New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Game Time: Sunday, September 22 at 4:05pm ET
Spread: Tampa Bay -6.5
New York Giants
Daniel Jones – The sixth overall pick was put in the starting role for this week’s game against the Bucs, and his era begins now. He gets a good matchup against the Buccaneers, but he shouldn’t be trusted in his debut. The only way you can use him in fantasy this week is for a super cheap quarterback in DFS so you can spend up at all of the other positions.
Saquon Barkley – As bad as the Giants offense is, you just can’t stop Saquon. Even in a game they had no chance to win against a strong Buffalo defense he still had 107 rushing yards and a score. He is matchup proof, and is an every week starter in redraft leagues and often worth paying up for in DFS games.
Bennie Fowler – The Giants receivers are so depleted due to injury that Fowler ended up with ten targets. He is a complete dart throw, and likely will never have a big, breakout game. In the deeper leagues you can take a shot on him until Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate come back, but this is not long term production here.
Evan Engram – He was about the only thing the pass defense of the Bills had to focus on and he still ended up with six catches for 48 yards. Engram is looking very strong through two weeks, although another couple of options for the Giants to throw to would help him out. He should do fairly well against Tampa and eight catches for 90 yards and a score seems like realistic expectations.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston – It was another subpar fantasy game for Winston, but the good news is he didn’t turn the ball over, and that is always a good sign for him. He still only threw for 208 yards and one touchdown, but it is a step in the right direction. Another step in the right direction will come this weekend against the lowly Giants who can’t stop a high school team right now. Winston could go over 300 yards with two touchdowns on Sunday.
Ronald Jones – Jones supporters really thought they had something going after Week 1 when he ran the ball very well. But just when you think you have something figured out the carpet gets pulled out from under you. Jones only carried the ball four times for nine yards and didn’t have a target. Guessing what he will do in Week 3 is a coin flip, but there’s a chance there will be enough rushing yards for both backs to be successful.
Peyton Barber – Bruce Arians threatened to go with the hot hand, and Barber was that guy maybe? Not many would identify the hot hand with 3.6 yards per carry, but hey he’s the coach. Can you trust Barber this week? Only Bruce Arians truly knows, and Barber should only be considered in a flex position.
Mike Evans – This past week was closer to what you might expect from Evans, but even four catches for 61 yards falls flat. He will come out of it soon enough and get back to being a stud, and a date with the Giants has done everybody good so far in 2019. He might see some of Janoris Jenkins this Sunday, but even that hasn’t seemed to matter on a pitiful defensive unit as a whole.
Chris Godwin – Now this guy looks like the real deal. Godwin was the only exciting player for the Bucs on Thursday night with eight catches for 121 yards and a score. Winston looks to him constantly and Godwin has great hands. It seems like all of the offseason and preseason praise that was given to Godwin was for real. He is an absolute weekly starter as a WR2.
O.J. Howard – Howard was out there for the majority of plays on Thursday, but he just wasn’t put into pass routes often and didn’t even have a target. The way he is being used right now is very concerning and if he doesn’t breakout against the Giants this might be a huge bust season for the talented tight end.
Summary: The Daniel Jones Era begins in this one, but his biggest problem is that the defense just can’t stop anyone. The Giants are hoping what they saw in Jones in the preseason will carry over now. The Bucs defense is far from legendary, but the rookie could struggle. This should be the breakout game for Winston and Evans as the Giants fall again.
Prediction: Buccaneers 31 - Giants 14