Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC South

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter is reporting that Tampa Bay defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a potential season-ending fractured neck injury in a single-car accident last week in south Florida. Schefter adds that he "will visit neck specialists this week to get their opinions to see if there’s hope to save this season." (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pierre-Paul recorded 12.5 sacks for Tampa Bay's defense last season and would be a brutal blow to their unit before offseason programs even begin. The defensive end is, of course, no stranger to freak injuries after severely damaging his hand in a fireworks accident, and it sounds like this latest incident could cost him another full season. An update on his status should become available in the coming weeks after he receives additional opinions on his neck.

Gerald McCoy has drawn the interest of Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey as a possible trade target. (Source: Steve Doerschuk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It’s no secret that new Bucs’ head coach Bruce Arians has made McCoy available for trade primarily due to salary cap flexibility. John Dorsey is eyeing McCoy to beef up an already impressive Browns defensive line that includes Olivier Vernon, Sheldon Richardson, and Myles Garrett. McCoy, the No. 3 overall pick in 2010, is a six-time Pro Bowler with three All-Pro selections to his name. Disgruntled Browns RB Duke Johnson has emerged as a potential trading piece in a McCoy deal. The Browns have already made it clear that the team has a “win now” mentality with a slew of high profile offseason acquisitions, and McCoy could be the next of those such pickups.

Category: Rumors

Peyton Barber has re-signed with the Bucs on a one-year deal. (Source: Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Barber will get $2.125 million as a restricted free agent. The 25-year-old totaled 871 rushing yards last year and chipped in 92 yards through the air. He'll likely have to compete for the starting job next year.

Category: Transactions

Cairo Santos has re-signed with the Bucs. (Source: Rick Stroud on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Santos split last season between the Rams and the Bucs, converting 14-of-18 field goals along the way.

Category: Transactions

The Tennessee Titans are signing free agent slot receiver Adam Humphries. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There's no word yet on the terms of the deal, but Humphries is one of the most efficient slot receivers in the league. The 25-year-old receiver posted career highs in catches (76), yards (816), and touchdowns (5) last season. He'll be a nice safety valve for Marcus Mariota.

Category: Transactions

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded DeSean Jackson to the Philadelphia Eagles. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's unclear what the Bucs will get in return but things appeared to be heading this way for a while now. Jackson wasn't happy in Tampa Bay and wanted to return to Philly. The 32-year-old speedster will be a nice complement to an Eagles offense that doesn't have a true deep threat. In 12 games last year Jackson totaled 771 yards and four scores. He'll be an exciting best-ball pick throughout off-season drafts.

Category: Transactions

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that the San Francisco 49ers are signing free agent linebacker Kwon Alexander to a four-year deal worth $54 million with $27 million guaranteed. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a hefty price to pay, but the 49ers were stuck in-between a rock and a hard place after releasing Rueben Foster last season. The $27 million in guaranteed money is tied with Luke Kuechly for the most among linebackers. The signing will allow the 49ers to move Fred Warner back to outside linebacker and give them some flexibility in the draft. If the Cardinals do take Kyler Murray at No. 1 overall, the additions of Nick Bosa and Alexander would start to transform the underwhelming front-seven unit they currently have.

Category: Transactions, Rumors

Scott Reynolds of Pewter Report writes Chris Godwin could play more slot receiver in 2019. (Source: Pewter Report )

Fantasy Impact: Tampa Bay might be looking to replace Adam Humphries snaps from the slot and Godwin could be a candidate to replace him. It's noteworthy because slot receivers have done well in the past with Bruce Arians. Godwin totaled 842 yards and seven touchdowns in . 2018.

New Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians says Jameis Winston's turnover problem is all mechanical. (Source: Tampa Bay Times)

Fantasy Impact: Arians adds that any quarterback would turn the ball over when trailing by 21 points or more. The new Bucs coach has given Winston several public endorsements. It sounds as if the 25-year-old will get every chance to remain a starter in the NFL. Arians' aggressive mindset could help make Winston a high-end QB1 in fantasy next year. Right now he's a great late round quarterback option.

The Buccaneers have opted to part ways with head coach Dirk Koetter. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This isn't a surprise as Koetter again failed to make the playoffs in Tampa Bay. While they were able to get off to a quick start, the Bucs faltered down the stretch and went back and forth with their QBs. It appears Jameis Winston will be the team's starter to enter 2019, and they certainly have talent on offense. We'll see if they can address the defense and take a step forward in 2019.

Category: Transactions

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans caught 6-of-9 targets for 106 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Falcons.

Fantasy Impact: While the Buccaneers were atrocious, Evans had one of the best years of his career. Finishing Week 17 on a positive note with two touchdowns and 106 yards, Evans will look to once again make a lot of noise in fantasy football next season. Though, he won't be able to be had at a respectable value as he was in 2018.

