Free Agent Friday: NFC East

By: Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Wild Card weekend has concluded, and we look forward to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. There was quite a bit of controversy this weekend. It’s actually the most I think I’ve seen since the 2019 NFC Championship Game between the Saints and Rams. That game involved the infamous no call on an egregious pass interference. Well, I think this week may have topped it with the sheer number of controversies.

First, we had the errant whistle in the Raiders/Bengals game. In case you missed it…A whistle was blown prior to a touchdown scoring play being completed. The refs (unprecedentedly) ruled that the touchdown would stand, and their explanation was that the play is unreviewable. That was seemingly the wrong decision as that referee crew will not enforce another game this postseason.

Second, we had the inexplicable finish to the 49ers/Cowboys game. The game ended with some combination of Mike McCarthy and Dak Prescott’s decision to run a QB draw with 14 seconds left and zero timeouts. The bulk of the controversy came from fans complaining that the refs were incompetent and/or “out of position” on that final play. I think the sole blame needs to be placed on the play call with zero blame on the refs. The referee in charge of spotting the ball looked like he was attempting to set the World Record 40 yard dash time as he came rushing into the offensive line. Not only did he hustle to the ball, he really didn’t even know where he was spotting the ball in an attempt to allow Dallas to spike the ball. Unfortunately, there was not enough time remaining for this to occur, but I don’t see how any blame should be put on the officiating crew.

The final thing I want to mention is more of an observation than a controversy, but the Los Angeles Rams absolutely embarrassed the Arizona Cardinals. There was poor play and poor play calling on the Arizona side. The Rams are a legitimate threat on offense and defense, and I look forward to watching a juicy Rams/Buccaneers matchup on Sunday. I can’t wait to recap those games, but for now, let’s talk about another free agent division.

NFC East

I’ll give you the same spiel that I gave in my first Free Agent article, and one that I will likely give in every article just as a reminder.

This will not be the only time I will talk about each of these players.  In all likelihood, I will talk about each of these players at least two more times before the start of the regular season.

Dallas Cowboys

PlayerAgeStatusCurrent SalaryEstimated Value
Cedrick Wilson26UFA$2,183,000$5,000,000
Michael Gallup25UFA$880,995$12,000,000
Dalton Schultz25UFA$728,090$12,500,000

The Cowboys have three notable offensive free agents this year. Two are wide receivers and one is a tight end. All three are unrestricted free agents (UFA) in line for a major pay increase. Let’s talk about them…

Cedrick Wilson is actually the oldest of these three players. He has filled in nicely over the second half of the regular season as Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup both missed multiple games. I anticipate a 5 – 6 million dollar salary per year, and I also think it’s likely the Cowboys bring Wilson back. Due to the cap hit, I think it’s more likely Wilson returns than Michael Gallup.

Speaking of Gallup, he had a very disappointing and emotional ending to his season. He tore his left ACL in Week 17, and that immediately ended his 2021 season. At first, it seemed to look hopeful that Gallup could return for the start of next season. It was a clean tear and one that was hoped to not have a large impact on his 2022 season. Since then, the news has become a little more grim. As of 1/19/22, Gallup has not had his knee surgery, presumably, because of the inflammation from the initial injury. I can’t help but think that this injury will somewhat affect his upcoming contract. There is little doubt that he will make over $8,000,000 per year, but teams will likely be wary of offering a long term, big contract to a player who is not guaranteed to start the 2022 season. I’ll keep monitoring and let you know if anything changes.

Dalton Schultz was one of the greatest values in Dynasty Owner last year. He finished as the TE3 with less than a $730,000 salary. Schultz is on track to receive a Hunter Henry type contract (3 years – $37,500,000). I’m not sure he’ll receive a three year guarantee, but he should be right on track for $12,500,000 per year.

Philadelphia Eagles

PlayerAgeStatusCurrent SalaryEstimated Value
Boston Scott26RFA$920,000$2,000,000

Boston Scott is the lone Eagle player who we will talk about for this segment. Boston Scott is definitely not the biggest name this off-season, but he will still be an interesting add for a team looking for a backup/receiving back. My gut tells me that Scott will re-sign with the Eagles especially since he is a restricted free agent (RFA) and if it would only cost them $2,000,000.  He will likely never become the number one back in Philly, but he is still worth rostering in all Dynasty Owner leagues.

Washington Football Team

PlayerAgeStatusCurrent SalaryEstimated Value
Ryan Fitzpatrick39UFA$10,000,000$5,000,000
J.D. McKissic28UFA$1,635,000$3,500,000

First up for the Football Team is Ryan Fitzpatrick. There are so many different paths that Fitz’s career could take in the next six months. Retirement is an option. Re-signing with Washington is an option. Finding a new team as a starter or a backup is also on the table. I have yet to hear any news or intentions from Fitzpatrick himself, but this is what I suspect. I think he will stay active in the league. I don’t think Washington will re-sign him, but that he will sign as a backup quarterback for a team that needs one. He won’t get a $10,000,000 contract again. Instead, he should be right around a $5,000,000 deal. The tough part with this prediction is that there really is not much precedent for a contract like this. Think about quarterbacks like Fitz and Andy Dalton. A one-year, $10,000,000 contract seems to be the going rate for aging, capable backup quarterbacks. However, I see his recent injury history and nearly 40 year old age making it tough for a team to pay north of 6 million dollars.

Much more interesting is J.D. McKissic. McKissic is two years removed from leading the entire NFL in running back targets. In 2020, he had a league leading 110 targets.

Trivia question:  Who led all running backs in 2021 in terms of targets?

The answers are Najee Harris and Austin Ekeler with 94 targets.

Anyway, returning to McKissic…He should easily see another contract in his career. Yes, 28 is a little old for a running back, but he has relatively low wear on his body, and was very efficient with his opportunities in 2021. Expect a contract increase to around 3.5 million dollars.

New York Giants

PlayerAgeStatusCurrent SalaryEstimated Value
Evan Engram27UFA$6,013,000$6,000,000

The only Giant worth talking about today is Evan Engram. Engram will likely make the same amount of money that he made in his last contract, at least per year. Given his relatively poor offensive performances over the past two years, it’s unlikely he will earn more than $8,000,000 in any year. I have to think the Giants will move on from Engram.

Conclusion

I promise you that I will speak on each of these players (in detail) as the off-season rolls on. In addition, I will be bringing you breaking contract news every time an important contract changes.

If there is any player that you want me to spend more time talking about, just message me on Twitter (@dynastyjerk) and let me know. 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

Top 5 Free Agent Auction Targets of 2021

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Well folks, as sad as it is to think that the Dynasty Owner season has ended, it hasn’t! Here at Dynasty Owner, we roll all year long. Buckle up for a fun off-season to all the Dynasty Owner rookies out there. Before we jump into today’s article, I would like to shout out Jeff, owner of team SKOL Vikings, who won the best prize in all of fantasy sports, The Chase for the Ring! Jeff will receive a very nice custom Dynasty Owner Super Bowl style ring, a fantastic dinner, and an all-paid trip to the Hall of Fame for taking first place for the entire Dynasty Owner platform. I would also like to congratulate all our other Dynasty Owner champions for the 2021 season. Enjoy them, they do not last long in this world! If you have an awesome championship war story, good or bad, feel free to let me know on the Twitter machine. As much fun as the fantasy football season is I think this is probably my favorite time of year when we get to take a breath, evaluate rosters, and start looking at the new faces coming into the NFL next season.

