A History Making Afternoon

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It was exactly 3:20 PM (EDT) on Sunday, June 14th, 2020 when Belichick’s Hoodies (Sean Fournier) made the historical first pick in Dynasty Owner history by taking Lamar Jackson in the first all 12-team Dynasty Owner leagues. It ended about three hours and fifteen minutes later with the selection of Dante Pettis as the first Dynasty Owner Mr. Irrelevant with the last pick (#300 overall) by Hillbilly Trash Trucks (Matt Montgomery). I was honored to be a part of this historic event which will take its place in history between the first moon walk by Neil Armstrong in 1969 and the creation of toilet paper by Joseph Gayetty in 1857.

In addition to being the first league to draft, Beta League 3 is composed of some pretty heavy hitters from the 2019 Dynasty Owner beta season. The league is highlighted by New York’s Strongest (Eddie Driscoll), who finished the regular season at 14-0 and at the top of the Chase for the Ring leaderboard. For those of you new to Dynasty Owner, Eddie finished off his perfect season with two victories in his league playoffs to become the only player to finish the season undefeated (16-0) and win the Ring.

We also have Yorkshire Roses (Dan Clarke) who went 9-5 in his regular season, but had the most points in his league. Dan proceeded to win his league playoffs, had the most points of any team in the final week and finished in 4th place in the final Chase standings – moving up from 10th place after the semi-finals and 18th place after the regular season.

Overall, the league has eight owners who won 10 or more regular season games, five league Champions from 2019 (all of whom finished in the Top 25 in the final Chase for the Ring standings), and two owners who lost in their league finals (including myself – damn you Teddy MF’in Ruxpin). Everyone played in 2019 and all but one drafted last year. Not a lot of slouches in Beta League 3.

We will be citing mock draft ADP in this article. Please note that all mock draft ADPs listed were current as of Noon (Eastern) on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

An Early Run on Running Backs

How many times have you done a fantasy draft – either redraft or dynasty – and there’s been a pretty long run on one position? For me, it’s probably every draft when this happens where six or seven people in a row grab players at a certain position and the draft board starts lighting up with one color in a long row. Back in the day, it was colored stickers that CBS Sportsline sent the Commissioner of my redraft league. We would have one of the spouses of a league owner putting up stickers on the board like Vanna White turning the letters on Wheel of Fortune. Now, it’s on the Live Draft Board that will appear on your Dynasty Owner league draft page.

Well, this draft had probably the longest run that I’ve even seen at one position and possibly the longest run that any Dynasty Owner league will have in 2020. That’s because we saw 13 running backs taken in a row in the first and second round of this draft. Starting with Saquon Barkley with the 5th pick and ending with Dalvin Cook with the 17th pick, we had an epic early run on running backs. Congratulations to The Jerk (Matt Morrison) for stopping the madness by drafting Michael Thomas with his second round pick. As you can see from the draft board, there was a lot of green (RBs) selected in the first two rounds.

Not only was it 13 RBs in a row, but 15 out of 16 RBs selected by the last eight teams in the draft order. As we would say back in the redraft league, “Vanna’s putting up a lot of green stickers”.

The next longest runs on a single position were two separate runs of five WRs, one at the end of the fifth round and beginning of the sixth round and another near the end of the draft in the 24th round.  There was also a spot in the middle of the 12th round when seven out of nine picks were TEs.

The List of Firsts

Since this was the first 12-team Dynasty Owner draft, there were many firsts. Here’s a list of some of the most “important” ones:

  • First Pick: Lamar Jackson (QB – BAL)
  • First QB Taken – Lamar Jackson (#1 – Belichick’s Hoodies)
  • First RB Taken – Christian McCaffrey (#2 – Vantastics)
  • First WR Taken – Michael Thomas (#18 – The Jerk)
  • First TE Taken – Travis Kelce (#27 – VIP Club Dub)
  • First K Taken – Justin Tucker (#166 – VIP Club Dub)
  • First Comment about Someone Going Too Slow – Belichick’s Hoodies with the comment “Steve OTC” at 3:21:33 after selecting Lamar Jackson and it took a few seconds for my selection of Christian McCaffrey to register. It’s disputable if that was a comment to draft faster, so if not then it came less than four minutes later when Mafia Power 83 (Bruno Carina-Goncalves) posted “Come on Jerk really” at 3:25:29 while waiting for The Jerk to make his first pick. It was later discovered that he was drafting on his phone using the app, thus making him draft slower than everyone else who was on a desktop.
  • First Happy Dynasty Owner about a Player Slipping to His Selection – Eddie typed “God Bless You Yorkshire!!!!” after Yorkshire Roses picked Kyler Murray with the #4 pick, leaving Saquon Barkley available for Eddie to grab with the #5 pick. And for the record, Eddie really did use four exclamation points like a teenage girl chatting with her friend about some cute boy looking at her in algebra class.
  • First Mention of Regret for Picking Someone – After 13 RBs were drafted in a row, Yorkshire Roses typed in the chat “If I’d known every single running back would have been taken, I probably wouldn’t have had Kyler at #4”. For the record, he ended up picking his first RB (Devin Singletary) with the #21 pick.
  • First Compliment – These were few and far between with this group, but Bruno gave props to Eddie after he drafted J.K. Dobbins with the #20 pick in the draft. He also invited him to join him on his “boat”. Since I’m not from the New York area, I’m not sure if that’s code for something.
  • First Snipe – It may not have been first, but the first snipe comment in the chat was at 3:39 by Bruno when he commented about Kraft Yankaroni & Cheats (Patrick Wood) when Patrick selected David Montgomery in the 3rd round with the #30 pick. In case you aren’t seeing the pattern, Bruno was exceptionally chatty during the draft (not a criticism, I was pretty chatty too since I was drafting in the #2 spot and had lots of time between selections).

The Rise and the Fall of a Pair of TEs Playing in Florida

The ADP listed in the mock draft rooms is the live ADP from all of the mock drafts that have been taking place. Since a lot of the guys in this league have been doing a lot of mock drafts and I mean A LOT of mock drafts, it would stand to reason that this first draft would trend closely with the mock draft ADP. That didn’t happen. There were a few players who got drafted earlier than they have been going in the mock drafts and more who went later.

Here are some of the biggest risers in the first 2020 Dynasty Owner draft:

  • Melvin Gordon: On average, Gordon’s been a mid-4th round mock draft selection with an ADP of 43.2, but New York’s Strongest decided that he couldn’t wait and took him with the 5th pick in Round 3 (#29 overall).
  • Ke’Shawn Vaughn: The Tampa Bay rookie RB went two full rounds earlier than his ADP dictated. The Jerk must have really wanted him as he was the #31 overall selection, even though his mock draft ADP was 55.7.
  • Zack Moss: Dirty Hippy Farmer (Andrew Gilkin) must really like Moss. Why else would he take him with the #82 pick in the real draft when his mock draft ADP was 114.4?
  • Mike Gesicki: Gesicki was drafted with the #66 overall selection (5th TE – after Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Mark Andrews and Zach Ertz), but his ADP in mock drafts was 102.4, good for being the 11th TE in mocks. The Jerk must feel strongly about Gesicki getting a lot of throws from rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa as he was the one who made the early move on him.

There were more players who fell significantly than rose significantly. Here are some of the biggest fallers in the first 2020 Dynasty Owner draft:

  • Deshaun Watson: The Texans QB was the first victim of the wild 13 RB run and fell from ADP 7.2 in mock drafts to the #23 selection – a difference of 15.8 positions. The Vantastics, that’s me, were ecstatic to get him with their 2nd pick.
  • Dak Prescott: New York’s Strongest pulled the trigger on drafting Dak with the #77 pick in the seventh round. His mock draft ADP of 47.4 had him taken near the end of the 4th round on average.
  • The G.O.A.T.: His ADP of 94.7 in mock drafts seems high for a dynasty league, but his $25 million salary is lower than a lot of other QBs, so it’s understandable. However, in this first draft, Tom was the first selection of the 15th round by Belichick’s Hoodies, or six full rounds later than his average mock draft position.
  • James White: A favorite of the G.O.A.T. out of the backfield, White got a similar downgrade as Tom in the first Dynasty Owner draft. The Vantastics scooped him up with the #143 pick, three full rounds lower than his 107.1 mock draft ADP.
  • Lynn Bowden: One of the few rookies to fall. Drafted by the Vantastics with the #215 pick, Bowden has a mock draft ADP of 167.3.
  • DeAndre Hopkins: It took twice as long for someone (Mafia Power 83) to draft Hopkins in the real Dynasty Owner draft (#40 overall) than he usually went in mock drafts (ADP 19.4).
  • T.Y. Hilton: Did everyone but Yorkshire Roses forget about T.Y. or did salary cap restraints cause his plunge to the 18th round? Hilton was skipped in plenty of rounds before Dan took him with the #213 pick. His average ADP was almost nine full rounds earlier at 105.3.
  • Darren Waller: Waller was one of the three anti-Gesicki TEs. He was 5th TE taken in mock drafts on average with an ADP of 73.4, but in our draft, he fell sharply and was chosen with the #117 selection, the 12th TE taken overall. Yorkshire Roses was the beneficiary of this drop.
  • Hunter Henry: Henry also dropped pretty significantly – down to the #207 pick by Quaranteam (Nick Larmore) from his ADP of 113.9.
  • Rob Gronkowski: Another former Patriot turned Buccaneer who dropped in the first real Dynasty Owner draft. Gronk was being selected at the end of the 10th round in the average mock draft (ADP 119.6). However, Wannabees  (David Brady) grabbed him with the #233 pick in the 20th round in our draft.

Why Dynasty Owner is Different than a Regular Dynasty League?

For everyone new to Dynasty Owner, you will read and hear a lot about how Dynasty Owner is different than a “regular” dynasty league. At first, you may not believe it, but once you start mock drafting or get in your first live draft, you’ll soon discover that it’s impossible to fit all of the players you want under the $110 million salary cap. In a “regular” dynasty league, you can draft Ezekiel Elliott ($15 million), Julio Jones ($22 million), Travis Kelce ($9.4 million) and Russell Wilson ($35 million) in the first four rounds. Probably not so in Dynasty Owner as the rest of your team will be made up of low-cost players since you’ll only have around $28.6 million left under the salary cap for 21 more selections. Good luck with that!

