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Buccaneers 2019 Fantasy Football: Who to Sit/Start in Week 16

Buccaneers 2019 Fantasy Football: Who to Sit/Start in Week 16

With the completion of the NCAA football regular season, the Bucs are one of six teams to play on Saturday this week. The game time is set for 1:00 P.M. EST, and should prove to be a juicy matchup for both offenses assuming the weather holds up. Tampa Bay and Houston both rank in the bottom five of all NFL teams for passing yards allowed, however, Houston has been much better to limiting teams in the red zone as they have allowed 330 total points (19th) this season compared to Tampa Bay’s 395 (30th). This game clearly features a pair of the NFL weaker defenses, and should provide for plenty of offense.


Jameis Winston (QB) has been stellar in most categories of the game this season. He leads the NFL in passing yards and is second in the league for passing TDs. Unfortunately he also leads the league in interceptions by a wide margin. Nonetheless, Winston has been one of the best QB’s this season for fantasy purposes coming at QB4. He should be fired up as a sure start against the Texans weak secondary. Fantasy owners have no need to worry about the questionable tag placed on him, as he practiced in full late in the week ensuring he will be under center on Saturday.

Breshad Perriman (WR) put in a performance of a lifetime last week with three TDs. He should not be expected to repeat this performance, but he is a talented receiver in a completely depleted wide receiving core. He should see the bulk of Jameis Winston’s targets and should be fired up as a must start.

O.J. Howard (TE) has not had the season everyone expected him to have. He is an extremely talented football player who has not lived up to the hype by any means this season. With that being said, he will be one of the most experienced players on the field this week for the Bucs, which will likely translate into an uptick in his normal target share. Howard likely won’t light up the scoreboard this week, but he should have a strong performance and should be viewed as a high end TE2.


Ronald Jones (RB) has shown his true abilities at time throughout the season, but has not shown those abilities as of late. Additionally the game script for this game will likely be in favor of the air attack, so unless Jones can get involved in the passing game, his fantasy value will likely be non-existent.

Cameron Brate (TE) saw a healthy share of targets last week (7) but was unable to do much with those looks. He yielded a mere three catches for 33 yards. The Bucs may employ several two TE sets this week with the limited WR core, but O.J. Howard will likely be on the field more often and shouldn’t get a larger percentage of work share.

Peyton Barber (RB) has had a very similar story to Ronald Jones this season. He has had high fantasy value in games at random, but overall has not lived up to his potential. As mentioned with Jones, Barber will have little to no fantasy value of not involved in the passing game. The coaching staff has eluded to the fact that the RB’s likely will be more involved than normal, but it’s nearly impossible to tell which RB will be featured, and thus none should be trusted in playoffs.

Tampa Bay defense has been spotty all season. They have a very young secondary that has been torched all season. Expect that trend to continue this week against one of the more high powered offenses in the league.

Buccaneers 2019 Fantasy Football: Who to Sit/Start in Week 16

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