Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC South

Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat writer Trevor Sikkema is reporting that offensive coordinator Todd Monken has said that second-year wide receiver Chris Godwin has "earned the opportunity to begin the season as a starting receiver." (Source: Trevor Sikkema on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is huge news for Godwin, who came on late in the 2017 season, finishing with at least 68 yards in three of the final four games of the season, including a seven-catch, 111-yard, one-touchdown performance in Week 17. This means Godwin will play primarily out of the slot and kick Adam Humphries out of the starting lineup. Some may be worried about DeSean Jackson, but this likely means that Godwin will play primarily out of the slot, with Jackson and Mike Evans sliding in there about 20 percent of the time each. Some will wonder just how many targets Godwin can get as the No. 3 receiver, but it's worth noting that Humphries totaled 166 targets over the last two seasons, which ranks 45th among all wide receivers. Godwin is likely to start the season in WR5 territory, but present upside for more. He's shaping up as an excellent best-ball target for those who are drafting early.

Category: Rumors

On his very first carry of minicamp, Tampa Bay second-round rookie running back Ronald Jones II showed impressive speed and agility and wowed many observers, including head coach Dirk Koetter. "You can see the guy has got juice," said Koetter. "I mean I'm sure everybody out here saw it. When he touches the ball, he's got a gear that we don't have on our team right now." (Source: Rick Stroud (TBO.com))

Fantasy Impact: Jones spent a lot of time working on his pass-catching throughout the first rookie minicamp, which might be the only question mark in his game. Selected with the 38th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Jones should have a clear path to a large role in a Tampa offense loaded with talented playmakers. Jones is a top-5 rookie pick and has a chance to make an immediate impact in a favorable situation.

Jameis Winston's fifth-year option is being picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He will earn $20.922 million in the fifth and final year of his rookie deal, according to Rick Stroud. (Source: Rick Stroud on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Winston now carries a cap hit of $8,066,315 in 2018 and $20,922,000 in 2019 for the Bucs, who still have two years of affordable control over their young quarterback. Winston regressed slightly in 2017 and was involved in an off-the-field incident in which he was accused of groping an Uber driver, so the team will want to see a productive and issue-free 2018 before discussing a new long-term deal.

Category: Transactions

Tampa Bay is retooling a defensive line that has not lived up to expectations over the last few seasons. They recently hired a new defensive line Coach with Brenston Buckner. And since then have signed former Phillidelpihia's Vinny Curry and traded to acquire Jason Pierre-Paul. (Source: usatoday.com)

Fantasy Impact: For IDP owners the real winners are owners of Jason Pierre-Paul. With rumors that the Giants are switching to more of a 3-4 defensive scheme in 2018, this means JPP will stay at defensive end for IDP purposes. If he had remained in New York it was likely he'd been transitioned into an outside linebacker which would have likely limited his IDP production by his designated position. As an outside linebacker, he would have likely been limited to a tier two and dependant on his sack total. Remaining as a defensive end those sack totals will keep him in a tier one as he has plenty left in the tank to produce for our IDP needs as well as for Tampa Bay.

Category: Transactions

ESPN's Dan Graziano is reporting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed a second-round tender on WR Adam Humphries. (Source: Dan Graziano on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Buccaneers have placed the second-round RFA tender -- a one-year fully guaranteed $2.914 million deal -- on Humphries, whose accumulated a 116-1,253-3 stat line since 2016. I believe 2018 could be the shifty slot receiver's breakout campaign if the Tampa Bay offense, more so, Jameis Winston can get back on track.

Category: Transactions

Sports Illustrated's Mike Silver is reporting that the Buccaneers and cornerback Brent Grimes have agreed on a one-year deal worth up to $10 million. (Source: Mike Silver on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It takes Grimes off the free agent market, as he was one of the better names available at the cornerback position. Coming off a season in which he was one of the lone bright spots on the Bucs defense (particularly the secondary), it was a wonder why he wasn't retained before the legal tampering period began. He allowed just one touchdown on 72 targets in his coverage last season. This move should allow the Bucs to hit some other positions in the draft, though on a one-year deal, they don't have their future aligned at the position.

Category: Transactions

ESPN's Jenna Laine is reporting that the Buccaneers have come to an agreement on a contract extension with tight end Cameron Brate worth $41 million over six years, with $18 million guaranteed. (Source: Jenna Laine on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This seems expensive for a team who drafted O.J. Howard with the 19th overall pick in the draft last year. Brate has been a massive part of their offense over the last two years, hauling in 105 passes for 1,251 yards and 14 touchdowns. It seemed the Bucs were transitioning to Howard down the stretch, as Brate saw just 29 targets over the final seven games of the season. The Bucs have tons of playmakers on their offense, limiting the upside of each player individually. If there's anyone's stock who improved by this move, it's Jameis Winston.