As a result, players who would normally be high or middle round draft picks in a “regular” dynasty league might even go undrafted in Dynasty Owner. If you don’t believe me, here’s a list of undrafted players the first 12-team Dynasty Owner draft in history. They are ranked here by average ADP from the Fantasy Pros (https://www.fantasypros.com/nfl/rankings/dynasty-overall.php). Their Dynasty Owner salary is listed in parentheses.

  • WR Adam Thielen ($16,050,000) – ADP 67.5
  • WR Brandin Cooks ($16,200,000) – ADP 96.2
  • TE Austin Hooper ($10,500,000) – ADP 102.2
  • WR A.J. Green ($17,971,000) – ADP 104.3
  • QB Matt Ryan ($30,000,000) – ADP 115.4
  • QB Aaron Rodgers ($33,500,000) – ADP 123.6
  • QB Kirk Cousins ($33,000,000) – ADP 145.8
  • WR Julian Edelman ($7,750,000) – ADP 146.2
  • QB Ryan Tannehill ($29,500,000) – ADP152.8
  • WR Sammy Watkins ($9,000,000) – ADP 153.2
  • WR Golden Tate ($9,375,000) – ADP 160.2
  • TE Eric Ebron ($6,000,000) – ADP 186.1
  • RB Chris Thompson ($1,400,000) – ADP 267.1
  • RB Rex Burkhead ($3,250,000) – ADP 293.0
  • K Ka’imi Fairbairn ($4,412,500) – ADP 307.2 (sixth highest among kickers)
  • K Mason Crosby ($4,300,000) – ADP 310.6 (tenth highest among kickers)

Thielen is on average a mid-5th round pick in a 12-team “regular” dynasty league, but nobody had the salary cap room for him in the first 12-team Dynasty Owner draft, while Cooks is a late 8th round/early 9th round pick on average. However, because of their relative high salaries (over $16 million each), they went undrafted. Thielen was picked up in the Free Agent Auction after the draft, but VIP Club Dub (Anthony Huether) had to drop Robby Anderson and his $10 million salary to pick him up and fit him under the salary cap.

Not a terrible team of undrafted players. Ryan, Rodgers and Cousins make up a good trio of QBs and there are some quality starting WRs plus a fine TE in Hooper and a decent backup in Ebron. The only questionable spot is RB with Chris Thompson and Rex Burkhead as the best available. Remember, all of these players are still available in this Dynasty Owner league and will likely be so for most, if not all of the 2020 season even though all of them are easily worthy of a spot on your “regular” dynasty league roster.

Who Took My Advice?

In my 2020 draft tips article (https://dynastyowner.com/2020/05/draft-tips-2020/), two suggestions for Dynasty Owners were to draft three QBs and three kickers so you have a Starter and Bench QB and kicker for bye weeks. With 12-teams per Dynasty Owner league and only 32 starting QBs and kickers, a few teams would be left out and need to pick up a backup QB or kicker who surprisingly makes an NFL roster in training camp. To show you how much people in my own league value my “advice”, only two other teams drafted three kickers as recommended. Thanks to Dirty Hippy Farmer and VIP Club Dub for the vote of confidence!

Not only did three-quarters of the league not follow my draft three kickers advice, two teams – Wannabees and New York’s Strongest – only drafted one kicker. Wannabees only drafted Brandon McManus and has a mere $517,518 left in salary cap room to add another kicker in the Free Agent Auction. Unfortunately for him, the rookie salary minimum for 2020 is $610,000 so he can’t even pick up a second kicker without dropping another player. At least New York’s Strongest has enough cap room ($1,755,208 at the end of the draft) to pick up another kicker, or maybe two.

Three teams will be braving the 2020 Dynasty Owner season with only two QBs right now. Belichick’s Hoodies feels comfortable enough with the #1 overall pick in Lamar Jackson that he took the 42-year old G.O.A.T. Tom Brady as his only backup QB. Quaranteam has Sam Darnold as his starter and rookie Jordan Love as his backup. Fortunately for Nick, he drafted wisely and has almost $28.5 million in salary cap room available right now. That’s not enough to pick up Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan or even Kirk Cousins without dropping another player, but he could fit Derek Carr for $25 million on his roster as presently constructed. Either that, or he’ll have to clear some salary cap space via trade or by dropping a player.

Drafting Philosophy – Everyone’s Got One, Here’s Two of Them

In every 12-team fantasy football draft, regardless of the format, you are likely to have 12 people with 12 different draft strategies. Some are well crafted in advance with hours of thought and time spent pouring over mock draft data. Other strategies come up on the fly after a few rounds or with the selection of a specific player or players. For example, because I drafted Derrick Henry and he might sign a long-term deal before the season starts, I wanted to leave the draft with at least $5 million in salary cap room as a buffer. Henry and the Titans have until July 15th to sign a new long-term deal since he was franchise tagged early in the off-season (https://www.nfl.com/news/titans-gm-contract-talks-with-derrick-henry-have-been-positive). If that happens, I will need room to pay him this season and didn’t want to have to fit his new salary in under the Dynasty Owner salary cap without cutting anyone already on my roster. That wasn’t my plan initially, but when Henry was available in the 3rd round and I decided to take him, I figured that I needed some cap room available in case he gets a new contract.

My team, Vantastics, spent the just barely over $2 million ($2.01 million) on three kickers. Only three teams spent less on kickers than me and all three of them have just two kickers. My kicker spending was also below both teams who only drafted one kicker. My reasoning for this is that there was very little separation between kickers in 2019 Dynasty Owner season and probably will remain as so due to the Dynasty Owner scoring system. As a result, I didn’t want to spend millions on kickers when they appear to be pretty interchangeable and preferred to use the millions that I saved by getting three cheap kickers on other positions. The downside to this strategy is that I had to draft those kickers earlier than most people did. I spent picks in Rounds 15, 17 and 20 on kickers, which was earlier than most owners, including Bruno who drafted his first kicker after I had three of them.

We also had one team (Quaranteam) who “only” spent $81.55 million out of a $110 million salary cap on Draft Day. Some of you might be asking, “Why in the heck did he do that?” Well, I asked Nick and here’s what he had to say in response to my question:

  • At first I was calculating for next year with re-signing my RBs and Kittle as the draft was going on. By round 6, I figured I had the absolute highest salary even though the numbers didn’t show it. Then as the draft went on I was trying to pick players so at the end I can afford Aaron Rodgers. Then realized I didn’t need him and since it’s a 6 team playoff versus a 4, I can wait and go all in if I need to at positions when it’s playoff time. Whether it be WR or QB, I have time to determine that. Or take advantage of anyone else with salary cap issues as the year goes on.

There are other people who appear to have a strategy as well based on their draft. Hillbilly Trash Trucks only has one player (Adrian Peterson) playing on a one-year deal. The Jerk is apparently bullish on the return of Ben Roethlisberger since he drafted five Steelers, but not Big Ben himself. New York’s Strongest appears to like this year’s rookie class as he drafted 11 players from it – the most of any team and three more than anybody else. Yorkshire Roses must have a trip to Vegas planned or some quid bet on them (he’s British and can do that legally). Why else would he draft three Raiders pass catchers in a row (Henry Ruggs, Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow) and four overall when you add in Foster Moreau. Finally, I assuming that Bruno and Sean like WRs. How do I know that? Both drafted 11 of them!

Will any of these strategies pay dividends during the 2020 Dynasty Owner season?  That’s why we play the game, so check back in at the end of the season and see whose strategy was the best.

Conclusions

Being part of Dynasty Owner history on Sunday afternoon was great. We weren’t supposed to be the first newly constructed beta league to draft, but the four scheduled before us got postponed and we lucked into the spot. For me and hopefully others, it was a lot of fun with some good back and forth in the chat. I had my laptop and phone fully charges plus paper and pen ready to manually log all of the picks. Some guys reported using multiple devices and didn’t participate much in the chat. Others are old-school and mentioned using paper and pencil and even magazines. And one other league owner called it “the hardest draft I have ever been in. I was exhausted after it was done.” Hopefully, he got a nap afterwards.

There were a lot of firsts to go along with a lot of surprises. It’s doubtful that anyone would have predicted that 13 RBs would be drafted in a row or that Adam Thielen would go undrafted. For me, I didn’t think I had a chance at drafting my QB from last year (Deshaun Watson) since I had the #2 pick, but when the big run on RBs kept going and going, I was able to get him. Maybe Watson wasn’t part of anyone’s draft strategy but mine. That could be so since it appears most everyone in this league didn’t pay attention to my quality article “advice”. Most of you reading this probably haven’t drafted yet, so you still have time to get yourself into one of the mock drafts going on every 15 minutes. We will have new articles soon from the rest of the Dynasty Owner writing team – Milos Ljubic (@LjubicMilos on Twitter) and Chris Wolf (@ckwolf21 on Twitter) as well as the first of the monthly Dynasty Owner Top 300 coming very soon. All of this great content is available to help you win your Dynasty Owner league and maybe become the winner of the 2020 Chase for the Ring!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

The Aftermath of the First Virtual NFL Draft

Author: Chris Wolf

The first virtual draft is a wrap. It went over with minimal glitches and I want to say we were pleasantly surprised by the in-home reactions and view into NFL front offices (or basements). We all know that the NFL is a copycat league and it has never been more evident as what we saw this past weekend. Several teams chased the KC all-speed model and a few crafted their drafts after the Ravens and 49’ers run heavy schemes.

On the surface, there were winners and losers on draft weekend. At first glance, the Ravens, Cowboys and Vikings appeared to come away with an impressive rookie haul. Then we have the Green Bay Packers. You have to think that the double schalaking they received from San Francisco last year led them to draft components of a run heavy strategy.

Only time will tell how the rookie projects will assimilate to their new teams but, we can have fun projecting their success in their new landing spots. Speaking only of skilled positions related to our Dynasty Owner leagues, let’s get a bird’s eye view of some of the newest crop of NFL players that may help your team in 2020-2021.

* 2020 ​estimated​ cap charges according to overthecap.com are in parenthesis after their names*

Pick 1.01 Joe Burrow ($6,580,000) CIN ​- Andy Dalton’s recent release carves the path for this Heisman winner to start day 1. Needless to say, he should be an early to mid first round pick for your dynasty team.

Henry Ruggs III, Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb ​- Draft ‘em. All three are 1st round dynasty rookie values.

