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Cameron Brate caught 3-of-4 targets for 34 yards and one touchdown in the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Steelers.

O.J. Howard saw eight targets and surpassed 50-yards receiving for the third consecutive game, but it was inevitably Brate who was utilized in the red zone and found pay dirt. Brate was still held catchless in the Bucs' first two games and can't be trusted over Howard (or another streamer) unless an injury to his aforementioned teammate occurs.
Sep 25 - 1:38 AM

DeSean Jackson caught 3-of-5 targets for 37 yards in the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Steelers.

Jackson's boom-bust style of play finally came crashing back to Earth as he failed to eclipse 100 yards or score for the first time all season. He nearly salvaged his day with a vintage punt return for a score, but the highlight-reel run was inevitably called back due to holding. Chris Godwin (5-74-1) recorded 10 targets on the day and still has the higher floor moving forward.
Sep 25 - 1:35 AM

O.J. Howard caught 6-of-8 targets for 72 yards in the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Steelers.

Howard out-targeted fellow TE Cameron Brate 8-4 on the night, but it was the latter who was used (and scored) in the red zone. Howard has still recorded at least 50 yards receiving in all three games so far this year and continues to progressively see more usage with every passing week. He's the tight end to own in Tampa Bay.
Sep 25 - 1:22 AM

Chris Godwin caught 5-of-10 targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Steelers.

Godwin came out rusty, dropping two passes and fumbling all in the first half. He eventually shook it off and dominated downfield with Mike Evans (6-137-1), overpowering his defender inside the five-yard line for his only score of the night. Although Godwin benefitted from the Bucs trailing 30-10 in the second half, the second-year pro has now scored in every game this season. Godwin's proved he can flourish catching passes from Jameis Winston, but it would certainly help him if it's Ryan Fitzpatrick's gun-slinger style of play that remains under center.
Sep 25 - 1:17 AM

Mike Evans hauled in 6-of-11 targets for 137 yards and one touchdown in the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Steelers.

Evans was given chance after chance downfield and delivered, fighting through double-coverage multiple times to eventually finish with 137 yards. Normally DeSean Jackson would join him in the mix downfield, but it was primarily Evans and Chris Godwin (5-74-1) who were trusted with jump-balls throughout the evening. Now at 23-367-3 on the year, Evans remains a strong WR1 whether it's Ryan Fitzpatrick or Jameis Winston under center in Week 4.
Sep 25 - 1:09 AM

Peyton Barber rushed eight times for 33 yards in the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Steelers.

With Tampa Bay having no initial answer to the Steelers' 30-point first half, Barber was essentially game-scripted out of this one as soon as it began. Barber won't accrue check-down targets at the line of scrimmage given OC Todd Monken's exhilarating play-calling and, at the time, he's mustered only 124 yards on 43 carries (2.8 YPC) this season. The days until second-round rookie Ronald Jones, who may struggle in his own right, is active are dwindling.
Sep 25 - 1:03 AM

Jesse James caught his only target for seven yards in the Steelers' Week 3 win over the Buccaneers.

Roles were reversed in Week 3 as it was Vance McDonald (4-112-1) who shined in the Steelers' passing game. James had benefitted as Pittsburgh's sole pass-catching tight end to start the year, but he'll likely fall back to the end of the line with McDonald now healthy. James can be dropped in every format.
Sep 25 - 12:58 AM

James Conner rushed 15 times for 61 yards and added five catches for 34 yards in the Steelers' Week 3 win over the Bucs.

The Steelers had a chance to establish Conner even further with a 30-10 lead heading into the third quarter, but were ultimately forced to try and match the Bucs' second-half onslaught and stick to passing against Tampa Bay's funnel defense. Conner was still involved out of the backfield, hauling in 5-of-6 targets on the day. With no real threat behind him, Conner remains a usage-based RB1 no matter the matchup.
Sep 25 - 12:51 AM

JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 9-of-11 targets for 116 yards in the Steelers' Week 3 win over the Buccaneers.

