Blind Player Comparisons – Running Backs

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

I hope you took the time to read my article last week. If not, go back and read it to get some background for this article. Here is the main takeaway I want everyone to have from this article series.

“First, these articles hopefully give you a new way of looking at some of these players. We, as Dynasty Owners, have many different biases when it comes to fantasy football (Hometown biases, previous season biases, injury biases, trade biases, etc.). In these articles, I’m going to be giving you mainly the stats and facts with a little opinion. I think you may be surprised with some of the outcomes.

Second, and most importantly, I think seeing these articles is a lot of fun. I love writing them, and I hope you enjoy reading them.”

I want to give full disclosure for this article. I wrote almost all of it before Week 4 occurred and it was updated with stats through Week 4. As I’ve said in the past, a one game sample size does not sway me. I stand by what I have written.

Running Backs

The question is…Who would you rather own in Dynasty Owner?

Player A (Alpha):

  • Between 27 – 31 years old
  • 15.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in 2021
  • 15.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in 2022
  • 368 total yards – 3 touchdowns
  • 4 receptions
  • Salary is between $5,000,000 and $7,000,000

Player B (Bravo):

  • Between 27 – 31 years old
  • 21.55 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in 2021
  • 19.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in 2022
  • 328 total yards – 3 touchdowns
  • 27 receptions
  • Salary is between $5,000,000 and $7,000,000

Let’s talk about Alpha. He (and Bravo) are older running backs. The 27 year age for running backs tend to be their “over the hill” age. Of course, this is not always the case, but just on average. Alpha had a solid 2021 season with 15.3 fantasy points per game. This was good for RB8 for the season. And it looks like he’s improved those numbers slightly so far this year through four weeks. He and Bravo have salaries between 5 and 7 million dollars per year.

Bravo had a superb 2021 season. He had 21.55 fantasy points per game and finished as the RB2. Through three games, his production had been cut by a third and even with a great Week 4, he is still 10 percent off his 2021 pace. Much of this reduction in production comes from the fact that he scored fewer touchdowns this season (three in four games). He had 20 touchdowns in 16 games last year. The fact that really piques my interest from this stat line is that he has 27 receptions through four games. That is a blazing hot pace of 115 receptions for the entire year.

So which player would you rather have so far? Do you want the higher upside player based on last year’s production or would you rather take the more productive player this season? Also, those 27 receptions in four games is mighty juicy.

What if I told you that Alpha is 31 and Bravo is 27. Would that make a difference? It definitely should. As I said, 27 – 31 is getting up there in age for a running back, but there is a massive difference between 27 years old and 31 years old.

What if I told you that both players have seen increased competition for touches in their respective offenses. Alpha has seen more competition in the passing game, which is why his receptions are so low this year (4). In contrast, Bravo has seen a great deal of competition for rushing attempts as he has only 45 in four games, while other RBs on his team have received 36 rushing attempts so far this season.

Before I tell you the players, make a final decision on which player you want based on this limited information…

Well…

Alpha is Cordarrelle Patterson ($5,250,000)

Bravo is Austin Ekeler ($6,125,000)

I believe that most of you picked to have Ekeler on your Dynasty Owner roster over Patterson based on the data, but it may have been closer than you expected. Blindly, the age difference put Ekeler ahead especially in a dynasty format. All these stats are true though. Patterson was RB4 after three weeks and is RB11 now. Ekeler was RB13 after three games and RB3 after four games. Despite the addition of Drake London ($5,383,617), Patterson is averaging just a few more (0.6) Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game than in 2021. Ekeler is averaging 2.35 fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points despite the 27 receptions.

Most of this was written prior to Week 4 and the stats have changed. Your opinion of one or both of these players may have changed as well. However, Cordarrelle Patterson is outperforming nearly everyone’s expectations, and he has been doing so for over a year now. He is a locked-in RB1 in Atlanta, and he’s a running back who I would want to put in my Starting lineup no matter the matchup. Ekeler is still that, but Dynasty Owners need to start tempering their expectations. If you drafted him to be a workhorse, 20 touches a game running back with 20 touchdowns, you are likely not to get that. The emergence of Joshua Kelley ($1,018,835), Sony Michel ($1,035,000) and Zander Horvath ($934,252) have put a wrinkle in that Ekeler’s Dynasty Owners probably didn’t predict. This isn’t even taking rookie RB Isaiah Spiller ($1,018,835) into consideration yet.

Conclusion

Clearly things changed between Weeks 3 and 4 as Ekeler had an amazing game against the Texans with 33.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (60 rushing yards, 6 receptions, 49 receiving yards. 3 TDs). Likewise, things changed for Patterson when it was announced he would be placed on Injured Reserve (IR) and miss at least four games. As I stated at the beginning, a one game sample size does not sway me. I stand by what I previously stated.

Temper expectations for Ekeler. He may not finish as a Top 5 running back, but his floor should be around RB15.

Continue to start Patterson, but I wouldn’t expect him to remain in the Top 10 for the entire season with the missed games. And obviously, don’t start him until he returns from IR.

I thank you all for reading and for continuing to support Dynasty Owner. Wide receivers are on the docket for next week. 

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TheJerk

Free Agent Auction Targets – Week 5

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Dynasty Owners, it is time to go dumpster diving again! Before we jump into the newest potential additions to your Dynasty Owner roster, let’s talk about some of my favorite highlights from Week 4.

  • The first topic I would like to cover is just how bad of an NFL coach Urban Meyer was. As of now, the Eagles are the best team in the NFL and the Jaguars played them tough until the very end. The Jaguars could have easily been 3-1 heading into Week 5. The incompetence the Jaguars displayed last year was laughable, but Doug Pederson has done a fantastic job in a short amount of time in Duval County.
  • The Ravens are a good football team, but they have found ways to lose big games early this season. I feel it’s only a matter of time before they figure out how to close out games. A healthy J.K. Dobbins ($1,432,359) should help with that.
  • The Lions may be one of the most fun teams to watch and I can’t help but tune in each Sunday to the craziness they call football.
  • Finally, we have my beloved Steelers who look to be in for a long season. Kenny Pickett ($3,516,976) finally saw time in an NFL regular season game and should be the starter the rest of the way for Pittsburgh. Can Kenny Pickett turn the season around for my Steelers? I must say I have faith after seeing him in action on Sunday. He did have three interceptions but two of them were nowhere near his fault and Steeler Nation and me are giving him a pass. The Kenny Pickett era has begun!

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. Mike Boone (RB – DEN) – 1 year/$1,925,000 – 17.45% Rostered

I know the Broncos still have Melvin Gordon ($2,500,000), but if you have watched him play at all this season that statement shouldn’t scare you all that much. So far this season, Gordon has had one double digit outing and would not have hit double digits if it weren’t for a touchdown. Mike Boone will slide into the backup spot on the Broncos’ depth chart, but I would not be surprised to see Tony Pollard ($796,945) and Ezekiel Elliott ($15,000,000) type split in touches for the Broncos moving forward. Boone has not touched the ball much yet this season but over the past couple of off-seasons, I have heard a lot of great minds talk about the talent level of this kid. I know many are expecting him to shine now that he will finally get a shot at a consistent workload. Boone has had a couple of drops already this season and will likely need to prove himself before becoming a receiving threat out of the backfield but for now he is a running back who will score points and those are extremely hard to find at this stage of the season.

  • Andy Dalton (QB – NO) – 1 year/$3,000,000 – 33.62% Rostered

Will Andy Dalton start this week? It is hard telling, but the Saints are a team that want to win now and if you pair that with the rough start Jameis Winston ($14,000,000) has had, and how Andy Dalton looked in London, it seems the old quarterback controversy may rear its ugly head in the Big Easy. In Week 4 against the Vikings, Dalton finished with a stat line of 20 completions on 28 attempts, 236 yards passing, and 1 touchdown. He also had a 2-pt conversion, 7 rushing yards and lost a fumble, good enough for 17.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Unfortunately, I did not get to watch the early game last week but from what I have caught of the highlights, Dalton looked like the much better option for the Saints moving forward. Man, that hurts to say as I was one of the bigger supporters of Famous Jameis heading into the season. Oh well, can’t win them all. Right?

  • Josh Reynolds (WR – DET) – 2 years/$3,000,000 – 42.55% Rostered

Alright I know no one wants to pick up a Detroit Lions player outside of Amon-Ra St. Brown ($1,066,313) or D’Andre Swift ($2,134,728) but it’s time for Josh Reynolds to get serious consideration for a Bench spot on numerous rosters. Over the past three weeks Reynolds has posted double digit scoring games and as Matt “The Jerk” showed in his recent QB blind comparison article, Jared Goff ($33,500,000), aka Reynolds’ quarterback, has been putting up big numbers so far this season. I see no reason it stops now. Pinch me if I am dreaming but through four weeks of play, Jared Goff is a top 5 quarterback on the platform and has scored over 35.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in two of his four starts. Ever since Dan Campbell arrived in Detroit, it seems like the team is in a shootout every single week and that always bodes well for fantasy purposes. If this trend continues, Josh Reynolds will be a good Bench option and may even sneak into a few starting lineups when bye weeks start to ravage people’s lineups.

  • Tyler Conklin (TE – NYJ) – 3 years/$6,750,000 – 66.81% Rostered

If I am being honest with you guys, Tyler Conklin should have been on this list two weeks ago, but I was much too worried about the return of Zach Wilson ($8,787,670). With the Jets’ backup quarterback Joe Flacco ($3,500,000) on the field, Conklin put up extremely solid numbers for a player in the Free Agent Auction in many Dynasty Owner leagues. Now that we have seen a productive game with Wilson at the helm, Conklin’s numbers seem less like a fluke and more like reality. I would place my bid on Conklin this week because if you don’t and he comes out and has another good game, he will be gone. I know the Jets just have this stinky smell around them and the way they are perceived is terrible. By God have they earned it over the years since Rex Ryan left, but these may not be the same old Jets as they appear to have a lot of fight in them this season. If Wilson takes a step forward over the next few weeks, we could see Conklin as a top 10 tight end late into this season.

5a. Bailey Zappe (QB – NE) – 4 years/$1,076,768 – 17.45% Rostered

What if we are seeing the Drew Bledsoe/Tom Brady ($15,000,000) situation play out all over again in New England? Don’t get your hopes up Steve Van Tassell! In all seriousness Bailey Zappe looked like the better option for the Patriots on Sunday. Brian Hoyer ($2,000,000) did look competent before the injury but with that said, I don’t care if Brian Hoyer had a 2021 Mike White-esque 400-yard performance while Zappe carried a clipboard, Zappe would have still looked like the better option. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Pats went back to Hoyer (pending health), but Zappe is worth looking at right now. Remember he will only get more expensive to acquire if he looks like Cooper Rush ($977,500) in his next outing.

5b. Mack Hollins (WR – LV) 1 year/$2,000,000 – 62.98% Rostered

I will keep this short and sweet because he is likely not worth adding if Hunter Renfrow ($708,987) is healthy, but as of now that is a big if. In Week 4, Hollins did not do anything special, but he has established himself as a trusted member of the offense and someone who can step up in case of injury. The most intriguing aspect of picking up Hollins for me is the fact his workload should increase if any of Hunter Renfrow, Devante Adams ($28,000,000) or Darren Waller ($7,450,000) were to go down with an injury. Hollins also has a big performance this year scoring 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3 after putting up 11.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2.

Thank you all for reading and good luck with your Week 5 matchups! Don’t forget to check out the other articles from Steve, Matt, and Nate, 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!

Week 4 Recap: Replacement Players

Week 4 Recap

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

No, I’m not referring to the replacement players used by NFL teams during the 1987 players’ strike. If you’re too young to remember that here’s a good story from ESPN about it from 2011, or you can watch The Replacements. The movie is basically the story of the 1987 Washington Redskins who won three games during the strike to help the Redskins make the playoffs. The team would go on to win Super Bowl XXII. The date of publication of this article (October 4th) is the date of the first replacement player game (Sunday, October 4th) since back then they didn’t have Thursday Night Football. “Happy” 35th Anniversary?

What I’m referring to aren’t those replacement players, but injury replacement players, such as Khalil Herbert ($902,677) replacing David Montgomery ($1,003,845) as the starting RB for the Bears. Herbert was also the likely replacement for some Dynasty Owners in their Starting for Montgomery or another injured player. In some cases, it works out great such as for Detroit RB Jamaal Williams ($3,000,000) who had 25.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in place of D’Andre Swift ($2,134,728) or Cooper Rush ($977,500) who has won three starts for the Cowboys in place of Dak Prescott ($40,000,000). If you heard the Alvin Kamara ($15,000,000) inactive news before the kickoff of the Vikings-Saints game in London, maybe you pivoted to Mark Ingram ($1,800,000). Hopefully you picked someone else as Ingram had a less than stellar 7.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Herbert ended up somewhere in the middle. He had over 100 total yards (77 rushing and 24 receiving), but only 11.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (77 rushing yards, 1 reception, 24 receiving yards).

After Week 4, we’ll have more replacements, and we’ll see how well Tyler Allgeier ($998,474) does in place of Cordarrelle Patterson ($5,250,000) who’s definitely out for four games as he was placed on Injured Reserve on Monday with a knee injury. Teddy Bridgewater ($6,500,000) will finally replace Tua Tagovailoa ($7,568,859) as the Dolphins’ QB in Week 5 as well. I say “finally” not because Tua hasn’t played well this year, but because FINALLY somebody put a stop to the charade that the Dolphins’ medical and coaching staff were pulling with his health. Bold, italics, ALL CAPS and underline intended for emphasis.

