Week 11 Preview: Tough Week

Author: Steven Van Tassell

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

This is our eleventh Dynasty Owner game preview article. Many of you are still new to Dynasty Owner, so let’s review what you’re going to read. We will pick a Match-up of the Week and analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance and make a prediction on the winner and final score. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations. All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Activate These Guys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bench These Guys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week

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

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

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

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

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

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

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

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 9 Preview: Bench is Better?

Author: Steven Van Tassell

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

This is our ninth Dynasty Owner game preview article, the third in a row with an undefeated team looking to stay undefeated and the second in a row in which the undefeated team is playing an opponent with a losing record. As usual, we will analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance and make a prediction on the winner and final score. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Activate These Guys

First, let’s look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active in Week 8:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bench These Guys

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

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

Once again, I’m better at projecting who should sit on the Bench as opposed to be Active with two Good and two Just Ok Bench recommendations. Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use or have been using in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 9.

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

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

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

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

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week –

Recyclers (Chuck) vs. Pkoy (Pat)

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

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

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

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

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

Final score prediction: Recyclers 120.2 vs. Pkoy 110.6

My prediction record is 4-4 for the season with two wins in a row. Can I make it three straight and have a winning record for the first time this season? Check out the Week 9 Recap article next week to find out who won the Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 8 Preview: Mismatch or Upset?

Author: Steven Van Tassell

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

This is our eighth Dynasty Owner game preview article. At first look, we have a Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week that looks like it could be a mismatch, but might really be an upset in the making. To see which it is, we will analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance and make a prediction on the winner and final score. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Activate These Guys

First, let’s look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). Because they were playing the Redskins and Dolphins, I recommended having the following 49ers and Bills players Active in Week 7:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bench These Guys

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

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

Perfection! Four recommendations and every single one of them was good. My Bench recommendations seem to be better than my Active ones so far this season. Kerryon Johnson got injured early in the game and Jared Cook was inactive (Full Disclosure: The article was written and submitted before that announcement), which helped, but I still nailed the Murray and McLaurin Bench recommendations. Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use or have been using in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 8.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

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

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

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

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

My prediction record is still below .500 at 3-4 for the season, so Mafia Power 83 probably isn’t sweating too much. Check out the Week 8 Recap article next Tuesday to find out who won the Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 7 Preview: Heavyweight Match-Up

Author: Steven Van Tassell

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

This is our seventh Dynasty Owner game preview article and this one is a heavyweight battle between two stacked teams – one based in the U.S. and another based in Europe. Sort of a Joe Louis versus Max Schmeling fight to continue our boxing theme this week. In our look at the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, we will analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance and make a prediction on the winner and final score. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Activate These Guys

First, let’s look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active in Week 6:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bench These Guys

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

  • QB: Jameis Winston – 15.1 points (Just OK recommendation)
  • RB: Matt Breida – 10.3 points (Just OK recommendation)
  • WR: Mike Evans – 20.6 points (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Jason Witten – 10.7 points (Just OK recommendation)

A slightly below average week with three Just Ok recommendations and one Bad recommendation. Jameis Winston had to hit the 4 point bonus for 400 yards to offset his 6 turnovers (5 INTs and 1 lost fumble) and become Just Ok instead of Good. Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use or have been using in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 7.

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

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

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

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

Dynasty Owner Match-Up of the Week –

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

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

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

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

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

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

My prediction record is below .500 at 2-4 for the season, so don’t celebrate with your newly won Heavyweight title belt just yet Christian. Check out the Week 7 Recap article on Tuesday to find out who won the Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

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

Author: Steven Van Tassell

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

This is our sixth Dynasty Owner game preview article and this one is much better than the Dolphins-Redskins game down in Miami. Our Match-up of the Week pits two undefeated 5-0 teams looking to stay perfect in the inaugural season of Dynasty Owner. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations. In our look at our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, we analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance and make a prediction on the winner and final score.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Activate These Guys

First, let’s look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active in Week 5:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bench These Guys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

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

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

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

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

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 5 Preview: Battle of Undefeated Brothers

