Welcome to the Weekly Dynasty Report!
Dynasty Fantasy Football is not for the faint of heart. It requires dedication, commitment, and research throughout the entire year to work towards the ultimate Fantasy Football reward…a Dynasty Championship.
Throughout this season, I’ll be taking a look at the previous week’s games and dissecting them from a Dynasty perspective. If you’re like me and can’t get enough of Dynasty Fantasy Football, this article is for you.
Let’s start building our championship rosters.
Dynasty Tip Of The Week
Watch the Trends.
For each of us who play in Dynasty leagues, we are pretty focused on our own rosters. For the most part, we’re focusing on what we can do to improve our rosters through cheap waiver wire adds, rotating in plus matchups into our starting lineups, looking ahead to the next draft class, etc.
However, there’s a benefit to paying close attention to the other teams in your league and how they’ve been performing over recent weeks.
In Dynasty, everyone is on a quest for a championship. The route that some people take to get there may be different, but everyone is working towards that goal. At this point in the season, a winning streak or a losing streak may determine the route a Dynasty owner is willing to take to get to a championship.
If they’re on a losing streak, they may be more willing to fold it in and call it quits on this season. They may be willing to sell off assets and acquire draft picks for next season.
Inversely, if they’re on a winning streak, they may be looking to sell off future assets to acquire talent now that can help them make a push for a championship.
Both of these situations are unique opportunities for you and your Dynasty roster. Depending on where you’ve determined your season is heading, watching these trends in your league can give you an advantage in trade scenarios.
Approaching an owner who is now on a 3 game winning streak and offering a proven asset in exchange for a higher draft pick, before anyone else in your league does, could be enough of an advantage to pull off a trade that helps both sides.
Dynasty Stock Report
Stock Up: Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens, TE
Over previous weeks, Mark Andrews hadn’t been destroying your fantasy lineups, but he certainly hadn’t been delivering outstanding performances like he was at the beginning of the year.
Andrews changed that narrative on Sunday after putting up a dominant fantasy performance.
We’d been waiting for Andrews to put up the type of performance we knew he was capable of, but four straight weeks without a touchdown was hurting that opportunity. With Lamar Jackson playing like a legitimate NFL MVP candidate, Andrews is a weekly start in your lineups.
While he might deliver some middling performances from time to time, he needs to remain in your lineups due to the upside that his talent and this offense provides.
Stock Down: Latavius Murray – New Orleans Saints, RB
When Alvin Kamara was injured, Latavius Murray stepped in and delivered in a big way for Fantasy Football.
As the Saints went into their bye week, there was optimism and buzz that Murray could potentially be used in more of a timeshare with Kamara. Which would obviously lead to Murray being considered for a weekly RB2/RB3 spot in your lineups.
Whether it was the Saints’ lack of offensive output or disinterest in getting Murray involved, Murray only touched the ball seven times on Sunday. For the time being, Murray appears to be nothing more than a high-end handcuff in Dynasty leagues.
Stock Up: Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers, WR
In doing prep work for the 2019 incoming class, Deebo Samuel became one of my favorites due to his route running and ability after the catch.
While the 49ers offense has been so focused on the run game that it’s left little opportunity to the many options in the receiving game, Samuel has flashed at different points throughout his rookie campaign.
And on Monday night, Samuel emerged with his first 100-yard game as an NFL WR.
Samuel hauled in eight receptions for 112 yards on 11 targets and looked great on the field Monday night. With George Kittle out and Emmanuel Sanders leaving due to injury, Samuel stepped in and filled the role of a number one target for that offense.
While we shouldn’t expect 11 targets each week for Samuel, especially when Kittle and Sanders return, it’s a move in the right direction for the young wideout. He’s showing the talent that made me excited watching him come out of South Carolina.
Stock Down: David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals, RB
David Johnson has arguably been the most disappointing player in Fantasy Football this season. While he’s had flashes, particularly as a receiver, he has not been anything close to what we expected him to be and it’s getting worse.
David Johnson was benched on Sunday.
Kliff Kingsbury has apparently seen enough from the 27-year-old RB and decided to give Kenyan Drake more opportunities in this game. While we don’t know if Johnson is battling an injury or if he’s simply breaking down already, it’s not looking good for DJ.
If you can find someone who stills believes in his talent and is willing to part with a 2020 1st or 2020 2nd draft pick, I’m seriously considering letting someone else deal with the potential fallout.
Stock Up: Brian Hill – Atlanta Falcons, RB
The path has now been cleared for Brian Hill to have a significant role in 2019.
While I don’t believe Hill is an elite talent that has simply been stuck on a loaded depth chart, we have enough evidence over the years to prove that volume supersedes talent. Hill is going to get the ball a ton in this offense and he’ll be involved in the passing game moving forward.
Freeman’s injury looks to be at least two weeks, so Hill should be a huge target if he’s somehow still on your Dynasty waiver wires. If you’re struggling at RB, Hill could be your answer for the next few games.
Stock up for the RB for the time being.
BONUS: Draft Prospect To Watch
On Saturday, the Minnesota Golden Gophers will take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Gophers are on a roll right now and are currently ranked at #7 in the AP Poll, which is in large part due to their receiving corps.
Minnesota may be in contention for the overall best WR duo in College Football with Rashod Bateman (2021 eligible) and Tyler Johnson (2020 eligible).
Johnson has been on my radar, but I haven’t had the chance to watch him much until this last weekend. You can definitely catch my attention when you make plays like the one shown below.
Johnson’s a phenomenal talent and he shouldn’t be forgotten in this 2020 class. He’ll be worth watching on Saturday.