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QB Jameis Winston - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-4, 231Born: 1-6-1994College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 2015

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 3): Winston is playing well and probably has made it out of in-game benching danger for at least a game. He's not a preferred streamer because of a tough remaining schedule, but he could be a solid high floor QB2/Superflex.

Week 14: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Good matchup. Perhaps losing his job (briefly) to Ryan Fitzpatrick has lit an adequate fire under Jameis Winston. Since stepping back under center in Week 11, the typically erratic Winston has completed 73% of his throws at a dazzling 9.1 yards per attempt, with 6 touchdowns over 10 quarters. He's been turnover-free for the last two weeks and looks to have more confidence and control of the offense than ever before. Even as he runs for his life behind the Buccaneers' patchwork line, he's hitting on throws both underneath and downfield, and avoiding the head-scratchers that have always plagued him. It helps, of course, that he throws to such a bevy of dynamic downfield receivers. Mike Evans is averaging a career-best 17.0 yards per catch, while Chris Godwin and DeSean Jackson have combined for 119 a game on the year. Jackson sat last week, allowing Godwin to produce his second 100-yard day, and looks to be on the wrong side of questionable for Sunday. It's also worth noting that slot specialist Adam Humphries has now caught a touchdown from Winston in 3 straight games, averaging 5.3 catches and 58 yards in the process. The New Orleans pass defense has turned itself around somewhat after an awful start to the year. The pass rush, led by All-Pro Cameron Jordan, is growing powerful, and Marshon Lattimore is re-emerging as a shutdown star at cornerback. Still, last Thursday showcased the issues they do have, which can be back-breaking. Dak Prescott beat them both short and deep, completing 24 of his 28 throws, and the Dallas receivers ran wild through the Saints' inconsistent secondary. Cornerback Eli Apple was victimized worst of all, allowing Cowboys rookie Michael Gallup to burn him on two deep balls (one was misfired and fell incomplete). Apple is talented but remains shaky in coverage, and with Lattimore on the other side, he's a prime candidate to be picked on week after week. Altogether, this is an aggressive unit that can make things difficult for quarterbacks, but also lose its gambles and give up a lot of big completions. Lattimore, Apple, and struggling slot cornerback P.J. Williams will need to control themselves against the Buccaneers' downfield threats.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at NYG 30 12 16 199 2 1 5 16 0 0 17.55
12 vs SF 73 29 38 312 2 0 7 24 0 0 26
13 vs CAR 65 20 30 249 2 0 5 48 0 0 25.25
14 vs NO 0 18 38 213 2 1 5 47 0 0 22.35
14 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 27 39 * * * 5 * * * *
14 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 25 39 * * * 6 * * * *
14 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 21 31 * * * 6 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Jameis Winston's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 13 vs CAR (20 / 30 / 249 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 48 / 0 rush)

Winston did not turn the ball over for the second week in a row while finding the end zone twice. He led the offense to the end zone on the opening drive, completing several passes to Adam Humphries, including a short touchdown pass to cap the drive. Winston scrambled to the left while Humphries ran a shallow crossing route from the other side of the formation on the score. Winston found Chris Godwin for his second touchdown at the end of the 1st half. Winston once again scrambled out of the pocket in the face of pressure and found Godwin with a jump ball in the back right corner of the end zone. Winston's longest play of the day was a 48 yard connection to Godwin on a deep post route. Winston spread the ball around with 9 targets to Humphries and 6 each to Evans, Godwin, and Brate. Winston also led the team in rushing with 48 yards. He pulled the ball down and ran for 18 yards in the 1st quarter, taking it down to the Carolina 6 yard line. Winston had a 17 yard scramble early in the 4th quarter. He was sacked four times, including two big sacks on consecutive plays late in the 2nd quarter.

