Dynasty Owner Busts of 2019

Author: Steven Van Tassell

We gave out the Player of the Year awards first and now, we follow up with the Busts of 2019. Hopefully you weren’t relying on these players to help you capture your Dynasty Owner League Championship because none of them lived up to their expectations in 2019. Unfortunately, there were many “worthy” candidates this season and not all of them made the list.

Like the Player of the Year awards, our Dynasty Owner Busts of the Year awards are for the 14 game Dynasty Owner regular season. We have the Dynasty Owner Bust of the Year, Injury Bust of the Year, Rookie Bust of the Year and Position Busts of the Year (plus runners-up) at every position (QB, RB, WR, TE, K).

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

Dynasty Owner Bust of the Year

Our first Dynasty Owner Bust of the Year is: Baker Mayfield

The dishonor of Bust of the Year goes to Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield. By no means did Mayfield have the highest cost per point or statistically the worse year in Dynasty Owner, but when you factor in ADP and salary, he’s the choice. Mayfield had an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 9 meaning he was likely drafted by most Dynasty Owners with their first round pick and as the centerpiece of their team. Like the Browns, Baker started slow, with an average of 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in his first six games before the Browns’ bye week. He improved in the seven games after the bye, averaging 20.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Better, but still not the production expected from a first round pick. Even though his $8.17 million annual salary is low for a QB, Dynasty Owners who drafted Mayfield were likely looking for more production than he delivered during the 2019 season.

  • Regular Season Points: 224.4
  • Regular Season Salary: $8,170,745
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $36,412

Injury Bust of the Year

Our Dynasty Owner Injury Bust of the Year is: A.J. Green

A.J. Green is the easy “winner” here as he went the entire Dynasty Owner regular season on the Bengals roster and never played in a game. Not a single one. Green was drafted in 74% of leagues with an ADP of 138 so his Dynasty Owners were probably thinking about keeping him on their Bench and maybe having him Active based on their weekly match-up. Nobody who drafted Green and his $15 million annual salary thought that he wouldn’t play the entire year. The Bengals didn’t even put him on Injured Reserve until Week 17 of the NFL regular season. Therefore, all of his Dynasty Owners had to carry his $15 million salary all year without the ability to use the Injured Reserve spot and save some salary. What a disaster!

  • Regular Season Points: 0.0
  • Regular Season Salary: $15,000,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: Not Applicable

Rookie Bust of the Year

Our Dynasty Owner Rookie Bust of the Year is: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

Our pick for Rookie Bust of the Year is Philadelphia Eagles J.J. Arcega-Whiteside who managed to only score 27.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points during the Dynasty Owner regular season. Arcega-Whiteside was not injured during the season and “played” in all 14 Dynasty Owner regular season games. He scored no Dynasty Owner fantasy points in eight games and had a total of just 3.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points through the first ten games of the season. As the #57 overall pick in the NFL draft, the Eagles were counting on more production from Arcega-Whiteside than he delivered. In Dynasty Owner, he and his $1.236 annual salary was drafted in 100% of leagues with an ADP of 124 – slightly later than fellow second round NFL draft pick, rookie WR D.K. Metcalf who was ADP 111 and finished the Dynasty Owner regular season with 152.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

  • Regular Season Points: 27.0
  • Regular Season Salary: $1,235,682
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $45,766

Position Busts of the Year

Here are the “winners” and runners-up for Bust of the Year at every position (QB, RB, WR, TE, K):

Bust QB of the Year: Baker Mayfield (CLE) – 224.4 points

In addition to everything cited in the Bust of the Year section for Mayfield, we should note that he scored only just over half (52%) as many Dynasty Owner fantasy points as Player of the Year Lamar Jackson. Mayfield’s annual salary is nearly three and a half times more than Jackson’s salary.

Runner-up Bust QB of the Year: Cam Newton (CAR) – 20.5 points

Cam Newton put up just 20.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his first two games after being drafted in 91% of Dynasty Owner leagues with an ADP of 76, was then benched for a foot injury and never played another game. Unfortunately for his Dynasty Owners, he wasn’t put on Injured Reserve until Week 10, so they had to carry Newton’s $20.76 million salary for most of the Dynasty Owner regular season. He still has one year left on that contract as well. At least his Owners were able to use another QB in Newton’s place once he got benched.

