The Dynasty Aftermath: Week Sixteen

Ken Kelly

Welcome to DLF’s Dynasty Aftermath. This staple article is our longest running signature piece 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.

As we roll upon New Year’s Eve, I always remember spending those nights at my neighbor’s house, trying to stay up as kids watching Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve while the adults played board games. Lots of Super Mario Bros., Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out and Mega Man were played on the Nintendo as we attempted to stay up, always falling just short of watching the ball drop at midnight. Dick Clark was a mainstay in my neighborhood and New Year’s Eve will never be quite the same without his giant earmuffs.

As we roll into the new year, it’s a great reminder that the quest isn’t over…it’s just beginning. Many owners (even in dynasty leagues) will go dark after the season, but savvy owners know it’s now prime time for them to evaluate their rosters, consider important trades, start analyzing this year’s rookie draft (looks to be a good one) and continue building their dynasty. Rest assured we’ll be there as always to guide you through as other sites go dark and we ramp up our coverage. Our season starts NEXT week.

Week Sixteen Fantasy MVP

Every year brings us lesser known players who win leagues all over the globe. Owners who started Adam Thielen were likely hoping for around 15 points and not expecting much more. Instead, Thielen set career highs with 12 catches, 202 receiving yards and two touchdowns, dropping the proverbial ball on any opponent who faced him this week.

Week Sixteen Fantasy LVP

Thomas Rawls had a tough matchup against the Cardinals this week. However, few would have guessed he’d post a measly eight rushing yards in the game. Rawls was hit and miss all season as he nursed injuries and failed to capture the coveted feature back role in Seattle and fulfill what many thought was massive potential.

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Lineup Fun

Dick Clark’s Unbelievable Aging Process Unbeatable Lineup of the Week

QB Aaron Rodgers GB = 347 passing yards, 13 rushing yards, five total touchdowns
RB David Johnson ARI = 95 rushing yards, four receptions, 41 receiving yards, three touchdowns
RB Jay Ajayi MIA = 206 rushing yards, one reception, three receiving yards, one touchdown
RB Le’Veon Bell PIT = 122 rushing yards, three receptions, 15 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Doug Baldwin SEA = 13 catches, 171 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Jordy Nelson GB = Nine catches, 154 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Dez Bryant DAL = Four catches, 70 receiving yards, ten passing yards, three total touchdowns
TE Travis Kelce KC = 
11 catches, 160 receiving yards, one touchdown

The Jenny McCarthy Underdog Lineup of the Week

QB Tyrod Taylor BUF = 329 passing yards, 60 rushing yards, three touchdowns
RB DeAndre Washington OAK = 99 rushing yards, one reception, 18 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Alfred Blue HOU = 73 rushing yards, four receptions, 17 receiving yards, one touchdown
RB Zach Zenner DET  = 67 rushing yards, two receptions, 25 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Adam Thielen MIN= 12 receptions, 202 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Cameron Meredith CHI = Nine receptions, 135 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Brandon LaFell CIN = Six receptions, 130 receiving yards, one touchdown
TE Charles Clay BUF = Eight catches, 85 receiving yards, two touchdowns

The Ryan Seacrest Disappointing Lineup of the Week

QB Marcus Mariota TEN = 99 passing yards, one touchdown, one season ending injury
RB Thomas Rawls SEA = Eight rushing yards
RB Jeremy Hill CIN = Eight rushing yards
RB Jonathan Stewart CAR = 50 rushing yards, one reception, two receiving yards
WR Robby Anderson NYJ = No catches
WR Jamison Crowder WAS = 
One catch, three receiving yards
WR John Brown ARI = 
One catch, 12 receiving yards
TE Coby Fleener NO = Two catches, 30 receiving yards

Gut Checks

I’d be worried if I played my championship game this week. Personally, I like the victory points season format or a two-week championship playoff with two divisions, but playing only week 17 does have its problems. That being said, good players know how to work the system and earn themselves a win.

I’d be worried if I needed Derek Carr this week. That’s one unfortunate injury in just about every way.

I’d be worried if I owned Doug Martin. It looks like his time in Tampa may be over.

I’d be worried if I wasn’t starting to look ahead and consider what I’d give up to get a shot at Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Mike Williams or Corey Davis.

I’d be worried if I owned Jeremy Maclin. Not a great year.

I’d be worried if I owned Randall Cobb. Ditto.

I’d be worried if I had given up on Allen Robinson. This was not the year anyone expected, but a change in coaches sparked him last week.

I’d be worried if I was playing against Travis Kelce any time in the near future.

I’d be worried if I owned Thomas Rawls.

I’d be worried if I owned Tyrod Taylor.

I’d be worried if I was relying on Jonathan Stewart much longer. He is what he is and that’s really not going to change.

I’d be worried if I was ignoring just how explosive JJ Nelson is.

I’d be worried if I wasn’t thinking I’d at least see what someone would give me for Sammy Watkins. He’s a great talent, but I’m concerned about his nagging injuries. If someone wants to give me great value, I’d likely jump on board.

I’d be worried if I owned Kenneth Dixon. I just don’t see “future lead runner for the Ravens” when I watch him play.

I’d be worried if I owned Todd Gurley. Yes, the Rams are awful. However, Gurley has looked pedestrian for most of the year and that’s concerning for a player with this much perceived talent.

I’d be worried if I owned Allen Hurns. Wow.

I’d be worried if I owned Devontae Booker. I just don’t see “future lead runner for the Broncos” here, either.

I’d be worried if I thought I had any idea who would lead the Bears in receiving this week.

I’d be worried if I thought Tony Romo was done. He’ll be a starter somewhere next year.

I’d be worried if I was thinking DeAndre Hopkins wasn’t going to bounce back in a big way next season. Brock Osweiler just annihilated his value this season.

I’d be worried if I didn’t have much depth at running back right now. As a word of warning, the beginning of the off-season is going to be the worst time to trade for a running back. With Fournette, Cook, Christian McCaffrey, D’Onta Foreman, Royce Freeman and a whole host of runners coming into the league, running back depth charts are going to change dramatically in the next few months.

A Look Ahead to Hot Names on the Waiver Wire

You could make a case for players like EJ Manuel, Landry Jones, Darren McFadden, Fitzgerald Touissant (already mentioned in this column weeks ago) and others who may play more. However, be very mindful of benching players who got you into a week 17 meaningful game. Playing backups because you “think” they’re going to play more as teams rest starters always comes with an element of risk.

Previous suggestions: Jalen Richard, Quincy Enunwa, Cole Beasley, Tyreek Hill, Dwayne Washington, Jeremy Kerley, Jacoby Brissett, Cody Kessler, Fozzy Whittaker, Colt McCoy, Kenny Britt, Kenneth Farrow, Trey Burton, Colin Kaepernick, Orleans Darkwa, Raheem Mostert, Trevone Boykin, Cameron Brate, Zach Zenner, Terron Ward, Eddie Royal, Brice Butler, Xavier Grimble, Chester Rogers, Cameron Meredith, Jacquizz Rodgers, Andrew Hawkins, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Peyton Barber, Rob Kelley, Antone Davis, Mike Davis, Bryce Petty, Geno Smith, DeJuan Harris, Percy Harvin, Tre McBride, Bishop Sankey, Terron Ward, Damien Williams, Kapri Bibbs, Ronnie Hillman, Taylor Gabriel, Jalin Marshall, Roger Lewis, Bryce Treggs, Fitzgerald Touissant, Troymaine Pope, Christine Michael, Rex Burkhead, Alex Collins, Marquess Wilson, Matt Barkley, Tom Savage.




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