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 the past sixteen years and I love it. I enjoy combing through the stats of the week on Monday night, putting together ridiculous lineups, picking MVPs/LVPs and discussing things to worry about.
That’s not all. I also really love sharing observations, little bits of entertainment or some stories with the community of DLF and picking a theme for this column each week. You really never know what you’re going to get.
The state of the running back position after five weeks is terrible. In fact, it reminds me of the sketch below.
Yep. It’s not just terrible. It’s Sofa King terrible! Just take a look at some of these shocking averages so far this season:
Aaron Jones = 14.4
Dalvin Cook = 14.1
Joe Mixon = 14.0
Kareem Hunt = 13.0
Jonathan Taylor = 12.3
Alvin Kamara = 12.1
JK Dobbins = 10.9
David Montgomery = 10.7
Najee Harris = 10.3
James Conner = 10.1
Travis Etienne = 9.0
Ezekiel Elliott = 8.8
And honestly, the list goes on. That is a “who’s who” of running backs and there are a whopping 25 receivers who are all averaging more points per game than that group. This is an amazing start to a season and just shows how far the league has changed in terms of how important pass catchers are and how interchangeable the running back position truly is. Devin Duvernay is averaging more fantasy points than every running back on that list. Let that sink in for a moment.
Make no mistake. If your team is solely built around running backs on that list, you have a problem. And it’s Sofa King big.
Let’s get to it!
Fantasy MVP of the Week
Well, the Taysom Hill fantasy quandary has come back yet again. Hill continues to be a player who just doesn’t seem to fit in fantasy football. Consider this (from our own Ryan McDowell) -Hill is the TE4 on the season and has one total catch. He also has more rushing touchdowns (four) than any other tight end has in league history. For his career. Say what you will about how absurd this is, but Hill may just represent a huge advantage for people again. Sofa King huge.
Fantasy LVP of the Week
Jamaal Williams was supposed to be huge this week with D’Andre Swift out. Instead, he and the Lions totally flopped as Williams could only post 56 rushing yards and failed to catch a pass. He and Jared Goff were just plain awful in a 29-0 loss to the Patriots. This just reminds us all that Swift really is a special talent.
The Unbeatable Lineup of the Week
QB Josh Allen BUF = 424 passing yards, 42 rushing yards, four touchdowns, one interception
RB Leonard Fournette TB = 56 rushing yards, ten catches, 83 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Austin Ekeler LAC = 173 rushing yards, four catches, 26 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Josh Jacobs LAR = 154 rushing yards, five catches, 39 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Gabriel Davis BUF = Three catches, 171 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Justin Jefferson MIN = 12 catches, 154 receiving yards, 23 passing yards
WR Davante Adams LV = Three catches, 124 receiving yards, two touchdowns
TE(?) Taysom Hill NO = 22 passing yards, 112 rushing yards, four touchdowns
2022 members of the list: Justin Jefferson (3), Austin Ekeler (3), Mark Andrews (2), Tyreek Hill (2), Josh Jacobs (2), Davante Adams (2), Tua Tagovailoa (1), Patrick Mahomes (1), Jared Goff (1), Josh Allen (1), Lamar Jackson (1), Saquon Barkley (1), Jonathan Taylor (1), D’Andre Swift (1) Aaron Jones (1), Nick Chubb (1), Miles Sanders (1), Derrick Henry (1), Devin Singletary (1), Cordarrelle Patterson (1), Leonard Fournette (1), DeVonta Smith (1), Marquise Brown (1), Chris Olave (1), Cooper Kupp (1), Stefon Diggs (1), Jaylen Waddle (1), Mike Evans (1), Gabriel Davis (1), Travis Kelce (1), TJ Hockenson (1), Taysom Hill (1)
The Underdog Lineup of the Week
QB Geno Smith SEA = 268 passing yards, three touchdowns
