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TE Alan Cross - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-1, 235Born: 5-2-1993College: MemphisDrafted: ---

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Week 15: at Baltimore Ravens

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Jameis Winston continues to be one of the NFL's most volatile passers. At his best, Winston is a true playmaker, with the aggressive mindset and cannon arm to make big things happen downfield. But at his worst, he's a poor decision-maker and an erratic thrower, missing far too many targets and handing the ball over often. Last week showcased both extremes: Winston started hot, but fell apart down the stretch and posted a truly awful second half. He ended the day just 18 of 38 for 213 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. There have definitely been positives during Winston's most recent return from the bench. He's taking fewer sacks than he used to, and putting the ball in harm's way noticeably less. And with such a deep and talented receiving corps, he always boasts blowup potential, regardless of matchup. Still, he's far too up-and-down to trust as a rock-solid fantasy QB1. The receivers, however, are always smart plays. Mike Evans is enjoying the best season of his brilliant young career, averaging 17.2 yards per catch and 93 per game. He can be frustrated by heavy defensive attention but is dynamite when targeted. Chris Godwin disappeared last week in place of DeSean Jackson but has topped 100 yards twice over the last 5 weeks. But it's tight end Cameron Brate who enjoys the biggest fantasy bump of all with Winston under center. The two have long had an underrated connection, particularly near the goal line. Over 48 career games with Winston, Brate has averaged 35 yards and scored 22 times, good for a dazzling 15% touchdown rate. The Baltimore pass defense remains the league's most dominant and deserves a pass for last week's showing. There's little shame in allowing big yardage to Patrick Mahomes, and they've shut down virtually everyone else over the last two months. Prior to last Sunday, they'd allowed only one opposing passer (Ben Roethlisberger) to top 220 yards dating all the way back to Week 5. Even Mahomes looked rattled and struggled to move the ball in the second half Sunday. The Ravens boast a strong, diverse pass rush that can both bend the edge and collapse the pocket from the inside, which makes life difficult for all types of passers. And the secondary is stacked with talent: cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Marlon Humphrey have excelled all year, minimizing Jimmy Smith's struggles upon returning to the field. That duo is a huge reason the Ravens have only allowed one 100-yard receiver all year (Tyreek Hill last week). This is the closest the NFL currently has to a shutdown pass defense, and Jameis Winston will have plenty of landmines to navigate Sunday. The aggressive Ravens will look to blanket his downfield receivers and tee off on every erratic throw he puts up.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at NYG 5 0 0 0 0 0
12 vs SF 15 0 0 0 0 0
13 vs CAR 15 1 3 0 0 0.3
14 vs NO 9 0 0 0 0 0
15 at BAL 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 at BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 13 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Cross worked as a blocking back and backup tight end. He picked up a few yards on his only target early in the 2nd half.

2018 Week 7 vs CLE (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Cross had a short reception out of the backfield from the fullback position on a play action pass in the 3rd quarter to convert 4th and 1.


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