NFL weekly picks: Week Nine

Brian Boyle, Max DesRosiers, Nick Desrosiers, Thomas Fougere, Zach Malcolm, Blake Melnik

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Here is how we stack up heading into Week Nine:






And here are our picks:

Game of the week: This is one of the few times that we all have the opportunity to watch the two quarterbacks who wear number 12 go against each other. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and we expect nothing less than a high scoring game with some beautiful drives throughout the entire game. The Patriots should have the advantage in this game because they are at home and on a  five game winning streak, but you can never count out Aaron Rodgers and the magical things he can do with the ball in his hands.

Player of the week: Melvin Gordon is going to have another big week after resting in his previous two games with a hamstring injury holding him out in London and the following week being his bye. If Melvin returns to action this week and is fully healthy, he should be poised to pick up where he left off against the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks run defense is stout, allowing only 78 rushing yards to opposing running backs. Despite that, they give up 50 yards receiving to running backs. This is where Melvin Gordon can do his damage. With his significant role in the passing game and Philip Rivers high level of play this season, look for Gordon to return to his top three fantasy running back form.

Bust of the week: Our bust of the week is RB Tevin Coleman. Against the fourth ranked defense, Coleman should struggle to get anything on the ground. In the past two weeks, the Redskins front seven held Saquon Barkley to 38 yards on 13 rushes, and Ezekiel Elliott to 33 yards on 15 rushes. Coleman has had a decent season up until this point, averaging 11.4 rushes and 45.3 yards a week. He is still a relevant play for fantasy owners each week, as he is a great pass catcher out of the backfield and a sneaky end zone threat.

Sleeper of the week: Demaryius Thomas is our sleeper for this week. After just being traded at the deadline, Thomas will have something to prove in his debut with the Houston Texans. Thomas will be paired with a perennial all star in Deandre Hopkins, avoiding a matchup with top CB Chris Harris Jr.. In Denver, he averaged four catches per game for 55 yards and three touchdowns. We expect his numbers to increase in Houston this Sunday.

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