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Week 12: Bucs Fantasy Football Preview – Sponsored By FanDuel

0 comments 📅November 22, 2014 2:03 pm

Mike Evans has been one of the top rookie performers this year and there is no reason to believe he’s going to slow down anytime soon. The rookie is coming off the best game of his career, one where he totaled 209 yards and two touchdowns. This week, Evans gets an average Chicago Bears pass defense so expect big numbers from the rookie again this week. Start Evans in every format.

Vincent Jackson hasn’t been the impact fantasy player that owners believed they were getting when they drafted him earlier this year. Last week, Jackson caught just three passes for 43 yards and hasn’t scored more than 8.6 points since week five. He’s still startable as WR3 against the Bears but Evans is taking over and has much higher upside moving forward.

It’s revenge time for quarterback Josh McCown, who gets to go against his former team this week. McCown has scored over 20 points in both of his last two game and the Bears offer another nice matchup for the veteran. He did great job getting Mike Evans the ball last week against the Redskins and has looked more comfortable than ever in a Buccaneers uniform. McCown looks poised for another 20-plus fantasy point performance.

Charles Sims popped up on the injury report on Thursday and is questionable for Sunday’s matchup against the Bears. The Buccaneers are probably just giving him some rest so expect Sims to play against a slightly above average run defense. Sims is now the lead back in the Buccaneers backfield but he’ll still lose carries to Bobby Rainey and Doug Martin if he plays.

Chicago has given up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends so this could be the week that Seferian-Jenkins breaks out. He has posted some decent numbers in between a few duds in the last few weeks but the Bears have been terrible against tight ends all year long. If you’re desperate for a tight end give the rookie a shot. Seferian-Jenkins might not get a better chance to have a big game all year.

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Week 8: Bucs Fantasy Football Preview – Sponsored By FanDuel

0 comments 📅October 24, 2014 9:23 pm

Mike Glennon has a 6:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio has two 300 yard games in just three starts. The Buccaneers have been playing from behind often, which means he’ll have lots of opportunities to throw the ball. He’s a legitimate option if you need a fill-in for a player on a bye. However, the Vikings have been stingy against opposing quarterbacks, allowing the fourth fewest points to enemy signal callers.

Veteran wide receiver Vincent Jackson has bounced back after a rough start to the year. Jackson has been targeted 60 times in just six games and has hauled in 25 of those passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns. Since Mike Glennon took over at quarterback, Jackson has been targeted 35 times in three games. Fire him up as a WR2 against the Vikings.

Rookie wide receiver Mike Evans is quietly having a nice rookie season. He has caught 21 of his 35 targets for 258 yards and two touchdowns. Don’t forget that he missed the Saints game with an injury. In the last two games he has appeared in, Evans hasn’t totaled lets than 11 fantasy points. He’s becoming hard for fantasy owners to bench, but wait and see if he has another good week against Minnesota before starting him as a WR3.

It’s been a miserable season for Doug Martin. He hasn’t eclipsed 45 yards in any game this year. Luckily, Minnesota gives up 5.0 yards per carry to opposing running backs. This week’s game is Martin’s big chance to bounce back coming off the bye. Second-year back Bobby Rainey will continue to eat into Martin’s touches but the former Boise State product will be the starter against Minnesota.

Rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had his best game as a pro two weeks ago against Baltimore and he’ll be looking to continue his good play this week against the Vikings. However, he’s only been targeted 8 times in the last two games. A breakout game could be on the way if he becomes a bigger part of the passing attack.

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Week 6: Bucs Fantasy Football Recap – Sponsored By FanDuel

1 comment 📅October 15, 2014 10:26 pm

Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon had another solid fantasy outing against the Ravens on Sunday. Glennon threw for 314 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Baltimore did a great job of getting pressure on Glennon but the second-year quarterback and the Buccaneers were playing from behind most of the game, which means they had to throw more. Tampa Bay’s offense will be playing from behind in most games this year, so as long as Glennon starts he will be a QB2.

There is no doubt that wide receiver Vincent Jackson is Mike Glennon’s favorite target. He was targeted a team-high 13 times against the Ravens, just one week removed from a 144 yard performance against the Steelers. However, Jackson only managed to haul in four of those 12 targets for just 66 yards. It wasn’t an efficient day for Jackson, but he still managed to get fantasy owners six points. He’s a very solid WR2 play with Glennon at the helm.

