Hogs & Dogs: Week 11
Are we done putting the Miami Dolphins in prime-time games? Holy smokes. Talk about a team that doesn’t even care. But yeah, let’s roll them out there for every prime-time matchup we can for a month. What an abysmal team that is, and yet somehow they’re 4-5, and still within striking distance for a wildcard spot. Due to the timing of when this article comes out, I had no information regarding the Ezekiel Elliott situation last week, so this will be the first week where that comes into play. I actually think I’m higher on those weapons in Dallas than most, especially after last week’s drubbing at the hands of Adrian Clayborn and the Falcons. Three more weeks of playoff push before we hit the proverbial reset button and everyone (in the playoffs) gets a clean slate. At this point, the only thing that matters is just getting into the postseason. If you’re not in the playoff picture just yet, let’s get you there. And if you are in the playoff picture, let’s keep you there.
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.
Jay Ajayi – With no Sean Lee holding down the middle, things are looking mighty green for the cheese steak running game this week! Ajayi is more than likely the lead back in Philadelphia, but if you want to trot out LeGarrette Blount or Corey Clement this week as well, I wouldn’t be opposed.
Tevin Coleman – Give me all the Coleman shares this week! No Devonta Freeman (as of writing this), means the backfield will be mostly Coleman’s. We saw we he did last week once Freeman got knocked out and what he’s been able to do all season on limited touches. Lock him into that starting lineup now.
Leonard Fournette – It was a disappointing week against the Chargers, but Fournette has already become a stud. Don’t overthink this, you’re starting him.
Melvin Gordon – Another one to not overthink. Yeah, Ekeler stole some Gordon production, but that happens and you shouldn’t be worried about him. Gordon is still the man for the Chargers.
Corey Davis – A budding star, Davis caught two balls in week nine, his first action since week two. He was the clear starter opposite Rishard Matthews, was in on 75% of the snaps, and saw five targets, all of which are welcome signs. This past week he saw his targets and catches double to ten and four, respectively. Those ten targets led the team. He’s on the WR3/4 radar and could see even more work this week against the Steelers.
Martavis Bryant – He’s back and he’s *hopefully* learned his lesson. His snap rate will go up and he’ll add his big play capabilities to an offense that could really use a shot in the arm.
DeVante Parker – Again heavily involved Monday night, Parker has surpassed 60 yards receiving in both games since injury and five of six on the season. Tampa’s pass defense couldn’t stop a nose bleed, putting Parker and teammate Jarvis Landry on the WR2 map.
Sterling Shepard – Yes. Keep firing him up. Please and thank you. Evan Engram too while you’re at it, obviously.
Hunter Henry – Hunter Henry bounce back game. He gets Buffalo at home and Philip Rivers will be seeing much clearer against a now-porous Bills’ defense.
Travis Kelce – He’s going to feast on the Giants. As we all know, they have given up a touchdown to a tight end in every game so far this year. A baller-esque game is on the horizon for the “Catching Kelce” star.
Brett Hundley – A potential streaming candidate, I don’t suggest you take the cake with him this week. Baltimore will be refreshed coming off a bye and have had a tenacious defense this year. Hundley played well against Chicago but also tweaked his hammy. If his running ability is limited, so is his upside.
Derek Carr – Here’s one that I’ll definitely take the loss on. I thought coming into this year, that it would be a big season for both he and Amari Cooper, and boy was I wrong. Obviously, a little less than half the season is still left to play, but the Raiders’ offense has been one of the biggest disappoints so far this season. I think right now he’s a bit overrated and he needs to get a better handle of that offense and keep Marshawn in check before I’m trusting him.
Kareem Hunt – This is a risky call because Andy Reid’s teams always excel coming off a bye week. But, heading into the bye Hunt was on a significant downturn. He only played 54 percent of the snaps in week nine against the Cowboys and only ran the ball nine times, the second time in four weeks that has happened. Maybe the Chiefs are limiting his touches or maybe opposing defenses have figured out the Chiefs, who have lost three of four. Either way, he hasn’t been the same monster we saw at the beginning of the season.
Ameer Abdullah – Theo Riddick has been more involved the past few weeks, which has decreased some of Abdullah’s passing down work. The Lions are facing a strong defense in the Bears and Abdullah only had 11 carries last week. At best he’s a flex option, but I’m not counting on much from him.
Isaiah Crowell/Duke Johnson – In that offense, against the Jaguars defense, what do you think I’m going to suggest? Maybe next week my friend.
Josh Doctson – Had him here last week too, so I’m sticking with my guns. Doctson has yet to eclipse 60 yards receiving in a game this year and is very hard to trust, just as the Washington passing game is. Washington is also facing a much-improved Saints’ defense, featuring rookie star Marshon Lattimore, who has been shutting down teams’ number one options. Doctson won’t necessarily be tangled with Lattimore every play, but he did battle with Xavier Rhodes most of last week and his inconsistent usage and play thus far shouldn’t leave you feeling too good about starting him.
Robert Woods – Props to you if you snagged him a week ago off the waiver wire. If you followed Mr. Trotta’s exclusive advise to snag him, you definitely reaped the rewards. But heading into a tough matchup with the Vikings, in Minnesota, I think some regression should be expected. With how inconsistent Sammy Watkins has been used, the Vikes might just throw aforementioned Xavier Rhodes at Bobby Woods and take him out of the game. Expectations should be tempered heading into this matchup.
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