Week 9 Recap: What Happened to All of the Scoring?

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

NFL scoring has fluctuated since the start of bye weeks in Week 6. As you can see, there’s been at least one game with 65 or more points in the NFL in each of the past four weeks, while the average points per game started at the high point, dropped to the low point, then rebounded before declining a bit again.

WeekAverage Points per GameHigh Scoring GameLow Scoring Game
Week 649.06534
Week 742.86723
Week 845.76525
Week 944.67515

However, Dynasty Owner scoring appears to be declining as the season moves along. After the first five weeks when Dynasty Owners had players from all 32 NFL teams at their disposal, the top team in the Chase for the Ring was averaging 187.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week and the team in 25th place was averaging 169.0 points. However, the average has been dropping with every passing week and after Week 9, the top team in the Chase is now averaging 174.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week and the team in 25th place has dropped to  an average of 157.9 points per week.

The average high scoring team in Dynasty Owner on a weekly basis has dropped as well with the high scoring team in the first five weeks averaging 227.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week. This has dropped by over 20.0 points to 207.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the past four weeks.

WeekHigh Scoring TeamLeague #Dynasty Owner Fantasy Points
1Neezy45353958213.0
2The Forgotten55784240.2
3Wishful Thinking28048218.1
4Four Deans37154222.0
5Life as a Falcons Fan74742244.9
6Mooresville Allargators71019223.5
7Gang Green65869221.6
8Havana Club 7931820192.3
9SKOL and Bones35409191.1

Over the past two weeks as the bye weeks have continued and injuries have piled up, neither of the top two weekly scoring teams exceeded 200.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It started in Week 8 with Havana Club 79 from League #31820 scoring 192.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and continued to go down as SKOL and Bones from League #35409 led Week 9 with 191.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

How has this happened? It starts with lower scoring from individual players, particularly those who are driving some of the high weekly scoring. The best player on a weekly basis, our Player of the Week, averaged 50.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over the first five weeks. In the past four weeks, that average is down to 39.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with the best performance coming from Dak Prescott in Week 6 (42.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). It’s the same trend for the Value Player of the Week as the average score for those players was 26.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the first five weeks, but has been 23.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points since the bye weeks started.

Week 9 in particular was a horrible week for Starting QBs. If we look at the Top 12 ranked likely Dynasty Owner Starting QBs who played in Week 9, the average number of Dynasty Owner fantasy points was only 19.6 points. Two QBs (Lamar Jackson and Justin Herbert) had really good weeks to inflate those results with only five QBs out of the Top 12 having more than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. If we add in the next three top rated QBs who played in Week 9, the average gets even worse (17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). This analysis leaves out Matt Ryan (36.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), Carson Wentz (32.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Kirk Cousins (27.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) who had good weeks and ranked easily inside the Top 12 QBs but are rostered in few Dynasty Owner leagues. All of the QBs included in this analysis are rostered in at least two-thirds of Dynasty Owner leagues. This analysis doesn’t even factor in Dynasty Owners who left Kyler Murray in their Starting lineup or on the Bench and got zero points since he was inactive. If you had any of the Top 4 QBs in Dynasty Owner through the first eight weeks of the season, you know exactly why your Dynasty Owner team didn’t score very many points this week. All four of them scored less than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 9 (Matthew Stafford – 16.0, Josh Allen – 9.2, Patrick Mahomes – 14.1, Joe Burrow – 7.2).

Even our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week was low-scoring as the two teams combined for 100.0 fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points less than projected. In fact, only one team featured in a previous Match-up of the Week scored fewer points than both of the teams did this week. How about your team? Did they score a lot of points last week? If your Dynasty Owner team is doing well and you think they are going to score a lot of points this week, then let me know on Twitter (@SteveVT33) and maybe they will be featured in the Week 10 Match-up of the Week.

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

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

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of November 9th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our ninth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 was the consensus first QB taken in 2021 Dynasty Owner start-up drafts, but who hasn’t been the Player of the Week yet in his career. Our winner this week is: Justin Herbert

While this is Justin Herbert’s first Player of the Week award, this week was not the best week that he has had in his career, or even this season. In a low-scoring week, Herbert had the only performance with more than 40.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with 40.2 points (356 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 14 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 2-pt conversion). It has been an up-and-down season for Herbert with four games of less than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, one game of 29.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and three games, including this week, with more than 40.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In fact, this is just the third highest scoring week of the 2021 season for Herbert, behind Week 3 with 44.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Week 5 when he had a career high 55.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Even though Herbert had more points in both of those weeks, he still finished with around 5.0 less points than the Player of the Week winner. The 356 passing yards were the most by any QB this week and his 3 TDs were tied with four others for the most TDs for the week.

Week 9 Points: 40.2

2021 Salary: $6,644,688

Cost per Point: $165,291

Congratulations to Justin Herbert on winning the first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor of his career. It likely will not be the last one.

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

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

The appearance of Zaccheaus here isn’t a surprise because when a player has a salary as low as his ($586,667), they really just need a solid week with around 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to win the award. That week finally came for Zaccheaus in Week 9 as he had two TDs on just three receptions and scored 20.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 58 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). The three receptions tied a season-high for Zaccheaus who has had a disappointing season for his Dynasty Owners so far with only 28.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his seven previous games (just over 4.0 points per week). More was expected from him after the trade of Julio Jones to Tennessee made Zaccheaus the WR3 in Atlanta, but he has failed to deliver on his tantalizing prospect with one of the lowest salaries in Dynasty Owner. Most of the players with lower salaries are NFL free agents, while only 10 players on a NFL team have a lower Dynasty Owner salary. However, all of the Dynasty Owners who kept Zaccheaus of their rosters (83.4%) were rewarded even if he made an appearance on their Bench this week. It’s unlikely too many Dynasty Owner had Zaccheaus in their Starting lineup, but congratulations to those of you who did and had your faith in him validated with this week’s performance.

Week 9 Points: 20.8

2021 Salary: $586,667

Cost per Point: $28,205

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

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 9. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Cooper Kupp because if you have him, you know he’s still in the Top 10 in Dynasty Owner scoring and that you’re not taking him out of your lineup until his bye week (Week 11). Instead, these are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad (or even not on many Dynasty Owner rosters), but likely weren’t Starters in Week 9 when they should have been.

QB: Matt Ryan (ATL) – 36.9 points

Without his top receiver Calvin Ridley, Matt Ryan had another quality performance in Week 9. The fact that he had over 300 passing yards and 3 TDs without Ridley is even more impressive because it came against New Orleans who have been effective in stopping Ryan over the past two seasons. He has only averaged 15.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his past four meetings against the Saints. This week, Ryan had more than double that average with 36.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (343 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 8 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD). Ryan had his third week of the 2021 season with at least 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a pretty low scoring week. He was ranked as QB3, behind only Player of the Week Justin Herbert and Lamar Jackson who had 39.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Ryan is still rostered in only 12.4% of Dynasty Owner leagues and shouldn’t be a Free Agent Auction target due to his $30 million annual salary. However, this would have been a good week to have him in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to Josh Johnson of the New York Jets. Johnson came into the Jets’ Thursday Night Football game in relief of Week 8 Player of the Week Mike White and ended up producing 33.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (317 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 18 rushing yards, 1 INT). Johnson’s appearance was not expected at all as up until two weeks ago, he was the practice squad QB for the Jets. The Jets lack of confidence in him and Mike White was evident after they traded for Joe Flacco in the wake of the injury to starting QB Zach Wilson. His elevation to the active roster for the Bengals and Colts games didn’t move the needle on his Dynasty Owner roster percentage as it remained at zero percent. As a result, no Dynasty Owners benefitted from his 33.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point game. At least a small percentage (7.7%) had Mike White in their Starting lineup last week and one-quarter (26.0%) had him on their Bench. Nobody had one of the highest scoring players of the week on their roster this week. No wonder scoring is down!

RB: Nyheim Hines (IND) – 21.5 points

The disappearance of Nyheim Hines from fantasy relevance for the past five weeks has been a big surprise. Especially after signing a three-year, $18.6 million extension with the Colts two days before their season opener and then having two very good performances in the first three weeks (14.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 and 18.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3). After Week 3, Hines hasn’t been worth having in your Starting lineup as he has scored only a total of 15.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Weeks 4-8 (an average of 3.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game). Hines was only ranked RB49 after the first eight weeks of the season despite not having his bye week yet. As a result, he was probably sitting on the Bench in many Dynasty Owner leagues heading into Week 9 when he had his best performance of the 2021 season with 21.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (74 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 4 receptions, 34 receiving yards, 25 return yards). Hopefully Dynasty Owners with Hines on their roster looked past the previous five low-scoring weeks, focused on the Week 9 match-up with the New York Jets and put Hines into their Starting lineup.

WR: Elijah Moore (NYJ) – 27.4 points

One of the rookies who many fantasy football analysts had spent the off-season touting was Jets WR Elijah Moore. On average, Dynasty Owners had taken Moore with an early second round rookie draft pick (rookie ADP 16.5) and a late eighth round pick in 2021 start-up drafts (ADP 93.6). However, they haven’t really been able to use him as he scored only 14.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through his first three games in the NFL, missed Week 4 with a concussion, then had a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in Week 5. However, it’s been a different story after the Jets had their bye in Week 6 and Mike White took over part way through their Week 7 game. Moore had a 19-yard TD run after Zach Wilson left Week 7, then produced 13.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 8 and topped that with his 27.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (7 receptions, 84 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs) in Week 9. This game moved him up from WR86 in Dynasty Owner to WR61 and back on the radar for Dynasty Owners to have in their Starting lineup in the future. That’s where he should have been in Week 9.

Honorable mention for the second week in a row goes to a Dallas Cowboys’ backup WR. This week, it was Malik Turner who had 20.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 33 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs) after being on Injured Reserve for the first eight weeks of the season. Both of the TDs were in fourth quarter garbage time after the Cowboys had fallen behind Denver by a score of 30-0, but they count just the same. Even for players like Turner who are not rostered in any Dynasty Owner leagues. Since he’s not rostered in any league, there was no way any Dynasty Owners could have had him in their Starting lineup.

TE: Stephen Anderson (LAC) – 13.9 points and Donald Parham (LAC) – 12.9 points

It was a good week to be a Los Angeles Chargers TE. All three of them (Stephen Anderson, Jared Cook and Donald Parham) scored with Anderson and Parham coming up with TDs, while Cook had a 2-pt conversion. Jared Cook was the top Chargers’ TE coming into Week 9, but had the worst week with 10.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 48 receiving yards, 1 2-pt conversion) to rank TE11 for the week in Dynasty Owner. Amazing that he was a Top 12 TE this week and only third on his own team in TE scoring. The other two Chargers’ TEs had TDs and more points as Stephen Anderson scored 13.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 39 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) and Donald Parham scored 12.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 39 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). While Parham wasn’t likely to be in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup because he was ranked as TE42 through eight weeks with just 28.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, it was impossible for Anderson to be in it as he was not rostered in any Dynasty Owner leagues. I’m not sure that the Chargers’ offense can sustain three Top 12 TEs again in a single week for the rest of the season, but it happened in Week 9 and both Anderson and Parham should have been in your Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to Chicago Bears TE Cole Kmet who had a career-high 87 receiving yards and tied for a career high with 14.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. While it’s true that Kmet had more points than both Anderson and Parham, Dynasty Owners were banking on Kmet having a good year as he was drafted on average in the late 10th or early 11th round of Dynasty Owner start-up drafts with an ADP of 121.2. Parham was drafted 136 spots later and Anderson was undrafted, so neither of them were expected to be in your Starting lineup, while some Dynasty Owners likely envisioned Kmet there on a somewhat regular basis. They finally got what they wanted in Week 9 as he was TE5 while not scoring a TD to give his Dynasty Owners a 14.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point week (6 receptions, 87 receiving yards). It was the first week of the season in which he scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points and that means he should have been in your Starting lineup.

K: Chris Boswell (PIT) – 18.0 points

This spot was empty until Monday night as only three kickers had even scored 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through Sunday night. Two of those kickers were in the Top 5 in Dynasty Owner (Justin Tucker and Matt Gay) and shouldn’t be featured here as they should be in Dynasty Owner Starting lineups. The third kicker was Younghoe Koo who was ranked #18 and scored 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Usually, there is a kicker or two with more points than that, so I was holding out hope that either Cairo Santos or Chris Boswell would put together a solid game and Boswell did just that despite missing a PAT attempt. Actually, it was really just a good quarter as through three quarters, he had only scored 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (two made PATs and one missed PAT). Early in the fourth quarter, he had a 54-yard FG and then made a 52-yarder with just under three minutes left. The Bears scored a late TD to take the lead, but Boswell nailed a 40-yard FG with 26 seconds on the clock. That kick was worth 7.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points alone and combined with the 10.0 points from the earlier 50+ yard FGs gave Boswell a total of 18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Boswell has a high salary ($4.2 million), so he’s rostered in just 50.9% of Dynasty Owner leagues. Hopefully those Dynasty Owners had him in their Starting lineup and not sitting on the Bench.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one highly drafted or highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who only scored a few Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, which was less than most players even in a low-scoring week such as Week 9. All of them should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Joe Burrow (CIN) – 7.2 points

Before this week, Joe Burrow had started 18 NFL games and only scored fewer than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on one occasion (Week 5 last year when he had only 3.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against Baltimore). This week, it was another AFC North opponent (Cleveland Browns) who held him to just 7.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (282 passing yards, 1 rushing yard, 2 INTs, 1 fumble). This was the first game of the season in which Burrow failed to throw multiple TD passes and in a troubling sign, he is currently tied with Carolina QB Sam Darnold for the most interceptions in the NFL with 11 for the season. It’s not all bad for Burrow as he has thrown for 20 TD passes and is averaging 277.4 yards passing per game. Prior to Week 9, he was averaging 26.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and was likely in your Starting lineup on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, he shouldn’t have been there in Week 9.

