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Fantasy Fanduel advice for the Buccaneers vs. Texans

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This week in fantasy football: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did something last week. Now do you need to start them this week? Short answer: probably not, because matchups.

Don't start Jameis Winston

Despite last week's solid performance, I'd stay far away from Jameis Winston this week. The Bucs are facing a much better defense than they were last week but, more importantly, that defense can actually rush the passer -- and while Tampa Bay's offensive line was improved against the Saints, J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney are likely to put up a show against Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet. It won't be pretty, and Winston will suffer as a consequence.

Doug Martin and Charles Sims are meh options

While Doug Martin has looked good this year and Charles Sims has gotten a lot of work as a receiver, neither player's at the point where you can start them reliably. The Bucs got to stick to their gameplan against the Saints, but Martin still didn't come close to 20 touches. Meanwhile, Charles Sims isn't getting all that much done on the ground either. The two had a near fifty-fifty split in snaps, and that timeshare is unlikely to change going forward.

Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans

Mike Evans is likely to be a bargain this week. He was targeted just three times against the Saints, but that was largely due to limited playing time (60% of the snaps). The reason he didn't catch any of those three passes was that two were uncatchable, and on the third he was unjustly ruled to be out of bounds. He'll get his targets this week, especially with Austin Seferian-Jenkins out, and you should consider him as a starter. Vincent Jackson's a reliably solid performer every week, but doesn't quite have the explosive upside that Evans has.

Tampa Bay defense

This defense is weird, but it seems we're more likely to see last week's version than the one we saw in week one. That means sacks and turnovers, with relatively few points given up -- especially against the Ryan Mallett-quarterbacked, injury-stricken Houston Texans, who have not been able to do much on offense. Start them!