The Buccaneers play their first game of the season, and fantasy football owners who took a risk on Tampa’s quarterback couldn’t be more excited.
While he and his team host the Bears, the rest of the division is also at home against teams like the Bills, Patriots and Packers.
Not going to lie, I’m a bit of a Saints fan this week.
SIT – Atlanta Falcons Defense
So, the Falcons defense got better as the year went on in 2016. Perhaps they’ll get better as 2017 goes on as well.
Right now though, they almost lost to a Mike Glennon led Chicago Bears team, so their confidence can’t be all that high.
Ty Montgomery and the Packers probably smiled a bit when they saw what Tarik Cohen was able to do against Atlanta. He did it without the benefit of receivers like Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams taking defenders off the line of scrimmage too.
He and Aaron Rodgers are going to find plenty of success in Georgia, so stay away from this defense this week.
START – Quarterback, Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Call me a homer. I don’t care.
Winston is made for games like this. His city just dodged a major bullet as Hurricane Irma lost a lot of steam once it made landfall. Still though, not everyone got away unscathed, and Winston knows how football can be a personal release for three hours on a Sunday afternoon.
He’ll want these fans to have a positive experience, and he is more motivated to bring Tampa a win now than ever before.
The return of Mike Glennon has a little bit of added juice with this one. You don’t want to hear the media firestorm which will follow if the backup beats the starter.
Winston tops 300-yards and throws at least two scores.
SLEEPER – Running Back, Christian McCaffrey – Carolina Panthers
It’s hard to get a beat on how good the Bills defense is going to be in 2017 considering they’ve only played the Jets to this point.
I don’t think Carolina has really even scratched the surface with what McCaffrey can do in their offense, and I fully expect to see some new wrinkles in this game.
The rookie has some unique talents, and I like their first home game to be his coming out party.