Dishonorable mention to Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills. In one of the biggest surprises of Week 9, the Jacksonville Jaguars held the Bills out of the end zone and defeated them by a score of 9-6. Allen ended up turning the ball over three times (2 INTs and 1 lost fumble) in the loss to go along with 264 passing yards and 50 rushing yards. That gave him only 9.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, his worst output since Week 4 of the 2019 season when he had only 6.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (omitting Week 17 in 2019 when he only played two series and scored just 0.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Allen is still QB4 in Dynasty Owner for the season, even after this terrible Week 9 performance that called for him to be on your Bench.

RB: Khalil Herbert (CHI) – 1.3 points

Overall, Khalil Herbert was outside of Starting RB range as the RB41 in Dynasty Owner prior to Week 9, but he was likely in many Starting lineups as he’s been very productive while David Montgomery was on Injured Reserve, scoring an average of 13.95 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Montgomery returned in Week 9, but with the Bears on bye in Week 10 and playing on Monday night, it’s understandable that many Dynasty Owners probably figured Herbert was a safe player to start. He wasn’t and ended up with only 4 touches, compared to 15 for Montgomery. He only had 1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (13 rushing yards), which was lower than projected and not very helpful in a low-scoring week. If the Bears had played on Sunday, it would have been easier to put Herbert on your Bench as the news about Montgomery being active would have been a day earlier. Hopefully his Dynasty Owner anticipated this and had Herbert on their Bench.

WR: Jakobi Meyers (NE) – 2.0 points

Even without scoring a TD, Jakobi Meyers has been the leading receiver for New England all season. He has the most receiving yards (435), receptions (46), targets (72) and Dynasty Owner fantasy points (95.9). That includes his poor Week 9 performance of just 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception, 8 receiving yards, 7 return yards). He is outpacing both Kendrick Bourne (90.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Hunter Henry (88.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), but another poor outing might change things for Meyers. It seems unlikely as he has put up solid numbers for his Dynasty Owners this season with an average of 11.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Meyers’ best game was only 18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but his worst prior to Week 9 was 7.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That consistency likely landed him a spot in your Starting lineup either as your WR2 or FLEX, but he should have been on the Bench instead.

TE: Zach Ertz (ARI) – 5.7 points

Out of the top TEs, only two (Travis Kelce and Darren Waller) had good performances this week with 17.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Kelce and 16.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Waller. The bulk of the remaining top TEs were mediocre and got their Dynasty Owners between 9.0 and 11.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, so none of them could really be categorized as players who should have been on your Bench. As a result of his 5.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (3 receptions for 27 receiving yards), Zach Ertz is the choice here because he had the fewest points of any of the Top 12 TEs. He was just ahead of C.J. Uzomah who had 6.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions for 24 receiving yards). Neither Ertz nor Uzomah were truly bad selections for your Starting lineup this week, but you would have preferred to have Ertz on your Bench.

K: Nick Folk (NE) – 3.0 points

Nick Folk was the top ranked kicker in Dynasty Owner after eight weeks with 75.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9.4 points per game). He had gotten double-digit points for his Dynasty Owners in four weeks, despite having only one clutch scoring event. Folk attempted five kicks in Week 9 and made four of them, but three were PATs worth only 1.0 point and the successful FG was a 2.0 point one from 37 yards out. The miss was a 54-yarder that cost his Dynasty Owners 2.0 points and gave Folk a total of just 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the week. It was likely that a lot of Dynasty Owners had Folk in their Starting lineup and were disappointed with just 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a low-scoring week. Folk should have been on the Bench this week, not your Starting lineup.

Dishonorable mention to Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby who contributed negative 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to everyone who had him in their Dynasty Owner Starting lineup. Crosby had missed four FGs and a PAT attempt this season, but was still tied with Harrison Butker and Chase McLaughlin as the #13 ranked kicker in Dynasty Owner prior to Week 9. In a week in which the Packers could have used an extra six points, Crosby missed two FGs in the first half, a 37-yard attempt that was blocked and a 40-yard attempt that missed left. He did have a successful PAT attempt in the fourth quarter, but that only gained his Dynasty Owners 1.0 point to offset the negative 5.0 points from the missed FGs. A loss of 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for everyone who had Crosby in their Starting lineup definitely didn’t help in such a low-scoring week in Dynasty Owner.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – Bills Mafia vs. John Boy’s Bolts

Just like the NFL and the rest of Dynasty Owner, our Match-up of the Week ended up being a low-scoring game.

Not only was in low-scoring, but for the first time this season, a Match-up of the Week was decided by Bench scoring. If Dynasty Owner did not give an extra 25% of the points from players on each team’s Bench added to its final score, then the result of the Match-up of the Week would have been completely different, and Bills Mafia would have won by a score of 99.2 to 96.0. Bench scoring does count in Dynasty Owner and enabled John Boy’s Bolts to overcome that 3.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point deficit from the Starting lineup to win by a final score of 116.03-104.43.

Almost half of the Bench points for John Boy’s Bolts came from James Conner who had 3 TDs and 39.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That added 9.83 points to John Boy’s Bolts total score. The other six Bench players for John Boy’s Bolts had a total of 40.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and added 10.2 points to their final total score. In contrast, all seven Bench players for Bills Mafia had single-digit points with Bench kicker Michael Badgley contributing the most (8.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), while Bench RB Jeffery Wilson was activated, but didn’t play for the 49ers and had a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). The entire Bills Mafia Bench produced only 20.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and added just 5.23 points to the Bills Mafia’s final total score.

Cooper Kupp was the leading scorer in the John Boy’s Bolts Starting lineup with 20.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, followed by Melvin Gordon with 17.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and 16.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points by Darren Waller. This balanced scoring was able to overcome the 35.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort for Bills Mafia by Jonathan Taylor on Thursday night. Bills Mafia was undone by poor performances from Joe Burrow (7.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and just 0.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points by Chase Edmonds before he left the Arizona game due to a high ankle sprain. Both Davante Adams and Emmanuel Sanders unperformed for Bills Mafia, while the trio of Travis Kelce, Rashod Bateman and Harrison Butker were close to, but didn’t quite reach their projections. 

The victory gives John Boy’s Bolts an 8-1 record and a two-game lead in the League #76062 standings over The Cap is Fake, Bills Mafia and Corncob TV. However, did their season-low score of 116.03 points drop John Boy’s Bolts out of the Top 10 in the Chase for the Ring?

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

There was some movement in the Chase for the Ring Top 10 leaderboard after Week 8, including John Boy’s Bolts dropping out of the Top 10 and back into 12th place. However, the biggest news is probably that we have a new team in first place!

One of the SKOL Vikings teams (League #31927) has moved into the top spot in the Chase for the Ring by a mere 1.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over The Road Warriors. That’s a flip from last week when The Road Warriors had a 7.7 point lead. Once again, we had eight teams stay in the Top 10, while two teams dropped out (John Boy’s Bolts and LvMeSmMe) and two new teams moved in (Crow Valley Corvids and bradysbunch12). Welcome back to Crow Valley Corvids who last cracked the Top 10 back in Week 3 and were in first place after two weeks. It was a short jump for bradysbunch12 into 10th place as they were in 11th place last week. LvMeSmMe dropped out of the Top 10, but didn’t go too far as they now sit in 13th place overall. With this low scoring week, the lack of movement in the Chase Standings isn’t much of a surprise.

Conclusions

Not surprisingly, the bye weeks (and injuries) are affecting Dynasty Owner scoring as Dynasty Owners have fewer options for their Starting lineup and Bench. Some Dynasty Owners are even playing without Bench players at positions. There are fewer Free Agent Auction targets every week and that’s depressing scoring as well. It’s mostly QB and kicker where Dynasty Owners aren’t putting in Bench players, but even in a low-scoring week, those two positions can account for 20-25 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and add 5-6 points to your total weekly score. With four teams on bye in Week 10 (Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston and New York Giants), the low-scoring trend might end as there are fewer week in and week out Starters on those teams. However, if the top QBs don’t score many points again this week, we could see another week of low-scoring Dynasty Owner games and less movement in the Chase for the Ring.

Regardless of how many points are being scored every week, Dynasty Owners still will be getting a full week of content. We’ll have Jay Pounds doing the Monday Night Football preview on Monday afternoons and his Free Agent Auction targets article and video on Tuesdays. Matt Morrison – The Jerk continues his Wednesday article and video series on Opportunities and then is back on Thursday afternoon with his Thursday Night Football preview. Finally, my article and video previewing the rest of the weekly slate of games will appear on Friday. Check it out to see how my Week 9 recommendations fared and what teams are featured in the Match-up of the Week.

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Week 8 Recap: Backups Matter

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

With injuries in Week 7 knocking players such as Miles Sanders and Zach Wilson out of action for multiple weeks, their backups were going to be pressed into action in Week 8. In an unexpected twist, the backups for both Sanders and Wilson ended up playing better than the guys they replaced. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic continued to knock players out of action and in Week 8, it hit the Green Bay WR room hard, leaving the Packers without both Davante Adams and Allen Lazard. In their absence, Randall Cobb stepped up with a two TD performance on Thursday night to help the Packers defeat the previously undefeated Arizona Cardinals.

Not all of the news from the Packers’ Week 8 victory was good as they lost their Starting TE Robert Tonyan to a season-ending ACL injury. It’ll be interesting to see which one of his backup TEs steps up, or if Aaron Rodgers just relies even more on Davante Adams. Then on Sunday, the top RB in Dynasty Owner (Derrick Henry) broke a bone in his foot. On Monday, he had surgery and was placed on Injured Reserve. Henry will still probably be the #1 scoring RB for another couple of weeks as he has a 50.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point advantage over the #2 RB (Jonathan Taylor). However, in a worrisome sign about their confidence in the backup RBs on their roster, the Titans signed 36-year old free agent RB Adrian Peterson to a contract on Monday. Whether Peterson or one of the other backup RBs (Jeremy McNichols or Dontrell Hilliard) can replace even a portion of Henry’s fantasy production remains to be seen.

Dynasty Owners have likely been employing backups at key positions for a while this season with all of the injuries. If your team avoided injuries, then the six-team bye week fiasco likely elevated some backups from the Practice Squad to the Bench and others from the Bench to the Starting lineup. Interestingly, it hasn’t been the QBs going down as the most prominent QB to be out for several weeks so far is Russell Wilson. Yes, I know that Tyrod Taylor and Ryan Fitzpatrick went out early in the season and haven’t returned yet, Tua Tagovailoa missed a couple of weeks, Baker Mayfield sat for a game as did Zach Wilson, and Sam Darnold has been getting banged up, but realistically, your Dynasty Owner team wasn’t winning the Ring (or probably even your League) with any of those guys as your Starting QB. None of them were among the Top 10 QB drafted in 2021 start-up drafts, and none was lighting up scoreboard like a pinball machine before their injuries occurred.

It’s been a different story at RB. Derrick Henry is the #1 RB so far this season and now he might be out for the rest of the Dynasty Owner season. I’ll ask Cousin Justin about that during the Wednesday livestream at 4 PM. Christian McCaffrey had 52.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his first two games, then got hurt in Week 3 and might finally practice again on Wednesday. There is a long list of other RBs drafted, on average, in the first four rounds of Dynasty Owner drafts in 2021 who have missed more than a game or two so far this season (Saquon Barkley, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, J.K. Dobbins, David Montgomery, Travis Etienne and Chris Carson). That list left out Cam Akers (ADP 50.0) who is out for the entire 2021 season plus Dalvin Cook and Josh Jacobs who missed games in the first couple of weeks but are back now. That’s a lot of Dynasty Owner teams who are missed one of their top RBs and room for a lot of backups to shine in their place, like Mike Davis did for Carolina last year. Most of the backup RBs were drafted, but late in the draft for just this type of situation. Now some of them are being thrust into your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup on a regular basis.

There have been some WR and TE injuries and backups stepping in for those players as well. Nobody who’s made an impact for the whole season, but Randall Cobb has had a couple of nice weeks for Green Bay, Kadarius Toney did really well in Week 5 before seemingly suffering an injury per week since then, Donovan Peoples-Jones was great for the Browns in Week 6, and Jamal Agnew has been pretty good since D.J. Chark was lost for the rest of Jacksonville’s season. At TE, O.J. Howard had a good game replacing Rob Gronkowski in Week 6 and Foster Moreau did the same thing in Week 7 for Darren Waller.

Whether or not your Dynasty Owner team had their guys on your roster at the start of the season, or you picked them up off the Free Agent Auction, all of these backups have played a role for their NFL teams. More backups will have to step for Dynasty Owners after a rash of Week 8 injuries combined with four teams on bye in Weeks 9 and 10 stretch the depths of Dynasty Owner rosters.

There were a few backups on the Bench for both teams in our Match-up of the Week. The winning team appears to have left Week 8 with their Starting lineup still intact, while the losing team had to turn to a backup QB this week and will have to find a replacement for Derrick Henry for the rest of the season as well.

