/$7,250,000 – 62.7% Rostered

Up next after Josh Allen’s big bounce back performance in Week 3, we have a repeat from a few weeks ago, Cole Beasley. Beasley caught 11 of his 13 targets for 98 yards against the Washington Football Team showing glimpses of what made him extremely useful in Dynasty Owner last season. If Josh Allen can continue to play the way he did in Week 3 for the remainder of the season, Cole Beasley will be a steal regardless of how many Dynasty Dollars you spend to acquire his services. Beasley has been nothing short of a steady force for this Buffalo Bills team over the past couple seasons and I see no reason that ends now.

  • Emmanuel Sanders (WR – BUF) – 1 year/$6,000,000 – 58.6% Rostered

As I just mentioned with Cole Beasley, most of the same can be applied to Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders is probably the player I was most wrong about coming into the 2021 season as I was expecting him to take a backseat to Gabriel Davis but that has not been the case thus far. Aside from injury, I see no reason that the Bills will start throwing to Davis over Sanders and if you are expecting big things from Josh Allen the rest of the way, then Sanders is a no brainer to have with bye weeks coming up. In Week 3, Sanders came away with 5 catches on 6 targets for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns. I don’t know about you, but I would love that kind of production anywhere in my lineup.

  • Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (WR – TEN) – 1 year/$610,000 – 3.55% Rostered

Nick Westbrook-Ikhine may very well be the lowest rostered player to ever hit this series at just 3.55%. I am sure not many are all that familiar with Westbrook-Ikhine, don’t worry I wasn’t either. A.J. Brown is said to have a Grade 1 or 2 hamstring injury and is looking at missing three weeks minimum with a high chance of re-injury when he can return. Even if Brown only ends up missing the minimum of three weeks, Westbrook-Ikhine will still be a solid piece to hold as young depth. Look for Westbrook-Ikhine to be the Robin to Julio Jones’ Batman for the foreseeable future.

  • Peyton Barber (RB – LV) – 1 year/$990,000 – 33.7% Rostered

You know how I mentioned how Westbrook-Ikhine may be the lowest owned player ever? Well Peyton Barber may be the top dawg for players that felt the grossest to put in the list. Nonetheless with Barber hitting the century mark in Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, I had to include him this week. Barber may be a tricky pickup this week with the Raiders playing on Monday night and Josh Jacobs getting an extra day of rest. If you are desperate or have Jacobs on your Dynasty Owner roster, Barber may be worth a look this week.

Conclusion

I unfortunately did not get to watch as much football as I would like this week because my son’s football games are on Sundays at 1 pm for some reason. As much as I hate missing any of the NFL games on Sunday, it is well worth it.

In Sunday’s 5th grade football game, my not so little man (5 ft 4 inches, 165lbs) never came off the field and had 3 sacks, 8 tackles for a loss (one which looked like a miniature version of Jadeveon Clowney against Michigan) and added 9 pancake blocks on offense. If you read this week’s article, your dad is proud! I hope you enjoyed my little story here at the end and hope your teams are all undefeated. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Please do not forget about Steve Van Tassell’s weekly Tuesday recap article and Friday preview article and video, as well as Matt “The Jerk” Morrison’s Wednesday article and video plus his Thursday Night Football preview article. Don’t forget to check out Dynasty Owner on YouTube!

Thank you all for reading and as always good luck on your 2021 Chase for the Ring!

Don’t Tilt After Two Weeks

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)


Week 2 has come and gone. With it, there are only seven teams remaining that are undefeated.  Today, I will be finishing up the second half of my “Don’t Tilt” article series. Last week, I brought you an explanation as to why you shouldn’t tilt about players on half of the NFL teams. The other 16 teams will be presented today. Obviously we have a little bigger sample size as I’m writing this after two weeks of action instead of one, but the point still remains. I would not overreact to performances after just two weeks. The only case that I would tend to “give up” on a player is if they are injured and projected to miss significant time. Let’s get into it…

Raiders

The Raiders are one of the teams that are currently undefeated. They have beaten two quality opponents in the Ravens and Steelers. Josh Jacobs had a fantastic Week 1 fantasy finish with 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but that took its toll on his body. He sat out Week 2 with a lower leg injury. I’m not an injury expert, but the expectation is that he will return to action sooner than later. I have little concern about Jacobs long term despite his injury and touchdown dependence.

Chargers

Justin Herbert had his second consecutive game with less than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He’s actually had two very symmetrical games. Both games included: 31 completions, one touchdown, four rushes, at least one turnover, and passing yards within 1 yard of each other (Week 1: 337, Week 2: 338). Herbert hasn’t shown the big game potential this year yet, but those big games will come. Continue to be patient with one of the best quarterback values in Dynasty Owner ($6,644,688)

Rams

I have little concern for anyone on this Rams’ offense. They are 2-0 and offensively rolling through the competition. Would I like to see more production from Robert Woods? Probably, but you knew what you were getting when you drafted him. You got an extremely consistent wide receiver with a floor of 10 fantasy points, and little upside. This describes Woods, and this year is no exception. He has 12.4 and 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first two weeks.

Dolphins

Speaking of consistency, let’s talk about Myles Gaskin. We knew that if Gaskin could keep the lead running back job for the Dolphins all season that he would be an above average value ($651,694). While his rushing volume has certainly not been there (14 total rushes through Week 2), his receiving volume has been exactly what we expected (9 total receptions through Week 2). I have little concern about Gaskin as he will continue to be the primary receiving option out of the backfield. The one thing I would continue to monitor is Tua Tagovailoa’s injury as the entire offense as a whole will be hampered by any additional missed time.

Vikings

While the Cardinals/Vikings Week 2 matchup was one of the most entertaining of the season so far, the ending was tough to see. The game ended with Greg Joseph missing a 37 yard field goal. Even with their 0-2 start, the Vikings have had a plethora of fantasy production.

PlayerDynasty Owner fantasy points
Kirk Cousins63.2
Adam Thielen45.1
Dalvin Cook38.2
Justin Jefferson31.1

Unfortunately, I think the Vikings will be playing comeback in most games this season which will help all four of these players. I have zero fantasy concerns.

Patriots

Maybe the most disappointing Patriots player from a fantasy perspective is Jakobi Meyers. Not that he’s had a disastrous season, but it’s less than I expected. He is currently averaging five receptions a game (which is healthy), but his yards per game is only 41. Meyers ($588,333) came in as one of the only quality receiving options for the Patriots in my opinion, but his lack of production with the volume is cause for concern. Only 9 of Mac Jones’ 22 completions went to wide receivers in Week 2. Hopefully a more balanced passing approach will take over in New England.

Saints

I admit that I don’t use Twitter as much as I could or should, but when I was watching this week’s Saints/Panthers game I could only think of one thing to Tweet. I said, “Does this Saints’ performance say more about Rodgers, Darnold or Winston?”  And I honestly don’t know the answer. The Saints got blown out 26-7 by Carolina this week. Winston looked not great as he completed only half of his passes and had two interceptions. I would say that the Saints should see more success against the Patriots and Giants over the next two weeks, but I would have said the same thing about the Panthers this past week.

Giants

Speaking of the Giants, I am concerned for Kenny Golladay. I’m not considering dropping him because I am more patient than that, but 17.2 fantasy points through two weeks is greatly hurting any team that owns him. I would do the value math for you, but I’m trying to be as positive as I can in this article. Let’s just say that a player making $18,000,000 with less than nine Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game on average is an extreme negative value.

Jets

I’ll sum this Jets’ section up quickly. Zach Wilson is a rookie. Zach Wilson went up against a top tier defense and paid the price for it. Don’t make any extreme decisions about Wilson based on one bad game.

Eagles

In the same way that Zach Wilson had a bad week against a good defense, Miles Sanders did the same. No fantasy owner wants to see their RB1 or RB2 matched up against a traditionally top rushing defense. While the 49ers may not statistically be a top rushing defense yet this year, it is a little deceiving because they gave up 82 rushing yards to Jalen Hurts. The truth is that the 49ers are limiting opposing running backs to below average games. Sanders was no exception.  Expect much more than his Week 2 fantasy performance (6.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in the next two weeks as he plays Dallas and Kansas City.

