Jay’s 2021 Dynasty Owner Awards

By: Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl)

What’s up Dynasty Owners? Welcome back to another article. Why you ask? As I said in my previous video, Dynasty Owner is like the Las Vegas of fantasy football, we never sleep! Before we start diving into the off-season full swing, I have one last article for all of you strictly regarding the 2021 NFL season.

In today’s article, I will be giving out my personal Dynasty Owner awards for the 2021 season and if you remember back to my awards article for the 2020 season, I will be giving all the awards goofy names again to make it fun. Before jumping into the article, I will hit you all with a slightly different version of Jay’s weekly recap called, Jay’s playoff preview. I figured with the last week of the season virtually meaningless for many teams we will skip Week 18 and dive right into the playoffs instead.

In the AFC’s first round we have three matchups. The Chiefs vs Steelers, Raiders vs Bengals, and the Patriots vs Bills. Let’s start with the Chiefs vs Steelers. A few weeks back these two teams met, and it was an absolute rout by the Chiefs in which I saw very little to be optimistic about as a Steelers fan heading into the playoffs. Chiefs win and it will likely be by a lot! The Raiders vs Bengals does not feel like it should be a close game, but as the Raiders have shown they will not back down from anyone. All of that said I am still taking Joe Burrow and the Bengals. In what is sure to be a phenomenal game we have my favorite matchup in the AFC, the Patriots vs Bills. I really hate betting against Bill Belichick or Tom Brady, but I have the Bills winning this matchup on the back of Josh Allen. The Hoodie will keep his team in it, but I don’t think Mac Jones is ready to win a playoff game in Buffalo just yet.

In the NFC, we have two intriguing matchups and one I don’t feel will be all that close. In the first game we have the Cardinals vs Rams and I feel this will be a fantastic game to watch. Ultimately, I feel this will come down to Matthew Stafford taking care of the football and I feel he does just that, getting the Rams one victory closer to a home game in the Super Bowl. In the other matchup I feel will be an extremely close game we have the Cowboys vs 49ers, with the Cowboys coming out on top. Dak Prescott has been fantastic at home this season and it continues into Week 1 of the playoffs. Finally, we have Tom Brady’s Bucs vs Jalen Hurts and the Eagles. Remember how I said one NFC matchup won’t be all that close? Tom Brady will make Philly fans pay this week for beating him years ago in Super Bowl LII.

Now for the moment you have all been waiting for, me to shut up and get to Jay’s 2021 Dynasty Owner Awards.

For this article, DOFP stands for Dynasty Owner fantasy points and DD/PT stands for Dynasty Dollars per point, which is the player’s salary divided by the number of DOFP he scored.

The Terry Bradshaw Award: Jay’s Top QB

I named this the Terry Bradshaw award because let’s be honest, he is the best to ever do it at the quarterback position. Yes, I am a biased Steelers fan and in no way being serious. I say this non-stop, and I will continue to say it, quarterbacks are Dynasty Owner gold. In contention for this award there were only two clear contenders, Justin Herbert, and Josh Allen. Herbert had a fantastic season and a strong argument to win this award, but Josh Allen has the slightly cheaper contract and a better DD/PT giving him the edge. Allen did take a step back passing this season, but more than made up for it with his legs making him Dynasty Owner’s top dawg at the QB position.

Winner – Josh Allen

PlayerPositionSalaryDOFPDD/PT
Josh AllenQB$5,295,760503.3$10,522

The LaDainian Tomlinson Award: Jay’s Top RB

I named this the LaDainian Tomlinson award because I have never seen a better fantasy back in all my years playing. No jokes with this name. The top running back this season was extremely clear with only one in serious contention. The man at the top was none other than Jonathan Taylor. Taylor had a monster 2021 campaign and looks poised to be the RB1 for years to come.

Winner – Jonathan Taylor

PlayerPositionSalaryDOFPDD/PT
Jonathan TaylorRB$1,957,287389.1$5,030

The Wonderful JuJu Award: Jay’s Top WR

The Wonderful JuJu award’s name was inspired by JuJu Smith-Schuster’s fantastic rookie season on such a cheap contract. JuJu would have been a fantastic player to have on your Dynasty Owner roster back in 2017 and 2018. I am sure many of you reading this are expecting Cooper Kupp to win this award, but to be honest, he was not even considered due to his $15,750,000 contract. Deebo Samuel is the winner of this award coming in at a much better value finishing nearly 7x better in the DD/PT category than his division rival Kupp. Even after his monster season, Cooper Kupp finished 2021 with a $35,779 DD/PT compared to Samuel’s $5,343. Contracts matter in Dynasty Owner.

Winner – Deebo Samuel

PlayerPositionSalaryDOFPDD/PT
Deebo SamuelWR$1,811,869339.1$5,343

The Mike Ditka Award: Jay’s Top TE

The fourth award on this list pays tribute to Mike Ditka’s unbelievable rookie season and my team’s name in fantasy football, team Suck My Ditka. The Mike Ditka award is another award where the winner had no true competition. Mark Andrews was head and shoulders the best tight end in 2021 because of his insanely cheap contract, paired with his top tier production. Obviously having the Number 1 scoring tight end is a huge positional advantage in Dynasty Owner but Andrews gave you so much more value than someone like Travis Kelce because of his sub $1,000,000 contract compared to Kelce’s $14,312,500 deal.

Winner – Mark Andrews

PlayerPositionSalaryDOFPDD/PT
Mark AndrewsTE$863,290303.1$2,848

The Real MVP Award: Top Kicker

The Real MVP award should be self-explanatory as we all know close games almost always come down to one man’s leg. The winner of this award was none other than the mini–G.O.A.T. himself, Matt Gay. Gay was an extremely reliable kicker on a very good offense making him the best kicker to roster in Dynasty Owner. Gay was such a value he finished with a better DD/PT than Josh Allen.

Winner – Matt Gay

PlayerPositionSalaryDOFPDD/PT
Matt GayK$762,500133.0$5,733

The Dollar Tree Award: Jay’s Favorite Value

The Dollar Tree award was inspired by the tremendous values you can find at the Dollar Tree. The winner of the best value in all of Dynasty Owner was Mr. Third and Renfrow himself, Hunter Renfrow. Before the 2021 season, you could have acquired Renfrow for roughly a third round pick and when you pair that with his cheap salary and excellent production you get your value of 2021. Renfrow finished as the WR10 overall and finished at an amazing $2,708 DD/PT and would have been considered for the top WR but a slow-ish start kept him from obtaining the crown.

Winner – Hunter Renfrow

PlayerPositionSalaryDOFPDD/PT
Hunter RenfrowWR$708,987261.8$2,708

The Future Baker Mayfield Award: Dynasty Owner’s Worst Value

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The Future Baker Mayfield award is Dynasty Owner’s worst value and was inspired by the thoughts of the Browns paying Baker Mayfield north of $30,000,000 in the coming years. In 2021, there was one player that was highly rostered, expensive, and a massive letdown. That player was Allen Robinson. Allen Robinson went into 2021 with high hopes playing on the franchise tag and it turned out to be a massive failure. Robinson finished tied as the WR86 on the season and only scored a measly 87.0 DOFP while playing in 12 games.

Winner – Allen Robinson

PlayerPositionSalaryDOFPDD/PT
Allen RobinsonWR$17,880,00087.0$205,517

The Elon Musk Award: Jay’s Favorite Big Money Player

I couldn’t do an awards article in 2021 without mentioning Cooper Kupp, thus the Elon Musk award was born. The Elon Musk award is given to a highly paid player who produces unhuman results. Cooper Kupp finished the 2021 season scoring an astonishing 440.2 DOFP and did not let any of our Dynasty Owners who rostered him down. I also see no reason to believe we won’t see an encore come 2022. I think it’s fair to say Kupp was a value even at $15,750,00 per year.

Winner – Cooper Kupp

PlayerPositionSalaryDOFPDD/PT
Cooper KuppWR$15,750,000440.2$35,779

The Justin Jefferson Award: Jay’s Top Rookie

Up next, we have another award name that has no joke tied to it and that is the Justin Jefferson award, which goes to Dynasty Owner’s top rookie. I am sure many are expecting Ja’Marr Chase to win this award but unfortunately for you, I am the author of this article, and I am biased towards Pittsburgh players. The best rookie in all of Dynasty Owner in 2021 was Steelers running back Najee Harris. In all fairness, Najee finished at $10,635 DD/PT while Chase finished over double at $23,990. If I am being honest, I would no doubt take Chase over Harris long term and even as a contender heading into 2022. The main reason I chose Harris over Chase for this award is because running back was such a crapshoot this season.

Winner – Najee Harris

PlayerPositionSalaryDOFPDD/PT
Najee HarrisRB$3,261,862306.7$10,635

The Tempur-Pedic Award: Biggest Potential Sleeper Moving Forward

I have to say I think this may be my favorite award name of the bunch. The Tempur-Pedic award is the award that will go to the biggest potential sleeper heading into this off-season. While there are certainly more than a couple players to consider for this award, I feel Davis Mills takes the cake. Mills looked solid most of the season and came on extremely strong over the last few weeks looking like a potential franchise guy. If the Texans give Mills the 2022 season to audition, he could be a huge, unexpected bonus to any Dynasty Owner roster. Mills may end up busting, but he also has a realistic chance to be one of the biggest QB values in all of Dynasty Owner come 2022.

Winner – Davis Mills

PlayerPositionSalaryDOFPDD/PT
Davis MillsQB$1,304,383204.2$6,388

The Tom Brady of 2021 Award:  Jay’s 2021 MVP

Finally, we have our Tom Brady of 2021 award and the name of this award needs zero explanation. Our 2021 G.O.A.T is none other than Jonathan Taylor who is our first repeat award winner of the article and the RB1 in all of Dynasty Owner. Taylor’s season speaks for itself and anyone rostering Taylor is a very happy camper heading into the 2022 season. A quick Taylor story and my trade of the year was moving Antonio Gibson for Jonathan Taylor days before the season started in Beta Test League 4. As mentioned with Najee Harris, the volatility at the running back position makes Taylor the clear winner for this award.

Winner – Jonathan Taylor

PlayerPositionSalaryDOFPDD/PT
Jonathan TaylorRB$1,957,287389.1$5,030

Thank you all for reading Jay’s 2021 Awards and please feel free to let me know on Twitter if you would have given the award to a different player and why. Stay tuned for plenty of offseason content from Steve Van Tassell, Mat “The Jerk” Morrison, Nate Christian, and myself. Steve will be covering numerous things this off-season, Matt will cover many of the player’s contract situations, Nate will cover all incoming rookies, and I will be doing things for our rebuilding owners. Stay safe and good luck on your 2022 Chase for the Ring.

Top 5 Free Agent Auction Targets of 2021

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 17 Recap: Chase-ing Down a Championship

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

For everyone who was chasing a Dynasty Owner League Championship, they needed a few of the top point producers in their Starting lineup to make sure that they would win. Winning a League Championship was worth $100 million Dynasty Dollars for everyone and half of the total prize money pool for those in cash prize leagues ($600 in $1,200 prize pool leagues and $300 in $600 prize pool leagues). While it’s important to have the highest scoring players over the course of the season to help you reach the finals, the most important thing in the finals is having the highest scoring players for the week to win the Championship.

Since I’ve already written about what happened in the Chase for the Ring (Congrats again to Jeff on winning with his SKOL Vikings team) and the Match-ups of the Week, this article and the video will focus on the players who performed the best and the worst in Week 17. It’s the usual first part of the weekly recap article, just without the Match-up of the Week and Chase for the Ring Top 10 recap. If you want to know more about the Chase for the Ring, go check out the article published yesterday and watch yesterday’s Livestream.

While it’s important to “start your studs” as everyone says, it’s also important to know if those “studs” have a bad match-up against a top rated defense, bad game script due to being overmatched and likely to run the ball less (this is mainly for RBs), or an offense missing key players such as having a backup QB starting, or multiple starting offensive linemen injured and out. While some players were immune to a bad week this season, think Cooper Kupp who scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in all 16 games, Diontae Johnson who did it in 14 out of 15 games, or Jonathan Taylor who is on a streak of 13 straight games with double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points, others might have great overall stats and rankings, but be more of a “boom or bust” player or slumping at the end of a long season. Yes, I’m looking at you Mike Williams and Tyler Lockett. Can you trust those players to perform in the playoff finals or is it safer to put them on the Bench, avoid the potential “bust” and still get 25% of their points on your Bench if they go out and have a “boom” week? Thanks to the 2021 Chase for the Ring Champion Jeff for dropping that knowledge on everyone during the Livestream.

On the other hand, some players are finally hitting their stride at the end of the season and their performance over the past few games should be weighed more heavily than their season-long stats. Back in 2019, Dynasty Owners with Kenyan Drake on their roster likely rode him to victory as he was the Value Player of the Week for both weeks of the playoffs (Dynasty Owner playoffs were only two weeks long in 2019). He had been traded to Arizona midway through the season and retained the lead RB role despite the return of David Johnson from injury after the Cardinals bye that season. Drake ended up scoring 48.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 15 (semi-finals) and 35.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 16 (finals) and moved up to finish the season as RB15. He was clearly outside of the Top 24 RBs before the Dynasty Owner playoffs started but likely ended up carrying his Dynasty Owners to a League Championship if they had him in their Starting lineup.

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

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.

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of January 5th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

We practically have a repeat of what was written here last week. Our third Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for the 2021 playoffs and seventeenth overall for the season is a player who is winning the honor for the second time this year, but the first time winning it by himself: Ja’Marr Chase

Back in Week 7, Ja’Marr Chase split the Player of the Week award with his teammate Joe Burrow. Burrow was the solo winner of the Player of the Week honor last week and now, it’s Chase who takes the award by himself. Chase had 61.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 17 (11 receptions, 266 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs), the most points by any player in Dynasty Owner this season and third highest in Dynasty Owner history. The rarely obtained 6 point bonus for 200 yards rushing or receiving was the difference maker. His 266 receiving yards was the most by a rookie and 16th highest in NFL history. It was his second game in 2021 with more than 200 receiving yards and only the third one all season (Davante Adams had the other one). The QB throwing him the ball, Joe Burrow, had 51.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and was significantly far enough behind to give Chase the award on his own. Chase likely gave the League Championship to everyone who was chasing one and had him in their Starting lineup this week.

Week 17 Points: 61.6

2021 Salary: $7,547,410

Cost per Point: $122,523

Congratulations to Ja’Marr on winning your first solo Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor and your second overall honor for the 2021 season.

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. The third Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 playoffs and seventeenth for the season is: Braxton Berrios

Jets rookie WR Elijah Moore was the team’s leading receiver until missing the past four games with a quadriceps injury and then because he was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list. In his place, Braxton Berrios has played very well and just moved ahead of Moore in Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the year (146.6 for Berrios versus 138.2 for Moore). Nearly half of those points (71.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) have come in the past four weeks, including a career-high 26.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions, 65 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 12 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 55 return yards, 1 fumble lost) in Week 17 against Tampa Bay. He scored a pair of TDs making it his third game in a row with a TD and the first game of his career with more than one TD. Not bad for a player who was available in a majority of Dynasty Owner leagues when the playoffs started.

Week 17 Points: 26.1

2021 Salary: $644,602

Cost per Point: $24,697

Congratulations Braxton on the first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of your career. Since he’s in the final year of his rookie late sixth round draft pick contract, it will likely be his last one.

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Let’s take a look at those players who should have been one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 17. These are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 17 when they should have been and helped your Dynasty Owner team win your League Championship, third place game, or the Loser’s bracket tournament.

QB: Russell Wilson (NYJ) – 38.2 points

Wilson had great bookend games this season with 37.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Colts in Week 1 and 38.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (236 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, 24 rushing yards). However, he was a Bench QB and averaged just 21.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game for the season. If you take out the first and last game, his average slips to 18.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. His $35 million annual salary runs for three more seasons, it’s just not totally clear right now if he’ll be playing in Seattle or somewhere else in 2022. If he’s traded, his salary remains the same unless the new team restructures the deal. That’s an off-season discussion though. For Week 17, Wilson would have looked really good in the Starting lineup of a team playing for something in the final week of the Dynasty Owner season.

RB: Rashaad Penny (SEA) – 34.5 points

There were quite a few unlikely RBs at the top of the fantasy scoring heap in Week 17. Rashaad Penny had the most points of them all with 34.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (170 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 2 receptions, 15 receiving yards), so he is listed here in bold at the top. In addition, Devin Singletary had 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Rhamondre Stevenson had 24.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Boston Scott had 24.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, and Jaret Patterson had 20.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to merit consideration. Penny has been doing very well for the past couple of weeks as the lead RB for the Seahawks, but was still well outside of the top 50 RBs for the season prior to Week 17 (he is RB51 now), so some of his Dynasty Owners may not have locked Penny into their Starting lineup. Hopefully they did and got the full benefit of his RB1 performance for the week.

WR: Amon-Ra St. Brown (DET) – 35.4 points

So far, it’s three out of three players from the Week 17 Seattle-Detroit game, which isn’t too surprising since was the highest scoring game of the week with 80 combined points. St. Brown had eight or more receptions and at least 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points every week from Weeks 13 to Week 16 and a total of 92.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over that span (23.15 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game). Week 17 was the best week of all for St. Brown in his rookie season as he scored both rushing and receiving TDs for 35.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions, 111 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 23 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 2-pt conversion). Dynasty Owners with St. Brown and a game to play in Week 17 likely knew that he was on a roll and hopefully they had him in their Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to Cyril Grayson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kristian Wilkerson of the New England Patriots who both are rostered in few Dynasty Owner leagues (1.8% for Wilkerson and 0.6% for Grayson) and got elevated to the active roster for the Week 17 game. Both had been active in prior weeks, but had been dropped back to the practice squad. Grayson scored the game-winning 33-yard TD reception with 15 seconds left in the Buccaneers 28-24 victory over the New York Jets and ended up with 23.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 81 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 7 return yards). Wilkerson had 20.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 42 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs) for the first receptions and TDs for the undrafted rookie WR.

TE: David Njoku (CLE) – 12.8 points

Outside of his tremendous game in Week 5 against the Chargers when he scored 27.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, David Njoku hasn’t been worth having in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup too many times. Week 17 was another time as he was TE7 for the week with 12.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 28 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). It was actually the second best game of the season for Njoku and just his fourth game with more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Njoku is rostered in less than half (44.4%) of Dynasty Owner leagues and hopefully a few of the Dynasty Owners with him on their roster got the benefit of his big game in their League Championship game.

Honorable mention to Anthony Firkser of the Tennessee Titans who had his best game of the 2021 season with 11.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 24 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). It was his first TD of the season. Firkser was expected to be much better this season, as evidenced by his ADP of 162.7 (18th among TEs), but he hasn’t even been the best TE on Tennessee this season. Geoff Swaim has more Dynasty Owner fantasy points with 68.8 compared to 55.5 on the season for Firkser. Firkser was even behind MyCole Pruitt until this week as Pruitt had scored 48.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Even though Firkser was on a roster in 60.4% of Dynasty Owner leagues, it’s unlikely too many of those Dynasty Owner had him in their Starting lineup after such a disappointing season.

K: Jason Myers (SEA) – 17.0 points

This one was pretty obvious. Jason Myers had only scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points once all season, was averaging only 3.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and had been even worse since the Seahawks’ Week 9 bye with a 2.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game average. Needless to say, the 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point outing from him in Week 17 was completely unexpected. Myers had nine kicking attempts and made them all. He had 6 PATs and three successful FGs, one from each scoring range (36 yards for 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, 42 yards for 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, and 51 yards for 5.0 v Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Myers is rostered by a surprisingly high percentage of Dynasty Owners (82.25%) and hopefully a few of them had him in their Starting lineup.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored only a few or no Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 17 when Dynasty Owners facing a League Championship match-up really could have used them to play well. All of them should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Jalen Hurts (PHI) – 15.1 points

Usually, the QB listed here has fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points than 15.1, but almost all of the top QBs played well in Week 17. The exception was Jalen Hurts of the Eagles who only had 15.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (214 passing yards and 44 rushing yards) and then nearly had a railing, and several Eagles fans fall on him after the game was over. Technically, Carson Wentz had fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points (14.4), but Hurts is rostered in every Dynasty Owner league, while Wentz is on a roster in only 11.8% of leagues. As Hurts had scored 29.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Football Team just two weeks prior, his Dynasty Owners probably were figuring on similar production. They didn’t get it and hopefully had Hurts on their Bench, or his limited production in their Starting lineup didn’t change the outcome of their game.

RB: Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) – 4.0 points

Ezekiel Elliott had become TD-dependent as a Starter for your Dynasty Owner team over the past five weeks. In the three games he scored a TD, he had double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points with an average of 16.8 points per game. In the two games he didn’t, he had 9.0 and 6.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Since the Cowboys Week 7 bye, he hasn’t gotten over 100 yards of total offense, but has been seeing the ball plenty with an average of 15.2 touches per game. This week, it was a lack of touches (only 10) combined with his poor production and no TD that doomed his Dynasty Owners to only a 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (16 rushing yards, 1 reception, 14 receiving yards). As the RB6 in Dynasty Owner for the season, it would have been difficult for a lot of people who have Elliott on their roster to leave him on the Bench in Week 17, but that would have been the correct decision.

