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 over a decade and I always forget how much I truly enjoy it. I love combing through the stats of the week, putting together ridiculous lineups, finding waiver wire gems, picking MVPs/LVPs and discussing things to worry about.
That’s not all.
I also really love sharing little bits of my life with the community of DLF and picking a theme for this column each week. This year, I’m going off the rails a bit. I’m not just exclusively choosing movies or TV shows and sticking with them. I’m simply picking something relevant, wacky or whatever may come into my mind each given week. My hope is each week will at least be interesting in some way and hopefully make you laugh a few times along the way.
It’s time to get back to our multi-part aftermath theme known as the WWF/WWE. When I was growing up, I loved to wake up on Saturday mornings and watch WWF wrestling in the form of Wrestling Superstars. I’m going to take one of my favorite WWF matches and draw a lesson about fantasy football from it. If you missed the first installment, just check it out here.
I once heard a story about Andre the Giant. He was the seven footer from Grenoble in the French Alps who went undefeated for more than fifteen years. Apparently a bunch of wrestlers went to a bar one night (sorry to spoil it, but they’re actually all friends) and challenged Andre to a drinking contest. After fifteen beers, Andre was declared the champion and walked back to the hotel. You may think that isn’t that impressive…however, that was after fifteen pitchers, not glasses. Yep, Andre downed fifteen pitchers of beer, then walked home and went to bed, completely fine. Unbelievable.
Andre was an enormous human being and his match at Wrestlemania 3 against Hulk Hogan is still one of the biggest matches in history. The winning streak was over and Hulkamania reigned in front of over 93,000 fans after Hogan bodyslammed the 500 pound Giant.
The lesson from this match is simple – even the mighty end up falling. While it may seem like your team has no hope this season, true dynasty owners know they’re always just one lucky break away. Don’t believe me? Find anyone with Patrick Mahomes on their roster and ask them just how they like that second or third round rookie pick now. No dynasty lasts forever and you have to keep plugging away.
Week Eleven Fantasy MVP
Remember when there were concerns that Tyreek Hill was just a gadget player? Well, those have been squarely suplexed from the top rope and eliminated. Hill was amazing this week with ten catches for 215 yards and two scores against the Rams. Hill has become a truly elite option in dynasty leagues and is carrying some teams on a near weekly basis.
Week Eleven Fantasy LVP
Zach Ertz has posted 16 catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns over the past two weeks. Unfortunately, 14 of those catches, 145 of those yards and both of those scores came last week after Ertz laid an egg with two catches and 15 scoreless yards this week. The entire Eagles team was boatraced this week and the only comfort owners can take is the likelihood this will be his worst game of the year.
Ken is on Twitter at DLF_KenK