Week 10 Recap: Low Scoring Week

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Overall, scoring is up in the NFL as teams were averaging more points per game (25.3) than any other season through the first nine weeks of this season (https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2020/11/11/plenty-of-reasons-for-scorings-record-setting-pace-in-nfl/114854558/). In Week 10, the average points scored per team was nearly two and a half points lower at 22.9. On a team by team basis, a majority of teams (17 out of 28) scored less points in Week 10 than their average for the season. Some teams scored more, particularly Tampa Bay, but chances are, your team scored less this week than usual.

All of that translates into fewer fantasy points for most Dynasty Owner teams. While not a complete analysis of all leagues, a quick look shows that scoring appears to be down in Dynasty Owner as well. In my two leagues, only five teams (out of 24) scored more points in Week 10 than their average, while out of the current Top 25 teams in the Chase for the Ring, only four had more points this week than their average. For the past couple of weeks, seeing at least one Chase for the Ring team score 200 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points was common, but this week, the highest score that I saw in my quick look was 184.2 by Hi Boltage. Congrats to them! Sure, some of you had high-scoring players like the G.O.A.T. and Alvin Kamara and were able to score more points than usual, but for most of us, Dynasty Owner fantasy points were down this week.

The low scoring was across the board at all positions (QB, RB, WR, TE), every position, that is, except kicker. Much to the dismay of the Dynasty Owners out there who hate kickers, they were the only position immune to the low-scoring nature of Week 10. There were only six kicks (3 FGs and 3 PATs) missed this week, which probably helped to keep kicker scoring as usual. If you hate having kickers in fantasy football in general and Dynasty Owner in particular, add this to your list of reasons why.

Will this reduced scoring lead to a reduced number of words in our tenth regular season Dynasty Owner weekly recap article for 2020? Probably not, but just like every week, this article will name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, highlight a player at every position who should have been one of your Starters and one who should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad. We’ll also find out if the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week was low scoring and take our weekly look at the Chase for the Ring standings.

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 1 point for every 40 yards.

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

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner ownership statistics were current as of November 17th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our tenth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for the season is: Tom Brady

This may be one of the only honor that eluded the G.O.A.T. and now in the tenth game of the second season of Dynasty Owner, he has finally won the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week award. Just a week after a career low 1.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, the G.O.A.T. had the most points this week with 42.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (341 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 2 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD). It was the highest point total of Week 10, but only the third best performance of the season for the G.O.A.T. and the fewest number of points to lead Dynasty Owner in scoring all season.

  • Week 10 Points: 42.3
  • 2020 Salary: $25,000,000
  • Cost per Point: $591,017

Congratulations Tom! Winning the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor likely isn’t as awesome as any of your six Super Bowl victories, but it’s still pretty sweet.

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. The tenth Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for 2020 is: Marquez Valdes-Scantling

A week after a two TD performance, Valdes-Scantling did even better this week to just barely take this honor over a pair of multiple TD scoring RBs in Alvin Kamara and Nyheim Hines. Both Kamara and Hines had won the Value Player of the Week honor already this season and scored more points this week than Valdes-Scantling, but neither was a better value. That’s because the third-year, fifth-round draft pick only has a salary of $669,388 for the season and scored a career-high 24.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 149 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) this week. He even outscored his teammate Davante Adams, the #3 WR in all of Dynasty Owner. However, he scored fewer points than any Value Player of the Week winner so far this season. 

  • Week 10 Points: 24.9
  • 2020 Salary: $669,388
  • Cost per Point: $26,883

Congratulations Marquez on your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor!

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been in one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 10. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Kyler Murray or Alvin Kamara because barring injury or bye week, those guys should always be in your Starting lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 10 when they should have been.

QB: Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) – 41.7 points

Roethlisberger has been performing as a Top QB pretty much all season, averaging 26.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. This week was his best performance of the season with 41.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (333 passing yards, 4 passing TDs) against Cincinnati, just a week after a 35.1 point performance against Dallas. Despite those performances, he and his $34 million annual salary are only owned in 5% of Dynasty Owner leagues, meaning few Dynasty Owners even have the opportunity to start Big Ben. He is unlikely to garner much additional ownership due to his high salary and age (38 years old), but he is steadily outperforming two younger QBs (Jared Goff and Carson Wentz) who make nearly as much in salary. Are there any Goff or Wentz owners out there who are going to use an amnesty provision to dump those QBs and pay a little extra for Roethlisberger and put Ben in their Starting lineup?  They might want to consider it since he should have been a Starter this past week.

RB: Devontae Booker (LV) – 21.3 points

After a poor season in 2019 with just 15.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Devontae Booker was not resigned by the Denver Broncos and became an unrestricted free agent. In 2020, he scored more Dynasty Owner fantasy points in this low-scoring week against his former team than he did in all of 2019. He had 21.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (81 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 1 reception, 2 receiving yards). His performance in Week 10 moved him up to the #46 ranked RB in Dynasty Owner, so Booker probably wasn’t in the Starting lineup in too many of the 55% of leagues in which he is on a roster. He should have been a Starter as he was a Top 10 RB this week.

WR: Willie Snead (BAL) – 23.4 points

For the past three weeks, Snead has been the Baltimore skill position player to own, outscoring each of the following eight more highly owned of his teammates (Mark Andrews, Miles Boykin, Marquise Brown, J.K. Dobbins, David Duvernay, Gus Edwards, Mark Ingram, and James Proche). Over that three week span, Snead has scored a total of 46.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This week, he was the only Ravens skill position player to score a TD as he had 23.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 64 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). His $6 million annual salary is likely keeping his ownership down to only 6% of Dynasty Owner leagues. He’s been the only Ravens WR worth having in your Starting lineup in several weeks and should have been there in Week 10.

TE: Cameron Brate (TB) – 12.1 points

Nowhere was the lack of scoring in Week 10 more evident than at the TE position. Without Travis Kelce playing, the top scorers at TE (Mark Andrews and Rob Gronkowski) had just 13.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points each. Only eight TEs scored 10.0 or more points and just six had a TD. One of those TEs was Cameron Brate from Tampa Bay who had 12.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 31 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). Brate is the #39 TE in Dynasty Owner and only owned in 5% of leagues due to his annual salary of $6.8 million. He was worth that salary this week with his first double digit point week of 2020. Double digit scoring by a TE makes that TE worthy of being in Dynasty Owner starting lineups and that’s where Brate should have been this week.  

Honorable mention to Pharaoh Brown of the Houston Texans.  Brown is currently unowned in Dynasty Owner as the Texans’ third string TE. However, he did outperform both of the other Texans’ TEs (Darren Fells and Jordan Akins) by scoring 10.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 21 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) this week. He would only cost Dynasty Owners $750,000 in salary to own, but it’s unlikely he’s going to be picked up in too many, if any, leagues, even though he should have been in Starting lineups this week.

K: Tyler Bass (BUF) and Matt Prater (DET) – 18.0 points

Both Bass and Prater were possible, but not guaranteed Starters for Dynasty Owners this week. They were both outside of the Top 12 kickers through Week 9 with Prater averaging 6.75 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and Bass averaging 6.3 points per games. Both were drafted roughly at the same time when drafted (Bass ADP 238.9; Prater ADP 245.1). This week, both also scored 18.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, although they did so in different ways. Bass had three progressively longer FGs of over 50 yards in the second quarter alone (54, 55 and 58 yards) plus 3 PATs, while Prater had two FGs of over 50 yards (53 and 59 yards), a 37-yard FG and 3 PATs. Prater’s game ending 59 yard FG was also a clutch scoring event to win the game for the Lions. Both should have been in your Starting lineup this past week (unless you own both of them, then you could have started either one).

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been one of your Starters but wasn’t, we have at least one player who probably was a starter but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who didn’t score too many Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, so they should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in Week 10.

QB: Russell Wilson (SEA) – 9.4 points

Russell Wilson set a couple of dubious records with his Week 10 performance. First, he recorded his lowest number of Dynasty Owner fantasy points by far in the 2020 season with just 9.4 points (248 passing yards, 60 rushing yards, 2 INTs, 1 fumble – lost). Second, he had zero TDs for the first time this season. Finally, he recorded his first performance with less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points across both years of Dynasty Owner’s existence. Plenty of dubious distinctions for the Seattle QB. With just 2.0 more points, he would have reclaimed the top spot in Dynasty Owner scoring for the 2020 season. Instead, he put up his worst performance in two years and should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad.

RB: Devin Singletary (BUF) – 2.0 points

After a good start to the 2020 season, Singletary has cooled off recently with the emergence of rookie RB Zack Moss. However, Dynasty Owners drafted him very high (ADP 30.9) and he was still the #28 RB at the start of Week 9 and playing in a game expected to be high-scoring, so Dynasty Owners may have taken a chance with Singletary (or been forced to Start him) in Week 10. That was a mistake as he scored only 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (15 rushing yards, 1 reception, -5 receiving yards). His RB rank for the season is now higher than his ADP as he’s the #34 RB for the season. That’s a Bench player for your Dynasty Owner team, which is where he should have been in Week 10.

WR: Travis Fulgham (PHI) – 1.8 points

Travis Fulgham may have been the most pleasant surprise of the 2020 season so far. Released by both Detroit and Green Bay during training camp, he was signed to the Eagles practice squad and sat there until Week 4. In his first five weeks as an Eagle, he scored an average of 19.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game with a salary of $540,000. He was seemingly on a pace to be the Value Player of the Year until things came crashing down in Week 10 with a 1.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (1 reception for 8 yards) against the New York Giants. He received 5 targets, so he didn’t completely disappear from the Eagles offense, but instead of being a Starter this week, he should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad.

TE: Jimmy Graham (CHI) and Jared Cook (NO) – 0.0 points

Both of these high-salary veteran TEs put up a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) this week on two targets. Graham has the higher salary at $8 million per year for two years, but has lower ownership (40% of leagues). He was also averaging 10.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game over the first nine weeks of the season and was coming off a 17.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 9. Cook has a slightly lower salary ($7.5 million) but is only signed for this season and as a result, is owned in 90% of Dynasty Owner leagues. However, he was only the #16 TE prior to Week 10, but could have been viewed as a bye week Starter with Travis Kelce, Hayden Hurst and Dalton Schultz all out. Neither one of them should have been in your Starting lineup or on your Bench because of the dreaded Blutarsky.

K: Justin Tucker (BAL) – 4.0 points

While four kickers scored less points this week than Justin Tucker, none of them have the pedigree of the Ravens kicker. Tucker was the second kicker drafted in your Dynasty Owner league on average (ADP 172.2), the second ranked kicker in 2019 and the third ranked kicker in 2020 coming into the Ravens’ Week 10 matchup against the New England Patriots. He had also not scored less than 7.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single game in 2020. All of that indicates that Tucker should be in your Starting lineup every week he’s not on bye. Not this week as he didn’t get many chances to kick (only three) and scored just 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (24 yard FG and 2 PATs). For the first time in a long time, Dynasty Owners would have been better off leaving Tucker on their Bench.

Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week Recap –

Out of Luck vs. Young Gunz

Out of Luck doesn’t appear to be correctly named as they got a lucky break in a low scoring game and defeated Young Gunz 102.4-100.2. Young Gunz had three players get zero points on their Bench (RB J.J. Taylor – inactive; TE Geoff Swaim – 0.0 points; Greg Zuerlein – bye week) and that may have been the margin of victory. Both teams underperformed their weekly projections by over 30.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and barely scored triple digit points. The win puts both teams in a tie in their League at 7-3, but the low score moved Out of Luck out of the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring standings.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

Not only did Victor, the owner of Barbee Kilgore, lose his spot at the top of the Chase for the Ring, he also lost his Dynasty Owner match-up this week by scoring only 114.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In his place is Quaranteed for Greatness who moved up from second place to take the top spot after Week 10.

After ten weeks of the 2020 Dynasty Owner season, there are no more undefeated teams in the Chase standings. Even if you go to the app or website and check out the Top 25, you’ll see no more undefeated teams. Is there anyone out there who’s still undefeated?

Conclusions

It was a low scoring week in the NFL and as a result, in Dynasty Owner as well. We still had plenty of players who outperformed their projections or previous performances, but the scoring for those individual players who were the best of the week were down. Especially at TE, but not so much at kicker. With only three weeks left in the 2020 Dynasty Owner regular season, how are Dynasty Owners going to react to what happened in Week 10?

We will find out soon enough as, including today, we are just three days away from our next Thursday Night Football game and four days away from the Week 11 preview article. Please read the preview article to see how my Week 10 recommendations did and who should be a Starter and who should be on your Bench in Week 11. Besides the weekly recap and preview articles, we will also have articles every week from both Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) and Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl) as well. Reading their articles will help you figure out the ins and outs of Dynasty Owner and make you a better General Manager and Head Coach.

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Week 11 Free Agent Auction Targets

Author: Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl)

The way this football weekend started out for me was in an extremely irritating way. I woke up Sunday to my house having zero power which instantly meant no normal football day, and on top of it my phone was dead, so there was no scoreboard watching either. I had my soon to be wife call and see what was going on… a tree fell, no power until 4pm at the earliest! I don’t remember the exact time the power came back on, but I do remember finally sitting down flipping the RedZone channel on for about 30 seconds just to stand back up instantly screaming! This time the screaming wasn’t because of the frustrations of no football, it was because The Hail Murray had just happened. The play of the year had instantly flipped my Sunday upside down, and the best part is I am nowhere near a Cardinals fan, but man was that one of the best finishes I have seen in quite a while with both teams feeling they had it won. I mentioned a few weeks back that the Cardinals are 100% must see TV, and The Hail Murray only solidifies that

I will finally stop drooling over the Hopkins catch and get back into some Dynasty Owner, which I am assuming is why you are here. This week we happened to see quite a few players that are not highly owned perform well, and should turn out a decent free agent or two. Keep in mind as soon as the regular Dynasty Owner season comes to a close your rosters will lock for the remainder of the season, so tighten up your roster before it’s too late, and Tim puts his foot down. I would absolutely hate to see someone lose their championship game because of bench points, and on top of being the first loser in your league you wont even have a shot at the coveted Chase for the Ring. 

If you are in the top 100 and have a team that has been either hot as of late, or very consistent all year, the time is now to package your draft capital and lower level starters for sure fire production. Be sure to look at upcoming strength of schedule before making any trades. 