  • Regular Season Points: 20.5
  • Regular Season Salary: $20,760,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $1,012,683

Bust RB of the Year: David Johnson (ARI) – 138.2 points

Through the first six games of the 2019 season, Johnson was nowhere near being called a bust as he scored 121.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, an average of 20.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. At that point, Johnson was definitely worth the $13 million in salary his Dynasty Owners were spending on him, as well as validating his ADP of 52. Then came the game against the New York Giants in Week 7 when he was questionable coming in with an ankle injury. He played one series, rushed for 2 yards and then sat in favor of Chase Edmonds for the rest of the game. After that game, Johnson scored only 16.9 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the rest of the Dynasty Owner regular season, leading him to be the Bust RB of the Year.

  • Regular Season Points: 138.2
  • Regular Season Salary: $13,000,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $94,067

Runner-up Bust RB of the Year: Dion Lewis (TEN) – 45.8 points

By virtue of having a cost per point of over $100,000 as a running back, Dion Lewis makes the list as the runner-up RB. Dynasty Owners in 72% of leagues drafted Lewis and his $4.95 million salary, probably as a handcuff in case of a Derrick Henry injury or thinking that he would have a role in the Tennessee offense catching passes on third down. Neither happened as Henry stayed healthy for the entire Dynasty Owner regular season and Lewis averaged less than two receptions per game for the Titans. His ADP of 144 meant he was probably destined for a Bench spot on your Dynasty Owner team, but he didn’t even warrant that as he never scored more than 7.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single Dynasty Owner regular season game.

  • Regular Season Points: 45.8
  • Regular Season Salary: $4,950,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $108,079

Bust WR of the Year: Brandin Cooks (LAR) – 88.0 points

Cooks started off the 2019 season pretty well, scoring 55.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his first four games (an average of 13.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game). After that, he scored only 32.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points the rest of the season. Admittedly, he did miss two games due to injury, but he still appeared in the other seven games and averaged only 4.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. Cooks was drafted in 96% of Dynasty Owner leagues and picked fairly high with an ADP of 87. What makes everything worse for Cooks’ Dynasty Owners is that they paid him $16.2 million for this “production” and still have him on their rosters for another four years at the same salary.

  • Regular Season Points: 88.0
  • Regular Season Salary: $16,200,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $184,091

Runner-up Bust WR of the Year: JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT) – 105.4 points

How many of you were debating on your draft night between Michael Thomas and JuJu Smith-Schuster? Probably quite a few as they came into the 2019 season looking like the top two value WRs in Dynasty Owner. A lot of you took Smith-Schuster over Thomas based on his slightly lower ADP (8 for Smith-Schuster versus 12 for Thomas). The small difference in ADP ended up being a huge difference on the “field” as Thomas scored 198.1 more regular season Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Smith-Schuster. The saving grace for Smith-Schuster Dynasty Owners is that he only cost just over $1 million in salary this year and you can keep him (if you want) for another year at that salary and hope he turns it around in 2020.

  • Regular Season Points: 105.4
  • Regular Season Salary: $1,048,945
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $9,952

Bust TE of the Year: Vance McDonald (PIT) – 74.7 points

This was a close competition and probably the closest position choice of all of them, but Vance McDonald “wins” over O.J. Howard here because of his almost $3.8 million higher salary for 2019 and the next two seasons. McDonald was drafted in every Dynasty Owner league with an ADP of 130 despite his high salary ($6.55 million). He didn’t produce for that salary and ADP as he only scored double-digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points twice (Week 2 and Week 9) and failed to score at least 5.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in six regular season games.

  • Regular Season Points: 74.7
  • Regular Season Salary: $6,550,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $87,684

Runner-up Bust TE of the Year: O.J. Howard (TB) – 66.7 points

O.J. Howard is the runner-up to Vance McDonald even though he had a higher ADP (45 for Howard versus 130 for McDonald) and scored 8.0 fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points during the Dynasty Owner regular season. Howard and his $2.77 million annual salary (for three years) was drafted in every Dynasty Owner league. In return, his Dynasty Owners had to wait until Week 10 for Howard to score more than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single game.

