Week 16 Recap: Cinderella and the New King

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Here they are! Dynasty Owner has a new King in Viktor, the Owner of Barbee Kilgore and your 2020 Dynasty Owner Chase for the Ring Champion. We also have our Cinderella in the upstart, never say die Champion of the Crossroads League, our podcast host and the Voice of Dynasty Owner Seth Kerechanin, Ph.D. and his team CLE Piggy Pauls.

For weeks, we have been following both of these Dynasty Owners in their quests for immortality. Viktor and his Barbee Kilgore team entered the Chase for the Ring Top 10 in the #2 spot way back in Week 8 and never left. He moved up to first place in Week 9, dropped back to second place for a week, but roared back into first place in Week 11 and never looked back. Congratulations to Viktor on becoming the second Chase for the Ring Champion!

All throughout the playoffs, we have chronicled Seth’s Quest for a Dynasty Owner Title as the plucky underdog who lost his starting QB (Joe Burrow) to injury in Week 11, but then ripped off consecutive regular season victories to make his way into the playoffs. From there, Seth and his CLE Piggy Pauls team kept on being the underdog and kept on winning. Seth was supposed to lose first to Girthquake, but took them out in the first round. After that, it was Dynasty Owner Tim and his Real Timo’s Titans who were favored in the semi-finals by over 50.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points but ended up going down to defeat. Finally, it was Dynasty Owner Don who came in as a 37.0 point favorite. It didn’t matter as Seth won again to claim bragging rights for all eternity as the winner of the Crossroads League title. Congratulations to Seth in fulfilling his quest!

In addition to seeing Seth’s margin of victory and looking at who won in our other Match-up of the Week, we’ll name the final Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and Value Player of the Week of the 2020 season. As usual, we’ll also 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. An updated Top 10 Chase for the Ring standings is also included. We had several familiar teams lose their playoff finals and therefore, they no longer appear in the 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 29th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our final 2020 Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Alvin Kamara

It was a Merry Christmas for Alvin Kamara and everyone who has him on a fantasy football roster. Kamara set a new personal best with 58.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (155 rushing yards, 6 rushing TDs, 3 receptions, 17 receiving yards). His previous best was 44.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points back in Week 3 against Green Bay when he was the Value Player of the Week. Kamara set a new Dynasty Owner record for most points in a game by a RB, but didn’t set the record for most in a single game. That record is still held by Tyreek Hill who scored 63.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points back in Week 12. Kamara vaulted ahead of Dalvin Cook to finish the 2020 Dynasty Owner season as the #1 RB with 379.9 points, or an average of 25.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Overall, he justified his 7.7 ADP by finishing as the top non-QB scorer for the 2020 season.

  • Week 16 Points: 58.2
  • 2020 Salary: $964,443
  • Cost per Point: $16,571

Congratulations Alvin on becoming the first player in 2020 to win both the Player of the Week and Value Player of the Week honors!

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 final 2020 Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Myles Gaskin

Gaskin was a tremendous value for his Dynasty Owners in Week 16 and for the entire season when he was healthy. In his return to action after missing two games, he scored 33.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (87 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 82 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). That’s a lot of points for a player who only costs his Dynasty Owners $651,694 in salary. Gaskin did not enter the 2020 season as the favorite to be the top Miami RB, but he has definitely played that way, scoring 144.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in only 9 games. That’s an average of 16.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. His salary runs through the 2022 season, so provided he doesn’t get a new contract in the off-season, his Dynasty Owners should expect plenty of value from him over the next two seasons.

  • Week 16 Points: 33.9
  • 2020 Salary: $651,694
  • Cost per Point: $19,224

Congratulations Myles 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 one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 16. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Alvin Kamara or Davante Adams because barring injury or bye week, both of them should always be in your Starting lineup, especially in the playoffs. Instead, these are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 16 when they should have been.

QB: Andy Dalton (DAL) – 36.3 points

A lot of people thought that a QB from the Dallas-Philadelphia Week 16 game would be a good player to help your team win your League Championship or the Loser’s Bracket tournament. However, almost all of them thought it would be Jalen Hurts, not Andy Dalton. Hurts filled up the stat sheet, but only had 21.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (342 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 69 rushing yards, 2 INTs, 2 fumbles – 1 lost) compared to 36.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (377 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 15 rushing yards, 1 INT) for Dalton. Dalton had played well since returning from bye and being injured with an average of 22.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game over the past five weeks. However, he hadn’t scored more than 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single week until Week 16. Hopefully if you own Dalton, you put him in your Starting lineup this week and he helped you to victory.

RB: Samaje Perine (CIN) – 32.6 points

Samaje Perine’s claim to fame prior to his Week 16 breakout performance was probably being the older brother of Jets’ rookie RB La’Mical Perine. La’Mical was expected to play more and better than Samaje when the season started, but Samaje’s 32.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (95 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 4 receptions, 41 receiving yards) made him the family point leader for the 2020 season. He had only scored 31.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points up until this week and trailed La’Mical by 16.3 points for family bragging rights. For the Dynasty Owners with Samaje on their roster (all 23% of you), hopefully you were playing for a League Championship and had him in your Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to A.J. Dillon of the Green Bay Packers. Dillon was owned in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues and was drafted as ADP 112.3, but he hadn’t played much at all in the 2020 season. Prior to Week 16, he had only scored a total of only 14.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Given a chance to play in the snow with usual backup RB Jamaal Williams out, Dillon had 27.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (124 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 1 receptions, 5 receiving yards). Dynasty Owners who drafted and held on to Dillon were unlikely to see this breakout coming. As a result, they probably didn’t have Dillon in their Starting lineup when he got the first significant game action of his NFL career.

WR: Michael Gallup (DAL) – 30.1 points

Two weeks ago, Gallup was the selection for someone who Dynasty Owners could start in their first round playoff or Loser’s Bracket tournament game (https://dynastyowner.com/2020/12/week-14-preview-2020/), even though he was well outside of the top producing WRs. He didn’t perform up to expectations that week with only 4.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Hopefully, those of you with Gallup on your Dynasty Owner roster survived that week (or had a bye) so you had the opportunity to put him in your Starting lineup this week. That’s because he ended up the 2020 Dynasty Owner season by having his best week of the year with 30.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 121 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). Helping his Dynasty Owners win their league title (or the 1.13 rookie draft pick) should make it easier to justify drafting Gallup as highly as they likely did (ADP 72.3), but only if they put him in their Starting lineup this week.

TE: Irv Smith (MIN) – 23.3 points

Who was the top TE in Week 16? If you guessed Travis Kelce, normally you’d be correct especially since he had 22.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and 314.8 points for the season. However, the actual correct answer is Irv Smith who had 23.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 53 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs) for Minnesota back on Christmas Day. Thus, Smith capped an impressive Dynasty Owner playoff performance with a total of 46.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the three weeks of the playoffs, only 0.9 points behind the 47.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points that he scored for his Dynasty Owners in the regular season. Smith would have been a solid contributor to your Starting lineup in Week 16.

Honorable mention to Jimmy Graham who was barely in the top 12 TEs for the 2020 Dynasty Owner season, but may have been on more Benches than Starting lineups since he appeared to have been eclipsed by rookie Bears TE Cole Kmet in recent weeks. In the four games since the Bears Week 11 bye, Kmet had outscored Graham (27.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Kmet vs. 23.0 points for Graham). However, this week, Graham put up a vintage Jimmy Graham performance with 22.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 69 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs) to rank ahead of every TE except Irv Smith. Hopefully his Dynasty Owners went with the veteran TE in their Starting lineup if they have him on their roster (36% ownership).

