Week 12 Recap: Close Games and Blowouts

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

We’ve had 15 games played this week and 13 of them were either a close game decided by a FG or less, or a blowout in which one team won by two TDs or more. Six games were decided by three or fewer points with a one-point win for the Vikings over the Panthers (28-27) and two games decided by two points (Giants over the Bengals 19-17 and Browns over the Jaguars 27-25). Starting on Thanksgiving with victories of 25 points by the Football Team and 16 points by the Texans, there were seven blowouts with a margin of victory of 16 points or more. The widest margin of victory was 37 points (Falcons over the Raiders 43-6). The Monday Night Football game had a margin of victory of six points after the Eagles late TD and two-point conversion, while the only Sunday game that didn’t fall into either category was the Bills-Chargers game that finished with a 27-17 score and the Chargers with the ball on the Bills’ one-yard line.

Despite the week not being finished, we have a good sense of the final scores in most Dynasty Owner matchups and final scores in a few. Looking at the Chase for the Ring, there were several blowout victories including two Chase teams who won by over 100 points against opponents with winning records. We also had some very close games, even among Chase teams. The current #5 team (All Might) has just a 2.3-point advantage over the Average Joes, but Average Joes still have Eric Ebron left on their Bench. Even if Ebron goes scoreless, it’ll be close.  There were also two games in the “expert” league that came down to the wire with Dynasty Owner Tim beating Jerry from Rotowire by 5.5 points on Richard Rodgers’ 33-yard TD reception (a catch worth 10.3 points) with only seconds left on Monday night. Another “expert” league match-up was decided by just 2.2 points. The Match-up of the Week isn’t quite over yet either but is going to be a close game as well.

Both close victories and blowouts are represented in our Players of the Week. The Dynasty Owner Player of the Week got his points in a blowout, while the Value Player of the Week was in a close game. We’ll name both of them, highlight a player at every position who should have been one of your Starters and one who should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad. We’ll also find out who won the close Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week and take our weekly look at the Chase for the Ring standings.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3-point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth 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 ownership statistics were current as of December 1st. The Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens game originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night, then rescheduled to Tuesday and now scheduled to be played on Wednesday afternoon, is not included in this recap.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our twelfth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for the season is: Tyreek Hill

Hill wins his first ever Player of the Week honor in a blowout by scoring a Dynasty Owner record 63.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (13 receptions, 269 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs). Deshaun Watson was the closest player to Hill in scoring this week and he had 45.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, or 18.6 fewer points than Hill. Hill had 45.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 203 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs plus the 6-point bonus for 200 receiving yards) in the first half alone. The previous full game scoring record was 62.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points set by Aaron Rodgers back in Week 7 of 2019. Hill’s performance this week makes him the top WR in Dynasty Owner with 265.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, 37.3 more than Davante Adams in second place. Dynasty Owners won’t mind paying Hill’s $18 million annual salary if he continues to have weeks like this one in the Dynasty Owner playoffs.

  • Week 12 Points: 63.9
  • 2020 Salary: $18,000,000
  • Cost per Point: $281,690

Congratulations Tyreek on winning your first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor and setting the record for the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single week.

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. The twelfth Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for 2020 is: James Robinson

Robinson started training camp as an undrafted rookie free agent with a salary of only $763,333 annually. Now after Week 12, he is the #4 RB in Dynasty Owner with 207.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, an average of 18.8 points per game. He has two games with over 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points so far this season but had yet to win the Value Player of the Week award. In both of those 30.0+ point games, he was edged out by someone with slightly better value for the week (Alvin Kamara in Week 3 and Jeffrey Wilson in Week 7). This week, nobody edged him out as he had 28.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (128 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 5 receptions, 31 receiving yards) in the Jaguars’ close 27-25 loss to the Browns. That’s just his third best game of the season, but good enough for his first Value Player of the Week honor.

  • Week 12 Points: 28.9
  • 2020 Salary: $763,333
  • Cost per Point: $26,413

Congratulations James on your first, but likely not last, Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor!

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 12. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Patrick Mahomes or Derrick Henry because barring injury or bye week, both of them should always be in your Starting lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 12 when they should have been.

QB: Kirk Cousins (MIN) – 38.2 points

Believe it or not, but Kirk Cousins is currently a Top 12 QB in Dynasty Owner after Week 12. He had his best performance of the 2020 season with 38.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (307 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 19 rushing yards, 1 2-pt conversion, 1 fumble – lost) in the Vikings 28-27 close victory over the Carolina Panthers. This includes the 3-point clutch scoring bonus for his 10 yard TD pass with under one minute left in the game. Cousins has averaged 30.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over the past four weeks to move up to being the #11 QB in Dynasty Owner. However, he is only owned in 1% of Dynasty Owner leagues because of his $33 million annual salary. If you are one of the few Dynasty Owners with Cousins on your roster, hopefully you had him in your Starting lineup this week.

RB: Latavius Murray (NO) – 26.6 points

Alvin Kamara is still the #1 RB in Dynasty Owner after this week’s 6.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in the Saints’ Week 12 blowout of the Broncos, but he wasn’t even the top RB on his own team this week. That was Latavius Murray who had his second two TD game of the 2020 season and also surpassed 100 rushing yards to score 26.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (124 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 1 reception, 2 receiving yards). Even after this week, Murray is still just the #28 RB in Dynasty Owner. However, he should have been in your Starting lineup this week in general and even in place of Kamara if you drafted Murray as a handcuff and have both of them on your roster.

WR: Collin Johnson (JAX) – 19.6 points

Injuries to top Jaguars WR D.J. Chark as well as Chris Conley provided an opportunity for another Jacksonville WR to step up in Week 12. Collin Johnson was the player who did so with a 19.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (4 receptions, 96 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). He had nearly as many Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (19.6) than he had through the first ten games of the season (19.9). Normally, that would make a player a top target in the Free Agent Auction and probably #1 on @Jaypoundsee Week 13 Free Agent Auction Target list, but Johnson is already owned in 53% of Dynasty Owner leagues. Those Dynasty Owners were highly unlikely to have put Johnson in their Starting lineup this week, even though it would have been the right move.

TE: Kyle Rudolph (MIN) – 13.8 points

Now that someone in Dynasty Owner actually has Kirk Cousins on their roster, Kyle Rudolph is probably the biggest name player not on a single Dynasty Owner roster. That’s what happens when you have a 4-year, $36 million contract ($9 million annually) and have yet to produce a double-digit point performance for the season. However, the Cousins to Rudolph connection was strong this week and Rudolph finished with 13.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions for 68 receiving yards) to crack double-digits for the first time since Week 11 of last year. It’s difficult to be in anyone’s Starting lineup when you aren’t on a single Dynasty Owner roster, but that’s the situation with Rudolph.

Honorable mention to Richard Rodgers for the second week in a row. Last week, Rodgers scored 12.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and was owned in 44% of Dynasty Owner leagues. His ownership remained at 44% for the second week in a row as he scored a late TD to better his Week 11 performance slightly by scoring 14.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 53 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD).  If you spent the Dynasty Dollars to pick him up before Week 11, hopefully you had him in your Starting lineup in each of the past two weeks, or at least this week.

K: Nick Folk (NE) – 12.0 points

After missing a FG in each of the first two weeks of the season, Nick Folk has been perfect on FG attempts, making 18 out of his last 18 attempts. He has missed two PATs since then, but nobody’s perfect. He’s only averaging 7.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game but exceeded that this week with 12.0 points (FGs of 22 and 50 yards plus two PATs). The 50-yard FG was worth 8.0 points as it was clutch and gave the Patriots the 20-17 victory over Arizona as time expired in regulation. He’s currently the #15 kicker in Dynasty Owner and available in about one-quarter of leagues (74% ownership) for just $1.05 million after starting the season unowned. Those Dynasty Owners with Folk on their roster should have 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 one of your Starters but wasn’t, we have at least one player who probably was a Starter but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored few, none or negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, so they should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in Week 12.

QB: Derek Carr (LV) – -1.3 points

Prior to Week 12, Carr was just sitting outside of the Top 12 QBs in Dynasty Owner and with Lamar Jackson out due to COVID and Joe Burrow on Injured Reserve, he should have been considered a low end Starting QB. However, Carr put together one of the worst performances of 2020 with 4 turnovers and -1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (215 passing yards, 1 INT, 3 fumbles – lost). It was so bad that the Raiders pulled him for Nathan Peterman and Peterman outscored Carr with 2.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (25 passing yards, 9 rushing yards). Anytime that you get outscored by Nathan Peterman, it’s a bad week. Hopefully Dynasty Owners with Carr on their roster have at least three QBs so they could have had him on their Practice Squad and not take the negative points he produced this week.

RB: Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) – 1.9 points

It seems like a long time ago, but back on Thanksgiving, the Cowboys played the Football Team and got blown out 41-16. In that game, Ezekiel Elliott had a mere 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (32 rushing yards, 1 reception, 7 receiving yards, 1 fumble – lost) to put up his worst performance of the season. Elliott hasn’t been great since Dak Prescott got injured back in Week 5, averaging just 10.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in five games before Thanksgiving without Prescott, after averaging almost twice as many points (21.7) in the five games with Prescott in the lineup. Elliott had his best game without Prescott in Week 11 with 21.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points but followed it up with a Bench worthy performance in Week 12.

Dishonorable mention to Josh Jacobs who made it two Top 10 RBs with a Bench worthy performance in Week 12. Jacobs had only 4.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (27 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 17 receiving yards, 1 fumble – lost) in the Raiders 43-6 blowout loss to the Falcons. This week’s performance tied his Week 3 performance last year for the worst game of Jacobs’ short career. Jacobs, like pretty much every Raiders player, should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench or Practice Squad.

WR: Darius Slayton (NYG) – 0.0 points

Slayton had been up and down all season with five games of more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and five games with less than 10.0 points prior to Week 12. He had a good week with 14.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 10 before the Giants’ Week 11 bye, so producing good results in Week 12 against the Bengals wasn’t out of the question. However, it was not to be for Slayton as he was only targeted twice, compared to nine and eight targets respectively for fellow WRs Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard. Slayton was a WR2 or FLEX option based on his performance this season and expectations but should have been left on your Dynasty Owner Bench or Practice Squad.

TE: Jonnu Smith (TEN) – 0.0 points

We are up to three weeks in a row in which a Top 12 ranked TE has put up a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). First, it was Jimmy Graham, then Hayden Hurst and now, it’s Jonnu Smith. Smith wasn’t even targeted once in the game as Tennessee put up 45 points in a blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts. He drops from the #5 ranked TE to #7 with this week’s performance, but that’s better than his draft position as the #11 TE selected on average (ADP 114.6). Based on those rankings, he’s probably going to be in the Starting lineup for most of his Dynasty Owners next week, but he should have been left on the Bench or Practice Squad in Week 12.

K: Rodrigo Blankenship (IND) – 2.0 points

Blankenship was working on two double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy point weeks in a row before this week’s 2.0-point performance. He made both of his PAT attempts in the game but didn’t get to attempt any FGs. The poor scoring week dropped him from the #8 kicker down to the #12 kicker in Dynasty Owner. Blankenship has five double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy point weeks over the course of the 2020 season, but not in Week 12 when he should have been on your Bench.

Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week Recap

Russell Wilson’s War vs. The Swamp Donkeys

This match-up of Chase for the Ring contenders didn’t disappoint as it is very close with Benny Snell and Chase Claypool left to play on the Bench for Russell Wilson’s War. Even though Russell Wilson’s War trails by 2.6 points right now, they only need 13.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Snell and Claypool combined to win. Regardless of who wins, this will end up being a close one. The Starting lineups were extremely close with The Swamp Donkeys ahead by 0.4 points (128.4-128.0). The Titans combo of Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown put up 67.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Russell Wilson’s War, while The Swamp Donkey had a more balanced lineup with six Starters having double-digit points.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

Neither The Swamp Donkeys nor Russell Wilson’s War cracked the Top 10 in the Chase for the Ring as eight of the Top 10 from last week are still here. However, there was some movement among those teams.

There was no change in the top three spots in the Chase as Barbee Kilgore retained the top spot and increased their advantage over Quaranteed for Greatness with a huge week (222.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). That’s what happens when you have the Player of the Week (Tyreek Hill) and the QB throwing him the ball (Patrick Mahomes), as well as the Value Player of the Week (James Robinson).

Yanji and My Corona dropped out of the Top 10, while Gabagool and Tip Drill moved in at the #9 and #10 spots. There is almost 200 points separating the top team from the team in tenth place. Don’t worry because there is still one regular season game and three playoff weeks for Dynasty Owners to accumulate victories, either close ones or blowouts, and points to try and win the Ring.

Conclusions

Week 12 is still unfinished, but the games that have finished featured plenty of close games on Sunday and blowout victories on both Thanksgiving and Sunday. Who knows what Wednesday afternoon will bring? Even though all of the Dynasty Owner match-up for Week 12 haven’t finished, we’ve seen some close victories and blowouts as well with the playoffs looming.

Even with Wednesday afternoon football on tap, there will still be the usual preview article for Week 13 coming up on Friday. Please read the preview article to see how my Week 12 recommendations did and who should be a Starter and who should be on your Bench in Week 13. Besides the weekly recap and preview articles, we will also have articles every week from both Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) and Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl). There was a bonus article published yesterday by Jay about the top trade targets for all Dynasty Owner teams. Be sure to follow all of us plus Dynasty Owner (@Dynasty_Owner) on Twitter to read what we’re tweeting as well.

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Week 11 Recap: Another Low Scoring Week

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Last week, a total of 640 points were scored in the NFL across 14 games for an average points scored per NFL team of 22.9. This week, scoring dipped slightly lower with teams scoring a combined 637 points, or 22.75 points per team. The highest scoring team of the week was the Kansas City Chiefs and they scored “only” 35 points. It was the first week time since Week 4 in which no single team had 40 or more points as back in both Weeks 3 and 4, the highest scoring team of the week had 38 points. In another sign of low scoring, four teams (Detroit, Jacksonville, Atlanta and Cincinnati) had less than 10 points this week, more than any other week so far in the 2020 season.

Unlike last week, that didn’t translate into fewer fantasy points for most Dynasty Owner teams as the same quick analysis as last week with my two leagues has different results. In my two leagues, 11 out of 24 teams scored more points in Week 11 than their average (up from 5 last week). Scoring in both leagues was higher in Week 11 than Week 10 by 16.2 points per team on average in one league and 13.0 points in the other league. That extended to all Dynasty Owner leagues as the scoring average in Week 11 was 120.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy point per team compared to 108.6 points in Week 10. And at the top, we had at least one team with over 200 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 11 after none in Week 10.

That’s because Week 11 featured more likely Dynasty Owner Starters and fewer Bench and Practice Squad players at the top of the scoring heap than Week 10. In addition, the top scoring players may have had slightly fewer points than last week, but there were more of them. In Week 10, 14 different players had 25.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That increased to 20 players in Week 11.

Even though the past two weeks have been lower scoring, readers will still get the same amount of information in this article. That’s right, we still will name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, highlight a player at every position who should have been one of your Starters and one who should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad. We’ll also find out if the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week was low scoring and take our weekly look at the Chase for the Ring standings.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth 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 ownership statistics were current as of November 24th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our eleventh Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for the season is: Deshaun Watson

Watson had fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week than any other Player of the Week winner all season. It was the first week this year in which no player scored at least 40.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and only the second time overall (Week 13 of 2019 had Aaron Rodgers win Dynasty Owner Player of the Week with just 38.6 points). It was also far fewer points than when he won with 58.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 5 of last year. Watson had 39.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (344 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 36 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD) this week. However, Watson didn’t have the most passing yards (Jared Goff had 376 passing yards), the most passing TDs (7 QBs had 3 passing TDs), the most rushing yards by a QB (both Lamar Jackson and Taysom Hill had 51 rushing yards) or the most rushing TDs by a QB (Taysom Hill had 2 rushing TDs). He did have the most rounded game overall and scored the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points to win this honor.

  • Week 11 Points: 39.8
  • 2020 Salary: $3,463,570
  • Cost per Point: $87,024

Congratulations Deshaun on winning your first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor of 2020 and becoming the fifth player to win the award at least once in each of the past two seasons.

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 2020 is: Cooper Kupp

We had to wait until Monday Night Football was over to award our Value Player of the Week. Cooper Kupp had plenty of points early in the Rams’ victory over the Buccaneers, but Aaron Jones of the Packers was the Value Player of the Week until late in the fourth quarter. Kupp had 25.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (11 receptions for 145 receiving yards), which equals $37,566 per point based on his 2020 salary of $957,940. That per point total for Kupp was the highest in both seasons of Dynasty Owner by far, almost $9,000 higher than DK Metcalf back in Week 8 at $28,591 cost per point. There weren’t a lot of low salary players with 20.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week so Kupp was the winner.

  • Week 11 Points: 25.5
  • 2020 Salary: $957,940
  • Cost per Point: $37,566

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

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been in one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 11. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Travis Kelce because barring injury or bye week, he should always be in your Starting lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 11 when they should have been.

