WR Chas Gessner - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|6-5, 215||Born: 8-17-1981||College: Brown||Drafted: ---|
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Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons - $
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FBG says: Good matchup. One of the most consistent things in today's NFL is the inconsistency of Jameis Winston. Still, the fantasy world loves him for his volume and big-play dynamism. Winston is unafraid to force the ball downfield into tight (or even triple) coverage. He's topped 300 yards in 5 straight games (7 of 10 overall), and he's thrown multiple touchdowns 6 times. That gunslinging mentality bites him often, but it booms plenty with such a talented receiving corps at his disposal. Mike Evans disappointed last week against the Saints, who lacked top cornerback Marshon Lattimore. But he's also among the most imposing matchups in NFL history, and a weekly threat to win fantasy contests on his own. He's topped 180 yards 3 times this season, and he's cleared 60 in 8 of his last 9 games. That makes for arguably the game's best ceiling/floor combination. Chris Godwin has cooled off from his torrid early-season pace, though he's now produced 60+ yards and/or a touchdown in 8 of 10 games. Winston spread the ball around quite a bit last Sunday, with the likes of Cameron Brate (14 targets) and Scott Miller (6) joining the mix. The only real faller right now is O.J. Howard, who has battled consistency and coach Bruce Arians all season and was benched after a Week 11 drop. Overall, by a mile, Evans and Godwin boast the best week-to-week outlooks. Both are strong enough to win matchups with sheer physicality, and both can excel even when Winston is imploding.
The Falcons defense has made great in-season strides against the run, but remains a weak matchup through the air. They've now allowed 300+ yards to 5 of their 10 opponents, and some of the others had their volume hampered by blowout wins. That said, they've at least been more active and impactful of late, coming fresh off big back-to-back performances (nine sacks, four interceptions, zero touchdowns allowed). Down rusher Grady Jarrett remains a nearly unblockable force pushing the pocket, and cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Isaiah Oliver may have righted their ships with strong performances in coverage. Still, on the whole, this unit has struggled badly for quite some time. It will take a little more shutdown work against better quarterbacking - Drew Brees didn't quite look himself in Week 10 - to move the needle in this matchup. Their undermanned secondary will have its hands full with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Jameis Winston's fearless downfield arm.
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