2010 Week 5 fantasy football preview with projections: Buccaneers at Bengals

Is Terrell Owens back? Will the Buccaneers rotate in three backs, including preseason star Kareem Huggins?

Nobody knows what’s going to happen when reeling Tampa Bay meets reeling Cincinnati, but we’re going to guess anyway. Projections and such below.

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The Bengals are predicted to bounce back from their loss against Cleveland with a 21.8-17.3 victory.

Matchups

Carson Palmer projects to throw 1.6 touchdowns. Tampa Bay gave up three to Charlie Batch two weeks ago (the Bucs were on bye Week 4) and the Bengals threw two last week. Let’s give Palmer that second TD.

We’re also going to give him an interception. Last time we saw the Buccaneers Aqib Talib was getting his second pick in as many contests. The Buccaneers defense has two picks in all three games this season and has forced eight total turnovers.

Similarly, the Bengals defense has forced nine turnovers (in one more game) but had four interceptions in one game and recovered three fumbles in another. Expect each team to fumble at least once.

Neither team is a particularly good matchup for quarterbacks, but Tampa Bay has a slight disadvantage against receivers (Mike Wallace caught two 40+ TD passes in the loss to the Steelers). It’ll be interesting if Terrell Owens keeps that shine from his 222-yarder, or if Chad Ochocinco takes back his star.

Projections

Quarterbacks

Carson Palmer, CIN: 19-33, 239 yards, TD, INT, 5 rush yards

Josh Freeman, TB: 19-33, 204 yards, TD, INT, 20 rush yards

Running backs

Cedric Benson, CIN: 95 yards, 1 catch, 5 receiving yards

Cadillac Williams, TB: 35 yards, TD, 3 catches, 20 receiving yards, TD

Kareem Huggins, TB: 25 yards, 1 catch, 10 receiving yards

LeGarrett Blount, TB: 25 yards

Bernard Scott, CIN: 20 yards, 1 catch, 5 receiving yards

Earnest Graham, TB: 2 catches, 10 receiving yards

Brian Leonard, CIN: 5 yards

Wide receivers

Chad Ochocinco, CIN: 6-85, TD

Terrell Owens, CIN: 4-65

Mike Williams, TB: 5-50

Sammie Stroughter, TB: 3-25

Andre Caldwell, CIN: 3-20

Michael Spurlock, TB: 1-20

Arrelious Benn, TB: 1-15

Jordan Shipley, CIN (Concussion): 1-15

Tight ends

Kellen Winslow, TB: 5-60, TD

Jermaine Gresham, CIN: 5-45

Kickers

Mike Nugent, CIN: FG, 2 XP

Connor Barth, TB; FG, 2 XP

Defenses

Bengals: 2 sacks, INT, fumble

Buccaneers: sack, INT, fumble

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