QB: Derek Carr (LV) – 32.3 points

In a low-scoring week, the Raiders-Chiefs game was a shootout with the teams combining for the most points of Week 11 (66) and two clutch scoring events at the end of regulation. It also featured two of the highest scoring QBs of the week with Derek Carr surprisingly outscoring Patrick Mahomes (32.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Carr versus 32.0 for Mahomes). Carr had fewer yards, but one more TD to score his 32.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (275 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 6 rushing yards, 1 INT) to score more than the #1 player in Dynasty Owner. After this week’s performance, Carr is just outside of the Top 12 QBs at #13, but for Week 11, he should have been in your Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to Jared Goff. While his average this year is 22.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week, Goff hasn’t been very consistent with four games of 30.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points mixed in with five games of 20.0 or less points. After two bad weeks, Goff came back with a good one, scoring 30.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (376 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 2 INTs, 1 fumble) in the Rams’ 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. Good Goff showed up this week for the Dynasty Owners in 13% in which he is rostered and was worthy of being in your Starting lineup.

RB: J.K. Dobbins (BAL) – 18.5 points

Before testing positive for COVID-19 on Monday, J.K. Dobbins had himself quite a game on Sunday. Dobbins bucked the low scoring trend by scoring more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than he had in any game this season – even more than Week 1 in which he had 2 TDs and three weeks ago when he had over 100 rushing yards for the first time. This week, he had 18.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (70 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 receptions, 15 receiving yards, 1 2-pt conversion). However, Dobbins dominated the rest of the Ravens backfield in touches (17 for Dobbins versus 3 for Gus Edwards and 2 for Mark Ingram) and was the Ravens RB to have in your Starting lineup this week.

WR: Damiere Byrd (NE) – 26.3 points

Congratulations to Damiere Byrd on having his first 100 yard receiving game in his fifth NFL season. He also scored his first TD as a member of the New England Patriots and finished with 26.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 132 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 11 rushing yards). This was easily the best game of his career. Before Week 11, he had only been averaging 6.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game this season, including a Blutarsky (0.0 points) against the Ravens in Week 10. Byrd was a late round flyer for most Dynasty Owners (ADP 266.7) that finally paid off, if they actually put him in their Starting lineup.

TE: Jordan Akins (HOU) – 13.3 points

Since returning from an ankle injury then a concussion, Akins had been outscored by fellow TEs Darren Fells and Pharaoh Brown in consecutive weeks. He had gone from averaging 9.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in four games before his injuries to only 2.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in two games after returning. However, he reverted back to his early season form in Week 11 versus New England with 13.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions for 83 receiving yards). He may have dropped off the radar of his Dynasty Owners after the previous two weeks and as a result, not have been in their Starting lineups. That would be a shame as he should have been a Starter this week.

Honorable mention to Richard Rodgers of the Philadelphia Eagles. Rodgers signed with the Eagles at the end of training camp after being cut by Washington and earned playing time with the injuries to both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. Goedert is back and Ertz is expected back soon, so Rodgers might not have another week like he did in Week 11 with 12.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 48 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). He was undrafted in Dynasty Owner but had played well enough to be picked up by many teams as his ownership in Dynasty Owner leagues is currently 44%. If you spent the Dynasty Dollars to pick him up, hopefully you had him in your Starting lineup.

K: Rodrigo Blankenship (IND) – 13.0 points

Unlike last week when kickers were largely immune from the low scoring nature of the week, no kicker really stood out this week and none had as many points as Tyler Bass and Matt Prater put up last week (18.0 points). Blankenship had the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the week with 13.0 as he made FGs of 32, 37 and 43 yards in regulation and a 39 yard FG in overtime for the victory. He also made both of his PATs and missed a 50 yard FG. He was the only kicker this week to get a 3-point clutch scoring bonus, a bonus that put him on top of the kicker scoring list for the week. He was just outside of the Top 12 kickers at the start of Week 10, but should have been in your Starting lineup this past week.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been one of your Starters but wasn’t, we have at least one player who probably was a Starter, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who didn’t score too many Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, so they should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in Week 11.

QB: Matt Ryan (ATL) – 5.6 points

Matt Ryan scored fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 11 than any week so far in 2020. He only had 5.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (232 passing yards, 2 INTs) in the Falcons’ 24-9 loss to the Saints. He must not like having a week off before facing the Saints as last year, he was held to under 200 passing yards and just 19.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points coming off the bye against the Saints. If his fantasy owners have any input with the NFL scheduling department, he won’t face the Saints after the bye in 2021 and if he does, they should be ready to put him on the Bench just like he should have been this week.

RB: Ronald Jones (TB) – 2.4 points

What a difference a week makes. One week ago, Ronald Jones had a career high 192 rushing yards and 25.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Carolina Panthers. This week, he had 2.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (24 rushing yards) against the Los Angeles Rams and was outscored by fellow Tampa RB Leonard Fournette. Besides his Week 10 outburst, it’s been a rough couple of weeks for Jones who has scored under 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in three out the past four weeks. Despite those poor performances, he’s still the #11 ranked RB in Dynasty Owner so Dynasty Owners were likely putting him in their Starting lineups when he should have been on the Bench.

WR: Travis Fulgham (PHI) – 1.8 points

This is not a repeat of last week’s recap, which also featured Travis Fulgham scoring only 1.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 8 yards). Just like last week, he didn’t completely disappear from the Eagles offense as he was targeted seven times this week (after seeing five targets in Week 10). That’s two consecutive weeks with only one reception on multiple targets and 1.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This is after averaging 19.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over his first five games (Weeks 4-8). As much as he saved some of his Dynasty Owners with his performances in that period, he’s dragging down those who stuck with him or traded for his services recently and have kept plugging him into their Starting lineup. For the second week in a row, instead of being a Starter, Fulgham should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad.

TE: Hayden Hurst (ATL) – 0.0 points

Another week, another top rated TE with a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Last week, it was Jimmy Graham, while this week, it was Hayden Hurst who came into Week 11 averaging 10.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. He’s still ranked as the #10 TE in Dynasty Owner so he’s usually good enough to be in your Starting lineup. However, this week, Dynasty Owners should have left him on the Bench or better yet, the Practice Squad.

K: Matt Prater (DET) – -2.0 points

Last week, Prater moved into the top 12 kickers in Dynasty Owner with an 18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance. As a result, many Dynasty Owners may have employed Prater as their kicker this week. That wasn’t a good idea as the Detroit offense was pretty anemic and gave Prater only one kicking attempt, a 51-yard FG that he missed. The single missed 50+ yard FG accounted for Prater’s -2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance. One week after his best game of the season, he had his worst and should have been on your Bench in Week 11.

Dishonorable mention to Randy Bullock of the Bengals. After the first six weeks of the season, Bullock was averaging 9.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. However, he has averaged just 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his last four games, including -1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week against the Football Team. Bullock hit a 53 yard FG, but missed three other kicks (34 and 58 yard FGs and his only PAT attempt). He was tied with Prater as the #11 kicker in Dynasty Owner before Week 11 based on his early season performance. Hopefully you didn’t rely on that and had him on your Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap –

just wanna win vs. Docrob

Since scoring wasn’t down in Dynasty Owner, both just wanna win and Docrob each exceeded their score projections for the week by over 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The result was a very high-scoring game (187.9 to 168.6) and a victory for just wanna win. The Chargers stack of Justin Herbert and Keenan Allen scored a combined 71.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for just wanna win to overcome the presence of Deshaun Watson and Travis Kelce, who scored 29.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, in Docrob’s Starting lineup. The victory improves just wanna win’s record to 9-2 while Docrob dropped to 3-8. Did the high scoring performance help to propel just wanna win up the Chase for the Ring leaderboard? Let’s find out.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

It did! The victory and high scoring moved just wanna win from fifth place to third place.

In other news, it’s back to the top spot in the Chase for the Ring for Barbee Kilgore just one week after losing it to Quaranteed for Greatness. Those two teams flipped spots again with Barbee Kilgore in first place now and Quaranteed for Greatness back in second place. Both look entrenched at the top as the only two teams with more than 1,800 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

While the order changed at the top and in the rest of the Top Ten in the Chase, the teams did not. None of the teams in the Top 10 moved out after Week 11. There was some internal movement besides at the top with My Corona dropping four spots and The Human Fund going down two places. The Tough Guys moved into sixth place, up from tenth place.

Conclusions

Another low scoring week in the NFL didn’t automatically equate to low scoring in Dynasty Owner as the top players came out to play in Week 11. There may not have been any breakout 40.0+ point performances, but there were more 25.0+ point performances in Week 11 than Week 10. That kept scoring high in Dynasty Owner.

With no bye weeks on the horizon for Week 12, Dynasty Owners will have a full compliment of players at their disposal for the first time since Week 3. In theory, that should lead to even higher scoring with just two weeks to go in the Dynasty Owner regular season. Higher scoring could help teams just outside of the Top 10 and Top 25 of the Chase for the Ring to make their move in the Standings.

This week is Thanksgiving and hopefully a full day of food and football for everyone. Please read the preview article to see how my Week 11 recommendations did and who should be a Starter and who should be on your Bench in Week 12. Despite the holiday, the preview article will still be published on Friday. Besides today’s weekly recap and Friday’s preview article, the usual Free Agent Auction Target article by Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl) was published earlier today. Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) has the week off, but will be back next week. Be sure to follow all of us plus Dynasty Owner (@Dynasty_Owner) on Twitter to read what we’re tweeting as well.

The podcast series with myself and Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer goes live this week at 1 PM on Wednesday. If you can’t make it, then watch or listen anytime on the Dynasty Owner YouTube channel. You can catch up with older videos and tutorials there as well. Subscribe as well to receive notifications and make sure to “Like” all of the videos to help promote them. Dynasty Owner is up to 560 subscribers on YouTube. All of this great content is available to help you win your Dynasty Owner league and make your way into the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring standings.

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Week 9 Recap: Who Are Some of These Guys?

Author: Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

This wasn’t planned in advance, but it seems very 2020 that last week it was big names scoring big points, while the very next week, we had TDs being scored by some pretty obscure NFL players. Last week, it was a “Who’s Who” of players putting up big performances and this week, it’s more of a “Who’s That?”.

A dozen NFL players who are owned in 5% or less of Dynasty Owner leagues scored a TD this week. For half of them, they scored more Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week than they had done all season. Most of them have salaries of under $1 million as well. Three of these players (Richie James, Ryan Nall and Mack Hollins) check all three of the above boxes. Fortunately for me, I don’t need to analyze all of them and make the difficult decision of figuring out who’s worth picking up off the Free Agent Auction this week and who isn’t. That’s Jay Poundsee’s job (@jaypoundsnfl) in his just published Tuesday article and he had plenty of work to do this week in deciding if James, Isaiah McKenzie, Tyler Kroft, Maxx Williams and the rest of the guys who scored a TD this week with under 5% ownership are worth using your Dynasty Dollars on.

Not only were there a dozen guys with under 5% ownership who scored TDs, we also had players with little name recognition and Dynasty Owner ownership like Cam Sims (4% ownership) and Austin Mack (0% ownership) scoring double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points (14.0 for Sims and 11.2 for Mack) without the benefit of a TD. New Jaguars QB Jake Luton isn’t a household name, even in fantasy football playing households, but he had 25.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week which included a rushing TD. Finally, some highly owned but underperforming players (Irv Smith Jr., Adam Trautman, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, James Washington and more) got into the TD-scoring act this week. Both Smith and Valdes-Scantling had 2 TDs each. There was plenty of scoring from guys who probably weren’t in a lot of Dynasty Owner Starting lineups or on too many Benches this week.

We’ll expand upon the performances of some of these players in our ninth regular season Dynasty Owner weekly recap article for 2020. Just like every week, this article will name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, highlight a player at every position who should have been one of your Starters and one who should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad. We’ll also look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week and take our weekly look at the Chase for the Ring standings.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth 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 ownership statistics were current as of November 10th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our ninth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2020 and first repeat winner for the season is: Josh Allen

For the second time this season, Josh Allen scored over 50.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and didn’t commit a turnover. The first time he accomplished both of these feats was back in Week 2 when he scored 50.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and had no turnovers against the Dolphins. This week, he torched the Seattle defense for 50.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (415 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 14 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD) without a turnover. Allen outdueled the #1 QB in Dynasty Owner in Russell Wilson this week to lead his Bills to a 44-34 victory over Wilson’s Seahawks. After four consecutive subpar performances, Allen was on top of his game this week.

  • Week 9 Points: 50.2
  • 2020 Salary: $5,295,760
  • Cost per Point: $105,493

Congratulations Josh on being the first player to win two Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honors 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 ninth Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for 2020 is: Richie James

There was some stiff competition for this honor with all of the low-salary players who scored TDs this week. With the opportunity to play due to three 49ers WRs on the COVID-19 reserve list (Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne) plus George Kittle’s injury, James was the highest scoring WR of the week with 33.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions, 184 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). That was slightly more points than top WRs Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill. James was only owned in 2% of Dynasty Owner leagues despite his low $634,143 salary prior to this week. With the return of Samuel and Aiyuk for Week 10, James’ ownership may not go up much after his Week 9 award-winning performance.

  • Week 9 Points: 33.4
  • 2020 Salary: $634,143
  • Cost per Point: $18,986

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

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been in one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 9. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Kyler Murray, Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce because barring injury or bye week, those guys should always be in your Starting lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 9 when they should have been.

QB: Drew Lock (DEN) – 36.4 points

Lock is in this spot for the second week in a row and this week, he was even better. He had the same type of game as last week in that he didn’t do much in the first half (98 passing yards for 4.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and came on strong in the second half with 3 TDs (2 passing and 1 rushing). He ended up with 36.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (313 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 47 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT). He’s still averaging less than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per start (19.6), putting him in Tier 3 among QBs from the Week 9 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/2020/11/week-9-preview-trade-talk/), but he’s made his case to be in Dynasty Owner Starting lineups over the past two weeks. This week, he definitely should have been your Starter as he was easily in the Top 10 QBs.

Honorable mention to another Tier 3 QB Teddy Bridgewater who had the same number of Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week as Lock. Bridgewater had his top weapon in Christian McCaffrey back and took advantage to produce his best game of the year with 36.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (310 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 19 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD). Bridgewater was on the top end of Tier 3 after eight weeks with an average of 20.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week. After this week’s performance, he’s at the low end of Tier 2 with an average of just over 22.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. In Week 9, he was at his best and should have been in your Starting lineup.

RB: J.D. McKissic (WAS) – 17.2 points

If you take out his Week 1 performance (0.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), McKissic has been a serviceable low end starter or top Bench option. He has averaged 7.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, which jumps up to 9.1 points if you exclude Week 1. He has done all of this without scoring a TD and continued his TD-less season in Week 9. However, he scored 17.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (17 rushing yards, 9 receptions, 65 receiving yards) for his best performance of the season. With all of the RB injuries and bye weeks, McKissic has turned into someone you can plug into your Starting lineup and get some points. He should have been a Starter for your Dynasty Owner team this week.

Honorable mention to Kalen Ballage who re-emerged with the Los Angeles Chargers to put up 16.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (69 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 receptions, 15 receiving yards). It’s been quite the year for Ballage. He started the 2020 season with the Miami Dolphins, but was traded at the end of August to the New York Jets. That trade was voided three days later after he failed a physical with the Jets. He was then released by the Dolphins in early September and picked up by the Jets ten days later. He played three games with the Jets but waived in early October. Four days after he was waived, the Chargers picked him up and added him to their Practice Squad. When he finally got the chance to play this week, he produced a very solid game. Even though he was still owned in 21% of Dynasty Owner leagues, it’s unlikely anyone had him anywhere near their Starting lineup. Ballage had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week than every RB, but first round draft picks Dalvin Cook and Christian McCaffrey plus McKissic and should have been in Dynasty Owner Starting lineups.

WR: Jakobi Meyers (NE) – 28.9 points

After producing only 1.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first five games of the 2020 season, Meyers has emerged as the top New England WR with the injuries to fellow WRs Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry. He had 10.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the Patriots’ Week 7 loss to the 49ers and followed it up with 13.8 points in a Week 8 loss to the Bills. This week, Meyers had 28.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (12 receptions and 169 receiving yards) without the benefit of a TD, which is more points than he had scored up to this point of the season (25.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Meyers is rostered in 61% of Dynasty Owner leagues with a really low salary of $588,333, but was unlikely to have been in many Starting lineups.

Honorable mention to another WR who played on Monday Night Football. Brashard Perriman had only played four out of eight games this season so far, but hadn’t made much of an impact with just 22.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points combined. This week, he had 27.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 101 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs) to lead the Jets offense. His $6.5 million salary and lack of production have kept his ownership low, at just 36%, but if you have him on your Dynasty Owner roster, this was the week to get him in your Starting lineup.

