Hogs & Dogs: Week 3
Another week in the books and still so many questions across the entire landscape of the NFL remain. So many situations still must play themselves out, while at the same time we must rebound week to week from all the injuries that continue to pile up and decimate our teams. There’s absolutely no way to predict what will happen regarding the majority of situations across the league. And this inconsistent science that is fantasy football is what keeps us coming back for more. If it were so easy, I highly doubt it would be that much fun. Oh yeah, and it would also be nice if some of these teams could actually score. As Doug mentioned on the podcast this week, this is lowest scoring output we’ve seen across the NFL since 2004. All of this rambling leads us to what you actually came here for. The main attraction of your Wednesday commutes, lunches, and poo breaks. The only article out there to not only get you through hump day, but to help get you through your fantasy humps.
This is 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 get the show on the road.
Cam Newton – Newton has not bounced back the way that some had hoped so far, but facing a New Orleans’ defense at home is a cake matchup. I like my chances with Newton this week, along with the majority of Carolina’s offense.
Tevin Coleman – A reliable low end RB2/high end RB3 play so far, Coleman has had at least 50 yards or a touchdown through two games. Atlanta will be taking on Detroit in what could be a shootout at Ford Field.
LeSean McCoy – Woof, that was not good showing last week and the matchup doesn’t get much easier this week against a Denver team that just bottled up Zeke. But there’s no way you’re benching him. Stand strong with McCoy this week and I think he could surprise you.
Darren Sproles – I originally had Jonathan Stewart here but didn’t want to overload with Carolina weapons. With LeGarrette Blount playing his way out of Philly (and into New England, lol) and no certain replacement for him, Sproles figures to be the only one with any value. He should see 10-15 touches per game with most of it being catching passes out of the backfield. It also appears that the Eagles lovesto throw right now, with Wentz having attempted at least 39 passes in both games.
Tarik Cohen – Darren Sproles-lite? This young man has eight catches in both games so far and figures to see more work with Jordan Howard nursing a bum shoulder. With his pass-catching chops he should have a safe floor as a RB3/flex option going forward.
Golden Tate / Theo Riddick – The Falcons are a heavy blitz defense going up against a poor Detroit line that we saw get roasted on Monday night. Short passes will hope to squash that and keep the defense at bay. Riddick should see plenty of opportunities underneath as well.
DeAndre Hopkins – The Patriots defense hasn’t been too hot so far and Hopkins is getting peppered with targets. He and Watson will continue to get on the same page. He’s a high end WR2.
Martellus Bennett – A slew of receivers could be out or limited with injuries, so Bennett should see a nice uptick in targets. He should be able to do more with these targets after a disappointing week two.
Marcus Mariota – Slow out of the gate, Mariota has his hands full this week with Seattle. I think we might be waiting another week or two for Mariota to really get going, so for now I’m fading him until he can show us why we drafted him so high.
Trevor Siemian – Great week last week that I doubt he can duplicate, especially with the loss of left tackle Garrett Bolles for a month or so. Don’t fall for it, there are better streaming options.
Jeremy Hill – Cincy’s offense has been brutal thanks to one Andy Dalton. I’m keeping Hill plastered to my bench until they actually, I don’t know, maybe score a touchdown. Until then, ride the pine Jerry.
Jordan Matthews – I was higher than most coming into the season on Matthews and I’m sure there are still some growing pains there with Tyrod. But similar to Cincy, this offense is putrid and the only one that can be trusted is McCoy. Until he starts to see more than three (!) targets per week he won’t be leaving the WR5 range and should only be started in sheer desperation.
T.Y. Hilton – The theme of this week is apparently horrible offensive situations. I mentioned Gore last week when I probably should have mentioned Hilton. I think Gore and maybe Jack Doyle are the only safe options in that offense until Andy Luck returns. I’d say great buy low opportunity but we have no timetable whatsoever on Luck.
Allen Hurns – I’m not high on anyone on the Jags this week against one of the best defenses this year in Baltimore. Hurns was probably a popular waiver wire add in most leagues but Marqise Lee just saw 12 targets to Hurns seven. I know one game doesn’t tell a complete story but if I had to pick one to run with, it’d be Lee.
Coby Fleener – The stars have aligned for Fleener this season but he won’t keep it up against a very strong Carolina lineback corps. Week four Willie Snead returns so I would sell as high as possible.
Antonio Gates – Wouldn’t be surprised to see him in a wheel chair this week. He got the touchdown record, it’s Hunter Henry’s show now.
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