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Fantasy Impact: Jameis Winston Suspended 3 Games

Jameis Winston Fantasy

On Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Buccaneers Quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended three games for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy. However, Schefter said the league “still has not notified Winston of its official decision,” and “the circumstances surrounding it still could lead to an increase or decrease of the three games.” The ban is the result of Winston’s alleged March 2016 groping of an Uber driver. He was not charged with a crime in the incident.

The Buc’s already had one of the tougher opening schedules in 2018, taking on the Saints, Eagles, and Steelers in September. All 2017 playoff teams. The Game against the Steelers is a Monday Night Football home game for Tampa, making what could be an ugly start to the season a primetime event putting an amplified spotlight on Jameis Winston.

Week Matchup Time
Sunday 1pm (ET)
Sunday 1pm (ET)
Monday 8:15pm (ET)

Despite my best effort to get a rumor going on Twitter for a possible trade, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will likely turn to veteran gunslinger Ryan Fitzpatrick for the three games of Winston’s suspension. Fitzpatrick played in six games last season throwing for 1,103 yards (183.8 per game), 7 TDs and 3 interceptions. Fitzpatrick is 35-years-0ld, yet is a proven journeyman and has a very underrated statistical career resume.

At this point, it’s a requirement for me (and all sports writers) to mention that Ryan Fitzpatrick attended Harvard and that he holds one of the highest ever Wonderlic scores in the history of the league.

Fantasy Impact

Pending any changes to Jameis Winston’s suspension, three games is enough to create a ripple effect to the fantasy stock of stud wide receiver Mike Evans. Fitzpatrick did play with Evans last season, in four of the teams eight away games in 2017. However, as you can see from the stats, the chemistry was good between the two players.

Mike Evans Stats with Fitzpatrick  in 2017
Week Matchup Rec Yards AVG TD
3 95 31.7 1
1 13 13 0
5 92 18.4 0
6 78 13 0

Remember, Evans only had four touchdowns on the season so despite the modest numbers, the small sample size with Fitzpatrick under center, isn’t half bad.

While this should push Mike Evans further down the board regarding Fantasy Football average draft position, one has to wonder how far he will slip, and whereabouts you’re willing to gamble on drafting him as he enters a value position.

With the passing game taking a hit, the Buc’s may decide to lean more on the rushing attack early in the season. In was reported that rookie running back Ronald Jones could see 15 to 20 touches a game. That report should remain strong for September as the Bucs may need there running game to pick up the slack in Winston’s absence.

As of now, expect Buc players to slip in BestBall Leagues. We will have a follow-up article with a deeper look into where Buc players have shifted in fantasy ADP.

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