2018 Week 12 vs SF (29 / 38 / 312 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 24 / 0 rush)

Winston turned in one of his most solid performances of the year. Though he wasn't always spectacular, Winston was careful with the football, taking what the defense gave him and not trying to do too much every play. He did not commit any turnovers and only took one sack for an 8 yard loss. Winston's biggest play of the day was an early 1st quarter bomb to Mike Evans down the right sideline that picked up 42 yards. Later in the first, Winston scrambled right on his first touchdown pass to buy time for Cameron Brate, who worked his way open in the back of the end zone. Winston found Adam Humphries for his second touchdown in the 4th quarter. Humphries lined up in the right slot and worked his way open in the middle of the field. Winston scrambled right to buy time and did a great job finding the open Humphries, who had room to run between defenders for a 28 yard touchdown. Winston picked up a 1st down with a 15 yard scramble in the 2nd quarter. He totaled 24 yards rushing on the day.

2018 Week 11 vs NYG (12 / 16 / 199 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 16 / 0 rush)

Winston entered the game in the 3rd quarter after Ryan Fitzpatrick's third interception and really did his best to get in on the turnover party. He led the offense into the New York red zone and attempted to run around left end, but showed awful ball security while fumbling into the end zone, where Mike Evans fortunately recovered for a touchdown. Winston made an ill advised throw into traffic halfway through the 4th, but was lucky to see it hit the ground after bouncing off the hands of no less than 4 defenders. He was again fortunate to see a poorly thrown pass to Adam Humphries bounce off two different defender's hands later in the same drive. Winston's best play of the day was a glorious 41 yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans with just over 2 minutes left in the game. Winston took a shotgun snap and Evans, alone on the left side of the formation, burned his cornerback and made a nice over the shoulder catch on the score. Winston also found Adam Humphries for an 8 yard touchdown on a slant late in the 4th quarter, threading the needle between 2 defenders. Winston aired out an early Hail Mary for Desean Jackson with 15 seconds left, and was intercepted to seal the game.

2018 Week 8 vs CIN (18 / 35 / 276 / 1 / 4 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)

Winston was horrible with his accuracy and decision-making in the face of pressure. His offensive line wasn't helping him much as he was constantly scrambling, but Winston insisted on forcing plays and making questionable decisions instead of just taking the loss on some plays. Make no mistake, he was lucky to get away with just 4 interceptions. He threw at least 3 more passes that bounced off defender's hands in just over 2 quarters of play. Winston's first interception killed the Bucs' opening offensive drive of the game. He was looking for Evans on a skinny post near the end zone, but sailed the ball much to high and into the arms of the deep safety. It wasn't his first bad pass of the game, as earlier in the drive Winston had bounced a pass off a defender's chest while looking for Humphries. Winston, retreating under pressure, made a terrible decision to load up another INT for the Bengals later in the quarter, throwing it right to a linebacker in coverage. Winston's 3rd interception was a horrible throw over the head of a wide-open Cameron Brate that sailed into the arms of the deep safety. The final straw was a pick-six on the next drive, where Winston was looking for Humphries but completely missed a DB in coverage who easily undercut the route and returned the ball 20 yards for a touchdown. Fitzpatrick was called in with a couple of minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter. Winston spent the day on the move, recording 3 official scrambles for 18 yards. The highlight of Winston's passing day was a 60 yard bomb to Desean Jackson right down the middle of the field for a 2nd quarter touchdown with just a few minutes left in the first half.

2018 Week 7 vs CLE (32 / 52 / 365 / 0 / 2 pass, 10 / 55 / 1 rush)

Winston had a wild performance in week 7, turning the ball over twice with interceptions and once with a fumble while attempting 52 pass attempts for 365 with no touchdowns(he did score on a rush). He made plenty of special plays, especially with his feet as he led the anemic Tampa Bay rushing attack with 55 yards on the ground. He pulled the ball down and took off on a 14 yard scramble in the 2nd quarter, his longest run of the day. Winston scored on a 13 yard scramble later in the 2nd quarter, diving deftly between three defenders to cross the goal line. Winston's first interception was a great play by the defender, who stretched out to snag the pass as Winston was looking for Godwin on a skinny post route. He lost the ball at the beginning of the 3rd quarter when DE Myles Garrett hit him as he was loading up a pass. Winston threw another pick well into overtime while looking for Godwin in traffic. Winston frustratingly stared down his receivers on both interceptions. In the end, the Bucs and Browns went back and forth several times in overtime with neither team seeming to want a win. Both teams turned it over before Winston finally hit Godwin for a nice gain and then Desean Jackson on the sideline during the final overtime drive that ended in a game-winning field goal.

