Week 2 Recap: Turnover

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

That’s not a mistake or misprint in the title, it says “turnover” on purpose. While there were plenty of turnovers in Week 2 of NFL action and a couple of them were crucial ones (see Chiefs, Kansas City), we are focusing on turnover here in the Week 2 recap. Some NFL teams had turnover under center as several QBs (Tua Tagavailoa, Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor) were hurt and had to be replaced. Fans of the Chicago Bears are hoping the turnover is permanent and Justin Fields takes over for the rest of the season. In San Francisco, there was also plenty of turnover in the 49ers backfield with three more RBs (Elijah Mitchell, Trey Sermon and JaMycal Hasty) getting hurt in Week 2, just one week after Raheem Mostert’s season ending injury.

More importantly, there was plenty of turnover in Dynasty Owner this week as eight out of the teams in last week’s Top 10 in the Chase for the Ring are no longer there. Some of them even dropped off the Top 25 leaderboard. What about your individual Dynasty Owner league – any turnover at the top of your league Standings? With hundreds of leagues, there are bound to be teams who were in the middle of the standings after Week 1 who are now on top and vice versa.

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

Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of September 21st.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our second Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 is: Derrick Henry

Having a RB win the Player of the Week honor is fairly rare. While this is Henry’s third time winning it, only two other RBs have ever been the recipient of this award (Nick Chubb in Week 4 of 2019 and Alvin Kamara in Week 16 of 2020). By scoring 49.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (182 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs, 6 receptions, 55 receiving yards), Henry eclipsed his personal best 49.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance from Week 6 of 2020. His third and final rushing TD of the day tied the Titans-Seahawks at 30-30 with just 29 seconds left in regulation time and was worth 6.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It put Henry ahead of Cardinals QB Kyler Murray who scored 45.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week. This was Murray’s second consecutive runner-up performance of the 2021 season.

Week 2 Points: 49.7

2021 Salary: $12,500,000

Cost per Point: $251,509

Congratulations Derrick on winning your third overall Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor. One more and you’ll be tied with Patrick Mahomes for the most in Dynasty Owner history!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. The second Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 season is: Tony Pollard

Two weeks and two RB wins for Value Player of the Week. In contrast to the Player of the Week award, there were fifteen times that a RB won this award in the first two seasons of Dynasty Owner and ten different RBs have been the Value of the Week. Ty’Son Williams made it sixteen RB wins and eleven different RB winners in Week 1 and Tony Pollard adds another name to the list with his first honor. However, this is not the highest scoring game of Pollard’s career as he scored 31.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 15 of last year. However, he was edged out for the Value of the Week award by Zach Pascal who scored slightly fewer points (27.9), but was earning only $660,000 and thus, was more valuable. That game was with Ezekiel Elliott out of the Cowboys lineup due to injury. This week, Elliott was healthy, but Pollard played better than Elliott and was the clear winner of the Value Player of the Week award with 26.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (109 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 3 receptions, 31 receiving yards, 71 return yards) in the Cowboys’ 20-17 victory over the Chargers.

Week 2 Points: 26.8

2021 Salary: $796,945

Cost per Point: $29,737

Congratulations Tony on your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor. Don’t be surprised if he wins another since he has two seasons left at his current salary.

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 2. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Derrick Henry or Kyler Murray 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 2 when they should have been.

QB: Daniel Jones (NYG) – 33.9 points

After Week 1, Daniel Jones was a pretty solid Bench option for your Dynasty Owner team. He was drafted in the eighth or ninth round on average (ADP 100.9) in 2021 Dynasty Owner start-up drafts and finished the first week as QB16 with 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Jones improved upon his Week 1 performance in Week 2 as he scored 33.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (249 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 95 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD) in the Giants’ last second 30-29 loss to the Washington Football Team. That was good enough to be the QB5 in Dynasty Owner for Week 2 and someone who definitely should have been in your Starting lineup.

RB: Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL) – 23.6 points

Remember during the off-season and training camp when everybody playing fantasy football was wondering who was going to play RB for the Atlanta Falcons this season? Both of the team’s leading rushers from last year (Todd Gurley and Brian Hill) were free agents. The Falcons declined to sign either one when free agency opened. After a few days, they signed Mike Davis who filled in so well for Christian McCaffrey in Carolina in 2020. In mid-April, they released Ito Smith who was their third leading rusher last season. Everybody thought that they’d take a RB in the NFL draft, but they didn’t. They signed undrafted rookie free agents Javian Hawkins and Caleb Huntley and lots of people drafted those guys in leagues far and wide because they thought one of them would end up as Davis’ backup. Hawkins was the early favorite with an ADP of 30.3 in Dynasty Owner rookie drafts and 205.0 overall ADP. It was quite the shock when he got released after the Falcons’ second pre-season game. So, people started gravitating towards Caleb Huntley and D’Onta Foreman, but alas both of them got released during training camp as well. Qadree Ollison was still on the roster, so Dynasty Owners started drafting him (ADP 217.8) but then he was released. Finally, at the end of training camp, they signed Wayne Gallman who had been released by San Francisco and played pretty well and was RB34 in Dynasty Owner for the New York Giants in 2020. All along, nobody suspected that the answer might be Cordarrelle Patterson, the guy they signed back in mid-April when they released Ito Smith. Maybe people will now after his 23.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (11 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 5 receptions, 58 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 27 return yards). He was right there under everyone’s noses since mid-April and hardly anyone believed that it would be him. Congrats to those of you who did and drafted him (ADP 233.7) in Dynasty Owner start-up drafts or held on to him from last season. He’s still available in almost one-third (30.8%) of Dynasty Owner leagues and only costs $3 million in salary cap.

