Week 5 Recap: High Scoring Week

Author: Steven Van Tassell

Week 5 of the Dynasty Owner season certainly had a lot of scoring, didn’t it? Eight players had 40 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, so the competition was fierce for Player of the Week and Value Player of the Week. Speaking of fierce, the Williams brother vs. brother Match-up of the Week was also a barnburner with the highest score of any Match-up that we’ve looked at so far this season.

This is our fifth Dynasty Owner weekly wrap-up article. If you missed the first four articles, let’s tell you what to expect. Every week, we’ll look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, and highlight a player at every position who should have been Active and one who should have been on your Bench.

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 .25 points for every 10 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.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Players of the Week are: DeShaun Watson and Will Fuller

With all of the scoring, there were many worthy candidates this week and in the end, we just couldn’t decide between Houston Texans’ teammates DeShaun Watson and Will Fuller. So, for the first time, we have Co-Players of the Week. Fuller put up 58.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (14 receptions, 217 yards receiving, 3 receiving TDs, 1 fumble – not lost), while DeShaun put up the second most Dynasty Owner fantasy points in our game’s five week history with 58.0 points (426 yards passing, 5 passing TDs, 47 yards rushing, 2 fumbles – not lost). Without the fumbles, Watson would have put up the first 60 Dynasty Owner fantasy point game in history. Congratulations are in order for Will Fuller on being the first receiver to get the 6-point bonus for 200+ yards receiving. Getting over 200 yards receiving from a WR who isn’t breaking your salary cap with his $2.54 million annual salary is great for his Dynasty Owners and ended up costing them only a little over $3,000 per point this week.

  • Week 5 Points: 58.7
  • Week 5 Salary: $181,506
  • Week 5 Cost per Point: $3,092

DeShaun Watson isn’t busting your salary cap either as he also has a very Dynasty Owner friendly annual salary for a QB of only $3.46 million.

  • Week 5 Points: 58.0
  • Week 5 Salary: $247,398
  • Week 5 Cost per Point: $4,265

Congratulations to both Will and DeShaun on winning your first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honors together!

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. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Aaron Jones

Jones led the Packers offense in both rushing and receiving in Week 5 and scored 51.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (107 yards rushing, 4 rushing TDs, 7 receptions, 75 yards receiving) in the Packers 34-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Jones’ annual salary of just $650,484 means he cost his Dynasty Owners less than $1,000 per point this week, the second time a player has had a below $1,000 cost per point week this season (Week 1 – Austin Ekeler – $883 cost per point).

  • Week 5 Points: 51.2
  • Week 5 Salary: $46,463
  • Week 5 Cost per Point: $907

Congrats to Aaron on your first of possibly many Value Player of the Week honors!

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in Week 5. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Christian McCaffrey or Amari Cooper, even though both of them scored more than 40 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, since both should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents, on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 5 when they should have been.

QB: Matt Ryan (ATL) – 41.2 points

Only an idiot would suggest having Matt Ryan on your Bench this week (https://dynastyowner.com/post/week-5-preview). After a down week of less than 20 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and zero passing TDs against Tennessee, some people might have been tempted to bench Ryan against the Houston Texans. Those people missed out on a 41.2 point outing (330 yards passing, 3 passing TDs, 7 yards rushing, 1 rushing TD, 1 2-pt conversion, 1 INT). Next time don’t pay attention to that guy who told you to Bench Ryan, he should have been Active.

RB: Matt Breida (SF) – 29.9 points

Breida had an 83-yard TD run on the 49ers first play from scrimmage on Monday Night Football and added another receiving TD later. Both of these scores came in the first quarter when he amassed 23.1 out of his 29.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points alone in the 49ers 31-3 victory over the reeling Cleveland Browns. Overall, Breida finished with 114 rushing yards, 3 receptions for 15 yards and 2 TDs – numbers worthy of being in everyone’s Active lineup this week.

WR: Allen Robinson II (CHI) – 28.7 points

Blimey! Did Allen Robinson really score 2 TDs against the Raiders in London this week? He did and produced 28.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 97 yards, 2 receiving TDs) for his faithful owners. Benching Robinson seemed like a good move with the Bears playing in London with their backup QB (Chase Daniel), but he produced like a player who should have been Active.

Honorable mention to Byron Pringle of the Kansas City Chiefs. Pringle was the Kansas City top receiver for Week 5 with 6 receptions for 103 yards and a receiving TD (22.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He was the fifth player to lead the Chiefs in receiving yards in a game this year (Sammy Watkins, Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman and Travis Kelce) and probably the most unlikely one. He likely wasn’t on many Dynasty Owner rosters or Active in any lineups, but should have been.

TE: Gerald Everett (LAR) – 20.6 points

Everett moved up from the Honorable Mention list last week with another great performance. Everett caught 7 passes from Jared Goff for 136 yards to give his Dynasty Owners, like Andy Rocco, 20.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Everett may have been Active in some leagues after last week, but most of his Dynasty Owners probably didn’t have him there in Week 5.

Honorable mention to Darren Fells of the Houston Texans who gets on this list with a 16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance. Fells was efficient as he caught 2 passes for 20 yards, but both of them were TD passes. Fells is the second Texans TE to appear in this column (Jordan Akins was the first). If you were one of the few Dynasty Owners to have Fells on your roster, he should have been Active.

