Hogs & Dogs: Week 15
Only three weeks left in the regular season, and only two weeks left in the fantasy season. That is unless you play in one of those cruel leagues that forces you to potentially sit your best players in week 17. Crazy to think that after this week, we’ll only have two more articles of Hogs and Dogs. If you’re reading this article, then you’re more than likely one of the final four-eight teams remaining in your league. Congrats. That is certainly not an easy feat these days with the parity that surrounds fantasy football. Something we have been preaching for weeks now is just how valuable backups and handcuffs are to your star running backs and running backs in good situations or on good teams. This should only be reinforced this week with the possible start of Kenneth Farrow for San Diego due to Melvin Gordon’s injury and the fact that fewer teams will be making waiver wire moves. Grab those valuable handcuffs now! Also, let’s welcome back Alshon Jeffery, who I happened to have on just about every team this year. He’s a very risky play for me this week, so check back with the Gurus come Sunday morning.
This article is our Wednesday special, our weekly start and sit article that we like to get out to you before Thursday’s games. 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 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!
Todd Gurley – Gurley is not someone that anyone would’ve penned to speak up or speak out against his head coach or team, but there he was on Sunday saying that game plan is comparable to that of a middle school team and questioning the effort of some of his teammates. I understand it must be brutal to play for a miserable team that does not care about the outcome of the game week to week, but these guys are professional athletes and this is their job. Props to the first year captain on speaking out and hopefully motivating the team. With Jeff Fisher out of town (finally), and Eric Dickerson back in town, Gurley should be the main focus of the team this week, considering how talented the poor guy is. I’m expecting 25 plus touches and a fired up group of Rams to play Seattle tough on Thursday night. This could be the game we’ve been waiting for.
Larry Fitzgerald – With the recent release of Michael Floyd, targets aplenty should follow for Fitz, John Brown, and others. As I’ve said before, Fitz is the only one with fantasy relevance in that offense. Deep leagues could give Jermaine Gresham a chance this week, as Josh mentioned in the waiver wire article. After a rough game last week against Miami, I expect Palmer to look his way early and often in a good matchup with Norleans. Arians is pissed at the world, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cardinals on a bit of revenge, wrecking ball tour to end the year.
Travis Kelce – An absolute Hog is his last few games, Kelce (and Tyreek Hill), are making Kansas City’s passing offense fun again. Baby Gronk has emerged as the number one tight end this season with injuries crippling Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Reed. He has now strung together four straight games of at least 100 receiving yards, and though the touchdowns aren’t there yet, they will come. Over his last seven weeks, he’s been in double digits five times and only dipped to 5.10 points at his lowest point. Kelce is finally making a name for himself this year, both on and off the field.
Martellus Bennett – Alright Marty B, now is your time to shine. Denver is weak at the middle linebacker position this year, so things should open up down the middle of the field this week, especially if New England spreads it out. With Bennett’s ankle hopefully being a week healthier, he should be a favorite of Brady’s this weekend. Last weekend saw his first game with a touchdown since week five against Buffalo and that should help get the connection with him and Tom going again. Bennett should finish the season strong and hold his place in the top five.
Vernon Davis – Tight ends galore this week! Davis is currently your 23rd ranked tight end on the season, but don’t be surprised to see him crack into that top 15 by the end of the year. Davis is getting better with age, like a nice bourbon, and Jordan Reed still looks to be way less than 100% with his regards to his shoulder. Carolina is one appeasing matchup for the Redskins, especially if Keuchly still can’t give it a go. This is a risky play this week, but in deeper leagues I would not be against playing him at all. Keep an eye on the Reed situation throughout the week.
Cam Newton – I don’t know how I got sucked into drafting him this year, but I’m in the playoffs in that league so I must’ve been doing something right. Newton, and the whole Carolina offense has been a huge disappointment this year and Newton can’t even complete more than 50% of his throws anymore. His rushing is down significantly this year and his goal line attempts have taken a hit as well (pun intended). Newton only has 15 passing touchdowns to go with his nine interceptions in what has become a lost year for Carolina. He’s a high end QB2 this week and cannot be trusted going forward.
Spencer Ware – Just a month or two ago, some people were clamoring for Spencer Ware as a surefire first round pick next year. Whoops. Ware has come down to earth considerably and over his past six games, has only scored double digit fantasy points once. He’s only rushed for over 100 yards once this year, and that came back in week six. He was not able to take advantage of a great matchup against Oakland and now faces a strong Tennessee front seven. I’d expect the Chiefs to come out throwing, especially with how well Kelce and Hill are playing and the recent return of one Jeremy Maclin. Ware has become a low end RB2, high end RB3. Buyer beware.
Theo Riddick – Theodore Riddickulous was a late scratch last week, potentially costing some if they set their lineups and then had things to do. Hate to see that type of thing happen. Riddick has also not seen double digit fantasy points in a while, as it’s been since week eight that he has accomplished that. A PPR and receiving back specialist, Riddick is not looking good again for Sunday. Even in a great matchup against the Giants, I think you need to hold off on playing him until he can prove he is healthy. In the meantime, you should probably add Dwayne Washington who should be in for a heavy workload this week if Zach Zenner can’t be cleared to play.
DeAndre Hopkins – Boy, Nuk was a Dog for me back in week five, but he was also a huge buy low candidate. My apologies for that poor advice. Osweiler has been nothing short of horrendous this year, which has taken its toll on all Houston receivers. At best, Hopkins is a WR3 this week, but even that is probably too high. He should see plenty of coverage from budding star Jalen Ramsey in what could be one of the grossest QB matchups in recent memory. Stay away if you can.
Quincy Enunwa – With the Jets basically calling it a year with three weeks left to play, Enunwa has taken a back seat with Bryce Petty now under center. Petty has relied heavily on Robby Anderson and seems to prefer him to the Jets’ other options. I really like Enunwa’s future projections as he is similar in size, style, and play to Brandon Marshall, but, for this week and the rest of the season, I think you can safely bench/drop Enunwa. Petty is not going to do anything earth-shattering to finish the season as the Jets just simply want to see what they have with him and mail it in otherwise.
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