Underwood has been a nice deep option for the Bucs, averaging a career-high 20.3 yards per reception, but it certainly makes him a boom-or-bust player in Fantasy because he doesn't rack up a ton of receptions. He hasn't had more than three catches in a game this year, and he only surpassed 100 yards a few weeks ago against the Lions thanks to an 85-yard touchdown catch.
The Bills are a decent matchup on paper for Underwood. Wide receivers average 27 Fantasy points per week against Buffalo, which is the third-highest average. Wide receivers also average 194.9 receiving yards per game, but Buffalo has played better against receivers lately. In the last four games, wide receivers have averaged just 16.3 Fantasy points and totaled one touchdown.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing things about Underwood's matchup Week 14 is that secondary receivers have done well against the Bills this season. It's a long list of players like Julian Edelman, Ted Ginn, Stephen Hill, Marlon Brown, Greg Little, Marvin Jones, Brandon Gibson, Kenny Stills, Lance Moore, Jerricho Cotchery and Harry Douglas.
Perhaps if you are in a deep league and looking for a sleeper Week 14, then Underwood fits the bill. But he's really not an option for shallow formats because he needs to get a big play to make a difference.
After breaking out with a 108-yard, two-touchdown performance at Detroit in Week 12,
Despite the lackluster performance, Underwood's three receptions actually tied for the team lead on a day when Glennon attempted only 21 passes. The 51 yards were the third-most he's had in a game this season.
With Mike Williams done for the year with a hamstring injury, Underwood will continue to play a significant role in the passing game going forward. He'll look to step up his production in what figures to be a more favorable matchup Week 14 against the Bills.
Underwood isn't your typical No. 2 receiver -- and he is tough to rely on because much of his output comes from the big play. However, the Panthers have been somewhat susceptible to the big play receivers this season. Mike Wallace, Kenbrell Thompkins, Harry Douglas, and Brian Quick have all made big plays and had relative Fantasy success against the Panthers over the last six weeks. And Underwood had a decent game against Carolina when the teams first met in Week 8, catching three passes for 47 yards.
With byes no longer a concern, Underwood is best left to deeper (16-18 teams) formats, and then has to be counted on to catch a long pass from Glennon. But he is the right player for this matchup -- a deep threat who can give a Fantasy owner a long touchdown.
Underwood caught three passes for 108 yards and managed the first two-touchdown performance of his career. The second was a doozy - an 85-yard bomb from quarterback Mike Glennon in the fourth quarter that put his team in front for good.
He will try to take his momentum and run with it next Snday against the Panthers.
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