K: Dan Bailey (MIN) – 14.0 points

Dan Bailey scored 14 Dynasty Owner fantasy points as he didn’t miss a kick in the Vikings’ Week 5 28-10 victory over the New York Giants. Bailey booted FGs of 31, 32, 45 and 48 yards plus added two PATs to fill up the stat sheet this week. The Vikings haven’t been giving him a lot of scoring opportunities this season as he only had four FG attempts and ten PAT attempts in the previous four games, including no attempts at all in Week 4. Based on that lowly production, having Bailey on the Bench, instead of Active, was likely for most of his Dynasty Owners.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have a player who probably was Active, but was better left on your Bench. Here are some likely Active players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 5.

QB: Phillip Rivers (LAC) – 4.3 points

Rivers had scored over 25 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in three out of the first four games, so his Dynasty Owners can be forgiven for thinking that he should be Active against the Broncos at home. Instead, Rivers should have been on your Bench due to his 4.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (211 yards passing, -3 yards rushing, 2 INTs).

RB: LeSean McCoy (KC) – 1.3 points

With Damien Williams back in the lineup for the Chiefs, LeSean McCoy struggled to get involved in the offense and finished Week 5 with only 1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 23 yards, 1 fumble lost). He had been averaging 10 rushing attempts per game so far this season, but had none this week and should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench if you own him.

Dishonorable mention to Jaylen Samuels who hopefully was not Active for any of his Dynasty Owner despite being touted as a player to Activate this week. Samuels touched the ball eight times in the Steelers 26-23 loss to the Ravens, but only produced a total of 17 yards of offense and 1.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 yards passing, 2 yards rushing, 3 receptions, 11 yards receiving, 1 INT). Samuels was better left on your Bench.

WR: Mike Evans (TB) – 0.0 points

Two weeks ago, he was the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week with 45.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week, Mike Evans scored zero Dynasty Owner fantasy points, the dreaded Blutarsky, and should have been on your Bench. Evans was targeted three times, but reeled in zero catches. The best thing that can be said about his performance is that at least he didn’t get negative points.

Dishonorable mention to Emmanuel Sanders who had only 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 9 yards) in Week 5. That’s not a lot of points for someone making $11 million annually who was probably Active in many Dynasty Owner lineups. Sanders should have been sitting on the Bench this week.

TE: Greg Olsen (TEN) – 0.0 points

Another Blutarsky, not seen at the TE position in this column since O.J. Howard back in Week 2, for Greg Olsen in Week 5. Olsen was targeted just twice in Carolina’s 34-27 victory over Jacksonville, leaving most of the receptions and yards to D.J. Moore and Christian McCaffrey. This is a far cry from the 25.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points that Olsen put up in Week 3 versus Arizona. He should have been Active that week, but on the Bench this week.

K: Cairo Santos (TEN) – -9 points

Cairo Santos, the man known as NYJ for a while on Dynasty Owner, had the worst kicker game of the year this week. Santos missed 4 FGs, including two of less than 40 yards (one was blocked) to cost his Dynasty Owners 9 points this week. His performance also cost him his job as the Titans released Santos on Monday. Hopefully he was on your Bench or better yet, Practice Squad.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Twilliams (Tyler Williams) – 155.5 vs. Darnold’s Dudes (Alex Williams) – 138.1

In the battle of undefeated brothers, it was younger brother Tyler who managed a 155.5-138.1 victory over his older sibling Alex. Tyler had scored more points coming into the week and kept his scoring lead over Alex. Appropriately in this high-scoring week of football, our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week produced more points than any previous Match-up of the Week. Tyler’s final score of 155.5 points also eclipsed the previous individual team record set in Week 3 by DynastyMasterMike.

Tyler got a great game from Michael Thomas (41.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Dak Prescott (32.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) plus double-digit points from the rest of his starters, except Mike Evans who put up the previously mentioned Blutarsky. Tyler’s balanced scoring was enough to overcome Christian McCaffrey’s 49.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point outburst for Darnold’s Dudes. Alex also had 26.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Cooper Kupp and 25.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Dalvin Cook. However, he had three low scores (6.0 points from Wil Lutz, 5.6 points from Keenan Allen and 1.8 points from Noah Fant) that helped to seal his defeat.

In the Week 5 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/post/week-5-preview), the wide disparity in QBs was noted and the 22.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point difference between Tyler’s QBs (Dak Prescott and Jared Goff) and Alex’s QBs (Kyle Allen and Taysom Hill) was more than Tyler’s overall margin of victory.

Finally, my Week 5 prediction was correct, and Tyler’s victory gives me a 2-3 record on the season. One more victory until .500!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 4 Recap: Don Gets His First Dynasty Owner Victory

Author: Steven Van Tassell

The first bye week of the football season has concluded and with it, the end of the winless seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Don.. (Don). The Steelers beat their division rival Cincinnati Bengals for their first victory on Monday night, while Don.. defeated Jazz for his first Dynasty Owner victory.

This is our fourth Dynasty Owner weekly wrap-up article. If you missed the first three articles, let’s tell you what to expect. Every week, we’ll look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, and highlight a player at every position who should have been Active and one who should have been on your Bench.

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 .25 points for every 10 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.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Nick Chubb

Nick Chubb becomes the first RB to win Player of the Week behind his Dynasty Owner best 41.3 point effort in Week 4 (165 yards rushing, 3 rushing TDs, 3 catches, 18 yards receiving) in Cleveland’s 40-25 victory over Baltimore. Chubb just edged out Buccaneers teammates Jameis Winston and Chris Godwin, who both had 41.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week. Chubb is pretty Dynasty Owner salary cap friendly as well with his $1.85 million annual salary.

