Assessing Undervalued Players for the 2020 Season

Author: Chris Wolf

Now that the dust has settled after a truly unique draft experience, rookie contracts are beginning to take shape and we now have the initial set of data for projections. Evaluation is a crucial part of fantasy projection and since we will be cheated out of mini-camps (thanks COVID-19), we have to use what information is available to us.

Taking a look at both rookies and “veterans” value predictions for the upcoming season, there are a few points to consider. We now have a player’s college and for some, early NFL production. We have testing scores from the NFL Combine and of course, the “YouTube pro days” for many of the draft prospects. There is a player’s draft position to consider, which is widely overlooked in evaluation. I also think it’s important to see the organization’s take on the players they drafted or recently signed. The initial draft reaction, the coaches’ and GM’s press conferences are fantastic points of intelligence gathering to determine how a player may be utilized and how they envision their role in the organization.

In this article we are focusing on drafting from the vantage point of Value Based Drafting (VBD). In dynasty leagues, we want value at draft cost. In Dynasty Owner we really want value at salary cost as well. Ultimately, we need to make a clear distinction between value and opportunity.

Value can be defined as – “the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something”. Whereas, Opportunity is – “a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something”. We know that opportunity trumps talent in the NFL. How many times have we seen replacement level players come through when the guy in front of them on the depth chart goes down? The newly available touches and/or targets creates an opportunity for the new starter.

Value is where cost and opportunity meet. We want to look at a player’s salary while assessing the opportunity for touches. For example; David Johnson went from a crowded backfield in Arizona to a great opportunity in Houston. Houston has a league leading 254 unaccounted for carries since the RB position was vacated by Carlos Hyde. David Johnson’s ridiculous $39,000,000 contract was sent to Houston soaking up 7.34% of the team’s cap. While Carlos Hyde’s 2019 $2,800,000 contract went from the Chiefs to the Texans. Carlos Hyde was an example of Value where David Johnston provides opportunity.

Keeping in mind; Value = Opportunity + Cost, we will take a look at some undervalued players that may provide good return for you in 2020 and beyond.

The Rookies

As Dynasty Fantasy Football players, we have been waiting for this draft class. It absolutely oozes with talent and there is value to be had if you look for it.

Cam Akers – At just 20 years old with a projected total contract value of $6,173,042; this second round pick is set up to contribute in a big way. The L.A. Rams have the second most vacated carries with the Todd Gurley departure and they may be less of a committee than we would think. With the insane contract of Gurley still eating up $17.25 million of the league leading $21.3 million of RB positional spending, Malcolm Brown and Darrel Henderson make up for $2,097,080 combined. With Akers yet to sign, he clearly carries the most draft equity and projected cap of the three Rams. DraftKings Sportsbook has the Florida State product at +2000 to win Rookie of the Year and with the opportunity given, that might be a good bet.

Devin Asiasi – The Patriots traded the 100th, 139th and 172 pick to go up and snare Asiasi with the 92nd pick this year. The Patriots appeared to value the TE position in the draft by also selecting Dalton Keene just 9 picks later. Keene offers more in the terms of athleticism, Asiasi profiles to be the more productive of the two. There are 124 vacated targets from 2019 to be had and an emphasis on Tight End production is evident with the 2020 draft capital. With a salary of $4,582,820, Asiasi could provide early career return in this new look offense.

Bryan Edwards – Edwards just might lead the Raiders wide receiver group in targets this season. The former Gamecock was a four year starter and brings a much needed workman-like quality with ideal size (6”2” 212 lbs) to this offense. He offers fantastic potential fantasy value as a sure-handed receiver in Gruden’s offense at the estimated total contract price of just $4,692,460. The eternally injured Tyrell Williams has a total contract value of $11,100,000 (by far more than all of the other WR’s combined) and is reportedly not a lock to make the final roster. Edwards has a real chance at 2020 production if he can stave off the uninspiring Zay Jones.

The Veterans

Jamison Crowder – At a $10,000,000 salary Crowder is sure to command the team lead in targets for the Jets. Compare him to other #1 WR’s in the league and he is a PPR bargain. He’s not flashy, but he’ll get the job done. Still just 27 years old; his targets, receptions, yards, and TD’s led the team last year and should repeat in 2020. Yes, they drafted the athletic Denzel Mims and signed Breshad Perriman but Crowder has Darnold’s trust and is sure to return value as a WR2-3.

Jace Sternberger – He is trending to be everyone’s offseason TE darling for good reason. This is another perfect storm where opportunity meets cost. Aaron Rodgers had a tough going trying to find consistency outside of Davante Adams and his WR2-by-committee wasn’t exactly a success. The zombie formerly known as Jimmy Graham is gone and not much is standing in Sternberger’s way of TE targets. At $956,632 salary, Sternberger is a great TE2 with low end TE1 upside.

Jordan Howard – This is not a sexy choice but Howard is vastly undervalued. In fact, Fantasy Pros has him so undervalued that he comes in at #RB48 in their dynasty rankings. At a conservative $4,750,000 cap hit, he is sure to be a valuable depth piece for your dynasty team. The addition of Matt Brieda to this run-first team shouldn’t scare you away from Howard’s projected volume. 225-250 touches is well within the realm of possibility for the 25 year old power back.

Kenyan Drake – Drake is not under the radar but he is surely undervalued. At 26 years old he is in a unique position to offer short term value without the hefty contract commitment. Arizona signed Drake to a one year, $8.483 million contract in March and he has a clear path to elite volume. He is the absolute poster child for “undervalued”. Take a look at his 2019 stats:

Add in 50 receptions for 345 yards and you have the makings of an RB1 at a bargain price.

The Takeaway

While many dynasty owners are focusing on the shiny new rookies this time of year, there is fantastic profit to be found in those that are overlooked or forgotten. Fantasy football is a finicky game that accentuates recent achievements but remains short-sighted and unforgiving for some players. Be different from the masses and take a look at data such as vacated targets/carries that lead to opportunity while weighing salary expenditure.

Chris Wolf is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner

Follow us on Twitter: @CKWolf21 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 14 Preview: Who’s Making the Playoffs?

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Week 14, the final week of the Dynasty Owner regular season and a lot of Owners are asking that very question. There are lots of Match-ups across all Dynasty Owner leagues with playoff implications. Who’s getting in? Who’s playing who in the playoffs next week? And who’s going to win their league and have a chance to win the Chase for the Ring? We’ll find out more once we figure out who’s making the playoffs.

We have a twist this week for our Match-up of the Week as we are going to analyze all of the Match-ups with playoff implications in one Dynasty Owner league (League #53). Through lucky scheduling, all six teams in contention for the playoffs in League #53 are facing off against one another. In one Match-up, we have the top seed and only team guaranteed to make the league playoffs facing off against the third ranked team. In the second Match-up, we have the second and fourth ranked teams, so whoever wins is in and the other team is sweating out the result of our third Match-up of the fifth and sixth seeds. In that Match-up, the loser is out, while the winner needs to score a lot of points and hope to win a tiebreaker.

This is our fourteenth Dynasty Owner game preview article and the final one of the regular season. Since we have three Match-ups to analyze, we’ll take a shorter look than normal at each one, but still make a prediction on the winner and final score for all three. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Activate These Guys

First, we’ll look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active in Week 13:

  • QB: Mitchell Trubisky – 33.3 points (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Derrius Guice – 29.7 points (Good recommendation)
  • WR: Cole Beasley – 23.0 points (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Jack Doyle – 19.3 points (Good recommendation)

A perfect 4-0 week with the Active recommendations! This is my second perfect week this season with the first one coming way back in Week 3. Not only were all four of these picks good, but all four players finished in the Top 10 at their respective positions. Let’s see if we can have a repeat performance with my recommendations of players who should be Active in Week 14.

Jacoby Brissett (QB – IND): Brissett is only averaging 16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game since returning from his knee injury. He averaged 23.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his first seven games of the season. Brissett did throw for over 300 yards against Tennessee last week, a significant improvement from his first two weeks back after being injured. Brissett should revert back to his early season form this week against a Tampa Bay defense that is near the bottom in passing defense, so make him Active.

Devonta Freeman (RB – ATL): Carolina gave up 248 yards rushing to the Redskins last week and are allowing an average of 137.5 yards per game on the ground. This week’s beneficiary of Carolina’s generosity will be Freeman. Freeman didn’t play against Carolina back in Week 11, but the collection of backup RBs the Falcons put out there still got a total of 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Freeman will do better than that and should be Active.

Dede Westbrook (WR – JAX): Westbrook has been a solid WR for the Jaguars with Gardner Minshew II at QB. He has scored double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in six of the eight games that both he and Minshew have appeared in. He also has caught both of his TD passes this season from Minshew. Westbrook has averaged 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points the past three weeks as well, so he’s on a bit of a roll. Westbrook could be a nice addition to the Active lineup this week for his Dynasty Owners.

Mike Gesicki (TE – MIA): Gesicki has been playing very well over the past five weeks, averaging 11.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over that time. That’s enough to get him up to the #19 TE in Dynasty Owner for the season. He scored 15.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 95 yards receiving) in the Dolphins’ last game versus this week’s opponent, the Jets. The Jets defense will likely be without safety Jamal Adams, which should help Gesicki as well. Gesicki has been worthy of being Active recently and should be Active this week.

Bench These Guys

Now, let’s look at last week and see how my Bench recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok) for Week 12 when I recommended having the following players on the Bench:

  • QB: Jameis Winston – 12.4 points (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Leonard Fournette – 18.1 points (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: Kenny Golladay – 25.8 points (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Darren Fells – 10.3 points (Bad recommendation)

Not the best of weeks with only one good recommendation and three bad ones. Hopefully this week’s Bench recommendations are better. Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use or have been using in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 14.

Kyler Murray (QB – ARI): Murray is coming off one of his worst performances of the season last week against the Rams, as he only scored 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Next up is the Steelers defense that is giving up an average of only 13.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to opposition QBs in the ten games since acquiring Minkah Fitzpatrick. Back in Week 5, the Steelers held Ravens QB Lamar Jackson to only 11.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and intercepted him three times. Expect Murray to have another bad performance this week and even though he’s the #7 QB in Dynasty Owner, he should be left on the Bench.

Todd Gurley (RB – LAR): Gurley has been getting a bigger workload recently because Sean McVay has stopped “being an idiot”. Gurley received 20+ touches in two of the Rams’ past three games after not getting 20 in any game prior. However, while he’s being used more, he’s not been lighting the fantasy world on fire as he’s just averaging 12.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in the four games since the Rams’ bye week. That’s slightly below his season long average of 13.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Gurley has been only average in night games this season so far, scoring an average of 11.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the Rams’ night games. Gurley might get more usage this week, but he’s likely to keep scoring only a dozen points, not enough to warrant being Active.

Tyler Lockett (WR – SEA): Lockett should have been in this space last week as he picked up a Blutarsky against the Vikings on Monday night. It wasn’t just last week as he’s only averaged 6.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his two games prior to the Blutarsky. If you remove his two biggest games of the year (40.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 9 versus Tampa Bay and 33.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3 versus New Orleans), Lockett is only averaging 11.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. That’s not good enough to be Active, so leave Lockett on the Bench this week.