Enough with the replacement talk, let’s get to recapping what happened in Week 4 of the NFL and Dynasty Owner seasons. First, the usual stuff about Dynasty Owner scoring:

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

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

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of October 4th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our fourth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2022 increases the QB streak to four in a row. It’s almost getting to be the MVP or Heisman Trophy at this point, and we might have to rename it Dynasty Owner QB of the Week. Name change or not, our winner this week is: Jared Goff

This is the first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor for Jared Goff ($33,500,000) and he becomes the 18th different QB to win and QBs have won this award 38 times. If you think about it, Goff is a replacement for Matthew Stafford ($27,000,000) who the Lions traded to the Rams for Goff plus a third round draft pick in 2021 and first round draft picks in 2022 and 2023. Goff also might be someone who Dynasty Owners think about picking up off the Free Agent Auction to replace some older and nearly as expensive QBs who aren’t playing so well this season. If you have one of them, you know who I’m talking about and have probably looked to see if Goff is available in your league. It’s likely as his Dynasty Owner roster percentage is only 8.51%. For those of you who have Goff already on your roster, you received 43.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (378 passing yards, 1 rushing yard, 4 TDs, 1 INT, 1 2-pt conversion) if you had the foresight to have him in your Starting lineup. He’s played so well this year through the first four weeks of the Dynasty Owner season that he’s QB5.

Week 4 Points: 43.0

2022 Salary: $33,500,000

Cost per Point: $779,070

Congratulations to Jared on the first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week award of your career and being the fourth different QB to win the award this year. It’s not the longest streak of consecutive QB wins in Dynasty Owner history, just the longest since 2020.

Honorable mention to Goff’s teammate, T.J. Hockenson ($4,955,306), who outscored Goff in some scoring systems, but not in Dynasty Owner. Hockenson had 39.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions, 179 receiving yards, 2 TDs, 1 2-pt conversion) to fall just short of Goff’s effort. It would have been Hockenson’s first Player of the Week honor as well. Hockenson was a replacement in a way for injured Lions WRs Amon-Ra St. Brown ($1,066,313) and DJ Chark ($10,000,000) who both sat out Week 4 with injuries. With this performance, Hockenson is now TE3 in Dynasty Owner and his Dynasty Owners will need to think about whether or not he is worth his fifth year option salary of $9,392,000 in 2023, which could be even more if he signs a long-term extension with Detroit.

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 fourth Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2022 season is yet another first-time winner: Dameon Pierce

This was a closer than usual competition for Value Player of the Week. Two other low-salary players also had very good weeks, but Pierce ($1,118,858) was a slightly better value with 27.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (131 rushing yards, 6 receptions, 8 receiving yards, 1 TD). Not sure which feat by Pierce in Week 4 is more impressive, having a 75-yard TD run (worth 13.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) or catching 6 passes, but only having a total of 8 receiving yards (6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). My vote is for the receptions as one of them was for 8 yards, meaning he got zero receiving yards on the other five receptions.

The other contenders for Value Player of the Week were Dallas QB Cooper Rush  and Philadelphia RB Miles Sanders ($1,337,544). Rush had fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points with 23.8, while Sanders had 31.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In the end, Rush had a cost of $41,071 per point and Sanders was slightly higher at $42,327. Not the closest value we’ve had, but still close enough to merit mentioning to show how close one of those guys were to taking their first Value Player of the Week honor and stopping Pierce from winning it. Pierce has the second highest salary for a Value Player of the Week winner, behind only D.K. Metcalf ($1,146,513), but his Cost per Point of $40,102 is the highest in Dynasty Owner history.

Week 4 Points: 27.9

2022 Salary: $1,118,858

Cost per Point: $40,102

Congratulations Dameon on the first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of your career. Just like two previous first-time winners this season in Khalil Herbert and Amon-Ra St. Brown, the potential is there for numerous more honors for Pierce over the next couple of years as he continues to play on his rookie contract.

Week 4 Surprise and Totally Predictable Events

This section is where I highlight one fantasy football surprise of the week and one totally predictable thing. The surprise should be surprising for most people, but the totally predictable thing might be something that I’ve been believing and saying for a while, but nobody’s been listening or agreeing with me on it. Hopefully everyone reading this section is enjoying it as much as I am:

Surprise of the Week: This is ongoing, but since we are almost finished with one-quarter of the season, it’s finally time to put in on the page. I’m surprised that both the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady ($15,000,000) and Aaron Rodgers ($33,500,000) are ranked outside of the top 12 QBs in Dynasty Owner. Brady is QB15 and needed a 35.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point game in Week 4 to reach that level. This was after he had three games in a row with less than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It was the first time he’s done that as a Buccaneer. I know that the G.O.A.T. is 45 years old, but he was QB1 in Dynasty Owner in 2021. In addition, Gordie Howe had two seasons with 100 points (and a third season with 99 points) for the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association (WHA) in his mid-to-late 40s, so it’s not completely unprecedented.

Rodgers was QB6 last season and hasn’t finished below Dynasty Owner QB7 in our short history. He was the MVP in each of the past two seasons as well. Granted he is 38 years old, and the Packers traded away his best WR during the off-season. Dynasty Owners haven’t given up on him as is still rostered in 87.23% of Dynasty Owner leagues with his $33.5 million salary. Those Dynasty Owners weren’t expecting his current QB19 start to the season, or they probably would have picked up Jared Goff. Rodgers does have three straight games with just over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (21.6, 21.6 and 21.7) after starting the season with a 3.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point stinker. However, he has as many games in 2022 with less than 22.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 games) as he did in all of 2021.

I’m not totally sure that both will be ranked outside of the Top 12 QBs at the end of the season. Frankly if they are and it’s not because of injury, it may be my Surprise of the Year. Even though both had off-season challenges and personnel changes, I wouldn’t have predicted it.

Totally Predictable Event of the Week: It’s pretty simple and obvious to me, but sometimes NFL players and the Dynasty Owners who have those players on their roster think they are superhuman and can overcome any weather conditions. Yes, it does happen sometimes, but in general, bad weather makes it hard to play good football. It’s best to temper your expectations and even to downgrade your offensive weapons in bad weather games. In Dynasty Owner, it means you can put someone on the Bench who is really good and having a great start to the season if he’s scheduled to play in highly adverse weather conditions. Go ahead and check the weather before making your Starting lineup vs. Bench decisions. It’s ok to do it and might have your Dynasty Owner team avoid some predictable outcomes.

For example, it would have been ok to take a second look at players on Buffalo, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Jacksonville this week based on the fact that the weather in the Mid-Atlantic region was supposed to be pretty terrible and ended up as predicted. Check out the number of Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFP) for the QBs for those four teams today in comparison to their projections and how they did in the first three weeks of the season.

PlayerTeamWeek 4 DOFPWeek 4 Projected DOFPFirst 3 Weeks Average DOFP
Josh AllenBUF25.635.138.6
Jalen HurtsPHI16.028.934.1
Lamar JacksonBAL14.529.543.9
Trevor LawrenceJAC6.422.925.2

Those projections were clearly not based on weather conditions in Baltimore or Philadelphia. Rain was expected all day in Baltimore, courtesy of the remains of Hurricane Ian, with sustained winds of 10 to 20 miles per hour and wind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour. In Philadelphia, it was supposed to be light to moderate rain all game with 10 to 20 mile per hour winds. As one Eagles reporter put it, “not optimal”.

For me, I recommended having Christian Kirk on your Bench in my Week 4 preview article. I didn’t pick Trevor Lawrence as the Bench recommendation, but it was pretty clear that I wouldn’t have him in my Starting lineup. I kept Gabriel Davis on the Bench in several lineups because of his ankle injury, but the weather made me not even consider moving him once he was announced as Active for the game. It’s tough to put top players like Josh Allen ($43,005,667), Lamar Jackson, Stefon Diggs ($14,400,000) and Mark Andrews ($14,000,000) on your Bench, but I wouldn’t have expected them to reach their projections.

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 Week 4. These are players who aren’t on a lot of Dynasty Owner rosters and if they are, were more likely to be on your Bench or Practice Squad in Week 4 when they should have been in your Starting lineup.

QB: Geno Smith (SEA – $3,500,000) – 39.9 points

With Jared Goff winning the Player of the Week honor, there was room to have Geno Smith be a part of this list. Smith would have gotten an honorable mention, but really deserves to have a complete write-up for himself. Geno has played well for most of the season with only one bad game of 7.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2 against San Francisco. In the other two games, he scored 22.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (Week 1) and 26.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (Week 3). This was his best game of the year by far with 39.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (320 passing yards, 49 rushing yards, 3 TDs) against the hapless Detroit Lions’ defense. Smith has moved up to QB10 for the season, which is two spots and 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points ahead of Russell Wilson ($35,000,000), the guy he replaced in Seattle. Smith was easily a Starting QB in Week 4.

RB: Latavius Murray (NO – $1,075,000) – 13.5 points

Murray was a low-end Dynasty Owner RB2 this week after he came off the Saints’ practice squad because Alvin Kamara ($15,000,000) did not play. Much to the dismay of Kamara’s Dynasty Owners as most thought Kamar would play and may have left him in their Starting lineup. Those Dynasty Owners should have had Murray as a handcuff, but few did as he is only on a roster in 6.38% of Dynasty Owner leagues. That percentage should rise with the news that he was signed off the Saints practice squad to the Broncos active roster to replace Javonte Williams ($2,216,438) who suffered a season-ending ACL injury. Murray had 13.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (57 rushing yards, 1 reception, 8 receiving yards, 1 TD). It’s difficult to believe that no other unlikely Starting RB had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Murray, but take a look and find someone who had more points who you reasonably couldn’t see as a Starter.

Honorable mention to another practice squad player who got elevated to the active roster for the week and then got permanently signed on Monday. This second unlikely Starting RB is Caleb Huntley ($705,000) from the Atlanta Falcons who had 11.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (56 rushing yards, 1 TD). Admittedly, his point total is extremely low for a Starter, but Huntley deserves his recognition here even if he wasn’t a great Starter. He also earned his promotion to the Falcons active roster. He is definitely worth picking up in Dynasty Owner leagues and is available in almost all of them (0.85% roster percentage).

WR: Jamal Agnew (JAC – $4,750,000) – 23.0 points

Jamal Agnew had 23.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 50 receiving yards, 78 return yards, 2 TDs) this week. This was after he only scored 5.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first three weeks combined. Agnew did have four games with double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in 10 games played last season, but never as many points as he had this week. He also didn’t have a 2 TD week last year either with only 3 TDs all season (1 each rushing, receiving and returning). Agnew may not be as actively pursued in the Free Agent Auction as other players after their great weekly performances due to having two years left on his $4.75 million per year contract. That’s why he is only on a roster in 3.4% of Dynasty Owner leagues right now. If you were one of the few Dynasty Owners with Agnew on your team, I hope you had the foresight to put him in your Starting lineup.

TE: Mo Alie-Cox (IND – $5,850,000) – 26.5 points

Another player who had few Dynasty Owner fantasy points before this week and then exploded on the scene with 2 TDs in Week 4. Unlike Jamal Agnew, Mo Alie-Cox is rostered on a team in about half (52.77%) of Dynasty Owner leagues despite a higher salary of $5.85 million. Holding on to Alie-Cox paid off for his Dynasty Owner as he had 26.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 85 receiving yards, 2 TDs) and hopefully they got him into their Starting lineups. This is not his first 2 TD game as he had 19.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 42 receiving yards, 2 TDs) in Week 4 last year. He also had a TD in Week 4 of the 2020 season, so make a note if you have him on your Dynasty Owner roster to start him in Week 4 next year.

K: Greg Joseph (MIN – $2,433,000) – 17.0 points

The selection of Greg Joseph here makes it two consecutive by a kicker named Greg and three by a kicker with a first name starting with the letter G. Jets kicker Greg Zuerlein ($2,750,000) was the person in this spot last week and Giants kicker Graham Gano ($4,666,667) was here in Week 2. Joseph made five FGs and had the most points by a kicker this week with 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (FGs of 24, 28 and 36 yards worth 2.0 points and FGs of 46 and 47 yards worth 4.0 points). He also made one out of two PAT attempts. Both of the 40+ yard FGs came in the fourth quarter and the final one of 47 yards gave the Vikings the lead over the Saints by a score of 28-25. Since that FG came with 24 seconds left on the clock, it was a clutch score and worth an extra 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In a week in which most kickers had between 5.0 and 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Joseph stands out for a good reason and should have been in your Starting lineup.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been 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 would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored few or zero Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 4. All of them should have been riding your Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Trevor Lawrence (JAC – $9,198,372) – 6.4 points

One week after being on the “Should Have Been a Starter” list, Trevor Lawrence finds himself here after a turnover filled 6.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point game (174 passing yards, 7 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 4 lost fumbles). He was able to work his way up to QB8 after last week. Now, he’s fallen just out of the top 12 QBs into 13th place with 82.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the season. It was the turnovers that got Lawrence here as he lost 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the five of them. Just removing two fumbles and having the Jaguars recover one of them puts him at 14.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and ahead of Derek Carr ($25,000,000) who had a turnover-free game, but only scored 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (188 passing yards and 40 rushing yards). Carr is just below Lawrence in the QB rankings as he sits in 14th place with 81.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. As mentioned earlier, Lawrence probably should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench based on the weather conditions for the Jaguars’ game against the Eagles. Hopefully you made that move and didn’t have him in your Starting lineup.