Author: Steven Van Tassell

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

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

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Activate These Guys

First, let’s look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active in Week 4:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bench These Guys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

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

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

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

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

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 4 Preview: Somebody’s Going to Get Their First Win

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Week 4 of the first season of Dynasty Owner and time for the first byes of the NFL season. That means Dynasty Owners have players off this week and need to have replacements for their Active lineups and Bench (unless they want a zero from a player on their Bench). Le’Veon Bell and George Kittle are two of the biggest names whose absence may impact your Week 4 match-up. Hopefully you’ve got a solid Bench and Practice Squad to make up for those missing players.

This is our fourth Dynasty Owner game preview article. We’ll continue pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations. We’ll also look at one Dynasty Owner match-up, analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance, such as the creativity of the team names, and make a prediction on the winner and final score of the match-up.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Activate These Guys

First, let’s look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active in Week 3:

  • QB: Jacoby Brissett – 28.9 points (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Frank Gore – 16.9 points (Good recommendation)
  • WR: Nelson Agholor – 22.0 points (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Greg Olsen – 25.5 points (Good recommendation)

Spot on in Week 3! Congratulations to me and everyone who followed those recommendations. Let’s see if I can go 4 for 4 with my recommendations of some players who should be Active in Week 4.

Jacoby Brissett (QB – IND): Brissett rose to the occasion last week, so why not pick him again? He was the 12th rated QB in Dynasty Owner after Week 3, so he’s not guaranteed to be Active in most leagues, but he should be if you have him. He’s still a Free Agent in my league, but shouldn’t be much longer with bye weeks and his performance so far this year. Brissett has thrown for multiple TDs and gotten his Dynasty Owners 20+ points every week. There no reason to expect that to stop against the Raiders at home. He’ll be good enough again that you’ll want him Active this week.

Justin Jackson (RB – LAC): Tony Pollard had 23.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Dolphins last week with over 100 yards rushing. Jackson is averaging 7.9 yards per carry so far this season and the Dolphins have the worst defense in the NFL against the run. Jackson might not start this week, but if the Chargers are blowing out the Dolphins, then expect him to play a lot. Even though he’s not a starter for the Chargers and will be third in line next week after the return of Melvin Gordon, safely put Jackson in your Active lineup this week.

Adam Humphries (WR – TEN): I could have taken the easy route and gone with D.J. Chark of Jacksonville or Terry McLaurin of Washington, but both of those guys are in the top 10 in Dynasty Owner fantasy points for WRs, so they should be Active. Instead, I’ll go with Humphries who had 6 catches for 93 yards (15.3 points) last week against Jacksonville and faces an Atlanta defense this week who’ll be missing their starting strong safety. Humphries should be targeted enough to score some points and a TD will put him into Active territory. Since the Falcons have given up 4 TDs to WRs so far this season, bet on Humphries to get one and make him Active.

Will Dissly (TE – SEA): Death, taxes and start your TE if they are playing Arizona. Those are the three guarantees in life in 2019. The Arizona defense has allowed an average of 24.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to TEs this season and Dissly is a good one with 22 points against the Steelers in Week 2 and 18.2 points against the Saints in Week 3. After three weeks, he ranked 8th among TEs in Dynasty Owner scoring. Last week, Greg Olsen was facing the Cardinals and he was a good recommendation to be Active. This week, it’s Dissly.

Bench These Guys

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

  • QB: Baker Mayfield – 11.7 points (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Le’Veon Bell – 10.3 points (Good recommendation)
  • WR: Josh Gordon – 14.4 points (Just OK recommendation)
  • TE: Eric Ebron – 7.7 points (Good recommendation)

Three out of four Good recommendations and one Just Ok recommendation. Very well done last week! Let’s hope I can keep it up this week. Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 4.

