Impact Players: Tampa Bay Vs Cincinnati
“Hey! Hey! Tampa Bay”. Our Week 8 matchup for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faces QB Andy Dalton the Cincinnati Bengals (4-2) and former Buccaneer DE Michael “Ghost” Johnson on the road in Cincinnati. After defeating the Cleveland Browns on a late minute winning field goal in overtime by kicker Chandler Catanzaro who missed one in the last second of regulation. The Bucs now go into enemy territory facing a revamp Bengals offense with veterans QB Andy Dalton and WR A.J. Green and try to improve their record currently standing at 3-3. After a better defensive performance, the Bucs will try to get after Dalton and slow down the Bengals offense who is currently averaging around 26.3 pts per game which is 11th in the NFL and the Bucs who are ranked 8th at 27.8 pts per game.
For this week’s matchup, I will go with TE O.J. Howard of the Buccaneers against WR A.J. Green of the Bengals.
O.J. Howard 2nd Year Pro Tight End 6’6 251lbs Alabama
Coming into his second year in the NFL, O.J. Howard has already become a young, upcoming force for the high powered Buccaneers offense coming from the college powerhouse Alabama. Howard big frame at 6’6 and top end speed as a Tight End has made him a nice addition along with current stars in WR Mike Evans and fellow TE Cam Brate. Currently, Howard is averaging around between 4-6 catches a game and has become one of QB Jameis Winston favorite targets in the red zone alongside running mate TE Cam Brate who has woke up the last few weeks when Winston came back off his 3 game suspension. For fantasy owners, he is one of only eight tight ends to have at least four games with 10-plus points per ESPN fantasy stats.
A.J. Green 8th Year Pro Wide Receiver 6’4 210lbs Georgia
A.J. Green has become one of the NFL most reliable WR in the league since being drafted by the Bengals in the 2011 NFL Draft. Green paired with QB Andy Dalton has given the Bengals a nice QB-WR combo since the good old days of former QB Carson Palmer and WR Chad Ochocinco. Green will face against young rookie CB Carlton Davis and SS Justin Evans in the Bucs secondary. Green speed and his ability to go after jump balls would be key for this Bucs secondary to target and after his career high 3 TD performance against the Ravens in week 2 his last two games he has accounted for 14 receptions for 202 yards and no TD and he is looking to get back on track this week. For you fantasy owners he is still a WR1 option for anyone who has them on their squad.
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