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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ralph Wilson Stadium | Sunday, September 20 | 4:05 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: Bills 21, Buccaneers 14
Buffalo Bills
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBByron Leftwich
195 pass yards, 1 INT
Credit Leftwich for taking care of the ball (no turnovers) and making use of 10 different receivers, but his job is anything but secure as the lowly Bucs should likely challenge for the No. 1 overall draft pick.
RBCarnell Williams
70 rush yards, 1 rush TD
This Cadillac looked shiny and new against the Cowboys. He ran strong and he ran fast and he nearly hit 100 yards (97) on just 13 carries. He shared the load with Derrick Ward, but this has to be an encouraging sign for Williams.
RBDerrick Ward
2 rec, 35 rec yards, 65 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Ward averaged 5.2 yards a carry last week (62 yards, 1 TD) and 5.6 last year, when he ran for over 1,000 yards for the Giants. The RB situation looks to be a strong suit for the 2009 Bucs. Both of the backs are decent fantasy options, and Ward has a significant upside given Williams' injury history.
WRAntonio Bryant
3 rec, 35 yards
As predicted last week, Bryant and Leftwich have yet to work out their timing issues. The WR missed the entire preseason recovering from meniscus surgery, and looked like it in Week 1, catching two passes for 29 yards.
WRMichael Clayton
5 rec, 55 yards
Four disappointing seasons after a breakthrough rookie campaign, Michael Clayton gave his owners a glimpse of his potential in a 5 rec, 93 rec yards, opening game. Monitor Clayton's progress, as he could be due for a return to excellence under the new Tampa regime.
TEKellen Winslow
7 rec, 70 yards
Winslow caught five passes and a TD in his debut with the Bucs. With the lack of quality at WR, Winslow can be considered a higher end fantasy TE.
KMike Nugent
2 PATs
Nugent's an average kicker with a good last name. Probably not worth a roster spot.
Defense
1 sack, 1 INT
Don't even think about it.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBTrent Edwards
200 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Edwards turned in a surprisingly strong performance in Week 1, nearly leading the Bills to an upset at Foxboro Stadium despite underwhelming performances from Terrell Owens and Lee Evans. He's far from a sure thing, but may be ready to make the jump to reliable fantasy entity sooner than we think.
RBFred Jackson
6 rec, 50 rec yards, 70 rush yards, 1 rush TD
Jackson was sick at the end of last year, gaining over 100 total yards in the final two games. With 140 total yards and a TD in Week 1, he's picking up where he left off. With Marshawn Lynch still suspended, Jackson is a low end No. 1 fantasy RB.
WRTerrell Owens
5 rec, 90 yards, 2 TD
It's just a matter of time before Trent Edwards and T.O. connect on a long one. Against a Tampa secondary that had so much trouble tackling the Cowboys WRs, this would be a likely week for them to strike.
WRLee Evans
4 rec, 50 yards
Evans, quiet against the Patriots' revamped secondary, should have an easier time against the Bucs in Week 2.
TEDerek Schouman
1 rec, 10 yards
He's competing for a job and not a natural pass-catcher to begin with. Stay away.
KRian Lindell
3 PATs
Lindell nailed his lone field goal attempt in Week 1 from 40 yards. He was the sixth-highest scoring kicker last year and there's no reason to think he'll fall short of that place in '09.
Defense
1 INT
Don't expect much from this average unit, though a Week 1 touchdown could portend an opportunistic streak.
 
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