WR: Rondale Moore (ARI) – 24.4 points

Two weeks and two Arizona Cardinals WR in this spot without D’Andre Hopkins getting injured. Last week, it was Christian Kirk with 24.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and this week, it’s Rondale Moore who outscored him by just a bit with 24.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 114 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 40 return yards, 1 fumble). While Kirk had the flashier performance in Week 1 with two TDs, Moore had more yards (114 yards vs. 70 for Kirk in Week 1) and receptions (7 vs. 5 for Kirk in Week 1), which were actually worth more Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6.4) than the additional TD (6.0). Moore also earned an extra point for having 40 return yards. He appears to be the top return man for the Cardinals which will help your Dynasty Owner team if you have him on your roster since Dynasty Owners get 1 point per every 40 return yards. The competition for the WR2 spot in Arizona is fierce after two weeks and both Moore and Kirk look worthy of consideration for being in your Starting lineup after their play in the first two weeks of the season.

Honorable mention to Henry Ruggs who had 23.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 113 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 2 rushing yards, 22 return yards) in the Raiders’ Week 2 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. After two weeks, Ruggs is the leading WR for Las Vegas with a total of 30.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which trails only TE Darren Waller who has scored 38.0 points. Similar to the WR who earned an honorable mention last week (Sterling Shepard), hopefully Dynasty Owners who believed in Ruggs and his role in the Raiders’ offense had him in their Starting lineup this week and benefitted from his production.

TE: Maxx Williams (ARI) – 16.4 points

While Rondale Moore led the Cardinals in targets and receiving yards in Week 2, he was tied for the lead in receptions with TE Maxx Williams. Both of them had seven receptions with Williams being targeted seven times for 94 yards compared with eight targets for 114 yards for Moore. Williams scored 16.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions for 94 receiving yards) and nearly as many receptions and yards as he did in 2020 when he played in six games (8 receptions for 102 receiving yards). This week, the seven year veteran set new career records for receptions and receiving yards in a single game, so if you had him on your Dynasty Owner roster (only 1.2% rostered) and then in your Starting lineup this week, I applaud you for your foresight. He could be a deep TE stash, but his $3.5 million salary might prevent some Dynasty Owners from picking him up and scare others away who want to see another solid week before investing in him.

Honorable mention to another expensive (2 years/$7.1 million) and little rostered (5.9%) TE. It’s Jack Doyle who scored 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 64 receiving yards, 1 2-pt. conversion) this week for Indianapolis. Doyle had 5.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 and appears to be the top TE for the Colts with 12 targets through two games. The only other Colts TE with any targets through two games is Mo Alie-Cox who has four and just 2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 18 yards). Doyle is expensive, so it’s doubtful that too many Dynasty Owners are going to run out and pick him up, especially since his contract has two years left on it. If you happen to have him on your Dynasty Owner roster, this was the week to have him in your Starting lineup.

K: Graham Gano (NYG) – 20.0 points

Gano is only rostered in an absurdly low 27.2% of Dynasty Owner leagues because the 34-year old veteran kicker has a 3 year, $14 million contract ($4.67 million per season). That makes him the second highest paid kicker in Dynasty Owner behind Justin Tucker at $5 million. However, Tucker was the #3 kicker in Dynasty Owner in 2020 with 129.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Gano was ranked #13 with 112.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Not only is he expensive but Gano was coming off a Week 1 performance of just 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (1 PAT). Not too many people had the Giants scoring 29 points against the Football Team and Gano with a 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (5 FGs of 23, 35, 47, 52 and 55 yards plus 2 PATs). That’s the most points by a kicker this season and puts Gano in a tie for third place overall with 21.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind only Daniel Carlson of the Raiders (29.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Dustin Hopkins of the Football Team (25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Worth monitoring if you need a kicker and have salary cap room. Gano might also possibly be worth starting in Week 3 if you have him already on your roster.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one highly drafted or highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored few or no Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, so they should have spent Week 2 riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Dak Prescott (DAL) – 7.8 points

After throwing 58 passes in Week 1 and scoring 39.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Dak Prescott owners were likely very excited to have him on their roster with visions of how he played in 2020 before getting injured (36.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game). The Cowboys-Chargers Week 2 game was anticipated to be high scoring as well, likely fueling even more optimism for Prescott. All of that came crashing down in Week 2 as Prescott only threw for 237 yards with an interception and fumble for a lowly 7.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It’s true that there were other QBs with fewer points this week (Zach Wilson with 0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but were you really starting him against Bill Belichick’s defense and Tua Tagavailoa who had 0.6 points but was injured early in the Dolphins game against Buffalo). Regardless, Prescott should have been on your Bench in Week 2.

A dishonorable mention for Jameis Winston of the New Orleans Saints who fell flat in his second start of the season with just 7.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (111 passing yards, 19 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 INTs). More troubling for Winston and his Dynasty Owners may be that he only threw 22 passes in Week 2 just one week after throwing 20 passes. A low volume passing offense isn’t what anybody wants their starting Dynasty Owner QB to lead, even if he only costs $5.5 million in salary like Winston does. After Week 1, plenty of Dynasty Owners with Winston on their roster likely inserted him into their Starting lineup for Week 2 when they shouldn’t have done so.

RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC) – 1.6 points

With the exception of Saquon Barkley, no early round Dynasty Owner draft pick has been more disappointing than Clyde Edwards-Helaire. His ADP in 2020 was 18.3 and he finished as RB21. He even went with the overall #1 pick in at one of my leagues in 2020. Getting a low end RB2 with a first or second round pick isn’t what Dynasty Owners counted on when drafting Edwards-Helaire. Despite this poor performance in 2020, Dynasty Owners still drafted him early in 2021 start-up leagues as his ADP was only slightly higher at 19.9. Nobody drafted in the first two rounds on average has gotten fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points over the first two weeks than Edwards-Helaire. He followed up his pedestrian 10.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 1 with a complete dud of just 1.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2 (46 rushing yards and 1 lost fumble). The turnover was crucial in the Chiefs’ 36-35 loss to the Baltimore Ravens as it came late in the fourth quarter. He’s probably not in too much danger of losing his spot as the top RB in Kansas City as he’s accounted for 27 out of the 41 rushing attempts by the Chiefs in the first two games (Darrel Williams has the second most among RBs with four). However, Dynasty Owners should consider putting Edwards-Helaire on the Bench this week and should have had him there in Week 2.

