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 sixteen weeks, most leagues have already been won.
Let’s take our weekly spin around the league, holiday style!
Week Sixteen Fantasy MVP (Santa Claus, himself)
I’m thinking of breaking my finger here on Christmas Day because apparently it turns you into Superman. Dez Bryant’s emergence as a full-fledged elite receiver is complete after his monster effort against the Saints. Bryant had nine catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns in the game, making the New Orleans cornerbacks look like Pop Warner kids. While the Saints don’t boast the greatest defense in the world, Bryant has now scored in seven straight games and has an impressive 88/1,311/12 line on the season with one game to go. Ho-ho-holy smokes, this kid can really play if he keeps his head on straight.
Week Fifteen Fantasy LVP (The Grinch who stole Christmas)
Most owners penciled in Arian Foster for his typical solid outing, even against a Minnesota defense that has been pretty good historically against the run. Unfortunately, Foster posted a dud of a game with just 15 yards on 10 carries and 14 yards on two catches before leaving the game with an irregular heartbeat. To make things worse, he even lost a fumble. There were many titles lost on this performance, but owners need to remember they likely wouldn’t have been in the title game without him.
Still, this one had to sting.
Lineup and Gift Fun
An official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle (The virtually unbeatable gift and lineup of the week)
QB Tony Romo DAL = 416 passing yards, four total touchdowns
RB Reggie Bush MIA = 65 rushing yards, three touchdowns, four catches, 42 receiving yards
RB Ray Rice BAL = 107 rushing yards, six catches, 51 receiving yards, one touchdown
RB Marshawn Lynch SEA = 130 total yards, two touchdowns
WR Dez Bryant DAL = 9 receptions, 224 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Roddy White ATL = 8 receptions, 153 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Calvin Johnson DET = 11 receptions, 225 receiving yards
TE Lance Kendricks STL = Four receptions, 119 receiving yards, one touchdown
Gift Cards (The dominant underdog gift and lineup of the week)
QB Philip Rivers SD = 165 passing yards, two touchdowns
RB Ryan Grant GB = 80 rushing yards, two touchdowns
RB Shonn Greene NYJ = 80 total yards, two touchdowns
RB Joique Bell DET = 83 total yards, nine catches
WR Doug Baldwin SEA = Four catches, 53 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Greg Little CLE = Six receptions, 58 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Jason Avant PHI = Eight catches, 70 receiving yards, one touchdown
TE Delanie Walker SF = Four receptions, 54 receiving yards, one touchdown
A Lump of Coal (The unexpectedly horrible lineup of the week)
QB Carson Palmer OAK = 30 passing yards, one ugly rib injury
RB Arian Foster HOU = 29 total yards, two catches, one lost fumble
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN = 14 rushing yards
RB Frank Gore SF = 28 rushing yards
WR Josh Gordon CLE = 1 catch, 7 yards
WR Sidney Rice SEA = 1 catch, 14 yards
WR Brian Hartline SEA = 2 catches, 12 yards
TE Aaron Hernandez NE = 1 catch, 13 yards
I’d be worried if…
I have players I need for week seventeen from Atlanta, Cincinnati or Indianapolis. All other teams can help their playoff seeding, but these three are locked in to their spots. It’s very possible these teams decide to either rest their players or limit their work on Sunday. Marvin Lewis has already said he won’t do that, but it’s going to be tough to decipher coachspeak from reality this week.
I think this is the end of the content for DLF now that it’s nearing the off-season. Don’t be crazy! We’re the leader in off-season analysis and content, so keep it here all year long and you won’t be disappointed. We’re already planning ahead for our draft coverage, off-season team analysis, mock drafts, player profiles and much more.
I’m spending too much time reading this instead of spending time with my family today.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!