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Mike Evans leads Tampa Bay with 137 yards, 1 touchdown Monday
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans caught 6 passes (11 targets) for 137 yards and 1 touchdown in a 30-27, Week 3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Evans hauled in a throw from 27 yards out while falling down in the left side of the end-zone to bring the Bucs within a field goal late in the fourth quarter. He's scored a touchdown in every game this season and had at least 135 receiving yards in two of three. The Buccaneers visit Khalil Mack and the Chicago Bears in Week 4.
Evans scored 22.7 FanDuel points (FP) on Monday night, bringing his average to 21.4 FP per game. The fifth-year wideout is a top-10 option in numberFire's Week 4 fantasy rankings. and we project him to score 14.5 FP at a cost of $7,900.
James Conner totals 95 yards for Steelers Monday night
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner rushed 15 times for 61 yards and caught 5 passes (6 targets) for 34 yards in a 30-27, Week 3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football.
Stevan Ridley was granted 3 touches but no other Steelers running back appeared on the stat sheet as Conner continues to dominate work out of the backfield. Pittsburgh hosts the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night in Week 4.
Conner turned in 12.0 FanDuel points (FP) in the win, bringing his average to 20.2 FP per game. He's among the top-10 running backs in numberFire's Week 4 fantasy rankings, and is projected to score 13.9 FanDuel points at a cost of $7,500.
Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster records over 100 receiving yards again
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 9 passes (11 targets) for 116 yards on Monday in a 30-27, Week 3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Smith-Schuster led the Steelers in all three of those categories on Monday night, boosting his digits to 38 targets, 27 receptions, 356 yards, and 1 touchdown on the season. The emerging second-year standout has now notched 100 yards and/or a touchdown in seven consecutive games, including three straight 100-yarders to open the season. He will look to keep the streak going versus the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4.
Smith-Schuster scored 16.1 FanDuel points (FP) in Week 3, bringing his average to 18.4 FP per game. He's the WR14 in numberFire's Week 4 fantasy rankings and costs $7,800 on FanDuel.
Antonio Brown scores for Steelers in relatively quiet Week 3
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown caught 6 passes (9 targets) for 50 yards and a touchdown in a 30-27, Week 3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.
Brown scored his 2nd touchdown of the season on a 27-yard catch in the first half but otherwise underwhelmed after a week full of distractions. Juju Smith-Schuster finished with more targets (11), receptions (9), and yards (116) than Brown. The Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4.
Brown finished with 14.0 FanDuel points in Week 3. Looking ahead, per usual, AB is the top-rated wideout in numberFire's weekly fantasy rankings. We expect him to score 19.4 FanDuel points at a cost of $8,800 versus the Ravens.
Ben Roethlisberger throws for 353 yards, 3 touchdowns as Steelers stave off Bucs
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 30-of-38 passes for 353 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception on Monday night in a 30-27, Week 3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
All of the Steelers' scoring came in the first half, in the form of a 75-yard catch-and-run by Vance McDonald, a 27-yard toss to Antonio Brown, and a 1-yard throw to Ryan Switzer. Roethlisberger and company host a divisional showdown with the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4.
Big Ben scored 25.0 FanDuel points in Week 3, which essentially represents his new average of 25.3 FanDuel points per game for the season. numberFire's models project him to score 20.3 FanDuel points at a cost of $8,000 versus the Ravens. He's the QB8 in our Week 4 fantasy rankings.
Buccaneers' Ryan Fitzpatrick sets NFL record with 3rd straight 400-yard game
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 30-of-50 passes for 411 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions, and added 5 carries for 27 yards, in a 30-27, Week 3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.
Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback in league history to throw for 400 yards in three consecutive games. The interceptions were the result of ugly reads that led to a 30-10 halftime deficit, but the bearded one rebounded after the break, leading a furious 17-point second-half rally that left the Buccaneers just short of improving to 3-0. Entering Week 4, Fitzpatrick leads the NFL with 1,230 passing yards and is 2nd to Patrick Mahomes with 11 touchdowns. Jameis Winston is set to return from suspension this week, but head coach Dirk Koetter has yet to say who will start against the Bears in Chicago on Sunday.
FitzMagic fired off 28.1 FanDuel points on Monday night. He's now averaging 33.8 FanDuel points per game this season, with 1,230 passing yards (1st in the NFL), 11 touchdowns (2nd), and 4 interceptions.
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