Rookie receiver Mike Evans was the best Buccaneers best fantasy receiver against the Ravens. He caught four passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. Vincent Jackson continues to dominate the targets, but Evans has scored in the last two games he played in. Evans hasn’t caught more than four passes in any of his last four games so it’s best to leave him on the bench until he catches more balls.

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins turned in the best fantasy performance of his career against the Ravens on Sunday. The rookie caught four passes for 58 yards just a week after dropping two passes against the Saints. He’s a player to keep an eye on because of his high upside, but he isn’t anything more than a TE2 at this time.

It was an absolutely miserable day for the Buccaneers defense against Baltimore. Tampa Bay didn’t record a sack and let up a whopping 48 points in their blowout loss on Sunday. Joe Flacco torched the Buccaneers’ secondary for five touchdowns and he could have thrown for more if the Ravens didn’t take the foot off the gas. The Buccaneers defense is a mess right now. Don’t start them until further notice.

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Week 4: Bucs Fantasy Football Preview – Sponsored By FanDuel

0 comments 📅September 26, 2014 4:14 pm

With quarterback Josh McCown likely out for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Glennon will take over the Buccaneers offense in hopes of getting their first win. Statistically, Glennon was very solid for the Buccaneers last year after taking over for Josh Freeman. He threw 19 touchdowns and just 9 interceptions and helped wide receiver Vincent Jackson total 1,224 yards and seven touchdowns. However this is a much different offense than last year’s Mike Sullivan led passing attack. Don’t expect a huge game from Glennon, who goes against Dick Lebeau’s defense that loves to get after the quarterback.

Vincent Jackson has been a massive disappointment for fantasy owners this season, totaling just 16 fantasy points through three games. Jackson dealt with a wrist injury this week but he is likely to play and was a full participant in practice. With Glennon throwing the ball, Jackson’s fantasy prospects are looking brighter but the Buccaneers offense is much different than last year. He’s a player that can be bench for higher upside players in thinner formats. Opposite Jackson, Mike Evans doesn’t look to be much of impact player from a statistically standpoint. He has totaled just 13.8 fantasy points in three games, so leave him on fantasy benches until he breaks out.

The Steelers haven’t been a shutdown run defense through three games, but with Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey likely to split the workload the Buccaneers running game might be a situation to avoid in fantasy until the picture is clearer. Rainey had a fantastic game against the Rams but put up a dud against the Falcons last week. Martin will be coming off a knee injury and his contributions might be somewhat limited if Rainey cuts into his carries. It might be best to leave both running backs on fantasy benches this week.

Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell has been on fire to start the year. He’s the fifth-best running back for fantasy purposes through three games and is coming off a 147 yard performance against the Carolina Panthers. Wide receivers Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton are two excellent route-runners that will test any defense they play against. The Buccaneers defense allowed 56 points last week against the Falcons so they aren’t a useful fantasy defense this week. Leave them on the waiver wire.

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Week 3: Bucs Fantasy Football Recap – Sponsored By FanDuel

0 comments 📅September 23, 2014 12:01 pm

Quarterback Josh McCown had an awful game against the Falcons on Thursday night. The 36-year old signal caller injured his thumb on a Falcons’ player’s helmet and never returned to the game. Before exiting in the second quarter, McCown completed just five of 12 passes for 58 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception. It’s unlikely that McCown plays against the Steelers next week, so backup quarterback Mike Glennon will take the reins of a struggling Tampa Bay offense.

Running back Bobby Rainey had a miserable performance just one week removed from a 100-yard rushing game. He lost two fumbles and was benched for a period of time in the first half. He later returned to the game and managed to catch seven passes for 64 yards. His fantasy day was salvaged but he didn’t have a good outing. With Doug Martin returning from his knee injury Rainey’s workload will be minimal, but he’s still worth rostering in most formats.

Wide receiver Vincent Jackson only caught two passes for 15 yards on Thursday night, but luckily for fantasy owners one of them was for a touchdown. With McCown injured and Glennon stepping in, Jackson’s numbers could improve but the Buccaneers’ offense is a mess right now.

Rookie wide receiver Mike Evans caught four of his seven targets for 52 yards against the Falcons. He’s an excellent player to hold in dynasty leagues, but in re-draft formats he’s just a backup until he proves otherwise.

The Buccaneers defense was absolutely atrocious, allowing 56 points to the Falcons on Thursday night. Despite their terrible performance, they manage to record a sack, three fumble recoveries, and an interception return for touchdown. Those big plays salvaged their fantasy prospects for week three but their long-term fantasy outlook does not look good.