Baker Mayfield (QB – CLE): Full disclosure – I would have recommended Carson Wentz for the Bench if he wasn’t playing on Thursday. On to Plan B, which is Benching Baker again since it worked out last week. He’s not playing well, and the Ravens defense is very good despite giving up over 300 yards passing to Kyler Murray and Patrick Mahomes in their past two games. Dynasty Owners who drafted him probably planned on making Mayfield Active a lot, but not this week, leave him on the Bench.

Sony Michel (RB – NE): Everyone who owns Sony Michel in Dynasty Owner got bad news this week when the Patriots put fullback James Develin on Injured Reserve. Michel is a better runner with Develin blocking for him and is largely non-existent in the Patriots passing game with zero receptions so far this year. Michel has also produced two poor games this year (14 rushing yards vs. Pittsburgh and 11 rushing yards vs. the Jets). The Pats play a good defense in Buffalo this week, so the best course of action is to Bench Michel this week.

Stefon Diggs (WR – MIN): Everyone who drafted Diggs probably expected to have him Active almost every week. Unfortunately, he’s only produced 6 receptions for 101 receiving yards and one receiving TD (19.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) so far this year. He was ranked as the 74th best WR in Dynasty Owner through the first three weeks and has to play the Bears defense in Week 4. That’s all I need to know to recommend sitting Diggs on the Bench this week.

O.J. Howard (TE – TB): Coach Bruce Arians called Howard out this week saying, “He can play a heck of a lot better.” Coach is right, but he won’t this week against the Rams. Sadly, for his Dynasty Owners who drafted him to be Active, he’s got less than 100 yards receiving this season with only seven catches and nine targets. The Bucs will continue to rely on WRs Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, so Dynasty Owners can safely Bench Howard this week.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Jazz (Joey) vs. Don.. (Don)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. This week, we again have two Dynasty Owners looking for their first career Dynasty Owner victory. Since both of them are winless we are withholding their last names to protect them from ridicule. Joey has scored 378.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his three games, but fallen short of victory every time. He’s facing Don who sports the same 0-3 record, but has a team that has scored almost 100 fewer points. Who’s going to get their first Dynasty Owner victory and who’s going to start 0-4?

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

  • There’s a big disparity in TEs between the two teams. Jazz has two good options in Austin Hooper and Will Dissly. Right now, Hooper is Active, but Jazz should switch to Dissly since he’s playing Arizona who has been terrible against opposing TEs. For Don, it’s a choice between O.J. Howard who is having a bad year so far and Mike Gesicki who plays for the Dolphins. Not great options there.
  • Both of Don’s Bench WRs are predicted to score more points than the ones he has Active. Switching them would yield Don’s team 6.3 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points that he really needs this week. Don should be cautious as T.Y. Hilton is questionable, but if he plays, it’s against the Raiders and he probably should be Active over Stefon Diggs.
  • Jazz has two of the best QBs in all of Texas on his team in Dak Prescott and DeShaun Watson. Tough call on who to start, but Watson is the right move this week by a slight margin according to the Dynasty Owner projections (26.7 for Watson vs. 25.5 for Prescott).
  • Both team names are short and to the point. No wasted characters for either one of these guys!

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections has Jazz winning by twenty points (133.2 to 113.2). Jazz should win by a few more points than that (sorry Don) but I predict that both teams won’t reach their score projections.

Final score prediction: Jazz 127.6 vs. Don.. 103.2

Check out the Week 4 Recap article to see who got their first ever Dynasty Owner victory!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 3 Preview: Somebody’s Going to Finally Win

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Week 3 and what a crazy season it’s been so far. Eli Manning has been benched and there are multiple injured high-priced QBs out. Dynasty Owners who drafted them are scrambling to find replacements, so their first Dynasty Owner season isn’t a complete washout.

This is our third Dynasty Owner game preview article. We’ll continue pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as analyze how we did in Week 2. We’ll also look at one Dynasty Owner match-up, analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance, such as the creativity of the team names, and make a prediction on the winner and final score of the match-up. Hopefully I can get a prediction on the Match-up of the Week correct for the first time.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Activate These Guys

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

  • QB: Derek Carr – 10.7 points (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: Chris Thompson – 10.1 points (Just OK recommendation)
  • WR: Michael Gallup – 12.8 points (Just OK recommendation)
  • TE: Mark Andrews – 24.2 points (Good recommendation)

Let’s hope for better predictions this week. Here are some players who should be Active in Week 3.