2018 Week 6 vs ATL (30 / 41 / 395 / 4 / 2 pass, 5 / 31 / 0 rush)

Winston had a big fantasy day as the Bucs fell behind early and spent the game trading touchdowns with Matt Ryan. Winston wasn't hitting on much downfield, but did manage four short touchdown passes as he worked short and medium routes. Winston capped the Bucs' opening drive off with a touchdown to Cameron Brate. The tight end split out to the left slot and worked his way into the end zone against a linebacker in coverage, where Winston hit him just over the pylon for the score. Winston led another scoring drive at the end of the 1st half, capping it off with a touchdown pass to OJ Howard. The big tight end lined up on the right side of the formation with two other receivers and worked his way across the goal line on a crossing route. Winston found Godwin for an easy touchdown in the 4th quarter, using play action from a goal line set to draw the defense in after several hard runs from Barber on the drive. Winston found Barber for his final touchdown late in the 4th quarter, taking the ball from a shotgun formation while Barber chip blocked and worked his way into the end zone, where he was wide open for an easy reception. Winston's first interception was a poor throw by the quarterback. Desean Jackson had a couple of defenders running with him step for step and Winston launched a deep ball right into the arms of a safety over the top. His second interception was an equally poor decision as Winston launched the ball towards Chris Godwin, who was triple-covered in the back of the end zone. The ball was tipped straight up and Atlanta wound up securing it before it hit the ground. Winston showed off his nimble footwork, scrambling to extend several plays. He faked a handoff and rolled out right to pick up a 3rd and 3 in the 2nd quarter. He took a big hit out of bounds on a 3rd quarter scramble, drawing a flag for a personal foul. Winston finished the day as Tampa's second leading rusher with 31 yards on 5 official carries.

2018 Week 4 vs CHI (16 / 20 / 145 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Winston got the nod in the second half after Fitzpatrick struggled mightily. Winston wasn't much better as Kalil Mack and the Chicago D kept him scrambling for his life on most plays. Winston did complete an impressive 80% of his passes, but his yards per completion were pretty abysmal. Winston completed his first three pass attempts for short gains to Humphries, including a short completion to convert 4th and 1 from midfield. After two more completions to Evans and Humphries, Winston's pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage by Khalil Mack and intercepted by Danny Trevathan. Winston had a nice 7 yard scramble to pick up a 1st down in the 3rd quarter. He found Brate in the end zone early in the 4th quarter, capping a lengthy drive that saw short completions to Evans, Jackson, and Humphries. Winston ended the game on an ugly note, dropping back with less than 2 minutes left and throwing the ball right into the breadbasket of a waiting defender who had dropped back into zone coverage. The Bucs have announced that Winston will start in week 6 after their week 5 bye.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Jameis Winston tosses two TDs (Sun Dec 9, 07:49 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed 18-of-38 passes for 213 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the Week 14 game against the New Orleans Saints and he led the team with 47 rushing yards.

Our View: Winston got off to a great start in this game as a runner and passer, but hurt his knee and didn't look the same in the second half. He and the Bucs passing game ceiling will be a lot lower next week against the Ravens.
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Buccaneers | Jameis Winston stays in game (Sun Dec 9, 03:23 PM) - Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (knee) was able to remain in the Week 14 game after having his knee examined.

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Buccaneers | Jameis Winston having knee examined (Sun Dec 9, 02:36 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (knee) is having his knee checked out in the locker room at halftime after one of his offensive linemen fell into his legs after he threw a touchdown pass late in the second quarter Sunday, Dec. 9.

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Buccaneers | Jameis Winston solid in home win (Sun Dec 2, 04:43 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed 20-of-30 passes for 249 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 13 win against the Carolina Panthers and he led the team with 48 rushing yards.

Our View: Winston played mistake free football and contributed as a runner. If Cam Newton hadn't made so many mistake, he might have been forced to do more through the air, so this was really a floor game for him. Tampa faces a Saints defense next week that was very different when Ryan Fitzpatrick hung 48 on them in Week 1.
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