Fantasy Football 2015: Buccaneers at Rams Week 15 Preview
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7) at St. Louis Rams (5-8)
Thursday, December 17, 2015; 8:25 PM ET
TV: NFL Network
Coming up on the Week 15 edition of “Thursday Night Football,” we’ve got an NFC matchup between the Buccaneers and the Rams. Tampa Bay (6-7) took a loss to the Saints in their last outing, while St. Louis (5-8) got a victory over the Lions in Week 14.
There will be a handful of relevant fantasy football players on the field for this one, so with that in mind let’s check out some of the notable names to see what we can be expecting on our weekly and seasonal rosters.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Winston was just mediocre--or maybe a little worse--in his team’s loss in Week 14. He put up an 18-of-32 line for 182 yards and one touchdown, but added 24 more yards on three rushes.
Here’s the breakdown in the last three weeks: Winston has one passing touchdown in each game, with just one rush TD overall. He’s not much more than a low-end option in fantasy realistically.
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Case Keenum, QB, St. Louis Rams: The Rams can’t seem to win in the QB category. Keenum retook the starting job in Week 14, and came up with just 124 pass yards, no scores and a pick.
All that said, the Rams got the win, so Keenum should get another go on Thursday. Needless to mention, no Rams signal-caller is any good in fantasy, so stay clear.
Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Martin had a pretty good game in the Saints loss, providing 11 rushes for 81 yards and one touchdown. He put up one catch for five more yards as well.
Martin has a pretty good run going. He’s got at least 81 yards on the ground in each of his last three games, with two touchdowns in the last two weeks. He’ll get fewer opportunities when the team is behind, however, so keep that in mind.
Todd Gurley, RB, St. Louis Rams: Gurley had a breakout game in Week 14, rushing 16 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns on the day. He’d also add a seven-yard catch.
It was a complete statistical revelation for Gurley, who hadn’t reached 90 yards since Week 8. He’s coming on late in the season, and has a nice 8-touchdown tally in his last eight outings. Gurley’s getting close to must-start territory in fantasy.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Evans’ line was something of a disappointment in Week 14. He managed just three catches, turning them into 39 yards. He failed to find the end zone for the second time in the last three weeks, too.
Evans had been on a good run; he had at least five catches in four of his previous five games before the Saints matchup. He’ll look to get back on track against St. Louis and is still a nice lower-end WR.
Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams: Austin is an explosive player. He can come up with the most unbelievable lines, or he can lay a proverbial egg like he did in Week 14. He wasn’t horrid, but caught just three balls for 19 yards and rushed four times for 40 more.
Austin has been wholly unreliable most of the year. He has just four catches in the past two weeks combined, and no touchdowns at all. He’s a deep-league Hail Mary call in fantasy.
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