Dishonorable mention to Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings who wasn’t much better than Elliott with only 4.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (13 rushing yards, 3 receptions, zero receiving yards). SKOL Vikings were able to win the Chase for the Ring with Cook in their Starting lineup, but nobody else had as good of a team as they did. For the rest of the Dynasty Owners with Cook playing in their League Championship, hopefully you were able to overcome his lack of production or decided to start someone else at RB this week and put Cook on your Bench.

WR: Marquise Brown (BAL) – 2.8 points

Without Lamar Jackson at QB, Marquise Brown’s production had declined in recent weeks, but not by a lot. What was probably more alarming to Brown’s Dynasty Owners than Jackson’s absence from the Ravens lineup would be the fact that Brown hadn’t caught a TD pass since the Ravens bye back in Week 8. He had six TDs in the first seven games of the season and then the TDs stopped. In Week 17, Brown had his worst game of the season with only 2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 28 receiving yards, 1 fumble lost). It was his first lost fumble, his fewest receiving yards, and tied for the fewest number of receptions of the season. Not a good week for Brown and for his Dynasty Owners to have him in their Starting lineups.

TE: Dawson Knox (BUF) – 0.0 points

Knox has been a surprisingly good TE for Buffalo all season. Despite missing two games, Knox was in the Top 10 TEs and averaging nearly 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. He has 9 TDs on the season, which is tied with Mark Andrews and Hunter Henry for the most by a TE. None of that mattered in Week 17 as Josh Allen struggled throwing the ball, so Buffalo surprisingly leaned on their running game. As a result, Knox was only targeted twice, caught neither pass, nor ended up with a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). The Falcons’ pass defense against TEs was rated around the middle of the pack in the NFL, so this wasn’t expected. Hopefully Dynasty Owners in the playoff finals with Knox on their team had another TE in their Starting lineup and sat Knox on the Bench.

K: Matt Gay (LAR) – 0.0 points

Matt Gay was averaging 8.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game before Week 17 and hadn’t missed a FG attempt since Week 4 and a PAT attempt since Week 5. He had only missed two kicks all season before the 56 yard attempt in the first quarter of the Rams-Ravens game. He did make both of his PAT attempts and combined with the missed FG, he ended up with zero Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Gay had five games with 10.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points and had been averaging 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points since the Rams’ Week 11 bye. Hopefully if you had Gay in your Starting lineup, his 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points didn’t hurt your team’s chances of winning. His Dynasty Owners would have been better off if they put him on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein who also had zero Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Zuerlein also made both of his PAT attempts but missed a 43-yard FG. Zuerlein was lower ranked than Gay with 104.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in 13 games played (8.0 points per game). Zuerlein had also missed more FGs and PATs than Gay (5 each before Week 17), which is why he is listed as just a dishonorable mention. Zuerlein would have been better on your Dynasty Owner Bench, but if you had him in your Starting lineup, hopefully his 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points didn’t hurt your team’s chances of winning.

Preview Article Recommendations

There are no Week 18 Dynasty Owner games, so there will be no weekly preview article. As a result, we’ll have to recap my Week 17 Starter recommendations here and see how they worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok):

QB: Justin Fields – DNP (N/A recommendation)

RB: Boston Scott – 24.6 points (Good recommendation)

WR: Michael Gallup – 12.6 points (Just Ok recommendation)

TE: Gerald Everett – 6.6 points (Bad recommendation)

Since the recommendations came out earlier than normal, it wasn’t clear if Justin Fields was going to play or not. He didn’t end up playing so that recommendation doesn’t count. Boston Scott ended up in the Top 5 RBs for the week and was the second Good RB recommendation in a row (and also the only two Good ones for the season). Michael Gallup had an amazing TD catch, but got injured on it and his day ended with 12.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He was well on his way to a really good day, but the recommendation ended up being Just Ok as he was just on the outside of the Top 24 WRs. The line between Just Ok and Bad is thin for TEs, but Gerald Everett only had 6.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and was a low-end Bench option, so that recommendation was Bad. A split for these recommendations was better than usual for the Starter recommendations for the year.

The Bench recommendations have better in 2021 as they were in 2020, but what about this week? Here’s how my Week 17 Bench recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok).

QB: Justin Herbert – 24.0 points (Just Ok recommendation)

RB: Alvin Kamara – 21.0 points (Bad recommendation)

WR: Terry McLaurin – 13.1 points (Bad recommendation)

TE: Kyle Pitts – 8.9 points (Just Ok recommendation)

While Justin Herbert was the QB10 for the week, most of the QBs ahead of him were players who were on the rosters of teams in the playoffs and performed better. Normally, that recommendation would be Bad, but I’m calling it Just Ok because he should have been on the Bench for many Dynasty Owners this week. Kyle Pitts was a low-end Starter, high-end Bench option so that recommendation was also Just Ok. Alvin Kamara was a Top 10 RB and clearly a Bad recommendation to Bench. Terry McLaurin was similar to Michael Gallup, but since he had 13.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and lots of WRs were worse, that also gets a Just Ok recommendation grade. No Good recommendations is not the way to finish off the season, but overall, the Bench recommendations were better than the Starter recommendations this year.

Conclusions

This article marks the official end of the 2021 Dynasty Owner season for me. No more games to recap or preview and definitely no more recommendations. The NFL season still marches on with Week 18 and the playoffs, but in terms of Dynasty Owner, it’s time to turn the page to the off-season. It’s been a great season and a lot of fun bringing these weekly recap and preview articles to all of my fellow Dynasty Owners.

The rest of the Dynasty Owner content for this week will recap the year as well. Since there’s no more players to target in the Free Agent Auction on a weekly basis, Jay Pounds is going to take a look back at the year in the Free Agent Auction on Thursday with an article and video. On Friday, Matt Morrison – The Jerk will offer up an article and video with his League Winners plus Dynasty Owner Player of the Year awards.

Please read all of our articles, watch our videos on YouTube or listen to them wherever you get your podcasts. Don’t forget to follow all three of us plus Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well. Thanks to all of my fellow Dynasty Owners on a great 2021 season. Special thanks to everyone who has read my articles and watched my videos this season. I appreciate all of you. Have a great day!

Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 17 Recap: And The Winner Is…

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Let’s not waste any time here. The winner of the 2021 Dynasty Owner Chase for the Ring is:

SKOL Vikings – League #31927

Congratulations to Jeff, owner of SKOL Vikings, on being our third Chase for the Ring Champion. He joins Eddie (formerly New York’s Strongest, now New York’s Rabid Dogs) and Viktor (Barbee Kilgore) in this illustrious club. Like both of our previous winners, SKOL Vikings was the leader on the Regular Season Leaderboard and held on through the playoffs to win their League and the Ring.

You have to go back to Week 2 of the 2021 season to find a Top 10 Chase leaderboard without a SKOL Vikings team on it and back to Week 3 to find one without the League #31927 SKOL Vikings team. Their first appearance at the top of the Chase standings came in Week 5 and they also led in Weeks 9 and 10 before taking the top spot for good in Week 14.

Jeff will join Tim and myself on a special Tuesday edition of the Dynasty Owner Livestream at 4 PM (Eastern). Come find out his thoughts on his team, the 2021 season, what life is like as the new Chase for the Ring Champion and the name of the dog that used to be in his profile picture.

In addition to a Ring Champion, we are also celebrating two undefeated teams for the entire Dynasty Owner regular season and playoffs. Both of our remaining undefeated teams after Week 16 were victorious in Week 17 to capture their League Championship and finish off an undefeated season.  

Team NameLeagueWeek 17 ResultChase PositionChange
DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew)27458Win3rdNone
Detroit’s Finest74733Win7thUp 2

DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) moved into third place in Week 9 and never relinquished the spot. They were a Top 10 fixture from Week 4 onward. Detroit’s Finest made their first appearance in the Top 10 in Week 3, dropped out the following week and didn’t come back until Week 10, then dropped out in Week 11 before making their third and final Top 10 appearance in ninth place in Week 16. They moved up two spots again to seventh place after everything was said and done, won their League Championship and can call themselves undefeated.

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

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.

For the purposes of this article, all statistics were current as of the morning of January 4th.

Dynasty Owner Playoff Championship Match-up of the Week Recap #1 – SKOL Vikings vs. Jhausdawg

We all know by now that SKOL Vikings won this match-up to win the Chase for the Ring. Let’s see the final scoreboard.

This game was a lot closer than predicted. SKOL Vikings were about 35.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points under their prediction, while Jhausdawg was pretty much right on target. Jhausdawg made it close, but it could have been a whole lot closer and the result could have been different with just one lineup change.

That’s because both teams left their top point scorer for the week on the Bench. SKOL Vikings had Tom Brady and his 42.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on their Bench, while Jhausdawg left Joe Burrow and his 51.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on their Bench. SKOL Vikings started Justin Herbert and he had 24.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Jhausdawg had Josh Allen in their Starting lineup. Allen scored 19.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and came into the week as the overall #1 scorer in Dynasty Owner. If both teams had started the higher scoring player, SKOL Vikings would have sweated out a victory by a score of 162.12 to 160.31. In fact, they would have been behind (159.13 to 157.84) heading into Monday Night Football with Bench players Diontae Johnson (SKOL Vikings) going up against Chase Claypool (Jhausdawg). It could have been that close.

The result could have also been completely different. If Jhausdawg had Burrow in their Starting lineup over Allen and SKOL Vikings still had Herbert, Jhausdawg would have won the game and the Championship and we’d have a different Ring winner.

Both teams also had zero Dynasty Owner fantasy points from their Starting kickers (Matt Gay for SKOL Vikings and Greg Zuerlein for Jhausdawg). SKOL Vikings had Vikings kicker Greg Joseph on their Bench and he ended up scoring 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the frigid conditions at Lambeau Field, while Jhausdawg missed out on a season-high 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Seahawks kicker Jason Myers. Both were solid decisions. Gay missed only his second FG of the season in Week 17 and first since Week 4. Joseph was kicking in cold conditions and his team was starting their backup QB and not expected to have a prolific offensive game. Zuerlein was averaging 8.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and had made 13 FGs of under 50 yards since coming back from injury before he missed the 43-yard FG against Arizona. Myers had only scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points once all season, was averaging 3.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game for the season and just 2.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game since Seattle’s Week 9 bye.

The leading scorer for SKOL Vikings was Green Bay WR Davante Adams with 30.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, followed by Herbert, Josh Jacobs (18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Deebo Samuel (17.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Jhausdawg had 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Devin Singletary and 19.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from both Josh Allen and David Montgomery.

Coming into Monday Night Football, Jhausdawg needed a miracle with Steelers WR Chase Claypool having to outscore his teammate Diontae Johnson by 36.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for them to win. Johnson had more points and Jhausdawg fell short in his attempt for a second straight League #31927 Championship and to be the spoiler in SKOL Vikings’ quest for the Ring.

Dynasty Owner Playoff Championship Match-up of the Week Recap #2 – The Road Warriors vs. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew)

This game was projected to be the closest of the three featuring our top Contenders in the Chase for the Ring and it ended up being much closer than projected. Both teams fell short of their projections and while The Road Warriors were projected to win by 18.03 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and they ended up winning by only 2.38  Dynasty Owner fantasy points against DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew).

The Road Warriors had 30.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Davante Adams and 29.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Kyler Murray to pace their scoring.  They also had just over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from both of their Starting RBs (Jonathan Taylor with 20.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Austin Ekeler with 20.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). They did leave DK Metcalf on the Bench and he ended up scoring 30.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Tough decisions on what WRs to have in the Starting linuep for The Road Warriors as they had Adams, Tyreek Hill, Justin Jefferson, A.J. Brown and Metcalf at their disposal. The TE advantage for The Road Warriors didn’t materialize as much as projected as Travis Kelce only outscored Tyler Higbee by 0.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the Starting lineup (13.4 to 12.9). Dalton Schultz did have 11.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on the Bench for The Road Warriors compared to just 3.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on the Bench for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew), but that only added 2.07 more points for The Road Warriors. However, those points plus the 0.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points advantage from Kelce over Higbee at TE was more than the final margin of victory.

The leading scorer for both teams was Tom Brady with 42.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the Starting lineup for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) who also had 31.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Cooper Kupp from Najee Harris on Monday Night Football and 21.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Cooper Kupp, which was very good, but below his season-long per game average. On the other hand, Nick Chubb disappointed DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) by only scoring 5.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on Monday night (58 rushing yards on only 12 carries). Browns’ fans and DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) probably have a lot of questions about the play calling in the first half by Browns coach Kevin Stefanski. Dalvin Cook also disappointed on Sunday night with just 4.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

The Road Warriors had a big lead heading into Monday night with a 39.78 Dynasty Owner fantasy point advantage, but it was barely enough. The combination of Nick Chubb and Najee Harris scored 37.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to allow The Road Warriors to hold on for the narrow victory, capture the League #27449 Championship and retain second place in the Chase for the Ring.

Dynasty Owner Playoff Championship Match-up of the Week Recap #3 – DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) vs. Boomer1977

As noted in the undefeated teams section earlier, the DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) team in League #27458 won and remained undefeated for the 2021 Dynasty Owner season. It wasn’t by quite as much as predicted, but a win is a win, and this win was by more than enough points.

Balanced scoring was the name of the game for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) as they had seven of the players in their Starting lineup (all but the kicker) with more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Until Najee Harris had 31.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on Monday Night, their leading scorer was Cooper Kupp with 21.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) was able to leave Joe Burrow and his 51.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on their Bench and still secure an easy victory.

The Starting RBs for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) scored a significant amount of the final margin of victory as Austin Ekeler and Joe Mixon had 29.0 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) than Jordan Howard and Javonte Williams did for Boomer1977 (35.8 vs. 6.8). Boomer1977 could have used a swap of his Bench RBs (Rhamondre Stevenson and Melvin Gordon) who combined for 34.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The added points would have meant a smaller lead for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) of 127.75 to 114.70 heading into Monday Night Football. After Diontae Johnson scored first for Pittsburgh, there could have been some anxious moments for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew).

In the end, Boomer1977 was behind by 34.17 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and while the Johnson TD may have given them a small shred of hope, it didn’t last long. Najee Harris of DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) ended up outscoring Diontae Johnson of Boomer1977 by 14.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (31.6 for Harris versus 17.1 for Johnson) to secure the final margin of victory, the League #27458 Championship and third place in the final Chase for the Ring standings for DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew).

Final Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

We know who the winner was, and that the Top 3 teams all won, but what about the rest of the Top 10? Who else won and made it on the final Top 10 Championship Contenders leaderboard, and who lost and was replaced?

Overall, six of the teams from last week’s Top 10 survived and won their League Championship.

The final margin of victory by SKOL Vikings was 25.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over The Road Warriors and 30.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew). Both of the runner-up teams closed the gap between themselves and SKOL Vikings by about 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.  DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) had a chance at second place with a better game by Nick Chubb and finishes third for the second consecutive season, an impressive accomplishment to say the least.

After SKOL Vikings, The Road Warriors and DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) in the top three spots, there was a lot of change. Our new fourth place team is ODBs who moved up from fifth place by scoring 201.64 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to win their League Championship game. It was quite the meteoric rise for ODBs who didn’t crack the Top 10 Leaderboard until Week 13. Richie Incognito also moved up one spot from when they ended after Week 16 going from sixth to fifth place. Detroit’s Finest moved up two spots from ninth place to seventh place in their undefeated season.

ODBs replaced juan blanco in fourth place after juan blanco lost in their League Championship game to Orange Crush. Three other teams in the Week 16 Top 10 also lost. Former seventh place team Blaze’s Backyard Burners lost an extremely close Championship final in League #28287 to Orange Crush (146.06 to 145.91). Orange Crush toppled two Top 10 teams in the final week. Blaze’s Backyard Burners needed 31.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Najee Harris and fell just short of victory.

Former eighth place team Thee Camel Toe Jockey fell to Asian Zing in League #66645 and former tenth place team The FootballGuys (Jeff) lost to Life as a Falcons Fan in one of the DynastyDorks Pros vs. Joes leagues. Neither game was close and both of the League Champions in those leagues ended up in the final Top 25 of the Chase.

In place of those teams that lost, we have Oh God Dalvins Cooking from League #27444 jump into the Top 10 in sixth place after being in 11th place last week. The remaining Top 10 teams are all new and making their inaugural appearance in the Top 10. Chicken Dinner from League #30058 captured eight place, in ninth place was King Bluntzworth, your champion from League #30057 and Little Donny Foundation from League #27446 finished in tenth place.

Finally, a quick look at how the Top 25 teams from the end of the regular season finished up. In the end, 13 out of the Top 25 teams in the final regular season leaderboard won their League Championship and appear on the final Championship Contenders Leaderboard. A dozen teams lost, similar to what happened in the 2020 season. This demonstrates again that it’s tough to get on the Chase for the Ring leaderboard and even tougher to stay on there until the end.

Conclusions

Congratulation to SKOL Vikings on winning the Ring. Congratulations to both DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) and Detroit’s Finest on finishing the season undefeated. Congratulations to everyone who finished in the Top 10 and Top 25 of the Chase for the Ring as your spot will be immortalized forever on the 2021 Championship Contenders Leaderboard. Congratulations are also in order for all of our 2021 Dynasty Owner League Champions, regardless of where you finished in the Chase for the Ring. All of you should be proud of your accomplishment.

Congratulations, but to a lesser extent, to the second place teams who lost the Championship game on making it that far, and to the third place game winners and Loser’s bracket tournament winners. All of the Loser’s bracket tournament winners earned something that may help them win their League (or the Chase for the Ring) next year.

While that’s all for the Chase for the Ring and our undefeated teams, we still have to review how the players did in Week 17. That’ll happen on Wednesday with the weekly recap article naming the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week, Value Player of the Week, reviewing my Week 17 recommendations and seeing what players should have been in your Starting lineup and on your Bench.

The rest of the Dynasty Owner content will recap the year as well. Since there’s no more players to target in the Free Agent Auction on a weekly basis, Jay Pounds is going to take a look back at the year in the Free Agent Auction on Thursday with an article and video. On Friday, Matt Morrison – The Jerk will offer up an article and video with his League Winners plus Dynasty Owner Player of the Year awards.

Please read all of our articles, watch our videos on YouTube or listen to them wherever you get your podcasts. Don’t forget to follow all three of us plus Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well. Thanks to all of my fellow Dynasty Owners on a great 2021 Dynasty Owner season. Special thanks to everyone who has read my articles and watched my videos this season. I appreciate all of you. Have a great day!

Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 16 Recap: One More Victory

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

In my long-time fantasy football redraft league, I always used to do a Playoff Scenarios story in the weeks heading into the playoffs. If a team had clinched their playoff spot, it would be mentioned, followed by playoff scenarios for the rest of the contenders. That league has three division winners plus a Wild Card so it’s only a four-team playoff and saying, “Vantastics just need one more victory to win their division”, “Trash Haulers can clinch the division with a victory over Iron Bulls” and “Vote Quimby needs to win each of its last two games against Crusty Crushers and Hail Mary’s to win the Wild Card” was always a lot of fun.

There are approximately 603,275 places to find out that information about the NFL playoffs so everyone reading this can go find out what each of the 24 NFL teams (13 in the AFC and 11 in the NFC) still alive in the playoff hunt need to make it. Believe it or not, that’s how many teams are still in contention for the NFL playoffs with just two weeks left to go in the NFL regular season. However impossible as it seems, the 6-9 Washington Football Team can still make the playoffs as the #7 seed if they win out to finish 8-9 and a lot of other things too numerous to mention here have to happen. At the other end of the spectrum, there are six teams who have clinched a playoff berth (1 AFC team and 5 NFC teams) with four of them (Kansas City, Green Bay, Dallas and Tampa Bay) having clinched their division. Nobody has clinched the #1 seed and first round playoff bye yet, so even those teams already in the playoffs still need at least one more victory and have something left to play for in Week 17.

That’s good because Dynasty Owners in their League Championship game, third place game and Loser’s Bracket tournament final should have all healthy NFL players at their disposal in the final week of the Dynasty Owner season. Half of the 12 teams in every league are still trying for one more victory, whether it’s to win their League Championship, those extra $5 million Dynasty Dollars (plus extra cash in cash prize pool leagues) for finishing in third place, or the bonus 1.13 rookie draft pick for winning the Loser’s bracket tournament. A few select teams even need one more victory to have a chance at the biggest prize in Dynasty Owner – the Super Bowl style custom fit ring encrusted with diamonds and rubies. 

Of course, a loss in Week 17 ends all of those hopes and dreams. It’s second place and $50 million Dynasty Dollars instead of $100 million Dynasty Dollars, fourth place and only $5 million Dynasty Dollars, or just an Amnesty Provision for losing the Loser’s bracket tournament final. Even if your team has the most points in Dynasty Owner after 17 weeks, if they don’t get one more victory and claim their League Championship, the Dynasty Owner won’t win the Ring.

