Hogs & Dogs: Week 15

One week down, two to go.  The wild season continues with more injuries to Alvin Kamara, Carson Wentz, and Josh McCown, to name a few.  Two top tier offenses losing some of their biggest playmakers never makes the going any easier.  And the NFL can be a cruel, cruel world.  Super Bowl dreams can be dashed in the blink of an eye, just take the young and up-and-coming Philadelphia Eagles.  It is absurd how much depth a team needs to have just to even have the hopes of sniffing the playoffs, let alone being Super Bowl bound.  A lot of that has to do with just pure chance.  And just like with the NFL, fantasy football takes a considerable amount of luck.  Obviously, the stage that fantasy is on is not comparable to the stage of the NFL, but it is a common ground that the two can stand on.  Let’s hope we can carry that luck into this week’s semifinals.

This is our weekly start and sit article that we 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.  Without further ado, let’s get this show on the road.

Hogs

Drew Brees – I know, I know, he hasn’t been the guy we drafted him to be.  But we should all know with fantasy that you can’t take anything for granted, except for maybe TB12.  But, the Jets have given up the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks and at some point, a big Brees day is coming.  I think that’s this week.

Jay Ajayi – I’ll give him one more chance before I completely bench him everywhere.  He mustered up 8.00 fantasy points this past week and with Nick Foles taking the reigns of the offense, they’re going to have to rely more on the run game than they have all season.  LG and Corey Clement are there, I know, but something tells me this is Ajayi’s week.  Ajayi had 15 carries to LG’s eight and Clements six this past week.

Dion Lewis – Though the New England backfield is always so hard to predict, I think the Pats will look to get back to the ground game against Pittsburgh.  After strangely getting away from the run on Monday night against the Fins, the Pats will get back to a balanced attack that keeps the defense honest.  I’m expecting another 10-15 carry game.

Kenyan Drake – Why not keep it going this week against the Bills?  Even though it’s on the road, Drake should be able to handle another 20 plus touches and get up over 100 yards again.  He’s also been great catching it out of the backfield.

Josh Gordon – He’s looked pretty decent in his first action in three years and I think he’s going to win people some leagues this year.  He’s still a WR3 and although the usage is good, the consistency isn’t there quite yet between Gordon and Kizer.  The Browns face a downtrodden Baltimore defense that lost Jimmy Smith two weeks ago to a torn Achilles and just gave up a 39-burger to the Steelers.

Sammy Watkins – My man, Sam.  Did you know he has seven touchdowns on the year and five in his last six games?  Woo boy!  Though he isn’t catching many balls, he’s still finding his way into the endzone, making him an appealing WR3.  Sign me up.

Devin Funchess – Keep him locked and loaded as the premier pass catcher on the Panthers.  He’s scored at least 8.60 fantasy points over his past five games and over 11.90 in his past four.

Mohamed Sanu – The Bucs have the worst pass defense in the game right now, need I say more? Sanu hasn’t really made headlines aside from his touchdown pass to Julio Jones a few weeks back, but he’s made his way onto the WR3 radar as of late.  Four touchdowns (five if you include the throw), over his last seven games and in a mouth-watering matchup, I think Sanu is the perfect WR3/flex option.

Dogs

Joe Mixon/Giovani Bernard – With Mixon returning from a concussion I’m predicting more a split backfield than what we were getting accustomed to with Mixon being the lead dog.  And need I remind you that Cincinnati is facing Minnesota, one of the best defenses in the league.

Samaje Perine – Held under 7.00 fantasy points in back to back weeks and facing a stout run defense in Arizona, I would highly suggest against playing Perine this weekend.  He gets the Denver defense to round out the fantasy season, so if you’re in redraft and he’s a depth piece, I wouldn’t be against dropping him.

Amari Cooper – As soon as he came back from a concussion, he injured his ankle.  Cooper saw one target on Sunday before being ruled out for the day.  I know I gave him some love in last week’s article, but he won’t be so lucky this week.  It’s unlikely he’ll be 100% and I’ve been impressed with the Cowboys’ pass defense these past few weeks.  He’s merely a sad WR4 option.

Zay Jones – He’s been passed up on the depth chart for Deonte Thompson, so his arrow is pointing down for the rest of this season, even if Kelvin Benjamin misses time.  Great dynasty hold, though!

Tyreek Hill – The LA Chargers are one of the hottest teams in the league right now.  Their defense just absolutely gobbled up the Redskins and will most likely have their way with the Chiefs this week.  Their corners have been playing exceptionally well, which is why Reek finds his way into the Dogs section for the week.  He can obviously pop for a big one at any time, but the road to fantasy relevance will be tougher this week.

Martavis Bryant – The Patriots played horribly on Monday night, which means they should rebound nicely this week, especially against the Steelers.  Bryant will likely be shadowed by Stephon Gilmore all game, essentially rendering him useless.

T.Y. Hilton – A tremendous boom-bust play each week with the inconsistencies at quarterback, Hilton faces a good not great Denver defense that just stimied the Jets.  I’d avoid playing him at all costs.

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