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Jameis Winston, Doug Martin, Mike Evans Post-Week 15 Fantasy Advice

Mike Norris@@MikeNorrisBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2015

Dec 17, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws a pass in the first half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the St. Louis Rams, 31-23, in a Week 15 Thursday Night Football matchup, but fantasy owners of some Bucs players enjoyed a decent start to their week.

Quarterback Jameis Winston continued to be a good fantasy play as Tampa Bay passed nearly twice as many times as it ran the ball after falling behind 28-6:

Week 15: Jameis Winston Stats
CompletionsAttemptsYardsTDINTFantasy Points
29503632118
ESPN.com

Despite leading an awful-looking offense in the first three quarters, Winston threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to salvage his day.

Since a 29-point fantasy performance in Week 11, per ESPN.com, Winston has alternated between 13 and 18 points over the past four weeks.

He is a solid QB2 play right now, but he has thrown for more than two touchdowns only once this season, though five rushing touchdowns elevate his value.

He also has a nice matchup in Week 16 against the Chicago Bears, who rank 22nd against quarterbacks, allowing 17.2 fantasy points per game, according to ESPN.com.

Winston is not in the upper echelon of quarterbacks, but consider him a QB2 against the Bears.

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Running back Doug Martin had a good day in terms of yards despite the fact that the Buccaneers did not run the ball much:

Week 15: Doug Martin Stats
AttemptsYardsTargetsReceptionsYardsTDFantasy Points
189121609
ESPN.com

The fourth-year back took over the NFL rushing lead after the game and should be considered an RB1, though on the low end, since he has just six total touchdowns this year and four receptions over the past five weeks.

Chicago is 19th against fantasy running backs, so Martin should be able to push toward the 100-yard mark as long as the Bucs don't fall behind early.

If that happens, wide receiver Mike Evans may benefit once again:

Week 15: Mike Evans Stats
TargetsReceptionsYardsTDFantasy Points
179157015
ESPN.com

There is no arguing Evans' talent, but he has not shown enough consistency to be a WR1. Thursday was the third time he's had at least 17 targets in a game, yet he has not found the end zone in any of them.

He's had five monster games with at least 100 yards but has not broken 70 in his other eight games. The Bears are 12th in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers and have given up just seven touchdowns through the air.

He could have a breakout performance, but nothing is guaranteed with Evans. With a tough matchup against the Bears, consider him a WR2 with WR1 potential.

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