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.
We sit here at week twelve. How did that happen!?! Regardless, it’s time for you to make a final determination if you’re a contender or a pretender this year as your league’s trading deadline is surely coming up soon. Fantasy football always brings us a wave of emotions and I can’t help but think of one of the most creative sketches of all-time when I think of emotional roller coasters. You may have thought your dynasty team was unbeatable going into season and you were filled with pride and gratitude for a job well done. Then the unimaginable happens.
With that, I sing my week eleven song for all to hear. Please remain seated.
Fantasy MVP of the Week
Tony Pollard is going to cash in after this season, whether that’s in Dallas or elsewhere. With 80 rushing yards, six catches, 109 receiving yards, and two touchdowns this week, Pollard is the overall RB1 since week eight by an average of nearly five points per game. Dallas has a decision to make after the season and it’s honestly an easy one. Ezekiel Elliott has been great for them, but he’s simply not as good as his “backup” any longer.
Fantasy LVP of the Week
Justin Jefferson is a total stud. Unfortunately, those same aforementioned Cowboys bludgeoned the Vikings and Jefferson only mustered three catches for 33 yards. It was a tough day at the office for anyone on Minnesota’s roster, but this one really hurt owners who just needed a “sub-par” game from Jefferson to win.
The Unbeatable Lineup of the Week
QB Joe Burrow CIN = 355 passing yards, four touchdowns
RB Tony Pollard DAL = 80 rushing yards, six catches, 109 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Derrick Henry TEN = 87 rushing yards, two catches, 45 receiving yards, two total touchdowns
RB Jamaal Williams DET = 64 rushing yards, three more touchdowns
WR Davante Adams LV = Seven catches, 141 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Amari Cooper CLE = Eight catches, 113 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Tee Higgins CIN = Nine catches, 148 receiving yards
TE Travis Kelce KC = Six catches, 115 receiving yards, three touchdowns
2022 members of the list: Tyreek Hill (5), Justin Jefferson (4), Austin Ekeler (4), Davante Adams (4), Josh Jacobs (3), Travis Kelce (3), Mark Andrews (3), Derrick Henry (3) Justin Fields (2), Christian McCaffrey (2), Stefon Diggs (2), Leonard Fournette (2), Ja’Marr Chase (2), Aaron Jones (2), Jonathan Taylor (2), Kenneth Walker (2), Joe Burrow (2), Cooper Kupp (2), Tua Tagovailoa (1), Patrick Mahomes (1), Jared Goff (1), Josh Allen (1), Lamar Jackson (1), Saquon Barkley (1), D’Andre Swift (1) Nick Chubb (1), Miles Sanders (1), Devin Singletary (1), Cordarrelle Patterson (1), Rhamondre Stevenson (1), , DeVonta Smith (1), Marquise Brown (1), Chris Olave (1), Jaylen Waddle (1), Mike Evans (1), Gabriel Davis (1), TJ Hockenson (1), Taysom Hill (1), Tyler Boyd (1), Mecole Hardman (1), George Kittle (1), Jalen Hurts (1), Alvin Kamara (1), AJ Brown (1), DeAndre Hopkins (1), Tyler Conklin (1), Joe Mixon (1), Travis Etienne (1), Dallas Goedert (1), Dalvin Cook (1), CeeDee Lamb (1), Christian Kirk (1), Joe Burrow (1), Tony Pollard (1), Jamaal Williams (1), Amari Cooper (1), Tee Higgins (1).
