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Thursday, October 26, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL STATUS REPORT: JAMEIS WINSTON QB TAMPA BAY BUC'S

When it came to 2017 fantasy football drafts this past summer, a popular name among the QB fraternity that kept popping up was undoubtedly Tampa Bay Buccaneers third-year passer Jameis Winston.  Whether it was the exposure to Hard Knocks, the plethora or receiving talent on the team, or simply the fact he presented a nice value play price at the draft table; Winston was a guy that many targeted in their drafts during August.  All of the previous reasons listed for being interested in Winston were certainly valid and the pedigree was undeniable as the former number 1 overall pick in the the 2015 NFL Draft.  And those weapons?  With DeSean Jackson signing as a free agent and the drafting of O.J. Howard joining ace wideout Mike Evans and red zone super target tight end Cameron Brate, Winston was the envy of many passers around the league. As a whole however, Winston has been a bit up and down like he was his first two years in the league but some numbers do stand out among the following:

10 TD
4 INT
63.0 %
1,643 yards

First of all, the TD/INT ratio is not great and interceptions have been a problem for Winston since coming into the.  He has a bit of an elongated release and Winston also tends to think he can make every throw on the field.  While you love the confidence, it can get him into trouble with turnovers.  Now 10 TD's in 6 games is pretty good but at that rate he would fall below 30 which would be a mildly disappointing considering the weaponry.  Perhaps the best aspect of Winston's seasons has been the yardage as he has thrown for over 300 yards in 4 of his six games (with one being an early exit due to injury).  Right now Winston is a bit beat up as he deals with a a shoulder problem but he is a go for Sunday and the numbers overall should merit him top 10-12 status in fantasy football.  So while some Winston owners may admit they are feeling letdown in their investment so far, the overall picture is still very good. 




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