When Carolina travels to Tampa Bay this week, one of the most disappointing fantasy teams of 2010 will face one of the most surprisingly good.
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Josh Freeman has averaged more than 235 yards per contest in his last five, so he’s primed to make a mockery of the projection below. However, the Panthers have allowed an eyelash over 200 passing per contest. That’ll be an interesting matchup to watch.
The most interesting matchup, however, will be Tampa’s Aqib Talib vs. Steve Smith and Jimmy Clausen.
Talib has five picks, including a two-pick game and one in each of his first three games. Don’t be surprised he chases Clausen for Tony Pike after two quarters.
All your Panthers are a shaky start this week. Even though Tampa’s given up an NFC-worst number of rushing yards per game, the Panthers will likely trot out Mike Goodson as their starter. DeAngelo Williams is definitely out, and Jonathan Stewart and Tyrell Sutton haven’t been regulars at practice.
The Buccaneers would be smart to get the ball to LeGarrette Blount this week against a run defense that has allowed almost 125 yards per contest on the ground.
Josh Freeman, TB: 20-33, 213, 1.4 TD, 1.0 INT, 25 rush yards
Jimmy Clausen, CAR: 18-32, 197 yards, 1.3 TD, 1.8 INT
LeGarrette Blount, TB: 60 yards, 0.4 TD
Mike Goodson, CAR: 65 yards, 0.3 TD, 3 catches, 20 receiving yards
Cadillac Williams, TB: 25 yards, 5 catches, 40 receiving yards, 0.1 TD
Jonathan Stewart, CAR: 35 yards, 0.2 TD, 1 catch, 15 yards
Tyrell Sutton, CAR: 20 yards, 0.1 TD, 1 catch, 5 receiving yards
Earnest Graham, TB: 10 yards, 1 catch, 10 receiving yards
Mike Williiams, TB: 5-80, 0.9 TD
Steve Smith, CAR: 4-45, 0.5 TD
David Gettis, CAR: 3-40, 0.5 TD
Michael Spurlock, TB: 2-30, 0.2 TD
Arrelious Benn, TB: 2-30, 0.1 TD
Brandon LaFell, CAR: 2-25, 0.2 TD
Sammie Stroughter, TB: 2-25
Kellen Winslow, TB: 4-40, 0.1 TD
Donte Rosario, CAR: 2-15
Jeff King, CAR: 2-15
Connor Barth, TB: 1.8 FG, 2.2 XP
John Kasay, CAR: 1.1 FG, 1.9 XP
Buccaneers: 1.9 sacks, 1.8 INT, 0.4 fumble recovery
Panthers: 1.8 sacks, 1.0 INT, 0.3 fumble recovery