K: Michael Badgley (LAC) – 14.0 points

For the second time in the 2020 season, Badgley bounced back after a poor performance. Back in Week 13, he had -4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and bounced back in Week 14 with 11.0 points. In Week 15, he had only 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point, but bounced back again with 14.0 points in Week 16. He made all five of his kicks to score those 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (FGs of 25, 37, 37 and 43 yards plus 1 PAT). The second 37 yard FG put the Chargers ahead of the Broncos with just 41 seconds left in their game and earned his Dynasty Owners a 3 point clutch bonus. A great bounce back performance from Badgley who hopefully was in the Starting lineup and not on the Bench for his Dynasty Owners.

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 highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored few or no Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, so they should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in the playoff or Loser’s bracket tournament finals.

QB: Ryan Tannehill (TEN) – 16.5 points

There were plenty of QBs who had poor Week 16 performances. In fact, four of them (Baker Mayfield, Teddy Bridgewater, Drew Brees and Jared Goff) had games in which they scored less than a dozen Dynasty Owner fantasy points. However, since none of them were in Top 12 QBs prior to Week 16, they were not likely to be in many Starting lineups (barring a matchup advantage or not having a Top 12 QB). That’s not the case for Ryan Tannehill who was the #8 QB in Dynasty Owner coming into Week 16 and barely outperformed that quartet of low-scoring QBs with just 16.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (121 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 55 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 INTs, 1 fumble). Tannehill would have been better off being on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Kyler Murray who barely had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Tannehill with just 16.8 points (247 passing yards, 75 rushing yards, 1 INT). This was the second worst game of the year for Murray and the second one in which he didn’t have a passing or rushing TD (Week 12 versus New England was the other game). This poor performance couldn’t have come at a worse time for his Dynasty Owners who likely had the #2 ranked QB coming into Week 16 in their Starting lineups. How were they to know that he’d play this poorly and should have been on the Bench?

RB: Josh Jacobs (LV) – 6.9 points

There were some bad performances by some top RBs in Week 16, but none of them were truly awful. Out of those bad performances, the worst was the 6.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (69 rushing yards) by Josh Jacobs of the Las Vegas Raiders. It was the fourth game of the season in which Jacobs failed to reach double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but the most critical one for his Dynasty Owners who all likely had him in their Starting lineups since he was the #9 ranked RB heading into the week.

Dishonorable mention to Le’Veon Bell who was well outside of being one of the top RBs, but may have made his way into some Dynasty Owner Starting lineups because he was scheduled to be the lead RB for Kansas City in Week 16 with rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire out. Instead of a game worthy of his high draft position (ADP 71.6), Dynasty Owners only got 4.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (30 rushing yards, 1 reception, 9 receiving yards). He wasn’t even the top RB on his own team as fellow RB Darrel Williams had 11.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (46 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 27 receiving yards). It’s been that kind of forgettable season for Bell and his Dynasty Owners. Hopefully you didn’t buy into the hype for Week 16 and left Bell on your Bench where he’s been most of the season.

WR: Corey Davis (TEN) – 0.0 points

Despite only playing in 12 games up until Week 16, Corey Davis was the #31 ranked WR in Dynasty Owner. Sure, he had put up a couple of bad performances (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 9 versus Chicago and 3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 14 versus Jacksonville), but he was averaging 15.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and was just three weeks removed from a career best 35.2 point performance. As he had done for most of his career prior to 2020, Davis underperformed in Week 16. He put up a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and received only 2 targets in the snow against Green Bay. Hopefully Dynasty Owners sat Davis on the Bench or better yet, left him on the Practice Squad and didn’t have that performance dragging down their team.

TE: Robert Tonyan (GB) – 2.7 points

Undrafted in Dynasty Owner despite an annual salary of only $750,000, Robert Tonyan had been an extremely pleasant surprise for everyone who picked him up this year. He had a huge game back in Week 4 with 33.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and had kept it up for most of the year. He had a streak of five consecutive games with 10.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points coming into his Week 16 game versus Tennessee. Sadly, for his Dynasty Owners, Aaron Rodgers only had eyes for Davante Adams as Tonyan got a mere 2.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception, 17 receiving yards). That performance was better left on your Bench versus having in your Starting lineup.

K: Younghoe Koo (ATL) – -1.0 points

Koo was the #1 kicker in Dynasty Owner prior to Week 16 with a total of 133.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in 13 games (he missed the Falcons’ Week 4 game versus the Packers). He was averaging 10.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and had 8 games with 10.0 or more points and only two games with under 5.0 points. However, in Week 16, he missed his first FG attempt of 39 yards or less all season and the opportunity to tie the Falcons’ game against the Chiefs with 14 seconds left in the game. The miss left Koo with -1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 PATs plus the missed 39 yard FG attempt). Koo picked a terrible time to put up his worst performance since joining the Falcons last season and let down all of his Dynasty Owners who had come to rely on him as their Starting kicker. For one of the very few times this season, he should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench or Practice Squad.

Preview Article Recommendations

There’s no Week 17 in Dynasty Owner and as a result, there will be no preview article. As a result, we’ll have to recap my Week 16 Starter recommendations here and see how they worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok):

  • QB: Baker Mayfield – 7.8 points (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: Zack Moss – 12.7 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • WR: Emmanuel Sanders – 13.5 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • TE: Austin Hooper – 14.1 points (Good recommendation)

On the positive side, the recommendation of Austin Hooper was the first Good recommendation of the playoffs at any position. On the negative side, recommending that you stack him with QB Baker Mayfield was Bad since Mayfield didn’t have any of his usual starting WRs to throw to this week. In the middle were the Zack Moss and Emmanuel Sanders recommendations. Moss was just inside the top 24 RBs for the week, while Sanders was an acceptable, low end FLEX option. It’s been that type of year for the Starting lineup predictions, so only one Good, two Just Ok and one Bad recommendation qualifies as better than average.

Hopefully the Bench recommendations were better as they have been for most of the 2020 season. Here’s how my Bench recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok).

  • QB: Russell Wilson – 24.1 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • RB: James Conner – 17.5 points (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: Terry McLaurin – Did Not Play
  • TE: Hunter Henry – Did Not Play

This is what happens when you make your selections early in the week in 2020, you get two guys who end up not playing (Terry McLaurin and Hunter Henry). Out of the two players who did suit up, one recommendation was Just Ok, and one was Bad. Russell Wilson was just outside of the Top 12 QBs for the week and a Just Ok recommendation while James Conner had 17.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and finished easily inside of the top 24 RBs, so that recommendation was Bad. This was just my second week with no Good Bench recommendations for the season.

Seth’s Quest for a Dynasty Owner Title Recap –

Dynasty Owner Don vs. CLE Piggy Pauls

Seth’s quest for a Dynasty Owner title ended happily ever after, just like Cinderella’s story did, with a 150-97.7 victory over Dynasty Owner Don.

CLE Piggy Pauls were huge underdogs coming into the Crossroads League finals against Dynasty Owner Don, especially since his Starting QB (Taysom Hill) wasn’t starting at QB for his NFL team and his backup was Daniel Jones, who hadn’t played in Week 15. In the end, it wasn’t even close as Stefon Diggs (41.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and the RB tandem of J.D. McKissic (23.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and David Montgomery (20.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) helped Seth to the title.

For Dynasty Owner Don, he got caught with Corey Davis and Salvon Ahmed (1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in his Starting lineup. His top scorer was QB Justin Herbert, but he only had 20.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and that wasn’t enough to stop Seth.

Congratulations to Seth on winning his League Championship!

Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week Recap –

The Swamp Donkeys vs. Russell Wilson’s War

In our only Championship match-up of two Top 25 Chase for the Ring teams, the Swamp Donkeys got revenge on Russell Wilson’s War for their close Week 12 loss and claimed the #11 spot in the final Chase standings with a 170.2 to 144.2 victory.

The Aaron Rodgers-Davante Adams stack produced big for The Swamp Donkeys with a combined 76.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Russell Wilson’s War had three players on Sunday Night Football as well, but none of those performed up to their usual standards (Aaron Jones 12.8 points; Derrick Henry 9.8 points; A.J. Brown 8.3 points).

