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. After seven weeks, the contenders are starting to further set themselves apart from the pretenders in both reality and fantasy. Let’s take our weekly spin around the league!
Week Eight Fantasy MVP
Last week, Tampa Bay’s Vincent Jackson won the award and the trophy stays in Tampa for week eight after Doug Martin exploded for 135 rushing yards, 79 receiving yards on three catches and scored two touchdowns. There’s been talk all season about Martin being the next Ray Rice, but this game showed he really does have some dynamic ability.
Week Eight Fantasy LVP
With Brady Quinn at the helm this week, dynasty owners expected a healthy dose of Jamaal Charles. Instead, Charles had just four rushing yards and added six receiving yards on three catches. After the game, Romeo Crennell seemed perplexed and confused as to why Charles didn’t get the ball more. Unfortunately, Crennell is actually the Head Coach of the Chiefs.
Lineup Fun The virtually unbeatable lineup of the week…
QB Matt Stafford DET = 352 passing yards, three touchdowns, one interception
RB Doug Martin TB = 135 rushing yards, three catches, 79 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Willis McGahee DEN = 122 rushing yards, two catches, 33 receiving yards, one touchdown
RB Trent Richardson CLE = 122rushing yards, one touchdown
WR Titus Young DET = 9 receptions, 100 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Demaryius Thomas DEN = 7 receptions, 137 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Julio Jones ATL = 5 receptions, 123 receiving yards, one touchdown
TE Jason Witten DAL = 18 receptions, 167 receiving yards
The dominant underdog lineup of the week…
QB Blaine Gabbert JAX = 303 passing yards, one touchdown, no interceptions
RB Dexter McCluster = 6 catches, 69 total yards, one touchdown
RB Vick Ballard IND = 55 rushing yards, one catch, 16 receiving yards, one touchdown
RB Daniel Thomas MIA = 42 rushing yards, one touchdown
WR Brandon Lloyd NE = 2 catches, 28 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Chris Givens STL = 3 catches, 63 yards, one touchdown
WR DJ Davis ATL = 2 catches, 30 yards, one touchdown
TE Kellen Davis CHI = 1 catch, 12 yards, one touchdown
The unexpectedly horrible lineup of the week…
QB Jay Cutler CHI = 186 passing yards, one touchdown, one interception
RB Jamaal Charles KC = 3 catches, 10 total yards
RB DeAngelo Williams CAR = 33 rushing yards
RB Reggie Bush MIA = 65 total yards, one catch
WR Victor Cruz NYG =2 catches, 23 receiving yards
WR Kenny Britt TEN = 3 catches, 34 receiving yards
WR Antonio Brown PIT = 4 catches, 38 receiving yards
TE Antonio Gates SD = 2 catches, 14 yards
I’d be worried if…
I was thinking Brady Quinn would make good on this chance with KC. A head injury ruined that one.
I’m underestimating the Bucs offense – they’re starting to click.
I have Cam Newton on my dynasty team. He played a little better this week, but he needs to look in the mirror when it comes to changes.
I have Steve Smith of the Panthers as my veteran WR1 or WR2. He still hasn’t scored this year, though he did have a decent line this week.
I own Philip Rivers or Antonio Gates in my dynasty league. It’s starting to get to the point where this is getting seriously worrisome for this duo.
I’m counting on Ryan Mathews this season. The touches are there, but another fumble isn’t good.
I’m thinking Calvin Johnson is going to carry my team this year. Look, he’s an uber-stud, but teams are finding some success by just taking him away and daring anyone else to beat them.
I think Alex Green is going to be a viable weapon this year. The trade deadline is going to be a very interesting source of conversation in the Green Bay headquarters this week because the running backs are just not getting it done.
I was expecting Shonn Greene to keep it going.
I’m counting on Reggie Bush to be my RB2. He’s still the first option for the Dolphins, but Daniel Thomas seems to be getting some very valuable carries, especially near the goal line.
I have Michael Vick as my QB1. We don’t even need to elaborate.
I own Rashard Mendenhall. It certainly seems that Jonathan Dwyer may just be in the mix to take over as the team’s starting running back or at least take on a bigger role.
I need Steven Jackson to be productive for me this year. Unless he gets traded, this is looking like the first year he won’t get to 1,000 yards in quite some time.
I’m expecting greatness from Kenny Britt this season. It’s looking more and more like this season is going to be used to just start to get him back to 100%.
I’ve underestimated the greatness of Peyton Manning…or the vulnerability of the Saints defense.