Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC South

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed tight end O.J. Howard to a four-year deal on Monday. (Source: 620 WDAE on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Howard, the 19th overall pick in April's NFL Draft, signed his rookie deal Monday. He'll compete with Cameron Brate for tight end reps for the duration of the off-season, but barring a setback, is fully expected to beat out the veteran and open the 2017 season as Tampa Bay's top tight end. Howard is the top rookie TE to target for fantasy football's Dynasty league formats.

Category: Transactions


Due to recovering from a torn labrum, Jeremy McNichols is current sitting out, but he hopes to be back by the time training camp rolls around. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It has already been said McNichols will be competing for a roster spot, but given the Buccaneers' situation at running back and McNichols' level of talent, he is also fighting for a chance to start. There isn't much separating each back on the roster behind Doug Martin, with many of them having seen playing time and having been average or subpar. Being out for too long can be detrimental to McNichols' chances, so whether or not he comes back by training camp is certainly important.

Category: Rumors


NFL Network's Mike Garafolo is reporting Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was involved in a car accident Thursday in which he suffered "minor cuts and bruises." Martin is reportedly not a fault in the incident as the other party involved was cited by the police. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It appears Martin is fine after Thursday afternoon's car accident. Aside from suffering "minor cuts and bruises," Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht told the media that Martin was evaluated by the team's medical staff and was sent home with a clean bill of health.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors


Cameron Brate signs tender

Mon, Apr 17th 3:03pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino

TB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate has signed his exclusive-rights tender on Monday. (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brate emerged as Tampa Bay's top tight end last season after Austin Seferian-Jenkins was released due to off the field issues. The three-year veteran played in 15 games in 2016 and caught 57 targets for 660 yards and eight touchdowns. Expect Brate to open the upcoming fantasy football campaign in the mid-to-low end TE1 tier.

Category: Transactions


Adam Humphries signs tender

Mon, Apr 17th 2:56pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino

TB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries has signed his exclusive-rights tender on Monday. (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Humphries, who is entering his third year in the NFL in 2017, is coming off of a 2016 season in which he produced a 55-622-2 stat line. He'll likely open the upcoming campaign in the slot as Tampa Bay's No. 3 receiver behind Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson.

Category: Transactions


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked up wide receiver Mike Evans' fifth-year option on Monday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Since the Buccaneers picked up Evans' fifth-year option on Monday, the 23-year-old wideout will be tied to the team through the 2018 season. Coming off of a 2016 campaign in which he produced a 96-1321-12 stat line, Evans will enter 2017 a top five fantasy wide receiver who could amass the century mark in receptions for the first time in his career if he plays a full 16-game slate.

Category: Transactions


Russell Shepherd signs a three-year deal to join the Panthers. Shepherd spent the past four seasons with the Buccaneers but was only able to see snaps once Vincent Jackson went down. Shepherd looks to provide depth with Ted Ginn in New Orleans but has only three career touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: Shepherd is joined by Charles Johnson as players who likely haven't fulfilled their potential or that's what the Panthers are hoping. Shepherd and Johnson will fight with Devin Funchess for snaps.

Category: Transactions


ESPN's Adam Caplan is reporting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed an original round tender on quarterback Ryan Griffin. (Source: Adam Caplan on TWitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Mike Glennon on his way to Chicago, Ryan Griffin is in line to assume the role of Jameis Winston's primary backup, unless the team signs a veteran quarterback in free agency for the job. Griffin has yet to appear in a regular-season game in his career.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Mike Silver believes Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon "will end up" with the Chicago Bears. Silver adds that he does not believe the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers have a "legitimate interest" in him. (Source: Mike Silver on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Silver's report holds true, the Bears are the only team that has a legitimate interest in Glennon. Therefore, Chicago is his likeliest destination. If the Bears indeed sign Glennon, Brian Hoyer will likely move on and not be re-signed. Hoyer is a free agent and is coming off of a 2016 season in which he finished on the injured reserve list with a fractured forearm.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Jenna Laine is reporting running back Jacquizz Rodgers will re-sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Source: Jenna Laine on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rodgers will re-sign with Tampa Bay, "barring any surprises," Laine said via ESPN. The Buccaneers' running back situation is cloudy entering free agency and draft season. With Doug Martin facing a four-game suspension, there is a possibility of the team moving on from their inconsistent and now troubled rusher, leaving a hole in their starting backfield. If Rodgers re-signs, he could compete with Charles Sims for the role of the team's change-of-pace back, assuming no personnel changes. With Martin's future uncertain, expect the Buccaneers to address the running back position either in the draft or free agency.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is not retiring this offseason. (Source: Adam Caplan on TWitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jackson, 34, is an impending free agent. Although it was rumored that he could possibly retire this offseason, Caplan reports that the veteran wideout will indeed play in 2017. After suffering from multiple injuries in the past two seasons, most recently an MCL sprain in 2016, he's only played in 15 of a possible 32 games and produced a 48-716-2 stat line in that span. Despite his age and declining play, Jackson should still find work by the time next season rolls around.

