Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

Height: 6' 4"Weight: 231 lbsAge: 23College: Florida StateDrafted: #1 (1st Rd. by Tampa Bay)

Week 3 Outlook

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Week Rank (ECR) QB #12
Projection 15.3 pts



Winston was efficient in the Buccaneers' Week 2 win over the Bears, but he was far from spectacular, completing 18 of 30 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown. His performance is unlikely to get much better this week in Minnesota against a tough Vikings defense that held Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger to a combined 33 fantasy points. The Vikings are incredibly stingy against opposing QBs, rarely allowing a 300-yard passer, and it's unlikely that Winston will break that trend. In a tough road matchup, he's likely not a start for you outside of two-quarterback leagues.

Minnesota is only 17th against fantasy quarterbacks and they have another tough matchup this week, which makes Winston a viable QB1 this week.

It may look like a weak stat line against the Bears, but Winston wasn't asked to do much in that game as the Bucs were in control by the second quarter. There were two bombs to DeSean Jackson that they just missed connecting on, something that will come as they play together. Winston has a great schedule and has elite pass-catchers at his disposal. He's a QB1.

(4230 yds, 30TD) With the addition of D-Jax, Godwin, and OJ Howard, Winston becomes a QB1, maybe top 5.

Before you get too excited about Winston with all of his shiny new pieces and his untapped potential, I want you to take a look the game log from his final four contests. Four crummy pass defenses and just 49 fantasy points to show for it. The Bucs stopped passing the ball because he was a turnover machine. Sure, he has upside, but with substantial bust risk as well.