In their win over the Broncos last week the Bucs solidified themselves as one of the top tier defensive units in the league. The Bucs had fives sacks on the day with two coming from freshly returned from injury Shaquil Barrett.
The Chargers beat themselves with four turnovers last weekend. The Bolts, despite their beating themselves for most of the game, had a chance to win late with a miracle hook n’ ladder. However, the play failed and the Chargers will have to attempt a regain in confidence against a stout Bucs defensive unit.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 4
Time: 1 p.m. EST
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Chargers: 14th vs. Pass, 11th vs. Rush
Bucs: 3rd vs. Pass, 5th vs. Rush
Chargers: +7, +270
Bucs: -7, -315
OUT: T Bryan Bulaga (back), QB Tyrod Taylor (ribs, chest), G Trai Turner (groin), WR Mike Williams (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: S Rayshawn Jenkins (groin), T Storm Norton (knee), T Tyree St. Louis (concussion), LB Nick Vigil (groin)
OUT: RB Leonard Fournette (ankle), WR Chris Godwin (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Scott Miller (hip, groin)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Chargers, Defense, $2,900:
The Chargers defense could either get torched this week or be welcomed to the inevitable Tom Brady turnover game. I lean towards somewhere in the middle with the Chargers pass rush doing just enough to make the risk worth the reward. Despite losing last weekend, the Chargers stopped the Panthers on five of their six red zone trips.
Justin Herbert, Quaterback, $5,800:
You might be tempted to start Justin Herbert this week, I wouldn’t recommend it. The rookie is completing almost 70 percent of his passes thus far. As a long term option he’s appealing and seems to be improving weekly. However, the Bucs defense is fifth in the NFL in yards per game. They’re settling into themselves as a defensive unit and I wouldn’t risk a Herbert dud against them.
Tom Brady, Quarterback, $6,100:
Brady is a stay away against the Chargers this week. Despite the Bucs being considerable favorites against the Los Angeles football team, Brady may be under pressure all afternoon and not worth the risk.
Bucs, Defense, $3,400:
The Chargers were a turnover machine last weekend. The Bucs have done a great job of forcing turnovers thus far. Two plus two usually means four, and the Bucs defense at home, facing a west coast team on an early game is a good starting option.