Steelers

I don’t think I would ever be able to trust Ben Roethlisberger as my starting quarterback in Dynasty Owner, but he is a perfect candidate for a Bench quarterback. Does anyone remember my conditions for a Bench quarterback? It is a player who has a cheap salary ($14,000,000) with middle of the road production (15.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game). Big Ben fits that description, and I would love to have him on my Bench for the whole season.

***This is a quick reminder that (here at Dynasty Owner) players you put on your Bench will add 25 percent of their fantasy points to your overall total.***

49ers

I loved Deebo Samuel coming into the 2021 season. I thought he was undervalued and under drafted in most leagues. It seems like his production so far would be enough for me to take a victory lap. The truth is that we have to wait and see how the rest of the season shapes out.  Yes, 23.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game is a blistering pace, but I don’t think that number is sustainable given the 49ers commitment to the run game and the total number of weapons in San Fran. I like Deebo to finish as a Top 20 wide receiver overall in 2021, but I don’t expect him to be Top 10.

Seahawks

Tyler Lockett (57.8) has more than doubled D.K. Metcalf’s (27.3) Dynasty Owner fantasy points this season. The truth is that this is just a small sample size. There will be games like the first two where Lockett has more receptions and receiving yards, but the same will be true for Metcalf. Don’t get discouraged. Continue to hold Metcalf proudly. Maybe send out a trade offer for him as well if you think his Dynasty Owner is panicking.

Buccaneers

The Buccaneers cruised to a second win on the season thanks to Tom Brady’s five touchdown passes. If there was any concern about Mike Evans last week, surely that was washed away with his Week 2 performance. Instead, Antonio Brown was left out this week. He had only one reception for 17 yards. Continue to play him as a Bench wide receiver for the time being.

Titans

As I watched this game, I was preparing myself to write about Derrick Henry. He was on his way to a very disappointing fantasy week at halftime. In fact, through two games this year, he only has 43 rushing yards on 22 attempts in the first halves. In the second halves, he has 25 rushes for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns. Henry has done this for much of his career. He gets better as the game progresses and as the defenses get tired.

Football Team

Now we come to one of the hardest pills for me to swallow in this young season. Antonio Gibson has had a bad start.  He has less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in each of his first two games. I am not panicking, and neither should you. The one statistic that gives me a little anxiety is the fact that Gibson only had only two receptions in Week 2 while J.D. McKissic had five  I think I’m going to have to temper my reception expectations for Gibson for the time being, but my overall outlook has not changed.

Well, that’s it. That’s all I have today. As always, thank you for reading and continuing to support Dynasty Owner. Message me on Twitter (@dynastyjerk) and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I would appreciate it if you followed @Dynasty_Owner on Twitter as well as subscribed to Dynasty Owner on YouTube.  Take care everyone and be safe.

TheJerk

Free Agent Auction Targets – Week 3

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Is there something about Week 2 that causes a ton of NFL injuries? In Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season, we saw multiple stars go down with injury. Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Courtland Sutton, Nick Bosa, and Cam Akers all suffered Week 2 injuries in 2020. In Week 2 of 2021, multiple things outside of injuries caught my eye and we’ll cover those in this week’s edition of Jay’s Week 2 recap.

The Ravens and the Chiefs put on an absolute show Sunday night with Lamar bouncing back and beating Mahomes for the first time in his young career. The Vikings defense continues to struggle and looks like it will be the teams Achilles heel all season. Aaron Rodgers bounced back in the 2nd half of Monday night’s game beating the Lions 35-17. I see the Packers as a team that gets better week in week out and comes ready to play when it matters most. The Titans new offensive coordinator finally figured out how to win football games when he let Derrick Henry carry the load against the Seahawks to the tune of 35 carries for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns. Henry also came away with 6 catches for 55 yards, potentially adding another element to his game. Are the Texans for real? The Browns struggled against the Tyrod Taylor led Texans but ultimately came away victorious after Taylor left the game in the 2nd quarter. The Jaguars looked like a much better football team this past weekend, but it unfortunately it did not mean a big game from Trevor Lawrence as he struggled against a very good Broncos’ defense. The Cowboys defense looks much improved from last season and found a way to win a game without Dak Prescott needing to throw for 400 plus yards. Finally, we have Kyler Murray for MVP! Kyler finished Sunday’s game with 400 yards passing and 4 touchdowns resulting in a 34-33 shootout win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Alright Dynasty Owners, we are back with another week of trying to find a diamond in the rough with the Free Agent Auction targets. The free agent articles/videos will be dropping every Tuesday afternoon in advance of when bids process on Wednesday at 5 AM and will consist of the week’s Top 5 free agent adds. I will do my best to keep the players listed at an ownership percentage of 65% or less and make sure all players have contracts of $8,000,000 or less, with most players coming in at under $4,000,000. One last note, in Dynasty Owner you will be credited each week with 25% of your entire Bench’s score making these weekly free agent pick-ups extremely important to help boost your total weekly score.

On to the top targets for Week 3:

  1. K.J. Osborn (WR – MIN) – 3 Years/$890,693 – 63.9% Rostered

K.J. Osborn is one of the repeat guys on the list from last week’s Free Agent Auction article. Osborn had another big week after his strong showing to start the 2021 season in Week 1 and will likely be rostered in north of 90% of Dynasty Owner leagues come the start of Week 3. In Week 2, Osborn again blew up to the tune of 5 catches for 91 yards and a “tuddy” as Brady and Gronk like to say. The Vikings’ defense has looked atrocious to start the 2021 season and looks as if it will continue to be an issue through the season. If the Vikings defense does continue to struggle, Osborn should continue to thrive. The last thing I love about Osborn is the way Adam Thielen played towards the end of last season pointing to a potential need at the receiver spot with the Vikings. In the back half of 2020, Thielen’s fantasy production was largely dependent on his touchdowns.

  • Sammy Watkins (WR – BAL) – 1 year/$5,000,000 – 47.9% Rostered

Sammy Watkins did not have the greatest performance against the Chiefs, but he showed me that he will have a consistent role in the Ravens offense this season. The Ravens ran the ball 41 times on Sunday and Watkins still found a way to come up with 4 catches for 44 yards good enough for 8.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. If Watkins can produce like that on his down weeks, he will be more than worth a pickup for contending teams. Another factor I love about picking up Watkins is that he only has 1 year remaining on his contract meaning you can move on from him free and clear at the end of year. One thing that does worry me with Watkins is when Rashod Bateman returns to the starting lineup. Will it hurt Sammy Watkins’ production to the point that he is not playable?

  • Zach Pascal (WR – IND) – 1 year/$3,384,000 – 63.3% Rostered

Another free agent run another week of the legend Zach Pascal talk. Pascal has seemingly earned every bit of Carson Wentz’s trust in the redzone as he is the only one Wentz seems to throw to these days when the Colts get inside of the 20. In Week 2, Pascal performed well again against a tough Rams defense with 5 catches for 38 yards and a touchdown. It’s not a crazy scenario to put Pascal on your Bench and forget about him if he is going to continue to see 6-8 targets per game, especially when some of those targets are in the redzone. Be sure to grab the 2020 Dynasty Owner livestream WR1 before it’s too late and the rest of the Dynasty Owners get on board. One thing you will want to monitor is the health of Colts quarterback Carson Wentz as every playmaker on the team will likely see a dip in production if he can’t play.