In today’s article, we will cover part of the evaluation process and will look at the top Free Agent Auction pick-ups for the 2021 season. I must admit when I was asked to do this, I got excited because I feel it is a great way to show users how deep Dynasty Owner rosters really are as well as how savvy the players on this platform are in terms of already rostering the right players. Remember back in Week 1 when everyone was scrambling to pick up Elijah Mitchell? Here on the Dynasty Owner platform, he was well over 95% rostered at that point. In the 2021 season there was not a whole of season long help, though one player stands out above all else in that category and we’ll get to him shortly. We also failed to see much in terms of future talent or players who will be on your roster producing for multiple years but as I mentioned in the previous category, it was not a complete bust. Dynasty Owners are fantasy football savvy.

A few quick reminders before we jump into our top 2021 free agent pick-ups. First and foremost, thank you all for participating in the 2021 Dynasty Owner season! The off-season will be coming quickly as Dynasty Owner never really sleeps. Early March will be an especially critical time for Dynasty Owners as it will be time for many important contract decisions. Please stay tuned to the announcements, YouTube channel, and Twitter to stay up to date on all new Dynasty Owner news. Enough of the talk, let’s hand out some awards to the Top 5 Free Agent Auction pick-ups.

  1. Cordarrelle Patterson – (RB – ATL) – 1 year/$3,000,000

The Number 1 free agent pick-up on the Dynasty Owner platform was none other than Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson had a fantastic 2021 season, good enough to finish as the RB7 in all of Dynasty Owner. In the year of 2021 adding this kind of production at the RB position was a massive boost with all the injuries and battles with Covid the players had to deal with. In 2021, Patterson scored over 12.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points ten times and was able to hit over the 17.0 point mark a whopping seven times. Just fantastic production for a free agent pick-up that cost next to nothing. In total, Patterson finished with 607 rushing yards, 51 catches, 547 receiving yards, 434 return yards and 11 total touchdowns good enough for 243.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

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

One of my favorite players in all the New England area, Kendrick Bourne slots into the Number 2 spot of the Dynasty Owner free agents of the year. I understand Bourne is a tad bit pricey for most people’s liking, but he is tied to an ascending young quarterback for two more years which should only boost his value moving forward. In 2021, Bourne is currently the WR32, catching 52 balls for 776 yards and 5 touchdowns good enough for 175.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Another huge positive for Bourne was the fact he added over 100 yards rushing and a passing touchdown in 2021 meaning the Patriots coaching staff trusts him. If Bourne continues to grow in the Patriots offense alongside Mac Jones, he could very well be a bargain come 2022.

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

At Number 3 for the 2021 Free Agent Auction targets of the year, we have the Minnesota Vikings second year wideout K.J. Osborn. Osborn was a fantastic pick-up for those who got him and has what seems to be a bright future with a rapidly aging Adam Thielen being the only player in his way from starting opposite of Justin Jefferson fulltime. In 2021, despite the presence of stars like Jefferson, Thielen, and Dalvin Cook, Osborn still managed to post seven games where he scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points. On the year, Osborn has a total of 49 catches, 634 yards, and 6 TDs (153.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Anytime you can get a promising young player on your roster for just Dynasty Dollars is what I like to call a win.

  • Odell Beckham Jr. – (WR – LAR) – 1 year/$1,250,000

The Odell Beckham Jr. (OBJ) drama never really ends does it? In all fairness to OBJ, this is a good list to be on unlike the lists he had been appearing on for the Cleveland Browns. Initially Beckham had an $18,000,000 salary with three years remaining, but after being cut by the Browns he signed with the Rams for what he is currently at. A huge discount! During his time thus far with the Rams, Beckham has had a knack for the end zone scoring 5 touchdowns after failing to score in Cleveland. Beckham has also added 25 catches and 287 yards to add to his newfound end zone success. Beckham’s star potential paired with the fact he will likely end up in a good spot come 2022 at a discount for another year makes him our Number 4 free agent pick-up in 2021.

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

It’s safe to say that our Number 5 guy on this list is questionable to say the least. There were spots that Beasley made a difference if you ended up needing to play him, especially earlier in the season when it seemed he was scoring 15-20 Dynasty Owner fantasy points every other week. I also feel Beasley will have one more year of good football left after 2021 while playing alongside Josh Allen and that bolsters his case to be on this Top 5 list. In 2021, Beasley unfortunately had a run in with Covid which really put a damper on the last few weeks of his fantasy numbers. Over the first 14 weeks of the 2021 season, Beasley managed to score double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in almost half of his games, and scored 14.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in five of those weeks. On the 2021 season, Beasley currently has a stat line of 78 catches, 662 yards, and 1 touchdown good enough to be the WR38 in Dynasty Owner. If Beasley’s end zone luck weren’t so bad this season, he would have finished much higher overall this season but sometimes that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

I hope you all enjoyed this article and were able to roster at least three of these five players all season long, winning you a Dynasty Owner championship. Please do not forget about the weekly off-season articles and videos by Steve Van Tassell and Matt “The Jerk” Morrison. Don’t forget to check out Dynasty Owner on YouTube!

Thank you for reading and as always good luck on your 2022 Chase for the Ring!

Free Agent Auction Targets: Week 17

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Dynasty Owners, welcome to the last week of Free Agent Auction pickups for the 2021 season. I may be releasing more articles this week if circumstances warrant for all our Dynasty Owners competing for their League Championship or the beloved bonus pick that we offer to the winner of the Loser’s bracket tournament. Week 16 was no different than any other week we have seen this season with many crazy outcomes, injuries, and more players out with Covid. Only the strong, or lucky, whichever term you prefer survive in 2021. As always before we hit our Free Agent Auction targets, we will cover the games of Week 16 during Jay’s weekly recap.

Up first, we have the Thursday night snooze fest between the 49ers and Titans, and I am only calling it a snooze fest because I fell asleep for majority of the game. I am no help on this one I know! In my favorite part of this segment, well call it a sub-segment, Baker Mayfield struggles again. The Browns played a virtual must win game against the Packers and the former Number 1 overall pick, Mayfield had his first career four interception game leaving Browns’ fans with a sour taste in their mouth. The Colts and the Cardinals squared off in another game with big playoff implications with the Colts coming out on top once again. They are one of the hottest teams in football right now. Joe Burrow had a career day throwing for 525 yards and four touchdowns against the Covid ridden Ravens. The Bills and Patriots played in a huge divisional matchup with the Bills taking over first place in the AFC East. Finally, Eli and the rest of the Bills Mafia can celebrate for a week. The Cowboys defense continued to dominate against the Football Team and the offense finally seems to be back on track as well. Finally, we have the Steelers putting a whooping on the Kansas City Chiefs…… and then I stopped dreaming!

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 the Dynasty Owner playoff finals, aka Week 17:

  1. Rex Burkhead – (HOU – RB) – 1 year/$1,500,000 – 46.75% Rostered

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Rex Burkhead. The legend himself had a performance we have not seen since his Patriots days but as I said the past couple of weeks, if Burkhead finds the end zone he is 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points waiting to happen. It just so happens he was out to prove me wrong again and put up 30.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Chargers. In Week 16, Burkhead finished with 22 carries for 149 yards and added 2 touchdowns as well. I think it is safe to say if you picked up Burkhead, he helped you win your week, so I figured why not run it back. The Texans square off against the 49ers, so it will be a tougher matchup but if you have someone out with Covid, Burkhead has the hot hand right now. One last thing to note is the Texans have played significantly better since switching back to Davis Mills at QB.