WR: Antonio Brown (TB) – 2.7 points

I thought about awarding this to Brandon Aiyuk again as he only scored 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2, but after what happened in Week 1, Dynasty Owners shouldn’t have been counting on him to perform well enough to be in their Starting lineup. Instead, the dishonor goes to Antonio Brown who followed up his stellar Week 1 performance of 23.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with a 2.7 point performance (1 reception for 17 yards) in Week 2. Brown was the odd man out for the Buccaneers this week, just as Mike Evans was in Week 1. With four high-quality pass catchers (Evans, Brown, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski) to get the ball to on offense, the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady can’t feed everyone enough targets on a weekly basis to make them worthy of being in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup. Weeks like this are going to happen to somebody on Tampa Bay and this just happened to be the week Dynasty Owners should have left Brown on the Bench.

TE: Tyler Higbee (LAR) – 1.8 points

Dynasty Owners who are spending $7.25 million to have Tyler Higbee on their roster are expecting better than 1.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 8 yards). At least he had 11.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 and no other TE for the Rams has even been targeted with a pass over the first two weeks of the season. Matthew Stafford has only targeted six players with throws in 55 pass attempts, so at least Higbee appears to be one of the few options for Stafford’s passes. It just wasn’t Higbee’s week as Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods did most of the receiving work in Week 2 (14 receptions for 227 yards). Higbee should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

K: Jason Sanders (MIA) – 0.0 points

Through no fault of his own, this dishonor goes to Jason Sanders of the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins only produced 216 yards of total offense and turned the ball over three times. Despite reaching the red zone three times, Sanders didn’t attempt a field goal and the Dolphins didn’t score any TDs so he couldn’t kick any extra points. Sanders did kick off to start the second half, but that was his only appearance. Dynasty Owners with Sanders on their roster likely had him in their Starting lineup because he was the top kicker in Dynasty Owner in 2020 with 153.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9.6 points per game) and scored 10.0 or more points in nine games. They weren’t expecting Sanders to not attempt a kick, otherwise they would have put him on their Bench, or better yet, their Practice Squad for the week.

Dishonorable mention to Jacksonville kicker Josh Lambo for his -3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 2. His 1.0 point performance in Week 1 combined with his 248.7 ADP means if you have Lambo on your Dynasty Owner roster (45.6% rostered), he probably is your Bench kicker. However, if you got excited because he was kicking in the thin air in Denver and put him in your Starting lineup, he rewarded your faith by missing FGs of 48 and 52 yards (worth -2.0 points each). He did nail his only PAT attempt though. That’s pretty terrible for a kicker making $3.875 million for two more years.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – SKOL Vikings vs. Scubon1c Plagu3

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With Top 25 Chase for the Ring pedigree, both teams performed well in Week 2, but were under their projections of 177.8 for SKOL Vikings and 169.6 for Scubon1c Plagu3. SKOL Vikings missed theirs by more which caused them to lose by just 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (154.6 to 151.7). It came down to Monday Night Football as both teams had players in their Starting lineup with the Scubon1c Plagu3 duo of D’Andre Swift and T.J. Hockenson scoring a combined 32.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to overtake SKOL Vikings who got 20.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Davante Adams. Kyler Murray led Scubon1c Plagu3 with 45.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Terry McLaurin had 27.7 points. Six players in the SKOL Vikings Starting lineup scored double-digit points, including QB Justin Herbert who had 19.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. However, SKOL Vikings started Herbert over the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady who had 41.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Starting Brady over Herbert would have given SKOL Vikings the victory and sole possession of first place in League #31927. That spot belongs to the 2-0 Scubon1c Plagu3, despite the fact that SKOL Vikings has scored 0.1 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points through two weeks of play. These two teams will face off in Week 13 of the regular season and probably again in the playoffs, so this may not be the last time they will appear as the Match-up of the Week.

Even those both teams had a lot of points this week, they both slipped out of the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring with SKOL Vikings now in 28th place and Scubon1c Plagu3 in 29th place. Don’t be surprised to see both teams back in the Top 25 at some point in the season and maybe appearing on the Thursday podcast with Tim and Seth.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

We know that neither SKOL Vikings or Scubon1c Plagu3 are in the Chase standings, but who exactly is in the Top 10 now. How much turnover was there from Week 1 to Week 2?

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Your new Chase for the Ring leader is Crow Valley Corvids from League #34654 with 402.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. They were in ninth place after the first week and are one of only two teams to appear in the Top 10 in both weeks. My Corona moved down one spot from fourth place to fifth place. The rest of the Top 10 are all new this week – talk about turnover!

The second place team in Week 1 (Juan Blanco in League #71012) is still in the Top 25, but now resides in 21st place overall. Neezy453, our Week 1 leader, has fallen out of the Top 25 and is now in 76th place overall. At least they won their Week 2 game and are still in first place in League #53939. That’s how quickly the Chase for the Ring standings can change in just one week. If your Dynasty Owner team has a good Week 3 performance, maybe you’ll be in the Top 10 or Top 25 next week.

