Pick 6 - Week 13

Late breakout in store for this Miami WR?



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

Thomas Rawls  -  He is again in my RB 1 rankings even facing a tough Vikings defense. However, the defense is facing key injuries as Linval Joseph will sit, and Harrison Smith and Anthony Barr are questionable. Rawls it the focus of the Seahawks run-first attack. Start him with confidence.

Javorius Allen - Miami gives up the second most points to RB's. Allen is coming off of a week in which he moved into the lead back role for Baltimore where he was given 12 carries and 5 targets in the passing game. The receiving corps has been decimated for the Raven's, and they won't be relying on Matt Schaub to throw for 300 yards. Allen is an RB 1 this week.

Jay Cutler - I like Cutler's odds of racking up some serious points this week. He has a healthy Alshon Jeffrey and Matt Forte for the first time all year. Cutler is playing at home against a 49er's defense that is terrible on the road - they have not held an opponent under 27 points on the road this year. Get Cutler (and the rest of the Bears offense) in your lineup this week. 

 Duds

Latavius Murray - He is a borderline RB2/3 this week. Murray faces off against a Chiefs defense that has allowed only one 100 yard rusher this season, and only 5 rushing TD's in 11 games. Tough sledding for Murray this week.

Charcandrick West - Yes, he is back this week, but don't expect the big breakout performances anymore. Spencer Ware showed that he can play so I expect this backfield to be a pretty even split a la the Denver Broncos backfield. Consider West as a flex play this week against a porous Oakland defense that gives up the 9th most fantasy points to RB's.

Dez Bryant  - You probaly won't be benching him because of the name, but you aren't crazy for wanting to bench him. With the Dallas QB situation, Dez is a WR 3 the remainder of the year. I'm starting guys like Brandon LaFell over him. 50 yards and a TD is probably his ceiling the remainder of the year.

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.

DeVante Parker - Scored his first TD last week on four receptions for 80 yards. Is this the first round draft pick we have all been waiting to see? I like his odds this week against a Ravens defense that gives up the 3rd most fantasy points to WR's. Add into the equation that Rishard Mathews is out, Kenny Stills is not expected to play, and that Jarvis Landry was banged up this week. This is Parker's chance to shine again. Grab him now before his 25% ownership changes in a big way. He is a WR3 for me this week with WR 2 potential.

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