  • Cordarrelle Patterson (RB – ATL) – 1 year/$3,000,000 – 49.1% Rostered

I mentioned last week how gross it felt to have Cordarrelle Patterson listed as a pickup. His play on the field led to me doubling down this week and putting him on the list again, though this week doesn’t feel quite as gross. In Week 2 against a very good Tampa Bay defense Patterson found the end zone twice and accounted for 69 total yards. Mike Davis was again inefficient but still managed to come away with 16 total touches meaning Patterson’s role still has room to potentially grow. If Davis continues to play the way he is, I could see Patterson getting an uptick in usage while stealing some from Davis. Regardless I think he has carved out a nice role for himself in the Falcons offense. The Falcons look like one of the worst teams in the NFL through the first 2 weeks of the season and look as if they will be down by a lot of points on a weekly basis. The more the Falcons throw the ball, the more opportunities Patterson will get.

  • Rashard Higgins (WR – CLE) 1 year/$2,377,500 – 40.8% Rostered

Rashard Higgins may come as a surprise to some on this list but with the health of Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry still up in the air, I feel Higgins should be a big factor if either one misses the game this coming week. Higgins has always played well when given an opportunity and looked good in limited work this past week against the Texans. Higgins caught both of his targets ending the day with 2 catches for 27 yards. The Browns used three tight ends in the passing game Sunday with Harrison Bryant, Austin Hooper, and David Njoku all catching at least two passes. If the Browns want to have some type of passing game, they will need someone to step up and who better than the guy who already has a great connection with Baker Mayfield, Hollywood Higgins.

Conclusion

After a wild first two weeks, the Free Agent Auction is starting to slim down. Make sure you are filling out your Bench and the back end of your rosters as players who are productive full-time are extremely hard to come by the later the season goes.

Please do not forget about Steve Van Tassell’s weekly Tuesday recap article and Friday preview article and video, as well as Matt “The Jerk” Morrison’s Wednesday article and video plus his Thursday Night Football preview article. Don’t forget to check out Dynasty Owner on YouTube!

Thank you all for reading and as always good luck on your 2021 Chase for the Ring!

Free Agent Auction Targets – Week 2

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Man is it crazy how fast Week 1 has come and gone after waiting so long for it to arrive. Week 1 brought a ton of excitement along with it and before we get into today’s article, I want to highlight a few things that stuck out to me. The first thing was the improvement of Jalen Hurts as a passer. Yes, I know it was against a bad Falcons’ defense, but he can only play who is scheduled, and he looked great doing just that. The Steelers came out and made a statement beating the Bills in Week 1 with my main takeaway being do not overreact to Josh Allen struggling. The Bengals beat what I expected to be a decent Vikings team, but I have bad news for the fans of purple and gold. It is going to be a long season. Kyler Murray led the Cardinals into Nashville and beat the Titans in a bad way. Kyler for MVP this year is a real possibility after the way he just started off. In Jacksonville, things got sideways in a hurry and fast enough for me to believe Urban Meyer will only make it through this season. Meyer let Lawrence throw the ball 51 times in his rookie debut, despite being known as a coach who loves to run the ball. The last major takeaway I have is Baker Mayfield doing Baker Mayfield things. The Browns and Mayfield looked great to start but withered away in the end and watched a winnable game against the mighty Chiefs go out the window when Mayfield threw an ill-timed interception instead of throwing the ball away. I hope you all enjoyed Week 1, but it is now time to start getting your rosters ready to move on to Week 2.

Before I explain things with the article, I would like to highlight what makes dynasty owner different. In your regular or Superflex dynasty leagues, Elijah Mitchell (RB – SF) is the Number 1 free agent target by far after he scored 18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFP) going for 104 yards and a touchdown. However, in Dynasty Owner, he is owned in 92% of leagues because the competition is as sharp as you will find in the fantasy football industry.

Alright Dynasty Owners, we are back with another week of trying to find a diamond in the rough with the Free Agent Auction targets. The free agent articles/videos will be dropping every Tuesday afternoon in advance of when bids process on Wednesday at 5 AM and will consist of the week’s Top 5 free agent adds. I will do my best to keep the players listed at an ownership percentage of 65% or less and make sure all players have contracts of $8,000,000 or less, with most players coming in at under $4,000,000. One last note, in Dynasty Owner you will be credited each week with 25% of your entire Bench’s score making these weekly free agent pick-ups extremely important to help boost your total weekly score.

On to the top targets for Week 1:

  1. Deonte Harris (WR – NO) – 1 Year/$588,333 – 61.5% Rostered

Heading into Sunday, we were all thinking we would see Marquez Callaway be the unquestioned WR1 in New Orleans. As it often goes in the NFL, the rumors were wrong. If I am being completely honest, the Saints did not seem to think they had anything close to a Number 1 guy on their roster heading into the matchup against the Packers. The Saints ran the ball a total of 39 times Sunday and were effective doing so averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Out of the entire Saints receiving room, there is no doubt Harris flashed the most upside in Week 1. The other huge factor that elevates Harris to the Number 1 spot on the Free Agent Auction target list this week is the fact Jameis Winston played a turnover free game while throwing five touchdowns. If the Saints decide to let Winston air it out more as the season goes, Harris could be an absolute steal at his current salary.

  • Tim Patrick (WR – DEN) – 1 year/$3,384,000 – 43.8% Rostered

I do not know about you, but this feels like Déjà vu to me. In my Week 5 free agent article last year, I had Tim Patrick as the Number 1 free agent pickup and here we are again. Tim Patrick was supposed to take a big step back this season with Courtland Sutton returning from injury and Jerry Jeudy gaining another year of experience. Fast forward just one week and Tim Patrick may be set for a huge role in the Rocky Mountains. Courtland Sutton struggled big time in his return to the field signaling he may not be 100% just yet and it was evident when watching the game. Sutton was held to just 1 catch for 14 yards (2.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) on Sunday while Tim Patrick filled in for Jeudy admirably finishing with 4 catches, 39 yards and a touchdown (13.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Patrick is not a player that will be producing all year, but you should get a great 3-5 game stretch out of him.

  • Zach Pascal (WR – IND) – 1 year/$3,384,000 – 38.5% Rostered

Up next we have the Dynasty Owner livestream MVP, Zach Pascal. A quick story on why I call Pascal the livestream MVP. As the 2020 off-season was winding down our fearless leader Tim, and Steve Van Tassell were doing a livestream and were both flabbergasted by one of the user’s comments which read “Zach Pascal will be the wr1 in all of football this season.” The reactions Tim and Steve gave were priceless. Pascal looked to be one of the focal points of the Colts offense in Week 1 seeing the most targets out of anyone on the team who does not play the running back position. Pascal turned the targets into 4 catches, 43 yards, and 2 touchdowns (20.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). If Pascal continues to be looked at in the redzone, he becomes an easy Bench play each week and a solid spot Starter.

  • Cordarrelle Patterson (RB – ATL) – 1 year/$3,000,000 – 49.1% Rostered

I have to say I feel like I need to go and take a bath after recommending that someone pickup Cordarrelle Patterson, but with as ugly as the Falcons running back room is he could end up a steal before the end of this season. Atlanta gave Patterson 7 carries to 15 for Mike Davis, but Patterson was by far the more effective back with his touches. If NFL defenses have figured out Mike Davis, look for Patterson to step into a big role. A quick note I want to touch on his how bad the Kyle Pitts pick looks for the Falcons at this point. The Falcons roster looks to be in shambles, and they wasted a potential cornerstone pick on a tight end who is going to need a year to develop fully. I bring this point up because if Davis and Pitts both continue their slow starts, there should be some sneaky value hidden on this roster.

  • K.J. Osborn (WR – MIN) – 3 years/$890,693 – 7.7% Rostered

K.J. Osborn was the biggest surprise of Week 1 coming away with 7 catches for 76 yards (14.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) on 9 targets. Osborn was tied with Justin Jefferson for the 2nd most targets for the Vikings offense on Sunday against Cincinnati and only behind Adam Thielen (10 targets). I am not sitting here saying Osborn is going to out produce either of these guys nor am I saying he is going to have an excellent season, but I do feel he can become a consistent Bench player for cheap. The Vikings defense looked horrible on Sunday and that only means more pass attempts from their offense as they will be playing from behind a lot. Another thing to watch out for with Osborn is if an injury were to happen to one of his teammates in front of him, then he will be thrust into a massive role. All of this should also be looked at carefully with the Bengals defense being just as bad as the Vikings.