Conclusions

It’s two games down and 15 games to go for the NFL season, but only a dozen regular season games left for Dynasty Owners. If your Dynasty Owner team isn’t close to cracking the Chase for the Ring standings and started off 0-2 in your league, hopefully it’s because of bad luck and you still think you have a chance to make the playoffs. With only two weeks completed, there’s plenty of time to turnover your roster and pick up some wins, starting in Week 3. If it’s not your year, it’s probably time to go back and read the off-season rebuilding articles by Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl)

Other Dynasty Owners could be sitting pretty in first place in their league and maybe thinking about contending for the Chase for the Ring. Is that your team? How are you going to turnover your roster in that scenario? Are you going to make moves in the Free Agent Auction or are you targeting some guys in trades to help make your run?

If you need help in any scenario, Dynasty Owner has plenty of great content coming out this week to assist you and maybe help you win your League Championship and the Chase for the Ring. Later today (Tuesday), Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl) is back with an article and video to help you figure out what players you need to target in the Free Agent Auction. Matt Morrison – The Jerk has an article and video dropping on Wednesday, then his Thursday Night Football preview on Thursday afternoon. Finally on Friday, I’m back with an article and video that will preview the Week 3 slate of games. I’ll also have another Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week and see how my Week 2 recommendations fared.

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Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

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Don’t Tilt After One Week

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Good day Dynasty Owners and boy is it finally good to say, “football is back!”  We witnessed many great games this weekend including the opening game of the season, the Cowboys/Buccaneers game. I will break that game down further in my next Thursday Night Football preview article.

If you remember, one of the first articles I wrote last season was titled “Don’t Tilt After One Week”. Well, in keeping with the tradition, I’m going to be writing a similar two-part series over the next couple of weeks. I will discuss either players that I think overperformed or underperformed in the first couple of weeks, and why you shouldn’t overreact to this small sample size. I know it’s not easy. It’s human nature especially after we have built up so much hype throughout the off-season, but I’m here to tell you, “do not tilt after one week.” I will talk about one player from each team, and break all 32 teams into two separate articles. Let’s get into it…

Cardinals

It was an all-around productive game for the Cardinals. Three players (Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins, and Christian Kirk) had two or more touchdowns. However, I would advise that you don’t worry too much about the lack of production by the running backs. The volume was there for both backs. Chase Edmonds ($728,090) had 12 carries and James Conner ($1,750,000) had 16 carries, but the stout rush defense by the Titans only allowed 116 rushing yards between the two. There will be brighter days ahead for both backs, although it looks like the backfield will be close to a 50/50 split.

Falcons

When you look at the Falcons’ box score, it’s easy to see why there could be panic among Falcons’ Owners. There were poor performances across the board. Matt Ryan, Mike Davis, Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage, and Kyle Pitts all had below-average games. I am completely unconcerned with Davis, Ridley, and Pitts. Those three will be the focal point in the offense moving forward.  Ryan may leave a little more room for concern due to his age (36) and history of hot and cold streaks.

Ravens

Lamar Jackson had an uncharacteristically bad game against an average defense.  He had 235 passing yards, 12 rushes, 86 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, and 3 fumbles. The fumbles are by far the most disappointing part of his day. In Dynasty Owner, a fumble is minus 1 point and a lost fumble is worth an additional minus 2 points. In the end, Lamar finished with 19.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFP).

Bills

The Bills went up against one of the top defenses in the league so it’s no surprise that they didn’t have the greatest offensive performance. That being said, Josh Allen ($5,295,760) and Stefon Diggs ($14,400,000) still had decent games. It may not be what their Dynasty Owners wanted, but Allen went for 19.9 DOFP and Diggs went for 15.9 DOFP. Again, not the greatest, but they didn’t destroy your winning chances. I have zero concern for either player moving forward especially as they start to play division rivals. My level of concern is much higher for the Buffalo running backs.

Panthers

Most of the Panthers’ top weapons had a very healthy game. Christian McCaffrey was no exception. He posted a line of 21 carries, 98 rushing yards, 9 receptions, 89 receiving yards, and zero touchdowns. This was good for 27.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. For CMC, I’m going to make the opposite argument that I usually make in Don’t Tilt articles. I wouldn’t expect this type of performance out of McCaffrey every week.

Now, I understand what most of you are thinking. “CMC has done this for his whole career with this type of volume.” Yes, that is true, but that is kind of my point. I don’t know how much longer he can do it. I believe that he will continue to be one of the most (if not the most) productive running backs in the league, but I would not expect, nor would I want my franchise running back touching the ball 30 times a game for a 17 game season. Expect fantasy greatness, but don’t expect 30 touches every week.

Bears

The fact that Allen Robinson hauled in only 6 receptions in a blowout loss is somewhat disappointing.  He saw 11 targets, 6 receptions, 35 yards, and 9.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This is nowhere near what you want from your WR1 that costs you $17,880,000 per year, but there is hope. The biggest hope I see coming is the idea that Justin Fields will probably be starting for the Bears sooner than later. Andy Dalton showed little willingness to move around the pocket or tuck the ball and run. This is exactly what was needed on Sunday Night against a top-tier Rams rushing defense. The fact that not one player tallied more than 45 receiving yards tells me everything I need to know moving forward. This was poor quarterback play against a strong defense. Look for a rebound game against the Bengals next week.

Bengals

Speaking of the Bengals, they had a sensational game on Sunday afternoon. The Bengals had zero turnovers and absolutely dominated the penalty yards against the Vikings. The Vikings had 12 penalties for 116 yards while the Bengals had only 3 penalties for 15 yards. That is a winning formula. It also seems like all the main guys had solid games. In terms of Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Joe Burrow had 25.2, Joe Mixon had 27.0, Ja’Marr Chase had 20.9 and Tee Higgins had 15.8. The one downside from a fantasy standpoint was Tyler Boyd. Boyd was poised to be the “safe” option among all the wide receivers for the Bengals this year. Well, he only saw 3 receptions for 32 yards. I think this is the way the season will go for the Bengals. It’s likely only two of these receivers will have above-average games each week, and it will not be easy to predict who it will be from week to week. I have my doubts that Burrow can support three top-end wide receivers in the way that Dak Prescott seems to be able to do. Regardless, continue to start Boyd.