Salvon Ahmed (1-Year $765,000) 53% Owned

Has anyone had better luck in 2020 with no name running backs than the Miami Dolphins? They brought in someone none of us love, but we all respect this past off season in Jordan Howard. Coming into this year everyone in the football world thought Howard would be the lead back in Miami with Breida getting the passing work. That theory proved to be dead wrong with the emergence of Gaskin, and no preseason to see how bad Howard actually looked. With Gaskin hurt and on injured reserve the Dolphins went straight back to Howard, for about 4 plays looking just as bad as earlier in the season. Ahmed clearly outplayed Howard in the game against Arizona 2 weeks ago, so much so the Dolphins actually ended up releasing Howard.

The undrafted rookie out of Washington stepped in this past week handling a full workload, and managed to look really good while doing it. Ahmed tallied 21 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown, and catching his only target for 5 yards, in his first NFL start against a solid Chargers defensive front. This backfield is still Gaskin’s job to lose once he returns from injury, but the way Ahmed has looked, he’s sure to have a stable role in this up and coming offense moving forward. 

The fact Ahmed is a rookie with a clear role the next few weeks on a very cheap deal makes Ahmed a must grab at this stage in the fantasy season! I would also like to mention that Ahmed is a player I have been what most would call “A Truther” on since his Washington days. I loved watching his highlights every bit as much as someone like JK Dobbins, or Jonathon Taylor over the off season, and if I can say anything about Ahmed its that he runs with a violent purpose and has above average vision. If Ahmed can prove himself as a pass catcher over the next few games that Gaskin is out hell have the makings of a potential three down back in the coming years.

Willie Snead (1-Year $6,000,000) 6.19% Owned

Its good ole Willie Snead back in your fantasy thoughts. It feels like just yesterday that Snead looked like a very underrated talent catching passes from the legend, Drew Brees. Those days unfortunately are long gone, and Snead has looked like a shell of himself ever since leaving the Saints. Though, Snead has started to find himself a nice little role in Baltimore with at least 4 catches in each of the last 3 games for the Ravens. The most impressive performance thus far is debatable (both in losses) between his 5 catch 106 yard day against the Steelers, and his performance in the monsoon Sunday night against the Patriots, with 5 catches for 64 yards and 2 touchdowns. 

If Snead is able to keep this type of production up through the remainder of the season he could become a great acquisition for owners that have the room to acquire him, just imagine how deadly Snead can be if Lamar figures things out. Hollywood Brown has struggled to become the number one guy we all hoped he would, and the past few weeks Snead has stepped up and looked like the true alpha for the Ravens passing game. I know Nick Boyle is a tight end who doesn’t do much in the pass catching area, but his injury should open up even more targets for the receivers due to the Ravens having to leave Mark Andrews in to block more than he has been asked in recent memory. Another positive with Snead is his deal is only for the rest of this year, meaning you can cut ties freely this off season.

Cam Sims (2-Years $540,000/yr) and Isaiah Wright (3-Years $763,333/yr) 10.31% Owned

I know I kind of took the cheap way out of this one, but I honestly couldn’t decide between the two for the rest of this season. My best advice on which of the two to take would be watch some film, and take the one your gut tells you to grab. Sims has came on strong the past few weeks playing on a massive 74% of offensive plays, culminating in 94% of offensive snaps against Detroit. Sims was able to grab 4 out of 5 targets for 54 yards on Sunday, following his huge 3 catch 110 yard day against the Giants. Sims is a big bodied receiver at 6 feet 5 inches tall weighing 215 pounds, a similar frame to that of Kenny Golladay. 

The teammate of Sims, Isaiah Wright has also been coming on strong as of late with a 6 catch 59 yard performance this past Sunday against Detroit. Wright is someone the Washington front office, and coaching staff drafted, and seem to hold in high regard giving him a little bit more potential over Sims in future seasons. I haven’t had the chance to take a deep dive into Sims just yet, but I have looked at Wright quite a bit this past off season, and he is a very talented kid who has the chance at a bright future in this league. 

The Washington Football Team has been a very hard team to judge by what they say, so take what you read from them about who will play lightly. The injury to Kyle Allen initially scared some fantasy owners away, but I think this may benefit the team as a whole from a fantasy prospective. Smith seems to want to push the ball downfield opening the offense up more than Allen, or Haskins throwing for 390 yards and completing almost 70% of his passes.

Jalen Guyton (2-Years $540,000/yr) 49.48% Owned

I have honestly been waiting all season long to put Guyton on one of these lists, but he just hasn’t shown the ability to produce in the short or intermediate game thus far. On Sunday against the Dolphins that all changed as Guyton put together the game I have been wanting to see from him, even if the stats were not all that good. Guyton showed up Sunday in a strange, but good way with just 4 catches for 24 yards. I know you may be thinking why in the world is this guy recommending someone who only had 24 yards of offense, but let’s not forget Guyton has proved to be the Chargers true home run threat this season hitting multiple times on deep touchdown receptions. 

If Guyton can start to play and perform more in the short game like he did on Sunday, we could start to see some games with 5 to 7 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown from Guyton. The fact Guyton plays with a fellow rookie, and what seems to be a budding superstar in Herbert, the future is bright for Herbert, Guyton and the Chargers offense. The Chargers are somewhat deep at receiver with Allen, Williams, and Henry (tight end) but none of them have shown the ability to be able to consistently stay healthy over their careers. Guyton is also a rookie on one of the cheapest deals you will find in all of Dynasty Owner, making him a must stash if you have the open roster spot. I absolutely love players like Guyton, or a Darnell Mooney in dynasty, because they have the ability to be a true lottery ticket very soon!

Marvin Hall (1-Year $690,000) 14% Owned

Marvin Hall had another Marvin Hall type of week in week 10, with 2 catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. The type of day Hall had Sunday is exactly what you can expect from Hall most weeks, at least until Golladay comes back. While Hall did add a touchdown Sunday, we all know that cant be counted on, and usually just depend on the flow of the game for most players, especially of Hall’s caliber. 

Hall will never be a “sexy” pickup, or one someone will jump into a bidding war over, but he will get the job done for you on the bench, especially on his touchdown weeks. I am not too sure on how much longer Golladay will be out, but I have heard rumblings about him wanting a new deal, or out of Detroit, which is why he may be out longer than initially expected. There are also a few other things going in Hall’s favor with Amendola being hurt and possibly missing time, as well as the Lions having basically zero experience at his position outside of Jones, a couple rookies, and himself. The Lions seem to find themselves in shootouts every single week giving Hall plenty of opportunities to connect on a deep ball throughout the game, which is another one of those things fantasy managers tend to love.

Closing Thoughts

It’s just a bit bonkers to me that the free agent targets seem to be getting a little bit deeper as we continue to go through the year. I have two players this week that didn’t make the cut who could potentially have an impact in the coming weeks, and one of them in future seasons as well. Alex Collins for Seattle will more than likely get the start with the Seahawks scheduled to play on Thursday this week. 

Collins is only 1% owned with a very cheap salary (1 year $630,000) making him basically a risk free addition. The second player has much more upside, but is also a more risky pickup due to his length of contract, and price. Jakeem Grant (4 years $4,925,000) has looked good since Preston Williams went down with an injury. Grant has managed to snag 4 catches in each of the past two games, and adding a touchdown this past weekend. If Grant can build a rapport with Tua over the remainder of this season he could be a sneaky pickup, but he could also be a $5,000,000 cap hit who does nothing but take up cap space, and a roster spot…. Don’t you just love the NFL.

 In a perfect world we would all be fighting for playoff spots, not needing this list at all. Unfortunately we live in 2020 and its anything but perfect, though on the bright side we still have Dynasty Owner and football! I hope you all enjoy the pickups, and as always good luck on your Chase for the Ring!

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Week 10 Preview – The Masters of Fantasy Football

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

We have a tradition unlike any other (The Masters) being played during the middle of football season this year instead of in early April. This has caused some changes to the usual NFL schedule as there are more late games than early games (6 late vs. 5 early). Traditionally, there are more early games but if the Masters has to be played in November, then the NFL game times had to get changed.

Usually when things are as new as Dynasty Owner, it’s difficult to have any long-term traditions. Dynasty Owner is ahead of the curve as we do have the Ring as our tradition. It’s our version of the green jacket given to the winner of the Masters. We have only had one Ring winner so far, but will be crowning a second one at the end of December with a big ceremony planned for some time next year. It’s just like the Masters champions dinner, except instead of Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods eating a fancy plated dinner with waiters at Augusta National, the Ring winner gets lunch at Chipotle with Paul, Tim and Seth. If you’re lucky, maybe you can get extra guacamole.

Another Dynasty Owner tradition is to highlight individual teams and Dynasty Owners in various ways. Contenders in the Chase for the Ring appear on the weekly Tuesday podcast and two teams are always featured in our weekly Match-up of the Week. That’s right, every week, we look at one Dynasty Owner game, check out the overall projected score and then each team’s Starters and Bench to see how their current lineups are projected to produce.

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 1 point for every 40 yards.

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

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner ownership statistics were current as of November 13th.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

First, let’s take a look at how my Week 9 Starter recommendations fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok):

  • QB: Derek Carr – 18.7 (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: La’Mical Perine – 5.8 (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: Marvin Hall – 6.1 (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Jordan Akins – 3.9 (Bad recommendation)

These recommendations haven’t been the greatest, but this is the first week all season in which all four of them were Bad. Derek Carr was near the bottom of the QB pack in Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week with 18.7 while the rest of the recommended players didn’t hit double digits. Frank Gore had twice as many carries as La’Mical Perine for some reason, so Perine didn’t score many points. Both Marvin Hall and Jordan Akins had some opportunities with five and four targets respectively, but other players at their position were more productive. Let’s forget try to start a new tradition of four Good recommendations of players who should be Starters for your Dynasty Owner team.

Baker Mayfield (QB – CLE): Mayfield is only averaging 19.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game, putting him as the #23 ranked QB in Dynasty Owner. Only once has he exceeded that average by more than 2.0 points. That was back in Week 7 against Cincinnati when he put up 44.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The rest of the time, it’s been pretty pedestrian numbers he’s putting up. The good news for Baker and Browns fans is that the Houston defense has given up more than average points to the opposing QB ever since Bill O’Brien was fired. In three of its last four games (and the fourth doesn’t count since it was Jake Luton’s first ever NFL game), the opposing QBs has gotten 7.6 more points per game than their season average. Add that to Baker’s average and he’s at 26.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which is probably enough to be a low-end QB1 this week. That’s why Baker Mayfield should be in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup this week.

Rex Burkhead (RB – NE): This goes against the traditional belief that it’s difficult to trust New England RBs because you never know what Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels are going to do on a week-to-week basis. This week, it’s possible that Damien Harris doesn’t play with a chest injury and also that the Patriots bring Sony Michel off the Injured Reserve list and then have four RBs to split carries and catches, not just three of them. Regardless of whether Harris and/or Michel plays, both are likely to be ineffective since the Baltimore defense is only allowing 77.8 yards rushing per game to RBs, one of the lowest averages in the NFL. They are in the middle of the pack with an average of 5.6 receptions and 51 receiving yards per game allowed to RBs. In the past two weeks without Julian Edelman, New England has given the ball to Burkhead more than pass catching RB James White (22 touches for Burkhead to 10 for White). Burkhead is just on the edge of being in Starting lineups already as the #31 RB in Dynasty Owner. Move him into your RB2 or FLEX Starting lineup spot this week.

Darnell Mooney (WR – CHI): Mooney is the overall #57 WR right now in Dynasty Owner and the clear third WR in Chicago. The rookie fifth round draft pick is well ahead of second year WR Riley Ridley. Dynasty Owners were taking both of those guys around the same time in Dynasty Owner drafts (ADP 265.3 for Ridley vs. 268.6 for Mooney). And he’s closing in on Anthony Miller for the WR2 spot as they have almost an almost identical number of Dynasty Owner fantasy points (79.2 for Miller vs. 76.5 for Mooney). With RB David Montgomery not practicing on Thursday and still in the NFL concussion protocol, it feels like the Bears might have to pass their way to victory on Monday night against the Vikings. Especially since no one else on the Bears has even 100 yards rushing besides Montgomery (Mitchell Trubisky ranks second on the team with 90 rushing yards). Mooney led the Bears in targets last week with 11 as Nick Foles attempted 52 passes. That might happen again, so go ahead and get Mooney into your Starting lineup this week.

Mike Gesicki (TE – MIA): Even though he was drafted to be a Starting TE (ADP 108.1), Gesicki hasn’t performed like one for most of the 2020 season. He hasn’t caught a TD pass since Week 3 and has only gotten a total of 9.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in two games with Tua Tagovailoa at QB for the Dolphins. However, in just the past two weeks, the Chargers have allowed 11.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to Broncos TE Noah Fant and 13.2 points to Raiders TE Darren Waller. Gesicki should see more targets this week with Preston Williams out of the lineup and Isaiah Ford traded away. Pencil Gesicki in for double digit points this week and put him in your Starting lineup.

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

Next up is reviewing the Week 9 Bench or Practice Squad recommendations to see how those did.

  • QB: Tom Brady – 1.5 (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Ezekiel Elliott – 8.9 (Just Ok recommendation)
  • WR: Mike Evans – 10.4 (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Mark Andrews – 5.2 (Good recommendation)

The Bench recommendations of Buccaneers QB Tom Brady and WR Mike Evans both ended up as Good with Brady having the worst QB week of anybody in Week 9 with a lowly 1.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Evans had 10.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That left him barely inside the Top 50 WRs for the week. Recommending having Mark Andrews on your Bench was also Good as he only had 5.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Ezekiel Elliott was barely inside the Top 30 RBs this week, only two points out of the Top 24, so that recommendation was really Just Ok. Three Good and one Just Ok recommendations equals the first week for three Good recommendations and first week without a Bad Bench recommendation all season. Hooray for me!  Now, let’s continue with that tradition in Week 10.

Tom Brady (QB – TB): Looking at the pattern of this season’s performances by the G.O.A.T. worked last week, so since he’s playing another NFC team (Carolina) this week, we’ll stick with it. Back in Week 2 against Carolina, the G.O.A.T. was held to 10.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which was his worst performance before last week’s 1.5 Dynasty Owner point performance. The Carolina defense has faced a Top 12 QB seven times this season (the G.O.A.T., Herbert, Murray, Ryan, Brees, Ryan again, and Mahomes) and held that QB to under 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in four of those games (including the game against the G.O.A.T.). The AFC-NFC split has widened as well after last week (42.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in three games versus AFC opponents and 16.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in six games versus NFC opponents). The pattern continues this week, so leave the G.O.A.T. on your Dynasty Owner Bench again.