  • Week 4 Points: 41.3
  • Week 4 Salary: $131,841
  • Week 4 Cost per Point: $3,192

Congratulations Nick on your first Dynasty Owner 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. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Chris Godwin

Godwin barely missed out on Player of the Week honors, but his low $821,041 annual salary and 41.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points easily made him the Value Player of the Week. Godwin was questionable with a hip injury coming into Week 4 and Dynasty Owners didn’t know if he’d play or how well he’d play if he did suit up. Dynasty Owners who went ahead and put him in their Active lineup were rewarded with 12 receptions, 172 yards receiving and 2 receiving TDs.

  • Week 4 Points: 41.2
  • Week 4 Salary: $58,646
  • Week 4 Cost per Point: $1,423

We finally had a non-AFC West player win the Value Player of the Week honors. Congrats to Chris!

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in Week 4. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Christian McCaffrey, since he should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents, on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 4.

QB: Jameis Winston (TB) – 41.2 points

Famous Jameis had been improving every week in fantasy this season. He started off with only 6 points in Week 1, went up to 17.3 in Week 2 and then added 35.3 points in Week 3. He exceeded his Week 3 performance in Week 4 with 41.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (385 yards passing, 4 passing TDs, 1 INT, -1 yards rushing). The Rams defense put up little defense against Winston, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin this week and as a result, Winston should have been Active.

RB: Jordan Howard (PHI) – 32.5 points

Way back on Thursday night, Howard had himself quite a game with 3 TDs (2 rushing and 1 receiving), 115 yards from scrimmage (87 rushing and 28 yards receiving on 3 catches) for a total of 32.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Dynasty Owners can be forgiven for not having Howard Active as he’s part of the Eagles dreaded RBBC (Running Back by Committee) and through the first three games, he had only scored 20.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He should have been in everyone’s Active lineup this week.

WR: Jarvis Landry (CLE) – 24.7 points

Many of the top scoring WRs this week were guys who should be Active every week in Dynasty Owner. However, all of his Dynasty Owners can be forgiven for leaving Jarvis Landry out of their Active lineups in Week 4 as he was averaging less than 10 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game so far this year. If you left him on the Bench this week, you missed out on 8 receptions for 167 yards in three quarters of action in Week 4. Despite leaving the game with a concussion and not playing the entire fourth quarter, Landry played well enough to warrant a spot in everyone’s Active lineup.

Honorable mention to A.J. Brown of the Tennessee Titans. Brown only had 3 receptions, but 2 of them were for TDs. Brown had 94 receiving yards on those 3 receptions and finished with 24.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He likely wasn’t Active in too many lineups, but should have been.

TE: Ricky Seals-Jones (CLE) – 17.2 points

I’m surprised to report that Seals-Jones is owned in at least one Dynasty Owner league as Hog Hannah (Andy Rocco) in my league has him on his Practice Squad. Not sure how many other Dynasty Owners have Seals-Jones on their team, but after this week’s 17.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (3 receptions, 82 yards, 1 receiving TD), he’s sure to be on more in the coming weeks. With more bye weeks on the horizon, maybe even a few Dynasty Owners will have him Active, just as they should have this week.

Honorable mention to Gerald Everett of the Los Angeles Rams who is also on Hog Hannah’s roster and had 15.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 44 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD). Few Dynasty Owners likely had Everett in their Active lineup this week, but more of them should have done so.

K: Ty Long (LAC) – 16.0 points

This week, Ty Long is the kicker who should have been Active on your Dynasty Owner team as he scored 16 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He didn’t miss a kick as he had three FGs (44 and 45 yarders worth 4 points and a 51 yarder worth five points) plus three PATs. Long has been filling in for regular Chargers kicker Michael Badgely so far this season and likely wasn’t Active in many lineups, even though he was playing against the Dolphins.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have a player who probably was Active, but was better left on your Bench. Here are some likely Active players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 4.

QB: Tom Brady (NE) – 4.2 points

The G.O.A.T. had been terrific this season until running into the Bills defense in Week 4. Brady threw for only 150 yards plus an INT and had -3 yards rushing for a total of just 4.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He was clearly inside the Top 10 Dynasty Owner QBs after three weeks and is still in 10th place after this week’s performance, so if you have him, you likely had him Active when he should have been on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Dak Prescott. After putting up 49.5, 35.4 and 28.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first three weeks, his Dynasty Owners were probably confident that he’d have another good week versus the Saints. He didn’t, with only 223 yards passing, 7 yards rushing and an interception. That’s only 8.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points that would have been better off on your Bench this week.

RB: Marlon Mack (IND) – 3.9 points

While he only played three quarters before leaving with an ankle injury, Mack wasn’t productive in that time against the Raiders defense. Mack only rushed for 39 yards and had no receptions, despite 24 completions and 265 yards from Indianapolis QB Jacoby Brissett. Most of his Dynasty Owners likely expected more this week and had him Active, when he should have been on the Bench.

WR: JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT) – 4.5 points

Nobody who drafted Smith-Schuster expected him to struggle this much so far in the season, even without Ben Roethlisberger for over half of it, but he has. This week, it was a measly 3 catches for 15 yards and only 4.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Based on his low $1.05 million annual salary and 2018 production, he should have been a high draft pick and a no questions asked Active player every week. However, this week, he should have been on your Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Adam Thielen who had only 2.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 6 yards) in Week 4. The Vikings passing game has been abysmal in 2019 and no one has suffered more than Thielen. Many Dynasty Owners may still be putting Thielen in their Active lineups, but he should be on the Bench until further notice.