Jacoby Brissett (QB – IND): Brissett threw for 3 TDs last week. Expect a high-scoring game between the Colts and Falcons on Sunday, which will enable him to exceed the 21.8 and 21.4 fantasy points he scored in the first two weeks of the season. He won’t be as productive as Mahomes and Dak Prescott have been so far, but he’ll be good enough that you want him Active this week.

Frank Gore (RB – BUF): The ageless wonder, 15-year veteran, 36-year old Frank Gore has a great match-up this week against a Bengals defense that has allowed 3 rushing TDs and 2 passing TDs to running backs in the first two weeks. They also allowed the 49ers RBs to run for over 200 yards in Week 2. Devin Singletary may be out due to a hamstring injury suffered in Week 2 leaving Gore as the main RB in Buffalo. Put him in your Active lineup with confidence.

Nelson Agholor (WR – PHI): The Eagles will likely be without both DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey in Week 3 against Detroit. The beneficiary of those absences in terms of targets should be Agholor who had 24.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown) in Week 2. In addition, the Detroit defense gave up 17.8 points to Keenan Allen in Week 2 and 25.3 points to Larry Fitzgerald in Week 1. It’s time to Activate Agholor.

Greg Olsen (TE – CAR): Olsen is healthy so far this season and gets to face the Arizona defense that allowed 24.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to Mark Andrews in Week 2 and 25.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to T.J. Hockenson in Week 1. That’s easily the worst against TEs. Until further notice, make the top tight end facing Arizona Active. This week, that’s Olsen.

Bench These Guys

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

  • QB: Aaron Rodgers – 19.5 points (Just OK recommendation)
  • RB: James White – 11.9 points (Just OK recommendation)
  • WR: Emmanuel Sanders – 28.8 points (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Eric Ebron – 11.5 points (Bad recommendation)

Ouch! Not a single good Bench recommendation. Let’s hope for better predictions this week. Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 3.

Baker Mayfield (QB – CLE): Only two TDs through the first two weeks is troubling for the Browns’ franchise QB. He did throw for 325 yards versus the Jets on Monday Night, but still only managed 20.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The Rams defense has yet to give up a passing TD. All of this adds up to a performance from Baker that should make you leave him on the Bench.

Le’Veon Bell (RB – NYJ): He’s produced well for his Dynasty Owners in the first two weeks (23.2 points vs. Buffalo and 19.9 points vs. Cleveland). However, this week he faces a New England defense that only allowed James Connor to score 10.5 points in Week 1 and the combination of Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage to score 12.0 points last week. With Luke Falk at QB, expect Bill Belichick to stack the box to stop the run and shadow Bell out of the backfield to limit his touches until the game turns into a blowout and the Jets sit Bell to preserve him for future weeks. He’ll get around the same number of points as Connor, but 10 isn’t enough to have him Active. Bench Bell.

Josh Gordon (WR – NE): Sharing targets with Julian Edelman and Antonio Brown (not to mention James White and Rex Burkhead out of the backfield) isn’t going to be easy for Gordon. Some weeks, he might not get targeted very much like the first two weeks in which he only has 9 targets in total. The game against the Jets has the potential to be another blowout like the Dolphins game and he only scored 3.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week. Dynasty Owners might be tempted to have him Active in this match-up against the Jets, but my recommendation is to Bench him.

Eric Ebron (TE – IND): Even though he was a bad Bench recommendation last week, I’m doubling down and calling for everyone to Bench Ebron in Week 3. Through the first two weeks he has only been on the field for less than half (47.3%) of Indianapolis’ plays, according to Pro Football Reference (https://bit.ly/2m0svCn), compared to over two-thirds (69.6%) for fellow TE Jack Doyle. Ebron scored a TD in Week 2, but once again, he’ll need one to be worthy of being Active. He likely won’t score a TD for the second consecutive week, so Dynasty Owners can Bench Ebron this week.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Tim Peffer (Dynasty Owner Tim) vs. Mike Williams (MikeDynastyMaster)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. This week’s match-up pits two colleagues who are both looking for their first Dynasty Owner victory. Yes, Dynasty Owner Tim is looking for his first victory. As is the trash talking Mike Williams (no, not the Chargers WR). Who’s going to get their first victory and be trash talking so loudly that everyone in Richfield can hear it?