  • Regular Season Points: 66.7
  • Regular Season Salary: $2,773,655
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $41,584

Bust K of the Year: Adam Vinatieri (IND) – 41.0 points

Even though he ended the year on Injured Reserve, Vinatieri did play in all but one Dynasty Owner regular season game. In those 12 games, he scored only 41.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, or an average of 3.4 per game. The 46-year old future Hall of Famer missed 8 FGs and 6 PATs in those games and scored negative Dynasty Owner fantasy points three times. He cost $3.875 million in salary for 2019 and was drafted in 85% of Dynasty Owner leagues at an ADP of 185. He might return to kick again in 2020, but his contract expired so all Dynasty Owners who had him on their rosters this year aren’t obligated to keep him.

  • Regular Season Points: 41.0
  • Regular Season Salary: $3,875,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $94,512

Runner-up Bust K of the Year: Ka’imi Fairbairn (HOU) – 70.0 points

Fairbairn was drafted in 98% of Dynasty Owner leagues at an ADP of 179 and carried a salary of over $3 million for 2019. He averaged only 5.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game with a high of 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points just twice. The good news for his Dynasty Owners is that he was on a one-year deal, so they don’t have to keep him for 2020.

  • Regular Season Points: 70.0
  • Regular Season Salary: $3,095,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $44,214

Hopefully you didn’t draft too many of the players these players! Our next article will look at some players who got new contracts in 2019 that take effect for the 2020 Dynasty Owner season. Thanks for reading and being a fellow Dynasty Owner!

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Dynasty Owner 2019 Awards

Author: Steven Van Tassell

With the first season of Dynasty Owner over and a winner of the Chase for the Ring (New York’s Strongest) announced, it’s time to recap the 2019 season and hand out some awards. Like the NFL awards, our Dynasty Owner awards are for the 14 game Dynasty Owner regular season. First, we’ll name the Dynasty Owner Player of the Year and Value Player of the Year. In addition, we have other awards to give away, including Rookie of the Year, Free Agent of the Year and Position Players of the Year and Value Position Player of the Year at every position (QB, RB, WR, TE, K).

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

Dynasty Owner of the Year

This one is easy. It’s Eddie Driscoll, the owner of New York’s Strongest and winner of the first Chase for the Ring. If you haven’t heard already, Eddie was the only Dynasty Owner to go undefeated (14-0) in the regular season. He capped his season off by easily winning his League Championship and capturing the Ring.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Year

Our first Dynasty Owner Player of the Year is: Lamar Jackson

Jackson finished the Dynasty Owner regular season with 429.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, over 40 points more than any other player. He started off hot with 47.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 and never really cooled down. Jackson only won the Player of the Week honor once (47.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 12), but only had less than 24.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points once as well (11.1 points in Week 5). As the last pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, Jackson only cost his Dynasty Owners $2.37 million in salary this season (as well as for the next three years), making him an excellent value as well.

  • Regular Season Points: 429.7
  • Regular Season Salary: $2,367,912
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $5,511

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Year

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 Year. The Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Year is: Dak Prescott

At an annual salary of $680,848 for the 2019 Dynasty Owner season, Dak Prescott was a leading contender at the start of the season for this honor on a weekly basis. He ended up only winning it once (Week 11), along with one Player of the Week honor in Week 1. Despite the lack of weekly honors, he didn’t disappoint his Dynasty Owners as they got 368.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points during the Dynasty Owner regular season for that $680,848 in salary, a cost per point of just $1,846. That’s just a little more than one-third of the cost of the Player of the Year.

  • Regular Season Points: 368.8
  • Regular Season Salary: $680,848
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $1,846

Rookie of the Year

Our Dynasty Owner Rookie of the Year is: Kyler Murray

The #1 pick in the 2019 NFL draft ended up as the Dynasty Owner Rookie of the Year by producing 300.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points during the Dynasty Owner regular season, nearly 90 more points than the next highest scoring rookie (Gardner Minshew II). Murray cooled off at the end of the Dynasty Owner regular season and in the playoffs, but had four games with 30.0+ Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the first 11 weeks. He carries a $8.79 million annual salary for the next four Dynasty Owner seasons.

  • Regular Season Points: 300.9
  • Regular Season Salary: $8,789,661
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $29,211

Free Agent of the Year

Our free agent of the year is a player who produced the most Dynasty Owner fantasy points over the course of the Dynasty Owner regular season, but was not drafted by any Dynasty Owners.

