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Mike James rushed four times for four yards in Tampa Bay's Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

James caught a pass, but lost five yards. James briefly spelled Bobby Rainey after Rainey's first of two lost fumbles, but the Bucs quickly thought better of it. A distant third behind Rainey and Doug Martin, James is off the radar in 12-14 team leagues.
Sep 19 - 12:34 AM

Brandon Myers caught 5-of-5 targets for 33 yards in Tampa Bay's 56-14, Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

We suppose Myers was a highlight on a night where the Bucs suffered one of the worst losses in team history. The barely-there TE2 now has 13 catches for 107 yards through three games. You can make better use of a roster spot in 12-team leagues.
Sep 19 - 12:31 AM

Levine Toilolo caught 2-of-2 targets for 25 yards in Atlanta's Week 3 win over the Bucs, also losing a fumble.

Toilolo nearly killed the Falcons' second drive by letting the ball get punched out from behind, but the Falcons got it back after Devin Hester forced a fumble of his own on Mark Barron's return. Toilolo wasn't targeted in the red zone this evening even though Atlanta scored 56 points. Toilolo is Joseph Fauria 2.0 for fantasy purposes.
Sep 19 - 12:28 AM

Jacquizz Rodgers rushed five times for six yards in Atlanta's Week 3 romp over the Bucs, adding a three-yard reception.

On a night where the Falcons scored 56 points, Quizz managed all of nine yards. Rodgers received a carry from the Bucs' five-yard line in the first quarter, but got stuffed for a three-yard loss. Rodgers has proven time and again that he's a replacement-level back, at best, but remains a firm No. 2 in the Falcons' four-man committee. He has no value in 12-14 team leagues.
Sep 19 - 12:24 AM

Antone Smith rushed four times for 50 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's Week 3 win over the Bucs, also losing a fumble.

Smith's score was one of his patented big plays, as he rushed 38 yards through a tired and miserable Bucs defense to put the Falcons up 56-0 in the fourth quarter. He found the hole, then the edge and was off to the races. Smith's fumble came at the Bucs' one-yard line the end of a shifty 10-yard scamper in the second quarter. Smith has proven time and again he's worthy of more work as a change-of-pace back, but the Falcons don't appear ready to give it to him. That keeps him off the radar in 12-14 team leagues.
Sep 19 - 12:15 AM

Devonta Freeman rushed 11 times for 12 yards in Atlanta's Week 3, blowout win over the Bucs, adding a seven-yard reception while also losing a fumble.

Getting major second-half run in a game the Falcons led 35-0 at halftime, Freeman had a chance to stuff the stat-sheet, but instead got stuffed. His fumble was soft, as he let the ball get tomahawked out from behind. Still a clear No. 4 on the Falcons' running back depth chart, Freeman isn't looking like much of a stash in 12-team re-draft leagues.
Sep 19 - 12:12 AM

Roddy White (hamstring) expects to play in Week 4.

Speaking after Thursday's blowout win, coach Mike Smith implied White would have played had the Falcons not been on a short week. He now has 10 days to get ready for Atlanta's Week 4 trip to Minnesota. A former iron man, White hasn't been anyone's idea of durable over the past two seasons, but is a cinch WR2 whenever he's healthy and playing opposite all-world beast Julio Jones.
Sep 19 - 12:07 AM

Mike Evans caught 4-of-7 targets for 52 yards in the Bucs' Week 3, blowout loss to the Falcons.

One of Evans' missed targets was a Mike Glennon deep ball he probably should have hauled in. Evans was not one of the problems as the Bucs got waxed 56-14, but did appear sluggish, as if he's still adjusting to the speed of the NFL. He now has 13 grabs for 138 yards through three games. With Josh McCown not moving the offense (and hurt), Evans could benefit from a switch to Glennon.
Sep 18 - 11:58 PM

Vincent Jackson caught 2-of-9 targets for 15 yards and a touchdown in Tampa Bay's Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

V-Jax's score — where he got away with a push off — put the Bucs down 56-7 in the fourth quarter. He went the first three periods without a catch. Although bad quarterback play played a big part in V-Jax's inefficiency, at least one of his missed connections was a drop. Jackson has now wheezed to a 10/102/1 line through three games. He could be the biggest beneficiary if the Bucs decide to bench Josh McCown's slow release for Mike Glennon.
Sep 18 - 11:55 PM

Playing in relief of an injured Josh McCown (thumb), Mike Glennon completed 17-of-24 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown in Tampa Bay's 56-14, Week 3 loss to the Falcons.