Browns

It was a rough ending to a great game for the Browns, but I suppose that’s how it usually ends up when you play the Chiefs. The most disappointing fantasy performance was by Baker Mayfield. While the passing yards were there, the scoring certainly wasn’t. Baker totaled 321 passing yards and 1 interception which was good for 15.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. I labeled Baker as a perfect Bench quarterback coming into the 2021 season. He has a low salary ($8,170,745) and middle-of-the-road production. I suppose this performance fits the description. I anticipate more upside games out of Baker with more than the 28 pass attempts he had in Week 1.

Cowboys

I talked about the Cowboys game at length in my Thursday Night Football preview article. As far as I’m concerned, there was only one disappointment in that game, and it was Ezekiel Elliott. I’m sure many of you could guess I’d talk about Zeke. The truth is that Elliot was given only four first half carries. He posted a very disappointing 5.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He was not the focal point of the offense as Dak attempted 58 passes, which makes him currently the league leader. I wish I could say that I’m not concerned about Zeke, but I’m not fully convinced this year will be different than last year. However, I have hope for a few reasons.

First, Zeke should have Dak this whole season which will keep them in more competitive games and give him more scoring opportunities. Second, Dak will not be able to throw 58 times a game and expect to win the majority of the time. They will need to rely on the running game more and that revolves around Zeke. I know it’s not easy seeing a $15,000,000 running back take less than 6 points into Week 2, but please be patient.

Broncos

The most unfortunate part of the Broncos game is that they lost Jerry Jeudy to a high ankle sprain. The injury timeline has yet to be established, but he will be sidelined for a good chunk of the season. The overreaction advice here is not to give up on Jeudy. I feel this advice is important especially when we look at him from a Dynasty Owner perspective. Jeudy still has three years left on his contract that is worth $3,798,243 per year. Even if he misses half the season, I would still not trade him for less than what he’s worth. On the contrary, I would look to buy Jeudy for cheap if the price is right. I’d be offering a 2022 2nd round for him.

Lions

There were a lot of positives that came out of Detroit’s game against the 49ers despite them losing. Jared Goff, Jamaal Williams, D’Andre Swift, and T.J. Hockenson all had great games. I would say the most impressive performance was T.J. Hockenson with 8 receptions, 97 yards, and 1 touchdown. I’m really trying not to overreact in a positive direction on this one, but it’s hard. Hockenson looked great on Sunday, and he should continue to be the most targeted non running back on the team. We are witnessing the breakout we all waited two years to see. This is likely the year T.J. jumps very close to (if not in) the top tight end tier.

Packers

I am really struggling with the Packers because there was almost nothing positive to take away from their 38 – 3 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The highest scoring fantasy player for the Packers was Davante Adams. That isn’t surprising since he was projected to be the highest-scoring wide receiver in Dynasty Owner this year (347.7). Rather, it’s surprising that he led all Packers players with just 10.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. I don’t want to read too much into this game. The Saints’ defense is elite, and they showed that on Sunday afternoon. A nicely timed Lions’ matchup next week should right the ship for Green Bay.

Texans

The Texans nearly doubled up the Jaguars by beating them 37 – 21. I was most impressed with the workload that was given to Mark Ingram. He had 26 carries for 85 yards and a single touchdown. This was good for 14.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.  His 3.3 yards per carry average may not turn any heads, but the sheer volume he received made up for it. That being said, I wouldn’t expect this same number of carries every week. I expect David Johnson and Philip Lindsay to become more involved as the season moves on. Plus, I expect a much more pass heavy approach as they start to play more competitive teams.

Colts

Parris Campbell was targeted only 3 times in Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks. What’s strange is that only 14 of Carson Wentz’ 38 pass attempts were targeted at wide receivers. This trend cannot continue if the Colts plan on winning many games. Expect Michael Pittman Jr. (5.9 DOFP) and Parris Campbell (3.4 DOFP) to rebound in the upcoming weeks, at least for the Colts’ sake.

Jaguars

Nothing frustrated me more during Week 1 than watching James Robinson have only 8 touches.  He finished with 7.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It’s worth stating that in the games Robinson played in 2020, he never had less than 9.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. I wish I could say that I’m not worried, but I am. I had Robinson in the FLEX position in one of my leagues, and I’ve already decided to bump him out for Antonio Brown next week. I haven’t given up on JRob, but I’m going to need to see Urban Meyer’s willingness to use him more before he’s back in my Starting lineup.

Chiefs

Wow!  I mean, what else can I say about the Chiefs? It really shouldn’t be surprising anymore.  This was a very typical Chiefs game. They put up video game type stats (Patrick Mahomes: 43.6 DOFP, Tyreek Hill: 37.1 DOFP, Travis Kelce: 25.6 DOFP) and won a close game. Clyde Edwards-Helaire may not have gotten as much use as some of us may have liked, but it was mostly game script issues. Nothing to tilt about here.

Well, that’s the first half of my “Don’t Tilt” series.  If you take only one thing from this article, let it be this point…

We have only witnessed one week. This is an incredibly small sample size compared to what we are about to witness for the rest of the season. I have never given up on a player solely because of one or two weeks. Bear through the weeks and trust your draft process and strategy. Give yourself at least four weeks before you start to make critical decisions about your team, especially in Dynasty Owner.

I thank you all for reading and for continuing to support Dynasty Owner. Look for my video that will give a little more personal touch to my content. Next week, I will be presenting about all of the teams I did not get to this week in my “Still Not Tilting” article. I’ll be back tomorrow with my Thursday Night Football preview article. Message me on Twitter (@dynastyjerk) and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I would appreciate it if you followed @Dynasty_Owner on Twitter as well as subscribed to Dynasty Owner on YouTube.