TE: Delanie Walker (TEN) – 0.4 points

If you spent $8.5 million in salary on Delanie Walker in Dynasty Owner, it’s not to have him sitting on your Bench. Well, that’s where he should have been this week after his 0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (1 reception, 4 yards, 1 fumble – not lost). Adding insult to injury is the fact that the Titans had 3 receiving TDs and threw for 227 yards passing in their 24-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

K: Stephen Gostkowski (NE) – 2 points

Gostkowski missed another PAT this week, giving him 4 missed PATs on the year. He did convert another PAT and a 23 yard FG to give him 2 points for Week 4, but his Dynasty Owners were probably expecting more from the kicker for the high-powered New England offense. That offense sputtered this week and so did Gostkowski who should have been on the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Jazz (Joey) – 108.7 vs. Don.. (Don) – 120.3

It was Don who pulled out his first Dynasty Owner victory this week, by a solid 120.3-108.7 margin over Jazz. Don maximized his points at every position, except kicker, and almost got the three point Coach’s bonus in the victory. Jared Goff led Don’s team with 29.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Don started Jarvis Landry and reaped his 24.7 point performance as well.

On the other side, Jazz took my advice from the Week 4 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/post/week-4-preview) and started Will Dissly at TE. It ended up costing him points as his Bench TE Austin Hooper put up more Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week than Dissly (22.0 for Hooper vs. 17.7 for Dissly). However, that move only cost Jazz 3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which was much less than the margin of victory in the game.

The main culprits in Jazz’s loss were the poor games he got from his starting WRs (9.8 points from Amari Cooper and 5.4 points from Sammy Watkins) as well as from QB DeShaun Watson (12.2 points).

My Week 4 prediction was wrong as I had Jazz winning, putting my record on the season at 1-3. As Coach Belichick would say “On to Week 5” and the preview article for me. Good luck to Jazz too in picking up his first Dynasty Owner victory next week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 3 Recap: No Disputing Who Won

Author: Steven Van Tassell

Week 3 of the first season of Dynasty Owner is over and while the bugs may have won the week in Dynasty Owner, they won’t be winning the war as Tim has a plan to squash all of them. Unfortunately, Tim’s plan to squash Mike’s team this week didn’t work out as Mike won by an indisputable margin.

This is our third Dynasty Owner weekly wrap-up article. If you missed the first two articles, let’s tell you what to expect. Every week, we’ll look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value of the Week, and highlight a player at every position who should have been Active and one who should have been on your Bench.

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 a 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 .25 points for every 10 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.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Mike Evans

Evans wins Player of the Week behind his Dynasty Owner best 45.0 point effort in Week 3 (8 catches, 190 yards receiving, 3 passing TDs) against the New York Giants. Evans just edged out Keenan Allen who had 43.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week. Evans may be one of the most expensive WR with an annual salary of $16.5 million for his Dynasty Owners, but they should gladly pay over $1 million every week for that many points.

  • Week 3 Points: 45.0
  • Week 3 Salary: $1,031,250
  • Week 3 Cost per Point: $22,917

Congratulations Mike on being the first non-QB to win Dynasty Owner 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. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Phillip Lindsay

Even though Lindsay is splitting carriers with Royce Freeman, you can’t blame Denver’s 0-3 record on him after his 29.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point outbreak in Week 3. Lindsay gained 81 yards rushing with 2 rushing TDs and added in 4 receptions for 49 yards. All that production only cost his Dynasty Owners a little over $35,000 this past week based on his $575,000 annual salary.

  • Week 3 Points: 29.0
  • Week 3 Salary: $35,938
  • Week 3 Cost per Point: $1,239

It’s three straight AFC West Value Players of the Week. Come back next week and see if a player from another division can win.

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in Week 3. We aren’t going to write that you should have started our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week Mike Evans, since he should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents, on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 3.

QB: Daniel Jones (NYG) – 41.6 points

Danny Dimes had 4 TDs (2 passing and 2 rushing) in his first NFL start. Since it was his first start, many Dynasty Owners likely didn’t have him Active, but they should have since they missed out on 41.6 points (336 yards passing, 2 passing TDs, 28 yards rushing, 2 rushing TDs – including one with less than two minutes to go, 2 fumbles lost). Jones got a total of 4 bonus points this week for his owners with a bonus point for over 300 yards passing and 3 clutch scoring bonus points. We’ll see if the loss of Saquon Barkley for 4 to 8 weeks will hurt or help Jones in his next few starts, but for at least this week, he should have been Active.

Honorable mention to Carolina QB Kyle Allen who had 32.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (261 yards passing, 4 passing TDs, -1 yards rushing, 2 fumbles – one lost) in place of Cam Newton. No Dynasty Owners likely had him Active in Week 3, maybe some will in Week 4.

RB: LeSean McCoy (KC) – 23.0 points

McCoy was listed as questionable heading into the Chiefs game versus Baltimore and many fantasy analysts didn’t expect him to play much, if at all. Lots of Dynasty Owners probably had him on their Bench based on this analysis. That was a mistake as they missed out on 23.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (54 yards rushing, 1 rushing TD, 3 receptions, 26 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD). He should have been Active.

WR: Cooper Kupp (LAR) – 33.2 points

Leaving out Mike Evans and Keenan Allen as both of them should have been Active for all of their Dynasty Owners puts Cooper Kupp as the WR who should have been Active. Many Dynasty Owners may have had Kupp Active since he was playing against a Cleveland defense that had multiple starters injured and not playing against the Rams. Kupp validated their faith in him with 11 receptions for 102 receiving yards and two receiving TDs.

Honorable mention to Taylor Gabriel who had 3 receiving TDs in the first half on Monday Night Football against the Washington Redskins. Gabriel had 32.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 75 yards, 3 receiving TDs, 7 yards rushing) and likely wasn’t Active on many Dynasty Owner squads this week.

