Monday Night Preview
Monday Night Preview:
Los Angeles Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vegas Lines: TB -4, O/U 48
2020 Tom Brady has been a fantasy stud like many of us expected in the preseason. The upgraded weapons and pass heavy scheme have revived him from his statistical struggles he encountered toward the end of his tenure in New England. His 23 passing touchdowns and 3 rushing scores more than make up for his 7 INTs, and his 274 yards per game is among the league leaders. He checks in as our FantasyHolic’s expert ranked QB #10 this week. He will be ranked closer to the top 5 when in better matchups. The Rams defense allows the second least amount of fantasy points to this position. Jared Goff has been his consistently inconsistent usual self this season. He has a respectable 13:6 TD:INT ratio to go with 272 yards per game. If this ends up as a shootout he always has the ability to rack up big points for you, just know that Tampa is also stout against QBs. He is our QB #18 with a high ceiling and low floor because of his ability to randomly look solid one game and horrific the next.
There are several young running talented backs in this game oozing with potential. Unfortunately both teams have rotated backs unpredictability and driven fantasy players mostly bonkers. The Bucs are a little more settled, for this week at least. Ronald Jones is coming off of his best career game with 192 rushing yards with one score. It hasn’t all been rosy since Leonard Fournette’s arrival though. Both backs have taken turns being the featured guy, but we might have finally seen Rojo take the lead. After last week’s explosion he has almost triple the rushing yards and a 5 to 2 lead in TDs over his teammate. In a difficult matchup against a stout Rams run D we have Jones as RB #26 and Fournette #31. Either can be an RB1 if their coaches decide to ride the hot hand. Sean McVay and company have made things hard on our industry by employing a 3 man committee. It starts with Darrell Henderson, who leads the team with 486 rushing yards and 5 total TD. He has been the most successful per carry back with 4.8 YPC, higher than teammates Malcolm Brown’s 4.3 and rookie Cam Akers’s 4.1. Brown also has 5 scores and seems to be the preferred goal line back, punching in 2 last week. Akers is the biggest wildcard here. He has yet to score a professional touchdown but led the team in touches last week with 10. His role should continue to grow. This week’s ranks have Henderson as RB #32, Brown RB #39 and Akers unranked but ready to pounce if any injuries occur.
Somebody call the ATF because the weapons have arrived! The Rams dynamic duo of Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods have been spectacular this season. Kupp’s 53 receptions for 577 yards easily lead the team, while Woods leads the group with 6 total TDs. Woods also has 111 rushing yards to Kupp’s 33. If you drafted either you should be pleased with what you’re getting out of em. This week we have Kupp as our WR #16 and Woods as #20 due to the tough matchup and weakest point of the secondary being in the slot where Kupp operates. Their 3rd option Josh Reynolds is not in our top 40 but deserves WR4 consideration after receiving 8+ targets in each of the last 3 games. He’s an injury away from being very relevant. The Buccaneers have the scariest WR room in the league with 3 Pro Bowlers running routes for TB12. Their ceilings are all affected by the fact that there’s only 1 ball to go around, but know that if you have a Buc they have major boom potential every week. Slot man Chris Godwin is the steadiest consistent presence that ranks as our WR #21. He should see the least coverage from elite corner Jalen Ramsey. Mike Evans is our WR #30 and is hard to bench given his 8 TDs, including one last week. Finally new toy Antonio Brown has flashed signs of his old self but has yet to truly breakout. It is coming one of these weeks. For now his is our WR #38 since he has yet to break 70 yards or score in his 2 games played. Each player named above can be bumped up in future rankings once these shutdown secondaries are no longer guarding them beyond tonight.
All 4 TEs are hard to rank in this one. The top option is Rob Gronkowski. Gronk has vacationed to the end zone in 4 of the last 5 games, which is among the best streaks in the league. Unfortunately for his owners his target share is trending in the wrong direction with all WR options finally being healthy, leading to his conservative ranking as our TE #8. His backup Cameron Brate is outside of our top 24 but would be usable if something happened to Gronk. The Rams TE room is deep and confusing for fantasy players alike. Tyler Higbee started the year with a bang. Unfortunately he hasn’t scored since his 3 TD week 2 performance. At least he’s coming off a nice 3 catch, 60 yard performance. One of his 6 targets last week was an overthrown end zone toss by Goff, so there’s potential for more in this grudge match. He is our TE #17. His teammate Gerald Everett has made more explosive plays lately but is not on the field as much as Higbee. He has only 2 scored (one was rushing) and is our low upside TE #22. If either of these cats gets injured you better grab the healthier option and run to cash in on the finally stable starter that we’ve all been looking for.