Even our two remaining undefeated teams need to win, or else they won’t finish the season undefeated. Starting with five teams in Week 11, we have been highlighting the quest to finish undefeated. Now, we still have two Dynasty Owners left who are one more victory away from that achievement. If they remain undefeated, they will be their League Champion and have a chance to win the Chase for the Ring. Let’s see how DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) and Detroit’s Finest are faring after 16 weeks of games.

Team NameLeagueWeek 16 ResultChase PositionChange
DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew)27458Win3rdNone
Detroit’s Finest74733Win9thUp 2

For the third consecutive week, DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) stayed in third place while Detroit’s Finest moved up two spots in the Chase for the Ring standings. Detroit’s Finest are now in 9th place after starting Week 16 off in 11th place. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) once again scored nearly 200.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in their Week 16 victory with 192.94 points, while Detroit’s Finest added 145.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in their Week 16 victory. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) will have to face the #2 team in their league, Boomer1977, in their Week 17 playoff finals, while Detroit’s Finest will play against #2 seed kmvy who squeaked out a victory in the semi-finals by just 1.07 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

This week, it’s pretty simple to pick the Match-ups of the Week. We have three teams who are most likely to be our 2021 Chase for the Ring Champion. Each one can win to become their League Champion and depending on the outcomes of the other match-ups and their final score, they could be the winner. Believe it or not, one Dynasty Owner is featured in two of the three match-ups. See the Week 17 preview article to find out which team it is. I’ll be posting about all three of these match-ups on Twitter (@SteveVT33) during the week as well.

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

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.

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of December 28th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our second Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for the 2021 playoffs and sixteenth overall for the season is a player who is winning the honor for the second time this year, but the first time winning it by himself: Joe Burrow

Back in Week 7 when Joe Burrow split the Player of the Week award with his teammate Ja’Marr Chase, they were extremely close in Dynasty Owner fantasy points with 39.8 for Burrow and 39.1 for Chase. This week, Burrow separated himself from the other offensive players on Cincinnati and had 55.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (525 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, 11 rushing yards). Several other Bengals players had great games as Tee Higgins had 43.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Joe Mixon had 31.5 points in the Bengals’ 41-21 victory over the Ravens. Burrow also threw a TD pass to Tyler Boyd who had 17.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and for over 100 receiving yards to Ja’Marr Chase who had 19.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Burrow set a new Bengals record with 525 passing yards, which is also the most passing yards in a game this season. His 55.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points is also a career high. It’s just the fourth week of the 2021 that a player has scored more than 50.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and the sixth game overall (three players had more than 50.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 5). Burrow joins fellow QBs Patrick Mahomes (3) and Josh Allen (2) as the only players to win multiple Player of the Week awards during the 2021 season.

Week 16 Points: 55.3

2021 Salary: $9,047,534

Cost per Point: $163,608

Congratulations to Joe on winning your first solo Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor and second overall honor for the 2021 season.

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. The second Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 playoffs and sixteenth for the season is: Justin Jackson

With Austin Ekeler on the COVID-19 reserve list, Jackson took over as the starting RB for the Chargers in Week 16 and had the most points by a RB with 33.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (64 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 8 receptions, 98 receiving yards, 1 fumble lost). This was an easy week to name a Value Player of the Week as Jackson has one of the lowest salaries in Dynasty Owner at $570,000 and one of the highest point totals for the week. Jackson had the lowest cost per point amount of the season at $17,169, $1,402 lower than Tyler Huntley had last week when he set the record for the 2021 season. Jackson had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (33.2) than he did in the entire Dynasty Owner regular season (30.0). He also had 10.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week and has been one of the best values of the Dynasty Owner playoffs so far. As a backup to Ekeler, Jackson hasn’t gotten a lot of opportunities to touch the ball 19 times in a game like he did this week and as a result, this is the first Value Player of the Week honor of his career.

Week 16 Points: 33.2

2021 Salary: $570,000

Cost per Point: $17,169

Congratulations Justin on the first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of your career. It will likely be the last one with free agency and a new contract looming in the off-season.

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 16. These are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 16 when they should have been and helped your Dynasty Owner team win its playoffs semi-final match-up.

QB: Zach Wilson (NYJ) – 26.2 points

There was a trio of unlikely high scoring QBs this week, but the QB with the most points out of the three was Jets rookie Zach Wilson. Wilson had a 52-yard TD run in the hapless Jets’ 26-21 victory over the even more hapless Jaguars and scored a total of 26.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (102 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 91 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD). It was Wilson’s third straight game without an interception and his second best game of the season, just 0.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind Week 13 when he had a season-best three TDs and 26.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It was his fourth game with more than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in eleven starts for the rookie QB who has moved up to be the QB31 for the 2021 season. Wilson was the QB6 for the week and while only four teams per league were alive for the playoffs, many Dynasty Owners would have been happy with Wilson as their Starting QB since he was only outscored by five QBs well ahead of him in the QB rankings (Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Joe Burrow and Dak Prescott). Hopefully if you were playing in a playoff game without one of those five QBs on your team, you had Wilson and put him in your Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to Davis Mills of the Texans and Josh Johnson of the Ravens. Both of these QBs have appeared here previously with Johnson doing so as a member of the New York Jets back in Week 9. Mills had 24.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (254 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, -1 rushing yard) for his fourth game of more than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this season, while Johnson had 24.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (304 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 10 rushing yards, 1 INT, 2 fumbles). This was Johnson’s second start of the season and the second time that he had been worthy of a spot in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup. Both of them would have been extremely low salary Starting QBs for the playoff semi-finals.

RB: Rex Burkhead (HOU) – 30.9 points

This was the week that Jay Pounds was talking about when he had Rex Burkhead listed as #8 in his Week 16 Free Agent Auction targets article. The exact quote was:

I know Burkhead is not a pretty option at all but if you are desperate, he is seeing enough touches to produce at some point.

Burkhead had a season-high 24 touches this week and produced 30.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (149 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 2 receptions, zero receiving yards). It was the fifth time in the past six weeks that Burkhead had gotten over 10 targets, but in four out of those five games, he scored less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (with 10.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the only double-digit performance). It was his first 100+ yard rushing game of the season and his second and third TDs. He was only rostered in 46.75% of Dynasty Owner leagues, just a slight increase from the 42.01% he was rostered in at the end of Week 15, so not a lot of Dynasty Owners listened to Jay’s advice. Hopefully those Dynasty Owners who did listen, or had Burkhead on their roster prior to this week, put him in their Starting lineup.

WR: Isaiah McKenzie (BUF) – 29.4 points

For the second consecutive week, this space is occupied by a Buffalo WR. Last week, Gabriel Davis had his long awaited breakout game this season with 25.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Since Davis and fellow Bills’ WR Cole Beasley were out for the game against the Patriots on the COVID-19 reserve list, it was time for Isaiah McKenzie to have another late season career game with 29.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (11 receptions, 125 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, -1 rushing yard). Last season, McKenzie had 3 TDs (two receiving and one return) and 33.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 17 after the Dynasty Owner season was over. This season, McKenzie had only scored a total of 35.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and just 20.3 of those points were on offense. He had 732 return yards for the season, which is sixth most in the NFL, to account for the remainder of his Dynasty Owner fantasy points. McKenzie is only on a roster in 7.1% of Dynasty Owner leagues and hopefully those Dynasty Owners with him were paying attention to the Bills’ WR situation and put McKenzie in their Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to Byron Pringle of the Kansas City Chiefs, another WR who stepped up with a top receiving option on the COVID-19 reserve list. It was TE Travis Kelce who didn’t play for Kansas City, but Pringle made Chiefs’ fans forget about his absence and scored 25.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 75 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). It was Pringle’s best game of the 2021 season and best since Week 17 of the 2020 season (same as McKenzie) when he had 17.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Pringle is on many more Dynasty Owner rosters than McKenzie (47.9%) and hopefully those Dynasty Owners with a playoff semi-final match-up this week found a spot for Pringle in their Starting lineup.

TE: Gerald Everett (SEA) – 16.8 points

The biggest beneficiary of the return of Russell Wilson to the Seahawks lineup may be Gerald Everett. He is the TE21 on the Dynasty Owner season, but has missed two games with an injury and suffered through three games with Geno Smith at QB. He only scored a total of 12.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in those games with Smith at QB. In nine games with Wilson at QB prior to Week 15, Everett had a total of 76.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8.5 points per game). In Week 16, Everett was the TE3 behind only Mark Andrews and Dalton Schultz with 16.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 68 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). This includes the Week 13 disaster game against San Francisco when he had -1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 7 receiving yards, 2 fumbles lost). Everett has scored 10.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in five out his past seven games including this week when he would have been a great TE to have in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

K: Ryan Succop (TB) – 14.0 points

Just a week removed from a game in which he missed his only FG attempt of 45 yards and scored -2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Ryan Succop had six kick attempts in Week 16 and made all six of them. He had four FGs with two of them from 21 and 36 yards out worth 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points each and two from 43 and 48 yards out worth 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points each, plus two successful PAT attempts worth 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point each. That’s a total of 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which is his best performance of the 2021 season and the top performance of Week 16. Dynasty Owners with Succop on their roster hopefully weren’t deterred by his poor Week 15 performance, or knocked out of the playoffs because of it, and had him in their Starting lineup this week.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored only a few, none or negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 16 when Dynasty Owners facing a match-up in the semi-finals of the playoffs really could have used them to play well. All of them should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Matthew Stafford (LA) – 6.6 points

While there were only five top QBs who had good performances in Week 16, all of the other top QBs except Stafford were at least decent and had between 18.4 and 24.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Stafford was far and away the worst of the top QBs this week with only 6.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (197 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 8 rushing yards, 3 INTs, 1 fumble). It was easily the worst performance of the season for the QB5 in Dynasty Owner. The only game last year which Stafford scored fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points was Week 16 when scored 0.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points after getting injured on the first series of the game. Hopefully your Dynasty Owner team survived and won if you had Stafford in your Starting lineup, or you saw this performance coming and had him on your Bench.

RB: Melvin Gordon (DEN) – 1.0 points

The Denver Broncos offense was pretty ineffective with Drew Lock at the helm against the Las Vegas Raiders. They ended up with only eight first downs, 158 total yards of offense and 18 rushing yards. The 18 rushing yards is pretty bad for a team with two Top 20 RBs (Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon) playing against a Raiders defense that gave up 16.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to another Top 20 RB (Nick Chubb of the Browns) the previous week. While Williams performed decently with 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (12 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 receptions, 8 receiving yards) on nine touches, the same was not true for Melvin Gordon. Gordon had eight touches, one fewer than Williams, but only produced 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (-4 rushing yards, 1 reception, 4 receiving yards). This performance was definitely not worth having in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup, or even on your Bench, and hopefully didn’t cost Dynasty Owners their Week 16 playoff semi-final match-up.

Dishonorable mention to Myles Gaskin of the Miami Dolphins. One week after Gaskin watched newly promoted RB Duke Johnson run wild for 27.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on 23 touches (compared to just 5.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on 10 touches for him), he was in a three-way RB split in Week 16. Both Johnson and a returning Phillip Lindsay had 13 touches, compared to just four for the RB in the Top 24 in Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the season. Gaskin ended up with 2.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 rushing yards, 1 reception, 6 receiving yards). Neither Johnson nor Lindsay did much with their touches as Johnson had only 3.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Lindsay had 3.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The musical chairs at RB seems to be working for the Dolphins as they won their seventh straight game, but it definitely didn’t help any Dynasty Owners who had Gaskin in their Starting lineup this week instead of riding the Bench.

WR: Tyreek Hill (KC) – 3.9 points

Without Travis Kelce in the Kansas City lineup this week, Dynasty Owners with Tyreek Hill were probably salivating about how Hill would perform as part of their Starting lineup. They definitely weren’t thinking that Hill would only have 3.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 19 receiving yards) on the afternoon and fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points than seven of his Kansas City teammates (Patrick Mahomes, Byron Pringle, Derrick Gore, Mecole Hardman, Darrel Williams, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Elliot Fry). Yes, Hill was outscored by the third string RB (Gore) and the kicker brought in as a replacement for the week (Fry). It was Hill’s worst week this season, but his fifth week with less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points after just one such week during the 2020 season. There were likely very few Dynasty Owners with Hill on their Bench instead of in their Starting lineup when it should have been the other way around.

TE: Rob Gronkowski (TB) – 3.3 points

Similar to Tyreek Hill, Rob Gronkowski was expected to be a featured receiver in Week 16 with three of Tampa Bay’s top offensive weapons (Leonard Fournette, Chris Godwin and Mike Evans) out for their game against the Carolina Panthers. However, Tampa Bay welcomed back Antonio Brown, one of Tom Brady favorite WRs, from his three-game suspension. Brown had 15 targets, over half of the 29 targets on the game, and 20.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In contrast, Gronkowski was only targeted twice and had just 3.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 23 receiving yards) in Week 16. That’s two poor outings in a row for Gronkowski in the Dynasty Owner playoffs as he only had 4.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first round of the playoffs. This is quite the drop from the 15.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game he averaged in the eight games he played in the Dynasty Owner regular season (123.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Dynasty Owners with Gronkowski on their team were likely expecting a performance closer to those he had produced when healthy in 2021 instead of another poor game in which he should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

K: Chris Boswell (PIT) – 0.0 points

Boswell had scored 10.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in seven games during the 2021 season and was averaging 8.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game prior to Week 16. However, he ended up with zero Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 16 with one successful PAT attempt and one out of two FGs made from 39 yards or less. Boswell made a 34-yard FG to score 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but missed one from 36 yards that cost his Dynasty Owners 3.0 points. Hopefully Boswell was on your Bench this week as he was projected to score below his average (6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and wasn’t in your Starting lineup.

Dishonorable mention to Cardinals kicker Matt Prater who missed two out of his three FG attempts (misses of 41 and 51 yards and a made FG from 28 yards) plus one of his two PAT attempts and cost his Dynasty Owners points this week. He was outside of the Top 12 kickers for the season, so hopefully not many Dynasty Owners had him in their Starting lineup and had to bear the full weight of his -2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in the playoff semi-finals. Prater is almost universally rostered in Dynasty Owner (95.9%) despite counting $3.25 million against the Dynasty Owner salary cap this year and being under contract for that amount in 2022 as well.

Dynasty Owner Playoff Semi-Final Match-up of the Week Recap #1 – Havana Club 79 vs. Inter Miami CF

Havana Club 79 had their hopes for a Dynasty Owner League Championship and maybe even being the Chase for the Ring Champion end with a loss in the League #31820 semi-finals. They also did not avenge their regular season loss with a close defeat by just 5.18 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to Inter Miami CF.

The trade of Jonathan Taylor (and K.J. Osborn) to Havana Club 79 from Inter Miami CF for a package of players including Deebo Samuel worked out in Inter Miami CF’s favor as Samuel outscored Taylor 26.1 to 12.8, while Osborn had 17.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points while sitting on the Practice Squad for Havana Club 79. Havana Club 79 was hurt by having two of the players listed in the Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad section (Matthew Stafford and Tyreek Hill) in their Starting lineup. Inter Miami CF was led by Samuel, Kyler Murray (24.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Cooper Kupp (21.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) plus solid contributions from most of the rest of their Starting lineup in the victory. They also overcame having two Bench players with zero points (Taysom Hill and Jordan Wilkins).

Havana Club 79 was outscored by 20.95 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from the Starting lineup (127.25 to 106.3), but almost made up those points through Bench scoring. The Havana Club 79 Bench had 31.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Joe Mixon and 23.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from David Montgomery, but they weren’t enough to overtake Inter Miami CF.

The loss ends the Chase for the Ring aspirations for Havana Club 79 who finished in fourth place on the Regular Season leaderboard and would have stayed in fourth place overall on the Championship Contenders leaderboard had they been victorious. Instead, Inter Miami CF will face off against FC Pinar DR in the League Championship game, while Havana Club 79 plays for third place against juan blanco. Inter Miami CF are currently in 96th place in the Chase for the Ring with an 11-5 record, while FC Pinar DR are in 187th place with a 13-2 record.

Dynasty Owner Playoff Semi-Final Match-up of the Week Recap #2 – SKOL Vikings vs. DC Dawgs

The score projection for DC Dawgs was pretty spot on while the higher ranked SKOL Vikings fell short of their projections in the League #31831 semi-final match-up. As a result, DC Dawgs pulled off the anticipated upset of the previously ranked #6 team in the Chase for the Ring standings for their second victory of the season against them.

The Packers QB-WR combination of Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams led DC Dawgs to victory with 61.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (33.4 from Adams and 28.0 from Rodgers). Deebo Samuel also contributed 26.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. SKOL Vikings made the right decision at QB by picking Josh Allen as their Starter (41.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) over Tom Brady (18.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), but were hurt by below average performances from Tyler Lockett (6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Ricky Seals-Jones (0.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). SKOL Vikings were missing three key players in Week 16 (Dalvin Cook, Mike Williams, and T.J. Hockenson) and it hurt their chances for a victory.

Both teams had similar Bench scoring (72.5 to 72.2 advantage for SKOL Vikings) so the big advantage rolled up by the DC Dawgs Starting lineup was plenty good enough. It helped DC Dawgs that they had their Free Agent Auction pickup Rex Burkhead on their Bench, while the Free Agent Auction pickup of Isaiah McKenzie by SKOL Vikings ended up not helping them on the Practice Squad.

The loss ends the Chase for the Ring aspirations for this SKOL Vikings team who finished in fifth place on the Regular Season leaderboard and would have been in ninth place overall on the Championship Contenders leaderboard had they been victorious. Instead, DC Dawgs will face off against the winner of the other semi-final (Teflon Hearts) in the League Championship game. SKOL Vikings has a third place game versus The Human Fund. DC Dawgs have a 11-5 record and are currently in 280th place in the Chase for the Ring, while Teflon Hearts are 10-5 and in 149th place.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

One SKOL Vikings team was eliminated from the Chase for the Ring standings with their loss, but did the same thing happen to the other SKOL Vikings team that was in first place last week? We saw two Top 10 teams eliminated in the two Match-ups of the Week featured, but did any other Top 10 teams lose or drop out of the Top 10, even with a victory?

In addition to Havana Club 79 and SKOL Vikings (League #31831), John Boy’s Bolts who were in 10th place last week lost and dropped completely off the Championship Contenders leaderboard. In place of those three teams, we have two teams returning to the Top 10 plus a completely new team – TheFootballGuys (Jeff) – who hasn’t been on this leaderboard all season. Jeff just missed being there back in Week 2 as he was in 11th place. His team finished the regular season in 37th place and have moved up at a rapid clip over the past two weeks.

The top seven teams in the current Chase for the Ring were all in the Top 10 last week. With Havana Club 79 losing, juan blanco moved up to fourth place, while ODBs jumped three spots from eighth place to fifth place. Richie Incognito also moved up three spots from ninth place to sixth place. Blaze’s Backyard Burners did win, but had a low-scoring week so they got passed by both ODBs and Richie Incognito to remain in seventh place.

The top three teams stayed completely intact. Third place DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) closed the gap between themselves and the top two teams. They now trail SKOL Vikings for first place by 41.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points after being behind by 65.2 points last week. Their deficit has dropped from 53.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind The Road Warriors for second place to only 6.3 points.

SKOL Vikings are in the driver’s seat heading into Championship Week with a 35.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy point lead over The Road Warriors, up from 11.3 points just a week ago. All SKOL Vikings need is one more high-scoring victory, and they will be the 2021 Ring winner. Check the Championship Contenders leaderboard to find out who joins Eddie and Viktor as our next Ring Champion.

Conclusions

There’s only one more weekly preview article and one weekly recap article remaining that will highlight the final week in the Dynasty Owner season. After that, it’s time for the NFL playoffs and the Dynasty Owner off-season. Off-season is really a misnomer as there is no off-season in Dynasty Owner. Returning Dynasty Owners from 2020 know what I’m talking about and if it’s your first year playing Dynasty Owner, you’ll figure it out soon enough.

However, the focus is on Week 17 of the Dynasty Owner and NFL season. It’s on those two teams in every league who are fighting for the right to be a League Champion, the two Dynasty Owner teams trying to remain undefeated and the top Dynasty Owner teams in the Chase for the Ring. All of them just need one more victory.

With only one week left in the Dynasty Owner season, we have a bit less content coming over the next week. Earlier today (Tuesday), Jay Pounds had his Week 17 Free Agent Auction targets article and video go live for everyone looking for players to help them get that one more victory this season. Matt Morrison – The Jerk has his Value Player of the Year winners article and the video coming on Wednesday. There’s no more Thursday Night Football games for the rest of the NFL season, so no more Thursday Night preview from Matt. With New Year’s Eve looming and only games on Sunday and Monday, the final weekly preview article and video will appear in the next couple of days with a look back at my Week 16 player recommendations, recommendations for Week 17 and Match-ups of the Week featuring the top Chase for the Ring contenders. Finally, Jay’s Monday Night Football preview article will come out on Monday afternoon with his predictions for the game score, over-under for key players from each team, and Value Player of the Game. It will also have at least one Playoff Game of the Week featuring two teams trying to win their League Championship that will be decided on Monday night.