The Underdog Lineup of the Week
QB Jimmy Garoppolo SF = 228 passing yards, four touchdowns
RB Samaje Perine CIN = 30 rushing yards, four catches, 52 receiving yards, three touchdowns
RB Najee Harris PIT = 90 rushing yards, four catches, 26 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB David Montgomery CHI = 67 rushing yards, three catches, 54 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Josh Palmer LAC = Eight catches, 106 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Demarcus Robinson BAL = Nine catches, 128 receiving yards
WR Greg Dortch ARI = Nine catches, 103 receiving yards
TE Austin Hooper TEN = Four catches, 36 receiving yards, two touchdowns
2022 members of the list: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (3), Ezekiel Elliott (2), Cole Kmet (2), Parris Campbell (2), DJ Moore (2), Geno Smith (2), Tony Pollard (2), JuJu Smith-Schuster (2), Jamaal Williams (2), Rhamondre Stevenson (2), Jeff Wilson Jr. (2), D’Onta Foreman (2), Kenyan Drake (2), Trevor Lawrence (2), Jared Goff (1), Matt Ryan (1), Carson Wentz (1), Dontrell Hilliard (1), Deon Jackson (1), James Robinson (1), Damien Harris (1), Khalil Herbert (1), Tevin Coleman (1), 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), 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), Marquise Goodwin (1), Juwan Johnson (1), Justin Fields (1), Antonio Gibson (1), Rondale Moore (1), Damiere Byrd (1), Kyle Pitts (1), Baker Mayfield (1), Raheem Blackshear (1), Christian Kirk (1), Mecole Hardman (1), James Conner (1), Alec Ingold (1), Christian Watson (1), Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (1), Jimmy Garoppolo (1), Samaje Perine (1), Najee Harris (1), David Montgomery (1), Josh Palmer (1), Demarcus Robinson (1), Greg Dortch (1), Austin Hooper (1).
The Disappointing Lineup of the Week
QB Kirk Cousins MIN = 105 passing yards
RB Darrell Henderson LAR (at the time) = Nine rushing yards
RB James Robinson NYJ = Ten rushing yards
RB D’Onta Foreman CAR = 24 rushing yards
WR Friggin’ Mike Williams LAC = One catch, 15 receiving yards
WR Jahan Dotson WAS = One catch, 13 receiving yards, three rushing yards
WR Chase Claypool CHI = Two catches, 11 receiving yards
TE Kylen Granson IND = One catch, 16 receiving yards
2022 members of the list: Cam Akers (4), Robbie Anderson (3), Chase Claypool (3), D’Onta Foreman (2), James Robinson (2), Darrell Henderson (2), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (2), Isiah Pacheco (2), Chase Edmonds (2), Carson Wentz (2), Jonathan Taylor (2), DeVante Parker (2), Darnell Mooney (2), Elijah Moore (2), Taysom Hill (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), David Montgomery (1), Raheem Mostert (1), Damien Harris (1), Tee Higgins (1), DeVonta Smith (1), Julio Jones (1), Amari Cooper (1) Alec Pierce (1), Skyy Moore (1), Mecole Hardman (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), Garrett Wilson (1), Curtis Samuel (1), Tyler Higbee (1), Lamar Jackson (1), Kenyan Drake (1), AJ Dillon (1), Amon-Ra St. Brown (1), DK Metcalf (1), Keenan Allen (1), Kyle Pitts (1), Derek Carr (1), Brian Robinson (1), Davante Adams (1), Hunter Henry (1). PJ Walker (1), Robert Woods (1), Devin Duvernay (1), Justin Herbert (1), Nyheim Hines (1), Cooper Kupp (1), AJ Brown (1), Kirk Cousins (1), Friggin’ Mike Williams (1), Jahan Dotson (1), Kylen Granson (1).
I’d be worried if I had Saquon Barkley. The Giants are slowing down a bit.
I’d be worried if I was playing against Travis Kelce. Convince me he’s not the fantasy MVP this season.
I’d be worried if I needed consistency from D’Onta Foreman.
I’d be worried if I was expecting anything from any Carolina quarterback.
I’d be worried if I was trying to buy Najee Harris. Too late.
I’d be worried if I was still ignoring a quietly great season from Josh Jacobs.
I’d be worried if I was somehow concerned with Amon-Ra St. Brown.
I’d be worried if I had D’Andre Swift. This is a timeshare at best.
I’d be worried if I had Zach Wilson. Oh boy!
I’d be worried if I didn’t think Deshaun Watson was going to be a factor in this thing somehow.
I’d be worried if I was starting any Packers receiver other than Christian Watson.
I’d be worried if I was still holding out hope for OJ Howard.
I’d be worried if I needed points from any Eagles running back.
Or the Jets.
I’d be worried if I suddenly thought AJ Green had value.
I’d be worried if I was ignoring Elijah Mitchell.
I’d be worried if I thought Taysom Hill wasn’t going to have at least one more monster game.
I’d be worried if I needed anything from Nyheim Hines this year.
