Fantasy football advice, Week 15: Who to start/sit for Buccaneers vs. Panthers
Can the Bucs beat Derek Anderson in their second shot this season?
In Week 1, the Carolina Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers behind the quarterbacking of fill-in Derek Anderson, replacing an injured Cam Newton. In Week 15, the Carolina Panthers will hope to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers behind the quarterbacking of fill-in Anderson, replacing an injured Newton. It’s an interesting bookend for what’s been an awful season for the two teams, even if Carolina is technically still alive for a playoff berth.
The Buccaneers expect to get running back Bobby Rainey and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins back on the field from injury after both have missed games. On the Carolina side, Newton is obviously out after his Tuesday car wreck. Running back DeAngelo Williams looks like he’ll be active Sunday, though only in an emergency role, with minimal carries unless things go wrong. Running back Jonathan Stewart and tight end Greg Olsen both appeared on the week’s injury report, though both will play.
The Panthers will host Sunday’s game, scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. Let’s take a look at the fantasy names to consider:
Start ‘em: You have to love Mike Evans, who has averaged 17.3 fantasy points per game in his last six. He’s made himself an absolute must-start. … The Buccaneers’ defense has improved of late; against a backup quarterback, it makes sense that they could do well again Sunday.
Start ‘em?: After a huge yardage game in Week 14, Vincent Jackson is more appealing now, but the touchdowns just haven’t been there. He’s a dicey play. … That’s five straight games of seven-plus fantasy points for Patrick Murray, which is interesting, at least.
Sit ‘em: After averaging 17 fantasy points per game through his first four full games, Josh McCown has put up only 9.7 a game in his last three. His value is evaporating. … Doug Martin is the No. 1 running back in the Tampa Bay backfield now, ahead of Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey, Regardless, there’s no way to use Martin or any of them; there’s just no upside. … Austin Seferian-Jenkins should be back on the field Sunday, but there’s just no way to use him; he has one fantasy point since Week 10.
Start ‘em: In Week 1, Greg Olsen put up 14 fantasy points without Cam Newton on the field. He’s basically quarterback-proof, and he’s an easy starting tight end.
Start ‘em?: Much of Jonathan Stewart‘s great Week 14 can be attributed to the awful New Orleans defense; that said, he’s averaging 11.3 points a game over the last month, and he hasn’t played New Orleans the whole time. He’s a flex option. … The absence of Newton hurts Kelvin Benjamin a bit. He’s still a strong flex play at worst, but he gets dinged a few spots. … Graham Gano is a mid-level kicker at best. You want to look elsewhere, but he’s usable if you’re stuck.
Sit ‘em: The easy thing to say is that Derek Anderson put up 18 fantasy points on Tampa Bay in Week 1, so he’s at least a reasonable play, but come on, it’s Derek Anderson. … Even if DeAngelo Williams were 100 percent, you wouldn’t be using him in fantasy. Injured, he’s even less helpful. … I’ve mentioned this lots of times, but it’s still amazing — the Panthers’ defense had 25 fantasy points through two weeks, and has 25 since. That’s astonishingly bad.
Start in every league: Mike Evans, Tampa Bay defense, Greg Olsen
Start if you’re desperate: Vincent Jackson, Patrick Murray, Jonathan Stewart, Kelvin Benjamin, Graham Gano
Bench: Josh McCown, Doug Martin, Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Derek Anderson, DeAngelo Williams, Carolina defense