Thank you all.  Take care and be safe.

TheJerk

Week 1 Recap: Upset City Baby!

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

It was Upset City in Week 1 of the NFL season (apologies to Dick Vitale for stealing his catchphrase). Sixteen teams were favored to win (according to the point spread), but only seven out of them actually won. The upsets included the Texans thumping the Jaguars by a score of 37-21 and the Saints thrashing the Packers on a neutral field in Jacksonville with a 38-3 score. We also had two overtime upsets with the Bengals defeating the Vikings 27-24 on a FG in overtime and the Raiders upsetting the Ravens on Monday Night Football by a 33-27 score on an overtime TD pass from Derek Carr to Zay Jones.

In Dynasty Owner, there were plenty of upsets as well, including a shocking loss in our Matchup of the Week by defending Chase for the Ring Champion Viktor Kilgore by his Ring winning Barbee Kilgore team in League #35395. This upset could have only happened in Dynasty Owner because of the 3-point clutch scoring bonus that Dan’s Dynasty got to secure the victory.

In terms of individual player performances, there wasn’t an upset in the competition to be the first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 as one of the top players in the NFL took the honor. We did have five players who did better than projected, which is an upset of sorts, and should have been in your Starting lineup, along with five players who upset their Dynasty Owners with their poor performances in Week 1 and should have been on the Bench or Practice Squad.

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

Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

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

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 is: Patrick Mahomes

This is the fourth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor for Mahomes, putting him ahead of Aaron Rodgers for the most honors. His 43.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (337 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 18 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD) was the lowest amount of points that he has scored for his Dynasty Owners in a Player of the Week winning effort. He edged out another QB (Kyler Murray) by a mere 0.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to take the honor. Most of Mahomes’ points came in the second half when he threw for 168 yards and all three of his passing TDs plus added 13 rushing yards (27.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). His 5-yard rushing TD came in the first half. As the highest paid player in the NFL and Dynasty Owner, he’s never going to be a value, but performances like this one are why people drafted him as highly as they did this year (ADP 37.1). Still, it’s the first time that a Player of the Week award winner had a cost per point of over $1 million.

Week 1 Points: 43.6

2021 Salary: $45,000,000

Cost per Point: $1,032,110

Congratulations Patrick on winning the first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor of the 2021 season and your record setting fourth one overall!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. The first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 season is: Ty’Son Williams

In the space of less than three weeks, Williams went from fourth string RB fighting for a spot on the Ravens’ 53-man roster to their starter at RB on Monday Night Football. That’s what happens when the three RBs ahead of you on the depth chart (J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill) all go down with season ending injuries. Since Dobbins’ injury, Williams has gone from being rostered in 6% of Dynasty Owner leagues to being rostered in 97.6% of leagues. All of the Dynasty Owners in the 2.4% of leagues that saw nobody draft or pick up a starting RB making only $660,000 in salary must be reading too much from the fantasy website that published this six days ago:

Ty’Son Williams is not worth drafting in his rookie year

On Monday Night Football, Williams showed that analysis was dead wrong as he scored 18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (65 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 3 receptions, 29 receiving yards) on just 12 touches. The 18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points are the lowest by any Value Player of the Week award winner and his cost per point is the second highest (behind $37,566 for Cooper Kupp in Week 11 of last season). Most of the really big point scorers from Week 1 make over $1 million in salary and it’s very difficult for anyone making that much to win this award.

Week 1 Points: 18.4

2021 Salary: $660,000

Cost per Point: $35,870

Congratulations Ty’Son on your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor. Don’t be surprised if he wins another one this season.

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 1. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Patrick Mahomes 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 normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 1 when they should have been.

QB: Jameis Winston (NO) – 41.1 points

If you missed the entire 2020 NFL season, you’re probably wondering why Winston is on this list. The overall #5 point scorer in 2019 was a backup for New Orleans last season and scored only 3.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the entire season. Flash forward to 2021 and Winston is the starter in New Orleans and doing very un-Jameis Winston things like throwing the ball only 20 times, completing 70% of his passes and not throwing an interception. Back in 2019, he only completed 70% of more of his pass attempts once in 16 games played, threw the ball more than 20 times in every game and only went three games without an interception. The LASIK surgery and strange training methods seem to have paid off as he scored 41.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (148 passing yards, 5 passing TDs, 37 rushing yards). Winston was the 22nd QB off the board in 2021 Dynasty Owner startup drafts (ADP 122.2) and projected as QB26 for the 2021 season, so his Dynasty Owners likely had plans for him to sit on the Bench and see how he’d play after pretty much a year off. If they had just missed the 2020 season, they would have done the right thing and had him in their Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to Jared Goff who had 38.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (338 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 1 INT, 14 rushing yards, 1 2-pt conversion). Goff is rostered in very, very few Dynasty Owner leagues (1.8%) and that’s not very likely to go higher because of his $33.5 million contract for four more years. He hadn’t scored that many Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a game since Dynasty Owner started in 2019, so even the few Dynasty Owners with Goff on their roster likely didn’t have him as a Starter against the 49ers.

RB: Jamaal Williams (DET) – 25.0 points

Everybody who had two Detroit Lions RBs with more than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers defense raise their hands. Sorry, but nobody should have their hands up because nobody thought that would happen. Once D’Andre Swift was deemed ready to play in Week 1, some Dynasty Owners may have thought that he could score that many points, but not Jamaal Williams. Williams was the starter for the Lions, but Swift played almost twice as many snaps (63 for Swift versus 32 for Williams). However, Williams was just as productive as Swift in fewer snaps with 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (54 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 8 receptions, 56 receiving yards). Swift had 24.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. As the 48th RB off the board in 2021 Dynasty Owner startup draft (ADP 133.6), Williams projected as a Bench RB. Hopefully the pre-game news from the Lions that he was going to be the starter caused some of his Dynasty Owners to move him into their Starting lineups.

