Hogs and Dogs: Week 12
By: Chris Dugas
Week 12 is here and what a fantastic time to be starting a new article. This is a little something we like to call Hogs and Dogs which showcases some players that we’re high on (Hogs) and players that we’re down on (Dogs). Think of it as our version of who’s hot, who’s not kind of thing. With this being Thanksgiving week we have two extra games on the docket for Thursday, so keep an eye on that. We also no longer have to worry about those pesky bye weeks, so we can all breathe a sigh of relief.
Aaron Rodgers – Things haven’t been easy this year for Rodgers as he’s been without top target Jordy Nelson for the year. But, the Packers offense looked much better against a good Vikings defense as they established the ground game with Fat Eddie. Look for the run game to shoulder more of the load and keep the defense honest, allowing Rodgers more time to pick apart a not so good Bears defense.
Matthew Stafford – Stafford will look to keep the ball rolling against a struggling Philadelphia defense this week. Stafford and the Lions have been playing much better since their bye and the offensive line has seemed to have fixed their issues upfront keeping Stafford upright. He also didn’t take any unneeded risks and avoided turning the ball over, which is something we’re not used to out of him. Add in 6 rushes for 31 yards, a touchdown, and a cake ROS schedule minus St. Louis and you have a guy right in the middle of the QB1 conversation. Fire him up with confidence this week.
Javorius Allen – Will be the Ravens starter ROS and played well against a good Rams defense (115 yards, TD) once Forsett went down. I know his ROS schedule doesn’t look too hot, but by sheer volume alone Allen should be a solid RB2 going forward.
Jonathan Stewart – Does it get better than a RB who gets 20+ carries every week? Not in this day in age. Cam Newton and J-Stew have the Panthers firing on all cylinders and after a slow start, Stewart has at least 12 points in 5 of his last 6 games. Still don’t like him and the fact that Newton sometimes vultures touchdowns? Go look at the Panthers ROS schedule. Hog Nation!
Delanie Walker – The only reliable receiver in all of Tennessee and Mariota’s security blanket, Delanie has been a top-3 tight end this year. He’s also one of the most consistent tight ends at a position with very little consistency outside of Gronk and Eifert. Keep him fired up this week against the Swiss cheese tight end coverage of the Raiders.
Detroit – A defense that was once porous to start the season has surely turned it around with great performances against Green Bay and Oakland, two high powered offenses. Their front seven has been playing very well and continuously stuffs the run, while Darius Slay has been having his way with opposing receivers. Amari Cooper’s longest gain was 4 yards. Philly will have a hard time getting anything going the way Detroit has been playing.
Kansas City – KC allowed 201 yards to a San Diego team that was averaging 414 yards per game, 4th in the NFL. KC’s defense dominated this one from start to finish and have now played great football for the past two weeks. Last week they stifled the Broncos offense and have now outscored opponents 62-16 over the same period. The Chargers couldn’t even sniff the red zone, only getting as far as the 34 –yard line. During their current four game winning streak the Chiefs have allowed just 12 points per game. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the Chiefs challenge the Broncos for the top AFC West spot.
Tyrod Taylor – Never been a fan of running quarterbacks because it pretty much always leads to injury, but he’s got to run the ball more, and we all know he can. What he can’t do is throw it very accurately, which is unfortunate for Sammy Watkins who has an abundance of talent waiting to be used. This is in addition to his ailing shoulder which he hurt at the end of the game Monday night.
Matt Ryan – Still not sure what some people see in this kid. Falcons have now lost four of their last five and Ryan has looked pretty eh during that time. He’s scored more than 20 points twice this season and just doesn’t appear to have what it takes to get to that next level. He’ll be going up against a Minnesota defense which has given up the 6th fewest yards per game through the air.
Latavius Murray – The roller coaster season continues for the young man out of UCF. Not only is his season up and down but so is the Raiders depth chart behind him, which continues to steal work from him. Jamize Olawale, Marcel Reece, Taiwan Jones , and Roy Helu have all bounced around from spots 2 through 5. He was rotating pretty evenly with Olawale from the onset of the game and Marcel Reece got the first two cracks at the end zone when they got down to the goal line. Murray’s snap count was 27 while Reece’s and Olawale’s was 30 combined. Tread cautiously.
Marshawn Lynch – We all know about Thomas Rawls and how he will be the lead back yet again this weekend. But, it looks like Lynch’s time in Seattle could be coming to an abrupt end. He is projected to miss at least 4 to 5 weeks and even when he does return the Seahawks have no reason to play him. Granted, this could be after the fantasy season is over. Rawls has looked much better this year and Lynch was deserving of benching even before Rawls went off for 200 yards. This will be an interesting situation to watch play out and Lynch is pretty much droppable in all non-keeper formats.
Jordan Matthews – Well this was pretty obvious. What happened to that so-called magic that he and Mark Sanchez had developed together? Oh. Well as unfortunate as it is, it has become more and more evident that Jordan Matthews was one of the biggest busts from this year’s fantasy draft. If Chip Kelly is indeed on his way out then things could be much different next year for this struggling sophomore. Unfortunately, it looks like he won’t be able to provide much consistent play this year.
Tavon Austin – I know the big play appeal is there, but at a time when most of us are looking for consistency out of players, Austin cannot provide that whatsoever. Over his last 3 weeks he has scored a combined 10.5 points against the Vikings, Bears, and Ravens. Couple that with a lack of any consistent play from whomever they throw in at quarterback and you have an undesirable situation. The ROS schedule is not too favorable either as the Rams face the likes of Cincy, Arizona, Detroit, and Seattle. Since the signing of soup-brain Welker, Austin has touched the ball just 7 times in those two games.
New York Jets – After a hot start, the Jets defense has looked pretty lackluster lately and after giving up 24 points to T.J. Yates, one might consider finding an alternative. Couple that with Todd Bowles saying that it isn’t looking good that Revis will suit up for Monday night’s game against the Dolphins. The Jets have scored double digit fantasy points just once since Week 3, adding in a negative game week 8 against Oakland. It might be time to move on from the Jets for a few weeks until they can figure themselves out.