TE Garrett Griffin - New Orleans Saints

6-4, 240Born: 3-4-1994College: Air ForceDrafted: ---

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Week 11: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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FBG says: Great matchup. In two games back from injury, Drew Brees has run the gamut with a dazzling Week 8 and a dud in last Sunday's stunning loss. Brees carved up the Cardinals for 373 yards and 3 scores, but managed just 6.4 touchdown-less yards per attempt against the Falcons' pitiful secondary. Overall, it's probably more fair to give the future Hall of Famer the benefit of the doubt and call last week's hiccup a fluke. He was uncharacteristically pressured in the pocket Sunday, taking sacks and failing to hit on much down the field. Brees draws another attractive matchup in Week 11, taking on the Buccaneers' weak pass defense. If his line can regroup and keep Shaquil Barrett out of the pocket, he should have plenty of time to let Michael Thomas work through the secondary and produce. Thomas continues to bully all comers, posting 89+ yards in 8 of 9 games thus far. Boasting an 84% catch rate over the past 2 seasons, he's the most dependable WR1 in all of fantasy. The rest of the wideouts are situational threats only, but perhaps Jared Cook will stay more involved after a Week 10 breakout (74 yards on 10 targets). Altogether, Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and Cook will likely account for at least 65-70% of the opportunity in this offense, and they could hardly ask for a more permissive matchup. All three project to find success in this fantastic bounce-back spot. The Buccaneers continue to field one of football's weaker pass defenses. They're giving up 7.7 yards per attempt and 316 per game, with 7 opponents throwing multiple touchdowns. At least they took a proactive step this week in waiving former first-round bust Vernon Hargreaves. The embattled cornerback had been shuffled around the lineup but never became even a passable cover man, and he'd been benched for loafing in Week 10. Rookie Jamel Dean will move into his full-time role, and he's been a mixed bag in limited action. Slot cornerback M.J. Stewart remains a major liability, and the outside men took turns giving up huge downfield completions last week. Even prized rookie Devin White got in on the catastrophe; on a routine third-quarter crossing route, he broke up an easy teammate tackle to help spring a 55-yard play. With holes all over this secondary, and a pass rush that's trending downward, this remains a thoroughly beatable unit. Drew Brees has often found success in this matchup, and he's in a fantastic bounce-back spot Sunday.

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Schedule

11@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12vs Carolina Panthers
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14vs San Francisco 49ers
15vs Indianapolis Colts
16@ Tennessee Titans
17@ Carolina Panthers