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
Work The Phones.
For most Dynasty leagues, the Trade Deadline is fast approaching. Whether you’re a contender or not, you should be looking to make moves at the Deadline that can set your team up for success.
If you are on track to compete in the playoffs, you should be looking to bolster positions of weakness on your roster and potentially selling off some of your future assets. If you are most likely going to be on the outside looking in on the playoffs, you should consider auctioning off your older proven players for draft picks.
As a Dynasty owner, I am constantly sending out texts to the other owners in my league. I’m monitoring players who are not performing up to their talent level (a.k.a Stock Down Report) and I’m simply getting a temperature check from that current owner.
For example, I would send out a text to the Odell Beckham Jr. owner right now and just simply inquire where they’re at with him right now. I’m then going to follow that text up with a question on what it would take to acquire him and see what they respond with.
If the price is something I’m uncomfortable spending, I simply back off and let them know that fact. If talks stall after that, that’s perfectly fine, but at least I had the conversation.
After that, repeat that process for every team in the league after you identify a player you want to target on their roster. These actions don’t always lead to a trade, but that’s okay. All it takes is one willing owner and you’ve suddenly acquired a player that you believe can set you up for success in the future.
Just like a NFL GM, you need to be constantly working the phones to identify ways to better your Dynasty roster.
Dynasty Stock Report
Stock Up: Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles, TE
Talent always comes through. For Zach Ertz, it had been an extremely disappointing season up to this point, but he re-emerged as a Fantasy Superstar again on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
The Bears were gashed repeatedly by Ertz and he’s now put himself back on the map as a viable starter week in and week out. For all the discussion about Goedert taking over in Philly, the Eagles came out determined to get their best receiving weapon involved on Sunday and Ertz came through for your Dynasty team.
Stock Down: Gardner Minshew – Jacksonville Jaguars, QB
The Jaguars went over to London and Gardner Minshew proceeded to struggle immensely against a Texans defense that is now missing star Defensive End, J.J. Watt.
Minshew threw for 309 yards and 0 touchdowns while fumbling twice and throwing two interceptions.
That’s not so good.
The Jaguars offense couldn’t get anything going and Minshew’s meteoric rise came crashing down to earth.
There was growing optimism that Minshew would remain the starter when Nick Foles came back off of IR, however, that is no longer the case. The Jaguars are now on their bye week and Foles will be eligible to return the week after…we have potentially seen the last of Minshew as a starting QB this season.
Stock Up: Ronald Jones – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, RB
Hey, it finally happened!
Ronald Jones appears to have finally acclimated to the NFL level and has now been appointed as the starting RB by Bruce Arians.
Jones looked great on Sunday against the Seahawks and showcased some of the explosiveness that made him so exciting to watch at USC.
His struggles in the NFL have been well documented, but Jones has now earned the trust of the coaching staff there in Tampa Bay. If you held onto Jones this long, your investment appears to finally be paying off here as Jones will be the clear starter moving forward.
We’ll have to wait and see what Jones can do with the workload, but he’s going to be given the opportunity to continue to build on this solid performance.
For the first time in his career, Jones belongs in the Dynasty Stock Up section.
Stock Down: Odell Beckham Jr – Cleveland Browns, WR
Some people may “box score scout” and see that Beckham finished with 87 yards and assume that Beckham’s returning back to his old self. However, I’m not willing to say this is completely the case.
This Cleveland offense is atrocious and Freddie Kitchens is refusing to use his best player as the focal point of the offense. There were extremely high hopes for Beckham transitioning to the Browns to play with Baker Mayfield instead of Eli Manning, but he’s been statistically worse this year than in previous seasons.
(I’m not crying, you’re crying…)
Beckham has the talent and ability to take any reception and turn it into a huge gain, but this means nothing if he isn’t being given the opportunity. Until Kitchens figures that out and starts centering the offense around him, we won’t see Beckham return value this season.
He’s been a huge disappointment for Fantasy Football and we can only cross our fingers and hope it gets better from here.
Stock Up: Hunter Renfrow – Oakland Raiders, WR
Over the offseason, I was touting Renfrow as a player you needed to keep an eye on in 2019. While he doesn’t necessarily have great size, speed or athletic measurables, Renfrow’s a clean route runner and has excellent hands.
We saw this on display on Sunday when the Raiders took down the Detroit Lions. Renfrow went 6/54/1 on 7 targets and was a focal point of the offense.
Derek Carr is displaying his trust in Renfrow progressively each week and Renfrow is becoming an intriguing WR3/FLEX play on a weekly basis. For someone you drafted in the 3rd round or later in your rookie drafts, or potentially even picked up off of waivers, Renfrow’s delivering for your fantasy teams in recent weeks.
Especially in PPR leagues, Renfrow is getting to the point where he belongs in your weekly lineups. Stock up for the young (maybe…jury’s still out on that one) man.
BONUS: Draft Prospect To Watch
The Game of the Year is on TV this Saturday at 3:30pm EST.
That’s right…Alabama Crimson Tide vs. LSU Tigers.
This game is littered with draft prospects and there’s several I could point out to pay attention to, but there’s one player I’m expecting to ball out in this matchup: Alabama WR, Devonta Smith.
NFL Draft Media will discuss Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III at the top of this class, which they deserve to be. However, Devonta Smith needs to be discussed more with this insane 2020 class.
Smith is going to be a screaming value in your rookie drafts next offseason, but if he shows up and balls out on Saturday, we could potentially be talking about three Alabama WRs being drafted in the top two rounds of the NFL Draft.
Either way, make sure you’re sitting down in front of your TV on Saturday and watching this game. It’s going to be a fun one.