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard – Final Standings

With Russell Wilson’s War and all of the losers from the playoff finals removed, let’s take a look at the final Top 10 in the Chase for the Ring.

Barbee Kilgore is your Ring winner by a pretty convincing 65.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point margin over Quaranteed for Greatness. Those two teams had been at the top of the Standings since Week 9 with Barbee Kilgore on top since Week 11.

Both of them held their positions by winning their League Championship games, but not everyone in the Top 10 after Week 15 won their Championship. In the end, we lost four of those teams as just wanna win, All Might, Semper Fedelis and Russell Wilson’s War all lost their League Championship and fell out of the Chase standings completely.

Conclusions

Congratulations once again to Viktor and Barbee Kilgore on joining Eddie and New York’s Strongest as the only Ring winners in Dynasty Owner history!

Hopefully you won your League Championship and the Dynasty Dollars that go with that victory. Maybe you didn’t make the playoffs, but won the 1.13 rookie draft pick by taking the Loser’s Bracket tournament. Either way, congratulations are in order for everyone who took one of those prizes home in 2020.

For the rest of us, it’s time to start preparations for the 2021 Dynasty Owner season. Keep an eye out for new articles and podcasts to help you win your League and maybe join Eddie and Viktor as the third Ring winner. There’s a fresh article coming on Wednesday from Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) to close out 2020. Starting in 2021, there will be articles every weekday except Tuesday from Matt, myself, Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl) and our newest Dynasty Owner writer, Nate Christian (@NateNFL). Read all of them and follow the four of us plus Dynasty Owner (@Dynasty_Owner) on Twitter.

To hear all about Seth’s victory, watch or listen on Tuesday at 3 PM to the live weekly Dynasty Owner podcast. The podcast series with myself and Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer also goes live at 1 PM on Wednesday as we look back at the 2020 Dynasty Owner season and start to look ahead to 2021. If you can’t make it live, then watch or listen to both of them 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 has 572 subscribers on YouTube right now and we thank everyone who has subscribed already.

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Week 15 Recap: Blowouts and Upsets

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Not every NFL or Dynasty Owner game this week nicely fits into the weekly theme of blowouts and upsets, but just enough of them do to warrant some attention. There were three blowouts and two upsets in the NFL in Week 15 and all of the blowouts and upsets involved teams that will likely be in the NFL playoffs. The Jets and the Bengals both came out swinging and upset likely (Rams) and guaranteed (Steelers) playoff teams. The Bills, Titans and Ravens all blew out their opponents to guarantee a division title and playoff berth (Bills), solidify their playoff odds (Titans) or keep alive their playoff hopes (Ravens). 

For the top 10 teams in the Chase for the Ring from last week, most of their matchups in the playoff semifinals were either blowouts or upsets as well. Seven of last week’s Top 10 teams won with an average margin of victory of 32.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. There was only one close game among those winners. The other three Top 10 teams lost with two close losses. One game was decided by 2.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and another by 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The third team was featured in our Match-up of the Week as they were facing another team in the Top 25 and lost by 34.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

The Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and Value Player of the Week both led their teams to blowout victories in Week 15. Find out who they are in this playoff semi-finals edition of the Dynasty Owner weekly recap. In addition to naming both of them, we’ll 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. 

More importantly, we’ll find out if Seth continued his quest for the Crossroads League title or if he was stopped by Dynasty Owner CEO Tim. We will also find out which Top 25 team won the Match-up of the Week and advanced in the Chase for the Ring. Finally, we’ll also look at the updated Chase for the Ring standings featuring only teams playing in Week 16 for their League Championship and see which Chase teams lost and dropped out of the Top 10.

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 22nd.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our second 2020 playoff Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Ryan Tannehill

Two weeks into the Dynasty Owner playoffs and it’s been two Dynasty Owner Player of the Week winners from the Tennessee Titans. Admittedly, those blowout victories by Tennessee were against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions, but they still count. Last week, our Player of the Week was RB Derrick Henry, while this week it’s QB Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill had his best performance of the 2020 season with 45.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (273 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 21 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs). Starting Tannehill likely led his Dynasty Owners to win either their playoff matchup or Loser’s Bracket tournament game and stay alive for a chance at a League championship or the 1.13 draft pick in the 2021 rookie draft. It wasn’t a blowout for this honor as Tannehill edged out a trio of other QBs (Jalen Hurts, Josh Allen, and Kyler Murray) who all had more than 40.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week.

  • Week 15 Points: 45.7
  • 2020 Salary: $29,500,000
  • Cost per Point: $645,514

Congratulations Ryan on winning your first career Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor! 

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

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

Here’s something to remember for next season, Zach Pascal plays very well in the regular season at home against the Houston Texans. In Week 15, he had a season best 27.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point game (5 receptions, 79 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). He caught a 5 yard TD pass to win the game with 1:47 left to get the 3 point clutch scoring bonus. Last season, he had another huge game in Week 7 against them, scoring 30.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to win the Value Player of the Week honor. Even back in 2018, before Dynasty Owner started, he had what would have been 18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a Week 4 home game versus Houston. Last year, he only had a $525,000 annual salary. He got a raise up to $660,000 for this season, but that’s still low enough to provide the most value for his Dynasty Owners this week.

  • Week 15 Points: 27.9
  • 2020 Salary: $660,000
  • Cost per Point: $23,656

Congratulations Zach on your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of the season and second overall.

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 15. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Calvin Ridley or Darren Waller because barring injury or bye week, both of them should always be in your Starting lineup. Instead, these are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 15 when they should have been.

QB: Jalen Hurts (PHI) – 45.2 points

Hurts just missed out on being Dynasty Owner Player of the Week as he finished 0.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind Ryan Tannehill. The rookie QB played pretty well in his first game as the Eagles starter last week with 23.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which ranked him in the middle of the QB pack. He did nearly as much with his legs running the ball in his first NFL start as he did with his arm passing. This led some fantasy analysts to consider starting Hurts against Arizona. Those who listened and started him hit the jackpot as Hurts put up 45.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (338 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 63 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 3 fumbles). If he hadn’t fumbled three times, he would have been the Player of the Week in only his second career start. Hopefully his Dynasty Owners had Hurts in their Starting lineup this week and not riding the Bench.

RB: Tony Pollard (DAL) – 31.7 points

When Ezekiel Elliott was ruled inactive prior to the Cowboys’ game against the San Francisco 49ers, it opened up an opportunity for Tony Pollard to show what he could do as the top RB for Dallas. And he definitely showed off with 31.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (69 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 6 receptions, 63 receiving yards, 20 return yards). For perspective, Elliott hadn’t scored that many points in a single game in 2020. Since Elliott makes $15 million annually compared to just under $800,000 for Pollard, it’s going to lead to speculation about Pollard taking over for Elliott in Dallas. That remains to be seen, but this was the week to get Pollard into your Starting lineup if you had been holding him on your Bench or Practice Squad all season, waiting for just this opportunity.

WR: Kendrick Bourne (SF) – 18.6 points

With Zach Pascal earning Value Player of the Week honors, we had to dip down pretty far on the WR scoring charts this week to find someone who wasn’t likely in his Dynasty Owners’ Starting lineup. As the #60 WR in Dynasty Owner and only owned in 52% of leagues, Bourne was unlikely to be appearing in too many Starting lineups this week. And he really wasn’t worthy of it until he scored at the very end of the 49ers’ 41-33 loss to the Cowboys. Bourne caught a 49-yard TD pass from C.J. Beathard at the end of the game, a play that garnered him 11.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to give him 18.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 86 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) on the day. That was worth a spot as the usual Bench or Practice Squad WR who Dynasty Owners should have put in their Starting lineup this week.