TE: Irv Smith Jr. (MIN) – 15.0 points

Travis Kelce was the #1 TE in Dynasty Owner again this week with 25.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He’s outscoring every other TE by 57.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. So, if you have Kelce, you’re fine. If not, you might be looking every week to figure out who should be in your Starting lineup. One person who probably wasn’t in too many Starting lineups this week was Irv Smith Jr. of the Minnesota Vikings. Smith had only collected a total of 3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through the first four weeks of the season. That didn’t cause many Dynasty Owners to drop him as his ownership is still 99% now. Instead, they held on and may have been rewarded as Smith scored more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in two of the past three weeks. Make that three out of four after his 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (2 receptions, 10 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). He might finally be worthy of that mid-round pick (ADP 132.9) most of his Dynasty Owners used on him. Hopefully they took advantage of having Smith on their roster and had him in their Starting lineup this week.

Honorable mention to Saints rookie TE Adam Trautman who scored his first NFL TD this week and had 12.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 39 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). That was good for a spot in the Top 10 among TEs this week, just a couple weeks after he was inactive for a game against the Chargers. After scoring just 6.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the Saints’ first seven games, Trautman doubled that output in Week 9 alone and should have been in your Starting lineup.

K: Nick Folk (NE) – 17.0 points

Folk was questionable for Monday Night Football against the Jets due to a back injury. As a result, Dynasty Owners likely removed him from their Starting lineup (and even from their Bench) because of that uncertainty. His Dynasty Owners missed out on 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points by not waiting. Of course, he was the #26 kicker in Dynasty Owner after eight weeks and hadn’t scored double digit points yet, so his 17.0 point outburst was a surprise. Folk was 3 for 3 on FGs with one from every scoring range (29, 45 and 51 yards) and 3 PATs. His 51-yarder happened as time expired at the end of the game and earned him the week’s only clutch scoring bonus. Dynasty Owners with Folk on their roster should have waited and put 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 one of your Starters but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Starters, but were better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in Week 9.

QB: Tom Brady (TB) – 1.5 points

In my Week 9 preview article, I recommended that the G.O.A.T. should be on your Dynasty Owner Bench. While I thought that he would struggle against the Saints as he has in games this year against NFC teams, I wouldn’t have predicted him to have only 1.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (209 passing yards, 3 INTs). With two more NFC opponents on tap the next two weeks (Panthers and Rams), it is time to believe in the pattern for the G.O.A.T. is locked in. He probably should be on your Dynasty Owner Bench the next two weeks, just like he should have been this week.

RB: James Conner (PIT) – 4.0 points

Big things were predicted this week for James Conner with the Steelers facing the Dallas Cowboys defense that had allowed over 100 yards rushing by a single RB in two of the past three weeks (with Boston Scott having 70 yards in the third game). As a Top 12 RB in Dynasty Owner with an average of 16.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, his Dynasty Owners were slotting Conner in as their RB1 for Week 9. That didn’t materialize as he completely flopped, scoring just 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (22 rushing yards, 2 receptions, -2 receiving yards). Despite the great matchup, Conner should have been left on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

WR: Corey Davis (TEN) – 0.0 points

Corey Davis was having a breakout 2020 season despite contracting the COVID-19 virus and having to sit out two games. In the five games that he had played before Week 9, Davis had not gotten less than double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points and was averaging 16.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. However, this week against the Bears, he put up the dreaded Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He was targeted three times, but had no catches and should have been left on your Bench or Practice Squad.

TE: Rob Gronkowski (TB) – 1.2 points

After a slow start to the 2020 season, Gronk has had three consecutive weeks with a receiving TD and more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (18.8 in Week 6, 16.2 in Week 7 and 14.1 in Week 8). This week, with the G.O.A.T. struggling (see above), Gronkowski only garnered 1.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 2 yards). This poor performance was despite being targeted six times in the game against the Saints. Leaving nearly all Buccaneers players on the Bench or Practice Squad was the right call this week, Gronkowski included.

K: Ryan Succop (TB) – 4.0 points The Buccaneers offensive woes this week also translated into few scoring attempts for kicker Ryan Succop. He had only one FG attempt, from 48 yards, which he made. That was good enough for 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the previously ranked #8 kicker in Dynasty Owner. In a week with only seven missed FGs, no kicker had fewer points than Succop. Carolina kicker Joey Slye missed two FGs this week and only finished with 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points as well, but since he was just the #18 ranked kicker prior to Week 9, he shouldn’t have been in too many Starting lineups. Succop probably was with a high-scoring game between the Saints and Buccaneers expected on Sunday Night Football. It wasn’t for the Buccaneers and Succop was better left on your Bench.

Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week Recap

Baby Got Dak had a mixed bag result this week. They kept their undefeated season going with a 134.8-127.7 victory over Serenity Now, but didn’t score enough points to stay in the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring. As you can see, Baby Got Dak won because of their Bench scoring.

Baby Got Dak trailed Serenity Now 117.6 to 115.7 using just their Starting lineups. However, the combination of zero points from Serenity Now’s backup kicker Sam Sloman plus 28.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Jakobi Meyers who was on Baby Got Dak’s Bench (5.8 points towards their Total Score) pulled Baby Got Dak to victory.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

We have a new leader, his name is Victor, and Victor’s team name is Barbee Kilgore. Barbee Kilgore followed up a 241.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point week last week to move into the Top 25 with 232.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to move from second place into first. If you want to learn more about Victor and how he put together his Chase leading team, then check out last week’s Tuesday live podcast and hear Victor talk about it.

The top two teams (Barbee Kilgore and Quaranteed for Greatness) are the only teams with over 1,500 Dynasty Owner fantasy points after Week 9. Besides that, the Top 10 in the Chase looks remarkably familiar with only Yanji in sixth place and The Tough Guys in seventh not being in last week’s Top 10 (although The Tough Guys were in eleventh place). My Corona won again, but slipped from seventh place down to tenth place in the Chase for the Ring standings with their victory.

Conclusions

Last week, it was the big names who produced big points for your Dynasty Owner team. While plenty of them scored big again this week, as evidenced by the high point total for Barbee Kilgore and Quaranteed for Greatness, guys who are only household names in their own household were scoring TDs and the Dynasty Owner fantasy points that go along with those TDs. Some of those guys will be worth picking up in the Free Agent Auction in the upcoming days and weeks, while others can be left there. Now that the games are over for the week, it’s time for Dynasty Owners to get into General Manager mode for Week 10.

Please read the preview article which comes out on Friday throughout the Dynasty Owner season to see how my Week 9 recommendations did and who should be a Starter and who should be on your Bench in Week 10. Besides the weekly recap and preview articles, we will also have articles every week from both Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) and Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl) as well. Reading their articles will help you figure out the ins and outs of Dynasty Owner and make you a better General Manager and Head Coach.

The podcast series with myself and Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer goes live this week at 1 PM on Wednesday. Our usual Friday AM preview podcast is being moved to Thursday Night at 10 PM (Eastern) so you can watch us and the Thursday Night Football game at the same time! If you can’t make it, then watch or listen anytime on the Dynasty Owner YouTube channel. You can catch up with older videos and tutorials there as well. Subscribe as well to receive notifications and make sure to “Like” all of the videos to help promote them. Dynasty Owner is up to 546 subscribers on YouTube. All of this great content is available to help you win your Dynasty Owner league and make your way into the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring standings.

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Dynasty Owner’s 2020 Midseason Awards

Author: Jay Poundsee (@JayPoundsNFL)

I know many of you myself included are amazed that the midway point has come and gone, but even with the season flying tradition still stands strong. The midseason awards we see from every sports outlet possible are finally here on Dynasty Owner and have been determined below, but beware, some awards are not awards you would want to win.

This is an article I want to have a little fun with for you, while still including some key stats and salaries as well. I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to write articles and help on the podcast here on Dynasty Owner. It truly has been a great experience and opportunity and I cannot thank Tim, Don, and the rest of the guys enough for all their hard work! I also cannot begin to thank you guys enough for helping Dynasty Owner grow the way you have; you all really are amazing!

I am not too sure if it’s the whole no preseason or just the pure excitement that we actually have a football season this year that is making Sundays seem faster than DK Metcalf after a Seahawks interception, but as we have all said many of times at least we have football in 2020. The NFL honestly deserves to be handed one of these awards with the job they have been able to do thus far containing COVID-19 and making this season a success, up to this point at least.

The fact they have executed this so well without a bubble while teams are traveling all over the country and even hosting fans in some venues has been a very refreshing site to see. We have seen so many interesting things around the NFL this season from the Chargers turning into the Falcons blowing every lead imaginable all the way to Daniel Jones tackling himself, and all I can think is how it’s by far one of my favorite starts to a season in recent memory…. That may or may not have something to do with my Steelers being undefeated!

If you guys and gals find you have a different choice in players for any of these awards please feel free to contact me on twitter and let me know what player it is and why you would give them the award. To me there is nothing more fun than discussing different football opinions, so please feel free. The way I like to describe fantasy football is an opinionated eye for talent, meaning there is a fair amount of skill that goes into fantasy but a ton of opinion and luck as well, which really makes it so much fun. If you really think about it without opinions in fantasy we would have zero reason to even play let alone draft or trade, because at the end of the day we would all just simply agree and that would be more boring than the Rams vs Patriots super bowl.

The only requirement will be that the player has played in most of the games, otherwise I would have to put players like Andrew Luck in this list. Yeah, I just threw out Andrew Luck in a 2020 article, why not right? Finally, I will shut up, and we will move on to the Dynasty Owner awards!

The “Why Did I Draft Him” Award

Winner – T.Y. Hilton (1-Year $13,000,000)

($276,008 $DD/PT)

Before getting to far into the first two awards I want to explain what these awards are for and what they mean. These awards will both be determined by each players dollar per point based on their salary and fantasy points scored. While TY Hilton may not be the technical answer here, he is by far one of the worst players as far as cost per point goes. Hilton’s unreal cost per point has more than doubled from the 2019 season and sits at $276,008 $DD/PT. Hilton was looked at as a possible solid veteran coming into the year judging by his 71.1% ownership.

I am willing to bet that if you were offered the same deal Jackie Moon had for Ed Monix (in the movie Semi Pro) sitting in front of you right now you would take it, wouldn’t you? I also need mention the runner up here which is Julio Jones at a whopping $202,952 $DD/PT this season. Julio was banged up a little but has still put up a few massive performances and has played in all but 2 games this year. I knew Julio’s cost would be high because of his 4-Year $22,000,000 contract, but I was not expecting it to be this bad. Just so it is out in the open for everyone to see the true winner is Andrew Luck at $24,594,000 $DD/PT.

The “I Am So Glad I Drafted Him” Award

Winner – Gardner Minshew (1-Year $677,721)

($3,987 $DD/PT)

Gardner Minshew was sitting at the top of the list when doing my research, and I have to say I was more than shocked it was not Alvin Kamara the way he has played. Minshew has been a very consistent fantasy player this season outside of week 3 against Miami when he posted a dud for 10 points. The offensive talent such as Chark, Robinson, Cole, and Shenault that Minshew has at his disposal shows up for fantasy owners each week, even if it does not for the Jaguars on Sundays. While this may be a great recipe this year it may translate to the Jags drafting Minshew’s replacement come spring. When I was doing a little rough drafting, I knew I would see Minshew somewhere near the top with as cheap as his salary is playing at the premier position in all of sports.

What I did not expect was to be taken on a full-on mustache ride like I was, not seeing a Kamara or Fulgham in the top spot. I know this is Minshew’s award, but I want to touch on Fulgham briefly and just how unbelievable this kid has been. Fulgham looks like a true alpha receiver who can do it all in this league, and is at the point if he’s able to continue playing close to the level he has recently that he may just earn the opportunity to be a force in the fantasy community for years to come.

Honorable Mention – Alvin Kamara ($4,926 $DD/PT)

The “I Really Want Him Moving Forward” Award

Winner – DK Metcalf (3 years $1,147,513)

($7,695 $DD/PT)

Is there a better contract in all of Dynasty Owner moving forward? I am sure you can make the case for some of the younger quarterbacks but with Metcalf it just seems you are going to have way more boom weeks than you bust. Metcalf is locked in with one of, if not the best quarterback in football Russel Wilson for the foreseeable future. Wilson has compared Metcalf and himself to Montana and Rice on several occasions and he just seems to enjoy flat out playing football with this kid, not to mention how much trust he’s shown in him. If you have Metcalf right now, I honestly think he’s almost untouchable, as nothing you will get back gives you the upside of Metcalf with Wilson on a week to week basis, especially at Metcalf’s salary.

Metcalf has posted an insane $7,695 $DD/PT so far this season and seems to be just getting started and being a prime candidate for the Wr1 spot on the season certainly helps his case for the award. Metcalf had an ADP of 37.8 this off season making him easily one of the best steals in the draft. I would be willing to bet a good majority of the top Chase for the Ring contestants have Metcalf on their roster balling out.

Honorable Mention – Kyler Murray ($37,708 $DD/PT)

The “Juggler” Award

Winner – Diontae Johnson (4 years $1,070,241)

($16,216 $DD/PT)

The Juggler award is one of my personal favorites and the meaning is quite explanatory, the point totals for the player juggle on a week to week basis more than anyone else. Johnson has had some of the highest highs this season, as we witnessed against the Titans when he exploded for 29 points, and another for 24.4 against the Broncos.

Johnson is also capable of some absolute stinkers posting 4 weeks this season with a score of 1.6 points or less for the week. These types of players are good to have around if you can predict when they are going to hit, if you cannot be ready for a headache all season long. Johnson has been banged up this season and I’m sure his owners are hoping that is why he has had so many of the lowest of lows this season. Did I mention this is one of my favorite awards, because it wouldn’t be if Johnson was on my team.

Honorable Mention – Brandin Cooks ($182,638 $DD/PT)

The “Best Jay Suggestion (Free Agent)” Award

Winner – Travis Fulgham (1-Year $540,000)

($5,596 $DD/PT)

This was one of the tougher calls I had on awards night as the two candidates were neck and neck. It came down to Mike Davis and Fulgham, with Fulgham gaining the edge because of his chance at longevity, and a cheaper salary. Is there honestly any better feeling in fantasy than picking up an absolute stud on waivers in any dynasty format, it is like a vacation that just relaxes and calms you in a way you cannot explain. Fulgham has done nothing but play spectacular since catching on with the Eagles, and his $5,596 $DD/PT is third in all of Dynasty Owner.

Fulgham stepped in as a no name kid in a big game against the 49ers catching the game winner and never looking back. The numbers he has been able to put up when he was a practice squad player just 5 weeks ago are unreal at 29 catches for 435 yards and 4 touchdowns and has shown the ability to produce in anyway needed. I heard Fulgham summed up the best way possible the other day when someone said Fulgham is living the American dream right now. I thought about it a while and he really is living the classic “American Dream” starting as an unknown becoming a household name playing his way into potentially millions of dollars, just as any wildly successful CEO does.

Honorable Mention – Mike Davis ($25,338 $DD/PT)

The “Best Young Gun” Award

Winner – Joe Burrow (4-Years $9,047,534)

($46,976 $DD/PT)

This was another insanely close race for me, but I must give Burrow the edge at this point with the way he has played under strenuous circumstances. What this kid has been able to do on a bad Bengals team is extremely impressive. The Bengals have capable play makers around Burrow no doubt about it, but their defense, and offensive line both rank near the bottom of the NFL.

As of October 15th Burrow had been pressured on a massive 51% of his drop backs and to think of it as a rookie being blitzed successfully on every other play while looking at how he’s performed thus far, it’s extremely remarkable. The rookie is completing 67% of his passes for 2,272 yards 11 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions under more pressure than America during election day. If I am the Bengals, I am drafting lineman with all my draft picks to ensure Burrow does not get as beat up as Tim Couch with the Browns. I really hope we all get the privilege of seeing of Burrow with an above average line soon, he may be unstoppable at that point.

Honorable Mention – Justin Herbert ($34,935 $DD/PT)

The “Surprise Birthday Party” Award

Winner – James Robinson (3-Years $763,333)

($5,629 $DD/PT)

Has anyone ever come out of nowhere like James Robinson was able to in this off season? All joking aside Robinson is the poster boy for the 2020 season, unlikely to happen but so much fun to watch, OK seriously now all joking aside. The Jags ultimately shocked the world when releasing Fournette with the season just around the corner, and what the world did not know was how good Robinson really was waiting in the balance.

I remember being somewhat alright with Fournette’s release even after drafting him because I drafted Armstead as well, and that play has smelt worse than a porter potty on a hot day. Thinking back to past fantasy seasons there are some comparable players to Robinson with Austin Ekeler being the one that stands out the most. One of the most mind-blowing stats I have seen on Robinson is his ADP at the 251st slot, which is the definition of league winner to me. If you were one of the lucky few to get Robinson at his shocking $5,629 $DD/PT feel free to toot your own horn a bit, you deserve it

Honorable Mention – Robby Anderson ($79,872 $DD/PT)

The “Kitchens to Stefanski” Award

Winner – Corey Davis (1-Year $6,348,672)

($75,670 $DD/PT)

This season has seen many players improve upon their 2019 campaigns and none has stood out more than Corey Davis. I know going into the year we were hearing a ton of chatter about how Davis is done and that there is no way well see another Devante Parker type breakout so late in one’s career, and if we did it would not be so soon. Well here we are 8 weeks in, and Davis sits at 29 receptions for 369 yards and 3 touchdowns, finally finding a solid option at quarterback.