2. Dare Ogunbowale – (JAX – RB) – 1 year/$850,000 – 11.24% Rostered

A few weeks back, the Jaguars fired their head coach, Urban Meyer and it seemed the handcuffs would finally come off their star running back James Robinson. Unfortunately, as soon as things seemed to finally start getting better for James Robinson, it got so much worse. Sunday against the Jets, James Robinson went down with what is being reported as a torn Achilles. As sad as the injury is to such a fun player, it is part of football and is now time to look to Robinson’s replacement, Dare Ogunbowale. After taking over, Ogunbowale had a decent performance finishing with 17 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown. If the Jags are going to commit to the run Ogunbowale is the running back, you want!

3. Isaiah McKenzie – (BUF – WR) – 1 year/$1,127,500 – 7.1% Rostered

The Bills had their game of the year thus far on Sunday in a rematch against their rival New England Patriots. The Bills had several questions to answer coming into the week and answered each with authority. A big reason why the Bills were able to look so good against the Patriots was because of little known receiver Isaiah McKenzie. In Sunday’s game the Bills were without Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis, and it did not matter as McKenzie had a stat line of 11 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown (along with -1 rushing yard), good enough for 29.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. If Davis or Beasley don’t make it back for the week McKenzie becomes a solid flex play.

4. Braxton Berrios – (NYJ – WR) – 1 year/$644,602 – 63.91% Rostered

Here is another free agent pickup from last week who made a solid difference if you played him, Braxton Berrios. Berrios had a decent day through the air showcasing his safe floor of roughly 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Luckily for those who played him Berrios can score in creative ways showing his skill set with a touchdown in the return game. In Week 16, Berrios finished the day with 5 catches, 37 receiving yards, and a kick return for a touchdown. He also added 3 rushing yards and 150 return yards for a total of 18.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Be sure to keep an eye on the injury report as Berrios may take a hit if Elijah Moore is able to return.

5. Laquon Treadwell – (JAX – WR) – 1 year/$990,000 – 44.97% Rostered

I have to say I called my shot on Laquon Treadwell last week during the Dynasty Owner Livestream when I said Treadwell was a guaranteed 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, or more if he can finally find the end zone. In Week 16, albeit against the Jets, Treadwell put up basically another 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point game finishing with 9.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. I know 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points is nothing to get excited about but if you happen to be playing a lot of boom or bust guys, Treadwell could make for a nice safe piece on your Bench, especially in the Loser’s bracket tournament finals.

Please do not forget about Steve Van Tassell’s weekly recap article and Week 17 preview article and video, as well as Matt “The Jerk” Morrison’s weekly article and video on Wednesday. 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 16

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

What’s up fellow Dynasty Owners? I hope all your playoff matchups went better than mine as I will not be winning a League Championship this year despite having two absolutely loaded rosters. I am not going to waste anytime this week, let’s get right into Jay’s weekly recap.

Week 15 in the NFL was extremely crazy, and it was headlined by the Detroit Lions beating the Arizona Cardinals and opening the NFC West back up for grabs. The Browns almost pulled one out without their top two quarterbacks and my main takeaway from the game is Baker Mayfield should be doing so much more with this roster around him. The Chiefs and the Chargers battled it out in an epic overtime thriller with the Chiefs coming out on top and sweeping the Chargers, which gives them a crucial head-to-head tiebreaker if needed. The Colts stunned the surging Patriots, and, in my opinion, Jonathan Taylor should be the front runner for MVP right now. The Bills took advantage of the Patriots loss beating the Panthers and now have a chance at redemption against the Patriots this week. The Ravens may have found a long-term backup in Tyler Huntley who almost led the Ravens to victory over the Number 1 seed in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers. The Saints seem to be some type of kryptonite to Tom Brady as they pulled out another improbable victory against the 44-year-old G.O.A.T. The last game I have on the list is none other than my Steelers keeping their playoff dreams alive beating the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Good luck this week everyone! Now on to the free agents!

  1. Josh Reynolds – (WR – DET) 1 year/$1,750,000 – 72.19% Rostered

I know last week I said I wouldn’t put Josh Reynolds back on this list but the disrespect towards this man is real and it must be fixed. Against a stingy Cardinals defense in Week 15, Josh Reynolds had an excellent game for a Lions player finishing with 6 catches, 68 yards, and a touchdown (18.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Reynolds has clearly been Jared Goff’s favorite target since arriving in Detroit and I see no reason that changes the rest of the way.

2. Laquon Treadwell – (WR – JAX) 1 year/$990,000 – 25.44% Rostered

Another repeat on the list from last week, Laquon Treadwell. Treadwell has quietly put together a few solid performances finishing with more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in each of his last three games. I would not recommend anything more than a Bench spot if you’re playing Treadwell as you are more likely to hit the lottery than see a Jaguars player not named James Robinson score a touchdown.

3. Duke Johnson – (RB – MIA) 1 year/$5,203,333 – 4.73% Rostered

If I am being completely honest, I feel about as confident in this pick as when I did put Craig Reynolds on the list last week. It just seems like a flat-out fluke. All of that said, Johnson did have his 1st career 100-yard rushing performance on Sunday and earned a lot more playing time moving forward. I would tread carefully with Johnson as the Dolphins have a tough matchup this week against the Saints and Myles Gaskin is still going to be in the mix.

4. James O’Shaughnessy – (TE – JAX) 1 year/$1,590,000 – 33.14% Rostered

In the 4th spot we have Dan Arnold 2.0, James O’Shaughnessy. Since taking over for Arnold, O’Shaughnessy has filled in nicely and continues to put up relatively similar numbers. In Week 15 O’Shaughnessy had his best game yet with a 4 catch, 60-yard day totaling 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. O’Shaughnessy has another friendly matchup against the Jets this week and can be a viable Bench play at the tight end spot for at least Week 16.

5. Craig Reynolds – (RB – DET) 1 year/$850,000 – 27.22% Rostered

As I mentioned earlier I was extremely skeptical about putting Craig Reynolds on last week’s list. There were two real reasons for this, the first being I expected D’Andre Swift back by now, and the last being I just wasn’t sure he would be able to do it again. In Week 15, Reynolds proved me to be wrong as he compiled 26 carries for 112 yards. If the Lions keep Swift sidelined for the remainder of the year, which I hear is a real possibility, Reynolds could step in and help you win a matchup or two in the playoffs. A half of a league winner if you will!

6. Braxton Berrios – (WR – NYJ) 1 year/$644,602 – 51.48% Rostered

In the #6 spot we have yet another repeat player who put up decent number of Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 15, Braxton Berrios. Berrios did not have the type of targets we are used to seeing but nonetheless, he was able to find the end zone and salvage his day. In fact, Berrios only managed to bring in only one catch, but it was for 26 yards, and he added 2 carries for 5 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. In Week 15, Berrios finished with 11.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points which is prime Bench player material. If Berrios gets back to a massive target share in Week 16, he could be an underdog that puts you over the top, though I wouldn’t count on it with the way the Jets’ offense looks.

7. Ameer Abdullah – (RB – CAR) 1 year/$990,000 – 62.72% Rostered

Ameer Abdullah is someone I strongly considered putting on the list last week, but I ultimately went with Royce Freeman instead. I am sorry. As I am sure most of you know, Freeman was a bust with Rex Burkhead playing against the Jaguars. Abdullah did not disappoint any Dynasty Owners who did play him finishing with a measly 4 carries for 7 yards, but he added 4 catches for 48 yards and a touchdown through the air, good enough for 17.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. If Abdullah continues to get meaningful receptions out of the backfield, he is someone who can squeeze into a Bench spot in a good matchup.

