September 27, 2023

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Week 1 Bucs/Vikings Fantasy Preview

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FOOTBALL IS BACK!! It’s a new season, which means a fresh start for every fantasy owner. 

With a new era beginning in Green Bay, is Jordan Love ready, or will Justin Fields and the Chicago Bears spoil the coming-out party? Speaking of the beginning of something new, Aaron Rodgers will be doing his best to continue down the path of Favre, debuting for the New York Jets when they take on the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football.

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If you’re in need of filling in some roster spots or just needing some depth due to injuries? Below are some players that are still available in most leagues.

Saints tight end Juwan Johnson (proj. 10.4 pts VS TEN) is a solid depth option, as he is rostered on 54% of teams, and should be a reliable option for quarterback Derek Carr in his first start for New Orleans. Johnson won’t top the stat sheets in Week One, as he should be used as a flex option against Mike Vrabel’s Titans defense. Other options in the “flex” position of your lineups, Jets wideout Mecole Hardman (proj. 10.9 pts vs BUF) and Patriots wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster (proj. 12.2 pts vs PHI), both could be solid third-options for their quarterbacks and could easily go over their projected stats.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield warms up prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Bucs/Vikings Fantasy Preview and Prediction

Sunday is the beginning of Tampa Bay’s venture through their old NFC Central rivals when the Bucs visit the Vikings in a 1:00 p.m. matchup.

Starting for his fourth team in 3 seasons, the former first overall pick, Baker Mayfield (proj. 16 pts), will be looking to prove that the Bucs made the right decision when they signed him during the offseason. Wideouts Mike Evans (proj. 15 pts) and Chris Godwin (proj. 16.9 pts), will both be looking to build off their respective 1,000-yard seasons against a hungry Vikings defense (proj. 7.3 pts).


Chris Godwin(14) & Mike Evans(13) – Douglas DeFelice – USA TODAY Sports

On the other side of the field, Kirk Cousins (proj. 20 pts) will be looking to cook Tampa Bay’s defense (proj. 6.6 pts) through the air with Justin Jefferson (proj. 17.5 pts), Jordan Addison (proj. 10.4 pts), and TJ Hockenson (proj. 13.5 pts). The Bucs’ run defense will also be tested when Alexander Mattison (proj. 13.7 pts) looks to help the SKOL faithful forget about the departure of Dalvin Cook during the offseason.

When all is said and done on Sunday, look for the Bucs to find a way to pull out a 24-21 victory with a game-winning FG.