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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Carolina Panthers this week. Here's your Bucs-oriented bit of fantasy advice for the week.
It's all about Mike Evans
Mike Evans had 7 catches and 101 yards, and that was one of the worst games he's played in ages. He had a whopping seventeen targets, dropped several passes and there appeared to be some timing/communication issues with Jameis Winston. All of that should be temporary and relatively easily fixed, and I'd have a lot of confidence going with Evans basically every game of the year. The Bucs like to throw the ball, as we could see, and Evans is clearly the number one -- especially with Austin Seferian-Jenkins out.
I'm not sure about this group but, well, they're going up against a pretty middle-of-the-road offense and haven't given up a lot of points the past two weeks. Plus, the Panthers really aren't in position to take advantage of the Bucs' biggest weakness: quick passes. Because Cam Newton's inconsistent on short passes, and they have no good receivers. The speed of the Bucs' linebackers should also help stifle the Panthers' running game, given that it's mostly reliant on Cam Newton. Both Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert are injured, and Stewart is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry this year.
Jameis Winston is an okay option
Winston's going to put up a good amount of yards every week, if the past couple of games are any indicator. The one thing missing from his fantasy performance so far is touchdowns -- but with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans as red zone targets, that should be corrected sooner rather than later.
No to running backs
Doug Martin and Charles Sims continue to split snaps, and the Bucs are going away from the run fairly early on in games -- they prefer to rely on Winston's arm. Which makes neither back an appetizing fantasy choice, especially going against one of the best run defenses in the NFL.