Pick 1.21 Jalen Reagor ($2,412,850) PHI –​ Great fit for a great offense. He could see immediate playing time if the Eagles move on from either Alshon Jeffery or Desean Jackson.

Pick 1.22 Justin Jefferson ($2,385,965) MIN –​ This NFL ready rookie steps into a great starting opportunity with the Vikings. He’ll most likely be the first rookie wide receiver taken redraft leagues and he’s a sure-fire first round pick in dynasty drafts.

Pick 1.32 Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($1,967,559) KC –​ The top running back selected in the NFL’s best offense. This should be your 1.01 or 1.02 in Rookie Drafts. Don’t overthink this.

Pick 2.1 Tee Higgins ($1,579,410) CIN -​ In a crowded wide receiver room, it would take moving AJ Green for Higgins to attempt to have any 2020 value. This may be a draft and stash pick for you this year.

Pick 2.2 Michael Pittman Jr ($1,565,970) IND -​ The Colt’s pulled off a very impressive draft to plug the holes in their offense. They collectively gushed over Pittman Jr liking him to Vincent Jackson. He should step in as an immediate starter opposite the aging T.Y. Hilton.

Pick 2.3 D’Andre Swift ($1,552,530) DET -​ It’s really hard to trust the Detroit Lions rushing attack but Swift is a rare athlete that may be able to thrive in any environment. They used an early 2nd round pick on him and he should see plenty of touches year 1.

Pick 2.9 Jonathan Taylor ($1,423,480) IND – This is unfair. The best pure runner in the draft is going to the team with the best overall offensive line. He’ll most likely be the 1.02 selection in your rookie draft.

Pick 2.17 Chase Claypool ($1,203,000) PIT – There are many varying opinions on this athletic freak. The one thing we do know is, he can allow JuJu to work back into the slot where he excelled in 2017 and 2018. Take note that Claypool is a big bodied receiver that the Steelers used their first pick on.

Pick 2.20 Cam Akers ($1,122,371) LAR – ESPN’s Todd McShay considers Akers the “most underrated running back in the class”. He’s a complete back with outstanding speed that could benefit from a hopefully improved L.A. Rams Offense. He’s used to running behind bad offensive lines so he should feel right at home here.

Pick 2.23 J.K. Dobbins ($1,041,716) BAL – The Ravens want to dominate the ground game to open their improved passing attack. They went out to draft one of the best in this year’s class to compliment the NFL’s MVP. He has the opportunity to be a dominant player in this offense.

Pick 2.27 Denzel Mims ($987,945) NYJ – Mims has the opportunity for a high volume role in his first year. 100 or more targets is not an unreasonable projection.

Pick 3.12 Ke’Shawn Vaughn ($864,720) TB – 7.9 ypc behind a sub-par offensive line at Vanderbilt. He offers good balance and vision to a stacked offense led by Tom Brady.

Pick 3.17 Bryan Edwards ($853,174) LVR – A much needed weapon for Derek Carr. What he lacks in top-end speed, he makes up for with his instinctive route running. Could compete for heavy targets early.

Pick 3.22 Zack Moss ($838,605) BUF – Already assigned the Frank Gore role by coaches in the Bills offense. This could lead to plenty of goal line work for an up and coming offense. Injuries are a concern for this dynamic back.

Pick 3.29 Darrynton Evans ($829,416) TEN – Evans is a home run threat that should find a niche as a complimentary back in a run-first offense. More of a compliment than a handcuff to Derek Henry.

Pick 4.18 Anthony McFarland ($790,608) PIT – His arrival breathes much needed life into the Steeler’s running back room. He’s a tough runner with good hands that could have an opportunity at some point in year one. 8-10 touches per game is a reasonable assumption.

Pick 4.36 Antonio Gandy-Golden ($733,600) WSH – A long strider with good hands will compete for snaps with sophomore Kelvin Harmon opposite rookie standout Terry McLaurin.

Pick 5.16 Tyler Johnson ($688,600) TB – A great value in round 5 of a loaded WR class. He’s a polished route runner that could push Scotty Miller and Justin Watson for the 3rd WR role in Tampa.

Pick 6.8 Donovan Peoples-Jones ($656,650) CLE – It’s not often that you find a year one contributor in later rounds but Peoples-Jones may surprise people this year. He’s talented enough to push for a role in 3 WR sets in what projects to be a much improved offense.

Other rookies such as Laviska Shenault Jr, Brandon Aiyuk, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, and KJ Hamler are good players who may find first year value but they are in a bit murkier situations. The goal is to win every year and slot players for future roles behind those with clearer projected outcomes.

The rookies included on this list have the possibility of making an impact on their teams during their rookie campaign and all should be viewed as top 20 players at their respective positions. Draft them with confidence and hopefully a few will contribute to your team sooner than later.

Chris Wolf is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @Dynasty_Owner

Playoff Finals Recap: And the Winner Is…

Author: Steven Van Tassell

The inaugural season of Dynasty Owner is over now, and we have our first Chase for the Ring winner. Congratulations to Eddie Driscoll and New York’s Strongest!

Eddie was the best Dynasty Owner for most of the year as he went undefeated in his League and won the Chase for the Ring. Eddie ended up winning it going away, winning his League and the Ring by over 100 points each.

This is our sixteenth and last Dynasty Owner weekly recap article of the 2019 season. As usual, we’ll name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, and highlight a player at every position who should have been Active and one who should have been on your Bench. Plus, we’ll take a look at my recommendations for who to have Active and who to Bench in the final week and see how everyone in the Top 10 of the Chase for the Ring fared in their League Championship game.

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

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Daniel Jones

Danny Dimes made his return to the New York Giants lineup and led his team to a 41-35 overtime victory. He did it by scoring 51.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (352 yards passing, 12 yards rushing, 5 passing TDs, 1 fumble). Jones is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but since he had missed the past two games, it’s unlikely that too many of his Owners made him Active for their League Championship. If you did, congratulations on winning your League Championship! Even though salaries are not charged for the Dynasty Owner playoffs, Jones would have been a cost per point bargain at his $6.42 million regular season weekly salary.

  • Week 16 Points: 51.8
  • Week 16 Salary: $458,287
  • Week 16 Cost per Point: $8,847

Congratulations Daniel on your first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Kenyan Drake

Drake helped his Dynasty Owners make it to their League Championship last week as the Value Player of the Week with 41.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. After last week, hopefully his Dynasty Owners had him Active to help them win their League. Drake had another big performance with 35.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (166 yards rushing, 3 receptions, 18 yards receiving, 2 rushing TDs). With these back-to-back high scoring weeks, Drake became the first player to win the Value Player of the Week honor twice in a row. At his $845,315 annual regular season salary, Drake would have only cost his Dynasty Owners $1,706 per point this week if salaries were charged in the playoffs.

  • Week 16 Points: 35.4
  • Week 16 Salary: $60,380
  • Week 16 Cost per Point: $1,706

Congratulations Kenyan on being the first player to win back-to-back Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honors!

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in the League Championship game. It’s the playoffs, so if you were New York’s Strongest and had the top QB (Lamar Jackson), RB (Christian McCaffrey), WR (Michael Thomas) and TE (Travis Kelce), you probably should have had them Active. For those of us without all four of those guys, here are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active when they should have been.

QB: Andy Dalton (CIN) – 48.8 points

Fresh off a 1.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance against New England last week, having Dalton as your Active QB for the League Championship game seemed like a tremendously bad idea. However, Dalton easily turned in his best performance of the year with 48.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (396 yards passing, 4 passing TDs, 1 2-pt conversion, 1 fumble), including a clutch 3 point bonus for his 2-point conversion to tie the game in regulation. Despite his mid-season benching, Dalton was still rostered in 52% of Dynasty Owner leagues for the League Championship game. Even though he was playing against the Dolphins, it’s doubtful that any Dynasty Owners had him Active when they should have done so.

RB: Devonta Freeman (ATL) – 33.7 points

Freeman waited until the Dynasty Owner League Championship game week to have his best performance of the season with 33.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (53 yards rushing, 9 receptions, 74 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD, 1 receiving TD). Even though he was drafted high enough on average (ADP 83) to be Active week in and week out, Freeman was still ranked outside the Top 20 RBs prior to this week and could have easily been on the Bench for his Dynasty Owners. Hopefully you made Freeman Active if you had him on your roster.

WR: Tyler Boyd (CIN) – 33.8 points

Boyd was the top WR in Dynasty Owner this week, just edging out the #1 WR for the entire year (Michael Thomas) by 2.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Boyd had quite a game against the Dolphins poor pass defense, scoring 33.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions, 128 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs). He had fallen out of the Top 20 WRs for the season, but definitely redeemed himself with his Dynasty Owners with this performance. Hopefully you were like Haddonfield Shapes and had Boyd Active in your League Championship victory.

TE: Mike Gesicki (MIA) – 26.2 points

There were several TEs outside the Top 10 who had good weeks in the League Championship game. Out of all of them, Gesicki was the best with 26.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 82 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs). Gesicki is rostered in every Dynasty Owner league, but after two poor performances in a row, it’s unlikely that too many of his Owners were like Bye Week who defeated Chase Contender Young Gunz and had him Active.

Honorable mention to Dallas Goedert, another TE outside of the Top 10 who is rostered 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues but was likely not Active in too many of them for the League Championship. Goedert had an early TD for the Eagles against the Cowboys and led his team with 24.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions, 91 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD). It was easily Goedert’s best performance of the season and he should have been Active for his Dynasty Owners in their League Championship game.

K: Sam Ficken (NYJ) – 12.0 points

Ficken is only rostered in 11% of Dynasty Owner leagues, so few Owners even had the opportunity to make him Active. For those few Owners with Ficken on their roster, he was perfect on the day with four successful kicks and 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Ficken had FGs of 37, 42 and 54 yards plus a PAT in the Jets victory over Pittsburgh. Hopefully you had him Active if he was on your roster for the League Championship game.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

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

QB: Deshaun Watson (HOU) – 8.9 points

Hope you weren’t a Dynasty Owner relying on Deshaun Watson to lead your team to the League Championship because you were severely disappointed. Watson was held to only 8.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (184 yards passing, 37 yards rushing, 1 INT, 1 fumble) by Tampa Bay, who was one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. This was Watson’s second worst weekly performance and it couldn’t have come at a worse time for Chase for the Ring Contenders Florida Storm, Recyclers and Run CMC who all had Watson in their Active lineups. All of them lost their League Championship and should have kept Watson on the Bench.

