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By Kevin Fishbain

The way the Patriots' offense has been clicking the past two weeks, there are a lot of worthy fantasy players to start, especially against the Lions.

QB Tom Brady continues to be one of the top fantasy players. He didn't rack up the yards last week, but he seems to consistently toss a couple touchdowns a game, and he hasn't thrown a pick since Week Six.

At wideout, both Wes Welker and Deion Branch have come on with Brady's resurgence since the Browns' loss. Welker scored on Sunday for the first time since Week Two and is the team's leading receiver. Meanwhile, Branch could get 5-7 receptions on Thursday.

Both Patriots running backs should be starts at flex positions throughout fantasy. BenJarvus Green-Ellis now has back-to-back productive games and he found the endzone against the Colts. Danny Woodhead had 11 total touches and 90 total yards with a touchdown vs. Indy. The Lions have the league's 26th-ranked rushing defense, so expect the Patriots to pound it on the ground with both players.

One player you may want to start avoiding is TE Aaron Hernandez. He did catch a touchdown pass on Sunday, his third in three games, but he has seen his snap count drop considerably. With the Patriots likely going to a running attack on Sunday, Hernandez will defer snaps to TEs Rob Gronkowski and Alge Crumpler. While Hernandez should be benched, Gronkowski is not a bad start at the TE position.

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