I think Nick Folk just missed another field goal. In what was a tough game to watch at times, the the New England Patriots came out on top on the road versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here are the fantasy football-worthy items to come out of the game.
-Despite a ferocious Tampa pass rush, Pats QB Tom Brady completed 30-of-40 throws for 303 yards with 1 TD. Brady did turn over twice though with 1 INT and a lost fumble. The one score game is an anomaly for Brady and a slight disappointment for his fantasy football owners but in the end we all know he will be just fine.
On the other side, Jameis Wintson padded his numbers in the second half as the Buc's had to throw constantly to get back into the game but overall it was a letdown of a game as he completed 26-of-46 for 334 yards with 1 TD. While he didn't turn it over, Winston has fallen way short off preseason expectations. While you can still go with Winston another week, his utter lack of consistency and inaccuracy so far are concerning to say the least.
-Doug Martin looked spray coming off his three game suspension as he rushed for 74 yards and a score on 13 carries. We all know Martin has the ability with 2 seasons of over 1.400 yards rushing but he just has to keep his head on straight and put in the work which did not happen a year ago. Those who have been waiting on Martin's return might be getting a rare in-season workhorse back.
For the Pats, it was Dion Lewsi' turn to be the guy behind Brady as he rushed for 53 yards on just 7 carries. Mike Gillislee was not bad either with 52 yards on 12 carries but when he doesn't score, the night is a bust.
-Mike Evans has been testing the patience of his fantasy football owners with quiet numbers outside of one game this season. Evans was a non-factor again Thursday night as he caught just 5 balls for 49 yards. The connection between the two needs some fine-tuning right now but a buy low here would be a pretty good idea given how talented Evans is. So while Evans struggle,d DeSean Jackson had his first big game of the year in catching 5 for 106. Jackson still has his big speed but he too is very dependent on score and runs very hot-and-cold to ever be more than a WR 3. Finally, Cameron Brate has been the tight end on the Buc's to own all season long which is what WE said over the summer. Winston loves throwing to Brate as his safety valve and the two connected 5 times for 68 yards and a score. Brate should be a weekly play like he was last season.
-Prior to the game, I said that Chris Hogan would benefit the most with Rob Gronkowski missing in action. Well for the fifth time already this season, Hogan scored a touchdown as part of his 8 catches for 74 yards day. Hogan is becoming 1B to Gronk's 1A in terms of who Brady looks for in the red zone and it clearly is working. Overall Hogan has been the big breakout guy we thought he would be when Julian Edelman tore his ACL.
Of course Hogan got help in the form of Danny Amendola who did his Edelman impersonation by grabbing 8 passes for 77 yards. And better yet, Amendola made it through the game in one piece. In PPR formats Amendola is a weekly play but he won't score enough touchdowns to be more than a WR 4/FLEX in standards.
Finally, James White quietly goes about his business by catching a ton of balls. This time it was 5 for 54 yards and already he has 29 receptions on the season. PPR RB 2 but barely.