Our Dynasty Owner Free Agent of the Year is: Gardner Minshew II

A rookie sixth round draft pick, Minshew started off the year as the Jacksonville backup QB and thus, was not drafted in any Dynasty Owner leagues. By the end of his magical 2019 season, he was the starter in Jacksonville and rostered in 78% of Dynasty Owner leagues. During the Dynasty Owner regular season, he produced 212.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for only a salary of $677,721. While he’s not officially the starter in Jacksonville for 2020, his low salary for the next three years means he could win the 2020 Value Player of the Year as well.

  • Regular Season Points: 212.4
  • Regular Season Salary: $677,721
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $3,191

Position Players of the Year

In addition, we have other awards to give away for Position Players of the Year and Value Position Players of the Year at every position (QB, RB, WR, TE, K).

QB of the Year: Lamar Jackson (BAL) – 429.7 points

Nobody was really close to Lamar Jackson for QB of the Year. Deshaun Watson was the #2 regular season QB and still finished 60.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind Jackson.

Value QB of the Year: Dak Prescott (DAL) – 368.8 points

Prescott was the #3 overall QB and Value QB of the Year by a wide margin with his $1,846 cost per point. Kyle Allen was the second best Value QB due to his $525,000 annual salary, but still fell well short of Prescott with a $2,717 cost per point ($525,000 annual salary divided by 193.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points).

RB of the Year: Christian McCaffrey (CAR) – 389.6 points

McCaffrey had a monster year and became just the third player in NFL history to have 1,000 yards rushing and receiving. He also scored 19 TDs. Overall, he scored the second most points in Dynasty Owner (389.6), behind only Lamar Jackson. McCaffrey was also a model of consistency with just two weeks of under 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Despite all of the yards, scoring and scoring over 40.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points twice, McCaffrey did not win a single Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor. His 2019 performance certainly justified his ADP of 5 and he might go quicker in 2020 Dynasty Owner drafts with two more years left on his contract at just $4.31 million annually.

  • Regular Season Points: 389.6
  • Regular Season Salary: $4,310,326
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $11,063

Value RB of the Year: Austin Ekeler (LAC) – 269.1 points

Ekeler won two Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honors, the first week with 42.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and the last week of the Dynasty Owner regular season with 33.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In between, he had five performances of over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and just one below 10.0 (5.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 6). Ekeler scored a lot of his points while Melvin Gordon was holding out at the beginning of the year, but still maintained his value once Gordon returned to the Chargers lineup. Fortunately for his Dynasty Owners, he did all of this for only $556,667 in salary. Unfortunately, his contract expired at the end of the season and he will command a lot more in 2020 and beyond.

  • Regular Season Points: 269.1
  • Regular Season Salary: $556,667
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $2,069

WR of the Year: Michael Thomas (NO) – 303.5 points

Thomas was a consistent source of Dynasty Owner fantasy points week in and week out for his Dynasty Owners. He had a low of 10.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 13, but surpassed 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points eight times. He only cost his Dynasty Owners just under $1.28 million in salary in 2019, but has signed a huge extension that kicks in for 2020 ($96.5 million for 5 years) so his Owners will have to decide if they can absorb the extra $18 million in salary to keep him on their rosters.

  • Regular Season Points: 303.5
  • Regular Season Salary: $1,279,743
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $4,217

Value WR of the Year: Chris Godwin (TB) – 259.0 points

Godwin won the Value Player of the Week honor twice in 2019 and takes the season long award as well for WRs. It was a season of ups and downs for Godwin and his Dynasty Owners. He had the two Value Player of the Week winning weeks (41.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 4 and 37.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 12) plus another week with 30.0+ points. On the flip side, half of the time (7 out of 14 weeks in the Dynasty Owner regular season), his Dynasty Owners got less than 15.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Godwin only cost $821,041 for the 2019 season and has one year remaining on his contract, so his Dynasty Owners will likely take the week to week fluctuations in stride for another year.

  • Regular Season Points: 259.0
  • Regular Season Salary: $821,041
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $3,170

TE of the Year: Travis Kelce (KC) – 201.3 points

As the second most expensive TE in Dynasty Owner, Kelce earned his nearly $9.4 million annual salary by getting his Dynasty Owners 201.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points over the course of the Dynasty Owner regular season. Kelce was a consistent source of points every week with a low of 9.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 6 and a Dynasty Owner regular season high of 23.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2. He also came through in the Dynasty Owner playoffs with two games of over 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points when it really counted.