I’d be worried if I ever sat Gabe Davis.
I’d be worried if I was starting Kenyan Drake.
I’d be worried if I was relying on Brandin Cooks.
I’d be worried if I didn’t consider Darius Slayton if I was in a pinch.
I’d be worried if I thought Ezekiel Elliott was ever going to be the guy again in Dallas.
I’d be worried if I didn’t always look for ceiling fans.
The Top Rookie Scoring Averages
1.) Breece Hall, RB NYJ = 16.73
2.) Kenny Pickett, QB PIT = 15.66
3.) Chris Olave, WR NO = 14.70
4.) Kenneth Walker, RB SEA = 14.39
5.) Bailey Zappe, QB NE = 14.39
6.) Dameon Pierce, RB HOU = 13.95
7.) Garrett Wilson, WR NYJ = 11.00
8.) Christian Watson, WR GB = 10.10 (he was off the top 20 just two weeks ago)
9.) George Pickens, WR PIT = 9.87
10.) Jahan Dotson, WR WAS = 9.70
11.) Drake London, WR ATL = 9.63
12.) Greg Dulcich, TE DEN = 9.06
13.) Romeo Doubs, WR GB = 9.06
14.) Wan’Dale Robinson, WR NYG = 8.68
15.) Tyler Allgeier, RB ATL = 8.22
16.) Treylon Burks, WR TEN = 7.93 (up from unranked)
17.) Brian Robinson, RB WAS = 7.64
18.) Alec Pierce, WR IND = 7.64
19.) Daniel Bellinger, TE NYG = 7.06
20.) Jalen Virgil, WR DEN = 6.80
Notable players not in the top 20 of rookie scorers: Tyquan Thornton, Samori Toure, Keaontay Ingram, Khalil Shakir, Rachaad White, James Cook, Isiah Pacheco, Jelani Woods, Kyle Philips, Isaiah Likely, Tyrion Davis-Price, Hassan Haskins, Skyy Moore, Jaylen Warren, Malik Willis, David Bell, Zamir White, Jerome Ford, Danny Gray, Jordan Mason, Trey McBride, Pierre Strong, Rashid Shaheed, Teagan Quitoriano, Skylar Thompson
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
Walker still hasn’t done enough to overtake him for me and he’s the only one I can see doing it.
2.) Kenneth Walker, RB SEA
A bit of a sub-par game, but some late catches saved his day.
3.) Chris Olave, WR NO
I’ve seen enough to make him my new WR1 for the class.
4.) Garrett Wilson, WR NYJ
The quarterback situation gives me pause.
5.) Drake London, WR ATL
Needs to be more than just “Cris Carter” and do other things than score.
6.) Jameson Williams, WR DET
Coming soon to a RedZone channel near you.
7.) Christian Watson, WR GB
Five scores in two weeks gets you here in my book.
8.) Jahan Dotson, WR WAS
Meh. Need to see more now.
8.) Dameon Pierce, RB HOU
Solid, but is he a long-term answer?
9.) Treylon Burks, WR TEN
Career game this week.
10.) Rachaad White, RB TB
Could rise quickly if he’s truly won the job.
11.) George Pickens, WR PIT
More consistent than most on this list.
12.) Brian Robinson, RB WAS
Still not sold.
13.) Wan’Dale Robinson, WR NYG
This injury really stinks as he was headed to the top ten by the end of the year.
15.) Romeo Doubs, WR GB
Now he’s been “Wally Pipp’d” for sure.
16.) Alec Pierce, WR IND
Not giving up, but the Colts want to run.
17.) James Cook, RB BUF
One more good game and he moves up a bit.
18.) Greg Dulcich, TE DEN
I really like his game.
19.) Isiah Pacheco, RB KC
Can he do something with this golden opportunity?
20.) Jaylen Warren, RB PIT
Harris was back strong this week. Can Warren heal quickly and make some noise?
Notable players not in my current top 20 rookie rankings: Jelani Woods, Malik Willis, Isaiah Likely, Skyy Moore, Kenny Pickett, Calvin Austin, Ronnie Rivers, John Metchie, Zamir White, Isaiah Spiller, Trey McBride, Tyler Allgeier, Tyrion Davis-Price, Jalen Tolbert, David Bell
See you next week!