Please read all of our articles, watch our videos on YouTube or listen to them wherever you get your podcasts. Don’t forget to follow all three of us plus Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well. Happy New Year to everyone who plays Dynasty Owner. If your New Year’s resolution is to win a Dynasty Owner League Championship, I hope it happens. Thanks, and have a great day!

Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

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Week 15 Recap: Five Days of Football

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Due to scheduling changes because several NFL teams had a high number of players go on the COVID-19 reserve list, we ended up with five days of football during Week 15 (Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday). That’s more than the usual three days per week and the four days that happen after the college football regular season is finished. Several weeks in the middle of the 2020 season ended up playing on four days as well. Three games were moved this week (Browns vs. Raiders, Seahawks vs. Rams and Football Team vs. Eagles) with two of them having to be moved to Tuesday. With games already scheduled for Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, we ended up with five days of NFL games.

As fun as it was for NFL fans to have that many games to watch over that many days, it wreaked havoc on Dynasty Owners in terms of player availability and lineup setting. Since it occurred during the holiday season with a bunch of other multi-day celebrations (12 Days of Christmas, 8 Days of Hannukah and 7 Days of Kwanzaa), it made me think about creating a song (or poem) to commemorate it. For everyone who celebrates Festivus and thinks that I’m leaving it out, remember that is only one day long because that’s what Frank Costanza decided. There is also the Feast of the Seven Fishes but again despite having seven in the title, it’s an Italian tradition, not a holiday and only a one-day celebration.

Regardless it’s on to the brand new Five Days of Football song (or poem if you prefer).

On the first day of football, the NFL gave to me.

Forty-one point one Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Travis Kelce.

On the second day of football, the NFL gave to me.

A victory over New England for the team from Indy.

On the third day of football, the NFL gave to me.

Three sets of games for a sense of normalcy.

On the fourth day of football, the NFL gave to me.

A pair of games that both featured three TDs.

On the fifth day of football, the NFL gave to me.

A match-up between 6-7 teams fighting for the playoffs, won by Philly.

I hope you enjoyed it and if not, don’t worry, I promise not to do it again unless we have a week in the future with six days of football. Trust me, it wasn’t easy to figure out things that rhymed on every day (even badly like I did).

Back to actually focusing on Dynasty Owner games. We still have two Dynasty Owners who are undefeated, the favorites to be their League Champion and still with a chance to win the Chase for the Ring. Let’s see how DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) and Detroit’s Finest are faring in the Chase for the Ring.

Team NameLeagueWeek 15 ResultChase PositionChange
DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew)27458No Game3rdNone
Detroit’s Finest74733No Game11thUp 2

For the second consecutive week, DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) stayed in third place while Detroit’s Finest moved up two spots in the Chase for the Ring standings. They are now in 11th place after starting Week 15 off in 13th place. Both scored far more points than anyone else in their League who played in the first round of the playoffs. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) added 196.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to their total for the year, while Detroit’s Finest added 169.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) will have to face Deep Snap Gurus in their Week 16 playoff semi-final, while Detroit’s Finest will play against Ciricmc17.

Just like the first round of the playoffs, I will take suggestions for the Match-up of the Week for the playoff semi-finals, but will likely focus on some of the top rated teams in the Chase for the Ring. There is one team in the Top 5 of the Chase who has a playoff semi-final match-up against one of the few teams to defeat them this season, so that may be one of the match-ups highlighted. There may be additional games previewed as well, so if you are the underdog in a playoff semi-final game, but think you have a chance to win (or even the favorite and just want to see your team featured), let me know on Twitter (@SteveVT33).

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

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.

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of December 22nd.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for the 2021 playoffs and fifteenth overall for the season isn’t a single player, but a pair who has been combining their talents for the past couple of years. It’s the Kansas City Chiefs QB-TE combination of: Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce

The Player of the Week award has been split between a QB and WR from the same team on two previous occasions. This is the first time that it has been split between a QB and TE. Not all of the passes thrown by Mahomes were caught by Kelce, but plenty of the important ones were, including two out of the three TDs and the game-winner in overtime. Mahomes scored 44.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (410 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 32 rushing yards, 1 INT, 1 fumble lost, 1 2-pt. conversion) and had 7.0 bonus points (4.0 for over 400 yards passing and 3.0 for the clutch 34-yard TD pass to Kelce that won the game for Kansas City in overtime). Kelce caught 10 passes for 191 receiving yards and two TDs and scored 44.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. No bonus points for the receiving yards, but he did get the 3.0 point bonus for the clutch overtime TD reception. Anyone with this Kansas City QB-TE stack who had a match-up in the first round of the Dynasty Owner playoffs likely won and advanced to the playoff semi-finals in Week 16. Mahomes is the QB, so his stats are listed first. It’s always the QB who is listed first. In addition, he has a much higher salary ($45 million) and scored 0.6 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Week 15 Points: 44.7

2021 Salary: $45,000,000

Cost per Point: $1,006,711

Travis Kelce is one of the highest paid TEs in the NFL, but he’s been the TE1 for the past two Dynasty Owner seasons and is in a close competition with Mark Andrews for TE1 this season. He’s earned every penny of his $14.3 million salary this season.

Week 15 Points: 44.1

2021 Salary: $14,312,500

Cost per Point: $324,751

Congratulations to both Patrick and Travis on splitting the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor and probably helping all of the teams who have both of you on their rosters to a victory in the first round of the Dynasty Owner playoffs. It’s the sixth award for Patrick and third one this season, but his first playoff honor. It’s the first one overall for Travis and he becomes only the second TE (along with Darren Waller) to win one.

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. The first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 playoffs and fifteenth for the season is a surprising first-time winner: Tyler Huntley

Tyler Huntley started this week for Baltimore in place of Lamar Jackson and ended up winning his first Value of the Week honor. With a salary of just $780,000 and scoring 42.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (215 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 73 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs), Huntley ended up with the lowest cost per point amount of the season. He threw both TD passes to Mark Andrews who ends up as the runner-up for the second consecutive week with 35.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 receptions, 136 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). Andrews was the runner-up to Hunter Renfrow last week and should have won the Week 5 Value Player of the Week award. Despite not winning a weekly honor, Andrews is the TE1 for the season, ahead of Travis Kelce, and looks like he’s well on his way to being the Value Player of the Year. However, for Week 15, Huntley had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points for less salary ($780,000 to $863,290 for Andrews) and was the best value. His Dynasty Owner roster percentage jumped from 20.1% up to 60.4% before this week and should go higher in advance of Week 16. If you picked Huntley up off the Free Agent Auction this week (or even if you had him before this week), I hope you got the Value Player of the Week into your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

Week 15 Points: 42.0

2021 Salary: $780,000

Cost per Point: $18,571

Congratulations Tyler on the first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of your career. Hopefully Mark Andrews forgives you for taking it away from him.

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 15. These are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 15 when they should have been and helped your team win its first round playoff match-up.

QB: Jared Goff (DET) – 28.8 points

While Tyler Huntley had far more points than Jared Goff, Huntley was the Value Player of the Week, so Goff gets listed in this section. Goff is still only on a few Dynasty Owner rosters (1.2% of Dynasty Owner leagues) and likely wasn’t in anyone Starting lineup (or at least not for anyone with a first round playoff match-up). Week 15 was the Lions’ second victory in three weeks and the second time that Goff has been in this space. He had 28.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against Arizona with a pretty boring stat line of 216 passing yards and 3 passing TDs. Unlike Huntley, he didn’t have any rushing attempts or TDs. He did have a victory over a 10-win team while Huntley wasn’t able to defeat the Green Bay Packers. Goff is unlikely to get picked up off the Free Agent Auction in any Dynasty Owner leagues in advance of the Week 16 playoff semi-finals, but did play well enough to be in Starting lineups in Week 15.

RB: Duke Johnson (MIA) – 27.7 points

Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores must have learned his lessons about RB usage from Bill Belichick. While he has a healthy lead RB in Myles Gaskin, it seems like he’s not happy with him and won’t trust him as so every week. This makes it difficult to rely on any Dolphins RB on a weekly basis, even one as inexpensive as Gaskin ($651,694). While Gaskin has a Value Player of the Week honor this season and played in all 14 games, he has yet to top 100 yards rushing in a single game and wasn’t the top rushing RB for the Dolphins twice earlier in the season. Recently, the Dolphins picked up Phillip Lindsay off waivers and played him immediately. This week, they had to promote Duke Johnson off the practice squad due to having three RBs on the COVID-19 reserve list early in the week. Johnson ended up playing  more snaps than Gaskin and getting the first 100 yard rushing game of the season for the Dolphins. He had 27.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (107 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 1 reception, 20 receiving yards) and was the RB1 for the first week of the Dynasty Owner playoffs. As he still has his $5.2 million contract from last season in effect due to being promoted from the Dolphins’ practice squad, he was only on 4.7% of Dynasty Owner rosters and likely in few Dynasty Owner Starting lineups.

WR: Gabriel Davis (BUF) – 25.5 points

In a breakout game long awaited by his Dynasty Owners, Gabriel Davis led the Buffalo Bills in receptions (5) and receiving yards (85) this week and had two TDs for a total of 25.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Davis was drafted ahead of every other Bills’ receiver, except Stefon Diggs, with an ADP of 137.0 in Dynasty Owner start-up drafts. He was even chosen ahead of TE Dawson Knox on average (ADP 163.3 for Knox) despite a slightly higher salary ($998,595 for Davis vs. $880,400 for Knox). Davis had scored more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points a total of 12 weeks in his two years in the NFL, including five times this season, but had never scored 20.0 or more until now. Davis likely helped the Dynasty Owners who had him in their Starting lineup to a victory in the first round of the playoffs and could be helpful in the playoff semi-finals as fellow Bills WR Cole Beasley is on the COVID-19 reserve list and has to stay there for 10 days since he is unvaccinated. That means Beasley will automatically be out for Week 16 of the NFL regular season and open up more opportunities for Davis. Hopefully all of the Dynasty Owners who drafted Davis so highly this season had him in their Starting lineup this week.

TE: Foster Moreau (LV) – 13.5 points

Darren Waller has been out of the Raiders’ lineup since Week 13 and at the beginning of his injury hiatus, lots of people were mentioning Foster Moreau as a viable replacement. This was largely because Moreau scored 18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points back in Week 7 against Philadelphia when Waller was out. Moreau finally turned in the performance his Dynasty Owners have been waiting for here in Week 15 against Cleveland with 13.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions for 65 receiving yards). That put him behind only six of the best TEs in the NFL (Travis Kelce, Mark Andrews, Hunter Henry, Dalton Schultz, Dallas Goedert, and George Kittle). It was also more than the 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions for 50 receiving yards) that he had scored in the three previous games. Hopefully his Dynasty Owners were patient and waited the extra two days for the Browns-Raiders game to be played and had Moreau in their Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to another TE playing on Monday night, Cole Kmet of the Chicago Bears. Kmet was a high Dynasty Owner draft pick this season (ADP 121.2) and hasn’t played up to that lofty selection. He is currently TE20 on the Dynasty Owner season, but was the 14th TE drafted overall. In the first nine games of the season, Kmet had 56.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6.3 points per game) and only one game with more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In his past five games, including Week 15, he has scored 41.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8.3 points per game) with two games with more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week, he had 13.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions for 71 receiving yards). Kmet still hasn’t scored a TD yet this season, while the other TEs on the Bears roster have scored a total of five (two each by Jimmy Graham and Jesper Horsted and one by Jesse James). Horsted had the only Bears’ TD in Week 15, but only 8.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Despite the lack of a TD, Kmet was the Bears’ TE to have in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

K: Ka’imi Fairbairn (HOU) – 15.0 points

In easily his best game of the 2021 season, Ka’imi Fairbairn got to attempt six kicks and made them all in the Texans’ 30-16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 15. It was the most attempts for Fairbairn in a single game this season. He has two games without an attempt this season, a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) four times and had -1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 5 against New England when he missed two PAT attempts and a 56-yard FG. He made all six of his kicks this week (FGs of 25, 51 and 52 yards plus 3 PATs) to score a total of 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He could technically qualify as a Free Agent Auction target as he is only on a roster in 13% of Dynasty Owner leagues and has a $4.4 million salary. However, that salary is third highest which is a lot to pay for the #28 ranked kicker this season. If you are one of the few Dynasty Owners with him on your roster and had a first round playoff or Loser’s bracket tournament game, hopefully he was in your Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to another kicker on a really bad NFL team who had a really good week, Riley Patterson of the Detroit Lions. Patterson has only kicked in four games for the Lions, but they have won twice and both times, he had double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Just like Fairbairn, he made all six of his kicks this week (3 FGs of 37, 45 and 47 yards plus 3 PATs), but had two fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points with 13.0. He was a far better value as his contract is only $660,000 and he’s available in a majority of Dynasty Owner leagues (43.2% rostered). Will he be part of the Free Agent Auction targets from Jay Pounds? Check out his article or video for this week, or tune into the Livestream at 4 PM on Wednesday to find out. Either way, he should have been in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup in Week 15.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one highly drafted or highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored only a few or negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 15 when plenty of Dynasty Owners really could have used them to play well. All of them should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Tom Brady (TB) – 4.9 points

He’s still the G.O.A.T. and the top scorer in Dynasty Owner this season, but Tom Brady had himself an extremely poor outing against New Orleans with only 4.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (214 passing yards, 2 rushing yards, 1 INT, 1 fumble lost). It was his worst outing of the season and second worst as a Buccaneer, after his 1.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance back in Week 9 of 2020. That performance was also against New Orleans and he’s now 0-3 in the regular season versus the Saints as the Buccaneers’ QB. He beat them in the NFL playoffs last year, when it really counts though. Unfortunately for his Dynasty Owners who were playing in the first round of the Dynasty Owner playoffs, he turned in a terrible performance when it really counted for them. It’s doubtful that any Dynasty Owners had him on their Bench, instead of the Starting lineup since he’s the overall #1 player, but hopefully you either did or won your first round match-up despite the poor game from the G.O.A.T.

Dishonorable mention to New York Giants QB Mike Glennon. Glennon and his Dynasty Owners probably wish that he hadn’t cleared concussion protocols in time for the Giants’ game against Dallas on Sunday. If he hadn’t played, then he wouldn’t have scored -4.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (99 passing yards, 3 INTs) this week and been pulled for Jake Fromm late in the fourth quarter. Glennon is rostered in over half (50.9%) of Dynasty Owner leagues and hopefully none of those Dynasty Owners actually used him in either their Starting lineup (or had him on their Bench either) this week.

RB: Najee Harris (PIT) – 4.6 points and Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL) – 4.3 points

It was hard to decide which performance this week was worse between Najee Harris and Cordarrelle Patterson. Both are Top 10 RBs who had helped their Dynasty Owners all season, then ended up scoring less than 5.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Hopefully most of their Dynasty Owners did well enough to avoid having a first round game, so the 4.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (18 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 8 receiving yards) from RB4 Najee Harris and the very similar 4.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (18 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 5 receiving yards) from RB7 Cordarrelle Patterson didn’t hurt their Dynasty Owners too badly. Both of them were likely in your Starting lineup, but hopefully it was just to get your team points for the Chase for the Ring, not to determine if your team won a first round playoff game.

Dishonorable mentions to a pair of Top 25 RBs (Alvin Kamara at RB12 and Darrell Henderson at RB21) who also didn’t score as many Dynasty Owner fantasy points as anticipated and hopefully ended up on your Bench instead of your Starting lineup. Since Henderson had missed the two previous games, played on Tuesday night and only came off the COVID-19 reserve list on Saturday, some Dynasty Owners may have been worried enough to keep him on their Bench and didn’t have his 4.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (23 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 4 receiving yards) in their Starting lineup. Kamara was less likely to be on your Bench as he had come back at full strength the previous week. However, some Dynasty Owners may have seen the Buccaneers on the Saints’ schedule and sought out another option. That would have meant his 5.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (18 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 13 receiving yards) would have only been on their Bench. There were a few other Top 25 RBs with less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (Joe Mixon – 7.0 points, James Conner – 9.0 points, Melvin Gordon – 7.1 points, Myles Gaskin – 5.4 points and Darrel Williams – 1.2 points) and hopefully none of them cost your Dynasty Owner team its first round playoff game.

WR: Ja’Marr Chase (CIN) – 1.3 points

He’s still a top 10 WR in Dynasty Owner and the top rookie WR, but this week was a struggle for Chase as he only scored 1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 3 receiving yards) in the Bengals 15-10 victory over the Broncos. It ended up being a Tyler Boyd game (20.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) for the Bengals and while Chase was targeted four times by QB Joe Burrow, he only reeled in one of those targets. Other top WRs had poor games, like Jerry Jeudy and Julio Jones who both had Blutarskys (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), Michael Pittman who got ejected with just 1.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the game, and Chase Claypool who had 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Jeudy, Jones and Claypool are outside of the Top 24 WRs so they may not have been in your Starting lineup, while Chase was probably there based on his performance for the entire season.

TE: Tyler Conklin (MIN) – 1.7 points

Conklin was on the edge of being a Starter for Dynasty Owner teams this week as the overall TE16. With Darren Waller and T.J. Hockenson out, it wasn’t too much of a stretch to imagine Dynasty Owners with Conklin as their starter this week in his match-up with the Chicago Bears. Hopefully you had one of the top TEs who did really well this week and didn’t have to put Conklin who only scored 1.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 7 receiving yards) in your Starting lineup. He didn’t have many chances to do much as Justin Jefferson was targeted on 10 out of the 22 times that Kirk Cousins threw the ball towards his teammates (not the horrendous INT that he threw near absolutely none of them). Conklin was much better suited to being on the Bench for Dynasty Owners in the first round of the playoffs.

K: Ryan Succop (TB) – -2.0 points

While Succop was outside of the top 12 kickers in Dynasty Owner, anyone with him in their Starting lineup, or on the Bench ended up with negative points for $4 million in salary. None of the top kickers had fewer than 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and they made all of their kicks and aren’t really worthy of being here. In fact, there were few missed kicks this week (six FGs and two PATs, both by Greg Zuerlein of the Cowboys) and Succop’s missed 45-yard FG for Tampa Bay was one of them. Since Tampa Bay was shut out, it was his only opportunity of the week and so, he ended up with -2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Hopefully, Succop was on your Practice Squad in the first round of the playoffs and his negative point performance didn’t hurt your Dynasty Owner team.

Dishonorable mention to Panthers kicker Zane Gonzalez who injured his quadriceps in pre-game warmups and was unable to kick and thus scored zero Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The injury was so late that many Dynasty Owners with Gonzalez on their teams likely didn’t hear the news in time to take him out of their lineups. Usually, players who get injured aren’t included here, but due to the lateness of the injury and the fact that it didn’t happen during the game, it warranted mentioning.

Dynasty Owner Playoff Match-up of the Week Recap #1 – The Road Warriors vs. Ruff Ryders Inc.

All of the optimistism in the world wasn’t enough for Ruff Ryders Inc. to overcome the early lead that The Road Warriors got off to after last Thursday night (123.5 to 9.0). They ended up losing to the #2 team in the Chase for the Ring in the first round of the League #27449 playoffs by a final score of 206.75 to 150.23.

As mentioned in the Week 15 preview article, The Road Warriors had jumped out to a big lead behind co-Player of the Week Travis Kelce (44.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), Tyreek Hill (32.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), Justin Herbert (28.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Austin Ekeler (18.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). They kept piling on the points with only kicker Tyler Bass having fewer than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6.0 points). Their lowest scoring position player was Justin Jefferson with 14.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and five of the players on their Bench had 10.0 or more points as well.

Ruff Ryders Inc. acquitted themselves nicely by scoring 150.23 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) despite having Ja’Marr Chase (1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Allen Lazard (4.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) contribute little to their cause. Even if they had swapped out their higher scoring Bench WRs (Gabriel Davis who had 25.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Marquez Callaway who had 17.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), they still would have fallen short by 29.07 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Aaron Rodgers led Ruff Ryders Inc. in scoring with 32.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Brandin Cooks had 29.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

The season is over for Ruff Ryders Inc., while The Road Warriors have a match-up with Who Dat Nation in the Week 16 playoff semi-finals. If The Road Warriors can win that game, they could face the top seed in League #27449 and the team that has beaten them twice in the regular season, DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) who sit in 65th place right now in the Chase for the Ring standings with their team in this League.

Dynasty Owner Playoff Match-up of the Week Recap #2 – Super Mario Bros. vs. Goff Balls

In a game that was pretty close to the score of their regular season match-up, Goff Balls defeated Super Mario Bros. in the first round of the League #34636 playoffs by a score of 151.23 to 113.75. The score was similar, but the winner was different. Goff Balls also scored very close to their projected score of 153.38 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Super Mario Bros. fell short by nearly 20.0 points.

Goff Balls were led by Travis Kelce and his 44.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Thursday night. They also got 26.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Josh Allen and 18.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Deebo Samuel. Chase Claypool was the only really poor performer in Goff Balls’ Starting lineup with just 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. On the other side, Super Mario Bros. close the gap from Thursday night, but still fell short. Both of their Starting WRs scored well below their projections (Michael Pittman with 1.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Tee Higgins with 4.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Jonathan Taylor was the leading scorer for Super Mario Bros. with 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Dallas Goedert added 20.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Goedert would have needed to be the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week in order to have scored Super Mario Bros. enough points to win.

