It may have been an aberration resulting from quarterback Matt Glennon throwing for a season-high 314 yards with his team in catchup mode from the outset, but the
But the big surprise was
The 1-5 Buccaneers figure to be playing from behind a lot, so Murphy, who clicked with Glennon immediately when he joined the team in Week 4, might just be able to stay relevant in Fantasy. Jamey Eisenberg doesn't rank him especially high in his Playing the Waiver Wire column this week, but at least he's ranked.
Of course, the presence of Murphy could diminish the value of Jackson and Evans to Fantasy owners. Jackson remains a must-start for now, but Evans is strictly a matchups type until we get some clarity here.
Murphy led the team with seven receptions for 72 yards during the contest. Murphy did all of his damage after halftime. He received two targets in the first half, but failed to come up with any catches until the third. In the fourth quarter, he found the end zone. Murphy hooked up with Mike Glennon on a 3 yard strike.
The Bucs are on a bye Week 7.
That doesn't necessarily mean Murphy will be worthless in Fantasy, but you'd have to play in a league of 16 teams or more to start the third wide receiver for a team with a suspect passing game.
"It's going to be my first time playing in my back yard, so it's going to be an emotional day," Murphy told the paper. "This was definitely a childhood dream of mine, but it's not about me. It's about taking care of business."
Murphy has caught nine passes for 134 yards and a touchdown since replacing the injured Mike Evans in Week 4. "Two games in a row now, he's stepped up big, answering the bell," coach Lovie Smith said.
One week after looking like new quarterback Mike Glennon wanted no part of him, the
Granted, his 12 targets were only two more than he had Week 4 at Pittsburgh, but in that game, Glennon seemed more interested in throwing the ball to both Mike Evans and, after the rookie left with a groin strain,
Murphy, who started in place of Evans in Week 5, still made an impact in this one, catching a 20-yard touchdown pass at the end of the first half, but he finished with just three catches for 35 yards.
Jackson entered Week 5 tied for the league lead in drops but hopefully earned some trust with this performance. He's back to being a high-end Fantasy option for Week 6 against Baltimore.
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/2/14||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|11||11/16/14||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|12||11/23/14||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
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|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||1||16||206||12.9||41||2||4||1||10|
|2013||New York Giants||14||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||1||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New York Giants||14||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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