Glennon technically didn't commit any turnovers, but had a snap sail over his head. The Falcons recovered, setting up shop at the Bucs' two-yard line. Glennon later had another miscommunication with C Evan Dietrich-Smith, lining up in shotgun when EDS thought he was under center. It was hard to evaluate Glennon with the game so out of hand, but he looked better than McCown has this season, though he averaged a measly 5.0 yards per attempt. He found Vincent Jackson for a three-yard score in the fourth quarter. McCown's hand was heavily wrapped after his departure, making him look like a long-shot for Week 4. If Glennon starts, he'll do so on the road against the Steelers, and be a bottom-barrel QB2 as the Bucs search for an offensive identity.
Sep 18 - 11:47 PM

Steven Jackson rushed 14 times for 54 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's 56-14, Week 3 bombardment of the Buccaneers.

S-Jax's two-yard score in the third quarter — where he stood up four Bucs defenders to put the Falcons up 49-0 — was his first of the season. Jackson could have had two first-quarter scores, but was gassed by the time the Falcons reached the red zone on each of their first two drives. Jackson is running with extremely little lateral agility these days, but still has more than enough power to churn out yardage up the middle. The leader of the Falcons' four-man committee, Jackson is also by far the best touchdown bet. He's a safe RB3.
Sep 18 - 11:43 PM

Bobby Rainey rushed 10 times for just 33 yards in Tampa Bay's 56-14, Week 3 loss to the Falcons, catching seven passes for 64 yards while also losing two fumbles.

The 97 yards from scrimmage were actually a best-case scenario for a player who was briefly benched following his first fumble in the first quarter, and could have been sent to the pine for good after coughing it up on the Bucs' opening drive of the second half. Thankfully, coach Lovie Smith showed mercy on a night where his entire team stunk. Rainey's long-term role remains up in the air with Doug Martin (knee) likely back for Week 4, but he's going to keep getting work. Rainey should remain owned in 10-12 team leagues.
Sep 18 - 11:40 PM

Julio Jones caught 9-of-11 targets for 161 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons' Week 3 humiliation of the Bucs.

Spending most of the game lining up opposite RCB Johnthan Banks, Jones found every inch of space in the Bucs' zone coverage, racking up the second most yards of his regular-season career in just two and a half quarters. The Falcons pulled their starters up 49-0 midway through the third quarter. Jones' second touchdown, a 40-yarder, was perhaps the best catch by any player this season. Reeling in an over-the-shoulder pass, Jones showed ridiculous body control and awareness as he caught the ball going to the ground in the end zone. One of the very best players in the NFL, Jones heads into the Falcons' Week 4 trip to Minnesota with 23 catches for 365 yards and three touchdowns. He has at least seven grabs in all three games.
Sep 18 - 11:25 PM

Devin Hester caught just one pass for 25 yards in Atlanta's Week 3 demolition of the Bucs, but added a 20-yard rushing touchdown and punt-return score.

Hester took a second-quarter punt 62 yards to the house, giving him 20 combined career kickoff- and punt-return touchdowns to break Deion Sanders' record. Overall, Hester totaled 68 yards on three punts as his former coach Lovie Smith bafflingly kept kicking it to him. Hester's rushing score — which put the Falcons up 28-0 15 minutes into the game — was the first of his career. Although Hester was everywhere tonight, he drew just one target in the passing game, even with Roddy White sitting out. He remains off the fantasy radar.
Sep 18 - 11:17 PM

With the Falcons winning 49-0, Matt Ryan departed Atlanta's Week 3 game against the Bucs midway through the third quarter after completing 21-of-24 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns.

Ryan simply did whatever he wanted against a defense that looked like it had no clue what was going on, ripping apart zone cushions from the opening whistle. Ryan found superstar Julio Jones for nine catches, 161 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan has now bookended his terrible Week 2 road start with two dominating efforts at home. He heads on the road again in Week 4, with the Falcons traveling to Minnesota. Ryan is locked in as a high-end QB1.
Sep 18 - 10:57 PM

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