• Dylan Tice

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs Carolina Panthers TNF Breakdown

Hopefully this weeks Thursday Night Football is more exciting than last weeks season opener. After a 13 point game, this weeks showdown between the Buccaneers and Panthers currently have an over/under set at 49.5. Although the Panthers are the favorites with the spread set at -6.5, I believe it will be closer than expected. Is that because I'm a biased Buccaneers fan? Tune in to find out! Really though, let's take the time to go over the matchups for tonight's game and see who separates themselves as good plays tonight.

Quarterback: Jameis Winston- He straight up looked awful last week at home vs the 49ers, putting 194 yards, 1TD, and 3 interceptions. He now gets an away game on a short week against the Carolina Panthers who shut down Jared Goff last week in the home opener. Despite the Rams scoring 30 points, Goff was inefficient as well, finishing with 186 yards on 39 attempts, 1TD, and 1INT. For season long long, I'm not starting Winston in a 12 team league.

Cam Newton- Much like his opponent Jameis Winston, Newton struggled in week 1. He went 25-38, for 239 yards, 0TD's and 1INT, while getting sacked 3 times. Newton was fantasy relevant over the past years because of his rushing floor but he finished with -3 yards on the ground in week one. The Buccaneers defense surprisingly wasn't incompetent in week one, holding Jimmy Garoppolo to 166 yards on 27 attempts, limiting him to 1 TD. Despite my concerns, Newton can be valued as a low-end QB1 this week.

Running Back:

Ronald Jones/Peyton Barber/Dare Ogunbowale- This was a interesting week one for the Buccaneers RB committee. Although he had zero carries, Dare led the trio in snap percentage, playing 38.6%. Dare did have a 4/33 stat line catching, which was the 2nd most receiving yards for the Buccaneers in week one. Peyton Barber played 35% of the downs and was ineffective as normal, tacking on 45 total yards. Although Ronald Jones only played 31% of the teams snaps, he was easily the best RB in week one. Jones had 93 total yards on 15 touches. He looked very nifty and passed the eye test. I think ROJO is in play today after Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown combined for 150 rushing yards last week vs this Panthers defense.

Christian Mccaffrey- He's the only RB listed for the Panthers because he is all they used in week 1! Run CMC was amazing to say the least. He had 19 carries and 10 receptions for 209 total yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. It's so rare now a days for a player to lead the team in carries and targets, but Mccaffrey is that good. The 49ers committee of RB's combined for 133 total yards last week against the Buccaneers so this should be another smash spot for CMAC this week. Fire him up as a top-3 RB this week.

Wide Receiver:

Mike Evans- Week one against the 49ers will be a game to forget to Mike Evans, after posting a 2/28 stat line. Was it because the illness he suffered last week? Was it because Winston was unwatchable? People are worried that Chris Godwin has already surpassed Evans, but Godwin only saw one more target and only played 4 more snaps than Evans in week one. On a short week, here's to hoping Winston can feed one of the most consistent weapons in football over the last 5 years. Evans has a good matchup tonight against James Bradberry, who gave up a 8/70 line last week to Robert Woods.

Chris Godwin- He finished with a 3/53/1 stat line and the TD came late in garbage time fashion so Godwin could have easily busted in this game as well. He essentially didn't come off the field, playing in 91% of the offensive snaps. The matchup is rather tough because Carolina Panthers slot WR Javien Elliott absolutely shut down Brandin Cooks last week, limiting Cooks to a 2/39 line on 6 targets. I would consider Godwin a low owned WR2 this week.

Breshad Perriman- The speedster played 64% snaps last week, finishing only behind Evans/Godwin. No other Buccaneers WR saw more than 10% of snaps besides the Buccaneers 3. Cooper Kupp had some success against Donte Jackson last week with a 7/46 stat line. Perriman isn't worth a start in fantasy this week, but I understand the play in a tournament in DFS this week.

D.J. Moore- He was the clear top WR for the Panthers in week one, posting a 10 target, 7 receptions for 76 yards against the Rams last week. He matches up against Vernon Hargreaves who shut down his opponents much throughout last week. Still, with the potential of a high scoring game, it seems evident that Moore will get his.

Curtis Samuel- His week one performance was saddening. He was hyped up all summer just for him to finish with a mere 4 targets with a 3/32 stat line. Samuel is a possible tournament play this week although Carlton Davis held his own last week, keeping up with and shutting down speedster Marquise Goodwin.

Tight End-

OJ Howard/Cameron Brate: The main momentum change (besides the 2 Pick 6's Winston threw), was Howard fumbling in the red zone. Howard is obviously the more talented, athletic tight end compared to teammate Cameron Brate, but it was Brate who was the one that had 2 touchdowns called back due to penalties in week one. The Panthers gave up 47 yards and a TD to the Rams TE group last week, so fire up Howard as TE1 and maybe give Brate a shot in a DFS tournament.

Greg Olsen: He caught 4 of 9 targets for 36 yards week one and the Buccaneers gave up a 8/54 line against pro bowler George Kittle in week one but Olsen is currently listed as questionable for tonights game with a back injury. If he misses, most might run to Ian Thomas and play him but it's Chris Manhertz who played 26% of the teams snaps last week while Thomas played 8%. Manhertz was notably known for catching a TD from CMAC last year on a trick play.