RB: James Robinson (JAC – $763,333) – 1.9 points

Another Jacksonville player here as the weather conditions in Philadelphia really hurt the Jaguars’ main offensive weapons. He only had 8 carries for 29 yards plus a fumble (1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Fortunately for everyone with Robinson in Dynasty Owner, he didn’t get outplayed by Travis Etienne ($3,224,526). Etienne only had 3.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (32 rushing yards). Etienne also had 8 rushing attempts and one target, so he doesn’t appear to be replacing Robinson anytime soon. This is the first game in which Etienne has seen as many touches as Robinson and Etienne was on the field for more snaps (24 vs. 22 for Robinson) for the first time since Week 1. Robinson still has a 55%-45% advantage in snaps, more yards from scrimmage (292 vs. 225 for Etienne) and most importantly, more than twice as many Dynasty Owner fantasy points (60.2 for Robinson vs. 29.5 for Etienne). This is likely a one-week thing and something that Dynasty Owners should have considered before setting their lineups and putting Robinson in as a Starter.

WR: Chase Claypool (PIT – $1,654,156 – 0.0 points)

Ever since he had to announce the Steelers selection of George Pickens ($1,688,045) with the 52nd pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, people have been saying that Claypool was simply announcing his replacement as the Steelers WR2 behind Diontae Johnson ($1,070,241). Pickens was seen as a late first or early second round pick but dropped to the middle of the second round before Pittsburgh stepped in and drafted him. The Dynasty Owner metrics for the two receivers are virtually identical, except for Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFP) where Pickens has a slight advantage.

PlayerStartup ADPSalaryDOFP
Chase Claypool102.6$1,654,15623.6
George Pickens102.7$1,688,04527.7

Pickens has scored more points now after he had 16.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions for 102 receiving yards) in Week 4 against the New York Jets and Claypool had a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Dynasty Owners with Claypool probably thought it would take longer than three weeks for Pickens to replace Claypool. If they didn’t see it coming, they may have gotten stuck with Claypool and his Blutarsky in their Starting lineup.

TE: Dalton Schultz (DAL – $10,931,000) – 0.0 points

Dalton Schultz sits as the TE39 in Dynasty Owner through the first four weeks. Now, he didn’t play at all in Week 3, so we can’t be expecting Top 10 production, but only scoring 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions for 80 receiving yards and a lost fumble) in three weeks of play is not what Dynasty Owners expected from Schultz this season.

It was a surprise to see Schultz put up a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in Week 4 and at first, I thought maybe he didn’t play much since he only had 3 targets. However, he was on the field for 55 snaps, third behind QB Cooper Rush who was on the field for all 61 snaps and WR CeeDee Lamb ($3,502,503) who played 58 offensive snaps.

What it appears to be is that Cooper Rush pretty much has eyes for only Lamb and Noah Brown ($1,187,500). Out of Rush’s 102 pass attempts, over half (53) have been thrown for either Lamb or Brown. In contrast, Schultz has been targeted a total of 9 times with Rush at QB, compared to 7 targets with Dak Prescott ($40,000,000) as the Cowboys’ QB. Prescott only attempted a total of 29 passes before leaving Week 1 with an injury. Dynasty Owners with Schultz are hoping for a return of Prescott to the Cowboys’ lineup in Week 5 so they can return Schultz to their Starting lineups.

K: Chase McLaughlin (IND – $965,000) – 2.0 points

Temporary Colts’ kicker Chase McLaughlin had the fewest kicker points this week as he only scored 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (one made FG from 27 yards, one missed FG from 51 yards and 2 PATs). McLaughlin replaced Rodrigo Blankenship ($768,333) after Blankenship missed a 42-yard game winning FG attempt in overtime of the Colts’ season opening game against Houston. McLaughlin didn’t attempt a kick in Week 2 against Jacksonville as the Colts were shut out, then had 11.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3 against Kansas City. That may have led the Dynasty Owners with McLaughlin on their rosters (54.47% rostered) to put him in their Starting lineup for Week 4. If they did, they only got 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from a kicker who should have been on their Bench or Practice Squad and might get replaced this week.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – Senior AAA Whale Sh!t vs. DynastyTradeSchool (Rooster V)

Let’s check out our Match-up of the Week of undefeated teams in League #28281. Did Senior AAA Whale Sh!t win to stay in first place or will they be replaced by DynastyTradeSchool (Rooster V) at the top of the League Standings.

The projections were incorrect. Senior AAA Whale Sh!t missed their projection but only by 3.62 points. DynastyTradeSchool (Rooster V) overperformed and had 33.4 more points than projected. The best performer for DynastyTradeSchool (Rooster V) was Josh Jacobs ($2,983,350) who had 36.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. J.K. Dobbins ($1,432,359) chipped in 22.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points as both RBs exceeded their projections by about 15 points each.

On the other side, Senior AAA Whale Sh!t could have used better games by Lamar Jackson and Amari Cooper ($20,000,000). Jackson had just 14.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Cooper had a mere 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Both were around 15 points below their projections. Even a great game of 33.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Austin Ekeler ($6,125,000) wasn’t enough to lead them to victory.

If you have an intriguing Week 5 match-up that you’d like highlighted as the Match-up of the Week, let me know on Twitter (@SteveVT33). Then, check back on Friday to see if your game is the one selected. The Dynasty Owner (Arizona Phoenix) who sent his close Week 4 game to Jay Pounds for the Monday Night Football preview article did that and had his game highlighted.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

Despite the loss, Senior AAA Whale Sh!t moved up five spots on the Chase for the Ring leaderboard, going from 42nd place to 37th place after scoring 148.63 points. Did any teams replace a team in the Top 10 after Week 4 or was it just the same teams just switching places.

Lots of movement in the Top 10 from last week and four replacement teams. In are DynastyTradeSchool (Rooster V) from League #27458 (4th place), Crangis McBasketball (5th place), Stayner (9th place), and Blaze’s Backyard Burners (10th place). The four teams they replaced are still in the Top 25, but not the Top 10.

Five out of our Top 10 teams have a loss already this season, including our top team of Clara Strong 💪 in League #27448. The lone startup team (Moose Knuckles) sits in 7th place but also has a loss. However, they are in first place as no team in their league (Make Fantasy Football Great Again – League #129391) is undefeated. We’ll find out if one of the two Clara Strong 💪 teams in the Top 10 can stay in the top spot next week or if they will be replaced again.

Conclusions

How will all of these replacement players fare in Week 5? Will we have a bunch of successes like Jamaal Williams and Cooper Rush this past week and Khalil Herbert in Week 3? Or will they fail to do well like Mark Ingram did over in London? Maybe, they will be somewhere in between?

San Francisco RB Jeffery Wilson ($1,085,000) has stepped in nicely in place of Elijah Mitchell ($915,892), but is still only RB30 despite three starts and playing a significant portion of the first game. He has a total of 41.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this season with his best game being on Monday night when he got 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Great, but not spectacular. It’ll help you win some games and keep you in playoff contention, but winning the league will be tough and your team is nowhere good enough to be in contention in the Chase for the Ring with Wilson as one of your Starting RBs. Hopefully any replacements you have in your Starting lineup this week will help you to win and improve your spot in the Chase.

In addition to this weekly recap article, Dynasty Owner has plenty of other great content to help you win your League Championship and maybe become our 2022 Chase for the Ring Champion. Our 2022 in-season publication schedule is as follows:

  • Mondays: Jay Pounds will preview the Monday Night Football matchup from the Dynasty Owner perspective. Monday is also when the Champions podcast gets released on YouTube and wherever you get your podcasts.
  • Tuesdays: Jay Pounds is back with his weekly Free Agent Auction targets article to help you figure out what players to bid on before the first Free Agent Auction run of the week is processed on Wednesday at 5 AM (Eastern). This is the article to read if you need to find a replacement player for your Dynasty Owner team.
  • Wednesday: Matt Morrison – The Jerk writes about a topic of his choosing and his weekly rankings will also pop up on Wednesdays as well. He will have a running back Blind Comparison for everyone this week.
  • Thursday: Matt Morrison – The Jerk will preview the Thursday Night Football game, which will include his selection for “Value of the Game”.
  • Friday: Listen to the Dynasty Owner podcast with me and Jay or watch it on YouTube on Friday morning. Then in the afternoon, it’s time for me to preview the Sunday and Monday games and look into one Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week in my Weekly preview article.

Please read all of our articles, listen to the podcasts and watch the Livestream with me and Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer on Wednesdays at 4 PM or afterwards if you can’t catch us live. Don’t forget follow Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well. Thanks for reading!

Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

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Monday Night Football Preview: Week 4

NFL WEEK 4 MNF PREVIEW

Rams at 49ers

By: Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl)

Dynasty Owners, welcome back to another edition of my Monday Night Football preview for the 2022 NFL season.

What to Watch For

In tonight’s game there will be numerous things I will be looking for, but thankfully for you I will only highlight a few of them here. The main thing I have looked for in Rams’ games since the start of last year and will be again tonight is where is Cooper Kupp ($15,750,000) is at. Kupp is seemingly thrown to every single play the Rams are on offense and the sheer amount of work he gets from the receiver position is, well, jaw-dropping to say the least. Another thing I will be watching for on the Rams’ side of the ball is the running back position and how carries are split between Cam Akers ($1,543,258) and Darrell Henderson ($1,053,001). Henderson looked like he would be involved a ton after the first 1-2 weeks of the season, but Akers has taken over as of late. On the 49ers’ side of the ball, I will be watching their stud receiver Deebo Samuel ($1,811,869) as he has been every bit as fun to watch as Kupp has over the past season and some change. The last thing I will be paying close attention to in tonight’s game is George Kittle (15,000,000). It seems like my first born was not alive the last time Kittle was dominant, and I am beginning to wonder if we will ever see dominant Kittle again outside of a few big games here and there. It really sucks when a talented player like George Kittle starts to become a what if after numerous injuries.

Jay’s Monday Night Prediction

Remember back to last week when I said we would see an old school approach to the game? Well, this week expect to see a similar final score in a more modern-day defensive game. The teams will be able to move the ball outside the 20s, but touchdowns will be tough to come by in this heated matchup.

Over/Under Predictions – Rams

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Matthew StaffordQB$27,000,00023.6Over

While I am not expecting a shootout by any means this was an easy choice. Stafford will toss a pair of touchdowns and finish just above his projected point total.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Cam AkersRB$1,543,25810.6Over

Cam Akers is another player I am not expecting to have a huge game, but I do see him scoring more than his projected total. Akers will catch a few passes which will make his projected total much easier for him to hit.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Cooper KuppWR$15,750,00022.8Over

Cooper Kupp already has 18.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFP), and the game hasn’t even started. He is always an easy over!

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Allen RobinsonWR$15,500,00011.2Under

Allen Robinson has been a huge disappointment thus far and I don’t see it getting much better in tonight’s game. Another 2-3 catch, 30-yard performance is likely on the way.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Tyler HigbeeTE$7,250,0009.7Under

Higbee has been respectable this season, but the Rams should have kept Gerald Everett ($6,000,000). I just had to mention Everett in this spot and because of the bad juju I just put forth, Higbee goes under his projected total tonight.

Over/Under Predictions – 49ers

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Jimmy GaroppoloQB$7,000,00019.8Under

I have Jimmy G going under in tonight’s game and it’s not because he will have a bad game. The Rams and 49ers always play each other tough, and I see no reason that changes tonight.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Jeffery WilsonRB$1,085,00011.9Over

Jeff Wilson is in an awesome spot for his Dynasty Owners. I always feel comfortable going with the over when Kyle Shanahan has a clear-cut lead running back. Potential Value of the Game tonight.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Deebo SamuelWR$1,811,86914.9Over

Deebo should be an easy over in tonight’s game. The last five games Deebo has played against the Rams, he has averaged 23.94 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Brandon AiyukWR$3,123,83512.5Under

Had this been last week, Aiyuk would have just gone over the 12.5 projected total. Unfortunately, it is not last week anymore. Aiyuk fails to hit the over but should score around 8-10 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
George KittleTE$15,000,00010.7Over

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The NFL is one of the toughest sports to predict due to injuries and Kittle is a prime example of that. I expect Kittle to bounce back and hit the over this week, but not by much. He’s got his boy (Jimmy G) back!

Dynasty Owner Games of the Week

Every week, I will pick at least one Dynasty Owner game that is close in score and will be decided during Monday Night Football. If you happen to find yourself in this situation on Sunday night, please get ahold of me on Twitter (@jaypoundsnfl) and I will gladly feature your game here.

Game 1 – Fantasy Legends League (League #178748)

Huckleberries – Darrell Henderson on Bench left to play

Arizona Phoenix – Brandon Aiyuk in Starting lineup and Allen Robinson on Bench left to play

I didn’t put this matchup in because it will be a crazy finish or anything, I put it in because Arizona Phoenix (@dnewell2003) reached out on Twitter, and I would like to encourage more of you to do the same!

The Arizona Phoenix should have this game in the bag, but I have seen crazier things happen in Dynasty Owner. Aiyuk could finish with a stat line of 3 catches, 4 yards, and 2 fumbles causing mayhem in the Fantasy Legends League. As for Huckleberries, I will try to find a more favorable matchup for you in the article next week.

Game 2 – Fantasy Legends League (League #178748)

Backstage Bums – Deebo Samuel in Starting lineup left to play

Draft Dodgers – No one left in Starting lineup or Bench left to play

It looks like we are featuring the Fantasy Legends League in this week’s article. In our second matchup from the league, we have what should be a barn burner with Draft Dodgers currently projected to win and stay undefeated. Unfortunately for Draft Dodgers, I have Deebo Samuel pegged for a huge night, and he tends to explode when playing against the Rams. If Deebo does not have a good game, this matchup could get ugly fast for Backstage Bums. Either way both Dynasty Owners should be nervous, and I must say if Backstage Bums are able to pull this off with Tua Tagovailoa ($7,568,859) as their Starting quarterback, it will be an impressive victory.

Good luck to all four Dynasty Owners featured in this week’s article.

Value of the Game Recap

I don’t think I have ever had a closer finish for Value of the Game than I did last week. Going into the game, I had the pick narrowed down to four players, with only two of them getting real consideration. Those players were Cooper Rush ($977,500) and Tony Pollard (796,945). While it was a tough decision, I ended up getting it right with Rush at $59,242 Dynasty Dollars per Fantasy Point (DD/PT) being a better value than Pollard at $63,756 DD/PT.

