Impact Players for Week 14 New Orleans Vs Tampa Bay
“Hey! Hey! Tampa Bay”. Our Week 14 matchup for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faces future HOF QB Drew Brees and the NFC South leading New Orleans Saints (10-2) in the friendly confines of Raymond James Stadium. After defeating the fellow QB Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, the Bucs now go into a week 1 rematch for a possible run to make the playoffs with some help. After an impressive defensive performance, the Bucs will look to go on a 3-game winning streak if they can try to contain the Saints high powered offense. After to losing against the Dallas Cowboys, the Saints will try to stay in the race for the top spot in the NFC and possible home field advantage in the playoffs.
For this week’s matchup, I will go with monster of the Buccaneers defense in DE Jason Pierre-Paul against WR Michael Thomas of Saints.
Jason Pierre-Paul 9th Year Pro Defensive End 6’5 275lbs USF
Coming into his ninth year in the NFL, Jason Pierre-Paul is still an impactful force on the defensive side of the football field and he is still out proving people wrong. Being added to the Buccaneers defense via trade from the New York Giants was consider an interesting trade in the off-season has paid major dividends for the Bucs. His arrival has only brought proven toughness and a solid veteran leader that this Bucs team has needed in a long time. He has not only got double digits sacks with 11.5 a long drought stat that has been a dream from the Bucs glory days of former DE Simeon Rice.
He has clearly become the most impactful veteran the Bucs has had in a long time. Coming from the local university in USF. Pierre-Paul still has a lot to play for from not only winning a Super Bowl with the Giants to now playing for the home town Buccaneers, his play can only go higher. His presence on the field is showing fellow rookie DT Vita Vea the work and effort it takes to become an impact player in the NFL and it has shown clearly over the last two weeks they have brought pressure and starting to create turnovers which is the Bucs bread and butter.
Per the Tampa Bay Times article from Rick Stroud he spoke to Pierre-Paul recently and here what he said is the change, “I’d just say it all starts with practice,” Pierre-Paul said. “Guys out there playing their hearts out. D-line playing together, the offense playing together, special teams. We clicked. And I think anytime a team clicks, it’s a great thing and that’s what we’re doing right now.” Also, the change at DC with intern DC Mark Duffner has made a nice impact with a more of a simple approach to the scheme of the Bucs defense with them recording four sacks in the past three games and they will to do the same Sunday against Brees and the Saints.
For fantasy owners, the Bucs defense is currently looking at 4.35 points in projected Yahoo fantasy football stats.
Michael Thomas 3rd Year Pro Wide Receiver 6’3 212lbs Ohio State
New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas has become one of the NFL most reliable WR in the league since being drafted by the Saints in the 2016 NFL Draft. Thomas paired with future Pro Football HOF QB Drew Brees has given the Saints a nice QB-WR combo with likes of Kansas City’s QB Pat Mahomes and WR Tyreek Hill and Pittsburgh’s QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Antonio Brown. Thomas will face again Bucs secondary which had accounted for 180 yards and one TD in their week one matchup.
Thomas has been playing with a nagging ankle injury and was able to get some time off to heal for this week’s game which is most important for both teams. Thomas would like to get back on track after having a disappointing performance against Dallas last week in which he accounted for 40 yards on eight targets and no TDs. For you fantasy owners he is still a WR1 option for anyone who has them on their squad.
According to Yahoo fantasy football he is projected to have 13.86 points in fantasy football.
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