Pick 6 - Week 15

Emerging from the fog that is the RB position this season, is Jeremy Hill - just when you need him most.



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.

Playoff rule of thumb - Don't get cute, start your studs.

Studs

Jeremy Hill - He dissapointed big time last week with only 9 touches, however, the Bengals were stuck playing from behind early. This week, Hill faces the 49er's defense, which is ranked last against the run. With AJ McCarron playing QB and Tyler Eifert out with a concussion, look for the Bengals to lean on Hill early and often. Consider Hill a back end RB 1 this week. 

Cardinals WR's - I like all of the Cardinals WR's this week (L-Fitz, John Brown, and Michael Floyd). It's hard to tell which one will go off, but all three have a good opportunity against a weak Eagles pass defense, which gives up the second most points in the league to WR's.

Tim Hightower - As mentioned in Week 14's waiver wire stud, Hightower should continue to see a large workload against the Lions. The RB carousel has been crazy this year, but Hightower projects as a RB 2 this week based on his heavy workload of 20+ touches.

Duds

Brandon Bolden - I'm not as much of a fan of Bolden as everyone else seems to be. Bolden has averaged 3.1 YPC this season, and only once has he recorded more than 4 carries this year (Week 14). Add into consideration that the Titans have only allowed three 100 yard rushers this season and only one rushing TD since week 10 and it is not a pretty matchup. I expect a pass heavy game from the Patriots.

Eric Ebron - Has not been involved in the passing game at all since the new regime took over in Detroit. Your only hope here is a goal line TD.

Brandon LaFell - He has had plenty of opportunities with all of the injuries to the Patriots receiving corps. While averaging 8 targets the last three weeks, he was only able to translate that into an average of 30 yards. He has a decent matchup against the Titans so I expect him to gain around 50 yards. Just hold off your expectations if you have a better option.

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.

Christine Michael - Michael has bounced around this year, but this week he wound up with the Seahawks again after the season ending injury to Thomas Rawls. Pete Carroll has stated that he will ride the hot hand for early down work, while Fred Jackson will maintain a 3rd down role. Everyone else rushed to the waiver wire to acquire Bryce Brown this week, but Michael has just as good of a chance to get hot this week against an awful Cleveland Browns defense. Might as well throw a dart at Michael in case he catches fire.

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