Coming off such an impressive performance against Indianapolis on Sunday with four touchdowns. It seems like it's a no brainer to start Gray this week against Detroit. He played on 73 percent of snaps, which is telling considering the Patriots often spread out their workload more evenly among their running backs.
Gray will tasked with the toughest of matchups against the Detroit run defense. The Lions are giving up just 68 yards rushing yards per game, which is best in the league. In the past, they've allowed just 42 yards to (2.2 yards per carry) and 50 total rushing yards to the Miami Dolphins' running backs and a week earlier. Against Denver the week before, Gray rushed just 12 times for 33 yards against the Broncos, a team that ranks second in rush defense.
Zach Mettenberger — Week 14, Mettenberger is home against the Giants. Week 15, home against the Jets. Both teams are ranked in the bottom 32 in surrendering points to quarterbacks. Mettenberger is averaging 280 yards per game.
Carlos Hyde — Owned in just 37 percent of leagues, Hyde will get the overrated Seattle defense twice and the Oakland Raiders down the stretch. He hasn't gotten the ball nearly enough (averaging about 5-6 attempts per game) but he had 11 touches against the New York Giants last week. He probably still won't ever get enough carries to be a valuable fantasy asset this season, but keep an eye on his carries and consider starting him if you have weak running backs and just need a touchdown from somebody.
Kenny Britt — Getting 6-7 targets per game, he's been healthy this season for once, and he gets the Redskins and Giants down the stretch. Both defenses are giving up a ton of passing yards. Shaun Hill brings a more consistent presence than Austin Davis, which should help Britt steer clear of donut performances.
Jermaine Gresham — A good TE2 in the playoffs. Gresham is 6 percent owned in Yahoo! Leagues and is coming off a two touchdown performance against New Orleans. He gets Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh in Weeks 13 and 14. Both of those defenses rank in the bottom 15 against the pass.
Eric Ebron — Owned in 3 percent of leagues, he's got the weak Chicago Bears in Week 13 and Week 16. Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate will continue to draw plenty of attention, so he may get open in the red zone.
Brandin Cooks' injury impact
With Cooks out for the season with a broken thumb, expect Kenny Stills to be the primary benefactor from the rookies' injury. Cooks averaged about 7 targets per game before going down, and Still will likely see about that many going forward. Still has been targeted 42 times this season, 13.9 yards per catch and two touchdowns. He's got the Baltimore Ravens secondary, a team that lost one of their best corners in Jimmy Smith for the season. There's a lot of potential for Stills to play well in this one.