7. Evaluating Winston and the Bucs
A valid concern headed into Week 6 for many fantasy owners was how the offense would run with Jameis Winston under center. Starting in his first game of the season, with a bye week for extra preparation, Winston threw for 395 yards against a thin Falcons secondary. Some targets have woken up with Winston, like Cameron Brate who has two touchdowns with Winston under center, though not much yardage, as usual.
Adam Humphries had three catches for 82 yards. Previously Humphries caught 13 of 19 targets for 101 yards and was non-existent with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tight End O.J. Howard finished as the Bucs’ third receiver in yards with 62 yards and one score. Chris Godwin led the team with six receptions and found the end zone. Finally, Peyton Barber (who surprisingly led the team in rushing) and Ronald Jones combined to catch seven passes for 40 yards and one touchdown. Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson both finished with four catches but were held scoreless.
Winston has always sprayed the field with his targets, but I think the takeaway from this game is that Howard (who might still be available in your waivers after his sprained MCL led to his mass cutting a few weeks ago) and Godwin are on the same radar as Evans and Jackson. Barber is the back of choice moving forward and Humphries will be a wild card moving forward.
8. The troubling trends of Odell Beckham Jr.
The Giants continue to be a point of frustration for Odell Beckham’s fantasy owners and in two of their last three games–all losses–they’ve been outplayed in every facet of the game. After opening up the offense against the Panthers, they were shellacked on short rest against the Eagles.
When they’ve lost ugly, Eli Manning keeps looking for Beckham on short routes where he’s tackled quickly. Against New Orleans and Philadelphia, Beckham caught a combined 13 catches of 21 targets for 104 yards for an average of 8.0 yards per reception. Against the Panthers and Texans, Beckham caught 17-of-24 targets for 240 yards for 14.11 per catch. Beckham has one touchdown and meanwhile, rookie running back Saquon Barkley has scored in every game but Week 2. The defense remains focused on Beckham, that’s for sure, but they are much more competitive when the diva receiver tests the defense.