Hogs & Dogs: Week 2
Week one was, well, bizarre. The defending champions were mauled by a rookie running back and an above average game manager. Two teams already had their bye weeks. And the Bengals threw up a donut despite adding a few nice pieces to their offense, albeit John Ross did not play. A team of all rookies would have outscored a team of the number one player drafted at every position. Don’t believe me? Look it up. Rodgers, Bell, DJ, AB, Julio, Gronk, any defense vs. Kizer, Hunt, Fournette/Cook, Golladay, Kupp, Engram, no defense. Fantasy football is a fickle beast. On to the good stuff. Now that we have some actual film and stats to go over, we have a little bit better picture than last week in terms of this article.
This bad boy is the ole Wednesday special; our weekly start and sit article that we want to get out to you before Thursday’s games. While discussing starts and sits in Hogs and Dogs, we also like to sprinkle in some buy lows, sell highs, who’s hot, who’s cold, and contrarian views that might not exactly mesh with what the majority of other experts are saying. We want 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 take it away.
Mark Ingram – The New England defense probably isn’t as bad as what we saw on Thursday night, but I think New Orleans will really pound the ball and try to punish what they see as a soft defense. Why not try and replicate the Chiefs’ game plan?
Marshawn Lynch – An absolute wild card coming into the season, Lynch looked like his old self on Sunday. A probable blowout against the Jets this weekend means the Beast should be doing lots of bulldozing and lots of clock killing.
Larry Fitzgerald, J.J. Nelson, John Brown – You’re obviously starting Fitzy, because you should always be. And with a great matchup against the Colts and no running game whatsoever, all three of the Cardinals’ receivers should be ready to pop. If Vontae Davis is out again then the feast will be even larger!
Randall Cobb – Saw the most targets last week from Rodgers against one of the league’s best secondaries and has possibly supplanted Adams as the number two guy there. There will be inconsistency, no doubt, but Cobb is a nice plug and play WR3 this week.
Adam Thielen – Moved to the slot and bounced Diggs outside and it certainly helped both of them. Granted, the Saints’ defense is abysmal but first game of 2017 and Thielen looked really solid. I expect him to gobble up some of Rudolph’s work this year in an improved Minnesota offense.
Keenan Allen – Held his own against an elite pass defense in Denver by putting up 35 and a touchdown. As long as he can stay healthy he will remain Rivers’ favorite target and will be a fringe WR1 weekly.
Kelvin Benjamin – Week one wasn’t pretty, but Cam is still getting acclimated to an offense with a lot of new weapons, similar to Brady. I think he settles in comfortably this week against a bad Buffalo team and will look Benjamin’s way more than last week. He’s a low end WR2/high end WR3.
DeSean Jackson – Coming off a “bye” week, Jackson will be fresh and ready to burn the very beatable Chicago secondary. I think Tampa Bay also wants to come out flexing their muscles, for what it’s worth.
Sammy Watkins – Saw good usage in week one and won’t be shadowed by Norman the entire game. His rapport with Goff should only get better, as should that offense once McVay gets an understanding of the talent he has there.
Kirk Cousins – Tough, tough matchup after a below average performance week one. I’ve always been a bit skeptical of Cousins, and a road matchup against a Wade Phillips’ led defense is never too promising.
Ameer Abdullah – I just can’t get behind him yet and I’m not sure the Lions can either. A tough matchup this week against the Giants’ and we saw him lose significant touches to Theo Riddick (expected) and Dwayne Washington (unexpected). Owners should certainly be a bit worried right now.
Bilal Powell – Well as expected the Jets are not very good this year. Actually, maybe that’s most years. But anyways, the backfield was almost an even split with Forte and until someone emerges as a viable weekly starter, I want nothing to do with this situation and don’t think either player has much value at the moment.
Frank Gore – As we saw last week, this offense will have a tough time moving the ball without Andy Lucky Charms. I expect more stacked boxes against Gore until Luck returns (if that day ever comes) and keep in mind he has a few guys banging down the door behind him (Marlon Mack, Matt Jones). They’re also up against the Cardinals’ strong defense.
Eddie Lacy – I think we all saw how pitiful that offensive line was on Sunday. And if that wasn’t enough, there are three other dudes in that backfield that are stealing carries from Ed. If there is a decent line in front of Lacy he can definitely be a good running back, as we’ve seen before, but he isn’t able to make much out of nothing. He’s not startable and depending on how this week goes, he may soon be cuttable.
Adrian Peterson – I don’t think the blow up with Sean Payton will go away quietly. Rumors swirled that he shoved Payton in the locker room as well. “We ass,” as Peterson barked on the sideline might soon be referring to his ass out the door in New Orleans. I think he’s in the doghouse this weekend if he’s still on the team.
Eric Decker – I certainly wasn’t expecting Corey Davis to come on the scene as fast as he did in that first game. He looked really good, and what I fear for Decker owners is that most of Mariota’s targets will be going to Davis, Rishard Matthews, and Delanie Walker. This is a hold situation until we can sort things out in the Volunteer State.
Jesse James – Unexpectedly big day in week one, and one that I don’t think carries much weight moving forward. Obviously, this isn’t too crazy of an opinion since nobody expected him to catch two touchdowns, but with all the other options on that offense, I’m finding it quite difficult to trust him and think there are better options out there at tight end.
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