8. Rex Burkhead – (RB – HOU) 1 year/$1,500,000 – 42.01% Rostered

Rex Burkhead has been an absolute opportunity machine during the back half of the season when healthy. In Week 15, Burkhead got another 17 touches but was unable to do much with them. I know Burkhead is not a pretty option at all but if you are desperate, he is seeing enough touches to produce at some point. Burkhead also received three targets in the air which is another positive trending in the right direction for the former Patriot.

9. Scotty Miller – (WR – TB) 2 years/$661,960 – 67.46% Rostered

In the last spot on the biggest free agent list ever, we have none other than Buccaneers receiver, Scotty Miller. Miller has not done much this season but as we all know injuries are a massive part of Dynasty Owner, which have cleared a path for Miller to make an impact on your roster. Chris Godwin is out for the season with a torn ACL, while Mike Evans is banged up with a hamstring injury and may not play in Week 16. If this scenario happens, I expect Miller to be a favorite for Tom Brady as he seems to have a good amount of trust throwing to Miller. The only player I see out touching Miller if Evans does not play is Antonio Brown.

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 weekly 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 15

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Dynasty Owners! The playoffs are officially here and with that I would like to welcome you to the first ever Free Agent Auction run this late in the year. As I suspected Pickens are pretty slim but no worries, I threw a few extra players in this week. I am going to keep the traditional Jay’s weekly recap short and sweet so we can get through all these fantastic pickups quickly. The Browns and Baker Mayfield finally shut old Jay up. Right? Wrong. I came away thinking exactly what I already knew, Baker Mayfield can when games when the rest of the team plays well, and he does not make a ton of mistakes. If I am being completely honest, that game was much closer than it should have been. The Chiefs have quietly been one of the better teams in football over the past month and showed it once again on Sunday with an absolute beatdown of the Raiders. I say quietly because we have not seen the offensive explosions that we are used to from the Chiefs. Despite Riverboat Ron calling out Mike McCarthy this past week for guaranteeing a win, the Cowboys did just that and virtually secured themselves a home field playoff game. In what I am calling one of the co-games of the week, the 49ers secured a much-needed win over the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime. The biggest takeaway I have from this game is that George Kittle is a beast. In the other game of the week, we had the Buccaneers squeak by the Bills in another overtime thriller. Bills fans must be worried after reports came out that Josh Allen was banged up in the game though I don’t see him missing anytime. Let’s take a quick moment of silence for my good friend Eli and the rest of the Bills Mafia. I don’t think much else needs to be said for the Packers-Bears game other than, Aaron Rodgers OWNS the Bears and always will! Finally, we have the Monday night matchup between two heavyweights of the NFC, the Rams and Cardinals. Kyler Murray did not have his best game of the season by any means but regardless of that the Cardinals found a way to keep it within reach the entire night. If Kyler gets hot in the playoffs, this Cardinals team will be extremely tough to beat.

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 15, the first week of the playoffs:

  1. Tyler Huntley – (QB – BAL) 1 year/$780,000 – 20.12% Rostered

I am sure all of you are aware of the Lamar Jackson news by now. I am not sure if he is set to miss an extended amount of time, but I would imagine he will miss at least one game for precautionary reasons, though they do have a tough matchup this week against the Packers. If the Ravens do end up sitting Jackson for any amount of time, Tyler Huntley goes straight to the top of the Dynasty Owner free agent list. Huntley filled in admirably for Jackson against the Browns finishing the day completing 27 of 38 passing attempts for 270 yards and a touchdown, he also added 6 carries for 45 yards though he did lose two fumbles. The rushing work means great upside. Now he just must get on the field. The number of teams struggling to start two quarterbacks should make Huntley a hot commodity.

2. Josh Reynolds – (WR – DET) 1 year/$1,750,000 – 69.23% Rostered

Another week, another Josh Reynolds sighting on the Free Agent Auction list. Reynolds is a tick over the roster percentage threshold, but I still feel he should be rostered on more teams. It seems moving forward Reynolds will be a lock for about 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points a game and I am sure there are plenty of teams who could use that type of production on their Bench for a playoff, or Loser’s bracket run. In Week 14, Reynolds put up his usual 5 target, 3 catch, 50 plus yard day but he did fail to find the end zone. I hope you enjoyed reading about Josh Reynolds for what feels like eight times this season, because this will likely be the last time.

3. Braxton Berrios – (WR – NYJ) 1 year/$644,602 – 40.83% Rostered

I know this pickup may not look the best on the surface but with Corey Davis and Elijah Moore both injured, Berrios is seemingly the Number 1 guy for the Gang Green right now. In Week 14 against the Saints, Berrios had a team high 10 targets, catching 6 of them for 52 yards, good enough for 11.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. If Berrios continues to get this type of work, he is a touchdown away from making a true difference in one of your Bench spots. Another great thing about these guys with 1-year remaining on their deals is that you can cut ties with them freely at the end of the season.

4. James Washington – (WR – PIT) 1 year/$1,125,336 – 66.27% Rostered

James Washington is a tricky one to judge because the player in front of him on the depth chart is not injured, but in the doghouse. Chase Claypool is the player I am referring to and after the stunt he pulled last week as well as more than one maturity issue this season, Washington may get his chance. Let’s say the worst happens and Washington does not jump ahead of Claypool for a game or two, then you just must hope the Steelers get into a shootout which seems likely at this point. The Steelers found themselves in a shootout against the Vikings and it led to Washington finishing with 4 catches for 65 yards and a touchdown (16.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points).

5. Royce Freeman – (RB – HOU) 1 year/$985,005 – 50.89% Rostered

In my opinion, this is an ugly pickup but that’s where we are with the Texans backfield at this point in the season. In the past game, David Johnson missed due to being on the Covid-19 list while Rex Burkhead was injured in the game paving the way for Royce Freeman to become the lead back. Reports are Burkhead will likely miss this week while David Johnson should return but the Johnson news does not worry me much as the Texans haven’t used him a lot all season. Freeman finished Sunday’s game against the Seahawks with a solid performance catching the ball totaling 6 catches for 51 yards. Remember someone must get touches in the Texans backfield.

6. Craig Reynolds – (RB – DET) 1 year/$850,000 – 0% Rostered

I am making you guys do your homework this week as I have another player whose status you will have to monitor. Craig Reynolds stepped in and performed very well against the Broncos defense finishing his day with 11 carries for 83 yards while the other back available struggling horribly. If Jamaal Williams or D’Andre Swift miss the upcoming game, I would expect Reynolds to see a decent amount of work.

7. Josiah Deguara – (TE – GB) 3 years/$1,136,941 – 24.26% Rostered

Does Aaron Rodgers finally have another tight end of the future? I am kidding of course, but Josiah Deguara did have an admirable performance Sunday. Deguara finished the day with 3 targets catching all of them for 44 yards and potentially building a rapport with Rodgers as the season moves along. If you don’t have much cap space right now, the tight end landscape is terrible and do not see a more intriguing option over Deguara. Remember Robert Tonyan is a free agent this off-season, so it could be the Josiah Deguara show come 2022!

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 14

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Dynasty Owners, it is the time of year we have all been looking forward to. It’s playoff time! This will be the last week of the Free Agent Auction for the Dynasty Owner regular season. If you played last season, you would likely remember the freeze we had on all transactions during the playoffs. There is no freeze on picking up free agents this year. Only the ability to trade will be locked during the playoffs. If you are planning to execute a trade before the playoffs, make sure it is accepted 24 hours prior to the player’s game starting or it will not process until the off-season starts. For instance, if you want to trade for a Steelers or Vikings player, you will need to agree to the trade by Wednesday at 7 pm EST for everything to process in time for this season. If any of this is confusing, please refer to the YouTube video associated with this article for a deeper explanation.

