Hogs & Dogs: Week 9

Most weeks I can get the majority of my analysis and write ups done on Monday and Tuesday, before reviewing it Tuesday night and dropping the full article Wednesday morning.  But not this week.  Not with the NFL trade deadline looming and trading for the 2017 season coming to a halting stop Tuesday at 4pm.  The trade deadline “madness” that was Tuesday has been building for years.  The league pushed the deadline back a few years ago to give teams a longer period to make trades happen.  Because of this, we’ve seen a growing number of trades occur right around the deadline.  Bring on this year and we see the likes of Jay Ajayi, Jimmy Garroppolo, and Kelvin Benjamin all getting dealt.  Not to mention the buzz surrounding the trade deadline was at an all-time high.  We heard the likes of Jarvis Landry, Calvin Johnson, Josh Gordon, Darren McFadden, and Josh Sitton all tossed around.  It had us all pounding away on that F5 key and pulling down on our Twitter apps like there was no tomorrow.  This was one of the wildest trade deadlines we’ve ever seen, and that was with three trades.  So, it pales in comparison to the MLB and NBA deadlines.  But let us have our fun, would ya?

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.

Hogs

Tyrod Taylor – The thyroid himself, I’m not sure how I haven’t had him in this article yet this year.  Though he has been up and down throughout the year, we all love him as a fantasy asset because of his running ability.  The addition of Kelvin Benjamin will help for the rest of the season, but I’m not sure he’ll provide much help this Thursday.  The Jets are a decent matchup and Taylor has scored at least 16.70 fantasy points in his last two games.  He’ll keep that going this week as a good streaming option.

Jay Ajayi – I actually think that for one more week we still see LeGarrette Blount (future Patriot) named the starter.  But once the Eagles let Ajayi tote the rock a few times, they won’t look back.  Ajayi finds himself behind a much better offensive line, although his backfield is a little more crowded.  Not to fear, Ajayi is easily the best back in Philly and it’s only a matter of time until that’s evident.

Aaron Jones – Was a Dog two weeks ago when we downgraded the entire Packers’ offense, but I’m high on him for week nine.  The Pack are coming fresh off the bye plus an additional day since they’re playing on Monday night.  They’re also home and Ty Montgomery has been relegated to backup duty since Jones’ breakout performance.

Marqise Lee – This might be his last week to put his baller status on display.  He has been Bortles’ best option to this point but things are going to get crowded quickly with the return of Dede Westbrook.  Ride it while it lasts.

Cooper Kupp – Not technically the number one receiver, but so far he’s been Jared Goff’s guy.  The Rams have the highest scoring offense in the NFL, so it’s not a bad idea to grab some of their offensive weapons.  That means you too, Mr. Watkins.

Sterling Shepard – Let’s try this again.  Hog in week seven and he was a late scratch.  Two weeks later he should be healed up and ready to go as the number one receiver in New York.  He and Evan Engram should see the majority of the targets and both should be in your starting lineups.

Emmanuel Sanders – Analogous to Shep, Sanders is also coming off an ankle injury.  This offense needs a shot in the arm and Sanders should provide just that as he can take the top off the defense.  Siemian also needs to be replaced, for obvious reasons, which it looks like will happen this week.  The change from Siemian to Osweiler will only help Sanders.

Jack Doyle – O’Doyle rules!  In a year with so much up and down at the position, Doyle has remained relatively consistent.  Houston was just gashed by Jimmy Graham and this looks to be another heavy passing game script for Indy.  Replicating last week’s results probably isn’t in the cards but Doyle still remains in that TE1 conversation.

Dogs

Marcus Mariota – I think a lot of us were expecting a season so far from Mariota.  And coming off a bye week, you would think we should be firing him up without a problem.  But not this week, and maybe not next either.  Baltimore and Cincy are on the docket for the next two weeks and both have strong defenses.  I think you’d be better off streaming this week with the likes of Tyrod Taylor, James Winston, or Alex Smith.

Eddie Lacy, J.D. McKissic, Thomas Rawls – Some may like these options because of incoming left tackle Duane Brown, who is sure to help the offense.  But Brown’s effects will be felt more by Russell Wilson and the passing game and even then none of these guys have been all that special this year.  Until one can separate from the pack this is a situation to avoid.

Chris Thompson – With the increased role coming in hot for Jamison Crowder, I think Thompson could see some of his touches decreased.  Washington wants to keep him fresh and healthy, which means 12-15 touches a week max.  Cousins finally has some rapport with someone other than Thompson, so expect that to grow while they somewhat limit Thompson’s touches.

Orleans Darkwa – I honestly think that Darkwa is kind of just a guy, and the only player of worth in this backfield is Wayne Gallman.  The Rams have surrendered the second most fantasy points to running backs this year, but they just shut Adrian Peterson (a better RB) for 21 yards on 11 rushes before their bye week.  Now coming in refreshed off the bye, Darkwa is not worth the start at all.  Hopefully you read Josh’s waiver wire article and were able to grab one or two assets off the wire.

Nelson Agholor – Mentioned Jeffery last week as a Dog, so obviously he played well.  Agholor has been a great waiver wire add for some, but this week he deserves to be firmly planted on the oak.  Denver still has a great pass defense, as evidenced Monday night against KC.  After a down week vs. San Fran last week, the sell high window is closing fast.

Kelvin Benjamin – Traded Tuesday afternoon, game Thursday night.  That gives him about a day and a half max to learn some plays.  Most of the time he’s a mid-level WR2, but because of the circumstances this week he’s more of a low-end WR3.

George Kittle – One of my favorite streaming options over the past few weeks but it just hasn’t worked out.  C.J. Beathard is also not very good at football so that played into the equation.  Until we can see another decent game out of him he should be firmly planted on the waiver wire.  Jimmy Garoppolo is most likely not starting until week 12, when Kittle should become relevant again.

That’ll wrap us up. Best of luck to everyone this week.  We’re here to have fun and we’re here to help you.  So, if you can’t get enough of the Guru family, be sure to check out all of our great content below.  We’re everywhere, so come get in on the action!

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