Hogs & Dogs: Week 8
Another week in the books and we are officially half way through the fantasy season. Coming up already on week eight in what has been another exciting yet strange season of fantasy foosball. Something we spoke about on the podcast this week was how scoring was down for another week, with seven teams unable to score an offensive touchdown. I’m not sure if it’s just me but it feels like over the past few seasons the level of play for the NFL has gone down. I’m not sure what it is, because the college game appears to be at the same level that it has always been at. For whatever reason, the NFL product just seems to have decreased a bit in my mind. And with some of these poor matchups that we get each week, it feels like I’m watching more of a college game than an NFL game. I don’t know. Maybe I’m off my rocker. Let me know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter, or any of the million ways to reach us below.
This is our weekly start and sit article that we want to get out to you before the Thursday night game. While discussing starts and sits in Hogs and Dogs, we also like to sprinkle in some buy lows, sell highs, who’s hot/cold, and contrarian views that might not exactly mesh with what the majority of other experts are saying. We like to give you a different perspective of the NFL while also delivering some helpful advice that can translate to success in your leagues. Let’s get this show on the road.
Cam Newton – Another bounce back week is in the cards! Tampa Bay’s secondary has looked atrocious this year and we already saw what he was able to do against the struggling Patriots secondary a few weeks ago. Newton also has at least 50 yards and/or a touchdown on the ground in four of his last five. Newton should pop off.
Lamar Miller – More of a volume play than a pure skill play, since Houston has to face Seattle in the Emerald City. Miller has been an absolute workhorse for the Texans even with D’Onta Foreman getting some good run. Deshaun Watson has helped make this a very capable offense, so Seattle will have to respect the run. I think Miller could have a surprisingly good day.
LeGarrette Blount – Though we don’t typically prefer to predict game script, this has all the makings of a blowout. The Eagles are 6-1. The 49ers are 0-7. Blount is going to have himself a day in the same way he frequently did last season with the Pats.
Jarvis Landry – Short weeks usually aren’t a good thing for receivers but Landry has been incredible over the past three weeks and it’s too hard to ignore. Three straight weeks of at least 10.40 fantasy points and a touchdown in each of those three weeks. Baltimore has a strong defense but the change at quarterback came with no hiccups as Matt Moore looked his way plenty. Devante Parker has been slow to return from his ankle injury so Landry will remain a target hog.
Jermaine Kearse – Your number 17 wide receiver on the year, boys and girls. In an injury plagued year at the position, this name is the most surprising in the top 20. Now while I don’t think he’s any type of superstar here, his fantasy impact can’t be ignored. Still only owned in 57% of Yahoo leagues somehow, Kearse has a good matchup against a downtrodden Falcons defense in a potential shootout.
Hunter Henry – On this least a few weeks ago and on it yet again. If you got him you better be starting him. The star is bright for this young man who has completely taken the reins from Antonio Gates.
Vernon Davis – For those deeper leagues that need a great streamer, Vernon is your man. Washington apparently does not enjoy the concept of throwing to their wide receivers very often, which certainly helps the value of Davis. Jordan Reed might also be the most oft-injured tight end in the game, this side of Tyler Eifert. Grab him now and sit on the comfy cushion he gives you every week of at least 58 yards.
Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington – This is a situation I’m avoiding as much as possible. Oakland is traveling from west to east coast, which we all know is trouble for the traveling team. Buffalo also has a pretty good defense this year as we all know and the Raiders offensive line is not the force that it was last year. Unless you’re really in a pinch I would completely avoid both of these guys. Going to disagree with my colleague Josh here and say that if you need one to play, I’d take Richard.
Ameer Abdullah – Mentioned him back in week two and how I couldn’t get behind him yet and that still rings true today. I don’t think you can trust him as anything more than a flex play at this point and even in a decent matchup with Pittsburgh I’d rather play the likes of Christian McCaffrey, Tevin Coleman, or Latavius Murray. He also only has one game all year with over 8.60 fantasy points.
Melvin Gordon – The Patriots almost always do their best to take away a team’s best player. Add the fact that New England is finally finding their groove on defense and I think they’re going to cause some problems for Melly G. Now while I certainly bench him (because you don’t bench your studs), I still think you should have a contingency plan in place if things go south in this game. It’s the dreaded west to east coast (I’ll mention it every week if I have to), and it’s a 1pm game, meaning you may need to have a big play WR ready to swap into that WR3 slot if Gordon doesn’t replicate his usual fantasy output. Never hurts to be prepared.
Alshon Jeffery – I mean I honestly think at some point he’s going to figure it out, but at this juncture it’s really not worth sticking around. This week’s game against San Fran has LeGarrette Blount written all over it and the week after they get Denver. Nelson Agholor has looked better all year and Mack Hollins has even been stepping up some big spots this season. Jeffery is merely a low end WR2 until he proves otherwise.
Jordan Matthews – Former teammate of Alshon, Matthews returns as the number one option in the Buffalo passing attack. The problem is, he simply isn’t seeing the number of targets that a true number one receiver should be seeing. He hasn’t topped five targets in a game this year and only saw three this past Sunday. Buffalo prefers to run the ball and when they do throw, Tyrod spreads it around. Matthews is at best a low end WR4.
Austin Hooper – Hoop has been a disappointment this year but is still currently 53% owned in Yahoo leagues. The offense isn’t the same juggernaut that it was last year and Hooper has taken a pretty big step back. He’s topped 50 receiving yards and 5.00 fantasy points just once this year, in week one. Grab someone like George Kittle, Jack Doyle, O.J. Howard, or Vernon Davis.
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