Category: Rumors


Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht told the media kicker Roberto Aguayo's roster spot is "not assured" in 2017. “We will do everything we can to bring in the best competition at that position,” Licht said via PewterReport.com. “I think Dirk [Koetter] even said he’s not locked into this roster. He needs to have a great camp just like all of our players, but we will continue to find the best competition that we can and ultimately have the best kicker that we can on this roster – whether it’s him or somebody else.” (Source: PewterReport.com)

Fantasy Impact: Aguayo, who was the 59th overall pick in the 2016 draft, struggled in his rookie season in the NFL. Playing in all 16 games, he was successful on only 22-of-31 field goal attempts and 32-of-34 extra point attempts. With the Seahawks signing Blair Walsh this week, impending free agent kicker Steven Hauschka became expendable, and he is now linked to the Buccaneers. If not Hauschka, expect Tampa Bay to pursue another available place kicker to compete with Aguayo this offseason. The added competition could push Aguayo to reach his potential, or his career could come to an end sooner rather than later -- despite his second-round draft status.

Category: Rumors


Jameis Winston completed 20 of 35 passes for 202 yards with a touchdown and an interception on Sunday against the Panthers. He also gained 18 yards on three rushing attempts and lost a fumble.

Fantasy Impact: Winston finished his season with 4,090 yards passing, 28 passing touchdowns and 18 interceptions. The Bucs were decimated at wide receiver, so Winston's mediocrity isn't all his fault. He'll look to build on his improvements this year with more gains in 2017.

Category: Game Recaps


Luke Stocker with a reception

Sun, Jan 1st 6:00pm EST
By Chris Zolli

TB

Luke Stocker caught one pass for the Buccanners on Sunday against the Panthers. This was the third straight game for a target for Stocker and the fourth time in five games. He finished the season with five receptions for 23 yards.

Fantasy Impact: The biggest story here is that the Buccaneers got absolutely nothing out of tight ends in absence of Cameron Brate. While Jameis Winston was comfortable with Stocker, Brandon Myers did not have a target and Stocker only had one yard on his lone reception.

Category: Game Recaps


Charles Sims placed on IR

Wed, Dec 28th 4:32pm EST
By Anthony Cervino

TB

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed running back Charles Sims (pectoral) on the injured reserve list, ending his season. (Source: Jenna Laine on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sims suffered a pectoral injury last week which will end his season. Like his Buccaneers teammate, Doug Martin, Sims was a disappointment for his fantasy owners in 2016. He'll finish the campaign with 339 total yards and two touchdowns in seven games played.

Category: Injury Updates


Brandon Myers with a catch

Sun, Dec 11th 7:59pm EST
By Chris Zolli

TB

Brandon Myers caught his lone target for nine yards against the Saints on Sunday. This is his second straight game with a target and his first catch in nearly a month. He has five receptions for 38 yards this season.

Fantasy Impact: Myers has no fantasy impact, but he could get red zone targets, as he is a blocking TE. Cameron Brate is the starting TE and is a top-tier TE for the remainder of the season.

Category: Game Recaps


Cecil Shorts suffered a knee injury during Week 13 that is now being reported as a season-ending injury by ESPN's Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Shorts did not have much of a fantasy impact, but this could affect the Tampa Bay passing game slightly moving forward. It could result in a few more targets spread between Evans, Brate, and other WRs.