Finally, we have an Honorable Mention this week:

  • Sammy Watkins (WR – BAL) – 1 year/$5,000,000 – 42.6% rostered

Had I written this article after the Monday Night Football game Watkins would be in the Top 5 for sure but since I did not, I will add him in now as an honorable mention and leave Osborn at Number 5. Watkins did exactly as the Ravens brought him in to do on Monday with 4 receptions for 96 yards (13.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). If he can stay healthy, he should be an excellent value at a $5,000,000 salary.

Conclusion

We had a wild Week 1 and for once we had no serious injuries. The games were all extremely competitive for the most part and should set us up for a great season to come. The last note I have is that the Steelers won, and the Browns lost which is enough for an amazing week in itself.

Please do not forget about Steve Van Tassell’s weekly Tuesday recap article and Friday preview article and video, as well as Matt “The Jerk” Morrison’s Wednesday article and video plus his Thursday Night Football preview article. Don’t forget to check out Dynasty Owner on YouTube!

Thank you all for reading and good luck on your 2021 Chase for the Ring!

Free Agent Auction Targets – Week 1

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

I am still in shock folks, but we have finally made it, we have football on the boob tube in just two nights! The NFL opens with Thursday Night Football, and it is sure to be a high scoring blowout between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Whatever the line is on Thursday’s opener take Tampa Bay. While I respect the Cowboys’ high flying offense, I cannot say the same about their horrid defensive unit that finished in the bottom third of the league in 2020. The Cowboys were not terrible when trying to stop the pass last season ranking in the middle of the pack in passing yards allowed. While all that sounds fine and dandy, their defense averaged less than two sacks a game last season and we all know what happens when you give Tom Brady a clean pocket and time to throw the ball.

A few other games I am extremely excited about during opening weekend are the Cardinals vs. Titans, Browns vs. Chiefs, and the Steelers vs. Bills. The Cardinals vs. Titans matchup has plenty of headlines to be excited for, but the two I am most excited about are the acquisition of Julio Jones in Tennessee and seeing how improved Kyler Murray looks to start his third NFL season for the Arizona Cardinals. I am excited for the Browns vs. Chiefs because I live in Browns country, and I can’t wait to watch Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs steamroll the Cleveland defense. That way the Browns fans around here can tone it down a notch…. just kidding. In all honesty, I am hoping it is a close game and the Browns prove to be real contenders as I would love to see some of my friends and family members get to celebrate a Super Bowl victory for their beloved Brownies. Finally, we have the Steelers vs. Bills, and as a Steelers fan I am not happy about starting the season out like this one bit. The Steelers finished the season off in a bad way last year and the Buffalo Bills are not the team to try and right any of your wrongs against. The Bills come into the season boasting one of the most polarizing offenses in the NFL and that is largely in part due to the massive step forward Josh Allen took last season, oh and having Stefon Diggs never hurts. The Steelers-Bills game is a classic matchup of a team who faded horribly down the stretch with an aging quarterback and a team that is starting to look unstoppable with a young up and coming superstar at QB, not a good combination as a Steelers fan to start the year.

Alright Dynasty Owners, we are back with another year of trying to find a diamond in the rough with the Free Agent Auction targets. The free agent articles/videos will be dropping every Tuesday afternoon in advance of when bids process on Wednesday at 5 AM and will consist of the week’s Top 5 free agent adds. I will do my best to keep the players listed at an ownership percentage of 65% or less and make sure all players have contracts of $8,000,000 or less, with most players coming in at under $4,000,000. One last note, in Dynasty Owner you will be credited each week with 25% of your entire Bench’s score making these weekly free agent pick-ups extremely important to help boost your total weekly score.

On to the top targets for Week 1:

  1. Tyrell Williams (WR – DET) – 1 year/$4,000,000 – 63.8% Rostered

The free agent market has some legitimate starting players left available. If you are looking for bye week production or depth on your roster you have come to the right spot. Tyrell Williams slots in as my Number 1 free agent target of the 2021 Dynasty Owner season. Williams is not a pretty player or anyone you will go brag on Twitter about picking up, but he will, for lack of a better term get the dirty work done on your fantasy roster. What I mean by dirty work are those precious bench points plenty of Dynasty Owners tend to overlook and a player who can start in a pinch. Williams missed all of the 2020 season due to injury, but in the four seasons before that he never finished with less than 650 yards, or 4 touchdowns including a season with over 1,000 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns. The Detroit Lions have virtually no one to throw the ball to at wide receiver, meaning if Williams stays healthy, he has a real shot at 1,000 yards. Where else are you going to get that for $4,000,000 against your salary cap?

  • Tyler Kroft (TE – NYJ) – 1 year/$2,000,000 – 45.6% Rostered

In what seemed like an out of nowhere move the Jets traded Chris Herndon to Minnesota and that promoted Tyler Kroft to become a full-time starter for the Gang Green. Tyler Kroft has been in the NFL six seasons now and while it is unlikely, he breaks out and becomes a stud, he has put up respectable numbers in the past. In Kroft’s third NFL season for the Cincinnati Bengals, he had 42 catches for 404 yards and proved to be an effective redzone target with 7 touchdowns. The Jets enter the 2021 season with rookie signal caller Zach Wilson at the helm. If Kroft can prove to be a reliable safety net for the young quarterback, he could very well end up in the TE2 discussion for the season. If you need quality depth at the tight end position, Kroft is a must add.

  • Cole Beasley (WR – BUF) – 2 years/$7,250,000 – 53.8% Rostered

In all honesty, there is an easy case to be made for Cole Beasley to be the number one free agent target this season, but Beasley has quite a bit of competition compared to Tyrell Williams and a much higher salary at an easier position to fill than Tyler Kroft. The Bills brought in Emmanuel Sanders to replace John Brown and have an emerging star in Gabriel Davis which is has a lot to do with why Beasley slots in at Number 3. This is on top of a pricey salary that not everyone can find a way to afford. It is highly likely Beasley will slot back into the role he thrived in last season when he totaled 82 catches, 967 yards, and 4 touchdowns. If Dynasty Owners were to do a blind comparison with Beasley’s stats vs DeVante Parker’s stats, they would likely choose Beasley every time, yet Parker is owned in 91.9% of all Dynasty Owner leagues, while Beasley is owned in just 53.8% of all leagues.

  • Juwan Johnson (TE – NO) – 1 year/$695,000 – 58.1% Rostered

Juwan Johnson is the latest NFL player to transition to tight end and I have to say I am excited to see what he can do at 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing in at 231 pounds. The Saints tight end room is wide open with the likely starter Adam Trautman banged up and only Garrett Griffin on the roster outside of Johnson. Johnson is extremely athletic for the tight end position and if he is up for the challenge, Sean Payton will find ways to get Johnson mismatches all day long. While Johnson is the scariest bet on the list, he also comes with the most upside should he show out in Week 1. I recommend picking up Johnson before he breaks out and costs all your Dynasty Dollars to acquire.

  • Austin Seibert (K – DET) – 2 years/$695,114 – 56.3% Rostered

Thanks to Steve Van Tassell, we have a kicker on the free agent target list. Just kidding Steve. In 2020, it seemed kickers were abundant, and no one was in much of a hurry to pick players from the position up. Fast forward to 2021 and kickers are flying off the shelves in the Free Agent Auction and are seemingly nowhere to be found. Cheap kickers that is. In most leagues you will still be able to find the pricier kickers in the Auction, but if you are looking for a value at the position you may need to make a trade. Unless you acquire Austin Seibert. Seibert was initially the kicker for the Cincinnati Bengals but was waived August 31st, only to sign with the Detroit Lions the following day after they released both kickers who they had on their training camp roster (Zane Gonzalez and Randy Bullock). Now, Seibert is the only kicker on the Lions’ roster and remains widely available here on Dynasty Owner.