Mark Andrews (TE – BAL): With a limited number of good TEs out there, it’s tough to find someone in the Top 10 who should be on the Bench every week. Dynasty Owners can’t really sit either of the top guys (Kelce or Kittle) even if they don’t have a great match-up. Slightly further down on the list we have Mark Andrews who is the #4 TE in Dynasty Owner and plays Buffalo this week. Andrews has been solid most of the season, but still has put up five games of less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, including in his last tough match-up against an AFC East team (New England). Andrews scored only 4.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Patriots. Buffalo has held down some good young TEs in recent weeks, allowing Noah Fant of Denver to only score 4.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Mike Gesicki of Miami to only score 5.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The Bills will hold down Andrews as well, so put him on the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-Up of the Week #1

Sobriety Is Boring (1st place) vs. Kramerica Industrys (3rd place)

It’s time for our first Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week.  We have the only team guaranteed to make the playoffs (Sobriety Is Boring) going up against the third place team (Kramerica Industrys). A win for Kramerica and they are safely in the playoffs at 10-4 and possibly the top seed, while a loss leaves them at 9-5 and hoping they have enough points to win a tiebreaker.

Some quick thoughts about this match-up:

  • Sobriety Is Boring is relying on a Tampa Bay QB-WR stack of Jameis Winston and Chris Godwin plus a pair of Green Bay Packers (Aaron Jones and Davante Adams) to carry them to victory. That’s over half of his Active lineup, so if the Tampa Bay and Green Bay offenses fail to produce, Sobriety Is Boring will be in trouble.
  • Kramerica Industrys is currently starting the wrong WRs with Marvin Jones and Michael Gallup Active and Davante Parker and Robert Woods on the Bench. Switching them around is recommended and would yield Kramerica another 4.6 projected Dynasty Owner fantasy points.
  • Another recommended switch for Kramerica would be to get Jared Goff in his Active lineup at QB and Bench Josh Allen who’s playing against Baltimore.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on the current lineup for each team has Sobriety Is Boring winning a pretty close game by a 133.2-122.6 margin. This one seems correct to me. Sobriety Is Boring should win a close game and secure the #1 seed in the playoffs.

Final score prediction: Sobriety Is Boring 128.7 vs. Kramerica Industrys 119.8

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week #2

Fuego (2nd place) vs. Grbalj (4th place)

The second Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week features two teams with identical 9-4 records, but different playoff hopes. By virtue of a league high 1663 points, Fuego sits in second place, while Grbalj is in fourth place. Fuego will make the playoffs even with a loss due to his lead in points, but Grbalj is only guaranteed a playoff spot with a victory.

Some quick thoughts about this match-up:

  • Grbalj currently has Michael Thomas on his Bench. Yes, he had a season low 10.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week and the Saints are playing against the 49ers, but he still should be Active as the #1 WR in Dynasty Owner. If not changed by Sunday, this decision could cost Grbalj some badly needed points.
  • Fuego has a lot riding on Monday Night Football with three Active players (Saquon Barkley, Zach Ertz and Jake Elliott) playing then, plus Alshon Jeffrey and Jordan Howard on the Bench. That’s a lot of players in one game!
  • Not a really good kicker to be found on either team. Jake Elliott, Aldrick Rosas, Brett Maher and Austin Seibert are your Active and Bench kickers for this Match-up and the highest rated one is Seibert at #15 for the season.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on the current lineup for each team has Fuego defeating Grbalj 138.4-119.1 margin. I think Fuego maintains his #2 spot in the playoffs with a larger than anticipated margin of victory.

Final score prediction: Fuego 140.6 vs. Grbalj 100.4

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week #3

Ring My BELL (5th place) vs. New Mexico Mountain (6th place)

Finally, we have a must-win situation for both teams to even make the playoffs with a pair of 8-5 teams in Ring My BELL and New Mexico Mountain. Ring my BELL has the better chance of making the playoffs, but he needs to win, hope that Grbalj loses and that he can outscore Grbalj by 80 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That’s a tall mountain to climb! Speaking of mountains, New Mexico Mountain is looking at a 5th place finish at best since he is almost 100 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind Ring My BELL and 180 behind Grbalj.

Some quick thoughts about this match-up:

  • Taysom Hill or Drew Lock. That’s the QB choice for New Mexico Mountain. Lock is the safer play as he’ll likely score some points, while Hill is Active right now and more of a dart throw. Since New Mexico Mountain needs lots of points and pretty much a miracle to make the playoffs, he’s decided to take a chance and play Hill.
  • There is injury concerns for both teams as Ring My BELL has Josh Jacobs and his fractured shoulder Active, while New Mexico Mountain has Adam Thielen on his Active roster, even though he’s listed as doubtful with the hamstring injury that has kept him out for a month. Fortunately, each team has quality replacements on their Bench and time to switch.
  • In contrast to the Fuego-Grbalj Match-up, this one will be done completely on Sunday. We may know by then if Grbalj has scored enough points to advance to the playoffs or if he needs some scoring from Aldrick Rosas and Sterling Shepard on Monday Night Football.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on the current lineup for each team has Ring My BELL getting their win by a score of 118.1-104.9 over New Mexico Mountain. I agree with the prediction of Ring My BELL as the winner but don’t really see either team reaching its projections.

Final score prediction: Ring My BELL 106.5 vs. New Mexico Mountain 93.1

My prediction record is 7-6 for the season after missing with my Week 13 prediction. Can I get all three Match-ups correct and finish on a high note or will I miss all three and finish with a below .500 record? Check out the Week 14 Recap article next week to find out who won all three Match-ups and made the playoffs!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 12 Recap: Staying Alive

Author: Steven Van Tassell

Week 12 was all about staying alive for the playoffs for many teams in the NFL (Browns and Steelers) as well as in Dynasty Owner. The Browns and Steelers both feasted on weaker teams to keep their playoff hopes alive. In the Match-up of the Week, The Replacements stayed alive in the Chase for the Ring and a berth in their league playoffs with a win over the Ballad of RickyBobby. Hopefully, all of you reading this article are still alive in your individual Dynasty Owner league playoff chase.

We are almost a teenager, as this is our twelfth Dynasty Owner weekly recap article. As usual, we’ll look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, and highlight a player at every position who should have been Active and one who should have been on your Bench.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson wins the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for the first time with his third consecutive 40+ Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance. Yes, despite being the #1 player in Dynasty Owner so far this season, Jackson had yet to win Player of the Week honors. In his MVP-caliber performance on Monday Night Football against the Rams, Jackson threw for 5 TDs to go with 169 yards passing and 95 yards rushing (plus 1 fumble) to score 47.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and easily claim the Player of the Week award. His performance also kept the Ravens alive in the hunt for the number one overall seed in the AFC and home field for the playoffs.

  • Week 12 Points: 47.0
  • Week 12 Salary: $169,137
  • Week 12 Cost per Point: $3,599

Congratulations Lamar on winning your first, but definitely not your last, Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Chris Godwin

Another quality performance this week by Chris Godwin. Godwin has been a steady player all season, scoring single-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points only once and going over 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on five occasions to be the #2 ranked WR in Dynasty Owner. This week, Godwin put up 37.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 184 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs) for just $821,041 in annual salary. Even better news for his Dynasty Owners is that he has another year left on that deal so he could appear in this space again this year and next.

  • Week 12 Points: 37.4
  • Week 12 Salary: $58,646
  • Week 12 Cost per Point: $1,568

Congratulations Chris on your second and likely not your last Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor!

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in Week 12. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Lamar Jackson or Christian McCaffrey because both of them should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 12 when they should have been.

QB: Ryan Tannehill (TEN) – 38.0 points

Tannehill is still not rostered in a majority (54%) of Dynasty Owner leagues despite five consecutive games as a starting QB with at least 2 TDs and 24+ Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week was his best as he scored 38.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (259 yards passing, 40 yards rushing, 2 passing TDs, 2 rushing TDs, 1 fumble – lost) in the Titans 42-20 victory over the Jaguars. With a low $2 million annual salary and playing for a team still alive for an AFC South division title, Tannehill might be someone for Dynasty Owners in need of a QB for the stretch run and playoffs to look at adding to their team. And if he’s already on your roster, hopefully you had him Active this week.

Honorable mention for the second consecutive week to Jets QB Sam Darnold who had 35.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (315 yards passing, 16 yards rushing, 2 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD, 1 fumble) this week. Hopefully, last week’s performance was enough for his Dynasty Owners to get Darnold into their Active lineup.

RB: Jonathan Williams (IND) – 23.1 points

That’s two consecutive 100 yard performances for Williams after he ran for 104 yards back on Thursday night for the Colts against the Texans. The victory kept the Colts alive for the AFC South title. Williams helped with that and got 23.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (104 yards rushing, 3 receptions, 17 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD) for the few Dynasty Owners who have him rostered (only 8,7% of leagues). Hopefully, those Owners made him Active for the game since it was on Thursday night and he was only named the starter hours beforehand.

Honorable mention to Rashard Penny who came out of nowhere to rush for 129 yards and a touchdown, scoring 20.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the process. Despite being rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, Penny was probably not Active in many since he had scored just 27.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through his first 10 games of the season, including -2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 yards rushing, 1 fumble – lost) in his last outing before Week 12.

WR: A.J. Brown (TEN) – 23.5 points

Brown was the top Tennessee receiver this week with 23.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 135 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) and a Top 10 overall WR as well. Many Dynasty Owners thought he was poised for a breakdown season, as evidenced by his ADP 112 and 100% ownership rate. However, he’s been disappointing for most of the year and still only stands as the 40th best WR in Dynasty Owner after his Week 12 performance. Brown has been scoring more points since Ryan Tannehill took over as the Titans starting QB and should have been Active this week.

TE: Kaden Smith (NYG) – 12.7 points

Smith was not in any Dynasty Owner lineups this week as he is not rostered by a single Dynasty Owner yet. The rookie TE started for the New York Giants this week with starting TE Evan Engram and his backup Rhett Ellison both out with injuries. He had only caught one pass for one yard prior, but produced 12.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 17 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). That was the 4th best performance by a TE this week, behind likely Active TEs Zach Ertz, George Kittle and Jared Cook. For this week, Smith should have been rostered and Active.

K: Dustin Hopkins (WAS) – 17.0 points

In a Dynasty Owner first, Washington Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins earned six clutch scoring points, that’s two three-point bonuses, with a 42 yard FG with 1:49 left to tie the score and a 39 yard FG with 16 seconds left to win the game. Hopkins was perfect on the day with 4 FGs and 1 PAT in total. Three of his FGs were from 39 yards or less (28, 37 and 39) for 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points each plus the 42 yard game tying FG worth 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. All total, Hopkins scored 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the 11% of Dynasty Owners who have him rostered. He should have been Active in all of those leagues this week.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Active, but were better left on your Bench. Here are some likely Active players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 12.

QB: Matt Ryan (ATL) – 7.4 points

Ryan was facing a great match-up against the poor Tampa Bay defense in Week 12 and the Falcons had played well in their past two games, likely prompting many of his Dynasty Owners to make him Active. That was the wrong move as he only scored 7.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (271 yards passing, 8 yards rushing, 1 INT, 2 fumbles – 1 lost) in the Falcons 35-22 loss. Instead, Ryan turned in his worst performance since getting injured in a Week 7 loss to the Rams (1.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and should have been on your Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Cowboys QB Dak Prescott. Tough match-up against the Patriots and bad weather contributed to the worst game of the season for the #3 overall QB in Dynasty Owner. Prescott only got his Owners 8.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (212 yards passing, 4 yards rushing, 1 INT) in Week 12 and should have been on the Bench.