Goff Balls now get to face War Eagles in the Week 16 playoff semi-finals, while Super Mario Bros. are done for the season. Goff Balls improved their Chase for the Ring position by 51 spots, moving up from 200th place to 149th place.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

While teams like Goff Balls moved up in the Chase for the Ring standings and two teams per league got knocked out of the standings altogether, there was no change in the Top 10 for the first time this season. All of the same teams who were in the Top 10 last week are still there with four changes in position.

As we can see, only The Road Warriors have played 15 games this season. It’s 14 for everyone else as they all had a bye in the first round of the playoffs. They still had to set a Starting lineup and Bench to accumulate Dynasty Owner fantasy points during the Five Days of Football, but didn’t have the stress of needing to win a game like The Road Warriors did. The four teams at the top didn’t change positions, but The Road Warriors and DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) both gained ground on SKOL Vikings (League #31927) in terms of points. Havana Club 79 remained in fourth place, but fell further behind on points.

SKOL Vikings (League #31831) moved back one spot into sixth place, while juan blanco moved up one spot to overtake them for fifth place. ODBs jumped two spots up to eighth place, while John Boy’s Bolts dropped back from eighth place into tenth place. It’ll be interesting to see if any of these Top 10 teams lose in the playoff semi-finals and drop out of the Chase standings entirely, or if they all stay in place and competing for the Ring.

All of these teams are back in action in Week 16 with playoff semi-final match-ups. Their spots in the Regular Season Leaderboard are locked in place for all time, but the Championship Contenders standings are still up in the air for two more weeks and a lot can change in that time.

Conclusions

It’s time to start looking forward to the semi-finals of the Dynasty Owner playoffs. The Five Days of Football are over, and we will have games on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday as usual at this time of the season – just none on Tuesday (as of right now). A few NFL teams have the opportunity to clinch their berth in the playoffs and join Green Bay who is the only team to do so right now. Five teams have been eliminated from the NFL playoff race (Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, New York Jets and Chicago Bears) but still have games to play.

In Dynasty Owner, only four teams per League have the opportunity to be crowned their League Champion and four teams still can get the extra first round pick (1.13) in next year’s rookie draft by winning the Loser’s bracket tournament. The other four teams are done playing games. All of the top Dynasty Owner teams will have games and it’ll be interesting to see the movement and changes in the Chase for the Ring standings. Depending on how the top players perform in Week 16 of the NFL regular season, we could see significant changes or not many at all. After this week, four more Dynasty Owner teams will be eliminated and only four will remain.

Regardless of their playoff status, all Dynasty Owners will get the following content this week and those still alive in the playoffs and Loser’s bracket tournament can use the information to help them win their Week 16 game. It’s a different schedule than usual due to the Tuesday games. On Wednesday afternoon, Jay Pounds will discuss the top free agents available during the Livestream and then his Free Agent Auction targets article and video will be available for everyone. Matt Morrison – The Jerk had his article about the WRs and TEs nominees for Value Player of the Year released on Tuesday afternoon and the video was posted on Wednesday around Noon. He will be back on Thursday afternoon with his Thursday Night Football preview. My article and video previewing the rest of the weekly slate of games will appear on Friday in advance of the Christmas holiday and games on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Check it out to see how my Week 15 recommendations fared and what teams are featured in the playoff semi-final Match-ups of the Week. Finally, Jay’s Monday Night Football preview article comes out on Monday afternoon to cap off the second week of the Dynasty Owner playoffs.

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Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 14 Recap: A New Season

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Welcome to the Dynasty Owner Playoffs! After an off-season of the NFL Scouting Combine, free agent signings, the NFL draft (officially known as the Player Selection Meeting), Organized Team Activities (OTAs), training camps and three pre-season games, the NFL regular season has taken up 14 consecutive weeks with each team playing 13 games.

Dynasty Owners in established leagues had to deal with free agent signings altering the salaries of the players on their team and a 7-day window to keep or drop players signing a new contract. After that the first ever three round rookie drafts were held followed by several months of waiting for the regular season to start. New Dynasty Owner leagues had start-up drafts and depending on when they drafted, months, weeks or days of waiting for the regular season to start. Once the season started, it was a 14-week sprint that seemed to go by in the blink of an eye.

Now, it’s a whole new season for Dynasty Owners. It’s the Playoffs! Cue the iconic Jim Mora clip, which I honestly could watch over and over. For Dynasty Owners who made the playoffs and even those who are in the Loser’s bracket, it’s a whole new season. A quick, single-elimination season that lasts between one and three games and ends with one ultimate winner – the Chase for the Ring Champion – and a lot of individual League Champions. Even the winners of the Loser’s bracket get something as well – a bonus first round pick (the 1.13 pick) and a free Amnesty Provision. The Chase for the Ring Champion gets their own Ring, a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame (and much more), and immortalized in Dynasty Owner history. The League Champions all get $100 million Dynasty Dollars and those in paid leagues get 50% of the total league prize pool (either $300 or $600 depending on the buy-in amount). Plus, bragging rights for an entire year. Don’t discount the bragging rights.

Playoffs are a distinctly American sports invention. A new season of games after a full season of games have been played. Just ask the non-American Dynasty Owners (there are plenty of them) about how the major European football leagues (aka soccer) crown their champions. Each team in those leagues plays every team in the league twice (once at home and once on the road) and the team with the most points at the end of the regular season is declared the winner. If two teams are tied for the most points, then there are a lot of ways to determine the champion, such as head-to-head record, goal differential, etc. None of the methods actually involve the two teams tied at the top actually playing a game to determine the winner.

With all that said, it’s time for the Dynasty Owner playoffs. Half of the teams in each league made it and the other half didn’t and can start thinking about rebuilding while trying to win that extra first round draft pick. Congratulations and good luck to everyone with a playoff team.

Two teams who have to be the favorites to be their League Champion and also have a good chance to win the Chase for the Ring are our two remaining undefeated teams – DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) and Detroit’s Finest. Let’s see how they finished off the regular season.

Team NameLeagueWeek 14 ResultChase PositionChange
DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew)27458Win3rdNone
Detroit’s Finest74733Win13thUp 2

After three consecutive weeks of having an undefeated team go down to defeat, neither of the two remaining undefeated teams lost in Week 14. In fact, neither team was seriously in danger of losing in the final week of the regular season. Both will have a well-deserved bye in the first round of the playoffs and start their playoff journey in Week 16. As the first seed in their leagues, they will face the lowest ranked first round winner. 

I will take suggestions for the Match-up of the Week for the playoffs, but will likely focus on some of the top rated teams in the Chase for the Ring and spotlight those playoff games that are anticipated to be close. One of the top teams in the Chase finished in third place in their League and thus will have to face an opponent in the first round of the playoffs. Their game may be the choice for Match-up of the Week this week, but there may be additional games highlighted so if you have a suggestion, let me know on Twitter (@SteveVT33).

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

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.

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of December 14th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our fourteenth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 is our second two-time winner of the award this year. Our winner this week is: Josh Allen

There were four players this week with over 40.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Three of them won their NFL games this week and the fourth was Josh Allen. Allen had 44.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (308 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 109 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT) and earned two yardage bonuses that netted his Dynasty Owners an additional 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The bonus points pushed him ahead of the other three players with over 40.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (Tom Brady, Dalvin Cook and Aaron Rodgers). If it wasn’t for those bonus points, the G.O.A.T. would have won this honor for the second consecutive week. Despite all of Allen’s heroics in bringing the Bills back from a 24-3 halftime deficit to tie the game, he wasn’t able to lead his team to victory as the Bills lost 33-27 to the Buccaneers in overtime. He has three games with over 40.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points already this season and a total of ten games over the past two seasons. This week was a great bounce back performance for Allen after scoring only 14.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in windy conditions in Week 13 and moved him up to the third high scorer in Dynasty Owner for the season.

Week 14 Points: 44.3

2021 Salary: $5,295,760

Cost per Point: $119,543

Congratulations to Josh on winning his second Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor of the 2021 season and the fourth one of his career. He still trails Patrick Mahomes in total wins, but is tied with him this season.

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. The fourteenth Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 season is someone who almost won two weeks ago and finally breaks through this week: Hunter Renfrow

Renfrow was nearly the Value Player of the Week back in Week 12. His cost per point was only $776 higher than that week’s winner (Elijah Mitchell). Renfrow also had a solid Week 13 performance but was not as close to matching Deonte Harris as he was to Mitchell. In Week 14, Renfrow had his third consecutive 100 yard receiving game and added a TD to score 27.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (13 receptions, 117 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 1 fumble – lost, 6 return yards). On a side note, why is Las Vegas letting their best receiver return punts? Seriously, why risk having him get hurt? I don’t get it. Anyway, Renfrow is now the WR12 for the 2021 Dynasty Owner season with a total of 203.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy and has turned himself into easily the Raiders most reliable receiver with Darren Waller out. He is also a leading contender for the Value Player of the Year award with just the Dynasty Owner playoffs remaining.

Week 14 Points: 27.9

2021 Salary: $708,987

Cost per Point: $25,412

Congratulations Hunter on the first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of your career. There may be more to come next year as he still has one year remaining on his contract.

Honorable mention this week to Baltimore TE Mark Andrews. Andrews is the other main contender for Value Player of the Year as he has officially moved ahead of Travis Kelce as the TE1 for the Dynasty Owner season. His $863,290 salary is still in effect this year, but jumps to $14 million per year for the 2022 season. Andrews definitely earned his raise as he scored more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Renfrow (28.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from 11 receptions for 115 receiving yards and a receiving TD), but had a cost per point almost $5,000 higher. It’s Andrews’ second game of the year with 11 receptions and all he did in the last one was score 44.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That performance should have won him the Week 5 Value Player of the Week award, but he was not credited with a 3 point clutch scoring bonus until after Tuesday and thus, was deemed to have been slightly less of a value than Myles Gaskin that week. It’s a shame because Andrews has never been awarded the Value Player of the Week despite finishing as TE6 in 2020 and TE5 in 2019.

Week 14 Points: 28.5

2021 Salary: $863,290

Cost per Point: $30,291

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 14. These are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad (with two of them appearing on only a few Dynasty Owner rosters), but likely weren’t Starters in Week 14 when they should have been.

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) – 29.1 points

It was widely expected that Jimmy G was just a caretaker QB, holding on to the position for the 49ers until rookie Trey Lance was ready to take over. And when Jimmy got hurt in Week 4 and Lance took over and played better, the calls for Lance to take over grew louder. Lance played in Week 5 but was hurt and so after the 49ers bye in Week 6, Jimmy was back under center in Week 7 and hasn’t looked back. He was awful in that Week 7 game in poor weather conditions, but since then he’s averaging 23.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and hasn’t scored fewer than 14.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single game. In Week 14, he had 29.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (296 yards passing, 2 passing TDs, 3 rushing yards, 1 fumble). The final TD was a clutch scoring event, a 12-yard pass to Brandon Aiyuk in overtime to win the game for the 49ers. He seems to have quieted the calls for Lance to take over as the 49ers’ Starting QB and should have been in the Starting lineup for the Dynasty Owners in the 5.9% of leagues in which he’s on a roster.

RB: Rashaad Penny (SEA) – 28.8 points

It’s finally here. No, I’m not talking about the Dynasty Owner playoffs. I’m talking about the Rashaad Penny breakout that some people have been waiting for since Penny entered the league in 2018. Sure, he had a pair of 100 yard rushing games (one in 2018 and one in 2019), but those were quickly followed by injuries and a lack of production that have kept him from playing in nearly half (28 out of 61) of the games in his NFL career. Even after only playing in three games in 2020 with just 3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, he was still drafted with an ADP of 189.4 in 2021 start-up drafts. Time will tell if his 28.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (137 rushing yards, 2 rushing TD, 1 reception, 1 receiving yard) this week was the start of something big or another tease of greatness. Either way, there are plenty of Dynasty Owners with Penny and his $2.69 million salary on their rosters (88.2% of leagues) who will be willing to give him a shot in their first round playoff game. Hopefully they did the same in Week 14 and had him in their Starting lineup.

Special shout-out to his older brother Elijhaa Penny who had his second TD of the 2021 season and first 2-pt conversion of his career for the New York Giants. Elijhaa had 10.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 rushing yards, 1 reception, 3 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 1 2-pt conversion) in Week 14.

WR: Jakeem Grant (CHI) – 21.4 points

It’s two consecutive weeks with a TD for Jakeem Grant who has revitalized his career with the Chicago Bears since being traded from the Dolphins back in early October. It’s been four weeks now that Grant has been involved to some extent in the Bears’ offense and not just returning kicks. This past week, he had only two touches on offense, but returned a punt 97 yards for a TD. Grant filled up the stat sheet against the Packers on Sunday Night Football and totaled 21.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 rushing yards, 1 reception, 46 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 131 return yards, 1 return TD). This comes on the heels of a 17.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 13. Grant is only rostered in 2.96% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but his salary is now a more reasonable amount ($2.3 million) than it was when he was on Miami ($4.925 million). He ranks second in punt return yards with 303 and has the only punt return TD for the season. His punt return yardage and TD points should have been a part of Dynasty Owner Starting lineups in Week 14.

TE: Albert Okwuegbunam (DEN) – 15.1 points

The Starting lineup worthy performance from Albert O that I predicted back in Week 12 finally came about in Week 14 as he had a career high 15.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 41 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). That was one more reception, but 10 fewer yards than Noah Fant who had the most receiving yards for Denver in the Broncos’ 38-10 victory over the Lions. Albert O caught all five of his targets in the game and has caught an impressive 28 out his 32 targets this season. His performance was obviously overshadowed by the games that George Kittle and Mark Andrews produced in Week 14 (34.1 and 28.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points respectively), but it was still good enough for him to be the TE4 for the week. He should have been in the Starting lineup for his Dynasty Owners.

K: Cairo Santos (CHI) – 13.0 points

In his best game of the 2021 season, Cairo Santos made six kicks and had 13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 FG of 39 yards or less, 2 FGs of 40-49 yards and 3 PATs). He started his scoring off with a 23-yard FG in the first quarter, then had all three of his PATs in the second quarter along with a 44-yard FG with no time remaining in the first half. He finished his scoring with a 43-yard FG with under two minutes left in the game, but since Chicago was trailing by 18 points at the time, it was not a clutch scoring event. Prior to this week, Santos had only scored 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points twice and was averaging only 4.75 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, so 13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points was quite the unexpected game from Santos. If Santos is on your Dynasty Owner roster (75.15% rostered), hopefully you got him into your Starting lineup.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one highly drafted or highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored only a few or zero (no negative point games this week) Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 14. All of them should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Dak Prescott (DAL) – 11.0 points

Dak Prescott is trending in the wrong direction coming into the final couple of weeks of the NFL regular season and the Dynasty Owner playoffs. It’s difficult for his Dynasty Owners to have as a full team of quality players on their roster when they have Dak’s $40 million contract eating up over 30% of their salary cap. In the past four weeks, he has only scored an average of 15.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. He had fewer points this week with only 11.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (211 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 15 rushing yards, 2 INTs, 1 fumble) in the Cowboys road victory over Washington. One of the problems for Dak is that he has turned the ball over six times (5 INTs and 1 lost fumble) in those four games. Hopefully you had another quality QB on your Dynasty Owner roster and were able to leave Dak on your Bench this week.

RB: James Robinson (JAC) – 0.4 points

As I said on Twitter, I’m taking a victory lap on this one as I called Robinson as my Bench RB because I wasn’t confident that Urban Meyer would actually get the ball to Robinson more after saying that he needed to do so. The end result was that Jacksonville only ran the ball eight times for eight yards in the entire game with Robinson having six rushing attempts for four yards (0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He was also not targeted in the passing game despite being on the field for 35 of the Jaguars’ 55 plays. Jacksonville was only trailing 10-0 at halftime with 74 yards of total offense at the half. Jacksonville had four rushing attempts (3 by Robinson and 1 on third down and 8 by Carlos Hyde) compared to 15 passing attempts. In the Jaguars’ first two drives of the second half with the team still down 10-0, they attempted nine passes and only ran the ball twice. It’s not as bad as having Carlos Hyde having more snaps and touches than Robinson as happened last week, but it’s definitely still bad and not what Meyer said he was going to do. That’s why I correctly predicted that Robinson should be on your Dynasty Owner Bench this week.

WR: Darnell Mooney (CHI) – 2.9 points

Since the Chicago Bears aren’t exactly a high-volume offense, despite scoring a season-high 30 points this past week against Green Bay, they can only handle one or two fantasy relevant position players per week at most. Therefore, it’s not surprising to find Bears WR Darnell Mooney in this section after seeing Jakeem Grant profiled earlier (and having Damiere Byrd score 15.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Heading into Week 14, Darnell Mooney was the WR24 in Dynasty Owner with 153.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in 12 games (12.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game). However, he only had 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 19 yards) in Week 14. That was just a slight bit worse than Allen Robinson had in his return to the Bears lineup (2 receptions for 14 yards and 3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Mooney might have been the only Bears WR who Dynasty Owners felt comfortable having in their Starting lineup, but he ended up being someone who should have been on your Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Terry McLaurin of the Washington Football Team. McLaurin had a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) on four targets in a little over a half of football before being ruled out with a concussion. There’s no telling if he would have done anything in the second half or continued with his lack of production. The unwritten rule is to not put injured players here since their lack of Dynasty Owner fantasy points is likely due to the injury, but since McLaurin had over half of the game to step up and didn’t, he merits a dishonorable mention.

TE: Dalton Schultz (DAL) – 1.4 points

Dalton Schultz didn’t play well against the Washington Football Team during the 2020 season, but with Andy Dalton at QB for both games, I discounted those performances and didn’t pick Schultz as a Bench option this week. In those 2020 games, Schultz had 7.4 and 4.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but with Dak Prescott at QB this week, the Football Team held Schultz to even fewer points. Schultz was only targeted three times and ended up with just 1.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 4 yards). Everyone with Schultz on their Dynasty Owner roster should keep this in mind as the Cowboys and Football Team play again on Sunday Night Football in two weeks during the Dynasty Owner playoffs. Even though he’ll likely still be a top 12 TE at that point, he could be a candidate for the Bench, just as he should have been this week.

K: Chris Boswell (PIT) – 0.0 points

Boswell came into Week 14 in a tie with Daniel Carlson and Justin Tucker as the #2 kicker in Dynasty Owner, behind only Nick Folk. He dropped down to a tie with Greg Joseph and Matt Gay as the #5 kicker with his Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) this week. Boswell missed a 49-yard FG in his first attempt of the day (after Joseph missed a 53-yard FG) then watched the Vikings score 29 straight points. He did make two PAT attempts after the Steelers’ first two TDs, but with his team down 15 points early in the fourth quarter, the Steelers started to try 2-pt conversions instead of extra points and Boswell never got another chance to kick. Despite missing only four kicks this season (2 PATs and 2 FGs), Boswell is only rostered in two-thirds (66.3%) of Dynasty Owner leagues. That’s likely because of his $4.2 million contract combined with finishing as the #26 kicker in 2020 with only 83.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in 13 games played (6.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game). He has improved considerably this year and been performing well enough to be in your Starting lineup on a weekly basis with an average of 8.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (108.0 points in 13 games) per week. Hopefully he wasn’t in your Starting lineup this week, but sitting on your Bench or Practice Squad.

Dishonorable mention to Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson who received a 4-year, $18.4 million contract extension earlier in the week, then proceeded to miss a PAT attempt and make a 26-yard FG in the Chiefs 48-9 beatdown of the Raiders. Carlson had 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point, which was more than Chris Boswell, so he’s still ahead of Boswell and ranked as the #4 kicker in Dynasty Owner, behind Justin Tucker, Nick Folk and Bengals rookie Evan McPherson. Tucker was tied with Carlson and Boswell coming into this week, but scored 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to move into the top spot. Hopefully everyone with Carlson in Dynasty Owner decided to leave him on the Bench and had another kicker who scored more points this week.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – Doobey’s Misfits vs. Cmans Crew

In a playoff play-in game in League #61834, Cmans Crew defeated Doobey’s Misfits by 19.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to finish 8-6, claim the #6 seed and a first round playoff game against FitzMagic. Doobey’s Misfits finished the season with a 7-7 record and will have one of the two first round byes in the Loser’s bracket tournament.

Cmans Crew came into Monday Night Football with a six point edge (94.48 to 88.48) with only Matthew Stafford to play against a trio of players in the Starting lineup for Doobey’s Misfits (Sony Michel, DeAndre Hopkins and Tyler Higbee). Higbee was ruled out of the Monday night game a few hours prior and placed on the COVID-19 reserve list, but he would have needed to score over 19.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to have made up the deficit. Stafford had 31.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Michel and Hopkins combined for only 18.3 points to give Cmans Crew the victory.

