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 Nov 11): Winston has played more than well enough for the Bucs to stay with him going forward despite some disaster games and moments this year. The Saints defense is looking mortal and up this week, and the remaining schedule is very manageable against the pass. There might be some shaky stretches, but Winston is a solid QB1 for fantasy going forward.

Week 11: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. By now, those playing Jameis Winston in fantasy have to be used to his volatility. They're happy and confident with his volume (39 attempts per game) and big-play tendencies (13.0 yards per completion), but they also know he's a weekly candidate to collapse into a mess of turnovers and missed opportunities. He's sporting a high 3.9% interception rate, and he's had even more dropped by opposing defenses. Luckily, he teams with one of football's most imposing and dynamic groups of receivers. Mike Evans remains a walking mismatch, dominating down the field en route to 17.1 yards per catch. He's averaged 103 per game, the best of his scintillating 6-year career, and has already topped 180 three times. Evans was held catch-less in this matchup back in Week 5, but if he doesn't have to deal with Marshon Lattimore Sunday, he'll project through the roof. When opponents do move their attention to him, Chris Godwin absolutely excels in the slot. Godwin has drawn 8+ targets in 7 of 9 games thus far, and he's averaging 93 of his own. Even forgotten man O.J. Howard got in on the party last week, turning a season-high 7 looks into 47 yards and a touchdown. This passing game is so electric that it succeeds even when Winston is off his game, and the receivers are weekly fantasy studs. For his part, Winston yo-yos from erratic to explosive as much as anyone, but always has volume and deep-ball opportunity on his side. The Saints pass defense has been one of the league's best over the past 6 weeks, allowing just 207 yards per game and 6 touchdowns. Over that span, they've held a handful of strong passers - including this week's opponent, Jameis Winston - to near-season lows. But it's fair to wonder how they'll show without shutdown cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who's week-to-week with a hamstring injury. Lattimore was the driving force in stifling Mike Evans (catchless on three targets) back in Week 5, as well as the likes of Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, and D.J. Chark. Eli Apple has been strong across the field, but now P.J. Williams will be put on the spot, and he's been one of football's weakest cover men for most of the past two seasons. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson will likely move into the slot, where faces a daunting welcome from Chris Godwin. At least they can count on dynamic help coverage from free safety Marcus Williams, who's developed into an explosive playmaker on the ball. And their job is made easier by a top-tier pass rush, currently fourth league-wide in pressure rate. But overall, the one-on-one matchups take a big hit without Lattimore, which keeps both Evans and Godwin in firm WR1 consideration.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at TEN 83 21 43 301 2 2 8 53 0 2 23.35
9 at SEA 79 29 44 335 2 0 2 8 0 1 24.55
10 vs ARI 85 30 48 358 1 2 3 40 0 0 22.9
11 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 24 38 * * * 3 * * * *
11 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 24 39 * * * 3 * * * *
11 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 24 34 * * * 3 * * * *

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

2019 Week 10 vs ARI (30 / 48 / 358 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 40 / 0 rush)

Winston had an up and down day as he finished with 358 yards and one touchdown, along with two interceptions. He looked rough on the opening drive, taking a sack before throwing an interception while trying to force the ball to a tightly covered Chris Godwin. Winston and the offense found the end zone on the next drive, with Winston completing two big passes to Ronald Jones as well as a deep ball to Evans. Jones capped the drive with a touchdown run. Winston and the offense got a chance to run the hurry up offense when they got the ball back with a a minute left in the half. Winston overthrew Breshad Perriman, who had his defender beat on a deep ball, but then found OJ Howard with a risky throw up the seam into double coverage, setting the Bucs up in the red zone. Winston capped the drive with a touchdown pass to Howard on the next play, as Arizona's secondary seemed to botch their coverage, leaving Howard wide open. Winston threw a terrible INT while trying to force the ball to Godwin on a curl route in the 3rd. A defender tipped the pass up where it was picked off. Winston got bailed out on this one, as Tampa Bay's defense forced a fumble on Arizona's ensuing drive. Winston and the offense led a game-winning drive with less than a minute, picking up significant yardage with two pass interference penalties that Mike Evans drew. The second flag was thrown in the end zone, setting the Bucs up for a 1 yard touchdown run by Peyton Barber. Winston nearly led the team in rushing as he picked up 40 yards rushing on the day, with a magnificent 26 yard gallup that converted 3rd and long in the 3rd quarter.

