2022 Season Weekly Recommendations Recap

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

My first off-season article for 2023 is similar to last year with my Victory Laps and Walks of Shame recap. That was a look back at predictions and recommendations from 2021 and seeing if they were worthy of a Victory Lap (being proud of something that you have done and inviting others to admire it) or a Walk of Shame (facing the public after an embarrassing moment).

This year, I’m going to first look at just my weekly Starting lineup and Bench recommendations. This is not an exhaustive look at all 136 recommendations from the weekly preview articles (4 Start and 4 Bench for all 17 weeks). Instead, I’ll present the overall results from all 17 weeks of the Dynasty Owner season and then highlight some of the best and worst recommendations.

The reason for doing this is to provide transparency and accountability. That’s important to me. Many people make weekly predictions and recommendations, but not a lot tell you how those worked out every week or for the season. It’s up to you to do your own research and see if it’s worth paying attention to what they write and say.

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.

For the purposes of this article, startup draft ADPs are from 2022 Dynasty Owner drafts and all statistics were current as of the afternoon of January 23rd unless otherwise noted.

Weekly Starter Recommendations

Every week during the Dynasty Owner season, I recommend one player per position (QB, RB, WR, TE) who should be in your Starting lineup. These players are ones who were drafted to be on your Bench or Practice Squad, or who haven’t played well yet during the season. No early round picks with low ADPs or players who have been doing well. After the week is over, I rate my weekly recommendations (Good, Bad or Just Ok).

For the 2022 season, I made 68 Starting lineup recommendations with Lions WR D.J. Chark ($10,000,000) being recommended in Week 4. He ended up not playing and received a N/A rating. Here’s how those recommendations ended up.

PositionGood PicksGood Pick %Bad PicksBad Pick %Just Ok PicksJust Ok Pick %
QB741%635%424%
RB847%741%212%
WR212%1271%212%
TE424%1376%00%
All positions2131%3856%812%

These selections aren’t easy, and my goal is to have more overall Good than Bad recommendations. That didn’t happen in 2022. On the bright side, I did have more Good than Bad recommendations at QB and RB, but finished with more than 70% Bad recommendations at WR and TE. My playoff record was worse with just 2 Good recommendations (17%), 3 Just Ok recommendations (25%) and 7 Bad recommendations (58%).

There were a few great recommendations during the course of the season, such as:

Week 4: Rashaad Penny (RB – SEA) – 1 year/$5,750,000

Background: In case you forgot, Ken Walker ($2,110,395) was not the Week 1 starter in Seattle. It was Rashaad Penny who had tenth round Dynasty Owner startup ADP (118.1) and finished the 2021 season by averaging 23.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game over the last five weeks. He started the 2022 season off slowly with only 141 rushing yards and a total of 17.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first three games.

Reasoning: All of Penny’s great games at the end of the 2021 season came against bad rushing defenses. Seattle was facing the Lions who had tied for the 4th worst rushing defense in 2021 and hadn’t seen any improvement at the start of the 2022 season by allowing 142.3 rushing yards per game over the first three games.

What Happened: Penny went over that and ended up with 151 rushing yards and 2 TDs (30.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points).  He was the RB4 for the week, but it was his only good week of the season as he got hurt in Week 5, went on Injured Reserve and was replaced by Walker.

Week 5: Taysom Hill (TE – NO) – 4 years/$10,000,000

Background: Hill started the season with a 15.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy point game, but injured his ribs. He missed Week 3 and had only 9.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points combined in Weeks 2 and 4 while being limited to six snaps in Week 2 and a dozen in Week 4.

Reasoning: Even though he was listed as a TE, almost all of his production so far had been running the ball with 116 rushing yards and 2 rushing TDs. Seattle was allowing 154.0 rushing yards per game at that point and allowed Atlanta RB Cordarrelle Patterson ($5,250,000), another hybrid, out of position player, to score 24.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3. Getting a TD and 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points would be good enough to make Hill a Starting TE and seemed likely.

What Happened: Hill was much better than expected with 112 rushing yards and 3 rushing TDs, plus a 22-yard TD pass. He returned three kickoffs for 69 return yards and had a fumble. It was a full day as Hill was the TE1 with 39.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and even outscored Travis Kelce ($14,312,500) who had 4 TDs that week.

Week 9: Justin Fields (QB – CHI) – 3 years/$4,717,989

Background: Fields had a slow start to the season with just 38.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points combined after four weeks. He was coming off four solid weeks in a row in which he averaged 23.25 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. There were six teams on bye, but Fields was QB19 and well outside of the top 12 QBs.

Reasoning: The rise seemed legitimate as he had 31.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 8 and was averaging 53 rushing yards per game. In Week 9, he was facing a Dolphins defense that had given up 262.1 passing yards per game with 12 passing TDs allowed in the first eight games. Getting over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points seemed likely and with just 26 teams playing, that would be good enough for a weekly top 12 QB finish.

What Happened: Fields did a lot better than that with a career best 51.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He only threw for 123 yards, but had 3 passing TDs and added 178 rushing yards with a 61-yard rushing TD. He didn’t win Dynasty Owner Player of the Week though as Joe Mixon ($12,000,000) had 211 yards of offense and 5 TDs. That award would come in Week 10 when he had 45.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Week 11: Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF) – 1 year/$7,000,000

Background: Before getting injured and letting Brock Purdy ($934,252) enter into the picture, Jimmy Garoppolo had been leading the 49ers offense for most of the season. However, he hadn’t scored more than 24.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single game yet.

Reasoning: It just seemed like a perfect storm for Jimmy G. He was playing on Monday Night Football where he was 3-1 in his career and going up against the Arizona Cardinals whom he had gotten two of his six career games with more than 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

What Happened: Garoppolo had his first 4 TD game since 2019 and ended up with 35.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to finish as QB3 for the week, behind only Patrick Mahomes ($45,000,000) and Joe Burrow ($9,047,534).

Of course, there were more Bad recommendations, including five recommended Starters who ended up with a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). These were some of the worst ones:

Week 4: Mitchell Trubisky (QB – PIT) – 2 years/$7,100,000

Background: In his first three games as the Steelers’ starting QB, Trubisky scored 47.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on 569 yards passing and 3 TDs, but only 1 INT. The Steelers were 1-2 but coach Mike Tomlin had said “definitely No” when asked if he was considering a QB change before their Week 4 game against the Jets.

Reasoning: While the Jets finished the season as the third best defense in terms of passing yards allowed, they started the season off badly with 717 passing yards allowed in the first three games. All of those games had been against the other three teams in the AFC North, so it seemed like Trubisky would be able to do well.

What Happened: At halftime, Trubisky had just 84 passing yards and had thrown an interception for just 1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That’s what he finished with as rookie first round draft pick Kenny Pickett ($3,516,976) started the second half of the game and the next nine games for the Steelers.

Week 6: Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR – KC) – 3 years/$10,000,000

Background: Valdes-Scantling had signed with Kansas City as a free agent and been targeted 31 times in the Chiefs’ first five games. He hadn’t scored a TD yet, but had 19 receptions for 258 receiving yards. In Week 5, he had 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions for 90 receiving yards) and led the team in receiving yards. However, he was still WR51 for the season.

Reasoning: Valdes-Scantling had seemingly turned the corner and stopped being the boom or bust player that he had been in Green Bay for four years. The Chiefs were playing Buffalo and a shoot-out was expected, so a TD seemed possible.

What Happened: The Chiefs only scored 20 points against the Bills, which was their second lowest-scoring game of the season. Valdes-Scantling was only targeted three times and ended up with a Blutarsky, even as Patrick Mahomes threw 40 passes.

Week 6: Eric Saubert (TE – DEN) – 1 year/$1,187,500

Background: Saubert was coming off a game with 8.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions for 36 receiving yards) on a career-high 7 targets against the Colts. He had received more snaps than any other Broncos TE for two consecutive weeks, was leading the team’s TEs in targets and receiving yards, and had scored the only TD by a TE.

Reasoning: In addition to being the best TE so far for the Broncos, they were playing the Chargers who had given up 299 receiving yards to TEs but no TDs at that point. The two worst teams against TEs (Arizona and Seattle) were playing each other, but their TEs weren’t eligible to be chosen.

What Happened: It was a Blutarsky for Saubert who played only one snap. Instead, rookie TE Greg Dulcich ($1,314,785) made his season debut and had 12.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 44 receiving yards, 1 TD).

Week 13: Kyren Williams (RB – LAR) – 4 years/$992,601

Background: Williams missed the first eight games of the season with an ankle injury. By the time he was activated from Injured Reserve, the Rams were struggling at 3-5. By Week 13, they were 3-8, QB Matthew Stafford ($27,000,000) was done for the season, and both Cooper Kupp ($15,750,000) and Allen Robinson ($15,500,000) were out as well.

Reasoning: The Seahawks had given up  303 yards of total offense and 57.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to Josh Jacobs ($2,983,350) in Week 12. Williams led the Rams’ RBs in snaps in Weeks 11 and 12. Fellow RB Darrell Henderson ($1,053,001) was released before Week 12. With their starting QB and both starting WRs out, running the ball seemed like a good idea against a bad Seattle run defense.

What Happened: The Rams ran the ball 33 times for 171 rushing yards, but Williams only had 3 carries for 9 yards (0.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Instead, Cam Akers ($1,543,258) had 60 rushing yards and 2 TDs for 19.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Williams only had 15 touches in the Rams’ final five games of the season.

Weekly Bench Recommendations

In addition, I also recommend one player per position (QB, RB, WR, TE) who should be on your Bench, or Practice Squad. These players were drafted to be in your Starting lineup or have played so well during the season that they should be starting. Just like the Starting lineup recommendations, I rate how my weekly recommendations fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok) after the week is over.

For the 2022 season, I also made 68 Bench recommendations. Here’s how those recommendations ended up.

PositionGood PicksGood Pick %Bad PicksBad Pick %Just Ok PicksJust Ok Pick %
QB847%635%318%
RB529%1059%212%
WR953%635%212%
TE953%635%212%
All positions3146%2841%913%

In previous seasons, the Bench recommendations have usually been better than the Starting lineup recommendations and 2022 was no different. I had more Good than Bad recommendations, but fell short of my goal of 50% Good by just three. By position, I was over 50% Good for both WR and TE and fell just short at QB. The only position with more Bad than Good Bench recommendations was RB.

Consistency was the name of my recommendations game in the Dynasty Owner playoffs as I had two Good, one Bad and one Just Ok recommendation in all three weeks. All three TE Bench recommendations in the Dynasty Owner playoffs were Good.

The following were some of my best Bench recommendations.

Week 1: Aaron Rodgers (QB – GB) – 2 years/$35,000,000

Background: Aaron Rodgers won back-to-back NFL MVP awards in 2020 and 2021. Rodgers was back with the Packers, but WR Davante Adams ($28,000,000) had been traded to the Raiders and the Packers had made no significant off-season free agent WR signings.

Reasoning: In 2021, Rodgers struggled mightily in Week 1 against New Orleans after not playing in the pre-season. It seemed like a bad idea to do it again, while adding on a lack of playing time with a nearly completely new group of WRs. To make matters worse, his top returning receiver, Allen Lazard ($3,986,000), sat out practices on the Wednesday and Thursday before the game.

What Happened: History repeated itself as Rodgers struggled again in the season opener. He had just 195 passing yards, an interception and a lost fumble and scored just 3.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against their NFC North division rival Minnesota. Not surprisingly, Lazard ended up not playing at all.

Week 2: Dalton Schultz (TE – DAL) – 1 year/$10,931,000

Background: Armed with a transition tag salary of $10.931 million, Schultz was the ninth TE taken on average in Dynasty Owner startup drafts with a mid-seventh round ADP (91.4). Dynasty Owners expected to start him, and he had a good Week 1 performance with 13.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions for 62 receiving yards) against Tampa Bay.

Reasoning: Unfortunately for Dallas, QB Dak Prescott ($40,000,000) was injured in the Tampa Bay game and ruled out for a couple of weeks. Schultz’s stats were significantly worse without Prescott at QB since 2020. In Week 8 last season, Cooper Rush ($977,500) started in Prescott’s place and Schultz only scored 3.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

What Happened: Rush was the replacement for Prescott again and played fine with 235 passing yards and a TD, but Schultz was only targeted 4 times. He caught two passes for 18 receiving yards, but lost a fumble (0.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He also injured his knee late in the game and ended up missing three out of the Cowboys’ next four games.

Week 15 (Playoffs First Round): Pat Freiermuth (TE – PIT) – 3 years/$1,507,045

Background: Freiermuth had a productive season going with 53 receptions for 630 receiving yards and 2 TDs through 13 games. However, Kenny Pickett was injured and out for the Steelers against Carolina. Both Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph ($5,080,000) were under consideration to start at QB for Pittsburgh.

Reasoning: Even though Freiermuth had scored 12.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 33 receiving yards, 1 TD) the previous week with Trubisky at QB for most of the game, it seemed like a bad matchup. Carolina had only given up three TDs to TEs at that point in the season and held Seattle TEs to a combined 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions for 30 receiving yards) in Week 12.

What Happened: Pittsburgh won by running the ball 45 times versus 22 pass attempts by Trubisky. Freiermuth played 38 snaps but had zero targets and ended up with his first career Blutarsky. It was also the only Blutarsky for a Bench recommended player during the 2022 season.

Week 16 (Playoff Semi-Final): DeAndre Hopkins (WR – ARI) – 3 years/$27,250,000

Background: Hopkins was suspended for the first six games of the season, but returned in Week 7 and had eight weeks in a row with double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points.  Kyler Murray ($8,914,504) was injured part way through that streak but Hopkins was able to sustain his great production even with Colt McCoy ($3,500,000) at QB.

