Hogs & Dogs: Week 7

We just keep on churning along.  Another week, another big injury.  Who’s next?  This has been an abysmal season for injuries, and as Josh highlighted in this week’s waiver wire, we’ve seen more of the bigger names than usual go down.  I guess the bright spot here is that we’re halfway through the season?  I’m not sure.  Soon enough the entire league will be bundled.  Maybe Bill Belichick is on the right track when he periodically mentions increasing roster limits.  It wouldn’t be the first time he’s had an exceptional idea.  Speaking of, don’t you think some pylon cameras would have been helpful in that Jets – Patriots game?  Bill is light years ahead on some of these things.  Any who, I sure hope you took my advice last week when things really popped.  Here’s hoping that carries forward to this week.

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

Mark Ingram – It appears what he and Adrian Peterson needed was to just be out on their own.  Like a good relationship gone sour, both players thrived in their new roles on Sunday.  And since I touched upon AP last week, might as well give Marky Mark some love this week.  He’s all of a sudden a mid-level RB1.

Matt Forte – Haven’t heard this man’s name in a while.  He was the lead back against the Patriots, played well, and also got some receiving work in.  We don’t have any updates on Bilal Powell and even if he does return, I have a feeling Forte will get first crack at the backfield duties.  He could turn some heads this weekend.

Martavis Bryant – Will the squeaky wheel get the grease?  Marty has only one game all season over 4.80 fantasy points, which is obviously disappointing, and quite shocking. I think this is actually a good buy low candidate and the Steelers have a nice stretch of easy matchups coming up.  They’ll figure out ways to get him involved, don’t you worry.

Sterling Shepard – The classic “someone has to catch passes there” argument gets thrown around way more than it should, and rarely holds true.  The reason I’m applying it in this situation is because I actually believe Shepard is a really good player who should be able to still produce, even on a bad team.  I think the Giants will move him around a lot and give him some run outside as well.  He and Evan Engram will complement each other well.

Demaryius Thomas – Some may be wary because of the leg injury he sustained in Sunday night’s loss, but worry you should not! (See above.)  With Sanders out for a week or two, it’s all DT in Denver.  You weren’t sitting him anyways, but in case you were thinking of selling, I certainly wouldn’t do that.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins – In a year full of mediocre tight end play, ASJ has shown what made him such a hot commodity just a short time ago.  He’s seen 19 targets over the past two weeks and has established himself as the go-to in the red zone.  He’s already a mid-level TE1.

Zach Miller – Another good option at the tight end position, Miller has scored touchdowns in back to back weeks.  Now while that obviously isn’t sustainable, the position as a whole is lacking in decent options.  Miller is a good under the radar add that could net you low end TE1 numbers.

Dogs

Packers Offense – Well this is an obvious one, but all options outside of Jordy Nelson need to be significantly downgraded.  It’s unfortunate that so much is lost with just one injury, but we all know what Rodgers means to that team.  Let’s wait until Brett Hundley gets a few weeks under his belt to see if we’ll have a different picture of how things will be.

Matt Ryan – What has gotten into Matthew icicles?  He has just one game with 20 fantasy points this year.  Maybe losing Kyle Shanahan has brought Ryan down around to that QB7 area where he usually hangs.  Either way, it’s hard to trust him right now.  I’ll take the contrarian view and say that the Patriots’ pass defense will have a bounce back game after finishing strong against the Jets.  Don’t take the bait.

Jonathan Stewart – It hurts me to have him on this list, but after last week’s performance there’s just no way I can play him.  Chicago has a strong, underrated defense that I expect Stew to struggle again against.  He still doesn’t have a rushing touchdown, either.  Let’s file him under the “prove it to me first” category.

Samaje Perine – I haven’t loved what I’ve seen so far from Perine and it won’t get any easier this week against the Iggles.  Philly has given up the third fewest fantasy points to running backs (I know, this stat can sometimes be misleading), but we also must factor in his backfield mates.  Rob Kelley may be back this week and Chris Thompson is currently running the show.  This offense hasn’t been the juggernaut that we were expecting and has affecting the ancillary pieces accordingly.

Chris Hogan – Hogan was the number five receiver going into last week and caught one ball for 19 yards.  I sure hope you sold high.  We say time and time again that the only week to week trust-able assets in New England are Brady and Gronk.  You can probably add Cooks into that mix, but outside of that you’re taking some chances trying to guess whose number(s) will be called on Sunday.  He’s still in the WR2 category, but be cautious with New England weapons.

Jamison Crowder – This is such an odd situation which we actually touched upon during this week’s podcast.  Washington isn’t generating much of their offense through their receivers.  He’s borderline droppable even in deeper leagues and I think you should wait for multiple weeks of productivity before thinking about picking him up.

Devin Funchess – Another Panther in the mix.  I think Funchess is going to struggle against a physical Bears defense that has only allowed two receivers all year to surpass 75 yards.  You’d have to be significantly barren at the WR position to have to consider him.

Nelson Agholor – He has revived his career, but I’m not taking the cake this week.  Washington’s defense is playing extremely well and I think Wentz will have trouble with them this week.  The offense also flows through Zach Ertz at the moment, so he figures to be the best bet for production.  Going forward I’m a yes on Agholor, but not this week.

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