Free Agent Auction Targets – Week 3

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Is there something about Week 2 that causes a ton of NFL injuries? In Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season, we saw multiple stars go down with injury. Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, Courtland Sutton, Nick Bosa, and Cam Akers all suffered Week 2 injuries in 2020. In Week 2 of 2021, multiple things outside of injuries caught my eye and we’ll cover those in this week’s edition of Jay’s Week 2 recap.

The Ravens and the Chiefs put on an absolute show Sunday night with Lamar bouncing back and beating Mahomes for the first time in his young career. The Vikings defense continues to struggle and looks like it will be the teams Achilles heel all season. Aaron Rodgers bounced back in the 2nd half of Monday night’s game beating the Lions 35-17. I see the Packers as a team that gets better week in week out and comes ready to play when it matters most. The Titans new offensive coordinator finally figured out how to win football games when he let Derrick Henry carry the load against the Seahawks to the tune of 35 carries for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns. Henry also came away with 6 catches for 55 yards, potentially adding another element to his game. Are the Texans for real? The Browns struggled against the Tyrod Taylor led Texans but ultimately came away victorious after Taylor left the game in the 2nd quarter. The Jaguars looked like a much better football team this past weekend, but it unfortunately it did not mean a big game from Trevor Lawrence as he struggled against a very good Broncos’ defense. The Cowboys defense looks much improved from last season and found a way to win a game without Dak Prescott needing to throw for 400 plus yards. Finally, we have Kyler Murray for MVP! Kyler finished Sunday’s game with 400 yards passing and 4 touchdowns resulting in a 34-33 shootout win over the Minnesota Vikings.

Alright Dynasty Owners, we are back with another week of trying to find a diamond in the rough with the Free Agent Auction targets. The free agent articles/videos will be dropping every Tuesday afternoon in advance of when bids process on Wednesday at 5 AM and will consist of the week’s Top 5 free agent adds. I will do my best to keep the players listed at an ownership percentage of 65% or less and make sure all players have contracts of $8,000,000 or less, with most players coming in at under $4,000,000. One last note, in Dynasty Owner you will be credited each week with 25% of your entire Bench’s score making these weekly free agent pick-ups extremely important to help boost your total weekly score.

On to the top targets for Week 3:

  1. K.J. Osborn (WR – MIN) – 3 Years/$890,693 – 63.9% Rostered

K.J. Osborn is one of the repeat guys on the list from last week’s Free Agent Auction article. Osborn had another big week after his strong showing to start the 2021 season in Week 1 and will likely be rostered in north of 90% of Dynasty Owner leagues come the start of Week 3. In Week 2, Osborn again blew up to the tune of 5 catches for 91 yards and a “tuddy” as Brady and Gronk like to say. The Vikings’ defense has looked atrocious to start the 2021 season and looks as if it will continue to be an issue through the season. If the Vikings defense does continue to struggle, Osborn should continue to thrive. The last thing I love about Osborn is the way Adam Thielen played towards the end of last season pointing to a potential need at the receiver spot with the Vikings. In the back half of 2020, Thielen’s fantasy production was largely dependent on his touchdowns.

  • Sammy Watkins (WR – BAL) – 1 year/$5,000,000 – 47.9% Rostered

Sammy Watkins did not have the greatest performance against the Chiefs, but he showed me that he will have a consistent role in the Ravens offense this season. The Ravens ran the ball 41 times on Sunday and Watkins still found a way to come up with 4 catches for 44 yards good enough for 8.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. If Watkins can produce like that on his down weeks, he will be more than worth a pickup for contending teams. Another factor I love about picking up Watkins is that he only has 1 year remaining on his contract meaning you can move on from him free and clear at the end of year. One thing that does worry me with Watkins is when Rashod Bateman returns to the starting lineup. Will it hurt Sammy Watkins’ production to the point that he is not playable?

  • Zach Pascal (WR – IND) – 1 year/$3,384,000 – 63.3% Rostered

Another free agent run another week of the legend Zach Pascal talk. Pascal has seemingly earned every bit of Carson Wentz’s trust in the redzone as he is the only one Wentz seems to throw to these days when the Colts get inside of the 20. In Week 2, Pascal performed well again against a tough Rams defense with 5 catches for 38 yards and a touchdown. It’s not a crazy scenario to put Pascal on your Bench and forget about him if he is going to continue to see 6-8 targets per game, especially when some of those targets are in the redzone. Be sure to grab the 2020 Dynasty Owner livestream WR1 before it’s too late and the rest of the Dynasty Owners get on board. One thing you will want to monitor is the health of Colts quarterback Carson Wentz as every playmaker on the team will likely see a dip in production if he can’t play.

  • Cordarrelle Patterson (RB – ATL) – 1 year/$3,000,000 – 49.1% Rostered

I mentioned last week how gross it felt to have Cordarrelle Patterson listed as a pickup. His play on the field led to me doubling down this week and putting him on the list again, though this week doesn’t feel quite as gross. In Week 2 against a very good Tampa Bay defense Patterson found the end zone twice and accounted for 69 total yards. Mike Davis was again inefficient but still managed to come away with 16 total touches meaning Patterson’s role still has room to potentially grow. If Davis continues to play the way he is, I could see Patterson getting an uptick in usage while stealing some from Davis. Regardless I think he has carved out a nice role for himself in the Falcons offense. The Falcons look like one of the worst teams in the NFL through the first 2 weeks of the season and look as if they will be down by a lot of points on a weekly basis. The more the Falcons throw the ball, the more opportunities Patterson will get.

  • Rashard Higgins (WR – CLE) 1 year/$2,377,500 – 40.8% Rostered

Rashard Higgins may come as a surprise to some on this list but with the health of Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry still up in the air, I feel Higgins should be a big factor if either one misses the game this coming week. Higgins has always played well when given an opportunity and looked good in limited work this past week against the Texans. Higgins caught both of his targets ending the day with 2 catches for 27 yards. The Browns used three tight ends in the passing game Sunday with Harrison Bryant, Austin Hooper, and David Njoku all catching at least two passes. If the Browns want to have some type of passing game, they will need someone to step up and who better than the guy who already has a great connection with Baker Mayfield, Hollywood Higgins.

Conclusion

After a wild first two weeks, the Free Agent Auction is starting to slim down. Make sure you are filling out your Bench and the back end of your rosters as players who are productive full-time are extremely hard to come by the later the season goes.

Please do not forget about Steve Van Tassell’s weekly Tuesday recap article and Friday preview article and video, as well as Matt “The Jerk” Morrison’s Wednesday article and video plus his Thursday Night Football preview article. Don’t forget to check out Dynasty Owner on YouTube!

Thank you all for reading and as always good luck on your 2021 Chase for the Ring!

Week 2 Recap: Turnover

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

That’s not a mistake or misprint in the title, it says “turnover” on purpose. While there were plenty of turnovers in Week 2 of NFL action and a couple of them were crucial ones (see Chiefs, Kansas City), we are focusing on turnover here in the Week 2 recap. Some NFL teams had turnover under center as several QBs (Tua Tagavailoa, Andy Dalton, Tyrod Taylor) were hurt and had to be replaced. Fans of the Chicago Bears are hoping the turnover is permanent and Justin Fields takes over for the rest of the season. In San Francisco, there was also plenty of turnover in the 49ers backfield with three more RBs (Elijah Mitchell, Trey Sermon and JaMycal Hasty) getting hurt in Week 2, just one week after Raheem Mostert’s season ending injury.

More importantly, there was plenty of turnover in Dynasty Owner this week as eight out of the teams in last week’s Top 10 in the Chase for the Ring are no longer there. Some of them even dropped off the Top 25 leaderboard. What about your individual Dynasty Owner league – any turnover at the top of your league Standings? With hundreds of leagues, there are bound to be teams who were in the middle of the standings after Week 1 who are now on top and vice versa.

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

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

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of September 21st.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our second Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 is: Derrick Henry

Having a RB win the Player of the Week honor is fairly rare. While this is Henry’s third time winning it, only two other RBs have ever been the recipient of this award (Nick Chubb in Week 4 of 2019 and Alvin Kamara in Week 16 of 2020). By scoring 49.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week (182 rushing yards, 3 rushing TDs, 6 receptions, 55 receiving yards), Henry eclipsed his personal best 49.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance from Week 6 of 2020. His third and final rushing TD of the day tied the Titans-Seahawks at 30-30 with just 29 seconds left in regulation time and was worth 6.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It put Henry ahead of Cardinals QB Kyler Murray who scored 45.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week. This was Murray’s second consecutive runner-up performance of the 2021 season.

Week 2 Points: 49.7

2021 Salary: $12,500,000

Cost per Point: $251,509

Congratulations Derrick on winning your third overall Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor. One more and you’ll be tied with Patrick Mahomes for the most in Dynasty Owner history!

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 second Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 season is: Tony Pollard

Two weeks and two RB wins for Value Player of the Week. In contrast to the Player of the Week award, there were fifteen times that a RB won this award in the first two seasons of Dynasty Owner and ten different RBs have been the Value of the Week. Ty’Son Williams made it sixteen RB wins and eleven different RB winners in Week 1 and Tony Pollard adds another name to the list with his first honor. However, this is not the highest scoring game of Pollard’s career as he scored 31.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 15 of last year. However, he was edged out for the Value of the Week award by Zach Pascal who scored slightly fewer points (27.9), but was earning only $660,000 and thus, was more valuable. That game was with Ezekiel Elliott out of the Cowboys lineup due to injury. This week, Elliott was healthy, but Pollard played better than Elliott and was the clear winner of the Value Player of the Week award with 26.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (109 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 3 receptions, 31 receiving yards, 71 return yards) in the Cowboys’ 20-17 victory over the Chargers.

Week 2 Points: 26.8

2021 Salary: $796,945

Cost per Point: $29,737

Congratulations Tony on your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor. Don’t be surprised if he wins another since he has two seasons left at his current salary.

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 2. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Derrick Henry or Kyler Murray because barring injury or bye week, both of them should always be in your Starting lineup. Instead, these are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 2 when they should have been.

QB: Daniel Jones (NYG) – 33.9 points

After Week 1, Daniel Jones was a pretty solid Bench option for your Dynasty Owner team. He was drafted in the eighth or ninth round on average (ADP 100.9) in 2021 Dynasty Owner start-up drafts and finished the first week as QB16 with 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Jones improved upon his Week 1 performance in Week 2 as he scored 33.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (249 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 95 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD) in the Giants’ last second 30-29 loss to the Washington Football Team. That was good enough to be the QB5 in Dynasty Owner for Week 2 and someone who definitely should have been in your Starting lineup.

RB: Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL) – 23.6 points

Remember during the off-season and training camp when everybody playing fantasy football was wondering who was going to play RB for the Atlanta Falcons this season? Both of the team’s leading rushers from last year (Todd Gurley and Brian Hill) were free agents. The Falcons declined to sign either one when free agency opened. After a few days, they signed Mike Davis who filled in so well for Christian McCaffrey in Carolina in 2020. In mid-April, they released Ito Smith who was their third leading rusher last season. Everybody thought that they’d take a RB in the NFL draft, but they didn’t. They signed undrafted rookie free agents Javian Hawkins and Caleb Huntley and lots of people drafted those guys in leagues far and wide because they thought one of them would end up as Davis’ backup. Hawkins was the early favorite with an ADP of 30.3 in Dynasty Owner rookie drafts and 205.0 overall ADP. It was quite the shock when he got released after the Falcons’ second pre-season game. So, people started gravitating towards Caleb Huntley and D’Onta Foreman, but alas both of them got released during training camp as well. Qadree Ollison was still on the roster, so Dynasty Owners started drafting him (ADP 217.8) but then he was released. Finally, at the end of training camp, they signed Wayne Gallman who had been released by San Francisco and played pretty well and was RB34 in Dynasty Owner for the New York Giants in 2020. All along, nobody suspected that the answer might be Cordarrelle Patterson, the guy they signed back in mid-April when they released Ito Smith. Maybe people will now after his 23.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (11 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 5 receptions, 58 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 27 return yards). He was right there under everyone’s noses since mid-April and hardly anyone believed that it would be him. Congrats to those of you who did and drafted him (ADP 233.7) in Dynasty Owner start-up drafts or held on to him from last season. He’s still available in almost one-third (30.8%) of Dynasty Owner leagues and only costs $3 million in salary cap.

WR: Rondale Moore (ARI) – 24.4 points

Two weeks and two Arizona Cardinals WR in this spot without D’Andre Hopkins getting injured. Last week, it was Christian Kirk with 24.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and this week, it’s Rondale Moore who outscored him by just a bit with 24.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 114 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 40 return yards, 1 fumble). While Kirk had the flashier performance in Week 1 with two TDs, Moore had more yards (114 yards vs. 70 for Kirk in Week 1) and receptions (7 vs. 5 for Kirk in Week 1), which were actually worth more Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6.4) than the additional TD (6.0). Moore also earned an extra point for having 40 return yards. He appears to be the top return man for the Cardinals which will help your Dynasty Owner team if you have him on your roster since Dynasty Owners get 1 point per every 40 return yards. The competition for the WR2 spot in Arizona is fierce after two weeks and both Moore and Kirk look worthy of consideration for being in your Starting lineup after their play in the first two weeks of the season.

Honorable mention to Henry Ruggs who had 23.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 113 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 2 rushing yards, 22 return yards) in the Raiders’ Week 2 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. After two weeks, Ruggs is the leading WR for Las Vegas with a total of 30.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, which trails only TE Darren Waller who has scored 38.0 points. Similar to the WR who earned an honorable mention last week (Sterling Shepard), hopefully Dynasty Owners who believed in Ruggs and his role in the Raiders’ offense had him in their Starting lineup this week and benefitted from his production.

TE: Maxx Williams (ARI) – 16.4 points

While Rondale Moore led the Cardinals in targets and receiving yards in Week 2, he was tied for the lead in receptions with TE Maxx Williams. Both of them had seven receptions with Williams being targeted seven times for 94 yards compared with eight targets for 114 yards for Moore. Williams scored 16.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions for 94 receiving yards) and nearly as many receptions and yards as he did in 2020 when he played in six games (8 receptions for 102 receiving yards). This week, the seven year veteran set new career records for receptions and receiving yards in a single game, so if you had him on your Dynasty Owner roster (only 1.2% rostered) and then in your Starting lineup this week, I applaud you for your foresight. He could be a deep TE stash, but his $3.5 million salary might prevent some Dynasty Owners from picking him up and scare others away who want to see another solid week before investing in him.

