Hogs & Dogs: Week 17

Another, less popular, championship week is upon us in week seventeen.  Great work on making it this far, even if you’re in the third place game.  This week’s Hogs and Dogs is a bit of a late night edition, so we’ll try and get to the points a bit quicker than usual.  But, if you all know me, you know that’s going to take some extra work on my part to shorten these summaries up.  Something to work on in the offseason, I suppose.  Maybe the league can work on getting some full time officials during the offseason as well.

This article is our Wednesday special, our weekly start and sit article that we like to get out to you before Thursday’s games. While discussing starts and sits in Hogs and Dogs, we also like to sprinkle in some buy lows, sell highs, and contrarian views that might not exactly mesh with what the majority of other experts are saying.  We want to give you a different perspective of the NFL while also delivering some helpful advice that can translate to success in your leagues. Away we go…

Hogs

Blake Bortles – If you’re looking for that streaming option yet again at quarterback, I wouldn’t mind giving Bortles some renewed love.  He played well last week and had some decent chemistry with Allen Robinson again – something we hadn’t seen much of this year.  I think Bortles and the Jags finish the season on a high note, after an abysmal year.

DeAngelo Williams – Pittsburgh is the only team to officially rule out some of their starters for week seventeen with nothing on the line.  That means we should expect some heavy usage for DeAngelo’s sandwiches.  With Landry Jones under center and Antonio Brown also sitting this week, Williams may be the only efficient way for the Steelers to move the ball.  Pick him up and start him right away.

Jacquizz Rodgers – Who would’ve thought that the tiny Jacuzzi Rodgers would stumble back into the starting role in Tampa.  Yet, here we are.  Doug Martin tried to study up on the playbook apparently a little too much, so the NFL decided to come down on him for it.  Stupid.  With Charles Sims simultaneously heading to IR, Rodgers is the guy to own this week in a game where Tampa will be pushing for the W.

Rex Burkhead – With Cincinnati having nothing to play for this week, my colleagues and I do not expect much work for Jeremy Hill.  In steps the Bulkhead, who should see an even further increase in work after last week, where he out snapped (49-13) and out touched Hill (16-7).  Fire up the ole Bulkhead himself in what could be one of his last showcase games for the Bengals.

Steve Smith – in what is shaping up to be Smith’s last game of his career, (unless he signs with the Pats, lol) I expect Joe Flaccid and the Ravens to force feed him the ball.  This could be a huge target game for Smith as he tries to ride off into the sunset after a disappointing year for the Ravens.

Dogs

Philip Rivers – Phil the Thrill.  Feels like every other week he’s in this article.  Though I like his prospects for the 2017 season, I’m not so bullish on him this week.  This game doesn’t matter to San Diego and Rivers has been bleh his past four weeks for the most part.  This game does matter for Kansas City in terms of seeding and it’s at KC.  I highly suggest you do not play the man this week.  Dud incoming.

Ezekiel Elliot – Start your studs, right?  Well, not when you’re in a week seventeen championship.  Even if the Cowboys say that they’ll give him the start and he should see the majority of the work, what reason do they have to actually do that?  Zeke shouldn’t see the field at all, and neither should any of the important starters for Dallas.  You cannot take the chance this week.  Hopefully you were able to grab Darren McFadden, who should certainly start over him.

Alfred Blue – Some people may be high on Alf Blue this week because of his opportunity and the fact that Lamar Miller is probably sitting.  I am not one of them.  Tennessee has had a very good rush defense this year and the Texans have no incentive to go out and win.  I think this could be a trap for his fantasy owners.  Don’t fall into it, find another option.

Ty Montgomery – What a flash in the pan a few weeks ago was.  Many were wondering what in the world caused them to miss his breakout performance against the Bears.  Well, it looks like we were all right for the most part, judging by his performance against Minnesota.  Tough defense, I know, but things don’t get any easier this week up against a Detroit defense that’s surrendered just seven total touchdowns and the seventh fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.

Larry Fitzgerald – I know I’ve said all season long how Fitz is the most trusted receiver in Arizona and the only option that I trust as a fantasy owner.  But, it’s the end of the year, Arizona is out of it, and Carson Palmer seems to only want to make the big plays to John Brown and J.J. Nelson.  Fitz also only has 8.0 points over his last three games and it appears that he’s in another one of those late season slowdowns.

And that wraps us up. Good luck this week everyone and thanks for a great season.  We’re here to help you, and if you can’t get enough of the Gurus be sure to check out Trophy Time, our twice a week podcast that you can find on iTunes, Google Play, etc.  Finally, make sure to check out and follow our Facebook page, The Fantasy Football Gurus.  Thank you for a great year!  I hope this article has been of assistance and we look forward to providing you with some great offseason content!

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