The Dynasty Aftermath: Sad Mouse

Ken Kelly

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 are now living in a world where some of the best fantasy assets for the playoffs are Zay Jones, Jerick McKinnon, AJ Dillon, Brock Purdy, and James Conner. Players who aren’t going to help you this week include Cooper Kupp, Jalen Hurts (most likely), Jonathan Taylor, Breece Hall, Javonte Williams, Rashaad Penny, and a whole host of others.

Look, it happens every year.  You can plan as much as you want, but injuries and bad luck happens. Don’t get down on things and do your best the rest of the way. Nobody wants to be around the Sad Mouse who does nothing but complain. Just like the Sad Mouse, there’s eventually light at the end of this dynasty tunnel – it may just be next season.

Let’s get to it!

Fantasy MVP of the Week

Those of us who have been in dynasty leagues for a while remember Zay Jones for his famous family altercation where he threatened to jump out a window, sliced his foot on a glass door and was quoted saying he was, “Fighting for Jesus” when he was arrested nude at an Apartment complex fighting with family members back in 2018. Well, he’s apparently righted the ship a bit as Jones put up another monster game for the Jaguars this week with eight catches for 109 yards and three touchdowns. With that performance, Jones now has a whopping twenty catches in just two weeks, making those who played against him want to kick a glass door of their own.

Fantasy LVP of the Week

Miles Sanders has had a solid year that has already featured career highs in carries, rushing yards, and touchdowns. However, this was a week to forget as he had just 42 rushing yards, one catch, and -13 receiving yards. After posting 144 rushing yards and two scores last week, this was a huge letdown for anyone who needed points to either make or win in the playoffs.

The Unbeatable Lineup of the Week

QB Josh Allen BUF = 304 passing yards, 77 rushing yards, four total touchdowns
RB Jerick McKinnon KC =
52 rushing yards, eight catches, 70 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Derrick Henry TEN =
104 rushing yards, four catches, 59 receiving yards, one touchdown
RB Dalvin Cook MIN =
95 rushing yards, four catches, 95 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Zay Jones JAX =
Six catches, 109 receiving yards, three touchdowns
WR Justin Jefferson MIN =
12 catches, 123 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR AJ Brown PHI =
Nine catches, 181 receiving yards
TE George Kittle SF =
Four catches, 93 receiving yards, two touchdowns

2022 members of the list: Justin Jefferson (7), Austin Ekeler (6), Tyreek Hill (5), Davante Adams (5), Ja’Marr Chase (3), Christian McCaffrey (4), Josh Jacobs (4), Travis Kelce (3), Joe Burrow (3), Mark Andrews (3), Derrick Henry (3)  Jalen Hurts (3),  Justin Fields (2),  Stefon Diggs (2), Leonard Fournette (2),  Aaron Jones (2), Jonathan Taylor (2), Miles Sanders (3), 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 (2), Jamaal Williams (1), Amari Cooper (1), Tee Higgins (1), Chris Godwin (1), Dalton Schultz (1)  Samaje Perine (1), Cade Otton (1), Amon-Ra St. Brown, Trevor Lawrence (1),  Jerry Jeudy (1), Evan Engram (1), Josh Allen (1), Jerick McKinnon (1), Derrick Henry (1), Dalvin Cook (1), Zay Jones (1), AJ Brown (1), George Kittle (1).

The Underdog Lineup of the Week

QB Kirk Cousins MIN = 460 passing yards, four total touchdowns
RB AJ Dillon GB =
36 rushing yards, three catches, 35 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Tyler Allgeier ATL =
139 rushing yards, one catch, -3 receiving yards, one touchdown
RB Latavius Murray DEN =
130 rushing yards, one catch, 12 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR KJ Osborn MIN =
Ten catches, 157 receiving yards, one touchdown
WR Russell Gage TB =
Eight catches, 59 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Noah Brown DAL =
Six catches, 49 receiving yards, two touchdowns
TE CJ Uzomah NYJ =
Two catches, 41 receiving yards, two touchdowns

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 (3), Tony Pollard (2), JuJu Smith-Schuster (3), Jamaal Williams (2), Rhamondre Stevenson (2), Jeff Wilson Jr. (2), D’Onta Foreman (2), Russell Gage (2), AJ Dillon (2), Kenyan Drake (2), Trevor Lawrence (2), Jared Goff (2), 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 (2), Raheem Mostert (1), Mack Hollins (1),   David Njoku (1), Devin Duvernay (1), Robbie Anderson (1),  Jahan Dotson (1), OJ Howard (1),  Friggin’ Mike Williams (2), 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),  Isiah Pacheco (1), D’Andre Swift (1),  Alec Pierce (1), Michael Gallup (1), Greg Dulcich (1), Russell Wilson (1), Jerick McKinnon (1), Chuba Hubbard,   Chris Moore (1), Chig Okonkwo (1), Kirk Cousins (1), Tyler Allgeier (1), Latavius Murray (1), KJ Osborn (1), Noah Brown (1), CJ Uzomah (1).

