Pick 6 - Week 10

The Patriots have a juicy matchup this week against the Saints. Which Pats stars should you have in your lineup this week?



Each week this column will suggest borderline players that you should start, and borderline players that you should sit. These projections are based on historical match ups, the match up against the current defense, and how the player is performing this year.

Last week was a pretty good week for Pick 6 as all of the 'Studs' went on to score over 18 points (Blount, Langford, Hurns). Let's get back to it for Week 10!

Studs

Brandon LaFell  - Facing a mediocre Saints defense, expect the Patriots to continue to pile on the points this weekend. Since LaFell has returned from his injuries earlier this season, he has averaged 8 targets per game. For a guy on the waiver wire in 30% of leagues, you can do a lot worse than getting 8 targets a week from Tom Brady. Consider LaFell a low end WR 2 this week.

Matt Jones - If you are going to start him at all this year, this is the week. Jones has surpassed Alfred Morris on the depth chart to gain about 60% of the team's carries (he has gotten more carries than Morris in each of his past three games). The Saints give up the 10th most points to RB's on the season, and they are fresh off allowing Antonio Andrews 88 yards. Andrews could be the least talented starting RB in the league right now, which is an indicator of how poorly the Saints defense has played if they allowed him to gain 88 yards. I generally hold Jones to be an RB 4 week-to-week, however, with how depleted the RB position has become he jumps to a high end RB 3.

Anyone in the Packers offense - The Packers have lost two games in a row, and now they return home this week to face the one win Lions. I would not be surprised to see Aaron Rodgers throw for 6 TD's in the first quarter. Kidding, but seriously, I would not want to be playing defense for the Lions this week. I'm even starting Eddie Lacy this week as a flex option. Get the Packers in your lineups this week. 

 Duds

Latavius Murray - He was banged up last week with a concussion, but should play this week. Unfortunately he faces a tough Vikings defense which has allowed only two 100 yard rushers all season - Carlos Hyde (week 1) and Ronnie Hillman (week 4). The Vikings also looked solid against Todd Gurley last week as they are the only team to hold him under 100 yards this year. The Vikings defense is also banged up in the secondary, so look for the Raiders to focus on their passing attack this weekend. Consider Murray as a flex option, but he drops out of the top 20 RB's for me this week.

Marshawn Lynch - A late week abdominal injury has earning him the 'questionable' tag has given owners a scare. Aside from the injury, the Cardinals defense should be giving owners an even greater scare. The Seahawks are known as having one of the worst run blocking teams in the league, and they now face a the Cardinals who have allowed the second fewest rushing yards per game and second fewest rushing TD's. The only thing Lynch has going for him is that this is a home game and the Seahawks should ride their stars with how desparate they are for a win. I have Lynch as a low end RB 2 this week. It is very possible you have two other RB's on your team better than Lynch for this week's matchup. Benching Lynch is an option that is reasonable to consider this week.

Jordan Matthews  - He will continue to lead the team in targets, but do not consider last week's outburst a sign of the future. I expect the Eagles to stick to their guns in the running game, so you should use Mathews as your flex/WR3 and nothing more.

Waiver Wire Stud
This is the player that I pick each week who is currently a no-namer or unowned in the majority of leagues, but will become one of the top pickups next week. This player is a great speculative add if you have a free roster spot that you can use before you miss out on him next week due to your league’s waiver wire pickup order.

Thomas Rawls - This guy is owned in only 17% of ESPN leagues right now. That number is astounding to me. He should be owned by every Marshawn Lynch owner. Lynch is a bit fragile this year as he has already missed 2.5 of 8 games due to back and hamstring injuries, and is now questionable for week 10 with an abdominal injury. His ability to hold up the remainder of the year is a real question mark. Rawls is a legitamite RB 2 when given the reigns to the Seahawks backfield meaning he is a must own handcuff - especially with how scarce the RB position has become this season.

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