2019 Week 9 vs SEA (29 / 44 / 335 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)

Winston had a good day on the stat sheet as he attempted a whopping 44 passes, good for two touchdowns with no interceptions. He was locked in on Mike Evans again this week, peppering the big receiver with 16 targets to the tune of 180 yards and a score. Winston got a lucky break on his first touchdown pass, as it probably should have been intercepted in the end zone. Winston tried to force the ball in to Mike Evans, but a defender deflected it up instead of catching it before Breshad Perriman snagged it for the touchdown. Winston's scrambled away from pressure and bought time while Mike Evans worked his way open in the back of the end zone in the 2nd quarter for a 6 yard touchdown. Winston scored again on a magnificent 20 yard scramble in the 3rd quarter that was unfortunately called back for a holding penalty. Winston lost a costly fumble on a sack in the 4th quarter, setting Seattle up in the Tampa Bay red zone for an easy score that put the Bucs in the hole late. Winston led the offense on a game-tying drive at the end of the 4th, hitting Jones and Evans for nice gains and converting 4th and 5 with a scramble. He nearly capped the drive with a touchdown to Evans, who was dragged down inches short after catching a slant route. Dare Ogunbowale took the ball in from the one yard line to tie the game on the next snap. The Bucs offense didn't get a chance in overtime as Seattle put together a lengthy scoring drive on their first possession.

2019 Week 8 vs TEN (21 / 43 / 301 / 2 / 2 pass, 8 / 53 / 0 rush)

Winston had another mistake-filled performance as he threw two touchdowns, two interceptions, and lost two fumbles. The first turnover shouldn't be held against him as he lost a fumble in the 1st quarter when his center snapped the ball too early. His first interception was a bad throw that sailed over Chris Godwin's head and into the arms of a cornerback sitting in a deep zone. He nearly threw another pick at the start of the next drive, as his pass was batted at the line of scrimmage and was tipped around by no fewer than four defenders before it hit the ground. Winston appeared to throw another interception midway through the second quarter, but an official review determined that the ball hit the ground as the defender was securing the catch. Winston finally led the offense to a touchdown at the end of the 1st half after settling for 3 field goals. He set the score up with a magnificent 46 yard bomb to Mike Evans down the right sideline, then capped the drive with a touchdown pass to Evans on a slant route in the end zone. The pair hooked up for a big gain again on the Bucs' first drive of the 3rd quarter as Winston hit Evans on a deep corner route for a 43 yard gain. Winston capped the drive with a touchdown to Evans a few plays later, tossing the ball over the head of a helpless defender on a back corner fade. Winston was able to connect with Evans for a total of 198 yards and both scores as the Titans attempted to cover Evans without their starting corner Jackson. Winston led the team in rushing yardage as he peeled off several impressive scrambles. He converted two first downs in a row with long runs during a 2nd quarter drive that unfortunately ended in an interception. His longest run of the day was a 20 yard scamper down the left sideline late in the 4th quarter.

