WR - FA
Week 4 Outlook
With news of Vincent Jackson (knee) going on IR and receivers Cecil Shorts and Louis Murphy coming back from injuries, the Bucs promoted Donteea Dye from the practice squad. Dye saw limited action in 2015. Dye does not have Jackson's speed, but he brings a speed element the Bucs could use. It will be interesting to see how many snaps, if any, Dye sees in Week 7.
Dye is a name to remember, but not someone to add at this point. He is not likely to see the field on Sunday unless Shorts cannot return or he contributes in the return game.
Donteea Dye grabbed four of his seven targets against the Panthers on Sunday, ending a streak of seven straight games to open his career with only one catch. Dye had 31 receiving yards against Carolina, the second-best total of his career, and finished with 11 catches for 132 receiving yards in his rookie season.
There were no expectations for Dye this season, so his ability to fill in for Louis Murphy in the receiving corps was an unexpected surprise. He may have not been the most reliable of players, catching 36.7% of his targets, but he did show potential to be a deep threat in 2016, when both Murphy and Vincent Jackson will be healthy once again. He should not be on fantasy owner's radar for 2016 yet, but the raw Dye may develop along with fellow sophomore QB Jameis Winston next season.
Donteea Dye caught one of his three targets against the Bears on Sunday, grabbing 15 receiving yards. Dye has a catch in three straight games and has averaged 14.3 yards per receiption for the 2015 season.
Dye has shown some explosiveness as a rookie for the Buccaneers in 2015 with his ability to go down field, but has yet to make a major impact for fantasy owners. He has yet to catch more than one pass in a game this season and has only caught 30% of his 20 targets for the season. Facing the Panthers' 10th-ranked defense against WR in Week 17 makes Dye a non-factor to close the 2015 season.
Donteea Dye was targeted five times on Thursday, catching only one pass, but it was a 44-yard reception in the 31-23 loss to the Rams. This was the first catch longer than 16 yards in Dye's young career and the five targets were the most that Dye had seen from QB Jameis Winston.
With Dye being targeted as a deep threat, he has value as a deep sleeper pick for the championship round. Although he has only caught six of his 20 targets this season, the fact that the Buccaneers will go vertical with Dye gives potential for touchdowns and bonus points for big plays from the rookie. The Buccaneers face the Bears' 11th-ranked defense against fantasy WR, giving a reason to be bullish about Dye next week, but their is potential for the speedster.
Donteea Dye caught one of his three targets against the Saints for 16 yards in a 24-17 loss. Dye only has catches on four of his 12 targets this season for 26 yards.
Dye had a touchdown catch against the Redskins, but that was the only reason for any fantasy interest in the rookie out of small Heidelberg University. He has not been targeted more than four times in any game this season and only has had more than 10 yards in two games this season. Even with Vincent Jackson hurt, a matchup against the third-ranked defense against WR, the Rams, gives no reason for optimism for Dye.