The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were unexpectedly blown out by the New Orleans Saints in Week 9 and will look to redeem themselves against another divisional rival in Week 10. The NFC South’s second place team will go on the road to take on the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.
Tampa Bay’s dynamic offense fizzled on Sunday. The addition of Antonio Brown to a star-studded receiving group that includes Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski wasn’t enough to help the Buccaneers compete against the Saints. There’s no clear lead back between Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette. Tampa Bay is loaded with talent but needs to figure out how to use all its weapons efficiently.
The Panthers are sliding fast and have lost four straight games after winning three without Christian McCaffrey. The star running back returned in Week 9, but injured his shoulder and will not play in Week 10. Robby Anderson, Curtis Samuel, and D.J. Moore give the Panthers several options through the air. They’ll need all the passing options they can get against the Buccaneers’ elite run defense.
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Bucs: #2 overall — #13 offense, #1 defense, #16 special teams
Panthers: #16 overall — #8 offense, #26 defense, #18 special teams
Bucs: -5.5, -235
Panthers: +5.5, +200
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Tom Brady, Quarterback, $6,300
Brady was in the middle of a great stretch when he busted against the Saints. Tampa Bay is ironing out the kinks now that Brown is in the mix. While the Buccaneers’ relied on the run the last time they faced the Panthers, Jones and Fournette have struggled lately. There’s too much talent at receiver for Brady to not thrive.
Mike Evans, Wide Receiver, $6,300
Evans is among the league leaders in receiving touchdowns with 7. While he could get a little less attention now that Brown is with the Buccaneers, his big frame makes him the ideal red zone target. He leads Tampa Bay in receptions (34) and targets (52).
Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback, $6,100
Bridgewater threw for a season-high 367 yards against the Buccaneers earlier this season. Tampa Bay stuffs the run but Carolina’s abundance of talent at receiver gives the Panthers an edge through the air.
D.J. Moore, Wide Receiver, $5,100
Moore is $1,000 cheaper than Robby Anderson and only $200 more expensive than Curtis Samuel. While he’s in a bit of a slump, he leads the Panthers in touchdowns receptions with three and is among the league leaders in yards per catch (18.3). He torched Tampa Bay with eight catches for 120 yards earlier in the year. This price is ridiculously low for a player with real WR1 upside.