After Week 1, the Buccaneers and Panthers appear to be going in opposite directions. Of course the competition they each faced (one of the NFL’s worst teams and a title contender, respectively) might have had something to do with that.
That means we’ve got a bit of a wildcard in this Week 2 fantasy football matchup. They’ll meet in Tennessee, let’s talk about how the game should play out.
Just like last week, 2009 statistics factor in but we have added depth provided by Week 1. Again, this is no perfect model. There are many improvements that could be made but we had relatively good accuracy with it last week despite the flaws. Translation: Use these at your own discretion but they should be pretty darn good.
The Buccaneers are projected to beat the Panthers, who looked pretty bad in Week 1, by a 21-19 score.
Speaking of wild cards (Yes, I’m referring back to the intro, but most of you skipped that stuff in the middle anyway, right?), the Buccaneers showed a little one of their own on Sunday. Michael Spurlock, who for all intents and purposes is the No. 6 receiver in Tampa Bay, was targeted four times. He caught two of them for 49 yards and a score.
Let’s not anoint him anything yet, but take note: He’s only 27 and it’s his third season in the NFL, a point that holds a lot of weight in some fantasy circles. This is not necessarily one of those circles, but take a flier on him in your dynasty league if you have the roster flexibility.
As expected rookie Mike Williams led the way with 9 targets but caught only five for 30 yards and a TD. My money has Chris Gamble blanketing him at least until another player (Spurlock?) emerges as a bigger threat. That’s bad news for whoever catches that break.
Hakeem Nicks, the Giants No. 2 receiver, had a big game against Panthers No. 2 CB Richard Marshall. Marshall wasn’t to blame on all of the TDs, but I’d bet he felt like he gave up all three. Nicks is a special talent. I’m not sure the Buccaneers will push Marshall so hard, but it will still be a good day to be the Buccaneers receiver not being covered by Gamble.
Meanwhile, Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams both project to have good days. Smith’s performance, however, could be affected greatly by Matt Moore’s concussion. Not that Moore was really any good last week, but if we get Jimmy Clausen in Week 2, a rookie QB is a rookie QB.
Smith should have a 100-yard performance this week giving some of you performances bonuses, but we’re not going to give it to him because of the uncertainty at QB.
Josh Freeman, TB: 18-30, 205, 2 TD, INT, 10 rush yards
Jimmy Clausen, CAR: 18-33, 200 yards, TD, 2 INT
DeAngelo Williams, CAR: 95, TD, 1 catch, 20 yards
Cadillac Williams, TB: 90 yards, TD, 2 catches, 15 yards, fumble
Jonathan Stewart, CAR: 45 yards
Kareem Huggins, TB: 10 yards, 1 catch, 5 receiving yards
Earnest Graham, TB: 10 yards
Mike Goodson, CAR: 5 yards, 2 catches, 15 receiving yards
Steve Smith, CAR: 7-90, TD
Mike Williams, TB: 7-80
Brandon LaFell, CAR: 4-50
Sammie Stroughter, TB: 3-25, TD
Michael Spurlock, TB: 2-30
Dwayne Jarrett, CAR: 3-15
Kellen Winslow, TB: 4-50, TD
Jeff King, CAR: 1-5
Connor Barth, TB: FG, 2 XP
John Kasay, CAR: FG, 2 XP
Panthers: 2 sacks, 2 INT, 1 fumble recovery
Buccaneers: 2 sacks, 2 INT