TE: Jordan Akins (HOU) – 22.3 points

Akins may not have had the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points from a TE this week as four other TEs had more, but he was definitely the one most likely to not be Active in many lineups. Coming into Week 3, Akins had only 3 receptions for 42 yards. In Week 3, he had only 3 receptions for 73 yards, but he scored 2 TDs for a total of 22.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. As the fifth highest-scoring TE of the week, he should have been in your Active lineup.

K: Dan Bailey (MIN) – 11.0 points

Not a great week for kicker scoring in the NFL. The best was Dan Bailey who didn’t miss a kick in the Vikings 34-14 win over the Raiders. He had two FGs (24 yarder and a 50 yarder) plus four PATs for a total of 11 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Matt Gay of Tampa Bay had 4 FGs and would have been the pick if he hadn’t missed a 34-yard FG at the end of the game plus 2 PATs. Since many people expected Bailey to lose the Vikings kicking job to Kaare Vedvik during the preseason, he likely wasn’t drafted by too many Dynasty Owners or Active in many lineups.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have a player who probably was Active, but was better left on your Bench. Everybody who drafted a stud like Patrick Mahomes had them Active this week, but here are some other likely Active players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 3.

QB: Baker Mayfield (CLE) – 11.7 points

After a good game versus the New York Jets, Baker stumbled in his second consecutive night game as he only put up 11.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (195 yards passing, 1 passing TD, -1 yards rushing, 1 INTs, 1 fumble – not lost). There were plenty of QBs who did much better in Week 3, so Baker should have been on the Bench.

RB: James Conner (PIT) – 6.7 points

Conner had 17 touches in the Steelers loss to San Francisco, but only produced 6.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Conner had 13 carries for 43 yards plus 4 receptions for 14 yards and a lost fumble. Not what his Dynasty Owners were expecting in Week 3 when he was better left on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Le’Veon Bell who was predicted to be a Bench candidate in Week 3 with about 10.5 points (https://dynastyowner.com/post/week-3-preview) and ended up with 10.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (35 yards rushing, 4 receptions, 28 yards receiving). Unless you read the article and followed my advice, you likely start didn’t start Le’Veon when left him on the Bench.

WR: Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) – 3.0 points

Just 2 receptions for 10 yards for Sanders in Week 3 vs. the Packers. That’s down from a 28.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2 when he was an Honorable Mention as a player who should have been Active. That was then and this is now. Dynasty Owners should have left Sanders on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Kenny Golladay who barely edged out Sanders with 3.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3. Volume wasn’t the problem as Golladay was targeted 8 times, he just caught only 2 of those targets for 17 yards.

TE: Jared Cook (NO) – 1.7 points

Only one catch for 7 yards for Cook in a game that saw the Saints score 33 points and Teddy Bridgewater throw for 177 yards and 2 TDs. There was an argument that Cook would be less impacted by Drew Brees’ injury. He was impacted greatly, and Dynasty Owners should have left Cook on the Bench.

K: Ka’imi Fairbairn (HOU) – 0 points

At a salary of $3.1 million for one year, Dynasty Owners who drafted Fairbairn likely had him Active for the Texans game against the Chargers. The Texans moved the ball and scored 4 TDs, but Fairbairn missed one of the PATs and a 56-yard FG, so he ended up with zero Dynasty Owner fantasy points. His performance would have been best done from the comfort of the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Tim Peffer (Dynasty Owner Tim) – 85.0 vs. Mike Williams (MikeDynastyMaster) – 150.3

Even with bugs impacting the score, it wasn’t even close as MikeDynastyMaster romped to a lopsided 150.3-85.0 victory over Dynasty Owner Tim. Mike’s team scored a lot of points in the early games behind Matt Ryan (31.5 points), Darren Waller (27.1 points), Amari Cooper (26.8 points) and Adam Thielen (20.6 points). Those four players had more than enough points to give Mike his first Dynasty Owner victory and the right to trash talk as much as he wants. There was not a lot that Tim could have done. All four of Mike’s early game players also scored more than Dynasty Owner Tim’s best player, Terry McLaurin (19.0 points), who was positioned on the Bench.

Mike also had an embarrassment of riches at the TE position with his Active TE Darren Waller scoring 27.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (13 receptions, 134 yards receiving, 7 yards rushing), while his Bench TE Austin Hooper had 24.6 points (6 receptions, 66 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs).

The Dynasty Owner projections included in the Week 3 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/post/week-3-preview) had this as a closer game than it ended up being but the projection did have the winner correct. I also predicted a MikeDynastyMaster victory which improves my record on the season to 1-2. See if I can get to a .500 record in the Week 4 preview article.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 2 Recap: Close Victory for Mr. Ruxpin Over Papagiorgio

Author: Steven Van Tassell

Week 2 of the first season of Dynasty Owner is over and it certainly was a wild one. A game-winning, 54-yard fourth down TD by Julio Jones to help the Falcons beat the Eagles, a controversial last minute game winning FG in the Broncos-Bears game and injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees highlighted the week.

This is our second Dynasty Owner weekly wrap-up article and if you missed the first one, let’s tell you what to expect. Every week, we’ll look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value of the Week, and highlight a player at every position who should have been Active and one who should have been on your Bench.

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). Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 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.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Patrick Mahomes

Mahomes wins Player of the Week behind his Dynasty Owner best 47.1-point effort in Week 2 (443 yards passing, 4 passing TDs, -1 yards rushing, 1 fumble lost) against the Oakland Raiders. He may have won Player of the Week honors with just his second quarter performance alone (37.9 points – 278 yards passing, 4 passing TDs). Mahomes was the only QB to earn the 4-point bonus for passing for over 400 yards in Week 2. At an annual salary of $4.1 million for his Dynasty Owners, Mahomes only cost his Dynasty Owners just a shade $5,450 per point this week.