TE: Tyler Higbee (LAR) – 16.7 points

Outside of a 3 TD, 28.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort back in Week 2, Tyler Higbee hadn’t done a whole lot to justify his $7.25 million annual salary or draft ADP of 139.8. Taking out that one game, Higbee was only averaging 6.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. He had even been outscored in five games this season by fellow Rams TE Gerald Everett. Despite his early draft position, many Dynasty Owners had probably given up on Higbee producing another Top 10 TE performance and put him on their Bench. That would have been a mistake as they would have missed out on this week’s performance.

K: Cairo Santos (CHI) – 17.0 points

Prior to Week 15, Santos was the #17 kicker in Dynasty Owner. He had only scored double-digits in three games during the 2020 season and was averaging just 6.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. That was despite having only missed three kicks all season (21 out of 23 on FG attempts and 27 out of 28 on PAT attempts). He was perfect on FG attempts of 39 yards or less (14 for 14), but had only attempted nine kicks of 40 yards or longer. Santos got just his second opportunity to attempt more than one 40+ yard FG in a single game in Week 15 and took advantage. He made four FGs in total (35, 42, 42 and 48 yards) plus 3 PATs to score 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He moved up to the #9 kicker in Dynasty Owner now and should have been in the Starting lineup in Week 15 to help his Dynasty Owners in their playoff games.

Honorable mention to Nick Folk, another kicker who rarely misses (only four missed kicks all season – 2 FGs and 2 PATs), but was only one spot above Santos in the Dynasty Owner kicker rankings at #16 before Week 15. The Patriots offense stalled four times in Dolphins’ territory this week and Folk made all four FG attempts. He scored 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points as he made one FG of 39 yards or less (36 yards) plus three of 40 yards or more (42 yards and two from 45 yards). This was just his third game with over 10.0 points for the season and one in which he should have been in your Starting lineup.

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 highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored few or no Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, so they should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in the playoff or Loser’s bracket tournament semi-finals.

QB: Russell Wilson (SEA) – 14.2 points

As a result, Russell Wilson gets the dishonor of being the QB who you probably had in your Starting lineup but shouldn’t have. It’s really been a tale of two seasons for him as the Russell Wilson of the second half of the 2020 season is not the same player as the Russell Wilson of the first half of the season. He averaged 38.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over the first eight games of the season. Second half Russell Wilson was only averaging 20.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through five games before producing even less than that in Week 15 when he had just 14.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (121 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 52 rushing yards, 1 INT). Dynasty Owners would never have sat first half Russell Wilson on the Bench, but should have put second half Russell Wilson there in Week 15.

Dishonorable mention to Ben Roethlisberger who had a much worse game on Monday Night in the Steelers’ 27-17 upset loss to the Bengals than Wilson did. Despite being ranked as a Top 12 QB, not too many Dynasty Owners could have Started Roethlisberger since he and his $34 million salary are only rostered in 15% of Dynasty Owner leagues. Those who do have and started him only got 7.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (170 passing yards, 1 passing TD, -1 rushing yards, 1 INT, 2 fumbles – 1 lost). With the Steelers reeling at the end of the season, Roethlisberger was better left on your Bench in Week 15.

RB: Wayne Gallman (NYG) – 2.9 points

By scoring only 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (29 rushing yards) in Week 15, Gallman broke a streak of seven consecutive games with double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He averaged 15.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in those games and had made himself a regular in Dynasty Owner Starting lineups in either the RB2 or FLEX spot. That all came crashing down for Gallman in the Giants’ 20-6 loss to Cleveland and hopefully his Dynasty Owners left him on their Bench or Practice Squad this week.

WR: Amari Cooper (DAL) – 2.3 points

It’s kind of surprising to see Amari Cooper in this spot again. Cowboys QB Andy Dalton threw for 209 yards and 2 TDs, but Cooper only managed to catch two passes for 10 receiving yards. He also had one rushing attempt for negative 7 yards to leave him with 2.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the week. Since his last appearance here back in Week 8, Cooper was averaging 16.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. That’s in the past and he should have been on your Bench this week.

Honorable mention to Keenan Allen who played through injuries on Thursday night against the Raiders. He probably shouldn’t have done that, or least his Dynasty Owners, shouldn’t have started him as he only produced 2.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception, 17 receiving yards, -1 rushing yards). Allen should have not left the Bench and that’s where Dynasty Owners should have kept him.

TE: T.J. Hockenson (DET) – 0.8 points

Hockenson came into Week 15 as one of the most consistent players in Dynasty Owner. He was averaging 12.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and had scored over 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in ten games with 9.7 and 9.3 points in two other games. He didn’t have any great games as he hadn’t reached 20.0 points in a single game, but he had only put up one bad game with 3.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus Washington in Week 10. With the news that Matthew Stafford would start at QB for Detroit, Dynasty Owners with Hockenson likely figured they would get their double digit points from their TE and put him in their Starting lineup. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen for them as Hockenson only scored 0.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 18 receiving yards, 1 fumble – lost). For only the second time this season, Hockenson was best left on your Bench.

K: Jason Sanders (MIA) – 0.0 points

Sanders was the top ranked kicker in Dynasty Owner going into Week 15. Sanders and Younghoe Koo of Atlanta were the only kickers averaging 10.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game during the Dynasty Owner regular season and Sanders had 7.0 points last week in the first round of the playoffs or Loser’s bracket tournament for his Dynasty Owners. That game was one of only five in which he scored less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, until this week when he put up a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Sanders missed a 52 yard FG at the end of the first half, but made both of his PAT attempts in the second half to avoid having negative points. For one of the few times this season, Sanders should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench or Practice Squad.

Seth’s Quest for a Dynasty Owner Title Recap –

Real Timo’s Titans vs. CLE Piggy Pauls 

Seth’s quest for a Dynasty Owner title took a major hit when the Saints announced that Drew Brees would once again be the team’s Starting QB, leaving Seth’s only healthy QB Taysom Hill as the backup in New Orleans. Seth’s other QBs are an injured Daniel Jones who wasn’t scheduled to play in Week 16 and Joe Burrow who is out for the rest of the 2020 season. 

In an upset on par with the Jets’ win in Super Bowl III over the Colts, the CLE Piggy Pauls defeated Real Timo’s Titans by a 136.1-124.6 score to reach the Crossroads League finals. Tim was favored by a whopping 53.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the final score projections, but somehow the CLE Piggy Pauls pulled out the victory. The early good start by Austin Ekeler, Noah Fant and Stefon Diggs in the Thursday and Saturday games for Seth was too much for Tim to overcome on Sunday. The early injury to Tyler Boyd on Monday Night Football sealed Tim’s fate as Seth took the victory and berth in the Crossroads League final.

Now, Seth has to battle Uncle Don in the Crossroads league finals. Can he overcome the odds and take down another member of the Dynasty Owner leadership? We’ll preview that game in the Week 16 preview article along with taking a look at some other games involving teams at the top of the Chase for the Ring.

Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week Recap –

Bayside Tigers vs. Jet Jones

In our only match-up of two Top 25 Chase for the Ring teams, the higher seeded #5 Bayside Tigers were a slight underdog coming into their playoff semi-final matchup with the red hot #18 seed in Jet Jones. Which team survived this Top 25 Chase for the Ring elimination game? Let’s find out:

It was Jet Jones winning pretty convincingly by a 34.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (179.6 to 145.3). Jet Jones was able to overcome below average performances by Tyler Lockett and Davante Adams with solid ones from the rest of his Starting lineup (Lamar Jackson, Derrick Henry, Jonathan Taylor, Stefon Diggs, Darren Waller, Younghoe Koo) to take the victory. T.J. Hockenson’s poor performance, along with below average games from Aaron Rodgers, Austin Ekeler and DK Metcalf contributed to the upset loss for Bayside Tigers. Bayside Tigers won the Bench scoring battle as they had four 20.0+ point scorers (Tom Brady, Leonard Fournette, Josh Jacobs and Antonio Brown) on their Bench.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

With Bayside Tigers, and all of the playoff semi-finals losers out of the picture, let’s take a look at the updated Top 10 in the Chase for the Ring.

