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Will Austin Seferian-Jenkins play against the Falcons?

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Here's a little bit of fantasy advice for the game.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Is this finally the week the tight end returns to action? He's been missing since week two of the regular season with a shoulder injury, but Lovie Smith said today that he's been cleared for contact -- the first time since suffering his injury, at least that we know. He was still limited in practice on Friday and listed as questionable for the game, but he's as close to a real game-time decision as he's been.

Which means it may be time to start considering him, if you're a little bit desperate and can wait for reports to confirm his participation in Sunday's game. He was Jameis Winston's primary target in the two weeks he played, putting up seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns in one-and-a-half games this year. He should get a lot of play as he's the only tight end the Bucs have who can reliable threaten the deep middle of the field. Cameron Brate has been a consistent presence as a shorter-range tight end in recent weeks, though, so there's certainly a lot of risk involved.

Doug Martin?

He'll get his touches, as he does every week, but the Falcons have been really good against the run this year and the Bucs didn't get that much out of him the first time the two teams met -- and that was with the Falcons offense giving the ball back repeatedly.

Don't touch Jameis Winston

Winston is a little unreliable, with inconsistent production every week and an offensive line that evaporated any chance he had last Sunday. I wouldn't trust him this week, though it's always possible he goes off. But he completed just 16 of 29 passes for 177 yards and one touchdown against the Falcons last time the two teams met. Granted, that was with Mike Evans struggling to catch the ball, but it's hard to see him turning in  dominant performance here.