Stafford was the leading scorer for Cmans Crew followed by Najee Harris with 25.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Robby Anderson with 21.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. They were able to overcome zero points from their Starting kicker Tristan Vizcaino and a weak performance all around by their Bench to win. For Doobey’s Misfits, Justin Herbert had 33.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but Higbee ended up with zero points and four of their other Starters (Josh Jacobs, Sony Michel, A.J. Dillon and Ryan Succop) had less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. If Cmans Crew can prevail over FitzMagic in the first round, a playoff semi-finals match-up with Burrows before hoes who rank 82nd in the Chase for the Ring awaits them.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

Burrows before hoes has another team (League #27443) in 15th place in the Top 25 of the Chase for the Ring standings who will need to get past another Top 10 team to win that League and keep their hopes for the Ring alive. With the regular season over, these are the Top 10 teams who will be immortalized on the 2021 Regular Season Leaderboard.

There wasn’t a lot of movement in and out of the Top 10 in the final week of the regular season, but there was quite a bit of internal movement. SKOL Vikings (League #31927) had a big week and moved into first place. They now have a 34.1 point lead over The Road Warriors who dropped back into second. Both DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) and Havana Club 79 won and remained in third and fourth place. Both Richie Incognito and ODBs won their final game as well and stayed in ninth and tenth place respectively. Richie Incognito is the other League #27443 team in the Chase standings with Burrows before hoes.

We had two teams change positions in the Top 10 with Blaze’s Backyard Burners losing and falling back from fifth to seventh place. SKOL Vikings (League #31831) had a huge victory and moved up from seventh place into fifth place.

We also had two teams move into the Top 10 and two teams fall back out. Interestingly, the teams in both instances changed places in the standings. All Might lost their game and fell six places, from sixth place to twelfth place. In their place, juan blanco moved up from twelfth place to sixth place. Oh God Dalvins Cookin fell three positions down to eleventh place, while John Boy’s Bolts went up three positions into eighth place. Both juan blanco and John Boy’s Bolts are returning to the Top 10 as they were both there after Week 12.

While everyone should continue to set their Starting lineup in the first round of the playoffs and Loser’s Bracket tournament, it is more important for these Ring contenders to do so. Even though it’s a new season, the points from the first round of the playoffs count in the Chase for the Ring standings.

Conclusions

Now that Week 14 is over and in the books, it’s time for a whole new season – Playoff season. Every Dynasty Owner team that makes the six-team playoffs, regardless of whether they are the #1 seed and had a perfect 14-0 regular season record or made the playoffs with a 6-8 or 7-7 record can be crowned their League Champion. And every League Champion is in the competition to be the Chase for the Ring Champion.

Now that the playoffs are here, hopefully your team can perform well enough to win the two or three games in this new season that it needs to give you the title of 2021 Dynasty Owner League Champion. I’m gunning for it in both of the leagues that I made the playoffs in and also trying to secure the extra first round pick by setting my best possible lineup in the two leagues that I’m in the Loser’s bracket. All Dynasty Owners should make sure to set their lineups this week, especially those of you with aspirations to win the Ring.

Every week during the three-week Dynasty Owner playoffs, Dynasty Owners get the following content to help them in their quest to win their League and compete in the Chase for the Ring. First, we have Jay Pounds doing the Monday Night Football preview on Monday afternoons. His Free Agent Auction targets article and video appears on Tuesdays as well. Matt Morrison – The Jerk continues his Wednesday article and video series and then is back on Thursday afternoon with his Thursday Night Football preview. Finally, my article and video previewing the rest of the weekly slate of games will appear on Friday. Check it out to see how my Week 14 recommendations fared and what teams are featured in the first playoff Match-up of the Week.

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Week 13 Recap: Down to the Wire

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Five NFL games came down to the wire this past week. The Lions 29-27 victory over the Vikings on a TD pass from Jared Goff to Amon-Ra St. Brown with no time left on the clock was the first one and the only early game to come down to the final play. On late Sunday, we had three close games decided late. In Las Vegas, new Football Team kicker Brian Johnson, their fourth kicker of the season, drilled a 48-yard FG with 37 seconds left to give the Football Team a 17-15 victory over the Raiders. After a Lamar Jackson to Sammy Watkins TD pass with 12 seconds left brought the Ravens to within a point of the Steelers, Ravens Coach John Harbaugh decided to go for the win with a 2-pt conversion try. It was unsuccessful and the Steelers squeaked out a 20-19 victory. San Francisco marched 95 yards down the field in Seattle in the final drive of the game that started when they recovered a fumble on their own 2 yard line with 4:03 on the clock. The final drive ended on the Seattle 3 yard line with 22 seconds left after an incomplete pass on fourth down ended the 49ers’ hopes of tying the game. Finally, an interesting Monday Night Football game closed with Buffalo trying to drive down the field in 25-30 mile per hour winds to score a TD to overtake New England. The drive ended just after the two minute warning with Myles Bryant knocking down a fourth and 14 pass from Josh Allen to preserve the Patriots’ 14-10 victory. All in all, it was an exciting week of NFL football to say the least.

Dynasty Owner had some close games with playoff implications that came down to the finish of Monday Night Football as well. In League #80545, Quaranteam probably thought their chances to win were slim as they lead Weirdbeard by a score of 109.73 to 104.8 with only Cole Beasley and Dawson Knox on their Bench to go against Zack Moss and Tyler Bass in Weirdbeard’s Starting lineup. The low scoring game plus Bass’ missed 33-yard FG helped Quaranteam to hold on to win 111.11 to 110.1 and move into second place with a 9-4 record. Weirdbeard dropped to 8-5 and sits in fifth place. Both teams will make the playoffs, but Quaranteam is in prime position for a first round bye now.

A newcomer to the Chase for the Ring Top 25 (DixieNormus) also had a close call in their League #76061 match-up with Ship it up. DixieNormus was leading by only 3.86 points (161.23 to 157.37) heading into Monday Night Football, but only had Devin Singletary left on their Bench, while Ship it up had Jakobi Meyers in their Starting lineup and N’Keal Harry on their Bench. Meyers was selected by Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl)as his Value of the Game in his Monday Night Football preview article, so of course, he ended up with a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Harry got -3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for inexplicably attempting to field a punt. Ship it up scored negative points on Monday night and ended up losing by a score of 162.13 to 156.62.

If anyone else had a close game come down to the wire on Monday Night Football, or even Sunday night if you didn’t have any Bills or Patriots on your team, let me know by sending me a tweet (@SteveVT33). Hopefully you weren’t relying on big points on Monday Night Football, or a TD from Josh Allen down the wire. If so, your Dynasty Owner team likely lost.

It’s also down to the wire in the race for the Dynasty Owner playoffs with just one week left for teams to punch their ticket, or be relegated to the Loser’s Bracket. Other teams might be trying to secure that first round bye to guarantee themselves a top four finish to the season and an easier route to their League Championship.

You know what teams aren’t worrying about making the playoffs or securing a first round bye? It’s the remaining three undefeated Dynasty Owner teams coming into Week 13. Let’s find out how they did and if any of their games came down to the wire?

Team NameLeagueWeek 13 ResultChase PositionChange
DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew)27458Win3rdNone
Detroit’s Finest74733Win15thUp 8
The HipHopOpatomus70068Loss96thDown 44

We are down to only two undefeated teams as The HipHopOpatomus lost their match-up this week to Quaranteam by a wide margin (155.08 to 111.30). Neither DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) nor Detroit’s Finest had much to worry about as they both won by around 50.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Both of them are facing teams who could make the playoffs with an upset victory and spoil the undefeated season for their league mates.

Neither one will be our Week 14 Match-up of the Week as I’m on the lookout for a pair of teams who are really fighting for their playoff lives. If you and your opponent are in the playoffs with a victory and out with a loss, then I’m looking to feature your match-up this week. Let me know on Twitter (@SteveVT33) like FiTz Of FuRy did and maybe your team can be in the spotlight.

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

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.

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of December 7th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our thirteenth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 is someone who everyone knows, a lot of people love, and everybody should recognize as the G.O.A.T. That’s right. Our winner this week is: Tom Brady

You might disagree with me calling him the G.O.A.T. but who else has 7 Super Bowl rings? Who else has led his team to 14 conference championship games and won 10 of them? Who else has a website that categories all of his records (https://www.tombradyrecords.com/) that I learned about two minutes before typing out this sentence? And this week, he adds his first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor of 2021 by scoring the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week with 40.3 (368 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, -1 rushing yard, 1 INT). He just edged out 49ers TE George Kittle who had 39.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the honor, but the G.O.A.T. would still have been the overall #1 player in Dynasty Owner even if he hadn’t. That’s because he is 20.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points ahead of the #2 overall player (Justin Herbert) and on pace to score more than 500 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this season. At the age of 44, he is not only is the highest scoring Dynasty Owner player this season, but he is also leading the NFL in completions (347), passing yards (3,771) and passing TDs (34), while also completing over two-thirds (68.3%) of his pass attempts.

Week 13 Points: 40.3

2021 Salary: $25,000,000

Cost per Point: $620,347

Congratulations to the G.O.A.T. on winning his first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor of the 2021 season and second one of his history making career.

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. The thirteenth Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 season is: Deonte Harris

We will celebrate Harris’ accomplishments in Week 13 for his Dynasty Owners who are all hopefully playing for a League Championship (or at least the extra first round pick by winning the Loser’s Bracket) when he is eligible to return from his three-game suspension for an off-season DUI. Way back on Thursday night, Harris hadn’t done too much until he caught a 70-yard TD pass from Taysom Hill with a little over two minutes left in the Saints’ 27-17 loss to the Cowboys. That gave Harris 20.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the evening (4 receptions, 96 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 3 rushing yards, 37 return yards) and combined with his rock-bottom undrafted rookie free agent salary from 2019 of $588,333, was enough to make him the best value of the week in Dynasty Owner. While it was the best performance of his career, it was the seventh time this season that Harris has scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Week 13 Points: 20.8

2021 Salary: $588,333

Cost per Point: $28,285

Congratulations Deonte on the first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of your career.

Honorable mention this week to Atlanta WR Russell Gage. Gage lost a fumble during the Falcons’ first drive of the second half, and if he had held on to the ball, he would have been the Value Player of the Week. Gage had 21.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (11 receptions, 130 receiving yards, 1 fumble lost), which was 0.2 more points than Harris, but makes just under $66,000 more in salary so his cost per point was higher. Gage set new career highs in receptions (11) and receiving yards (130) in a game. It was his second career game with over 100 receiving yards. Gage won this award in Week 14 last season and his cost per point of $31,145 would have been good enough to be Value Player of the Week on four other occasions this season, but not this week.

Week 13 Points: 21.0

2021 Salary: $654,049

Cost per Point: $31,145

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 13. These are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad (with a couple not even on many Dynasty Owner rosters), but likely weren’t Starters in Week 13 when they should have been.

QB: Jared Goff (DET) – 29.9 points

Congratulations to Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions on their first victory of the 2021 NFL season. All it took was a 14 play, 75 yard drive with 1:50 left on the game clock from Goff in which he completed nine passes to five different receivers. Four out of the last five completions were to WR Amon-Ra St. Brown including the 11-yard TD with no time left on the clock. Goff had 29.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (296 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 1 rushing yard, 1 INT and 1 fumble lost) in the victory. It was his best game in a Lions uniform since Week 1 against San Francisco when he had 38.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In between those performances, it hasn’t been very good for Goff as he came into Week 13 averaging just 15.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and as the QB28 for the 2021 season. With his $33.5 million salary, he is rostered in only 1.2% of Dynasty Owner leagues. Not sure what teams have been hanging on to Goff, but congratulations if you did and got the victory in your Dynasty Owner game this week because you had him in your Starting lineup.

RB: Sony Michel (LAR) – 23.9 points

In his best game in the history of Dynasty Owner, Rams RB Sony Michel had 23.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (121 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 3 receptions, 8 receiving yards) in place of injured Rams RB Darrell Henderson. It was Michel’s first 100 yard rushing game since Week 3 of the 2020 season. He also tied his career high in receptions (3) and targets (4), which is not surprising to me as a New England Patriots fan since he averaged just barely over one target per game in his Patriots’ career. In three seasons in New England, he played in 38 games and had 26 receptions for 258 receiving yards on 40 targets. The 121 rushing yards on 24 carries was a surprise as well, but seeing him on the field in passing situations and catching passes was more of a surprise. Michel played on 66 out of the Rams 68 plays on offense as a result of Henderson not playing despite being active. It’s the game that everyone who drafted Michel and kept him on their Dynasty Owner roster have been waiting for since he was traded to the Rams in late August. Hopefully they discounted the news that Henderson was active and put Sony in their Starting lineup this week.

WR: Amon-Ra St. Brown (DET) – 27.8 points

As the recipient of the TD pass that gave the Lions their first victory of the season, Amon-Ra St. Brown received the 3 point clutch scoring bonus on the first TD of his NFL career. The rookie WR from USC was expected to be one of the Lions’ top pass catchers this season as evidenced by his ADP of 134.6 in Dynasty Owner start-up drafts, but has failed to capitalize on the opportunity by producing only 76.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in 11 games (6.9 points per game) prior to this week. In the victory, St. Brown totaled 27.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 receptions, 86 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 2 rushing yards) and laid his claim to the WR1 spot in Detroit that many have handed over to Josh Reynolds. Regardless of who is the WR1 in Detroit, they are clearly behind, or should be behind, both TE T.J. Hockenson and RB D’Andre Swift in the Lions’ offensive game plan. With Swift out, St. Brown stepped up and hopefully had a spot in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

TE: Evan Engram (NYG) – 10.1 points

It only took 10.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to crack the top 10 TEs this week and possibly the lowest point total in this section of the weekly recap article in its history. With George Kittle, Dallas Goedert and Rob Gronkowski all scoring two TDs and in excess of 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, highlighting a player like Engram who only had 4 receptions for 61 receiving yards (10.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) seems odd. It’s true that both Kittle, and Gronkowski were outside of the top 12 TEs at the start of Week 13, but Kittle has missed three games this season, while Gronkowski has missed five games. Both are Starting TEs when healthy and should have been in your Starting lineup this week. Engram is another matter as he had far fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points prior to Week 13 than both of them (25.4 fewer than Kittle and 23.8 fewer than Gronkowski) despite playing in more games (9) this season. Engram was the best TE who is widely rostered in Dynasty Owner (85.8%), but unlikely to have been in a lot of Starting lineups. It was close, but he should have been there this week.

Honorable mention to a TE who is rostered in no Dynasty Owner leagues, so he couldn’t have been in anybody’s Starting lineup (or on their Bench either). Detroit Lions’ rookie backup TE Brock Wright had 10.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 28 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) in the Lions’ last second victory. With a salary of only $660,000 for one year, Wright wasn’t on the roster of any Dynasty Owner teams when he caught the first TD pass of his NFL career despite the fact that there are over 40 Dynasty Owner teams with Detroit in their name. Maybe one of them will add him after this week’s Starting lineup worthy performance.

K: Riley Patterson (DET) – 12.0 points

Riley Patterson’s first NFL game came on Thanksgiving Day. He made both of his PAT attempts. In his second game, he had two more successful PAT attempts and three FGs (31, 41 and 49 yards) to score a total of 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He is the fourth kicker for the Lions and the Lions are his third team this season, which probably explains why he is on so few Dynasty Owner rosters (21.3%) with a salary of just $660,000. Patterson was even denied the opportunity to add a third extra point as the Lions’ game winning TD came with no time left on the clock and there was no need to make the PAT attempt. While both Jake Elliott and Matt Gay had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (15.0 and 14.0 respectively), they were likely in your Starting lineup as top 12 kickers. Patterson was probably in very few Starting lineups but would have looked nice there for your Dynasty Owner team this past week.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one highly drafted or highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored only a few, none or negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 13. All of them should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Patrick Mahomes (KC) – 13.4 points

If you look at the number of Dynasty Owner fantasy points, it wasn’t a terrible week for the top QBs in Dynasty Owner as usually there’s one or more with single-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points. However, in terms of weekly ranking, Mahomes was the QB23 for the week with his 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (184 passing yards, 12 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT). This marks the fifth time in his last six games that he has scored less than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. There were a couple of other top QBs who were close to Mahomes in scoring this week as Josh Allen only had 14.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Dak Prescott had 14.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Carson Wentz had 14.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. A few lower ranked Week 13 Starting QBs had a lot fewer points, but Dynasty Owners shouldn’t have had any of them (Trevor Lawrence, Mike Glennon, Tyrod Taylor or Mac Jones) in their Starting lineup. As everyone knows, Mac Jones only attempted three passes on Monday night and because of the kneel downs at the end of the game, he ended up with -0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (19 passing yards, -3 rushing yards, 1 fumble). With the weather forecast for Buffalo known days in advance, nobody should have put Jones in their Starting lineup. However, plenty of them likely had Mahomes there when he should have been on their Bench.

RB: James Robinson (JAC) – 1.5 points

Carlos Hyde had more snaps, touches and Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the Jacksonville Jaguars than James Robinson this week. Hyde is averaging 3.8 yards per touch, while Robinson is averaging 5.4. With thanks to Matt the Jerk for introducing me to his opportunities metric, Robinson has 155.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on 165 touches, or .94 points per touch. Hyde has 42.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on 82 touches, .51 points per touch. It’s baffling to me that Urban Meyer could play Hyde more than Robinson in a game in which Robinson is healthy enough to play. Robinson had an early fumble, which resulted in his benching in favor of Hyde, and ended up receiving 9 touches and scoring only 1.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (24 rushing yards, 1 reception, 11 receiving yards, 1 fumble lost). Hyde had 10 touches and 6.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which included a rushing TD. Since returning from injury, Robinson had averaged 13.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and his Dynasty Owners likely figured that he was a safe player to have in their Starting lineup. It wasn’t to be as Urban Meyer and his baffling coaching made Robinson someone who should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Darrell Henderson who was “active” for the Rams game but never actually played and thus got his Dynasty Owners a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). When the game inactives were announced and Henderson wasn’t on it, many Dynasty Owners likely kept him in their Starting lineups, which ended up being a huge mistake. Boston Scott also deserves to be mentioned as the same thing happened with him, but since Scott was well outside of the top 24 RBs, fewer Dynasty Owners were likely to start him than Henderson.

WR: Every New England Patriots WR – -2.1 points combined

In case you didn’t hear about it, the New England Patriots won a NFL football game on Monday night in which they attempted only three passes. Those passes were evenly distributed to a TE (1 to Jonnu Smith), RB (1 to Brandon Bolden) and WR (1 to Nelson Agholor). With only one target among all four of them (we’ll leave out Gunner Olszewski who returns kicks and Matthew Slater who plays on special teams), the Patriots WRs ended up combining for a total of -2.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 rushing yards and 1 fumble lost). Nelson Agholor was the highest scoring Patriots WR with 0.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 rushing yards), Kendrick Bourne had 0.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 rushing yards), Jakobi Meyers had a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), and N’Keal Harry had -3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points as he was charged with a fumble on a botched punt return that grazed his helmet when he should haven’t been near it. Harry did have a couple of good blocks on the Patriots’ TD and 2-pt conversion, but those don’t matter to his Dynasty Owners. Hopefully everyone with a Patriots WR got the news about the windy weather expected for Monday night early in the week and got Bourne, Meyers, Agholor and Harry out of their lineups for guys who played on Sunday.

TE: Hunter Henry (NE) – 0.0 points

With the Patriots not passing, Hunter Henry only played 15 snaps compared to 39 for Jonnu Smith. The Pats also lined up six offensive linemen with backup lineman Mike Onwenu on the field for 31 snaps, which lessened the need for Henry to play much. As a result of this diminished playing time, Henry had no targets and a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). While Jonnu Smith had just 2.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception, 12 receiving yards, -1 rushing yard), he was an offensive juggernaut compared with Henry and the Patriots WRs. Hopefully Dynasty Owners with Henry on their roster (72.8% of leagues) saw the weather reports and took Henry out of their Starting lineups.

Dishonorable mention to Gerald Everett of the Seattle Seahawks. Everett was outside of the top 12 TEs, but may have gotten some Dynasty Owners to put him in their Starting lineup after his 14.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (5 receptions, 37 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) against Washington on Monday Night Football. Instead of a repeat performance, they got -1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points despite only one fewer catch as Everett lost two fumbles to go along with his four receptions for seven yards. Hopefully Dynasty Owners had Everett on their Practice Squad, instead of in their Starting lineup or on their Bench.

K: Tyler Bass (BUF) – 0.0 points

Nothing like sustained winds of 25-30 miles per hour and gusts up to 50-60 miles per hour to make a kicker want to go out and perform his job. That’s the spot that Tyler Bass was in on Monday night. Bass had three kicking attempts (2 FGs and 1 PAT) and made two of them in the challenging winds. However, the miss was from 33 yards out and cost his Dynasty Owners 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That offset the 3.0 points he received for the successful 35 yard FG (worth 2.0 points) and the PAT (worth 1.0 point).

