In a battle of former No. 1 overall picks, is draft status the only thing Jameis Winston and Baker Mayfield have in common?
Winston is the prototypical pocket passer; Mayfield is the undersized, freewheeling magician.
The ex-Seminole has weapons for days; the former Sooner has one healthy starting-caliber receiver.
The top overall pick in 2015 hasn't established himself as a leader and reliable face of the franchise in three-plus seasons; the first player selected this past April has earned the universal respect of his locker room in three-plus starts.
Winston's defense has allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks; Mayfield's has surrendered the fourth fewest.
But there's one more commonality with this pair: they're both QB1s Sunday in Tampa Bay, where one quarterback's journey is only beginning and one is already at a career crossroads. Winston's first start since serving a three-game personal conduct suspension was promising: he finished as QB1 overall, with four TDs (and two INTs) on 395 passing yards in a shootout defeat on the road to the Falcons.
Mayfield couldn't follow up his 342-yard effort in an OT upset of the Ravens in Week 5 as successfully — he was punished by the Chargers' Joey Bosa-less pass rush in a blowout loss that left him with an ankle injury in addition to no healthy receiver to throw to with the exception of Jarvis Landry. But this begins Mayfield's rare four-game stretch of fertile fantasy environments.
It should be a lot of fun — and when was the last time we could say that about a Browns-Bucs game?
1. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs vs. Bengals
2. Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Giants
3. Cam Newton, Panthers at Eagles
4. Jared Goff, Rams at 49ers
5. Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Titans
6. Tom Brady, Patriots at Bears
7. Andy Dalton, Bengals at Chiefs
8. Drew Brees, Saints at Ravens
9. Kirk Cousins, Vikings at Jets
10. Carson Wentz, Eagles vs. Panthers
11. Jameis Winston, Bucs vs. Browns
12. Baker Mayfield, Browns at Bucs
13. Deshaun Watson, Texans at Jaguars
14. Matthew Stafford, Lions at Dolphins
15. Andrew Luck, Colts vs. Bills
16. Mitch Trubisky, Bears vs. Patriots
17. Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Saints
18. Eli Manning, Giants at Falcons
19. Alex Smith, Washington vs. Cowboys
20. Blake Bortles, Jaguars vs. Texans
21. Case Keenum, Broncos at Cardinals
22. Dak Prescott, Cowboys at Washington
23. Marcus Mariota, Titans at Chargers
24. C.J. Beathard, 49ers vs. Rams
25. Brock Osweiler, Dolphins vs. Lions