Hogs & Dogs: Week 6

Sunday, bloody Sunday.  It happens every year, and it’s one of the least appealing aspects of fantasy football.  On top of that, how about that slate of 1pm games from Sunday?  Holy smokes that was horrifying.  Very few times in recent years have I actually preferred to gouge my eyes out rather than watch football, especially on Red Zone, but yikes that was absolutely brutal.  I think at most there were two games out of the eight that I wanted to watch.  The other six were some of the worst matchups that we’ve seen this year.  You thought the Thursday night games were bad?  How about 49ers vs. Colts, Jets vs. Browns, and Titans vs. Dolphins as some 1pm headliners?  Can’t top those premium matchups!  Salty, I know, but it perfectly foreshadowed the weekend that was, filled with injuries and poor performances galore.

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.

Hogs

Cam Newton – Boy, what a rebound it has been over the past two weeks for Newton and the Panthers.  Philly has the third worst pass defense and the whole offense has been en fuego as of late.  Look out league, Cam and the Panthers are back!

Jay Ajayi – Keep the faith.  Still a great buy low option and has a pretty good matchup against Atlanta this week.  Game flow could be the only thing that could neutralize him if the game gets out of hand, but even so, I’m still high on him rest of season.

Adrian Peterson – You know what, why not?  In a year riddled with injuries across the board, you might as well take a chance on AP if you held him/were able to scoop him up.  He’ll be thrust right into the lead back role in Arizona and there are plenty of carries to be had.  We saw Edgerrin James find some late career success, why not AP?

Cooper Kupp – While it seems that Sammy Watkins will fade into an abyss, Kupp has been the go-to guy for Jared Goff.  He’s gained Goff’s trust and has seen 15 targets over the past two weeks.  It’s a tough matchup against the Jags this week, but Goff will be sure to still look Kupp’s way plenty.

Alshon Jeffery – Mentioned him on the podcast and how it’s only a matter of a time before he and Wentz get on the same page and really start clicking.  He’s also had a tough schedule to start the season so things will lighten up for him aside from the Denver game.  He’s not a bad buy low target if you have the ability to grab him on the cheap.

Hunter Henry – Touchdowns in back to back weeks and he saw eight targets to Gates’ three this past week.  I think we’re finally seeing the changing of the guard in L.A. as Henry has found his way into the TE1 conversation.

Dogs

Alex Smith – Contrarian views like you read about!  Pittsburgh has the number one pass defense and has only given up three touchdown passes all season.  It’s certainly not going to be a cakewalk for the Chiefs through the air.

Ben Roethlisberger – Yet to eclipse 18 fantasy points in a game this year and facing an above average defense in the Chiefs, on the road.  Not an ideal matchup for a guy who needs a pick-me-up type game to get things going.  He’s still somehow rostered on 90% of Yahoo! teams, which is baffling to me.  Prove it to me first Large Benjamin.

Jameis Winston – A similar player to Big Ben in terms of size and mobility in the pocket, Winston has me worried with some sub-par performances through five weeks.  Now flying east to west coast to face a struggling Arizona defense that wants to make a statement, I don’t think it’s in the cards (see what I did there?) for Winston this week, or next for that matter, when they face the Bills.  The talent is there and he has plenty around him, it’s just going to take longer than we thought.

Alex Collins – Fumble issues aside, he never really did have full control of that backfield.  Terrance West getting buckled certainly helps his case, but I still think Buck Allen will see the majority of the snaps there.  He’s the clear passing down back and he isn’t too small where he can’t handle the full load.  Allen was also the clear lead back, where he out touched Collins 25-12.  Allen and maybe Terrence West later in the year are the only real guys I like in this backfield.

Bilal Powell – Even before the strained calf I wasn’t sold on Powell.  He scored the majority of his fantasy points this season on one crazy play where the defense thought he was down (he probably should have been) and that’s been about it.  Elijah McGuire is here to pilfer that job and Matt Forte ain’t dead yet!  Even if Powell doesn’t suit up this weekend I’m not high on his prospects going forward, as McGuire looks to steal his role from him.

Sammy Watkins – Well as I mentioned above, it’s been tough sledding so far for Watkins in his Rams’ campaign.  He and Goff haven’t been on the same page often enough and Kupp has been getting more of Goff’s attention.  There’s no doubt the talent is there, he just hasn’t put it all together yet with the Rams.  Until he does, he’ll be plastered to the oak.

Eric Ebron – Don’t even think about it.  I think almost every other tight end that’s available in your league is worthier of a start than EE.  He’s just plain bad.

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