Honorable mention to another expensive (2 years/$7.1 million) and little rostered (5.9%) TE. It’s Jack Doyle who scored 13.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 64 receiving yards, 1 2-pt. conversion) this week for Indianapolis. Doyle had 5.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 and appears to be the top TE for the Colts with 12 targets through two games. The only other Colts TE with any targets through two games is Mo Alie-Cox who has four and just 2.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 18 yards). Doyle is expensive, so it’s doubtful that too many Dynasty Owners are going to run out and pick him up, especially since his contract has two years left on it. If you happen to have him on your Dynasty Owner roster, this was the week to have him in your Starting lineup.

K: Graham Gano (NYG) – 20.0 points

Gano is only rostered in an absurdly low 27.2% of Dynasty Owner leagues because the 34-year old veteran kicker has a 3 year, $14 million contract ($4.67 million per season). That makes him the second highest paid kicker in Dynasty Owner behind Justin Tucker at $5 million. However, Tucker was the #3 kicker in Dynasty Owner in 2020 with 129.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, while Gano was ranked #13 with 112.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Not only is he expensive but Gano was coming off a Week 1 performance of just 1.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point (1 PAT). Not too many people had the Giants scoring 29 points against the Football Team and Gano with a 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (5 FGs of 23, 35, 47, 52 and 55 yards plus 2 PATs). That’s the most points by a kicker this season and puts Gano in a tie for third place overall with 21.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points behind only Daniel Carlson of the Raiders (29.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Dustin Hopkins of the Football Team (25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Worth monitoring if you need a kicker and have salary cap room. Gano might also possibly be worth starting in Week 3 if you have him already on your roster.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one highly drafted or highly ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored few or no Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, so they should have spent Week 2 riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Dak Prescott (DAL) – 7.8 points

After throwing 58 passes in Week 1 and scoring 39.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Dak Prescott owners were likely very excited to have him on their roster with visions of how he played in 2020 before getting injured (36.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game). The Cowboys-Chargers Week 2 game was anticipated to be high scoring as well, likely fueling even more optimism for Prescott. All of that came crashing down in Week 2 as Prescott only threw for 237 yards with an interception and fumble for a lowly 7.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It’s true that there were other QBs with fewer points this week (Zach Wilson with 0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, but were you really starting him against Bill Belichick’s defense and Tua Tagavailoa who had 0.6 points but was injured early in the Dolphins game against Buffalo). Regardless, Prescott should have been on your Bench in Week 2.

A dishonorable mention for Jameis Winston of the New Orleans Saints who fell flat in his second start of the season with just 7.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (111 passing yards, 19 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 2 INTs). More troubling for Winston and his Dynasty Owners may be that he only threw 22 passes in Week 2 just one week after throwing 20 passes. A low volume passing offense isn’t what anybody wants their starting Dynasty Owner QB to lead, even if he only costs $5.5 million in salary like Winston does. After Week 1, plenty of Dynasty Owners with Winston on their roster likely inserted him into their Starting lineup for Week 2 when they shouldn’t have done so.

RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC) – 1.6 points

With the exception of Saquon Barkley, no early round Dynasty Owner draft pick has been more disappointing than Clyde Edwards-Helaire. His ADP in 2020 was 18.3 and he finished as RB21. He even went with the overall #1 pick in at one of my leagues in 2020. Getting a low end RB2 with a first or second round pick isn’t what Dynasty Owners counted on when drafting Edwards-Helaire. Despite this poor performance in 2020, Dynasty Owners still drafted him early in 2021 start-up leagues as his ADP was only slightly higher at 19.9. Nobody drafted in the first two rounds on average has gotten fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points over the first two weeks than Edwards-Helaire. He followed up his pedestrian 10.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 1 with a complete dud of just 1.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2 (46 rushing yards and 1 lost fumble). The turnover was crucial in the Chiefs’ 36-35 loss to the Baltimore Ravens as it came late in the fourth quarter. He’s probably not in too much danger of losing his spot as the top RB in Kansas City as he’s accounted for 27 out of the 41 rushing attempts by the Chiefs in the first two games (Darrel Williams has the second most among RBs with four). However, Dynasty Owners should consider putting Edwards-Helaire on the Bench this week and should have had him there in Week 2.

WR: Antonio Brown (TB) – 2.7 points

I thought about awarding this to Brandon Aiyuk again as he only scored 1.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 2, but after what happened in Week 1, Dynasty Owners shouldn’t have been counting on him to perform well enough to be in their Starting lineup. Instead, the dishonor goes to Antonio Brown who followed up his stellar Week 1 performance of 23.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points with a 2.7 point performance (1 reception for 17 yards) in Week 2. Brown was the odd man out for the Buccaneers this week, just as Mike Evans was in Week 1. With four high-quality pass catchers (Evans, Brown, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski) to get the ball to on offense, the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady can’t feed everyone enough targets on a weekly basis to make them worthy of being in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup. Weeks like this are going to happen to somebody on Tampa Bay and this just happened to be the week Dynasty Owners should have left Brown on the Bench.

TE: Tyler Higbee (LAR) – 1.8 points

Dynasty Owners who are spending $7.25 million to have Tyler Higbee on their roster are expecting better than 1.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 reception for 8 yards). At least he had 11.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 and no other TE for the Rams has even been targeted with a pass over the first two weeks of the season. Matthew Stafford has only targeted six players with throws in 55 pass attempts, so at least Higbee appears to be one of the few options for Stafford’s passes. It just wasn’t Higbee’s week as Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods did most of the receiving work in Week 2 (14 receptions for 227 yards). Higbee should have been on your Dynasty Owner Bench.

K: Jason Sanders (MIA) – 0.0 points

Through no fault of his own, this dishonor goes to Jason Sanders of the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins only produced 216 yards of total offense and turned the ball over three times. Despite reaching the red zone three times, Sanders didn’t attempt a field goal and the Dolphins didn’t score any TDs so he couldn’t kick any extra points. Sanders did kick off to start the second half, but that was his only appearance. Dynasty Owners with Sanders on their roster likely had him in their Starting lineup because he was the top kicker in Dynasty Owner in 2020 with 153.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9.6 points per game) and scored 10.0 or more points in nine games. They weren’t expecting Sanders to not attempt a kick, otherwise they would have put him on their Bench, or better yet, their Practice Squad for the week.

Dishonorable mention to Jacksonville kicker Josh Lambo for his -3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance in Week 2. His 1.0 point performance in Week 1 combined with his 248.7 ADP means if you have Lambo on your Dynasty Owner roster (45.6% rostered), he probably is your Bench kicker. However, if you got excited because he was kicking in the thin air in Denver and put him in your Starting lineup, he rewarded your faith by missing FGs of 48 and 52 yards (worth -2.0 points each). He did nail his only PAT attempt though. That’s pretty terrible for a kicker making $3.875 million for two more years.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – SKOL Vikings vs. Scubon1c Plagu3

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With Top 25 Chase for the Ring pedigree, both teams performed well in Week 2, but were under their projections of 177.8 for SKOL Vikings and 169.6 for Scubon1c Plagu3. SKOL Vikings missed theirs by more which caused them to lose by just 2.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (154.6 to 151.7). It came down to Monday Night Football as both teams had players in their Starting lineup with the Scubon1c Plagu3 duo of D’Andre Swift and T.J. Hockenson scoring a combined 32.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to overtake SKOL Vikings who got 20.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from Davante Adams. Kyler Murray led Scubon1c Plagu3 with 45.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points and Terry McLaurin had 27.7 points. Six players in the SKOL Vikings Starting lineup scored double-digit points, including QB Justin Herbert who had 19.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. However, SKOL Vikings started Herbert over the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady who had 41.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Starting Brady over Herbert would have given SKOL Vikings the victory and sole possession of first place in League #31927. That spot belongs to the 2-0 Scubon1c Plagu3, despite the fact that SKOL Vikings has scored 0.1 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points through two weeks of play. These two teams will face off in Week 13 of the regular season and probably again in the playoffs, so this may not be the last time they will appear as the Match-up of the Week.

Even those both teams had a lot of points this week, they both slipped out of the Top 25 in the Chase for the Ring with SKOL Vikings now in 28th place and Scubon1c Plagu3 in 29th place. Don’t be surprised to see both teams back in the Top 25 at some point in the season and maybe appearing on the Thursday podcast with Tim and Seth.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

We know that neither SKOL Vikings or Scubon1c Plagu3 are in the Chase standings, but who exactly is in the Top 10 now. How much turnover was there from Week 1 to Week 2?

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Your new Chase for the Ring leader is Crow Valley Corvids from League #34654 with 402.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. They were in ninth place after the first week and are one of only two teams to appear in the Top 10 in both weeks. My Corona moved down one spot from fourth place to fifth place. The rest of the Top 10 are all new this week – talk about turnover!

The second place team in Week 1 (Juan Blanco in League #71012) is still in the Top 25, but now resides in 21st place overall. Neezy453, our Week 1 leader, has fallen out of the Top 25 and is now in 76th place overall. At least they won their Week 2 game and are still in first place in League #53939. That’s how quickly the Chase for the Ring standings can change in just one week. If your Dynasty Owner team has a good Week 3 performance, maybe you’ll be in the Top 10 or Top 25 next week.

Conclusions

It’s two games down and 15 games to go for the NFL season, but only a dozen regular season games left for Dynasty Owners. If your Dynasty Owner team isn’t close to cracking the Chase for the Ring standings and started off 0-2 in your league, hopefully it’s because of bad luck and you still think you have a chance to make the playoffs. With only two weeks completed, there’s plenty of time to turnover your roster and pick up some wins, starting in Week 3. If it’s not your year, it’s probably time to go back and read the off-season rebuilding articles by Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl)

Other Dynasty Owners could be sitting pretty in first place in their league and maybe thinking about contending for the Chase for the Ring. Is that your team? How are you going to turnover your roster in that scenario? Are you going to make moves in the Free Agent Auction or are you targeting some guys in trades to help make your run?

If you need help in any scenario, Dynasty Owner has plenty of great content coming out this week to assist you and maybe help you win your League Championship and the Chase for the Ring. Later today (Tuesday), Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl) is back with an article and video to help you figure out what players you need to target in the Free Agent Auction. Matt Morrison – The Jerk has an article and video dropping on Wednesday, then his Thursday Night Football preview on Thursday afternoon. Finally on Friday, I’m back with an article and video that will preview the Week 3 slate of games. I’ll also have another Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week and see how my Week 2 recommendations fared.

Please read all of our articles, watch our videos on YouTube or listen to them wherever you get your podcasts. Don’t forget follow all three of us plus Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well. Thanks, and have a great day!

Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

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Monday Night Football Preview: Week 2

Lions vs Packers

By: Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl)

As Week 2 starts to wind down I am sitting here watching the fantastic Chiefs vs Ravens game while having a drink and soaking it all in. Week 2 was beyond wild, and I can only imagine more of the same is in store for Monday Night Football. Lamar Jackson flips into the end zone for a go-ahead TD just after typing that last sentence.

In last week’s Monday Night Football game, I pegged Lamar Jackson as the Value of the Game, and it turns out I was too optimistic about him as he only put up 19.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points when I pegged him for 34.9 points. While I did come close on a lot of Jackson’s stat line, I was expecting him to do quite a bit more in the redzone and had him accounting for 2 TDs instead of just one. He also missed gaining 100 yards by a little bit (14 yards) and missed the 100 yards rushing bonus. He also had three fumbles (2 lost) that I didn’t factor in. Ty’Son Williams was the ultimate value in last week’s game finishing with 18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on a salary of only $660,000.

What to Watch For

I am pretty sure everyone can guess what I am watching for in tonight’s game because you are likely watching for the same thing. In Week 1, last year’s MVP Aaron Rodgers looked like he did not want to be playing football for the Green Bay Packers anymore. Rodgers showed terrible body language all day last Sunday and there is no way his teammates did not take notice. Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks to ever pick up a ball and if there is anyone I feel can turn on the proverbial switch as we say, it is Rodgers. I am more curious to see how his teammates respond to his poor play and body language come Monday night. Aaron Rodgers was so bad in Week 1 he had only 0.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.

In Week 2, Aaron Rodgers and company get a friendly matchup with the Detroit Lions defense which has to be a welcoming site for the Green and Yellow. If the Packers struggle tonight against the Lions, there will be plenty of questions to answer in Green Bay, Wisconsin come Tuesday morning. The Lions come to town after an exciting Week one game with the 49ers which ultimately led to a loss for the team from Mo-Town. From a Lions perspective I am looking to see if they can be competitive for an entire game or if they are going to be a team who has a few scoring outbursts throughout this season. The last couple things I am looking at for the Lions is to see how their running back room continues to play out as far as a split between Jamal Williams and D’Andre Swift. Finally, I am excited to see how this young Lions receiving room will play with Tyrell Williams ruled out for the contest.

Jay’s Monday Night Prediction

I like the Green Bay Packers in tonight’s game and think the final score will be:

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Over/Under Projections

Lions

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Jared GoffQB$33,500,00020.5Over
D’Andre SwiftRB$2,134,72816.6Over
Jamaal WilliamsRB$3,000,0009.1Over
Quintez CephusWR$899,8228.3Over
Amon-Ra St. BrownWR$1,066,3138.0Under
T.J. HockensonTE$4,955,30614.0Over

Packers

PlayerPositionSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Aaron RodgersQB$33,500,00032.2Over
Aaron JonesRB$12,000,00019.6Over
A.J. DillonRB$1,321,4588.7Under
Davante AdamsWR$14,500,00022.4Over
Marquez Valdes-ScantlingWR$669,38810.2Over
Robert TonyanTE$3,384,00011.1Under

I am expecting this to be a revenge game of sorts for Aaron Rodgers and the only reason he is getting revenge on the Lions is because that’s who is on the schedule after a horrible game last week. If Rodgers comes out and looks the way he did last week against the Saints, we may end up seeing Jordan Love at quarterback for the foreseeable future for the Packers. A bad game is one thing but last Sunday seemed to be more than that in my opinion. The Lions showed they will not quit under coach Dan Campbell last week against the 49ers and expect more of the same fight out of them this week, though I don’t think the final score will be all that close. I see the Lions as a team who gets beat up early in games but also a team who will fight hard enough to get back into games when teams take their foot off the gas pedal. The Packers will not be one of those teams after last week as they have something to prove. Look for a big-time bounce back for the Packers Big Three – Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, and Davante Adams.

Jay’s Dynasty Owner Games of the Week

Each week I will pick two games that are close in score and will likely be decided during Monday Night Football. If you happen to find yourself in this situation on Sunday night, please get ahold of me on Twitter (@jaypoundsnfl) and I will gladly feature your game here.

Game 1 – League #27446

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Fields of Dreams (Austin Seibert on Bench left to play) – Clinging to an 8.3-point lead heading into Monday night, Fields of Dreams has only Lions’ kicker Austin Siebert left to play on their Bench, meaning they will only get 25% of whatever Seibert scores. Fields of Dreams has a slim chance to win this week, but sometimes that is all you need in fantasy. Fields of Dreams pulls out the victory by a point or two.

SKOL Vikings (Robert Tonyan as a Starter left to play) – Ironically it comes down to a Packers player for the Vikings manager to win the game on a Monday Night comeback. SKOL has the Packers TE Robert Tonyan left to play for their team, and I don’t expect them to be happy about the Packers player who they secretly cheer for after Tonyan fails to hit his projected total leaving SKOL Vikings on the wrong end of things…. Just like my Steelers against Derek Carr and SKOL’s Vikings against the Cardinals.

Game 2 – League #31625

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Bloated Sack of Protoplasm (D’Andre Swift as a Starter and Austin Siebert on Bench left to play) – Ultimately this loss for Bloated will fall on Jameis Winston, who only scored them 7.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, and the Saints offense who looked every bit as inept as the Packers did in Week 1. Bloated has a great shot to pull out the win on Monday night with D’Andre Swift yet to play. After the games we saw Aaron Rodgers and Swift have in Week 1, it will not surprise me if I end up wrong on this prediction.  Bloated ends up losing as Rodgers balls out on the Lions defense.

Joeybertino (Aaron Rodgers as a Starter left to play) – As I said earlier, I think this is a revenge game of sorts for Rodgers and I feel Joeybertino will end up happy as Rodgers rights his wrongs against a bad Lions defense. I will offer up a little insider advice on this one for our user Joeybertino. If Rodgers has another terrible week, use your Amnesty Provision and pick up either Derek Carr or Ryan Tannehill (they are free agents in your League, I looked) to attempt to save your season after an 0-2 start on the back of the 2020 NFL MVP.

Value of the Game

Finally, we have our weekly Jay’s Value of the Game, brought to you by Dynasty Owner. Yea that was supposed to sound like a sponsor. In this week’s contest I have my Value of the Game as the man with two last names – Marquez Valdes-Scantling. MVS comes in at a salary south of $700,000 meaning if he has a couple catches and finds the end zone he is going to be tough to compete with in terms of Dynasty Dollars per point value. I am looking for MVS to have a much better day than a few short catches and a touchdown as I have him grabbing 3 short catches and a bomb for a touchdown leaving him with the stat line below.

Winner – Marquez Valdes Scantling

Jay’s Projected Stat LineReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Marquez Valdes-Scantling4120122.0

I also considered Swift and Cephus as my Value of the Game but the upside and cheap salary of MVS was too much to pass up.

Be sure to check out my Free Agent Auction article and video that will be released on Tuesday afternoon before Free Agent Auction bids are processed on Wednesday at 5 AM. Don’t forget about Steve Van Tassell’s weekly Tuesday recap article and Friday preview article and video, as well as Matt “The Jerk” Morrison’s Wednesday article and video plus his Thursday Night Football preview article. Don’t forget to check out Dynasty Owner on YouTube!

I hope everyone had a great Week 2! Thank you for reading and good luck on your 2021 Chase for the Ring!

Week 2 Preview – Cliffhangers

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

Week 2 got off to an exciting start last night with another game-winning field goal to end the Thursday night game. This time, it was by Dustin Hopkins (who gets an extra 3 clutch points for his Dynasty Owners with that kick). His 43 yard FG with no time remaining in regulation gave the Washington Football Team a 30-29 victory over the New York Giants. Two weeks and two game-winning FGs on Thursday night plus the wild ending to Monday Night Football. Quite the start to the 2021 season!

I doubt that anyone could have predicted those cliffhanger results and that our Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week for Week 1 would come down to a clutch FG in the fourth quarter of the Monday Night Football game. That’s what makes the NFL and fantasy football so much fun (at least if your team wins). Unlike those games, I won’t make you wait until the end of this article to find out how my recommendations fared and who I’m recommending this week.

Thanks for reading my weekly preview article. Every week of the 14-game Dynasty Owner regular season and three-game playoffs, I’ll present a player at each position (QB, RB, WR, TE) who you should have as a Starter in your Dynasty Owner lineup. After that, I’ll name one player per position who should be on your Bench or Practice Squad. These won’t be the obvious choices for Starters either. No recommendations to go ahead and start Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Davante Adams, and Travis Kelce. Highly drafted players who may have had a bad Week 1 as a Starter likely won’t be mentioned either. Nope, I’m going to recommend you Start players who were drafted to be on your Bench or Practice Squad. For the Bench recommendations, I’ll suggest players drafted to be Starters or who had a great Week 1 performance, but who shouldn’t be in there for this week based on matchups, past performance against a team or something else.

Finally, I will look at one Dynasty Owner game, our Match-up of the Week. This week’s matchup was mentioned in the chat during the Thursday Dynasty Owner podcast with Tim and Seth and I was immediately intrigued because it has two teams in the Top 25 of the Chase for the Ring after Week 1. If you didn’t see Tim and Seth live, you can check it out on the Dynasty Owner YouTube anytime.

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

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of September 17th.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

The first thing in the preview article every week will be to take a quick look at how my recommendations from the previous week fared (Good, Bad or Just Ok). I went out on a cliff and predicted good performances by these four guys, so let’s see how I did. My Week 1 recommendations were as follows:

QB: Matthew Stafford – 34.5 (Good recommendation)

RB: Phillip Lindsay – 8.5 (Bad recommendation)

WR: Sammy Watkins – 13.6 (Just Ok recommendation)

TE: Anthony Firkser – 4.9 (Bad recommendation)

A slightly below average Week 1 with only one Good recommendation and one Just Ok plus two Bad recommendations. This is still better than my 2020 recommendation average, so I’ll take it. While 34.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points is a lot, it was only good enough to make Stafford the QB10, however the difference between QB10 and QB13 (the top Bench QB) was 7.4 points, so Stafford definitely should have been a Starter. Sammy Watkins was Just Ok because he was WR40 and would have been fine to have in your FLEX spot since the WR24 (Jaylen Waddle) only had 2.5 more Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Phillip Lindsay was well outside of the Top 24 RBs and Anthony Firkser shouldn’t have even been on your Bench with his 4.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy point output in Week 1. Both of those recommendations were bad. Let’s try to improve on this performance in Week 2 with these recommendations:

Ben Roethlisberger (QB – PIT): Big Ben and the Steelers had a tough matchup in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills. As a team, it was great as they defeated Buffalo on the road, but for Big Ben, it was a pretty average performance as he scored only 14.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (188 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 5 rushing yards, 1 fumble). However, the Steelers are back at Heinz Field this week and Big Ben was better at home than on the road in 2020. He averaged 26.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per home game versus only 21.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per road game last year. The Raiders defense has to face the Steelers under a less than ideal situation. They had an overtime Monday Night Football game in Las Vegas and have to travel to the East Coast to play a Sunday 1 PM game. Not a great situation and they could be gassed before the game is over.  Big Ben will have a solid game for this (and other reasons) and be worthy of inclusion in your Starting lineup this week.

James Conner (RB – ARI): If you looked at just Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Chase Edmonds was the Arizona RB to have on your roster in Week 1 as he scored 14.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points compared to only 5.3 for James Conner. However, both players had 16 touches in the Cardinals’ Week 1 victory over Tennessee. That’s good news for everyone who has Conner on their Dynasty Owner roster as they generally picked up Conner three rounds after Edmonds was drafted (ADP 110.2 for Conner vs. 75.9 for Edmonds). Part of that is the $1 million difference in salary, but more is because people thought Edmonds was the starter and Conner was his backup. It was a 50-50 split in Week 1, sparking hope that Conner could be a solid producer for his Dynasty Owners. Conner had more rushing attempts than Edmonds (16 to 12) and the Cardinals get to face the Minnesota defense that allowed Joe Mixon of the Cincinnati Bengals to rush for 127 yards on 29 carries plus a TD in Week 1. The over/under of 50.5 points suggests a lot of scoring and yardage in this game. That combined with his Week 1 usage are positives for Conner so get him into your Starting lineup this week.

Jarvis Landry (WR – CLE): No Odell Beckham Jr. (OBJ) again this week for the Browns, so expect plenty of work for the team’s real WR1 – Jarvis Landry. Last week without OBJ in the Browns’ lineup, Landry had 19.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points versus Kansas City. The Browns face the Houston Texans this week, a team that allowed Jacksonville to throw for 332 yards in Week 1. Beyond recommending that Dynasty Owners who have Landry rostered (52.7% of Dynasty Owner leagues), I’m also recommending if Jarvis Landry is available in your league, and you have OBJ on your Dynasty Owner roster (76.9% of Dynasty Owner leagues) you should use your Amnesty Provision (only $5 million Dynasty Dollars) to drop OBJ to pick up Landry. You’ll get a better and more durable player (Landry has missed only one game in seven full NFL seasons) plus save $2.9 million in salary cap room. OBJ’s salary is $18 million per year for three more years, while Landry will cost $15.1 million for two more years. When both of them were in the lineup, OBJ was slightly better in 2020 (14.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Beckham versus 11.9 points for Landry), but OBJ is out again this week and Landry averaged 13.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game in the nine games that he played in 2020 with OBJ out. I don’t have the percentage of Dynasty Owners who started Landry in Week 1, but on CBS Sports, Landry was rostered in 83% of leagues in Week 1, but only started in 18%. For Week 2, he’s starting in 55% which is still far too low. Same on Sleeper as he was rostered in 88% of leagues but only started in 42% last week. If you are spending $15.1 million to have Landry on your roster, you need to get him in your Starting lineup this week.

Jared Cook (TE – LAC): Cook was targeted eight times by Chargers’ QB Justin Herbert in Week 1. That puts him in a tie for third in TE targets behind only Darren Waller and T.J. Hockenson. One of the players he is tied with is Rob Gronkowski who was targeted eight times and scored 29.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (8 receptions, 90 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs) for Tampa Bay against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1. The Chargers’ opponent this week is the Dallas Cowboys. I’m not saying Cook will have two TDs and 29.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, but I think he can improve on the 10.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions for 56 yards) that he had in Week 1. That put him into a tie for TE13 with David Njoku and since Cook was the 22nd TE off the board on average (ADP 182.8) in Dynasty Owner start-up drafts, I’m thinking most of his Dynasty Owners still consider him a Bench guy. Not against the Dallas Cowboys defense in a game that’s projected to be the highest scoring game of the week. Cook should be in your Starting lineup this week.

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

Now it’s the time to look at how my Bench recommendations from Week 1 worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). In 2019, my Starter and Bench recommendations were about as likely to be Good as Bad, while in 2020, my Bench recommendations were much better than my Starting ones, but not as good as in 2019. How did the guys I bet against and say you should have on your Bench fare in Week 1?

QB: Justin Herbert – 17.7 (Good recommendation)

RB: Saquon Barkley – 3.7 (Good recommendation)

WR: Allen Robinson – 9.5 (Good recommendation)

TE: Mike Gesicki – 0.0 (Good recommendation)

To quote Larry David, “pretty, pretty, pretty good”. Actually, pretty outstanding as most of these guys should have been on your Practice Squad last week, especially Gesicki who put up a Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Saquon Barkley who was the RB54. Herbert was QB25 so he could have been ok as your Bench QB, but not as your Starter, and Robinson was WR62, so he was about the same as Herbert.

This was my first week with four Good Bench recommendations since Week 12 of 2019 when I said to Bench Aaron Rodgers, Josh Jacobs, Amari Cooper and Gerald Everett. All of those guys are still active, maybe I should use them this week? Probably not, but let’s see who the recommended Bench players are for Week 2.

Jameis Winston (QB – NO): There is no reason for any Dynasty Owners to believe that Jameis Winston will throw five TDs on just 20 passing attempts again this week. I would also bet that it’ll never happen again in his NFL career. While Winston did just that in Week 1 and scored his Dynasty Owners 41.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points, it’s just not in Winston’s DNA. You know what is in his DNA, average performances against the Carolina Panthers. In nine career games against Carolina, Winston is averaging only 274.1 passing yards and 1 passing TD (along with 1.56 INTs) per game. If we round down to 1 INT this week, those averages translate into only 16.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. The Carolina defense, regardless of who was playing for it, seemed to have Winston’s number when he was on Tampa Bay as he hasn’t thrown more than 2 TDs against the Panthers in his career and only thrown two TD twice (the same number of times that he has thrown zero TDs against them). Don’t bet on New Orleans Jameis reversing those trends started by Tampa Bay Jameis and Bench him this week.

Josh Jacobs (RB – LV): After the introduction to this section, you probably weren’t expecting Jacobs to be here, but he is. It’s not just because of Week 12 in 2019 because I also recommended having Jacobs on the Bench two other times then and was incorrect both times. It’s the fact that twelve non-QBs had two TDs in Week 1 and the player with the fewest Dynasty Owner fantasy points out of those players was Jacobs (17.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Take away the two TDs and he’s at 5.0 points for the week. In addition, he had the same number of touches (11) as Kenyan Drake and missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday. If he doesn’t play on Sunday, then he’s obviously not in your Starting lineup or on your Bench, but what if he’s questionable again like last week?  The Steelers defense held Devin Singletary to 9.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 (72 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 8 receiving yards, 2 fumbles) and it seems likely that Jacobs will put up similar numbers this week. Scoring less than 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points would definitely make him a Bench RB option. That’s my prediction for Jacobs so make sure he’s there.

Corey Davis (WR – NYJ): Davis’ inclusion on this list is not his fault. Blame the fact that Bill Belichick defenses always seem to give rookie QBs fits in their first start. The Jets QB this week will be rookie Zach Wilson. After scoring 26.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (5 receptions, 97 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs) in Week 1, Dynasty Owners with Davis on their roster are likely putting him in as a Starter, but because of Wilson, they should really have him on the Bench. In 2020, the Patriots faced two rookie QBs (Justin Herbert and Tua Tagavailoa) and in those games, Herbert had 209 passing yards and Tua had only 145 passing yards. The leading WR for each team in those games scored less than 11.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9.8 for Keenan Allen and 10.6 points for Lynn Bowden). Davis is also probably the Jets best offensive weapon right now and Belichick focuses on stopping that player from the opposition team every week. Play it safe with Davis and leave him on your Bench.

Kyle Pitts (TE – ATL): Dynasty Owners didn’t draft Pitts as the second TE off the board (ADP 31.5) ahead of even Darren Waller (ADP 31.7) to have him on the Bench. Pitts was fine in Week 1 with 7.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (4 receptions for 31 yards) and a team leading eight targets (tied with Calvin Ridley).  None of the WRs other than Ridley had a target in Week 1, and you have to think Falcons Coach Arthur Smith will try to rectify that in Week 2 against Tampa  Bay. The Cowboys targeted their WRs 42 times in Week 1 against Tampa Bay and only threw 9 passes to TEs. The Falcons are extremely unlikely to target Ridley, Gage and Olamide Zaccheaus that much. However, if they try to get the ball more to Gage and Zaccheaus in Week 2 than they did in Week 1, the likely players to get reduced targets are probably the Falcons TEs. Will Pitts be a great TE in the long run? Much more likely than not. Should you have him in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup this week? No – put him on your Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – SKOL Vikings vs. Scubon1c Plagu3

It’s time for the second Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week for the 2021 season. Week 1 is always easy as we profile the previous year Chase for the Ring winner, but who to highlight in Week 2 is more challenging. A rivalry game would be nice as would a match-up featuring two teams in the Chase for the Ring. Fortunately, due to a comment during Thursday’s livestream, I found out about a match-up that fits the latter criteria.

In League #31927, the top two teams in the Standings are Scubon1c Plague3 and SKOL Vikings with 199.5 and 198.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points respectively. This places both teams in the Top 25 of the Chase for the Ring after Week 1 with Scubon1c Plague3 in 19th place and SKOL Vikings in 21st place. Imagine being in 21st place in the Chase and in 2nd place in your own league. That’s the situation that SKOL Vikings are in. Let’s see who’s favored in this Chase for the Ring battle.

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Fortunately for SKOL Vikings, they are favored to win by a score of 177.8 to 169.6. Both teams are supposed to score a lot of points this week, but only one of them is going to win. If they both score that many points, both teams will probably still be in the Top 50 of the Chase for the Ring and if they do as well as they did last week, both could even still be in the Top 25, even with one of them having a 1-1 record.

We got the Chase for the Ring part, but this is also a rivalry game. I looked closely at the Scubon1c Plague3 logo on Dynasty Owner and noticed that the people in the picture are wearing Green Bay Packers jerseys. Now it’s also Packers vs. Vikings for the top spot in League #31927.

The game might be another Match-up of the Week cliffhanger and come down to Monday Night Football. That’s what happened in Week 1 when Dan’s Dynasty upset Barbee Kilgore. Both Scubon1c Plague3 and SKOL Vikings have a player in their Starting lineup right now who plays on Monday night (D’Andre Swift for Scubon1c Plague3 and Davante Adams for SKOL Vikings), so we might have another close match-up that goes down to the wire. Check out the Tuesday recap article to see who won and if either team is still on the 2021 Chase for the Ring Leaderboard.

Conclusion

Please read my weekly preview article each and every week to see who should be in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup and who should be on your Bench. If you have one of the players mentioned, hopefully it will assist you with your lineup decisions. While some Dynasty Owners may heed my advice, others might disagree, or not have a better option for their Starting lineup and choose to ignore a Bench recommendation. Other Dynasty Owners may not need Starting lineup help as they have a stud player at a position who isn’t moving to the Bench unless he’s injured or on bye. Hopefully, your choices are solid, and your Dynasty Owner game isn’t a cliffhanger this week.

In addition to this weekly preview article, Dynasty Owner has plenty of other great content to help you win your League Championship and maybe the Chase for the Ring. Our in-season publication schedule is as follows. On Monday, Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl) will preview the Monday Night Football matchup from the Dynasty Owner perspective. Tuesday has a double shot of Dynasty Owner content with my Week 2 recap article and Jay’s Free Agent Auction targets article and video. Wednesdays is when Matt Morrison – The Jerk will dive into a topic of his choosing with an article and a video, while the next day, he’ll have an article previewing the Thursday Night Football game to start Week 3. Don’t forget about the Dynasty Owner livestream on Wednesday with myself and Tim Peffer as well as the free flowing fun that is Seth and Tim chatting together live on Thursdays at 1 PM. Set those timers so you don’t miss either one of those broadcasts.

Please read all of our articles, watch our videos on YouTube or listen to them wherever you get your podcasts. Don’t forget follow all three of the Dynasty Owner team of writers plus Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well. Thanks, and have a great day!

Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

Follow us on Twitter: @SteveVT33 and @Dynasty_Owner

Thursday Night Football: Week 2

Giants vs Football Team

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Hello all, and welcome to Week 2 of Thursday Night Football. We were graced with one of the best games of the week last Thursday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Dallas Cowboys. The deciding play was a game winning kick, which was a clutch score and worth an extra 3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for Ryan Succop under the Dynasty Owner scoring system. This week, we will have a more modest competition in my opinion. That game will be played by the New York Giants and Washington Football Team. Before I talk about this matchup, let me recap last week.

Value of the Game Recap

My Value of the Game for Week 1 was CeeDee Lamb. I projected that Lamb would have a stat line of 7 receptions, 87 yards, and one touchdown. That projection had him pegged for 21.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. As it turns out, Lamb exceeded my expectations, and he posted a sensational line of 7 receptions, 104 yards and one touchdown (plus 12 return yards). That equals 23.7 fantasy points. While this performance certainly should qualify him for a top Value of the Game, he was not the highest value to be found. The number one value went to Antonio Brown. Brown had the exact same number of Dynasty Owner fantasy points as Lamb (23.7), but his salary is roughly $500,000 less than Lamb. This makes him a better value and Week 1’s official “Value of the Game.”

What To Watch For

I am looking for two things while I watch this game tonight. First, I want to see how both teams respond after their Week 1 losses. The Football Team was a little closer to victory as they were winning up until the 4th quarter. I also want to see how Taylor Heinicke comes in and plays in his first 2021 start. Unfortunately, Ryan Fitzpatrick went down to a hip injury after completing only three passes on Sunday. He was ruled out rather quickly, and it was later announced that Fitz will miss at least three weeks after going on the injured reserve. This is obviously a very unfortunate circumstance for Fitz, but that brings a great opportunity for Heinicke.

Starters

Unlike last week, there are very few players who qualify as locked in Starters for the Thursday Night Game. These players include:

Saquon Barkley ($7,798,688)

Antonio Gibson ($1,233,159)

Kenny Golladay ($18,000,000)

Terry McLaurin ($961,918)

These are the only four that I would say need to be started under any circumstance. 

Bench Players

There are also a few players I wouldn’t mind having on my Bench tonight.  They are:

Daniel Jones ($6,416,014)

Taylor Heinicke ($2,375,000)

J.D. McKissic ($1,635,000)

Sterling Shepard ($10,250,000)

Logan Thomas ($3,072,500)

Sterling Shepard and Logan Thomas may have cracked your Starting lineup, and that’s okay. I would prefer not to start either, but I can understand if you are thin at either position and need the start. I can understand Thomas a little more than Shepard due to the fact that it isn’t easy to find a capable tight end these days.

Value Of The Game

As I stated in the opening of this article, CeeDee Lamb was my Value of the Game last week.  He did not disappoint as he put up 23.7 fantasy points despite a low salary of $3,502,503. 

Tonight, I will be taking Antonio Gibson as my “Value of the Game.” Gibson enters Week 2 with an injury designation (a shoulder injury). The expectation is that he will play, and he will have no limitations. Gibson looks to pick apart a Giants’ rush defense that gave up 165 rushing yards to the Broncos. Gibson had a lackluster Week 1 performance to the tune of 9.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Two fumbles (one being lost) certainly didn’t help matters. He will shoulder the majority of the running back workload tonight, and will be a Top 10 running back this week. Combine that with a salary of $1,233,159, and you have yourself a “Value of the Game.”  Here are my projected stats and Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFP) for Gibson in Week 2:

Week 2 ProjectionsRushing AttemptsRushing YardsReceptionsReceiving YardsTDsDOFP
Antonio Gibson1876456123.2

Thank you all.  Happy football watching, and I will see you next week.  Take care and be safe.

TheJerk

Don’t Tilt After One Week

By Matt Morrison (@dynastyjerk)

Good day Dynasty Owners and boy is it finally good to say, “football is back!”  We witnessed many great games this weekend including the opening game of the season, the Cowboys/Buccaneers game. I will break that game down further in my next Thursday Night Football preview article.

If you remember, one of the first articles I wrote last season was titled “Don’t Tilt After One Week”. Well, in keeping with the tradition, I’m going to be writing a similar two-part series over the next couple of weeks. I will discuss either players that I think overperformed or underperformed in the first couple of weeks, and why you shouldn’t overreact to this small sample size. I know it’s not easy. It’s human nature especially after we have built up so much hype throughout the off-season, but I’m here to tell you, “do not tilt after one week.” I will talk about one player from each team, and break all 32 teams into two separate articles. Let’s get into it…

Cardinals

It was an all-around productive game for the Cardinals. Three players (Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins, and Christian Kirk) had two or more touchdowns. However, I would advise that you don’t worry too much about the lack of production by the running backs. The volume was there for both backs. Chase Edmonds ($728,090) had 12 carries and James Conner ($1,750,000) had 16 carries, but the stout rush defense by the Titans only allowed 116 rushing yards between the two. There will be brighter days ahead for both backs, although it looks like the backfield will be close to a 50/50 split.

Falcons

When you look at the Falcons’ box score, it’s easy to see why there could be panic among Falcons’ Owners. There were poor performances across the board. Matt Ryan, Mike Davis, Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage, and Kyle Pitts all had below-average games. I am completely unconcerned with Davis, Ridley, and Pitts. Those three will be the focal point in the offense moving forward.  Ryan may leave a little more room for concern due to his age (36) and history of hot and cold streaks.

Ravens

Lamar Jackson had an uncharacteristically bad game against an average defense.  He had 235 passing yards, 12 rushes, 86 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, and 3 fumbles. The fumbles are by far the most disappointing part of his day. In Dynasty Owner, a fumble is minus 1 point and a lost fumble is worth an additional minus 2 points. In the end, Lamar finished with 19.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFP).

Bills

The Bills went up against one of the top defenses in the league so it’s no surprise that they didn’t have the greatest offensive performance. That being said, Josh Allen ($5,295,760) and Stefon Diggs ($14,400,000) still had decent games. It may not be what their Dynasty Owners wanted, but Allen went for 19.9 DOFP and Diggs went for 15.9 DOFP. Again, not the greatest, but they didn’t destroy your winning chances. I have zero concern for either player moving forward especially as they start to play division rivals. My level of concern is much higher for the Buffalo running backs.

Panthers

Most of the Panthers’ top weapons had a very healthy game. Christian McCaffrey was no exception. He posted a line of 21 carries, 98 rushing yards, 9 receptions, 89 receiving yards, and zero touchdowns. This was good for 27.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. For CMC, I’m going to make the opposite argument that I usually make in Don’t Tilt articles. I wouldn’t expect this type of performance out of McCaffrey every week.

Now, I understand what most of you are thinking. “CMC has done this for his whole career with this type of volume.” Yes, that is true, but that is kind of my point. I don’t know how much longer he can do it. I believe that he will continue to be one of the most (if not the most) productive running backs in the league, but I would not expect, nor would I want my franchise running back touching the ball 30 times a game for a 17 game season. Expect fantasy greatness, but don’t expect 30 touches every week.

Bears

The fact that Allen Robinson hauled in only 6 receptions in a blowout loss is somewhat disappointing.  He saw 11 targets, 6 receptions, 35 yards, and 9.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. This is nowhere near what you want from your WR1 that costs you $17,880,000 per year, but there is hope. The biggest hope I see coming is the idea that Justin Fields will probably be starting for the Bears sooner than later. Andy Dalton showed little willingness to move around the pocket or tuck the ball and run. This is exactly what was needed on Sunday Night against a top-tier Rams rushing defense. The fact that not one player tallied more than 45 receiving yards tells me everything I need to know moving forward. This was poor quarterback play against a strong defense. Look for a rebound game against the Bengals next week.

Bengals

Speaking of the Bengals, they had a sensational game on Sunday afternoon. The Bengals had zero turnovers and absolutely dominated the penalty yards against the Vikings. The Vikings had 12 penalties for 116 yards while the Bengals had only 3 penalties for 15 yards. That is a winning formula. It also seems like all the main guys had solid games. In terms of Dynasty Owner fantasy points, Joe Burrow had 25.2, Joe Mixon had 27.0, Ja’Marr Chase had 20.9 and Tee Higgins had 15.8. The one downside from a fantasy standpoint was Tyler Boyd. Boyd was poised to be the “safe” option among all the wide receivers for the Bengals this year. Well, he only saw 3 receptions for 32 yards. I think this is the way the season will go for the Bengals. It’s likely only two of these receivers will have above-average games each week, and it will not be easy to predict who it will be from week to week. I have my doubts that Burrow can support three top-end wide receivers in the way that Dak Prescott seems to be able to do. Regardless, continue to start Boyd.

Browns

It was a rough ending to a great game for the Browns, but I suppose that’s how it usually ends up when you play the Chiefs. The most disappointing fantasy performance was by Baker Mayfield. While the passing yards were there, the scoring certainly wasn’t. Baker totaled 321 passing yards and 1 interception which was good for 15.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. I labeled Baker as a perfect Bench quarterback coming into the 2021 season. He has a low salary ($8,170,745) and middle-of-the-road production. I suppose this performance fits the description. I anticipate more upside games out of Baker with more than the 28 pass attempts he had in Week 1.

Cowboys

I talked about the Cowboys game at length in my Thursday Night Football preview article. As far as I’m concerned, there was only one disappointment in that game, and it was Ezekiel Elliott. I’m sure many of you could guess I’d talk about Zeke. The truth is that Elliot was given only four first half carries. He posted a very disappointing 5.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He was not the focal point of the offense as Dak attempted 58 passes, which makes him currently the league leader. I wish I could say that I’m not concerned about Zeke, but I’m not fully convinced this year will be different than last year. However, I have hope for a few reasons.

First, Zeke should have Dak this whole season which will keep them in more competitive games and give him more scoring opportunities. Second, Dak will not be able to throw 58 times a game and expect to win the majority of the time. They will need to rely on the running game more and that revolves around Zeke. I know it’s not easy seeing a $15,000,000 running back take less than 6 points into Week 2, but please be patient.

Broncos

The most unfortunate part of the Broncos game is that they lost Jerry Jeudy to a high ankle sprain. The injury timeline has yet to be established, but he will be sidelined for a good chunk of the season. The overreaction advice here is not to give up on Jeudy. I feel this advice is important especially when we look at him from a Dynasty Owner perspective. Jeudy still has three years left on his contract that is worth $3,798,243 per year. Even if he misses half the season, I would still not trade him for less than what he’s worth. On the contrary, I would look to buy Jeudy for cheap if the price is right. I’d be offering a 2022 2nd round for him.

Lions

There were a lot of positives that came out of Detroit’s game against the 49ers despite them losing. Jared Goff, Jamaal Williams, D’Andre Swift, and T.J. Hockenson all had great games. I would say the most impressive performance was T.J. Hockenson with 8 receptions, 97 yards, and 1 touchdown. I’m really trying not to overreact in a positive direction on this one, but it’s hard. Hockenson looked great on Sunday, and he should continue to be the most targeted non running back on the team. We are witnessing the breakout we all waited two years to see. This is likely the year T.J. jumps very close to (if not in) the top tight end tier.

Packers

I am really struggling with the Packers because there was almost nothing positive to take away from their 38 – 3 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The highest scoring fantasy player for the Packers was Davante Adams. That isn’t surprising since he was projected to be the highest-scoring wide receiver in Dynasty Owner this year (347.7). Rather, it’s surprising that he led all Packers players with just 10.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. I don’t want to read too much into this game. The Saints’ defense is elite, and they showed that on Sunday afternoon. A nicely timed Lions’ matchup next week should right the ship for Green Bay.

Texans

The Texans nearly doubled up the Jaguars by beating them 37 – 21. I was most impressed with the workload that was given to Mark Ingram. He had 26 carries for 85 yards and a single touchdown. This was good for 14.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points.  His 3.3 yards per carry average may not turn any heads, but the sheer volume he received made up for it. That being said, I wouldn’t expect this same number of carries every week. I expect David Johnson and Philip Lindsay to become more involved as the season moves on. Plus, I expect a much more pass heavy approach as they start to play more competitive teams.

Colts

Parris Campbell was targeted only 3 times in Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks. What’s strange is that only 14 of Carson Wentz’ 38 pass attempts were targeted at wide receivers. This trend cannot continue if the Colts plan on winning many games. Expect Michael Pittman Jr. (5.9 DOFP) and Parris Campbell (3.4 DOFP) to rebound in the upcoming weeks, at least for the Colts’ sake.

Jaguars

Nothing frustrated me more during Week 1 than watching James Robinson have only 8 touches.  He finished with 7.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It’s worth stating that in the games Robinson played in 2020, he never had less than 9.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. I wish I could say that I’m not worried, but I am. I had Robinson in the FLEX position in one of my leagues, and I’ve already decided to bump him out for Antonio Brown next week. I haven’t given up on JRob, but I’m going to need to see Urban Meyer’s willingness to use him more before he’s back in my Starting lineup.

Chiefs

Wow!  I mean, what else can I say about the Chiefs? It really shouldn’t be surprising anymore.  This was a very typical Chiefs game. They put up video game type stats (Patrick Mahomes: 43.6 DOFP, Tyreek Hill: 37.1 DOFP, Travis Kelce: 25.6 DOFP) and won a close game. Clyde Edwards-Helaire may not have gotten as much use as some of us may have liked, but it was mostly game script issues. Nothing to tilt about here.

Well, that’s the first half of my “Don’t Tilt” series.  If you take only one thing from this article, let it be this point…

We have only witnessed one week. This is an incredibly small sample size compared to what we are about to witness for the rest of the season. I have never given up on a player solely because of one or two weeks. Bear through the weeks and trust your draft process and strategy. Give yourself at least four weeks before you start to make critical decisions about your team, especially in Dynasty Owner.

I thank you all for reading and for continuing to support Dynasty Owner. Look for my video that will give a little more personal touch to my content. Next week, I will be presenting about all of the teams I did not get to this week in my “Still Not Tilting” article. I’ll be back tomorrow with my Thursday Night Football preview article. Message me on Twitter (@dynastyjerk) and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I would appreciate it if you followed @Dynasty_Owner on Twitter as well as subscribed to Dynasty Owner on YouTube.

Thank you all.  Take care and be safe.

TheJerk

Free Agent Auction Targets – Week 2

By: Jay Pounds (@JayPoundsNFL)

Man is it crazy how fast Week 1 has come and gone after waiting so long for it to arrive. Week 1 brought a ton of excitement along with it and before we get into today’s article, I want to highlight a few things that stuck out to me. The first thing was the improvement of Jalen Hurts as a passer. Yes, I know it was against a bad Falcons’ defense, but he can only play who is scheduled, and he looked great doing just that. The Steelers came out and made a statement beating the Bills in Week 1 with my main takeaway being do not overreact to Josh Allen struggling. The Bengals beat what I expected to be a decent Vikings team, but I have bad news for the fans of purple and gold. It is going to be a long season. Kyler Murray led the Cardinals into Nashville and beat the Titans in a bad way. Kyler for MVP this year is a real possibility after the way he just started off. In Jacksonville, things got sideways in a hurry and fast enough for me to believe Urban Meyer will only make it through this season. Meyer let Lawrence throw the ball 51 times in his rookie debut, despite being known as a coach who loves to run the ball. The last major takeaway I have is Baker Mayfield doing Baker Mayfield things. The Browns and Mayfield looked great to start but withered away in the end and watched a winnable game against the mighty Chiefs go out the window when Mayfield threw an ill-timed interception instead of throwing the ball away. I hope you all enjoyed Week 1, but it is now time to start getting your rosters ready to move on to Week 2.

Before I explain things with the article, I would like to highlight what makes dynasty owner different. In your regular or Superflex dynasty leagues, Elijah Mitchell (RB – SF) is the Number 1 free agent target by far after he scored 18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFP) going for 104 yards and a touchdown. However, in Dynasty Owner, he is owned in 92% of leagues because the competition is as sharp as you will find in the fantasy football industry.

Alright Dynasty Owners, we are back with another week of trying to find a diamond in the rough with the Free Agent Auction targets. The free agent articles/videos will be dropping every Tuesday afternoon in advance of when bids process on Wednesday at 5 AM and will consist of the week’s Top 5 free agent adds. I will do my best to keep the players listed at an ownership percentage of 65% or less and make sure all players have contracts of $8,000,000 or less, with most players coming in at under $4,000,000. One last note, in Dynasty Owner you will be credited each week with 25% of your entire Bench’s score making these weekly free agent pick-ups extremely important to help boost your total weekly score.

On to the top targets for Week 1:

  1. Deonte Harris (WR – NO) – 1 Year/$588,333 – 61.5% Rostered

Heading into Sunday, we were all thinking we would see Marquez Callaway be the unquestioned WR1 in New Orleans. As it often goes in the NFL, the rumors were wrong. If I am being completely honest, the Saints did not seem to think they had anything close to a Number 1 guy on their roster heading into the matchup against the Packers. The Saints ran the ball a total of 39 times Sunday and were effective doing so averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Out of the entire Saints receiving room, there is no doubt Harris flashed the most upside in Week 1. The other huge factor that elevates Harris to the Number 1 spot on the Free Agent Auction target list this week is the fact Jameis Winston played a turnover free game while throwing five touchdowns. If the Saints decide to let Winston air it out more as the season goes, Harris could be an absolute steal at his current salary.

  • Tim Patrick (WR – DEN) – 1 year/$3,384,000 – 43.8% Rostered

I do not know about you, but this feels like Déjà vu to me. In my Week 5 free agent article last year, I had Tim Patrick as the Number 1 free agent pickup and here we are again. Tim Patrick was supposed to take a big step back this season with Courtland Sutton returning from injury and Jerry Jeudy gaining another year of experience. Fast forward just one week and Tim Patrick may be set for a huge role in the Rocky Mountains. Courtland Sutton struggled big time in his return to the field signaling he may not be 100% just yet and it was evident when watching the game. Sutton was held to just 1 catch for 14 yards (2.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) on Sunday while Tim Patrick filled in for Jeudy admirably finishing with 4 catches, 39 yards and a touchdown (13.9 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Patrick is not a player that will be producing all year, but you should get a great 3-5 game stretch out of him.

  • Zach Pascal (WR – IND) – 1 year/$3,384,000 – 38.5% Rostered

Up next we have the Dynasty Owner livestream MVP, Zach Pascal. A quick story on why I call Pascal the livestream MVP. As the 2020 off-season was winding down our fearless leader Tim, and Steve Van Tassell were doing a livestream and were both flabbergasted by one of the user’s comments which read “Zach Pascal will be the wr1 in all of football this season.” The reactions Tim and Steve gave were priceless. Pascal looked to be one of the focal points of the Colts offense in Week 1 seeing the most targets out of anyone on the team who does not play the running back position. Pascal turned the targets into 4 catches, 43 yards, and 2 touchdowns (20.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). If Pascal continues to be looked at in the redzone, he becomes an easy Bench play each week and a solid spot Starter.

  • Cordarrelle Patterson (RB – ATL) – 1 year/$3,000,000 – 49.1% Rostered

I have to say I feel like I need to go and take a bath after recommending that someone pickup Cordarrelle Patterson, but with as ugly as the Falcons running back room is he could end up a steal before the end of this season. Atlanta gave Patterson 7 carries to 15 for Mike Davis, but Patterson was by far the more effective back with his touches. If NFL defenses have figured out Mike Davis, look for Patterson to step into a big role. A quick note I want to touch on his how bad the Kyle Pitts pick looks for the Falcons at this point. The Falcons roster looks to be in shambles, and they wasted a potential cornerstone pick on a tight end who is going to need a year to develop fully. I bring this point up because if Davis and Pitts both continue their slow starts, there should be some sneaky value hidden on this roster.

  • K.J. Osborn (WR – MIN) – 3 years/$890,693 – 7.7% Rostered

K.J. Osborn was the biggest surprise of Week 1 coming away with 7 catches for 76 yards (14.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) on 9 targets. Osborn was tied with Justin Jefferson for the 2nd most targets for the Vikings offense on Sunday against Cincinnati and only behind Adam Thielen (10 targets). I am not sitting here saying Osborn is going to out produce either of these guys nor am I saying he is going to have an excellent season, but I do feel he can become a consistent Bench player for cheap. The Vikings defense looked horrible on Sunday and that only means more pass attempts from their offense as they will be playing from behind a lot. Another thing to watch out for with Osborn is if an injury were to happen to one of his teammates in front of him, then he will be thrust into a massive role. All of this should also be looked at carefully with the Bengals defense being just as bad as the Vikings.

Finally, we have an Honorable Mention this week:

  • Sammy Watkins (WR – BAL) – 1 year/$5,000,000 – 42.6% rostered

Had I written this article after the Monday Night Football game Watkins would be in the Top 5 for sure but since I did not, I will add him in now as an honorable mention and leave Osborn at Number 5. Watkins did exactly as the Ravens brought him in to do on Monday with 4 receptions for 96 yards (13.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). If he can stay healthy, he should be an excellent value at a $5,000,000 salary.

Conclusion

We had a wild Week 1 and for once we had no serious injuries. The games were all extremely competitive for the most part and should set us up for a great season to come. The last note I have is that the Steelers won, and the Browns lost which is enough for an amazing week in itself.

Please do not forget about Steve Van Tassell’s weekly Tuesday recap article and Friday preview article and video, as well as Matt “The Jerk” Morrison’s Wednesday article and video plus his Thursday Night Football preview article. Don’t forget to check out Dynasty Owner on YouTube!

Thank you all for reading and good luck on your 2021 Chase for the Ring!

Week 1 Recap: Upset City Baby!

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

It was Upset City in Week 1 of the NFL season (apologies to Dick Vitale for stealing his catchphrase). Sixteen teams were favored to win (according to the point spread), but only seven out of them actually won. The upsets included the Texans thumping the Jaguars by a score of 37-21 and the Saints thrashing the Packers on a neutral field in Jacksonville with a 38-3 score. We also had two overtime upsets with the Bengals defeating the Vikings 27-24 on a FG in overtime and the Raiders upsetting the Ravens on Monday Night Football by a 33-27 score on an overtime TD pass from Derek Carr to Zay Jones.

In Dynasty Owner, there were plenty of upsets as well, including a shocking loss in our Matchup of the Week by defending Chase for the Ring Champion Viktor Kilgore by his Ring winning Barbee Kilgore team in League #35395. This upset could have only happened in Dynasty Owner because of the 3-point clutch scoring bonus that Dan’s Dynasty got to secure the victory.

In terms of individual player performances, there wasn’t an upset in the competition to be the first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 as one of the top players in the NFL took the honor. We did have five players who did better than projected, which is an upset of sorts, and should have been in your Starting lineup, along with five players who upset their Dynasty Owners with their poor performances in Week 1 and should have been on the Bench or Practice Squad.

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

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

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of September 14th.

Dynasty Owner Player of the Week

Our first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week for 2021 is: Patrick Mahomes

This is the fourth Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor for Mahomes, putting him ahead of Aaron Rodgers for the most honors. His 43.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy point performance (337 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 18 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD) was the lowest amount of points that he has scored for his Dynasty Owners in a Player of the Week winning effort. He edged out another QB (Kyler Murray) by a mere 0.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points to take the honor. Most of Mahomes’ points came in the second half when he threw for 168 yards and all three of his passing TDs plus added 13 rushing yards (27.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). His 5-yard rushing TD came in the first half. As the highest paid player in the NFL and Dynasty Owner, he’s never going to be a value, but performances like this one are why people drafted him as highly as they did this year (ADP 37.1). Still, it’s the first time that a Player of the Week award winner had a cost per point of over $1 million.

Week 1 Points: 43.6

2021 Salary: $45,000,000

Cost per Point: $1,032,110

Congratulations Patrick on winning the first Dynasty Owner Player of the Week honor of the 2021 season and your record setting fourth one overall!

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 first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week for the 2021 season is: Ty’Son Williams

In the space of less than three weeks, Williams went from fourth string RB fighting for a spot on the Ravens’ 53-man roster to their starter at RB on Monday Night Football. That’s what happens when the three RBs ahead of you on the depth chart (J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill) all go down with season ending injuries. Since Dobbins’ injury, Williams has gone from being rostered in 6% of Dynasty Owner leagues to being rostered in 97.6% of leagues. All of the Dynasty Owners in the 2.4% of leagues that saw nobody draft or pick up a starting RB making only $660,000 in salary must be reading too much from the fantasy website that published this six days ago:

Ty’Son Williams is not worth drafting in his rookie year

On Monday Night Football, Williams showed that analysis was dead wrong as he scored 18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (65 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 3 receptions, 29 receiving yards) on just 12 touches. The 18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points are the lowest by any Value Player of the Week award winner and his cost per point is the second highest (behind $37,566 for Cooper Kupp in Week 11 of last season). Most of the really big point scorers from Week 1 make over $1 million in salary and it’s very difficult for anyone making that much to win this award.

Week 1 Points: 18.4

2021 Salary: $660,000

Cost per Point: $35,870

Congratulations Ty’Son on your first Dynasty Owner Value Player of the Week honor. Don’t be surprised if he wins another one this season.

Players Who Should Have Been Starters This Week

Next, we look at those players who should have been one of your Starters based on their performance in Week 1. We aren’t going to write that you should have started Patrick Mahomes or Travis Kelce because barring injury or bye week, both of them should always be in your Starting lineup. Instead, these are players who might normally be on your Bench or Practice Squad, but likely weren’t Starters in Week 1 when they should have been.

QB: Jameis Winston (NO) – 41.1 points

If you missed the entire 2020 NFL season, you’re probably wondering why Winston is on this list. The overall #5 point scorer in 2019 was a backup for New Orleans last season and scored only 3.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the entire season. Flash forward to 2021 and Winston is the starter in New Orleans and doing very un-Jameis Winston things like throwing the ball only 20 times, completing 70% of his passes and not throwing an interception. Back in 2019, he only completed 70% of more of his pass attempts once in 16 games played, threw the ball more than 20 times in every game and only went three games without an interception. The LASIK surgery and strange training methods seem to have paid off as he scored 41.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (148 passing yards, 5 passing TDs, 37 rushing yards). Winston was the 22nd QB off the board in 2021 Dynasty Owner startup drafts (ADP 122.2) and projected as QB26 for the 2021 season, so his Dynasty Owners likely had plans for him to sit on the Bench and see how he’d play after pretty much a year off. If they had just missed the 2020 season, they would have done the right thing and had him in their Starting lineup.

Honorable mention to Jared Goff who had 38.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (338 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 1 INT, 14 rushing yards, 1 2-pt conversion). Goff is rostered in very, very few Dynasty Owner leagues (1.8%) and that’s not very likely to go higher because of his $33.5 million contract for four more years. He hadn’t scored that many Dynasty Owner fantasy points in a game since Dynasty Owner started in 2019, so even the few Dynasty Owners with Goff on their roster likely didn’t have him as a Starter against the 49ers.

RB: Jamaal Williams (DET) – 25.0 points

Everybody who had two Detroit Lions RBs with more than 20.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers defense raise their hands. Sorry, but nobody should have their hands up because nobody thought that would happen. Once D’Andre Swift was deemed ready to play in Week 1, some Dynasty Owners may have thought that he could score that many points, but not Jamaal Williams. Williams was the starter for the Lions, but Swift played almost twice as many snaps (63 for Swift versus 32 for Williams). However, Williams was just as productive as Swift in fewer snaps with 25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (54 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD, 8 receptions, 56 receiving yards). Swift had 24.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. As the 48th RB off the board in 2021 Dynasty Owner startup draft (ADP 133.6), Williams projected as a Bench RB. Hopefully the pre-game news from the Lions that he was going to be the starter caused some of his Dynasty Owners to move him into their Starting lineups.

WR: Christian Kirk (ARI) – 24.0 points

With rookie second round draft pick Rondale Moore and veteran free agent signee A.J. Green pressing Kirk for the WR2 spot on the Arizona Cardinals, it wasn’t a huge surprise that Kirk was being drafted in the middle rounds of 2021 Dynasty Owner  startup drafts (ADP 174.2). He was drafted around the same time last year (ADP 172.8) and finished as overall WR52 for the season. For just $1,473,717, he seemed like a good player to have on your Bench or as a Practice Squad guy who you could elevate if he held off Moore and Green, and grabbed some of the targets that went Larry Fitzgerald’s way in 2020. That’s what appeared to happen in Week 1 as Kirk had the same number of TD receptions as DeAndre Hopkins (2) and almost as many Dynasty Owner fantasy points (24.0 for Kirk versus 26.3 for Hopkins). Kirk had 5 receptions for 70 receiving yards and 2 receiving TDs, which would have looked nice in the Starting lineup for your Dynasty Owner team.

Honorable mention to Sterling Shepard who had more Dynasty Owner fantasy points than Kirk (24.3 versus 24.0 for Kirk), but is rostered in only 23.7% of Dynasty Owner leagues, so fewer Dynasty Owners could have made the decision to have him in their Starting lineup. Shepard scored his 24.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points by catching 7 passes for 113 receiving yards and a receiving TD. If not for the $10.25 million salary, he’d probably be a trendy Free Agent Auction target. If you believed in Shepard and his role in the Giants’ offense in 2021 enough to keep or draft him at that salary, then hopefully you believed enough to put him in your Starting lineup.

TE: Juwan Johnson (NO) – 17.1 points

That name should be familiar to readers. He’s been touted by Jay Pounds as the #4 target in his Week 1 Free Agent Auction article and as a late round flyer in my Roster Turnover Madness article published right after the final set of roster cutdowns. It was mainly for the potential that he offered for only $695,000 in salary, not because we expected him to score 17.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (3 receptions, 21 yards, 2 receiving TDs) for the Saints in Week 1. I didn’t expect it, but maybe Jay did (you’ll have to ask him yourself). This performance was good enough to rank him as the TE5 in Week 1 behind four pretty good players you may have heard of before (Rob Gronkowski, Darren Waller, T.J. Hockenson and Travis Kelce). Hopefully, you picked him up based off of my (or Jay’s) recommendation and felt bold enough to put him in your Starting lineup this week because that’s where he belonged.

K: Joey Slye (HOU) – 12.0 points

There are a couple of reasons why Dynasty Owners wouldn’t have started Joey Slye this week. First, he kicks for the Houston Texans who were expected to have one of the worst offenses in the NFL. Second, he’s only on the Texans because of an injury to their regular kicker (Ka’imi Fairbairn) that landed Fairbairn on Injured Reserve. Slye is only a short term option for Dynasty Owners, as Fairbairn is only expected to miss three games. The fact that Slye was even rostered in half (51.5%) of Dynasty Owners was likely because his salary is very low ($850,000) and people drafted him before he was released by the Carolina Panthers in late August. Dynasty Owners with Slye on their roster should have started him since he produced 12.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. He made all four of his PAT attempts along with FGs of 25, 26 and 40 yards. Even though he was sent back to the Texans’ practice squad after the game, he is likely to be promoted before their Week 2 game against Cleveland so if he’s on your roster, hang on to and maybe use him this week.

Players Who Should Have Been on the Bench or Practice Squad

For every player who should have been in your Starting lineup but wasn’t, we have at least one high drafted or high ranked player who probably was in your Starting lineup, but would have been better left on your Bench or Practice Squad. Here are some likely Starters who scored few or no Dynasty Owner fantasy points this week, so they should have spent Week 1 riding your Dynasty Owner Bench or hanging out on the Practice Squad.

QB: Aaron Rodgers (GB) – 0.6 points

In 2020, Rodgers was the QB2 in Dynasty Owner. After the first game of 2021, he is QB34, even behind Raiders backup Marcus Mariota who outscored him on one play (3.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points on a 31 yard run). The only starting QB who was worse than Rodgers was Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Washington Football Team who had -0.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. However, Fitzpatrick was injured in the second quarter of his Week 1 game and didn’t return to play. Rodgers was just bad with just 133 passing yards and 2 INTs in a little over three quarters of football. The only positive news for Rodgers is that Packers backup QB Jordan Love didn’t light up TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville with his play in relief with 68 passing yards and a lost fumble for 0.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. In Rodgers’ last dance for the Packers (and possibly your Dynasty Owner squad), he should have been cooling his dance shoes on the Practice Squad.

RB: Saquon Barkley (NYG) – 3.7 points

This was kind of predictable. While saying Barkley wasn’t on a “snap count limit” because of his injury in Week 2 of the 2020 season and the prospect of playing another game on Thursday night, the Giants only used Barkley on half of their offensive plays in Week 1 (29 out of 58). He ended up touching the ball on 11 of those plays (10 rushing attempts and 1 reception) for just 27 total yards. He scored just 3.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (26 rushing yards, 1 reception, 1 receiving yard) and should have been nowhere near your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup in Week 1 despite his ADP of 11.8. If you’re wondering why Raheem Mostert isn’t the pick here after all of the hype during the week, it’s because he got injured early in the 49ers game. That’s why he only scored 2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Injured players generally aren’t selected for this “award”.

A special dishonorable mention to both Trey Sermon and Zack Moss even though neither RB played in Week 1. That’s the problem as both of them were surprise inactives on Sunday. Hopefully Dynasty Owners were able to get them out of their lineups and avoid the zero points from them.

WR: Brandon Aiyuk (SF) – 0.2 points

Everybody who drafted Brandon Aiyuk in Dynasty Owner (ADP 57.6) likely didn’t think he’d score only 0.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 return yards) in a game that the 49ers scored 41 points. Instead of Aiyuk lining up at WR for the 49ers, it was Trent Sherfield (1 year/$920,000) who is rostered in only 3.6% of Dynasty Owner leagues who started in his place. If Dynasty Owners had known pre-game that Aiyuk wasn’t going to be playing much, they would have had time to pull him out of their Dynasty Owner Starting lineup and avoid his 0.2 point performance. There’s not much else to say other than Aiyuk should have been on your Practice Squad this week.

TE: Mike Gesicki (MIA) – 0.0 points

The dreaded Blutarsky, also known as 0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. It’s what no Dynasty Owner wants to see next to a player on their roster’s name. Especially not someone who was around the tenth TE off Dynasty Owner draft boards this year and usually taken in the eighth or ninth round (ADP 100.7). Those guys are supposed to be in your Starting lineup most weeks. Not this week for Gesicki, though. While Dolphins’ QB Tua Tagovailoa threw the ball 27 times this week, only four of those passes were targeted to TEs and just two were thrown Gesicki’s way. This is Gesicki’s first Blutarsky since October 18th of last year. Dynasty Owners with Gesicki on their roster should have left him on the Practice Squad this week.

K: Rodrigo Blankenship (IND) – 3.0 points

Blankenship didn’t have an awful day as he made both of his kicks in Week 1 (PAT and a 21 yard FG), it’s just that those kicks only gave him 3.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for the first week of the season. In fact, six kickers had fewer Dynasty Owner fantasy points, including Michael Badgley of Tennessee who scored -2.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (1 out of 2 on PATs plus a missed 46 yard FG attempt). However, Badgley is only rostered in 47.9% of Dynasty Owner leagues after being released by the Chargers and signed to the Titans’ practice squad. In contrast, Blankenship was one of the first kickers drafted in 2021 Dynasty Owner startup drafts (ADP 163.0 to rank fourth), so Dynasty Owners with Blankenship on their rosters likely were using him as their Starter in Week 1. That was a mistake as he should have been on the Bench.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week Recap – Barbee Kilgore vs. Dan’s Dynasty

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In an incredible upset of epic proportions, Dan’s Dynasty defeated Barbee Kilgore by a score of 130.6 to 127.8. If you recall in the Week 1 preview article, Barbee Kilgore was favored to win by 37.5 points, but Dan’s Dynasty fought back and overtook Viktor on Monday night. Dan used high scoring performances from Kyler Murray (43.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Adam Thielen (30.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), plus 13.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points from their Starting kicker Daniel Carlson of the Las Vegas Raiders. It was Carlson’s 55-yard FG to tie the game in regulation that earned Dan’s Dynasty a 3-point clutch scoring bonus and the points that they needed to win the Match-up of the Week.

Nobody else in Dan’s Starting lineup had 20.0 or more points and he got just 3.6 points combined from his Starting RBs (Darrel Williams and Giovani Bernard).

Viktor was hurt by underperformances by Ben Roethlisberger, Davante Adams and Tyler Boyd plus the dreaded Blutarsky (0.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) from three players on his Bench (Chris Evans, Russell Gage and Matt Ammendola). Weep not for Viktor as he’s in four Dynasty Owner leagues this season and went 2-2. He also has the Ring, won a trip to Canton, Ohio to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame and met Tim, Paul and Seth. Despite the shocking loss, not a bad 2021 for Viktor.

Chase for the Ring Leaderboard

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Congrats to Neezy453 from League #53959 who is the leader in the Chase for the Ring after the first week of the 2021 Dynasty Owner season. All you have to do is keep scoring more points than anyone else and win your Dynasty Owner league and the Ring is yours.

Similar to our 2020 winner Barbee Kilgore, this is the only Dynasty Owner league for Neezy453. Also similar is that Neezy453 has a stack of Patrick Mahomes (43.6 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Tyreek Hill (37.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points). Neezy453 also got good performances out of Joe Mixon (27.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points), CeeDee Lamb (23.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Marquise Brown (19.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) in their Starting lineup and the Giants QB-WR stack of Daniel Jones (25.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) and Sterling Shepard (24.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) plus Ty’Son Williams (18.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points) on their Bench.

Will Neezy453 go wire-to-wire and win the Ring? Probably not and that’s no offense to the team, it’s just not easy to do. The Swamp Donkeys had a 35.5 point lead after Week 1 in 2020 and by Week 3, they weren’t even in the Top 10. They did go on to finish 11th overall last year, so Neezy453 might still finish in the Top 25, but don’t go finding out your ring size just yet.

If you aren’t in the Top 10 (or even Top 25), don’t be disheartened and start rebuilding. Our 2020 Ring winner Viktor didn’t crack the Top 10 until Week 8 when he suddenly showed up in 2nd place. There’s no reason to overreact based on one week of games.

Conclusions

We made it through the first week of the NFL and Dynasty Owner season. Every NFL team is on a pace to finish 17-0 or 0-17 and all Dynasty Owner teams are either projected to go 14-0 right now, or 0-14. Hopefully none of your teams got upset so they are on pace to go undefeated and you’re checking to see how far you are out of appearing on the Chase for the Ring leaderboard. Remember upsets happen in both the NFL and Dynasty Owner.

Dynasty Owner has plenty of other great content to help you win your League Championship and maybe the Chase for the Ring coming this week. Later today (Tuesday), Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl) is back with an article and video to help you figure out what players you need to target in the Free Agent Auction. Matt Morrison – The Jerk has an article and video dropping on Wednesday, then his Thursday Night Football preview on Thursday afternoon. Finally on Friday, I’m back with an article and video that will preview the Week 2 Sunday games. I’ll also have another Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week and see how my Week 1 recommendations fared.

Please read all of our articles, watch our videos on YouTube or listen to them wherever you get your podcasts. Don’t forget follow all three of us plus Dynasty Owner on Twitter as well. Thanks, and have a great day!

Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

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Monday Night Football Preview: Week 1

Ravens vs Raiders

By: Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl)

Dynasty Owners we have made it to the first Monday Night Football game! Since you are here reading what I have written, it’s apparent Hank Williams Jr was right when he said “All my rowdy friends are here on Monday night” …. “Are you ready for some football”. I am excited to be the one presenting you the Monday Night Football preview for Dynasty Owner. Be sure to check out Matt “The Jerk” Morrison’s Thursday Night Football game preview this week as well.

In tonight’s game, we have the Baltimore Ravens heading to the new black hole in Las Vegas to face the Raiders. The Ravens will be at a slight disadvantage as the fans will finally get to break in their new stadium, even though it was built and played in over a year ago. In this preview article, I will cover the over/under for the top players in the matchup, preview the game giving you my final score prediction, and showcase two Dynasty Owner games in which the final outcome will likely hinge on what happens tonight.

Enough me explaining, let’s jump right into things!

What to Watch For

In this matchup, there are a few things that grab my attention right off the bat, but none more than how effective can the Baltimore Ravens’ running game be without J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards. The Ravens backfield suffered three devastating season ending injuries (Dobbins, Edwards and Justice Hill) before they even played a meaningful snap this season. Talk about bad luck! Can Lamar Jackson continue to thrive rushing the ball without any of his top backs?

I am also extremely intrigued to see the Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver room on the field. The Raiders top two receivers – Bryan Edwards and Henry Ruggs – struggled horribly in their rookie campaigns and the Raiders need at least one to perform at a well above average level if they want to consistently score points. Let’s take a quick look at the stats for Ruggs and Edwards from the 2020 season. Neither one had a great season, and both scored few Dynasty Owner fantasy points (DOFP):

PlayerGamesTargetsReceptionsYardsTDsDOFPRank
Henry Ruggs134326452288.6WR88
Bryan Edwards121511193136.3WR138

As you can see, the pair put up disappointing numbers for as hyped as they were going into the season, especially for Ruggs with the first-round draft capital. I am expecting both Ruggs and Edwards to take a step forward this season but do not expect Edwards to have a good enough year to keep the Number 2 role with Vegas come 2022.

The last thing I am looking for in this game is to see how the Raiders utilize their running game with newly acquired Kenyan Drake. I am still expecting Josh Jacobs to see the bulk of the carries with Drake being more of a 3rd down back and someone who can give Jacobs a breather. One thing to note even though it’s probably too late to matter for most Dynasty Owners for lineup setting purposes. Josh Jacobs will likely be a game time decision for this contest because of an illness. If Jacobs does miss the game or isn’t quite as effective, Drake could be in line for a big workload.

Jay’s Monday Night Predictions

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Over/Under Projections

QBs

PlayerTeamSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Lamar JacksonBAL$2,367,91227.8Over
Derek CarrLV$25,000,00022.4Over

RBs

PlayerTeamSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Ty’Son WilliamsBAL$660,00011.7Just Over
Josh JacobsLV$2,983,35012.6Over
Kenyan DrakeLV$5,500,0009.8Under*

* Over if Jacobs doesn’t play

WRs

PlayerTeamSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Sammy WatkinsBAL$5,000,00011.7Under
Marquise BrownBAL$2,946,83513.8Under
Bryan EdwardsLV$1,173,11312.5Under
Henry RuggsLV$4,167,90611.1Over

TEs

PlayerTeamSalaryProjected PointsOver/Under
Mark AndrewsBAL$863,29014.5Over
Darren WallerLV$7,450,00016.2Over

Overall, I am expecting this to be a good game up until the end when Jackson wears the Raiders defense out with his legs and starts to take over. While I do feel we will see Jackson has improved some as a passer, the overall stats won’t come until the running game around him gains some traction. In the Gruden era, the Raiders always seem to play tough against good opponents and while I am expecting more of the same tonight, I do feel the Ravens will end up victorious. The Raiders will need a steady presence at receiver to win this game and prove me wrong, or Darren Waller will need to go absolutely nuts.

Jay’s Dynasty Owner Games of the Week

Each week I will pick two games that are close in score and will likely be decided during Monday Night Football. If you happen to find yourself in this situation on Sunday nights, please get ahold of me on Twitter (@jaypoundsnfl) and I will gladly feature your game here.

Game 1 – League #78747

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Left to Play: Kenyan Drake and Bryan Edwards (Bench)

I chose this game because I just love when I get the chance to highlight how important Bench scoring can really be and I feel a lot of us overlook it, myself included. In Dynasty Owner, each team gets 25% of its total Bench score added on to their total score every week, making depth a bigger part of the game.

Herbie: Fully Loaded has Kenyan Drake and Bryan Edwards on their Bench and will need to get 20 points combined from them to pull off a 135.4-135.4 tie. If Jacobs ends up missing the game, or is not as effective as usual, I see Herbie pulling off the rare come from behind Monday Night Bench scoring victory. If Jacobs does play, I think Packer H8ter will take this week by the narrowest of margins.

Game 2 – League #31822

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Left to Play: Lamar Jackson and Mark Andrews (Starters) and Kenyan Drake (Bench)

The two Dynasty Owners in this matchup have got to be feeling a bit nervous with the final projected score expected to be 130.2 to 131 in favor of Perkalicious. As we all know, projections usually don’t mean a whole lot in fantasy football. As I have mentioned earlier, Jacobs may miss the game and if he does it favors Perkalicious quite a bit with Drake ready to go for his squad on the Bench. I am going to go against the projections and take KRALJ_SMECA as the winner of this matchup after Jackson and Andrews score above what they are supposed to for their team.

Value of the Game

Hold your horse’s folks before we get out of here, we must give out what Matt “The Jerk” has turned into a Dynasty Owner tradition in his most recent Thursday night preview article with the Value of the Game award. In this game, there are only two players who came to mind. No, one is not Darren Waller, even though he is a great value at the tight end position for only $7,450,000 against the cap. The two that came to mind are Lamar Jackson and Mark Andrews with the Value of the Game ultimately being Lamar Jackson. I know I know quarterbacks win all the awards in football but Jackson as we all know is different because of his legs which is a huge part of what makes him my Value of the Game.

Winner – Lamar Jackson

Jay’s Projected Stat LinePassing AttemptsPassing CompletionsPassing YardsRushing AttemptsRushing YardsTDsDOFP
Lamar Jackson182721312102234.9

Be sure to check out my Free Agent Auction article and video that will be released on Tuesday afternoon before Free Agent Auction bids are processed on Wednesday at 5 AM. Don’t forget about Steve Van Tassell’s weekly Tuesday recap article and Friday preview article and video, as well as Matt “The Jerk” Morrison’s Wednesday article and video plus his Thursday Night Football preview article. Don’t forget to check out Dynasty Owner on YouTube!

Thank you all for reading and good luck on your 2021 Chase for the Ring!

Week 1 Preview – Back in Action

By Steven Van Tassell (@SteveVT33)

It’s finally time for some regular season NFL football in 2021. The NFL is back already with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beating the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 31-29 on a game winning field goal with seven seconds left on the clock.  The field goal was setup by the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady who drove the defending Super Bowl Champions 57 yards down the field on 11 plays in just 1:22. Sound familiar?

Now that it’s Friday, we have Sunday and 14 games to look forward to plus Monday Night Football from Las Vegas. Dynasty Owner is also back in action and bigger than ever in 2021. We have more leagues, more Bench scoring (25% this season versus 20% in 2020), and a higher salary cap of $127.75 million, which is good because a lot of players got some pretty big raises during the 2020 season or in the off-season. Thanks to all of the returning Dynasty Owners who are back to test themselves again for the 2021 season. And a hearty welcome to all new Dynasty Owners who are hopefully looking forward to how to play fantasy football Dynasty Owner style.

Thanks for reading my weekly preview article. Every week of the 14-game Dynasty Owner regular season and three game playoffs, I’ll present a player at each position (QB, RB, WR, TE) who you should have as a Starter in your Dynasty Owner lineup. After that, I’ll name one player per position who should be on your Bench or Practice Squad. These won’t be the obvious choices for Starters either. No recommendations to go ahead and start Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Davante Adams and Travis Kelce. Players projected to be in the Top 12 QBs or TEs for the week, or Top 24 RBs or WRs, likely won’t be mentioned either. Nope, I’m going to recommend you Start players who were drafted to be on your Bench or Practice Squad. For the Bench recommendations, I’ll suggest players drafted to be Starters, but who shouldn’t be in there for the week based on matchups, past performance against a team or something else.

Finally, I will look at one Dynasty Owner game, our Match-up of the Week. For the first Match-up of the Week for 2021, it’s time to check in with 2020 Chase for the Ring Winner Viktor Kilgore. I’ll look at how his Ring winning Barbee Kilgore team from League #35395 matches up in Week 1 of 2021. Do the Dynasty Owner projections have him starting his title defense with a victory or defeat?

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

For the purposes of this article, ADP and Dynasty Owner rostered percentage statistics were current as of the morning of September 10th.

These Guys Should be Starters This Week

Every week but Week 1, we will look to see how my recommendations from the previous week worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). In Week 1, we don’t have a previous week to review. Back in Week 1 of 2020, I reviewed my 2019 recommendations to see how well I did. The review found that I had almost an even percentage of Good recommendations (40%) as Bad ones (43%) with the remaining judged to be Just Ok (17%). 

The 2020 season was not as good on the recommendation front as 2019 and was pretty bad across the board at all positions. Out of 62 recommendation in total (4 per week for 16 weeks minus the two recommendations that were rendered “not applicable” as the player recommended did not play that week), only nine (15%) were rated as Good. Over half (53%) were Bad while one-third (32%) were Just Ok. In terms of position, my RB recommendation were the best of a bad lot with only one-third (33%) rated as Bad. In contrast, over two-thirds (69%) of my TE recommendation were Bad.

QB: Good – 2 picks (13%); Bad – 8 picks (50%); Just Ok – 6 picks (38%)

RB: Good – 3 picks (20%); Bad – 5 picks (33%); Just Ok – 7 picks (47%)

WR: Good – 1 pick (7%); Bad – 9 picks (60%); Just Ok – 5 picks (33%)

TE: Good – 3 picks (19%); Bad – 11 picks (69%); Just Ok – 2 picks (13%)

All: Good – 9 picks (15%); Bad – 33 picks (53%); Just Ok – 20 picks (32%)

My best week was Week 4 when none of my recommendations (Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ronald Jones, Cole Beasley, and Dalton Schultz) were judged to be Bad. In contrast, I had two weeks (Weeks 9 and 11) when all four recommendations were Bad.

This year is bound to be better, so let’s see what players I’m recommending you get into your Starting lineup this week.

Matthew Stafford (QB – LAR): Last season with Jared Goff at QB, the Rams passed an average of 36.9 times per game. Now that Coach Sean McVay actually has a QB who he likes under center, don’t you think he passes the ball even more? Especially with top RB Cam Akers out for the season and the not as nearly inspiring duo of Darrell Henderson and Sony Michel replacing Akers. The Bears were in the middle of the pack (19th) in terms of passing yards allowed per game last season and lost cornerback and former first round pick Kyle Fuller to free agency. Stafford is projected as the QB12 for the 2021 season, but is the 19th QB being drafted, on average, with an ADP of 117.6, so most Dynasty Owners are probably thinking that he’s their Bench QB. Since he is very familiar with the Bears defense from his time in Detroit, this should be a good matchup for him in his first game with the Rams. Stafford put up 39.1 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in Week 13 against the Bears last season with Marvin Jones as his top WR and a pretty motley crew (Quintez Cephus, Danny Amendola, Mohammed Sanu and Jamal Agnew) lining up opposite Jones at WRs for the Lions offense that day. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp are a significant upgrade at the WR position for Stafford. He should take advantage of the upgrade and be worthy of putting in your Starting lineup.

Phillip Lindsay (RB – HOU): With Tyrod Taylor at QB and a lot of question marks at WR for Houston, it stands to reason that the Texans will try to run the ball this week against Jacksonville. Jacksonville gave up lots of Dynasty Owner fantasy points to RBs last year, including 12.3 points to Texans starting RB David Johnson in Week 5 and 14.3 points to his backup, Duke Johnson, in Week 9. Jacksonville did go out and acquire a couple of run stuffing defensive linemen in the off-season to help out their defense that finished third from last in rushing yards allowed to RBs and fifth from last in rushing TDs allowed to RBs. Lindsay fits the build of a RB who profiles as being a Bench player. He’s projected as RB44 for the season and his ADP is 143.0, which translates into the 50th RB drafted on average. However, with Houston’s likely need to run the ball to take pressure of Taylor, Lindsay should run plenty so that he’ll score enough Dynasty Owner fantasy points to rank as a Top 24 RB for the week.

Sammy Watkins (WR – BAL): For the past two seasons, Watkins has come and played really well in Week 1. In 2019, he had 46.8 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (9 receptions, 198 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs). Then, he failed to score any more TDs or have any additional 100 yard receiving games for the rest of the 2019 season. Last year, he wasn’t as productive in Week 1, but still scored 21.5 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (7 receptions, 82 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD, 3 rushing yards). He only scored one more TD for the Chiefs all season and left to sign with the Ravens as a free agent. This year, he gets to face a Raiders defense that allowed Robby Anderson to score 25.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points (6 receptions, 114 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD) in his debut for the Carolina Panthers in 2020. Let’s face it, the Ravens aren’t sure who’s going to run the ball for them this week other than QB Lamar Jackson, so they may have to lean on the passing game more than they’d usually do, which isn’t a bad thing against a Raiders defense that ranked in the bottom third of passing yards allowed to WRs for each of the past two seasons. Learn from the past and put Watkins in your Starting lineup if you have him on your Dynasty Owner roster. It might be your only chance to use him there this season and you don’t want to miss out.

Anthony Firkser (TE – TEN): Not only is Firkser now the new top TE in Tennessee, but he also would appear to be the third best receiver on the team behind A.J. Brown and Julio Jones. While Tennessee is perceived to be a “run-first” offense and ranked third in percentage of running plays executed in 2020, they still only ran the ball a little over half of the time (51.8%). Firkser was more of a pass catching TE in 2020 than the player he is replacing (Jonnu Smith) and the other main TE on the current Titans roster (Geoff Swaim).

PlayerOffensive SnapsTargetsTarget %
Jonnu Smith745658.7%
Geoff Swaim354123.4%
Anthony Firkser3485315.2%

If this pattern holds in 2021, then expect Firkser to get most of the TE targets and Swaim to stay in and block more. Last season, Smith and Firkser, the two primary receiving TEs for Tennessee, accounted for 118 targets between them, or 7.4 per game. Let’s reduce that to seven per game for Firkser who has averaged catching nearly three-quarters of the passes thrown to him in his career and in 2020 (74% for each). That’s five receptions per game. His average yards per reception in 2020 was 9.9 and for his career is 11.3. If we round that to 10 yards per reception, his projected stat line is 5 receptions for 50 yards in Week 1, which equals 10.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. That’s a low end TE1 and someone who plenty of Dynasty Owners would be happy to have as the TE in their Starting lineup.

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

Now it’s the time to look at how my Bench recommendations from the previous week worked out (Good, Bad or Just Ok). Just like for the Starter recommendations, I’ll take a look at how my 2020 season recommendations fared at each position since it’s Week 1.

Once again, the 2020 season was not as good on the recommendation front as 2019, but I did better on telling Dynasty Owners who to Bench than Start. Out of 60 recommendations in total (4 per week for 16 weeks minus four recommendations that were rendered “not applicable” as the player recommended did not play that week), 21 were rated as Good. That’s over one-third (35%). There were more Bad recommendations (25) than Good (21), but that’s only two-fifths (42%) that were Bad. The final one-quarter (23%) were Just Ok recommendations. The balance in 2019 titled more towards Good (42%) than Bad (32%) with about one-quarter (27%) being Just Ok. In terms of position in 2020, we had the following results:

QB: Good – 4 picks (27%); Bad – 7 picks (47%); Just Ok – 4 picks (27%)

RB: Good – 3 picks (19%); Bad – 5 picks (31%); Just Ok – 8 picks (50%)

WR: Good – 7 picks (47%); Bad – 7 picks (47%); Just Ok – 1 pick (7%)

TE: Good – 7 picks (50%); Bad – 6 picks (43%); Just Ok – 1 pick (7%)

All: Good – 21 picks (35%); Bad – 25 picks (42%); Just Ok – 14 picks (23%)

My Bench recommendations were definitely better than my Starter recommendations with twice as many good Bench recommendations than Starter ones (35% for Bench vs. 15% for Starters). The receiver Bench recommendations were the best with half (50%) of the TE recommendations and almost half (47%) of the WR recommendations making it into the Good category. In Week 9, I recommended Benching Tom Brady, Ezekiel Elliot, Mike Evans and Mark Andrews and three of the four turned out to be Good (Brady, Evans and Andrews), while Elliott turned in a performance that was deemed Just Ok.

This year is bound to be better, so let’s see if I can recommend four Good players for Dynasty Owners to sit on the Bench this week.

Justin Herbert (QB – LAC): This one hurts as I actually drafted Herbert with the #10 pick in the first round of one of my Dynasty Owner startup leagues and his startup ADP is 8.1. Herbert is projected as the QB4 for the entire 2021 season, but the matchup against the Washington Football Team isn’t great for him. Herbert was great last year, but he didn’t face the best pass defense in the NFL. That belonged to the Washington Football Team. Herbert also performed worse when playing on the East Coast in 2020, averaging 25.3 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in East Coast games (Tampa Bay, Buffalo, and Miami). That’s a couple of points under his 28.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy point average for the entire season. I’m not sure if I’ll follow my own advice here as my other QBs in that league are Mac Jones and Ryan Fitzpatrick, but if you have a better option, I suggest you use him and Bench Herbert.

Saquon Barkley (RB – NYG): Dynasty Owners didn’t draft Barkley with their first round pick in 2020 (ADP 3.0), or with either their first or second round pick in 2021 (ADP 11.8) to sit him on the Bench, but that’s my advice this week for several reasons. First, he’s not likely to get many carries as he’s coming off major knee surgery, was limited in practice on Thursday and the Giants play a division game against the Washington Football Team next Thursday. Second, the Denver defense is expected to be much improved over last year with the return of Von Miller. Third, the Giants offensive line didn’t play well in the pre-season, saw two players retire during training camp, traded one player away and had another placed on Injured Reserve. That doesn’t breed confidence that Barkley will do as well as anticipated in Week 1 and why his Dynasty Owners should probably wait and see how he does before inserting him into their Starting lineup.

Allen Robinson (WR – CHI): The Bears face off in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams and their top rated defense against WRs from 2020. These teams have played against each other in each of the past two seasons and Robinson hasn’t scored a TD in either game, while averaging only 8.25 Dynasty Owner fantasy points per game. He had 11.0 points (4 receptions for 70 yards) in 2020 and just 5.5 points (4 4 receptions for 15 yards) in 2019. In fact, Robinson has only been targeted 10 times in total in those two games. Robinson was targeted less often than fellow WRs Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller in 2019 and four players (Darnell Mooney, Jimmy Graham, David Montgomery, and Anthony Miller) in 2020 because he was largely being guarded by Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey who has been selected to four straight Pro Bowls and the top active cornerback in the NFL Top 100 this off-season. I didn’t even mention that the Bears are starting Andy Dalton at QB in Week 1. Robinson is a great WR and takes up a lot of the salary cap for your Dynasty Owner team at $17.88 million in salary for 2021, but don’t force him into your Starting lineup just because of his salary or high ADP (65.2). Move him to your Bench for this week.

Mike Gesicki (TE – MIA): Gesicki is the tenth TE in terms of startup Dynasty Owner ADP (100.7) and ranked eleventh overall in terms of projected 2021 production, so he’s probably a low-end Starting TE for his Dynasty Owners. Hopefully they have a TE with a better matchup on their Bench.  Gesicki hasn’t done great in his career versus New England as he has only scored 26.4 Dynasty Owner fantasy points in five career games (5.3 points per game on average) with just a single TD. In the 2020 season opener against New England, he had three receptions for 30 yards to account for 6.0 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Gesicki did not play against New England in Week 15. The Patriots appears to have a good idea of how to stop Gesicki, so I’d keep him on the Bench this week.

Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week – Barbee Kilgore vs. Dan’s Dynasty

It’s time for our first Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week for the 2021 season. Since everyone is tied for first place, all of the Week 1 Match-ups are compelling and worthy of previewing. However, there’s really only one team to mention here and that’s 2020 Chase for the Ring winner Viktor Kilgore and his Ring winning Barbee Kilgore team (League #35395). Viktor took down over 1,000 other teams across all Dynasty Owner leagues and was the “best of the best” last year.

In a “regular” dynasty league, a team has a good chance to repeat because you can keep your team intact. Not in Dynasty Owner as Viktor wasn’t able to keep his entire Ring winning team because of salary increases for several players. Three key players from his 2020 team (Patrick Mahomes, Dalvin Cook, and Travis Kelce) have much higher salaries in 2021. Because of the increase in Mahomes’ salary from $4.1 million in 2020 to $45 million in 2021, Viktor dropped Mahomes for free when his new contract kicked in and replaced him with Ben Roethlisberger (1 year/$14 million). The savings allowed him to keep both Cook and Kelce as their salaries increased by $11 million (Cook) and $4.9 million (Kelce) respectively. He was also able to afford to draft four players in the rookie draft (Mac Jones, Michael Carter, Chuba Hubbard, and Kyle Trask) who have salaries totaling $7.4 million for the 2021 season.

Unlike the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who returned all 22 of their starters from last year, Viktor had some roster turnover in the off-season. Check out the changes in his Starting lineup from the 2020 playoffs to Week 1 this year. Only four out of the eight Starters from both playoff weeks are the same. Essentially, half of the Starters from his 2020 Ring winning team have been dropped or traded.

Position2020 – Week 162020 – Week 152021 – Week 1
QBPatrick MahomesPatrick MahomesBen Roethlisberger
RBDalvin CookDalvin CookDalvin Cook
RBJeffrey WilsonJames RobinsonMyles Gaskin
WRDavante AdamsDavante AdamsDavante Adams
WRMike EvansTyreek HillTyler Boyd
TETravis KelceTravis KelceTravis Kelce
FLEXTyreek HillMike EvansMarvin Jones
KTyler BassTyler BassTyler Bass

Let’s see if that impacts the projections for his Week 1 match-up with Dan’s Dynasty.

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The projections have Barbee Kilgore as the winner of this week’s Match-up of the Week by a significant margin of 157.4 to 119.9. Unfortunately for Dan’s Dynasty, they already had Giovani Bernard play on Thursday night and only score 3.2 Dynasty Owner fantasy points. Plus, they don’t have a Bench kicker. That’s likely to not get it done against the defending Champ!

A win will put Viktor one step closer to repeating as his League Champion and Chase for the Ring Winner. There is plenty of football left to be played this week and nothing is official until Monday Night Football is over. Check out the Tuesday recap article to see if Viktor actually won and if he’s on the first Chase for the Ring Leaderboard of 2021. If your Dynasty Owner team had a good week, they might be there as well.

Conclusion

Please read my weekly preview article each and every week to see who should be in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup and who should be on your Bench. If you have one of the players mentioned, hopefully it will assist you with your lineup decisions. While some Dynasty Owners may heed my advice, others might disagree, or not have a better option for their Starting lineup and choose to ignore a Bench recommendation. Other Dynasty Owners may not need Starting lineup help as they have a stud player at a position who isn’t moving to the Bench unless he’s injured or on bye.

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

  • Mondays: The week is starting, but the NFL football week is almost over. Almost, but not quite yet! To get ready for some more football, Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl) will preview the Monday Night Football matchup from the Dynasty Owner perspective.
  • Tuesdays: In the morning, I’ll recap the week in the NFL and the Match-up of the Week, award the Dynasty Owner Player of the Week and the Value Player of the Week. I’ll also check and see how my weekly recommendations fared and highlight players at each position who should have been in your Dynasty Owner Starting lineup and those who should have been on the Bench or Practice Squad. In the evening, Jay Pounds (@jaypoundsnfl) is back with an article and video to help you figure out what players you need to target in the Free Agent Auction.
  • Wednesday: It’s time for Matt Morrison – The Jerk to dive into a topic of his choosing. His article and video will help Dynasty Owners set their weekly lineup, make roster decisions, think about trade ideas, or just make them more informed about how Dynasty Owners need to think. Every week is different so check it out!
  • Thursday: It’s time to start the football week! Thursday Night Football is happening every week and Matt Morrison – The Jerk will preview the Thursday night game to find the most relevant players from both teams and where they should be – in your Starting lineup, on the Bench or hanging out with the Practice Squad. At the end, he’ll pick his “Value of the Game”. He selected CeeDee Lamb (WR – DAL) in Week 1 and Lamb didn’t disappoint with 23.7 Dynasty Owner fantasy points for just $3.5 million in salary.
  • Friday: The end of the week, but NFL football is still two days away. It’s time for me to preview the Sunday games and look into one Dynasty Owner Match-up of the Week. I’ll make my recommendations of players to get in your Starting lineup and which ones to keep on your Bench. There will be a weekly preview video as well.

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Steven Van Tassell is the Head of Content for Dynasty Owner

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