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Week 3: Bucs Fantasy Football Preview – Sponsored By FanDuel

0 comments 📅September 18, 2014 12:07 pm

Quarterback Josh McCown isn’t a terrible option if you’re desperate for a quarterback to start. He had two rushing touchdowns just a week ago against the Rams. The Falcons don’t have a great pass rush so this could be the game that McCown gets things going through the air.

Running back Bobby Rainey is coming off an excellent performance against the St. Louis Rams, a game where he totaled 144 rushing yards on 22 carries. It isn’t likely that Martin returns from his injury in time for the Falcons game, so Rainey would be the bellcow of the Buccaneers offense again in week 3. Even if Martin plays, he would likely see very limited action while Rainey carries the load. The Falcons have been awful at stopping the run so far this year. They have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs through two weeks, so Rainey is a nice option as a RB2 or a FLEX player on Thursday night.

The Falcons have allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers after two weeks of play, so it could be a good week for wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Most fantasy owners drafted Jackson to be their every week WR2 and he has been off to a disappointing start. Josh McCown should have more time to throw, as the Falcons lack a great pass rush so Jackson should have more opportunities to make plays on Thursday night. His fantasy numbers will continue to rely on the performance of Josh McCown.

Wide receiver Mike Evans, who hasn’t put up stellar fantasy numbers through two games, should be left on the bench until starts to produce more. He’s a nice high-upside player to have on your bench in redraft leagues and is a must-hold player in dynasty formats.

Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is unlikely to play against the Falcons so veteran tight end Brandon Myers will once again draw the start for the Buccaneers offense. Myers doesn’t have much fantasy upside but there are worse options at the tight end position. Seferian-Jenkins has great long-term upside in dynasty formats, but isn’t worth a roster spot in redraft leagues at the moment.

The Bucs are likely to be without defensive tackle Gerald McCoy against the Falcons, and with a slew of other injuries on defense so it’s probably not a great idea to start the Tampa Bay team defense this week. Also, Michael Johnson is questionable to start at right end and Adrian Clayborn was lost for the season. Dane Fletcher will replace Mason Foster, who his out with a shoulder injury, at the middle linebacker slot. Lavonte David remains a must start at linebacker in IDP formats.

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Week 2: Bucs Fantasy Football Recap – Sponsored By Fan Duel

0 comments 📅September 16, 2014 11:05 pm

Running back Bobby Rainey performed extremely well for the Buccaneers against the St. Louis Rams in Week 2, totaling 144 rushing yards on 22 carries. He also added three catches for 30 yards for those in PPR formats. Rainey looked explosive and made the most of his opportunity as the team’s bellcow at the running back position. Rainey is worth a look on the waiver wire if he’s available. Even when Doug Martin returns to action, look for Rainey to eat into Martin’s workload.

Quarterback Josh McCown hasn’t been a standout performer in real life but after his Week 2 performance the journeyman quarterback ranks in the top half of the league for fantasy purposes at the quarterback position. McCown has been held under 200 passing yards in back-to-back games, but he rushed for two touchdowns against the Rams to help bolster his fantasy numbers.

It was another disappointing Sunday for Bucs fantasy football owners who have wide receivers Vincent Jackson or Mike Evans on their rosters. Jackson caught just four passes for 51 yards and Evans hauled in four passes for 49 yards. Despite his poor numbers to start the season, Jackson remains a must-play fantasy receiver.

Rookie slot receiver Robert Herron didn’t record a catch against Carolina in Week 1 but he caught two passes for 13 yards against the Rams in Week 2. However, Herron isn’t worth rostering even in the deepest of leagues.

Tight end Brandon Myers caught two balls for 33 yards against the Rams after recording six catches against the Panthers last week. It’s only a matter of time before talented rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins takes over as the Buccaneers starting tight end, but he’s currently nursing a sprained ankle.

Defensive linemen William Gholston and Clinton McDonald each recorded a sack for the Buccaneers defense. Both players aren’t worth rostering in IDP formats.

The Buccaneers saw a few of their key defensive players go down with injuries against the Rams. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy broke his hand in the first quarter and his status is uncertain heading into Thursday night’s game against Atlanta. Middle linebacker Mason Foster also went down with a dislocated shoulder and it looks like he’ll be out for an extended period of time. The Buccaneers team defense hasn’t been good for fantasy purposes so far this season and they face a rough upcoming schedule with three straight road games (Falcons, Steelers, Saints).

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