Category: Injury Updates


The Buccaneers shocked the Seahawks by winning a close game 14-5 on Sunday. Peyton Barber did not see much action though. He finished with only six touches. He carried the ball five times for 16 yards and caught one pass for another four yards.

Fantasy Impact: Peyton Barber does not look to be fantasy relevant any longer. Depending on the size of your league he is probably droppable at this point as Doug Martin has dominated the touches since returning from injury.

Category: Game Recaps


The Bucs found a hole in the Bears defense and took full advantage. Jameis Winston threw the ball well and spread the ball around more than usual on Sunday. Freddie Martino found the stat sheet by hauling in his only target for a 43-yard touchdown. The touchdown was his first career touchdown and only his second catch of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Freddie Martino made anyone gutsy enough to play him in DFS very happy. I doubt he was owned by many people if anyone at all. He holds absolutely no value in yearly either. He made a good catch on a great route, but do not look too much into it.

Category: Game Recaps


The Bucs started out somewhat slow again, but ended up destroying the Bears 34-10. Mike James saw some action as the third running back. He had two carries for seven yards and one catch for five.

Fantasy Impact: James has no value in fantasy with Doug Martin back. Martin owners may want to add him to their watch list as a precaution if Martin goes down again with injury, but as of now James should be owned in zero percent of leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Antone Smith (knee) will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tampa Bay lost yet another running back on Thursday night. Smith, Tampa's fifth rusher of 2016, suffered a knee injury that will end his season. Peyton Barber and Mike James are the only healthy backs on the Buccaneers currently.

Category: Injury Updates


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.

Fantasy Impact: 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.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the wake of his DUI arrest on Friday. (Source: Rick Stroud on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Seferian-Jenkins' inconsistent tenure with the Buccaneers came to an end on Friday as the team gave the tight end his out-right release. Cameron Brate will likely take over the starting tight end duties in Seferian-Jenkins' absence.

Category: Transactions


Storm Johnson carried the ball four times for eight yards and caught both of his targets for 31 yards, including a 20 yard scamper in the Buccaneers 17-9 loss to the Eagles in their preseason opener.

Fantasy Impact: Storm Johnson got an extended look on Thursday with Charles Sims sidelined. Johnson is not a lock to make the roster but the former seventh round pick out of UCF may be able to compete for a backup running back role if he is able to step up during these exhibition games. Johnson did not play a single down in 2015 after being drafted by the Jaguars in 2014.

Category: Game Recaps


Kenny Bell is pushing for immediate playing time on the outside in three-WR sets. He's competing with Donteea Dye and Russell Shepard. (Source: SportsTalkFlorida.com)

Fantasy Impact: It will be interesting to see what comes of this in training camp, and there should be value to be had from whoever is the winner considering the Bucs have said they're moving Vincent Jackson into more of a slot role in 2016. The rookie has solid upside, and he's a player to monitor as we enter training camps.


Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers K Connor Barth has agreed to terms on a contract with the New Orleans Saints. Barth was released following the Buccaneers' selection of Roberto Aguayo in the second-round of the 2016 NFL Draft. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It didn't take long for Connor Barth to find a new team as he signed with the division rival New Orleans Saints. The veteran kicker finished 2015 with 103 fantasy points through 12 games and will likely compete with Kai Forbath for the starting job in New Orleans.

Category: Transactions


Louis Murphy will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL he suffered Week 7. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Murphy had a solid day prior to his exit, and it looks like his season is now over. His absence will move Donteea Dye up to the role of No. 3 WR for the Bucs.

Category: Injury Updates


On Monday, the team confirmed that it had released Kyle Brindza. Brindza in his past two games, missed five field goals and two extra point attempts. (Source: Buccaneers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Owners should be looking for a replacement Kicker on their waiver wire for Week 5 as it is safe to drop Brindza in every league format.

Category: Transactions


He didn't enter the game until the second quarter, so he is clearly behind Doug Martin and Charles Sims. He should be a contributor though, spelling Martin in the early downs while Sims plays the passing downs.

Fantasy Impact: Martin should become the back to consider in Tampa but for now, it's a committee approach. Don't let that fool you, as the coaches have effusively praised Martin, even saying he looks like the 2012 version.

