Quarterback Josh McCown isn’t a terrible option if you’re desperate for a quarterback to start. He had two rushing touchdowns just a week ago against the Rams. The Falcons don’t have a great pass rush so this could be the game that McCown gets things going through the air.
Running back Bobby Rainey is coming off an excellent performance against the St. Louis Rams, a game where he totaled 144 rushing yards on 22 carries. It isn’t likely that Martin returns from his injury in time for the Falcons game, so Rainey would be the bellcow of the Buccaneers offense again in week 3. Even if Martin plays, he would likely see very limited action while Rainey carries the load. The Falcons have been awful at stopping the run so far this year. They have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs through two weeks, so Rainey is a nice option as a RB2 or a FLEX player on Thursday night.
The Falcons have allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers after two weeks of play, so it could be a good week for wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Most fantasy owners drafted Jackson to be their every week WR2 and he has been off to a disappointing start. Josh McCown should have more time to throw, as the Falcons lack a great pass rush so Jackson should have more opportunities to make plays on Thursday night. His fantasy numbers will continue to rely on the performance of Josh McCown.
Wide receiver Mike Evans, who hasn’t put up stellar fantasy numbers through two games, should be left on the bench until starts to produce more. He’s a nice high-upside player to have on your bench in redraft leagues and is a must-hold player in dynasty formats.
Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is unlikely to play against the Falcons so veteran tight end Brandon Myers will once again draw the start for the Buccaneers offense. Myers doesn’t have much fantasy upside but there are worse options at the tight end position. Seferian-Jenkins has great long-term upside in dynasty formats, but isn’t worth a roster spot in redraft leagues at the moment.
The Bucs are likely to be without defensive tackle Gerald McCoy against the Falcons, and with a slew of other injuries on defense so it’s probably not a great idea to start the Tampa Bay team defense this week. Also, Michael Johnson is questionable to start at right end and Adrian Clayborn was lost for the season. Dane Fletcher will replace Mason Foster, who his out with a shoulder injury, at the middle linebacker slot. Lavonte David remains a must start at linebacker in IDP formats.
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