Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Terry Blount: Don't Sleep on Patriots Running Back Jonas Gray This Week

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Terry Blount: Don't Sleep on Patriots Running Back Jonas Gray This Week

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The "PLAAAYOFFS," as former NFL coach Jim Mora once called them, are almost upon us in the fantasy realm. Are you officially in the postseason mix or are you still trying to earn a berth? Either way, let's take a look at this week's matchups and mine a few fantasy gems for your Week 12.

Also, I am happy to announce that Week 12 marks the last week of the dreaded byes, with only Carolina and Pittsburgh taking the week off. Let's get started!

For a guy who tries to examine trends and predict production, I am forced to admit that I fell asleep at the wheel with Patriots running back Jonas Gray, who woke me up BIG TIME with 201 rushing yards and four touchdowns versus the Colts in Week 11. Granted, he will face a particularly tough Lions run defense that has allowed a miniscule 69 rushing yards per game (first in the league), but Gray still has potential to help make a playoff-bound fantasy team deeper going into the postseason. Grab Gray from the waiver wire this week or kick yourself next week.

Owners of Browns running back Isaiah Crowell should be happy to know that their guy has a nice matchup versus an Atlanta run defense allowing 23.9 fantasy points per game to the running back position (second highest in the NFL). Throw in the fact that Cleveland released running back Ben Tate this week and those happy owners should be borderline ecstatic in the knowledge that Crowell will have one less player he'll be sharing the pig with in the Browns backfield.

Granted, Crowell will still see teammate Terrance West get the ball from time to time, but in Week 11 alone Crowell racked up 14 carries to West's five. Based on the matchup and a little more elbow room on the depth chart, I consider Crowell a solid RB2 in Week 12.

Since being renamed the club's starter in Week 10, Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown has performed admirably, compiling 589 passing yards and four touchdowns over his last two games. This week he'll tangle with a Bears pass defense that has allowed league highs with 24 passing touchdowns and 25. …

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