  • Week 2 Points: 47.1
  • Week 2 Salary: $256,653
  • Week 2 Cost per Point: $5,449

Congratulations Patrick on your first of likely many Dynasty Owner 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. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value

Player of the Week is: Demarcus Robinson

After Sammy Watkins’ big Week 1 performance, it was another Kansas City WR who stepped up his game in Week 2. Demarcus got the likely his few Dynasty Owners 35.2 points (6 receptions, 172 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs) for his low $714,293 annual salary.

  • Week 2 Points: 35.2
  • Week 2 Salary: $44,643
  • Week 2 Cost per Point: $1,268

The Free Agent Auction will likely be busy with Dynasty Owners bidding on this week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week!

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in Week 2. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Patrick Mahomes or Saquon Barkley, since those are no-brainer decisions. Instead, these are players who might be on your roster, but likely weren’t Active in Week 2.

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) – 30.7 points

With his $27.5 million annual salary on the Dynasty Owner books through 2023, Jimmy Garoppolo might have gone undrafted in your Dynasty Owner league. After his Week 2 effort (297 yards passing, 3 passing TDs, 8 yards rushing, 1 INT), he might see an uptick in ownership as a replacement for Ben Roethlisberger or Drew Brees. Even so, he should have been Active if you had him on your roster.

RB: Raheem Mostert (SF) – 24.1 points

Mostert was expected to split time with Matt Breida in Week 2 after Tevin Coleman’s suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 1. The 49ers duo split carries pretty evenly (13 for Mostert and 12 for Breida), but Mostert’s work out of the backfield catching passes lands him on the Should Have Been Active list. Overall, Mostert had 24.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (83 yards rushing, 3 receptions, 68 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD).

WR: Demarcus Robinson (KC) – 35.2 points

For the second straight week, a Kansas City WR had the most Dynasty Owner points for a WR. This week, it was the Value Player of the Week Demarcus Robinson who had 6 receptions for 172 yards receiving and 2 receiving TDs. Since he only had 1 reception for zero yards in Week 1, Dynasty Owners can’t be faulted for not having Robinson Active this week.

Honorable mention to Emmanuel Sanders (28.8 points – 11 receptions, 98 yards, 1 receiving TD, 1 2-pt conversion) who pulled through for his Dynasty Owners who didn’t pay attention to my recommendation that he should be on your Bench this week.

TE: Mark Andrews (BAL) – 24.2 points

After his honorable mention last week, Mark Andrews may have been Active in more Dynasty Owner lineups in Week 2. However, after his second consecutive 20+ point week with 8 receptions, over 100 yards and a touchdown, he should be in someone’s Active lineup in every Dynasty Owner league in Week 3. This week, Andrews had 8 receptions, 112 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD and one fumble (not lost).

Honorable mention to Will Dissly (22.0 points) who had 5 receptions for 50 yards and 2 receiving TDs from Russell Wilson in Seattle’s 28-26 victory over the Steelers.

K: Eddy Pinerio (CHI) – 15.0 points

Bears fans rejoice! You might have found a kicker!

Pinerio nailed a game-winning 53-yard FG as time expired to give the Bears a 16-14 victory over the Broncos. After only scoring 2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1, Pinerio likely was not owned by many Dynasty Owners, but since he was kicking in the thin air at Denver this week, he probably should have been owned by more Dynasty Owners and Active.

Honorable mention to Carolina kicker Joey Slye (14 points) who had four FGs on Thursday night, including two 50+ yarders.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have a player who probably was Active, but was better left on your Bench. Everybody who drafted Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley and Alvin Kamara had them Active this week, but here are some other likely Active players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 2.

QB: Derek Carr (OAK) – 10.7 points

Mea culpa time as I touted Carr as a guy who should be active in my Week 2 preview article (https://bit.ly/2mgJqAF). Instead, he should have stayed on your Bench as he only produced 10.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (198 yards passing, 1 passing TD, 18 yards rushing, 2 INTs, 1 fumble – not lost).

RB: Duke Johnson Jr. (HOU) – 3.1 points

Duke only had 6 carries for 31 yards. However, Duke usually gets his fantasy points through the air and after seeing Kansas City running backs score 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions for 54 yards) versus Jacksonville in Week 1, his Dynasty Owners can be forgiven for thinking Duke might be in line for a similar number of points in Week 2. However, he put in a very atypical receiving performance with zero receptions meaning he was best left on your Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Christian McCaffrey who only scored 7.3 Dynasty Owner points (37 yards rushing, 2 receptions, 16 yards receiving) in Week 2. Unless you also have Saquon Barkley and Alvin Kamara, you likely started McCaffrey, but his point total this week was only worthy of a spot on your Bench.

WR: Josh Gordon (NE) – 3.9 points

With a tasty matchup against an awful Dolphins defense, Gordon may have been Active in many Dynasty Owner lineups despite the presence of Antonio Brown in the Patriots Week 2 lineup. Gordon should have been on the Bench instead since he had only 2 receptions for 19 yards in Week 2.

Dishonorable mention to Donte Moncrief who scored zero points this week and was looked at as a viable fantasy option this season after signing with Pittsburgh, After two lousy performances (0.0 Dynasty Owner points in Week 2 and only 3.7 Dynasty Owner points in Week 1), Moncrief is best left on your Bench or Practice Squad.

