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.
I usually find a comedy sketch, think of a story, or find a general theme for this article, then think of some kind of fantasy football lesson. This week was very different as I already knew what the lesson needed to be for folks – don’t overthink things. You see, it’s easy for us to get up on a Sunday and overthink our roster decisions based on “inside information,” a “hot take,” or a late news report. With the playoffs approaching and critical games being played every week, it’s not time for that. Start the players who got you there and live with the consequences – it’s a tried and true method that will leave you with few regrets.
So, with that, I looked and looked for something that hit that lesson and boy, did I find it! Just turn off the lamp and start your studs, people. There’s no reason to make it so dramatic on Sunday mornings!
Fantasy MVP of the Week
There are surprises every year in fantasy football and few really saw this coming from Josh Jacobs. After the Raiders failed to pick up his fifth-year option and barely played him this preseason, many believed he had even lost his job. Instead, Jacobs has posted a ridiculous 1,159 rushing yards, 40 catches, 325 receiving yards, and nine touchdowns in just 11 games this year, making him the overall RB2. His career game against Seattle this week featured 229 rushing yards, six catches, 74 receiving yards, and two touchdowns. Oh, and he ripped off an 86-yard walk-off score in the process giving the Raiders and thousands of fantasy managers a win. There’s a Mirage in Las Vegas, but this ain’t it.
Fantasy LVP of the Week
I rarely put players who get injured here, but the Travis Etienne injury was an absolute fantasy killer this week, especially after it was reported he could have returned to the game. Jacksonville was more than competitive this week and you have to believe Etienne would have had a big week. Instead, the newest RB1 was left on the bench and fantasy managers suffered.
The Unbeatable Lineup of the Week
QB Jalen Hurts PHI = 153 passing yards, 157 rushing yards, two touchdowns
RB Josh Jacobs LV = 229 rushing yards, six catches, 74 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Miles Sanders PHI = 143 rushing yards, three catches, 17 receiving yards, two total touchdowns
RB Austin Ekeler LAC = 20 rushing yards, 11 catches, 60 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Justin Jefferson MIN = Nine catches, 139 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Chris Godwin TB = 12 catches, 110 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Amon-Ra St. Brown DET = Nine catches, 122 receiving yards, one touchdown
TE Dalton Schultz DAL = Four catches, 31 receiving yards, two touchdowns
2022 members of the list: Tyreek Hill (5), Justin Jefferson (5), Austin Ekeler (5), Davante Adams (4), Josh Jacobs (4), Travis Kelce (3), Joe Burrow (3), Mark Andrews (3), Derrick Henry (3) Justin Fields (2), Jalen Hurts (2), Christian McCaffrey (2), Stefon Diggs (2), Leonard Fournette (2), Ja’Marr Chase (2), Aaron Jones (2), Jonathan Taylor (2), Miles Sanders (2), Kenneth Walker (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), 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), 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), Tony Pollard (1), Jamaal Williams (1), Amari Cooper (1), Tee Higgins (1), Chris Godwin (1), Dalton Schultz (1), Amon-Ra St. Brown (1).
The Underdog Lineup of the Week
QB Mike White NYJ = 315 passing yards, three touchdowns
RB Brian Robinson WAS = 105 rushing yards, two catches, 20 receiving yards, one touchdown
RB JaMycal Hasty JAX = 28 rushing yards, five catches, 67 receiving yards, one touchdown
RB Rachaad White TB = 64 rushing yards, nine catches, 45 receiving yards
WR Zay Jones JAX = 11 catches, 145 receiving yards
WR Garrett Wilson NYJ = Five catches, 95 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Isaiah McKenzie BUF = Six catches, 96 receiving yards, one touchdown
TE Jelani Woods IND = Eight catches, 98 receiving yards
2022 members of the list: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (3), Zay Jones (2), Ezekiel Elliott (2), Cole Kmet (2), Parris Campbell (2), DJ Moore (2), Geno Smith (2), Garrett Wilson (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), Russell Gage (1), David Njoku (1), Devin Duvernay (1), Robbie Anderson (1), Jahan Dotson (1), OJ Howard (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), Mike White (1), Brian Robinson (1), JaMycal Hasty (1), Rachaad White (1), Isaiah McKenzie (1), Jelani Woods (1).
The Disappointing Lineup of the Week
QB Russell Wilson DEN = 142 passing yards, one touchdown, one lost locker room?