RB: James White (NE) – 1.4 points

Whether it was the weather or just the Patriots game plan, Week 12 turned into a Sony Michel week for the Patriots – those of you who own either Michel or White in fantasy know what I’m saying. Michel had 20 carries for 85 yards, while White had just two carries and one reception. White scored more points on one kickoff return (20 yards for 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point) than he did rushing and receiving (5 yards rushing, 1 reception, -6 yards receiving for 0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Three touches on offense and only 1.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points were season lows for White, who should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 12.

WR: Amari Cooper (DAL) – 0.0 points

Benching Cooper this week turned out to be the right call, as I predicted in my Week 12 Preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/11/week-12-preview-playoff-push). The match-up against Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore was a tough one and the game was played in poor conditions that didn’t help either team’s passing game. Both of those factors contributed to Cooper putting up the dreaded Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Putting Cooper on the Bench or Practice Squad was a tough call, but it was the right one this week for his Dynasty Owners.

TE: Vance McDonald (PIT) – 1.1 points

In a weak week for TEs combined with a match-up against the Bengals, some fantasy analysts were recommending McDonald as a good TE this week. They were wrong as McDonald continued to disappoint, scoring only 1.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 1 yard). He was a very high Dynasty Owner draft pick (ADP 130) despite a $6.55 million annual salary and has disappointed his Owners almost all year with single-digit scoring in all but two games. This was another week that McDonald should have been on the Bench.

K: Mason Crosby (GB) – 0.0 points

It’s not Crosby’s fault that he scored a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) this week. He didn’t have any FG or PAT chances as Green Bay went for the 2-point conversion after their only TD. Even after the zero, Crosby is still the #13 kicker in Dynasty Owner and rostered in 78% of league, so he may have been Active for some of his Dynasty Owners. They should have left him on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Matt Gay of Tampa Bay who scored only 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point this week. Gay was pretty awful on PATs as he missed 3 out of 5 on the day. He did make his only FG attempt from 32 yards for 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but the missed PATs cost him 3.0 points. Gay is still the #4 kicker in Dynasty Owner and appears on rosters in 87% of Dynasty Owner leagues. Many of his Dynasty Owners probably thought he’d have a good chance at scoring plenty of points against the Falcons. He did have the opportunities, but didn’t convert them and should have been on your Bench.

The Replacements also moved up one spot in the Chase for the Ring standings to 8th place.

The Replacements could be higher in the Chase for the Ring standings if they had fielded a better lineup this week. Dustin kept two recommended Bench players (Josh Jacobs and Amari Cooper) in his Active lineup and it cost him quite a few Dynasty Owner fantasy points. A switch from Jacobs and Cooper to Mark Ingram and Will Fuller would have yielded The Replacements 34.5 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points and moved them up to 5th place in the Chase for the Ring.

The Replacements did have a couple of great performances this week as over half of their points came from two players (Christian McCaffrey and Zach Ertz). Those two combined for 64.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while the six players composing the rest of his Active lineup combined for just 57.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

Bill took my advice to find another TE, but he ended up adding Jonnu Smith of Tennessee who only scored 0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 yards rushing). Smith did outscore Hayden Hurst who had a Blutarsky, but not O.J. Howard who produced 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 10 yards) on Bill’s Bench. It didn’t matter much though since Ballad of RickyBobby lost by 64.2 points.

The victory by The Replacements moves my Match-up of the Week prediction record to 7-5 for the season. It was my best prediction of the season as I was only 0.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points off on the final score for The Replacements. Check out the Week 13 preview article to see which teams are in the Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Dynasty Owner Tips for New (and Original) Players

Author: Steven Van Tassell

Welcome to all of the new Dynasty Owners! Many of you have been asking questions about how to play or questions about what you can do to improve your team for this year and beyond. For those of you with questions about how to play, Tim just did an awesome Zoom presentation where he went over how to navigate the Dynasty Owner desktop and mobile sites, so we aren’t going to review that here. Go check it out, learn how to use the website and maximize the time you spend on your team – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elecGOhF0o0.

If you want ideas about what you can do to improve your team for this year and beyond, then this is the place for you. Hopefully this article will help you with that aspect of the game as we’ll offer some tips on how you can fix up that neglected team you inherited (or drafted on your own for original Owners).

In addition, all Owners can go back and read the initial Dynasty Owner Draft Tips articles from August – (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/07/dynasty-owner-draft-tips) and (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/08/dynasty-owner-draft-tips-part-2). They may help you in preparing for next year’s rookie drafts or if new Dynasty Owner leagues are created for Year Two. On to the hopefully helpful tips!

Learn the Scoring System

The Dynasty Owner scoring system is different than scoring in most other fantasy football leagues, so knowing the scoring system will help you prioritize free agent claims and analyze trade offers. The draft tips articles have a more in-depth analysis of some of these differences, but here are a couple of quick highlights.

Quarterbacks score more points in Dynasty Owner than standard leagues. QBs get .1 point for every 2 yards passing (instead of .04 points per yard as standard in many leagues) and passing TDs are worth 6 points in Dynasty Owner (instead of just 4 points as in many leagues).

Players on your Bench score points in Dynasty Owner. Everyone on your Bench accumulates points and 20% of your bench scoring will be added to your final score.

Players who return kicks or punts return extra value. We have points for kickoff and punt return yards. It’s .25 points for every 10 yards.

All Dynasty Owner stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Injured Reserve Is Your Friend

Are you stuck with Ben Roethlisberger or Cam Newton on your inherited roster, but don’t want to release them and pay the waiver fee? What about those of you who took over a team with Kerryon Johnson, Will Dissly, John Ross or Preston Williams? You want to keep them for next year and beyond since it’s a Dynasty league and in the case of Dissly and Williams, their salaries are ridiculously inexpensive.

The answer is to put them on Injured Reserve. There’s no fee to do so and you get a 50% reduction in your weekly salary if you are over the $80 million salary figure. This can help if you’re strapped for Dynasty Dollars because the previous owner spent too much on salaries. Using Kerryon Johnson as an example, putting him and his $1,625,923 annual salary on Injured Reserve will save you almost $300,000 over the rest of the regular season.

  • Annual Salary = $1,625,923
    • Weekly Salary = $116,137 (Annual salary divided by 14-week Dynasty Owner regular season)
    • IR Salary Reduction = $58,069 (50% of weekly salary)
    • Rest of Season Salary Reduction = $290,345 ($58,069 * 5 weeks left in regular season)

You can only have one player on Injured Reserve at a time, so if you’re stuck with Cam Newton and his $20.76 million salary, it’s better to put him on Injured Reserve than Kerryon Johnson. Either way, Injured Reserve is a quick and easy way to save some precious Dynasty Dollars.

This is Not the NFL Practice Squad

The NFL practice squad is reserved for young players who a team wants to keep around and develop. Not so in Dynasty Owner as anyone can be on the Practice Squad. If your starting QB has a bye, put him on the Practice Squad for one week so you don’t get a zero in your Active lineup or on your Bench. The Practice Squad is a great place to have a third kicker, so you don’t get a zero from your Bench kicker when he’s on bye.

Have more than one player injured and out for the year? Stash one on Injured Reserve and the other one on your Practice Squad.

Like Jarrett Stidham as the Patriots QB of the future after the G.O.A.T. retires? Grab him and put him on the Practice Squad.

Additional Players Can Be Added

Dynasty Owner drafts were 20 rounds, but there are 24 roster slots (including the Practice Squad). This is good news for everyone, but especially new owners who are replacing people who probably didn’t fill up those spots. If you’ve got room under the salary cap and are willing to spend some money for Dynasty Dollars (they are cheap – only $1 for $1 Million Dynasty Dollars), adding players might be a good move.

You could add up to 4 players who might help you win this year.

  • J.D. McKissic (RB – DET) – Available in 76% of Dynasty Owner leagues for only his $645,000 annual salary this year
  • Zach Pascal (WR – IND) – Available in 71% of Dynasty Owner leagues for only his $525,000 annual salary this year
  • Mason Rudolph (QB – PIT) – Available in 37% of Dynasty Owner leagues for only $980,472 annually for the next three years

Or, you could add players who might not help this year, but could stick around on your Dynasty Owner roster at a low salary for the foreseeable future. Players such as:

  • Hunter Renfrow (WR – OAK) – Available in 67% of Dynasty Owner leagues for only $708,686 annually for the next four years
  • KeeSean Johnson (WR – ARI) – Available in 50% of Dynasty Owner leagues for only $682,328 annually for the next four years
  • Drew Lock (QB – DEN) – Available in 39% of Dynasty Owner leagues for $1.75 million annually for the next four years

Stockpile Draft Picks

The draft is extremely important in Dynasty Owner. New Owners will be able to fill holes in their roster with the best available rookies who will be playing on inexpensive rookie contracts for the next four years. It’s a great place to find the next Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley, Christian McCaffrey, Aaron Jones, Kenny Golladay, Terry McLaurin, or George Kittle.

Draft picks can be traded in Dynasty Owner. It’ll cost you Dynasty Dollars in the future, but for now, there are no trade fees so if you can find another Owner who is willing to deal picks for next year, make them an offer and start to hoard those picks.

Make the Playoffs

To quote Jim Mora – Playoffs?!?!? The team that you inherited (or drafted) might not be great, but they could still have a shot at the playoffs. New Dynasty Owners in my league inherited teams who are 4-5 and just one game out of the playoff hunt.

Even if you lose in the first round of the playoffs, you still get 5% of the Championship pot. If the Championship pot in your league is $300 million Dynasty Dollars, you get $15 million Dynasty Dollars for just making the playoffs. That’s a nice chunk of change that you can put towards adding players for 2020 and beyond, so don’t automatically assume as new Dynasty Owners that you need to trade away all of your assets and build for the future.

Conclusions

It’s not too late to get your team into shape for the rest of the beta season of Dynasty Owner or build for next year. There’s plenty of things that new Dynasty Owners (or original Owners who aren’t doing well this year) can do to improve their teams right now. Hopefully these tips are helpful and make Dynasty Owner a more enjoyable experience for all Dynasty Owners!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 10 Preview: New Blood

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Week 10 and there’s a lot of new blood setting lineups in Dynasty Owner for the first time. There’s also going to be lots of new blood in those Active lineups as we have six teams on bye this week (Denver, Houston, Jacksonville, New England, Philadelphia and Washington). Six teams on bye equals lineup problems and decisions for both old and new Dynasty Owners.

This is our tenth Dynasty Owner game preview article, but the first one for many of you so we’ll review what you’re going to read. We will pick a Match-up of the Week and analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance and make a prediction on the winner and final score. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Activate These Guys

First, we’ll look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active in Week 9:

  • QB: Matthew Stafford – 36.9 points (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Tarik Cohen – 4.4 points (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: D.K. Metcalf – 27.0 points (Good recommendation)
  • TE: T.J. Hockenson – 8.6 points (Bad recommendation)

Two Good and two Bad recommendations. Better than usual, but still not great. On the positive side, the Good recommendations (Stafford and Metcalf) were really good, while one of the Bad recommendations (Hockenson) was bad, but not terrible. Only the choice of Tarik Cohen was completely off-base. Here are some recommendations of players who should be Active in Week 10.

Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF): He’s only owned in 20% of Dynasty Owner leagues and as the #21 rated QB, you probably shouldn’t have him Active on a weekly basis. However, with six teams of bye and a few usual starting QBs (The G.O.A.T. Tom Brady, Deshaun Watson, Carson Wentz) amongst them, Garoppolo is a good Active replacement if you own him. He’s averaging 21.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game if you take out the sloppy mess of a game versus Washington a couple of weeks ago and is fresh off a 41.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance last week versus Arizona. Garoppolo is a good choice for your Active lineup this week.  

Ronald Jones II (RB – TB): Jones is the new Tampa Bay starting RB after a season high 16.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance against Seattle in Week 9. In his first assignment as the starter, he gets to face an Arizona defense that has allowed an average of 154.9 yards rushing per game with 87.4 yards going to the starting RB. If Jones is truly the starter and gets to carry the ball 18 times again as he did in Week 9 versus Seattle, then he should provide at least an average performance against the Arizona defense. Jones has scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in every game in which he’s had 13 or more carries. Expect him to get that many against Arizona and produce a game worthy of being Active.

Zach Pascal (WR – IND): Pascal is only averaging 10.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and is the #47 WR overall in Dynasty Owner. However, he’s the new starter with T.Y. Hilton out for the Colts. In two games without Hilton, Pascal has averaged 15.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, compared to 8.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game when Hilton is in the lineup. Regardless of whether Jacoby Brissett or Brian Hoyer is at QB, expect Pascal to produce and be worthy of having in your Active lineup this week.

Mike Gesicki (TE – MIA): Normally, picking the TE facing the Arizona Cardinals is the smart play here, but neither O.J. Howard nor Cameron Brate has done anything this year, so I’m looking elsewhere. Gesicki had the best game of his short NFL career last week with 15.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions for 95 yards). With rookie WR Preston Williams out for the rest of the season, it looks like Gesicki is the number two option in the Dolphins passing game behind DaVante Parker. The Colts defense is allowing an average of just under 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to TEs with a low of 7.6, so Gesicki probably has a good floor this week. Put Gesicki in your Active lineup with confidence this week.

Bench These Guys

Now, let’s look at last week and see how my Bench recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). Last week, I recommended having the following players on the Bench:

  • QB: Kyler Murray – 29.5 points (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: Josh Jacobs – 26.0 points (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: Terry McLaurin – 7.9 points (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Mark Andrews – 4.1 points (Good recommendation)

Two Good and two Bad recommendations for players to Bench. Not as good as usual, but ok. I’ve been better at projecting who should sit on the Bench as opposed to be Active in the past. Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use or have been using in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 10.

Dak Prescott (QB – DAL): Another tough week to decide on a Bench QB. We’ll go with Prescott who has thrown 8 INTs this season and is playing against the Vikings defense that has 8 INTs on the season, tied for 6th place. The Vikings defense is only allowing opposing QBs an average of 225 yards passing per game. Prescott is averaging 297 yards passing per game, but if you remove his 400+ yard performances against the Giants and Packers, that average drops to 252 yards per game. And he might be without Amari Cooper for the game as Cooper is undergoing an MRI on his knee. Prescott will need to throw for at least 2 TDs to be worthy of having in your Active lineup. He won’t, so go ahead and leave him on the Bench.

Derrick Henry (RB – TEN): Henry does most of his damage on the ground. However, he is averaging only 71 yards per game with a high of 100 yards back in Week 4 versus the Falcons. The Chiefs defense has held their opponents’ starting RB to just 71 yards last week (Dalvin Cook) and 67 yards the week before that (Aaron Jones). Both of those guys are as good or better than Henry and it’s unlikely Henry will exceed those numbers on the ground, making it difficult to trust him in your Active lineup.

Tyler Boyd (WR – CIN): Boyd is averaging only 8.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game the past three weeks, including 3 receptions for 10 yards (4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) back in Week 6 against the Ravens. That performance came with Andy Dalton at QB and this week, there’s a new starting QB for the winless Bengals in rookie Ryan Finley. Probably not an upgrade for Boyd, so leave him on the Bench this week and see if Finley is the answer.

Jimmy Graham (TE – GB): Graham is the 13th ranked TE in Dynasty Owner scoring an average of 7.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, so he’s a fringe starter who might be pressed into your Active lineup this week. The targets aren’t there for Graham this season as he only has been targeted more than five times once. And he’s pretty touchdown dependent to be worth having Active as he has only scored more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the three games in which he’s scored a TD. The Carolina defense has only given up two TDs to TEs this season, so bank on Graham staying out of the end zone and leave him on your Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Wannabees (David) vs. Turd Burglars (Ryan)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. This week, it’s old vs. new with an undefeated original Dynasty Owner squad (Wannabees) playing a new Dynasty Owner in the Turd Burglars. The Wannabees haven’t just been winning because some of the Owners in their league weren’t active enough, they’ve scored the fifth most points in all of Dynasty Owner and are a contender in the Chase for the Ring. But to win the Ring, they need to keep winning their league games and the 3-6 Turd Burglars are standing in the way of that this week.

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

  • The Wannabees have eight players on bye, including likely Active players in Deshaun Watson and Leonard Fournette. All of eight of them are safely parked on the Practice Squad and in an impressive display of roster management, none of his Active or Bench players are on bye.
  • We can’t fault the Turd Burglars new owner for his roster construction, but having only four WRs in total on his team will really hurt him this week as both Will Fuller and Dede Westbrook are on bye, but on his Bench. Matters might get worse at WR for Randyas he’s got Amari Cooper in his Active lineup and Cooper missed practice to have an MRI on his knee. If Cooper misses the game, then the Turd Burglars will need to either pick up a new WR from the Free Agent Auction or take a zero in their Active lineup.
  • The Wannabees made a big trade to shore up his WR corps, but gave up a great RB to do so, trading Aaron Jones for Cooper Kupp. That leaves him starting David Johnson this week and putting Emmanuel Sanders back on the Bench. As David put it, “I could have used Jones this week.” We’ll see if the trade costs him any points on Sunday.
  • The Turd Burglars have a definite advantage at QB with Patrick Mahomes and Matt Ryan. In comparison, the Wannabees are starting Daniel Jones with Ryan Finley on the Bench. Even if we count DeShaun Watson who is on bye this week and on Chuck’s Practice Squad, the Turd Burglars still have better QBs.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on their current lineups has the Wannabees winning by a margin of 130.5-113.9. Both teams will fall short of those projections this week, especially the Turd Burglars who are expected to get 33.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from the returning Patrick Mahomes and 16.7 from Amari Cooper. However, the Wannabees will still win by a solid margin and remain undefeated and in the Chase for the Ring.

Final score prediction: Wannabees 125.6 vs. Turd Burglars 98.1

My prediction record is 5-4 for the season with a three game winning streak. Four in a row? Check out the Week 10 Recap article next week to find out who won the Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 9 Preview: Bench is Better?

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Week 9 and time when a lot of Dynasty Owners are going to find out how good their Bench is because, for many of them, players usually on the Bench will have to be Active this week. We have bye weeks for four teams including two teams (Rams and Saints) with a lot of top Active fantasy players, plus a couple of usual Active players on rosters of the other two teams on bye (Bengals and Falcons). For some Dynasty Owners, it might be a battle to see if their Bench masquerading as their Active lineup can play better than their opponent.

This is our ninth Dynasty Owner game preview article, the third in a row with an undefeated team looking to stay undefeated and the second in a row in which the undefeated team is playing an opponent with a losing record. As usual, we will analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance and make a prediction on the winner and final score. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Activate These Guys

First, let’s look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active in Week 8:

  • QB: Teddy Bridgewater – -0.2 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • RB: Benny Snell Jr. – 1.3 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • WR: Corey Davis – 2.9 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • TE: Jonnu Smith – 19.8 points (Good Recommendation)

Once again, three out of four players who I recommended be Active would have been better off on the Bench. Even disregarding the Teddy Bridgewater choice, which was submitted before the Saints announced that Drew Brees would be back at QB last week, these were still poor recommendations. I promise to try and do better with my recommendations of players who should be Active in Week 9.

Matthew Stafford (QB – DET): Are you one of the few Dynasty Owners who has Stafford on your roster? There’s not a lot of you as he’s only rostered in 2% of Dynasty Owner leagues. If you have him, you should make him Active and probably should have made him Active the past two weeks when he’s averaged 36.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and moved up to become the 8th rated QB in Dynasty Owner. This week, he gets to face an Oakland defense that allows an average of 32.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week to QBs, including four weeks with 30+ points. The fewest points they have allowed this season is 16.3 so the floor for Stafford is pretty high and 30+ is pretty likely. If you need a QB because Goff, Brees or Ryan are on bye and have room for his $27 million annual salary, then pick up Stafford and make him Active.

Tarik Cohen (RB – CHI): Cohen is basically a pass catching RB. He has 56.4 out of his 66.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points as a receiver this year. The Eagles defense has allowed an average of 7.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on receiving alone to pass catching RBs with three of them scoring more than 10 points. Cohen will make it four, so be comfortable with putting him in your Active lineup.

D.K. Metcalf (WR – SEA): Metcalf has been targeted in the red zone 11 times this season so far, tied for fifth most in the NFL. Last week, he turned both of his red zone targets into TDs. His overall targets are also on the upswing since the injury to starting TE Will Dissly. Metcalf is averaging 10.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, which is good for 32nd among WRs. This week, he faces the Buccaneers defense that has allowed eight red zone receiving TDs in the past three weeks (six of them from WRs). Expect Metcalf to catch at least one red zone TD this week and make him Active.

T.J. Hockenson (TE – DET): The Raiders have allowed six TDs to opposing TEs this season which bodes well for Hockenson’s chances of reaching the end zone in Week 9. Only Arizona is worse, but they play George Kittle and the 49ers and Kittle should be Active every week. Hockenson has only scored 29.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (an average of just 5.0 points per game) since Week 1 when he had 25.1 points against the Cardinals. Many of his Dynasty Owners are likely to have him on the Bench based on his recent form. Because the Lions are playing the Raiders and Stafford is projected to have a good game, Dynasty Owners should put Hockenson in their Active lineup.

Bench These Guys

Now, let’s look at last week and see how my Bench recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). Last week, I recommended having the following players on the Bench:

  • QB: Kyler Murray – 11.3 points (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Nick Chubb – 10.8 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • WR: Courtland Sutton – 10.2 points (Just Ok recommendation)
  • TE: Greg Olsen – 3.3 points (Good recommendation)

Once again, I’m better at projecting who should sit on the Bench as opposed to be Active with two Good and two Just Ok Bench recommendations. Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use or have been using in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 9.

Kyler Murray (QB – ARI): Once again, Murray is the pick here for a QB to Bench. It was a good recommendation last week as he had no touchdowns and only scored 11.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Saints, coming on the heels of a no touchdown, 8.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point outing in his previous game versus the Giants. He’s still the 11th ranked QB in Dynasty Owner, so many of you who own him are thinking that he should be Active. Not with the very good 49ers defense coming to the desert. Murray should be on the Bench this week.

Josh Jacobs (RB – OAK): None of the top RBs have tough match-ups this week, so because I have to pick someone, it’s Jacobs. He’s not a great receiver out of the backfield as three-quarters of his Dynasty Owner fantasy points have come on the ground. The Lions defense held Saquon Barkley to only 64 yards rushing on 19 attempts last week, so it’s possible that they hold Jacobs down this week enough that his Dynasty Owners will wish they left him on the Bench.

Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS): Just because he’s ranked in the Top 20 of Dynasty Owner WRs doesn’t mean you have to start Terry McLaurin. First, he’s only scored a total of 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the past two weeks. Second, Dwayne Haskins is scheduled to start for Washington and in the second half last week when Haskins played against the Vikings, McLaurin was only targeted once by Haskins (and it was an INT). Third, in the other game McLaurin played without Case Keenum (Colt McCoy started), he only scored 8.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Patriots. I could continue, but you get the idea. McLaurin should be on the Bench this week.

Mark Andrews (TE – BAL): Andrews has been really good in his rookie season, as in the 5th best TE in Dynasty Owner so far. He is scoring an average of 13.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. However, he’s got to face the Patriots defense that has allowed only 42.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to TEs all season (an average of just 5.3 points per game) and just one TD. Something’s got to give this week and it’ll be Andrews’ performance. Bench him because of the match-up and find another TE to put in your Active lineup.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week –

Recyclers (Chuck) vs. Pkoy (Pat)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. We’ve got another undefeated team (Recyclers) looking to stay that way and playing with fire by allowing themselves to be Match-up of the Week. Standing in the way of a 9-0 record for the Recyclers is Pkoy with a record of 2-6.

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

· The Recyclers are strongly considering a switch at RB with Derrick Henry moving from the Bench to Active and Jamaal Williams heading to the Bench. Chuck said he was thinking of making a change at RB2 and didn’t explicitly say Williams was going to the Bench, but it’s a safe assumption he wasn’t talking about Christian McCaffrey. Using the Dynasty Owner projections, this isn’t much of an upgrade, but it’s a good move and one that he should make.

  • It’s only a few hours until Thursday Night Football and Pkoy still hasn’t moved Dante Pettis out of his Active lineup. He’s got Davante Adams sitting on the Bench. Since Adams returned to practice on Thursday for the first time in over a month, it’s time to get Adams back in the Active lineup and send Pettis back to the Bench where he belongs.
  • Pat has two New England Patriots RBs on his roster, but is only starting one of them (Sony Michel). Choosing which New England RB is likely to score more points is always a dicey proposition. White has been the more consistent RB with at least 11.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, but no more than 13.8 in any single game. White is likely to provide the same production versus the Ravens on Sunday night, while Michel could bust like he did in Week 1 (1.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Steelers) or boom like he did in Week 7 versus the Jets (22.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.
  • Pat also has a tough decision at QB. Starting Carson Wentz over the G.O.A.T. is a not a bad decision, even though the G.O.A.T. is projected to outscore Wentz 25.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to 23.2. Overall, they have both played about equal this season as Wentz is averaging 22.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, while Brady is averaging 24.6. Regardless of who is Active and who is on the Bench, both should be solid performers for Pkoy this week.
  • Both owners will probably be tuning into Monday Night Football to see if Amari Cooper can put the Recyclers over the top for the week. Cooper is the only player on either roster playing on Monday night and while the match-up is projected to be over by then, I wouldn’t count on it.
  • Despite all of the players on bye this week, only Austin Hooper of the Falcons is appearing on one of the team’s Bench. Pkoy is missing a kicker on his Bench as well, which should even out the Recyclers’ missing points from Hooper.
  • The Recyclers have a decent team name, but a great logo. It’s might be hard to see, but it’s Ric Flair looking like he’s ready to give a big WOOOO!!!!

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on their current lineups has the Recyclers staying undefeated by a healthy margin of 124.3-97.4. The Recyclers Active lineup at the time of this article provides the entire margin of victory as Bench scoring is tied with both teams getting 16.1 Bench points. Nothing fancy here, as I predict the Recyclers continue to stay undefeated, even accounting for Adams in place of Pettis in Pkoy’s Active lineup.

Final score prediction: Recyclers 120.2 vs. Pkoy 110.6

My prediction record is 4-4 for the season with two wins in a row. Can I make it three straight and have a winning record for the first time this season? Check out the Week 9 Recap article next week to find out who won the Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 8 Recap: History Repeats Itself

Author: Steven Van Tassell

History sure did repeat itself quite a bit in Dynasty Owner Week 8. We have repeat winners as both Player of the Week and Value Player of the Week. And for the second week in a row, an undefeated team was highlighted, predicted to lose and then was actually defeated in our Match-up of the Week.

We are also repeating ourselves with our eighth Dynasty Owner weekly recap article. Just like the previous ones, we’ll look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, and highlight a player at every position who should have been Active and one who should have been on your Bench.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Mike Evans

Mike Evans makes history by becoming the first player in Dynasty Owner history to win a second Player of the Week honor. Back in Week 3, Evans became the first non-QB to win this honor with 45.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week, Evans had 42.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (11 receptions, 198 yards, 2 receiving TDs) to just edge out two other non-QBs, Aaron Jones (41.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Cooper Kupp (41.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), for the honor. Evans is one of the most expensive WR with an annual salary of $16.5 million for his Dynasty Owners, but for the second time, they are happily forking over that nearly $1.2 million per week for that many points. Despite setting a career-high with 220 yards receiving and getting the 6 point bonus that goes with it, Kupp’s 41.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (7 receptions, 220 yards, 1 receiving TD) was narrowly edged out by Evans’ slightly better performance.

  • Week 8 Points: 42.8
  • Week 8 Salary: $1,178,571
  • Week 8 Cost per Point: $27,537

Congratulations Mike on being the first two-time, two-time Dynasty Owner Player of the Week!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones also makes history by becoming the first player in Dynasty Owner history to win his second Value Player of the Week honor. Jones had 41.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (67 yards rushing, 7 receptions, 159 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs). At his low $650,484 annual salary, Jones’ cost per point was just over $1,100 this week, not as low as his $907 cost per point from back in Week 5 when he scored 51.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but still good enough to be the best value in Dynasty Owner. Cooper Kupp also received consideration for this award with his 41.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for just $957,940 annually (or $68,424 per week over the 14-week Dynasty Owner regular season). However, Kupp’s cost per point of $1,669 was over $500 more per point than Jones this week.

  • Week 8 Points: 41.6
  • Week 8 Salary: $46,463
  • Week 8 Cost per Point: $1,117

Congrats to Aaron on your second of what could be many Value Player of the Week honors!

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in Week 8. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Christian McCaffrey, since he should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents, on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 8 when they should have been.

QB: Daniel Jones (NYG) – 38.4 points

After four straight weeks with less than 15 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, benching Daniel Jones seemed like a smart play. It wasn’t this week as Jones lit up the Detroit Lions defense for 38.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (322 yards passing, 13 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs, 2 fumbles – one lost). That was the best QB performance of Week 8 and while he is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, many of his owners likely didn’t have him Active when they should have.

RB: Tevin Coleman (SF) – 39.8 points

Just three weeks after his 49ers teammate Matt Breida was the pick in this spot with 29.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Tevin Coleman takes this honor for Week 8 with 39.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (105 yards rushing, 2 receptions, 13 yards receiving, 3 rushing TDs, 1 receiving TD). Who knows, maybe the remaining RBs on the 49ers roster, Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson, will appear here sometime in the future? Regardless, Coleman is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but most of his owners probably had him on the Bench when they should have had him Active.

Honorable mention for the second week in a row for Latavius Murray of the Saints. Another week without Alvin Kamara equals another 100+ yard rushing and 2 TD effort from Murray. His Dynasty Owners shouldn’t make him Active in Week 9 since the Saints are on bye, but they should have gotten his 38.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (102 yards rushing, 9 receptions, 55 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD, 1 receiving TD) effort in Week 8 into their Active lineups.

WR: Chris Conley (JAX) – 20.3 points

Cooper Kupp could have been the pick here, but he really should be starting every week (yes, even after two below average performances the past two weeks) and most of the other WRs who had big weeks were top players who should probably be in your Active lineup every week. Instead, we’ll highlight Chris Conley of the Jacksonville Jaguars who is owned in only 4% of Dynasty Owner leagues, yet managed to score 20.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 103 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) in Week 8. The couple of Dynasty Owners with Conley on their rosters should have had him Active.

TE: Ryan Griffin (NYJ) – 24.6 points

My friend and Jets fan Mookie texted me after Griffin’s first TD, said “Griffin is a beast” and asked me who has Griffin in fantasy. My response was “Griffin who?” which is not a bad response since Jets TE Ryan Griffin is not listed in the Dynasty Owner database yet. Don’t confuse him with Buccaneers backup QB Ryan Griffin who is listed, but incorrectly as a QB (don’t worry, bug reported). The Ryan Griffin on the Jets had 4 receptions for 66 yards and 2 receiving TDs to lead all TEs in Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the week.

Honorable mention to Darren Fells, who is listed in the Dynasty Owner database, but is only rostered in 15% of Dynasty Owner leagues. He should be rostered in more leagues as the 8th best TE so far in Dynasty Owner this year and only on the books for one year at $1.5 million. His 23.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (6 receptions, 58 yards, 2 receiving TDs) was just behind Griffin and more of his owners should have made him Active against the Raiders.

K: Dan Bailey (MIN) – 14.0 points

For the second time this year, Bailey had 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a game against an NFC East opponent. Back in Week 5, it was against the Giants on the road, while this week, it was at home against the Redskins on Thursday night. He also had 7.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Eagles in Week 6. Bailey should have been Active this week and maybe again in Week 10 when he faces off against another NFC East opponent in the Dallas Cowboys.

Honorable mention to Adam Vinatieri who benefitted from the Dynasty Owner scoring rules in tying Bailey with 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Vinatieri had a 51-yard, game winning FG with 22 second left that awarded his Dynasty Owners eight Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 points for a 50+ yard FG and the 3 point clutch scoring bonus). He would have had more points for his Dynasty Owners, but he missed a 45-yard FG.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Active, but were better left on your Bench. Here are some likely Active players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 8.

QB: Jacoby Brissett (IND) – 10.5 points

It was a pretty good week for good QBs as most of the QB who scored less than 10 Dynasty Owner fantasy points were guys who shouldn’t be in any Active lineups (Mitch Trubisky, Joe Flacco, Case Keenum, Kyle Allen). Therefore, the choice here is Jacoby Brissett who had 10.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (202 yards passing, 34 yards rushing, 1 fumble – lost). Based on his performance the previous week against the Texans (38.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), he may have been Active for some of his owners when he should have been sitting on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Kyle Allen who had negative 1.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week. Despite being rostered in nearly half of Dynasty Owner leagues (46% to be exact), it is likely that few of his owners rolled the dice with Allen as Carolina was playing the 49ers defense. Leaving Allen on the Bench this week was the correct call for his Dynasty Owners.

RB: Derrick Henry (TEN) – 6.3 points

If you just looked at his 75 rushing yards, you would have thought Derrick Henry had a productive fantasy day. However, you’d be wrong as he only added 1 reception for 8 yards to his point total, but lost a fumble that cost him 3 points. Put it all together and it was just a 6.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort from Henry in Week 8. With that performance, he was best left on the Dynasty Owner Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Le’Veon Bell who barely outscored Henry with just 6.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (23 yards rushing, 3 receptions, 12 yards receiving). Based on his performance this year, most Dynasty Owners should have Bell on the Bench. However, he is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues with an ADP of 66, so many of those owners who drafted him early are probably still putting him in their Active lineup every week. This is despite the fact that he has only exceeded 100 yards of total offense once this season (Week 2 versus Cleveland). He can probably be Active next week since the Jets play the Dolphins, but in Week 8, he should have been sitting on the Bench.

