Thursday Night Football is here! The Bucs are still struggling for a playoff spot, and the Rams are fighting for respect and perhaps Jeff Fisher’s job. You may be wondering who to start out of all of the Rams and Bucs players going tonight? Lucky for you I’ve done the research. Here are the players you want to consider starting tonight!
St. Louis Rams
Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver
Tavon Austin has had a peculiar and unpredictable fantasy season this year. Austin has outrushed his receiving totals in eight separate games this season, including last week. Austin is clearly a WR3 or a boom or bust level flex play. I expect Austin to get at least 75 total yards tonight against a porous Tampa D. If Austin can score a touchdown to boot than he could have some serious fantasy production.
Todd Gurley, Running Back
This is going to be another Gurley week. His young legs are going to thrive on Thursday night as a lot of older players aren’t going to have the same juice Gurley will have. The Bucs have let in nine touchdowns to running backs this season, and I think this will be another 100 yard, at least one touchdown, type of night for the rookie runner.
Greg Zuerlein, Kicker
Tampa Bay gives up the 5th most fantasy points to kickers, and Zuerlein has leg for days. I think the Rams will struggle to punch the ball in, but won’t struggle with moving the ball that much. I’d be surprised if Zuerlein doesn’t score at least eight fantasy points tonight. Those numbers should make him at least a consideration for your Kicker position.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin, Running Back
The Rams give up the 11th most fantasy points to running backs, and Doug Martin has been sensational in the back half of this season. If anyone is going to score on the Bucs side, it is going to be Martin. Martin is an obvious RB1 and if you have him on your fantasy team you know this. Martin has a similar floor to Gurley tonight.
Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, Tight End
After back to back 31 yard performances, that were very disappointing, I once again expect ASJ to show up and produce! I thought last week was going to be ASJ’s coming back party, and I was terribly incorrect. But you know, I feel good about it this week! The Rams are very good against defending wide receivers, but give up a lot of air production to opposing running backs and tight ends. Seeing as how Doug Martin doesn’t catch too many balls out of the back field, so that production is going to be filtered straight to ASJ. If you are in the business of streaming tight ends and ASJ is available you should go get him.
Connor Barth, Kicker
St. Louis gives up the 9th most fantasy points to kickers. Like the Rams, I think the Bucs have the offensive weapons to move the ball, but will struggle to punch it in in the red zone. Usually Thursday night games are more defensive affairs, but inside that St. Louis dome, with perfect kicking conditions, I expect both these Kickers to put up solid fantasy efforts.
Who are you thinking about starting in tonight’s game? Let us know in the comments!