Week 3PlayerDOFPSalaryDD/PT
Week 3 WinnerCooper Rush16.5$977,500$59,242

Overall Record: 2-1

Value of the Game

Week 4 Winner – Deebo Samuel

Jay’s Projected Stat LineRushing AttemptsRushing YardsReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Deebo Samuel748684125.2

I must say this has become my favorite segment of the season for The Jerk and me. Most weeks, this honor is a complete crapshoot as Colby Parkinson ($991,360) won it the first week on Monday Night Football. Now, it has been something I have become invested in when MNF is meaningless for my fantasy teams. I challenge all of you to pick a Value of the Game with, or against me and have some fun with it.

For Week 4, I had an extremely tough time picking between Jeff Wilson and Deebo Samuel. I ultimately ended up going with Samuel as I am expecting his first huge performance of the year. In the last five games Deebo has played against the Rams (playoffs not included), he has averaged 23.94 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and that number grows to 25.95 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game if you only look at the last four matchups.

Be sure to check out all our upcoming content this season. We will have several articles, podcasts, and the Livestream on Wednesday at 4 PM (Eastern) for everyone each week. Thank you all for reading and I hope your teams killed it this week. Stay safe out there and good luck on your 2022 Chase for the Ring!

Week 4 Preview – Injuries

WEEK 4 PREVIEW

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Injuries are inevitable in football and especially in the NFL. With the reduction in practice time, fewer pre-season games and starters not playing much in pre-season games, it seems like there are more injuries during the NFL regular season. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence out there, but I actually did some quick research and found injury data by a malpractice attorney that showed an increase of almost 40% in player games missed and a 91% increase in players going on Injured Reserve from 2014 to 2018. That’s a while ago before the most recent reduction in pre-season games. I also found a scientific journal article from Science Direct that concluded the following:

The rate of injury in NFL players during weeks 1-4 of the 2020-2021 regular seasons was significantly higher than during 3 recent past NFL preseasons and regular seasons.

Don’t ask me detailed questions about those two studies as I honestly skimmed both to find the main points. They do back up that the increase in injuries should not be a surprise to anybody who follows the game. Last year, we had several season-ending injuries to top RBs such as Cam Akers ($1,543,258), J.K. Dobbins ($1,432,359) and Gus Edwards ($4,500,000) before the season started. There were the usual in-season injuries to prominent players including Lamar Jackson ($23,016,000), James Robinson ($763,333), Robert Tonyan ($3,750,000), Chris Godwin ($20,000,000), and Michael Gallup ($11,500,000). I’m sure that I missed a bunch of injured players, but everyone should get the point.

However, this season seemed different at first as the major training camp and pre-season injuries didn’t happen (outside of Carolina). Then, the games started, and the injuries began to pile up. First it was Dallas QB Dak Prescott ($40,000,000) who has missed the past two games, then Patriots QB Mac Jones ($3,896,588) got hurt and now seems likely to be out for this week and several more. Finally, it was reported early on Friday that Saints WR Michael Thomas ($19,250,000) will be out this week and Lions WR Amon-Ra St. Brown ($1,066,313) isn’t playing either.

Finally, the big one happened on Thursday night. Dolphins starting QB (and likely starting QB on many Dynasty Owner teams) Tua Tagovailoa ($7,568,859) was injured in the first half of the Dolphins 27-15 loss to the Bengals. While injuries are impossible to predict, this one was less random than most as Tua had gotten injured in last week’s game against Buffalo and returned to play despite looking like he had a concussion. Tua was questionable to play at all this week and has a history of injuries that has prevented him from playing a full season of football since 2018. He was sort of a ticking time bomb just waiting to explode and did after a sack late in the first half. Tua was reportedly well enough to travel back to Miami after getting injured, but prayers to him and his family after two apparent head injuries in consecutive games. You hate to see this happen to anyone and the whole situation seems like it hasn’t been handled properly by the Dolphins and the NFL medical staffs.

It’s a shame what happened to Tua, but inevitable. If you don’t like injuries, then football really isn’t the game for you. I suggest you go play ultimate (frisbee) and follow the AUDL (American Ultimate Disc League). Seriously, go check out a game. They mainly play during the college and pro football off-season (April through August), tickets are generally cheap (I paid $15 for a ticket to a July DC Breeze game), the games are fun, and these players are really good athletes.

If people still want to watch football and play fantasy football, then coaches, administrators, owners, trainers, doctors and everyone else associated with the game at all levels will need to do a better job protecting the players who actually play the game. If they don’t, our children and grandchildren will be playing ultimate and not football.

Even our Match-up of the Week was impacted by injury as one of the teams had Tua as their Bench QB. Their opponent has a player on Injured Reserve in a Bench spot as well, but hopefully they clean up that mistake before the Sunday games start.

Thanks for reading my weekly preview article and for being a Dynasty Owner. If this is your first time reading my preview article, here’s what to expect. Every week of the 14-game Dynasty Owner regular season and three game playoffs, I’ll present a player at each position (QB, RB, WR, TE) who you should have as a Starter in your Dynasty Owner lineup. These won’t be the obvious choices. No recommendations to go ahead and start Josh Allen, Jonathan Taylor, Cooper Kupp, or Mark Andrews. Those guys are cemented in your Starting lineup unless something bad happens, or they are on bye. Players who are rostered in 100% (or nearly 100%) of Dynasty Owner leagues with low ADPs and top rankings so far this season won’t be mentioned either. Nope, I’m going to recommend you Start players who were drafted to be on your Bench or Practice Squad or haven’t played well yet. Think about the players who aren’t on a roster in every Dynasty Owner league, or have high ADPs and could be found after the 15th round in a typical Dynasty Owner startup draft, but haven’t played well through the first three weeks of the season.

After that, I’ll name one player per position who should be on your Bench or Practice Squad. For these Bench recommendations, it’s just the opposite. I’ll suggest players drafted early in Dynasty Owner startup drafts to be Starters with the low ADP to prove it who have likely done well so far this season. However, they shouldn’t be in your Starting lineup for the week based on matchups, past performance against a team or something else.

All stats cited are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the 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, ADP and Dynasty Owner roster percentage statistics were current as of the afternoon of Friday, September 30th.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

Now it’s time to find out how my Week 3 recommendations fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I predicted performances worthy of being in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup for these four players and also said about my recommendations “unless none of my choices have double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points, I can’t do worse”. Did they do better than that?

QB: Mac Jones ($3,896,588) – 17.1 (Just Ok recommendation)

RB: Nyheim Hines ($6,200,000) – 8.3 (Bad recommendation)

WR: Scott Miller ($661,960) – 1.4 (Bad recommendation)

TE: Noah Fant ($3,147,680) – 6.7 (Bad recommendation)

It wasn’t worse than last week, but it was barely better. Only one out of my four recommendations was Just Ok and the other three were Bad. Mac Jones ended up as the QB16 for the week, so he was a high-end Bench QB, but not quite a starter. He only had 0.7 more points than Marcus Mariota ($9,375,000) did last week and 0.3 more points than Matt Ryan ($30,000,000) did in Week 1. However, the other QB performances this week weren’t as good as other weeks, so the Jones recommendation gets me the first Just Ok recommendation of the 2022 season. The rest of the recommended players scored single-digit fantasy points and weren’t close to being even Just Ok. Not even Noah Fant and his 6.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort which made him a low-end Bench TE for the week.

All I can say is that I’m going to keep trying to do better and repeat what I wrote last week: Unless none of my choices have double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points, I can’t do worse. Here are the Week 4 recommendations which feature a player who should do well replacing an injured teammate and another player coming back from an injury that ended his 2021 season prematurely.

Mitchell Trubisky (PIT – $7,100,000): So far this season, Trubisky has been an average to below average Bench every week.

  • Question: What’s the reason that I think Trubisky can turn from the QB21 into a Top 12 QB this week?
  • Answer: The New York Jets

Pittsburgh plays the Jets this week and so far on this short season, the Jets have given up a total of 77.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to the other three AFC North Starting QBs (Lamar Jackson, Jacoby Brissett – $4,650,000, and Joe Burrow – $9,047,534). Even after playing Jackson, those points allowed are almost exclusively from passing as the Jets have allowed only 60 rushing yards and zero rushing TDs to opposing QBs. They have allowed a total of 717 passing yards and 7 passing TDs with only 2 INTs in those games. They aren’t getting to the QB much either as they only have five sacks (sixth fewest sacks in the NFL). I think Trubisky will have time to pass and complete a lot of short passes to Diontae Johnson ($1,070,241) and will actually throw more than 1 TD pass in a game for the first time this season to go along with his second 200 yard passing game. That will mean over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points which will be enough to make him a low-end Starter this week.

Rashaad Penny (SEA – $5,750,000): Last year, Rashaad Penny had 34.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (170 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 15 receiving yards, 2 TDs) in Week 17 against the Detroit Lions. He gets to face the Lions again this week, but that’s not the only reason to have Penny in your Starting lineup.

It’s not just the Lions who Penny has played well against in the past. When he had his excellent finish to the 2021 season with 125.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the final six games (20.9 points per game). However, he did have two poor games in that stretch (7.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 13 versus the 49ers and 6.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 15 versus the Rams). Both of these teams were in the top 10 defenses against the run. The other four games were all against teams ranked 20th or worse and in those games, he averaged 27.95 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That dramatic gap in performance is why I wasn’t a big fan of Penny even after his big finish to the 2021 season.

The pattern has continued into this season and because he has played the 4th (San Francisco), 10th (Denver) and 14th (Atlanta) ranked defenses in terms of rushing yards allowed to RBs per game. As a result, Penny only has a total of 17.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this season (5.7 points per game) and is RB49 in Dynasty Owner right now. Fortunately for him and his Dynasty Owners, the Lions defense is ranked 20th in rushing yards allowed to RBs per game. It’s time for another big game for Penny so get him in your Starting lineup just as you planned when you drafted or traded for him.

DJ Chark (DET – $10,000,000): DJ Chark only started being considered and became the choice here with the news that Lions top WR and overall WR5 in Dynasty Owner Amon-Ra St. Brown has an ankle injury and is out for this week’s game versus Seattle. When I contemplated picking Chark, I looked at one of my favorite places to check out how defenses perform against opposition teams, Pro Football Reference pages detailing defense performance against players by position (see 2022 WR stats page). It shows that Seattle’s defense has only allowed a total of 25 receptions for 404 receiving yards and 2 TDs to WRs. However, a quick dive into those stats show that almost all of those receptions and yards have been accumulated by the top two WRs for Seattle’s three opponents (Denver, San Francisco, and Atlanta). And yes, I included Olamide Zaccheaus ($2,433,000) instead of coping out and ignoring him or changing it to TE Kyle Pitts ($8,227,624). In fact, over 90% of the receptions (92%, or 23 out of 25) and receiving yards (95%, 384 out of 404) and both TDs have been reeled in by the two top WRs on the opposing team. With St. Brown out for the Lions, Chark should be the de facto WR1 for QB Jared Goff ($33,500,000). That should enable Chark to get enough targets, receptions, receiving yards and a TD to make him worth putting in your Starting lineup, just as I did for my beta league team right before typing the end of this sentence.

Robert Tonyan (GB – $3,750,000): All off-season I touted Robert Tonyan’s teammate Josiah Deguara ($1,136,941) as a solid Dynasty Owner Free Agent Auction pickup or late round draft pick. A lot of you may have listened as Deguara had an ADP of 277.0 this year and is rostered in just under half (49.79%) of Dynasty Owner leagues. Since the Packers are playing a New England defense that has allowed 4 TDs already to TEs this season, it would seem logical to have a Green Bay TE here this week and for Deguara to be the pick.

I underestimated Tonyan’s ability to return from his torn ACL injury in my hype of Deguara. While Tonyan is the TE20 for the season so far, he hasn’t scored a TD. He has improved his performance and snap counts as the season has progressed though.

WeekSnaps PlayedSnap %ReceptionsReceiving YardsDOFP
12236.1%3366.6
22739.7%2113.1
33658.1%6379.7

Tonyan played more snaps and had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3 than either of the first two weeks. All he needed last week was a TD to be a Top 12 TE and he’s likely to get that TD this week against the Patriots. Start Tonyan in Dynasty Owner this week, but keep Deguara on your Dynasty Owner roster in case Tonyan gets injured this season.

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

Now it’s the time to look at how my Bench recommendations from Week 3 worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). Overall, the Bench recommendations have been more Good than Bad and hopefully I can keep that going to balance out the poor Starting lineup recommendations. Let’s see how I did.

QB: Tua Tagovailoa ($7,568,859) – 15.3 (Good recommendation)

RB: Aaron Jones ($12,000,000) – 4.7 (Good recommendation)

WR: Terry McLaurin ($961,918) – 16.2 (Bad recommendation)

TE: Darren Waller ($7,450,000) – 5.2 (Good recommendation)

Two consecutive weeks with three Good recommendations. That makes it eight Good recommendations and only four Bad ones in 2022. At QB, it’s three for three on the Bench recommendations as Tua Tagovailoa was the QB24 in Dynasty Owner last week making him the lowest Bench QB and a Good recommendation. Aaron Jones got more touches than anticipated but did nothing with them and had a late lost fumble to make that recommendation Good. The second time selection of Darren Waller paid off as he only had 5.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points due to the emergence of WR Mack Hollins ($2,000,000) in the absence of Hunter Renfrow ($708,987). Finally, Terry McLaurin had a flurry of late game receptions and yards to salvage a low-end WR1 finish for Week 3 and prevent me from having a perfect week with four Good recommendations. Let’s see who I picked to try and make it three weeks in a row with more Good than Bad Bench recommendations.

