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 fifteen years and I really do enjoy it. I love combing through the stats of the week, putting together ridiculous lineups, 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. You really never know what you’re going to get. In fact, I’ll reserve the right to change my theme ideas if something cool happens like my friend peeing their pants at the Goodwill. If you missed one this year, click below:
Week One: The time I ordered The Peloton
Week Two: The time I went Vegan
Week Three: The time I went snowboarding without a Sherpa
Week Four: The time I found my Lack of Mystical Kung-Fu Powers
Week Five: The time my Mom thought she was going to prison for Bootlegging Brewster’s Millions
Week Six: The time my Cousin’s friend turned into Lee Harvey Oswald
Week Seven: The Time I turned into Ben Matlock in Juvenile Court
It’s election day, so I’m going to take a break from stories this week and focus on the Dynasty Mid-Terms. Here are my winners and losers for some different categories we covered in the off-season.
Fantasy Comeback Player of the Year
Winner: James Conner, RB PIT
Loser: AJ Green, WR CIN
Conner has re-emerged as a bellcow for Pittsburgh and even though the injury concerns are always going to be there, he’s been more productive than we thought. As for Green, he’s had a couple of big games, but just doesn’t look the same. If this was real-life. Alex Smith wins hands down.
Best Dynasty Sell
Winner: Michael Thomas, WR NO
Loser: Dalvin Cook, RB MIN
You could have demanded and received a King’s ransom for Thomas in the off-season. Early injuries and some team turmoil have ruined his season thus far. As for Cook, he has been simply dominant and stayed relatively healthy so far. If you sold him, you likely sold for below market value.
Best Dynasty Buy
Winner: The Rookie Receivers
Loser: Sam Darnold, QB NYJ
We’ve had some challenges with the rookie class, but have also seen enough from these receivers to know they’re here to stay. As for Darnold, his price has actually gone down since the beginning of the year and it seems this may actually be his last year in New York.
Winner: TJ Hockenson, TE DET
Loser: Kirk Cousins, WR MIN
Hockenson has started to emerge as of late in a position starving for quality options. Meanwhile, Kirk Cousins has regressed and looks like he may not be long for the road in Minnesota.
Bust of the Year
Winner: Kenyan Drake, RB ARI
Loser: Keenan Allen, WR LAC
Drake has been awful for most of the season and could permanently lose his job to Chase Edmonds if he doesn’t return quickly from his injury. As for Allen, the change to Justin Herbert has vaulted him into a weekly top-end WR1 play.
Sleeper Rookie of the Year (Had to be Ranked outside our top 24)
Winner: James Robinson, RB JAX
Loser: Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR WAS
Robinson has been an undrafted revelation for the Jaguars and while you can argue he may not be the bellcow next season, he sure is right now. As for AGG, he’s been barely productive when on the field.
Rookie of the Year
Winner: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB KC
Loser: Cam Akers, RB LAR
From the top 24, CEH looks to have it, though he hasn’t been incredibly impressive. Had Dak Prescott not gone down, this award would be destined for CeeDee Lamb. Meanwhile, Akers has barely touched the field and seems to be third in a maddening RBBC.
Winner: Alvin Kamara, RB NO
Loser: Saquon Barkley, RB NYG
Barkley’s season was cut short by his torn ACL and that tanked teams very early. As for Kamara, he’s been dominant. While this is only a mid-term and players like Davante Adams will have his say on the award, Kamara wins at the halfway mark.
Get out and vote! Let’s do it!
Week Eight Fantasy MVP
Remember when the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine came and went, leaving Dalvin Cook labeled as a sub-par athlete? Well, Mr. Cook posted 163 rushing yards, two catches, 63 receiving yards and four touchdowns. While there are always going to be durability concerns here, he’s one player who can lead a team directly to a title.
Week Eight Fantasy LVP
Amari Cooper is legendary for both giant games and total duds. This week was one of those duds as Cooper recorded just one catch for five yards this week and ruined the day of countless fantasy owners.
