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Bucs at Bears: Five keys to victory
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Tampa Bay struggled in multiple facets of the game during its loss to Pittsburgh on Monday night. The Buccaneers committed four turnovers Lavonte David Jersey , lost out on a punt return touchdown due to a hold, and allowed Pittsburgh to ice the game with a poor final drive on defense.That being said, the Bucs don’t have any time to hold their heads as they enter a tilt with a Chicago Bears team that boasts one of the top defenses in the NFL. On the other side of the ball, Tampa Bay’s defense may finally be able to find a rhythm against a struggling Bears offense after getting diced up by Ben Roethlisberger last week. Once again, this game will come down to Ryan Fitzpatrick’s performance. Despite a 400+ yard performance a week ago, Fitzpatrick tossed three crucial interceptions in the first half that cost Tampa Bay points. He can’t afford to do that again in week four, or else it might be Jameis Winston time. 1. Limiting turnoversAs previously mentioned, Tampa Bay turned the ball over four times during its loss to Pittsburgh. And though one of the turnovers was an intercepted pass off of a deflection, the Buccaneers have to take better care of the football against Chicago.The Bears have already proven themselves as a team that gets after the football. Chicago is ranked No. 3 in the league with five interceptions and No. 8 with two fumble recoveries. The Bucs have to harp on ball security heading into a battle against the No. 5 ranked defense in the NFL. 2. Slowing down the Chicago pass-rushThe Bears were already good at getting to the quarterback a year ago and they’ve only improved in that area after adding arguably the top pass-rusher in the league. Khalil Mack currently leads the team with four sacks but he’s far from the only threat on this Chicago roster. Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks and linebacker Danny Trevathan both have notched two sacks each while six other players across the roster have at least one sack.On the other side, Tampa Bay’s offense wasn’t very good at protecting Fitzpatrick against Pittsburgh. After allowing just two sacks over the first two games of the season, the Buccaneers gave up three to the Steelers.They’ll have to be more efficient with their blocking against Chicago or the Bears will make it a long day for the Tampa Bay offense. 3. Flustering Mitchell TrubiskyLikewise, a Buccaneers defense that has struggled against the pass has to take advantage of one of the worst offenses in the league. Chicago is ranked No. 26 in total offense and has allowed nine sacks in three games.The Bears have been very bad through the air and they’ll like try to use the run to open up the passing game. Unfortunately for Chicago, Tampa Bay is ranked No. 2 in rushing defense. That’s one of the few areas this defense has looked competent in so far.If the Buccaneers can force the Bears to rely on the pass, they can push Mitchell Trubisky into questionable throws. He’s tossed three interceptions to two touchdowns in three games. Gerald McCoy and Jason Pierre-Paul will be two of the playmakers to watch on the defensive front. It’ll also be interesting to see how Vita Vea plays in his debut. 4. Scoring touchdowns in the red zoneTampa Bay lost by three points in week three to the Steelers. In the loss, the Buccaneers were forced into field goals during two drives that stalled inside Pittsburgh’s ten-yard line. Touchdowns on those possessions could’ve changed the entire dynamic of the game. The first drive was near the end of the first half. The Buccaneers had a first and goal at the five-yard line before a short run and two incomplete passes made them have to settle for a field goal. The second drive might’ve been even more frustrating. Tampa Bay started the second half with the ball and methodically moved downfield, reaching first and goal at the Steelers six-yard line. Once again, the Bucs stalled. A sack and two incomplete passes forced them into another field goal attempt. The final result of the drive? 14 plays for 65 yards that took up a whopping 7:53 of the third quarter and netted just three points. Tampa Bay was 2/5 in the red zone a week ago. That has to change against Chicago.5. Finding more balance on offenseThough the Buccaneers couldn’t really find much rhythm a week ago on the ground due to being behind for most of the game, the matchup with Chicago will give them more of a chance to work out the kinks in the running game. Tampa Bay has averaged just 72.7 yards per game on three yards per carry over the first few weeks of the 2018 season. It would make this offense just that more explosive if the Bucs could find consistency on the ground. It’ll be tough against a Bears defense that has allowed just 65.3 yards per game, but the Buccaneers offensive line should be up for a challenge after struggling to pave holes in the running game through three games. For many fantasy football players, average draft position, or ADP, give a good barometer of when certain players may be picked 鈥?a useful planning tool for draft day.But ADP should be treated as a loose, not rigid, guide to what to fully