Kyler Murray (ARI – $8,914,504): Despite a lot of people, including LeSean McCoy for completely unknown reasons, saying how bad he has played and the Arizona offense is, Kyler Murray still ranks as the QB11 in Dynasty Owner with 72.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (24.2 points per game). Of course, he was the fourth QB in Dynasty Owner startup draft ADP (32.6) this year and a late first round startup draft pick in each of the two previous  seasons (10.5 in 2021 and 10.8 in 2020), so QB11 isn’t as good as expected. Still, Murray is likely to be in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup because you didn’t plan to need to another Starting QB. Unfortunately, with the way the Arizona offense is performing, Dynasty Owners with Murray on their roster should put him on their Bench this week when the Cardinals face the Carolina Panthers.

Derrick Henry (TEN – $12,500,000): After five out of eight games last year with 100 rushing yards or more, Derrick Henry has yet to have a 100 yard rushing game this season. His yards per carry has also declined from 4.3 yards per carry in 2021 to 3.6 yards per carry through the first three games of this year. He also had zero receptions in each of the first two games before having 5 receptions for 58 receiving yards in Week 3 against Las Vegas.

While Henry was running all over the rest of the NFL last season, Indianapolis was actually holding him to reasonable rushing games. He carried the ball 56 times in two games last year versus the Colts, but for “only” 181 yards (3.2 yards per carry) and zero TDs. The Colts’ run defense is good again this year with just 188 rushing yards to RBs and an average of 2.5 yards per carry by RBs.

These measures seem to be screaming for Dynasty Owners to leave Derrick Henry on their Bench. I’m going to listen to what those stats are saying and recommend that you Bench the current RB17 in Dynasty Owner this week.

Christian Kirk (JAC – $18,000,000): If I’m going to call a player the Bust of the Week on the Dynasty Owner podcast then I probably should back it up here and tell everyone to put the same player on their Bench. Therefore, Christian Kirk is a Bench recommendation this week. There are two main reasons for this recommendation.

First, the weather in Philadelphia is likely to be bad in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Ian. It may not be heading straight through Philly, but the effects of the storm will be felt with rain and wind, making it more likely that Jacksonville will attempt to run more than pass. With James Robinson as your lead RB averaging 4.5 yards per carry facing an Eagles defense allowing almost 5.0 yards per carry (50 carries for 249 yards) to RBs, I’d do it too if I were Doug Pederson.

Second, when Jacksonville does pass the ball, Trevor Lawrence ($9,198,372) will have to deal with the wind and rain, plus an Eagles pass rush that sacked Commanders QB Carson Wentz ($32,000,000) nine times last week. The Eagles pass defense is also ranked sixth in the NFL in yards allowed (186.7 yards per game). On top of that, Kirk will have to get open against one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL in Darius Slay. Slay faced Commanders WR Terry McLaurin last week and he did get open for 6 receptions and 102 receiving yards, but none of those receptions came in the first half. All came after the Commanders were down 24-0. The game should be closer, so Jacksonville won’t be passing most of the time in the second half, so Kirk won’t get any late game stat padding receptions and yards, and should be on your Bench.

Tyler Higbee (LAR – $7,250,000): Why not Darren Waller again this week? He’s playing Denver and they allowed TEs to both Will Dissly ($8,000,000) and Colby Parkinson ($991,360) in Week 1 so I’m not going there.

Instead, I’ll go with Tyler Higbee who is currently TE7 with 16 receptions and 171 receiving yards (33.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). The next highest scoring TE without a TD is Evan Engram ($9,000,000) who is TE15 with 12 receptions for 83 receiving yards and a 2-point conversion (22.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Higbee has been very good without a TD, but has a very tough matchup this week on Monday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers defense has allowed only 5 receptions for 23 receiving yards (7.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) all season. Repeat, all season. They held Bears TE Cole Kmet ($1,894,444) to a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in Week 1, Dissly, Parkinson, and Noah Fant to 4 receptions for 11 receiving yards, and Albert Okwuegbunam ($1,011,011) to a single 12-yard reception.

Higbee is probably the best TE to play San Francisco so far this season, but the 49ers defense has been so dominant that it’s difficult to rely on Higbee this week, so leave him on your Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Senior AAA Whale Sh!t vs. DynastyTradeSchool (Rooster V)

As mentioned in the introduction, an injury has already impacted our Match-up of the Week and it’s an injury for the Dynasty Owner who offered up his game this week. Thanks to Twitter follower (@nvwiscompton) for the Match-up of the Week suggestion before I even had to put out a call for one. That’s an easy way to get me to feature your match-up in a future week, so if you want it, then send me a tweet via Twitter (@SteveVT33).

It didn’t hurt that his only Dynasty Owner team (Senior AAA Whale Sh!t in League #28281) is 3-0 and was ranked 42nd in the Chase for the Ring standings after Week 3. This team also finished with a 10-4 record last season and was in 130th place in the Regular Season Chase for the Ring Leaderboard. They lost in the playoff semi-finals though to end their time on the Leaderboard. This week, they are playing two-time Chase for the Ring third place finisher DynastyTradeSchool (Rooster V). This isn’t the league that DynastyTradeSchool has had those finishes in, but it’s still a battle of two great Dynasty Owners.

Based on projections, Senior AAA Whale Sh!t is going to be 4-0 after this week with a 152.25 to 129.63 victory. This is even after they had Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa play on Thursday night and score just 2.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on their Bench. His performance in the game prior to the injury leaves Senior AAA Whale Sh!t below original expectations already this week and dropping in the Chase for the Ring standings to 78th place.

DynastyTradeSchool (Rooster V) is counting on a lot of scoring by the Buffalo Bills as they have three Bills’ players, Josh Allen ($43,005,667), Stefon Diggs ($14,400,000) and Tyler Bass ($869,804), in their Starting lineup. They also have James Cook ($1,458,014) and Dawson Knox ($880,400) on their Bench. The Bench needs a little tidying up as they still have injured Chargers WR Jalen Guyton ($965,000) in one of their Bench WR spots.

When all is said and done with Week 4, one of these teams will likely sit on top of the League #28281 standings. There is a third undefeated team in the League (London City Chiefs), but they are over 50.0 points behind DynastyTradeSchool (Rooster V) and over 130.0 points behind Senior AAA Whale Sh!t and unlikely to pass either team. Check back on Tuesday and find out who wins this match-up of undefeated teams.

Conclusion

I’m hoping that there won’t be many new injuries in the rest of this week’s games. I purposely said “many” because there will be some injuries. Hopefully not as bad as Tua’s and none that require the medical cart, have the fans clap for the injured player when he gets on the cart and end up having players from both teams huddle around and hold hands in solidarity. If you win your Dynasty Owner game, it’s hopefully not because of an injury to one of your opponents’ players.

Please read this weekly preview article each and every week to see my recommendations for who should be in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup, who should be on your Bench, and to find out which teams are featured in the Match-up of the Week. In addition to this weekly recap article, Dynasty Owner has plenty of other great content to help you win your League Championship and maybe become our 2022 Chase for the Ring Champion. While this article came out a day late, our 2022 in-season publication schedule is pretty set as follows:

  • Mondays: Jay Pounds will preview the Monday Night Football matchup from the Dynasty Owner perspective. Monday is also when the Champions podcast will be released on YouTube and wherever you get your podcasts.
  • Tuesdays: Jay Pounds is back with his weekly Free Agent Auction targets article to help you figure out what players to bid on before the first Free Agent Auction run of the week is processed on Wednesday at 5 AM (Eastern).
  • Wednesday: Matt Morrison – The Jerk writes about a topic of his choosing and his weekly rankings will also pop up on Wednesdays as well.
  • Thursday: Matt Morrison – The Jerk will preview the Thursday Night Football game, which will include his selection for “Value of the Game”.
  • Friday: Listen to the Dynasty Owner podcast with me and Jay or watch it on YouTube on Friday morning. Usually in the afternoon, it’s time for me to preview the Sunday and Monday games and look into one Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week in my weekly preview article. On select Fridays, we will also have articles from Nate Christian highlighting players who he’s watching for the 2023 NFL Draft.

Please read all of our articles, listen to the podcasts and watch the Livestream on Wednesdays at 4 PM or afterwards if you can’t catch us live. Don’t forget to follow Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well. Thanks, and have a great day!

Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

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Thursday Night Football: Week 4

TNF Week 4

Dolphins @ Bengals

By: Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Dynasty Owners…we meet again for another Thursday Night Football preview article. After this week, we will be roughly a fourth of the way through the Dynasty Owner season. Last week, we had a tight game until the end. The Browns beat the Steelers by a score of 29 – 17.

I was impressed with both team’s running games. Najee Harris ($3,261,862) and Nick Chubb ($12,200,000) each had a rushing touchdown on the day. Dynasty Owners with Harris on their roster collectively sighed when the final play of the game registered a lost fumble for Harris. If you didn’t see the play, essentially the Steelers were playing the “lateral game” in a miracle attempt to march more than 90 yards down the field. Harris was the last player to possess the ball prior to the defense recovering. Therefore, he was charged with the lost fumble and minus three Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFP) to your score. In the end, Harris finished with 12.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Not terrible, but not week winning either.

What To Watch For

As we look towards Week 4, I’m watching the receivers for the Dolphins. Specifically, I want to watch how Tyreek Hill ($18,000,000) and Jaylen Waddle ($6,771,498) continue their rapport with Tua Tagovailoa ($7,589,859). This game has a favorable over/under of 47.5 points at the time of writing. Miami also comes in as the slight underdog. Look for Hill and Waddle to both surpass 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Value of the Game Recap

In Week 3, I predicted that Diontae Johnson ($1,070,241) would be the Value of the Game with this stat line…

Week 3 ProjectionSalaryReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Diontae Johnson$1,070,241770120.0

Diontae did indeed end up with the most efficient performance in this game.  My stat prediction was actually pretty close even though Johnson did not score a touchdown.

Week 3 ActualSalaryReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFPDD/FP
Diontae Johnson$1,070,241884016.4$65,259

Diontae was the dominant possession receiver that I predicted him to be. In a slow and low offense game, it was good to see him put up a solid day. 

Overall Record: 2-1

Starters

All the players on this list are ones who I would feel comfortable starting in Dynasty Owner this week.

Tua Tagovailoa ($7,568,859) [If he plays]

Joe Burrow ($9,047,534)

We have two top option quarterbacks with Tua and Burrow. Oddly enough, both are also great values considering their contracts. Start both with confidence.

Joe Mixon ($12,000,000)

Mixon is currently RB16 on the season. You have him and his $12,000,000 salary on your Dynasty Owner roster for a reason. Start him.

Jaylen Waddle ($6,771,498)

Tyreek Hill ($18,000,000)

Ja’Marr Chase ($7,704,910)

Tee Higgins ($2,171,696)

Here we have two pairs of teammate wide receivers. Waddle and Hill have blazed a trail early on this season. I wouldn’t doubt if all four of these players are in the Top 15 for wide receivers by the end of the season. 

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.

Chase Edmonds ($6,050,000)

Raheem Mostert ($2,125,000)

The reason that neither of these Dolphins’ running backs is in a starting slot for me is because the other exists. I think that both could be decent starting Dynasty Owner options by themselves, but not together.

Tyler Boyd ($10,750,000)

Boyd had a superb Week 3 with 20.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It’s not that he couldn’t repeat that in any week, but it will be tough to predict. I’d rather leave him on the Bench.

Mike Gesicki ($10,931,000)

Hayden Hurst ($3,500,000)

Finally, we have two low volume Bench tight ends. Both these fellas are touchdown dependent, and you’ll likely need one to feel good about their game.

Value of the Game

Today I will be doing something that I’ve never done for the Value of the Game (VOTG). As you probably have noticed, I don’t include kickers on my “Starters” or “Bench” list. It’s not that kickers don’t matter, it’s just that I rarely find the need to comment on a kicker’s productivity. Well today that changes. I am picking Evan McPherson as my VOTG.

Week 4 ProjectionSalaryFG AttemptsFGs MadePATsDOFP
Evan McPherson$955,92844214.0

I have McPherson attempting four field goals and making all four. In addition, he will make both extra points he attempts in this game. I have him at 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. With his salary being under $1 million, this should be enough to make him the Week 4 Value of the Game.

The only other player I considered was Tee Higgins, but his salary is just too high to justify that pick.

Thank you all for reading.  Take care and be safe.

TheJerk

Blind Player Comparisons – Quarterbacks

Blind Player Comparisons

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Hello Dynasty Owners. Week 3 is in the books, and we currently only have two NFL teams that have won every game they’ve played.

Those teams are the Eagles and Dolphins. This isn’t the beginning to the season that I predicted, and I seriously doubt anyone did. Regardless, the Buccaneers, Bills and Chiefs have each lost one game while those other two teams remain unbeaten. I don’t have any team running the gauntlet and finishing 17-0 in the regular season, and we may never see it in our lifetime, but it’s fun to think about. Of these two, I’d say the Eagles would have the best chance. At this point in the season, they seem to have the best combination of quarterback, running back and receiver play. As I said, I highly doubt they remain undefeated over the next month, but we will have to wait and find out.

Today, I will be starting a Blind Player Comparison series. As I have done in the past, I will run through all four major positions where I give a single comp. The goal of these articles is two-fold.

First, these articles hopefully give you a new way of looking at some of these players. We, as Dynasty Owners, have many different biases when it comes to fantasy football (Hometown biases, previous season biases, injury biases, trade biases, etc.). In these articles, I’m going to be giving you mainly the stats and facts with a little opinion. I think you may be surprised with some of the outcomes.

Second, and most importantly, I think seeing these articles is a lot of fun. I love writing them, and I hope you enjoy reading them.