Mike Davis (RB – CAR): With Christian McCaffrey expected to miss Week 10 with a shoulder injury, it’s Mike Davis leading the Carolina backfield once again. That’s not an enviable position as Tampa Bay has only allowed 502 rushing yards in nine games this season, lowest in the league even though they have yet to be on bye. In the three weeks prior to McCaffrey’s return, Davis only averaged 9.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game as Curtis Samuel emerged to score rushing TDs in two of those three games. Benching Davis against Tampa Bay this week is advised for all of his Dynasty Owners who probably rode him while McCaffrey was out and expected to get another week out of him in Week 10.

Tyler Lockett (WR – SEA): It was just three weeks ago against the Cardinals that Lockett scored 59.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single game, the highest point total of the season. However, in the past two games, he has scored only 7.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the 49ers and 8.0 against the Bills. While Lockett is ranked as the #4 WR in Dynasty Owner, his ranking is built on two games, the Cardinals game and a 37.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 3 against Dallas. Those two games account for almost 60% of his scoring this season. Last year in Week 14 against the Rams, Lockett was held to 8.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That’ll happen again so get Lockett on your Bench this week.

Mark Andrews (TE – BAL):  Another repeat choice from last week is Mark Andrews. He was the second TE selected on average in Dynasty Owner drafts with an ADP of 37.1, just barely ahead of overall #1 TE Travis Kelce at 37.2, but he hasn’t lived up to expectations as he’s the #9 ranked TE in Dynasty Owner after nine weeks. He continues to be TD dependent, scoring just 4.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in games in which he doesn’t score a TD. The bad news for Andrews’ Dynasty Owners is that New England has only given up one TD to a TE this season (Foster Moreau of the Raiders), even though they have played three of the best TEs – Travis Kelce (10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), Darren Waller (2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and George Kittle (10.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). On average, TEs are getting only 2.9 receptions per game for 36.75 yards while playing against New England. Keep Andrews on your Bench again this week if you have a better option.

Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week

Out of Luck vs. Young Gunz

The tenth Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week for the 2020 season features two beta users who are having excellent seasons. On one side, we have Billy and Out of Luck who started Week 10 in 24th place in the Chase for the Ring, but apparently not in first place in their League with a 6-3 record. That’s because their opponent this week are Vinny and the Young Gunz who stand at 7-2. Only one of these teams can survive and have a chance for the Ring and this week might go a long way to determining which one of them it is.

Based on the exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections for each team’s current lineup, it’s going to be a close game. Despite two Bench players on bye and getting the Young Gunz zero points, they are projected to prevail by a 135.9-131.7 margin. Does the Young Gunz projected margin of victory come from their Starters or the Bench? Let’s check and see.

It’s a little bit of both as the Young Gunz have a 3.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point advantage from their Starters. Kyler Murray from the Young Gunz is projected for 8.2 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Justin Herbert from Out of Luck. Young Gunz also have an advantage at the RB2 position (Leonard Fournette over Giovani Bernard), but Billy, the owner of Out of Luck, reports that he just traded for Mike Davis (who he got for La’Mical Perine and a third round draft pick), so adding Davis to his team should change these projections and make it a much tighter game than currently projected. Bernard will shift to the Bench, so let’s check out how those Benches are presently constructed.

Even without a Bench kicker and Geoff Swaim as their Bench TE who got them zero points on Thursday night, the advantage in Bench points goes to Young Gunz by 4.8 points. The Young Gunz’s RBs and WRs are tilting the advantage in Bench points to their team, more than making up for Swaim and Zuerlein on bye.

Conclusion

Traditions can make things more special – turn good things into great things, but they take time to build. The Masters wasn’t a tradition unlike any other in its second year. According to this article (https://www.thescore.com/pga/news/742292), it was apparently first used by Jim Nantz in 1986, over 50 years after the tournament started.

Fortunately, Paul created the Ring to be awarded to the top scoring League winner right away, so we have had our Dynasty Owner tradition since our inaugural year. Having the Chase for the Ring contenders appear on the weekly Tuesday live podcast started out this year to highlight individual Dynasty Owners and their teams. Hopefully that tradition continues, and Paul and Tim continue to build more of them as we keep going.

Hopefully, it’s your personal tradition to read the preview article each and every week. Maybe your team will be featured in a future Match-Up of the Week. If you want your team featured, then just tweet me (@SteveVT33) and check out next week’s preview to see if your matchup was chosen. Remember that there will be a recap article coming out every Tuesday and a preview article posted every Friday throughout the Dynasty Owner season. We will also have articles every week from both Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) and Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl) during the season as well.

There will also be the traditional weekly Tuesday Live podcast at 3 PM (Eastern) / Noon (Pacific) and the weekly podcast series with myself and Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer on Wednesdays at 1 PM (Eastern) / 10 AM (Pacific) on the Dynasty Owner channel on YouTube. We had a special live Thursday night podcast this week and you can catch a replay of that or any of the other Dynasty Owner videos and tutorials on YouTube as well. Tune in to learn more about Dynasty Owner, see how our predictions did and help you set your weekly lineup. Subscribe to the YouTube channel and make sure to “Like” all of the videos to help promote them. Dynasty Owner has 554 subscribers on YouTube now and thank you all for watching and listening. All of this great content is available to help you win your weekly matchup, your Dynasty Owner league and maybe become the winner of the 2020 Chase for the Ring!

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Week 9 Preview – Trade Talk

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

The NFL trade deadline came and went on Tuesday with a few deals (Isaiah Ford to New England and some defensive players switching teams), but nothing major at all. The rumored trade of Will Fuller, or any Texans WR, to Green Bay never materialized and the deadline came and went without much action. It’s a different story when you get to fantasy football in general and Dynasty Owner in particular.

Fantasy football owners love to talk trades and analyze trades. Some even actually make reasonable offers and get one done. Dynasty Owner is no different. What is different is that Dynasty Owner Tom Ayling (@flanker546) created the Twitter hashtag #DOTRADES so all Dynasty Owners can see and comment on each other’s trades after they’ve gone down. That’s not happening on ESPN, Sleeper or any other fantasy football platform.

In my beta league, eight out of the 12 owners made a trade in October and one team who didn’t (my team) has a deal cooking for next week. That seems like a lot of trades – more than in my other leagues, both redraft and dynasty – but it would seem that trading is more difficult in Dynasty Owner because of the contracts and salary cap. However, the fact that Dynasty Owner requires more engagement from its Owners might be overriding those obstacles and creating more trades. What do you think? Comment on one of our YouTube videos or tweet using #DOTRADES and tag me (@SteveVT33) and Dynasty Owner (@Dynasty_Owner) to give us your opinion.

One thing that we aren’t going to trade is our weekly Match-up of the Week. Every week, we look at one Dynasty Owner game, check out the overall projected score and then each team’s Starters and Bench to see how their current lineups are projected to produce.

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 1 point for every 40 yards.

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

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner ownership statistics were current as of November 6th.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

First, let’s take a look at how my Week 8 Starter recommendations fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok):

  • QB: Baker Mayfield – 9.0 (Bad recommendation)
  • RB: Jamycal Hasty – 10.0 (Just Ok recommendation)
  • WR: Marquez Callaway – Did Not Play
  • TE: Ryan Izzo – 4.4 (Bad recommendation)

For the first time since Week 2, there were no Good recommendation last week. Baker Mayfield had a Bad game in the bad weather in Cleveland and while Ryan Izzo had his best game of the season with 4.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, it was still not enough to even rate as Just Ok. Marquez Callaway would have done well, but he ended up not playing this week and Jamycal Hasty’s performance of 10.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points was a very low end RB2 or FLEX starter, so recommending him was Just Ok. I’d like to trade my picks in Week 8 for four better ones this week. Honestly, it’s past time for a four Good recommendation week, so here we go again with four players who are recommended as Starters in Week 9.

Derek Carr (QB – LV): There are effectively three tiers of QBs in Dynasty Owner this season. Tier 1 are the ten QBs averaging 28.0 or more Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game so far this season ranging from Russell Wilson (40.4) to The G.O.A.T. (28.3). Tier 2 are the second set of ten QBs who are averaging between 22.0 and 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the top of this tier and Carson Wentz at the bottom. Finally, we have the Tier 3 guys who are averaging less than 22.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. This tier is where you look for the QB to play for a week when your top QB is out on bye or facing a really tough match-up. Derek Carr heads up this tier and this week, he gets one of those defenses (Los Angeles Chargers) that he can produce more than an average game against for his Dynasty Owners. Last week, Drew Lock (another member of Tier 3) had himself quite a good second half against the Chargers and scored 30.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Carr will do that this week against the Chargers, so he can be in your Starting lineup. You likely don’t even need to trade for him as he’s only rostered in 45% of Dynasty Owner leagues.

La’Mical Perine (RB – NYJ): Perine has been splitting time pretty evenly with the ageless wonder Frank Gore in the Jets backfield in the three games since Le’Veon Bell was released. He’s been slightly better than Gore (8.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game vs. 6.7 for Gore) in those games despite slightly fewer touches (12.0 for Gore vs. 10.7 for Perine). Starting a Jets RB, especially one splitting time doesn’t seem like a good play until you consider that they are playing against New England and since the Patriots bye week, the Pats have given up an average of 174 yards rushing per game, including 190 yards to Buffalo last week and 197 yards to the 49ers the week before. Even Adam Gase can’t screw this up, can he? Don’t get him confused for his older brother Samaje who is on the Bengals and on bye this week. Start La’Mical on Monday Night Football against New England.

Marvin Hall (WR – DET): Kenny Golladay went down with a hip injury last week and Hall stepped in and scored 15.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against the Colts. Golladay was averaging 16.45 points per game in the four games he played this season, and someone has to step up again this week for the Lions against the Vikings. It could be Hall again and he showed some rapport with QB Matthew Stafford last week. If Stafford doesn’t play, then it’ll be either backup QB Chase Daniel or David Blough. Hall might have better rapport with them than any other WR on the Lions roster since they should be running scout team plays together. His contract is only $690,000 for this year and he’s still only rostered in 10% of Dynasty Owner leagues, up from 1% before Jay Poundsee’s Tuesday free agent target article, but till not very high. Dynasty Owners in the playoff hunt with Golladay or any of the many other injured WRs around should consider grabbing Hall and inserting him in their Starting lineup this week. He might only be a one-week solution, but every game and point counts in Dynasty Owner.

Jordan Akins (TE – HOU): Akins is currently ranked as the #31 TE in Dynasty Owner after missing the last three games. In his place, Darren Fells had two great games with 13.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Jaguars in Week 5 and 20.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Titans in Week 6. Jacksonville has allowed an average of 11.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to their opponent’s top TE this season while facing just two of the top 10 TEs (T.J. Hockenson and Jonnu Smith). This bodes well for Akins in his return from injury, so get him off your IR list and into your Starting lineup this week.

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

Next up is reviewing the Week 8 Bench or Practice Squad recommendations to see how those did.

  • QB: Josh Allen – 13.0 (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Melvin Gordon – 10.7 (Just Ok recommendation)
  • WR: Justin Jefferson – 5.6 (Good recommendation)
  • TE: T.J. Hockenson – 13.5 (Bad recommendation)

A better than average week two Good, one Just Ok and one Bad recommendation. The two Good ones were quite Good as Josh Allen relied on his running game and only had 13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against New England, while Justin Jefferson had just 5.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points against Green Bay as Dalvin Cook ran wild over the Packers defense. Melvin Gordon was Just Ok against his former team in the Los Angeles Chargers, while T.J. Hockenson lost me bragging rights with Tim with his 13.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance. Still looking for my first Good RB Bench recommendation and it’s a big name who I’m pegging for a poor performance in Week 9. Let’s see who it is:

Tom Brady (QB – TB): The G.O.A.T. has become what some fantasy analysts, such as me, have criticized Aaron Rodgers for becoming over the past couple of seasons. That’s inconsistent. Overall, the stats are good for Brady. He’s averaging 28.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and is the #8 ranked QB in Dynasty Owner. However, if you look closer, you’ll see that he has great games (49.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Raiders and 46.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Chargers) mixed in with bad ones (10.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Panthers and 17.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Bears). If you look even closer, you start to see a pattern. He’s averaging 19.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in five games against NFC teams, with a high of 25.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week versus the Giants, as opposed to 42.6 points in three games against AFC teams. This week, the Buccaneers play the Saints for the second time. Brady had 23.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in their first matchup back in Week 1. Will he be better against them the second time around or are we seeing a pattern here? I vote pattern and would Bench the G.O.A.T. this week.

Ezekiel Elliott (RB – DAL): Elliott is still the #5 RB on the Dynasty Owner season, but it’s been a rough time for him since Dak Prescott got injured. With Andy Dalton and Ben DiNucci under center for the Cowboys for the past three games, Elliott has averaged just 8.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game after averaging 21.7 points per game in the first five games of the season. The Cowboys play the Steelers this week and surprisingly, the Steelers haven’t been great at holding down opponent RBs this year. Opposition RBs are averaging 16.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game against them. Only against Kareem Hunt of the Browns did they hold the top RB to under 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7.7 for Hunt in Week 6). However, don’t expect the Steelers to let Elliott run much with Garrett Gilbert or Cooper Rush at QB so Bench Elliott this week.

Mike Evans (WR – TB): The G.O.A.T. has been lobbying to play with Antonio Brown again for over a year after one game with him for New England in 2019. In that game, Brown had 15.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with Julian Edelman coming in second among WRs with 9.1 points. Brown was targeted 8 times, the most on the team. Brown is also apparently living at Brady’s house in Tampa right now, while none of the other Buccaneers WRs are. There appears to be some kind of bromance alive and well in Tampa with Brady and Brown. The loser in this scenario is Mike Evans. Evans has been fine overall this year for Tampa, but is mostly thriving when there’s no other WR for Tom to have eyes for as he’s averaging 20.05 Dynasty Owner fantasy points without Chris Godwin in the lineup, but just 7.3 with him there. Bench Evans until you see if he can get the G.O.A.T. to take his eyes off of Antonio Brown.