2019 Week 6 vs CAR (30 / 54 / 400 / 1 / 5 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Winston piled up yards this week, but was criticized by his coaches for "trying to be Superman" this week, as he consistently tried to force the ball into tight coverage, resulting in five interceptions as well as a lost fumble. Winston wasted no time in this one, dropping back on the first offensive play of the game and throwing an interception while looking for Mike Evans on a quick curl route. Winston telegraphed the pass and a defender jumped the route. Winston's second pick was tipped to a defender by a pass rusher who nearly caught Winston from behind as he got the pass off. Winston lost a fumble on a sack at the end of the first half, only to have the call overturned by an official review, only to lose a fumble on a sack on the very next play. Winston threw an absolute dime to Mike Evans, who had several steps on his defender on a deep ball in the 2nd quarter that would have picked up fifty yards and maybe a touchdown, but the receiver bobbled the pass and fell to the turf trying to secure the ball. Winston managed to find Cameron Brate for a touchdown in the 4th quarter on one of the post routes that they have had so much success with. He followed it up with a two point conversion that took a lucky deflection into the hands of Mike Evans, who made a heads-up play. Winston rolled out right and converted another two points later in the 4th quarter after Dare Ogunbowale scored a short rushing touchdown. Winston was intercepted again late in the 4th quarter while trying to force the ball in to a double covered Chris Godwin. He capped his day with one final interception in the end zone while looking for Mike Evans in the waning seconds of the 4th quarter.

2019 Week 5 vs NO (15 / 27 / 204 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)

Winston looked rough from the start, underthrowing OJ Howard on a deep corner route for what was nearly an interception on the first drive. On the next snap he followed up with an actual interception on what looked to be a route miscommunication with newly promoted receiver Scotty Miller. The Bucs were bailed out by a flag that turned out to be a delay of game penalty, negating the interception. Winston threw another pick while looking for Miller deep in the 3rd quarter, but got bailed out by a holding penalty. He tossed another short pass right into the arms of a Saints defender(who dropped it) in the 3rd quarter while attempting to score from the 2 yard line. Tampa Bay's offensive line struggled to protect Winston, who took a whopping six sacks and several more hits. The Saints were able to take Evans out of the offense game plan, but Winston was able to get a good connection going with Godwin for seven receptions and two touchdowns. The two hooked up on a crossing route from the Saints' 15 yard line at the end of the first quarter, with Godwin crossing behind the linebackers in coverage from the right slot. Winston found him again at the end of the game, with the Bucs trailing by two touchdowns and less than 30 seconds left in the game. Godwin caught a skinny post and broke a couple of tackles on his way to the end zone, but the Bucs couldn't recover the ensuing onside kick attempt.

2019 Week 4 vs LAR (28 / 41 / 385 / 4 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Winston had his best game of the year in a tough matchup with the Rams. He and Godwin were particularly hot this week, hooking up on 12 of 14 targets for two touchdowns. Winston set the Bucs' first touchdown up with a deep post route to Godwin that the receiver took down to the four yard line, two plays before Peyton Barber punched it in with a short run. Winston and Godwin hooked up again in the second quarter on a post route that Godwin took to the 3 yard line. Winston narrowly missed Evans on a corner route before hitting Godwin on an out route for Winston's first touchdown of the day. Winston and Godwin connected for a score again on the next drive, capitalizing on great field position after Lavonte David returned an interception to the Rams' 9 yard line. Winston hit Godwin on a bubble screen behind the line of scrimmage, and the receiver did all the work from there, darting up the sideline and blasting a tackler on his way past the front pylon. Winston found Cameron Brate at the end of the 3rd quarter on one of the seam routes that the two of them have had so much success connecting on. Winston saved his biggest play of the day for the 4th quarter, hitting a wide open Mike Evans with a beautiful deep ball for a 67 yard score. Winston threw an ugly pick six late in the 4th quarter, looking for Bobo Wilson on a deep comeback down the left sideline that could have been a miscommunication with the young receiver. A defender saw the pass coming and jumped the route, returning it 32 yards for a score.