Category: Game Recaps

Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate caught 2-of-4 targets for 39 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Falcons.

Fantasy Impact: Brate had another underwhelming performance on Sunday. If he doesn't score, he doesn't return fantasy value. Brate has caught fewer than three passes and 39 yards in every game this season. He will likely return next season to play second banana to O.J. Howard once again.

Category: Game Recaps

Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers rushed twice for two yards and a touchdown while adding another 56 yards on seven receptions in Sunday's Week 16 loss to Dallas.

Fantasy Impact: Rodgers out-produced Peyton Barber, mostly in the passing game, on Sunday. Since he vultured a touchdown, his meaningless fantasy value took a nice bump heading into the season finale with Atlanta. Despite his goal-line score, his production should be counted on through the air in Week 17.

Category: Game Recaps

Tampa Bay safeties Justin Evans (toe, again) and Isaiah Johnson (concussion) exited in the win Sunday versus Carolina. They didn't return and managed about half the defensive snaps in this contest. (Source: Greg Auman via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As disappointing, the IDP owners had to be, this firmly puts rookie Jordan Whitehead and possibly Andrew Adams on the radar heading into Week 14.

Category: Injury Updates

Tampa Bay backup safety Andrew Adams managed to pick off Cam Newton three times in the win Sunday. Those were his highlights as he only contributed one tackle, but was credited with three more passes defended. It was pleasant surprise rookie safety Jordan Whitehead who received yet another opportunity with Justin Evans (toe) missing half the contest. Whitehead led the secondary in tackles with seven combined.

Fantasy Impact: IDP is sometimes about the opportunity. Both these players took advantage of that for their IDP owners this week and Whitehead has been quite the find for Tampa Bay so far. For the rest of the season, it is likely Whitehead who could hold the upside for fantasy owners. The secondary is reportedly beaten up after this contest and Whiteheads getting the job done.

Category: Game Recaps

Tampa Bay's defense was much improved versus Carolina with the return of veteran linebacker Lavonte David. He had missed a few contests with a knee injury but returned in great form. David racked up a total of ten solos, two assists, one sack, one tackle for a loss and chipped in with his own passed defended as well. His performance capped fellow linebacker Adarius Taylor to four solos.

Fantasy Impact: His return is great timing for IDP owners heading into the fantasy football playoffs. He'll be a good IDP producer for most of the remaining contest just based on the state of the Tampa Bay defense.

Category: Game Recaps

While the Tampa Bay defensive lineman and secondary enjoyed a very productive day in the win Sunday Week 12 versus San Fransico, the two main linebackers playing did not. Devante Bond recorded four solos and waiver wire sweetheart Adarius Taylor had one solo with one pass defended.

Fantasy Impact: For IDP owners heading into the fantasy playoffs, this has to be a concern. Now for two weeks in a row, the linebackers in Tampa Bay have been outplayed in IDP production by their fellow teammates in ideal conditions on paper. And this isn't by just a small margin overall. The linebacker production is normally a key area for IDP owners to target on any NFL team for fantasy. It would seem at this point unless Lavonte David returns that Bond and Taylor are more risky plays than any upside they may offer. Two weeks in a row is hard to explain as just being the game flow.

Category: Game Recaps

The entire Tampa Bay defensive line enjoyed a productive contest versus San Fransico in the win Week 12. Carl Nassib could be considered as a player leading the way with the only forced fumble and attempt at a turnover. But the numbers across the board for the defensive lineman was ridiculous to be kind about it. Between Nassib, Vita Vea, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Gerald McCoy there were a total of four sacks on San Fransico quarterback Nick Mullins.

Fantasy Impact: For IDP owners in general, if they had any of those defensive linemen or the additional players of Vinny Curry, Beau Allen, and even the disappointing Noah Spence who added a solo, they received a portion of a grand total of seventeen combined tackles, the four sacks, six tackles for a loss, and the one forced fumble by Nassib. It was a good contest to own a Tampa Bay defensive lineman.

Category: Game Recaps

Tampa Bay rookie safety Jordan Whitehead recorded ten solo tackles and one assist in the win over San Fransico Week 12. Just for good measure he also added two passes defended. His tackle amount was nearly double of what safety Isaiah Johnson accumulated with six, which was second best for the defense.

Fantasy Impact: It's impressive that out of the eleven combined that ten were solos. Pending Justin Evans (toe) return, Whitehead holds a lot of upside for IDP owners heading into the fantasy football playoffs. And possibly holding dynasty appeal going forward.

Category: Game Recaps

Ronald Jones is on track to return from his hamstring injury this week after practicing in full Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Jones was ruled out Week 11 after practicing through the week, so it appears that he's ready to make his return this week. Jones should see some snaps and touches, but he doesn't figure to see a fantasy-relevant role coming off the injury and playing behind Peyton Barber. That could change as the season goes and if/when the Bucs are eliminated from the playoffs.

Category: Injury Updates