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Some Bucs Dolphins and Jaguars week 9 fantasy advice

Jamil King



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Week 9 is right around the corner, and that means its time to set up those fantasy lineups. Whether you’re playing yearly or DFS, we have you covered here regarding the Jags, Bucs, and Phins.

Last week the Jags offense was efficient against the Jets, Mike Evans and Jameis Winston connected for big days for Tampa Bay, and Fitzpatrick almost led the Phins to a win.

This week the Jags have traveled to London to play the Houston Texans. The Bucs will make another long journey this time to Seattle. The Dolphins will look to win a game against the Jets.

The Jags offense was clicking in all phases against the Jets. Coming into the game, we knew the Jets strength on defense was against the run.

They were able to hold Leonard Fournette to just 76 yards rushing. The secondary, though, gave up three TDs to Gardner Minshew. This week could be much of the same against the Texans. Houston has one of the league’s best run defenses, so stopping Fournette will be a priority. They rank in the bottom half of the league against the pass, however.

That means Minshew could be in line for another great game. We all know about the connection with D.J. Chark by now as the pair hooked up for another score last week. If Dede Westbrook is to miss this game, look for Chris Conely to have another strong performance.

The Buccaneers had an off and on day in their loss to the Titans. The Winston to Evans connection was active though with 198 yards and two touchdowns for the duo. Now, the Bucs will head to the west coast to try to duplicate that. The Seahawks have been burned through the air, and now they face the tandem of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

It seems clear the Bucs are going to be throwing the ball a lot, making both receivers must plays. Winston isn’t a bad streaming play this week with bye weeks. He has thrown for 400 and 300 yards in the last two games.

The Dolphins came their closest to a victory this year on Monday Night. They will look to get that first win against the Jets. Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the key for that against a team ranked towards the bottom against the pass.

This game could be sloppy due to weather and is something to keep an eye on. DeVante Parker has now scored or gone over 50 yards in 6 of 7 games this season. He continues to be the number one guy and is a good streaming option for a flex spot.

Preston Williams continues to see plenty of targets every week and is very cheap on daily sites, as well. If the rain is coming down hard, you could look to play Mark Walton as well in a game that would be sloppy.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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Peter King- “Bridgewater to Tampa Bay makes sense”

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It’s the start of another week, and speculation about “quarterback musical chairs” in NFL free agency continues. And a prominent NFL media member believes that current Saints backup Teddy Bridgewater might leave New Orleans and he sees a possible fit with the Buccaneers.

Peter King, now with Pro Football Talk, gave analysis on numerous quarterback situations and potential free agents to be in his Monday morning column. And, while he is not reporting that the Saints will allow Bridgewater to be a free agent and/or that the Buccaneers would be his destination, he does lay out a solid case for a marriage between the two:

Obviously, the Saints must first decide what to do with veteran Hall of Famer to be, Drew Brees, who is slated to become a free agent and cannot be franchise tagged. And, Bridgewater more than acquitted himself a year ago coming off the bench, when Brees was out with a fractured thumb. That included a four-touchdown performance in October in a a win at home against Tampa Bay.

King wrote in part, these thoughts Monday,

Teddy Bridgewater: Tampa Bay makes sense

I can hear it now: Bridgewater doesn’t have the deep arm Bruce Arians needs. I would dispute that. When Arians put Carson Palmer in the pilot’s chair in Arizona, his previous NFL yards per attempt in Cincinnati and Oakland was 7.2. Bridgewater’s career NFL yards per attempt: 7.2.

…..I noticed something with Arians this season. He defended almost every (Jameis) Winston miscue for the first three months of the season. In December, though, that changed. Tampa was 7-7 entering the last two games, both at home. In game 15, against Houston, Winston threw interceptions on two of the first five Buc snaps, and Tampa was down 10-0 after four minutes.

The Bucs lost by three. Next week: Overtime against Atlanta. First play, Winston somehow didn’t see lurker linebacker Deion Jones on tight end Cameron Brate. Pick six. “It smells as bad as it could possible smell,” Arians said after the game. The Bucs had a clear path to a redemptive 9-7 seasons, but six interceptions in the last two weeks ruined that. 

….. This is the story about Bridgewater I appreciate: After Drew Brees was lost with a hand injury in Week 2 and Bridgewater took over, Bridgewater hosted a dinner in Seattle—site of the next game—for all the offensive players, basically to say, All is not lost. We’ll be fine. Minus Brees, the Bridgewater-led Saints went 5-0.

Maybe the Bucs will think Winston deserves another chance with Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. But I won’t be surprised if they go after Bridgewater or Ryan Tannehill, the best free-agent quarterbacks on the market.”

Definitely a compelling argument, but, again, it still has to play out as to whether the Saints don’t re-sign Bridgewater and how, interested are the Bucs vs. other potential teams when the free agency mayhem begins?

As for Tampa Bay are obviously trying to decide what to do with their own free agent-to-be, Winston. As we wrote late last week, coach Bruce Arians remained non-committal on whether to bring back their starter of the last five seasons. This is mainly due to Winston’s inconsistent play, numerous interceptions and the fact the Bucs have had only had one winning season in his five years at the helm.

It this type of  “connect the dots” free agency talk will only continue to build until either Tampa Bay commits to Winston or free agency begins without the Bucs having signed Winston to a long term deal or given him the one year franchise tag. The clearest of indications that they’ve moved on and want a new QB.

And, everyone continues to wait on those decisions.

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NFL analyst- Bucs DE Shaq Barrett top player in free agency

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Coming off an amazing first season with the Bucs, defensive end Shaq Barrett is in line for a huge payday. And, a respected NFL analyst says Tampa Bay better be ready to pay, because he believes Barrett is the top free agent upcoming for the entire NFL.

Brian Baldinger, a former 12 year player and now analyst with the NFL Network, posted on social media Saturday evening what he loves about Barrett’s pass-rushing skills and then made his declaration:

There is no exaggerating that Barrett surpassed anyone’s expectations off of a one-year, modest free agent signing from the Broncos by Bucs GM Jason Licht. His four sack game in week 2 against Carolina put the entire NFL on notice.

And, Barrett continued to be a dominant pass rush force for defensive coordinator Todd Bowles the entire season. He ultimately broke Tampa Bay’s single season sack record held by Hall of Famer Warren Sapp in the final game of the season. Barrett finished with 19.5 sacks, which led the NFL.

Now, the Bucs and Licht have to decide whether they’re going to give Barrett a massive contract or perhaps, entertained putting the “franchise tag” on him to ensure that he’s one of the top five paid defensive ends in football. If Licht and the Bucs choose to do that, Barrett will be making in the neighborhood of $18-20 million per year.

One concern for the Buccaneers is that Barrett’s breakout 2019 with the 19.5 sacks is more than he had in his previous five years in Denver combined. So, naturally, there is some skepticism that he will be able to produce at that high of a level for multiple years.

Still, it’s going to take that kind average per year deal to keep him from being available via free agency for someone else to sign. And, a further benefit to the franchise tag is at the Buccaneers could always reach a long-term agreement later this off season after tagging Barrett, too.

Now, we wait to see what Tampa Bay can get done.

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