GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- If there was a bright spot in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 26-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, it was the performance of second-year running back Peyton Barber, who rushed for a career-high 102 yards on 23 carries and had 143 yards from scrimmage.
Stepping in for the concussed Doug Martin, Barber had two touchdowns last week against the Atlanta Falcons and has totaled 31.0 fantasy points over the last two weeks -- eighth-most in the league among running backs.
Even if Martin clears the concussion protocol this week, the Bucs would be wise to keep feeding (and starting) Barber. It'd also be wise to pick Barber up for fantasy purposes for Week 14.
The Bucs' upcoming opponent, the Detroit Lions have given up 254 fantasy points to opposing running backs this year and 321 points in PPR -- fourth-most in the league. Since Week 10, the Lions have given up 109 fantasy points -- to Latavius Murray, Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen and Isaiah Crowell -- second-most in the league.
You could theoretically keep Barber around for another week to see if he replicates some of the magic he had against the Falcons from Week 12, as they've given up an average of 123 rushing yards per game on the road this year -- eighth-most in the league. Just be mindful that the Carolina Panthers, whom the Bucs play in Week 15, have only given up 73 points to opposing running backs at home this year -- fourth-best in the league.
Cameron Brate fantasy owners can also rejoice, as the Lions have given up 104 fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year -- eighth-most in the league. Brate had gone six games without a touchdown but had two against the Packers. With quarterback Jameis Winston back in the lineup, he should continue to make an impact on offense.
Be mindful that the Bucs are starting to incorporate other tight ends into the mix aside from Brate and O.J. Howard -- Alan Cross and Antony Auclair both played roles in the screen game against the Packers -- but Brate remains Winston's favorite red zone target.