Reasoning: Bad weather was expected for several games, but not the Arizona home  game against Tampa Bay game on Christmas Day. McCoy had gotten hurt the week before and third-string QB Trace McSorley ($965,000) came in and played awful (95 passing yards, 8 rushing yards, 2 INT). With Arizona eliminated from playoff contention and a third string QB playing, I was worried about Hopkins.

What Happened: Those worries were justified as Hopkins only scored 1.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 4 yards). Hopkins had opportunities as he was targeted 10 times by McSorley who attempted 45 passes in the Cardinals 19-16 overtime loss to the Buccaneers.

Some Bench recommendations worked out far worse than the ones above and should never have been made. Here are four of my worst Bench recommendations:

Week 4: Derrick Henry (RB – TEN) – 2 years/$12,500,000

Background: It was Week 4 and Henry was RB17 for the season and had yet to rush for 100 yards in a single game. With a 2022 Dynasty Owner start-up draft ADP of 16.1, some of his Dynasty Owners may have been panicking with a Week 4 matchup against division rival Indianapolis looming.

Reasoning: The poor start combined with a decline in yards per carry from 4.3 in 2021 to 3.6 through the first three games and playing Indianapolis was enough for a Bench recommendation. Indianapolis had only allowed 188 rushing yards to RBs through three games with an average of 2.5 yards per carry. They also held Henry to “only” 181 yards on 56 carries (3.2 yards per carry) and zero TDs in two games in 2021.

What Happened: Henry had his first 100 yard rushing game with 114 yards on 22 carries (5.2 yards per carry). He added a TD and 3 receptions for 33 yards for a total of 25.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This started a three week run in which my recommended Bench RB scored over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Week 6: Tyreek Hill (WR – MIA) – 1 year/$18,000,000

Background: Hill had suffered a foot injury at the end of the Dolphins’ Week 5 game and would be playing with rookie seventh round draft pick Skylar Thompson ($935,554) at QB. Hill didn’t have an injury designation heading into the game versus Minnesota, but had only scored 2 TDs with both coming in Week 2 against Baltimore.

Reasoning: This was right after the concussion issues involving Tua Tagovailoa ($7,568,859) so my trust in the Dolphins’ training and coaching staff was low on Hill’s injury. My exact wording was, “Foot injury plus third string QB equals putting Hill on your Bench.” Thompson was easily the worst QB Hill had ever played with and that was concerning.

What Happened: Thompson injured his finger early in the game after throwing for 89 yards and no TDs. Enter Teddy Bridgewater ($6,500,000) who threw for 329 yards in a throwback performance against his former team. Hill caught 12 passes for 177 receiving yards (29.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and was WR3 for the week.

Week 8: Kyle Pitts (TE – ATL) – 3 years/$8,227,624

Background: Through seven weeks, Kyle Pitts had only one TD and just two games with double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Despite his high Dynasty Owner ADPs (18.2 in 2022, 31.5 in 2021 and 3.8 in 2021 rookie drafts), he was TE23 for the season and averaging 5 targets, 2.7 receptions and less than 30 receiving yards per game (29.7).

Reasoning: The Falcons were a low volume passing offense. They were passing the ball on just 41.96% of their offensive plays and QB Marcus Mariota ($9,375,000) was averaging only 21.4 passing attempts per game. Continually thinking that coach Arthur Smith was finally going to feed the ball to Pitts seemed like torture for his Dynasty Owners.

What Happened: The Falcons beat Carolina 37-34 in overtime and Pitts had his best game of the season. He finished as TE3 for the week with 19.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 80 receiving yards, 1 TD) on a season-high 9 targets.

Week 15 (Playoffs First Round): Trevor Lawrence (QB – JAC) – 3 years/$9,198,372

Background: Lawrence was the reigning Dynasty Owner Player of the Week after scoring 44.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 14. He had played well since the Jaguars’ Week 11 bye with an average of 32.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game.

Reasoning: The Jaguars were facing the Cowboys’ pass defense which was giving up only 182.4 passing yards per game (second lowest) and had allowed just 15 passing TDs all season (tied for sixth lowest). While Lawrence had played great recently, all of those games had been against teams in bottom seven in terms of passing yards allowed per game (Baltimore, Detroit and Tennessee).

What Happened: He wasn’t Player of the Week again, but he did have a 37.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (318 passing yards, 21 rushing yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, 1 lost fumble). That was still good enough to be QB4 for the week and continue his fine play.

Conclusion

We all have good and bad weeks, regardless of whether we are just a regular Dynasty Owner with only one team, or a writer and analyst with multiple Dynasty Owner teams. These were a few of my best (or worst) recommendations. Mine are on display for every Dynasty Owner to see in my weekly recommendations and you can check all of them out in the Articles section of the Dynasty Owner website.

Out of all of those predictions, I think my favorites were the recommendation to have Justin Fields as a Starter in Week 9 and to Bench Aaron Rodgers in Week 1. Fields had been playing well, but people hadn’t bought in yet, while Rodgers and the Packers clearly didn’t learn from what happened in 2021 and were destined to repeat history. It ended up being a prelude for a disappointing 2022 season for Rodgers.

Recommending Marquez Valdes-Scantling for Dynasty Owner Starting lineups was a true mistake. A small five-game sample should not have outweighed four years of unpredictability and I should know better. Same with the recommendation to Bench Derrick Henry. Not sure what I was thinking that week.

What were your favorite unconventional Starting lineup moves? Or who did you remove from your Starting lineup and ended up making a great call by having him on your Bench? Let me know on Twitter (@SteveVT33) and tell everyone about those great (or not so great) decisions that helped you win (or lose) a match-up.

Even as the NFL playoffs are heading to Conference Championship week, Dynasty Owner is in full off-season mode. It’s time to start renewing your Dynasty Owner teams for the 2023 season. Renewals aren’t due until March 1st, but doing so early gives you full access to your team.

With it being early in the off-season, we have a reduced amount of weekly content. This week, Nate Christian and I have our first off-season articles released. Jay Pounds and Matt Morrison – The Jerk did their 2022 recaps last week and will be back on deck next week with new articles. We’ll alternate at least through the Super Bowl, but ramp up as we get closer to the start of the 2023 Dynasty Owner league year on March 17th.

Jay and I will have a new Dynasty Owner podcast sometime this week to recap the playoffs so far, preview the AFC and NFC Championship games, and maybe take a look at some off-season Dynasty Owner trades. Tim Peffer and I had our 2022 Chase for the Ring Champion Rudy on the Livestream this past Friday to celebrate his Ring winning Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) team. Check it out on the Dynasty Owner YouTube channel if you missed it live. Finally, don’t forget to follow Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

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2023 First Round Mock Draft 1.0

By: Nate Christian (@NateNFL)

Before we begin looking at this year’s top prospects, let’s dive right in with an early first round mock draft! The “off-season” is beginning in dynasty leagues everywhere, including Dynasty Owner. While some Dynasty Owners are logging off to go enjoy the playoffs and take a break from the grind of staying up to date on players across 32 different teams. we’re here keeping it fresh and making sure we can get ahead of the game. Dynasty Owner doesn’t have an off-season and in fact, many may claim the “off-season” is the most exciting time of the year. So here’s to the 2023 draft class and the many Dynasty Owner fantasy points they will bring to us over the course of the next decade!

Remember that Dynasty Owner rookie drafts can’t start until after the NFL Draft occurs from April 27th to 29th. Dynasty Owners need to have salary information and that is determined by a player’s NFL Draft position. Rookie draft position and salaries may affect these rankings after the NFL Draft, but for now, let’s look at the current first round draft picks.

1.01 – Bijan Robinson – Texas RB

This is chalk. This is a no-brainer. Don’t overthink this one. Bijan Robinson is the best running back prospect to come out since Saquon Barkley ($7,217,000) and NFL teams know that. Bijan is a projected first round pick and checks every box as a prospect. HIs production at Texas was impressive with 4,215 scrimmage yards and 41 total touchdowns over three years, and his athleticism is apparent. Boasting a solid frame at 6’ 0” and at 215 lbs., Bijan has great lower body strength that keeps him upright through contact while also providing elite lateral agility to make defenders miss and get skinny at the line of scrimmage. Bijan would have been the 1.01 in last year’s draft if he had been available. He certainly belongs here now.

1.02 – Jahmyr Gibbs – Alabama RB

Twitter seems to be doubting Jahmyr Gibbs, but nothing out of the NFL media says likewise. Gibbs is a shifty runner who is one of the best receiving backs we’ve seen. He is essentially an additional wide receiver for his offense and his versatility should fit nicely in the modern NFL offense. His ability to be a threat on all three-downs should give him high upside in Dynasty Owner (and fantasy football in general) and he could step into a significant role immediately. Gibbs slots in as the RB2 after Bijan Robinson.

1.03 – Jordan Addison – USC WR

A player who has looked good on multiple college teams, Jordan Addison likely won’t have too much trouble transitioning into the NFL. After winning the Biletnikoff Award (awarded to the nation’s best wide receiver) as a Sophomore at Pittsburgh, Addison transferred to USC for his Junior year. There he continued to look like one of the best in college football. Nearly a clone of DeVonta Smith ($5,035,348), Addison has a slim frame but plays bigger than his size and is great at getting open. After the catch, Addison also does damage, and his athleticism lets him speed down the field when he gets into space. Currently projected by some as the first wideout off the board come draft night, he fits here as the first WR as well.

1.04 – Jaxon Smith-Njigba – Ohio State WR

With the Sophomore season that Jaxon Smith-Njigba (better known as JSN) had, there weren’t many questions coming into his 2022 college season. With the 2022 season now over, there are plenty of questions surrounding Smith-Njigba. He missed, essentially, the entire season with a lingering hamstring issue and never got to show what he could do as the bona fide WR1 for the Buckeyes (though I’m sure 2024 draft eligible teammate Marvin Harrison Jr. would have had a say in that). In 2021 though, Smith-Njigba led a receiver room of Garrett Wilson ($5,138,502), Chris Olave ($4,817,969), and the aforementioned Harrison Jr. with 95 receptions, 1,606 receiving yards, and 9 touchdowns. It’s yet to be seen if he will be limited to the slot, but Smith-Njigba presents a great profile as a top wideout in this draft class.

1.05 – Tank Bigsby – Auburn RB

Despite an awful season by Auburn, Tank Bigsby did well to hold his draft stock and end the year strong. At 6’ 0” and 213 lbs., Bigsby is a strong dynamic running back with a workhorse profile. With the ability to break off chunk plays and stay upright through contact, Bigsby was one of the top running backs in the SEC over the past three years. If he gets an opportunity in an open backfield, I could see Bigsby taking the job and not giving it back. Bigsby has great upside for both volume and efficiency and is a player who you should be targeting in your drafts.

1.06 – Sean Tucker – Syracuse RB

The NFL loves speed and Sean Tucker has plenty of it. A true track-star (he is a member of the Syracuse track team), Tucker is a home-run threat on just about every play. He’s a solid runner who should be given opportunities at the next level and he checks all of the boxes as a receiver. With his athletic profile, I expect Tucker to be a Day 2 NFL Draft pick, and after his NFL Combine performance, I doubt this spot here seems “too high”.

1.07 – Quentin Johnston – TCU WR

Coming off a near-championship run, Quentin Johnston is moving on from the Horned Frogs and will be playing on Sundays this coming season. How much will he be playing right away? Johnston is an athletic freak who can turn on the boosters and eliminate angles on his way down the field. He stands tall at 6’ 4” and 215 lbs. and produces impressive spectacular catches. But what sets Johnston apart from the classic “big & athletic” wideout is his ability after the catch. Most players at his size don’t move as easily around the field or in and out of tacklers. Johnston has some special traits, but then there are concerns about his route running and inconsistencies with his catching. Possibly this year’s top boom-or-bust prospect, how risk-adverse are you?

1.08 – Zach Evans – Ole Miss RB

Zach Evans, to me, is an athlete playing running back. This reminds me of Cam Akers ($1,543,258) who I said similar things about when he was draft eligible. Evans has plenty of upside due to his burst and frame, but I feel as though there are a couple boxes left unchecked when looking at his profile. After transferring to Ole Miss from TCU, Evans was in-line to take over the RB1 role and set himself up well for this year’s draft. He proceeded to lose snaps to a true freshman (Quinshon Judkins) and ended up only catching 12 passes all year. This past year didn’t go exactly to plan, but he still is a solid running back prospect given the flashes we’ve seen at Ole Miss and TCU.

1.09 – Michael Mayer – Notre Dame TE

Continuing the tradition of Notre Dame tight ends finding their way into the NFL, Michael Mayer projects as a first round pick this year and has the prospect profile to back that up. While not the athlete that Kyle Pitts ($8,227,624) is, Mayer’s production throughout his college career rewrote many of the history books, both at Notre Dame and across the NCAA. He’s a quarterback’s best friend with his safe hands, contested catch ability, and consistency in moving the chains. Mayer feels like a player who’s open even when he’s covered and has enough athleticism to test linebackers down the seam when needed. If Mayer is selected in the first round, I think a draft slot in the first round of your Dynasty Owner rookie draft is more than appropriate. Getting a top tight end on a rookie deal is always an advantage in Dynasty Owner leagues.

1.10 – Josh Downs, North Carolina, WR

Shifty and quick, Josh Downs is a modern NFL wideout. He’s able to create separation through his route running and is dangerous after the catch. Catching passes from both Sam Howell ($1,005,400) and Drake Maye (expected 2024 first rounder) over his career, Downs showed out with nearly 200 receptions and just under 2,400 yards in the past two years. He’s elusive with the ball in his hands and can test safeties with his ability to find separation in the deep parts of the field. Downs is a player who I believe is currently underrated and could have a long NFL career as the WR2 for multiple offenses.

