Hogs & Dogs: Week 10
The NFL is quite the product, isn’t it? Year after year we see crazier and stranger things as the league continues to reinvent itself. This season has produced so much parity that the league is just completely wide open. It really is anyone’s game out there. A few teams have stood out until this point, but I mean half way through the season, can we really say there are some truly dominant teams right now, aside from the Eagles? Aside from them, the rest is a muddled group, each with plenty of warts. I mean look at the NFC. The Eagles, Rams, Saints, and Vikings are all in first place in their divisions. Those four teams all missed the playoffs last year. Pandemonium! The second half of the season is obviously where championships are made, both in fantasy and the NFL. Let’s see who can get really get the ball rolling and blaze their way into the playoffs! And one of the best ways to get going on your scorched earth campaign is to give this article a read every week. So, without further ado, here we go.
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.
Josh McCown – The Buccaneers ship is sinking, fast. They’ve been gouged on defense the past few weeks and the Jets have a competent attack, so that’s unlikely to end this weekend. McCown has at least 16.90 points over his past four and should continue to feast against a defense that’s allowed at least 30 points in three of its last four games and only has eight sacks on the year.
Jared Goff – Keep firing him up! Houston’s defense is more of a paper tiger this season and Goff now has the weapons around him to make things happen. He’s controlling the number one scoring offense in the NFL, so you should most definitely be starting him.
Leonard Fournette, Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffrey, Joe Mixon – What a solid group of rook running backs. All are poised for good week ten performances. Fournette takes on the Chargers’ defense and will be back with a vengeance after being suspended last week. He has yet to score fewer than 12.10 fantasy points in a game. Kamara has been an absolute beast while taking some of the offensive load off Drew Brees and Mark Ingram. The Saints are on the road in Buffalo, but AK41 has been on fire lately and is showing no signs of slowing down. McCaffrey looks to take on more of a role after Jonathan Stewart’s two fumbles last week. The trading of Kelvin Benjamin also signifies an offensive scheming change that is more spread out and horizontal, allowing for the playmakers to make plays. We’ve also seen more running from Newton than we did at the beginning of the season. And finally, the concrete Mixon, who finds himself in a crapshoot there in Cincy. He’s still the best back to own and I have a feeling one of these weeks he’s going to pop. Tennessee’s defense is nothing and if Marvin Lewis wants to save his job, he’ll give Joe the pigskin.
DeAndre Hopkins – Your number one fantasy receiver on the year, so isn’t it obvious he’s on the Hog list? Well not when you consider losing the potential rookie of the year in Deshaun Watson. We got to see how things would be moving forward with Tom Savage at quarterback, and they were not pretty. But, Hopkins tied his season high for targets with 16 and looks to be Savage’s guy (for obvious reasons) moving forward. I won’t blame you if you want to sell high after one Savage start, but we just saw that he can still get it done, despite lackluster QB play.
Ted Ginn – More involved with an offense than what we’re used to with Ginn, he’s been able to put up at least 55 receiving yards in four straight games. That would be the first time in his career that he’s done that. He’s fully engrained in that offense and has taken over the number two role from Willie Snead.
Jacoby Brissett – If you are into the strategy of streaming, then Brissett has been a popular option this year. Or if you just lost Deshaun Watson, then you are now in the same boat, similar to last weekend. Either way, Brissett is not a good bet this week. He is at home, which helps a bit, but aside from that I’d rather take a stab at Josh McCown, Big Ben, or maybe even Eli. Pittsburgh’s defense is much improved this season and they are also coming off a bye week. Beware my fellow streamers!
Duke Johnson – Offense is a mess, hasn’t scored more than 7.10 fantasy points since week five and clearly can’t handle a full time role at running back. He’s fine in a PPR league, but on the road in Detroit he’s riding the pine for me.
Doug Martin – No Jameis Winston and no Mike Evans for the Bucs this weekend. That’s on top of the fact that the team has reportedly given up. Now I’m sure things are not as bad as they seem, but this week I have zero trust that Martin can muster up much on the ground.
C.J. Anderson – Another offense in complete disarray and a backfield that has become more of a committee, this is a situation I don’t want any part of. Devontae Booker has arguably outplayed CJA over the past few weeks and I wouldn’t be surprised if they continue to increase his touches while decreasing CJA’s. He’s not trustable as anything more than an RB3 in a potential negative game script matchup against the Patriots.
Matt Forte, Elijah McGuire, Bilal Powell – Another surefire committee that is just way too hard to predict. While Forte had a nice Thursday night game salting away the Bills, it is just impossible to try and predict what approach the Jets will go with this week. I think Forte is the best talent here, even if he’s on the downturn of his career. Powell is okay, he’s not bad, but he’s nothing special, regardless of his once-per-week-40-yard-run, where everyone forgets to tackle. And McGuire is basically a carbon copy of Powell. I’d much rather take my chances with a lot of other backfield before this one.
Josh Doctson – He’s been improving almost every week, and he played favorably against the Seahawks on Sunday. Despite this, he’s yet to score double digit fantasy points since week three and has another unfavorable matchup on deck this week, the Vikings. With the heavy bye weeks in the rearview, I’d lean toward the likes of Mohamed Sanu, Rishard Matthews, and even Paul Richardson or Tyler Lockett, before pulling the trigger on Doctson. He’s a better stash at this point.
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