In addition to the Bayside Tigers, two other Top 10 teams were upset in the playoff semi-finals. Both Tip Drill (#8 in last week’s Standings) and The Tough Guys (#9 in last week’s Standings) are no longer eligible for the Ring as they were upset by a pair of heavy underdogs. Tip Drill lost by 6.0 points to Melloncolly after being favored by 40.3 points. The Tough Guys lost by just 2.6 points to Dream Chasers who they were favored to defeat by 34.0 points. Both Melloncolly and Dream Chasers had 7-6 records in the regular season but advance to their League finals, while Tip Drill and The Tough Guys lament what could have been.

On the other hand, we also had plenty of blowouts with four current Top 10 teams (Quaranteed for Greatness, Mad Minshew’s Moustache, Semper Fedelis and Hyenas) all winning their semi-finals matchups by more than 50.0 points. Barbee Kilgore won their semi-final game and scored enough points to retain the top spot in the standings by 46.5 points. The Ring is theirs to win, provided they can win their League title in Week 16.

Conclusions

There were a few upsets this week along with some playoff semi-finals blowouts among teams in the Chase for the Ring. We are now down to the final two teams in each League to battle it out for the League title.  All of the playoffs winners can call themselves League Champion, but only one will be the ultimate winner and gets the Ring.

We have just one more regular Tuesday recap for Week 16 coming next week as well as the final preview article on tap. Please read the Week 16 preview article to see how my Week 15 recommendations did and who should be a Starter and who should be on your Bench in the playoffs and loser’s bracket tournament finals. Don’t forget to read upcoming articles from both Jay Poundsee  (@jaypoundsnfl) and Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) as well as follow all of us plus Dynasty Owner (@Dynasty_Owner) on Twitter.

Listen on Tuesday at 3 PM to the live Dynasty Owner podcast to hear all about Seth’s victory and his quest for the Crossroads League title. The podcast series with myself and Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer also goes live at 1 PM on Wednesday. If you can’t make it live, then watch or listen to both of them 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 has 572 subscribers on YouTube right now and we thank everyone who has subscribed already. All of this great content is available to help you win your League Championship as well as the Chase for the Ring.

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Week 14 Recap: Little Change at the Top

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

The NFL standings after Week 13 had 11 teams sitting in the lead or tied for the lead in their division. In the AFC, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Kansas City each led their respective divisions outright, while Tennessee and Indianapolis sat tied for first place in the AFC South. In the NFC, Green Bay and New Orleans had outright leads, while New York and Washington were tied at the top of the NFC East, while out in the NFC West, Seattle and Los Angeles were tied.

After Week 14, the top of the standings hadn’t changed much as 10 out of those 11 teams were still in at least a tie for first place. While Pittsburgh and New Orleans both lost, neither team fell out of first place. Eight of the other first place teams won to maintain their grip on at least a share of the lead in their division. Only the New York Giants lost and fell out of first place in their division.

It’s a little bit different in Dynasty Owner because it’s the playoffs. While bye weeks for the top two teams in every Dynasty Owner league ensures that the teams with the best records are still alive in their quest for a League Championship, a couple of teams at the top of the Chase for the Ring standings finished outside of the top two in their League. As a result, they had to battle an opponent in the first round of the playoffs.

As we see in the NFL, being in first place in your division is no guarantee of a Week 14 victory. Pittsburgh lost to another first place team in Buffalo, while New Orleans was upset by Philadelphia. Similarly, being in the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring standings was no guarantee of a first round playoff victory. Just ask Hingle McCringleberry. The 14th ranked team overall after the regular season went down to defeat in the first round of the playoffs (losing a nail biter to Hot Mess by a score of 152.7 to 152.3).

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week had a great performance in Week 14 that helped his team stay at the top of their division. For this first round of the playoffs edition of the Dynasty Owner weekly recap, we’ll name the Player of the Week, the Value Player of the Week and also 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 Seth won his playoff game that was featured as our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. We’ll also look at the new Chase for the Ring standings featuring only teams still alive for their League Championship and see if any changes that occurred in the Top 10.

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 15th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our first 2020 playoff Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Derrick Henry

For the second time this season, Derrick Henry of the first place Tennessee Titans topped 200 yards to receive the 6 point bonus. Not coincidentally, it was also the second time that he has been named the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week. Back in Week 6 against Houston, Henry ran for 212 yards and 2 rushing TDs, including the game-winner in overtime, plus 2 receptions for 52 yards to score 49.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Henry had three more yards (215) but fewer receiving yards and 42.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (215 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 2 receptions, 7 receiving yards). He also had more than 40.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (40.5) two weeks ago against the Indianapolis Colts. That’s one game of over 40.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against each team in the division for Henry. A division that he has helped his team to sits on top of along with Indianapolis.

  • Week 14 Points: 42.2
  • 2020 Salary: $10,278,000
  • Cost per Point: $243,555

Congratulations Derrick on winning your second Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor of the 2020 season and helping your team stay in a tie for first place!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

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

Gage was a trendy sleeper pick in Dynasty Owner this year after a finishing up the second half of the 2019 season strong. It’s the combination of being the #3 receiver in Atlanta with Matt Ryan at QB for the Falcons offense along with a very friendly contract of $654,049 that runs through the 2021 season. This week, he had his best performance of 2020 with 21.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 82 receiving yards, 39 passing yards, 1 passing TD). The 21.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points was the fewest number of points scored by a Value Player of the Week in 2020 as well as less than any player who won the honor in 2019.

  • Week 14 Points: 21.1
  • 2020 Salary: $654,049
  • Cost per Point: $30,998

Congratulations Russell 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 one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 14. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Derrick Henry because barring injury or bye week, he should always be in your Starting lineup. Instead, these are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 14 when they should have been.

QB: Drew Lock (DEN) – 34.4 points

Inconsistency is only thing consistent about Drew Lock’s 2020 season. He’s played in 10 games, scored 163.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this season and currently ranks as the #28 QB in Dynasty Owner. He has had three games of less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, three games of more than 30.0 points and four games with between 10.0 and 20.0 points. This week, Lock turned in one of his good performances as he had 34.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (280 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, 4 rushing yards, 2 fumbles – 1 lost). This came on the heels of three poor performances in which he averaged 11.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (he missed the Week 12 game along with all of the other Denver QBs). Lock and his $1.75 million annual salary is owned in every Dynasty Owner league, but after those three bad performances, there were likely few Dynasty Owners who dared to put him in their Starting lineup when they should have done so.

Honorable mention to Mitchell Trubisky who had almost as many Dynasty Owner fantasy points as Lock (33.6) and sits right behind Lock in the QB rankings at #29 even though he has only started six games this year. Despite getting benched  after winning the first three games of the season for Chicago, he is still owned in 80% of Dynasty Owner leagues. This week, he had 33.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (267 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 23 rushing yards). That’s his second best performance of 2020 and one that made him worthy of being in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

RB: Cam Akers (LAR) – 23.4 points

With an ADP of 34.6, Cam Akers was expected to be doing better than being the #49 ranked RB after 14 weeks of the 2020 season. As his Dynasty Owners could likely tell you, it was frustrating to see him put up an average of 3.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game over the first ten games of the season and seemingly being the third RB for the Rams. However, after ripping off a 61 yard run in Week 12 against San Francisco, Akers has been the lead RB for the Rams and a welcome addition to the Starting RB mix for his Dynasty Owners. He is averaging 18.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game over the past three weeks, including a career high 23.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (171 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 23 receiving yards) in Week 14. That performance helped the Rams to a win over the Patriots on Thursday Night, a win that allowed them to stay in a tie for the lead in their division. Akers is looking like a must Start player in the Dynasty Owner playoffs after Week 14. Hopefully he was in your Starting lineup this week and your team advanced.

