Falcons vs Buccaneers

The Falcons may own the NFL’s top-ranked offense, but the Buccaneers have had their number with Jameis Winston under center. The former Heisman Trophy recipient will attempt to get a second series sweep against Atlanta in as many seasons. The division rivals clash at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Thursday night (Enter Contest)

On Sunday, Winston managed to get two touchdown in the loss against Oakland. He was able to toss four scoring passes during the season-opening victory over Atlanta on September 11.  Trusted target Mike Evans reeled in a scoring strike against the Falcons. His six touchdown receptions are tied for the NFL lead. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan continued his stellar season with three touchdown passes in Sunday’s 33-32 victory over Green Bay. An 11-yard scoring strike to offseason acquisition Mohamed Sanu capped his 32nd career game-winning drive. Ryan, who leads the league in both yards (2,636) and touchdowns (19), has thrown for 1,000 yards and five scores in his last three encounters with Tampa Bay. He will face a Buccaneers defense that ranks 23rd in the league (274.7 yards per contest).

ABOUT THE FALCONS (5-3)

The Falcons leads the NFC South standings. Julio Jones has amassed an NFC-best 859 yards and is averaging 20.0 yards per catch, but the electric wideout finished with 29 yards receiving this past week for the second time this season. He was hobbled by an ailing knee. Jones is expected to play on Thursday. Running back Tevin Coleman (hamstring) is listed as questionable after sitting out last week’s tilt versus the Packers. Devonta Freeman more than picked up the slack with a rushing and receiving touchdown last week. He has 100-plus scrimmage yards in two of his last three contests, although he was limited to just 20 yards on 11 carries in the season-opening loss. Austin Hooper made five receptions for 41 yards during week 8 of the NFL in place of fellow tight end Jacob Tamme (shoulder), who has been ruled out versus Tampa Bay.

ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (3-4)

While Tampa Bay’s passing game is pretty well defined, the backfield has remained in motion through most of the season due to injury. Jacquizz Rodgers filled in admirably for Doug Martin (hamstring) before sustaining a sprained foot versus the Raiders. This injury will keep him out of Thursday game. It will open the door for a three-man backfield of Antone Smith, Peyton Barber and Mike James. Linebacker Kwon Alexander recorded 14 tackles versus Oakland last week, his highest total since collecting 17 in the season opener at Atlanta. The Bucs acquired a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2018 draft from Detroit for corneback Johnthan Banks on Tuesday.

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Buccaneers(1-3) vs Panthers (1-3)

The murky playing status of quarterback Cam Newton is the overriding story in what is shaping up as an early-season elimination game between the Carolina Panthers and the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night (Enter Contests). Newton, who guided Carolina to the Super Bowl last season, has not practiced all week due to a concussion sustained in last week’s loss to Atlanta. Panthers coach Ron Rivera will count on Derek Anderson to take over Newton’s duties this week. This change could be more beneficial than it looks because Carolina has dropped three in a row since a season-opening victory over the Falcons.

ABOUT THE PANTHERS

Carolina has issues on both sides of the ball, scoring only 10 points in a Week 3 home loss to Minnesota before its defense was shredded for 48 points in last week’s drubbing at Atlanta. Anderson was 17 of 23 for 172 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, including a game-clinching pick-six, in relief of Newton last week. He made two starts in place of Newton in 2014 and beat the Buccaneers twice in his career, throwing for three TDs and zero interceptions. Greg Olsen had 24 receptions and a pair of touchdowns. Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin has 14 receptions for 196 yards and a TD in two matchups against Tampa Bay. Carolina had one of the league’s stingiest defenses in 2015, but it was carved up for 503 passing yards by the Falcons.

ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS

The Buccaneers were torched for 104 points during their three-game skid and have lost six straight matchups to Carolina, including both last season by a combined 42 points. They were held to seven points for the second time in three games in last week’s 27-7 home loss to Denver as quarterback Jameis Winston continues to struggle in his second season. Winston has thrown as many interceptions as touchdown passes. Seven of the eight interception he collected came during the past three weeks. The young quarterback has absorbed a league-high 39 hits, although coach Dirk Koetter said playing from behind has left his quarterback more vulnerable.

Wideout Mike Evans has 26 receptions and three touchdowns in three games. Vincent Jackson had 10 catches for 147 yards and a score the last time he faced Carolina. Running backs Doug Martin (hamstring) and Charles Sims (knee) could both miss Monday’s game with injuries. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is also a question mark due to a calf injury.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus St Louis Rams Thursday Night Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 12-17-2015

Thursday Night Football on December 17th will feature the St Louis Rams at home to battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL fantasy draft GM’s can tune to NFL Network at 8:25PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results of their DFS one day league picks.

 

Tampa Bay took a serious hit to their playoff chances after the team dropped a 24-17 home decision to the New Orleans Saints. They have been held to under 20 points in four of their past six games. The Buccaneers are 11th in total offense and defense this year as they have shown improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage. On the injury front the team will be without Vincent Jackson as he is suffering a knee injury. The Bucs have ran the football extremely well as they sit fourth in the NFL at 141 yards on the ground per game.

