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 ten 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 Ten Fantasy MVP
There a lot of players who hang on for too long as we see their careers fizzle to a stop. Tony Gonzalez won’t be one of them. In what looks to be his final season, Gonzalez is having one of his finest years. In week ten, he went toe-to-toe with Jimmy Graham of the Saints and held his own with 11 catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
At this point, he’s on pace for 108 catches, 1,097 yards and 11 touchdowns – not bad for a 36-year old tight end, eh?
Week Nine Fantasy LVP
Reggie Bush was supposed to come out of the bye healthy and ready to be the workhorse for the Dolphins again. Instead, he fell flat on his face and was benched by the team for fumbling. His owners certainly wanted more than the 21 rushing yards and eight receiving yards he produced on the day.
Lineup Fun The virtually unbeatable lineup of the week…
QB Joe Flacco BAL = 341 passing yards, four total touchdowns, one interception
RB Fred Jackson BUF = 80 rushing yards, four catches, 35 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Adrian Peterson MIN = 171 rushing yards, three catches, 5 receiving yards, one touchdown
RB Arian Foster HOU = 102 rushing yards, five catches, 15 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Calvin Johnson DET = 12 receptions, 207 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Danario Alexander SD = 5 receptions, 134 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Jeremy Maclin PHI = 8 receptions, 93 receiving yards, one touchdown
TE Tony Gonzalez ATL = 11 receptions, 122 receiving yards, two touchdowns
The dominant underdog lineup of the week…
QB Christian Ponder MIN = 221 passing yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions
RB Danny Woodhead NE = 61 total yards, two touchdowns
RB Andre Brown NYG = Five catches, 94 total yards, one touchdown
RB Marcel Reece OAK = 48 rushing yards, seven catches, 56 receiving yards
WR Donald Jones BUF = 6 catches, 74 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Golden Tate SEA = 2 catches, 51 yards, two total touchdowns (including one passing)
WR Jarius Wright MIN = 3 catches, 65 yards, one touchdown
TE Greg Olsen CAR = 9 catches, 102 yards, two touchdowns
The unexpectedly horrible lineup of the week…
QB Eli Manning NYG = 215 passing yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions
RB Michael Turner ATL = 15 rushing yards
RB Reggie Bush MIA = One catch, 29 total yards
RB Pierre Thomas NO = One catch, 16 total yards
WR Steve Smith CAR =1 catch, 19 receiving yards
WR Ryan Broyles DET = 1 catch, 6 receiving yards
WR Eric Decker DEN = 2 catches, 15 receiving yards
TE Jacob Tamme DEN = 1 catch, 6 receiving yards
I’d be worried if…
I own Robert Meachem. He’s officially a free agent bust now that Danario Alexander is in the fold.
I think Danario Alexander is done with his knee issues. Sorry to immediately throw water on this, but he’s had more knee surgeries than you have fingers.
I play CJ Spiller this week. Fred Jackson is out and Spiller is ready to blow up on Thursday night.
I have Michael Vick as my QB1 or even as my QB2 – it’s quite possible he’s played his final snap of the year.
I own Eli Manning. Look, it’s likely just a minor slump and the worry scale is probably at a “2” out of “10” right now, but if he comes out of the bye looking tired, it’s going to be a big story in dynasty leagues.
I don’t have a decent backup quarterback. How many concussions do we have to see before we start thinking it’s necessary to have not one, but two great options at quarterback.
I own Ryan Fitzpatrick. He puts up good fantasy numbers, but his days as a starter are nearing an end. He certainly won’t be the top dog for the Bills after this season.
I think I’m going to get that kind of game from Danny Woodhead again.
I have Ryan Mathews in my dynasty league. San Diego is just a constant disappointment and Mathews has been a huge one in his own right so far this year.
I’m just attributing Cecil Shorts’ production to garbage time. He’s playing pretty well at the moment.
I’m ignoring the production from Denarius Moore so far – he’s quietly having a great season.
I’m not covering the pass with Golden Tate now. OK, not really, but he’s also quietly performing well.
I traded away rookie picks this year for picks next year. We’re going to look back on this class and be amazed at how good it really is from a fantasy perspective.
I’m banking on Brandon Lloyd breaking out. He still has a chance, but it’s getting late.
I’m hoping for a repeat of last year for Steve Smith. He still has just one touchdown and the Panthers are a mess.
I have Brandon Bolden. After looking like he could really challenge Stevan Ridley for playing time, he’s now suspended for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and has an injured knee on top of it.
I’m hoping for a breakout from Justin Blackmon. This is a redshirt year here, folks.
I have any Jets quarterback or offensive player. Just sayin’…
I own Hakeem Nicks or Victor Cruz. See Manning, Eli.
I was hoping the resurgence from Michael Turner would last.
I own Kenny Britt. He just doesn’t look 100% this year.
I have Ben Roethlisberger on my dynasty team. At the time this is published, we still don’t know the extent of his injury, but it certainly didn’t look good.
I haven’t figured out if I’m a contender or a pretender this year. You have to be one or another and if you haven’t figured it out, you’re probably not a contender.
Good luck this week!
Ken is on Twitter at DLF_KenK