RB Tevin Coleman SF = 23 rushing yards, three catches, 44 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Rhamondre Stevenson NE = 161 rushing yards, two catches, 14 receiving yards
RB Raheem Mostert MIA = 113 rushing yards, one catch, nine receiving yards
WR Dyami Brown WAS = Two catches, 105 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Khalil Shakir BUF = Three catches, 75 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Marvin Jones JAX = Seven catches, 104 receiving yards
TE Hayden Hurst CIN = Six catches, 53 receiving yards, one touchdown
2022 members of the list: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (3), Jamaal Williams (2), Trevor Lawrence (1), Jared Goff (1), Geno Smith (2), Carson Wentz (1), Dontrell Hilliard (1), James Robinson (1), Tony Pollard (1), Damien Harris (1), Khalil Herbert (1), Tevin Coleman (1), Rhamondre Stevenson (2), JK Dobbins (1), Raheem Mostert (1), Mack Hollins (1), Zay Jones (1), Russell Gage (1), David Njoku (1), Devin Duvernay (1), Robbie Anderson (1), Jahan Dotson (1), OJ Howard (1), Garrett Wilson (1), Friggin’ Mike Williams (1), Dyami Brown (1), Khalil Shakir (1), Marvin Jones (1), Amari Cooper (1), Jamal Agnew (1), Josh Reynolds (1), Corey Davis (1), Irv Smith Jr (1), Mo Alie-Cox (1), Hayden Hurst (1)
The Disappointing Lineup of the Week
QB Jared Goff DET = 229 passing yards, one interception
RB Chase Edmonds MIA = One rushing yard
RB Damien Harris NE = 11 rushing yards, one catch, one receiving yard
RB Cam Akers LAR = 33 rushing yards
WR Tee Higgins CIN = No catches
WR Elijah Moore NYJ = One catch, 11 receiving yards
WR Christian Kirk JAX = One catch, 11 receiving yards
TE Gerald Everett LAC = One catch, tw0 receiving yards
2022 members of the list: Cam Akers (3), Darnell Mooney (2), Trevor Lawrence (1), Carson Wentz (1), Matt Ryan (1), Aaron Rodgers (1), Jared Goff (1), Damien Williams (1), Elijah Mitchell (1), Rashaad Penny (1), Tyler Allgeier (1), Kenneth Walker (1), Tony Pollard (1), Jonathan Taylor (1), David Montgomery (1), Darrell Henderson (1), Raheem Mostert (1), Chase Edmonds (1), Damien Harris (1), Tee Higgins (1), DeVonta Smith (1), Chase Claypool (1), Julio Jones (1), Amari Cooper (1) Alec Pierce (1), DeVante Parker (1),Skyy Moore (1), Mecole Hardman (1), Robbie Anderson (1), DJ Moore (1), Elijah Moore (1), Christian Kirk (1), Dawson Knox (1), OJ Howard (1), Dalton Schultz (1), Gerald Everett (1)
I’d be worried if I had sold low on Austin Ekeler.
I’d be worried if I had Chase Edmonds.
I’d be worried if I was ignoring Tyler Lockett.
I’d be worried if I was ignoring Geno Smith, for that matter.
I’d be worried if I had Rashaad Penny. His dynasty value is going to tank badly. Sofa King badly.
I’d be worried if I was counting on Robert Woods.
I’d be worried if I thought Alvin Kamara was back.
I’d be worried if I had James Robinson.
I’d be worried if I needed to start DJ Moore.
I’d be worried if I was counting on Julio Jones.
I’d be worried if I had Joe Mixon as my RB1.
I’d be worried if I didn’t buy my sofas at Sofa King.
I’d be worried if I didn’t appreciate the consistency of Mike Evans.
I’d be worried if I wasn’t thinking strongly of trade moves to start making.
I’d be worried if I missed the window to get Rhamondre Stevenson.
Ditto on Breece Hall.
I’d be worried if I wasn’t watching the season of Josh Jacobs very closely.
I’d be worried if I wasn’t looking at a very quick window to buy on Amon-Ra St. Brown.
Ditto on Garrett Wilson.
I’d be worried if I was starting Terry McLaurin. That team is a mess.
I’d be worried if I wasn’t impressed with Dameon Pierce.
I’d be worried if I thought Friggin’ Mike Williams was going to keep this up.
Ditto on Amari Cooper. We’ve been through this. I’m over it. Sofa King over it.
I’d be worried if I thought this was a mirage from Saquon Barkley.
I’d be worried if I thought George Kittle was still elite.
