Hogs & Dogs: Week 4

Yikes.  Last week did not go very well from a Hogs and Dogs standpoint.  Is the best advice after last week to not read my advice anymore?  Of course not.  With the new format this year for the Pigs and Pups and more players included each week, there are bound to be more hits and certainly more misses.  Last week we finally saw some good football across the league as teams are really starting to get their feet under them.  Let’s hope for the same this weekend, as things those first few weeks looked a bit rough.  And let’s not forget that the NFL is an ever-changing landscape, and one that we should not overreact to.  Sure, the Ravens had their doors blown off in London against the Jaguars, but that doesn’t mean we should all of a sudden forget about their defense.  And if anyone got absolutely outplayed as much as Baltimore, look no further than Oakland, who barely even showed up on Sunday night.  All this is to say that we must take everything into consideration.  Take a step back and examine the entire picture before making any irrational decisions.  With that though, we must make some difficult decisions each week when it comes to who we’re starting and who we’re sitting.  With that, let’s swivel over to some good old-fashioned Hogs and Dogs.

This is our weekly start and sit article that we want 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, who’s hot, who’s cold, 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.

Hogs

Carson Wentz – Has a much easier matchup this week against a Chargers’ defense that has been struggling so far.  If he can start to get on the same page as Alshon big things could be on the horizon.

Jay Cutler – Popular streaming option last week that blew up in all of our faces, the Cutlet has a chance to redeem himself this weekend at home against the Saints.  I’m expecting an at least one game turnaround after Gase’s extreme bashing of the offense after their loss to the Jets.

Tarik Cohen – Both he and Jordan Howard are good plays this week as they have decent sized roles carved out in Chicago.  Cohen is an RB2/flex for me this week and if Howard’s shoulder bothers him at all (which is more than likely), then Cohen will see even more of the lion’s share!

Adam Thielen – While Diggs is an obvious starter, Thielen continues to fly slightly under the radar.  Had him as a Hog two weeks ago and didn’t work out so well so let’s hope I’m not jinxing him again.  Even with Keenum as quarterback, he is a viable WR3 option this week against a beatable Detroit defense.  Thielen also currently leads the league in receiving yards.

Tyreek Hill – Even though Washington slowed Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree this past week, Reek is a different type of player.  He also hasn’t given you any reason to sit him, so fire him up confidently this week.

Joe Mixon – As the great Fantasy Father mentioned on this week’s pod, the backfield is Mixon’s now.  And I completely agree with him.  The year of the great rookie running back continues.

Evan Engram – A favorite of one Joshua Trotta, Engram and the Giants look to piggy back off their strong fourth quarter play from last week.  I know some may be gun shy because it was only one quarter, but Engram has played well and seen seven targets in each of his last two games.  He’s a low-end TE1 this week, but still one that could pop.

Dogs

Ben Roethlisberger – This is a tough one because both teams are looking for bounce back games.  I think it comes down to how Pittsburgh can move the ball and with Ben being somewhat shaky on the road these past few seasons (though I don’t completely buy it), it might be time for Le’Veon Bell to handle the chain moving this week.

Alex Smith – Smith probably isn’t on the starting radar for most standard leagues, but that’s okay.  He’s a sit for me this week against the Redskins after what we saw them do to the high-powered Raiders just this past week.  He also hasn’t put up more than 16.50 points since week one.

D’Onta Foreman – Until an injury occurs or Lamar Miller looks completely incompetent, which he hasn’t, Foreman is just a touch more than a handcuff at this point.  He’s maybe worth a snag in deeper leagues.

Arizona Backfield – This is a mess I think we all want to stay away from.  It’s unfortunate that no one can take control of it, but the likes of Chris Johnson, Kerwynn Williams, and Andre Ellington just won’t get it done consistently, especially behind that line.

Terrelle Pryor – You know that since he’s a Dog this week, he’s going to absolutely pop off this weekend.  I debated putting him as a contrarian view Hog this week but decided I want to wait to see it first.

Pierre Garcon – Garcon looked great in the shootout last week but he’s got a tough road ahead and remember he is still catching passes from Brian Hoyer.  Garcon will be facing the likes of Patrick Peterson, Vontae Davis, and Josh Norman.  Might be best to avoid for a few weeks.

Martellus Bennett – Another wait and see from me.  I thought he was going to have a huge week last week and he disappointed.  Oh, and he has some granite countertops for mitts.

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