expect. Every draft is different and ADP doesn’t always fully reflect a player’s true value, as many drafters in the mainstream are not as fully informed as more savvy players. Here are some players who are being overvalued or undervalued based on their current ADP as compiled by FantasyPros in point-per-reception leagues.OVERDRAFTEDJerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco (25th overall): There are very high expectations for McKinnon in a 49ers offense that is stirring a lot of buzz. While he is versatile and fast, McKinnon may not be built for heavy featured-back duty at 5-9 Vita Vea Jersey , 205. He already has a knee injury that will cost him the rest of the preseason, and when Matt Breida returns from a shoulder injury, he may cut into McKinnon’s workload, too. Picking McKinnon early in the third round is not advised, even if you totally miss out on acquiring him.Rex Burkhead, RB, New England (71): Experienced fantasy players know you can never fully trust a New England running back. Word recently came out that Burkhead is trying to play through a minor tear in his knee. Health and workload concerns lead to regular concerns and no upside, so avoid Burkhead this season.Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver (41): The widespread assumption is that Case Keenum is going to revive the Denver passing game and that Thomas’ numbers will rebound accordingly. But Keenum must prove he is no one-year wonder who may revert to looking like a journeyman after leaving Minnesota. The Broncos may also be concerned that Thomas’ best days are behind him, as they drafted Courtland Sutton as their possible next big playmaker.Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams (43): He was a minor disappointment last season in New England, as Cooks only caught 65 balls. Now he is with the Rams, where Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods are already established WR targets, plus Todd Gurley gets a lot of looks, as well. Cooks will still be relevant, but could also be very inconsistent and will be too frustrating for a guy with a fourth-round price tag.Jordan Reed, TE, Washington (87): Fantasy players who still get lured in by Reed should simply stop chasing his 2015 season and the remaining shreds of it from 2016. Reed played in only six games last season, and has missed 16 games over the past three years. That’s a full NFL season, of course. He is much too risky to be the ninth tight end off the board.Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans (63): His ADP is based more on reputation than recent trends that may continue going forward. Last season, the Saints morphed into a team with outstanding RB play and a good defense. Brees no longer had to constantly fling the ball all over the yard as in the past, and look for the same approach in 2018. You’re not going to see 4,800 yards or 31-plus TDs again.UNDERDRAFTEDTarik Cohen, RB Carlton Davis Jersey , Chicago (82): He is going to be one of the true breakout performers of the 2018 season in PPR formats. New head coach Matt Nagy is going to unleash the explosive all-around talent of Cohen in an improving Bears offense. Cohen is a fine value selection who will truly emerge as an upside performer this year.Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay (134): Obviously, most fantasy owners do not buy into Barber as the team’s current starter and expect rookie Ronald Jones to quickly emerge and soar past him. But Barber could hold onto the job for a while, as Jones is having trouble adjusting to the pro game. Barber can be a good flex player for an extensive stretch to open the season.Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets (95): Last year, Anderson averaged nearly 15 yards a catch and scored seven times, despite the Jets dealing with QB issues. This season, the quarterback position should have more stability, so you should expect Anderson to continue his emergence as an exciting playmaker. He’ll go over 1,000 yards this time.Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta (123): There should be more optimism surrounding what may be the best WR in this year’s rookie class. Ridley is going to be an electric complement to Julio Jones; he’s the No. 2 WR the Falcons have been seeking. If you nab Ridley in the double-digit rounds, you are really going to enjoy the returns when he has some impressive outings this year.Ricky Seals-Jones, TE, Arizona (226): He is going near the end of drafts, but Seals-Jones could vie for top 10 fantasy tight end status this season. He is a big, fluid target who will become a prime threat for Arizona near the goal line. RSJ flashed some brief promise last season and should become a quality fantasy starter in his second pro season.Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers (108): He is the 15th QB off the board on average, and never seems to get the fantasy respect he deserves. Rivers was the eighth most productive QB in fantasy last season, and has been a top 10 QB in five of the past six seasons. If you wait on a QB, as is often recommended, you can get Rivers in the double-digit rounds and you’ll strut, not walk, away from your draft table.
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