1.11 – Zach Charbonnet – UCLA RB

After an impressive freshman year at Michigan (726 yards and 11 TDs), Charbonnet struggled to find the field his sophomore year and ended up transferring from Michigan with Jim Harbaugh to UCLA with Chip Kelly. Kelly got Charbonnet involved quickly and not just in the run game. Charbonnet caught 61 passes over the past two years, showing off an ability that many doubted from the get-go. He ended up with 3,014 scrimmage yards in two seasons at UCLA. With a thick 6’1” and 220 lbs. frame, Charbonnet is a physical runner who offers some upside athletically to make people miss and weave his way in and out of traffic. The NFL Combine will be important for Charbonnet, as many scouts want to see what his 40-yard dash time will be, but I don’t have many doubts about his athleticism.

1.12 – Bryce Young – Alabama QB

The 2021 Heisman winner, Bryce Young has been labeled, by some, as the best quarterback in Alabama’s history. Now that doesn’t mean he’s the best NFL prospect to come out of Saban’s offense, but Young’s ability to make plays off-script and come up big when his team needs him most are “un-teachable” and should get some NFL coaches and GMs excited. All in all, Young is a great prospect for the NFL and does so many things right, but the major holdup is his size. At 5’ 11” and under 200 pounds, not only is height a concern but also his lean frame worries some scouts about whether he will hold up to NFL punishment. Luckily the SEC is the closest thing we have to that, and he did pretty well during his college career, only missing one game in the past two seasons.

BONUS 1.13 – Will Levis – Kentucky QB

A former Penn State Nittany Lion, Will Levis transferred to Kentucky after sitting behind Sean Clifford for three years and made the most out of his opportunity. By the end of the 2021 season, his first year with the Wildcats, there was already talk of Levis being a first-round NFL Draft pick. He came back for his final season and while he didn’t answer some of the questions scouts had about his decision-making, he still showed flashes of being a player who is not only physically gifted, but could run an NFL offense. Teams are already talking about his arm strength, his frame, and ability to make plays outside the pocket. The Josh Allen comparisons run rampant on social media. Everything seems to be going right for Levis currently and he is now projected to be a Top 5 pick in this year’s NFL Draft. While you could argue another quarterback (C.J. Stroud from Ohio State) should be the second QB off the board, the NFL seems enamored with Levis and his potential. Maybe you should be as well.

Jay’s 2022 Dynasty Owner Awards

By: Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl)

Dynasty Owners, it feels like it has been forever since my last article, but we are back and ready for the off-season. If you have been following along with the content the past few weeks, you may be thinking that Matt the Jerk just covered this topic, but I assure you that this will be different and won’t solely be based on the player’s value. but rather several things will go into determining which players earn awards.

The biggest criteria I am taking into consideration when selecting the winners will be the beloved eye test, a player’s consistency, a player’s salary (value), and where they were drafted will factor into the equation as well. At the end of the day, these awards are just for fun as value is what truly matters here on Dynasty Owner. It has been a fun and fast 2022 season and while I am sad to see it go, Dynasty Owner never sleeps, and the off-season is approaching quickly. Today’s article will officially bring a close to the 2022 season for me. I hope you all enjoy these awards and feel free to let me know on Twitter if you had a different player winning and what award it is.

As I always do when football is on the boob tube, let’s hit a quick recap of the wild card round. The Jaguars pulled off what I believe was the largest playoff comeback of my lifetime (what I remember) with a massive 27-point come from behind win. This has to be ranked up there with some of the great playoff games of all time. The Giants surprised the Vikings in the wild card round, and it was Daniel Jones ($6,414,014), not Saquon Barkley ($7,217,000) who ran wild all over the Minnesota defense, likely earning himself a massive payday come 2023. The last game I want to touch on is the Buffalo Bills versus the Miami Dolphins. The Bills were huge favorites in this game, but Josh Allen ($43,005,667) has not quite been himself lately and has had several uncharacteristic turnovers this season. In the 2022 regular season, Allen fumbled the ball 13 times, losing 5 and threw 14 interceptions. If the Bills want to prove me right by winning the Super Bowl, Josh Allen is going to have to play mistake-free football.

The M.V.P.

Austin Ekeler (RB – LAC) – 2 years/$6,125,000 – 363.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points

I love the fact that Austin Ekeler won this award as he is one of the more vocal players in support of fantasy football and even promised to have a big game during Championship week. In Week 17, Ekeler followed through on his promise and had a massive game finishing with 122 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns, finishing with 34.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Ekeler also did all of this at a position that had very little depth in 2022, missed zero games, finished as the top scorer at RB, and had an affordable salary, easily making him my Dynasty Owner M.V.P. Ekeler has been so good he may have won the 2-year M.V.P. award if I were to hand one out by scoring a whopping 38 touchdowns since the start of 2021.

Jay’s Surprise QB

Geno Smith (QB – SEA) – 1 year/$3,500,000 – 378.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points

I was dead wrong about Geno Smith this season. In fact, I was so wrong I truly thought Drew Lock ($1,752,704) would end up as the Seahawks’ starter when all was said and done. In 2022, Geno looked like a franchise QB after leading his team to the playoffs and finishing as the fifth best QB on the Dynasty Owner platform. Geno finished the year with more than 4,000 yards passing, throwing for 29 touchdowns and just 9 interceptions during the Dynasty Owner season. When you pair the stats with his cheap salary and late ADP (246.3) you get one of, if not the best quarterback to have had in Dynasty Owner in 2022. We will see how much faith all of you, and myself, have in Geno when he gets a big new contract this off-season. Would you keep him at $28,000,000 in 2023?

Jay’s Surprise RB

Josh Jacobs (RB – LV) – 1 year/$2,983,350 – 337.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points

Josh Jacobs was an absolute steal at the running back position in 2022 and probably made a lot of zero RB drafters happy as he should have been the main target. Coming into 2022. there were a ton of questions surrounding the Vegas running back and how he would be used in the new look Raiders offense. It was said that Jacobs would split time with rookie Zamir White ($1,100,983) and that couldn’t have been further from the truth. Jacobs proved the doubters wrong winning the rushing title, rushing for 1,608 yards and 12 touchdowns during the Dynasty Owner season. Not bad for a guy who was mostly drafted in rounds 4-6 with an ADP of 58.1.

Jay’s Surprise WR/TE

The Jaguars Entire Receiving Room: Zay Jones (3 years/$8,000,000), Evan Engram (1 year/$9,000,000), Christian Kirk (4 years/$18,000,000)

I was extremely critical of the Jones and Kirk signings this past off-season and even the Engram signing to an extent and boy was I wrong. Jaguars GM Trent Baalke nailed these signings, and they helped turn the Jaguars from the laughingstock of the league with a possible bust at quarterback to a team that is now in the divisional round of the playoffs. All three of these players played a massive role in the Jaguars turnaround in 2022 and they should all be highly rostered in Dynasty Owner heading into 2023, if not 100% rostered. In 2022, Kirk led the team in receiving, finishing with 1,108 yards and 8 touchdowns (241.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Zay Jones had a great season finishing as the 24th ranked receiver in Dynasty Owner scoring with a stat line of 82 catches, 823 yards and 5 touchdowns (198.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Evan Engram finished as the fifth ranked tight end and was just 12.6 points away from finishing inside of the top 3 at the position. Engram finished the 2022 Dynasty Owner season with 73 catches, 766 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Engram is almost a certain lock to re-sign in Jacksonville, allowing this trio to continue to grow alongside their budding superstar quarterback Trevor Lawrence ($9,198,372).

Bust of the Year – QB

Russell Wilson (QB – DEN) – 2 years/$35,000,000 – 245.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points

Expectations were sky high heading into the 2022 season for quarterback Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos as a whole. Needless to say, those expectations were not met. I do not have the actual number, but if I had to guess I would say Wilson was 100% rostered heading into the season and he was a massive $35,000,000 letdown for many Dynasty Owners. Wilson finished as the 16th ranked quarterback for the season and if we are being honest, it seemed much worse than that. Wilson failed to score over 17.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in 10 of 14 games during the 2022 Dynasty Owner season. At Wilson’s salary, it is near impossible to win if he is not playing at a high level (unless paired with a top 10 QB on a rookie deal). I believe the final roster percentage speaks volumes about the season Wilson just had as he started the year at or at least near 100% rostered and finished at 55.74% rostered as almost half of the Dynasty Owners who rostered him moved on. Wilson finished the 2022 Dynasty Owner season with 3,241 yards passing, 13 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and has a massive contract looming. Wilson is a massive risk heading into 2023, but could also bring big rewards as a Free Agent Auction pickup if he is paired with the right coach.

Bust of the Year – RB

Alvin Kamara (RB – NO) – 4 years/$15,000,000 – 197.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points

I know some of you may look at Kamara’s final point total and wonder why he is on this list. The reason for this is the fact that Kamara scored over half of his Dynasty Owner fantasy points during a 4-week stretch early in the season (Weeks 5-8). Anytime you have a player on a contract that takes up as much salary cap space as Kamara, you are hoping for a much more consistent contributor throughout the season. Kamara finished the season as the 18th ranked running back on the platform which is respectable as a whole but when context is attached to it, I am glad I had zero shares of Alvin Kamara this season. I know Ezekiel Elliott ($15,000,000) is the same price and scored a few less points this season, but Zeke was much more consistent. Zeke scored double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in all but 4 of the 14 weeks he played in this Dynasty Owner season, with three of those single-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy point weeks happening by Week 5. Thus, making Alvin Kamara my Bust of the Year at RB. I may be a little biased as I had Kamara as my Bust of the Year for the position heading into the season but nonetheless, he had a bad season by his standards.

Bust of the Year – WR

Adam Thielen (WR – MIN) – 3 years/$16,500,000 – 180.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points

Adam Thielen was another player I had reservations about heading into 2022, but I was wrong about why. I assumed K.J. Osborn ($890,693) would take a step forward as Thielen aged, but it ended up being the trade for T.J. Hockenson ($4,955,306) and Justin Jefferson ($3,280,701) who truly prevented Thielen from having a better season. In 2022, Thielen had some bright spots but let his Dynasty Owners down on too many occasions failing to hit the 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point mark 10 out of 18 times and at a salary of $16,500,000, that can’t happen. Another reason Thielen finds himself winning an award no one wants to win is because he scored 6.7 of fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points on six occasions this season, which is ok for a boom or bust player. It is tough to call Thielen a boom or bust player with his biggest week this season being 21.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That was the only time he cracked 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in 2022. Anytime you have an expensive player, you need at least a few big weeks and much more consistent production.

Bust of the Year – TE

Kyle Pitts (TE – ATL) – 3 years/$8,227,624 – 75.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points

I hate putting players who missed significant time on this list, but I think it’s fair to anoint Kyle Pitts as the Bust of the Year at the tight end position. Pitts was a player who Dynasty Owners drafted very early (as high as 3 in a league I won’t mention) and has a bigger salary for the tight end position. In 2022, Pitts played in 10 games and only managed to score 10.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in just three of them. Most of us expected some regression out of Pitts because of the downgrade at quarterback but no one predicted Pitts would struggle the way he did in 2022. Pitts finished 2022 with only 356 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns (75.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in 10 games before ending up on Injured Reserve. Pitts is still an elite prospect with a bright future at the tight end position, but after a season like 2022 there will be some serious doubt moving forward.

Comeback Player of the Year

Daniel Jones (QB – NYG) – 1 year/$6,416,014 – 343.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points

I think many of us expected the Giants and Daniel Jones to be better in 2022 because of coaching, but I don’t think anyone in their right mind predicted Jones finishing as a top 10 quarterback on the Dynasty Owner platform after barely cracking the top 30 in 2021. In 2022, Jones showed his rushing upside as well as much improved accuracy and production as a passer, despite a throwing to bad group of receivers by NFL standards. Jones finished the season with 3,205 yards passing, 708 yards rushing, and accounted for a total of 22 touchdowns while throwing just 5 interceptions. I hope all of you Dynasty Owners who roster Jones enjoyed this season because he is going to get much more expensive come 2023. Will you keep Jones at $30,000,000 next season? Because I certainly wouldn’t, even after an impressive 2022 that showed big upside.

Best Late Round Pick

Jerick McKinnon – 1 year/$1,272,500 – 189.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points

The final award of the day is a fitting one! Jerick McKinnon had to wait until the end of the 21st round on average (ADP 249.7) to hear Dynasty Owners call his name and now, he will win the final award of the day for being the best late round draft pick of 2022. McKinnon started slow, but it was something that did not hurt Dynasty Owners much with him being such a late draft selection. McKinnon finished strong and helped anyone who rostered him make or win a Championship. In Week 9, McKinnon started his tear, scoring double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points seven times through Week 17, including three games with over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the final four weeks of the season. Jerick McKinnon was the definition of a league winner in 2022 and earned himself a meaningless award for the best late round pick on the platform.

Thank you all for reading and be sure to check out all of the fun upcoming off-season content we have in store for you. Stay safe out there and for the first-time, good luck on your 2023 Chase for the Ring!

2022 Value of the Year Winners

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Well, now we can officially say that the Dynasty Owner season is complete. Another one is in the books. I hope everyone enjoyed this season as much as I did. With the end of this season, I will tie a bow on it with the Value of the Year (VOTY) winners. I will give you all the official VOTY winners for each position as well as the overall winner.