Before we jump into this week’s Free Agent Auction targets, as always, we will go over my favorite segment, Jay’s Weekly Recap which I almost skipped because there was no Baker Mayfield to pick on. Instead of saving the best for last, we will jump right into this week’s biggest matchup between the Bills and the Patriots. The game of the week lived up to expectations and had one hell of an old school football vibe to it due to the weather, I mean the Pats only attempted three passes the entire game. As always, the Bill Belichick coached team had the better strategy and execution which now has the Pats in a familiar spot, the Number 1 seed in the AFC. Before moving on, I would like to have a moment of silence for my friend Eli and the rest of the Bills fans around the country as this can’t be an easy pill to swallow. It’s tough enough on the rest of the NFL, I can only imagine how the Bills Mafia feels. The division looked like it was in the Bills’ hands for a long time to come and as always, the Hoodie has different ideas and now sits alone at the top. Up next we have another game with a somewhat old school feel to it, the Ravens vs Steelers. Outside of Diontae Johnson, this game was a fantastic defensive battle in which my beloved Steelers prevailed over our nemesis, the Baltimore Ravens. The Cardinals got a massive boost during their win this week with the return of Nuke Hopkins and star QB Kyler Murray. The Cardinals look healthy and poised to make a deep playoff run. The Chiefs offense struggled once again and over the last four weeks, Patrick Mahomes has failed to throw for 200 yards twice, the first sub-200-yard games for him since 2019. The Detroit Lions pulled off the opposite of the Minneapolis Miracle with a walk-off touchdown to secure their first win of the season over the Vikings. I know he has taken a lot of crap this season, but I love the energy Dan Campbell has brought to an impossible situation in Detroit. Let’s be honest, even the great Belichick would struggle to win ball games with the Lions’ roster. The Bengals and Chargers remain two of the league’s most confusing teams as neither can seem to put together multiple winning performances in a row. Mustache Minshew played basically a flawless game winning in relief of Jalen Hurts and with as crazy as Philly fans are, I am expecting a QB controversy to start brewing in the City of Brotherly Love. Finally, we have the G.O.A.T. himself, Tom Brady securing a win against the Falcons while finding Chris Godwin 15 times throughout the contest. I hope you all enjoyed this week’s recap but before we head into our weekly Free Agent Auction targets, I would like to wish everyone a happy final week of the Dynasty Owner regular season and want to thank all of you for playing!

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 14:

  1. Josh Reynolds – (WR – DET) 1 year/$1,075,000 – 60.36% Rostered

In the Number 1 spot this week, we have a very familiar face from the past few weeks. It’s the new Kendrick Bourne – Josh Reynolds. Reynolds has been the clear-cut Number 1 guy in Detroit and has looked solid over the past few weeks opposite of rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown. In this past week’s game against the Vikings, Reynolds played the featured role again for the Detroit offense leading to a stat line of 4 catches for 69 yards. Reynolds did fail to find the end zone, but scoring is not something a Lions player will do on a weekly basis. At worst, Reynolds has played his way onto a vast majority of Dynasty Owner Benches and may be playing himself into a role for next season.

2. Ricky Seals-Jones – (TE – WAS) 1year/$990,000 – 72.78% Rostered

In the Number 2 spot we have a former Number 1 overall recruit for college football, Ricky Seals-Jones. Seals-Jones was the Number 1 guy coming out of high school and like many others before him, he failed to live up to the hype. The reason I bring up something that seems so pointless is because it shows just how much talent a player like Seals-Jones possesses. Seals-Jones’ teammate and Washington’s starting tight end Logan Thomas likely has a significant knee injury and is set to miss the rest of the season. Seals-Jones will slide into the Thomas role and has already proved himself a capable red zone target. Seals-Jones will need the red zone work to continue if he is going to make a difference for you during the Dynasty Owner playoffs.

3. Ameer Abdullah – (RB – CAR) 1 year/$990,000 – 44.97% Rostered

In the Number 3 spot, I was tempted to put in Adrian Peterson, but he has been extremely inefficient this season and for that reason I kept him off the list. Because of this, I am taking a chance on Ameer Abdullah for the rest of the season. The Panthers have not leaned heavily on the running game since losing Christian McCaffery but that may change with Offensive Coordinator Joe Brady being fired late last week. Abdullah has not been anything special thus far but neither has his teammate, Chuba Hubbard. If the new OC takes a liking to Abdullah, you will have a potential RB3 on your roster for virtually nothing. It Is nearly impossible to find running back production this late in the season, but when you do its usually because a gamble like this pays off.

4. Zay Jones – (WR – LAV) 1 year/$2,500,000 – 5.33% Rostered

In the fourth spot we have everyone’s favorite dynasty asset, Zay Jones. In Week 13, Jones did not have a great game but then again neither did anyone on the Raiders offense outside of Hunter Renfrow. In Week 12, Zay Jones showed us what he is capable of as the Number 1 outside receiver in the Raiders’ offense as he came away with 5 catches for 59 yards. The big thing that stands out for me when watching the Raiders is that Jones seems to be by far Derek Carr’s favorite deep ball target, especially in critical situations. Earlier in the season, Carr found Jones for a game winner over the Ravens in overtime and tried to do the same against the Football Team, but Jones was unable to secure the catch because of a great defensive play. Jones likely won’t crack anyone’s Starting lineup but he could become a solid Bench play.

5. Laquon Treadwell – (WR – JAX) 1 year/$990,000 – 0.0% Rostered

Finally, we have the player every one of you expected to see on this list, Laquon Treadwell. All jokes aside I am sure not many, if any expected to see Treadwell on a Free Agent Auction target list after his rookie year in 2016 but then again this is an Urban Meyer coached squad we are talking about. The Jaguars are brutal on offense, but it seems someone we don’t expect steps up with a solid game here and there. Before you disregard this option, please allow me to explain. The Jaguars have loved gadget players all season and it seems whoever is in that role tends to be Trevor Lawrence’s safety net. As you all know, this was the role held down by Jamal Agnew before his injury and Treadwell has now taken over. I would take a chance on Treadwell if you were desperate and need someone who offers higher upside vs a safe floor. It is entirely possible Treadwell sees a ton of short target and takes one of them to the house. A bust for a day is also a likely scenario when you play for the Jaguars. My biggest takeaway from putting Treadwell on the list is that Laviska Shenault is done with the Jags.

Keep an eye on

  • Jake Fromm – (QB – NYG) 1 year/$660,000 – 6.51% Rostered

If you are an avid Dynasty Owner reader you will know I tend to only put five players on this list and because of that I missed a potential starting QB last week. Daniel Jones is out because of injury which led to Mike Glennon starting for the Giants last week before getting injured himself. If you have a QB on a late bye week or injured, Fromm may be the perfect one week replacement if Jones fails to play again this week. You can also monitor Jalen Hurts status as the week moves along. Minshew could get another start if Hurts is still hurt, but Minshew is only available in a few leagues (88.17% rostered).

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 13

Dynasty Owners! Welcome back to another week of trying to find production for your rosters. The free agents this week are surprisingly not all that bad and should offer some solid value especially in the short term. Before we talk about the guys that can help you, let’s cover some of the highlights from this week in, Jay’s weekly recap.

