Daily Dr. Roto: Thursday Night Matchup

Dr. Roto looks at the best and worst DFS plays in Thursday Night's matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers!

Daily Dr. Roto — November 3, 2016

Thursday Night Matchup

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan — Tampa Bay let up 513 yards to Derek Carr last week, so there is a great chance that the Falcons watched the film and had decided to air it out on Thursday. Ryan should shred this defense to the tune of 340 yards and three TDs.

Devonta Freeman — Coleman is out once again, and Freeman will get all the work he can handle. The Bucs have a pretty stiff run defense, so look for most of Freeman’s points to come from receptions out of the backfield.

Terron Ward — If you play in a standard league and are in a tough spot due to BYE weeks, Ward could get a goal line carry and possibly score.

Julio Jones Roto — Look for a bounce back this week from Jones who was a huge disappointment to Fantasy owners in Week 8. Neither Tampa Bay CB can handle Jones’ size or speed. He should be a lock for 140 yards and at least one TD.

Mohamed Sanu — Sanu was the beneficiary of the Packers double-teaming Jones last week. The Bucs play a lot of zone defense, so this could be more of a Jones’ week than a Sanu breakout.

Austin Hooper — Hooper is going to get the start at TE, and I like him as a potential sleeper (especially by the goal line). It’s going to take him some time to gel with Ryan, but he will be a fixture in the lineup in the not too distant future.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston — Winston is one of the streakiest passers in the game and recently it seems as if HC Dirk Koetter has lost some faith in his decision-making. With Rodgers and Martin both out, it seems logical that Winston will throw the ball more than usual. My prediction is 260 yards and two TDs.

Antone Smith — Smith is super-fast (4.33 in the 40), and he is very familiar with Koetter’s offense from his days playing in Atlanta. My expectation is that he gets the bulk of the carries within the 20s but gets taken out in the red zone. Look for about 80 total yards from scrimmage yards with a chance for more if he can break a big play.

Peyton Barber — It appears that Smith and not Barber will get the bulk of the carries, but if Barber can break a few runs, he can certainly become the “hot hand” and get more involved. I like him way more in standard leagues than PPR leagues due to his size and running style.

Mike Evans — Evans is going to see a ton of CB Desmond Trufant tomorrow, but it shouldn’t matter too much as he has a significant size advantage. Winston will look his way for at least a dozen targets too. I like Evans tomorrow, but I don’t think he has a huge game.

Adam Humphries — With Russell Shepard out, look for Humphries to step up and be the WR2. At one point this season Humphries was catching a ton of passes in the slot until the team seemed to abandon that play call. Humphries will need to have a big role tomorrow if the Bucs are going to win and I think he is the potential surprise performer in the game.

Cameron Brate — Brate has not been so great recently, but he is always a threat in the red zone, and the Falcons are pretty horrible vs. the TE. I like him to score on Thursday.


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