The Unbeatable Lineup of the Week
QB Patrick Mahomes KC = 416 passing yards, five total touchdowns
RB Dalvin Cook MIN = 163 rushing yards, two catches, 63 receiving yards, four touchdowns
RB Alvin Kamara NO = 67 rushing yards, nine catches, 96 receiving yards
RB Gio Bernard CIN = 62 rushing yards, three catches, 16 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR DK Metcalf SEA = 12 catches, 161 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Davante Adams GB = Seven catches, 53 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Robert Woods LAR = Seven catches, 85 receiving yards, two total touchdowns
TE Travis Kelce KC = Eight catches, 109 receiving yards, one touchdown
The Underdog Lineup of the Week
QB Drew Lock DEN = 248 passing yards, three total touchdowns, one interception
RB DeeJay Dallas SEA = 41 rushing yards, five catches, 17 receiving yards, two touchdowns.
RB Nyheim Hines IND = Eight rushing yards, three catches, 54 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Jordan Wilkins IND = 89 rushing yards, one catch, 24 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Corey Davis TEN = Eight catches, 128 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Brandon Aiyuk SF = Eight catches, 91 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Mecole Hardman KC = Seven catches, 96 receiving yards, one touchdown
TE Eric Ebron PIT = Four catches, 48 receiving yards, one touchdown
The Disappointing Lineup of the Week
QB Jimmy Garoppolo SF = 84 passing yards, one interception
RB Jonathan Taylor IND = 22 rushing yards, two catches, nine receiving yards
RB Lamical Perine NYJ = 27 rushing yards, two catches, six receiving yards
RB D’Andre Swift DET = One rushing yard, three catches, 22 receiving yards
WR Kenny Golladay DET = No catches
WR Nelson Agholor LV = No catches
WR Amari Cooper DAL = One catch, five yards
TE Dallas Goedert PHI = One catch, 15 receiving yards
I’d be worried if I was expecting anything from any Green Bay running back this week.
I’d be worried if I was counting on Jared Goff every week.
I’d be worried if I owned Todd Gurley. His knees seem shot.
I’d be worried if I owned Diontae Johnson. Great player, poor health record.
I’d be worried if I owned Jonathan Taylor. This is a serious concern.
I’d be worried if I owned Cam Newton. It’s looking over.
I’d be worried if I was relying on any Dallas skill player.
I’d be worried if I passed on Justin Herbert.
I’d be worried if I expected consistency from any Tampa Bay receiver.
I’d be worried if I owned Josh Allen. He’s regressing by the week it seems.
I’d be worried if I didn’t think Christian McCaffrey was going to have his say on who wins this year.
I’d be worried if I owned Robert Woods and he wasn’t driving me nuts.
I’d be worried if I thought I knew how the Chargers carries were going to be distributed on a week-to-week basis.
I’d be worried if I missed out on snagging Travis Fulgham. He’s going to stick around.
I’d be worried if I’m ignoring the volatility of Tyler Higbee.
I’d be worried if I thought Baker Mayfield was better without OBJ.
I’d be worried if I owned Kenny Golladay. It’s looking like a lost season.
I’d be worried if I owned Michael Thomas. No guarantee he comes back and looks like he did last season.
I’d be worried if I owned any Bears skill player other than Allen Robinson.
Top Rookie Scoring Averages through week Eight
I’m adding the scoring change from week-to-week so you can see how each performance is affecting their averages – this could help you in determining any buy or sell opportunities.
