Start Em/Sit Em - Bucs v. Eagles TNF


Bucs


Start 'Em


Tom Brady - In standard scoring, Brady leads the league in fantasy points in his age 44 season. Through 5 weeks, he has thrown 40 passes in four games, and has 36 attempts in the fifth game. Brady continues to be a lock in your lineup, so fire him up as a QB1 in this one against an Eagles D that has allowed big numbers to Patrick Mahomes, Dak Prescott and Jimmy G.


Leonard Fournette - Fournette has slowly strengthened his stranglehold on the Bucs' backfield to the point where this is no longer a committee, but his backfield to lose. Although Fournette has only topped 12 carries once this season, he has logged at least 3 catches in every game this season. Fournette outsnapped Gio Bernard and RoJo combined at 46-27 last week, and I don't see any reason that trend stops tonight. Start Fournette as an RB2 or flex play with confidence.


Mike Evans - While the stats will tell you that Philly is the 5th toughest defense against opposing receivers, those numbers also include shutting down a bad Atlanta offense in week one, and putting Sam Darnold on ice last week. In between those starts, Philly has allowed average days to 49ers and Cowboys receivers, and were torched by Tyreek hill in week 4. Even against a mid-tier pass defense though, it will be hard for the Eagles to slow down Evans, Godwin and Brown tonight. With week one as an outlier, Evans has averaged 10 targets a game in weeks 2-5, and has seen his red zone percentage increase with Gronk out of the line up. Evans is a WR1 in this one.


Chris Godwin - Godwin has been the most hit or miss receiver of Tampa Bay's trio. Posting 14 targets in week one, and 11 targets in week five, Godwin has averaged 5 targets a week in the middle. The unfortunate truth about having the number of options in an offense like Tampa Bay has, is that once in a while not everyone is going to eat. Despite his lower usage in comparison to Brown and Evans, Godwin has failed to register 10 points in only one outing this year. Start Godwin with confidence tonight as a WR2.


Antonio Brown - As Tom Brady's third option, Brown has thrived with the exception of week 2 against Atlanta. In three of his four games, Brown has caught 7 balls or recorded 100 receiving yards, and has 3 scores on the year. In another game without Gronk, the receivers will continue to post big numbers. Brown is a high-upside WR3 this week.


Bucs D/ST - Despite clunkers against Dallas and the Rams, the Bucs have had good days against Atlanta, New England and Miami. Philadelphia is another middle of the road offense, and the Bucs can be started as a Defense with confidence this week.


Sit 'Em


Ronald Jones - With Fournette taking over the backfield, and even Gio Bernard taking over some work on passing downs, RoJo is the forgotten man in this offense. He's a highly TD-dependent option this week if you're desperate due to bye weeks or injuries with a mere 26 carries for 98 yards in 5 games.


Cameron Brate - Despite Gronk's absence last week, Brate registered one target against a bad Miami team. His usage isn't nearly good enough to warrant starting, even as a TE2, unless you're in the deepest of leagues.


Gio Bernard - See notes for Jones above. He might be worth a flier on his pass catching in PPR leagues, but there are better options.


Eagles


Start 'Em


Jalen Hurts - Jalen Hurts struggled last week early in the game against the Panthers last week, and saved his fantasy day with a pair of rushing scores. The Eagles figure to be down for most of this game, and with his rushing ability, Hurts has one of the safest floors in the league at the position. Hurts is a solid QB1 this week where he figures to throw in the neighborhood of 40 passes, and he averages 10 carries per game.


Devonta Smith - Through 5 games in his rookie season, Smith is averaging 8 targets per game, and has quickly built a rapport with his old college QB. Smith is on the filed for 90% of his team's snaps, and gathers the most targets on a team that will be throwing a lot in this one. Smith should be a solid WR2 this week.


Zach Ertz - With the news that Dallas Goedert is out this week, Ertz is immediately elevated to TE1 territory. Even with Goedert's presence, Ertz has averaged 7 targets a game in the Eagles' last 3 games, and is the best red-zone target playing in the game tonight. Look for Ertz to have a solid game, and is worthy of starting off the waiver wire or in DFS this week.


Kenneth Gainwell - Gainwell, and the rest of the Eagles backs, has had an up and down season, but appears to be the favored RB among the coaching staff by eating into Sanders' workload, especially in pass catching situations. Although he only has 21 carries this year (4.8 yards per carry), he has 14 catches to his credit as well. Gainwell figures to be the beneficiary of a negative game script, and as such, is worthy of flex consideration in this one.


Sit 'Em


Miles Sanders - What has become of Miles Sanders in this offense? After 20 touches in week one, he has seen 14, 5, 10, and 16 touches in the weeks since, and has failed to record 10 fantasy points in standard scoring formats. Despite his high snap percentage, Sanders has been utilized on passing downs as a blocker, and has not looked explosive on his runs. He should be viewed as an RB3 in this one.


Jalen Reagor - Since week one, Reagor has 11 catches on 19 targets, which just isn't viable for fantasy play. Not much else to say here, as Reagor has quickly become an after thought in an offense that has seen Quez Watkins pass him in productivity. Reagor is nothing more than a dart throw in the deepest of leagues.


Eagles D/ST - Not much to say here. The Bucs put up points in bunches, and opposing defenses have only generated single digits against TB12 when forcing turnovers in bunches.

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