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Fantasy football advice: Start Josh McCown and avoid Doug Martin

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a pretty easy matchup in the St. Louis Rams defense this week. So who should you start, and who should you avoid?

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This week's fantasy football advice column is interesting. The Bucs didn't put up a lot of yards last week, but they face an easy opponent at home and there are some reasons to believe things will get better. I'm using FanDuel's player values to determine the current valuation of each player.

So, buy or avoid each player?

Josh McCown ($6,300) - Buy

Josh McCown was bad last week, but he wasn't horrible in terms of fantasy production: he managed 16 points, which is close to what Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Nick Foles and Colin Kaepernick produced, among others. At $6,300, though, he represents much better value. And this week he gets to play against a St. Louis defense that really, really struggled against the Vikings.

Doug Martin ($7,400) - Avoid

Doug Martin should be avoided this week. He didn't practice yesterday, and looked pretty bad against the Panthers. He didn't get much room in the running game, which wasn't really his fault, but he struggled heavily in pass protection. And that could cost him a lot of snaps and hence opportunities against the Rams, especially given the fact that Bobby Rainey didn't look bad and Mike James was an outstanding pass protector last year.

Vincent Jackson ($7,300) and Mike Evans ($6,000) - Avoid

Neither player got many targets against the Panthers. That should change going forward, but you can find better and more reliable value at either price point -- Reggie Wayne, Markus Wheaton and Michael Crabtree come to mind. Both are still good players, but it's hard to invest in either player because this offense like it'll spread the ball around more.

Brandon Myers ($4,600) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins ($4,800) - Avoid

There's better value out there, and we don't know how healthy Seferian-Jenkins will be. Myers wasn't a big factor in the game, either, though he did get a few targets. There's too much uncertainty here, if you ask me.

Buccaneers defense ($4,900) - Buy

The Bucs will be facing either a backup or a third-string quarterback, and it's not like they did poorly last week, either. This honestly should be an easy, easy buy for you.

Editor's Note: SB Nation's partner FanDuel is hosting a $250,000 Fantasy Football Contest for Week 2's NFL games. It's only $10 to join and first place wins $25,000. Starts Sunday, September 14th at 1pm ET. Here's the link.