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Jameis Winston - A Top Fantasy Football QB In 2017

Gregg Sussman, Frank Stampfl, and Michael Florio discuss NFC South additions and how it affects Fantasy Football. Bucs talk at 52:15.

At just 23 years of age, Jameis Winston will break into the elite group of fantasy football quarterbacks this season.

Last year, Winston had a very good season, throwing for over 4,000 yards (ranked 12th), with 28 touchdowns (tied for 7th). It's pretty remarkable that he was able to put up those kind of numbers with the offensive weapons he was surrounded by. Aside from his star wide receiver Mike Evans, these were the guys on the Bucs who saw 40+ targets on the season:
Due to the lack of talent, Mike Evans saw a league high 175 targets, many of them forced, leading to 18 Winston interceptions, second most in the league.

Tampa had the least explosive receiving core last season, as they had just four plays of 40+ yards, and were the only team to not have a 50 yard passing play.

Things will be different in 2017.

Tampa Bay went out and signed arguably the fastest receiver in the game, DeSean Jackson, who will give Winston a deep ball threat. Jackson led the NFL last season with the highest average yards per catch at 17.9 and has the most 50+ yard plays since the 2008 season.

Julio Jones, Adam Thielen and Brandin Cooks were the only others to catch 40 passes and average 10+ yards per target.

The addition of Jackson will take pressure off of Evans. Facing double teams all year last season, opposing defenses won't have that luxury anymore, unless they want to get burnt by Jackson down the field.

Not done yet, the Bucs used their first round pick on O.J. Howard, the #1 rated TE, out of Alabama. At 6'6, this just gives the Bucs another option in the passing game and another guy opposing defenses have to game plan for.

Howard will play alongside Brate, who caught 57 passes last year for 660 yards and 8 touchdowns.

To cap off what is being touted as a great offseason, the Bucs drafted WR Chris Godwin in the third round.  For those of you in dynasty leagues, he is a solid pick in rookie drafts.  For those of you in redraft, if you have bench depth, go ahead and add the rookie WR.  If not, find a veteran that will see the field.

Despite the lack of options last year, Winston still put up very good numbers for a second year quarterback. Now he will have a great wide receiver duo in Evans and Jackson, and two solid tight ends in Brate and Howard, which is a huge upgrade.

If the Bucs run game can stay healthy between Doug Martin (4 game suspension), Charles Sims, and Jacquizz Rodgers, then this Tampa offense will be one of the best in the league, and the potential for Winston is endless.

You have to assume he'll be closer to 4,300 yards with 30+ touchdowns and forcing less passes, he'll limit his turnovers as well.

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston. In no particular order, these will be your top 5 QBs for the 2017 season.  Winston is being drafted as the 10th or 11th QB in 12 team PPR leagues despite being ranked as the 8th best QB.
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