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

  • Both seem to have solid teams, so it’s a surprise that they are each 0-2 so far this season. Tim is a little weak at QB with Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum as his QB duo. Baker should turn things around and while Keenum is playing well so far this season, he probably won’t be the starter for too long in Washington. Even though most Dynasty Owners would be better off having Baker on the Bench, Tim isn’t one of them as Keenum should have a rough time against the Bears defense.
  • Adam Thielen is a shaky player on Mike’s Active roster since Minnesota hasn’t thrown the ball much to start the season. Mike doesn’t have a lot of better options on his Bench (Calvin Ridley and James Washington) or Practice Squad (Alshon Jeffrey).
  • Even though it’s not the Mike Williams from the Chargers, you wouldn’t know it from looking at his roster. He’s got five Chargers on his team (Philip Rivers, Austin Ekeler, Justin Jackson, Hunter Henry and Michael Badgely). Of course, they are all on his Bench or Practice Squad. But still, that’s a lot!
  • Speaking of Austin Ekeler, get him off the Bench! He’s only the #1 rated RB in Dynasty Owner. No wonder Mike is 0-2 if he’s benched him both weeks.
  • Finally, both Tim and Mike really need to step it up in the creative team name department. We all know Tim is busy squashing programming bugs, so we’ll give him a pass.

We should have another close game this week. Based on the exclusive Dynasty Owner score projections, MikeDynastyMaster should beat Dynasty Owner Tim by a score of 134.2-128.6. Having two Cowboys playing against the Dolphins should help Mike exceed his projections, while Baker is unlikely to reach his point projection which will lead Tim to come up a little short this week. Trash talk away Mike!

Final score prediction: MikeDynastyMaster 136.6 vs. Dynasty Owner Tim 123.2

Check back next Tuesday to see who won this match-up and who’s our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and Player Value of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 2 Preview: Papagiorgio vs. Teddy MF’N Ruxpin

Author: Steven Van Tassell

Week 1 is over and it’s time for Week 2 of Dynasty Owner. It’s an important week if you lost your first game as nobody wants to be 0-2, scrambling to pick up whoever is available in the Free Agent Auction and deciding how many Dynasty Dollars you’re going to need to spend in order to straighten out your team.

This is our second Dynasty Owner game preview article. This week, we’ll pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench. We’ll also look at one Dynasty Owner matchup, analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance, such as the creativity of the team names, and make a prediction on the winner and final score of the match-up.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Activate These Guys

Here are some players who were likely on the Bench or Practice Squad in Week 1, but should be Active in Week 2.

Derek Carr (QB – OAK): Carr had himself a good game at home against the Broncos on Monday night. He completed 22 out of 26 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown. This week, he plays at home against the Kansas City defense that gave up 347 passing yards and 3 TDs to the Jacksonville QB combo of Nick Foles and Gardner Minshew. If you have Carr, make him Active.

Chris Thompson (RB – WAS): Thompson had 14.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against Philadelphia in Week 1 and could be in line for similar production in Week 2 against Dallas. With Derrius Guice out, Thompson will share time in the backfield with Adrian Peterson, but Thompson is the one to have Active as he’s the pass-catching RB and will play more as Washington should fall behind and need to air it out.

Michael Gallup (WR – DAL): Fresh off 7 receptions for 158 yards in Week 1 (good for 22.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), Gallup has a match-up against a Redskins defense that allowed 15 receptions, 214 yards receiving and 4 TDs against the Eagles. Both Gallup and fellow Dallas WR Amari Cooper should be Active this week.

