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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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