The Bears and Buccaneers come into this game both at 3-1, but that’s about the extent of their similarities, as the Bears looked bad last week in losing to the Colts, while the Bucs came from behind in a big way to beat the Chargers and have now won three in a row, having put up 31, 28 and 38 points in those games.
Below, we’ll take a look at who to start and sit in a regular 12-team .5 PPR league.
Ronald Jones, RB, Buccaneers
Leonard Fournette is doubtful too play, which should give Jones a good percentage of the workload against a Bears defense that has been middling against the run. Last week against the Chargers, Jones caught 6-of-9 targets, which was by far his biggest number this season. If that continues, his floor will get much higher.
Scotty Miller, WR, Buccaneers
Miller didn’t practice on Tuesday or Wednesday, but he is listed as questionable like he was last week. He put up five receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers last week and the team is relying on him getting production with Justin Watson and Chris Godwin out. Make sure he plays, but as long as he does, I like his upside.
David Montgomery, RB, Bears
I actually had Monty in the start side of this at first, but even though his workload has risen with Tarik Cohen out, this matchup is just too tough. That doesn’t mean he can’t be a flex option if needed, but I’d be sure to investigate all my options this week. Montgomery has one rushing attempt and one target, which he didn’t connect with, when inside the opponent’s five-yard line this season. The Bears have only averaged three red zone scoring attempts per game as well. Add to that, the Buccaneers stout run defense, and this will be a tough spot to put up fantasy points for any running back.
Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Buccaneers
Vaughn will likely be the only other running back available for Tampa Bay, with Leonard Fournette doubtful and LeSean McCoy out. He also caught a touchdown last week, giving him some juice coming into this matchup. That may lead some to play him, but Jones showed that he was an every down back last week with the injuries around him, seeing nine targets and rushing 20 times. Until we see Vaughn get more than five touches and seven yards, he’s not worth rolling out in 12-team leagues.