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The Dynasty Aftermath: David S. Pumpkins

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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.

With Halloween upon us, there’s nothing better than one of the single best Halloween sketches of all-time: David S Pumpkins.

So, why in the world would I choose this one? Well, it’s one of the best Halloween sketches of all-time, but it also has a valuable fantasy football lesson found within – just when you think you have something figured out, you’re surprised to find out you don’t. In other words, you can never stop building your team. You may look at it and think it’s just unstoppable or has no holes, then a weekend like this last one comes around and obliterates your team with injuries. Never, ever stop building. Keep grabbing those players off the wire and spinning them for value. Keep reading this site’s news every week. Keep up with the trends, buy low and sell high!

Let’s get to it!

Fantasy MVP of the Week

Who is this Josh Jacobs and where has he been the past few seasons? Wow. Jacobs torched the Houston Texans for 143 rushing yards and three touchdowns. You may not want to accept it, but Jacobs has emerged as one of the single biggest weapons in fantasy football. Quite honestly, he could be in line for fantasy MVP this season based on where his ADP was at the beginning of the year. He’s absolutely raking in a contract season. At this point, you can bet the Raiders wish they’d picked up his option.

Fantasy LVP of the Week

What happened to Mark Andrews?  I get the Cleveland Browns wanted to neutralize him, but that was unbelievable. No catches this week? Andrews was one of only four total players to be in the “Unbeatable Lineup of the Week” in three of the first seven weeks, joining Tyreek Hill, Justin Jefferson, and Austin Ekeler. If you needed even a handful of points, you were toast this week – that’s like someone telling you the house down the street has full-size candy bars, then getting a pencil when you go Trick or Treating down there.

The Unbeatable Lineup of the Week

QB Joe Burrow CIN = 481 passing yards, 20 rushing yards, five touchdowns
RB Austin Ekeler LAC =
31 rushing yards,12 catches, 96 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Josh Jacobs LV =
143 rushing yards, three catches, 12 receiving yards, three touchdowns
RB Kenneth Walker SEA =
168 rushing yards, catches, two touchdowns
WR Ja’Marr Chase CIN =
Eight catches, 130 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Tyler Boyd CIN =
Eight catches, 155 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Mecole Hardman KC =
Four catches, 32 receiving yards, 28 rushing yards, three touchdowns
TE George Kittle SF =
Six catches, 98 receiving yards, one touchdown

2022 members of the list: Austin Ekeler (4), Josh Jacobs (3), Tyreek Hill (3), Justin Jefferson (3),  Mark Andrews (3),  Stefon Diggs (2), Leonard Fournette (2),  Davante Adams (2), Joe Burrow (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), Rhamondre Stevenson (1), Christian McCaffrey (1), DeVonta Smith (1), Marquise Brown (1), Chris Olave (1), Cooper Kupp (1),   Jaylen Waddle (1), Mike Evans (1), Gabriel Davis (1), Ja’Marr Chase (2), Travis Kelce (1), TJ Hockenson (1), Taysom Hill (1), Kenneth Walker (1), Tyler Boyd (1), Mecole Hardman (1), George Kittle (1)

The Underdog Lineup of the Week
QB Andy Dalton NO = 361 passing yards, 21 rushing yards, four touchdowns, three interceptions
RB Gus Edwards BAL =
66 rushing yards, two touchdowns
RB Ezekiel Elliott DAL =
57 rushing yards, two touchdowns
RB D’Onta Foreman CAR =
118 rushing yards, two catches, 27 receiving yards
WR Parris Campbell IND =
Ten catches, 70 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Marquise Goodwin SEA =
Four catches, 67 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR DJ Moore CAR =
Seven catches, 69 receiving yards, one touchdown
TE Juwan Johnson NO =
Five catches, 32 receiving yards, two touchdowns

2022 members of the list: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (3), Ezekiel Elliott (2), Geno Smith (2), Jamaal Williams (2), Trevor Lawrence (1), Jared Goff (1), Matt Ryan (1), Carson Wentz (1), Dontrell Hilliard (1), Deon Jackson (1), Kenyan Drake (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), JuJu Smith-Schuster (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), Brandon Aiyuk (1), Chase Claypool (1), Jamal Agnew (1), Josh Reynolds (1), Corey Davis (1), Irv Smith Jr (1), Mo Alie-Cox (1), Hayden Hurst (1), Mike Gesicki (1), Andy Dalton (1), Gus Edwards (1), D’Onta Foreman (1), Parris Campbell (1), Marquise Goodwin (1), DJ Moore (1), Juwan Johnson (1)

The Disappointing Lineup of the Week

QB Lamar Jackson BAL = 120 passing yards, 59 rushing yards
RB Kenyan Drake BAL =
Five rushing yards
RB AJ Dillon GB =
15 rushing yards
RB Isiah Pacheco KC =
43 rushing yards
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown DET =
One catch, four receiving yards
WR DK Metcalf SEA =
One catch, 12 receiving yards
WR Keenan Allen LAC =
Two catches, 11 receiving yards
TE Kyle Pitts ATL =
Three catches, nine receiving yards (already mentioned Andrews)

2022 members of the list: Cam Akers (3), Carson Wentz (2), Darnell Mooney (2), Elijah Moore (2), Trevor Lawrence (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),  Christian Kirk (1), Dawson Knox (1), OJ Howard (1), Dalton Schultz (1), Gerald Everett (1), Kareem Hunt (1), JK Dobbins (1), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (1), Garrett Wilson (1), Curtis Samuel (1), Tyler Higbee (1), Lamar Jackson (1), Kenyan Drake (1), AJ Dillon (1), Isiah Pacheco (1), Amon-Ra St. Brown (1), DK Metcalf (1), Keenan Allen (1), Kyle Pitts (1)

Gut Checks

I’d be scared if I thought this injury was going to ruin Breece Hall‘s career.