Conclusion

Well Dynasty Owners there you have it, the first run of the Free Agent Auction targets in 2021. While these players may not be the prettiest of names, they will be able to help your Dynasty Owner team in some way, shape, or form. The players on this list are also excellent players to pick up and trade once they are producing if you are a team that will not be competing for a Championship. As the GM of your team, it is your responsibility to create value for your roster.

Are you ready for some football? I know I am. The Chase for the Ring starts now!

Players to Pick Up Off the Free Agent Auction

By Steven Van Tassell

It’s time to talk about the Dynasty Owner Free Agent Auction. If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s basically Dynasty Owner’s version of waivers, but it’s not a traditional waivers system. All players not on a Dynasty Owner roster are available after the startup draft and throughout the season. Dynasty Owners bid on available players using Dynasty Dollars (new Dynasty Owners get $10 million Dynasty Dollars for signing up and joining a league and you can purchase and win them as well). See the Dynasty Owner Constitution for more details – go to https://app.dynastyowner.com/how-to-play and hit the red DO Constitution button.

After your Dynasty Owner league draft is over, every team has a 25-player roster. However, Dynasty Owner rosters can be up to 30 players (plus 3 Injured Reserve spots). If they have space under the $127.75 million salary cap, Dynasty Owners can add more players after their draft via the Free Agent Auction. In the Free Agent Auction, you’ll find players ranging from high-salary starting QBs like Jared Goff (2.3% ownership) and Kirk Cousins (0.8% ownership) to 20 current free agents who have listed salaries of less than $500,000 (there are 19 with a $495,000 annual salary for 2021, including former Miami Hurricanes RB Mark Walton and WR Herb Waters who are rostered in 6.1% and 3.0% of Dynasty Owner leagues respectively, and QB Tanner Lee who is listed with a $480,000 salary for this season and rostered right now in 8.3% of Dynasty Owner leagues).

With over 1,000 players available in the Free Agent Auction, it can be a little daunting to figure out who to pick up and who to leave sitting there for someone else. Since Dynasty Owner is all about value and finding those low-salary, high point players, players with salaries around or under $1 million who have the opportunity to be productive in 2021 are hard to find since they tend to be selected in a startup draft, or already on a roster in established leagues.

In the past, it was easier. After the inaugural 2019 season, I did an article (https://dynastyowner.com/2020/02/available-players-2020/) highlighting four players who were widely available at the time in Dynasty Owner and had annual salaries of far less than $1 million. Two of those players (Myles Gaskin and Russell Gage) turned out to have pretty good 2020 seasons and are now 100% rostered. The other two (Steven Sims and Foster Moreau) didn’t do so well last year, but still have ownership levels in the 40%-50% range due to their youth, potential and affordable contracts.

Later in the 2020 off-season, Dynasty Owners were given an extra $2 million in salary cap room and I suggested a host of players to pick up with that extra space (https://dynastyowner.com/2020/08/players-to-pick-up-with-the-extra-2-million-in-salary-cap-in-2020/). Those picks were less than stellar, but Wayne Gallman was among them and after the injury to Saquon Barkley, Gallman stepped in and finished the 2020 season with seven games of 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and a total of 137.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That was good enough to be RB34 for the season. At the time of the article in mid-August, he was only rostered in one-quarter (24%) of Dynasty Owner leagues.

As Dynasty Owners get more familiar with the game, learn more about contracts and salaries, it gets more and more difficult to find these players. However, it’s time again to see if we can find the next Myles Gaskin, Russell Gage or even the 2020 version of Wayne Gallman. To qualify for consideration, players have to make around $1 million or less for the 2021 season and be rostered in less than 50% of Dynasty Owner leagues. The salary limit is flexible since it’s harder to find these guys now, but we won’t stray much above the $1 million mark. Despite the difficulty, here are 9 players (3 QBs, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, and 1 TE) who fit that criteria and should be more widely owned than they are right now.

All 2021 projections come from Rotowire and are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth 1 point for every 40 yards.

All 2021 Dynasty Owner ADP and fantasy points projections were accurate as of the morning of August 18th.

Backup Quarterbacks to Stash

There are plenty of teams with veteran backup QBs who will cost Dynasty Owners a lot more than around $1 million. Clear backups for 2021 like Case Keenum (QB – CLE), Jacoby Brissett (QB – MIA), Joe Flacco (QB – PHI) and Jordan Love (QB – GB) all have salaries north of $3 million. Even guys like Mitchell Trubisky (QB – BUF), C.J. Beathard (QB – JAX) and Tim Boyle (QB – DET) make $2.5 million. However, other teams have more affordable backup QBs who are available in more than half of Dynasty Owner leagues now.

Dynasty Owner teams need to consider having a backup QB on their roster for the simple fact that QBs get injured in the NFL. For the 2021 season, only 13 out of 32 NFL teams started the same QB in all 16 regular season games. An additional 13 teams used two starting QBs, while five teams (Cincinnati, Denver, Jacksonville, San Francisco and Washington) used three and the Dallas Cowboys used four starting QBs last season (Dak Prescott, Andy Dalton, Ben DiNucci and Garrett Gilbert). Unless you’re convinced that one of the QBs with an expensive backup is going to get injured (or benched), then your best bet for an inexpensive backup QB are these guys.

  • Phillip Walker (QB – CAR) – 1 year, $782,500 – 10.6% ownership

There are only three QBs on the Carolina Panthers roster right now – Sam Darnold, Will Grier and Phillip Walker. Obviously Darnold is the starter since Carolina traded three draft picks (2021 sixth round pick which the Jets subsequently traded to Kansas City, a 2022 second round pick, and a 2022 fourth round pick). Carolina also exercised the fifth year option in Darnold’s rookie contract and will pay him $18.858 million in 2022. Make no mistake, he’s their guy.

However, Darnold has been in the NFL for three seasons and has missed a total of ten games to injury in that time (three games in 2018 due to a foot injury, three games in 2019 due to mono, and four games in 2020 due to a shoulder injury). It’s very likely either Walker or Grier makes a few appearances in 2021 and probably starts at least a game or two. Walker started the one game in 2020 that Teddy Bridgewater missed due to injury and played in four games overall. Grier did not appear in any games in 2020, so the edge to be the backup in Carolina goes to Walker. Walker also has a lower salary than Grier ($963,249) and one less year on his contract.

  • Nick Mullens (QB – PHI) – 1 year, $970,000 – 9.1% ownership

Similar to Carolina, Philadelphia only has three QBs on its current roster with Joe Flacco and Nick Mullens both trying to be the backup to Jalen Hurts. Both are owned in less than 10% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but Mullens is the better choice to stash since he is over $2.5 million cheaper at $970,000 (versus $3.5 million for Flacco). Both performed about the same in relief of their starting QBs in 2020. In four starts for the Jets, Flacco scored 70.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, or an average of 17.6 points per game. While Mullens started eight games for the 49ers and scored 126.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, or an average of 15.75 points per game.

  • Mason Rudolph (QB – PIT) – 1 year, $980,472 – 30.3% ownership

Ben Roethlisberger is 39 years old and probably in his last season in Pittsburgh. Mason Rudolph is only 26 years old and likely the next starting QB for the Steelers. In 2021, he’ll cost Dynasty Owners under $1 million, but that jumps up to $5 million in 2022. In 2019, Rudolph played in 10 games and scored 139.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, or 13.9 points per game. He also started in Week 17 versus Cleveland last season and scored 25.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Those numbers aren’t great, but they aren’t terrible either for less than $1 million in salary. Of course, Dwayne Haskins could play instead of Rudolph for the Steelers, but Haskins is rostered in two-thirds (66.7%) of Dynasty Owner leagues right now. Haskins’ salary for 2021 is slightly lower than Rudolph at $850,000, but he’s not eligible for this list due to his high ownership.

