Tampa Bay @ Denver
Team Totals: Bucs 24.5, Broncos 18.5
Leonard Fournette asserted himself as Tampa Bay’s best all-around back in last week’s predictable destruction of Carolina, capitalizing on Ronald Jones’ second-quarter lost fumble to score a goal-line TD later in the half and house call a fourth-quarter up-the-gut carry from 46 yards out. Passing-down back LeSean McCoy contributed to the Bucs’ comedy of backfield errors with a fourth-quarter end-zone drop. Fournette wound up leading Bucs backs in snaps (46%), touches (16), and total yards (116) against the Panthers. Even if Jones and McCoy stay involved to an extent, Fournette has earned low-end RB2/flex valuation on a Bucs team favored by nearly a touchdown over Jeff Driskel’s Broncos. Denver coughed up an efficient 19/111/1 (5.84 YPC) rushing line to Steelers backs last Sunday, losing DLs Dre’Mont Jones (knee) and DeMarcus Walker (calf) to multi-week injuries in the process. … Also badly missing Von Miller (ACL) and top CB A.J. Bouye (shoulder), the Broncos enter Week 3 with only two sacks and ten combined QB hits after facing 86 dropbacks from Ryan Tannehill and Ben Roethlisberger. Tannehill dropped Week 1’s QB15 outcome on Vic Fangio’s defense before Big Ben stung the Broncos for last week’s QB14 result. With Chris Godwin (concussion) back, Tom Brady is a fringe QB1/2 play at Denver.
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