Two of my teams are relying on backups to fill key positions now, while the other two teams have been fortunate and not had to do it as much. What about your team? And who do you think has been the best backup for Dynasty Owners through eight games this season? Our Player of the Week is a backup, but he hasn’t been doing it all season, so it’s not him. I’ll send out my choice on Twitter (@SteveVT33) and everyone can respond and tell me if they agree or not. I’m also taking requests for teams to feature in the Week 9 Match-up of the Week. Don’t worry if someone beats you to it, I can always use backups.

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

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

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of November 2nd.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our eighth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 is a backup QB and easily the most improbable player to win it in Dynasty Owner history. In honor of all backups, our winner this week is: Mike White

Usually, the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is an established starter and not a player making the first start of his NFL career. There have been plenty of QBs who have won the honor, but the names are some of the biggest stars in the NFL (Josh Allen, Tom Brady, Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Dak Prescott, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson). Before his legal issues, Deshaun Watson won it twice and Drew Brees won it once in 2019 before his retirement. Even most of the least likely winners had great pedigree and were first round NFL draft picks (Joe Burrow, Daniel Jones, Ryan Tannehill and Jameis Winston). Before White, the least likely QB winner had to be Jimmy Garoppolo who won it once in 2019. In case you don’t know his story by now, Mike White played his college football at South Florida and Western Kentucky (a school with one of the greatest mascot in the history of mascots – Big Red) and was a fifth round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys back in 2018. His first NFL game came in Week 7 when he replaced an injured Zach Wilson. In his first NFL start, he had a career game with 38.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (405 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, -1 rushing yard, 2 INTs, 1 2-pt conversion). Prior to Week 8, White was rostered in zero Dynasty Owner leagues. After his Week 7 performance and being named the Jets’ Week 8 starter, he was added in almost half (47.3%) of Dynasty Owner leagues. However, only one out of six Dynasty Owners who bid on White and won their bid had the foresight to put him in their Starting lineup (7.7% overall), while over half had him on their Bench (26.0% overall). Nearly three in ten Dynasty Owners who rostered White didn’t get any of his points counting towards their Week 8 totals as they still had him on their Practice Squad (13.6% overall).

Week 8 Points: 38.1

2021 Salary: $850,000

Cost per Point: $22,310

Congratulations to Mike White on winning the first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor of his career and being the first player on the New York Jets to ever win as well.

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. The eighth Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 season is also a backup and member of the New York Jets: Ty Johnson

While Ty Johnson is the listed winner, the biggest value of Week 8 was his teammate and Player of the Week winner Mike White. This is the third time that the winner of the Player of the Week would have also been the Value Player of the Week (Dak Prescott in Week 1 of the 2019 season and Alvin Kamara in the Week 16 Playoff Finals last season). However, because White was Player of the Week, the award goes to his teammate and Jets backup RB Ty Johnson who was a sixth round pick by the Detroit Lions in the 2019 NFL draft and scored 19.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (15 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 71 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) in Week 8. Not to diminish Johnson’s performance, but he was only the third highest scorer on the Jets this week behind White and starting RB Michael Carter who had 32.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and led the Jets in both rushing and receiving. Regardless, this was another solid performance by Ty Johnson and his third consecutive week with double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He did score more points in Week 13 of the 2020 season when he had 21.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (104 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 receptions, 13 receiving yards). This is the second lowest point total to win this season and the second highest cost per point (Ty’Son Williams had 18.4 points and a cost per point of $35,870 in Week 1). Regardless, a win is a win and Johnson, and all of his Dynasty Owners, are the winners.

Week 8 Points: 19.6

2021 Salary: $672,976

Cost per Point: $34,336

Congratulations Ty on winning the first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of your career and being the first New York Jets player to win the award.

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 8. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Cooper Kupp because if you have him, you shouldn’t be taking him out of your lineup until his bye week (Week 11). He’s the overall #6 scorer in Dynasty Owner as a WR. Instead, these are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad (or even not on many Dynasty Owner rosters), but likely weren’t Starters in Week 8 when they should have been.

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) – 31.5 points

With Mike White being the Player of the Week, we needed another QB to fill this spot and Jimmy G was the fifth highest scoring QB of the week behind White and the top three QBs for the 2021 season (the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady, Josh Allen and Matthew Stafford). That’s pretty solid company to be in. Garoppolo scored 31.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (322 passing yards, 4 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 1 2-pt.conversion) in his second game back as the starting QB after his injury. However, it’s clear that Jimmy G is just the placeholder starting QB for the 49ers until Trey Lance is healthy and ready to take over and make Garoppolo the backup.  With his $27.5 million salary and caretaker status, it’s not surprising that Jimmy G is only rostered in 2.4% of Dynasty Owner leagues. However, not only should have Dynasty Owners had him on their roster, but he should also have been in the Starting lineup for most of them this week.

RB: Boston Scott (PHI) – 18.0 points and Jordan Howard (PHI) – 17.7 points

A pair of Philadelphia Eagles backup RBs are the ones who should have been in your Starting lineup this week. With Miles Sanders on the Injured Reserve list, it was supposed to be Kenneth Gainwell’s time to shine and be the top RB for the Eagles. However, both Scott and Howard had almost as many rushing attempts as Gainwell (13 rushes for Gainwell versus 12 rushes for each Scott and Howard) and over twice as many rushing yards (60 yards for Scott, 57 yards for Howard and 27 yards for Gainwell. Both of them also scored 2 rushing TDs each, while Gainwell was held out of the end zone. The TDs were how Scott and Howard scored most of their points as none of the three RBs had a reception. Scott ended up with 18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (60 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs), while Howard was close behind with 17.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (57 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs). Coming into this week, Scott was the third string backup RB and had only scored 12.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Howard was playing in his first game of the season after being elevated from the Eagles practice squad on Saturday. Even though both of them are backups, they would have looked good in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

WR: Tyler Boyd (CIN) – 20.2 points

After a good start to the season with 54.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first four games of the season (13.7 points per game), Tyler Boyd has been an afterthought for the Bengals over the past three weeks. While Ja’Marr Chase has shined over that time and even shared Player of the Week honors with QB Joe Burrow last week, Boyd only scored a total of 16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In Week 8, Boyd finally had his second game of the 2021 season with more than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points as he scored 20.2 points (5 receptions, 69 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 46 passing yards). He was second on the team in targets (9 targets for Chase and 8 targets for Boyd) and had more receptions than both Chase and Tee Higgins, who had 3 and 4 receptions respectively. Boyd is back to being in consideration as a Starting WR or in your FLEX spot and should have been in one of those places in Week 8 if he’s on your Dynasty Owner team.

Honorable mention to Cedrick Wilson of the Dallas Cowboys who scored points three ways and had a total of 19.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 84 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 35 passing yards, 7 return yards). Just like Tyler Boyd, he completed a pass and scored a TD this week. Unlike Boyd, Wilson probably will go back to being a backup WR once the Cowboys activate Michael Gallup from the Injured Reserve list. He has been solid, but unspectacular for Dallas this season with 44.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in six games (7.4 points per game) before his Week 8 performance. His 84 receiving yards were a season-high and fueled by a 73-yard TD reception from Dallas backup QB Cooper Rush in the third quarter. That one play was worth 14.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which was more points than Wilson had scored in a single game this season. He was definitely worth a spot in your Starting lineup this week.

TE: Dan Arnold (JAC) – 15.1 points

With a salary of $3 million per year, Dan Arnold ends the streak of $6 million a year TEs in this spot this week. Or does he? While his annual salary is only $3 million, he did sign a free agent contract for $6 million over two years with Carolina in the off-season. He was subsequently traded to Jacksonville a couple of weeks ago. Between the two teams, he was averaging 5.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game this season (34.4 points in six games). He didn’t have a double-digit point week until Week 8 when he scored 15.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions, 68 receiving yards, 13 return yards). This performance was good enough for him to be the TE2 for the week, behind only T.J. Hockenson who had 18.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Regardless of whether he counts as the fifth straight $6 million TE to be listed here, Arnold should have been in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup this week.

Honorable mention to a trio of backup TEs who all scored a TD and had double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week. Brevin Jordan made his NFL debut for the Houston Texans after being inactive for the first seven weeks of the season and had 13.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 41 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). Jesse James scored 12.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 38 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD), marking the second consecutive week with points for the Bears backup TE. Finally, Titans TE Geoff Swaim had 12.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 23 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) after two consecutive 1.8 point games (1 reception for 8 yards). Some may consider him the Tennessee starting TE, but none of their three TEs (Swaim, MyCole Pruitt and Anthony Firkser) has distinguished themselves from the others so far in 2021. While they might not start for their NFL team, all three of these TEs would have been a good fit in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup this week.

K: Jake Elliott (PHI) – 15.0 points

It might not be nice to say, but Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott has been one of the worst kickers to have on your Dynasty Owner roster for the past two seasons. With a salary of $3.86 million for the next four seasons, Elliott takes up a lot of salary cap room with very little production for his Dynasty Owners (53.85% rostered). In 2020, Elliott played in all 16 games, but only had a total of 54.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3.4 points per game). He had one game of 13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3 and eight games with 3.0 or fewer points. Through seven games in 2021, things had been a little better for Elliott as he was averaging 4.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game (31.0 points in total) with games of 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 points to go along with a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), two games of 2.0 points and one game of 3.0 points. The Eagles offensive explosion in Week 8 against Detroit enabled Elliott to attempt eight kicks (3 FGs and 5 PATs) and he made all eight of them. He scored 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (FGs of 26, 41 and 43 yards plus the 5 PATs). If you had Elliott on your Dynasty Owner roster, having him on the Bench or Practice Squad and not considering putting him in your Starting lineup after nearly a year and a half of little production was very understandable. However, he should have been in your Week 8 Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to Carolina Panthers kicker Zane Gonzalez who also scored 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 8 with two FGs of less than 30 yards (23 and 29 yards) and two FGs of over 50 yards (51 and 57 yards) plus a successful PAT. Gonzalez gets the honorable mention because even though he had the same number of points in Week 8 as Elliott, Gonzalez had scored more points (38.0 points versus 31.0 for Elliott) in one fewer game played. That makes his points per game average almost two points higher (6.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game versus 4.4 points per game for Elliott). Randy Bullock of the Tennessee Titans also had 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points which included a clutch 44-yard FG in overtime as well as a 46-yard FG and 4 PATs. However, Bullock was well inside the Top 12 kickers prior to the start of the Week 8 games.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one highly drafted or highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who only scored only a few, or zero, Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week. All of them should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in Week 8.

QB: Kyler Murray (KC) – 8.8 points

None of the top rated QBs who played on Sunday or Monday did as worse as Kyler Murray did on Thursday night when he scored his Dynasty Owners only 8.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (274 passing yards, 21 rushing yards, 2 INTs, 1 fumble). It was Kyler’s worst game so far this season and comparable to his other worst games of both 2019 (8.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 7 against the New York Giants) and 2020 (8.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 12 against the New England Patriots).The good news is that he usually has only one of these games per season. This year’s bad performance didn’t drop him hardly at all in the QB rankings as he went from being QB3 to QB4 for the season. Murray did sprain his ankle in the Cardinals 24-21 loss to the Packers on Thursday night, but is expected to play in Week 9 with the additional rest afforded. In case he can’t play, Dynasty Owners may want to go out and get his backup QB Colt McCoy (1 year/$1,212,500) who is only rostered currently in 2.4% of Dynasty Owner leagues. After what happened this week, you never know if or when you’ll need a backup QB.

RB: Kenneth Gainwell (PHI) – 2.7 points

With Eagles starting RB Miles Sanders on Injured Reserve, the Eagles were going to have to rely on their backup RBs to carry the load in Week 8 against the Detroit Lions. Out of the Eagles’ backups, the one who had already been worthy of being in your Starting lineup was Kenneth Gainwell, who had actually scored more Dynasty Owner fantasy points so far this season than Sanders (64.4 to 62.8 for Sanders). Gainwell had scored more points via receiving (41.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) than rushing (23.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and figured to have a good week with the additional rushing carries he’d likely get with Sanders out. Well, the Eagles had 236 rushing yards and 4 rushing TDs against the Lions, but  Gainwell only had 27 of those yards and none of the TDs. He didn’t have any receptions either, so he ended up with only 2.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (27 rushing yards). Gainwell was not the Eagles backup RBs to have in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup this week. He should have been on the Bench.

WR: Emmanuel Sanders (BUF) – 0.0 points

Emmanuel Sanders had been on quite the roll in the Bills’ four games before their Week 7 bye. He had scored more than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points twice and was averaging 18.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. His average for the season was 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game with his worst game prior to Week 8 coming back in Week 2 against Miami when he had only 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The Dolphins did it again as they held Sanders without a catch on four targets for a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Three other Buffalo WRs (Cole Beasley, Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis) had double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points and could have been in your Starting lineup. Not Sanders who should have been on the Practice Squad for the first time this season.

TE: Travis Kelce (KC) – 3.7 points

For one of the rare times in Dynasty Owner history, Travis Kelce would have been better suited for the Bench on his Dynasty Owners’ teams than the Starting lineup. In 39 games over two and a half Dynasty Owner seasons, Kelce has scored less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points only five times, including this week when he had the fewest number of points that he has ever scored for his Dynasty Owners with just 3.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 27 receiving yards, 1 fumble – lost). Even including his Week 8 performance, Kelce is still the TE1 in Dynasty Owner with 126.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (15.75 points per game) and 13.4 points ahead of Mark Andrews who is the TE2. Kelce would need several games like this in a row to make his Dynasty Owners even start to consider putting him on the Bench for a game, but if they had done so this week, it would have been the correct decision.

Dishonorable mention to the other Top 12 likely Starting TEs who finished with fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week than Kelce. There were three of them, including current TE5 Dalton Schultz who had just 3.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 11 receiving yards), TE6 Kyle Pitts who had 3.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 13 receiving yards), and TE7 Noah Fant who had 2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 8 receiving yards). Hunter Henry, who is currently TE11, was slightly better than Kelce and the others as he had 4.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 33 receiving yards). None of them should have been in your Starting lineup. Dynasty Owners would have been better off with the backup TEs mentioned earlier (Jesse James, Brevin Jordan and Geoff Swaim).

K: Jason Sanders (MIA) – 2.0 points

At this point in the season, the only reason for continuing to start Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders is because you don’t have another option at the position. Just half a season removed from finishing as the #1 kicker in Dynasty Owner with 153.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (an average of just under 9.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game), Sanders is currently ranked as the #25 kicker with a total of only 34.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. His points per game average has dropped down to 4.25 after this week’s 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (1 out of 2 on FG attempts with a made 51 yarder and a missed 36 yarder). He has already missed four FGs this season after missing only three FG attempts during the entire 2020 season. He has missed a FG in three consecutive games now. Fortunately for his Dynasty Owners, his salary is only $637,800. However, he signed a 5 year/$22 million extension back in February that kicks in at the start of the 2022 Dynasty Owner league year in March. Hopefully he turns things around this season, but he shouldn’t be in your Starting lineup right now and definitely should have been out of it this week.

Dishonorable mention to Detroit Lions kicker Austin Seibert who missed a 47-yard FG attempt and finished with -2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Week 8. Seibert had scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in both Week 5 (11.0 points) and Week 7 (13.0 points) and was averaging 7.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game this season so far (36.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in 5 games played). He looks like he hasn’t had a good year based on total points rankings, but that’s because he was on the COVID-19 list and missed two weeks of action (Weeks 3 and 4). His Dynasty Owners should know that and may have started him based on his performance since returning. That would have been a mistake in Week 8 as he should have been on your Bench, or better yet, Practice Squad.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – Big Grizz vs. Little Donny Foundation

After all of the discussion about how impressive Big Grizz has been this season, they went out and got beat by 49.3 points by Little Donny Foundation. The backup players who Big Grizz had to insert into his Starting lineup for injured players were a mixed bag. Big Grizz added two players off the Free Agent Auction this week and both did well. Dallas backup QB Cooper Rush started in place of Dak Prescott and had 26.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Jaguars WR Jamal Agnew had 17.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but was on the Bench for Big Grizz. The replacement for the injured T.Y. Hilton for Big Grizz was Kalif Raymond who had only 0.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Even if Big Grizz had put Agnew in their Starting lineup, they still would have lost as Little Donny Foundation had a league high 150.88 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Tom Brady had 34.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Amari Cooper added 28.2 points to lead Little Donny Foundation. They also had the top scoring TE of the week in T.J. Hockenson (18.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and 21.0 points from Steelers rookie RB Najee Harris. In addition to Kalif Raymond’s poor performance, Big Grizz also saw Noah Fant (2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and kicker Matthew Wright (1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point) perform well below their projections.

Last, but certainly not least, Big Grizz lost both Derrick Henry and Jameis Winston to injury. The loss dropped Big Grizz into fourth place in the League #76065 standings with a 5-3 record, while Little Donny Foundation holds a one-game lead at 7-1. Little Donny Foundation is also at the top of the points standings in this league with 1,180.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, a lead of only 0.4 points over Dynasty Owner Tim who is in second place with a 6-2 record.

Both teams had high hopes for moving up the Chase for the Ring standings, but Big Grizz moved back over 100 places. Little Donny Foundation moved up, but is still over 100 points away from appearing in the Top 25 standings.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

There was a slight bit more movement in the Chase for the Ring Top 10 leaderboard after Week 8. Eight teams stayed in the Top 10, while two teams dropped out and two new teams moved in. It is the first Top 10 appearance of 2021 for both of these new teams.

At the top, it’s still The Road Warriors in first place and SKOL Vikings (League #31927) in second place, but SKOL Vikings cut the 38.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points lead enjoyed by The Road Warriors down to only 7.7 points. There was a slight reshuffling of the teams in third through sixth place with Thee Camel Toe Jockey moving up to third place from fifth place and swapping places with Heeb Unit. The same thing happened to fourth and sixth places. DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) drops back to sixth place, while SKOL Vikings (League #31831) moves up into fourth place.

Havana Club 79 makes its first Top 10 appearance of 2021 in seventh place after scoring 192.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 8. LvMeSmMe joins the Top 10 for the first time this year in tenth place. Mizzou Mafia Bosses dropped out of the Top 10, but are still in the Top 25 as they sit in 15th place now. The Bootheel’s Best easily had their worst week of the year (74.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and plummeted down to 48th place after being in ninth place the week before.

Conclusions

It’s Week 9 and if your Dynasty Owner team is relying on backups, then it’s probably not on the Top 10 list. However, you can still win your League Championship and some Dynasty Dollars (plus money if you’re in a paid league) if your team (backups and all) is good enough to make the playoffs. The playoffs are basically a three week sprint, or just two weeks if you are the #1 or #2 seed and get a bye, and any of the six teams who qualify have a chance to win. There’s plenty of time to find the player or players who can take your team to the top in the Free Agent Auction, trade for them with another team, or maybe they are already on your roster and haven’t gotten the opportunity to play yet this season. Mike White showed everyone what he had in Week 8 and who knows what player could do the same thing in Week 9.

All of the Dynasty Owner team of writers are Starters. No injuries for myself, Jay Pounds, or Matt Morrison – The Jerk yet, so we haven’t called in the backups. Jay does the Monday Night Football preview on Monday afternoons and has his Free Agent Auction targets article and video on Tuesdays. Everyone can get Matt’s insights on Wednesdays with an article and video on a topic of his choice and then again on Thursday afternoons with his Thursday Night Football preview for Week 9. I’ll be back with an article and video on Friday previewing the rest of the Week 9 slate of games. Check it out to see how my Week 8 recommendations fared and what teams are featured in the Match-up of the Week. We’ll also have an article and video from Jay on Friday morning to look at some top 2022 prospects.

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Week 7 Recap: Dynamic Duos

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

The list of dynamic duos is long. The original Dynamic Duo was Batman and Robin, but we’ve had plenty of others come along recently. From TV, Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street come to mind, as do Statler and Waldorf from the Muppets. In movies, we have Thelma and Louise, Woody and Buzz, Bonnie and Clyde, and Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield. Two of the best food dynamic duos have to be macaroni and cheese, along with iced tea and lemonade (aka an Arnold Palmer). Others might be partial to peanut butter and jelly as kind of an iconic dynamic food duo, but I like mac and cheese with an Arnold Palmer to drink.

There are plenty of dynamic duos in sports as well. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls certainly qualify as they won six NBA championships together. Sorry Aaron Rodgers, but you and Davante Adams aren’t Jordan and Pippen as you’ve appeared in exactly the same number of Super Bowls together (zero) as the Dynasty Owner livestream dynamic duo of and me and Tim Peffer.

While Rodgers and Adams aren’t a dynamic duo because they have been together for eight seasons and never made a Super Bowl appearance, there are definitely some NFL dynamic duos out there. The G.O.A.T. Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have won the Super Bowl together three times (Super Bowls XLIX and LIII with New England and Super Bowl LV with Tampa Bay). I’m not even counting Super Bowl LI because Gronk was on Injured Reserve and didn’t play in the game. In the past, we had Joe Montana and Dwight Clark who won two Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers. Montana also won two more with Jerry Rice later on in his career and Montana to Rice may be a better duo than Montana to Clark.

This year, we may have seen the emergence of two new NFL dynamic duos in Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase for Cincinnati and Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp for the Los Angeles Rams. Since both of these duos are in their first year together in the NFL, they can’t be criticized for not making it to any Super Bowls yet. Both duos have been getting the job done all season and had tremendous performances in Week 7 as they were the four top scorers in Dynasty Owner for the week. Burrow may only be the QB8 right now in Dynasty Owner, but he’s the only QB to throw multiple TD passes in every game so far in 2021. Ja’Marr Chase has 754 receiving yards in his first seven NFL games, which is a record number of receiving yards for a rookie. He is the WR2 in Dynasty Owner as well with 151.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The only WR ahead of Chase is Cooper Kupp who has scored 190.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with four games of more than 30.0 points. Veteran QB Matthew Stafford is in his first year with Kupp and the Rams and just edged in front of Kyler Murray as the QB2 in Dynasty Owner for the 2021 season with 217.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (an average of 31.1 points per game).

The winner of our Match-up of the Week has a dynamic duo that led them to victory, while their opponent had two of their top players sit out Week 7 due to injuries. With all of the teams on bye, they had just too many players out to win. Neither team moved into the Top 10 of the Chase for the Ring, as only one team from Week 6 dropped out.

Does your Dynasty Owner team have a dynamic duo and if so, who are they? Do you disagree with me and think Rodgers and Adams qualify as a dynamic duo even without a Super Bowl appearance? Let me know by sending me a message on Twitter (@SteveVT33). Also feel free to mention a dynamic duo that I missed or suggest your team as one to feature in the Week 8 Match-up of the Week.

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 October 26th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our seventh Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 is actually not a single player, but the Cincinnati Bengals dynamic duo of: Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase

We split the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor this week for the second time in history. Back just over two years ago in Week 5 of 2019, the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor was split by a dynamic QB-WR duo (Deshaun Watson and Will Fuller of the Houston Texans). Hopefully, things are brighter in two years for Burrow and Chase than they are right now for Watson and Fuller. Burrow and Chase made history before as they won a National Championship at LSU and are now paired up together in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals. Both of them had their best game of the season in Week 7 as Burrow had a career high 416 yards passing and scored 39.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (416 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 1 INT), while Chase had the first 200 yard receiving game of his career and scored 39.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions, 201 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 1 fumble). It’s supposed to be Player of the Week (singular), but because of their LSU and Cincinnati connection, it was impossible to separate them, so the duo become the second pair of teammates to share the honor and the first to do so this season. Burrow has the higher salary ($9.05 million) and scored more points, so his stats are listed first.

Week 7 Points: 39.8

2021 Salary: $9,047,534

Cost per Point: $227,325

Ja’Marr Chase is on his rookie contract and his $7.55 million salary is looking like a great value more and more every week. Because he makes about $1.5 million less than Burrow and had almost as many points (only 0.7 less), Chase was a better value this week.

Week 7 Points: 39.1

2021 Salary: $7,547,410

Cost per Point: $193,028

Congratulations to both Joe and Ja’Marr on winning the first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor of your respective careers.

Honorable mentions to the Los Angeles Rams dynamic duo of Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp. Stafford and Kupp were very close to bringing the Player of the Week award to Los Angeles as Kupp had 37.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 receptions, 156 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs) to continue his fantastic season with Stafford who had 37.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (334 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, -2 rushing yards, 1 2-pt conversion). These were a couple of great performances by the Rams duo in their 28-19 victory over the Lions, but not quite good enough to win this week. Maybe they can have another great week and split the award so both of them can win it for the first time.

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 seventh Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 season is: D’Ernest Johnson

For the second week in a row, we have a player on the Cleveland Browns as the winner of this award. Last week, it was Donovan Peoples-Jones who stepped up with Nick Chubb and Jarvis Landry out. Kareem Hunt also got injured during the game last week. This week with the RB duo of Chubb and Hunt ruled out for the Browns’ Thursday night game against the Broncos, one of the Browns young RBs was going to need to do the same. The RB ended up being D’Ernest Johnson who scored almost as many points in this week’s game than he did in the entire 2020 season (29.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and more than he did in his rookie season in 2019 (18.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Johnson had 26.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (146 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 receptions, 22 receiving yards) in the game on Thursday and nobody came close to matching his performance in the remaining Week 7 games. It would have taken an amazing week to be a better value than Johnson because of his extremely low $585,000 salary. His cost per point of $21,828 was the second best of the season, only trailing Myles Gaskin’s $20,429 cost per point (31.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for $651,694 in salary) back in Week 5. Johnson is currently being rostered in 85.8% of Dynasty Owner leagues up from 33.1% last week. Hopefully everybody who bid on Johnson’s services in the Free Agent Auction and won then promptly inserted him into their Starting lineup and got the full benefit of his award winning performance.

Week 7 Points: 26.8

2021 Salary: $585,000

Cost per Point: $21,828

Congratulations D’Ernest on winning the first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of your career and being the second Cleveland Browns player to win the award in a row.

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 7. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Cooper Kupp because if you have him, you shouldn’t be taking him out of your lineup until his bye week (Week 11). Instead, these are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad (or even not on many Dynasty Owner rosters), but likely weren’t Starters in Week 7 when they should have been.

QB: Tua Tagovailoa (MIA) – 35.4 points

His 2021 ADP of 75.1 made Tua Tagovailoa the 12th QB drafted, on average, in Dynasty Owner leagues. However, he did miss three full weeks (Weeks 3-5) plus most of Week 2 with fractured ribs and was the subject of plenty of trade rumors and speculation during the week prior to the Dolphins’ game on Sunday against Atlanta. The rumors plus the injury combined with the travel back playing in London last week could have made his Dynasty Owners think that they should start another QB this week. That would have been a bad decision as Tua put up his first 4 TD game as a professional and a career best 35.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (291 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, 29 rushing yards, 2 INTs). Not sure if it was good enough to stop the Dolphins from trading him away for Deshaun Watson, but it was plenty good enough to be in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

RB: Brandon Bolden (NE) – 19.9 points

One week after seeing Rhamondre Stevenson seemingly move ahead of Brandon Bolden in the always changing New England Patriots RB depth chart, Bolden moved right back into the second spot behind Damien Harris with a 19.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (6 receptions, 79 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). Last week, Stevenson was on the field for more snaps than Bolden (18 vs. 11) and scored his first NFL TD and had 15.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (23 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 3 receptions, 39 receiving yards). This week, Stevenson was a healthy scratch on Sunday morning and hopefully on your Practice Squad before the early Sunday games started. In his place, Bolden was on the field for 21 snaps and had his first TD of the season in the Patriots 54-13 demolition of the New York Jets. Good luck figuring out which New England RB to use on a weekly basis, besides Damien Harris, if you have either Bolden or Stevenson on your Dynasty Owner roster. This week, it was Bolden’s turn, his did his job, and should have been in your Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to J.J. Taylor, yet another New England RB who should have been in your Starting lineup. Taylor got two late garbage time 1-yard TD runs and ended up scoring 15.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (21 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 1 reception, 5 receiving yards). Taylor only scored a total of 16.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (110 rushing yards, 1 reception, 4 receiving yards, 98 return yards) in the entire 2020 season and had just 0.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 3 receiving yards, 1 fumble – lost) up to this point of the 2021 season. Taylor is on the roster in almost three-quarters (72.8%) of Dynasty Owner leagues due to his $695,000 salary, not because his Dynasty Owners were expecting him to be a Top 20 RB in Week 7. Taylor was one of three New England RBs, along with Bolden and Damien Harris who had 27.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, who should have been in your Week 7 Starting lineup.

WR: Allen Lazard (GB) – 17.0 points

Allen Lazard would have been the answer to the question “Who is the WR1 for Green Bay with Davante Adams on the reserve/COVID-19 list?”, if he hadn’t gone on the list himself on Tuesday afternoon. With the Packers playing on Thursday night this week, both of them will be out for Week 8. In the past two games, Lazard had produced almost as many Dynasty Owner fantasy points (11.7 points in Week 6 and 17.0 points in Week 7) as Adams (12.9 points in Week 6 and 19.6 points in Week 7). However, prior to Week 6, Lazard had only 16.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first five games of the season, after a solid 2020 season in which he averaged 10.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in ten games played. In Week 7, Lazard scored a TD for the second consecutive week and had 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 60 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). He would certainly have been in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup in Week 8 with Adams out (prior to his positive test) and should have been in there as well in Week 7.

TE: C.J. Uzomah (CIN) – 24.1 points

The streak lives on! This is the fourth week in a row that a TE who makes over $6 million per season is in this spot. C.J. Uzomah and his $6.1 million salary return for their second appearance after starting the streak back in Week 4. Uzomah had gone up to being owned in 0.6% of Dynasty Owner leagues in Week 4 up to 13% after his 26.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance. He followed that 2-TD performance with only 3.6 points in Week 5 and 10.5 points in Week 6, so the growth in his roster percentage slowed down and he’s only currently rostered in 18.3% of Dynasty Owner leagues. He should have been picked up in more leagues with three of the Top 12 TEs out for Week 7 on bye (Dawson Knox, Dalton Schultz, and Jared Cook) plus TE14 Tyler Conklin on bye and Rob Gronkowski still out injured. Dynasty Owners could have used Uzomah in their Starting lineups this week as he had his second 2-TD performance of the 2021 season and scored 24.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 91 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs) in Week 7. Uzomah just edged out Kyle Pitts (23.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) as the TE1 for the week.

K: Austin Seibert (DET) – 13.0 points

As the Lions kicker for four games so far this season, Austin Seibert hasn’t gotten a lot of scoring opportunities. He had attempted seven FGs and just four PATs, making six of the FGs and all four PATs for a total of 23.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5.75 points per game). He also missed two games and his replacement (Ryan Santoso) for those games only had 1 FG attempt and four PATs for a total of 9.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Not a lot of points being scored by the Detroit kickers, so if Dynasty Owners with Seibert on their roster (89.9% of leagues) put him on their Bench if they had two kickers this week, they probably thought that they were making the correct decision. It wasn’t as Seibert ended up scoring 13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (FGs of 31, 37, 41 and 47 yards plus one PAT) in the Lions 28-19 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Seibert should have been a Starter at kicker.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one highly drafted or highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who only scored only a few Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week. All of them should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad with the guys from the six teams who were on bye in Week 7.

QB: Patrick Mahomes (KC) – 6.8 points

When the player with the highest salary in the NFL scores less than double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the first time, it’s a problem for his Dynasty Owners. As a result, Mahomes was the only QB under consideration for this spot. Even with his $45 million salary, he was still the sixth QB off the board in 2021 Dynasty Owner start-up drafts (ADP 37.1) and the only QB with a salary over $10 million with an ADP of under 100. If you have Mahomes on your Dynasty Owner roster, you pretty much have to play him week in and week out as your ability to build a quality team around him and have another good QB on your roster is extremely limited. Mahomes’ salary takes up 35% of the Dynasty Owner salary cap of $127.75 million and through the first six weeks of the season, he was earning it by scoring 201.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (average of 34.7 points per game). That made him the second highest scorer, only behind the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady who had scored 210.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Mahomes is down to QB5 for the 2021 season after his 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 7 (206 passing yards, 35 rushing yards, 1 INT, 2 fumbles – 1 lost). Few to no Dynasty Owners could have possible done the right thing and left Mahomes on their Bench, or Practice Squad, this week.

RB: Mike Davis (ATL) – 1.0 point

All of the Mike Davis haters can finally rejoice! They were correct about him and how awful he was going to be this fantasy football season. It took them until Week 7, but Davis finally put up a completely terrible performance with just 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (10 rushing yards). With only 4 touches in Week 7, It was the first game in which Davis touched the ball less than 15 times all season. With only 4 touches, he scored less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the first time all season. Up to this point, Davis had been outscored by fellow Falcons RB Cordarrelle Patterson, but he had still put up respectable showings every week and was averaging 11.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. No single game was great as Davis had a high of 13.3 points, but his low was 10.2 points. It ended for Davis and his Dynasty Owners in Week 7 as he finally put up a performance worthy of a spot on your Dynasty Owner Bench or better yet, the Practice Squad if you had enough RBs playing to leave him there.

WR: Tyler Lockett (SEA) – 3.2 points and Allen Robinson (CHI) – 3.6 points

Both members of this WR duo finished the 2020 Dynasty Owner season in the Top 10 WRs (Lockett was WR8 and Robinson was WR9), but have seen their production take a sharp nosedive this season due to QB issues. Robinson had suffered through plenty of bad QBs during his NFL career, but even he hasn’t been able to overcome the rancid play calling by Head Coach Matt Nagy for the Bears QB duo of Andy Dalton and Justin Fields. As a result, Robinson has only 1 TD for the season and just one game with double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10.4 points in Week 2). He hit a new low in Week 7 with just 3.6 points (2 receptions for 16 receiving yards). Lockett hasn’t done much since the first two games of the season and this has reached a low point with Geno Smith at QB as he scored just 5.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week. He’s gone down further by scoring just 3.2 points (2 receptions for 12 receiving yards) in Week 7. Both of them are making more than $10 million in salary, but are only tied to those salaries for the rest of the season. It’s been a terrible fall in 2021 for both of these WRs who should have been sitting on your Dynasty Owner Bench for most of the season and definitely in Week 7.

TE: Mark Andrews (BAL) – 6.8 points

Mark Andrews is still the TE2 for the season, but he fell further behind Travis Kelce in his quest to be the TE1. After the first six weeks of the season, Andrews was only 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind Kelce, but he fell further behind after a 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (3 receptions, 48 receiving yards, 1 fumble) in Week 7. Despite the poor game by Patrick Mahomes, Kelce still had his sixth weekly double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy point game in Week 7 with 13.5 points. Andrews had one great week (44.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 5 versus Indianapolis) and four good weeks in which he averaged 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in between his two poor performances from Week 1 (5.0 points) and this past week. Andrews was in your Week 7 Starting lineup based on his status as the TE2. He will likely still be the TE2 for the season and in your Starting lineup again after his Week 8 bye, but he should have been on your Bench in Week 7.

K: Jason Sanders (MIA) and Harrison Butker (KC) – 2.0 points

For the kicker who should have been on your Bench, we have a duo who both were among the first five kickers drafted in 2021 start-up drafts based on ADP. Jason Sanders was second at ADP 161.9, likely due to his $637,800 salary, while Harrison Butker was fifth at ADP 174.8, likely due to the fact that he kicks for the Kansas City Chiefs. For Butker, it’s not because Dynasty Owners really want to pay him $4.055 million in salary for the next four years to score 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (made 42-yard FG and missed 57-yard FG) like he did in Week 7. Butker hasn’t been great this season before that as he was only averaging 7.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and had yet to score more than 9.0 points in a single game. Sanders has been even worse and only was averaging 5.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game before his 2.0 point outing in Week 7 (4 PATs and a missed 49-yard FG). Sanders has had at least one very good game (12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3), but also had a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) the week before. While neither Butker nor Sanders were ranked in the Top 12 kickers for this week, Dynasty Owners drafted them to be their Starting kicker. Hopefully they left them on the Bench in Week 7.

Dishonorable mention to Matt Ammendola of the New York Jets. Dynasty Owners would have been better off leaving their Starting or Bench kicker spot open than have Ammendola in there this week as he managed to score -1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 PAT and a missed 48 yard FG). Unless your Dynasty Owner team only had one kicker available in Week 7, you probably weren’t putting Ammendola in your Starting lineup as he had only scored 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through the first five weeks of the season (3.4 points per game). He has had two weeks already with a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) because he had zero kicking attempts. His Dynasty Owners would have preferred that he didn’t have any attempts this week as it would have been better for them.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – TPC Murder Hornets vs. Wheelwoody

Wheelwoody has a dynamic duo on their roster, but not one of the pairs mentioned earlier. Instead, they have half of each of those duos with Matthew Stafford and Ja’Marr Chase on their team. The Wheelwoody dynamic duo scored a combined 76.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to lead them to an easy victory over the TPC Murder Hornets. The rest of Wheelwoody’s lineup was pretty good too as nobody in it had less than 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Five out of their seven Bench players also had more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with only their Bench RB tandem of late scratch Rhamondre Stevenson and Mark Ingram (5.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) falling to reach double-digit points.

TPC Murder Hornets had 33.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on Monday night from Alvin Kamara and 15.5 points from Geno Smith as their Bench QB, but the match-up was long past over. There were several players who didn’t live up to expectations for the TPC Murder Hornets including Darrell Henderson (9.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), but decisions by NFL teams to sit out a high scoring duo of players in the TPC Murder Hornets’ original Starting lineup (Antonio Brown and Darren Waller) cost them as well. Their Starting lineup replacement duo of Rondale Moore and Darrel Williams only combined for 12.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

The defeat ends the TPC Murder Hornets undefeated season, but they are still on top of the League #27466 standings with a 6-1 record, but dropped back into 133rd place in the Chase for the Ring standings. Wheelwoody remains in third place at 5-2, but has moved up into 54th place in the Chase for the Ring standings and are only 29.5 points out of the Top 25. Another week like this one for Wheelwoody and they might find their way on to the Leaderboard.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

Neither TPC Murder Hornets nor Wheelwoody appear in the Top 10 in the Chase for the Ring standings as nine of the Top 10 from last week held on to their spots for another week.

For the second straight week, there was only one new team to the Top 10. This week, it was John Boy’s Bolts who are now in 10th place and swapped places with Joeyjet53 who is now in 12th place. There was a bit of shuffling in the Top 10 but The Road Warriors are still on top and have expanded their lead to 38.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. At the halfway point in the regular season, they have to be considered the favorite to win the Ring. SKOL Vikings continue to have a duo of Top 10 teams with the team in League #31927 in 2nd place and the team in League #31831 in 6th place. None of the other teams moved up or down more than two spots from their position last week.

Conclusions

The top scoring dynamic duo so far in Dynasty Owner this season are Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp. They are averaging a combined 58.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. That’s 5.0 points more per game than the second highest scoring duo of Tom Brady and Mike Evans who average 53.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game.

My top dynamic duo has definitely been Kyler Murray and Christian Kirk on my 6-1 team in the Writer’s League (League #80545), but they are significantly behind and averaging 44.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game so far. At the beginning of the 2021 season, I would have predicted my top duo would be the Justin Herbert-Keenan Allen duo that I drafted in the league with Team Polian, but that duo has been slightly less productive and averages 44.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Neither one is close to being the top Dynasty Owner duo though.

Speaking of dynamic duos, we have one of those with the other Dynasty Owner writers of Jay Pounds and Matt Morrison – The Jerk.  Both of them are producing plenty of great Dynasty Owner content for you to check out. Jay does the Monday Night Football preview on Monday afternoons and has his Free Agent Auction targets article and video on Tuesdays. Everyone can get Matt’s insights on Wednesdays with an article and video on a topic of his choice and then again on Thursday afternoons with his Thursday Night Football preview for Week 8. I’ll be back with an article and video on Friday previewing the rest of the Week 8 slate of games. Check it out to see how my Week 7 recommendations fared and what teams are featured in the Match-up of the Week.

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Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

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Week 5 Recap: Comebacks

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

This article had been titled even before Lamar Jackson led the Baltimore Ravens to a 31-25 comeback victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football. However, the fact that Week 5 in the NFL was about comebacks crystallized after that game. It was also about kickers missing kicks, but I didn’t think most people would want to read an entire recap article with a kicker based theme.

Besides the Ravens comeback on Monday night, the Vikings, Eagles, Patriots and Chargers were all behind late in the fourth quarter but secured victories. Not all of the comebacks had clutch scoring events and players receiving the Dynasty Owner 3-point clutch scoring bonus, but several of them did and boosted the score for their Dynasty Owners.

In addition to Week 5 game comebacks, we had a few players who came back and did well after poor performances in Week 4. The G.O.A.T. Tom Brady and Myles Gaskin did extremely well just one week after being listed in the Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad section of the Week 4 recap.

With Lamar Jackson and Mark Andrews scoring so many points on Monday Night Football, there were likely more than a few Dynasty Owners who won their games after thinking they were going to lose. One friend of mine looked to be a sure loser in his non-Dynasty Owner game going into the fourth quarter on Monday night, but ended up winning by double-digits because he had Andrews, who scored 2 TDs and 2 2-pt conversions in the fourth quarter along, as his TE. One of the match-ups featured in the Monday Night preview article was in my beta league and it was expected to be close as Belichick’s Hoodies had Lamar Jackson on his Bench and was up by just over one point against VIP Club Dub who had Justin Tucker in his Starting lineup. In the end, Belichick’s Hoodies won what was expected to be a close game by over 14.5 points. In that same league, one of our other writers Matt (@dynastyjerk) with his team The Jerk was losing his game by nearly 40.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points coming into Monday Night Football. He still had Mark Andrews in his Starting lineup, but probably wasn’t too optimistic about his chances. Andrews ended up with 41.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and The Jerk won by 2.25 points. Now, that’s a comeback!

Did any Dynasty Owners have a more incredible comeback than The Jerk? Or was your team sweating out a close game before the fourth quarter on Monday night, but ended up winning by a lot? Let me know on Twitter (@SteveVT33) and I’ll retweet it so other Dynasty Owners can revel in your glorious victory.

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 October 12th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our fourth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 is the player behind one of the best comebacks of the week: Lamar Jackson

As the top scorer in Dynasty Owner in 2019, Lamar Jackson was the Player of the Year, as well as winning the individual weekly award in Week 12 and splitting it with Jameis Winston in Week 15, which were the playoff semi-finals, as in 2019, there were only two rounds of playoff games, not three. Three is also the number of players who have scored more than 60.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single game so far. Jackson had 60.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (442 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, 63 rushing yards, 2 2-pt conversions, 1 fumble – lost), which only trails Tyreek Hill’s 63.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 12 of the 2020 season and Aaron Rodgers’ 62.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 7 of the 2019 season. This performance pushed Jackson into the QB3 spot for the 2021 season, a comeback from his disappointing QB11 finish in 2020.

Week 5 Points: 60.4

2021 Salary: $2,367,912

Cost per Point: $39,204

Congratulations Lamar on winning your third overall Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor and the first one since the 2019 season.

Honorable mention to the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady and Justin Herbert who were set to split the Player of the Week honor until Jackson’s heroics on Monday night. Both had 55.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which is usually plenty to win the honor. Brady had 411 passing yards, 5 passing TDs and 13 rushing yards in his comeback after being included as a Player Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad last week, while Herbert had 398 passing yards, 4 passing TDs, 29 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD and 1 2-pt conversion as the Chargers scored 12 points in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter to come back and defeat Cleveland by a score of 47-42. Herbert has also come back from two below average games at the beginning of the year (17.7 and 19.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). If Brady or Herbert had scored this many points in Weeks 1-4, they would have easily been the Player of the Week, but not so in Week 5.

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

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

His salary as a seventh round draft pick in 2019 is perfectly suited to being a regular winner of the Value Player of the Week honor, however, Myles Gaskin has only one Value Player of the Week honor to his credit. That came at a very good time for his Dynasty Owners as he did it in the Dynasty Owner playoff finale (Week 16) of the 2020 season with two receiving TDs and 33.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week, Gaskin had the second two receiving TD game of his career with 31.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (25 rushing yards, 10 receptions, 74 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). While his salary is perfectly suited to winning this award, after his 0.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 4 (3 rushing yards on two carries), his Dynasty Owners may not have been expecting a complete reversal in usage and production in Week 5.

Week 5 Points: 31.9

2021 Salary: $651,694

Cost per Point: $20,429

Congratulations Myles on winning the first regular season Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of your career and second one overall.

Honorable mention this week to another member of the comeback Ravens team, Mark Andrews who scored 41.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (11 receptions, 147 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs, 2 2-pt conversions) on Monday night. While Andrews had 9.8 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Gaskin was still more valuable due to his lower salary ($651,694 for Gaskin compared to $863,290 for Andrews). Gaskin had a cost per point value of $20,429, while Andrews’ was only $273 higher at $20,702 per point. Similar to Brady and Herbert, Andrews’ performance would have been good enough to win Value Player of the Week in any other week so far this season. With Andrews due to make $14 million per season starting in 2023, time is running out for him to win his first Value Player of the Week award.

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 5. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Derrick Henry or Davante Adams 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 (or even not on many Dynasty Owner rosters), but likely weren’t Starters in Week 5 when they should have been.

QB: Davis Mills (HOU) – 34.8 points

After one of the worst games in Dynasty Owner history last week, Davis Mills had quite the comeback in Week 5. Last week, Mills scored -8.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (87 passing yards, 4 INTs, 2 rushing yards, 1 fumble) in the Texans’ 40-0 loss to the Buffalo Bills. This performance was eerily similar to the one turned in by Jets QB Sam Darnold in the infamous “Ghost Game” on Monday Night football in 2019 against the New England Patriots. The Jets lost that game 33-0 and Darnold scored -10.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (86 passing yards, 4 INTs, -1 rushing yard, 1 fumble – lost). Darnold bounced back the next week with a better, but still below average game (12.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), while Mills scored far more points after just the first half alone (22.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points – 202 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 2 rushing yards). Mills finished the game with 34.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points overall (312 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 2 rushing yards), but despite his efforts, the Texans lost 25-22 to New England. This performance made Mills a Top 5 QB for Week 5 and someone who should have been in your Starting lineup.

RB: Devontae Booker (NYG) – 20.8 points

As Saquon Barkley got healthier, the percentage of snaps given to his backup Devontae Booker had declined. In Week 1, it was close to an even split (24 for Booker versus 29 for Barkley). However, in Weeks 2 through 4, Barkley was on the field for over 80% of the Giants’ snaps on offense (58 snaps, or 84% in Week 2; 60 snaps, or 86% in Week 3; and 56 snaps, or 89% in Week 4). Booker was even inactive in Week 3 after getting only 10 snaps in on offense in Week 2. He was back in Week 4, but only got in for 7 offensive snaps. However, after Saquon Barkley rolled his ankle after playing only six plays on offense in Week 5, Booker was back on the field for 60 snaps, or 88% of the Giants’ offensive snaps. He parlayed those snaps into 20.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (42 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 3 receptions, 16 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD).  If his Dynasty Owners had known this was going to happen, they would have put him in their Starting lineups.

WR: Kadarius Toney (NYG) – 29.6 points

The New York Giants had three key injuries in Week 5 (QB Daniel Jones, RB Saquon Barkley and WR Kenny Golladay). As I wrote above, Booker made the most of his opportunity, but he wasn’t the only one. The Giants’ #1 draft pick in 2021, Kadarius Toney, did so as well with Golladay out. One week after scoring a completely unexpected 13.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the Giants’ comeback victory against New Orleans, Toney was the team’s leading receiver against the Cowboys as well. Toney improved upon his Week 4 performance with 29.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 receptions, 189 receiving yards, 7 rushing yards). Toney was the fourth WR drafted in the 2021 NFL draft, but just the eighth rookie WR taken in Dynasty Owner start-up drafts (ADP 144.6) and tied for eighth in rookie draft ADP (20.8). With his low Dynasty Owner draft capital, it wouldn’t be a surprise if few Dynasty Owners had Toney in their Starting lineup, even after last week’s performance. They should have put him in their Week 5 Starting lineups and taken full advantage of all of the points that he scored.

TE: David Njoku (CLE) – 27.9 points

For the second week in a row, a TE from an Ohio team who makes over $6 million per season is in this spot. Last week, it was C.J. Uzomah from Cincinnati who came from out of nowhere to score 26.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and this week, it’s David Njoku from Cleveland who did the comeback from the depth of the TE position to score 27.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 149 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). He set his own personal career best in Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week and had more points than he did in the previous four weeks combined (18.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). It was also the first game of his NFL career in which he had more than 100 receiving yards. After his big performance in Week 4, Uzomah saw his roster percentage grow from 0.6% up to 13%. Njoku was on more rosters (23.1%) at the start of Week 5 than Uzomah, but we’ll see if everyone who had salary cap room spent it all on Uzomah or if any other Dynasty Owners can afford to add Njoku to their rosters in advance of Week 6. Regardless, Njoku was likely not in many Dynasty Owner Starting lineups this week when he should have been.

K: Nick Folk (NE) – 17.0 points

New England kicker Nick Folk started off the season on the Patriots practice squad, but has kicked in all of the team’s regular season games. It would be a comeback, but probably more like Bill Belichick working the NFL salary cap to reduce Folk’s salary by $550,000. Folk was supposed to make $1.625 million in salary this season, but now only makes $1.075 million since signing off the practice squad to the active roster. Dynasty Owners with Folk on their team aren’t complaining as it saved them $550,000 in salary cap room too. And they aren’t complaining with Folk’s performance this season, especially what he did in Week 5. He scored 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with four FGs of varying lengths (32 yards, 52 yards, another 52 yarder and a clutch 21 yard FG with 15 seconds left in the game). He did miss one of two PAT attempts, or he would have scored more points. As the #11 ranked kicker entering Week 5, Folk was by no means a guaranteed Starter for his Dynasty Owners. Hopefully they had him in their Starting lineup (unlike me) and took full advantage of all of the points that he provided their team.

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 very few, none or negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, so they should have spent Week 5 riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Sam Darnold (CAR) – 6.8 points

Daniel Jones was my pick for the QB to leave on your Bench this week, but I could have just as easily picked Sam Darnold and written the same words about just waiting for him to rip the heart out of all of his believers eventually. It was bound to happen, and it finally did for both players in Week 5. Jones can be forgiven as his 5.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy point day was over before halftime due to a concussion, but Darnold played the whole game against Philadelphia and was only able to score one more point. Darnold had only 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (177 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 10 rushing yards, 3 INTs). It wasn’t as bad as the infamous “Ghost Game”, but it wasn’t what his Dynasty Owners had come to expect so far in his comeback season with Carolina. Darnold shouldn’t have been in your Starting lineup this week even though he was ranked in the Top 12 QBs in Dynasty Owner before the week started. Now that he has fallen down to QB16, he shouldn’t be seen as mainstay in your Starting lineup anymore.

RB: Chase Edmonds (ARI) – 3.4 points

There were plenty of possible RBs who might have been a Starter for your Dynasty Owner team in the second RB or FLEX spot this week who did worse than Edmonds, but none of them (Kenyan Drake, Nyheim Hines, J.D. McKissic, Trey Sermon and Devin Singletary) were guaranteed to be in your Starting lineup. In contrast, Chase Edmonds should have been as he had scored an average of 15.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in Weeks 1-4 with a low of 12.5 points in Week 2. He was the one Arizona skill position player other than QB Kyler Murray to not have a bad week so far this season. That ended in Week 5 as Edmonds only produced 3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (15 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 19 receiving yards, 1 fumble lost). For the first time this season, Dynasty Owners with Edmonds on their team should have put him on the Bench.

WR: Marvin Jones (JAC) – 3.5 points

With fellow WR D.J. Chark out for the season, it seemed like the stock of both Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault had gone up in fantasy football even as the drama in Jacksonville with Head Coach Urban Meyer raged on. It turns out that two Jacksonville WRs did benefit from Chark’s season ending injury, but their names are Tavon Austin and Jamal Agnew. Jones was projected to score 15.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and was averaging 13.45 points per game through the first four weeks of the season, but ended up with just 3.5 points (1 reception for 25 yards). Both Austin and Agnew plus TEs Dan Arnold and Jacob Hollister, as well as Shenault who had 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 58 yards), had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week than Jones did. Jones hadn’t scored that few points and been as worthy to be on your Bench since Week 6 of the 2020 season when he was on the Detroit Lions.

TE: T.J. Hockenson (DET) – 4.2 points

This is Hockenson’s second appearance here, which is probably not fair to him, but he is one of the few TEs who Dynasty Owners should have felt comfortable plugging into their Starting lineup on a weekly basis without regard to his team’s opponent. That was especially true after he scored over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first two weeks of the 2021 season (23.7 points in Week 1 and 20.6 points in Week 2). Since then, he’s come back to earth with three straight subpar performances (3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3, followed by 8.2 points in Week 4 and this week’s 4.2 points). Hockenson was only targeted three times and caught two of those passes with a total of 22 receiving yards. With injuries taking their toll on some of the middle of the pack TEs (Logan Thomas and Maxx Williams) plus one of the elite (George Kittle), Dynasty Owners with Hockenson on their roster are going to need solid week-to-week performances from a player who they drafted (ADP 50.5) to be in their Starting lineup every week. Unfortunately for them, this wasn’t a good week to have him there.

K: Evan McPherson (CIN) – -2.0 points

Evan McPherson was the only kicker taken in the 2021 NFL draft. Cincinnati used the 5th pick of the 5th round (pick #149 overall) on the Florida kicker. Dynasty Owners liked the new Cincinnati kicker enough that he was selected in rookie drafts with generally a mid-third round pick (ADP 30.4). He was the ninth kicker drafted, on average, in Dynasty Owner start-up drafts with an ADP of 197.9. Dynasty Owners who drafted McPherson had to have been happy after the first four weeks of the season as he was the #8 kicker in Dynasty Owner with 33.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and only one missed kick (a 43-yard FG attempt in Week 4 versus Jacksonville). At a salary of just under $1 million ($955,928), he was likely in plenty of Starting lineups this week as the Bengals faced off against the Green Bay Packers. He shouldn’t have been as he missed two FGs (a 57-yarder with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter and a 49-yarder in overtime). He did make both of his PAT attempts, but the misses cost him 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to leave his Dynasty Owners with -2.0 points from him this week.

Dishonorable mention to Matthew Wright of the Jacksonville Jaguars who continued the Jaguars’ kickers “perfect” record of missing FGs by hitting the crossbar with a 53 yard FG attempt. Wright also missed one of two PAT attempts and finished Week 5 with -2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (FG miss from 53 yards and 1 of 2 on PATs). Jacksonville kickers have scored a combined -2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this season (1 missed FG of 40-49 yards, 3 missed FGs of 50+ yards and 9 out of 12 on PAT attempts). Despite a salary of only $780,000, very few Dynasty Owners picked up Wright after he was signed by Jacksonville to replace Josh Lambo. Wright was rostered in only 2.4% of Dynasty Owner leagues last week. Wright has a total of 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point, which makes him the better of the two Jaguars’ kickers this season with Josh Lambo having scored -3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Hopefully none of the few Dynasty Owners with Wright on their roster had him in their Starting lineup, or will have any Jacksonville kicker there until one of them can make a FG.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – Miami Crypt Keepers vs. The UnderDawgs

No comeback for The UnderDawgs on Monday Night Football. It probably wasn’t very realistic as they needed around 70.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Nyheim Hines to win since he was on their Bench and the Dynasty Owner single game record is 63.9. Instead, Hines only got 2.6 points and The UnderDawgs fell well short of a comeback victory.

Miami Crypt Keepers were a well-balanced team with six players in their Starting lineup chipping in at least a dozen points, led by Derrick Henry who had 33.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In contrast, The UnderDawgs had Tom Brady and Austin Ekeler combine for 86.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and the rest of their Starting lineup only score in the single digits for a combined 31.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The victory keeps Miami Crypt Keepers undefeated and in first place in the League #59074 standings, while The Underdawgs stay in second place and their record drops to 4-1 on the season.

Miami Crypt Keepers won the Match-up of the Week, but lost their spot on the Chase for the Ring leaderboard with a below average performance this week. They dropped from 11th place down to 55th place. There is still plenty of time left in the season for them to make a comeback, return to the Leaderboard and maybe even capture the Ring.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

The current Chase for the Ring leaderboard features several new teams with three teams in the Top 10 after being completely out of the Top 25 just a week ago:

SKOL Vikings are now in first and sixth place in the Chase for the Ring. They were in third and fifth place last week. The team in first place now from League #31927 scored a whopping 242.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while the League #31831 team in sixth place had “only” 195.7 points. Last week, The Road Warriors had a 30.6 point lead, but now they are in second place and trail SKOL Vikings by 11.8 points. Thee Camel Toe Jockey had 223.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 5 to move three spots up from sixth place to third.

As mentioned earlier, there are a few newcomers to the Top 10 this week with the teams currently in sixth place (Mizzou Mafia Bosses), ninth place (Rimmerworld Smegheads) and tenth place (Joeyjet53) not even in the Top 25 last week. Mizzou Mafia Bosses is also one of only three undefeated Top 10 teams left at 5-0.

Conclusions

Did either your favorite NFL or Dynasty Owner team mount a comeback this week? The Patriots did for me, but my three Dynasty Owner teams that were behind after the Sunday Night Football game were all too far behind to reasonably comeback to win. Even the one with Mark Andrews was too far behind. Shout out to Big Grizz in League #76065 who defeated that team of mine and sits in first place in the standings with the same record as Team Polian, but more points scored. Hopefully when some of the many players who are on Injured Reserve come back, my teams will start winning again.

Don’t worry if your team didn’t mount a comeback in Week 5. Hopefully they won and your Dynasty Owner team (or teams if you’re in multiple leagues) is in position to make the playoffs and a run for your League Championship. Congrats if they are and even if they aren’t, don’t give up just yet.

There’s plenty of great Dynasty Owner content coming out this week to check out. The Free Agent Auction targets article and video by Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl) was published on Tuesday. Hopefully you read it and watched the video to help you decide who to bid on and then you won those bids. Matt Morrison – The Jerk had his article and video get posted as well for his Incredibly True Stats by position series. Matt will be back with his Thursday Night Football preview on Thursday afternoon to set the tone for Week 6. Finally on Friday, I’m back with an article and video that will preview the rest of the Week 6 slate of games. I’ll also have another exciting Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week and see how my Week 5 recommendations fared.

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Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

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Week 3 Recap: Rookie QB Struggles

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Let’s travel back in time to the NFL draft in April. Five teams (Jacksonville, New York Jets, San Francisco, Chicago and New England) drafted a QB with their first round draft pick, while a sixth team (Houston) didn’t have a first round pick, but used their first selection (in the third round) on a QB. In Dynasty Owner, on average, four of the five first round QBs were taken in the first six rounds of Dynasty Owner start-up drafts and in the first round of rookie drafts. Mac Jones was the exception with a start-up draft ADP of 85.3 and a rookie draft ADP of 12.8. Expectations were pretty high for the rookie QBs with plenty of Dynasty Owners believing at least one of them would play as well as Justin Herbert did last year (28.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game). If not at Herbert’s level, then definitely as well as Jalen Hurts did in the four games he started at the end of the 2020 season (26.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) or at worse how Joe Burrow did before he got injured (22.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game). Even the worst of the 2020 rookie QBs (Tua Tagovailoa) averaged 19.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his nine NFL starts.

Both Lawrence and Wilson were expected to be starters for the Jaguars and Jets this season, while Mac Jones outplayed Cam Newton to win the starting QB job for the Patriots. Bears fans were clamoring for Justin Fields to start over Andy Dalton, while many felt that it was only a matter of time before Lance was the 49ers starter over Jimmy Garoppolo and Davis Mills would take over the reins of the Texans offense once the team had given up on the 2021 season. With a full training camp and pre-season games in 2021 that none of last year’s rookies had the benefit of, those high expectations seemed logical.

Well, being a NFL quarterback is pretty hard and the performances of these rookie QBs so far this season are proof of the difficulty. Those six rookie QBs have started 11 games so far this season (three each by Lawrence, Wilson and Jones plus one by Fields and Mills). In a majority of those games (six out of 11), the rookie QB has scored 10.0 or fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Last year, the rookie QBs started 38 games over the course of the entire season and in only three games, did they have fewer than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The most Dynasty Owner fantasy points in those 11 rookie QB starts so far this year is 26.4 by Trevor Lawrence in Week 1. That’s fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Herbert averaged in 15 starts in 2020 and similar to Hurts’ average in four starts.

No doubt that the 2021 rookie QB class has struggled mightily so far this season and Dynasty Owners who drafted them highly have been disappointed in their production. Even if those Dynasty Owners planned on having a rookie QB as their Bench QB all year, none of them are performing well enough to even be a steady Bench option as all of them are ranked outside the top 24 QBs right now (Lawrence is QB28, Jones is QB29, and Wilson is QB31). The struggle is real!

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 28th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our third Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 is: Josh Allen

This week’s Player of the Week is also a QB who struggled as a rookie. Josh Allen threw more INTs (12) than TDs (10) as a rookie in 2018 and had three games with under 100 yards passing. However, he ran the ball very well with 631 rushing yards and 8 rushing TDs, so he wasn’t completely useless in fantasy as a rookie. Now, he’s the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week because he had the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, as well as the best performance of the 2021 season by a QB so far. Allen threw for 358 passing yards and 4 passing TDs to go along with 9 rushing yards and a rushing TD (49.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). It was also Allen’s first game of the season without a turnover. Allen nearly eclipsed the 50.0 point mark that he achieved twice in 2020 (50.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2 versus Miami and 50.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 9 versus Seattle). His point total in Week 3 was also more points than he had scored in the first two weeks combined (41.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) for his Dynasty Owners who drafted him extremely highly this season (13.3 ADP) and may have been panicking a little bit after two consecutive average weeks.

Week 3 Points: 49.8

2021 Salary: $5,295,760

Cost per Point: $106,341

Congratulations Josh on winning your third overall Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor. This one will go nicely with the two that you received in 2020. Now, you’re back tied with Derrick Henry and just one behind 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 third Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 season is: Dalton Schultz

With his first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor, Dalton Schultz becomes only the third TE to win it. Not a single TE did it in 2019, while George Kittle and Anthony Firkser won it in 2020. Schultz put together the best performance of his career this week with 26.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 80 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). Schultz was a Top 10 TE last year in Dynasty Owner, but many expected Blake Jarwin to be the #1 TE in Dallas this season as evidenced by the fact that Jarwin had a lower ADP (187.9 vs. 229.7 for Schultz) despite having a salary of $5.5 million for three more years, compared to just $728,090 for one year for Schultz. In the first two weeks of the 2021 season, Schultz had slightly more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Jarwin (14.3 points vs. 11.7 for Jarwin), but neither one had been targeted much (8 targets for Schultz and 7 for Jarwin). Schultz was one of three Cowboys with more than 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3 but both Dak Prescott ($40 million) and Ezekiel Elliott ($15 million) make significantly more than Schultz does and would need to score hundreds of points in a single week to be the Value Player of the Week.

Week 3 Points: 26.0

2021 Salary: $728,090

Cost per Point: $28,003

Congratulations Dalton on winning the first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of your career and being the second consecutive Cowboys player to win it this season.

Honorable mention to James Robinson who scored 24.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (88 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 6 receptions, 46 receiving yards, 1 fumble) and was well on his way towards his first Value Player of the Week award for 2021 and second one overall before Schultz overtook him on Monday night. Robinson was the RB7 in Dynasty Owner in 2020 and averaged 18.45 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, but only was the Value Player of the Week once and similar to this week, was edged out of winning twice. Robinson had 21 touches (15 rushing attempts and 6 receptions) and 24.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3 compared to 22 touches (16 rushing attempts and 6 receptions) and just 16.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first two weeks combined. If Jacksonville utilizes Robinson more like they did this week, he could be the Value Player of the Week at least once this year.

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 3. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Derrick Henry 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 (or even not on a Dynasty Owner roster), but likely weren’t Starters in Week 3 when they should have been.

QB: Kirk Cousins (MIN) – 34.3 points

Only two players in Dynasty Owner have scored 30.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in all three games this season – the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady and Kirk Cousins. Normally, I wouldn’t have a player rostered in only 3% of Dynasty Owner leagues listed here, but Cousins has been too good through the first three games of the season to ignore. Cousins is averaging 306 passing yards per game and has thrown 8 TDs and no INTs so far this season. While it’s been great fun mentioning his high salary and low ownership rates in the past, it’s getting to the point where anyone who has a Dynasty Owner team doing well needs to think about picking up Cousins, while using their Amnesty Provision if they are still rostering either Deshaun Watson at $39 million per year (18.9%) or Jared Goff at $33.5 million (1.8%). Same goes for Dynasty Owners with Carson Wentz ($32 million; 10.7% rostered), provided that they have $1 million in room under the salary cap. This week, Cousins had 34.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (323 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 2 rushing yards, 1 fumble) to rank as the QB5 in Dynasty Owner for Week 3. He would have been a great Starting QB for the handful of Dynasty Owners with him on their rosters.

RB: Peyton Barber (LV) – 24.2 points

Believe it or not, but Peyton Barber is only 27 years old. Doesn’t it feel like he’s been kicking around the NFL for a long time? He did enter the NFL after only two years in college, so it’s his sixth NFL season (four with Tampa Bay, last season with Washington and this season with Las Vegas). Maybe that has something to do with it. After four years with Tampa Bay, he signed a two-year/$3 million contract with the Washington Football Team and had a great start for them with two rushing TDs and 14.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1. However, he never mustered another double-digit point week in 2020 to go along with a 2.7 yards per carry rushing average. In 2021, he was released by the Football Team at the end of training camp. He signed with the Washington practice squad but was signed off of that by the Raiders a couple of days before the start of the season. After Josh Jacobs’ injury led him to be inactive in Week 2, Barber was declared the starter by Raiders’ coach Jon Gruden, and he promptly went out and averaged 2.5 yards per carry with 13 carries for 32 yards (3.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). With Jacobs still out in Week 3, barber was the lead Raiders RB and topped 100 yards rushing for the first time since November 18th, 2018. Barber finished Week 3 with 24.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (111 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 3 receptions, 31 receiving yards, 1 fumble).

