Jameis Winston is a legitimate fantasy starter…just not with this year’s schedule. After throwing for 4,042 yards and 22 touchdowns, as well as 210 rushing yards and six additional touchdowns, Winston will continue to evolve and will easily become one of the top fantasy quarterbacks out there.
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No, we’re not talking Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, or Peyton Manning in his prime numbers, but Winston is certainly going to be in that upper echelon. Looking at the defenses he faces this season – Denver, St. Louis, Kansas City, Seattle, Arizona – it’s going to be a very tough task for the Bucs’ offense. However, for those that draft players according to schedules, think about this; in the fantasy football playoffs, Winston will face the Saints, the Cowboys, and the Saints again.
Those could be pretty favorable matchups for Winston in fantasy crunch time.
Last season, Winston scored 37 points against the Saints last season, using standard scoring. That would make a lot of fantasy owners very happy if he replicates those kind of numbers again – especially in the championship week.
You could roll the dice and take Winston as your QB1, but you’re better off using him based on matchups in 2016 rather than your unquestioned starter. Look for Winston in rounds seven to fifteen.
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