Don’t be sad that the fantasy football season is over; be glad it happened in the first place. If you are one of the many football enthusiasts who play dynasty-format fantasy football, however, you know the season never truly ends. Between Week 17 and the beginning of training camp, we are in the trenches, following all the breaking dynasty fantasy football news, trades, draft picks, free agent signings, and rumblings amongst NFL media. 

Every week, the Dynasty Diehards will be breaking down all the relevant information from around the league and helping you make sense of it. This week, Joe Pepe makes his Diehards debut and helps me break down what we saw in the Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs this past weekend. 

Chargers Blow 27-point Lead, Lose to Trevor Lawrence & The Jaguars

Questions abound in Los Angeles after Justin Herbert and company blew a 27-point halftime lead this past weekend. After snagging four first-half interceptions helped keep the Jaguars scoreless, the Chargers allowed Trevor Lawrence to put the Jacksonville on his back and lead them to victory, cementing his status as a franchise QB for years to come.

The news broke early Tuesday that Los Angeles had fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi. Could this hurt Austin Ekeler’s fantasy viability in 2023 and beyond? Is Keenan Allen on his way out? Will Mike Williams become the WR1 for the Bolts? 

Prime Time Kirk Strikes Again!

It’s hard not to feel bad for Minnesota Vikings fans. Sure, they won their division and went 13-4, but almost anyone who watches football knew Kirk Cousins and company would come up lame in the spotlight. We weren’t wrong. 

While it’s unfair to take credit away from a Giants squad on a roll, Cousins clearly doesn’t have the panache to get a team to championship glory. That point was punctuated on a pivotal fourth down late in the fourth quarter. The Vikings needed eight yards to keep their hopes alive; Cousins threw a short two-yard pass to TE T.J. Hockenson, who couldn’t get downfield to advance the chains. So is it time for Minnesota to cut bait on their expensive QB and move on?

Purdy Solid in Playoff Debut

One of the most surprising storylines of the 2022 season has been Mr. Irrelevant Brock Purdy stepping in at QB for San Francisco. When Jimmy Garoppolo landed on IR ahead of Week 13, many 49ers fans lost hope for what had been a promising season. However, Purdy has been nothing short of phenomenal. 

The last pick in the 2022 NFL Draft was the unlikeliest of heroes, but he has been just that. Purdy has yet to lose a game as the starter, and during the regular season threw 14 touchdowns to just four interceptions. This past week in the Wild Card Round against the Seahawks, Purdy led the Niners to victory, throwing three touchdown passes and running for another. Could Brock Purdy be the answer for the 49ers at QB in 2023 and beyond?

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