WR: Emmanuel Sanders (BUF) – 26.4 points

Last season, Emmanuel Sanders was expected to provide Drew Brees with another WR to throw the ball to instead of always seeming to target Michael Thomas. Despite finishing the 2020 season as the WR42 in Dynasty Owner, Sanders left New Orleans in free agency and signed with the Buffalo Bills. With Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley already established as the #1 and #2 WRs in Buffalo, Sanders was expected to be the #3 WR and possibly cede that spot to Gabriel Davis and be the #4 WR.  That’s why he had an ADP of 244.1 in Dynasty Owner start-up drafts. The first two weeks of the 2021 season saw Sanders put up 9.2 and 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points respectively and provide some decent Bench points to the Dynasty Owners with him on their roster (58.6%). In Week 3, Sanders had his best week since 2019 when he was on San Francisco as he scored 26.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 94 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). That’s good enough that his Dynasty Owners should have put him in their Starting lineup this week.

Honorable mention to Sanders’ teammate Cole Beasley who had 20.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (11 receptions for 98 receiving yards). Buffalo had two WRs with over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while RB Zack Moss, TE Dawson Knox, WR Stefon Diggs and kicker Tyler Bass all had double-digit points. Not to mention what Josh Allen did. That’s what happens when your team puts up 43 points and 481 yards of total offense. While Sanders got a lot of his points on TD receptions, Beasley did it on volume with 11 receptions on 13 targets. Beasley and Sanders are tied with 194 receiving yards and 42.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the season, but Beasley is just a bit ahead of Sanders in all of the other important Dynasty Owner metrics ($7.25 million in salary, 62.7% rostered and 227.3 ADP). If you had Beasley on your Dynasty Owner roster instead of Sanders, it wasn’t too much of a drop off in points and both of them should have been in your Starting lineup.

TE: Tyler Conklin (MIN) – 20.0 points

Until Dalton Schultz’s performance on Monday Night Football, Conklin had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than any other TE in Week 3. Yes indeed, he had more points than Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Mark Andrews and a host of other better known TEs. Kelce, Kittle, Andrews and Mike Gesicki had more receiving yards than Conklin this week, but Conklin had a TD, while each of the other three didn’t. As a result, Conklin finished Week 3 with 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 70 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). In the first two weeks, Conklin had only 11.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and was probably not making everyone who started picking him off the Free Agent Auction happy at all. Since September 1st, Conklin has gone from being rostered in 37.3% of Dynasty Owner leagues to 90.5% of leagues now. After this week, I’m sure a Dynasty Owner or two in the remaining 9.5% of leagues will bid on his services and maybe even put him in their Starting lineup. That’s where he should have been in Week 3 for everyone who already had him on their roster.

K: Chase McLaughlin (CLE) – 18.0 points

After two weeks, Browns kicker Chase McLaughlin had only attempted one FG from 30 yards and seven PATs. He made them all, but since the PATs were the longest kick that he had even attempted, he had only scored 9.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in total. In Week 3 alone, McLaughlin attempted six kicks (4 FGs and 2 PATs) and made them all for 18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The field goals were from 28, 41, 52 and 57 yards respectively. While kicking for six teams over the past two seasons (Chargers, 49ers and Colts in 2019 and then Vikings, Jaguars and Jets in 2020), he had never scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points despite being active for 16 NFL games. Since his salary is only $762,500 per season, he is rostered in 95.9% of Dynasty Owner leagues but I’m not sure how many of those Dynasty Owners actually had him in their Starting lineup. Hopefully they did as he was the top kicker for Week 3 and is currently tied for eighth for the season.

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 very few Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, so they should have spent Week 3 riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Justin Fields (CHI) – 4.6 points

All five of the rookie QBs who started in Week 3 could have been the choice here, but after all of the hype surrounding Fields and the anticipation of his first NFL start, more Dynasty Owners than should have probably started him. Those who did ended up with just 4.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (68 passing yards and 12 rushing yards). Fields didn’t have a turnover, so it could have been worse. Fields actually had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 (6.8) when he didn’t start than this week when he did. All in all, it was a terrible struggle this week for Fields and nearly all of the rookie QBs. Fields should not have been anywhere near your Starting lineup or Bench in Week 3.

As mentioned above, dishonorable mentions to the four other rookie QBs who started in Week 3 for their NFL teams. Davis Mills was the best of the four and he only had 14.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (168 passing yards and 1 passing TD). He was also the most unlikely one for any Dynasty Owners to start since he was getting his first NFL start on a Thursday night. Mac Jones had the second most Dynasty Owner fantasy points with 13.3 (270 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 28 rushing yards, 3 INTs), followed by Trevor Lawrence with 7.6 (219 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 27 rushing yards, 2 INTs, 2 fumbles – lost) and Zach Wilson bringing up the rear with only 2.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (160 passing yards, 2 rushing yards, 2 INTs). Not sure what kind of desperate straits your Dynasty Owner team would have to be in to have Wilson as your Starting QB, but he definitely should not have been. All of these rookie QBs should be on your Bench, or Practice Squad if you have three starting NFL QBs on your Dynasty Owner roster, until further notice.

RB: Damien Harris (NE) – 3.1 points

It was a pretty bad fantasy week for the New England Patriots, which as we all know is what Bill Belichick cares about the most. Only Kendrick Bourne (21.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Jakobi Meyers (18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) did enough to be worthy of starting. Damien Harris did not with only 3.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (14 rushing yards, 2 receptions, -3 receiving yards) despite being the most likely Patriots player to actually be in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup. It’s really bad when your QB is your leading rusher on the day (Mac Jones had 28 rushing yards). With Rhamondre Stevenson out again, it seemed logical that both Harris and James White would factor significantly into the Patriots offense, but White was injured early in the game after his first rushing attempt and quickly ruled out with a hip injury. Harris only had eight touches (six rushing attempts and two receptions) while backup RBs J.J. Taylor and Brandon Bolden had nine combined (four rushing attempts and five receptions). It wasn’t a great day all around for the Patriots offense and hopefully you weren’t counting on Harris to do well as a member of your Starting lineup when he should have been on your Bench.

WR: Robby Anderson (CAR) – 1.8 points

With Sam Darnold playing well through the first two weeks of the NFL season and the Panthers playing the Houston Texans, it seemed that starting Robby Anderson on Thursday night would be a good idea for Dynasty Owners. All off-season there was speculation that Anderson would be Darnold’s favorite target as the two had hooked up for 88 passes, 1,353 yards and 11 TDs in two seasons together in New York. They only connected once in Week 1 against the Jets, but it was a 57-yard TD pass, good for 12.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. And despite scoring only 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions for 38 yards) in Week 2, Anderson was targeted by Darnold on six occasions. It wasn’t to be in Week 3 as Darnold looked to D.J. Moore early and often, while Anderson was limited to just two targets and 1.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 8 yards). Anderson is rostered in 95.9% of Dynasty Owner leagues despite carrying a salary of $10 million for this season (which increases to $14.75 million for the 2022 season). Anderson didn’t do much this week and starting him would have gotten your Dynasty Owner team off to a poor start in Week 3. Hopefully you didn’t do it.

TE: Robert Tonyan (GB) – 1.6 points

After the first two weeks of the season, Robert Tonyan was the TE12 in Dynasty Owner, but with only 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He was also the 12th TE drafted on average in Dynasty Owner start-up drafts (ADP 114.0). If you waited to draft a TE after Kelce, Waller, Pitts, Kittle, Hockenson and Andrews were off the board, then Tonyan could easily be your Starter. The likelihood increased after he had 14.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 52 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) in Week 2 against Detroit. Despite 33 passing attempts by Aaron Rodgers in Week 3, Tonyan was only targeted once. He shouldn’t feel bad as Rodgers only had eyes for Davante Adams (as usual) who had 18 targets. However, any Dynasty Owners who had Tonyan in their Starting lineup are feeling bad about only getting 1.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (1 reception for 6 yards). There aren’t a lot of TEs who should be in your Starting lineup every week regardless of the matchup and Tonyan isn’t one of them. He should have been on your Bench this week.

A dishonorable mention to T.J. Hockenson who only scored 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 10 yards) after consecutive weeks with more than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Hockenson was the #3 ranked TE in Dynasty Owner after the first two weeks, behind only Travis Kelce and Rob Gronkowski. He was clearly Detroit’s best receiver and led the team in receiving yards in each of the first two games. He had the most targets (20), receptions (16), receiving yards (163) and receiving TDs (2) on the team as well. However, this week, he had fewer targets, yards and Dynasty Owner fantasy points than his backup Darren Fells (3 targets, 2 receptions for 35 yards and 5.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). A disappointing outing against a Baltimore Ravens defense that gave up 26.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to Raiders TE Darren Waller in Week 1 and 23.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to Chiefs TE Travis Kelce in Week 2. Fantasy analysts were starting to mention Hockenson as being in the same tier as both of those guys, but likely won’t be doing it after this week’s Bench worthy performance.

K: Tristan Vizcaino (LAC) – 1.0 point

Starting Vizcaino in Week 3 was a good idea if you thought that the Chargers-Chiefs game would be a high scoring affair. That thought was correct as the teams combined for 54 total points with the Chargers defeating the Chiefs by a score of 30-24. With 30 points, it seems logical that the Chargers kicker would have more than just 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point, but that’s how many Vizcaino scored as he missed two PATs, while making one, and also kicked a 24 yard FG. Vizcaino had been fine through two weeks with 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 for 4 on FGs 39 yards or less, 1 for 2 on FGs of 40 to 49 yards and 2 for 2 on PATs). The Chargers have a very good offense so Vizcaino should keep having opportunities to kick, but if he keeps missing PATs, he won’t be worth using in your Starting lineup since he’ll probably not be kicking for the Chargers anymore.

Dishonorable mention for the second consecutive week to Jacksonville kicker Josh Lambo for his -1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 3. This was his second straight week with negative points and after the first one, he shouldn’t have been in anybody’s Starting lineup. However, when you score negative points and have negative points three weeks into the season, it’s pretty much required that you get mentioned here. Lambo has three fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points so far this season than everybody reading this article. Dynasty Owners with Lambo on their roster (42.0%) would have been better off leaving the spot in their Starting lineup or Bench empty than having Lambo in it.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – The Road Warriors vs. Dynasty Trade School (Mad Minshew)

The changing of the guard didn’t happen as the Dynasty Owner who appeared on the final 2020 Chase for the Ring leaderboard – Dynasty Trade School (Mad Minshew) – defeated the team that was #2 on the 2021 leaderboard after the first two weeks (The Road Warriors) by a convincing margin of 166.5 to 139.9. Everyone in Dynasty Trade School’s Starting lineup had at least 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, except his kicker (Younghoe Koo) who had just 9.0 points. Tom Brady led the Dynasty Trade School team with 38.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Alexander Mattison had 25.1 points in place of the injured Dalvin Cook. On the other side, it’s hard to quibble with The Road Warriors’ lineup choices, but Christian McCaffrey only had 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, DeAndre Hopkins had just 5.1 and T.J. Hockenson only scored 3.0 in a losing effort. The Road Warriors had a lot of Bench points, but that’s what happens when you have Justin Herbert (44.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), Chase Claypool (18.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (17.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) all on your Bench. That’s why many people have commented that The Road Warriors’ Bench is better than a lot of other teams’ Starting lineup.

The win puts Dynasty Trade School (Mad Minshew) at the top of the League #27449 standings with a 3-0 record and 495.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. They are slightly ahead of Blue Mountain State who is also 3-0 and has scored 490.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The Road Warriors slip down to 4th place in the League despite a league high 533.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. More importantly, will that be enough points to keep The Road Warriors in the Top 10 of the Chase for the Ring standings?

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

The answer is Yes as The Road Warriors dropped slightly in the Chase for the Ring standings as they moved down five spots to 7th place, but despite the loss, they are still in the Top 10.

The Road Warriors are one of five teams from last week’s Top 10 to remain up there this week along with Crow Valley Corvids (down two spots from 1st place to 3rd), Miami Crypt Keepers (up five spots from 9th place to 4th), KingMelo (up one spot from 6th place to 5th) and Bastedos (down three spot from 7th place to 10th). The rest of the Top 10 are new with Heeb Unit being our new leader with 554.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. They were outside of the Top 25 last week, but a 204.8 point performance in Week 3 has them on top for now.

If you check out the full Top 25 standings, you’ll see that Dynasty Trade School (Mad Minshew) has a team in 16th place with 515.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That team plays in League #27458, while the team that defeated The Road Warriors is in League #27449 and currently sits in 53rd place overall.

Conclusions

Hopefully your Dynasty Owner team wasn’t counting on one of the rookie QBs drafted in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft this season. If so, it’s highly unlikely that your team is on the Chase for the Ring leaderboard or frankly, even has a 3-0 record at this point in the season. If you do, the rest of your team must be pretty impressive, and I’d love to see it. Send a picture of that team to me on Twitter (@SteveVT33) or tell me your team name and I’ll look it up. Then I’ll tweet out your roster and give you the props that you so justly deserve.

Congratulations to everyone with a 3-0 record right now. None of my teams made it to 3-0 as both of my previously undefeated teams lost in Week 3, while my other two teams won, so at least all four of them have a victory and a chance to make the playoffs. If your team is 0-3, don’t give up hope as there are still 11 more weeks of the Dynasty Owner regular season left.

If you need help figuring out how to replace that rookie QB who is struggling and left your team at 0-3, or have a 3-0 team that you want to keep on track, Dynasty Owner has plenty of great content coming out this week for everyone to check out. 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 4 slate of games. I’ll also have another Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week and see how my Week 3 recommendations fared.

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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.

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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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.

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