Are the bad years of Davis to blame on Mariota or did it just take a while for him to figure the NFL out and get up to speed? Davis is another late round pick with an ADP of 234 making him another great steal here in Dynasty Owner. This is another one of those rare moments and special stories we do not see so often in sports. The only question that remains is if he can continue this level of play.

Honorable Mention – DK Metcalf ($7,695 $DD/PT)

The “Reminds Me of Watching the Jets” Award

Winner – Ezekiel Elliot (6-Years $15,000,000)

($112,697 $DD/PT)

As you have all learned from my previous articles, I love taking shots at the Jets. A few weeks back Tim, The Jerk, Steve, and I were chatting and the Jets had been brought up for some reason and Tim said “me being A Browns fan I know what it’s like and I try not to make fun of other teams” which makes me wonder if I’ve been spoiled in my lifetime as A Steelers fan in the middle of Browns country. This award is basically the most disappointing player and this year, and that has to be none other than Zeke. Zeke was a lock to be a top 5 back this off season, and with such a huge salary he had to be for your team to compete, unless you drafted extremely well.

Zeke is at a position that never ages well in this sport and this year seems to be nothing but a waste of one of his prime years. Elliot has a monster 6 years left on his deal so owners have to hope Dak is able to come back strong next season while getting a new deal allowing Zeke to get back to what we are used to seeing. I am one of the biggest Ohio State fans you will ever meet, and Zeke is near and dear to my heart, and it just kills me giving him this award.

Honorable Mention – Jonathon Taylor ($20,822 $DD/PT)

The “Opposite of Daniel Jones” Award

Winner- Kyler Murray (3-Years $8,789,661)

($37,708 $DD/PT)

This award name is pretty simple, I am looking for someone that is in their sophomore season, and on the opposite trajectory of Daniel Jones. I had to roll with Kyler here as he has been spectacular this season, especially on the ground and for fantasy. If you do not get the Cardinals games in your area you have got to find a way to watch this kid play weekly! Murray is so unique in the way he plays that he reminds me of Mighty Mouse, which makes him so much more entertaining to watch than most other quarterbacks. I honestly feel like a toddler zoned out watching baby shark every time I see the kid play. Kyler has been phenomenal statistically as well this season earning 233.1 fantasy points and a $37,708 $DD/PT.

Honorable Mention – Not Daniel Jones

The “JaMarcus Russel David Blaine” Award

Winner – Cam Akers (4-Years $1,543,258)

($80,799 $DD/PT)

Every year we as fantasy players see exciting new talent come into the league and we naturally overvalue some while undervaluing others, and 2020 has been no different. This award goes to the rookie that has just flat out disappeared (David Blaine) this season and has not performed much at all.  Akers was expected to perform at a high fantasy level being a 2nd round draft pick this past off season which is usually a great indicator that he would get a shot at a big role for the team that drafted him regardless of a rookie status. The fact Akers has only been able to produce 19.1 fantasy points thus far is a massive disappointment for his rookie campaign and fantasy owners alike.

Akers has produced a horrible $80,799 $DD/PT so far which his owners must be disgusted with, as well as them being disgusted drafting him at an ADP OF 34.6. I am not too sure which side of this I would choose at this moment in time, but it is between drafting Akers at his ADP knowing what we know now, or going full Brittany Spears meltdown twice a week for a year.  All joking aside Akers has the talent it just may not be showing up at practice for some reason which tends to happen at times with rookies, he should bounce back soon.

Honorable Mention- Ke’Shawn Vaughn ($80,607 $DD/PT)

The “Opposite of the Atlanta Falcons” Award

Winner – Leonard Fournette (1-Year $2,000,000)

($32,000 $DD/PT)

The Opposite of the Atlanta Falcons Award can only mean one thing, and that is a player who is going to finish strong…. something the Falcons have never done. Sorry Falcons fans! Fournette goes into week 9 with 62.5 fantasy points and a solid $32,000 $DD/PT for someone that has been hurt and has missed almost 4 full games, as well as signing late and having to learn a new system. I have noticed a few solid trends for Fournette the most important being that he has been thoroughly better than Ronald Jones every game he has been fully healthy.

Fournette only managed 10.1 fantasy points in week 8, but that was mostly due to the bad game the entire Buccaneers team had. Over week 7 and 8 Fournette has clearly established himself as the dominate pass catching back in the Brady led offense, which we all know is a fruitful place to be in football. Fournette sits at 225 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards for the 2020 season, and I am going to make a bold prediction on Fournette right here right now! Leonard Fournette will finish 2020 with at least 800 yards rushing and 250 yards receiving, and I must note that Tampa has yet to have their bye week.

Honorable Mention – Brandin Cooks ($182,638 $DD/PT)

The “Before the MVP Butt Fumble Look Alike” Award

Winner- Adam Gase (Salary Too Much)

Here it is guys, my full shot at the Jets, and more importantly Adam Gase. Every weekend I see a rare appearance of the Jets on the RedZone channel, and it is like a lunar eclipse. Every time I see Adam Gase in Gang Green, I see butt fumbles everywhere it sometimes leads to a nightmare. I have thought long and hard on this and I have yet to come up with one reason why Adam Gase still has a job in the NFL unless Woody Johnson is walking to his office 3 yards per day like Gase averages per play. I have made this comment more than once and I will say it again, has anyone made a coach more money than Peyton Manning has Adam Gase.

If we look back Gase got the Miami job shortly after Manning’s record-breaking season in Denver back before 50 touchdowns in a season was cool to do. We all know Manning was the offensive coach on his teams after a few years in the league, and if you are too young or just don’t remember go watch one 6 minute highlight of Manning and it will be him lining up calling 736 audibles before each snap. Never let the Omaha cadence die! Gase has failed miserably in each of his 2 stops, and I have to believe whenever the Jets finally come to their senses it will be the last we have seen of Gase as a head coach in the NFL… unless the Jets hire him back a few years down the road, which would be a typical jets move.

Honorable Mention – Daniel Jones Tripping Over Himself

The “2020 G.O.A.T” Award

Winner- Russell Wilson (4-Years $35,000,000)

($123,850 $DD/PT)

Is there anyone more exciting to watch or # on twitter this season than #LetRussCook. Wilson has been nothing short of brilliant this season while improving on what already was the most elegant deep ball the league has ever witnessed. I have a tough time deciding which has more beauty, a deep ball from Wilson to Metcalf or my wife on date night. All off season long we heard how the Seahawks were finally going to #LetRussCook and they have backed it up with Wilson throwing for 2,151 yards and 26 touchdowns just 8 games through the year, and not to mention he’s completing 71% of his passes as well as only throwing 6 interceptions.

Wilson has a massive salary inflating his point to dollar ratio sitting at $123,850 $DD/PT, but to analyze it a little better a player like Aaron Rodgers is all the way up at $154,949 $DD/PT with a cheaper salary. I could have easily gone a different direction here and focused more on dollars per point, but after thinking it through I just couldn’t as I don’t think Seattle wins one game this season without Wilson at the helm. When you are that important to your entire organization there is no way, I can select anyone else but said player as the G.O.A.T.

Honorable Mention – Alvin Kamara (RB Leader in $DD/PT)

Real Consideration – James Robinson (35th Overall in Scoring, ADP 251)

The “Last but Not Least Owner of The Year” Award

Winner – Dynasty Owner (Tim Peffer And Crew)

This here is by far my favorite and the most deserving award of all. This platform is so well put together and thought through Tim, Don, Paul, Seth, Steve, and Matt(The Jerk) have all put in a ton of time and effort into making this site what we have all come to love and enjoy, and will only get better. The innovations Dynasty Owner has introduced, and from what I can see will continue to introduce in the coming years are second to none and are all made to make our fantasy experience and the fantasy community that much better.

As I mentioned earlier, I feel privileged to work with such a fantastic group of individuals and hope to continue working to make Dynasty Owner a better more intriguing fantasy option than it was yesterday. Always remember word of mouth is one of the best and most reliable ways to help something grow as the person you’re telling is hearing it from someone they know and trust instead of a random guys with original names from a fantasy football website.

Thank you all for reading I hope you enjoyed this article as it was a lot of fun to write. As always good luck on your Chase for the Ring!

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Week 8 Recap: Big Names Equal Big Points

Author: Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Sometimes in the NFL, it’s the value picks who really carry your team to greatness. Think New England drafting The G.O.A.T. Tom Brady with the 199th pick of the 2000 NFL draft or Terrell Davis going with the 196th pick of the 1995 draft to the Denver Broncos. For other teams, it’s the big names drafted with those early picks who really pay off, such as the Dallas Cowboys teams of the early 1990s with the Triplets (QB Troy Aikman – #1 pick in the 1989 NFL draft, RB Emmitt Smith – #17 pick in the 1990 NFL draft, WR Michel Irvin – #11 pick in the 1988 NFL draft). Those three consecutive first round draft pick Hall of Famers helped Jimmie Johnson and the Cowboys to three Super Bowl victories.

Dynasty Owners haven’t had multiple years yet to build their Dynasty, but this was the week when nailing those early round draft picks this year’s draft really paid off. Many of the leading scorers of the week weren’t guys who you picked up in the late rounds of your Dynasty Owner drafts or from the Free Agent Auction, although Corey Davis (ADP 234) was a standout with 26.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Instead, it was a bunch of guys who you drafted in the first four rounds who led Dynasty Owner in scoring this week. Players like Patrick Mahomes (ADP 3.5), Alvin Kamara (ADP 7.7), Dalvin Cook (ADP 12.5), Davante Adams (ADP 29.0), Tyreek Hill (ADP 30.3), Travis Kelce (ADP 37.2) and DK Metcalf (ADP 37.8). All of those high draft picks were in the top three in Dynasty Owner fantasy points for players at their position this week. It was not outside the realm of possibility to have drafted this week’s top QB (Mahomes), RB (Cook), WR (Metcalf) and TE (Kelce) with the first four picks of your Dynasty Owner draft. If you had those big names, your Dynasty Owner team probably scored well over 200 points this week and your name is likely appearing on the Chase for the Ring standings.

This is our eighth regular season Dynasty Owner weekly recap article for 2020. In honor of all of the big names who scored a lot of points this week, getting a big name to write this recap article was considered, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen. Just like every week, this article will name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, highlight a player at every position who should have been one of your Starters and one who should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad. We’ll also look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week and take our weekly look at the Chase for the Ring standings.

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

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our eighth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2020 is: Patrick Mahomes

Mahomes wins his first Player of the Week honor this season with the second best performance of the season. He scored 54.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (416 passing yards, 5 passing TDs). He had no rushing yards, no 2-pt conversions, nothing but passing yards and passing TDs. He never got sacked either. He could have gotten more points, but was removed after his fifth TD pass and did not play in the Chiefs’ final drive of their 35-9 victory over the New York Jets. This performance was great, but ultimately not enough to move Mahomes into the top spot in the Dynasty Owner QB rankings as he’s still in second place behind Russell Wilson. As usual, he was totally worth his $4.1 million contract for the 2020 season and even his $45 million contract for 2021 and beyond.

  • Week 8 Points: 54.8
  • 2020 Salary: $4,106,447
  • Cost per Point: $74,935

Congratulations Patrick on the first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor of the season and your third overall. With his third, he has more Player of the Week honors than any other player.

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 eighth Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for 2020 is: DK Metcalf

Metcalf winning the Value Player of the Week honor is perfect in a week in which big names had big performances and scored big points. He becomes the first player earning over $1 million to win the Value Player of the Week honor in Dynasty Owner’s year and a half history. Other big names, such as Aaron Jones, Alvin Kamara and George Kittle have won the honor this year, but all of them have 2020 salaries of less than $1 million. A week after his teammate and fellow WR Tyler Lockett was the Player of the Week, Metcalf put up his own performance worthy of honoring with 40.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (12 receptions, 161 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs).

  • Week 8 Points: 40.1
  • 2020 Salary: $1,146,513
  • Cost per Point: $28,591

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

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been in one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 8. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Patrick Mahomes, Dalvin Cook, DK Metcalf, Davante Adams, Travis Kelce or any of the other big names who scored big this week because barring injury or bye week, those guys should always be in your Starting lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 8 when they should have been.

QB: Drew Lock (DEN) – 30.3 points

In the three games in which Drew Lock had started and played the entire game this season, he had scored a total of only 31.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It looked bleak for any Lock Dynasty Owners who started him this week after the first half as he produced just 2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (58 passing yards, -1 rushing yards). Lock came out and looked like a different QB in the second half as he scored an additional 27.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for a total of 30.3 points (248 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, -1 rushing yard, 1 INT). His 1-yard TD pass to KJ Hamler as time expired tied the score and Brandon McManus won the game with the successful extra point attempt for the Broncos. Despite a ridiculously low ADP of 58.3, few Dynasty Owners were likely using him in their Starting lineup. His low ADP is the direct result of his low $1.75 million annual contract. If you drafted Lock in Dynasty Owner, hopefully had him as your Starter this week.

Honorable mention to two other QBs ranked outside of the Top 12 QBs who scored more than 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Philip Rivers had his second consecutive good game with 30.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (262 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, -2 rushing yards), but is still just the #24 QB in Dynasty Owner. Matthew Stafford had his best game of the 2020 season with 30.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (336 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 10 rushing yards, 1 INT, 1 fumble – lost). That jumped him up to be the #16 QB in Dynasty Owner for the season. Both were big names for a while, but nowadays, neither one is a week in and week out Starter for your Dynasty Owner team. However, if you own one, having him in your Starting lineup this week would have been good.

RB: DeeJay Dallas (SEA) – 22.8 points

In just his fifth NFL game, the rookie fourth round draft pick DeeJay Dallas had two TDs and 22.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (41 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 5 receptions, 17 yards, 1 receiving yard). Dynasty Owners weren’t sure until after the start of the early Sunday games if Seattle RB Chris Carson (the big name in the Seattle backfield with an ADP of 49.4) was going to play, so it was difficult to put Dallas in your Starting lineup, especially if you had a lot of RBs playing early. For those of you who had faith in him or were lucky enough to be able to wait on your decision until the Seattle inactive list was announced, having Dallas in your Starting lineup was well worth the wait.

Honorable mention to Indianapolis Colts teammates Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins. Hines was the first Value Player of the Week this season when he scored 27.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with 2 TDs. For the next five games, Hines didn’t have a TD and averaged just 6.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Just when his Dynasty Owners were probably starting to Bench him, he goes out and scores 22.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 54 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs, 39 return yards). Jordan Wilkins had only produced 13.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through the first six weeks including 0.1 points in Week 5 and -0.1 points in Week 6. As a result, his 20.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (89 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 reception, 24 receiving yards) eruption in Week 8 came from out of nowhere. Instead of having them on the Bench, Dynasty Owners should have had both Hines and Wilkins in their Starting lineup this week.

WR: Mecole Hardman (KC) – 23.0 points

Hardman was a second round draft pick by the Kansas City Chiefs back in 2019 and had an ADP of 114.4 in Dynasty Owner, but hasn’t really lived up to his draft billing so far. He always scores a few points, mostly because he returns kicks for the Chiefs, but he hasn’t broken out with a great game to justify his draft status to date. He finally did this week with a 23.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (7 receptions, 96 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 14 return yards) performance. This was the best game of his career and a reminder to Dynasty Owners why they selected him so early in their draft this year. Despite using a high pick on Hardman, Dynasty Owners can be forgiven if they didn’t have him in their Starting lineup this week.

TE: Eric Ebron (PIT) – 14.8 points

As usual, Travis Kelce was the #1 TE in Dynasty Owner this week with 24.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. You drafted him early (ADP 37.2) and he’s in your Starting lineup every week, except when the Chiefs are on bye. Same thing if you drafted either George Kittle (ADP 27.7) or Mark Andrews (37.1). You invested a top four pick in those guys, so they are your Starter. If you’re one of the other nine Dynasty Owners without Kelce, Kittle or Andrews on your roster (or the Kittle owner now that he’s out for pretty much the rest of the Dynasty Owner season), picking a TE on a weekly basis can be more of a challenge. It seems like different guys are stepping up for a week, such as Robert Tonyan, Harrison Bryant or Anthony Firkser, then falling back down the next week. This week it was Eric Ebron’s turn in the TE spotlight as he was the third best one this week with 14.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 48 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). That’s nearly double his average of 7.75 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from the first six weeks of the season and why he’s still ranked as the #15 TE in Dynasty Owner. If you have Ebron on your roster, hope you picked him as your Starter this week.