Category: Game Recaps


The Buffalo Bills are attempting to sign free agent QB Josh McCown, reports Vic Carucci, the lead Bills writer for the Buffalo News. McCown visited the Bills on Feb. 16 and at least two other teams, Chicago and Cleveland, since then. (Source: Vic Carucci)

Fantasy Impact: Even though McCown reverted to his backup-caliber norm after a career year in 2013, he would be an instant threat to E.J. Manuel for the Bills' starting job. But in what's likely to be a run-first offense under new coordinator Greg Roman, any QB there would be a fantasy longshot.


Newly acquired TE Tim Wright hauled in 4-of-6 for 43 yards from starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

Fantasy Impact: The Patrtiot's first-teamers didn't play, but Wright worked with QB Jimmy Garoppolo and the rest of the game's starters. He operated as the "move" TE, and has a great opportunity to compliment Rob Gronkowski this year in the Pat's passing attack.


ESPN's Adam Caplan is reporting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed an original round tender on quarterback Ryan Griffin. (Source: Adam Caplan on TWitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Mike Glennon on his way to Chicago, Ryan Griffin is in line to assume the role of Jameis Winston's primary backup, unless the team signs a veteran quarterback in free agency for the job. Griffin has yet to appear in a regular-season game in his career.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Mike Silver believes Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon "will end up" with the Chicago Bears. Silver adds that he does not believe the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers have a "legitimate interest" in him. (Source: Mike Silver on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Silver's report holds true, the Bears are the only team that has a legitimate interest in Glennon. Therefore, Chicago is his likeliest destination. If the Bears indeed sign Glennon, Brian Hoyer will likely move on and not be re-signed. Hoyer is a free agent and is coming off of a 2016 season in which he finished on the injured reserve list with a fractured forearm.

Category: Rumors


Jameis Winston completed 20 of 35 passes for 202 yards with a touchdown and an interception on Sunday against the Panthers. He also gained 18 yards on three rushing attempts and lost a fumble.

Fantasy Impact: Winston finished his season with 4,090 yards passing, 28 passing touchdowns and 18 interceptions. The Bucs were decimated at wide receiver, so Winston's mediocrity isn't all his fault. He'll look to build on his improvements this year with more gains in 2017.

Category: Game Recaps


The Buffalo Bills are attempting to sign free agent QB Josh McCown, reports Vic Carucci, the lead Bills writer for the Buffalo News. McCown visited the Bills on Feb. 16 and at least two other teams, Chicago and Cleveland, since then. (Source: Vic Carucci)

Fantasy Impact: Even though McCown reverted to his backup-caliber norm after a career year in 2013, he would be an instant threat to E.J. Manuel for the Bills' starting job. But in what's likely to be a run-first offense under new coordinator Greg Roman, any QB there would be a fantasy longshot.


Due to recovering from a torn labrum, Jeremy McNichols is current sitting out, but he hopes to be back by the time training camp rolls around. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: It has already been said McNichols will be competing for a roster spot, but given the Buccaneers' situation at running back and McNichols' level of talent, he is also fighting for a chance to start. There isn't much separating each back on the roster behind Doug Martin, with many of them having seen playing time and having been average or subpar. Being out for too long can be detrimental to McNichols' chances, so whether or not he comes back by training camp is certainly important.

Category: Rumors


NFL Network's Mike Garafolo is reporting Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was involved in a car accident Thursday in which he suffered "minor cuts and bruises." Martin is reportedly not a fault in the incident as the other party involved was cited by the police. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It appears Martin is fine after Thursday afternoon's car accident. Aside from suffering "minor cuts and bruises," Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht told the media that Martin was evaluated by the team's medical staff and was sent home with a clean bill of health.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors


ESPN's Jenna Laine is reporting running back Jacquizz Rodgers will re-sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Source: Jenna Laine on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rodgers will re-sign with Tampa Bay, "barring any surprises," Laine said via ESPN. The Buccaneers' running back situation is cloudy entering free agency and draft season. With Doug Martin facing a four-game suspension, there is a possibility of the team moving on from their inconsistent and now troubled rusher, leaving a hole in their starting backfield. If Rodgers re-signs, he could compete with Charles Sims for the role of the team's change-of-pace back, assuming no personnel changes. With Martin's future uncertain, expect the Buccaneers to address the running back position either in the draft or free agency.

