Hogs & Dogs: Week 10
Hello, friends and welcome to week 10 of the fantasy season! The season is absolutely cruising right on by and hopefully these articles along with our other TFFGuru weekly content, has helped push you and your team to a winning record and probable playoff spot. This has been a whacky year of fantasy, and though we haven’t had any crazy waiver wire pickups aside from maybe Jay Ajayi, there has still been a lot of action on the wire each week. This is where championships are won and lost folks, and if you aren’t my colleague Josh Trotta waiver wire article, you aren’t doing it right! He even includes deep stashes that can potentially put you over the top if you read the situation right and obviously have a little luck on your side. With that being said, most rosters are gearing up for the playoff push, so here we have our latest Hogs and Dogs installment for your reading.
This installment is our Wednesday special, our weekly start and sit article that we like to get out to you before Thursday night’s game. 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 on the NFL while also delivering some helpful advice that can translate to your league.
DeMarco Murray – We mentioned DeMarco on this week’s presidential podcast and how he has been one of the biggest surprises so far this year. Nobody expected him to do what he’s done in Tennessee and it goes to show just how mismanaged he was in Philadelphia under Chip Kelly. Murray has been an absolute and obvious hog this year, but he finds himself on the list this week because it appears as though Derrick Henry will be out for a few weeks. Murray has yet to score less than 12.50 points this year and is as trusty as they come these days. Fire him up in confidence this week.
Rishard Matthews – I’m feeling the Titans as of late, clearly. Matthews has flown under the radar for most of the season but as of late has really turned things on. He’s carved out a role for himself in that offense as one of Mariota’s go to guys and there’s no reason things would change. Over the past seven weeks, he’s scored at least 8.20 points while mixing in a 13.00 and an 18.30 last week. He also has five touchdowns over his past five games. With the WR position looking thinner and thinner every week, it’s certainly time to give him a look as a solid WR3. Green Bay is a mouthwatering matchup for Tennessee receivers.
Kenny Britt – More ties to Tennessee, as Britt was once a highly touted prospect for them before getting himself into some off-field trouble. Britt has solidified himself as the go-to guy in Los Angeles, similar to what Matthews has done with the Titans. Britt sees a healthy dosage of targets each week and although the offense is a tad better than a college powerhouse’s, they still have to throw the ball every week. The Rams also seem to prefer to throw it rather than run it with Keenum tossing the pill a combined 99 times over the past two weeks. Britt is on pace for 74/1,168/6, good enough for WR3 territory and going against the corner who is a complete shell of himself in Darrelle Revis.
Michael Thomas – Another guy we touched upon on the podcast this week, Thomas has played really well this year and established a similar role comparable to Marques Colston. But I think Thomas has a chance to be even better as he is a more precise route runner and has better hands than Colston. Thomas is able to run great routes both outside and up the seam similar to Colston. Brandon Coleman and Coby Fleener both have had multiple chances to run away with that role but have not lived up to what Brees is usually looking for. Thomas has played fantastic ball of late, and is right behind Zeke Elliot in terms of rookie of the year standings. Even in a difficult matchup against Denver you have to play Thomas a WR2/ high end WR3.
Steve Smith – Steven Smithereens has had quite the roller coaster year. From recovering from his torn achilles, to waiver wire stud, to more injuries and three weeks off (two games and a bye), Smith should finally have his feet under him this week in a matchup against one of the worst defenses in the league in the Browns. The Ravens have a friendly schedule coming up and no one has really stood out as the go to guy for Joe Flaccid Flacco. Mike Wallace is more of a home run hitter type. I’m predicting a big second half for Smith if he can stay healthy. He’s a low-end WR2/high end WR3 for me this week.
James White – It appears as though Walter White’s valuable time in New England may be coming to a bit of an end. White has only had one big game this year and that came back in week six against Cincinnati. Over his last two games, he only saw a total of six touches. Dion Lewis is tentatively expected to return this weekend and I expect them to thrust him right into the mix. The sell-high window on White has passed and he is merely a handcuff in case Lewis aggravates something again.
Rashad Jennings – Woof. I was down on him last year and down on him again this year and I can gladly say I’m happy I avoided that situation. He can’t stay healthy and in an offense that is a bit of a crapshoot as of late, he can’t get anything going. Couple that with the continued emergence of Pauly Perks, and Jennings will soon be looking up the depth chart rather than down. This is basically a committee and I’d rather take my chances with the prospect.
Jarvis Landry – Landry has not seen double-digit targets in their last four games and Miami seems to be focused on their running game and giving the ball to Ajayi. His last big week came in week three and Miami seems set on becoming a ground and pound type team. Tannehill is also not throwing the ball much, averaging only 26 attempts over their last five. Adam Gase said this week that they need to get the ball into his hands more often but very rarely do we see coach speak amount to much. San Diego defense has looked very good over the past few weeks with the emergence of Joey Bosa. I can’t fault you if you’re forced into playing him this week, but he’s a WR3 at best.
Sammie Coates – Oy. I can’t wait for Martavis Bryant to come back next year. Coates has been as boom or bust as you can get, with highs on the season of 10.30 and 27.90 and lows of 0.00 (twice) and 0.40. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is able to bounce back a bit this week with Roethlisberger returning to full strength but at the same time he cannot be trusted at all and could put up another doughnut. Dallas is a ball control team that could hold the ball for 40 minutes and not allow Pittsburgh to get into a rhythm. He’s a low end flex play for me this week and I’m not starting him unless I really need a hail mary.
Will Fuller – Will Fullsy, what a year it has been. He started out as a rookie of the year favorite with his performances in three out of his first four games of 18.70, 12.40, and 20.10. Osweiler has dragged this offense down more than anyone could’ve predicted and Fuller is the latest victim as Ossy seems to only know how to throw to his tight ends. The bye week could certainly help his prospects for this week but he’s still an extremely risky play for me until he can back on track with Os-Sauce.
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