Mark Andrews (TE – BAL):  Despite having given up 13.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last week to T.J. Hockenson, the Colts defense has still not given up a TD to a TE this season. They are also allowing a NFL low 31.7 yards per game to TEs this season. Mark Andrews has been a TD dependent TE so far this season. He has five TDs overall and two games with two TD receptions plus one game with one TD. In those three games, he is averaging 20.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. In the other four games in which he hasn’t scored a TD, he is averaging only 4.35 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Bet on the Colts keeping up their streak of not allowing a TD reception by a TE this week and leave Andrews on your Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Baby Got Dak vs. Serenity Now

For our ninth Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week for the 2020 season, we are featuring one of only three undefeated teams in the Chase for the Ring Top 25. Sitting in 21st place after eight weeks is Baby Got Dak who are 8-0. They face off against a strong 6-2 team in Serenity Now. You don’t have to go undefeated to win the Ring, but you do have to win your League and it’ll be tough for Baby Got Dak to do both if they need to face formidable teams like Serenity Now in their League playoffs.

Based on the exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections for each team’s current lineup, it’s going to be a close, high-scoring game with Serenity Now pulling out the victory  (140.2 to 136.2). Does Serenity Now have the lead from their Starting lineup or Bench? Let’s examine their Starters first to see how they match up.

An advantage of 8.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Serenity Now from the Starting lineups. Baby Got Dak has the better RBs (Alvin Kamara and Melvin Gordon) by 7.5 points over Phillip Lindsay and Josh Jacobs, while Serenity Now has a trio of great WRs in DK Metcalf, Stefon Diggs and Tyreek Hill who are projected to be 21.5 points better than A.J. Brown, Robby Anderson and Mike Evans for Baby Got Dak. With Nick Mullens at QB, Serenity Now could open up a lead on Thursday night or be wishing they started their other QB. Let’s look at the Benches to find out who that QB is:

It’s Washington Football Team QB Kyle Allen who’s on Serenity Now’s Bench in favor of Mullens. Based on projections (23.5 for Mullens vs. 20.8 for Allen), it’s the right call, but we’ll find out on Sunday for sure. Baby Got Dak has the much stronger Bench, particularly at RB as J.D. McKissic and Leonard Fournette are expected to outscore Jeremy McNichols by 14.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which is almost 3.0 points added to their final score. Serenity Now could close the Bench points gap and increase their projected margin of victory by promoting another RB or kicker from their Practice Squad, making a trade or using the Free Agent Auction to add to their Bench and close their projected deficit in our Match-up of the Week.

Conclusion

It’s almost time this week to trade in your General Manager’s hat for your Head Coach’s one as we get closer to Sunday. During the week is time for looking at other team’s rosters, trying to analyze your own team and figure out your needs for the week and rest of the season and maybe communicate with other Dynasty Owners about a player’s availability for a trade. Once the weekend rolls around, you pretty much know who’s available on your team for the week and need to move forward with analyzing your lineup. While the NFL trade deadline may have passed, Dynasty Owners can trade up until the playoffs and then a freeze on trades (and Free Agent Auction pickups) is instituted and only lifted once League Champions and a Chase for the Ring winner have been crowned.

Please read the preview article each and every week. Maybe your team will be featured in a future Match-Up of the Week. If you want your team featured, then just tweet me (@SteveVT33) and check out next week’s preview to see if your matchup was chosen. Remember that there will be a recap article coming out every Tuesday and a preview article posted every Friday throughout the Dynasty Owner season. We will also have articles every week from both Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) and Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl) during the season as well. Follow all of us plus Dynasty Owner (@Dynasty_Owner) on Twitter.

There will also be a weekly Tuesday Live YouTube podcast at 3 PM (Eastern) / Noon (Pacific). The podcast series with myself and Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer will continue with weekly live videos on Wednesdays at 1 PM (Eastern) / 10 AM (Pacific) and Fridays at 10:30 AM (Eastern) / 7:30 AM (Pacific) on the Dynasty Owner channel on YouTube. You can watch them live or catch a replay anytime and find older videos and tutorials there as well. Tune in to learn more about Dynasty Owner, see how our predictions did and help you set your weekly lineup. Subscribe to the YouTube channel and make sure to “Like” all of the videos to help promote them. Dynasty Owner has 546 subscribers on YouTube now and thank you all for watching and listening. All of this great content is available to help you win your weekly matchup, your Dynasty Owner league and maybe become the winner of the 2020 Chase for the Ring.

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Week 8 Preview – Halfway Point

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

We are halfway through the 2020 Dynasty Owner season! During the summer, nobody was sure if we’d get this far, but while COVID-19 rages on and players are still testing positive for it, the NFL has kept chugging along (with some tweaks and changes). Dynasty Owner runs through the first 16 weeks of the NFL season (13 regular season games and 3 weeks of playoffs), so this week is the halfway point for everyone who’s making it to the Championship Game in their League. Of course, you are! Am I right?

Congratulations if you are in that position, but if you’re not, there’s still time for your team to heal up from its injury woes and make a second half push for the playoffs. If that’s not likely to happen, then it’s a dynasty that you’re building, so explore trades to acquire players who will be the key to your team’s future. Young players with cheap contracts or draft picks can be acquired from Dynasty Owners looking for victories in the second half of the 2020 season.

To help you in your quest to win the first week of the second half of the 2020 Dynasty Owner season, there will be a set of players presented at each position (QB, RB, WR, TE) who you should have as a Starter in your Dynasty Owner lineup as well as one player per position who should be on your Bench or Practice Squad. We won’t recommend a kicker to Start or Bench though and these won’t be the obvious choices for Starters, like go ahead and start Russell Wilson and Alvin Kamara (both are the #1 players at their position, so they are in your Starting lineup). Instead, these will be guys to Start who might be ranked outside the top players at their position, not be highly owned or who were drafted to be a backup. For the Bench or Practice Squad choices, we’ll find typical Starters who shouldn’t be in your Starting lineup for the week based on matchups or past performance against a team. We’ll also review my Week 7 recommendations and see how those players fared.

Finally, we will look at one Dynasty Owner game, our Match-up of the Week. For the Match-up of the Week, we will look at the overall projected score and then each team’s Starters and Bench to see how their current lineups are projected to produce. If you want your Dynasty Owner team to be featured as the Match-up of the Week in the future, just tweet me (@SteveVT33).

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 1 point for every 40 yards.

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

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner ownership statistics were current as of October 30th.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

First, let’s take a look at how my Week 7 Starter recommendations fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok):

  • QB: Joe Burrow – 46.7 (Good recommendation)
  • RB: Justin Jackson – 10.5 (Just Ok recommendation)
  • WR: Tim Patrick – 7.4 (Bad recommendation)
  • TE: Darrell Daniels – 0.0 (Bad recommendation)

It’s been three consecutive weeks with two Bad recommendations, one Just Ok recommendation and one Good recommendation. The QB recommendation of Joe Burrow was very good as he finished as the #3 QB in Dynasty Owner for Week 7. Justin Jackson was Just Ok with 10.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which made him a very low end RB2 or FLEX starter. The Bad recommendations were at WR where Tim Patrick only got 7.4 points and TE where Darrell Daniels had a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). It’s been five consecutive weeks of at least one Good and one Just Ok recommendation, but only once have there been two of each. Let’s see who’s recommended as Starters in Week 8.

Baker Mayfield (QB – CLE): Mayfield had his best week of the 2020 season by far last week against the Bengals. He threw 5 TDs passes and scored 44.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (297 passing yards, 5 passing TDs, -1 rushing yards, 1 INT). That was more than double the points from his best previous week (21.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus the Cowboys in Week 4).  He did all of this without any production from Odell Beckham Jr. who was injured in the first quarter and is out for the rest of the season. Even with his great performance last week and having played in all seven games this season with no bye yet, Mayfield is still the #21 QB in Dynasty Owner. This week, the Browns play against a Raiders defense that has allowed 39.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to QBs over the past three games and 29.4 points per game for the entire season. Baker and the Browns appear to be on a roll so get Baker into your Starting lineup.

Jamycal Hasty (RB – SF): Injuries have not been kind to the San Francisco 49ers in general and to their RBs in particular. Right now, their leading rusher on the season, Raheem Mostert, is on the Injured Reserve (IR) list, their second leading rusher Jerick McKinnon is dealing with a rib injury and their third leading rusher and last week’s Value Player of the Week Jeffery Wilson is expected to be placed on IR soon after suffering a high-ankle sprain injury last week. We didn’t even mention Tevin Coleman who has been on IR since Week 3. Three different RBs have led the 49ers in fantasy points in a single game this season and if you add up 49ers RB with the most points per game, they would be the #2 RB in Dynasty Owner this season with 146.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind only Alvin Kamara (171.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Put Hasty in your Starting lineup so you get all of the points when he makes it four different RBs to lea the 49ers in Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week.

Marquez Callaway (WR – NO): It’s a big week in Dynasty Owner for Callaway. First, he appears as the #2 target in Jay Poundsee’s Free Agent Auction Targets column (https://dynastyowner.com/2020/10/week-8-free-agent-auction-targets/) and now, he’s being recommended as a Starter in your Dynasty Owner lineup for Week 8. His ownership has jumped from 12% on Tuesday to 38% now, but that means he’s still available in a majority of Dynasty Owner leagues. Last week with both Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders out, Callaway was Drew Brees’ top target. He was targeted ten times and had 15.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions, 75 receiving yards). Sanders is definitely out but Thomas could play. Even as the WR2 for the Saints, feel comfortable getting Callaway in your Starting lineup if you own him or plan to pick him up in the Free Agent Auction.

Ryan Izzo (TE – NE): The defenses who do the worst job defending TEs this season so far have been the Falcons, Bengals, Saints, Jaguars and Bills. The Falcons are playing on Thursday, so we can’t use any Carolina TEs. The Jaguars are on bye, so they are out. The Bengals play the Titans and Jonnu Smith the #5 ranked TE in Dynasty Owner, while the Saints play the Bears and Jimmy Graham who is #6. The only team left in the top five worst defenses against TEs are the Bills who are playing the New England Patriots. The Patriots aren’t known for featuring the TE since the departure of Rob Gronkowski, but with Julian Edelman out, Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels will be looking for other receivers to step up. Even with bad weather anticipated, the Patriots are going to throw the ball and Ryan Izzo, who is only owned in 3% of Dynasty Owner leagues, could be a good target for Cam Newton. It’s another dart throw pick here and while Darrell Daniels didn’t work out last week, Izzo will be good enough this week to be a Starter.

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

Next up is reviewing the Week 7 Bench or Practice Squad recommendations to see how those did.

  • QB: Ryan Tannehill – 23.5 (Good recommendation)
  • RB: James Robinson – 33.7 (Bad recommendation)
  • WR: CeeDee Lamb – 0.1 (Good recommendation)
  • TE: Hayden Hurst – 12.8 (Bad recommendation)

A split decision with two Good and two Bad recommendations. On the Good side, CeeDee Lamb had no receptions and just one rushing attempt for one yard. It didn’t help that Dallas starting QB Andy Dalton got a concussion and rookie seventh round draft pick Ben DiNucci finished up, but regardless, Lamb almost put up a Blutarsky. Tannehill’s 23.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points doesn’t look totally bad on the surface, but there were a lot of QBs (15 to be exact) with more points and several teams scored 40.0+ points. His 23.5 points this week didn’t cut it so that was a Good recommendation. Hayden Hurst was a top 10 TE with 12.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and James Robinson had himself a great game with 33.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, second only to Jeffery Wilson. Both of those recommendations were Bad. On the positive side, it’s the second time with two Good recommendations. However, it’s halfway through the season and I’m still looking for my first Good RB Bench recommendation. Let’s see if it happens in Week 8.

Josh Allen (QB – BUF): A good friend of mine and fellow huge Patriots fan is guaranteeing a New England victory this week. If that’s going to happen, the Patriots defense is going to have to hold Josh Allen to the 19.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points he’s been averaging the past three weeks rather than the 40.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points he averaged in the first four. Overall, Allen is the #4 ranked QB in Dynasty Owner, but he hasn’t been a quality Starter in three weeks. Allen has turned the ball over four times (3 INTs and 1 fumble) in those past three games. The Patriots create turnovers as they are tied for third in the NFL with 12 takeaways (8 INTs and 4 fumbles). And the weather is supposed to be terrible in Buffalo on Sunday with rain and 20 MPH winds probably limiting how effective passing will be for both teams. This might be a Patriots-biased recommendation with some weather and stats to back it up, but I’m making it anyways. Bench Allen this week.

Melvin Gordon (RB – DEN): Gordon is the #26 RB in Dynasty Owner, but with bye weeks and injuries, he’s likely finding a Starting spot either as a RB2 or FLEX for most Dynasty Owners this week. Even if Phillip Lindsay is out, Gordon isn’t recommended because he scores 75% of his Dynasty Owner fantasy points running the ball, while the Chargers give up only 8.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game on running plays. They have only allowed one rushing TD this season to a RB, tied for the fewest in the league. Gordon might be looking to show the Chargers that they shouldn’t have let him go via free agency, but that’s not enough to keep him in your Starting lineup this week.

Justin Jefferson (WR – MIN): The Vikings rookie is the #16 ranked WR in Dynasty Owner but that is largely built on two games. He had 30.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 3 versus Tennessee and 39.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 6 versus Atlanta. In the other four games this season, he has 31.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points combined. The Green Bay defense is allowing only 149 yards per game receiving to WRs so far, which ranks 23rd in the NFL. They also held Jefferson to just 4.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 26 receiving yards) in the season opener. Not only is this a tough matchup for Jefferson, it’s also tough for Vikings QB Kirk Cousins who has thrown only 4 TDs in 3 games versus the Packers since 2019 and averages just 204 passing yards per game. With Cousins having troubles against the Packers and Jefferson relying on two big games to fuel his Starting WR status, it’s best to not bet on Jefferson to have a big game and leave him on the Bench.

T.J. Hockenson (TE – DET): Hockenson has scored 4 TDs so far this season in just 6 games, including the game-winning TD in the Lions 23-22 last second victory over the Falcons last week. That score earned him the clutch scoring bonus which helped to make him the #4 TE in Dynasty Owner right now. In contrast to the Atlanta defense, which is the worst against TEs, the Colts are this week’s opponent for the Lions, and they are the best. The Colts are giving up an average of only 5.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game to TEs and only once (Austin Hooper with 10.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 6) have they given up double digits. Playing the Colts defense is enough to warrant leaving Hockenson on your Dynasty Owner Bench this week.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Russell Wilson’s War vs. Barley Boyz

It’s time for our eighth Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week for the 2020 season. This week, we feature a team in the Top 10 in the Chase for the Ring who is not in first place in their League. Russell Wilson’s War is that team as they are #10 in the Chase with 1,110.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but with just a 5-2 record halfway through the regular season. Their opponent are the Barley Boyz who sport a 6-1 record but are not in the Top 25 of the Chase standings. Overall, we can see that the game is expected to be very close.

