With the NFL season set to kick off on Thursday, some people may be gearing up for some late Fantasy drafts. Or, if you have already drafted, you may be looking for someone to trade for already? With three teams in the state, here are a few people you should target or should we say, not target at all.
In Tampa, the Bucs should have the best offense of the three and thus have the best fantasy purposes. WR Mike Evans is always going to be a steady second-round selection, and you know what you’re getting from him. Chris Godwin has caught the attention of national media as a popular fantasy pick and Jameis Winston is a great under the radar QB to go with this season, especially if you play DFS with the 49ers week 1 with an O/U of 50 points.
Yards and touchdowns have never been Winston’s problem. It has been the turnover bug, and this was what Bruce Arians was brought in to fix.
You should avoid the Bucs run game to start with a bad O-line and a running back by committee approach this isn’t ideal for you. If you are playing DFS week one, the Bucs will be a hot commodity as well as the Niners with the game predicted to be high scoring.
In Jacksonville, a new offensive coordinator and a new QB might lead to some more offensive production this year. Before with Blake Bortles, the offense was restricted to a lot of running. With Nick Foles and WR Dede Westbrook who had somewhat of a breakout season can have a big one with an attack that should throw more downfield. RB Leonard Fournette is still around and should be more involved in the pass-catching game an area we have never really seen much of him.
I would avoid the group of tight ends the Jags have. Geoff Swaim and James O’Shaughnessy will lead the unit, and for fantasy, purposes won’t do much for you. With the Chiefs up week 1, Dede could be a good DFS pick. The Chiefs didn’t have the best defense last year in the secondary, and this game has another high point total with an O/U of 52.
In Miami, Ryan Fitzpatrick has been named the starter. He has lost his starting LT and a starting WR to a trade on Saturday and gets one of the best defenses in the league week one. At some point, you would have to assume Josh Rosen will get his chance, but that day will not be this week.
At WR DeVante Parker is still there, and he has shown flashes but never put it all together. Slot WR Albert Wilson might be the best bet of anyone to use on this team. Avoiding shutdown corners and being able to work short over the middle Wilson could become Fitz security blanket.
This group of running backs should be one to avoid with both Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage in a timeshare that doesn’t look to be that lucrative for anyone. With a week one matchup vs. a top defense in the Ravens, you might want to avoid all of the options to start.
Report- Bucs aren’t trading tight end OJ Howard
There’s no doubt the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have begun to struggle with three losses in their last four games while on a bye week. However, a report Thursday says they’re not looking to sell off one of their premium young players before the trade deadline.
Despite inquiries from other teams, former first-round pick tight end O.J. Howard apparently will not be on the move.
That’s according to ESPN Buccaneers reporter, Jenna Laine, who went on Tampa Bay radio Thursday and said as much, and then repeated it on social media:
For those who missed this yesterday…I’m told there’s no plan to trade O.J. Howard. Teams who have inquired are being told he’s not available. https://t.co/rYq4mugVPQ
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) October 17, 2019
There have been numerous reports of teams inquiring about the third-year tight end from Alabama whose had a disappointing 2019 so far. Howard, known for his size and agility in the passing game, has only 13 catches for 176 yards and no TDs in the first six Tampa Bay games.
And in the last 2 weeks, Howard had only one catch in New Orleans and just two catches in London in the loss to the Panthers. In both games, he did not catch a pass in the second half.
Now, In fairness, Tampa Bay does have a lot of pass-catching weapons starting with receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin and Howard’s fellow tight end Cameron Brate. Brate is one of the personal favorite targets of quarterback Jameis Winston, especially on third down and in the redzone, where he caught a TD last week.
Howard, who was taken 19th overall in the 2017 draft, is in the third year of his deal that is paying him $1.5 million this season. He is slated to make $2 million next year and there is a fifth year option on his rookie deal, as well.
And while that makes him attractive to another team from a salary standpoint, it’s the same for the Bucs, their GM Jason Licht (who drafted Howard) and their long-term plans for the roster and the cap.
Howard has also finished his first two seasons on IR with ankle injuries near the end of them, as well.
The Bucs will come off the bye and play the Titans in Nashville, and a loss would drop them to 2-5 and only fuel speculation more that they might look to trade off a player or two before the end of the month.
Bucs repeated blunders lead to London defeat
Despite traveling over 4000 miles to London, it was a day to forget for the Bucs in their rematch with the Panthers on Sunday. Tampa Bay and QB Jameis Winston had enough misuses for a month of football, including 7 turnovers, as they dropped a 37 – 26 defeat at the hands of Carolina.
Winston was the biggest culprit, as he threw five interceptions (a career high) and also lost a number fumble in what was one of his worst performances of his five year career. And, even though his final stat line showed a 400 yards passing, Winston, with shaky from the very beginning. He threw an interception on the first play of the game to Panthers DB James Bradberry. This while trying to hit WR Mike Evans (catchless last week) over the middle.
Carolina only got a field goal though to make the game 3-0. And, after two Bucs punts on the next two possessions, Carolina marched 99 yards and ended up with in a short Christian Mccaffery one yard TD and a 10 – 0 lead.
One of the few breaks the Bucs got at Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium Sunday came when Carolina punt returner Ray Ray McCloud fumbled early in the second and Tampa Bay recovered. A short time later, Ronald Jones got the Buccaneers on the board with a five yard score to close the Carolina lead to 10-7.
Little did the Bucs, Winston and coach Bruce Arians know that it would be the closest they would get the rest of the day.
Later in the second, Winston had his arm hit by the Panthers Bruce Irvin and his pass was picked, again. And, it set up McCaffery’s second TD, a 25 yard catch and run to make it 17-7 Carolina in the half.
Christian McCaffery is the most athletic white man in the world pic.twitter.com/DfYk6bHDUN
— NFL Humor (@NFLHumor) October 13, 2019
Then, after halftime, the Bucs punted on their first possession and then, after a Panthers field goal made it 20-7, Winston once again threw a bad pass over the middle for his third interception of the game. This one to Pro Bowl LB Luke Kuechley, who ran it down to the Bucs 8 yard line. Next, WR Curtis Samuel scored on a handoff and at 27-7, the issue was basically decided.
Yes, the Bucs continued to scrap and Winston actually got them in the endzone twice in the fourth quarter and finished with 400 yards passing, on the number. However, most of that was against softer coverage while Carolina led big in the second half.
Besides the five INTS, Winston also fumbled away another red zone scoring opportunity after he was hit and sacked. Then, a fourth quarter Bobo Wilson muffed punt led to Panthers field goal and the game back to an easy double digit lead. Again, -6 in the turnover margin was as horrific as it gets for Tampa Bay.
The Panthers are now rolling, including second year QB Kyle Allen getting his fourth straight win in relief of the injured Cam Newton. Plus, Carolina got their revenge from a loss a month ago in Charlotte by winning in their first ever trip to the U.K.
However, this day was more about a Bucs offense, and Winston specifically, that both looked so good in a 55-40 win two weeks ago in L.A. doing the exact opposite for most of this Sunday in a bad defeat.
Tampa Bay now stands 2-4 headed to their bye and knows that the turnovers must stop, or the year will get more sour and very quickly.
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