The Top Rookie Scoring Averages
1.) Breece Hall, RB NYJ = 16.76 (+4 spots)
2.) Kenny Pickett, QB PIT = 16.43 (-1 spot)
3.) Chris Olave, WR NO = 15.58 (-1 spot)
4.) Dameon Pierce, RB HOU = 15.58 (-1 spot)
5.) Jahan Dotson, WR WAS = 13.30 (+2 spots)
6.) Garrett Wilson, WR NYJ = 12.64 (-2 spots)
7.) Drake London, WR ATL = 12.52 (-1 spot)
8.) Romeo Doubs, WR GB = 11.28 (no change)
9.) Bailey Zappe, QB NE = 10.93 (no change)
10.) Alec Pierce, WR IND = 9.30 (+7 spots)
11.) George Pickens, WR PIT = 8.40 (no change)
12.) Skylar Thompson QB MIA = 7.30 (up from UR)
13.) Kenneth Walker, RB SEA = 7.13 (+7 spots)
14.) Khalil Shakir WR BUF = 6.93 (up from UR)
15.) Daniel Bellinger, TE NYG = 6.46 (no change)
16.) Treylon Burks, WR TEN = 6.03 (-2 spots)
17.) Tyler Allgeier, RB ATL = 5.73 (-4 spots)
18.) Rachaad White, RB TB = 5.60 (-2 spots)
19.) Christian Watson, WR GB = 5.10 (-7 spots)
20.) James Cook, RB BUF = 4.52 (up from UR)
Notable players not in the top 20 of rookie scorers: Isiah Pacheco, Jelani Woods, Kyle Philips, Isaiah Likely, Tyrion Davis-Price, Hassan Haskins, Skyy Moore, Wan’Dale Robinson, Jaylen Warren, Malik Willis, David Bell, Zamir White, Jerome Ford, Danny Gray, Jordan Mason, Trey McBride, Pierre Strong
The Rookie Top 20
Always check our latest rankings to see the updates through the week. These rankings are simply my own.
1.) Breece Hall, RB NYJ (last week: 2)
OK, fine. You can have it back, Breece.
2.) Garrett Wilson, WR NYJ (last week: 1)
Would love to see good chemistry with Wilson.
3.) Drake London, WR ATL (last week: 3)
Quietly productive in a blah offense.
4.) Chris Olave, WR NO (last week: 4)
That landing was nasty. Hope he’s OK.
5.) Jahan Dotson, WR WAS (last week: 5)
Bummer to see him out for a couple of weeks.
6.) Jameson Williams, WR DET (last week: 6)
7.) Kenneth Walker, RB SEA (last week: 10)
Here’s your chance, Mr. Walker
8.) Treylon Burks, WR TEN (last week: 7)
Injury added to disappointment.
9.) Dameon Pierce, RB HOU (last week: 9)
He jumps Robinson this week for me.
10.) Brian Robinson, RB WAS (last week: 8)
Started slow, but what did you really expect?
11.) Rachaad White, RB TB (last week: 11)
Still stuck behind Fournette.
12.) George Pickens, WR PIT (last week: 12)
Was hoping Pickett would help him even more.
13.) Romeo Doubs, WR GB (last week: 13)
Needs to be more consistent.
14.) James Cook, RB BUF (last week: 14)
Not impressive thus far.
15.) Skyy Moore, WR KC (last week: 15)
16.) Christian Watson, WR GB (last week: 16)
Needs more targets.
17.) Alec Pierce, WR IND (last week: 17)
Great game this week. One more and he’ll be in the top 15 for me.
18.) Jelani Woods, TE IND (last week: 18)
Hit and miss thus far.
19.) Malik Willis, QB TEN (last week: 19)
The future has been pushed back with the Titans winning again.
20.) Kenny Pickett QB PIT (last week: 20)
Love his fire for the game. Don’t like the turnovers, though.
Notable players not in my current top 20 rookie rankings: Wan’Dale Robinson, Isaiah Likely, Isiah Pacheco, Calvin Austin, John Metchie, Zamir White, Jaylen Warren, Isaiah Spiller, Trey McBride, Tyler Allgeier, Tyrion Davis-Price, Jalen Tolbert, David Bell
See you next week!
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