Quarterback

PlayerAnnual SalaryDOFPsDD/FP
Jalen Hurts$1,506,292442.8$3,402

I think we all saw this coming, but there was no other quarterback that was even close to Hurts in terms of value this year. The next closest player to Hurts was Davis Mills ($1,304,383) at  $6,658 Dynasty Dollars per Fantasy Point (DD/FP). It is disappointing that Dynasty Owners couldn’t utilize Hurts’ greatness in the Dynasty Owner playoffs this year, but hopefully, you will get that opportunity next year.

Here is what I wrote about the QB VOTY last season.

“In the end, Jalen Hurts just had too good of a season combined with a very cheap salary for him not to win. He is the Quarterback Value of the Year for 2021.

Excluding Week 17, Hurts is the QB10 in terms of total Dynasty Owner fantasy points (344.0), and he is the QB1 in terms of Dynasty Dollars per Fantasy Point (DD/FP) at $4,379).  Congratulations to everyone who has Hurts on their Dynasty Owner roster as there was no better value at quarterback this year.”

Published on December 30, 2021

What a remarkable accomplishment for Hurts. Not only was he the best QB value over the past two seasons, but he improved his production as well.

Running Back

PlayerAnnual SalaryDOFPsDD/FP
Tony Pollard$796,945252.9$3,151

Pollard was RB7 to finish the season. Obviously, he was an amazing value, and he’s earned himself a massive contract increase for next season. I honestly don’t see the Cowboys keeping Pollard around next year. Let me explain…

The Cowboys seem to be blindly loyal to Ezekiel Elliott ($15,000,000). It’s not that Zeke is fully washed or that he is not useful, but rather that his salary implications cannot be overlooked. I believe that this loyalty will continue and that Pollard will be squeezed out as he will demand more money than the Cowboys want to deliver. I can’t imagine the Cowboys will pay more than $20 million for their running back room.

Let’s see how the running back VOTY last year compares to this year.

“However, the trophy belongs to Myles Gaskin.

It’s hard to believe a player that is viewed as a disappointment can win, but that’s exactly what can happen when you have a salary of $651,694. I would have loved to name Jonathan Taylor as the winner, but the reality is that he would have had to outperform Gaskin three-fold in order to win. That didn’t happen and Gaskin took home the hardware with 163.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and a salary of $651,694. Gaskin finished the season as RB23 in terms of fantasy points, and RB1 in terms of DD/FP.”

Published on December 30, 2021

Gaskin to Pollard is quite the difference. When Gaskin won last year, he was RB23. Pollard finished as the RB7 this year.

Wide Receivers

PlayerAnnual SalaryDOFPsDD/FP
Amon-Ra St. Brown$1,066,313256.7$4,154

St. Brown was one of my favorite players to watch this season. Yes, it helped that I have him on my roster in almost half of my Dynasty Owner leagues, but he really was fun to watch. He was a PPR machine this season to the tune of 100 receptions with essentially two missed games. The next closest wide receiver to his value was Terry McLaurin ($961,918) who had a great season in his own right.

Last season, the value race for wide receivers came down to two players – Hunter Renfrow ($708,987) and Diontae Johnson ($1,070,241).

“The winner this year is Renfrow. His salary is roughly 70% of Johnson’s, and his production was largely the same. This award is especially important because the draft capital and/or trade value you had to give up when acquiring Renfrow was minimal. He was being drafted in roughly the 15th round. What an amazing season from Renfrow, and it’s one that he will attempt to recreate (or improve on) in 2022. Renfrow finished as the WR13 for total Dynasty Owner fantasy points (221.9) and WR1 for DD/FP ($3,195).”

Published on December 30, 2021

Renfrow was a better value last year than St. Brown was this year. Either way, look for St. Brown to continue or maybe even add onto his value next year.

Tight End

PlayerAnnual SalaryDOFPsDD/FP
Dawson Knox$880,400138.7$6,348

Dawson Knox ended up as the VOTY for tight ends due to his touchdown in his final (Week 18) game. A fine season by Knox saw him finish as TE10 for the year.

If you read any of my articles last season, you should know who the VOTY tight end was. This is because he was also the overall VOTY…

“That player is Mark Andrews ($863,290). When this regular season concludes, Andrews will have over 100 receptions, over 1,200 receiving yards, and at least 10 touchdowns. This is a truly remarkable feat for a player who was perennially considered a low volume tight end.  Andrews has earned himself the 4-year, $56 million contract ($14 million per year) that he signed back in September. Congratulations to those of you who owned Andrews this year. I have a feeling it will be a long time before we encounter a tight end value like this again

Andrews finished the season as the TE1 for total points (271.7) and TE1 for DD/FP ($3,177). Let me put it this way, if Andrews was labeled as a wide receiver, he would be the WR6 on the season. Not only that, but he would be the WR1 in terms of DD/FP. I hate to belabor the point too much, but I think it’s worth stating again:

I have a feeling it will be a long time before we encounter a tight end value like this again.

Published on December 30, 2021

This was definitely true. Knox’s DD/FP amount was almost exactly twice as much as Andrews’ was last year.

Value of the Year

Over the past three articles, I have listed and discussed all 12 of the VOTY nominees. Here is the recap…

PlayerPositionTeamAnnual Salary
Jalen HurtsQBPHI$1,506,292
Davis MillsQBHOU$1,304,383
Geno SmithQBSEA$3,500,000
Tony PollardRBDAL$796,945
Rhamondre StevensonRBNE$1,057,264
David MontgomeryRBCHI$1,003,845
Amon-Ra St. BrownWRDET$1,066,313
Terry McLaurinWRWAS$961,918
A.J. BrownWRPHI$1,413,092
Dawson KnoxTEBUF$880,400
Juwan JohnsonTENO$895,000
Foster MoreauTELV$752,098

In the end, Tony Pollard is the Value of the Year for the 2022 Dynasty Owner season. I thought there was little chance it would not be Jalen Hurts and it probably would have been had he not missed the final two games of the fantasy season. However, Tony Pollard is the winner even though he missed Week 17. Pollard had an outstanding season where he finished as RB7 and the overall 30th ranked player.

PlayerAnnual SalaryDOFPsDD/FP
Tony Pollard$796,945252.9$3,151

He has really made a name for himself (and just in time for free agency). Just last year, he was not even a finalist for this award.

Who will be the Value of the Year next year? I have my predictions at the moment, but who do you think it will be?

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

Dynasty Owner 2022 Season Final Week Recap: Finally!

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Finally, everything is over. Most importantly, it appears that Damar Hamlin is doing better. He is finally off of a ventilator, has spoken, posted messages on Twitter during the Bills-Patriots game on Sunday afternoon and has been moved to a hospital in Buffalo to continue his recovery. Everything else is less important than the fact that he is making progress and will hopefully continue to improve and get better.

After everything that happened at the end of the season, we finally have our 2022 Dynasty Owner Chase for the Ring Champion.

Congratulations to Rudy and his Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) team from League #27458!

Rudy finally climbed the mountain and won the Ring. This team from League #27458 had won their League Championship in both 2020 and 2021 and finished third overall in the Chase for the Ring in both seasons, but finally conquered the final milestone and is our Chase for the Ring Champion. Enjoy celebrating this honor with your family and friends, figuring out your ring size and your trip to receive your Ring and visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You completely deserve to join our previous Chase for the Ring Champions (Jeff, Viktor and Eddie) as the best of the best dynasty fantasy football players in the world.

The NFL regular season is also over, and we have our NFL playoff matchups determined. In the end, the NFL finally cancelled the Week 17 Bills-Bengals game after a few days and figured out modifications to the AFC playoffs to compensate for the Bills and Bengals playing one fewer game than the other AFC playoff teams.

Last, but certainly not least, due to the unfortunate and unprecedented situation, Dynasty Owner decided to use the Week 18 game statistics for all Bills and Bengals players in Dynasty Owner Starting lineups and Bench lineups for the final week of the Dynasty Owner season. All games (Championship, third place and Loser’s Bracket Tournament) used those statistics and winners of the match-ups have finally been declared. Thank you to all of the Dynasty Owners who have shown immense patience and understanding while Dynasty Owner made this decision, responded to the question about the right decision for Dynasty Owner to make and everyone at Dynasty Owner who worked tirelessly to make everything work out and get done correctly.

Undefeated Dynasty Owner Teams Heading into the Final Week

While Rudy won the Chase for the Ring, his Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) team was actually not undefeated. They lost one game way back in Week 3 to OU DNA by a score of 155.18 to 133.00.

At the start of the 2022 Dynasty Owner playoffs, we had 6 undefeated teams. None had a game in the first round of the playoffs and only one team (juan blanco) lost in the semi-finals. Heading into the final week of the Dynasty Owner playoffs, we had 5 undefeated teams. All of them were looking to join the exclusive club of undefeated Dynasty Owner teams from past seasons (New York’s Strongest from the 2019 beta season and DynastyTradeSchool (Mad Minshew) in League #27458 and Detroit’s Finest in League #74733 from the 2021 season). Let’s look at our 5 undefeated teams and see how they did in the final week.

Team NameLeagueFinal Week ResultFinal Chase PositionChange
Blaze’s Backyard Burners28287Won2ndNone
Stayner34654LostOutOut
The Oracle 🙌71014Won4thUp 2
HawkNation27465Won8thUp 4
All Outta Bubble Gum156854LostOutOut

In the end, three teams (Blaze’s Backyard Burners, The Oracle 🙌 and HawkNation) ended up undefeated. All three teams also ended up in the top 10 of the Chase for the Ring Leaderboard. More on that later on. Unfortunately, Stayner and All Outta Bubble Gum lost their Championship finals game and did not end the 2022 Dynasty Owner season undefeated.

All three of our undefeated teams had to hold off tough challenges from their opponents to win with two out of the three match-ups being decided by less than 5.0 points and 6.28 points being the widest margin of victory. Both of the undefeated teams that lost were defeated by margins of more than 10.0 points.

Blaze’s Backyard Burners won a tough, close matchup against Box Score Fact Checker by a score of 161.88 to 155.60 to win the League #28287 title. They didn’t score enough points to catch Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) for first place in the Chase for the Ring. Find out in our final look at the top 10 in the Chase for the Ring how many more points they needed to win the Ring.

Stayner was in third place after Week 16, but lost in their League #34654 final to jaxjam by a score of 187.01 to 132.77. With the upset victory, jaxjam finished in 92nd place on the final Chase for the Ring Leaderboard despite a 7-7 regular season record. Stayner had both Justin Jefferson ($3,280,701) and Tee Higgins ($2,171,696) underperform significantly with only 2.5 and 1.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points respectively, while jaxjam had everyone in their Starting lineup, except their kicker, score double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

The Oracle 🙌 won and moved up into fourth place after their extremely close 173.70 to 172.45 victory over Mad Rabbit in League #71014. The Oracle 🙌 were able to overcome the 54.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Mike Evans ($16,500,000) and 34.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Patrick Mahomes ($45,000,000) in the Starting lineup for Mad Rabbit. Mad Rabbit had four players in their Starting lineup with less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points that kept them from the upset victory. Christian McCaffrey ($16,015,875), Austin Ekeler ($6,125,000) and Davante Adams ($28,000,000) all had more than 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to lead The Oracle 🙌 in scoring and Joe Burrow ($9,047,534) got just enough points (14.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) for them to win and stay undefeated.

HawkNation also remained undefeated by defeating PACKER-H8TER by a score of 151.08 to 148.73. HawkNation had Christian McCaffrey and Davante Adams lead them in Starting lineup scoring, but a weak Bench that only scored a total of 45.5 points (adding only 11.38 points to their final score) almost cost them the victory and an undefeated season. PACKER-H8TER needed just a few more points from Ja’Marr Chase ($7,704,910) and Devin Singletary ($974,500) in Week 18 to win, but fell short by 2.35 points when they scored a combined 22.9 points (22.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the Starting lineup for Chase and 1.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on the Bench for Singletary).

Finally, All Outta Bubble Gum were defeated by a score of 169.98 to 158.93 by Tick Tock Times Up in the League #156854 finals. Both teams had four players with more than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in their Starting lineup. All Outta Bubble Gum had a very small 0.8 point advantage from those players. It was so close that the match-up came down to kickers. All Outta Bubble Gum had a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) from their Starting kicker Greg Joseph ($2,433,000) and -3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from their Bench kicker Ryan Succop ($4,000,000). Kickers matters as Tick Tock Times Up got 10.75 points from their kickers and would have lost by a slim margin of 0.45 points (159.68 to 159.23) without them.

Congratulations to our new undefeated teams on joining the small number of Dynasty Owner teams to accomplish that special feat for an entire Dynasty Owner season.

For the purposes of this article, all statistics, ADP and Dynasty Owner roster percentages were current as of the afternoon of January 9th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our final Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for the 2022 season is actually not a single player, but a veteran combination who have each won the Player of the Week award individually twice. Now, they add a third honor together in an important game for their team and their Dynasty Owners. The winners are Mike Evans and Tom Brady.

Let’s talk about Mike Evans first as he had the most points of the two winners in Tampa Bay’s win and get into the playoffs game in Week 17. Evans did more than required to finally help Tampa Bay get into the NFL playoffs with a career best game of 54.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 receptions, 207 receiving yards, 3 TDs). He received the 6.0 point bonus for having over 200 receiving yards and that catapulted him to share the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor with his QB. Evans had won this award twice back in 2019 with Jameis Winston ($14,000,000) as his QB in Tampa Bay, but never with Brady and never in the Dynasty Owner playoffs. Evans outscored himself from both prior Player of the Week winning efforts.

Final Week Points: 54.7

2022 Salary: $16,500,000

Cost per Point: $301,645

Congratulations to Mike on winning your third Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor and your first one since 2019.