Based on the exclusive Dynasty Owner scoring projections for each team’s current lineup, the margin of victory for Russell Wilson’s War is less than 1 point (148.7 to 147.8). Which team has the Starting lineup advantage in this matchup?

A virtual tie from the Starting lineups! Russell Wilson’s War has a mere 0.1 point advantage. With the exception of Travis Fulgham and the kickers, there are mostly high draft picks in the Starting lineup for both teams. No wonder they have a combined 11-3 record. The projections give Russell Wilson’s War an advantage at QB (Josh Allen over The G.O.A.T. Tom Brady) that is offset by the Barley Boyz advantage at TE (George Kittle over Darren Waller). The Bench scoring should be close as well, let’s take a look.

Russell Wilson’s War has an advantage of 56.8 to 53.2 in Bench scoring despite having Jarrett Stidham as his backup QB and Gerald Everett projected to score zero points. Probably because Tyler Lockett and his projected 20.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points are on the Bench. For the Barley Boyz, hopefully they have a third kicker or can pick one up since Sam Sloman of the Rams was released earlier in the week and will not score any points. Since this matchup is projected to be so close, it could come down to Bench scoring from a QB or kicker.

Conclusion

At the halfway point of the season, it’s nice to have a matchup of teams looking for their League championship and competing for the Ring. Hopefully you are in the hunt for both as well. If not, there’s still half of the season for your team to get healthy, on a roll with a few victories and into the playoffs. At that point, anything can happen. Or maybe you are looking forward to 2021 and looking to trade some veteran players to another Dynasty Owner for younger players with cheaper salaries or future draft picks. Even though the season is half over, you’re looking to build a dynasty so keep working.

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Updated Rankings: Preview

Author: Matt “The Jerk” Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Hey all.  The NFL has thankfully completed another week which means we are that much closer to the Dynasty Owner playoffs.  Not only are we one step closer to the championship, but we also may start looking towards the offseason.  During the offseason, there are still many ways to remain active on Dynasty Owner including completing trades, making free-agent acquisitions, preparing for your rookie draft, and tracking new or updated contracts.  We all know that in redraft leagues there is essentially nothing to do during the offseason.  Keeper and regular dynasty leagues certainly require more offseason attention than redraft, but neither of those compares to Dynasty Owner offseason.  The biggest stressor most teams will face in the offseason will be the realization that you may not be able to keep all your current players due to contract changes.  Suffice it to say, it’s never too early to start preparing for next year even if you are in the “hunt” this year.  For this reason, today I will be giving a sneak peek of my updated Dynasty Owner ranks.

To be honest with you, I think these rankings can be beneficial for this current season as well.  Hopefully, they help you determine value on players that may have progressed or regressed through the first seven weeks.  Full rankings will be released in the coming weeks, but I wanted to share some of my initial thoughts after updating.  I’ll be listing off the Top 10 at each position as well as giving the “Biggest Movers” in each position.

Quarterbacks

(Overall Rank) [Preseason Overall Rank] Player’s Name {Current Salary}

  1. (1) [1] Lamar Jackson {$2,367,912}
  2. (2) [5] Kyler Murray {$8,789,661}
  3. (10) [30] Josh Allen {$5,295,760}
  4. (37) [12] Patrick Mahomes {$4,106,447}
  5. (39) [76] Russell Wilson {$35,000,000}
  6. (40) [96] Justin Herbert {$6,644,688}
  7. (42) [48] Joe Burrow {$9,047,534}
  8. (57) [59] Drew Lock {$1,752,704}
  9. (58) [72] Gardner Minshew {$677,721}
  10. (67) [44] Daniel Jones {$6,416,014}

Biggest Movers

Stock Up: (214) [356] Derek Carr {$25,000,000}
Stock Down: (290) [98] Dwayne Haskins {$3,604,153}

Lamar Jackson remains my number one player overall.  Yes, I know, he has had a disappointing season so far.  However, his contract is as favorable as you can get especially at the quarterback position.  He still has a massive upside each week with a high floor due to his rushing yards.  He is currently the QB 16 on the year.  I still anticipate a Top 10 finish when the season is over.  I stand by my preseason assertion that Mr. Jackson is the most valuable player in Dynasty Owner.

Kyler Murray jumped three spots to number two overall.  He is second in points only to Russell Wilson.

Patrick Mahomes slid 25 spots from the preseason 12th overall to 37th currently.  The majority of his drop has nothing to do with his play, but rather his $45,000,000/year contract that is looming.  His payday will kick in in 2021 and with every game that passes in 2020, Mahomes’ value drops.

Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow have both jumped in the rankings.  In fact, no quarterback in the Top 10 made a larger leap than Herbert.  I was high on him coming into the season, and I even drafted him in one of my Dynasty Owner leagues, but what he has done in five games is truly unbelievable.  Through the five games, he has started, he has 1,542 passing yards, 12 passing touchdowns, 121 rushing yards, and two rushing touchdowns.  This is a small sample size, no doubt, but I’ve seen enough to move him up to QB 6 in DO.

The biggest movers since the preseason are Derek Carr and Dwayne Haskins.  Carr is currently QB 17, but he has shown a very solid floor throughout the young season.  His average fantasy output is 25.4 points and at $25 million/year, he’s becoming a value.  Dwayne Haskins looked to be one of the best options for a cheap QB2 option coming into the season.  Poor play and the fact that he was benched makes him impossible to start, but he should still be rostered.

Running Backs

(Overall Rank) [Preseason Overall Rank] Player’s Name {Current Salary}

  1. (3) [2] Christian McCaffrey {$4,310,326}
  2. (4) [4] Josh Jacobs {$2,983,350}
  3. (5) [6] Clyde Edwards-Helaire {$2,705,393}
  4. (6) [10] Alvin Kamara {$964,443}
  5. (7) [8] Dalvin Cook {$1,588,334}
  6. (8) [9] Miles Sanders {$1,337,544}
  7. (9) [7] Nick Chubb {$1,845,774}
  8. (11) [11] Ezekiel Elliott {$15,000,000}
  9. (14) [18] Jonathan Taylor {$1,957,287}
  10. (15) [22] Derrick Henry {$10,278,000}

Biggest Movers

Stock Up: (45) [Unranked] James Robinson {$763,333}
Stock Down: (Unranked) [261] Lamar Miller {$1,050,000}

Christian McCaffrey comes in as my number one Dynasty Owner running back.  The high ankle sprain that he suffered in Week 2 hurt his fantasy outlook, (especially for the short term) but Carolina has been conservative with his recovery and return.  I truly believe CMC will not return to action until he and the team doctors deem him one hundred percent.  It also helps that Mike Davis has been a worthy substitute.  Regardless, when CMC is on the field, he is the best at his position.

Alvin Kamara moves up four slots due to his dominant start to the season.  Kamara leads all position players (RB, WR, TE) in fantasy points at 172 and the next closest is Tyler Lockett at 147.  Kamara is also past his bye week.  The only reason Kamara isn’t number one overall is…(you guessed it) his pending salary next season.  Kamara’s yearly salary will be 15 million/year starting in 2021.  Even still, Kamara would be a value at that price this year.

The majority of running backs moved one spot or less.  CMC, Josh Jacobs, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Dalvin Cook, Miles Sanders, and Ezekiel Elliott, to be specific.  The running back who moved the most in the Top 10 is Derrick Henry.  I was skeptical that Henry would end up this high in my rankings for two reasons.  First, he receives low volume as a receiver.  Second, his contract is the top three in terms of expense for a running back.  I know how good of a downhill, pure runner Henry is, but I feared (and still fear) that his lack of receptions will end up limiting his upside.  But for now, he has earned the final spot in my Top 10.

The biggest movers since the preseason are James Robinson and Lamar Miller.  When Leonard Fournette was waived by Jacksonville, that paved the way for undrafted rookie James Robinson’s first-half dominance.  Even after the news of Fournette’s release, the backfield situation was far from clear.  The assumed starter was Chris Thompson, but he has been unable to amass more than 7 touches in any game.  James Robinson has been the workhorse back all season where he has seen over 19 touches a game on average and is currently the RB 3 on the season.  I could lie to you and say that I saw this coming, but I don’t think anyone did.  He jumps 395 spots from unranked to 45 and takes the title of Biggest Mover of any player in my rankings.  Lamar Miller was not high in my preseason rankings but definitely deserved to be drafted.  He signed with New England on August 10th and was subsequently cut by the Pats on September 5th (the day my final preseason rankings were published).  There isn’t much fantasy implication here, but I wanted to highlight how quickly rosters can change.

Wide Receivers

(Overall Rank) [Preseason Overall Rank] Player’s Name {Current Salary}

  1. (12) [35] DK Metcalf {$1,146,513}
  2. (13) [21] DeAndre Hopkins {$16,200,000}
  3. (19) [41] Calvin Ridley {$2,725,178}
  4. (20) [32] Davante Adams {$14,500,000}
  5. (21) [16] D.J. Moore {$2,792,829}
  6. (22) [27] A.J. Brown {$1,413,092}
  7. (23) [14] Chris Godwin {$821,041}
  8. (26) [34] Terry McLaurin {$961,918}
  9. (27) [13] Michael Thomas {$19,250,000}
  10. (28) [31] Kenny Golladay {$799,081}

Biggest Movers

Stock Up: (97) [Unranked] Travis Fulgham {$540,000}
Stock Down: (422) [277] Trey Quinn {$632,268}

There is a very healthy mix of high and low salary wide receivers inside my Top 10.  We have three receivers over 14.5 million/year, four between 1-3 million/year, and three that are less than 1 million/year.

DeAndre Hopkins, Davante Adams, and Michael Thomas are the three “expensive” wide receivers.  Hopkins and Adams’ seasons speak for themselves.  When they are healthy, they are both top-five options each week.  Michael Thomas is the outlier here.  He has missed games this season for a variety of reasons including an ankle injury, disciplinary reason, and now a hamstring issue that could linger past Week 7.  All of these concerns are the reason he dropped from 13 overall to 27 overall.  However, when Thomas returns to the field (whether it’s sooner or later) he should return to elite status beside Hopkins and Adams.

The remaining seven players are all “cheap” options with D.J. Moore being the most expensive at $2,792,829/year.  It should be no surprise that any of these seven are currently in my Top 10 due to how high they were being drafted and the fact that they are all young.  Godwin and Golladay find themselves at the bottom half of the list solely due to their impending contract extensions that will both start in 2021.

Coming into this 2020 season I found that I struggled most with finding out how to compare high-cost receivers with low-cost receivers.  I feel like I found a good balance in the end.  For example; In Dynasty Owner, it is very difficult to compare Davante Adams and D.J. Moore.  The large gap in contract amount has to be accounted for, and at some point, an owner has to decide when that expense is worth it.  I can honestly say that, in a vacuum, I would prefer to own Adams over Moore in DO.  In the same way, I can honestly say that I would rather own Terry McLaurin over Michael Thomas.  These comparisons become clouded when you factor in available cap and team needs, but there has to be a starting point.

The biggest movers since the preseason are Travis Fulgham and Trey Quinn.  Hopefully, you took my friend Jay Poundsee’s (@JayPoundsNFL) advice and picked up Fulgham when he was still 4% owned.  He is currently 96% owned in Dynasty Owner and seems to be locked in as the WR1 for the Eagles.  He has jumped from unranked to 97 overall and WR 42.  The departure of Desean Jackson to IR and the return of Jalen Reagor gives mixed messages on how productive Fulgham will be for the rest of the season.  However, with a floor of 12 fantasy points per game, continue to start him.

Tight Ends

(Overall Rank) [Preseason Overall Rank] Player’s Name {Current Salary}

  1. (24) [36] Travis Kelce {$9,368,400}
  2. (31) [33] George Kittle {$674,572}
  3. (33) [24] Mark Andrews {$863,290}
  4. (82) [84] Darren Waller {$7,450,000}
  5. (88) [130] Jonnu Smith {$776,572}
  6. (106) [123] T.J. Hockenson {$4,955,306}
  7. (111) [126] Hayden Hurst {$2,759,007}
  8. (112) [110] Noah Fant {$3,147,680}
  9. (117) [103] Mike Gesicki {$1,652,981}
  10. (120) [101] Dallas Goedert {$1,406,068}

Biggest Movers

Stock Up: (172) [Unranked] Robert Tonyan {$750,000}
Stock Down: (248) [143] Chris Herndon {$792,841}

Mark Andrews and Travis Kelce swapped spots in the rankings.  We knew coming into this season that Andrews wouldn’t have the most volume at the tight end position, but we also knew how efficient he was in 2019.  So far this season his games have either been boom or bust.  Boom or bust isn’t the worst-case scenario when dealing with tight ends due to the position scarcity, but it’s not what we look for from the #1 overall tight end.  For that reason, Andrews dropped slightly, and Kelce has risen a bit for his consistency.

Of all the mid salary tight ends, none ranks higher than Darren Waller.  Waller is currently the TE 3 on the season with 89 fantasy points while having already completed his bye.  If you own Waller, you know that he isn’t cheap to own ($7,450,000), but his production thus far has made him a value.  While his overall rank didn’t change much, he did jump from TE 6 to TE 4.

The biggest movers since the preseason are Robert Tonyan and Chris Herndon.  Tonyan is the TE 9 on the season in large part to his massive Week 4 performance.  In Week 4, Tonyan put up six receptions for 98 yards and three touchdowns.  Yes, this is an outlier week that inflates his overall rank, but it still happened, and it can’t be thrown aside.  He has shown to be a reliable pass-catcher on a team that is in need of a pass-catching tight end.  Tonyan has the skill to be that man, and I adjusted my rankings to reflect that possibility.  Chris Herndon is one of the players I’m most disappointed in this year.  I had very high hopes coming into the season, and I actively targeted him in all my Dynasty Owner mock drafts and real drafts.  Unfortunately, I was able to obtain him in both of my leagues where he has put up only 2.8 fantasy points per game.  Herndon is impossible to start for the rest of the season.  For his sake, I’m optimistic that a better head coach will make use of him, but I honestly don’t know at this point.  He has fallen so far in so little time.  

I hope you enjoyed the preview of my updated rankings.  Look for Dynasty Owner’s full updated ranks in the weeks to come.  Hope everyone is staying safe.  Take care.

