Monday Night Preview
Monday Night Preview:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New York Giants
Vegas Lines: TB -12.5, O/U 45
Tom Brady has continued to make the position look easy despite switching teams at age 43. He’s got 18 TDs to 4 INTs while playing with banged up weapons around him. He’s our FantasyHolic’s expert ranked #4 QB this week, and expect him to be locked in as a matchup proof top 8 QB for the rest of the year. Daniel Jones is outside of our top 20 rankings for the week. He’s struggled most of the year (201 yards per game, 5 TDs, 7 INTs) and is facing one of the best defenses in football. If there’s a positive for his fantasy usage in the future it’s his 296 rushing yard. You can use him down the road but definitely not recommended tonight.
The Tampa backfield is a productive group that is starting to get a bit messy. Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette are both young, talented, productive runners that are looking like a 50/50 timeshare. We have Jones ranked at #16 and Fournette at #23. Both can put up points aplenty versus the Giants’ 10th most generous defense to RBs. The Giants committee begins with Wayne Gallman now that Devonta Freeman has been ruled out. Gallman was surprisingly impressive once he took over last week, and he could be usable in deep leagues due to sheer volume. He is our #36 RB this week. Dion Lewis will get some use as a 3rd down/change of pace back. Overall don’t expect either back to break out against this savage Buccaneer front 7.
The Buccaneers recent signing of Antonio Brown will lead to a wildly talented and crowded WR room for the future, but for this week both he and Chris Godwin will be on the sidelines only. Mike Evans will be the clear cut #1 option, yet he has struggled to get much volume and chemistry in general with Brady. His mundane 25 catches have resulted in a robust 6 scores however. He is our #26 WR because he is still such a dangerous red zone weapon. Outside of Evans we have Scotty Miller ranked as WR40 and left Justin Watson and Tyler Johnson unranked. They will really get pushed down the totem pole once AB and Godwin return. The Giants pass catchers have had to ride the rollercoaster with their QB this year and unfortunately face some of the league’s best cornerbacks. Sterling Shepard returned last week after an extended injury absence to catch a TD and reclaim his role as the most targeted WR. He is our #32 WR while Darius Slayton is #36. Slayton will continue to be the big play threat while Shepard and Golden Tate (outside the top 40) are more of the short and intermediate chain movers. This is likely to be an ugly rotation of targets and overall production, so tread lightly on any Giant in this tough matchup and really in any game in 2020.
Rob Gronkowski has officially risen from his fantasy grave. He’s had back to back games with 8 targets and a TD, and you can finally see shades of his old dominant self. He’s our #5 TE for the week. On the other side Evan Engram has continued to flash and then disappoint as he has throughout his young career. He’s our #14 TE that is due to have a big week soon. I think he will get a healthy amount of targets in a game of chasing points, but what he is able to do with them is a very wide spectrum. Start if you must but prepare to bust.