RB: Nick Chubb (CLE) – 4.5 points

There were plenty of great reasons to have Chubb in your Active lineup. He was a Top 5 RB coming into the League Championship game. He was facing a Baltimore defense that he had a Player of the Week performance against back in Week 4 (41.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He helped his Dynasty Owners get to the League Championship with 25.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week. Finally, he was solid week in and week out with an average of 17.7 points per game in the Dynasty Owner regular season. Koopa Troopas and others in their League Championship games should have sat Chubb on their Bench because he had his worst performance of the year, scoring just 4.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (45 yards rushing).

WR: Tyler Lockett (SEA) – 2.5 points

None of the big name WRs went out and gave their Dynasty Owners a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) this week in the League Championship games (although two Top 40 WRs D.K. Metcalf and Darius Slayton did). However, Metcalf’s teammate Tyler Lockett wasn’t much better with just 2.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception, 12 yards receiving, 18 yards returning). It was the fifth time in six games that Lockett has scored less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Because of his 26.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance last week, many of his Dynasty Owners probably felt comfortable having him Active this week. The Young Gunz did and they should have left him on the Bench.

TE: Zach Ertz (PHI) – 6.8 points

Ertz was the #2 TE in Dynasty Owner coming into League Championship week, but sustained a rib injury in the first quarter of the Eagles game against the Cowboys. He played the entire game with the injury, but was only able to put up 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 28 yards receiving). Benching Ertz was the right move for his Dynasty Owners. Having Ertz Active over Mark Andrews was a factor in Florida Storm’s loss in their League Championship game.

K: Dan Bailey (MIN) – 3.0 points

It was a pretty good week for kickers. No kicker had negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points and only Jake Elliott of the Eagles missed more than one kick. Elliott did score 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but he is well outside the Top 10 kickers, so we had to find another kicker. Dan Bailey is the choice for kicker who should have been on the Bench as he made his only two attempts on Monday night (a 23 yard FG and a PAT), which was only good for 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Hopefully you didn’t have him Active and need a lot of points from him on Monday night to win your League Championship. He didn’t have the opportunities and should have been left on your Bench.

Preview Article Recommendations

We don’t have a Week 17 preview article as the Dynasty Owner season is over. As a result, we’ll have to recap my recommendations for the finals here.

First, we’ll look and see how my Active recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active for your League Championship game:

  • QB: Mitchell Trubisky – 8.9 points (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: Ronald Jones II – 19.9 points (Good recommendation)
  • WR: Tyler Boyd – 33.8 points (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Jacob Hollister – 11.4 points (Just Ok recommendation)

Hopefully everyone with Boyd on their roster took my recommendation to make him Active. Ronald Jones was a Top 10 RB as well. However, the Trubisky recommendation was terrible and Hollister was Just Ok. Two Good, one Just Ok and one Bad recommendation is a pretty average week for the Active recommendations.

Now, let’s look and see how my Bench recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok).

  • QB: Kyler Murray – 15.9 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • RB: Le’Veon Bell – 13.3 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • WR: Julian Edelman – 14.2 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • TE: Tyler Higbee – 19.4 points (Bad recommendation)

Three Just Ok recommendations and one Bad one. Both Bell and Edelman had decent games, but finished outside of the Top 20 at their respective positions. Murray wasn’t great, but was better than a few other Top 10 QBs (Dak Prescott, Deshaun Watson and Jameis Winston) despite leaving his game early with an injury. Higbee was the only Bad recommendation as he had another big game and was the 7th best scorer in Dynasty Owner at the TE position.

Chase for the Ring – Top 10 Contenders Game Recaps

Each of the Top 10 Contenders in the Chase for the Ring needed to win their League Championship in order to stack their claim as the Best Dynasty Owner and win the Ring. As a testament to the difficulty of capturing a League Championship, only half of the Top 10 Contenders actually won their League Championship game.

The results of the match-ups for the Top 10 were as follows:

  1. New York’s Strongest – 186.8 vs. Budney – 80.9
  2. Florida Storm – 113.6 vs. Flying Pigs – 119.4
  3. Haddonfield Shapes – 165.2 vs. Ambassador Millerr – 144.5
  4. Recyclers – 140.8 vs. TE Ertz When Eifert – 167.0
  5. Young Gunz – 127.6 vs. Bye Week – 152.1
  6. Run CMC – 125.7 vs. K-Hunta’z Gunna’z – 150.1
  7. Puck Fittsburgh – 155.0 vs. Day Drinkers – 123.8
  8. Up Country Degens – 133.4 vs. Alex’s Team – 121.8
  9. Koopa Troopas – 117.6 vs. Mafia Affiliated – 157.2
  10. Yorkshire Roses – 188.0 vs. WhoDey & the Blowfish – 125.1

Not only did New York’s Strongest win their League Championship by over 100 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but they also had the second most points of any of the Top 10 Contenders with 186.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Yorkshire Roses had the most points with 188.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week to win their League Championship. They moved up from 10th place in the Chase to finish in 4th place.

Congratulations to New York’s Strongest on your undefeated season and winning the Ring!

For everyone else, preparations for the 2020 Dynasty Owner season start now. Keep an eye out for new articles, podcasts, and tweets soon to help you prepare for next year.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Playoff Semi-Finals Recap

Author: Steven Van Tassell

The Playoff Semi-Finals (aka Week 15) are all over now. We know which teams have qualified for their league Championship game and who will have the right to be called a Dynasty Owner League Champion. We also have a better idea of the teams realistically competing in the Chase for the Ring and the chance to call themselves the Best of the Best. Sadly, the Chase ended for a few teams including one of the teams in our Match-up of the Week.

This is our fifteenth and next to last Dynasty Owner weekly recap article. As usual, we’ll look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, and highlight a player at every position who should have been Active and one who should have been on your Bench.

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

Dynasty Owner Players of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Players of the Week are: Jameis Winston and Lamar Jackson

For the second time this season, we have selected two Players of the Week. The two QBs honored this week put up a virtually identical number of Dynasty Owner fantasy points. As the top two scorers this week, they likely led many of their Dynasty Owner teams into the league Championship game. For the second straight week, Winston put up 48.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (458 yards passing, 4 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs, 1 INT) to claim his first Player of the Week honor. Even though salaries are not charged for the Dynasty Owner playoffs, Winston would have been a cost per point bargain at his regular season weekly salary (based on his $6.34 million annual salary).

  • Week 15 Points: 48.3
  • Week 15 Salary: $452,701
  • Week 15 Cost per Point: $9,373

Jackson was just behind Winston with 48.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (212 yards passing, 86 yards rushing, 5 passing TDs, 1 fumble) for his second Player of the Week honor. Jackson has been a bargain this entire season for his Dynasty Owners as the top scorer for only $2.37 million in annual salary.

  • Week 15 Points: 48.2
  • Week 15 Salary: $169,137
  • Week 15 Cost per Point: $3,509

Congratulations Jameis and Lamar on sharing the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Kenyan Drake

Drake was touted as a player to have in your Active lineup in the weekly preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/12/playoff-semi-finals-preview) and did he ever deliver on that recommendation. Drake got almost all of the touches by Cardinals’ RBs in their victory over the Cleveland Browns and rewarded his team with 4 TDs and his Dynasty Owners with 41.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (137 yards rushing, 1 reception, 9 yards receiving, 4 rushing TDs). Hopefully, his Owners got him in their Active lineup and were rewarded with a berth in their league Championship game. At an annual salary of $845,315 during the regular season, Drake would have only cost his Dynasty Owners $1,451 per point if salaries were charged in the playoffs.

  • Week 15 Points: 41.6
  • Week 15 Salary: $60,380
  • Week 15 Cost per Point: $1,451

Congratulations Kenyan on winning your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor!

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in the playoff semi-finals. It’s the playoffs, so you should have been starting your stud players like Lamar Jackson and Christian McCaffrey because they helped get you into the playoffs and should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in the playoff semi-finals when they should have been.

QB: Ryan Tannehill (TEN) – 30.0 points

Tannehill provided just a slightly above average fantasy performance this week for his Dynasty Owners. That’s because he was averaging 28.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per start in his first seven starts of the season and “only” scored 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (279 yards passing, 10 yards rushing, 2 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT). Despite those gaudy stats, Tannehill was still not owned in 35% of Dynasty Owner leagues going into the playoffs. We don’t know for sure how many of his Owners had him Active this week, but unless his Owners also have Lamar Jackson, Jameis Winston or Drew Brees, he should have been Active for all of them.

RB: Tony Pollard (DAL) – 24.3 points

Since Kenyan Drake was our Value Player of the Week, we need another RB for this spot. Miles Sanders and his 37.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points would have been the choice, but he should have been Active as one of the only healthy options for a banged-up Eagles offense going against the Redskins. Therefore, the choice is someone who was likely not Active for any Dynasty Owners this week – Tony Pollard. The Cowboys back-up RB got to play a lot in the Cowboys blowout victory over the Rams and put up 24.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (131 yards rushing, 2 receptions, 12 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD). Unless you had the foresight to know the Cowboys would blow out the Rams and Pollard would get to play as much as he did (or thought Ezekiel Elliott would go down with an injury), then you probably didn’t make Pollard Active.

WR: Breshad Perriman (TB) – 34.6 points

With Mike Evans out for the rest of the season, there were large shoes for the Tampa Bay WRs not named Chris Godwin to fill. Some people thought it might be Breshad Perriman who would fill Evans’ shoes, while others picked Justin Watson. Scotty Miller was also an option. However, it was Perriman who ended up stepping up the most with a total of 34.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 113 yards receiving, 3 yards rushing, 3 receiving TDs). Perriman was available in all Dynasty Owner leagues for the playoff semi-finals, but after this performance and with the injury to Chris Godwin, a few Dynasty Owners might pick him up for their Championship game.

TE: Jonnu Smith (TEN) – 16.7 points

Smith had nearly an equal number of yards in the game against the Houston Texans running and catching the ball. That’s right, Smith had a 57-yard run on one carry as well as 60 yards receiving on 5 receptions for a total of 16.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That was good for a Top 10 TE performance in the playoff semi-finals. Smith was owned in 54% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but with a ranking outside of the Top 20 among TEs, he likely wasn’t Active in too many playoff games this week.