TE: O.J. Howard (TB) – 0.0 points

We didn’t forget that O.J. pulled the Blutarsky with a 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort on Thursday night. He didn’t even have a target in Week 2 after having only 4.2 points in Week 1. It’s safe to say that O.J. should have been on your Bench this week.

K: Adam Vinatieri (IND) – -1 points

For the second straight week, Vinatieri cost his Dynasty Owners a point and should have been on the Bench (or better yet, the Practice Squad). This week, he missed two PATs and only made one, fueling speculation that he may retire (https://bit.ly/2lU5wsG).

Ruxpin had in possibly having to rely on one of two San Francisco receivers on his bench in Deebo Samuel and Marquise Goodwin if he decided to bench Mike Williams, who was questionable. Mr. Ruxpin went to the Free Agent Auction and picked up Tyrell Williams (15.6 points – 5 receptions for 46 yards, 1 receiving TD) and Jamison Crowder (8 points – 4 receptions, 40 yards) to replace Samuel (20.4 points – 5 receptions for 87 yards, 1 receiving TD, 7 yards rushing) and Goodwin (16.7 points – 3 receptions for 77 yards and a receiving TD). That move ended up costing him 2.7 points, but fortunately not the victory.

On the other hand, a trip to the Free Agent Auction was recommended for Papagiorgio and it’s really needed now as Adam Vinatieri had another -1 point performance. His only backup kicker Jason Sanders had no opportunities to score points this week and finished with zero points.

The Dynasty Owner projections had this as a close game, predicting Papagiorgio would edge out Teddy Ruxpin by .5 points. In reality, Mr. Ruxpin pulled out a close victory, putting my Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week record at 0-2.

Thanks for reading and hope you’re not 0-2 in Dynasty Owner or any of your other fantasy leagues like I am in my predictions.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 1 Recap: The Party’s Over for Paul’s Bunch!

Author: Steven Van Tassell

That was awesome! Week 1 of the first season of Dynasty Owner has passed and beyond the expected bugs, it was a successful beta. There was plenty of scoring by the Baltimore Ravens against the Miami Dolphins, a Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots beatdown of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a wild finish in the first game of the Monday Night Football doubleheader between the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints. Plus, as predicted, more Antonio Brown shenanigans! More than enough action to make up for the Thursday night dud between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers.

This is our first Dynasty Owner weekly wrap-up article. Every week, we’ll look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value of the Week, and highlight a player at every position who should have been Active and one who should have been on your Bench.

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). Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 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.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Dak Prescott

Dak wins Player of the Week behind his Dynasty Owner best 49.5 point effort (405 yards passing, 4 passing TDs, 12 yards rushing) against the New York Giants. Dak earned the 4 point bonus for passing for over 400 yards and did it while only costing his Dynasty Owners $680,848 in annual salary. Breaking down Dak’s performance, we find that he cost his Dynasty Owners less than $1,000 per point in Week 1.

  • Week 1 Points: 49.5
  • Week 1 Salary: $42,553
  • Week 1 Cost per Point: $860

Congratulations Dak on being our first ever Dynasty Owner Player of the Week!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we will also have the Value Player of the Week. Our first Dynasty Owner Value

Player of the Week is: Austin Ekeler

Austin got his Dynasty Owners a whopping 39.4 points (58 yards rushing, 1 rushing TD, 6 receptions, 96 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs) without earning any bonus points. Based on his rock bottom annual salary of just $556,667, Ekeler also cost his Dynasty Owners less than $1,000 per point in Week 1.

  • Week 1 Points: 39.4
  • Week 1 Salary: $34,792
  • Week 1 Cost per Point: $883

Congratulations Austin on being our first ever Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week!

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in Week 1. We aren’t going to tell you that you should have started Patrick Mahomes or Christian McCaffrey, since those are no-brainer decisions. Instead, these are players who might be on your roster, but likely weren’t Active in Week 1.

QB: Andy Dalton (CIN) – 30.9 points

Andy Dalton had the most passing yards in the NFL in Week 1 with a career high 418 yards passing, earning him the Dynasty Owner 4 point 400 yards passing bonus. His two passing TDs were offset by two lost fumbles in the Bengals close 21-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. At an annual salary of “only” $16 million, Dalton was probably drafted in most Dynasty Owner leagues, but probably few of those Owners had the foresight to have him Active.

RB: Austin Ekeler (LAC) – 39.4 points

Raise your hand if you left Austin Ekeler on your bench this week. My hand is up as that’s what I did and lost out on his 39.4 point effort (see above for the breakdown). This was good for second place among RBs behind only Christian McCaffrey and his 44.9 Dynasty Owner points in Week 1. Due to the uncertainty of who the lead RB was going to be for the Chargers in Week 1 in Melvin Gordon’s absence, keeping Ekeler on your Bench wasn’t a bad idea, it just turned out that he should have been active.

WR: Sammy Watkins (KC) – 46.8 points

The second most Dynasty Owner points this week came from Sammy Watkins who had 9 receptions for 198 yards receiving and 3 receiving touchdowns. Just two more yards and he would have gotten the 6 point bonus for 200 receiving yards and likely won Player of the Week honors. With his injury history and playing a supposedly good Jacksonville defense as legitimate reasons to keep him on your Bench, it turns out all of his Dynasty Owners really should have made him Active this week.

Honorable mentions to DeSean Jackson (35.4 points), John Ross III (34.8 points) and Marquise Brown (30.7 points) who all had at least 140 yards receiving and 2 receiving touchdowns this week.

TE: T.J. Hockenson (DET) – 25.1 points

T.J. is likely rostered in most Dynasty Owner leagues, but because it was the rookie from Iowa’s first NFL game, he may have been on the Bench in most leagues. He should have been Active because he scored 25.1 Dynasty Owner points in Week 1 (6 receptions, 131 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD), second most behind Evan Engram (28.6 points).

