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Your fantasy football plays for Bucs and Jaguars week five

Jamil King

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If you read our article last week, then you might have had a good week in fantasy, whether in your season-long league or your DFS contest. We mentioned to target Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin from the Bucs, and all three of them had great games in L.A.

For the Jags, we mentioned that Leonard Fournette was in a good spot, and he had 225 rushing yards in Denver.

With the Dolphins on BYE all we have this week are the Jags traveling to the Panthers and the Bucs heading to New Orleans.

You want to fire up Leonard Fournette again this week. He has ripped off big gains in each of the last two games showing some explosiveness. He now faces a Panthers team that has struggled vs. the run at times. Since giving up big days to Todd Gurley and Peyton Barber, the Panthers have been better against the run the last two. That also came against the pass-happy Cardinals and Texans.

Look for Fournette to score his first touchdown of the season. D.J. Chark has been the go-to target for Gardner Minshew so far, but he could draw the coverage of James Bradberry, who has been able to contain several top options. Dede Westbrook may have the best matchup for the Jags coming out of the slot.

For the Bucs, the offense has been flying on all cylinders over the last two weeks. Coming into the Superdome, this game could turn into a shootout. Godwin (above) has been fantastic all season. He comes into the game with seven receptions of 20 yards or more, and the Saints have allowed 13 receptions of 20 or more yards, so far this season.

Mike Evans will draw the coverage of Marcus Lattimore, who is coming off a game Sunday in which he held Amari Cooper to 5 catches for 48 yards. On the ground, the Bucs should be avoided.

The timeshare continues to go to the hot hand, who was Ronald Jones last week. Many want ROJO to take over the lead back role, but it remains to be seen if the coaching staff wants that right now. The Saints have held running backs in check so far this season, as well.

Carlos Hyde had 80 yards rushing week one against the Saints. That is the best performance on them in the first four weeks. The Saints are averaging just 13 fantasy points to running backs.

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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Report- Bucs aren’t trading tight end OJ Howard

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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:

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.

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Bucs repeated blunders lead to London defeat

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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.

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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