WR: Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) – 2.8 points

Fitzgerald had his second poor performance in a row in Week 8 as he only scored his Dynasty Owners 2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 8 yards) after turning in a 2.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort in Week 7. In the first six weeks of the season, Fitzgerald averaged just under 15 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and was probably a steady presence in his owners’ Active lineup. He hasn’t been good enough to be Active in the last two weeks and should have been on the Bench in Week 8.

TE: Zach Ertz (PHI) – 4.0 points

The Eagles dominated the Bills defense on the ground in Week 8 and as a result, Eagles TE Zach Ertz only had 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 20 yards). Ertz was even outscored by fellow Eagles TE Dallas Goedert for the third consecutive week as Goedert had 11.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. As the 7th rated TE in Dynasty Owner, Ertz is a mainstay in his owners’ Active lineups, even though he should have been on the Bench this past week.

K: Eddy Pinerio (CHI) – 2 points

Pinerio missed a potential game winning 41 yard FG in the Bears 17-16 loss to the Chargers this week. As a result, he only scored his Dynasty Owners 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points by making 3 short FGs (19, 22 and 25 yards) and missing one additional FG attempt of 33 yards. He also made his only PAT attempt. However, it’s the potential game winner that will haunt Bears’ fans and his Dynasty Owners who lost a potential nine points on the missed FG (-2 points for the missed FG plus not earning 4 points for a 40-49 yard FG plus missing the 3 point clutch scoring bonus that would have went along with the made FG). Hopefully his Dynasty Owners in the 54% of leagues in which he is rostered kept Pinerio on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Stephen Hauschka of the Bills who had negative 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 8. Hauschka isn’t on many Dynasty Owner rosters, just 4%, so he couldn’t be Active in many leagues, but for those few owners who have him and made him Active, it was a bad move. He missed a 53-yard FG at the end of the first half, made his first PAT attempt and had the second one blocked. He should have stayed on the Bench in the handful of leagues in which he is owned.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Miami Gladiators (Brian Auricchio) – 166.7 vs. Mafia Power 83 (Bruno Goncalves) – 139.5

History also repeated itself in our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week as for the second consecutive week, an undefeated team lost. This time it was Mafia Power 83 losing to the Miami Gladiators in the highest-scoring Match-up of the Week so far this season. The Miami Gladiators also set the mark for highest individual team score in a Match-up of the Week, while Mafia Power 83 had more points than any losing team featured as well.

Both owners did a good job setting their lineup even though neither got the 3 point coaches’ bonus, which has yet to be awarded to a team in our Match-up of the Week so far this season. Bruno could have started Jamaal Williams over Todd Gurley and D.K. Metcalf over T.Y. Hilton and scored 16.7 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Mafia Power 83, but it still wouldn’t have given him the victory.

The Miami Gladiators stack of Jared Goff and Cooper Kupp from the Rams paid off big this week to the tune of 72.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, even as they only connected for one TD. Starting Jacoby Brissett over Russell Wilson and creating an Indianapolis stack for Mafia Power 83 would have cost Bruno points so he made the right move in keeping Brissett on the Bench. He would have benefitted from a Seattle stack of Wilson and Metcalf, but not enough to win, as mentioned previously.

My Miami Gladiators upset prediction was correct and I almost nailed the final score for Mafia Power 83 as I had guessed predicted they would score 139.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. My prediction record improves to 4-4 on this inaugural season of Dynasty Owner with my first chance to have a winning record since Week 1 coming up this week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 8 Preview: Mismatch or Upset?

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Week 8 and time for a playoff push for many Dynasty Owners. With only seven weeks remaining in the regular season, Dynasty Owners are looking hard at their teams and trying to decide if they are in playoff contention or in rebuilding mode. Only Baltimore and Dallas are on bye this week, so many Dynasty Owner rosters are at full strength. That could be good for Dynasty Owners at the top of the standings who have their regular Active lineup and Bench at maximum power so they can continue to crush the competition. Or, it could mean those teams at the bottom of the standings don’t have to worry about missing players, so they have enough firepower to pull off an upset this week and stay in playoff contention.

This is our eighth Dynasty Owner game preview article. At first look, we have a Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week that looks like it could be a mismatch, but might really be an upset in the making. To see which it is, we will analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance and make a prediction on the winner and final score. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Activate These Guys

First, let’s look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). Because they were playing the Redskins and Dolphins, I recommended having the following 49ers and Bills players Active in Week 7:

  • QB: Jimmy Garoppolo – 5.6 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • RB: Tevin Coleman – 8.1 points (Bad Recommendation)
  • WR: John Brown – 19.3 points (Good Recommendation)
  • TE: Dawson Knox – 4.2 points (Bad Recommendation)

Even though all of the players I chose were playing two of the worst defenses in the NFL, I still managed to miss on three out of four recommendations. Thanks to John Brown for bailing me out! Crummy field conditions due to a steady day-long rain in the Washington, DC region didn’t help Garoppolo and Coleman, but that’s no excuse. I’ll have to do better with my recommendations of players who should be Active in Week 8.

Teddy Bridgewater (QB – NO): Bridgewater is a one-week Active stop-gap at QB if you own him as Drew Brees is expected back soon. For the 28% of Dynasty Owners who have him on their rosters, he’s someone you can make Active and feel good that he’s going to perform well. Bridgewater has thrown for more than 200 yards in each of his last three games and has avoided turnovers since he replaced Brees with only three (2 INTs, 1 fumble). This week, he gets to play the terrible Arizona defense that is allowing an average of 285.6 yards passing per game, including 356 yards passing and 4 TDs to Matt Ryan two weeks ago (42.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Teddy gets it done in his last start for the Saints, so he should be Active.

Benny Snell Jr. (RB – PIT): Snell has only scored 12.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points all season, but 9.9 of them came in Pittsburgh’s last game versus the Chargers. He is rostered in 39% of Dynasty Owner leagues so he’s pretty available if you need an RB this week and I doubt many of his Dynasty Owners plan on having him Active. They should as both James Conner and Jaylen Samuels are banged up and Pittsburgh is going up against the Dolphins defense on Monday night. That’s the same Dolphins defense that allowed 100 yards rushing to Cowboys backup RB Tony Pollard in Week 3 and over 100 yards rushing to every opponent except the Chargers. Pittsburgh figures to be up big at the end of this one and Snell could be the RB to carry the load in garbage time, so make him Active.

Corey Davis (WR – TEN): Davis broke out for his second 20 Dynasty Owner fantasy point outing last week, catching 6 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown from new Titans starting QB Ryan Tannehill. This week, Tannehill and Davis get to face the Buccaneers defense that has given up 20 or more points in every game this season. They have also allowed three WRs to catch over 100 yards in passes in a single game. Davis has the best chance to accomplish this feat for the Titans and that’s why he should be Active.

Jonnu Smith (TE – TEN): The Buccaneers defense is awful defending TEs this year, only Arizona is worse. Starting Titans TE Delanie Walker got injured last week against the Chargers, is questionable and didn’t practice on Wednesday so Smith has a good chance to play a lot of snaps this week. Last week, he had his best game of the season with 9.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions for 64 yards) and he’s likely to do better this week. He’s also widely available if you need an Active TE to replace Mark Andrews or Jason Witten, since he’s only owned in 22% of Dynasty Owner leagues.

Bench These Guys

Now, let’s look at last week and see how my Bench recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). Last week, I recommended having the following players on the Bench:

  • QB: Kyler Murray – 8.0 points (Good Recommendation)
  • RB: Kerryon Johnson – 2.3 points (Good Recommendation)
  • WR: Terry McLaurin – 2.1 points (Good Recommendation)
  • TE: Jared Cook – 0.0 points (Good Recommendation)

Perfection! Four recommendations and every single one of them was good. My Bench recommendations seem to be better than my Active ones so far this season. Kerryon Johnson got injured early in the game and Jared Cook was inactive (Full Disclosure: The article was written and submitted before that announcement), which helped, but I still nailed the Murray and McLaurin Bench recommendations. Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use or have been using in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 8.

Carson Wentz (QB – PHI): Wentz is coming off his worst performance of the season (7.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points vs. Dallas) and here comes the Buffalo defense. Buffalo’s defense is only allowing an average of 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to QBs. Wentz is the 10th best QB in Dynasty Owner and was drafted high (ADP 31), so he should be Active based on those metrics, but his Dynasty Owners should leave him on the Bench.

Nick Chubb (RB – CLE): Dynasty Owners drafted Chubb as ADP 16 to make him Active every week. However, the Browns are playing the Patriots defense that has two shutouts already this season and not given up more than 14 points to any team. So, they are hard to score against. They held the best RB they have faced (Le’Veon Bell) to 35 yards rushing and 70 yards rushing in the two games he played against them. This is no knock on Chubb, it’s just that the Patriots defense is playing so well that Dynasty Owners should Bench anyone playing against them – even Chubb.

Courtland Sutton (WR – DEN): The trade of Emmanuel Sanders to the San Francisco 49ers should improve Sutton’s fantasy stats as he’s the likely beneficiary of additional targets that would have gone to Sanders. However, now Sutton is the clear #1 WR in Denver (and the 10th best WR in Dynasty Owner) and teams will be game planning to stop him. Indianapolis hasn’t done a great job defending some of the top WRs in the NFL this season, allowing more than 100 yards receiving to DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones and Keenan Allen. However, Joe Flacco isn’t Deshaun Watson, Matt Ryan or Philip Rivers. The Indianapolis defense did hold down the Raiders and Titans top QB-WR combo and the Broncos combo of Flacco and Sutton is more like those teams. Bench Sutton for better options this week.

Greg Olsen (TE – CAR): If you are a Dynasty Owner who is paying Olsen’s $8.55 million annual salary, then you are likely making him Active every week. Hopefully you have a good backup TE because Olsen should be on your Bench this week against the 49ers. The 49ers defense has allowed only one TE to reach the end zone this season and no TE has gotten more than 32 yards receiving against them. While Olsen is the 10th highest scoring TE in Dynasty Owner, he’s had four games (out of six) in which he’s scored less than 10 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He’ll make it five out of seven, so you should leave him on the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Mafia Power 83 (Bruno Goncalves) vs. Miami Gladiators (Brian Auricchio)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. Once again, we’ll be looking at a match-up with an undefeated team (Mafia Power 83). In a twist compared to last week, Mafia Power 83’s opponent, the Miami Gladiators, sits below .500 with a 3-4 record. A mismatch, you might be thinking, but then a quick look at the rosters reveal that the Miami Gladiators have a solid Active lineup featuring Dalvin Cook, Julian Edelman and Cooper Kupp. The Gladiators have scored 871.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this season, while the undefeated Mafia Power 83 has scored only slightly more at 874.8. Suddenly, we have the possibility of an upset on our hands.