Honorable mention to Gus Edwards of Baltimore who had 18.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (49 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 1 reception, 4 receiving yards) in Baltimore’s wild Monday Night Football victory over the Browns. That’s a season best performance for another RB stuck on a team with two other quality RBs. The two TDs were unexpected and probably didn’t help too many Dynasty Owners, unless they were smart enough to predict this performance from Edwards and had him in their Starting lineup.

WR: K.J. Hamler (DEN) – 22.6 points

For the second week in a row, we had someone with a very efficient week of two receptions for two TDs. Last week, it was Dan Arnold of the Arizona Cardinals, while this week, it was K.J. Hamler of the Denver Broncos. Hamler had 2 receptions for 86 receiving yards and 2 receiving TDs (22.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in the Broncos 32-27 victory over the Carolina Panthers. That’s a season high for the 21 year old rookie receiver from Penn State and possibly a preview of things to come in the future between himself and QB Drew Lock. It was his best game of the year and his Dynasty Owners probably weren’t expecting it this week, so they likely didn’t have him in their Starting lineup.

TE: Irv Smith Jr. (MIN) – 16.3 points

Bigger things were expected this season from Irv Smith Jr. than he has produced for his Dynasty Owners. Smith was drafted pretty high as his ADP of 132.9 made him the 13th TE drafted on average. However, he is only the #33 ranked TE for the season in Dynasty Owner, even after his 16.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (4 receptions, 63 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) in Week 14. Injuries caused him to sit out three of the past four weeks. Even though he was expected to be productive with fellow TE Kyle Rudolph out, his Dynasty Owners can be forgiven if they didn’t want to include him in their playoff Starting lineup this week and left him on the Bench.

K: Greg Zuerlein (DAL) – 12.0 points

On average, Zuerlein was the fourth kicker off the board in Dynasty Owner drafts this year. The combination of his strong leg (that’s why his nickname is Greg the Leg), the high-powered Dallas offense behind Dak Prescott and a lower than average salary of $2.5 million annually made attractive to Dynasty Owners who picked their kicker on the early side of the draft. However, he’s been very shaky on the longer FG attempts this year, making only one out of six attempts from 50 yards or longer in the Dynasty Owner regular season. He came through this week, nailing a 55 yard FG, plus two other FGs from 39 yards or less (20 and 34 yards) and 3 PATs to be the highest scoring kicker of the week with 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Hopefully his Dynasty Owner stuck with him and kept him in their Starting lineup despite Zuerlein being ranked outside of the top 12 kickers prior to the start of the Dynasty Owner playoffs.

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 high drafted or high ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored 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 the first round of the playoffs.

QB: Matt Ryan (ATL) – 8.5 points

Matt Ryan has played some of his worst football since the Falcons bye week. In the four games since going on bye, Ryan has only averaged 12.35 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Turnovers have been an issue as he had 7 turnovers (5 INTs, 2 fumbles – 1 lost) in the first nine games of the season and 7 of them (6 INTs and 1 fumble – lost) in the last four games. In the first week of the Dynasty Owner playoffs, Ryan only had 8.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (224 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 3 rushing yards, 3 INTs). Hopefully you heeded the warning signs from the previous couple of weeks and left Ryan on your Bench.

RB: James Conner (PIT) – 0.8 points

After missing the past two games, Dynasty Owners with James Conner on their team were likely happy to have him back for the first round of the playoffs. He had averaged 13.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in the Steelers’ first ten games before going on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Unfortunately for everyone who relied on him to return to that form after the time off, Conner went out and put up his worst performance of the year with just 0.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (18 rushing yards, 1 fumble). Even after this poor performance, he’s still ranked as the #24 RB in Dynasty Owner, so he’s still your RB2 or FLEX starter if you advanced in your playoffs or Loser bracket tournament. However, in the first round of both of those, he should have been on your Bench.

WR: Corey Davis (TEN) – 3.4 points

Three WRs (Davante Parker, Mike Williams, Deebo Samuel) who could have potentially been in your Starting lineup had poor performances this week, but all three of them were injured and therefore, not eligible for this spot. One week after his best game of the season (35.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against Cleveland in Week 13), Corey Davis was likely in the Starting lineup for plenty of his Dynasty Owners since he was facing the Jacksonville defense. Unfortunately for them, Davis had his second worse game of the season with only 3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 34 receiving yards, 1 fumble – lost). He should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench, not in the Starting lineup.

TE: Hayden Hurst (ATL) – 1.7 points

Just like Matt Ryan, Hurst hasn’t scored a lot of Dynasty Owner fantasy points since the Falcons’ bye week. He only scored 10.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first three games after their bye and added just 1.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception, 7 receiving yards) in Week 14. He has finally fallen out of the top 12 TEs now as he’s the #15 TE in Dynasty Owner after this week. Hopefully his Dynasty Owners had a better option to go with and had Hurst on their Bench or Practice Squad.

K: Brandon McManus (DEN) – 0.0 points

If you consider Sunday the start of the week, then it’s been a pretty miserable week so far for Brandon McManus. And it’s only Tuesday. First, he missed two PAT attempts on Sunday, while making two others to score his Dynasty Owners exactly 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week. Then on Monday, he announced that he would be heading to the reserve/COVID-19 list because of close contact with someone infected.

Dishonorable mention to Graham Gano of the New York Giants. Gano had been a pleasant surprise at kicker for his Dynasty Owner this season up until this week when the Giants offense only produced one TD and no FG attempts for him. He made the kick, but the 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance was his worst of the year. Hopefully concerns about the Giants offense led his Dynasty Owners to leave Gano on the Bench this week.

Special dishonorable mention to Dan Bailey. After missing three kicks in Week 13, Bailey was at it again in Week 14. If you had him in your Starting lineup, you probably know that he ended up with -8.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points after missing all three of his FG attempts (36, 46 and 54 yards) plus his only PAT attempt. That’s seven missed kicks in the crucial final week of the regular season and first round of the playoffs for Bailey’s Dynasty Owners. His ownership is high at 79% so plenty of you have him on your rosters. If you haven’t done it already then banish Bailey to your Bench or Practice Squad.

Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week Recap –

Girthquake vs. CLE Piggy Pauls

The improbable late season and playoff run by Seth and CLE Piggy Pauls continues as they took out Girthquake by a score of 135.7-129.4 in the first round of the Dynasty Owner playoffs. It was a clean sweep of the season series for the CLE Piggy Pauls as they defeated Girthquake twice in the regular season in addition to their playoff victory.

After starting the season at 1-3, Seth ripped off four straight victories before a loss in Week 9 to sit at 5-4 on the season. They got back on the winning track in Week 10 and haven’t lost since then, even after losing their starting QB Joe Burrow to injury in Week 11.

Girthquake had the Player of the Week Derrick Henry and Value Player of the Week Russell Gage on their roster but CLE Piggy Pauls had balance with four players in their Starting lineup scoring over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. As a result, Seth advances to the playoff semi-finals in the Crossroads League to face Dynasty Owner Tim while Girthquake’s 2020 Dynasty Owner season is over.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

If these standings look familiar, it’s because there has been little change in our Top 10 over the past week. It’s all of the same teams with just wanna win moving ahead of All Might into third place. Of course, it’s because all of the teams in the Top 10 had first round playoff byes, but half of them put up more than 190.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (with another team just missing out with 189.2) to maintain their Chase position. However, there has been a slight bit of tightening of Barbee Kilgore’s lead over all of the Top 10 except second place Quaranteed for Greatness. Barbee Kilgore scored 163.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, but everyone else in the Top 10 just scored more and closed the gap slightly.