Honorable mention to Ricky Seals-Jones. It’s no surprise that a TE playing against the Cardinals would have a big game. The surprise was that Cleveland TE David Njoku was declared inactive and Seals-Jones had the big game against his former team in Njoku’s place. Seals-Jones only caught 3 passes for 29 yards, but two of those receptions went for TDs (along with a lost fumble) for a total of 14.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He was owned in only 26% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but even though the Browns were playing the Cardinals, it’s unlikely that he was Active in many leagues.

K: Dustin Hopkins (WAS) – 12.0 points

Hopkins was perfect on all five kicks in the Redskins 37-27 loss to the Eagles. He made 3 PATs and 2 fourth quarter FGs, a 43 yarder and a 53 yarder. Neither FG was clutch, so he didn’t earn the clutch scoring bonus. Not bad for a kicker who is now ranked #20 in Dynasty Owner and only owned in 11% of Dynasty Owner leagues. Based on those stats, it’s unlikely that he was in anybody’s Active lineup this week.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

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

QB: Jacoby Brissett (IND) – 9.0 points

Several of the top QBs put up a lot of Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (Lamar Jackson, Jameis Winston, Drew Brees, and Patrick Mahomes). While others got around 20.0 points or so (Dak Prescott, Deshaun Watson, Kyler Murray and Aaron Rodgers), which is enough to not have hurt you too much and warrant a spot on the Bench. Brissett has the dishonor of appearing in this spot since he had only 9.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (165 yards passing, 7 yards rushing) against the Saints on Monday Night Football. This was just a week after the Saints were gashed by Jimmy Garoppolo for 39.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, possibly leading some Dynasty Owners to think having Brissett Active was a good idea. It wasn’t and he should have been on your Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Phillip Rivers who was the pick for Bench QB prior to Monday night. Rivers had four turnovers against the Vikings and only 10.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (307 yards passing, 1 passing TD, 3 INT, 1 fumble – lost). Rivers is owned in just over half (52%) of Dynasty Owner leagues and hopefully none of his Owners had him Active this week.

RB: Marlon Mack (IND) – 1.9 points

Mack hasn’t been the same since missing two games with injury as he followed up his 9.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy point outing from last week with just 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (19 yards rushing) this week. Before the injury, he was averaging 14.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and was a clear Top 20 RB. Now, he’s fallen just outside of the Top 20 (#22) and should have been on your Bench this past week.

Dishonorable mention to Phillip Lindsay who is still inside the Top 20 RBs, but just barely at #19. Lindsay had his worst game of the season with only 3.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (32 yards rushing) in the snow in Kansas City. However, he hasn’t been producing much recently as he’s scored less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in four out of the past five games. That’s Bench production.

WR: Julian Edelman (NE) and Amari Cooper (DAL) – 2.9 points

None of the big name WRs went out and gave their Dynasty Owners a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner Fantasy Points) this week, but Edelman and Cooper didn’t do much better. Both of them had just 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in blowout victories this week. Cooper caught only one pass for 19 yards, while Edelman had two catches for 9 yards. A spot on the Bench was likely not where most of their Dynasty Owners placed these Top 10 WRs with a berth in their league finals on the line, but it’s where they should have been.

TE: Hunter Henry (LAC) – 1.9 points

For the second time in three weeks, Henry had a disappointing outing. Back in Week 13 versus Denver, he only scored 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and he did worse this week with just 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 29 yards, 1 fumble – lost). He’s only averaging 2 receptions and 26 yards receiving per game since the Chargers Week 12 bye. If not for a TD against Jacksonville in Week 14, it would be three straight Bench-worthy games for Henry. Despite these performances and missing four games due to injury, he’s still the #8 TE in Dynasty Owner.  

K: Greg Zuerlein (LAR) – 1.0 points

Zuerlein made his only PAT attempt this week, but only one PAT attempt is definitely not what his Dynasty Owners expected from Greg the Leg and the Rams offense. While the Rams scored three TDs, they went for the 2-point conversion on the final two TDs. That’s two consecutive 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point outings for Zuerlein who is also dealing with a muscle strain in his leg. Based on his season-long performance and reputation, Zuerlein was likely Active for a lot of his Dynasty Owners when he should have been on the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Day Drinkers – 150.9 vs. The Replacements – 145.1

The tough luck season continued for The Replacements in the Dynasty Owner playoff semi-finals. Armed with just a 8-6 record in their league, but ranking 12th in the Chase for the Ring, The Replacements have been scoring lots of points, but many times playing someone who scores more. That unlucky streak continued as the Day Drinkers outlasted The Replacements by a close 150.9-145.1 score. The Day Drinkers advance to their league finals and continue their Chase for the Ring, as they now sit in 13th place.

Both teams had one bad position player. It was Dalvin Cook for the Day Drinkers who got only 7.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points before leaving with an injury, while for The Replacements, it was Amari Cooper’s terrible 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance that really hurt them. In addition, both of their Active kickers (Jason Myers and Greg Zuerlein) underperformed with 4.0 and 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points respectively. It’s a testament to the rest of their lineups that they were able to score as many points as they did.

The Day Drinkers had tough decisions to make at WR and in the end, didn’t end up making the best WR selections. However, because all of his WRs played pretty well, it was still good enough for them to win. They ended up having Davante Parker (23.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Cooper Kupp (16.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) Active with Robby Anderson (12.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Tyler Lockett (26.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) on the Bench. They also had Anthony Miller and his season-high 26.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on the Practice Squad. It didn’t matter for their playoff match-up, but the extra 13.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points the Day Drinkers could have had would have moved them up two spots in the Chase for the Ring.

If there was a prediction playoffs, I’d be out as I had The Replacements winning. However, I was very close in my points prediction for them (145.8). There will be one more playoff prediction in the last Dynasty Owner preview article of the inaugural Dynasty Owner season later on this week. Congratulations to the Day Drinkers and everyone else who made it to the finals in their league!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 14 Recap: Playoffs Here We Come

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Dynasty Owner playoff time! Four teams in each Dynasty Owner league qualified for the playoffs this year and will battle it out in Weeks 15 and 16. In many leagues, the playoff teams and places were pretty much set, while there was a lot riding on Week 14 in other leagues, such as League #53 that featured our three Match-ups of the Week. In the NFL, three teams (Chiefs, Ravens and 49ers) all won big games to join the Saints in clinching playoff berths.

This is our fourteenth and final regular season Dynasty Owner weekly recap article. We’ll look at what happened in the three Dynasty Owner Match-ups of the Week, name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, and highlight a player at every position who should have been Active and one who should have been on your Bench.

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

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Drew Brees

Drew Brees had a six TD game, including a clutch 18 yard TD pass with just 53 seconds left, against the San Francisco 49ers and his team still ended up losing the game. At least he can console himself with the fact that the Saints have already won the NFC South and clinched a playoff berth. Plus he won the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor for scoring 57.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (349 yards passing, 1 yard rushing, 5 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD). Brees’ point total was the fourth best point total in Dynasty Owner history, as he earned every penny of his $25 million annual salary this week.

  • Week 14 Points: 57.6
  • Week 14 Salary: $1,785,714
  • Week 14 Cost per Point: $31,002

Congratulations Drew on your first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Austin Ekeler

Ekeler has been a fantasy godsend this season for his Dynasty Owners. Projected to possibly share the workload with Justin Jackson at the beginning of the season with Melvin Gordon holding out, Ekeler has been a steady week-to-week source of Dynasty Owner fantasy points all season long. Even with the return of Gordon, he has scored less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points only once (Week 6 vs. Pittsburgh), while averaging 20.7 points per game. This week, he had his second best performance of the season with 33.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (101 yards rushing, 8 receptions, 112 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD). His best performance came back in Week 1 when he was our first Value Player of the Week with 42.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. All of these points for only $556,667 in annual salary, or just under $40,000 per week.

  • Week 14 Points: 33.3
  • Week 14 Salary: $39,762
  • Week 14 Cost per Point: $1,194

Congratulations Austin on winning the first and then the last regular season Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor!

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in Week 14. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Lamar Jackson, Christian McCaffrey, Michael Thomas or Travis Kelce because each is the #1 player in Dynasty Owner at their respective position and should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 14 when they should have been.

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) – 39.6 points

After this week’s 39.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (349 yards passing, 1 yard rushing, 4 passing TDs, 1 INT), we can probably take Garoppolo out of consideration for this honor as he’s moved up to be the #11 QB in Dynasty Owner. This was his third best performance of the season with the top two both coming against Arizona, so his Dynasty Owners may not have been comfortable having him Active until he proved he could put up big points against someone but the Cardinals. He’s only rostered in 22% of Dynasty Owner leagues, so he couldn’t have been Active for too many people regardless. Hopefully those of you with him on your roster made him Active this week.

Honorable mention to Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky who is owned in 93% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but likely on the Bench in most of them. This is despite the fact that he is averaging 26.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game over the past five weeks. Way back on Thursday night, Trubisky dropped 39.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (244 yards passing, 62 yards rushing, 3 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT) on the Cowboys for his second straight week with 30.0+ points. He should have been Active instead of on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

RB: Raheem Mostert (SF) – 24.9 points

Mostert has been the San Francisco RB to have for the past two weeks. He followed up his 25.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 13 versus Baltimore with a 24.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (69 yards rushing, 2 receptions, 40 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD, 1 receiving TD) in Week 14. Still, those back-to-back performances have only moved him up to being rostered in 30% of Dynasty Owner leagues and the #35 ranked RB. As a result, he probably wasn’t in many Active lineups when he should have been.

WR: A.J. Brown (TEN) – 33.6 points

Brown had his best week of the season in Week 14, scoring 33.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (13 yards rushing, 5 receptions, 153 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs) against the Oakland Raiders. As just the #29 WR in Dynasty Owner after this week, he may not have been in a lot of Active lineups despite his 100% ownership and high draft position (ADP 112). It was the 13 rushing yards that allowed Brown to stay ahead of Darius Slayton for the honor of being the WR who should have been in your Active lineup.

Honorable mention to Darius Slayton of the New York Giants who had 32.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 154 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs) on Monday Night Football. All of Slayton’s points came in the first half alone and any Dynasty Owners with him in their Active lineup (or on the Bench) were probably disappointed that he didn’t add to his point total after halftime. Slayton is owned in just over half (52%) of Dynasty Owner leagues and is now ranked as the #27 WR in Dynasty Owner. Hopefully you thought he’d have a good game with the return of Eli Manning and had him Active, not on the Bench.

