Pick 6 - Week 9

It has been all or nothing for Legarrette Blount this year, should he be 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.

Studs

Legarrette Blount - He has been a boom or bust play this year dependent upon the Patriots game plan. This week they take on the lowly Redskins, so expect Blount to get plenty of touches finishing out the game in the second half. Further, you should keep in mind that the Redskins have allowed a 100 yard rusher in each of their past three games (Devonta Freeman, Chris Ivory, Doug Martin). He is an RB 1 this week. 

Jeremy Langford  - Don't have any second thoughts about getting Langford into your starting lineup right away. The Bears are facing the Chargers who boast one of the worst rushing defenses in the league, and Matt Forte will miss the game. Langford has looked solid in his limited work this year, and he should be given the opportunity to showcase his skills as a lead back this weekend. The Bears will also likely try to ride him as much as they can to figure out what they have in the rookie, as they consider the future of Matt Forte in his old age. Langford is an RB 2 this week.

Allen Hurns - With Revis Island taking out the number one WR, number two WR's have been able to find some room against the Jets. I like Allen Hurns this week because he has been in sync with Blake Bortles this year and the Jaguars will likely be down and throwing most of the game.

 Duds

Matt Ryan - One of Ryan's strengths is being a true winner and taking what the defense gives you to win the game. He is a smart guy, and knows that putting up 17 points against a terrible 49er's team is all that is needed to win this game. Don't expect Ryan to be throwing a ton in this game. The Falcons should be running all second half.

Sammy Watkins - I'm not convinced he is back to full health after leaving the field on crutches 3 weeks ago. Tyrod Taylor is making his comeback this week which should help, but starting Watkins gives you an upside of about 12 points max - 1 TD and 60 yards. I'm thinking Watkins gets into the mix with around 40 yards and hopefully gets back to full speed next week.

Matt Jones / Alfred Morris  - Redskins should be down what, 21-0 after the first quarter against the Patriots? Both should be avoided as the Redskins should be throwing all game.

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.

Stevie Johnson - With Keenan Allen out for the remainder of the year, it is a mystery as to how his targets will be distributed among other Chargers pass catchers. The fantasy world seems to be betting hard that this will be Malcom Floyd, however, don't think too fast. Floyd runs low percentage routes, banking on the home run ball, which is completely different from Keenan Allen. Allen was the reliable go-to receiver running the intermediate and short routes. If you look at Floyd's game, he will never be that type of receiver. You have to go all the way back to 2012 to find a game in which he caught more than 5 balls in a single game. Enter Stevie Johnson. Johnson has been on the same page with Rivers all season, and he runs similar high percentage routes that Allen ran in this offense. Keenan Allen's targets aren't going to be given to one person, but I would bet Stevie Johnson will benefit more than Malcom Floyd.

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