The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are set to welcome the Denver Broncos this week. The Broncos are coming off a near comeback win against the Steelers. The loss saw them lose starter Drew Lock in the first quarter. Backup Jeff Driskel played pretty well despite the awkward situation he found himself in.
The Buccaneers grabbed a much needed win over the Panthers in week two. The inability of the Bucs to close out winnable games in recent years came to an end on Sunday. Leonard Fournette and the Bucs ground game was able to pound away at the Panthers defense late to seal the deal.
Watch for Devin White and the Bucs defensive running game to force Jeff Driskel to lead the Broncos offense. There’s nothing more tantalizing then playing a backup QB, and Driskel is no different then most. He had his moments against the Steelers, but with Drew Lock out for a couple weeks, he’ll now be the focus of opposing defensive schemes.
Date: Sunday, September 27
Time: 4:25 p/m/ ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Bucs: 6th vs. Pass, 7th vs. Rush
Broncos: 20th vs. Pass, 11th vs. Rush
Bucs: -5.5, -235
Broncos: +5.5, +200
OUT: WR Justin Watson (shoulder)
OUT: CB Davontae Harris (hamstring), QB Drew Lock (right shoulder)
DOUBTFUL: RB Phillip Lindsay (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Jerry Jeudy (ribs)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Mike Evans, Wide Receiver, $6,800
With Chris Godwin set to return this week against the Broncos, you can look for Mike Evans to have a great week opposite him. Evans and Tom Brady looked more comfortable in their second outing as a combo. That comfort should only increase with Godwin’s return taking focus off of Evans.
Bucs D/ST, $3,700
A solid effort against two of the league’s top backs in Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey in week’s one and two lead me to believe an emphasis on Melvin Gordon should be enough to make the Bucs defense worth a start. Add in a backup QB, and you have yourself a solid recipe for defensive success.
Melvin Gordon III, Running Back, $5,800
How confident you are in the ability of the Bucs defense to stop the Broncos running game will determine Melvin Gordon’s importance. The Buc’s Devin White was key to slowing down Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey the first two weeks of the season, and he’ll be keen to slow down Gordon this week.
Noah Fant, Tight End, $5,400
Fant’s importance to the Broncos passing game in the first two weeks of the season was obvious. That importance will become even more obvious with Courtland Sutton going down with a torn ACL. The Broncos backup QB will be relying on Fant and the short passing game to throw the Bucs off guard.