Quarterbacks

The question is…Who would you rather own in Dynasty Owner?

Player A (Alpha):

  • Between 27 – 33 years old
  • 22.3 fantasy points/game in 2021
  • 16.4 fantasy points/game in 2022
  • 743 passing yards – 2 touchdowns – 1 INT – 0 fumbles
  • 22 rushing yards – 0 rushing touchdowns
  • Salary is over $30,000,000 per year

Player B (Bravo):

  • Between 27 – 33 years old
  • 18.1 fantasy points/game in 2021
  • 24.6 fantasy points/game in 2022
  • 748 passing yards – 7 touchdowns – 2 INT – 1 fumble
  • 15 rushing yards – 0 rushing touchdowns
  • Salary is over $30,000,000 per year

I am purposely not giving you all the info you need on these players. So, given this limited info, who do you want on your team? Let’s look at it.

We have two “middle age” quarterbacks who are on at least their second contract given their salaries.  I think the clear choice right now is Bravo.

We have Alpha who seemed to have an above average 2021 season. I’ll tell you right now that Alpha missed three games with an injury, and he finished as QB15. This finish would have obviously been higher if he had stayed healthy for all 17 games. It also appears that Alpha is far less productive in the first three games of this season when compared to last season. Is that age related? Is it team related? We’ll get to that later.

We also have Bravo. Bravo is in the same age range, same salary range, and in relatively the same production range. We can see that they have essentially flip-flopped stats from the past two seasons. Bravo was less productive in 2021, but has increased his efficiency so far this year. I will also tell you that both of these quarterbacks have been known more for what they did in the 2021 season than what they have done so far this season. That’s to say that Alpha has always been considered a very productive, efficient quarterback throughout his career. Bravo has been the opposite, at least for fantasy production. That begs the question…why are they seemingly having outlier seasons? Let’s talk about it.

Alpha switched teams this off-season. This is his first year with his current team. This off-season move was widely considered a positive move for both the QB and the team in general. It was such a big upgrade, that many experts considered it possible that Alpha would have his best season ever and even have a chance at a Super Bowl. Clearly the first three weeks haven’t shown that potential yet.

Bravo did not switch teams this season, but he did only recently join his current team. He has also had some growing pains. Although not entirely his fault, the team has historically struggled to put together an adequate season. Bravo’s team has done remarkably well at rebuilding his team and putting together a Top 3 scoring offense for 2022. That’s right, Bravo’s team is the second ranked team in terms of points per game. To put that into perspective, they ranked 25th last season. So, are these first three games a fluke, or is it a sign of a positive shift for this team?

I’m assuming you still want to own Bravo right? Yes, their stats aren’t largely different other than the touchdowns. But any quarterback who can get 7 touchdowns in a three game span has to be more than a fluke, right?

Well, here is the “kicker”…

  • Alpha is rostered in 94.47 percent of Dynasty Owner leagues
  • Bravo is rostered in 7.43 percent of Dynasty Owner leagues

How can that be? The answer is salary and previous production.

Bravo is Jared Goff ($33,500,000). When you think about Goff, you think of an average quarterback on a bad offensive team that wants to run the ball. Well, I think that idea is slowly changing. The emergence of DJ Chark ($10,000,000) and Amon-Ra St Brown ($1,066,313) have really changed the touchdown and winning potential for the Lions. Goff also has one the best pass catching running backs in the entire league in D’Andre Swift ($2,134,728). We also haven’t seen rookie first round pick Jameson Williams ($4,365,448) take a single NFL snap yet. I can’t advise that everyone immediately go out and pick up Goff. I will say that people need to be aware and keep an eye on him. He is currently QB10 on the season.

And what about Alpha? If you haven’t figured it out by now, Alpha is Russell Wilson ($35,000,000). Russ is having a tough start to his tenure as the Broncos’ QB. I think he will get his rhythm and this offense figured out. However, just like with Goff, you should be closely monitoring the situation. I’m starting to worry that winning a championship with Russ as your starting quarterback may be tougher than I initially thought.

I summarize it best like this when talking about Jared Goff…

  • Should he be 100 percent owned?  “No”
  • Should he be owned more than Russell Wilson?  “Of course, not”
  • Should he be owned in more than 7.23 percent of leagues?  “Probably”
  • Should people start paying attention to what is happening in Detroit?  “Definitely”

I thank you all for reading and for continuing to support Dynasty Owner. Next week, I will be doing a running back Blind Player Comparison article. 

Message me on Twitter (@dynastyjerk) and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I would appreciate it if you followed @Dynasty_Owner on Twitter as well as subscribed to Dynasty Owner on YouTube. Thank you all. Take care and be safe.

TheJerk

Free Agent Auction Targets – Week 4

Week 4 NFL Waiver Wire

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Dynasty Owners! The third week of the NFL season has come and gone, and it is getting close to the time of year when Dynasty Owners must decide if they are a contender or shift their focus to next season. I know the back half of that statement is not where any of us want to be but sometimes it is a reality. I am in the same situation in Steve Van Tassell and my Podcast Listeners’ League and have already shipped James Robinson ($763,333) away for Rashaad Penny ($5,750,000) and a 2023 first round rookie draft pick. Have any of you faced the harsh reality of being a loser this year? Feel free to let me know on Twitter.

As always before jumping into the article I want to cover a few things that stood out to me in Week 3.

  • My biggest takeaway from Week 3 is that I am officially starting to worry about Tom Brady ($15,000,000). Is father time finally starting to catch up to him? Is it the missed time this off-season and training camp? Or is it just as simple as he is still finding his groove after not playing in the pre-season? I am not sure on the answer to any of those questions, but I do know he has looked like a shell of himself through three games this season.
  • In my Game of the Week that no one knows about I had the Dolphins vs the Bills and I came away impressed with the Dolphins after a tough win against the team I feel is the best in football. Dynasty Owners with Tua Tagovailoa ($7,568,859) must be jumping for joy.
  • Finally, we have the Player of the Week Lamar Jackson ($23,016,000) and his monster 50.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance, marking consecutive weeks Jackson surpassed the 50-point mark. I know Dynasty Owners with Lamar Jackson on their roster are loving his production, but this dominance could become an issue in the off-season when he is sitting at the negotiating table.

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. Noah Brown (WR – DAL) – 1 year/$1,187,500 – 75.32% Rostered

In the top spot that means nothing, we have Noah Brown. Brown has looked very good through three games this season and is to the point where you can trust him on your Dynasty Owner Bench, if not the Starting lineup until Dak Prescott ($40,000,000) and Michael Gallup ($11,500,000) are back to full strength. I don’t worry about Dak and Gallup because Brown lacks talent, I worry because Cooper Rush ($977,500) and Brown have an excellent connection on the field, while Dak is more likely to favor CeeDee Lamb ($3,502,503) and Gallup upon his return. Until then, Noah Brown should be rostered in all leagues after posting three straight games with double digit points. Brown has an impressive stat line of 15 catches, 213 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown, scoring a total of 42.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points which is good enough to be the WR25 on the platform.

Winning Bid – $5

  • Brian Hoyer (NE – QB) – 2 years/$2,000,000 – 1.7% Rostered
  • Bailey Zappe (NE – QB) – 4 years/$1,076,768 – 8.94% Rostered

You may be asking yourself why there are two quarterbacks listed above, while I am asking why in the world did the Patriots go into the season with Brian Hoyer as their backup QB. Hoyer is the owner, proud or not, of an 0-11 record in his last 11 NFL starts. I am joking of course as it all has not been Hoyer’s fault, but I did throw his teammate, rookie third string quarterback Bailey Zappe on here to be safe. After seeing Belichick make a former special teams coordinator and a defensive coordinator the co-offensive coordinators for the Patriots, nothing will surprise me coming out of Foxborough. All of that said the starter will likely be Hoyer, but Zappe may not be a bad pickup as we could see him if Hoyer comes out and plays terrible. Look for the Patriots to attempt a few repeats of last year’s game against the Bills with less than five pass attempts over the next few weeks. Regardless of who gets the nod they will be a cheap starting quarterback and those are always a hot commodity on Dynasty Owner.

Winning Bid – $2 each

  • Zay Jones (WR – JAC) – 3 years/$8,000,000 – 37.45% Rostered

This selection here really hurts my heart because it means I may have to admit Jaguars GM Trent Baalke was right and that he did a good job this off-season. Through three games, Zay Jones is the 24th ranked receiver and has scored double digits in two of his three games including a near 25-point outburst in Week 3. Jones’ quarterback, Trevor Lawrence ($9,198,372), is starting to look like the player we all expected him to be coming out of Clemson. The more Lawrence improves the better I expect Zay Jones to be on Sundays. I don’t know that Jones will be a consistent player this season, but he has already shown he is capable of big weeks on a team that is just starting to figure things out.

Winning bid – $4

  • Richie James (WR – NYG) – 1 year/$1,065,000 – 57.45% Rostered

Finally, we have a player who I am not all that thrilled about, but he has shown he is a capable Bench option through three weeks of play. Richie James has put-up double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in two out of three weeks, missing the hat trick by only 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Cowboys last night on Monday Night Football. Another major factor in James making this list is the Sterling Shepard ($10,250,000) injury that is almost certainly season ending. Shepard and James have been the top two targets for Big Blue this season and I am expecting James’ workload to increase in the coming weeks. If Daniel Jones ($6,416,014) and the Giants can continue to play well, James will be well worth the couple of Dynasty Dollars you spent to get him. At worst, James will be a great depth player to have on your roster and as I have learned over the few years that I have played this game, depth is extremely important.

Winning bid – $4

Thank you all for reading and good luck with your Week 4 matchups! Don’t forget to check out the other articles from Steve, Matt, and Nate, 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!

Week 3 Recap: Close Games

NFL Week 3 Roundup

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

There were 11 one-possession NFL games this week with eight games being decided by four points or less. The Monday Night Football game between Dallas and the New York Giants was decided by 7 points (Cowboys 23, Giants 16) and two Sunday games had 8-point margins (Rams vs. Cardinals and Panthers vs. Saints), which is a one-possession game. Out of those eight games decided by four points or less, three of them had clutch scoring events that added the 3.0 point Dynasty Owner clutch scoring bonus for five players. In addition, two games had teams (Raiders and Buccaneers) miss two-point conversion attempts late in the fourth quarter that would have tied the game. Then there was the ending of the Buffalo-Miami game that saw Buffalo offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey lose it after they couldn’t get a play off to try a Hail Mary at the end of the game.

I bet that we had a lot of close games in Dynasty Owner as well since the games that I’ve seen have been lower scoring than the first two weeks. I didn’t see any 200 Dynasty Owner fantasy point games, but then again I haven’t seen the scores for every match-up this week and could have missed one. With quite a few injuries to top players and backups coming in and playing well, it’s likely that many of the top Dynasty Owner performances for the week came from players sitting on the Bench and only getting 25% of the points credited to their total final score. The close scores may have led to some upsets in Dynasty Owner games as a few of the top scoring teams in the Chase for the Ring now have a loss on their record.

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

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

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of September 27th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our third Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2022 makes it three for three in QBs winning this award. The winner is a pretty well decorated player who had a great game last week but wasn’t quite good enough to win. He did it this week though. Our winner this week is: Lamar Jackson

This is the fourth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor for Lamar Jackson ($23,016,000), but the first since he bet on himself to have a great season and get a huge free agent contract next year. So far, it was a great bet as he is the top scoring player in Dynasty Owner with 131.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through three games (43.9 points per game) with two games of over 50.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Last week, he had 53.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which is more points than he had this week when he scored 50.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (218 passing yards, 107 rushing yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT). It was his second consecutive 2 point bonus for 100+ yards rushing this season as he had 119 rushing yards against Miami last week. This week, it was the New England defense that couldn’t stop him. Lamar is clearly enjoying these games against the AFC East and is likely looking forward to his fourth AFC East game in a row when the Ravens face the Buffalo Bills this coming week. Jackson was the clear winner with over a dozen more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than his nearest rival (Jalen Hurts – $1,506,292 with 38.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points).

Week 3 Points: 50.6

2022 Salary: $23,016,000

Cost per Point: $454,862

Congratulations to Lamar on your first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week award this season and your fourth overall to put you in a tie with Josh Allen ($43,005,667) for second most (behind Week 1 winner Patrick Mahomes – $45,000,000). It’s possible he could make it three 50.0 plus Dynasty Owner fantasy point games in a row against AFC East opponents next week.

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. The third Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2022 season our second first-time winner in a row: Khalil Herbert

Khalil Herbert ($902,677) didn’t start this game for the Bears, but he certainly finished it after Bears starting RB David Montgomery ($1,003,845) was injured. Shockingly, Montgomery has never been Value Player of the Week despite his low salary. It was the first one for Herbert and he did it with the best performance of his career with 32.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (157 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 12 receiving yards, 2 TDs). Prior to this week, his best game was Week 7 of last year when he had 20.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (100 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 33 receiving yards) in a start against Tampa Bay after Montgomery got injured a couple of weeks earlier. Herbert’s performance is a major reason why many people think that he’ll be the starting RB for the Bears next season as Montgomery’s rookie contract expires at the end of this season. It’s fairly remarkable that his ADP was 119.9 this season, although that was a big improvement over his 189.2 ADP from last season. Everyone who took Herbert, either in a startup draft or in last year’s rookie draft, is likely very excited by this performance and the potential of Herbert moving forward this year and beyond.

Week 3 Points: 32.9

2022 Salary: $902,677

Cost per Point: $27,437

Congratulations Khalil on the first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor of your career. Just like Amon-Ra St. Brown ($1,066,313) who last week’s winner, the potential is there for him to win many more while playing under his rookie contract.