All of the other backup QBs in the correct price range, such as Gardner Minshew ($677,721) and both Colts QBs who might end up playing in place of Carson Wentz if he misses any games, Jacob Eason ($1,006,816) and Sam Ehlinger ($902,677), are owned in over 50% of Dynasty Owner leagues.

Slim Pickings at Running Back

Not surprisingly, there are few RBs available in more than half of Dynasty Owner leagues who make around $1 million and should be on more rosters. The top guys in that price range and most of the backups are rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues. Most of the rookies at that salary level, like Elijah Mitchell, Chris Evans, Khalil Herbert, Kylin Hill and Jermar Jefferson are rostered in over 90% of Dynasty Owner leagues. The top undrafted rookie free agents Javian Hawkins (RB – ATL) and Jaret Patterson (RB – WAS) are owned in 97.7% and 68.9% of leagues respectively. However, there are two guys who Dynasty Owners should consider stashing away.

  • Caleb Huntley (RB – ATL) – 1 year, $810,000 – 25.8% ownership

Both Javian Hawkins and Caleb Huntley are undrafted rookie free agents with identical 3-year, $810,000 annual salary contracts. However, if you didn’t draft Javian Hawkins in your regular or rookie draft, you missed out as he’s rostered in nearly every Dynasty Owner league. If you aren’t buying Mike Davis as the Falcons RB1 all season and didn’t draft Hawkins for your roster, then Caleb Huntley should be on your Practice Squad. Huntley had a great college career with 2,902 rushing yards at Ball State. He also rushed for more than 100 yards in 10 out of his final 11 games in college. There are plenty of low-salary, undrafted rookie free agents out there on the Free Agent Auction, but Huntley is one of the few who could play a role for his NFL team in 2021.

  • Brian Hill (RB – TEN) – 1 year, $990,000 – 26.5% ownership

Last year when Christian McCaffrey went down, most people thought it would be Reggie Bonnafon who would step in and play. Turns out, it was Mike Davis who went on to save many fantasy teams’ season by finishing the 2020 season with 205.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to finish as RB12. Flash forward to 2021 and everyone feels like Darrynton Evans will be Derrick Henry’s replacement if Henry gets hurt this year. At a little over $1.14 million in salary, Evans is 100% rostered in Dynasty Owner. Meanwhile, Brian Hill is only rostered in about one-quarter of leagues for $150,000 less in salary. Evans only had 21.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in five games (4.2 points per game) in 2020. In contrast, Hill played in all 16 games for Atlanta and averaged 5.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game (93.4 points in total). Evans might end up being better and playing more, but unless you want to trade for him, you can’t have him. If you are concerns about Henry’s workload, but don’t want to spend what the Evans’ owner is asking, pick up Hill as a handcuff.

Neither Hill or Huntley is likely to be the next James Robinson or Phillip Lindsay, but both are worth a roster spot due to their salary and the lack of affordable and available RBs on the typical Dynasty Owner league Free Agent Auction.

Three Wide Receiver Formation

In contrast, there are more WRs available who fit this criteria than any other position. Two out of the three WRs below are actually quite close to being rostered in 50% of Dynasty Owner leagues, while the third one isn’t at all.

  • Greg Ward (WR – PHI) – 1 year, $850,000 – 46.2% ownership

Greg Ward is very close to being rostered in half of Dynasty Owner leagues and for good reason. He led Philadelphia with 53 receptions and 79 targets in 2020 and has four or more receptions in over half of the NFL games that he has played in (12 out of 23 total). He is also listed as the starter at WR3 on the team’s unofficial depth chart. It’s true that the Eagles have drafted a WR with their first draft pick in each of the past two NFL drafts. However, Ward should be on the field a lot as new Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni used a three WR formation over 60% of the time in every year that he was the Offensive Coordinator in Indianapolis according to Sharp Football Stats (https://www.sharpfootballstats.com/personnel-grouping-frequency.html).

  • Isaiah McKenzie (WR – BUF) – 1 year, $1,127,500 – 3.8% ownership

Another WR who scored more than 100.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in 2020 is Isaiah McKenzie, but he is rostered in less than 5% of Dynasty Owner leagues. Despite being the WR5 in Buffalo, Bills Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll likes to get McKenzie the ball as he’s averaged 2.7 touches per game and 5.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game on offense while a member of the Bills. He might have an expanded role in 2021 as kickoff and punt returner Andre Roberts left Buffalo for Houston. Roberts had 1,248 return yards in 2020 and 885 return yards in 2019, which equates to 31.2 and 22.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points since Dynasty Owner gives players 1 point for every 40 return yards. He’s only projected for 51.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in 2021 but that seems really low, especially if he does return kicks. I have him on one of my rosters and encourage more of you to do the same thing.

  • Demarcus Robinson (WR – KC) – 1 year, $1,127,500 – 46.2% ownership

This is surprising. Robinson has scored more than 100.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in each of the past two seasons (105.8 in 2020 and 100.9 in 2019). Those were good for WR71 in 2019 and WR68 in 2020, so basically the sixth best WR on your roster. Last season, he played more snaps than any Kansas City WR not named Tyreek Hill. Robinson was on the field for 64.5% of Kansas City’s offensive snaps versus 45.3% for Mecole Hardman with both playing in all 16 games. His stats for the past two years compare pretty favorably against his teammate as shown below. The most surprising column is the second one that shows Hardman is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues compared to just 46.2% for Robinson.

Player% Rostered2021 Salary2019 Points2020 Points
Mecole Hardman100%$1,248,763135.3139.4
Demarcus Robinson46.2%$1,127,500105.8100.9

With Sammy Watkins not in Kansas City anymore, Hardman is projected to step into his role as the Chiefs’ WR2 (but really the third best receiver on the team behind Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce). If you’re not sure about Hardman and feel like your Dynasty Owner roster needs another Chiefs WR, go see if Robinson is available in your league.

Originally, this section was going to also feature Quez Watkins (WR – PHI) who has a salary of $866,166, but his ownership jumped to 59.9% over the past few days.

The Free Agent Auction is Tight on Tight Ends

There are quite a few quality TEs making around $1 million or less who could contribute to your Dynasty Owner team this season. However, like the RBs, most of them are rostered in far more than 50% of Dynasty Owner leagues. Mark Andrews (TE – BAL) was TE6 in 2020 and only costs $863,290 in salary this year. However, his 2021 startup draft ADP is 53.8 so he’s not on the Free Agent Auction in any league. The single TE on our list here is rostered in a mere 98.5% fewer Dynasty Owner leagues than Andrews, but should be on more rosters.

  • Richard Rodgers (TE – PHI) – 1 year, $1,027,500 – 1.5% ownership

Understandably, most Dynasty Owners aren’t excited by the prospect of picking up the third TE on the Eagles. However, if the Eagles trade Zach Ertz, Rodgers should move up and be the backup to Dallas Goedert. Last season, Goedert and Ertz missed the Eagles’ Week 7 matchup against the New York Giants. Rodgers stepped in and was the team’s leading receiver in that game with 6 receptions for 85 yards (14.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points).

For those of you looking for Donald Parham (TE – LAC), he just missed being included on the list as 56.1% of Dynasty Owner leagues have an owner with the former XFL star on their roster at a salary of $695,000 for the 2021 season.

Conclusion

Once your startup draft is over, Dynasty Owners can use any excessive salary cap room to pick up additional players off the Free Agent Auction. Since most Dynasty Owners tend to spend close to all of their cap room, they don’t have room to add the most expensive players out there. That’s why they need to find affordable veteran players to stash on their Practice Squad now, instead of waiting until they have a good game and you and the rest of your league are bidding on them.

