Welcome to DLF’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 and help set you up for the coming weeks as we spin around the league in the way we know best.
Week Two Fantasy MVP
As always, there were a ton of players who could have qualified for this award (including the dynamic duo of Giants receivers), but we’re going to go with Reggie Bush of the Miami Dolphins. It’s one thing to have a great day as a running back, but quite another to have it against a team who knows you’re basically the only weapon on offense. Bush torched the Raiders to the tune of 26 carries for 172 yards, three catches for 25 more yards and two total touchdowns. Bush has been seemingly undervalued in dynasty leagues over the past year, as he now has five 100 yard performances in his last six games, dating back to last season. He may just have actually found his niche in this league – he’s averaging six yards per carry this season with defenses stacking the box and he has the look of a really solid RB2 again this season.
Week Two Fantasy LVP
It’s getting really tough to find any more excuses for Chris Johnson. You can blame the Titans offensive line all you want, but Johnson now has a grand total of 21 yards on 19 carries this year – that means he’s on pace to be CJ168. He’s looked tentative and now has just four 100 yard games in his last 18 contests. At this point, it’s smart to make sure you have Jamie Harper and Javon Ringer if you own Johnson. This simply can’t last much longer because the Titans need some production to help out Jake Locker.
The virtually unbeatable lineup of the week…
QB Robert Griffin III = 206 passing yards, 82 rushing yards, one INT, three total touchdowns
RB Reggie Bush MIA = 197 total yards, three catches, two total touchdowns
RB CJ Spiller BUF = 167 total yards, three catches, two touchdowns
RB Trent Richardson CLE = 145 total yards, four catches, two touchdowns
WR Hakeem Nicks NYG = 10 catches, 199 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Danny Amendola STL = 15 catches, 160 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Victor Cruz NYG = 11 catches, 179 receiving yards, one touchdown
TE Dante Rosario SD = 4 catches, 48 receiving yards, three touchdowns
The dominant underdog lineup of the week…
QB Brandon Weeden CLE = 322 passing yards, two touchdowns, no INTs
RB Ben Tate HOU = 74 rushing yards, two touchdowns
RB Andre Brown NYG = 71 rushing yards, one touchdown
RB Jackie Battle SD = 69 rushing yards, two touchdowns
WR Donnie Avery IND = 9 catches, 111 yards
WR Brian Hartline MIA = 9 catches, 111 yards
WR Brandon Tate CIN = 3 catches, 71 recieving yards, one touchdown
TE Anthony McCoy = 5 catches, 41 receiving yards, one touchdown
The unexpectedly horrible lineup of the week…
QB Jay Cutler CHI = 126 passing yards, one touchdown, four INTs
RB Ahmad Bradshaw NYG = 16 total yards, one head injury
RB Shonn Greene NYJ = 23 rushing yards
RB Donald Brown IND = 45 rushing yards
WR Stephen Hill NYJ = No catches
WR Justin Blackmon JAX = No catches
WR Robert Meachem SD = No catches
TE Aaron Hernandez NE = No catches, one ankle injury
I’d be worried if…
I own Matt Forte or Aaron Hernandez. Those injuries both look like high ankle sprains that are going to take a while to recover from.
I’m still not believing Michael Crabtree can be a viable player in dynasty leagues.
I’m playing any team that has CJ Spiller on it.
I’m banking on Robert Meachem to be a consistent fantasy performer. The trouble Philip Rivers and Meachem have been having getting on the same page in practice has absolutely spilled over into the regular season – he has two catches for 49 yards in two games.
I think Dante Rosario is ever going to do that again.
I didn’t listen to us when we said Donnie Avery was a good sleeper this year. We were wrong on more than a few, but this one looks good right now.
I’ve been throwing dirt on the value of Frank Gore – he’s not done quite yet.
I own any Cardinals running back. This has been absolutely putrid.
I burned all my free agency dollars on Kevin Ogletree.
I’m completely dismissing Alfred Morris. Look, he could get pulled after a bad game, but he hasn’t had one after two weeks.
I’m expecting WR1 numbers from Marques Colston on a weekly basis. This has been a very rough start for Colston and he seems like the odd man out for some reason.
I have Isaiah Pead and don’t see Daryl Richardson as a legitimate threat. Sorry guys, but it’s time to face reality.
I own Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs are finding themselves down a ton and it’s hard to say if they’re just easing him in, but he had only nine touches for 22 yards this week – that’s not the Charles we know.
I own Chris Johnson. Look, we covered it earlier, but this is getting to be a very serious concern. He’s a guy who realistically should be benched in fantasy (and possibly reality) at this point.
I expect this monster season from Dez Bryant. After two games, he has just seven catches for 102 yards – not exactly dominant.
I’m just going to give up on Rod Streater after a bad week. Patience here, gang. This Raiders receiving corps has never been able to stay healthy.
I own David Wilson. He’s squarely in the doghouse of Tom Coughlin and that house is awfully tough to escape from. He’ll get a second chance, but don’t expect that to come soon, especially with as well as Andre Brown played this week.
I expect any type of consistency from Anquan Boldin. It’s sad, but he’s no better than a pretty weak possession receiver option at this point.
I think Randy Moss is going to get back to being Randy Moss. He’s clearly not a priority in the offense. Kudos to him for not complaining about it thus far.
I think Shonn Greene is going to break out his slump. Look, he is what he is and that’s just not very good.
I have James Jones. After Greg Jennings couldn’t play Thursday, Jones was a hot flex play. He responded with two catches for -1 yards, reminding us you’ll never know when he’ll have a good game.
I expect to Kenny Britt to have a game as bad as he did on Sunday with one catch for five yards.
Ditto for Julio Jones who had four catches for 14 yards.
I own Eddie Royal. If I would have told you he’d have twice as many catches as his teammate Robert Meachem after two weeks, you’d be ecstatic. Well, he does with four. FOUR.
I have Jonathan Dwyer. This should have been the week he took hold of the starting job, but he failed miserably.
I own Daniel Thomas. After sitting out the game with a concussion, Thomas saw Lamar Miller do more than an admirable job giving Reggie Bush a breather. Thomas is quickly dropping from the dynasty picture altogether.
Wes Welker is one of my cornerstone players. He was actually benched by the Pats to begin the game, but still posted a good night after Aaron Hernandez was hurt. The Patriots seem to be willing to prove to Welker they can win without him.
I own Blaine Gabbert. Things were looking up for him until this week. If he’s out, look for Chad Henne to take over permanently if he can move the offense.
See you next week for the next edition of the Dynasty Aftermath. You can follow Ken on twitter @DLF_KenK.
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