K: Cairo Santos (CHI) – 16.0 points

Santos has been pretty good this season for Dynasty Owners who plucked him off the Free Agent Auction after regular Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro was placed on Injured Reserve. For the season, he has made 29 out of 31 kicks (14 of 16 on FGs and 15 of 15 on PATs) and this week, he was perfect on 5 kicks (3 FGs and 2 PATs). He had FGs from every Dynasty Owner scoring range with one FG of less than 39 yards (29) for two points, one from between 40 and 49 yards (44) for four points and one from 50+ yards (51) for five points. The 51 yarder tied the game with 13 seconds left and earned Santos the clutch scoring bonus. It was a 16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point day for Santos. He is still available in 12% of Dynasty Owner leagues and only costs $805,000 in salary if you want the #11 kicker in Dynasty Owner in your Starting lineup next week. Honorable mention to Michael Badgley who also had FGs in every Dynasty Owner scoring range this week (33, 47 and 52 yards) plus 3 PATs for a total of 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The difference was that none of Badgley’s kicks were clutch, so he didn’t get any bonus points. This was the first week in which Badgley had double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points and he’s still ranked as the #24 kicker in Dynasty Owner for the season. However, he should have been in your Starting lineup this week.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

Not every big name scored big points this week. For every player who should have been one of your Starters but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Starters, but were better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who were not scoring any clutch bonus points and should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in Week 8.

QB: Josh Allen (BUF) – 13.0 points

There were several QBs (Jimmy Garoppolo, Tua Tagovailova, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Carson Wentz, Jared Goff) who had fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Allen. None of them were selected as high as Allen (ADP 24.7) or were performing as well as he was before this week’s game. Therefore, no one of them were likely in too many Dynasty Owner Starting lineups. Poor weather and a dominant running game kept Allen’s stats down as he only scored 13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (154 passing yards, 23 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT). Allen was best left on your Bench this week.

RB: Jonathan Taylor (IND) – 5.1 points

With both Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins scoring over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, it should be no surprise to see rookie Colts RB Jonathan Taylor here. Taylor was a very high pick (ADP 16.1) and was averaging 14.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game before this week. Despite 13 touches, Taylor only produced 5.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (22 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 9 receiving yards). He does have a bit of an ankle issue, according to Colts coach Frank Reich, but since Reich only learned about the injury after the game, that’s not going to keep us from saying Dynasty Owners should have kept Taylor on their Bench this week.

WR: Amari Cooper (DAL) – 1.5 points

It was to be expected that the Dallas WRs would struggle with rookie seventh round draft pick Ben DiNucci at QB for the Cowboys this week. Incredibly, Michael Gallup produced 13.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while rookie WR CeeDee Lamb had 8.7 points. Even TE Dalton Schultz had a solid game with 11.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Instead, it was the $20 million big name WR who struggled with only 1.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 5 yards). Cooper should have been on your Bench this week and might even stay there for his Dynasty Owners with Pittsburgh’s defense on tap in Week 9.

TE: Dallas Goedert (PHI) – 2.5 points

Based on his strong 2019 performance and low salary of just over $1.4 million, Goedert was an early pick for his Dynasty Owners with an ADP of 116.9. He started strong with a 24.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 1, but got injured in Week 3. He made his return this week and was only targeted one time by QB Carson Wentz for a paltry 2.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 15 yards). Dynasty Owners with Goedert may have put him back in their Starting lineup right away, expecting a big game against the Cowboys defense that has been terrible in pass coverage this season. It was not to be as Goedert should have stayed on the Bench or Practice Squad this week.

K: Rodrigo Blankenship (IND) – 1.0 points

The Colts offense scored five TDs this week, but their kicker Rodrigo Blankenship was only able to convert three of the PATs. That 3 for 5 performance on PATs was good for just 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point. Blankenship had been perfect (15 for 15) on PAT attempts and only missed two FGs (16 for 18 overall) prior to this week and was a top 12 kicker. With the two missed PATs, he dropped back to the #13 kicker in Dynasty Owner. He should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad, if you have three kickers on your roster, this week.

Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week Recap

Russell Wilson’s War didn’t turn out very successful this week as they lost to the Barley Boyz by a score of 152.5 to 121.4 to fall two games behind them in their League standings. The Barley Boyz are an impressive 7-1 in a league with two teams (Russell Wilson’s War and Swamp Donkeys) in the Chase Top 25. Russell Wilson’s War dropped from 10th place in the Chase for the Ring standings down to the 22nd spot after this week.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

Welcome back to the top spot All Might! A fixture of the Chase for the Ring standings since Week 2, but they haven’t been at the top of the leaderboard since back in Week 5.

Led by the top QB (Russell Wilson) and RB (Alvin Kamara) in Dynasty Owner, All Might holds a 7.3 point advantage over a newcomer to the Top 10 in Barbee Kilgore. Barbee Kilgore had 241.7 points this week with Mahomes, Cook, Hill, Adams and Kelce in their Starting lineup. That performance by Barbee Kilgore was great, but not the best by a Dynasty Owner team this season as Blake Carrington had 252.0 points back in Week 7. Mahomes, Kamara and Hill are the big names who fueled the first appearance by Gabagool in the Chase standings in the #10 spot.

Conclusions

Big names were the guys to have in your Dynasty Owner lineup this week as they were the ones who produced the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points in general. You had to have the right guys as some big names, including Josh Allen, Jonathan Taylor and Amari Cooper didn’t produce as expected and should have been on your Bench. As usual, being a successful Dynasty Owner required being a good GM on draft day to draft the right players and Coach on game day to have the right players in your Starting lineup versus on the Bench.

Please read the preview article which comes out on Friday throughout the Dynasty Owner season to see how my Week 8 recommendations did and who should be a Starter and who should be on your Bench in Week 9. Besides the weekly recap and preview articles, we will also have at least one article every week from one of our other Dynasty Owner writers: Chris Wolf (@ckwolf21), Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) or Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl).

The podcast series with myself and Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer goes live this week at 1 PM on Wednesday and 10:30 AM on Friday (both times Eastern). If you can’t make it, then watch or listen anytime on the Dynasty Owner YouTube channel. You can catch up with older videos and tutorials there as well. Subscribe as well to receive notifications and make sure to “Like” all of the videos to help promote them. Dynasty Owner is up to 544 subscribers on YouTube. All of this great content is available to help you win your Dynasty Owner league and make your way into the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring standings.

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Week 5 Recap: Decisions, Decisions

Author: Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

NFL coaches make hundreds of decisions every week. What play to call on offense, what defensive formation best suits the down and distance situation, should we go for it on fourth and short or punt and whether or not to kick an extra point or go for two in certain game situations. It’s decision after decision after decision all game long. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had an especially crucial decision on Sunday night against Seattle – whether to go for it on fourth and one from the Seattle 6-yard line up by five points to pretty much clinch the game or kick a FG to go up by eight points with two minutes left to go. Zimmer chose to go for the first down, Alexander Mattison got stopped short and the Vikings turned the ball over on downs. After that, Russell Wilson drove the Seahawks down the field for a game-winning TD.

Dynasty Owners had a big decision this week as well. Start your Tennessee and Buffalo players who were supposed to play on Tuesday night and hope the game was played, or play it safe and insert someone on a team playing on Sunday or Monday and take the guarantee of your player actually playing. Tough decision, especially for Dynasty Owners with Josh Allen and Derrick Henry on their teams. Unlike Mike Zimmer who gambled and lost, Dynasty Owners who gambled that the Titans-Bills game would be played on Tuesday were correct. Whether or not it helped them win their Dynasty Owner game is a completely different story. Everyone can feel free to comment about this or other decisions on Twitter, Facebook or just to yourself in the privacy of your own home.

This is our fifth regular season Dynasty Owner weekly recap article for 2020. Good thing that I decided to turn in this article on Wednesday AM instead of Tuesday or I would have missed out on including one player in the Bench players section. Just like every week, this article will name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, highlight a player at every position who should have been one of your Starters and one who should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad. We’ll also look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week and take our weekly look at the Chase for the Ring standings.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth 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 ownership statistics were current as of October 14th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our fifth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2020 is: Chase Claypool

Like a RKO out of nowhere, Chase Claypool is the first WR and first rookie to win the Player of the Week honor this year. Daniel Jones was the other rookie Player of the Week winner back in the Playoff Finals last year. The Pittsburgh rookie WR had only scored 26.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through the first three weeks of the season (Pittsburgh had an unexpected bye in Week 4). This average production left many of his Dynasty Owners to make the decision to keep him on the Bench or even leave him on the Practice Squad (am I right Tim?). All of them who decided to keep him on the Bench or Practice Squad missed out on Claypool’s breakout performance with 42.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 110 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs, 6 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD). Moving forward, I’m sure more of them will be making the decision to put him in their Starting lineup.

  • Week 5 Points: 42.6
  • 2020 Salary: $1,654,156
  • Cost per Point: $38,830

Congratulations to Chase on your first Dynasty Owner weekly honor in just your fourth game!

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 fifth Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for 2020 is: Travis Fulgham

A most unlikely winner in a most unusual year. Fulgham has played as many weeks in the 2020 season as teams who have released him this year (two). The Eagles are his third team of the year after he was released by both the Lions and Packers in late August. He was signed to the Eagles’ practice squad, suited up last week for the first time due to multiple WR injuries and ended up catching two passes for 57 receiving yards and a receiving TD (13.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). That was good enough to get him and his $540,000 minimum salary picked up in 4% of Dynasty Owner leagues in advance of Week 5 (take a bow David Brady of the Wannabees). If any of those Dynasty Owners made the decision to start Fulgham (or even put him on their Bench this week), it paid off as he scored 31.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 receptions, 152 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). Not bad for a guy who would have been on bye this week if he had still been on the Lions or Packers roster.

  • Week 5 Points: 31.2
  • 2020 Salary: $540,000
  • Cost per Point: $17,308

Congratulations Travis on playing your way onto the Eagles roster and securing your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor!

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been in one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 5. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Patrick Mahomes or Travis Kelce this week because that’s an easy decision. Both of them should always be in your Starting lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 5 when they should have been.

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA) – 38.1 points

Four good weeks in a row for the 37-year old Fitzpatrick makes it so he probably shouldn’t be eligible for this spot anymore. He’s now the #8 QB in Dynasty Owner and has scored more than 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in three of the past four weeks. He did it again this week against a good 49ers defense. It makes all of the talk during the week about the Dolphins playing Tua Tagovailoa seems like ancient history. Fitzpatrick just edged out Ryan Tannehill, who had 38.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on Tuesday night, for the top QB spot this week. Fitzpatrick should have been in your Starting lineup this past week and probably should be in it next week when the Dolphins face off against the hapless New York Jets.

RB: Chase Edmonds (ARI) – 21.0 points

Who’s the RB with the most fantasy points on the Arizona Cardinals? After his Week 5 performance of 21.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (36 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 5 receptions, 56 receiving yards, 31 return yards), it’s Chase Edmonds. Edmonds is the #26 ranked RB in Dynasty Owner with 60.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points now, ahead of teammate Kenyan Drake who is ranked #33 with 51.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. You know who knew the answer to that question? Everyone who drafted Drake (ADP 30.4), that’s who. And it wasn’t even Edmonds’ Week 5 performance that put him in front of Drake as Edmonds had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points coming into Week 5 as well (39.6 for Edmonds vs. 38.4 for Drake). If you have both of them on your Dynasty Owner roster, it’s decision time moving forward on which one of them to put in your Starting lineup and which one to leave on the Bench. This past week, it was Edmonds who should have drawn the Starting nod.

WR: Brandin Cooks (HOU) – 30.1 points

What a difference a week makes. After putting up a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in Week 4 and averaging just 5.95 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game through the first four weeks, Brandin Cooks was likely not in many Dynasty Owner’s plans this week. He should have been as he was the third best WR of the week behind Chase Claypool and Travis Fulgham. Cooks’ ownership had dropped to 55% despite an ADP of 156.7. His ownership might not rise much due to his $16.2 million annual salary, but those people who have him on their Dynasty Owner roster might give him a second look when setting their Starting lineup in Week 6 since he should have been there in Week 5.

TE: Darren Fells (HOU) – 13.7 points

What a difference a week makes – part 2. Last week in this spot, it was Robert Tonyan of Green Bay with 33.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week, it’s Darren Fells from the Houston Texans who scored 20.1 fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points with just 13.7 points. That was still good enough to make Fells the #6 TE for the week. Fells only had two targets, but he turned them into 2 receptions for 57 receiving yards and a receiving TD (13.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Pretty good for a player who is only owned in 16.5% of Dynasty Owner leagues and thus, not in many Dynasty Owner Starting lineups.

K: Graham Gano (NYG) – 19.0 points

While the New York Giants haven’t been scoring many TDs, they have been giving Graham Gano plenty of FG chances and he’s taken advantage by making 9 out of 10 FGs (as well as both PATs), through the first four weeks of the season. This week, Gano had three FGs of 50 yards or more, accounting for 19.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (FGs of 28 yards, 50 yards, 54 yards and 55 yards plus 2 PATs). He wasn’t signed by the Giants until mid-August after being cut by Carolina, but has seized the opportunity presented in New York and is one of the few Giants worth having in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to Jason Sanders who also had 19.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to go along with previous weeks of 11.0 and 16.0 points in Weeks 2 and 4. Gano received the nod because he is owned in fewer leagues (80% vs. 100% for Sanders). Sanders shouldn’t be sitting on anyone’s Bench or Practice Squad moving forward as he’s perfect on the season (14 out of 14 on FGs and 10 out of 10 on PATs) and the #1 kicker in Dynasty Owner right now.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been one of your Starters but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Starters, but were better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in Week 5.

QB: Matt Ryan (ATL) – 7.2 points

Matt Ryan has been a pretty steady QB to play in Dynasty Owner as he had scored 20.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in 12 out of 19 weeks between this year and last year. And only twice had he failed to score at least 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over that same time period. Make it three times now, as Ryan only scored 7.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (226 passing yards, -1 rushing yard, 1 INT, 1 fumble) for his owners this week. It’s looking like Falcons owner Arthur Blank is leaving the decision on Ryan’s future up to his new coach and GM next year (https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/30102371/atlanta-falcons-owner-arthur-blank-says-team-see-matt-ryan-future). Dynasty Owners with Ryan on their roster can decide every week whether or not to put Ryan in their Starting lineup. This week, he should have been on the Bench or Practice Squad if you’re fortunate enough to have three NFL starting QBs on your roster.

RB: Devin Singletary (BUF) – 4.3 points

Dynasty Owners waited through the seemingly endless number of Titans COVID tests on Sunday, Monday and even Tuesday AM to find out if keeping Singletary in their Starting lineup was the right decision. Finally after no positive tests on Tuesday AM, the Bills-Titans game would move forward and all of Singletary’s Dynasty Owners who had decided to roll the dice and Start him had gotten what they waited for – Tuesday Night Football and Singletary earning points for their Dynasty Owner team. It was all for nearly nothing as Singletary had only 4.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (25 rushing yards, 1 reception, 8 receiving yards). Being conservative and leaving Singletary on the Bench or Practice Squad was the better decision than waiting and having him in your Starting lineup.

WR: Amari Cooper (DAL) – 4.1 points

No crying “not fair” about Cooper’s inclusion on this list because of Dak Prescott’s injury as Cooper had 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points before Prescott’s injury and all 4.1 of his points (2 receptions, 23 receiving yards, -2 rushing yards) after Andy Dalton entered to play QB for Dallas. Cooper had earned his spot in your Starting lineup on a weekly basis by putting up an average of 21.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over the first four weeks of the 2020 season. He was also playing at home where he had been a much better performer since coming over to Dallas and was playing against the Giants who he averaged 20.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game against in 2019. All signs pointed to another big fantasy week for Cooper and the Cowboys cooperated with 37 points and 288 yards passing, but Cooper had very little of that production. As a result, the smart decision would have been to put him on your Dynasty Owner Bench, not Starting lineup, this past week.

TE: Mo Allie-Cox (IND) – 0.0 points

Mo Allie-Cox had TD receptions in each of the past two weeks and had averaged 10.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over the first four weeks of the season heading into his Week 5 game versus the Cleveland Browns. He was just outside of the Top 12 TEs coming into Week 5 at #14, but many people expected another quality performance from him. They had him in their Starting lineup based on his hot start to the season and the fact that the Browns were giving up an average of 14.65 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to TEs over the first four weeks of the 2020 season. Starting Allie-Cox was a bad decision as he put up the dreaded Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) for everyone who decided to trust him to do well this week. He should have been on your Bench or better yet, on your Practice Squad.

Dishonorable mention to a quartet of TEs who all put up fewer than 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 5. If not for Mo Allie-Cox and his Blutarsky, any of the following TEs could have been the choice for Bench TE this week: Logan Thomas (1.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points); Dalton Schultz (1.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points); Zach Ertz (1.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points); and Hayden Hurst (2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). None of them belonged in anybody’s Dynasty Owner Starting lineup although many Dynasty Owners probably make the incorrect decision to start them.

K: Michael Badgley (LAC) – 0.0 points

The 50 yard FG attempt that bonked off the right upright cost Badgley’s Dynasty Owners 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. At that time, he had made 3 out of 4 PATs and had 2.0 points, but the missed FG led to a two point deduction which gave him a 0.0 for the week. If the kick had gone through, Badgley would have gotten an additional 8.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5.0 for the 50-yard FG and the 3 point clutch scoring bonus since it would have won the game at the end of regulation for the Chargers). Badgley didn’t have the worst kicker week as Stephen Hauschka, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars, had -3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points because he missed two FGs (24 and 49 yards), while making two PATs. Hauschka was only owned in 4% of Dynasty Owner leagues last week (second shout out this week to the Wannabees who were one of those teams) because of his release earlier in the year by the Bills combined with his $4 million annual salary. Hauschka should be released now as he was by Jacksonville and Badgley should have been on the Bench this week.

Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week Recap

Neither team lived up to their lofty projections this week, but it was F.F. Express who won the Match-up of the Week by nearly 50 points (128.3 to 78.8) over YayareaBoogiemen. F.F. Express moves to 5-0 on the season and still sits in 24th place in the Chase for the Ring standings. YayareaBoogiemen’s record falls to 4-1 with the loss.

F.F. Express made a decision in setting their lineup which cost them 15.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and eight places in the Chase standings. The decision to leave Brandon McManus in their Starting lineup and keep Graham Gano on the Bench didn’t matter in the game outcome, but is the difference between 24th place and 16th place in the Chase. F.F. Express has another decision to make now because his Starting QB was Dak Prescott. Does F.F. Express drop Dak and his $30.144 million, 1-year contract and pick up another high-priced QB to maintain their lead in their league standings and place in the Chase for the Ring, or do they hold on to Dak for future seasons and possibly sacrifice their chance to win this year? Maybe they can do both, but that’s a huge decision for F.F. Express and other Dynasty Owners with Dak on their roster.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

The flip flopping of the top two places in the Chase for the Ring standings continues as All Might is back in first place with The Human Fund falling to second place.

However, in a fascinating development, both All Might and The Human Fund are not undefeated. In fact, only four of the Top 10 teams in the Chase are in fact undefeated this year. Overall, just 13 of the Top 25 are undefeated and two Top 25 teams sport 3-2 records (Rimmerworld Smegheads in 20th place and Russell Wilson’s War in 23rd place). So much for the myth that some of these teams at the top of the Chase might be in non-competitive leagues! On the other hand, the teams in the 6th to 10th position in the current Chase standings are all new to the Top 10. The five teams that dropped out of the Top 10 are all still in the Top 25, including the two 3-2 teams mentioned above who were in 6th and 9th place just last week.

Conclusions

It was a week of tough decisions for the NFL, NFL coaches and Dynasty Owners alike. The decisions on who to start, who to play on your Bench and who to keep on the Practice Squad continue for Dynasty Owners with four teams (as of now) on bye in Week 6. This is along with the added decision for some Dynasty Owners about what to do with Dak Prescott.

Please read the preview article which comes out on Friday throughout the Dynasty Owner season to see how my Week 5 recommendations did and who should be a Starter and who should be on your Bench in Week 6. Besides the weekly recap and preview articles, we will also have at least one article every week from one of our other Dynasty Owner writers: Chris Wolf (@ckwolf21), Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) or Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl).

Hopefully, you didn’t miss this week’s Tuesday Live YouTube podcast featuring three of the Dynasty Owner writing crew (myself, Matt and Jay) along with Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer and Uncle Don at the controls. If so, then head over to YouTube or one of the many other places (iTunes, Spotify, Spreaker) that you can watch or listen to it.

The podcast series with myself and Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer will continue with weekly videos that will be posted on the Dynasty Owner YouTube page as well. You can catch up with older videos and tutorials there as well. Tune in to learn more about Dynasty Owner, see how our predictions did and help you set your weekly lineup. Subscribe to the YouTube channel and make sure to “Like” all of the videos to help promote them. Dynasty Owner is up to 530 subscribers on YouTube and gaining more every week. All of this great content is available to help you win your Dynasty Owner league and make your way into the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring standings.

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Top Ten Players Through the First Quarter

Author: Matt “The Jerk” Morrison (@DynastyJerk)

Hey all. We are officially one-fourth of the way through the 2020 NFL season.  Well, I should say, “30 teams are officially one-fourth of the way through the season.”  COVID impacted multiple teams this week and therefore (as all of you know) the Steelers and Titans had to reschedule their Week 4 matchup and also shuffle around one of their future weeks. Week 4 essentially acted as each team’s bye. At any rate, we can consider the NFL season 25 percent complete. We’ve learned quite a bit in the past four weeks, and we’ve learned even more about all of the rookies we anxiously awaited to see. 

In this article, I will list the Top 10 players from all five positions and break down how some of these players arrived at their current elite standing. First off, let’s (appropriately) start with quarterbacks…

Quarterbacks: Name (Yearly Salary) [DO Fantasy Points]
  1. Russell Wilson ($35,000,000) [170.8]
  2. Josh Allen ($5,295,760) [161.6]
  3. Dak Prescott ($30,144,000) [161.1]
  4. Aaron Rodgers ($33,500,000) [144.2]
  5. Patrick Mahomes ($4,106,447) [143.5]
  6. Kyler Murray ($8,789,661) [120.5]
  7. Tom Brady ($25,000,000) [112.7]
  8. Matt Ryan ($30,000,000) [104.7]
  9. Lamar Jackson ($2,367,912) [102.0]
  10. Gardner Minshew ($677,721) [97.8]

For brevity’s sake, I’m not going to talk about every player on each list, but I will touch on the highlights. 

Let’s start at the top with “Mr. Unlimited”, Russell Wilson.  If you read my “Don’t Tilt” article following Week 1, you’ll remember I described Russ’ day as perfect.  Well, after Week 4, not much has changed.  Wilson has 1,285 passing yards with 16 touchdowns.  That puts him on pace for 5,140 and 64.  Obviously, it is unrealistic to expect him to end the season with that stat line, but it’s impressive through four games, nonetheless.  Don’t be surprised if Mr. Wilson finishes the season as the QB1.  So far it looks like the 35 million/year contract is well worth the cap hit.

Dak “The King of Garbage Time” Prescott is off to a ridiculous pace as well.  He has thrown for 450+ yards in three of his first four games.  Yes, you read that right.  His game this last weekend he threw for 502 yards and added four touchdowns.  As long as the Cowboys terrible defensive performances continue, Dak will be involved in shootouts.  While he is obviously not as efficient as Wilson, his volume makes up for it.

At first glance, you may be disappointed where Pat Mahomes falls on this list, but it’s not disappointing at all.  Mahomes worst (fantasy) game this year was Week 4 where he put up 26.6 points.  The game script was not great for Pat and the Chief’s passing game as he only needed to attempt 29 passes.  Do I think Mahomes will have worse games than his Week 4 performance?  Probably, but not many and not by much.  I see Mahomes’ floor as right around 22-25 points a game.  That’s what you paid the high draft price for.  A high floor with an astronomically high ceiling.  Not bad for a player that only costs 4.1 mil…this year.

The final QB I’ll comment on is Lamar Jackson as I’d imagine some people are disappointed in his current spot at #9.  I’m disappointed a little as well, but it was a tough proposition to expect Lamar to be the runaway (pun intended) QB1 again this year.  I don’t see him being QB1, but I do expect him to be in the Top 5 at the end of the year.  Lamar is on pace for roughly the same number of passing yards as 2019 but is projecting 8 less passing touchdowns and 250 less rushing yards.  Honestly, it’s not a big deal to me.  We knew coming into this season that his touchdown percentage and efficiency would almost certainly regress.  Also, it’s to be expected that John Harbaugh doesn’t want one of the most valuable quarterbacks in the league rushing 175 times.  Even with the projected regression, he should still finish QB5 or higher. 

Additional note:  The Top 10 is split right down the middle with five cheap QBs and five expensive QBs.  There isn’t much analysis for that statistic, but it’s interesting to note how contracts of all prices can be valuable in Dynasty Owner.  Now onto the running backs…

Running Backs: Name (Yearly Salary) [DO Fantasy Points]
  1. Alvin Kamara ($964,443) [128.0]
  2. Aaron Jones ($650,484) [102.9]
  3. Dalvin Cook ($1,588,334) [96.4]
  4. Ezekiel Elliott ($15,000,000) [85.2]
  5. Chris Carson ($616,282) [79.0]
  6. James Robinson ($763,333) [78.6]
  7. Joe Mixon ($1,362,544) [70.3]
  8. Kareem Hunt ($3,259,000) [68.7]
  9. Jerick Mckinnon ($1,160,000) [68.7]
  10.  Josh Jacobs ($2,983,350) [68.0]

Ezekiel Elliott is the only running back to crack the Top 10 whose salary is over 3.3 million/year.  Quite a strange occurrence, in my opinion.  We all know that it is mainly due to early season injuries to Christian McCaffrey ($4,310,326), Saquon Barkley ($7,798,688) and Austin Ekeler ($6,125,000).  I would have projected all three of these players to be comfortably in the Top 10 if they were fully healthy.  Also, the fact that the Titans had a “bye”, allowed Derrick Henry (10,278,000) to fall to #17.  Had he received 12 fantasy points against the Steelers, he would be on this list.  Regardless, Elliott is by far the most expensive player in this elite group and boy is he having a solid start.  He’s averaging 21.3 fantasy points per game with four total touchdowns.  When you drafted Elliott, you paid up (both in draft capital [9.7 ADP] and cap space [15 million/year]), but his consistency has made these expenses worthwhile.

Joe Mixon’s path to the Top Ten is the definition of inconsistent.  62.7% of Mixon’s fantasy points came in Week 4. Yikes…  I mean if you started him last week then you are more than happy, and you may have had no other options with all the injuries, but I don’t blame anyone for placing Mixon on their bench. The truth is this…while 62.7% of Mixon’s fantasy production came in one week, 34.4% of his touches came in Week 4.  While that is still up from the 25% you would expect, it’s not like his issue is low volume.  Mixon has received at least 19 touches in every game this year.  So yes, this was a blow-up game, and I expect this will be the best game of his season, but he will produce.  He is getting volume on a team that is getting better.  Hold him and continue to start him, at least this year while he’s cheap.

Kareem Hunt is RB8 on the season prior to being the best back in the backfield.  Well, he is now (by far) the best back in the backfield for at least three weeks and most likely longer.  Here are some stats that compare Hunt and Chubb through the first three weeks:

  • Touches: Hunt – 47, Chubb – 54
  • Receptions: Hunt 8, Chubb – 3
  • Fantasy Points: Hunt – 49.6, Chubb – 58.9

The point is that they were both very close (production wise) through the first three weeks.  Hunt will now take over as the primary back, both rushing and receiving.  I do expect D’Ernest Johnson and Dontrell Hilliard to receive carries, but Hunt will receive the majority of the carries and the high value carries.  Hunt will continue to give elite numbers behind an offensive line that produces over 200 rushing yards/game.

Additional note: (Based on ADP) Of the 10 players…

  • Two were drafted in the first round
  • Four were drafted in the second round
  • One was drafted in the fifth round
  • One was drafted in the sixth round   
  • One was drafted in the fifteenth round
  • One was drafted in the twentieth round
Wide Receivers: Name (Yearly Salary) [DO Fantasy Points]
  1. Amari Cooper ($20,000,000) [85.1]
  2. DeAndre Hopkins ($16,200,000) [84.7]
  3. Calvin Ridley ($2,725,178) [80.5]
  4. Tyler Lockett ($10,250,000) [79.8]
  5. Stefon Diggs ($14,400,000) [78.3]
  6. Adam Thielen ($16,050,000) [75.6]
  7. DK Metcalf ($1,146,513) [74.3]
  8. Tyreek Hill ($18,000,000) [74.0]
  9. Terry McLaurin ($961,918) [71.0]
  10. Odell Beckham Jr. ($18,000,000) [70.9]

It’s interesting to note that four of the first five wide receivers drafted, are not currently in the Top 10.  Michael Thomas, Chris Godwin and Davante Adams all missed multiple weeks with injuries so no blame can be passed there.

Amari Cooper is the most targeted player in the NFL through four weeks.  He is the most targeted player on a team that has at least five high quality weapons.  He is two yards behind the league leader in receiving yards.  I believe there will be games that Cooper “disappears” in, as he’s done his whole career.  However, at least through the first quarter of the season, it seems there is plenty of volume to go around on the Cowboy’s offense.  Even with the large price tag he carries, he is returning value.

Calvin Ridley is the #3 wide receiver on the year despite putting up a goose egg last week.  That is a testament to how dominant he was through the first three weeks.  I threw Ridley into this article mainly because I wanted to discuss his five opportunities on Monday.  Ridley had 5 recorded targets.  His first was a deep shot down the right sideline that was juggled.  Ridley fell but had he stayed on his feet and juggled the ball back towards him, he would have had a runaway 70-yard touchdown.  His second shouldn’t even qualify as a target.  Ridley slipped and the ball was thrown five feet out of bounds.  His third was a very high value target.  Matt Ryan threw deep middle to Ridley and the ball was overthrown by an arm’s length.  A reception would have gone for at least 40 yards.  His fourth was a throw away by Ryan.  His fifth would have been a 26-yard touchdown had Ryan thrown the ball perfectly, but Ridley had to wait for it and the play was ultimately broken up.  I know we can play “what ifs” all day, but if any of those three “true” targets had been caught, Ridley would currently be WR1.  Regardless, I don’t think anyone is going to be fading him because of the last game.  I am unconcerned.

Tyler Lockett ($10,250,000) and DK Metcalf ($1,146,513) both slide into the Top 10.  It may appear odd that two players from the same team are WR4 and WR7, but what’s even more surprising to me is the fact that they are tenth (Lockett) and twentieth (Metcalf) in targets for wide receivers.  Once again this shows the efficiency of Russell Wilson and his receivers.  If Russell cools down (which I assume will happen), I expect both Lockett and Metcalf to fall in the rankings.  While I project good seasons for both these receivers, I don’t see them both finishing inside the Top 10 given their “lowish” volume.  It may be late advice, but I’d obviously take Metcalf over Lockett the rest of the season, given the more than 9-million-dollar difference between them.

I quickly want to mention OBJ for the same reason.  Odell has 16 receptions on the season which ranks 36th among all wide receivers.  Despite this fact, he is the 10th ranked wide receiver.  The main reason is that he rushed twice for 73 yards on Sunday including a sensational 50-yard rushing touchdown.  My point is that OBJ has received little volume but has been efficient.  I predict more “boom or bust” type games throughout his season if his opportunities don’t increase. 

Additional note: As expected the majority of the wide receivers in the Top 10 are on large contracts.  Seven out of ten to be exact.  Also, the player with the lowest ADP inside the Top 10 is Stefon Diggs (102.5).

Tight Ends: Name (Yearly Salary) [DO Fantasy Points]
  1. Travis Kelce ($9,368,400) [65.7]
  2. Robert Tonyan ($750,000) [60.3]
  3. Darren Waller ($7,450,000) [56.5]
  4. Noah Fant ($3,147,680) [54.9]
  5. Mark Andrews ($863,290) [51.6]
  6. George Kittle ($674,572) [49.4]
  7. Jonnu Smith ($776,572) [49.1]
  8. Dalton Schultz ($728,090) [48.9]
  9. Tyler Higbee ($7,250,000) [48.5]
  10. T.J. Hockenson ($4,955,306) [47.0]

As everyone knows, tight end is the scarcest position in fantasy football.  With the bench scoring in Dynasty Owner, the position becomes even more scarce.  If you didn’t draft well when it came to this position, you didn’t have many options through the Free Agent Auction.  In fact, there are only three tight ends inside the Top 20 that are cheap (less than 2 million per year) and that were undrafted according to ADP.  Those players are Robert Tonyan (95% owned), Dalton Schultz (99% owned) and Mo Alie-Cox (96% owned).  All three of these players were picked up early in their breakouts due to the overall lack of consistency at the position.

When we talk about opportunity, there is no tight end in the league that has seen more than Darren Waller.  Waller leads the position in targets (40) and receptions (29).  He has also only caught a single touchdown despite seeing seven red zone targets and converting five of those into receptions.  I expect Waller to continue to see the high value targets, and if he does, his touchdown total will rise.  At $7,450,000/year, Waller is certainly expensive for a tight end, but he is returning value early in the season.

Dalton Schultz is the beneficiary of Blake Jarwin missing the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.  Dalton stepped in immediately and has shown a clear path to being Dallas’ number one tight end.  He has received five targets in the red zone since taking over, and he converted one into a touchdown.  Dalton’s second touchdown of the season came on a 26 yard reception, where he bullied his way into the endzone when it looked like he was going to come up a couple yards short.  If you moved on Schultz early, you will have (at a minimum) a solid bench TE for the rest of the season.  There still may be time to trade for him if you are struggling to roster a reliable second or third tight end.  With a yearly salary of less than $800,000, virtually any team can afford him.

Additional note:  The first three drafted tight ends are all comfortably within the Top 10.