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

  • Each team will have a full Active lineup and Bench to score them points. Only Mark Ingram is on bye this week and he’s safely hidden away on Mafia Power 83’s Practice Squad. No bye week excuses for either owner.
  • No real issues with either team’s Active lineup. Todd Gurley and his arthritic knee is always worrisome, but neither RB on Mafia Power 83’s Bench (Jamaal Williams and LeSean McCoy) are better than Gurley. Plus, Gurley and the Rams are playing the Bengals this week. Jared Cook of the Miami Gladiators is facing off against the Arizona Cardinals who have been awful for most of the season against TEs. However, George Kittle is Brian’s Active TE and it’s difficult to recommend benching him for Cook.
  • The Miami Gladiators have a Rams stack at QB-WR with Jared Goff and Cooper Kupp. If they connect for a TD this week, it’ll be 12 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the Gladiators. Mafia Power 83 does have Jacoby Brissett on his Bench throwing to T.Y. Hilton in his Active lineup, but Bruno is unlikely to Bench Russell Wilson, who is the top scorer in Dynasty Owner after seven weeks.
  • No reason to watch Monday Night Football this week for either owner as neither has a player in their Active lineup or Bench from either Pittsburgh or the Dolphins. With the Miami Gladiators name, it’s possible that Brian is a Dolphins fan (my condolences if this is true) and will be watching.
  • Finally, we have some creative team names after a few weeks of teams with the name of their owner (Benjamin Schmitke, TWilliams, etc.). It’s hard to choose which one is better, so we’ll happily call it a tie.

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on their current lineups has the Miami Gladiators pulling off the upset of the undefeated Mafia Power 83 by a razor-thin margin of 130.5-129.3. It’s close if you only examine their Active lineups as well (a 114.4-113.3 margin for the Miami Gladiators).

The closest Match-up of the Week came in Week 2 as Teddy MF’in Ruxpin prevailed over Papagiorgio by just 4.3 points, but records were made to be broken and I think this Match-up breaks that record. The Miami Gladiators pull an upset with a close victory and stop Mafia Power 83’s undefeated season.

Final score prediction: Miami Gladiators 143.6 vs. Mafia Power 83 141.3

My prediction record is still below .500 at 3-4 for the season, so Mafia Power 83 probably isn’t sweating too much. Check out the Week 8 Recap article next Tuesday to find out who won the Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 7 Recap: Highs and Lows

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It was a week of highs and lows in Dynasty Owner. For the second week in a row, scoring was lower than most weeks. That led the Match-up of the Week to be not as high scoring as anticipated even with two high-scoring, heavyweight teams battling it out. Ironically though, the Player of the Week set the record for the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single week as being an Aaron Rodgers owner finally paid off in a big way. We also had the worst Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance this week as Sam Darnold lost his owners double digit points with his five turnover game versus New England on Monday night.

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

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers becomes the first player in Dynasty Owner history to score more than 60 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a week, so he was the obvious choice for Player of the Week. Rodgers had 6 touchdowns and 62.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (429 yards passing, 6 yards rushing, 5 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD) against the Oakland Raiders. As the highest paid player in Dynasty Owner at $33.5 million annually, Rodgers was costing his owners a lot of weekly money and delivering good, but not great performances on a weekly basis. This week, owning Rodgers finally paid off.

  • Week 7 Points: 62.1
  • Week 7 Salary: $2,392,857
  • Week 7 Cost per Point: $38,532

Congratulations Aaron on being the first player to reach the 60 Dynasty Owner fantasy point mark and on winning your first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. This week’s Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week is: Zach Pascal

Pascal has the lowest possible annual salary in Dynasty Owner at $525,000 annually. That low salary combined with his 28.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 7 against the Houston Texans (6 receptions, 106 yards receiving, 2 receiving TDs) was enough to make him the Value Player of the Week. His $1,311 cost per point barely edged out two other players (Chase Edmonds and Darren Waller) who had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points (37.0 for Edmonds and 31.6 for Waller), but slightly higher salaries ($728,090 for Edmonds and $675,000 for Waller) and cost per point this week ($1,406 cost per point for Edmonds and $1,526 for Waller). Pascal is owned in exactly zero Dynasty Owner leagues since he has been inadvertently left out of the pool of available players, but once he’s available on Thursday, expect some Dynasty Owners to add him to their rosters.

  • Week 7 Points: 28.6
  • Week 7 Salary: $37,500
  • Week 7 Cost per Point: $1,311

Congrats to Zach on beating back some tough competition to win the Value Player of the Week honors!

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in Week 7. We aren’t going to write that you should have started the Ezekiel Elliott, since he should always be in your Active lineup (except next week when he’s on bye). Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents, on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 7 when they should have been.

QB: Kirk Cousins (MIN) – 41.6 points

It’s the second week in a row on this list for Cousins and his third straight good performance. Cousins likely wasn’t Active in many lineups since he’s available in over 95% of Dynasty Owner leagues, likely due to his $28 million annual salary. However, if you’ve got salary cap room and need a QB for your Active lineup since Patrick Mahomes is injured and Dak Prescott and Lamar Jackson are on bye in Week 8, then spending big money for Cousins might be worthwhile. He had his second straight 4 TD game and scored 41.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (337 yards passing, -3 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs) meaning the few Dynasty Owners with Cousins on their roster should have had him Active.

Honorable mention to Matthew Stafford. The Vikings-Lions game had a lot of scoring from little owned QBs. Lions QB Matthew Stafford should have also been Active for his Dynasty Owners (all 2% of them) since he had 40.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (364 yards passing, 4 passing TDs, 1 INT). He’s $1 million cheaper than Cousins if you need an Active QB for Week 8.

RB: Chase Edmonds (ARI) – 37.0 points

If Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury is to be believed, then David Johnson was only playing in an emergency, which apparently included the first drive of the game. With that information available before game time, more Chase Edmonds Dynasty Owners would have had him in their Active lineups and reaped the reward of his 37.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (126 yards rushing, 2 receptions, 24 yards receiving, 3 rushing TDs). Edmonds is rostered in over 80% of Dynasty Owner leagues, but most of his owners probably had him on the Bench or Practice Squad in Week 7 when he should have been Active.

Honorable mention Latavius Murray of the Saints, another backup RB who started and scored lots of Dynasty Owner fantasy points for anyone who made him Active. His Dynasty Owners should have known that Murray would start as Alvin Kamara was ruled out on Saturday, but they probably didn’t expect a 34.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (119 yards rushing, 5 receptions, 31 yards receiving, 2 rushing TDs) effort from him against the Bears. Murray should have been Active this week.

WR: Marvin Jones (DET) – 43.3 points

Jones broke out this week with 4 receiving TDs against the Vikings defense. After scoring just 3.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week against Green Bay, his Dynasty Owners can be forgiven if they left Jones on the Bench this week and didn’t get the full benefit of his 43.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (10 receptions, 93 yards receiving, 4 receiving TDs). Jones is rostered in 72% of Dynasty Owner leagues and maybe more of his owners will make him Active in Week 8.

TE: Kyle Rudolph (MIN) – 16.8 points

Leaving out Darren Waller, who should be Active in all of his Dynasty Owners’ lineups, means that Kyle Rudolph is the choice for a TE who should have been Active this week. Rudolph had only scored a total of 16.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first six weeks, so he wasn’t likely Active in many lineups due to being on rosters in only 24% of leagues. However, Rudolph had 5 receptions for 58 yards and his first receiving TD of the year to score 16.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 7 and should have been Active.

Honorable mention to Jimmy Graham who wasn’t far behind Rudolph with 16.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 65 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). Graham and his $10 million annual salary are only owned in 28% of Dynasty Owner leagues and he was only averaging 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game over the first six weeks of the season, so he likely wasn’t Active in a lot of lineups, but he should have been.

K: Brett Maher (DAL) – 13.0 points

Kicking a 63-yard FG was enough for Maher to make this list, but he also had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than any other kicker this week. Maher made two additional FGs of 26 and 29 yards plus 4 PATs to give him 13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, his second consecutive week with 10+ points. Maher is perfect on PAT attempts this season (22 for 22) and while he’s still just the 12th best Dynasty Owner kicker for the season, he should have been Active this week.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Active, but were better left on your Bench. Here are some likely Active players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 7.

QB: Matt Ryan (ATL) – 1.2 points

Matty Ice was ice cold in the Falcons 37-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams and scored just 1.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (159 yards passing, 2 yards rushing, 1 INT, 2 fumbles – 1 lost) before injuring his ankle and being replaced by Matt Schaub. After consecutive 40+ point outings, he was probably Active in most of his Dynasty Owner’s lineups this week. Ryan didn’t throw a TD for only the second time this year and didn’t earn the 300+ yard passing bonus point for the first time. He should have been on the Bench.

A special dishonorable mention to Sam Darnold who had the worst performance in Dynasty Owner history with negative 10.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (86 yards passing, -1 yards rushing, 4 INTs, 1 fumble lost). Darnold is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues. Despite that, he only gets a special dishonorable mention since he was playing the top-rated Patriots defense, and nobody probably had him in their Active lineup. Hopefully you left him on the Practice Squad this week if you are a Darnold owner.

RB: David Johnson (ARI) – 0.2 points

All of Johnson’s Dynasty Owners are sarcastically thanking Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury for saving Johnson’s health by only letting him in the game against the New York Giants for three plays and rushing him only once for two yards. If Kingsbury had said before the game that Johnson was only going to play in an “emergency”, then his Dynasty Owners would have likely sat him on the Bench.

WR: Terry McLaurin (WAS) – 2.1 points

In the sloppy 9-0 San Francisco 49ers victory over the Washington Redskins, nobody but 49ers kicker Robbie Gould should have been Active. A steady rain prevented both offenses from moving the ball very much and McLaurin was only targeted twice and caught just one pass for 11 yards (2.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). McLaurin was averaging 18.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game prior to this week and was worthy of being Active based on his stats. However, his Dynasty Owners should have heeded the warning about him from the Week 7 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/post/week-7-preview) and sat McLaurin on their Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Kenny Golladay who had just 3.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 21 yards) in Week 7. Golladay was likely Active in many lineups since his Average Draft Position (ADP) was 37 and he is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues. However, Marvin Jones was the Lions WR to have Active this week and Golladay should have been on the Bench for his Dynasty Owners.

TE: Evan Engram (NYG) – 1.6 points

For a while, it was death, taxes and have your TE Active against the Cardinals defense. In Week 7, that would have meant having Evan Engram in your Active lineup. That was the wrong move, as he only scored 1.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 6 yards) after averaging 16.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through his first five games. Usually Engram should be in your Active lineup, but he was better left on the Bench this week.

K: Brandon McManus (DEN) – -2 points

His Dynasty Owners probably thought Denver might score some points this week at home against Kansas City and might have made McManus Active. That was a bad idea as he missed a 45 yard FG and had no official PAT attempts for negative two Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the Broncos 30-6 loss. He did make one PAT attempt, but there was a penalty, so Denver took the point off the board and tried to go for a two-point conversion, which failed. Even with this bad performance, McManus is still the 13th best kicker in Dynasty Owner for the season and a fringe Active player with bye weeks. However, this past week, he should have been on the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Benjamin Schmitke (Benjamin Schmitke) – 81.1 vs.

German Ballers (Christian Pfeifer) – 95.3

The potential high of an undefeated season for Benjamin Schmitke ended in a low-scoring battle against the German Ballers, who improved their record to 5-2. The scoring predictions had this as a high-scoring affair between teams averaging over 130 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week. However, it turned into the lowest scoring Match-up of the Week with neither team reaching 100 points and Benjamin Schmitke barely avoiding the indignity of having the lowest scoring team featured in our first seven weeks.