1.) Justin Herbert QB LAC = 28.70 (-0.54)
2.) Joe Burrow QB CIN = 22.96 (-0.23)
3.) James Robinson RB JAX = 19.37 (No change)
4.) Justin Jefferson WR MIN = 16.95 (-1.62)
5.) Chase Claypool WR PIT = 14.97 (+0.04)
6.) Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB KC = 14.33 (-1.17)
7.) Brandon Aiyuk WR SF = 12.15 (+1.56)
8.) Antonio Gibson RB WAS = 13.59 (No change)
9.) CeeDee Lamb WR DAL = 13.46 (-0.70)
10.) Jonathan Taylor RB IND = 13.14 (-1.14)
11.) Tee Higgins WR CIN = 12.82 (+0.22)
12.) D’Andre Swift RB DET = 12.71 (-1.24)
13.) Laviska Shenault WR JAX = 10.40 (No change)
14.) Zack Moss RB BUF = 9.34 (+2.69)
15.) Jerry Jeudy WR DEN = 9.27 (+0.34)
16.) Jalen Reagor WR PHI = 9.27 (+1.97)
17.) Albert Okwuegbunam TE DEN = 9.13 (-0.58)
18.) Darnell Mooney WR CHI = 8.56 (+1.34)
19.) JK Dobbins RB BAL = 8.41 (+0.78)
20.) Joshua Kelley RB LAC = 8.30 (-0.68)
The Rookie Top 20
Always check our latest rankings to see the updates through the week. I take these from the rankers who input their information the quickest after the end of the week.
1.) Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB KC (21 rushing yards, three catches, ten receiving yards) (Previous Ranking: 1)
This looks to be a clear timeshare with Le’Veon Bell at this point. The dreams of CEH being a true difference maker in year one are starting to really fade rapidly now.
2.) CeeDee Lamb, WR DAL (19 rushing yards, four catches, 27 receiving yards) (2)
We’ve seen enough from Lamb to know he’s going to be very good. However, we’ve also seen enough from the backup quarterbacks and offensive line to know he’s not going to be very consistent this year. His floor is low each week at this point.
3.) Jonathan Taylor, RB IND (22 rushing yards, two catches, nine receiving yards) (3)
He’s gone from dynasty roster savior to someone you can’t even play each week. If this week’s committee attack returns next week, Taylor is going to start tumbling down this list in a hurry. In fact, he probably already should be.
4.) JK Dobbins, RB BAL (113 rushing yards, one catch, eight receiving yards) (4)
He’s starting to heat up a bit with Ingram out.
5.) D’Andre Swift, RB DET (One rushing yard, three catches, 22 receiving yards) (5)
Another clunker of a stat line for Swift, but he’s seeing much more time on the field and that’s encouraging.
6.) Justin Jefferson, WR MIN (Three catches, 26 receiving yards) (6)
Hard to have a big game when your running back can’t be stopped and your quarterback has 11 pass attempts.
7.) Jerry Jeudy, WR DEN (Four catches, 73 receiving yards) (7)
You might be seeing your last chance to buy on Jeudy now.
8.) Chase Claypool WR PIT (Five catches, 42 receiving yards, one touchdown) (8)
Another solid effort from Claypool, who led the team in targets.
10.) Henry Ruggs, WR LV (Two catches, eight receiving yards) (10)
He hasn’t really found his niche, but the talent is clearly oozing.
11.) Cam Akers, RB LAR (35 rushing yards, one catch, 19 receiving yards) (11)
A little better this week, but he’s still buried on the depth chart.
12.) Jalen Reagor, WR PHI (Three catches, 16 yards, one touchdown) (12)
13.) James Robinson, RB JAX (Bye Week) (13)
14.) Laviska Shenault, WR JAX (Bye Week) (14)
15.) Antonio Gibson, RB WAS (Bye Week) (15)
16.) Brandon Aiyuk, WR SF (Eight catches, 91 receiving yards, one touchdown) (16)
Destined for the top ten soon if he keeps putting up these numbers.
17.) Michael Pittman, WR IND (One catch, six yards)
His slow start continues.
18.) Denzel Mims, WR NYJ (Two catches, 42 receiving yards) (18)
He’s hard to even evaluate on a team this bad.
19.) Joe Burrow, QB CIN (249 passing yards, two touchdowns) (19)
He’s still being bludgeoned, but he’s been great.
20.) Justin Herbert, QB LAC (278 passing yards, three total touchdowns, two interceptions) (20)
Burrow isn’t the only special find in this year’s class.