  • Regular Season Points: 201.3
  • Regular Season Salary: $9,368,400
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $46,539

Value TE of the Year: Darren Waller (OAK) – 175.5 points

If you didn’t want to spend over $9 million for Kelce at the beginning of the year, there were several cheaper TE options available for salaries of under $1 million (George Kittle, Austin Hooper, Mark Andrews). However, none of them ended the Dynasty Owner regular season with as many Dynasty Owner fantasy points as Darren Waller (175.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). His best game was a 31.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 7, while his worst game was a 7.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 10. Waller was very consistent week to week with only five weeks of less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. His salary of $675,000 was on par with Kittle and slightly lower than Hooper or Andrews, but his value in 2019 was the best of the four of them. However, that ends in 2020 as he signed a new contract in October of 2019 that will push his Dynasty Owner salary to $7.45 million annually.

  • Regular Season Points: 175.5
  • Regular Season Salary: $675,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $3,846

K of the Year: Wil Lutz (NO) – 121.0 points

New Orleans kicker Wil Lutz was the top kicker in Dynasty Owner this year with 121.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points during the Dynasty Owner regular season. He edged out Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker for the honor by just 5.0 points. Lutz only missed five kicks (4 FGs and 1 PAT) during the Dynasty Owner regular season. Lutz doesn’t come cheap in Dynasty Owner with a salary of $4.05 million annually over five years, but if you value stability at the kicker position, he was a great choice this season.

  • Regular Season Points: 121.0
  • Regular Season Salary: $4,050,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $33,471

Value K of the Year: Harrison Butker (KC) – 115.0 points

At a salary of just $510,000 annually, Harrison Butker was the Value Kicker of the Year and ranked third overall with 115.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points during the Dynasty Owner regular season. His ADP of 130 showed that many Dynasty Owners valued having the Kansas City kicker on a cheap one-year, minimum salary deal. Butker also tied for the best individual game performance by a kicker with 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 9.

  • Regular Season Points: 115.0
  • Regular Season Salary: $510,000
  • Regular Season Cost per Point: $4,435

Congratulations to all of our winners. Our next article will tackle the Biggest Busts of 2019. Hope you enjoyed the first season of Dynasty Owner. Please keep in touch with us on Twitter.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Week 9 Recap: No Competition, but No More

Author: Steven Van Tassell

The lack of competition in some Dynasty Owner leagues is ending as inactive Owners are being replaced with new ones. The competition should heat up in individual match-ups as well as in the Chase for the Ring since the winner of the Chase for the Ring has to win their league. Tougher league competition will make that more difficult to do. We also saw an uncompetitive Match-up of the Week, but that was mainly because the winning team (Recyclers) had two of the highest scoring players in their Active lineup this week. Future Match-ups of the Weeks should also be more competitive.

This is our ninth Dynasty Owner weekly recap article, but for many of you, it might be your first one as a new Dynasty Owner. To get you up to speed, here’s what we do in the weekly recap articles. We look at what happened in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, name a Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and a Value Player of the Week, and highlight a player at every position who should have been Active and one who should have been on your Bench.

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

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our Dynasty Owner Player of the Week is: Russell Wilson

Despite being the top scorer in Dynasty Owner this season, this is Wilson’s first Player of the Week honor. There wasn’t a lot of competition for the honor as Wilson scored 15+ Dynasty Owner fantasy points more than anyone else. Wilson was incredible in the Seahawks 40-34 overtime victory over the Buccaneers with 57.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (378 yards passing, 21 yards rushing, 5 passing TDs, 1 2-pt conversion), including the three point clutch scoring bonus on his 10-yard TD pass in overtime. This week’s 57.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point effort outshined his 53.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance from back in Week 3. His $21.9 million salary for 2019 is manageable, but it’s his $140 million, 4-year extension starting in 2020 that is causing Wilson’s ownership rate to be only 74%. His Dynasty Owners don’t mind the Week 9 salary, as they likely won their game if they had Wilson Active.

  • Week 9 Points: 57.0
  • Week 9 Salary: $1,564,286
  • Week 9 Cost per Point: $27,444

Congratulations Russell on being the top scorer in Dynasty Owner and securing your first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor!

Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week

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

In the Miami Dolphins’ first victory of 2019, they got a great performance out of rookie free agent WR Preston Williams. Williams gave it his all in the game versus the New York Jets and scored 24.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 72 yards receiving, 19 return yards, 2 receiving TDs). He gave so much for so little salary (just $585,000 annually) that he tore his ACL in the fourth quarter and is out for the remainder of the year.

  • Week 9 Points: 24.5
  • Week 9 Salary: $41,786
  • Week 9 Cost per Point: $1,706

Williams edged out some tough competition this week from fellow pass catchers Jacob Hollister (22.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, $558,333 annual salary, $1,757 cost per point) and Tyreek Hill (26.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, $646,555 annual salary, $1,743 cost per point).

Congrats to Preston on your first Value Player of the Week honors! Hope the surgery on your torn ACL is successful and you’re back on the field next year.

Players Who Should Have Been Active

Next, we look at those players who should have been in your Active lineups based on their performance in Week 9. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Christian McCaffrey, even though he had 39.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, since he is the top RB in Dynasty Owner and should always be in your Active lineup. Instead, these are players who might be Free Agents or on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Active in Week 9 when they should have been.

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) – 41.1 points

Since it came way back on Thursday night, you might have forgotten about Jimmy Garoppolo’s 41.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (317 yards passing, 2 yards rushing, 4 passing TDs). It was the second best performance by a QB after Russell Wilson in Week 9. Garoppolo is only rostered in 22% of Dynasty Owner leagues and even with that performance, he’s still the 21st ranked QB in Dynasty Owner, so few of his Owners probably had him Active when they would have been rewarded handsomely for doing so.

RB: Devin Singletary (BUF) – 23.0 points

Singletary came through for his Dynasty Owners for the second week in a row with 23.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (95 yards rushing, 3 receptions, 45 yards receiving, 1 rushing TD). With a match-up against the dreadful Washington Redskins and on the heels of a 14.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 8, there was a good argument that he should indeed be Active this week. Congratulations to those Dynasty Owners who had the foresight to do so and reaped the benefits of his performance this week.

WR: D.K. Metcalf (SEA) – 27.0 points

Both Tyler Lockett and Mike Evans had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points (40.5 for Lockett and 36.0 for Evans) than Metcalf, but Lockett and Evans should be Active every week, so Metcalf is the pick here. Metcalf has been very good for a couple of weeks, but just crawled into the Top 20 WRs after his 27.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (6 receptions, 123 yards receiving, 7 yards rushing, 1 receiving TD, 1 2-pt conversion) in Week 9 against the Buccaneers. The rookie should have been Active.

TE: Jacob Hollister (SEA) – 22.7 points

It’s not surprising that we have another Seattle receiver here since Russell Wilson was the Player of the Week and threw for 5 TDs. Two of those TDs went to TE Jacob Hollister, including the game-winner in overtime to earn both of them the 3 point clutch scoring bonus. Hollister had 22.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions, 37 yards, 2 receiving TDs) after only having 8.8 points combined in the previous two games. Hollister is available in every Dynasty Owner league right now for a low $558,333 annual salary, so he might be worth picking up if you need a TE in the coming weeks.

Honorable mention to Noah Fant who scored 20.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 115 yards receiving, 1 receiving TD) after averaging only 5.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in the previous eight weeks. While he is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, there probably weren’t a lot of owners with him in their Active lineup based on his season-long performance as well as having Brandon Allen starting at QB for the first time this season.

K: Harrison Butker (KC) – 20.0 points

There was no competition for Harrison Butker in this spot. Butker is rostered in 100% of Dynasty Owner leagues, likely because he kicks for the Kansas City Chiefs and carries only a $510,000 annual salary. However, going into Week 9 action, he hadn’t scored double digit Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a single game since Week 1. So, his owners might have left him on the Bench based on performance combined with the fact that the Chiefs were without starting QB Patrick Mahomes. That was a mistake as he got his owners 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind his game-winning 44 yard FG as time expired plus FGs of 24, 45 and 54 yards and 2 PATs. His performance was nearly enough for him to be named Value Player of the Week (20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, $510,00 annual salary, $1,821 cost per point). He should have been Active.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench

For every player who should have been Active but wasn’t, we have some players who probably were Active, but were better left on your Bench. Here are some likely Active players who should have been riding your Dynasty Owner Bench in Week 9.

