Josh McCown had a solid 20-plus-point performance against the Falcons. The veteran threw for 301 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. McCown did have a nice fantasy outing but he isn’t an ideal fantasy option going forward. Leave him on the waiver wire.
The Buccaneers backfield is a full-blown committee. Bobby Rainey saw six carries and totaled just 14 yards, but the second-year pro did help his totals by adding four catches for 42 yards. Rookie Charles Sims made his NFL debut against the Falcons and carried the ball 8 times for 23 yards. Mike James was used as the teams battering ram in short yardage situations. Tampa Bay’s leading rusher ended up being Josh McCown who totaled 39 yards. Starting any of the Buccaneers backs isn’t recommended at this time, but the player with the highest upside is Sims. He should get more touches as the season continues.
The quarterback change didn’t affect rookie wide receiver Mike Evans one bit. All the rookie did was rack up 125 yards and one touchdown on 7 catches. In his last two games, Evans has scored 19.5 and 24.4 points and has become one of the top fantasy receivers to own. The Texas A&M product is having a fantastic rookie season and has immense upside.
Vincent Jackson didn’t have as good of a game as Evans but his numbers against the Falcons were certainly serviceable. Jackson was targeted a whopping 13 times and caught 8 for 75 yards. Even though his numbers are down this season, Jackson still can be started as a low-end WR2 with upside.
Rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins scored his second touchdown of the year against the Falcons on Sunday. The rookie was targeted a season-high 9 times and caught five passes for 30 yards and touchdown. The rookie was moved around all over the field and looks to be getting involved more in the offense. He’s worth roster as a TE2 with upside.
As expected, the Buccaneers defense didn’t do anything as far as fantasy is concerned. The recorded no turnovers, just one sack and let up 27 points. Tampa Bay’s defense has been one of the worst to own in fantasy this season.
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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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