Week 3 Surprise and Totally Predictable Events

This section is where I highlight one fantasy football surprise of the week and one totally predictable thing. The surprise should be surprising for most people, but the totally predictable thing might be something that I’ve been believing and saying for a while, but nobody’s been listening or agreeing with me on it. Hopefully everyone reading this section is enjoying it as much as I am:

Surprise of the Week: It’s three weeks in a row that a trio of RBs who people didn’t think were worth drafting as even their RB2 have put up RB1 numbers. At first, this was just going to be about Cordarrelle Patterson ($5,250,000) being the overall RB4 in Dynasty Owner, but then I noticed that James Robinson ($763,333) has continued to play well so far this season in his return from injury and is the overall RB3. To round out the current Top 5 RBs, we have Clyde Edwards-Helaire ($2,705,393) in fifth place and my mind (and the topic) was changed for the week. It’s a good year to be a zero RB advocate as you could have avoided a lot of the big name RBs in Dynasty Owner startup drafts and gotten Edwards-Helaire in the sixth round (ADP 71.4), Patterson in the 10th round (ADP 116.3) and Robinson in the 11th or 12th round (ADP 133.0) and have three RBs worth having in your Starting lineup every week. So far, the trio has scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in all but one game this season (Patterson had only 4.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2).

I was onboard with Robinson this year as I wasn’t a believer in Travis Etienne ($3,224,526). See last week’s Totally Predictable Event of the Week section, but the rest are surprising to me and most Dynasty Owners. While Dynasty Owners were onboard with Saquon Barkley ($7,217,000), I wasn’t and felt that his ADP of 37.4 was too much. He’s the overall RB2 after Monday Night Football to make it a quartet of surprise top RBs.

Totally Predictable Event of the Week: Stacking top QBs with their top receivers (either WRs or TEs) continues to be an excellent Dynasty Owner strategy. In the Top 25 players, there is one QB-TE stack of Lamar Jackson with Mark Andrews ($14,000,000) being the #1 overall and the #19 overall players respectively. Josh Allen and his top WR Stefon Diggs ($14,400,000) are also both in the Top 10 with Allen being #2 and Diggs being #7. The Dolphins have three Top 25 players with Tua Tagovailoa ($7,568,859) ranked #4 and a pair of his WRs in Jaylen Waddle ($6,771,498) ranked #10 and Tyreek Hill ($18,000,000) ranked #20. There are also two very unexpected stacks of Lions’ QB Jared Goff ($33,500,000) and WR Amon-Ra St. Brown at #13 and #14 right now and Jaguars’ QB Trevor Lawrence ($9,198,372) at #11 with WR Christian Kirk ($18,000,000) at #22. Expanding this to the Top 26 would have added Eagles QB Jalen Hurts ($1,506,292) who is third overall and his new WR A.J. Brown ($1,413,092) who is in 26th place in Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

I’m not saying that people are actively avoiding stacking players, but it doesn’t appear to be as widespread as I would have thought. It surprises me at times in startup drafts (and even mock drafts) when Dynasty Owners don’t take a stack when they reasonably could have done so. I understand getting the “best player available” but I’m totally fine with taking a player to form a stack a little bit earlier than his ADP to achieve it. Seeing these stacks doing so well is very predictable even if the pairs aren’t the expected ones in all cases.

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 Week 3. These are players who aren’t on a lot of Dynasty Owner rosters and if they are, were more likely to be on your Bench or Practice Squad in Week 3 when they should have been in your Starting lineup.

QB: Trevor Lawrence (JAC – $9,198,372) – 33.8 points

This week was the highest scoring fantasy game of Trevor Lawrence’s NFL career (33.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He also had his second 3 TD game with the first one coming in his debut game (Week 1 of last year). He also had zero turnovers in back-to-back weeks for the first time in his career. Lawrence had 262 passing yards, 7 rushing yards, 3 TDs and 1 2-pt conversion this week to score his points and led the Jaguars to the biggest blowout of the week, a 38-10 victory over the Chargers. He is now the QB8 in Dynasty Owner with 75.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, ahead of a couple of other QBs still on rookie contracts, Joe Burrow ($9,047,534) and Kyler Murray ($8,914,504). He only had two games last year with more points than his average of 25.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week this year.

RB: Jamaal Williams (DET – $3,000,000) – 24.7 points

With Khalil Herbert getting the Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week, another RB gets this nod here. It’s another backup RB who plays for a NFC North team and took over for an injured starter, just like Herbert. Jamaal Williams didn’t have as many Dynasty Owner fantasy points as Herbert with his 87 rushing yards, 2 receptions for 20 receiving yards and 2 TDs counting for 24.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It was Williams’ second 2 TD game of the season. Williams is now RB11 for the season with 47.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, giving the Lions two Top 12 RBs as D’Andre Swift ($2,134,728) has 52.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to rank as RB6. Williams may have the opportunity to be a quality Starter for the next two weeks with Swift possibly sitting out until after the Lions’ Week 6 bye. If your Dynasty Owner team needs a RB with Swift out and you didn’t handcuff him with Williams, then you’ll have to make a trade offer since he is rostered in 99.57% of Dynasty Owner leagues.

WR: Mack Hollins (LV – $2,000,000) – 30.0 points

In a small way, I did have this predicted as I had Hollins on one of my DraftKings teams this week. I should have picked him my Starting WR recommendation, but I didn’t. Of course, I made that DraftKings pick after the news about Hunter Renfrow ($708,987) being out was announced and Hollins was in my FLEX spot because I was filling out my team and needed someone at or below his weekly salary. Still, I’m not sure many people had Hollins in fantasy in any place this week.

Hollins had as many targets as Davante Adams ($28,000,000) did (10 each) and five more than Darren Waller ($7,450,000). Hollins turned those 10 targets into 8 receptions for 158 receiving yards and a TD. Plus, he had a 4-yard pass to Josh Jacobs ($2,983,350) to finish off his 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point day. Hollins is a leading candidate for Jay’s Free Agent Auction target article due to his low salary of $2,000,000 combined with his very low roster percentage (5.53%).

Currently, Hollins leads the Raiders with 240 receiving yards and is second with 14 receptions. After three weeks, he has 10.1 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Darren Waller and only trails Davante Adams by 9.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He has 5 receptions of 20 yards or more already this season, tops on the Raiders and only one behind the leader in the category, Tyreek Hill who has six. Only DeVonta Smith ($5,035,348) had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points (31.2) among WRs this week, but he was easily in more Starting lineups than Hollins.

TE: David Njoku (CLE – $13,687,500) – 23.9 points

Njoku was the second best TE in Dynasty Owner this week with his 23.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions, 89 receiving yards, 1 TD). He was tied with Mark Andrews in receiving yards by a TE this week, but Andrews had two TDs along with one less reception to score 28.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It was a great week for Njoku, and he is now the TE9 in Dynasty Owner even though he had only scored 7.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions for 39 receiving yards) in the first two games of the Browns’ season. All it took was one Thursday Night Football game for Njoku to shine and start to earn his 4-year, $54.75 million contract and be worthy of having in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup.

After going without a catch for the first two weeks of the season, Colts rookie Jelani Woods ($1,343,118) had a pair of TD catches in the Colts victory over the Chiefs. He only had two receptions for the entire game for 13 receiving yards, but both receptions went for a TD (1 yard TD in first quarter and a 12-yard TD late in the fourth quarter). The fourth quarter TD put the Colts ahead by a score of 19-17 with 24 seconds left in fourth quarter and thus, was a clutch scoring event. Woods was a middle-to-late third round rookie draft pick (31.9 rookie draft ADP) and picked in the middle of the 16th round on average (ADP 199.5) in startup drafts, so he wasn’t expected to be in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup and especially not after going scoreless the first two weeks.

K: Greg Zuerlein (NYJ – $2,750,000) – 18.0 points

The kicker known as Greg the Leg set the record for Dynasty Owner fantasy points by a kicker in a game this season with 18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He had two FGs of between 40 and 49 yards (40 and 43 yards) worth 4.0 points each and two FGs of 50 yards or more (50 and 52 yards) worth 5.0 points each. He has rebounded nicely after missing two kicks (45 yards FG and PAT attempt) and scoring only 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point in Week 1. Zuerlein accounted for all of the Jets’ points in this week’s 27-12 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite a salary that is only 22nd highest in Dynasty Owner, Zuerlein was the 28th kicker drafted on average (ADP 267.2) in Dynasty Owner startup drafts, meaning that Dynasty Owners weren’t counting on having him in their Starting lineups. Hopefully they got him in there this week.

Honorable mention for Chicago kicker Cairo Santos ($3,000,000) who has a listed ADP of either 0 or N/A depending on where you look. While he is currently on a roster in two-thirds (68.09%) of Dynasty Owner leagues, Santos wasn’t drafted in enough leagues to have an actual ADP. The fact that he had only 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through two weeks in addition to the non-existent startup draft ADP means that he likely wasn’t in many Starting lineups this week. That’s a shame as those Dynasty Owners missed out on a 16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort (FGs of 30, 47 and 50 yards plus two PATs) which included a 3.0 point clutch scoring bonus for the 30-yard FG with no time left on the clock in the fourth quarter.

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 would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored very few or zero Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3. All of them should have been riding your Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Russell Wilson (DEN – $35,000,000) – 10.9 points

The “Let Russ Cook” memes are getting out of hand at this point. Here are a couple of good ones

All of these are popular because Russell Wilson has been so bad this season. He is the QB20 on the season with declining production in every week (24.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1, 14.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2, and 10.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3). He didn’t have a TD in Week 3 after just one in each of the first two weeks and the Broncos only scored 11 points on Sunday Night Football against the 49ers. He did have zero turnovers, but only 184 passing yards and 17 rushing yards to get those 10.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3. Wilson was a trendy pick for being a Top 5 QB in fantasy this season and he has clearly not lived up to those expectations.

Dishonorable mentions to two QBs who were in the Top 12 after two weeks, but honestly shouldn’t really have been in too many Dynasty Owner Starting lineups. Carson Wentz ($32,000,000) had only 8.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (211 passing yards, 22 rushing yards, 2 fumbles – 1 lost) after the two best performances of his career in Week 1 (40.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Week 2 (36.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Joe Flacco ($3,500,000) was a player who should have been in your Starting lineup last week with 40.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but went severely backwards in Week 3 with just 1.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (285 passing yards, 2 INTs, 3 fumbles – 2 lost). Neither of them should have been anywhere near your Starting lineup this week.

RB: Darrell Henderson (LAR – $1,053,001) – 1.7 points

After being the clear lead RB in the Rams’ opening week game and getting 18 touches, Henderson has seen his touches decline to 10 in Week 2 and down to only four in Week 3 with just 17 rushing yards (1.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He had scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first two weeks (12.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 and 10.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2) with those double-digit touches. In contrast, Cam Akers ($1,543,258) has gotten double-digit touches for the past two weeks (17 touches in Week 2 and 12 touches in Week 3), more than Henderson in both of those weeks. That was after Akers only got 3 touches and 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1. This distribution of touches will make it difficult to rely on Henderson even as a FLEX option in upcoming weeks and he definitely should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench this past week.

WR: D.J. Moore (CAR – $20,628,000 – 2.5 points)

Sorry Tim, but D.J. Moore is the pick here. He has not been good all season and finally reached his low point on Sunday with only 2.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception, 2 receiving yards, 13 rushing yards). It’s bad that he only had three touches, but even worse that two of those were rushing attempts. Clearly something is wrong with his connection to new Carolina QB Baker Mayfield ($18,858,000). It’s been a bust of a season overall for Moore and it would be worse if he didn’t have a TD in Week 2. Moore only has 23.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 88 receiving yards, 20 rushing yards, 1 TD). The seven receptions are the product of 18 targets (six targets each game) which is a completion percentage of 38.9% on targets from Baker Mayfield, below Mayfield’s completion percentage of 51.9% this season. Hopefully their connection improves so Moore can be in Dynasty Owner Starting lineups, but this week he shouldn’t have been.

TE: Logan Thomas (WAS – $8,201,667) – 2.5 points

Through two weeks, Thomas was easily inside the Top 12 TEs with 20.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 82 receiving yards, 1 TD) which shows how easy it is to be a top TE. He wasn’t a Starting TE in both weeks as he had 7.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 and 12.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2. He definitely wasn’t a Starting TE in Week 3 as he only had 2.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 5 receiving yards) on three targets. Commanders QB Carson Wentz attempted 43 passes in Week 3, so Thomas was clearly an afterthought in the offense which struggled and only had 8 points against the Eagles. Even with this Bench worthy performance, Thomas is still TE13 for the season.

Dishonorable mentions for both Hayden Hurst (1.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Albert Okwuegbunam (2.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Even though both of them had fewer points than Thomas, they were both outside of the Top 12 TEs. Albert O was not really close but was still the 12th TE drafted on average (ADP 114.1) in Dynasty Owner startup drafts, so his lack of a Top 12 TE weekly performance so far has been pretty disappointing to his Dynasty Owners. That includes just 2.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 12 yards) this week. Hayden Hurst was TE13 after two games and held to only 1.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 7 yards). Hurst was injured and played fewer snaps than fellow Bengals TE Mitchell Wilcox ($610,000), but while he came into the game injured, he did play and can’t be excluded him from this spot.

K: Greg Joseph (MIN – $2,433,000) – 0.0 points

There were three performances by kickers who Dynasty Owners clearly didn’t want to have in their Starting lineup. Vikings kicker Greg Joseph “wins” as the Vikings were anticipated to score a lot of points this week since they were playing the Lions, who had given up 65 points in their first two games. Joseph had six kick attempts and made all four PATs, but missed a pair of 56 yards FGs which cost him 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points each. Those four points for the PATs match the four lost points from the missed FGs.

