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. Expect it each and every week.
I’ve written this column for over a decade and I always forget how much I truly enjoy it. I love combing through the stats of the week, putting together ridiculous lineups, finding waiver wire gems, picking MVPs/LVPs and discussing things to worry about.
That’s not all.
I also really love sharing little bits of my life with the community of DLF and picking a theme for this column each week. This year, I’m going off the rails a bit. I’m not just exclusively choosing movies or TV shows and sticking with them. I’m simply picking something relevant, wacky or whatever may come into my mind each given week. My hope is each week will at least be interesting in some way and hopefully make you laugh a few times along the way.
This week is a little different.
As we saluted our veterans this weekend, things kind of hit me. We talk about our great servicemen and women a couple of days each year, then carry on with our daily lives. Every day should have an element of respect for the lives lost and time so many have given to protect our freedom. This week, there are no stories or jokes. I think of my Grandfather who served in World War II and still refuses to talk about it. I think of people like Pat Tillman who risked everything for a higher cause. I think of so many who don’t get thanked enough and simply say…thank you.
Week Ten Fantasy MVP
The tight end position has been a little disappointing this year but those lucky dynasty owners who have Zach Ertz or Travis Kelce have had a huge competitive advantage. Ertz was amazing this week with 14 catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns. The point differential between Ertz and the second tier tight ends this year is getting close to ten points per week, which is enormous.
Week Ten Fantasy LVP
Speaking of tight ends, OJ Howard has been great nearly all season. Unfortunately, this was not his week as he had just one catch for 15 yards. If you had Howard in your lineup and were playing against Ertz, you likely had around 40 points to make up in other spots and that likely proved pretty difficult.
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We’re adding something fun again this week. Our own Ryan McDowell had a great suggestion this year. If you fielded any of the lineups below, let us know and you’ll get a free three months of DLF Premium. We just need the league ID and a screenshot to verify and you’re off an running. The first three to respond would win!
The Unbeatable Lineup of the Week
QB Ben Roethlisberger PIT = 328 passing yards, 27 rushing yards, five touchdowns
RB David Johnson ARI = 98 rushing yards, seven receptions, 85 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Nick Chubb CLE = 176 rushing yards, three receptions, 33 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Christian McCaffrey CAR = 77 rushing yards, five receptions, 61 receiving yards, three touchdowns
WR Tyreek Hill KC = 20 rushing yards, seven receptions, 117 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Michael Thomas NO = Eight receptions, 70 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Brandin Cooks LAR = Ten receptions, 100 receiving yards, one touchdown
TE Zach Ertz PHI = 14 receptions, 145 receiving yards, two touchdowns
The Underdog Lineup of the Week
QB Matt Barkley BUF = 232 passing yards, two touchdowns
RB LeSean McCoy BUF = 113 rushing yards, one reception, five receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Mike Davis SEA = 58 rushing yards, four receptions, 22 receiving yards, one touchdown
RB Derrick Henry TEN = 58 rushing yards, two touchdowns
WR Allen Robinson CHI = Six receptions, 133 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Corey Davis TEN = Seven receptions, 125 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Zay Jones BUF = Eight receptions, 93 receiving yards, one touchdown
TE Jonnu Smith TEN = Three receptions, 45 receiving yards, one touchdown
The Disappointing Lineup of the Week
QB Tom Brady NE = 254 passing yards, one reception, six receiving yards
RB Jordan Howard CHI = 21 rushing yards, one reception, 11 receiving yards
RB Kenyan Drake MIA = 27 rushing yards, two receptions, 11 receiving yards
RB Marlon Mack IND = 29 rushing yards, two receptions, nine receiving yards
WR Golden Tate PHI = Two receptions, 19 receiving yards
WR Jarvis Landry CLE = Two receptions, 22 receiving yards
WR Calvin Ridley ATL = Three receptions, 37 receiving yards
TE Ben Watson NO = One reception, one receiving yard
I’d be worried if I didn’t think Aaron Jones was going to get a real chance to shine after the best Packers running back performance since…wait for it…Samkon Gado.
I’d be worried if I was relying on Cooper Kupp to bring me a title. Injuries stink.
I’d be worried if I had Le’Veon Bell. Things should get better but we also shouldn’t underestimate how well the Steelers used him. Another team may not be a fantasy goldmine.
I’d be worried if I thought David Johnson was done.
I’d be worried if I owned Rob Gronkowski.
I’d be worried if I was still holding out much hope for Chris Hogan.
I’d be worried if I hadn’t determined if I was a contender or pretender and responded accordingly with roster moves.
I’d be worried if I was ignoring the numbers being put up by Mitchell Trubisky.
I’d be worried if I owned Sony Michel. I just don’t trust him to stay healthy.
I’d be worried if I was playing against Davante Adams. Remember when he was going to be a bust after his first two years?
I’d be worried if I was still holding on to Terrelle Pryor.
I’d be worried if I was starting Jordan Howard.
I’d be worried if I thought Golden Tate wouldn’t be a lot better in the coming weeks.
I’d be worried if I was ignoring how good Eric Ebron has really been this year.
I’d be worried if I was relying on any Raider.
I’d be worried if I owned Paul Richardson. That didn’t work out at all.
‘I’d be worried if I thought LeSean McCoy has suddenly turned a corner.
I’d be worried if I owned Kenyan Drake. The Dolphins strategy of not giving their best players the ball is interesting.
I’d be worried if I was ignoring the improvement from Jaylen Samuels.
I’d be worried if I was starting Jimmy Graham. It’s not translating.
I’d be worried if I really thought Keenan Allen wasn’t going to finally score.
I’d be worried if I was starting any Seattle running back. Just when you thought you had it…
Free Agent Find of the Week
Here’s the deal. I feel like this section of the aftermath has become a little redundant. We already post a waiver wire article each week to prep you for your weekly FAAB run or to burn your waiver priority. It’s feeling a little like double dipping since many of the same names could easily mentioned. Instead of doing that in the future, I’m going to add a name or two of players who are likely free agents in your league who you really wouldn’t even need to use your FAAB bid bucks. These are going to be deep dive players here and most are names to simply keep an eye on unless you have an open roster spot or two.
Mo Alie-Cox, TE IND
Alie-Cox is a former VCU basketball player who stands 6’5″ and weighs 267 pounds. He has great athleticism and while the Colts are highly unlikely to keep two tight ends fantasy viable, no less three, Alie-Cox has scored in two straight games. As a player who will be a free agent at the end of the year, there’s reason for him at least being on watch lists.
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