QB: Gardner Minshew II (JAX) – 11.0 points

Minshew was seemingly in line to score a lot of Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week as he was facing the Houston Texans defense who was playing without J.J. Watt. However, Minshew didn’t produce in what might end up being his last start of the season as he had three turnovers (2 INTs and 1 lost fumble) to go along with 309 yards passing and 35 yards rushing. That only equals 11.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and preferably a spot on the Bench or Practice Squad last week and in the future.

RB: Royce Freeman (DEN) – 2.4 points

Freeman was averaging 14 touches and 13.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in his three games prior to the Broncos’ Week 9 game versus the Browns, so his Dynasty Owners probably felt good about having him in their Active lineup. However, he only touched the ball six times on offense and scored just 2.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (15 yards rushing, 1 reception, -1 yards receiving). Freeman was best left on the Bench.

Dishonorable mention to Aaron Jones who was the Value Player of the Week just a week earlier. This past week, he only had 3.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (30 yards rushing, 1 reception, -1 yards receiving) against the Chargers and should have been on your Bench instead of in your Active lineup.

WR: Stefon Diggs (MIN) – 2.6 points

Surprisingly, Diggs should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench if you own him as he only scored 2.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (12 yards rushing, 1 reception, 4 yards receiving) against the Chiefs. The Vikings played most of the game without fellow starting WR Adam Thielen, but still Diggs held down. Ultimately, he was outscored by Laquon Treadwell who had 8.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions for 58 yards). This comes after Diggs had seemingly turned the corner on the season with 100+ yard receiving games three weeks in a row and in four out of his last five. It was not to be, and Diggs was probably Active, when he should have been on the Bench.  

TE: Mark Andrews (BAL) – 4.1 points

There were other TEs with worse weeks, but Andrews is the #7 rated TE in Dynasty Owner, so most of his Owners likely had him in their Active lineup. Andrews didn’t play as much as fellow Ravens TEs Nick Boyle and Hayden Hurst and only had 4.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (2 receptions for 21 yards). This was probably only a one-week aberration and he should be in your Active lineup moving forward. However, for Week 9, he was better left on the Bench.

K: Jason Myers (SEA) – 1 point

There were 74 points scored in the Seahawks-Buccaneers game and it could have been more if Myers hadn’t missed two FGs and one PAT. Myers did convert two short FGs of under 39 yards (22 and 37 yards) and 2 PATs, but missed a PAT and two FGs, a 47-yarder and a 40-yarder at the end of regulation. Despite being the kicker for the high-scoring Seattle offense, Myers was best left on the Bench in Week 9.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap

Recyclers (Chuck) – 183.5 vs. Pkoy (Pat) – 60.9

Pkoy was no competition for the Recyclers in the Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week, but then again, nobody was going to have much of a chance. The Recyclers scored 183.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, eclipsing the Miami Gladiators for highest individual team score in a Match-up of the Week. They also easily set a new record for largest margin of victory.

Chuck had two of the top scorers of the week on his Active roster in Tyler Lockett (40.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Christian McCaffrey (39.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Chuck should have started his Buccaneers as not doing so cost him the 3-point Coaches’ Bonus. He had his Bench kicker (Matt Gay) and QB (Jameis Winston) outscore his Active kicker (Zane Gonzalez) and QB (Deshaun Watson).

Pat had a tough choice at RB between two New England Patriots and ended up sticking with Sony Michel when he should have switched Michel (4.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) with James White (16.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). He also missed out on additional points by keeping Dante Pettis (9.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in his Active lineup instead of switching him out for either Davante Adams (11.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) or Jarvis Landry (17.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). It wouldn’t have mattered in terms of winning and losing, but Pkoy could have scored 30.7 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points had he set a perfect lineup.

The Bench scoring was very close as predicted in the Week 9 preview article (https://dynastyowner.com/2019/11/week-9-preview-bench-is-better), with the Recyclers barely edging out Pkoy with 16.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from his Bench compared to 15.2 for Pkoy. This was very close to the projected 16.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for both team’s Benches.

I didn’t overthink things, went with the Recyclers for the victory and now my prediction record stands at 5-4 for the season. It’ll get tougher with new Dynasty Owners and an increased level of competition coming up in Week 10 and onward, so I’ll have to work hard to keep making winning predictions.

Steven Van Tassell is a freelance writer for Dynasty Owner.

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