Fantasy Football 2013: Panthers at Buccaneers Week 8 Preview
Carolina Panthers (3-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-6)
Thursday, October 24, 8:25 PM (ET)
TV: NFL Network
Kicking off the Week 8 NFL action on Thursday will be yet another compelling matchup. This time it’s the Carolina Panthers visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and even though the records don’t really tell the full story here, it should be a pretty competitive game. The Panthers (3-3) are coming off a win over the Rams in Week 7, while the Buccaneers (0-6) took another tough loss against the Falcons.
As usual, there will be some fantasy considerations in this one, getting your team’s week off to a potentially hot (or cold) start. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key players involved here, and see what we should be expecting from our lineups.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Newton didn’t do anything special in the Week 7 win over the Rams, but he really didn’t have to. Carolina was up big pretty much the whole way, and he was relegated to playing clock management earlier than usual. He did post 204 pass yards and a TD while adding another 26 yards on the ground. Statistically, it’s hard telling what you’ll get with Newton from week to week. That said, he’s a No. 1 QB in most leagues and you’ve pretty much got to roll with him. Just keep your fingers crossed.
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Mike Glennon, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Glennon hasn’t gotten much consideration as a fantasy fill-in yet, but maybe he should. He ended up with an okay line against the Falcons, posting 256 yards and a pair of passing scores (he did lose a fumble, though).
That’s Gelnnon’s second two-TD performance, and it seems like he’s showing some improvement. We can imagine a scenario in which you’re really hurting for a QB in a deeper league, and he’s not as bad an option in that case as he may seem.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers: The Panthers didn’t have much of a running game to speak of during their win against the Rams, and it shows in Williams’ stats. He collected 40 yards on 15 rushes, then added another 19 on a catch. Realistically, Williams has only had one good week; the others have just been sort of meh. He’s also suffered from red-zone vulturing in a big way this season. Still, with all the bye weeks out there, you probably won’t have a better option for this game.
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Let’s get Martin’s Week 7 stats out of the way so we can get to the real story: he managed 58 total yards on 11 carries and one catch.
Now that that’s out of the way, we can talk about his injury. Martin went down during a reception attempt, injuring his shoulder and leaving the game. The good news is that the initial X-rays after the game were negative, so there’s no separation there. That said, this is very dangerous territory on such a short week. We’ll keep you posted in the coming days, just get a backup plan together if you’re an owner. Mike James will see work if Martin can’t go or is limited.
Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers: Smith hasn’t been much for beastly yardage this season, but he made up for it by scoring in Week 7. All together, he had 69 yards on five catches with his third TD of the year. That’s a season-high in yardage for Smith, who likely would have had more if the game hadn’t been a blowout. We like what we’re seeing from him recently, so he should post another nice game Thursday.
Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Save possibly for Martin, Jackson is the most talented offensive player on the Bucs’ roster. He showed it in another breakout performance Week 7, with 10 grabs for 138 yards and two scores. That makes 19 receptions for 252 yards and four touchdowns in just the last two weeks, which should have Jackson owners giddy. He’ll get plenty of attention as Glennon’s favorite target, so we could see another great outing.
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