RB Travis Etienne JAX = Three rushing yards
RB Alvin Kamara NO = 13 rushing yards, six catches, 37 receiving yards, two fumbles
RB Elijah Mitchell SF = 35 rushing yards, two catches, eight receiving yards, another injury
WR Curtis Samuel WAS = Four catches, 13 receiving yards, one fumble
WR Demarcus Robinson BAL = One catch, 17 receiving yards
WR Drake London ATL = Two catches, 29 receiving yards
TE Mike Gesicki MIA = No catches
2022 members of the list: Cam Akers (4), Robbie Anderson (3), Chase Claypool (3), D’Onta Foreman (2), Elijah Mitchell (2), James Robinson (2), Darrell Henderson (2), Curtis Samuel (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), 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), 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), Russell Wilson (1), Travis Etienne (1), Alvin Kamara (1), Demarcus Robinson (1), Drake London (1), Mike Gesicki (1).
I’d be worried if I had given up on Kyler Murray this season.
I’d be worried if I needed big numbers from Cordarrelle Patterson.
I’d be worried if I needed any numbers from James Robinson.
I’d be worried if I thought Melvin Gordon was going to somehow be a factor.
I’d be worried if I was ignoring Keenan Allen.
I’d be worried if I needed Darnell Mooney.
I’d be worried if I needed consistency from Terry McLaurin.
I’d be worried if I expected anything other than feast or famine from Juwan Johnson.
I’d be worried if I wasn’t paying close attention to what Rhamondre Stevenson has been doing.
I’d be worried if I needed early season Lamar Jackson.
I’d be worried if I didn’t have the clapper.
I’d be worried if I needed vintage Tom Brady.
I’d be worried if I needed that again from Miles Sanders.
I’d be worried if I expected to see Zach Wilson again soon.
I’d be worried if I was relying on anyone from Denver.
I’d be worried if I was playing Ja’Marr Chase when he gets back.
The Top Rookie Scoring Averages
1.) Breece Hall, RB NYJ = 16.73
2.) Kenny Pickett, QB PIT = 15.44
3.) Kenneth Walker, RB SEA = 14.64
4.) Bailey Zappe, QB NE = 14.39
5.) Chris Olave, WR NO = 14.38
6.) Zonovan Knight RB NYJ = 13.30
7.) Dameon Pierce, RB HOU = 13.10
8.) Garrett Wilson, WR NYJ = 12.41
9.) Christian Watson, WR GB = 11.31
10.) George Pickens, WR PIT = 9.94
11.) Brian Robinson, RB WAS = 9.25
12.) Drake London, WR ATL = 9.23
13.) Treylon Burks, WR TEN = 9.23
14.) Romeo Doubs, WR GB = 9.06
15.) Wan’Dale Robinson, WR NYG = 8.68
16.) Jahan Dotson, WR WAS = 8.31
17.) Greg Dulcich, TE DEN = 8.07
18.) Tyler Allgeier, RB ATL = 7.96
19.) Rachaad White, RB TB = 7.41
20.) Daniel Bellinger, TE NYG = 7.06
Notable players not in the top 20 of rookie scorers: Cade Otton, Alec Pierce, 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
Starting to slow a touch.
3.) Chris Olave, WR NO
I’ve seen enough to make him my new WR1 for the class.
4.) Garrett Wilson, WR NYJ
Can Mike White really be the savior?
5.) Drake London, WR ATL
I think he’s good. I just honestly don’t know it yet.
6.) Jameson Williams, WR DET
Coming soon to a RedZone channel near you.
7.) Christian Watson, WR GB
Will A-A-Ron make it through the season?
8.) Jahan Dotson, WR WAS
Still need to see more.
9.) Dameon Pierce, RB HOU
The Texans are really bad and that isn’t helping him much.
10.) Treylon Burks, WR TEN
Making his move a bit. Needs more Derrick Henry end zone fumble touchdowns.
11.) Rachaad White, RB TB
Could rise to the top eight or so when all is said and done.
12.) George Pickens, WR PIT
More consistent than most on this list.
13.) Brian Robinson, RB WAS
Better game, but I still don’t trust him.
14.) Wan’Dale Robinson, WR NYG
Out for the season.
15.) Romeo Doubs, WR GB
Needs to get back to pair with Watson.
16.) James Cook, RB BUF
One more good game and he moves up a bit.
17.) Greg Dulcich, TE DEN
Had a score called back.
18.) Isiah Pacheco, RB KC
19.) Jaylen Warren, RB PIT
Injury is ill-timed.
20.) Alec Pierce, WR IND
Fading fast now.
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!