Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City
The Chiefs finally gave Hunt the workload he was receiving at the beginning of the year and he responded with a solid effort. Hunt had 25 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown. He also chipped in three catches for 22 yards. This was the type of game owners were accustomed to getting over the first month of the season. He should get a similar amount of work over the remainder of the regular season and has a decent matchup against the Chargers this week.
Brandin Cooks, WR, New England
Cooks has struggled the last two games, totaling 55 yards on just three receptions. The more concerning factor here is that he doesn’t seem like he’s on the same page with Tom Brady as he caught just one of seven targets in Week 14. Perhaps getting Gronk back this week and having Chris Hogan play more snaps will help Cooks, but I don’t see him having a huge impact this week. He was a very tough game on the road against the Steelers and should be treated as a low-end WR2/FLEX option.
Martavis Bryant, WR, Pittsburgh
Bryant has quietly received 22 target over the last three weeks, including 10 last week against the Ravens. His numbers haven’t been great as nearly every week it’s the Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown show but Bryant has serious sleeper appeal this week, in what could be the game of the year against the Patriots. If there’s one thing the Pats are great at, it’s taking away one of their opponents top players. I wouldn’t be surprised if either Bell or Brown struggle a bit on Sunday, leaving the door open for Bryant to have more opportunities than usual. This game has shootout written all over it.
Lock of the Week
New Orleans Defense
To have a defense listed as my lock of the week must mean that I really love them. There’s nothing else to say other than the Saints are playing at home against a Bryce Petty-led Jets team this weekend. New Orleans is in a dog fight to win their division and will be fired up this weekend. Petty is filling in for an injured Josh McCown and looked lost last week so expect much of the same in a tough place to play.