Dishonorable mentions for Commanders kicker Joey Slye ($2,433,000) who is having a rough season with zero FG attempts and only a total of 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the entire season (3 made PATs and one missed PAT). This week, Slye had no kicking attempts at all as the Commanders only scored one TD late in the fourth quarter and attempted a 2-point conversion because they were losing by 16 points at the time.

The second dishonorable mention is for former Chiefs kicker Matt Ammendola ($825,000). Ammendola was a replacement for the injured Harrison Butker ($4,055,000) and got released after scoring -2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (made one out of two PATs and one out of two under 39 yard FG attempts). Ammendola missed a 34-yard FG in the fourth quarter that would have put the Chiefs up by seven points and made a 26 yarder earlier. He was only rostered in 20% of Dynasty Owner leagues, so hopefully few Dynasty Owners had Ammendola in their Starting lineup.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – OG’s Raiders vs. Florida Mayhem

Let’s check out our Match-up of the Week in League of Extraordinary Nerds (League #129380) and see if the team formerly in the Top 25 (OG’s Raiders) got the victory or if the projections were correct and it was going to be the team favored to win (Florida Mayhem).

The projections win out this week as Florida Mayhem won pretty handily by a score of 146.08 to 106.55. The win puts both teams at 2-1 for the season, but OG’s Raiders still have more points (485.1 points) than Florida Mayhem (422.2 points). As a result, OG’s Raiders are in second place in the League, while Florida Mayhem is in fourth place. There is an undefeated team in this League (Orange Crush) and they are obviously in first place with their 3-0 record.

This match-up was close through Sunday and came down to Monday Night Football. Florida Mayhem got 45.3 from the two players in their Starting Lineup in the Monday night game (Saquon Barkley and CeeDee Lamb – $3,502,503) to go ahead of OG’s Raiders. OG’s Raiders had both Cooper Rush ($977,500) and Tony Pollard ($796,945) on their Bench and got a combined 29.0 points from the Cowboys’ duo, which added 7.25 points to their total. The close game got blown wide open as OG’s Raiders slim lead after the Sunday games vanished and Florida Mayhem secured the victory.

The pair of Barkley and Lamb were the leading scorers for Florida Mayhem with Patrick Mahomes also chipping in 20.7 points. Nobody scored that many points for OG’s Raiders as they were led in scoring by 16.4 points from Cooper Kupp ($15,750,000) and 15.3 points from Tua Tagovailoa.

Don’t make me search the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring Leaderboard again for a match-up. If you have an intriguing match-up in Week 4 that you’d like highlighted as the Match-up of the Week, let me know on Twitter (@SteveVT33). Then, check back on Friday to see if your game is the one selected.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

Speaking of the Chase for the Ring leaderboard, let’s see which teams stayed in from last week and who’s at the top of the list after three weeks of the 2022 Dynasty Owner season.

The Top 10 looks similar to last week as eight of the teams from last week are still here a week later. Only Week 1 leader All Madden Team and Password is Taco dropped out. All Madden Team went from seventh place to 13th place, while Password is Taco went from tenth place to outside of the Top 25.

The top four teams stayed the same, but the order changed as Clara Strong 💪 in League #27448 dropped from the top spot down to 3rd place. They also lost this week as their record is 2-1 (more on that later). Dirty Birds moved up one spot from 2nd to 1st place, while The Truthavailoa moved up one spot from 3rd to 2nd place. The Clara Strong 💪 in League #28280 won their game and remain in fourth place. Two other teams also maintained their exact Top 10 position from last week (juan blanco in 6th place and Quaranteam in 8th place). Rotting Husk of Al Davis jumped four spots from 9th to 5th place, while Vikings dropped five spots from 5th to 10th place.

Our Week 2 leader, Clara Strong 💪 in League #27448, lost their match-up this week by a score of 147.91 to 135.70 to the Barley Boyz. They are joined by newcomer Moose Knuckles (League #129391 – Make Fantasy Football Great Again) at 2-1 but inside the Top 10. Moose Knuckles are currently in seventh place. Three other teams (TheDons, Mushy Hardhead, and The Bonnie Scots) are in the Top 25 of the Chase, but have each lost a game. Finally, we have Only 21 Million from League #80325 rounding out our Top 10 in 9th place.

Conclusions

If your Dynasty Owner or NFL team was in a close game, hopefully they won it. The Patriots were in one of the biggest blowouts of the week, losing by 11 points (37-26), but it was a completely different story in my Dynasty Owner games. In all six Dynasty Owner games, the average margin of victory was 7.07 points. I defeated The Black and Yellow in the Writer’s League (League #80545) by just 0.41 points thanks to 8.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from my Bench TE Daniel Bellinger ($1,113,276). That wasn’t even the closest game in that league as High Rollerz beat Dirty Hippie Farmer by 0.08 points (122.13 to 122.05). Now that’s a close game!

In addition to this weekly recap article, Dynasty Owner has plenty of other great content to help you win your League Championship and maybe become our 2022 Chase for the Ring Champion. Our 2022 in-season publication schedule has double the content as the off-season and is released as follows:

  • Mondays: Jay Pounds will preview the Monday Night Football matchup from the Dynasty Owner perspective. Monday is also when the Champions podcast will be released on YouTube and wherever you get your podcasts.
  • Tuesdays: Jay Pounds is back with his weekly Free Agent Auction targets article to help you figure out what players to bid on before the first Free Agent Auction run of the week is processed on Wednesday at 5 AM (Eastern). A rock n’ roll radio DJ would be calling it “Two for Tuesday“ in terms of Dynasty Owner content since this article also comes out on Tuesday.
  • Wednesday: Matt Morrison – The Jerk writes about a topic of his choosing and his weekly rankings will also pop up on Wednesdays as well.
  • Thursday: Matt Morrison – The Jerk will preview the Thursday Night Football game, which will include his selection for “Value of the Game”.
  • Friday: Listen to the Dynasty Owner podcast with me and Jay or watch it on YouTube on Friday morning. Then in the afternoon, it’s time for me to preview the Sunday and Monday games and look into one Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week in my Weekly preview article.

Please read all of our articles, listen to the podcasts and watch the Livestream with me and Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer on Wednesdays at 4 PM or afterwards if you can’t catch us live. Don’t forget follow Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well. Thanks for reading!

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Monday Night Football Preview: Week 3

NFL WEEK 3 MNF PREVIEW

Cowboys at Giants

By: Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl)

Dynasty Owners, can you believe we are almost finished with Week 3 already? Time sure does fly when you’re having fun and I don’t know about you, but for me as an adult, fantasy football has become my proverbial toy store and I can never quite get enough. It is certainly sad to see the year already flying by, but I won’t let my emotions get the best of me as we have some football to talk about.

What to Watch For

In the third Monday night matchup of the year, I will be watching the Giants team extremely close as they are one of the more surprising 2-0 teams in recent memory. Brian Daboll has done a fine job in the Big Apple through 2 weeks of play and Saquon Barkley ($7,217,000) finally looks like Saquon Barkley again. The only real disappointment for the Giants through almost 3 weeks of play has been their star signing from last season, Kenny Golladay ($18,000,000).

On the other side of the ball, I will be watching for a few different things but none more important than how Cooper Rush ($977,500) will play in his second straight start after having a promising debut. I will also be looking to see how the target share will playout for the Cowboys and paying close attention to the running back position in Big D. As much as I hate to say it about my former beloved Buckeye Ezekiel Elliot (15,000,000), it does not seem he is ever going to get back to the Zeke many of us grew so fond of. Expect a heavy dose of both Ezekiel Elliot and Tony Pollard ($796,945) in tonight’s game.

Expect an old school approach to this game with Dallas looking like the team that adapted to the new age NFL a fraction of a second quicker than their opponent, giving them a slight edge when the clock hits triple 0’s.

Over/Under Predictions – Cowboys

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Cooper RushQB$977,50017.1Over

I like Rush heading into tonight’s matchup and expect him to score slightly more than his projected total. Limiting turnovers will be key.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Tony PollardRB$796,94510.1Over

It seems Pollard’s role is growing, and I see no reason it stops tonight when he hits the over. I’m taking the over for the guy who may lead this Dallas RB committee before long if he doesn’t already.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
CeeDee LambWR$3,502,50315.0Under

I am expecting a good game for Lamb, but he does not quite hit the over. Look for him to finish in the 11.0 to 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point range.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Noah BrownWR$1,187,5007.8Over

The surprising star of the Cowboys’ receiver room this year should hit the over again as he and new starting quarterback Cooper Rush have a ton of chemistry.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Dalton SchultzTE$10,931,0009.9Under

I am not sure that Schultz will play in tonight’s matchup but either way I am not expecting a huge game after the injury. Schultz will have an impact if he plays, but it may not show on the stat sheet.

Over/Under Predictions – Giants

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Daniel JonesQB$6,416,01419.3Under

I am not expecting much from Daniel Jones tonight and I don’t think the Giants will either. If Jones can pick his spots and play smart, they’ll have a shot to win the game, but that recipe doesn’t involve him hitting the over.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Saquon BarkleyRB$7,217,00019.4Under

Saquon has looked good in 2022 and I think that continues in tonight’s matchup, but I don’t see him exploding for a 20-point performance. I am expecting Barkley to finish in the 14.0 to 18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point range.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Sterling ShepardWR$10,250,00011.9Over

A touchdown saved Shepard from a bad Week 1, and he performed ok by his standards in Week 2. He leaves no doubt in Week 3. Smash the over on Shepard tonight.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Richie JamesWR$1,065,0009.5Under

Richie James has had a respectable start to the season, and I expect him to have his name called in tonight’s game. Unfortunately for anyone playing him, I don’t see him hitting double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Daniel BellingerTE$1,113,2762.8Over

Smash the over on rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger in tonight’s matchup! Why you ask? No, it is not because I am expecting a big game, but because he only has to score 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to hit the over. It’s the equivalent to one of your teachers giving you a passing grade for showing up and writing your name on a test.

Dynasty Owner Games of the Week

Every week, I will pick at least one Dynasty Owner game that is close in score and will be decided during Monday Night Football. If you happen to find yourself in this situation on Sunday night, please get ahold of me on Twitter (@jaypoundsnfl) and I will gladly feature your game here.

Game 1 – League #27446

BucsFreak – Saquon Barkley in Starting Lineup left to play

Just Win Baby – Michael Gallup on Bench left to play

While you may have never guessed it by looking at the weekly scores, both Dynasty Owners here have a solid roster. I know one of the, will walk away happy with a win, but luck of the matchup is why either of these two have a shot this week. Hey, sometimes the luck of the draw is all you need to win a sketchy week. I am expecting this to be very tight when all is said and done but with the way the Dallas defense has been playing this season, I must go with the BucsFreak to hold on and pull off the victory. Just Win Baby has a shot if Saquon Barkley can bust off a big play or two, but that is a tough ask against this Dallas defense. I predict BucsFreak wins by 1.0 to 3,0 points, but this could all change if Michael Gallup ($11,500,000) does not take the field tonight. Long story short I think I would be more nervous than Giants backup QB Tyrod Taylor ($3,500,000) in a Chargers medical facility if I were either of these owners heading into prime time tonight.

Game 2 – League #27450

Shillelagh Law – No one left in Starting lineup or Bench to play

Adams Family – CeeDee Lamb in Starting Lineup and Daniel Jones on Bench left to play

In our second matchup of the week, we have another contest that is projected to finish extremely close with a final score of 119.23-118.27. While I tend to have a strong opinion on these matchups, I am having a lot of trouble picking this one but ultimately ended up going with Shillelagh Law. I am expecting a low scoring defensive game tonight, by 2022 standards at least. Had Dak Prescott ($40,000,000) been healthy I likely would have changed my tune here and while I am expecting Cooper Rush to play well again this week, I don’t think we see a huge CeeDee Lamb performance until Dak gets back to the field. The final reason I went against Adams Family is because I just can’t trust Daniel Jones against a good defense in a prime-time game.

Value of the Game Recap

If you all remember back to last week, we had two Monday night games and while I did pick a player for each game Bills WR Gabriel Davis ($998,595) was my choice in the first game and did not play. Because of that I am prepared to look the other way and throw that selection out the window. All jokes aside if I had gone with only one player for both games last week. it would have been Jalen Hurts ($1,506,292) as he has been playing lights out and has the ball in his hands way too much to pick against him in this format. I had Hurts for a 41.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy point game (DOFP) and the lowest Dynasty Dollar per Fantasy Point (DD/PT). Thankfully, he had another great week (37.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) helping me even out my Value of the Game record.

Week 2PlayerDOFPSalaryDD/PT
Week 2 WinnerJalen Hurts37.3$1,506,292$40,410

Overall Record: 1-1

Value of the Game

Week 3 Winner – Cooper Rush

Jay’s Projected Stat LinePassing YardsPassing TDsINTsDOFP
Cooper Rush2652122.3

Another week, another Value of the Game. In Week 3. I am going to go with another quarterback as players at the position just have way too many chances to put up points throughout a 60-minute game. When you pair that with a sub $1,000,000 salary you tend to get a great “bang for your buck” as many like to say. In Week 2, I was worried about Cooper Rush looking wide eyed and in over his head, but he passed the test against a good Bengals defense and that performance has given me the confidence to select him for such a prestigious honor on the Dynasty Owner platform.

The other players I considered for tonight’s Value of the Game were Tony Pollard ($796,945), Noah Brown ($1,187,500) and Richie James ($1,065,000). Who would you have picked? Feel free to let me know on Twitter (@jaypoundsnfl).

Be sure to check out all our upcoming content this season. We will have several articles, podcasts, and the Livestream on Wednesday at 4 PM (Eastern) for everyone each week. Thank you all for reading and I hope your teams killed it this week. Stay safe out there and good luck on your 2022 Chase for the Ring!