Mark Andrews (TE – BAL): Andrews scored 24.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 and gets to face the Arizona defense that allowed 25.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to fellow TE T.J. Hockenson in Week 1. That should be enough to get more Dynasty Owners to have Andrews Active Week 2 at home.

Bench These Guys

Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted for their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 2.

Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB): Rodgers only had 17 Dynasty Owner points in Week 1 against the Bears and he’s facing another good NFC North defense this week in Minnesota. If you drafted Rodgers and his $33.5 million salary, it wasn’t to sit him on the Bench, but that’s where he should be if you have a better option in Week 2.

James White (RB – NE): After the dreadful performance by the Miami defense against the Ravens, it’s shocking to see a New England player on the Bench list. However, The Patriots will be ahead by a lot of points and running the ball for much of the second half. White usually only plays in passing situations, so his playing time will be limited. They also have Antonio Brown to mix into the offense and White might lose receptions to him. Despite the tempting match-up, White should be on the Bench.

Emmanuel Sanders (WR – DEN): If you based your Active vs. Bench decisions on Week 1 production alone, then he’s Active since he had 19.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 86 yards receiving, 1 TD) in Week 1. However, it’s Week 2 and he’s facing the Bears defense that limited Davante Adams to only 4 catches for 36 yards (7.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in Week 1. Bench him.

Eric Ebron (TE – IND): Ebron only scored 1.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on 1 catch for 8 yards in Week 1. Fellow Indianapolis TE Jack Doyle also had 1 catch for 20 yards from new signal caller Jacoby Brissett. Ebron scored a lot of his points in 2018 off touchdowns and he’ll need one to be worthy of being Active. He likely won’t score a TD against the Titans, so Dynasty Owner can Bench Ebron this week.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Teddy Ruxpin (Tom Hamblett) vs. Papagiorgio (Joe Pessetto)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. This week’s match-up pits two friends looking for Dynasty Owner glory. On one side, we have Tom Hamblett who recruited his friend Joe Pessetto to join Dynasty Owner. Tom is 0-1 while Joe is 1-0. Will Papagiorgio need his corrective lenses to go 2-0 or will Teddy Ruxpin be able to tell everyone a story about how he beat his friend for his first Dynasty Owner victory?

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

  • Both have two injury crosses right now, but Teddy Ruxpin has the most likely player to miss Week 2 in Mike Williams. If Williams is inactive, Mr. Ruxpin (he prefers to be called Mr. Ruxpin) has to turn to one of two San Francisco 49ers receivers on his roster in Deebo Samuel or Marquise Goodwin. He does have Deon Cain and Miles Boykin on his Practice Squad, but neither one is much of an upgrade over Samuel or Goodwin.
  • Lots of top players on these two teams. It might be a battle of Teddy Ruxpin’s running backs (Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey) versus Papagiorgio’s quarterback (Patrick Mahomes or Lamar Jackson) and wide receivers (Davante Adams and DeAndre Hopkins).
  • Papagiorgio might need to go to the Free Agent Auction if Adam Vinatieri puts up another -1 point week since having the Dolphins kicker (Jason Sanders) as his backup doesn’t seem like he’s going to be scoring many points.
  • Finally, no advantage in the creative team name department as both have rock solid team names.

This is looking like a close one. Based on the exclusive Dynasty Owner score projections, Papagiorgio should edge out Teddy Ruxpin by a score of 138.6-138.1. Papagiorgio’s bench scoring is projected to provide an advantage of 4.2 points that will catapult Joe to victory and celebrations in the streets of Yuma, Arizona.

With Mike Williams questionable with a knee injury and questionable bench options in Deebo Samuel and Marquise Goodwin, it’s a tough game for Mr. Ruxpin. As Mr. Ruxpin said in an exclusive interview, “I don’t see how my guys can win without playing perfectly”. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen as Papagiorgio pulls out the victory in a high-scoring game.

Final score prediction: Papagiorgio 145.4 vs. Teddy Ruxpin 115.6

Check back next Tuesday to see who won this match-up and who’s our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and Player Value of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

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