Category: Rumors


Charles Sims placed on IR

Wed, Dec 28th 4:32pm EST
By Anthony Cervino

TB

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed running back Charles Sims (pectoral) on the injured reserve list, ending his season. (Source: Jenna Laine on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sims suffered a pectoral injury last week which will end his season. Like his Buccaneers teammate, Doug Martin, Sims was a disappointment for his fantasy owners in 2016. He'll finish the campaign with 339 total yards and two touchdowns in seven games played.

Category: Injury Updates


The Buccaneers shocked the Seahawks by winning a close game 14-5 on Sunday. Peyton Barber did not see much action though. He finished with only six touches. He carried the ball five times for 16 yards and caught one pass for another four yards.

Fantasy Impact: Peyton Barber does not look to be fantasy relevant any longer. Depending on the size of your league he is probably droppable at this point as Doug Martin has dominated the touches since returning from injury.

Category: Game Recaps


The Bucs started out somewhat slow again, but ended up destroying the Bears 34-10. Mike James saw some action as the third running back. He had two carries for seven yards and one catch for five.

Fantasy Impact: James has no value in fantasy with Doug Martin back. Martin owners may want to add him to their watch list as a precaution if Martin goes down again with injury, but as of now James should be owned in zero percent of leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Antone Smith (knee) will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tampa Bay lost yet another running back on Thursday night. Smith, Tampa's fifth rusher of 2016, suffered a knee injury that will end his season. Peyton Barber and Mike James are the only healthy backs on the Buccaneers currently.

Category: Injury Updates


Storm Johnson carried the ball four times for eight yards and caught both of his targets for 31 yards, including a 20 yard scamper in the Buccaneers 17-9 loss to the Eagles in their preseason opener.

Fantasy Impact: Storm Johnson got an extended look on Thursday with Charles Sims sidelined. Johnson is not a lock to make the roster but the former seventh round pick out of UCF may be able to compete for a backup running back role if he is able to step up during these exhibition games. Johnson did not play a single down in 2015 after being drafted by the Jaguars in 2014.

Category: Game Recaps


He didn't enter the game until the second quarter, so he is clearly behind Doug Martin and Charles Sims. He should be a contributor though, spelling Martin in the early downs while Sims plays the passing downs.

Fantasy Impact: Martin should become the back to consider in Tampa but for now, it's a committee approach. Don't let that fool you, as the coaches have effusively praised Martin, even saying he looks like the 2012 version.

Category: Game Recaps


Adam Humphries signs tender

Mon, Apr 17th 2:56pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino

TB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries has signed his exclusive-rights tender on Monday. (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Humphries, who is entering his third year in the NFL in 2017, is coming off of a 2016 season in which he produced a 55-622-2 stat line. He'll likely open the upcoming campaign in the slot as Tampa Bay's No. 3 receiver behind Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson.

Category: Transactions


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked up wide receiver Mike Evans' fifth-year option on Monday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Since the Buccaneers picked up Evans' fifth-year option on Monday, the 23-year-old wideout will be tied to the team through the 2018 season. Coming off of a 2016 campaign in which he produced a 96-1321-12 stat line, Evans will enter 2017 a top five fantasy wide receiver who could amass the century mark in receptions for the first time in his career if he plays a full 16-game slate.

Category: Transactions


Russell Shepherd signs a three-year deal to join the Panthers. Shepherd spent the past four seasons with the Buccaneers but was only able to see snaps once Vincent Jackson went down. Shepherd looks to provide depth with Ted Ginn in New Orleans but has only three career touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: Shepherd is joined by Charles Johnson as players who likely haven't fulfilled their potential or that's what the Panthers are hoping. Shepherd and Johnson will fight with Devin Funchess for snaps.

Category: Transactions


ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson is not retiring this offseason. (Source: Adam Caplan on TWitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jackson, 34, is an impending free agent. Although it was rumored that he could possibly retire this offseason, Caplan reports that the veteran wideout will indeed play in 2017. After suffering from multiple injuries in the past two seasons, most recently an MCL sprain in 2016, he's only played in 15 of a possible 32 games and produced a 48-716-2 stat line in that span. Despite his age and declining play, Jackson should still find work by the time next season rolls around.

