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.
|Week||Average Points per Game||High Scoring Game||Low Scoring Game|
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.
|Week||High Scoring Team||League #||Dynasty Owner Fantasy Points|
|5||Life as a Falcons Fan||74742||244.9|
|8||Havana Club 79||31820||192.3|
|9||SKOL and Bones||35409||191.1|
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.
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.
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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