Dishonorable mention to Jets rookie kicker Alex Kessman who missed his only two PAT attempts after Jets TDs on their first two drives and then got no further kicking attempts in the game. He was released on Monday as a result of his -2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point game. Fortunately, only a few Dynasty Owners (1.8%) had grabbed Kessman off the Free Agent Auction and could have put him in their Starting lineup or Bench. However, this performance was so poor that it merited mentioning here.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – bobs vs. FiTz Of FuRy

In a close game that ended up coming down to the wire, bobs defeated FiTz Of FuRy by a score of 146.56 to 141.22. With the victory by bobs, both teams now have 9-4 records and are separated by just 8.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for third and fourth place in League #32994. It’s possible that these teams will face off again in the first round of the playoffs as the fourth and fifth seeds as neither has clinched a bye and cannot finish in either first or sixth place.

As anticipated, this game came down to Monday Night Football with bobs holding a slim 1.18 point lead. They had the advantage with Tyler Bass in their Starting lineup and Damien Harris on their Bench, but FiTz Of FuRy had Matt Breida on their Bench. Harris ended up with 19.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points compared to only 2.48 for Breida to stretch the bobs’ lead and give them the victory by 5.34 points. This prevented the decision to keep Darrell Henderson in their Starting lineup from costing bobs a much needed victory. FiTz Of FuRy had more points from their Starting lineup (130.8 to 128.08), but Harris, Joe Burrow (19.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and James Conner (19.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) had enough points on bobs’ Bench to overcome the deficit from their Starters. Terry McLaurin underperformed for FiTz Of FuRy with just 5.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and everyone on their Bench scored in the single-digits except Teddy Bridgewater (14.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Logan Thomas (13.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points).

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

None of these teams in the Chase for the Ring are coming down to the wire in terms of their playoff hopes. However, with a week of the regular season remaining and league playoffs to go, it’ll definitely come down to the final week before someone becomes the 2021 Ring Champion.

The top five teams remain in place after Week 13. The Road Warriors and SKOL Vikings (League #31927) are in first and second place with the margin for The Road Warriors decreasing very slightly by 1.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) stayed undefeated and in third place, while Havana Club 79 stayed in fourth place, but lost by a score of 163.95 to 136.35 to FC Pinar DR. Blaze’s Backyard Burners went into Monday Night Football with a lead of less than .5 points, but held on to win and stay in fifth place.

After that, there was quite a bit of change. All Might also lost (201.63 to 165.73 to The Football Factory), but moved up from eighth place into sixth place. SKOL Vikings (League #31831) jumped up from tenth place to seventh place. There are also new teams in the final three spots in the Top 10 as Oh God Dalvins Cookin is in eighth place now, moving up an impressive 13 places from last week. Richie Incognito is in ninth place as they moved up from thirteenth place and ODBs are in tenth place, up one spot from eleventh place last week. Dropping out of the Top 10 are Thee Camel Toe Jockey who went from sixth to fourteenth place after losing their second game in three weeks, juan blanco who dropped five spots from seventh to twelfth place and John Boy’s Bolts who dropped three spots from eighth to eleventh place. Both juan blanco and John Boy’s Bolts did emerge victorious this week.

Conclusions

I wonder how many close games there will be in the NFL and Dynasty Owner in Week 14. One can never tell in the NFL, but a couple of games with playoff ramifications, like Baltimore-Cleveland and Dallas-Washington, have the potential to go down to the wire. Not to mention, the Monday Night Football match-up between the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals. That game should feature a lot of scoring by prominent players. Lots of Dynasty Owners will be watching to see if their Dynasty Owner team is going to win in their regular season finale. A victory could mean that their team is making the playoffs or maybe getting a first round bye, while a loss could have them thinking about how they are going to win the Loser’s Bracket tournament. By the time the next recap article is ready to go, everyone will know if they are in the playoffs or the Loser’s Bracket and whether or not they have a game to play in Week 15 or a bye.

Every week including the final week of the regular season and Dynasty Owner playoffs, Dynasty Owners get the following content to help them in their quest to win their League and compete in the Chase for the Ring. First, we have Jay Pounds doing the Monday Night Football preview on Monday afternoons. His Free Agent Auction targets article and video appears on Tuesdays as well. Matt Morrison – The Jerk continues his Wednesday article and video series and then is back on Thursday afternoon with his Thursday Night Football preview. Finally, my article and video previewing the rest of the weekly slate of games will appear on Friday. Check it out to see how my Week 13 recommendations fared and what teams are featured in the final regular season Match-up of the Week.

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Week 11 Recap: Up and Down

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

That’s what the past couple of weeks have been for a few of the top NFL teams. In the past three weeks, the Buffalo Bills have gone from scoring six points in a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, to scoring 45 points in a dominating victory over the New York Jets to losing by 26 points to the Indianapolis Colts. It’s been the same way for the Arizona Cardinals as they beat the San Francisco 49ers by 14 points in their first game with Colt McCoy playing in place of an injured Kyler Murray, then lost by 24 points to the Carolina Panthers, to come back and beat the Seattle Seahawks by 10 points on Sunday. At least Arizona can point to the injuries to Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins as an explanation for why they have been up and down for the past couple of weeks. Buffalo doesn’t really have that kind of built-in excuse. Sorry Bills Mafia.

It’s not just Arizona and Buffalo. Twenty-four out of the 32 NFL teams have a current winning or losing streak of one or two games. The Bears have the longest current losing streak of five games, which came right after a two-game winning streak. The Dolphins won their season opener, then lost seven straight games before winning their last three games.

Of course, the same thing is true for NFL players. Patrick Mahomes had three poor games in a row of less than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, then followed those down weeks with 54.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week to win the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week award. This week, he was back down and only scored 8.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Mahomes has been the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week twice and also scored less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points twice. Mike White was a sensation in his first NFL start with 38.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to win the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week award. Two weeks later, he was throwing 4 INTs and scoring just 0.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points before getting replaced in Week 11 as Jets QB by Joe Flacco. One week after scoring a season-high 63.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Lamar Jackson only put up 13.4 points the following week. In Week 4, Myles Gaskin had only 0.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and in Week 6, he had just 2.4 points, but in between those bad weeks, he had 31.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 5 and was the Value Player of the Week. There are plenty of other examples that I could give, but hopefully everyone gets the idea by now.

For many Dynasty Owners, the success of their team depends upon which of the up and down players are in their Starting lineup or on their Bench. Hopefully you’ve got more of the “up” guys than “down” guys every week and your opponent has the opposite. We had five of the top “up” teams in Dynasty Owner, the undefeated teams, profiled in the Week 11 preview article. Let’s see how they did:

Team NameLeagueWeek 11 ResultChase PositionChange
DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew)27458Win3rdNone
Thee Camel Toe Jockey66645Loss6thDown 2
Detroit’s Finest74733Win22ndDown 12
Miami Crypt Keepers59074Win71stDown 27
The HipHopOpatomus70068Win94thUp 16

While four out of our five undefeated teams won their Week 11 match-up, only one (The HipHopOpatomus) moved up in the Chase for the Ring standings. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) didn’t have much room to move up and stayed in 3rd place, while Detroit’s Finest and Miami Crypt Keepers won their game, but must have had a down week in scoring as they dropped in the Chase standings. Finally, Thee Camel Toe Jockey went down in defeat to TOtheShow79 by a score of 183.0 to 160.08 to have their undefeated season ended. However, they only fell two spots in the Chase for the Ring standings.

Detroit’s Finest won the Match-up of the Week, but still check out how they did later in this article. We’ll see if we feature one of the remaining undefeated teams in the Week 12 Match-up of the Week, or if someone sends me a compelling alternative match-up on Twitter (@SteveVT33) to use.

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

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.

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of November 23rd.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our eleventh Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 is a first time winner, but someone who has been up for the past several weeks, so it shouldn’t be surprising that he finally won. Our winner this week is: Jonathan Taylor

Taylor becomes just the fourth RB to be the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week in just over two and a half seasons. Taylor had the second best RB performance in Dynasty Owner history with 55.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (185 rushing yards, 4 rushing TDs, 3 receptions, 19 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). Taylor was expected to be good this year as he had the lowest ADP of any player in 2021 Dynasty Owner start-up drafts (ADP 2.3). However, that can be attributed as much to his salary ($1.96 million) as his expected performance this season. He has exceeded his production from 15 games played his rookie season (261.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in just 11 games so far this season (273.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Taylor has been producing at a high level for the past eight weeks as he has scored at least one TD and more than 100 yards from scrimmage in all eight games and averaged 30.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points during that time. He has moved far ahead of Derrick Henry as the RB1 for the Dynasty Owner season and is averaging nearly as many points per game as Henry did before his injury (24.85 points per game for Taylor vs. 25.9 for Henry). Taylor should easily continue to be one of the top RBs in Dynasty Owner for the next two seasons at his current salary and production.

Week 11 Points: 55.4

2021 Salary: $1,957,287

Cost per Point: $35,330

Congratulations to Jonathan on winning the first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor of your career.

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. The eleventh Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 season is: Marquez Valdes-Scantling

This is the second time that Valdes-Scantling has been the winner of this award. He was also the best value in Week 10 of the 2020 season when he had his career high of 24.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week, he had 22.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 123 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) for the fifth game of his career with more than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He has specialized in long TD receptions during his career as the 75-yard TD reception he had this week was his fourth career TD reception of more than 70 yards. Valdes-Scantling is the epitome of a player who is up and down. He has eight career games with a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) to go along with those five 20.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy point games.

Week 11 Points: 22.3

2021 Salary: $669,388

Cost per Point: $30,017

Congratulations Marquez on your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor this season and the second one of your career.

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 11. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Jonathan Taylor because he was the consensus top pick in Dynasty Owner this year and is on an amazing streak of eight straight games with a rushing TD and 18.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Instead, these are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad (or even not on many Dynasty Owner rosters), but likely weren’t Starters in Week 11 when they ended up having an up week and should have been.

QB: Cam Newton (CAR) – 32.0 points

It’s been quite the whirlwind couple of weeks for Cam Newton. It was on November 11th that Carolina signed Newton to its active roster. He played a little bit three days later and had two TDs and 13.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. As a result, he was named the Week 11 starter and ended up with 32.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (189 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 46 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD). From the depths of being released by New England in training camp then sitting on the sidelines for over two months, to signing with your former team and getting a thunderous ovation in his first home game, that’s been the 2021 season for Cam Newton. It would have been better if he led them to a victory, but that didn’t happen. While his roster percentage is up to 95.3% now, I’m not sure if all of those Dynasty Owner ended up having Cam in their Starting lineup, or if they did, planned on him being a Top 5 QB this week. That’s what he did in his return to the Carolina Starting lineup and his Dynasty Owners should have put them in their Starting lineup as well.

Honorable mention to Trevor Siemian of the New Orleans Saints. This is his second straight appearance here and the fourth consecutive week that he has scored more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than the previous week. Even though the Saints have lost three games in a row with him at QB and their playoff chances keep going down, his fantasy points have been going up. This week, he scored 30.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (214 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 16 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 INTs) in the Saints 40-29 loss to the Eagles. It’ll be interesting to see if Siemian can keep his streak going, while the Saints break their losing streak on Thanksgiving against the up and down Buffalo Bills. This was yet another up week for Siemian, and he should have been in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

RB: Dontrell Hilliard (TEN) – 16.8 points

Ever since Derrick Henry was lost for the rest of the Dynasty Owner regular season, Dynasty Owners (and the Tennessee Titans) have been trying to find a RB to replace him. While it was expected that Jeremy McNichols would step in since he’s been with the team and on the active roster for the whole season, instead it’s been a series of new faces taking the lead RB role for Tennessee. In Week 9, Adrian Peterson got signed to the practice squad on Thursday, promoted to the active roster on Friday and scored 9.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on Sunday. Former practice squad player D’Onta Foreman had 9.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 10. In Week 11, it was Dontrell Hilliard, another practice squad player, who stepped in to lead the Titans’ RBs. Hilliard had a career high 16.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (35 rushing yards, 8 receptions, 47 receiving yards, 65 return yards, 1 fumble). Neither Peterson nor Foreman have been able to repeat their best performance, so it remains to be seen if Hilliard can stay up on top of the Titans RB depth chart, or if he’ll go back down to the practice squad. If you are one of the very few Dynasty Owners with Hilliard on your roster now (0.59% rostered), then hopefully you saw this performance coming and put him in your Starting lineup.

WR: Marquise Goodwin (CHI) – 23.4 points

Marquise Goodwin had one of the most interesting two NFL seasons. At the start of 2020, he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers, but was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles before the NFL draft in late April. He signed a new contract with the Eagles, but then was one of the first players to opt out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19. He didn’t play at all for Philadelphia and reverted back to the 49ers roster when the 2021 NFL league year started. The 49ers released him, and he was signed by the Chicago Bears. He has played in all ten games for the Bears in 2021, but had little impact until Week 11 when he scored 23.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 104 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). He earned his Dynasty Owners a 3-point clutch scoring bonus for his 49-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton with under two minutes left in the Bears-Ravens game. His performance had been down before this week as he was averaging only 3.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game (29.2 points in nine games). Goodwin replaced Allen Robinson in the Bears starting lineup and should have been in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup if your team is one of the 9.5% of teams with him on the roster.

TE: Josiah Deguara (GB) – 11.7 points

For much of the season, this space has featured the most unlikely of the unlikely TEs to score a TD on a weekly basis. Two weeks ago, Stephen Anderson of the Chargers was here when he scored 13.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but for the past two weeks, Anderson hasn’t had any Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week, it’s Josiah Deguara of the Green Bay Packers who had scored a total of 15.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions for 65 receiving yards) in his career prior to scoring his first TD and providing 11.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 37 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) to his Dynasty Owners in Week 11. Deguara had been on the upswing as an infrequent target for Aaron Rodgers since the season-ending knee injury to Robert Tonyan in Week 8. Not sure if there will be any additional weeks like Week 11 for Deguara, or if he’s going to go back to producing few points like he had been doing in the weeks prior. Either way, he should have been in your Week 11 Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

K: Evan McPherson (CIN) – 20.0 points

A 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point week is the definition of an “up” week for a kicker and that’s what Evan McPherson had this week for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was the #14 ranked kicker coming into Week 11 with three weeks of double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but also a down week when he missed two FGs and had -2.0 points. McPherson wasn’t even perfect this week as he missed a PAT attempt, but nailed all four of his FGs attempts, including three from beyond 50 yards (51, 53 and 54 yarders) which are worth 5.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points each. He added a 47-yard FG (worth 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and two out of three PATs for a total of 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Even though many Dynasty Owners used a 2021 start-up draft pick on him (ADP 197.9) or a third-round rookie draft pick (rookie draft ADP 30.4), he may not have been in everybody’s Starting lineup in Week 11 when he should have been.

Honorable mention to Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott who was also on this list in Weeks 8 and 10 and doesn’t qualify anymore as he’s now the #6 kicker for the entire season in Dynasty Owner. It’s taken three great weeks for Elliott as the 44.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points he has scored in Weeks 8, 10 and 11 outpaces the 36.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the other eight games. That’s pretty up and down, even for a kicker. This week, he was even better than his other two great weeks as he made eight kicks for a total of 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (FGs of 33 yards, 37 yards, 47 yards and 50 yards plus 4 PATs). Hopefully his Dynasty Owners started putting him in their Starting lineup after the previous two appearances here and didn’t wait for the third one.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one highly drafted or highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored either negative or only a few Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 11. All of them should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Dak Prescott (DAL) – 0.8 points

Dak Prescott was extremely close to have a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) or even worse. If his second interception of the night had come one play earlier, before his 16-yard completion to Michael Gallup, then Dak would have finished with 200 yards passing and exactly 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. And if his fumble in the second quarter hadn’t gone out of bounds, he would have had -2.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Both of those outcomes are even worse than the 0.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy point game (216 passing yards, 2 INTs, 2 fumbles – 1 lost) that Dak mustered against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 11. It was his second “down” week of the season, but easily worse than his first one when he scored 7.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2 and much worse than any games he had in either 2019 or 2020. He has had four “up” weeks with 30.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points this season, but not this week. Prescott should have been on your Bench, or Practice Squad, for Week 11.

RB: Darrel Williams (KC) – 3.6 points

Without Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the Kansas City Chiefs’ lineup, Darrel Williams picked it up significantly and averaged 17.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. He was playing like a top RB and had his best week of the season in Week 10 against Las Vegas with 29.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Even though Edwards-Helaire was supposed to be back for Week 11, it seemed that Williams would still likely have a significant role after playing so well for five weeks. Unfortunately for everyone who had been relying on Williams in their Dynasty Owner Starting lineup, he went back to his backup usage from the start of the season when he averaged just over 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. The lower than anticipated six touches yielded only 3.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (15 rushing yards, 1 reception, 11 receiving yards). That’s not even really Bench level production and definitely not worthy of having in your Starting lineup.

WR: Brandin Cooks (HOU) – 3.8 points

In his first three starts, Houston QB Tyrod Taylor completed 55 passes for 756 passing yards with Brandin Cooks hauling in 20 of those passes for 266 yards, or just over one-third of those completions and yards. That seemed to bode well for Cooks staying in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup, even if Taylor didn’t play great. In Week 11, the Texans’ offense had less than 200 yards of total offense, including only 14 pass completions for 107 yards for Taylor. Unfortunately for Cooks, he didn’t get his usual one-third of the receptions and yards from Taylor. He did worse than that with only 2 receptions for 18 receiving yards (3.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). It was his worst game of the 2021 season and the second worst of his career in Houston. Since Cooks had scored over 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in 17 out of his 24 games as a Texan, it was a clear unexpected down week for him and one in which he should have been on your Bench.

TE: C.Z. Uzomah (CIN) – 2.9 points

For the season, Uzomah was TE13 heading into Week 11, but with Tyler Higbee and Noah Fant on bye, he could have easily been pressed into the Starting lineup for Dynasty Owners even though he is the poster boy for up and down. He’s been so good twice with 26.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 4 and 24.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 7 that he has been the TE1 in both of those weeks. In the other seven weeks, he has averaged only 5.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Pretty much two “up” games and seven “down” games for Uzomah before another down performance in Week 11 when he had just 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 9 receiving yards). Hopefully, his Dynasty Owners had another better option this week and didn’t put Uzomah in their Starting lineup.

K: Tyler Bass (BUF) – -3.0 points

There were quite a few kickers who had down weeks, but none were worse than Tyler Bass who missed two long FGs of 49 yards and 57 yards and made his only PAT attempt to score -3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Prior to Week 11, Bass had only missed one other FG attempt (a 53 yarder back in Week 2 against Miami). He had a low scoring game of 3.0 points that week, but no other games with fewer than 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That left him tied for the #5 ranked kicker in Dynasty Owner with Randy Bullock who also had a down Week 11 with zero points. Younghoe Koo and Cairo Santos also had negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points (-2.0 for Koo and -1.0 for Santos) this week and Matt Prater had a zero, but all of them were ranked lower than Bass and didn’t cost their teams as many points as Bass did. Hopefully your Dynasty Owner teams had three kickers and Bass was on your Practice Squad, or you accidentally had one of the kickers on bye in your Starting lineup or on your Bench instead of Bass.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – Detroit’s Finest vs. Maple Bandits

Detroit’s Finest continued their winning ways with a robust victory over Maple Bandits to stay undefeated in League #74733, the Dynasty Dorks Pros vs. Joes (Lobos FF Den). However, both had down weeks and failed to hit their projected points.

Detroit’s Finest was able to overcome two Blutarskys (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in their Starting lineup plus one on their Bench. Neither Marquise Brown nor Antonio Brown played in Week 11 even though they were in the Starting lineup and on the Bench for Detroit’s Finest. Their Starting kicker, Randy Bullock, got his Blutarsky by making one PAT attempt and missing another one. Detroit’s Finest did get a season-high 37.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Vikings WR Justin Jefferson and solid performances by Travis Kelce (18.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), Najee Harris (16.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), D.J. Moore (16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Leonard Fournette (13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) to easily defeat Maple Bandits.

Christian McCaffrey did his part with 24.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Maple Bandits, but Patrick Mahomes only had 8.1 points and none of the other players in their Starting lineup contributed many points at all. The 72.93 Dynasty Owner fantasy points scored by Maple Bandits was their lowest point total of the season and comes the week after they had their best scoring week of the season (156.13 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in Week 10. Another instance of a Dynasty Owner team being up one week and down the next one.

Detroit’s Finest dropped out of the Top 10 in the Chase for the Ring standings as mentioned in the introduction. We’ll have to see who jumped up to replace them in the Top 10 after their second lowest scoring week of the season.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

There was actually more movement in the Top 10 than in previous weeks, with three teams moving in and out. One of the top teams all season had their worst week to drop out of the Top 25 entirely, while two other teams are on the upswing as they scored the most points in a game this season and cracked the Top 10.

The top six teams stayed intact with a little internal movement, including at the very top. The top spot flipped back to The Road Warriors who overtook SKOL Vikings (League #31927) by scoring a personal season-high of 231.13 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 11. SKOL Vikings (League #31927) scored 197.63 points this week, but dropped into second place. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) scored 207.0 points but remained in third place and even lost ground in their quest for first place. Thee Camel Toe Jockey didn’t have their worst week of the season, but it was still a down week as they lost for the first time and dropped from fourth place to sixth place. Havana Club 79 and Blaze’s Backyard Burners both moved up a spot.