Category: Rumors


Cecil Shorts suffered a knee injury during Week 13 that is now being reported as a season-ending injury by ESPN's Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Shorts did not have much of a fantasy impact, but this could affect the Tampa Bay passing game slightly moving forward. It could result in a few more targets spread between Evans, Brate, and other WRs.

Category: Injury Updates


The Bucs found a hole in the Bears defense and took full advantage. Jameis Winston threw the ball well and spread the ball around more than usual on Sunday. Freddie Martino found the stat sheet by hauling in his only target for a 43-yard touchdown. The touchdown was his first career touchdown and only his second catch of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Freddie Martino made anyone gutsy enough to play him in DFS very happy. I doubt he was owned by many people if anyone at all. He holds absolutely no value in yearly either. He made a good catch on a great route, but do not look too much into it.

Category: Game Recaps


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.

Fantasy Impact: 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.


Kenny Bell is pushing for immediate playing time on the outside in three-WR sets. He's competing with Donteea Dye and Russell Shepard. (Source: SportsTalkFlorida.com)

Fantasy Impact: It will be interesting to see what comes of this in training camp, and there should be value to be had from whoever is the winner considering the Bucs have said they're moving Vincent Jackson into more of a slot role in 2016. The rookie has solid upside, and he's a player to monitor as we enter training camps.


Louis Murphy will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL he suffered Week 7. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Murphy had a solid day prior to his exit, and it looks like his season is now over. His absence will move Donteea Dye up to the role of No. 3 WR for the Bucs.

Category: Injury Updates


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed tight end O.J. Howard to a four-year deal on Monday. (Source: 620 WDAE on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Howard, the 19th overall pick in April's NFL Draft, signed his rookie deal Monday. He'll compete with Cameron Brate for tight end reps for the duration of the off-season, but barring a setback, is fully expected to beat out the veteran and open the 2017 season as Tampa Bay's top tight end. Howard is the top rookie TE to target for fantasy football's Dynasty league formats.

Category: Transactions


Cameron Brate signs tender

Mon, Apr 17th 3:03pm EDT
By Anthony Cervino

TB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate has signed his exclusive-rights tender on Monday. (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brate emerged as Tampa Bay's top tight end last season after Austin Seferian-Jenkins was released due to off the field issues. The three-year veteran played in 15 games in 2016 and caught 57 targets for 660 yards and eight touchdowns. Expect Brate to open the upcoming fantasy football campaign in the mid-to-low end TE1 tier.

Category: Transactions


Luke Stocker with a reception

Sun, Jan 1st 6:00pm EST
By Chris Zolli

TB

Luke Stocker caught one pass for the Buccanners on Sunday against the Panthers. This was the third straight game for a target for Stocker and the fourth time in five games. He finished the season with five receptions for 23 yards.

Fantasy Impact: The biggest story here is that the Buccaneers got absolutely nothing out of tight ends in absence of Cameron Brate. While Jameis Winston was comfortable with Stocker, Brandon Myers did not have a target and Stocker only had one yard on his lone reception.

Category: Game Recaps


Brandon Myers with a catch

Sun, Dec 11th 7:59pm EST
By Chris Zolli

TB

Brandon Myers caught his lone target for nine yards against the Saints on Sunday. This is his second straight game with a target and his first catch in nearly a month. He has five receptions for 38 yards this season.

Fantasy Impact: Myers has no fantasy impact, but he could get red zone targets, as he is a blocking TE. Cameron Brate is the starting TE and is a top-tier TE for the remainder of the season.

Category: Game Recaps


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the wake of his DUI arrest on Friday. (Source: Rick Stroud on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Seferian-Jenkins' inconsistent tenure with the Buccaneers came to an end on Friday as the team gave the tight end his out-right release. Cameron Brate will likely take over the starting tight end duties in Seferian-Jenkins' absence.

