Posted: 8:25 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013
By SB Nation Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the New Orleans Saints in a sizable Week 2 NFC South matchup. The Bucs were stunned by the New York Jets in Week 1, while the Saints look to build on a big win over the Atlanta Falcons. To help get fantasy lineups ready ready this week, we've got player projections courtesy of numberFire.
New Orleans Saints
The Saints leave the friendly confines of the Superdome, which is likely to impact their fantasy performance. They remain a strong offense, but moving off the turf slows things down just a little bit. Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham remain must-starts, with Marques Colston also a strong start, barring an incredibly deep wide receiver corps on your roster.
Darren Sproles remains the only running back worth playing in this offense. His value is best in PPR leagues, but he is still a solid start in standard leagues. Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram have value in deeper leagues, but for your average league, there is little reason to play them, or even have them on your roster.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs are developing into a bit of a train wreck. They were stunned by the New York Jets in Week 1, and their head coach apparently is driving the bus himself right into his starting quarterback, Josh Freeman. The Bucs passing attack is questionable at times, although Vincent Jackson remains a strong option. Mike Williams got off to a solid start in Week 1, and might be returning to more regular fantasy viability.
Even with the question marks in the relationship between coach and players, the Bucs can still give the Saints some trouble in Tampa. They will get plenty from Doug Martin, who is a must-start, even after a less than stellar 2013 debut. He is a guy you place in your lineup and do not remove when he is healthy.