The Disappointing Lineup of the Week

QB Justin Herbert LAC = 313 passing yards, two interceptions
RB D’Onta Foreman CAR =
Nine rushing yards
RB Miles Sanders PHI =
42 rushing yards, one catch, -13 receiving yards
RB Jonathan Taylor IND =
Zero rushing yards, one catch, 13 receiving yards
WR Michael Gallup DAL =
One catch, two receiving yards
WR Allen Lazard GB  =
One catch, seven receiving yards
WR DJ Chark DET =
One catch, 18 receiving yards
TE Pat Freiermuth PIT =
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), Travis Etienne (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 (2), DeVonta Smith (1),  Julio Jones (1), Amari Cooper (1) Alec Pierce (1),  Skyy Moore (1), Mecole Hardman (1),  DJ Moore (2),  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),  Alvin Kamara (1), Demarcus Robinson (1), Drake London (1), Mike Gesicki (1), Kyler Murray (1), Jeff Wilson Jr. (1), Rhamondre Stevenson (1),  Jaylen Waddle (1), Mark Andrews (1), Justin Herbert (1), D’Onta Foreman (1), Miles Sanders (1), Jonathan Taylor (1), Michael Gallup (1), Allen Lazard (1), DJ Chark (1), Pat Freiermuth (1).

Gut Checks

I’d be worried if I was relying on Alvin Kamara the rest of the way.

I’d be worried if I didn’t have mad respect for how Jakobi Meyers handled that with the press.

I’d be worried if I thought Tyler Huntley was better than Lamar Jackson.

I’d be worried if I thought Melvin Gordon was going to be a factor again this season.

I’d be worried if I was ignoring the consistency of Keenan Allen. Again.

I’d be worried if I had given up on Trevor Lawrence.

I’d be worried if I needed anything from OBJ this year. Not happening.

I’d be worried if I had given up on Najee Harris.

I’d be worried if I thought Evan Engram couldn’t still keep doing this.

I’d be worried if I needed Jonathan Taylor the rest of the way.

I’d be worried if I needed big numbers from Mark Andrews right now.

I’d be worried if I thought I could project the numbers for Rachaad White.

I’d be worried if I didn’t sell high on Cordarrelle Patterson.

I’d be worried if I was ignoring the late season surge from Jerry Jeudy.

I’d be worried if I was somehow down on Jamaal Williams.

I’d be worried if I didn’t think there was something really wrong about Eno Benjamin‘s attitude.

I’d be worried if I didn’t scoop up Chig Okonkwo.

I’d be worried if I was still counting on building my team around D’Andre Swift.

I’d be worried if I needed elite numbers from Deshaun Watson right now.

I’d be worried if I forgot about Calvin Ridley.

The Top Rookie Scoring Averages

1.) Breece Hall, RB NYJ = 16.73
2.) Bailey Zappe, QB NE = 14.39
3.) Kenny Pickett, QB PIT = 14.04
4.) Chris Olave, WR NO = 13.62
5.) Kenneth Walker, RB SEA = 13.49
6.) Garrett Wilson, WR NYJ = 13.45
7.) Dameon Pierce, RB HOU = 13.11
8.) Christian Watson, WR GB = 12.26
9.) Zonovan Knight RB NYJ = 12.03
10.) Jahan Dotson, WR WAS = 10.57
11.) Brock Purdy QB SF = 10.43
12.) Drake London, WR ATL = 10.02
13.) Brian Robinson, RB WAS = 9.88
14.) Treylon Burks, WR TEN = 9.26
15.) Romeo Doubs, WR GB = 9.20
16.) George Pickens, WR PIT = 9.19
17.) Tyler Allgeier, RB ATL = 8.90
18.) Wan’Dale Robinson, WR NYG = 8.68
19.) Rachaad White, RB TB = 8.46
20.) Greg Dulcich, TE DEN = 8.02

Notable players not in the top 20 of rookie scorers: Alec Pierce,Cade OttonTyquan Thornton, Samori Toure, Keaontay Ingram, Khalil Shakir, Rachaad White,  James CookIsiah 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 
At this point, this spot is secure in my mind.

2.) Kenneth Walker, RB SEA
Quiet return.

3.) Chris Olave, WR NO
HI still like him the best out of the receivers.

4.) Garrett Wilson, WR NYJ 
I’d have him over Olave if I was convinced the Jets have solved their quarterback problem.

5.) Drake London, WR ATL
He’s been fine. That’s about it.  Fine.

6.) Jameson Williams, WR DET
Should finish strong.

7.) Christian Watson, WR GB
You can see the talent.

8.) Jahan Dotson, WR WAS
Solid week solidifies his spot.

9.) Dameon Pierce, RB HOU
Tough injury ends his rookie year.

10.) Treylon Burks, WR TEN
I’m still not sold.

11.) Rachaad White, RB TB
Still can’t overtake Fournette.

12.) George Pickens, WR PIT
You can see ability, but the Steelers just don’t use him enough.

13.) Brian Robinson, RB WAS
Still seems average.

14.) James Cook, RB BUF
Starting to get more run.

15.) Greg Dulcich, TE DEN
He’s been impressive despite the terrible offense.

16.) Wan’Dale Robinson, WR NYG 
Out for the season.

17.) Romeo Doubs, WR GB
Good to see him back.

18.) Isiah Pacheco, RB KC 
Jerick McKinnon overshadowing him now.

19.) Jaylen Warren, RB PIT
Scored his first ever touchdown.

20.) Zonovan Knight, RB NYJ
Took a step back this week.

Still knocking on the door: Brock Purdy

Notable players not in my current top 20 rookie rankings: Alec Pierce, Jelani Woods, Malik Willis, Isaiah Likely, Skyy Moore, Kenny Pickett, Calvin Austin, Ronnie Rivers, John Metchie, Zamir WhiteIsaiah Spiller, Trey McBride, Tyler Allgeier, Tyrion Davis-Price, Jalen Tolbert, David Bell

See you next week!

 

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