The Falcons defense has now gone ten straight quarters without allowing a single touchdown. After a torrid hot performance against the Panthers (5 Sacks, four turnovers, three points allowed), this team is once again looking to feast on a beaten-up team. Jameis Winston, who currently has 18 interceptions, is in trouble this Sunday despite his regularly good performances against the Falcons. Can this Atlanta defense sink a barely floating ship this week in the Falcons vs. the Buccaneers match-up? Let’s dive in.
Shut ’em Down.
The hot Falcons defense will be defending home field this Sunday in their third straight divisional match-up. The Buccaneers are the weakest out of the three teams they face twice a year. And Atlanta is looking to continue it’s feast with thanksgiving weekend approaching. After accumulating 11 sacks and four turnovers since their bye week, Jameis Winston (18 interceptions) is in considerable trouble. The Buccaneers have a below-average offensive line, which, if last week was any indication from Kyle Allen, Jameis is in huge trouble.
The Falcons swept the Buccaneers last season, including a comeback from being down 17-0, and generally speaking, Atlanta loves to beat up divisional rivals. This defense will prevail once again, with lots of action as well. Whether it be in the form of sacks or turnovers, this Tampa Bay offense will be swamped come Sunday when we see Falcons vs. the Buccaneers.
NOTE: Defensive ends Adrian Clayborn, and Takk McKinley are questionable for Sunday. If neither play, Vic Beasley and Allen Bailey will be the anchors for this pass rush.
A Fantasy Gold Mine
If you need any help in picking who to start in Fantasy, let me make it easy. Falcons, Falcons, and more Falcons. Matt Ryan is a MUST START this Sunday if that wasn’t already obvious. He likely throws for 3+ touchdowns and a whole load of yards on Sunday, as the offense looks to thrash a weak Bucs defense.
Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley are also must starts at WR, as the Buccaneers corners couldn’t stop a toddler if it ran at them. A sneaky FLEX start could be WR Russell Gage. He’s been gaining favor with Matt Ryan and had a touchdown called back against the Panthers. He’s been heating up, and this could be a breakout game for him.
However, avoid any running backs when playing the Buccaneers. Their run defense is top 3 in the league, and lacking a true starter, the Falcons run game will most likely be shut down on Sunday.
A risky play could be tight end, Jaeden Graham. While he didn’t break out against the Panthers, he provided some big catches for this offense. The Buccaneers have given up the second-most fantasy points to TEs, and this could be a breakout week for him as well.
For Falcons vs Buccaneers, that will be all, and we’ll see just how hot this Falcons defense is this week.
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