Can we take a quick moment to appreciate how great some of these commercials have been during the NFL season? There have been plenty of great Thursday night games over the years, and with the traditional divisional games on Thursday night football, it would be nice to see this game be more entertaining than this.

Looking at both Cam Newton and Jameis Winston, if you have either one of these guys right now on your roster, chances are that you don’t have much confidence in starting these guys to play on a short week. Nobody blames you, they didn’t do much to excite anybody, and probably played a factor if you lost a close matchup.

Newton average around 6.8 fantasy points in PPR and Winston was the better play at QB in Week 1 between the two, but it was by less than two points in PPR formats.

Cam Newton’s performance was somewhat of a surprise. We’re used to seeing Cam go deep more often than not, and his rushing is was makes him so much more appealing as a fantasy asset.

Jameis Winston, just about every year it seems like, consistently gets praise as to why fantasy managers should have high hopes for him going into the season.

Well, fantasy managers are still waiting for that version of Winston to show up, but if you’re not panicking just yet with Winston, here is what we’ve got predicted for Thursday Night Football over at MFST.

Man Up

Cam Newton

The Los Angeles Rams are not a team that’s going to be a pushover, but many fans would say that it’s fair to think that Newton would’ve had a bigger role in week 1.

There’s the possibility that he could still be feeling the effects of his injured foot that happened during preseason, but now on a short week, should you play Newton?

The simple answer is yes.

The Bucs are still trying to get it together, and this is a good chance for Newton to have a bounce-back performance in week 2.

Here are some of the concerns, Newton was 19-25 on passes under ten yards, but 6-12 on passes over ten yards, along with a INT. He also ran the ball three times for -2 yards.

Christian McCaffrey is still going to get a bulk of the carries, but don’t expect Newton to be as stationary this time around.

Ronald Jones

Jones may be more of a daily play, but there were a few injuries in week 1 to players like Joe Mixon, Tevin Coleman etc that could be affecting the way you shape your roster this week, and if you weren’t able to get a quality RB in your draft, chances are you’re rolling the dice with guys like Aaron Jones and Kerryon Johnson.

I like Jones more for deeper leagues, but even if you’re thinking about playing Jones as a flex, there is some evidence to make you feel more comfortable starting him.

The Panthers allowed 150 rushing yards from the Rams and two touchdowns to one of the guys who backs up Todd Gurley. Yes, Peyton Barber will also be in the mix in this split backfield, but Jones did have 75 yards on 13 carries. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he found the endzone on Thursday night.

Mike Evans

Everybody has seen what Evans is capable of, but it’s hard for Evans to go out there and put up some big points when his quarterback has a tendency to throw to the opposing team.

You spent a second or third-round draft pick on Evans anyways during your draft, so don’t throw the cold shoulder towards Evans so quickly.

DJ Moore

When you compare Moore’s fantasy numbers to McCaffrey’s you wouldn’t be able to tell that Moore was one of Carolina’s top receiving options and caught 7-10 passes thrown his way.

That’s a high percentage for Moore, and don’t expect that high volume of passes to fade away anytime soon. Moore is still a low-end WR 2 for now, but he’s a safe bet to find the endzone on a short week.

Step Aside

Jameis Winston

In ten team leagues, there’s no reason to even consider Winston for Thursday night. Deeper leagues is where it can get a little tricky.

Winston is the type of player that drives you nuts when he has a bad game, however we’ve also seen him throw for over 300 yards, and multiple touchdowns several times.

With only one week of football passing by, fantasy managers should not be so quick to drop Winston. But until Winston shows improvement it might be best to look at better options with your backup QB or options on the waiver wire.

Curtis Samuel

Buy low on Samuel if there’s a frustrated manager in your league. Samuel may not have a quick impact early on in the season, but he’s a guy that you want for depth on your roster as he develops as a better player for Cam and the Panthers. You could take a flyer on him in daily with Olsen not being 100%, but as of now keep him on your bench.

Peyton Barber

As of now the backfield in Tampa Bay will be shared with Barber and Jones, but in Week 1 it was Barber who took the backseat to Jones.

Barber had five fewer carries than his teammate, but even with those opportunities, 33 yards isn’t enough for anybody to have confidence in playing Barber in Week 2.

Greg Olsen

Olsen is as tough as they come, and he will go down as one of the greats in Carolina but also as a tight end. Unfortunately, Olsen is at a point to where he’s going to carry that questionable tag week-to-week.

Olsen suffered a back injury in Week 1 so it’s not even guaranteed that he suits up for a quick turnaround on Thursday night. If Olsen does get the okay to play, you’re hoping that he lands into the endzone, because the targets are just not there anymore.


Orlando Torres

Hello everybody my name is Orlando, my friends call me Lando for short. I love all kinds of sports and fantasy sports as well. I grew up watching the Spurs and Cowboys since I was a kid, so those are my teams. I love writing, video games, spending time with my son along with acting and films. Movie buff. Follow me on Twitter @itslandoyo
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