Hopefully all Dynasty Owners found this article helpful in getting ready for the 2021 Dynasty Owner season. Dynasty Owner has plenty of other great content to help you draft your dynasty. We can also provide guidance as you get prepared for your startup draft, as well as help tweak your roster after your draft is over so you can win your league. My articles and videos to get you ready for your 2021 Dynasty Owner start-up league team are being released on Wednesdays. Keep an eye out for new articles from the rest of our team of Dynasty Owner writers as well. Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) is doing a deep dive on individual teams that you can check out on Mondays, while Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl) looks at how to rebuild your Dynasty Owner roster on Fridays. All of the articles will be released at 1 PM (Eastern) with videos and podcast released at 3 PM (Eastern).

Please read all of their articles and follow all three of us plus Dynasty Owner (@Dynasty_Owner) on Twitter. Hopefully this article is helpful, or at least interesting, for everyone who just drafted their first Dynasty Owner team or has played Dynasty Owner in the past. Thanks, and have a great day!

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Week 13 Free Agent Auction Targets

By: Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsNFL)

This is it ladies and gentlemen, the time has come for you to add your final free agent additions. While the cream of the free agent crop has certainly come and gone there are a few worthwhile additions left. With rosters set to be locked at the end of this football week I would recommend filling any available roster slots you have open with players like D’Onta Foreman, who are widely available and have the potential to step into a huge role if the workhorse in front of them goes down with COVID, or an injury.

As we have seen the past few weeks in the NFL, no one is safe from COVID, aside from Big Ben Roethlisberger who is said to take extreme precaution over the virus. High end backup quarterbacks should also be high on your target list this week, as we have seen with the Ravens, backups can hold major potential in 2020. These are obviously risky pickups because we have zero idea on who will miss time due to COVID. The one thing with all this that is a sure-fire thing, more big-name players will miss time throughout the fantasy playoffs.

We all knew coming into 2020 that the fantasy owners who adjusted well on the fly, had solid depth, and a little bit of luck would do well in any format, and it has more than come true. If you had the unpleasant time of watching the Saints vs Broncos game on Sunday you were given a front row seat at how quickly this virus can disrupt any team, real life or fantasy. Another final reminder that trading will also freeze at the end of this week, alongside free agent additions. Keep in mind you may still make trades during this period, but none will become official until the fantasy season comes to a close.


The Free Agent Auction processes bids this week on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 5 am EST. There is no limit to how much Dynasty Owner currency you can acquire throughout the year as it comes down to how much you feel comfortable spending.

KeKe Coutee (2-Years $797,257/yr.) 41.24% Owned

If you missed out on Coutee in last week’s article you will have a second chance, but this one may get expensive! Over the past 5-6 weeks Watson has been on an absolute tear, and Coutee just vaulted from the 5th spot on the depth chart to the 2nd spot in just 2 weeks.

Will Fuller has been suspended for PED use for 6 weeks, and fellow/former teammates Cobb (IR) and Stills (cut), are gone which opens a massive hole in Houston’s offense, that Coutee is in line to fill. As I mentioned last week Coutee is a very talented kid who will finally get a true shot to start in the NFL. If you have the roster spot and Coutee is available in your league he is a must grab with the way his quarterback is playing, not to mention the Texans have zero run game. At worst Hopefully Coutee is someone you can put on your bench and forget about.

Brandon Allen (1-Year $825,000) 59.79% Owned

Hey Brandon Allen sounds much better than Ryan Finley doesn’t it? Finley was a player I honestly cringed having to write about because of how bad he has looked, but at the end of the day he was a cheap potential starting quarterback which is tough to find. Allen was nowhere near great, but he was only on the Bengals practice squad and more than likely had zero time to work with any players of importance before last week. I see Allen as a bottom third of the league quarterback the rest of the way, which means he should be rostered in almost all leagues this week. If you had Burrow and can’t find a trade partner for a solid option I would go with Allen, unless you can make the cap work for a more expensive option.

If you’re able to find a better rest of season option pull the trigger immediately, if not Allen is the one to settle on. The Bengals have one of the better casts of play makers in the NFL giving Allen some possible upside the rest of the way, along with the lack of run game we have seen out of the Bengal’s thus far.

Colt McCoy (1-Year $2,250,000) 0% Owned

Another quarterback injury happened this past week with Daniel Jones being the latest to get hurt. The initial reports say Jones will miss time opening the way for Colt McCoy to be NFL relevant once again. McCoy has been nothing but average his entire career and I’m sure we will see more of the same this week on a bad Giants football team, though they are on a three-game winning streak and playing better football.

The Giants have a favorable schedule coming up with McCoy starting, the Seahawks slated for this week, followed by Arizona the following week. If McCoy can put up game manager numbers over the next two weeks, or more depending on Jones’s health he will make an excellent bench play for any team needing a quarterback as something is always better than nothing. If you are looking for a starter, I would look for Allen first and leave McCoy as a consolation prize if you miss out.

Collin Johnson (4-Years $900,538/yr.) 52.58% Owned

Johnson had his possible breakout performance on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. He finished his day with a whooping 8 targets catching 4 of them for 96 yards and a touchdown. While Johnson’s performance can be chalked up to him being Glennon’s favorite target he is a rookie who is worth stashing. The Jaguars are currently sitting at a 1-10 record so it would be a wise bet to think they will lean towards evaluating all the young talent possible before the end of this season.

If Jacksonville for some reason sticks with Glennon moving forward it would make Johnson a much more intriguing option, but from everything I have read Minshew mania will be back in Jacksonville this coming weekend sending Glennon back to his rightful throne… the bench. if Johnson is available in your league, he’s worth a roster spot no matter who is under center for the Jags. In dynasty any rookie producing on the field in limited work is a player with breakout potential in the following seasons, plus his extremely cheap 4-year salary is a very nice bonus for anyone wanting to pick up Johnson.

David Moore (1-Year $2,133,000) 56.7% Owned

Has there been a more consistent fantasy turd this season than David Moore? Moore is an extremely gross and boring pickup, but he has managed to score decent fantasy points this season for a bench play. It seems to this point he has had a touchdown just about every other game, as well as sprinkling in some solid yardage games to boot. On Monday night Moore put up a Tyreek Hill like performance (joking) with 3 catches for -6 yards and a score earning 8.5 fantasy points. Wilson seems to really trust David Moore in the red zone which is the main reason he is somewhat fantasy relevant this season but be aware he is nothing more than a borderline bench receiver and still having weeks where he may disappoint you.

While you may read this and think I hate Moore I don’t as he is my top widely available player to target at the position for COVID purposes. If Lockett or Metcalf were to miss time due to COVID or injury Moore would instantly become a potential top 30 fantasy wide receiver with the rapport he has built with Wilson.

Conclusion

With this being my last free agent article of 2020, I would like to take a quick second of your time to just say thank you! You guys, and gals here on Dynasty Owner are phenomenal people and I consider myself lucky to be able to help all of you with your fantasy needs. I am so thankful to be able to write weekly articles for all of you and I hope they have helped you in many ways, especially with winning some of your matchups.

I got into football at a young age and I instantly fell in love with the game, but a few years later was when I meet my true football love, fantasy football. Over the years I started joining more and more leagues becoming what most call a “fantasy junkie” within the first few weeks of my first season, if not the offseason. Since that moment I have had three dream jobs I wanted to do in my life, the first being a football broadcaster, the second a football coach/scout, and last but not least I wanted to work with fantasy football in some form and it honestly didn’t matter what.

I have now passed that down to my 9-year-old son Bentley who is in his first dynasty league this season and doing very well with players like Antonio Gibson and James Robinson on his roster. Thankfully after 20 years of fantasy football I can say I have one of my dream jobs writing for Dynasty Owner about fantasy football, and none of it would be possible if it weren’t for all of you, and of course the Dynasty Owner crew. Thank you again!!!

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Week 12 Free Agent Auction Targets

By: Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsNFL)

I am sure Steve, The Jerk, Tim, and myself sound like broken records to everyone at this point when talking about how important bench scoring is in Dynasty Owner, but my game this week was decided solely by bench scoring. In my game I was up by 5 points heading into Monday night, with him having Fournette, as well as Woods yet to play, but both were on his bench for the contest. Sometime around the halfway point in the 4th quarter I checked the score to find team Anchorman Dynasty now ahead of me by 2 points.