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Week 8 Free Agent Auction Targets

Author: Jay Poundsee (@JaypoundsNFL)

We are just about at the halfway point this year and well… nothing has changed. We saw another huge pile up on the injury list again in week 7 with more big names going down, star players C. Carson, K. Drake, and O. Beckham Jr. were among those injured over the weekend in their respective games. I know if this trend continues even a few more weeks we can name the 2020 NFL season “The Year Of The Injured Star” if it hasn’t already earned the name. While no one in their right mind ever celebrates an injury it is something we as fantasy managers have to face regardless if it helps or hurts our team, usually the managers that avoid or handle injuries the best tend to make deep runs in their fantasy playoffs. Enough of the injury talk as I feel its almost consumed the season at this point, lets talk a little team strategy and what kind of moves you should make based on team outlook. If you are looking at an injury riddled team with one win you’ll want to shy away from players mentioned in past articles such as Nelson Agholor as hes getting older and likely doesn’t offer much outside of this season, but if your sitting on an undefeated or 1 loss team and need a player to get you those crucial overlooked bench points then Agholor is a perfect fit for your team. Learning what type of free agents to target when its time to build for next year or push your chips in for a championship run is one part of what makes a great manager in Dynasty Owner and will really make a difference in depth on your roster and your cap in the coming years.

The free-agent Auction processes bids on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 5 am EST during the regular season.

Reminder that All transactions (Trades & FAA) freeze on December 6th as we move into the playoffs. Trades and FAA bids can be placed after December 6th but they won’t process until December 29th. Once the season is over then the FAA will resume to 7 days a week at 5am EST.

Rashard Higgins (1 year $910,000) 12.37% Owned

Another former free agent target makes the list for a second time with the last being Travis Fulgham and we have all seen how that’s panned out. I am not saying Higgins is guaranteed to break out as I don’t have much faith at all in Baker but it is possible even with a below average quarterback. I think there is a real shot Higgins becomes not just the number 2 guy for the Browns but the number one guy for the Browns the rest of the season with Beckham Jr. going down to an ACL injury. When Higgins has played and has been given an actual role in the game plan he has done nothing but perform and perform well. This past Sunday Higgins had 6 targets catching all of them for 110 yards and was by far the Browns most productive receiver more than doubling Landry’s production on the same target share. The kid has managed a whooping 13.6 yards per catch with Baker Mayfield as his quarterback throughout his short career which tells me the kid screams potential breakout candidate. Baker has always seemed to have a lot of chemistry on the field with Higgins and I am assuming its going to pay off pretty big for Higgins and fantasy managers alike, just as Fulgham has in recent weeks. Jarvis Landry is still on this roster and more than capable of leading the way but he has looked off all season long and I feel its tied to the hip surgery he had before the season still lingering, as he has been one of the most reliable fantasy wide receivers in recent memory. Higgins is primed for a huge role and if I just lost OBJ or needed help at receiver I would be spending big on Higgins as a capable replacement for Beckham!

Marquez Callaway (3 years $765,000/yr) 12.37% Owned

Rookie Marquez Callaway had himself a coming out party of sorts this week which is something we have been waiting to see consistently from Tre’Quan Smith this season, but hes failed to do so in the absence of Thomas. Callaway will be given plenty of chances to cement himself in this offense over the next few weeks with Sanders on the Covid list and no one understanding whats going on with the great Michael Thomas. Callaway has strung together two solid games in as many weeks with a 4 catch 34 yard game against the Chargers and 8 catches for 75 yards against the Panthers. Callaway has seen his targets receive a bump in each of the last 3 games putting him on a promising trend for a rookie. While I don’t see Callaway having another 10 target game once Thomas returns he should see the field plenty in an annually great offense, making him an excellent stash for your Dynasty Owner practice squad with potential for more this season. The Saints have been looking for a number 2 guy seemingly since they drafted Thomas and while most think Sanders is that guy at least for this season I am not so sure with Sanders struggling some to start the year and getting up there in age, leaving plenty of room for someone like Callaway to step in and play his way into touches. The kid has the size and speed to be a dominant receiver in this league standing at 6 feet 2 inches weighing 204 lbs. He also managed to put up great combine numbers finishing in the top 11 in the broad jump and vertical leap while also running a 4.5 40 yard dash.

Ben DiNucci (4 years $682,537/yr) 9% Owned

By importance of position here at Dynasty Owner DiNucci slides in at number 3 this week. A big mistake I made coming into Dynasty Owner was not placing enough value at the quarterback position and building around the quarterback, instead I built my team first and took low end cheap options at quarterback. With such a cheap salary for DiNucci there is very little risk making him a high priority target for quarterback needy teams if Dalton even misses just one game. I am nowhere near a Dr. but after watching the horrible hit Dalton took from Bostic and as strict as the NFL has been with head injuries I don’t see much of a chance Dalton plays this week. As out of it as Dalton seemed I would say he will need at least a week off before he clears the very strict NFL concussion protocol. The Dallas offense is absolutely loaded with play makers and has potential no matter who is under center, even with Dalton’s recent struggles there is plenty of upside here. DiNucci wasn’t asked to do much Sunday but he did manage to complete 2 of 3 passes for 39 yards showing at least a little bit of promise. I wouldn’t recommend going crazy with your Dynasty Dollars to acquire DiNucci but if you need a quarterback this week hes worth a shot. Dallas has been significantly banged up at offensive line this season but will get all-pro guard Zack Martin back in the line up this week which can only help make things easier on whoever plays at quarterback. If Dallas can get the run game and play action going for DiNucci he could end up as a quiet value this upcoming week.

Richard Rodgers (1 year $910,000) 15% Owned

I have Rodgers at the 4 spot this week for quite a few reasons with the main being I feel he is start-able with a floor until Goedert or Ertz return. Wentz has loved and I mean LOVED throwing to his tight ends throughout his career which bodes well for a player stepping in for injury like Rodgers is. The Eagles currently have Goedert, Jackson, Ertz, Jeffery, Reagor, and Sanders all out of the line up leaving plenty of work for Rodgers over the next 2-3 weeks. If Wentz starts to trust Rodgers which he seemed to Thursday night he could be in line for the normal role we see a Zach Ertz or Dallas Goedert get in this offense. I cant imagine the Eagles being able to survive many more injuries this season and stay competitive in games as they have been more beat up than any team I can remember in recent history. Who would have imagined in week 7 we would be discussing an Eagles team coming off a prime time win with an offense led by Wentz, Scott, Fulgham, and Richard Rodgers, but hey its 2020 anything is possible. Rodgers had a very good game Thursday seeing 8 targets with 6 catches for 85 yards and also managed a decent game against Baltimore with 3 catches for 31 yards on just 3 targets. I can see Rodgers getting at least 6 to 7 targets each game the next couple weeks making him primed to have tight end 1 potential with a safe floor until he gets booted back to the bench.

Tyler Kroft (1 year $4,000,000) 4% Owned

Tyler Kroft is an interesting choice at tight end playing in a surprisingly good offense even with some struggles in recent weeks. I say interesting because Buffalo hasn’t seemed to care to use their tight ends a whole lot in recent years but Kroft was able to step in for Knox Sunday and produce 4 catches for 64 yards. This is slightly encouraging simply because Knox has failed to do much this season and with the Bills gearing for the playoffs they have zero time to wait for young players to develop, this would almost certainly give Kroft the full time role if producing well. Knox is on the Covid list and will miss a few games from my understanding which opens the door for Kroft to perform and try and help add an element to this offense we have yet to see. The offense has struggled with John Brown being out and clearly needs some pass catching help to open things back up for Diggs. Kroft has also proved to be a solid red zone target earlier this season catching 2 big touchdowns week 3 against A tough Rams defense which is always great in terms of fantasy upside. I can only begin to imagine how good this Bills team could be with a solid threat at tight end on top of the addition of Diggs in the offseason which has paid huge dividends, it sure would be fun offense to watch.

If your team is looking like mine with injuries everywhere I would highly recommend stashing the top 2 guys on the list and players like them as you can never have to much young talent for depth on your team. At this point in the fantasy season its time to realistically gauge your team and understand where your headed, meaning if you have studs like CMC that are on the way back and you are only a game out of the playoff race its time to consider trading some of these young pieces and grab some guys producing now that will help lead you to the promise land. I cant wait for the weeks ahead as its crunch time for owners here at Dynasty Owner. Will you make the playoffs or build for the future? As always good luck on your Chase For The Ring!

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Week 7 Recap: Close Victories and Clutch Scoring

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Six NFL games this week were decided by a FG or less. It started with the Thursday Night Football game between the Eagles and Giants when the Eagles scored the game winning TD with less than a minute on the clock. It continued with the early Sunday games, took a break for the late games and cumulated on Sunday Night Football with the Cardinals 37-34 overtime victory over the Seahawks. In four of those games, there was a clutch scoring event, defined by Dynasty Owner as a score that results in a lead change in the final two minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime, while one game had a missed FG (Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee) that would have been a clutch score. In two of those games (Cleveland vs. Cincinnati and Arizona vs. Seattle), there were two clutch scoring events.

Those six clutch scoring events gave extra Dynasty Owner fantasy points to nine players this week. Those extra points were the difference between victory and defeat in many Dynasty Owner matchups. In my beta league, Mafia Power 83 (Bruno Goncalves) defeated WANNABEES (David Brady) by 2.4 points (146.9 to 144.5). Boston Scott’s 3 point clutch bonus scoring was the margin of victory for Mafia Power 83. Diehard dynasty fantasy football players are always looking for new and innovative ways to tweak their fantasy league to make it more interesting or challenging. Clutch scoring is one such innovation and only Dynasty Owner has it.

This is our seventh regular season Dynasty Owner weekly recap article for 2020. That’s another thing that Dynasty Owner has that you don’t get on other fantasy football platforms – recaps of the past week, highlighted by looking at individual matchups and standings that could include you and your team. You’re not getting that on ESPN or MyFantasyLeague. Just like every week, this article will name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, highlight a player at every position who should have been one of your Starters and one who should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad. We’ll also look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week and take our weekly look at the Chase for the Ring standings.

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 1 point for every 40 yards.

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

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner ownership statistics were current as of October 27th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our seventh Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2020 is: Tyler Lockett

Lockett was the highest scoring player in Dynasty Owner this week with 59.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (15 receptions, 200 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs, 9 return yards). He became the first player this season to earn the 6 point bonus for 200 receiving yards. Davante Adams just missed the bonus with 196 receiving yards this week. Last week’s Player of the Week Derrick Henry was the first player to earn the 6 point bonus for over 200 rushing yards so we’ve had back-to-back yardage bonus scoring. Lockett’s 59.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points were the most scored by a player this season, eclipsing the 54.0 points scored by his teammate Russell Wilson in Week 3. Despite Lockett’s performance, Seattle lost in overtime to Arizona 37-34. Despite already having his bye week, Lockett is now the #1 WR in Dynasty Owner for the season. If you owned Lockett and started him, you likely won your Dynasty Owner game this week.

  • Week 7 Points: 59.2
  • 2020 Salary: $10,250,000
  • Cost per Point: $173,142

Congratulations Tyler on the first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor of your career!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. The seventh Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for 2020 is: Jeffery Wilson Jr.

After three consecutive non-RB winners of this award, Jeffery Wilson Jr. of the San Francisco 49ers took back the honor for all of the lower-paid, high-performance RBs out there. Wilson took full advantage of his opportunity to play after the injury to Raheem Mostert last week and popped out a career-high 34.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (112 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs, 2 receptions, 8 receiving yards). As the #3 or #4 RB in San Francisco at the beginning of the season, Wilson was a late round dart throw for most Dynasty Owners with an ADP of 276.6 and ownership in 80% of Dynasty Owner leagues. However, he suffered a high ankle sprain late in the 49ers 33-6 demolition of the New England Patriots and is expected to join Mostert and Tevin Coleman on the crowded 49ers injured reserve list.

  • Week 7 Points: 34.0
  • 2020 Salary: $750,000
  • Cost per Point: $22,059

Congratulations Jeff on your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor! Hope you are healthy and back on the field soon.

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been in one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 7. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Russell Wilson or Davante Adams this week because barring injury or bye week, he should always be in your Starting lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 7 when they should have been.

QB: Joe Burrow (CIN) – 46.7 points

Burrow was only the #19 QB in Dynasty Owner before the start of Week 7 as mentioned in the preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/2020/10/week-7-preview-key-matchups/). However, the matchup versus Cleveland appeared to be a good one for Burrow since he had performed well against the Browns back in Week 2 with 32.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He did better this week with 46.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (406 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 34 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT, 3 fumbles – 1 lost). His scoring included the clutch bonus for the 3-yard TD pass he threw to Giovani Bernard with 1:06 left in the game that put the Bengals ahead 34-31. The Bengals ended up losing a close game 37-34 to the Browns. The passing volume is there for Burrow as he’s averaging 41.8 passing attempts per game, so he can be part of your Starting lineup when the matchup is right, like it was this week.

Honorable mention to the other QB in the Cleveland-Cincinnati game, Baker Mayfield, who had 44.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (297 passing yards, 5 passing TDs, -1 rushing yards, 1 INT) himself, including the clutch scoring bonus. Both Burrow and Mayfield got the clutch scoring bonus as Mayfield matched Burrow’s late TD pass by driving the Browns down the field and throwing a 24-yard TD pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones with just 11 seconds left in the game and a 37-34 victory. This performance was more than double his best previous performance of the year (21.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 4 versus Dallas). Mayfield would have looked good in his Dynasty Owners’ Starting lineup this past week.

RB: Giovani Bernard (CIN) – 24.2 points

Bernard was thrust into the starting RB role in Cincinnati because of the foot injury suffered by Joe Mixon last week. However, having Bernard in your Starting lineup wasn’t a guarantee as we saw what happened in Week 6 when countless Dynasty Owners with Alexander Mattison gleefully put him in their Starting lineup only to see him put up just 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In contrast, Bernard took advantage of his opportunity and scored 24.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (37 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 59 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 24 return yards). He also had the previously mentioned go-ahead 3 yard TD reception from Joe Burrow that earned him the 3 point clutch scoring bonus. Those points put him ahead of Jamaal Williams in scoring for the week. Bernard produced in the same situation that Mattison didn’t and was worth having in your Starting lineup.

Because of Bernard’s clutch scoring bonus, Jamaal Williams only gets an honorable mention with 21.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (77 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 4 receptions, 37 receiving yards) as the starter in place of an injured Aaron Jones. The Packers didn’t need any clutch scoring from Williams or anyone else in their 35-20 victory over the Houston Texans. Just like Bernard, Williams produced in his new role and was worthy of having in your Starting lineup this week.

