Week 8 kicks off tonight when the Carolina Panthers travel to Tampa to meet the free-falling Buccaneers. While both teams are having less than impressive seasons, there are still plenty of fantasy points at stake.
DeAngelo Williams- While the running back situation has been disappointing so far this season, Jonathan Stewart is getting closer to his return. The Panthers will be more than happy to slide DeAngelo Williams into a backup role. Unfortunately for Carolina, they will have to stick with Williams Thursday night against the Bucs, who possess the fifth best rush defense in the league. They have allowed an average of just 88.8 yards per game on the ground so far this season. Sit DeAngelo Williams against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mike Williams- Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ wide receiver Mike Williams is a must sit against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night. With rookie quarterback Mike Glennon under center, a majority of the passes will be thrown to Vincent Jackson.
Furthermore, Williams is still battling a hamstring injury that forced him out of the team’s Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. To make things worse, the Carolina Panthers have the league’s fifth best pass defense, allowing just 219.9 yards per game through the air.
Vincent Jackson- During the Bucs’ Week 7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Vincent Jackson was targeted 22 times. Those 22 targets ended up being exactly half of all of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon’s pass attempts. Jackson has clearly, with no surprise, become Glennon’s favorite target and will continue to have the opportunity to put up big fantasy numbers. Vincent Jackson is a must start.
Greg Olsen- With Steve Smith likely to be facing off against Darrelle Revis this week, look for Cam Newton to utilize his big 6’5” tight end more in the passing game. The Buccaneers pass defense has definitely improved from last season, but still ranks 18th in the NFL. Olsen has been battling a foot injury as of late, but he has been a full participant in practice this week and appears to be healthy.