It was just another 100-plus yard evening for Smith-Schuster, who's up to 27-356-1 on 38 targets this season. He also helped notched the game on the Steelers' final drive, separating from his defender and getting loose over the middle to bring down Ben Roethlisberger's across-the-body heave and secure Pittsburgh's 30-27 win. JuJu has now scored a touchdown and/or eclipsed the 100-yard mark in seven consecutive games. He's an every-week matchup-proof WR2.
Sep 25 - 12:39 AM

Vance McDonald caught 4-of-5 targets for 112 yards and one touchdown in the Steelers' Week 3 victory over the Buccaneers.

McDonald ran more routes than teammate Jesse James in Week 2, but it was the latter who still finished with better receiving numbers (5-138-1). That wasn't the case Monday night as Ben Roethlisberger hit McDonald in-stride during the team's third possession and watched him bulldoze (literally) his way through Bucs S Chris Conte and scamper down the sideline for a 75-yard score. Although James is technically considered Pittsburgh's blocking tight end, McDonald quietly graded better than James in run-blocking (per PFF) just last year. McDonald was talked about highly throughout offseason activities and training camp and, barring health, could easily emerge as an every-down tight end.
Sep 25 - 12:23 AM

Antonio Brown hauled in 6-of-9 targets for 50 yards and one touchdown in the Steelers' Week 3 win over the Buccaneers.

Backed by a strong "squeaky wheel" narrative, Brown underwhelmed (by his standards) with merely six catches for 50 yards Monday night. Ben Roethlisberger hit him for a 27-yard touchdown prior to the half, which ultimately salvaged his day. Brown should still be considered fantasy's overall WR1, but the emergence of receiving TE Vance McDonald (4-112-1 Monday night) and JuJu Smith-Schuster's constant peppering of targets (11 against the Bucs) are both slightly concerning. Brown still ranks second in the league with 42 targets and is eventually bound to explode, perhaps even as soon as Week 4 when the Steelers host an injury-riddled Ravens defense.
Sep 25 - 12:09 AM

Ben Roethlisberger completed 30-of-38 passes for 353 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the Steelers' Week 3 victory over the Buccaneers.

Roethlisberger and the Steelers' offense shook off a quick three-and-out and interception during their first two possessions to eventually take a 30-10 lead into the half. Big Ben's first touchdown was a YAC-filled 75-yard touchdown pass over the middle to emerging starter Vance McDonald, followed by touchdowns to Antonio Brown and Ryan Switzer before heading to the locker room. Pittsburgh was shutout in the second half, but Roethlisberger did enough damage early on to finish as the week's QB10. The Steelers have a divisional showdown next Sunday night against a Ravens defense that could be without both CB Jimmy Smith and LB C.J. Mosley.
Sep 24 - 11:57 PM

Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 30-of-50 passes for 411 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions in the Bucs' Week 3 loss to the Steelers.

Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback in league history to pass for 400 yards in three consecutive games. The night started slow for Fitzmagic and the Bucs' offense, who went into the half trailing 30-10. Tampa Bay rallied and scored the final 17 points of the evening, though, falling just one Ben Roethlisberger scramble-and-heave to JuJu Smith-Schuster away from getting the ball back and potentially pulling off the comeback win. Fitzpatrick has been absurd through three games, totaling 1,230 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, and four picks. With Jameis Winston set to return, only time will tell whether the record book's newest member will have a starting gig in Week 4.
Sep 24 - 11:38 PM

ABC 5 reports Vikings DE Everson Griffen threatened to shoot someone at a Minneapolis hotel on Saturday.

The Vikings released a cryptic statement about an incident involving Griffen, and it appears as if this is what they were referencing. According to police reports, a person at Hotel Ivy was threatening to shoot someone during the day on Saturday. KSTP reports the person doing the threatening was Griffen. Police did not find a gun when they reported to the scene, and no one was arrested. Even so, this incident could land him in hot water with the league if it is true. Griffen was inactive on Sunday because of a knee injury.
Source: KSTP.com
Sep 24 - 9:44 PM

Vikings DE Everson Griffen has reportedly been dealing with a serious, personal health-related issue.

Griffen sat out in Week 3 with a knee injury. He's reportedly been dealing with something much more serious for weeks, too. The team and his agents are helping him through at this time, and his status for Thursday is currently unknown. The full statement from Vikings GM Rick Spielman can be read in the link below.
Sep 24 - 9:31 PM


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