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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2020 Draft Rankings
Chris Godwin Note
Chris Godwin photo 14. Chris Godwin WR - (vs . ATL)
We saw Godwin ascend into superstardom last year, compiling over 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns in just 14 games, finishing as the WR2. Insert Tom Brady into the offense, and you suddenly have room for optimism that it continues. The arrival of Rob Gronkowski hurts a bit, but knowing Bruce Arians has used Godwin the way he used Larry Fitzgerald, the numbers should continue to grow. Godwin is a legitimate WR1 in fantasy once again in 2020.
10 weeks ago
Mike Evans Note
Mike Evans photo 20. Mike Evans WR - (vs . ATL)
Evans has now finished as a top-10 receiver in 4-of-6 seasons with the Bucs, but will he lose some of his massive target totals from years past? Evans has continually been peppered with targets by Jameis Winston, as he was willing to trust the receiver in jump-ball situations. Tom Brady isn't a risk-taker, as evidenced by his low interception totals. With the ascention of Chris Godwin, arrival of Rob Gronkowski and Keshawn Vaughn, and likely declining pass attempts in the Bucs offense, Evans may lose some of his top-end upside, though he should still remain in the low-end WR1 conversation.
10 weeks ago
Tom Brady Note
Tom Brady photo 88. Tom Brady QB - (vs . ATL)
If you're looking for a competent quarterback to platoon with, Brady should be a solid target. However, you must understand what you're sacrificing by drafting him. Upside. Of the top 100 fantasy games by quarterbacks over the last two years, Brady has accounted for precisely zero of them. Sure, he has the best receiving corps he's ever had, but he also hasn't had an entire offseason to work with them.
9 weeks ago
Ronald Jones II Note
Ronald Jones II photo 94. Ronald Jones II RB - (vs . ATL)
We heard the Bucs say all offseason that Jones was their guy. We didn't even hear about them meeting with any of the free agent running backs. Then we heard the name Keshawn Vaughn in the third round, creating a problem for Jones. When teams select a running back on Day 2, it's typically to play them right out of the gate, even if it's not a clear-cut loss of the job for Jones. No matter which way you slice it, he has some new and improved competition.
10 weeks ago
Ke'Shawn Vaughn Note
Ke'Shawn Vaughn photo 99. Ke'Shawn Vaughn RB - (vs . ATL)
During the scouting process, I felt like Vaughn was just a guy, not a difference maker. That's not to say he wouldn't be able to produce if given the opportunity, but I don't think opportunity will simply be given to him. Don't forget that David Johnson saw just 161 touches his rookie season under Bruce Arians, and that was while he was extremely efficient. Interestingly enough, he was also a third-round pick. This is a situation to monitor throughout the offseason.
9 weeks ago
Rob Gronkowski Note
Rob Gronkowski photo 107. Rob Gronkowski TE - (vs . ATL)
The fact that Tom Brady won't have a full offseason with his new receivers, you have to wonder if he'll gravitate towards his old friend Gronkowski. During Gronkowski's career, he posted top-five-type numbers in 40.9 percent of his games, which is easily the best of all-time. In fact, the closest tight end, Travis Kelce, has posted those numbers in 31.6 percent of his games. While Gronkowski isn't the young stud he once was, but he should be a consistent presence while on the field with Brady.
9 weeks ago
O.J. Howard Note
O.J. Howard photo 201. O.J. Howard TE - (vs . ATL)
One of the more talented tight ends in the league, but also someone who is going to play second fiddle to Rob Gronkowski. The Bucs have said they'll be running a lot more 2TE sets, but it remains to be seen. With the other receiving options they have ahead of Howard, it's tough to see a path to consistent production. If Gronkowski were to miss time, Howard would jump into the TE1 conversation.
1 day ago
Matt Gay Note
Matt Gay photo 214. Matt Gay K - (vs . ATL)
Gay had a bizarre rookie year with the Bucs, in that he finished as a top kicker but really struggled in terms of his accuracy (77% on field goals). His production simply came from his extremely high number of opportunities - he had 35 field-goal attempts and 48 extra-point attempts, both in the top-four in the league. He should similarly be among the leaders in attempts this year with Tom Brady at the helm, and if he can improve on his accuracy, he has a legitimate chance to finish as the top fantasy kicker.
4 weeks ago
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Note
Tampa Bay Buccaneers photo 262. Tampa Bay Buccaneers DST - (vs . ATL)
Cameron Brate Note
Cameron Brate photo 297. Cameron Brate TE - (vs . ATL)
Brate has plenty of talent, but has now become known more as second fiddle to O.J. Howard. Now, with Rob Gronkowski added, Brate is unlikely to be relevant even in tight end-premium leagues, particularly in Bruce Arians' system. Absent a trade, forget about Brate on draft day.
4 weeks ago
Dare Ogunbowale Note
Dare Ogunbowale photo 314. Dare Ogunbowale RB - (vs . ATL)
Tyler Johnson Note
Tyler Johnson photo 361. Tyler Johnson WR - (vs . ATL)
It's tough finding a spot for Johnson on the field with the Bucs without injury. Chris Godwin is the primary slot receiver in 3WR sets, which is where Johnson has been projected to play, so it's likely he's more of a handcuff to Godwin than anything.
2 days ago
Justin Watson Note
Justin Watson photo 380. Justin Watson WR - (vs . ATL)
Raymond Calais Note
Raymond Calais photo 391. Raymond Calais RB - (vs . ATL)
Scott Miller Note
Scott Miller photo 407. Scott Miller WR - (vs . ATL)