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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL MONDAY NIGHT WRAPUP: BUC'S/PANTHERS

It was a downright painful game to get through if you watched it but even in such a horrid game, there was still some fantasy football relevant information to get to. 

-A decent fantasy football sleeper coming into the year given the Dirk Kotter passing offense, Tampa Bay Buccneers QB Jameis Winston can be cut loose in most leagues as he is simply not getting it done.  While Winston tossed a TD as part of his 18-for-30 night, he has really struggled since his big 4-TD opener.  Winston really has no excuses since he had a top pair of wideouts in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans but it is just not happening. 

-Speaking of Evans, his big start to the season continued as he caught 6 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.  Evans from the start of the season has been right there as one of the most targeted receivers in fantasy football and it represents another step up in production after he was more of a standard WR 1 given the lack of big-time reception totals.  Evans looks like he is ready to be a WR 1 in PPR as well .

-With both Doug Martin and Charles Sims out injured, it was left to scatback Jacquizz Rodgers to be the guy at running back.  With no viable complement to join Rodgers, the Buc's handed it off to him an insane 30 times for 101 yards.  Rodgers also caught 5 passes for 28 more yards in an ultra-efficient PPR outing.  Overall though Rodgers was not likely used in many leagues given the Monday Night start and be sure not to go overboard chasing him on waivers since Martin is expected back in Week 7 after the bye. 

-Greg Olsen was Derek Anderson's best friend Monday night as he caught 9 passes for 181 yards as the Panthers were trying to play catch up. Yes there was garbage-time special in play here but Olsen's receiving numbers continue to border on excellent and you can really make the argument he is the number 1 tight end in fantasy football considering his health advantage over Gronk. 

-More clarity was given in the Carolina backfield as Cameron Artis-Payne got 18 carries for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns to only 5 for 45 for Fozzie Whittaker.  With Jonathan Stewart not due back for another few weeks, Artis-Payne's stock is on the rise. 


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