2019 Week 3 vs NYG (23 / 37 / 380 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)

Winston and Mike Evans took advantage of a mismatch and abused corner Janoris Jenkins all day, racking up three touchdowns in the first quarter. It was also encouraging to see Winston taking some deep shots to OJ Howard, who narrowly missed a couple of passes that would have really bolstered his day. Winston threw a beautiful corner route to Evans, who burned Janoris Jenkins for the first touchdown of the day on the opening drive. The two scored again before the end of the quarter when Winston hit Evans with a nifty bubble screen from New York's three yard line. The two picked right back up on the next drive when Winston dropped a 55 yard bomb to Evans on a deep ball right down the middle of the field. Winston capped the first half off with a beautiful execution of the two minute offense, finding Mike Evans on a deep post route for their third touchdown connection of the day. Winston and Evans hooked up one more time for a 44 yard bomb that set the Bucs up for a game-winning field goal attempt at the end of the 4th. Winston was intercepted once in the fourth quarter on a typical goofball pass that we've seen from him before.

2019 Week 2 vs CAR (16 / 25 / 208 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)

Winston improved vastly over his week 1 performance, as the offensive line did a much better job in pass protection and the run game. Winston and Evans nearly hooked up on an over-the-shoulder fade in the end zone in the 1st quarter, but Evans couldn't quite reel it in against tight coverage. The two did connect on a 41 yard deep ball down the left sideline later in the 2nd quarter, with Winston capping the drive with a wide-open post route to Godwin for a touchdown. Winston should have been intercepted on an underthrown crossing route to Perriman in the 3rd quarter, but LB Kuechly let the ball fall to the turf after hitting him squarely in the hands. Winston missed two scores late in the third as Mike Evans stumbled on a well thrown corner route, and Perriman couldn't quite get under a post route that Winston had chucked into the end zone.

2019 Week 1 vs SF (20 / 36 / 194 / 1 / 3 pass, 5 / 13 / 0 rush)

Winston made a plethora of bad decisions with the football as San Francisco whipped Tampa Bay's offensive line. Winston should have been intercepted midway through the first quarter as he lobbed a weak pass right into the arms of a linebacker who just refused to catch the ball. He got careless and had the ball slapped out of his hand as he was preparing to pass in the 1st, but a Tampa Bay lineman recovered in the Bucs' backfield. Winston did extend some plays with his feet, including a nice completion to Mike Evans in the 1st quarter that turned a would-be sack into a third down conversion. Winston connected with Cameron Brate for an 18 yard touchdown on a well-executed tight end screen in the 1st, but the play was called back for a holding penalty on the offensive line. Winston found Brate again later in the back of the end zone, but once again the play was nullified by a holding penalty on Demar Dotson. Winston finally officially found the end zone in the third quarter, faking a play action and rolling right to extend the play, where he eventually found Chris Godwin working his way open in the end zone. Winston led the Bucs into San Francisco's red zone in the second quarter, but OJ Howard killed the drive by losing a fumble inside the red zone. Howard also missed another pass before halftime that he deflected up into the air and the waiting arms of a San Fran defender. Winston opened the second half up by fumbling a snap and taking a sack as he fell on the ball in the third quarter. Winston made a dreadful throw in the next play, overthrowing RB Peyton Barber, who had split out wide right for a short slant route. The ball sailed to corner Richard Sherman, who returned the pass for a touchdown. Coach Bruce Arians later blamed the play on Barber's route running, but it was a really bad look from Winston. Winston and the offense got the ball back with a 6 point deficit and just over two minutes left in the 4th quarter, but Winston threw a careless interception in the face of heavy pressure on the first play of the drive, sealing the ballgame in San Francisco's favor.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Jameis Winston passes for 358 yards, TD (Sun Nov 10, 08:31 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed 30-of-48 passes for 358 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Week 10 against the Arizona Cardinals and he rushed for 40 yards.

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Buccaneers | Jameis Winston has a field day in Seattle (Mon Nov 4, 12:16 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston went 29-of-44 for 335 yards and two touchdowns in Week 9 against the Seattle Seahawks. Winston also ran twice for eight more yards and fumbled once.

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