WR: Diontae Johnson (PIT) – 29.0 points

After all of the attention paid to Chase Claypool the past two weeks, Dynasty Owners with Diontae Johnson can be forgiven for not having him in their lineups this week. While Claypool was having breakout weeks with 42.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 5 versus Philadelphia and 18.1 points in Week 6 versus Cleveland, Johnson was putting up only 1.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points combined in those two games. They reversed roles in Week 7 as Claypool took a backseat to Johnson and only scored negative 0.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (more on that later). Johnson had a career high 29.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions, 80 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). Johnson was actually drafted ahead of Claypool on average (ADP 93.2 for Johnson and 157.4 for Claypool) and was the Pittsburgh WR who should have been in your Starting lineup.

TE: Harrison Bryant (CLE) – 21.6 points

The Browns’ rookie TE was the top TE in Dynasty Owner this week with 21.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 56 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). Bryant and fellow backup David Njoku played in place of injured TE Austin Hooper and combined for 3 TDs in the game against Cincinnati. Bryant’s 21.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points was more than Hooper had scored in any single game to date this season as well. Bryant is owned in 81% of Dynasty Owner leagues, so he’s out there on the Free Agent Auction for some of you to grab if you have just over $1 million in salary cap room ($1,016,008 to be exact). For those of you with Bryant already, hopefully you decided to put him in your Starting lineup after the news of Hooper not playing in Week 7 came out.

K: Zane Gonzalez (ARI) – 20.0 points

Gonzalez makes it on this list due to the 6 clutch bonus points he scored in the Cardinals 37-34 overtime victory over the Seahawks. Gonzalez nailed three of his four FG attempts (44, 48 and 49 yards), with the 44 yard FG tying the game at the end of regulation. He missed a 41 yard FG attempt in overtime that could have gave the Cardinals an earlier victory, but then ended up making the 48 yard FG with 15 seconds left in overtime to earn his second clutch scoring bonus and give his team the victory. Gonzalez also added 4 PATs to account for a total of 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and hopefully, a spot in Starting lineups all throughout Dynasty Owner.

Honorable mention to Tyler Bass who tied a NFL record with eight FG attempts on Sunday. He made six of them and accounted for all of the Bills’ points in their 18-10 win over the New York Jets. Bass made two FGs of 39 yards or less (29 and 37 yards), three FGs of between 40 and 49 yards (40, 46 and 48 yards) and one 50+ yard FG (53 yards) while missing a 37 yard FG and a 45 yarder. All total that’s 16.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which was good but not better than Gonzalez because it lacked any clutch scoring bonuses.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been one of your Starters but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Starters, but were better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who were not scoring any clutch bonus points and should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in Week 7.

QB: Cam Newton (NE) – -2.2 points

Pre-COVID Cam Newton was a pretty good Dynasty Owner QB. He averaged 27.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in three games and the Patriots had a 2-1 record. Post-COVID Cam Newton has been a disaster, scoring 16.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a Week 6 loss to Denver and -2.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (98 passing yards, 19 rushing yards, 3 INTs) in this week’s loss to San Francisco. Newton was pulled in favor of Jarrett Stidham late in the third quarter. Newton hasn’t been good enough the past two weeks to be in your Starting lineup.

Dishonorable mention to Sam Darnold who also had negative points this week. Darnold was better than Newton with -1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (120 passing yards, 2 INTs, 1 fumble). However, the only way anybody should be starting Darnold is if he’s their only QB and this week they would have been better off Benching Darnold, taking the zero and leaving Starting QB position open.

RB: James White (NE) – 1.3 points

Usually James White is immune from the ups and downs of being a New England Patriots RB. He averaged 12.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the three games he played coming into Week 7 after averaging 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points last season. White usually has a pretty high floor, scoring 10.0 or more points in 13 out of 18 games the past two seasons. This week was his worst with just 1.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 receptions for 3 yards), worse than his previous low of 1.4 points in Week 12 last year against Dallas. The Patriots lack of offense the past two weeks should be troubling to White’s Dynasty Owners and make them think about whether or not he deserves a spot in their Starting lineup moving forward. In Week 7, he should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad.

WR: Chase Claypool (PIT) and CeeDee Lamb (DAL) – -0.2 and 0.1 points

These two rookie WRs had been must-starts the past couple of weeks and for Lamb, pretty much all season as he was averaging 16.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and had not scored less than 11.4 points in a single game all season. However, they both put up very poor performances in Week 7. Claypool had -0.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception, -2 receiving yards, 1 fumble), while Lamb had 0.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 rushing yard). Lamb had zero receptions despite being targeted 5 times on the day, while Claypool let Diontae Johnson take over the #1 WR role in Pittsburgh for the day. Both of them should have been on your Practice Squad this week.

TE: Jonnu Smith (TEN) – 1.9 points

The Pittsburgh defense has been really good against TEs this season, allowing an average of 7.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and holding Zach Ertz, Jordan Akins and Evan Engram to less than 5.0 points each. They did it again against Tennessee as they held Jonnu Smith to only 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 9 yards). That’s two consecutive games with only one catch for Smith who started the season averaging 17.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in the Titans’ first four games. He’s still the #5 TE in Dynasty Owner right now, but should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad this week.

K: Younghoe Koo (ATL) – 2.0 points

It’s not his fault that he only had two PAT attempts in the Falcons’ 23-22 loss to the Detroit Lions. He made both of them, but that was it for the day and he finished with just 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 PATs). Eagles kicker Jake Elliott was actually worse than Koo back on Thursday night, scoring 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (made 31 yard FG and PAT, but missed 29 yard FG). However, Elliott was the #29 ranked kicker coming into last week and is #31 now, so he probably shouldn’t be in your Starting lineup unless you have just one kicker or two kickers and your Starter is on bye. Koo also shouldn’t have been in your Starting lineup this week despite being the #4 kicker in Dynasty Owner.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

The Prince of Helaire pretty much nailed his projection with 142.2 points, but that wasn’t enough to defeat Beaumont Riders who scored 174.8 points to win the Week 7 Matchup of the Week. Neither team had Tyler Lockett, but Beaumont Riders had Davante Adams and his 44.6 points. Each team had a high scoring QB who cancelled each other out (49.6 points for The G.O.A.T. Tom Brady for the Prince of Helaire and 45.7 points for Kyler Murray of Beaumont Riders). Both teams are now 5-2 and tied for first place in their League.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

We have a new leader at the top of the Chase for the Ring standings! Congratulations to Sweet Keats for putting an end to The Human Fund and All Might reign at the top of the leaderboard (at least for one week).

It took a 203.1 point week for Sweet Keats to get to the top spot, but they had both Tyler Lockett and Davante Adams, and those guys were enough to jump over The Human Fund and All Might. The 4th and 5th spots in the Top 10 are both newcomers (Bronx Bombers and My Corona) as is 8th place (Baby Got Dak). Both My Corona and Baby Got Dak are undefeated as well, the only two undefeated teams in the Top 10.

Conclusions

Close games and clutch scoring go hand in hand in Dynasty Owner. This week, nearly half of the NFL games were decided by three points or less and that led to nine players earning clutch scoring bonus points for their Dynasty Owner teams. Dynasty Owners can’t count on getting those bonus points on a week in and week out basis, but they are nice and sometimes are the difference between a win and a loss. With the midway point of the Dynasty Owner season upon us, it’s critical to maximize your points if you want to win your League and maybe the Ring.

Please read the preview article which comes out on Friday throughout the Dynasty Owner season to see how my Week 7 recommendations did and who should be a Starter and who should be on your Bench in Week 8. Besides the weekly recap and preview articles, we will also have at least one article every week from one of our other Dynasty Owner writers: Chris Wolf (@ckwolf21), Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) or Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl). Follow all four of us plus Dynasty Owner (@Dynasty_Owner) on Twitter.

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Week 6 Recap: Can Anyone Spare a Healthy Running Back?

Author: Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Odds are good that your Dynasty Owner team was missing at least one of its top RBs this week, either because of injury or bye weeks. Half of the RBs drafted on average in the first two rounds (ADP 24.0 or less) of Dynasty Owner drafts didn’t play in Week 6 for one reason or another. Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Nick Chubb, Dalvin Cook and Austin Ekeler were all out injured, while Alvin Kamara and Josh Jacobs were on bye. The only healthy ones playing were Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Ezekiel Elliott, Miles Sanders, Joe Mixon, Jonathan Taylor and Derrick Henry (and Sanders got injured and is now out 1-2 weeks). That’s a lot of missing RBs!

Not only are a lot of the best RBs injured, but several of the rookie RBs who Dynasty Owners drafted early on this year haven’t done much so far to help their teams either. Sure, Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been pretty good (#9 ranked RB in Dynasty Owner), but Johnathan Taylor hasn’t lived up to his lofty ADP (16.1) as he’s the #15 RB in Dynasty Owner right now. Most of the other rookie RBs drafted in the Top 100 picks are also underperforming as none are in the Top 20 RBs right now.

  • J.K. Dobbins – ADP 27.1; RB rank #40; 45.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points
  • D’Andre Swift – ADP 33.2; RB rank #25; 70.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points
  • Cam Akers – ADP 34.6; RB rank #90; 12.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points
  • Ke’Shawn Vaughn – ADP 81.8; RB rank #85; 14.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points
  • Antonio Gibson – ADP 88.2; RB rank #24; 73.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points
  • Zack Moss – ADP 95.2; RB rank #75; 16.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points

In most leagues, there’s hardly anyone in the Free Agent Auction worth picking up. With all of the injuries, all of the good backups are gone too. That’s why plenty of Dynasty Owners are asking around to see if anyone can spare a healthy RB. 

This is our sixth regular season Dynasty Owner weekly recap article for 2020. Just like every week, this article will name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, highlight a player at every position who should have been one of your Starters and one who should have been on your Bench or Practice Squad. We’ll also look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week and take our weekly look at the Chase for the Ring standings.

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 1 point for every 40 yards.

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

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner ownership statistics were current as of October 20th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our sixth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2020 is: Derrick Henry

Derrick Henry became the first player this season to claim the 6 point bonus for over 200 rushing yards in the Titans 42-36 victory against the Texans. Overall, Henry scored 49.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (212 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 2 receptions, 52 receiving yards), which included the 200 yard rushing bonus and the clutch scoring bonus of 3 points for his 5-yard TD run in overtime. His total of 49.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points is the most by a RB since Week 5 of the 2019 season when Aaron Jones had 51.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Henry is now the #2 RB in Dynasty Owner after this performance. Sure, he was a high draft pick (ADP 23.8) and costs over $10 million of your salary cap, but so far this year (and especially this week), he’s been worth it.

  • Week 6 Points: 49.4
  • 2020 Salary: $10,278,000
  • Cost per Point: $208,057

Congratulations Derrick on your first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor and only the second one overall by a running back!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

Because this is Dynasty Owner and we’re all looking for value from the players on our roster, we also have the Value Player of the Week. The sixth Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for 2020 is: Anthony Firkser

For just the third time overall and first time in 2020, two players on the same team are the winners of the Player of the Week and the Value Player of the Week award. This is the first time that the players haven’t been members of the Kansas City Chiefs as well as the first non-QB and WR combination. Anthony Firkser earns this honor after taking over for an injured Jonnu Smith and scoring 25.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions, 113 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD). The absence of Corey Davis all game and Smith for much of it plus a porous Texans pass defense gave Firkser the opportunity to shine and he ended up scoring more points in one game (25.3) than he had scored in four previous games this season (15.9). All for just $660,000 in salary.

  • Week 6 Points: 25.3
  • 2020 Salary: $660,000
  • Cost per Point: $26,087

Congratulations Anthony on your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor!

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been in one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 6. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Derrick Henry this week because barring injury or bye week, he should always be in your Starting lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 6 when they should have been.

QB: Carson Wentz (PHI) – 34.6 points

Carson Wentz hasn’t had the benefit of a healthy Eagles offense for the 2020 season and his stats have shown it. This week, he almost led his depleted team to a come from behind victory against the Baltimore Ravens. It wasn’t to be, but he did score 34.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (213 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 49 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 2-pt conversions, 1 fumble lost). That was the most points he has scored since Week 1 of the 2019 season (35.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and made him the #5 QB for the week. It wasn’t enough for him to climb into the Top 12 QBs (he’s #15 overall now) and make him a weekly Starter, but Dynasty Owners with Wentz on their roster should have had him in their Starting lineup this week.

RB: D’Andre Swift (DET) – 29.3 points

Swift has been perfectly average so far this season after being drafted pretty early in Dynasty Owner drafts (ADP 33.2). He was averaging 10.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per week in the first four weeks of the season before the Lions’ Week 5 bye.  Good, but not what his Dynasty Owners were probably expecting from the rookie RB and Dynasty Owners may have been reluctant to start him with Adrian Peterson still getting more carries than Swift. Hopefully you had no other choice with all of the top RBs out this week as the Lions finally let Swift loose a little bit in Week 6. He responded with 29.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (116 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs, 3 receptions, 7 receiving yards). It’s possible that he could be in line for even more work in the future as he only carried the ball 14 times compared to 15 times for Peterson. The 14 carries were more than he had all season to date (12). That’s good news with all of the injured RBs around the league. It’s probably time to make sure Swift is in your Starting lineup on a week in and week out basis after his performance in Week 6.

WR: Christian Kirk (ARI) – 22.6 points

Unless you actually paid attention to what I wrote in the Week 6 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/2020/10/week-6-preview-2020/), then you probably didn’t have Christian Kirk in your Starting lineup. Kirk was the #78 WR in Dynasty Owner before the beginning of Week 6, but had been improving for the past couple of weeks. While he didn’t get the increased number of targets predicted, he made the most of both of them by scoring 22.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions, 86 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs). That was good enough to make him a Top 5 WR for the week and so, Dynasty Owners should have put Kirk in their Starting lineup.

TE: Trey Burton (IND) – 21.9 points

Indianapolis QB Phillip Rivers has a pretty long track record of throwing to his TEs. Twice this season, Mo Allie-Cox scored double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points (16.1 in Week 2 and 14.0 in Week 3) catching the ball from Rivers. With Cox out due to a knee injury, Trey Burton stepped in and scored 21.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 58 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 1 rushing yard, 1 rushing TD). Burton has a low salary of $910,000 this year and some track record of success in the past, but is still only owned in 79% of Dynasty Owner leagues. While he was owned in that many leagues, not too many Dynasty Owners likely had Burton in their Starting lineup this week.