Category: Transactions


Newly acquired TE Tim Wright hauled in 4-of-6 for 43 yards from starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

Fantasy Impact: The Patrtiot's first-teamers didn't play, but Wright worked with QB Jimmy Garoppolo and the rest of the game's starters. He operated as the "move" TE, and has a great opportunity to compliment Rob Gronkowski this year in the Pat's passing attack.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht told the media kicker Roberto Aguayo's roster spot is "not assured" in 2017. “We will do everything we can to bring in the best competition at that position,” Licht said via PewterReport.com. “I think Dirk [Koetter] even said he’s not locked into this roster. He needs to have a great camp just like all of our players, but we will continue to find the best competition that we can and ultimately have the best kicker that we can on this roster – whether it’s him or somebody else.” (Source: PewterReport.com)

Fantasy Impact: Aguayo, who was the 59th overall pick in the 2016 draft, struggled in his rookie season in the NFL. Playing in all 16 games, he was successful on only 22-of-31 field goal attempts and 32-of-34 extra point attempts. With the Seahawks signing Blair Walsh this week, impending free agent kicker Steven Hauschka became expendable, and he is now linked to the Buccaneers. If not Hauschka, expect Tampa Bay to pursue another available place kicker to compete with Aguayo this offseason. The added competition could push Aguayo to reach his potential, or his career could come to an end sooner rather than later -- despite his second-round draft status.

Category: Rumors


Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers K Connor Barth has agreed to terms on a contract with the New Orleans Saints. Barth was released following the Buccaneers' selection of Roberto Aguayo in the second-round of the 2016 NFL Draft. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It didn't take long for Connor Barth to find a new team as he signed with the division rival New Orleans Saints. The veteran kicker finished 2015 with 103 fantasy points through 12 games and will likely compete with Kai Forbath for the starting job in New Orleans.

Category: Transactions


On Monday, the team confirmed that it had released Kyle Brindza. Brindza in his past two games, missed five field goals and two extra point attempts. (Source: Buccaneers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Owners should be looking for a replacement Kicker on their waiver wire for Week 5 as it is safe to drop Brindza in every league format.

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The Buccaneers earned a 17-16 win to finish the season 9-7 and the defense was a huge part of the victory. With three interceptions and a defensive touchdown, Tampa Bay's defense was one of the prime performers of the early slate. Even with the great effort, Tampa Bay will miss the playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: Losses to New Orleans and Dallas where the defense did not perform well may keep the Buccaneers out of the playoffs, but three sacks and three turnovers today made Tampa Bay stars. Carolina was harassed with six tackles for a loss and Tampa had 10 passes defended and Cam Newton had five quarterback hits as well. Brent Grimes had two interceptions and a touchdown while Lavonte David had two sacks and two tackles for a loss for Tampa Bay.

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Lavonte David tried to set his team up for success by forcing a fumble on Jimmy Graham that he returned 53 yards to the Seattle 25-yard line. Unfortunately, after a penalty nullified a Cameron Brate touchdown catch, Jameis Winston threw and interception in the end zone on the next play. He finished with five solo tackles and two assists on the day.

Fantasy Impact: David has been a disappointment this season. His tackle numbers are down from what everyone expected and he just has not hit value based on his draft position. He still has great upside and is a must own in most IDP leagues.

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The Bucs beat the Seahawks 14-5 on Sunday. Chirs Conte led the team with seven solo tackles. The tackles were his only stats.

Fantasy Impact: Conte is not a good football player. That said, he actually holds some value in fantasy. He sees decent tackle numbers every week and is worth a look in deeper leagues. Conte has 55 solo tackles on the year along with two interceptions and four pass deflections. His 55 solo tackles is 10th best among defensive backs.

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The Bucs were able to hold onto a close win over the Panthers on Monday night. Turnovers helped and Brent Grimes was able to come away with a big one in the red zone. He finished two solo tackles, two assists, two pass deflections and the interception.

Fantasy Impact: Corners do not have as much value as most safeties in IDP leagues because their tackle numbers are typically lower. Interceptions help and Grimes is a guy who can definitely take advantage in that category. He is worth a look as a spot start in some leagues after the Bucs bye week in Week 6.

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The Bucs held on to beat the Panthers 17-14. Backup CB Jude Adjei-Barimah finished with three solo tackles.