As always I will continue my little tradition of picking on Baker Mayfield not because I don’t like the guy but simply because he plays for the Browns and never plays up to his full potential. The Browns tried to become the 38th team in 38 tries to win a NFL football game when the opposing QB throws four interceptions and failed to do just that. I have been saying for a while now that Baker Mayfield struggles to win games without massive amounts of help from teammates and we now see that he even struggles to win games when being gifted four turnovers. If I am in the front office for the Browns, I am running hard after one of the disgruntled veteran signal callers this off-season after the debacle we just witnessed in the Browns’ most important game this season. Imagine this Browns roster with Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, or DeShaun Watson at the helm. As a Steelers fan, I would prefer to not talk about their game, but since I ragged on Baker, it’s only fair. The Steelers need a QB and a new defensive coordinator in a bad way. I see no reason the defense should struggle this bad with the pieces they have. The Cowboys found a way to lose against a struggling Raiders team on Thanksgiving and it seems their division may just get interesting before the season ends. The Bills got going in the right direction against the Saints but have a crucial divisional matchup against the Patriots coming this Monday night. As much as I could not stand the Pats in recent years, I am growing fond of this Mac Jones led team. The job Bill Belichick has done with this team further assures me he is the best coach to ever put on a headset. In this week’s toilet bowl, the Jets pulled out a narrow victory against the Texans and with that the second pick in the NFL draft is still up for grabs. The Colts almost held on to beat the Buccaneers but fell just short. If the Colts make the playoffs be on the lookout for a deep run on the back of Jonathan Taylor. In my opinion, the Colts are one receiver away from being a Super Bowl contender. The Falcons managed to win a game against the Jaguars this weekend and my two takeaways from this game are that we all missed on Cordarrelle Patterson bad this off-season, and Urban Meyer needs to be fired. He is in over his head and is killing the development of Trevor Lawrence. The Cam Newton truthers from Twitter must be angry after this week’s performance. Just last week many said the Patriots made a mistake starting Mac Jones and letting Cam go. If it wasn’t obvious two weeks ago when it was being said it surely is now, The Hoodie is smarter than all of us when it comes to football I promise! The Packers made a huge statement this weekend beating the Rams and because of that the Rams’ playoff hopes could be in danger. Finally, we have the Vikings vs 49ers and as always when it comes to Minnesota football games the game came down to the wire. This week the Niners, not the Vikings, came out on top. I hope you enjoyed this week’s recap now onto the important stuff.

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 13:

  1. Kendrick Bourne – (WR – NE) 3 years/$5,000,000 – 67.46% Rostered

If you have followed this series at all this season, you likely know that Kendrick Bourne was the poster child of my free agents. Bourne has appeared in these articles several times this season, yet still remains under 70% rostered on Dynasty Owner. I am assuming this will be Bourne’s last week under that mark as he put up another solid week scoring 2 touchdowns and catching 5 passes for 61 yards to score 23.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. I don’t know about you, but I can’t leave that kind of production in my league’s Free Agent Auction if I have the cap space. The other huge positive about Bourne is that his quarterback Mac Jones is a rookie who will likely only get better the more he plays.

  • Josh Reynolds – (WR – DET) 1 year/$1,750,000 – 46.15% Rostered

If you remember back to last week’s article, I included Josh Reynolds despite the fact that he did not catching a pass in a Lions uniform. I said this would be a pickup for future production. Well on Thursday against the Chicago Bears, Reynolds made me look like a smart man when he caught 3 balls for 70 yards and a touchdown (16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). If it wasn’t clear last week, it is now, Reynolds is Detroit’s number 1 wide receiver for the rest of the season. It also seems that Reynolds will be the main deep threat for this offense moving forward.

  • Dontrelle Hilliard – (RB – TEN) 1 year/$920,000 – 58.58% Rostered

In the third spot, we have another repeat player from last week’s list in Dontrelle Hilliard. I put Hilliard on this list last week due to the volume he received in the passing game and while he was unable to duplicate that performance, Hilliard looked solid running for 131 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries. If you were to just read that last sentence, it may impress you enough to pick up Hilliard but if that doesn’t do it for you just look at who he put these numbers up against last week. The New England Patriots who always play tough defense. The Titans backfield seems to be a two man show without Derrick Henry and that should mean guaranteed work for Hilliard and his teammate D’Onta Foreman ($920,000; 82.25% rostered) moving forward.

  • Matt Breida – (RB – BUF) 1 year/$1,055,000 – 53.85% Rostered

Do the Bills finally have some resemblance of a running game, minus Josh Allen of course? Over the past two weeks Matt Breida has turned in above average performances that would probably look nice on more than a few people’s Bench right now in Dynasty Owner. I am not going to recommend Breida in anyone’s Starting lineup or Bench for that matter, but he can be played in a pinch and as we saw on Thanksgiving, he has a chance to find the end zone. When the running back position looks as bad as it does now sometimes you have to suck it up and play a Matt Breida. On another note, it’s funny to me that Breida and Jordan Howard looked so bad last season yet have found new life outside of Miami.

  • Nick Westbrook-Ikhine – (WR – TEN) 1 year/$610,000 – 61.54% Rostered

Finally, in the last spot we have our fourth repeat on the list, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine. In Sunday’s loss against the red hot New England Patriots, Westbrook-Ikhine managed to put together a decent day for those who had to play him in their lineups thanks to a touchdown. In Week 12, Westbrook-Ikhine didn’t have the best day catching only 2 passes for 25 yards but caught a day changing touchdown as mentioned earlier. At this point, it seems like a huge gamble playing Westbrook-Ikhine, but he has shown the ability to find the end zone which always helps. All in all, there are much worse options than Westbrook-Ikhine with as cheap as his salary is.

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 12

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Dynasty Owners welcome back to one of the last few weeks of the 2021 Free Agent Auction targets series. As the season starts to wind down so does the amount of free agents available. In last week’s article, the Number 1 target (Cam Newton) paid off big time, but a big time free agent pickup this late in Dynasty Owner will likely be an outlier in the years to come. If you think I am lying just wait until you see the list of today’s free agents.

Before we jump straight into the mayhem of finding a suitable replacement, let’s run through my favorite segment of the week, Jay’s weekly recap. It’s just like Chris Berman’s fastest 3 minutes only slower! In our opener for the segment, I will start where you should expect by now, Baker Mayfield and the Browns. I went and watched the Browns versus Lions live and I must say it was just as bad in person. Even as banged up as Baker is, the performance against the Lions was unacceptable and the mood around Cleveland now seems to be, it’s time for a new QB. Has Baker lost the Cleveland fan base? If not he is certainly on the verge of losing the locker room after his wife took to social media to question the rest of the Browns players’ toughness. If this isn’t enough to make you worry, a trusted reporter out of Cleveland reported that Baker Mayfield and head coach Kevin Stefanski do not see eye to eye. In my opinion, Baker acts like a spoiled kid and throws a fit when things go bad. I know that was much longer than expected but it’s drama worth covering living in the heart of Browns country.