Honorable mentions to Mark Andrews (24.8 points) who was close behind Hockenson with 8 receptions, 108 yards receiving and 1 receiving TD and Delanie Walker who scored 2 receiving touchdowns among his 5 receptions for 55 yards (22.5 points).

K: Cairo Santos (TEN) – 12.0 points

Santos replaced long-time Tennessee kicker Ryan Succop who was injured in the pre-season and kicked two FGs – one from 37 yards and another from 53 yards. Because he was released by Tampa Bay on August 31st and didn’t sign with Tennessee until September 5th, he’s probably not on many rosters, never mind being Active. A dozen Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 will probably open up a spot on some rosters and Active lineups this week.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have a player who probably was Active, but was better left on your Bench. Everybody who drafted Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley, Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey had them Active this week (you would have been crazy not to do it), but here are some other star players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 1.

QB: Cam Newton (CAR) – 5.8 points

As a player with a pretty friendly annual salary of $20.8 million, Cam Newton was likely on many Dynasty Owner rosters and Active on a lot of those teams from Owners who expected a shootout with the Los Angeles Rams. Carolina did score 27 points, but Newton didn’t account for any TDs and only threw for 239 yards and an interception. That, plus -2 yards rushing and a fumble equals 5.8 Dynasty Owner points and a seat on the Bench.

RB: Sony Michel (NE) – 1.4 points

The high-powered Patriots offense scored 33 points against the Steelers on Sunday night and rushed for 99 yards, but Michel only accounted for 14 of those yards on 15 carries. Those 14 yards were his only fantasy contribution in Week 1 for a lowly 1.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He’ll likely do better in Week 2 against the Dolphins, but in Week 1, he should have been on the Bench in Dynasty Owner.

WR: Mike Evans (TB) – 4.8 points

There were many WRs with worse stats this week, but none with the pedigree of Mike Evans who caught only two of his five targets for 28 yards in Week 1. That’s just 4.8 points from someone who was likely the best WR on his Dynasty Owner teams and in nearly everyone’s starting lineup when he should have been on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Corey Davis who scored zero points this week and was a trendy breakout candidate this season, but should probably be on your Bench until he does something, like catch a pass.

TE: Eric Ebron (IND) – 1.8 points

Even with the change in QB in Indianapolis from Andrew Luck to Jacoby Brissett, Eric Ebron was a likely participant in many Active rosters in Dynasty Owner. He didn’t perform up to his lofty 2018 standards as he finished Week 1 with just one reception for 8 yards and 1.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He wasn’t even the top TE on Indianapolis (Jack Doyle bested him with 3.0 points in Week 1) and should have been sitting on the Bench.

K: Adam Vinatieri (IND) – -1 points

Sadly, for the 46-year old Vinatieri, he gave his Dynasty Owners a total of negative 1 point in Week 1. While he may have not been rostered in some leagues due to his $3.9 million salary, the requirement to have at least two kickers combined with the lock he had on the position in Indianapolis probably led many Dynasty Owners to draft and have him Active. He should have been on the Bench (or better yet, the Practice Squad).

Dishonorable mention to Kaare Vedvik, formerly of the New York Jets, who probably shouldn’t have been on anybody’s Active roster or Bench in Week 1 and should be cut from Dynasty Owner rosters after he missed a 45-yard FG and an extra point. That’s -3 points in Dynasty Owner for a guy who was seen as worthy of a fifth round draft pick by the Vikings earlier in the pre-season.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Paul’s Bunch (Paul Gabrail) – 76.2 vs. Bob Sacamano (Chris) – 136.5

Bob Sacamano ran away with the first Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week with a 136.5 to 76.2 victory over Paul’s Bunch. Bob Sacamano had the advantage in both Active lineup points (111.0 to 58.1) and bench points (25.5 to 18.1) in the victory.

DeShaun Watson led Bob Sacamano in scoring with 38.4 points (268 yards passing, 3 passing TDs, 40 yards rushing, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT), followed by Alvin Kamara with 22.9 points (97 yards rushing, 7 receptions, 72 yards receiving) and Julio Jones with 15.1 points (6 receptions, 31 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD). In fact, if Bob Sacamano had only started three players from his Active lineup (DeShaun Watson, Alvin Kamara and Julio Jones), he still would have won with 76.4 points.

Paul’s Bunch had good days from his starting WRs who both had receiving TDs. Chris Godwin led the way with 14.3 points (3 receptions, 53 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) and Kenny Golladay was close behind with 14.2 points (4 receptions, 42 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD).

As mentioned in the preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/post/week-1-let-s-get-the-party-started), Paul would have done better if he switched out Mitch Trubisky (9.5 points) for Kyler Murray (28.7 points) and picked up a kicker since both of his kickers got zero points. Neither one of those decisions cost him the match-up though. Since he’s the Owner of Dynasty Owner, Dynasty Owner 1.0, the O.G. of Dynasty Owners and super busy with development, we’ll cut him a break.

Finally, a mea culpa by yours truly on two fronts. First, I suggested that Chris replace Le’Veon Bell in his starting lineup with Duke Johnson Jr., which he did. That suggestion was a bad one as Bell outscored Johnson (23.2 for Bell vs. 13.0 for Johnson). Fortunately for Chris, it only impacted his margin of victory. Second, I picked Paul to win by a razor-thin 103-102 margin. That puts my Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week record at 0-1. Hopefully, both of us bounce back in Week 2.

Thanks for reading and hope you won your first Dynasty Owner match-up!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner