Welcome to the final edition of this season’s Dynasty Aftermath. This Tuesday staple has long been one of our signature pieces as we have a little fun after a tough week at the Dynasty League Football office. You’ll find this article will review the week’s happenings in a variety of ways. Fantasy seasons are over, but that just means we’re starting all over with a new year’s worth of content. Thanks for making the aftermath one of most viewed articles each and every week this year.
Let’s take our final weekly spin around the league!
Week Seventeen Fantasy MVP
For those of you who played in week seventeen (we can discuss the pros can cons to that later) and needed a monster performance from Alfred Morris, you got your wish. Morris carried the Redskins offense when they needed it most as they defeated the Cowboys and made it into the playoffs in large part to his 200 yard, three touchdown performance. We’ll be talking extensively about Morris all off-season, but it’s time to take the “Yeah, but,” away from the discussion once and for all. On the year, Morris finished second only to Adrian Peterson in rushing yards with 1,613 yards – that’s good for the third best rushing total by a rookie in history. If that wasn’t enough to make you a believer, he also had 13 rushing touchdowns, second only to Arian Foster this season. We’ll cover all things Shanahanigans this Summer, but the fact is you simply don’t take a player out of the lineup who’s this productive.
Week Seventeen Fantasy LVPs
Let’s just call this one a tie between Sidney Rice and Hakeem Nicks, who scored as many points as you did this week with ZERO. No catches, no rushes, no token tackles on turnovers. They produced absolutely nothing and for Nicks, this is rock bottom, despite his injuries.
The virtually unbeatable lineup of the week:
QB Eli Manning NYG = 208 passing yards, five total touchdowns (sure, NOW you catch fire)
RB Alfred Morris WAS = 200 rushing yards, three touchdowns
RB DeAngelo Williams CAR = 210 rushing yards, two touchdowns (sure, NOW they run the ball)
RB Adrian Peterson MIN = 199 rushing yards, one touchdown
WR Michael Crabtree SF = 8 receptions, 172 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Greg Jennings GB = 8 receptions, 120 receiving yards, two touchdowns (and one Sister with a newly deleted Twitter account)
WR Michael Floyd SD = 8 receptions, 166 receiving yards, one touchdown
TE Jimmy Graham NO = Nine receptions, 115 receiving yards, one touchdown
The dominant underdog lineup of the week:
QB Terrelle Pryor OAK = 150 passing yards, 49 rushing yards, three total touchdowns, one interception
RB Mike Tolbert CAR = 25 rushing yards, three touchdowns
RB Keith Toston JAX = 115 total yards, three catches
RB Michael Robinson SEA = 33 total yards, three catches, one touchdown
WR Jordan Shipley JAX = Seven catches, 51 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Earl Bennett CHI = Five receptions, 109 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Harry Douglas ATL = Four catches, 21 receiving yards, one touchdown
TE Marcedes Lewis JAX = Seven receptions, 103 receiving yards
The unexpectedly horrible lineup of the week:
QB Jake Locker TEN = 152 passing yards
RB Ray Rice BAL = 5 rushing yards (please tell me you took him out)
RB Mark Ingram NO = 39 rushing yards
RB Reggie Bush MIA = 49 total yards, two catches
WR Hakeem Nicks NYG = No catches
WR Sidney Rice SEA = No catches
WR Miles Austin DAL = No catches
TE Vernon Davis SF = 1 catch, 5 yards (was it even that unexpected at this point?)
2012 Lineup Fun
Since our off-season content is going to be full (and I mean full) of gut checks, I’m doing some extra late-night homework and replacing that section with some extended lineup fun to take a look at the categories based on season totals.
The virtually unbeatable lineup of the year:
QB Drew Brees NO = 5,177 passing yards, 43 touchdowns, 19 interceptions
RB Adrian Peterson MIN = 2,097 rushing yards, 40 catches, 217 receiving yards, 13 total touchdowns
RB Doug Martin TB = 1,454 rushing yards, 49 catches, 472 receiving yards, 12 total touchdowns
RB Arian Foster HOU = 1,424 rushing yards, 40 catches, 217 receiving yards, 17 total touchdowns
WR Calvin Johnson DET = 122 receptions, 1,964 receiving yards, five touchdowns
WR Brandon Marshall CHI = 118 receptions, 1,508 receiving yards, 11 touchdowns
WR AJ Green CIN = 97 receptions, 1,350 receiving yards, 11 touchdowns
TE Jimmy Graham NO = 85 receptions, 982 receiving yards, nine touchdowns
The dominant underdog lineup of the year (just think how bad this would have looked in September and consider if you would have kicked this owner out of the league or at least tried to get his first round rookie pick):
QB Russell Wilson SEA = 3,118 passing yards, 489 rushing yards, 30 total touchdowns, ten interceptions
RB Alfred Morris WAS = 1,613 rushing yards, 11 catches, 77 receiving yards, 13 total touchdowns
RB Mikel Leshoure DET = 798 rushing yards, 34 catches, 214 receiving yards, nine total touchdowns
RB Knowshon Moreno DEN = 528 rushing yards, 21 catches, 167 receiving yards, four total touchdowns (all in the last six weeks)
WR Randall Cobb GB = 80 catches, 954 receiving yards, 132 rushing yards, 1,256 return yards, nine total touchdowns
WR James Jones GB = 64 receptions, 784 receiving yards, 14 touchdowns
WR Cecil Shorts JAX = 55 receptions, 979 yards, seven touchdowns
TE Branon Myers OAK = 79 receptions, 806 receiving yards, four touchdowns
The unexpectedly horrible lineup of the year (yes, some of these players were injured for stretches of the season, but they weren’t very good even when they played):
QB Philip Rivers SD = 3,606 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, 15 interceptions
RB Ryan Mathews SD = 707 rushing yards, 39 catches, 252 receiving yards, ONE total touchdown
RB Darren McFadden OAK = 707 rushing yards, 42 catches, 258 receiving yards, three total touchdowns
RB Jonathan Stewart CAR = 336 rushing yards, 17 catches, 157 receiving yards, two total touchdowns
WR Robert Meachem SD = 14 catches, 207 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Titus Young DET = 33 catches, 383 yards, four touchdowns and OH, so much more!
WR Hakeem Nicks NYG = 53 catches, 692 yards, three touchdowns (he was outscored by Brandon LaFell, Davone Bess and Jeremy Kerley, among others)
TE Vernon Davis SF = 41 catches, 548 yards, five touchdowns (a total of six catches for 61 yards over his last six games)
Here’s your fact of the day – In non-PPR leagues, Alfred Morris scored just 12 fewer points than Darren McFadden, Jonathan Stewart and Ryan Mathews combined for this season.
Happy New Year to all the DLF faithful. We hope you help us make 2013 our best year yet!
Ken is on Twitter at DLF_KenK