Kickers: Name (Yearly Salary) [DO Fantasy Points]
  1. Randy Bullock ($2,102,500) [43.0]
  2. Mason Crosby ($4,300,000) [42.0]
  3. Justin Tucker ($5,000,000) [38.0]
  4. Stephen Gostkowski ($2,750,000) [38.0]
  5. Jason Sanders ($637,800) [37.0]

I don’t want to spend much time on kickers, and I’m not going to talk about anyone individually, but I want to highlight a general strategy that I’m sure most of you know by now.  If you’ve played fantasy football or dynasty football for a while, you understand that kickers are the most volatile players when it comes to predicting points.  In addition to it being the most difficult position to predict, the variance between “top tier” kickers and “low tier” kickers is not a lot when it comes to final point totals.  Let me give you an example…

If you had missed out on drafting Will Lutz, Justin Tucker, or Harrison Butker last season, the most points you could have received from a single kicker was 114 (Matt Gay).  In contrast, if you owned the twentieth best kicker last year (Jake Elliot) you would have received 85 points.  So, aside from the top kickers (all of which are over 4 million dollars/year) you weren’t receiving a great amount of fantasy point difference between the fourth spot and the twentieth spot.  This is traditionally the reason that kickers are drafted at the very end of drafts.  Well, Dynasty Owner complicates matters a little more when you are able to place a kicker on your bench and receive 20% of his point total.  Here is my philosophy when it comes to bench kickers.  Make sure you have a starting kicker in that spot, but other than that, I honestly don’t care who it is.  As I talked about, it is nearly impossible to predict when a kicker will have a reliable game.  Now add onto it the fact that kicker will only be getting 20%.  I’m not concerned about placing a low-level kicker on my bench, especially if his contract is cheap.  Another good option is to play the kicker carousel game.  Follow kicking transactions and team news to see if you can pick up a kicker that may work his way to the starting job due to injury or lack of production from his predecessor.

Additional note: I wanted to add this because I found it hilarious.  In my Week 1 matchup, I had Austin Seibert in my kicker bench position.  Well, he ended the day with -3 fantasy points, but because he was on my bench that total was cut to -0.6 fantasy points.  A rare moment when the reduction in bench scoring actually helps someone’s team.

I thank you all for reading and sticking with me. Take care and continue to be safe. 

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Week 4 Recap: Over Early, Under Later

Author: Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

The betting formula for Week 4 of the NFL season was pretty simple – bet the Over in the early games (including Thursday night) and the Under in the late Sunday and Monday night games. Seven of these nine early games had more points than projected and the two that had under fell under one point short in both instances. Five out of the six late Sunday and Monday games were under with the Bills-Raiders game tying the over-under mark of 53 and the 49ers-Eagles game having 45 points scored and just being under by a point. So, if you went Over Early and Under Later, you would have won 12 out of 15 games. Not a bad week if you’re the gambling type.

What does this have to do with Dynasty Owner? Well, simple. Starting your players in the early games was far more likely to yield the scoring you needed to win your matchup this week than having a bunch of guys playing in the late Sunday and Monday games. Dak Prescott, the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady, Joe Mixon, Odell Beckham Jr., and Amari Cooper all had big games early in the day and likely led their Dynasty Owner teams to victory. All was not lost if you started guys who played later as one of the late Sunday game performances was even our Value Player of the Week and Aaron Rodgers lit up the Falcons defense on Monday night. However, on average, Dynasty Owners were better off having their Starting lineup populated with early game players.

This is our fourth regular season Dynasty Owner weekly recap article for 2020. Unlike last week, it was early Sunday (before dinner) when writing started, but the article still had to wait until after Monday Night Football was over to be finished up. Just like every week, this article will name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, highlight a player at every position who should have been one of your Starters and one who should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad. We’ll also look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – one team had more early players and got a big advantage – and take our weekly look at the Chase for the Ring standings.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth 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 ownership statistics were current as of October 5th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our fourth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2020 is: Dak Prescott

Four weeks and four different QBs as Player of the Week. This week, it’s Dak Prescott who was the runner-up to Josh Allen in Week 2, but scored 50.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week to edge out the G.O.A.T Tom Brady (46.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Joe Mixon (44.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) for the honor. Dak had 50.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (502 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, 12 rushing yards, 1 2-pt conversion, 1 INT, 1 fumble lost). He received the 4 point bonus for throwing for over 400 yards, but there’s no extra points for going over 500 passing yards. He lost 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points because of the INT and lost fumble and if he had been turnover free, he would have scored 56.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and set the record for points so far in the 2020 season.  Despite all of those TDs and fantasy points, the Cowboys trailed most of the game and Dak was never able to lead them to a clutch score and get those three extra points.

  • Week 4 Points: 50.3
  • 2020 Salary: $30,144,000
  • Cost per Point: $599,284

Congratulations to Dak on your third Dynasty Owner weekly honor! It’ll look good on his mantle with the Player of the Week honor from Week 1 of last year and Value Player of the Week honor from Week 11 of last year when his salary was only $680,848.

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 fourth Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for 2020 is: George Kittle

You might be asking how can George Kittle win this award? Well, the five-year, $75 million contract extension he signed back in August doesn’t take effect until the 2021 Dynasty Owner season, so he’s still on the books at a salary of just $674,572 for this year. Kittle wins based on his amazing 40.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (15 receptions, 183 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 8 rushing yards). This was easily the best TE performance of the year and earned Kittle the honor over Joe Mixon who had more points (44.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), but at just over twice the salary ($1.36 million).

  • Week 4 Points: 40.1
  • 2020 Salary: $674,572
  • Cost per Point: $16,822

In a bit of a surprise, this is the first-ever Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor for Kittle and the first by a TE. Congratulations!

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been in one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 4. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Dak Prescott or George Kittle because both of them should always be in your Starting lineup – especially after being Players of the Week. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 4 when they should have been.

QB: Teddy Bridgewater (CAR) – 32.0 points

In his first three games as a Carolina Panther, Teddy Bridgewater averaged only 17.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, so it wasn’t too likely that his Dynasty Owners would be starting him in Week 4. Even though he has a salary cap friendly 3-year, $63 million contract ($21 million per year for Dynasty Owner purposes) for a veteran QB, he is less than universally owned (87% ownership). This week against the Arizona Cardinals, Bridgewater had 32.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (276 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 32 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT). This performance made him the #5 QB of the week so he should have been in your Starting lineup.

RB: Jamaal Williams (GB) – 18.5 points

With Davante Adams and Allen Lazard out for Green Bay, somebody was going to have to step up for the Packers passing offense this week. If you didn’t watch the game and only saw the highlights, you might not realize that Jamaal Williams was one of those players who stepped up (the other guy will appear soon). Williams had a career high 8 receptions and another career high 95 receiving yards in the Packers 30-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. He added in 10 rushing yards for a total of 18.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That’s almost as many as he had combined in the first three weeks (19.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). With all of the injuries at RB this season and Derrick Henry and James Conner on bye, maybe some Dynasty Owners with Williams on their roster had to put him in their Starting lineup. Congrats to you if you did since that’s where he belonged this week.

WR: Tim Patrick (DEN) – 23.3 points

It’s understandable that Dynasty Owners would be unwilling to put Tim Patrick in their Starting lineups in Week 4. After all, his QB was an undrafted rookie free agent (Brett Rypien) and his team (Denver Broncos) had to fly to New York to play on a Thursday night with little rest between games and little time for the new QB to prepare for his first NFL start. On the other hand, Courtland Sutton is out for the 2020 season, making Patrick a starter and the Broncos were playing against the Jets. Patrick ending up scoring 23.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 113 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) and is now the #27 ranked WR in Dynasty Owner. He’s widely available (only 25% ownership), so not many Dynasty Owners were likely to have him in their Starting lineup this week. He’s also cheap ($750,000 in salary for 2020), so he could be on your Dynasty Owner roster next week.

Honorable mention to David Moore of the Seattle Seahawks. Moore is only owned in 21% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but does carry a fairly hefty $2.133 million salary cap hit. However, he did just score 18.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 95 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) and had 14.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points back in Week 2. If you have a roster spot and salary cap room, Moore is more likely than Patrick to keep up his production for the rest of the season even though he’s not a starter. That’s because he has Russell Wilson throwing him the ball.

TE: Robert Tonyan (GB) – 33.8 points

Robert Tonyan had 33.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and wasn’t even the highest scoring TE of the week. However, he was easily the second highest scoring with 6 receptions, 98 receiving yards and 3 receiving TDs to earn his 33.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Prior to Week 4, he was the #24 TE in Dynasty Owner with 26.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. However, he had scored a receiving TD in each of the past two games, so he should have been owned in more than 74% of Dynasty Owner leagues. That’ll probably go up since he’s now the #2 TE in Dynasty Owner, behind only Travis Kelce, and his salary is only $750,000. If you were ahead of the curve on Tonyan and picked him up after your draft (his ADP is listed as N/A so nobody apparently drafted him), then hopefully you saw the depleted Green Bay receiving corps for this matchup against the dreadful Falcons defense and put Tonyan in your Starting lineup.

K: Randy Bullock (CIN) – 15.0 points

Randy Bullock had 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (FGs of 30 yards, 35 yards, 40 yards and 46 yards plus 3 PATs) in the Bengals first win of the 2020 NFL season. It’s not Bullock’s fault that the Bengals were winless as he had made 8 out of 9 FG attempts and all six of his PATs through the first three games. In fact, Bullock had two consecutive weeks with 10.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points before his Week 4 performance. He totaled 43.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on the season and was rated as the #1 kicker in Dynasty Owner. He’s owned in 76% of Dynasty Owner leagues. If you need a kicker and have a little over $2.1 million in salary cap room, Bullock could be on your roster in the ones that he’s available in the Free Agent Auction. If you already had him, hopefully he was in your Starting lineup this week.

Honorable mentions to two AFC East kickers on bad teams who had really nice kicking games in Week 4. Jason Sanders of the Miami Dolphins had 16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 FGs of 39 yards or less and 3 FGs of 40-49 yards) without attempting an extra point. Sam Ficken of the New York Jets was a perfect six for six on kicking attempts (4 FGs of 39 yards or less plus a 54 yarder and one PAT) for a total of 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been one of your Starters but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Starters, but were better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in Week 4.

QB: Daniel Jones (NYG) – 10.0 points

Hopefully no Dynasty Owner actually stayed with Jones as their Starter this week after two consecutive weeks with less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8.2 points in Week 2 vs. Chicago and 7.9 points in Week 3 vs. San Francisco). On the other hand, many Dynasty Owners spent a draft pick in one of the first four or five rounds (ADP 44.2) on Jones, so they might not have given up just yet. Nobody has gotten rid of him as he’s still owned in all Dynasty Owner leagues, but maybe that’ll change after his Week 4 performance. He was better than the two previous weeks, but not by much with just 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (190 passing yards, 45 rushing yards, 1 INT, 1 fumble). The only starting QBs worse in Week 4 were two guys who were benched (Nick Mullens and Brian Hoyer). Dynasty Owners may have spent an insanely high price for Jones in their draft, but it’s time to put him on the Bench or Practice Squad.

RB: Kenyan Drake (ARI) – 3.5 points

Kenyan Drake did get injured in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals 31-21 loss to the Panthers, but he “earned” his spot on this list through his play in the first three quarters. He only racked up 3.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (35 rushing yards) to continue a decline in fantasy points from 14.5 in Week 1 to 11.5 in Week 2 to 8.9 in Week 3. Sadly, there may be a Dynasty Owner out there who paired his selection of Drake in the second or third round (ADP 30.4) with Daniel Jones in the fourth or fifth round. That’s even worse than having taken Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley or Michael Thomas because at least you don’t have to decide whether or not to start those three every week after drafting them so high. Drake shouldn’t have been in your Starting lineup in Week 4, but plays the Jets in Week 5 so his Dynasty Owners are left with another “do I or don’t I start him” decision this coming week.

WR: Calvin Ridley (ATL) – 0.0 points

If you had Calvin Ridley on your Bench or Practice Squad in Dynasty Owner this week, then let me be the first to congratulate you. If this were the 1990s, I would have suggested you make a cheap infomercial and go head to head with the Psychic Friends Network because nobody saw Ridley’s Week 4 coming after he was declared Active for Monday Night Football. Ridley was riding into the game on Monday night as the top WR in Dynasty Owner with 80.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. And he goes out and gives all of his Dynasty Owners the dreaded Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He should have been on your Practice Squad this week. There nothing more to say than that.

TE: Mike Gesicki (MIA) – 2.5 points

The Seattle pass defense had been pretty dreadful in the first three weeks of the season, giving up 1,319 passing yards and 6 TDs, or an average of almost 440 yards and 2 TDs per game. Most of that production had come from WRs, but that’s still pretty bad and could lead a Dynasty Owner to put Gesicki in their Starting lineup for just that reason. Gesicki had been pretty good so far this season and was ranked as a Top 12 TE with 41.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which was another good reason to put him in your Starting lineup. Looking closer shows that most of his production came in a 27.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 2 so he hasn’t been producing on a weekly basis. This week was one in which Gesicki should have been on your Bench or better yet, Practice Squad.

K: Greg Zuerlein (DAL) – 2.0 points The Cowboys scored 38 points in their Week 4 loss to the Cleveland Browns, but Dallas kicker Greg Zuerlein only had 2 PAT attempts in the entire game because the Cowboys were losing by 27 points in the fourth quarter and ended up going for 2-pt conversions after their last three TDs. Zuerlein made both of his PATs, so it’s not his fault that he only scored 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Dynasty Owners with Zuerlein on their roster saw the possibility of lots of points in the Cleveland-Dallas game and had invested a high pick in Zuerlein (ADP 178.0) so they were likely putting him in their Starting lineup. They shouldn’t have done that as he was better left on the Bench or Practice Squad (if you have 3 kickers) this week.

Dynasty Owner Matchups of the Week Recap

Just as predicted, it was a close one that went Reverse Kanga FC’s way as they picked up their first Dynasty Owner victory with a 140.3-134.5 win over Judge Jeudy. Congratulations to Reverse Kanga FC owner Wilson Davis on the victory!

Know what happened in this matchup? Reverse Kanga FC opened up an early lead by scoring 100.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the early Sunday games from just five players (Kyler Murray, Kenny Golladay, D.J. Chark, Dalton Schultz and Justin Tucker) to open up a 100.4-51.3 lead. Judge Jeudy relied on four players in the late Sunday afternoon games, including three players from the Buffalo Bills (Josh Allen, Devin Singletary and John Brown) to close the gap, but a paltry 9.7 point game from Robert Woods didn’t help. Reverse Kanga FC’s Starters put them up by 5.3 points and his Bench added the rest for the margin of victory.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

The Human Fund is back in first place in the Chase for the Ring as they flipped the standings with All Might who fell back to second place and apparently lost their weekly matchup as their record is 3-1 on the season. Wow!

Besides Keats McGee changing their name to Sweet Keats, there wasn’t a lot of movement in the Top 10 of the Chase for the Ring. Entchev is Homeless drops from #10 last week to completely out of the Top 25 this week, while three new teams (Rimmerworld Smegheads at #6, Kaptastrophe at #7 and Russell Wilson’s War at #9) move in and two other teams from last week’s Top 10 drop out (ShowMeThemCeeDee’s goes from #7 to #11 and HOUND457 goes from #9 to #12).

Conclusions

Hopefully you had more players in the early games than the late ones and were a winner in your Dynasty Owner game this week. It’s too early to tell if the same pattern will hold for Week 5, but check out the recap article next Tuesday to find out.

Please read the preview article which comes out on Friday throughout the Dynasty Owner season to see how my Week 4 recommendations did and who should be a Starter and who should be on your Bench in Week 5. Besides the weekly recap and preview articles, we will also have at least one article every week from one of our other Dynasty Owner writers: Chris Wolf (@ckwolf21), Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) or Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl).

Hopefully, you didn’t miss the weekly Tuesday Live YouTube podcast with the creator of Dynasty Owner and Dynasty Owner O.G. Paul Gabrail, Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer and Seth Kerechanin, the voice of Dynasty Owner. If so, then head over to YouTube or one of the many other places (iTunes, Spotify, Spreaker) that you can watch or listen to it.

The podcast series with myself and Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer will continue with weekly videos that will be posted on the Dynasty Owner YouTube page as well. You can catch up with older videos and tutorials there as well. Tune in to learn more about Dynasty Owner, see how our predictions did and help you set your weekly lineup. Subscribe to the YouTube channel and make sure to “Like” all of the videos to help promote them. Dynasty Owner remains at over 500 subscribers on YouTube and gaining more every week. All of this great content is available to help you win your Dynasty Owner league and make your way into the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring standings.

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Week 3 Recap: Clutch

Author: Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

There were 13 NFL games on Sunday and in four of them, the winning team scored with under two minutes left in the game to win and stay undefeated. Buffalo, Chicago, Seattle and Tennessee all won this way. There were also two other games with game winning or game tying FGs at the end of the fourth quarter, giving the Lions their first victory of the season and helping the Eagles tie their game with the Bengals. This is exciting for the NFL and fantasy football players. These scores are even more exciting and important for Dynasty Owners because of one of the many Dynasty Owner innovations – the clutch scoring bonus. That’s right, if a player scores a TD or kicks a FG in the last final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime that results in a lead change, then the player gets a 3 point bonus. It’s mentioned on Page 7 of the Dynasty Owner Constitution and in the explanation of scoring in all of my articles that everyone probably skips reading.