Category: Transactions

Mike Evans inks extension

Fri, Mar 9th 4:23pm EST
By Anthony Cervino

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and WR Mike Evans have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension worth $85.5 million. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Not only does Evans' new deal tie him to the Buccaneers until 2023, but it also includes $55 million in guaranteed money, and it makes sense. Although Evans is coming off of his worst statistical season since 2015, his rookie deal was set to expire in 2019 as he was set to enter his walk year. Fully eliminating the distraction of a potential contract dispute, the extension makes sense for both sides.

Category: Transactions

Doug Martin released

Tue, Feb 20th 11:21am EST
By Anthony Cervino

NFL Insider Adam Caplan is reporting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released RB Doug Martin on Tuesday. (Source: Adam Caplin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In an expected move, the Buccaneers have given up on Martin, releasing the once promising rusher following six inconsistent and injury-plagued years mixed in with off the field issues. While his career has been a disappointment so far, he’s young enough — Martin turned 29 last month — to rejuvenate his career on another club. Expect him to be on a roster by training camp. The Buccaneers will save $6.75 million in cap space and cash as a result of Martin's release.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

T.J. Ward was arrested in early January of 2018 and now he’s facing a Hillsborough County court date for felony marijuana possession. (Source: tampabay.com/blogs/bucs)

Fantasy Impact: Ward never quite worked out for Tampa Bay as they preferred using rookie Justin Evans and veteran Chris Conte as the starting safeties once Evans acclimated himself to the pro level. Ward was reportedly not agreeing with the situation as it was and now this arrest along with Ward being an unrestricted free agent in 2018 may mean the end of Ward's time in Tampa Bay.

Category: Rumors

Bobby Wagner is currently dealing with a lingering hamstring injury and withdrew from the invitation to attend. Alexander was named as his replacement and the trip to the Pro Bowl will be the first in his short career. (Source: espn.com)

Fantasy Impact: Alexander had his own issues this past season with hamstring problems but managed to finish the year out on a positive note. A speculated top-tier IDP player for fantasy football coming into the 2017 season, Alexander disappointed early in the season after missing multiple contests. Now heading into 2018 he should again be considered as a top option in IDP leagues.

Peyton Barber rushed 17 times for 71 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 31-24 win over the Saints Sunday. He added two catches for 18 yards on four targets.

Fantasy Impact: Barber has shown enough this season to be the likely starter in Tampa Bay and middle round selection in drafts next season.

Category: Game Recaps

Clinton McDonald recorded his best overall outing in the win over New Orleans Week 17. He had a sack on top of five combined tackles in the contest.

Fantasy Impact: A mid-tier IDP play for fantasy owners, McDonald will enter 2018 as a streaming option as he enters is ninth season in the NFL at age 31.

Category: Game Recaps

David recorded a stat line of six combined tackles in the win over New Orleans in Week 17.

Fantasy Impact: David just reached double-digit combined tackles with 101for 2017. Entering 2018 he'll be a solid top tier two level pickup for IDP purposes. He'll always be limited playing next to Kwon Alexander.

Category: Game Recaps

Freddie Martino caught both of his targets for 57 yards in the Buccaneers' 22-19 loss to the Panthers Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Martino holds little fantasy appeal heading into the offseason.

Category: Game Recaps

Bobo Wilson brought in his only target for an 18-yard touchdown in the Buccaneers' 22-19 loss to the Panthers Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson is not relevant for fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps

Patrick Murray converted 4-of-5 field goal and 1-of-1 extra point attempts in the Buccaneers' 22-19 loss to the Panthers Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Murray was very productive in the narrow Tampa Bay loss to Carolina. Murray bears fantasy consideration for next season if the Buccaneers can find more consistency on offense.

Category: Game Recaps

The Tampa Bay D/ST posted two sacks, one interception, and allowed 255 yards in a 22-19 loss to the Panthers Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: The Tampa defense played a strong game against the Panthers Sunday. They held the Carolina offense in check all day and it took a Cam Newton rushing touchdown with 35 seconds left for the Panthers to pull out the win.

Category: Game Recaps

Jacquizz Rodgers had one carry for two yards in the Buccaneers' 22-19 loss to the Panthers Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Rodgers holds little appeal heading into the fantasy offseason.

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Charles Sims had one carry for zero yards and caught his only target for 19 yards in the Buccaneers' 22-19 loss to the Panthers Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Sims saw the same very limited work he has all season against Carolina. Fantasy owners can safely leave him off of their radar heading into the offseason.

Category: Game Recaps