We have three completely new teams in the Top 10 this week. Two teams had their highest scoring weeks of the season and catapulted into the Top 10 for the first time. All Might had 238.25 points and is now in seventh place, while juan blanco had even more points than that (259.35 points) to move into eighth place overall. The final new team in the Top 10 is THE DOTHRAKI in ninth place.

Heeb Unit was in ninth place last week, but fell all the way down to 40th place after scoring a season low 85.5 points in Week 11. This shows how easy it is to fall with a down week as Heeb Unit first appeared in the Top 10 in Week 3 in first place and had stayed in the Top 10 for eight straight weeks. The other team to drop out of the Top 10 was bradysbunch12 who fell 11 spots from seventh to 18th place. 

Conclusions

With the up and downs of the NFL season, it’s impressive that we still have four undefeated Dynasty Owner teams eleven weeks into the season. Since all Dynasty Owner leagues are comprised of 12 teams, that means they have defeated everyone in their League already. Maybe one of the three teams they face for the second time this season will rise up and beat them.

With Week 12 and Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, I hope all Dynasty Owners are as thankful as I am for being able to play in such an innovative and challenging fantasy football format. Some of my teams are up and others are down, but I’m thankful for all of them and for everyone who reads my articles, watches my weekly preview videos, or views the weekly Livestream.

Every week, Dynasty Owners get the following content to help them in their quest to win their League and compete in the Chase for the Ring. First, we have Jay Pounds doing the Monday Night Football preview on Monday afternoons and his Free Agent Auction targets article and video on Tuesdays. Matt Morrison – The Jerk continues his Wednesday article and video series and then is back on Thursday afternoon with his Thursday Night Football preview. This week, he has a special Thanksgiving Thursday preview article that will drop earlier than normal. Finally, my article and video previewing the rest of the weekly slate of games will appear on Friday. Check it out to see how my Week 11 recommendations fared and what teams are featured in the Match-up of the Week.

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Week 10 Recap: Repetition

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Week 10 of the NFL season featured the following: low-scoring games with favorites getting beat by teams with losing records, backups continue to matter more and more with each passing week with injuries to top position players and last minute inactive announcements, and bye weeks that are hurting Dynasty Owners’ ability to field teams with a full set of players in their Starting lineup and on the Bench.

In the NFL, two teams who went “all-in” for this season by either signing everyone from their Super Bowl team last year (Buccaneers) or acquiring veterans released by other teams or by trading away most of their 2022 draft picks (Rams) both lost to non-playoff teams (Football Team and 49ers). Both are now in the midst of two-game losing streaks. In addition, the NFC West leading Arizona Cardinals and AFC North leading Baltimore Ravens lost to teams with losing records (Carolina was 4-5 before defeating Arizona and Miami is 3-7 after winning against Baltimore). This comes on the heels of the Jaguars surprising win over the Bills in Week 9 and the Jets defeating the Bengals in Week 8 when the Bengals were 5-2 and the Jets were 1-5.

Week 10 in the NFL also saw a reduction in scoring for the third week in a row with NFL teams averaging only 43.1 points per game. It was the second lowest scoring week of the season after Week 7 (42.8 points per game) when six teams were on bye. This week should have seen more points as three of the teams on bye this week are averaging less than 20 points per game (New York Giants – 19.9, Chicago – 16.7 and Houston – 14.2). Houston is last in scoring, while Chicago is tied for 29th place with Detroit.

As a result, Dynasty Owner scoring appeared to be down as well with eight of the teams in the Top 10 of the Chase for the Ring scoring fewer points than their weekly average. The average number of points per week by the first place team and the 25th place team both went down and even the only team that moved into the Top 10 slightly underperformed their weekly average.

However, because some of the top players scored more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than in the past couple of weeks, the highest scoring team in Week 10 (HawkNation in League #27465) scored 208.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This stopped a two-week slide in which the highest scoring Dynasty Owner team fell short of 200.0 points. However, this was still the third fewest points scored by the high scoring team of the week, so it appears that lower scoring Dynasty Owner games are not going away for now.

Part of the reason for the lower scoring Dynasty Owner games are the fewer points being put up by NFL teams, but injuries to key players are also contributing to it. Week 10 saw two Top 10 RBs go down with injuries (Aaron Jones and Cordarrelle Patterson) plus another one (Alvin Kamara) sit out the week. Kyler Murray missed his second consecutive week as a “game-time” decision causing some Dynasty Owners to get a zero from him in either their Starting lineup or Bench. While A.J. Dillon and Mark Ingram had a fine games in place of Jones and Kamara, nobody stepped up to replace Patterson’s points for the Falcons and Colt McCoy got injured in place of Murray and the Cardinals had to turn to their third string QB (Chris Streveler). In case you’re wondering, Streveler is rostered in 0.6% of Dynasty Owner leagues with an annual salary of $761,667.

Fortunately, most of these issues didn’t affect the teams in our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. Only one team scored fewer points than projected and fell short of their season-long average, while neither team had a key player get injured. Each team didn’t have full lineups with no Bench kicker for either team. We’ll see later which team that has gone “all-in” for the 2020 Dynasty Owner season won.

As I continue to repeat every week, if you want your Dynasty Owner team to be featured as the Match-up of the Week, then send me a message on Twitter (@SteveVT33). Hopefully someone has a good one that I can highlight for Week 11.

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

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.

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of November 16th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our tenth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 is the first repeat winner of the honor this season. Our winner this week is none other than the most decorated player in Dynasty Owner history: Patrick Mahomes

He’s back! After three poor performances in a row that left many people wondering if NFL defenses had finally figured Patrick Mahomes out, he came back and had his best performance of the year and nearly the best one of his Dynasty Owner career with 54.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (406 passing yards and 5 passing TDs). He only finished .5 points behind his best ever performance of 416 passing yards and 5 passing TDs for 54.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points back in Week 8 of 2020. In a repeat of his Week 4 performance, he threw for five touchdowns. That was not his other Player of the Week award-winning week though as he “only” had 43.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points compared to 47.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for his teammate Tyreek Hill. He did win his fourth overall Player of the Week award in Week 1 this year with 43.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and has two more Player of the Week awards than any other player in Dynasty Owner history with his fifth one.

Week 10 Points: 54.3

2021 Salary: $45,000,000

Cost per Point: $828,729

Congratulations to Patrick Mahomes on winning the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor for the fifth time in your career and being the only player to repeat as Player of the Week so far this season.

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. The tenth Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 season is also a repeat winner from earlier this season: D’Ernest Johnson

It’s the first repeat winner for Value Player of the Week in 2021 and not surprisingly, it’s a player with one of the lowest salaries in Dynasty Owner who did it. D’Ernest Johnson was the lead RB for the Cleveland Browns for the second time this season with Kareem Hunt still on Injured Reserve and Nick Chubb on the reserve COVID-19 list. Two other Browns RBs were also placed on the reserve COVID-19 list, so Johnson was pretty much the only RB available to play this week. He played and played well despite the Browns losing by a score of 45-7 to the New England Patriots. Johnson was the Browns’ leading rusher and receiver for the week and scored 21.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (99 rushing yards, 7 receptions, 58 receiving yards, 1 fumble). It wasn’t as good as his Value Player of the Week winning performance in Week 7 (26.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), but it was enough to easily be the best value in Dynasty Owner for the second time this season.

Week 10 Points: 21.7

2021 Salary: $585,000

Cost per Point: $26,959

Congratulations D’Ernest on being the first player to repeat as the winner of the Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor this season.

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 10. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Cooper Kupp because he’s still in the Top 10 in overall Dynasty Owner scoring and the only reason he’s not going to be in your Dynasty Owner lineup in Week 11 is because the Rams are on bye. Instead, these are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad (or even not on many Dynasty Owner rosters), but likely weren’t Starters in Week 10 when they should have been.

QB: Mac Jones (NE) – 27.9 points

Is Mac Jones the second coming of the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady? That’s the question a lot of Patriots fans are asking after the Patriots won their fourth straight game with Jones as their starting QB. Personally, as a Patriots fan and someone who has Jones on his roster in multiple leagues, I’m extremely happy with how Jones has played this season and his development as a NFL QB. However, I’m not ready to book a plane flight to Los Angeles in early February or declare that Jones is going to repeat Brady’s career in New England and lead the Patriots to six Super Bowl titles. However, it can’t be denied that Jones is easily the best rookie QB in the NFL right now by a wide margin after his 27.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (198 passing yards and 3 passing TDs) against Cleveland. He would have been a good QB to have in your Week 10 Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to Trevor Siemian of the New Orleans Saints. Since Jameis Winston got injured, all Siemian has done is throw for over 700 yards with 5 passing TDs and zero interceptions. He has produced a total of 64.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, including 26.9 points this week (298 passing yards and 2 passing TDs). His average of just under 21.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game is just a shade below his predecessor at QB for New Orleans (Jameis Winston) who had 152.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in seven games (21.7 points per game). He hasn’t produced as high of a scoring game as some other backup QBs, like David Mills, Mike White or Josh Johnson, but so far, he hasn’t thrown four INTs in a game like both Mills and White did. While many people have called for Taysom Hill to be the Saints’ starter at QB, Siemian has quietly gotten the job done for both the Saints and the Dynasty Owners who have picked him up off the Free Agent Auction over the past couple of weeks. Hopefully those Dynasty Owners had him in their Starting lineup.

RB: Rhamondre Stevenson (NE) – 29.4 points

Since we’re repeating things this week, let’s focus on another player who plays for the New England Patriots who should have been in your Starting lineup this week, but probably wasn’t. Since Rhamondre Stevenson wasn’t removed from the NFL concussion protocol until Sunday, his Dynasty Owners can be forgiven if they weren’t hustling to get him in their Week 10 Starting lineup. However, with Patriots starting RB Damien Harris out, Stevenson took the reins of the rushing offense and scored a season-high 29.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (100 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 4 receptions, 14 receiving yards). It’s his personal season-high and also the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points for a New England RB this season. A season which has featured five Patriots RBs (Harris, Stevenson, Brandon Bolden, J.J. Taylor and James White) who have had a game with over 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That’s why fantasy football players don’t like to rely on Patriots RBs. You never know which one is going to be spotlighted in a given week. In Week 10, it was Stevenson’s turn, and he should have been in your Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to A.J. Dillon of the Green Bay Packers who has been playing very well this season, but finally got his chance to be lead RB for the Packers with Aaron Jones injuring his MCL during their Week 10 game against Seattle. Dillon took advantage of his opportunity and had a repeat performance of the one that he gave the last time he carried the ball more than 20 times in a game, back in Week 16 of last year. This week, Dillon had 21 carries and scored 26.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (66 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 2 receptions, 62 receiving yards). Back in 2020, he got 21 carries against Tennessee and produced his best game as a professional with 27.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That performance last year was out of nowhere, whereas he has been building towards a big game for the past month and a half this year. He’s has gotten at least 10 touches per game in five of the past six weeks. Maybe that was enough to get some of his Dynasty Owners to put Dillon in their Starting lineup this week as that’s where he should have been.

WR: Kendrick Bourne (NE) – 24.1 points

Bourne has been a mainstay in the Tuesday Free Agent Auction targets article by Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl) for the past couple of weeks and I’m predicting we will see him again in this week’s article. From Week 3 to Week 7, Bourne had four games with 10.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points before cooling off the past two weeks (4.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 8 and 6.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 9). However, he’s back and had his best performance of the season in Week 10 with 24.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 98 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 43 rushing yards). Bourne has a 3-year contract that pays him $5 million per season, which is why he is rostered in barely over half (53.85%) of Dynasty Owner leagues and keeps appearing as a Free Agent Auction target. If you picked Bourne up back when he made his first appearance there in Week 6 and was only rostered in 32.5% of Dynasty Owner leagues, I hope that you had him in your Starting lineup.

TE: Gerald Everett (SEA) – 14.3 points

Finally, we have our first non-New England Patriots player here. However, I do need to point out that while Gerald Everett had a fine and unexpected game this week for Seattle, he didn’t outscore Hunter Henry who had 19.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It’s just that Henry was ranked in the top 12 TEs through nine weeks, so he should have been in your Starting lineup. On the other hand, Everett was not expected to be the Seahawks leading receiver in Week 10 and have his best performance of the 2021 season with 14.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions for 63 receiving yards). In fact, you need to go back two years to Week 10 of the 2019 season when he was on the Rams to find a performance this good from Everett. He has only averaged 5.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in 2021 and just 4.2 points per game without Russell Wilson at QB. While Week 10 was pretty miserable for the Seattle offense, it wasn’t for Everett who welcomed the return of Wilson and should have been in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

K: Zane Gonzalez (CAR) – 16.0 points

Gonzalez had another solid week for his Dynasty Owners in Week 10 with 16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (FGs of 27, 44, 48 and 49 yards plus two PATs). This is on the heels of his appearance as a honorable mention here in Week 8 when he had 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. After some early season misses, Gonzalez has been perfect since missing a 54-yard FG back in Week 5 against Dallas. Over the past six weeks as the Carolina offense has struggled to score TDs, Gonzalez has made all 16 FG and six PAT attempts. Since taking over from Ryan Santoso in Week 2, he has averaged 8.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and had three games of 14.0 or more points. He has finally moved into the top 12 kickers in Dynasty Owner and should have been in your Starting lineup this week.

Honorable mention to Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott who was also on this list back in Week 8. For most of Dynasty Owner’s existence, Elliott has not been worth having on your roster. He’s been a bottom tier kicker all three seasons with a top tier price tag for the past two of them ($3.86 million annual salary). However, two weeks ago, he turned in his first double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (15.0  points) in over a year and in Week 10, he did it again with 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In the Eagles 30-13 victory over the Denver Broncos, Elliott had two FGs of 39 yards or less (23 yards and 30 yards) worth 2.0 points each, a 52-yard FG worth 5.0 points and three PATs each worth 1.0 point. That’s a repeat performance that worthy of being in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup and one that may get his Dynasty Owners to consider putting him there more frequently in the future.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one highly drafted or highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who only scored a few or zero Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 10. All of them should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Russell Wilson (SEA) – 5.2 points

In the first four games of the season, Russell Wilson averaged 29.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and was totally justifying his $35 million annual salary and 113.2 ADP in 2021 Dynasty Owner start-up drafts. However, he suffered a finger injury in Week 5 against the Rams and missed the last three games. Everyone who thought that he’d come back off Injured Reserve and play at the same level that he did in the first four weeks were sorely mistaken as he had his worst performance in Dynasty Owner history with only 5.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (161 passing yards, 32 rushing yards, 2 INTs) in his return to the Seahawks’ starting lineup. Hopefully you had someone else to put in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup this week and didn’t rush Wilson back into it.

RB: Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL) – 4.9 points

Week after week, Cordarelle Patterson has been going out and helping his Dynasty Owners win games. After scoring 9.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1, he ripped off seven consecutive weeks with at least 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. For the season, he was averaging 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week and  kept recording performances worthy of being in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup on a weekly basis. He’s been so good; his Dynasty Owners likely have just had him in there since the Falcons’ Week 6 bye. Patterson did get injured in the Falcons’ 43-3 loss to Dallas, but he had only scored 4.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (25 rushing yards, 1 reception, 14 receiving yards) in the first half of the game and with the Falcons losing 36-3 at halftime, it appeared that maybe the Falcons were just resting him in advance of their game coming up on Thursday night. Regardless of whether he was pulled for the ankle injury or just for rest in a blowout loss, Patterson shouldn’t have been in your Week 10 Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

WR: A.J. Brown (TEN) – 3.3 points

With Derrick Henry out likely for the rest of the regular season and Julio Jones suddenly popping up on the injury report and being ruled out for Week 10 (and subsequently put on Injured Reserve), the Tennessee offense seemed likely to be focused on getting the ball to their best remaining playmaker, A.J. Brown. Instead, the Titans spread the ball around as 11 players had a reception in their 23-21 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Brown only was targeted four times and had just 3.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception, 16 receiving yards, 7 rushing yards). Other WRs had worse weeks, like Russell Gage and K.J. Osborn who both had a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), but more Dynasty Owners were likely relying on Brown in their Starting lineup than both of those players. Brown’s Week 10 performance was disappointing and barely worthy of being on your Bench, never mind your Starting lineup.

TE: T.J. Hockenson (DET) and Mike Gesicki (MIA) – 0.0 points

Both of these top TEs are not strangers to this spot. Hockenson appeared here in Week 5 when he scored just 4.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and was an honorable mention in Week 3 when he had 3.0 points. Gesicki was on this list in Week 1 when he had his first Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) of the season. This week, Gesicki got his Blutarsky on Thursday while Hockenson did it on Sunday. Gesicki was targeted 7 times, so his Blutarsky was worse than Hockenson who only had one target, but that doesn’t matter since Dynasty Owner doesn’t hand out points for targets. Sadly, this just goes to show how difficult it is to rely on a TE in Dynasty Owner who is not named Travis Kelce. Mark Andrews and Darren Waller are close to being up there as consistent week in and week out performers at the TE position, but Hockenson and Gesicki aren’t quite there yet. Both have had multiple weeks in which they shouldn’t have been in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup, including this one.

K: Daniel Carlson (LV) – 2.0 points

After starting the season with three consecutive weeks of double-digit points, Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson was likely in the Starting lineup for most of his Dynasty Owners in Week 4 when he had zero Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Since then, it’s been quite the fall as he is now barely holding on to a spot as one of the top 12 kickers in Dynasty Owner. He’s currently tied for 11th place with 68.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. While that’s a respectable average of 7.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, it’s just a bit over half of his average from the first three weeks (15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game). This week was nearly a repeat of Week 4, in which Carlson was held without a FG, although he did have two PATs and 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week. This is the second time Carlson has appeared here, but it may be the last unless he starts scoring more points than he has over the past six games (23.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, or just 3.8 points per week). Hopefully his Dynasty Owners went off his recent history, not season long ranking, and had him on their Bench in Week 10.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – Thee Camel Toe Jockey vs. Asian Zing

In a repeat of the previous nine weeks of the Dynasty Owner season, Thee Camel Toe Jockey won again in League #66645. This week, it was a convincing victory over the second place team in the League, Asian Zing.

Thee Camel Toe Jockey had double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points from every player in their Starting lineup, except kicker Greg Joseph who had only 9.0 points, while Asian Zing only had two players in single-digits (DK Metcalf and Matt Gay). Coming into Monday Night Football, Thee Camel Toe Jockey had a 23.12 point lead, but Asian Zing looked like they had a chance for a come from behind victory with Cooper Kupp and Matt Gay left to go in their Starting lineup, plus Tyler Higbee on their Bench. Thee Camel Toe Jockey had Deebo Samuel in their Starting lineup plus Brandon Aiyuk on the Bench. Those two 49ers players ended up outscoring the three Rams players on Asian Zing by a margin of 31.7 to 28.95 to preserve Thee Camel Toe Jockey’s undefeated season.

With their undefeated season still intact, the only remaining question is: Will Thee Camel Toe Jockey be back in the Top 10 of the Chase for the Ring and stay in fourth place?

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

The answer is a resounding Yes as once again, we had little movement within the Top 10 in the Chase for the Ring. Thee Camel Toe Jockey was able to maintain their fourth place position in the standings. Nine out of last week’s Top 10 stayed intact with eight teams finding themselves in the exact same position as last week.

SKOL Vikings (League #31927) were able to hold on to the top spot in the Chase for the Ring and actually increase their lead over The Road Warriors. SKOL Vikings are now ahead of the field by 8.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, an increase of 7.3 points from last week. The only new team in the Top 10 are Detroit’s Finest from League #74733 who jumped eight spots and now occupy tenth place with Crow Valley Corvids dropping out of the Top 10 after being back for one week. Not only did Crow Valley Corvids drop down to 17th place, but they also suffered their first loss of the Dynasty Owner regular season. Despite a poor week from their namesake, bradysbunch12 went from tenth place to seventh place, while Heeb Unit dropped from seventh place down to ninth place. That’s it. Once again, there was little change in at the top of the Chase for the Ring standings.

Conclusions

Let’s repeat what we’ve learned so far this season. First, there are no dominant NFL teams as for each of the past three weeks, a team headed to a losing record has beaten one of the top teams in the NFL. Second, the injuries are mounting as the season goes along and backups continue to matter for both NFL and Dynasty Owner teams. Third, bye weeks continue to wreak havoc with the ability of Dynasty Owners to set full lineups on a weekly basis. Finally, the Chase for the Ring continues to be competitive with a couple of teams at the top, but those teams are not unbeatable, as there are only three unbeaten teams in the Top 25.

Every week, Dynasty Owners get the following content to help them in their quest to win their League and compete in the Chase for the Ring. In case you don’t know the schedule, let me repeat it. First, we have Jay Pounds doing the Monday Night Football preview on Monday afternoons and his Free Agent Auction targets article and video on Tuesdays. Matt Morrison – The Jerk continues his Wednesday article and video series on Opportunities and then is back on Thursday afternoon with his Thursday Night Football preview. Finally, my article and video previewing the rest of the weekly slate of games will appear on Friday. Check it out to see how my Week 10 recommendations fared and what teams are featured in the Match-up of the Week.

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