Hogs & Dogs: Week 14
Anddd we’re onto the playoffs. What a wild ride 2017 has been. Injuries have absolutely ravaged this season and we have seen more turnover at the key positions than I can ever remember. An unfortunate lowlight of this season’s injuries was the bloodbath that was Monday Night Football. The Ryan Shazier hit was obviously not dirty, nor anyone’s fault. But, hits from JuJu Smith-Schuster and George Iloka capped a pretty rough game all around. Joe Mixon and Vontaze Burfict both had to leave the game because of concussion symptoms, and Antonio Brown seemed to actually be okay after the attempted decapitation by Iloka. Nonetheless, the NFL has done a pretty decent job of removing this type of play from the league. Let’s hope that what happened on Monday night does not happen again any time soon. By the way, is anyone surprised that the Bengals were involved? Any who, let’s get to the Hogs and Dogs for week 14, so we can continue you on your winning ways!
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.
Dak Prescott – I’m pretty high on all the Cowboys this week and think the game against the Redskins was a turning point for the struggling offense. I know he hasn’t thrown for more than 200 yards in four straight games, but he has the rushing aspect to his game and the Cowboys overall are trending up, especially in a great spot against the reeling Giants.
Derek Carr – He’s certainly been a bit of a let down this season, but he’s still put up decent fantasy numbers over his past six games. He’ll also get Crabtree and Cooper back after their one game hiatuses. Kansas City’s pass defense is laughably bad as well, so I’d be all in on Carr and his weapons this week.
Latavius Murray – Former member of the aforementioned Oakland Raiders, Latavius has been mighty consistent over his past six games. He’s gotten at least 12 carries in each of the past eight games and hasn’t scored less than 9.00 fantasy points over the last six. Carolina is a stiff matchup, but Latavius will get his no matter what.
Kareem Hunt – He’s been mediocre at best recently, but this could be a big bounce back game for him. The last time they played the Raiders he totaled 117 yards from scrimmage. In order to prevent complete free fall, the Chiefs should realize they need to get the ball in Hunt’s hands. He had only nine carries against the Jets, which isn’t a recipe for success. Give him the rock!
Alex Collins – Collins has taken on the proverbial lion’s share as they say in the Baltimore backfield. He has fended off Danny Woodhead, Buck Allen, and Terrance West over the past five weeks, while eclipsing 11.00 or more fantasy points in four of those five games. The Ravens face the Steelers this week who, as of late, have played down to their opponent’s level. It’s fair to say that Collins will have ample opportunity to keep up this good stretch.
Dez Bryant – Like Dak, I really like Dez this week. Just throw him the damn ball and give him an opportunity to make a play on it. It really isn’t all that hard.
Golden Tate – Assuming Stafford’s paw is okay, I really like Tate this week. Tampa has arguably the worst secondary in all of football and Tate always finds ways to get open. He’s a sneaky better option than Marvin Jones.
George Kittle – Jimmy G is going to need a dump off option at some point, especially with how inexperienced he is. Kitts hasn’t done much of late but Houston has a pretty poor pass defense/linebacker core, so he should be able to light up those seams! And we know there isn’t anything I love more than some seams being lit up!
Alex Smith – I like Hunt this week, but dislike Alex Smith, who has little to no chance of replicating his numbers from last week. If Oakland can just sit back in a zone and force Smith to make tough throws, then they’ll have their way with him, which is what I’m expecting.
Jay Cutler – Hopefully your waiver wire has better options. I know the Patriots’ defense looks like a good matchup on paper, but they have been playing much better as of late. Honestly, I’d stay away from all Miami players aside from maybe Jarvis Landry. Even Kenyan Drake I’d shy away from. Cutler didn’t play the Pats last time around, two weeks ago, but we’ve all seen how inadequate he’s been this year. Stay away. Stay far, far away.
Danny Woodhead – The classic prove it to me first is what we’re looking for from the Head of Wood. He’s third string at best right now and is almost unrosterable if he doesn’t do anything again this week.
Doug Martin – Even if he is fully recovered from his concussion and good to for this weekend, he’ll most likely play second fiddle to Peyton Barber. The Jacuzzi himself, Jacquizz Rodgers, will also be there, possibly stealing a few touches from the backfield.
Josh Doctson – A frequent flier on here of late, Doctson and the Washington receivers face a tough Charger secondary. He also hasn’t scored double digit fantasy points since week three. He’s a WR3 for me this week, but Casey Heyward poses a tough matchup.
Zay Jones – We’ve already seen a bit of what Nathan Peterman has to offer, and it does not seem like a whole hell of a lot. I like Jones more as a prospect right now than I do as a contributor this season. Even in a prime matchup, I can’t trust him more than a WR4.
Paul Richardson – This is going to be a tough matchup all around for the Seahawks fantasy weapons as they face the vaunted Jacksonville defense. The only option that I’m okay with not benching is Doug Baldwin, as he lines up in the slot a lot and therefore isn’t necessarily shadowed by Jalen Ramsey or A.J. Bouye on every play. Richardson tends to stay on the outside for most of his routes and should go completely silent in this game.
Corey Coleman – With nothing left going for them this season, I think Cleveland looks to get Josh Gordon heavily involved to see what they have in him. That doesn’t necessarily make Coleman unplayable or anything, but he’s no longer the number one option there. Ultimately, I think these two will form a nice duo at receiver for years to come, but this week I’m taking the cake with Gordon and fading the Coleman Grill.
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