WR: Christian Kirk (ARI) – 24.0 points

With rookie second round draft pick Rondale Moore and veteran free agent signee A.J. Green pressing Kirk for the WR2 spot on the Arizona Cardinals, it wasn’t a huge surprise that Kirk was being drafted in the middle rounds of 2021 Dynasty Owner  startup drafts (ADP 174.2). He was drafted around the same time last year (ADP 172.8) and finished as overall WR52 for the season. For just $1,473,717, he seemed like a good player to have on your Bench or as a Practice Squad guy who you could elevate if he held off Moore and Green, and grabbed some of the targets that went Larry Fitzgerald’s way in 2020. That’s what appeared to happen in Week 1 as Kirk had the same number of TD receptions as DeAndre Hopkins (2) and almost as many Dynasty Owner fantasy points (24.0 for Kirk versus 26.3 for Hopkins). Kirk had 5 receptions for 70 receiving yards and 2 receiving TDs, which would have looked nice in the Starting lineup for your Dynasty Owner team.

Honorable mention to Sterling Shepard who had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Kirk (24.3 versus 24.0 for Kirk), but is rostered in only 23.7% of Dynasty Owner leagues, so fewer Dynasty Owners could have made the decision to have him in their Starting lineup. Shepard scored his 24.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points by catching 7 passes for 113 receiving yards and a receiving TD. If not for the $10.25 million salary, he’d probably be a trendy Free Agent Auction target. If you believed in Shepard and his role in the Giants’ offense in 2021 enough to keep or draft him at that salary, then hopefully you believed enough to put him in your Starting lineup.

TE: Juwan Johnson (NO) – 17.1 points

That name should be familiar to readers. He’s been touted by Jay Pounds as the #4 target in his Week 1 Free Agent Auction article and as a late round flyer in my Roster Turnover Madness article published right after the final set of roster cutdowns. It was mainly for the potential that he offered for only $695,000 in salary, not because we expected him to score 17.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 21 yards, 2 receiving TDs) for the Saints in Week 1. I didn’t expect it, but maybe Jay did (you’ll have to ask him yourself). This performance was good enough to rank him as the TE5 in Week 1 behind four pretty good players you may have heard of before (Rob Gronkowski, Darren Waller, T.J. Hockenson and Travis Kelce). Hopefully, you picked him up based off of my (or Jay’s) recommendation and felt bold enough to put him in your Starting lineup this week because that’s where he belonged.

K: Joey Slye (HOU) – 12.0 points

There are a couple of reasons why Dynasty Owners wouldn’t have started Joey Slye this week. First, he kicks for the Houston Texans who were expected to have one of the worst offenses in the NFL. Second, he’s only on the Texans because of an injury to their regular kicker (Ka’imi Fairbairn) that landed Fairbairn on Injured Reserve. Slye is only a short term option for Dynasty Owners, as Fairbairn is only expected to miss three games. The fact that Slye was even rostered in half (51.5%) of Dynasty Owners was likely because his salary is very low ($850,000) and people drafted him before he was released by the Carolina Panthers in late August. Dynasty Owners with Slye on their roster should have started him since he produced 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He made all four of his PAT attempts along with FGs of 25, 26 and 40 yards. Even though he was sent back to the Texans’ practice squad after the game, he is likely to be promoted before their Week 2 game against Cleveland so if he’s on your roster, hang on to and maybe use him this week.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one 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 or no Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, so they should have spent Week 1 riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Aaron Rodgers (GB) – 0.6 points

In 2020, Rodgers was the QB2 in Dynasty Owner. After the first game of 2021, he is QB34, even behind Raiders backup Marcus Mariota who outscored him on one play (3.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on a 31 yard run). The only starting QB who was worse than Rodgers was Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Washington Football Team who had -0.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. However, Fitzpatrick was injured in the second quarter of his Week 1 game and didn’t return to play. Rodgers was just bad with just 133 passing yards and 2 INTs in a little over three quarters of football. The only positive news for Rodgers is that Packers backup QB Jordan Love didn’t light up TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville with his play in relief with 68 passing yards and a lost fumble for 0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In Rodgers’ last dance for the Packers (and possibly your Dynasty Owner squad), he should have been cooling his dance shoes on the Practice Squad.

RB: Saquon Barkley (NYG) – 3.7 points

This was kind of predictable. While saying Barkley wasn’t on a “snap count limit” because of his injury in Week 2 of the 2020 season and the prospect of playing another game on Thursday night, the Giants only used Barkley on half of their offensive plays in Week 1 (29 out of 58). He ended up touching the ball on 11 of those plays (10 rushing attempts and 1 reception) for just 27 total yards. He scored just 3.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (26 rushing yards, 1 reception, 1 receiving yard) and should have been nowhere near your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup in Week 1 despite his ADP of 11.8. If you’re wondering why Raheem Mostert isn’t the pick here after all of the hype during the week, it’s because he got injured early in the 49ers game. That’s why he only scored 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Injured players generally aren’t selected for this “award”.

A special dishonorable mention to both Trey Sermon and Zack Moss even though neither RB played in Week 1. That’s the problem as both of them were surprise inactives on Sunday. Hopefully Dynasty Owners were able to get them out of their lineups and avoid the zero points from them.