Conclusions

The lack of changes at the top of the Chase for the Ring standings after the first round of the playoffs (as well as the Loser’s bracket tournament) was not a huge surprise. We did lose one Top 25 team, but with everyone playing this week and all of the playoff teams trying to win their League championship, we should have some more movement as only two out of twelve team per League can remain in the Chase.  

The NFL schedule appears to have stabilized and so the regular Tuesday recap and Friday preview articles are on tap. Please read the Week 15 preview article to see how my Week 14 recommendations did and who should be a Starter and who should be on your Bench in the playoffs and loser’s bracket tournament semi-finals. We will have an article on Championship Sleepers and Rookie Rankings from Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) coming on Wednesday as well. Two more weeks without transactions means that we won’t have the regular weekly look at Free Agent Auction targets from Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl), but he’ll be back. Be sure to follow all of us plus Dynasty Owner (@Dynasty_Owner) on Twitter to read what we’re writing and tweeting.

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Week 13 Recap: Keep on Playing

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

There were a couple of significant upsets in the NFL this week as the New York Giants defeated the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday and the Washington Football Team took down the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers in the early Monday Night game. The champagne was flowing by the 1972 Dolphins as the last undefeated team left in the NFL lost, thus keeping them as the only undefeated team to win the Super Bowl.

Not only that, but the 0-11 Jets nearly knocked off the 6-5 Las Vegas Raiders, losing on a scrambling 46-yard TD pass from Derek Carr to Henry Ruggs III with five seconds left in the game. And the Jacksonville Jaguars who are 1-10 took the Minnesota Vikings to overtime, only to lose 27-24. Two teams with one win combined each almost won. All four of those teams didn’t give up, kept on playing and won (or almost did).

Keeping on playing to win every week is what Dynasty Owners should do as you never know who is going to have a great week or a poor week. One great week from a fringe starter could help your not-so-great team win or a poor week from a star player might lead your seemingly unbeatable team to defeat. We had quite a few upsets in Dynasty Owner this week by teams that could have packed it in and not tried but didn’t and ended up defeating a team far ahead of it in their League standings.  In fact, there were two Dynasty Owner teams in the Top 10 of the Chase for the Ring standings who lost to teams with .500 records.

  • The #4 team in Chase (just wanna win) lost a close 147.9 to 141.4 match-up to The Bluntzworths who came in with only a 6-6 record and were projected to lose by 42.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.
  • The #6 team in Chase (Mad Minshew’s Moustache) was defeated 163.5 to 141.2 by the Turd Ferguson’s who had a 6-6 record.

In addition, two other Top 25 Chase teams (ShowMeThemCeedee’s and Yanji) lost to teams with 7-5 records (Furious Ferrets and Judge Jeudy) who they were projected to defeat by nearly 40 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. We also had the #9 Chase team (The Tough Guys) almost lose to a 4-8 team (Str8 Cash Homie) who they were projected to beat by a whopping 78.5 points. The Tough Guys were like the Raiders and barely pulled out a 125.2 to 122.8 victory. Str8 Cash Homie could have won if Lamar Jackson had run in the Ravens’ final TD of the evening instead of J.K. Dobbins, it was that close for them. Congrats as they kept on playing and almost pulled off a huge upset.

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week had himself a great game and his team had to keep on playing until the very end of the game to secure their victory, while the Value Player of the Week wouldn’t have won that honor without playing until the end. We’ll name both of them in this recap article, 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 teams in our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week made their League playoffs or not 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 9th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our thirteenth and final regular season Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Darren Waller

Waller becomes the first TE to win the Player of the Week honor in Dynasty Owner history with his 51.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (13 receptions, 200 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). He is the first TE to earn the 6-point bonus for a 200-yard receiving game and also set the Dynasty Owner record for most points in a single game by a TE. Even after this great performance, Waller is just the second ranked TE in Dynasty Owner, 47.7 points ahead of T.J. Hockenson in third place, but still 45.5 points behind Travis Kelce. That’s fine with his Dynasty Owners who drafted him, on average, 40 draft positions later than Kelce’s Dynasty Owners did (37.2 ADP for Kelce vs. 77.3 ADP for Waller).

  • Week 13 Points: 51.0
  • 2020 Salary: $7,450,000
  • Cost per Point: $146,078

Congratulations Darren on winning your first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor and becoming the first TE to win it!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. The thirteenth and final regular season Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for 2020 is: Aaron Jones

Jones is the poster boy for “keep on playing” this week. He was having an average game until his 77-yard TD run with 2:36 left in the Packers’ 30-16 victory over the Eagles. That one play was worth 15.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point alone as it pushed him over 100 rushing yards for the game. Overall, he had 25.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (130 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 3 receptions, 18 receiving yards), the lowest number of points in any of his four Value Player of Week performances. Because he kept on playing through the entire game, Jones was able to secure the Value Player of the Week award for himself and his Dynasty Owners.

  • Week 13 Points: 25.8
  • 2020 Salary: $650,484
  • Cost per Point: $25,213

Congratulations Aaron on your second Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor for 2020 and fourth overall in two seasons!

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 13. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Davante Adams or Travis Kelce 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 13 when they should have been.

QB: Baker Mayfield (CLE) – 40.8 points

Another week, another player with an incredible first half. Last week, it was Tyreek Hill with 63.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points overall and 45.3 points in the first half alone. This week, it was Baker Mayfield who had 40.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first half (290 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, 3 rushing yards, 1 reception, 6 receiving yards). Unlike Hill, Mayfield didn’t do much in the second half and finished with a total of 40.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (334 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, 5 rushing yards, 1 reception, 6 receiving yards, 1 fumble – lost). It wasn’t enough to make him the Player of the Week, but still good enough to be someone who Dynasty Owners should have had in their Starting lineup. That’s just as his Dynasty Owners projected him to be when they drafted him (ADP 57.2), not expecting to get the #20 rated QB right now.

Honorable mention to Derek Carr who had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week than Mayfield, but was likely in more Starting lineups, even after last week’s -1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance. That’s because he was playing the Jets and predicted to do far better. Carr didn’t disappoint the Dynasty Owners who started him as he had 44.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (381 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 5 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT). He also got the 3 point clutch scoring bonus for the game-winning TD pass at the end of the game.

RB: Ty Johnson (NYJ) – 21.7 points

The Raiders-Jets game not only featured the near upset by the Jets and the game-winning TD by the Raiders on an ill-fated Jets blitz on the final play, but it also featured an unlikely 100 yard rusher in Ty Johnson. Most fantasy football analysts would have predicted Devontae Booker, playing in place of late first round, early second round (ADP 12.5) Dynasty Owner draft pick Josh Jacobs, to be the backup RB to do so, but it was Johnson. After an injury very early in the game to Frank Gore, Johnson stepped up to score 21.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (104 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 receptions, 13 receiving yards). His low annual salary ($672,976) and ownership (28%) would make him the perfect free agent pickup if there wasn’t a transaction freeze in Dynasty Owner right now. Those of you who have Ty Johnson on your Dynasty Owner roster might be tempted to put him in your Starting lineup in the playoffs after this week’s performance. He should have been there in the last regular season game.

WR: Keke Coutee (HOU) – 24.9 points

With Will Fuller out after receiving a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs on the heels of placing Randall Cobb on Injured Reserve and releasing Kenny Stills, the Texans WR corps was looking a little thin coming into Week 13, but they had to keep playing. Through the first eleven games of the 2020 season, Coutee hadn’t played much, only accounting for 15.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 38 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 24 return yards, 1 2-pt conversion, 1 fumble – lost). He ended up exceeded those meager stats in Week 13 alone with 24.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions, 141 receiving yards, 112 return yards). Coutee should have been in the Starting lineup for his Dynasty Owners.

TE: Dan Arnold (ARI) – 20.1 points

Arnold had quite the efficient Week 13 game against the Los Angeles Rams with 2 receptions on 3 targets for 61 receiving yards and 2 TDs (20.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He really likes playing against the Rams as the last time he faced them in Week 17 of 2019, he had 17.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 76 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). In the 11 games in between, he only averaged 4.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game with a high of 7.9 points back in Week 4. Based on those stats, it’s unlikely that too many of his Dynasty Owners had him in their Starting lineup when they should have done so.

K: Dustin Hopkins (WAS) – 14.0 points

Despite being the kicker for the Washington Football Team all year and the starting kicker since Week 2 of 2015, Hopkins is only owned in 42% of Dynasty Owner leagues. That is despite his $2.48 million salary only ranking 18th among all kickers. So far this season, he’s performed as expected since he was drafted 29th on average (ADP 251.1) and is currently the #26 ranked kicker in Dynasty Owner. He easily exceeded his average of 5.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in Week 13 with 14.0 points. He had 3 FGs of between 40 and 49 yards (two 45 yarders and one 49 yarder) plus 2 PATs and should have been in your Starting lineup.

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 in your Starting lineup 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 13.

QB: Justin Herbert (LAC) – 4.4 points

Herbert played the entire game in the Chargers 45-0 loss to the New England Patriots and threw more passes (53) than in any other game in his rookie season. It didn’t matter as he only scored a total of 4.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (209 passing yards, 2 INTs) for all of that effort. Facing a Bill Belichick coached team will do that to a rookie. Prior to Week 13, his worse game was back in Week 3 versus Carolina when he had just 18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Herbert was averaging 30.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in his ten starts prior to Week 13 and had more than 25.0 points in eight of those games. He was worthy of starting pretty much every week until this week when his Dynasty Owners would have been better off leaving him on the Bench or Practice Squad.

RB: Miles Sanders (PHI) – 3.1 points

When his Dynasty Owners drafted Miles Sanders, they fully expected to be playing him in every single game, except his bye week. That’s what to expect when a player has an ADP of 13.9. He’s been just ok when healthy in 2020, averaging just 13.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game prior to Week 13 when he had his worst game of the season with just 31 rushing yards (3.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). It’s difficult to imagine having your first or second round draft pick on the Bench, but that’s where Sanders should have been.

Dishonorable mention to Clyde Edwards-Helaire who was active for the Chiefs game versus Denver but didn’t play a single snap and thus got his Dynasty Owners a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). After the game, Chiefs Coach Andy Reid said that Edwards-Helaire was only active as an emergency option. This enraged a nation of his fantasy owners who put him in their Starting lineups upon the news that he would be active in Week 13. Kudos to those of you who either ignored this news and left him on your Bench or Practice Squad or didn’t see it and just left him there because you weren’t sure if he would play. Either way you made the correct choice to have Edwards-Helaire on your Bench or Practice Squad.

WR: Terry McLaurin (WAS) – 3.4 points

After Week 13, McLaurin is the #15 WR in Dynasty Owner, but was in the Top 10 before this week’s 3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (2 receptions, 14 receiving yards). It wasn’t for a lack of trying to get him the ball as he was targeted six times in the Football Team’s upset victory. Despite missing their top RB in Antonio Gibson and McLaurin’s lack of production, the Football Team kept playing and were able to defeat the previously undefeated Steelers. His team produced a victory, but McLaurin didn’t have a lot of Dynasty Owner fantasy points and would have been better on your Bench or Practice Squad than in your Starting lineup.

TE: Hunter Henry (LAC) – 1.5 points

The Blutarsky streak at TE ends at three as no top ranked TE had 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week. Hunter Henry was the worst of the likely Starting TEs with just 1.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 5 yards) in the Chargers’ loss to the Patriots. Despite a season worst game, Henry is still the #6 ranked TE in Dynasty Owner and generally a week in and week out starting TE. Not this past week as he should have been sitting on your Bench or on your Practice Squad.  

K: Will Lutz (NO) – 1.0 points

Lutz carries a salary of $4.05 million annually for each of the next four Dynasty Owner seasons. At that price, he probably should be in your Starting lineup every week and in the Saints’ first 11 games of the 2020 season, he had performed very well, making 20 out of 22 FGs and all 38 PAT attempts. He remained perfect on PATs going 3 for 3 but missed his only FG attempt of 40 yards to garner only 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for his owners. Unfortunately for those Dynasty Owners who had him in their Starting lineup, that was his worst game and one in which he should have been on the Bench or Practice Squad.

Dishonorable mention to three kickers who probably weren’t in many Starting lineups based on their performances this season, but still deserve to be mentioned because they all put up negative points in Week 13. Randy Bullock of the Cincinnati Bengals, Greg Zuerlein of the Dallas Cowboys and Michael Badgley of the Los Angeles Chargers all missed at least one FG each. Bullock had a made PAT and a missed 53-yard FG for -1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Zuerlein missed three out of his four FG attempts (misses of 40, 52 and 53 yards) to go along with one made FG of 31 yards and 2 made PATs for -2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Badgley had the worst game with -4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from a missed FG of 46 yards and a blocked FG attempt from 57 yards that was returned by New England for a TD. Hopefully, there aren’t any Dynasty Owners out there with two or even all three of them on their roster who were forced to have one of them in their Starting lineup.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap –

Cap Casualties vs. Squirrel Master

Squirrel Master was able to defeat Cap Casualties by a 148.5 to 122.6 score and claim the sixth spot in their League playoffs with a sub-.500 record. Cap Casualties ended up with the same record as Squirrel Master but just out of the playoff hunt in eighth place. Vampire Facials also made the playoffs despite losing to Tafoya as both of these teams finished 6-7. Vampire Facials had the most points out of the 6-7 teams and finished in fifth place. Tafoya missed out on the playoffs by just over 20 points and earned the top spot in the tournament for the extra draft pick.

As we look to the playoffs in this league, we see Top 25 Chase regular BluecivicJJ sitting in third place in this League and looking at a first-round playoff match versus Squirrel Master. We’ll find out if Squirrel Master will keep on playing to pull off the upset and eliminate a contender from the Chase.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

The Dynasty Owner regular season ended this week with little change at the Top of the Chase for the Ring standings. Barbee Kilgore retains the top spot, while Quaranteed for Greatness holds on to second place.

There was slight movement among the rest of the Top 5 among All Might, just wanna win and Bayside Tigers. Out of the Top 10, only one new team appeared (HawkNation in the #10 spot) with Gabagool dropping out.

We may not see much movement again in Week 14 as most of the teams in the Chase standings should have first round byes in the Dynasty Owner playoffs. After that, more teams will lose and drop out of the running since you need to win your League to win the Ring.

Conclusions

The Dynasty Owner playoffs start in Week 14 and as we’ve seen from Week 13 anything can happen on a weekly basis in the NFL and Dynasty Owner. The loser’s bracket tournament for the extra first round draft pick (#13) also starts in Week 14 as well and every team in that tournament has a chance. They just need to keep on playing and try their best to win to grab that extra pick. There’s at least one more week for everyone to keep on playing Dynasty Owner in 2020 and hopefully more.

Right now, we are expecting to be back to our usual Tuesday recap article and Friday preview articles for the Dynasty Owner playoffs. Even if there are game delays, we’ll keep on publishing articles. Please read the Week 14 preview article to see how my Week 13 recommendations did and who should be a Starter and who should be on your Bench in the first round of the playoffs and loser’s bracket tournament. We have an article on League Winners and Playoff Predictions from Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) as well this week. Three weeks without transactions means that we won’t have the regular weekly look at Free Agent Auction targets from Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl), but he’ll be back. Be sure to follow all of us plus Dynasty Owner (@Dynasty_Owner) on Twitter to read what we’re writing and tweeting.

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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.

The podcast series with myself and Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer goes live this week at 1 PM on Wednesday so catch us just before the Wednesday afternoon game. If you can’t make it live, 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 565 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 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.

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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.

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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).

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