K: Brandon McManus (DEN) – 22.0 points

McManus is not rostered in as many Dynasty Owner leagues as most of his kicking colleagues with just 69% ownership. If he continues to put up 22.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points every week (or even 18.0 points like he did last week), his ownership will go up, even at his $3.75 million salary. This week, McManus made all six of his FG attempts with two short FGs of less than 39 yards (20 and 27) worth two points, two medium length FGs of 40 to 49 yards (44 and 45) worth four points and two long FGs of 50 or more yards (52 and 54) worth five points. He has only missed one FG attempt so far this season (a 58 yard attempt). All together his 22.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points was the most points by a kicker this season and his 53.0 points for the season makes him the #5 kicker now despite already having had his bye week. He was the #7 kicker last year and should probably be in your Starting lineup if he’s on your roster.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been one of your Starters but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Starters, but were better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Even with injury depleted rosters and bye weeks, here are some likely Starters who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad in Week 6.

QB: Aaron Rodgers (GB) – 3.4 points

So far this season, the up and down Aaron Rodgers had been nothing but up for his Dynasty Owners. In the first four games of the season before the Packers Week 5 bye, he averaged 36.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. He only had three games with more points last year all season, including one game with 62.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but no other games of over 40.0 points. This year, he already had two games with 40.0+ points (43.4 in Week 1 versus Minnesota and 41.9 in Week 4 versus Atlanta). His Dynasty Owners were feeling good with Rodgers in their weekly lineup coming into Week 6 and the return of Davante Adams to the Packers lineup was making them feel even better. It was not to be as Bad Aaron made the trip south to Tampa and he only scored 3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (160 passing yards, 14 rushing yards, 2 INTs). In a surprise to probably most of his Dynasty Owners, Rodgers should have been on their Bench or better yet, the Practice Squad, this week.

RB: Alexander Mattison (MIN) – 4.0 points

This is exactly the situation that explains why Dynasty Owners drafted Mattison so high. Many drafted Dalvin Cook in the first or second round of their Dynasty Owner draft and then used a pretty early pick (ADP 106.9) on a definite backup RB. Whether as a handcuff to Cook or thinking Mattison might carve out a fantasy relevant role as a backup or in anticipation of Cook getting hurt, this was why Dynasty Owners got Mattison. What a disaster it turned into as Mattison only carried the ball 10 times for 26 yards and scored 4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (26 rushing yards, 1 reception, 4 receiving yards). Not as his Dynasty Owners had drawn it up, but probably par for the course in 2020. Mattison should have been a backup option this week and left on the Bench.

WR: Mike Evans (TB) – 2.0 points

Mike Evans has been one of the few constants in the Tampa Bay receiving corps this season with injuries costing Chris Godwin three games and O.J. Howard two games and counting. He was averaging 17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game and had scored a receiving TD in each of the first five games of the season. However, in Week 6, his TD streak came to an inglorious ending with a 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (1 reception for 10 yards). There’s not much more left to be said other than he should have been left on your Bench or Practice Squad.

TE: Mike Gesicki (MIA) and Christopher Herndon (NYJ) – 0.0 points

Gesicki and Herndon were opponents this week as the Dolphins and Jets clashed in what ended up as a 24-0 Dolphins victory. Neither starting TE for the two teams had a reception, but their backups scored quite a bit. Miami backup TEs Adam Shaheen and Durham Smythe had TD receptions and Jets backup TE Ryan Griffin had two more catches than Herndon. Gesicki has given his Dynasty Owners a couple of good weeks of more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (27.0 in Week 2 and 14.1 in Week 5). The same cannot be said for Christopher Herndon who has yet to score double digits. In fact, Herndon has been outscored by Griffin in two of the last three weeks (3.7 points to zero this week and 4.0 points to 2.1 points in Week 4). Both of them put up the dreaded Blutarsky this week with 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and were best left on the Practice Squad.

K: Stephen Gostkowski (TEN) – -2.0 points

Just when Mike Vrabel and Dynasty Owners were starting to trust Gostkowski after his Week 1 kicking issues, he goes out and misses two FGs of less than 39 yards and scores negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points (-2.0).  Both FG attempts came in the second half with the 27 yarder blocked and the 37 yarder missing wide right. He had 14.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2 and 25.0 points in Week 3 after scoring -1.0 points in Week 1, so his Dynasty Owners are hopefully that he’ll go out and do the same in Weeks 7 and 8 after this -2.0 point outing (2 missed FGs of 39 yards or less and 4 made PATs).

Dishonorable mentions to Jake Elliott of the Eagles and Sam Ficken of the Jets. Both of them had -2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 6 as they each missed their only FG attempt of 50+ yards with no PAT attempts. Few Dynasty Owners should be starting either one of them due to their team’s offensive challenges, but if an owner only had one kicker available to put in their Starting lineup, it’s possible they did damage with those performances. Hopefully their Dynasty Owners don’t need to start either one again as both are ranked very low among kickers so far this season (#24 for Ficken and #29 for Elliott). 

Dynasty Owner Matchup of the Week Recap

It wasn’t as close as expected and neither team put up as many points as predicted, but that doesn’t matter to Dynasty Rewind who notched another victory, this week over DynastyPrice by a final score of 107.2-82.3.

With such a low scoring game, it’s not surprising that there were few standout performances. DynastyPrice had Trey Burton in their Starting lineup and started him over Austin Hooper to lead his team in scoring with 21.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The Dynasty Rewind crew was led by Ryan Fitzpatrick with 22.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Both of them had some duds too as Mike Gesicki scored 0.0 points for Dynasty Rewind and Duke Johnson only had 2.1 points for DynastyPrice. Both of them also had only 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point each from their Starting kicker.

In the end, Dynasty Rewind got revenge for DynastyPrice leaving their crew and improved their record to 4-2 on the season. They stay in third place, while DynastyPrice drops to 2-4 and now sits in last place in the league.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

Let the flip flopping continue as The Human Fund regains first place in the Chase for the Ring standings despite losing their weekly matchup. The Human Fund is in first place in the Chase for the Ring with 1016.7 points, but second place in their own league with a 4-2 record. Let Russ Cook is the leader of The Human Fund’s league with a 5-1 record, including a 115.2-110.1 victory this week. Congrats to @LASportsFan68 on the victory!

Out of the Top 10 teams in the Chase, only one (The Tough Guys) is undefeated. They also jumped up to third place from sixth place last week. Quaranteed for Greatness drops one place to fourth. Welcome to two newcomers to the Chase standings, just wanna win moves into fifth place and Mad Minshew’s Moustache sits in sixth place. 

Conclusions

The running back issues will likely continue for many Dynasty Owner in Week 7 with the addition of Miles Sanders to the injury list and the return of none of the injured top RBs for at least another week. Both Alvin Kamara and Josh Jacobs will be back to help alleviate the issue for their owners. However, since it’s 2020, there will be other issues that arise between now and Sunday, whether it’s more running back injuries, positive COVID tests or something else.

Please read the preview article which comes out on Friday throughout the Dynasty Owner season to see how my Week 6 recommendations did and who should be a Starter and who should be on your Bench in Week 7. Besides the weekly recap and preview articles, we will also have at least one article every week from one of our other Dynasty Owner writers: Chris Wolf (@ckwolf21), Matt Morrison – The Jerk (@Dynastyjerk) or Jay Poundsee (@jaypoundsnfl).

The podcast series with myself and Dynasty Owner CEO Tim Peffer goes live this week at 1 PM EST on Wednesday and 10:30 AM EST on Friday (both times Eastern). You can catch up with older videos and tutorials there as well. If you can’t make it, then watch or listen to it anytime on the Dynasty Owner YouTube channel. Subscribe as well to receive notifications and make sure to “Like” all of the videos to help promote them. Dynasty Owner is up to 530 subscribers on YouTube. All of this great content is available to help you win your Dynasty Owner league and make your way into the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring standings.

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Week 7 Free Agent Auction Targets

Author: Jay Poundsee (@JayPoundsNFL)

When will the injuries end! This week we had Miles Sanders(knee), Raheem Mostert (ankle), and star Steelers line backer Devin Bush(knee) all go down with injuries, and that’s just some of the big names. We all know that injuries cant be predicted but didn’t we all somewhat see this coming to an extent. We hear every off-season to value depth for your fantasy roster and that was emphasized to the extreme heading into 2020. Only most were wrong about why we would need depth, no one imagined this many star players going down to just injury. We all thought we would see multiple star players miss games because of COVID, it just seemed inevitable going into the season. We were thankfully dead wrong up to this point we have watched one game play without a major fantasy piece being Cam Newton for the Patriots. 

We have seen some great players start to develop because of these injuries and some have been picked up off of the free agent auction in many Dynasty Owner leagues. I was fortunate enough to get Travis Fulgham for a $1,000,000 dynasty dollar bid this week, I couldn’t be more excited to watch the kid play. I know it is tough to fit a ton of depth into a salary cap, but the free agent auction is key to help continue filling the lower spaces on your roster with what I like to call fantasy capable players.

Isaiah Wright ( 3-Years $763,333) 10.31% Owned

I have rookie Isaiah Wright as my number one free agent going into this week for two main reasons, he’s a rookie and he’s playing a lot of snaps. I went and watched some highlights of Wright and I think he can be a fine NFL receiver if given above average quarterback play and of course opportunity, as every player needs. Wright went to Temple for college and while he didn’t put up huge numbers he did manage to have 12.0 yards per reception meaning he can make plays. The Washington Football Team has had Wright on the field for 47% of their snaps this season and seems likely to increase with players like Inman and Sims ahead of him on the depth chart. I know The Football Team’s offense doesn’t look all that appealing right now but by this time next season Wright could be catching passes from a Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, or Trey Lance with a much higher upside. 

Wright could turn into a fantastic bench play this season if things continue in the direction they are going for him now. Let’s not forget how important bench scoring is in this format if you have seen games in your league decided by 3 points or less they were more than likely decided by bench scoring. Also is anyone else ready to admit Washington Football Team doesn’t sound all that bad?

Marcus Johnson (1-Year $925,000) 2.06% Owned

Marcus Johnson broke out in a big way this week going for 5 catches 108 yards on 8 targets against Cincinnati. Johnson also had a solid week in week 6 against the Browns catching 3 passes for 53 yards. The Bengals and Browns have showed us multiple times this season how bad they are against the pass but these are still NFL teams that Johnson was able to put up these type of numbers on. While Johnson is not exactly a young guy having been in the league for almost 3 ½ seasons he does seem to have some upside moving forward with the Colts. 

We have seen undrafted free agents bounce around a few years and end up catching on with someone making a name for themselves before, but it’s a long shot and that’s what fantasy is about. Johnson has a great football background winning a super bowl with the Eagles and playing with Wilson in Seattle. Johnson, similar to Fulgham are perfect examples of what we like to call “lottery tickets” here in the fantasy community. Johnson has started to earn the trust of his quarterback Phillip Rivers and if he’s able to continue this for another week or two he could earn enough of a role to become a rest of the year flex or bench option because of the injuries to the Colts at receiver.  

Anthony Firkser (1-Year $660,000) 17.53% Owned

How often have we seen tight ends drafted in the NFL where they just come out their rookie year and dominate finishing as the TE3 for the season… oh that’s right we have never seen that from a tight end as it is one of the toughest positions to make the proverbial leap from college to the pros. Firkser, whether you have heard of him before Sunday or not had a monster game in place of stud tight end Jonnu Smith. Firkser managed to put up 8 catches for 113 yards and a touchdown against a very shaky Texans defense, but take nothing away from the man he did look good while doing it. 

I am not positive he will have much of a role once Smith gets back into the fold but he will have a game or two to make his case given the reports I have seen on Smith’s injury. Firkser is on the last year of his rookie deal so its possible he strings a few games together earning a few targets each game the rest of this season, even with Jonnu coming back. He may be one of the next potential break out tight ends we always seem to look for in fantasy. The Titans have also started to throw the ball a lot more with Tannehill just dominating every defense he faces, increasing Firkser’s chances of seeing targets.

Ty Johnson (3-Years $672,976) 22.68% Owned

At some point and time in the 2020 season the New York Jets will come to their senses and release “The Man That Manning Built” Adam Gase. The Jets are win-less and have looked absolutely dreadful, discombobulated, horrible, or another words you’d like to use to describe their football team at the moment. My point here for Ty Johnson is that eventually 77 year old Frank Gore will return to his wheel chair on the sidelines(totally kidding) and the Jets will evaluate their younger talent on the roster. Johnson has had one of the only explosive plays for the Jet’s run game this season, (outside of Darnold’s run against the Broncos) he was only able to see three attempts in the game Sunday. If the Jets reduce Gore’s workload out of the backfield that could leave quite a few touches for Johnson and Perine to battle for the rest of the way. 

While Perine is the rookie drafted by the organization he has not looked good in the opportunities he has been given thus far, and though very limited Johnson has. The Jets need big plays on offense in the worst way and one way to get that going is by getting big chunks on the ground, something only Johnson has shown capable of on this roster. 

Adam Shaheen ( 1-Year $1,477,634) 0% Owned

At number 5 we have another 4th year tight end who happened to be buried in the horde of tight ends Ryan Pace acquired in Chicago the past few seasons. Shaheen was a very talented prospect coming into the league drafted in the 2nd round by the Bears. Oddly enough after investing that much draft capital in Shaheen the Bears continued to bring in a ton of stable veteran options as competition and Shaheen never seemed to have much of a chance. Shaheen may be starting to bounce back in his career catching a touchdown in the Dolphins blowout win against the 49ers in week 5. 

Fitzmagic made Shaheen a bit more of a priority this week finding him for 3 catches 51 yards and a touchdown. While these numbers may not blow you away maybe this will, Gesicki was held to just two targets and was unable to bring either down for a catch against the lowly Jets. While this is by no means a changing of the guard at tight end in Miami, it does give Shaheen some juice going forward making him an interesting stash. In dynasty there are two ways to acquire a Travis Kelce or George Kittle outside of startup and those ways are to trade for them, or find them early and sit on them until they are ready.

I do have one player this week I would like to mention who is just a little to expensive to suggest as a top 5 target, as many of you are up against the cap. Cole Beasley for the Buffalo Bills has been one of the best safety nets in the NFL over the past few seasons, even dating back to his Dallas days. Beasley has a salary of $7,250,000 and is owned in just 41.24% of Dynasty Owner leagues and will offer you a great bench play every single week and a starter when needed. 

I hope your season is going well, if not that’s what makes this platform so much fun, crunch some numbers make a few trades and stock up on young talent ready to breakout next season as well as draft capital. As always feel free to message me on twitter to talk through any trades or other help you may have and good luck on your Chase For The Ring!

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