The next game we have is an impressive win by the Ravens over the Bears without Lamar Jackson and a cast of misfits at running back. The Chiefs managed to stay hot defeating a tough Cowboys team in what really was an ugly game all the way around. The Saints have decided to stick with Trevor Siemian over Taysom Hill for some reason and I feel it will cost them a shot at the playoffs this season. The Bills struggled once again and while I am not completely worried about Josh Allen, I am slightly concerned at this point. The Bills need a running game in a bad way. The Minnesota Vikings continued to be the NFL’s most hard to predict team after beating the Packers in a high scoring contest. In the Toilet Bowl of the week, the Dolphins narrowly edged out former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco and the New York Jets. The Bengals got back on track with a win against Las Vegas making the AFC North a close four team race that should come down to the final week. Arizona continues to find ways to win without their best two players, Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins. My Steelers blew a very winnable game on Sunday night against the Chargers, but I have to take my hat off to Justin Herbert as he played a fantastic football game. Finally, we have our Monday night game between the Bucs and Giants and as we all expected Tom Brady took care of business and got back on the right track. As upsets continue to mount this season what will happen next?

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 12:

  1. DeAndre Carter – (WR – WAS) 1 year/$970,000 – 31.36% Rostered

DeAndre Carter was someone I really considered putting on this list last week, but I wanted to diversify and put in multiple running backs. It ultimately cost Carter his spot on the list and let me tell you, Carter was about as unhappy as Terrell Owens when he did not get selected to the Hall of Fame in his first-year eligible. I am kidding of course! After another week of finding the end zone, Carter can no longer be ignored. Over the past three games for the Football Team, Carter has been able to find paydirt each week and will look to continue building on his recent success in Week 12. Taylor Heinicke has taken a liking to Carter where it matters most which makes him a Bench play if you are desperate.

  • Josh Reynolds – (WR – DET) 1 Year/$1,750,000 – 46.15% Rostered

If you are going to be picking Josh Reynolds up, I urge you to not look at the stat sheet from last week as it was a rough outing for the entire Lions offense. In his debut with the Lions, Reynolds saw more snaps than any other receiver on the roster and was the only player Tim Boyle targeted deep in his first start. If Reynolds continues to see a workload like this as the season goes, he will surely be putting up fill-in Bench worthy production. That’s the best compliment a Lions receiver will get out of me this season. As long of a shot as it is, Reynolds could play well and find a home in Detroit past this season and become a cheap Bench option on our Dynasty Owner teams for many years to come. Hey, a man can dream right?

  • Cedrick Wilson – (WR – DAL) 1 year/$2,183,000 – 34.91% Rostered

While Cedrick Wilson is not going to be a long term play, he can help your team win next week and possibly the week after. Wilson’s teammate Amari Cooper tested positive for Covid and must sit out the minimum of 10 days before he is able to return. Usually, this scenario means one game missed but the Cowboys traditionally play on Thanksgiving every year, meaning they will have a short week and not enough time for Cooper to clear the required protocols. I know Wilson did not have the most glorious stat line in Week 11, but the entire Cowboys offense seemed to struggle. The other huge positive in picking Wilson up is he is a versatile kid who can fill in for Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, or Michael Gallup when injured giving him more opportunity to find your lineup each week.

  • Rex Burkhead – (RB – HOU) 1 year/$1,500,000 – 10.06% Rostered

I honestly feel like I am leading all of us down the field with two minutes to go, down by three and I pull a Baker Mayfield. Instead of a beautiful throw to a top tier receiver to win the game, I turn around and hand it off to Rex Burkhead and lose the game. I hope that puts all of you squarely into my state of mind when writing this. On a more serious note, Burkhead was given 18 carries in a game the Texans led from wire to wire. I am not sure this means great things to come for Burkhead, but it does mean he may be the only player getting consistent touches in this horrid backfield moving forward. The Texans aren’t a good team, but they are a capable team with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback which means the running backs should have some type of value if they are not getting blown out in games.

  • Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (WR – TEN) 1 year/$610,000 – 34.91% Rostered

Another week, another player appearing again in the Free Agent Auction targets article. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine had another fabulous game Sunday after doing nothing for virtually the past 6 weeks, but his performance deserves a look. The Titans offense has been tough to predict recently with Marcus Johnson, D’Onta Foreman, Jeremy McNichols, Adrian Peterson, and Dontrelle Hillard all having a good game over the past 4-5 weeks. The one thing I do like a lot about Westbrook-Ikhine is that both times he has had four or more targets in a game this season, he has produced solid fantasy numbers. Hopefully the Titans have noticed that as well

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 11

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

I feel like I say this at least every other week but I cannot believe we are already through 10 weeks of this NFL season. As the Jerk likes to say, these are the fastest 17 weeks of the year and he is not wrong by any stretch of the imagination. As I always do before jumping into the Free Agent Auction targets, let’s run through what I thought of this week’s wild games in the segment I like to call, Jay’s weekly recap.

Up first we have the Chiefs getting back on track against the Las Vegas Raiders in a big way with their star quarterback Patrick Mahomes throwing 5 touchdown passes. On Thursday, we had the game that started the weeks’ worth of weirdness with the Miami Dolphins beating the Baltimore Ravens. I am crediting this one to a tired Ravens team that overlooked their opponent more than the Dolphins being a better team. The Steelers somehow managed a tie despite Mason Rudolph starting at quarterback and after the performance he showed on Sunday, I am not so sure he even qualifies as a backup in the league at this point. The entire Cowboys team got back on track against the Falcons and have put themselves in position to easily make the playoffs with a huge lead in one of the worst divisions in football. The Saints continue to start Trevor Siemian and continue to lose. At some point Sean Payton has to realize Taysom Hill is the better option for his team to win football games. The Colts barely squeaked by Jaguars on Sunday but regardless of the score Jonathon Taylor has put himself squarely in the mix to be the RB1 in all of football. After all of the hype about how good Baker would be after the release of OBJ, he turns in the performance of a lifetime against Steve Van Tassell’s New England Patriots. I will keep saying it until he proves me wrong, Baker Mayfield is just another game manager in the NFL. The Panthers brought back franchise icon Cam Newton this past week and he came back in a big way with his first two plays resulting in a pair of touchdowns. The Chargers strange season continues with an unexplainable loss to the Minnesota Vikings. If I am being honest, the Chargers may be the poster boy for how this 2021 season is playing out, weird. Russell Wilson returned to action this Sunday and I feel it’s safe to say he will be quickly putting this game in his rearview after being shut out by the Green Bay Packers defense. Finally, in what was likely the biggest shocker to everyone this weekend, the Washington Football Team beat up on Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When scrolling through Twitter after this game there were more than a couple tweets about Tom Brady being on the decline after two subpar games in the past two weeks. I am here to remind everyone it is Tom Brady; he doesn’t age and will smile as you eat your negative words about him next weekend, I learned my lesson now it’s time you do 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 11:

  1. Cam Newton (QB – CAR) 1 year/$4,500,000 – 75.74% Rostered

I don’t think there was a better story in Week 10 then Cam Newton heading back to the Carolina Panthers. Cam is an absolute icon in the Carolina area, and it showed the moment he stepped back onto the Panthers field. During Cam’s first two plays in his return, he was able to find the end zone twice. I am sure most of you saw it as well but once the Panthers signed Cam, it spelled the end of the Sam Darnold era in Carolina. Shortly after the game, Panthers coach Matt Rhule came out and said the Panthers would be preparing Cam to be the starter heading into Week 11. As fun as this scenario is, I feel bad for P.J. Walker who has done nothing but play well, regardless of the league he is in and just has not gotten a full chance yet. I jumped the gun and picked up Cam the day he signed with the Panthers and while he is still available in some leagues, he is going to cost more than a few Dynasty Dollars to acquire. I know Cam is over the technical roster requirements, but as a football fan I just couldn’t leave him off of this list.

