The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rebounded from the blowout loss the New Orleans Saints handed them in Week 9 by putting up a season-high 46 points in a win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 10. Now they’ll host a Los Angeles Rams team that could cause problems for Tom Brady and his star-studded receiving corps.
Brady threw for 341 yards and three scores in his last outing and got a huge boost from Ronald Jones’s career day on the ground. He has a ton of talent out wide but the Rams are giving up less than 200 yards per game. This will be a true test for Tampa Bay’s passing attack.
The Rams also bounced back from a loss in their last outing, as they were upset by the Miami Dolphins in Week 9. The Rams’ sturdy pass defense secured a win in Week 10 by holding the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson to zero touchdown passes with two interceptions. If Los Angeles was able to limit the most lethal passing attack in the league it could limit Brady as well.
Date: Monday, Nov. 23
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Rams: #9 Overall — #5 offense, #8 defense, #29 special teams
Bucs: #2 Overall — #8 offense, #1 defense, #23 special teams
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Jared Goff, QB, $5,700
It’s nearly impossible to guess what Rams running back will take the lead in any given game. Tampa Bay’s defense ranks first against quarterbacks on DraftKings and second against running backs, so I prefer the option who’ll get guaranteed touches.
Josh Reynolds, WR, $3,900
Reynolds is picking up steam and has outperformed Robert Woods ($6,500) and Cooper Kupp ($6,300) three times in the last four weeks. Tampa Bay is a middle-of-the-road team against the pass and are more likely to let Reynolds beat them than neglect Woods and Kupp.
Ronald Jones, RB, $5,900
Jones rose from the dead in Week 10 by rushing for 192 yards and a score against the Carolina Panthers. The Rams have a much better defensive front but ranks 24th against running backs on DraftKings. Jones has four 100-yard games under his belt this season and could return significant value if he gets 20+ touches at this price point.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, $4,300
Los Angeles has clamped wide receivers all year so it’s risky to pay up for pass catchers in this game. Gronk is more affordable Mike Evans ($6,000), Chris Godwin ($5,800), and Antonio Brown ($5,700) by a wide margin. While he is touchdown dependent, four touchdowns in five weeks is nothing to scoff at.