I’d be scared if I thought Jonathan Taylor was still the RB1 this season.

I’d be scared if I was ignoring the play of Brandon Aiyuk.

I’d be scared if I wasn’t trying to acquire Tony Pollard.

I’d be scared if I was ignoring the recent streak of Chase Claypool.

I’d be scared if I was playing against Ja’Marr Chase.

I’d be scared if I was ignoring Parris Campbell.

I’d be scared if I thought AJ Dillon was still a “1B.” He’s a “2.”

I’d be scared if I missed out on the chance to get Terry McLaurin on the cheap.

I’d be scared if I wasn’t seriously considering going Trick or Treating as David S Pumpkins.

I’d be scared if I was still using Najee Harris as my RB1.

I’d be scared if I had given up on Jerry Jeudy.

I’d be scared if I had Miles Sanders. The Eagles are sniffing around the running back market.

I’d be scared if I didn’t make a run at D’Ernest Johnson before Hunt moves on.

I’d be scared if I was still holding out hope for Laviska Shenault.

I’d be scared if I was still starting Romeo Doubs.

I’d be scared if I was relying on David Montgomery.

I’d be scared if I was needing Damien Harris.

I’d be scared if I thought Christian McCaffrey wasn’t going to just blow up soon.

I’d be scared if I needed anything from Robert Woods.

The Top Rookie Scoring Averages

1.) Breece Hall, RB NYJ = 16.73
2.) Chris Olave, WR NO = 15.92
3.) Dameon Pierce, RB HOU = 15.60
4.) Kenny Pickett, QB PIT = 16.43
5.) Bailey Zappe, QB NE = 14.39
6.) Jahan Dotson, WR WAS = 13.30
7.) Kenneth Walker, RB SEA = 12.72
8.) Greg Dulcich, TE DEN = 11.75
9.) Rashid Shaheed, WR NO = 11.35
10.) Drake London, WR ATL = 10.21
11.) Garrett Wilson, WR NYJ = 10.20
12.) Alec Pierce, WR IND = 9.63
13.) George Pickens, WR PIT = 9.41
14.) Tyquan Thornton, WR NE = 8.98
15.) Romeo Doubs, WR GB = 8.93
16.) Wan’Dale Robinson, WR NYG = 8.40
17.) Brian Robinson, RB WAS = 8.23
18.) Daniel Bellinger, TE NYG = 7.06
19.) Tyler Allgeier, RB ATL = 6.50
20.) Keaontay Ingram, RB ARI = 6.20

Notable players not in the top 20 of rookie scorers: Skylar Thompson, Khalil Shakir, Treylon Burks, Rachaad White, Christian Watson, James CookIsiah 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: 1)
That injury stinks, but I’ve seen enough. He’s locked in as the 1.01.

2.) Kenneth Walker, RB SEA (last week: 7)
I have no problem moving him all the way up here.

3.) Garrett Wilson, WR NYJ (last week: 2)
Would love to see more consistency.

4.) Drake London, WR ATL (last week: 3)
Needs another big game.

5.) Chris Olave, WR NO (last week: 4)
Could still end up being the best of this bunch.

6.) Jahan Dotson, WR WAS (last week: 5)
Get well soon.

7.) Jameson Williams, WR DET (last week: 6)
The time to buy is closing.

8.) Treylon Burks, WR TEN (last week: 8)
Needs to get back quickly.

9.) Dameon Pierce, RB HOU (last week: 9)
Would love to see more catches. If so, he’ll rise even more.

10.) Brian Robinson, RB WAS (last week: 10)
Another slow day, but steadily improving.

11.) Rachaad White, RB TB (last week: 11)
Can Tampa do worse in the run game? Needs some carries.

12.) George Pickens, WR PIT (last week: 12)
Claypool and Pickett seem to have better chemistry.

13.) Wan’Dale Robinson, WR NYG (last week: UR)
Just love his juice.

14.) Alec Pierce, WR IND (last week: 17)
The quarterback change could be good or bad.

15.) Romeo Doubs, WR GB (last week: 13)
I thought he just needed more chances.  Umm, maybe not.

16.) James Cook, RB BUF (last week: 14)
If the Bills trade for a running back, this could be a mess.

17.) Skyy Moore, WR KC (last week: 15)
It’s just not his year.

18.) Jelani Woods, TE IND (last week: 18)
See Pierce, Alec.

19.) Isiah Pacheco, RB KC
I thought he was the starter?

20.) Malik Willis, QB TEN (last week: 19)
Still riding the bench.

Notable players not in my current top 20 rookie rankings: Kenny Pickett, Christian WatsonIsaiah Likely, 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! Happy Halloween and remember to be your own thing!

Ken Kelly
The Dynasty Aftermath: David S. Pumpkins
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Chad Gorick
1 month ago

Any Queeeeeeeeeestions!

James Crum
Reply to  Chad Gorick
1 month ago

Perfect.

Chad Gorick
Reply to  James Crum
1 month ago

David S. Pumpkins is back!

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