Dynasty Report for Week 7 (Fantasy Football)
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
Be like Dory.
Yes, this is a Finding Nemo reference.
For those unfamiliar with the movie (side note, seriously?), Dory is a beautiful Royal Blue Tang that suffers from short-term memory loss. This leads to some confusion and frustration for the characters in the movie, but I believe there’s something in here for us that play Fantasy Football.
This week was atrocious for most clubs. Looking across my leagues, it seems that the overall point totals were simply way less than what they tend to be. Most rosters underperformed and you may not have escaped this week with a win…
If you’re anything like me, these types of losses tend to “stick” over the course of the next 24-48 hours. I’m way too competitive and this stuff affects me way more than it should. (Can I get an amen?)
For those that hold onto these frustrations, it’s extremely beneficial to learn to have short-term memory loss. If you are able to quickly turn the page on the week and look forward to the next matchup, you’re less likely to sit in those emotions and make rash decisions.
There have been several occasions where a Dynasty player will ship off an asset for cheap because of their frustrations in an effort to shake up their team. These decisions are what set you back in your leagues and we (myself included) need to turn the page quickly and stay the course.
Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.
Dynasty Stock Report
Stock Up: Dede Westbrook – Jacksonville Jaguars, WR
This offseason, I was buying Dede Westbrook everywhere I could get him. He’s an ascending talent from the slot receiver position and the prospect of John DeFilippo using him like he used Adam Thielen/Stefon Diggs in 2018 was enough to get me to send out offers in every league.
The preseason rolled around and it was clear that Westbrook was going to soak up targets in this offense with Nick Foles under center.
"This was the Dede Westbrook coming out party. Remember Stephon Diggs' role in the Vikings offense last year? That's how John DeFillipo will be using @DedeTHEGreat11 this season. He was on my "breakout players" list for a reason. Big year for him." – @PSchrags pic.twitter.com/2nOm2Dhxwl
— GMFB (@gmfb) August 23, 2019
However, Foles got injured right away and he’s had to watch from the sidelines as Gardner Minshew II has filled in nicely in his absence. Minshew’s main connection though has been with D.J. Chark and Westbrook’s been trying to make due with the leftovers.
On Sunday, he reminded us that we shouldn’t be writing him off for fantasy purposes. Westbrook went 6/103/0 on 9 targets and put himself back on our radar.
When Foles comes back off IR, Westbrook is going to go back to soaking up targets. We need to remember the preseason hype and not discredit Westbrook due to the extenuating circumstances…Westbrook remains a buy candidate for me and he could explode (in a good way) once Foles is eligible to return to the field.
Stock Down: David Montgomery – Chicago Bears, RB
If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I’m an avid Bears fan. I grew up outside the city and have followed this team through some dark years.
Mitchell Trubisky isn’t the answer. Matt Nagy’s play-calling has been atrocious. David Montgomery has to get more than 4 touches per game.
This Bears offense is a train-wreck currently and your Dynasty investment in Montgomery is not looking good, to put it nicely.
With that being said, I expect the Bears to go back to the drawing board this week and come up with an identity on offense. And I strongly believe that they’re going to do everything they can to take the ball out of Trubisky’s hands and rely on Montgomery.
Montgomery is a talented running back, we need to remember that, but right now it’s just not going to happen for fantasy purposes until he starts getting more opportunities. He’s a serious buy-low candidate right now and I think you can get him for pretty cheap.
Stock Up: John Brown – Buffalo Bills, WR
John Brown’s talent has never really been in question when it comes to Fantasy Football.
The issue was always his health and whether or not he could stay on the field. After proving that he could stay healthy last season, Brown has ended up in a great situation in Buffalo with Josh Allen.
#Bills have taken the lead over the #Jets thanks to this Josh Allen TD pass to John Brown. Buffalo up 17-16. pic.twitter.com/EjNiE5rJ0v
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 8, 2019
This season, Brown has been as consistent as they come…but he also possesses tremendous upside due to his speed and deep-ball tracking ability. Currently the WR19 on the season, Brown needs to be recognized for what he’s doing on the field.
He’s an every week “must play” and the arrow is pointing way up for him in Dynasty leagues.
Stock Down: Rashaad Penny – Seattle Seahawks, RB
I will truly never understand the Seattle Seahawks taking Rashaad Penny in the 1st round of the 2018 NFL Draft. It’s not necessarily that Penny is completely void of talent and just can’t play football, but it was a reach at the time and it’s even more of a reach now.
Penny was healthy and active for Sunday’s game and he logged two snaps. Two. Snaps.
There’s a possibility that the Seahawks had him on the sidelines just in case of an emergency, but Penny is nothing more than a high-end handcuff to Chris Carson. This is a situation where NFL Draft capital has to be thrown out the window and we have to move forward with the assumption that Penny is only going to have value if something happens to Carson.
Dynasty stock is way down for the 2nd year running back out of San Diego State.
Stock Up: Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders, TE
Get paid, Darren Waller.
After signing a contract extension with the Oakland Raiders that ties him to the organization through 2023, Waller balled out on Sunday against the Packers. Waller went for 7/126/2 and now is a lock in your starting lineups every single week.
.@Raiders #DarrenWaller attacking “quarters coverage “ and the #Raiders playing short handed on a lot of places are competing @LambeauField #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/INluVlTlj8
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) October 22, 2019
He’s a freak athlete and is the main option in a Tight End based system. There was concern about his long-term outlook and whether or not he would move on to another team in the offseason, but this huge performance on the back of signing a contract extension has his Dynasty stock arrow pointing way up.
BONUS: Draft Prospect To Watch
This week, you get a “Two-For-One” deal in the Draft Prospect To Watch section!
The Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday night at 7:00pm EST. In this game, there are two incredible wide receiver prospects that are going to go nuclear in this matchup. Even if Tua does miss this matchup with his injury, I still believe these players can make plays.
Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III are two of College Football’s most dynamic receiving threats and somehow they’re on the same team. Jeudy is a dynamic route runner that is as polished as they come, while Ruggs is an explosive athlete that is absolutely lethal after the catch.
Goodness, Henry Ruggs 🔥
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) September 7, 2019
Both of these players are likely going to be 1st round NFL Draft picks, if not the top two receivers off the board. If you’re looking for some football on Saturday night, the Alabama receiving corps will keep you entertained, that’s for sure.