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.
Like most people do, I’ve turned into my parents. As I try to get my son to stop playing Fortnite, I do my best to remember the “good ol’ days” when I played the original Nintendo Entertainment System with games like Super Mario Bros. You know, when you could just get a cartridge, put it into a machine and actually play? It’s so unlike today’s world where you have to update games, connect to the Internet, sign-in to an account, choose not to purchase in-game upgrades, then contemplate if you want to play against someone named “Wolfman62.” It’s ridiculous. Give me some Italian Plumbers who like to jump on mushrooms and save princesses over any of this new stuff. Those young whipper snappers!
In short, it was a simpler time.
So, what does this reference really teach us? Don’t make dynasty fantasy football overcomplicated. While it’s certainly advantageous to follow us at DLF and do the research all off-season, it’s also easy to outthink yourself over the next week or so. If you have a team you love that didn’t win this season, it’s time to tinker but not blow it up. While the disappointment of not winning a title this year may be really raw right now, keep things in perspective. A lot of things can make a great team lose, including injuries, schedule anomalies and just plain bad luck. Just remember it’s a lot easier to build a loser than a winner – don’t turn Super Mario Bros. into Shaq-Fu.
On to the playoff and year-end mega edition. I decided to go jumbo sized after the championship weeks and add some off-season gut checks.
Let’s get to it!
Week Sixteen Fantasy MVP
Prior to the odd week seventeen benching, Antonio Brown posted monster 14-catch, 185-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Saints that likely sewed up a fantasy title or two for his owners. It was a bit of an odd season for Brown, who had some mediocre performances but saved his best for last.
Week Seventeen Fantasy MVP
There are few difference makers at tight end, but leagues who had title games in week seventeen saw George Kittle post a ridiculous nine catches for 149 yards and a touchdown to put an exclamation point on his breakout season.
Week Sixteen Fantasy LVP
Tarik Cohen had his fair share of ups and down this year, but clearly picked the worst possible time to lay an egg with just 19 total yards against a suspect 49ers team.
Week Seventeen Fantasy LVP
Nick Chubb enjoyed a monster second half, establishing himself as a RB1 moving forward. Unfortunately, he fell short of a 1,000 yard season after posting just 24 rushing yards against a stout Ravens defense. Ouch.
2018 Fantasy MVP
As always, there are several candidates for this award. My vote goes to Patrick Mahomes, who shook off a rough preseason to throw for an amazing 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns, becoming the QB1 in dynasty in the process. There were many who believed in his talent, but nobody could have seen this coming.
2018 Fantasy LVP
As always, there are tons of candidates for this award as well. However, my vote goes to Leonard Fournette, who was injured (again), ineffective (3.3 yards per carry) and apparently disrespectful the final week, making the Jaguars void his guarantees. Fournette is clearly expected back, but he needs a bounce back campaign in the worst way after playing in just 21 career games and averaging less than four yards per carry in his first two seasons.
Ken is on Twitter at DLF_KenK
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