WR: Brandon Aiyuk (SF) – 0.2 points

Everybody who drafted Brandon Aiyuk in Dynasty Owner (ADP 57.6) likely didn’t think he’d score only 0.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 return yards) in a game that the 49ers scored 41 points. Instead of Aiyuk lining up at WR for the 49ers, it was Trent Sherfield (1 year/$920,000) who is rostered in only 3.6% of Dynasty Owner leagues who started in his place. If Dynasty Owners had known pre-game that Aiyuk wasn’t going to be playing much, they would have had time to pull him out of their Dynasty Owner Starting lineup and avoid his 0.2 point performance. There’s not much else to say other than Aiyuk should have been on your Practice Squad this week.

TE: Mike Gesicki (MIA) – 0.0 points

The dreaded Blutarsky, also known as 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It’s what no Dynasty Owner wants to see next to a player on their roster’s name. Especially not someone who was around the tenth TE off Dynasty Owner draft boards this year and usually taken in the eighth or ninth round (ADP 100.7). Those guys are supposed to be in your Starting lineup most weeks. Not this week for Gesicki, though. While Dolphins’ QB Tua Tagovailoa threw the ball 27 times this week, only four of those passes were targeted to TEs and just two were thrown Gesicki’s way. This is Gesicki’s first Blutarsky since October 18th of last year. Dynasty Owners with Gesicki on their roster should have left him on the Practice Squad this week.

K: Rodrigo Blankenship (IND) – 3.0 points

Blankenship didn’t have an awful day as he made both of his kicks in Week 1 (PAT and a 21 yard FG), it’s just that those kicks only gave him 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the first week of the season. In fact, six kickers had fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points, including Michael Badgley of Tennessee who scored -2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 out of 2 on PATs plus a missed 46 yard FG attempt). However, Badgley is only rostered in 47.9% of Dynasty Owner leagues after being released by the Chargers and signed to the Titans’ practice squad. In contrast, Blankenship was one of the first kickers drafted in 2021 Dynasty Owner startup drafts (ADP 163.0 to rank fourth), so Dynasty Owners with Blankenship on their rosters likely were using him as their Starter in Week 1. That was a mistake as he should have been on the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – Barbee Kilgore vs. Dan’s Dynasty

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In an incredible upset of epic proportions, Dan’s Dynasty defeated Barbee Kilgore by a score of 130.6 to 127.8. If you recall in the Week 1 preview article, Barbee Kilgore was favored to win by 37.5 points, but Dan’s Dynasty fought back and overtook Viktor on Monday night. Dan used high scoring performances from Kyler Murray (43.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Adam Thielen (30.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), plus 13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from their Starting kicker Daniel Carlson of the Las Vegas Raiders. It was Carlson’s 55-yard FG to tie the game in regulation that earned Dan’s Dynasty a 3-point clutch scoring bonus and the points that they needed to win the Match-up of the Week.

Nobody else in Dan’s Starting lineup had 20.0 or more points and he got just 3.6 points combined from his Starting RBs (Darrel Williams and Giovani Bernard).

Viktor was hurt by underperformances by Ben Roethlisberger, Davante Adams and Tyler Boyd plus the dreaded Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) from three players on his Bench (Chris Evans, Russell Gage and Matt Ammendola). Weep not for Viktor as he’s in four Dynasty Owner leagues this season and went 2-2. He also has the Ring, won a trip to Canton, Ohio to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame and met Tim, Paul and Seth. Despite the shocking loss, not a bad 2021 for Viktor.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

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Congrats to Neezy453 from League #53959 who is the leader in the Chase for the Ring after the first week of the 2021 Dynasty Owner season. All you have to do is keep scoring more points than anyone else and win your Dynasty Owner league and the Ring is yours.

Similar to our 2020 winner Barbee Kilgore, this is the only Dynasty Owner league for Neezy453. Also similar is that Neezy453 has a stack of Patrick Mahomes (43.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Tyreek Hill (37.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Neezy453 also got good performances out of Joe Mixon (27.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), CeeDee Lamb (23.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Marquise Brown (19.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in their Starting lineup and the Giants QB-WR stack of Daniel Jones (25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Sterling Shepard (24.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) plus Ty’Son Williams (18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) on their Bench.

Will Neezy453 go wire-to-wire and win the Ring? Probably not and that’s no offense to the team, it’s just not easy to do. The Swamp Donkeys had a 35.5 point lead after Week 1 in 2020 and by Week 3, they weren’t even in the Top 10. They did go on to finish 11th overall last year, so Neezy453 might still finish in the Top 25, but don’t go finding out your ring size just yet.

If you aren’t in the Top 10 (or even Top 25), don’t be disheartened and start rebuilding. Our 2020 Ring winner Viktor didn’t crack the Top 10 until Week 8 when he suddenly showed up in 2nd place. There’s no reason to overreact based on one week of games.

Conclusions

We made it through the first week of the NFL and Dynasty Owner season. Every NFL team is on a pace to finish 17-0 or 0-17 and all Dynasty Owner teams are either projected to go 14-0 right now, or 0-14. Hopefully none of your teams got upset so they are on pace to go undefeated and you’re checking to see how far you are out of appearing on the Chase for the Ring leaderboard. Remember upsets happen in both the NFL and Dynasty Owner.

Dynasty Owner has plenty of other great content to help you win your League Championship and maybe the Chase for the Ring coming this week. Later today (Tuesday), Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl) is back with an article and video to help you figure out what players you need to target in the Free Agent Auction. Matt Morrison – The Jerk has an article and video dropping on Wednesday, then his Thursday Night Football preview on Thursday afternoon. Finally on Friday, I’m back with an article and video that will preview the Week 2 Sunday games. I’ll also have another Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week and see how my Week 1 recommendations fared.

Please read all of our articles, watch our videos on YouTube or listen to them wherever you get your podcasts. Don’t forget follow all three of us plus Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well. Thanks, and have a great day!

Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

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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.

The podcast series with myself and Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer goes live at 1 PM on Wednesday. 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 has 569 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 semi-finals matchup and continue your quest to make your way into the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring standings.

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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.

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

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