Woods and Fournette put up a combined 35 points (at that point in the game) giving him an additional 7 points towards his weekly score, as well as the victory. I bring this example up because I want to continue to stress the importance of bench scoring in this format and give an actual contest where bench scoring was the true difference.

Another quick reminder for owners of the format, waivers, and trading will lock at the end of week 13, remaining closed throughout the playoffs so make your final moves before it is too late. We have seen the yearlong trend of major injuries to star players continue this week, with rookie Joe Burrow out for the season with a torn ACL. We have also continued to see an uptick in players missing time due to COVID with notable players Mark Ingram, and JK Dobbins now added to the COVID IR list.

Thankfully we have made it 11 weeks through the NFL season, and seem on pace to actually crown a champion, despite the pandemic. I just want to say Bravo to the NFL for the job they have done and continue to do.

The free-agent Auction processes bids on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 5 am EST. There is no limit to how much dynasty owner currency you can acquire throughout the year as it comes down to how much you feel comfortable spending.

Ryan Finley (3-Years $827,414/yr.) – 1.03% Owned

With probably the saddest injury of the year happening on Sunday it opens up a spot at quarterback for fantasy owners, especially in deeper formats like Dynasty Owner. As I mentioned in my mid-season award’s article, the stat of Burrow being sacked on 52% of his drop backs, which has finally caught up to him. Burrow has been beaten and battered all season long, and yet has been able to consistently perform. If I am a Bengals fan, I am not happy about the injury by any means, but it’s also a sigh of relief that the offensive line now has time to improve before ruining Burrow’s promising career. Ryan Finley is the lucky candidate that gets to step into the starting lineup, and with that happening two things are a certain, Finley will get blitzed a ton, and he will be running for his life behind one of the worst offensive lines we have seen in recent memory. As you can see, I am not all that high on Finley, especially after his 2019 showing, and the 3 of 10 passing day he had against The Football Team Sunday after Burrow went down.

The reasoning behind Finley being in the top spot this week is because he is starting at quarterback and will be throwing the ball a lot. Many owners have been scrambling at the quarterback position this season with signal callers like Dak, Kyle Allen, Jimmy Garoppolo, Joe Burrow, Drew Brees, Sam Darnold, Dwayne Haskins, and Teddy Bridgewater all missing at least one game this season. Finley has been a below average quarterback every time he has stepped on the field, but this is also the most talent he has had around him thus far in his career. The Bengals have shown an extreme willingness to throw the ball this season, which will give Finley a little bit of upside the rest of the way. With all of that being said I wouldn’t recommend Finley as anything more than a bench play moving forward, even in good match ups.

Demarcus Robinson (1-Year $2,297,500) – 48.45% Owned

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson slots in at number 2 this week on the Free Agent Auction Big Board. Robinson has continued to see consistent targets in this high-powered Chiefs offense. In week 11 Robinson had a very solid game with 6 catches for 44 yards on 8 targets, which would make for solid production in any Owner’s bench slot. In the past 3 weeks Robinson has put together a very good stretch of games with 13 catches for 141 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Fellow teammate Sammy Watkins is constantly on the injury report making Robinson a safe, cheap buy, who also has potential in years to come. Hardman was back and active for this past contest, and even his return didn’t seem to slow Robinson down much.

The Chiefs have yet to throw a whole lot to the running back position, and don’t seem all that interested in doing so, which opens up plenty of targets after Kelce, and Hill get theirs, of course. If or when Watkins comes back it will put a damper on Robinson’s production, but until then grab the available piece in the NFL’s best offense, especially if you need it. A player who sees targets in offenses like Kansas City almost always has great fantasy value at some point regardless of where in the pecking order they seem to be.

Keke Coutee (2-Years $797,257/yr.) – 35.05% Owned

About half of the Texans active wide receiver’s left Sunday’s game against the Patriots pretty banged up. Randall Cobb is more than likely going to miss extended time with a serious toe injury, and Kenny Stills left Sunday’s game with an apparent leg injury. Cobb is rumored to be going on IR because of his injury, and I haven’t seen anything on the extent of the Stills injury, but if he’s set to miss even a week it makes Coutee a very interesting play in the surging Texans offense.

Watson has been nothing short of brilliant over the past month, except for the tornado he had to face in Cleveland…. The Brownies need a dome! Coutee has been one of the biggest fantasy darlings of recent memory with almost everyone being a “Coutee Truther” at some point in time over the past two years. There is no denying the talent is there for Coutee, but injuries have hampered his short career up to this point.

All of that finally changed on Sunday when Deshaun Watson found a healthy Coutee in the end zone against a Bill Belichick defense. Coutee only had 2 catches for 10 yards and a touchdown in the game, but it was a great step in the right direction for a young talented player. It was also great timing for Coutee with his positional teammates being so beat up in that game. Once again Coutee is fantasy relevant!

Dez Bryant (1-Year $1,250,000) – 35.05% Owned

I can’t even explain how awesome it is to be able to put Dez Bryant into an article of any kind in 2020. I can’t imagine there are many of us out there who thought Dez could come back and be a quality football player after not playing as long as he has been out for, and on top of all that he’s doing it at age 32. Up to this point the Bryant signing has seemed like a publicity stunt, but Sunday Bryant was on the field, and honestly didn’t look all that bad. The Ravens seemed determined to get Dez the ball throughout the game hitting him on short screens on 3 different occasions. Bryant showed great hands in his return, and also displayed that he still has some athleticism left in the tank.

The very first pass Dez had thrown his way was a bit off of the mark, and Dez did what he always does, adjusted in the air, and was able to get his hands on the ball. He was somewhat quiet statistically speaking, but the fact he was almost force feed throughout the game has to be a great sign in the coming weeks. While Dez is 32 and being out of the league multiple years he is a pretty risky pickup, but one pickup I think every single contender should make, as long as they have a roster spot. I see Dez being the highest upside player we will see on this list for the rest of this season, but he also has an extremely low floor.

KhaDarel Hodge (1-Year $750,000) 2.06% Owned

The merry go round of Browns receivers continue with Beckham being out for the season. No matter which receiver ends up emerging in this offense they will be somewhat limited in terms of fantasy production, until Baker plays better. As we all know most good fantasy production from the wide receiver position comes from receivers who have above average quarterbacks, and unfortunately for Hodge the Browns do not have an above average quarterback. Hodge does have some competition for targets with Higgins, Hooper, and Landry all competing. Landry, who was supposed to step into the alpha role after the injury to OBJ has failed to do so, and just hasn’t looked like himself all season long.

If Landry’s struggles continue Cleveland will have no choice but to count on players like Higgins, or Hodge to produce week in, and week out. Hodge is a raw talent, but has the measurables to play on the outside, as well as succeed at this level standing at 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 205 lbs., and running a sub 4.4 40 time. Hodge is nothing but a gamble and/or stash right now, but he has the potential to be a big play guy as we witnessed Sunday when he posted 3 catches for 73 yards, including a long of 42 yards. Hodge is more than worth a stash on either rebuilding or contending teams.

Conclusion

One of the reasons I love fantasy football so much is the randomness of the entire game. I have seen teams in redraft leagues make the playoffs all because of their waiver acquisitions, and not because of anyone they drafted. I started out the Dynasty Owner season horribly because of injuries, and bad quarterback play so I decided to look towards next season, and boy has that been interesting. I pretty much traded anyone over the age of 25 with value, for high upside rookies, and draft capital, yet this is the 1st week I have lost since making those trades and trying to lose. I am literally a team trying to tank, and I’m not even doing that correctly going 3-1 since making my big trades.

What I’m getting at with all this is don’t be scared to take chances on players like Dez Bryant, or Ryan Finley because this is the NFL we are talking about, and crazy things happen every single Sunday, which is what makes football so much fun! I hope everyone was victorious this week and enjoys the article. As always good luck on your Chase for the Ring!

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