Mike Glennon led the Buccaneers to their first win of the season last week against the Steelers on the road. He threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns and was the 15th best quarterback for fantasy purposes in week four. With Josh McCown still dealing with the thumb injury he suffered against the Falcons, Glennon will get the nod again this week on the road at New Orleans. The Saints have given up the sixth most points to fantasy quarterbacks this season, so Glennon could be a sneaky play if you need a quarterback off the waiver wire.
It’s getting harder and harder for fantasy owners to trust the Tampa Bay running game. Doug Martin scored a touchdown last week against Pittsburgh, but he ran for just 40 yards on 14 carries. Most owners drafted Martin as their RB2 so they are expecting more out of the third-year running back. Backup running back Bobby Rainey didn’t bite into Martin’s workload much last week, rushing the ball just four times for two yards. New Orleans has allowed the seventh most points to opposing running backs so start Martin this week in hopes that he can get things going against a struggling defense.
Wide receiver Vincent Jackson was targeted 10 times by Mike Glennon last week and don’t expect those target numbers to diminish against the Saints. Glennon loves throwing the ball to Jackson, so he is a must start against New Orleans. This could be the breakout game Jackson owners have been waiting for. Rookie wide receiver Mike Evans is out two or three weeks due to a groin injury so veteran wide receiver Louis Murphy will act as the Buccaneers number two wide receiver. Murphy caught 8 passes for 99 yards against the Steelers and he plays a struggling Saints defense this week. You’d have to be really desparete to start him, but there’s a chance he scores a touchdown and totals 50 receiving yards.
Rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was held out of practice early in the week but he’s expected to play against the New Orleans Saints this week. He looked great last week and was targeted seven times by Mike Glennon. The Saints defense has been stingy against opposing tight ends but the rookie could still produced TE2 numbers this week.
Going against Drew Brees isn’t an ideal matchup for any defense so the Buccaneers defense shouldn’t be started this week. The Buccaneers have better defensive matchup coming up after their week seven bye.
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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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