Nine players got the clutch scoring bonus points this week – 4 QBs, 2 WRs, 1 TE and 2 kickers. Two of those players (Anthony Miller and Stephen Gostkowski) have multiple clutch scoring weeks with Gostkowski earning the bonus every week so far this season. Last week, Harrison Butker of the Chiefs had two clutch scoring bonuses for a total of 6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. They aren’t as common as they were this week, but clutch scoring is something different that can help determine the winner and loser of a Dynasty Owner matchup. Just ask Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL) of the Fantasy Pros (https://www.fantasypros.com/) who won his matchup in our Experts league 153.7-151.3 over Jerry Donabedian (@JerryDonabedian) of Rotowire (https://www.rotowire.com/), a game in which Kyle’s team got a clutch scoring bonus from Josh Allen.

This is our third regular season Dynasty Owner weekly recap article for 2020. No clutch fantasy football article writing points, but plenty of this article was written late on Monday evening after the conclusion of Monday Night Football so many of these words would have qualified if that existed. Regardless of when it was written, this article will name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, highlight a player at every position who should have been one of your Starters and one who should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad. We’ll also look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, see if either team had some clutch scoring points, and take our weekly look at the Chase for the Ring standings.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth 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 ownership statistics were current as of September 28th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our third Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2020 is: Russell Wilson

For the third week in a row, a different QB is the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week. Russell Wilson wins it this week after being close to winning the past two weeks. This week, he had 54.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (315 passing yards, 5 passing TDs, 22 rushing yards, 1 2-pt conversion) which included a bonus point for over 300 passing yards and the 3 point clutch scoring bonus for the 29-yard TD pass to D.K. Metcalf with 1:47 left in the Seahawks 38-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Wilson has scored the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points (142.3) over the first three weeks and had the highest single scoring week of the season in Week 3. Not quite as good as back in Week 9 of last season when he had 57.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but it was the best this week, just edging out Patrick Mahomes and his 52.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (385 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, 26 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD) on Monday Night Football. However, Russell had those clutch scoring bonus points that put him ahead of Mahomes to help him win the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor.

  • Week 3 Points: 54.0
  • 2020 Salary: $35,000,000
  • Cost per Point: $648,148

Congratulations to Russell on winning the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor for the first time this season and the second time overall!

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 2020 is: Alvin Kamara

In terms of value, running back is the position to find it in Dynasty Owner. For the third consecutive week, the Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is a running back. This time, it’s Alvin Kamara and his $964,443 salary for 2020 who had a 44.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (58 rushing yards, 13 receptions, 139 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs) in Week 3. Rookie RB James Robinson of the Jacksonville Jaguars almost won this award with his 30.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (46 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 6 receptions, 83 receiving yards) for just $763,333 in salary, for a cost per point of $24,703. Kamara had more points but also costs more in salary, just over $200,000, so Kamara’s cost per point was slightly lower than Robinson at $21,576 per point. He was the third RB taken on average (ADP 7.7) but so far is the clear #1 RB in Dynasty Owner after three weeks with a total of 106.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

  • Week 3 Points: 44.7
  • 2020 Salary: $964,443
  • Cost per Point: $21,576

Congratulations Alvin on winning the Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor for first time!

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been in one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 3. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Russell Wilson or Alvin Kamara because both of them should always be in your Starting lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 3 when they should have been.

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick (MIA) – 30.8 points

He’s widely owned in Dynasty Owner (97% of leagues), but I can’t imagine a lot of Dynasty Owners riding with Fitzmagic as their week in and week out Starter at QB. His high ownership is likely the result of being one of the cheaper QBs around at only $5.5 million in salary for 2020. His first two games were dramatically different (3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 versus New England, followed by 32.6 points versus Buffalo), which combined ranked him outside the Top 20 at QB. He’s now had two good performances in a row after scoring 30.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (160 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 38 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 reception) against Jacksonville on Thursday night. He was the #9 QB in Week 3, so he should have been a Starter for most of his Dynasty Owners.

RB: Rex Burkhead (NE) – 34.8 points

Last week, I said that “it’s nearly impossible to trust a New England RB for fantasy purposes because you never know what Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels are going to do on a game-by-game basis.” This week was no different but for the opposite reason as last week as Dynasty Owners could have safely started two New England RBs and been happy. Rex Burkhead wins the honor this week, but Sony Michel was also worthy of having in your Starting lineup this week. Burkhead was impressive and did his best James White impersonation with 34.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (49 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 7 receptions, 49 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). Michel had 18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (117 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 23 receiving yards) as well. Don’t expect this out of Burkhead, who is only owned in 34% of Dynasty Owner leagues, many more times but if you had Burkhead and trusted him enough to put him in your Starting lineup this week, then you reaped the benefits of his great performance.

WR: Justin Jefferson (MIN) – 30.5 points

Despite being drafted in the seventh round on average in Dynasty Owner leagues (ADP 80.7), Dynasty Owners with Justin Jefferson can be forgiven if they left him on the Bench or Practice Squad in Week 3. After all, he had scored just 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first two weeks combined. There wasn’t a lot of reason to suspect that he would erupt for 30.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 175 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) in Week 3 versus Tennessee. The 21-year old rookie first round draft pick from LSU was probably not in a lot of Starting lineups when he should have been.

Honorable mention to Cedrick Wilson of the Dallas Cowboys. The #4 WR in Dallas had 27.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 107 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). He is currently not on any Dynasty Owner rosters, so nobody had him in their Starting lineup in Week 3. Wilson can be had off the Free Agent Auction for a mere $540,000 for each of the next two seasons if you have an open roster spot and a minimal amount of salary cap room. He’s unlikely to outscore Michael Gallup, Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb many times in the future, but why not take the chance, especially if you have Gallup, Cooper or Lamb and one of them gets injured. 

TE: Tyler Kroft (BUF) – 21.4 points

Even though Jimmy Graham outscored Kroft slightly (23.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Graham vs. 21.4 points for Kroft), the nod goes to Kroft because 3 of his points were clutch scoring points. Those came on his second 3-yard TD reception of the afternoon in the Bills come from behind 35-32 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Overall, Kroft had 4 receptions for 24 yards and the two receiving TDs for a total of 21.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Kroft gets the nod over Graham because he is only owned in 1% of Dynasty Owner leagues, compared to 2% for Graham. That’s what happens when you are making $4 million as a backup TE (or $8 million for Graham in each of the next two years). It’ll be interesting to see if many Dynasty Owners pick up Kroft after this performance.

K: Stephen Gostkowski (TEN) – 25.0 points

After missing his first three FG attempts as a member of the Tennessee Titans, Stephen Gostkowski has made his last nine attempts, including six in the Titans Week 3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The last one was a 55-yarder with 1:44 left on the clock to put the Titans up by one point. He’s had three consecutive weeks with a clutch game winning FG of progressive longer lengths (25 yards, 49 yards and 55 yards). In Week 3, he had three FGs of less than 40 yards (30, 31 and 39) plus three FGs of 50+ yards (51, 54 and the game winning 55 yarder). He also made his only PAT attempt after missing one in each of the first two games. Gostkowski is now the #1 kicker in Dynasty Owner with 38.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, including the -1 points he put up in Week 1. He is owned in less than half of Dynasty Owner leagues (48%) and will only cost $2.75 million in salary this season. He’s on a hot streak and if you need a kicker for your Starting lineup, then ride the hot hand and check if he’s available in the Free Agent Auction of your league.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been one of your Starters but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Starters, but were better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in Week 3.

QB: Cam Newton (NE) – 13.8 points

After looking rejuvenated the first two weeks and scoring 27.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 and 40.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2, lots of Dynasty Owners probably pulled the trigger on Starting Newton against the Raiders in Week 3. While Newton didn’t play badly, it’s just that New England didn’t need him to do as much this week as the last two weeks. As a result, he only scored 13.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (162 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 27 rushing yards, 1 INT) and should have been on your Bench or maybe even the Practice Squad if you’re carrying three starting QBs.

Dishonorable mention to Matt Ryan. Another guy who lit it up the first two weeks (35.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 and 39.3 in Week 2), but who didn’t produce in Week 3 with only 14.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (238 passing yards, 1 passing TD, -1 rushing yard, 1 INT). That’s not what Dynasty Owners want from a guy who is costing them $30 million in salary this year. He’s still easily in the Top 10 QBs and can probably be a Starter most weeks, just not this past week.

RB: Leonard Fournette (TB) – 4.2 points

With so many RBs out with injuries, it’s difficult to find healthy productive RBs to put in your Starting lineup, never mind your Bench as well. That’s why a lot of Dynasty Owners with Leonard Fournette got excited about his 29.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort in Week 2 and probably inserted him into their Starting lineup for Week 3. Makes sense to put in a guy you may have drafted early before he got released by Jacksonville or later in drafts after he was released and signed by Tampa Bay. Nice try, but it didn’t work out for Fournette owners this week as he scored just 4.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (15 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 7 receiving yards) and should have been left on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

WR: Julian Edelman (NE) – 4.2 points

What a difference a week makes – part 1. One week after setting a career best in receiving yards with 179 on 8 catches (25.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) against the Seattle Seahawks, Edelman had just 4.2 points (2 receptions, 23 receiving yards, -1 rushing yards).  It wasn’t for lack of trying as he was targeted 6 times by QB Cam Newton, the most of any New England WR. He’s still the #20 ranked WR in Dynasty Owner after this Bench-worthy performance. He should be good to put back into your Starting lineup as a WR or FLEX in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs.

TE: Darren Waller (LV) – 2.9 points

What a difference a week makes – part 2. Waller was the #2 TE in Dynasty Owner after the first two weeks, but went out and scored just 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 9 receiving yards) in Week 3. He was headed for a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) until the final Raiders drive of the game when he caught those two passes. He’s still the #5 TE in Dynasty Owner after three weeks, so don’t go over-reacting and putting him on your Practice Squad just yet. It wasn’t his week against the Patriots, and he should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad, but maybe he’ll rebound against the Bills at home next week.

K: Harrison Butker (KC) – 1.0 points

Kansas City scored 5 TDs on Monday Night Football and Butker made 4 PAT attempts (4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). However, he also missed one PAT (-1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) as well as a 42-yard FG attempt (-2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) near the end of the first half. Just a week after scoring 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points which included 6 clutch scoring points, he put up just 1.0 points this week. Butker has the lowest ADP of all kickers (167.4) so if you drafted him and his $4.055 million annual salary that high, you probably have him in your Starting lineup every week. In hindsight, this was the week to Bench him.

Dynasty Owner Matchups of the Week Recap

The Human Fund had themselves another great week, putting up 195.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to win over the DC Dawgs by an impressive 88 points. The top Humans for the Human Fund this week were our Value Player of the Week Alvin Kamara (44.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), QB Dak Prescott who had 39.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and RB Nick Chubb who had 26.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Those three players had 109.9 points – enough to win the game by themselves. The Human Fund improves to 3-0 on the season, but were 195.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points enough to keep them at the top of the Chase for the Ring leaderboard?

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

It was not!  The Human Fund drops into second place in the Chase for the Ring as they were overtaken by All Might who jumped from second place into first place as behind 205.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3. These two teams are dominating the Chase so far as the only two teams with more than 600 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (613.8 for All Might and 608.0 for The Human Fund) through three weeks of the 2020 season. They are both over 40 points clear of Keats McGee who occupies third place with 567.6 points.

Special shout-out to Entchev is Homeless who had 237.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3 to jump into the Top 10 of the Chase for the Ring with 538.1 points and a 2-1 record. With over a thousand Dynasty Owners playing in leagues, it’s possible that someone had more points than Entchev this week. If that was you, then let everyone know by tweeting it and using the hashtag (#chaseforthering).

Conclusions

Many close games and clutch performances in Week 3 and hopefully there will be more in Week 4. After next week, we will be officially one-quarter of the way through the 2020 Dynasty Owner season (including playoffs that end in Week 16). It’s time to start piling up the victories and the points, including those clutch bonus points, if you want to win your Dynasty Owner league.

Please read the recap every Tuesday and the preview articles which come out on Friday throughout the Dynasty Owner season. We will also have at least one article every week from one of our other Dynasty Owner writers: Chris Wolf (@ckwolf21), Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) or Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl).

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2020 Rookie Check Up

Author: Chris Wolf (@CKWolf21)

As Dynasty players, we are obsessed with potential. We measure it in college performance, breakout age, workout measurables, draft stock and finally – usage. Let’s take a quick look at where some notable rookies have progressed from draft to training camp(ish) to actual gameday usage. Their stats through two weeks are listed below their names.

Joe Burrow – QB – CIN ($9.05M)

  • 509 Pass Yards
  • 3 TDs
  • 1 INT
  • 65 Rush Yards
  • 1 TD

Burrow has been running for his life behind a seemingly annual disappointment of an offensive line. A lesser rookie QB may have fared much worse with what he’s had to work with, but Burrow is an elite competitor. His pocket presence is miles ahead of where most rookies would be, and he has thus far proven that he has the ability to place the ball into tight windows of coverage.

His 97 attempts through two weeks is absolutely insane but their ground game’s ineptitude has led to Burrow putting the games on his back. He and A.J. Green look like they are worlds apart right now in the chemistry department, but he has shown a solid rapport with Tyler Boyd and his tight ends.

Justin Herbert – QB – LAC ($6.64M)

  • 311 Pass Yards
  • 1 TD
  • 1 INT
  • 18 Rush Yards
  • 1 TD

Herbert did not get into the game week 1 but we were able to get a glimpse of his talent this past Sunday. It was one of the strangest Sunday’s in recent memory so why not throw a rookie QB in against the reigning Super Bowl champs on a moment’s notice? The Chargers “leaned” on their impressive run game, but they did not shy away from calling the promising rookie’s number when they needed him.

His 33 pass attempts resulted in 22 completions, 1 passing score and an ill-advised INT that was thrown across his body. It was a solid debut for the big-armed rookie that hasn’t even taken reps with the first team offense.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire – RB – KC ($2.7M)

  • 176 Rush Yards
  • 1 TD
  • 6 Receptions
  • 32 Yards

CEH put on an absolute show on opening night against the Texans rushing 25 times for 138 yards and one TD. He usage shifted towards the receiving game in week two against the Chargers aggressive front. He saw 8 targets in week 2 compared to just 2 in week one. This was a likely mixture of Darrel Williams exiting the game and Mahomes playing mostly hurry-up in the second half. He will see better days on the ground but probably after next week when they clash with the Ravens.

Jonathan Taylor – RB – IND ($1.96M)

  • 123 Rush Yards
  • 1 TD
  • 8 Receptions
  • 76 Receiving Yards

Taylor was immediately put to test when Marlon Mack went down early in week one. He didn’t find much room to run against an underrated Jacksonville front seven, but he was able to secure all 6 of his targets for 67 yards. Week 2’s performance with 28 touches showed that he is the every down back that he was billed to be. He completely dominated the touches over Nyheim Hines (28-1) and he is locked into the RB1 situation for the rest of the season.

James Robinson – RB – JAX ($763K)

  • 164 Rush Yards
  • 1 TD
  • 4 Receptions
  • 46 Receiving Yards

Of course, we knew that at this point, James Robinson would have more rushing yards than Jonathan Taylor. With back to back games of exactly 16 carries each, Robinson has been given the workhorse role in this new look Jaguars offense. With 35 total touches through two weeks, he provides the usage you are looking for on your Dynasty Owner team to be a competent RB2 or Flex. The only true concern is game script going forward since the Jags figure to be playing catch up quite a bit in 2020.

J.K. Dobbins – RB – BAL ($1.4M)

  • 70 Rush Yards
  • 2 TDs
  • 1 Reception
  • 13 Receiving Yards

This one is a bit maddening. It would be scary if the Ravens unleashed Dobbins but this three headed monster that they have as a backfield rotation will truly limit his potential until he’s needed to take over a game. In week 1 he scored twice on seven touches. In week 2 he ran for 48 yards on only two carries and caught his only target for 13 yards. You can only hope that Baltimore is keeping their prized rookie fresh for the long haul but man, the possibilities in this offense.

Jerry Jeudy – WR- DEN ($3.79M)

  • 8 Receptions
  • 15 Targets
  • 118 Yards
  • 0 TDs

Jeudy has recorded 4 receptions in each of his first two games and has seen a team-high 15 targets. The targets should remain the same with Courtland Sutton now being out for the season. With Jeff Driskel stepping in for Drew Lock (shoulder), Jeudy’s usage did not take a hit. He and Noah Fant are destined to be the go-to recipients when the Broncos have to throw the ball. In this run-first offense, expectations should be tempered for Jeudy, but he is now the unquestioned WR1 on his team.

CeeDee Lamb – WR – DAL ($3.5M)

  • 11 Receptions
  • 15 Targets
  • 165 Yards
  • 0 TDs

Lamb looks like a true #1 receiver on a team that already has two #1 receivers. His physicality and body control are just ridiculous for someone at this stage of their professional career. His 9.7 yards after catch in week two demonstrates just how physical the former Oklahoma Sooner really is. He will maintain his role in the slot and his snaps are sure to keep increasing due to the loss of Blake Jarwin from week 1. You can safely play him as a solid flex option in this high-powered offense.

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