The G.O.A.T. Tom Brady ($15,000,000) is sharing this award with Evans, and it is also his third career honor. Brady has won the Player of the Week award once in each of his seasons in Tampa Bay, but it’s his first honor during the Dynasty Owner playoffs. Brady had 52.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (432 passing yards, 4 rushing yards, 4 TDs, 1 2-pt. conversion) in the Buccaneers’ Week 17 NFC South division title clinching victory over the Carolina Panthers. It wasn’t the highest scoring game for him in Dynasty Owner’s four year history as he had 55.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points back in Week 5 of the 2021 season, but he didn’t win Player of the Week.

Final Week Points: 52.0

2022 Salary: $15,000,000

Cost per Point: $288,462

Congratulations to Tom on winning your third Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor and being the third player to win this honor in three consecutive seasons. The others are Patrick Mahomes who has won it in all four seasons and Josh Allen ($43,005,667) who has also won it each of the past three seasons.

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. The final Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week did it the same way as our Week 16 winner. Just like Gardner Minshew ($677,721), he didn’t get his first start of the 2022 season until this week. Our winner in the finals of the Dynasty Owner playoffs is Jarrett Stidham.

This was Stidham’s first start and twelfth appearance in his fourth year in the NFL. In his 11 career appearances in relief, he had only scored 17.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (342 passing yards, 5 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs). He nearly doubled that total in Week 17 with 33.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (365 passing yards, 34 rushing yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs, 1 fumble). Stidham had more points in his first start than Raiders QB Derek Carr ($25,000,000) had in any game for the entire 2022 season. When Stidham was announced as the Raiders’ starting QB, you could imagine Dynasty Owners moving as fast as possible to take some Raiders’ players out of their Starting lineups and moving them to the Bench or at the minimum, downgrading their expectations.

Final Week Points: 33.6

2022 Salary: $788,423

Cost per Point: $23,465

Congratulations Jarrett on winning the Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week award in your first NFL start. It was probably his last chance to finally win since he’s a free agent at the end of the season and unlikely to have a low enough salary to win it again.

Week 17 Preview Article Recommendations

The 2022 Dynasty Owner season is finally finished. As a result, we’ll have to recap the Starter recommendations for the final week of the season here and see how they worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok):

QB: Desmond Ridder (ATL – $1,340,740) – 6.3 (Bad recommendation)

RB: Chuba Hubbard (CAR – $1,048,294) – 8.5 (Just Ok recommendation)

WR: Jahan Dotson (WAS – $3,762,090) – 6.7 (Bad recommendation)

TE: Jordan Akins (HOU – $1,035,000) – 5.8 (Bad recommendation)

This was a terrible finish to a terrible year for Starting lineup recommendations. None of the players recommended had double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Chuba Hubbard was Just Ok with 8.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points because he was right near the bottom of the scoring for FLEX starters in the final week of the Dynasty Owner playoffs. Most other weeks, that would have been a Bad recommendation. Believe it or not, at least five other starting QBs this week were worse than Desmond Ridder and his 6.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but that’s not enough and the recommendation was Bad. I shouldn’t have trusted Carson Wentz ($32,000,000) to do well enough to lift Jahan Dotson to another solid week and Dotson’s 6.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points was another Bad recommendation. Finally, Jordan Akins was actually the second best receiver for the Texans, but since he had just 5.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, it was a Bad recommendation and a testament to the sorry state of the Texans’ offense.

Overall, I finished the season with only 31% Good, 56% Bad and 12% Just Ok recommendations. The playoffs were worse with just two Good recommendations (17%), three Just Ok recommendations (25%) and seven Bad recommendations (58%).

The Bench recommendations have better than the Starting lineup recommendations throughout the 2022 season. With the poor finish to the season for the Starting lineup recommendations, hopefully the same is true for the final week of the Dynasty Owner season. Here’s how the Bench recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok).

QB: Geno Smith (SEA – $3,500,000) – 21.9 (Just Ok recommendation)

RB: Josh Jacobs (LV – $2,983,350) – 19.5 (Bad recommendation)

WR: Christian Kirk (JAC – $18,000,000) – 4.1 (Good recommendation)

TE: Tyler Higbee (LAR – $7,250,000) – 4.1 (Good recommendation)

Let’s start off with the positives and mention the two Good recommendations. Both Christian Kirk and Tyler Higbee only scored 4.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points each. While Geno Smith had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than in Week 16 (21.9 in Week 17 vs. 15.3 in Week 16), the results were the same – a Just Ok recommendation as he finished as QB13. The only Bad recommendation was Josh Jacobs who performed well, but not as well as Jarrett Stidham. Still, Jacobs was a top 12 RB and recommending him for your Bench was Bad.

Overall, I finished the season with more Good (46%) than Bad (41%) recommendations and the remaining 13% being Just Ok recommendations. The playoffs were consistent with two Good recommendations plus one Just Ok and one Bad recommendation per playoff round for a total of 50% Good, 25% Just Ok and 25% Bad recommendations. Slightly better than the season-long recommendations and much better than the Starting lineup recommendations overall and for the playoffs.

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Now, we look at players who should have been one of your Starters based on their performance in the final week of the Dynasty Owner season. These are players who were more likely to be on your Bench or Practice Squad when they should have been in your Starting lineup.

QB: Deshaun Watson (CLE – $46,000,000) – 29.5 points

After a rough start to his 2022 season, Deshaun Watson finally had a performance worthy of his $46 million salary in Week 17 of the NFL season. Watson had only scored 54.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his first four games as Cleveland’s starting QB (13.5 points per game). However, he more than doubled that average in Week 17 against Washington with 29.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (169 passing yards, 31 rushing yards, 3 TDs). It was the first game that Watson had with multiple TDs and just his second turnover-free game. Not sure how many of his Dynasty Owners (67.66% rostered) made it to their league finals and ended up having Watson in their Starting lineup. He was more likely to be there for Dynasty Owners in a third place or Loser’s Bracket Tournament games. If Dynasty Owners had Watson as their Starting QB in the final week, their patience with him was finally rewarded with his best game of the season.

RB: JaMycal Hasty (JAC – $895,000) – 17.6 points

Hasty had his second Starting lineup worthy performance this season in the final week of the 2022 Dynasty Owner season with 17.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (33 rushing yards, 6 receptions, 23 receiving yards, 1 TD). Since Jacksonville defeated Houston by a 31-3 score, it may be assumed that his scoring came in garbage time at the end of the game. That’s not completely true as he had a 5-yard TD run in the first quarter. However, he did have more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the second half (10.0) than the first half (7.6). It doesn’t matter when he scored those points as they all count the same. Not too many Dynasty Owners likely trusted Hasty in the final week of the Dynasty Owner season, but if they did, it was a great Starting lineup decision.

WR: Jalen Nailor (MIN – $960,165) – 17.9 points

This spot goes to Nailor based on his garbage time 47-yard TD pass from Kirk Cousins ($33,000,000) that cut the Vikings’ deficit to 31 points in their eventual 41-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Both Richie James ($1,065,000) and K.J. Osborn ($890,693) produced more Dynasty Owner fantasy points (20.6 for James and 18.9 for Osborn) and aren’t ranked overall as Starting WRs, but they had played well recently and should have been considered for a FLEX position. That’s not the case for Nailor who is rostered in only 5.11% of Dynasty Owner leagues and had only scored 4.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 28 receiving yards) prior to Week 17. Nailor had the TD reception and scored a total of 17.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 89 receiving yards, 1 TD) for the best game of his rookie season by far. Nobody likely saw this performance coming from Nailor and put him in their Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to Shi Smith ($913,105) from Carolina who also had the best game of his career in Week 17 with 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD). It’s the fourth double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy point game of Smith’s career, but he did set a season high in receiving yards and tied his career high in receptions. Same as Nailor, it’s doubtful that any of his Dynasty Owners (17.87% rostered) saw this performance coming and put Smith in their Starting lineup.

TE: Trey McBride (ARI – $1,574,916) – 20.8 points

All Trey McBride needed to finally score his first TD of his rookie season was Arizona to be on their fourth QB of the season. With David Blough ($965,000) at QB, McBride had his best game as a professional with 20.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 78 receiving yards, 1 TD). Since the season-ending injury to Zach Ertz ($10,550,000) in Week 10, McBride has been the starting TE in Arizona and Dynasty Owners who drafted him pretty highly (ADP of 143.8 and rookie ADP of 22.4) may have been using him in their Starting lineup or on their Bench. Hopefully not too many of them had him in the Starting lineup, as he had rewarded them with only 26.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in five games (5.3 per game) without a single double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy point game. Finally, McBride scored his first TD and was worth being in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to Brock Wright ($825,000) who saw Shane Zylstra ($825,000) score 3 TDs last week and said to himself “I can do that”. He didn’t get 3 TDs, but had a pair of them and scored 16.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 13 receiving yards, 2 TDs). Wright had already scored two TDs this season, but he scored the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points that he’s had in a game for the whole season.

K:  Robbie Gould (SF – $3,625,000) – 13.0 points

No kicker really had a huge final week of the 2022 Dynasty Owner season. In the end, it was the 23-yard FG in overtime that gave Robbie Gould a 3.0 clutch scoring bonus and pushed him ahead of a few others for this spot. It was a high-scoring affair between the 49ers and the Raiders and Gould had plenty of opportunities. He took advantage and made seven out of eight kicks (3 for 4 on FGs and 4 for 4 on PATs). All of his FG attempts came in the fourth quarter or overtime, and he made up for missing a 41-yard FG attempt at the end of regulation with the 23-yarder in overtime to win the game for the 49ers. He also made FGs from 24 yards and 43 yards along with all 4 PAT attempts to score 13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and be the highest scoring kicker for the final week of the 2022 Dynasty Owner 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 ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but scored few or negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the final week of the Dynasty Owner season. All of them should have been riding your Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Trevor Lawrence (JAC – $9,198,372) – 4.0 points

While the Jaguars didn’t need much help from Trevor Lawrence in Week 17 to win big (31-3 victory over Houston), his Dynasty Owners were probably looking for a lot more than 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (152 passing yards, 4 rushing yards, 1 INT, 1 fumble). Lawrence only played one series in the second half, which didn’t help, but Jacksonville scored 28 points without Lawrence accounting for a single one of them, so he had plenty of chances. The performance ends a great streak of games for Lawrence as he had averaged 30.76 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in the first five games after the Jaguars’ Week 11 bye week. That probably gave his Dynasty Owners some confidence that he would continue to provide them with plenty of points for their Starting lineup in the final week of the 2022 Dynasty Owner season. He didn’t and Dynasty Owner would have been better off with Lawrence on their Bench.

RB: Devin Singletary (BUF – $974,500) – 1.2 points

Sadly, some players were not helped too much by the decision to use Week 18 for Bills and Bengals players and Devin Singletary was the player who helped his Dynasty Owners the least. Singletary had enough opportunities, but failed to do much and ended up with just 1.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (29 rushing yards, 1 reception, 3 receiving yards, 1 lost fumble). It was his worst performance of the entire 2022 Dynasty Owner season and couldn’t have come at a worse time for Dynasty Owners who had him in their Starting lineup as their RB2 or in the FLEX position. Hopefully you had other options and kept Singletary on your Bench.

WR: DK Metcalf (SEA – $1,146,513) – 1.3 points

After a great season with 11 games with double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Metcalf finally let down his Dynasty Owners at the worst possible time. He was only able to secure 1 reception for 3 yards in the final week of the Dynasty Owner season and his 1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points represented the second lowest scoring week of his career. He had one Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) back in Week 16 of the 2019 season when he was a rookie. Since then, he only had two other games with only one reception, but in both games, he had more than 3 yards, so he had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Hopefully his Dynasty Owner anticipated a tough week for Metcalf opposite the Jets’ pass defense and had him on their Bench.

TE: Evan Engram (JAC – $9,000,000) – 3.9 points

Engram burst into the top 5 TEs with a 39.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 14 and stayed there with 14.2 and 18.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first two weeks of the Dynasty Owner playoffs. Engram may have helped your Dynasty Owner team make it into the Championship game, but he sure didn’t help you win it with a 3.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (1 reception, 16 receiving yards, 13 rushing yards). It wasn’t out of the blue as he had three worse games this season and another one with 3.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points back in Week 3, but it was still disappointing for the Dynasty Owners who had Engram in their Starting lineup for the final week. He would have been better suited for your Bench.

K: Ryan Succop (TB – $4,000,000) – -3.0 points

One week after having his best performance of the season with 16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Ryan Succop had the worst performance of the season in Week 17. Succop had missed 5 FGs already on the season and added three additional missed kicks (2 FGs and 1 PAT). He had a 26-yard FG blocked and missed a 53-yarder plus one out of two PAT attempts. He also made a 22-yard FG at the end of the first half. All of that put together gave Succop -3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and made him the lowest scoring kicker of the final week of the 2022 Dynasty Owner season.

Dynasty Owner Match-ups of the Week Recap

We only looked at the two main contenders with a realistic chance at winning the Chase for the Ring as our Dynasty Owner Match-ups of the Week. We know that both Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) and Blaze’s Backyard Burners were victorious, but let’s find see the final scores of each Match-up of the Week.

League #27458 – Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) vs. pit of misery

Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) was favored to win over pit of misery by 45.07 points. We know that Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) indeed won, but let’s find out how they did it and by how much.

It was much closer than projected and probably much closer than Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) would have liked, but finally in the end, they were victorious by 20.95 points. Neither team was really close to their projected final score as both had several underperformers.

Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) was led by Austin Ekeler who had 34.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Their next highest scorer was A. J. Brown ($1,413,092) with 19.7 points from their FLEX position. The decision to start Joe Burrow over Patrick Mahomes at QB cost them 15.08 points as Mahomes had 34.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Burrow managed just 14.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The decision to start the WR1 for the season in Justin Jefferson was the correct decision, but ended up not helping as Jefferson had a season-low 2.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Stefon Diggs ($14,400,000) led pit of misery with 23.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Josh Jacobs had 19.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Mark Andrews ($14,000,000) added 19.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. They did not score enough for pit of misery to overcome poor performances by DK Metcalf who had 1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, David Montgomery ($1,003,845) with 5.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Kirk Cousins with 6.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Only having Brock Purdy ($934,252) at QB in place of Cousins would have increased pit of misery’s final score and not by enough to win as Purdy had 22.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

League #28287 – Blaze’s Backyard Burners vs. Box Score Fact Checker

The second team that had a realistic chance at winning the Chase for the Ring was Blaze’s Backyard Burners. They were favored to win over Box Score Fact Checker by 19.16 points, but as we know, they ended up winning the game and their League Championship, but falling short of their chance at winning the Chase for the Ring.

Blaze’s Backyard Burners won by a score of 161.88 to 155.60 to win the League #28287 title. Austin Ekeler led Blaze’s Backyard Burners with 34.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Stefon Diggs had 23.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Brock Purdy added 22.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Those three players helped Blaze’s Backyard Burners Starting lineup outscore the Starting lineup for Box Score Fact Checker by 10.1 points.

Box Score Fact Checker was led by Christian McCaffrey’s 33.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. They also had good games from Najee Harris ($3,261,862) who scored 25.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Ja’Marr Chase with 22.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Leaving Davante Adams and his 34.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on the Bench cost Box Score Fact Checker more than enough points that they could have used to pull off the upset victory.

Blaze’s Backyard Burners were ahead by 18.43 points before the Bills and Bengals player scores from Week 18 were counted. Their margin of victory got smaller, but they held on for the victory in the end.

Final Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

With the top two teams already announced and our other two undefeated teams (The Oracle 🙌 and HawkNation) claiming two of the remaining spots in the top 10, there are only six spots left. Find out if any of the other teams besides Stayner  lost and dropped out of the top 10 and which teams replaced them on the final Chase for the Ring Leaderboard.

In the end, Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) won the Chase for the Ring with 2,968.0 points and beat Blaze’s Backyard Burners by only 4.5 points for the entire season. Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) scored the most points in Dynasty Owner history and also won the Ring by the closest margin.

Three of the teams in the top 10 after the playoff semi-finals lost. In addition to Stayner who was in third place after the playoff semi-finals, the Clara Strong 💪 team from League #28280 who were in fourth place and Beat Jaggers who were in tenth place also lost. To show everyone how difficult it is to win a League Championship, I’ll note that there were three Clara Strong 💪 teams in the top 10 of the Chase for the Ring for much of the season (Leagues #27448, #28280, and #34662). By the end, only the Clara Strong 💪 team from League #34662 won their League. They finished in fifth place on the final Chase for the Ring Leaderboard.

The Road Warriors finished in third place, moving up two spots, to finish one place lower than they did last year. Jeudyliscious leapfrogged over Robbie the Elf to finish in sixth place, up three spots. Robbie the Elf finished in seventh place, just a single spot higher than they were after the playoff semi-finals.

The three new additions to the top 10 are all familiar teams. The undefeated HawkNation team finished in eighth place, up four spots. Our 2021 Chase for the Ring Champion Jeff Rachlin had another top ten finish with his SKOL Vikings team from League #78797. The new Chase for the Ring Champion Rudy also finished in tenth place with his team in the startup Beat the 2021 Champ League (League #175579). In a fitting finale, Rudy’s Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) team defeated Jeff’s SKOL Vikings team by a razor thin score of 136.10 to 134.55 to symbolically  transition the Chase for the Ring crown from the 2021 Champion to our new 2022 Champion.

Conclusions

The 2022 Dynasty Owner season went by too quickly, but the end took longer than it was supposed to take. In the end, Dynasty Owner made the right decision on what to do. We finally had a Chase for the Ring winner and a lot of League Champions and winners of the Loser’s Bracket Tournament for the 1.13 rookie draft bonus pick. Congratulations to Rudy on winning the Ring and to everyone who won their League.

Dynasty Owner is transitioning now to our off-season content schedule. For the entire NFL playoffs through the Super Bowl and until the end of February, we will have less written weekly content for Dynasty Owners to enjoy. There will be just two articles per week from the four of us (myself, Jay Pounds, Matt Morrison – The Jerk, and Nate Christian) starting next week with articles from Jay and Matt.

Due to the holidays and unprecedented and unfortunate situation in Week 17, Jay and I have been off from the Dynasty Owner podcast for a while now, but we’ll finally be back to recap the season in both Listener’s Leagues and announce the winners. The Livestream this week will feature our 2022 Chase for the Ring winner as a special guest. If you can’t see it live, you can always watch it after the fact on the Dynasty Owner YouTube channel. Finally, don’t forget to follow Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well.

Thanks for reading my articles this season. Hope you had a great 2022 Dynasty Owner season and will be back next year.

Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

2022 Value of the Year Finalists: Part II (WRs & TEs)

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

The Dynasty Owner season is almost over. Hopefully you were competitive this year, and hopefully you were able to bring home at least one Dynasty Owner Championship. Due to the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays then the unfortunate situation with Damar Hamlin, Dynasty Owner is finally publishing my Value Of The Year Finalists (WRs and TEs). It has been a fantastic season, and it’s been one that was full of value. All statistics are through Week 16 so that the final week of statistics are not included.

Value Of The Year Finalists

Wide Receivers

PlayerAnnual SalaryDOFPsDD/FP
Amon-Ra St. Brown$1,066,313246.5$4,326

St. Brown led all NFL wide receivers in Dynasty Dollars per Fantasy Point (DD/FP) after 16 weeks. Not only is he the best value in Dynasty Owner, but he is also WR7 on the season.

PlayerAnnual SalaryDOFPsDD/FP
Terry McLaurin$961,918205.9$4,672

McLaurin has been a staple on this list for the past few seasons. He costs less than $1,000,000 and he scored north of 200.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the third consecutive season.  This value streak will come to an end next season as his salary will increase significantly to $22.788 million per year.

PlayerAnnual SalaryDOFPsDD/FP
A.J. Brown$1,413,092264.4$5,345

Brown has been one of the most consistent wide receivers in the entire NFL this season. It’s fitting that he makes this list with his quarterback Jalen Hurts ($1,506,292). Both are extreme values, and they are both in the Top 10 scorers in their position. As is the case with McLaurin, Brown will no longer be considered a value in 2023 with a $25 million salary even though he should be 100 percent rostered.

Tight Ends

PlayerAnnual SalaryDOFPsDD/FP
Dawson Knox$880,400129.4$6,804

Knox was the best TE value through 16 weeks. We’ll see what happens after the final scores through 17 games are in. Knox would have been my pre-season Value of the Year pick as his salary is very cheap, and he is on one of the best offenses in the NFL.

PlayerAnnual SalaryDOFPsDD/FP
Juwan Johnson$895,000120.5$7,427

Johnson has been a boom/bust type tight end this season. Honestly, there aren’t many tight ends that haven’t been though. He had five games with double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points through Week 16, while also having five games with less than 5.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Regardless, his cheap salary has made him a Value of the Year finalist at TE.

PlayerAnnual SalaryDOFPsDD/FP
Foster Moreau$752,09873.7$10,205

Moreau was a surprise addition to this list, but he only appears because of an injury. Darren Waller ($7,450,000) missed eight games. This gave a massive opportunity to Moreau. I wish I could say that Moreau made the best of his opportunity, but the reality is that he ended the season barely in the top 30 TEs. It’s amazing that he can make the top 3 for value at his position in this format, but that’s what happens when you have such a cheap salary.

Who will be the Value Of The Year?  While we have almost all of the statistics, you’ll have to wait until my next article for the answer.

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

Dynasty Owner Listens to Their Owners, Makes Historic Decision for Fantasy Football Players on Unprecedented Situation

Dynasty Owner, a fantasy football platform that uses real NFL contracts and salaries, has made a historic decision on how to handle the unprecedented situation from Week 17 involving the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Damar Hamlin and his family. We are happy with recent positive developments in his recovery and hope for his full recovery from this catastrophic life threatening event”, said Dynasty Owner founder Paul Gabrail.

“The NFL took their time and made their decision on how to handle this unprecedented situation that they believe is the best solution for the players and teams and NFL owners voted to approve changes to the NFL playoffs as a result”, remarked Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer.

“In the same way, Dynasty Owner has chosen to get feedback from its players (Dynasty Owners) on what to do with the statistics for Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals’ players from Week 17. While the NFL cancelled the game and all statistics from the game have been cancelled, we felt that a better solution was available to our Dynasty Owners and all fantasy football players” continued Peffer. “We noticed that many individual leagues were choosing to manually add the statistics for Bills and Bengals players from their Week 18 games and counting those for their fantasy teams.”

“Our developers worked tirelessly to implement this solution and Dynasty Owners overwhelmingly agreed by a greater than two-to-one margin that this was the right decision for Dynasty Owner to make”, said Peffer. “As a result, Dynasty Owner will be using statistics for Bills and Bengals players from their Week 18 matchups in place of the zeros they received from the NFL for Week 17. The Week 17 points for Bills and Bengals players will be removed and the Week 18 points will be added. Those points will be added to the scores from players for Week 17 according to our Dynasty Owner scoring system and our winners will be announced on Monday, January 9th.”

“This unfortunate and unique situation called for a historic decision and Dynasty Owner has done it”, announced Gabrail. “I’m proud of the work by everyone associated with Dynasty Owners and grateful to the Dynasty Owners who voted and agreed with us on what they feel was the right decision for our platform and players. We truly have the best fantasy football players in the world and a group of understanding and caring individuals to make the fair and right decision for everyone involved.”

“Over two-fifths of all Dynasty Owners responded within less than a day to the question on the right decision for Dynasty Owner. By a greater than two-to-one margin, they chose to use the Week 18 statistics for those Bills and Bengals players with no lineup changes allowed compared to using no Week 17 or Week 18 statistics for those players and all Bills and Bengals players getting zero points”, said Peffer. “At the response rate received, we are extremely confident that we are making the decision that a significant majority of our Dynasty Owners support”, Peffer concluded.

Dynasty Owner is a Dynasty platform designed for playing Fantasy Football with a Salary Cap. We bring reality to Fantasy Sports using actual Player Contracts & Salaries. Dynasty Owner is the ONLY patented fantasy sports game using actual NFL player salaries and contracts, so it’s just like being a real NFL General Manager. Find out more about us at www.dynastyowner.com.

Week 17 Preview and Recommendations – Nearly Over

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

The 2022 NFL regular season is nearly over. Eight teams (four per conference) have no hope of making the playoffs and just two games remaining in their seasons. They will be joined over the next two weeks by ten more teams as 14 teams will make the NFL playoffs.

In Dynasty Owner, the season is over for half of our teams and nearly over for the other six teams. There are six teams playing this week with a Championship game, Loser’s Bracket tournament finals game and a third place game. The third place game winner gets an extra $5 million Dynasty Dollars (the winner of the third place game gets $10 million Dynasty Dollars and the loser gets $5 million) and twice as much money in cash prize pool leagues. If your team is in the third place game, you’re disappointed that your team lost last week, but there is still something to play for. After this week, the 2022 Dynasty Owner season will be completely over, the trade freeze will be lifted, and Dynasty Owners can start looking forward to and planning for the 2023 season.

With some NFL teams playing out the season without playoff hopes, we are starting to see some changes that could impact the last game of your Dynasty Owner season. Dynasty Owners with Derek Carr ($25,000,000) may not have been happy with his play this season, but still might have used him as their Bench QB before he was benched and left the team earlier this week. His 2022 season is over, but since your Dynasty Owner team’s season is nearly over, the timing of his benching is unfortunate. Same thing with the injury to Derrick Henry ($12,500,000) that kept him out of the Titans’ game on Thursday night since the game didn’t matter and they wanted him to be healthy for Week 18. Dynasty Owners with Jalen Hurts ($1,506,292) are shaking their heads as they dealt with that problem last week and if they survived and won, they might have to deal with the same problem again this week.  

With the Dynasty Owner season nearly over, that means the end of these weekly preview and recommendations articles. They are being combined for this week and disappear completely after that until next September. No more recommendations for your Starting lineup or Bench, so it’s your last opportunity to let me know on Twitter (@SteveVT33) if there’s a player who you think I missed as someone who should be in your Starting lineup or someone you are positive isn’t going to play well and should be on your Bench.

Our undefeated Dynasty Owners teams are just one win away from a perfect 16-0 season. Their seasons are nearly over and probably all of them wish it wasn’t. Then again, maybe not as more games would mean more opportunities to lose and tarnish that perfect season.

For the purposes of this article, all statistics, ADP and Dynasty Owner roster percentages were current as of the morning of Friday, December 30th.

Undefeated Teams Entering the Final Week

Entering the final week of the 2022 Dynasty Owner season, we have a total of five undefeated teams. We had six heading into the semi-finals, but lost one undefeated team (juan blanco). These five remaining undefeated teams still have a chance to do what only three other Dynasty Owner teams (1 in 2019 and 2 in 2021) have done and go undefeated for an entire Dynasty Owner season (regular season and playoffs).