TE: Noah Fant (DEN) – 21.3 points

Fant was the second best TE in Dynasty Owner this week, finishing only behind Zach Ertz. He had his second 100-yard receiving performance of the season with 113 yards and scored 21.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 113 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) before leaving the Broncos game after having his foot stepped on. The Week 14 performance makes Fant the #15 ranked TE in Dynasty Owner, so he may not have been Active for too many of his Owners this week when he should have been.

Honorable mention to Tyler Higbee. Higbee put up another Top 10 TE performance this week against Seattle on Sunday night. He had 18.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 116 yards receiving) in place of Gerald Everett and is still available in 70% of Dynasty Owner leagues. He did get to face two teams that defend TEs poorly (Arizona and Seattle), so it’ll be interesting to see if he has another 100 yard receiving game this week against Dallas.

K: Jason Sanders (MIA) – 19.0 points

Sanders has had himself quite an eventful past two weeks. First, in Week 13, he becomes the first kicker to catch a TD pass since 1977, then this week, he kicks 7 FGs, only one FG away from tying the NFL record of FGs in a game. The TD reception wasn’t enough to get him recognized here, but the FGs were. Sanders made 5 out of 6 FGs from 39 yards or less (22, 25, 28, 31, and 37 yards plus a miss from 34 yards out) plus a 47-yarder and a 53-yarder. The 37 yard FG was a clutch one with 1:33 left on the clock that earned him the extra 3 point clutch scoring bonus. Despite the eventful past two weeks, Sanders is still only rostered in 35% of leagues and as the #22 ranked kicker in Dynasty Owner, he probably wasn’t Active for too many Dynasty Owners.

Honorable mentions to Younghoe Koo. Koo has averaged 9.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week since taking over as the Atlanta kicker in Week 10, including a 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance this week. Koo made 8 kicks (4 FGs and 4 PATs) with 3 FGs of 39 yards or less (29, 35 and 37) plus a 50 yarder. He also recovered a fumble on a kickoff return that unfortunately doesn’t count for any Dynasty Owner fantasy points to cap an outstanding game.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Active, but were better left on your Bench. Here are some likely Active players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 14.

QB: Russell Wilson (SEA) – 11.1 points

A while ago, Russell Wilson was the #1 ranked player in Dynasty Owner. Now, he’s down to the #4 ranked QB and except for his Player of the Week winning Week 9 effort, he has been not worthy of being Active for several weeks. Week 14 was the worst of them as Wilson got his Dynasty Owners only 11.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (245 yards passing, 28 yards rushing, 1 INT, 1 fumble). Wilson used to be a reliable Active QB, but no more as he should have been on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Kyler Murray and Josh Allen, two other Top 10 QBs who didn’t perform well in Week 14. Murray had just 11.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (194 yards passing, 2 yards rushing, 2 passing TDs, 3 INTs, 1 fumble) against the Steelers, while Allen had only 12.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (146 yards passing, 9 yards rushing, 1 passing TD, 2 fumbles) against the Ravens. Both of them should have been on the Bench.

RB: Alvin Kamara (NO) – 5.3 points

Yes, there were plenty of RBs who scored fewer than 5.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, but none were more surprising than Kamara only having that many points in a week in which the Saints scored 46 points and he touched the ball 17 times on offense. Kamara had 13 rushes for 25 yards and caught 4 passing for 18 yards, plus a lost fumble, to get his hard-earned 5.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. There were plenty of Saints who should have been Active last week, just not Kamara.

WR: Brandin Cooks (LAR) – 0.0 points

Brandin Cooks was the WR who gave his Dynasty Owners a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) this week. In three games since returning from a concussion, Cooks has scored just a total 9.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. His performance this past week and for most of the season should have made him a steady presence on the Bench, even though he was a high draft pick (ADP 87) for most of his Dynasty Owners.

TE: Austin Hooper (ATL) – 5.2 points

Hooper had a disappointing return from injury with only 5.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 32 yards) in Week 14. In contrast, six of the top 10 TEs had more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Jason Witten had 8.7 points. The other two were out injured (Greg Olsen) or got injured during their Week 14 game (Mark Andrews), leaving Hooper as the TE who was probably Active, but should have been on the Bench.

K: Matt Prater (DET) – -1.0 points

Prater didn’t have a lot of opportunities to score this week as he made his only PAT attempt and missed his only FG attempt from 45 yards out for -1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Prater has cooled off after starting the season averaging 10.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through his first five games. Since then, he’s only averaging half that much (5.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) per game, including this week. Even so, he’s still the 5th rated kicker in Dynasty Owner and rostered in 80% of Dynasty Owner leagues. He was likely to be Active in many of them when he should have been left on the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-ups of the Week Recap

Sobriety Is Boring (1st Place) – 156.6 vs. Kramerica Industrys (3rd Place) – 110.2

Sobriety Is Boring finished the regular season strong and secured first place in League #53 with a convincing 156.6-110.2 victory over Kramerica Industrys, who finished the season in third place. The outcome means that there will not be a rematch in the League #53 semi-finals.

Both Jameis Winston and Aaron Jones came up big for Sobriety Is Boring as they combined for 81.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Kramerica Industrys were also lead by a QB-RB combination, but Jared Goff and Christian McCaffrey combined for only 45.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

In our Week 14 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/12/week-14-preview-whos-making-the-playoffs), we made three lineup suggestions for Kramerica Industrys – replacing Josh Allen with Jared Goff and replacing Marvin Jones and Michael Gallup with Davante Parker and Robert Woods. Kramerica made two out of the three changes, but left Robert Woods and his 25.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on the Bench. In the end, it didn’t matter much as Sobriety Is Boring would have still won if Woods had been Active.

Fuego (2nd Place) – 144.5 vs. Grbalj (4th Place) – 94.6

Fuego was guaranteed a spot in the playoffs no matter what, while Grbalj needed a win to secure his spot. In the end, Fuego won by a 144.5-94.6 score, but despite the loss, Grbalj scored enough points to still make the playoffs.

Fuego was led by Zach Ertz (33.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Deshaun Watson (31.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), while leaving Austin Ekeler and his 33.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on the Bench. Todd Gurley had 21.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Grbalj in a losing effort, while Michael Thomas and his 29.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points were left on Grbalj’s Bench.

It didn’t end up coming down to Monday Night Football for Fuego as predicted. He was leading by a small margin (96.7-89.1) before padding his victory with scoring by Ertz, Saquon Barkley and Jake Elliott.

Ring My BELL (5th Place) – 110.7 vs. New Mexico Mountain (6th Place) – 94.2

Ring My BELL did what he needed to do by defeating New Mexico Mountain by a score of 110.7-94.2 and ending up tied with Grbalj at 9-5. However, Ring My BELL didn’t score enough points as the points tiebreaker went to Grbalj. As a result, Ring My BELL ended up in fifth place in the standings and out of the League #53 playoffs.

Ring My BELL did leave significant points on the Bench by not having Ryan Tannehill Active as Tannehill outscored Ryan Fitzpatrick by a wide margin (37.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to 13.8). James White also outscored Benny Snell (13.3 to 1.1) and should have been Active for Ring My BELL. Those choices cost Ring My BELL 47.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points – which would have made the tiebreaker to determine fourth place closer. However, even setting an optimal lineup and securing the Coaches’ Bonus would have left Ring My BELL 26.4 points short of what he needed to overtake Grbalj.

New Mexico Mountain also had lineup issues as he went with Taysom Hill over Drew Lock and left Adam Thielen in his Active lineup. Hill only ended up with 3.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Lock had 33.0 points. Choosing Hill over Lock ended up costing New Mexico Mountain the victory.

My prediction record ends up being 10-6 on the season as I finished on a high note and swept all three League #53 predictions, including close final score predictions in two out of the three Match-ups. It’s on to the Playoffs for the next preview article. Good luck in the Playoffs to Sobriety Is Boring, Fuego, Kramerica Industrys, Grbalj and all of the other Dynasty Owners who made it!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 13 Recap: One Week Left

Author: Steven Van Tassell

While the NFL season marches on for four more weeks, there’s only one week left in the Dynasty Owner regular season. One week left for Owners to solidify their spot in the Chase for the Ring, their playoff position or win their regular season finale and make it into the playoffs. For the winner of our Match-up of the Week, it’s one more week until the playoffs and an improvement in his standing in the Chase for the Ring, while the loser still has another week to play to clinch his spot in the playoffs.

This is our thirteenth Dynasty Owner weekly recap article. Only one more recap left before we move into Playoff Mode. As usual, we’ll look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, and highlight a player at every position who should have been Active and one who should have been on your Bench.

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

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Aaron Rodgers

Ten players scored over 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week with Rodgers just squeaking by with the most – 38.6 (243 yards passing, 24 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs). It was not nearly as many points as he scored in his last Player of the Week effort – a Dynasty Owner record 62.1 points – but it was good enough to edge out James White (37.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and the QB duo of Deshaun Watson and Jared Goff (37.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points each) for this week’s honor. For the second time this season, owning the highest paid player in Dynasty Owner ($33.5 million annual salary) really paid off.

  • Week 13 Points: 38.6
  • Week 13 Salary: $2,392,857
  • Week 13 Cost per Point: $61,991

Congratulations Aaron on winning your second Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Kyle Allen

Allen wins his first Value Player of the Week honor in a week that saw all of the 30+ Dynasty Owner fantasy point performances get turned in by players making at least $1 million or more. In addition, several other QBs scored more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Allen did. But because of his rock bottom $525,000 annual salary, Allen was able to sneak in and win this week’s honor behind his 27.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (278 yards passing, 22 yards rushing, 2 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT, 2 fumbles – 1 lost).

  • Week 13 Points: 27.1
  • Week 13 Salary: $37,500
  • Week 13 Cost per Point: $1,384

Congratulations Kyle on your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor!

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in Week 13. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Lamar Jackson because while he had an average performance, he is still the #1 QB and top scorer in Dynasty Owner and should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 13 when they should have been.

QB: Jared Goff (LA) – 37.2 points

After going without a TD pass for the entire month of November, Dynasty Owners with Goff on their roster can be forgiven for having him riding the Bench or sitting on the Practice Squad this past week. However, they missed an opportunity with terrible Arizona pass defense as the Rams’ opposition. Goff took advantage with a 37.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (424 yards passing, 2 passing TDs). Goff was the only QB to hit the 400 yards passing bonus of four points this week. While he is rostered in every Dynasty Owner league, he was likely not Active in many of them based on his November performance when he should have been.

Honorable mention to Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick who just fell short of Goff with 36.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (365 yards passing, 2 yards rushing, 3 passing TDs, 1 2-pt conversion, 1 INT) this week. If Fitzpatrick had just not thrown the INT, he would have been Player of the Week. Despite playing well since taking over as the Miami starting QB, he is still rostered in just 24% of Dynasty Owner leagues, so few Dynasty Owners could have had Fitzpatrick Active this week.

RB: Derrius Guice (WAS) – 29.7 points

Guice scored 29.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on only 12 touches (129 yards rushing, 2 receptions, 8 yards receiving, 2 rushing TDs). He might have been Player of the Week if the Redskins hadn’t given 13 carries (for 99 yards rushing) to Adrian Peterson. Carolina came into the game allowing an average of 127 rushing yards per game rushing and the Redskins almost doubled it with 248 yards on the ground. Guice had only just over half of those yards for his first 100+ yard game along with the first two rushing TDs of his career. He should have been Active.

Honorable mention for the second week in a row to Rashaad Penny. Penny had 20.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 12 and did even better in Week 13. Penny had 26.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (74 yards rushing, 4 receptions, 33 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD, 1 receiving TD). Penny is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues and hopefully many of his Owners took his Week 12 performance as a sign of things to come and made him Active.

WR: Alshon Jeffrey (PHI) – 28.7 points

Expectations were likely low for Jeffrey in his return to the lineup after missing two games with an ankle injury. However, Jeffrey was playing against the lousy Miami pass defense and ended up scoring 28.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions, 137 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) for anyone who decided to make him Active. Jeffrey is rostered in 59% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but may not have been in the Active lineup in too many leagues even though he had the third most points among WRs in Week 13.

TE: Tyler Higbee (LAR) – 23.7 points

Prior to the match-up against the Arizona Cardinals, Higbee was averaging 4.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a backup role to Gerald Everett. However, with Everett missing the Cardinals game, it wasn’t surprising that Higbee stepped up and gashed the Cardinals defense for 23.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 107 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD). If you need a TE for this week, Higbee is currently only owned in 11% of Dynasty Owner leagues and plays the Seahawks who also don’t defend the opposition’s TE very well. As a bonus, he only has a $730,215 annual salary. Higbee should have been Active in Week 13 and might also be worthy of a spot in Active lineups in Week 14.

Honorable mentions to Jack Doyle and Mike Gesicki. Both are rostered in plenty of Dynasty Owner leagues (98% for Gesicki; 65% for Doyle), but sit outside the Top 10 at the TE position. In Week 13, they were #2 and #3 in TE scoring with 19.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 73 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) for Doyle and 18.9 Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 79 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) for Gesicki. Both of them should have been Active.

K: Brandon McManus (DEN) – 17.0 points

McManus had two FGs of over 50 yards in the Denver Broncos game against the Los Angeles Chargers, including a 53 yarder as time expired to lift the Broncos to a 23-20 win. In addition to that clutch FG, McManus also kicked FGs of 31 and 52 yards and added 2 PATs to score 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Despite his current status as the #7 kicker in Dynasty Owner, McManus is only rostered in 13% of leagues so he wasn’t Active for too many Dynasty Owners.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Active, but were better left on your Bench. Here are some likely Active players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 13.

QB: Jameis Winston (TB) – 12.4 points

As the #8 ranked QB in Dynasty Owners prior to last week, Jameis Winston was likely Active in a lot of Dynasty Owner leagues. However, don’t let the Winston owners say they weren’t warned not to have him Active this week (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/11/week-13-preview-giving-thanks). While he didn’t throw an INT as predicted, he did have a fumble and only produced 12.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (268 yards passing, 20 yards rushing, 1 fumble – lost), so he should have been on the Bench as recommended

Dishonorable mention to Jaguars QB Nick Foles who really deserves this spot after scoring -4.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (93 yards passing, 3 yards rushing, 1 INT, 2 fumbles – lost) this week. Since Foles is only rostered in 6.5% of leagues, not too many Dynasty Owners could have had him Active. The three turnovers led to Foles’ benching by Jacksonville for the second half of the game against Tampa Bay and the return of Gardner Minshew II.

RB: Ronald Jones (TB) – 0.8 points

It appeared that Jones was the starting RB in Tampa Bay and worthy of being Active after he averaged 12.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game since the Buccaneers’ bye back in Week 7. Fellow Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber averaged only 6.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game over the same time period and seemed like someone to stash on your Bench. Things changed in Week 13, as Barber got 17 carries for 44 yards plus 2 rushing TDs and a 2-point conversion for 18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Jones only rushed the ball six times for eight yards and 0.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Jones should have been the Tampa Bay RB on the Bench in Week 13.

WR: Tyler Lockett (SEA) – 0.0 points

Another week, another top WR rolling a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) for his Dynasty Owners. This week, it was Tyler Lockett on Monday night with a performance to forget. Hope you didn’t need just 0.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Lockett to win your match-up because then you lost. Even though Sammy Watkins also had a Blutarsky, he was likely not Active in as many lineups as Lockett. While Lockett is still the overall #13 WR in Dynasty Owner, that’s three bad weeks in a row for him and he should have been occupying a spot on your Bench.

TE: Hunter Henry (LAC) – 3.0 points

Henry had scored 10.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in six out of seven games he played in this season. That was good enough to make him the #8 TE in Dynasty Owner despite missing four games. However, he only produced just 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 10 yards receiving) in Week 13. There were plenty of other TEs who scored more than Henry and hopefully his Dynasty Owners had one of them Active and put him on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to George Kittle who only had 3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 17 yards receiving, -3 yards rushing). Henry wasn’t the only top TE to put up a poor performance in Week 13 as Kittle barely outsourced him in the 49ers’ loss to Baltimore. Kittle is usually a no-brainer Active lineup player as the #6 ranked TE in Dynasty Owner despite missing two weeks due to injury. Unfortunately for his Owners, he had a bad week and should have been on the Bench.

K: Brett Maher (DAL) – -4.0 points

Maher is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, likely due to his $525,000 annual salary and the fact that he plays for the Dallas Cowboys. Hopefully his Dynasty Owners didn’t have him Active this week as it would have cost them precious points. Maher had a day to forget with as he made his only PAT attempt but missed FGs of 35 and 47 yards for -4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Maher should have spent Thanksgiving on your Bench or, better yet, the Practice Squad.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Up Country Degens (Kevin L) – 142.2 vs. Alex’s Team (Alex C) – 111.4

Up Country Degens clinched first place in their league and moved up in the Chase for the Ring with a convincing 142.2-111.4 victory over Alex’s Team. The win improves the Up Country Degens’ record to 11-2 and moves them into 10th place in the Chase for the Ring, up five spots from last week., The loss drops Alex’s Team to 8-5 and 3rdplace in their league. Alex needs a win in Week 14 to guarantee his spot in the playoffs.

Up Country Degens could have moved up to 7th place in the Chase for the Ring standings if they had fielded their optimal lineup this week. Kevin had both James White (37.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Robert Woods (30.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) on his Bench. Both of those players outscored the players he had in his Active lineup who could have been on the Bench (Austin Ekeler and Dede Westbrook). A change to White and Woods over Ekeler and Westbrook would have yielded Up Country Degens an additional 27.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Alex’s Team ended up keeping his starting RBs as Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott and leaving Derrick Henry and Le’Veon Bell on the Bench. Benching Bell was a good idea as he produced the fewest Dynasty Owner fantasy points of the bunch with just 10.7. Henry, on the other hand, had the most with 24.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Hopefully next year, we’ll have a FLEX option and Alex can start three of his RBs every week.

Up Country Degens won the match-up at QB and TE as Kevin’s margin of victory was 28.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Carson Wentz and Darren Waller outscored Drew Brees and Zach Ertz by a combined 29.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Unfortunately for Alex, his Bench QB (Jacoby Brissett) and TE (Noah Fant) weren’t any better and wouldn’t have closed the scoring gap.

The victory by Up Country Degens drops my Match-up of the Week prediction record to 7-6 for the season and halts my two-game winning streak. Check out the Week 14 preview article to see which teams are in 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 11 Recap: The Strongest Team

Author: Steven Van Tassell

In a week that featured several strong performances by some of the NFL’s top players, such as Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott, we chose to highlight a team in our Match-up of the Week (New York’s Strongest) that featured a strong lineup from top to bottom. New York’s Strongest lived up to their name as they proved to be too strong for their opponent as well as the rest of us playing Dynasty Owner so far.

This is our eleventh Dynasty Owner weekly recap article. Hopefully, it’s a strong one. As usual, we’ll look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, and highlight a player at every position who should have been Active and one who should have been on your Bench.

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

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo loves playing against the Arizona Cardinals. In two games against them this year, he has accumulated 88.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, including 46.9 this week (424 yards passing, 7 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs, 2 INTs). The 25-yard passing TD to Jeff Wilson with 31 seconds left was the score that gave Jimmy G the 3-point clutch scoring bonus and vaulted him over 40 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the second time against Arizona. Jimmy G did all of this scoring without his best receiver (George Kittle), so he really earned his nearly $2 million Dynasty Owner weekly salary in Week 11.

  • Week 11 Points: 46.9
  • Week 11 Salary: $1,964,286
  • Week 11 Cost per Point: $41,882

Congratulations Jimmy G. on winning your first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Dak Prescott

Surprisingly, this is Dak’s first Value Player of the Week honor, although he did win Player of the Week back in Week 1. As the #3 ranked QB in Dynasty Owner with a rock-bottom salary of $680,848 for this season, Prescott has been a strong contender several times for the honor, but has just missed out every time. That will change next year once he signs a new contract, so his Dynasty Owner should enjoy the value while it lasts. This past week, he scored 46.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (444 yards passing, 18 yards rushing, 3 passing TDs). He nearly won Player of the Week honors for the second time, but has to settle for Value Player of the Week with a cost per point in Week 11 of just over $1,000.

  • Week 11 Points: 46.0
  • Week 11 Salary: $48,632
  • Week 11 Cost per Point: $1,057

Congratulations Dak on your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor!

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in Week 11. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Christian McCaffrey because he is the #1 ranked RB and should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 11 when they should have been.

QB: Jeff Driskel (DET) – 33.6 points

In two games as the Lions starter, Driskel has accumulated a total of 55.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with 33.6 of those points coming in Week 11 against the Cowboys. Driskel only threw for 209 yards, but had 3 TDs (2 passing and 1 rushing) as well as 51 yards rushing. His 33.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points was sixth best among QBs and easily the most unlikely. Driskel is only rostered in 2% of Dynasty Owner leagues and was highly unlikely to be Active.

Honorable mention to Jets QB Sam Darnold who had 34.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (293 yards passing, -3 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs, 1 INT, 1 fumble). While he scored 0.8 points more than Driskel, Darnold could have been Active in more lineups due to his 100% ownership and the fact that the Jets were playing the Redskins. The Redskins defense is not very strong, so hopefully Dynasty Owners with Darnold on their roster made him Active this week.

RB: Gus Edwards (BAL) – 19.2 points

Edwards ripped off a 63-yard TD run late in the Ravens 41-7 victory over the Texans to earn this spot. The 63 yard play was more yards than the backup to Mark Ingram had run for in a single game all season. All total, Edwards had 19.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (112 yards rushing, 1 rushing TD) for a mere cost of $570,000 in annual salary. Few of the Dynasty Owners in the 39% of leagues in which he is rostered likely had him in their Active lineup, even though he ended up the week tied for second in rushing yards (behind Johnathan Williams of the Colts) and sixth in Dynasty Owner fantasy points among RBs.

Honorable mentions to Tony Pollard (18.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Tarik Cohen (18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) who each had a receiving TD this week. Pollard earned two points by running in a 2-pt conversion and an extra point from his 42 yards of kickoff returns to jump ahead of Cohen, who had more rushing yards (39 to 12 for Pollard) and receptions (5 vs. 4 for Pollard).

WR: Randall Cobb (DAL) – 21.5 points

Randall Cobb has a two-game streak of scoring 20+ Dynasty Owner fantasy points after this week’s 21.5 point performance (4 receptions, 115 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). After a promising Week 1 with 16.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Cobb didn’t score in double digit again until Week 10 (22.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Dynasty Owners must have thought it was a mirage since nobody picked him and his $5 million annual salary up after his Week 10 performance. That was a mistake as some Owners could have really used him in their Active lineup this week.

TE: Ross Dwelley (SF) – 17.4 points

With the injury to George Kittle, Dwelley stepped into the 49ers Week 10 lineup and produced 5.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions for 24 yards). In Week 11, Dwelley had one more reception but for 10 fewer yards. The difference was that he scored 2 TDs to give his few Dynasty Owners 17.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 14 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). A couple of Dynasty Owners took a chance and picked up Dwelley and his $525,000 salary for this year (2% ownership). Hopefully they made him Active.

K: Stephen Hauschka (BUF) – 13.0 points

After a dreadful week in which he scored -3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Browns, Hauschka came back with a strong performance in Week 11 versus the Dolphins. It was his second week with double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy point this season – both against the Dolphins. Hauschka was perfect on the day, making all seven of his kicks (3 FGs and 4 PATs). He had two short FGs of under 39 yards (21 and 34 yards) plus a 51-yard FG worth 5.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to give him a total of 13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Not bad for a kicker who was not likely Active in many Dynasty Owner leagues since he is only rostered in 6.5% of them.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Active, but were better left on your Bench. Here are some likely Active players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 11.

QB: Deshaun Watson (HOU) – 3.7 points

Watson easily turned in his worst performance of the 2019 season this past week against the Baltimore Ravens, scoring only 3.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (169 yards passing, 12 yards rushing, 1 INT, 1 fumble – lost). Prior to the Texans’ Week 10 bye, Watson was averaging 30.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, so his Owners can be excused for thinking that he was a solid every week Active QB. Unfortunately for them, that was wrong, and they should have kept him on the Bench.

RB: David Montgomery (CHI) – 6.0 points

This is two weeks in a row that Montgomery has scored just 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points after putting up consecutive 20+ Dynasty Owner fantasy point outings that had his Owners thinking he should be Active every week. It’s not because of a lack of touches, as Montgomery had 15 touches this week after having 17 touches the week before. He just hasn’t been doing much with the ball in his hands as he had just 31 yards rushing (on 14 carries) and 1 reception for 19 yards. With uncertainty at QB for the Bears, it may be advisable to Bench Montgomery for the foreseeable future. His Dynasty Owners would have been better off with him on the Bench in Week 11.

Dishonorable mention to trendy free agent pickup Brian Hill of the Falcons. Hill was rostered in 52% of Dynasty Owner leagues, probably because of his $600,000 one year contract as well as the fact that he was expected to be the lead RB for the Falcons and build on his 14.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort from Week 11. With projections positive for a good week, many of his Owners likely had Hill Active and reaped only 4.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (30 yards rushing, 1 reception, 8 receiving yards) for it. He should have been on the Bench.

WR: Tyler Boyd (CIN) – 2.0 points

His Dynasty Owners might not have wanted to make him Active, but with injuries to several top WRs (Adam Thielen, T.Y. Hilton, Brandin Cooks) and more on bye (Davante Adams and Tyler Lockett), many of them might have been left with no other choice. These Owners were probably hoping he would replicate his 12.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance from Week 10 with Ryan Finley as the Bengals QB, but alas, Boyd would only score 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 yards rushing, 1 reception, 0 yards receiving). Leaving him on the Bench would have been the better play.

TE: Jack Doyle (IND) – 0.0 points

Doyle had been on a roll in the four games since the Colts bye, scoring an average of 9.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. After being cleared to play earlier in the week and with Jacoby Brissett back in the lineup at QB, Doyle was expected to be a good TE to have in your Active lineup. Unfortunately for those Dynasty Owners who made him Active based on that information, Doyle was not targeted in the Colts 33-13 win over the Jaguars and ended up with a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He should have been left on your Bench or better yet, Practice Squad.

K: Joey Slye (CAR) – 2.0 points

Carolina kicker Joey Slye is the choice here even though several kickers had worse weeks than he did. However, the kickers who earned negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (Eddy Pinerio, Josh Lambo and Chris Boswell) were likely not Active in too many lineups. In contrast, Slye is rostered in 65% of Dynasty Owner leagues and still the #11 ranked kicker after making his only FG attempt (31 yards) in Week 11.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

New York’s Strongest (Eddie Driscoll) – 178.1 vs. The Miracle Metcalfs (Andrew Wade) – 95.1

New York’s Strongest lived up to their name with a very strong performance this week against The Miracle Metcalfs, prevailing by a score of 178.1-95.1. New York’s Strongest showed the top to bottom strength of their Active lineup and also got strong performances by most of the players on their Bench in the easy victory.

The Miracle Metcalfs had a solid performance with 95.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points despite having Active QB Russell Wilson on bye. A recommended switch to Josh Allen in the Active lineup and moving Baker Mayfield from the Practice Squad to the Bench would have yielded them an extra 39.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for a total of 134.6. Not enough to win, but the game would have been closer.

It turns out that Eddie was a little modest when naming his team. New York’s Strongest is a little bit off as they are really Dynasty Owner’s Strongest now, sitting at the top of the Chase for the Ring standings.

New York’s Strongest has a 47 point advantage over the second place team (Recyclers) in the Chase for the Ring standings. They made a strong move this week, moving from fourth place last week to first place behind their 178.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Eddie is in great position, but needs to finish strong over the next three weeks of the regular season and win his league in order to claim the Ring.

Even though I predicted a closer game, said it would be difficult for New York’s Strongest to win by the projected margin of 40 points and that they would have an “average” performance, their victory makes my Match-up of the Week prediction record 6-5 for the season. Check out our Week 12 preview article to see which teams are in the Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

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Week 10 Recap: Welcome Back

Author: Steven Van Tassell

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

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

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

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Patrick Mahomes

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

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

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

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Tyreek Hill

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

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

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

Players Who Should Have Been Active

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

QB: Daniel Jones (NYG) – 39.4 points

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

RB: Ronald Jones II (TB) – 21.6 points

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

WR: Darius Slayton (NYG) – 34.1 points

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

TE: Jacob Hollister (SEA) – 20.2 points

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

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

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

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

QB: Jared Goff (LAR) – 1.2 points

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

RB: David Johnson (ARI) – -1.0 points

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

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

WR: Cooper Kupp (LAR) – 0.0 points

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

TE: Jason Witten (DAL) – 3.7 points

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

K: Greg Zuerlein (LAR) – 1.0 point

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

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

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Week 9 Recap: No Competition, but No More

Author: Steven Van Tassell

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

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

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

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Russell Wilson

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

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

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

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Preston Williams

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

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

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

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

Players Who Should Have Been Active

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

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) – 41.1 points

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

RB: Devin Singletary (BUF) – 23.0 points

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

WR: D.K. Metcalf (SEA) – 27.0 points

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

TE: Jacob Hollister (SEA) – 22.7 points

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

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

K: Harrison Butker (KC) – 20.0 points

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

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

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

QB: Gardner Minshew II (JAX) – 11.0 points

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

RB: Royce Freeman (DEN) – 2.4 points

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

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

WR: Stefon Diggs (MIN) – 2.6 points

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

TE: Mark Andrews (BAL) – 4.1 points

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

K: Jason Myers (SEA) – 1 point

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

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

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Week 8 Recap: History Repeats Itself

Author: Steven Van Tassell

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

We are also repeating ourselves with our eighth Dynasty Owner weekly recap article. Just like the previous ones, we’ll look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, and highlight a player at every position who should have been Active and one who should have been on your Bench.

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

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Mike Evans

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

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

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

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Aaron Jones

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

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

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

Players Who Should Have Been Active

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

QB: Daniel Jones (NYG) – 38.4 points

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

RB: Tevin Coleman (SF) – 39.8 points

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

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

WR: Chris Conley (JAX) – 20.3 points

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

TE: Ryan Griffin (NYJ) – 24.6 points

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

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

K: Dan Bailey (MIN) – 14.0 points

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

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

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Active, but were better left on your Bench. Here are some likely Active players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 8.

QB: Jacoby Brissett (IND) – 10.5 points

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

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

RB: Derrick Henry (TEN) – 6.3 points

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

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

WR: Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) – 2.8 points

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

TE: Zach Ertz (PHI) – 4.0 points

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

K: Eddy Pinerio (CHI) – 2 points

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

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

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

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

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

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

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

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

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

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