With quarterback Josh McCown likely out for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Glennon will take over the Buccaneers offense in hopes of getting their first win. Statistically, Glennon was very solid for the Buccaneers last year after taking over for Josh Freeman. He threw 19 touchdowns and just 9 interceptions and helped wide receiver Vincent Jackson total 1,224 yards and seven touchdowns. However this is a much different offense than last year’s Mike Sullivan led passing attack. Don’t expect a huge game from Glennon, who goes against Dick Lebeau’s defense that loves to get after the quarterback.
Vincent Jackson has been a massive disappointment for fantasy owners this season, totaling just 16 fantasy points through three games. Jackson dealt with a wrist injury this week but he is likely to play and was a full participant in practice. With Glennon throwing the ball, Jackson’s fantasy prospects are looking brighter but the Buccaneers offense is much different than last year. He’s a player that can be bench for higher upside players in thinner formats. Opposite Jackson, Mike Evans doesn’t look to be much of impact player from a statistically standpoint. He has totaled just 13.8 fantasy points in three games, so leave him on fantasy benches until he breaks out.
The Steelers haven’t been a shutdown run defense through three games, but with Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey likely to split the workload the Buccaneers running game might be a situation to avoid in fantasy until the picture is clearer. Rainey had a fantastic game against the Rams but put up a dud against the Falcons last week. Martin will be coming off a knee injury and his contributions might be somewhat limited if Rainey cuts into his carries. It might be best to leave both running backs on fantasy benches this week.
Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell has been on fire to start the year. He’s the fifth-best running back for fantasy purposes through three games and is coming off a 147 yard performance against the Carolina Panthers. Wide receivers Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton are two excellent route-runners that will test any defense they play against. The Buccaneers defense allowed 56 points last week against the Falcons so they aren’t a useful fantasy defense this week. Leave them on the waiver wire.
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