Team NameLeagueChase PositionChampionship Game Opponent
Blaze’s Backyard Burners282872ndBox Score Fact Checker
Stayner346543rdjaxjam
The Oracle 🙌710146thMad Rabbit
HawkNation2746512thPACKER-H8TER
All Outta Bubble Gum15685459thTick Tock Times Up

We are left with three teams (Blaze’s Backyard Burners, Stayner and The Oracle 🙌) in the top 10 of the Chase for the Ring, HawkNation in 12th place and All Outta Bubble Gum in 59th place. Four out of those five undefeated teams were behind heading into Monday Night Football last week and all four of those teams ended up winning by fewer than 20.0 points with two winning by less than 10.0 points. HawkNation had the largest margin of victory as they won by 28.68 points (140.61 to 111.93) over Gold Rush.

That’s the list! The season is nearly over for all of them. Check back next week and find out how many of them finished with an undefeated season. Good luck to all!

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

Let’s check on how my Week 16 recommendations fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok). These four players were the ones who I predicted would have Dynasty Owner Starting lineup worthy performances in the semi-finals of the Dynasty Owner playoffs.

QB: Aaron Rodgers (GB – $33,500,000) – 15.7 (Just Ok recommendation)

RB: Deon Jackson (IND – $825,000) – 3.9 (Bad recommendation)

WR: Darius Slayton (NYG – $688,497) – 11.9 (Just Ok recommendation)

TE: Cade Otton (TB – $1,123,486) – 3.2 (Bad recommendation)

I picked a terrible time to have one of my worst weeks of recommendations for the 2022 season. For just the third time and the first time since Week 3, I didn’t have a Good recommendation. The 12 week streak with at least one Good recommendation is over. The Good percentage went down slightly, with the Bad percentage remaining steady (33% Good, 55% Bad and 11% Just Ok).

All of these players weren’t playing in adverse weather conditions and had favorable match-ups so I thought that they would play well. There’s a reason why all of them are either only starting for their NFL teams due to injuries or not playing well enough to be ranked high enough to be in your Dynasty Owner  Starting lineup. Aaron Rodgers had a favorable Dynasty Owner playoff schedule, but failed to produce again with his fourth consecutive game with less than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. His 15.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (238 passing yards, 18 rushing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 fumble) were Just Ok as many other QBs in worse conditions or backup QBs pressed into action who were worse. Darius Slayton had 11.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions for 79 receiving yards), which was Just Ok. However, he was the third best WR for the Giants and I should have recommended either Isaiah Hodgins ($787,500) who had 22.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions, 89 receiving yards, 1 TD) or Richie James ($1,065,000) who had 17.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions, 90 receiving yards, 8 return yards). Neither Deon Jackson nor Cade Otton did much this week, and both of those recommendations were Bad.

Even if I have no Bad recommendations, my percentage will still be above 50%. It’s like I didn’t make the playoffs and am playing out the season in a consolation bracket for fun. Either so, I always want to win, do well and maybe help people out with a Starting lineup recommendations for those of you in the finals of your Dynasty Owner league or fighting for that extra 1.13 rookie draft pick in the Loser’s Bracket tournament. With that in mind, here are four players to have in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup this week.

Desmond Ridder (ATL – $1,340,740): Not picking Aaron Rodgers despite the fact that the Packers are playing the porous Vikings pass defense. If you are in the Championship game, you’re likely not putting Desmond Ridder in your Starting lineup as you should have a better QB on your Dynasty Owner roster. However, if you’re in the finals of the Loser’s Bracket tournament and need someone to put in your Starting lineup, then Ridder is a good choice. He has improved over his two starts, going from 8.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 15 to 10.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 16. He hasn’t thrown an interception in 59 pass attempts and also hasn’t shown off his running ability with just 46 rushing yards in those two games. He also hasn’t thrown a TD pass, but that should end in Week 17 against Arizona, which is the worst pass defense he has faced so far. They have given up 26 passing TDs, so he should get his first passing TD this week, likely to fellow rookie Drake London ($5,383,617). Arizona hasn’t faced many running QBs with the best one likely Geno Smith ($3,500,000) who had 86 rushing yards in two games against them. That should give Ridder a nice rushing floor of about 40 yards and if he adds on a TD and 200 yards passing, that’s 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. I think he’ll get more rushing and passing yards than that and be worth having in your Starting lineup.

Chuba Hubbard (CAR – $1,048,294): Since Carolina’s bye week, Hubbard has scored a total of 43.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with only one TD. He has rushed for 209 yards and caught 6 passes for 82 receiving yards. Last week,  Arizona RB James Conner ($7,000,000) had 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (79 rushing yards, 7 receptions, 41 receiving yards, 1 TD) against Tampa Bay’s defense. Carolina is running the ball more with Steve Wilks as their head coach and averaging 35 rushing attempts per game since the bye week. Hubbard and D’Onta Foreman ($2,000,000) could both do well but since Hubbard is RB55 and Foreman is RB35, I have to go with Hubbard here. Both Panthers RB have had bad games and Raheem Blackshear ($705,000) has picked up two TDs in the past three weeks to take some Dynasty Owner fantasy points away from Hubbard and Foreman. With a playoff berth on the line for Carolina, they should stick with the running game over trusting Sam Darnold ($18,858,000) to lead them to victory. Hubbard will perform well enough this week to be worthy of a spot in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

Jahan Dotson (WAS – $3,762,090): Some people are worried about Dotson and the Washington passing game with Carson Wentz ($32,000,000) back at QB. While I’m not thrilled about Wentz under center, Jahan Dotson did play very well for his Dynasty Owners when Wentz was the QB at the start of the season. Dotson played in the first four games of the season before suffering a hamstring injury and missing five games. He came back and didn’t do well until Week 13 against the Giants when he had 16.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 54 receiving yards, 1 TD). He has continued to perform since the Commanders’ bye week with 20.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 105 receiving yards, 1 TD) against the Giants (again) in Week 15 and 19.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 76 receiving yards, 1 TD) last week versus the 49ers. Dotson had 55.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first four games of the season with Wentz at QB for an average of 13.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Dotson has six games with double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points and only four games with fewer points. I trust that Dotson can get enough Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week with Wentz throwing him the ball, so Dynasty Owners should feel comfortable with Dotson in their Starting lineup.

Jordan Akins (HOU – $1,035,000): It’s time to play “Predict Which Bench TE Will Score a TD This Week”.  We have several nominees including all of the Falcons’ TEs since they are playing Arizona and both Tyler Conklin ($6,750,000) and C.J. Uzomah ($8,000,000) from the Jets as they are facing Seattle. However, the recommendation is Jordan Akins from Houston who is facing a Jacksonville defense which doesn’t get the attention that the Arizona and Seattle defenses get for their inability to stop TEs, but are fifth in yardage allowed to TEs (897 yards). They have given up TDs to Chigoziem Okonkwo ($1,041,085) and Peyton Hendershot ($858,333) in recent weeks. Even Austin Hooper ($6,000,000) had 11.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against them without a TD in Week 14. While I’d personally prefer the Texans to utilize Brevin Jordan ($958,046) more, it’s probably Akins who gets the TD for the Texans this week since he is averaging more targets per game (3.3 for Akins vs. 2.8 for Jordan) and has 9 targets in the past two weeks compared to just 3 for Jordan. If you need a TE this week, Akins is rostered in just over half (54.04%) of Dynasty Owner leagues, meaning that he might be available in the Free Agent Auction and can be inserted directly into your Starting lineup.

These Guys Should Be on the Bench (or Practice Squad) This Week

Now it’s time to review my Week 16 Bench recommendations and see if they were Good, Bad or Just Ok. I’ve done better with the Bench recommendations than the Starting lineup recommendations for pretty much the entire season. It won’t take much to do better in the semi-finals of the Dynasty Owner playoffs, but let’s see if I was able to accomplish that task.

QB: Geno Smith (SEA – $3,500,000) – 15.3 (Just Ok recommendation)

RB: Devin Singletary (BUF – $974,500) – 22.5 (Bad recommendation)

WR: DeAndre Hopkins (ARI – $27,250,000) – 1.4 (Good recommendation)

TE: David Njoku (CLE – $13,687,500) – 3.4 (Good recommendation)

A week with two Good Bench recommendations, one Just Ok recommendation and one Bad recommendation was better than my Starting lineup recommendations. It also brings me closer to having more Good than Bad recommendations for the season as my record currently stands at 45% Good, 42% Bad and 13% Just Ok.

The only Bad recommendation was Devin Singletary who had his first 100 yard rushing game of the season and 22.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (106 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 19 receiving yards, 1 TD). It was his best week since way back in Week 3. Only scoring 15.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points made Geno Smith a Just Ok recommendation, even though he didn’t score as many points as are usually required to be Just Ok. Neither DeAndre Hopkins nor David Njoku scored many Dynasty Owner fantasy points and were easily Good recommendations.

It’s fitting that I have a goal to reach with these Bench recommendations with the Dynasty Owner season nearly over. If I can pull off at least one Good recommendation and two or fewer Bad recommendations, then I’ll have more Good than Bad recommendations for the season. Here are four players who I think won’t play well enough to be in your Starting lineup this week.

Geno Smith (SEA – $3,500,000): It’s been two below average weeks in a row for Geno Smith, which is not a good thing for his Dynasty Owners. In Week 15, he had 18.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against San Francisco and in Week 16, he had 15.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against Kansas City. Kansas City had given up 30 passing TDs in 14 games (2.14 TDs per game), but Smith only had one TD. In contrast, San Francisco is a good pass defense, just like Seattle’s opponent this week in the New York Jets. The Jets have given up only 13 TDs in 15 games and allow 212.7 yards passing by QBs per game. If Smith gets 212 passing yards, 1 TD and his average of 20 rushing yards per game, that’s less than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points even if he doesn’t turn the ball over. While he was QB16 with those 15.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, it was a low scoring week for QBs and usually less than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points makes you not worth a Starting lineup position. Since it’s likely to happen for a third straight week, I’d leave Smith on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

Josh Jacobs (LV – $2,983,350): Ever since his Player of the Week performance with 57.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 12, Jacobs has been on a downward track. He had 22.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 13, then 19.4 in Week 14, 12.0 in Week 15 and all the way down to just 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 16. It was the worst week of the season for him and with a change in QB coming with Jarrett Stidham ($788,423) replacing Derek Carr for the Raiders’ game against the 49ers. The 49ers are allowing RBs to get the fewest rushing yards per game (59.0) and with the ability to focus on stopping Jacobs, it could be a bad game for him. Even though he is the RB2 for the season, it’s possible that Jacobs may cede work to other RBs who will actually be on the Raiders’ next season. If it happened to Carr, it could happen to Jacobs too. For those reasons, it seems like a bad week to have Jacobs in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

Christian Kirk (JAC – $18,000,000): The worst game of Christian Kirk’s first season in Jacksonville came back in Week 5 against Houston when he only scored 2.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 11 yards). He was also only targeted three times. All of those are his worst statistics in a game for the Jaguars. The Texans are a pretty good pass defense and have allowed just 5 TDs to WRs this season. It’s mostly because they are so easy to run on, but it doesn’t matter why they are holding down opposing WRs from scoring Dynasty Owner fantasy points, just that they are doing it. Will things be different in Week 17 with Trevor Lawrence ($9,198,372) playing better now than he was back then?

Maybe, but nothing is riding on this game for Jacksonville, and they should want to preserve their best players for the Week 18 clash with Tennessee for the AFC South title. A combination of a tough pass defense that has held him down before and nothing to play for could limit Kirk’s playing time and opportunities. Leave him on your Dynasty Owner Bench this week.

Tyler Higbee (LAR – $7,250,000): All it takes is one monster game to move a TE into the top 12 for the season. Three weeks ago, Evan Engram ($9,000,000) jumped it after a 39.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance and two weeks ago, it was Juwan Johnson ($895,000) and Dawson Knox ($880,400) doing it with 22.7 and 21.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performances respectively.

Last week, it was Tyler Higbee’s turn, and he moved up to TE7 by scoring 30.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions. 94 receiving yards, 7 return yards, 2 TDs) against Denver on Christmas Day. Higbee has 3 TDs in the past two weeks after scoring none during the Dynasty Owner regular season. It remains to be seen if Higbee can connect successfully with QB Baker Mayfield ($18,858,000) for another week or if the Chargers’ defense will focus on Higbee and let Mayfield beat them in another way. Not sure I have confidence in another performance even close to that for Higbee this week, so I’d leave him on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-ups of the Week

There are two main contenders in the Chase for the Ring. Our first place team, Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S), had a 30.4 point lead over the second place team (Blaze’s Backyard Burners). In turn, Blaze’s Backyard Burners had a 54.9 point lead over Stayner who is in third place. If the top two teams win, they are the only ones with a realistic chance of being the 2022 Chase for the Ring Champion. Everyone else needs both of them to lose to have a chance. Therefore, those teams are the only ones featured as the Match-ups of the Week.

League #27458 – Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) vs. pit of misery

Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) finished their season at 13-1 in their league and won their semi-final match-up by a score of 170.63 to 130.93 over Magic Skol Bus. Their opponents are pit of misery who finished second in the league with a 10-4 record and won their semi-final match-up by a score of 122.22 to 79.77 over OU DNA. They are currently in 346th place in the Chase for the Ring. Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) had 640.0 more points in the regular season than pit of misery.

If this playoff finals match-up is anything like the regular season match-up then Rudy should start figuring out his ring size and making travel plans to Ohio. Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) smashed pit of misery 217.4 to 99.83 in Week 9 of the regular season. That was the last loss for pit of misery as they come into the finals on a six-game winning streak and looking to win the League #27458 for themselves for the first time.

Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) is favored to win over pit of misery by 45.07 points. The match-up has already started as pit of misery got 9.0 points from Dallas kicker Brett Maher ($965,000) on Thursday Night Football. The match-up will definitely go all the way until the end of Monday Night Football as Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) has Joe Burrow ($9,047,534) as their Bench QB, and pit of misery has Stefon Diggs ($14,400,000) as one of their Starting WRs.