Benjamin can blame Kliff Kingsbury for his low scoring as he started both of his Arizona Cardinals this week and got a lowly 0.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from them combined. As mentioned before, David Johnson only played one “emergency” series at the beginning of the game and Christian Kirk was inactive for the game, but still in Benjamin’s Active lineup.

On the other hand, Christian was on a high and had a Houston Texans stack of Deshaun Watson at QB and DeAndre Hopkins at WR that paid off to the tune of 45.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (25.6 for Hopkins and 19.6 for Watson). He also got 18.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Green Bay RB Aaron Jones and 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from the returning Saquon Barkley.

The German Ballers also had some low scores as the trio of Kenny Golladay, Evan Engram and Dan Bailey only put up a combined 8.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Christian’s Bench also featured no players who put up double digit points. As a result, his Bench was outsourced 17.1-6.1 by Benjamin’s Bench.

Benjamin had the difficult choice of whether to start the top QB in Dynasty Owner Russell Wilson or the second best QB in Patrick Mahomes and made the correct choice by switching to Wilson who outscored Mahomes 17.8 to 10.0. However, this correct decision didn’t result in a victory for his team.

Even though the score projection was off by quite a lot, my prediction was correct as I had a German Ballers victory. My prediction record improves to 3-4 on this inaugural season of Dynasty Owner with another chance for me to get to .500 in Week 8.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

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Week 7 Preview: Heavyweight Match-Up

Author: Steven Van Tassell

It’s Week 7 – the halfway point of the regular season of the inaugural season of Dynasty Owner! Four teams are on bye this week (Carolina, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay) as roster depth continues to be a factor for Dynasty Owners. Christian McCaffrey is the heavyweight champion RB right now and his owners will need a big game from his replacement as they hope to win without him. The same holds true for Chris Godwin owners as he’s the top WR in Dynasty Owner, but on bye as well this week.

This is our seventh Dynasty Owner game preview article and this one is a heavyweight battle between two stacked teams – one based in the U.S. and another based in Europe. Sort of a Joe Louis versus Max Schmeling fight to continue our boxing theme this week. In our look at the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, we will analyze each team’s starters and bench to see if any switches are needed, highlight other things of interest and importance and make a prediction on the winner and final score. We’ll also pick some players who should be in your Active lineup and some who you should Bench, as well as review last week’s recommendations.

All stats are based on the Standard Dynasty Owner scoring system as outlined in the updated Dynasty Owner Constitution. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring gives you .1 points for every yard rushing or receiving, .1 point for every 2 yards passing, 1 point per reception, 6 points for a rushing, receiving or passing touchdown and 2 points for a successful 2-point conversion (rushing, receiving, or passing). Interceptions or fumbles lost cost you 3 points, while a fumble that is recovered by the player’s team is a loss of only 1 point. Bonus points are available for 100-199 yards rushing (2 points), 200 yards rushing or receiving (6 points), 300-399 yards passing (1 point) and 400 yards passing (4 points). There is also a 3 point bonus for clutch scoring, which is a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. Kickoff and punt return touchdowns are worth 6 points for the player and kickoff and punt returns are worth .25 points for every 10 yards. Standard Dynasty Owner scoring for kickers gives you 1 point for every extra point, while a missed extra point will cost you 1 point. It’s 2 points for a field goal of between 0 and 39 yards, 4 points for a field goal between 40 and 49 yards and 5 points for a field goal of 50 yards or longer. A missed field goal of between 0 and 39 yards will cost you 3 points, while a miss of 40 yards or more is a loss of 2 points.

Activate These Guys

First, let’s look at last week and see how my recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I recommended having the following players Active in Week 6:

  • QB: Gardner Minshew – 5.3 points (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: Kenyan Drake – 13.3 points (Just OK recommendation)
  • WR: Michael Gallup – 8.8 points (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Geoff Swaim – 1.5 points (Bad recommendation)

Another terrible week for Active recommendations with no good ones and one just ok recommendation. The Jacksonville stack of Minshew and Swaim really didn’t pay off as they combined for only 6.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. I’ll have to do better with my recommendations of players who should be Active in Week 7, so the recommendations are stacked with 49ers and Bills players who go up against the Redskins and Dolphins defenses.

Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF): This one is probably not even fair since he’s playing the Redskins, but since Jimmy G is the 24th ranked QB in Dynasty Owner, he’s not supposed to be Active this week. However, he’s playing the Redskins defense that is giving up an average of 26.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game with three QBs (Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott and The G.O.A.T., Tom Brady) getting more than 30 points against them. Jimmy is averaging only 17.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, but he’ll exceed that comfortably this week and should be Active.

Tevin Coleman (RB – SF): Coleman averages 12.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week, but is only the 47th ranked RB since he missed two weeks due to injury and the 49ers have already had their bye week. While he’s still splitting carries with Matt Breida, Coleman plays more, and those extra carries will help him gather up points at the expense of the Redskins defense that has let four RBs score in its last five games.

John Brown (WR – BUF): Brown has probably flown under the radar a little bit as he’s only scored one TD this season so far. However, he’s averaging 14.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and here comes the Miami Dolphins defense to upstate New York. The Dolphins’ best cornerback, Xavien Howard, is out with a knee injury and without him last week, Terry McLaurin of the Redskins had 100 yards receiving and 26.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Brown should have at least that many yards and a TD reception, so make him Active.

Dawson Knox (TE – BUF): The Giants and Evan Engram play the Cardinals this week, but he should be Active if he’s healthy anyway, so he can’t be the choice. Even though going deep didn’t work last week, I’ll try again with Dawson Knox. Knox is only averaging 6.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, but he’s playing the Dolphins so why not? The Dolphins allowed Mark Andrews to catch 8 passes for 108 yards and a TD in Week 1 and since then, they haven’t faced many top TEs. If you need a bye week replacement for Greg Olsen or are rostering O.J. Howard and can’t play him this week (or any other week), look no further than Knox as your Active TE for this week.

Bench These Guys

Now, let’s look at last week and see how my Bench recommendations worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). Last week, I recommended having the following players on the Bench:

  • QB: Jameis Winston – 15.1 points (Just OK recommendation)
  • RB: Matt Breida – 10.3 points (Just OK recommendation)
  • WR: Mike Evans – 20.6 points (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Jason Witten – 10.7 points (Just OK recommendation)

A slightly below average week with three Just Ok recommendations and one Bad recommendation. Jameis Winston had to hit the 4 point bonus for 400 yards to offset his 6 turnovers (5 INTs and 1 lost fumble) and become Just Ok instead of Good. Here are some players who Dynasty Owners drafted to use or have been using in their Active lineup, but would be better if they sat on the Bench in Week 7.

Kyler Murray (QB – ARI): A tough week to choose a quality QB to send to the Bench, but one needs to be chosen, so it’s going to be Murray. Why Murray who is coming off his best week in which he scored 39.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points? First of all, it was against the dreadful Falcons defense and the Giants are better. The G-Men held the G.O.A.T. to only 23.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in their last game and are rested with 10 days off since they played the Patriots. Second, he’s playing on the road and has exactly zero TD passes in two road games. Third, the rest of the top QBs have better match-ups and are likely to score more than Murray. Bench Murray even though he’ll do well – just not as well as other QBs who should be Active.

Kerryon Johnson (RB – DET): The Lions are facing an elite Vikings run defense that has only given up more than 100 yards rushing and allowed 1 RB rushing TD this season (Aaron Jones in Week 2). While Johnson is averaging 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week, he has only rushed for more than 50 yards once this season (Week 4 vs. Kansas City). Johnson is unlikely to reach his average against the Vikings, so his Dynasty Owners should find a spot on their Bench for him.

Terry McLaurin (WR – WAS): The 49ers defense is on a roll and holding their opponent’s top receivers down seemingly every single week. None of the Rams top receivers (Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp or Robert Woods) had more than eight Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week and the 49ers held Jared Goff to only 78 yards passing total for the entire game. While McLaurin had 26.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week and is averaging 18.8 points per game, he only got 8.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Patriots in Week 5. McLaurin has been a worthy starter for most of the year on a terrible Redskins team, but his Dynasty Owners should keep him on the Bench this week.

Jared Cook (TE – NO): Cook has been on a bit of a roll the past two weeks with 12.7 and 14.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points the past two weeks. However, if you look past just the points, you’ll see that he had a TD both weeks and still hasn’t caught more than four passes or gotten over 41 yards in a single game so far this season. With those kinds of numbers, he needs a TD to be Active and I don’t think he’s getting one against the Bears defense that has only allowed one TD to a TE all season. Bench Cook if you own him.

Dynasty Owner Match-Up of the Week –

Benjamin Schmitke (Benjamin Schmitke) vs. German Ballers (Christian Pfeifer)

It’s time for our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. At this point in the season, it’s not easy to be undefeated and for this match-up, we have a 6-0 team in Benjamin Schmitke battling against another top team in his division, the German Ballers, who are 4-2. Both teams score a lot. Benjamin Schmitke is averaging 141.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and the German Ballers are balling at an average of 131.8, so it should be a shoot-out.

Some quick thoughts about the match-up:

  • The bye week problems for most Dynasty Owners won’t really impact this match-up. Despite four teams on bye, Benjamin Schmitke has no bye week issues in either his Active lineup, Bench or Practice Squad. He’s at full strength in his quest to go undefeated. The German Ballers only have minimal bye week issues as their back-up QB is Mason Rudolph of the Steelers and Christian doesn’t have another QB on the Practice Squad to substitute in Rudolph’s place.
  • Benjamin has the top scorer in all of Dynasty Owner, Russell Wilson, on his Bench. That’s what happens when you have the second highest scoring player in Patrick Mahomes at QB as well. Might Benjamin switch it up and go with Wilson over Mahomes? The projections say No as Mahomes is projected to score 32.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus 27.5 for Wilson, but I think a switch could be warranted. Mahomes is “only” averaging 24.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game over his last three games (compared to 31.1 for Wilson) and Mahomes has to go against the Broncos defense on the road on Thursday. It’s always tough to play on Thursday on the road. This is a decision, but a good one for Benjamin.
  • As one of our excellent European Dynasty Owners, it’s tough for Christian to watch the late Sunday games. Good thing that the German Ballers have all of their Active lineup playing at 1 PM (Eastern), 7 PM (Central European Time). Christian can sit back after dinner, have a pint of his favorite German beer (Spaten Oktoberfest perhaps) and watch his players go at it. Prost!
  • In contrast, Benjamin has to keep track of players on Thursday night, in the early Sunday games and Monday night. He’ll jump out to a lead on Thursday Night behind Mahomes and Harrison Butker, but will he be staying up late to see if James White can push his team over the top to victory on Monday?

The exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections based on their current lineups has Benjamin Schmitke defeating the German Ballers by a margin of 135.2-128.1. The margin of victory is entirely due to Benjamin’s Bench, which is projected to outscore the Ballers by a margin of 18.6-11.7. I’m going against the projections and predicting a close victory for the German Ballers. It’ll go to the judges’ cards, but Christian wins by split decision as Mahomes’ projections appear to be over-inflated.

Final score prediction: Benjamin Schmitke 130.5 vs. German Ballers 132.3

My prediction record is below .500 at 2-4 for the season, so don’t celebrate with your newly won Heavyweight title belt just yet Christian. Check out the Week 7 Recap article on Tuesday to find out who won the Match-up of the Week.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

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