Hogs & Dogs: Week 17

Last stop, week 17.  Josh’s waiver wire article summed up my thoughts about week 17 championships. This week we’re going to keep it short and sweet, since most of us are in the middle of Christmas week and most likely enjoying the time off.  Some big names will be sitting this week, meaning their immediate backups could find themselves in a key spot.  This is it, you’ve made it this far, let’s get those sit-start decisions absolutely rolling.

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

Philip Rivers – A bit up and down over the past few weeks, they’re in a must-win game against Oakland this week.  Fire him up with confidence!

Jimmy Garoppolo – He’s been fantastic so far and the Rams are expected to rest starters, meaning Jimmy G should feast.

Jamaal Williams/Aaron Jones – Facing Detroit’s porous run D and the Packers will want to get as much run as they can out of their top young backs.

Lamar Miller – Bounce back time.  He’s been getting outcarried by Alfred Blue over the past few weeks but there’s no way Bill O’Brien wants to lose to a very beatable Indianapolis squad and one way of doing that is to feed the rock to Nuk and Miller.  Miller Time!

Kenyan Drake – You’ve ridden the train this long, no need to get off.

Wayne Gallman – Sure hope you don’t have to play him, but the Giants will want to get as much look as they can at the rook.

Derrick Henry – Should see the bulk of the touches with DeMarco suffering his knee injury.

Demaryius Thomas – Should have a big week as KC rests most of their starters.

Demarcus Robinson – Absolute dart throw here.  With Pat Maholmes drawing the start, he’ll probably be looking to toss some bombs into the stratosphere, where D-Rob will be waiting.

Antonio Gates – Should have another big game as the number two target in that offense.

Dogs

Case Keenum – The Vikings are not one of the teams expected to rest starters, but he’s been so-so over his last few.  I’m not trusting a huge performance against the Bears.

Matt Ryan – He’s been very Matt Ryan this year, highlighting how much last year’s performance was the outlier, rather than this year.  Carolina has a strong defense and he hasn’t thrown more than one touchdown pass since week 11.

Kareem Hunt – Tough matchup and neither team has much on the line.  Charcandrick West will probably see more touches.

Jonathan Stewart – Boom-bust potential based on touchdowns alone, J-Stew has only carried the ball 18 times in the past two weeks.  Extremely risky play.

Josh Doctson – Still not completely sold yet, and that Washington offense isn’t the juggernaut that we were expecting.  He and Cousins have yet to completely be on the same page.

Dede Westbrook – Keelan Cole appears to be the man there for now, so until Westbrook can overcome him on the depth chart, he won’t hold any real fantasy value.

Jason Witten – Eagles have one of the stronger linebacking corps in the league and neither team has anything to play for.  I doubt he sees the field for that long this week.

And that’ll wrap us up. Best of luck to everyone this week.  If you can’t get enough of the Guru family, be sure to check out all our great content below.  We’re everywhere, so come get in on the action!  What a great year it’s been!  Until 2018!

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