While pit of misery has a good team, they are only projected to outscore Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) at one position (RB2). Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) has Nick Chubb ($12,200,000) projected to score 14.66 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while pit of misery has Josh Jacobs projected to score 16.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) is led by the Chiefs QB-TE stack of Patrick Mahomes ($45,000,000) and Travis Kelce ($14,312,500) who are projected to score a combined 52.52 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and outscore Kirk Cousins ($33,000,000) and Mark Andrews ($14,000,000), the QB-TE combination for pit of misery, by 16.41 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

League #28287 – Blaze’s Backyard Burners vs. Box Score Fact Checker

Blaze’s Backyard Burners, our second place team, finished their season at 14-0 in League #28287 and won their semi-final match-up by a closer than anticipated score of 136.02 to 117.23 over Rohndre3000. Their opponents are Box Score Fact Checker who finished second in the league with a 11-3 record and outscored Blaze’s Backyard Burners last week. They won their semi-final match-up victory over Average Joes by a score of 147.28 to 104.73. Box Score Fact Checker is definitely no pushover as they finished the regular season in 31st place on the Chase for the Ring Regular Season Leaderboard and currently sit in 24th place in the Championship Contenders standings.

These teams faced off twice in the regular season with Blaze’s Backyard Burners winning 163.25 to 150.03 in Week 1 and by exactly 40.0 points (187.95 to 147.95) in the Week 12 rematch. The only other defeat for Box Score Fact Checker came in Week 7 by a 129.88 to 128.04 score to Rohndre3000.

Blaze’s Backyard Burners is favored to win over Box Score Fact Checker by 19.16 points (174.52 to 153.36). Blaze’s Backyard Burners has already scored 7.98 points from having Hassan Haskins ($1,088,055) and Dalton Schultz ($10,931,000) on their Bench. Haskins scored 7.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Schultz had 24.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Box Score Fact Checker has the Bengals QB-WR stack of Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase ($7,704,910) going for them on Monday Night Football while Blaze’s Backyard Burners counter with Stefon Diggs in their Starting lineup and Bengals kicker Evan McPherson ($955,928) on their Bench. The biggest projected advantage for Blaze’s Backyard Burners is at TE as they have Travis Kelce projected to score 20.42 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Box Score Fact Checker countering with Pat Freiermuth ($1,507,045) who is projected to score 8.97 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That difference of 11.45 points is over half of the projected final score margin of victory for Blaze’s Backyard Burners.

Conclusion

The Dynasty Owner season is nearly over, and it seems to have gone faster than ever this season. Hopefully it was a great season for all of my readers and that these previews and recommendations were helpful to you at some point during the season.

We had less Dynasty Owner content this week because of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays and the in-season content is nearly over. We will transition to off-season content starting next week (after the Week 17 recap article). All four of the Dynasty Owner team (myself, Jay Pounds, Matt Morrison – The Jerk and Nate Christian) will be producing content on an every other week basis. Jay and I will still be doing the Dynasty Owner podcast, but it may not be produced every week.

We will have our usual Dynasty Owner Livestream this Wednesday on the Dynasty Owner YouTube channel. We started last week at Noon (Eastern), and it’ll be around lunchtime, either Noon or 12:30 PM, this week as well. We should have our Chase for the Ring winner on as a special guest to congratulate him on winning the Ring. If you can’t watch it live, then go there when you can and watch the recording. Finally, don’t forget to follow Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

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Thursday Night Football: Week 17

Cowboys @ Titans

By: Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

The Cowboys will travel and meet the Titans tonight. While this game has many playoff implications for Dallas, it has very little significance for Tennessee. No matter what the Titans do today, the game next week against Jacksonville will decide the AFC South division winner. I say this game has very little significance for Tennessee because it could matter in the case of a tie between Tennessee and Jacksonville. Assuming there is a winner in the Week 18 game, then this game has no playoff significance.

Value of the Game Recap

Week 16 ProjectionSalaryReceptionsTotal YardsTDsDOFP
Zonovan Knight$705,000271115.1

Zonovan Knight was my pick last week. This pick was one of my worst for the whole year. Not my top worst pick because of the Foster Moreau ($752,098) article a few weeks ago. Knight had 2.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the second week in a row. He was barely used with only 7 touches.

Week 16 ActualSalaryReceptionsTotal YardsTDsDOFP
Zonovan Knight$705,00011302.3

This is another pick to forget. I still feel like the process was right. The Jets just didn’t utilize him at all even in poor weather.

Instead, Riley Patterson ($825,000) ended the game as the biggest value. He costs only $825,000 in Dynasty Owner, and he earned 11.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week.

Week 16 ActualTeamSalaryDOFPDD/PT
Riley PattersonJAC$825,00011.0$75,000
Chris StrevelerNYJ$895,0008.9$100,562
Michael CarterNYJ$1,071,84210.0$107,184
Zonovan KnightNYJ$705,0002.3$306,522

Overall Record: 7 – 10

Starters

Dak Prescott ($40,000,000)

Dak is an auto start if you roster him. He isn’t on your Championship roster for $40,000,000 if you don’t plan on playing him this week.

Tony Pollard ($796,945)

Ezekiel Elliott ($15,000,000)

Pollard and Zeke are both at the point where they both need to be started. Pollard is RB7 for the season while Zeke is RB20.

Derrick Henry ($12,500,000)

I’m going to preface this by saying that I doubt Henry is going to play in this game. As I mentioned earlier, there is likely no playoff implications for the Titans in this game. I would opt on the side of caution and bench Henry after he popped up on the injury report with a hip injury.  That being said, I am starting him if he is active as unlikely as that seems.

CeeDee Lamb ($3,502,503)

Lamb was a matchup winner last week when he had 34.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.  I can’t promise a carbon copy of last week, but his floor should be at least 18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in this game.

Dalton Schultz ($10,931,000)

Schultz is one of the Top 6 tight ends for me this week. Throw him out there and hope for a high volume game.

Bench

Here at Dynasty Owner, you not only get points from your Starting lineup, but also from your Bench. Your Dynasty Owner teams get 25 percent of the points scored from players on your Bench added to the total final score. This means that Bench scoring could (and often does) affect the outcome of individual matches as well as championships. Here are the players I would be okay putting on my Bench.

Malik Willis ($1,290,025)

If there is such a thing as a shaky Bench player, Willis would qualify. I am putting him on my Bench if I have no other options, and by “no other options” I mean literally no other options.

Robert Woods ($16,250,000)

Chigoziem Okonkwo ($1,041,085)

Both of these low tier receivers should also be desperation plays. I couldn’t imagine starting either, but I can see a scenario where you have to put them into your Bench.

Value of the Game

Week 17 ProjectionSalaryReceptionsTotal YardsTDsDOFP
Tony Pollard$796,945458115.8

It would not take a career game from Pollard in order for him to be the Value of the Game (VOTG) in this final Thursday Night game. That being said, I have him getting a decent amount of receiving work, and I have him getting into the end zone through the air as well. If both of those predictions come true, then he will have little trouble becoming the VOTG for Week 17

I want to sincerely thank all of you who have read my articles this year. It was a blast as always. As I’ve said before, my only goal is that some of you enjoy reading these as much as I like writing them. I will see you all in 2023.

Take care and be safe.

TheJerk

Free Agent Auction Targets – Championship Week

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

It’s Championship Week!! Hopefully you all fared better than I this season in Dynasty Owner as I missed the championship game in all 3 leagues I made the playoffs in. I do have an undefeated home league team though that I’m hoping will finish with a zero in the loss column. I also want to take a moment to wish Dynasty|Trade|School (D|T|S) luck in his Championship matchup this week as he looks to secure the top spot in the Chase for the Ring that eluded him by 2 spots in both 2021 and 2020. I bet it will certainly be a tense Sunday for our friend Rudy. Good luck and I hope to see you in Canton soon!

Now let’s take a look into the weekly recap before we hit the last Free Agent Auction run of the 2022 Dynasty Owner season. In Week 16, two of the NFL’s most disappointing teams, the Broncos and Colts, looked horrible as they have looked for most of the season. The Broncos have finally fired their head coach and both teams will be looking for a new guy in a headset come this off-season, a far cry from what many of us expected at the start of the year. In another Week 16 shocker, we had the Cleveland Browns throw the ball more than 30 times in the team’s second coldest game in its history, while their opponent, the New Orleans Saints, ran the ball nearly three times as much as they threw it. The Saints won and eliminated the Browns from the playoffs in the process. The AFC South has a new king after the Tennessee Titans lost on Saturday, allowing the Texans just their second win of the year in the process. The Jacksonville Jaguars now sit atop the division and look like they will be a tough playoff matchup for whoever they end up playing. In the last game of the week that I wanted to touch on, we had the Lions who I was extremely high on, lay an absolute egg while letting the Panthers run the ball at will for much of the afternoon. The Lions had been one of the hottest teams in football as of late but unfortunately for me, so had the Panthers. Luckily, I nailed the Texans upset over the Titans so all should be forgiven.

The players listed below are in no order and are less than 80% rostered in Dynasty Owner with a salary of $8,000,000 or less.

  1. Isaiah Hodgins (WR – NYG) – 2 years/$787,500 – 49.36% Rostered

I keep putting Giants receivers on here and feeling gross because of it but if we are being honest. Three of them have played pretty well over the past few weeks and that includes the selection here, Isaiah Hodgins. In three of the past four weeks, Hodgins has put up 15.4 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points and even his down game in Week 15 was something Dynasty Owners can live with at 7.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In Week 16, Hodgins continued his hot streak against the Vikings, finishing the day with 8 catches for 89 yards and a touchdown (22.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). The new Giants head coach Brian Daboll has done an exceptional job with Daniel Jones ($6,416,014) and the points have started to show in the second half of the season for the hodgepodge of receivers Jones is throwing the ball. I know it is tough to trust any receiver Daniel Jones is throwing to, but he has supported more than one receiver for several weeks, making Isaiah Hodgins a great choice for your Bench in the Championship game.

  • Rashid Shaheed (WR – NO) – 1 year/$705,000 – 74.04% Rostered

In the second spot, we have a repeat player from our article last week, Rashid Shaheed. As I mentioned last week, it took me quite a while to accept Shaheed was as good as he is but in the last four weeks, he has not scored less than 9.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and had a nice 18.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy point game during that stretch. In Week 16, Shaheed had an average week finishing with just 4 catches for 41 yards plus 47 return yards (9.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), but the conditions in Cleveland were horrible as I mentioned earlier. If the Saints offense decided to explode this week, Shaheed would likely be a huge factor in that and would almost certainly have a big fantasy day. If you are just looking for safe Bench points, I would look at the top option on this list, but if you are a big underdog that is needing Bench players to hit big to win you a Championship, Rashid Shaheed is a great option to consider picking up and playing.

  • Greg Dortch (WR – ARI) – 1 year/$895,000 – 60.43% Rostered

In the 3 spot, we have a player I was and still am unsure of in Week 17, Greg Dortch. Dortch has been a great surprise this season and should probably be rostered in more than just 60% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but that is not the purpose of today’s article. Today, we are looking for players who can help Dynasty Owners in their Championship game, or Loser’s Bracket tournament game. Does Greg Dortch fit the bill? My biggest concern with Dortch is his quarterback, I mean the person throwing him the ball is pretty important. Right? In Week 16, Dortch had a great game finishing the day with 10 catches for 98 yards and added 3 carries for 25 yards as well (22.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). If Colt McCoy ($3,750,000) starts, Dortch may not be the best pickup, but if the Cardinals happen to go with Trace McSorley ($965,000) for another week, Greg Dortch could once again see a ton of work. Practice connections are a real thing and seem to be great safety valves for backup quarterbacks. A great example is Demarcus Robinson ($1,035,000) in Baltimore who has played well with backup Tyler Huntley ($895,000) at the helm despite the rest of the passing game struggling.

  • Richie James (WR – NYG) – 1 year/$1,065,000 – 78.3% Rostered

What is this a love affair with Giants wide receivers? No that is not the case, but the Giants wide receivers are playing well and in Championship week, every single point matters, even those pesky Bench points. If you look at James’ stats, you will see he has scored 14.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in four of the past six weeks, making him a pretty safe bet to play well against the reeling Colts in Week 17. I know it’s Championship week and your team has got you this far, but its never too late to find improvements and I think one of these two Giants receivers listed today will be proof of that this weekend. In Week 16, James produced a stat line of 8 catches for 90 yards with 8 return yards (17.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and once again proved to be a capable fantasy option. I know I have said this a million times, but things change fast in the NFL and as Dynasty Owners, we should be doing the same. It may win you a Championship.

  • Shane Zylstra (TE – DET) 1 year/$825,000 – 0.43% Rostered

When you look for this player be sure you are bidding on Shane Zylstra and not his teammate and older brother Brandon Zylstra ($1,187,500). I know, I know this is an absolute crapshoot, but sometimes you need crazy upside during Championship week and any player coming off of a 3-touchdown game deserves at least a look. You read that right. In Week 16, the younger Zylstra finished with 5 catches for 26 yards and a massive 3 touchdowns (25.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) while he played on zero Dynasty Owner rosters during the playoff semi-final week. I would not recommend playing Zylstra in your Starting lineup as he is much too risky, but he does have better upside than many of the Bench tight ends I seen on benches the past two weeks and is a likely red zone target for the rest of the season in Detroit.

Thank you all for reading and good luck with your Week 17 playoff finals matchups! Don’t forget to check out the other articles from Steve and Matt, as well as the Livestream, Champions podcast, and the podcast with Steve and myself. Stay safe out there and good luck on your 2022 Chase for the Ring!