 

The St Louis Rams are a 5-8 football team and are coming off a 21-14 home victory to Detroit which broke a four game losing streak. It has been a struggle for St Louis on offense as the team is moving the football for just 297 yards and scoring only 16 points per contest. They rank 31st and second to last in the NFL in both areas. The Rams have a good defense but has struggled in recent games against good passing teams like the Cardinals, Bengals and Bears. Their past three wins have come against losing teams in the Browns, 49ers and Lions. Prior to putting up 21 points on the Lions last week the Rams had been held to total of 36 points over their past four games all resulting in losses. In those four games their point total did not go over 13 points.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB:

 

Jameis Winston

 

The rookie quarterback for the Buccaneers is showing signs that he may stick in the NFL as a starting quarterback. Winston is completing 58.4% of his throws for 3059 yards with 18 touchdowns and 11 picks. He has a touchdown completion in four straight games including five touchdown passes back in Week 11 at Philadelphia He has a touchdown completion in every road game this year.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB:

 

Doug Martin

 

After a slow start to the season Martin has kicked it into gear for Tampa Bay. He has rushed for 1214 yards in 2015 with five touchdowns. He posts a career high 5.1 yards per catch on the season. Doug Martin has a rushing touchdown in two straight games. In his past two road games he had 97 rushing yards at the Colts and 235 yards at the Eagles. He rushed for 6.9 yards a carry at Indianapolis and 8.7 yards per attempt at Philadelphia.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR:

 

Mike Evans

 

Evans leads Tampa Bay with 57 catches for 889 yards with three touchdowns. He is averaging 15.6 yards per catch on the year which is on pace for his totals in in rookie campaign in 2014.

 

St Louis Rams QB:

 

Case Keenum

 

The four year veteran journeyman saw action last week and hit on 63% of his passes for 124 yards with a pick. He has started a total of 12 games during his career as he spent the first 2 ½ years of his career with the Houston Texans.

 

St Louis Rams RB:

 

Todd Gurley

 

One of the few bright spots for the Rams in 2015 has been the play of their rookie running back Todd Gurley. He is coming off a nice performance last week in the win against Detroit where he rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. That amounted to 8.8 yards per attempt. The concern heading into Thursday night is that the rookie running back has a knee injury and has been listed as probable for this quick turnaround since their win on Sunday.

 

St Louis Rams WR:

 

Kenny Britt

 

Britt has been banged up with a shoulder injury but is expected to play against Tampa Bay He leads the team with 28 catches for 480 yards with a touchdown and a very good 17.1 yards per catch average.

 

NFL Thursday Night Football Fantasy League Picks

 

 

QB: Jameis Winston (Buccaneers)

RB: Doug Martin (Buccaneers)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense

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NFL Fantasy Football News 9-11-2015

New Orleans Saints versus Arizona Cardinals NFL Fantasy Preview

From week one of the NFL season, the Arizona Cardinals open up their 2015 season at home to welcome into town the New Orleans Saints. NFL draft fantasy managers can tune to FOX at 4PM Eastern Time on Sunday September 13th to follow the results of their rosters.

The Saints are looking to bounce back from a down 2014 season that saw the team miss the playoffs. Bad part about last year is an 8-8 record would have won the NFC South last year. New Orleans to get back in the postseason will have to improve on a very poor defense from last year. The Arizona Cardinals piled up enough early wins to earn an NFC wildcard spot. Injuries to starting quarterback Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton forced the Cardinals to struggle down the stretch and for an early exit from the playoffs.

Drew Brees:

The 15th year starter a season ago completed 69% of his throws for 4952 yards with 33 touchdowns and 17 picks. Brees is an elite quarterback but will be without a key target in Jimmy Graham who walks to Seattle in free agency.

C.J. Spiller:

A former first round running back acquired from Buffalo in the offseason. Spiller has been listed as doubtful with a knee injury.

Marques Colston:

With no Jimmy Graham in the pass patterns it figures that Colston will get more targets. A year ago he caught 59 balls for 902 yards with five touchdowns. Colston averaged 15.3 yards per reception a year ago.

Carson Palmer:

Palmer returns from an injury riddled 2014 season. He will be throwing against a very bad defensive team from last year in the Saints. Carson Palmer hit on 63% of his throw in 2014 with 11 touchdowns and three picks.

Michael Floyd:

Floyd had a finger problem and is listed as questionable for the game. The fourth year pro caught 47 balls last year for 841 yards with six touchdowns. Michael Floyd averaged nearly 18 yards per reception.

Jermaine Gresham:

The former Detroit Lion is questionable for week one with a hamstring problem. He had 62 catches in 2014 for 460 yards with five touchdowns and 24 first down gains.

Detroit Lions versus San Diego Chargers Daily Fantasy Draft Preview

The Lions are opening their season on the road against the San Diego Chargers at 4PM Eastern Time on FOX. Detroit came up short once again in the playoffs as they lost in the first round against the Dallas Cowboys last year. San Diego finished at 9-7 as a late season slide cost them a playoff spot. The Chargers got very poor pass protection last year along with anemic run performance.

Ameer Abdullah:

The Lions rookie running back reportedly will see heavy work if lead running back Joique Bell struggles out of the gate. Abdullah was a tremendous playmaker during his tenure with Nebraska in college.

Matthew Stafford:

If Stafford can finally get some help from his run game we could see his full potential spawn in 2014. The seventh year quarterback hit on 60% of his throws last year for 4257 yards with 22 touchdowns and 12 picks.

Tennessee Titans versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers: What Fantasy Draft Managers Need to Know

Two rookie quarterbacks are on display as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Tennessee Titans at 4:25PM Eastern Time on CBS.

Marcus Mariota:

The test begins for Mariota on Sunday against the Buccaneers defense. Mariota showed good form running the spread quick strike offense with Oregon. Mariota will be making plays with his legs because he lacks many playmakers in the passing game. Fantasy football GMs should be worried about Mariota’s targets.

Mike Evans:

The second year wide out has been listed as questionable with a hamstring injury with his status likely announced at game time. He grabbed 68 passes last year for 1051 yards with 12 touchdowns and 15.5 yards per reception.

Jameis Winston:

The first round pick of the draft is being advised on patience and not forcing balls into traffic. Look for dumps off a plenty in week one.

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