2. Marcus Johnson (WR – TEN) 1 year/$1,127,500 – 0.59% Rostered

The Titans are one of the most banged up offenses in all of football and you can easily tell by looking at this list. Marcus Johnson stepped into the Julio Jones role on Sunday and shined catching 5 passes for 100 yards in his first start of the season. In a game the Titans struggled to generate much offense, Johnson was a calming presence who seemingly made every big play needed to win the game. After a performance like the one Johnson just put up, I would not be surprised to see him receive a big workload until Julio is back in the lineup healthy. If you only have one roster spot left and want more of a sure thing at the wide receiver position, be sure to read further in the article.

3. D’Onta Foreman (RB – TEN) 1 year/$920,000 – 37.87% Rostered

I have D’Onta Foreman on the list for a second consecutive week in a row and I am expecting to see his roster percentage go up dramatically after this Free Agent Auction run. In Week 10, Foreman and the Titans went up against a tough Saints defense and when given the opportunity Foreman looked much better than any of his counterparts on the Titans offense. D’Onta Foreman finished Week 10 with 11 carries for just 30 yards but caught 2 passes for 48 yards. The next closest running back to Foreman in terms of carries in the game was Adrian Peterson who had 8 carries for just 21 yards and has not looked good in either outing this season. If Foreman continues to be the only player producing big plays out of the Titans backfield, he should start to lock down more work each week until King Henry returns.

4. Kendrick Bourne (WR – NE) 3 years/$5,000,000 – 53.85% Rostered

I have had Kendrick Bourne on this list three times now, yet he is still just 53.85% rostered. Bourne has been a consistent presence for several weeks now and after seeing how many empty Bench spots there are each week, I find it confusing Bourne is not rostered more at this point. In Week 10, Bourne was used in both the running game and passing game putting up 43 rushing yards on just 3 carries and catching all 4 of his targets for 98 yards and a touchdown. If you take out the first two weeks of the season, Bourne has scored double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points five times while scoring in the single digits just three times. If you are contending grab this guy as a Bench, or depth play.

5. Wayne Gallman (RB – ATL) 1 year/$990,000 – 63.31% Rostered

Finally, we have Wayne Gallman, and I am sure some of you are wondering why? In Week 10, Gallman had 15 carries and he turned those 15 carries into 55 yards. I know what you’re thinking, all those carries came because of game script. While this may the case, we have seen the role of Mike Davis continuously shrink as this season has progressed opening the door for Gallman to get more work. The other thing Gallman has going for him is that Cordarrelle Patterson went down with an ankle injury and may not be ready to go with the Falcons playing on short rest in the Thursday night game this week. If Patterson is unable to go, or the role of Mike Davis continues to fade away, Wayne Gallman could be someone that helps your team over the final weeks of the season. It is time to start thinking ahead Dynasty Owners!

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 10

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Welcome back to another week of Free Agent Auction targets with Dynasty Owner! As I have mentioned over the past few weeks, the free agent market will be drying up soon. Well, the time has come. Of course, there will still be Bench production left in the Free Agent Auction after this week, but I don’t see it as being plug and play Starter level help. If you are going to need future starters or need help now, this is probably your last chance at that.

Before we jump right into the free agents run through Jay’s Week 9 takeaways. The Browns played a fantastic game while molly whopping the Bengals, but I am still nowhere near sold on Baker Mayfield. The NFL has several quarterbacks that can win football games when they have a good defense and run game like the Browns. The Cowboys came out and laid an egg, but I will give them a pass with Prescott coming off an injury. The Saints went with Trevor Siemian at QB, and it likely cost them a win. Hopefully Sean Payton comes to his senses and starts Taysom Hill this week. The Raiders played one of their worst games all season, but it was honestly expected after all this team has been through over the past few weeks. The Chargers pulled off a victory over the Eagles, but I am losing faith in them as a true Super Bowl contender. The Hoodie continued to show off his all-time great coaching skills in a dominant win over the Panthers and has his Patriots over .500 with a rookie at the quarterback position the entire season. In the most surprising game of the day, the Jaguars beat the Bills proving that anything can happen in the NFL. The Titans continued their dominance against good teams after handily beating the red-hot Rams. Finally, we have the talk of the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs just barely squeaking by a Jordan Love-led Packers team. I am not too sure what has happened to Patrick Mahomes, but I am officially starting to worry!

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 10:

  1. Jordan Howard (QB – PHI) 1 year/$990,000 – 56.8% Rostered

The fact that Jordan Howard is headlining this list of players kind of scares me to be honest. In fact, you may need to go take an IQ test after reading this far. All jokes aside, Howard had a fantastic Week 9 against a Chargers defense who has Joey Bosa starring on the line. If you look back just another week, Howard’s total stat line reads 29 carries, 128 yards, and 3 touchdowns. I don’t know about you, but I will gladly take that type of production in my lineup if one of my running backs happen to be hurt. The NFL never fails to amaze me as Jordan Howard looked like he was well past retirement in Miami last season. The biggest downside when picking up Howard is the fact that he has a tough matchup against the Broncos this week.

2. Odell Beckham Jr. (WR – FA) Unknown Contract – 63.3% Rostered

If you had to pick your jaw up off the floor after reading the first name, you probably just fell out with a massive stroke before you even hit this point. I am kidding of course but I do feel there may end up being significant upside in a few weeks by picking up Beckham now. However, there will also be some strategy involved when picking him up. If you were to pick up Beckham now, he will be an $18,000,000 cap hit for a few days but if you wait, he will be significantly cheaper against the cap, though he will likely cost you more in Dynasty Dollars as a bid because of the hype surrounding the new team he chooses. I also see this as a great opportunity for any of you rebuilding owners to snag an extra draft pick. Let me explain, if you are rebuilding you should have good cap space meaning you can afford to pick OBJ up at his current salary and when he becomes cheaper and more hyped, you move him for whatever draft capital you can get for him.

3. D’Onta Foreman (RB – TEN) 1 year/$920,000 – 8.3% Rostered

I am sure this is not an exciting pick for anyone, but Foreman played 21 percent of the snaps on Sunday against a tough Rams team. In last week’s article, I touted Adrian Peterson as the running back to grab for the Titans and while he still may be, Foreman looked like the better running back. Peterson did find the end zone late in the game but if he continues at an inefficient rate, we could see Forman get a chance to put on his best Derrick Henry impression for the foreseeable future. Running backs are scarce and this is the type of player who you will have to take a chance on to find production this late in a Dynasty Owner season.

4. Danny Amendola (WR – HOU) 1 year/$1,800,000 – 3.0% Rostered

I know this is probably a very surprising selection to many, but I promise there is logic behind it. Danny Amendola had the second most targets in Week 9 on the Texans, but he also is the second most targeted wide receiver on the team when Tyrod Taylor plays this season. The targets this week didn’t amount to a whole lot (3 catches for 49 yards), but as we say in the fantasy football community “opportunity is everything”. If the Taylor to Amendola connection happens to get on track over the next week or two, Amendola could earn the nickname Baby Beasley fast!

5. DeSean Jackson (WR – LV) Unknown Contract – 9.5% Rostered

I know I know; this has got to be the weirdest list I have ever put together, but I honestly feel it offers more upside than the typical 8-10 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game players who are usually offered. DeSean Jackson will step into the Henry Ruggs role in the Raiders’ offense and as we had seen with Ruggs, there is production to be had if you are fast in Las Vegas. Bryan Edwards has been nothing short of a bust since steeping on to a NFL field and the Raiders will be looking for receiver help in any way; they can get it. If Jackson can get on the same page with Derek Carr quickly, he could have week winning upside before the Dynasty Owner playoffs hit.

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!