Fantasy Impact: Adjei-Barimah is not fantasy relevant in any IDP formats. His playing time is too minimal at this point and is not even worth considering.

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Kwon Alexander did not put up many stats on Monday. The Bucs were able to hold on for the win, but Alexander only finished with three tackles and two assists. He also had a pass deflection.

Fantasy Impact: After a hot start that has him leading most IDP formats, Alexander took a back seat to Luke Kuechly on Monday night. Alexander has a bye in Week 6, but remains a top option in all IDP leagues.

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The Bucs held on to win a close game on Monday. They did not record a sack, but did create four turnovers. Bradley McDougald lead the team in tackles with six solo and two assists. He also had a pass deflection.

Fantasy Impact: McDougald has not shown enough tackling consistency to be used in IDP leagues. He has now recorded back-to-back solid games and deserves to be added to watch lists for bye weeks.

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The Bucs continue to struggle getting to the quarterback. Gerald McCoy was not much help in that area on Sunday. He finished with only one tackle and two assisted tackles.

Fantasy Impact: McCoy is someone that should be worth owning in IDP leagues that have a roster spot for the DT position. Unfortunately, he has not had a great game since Week 1. It may be time to cut ties with the veteran. It will all depend on who is on the waiver wire.

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The Bucs struggled to maintain pressure on the Rams and only finished with one sack on the day. Clinton McDonald did not help much in that department, but finished with four solo tackles and three assisted tackles.

Fantasy Impact: McDonald is another guy who does not hold any fantasy value. Tackles are difficult to own in most IDP leagues because they often hold more football value than fantasy value. Even if your league has a roster spot strictly for the DT position, McDonald is not worth a look at this point.

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When your team consists of Brent Grimes and Alterraun Verner it may be difficult to find playing time. That does not seem to be the case for Vernon Hargreaves. Hargreaves, a rookie, has seen consistent playing time and has improved every week. There will be growing pains, but he has continued to get better with each game. He finished Sunday with five solo tackles and a pass deflection.

Fantasy Impact: The Bucs need some playmakers to step up on defense. They are hoping Hargreaves can be that guy. He is not quite fantasy relevant, but his stats continue to improve. Right now, Hargreaves should be on your watch list. If he continues to improve he may be worth an add in deeper leagues that differentiate the CB and S positions.

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The Bucs have allowed 77 points in two weeks. Granted, not all of the scoring came against the defense, but it is hard to win when you let up that kind of point total. William Gholston had his best game of the year thus far. He finished with six solo tackles.

Fantasy Impact: This was a decent game from Gholston, but he does not maintain the sack numbers needed for a defensive end to make him relevant in IDP leagues. Look elsewhere if you need an end on your roster.

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Leading up to the game, Robert Ayers was limited in practice by an ankle injury. He left in the first half after clutching his left foot. He finished with only two tackles and had a boot on his foot after the game.

Fantasy Impact: Ayers is a decent defensive end to own in IDP leagues. He racks up decent tackle numbers and can produce sacks or tackles for loss. If he misses time, this could be a big blow in deeper IDP leagues. Keep an eye out for updates, but you may need to find a replacement if you do not roster backup defensive players.

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Tampa Bay Buccanneers rookie OL Dominique Robertson suffered two gunshot wounds to the leg on Thursday following an altercation with an unknown suspect. Robertson sustained injuries to his leg, buttocks and back as a result of the incident according to a deputy sheriff of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Dept. The UDFA was released from the hospital and is "at home resting" according to a statement from the Buccaneers' organization. (Source: San Bernardino Sheriff's Dept.)

Fantasy Impact: Dominique Robertson is an UDFA who was signed this offseason by the Buccaneers after not being selected in the 2016 NFL Draft. Robertson's roster status entering the 2016 regular season remains unknown.

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The Bucs have benched Alterraun Verner and will go with Tim Jennings, who was released by Chicago and then scooped up by the Bucs and reunited with coach Lovie Smith. (Source: Rick Stroud on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This news upgrades DeAndre Hopkins today.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded safety Dashon Goldson to the Washington Redskins for a 2016 sixth-round draft pick. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Goldson started his career with the San Francisco 49ers, being selected to the Pro Bowl in 2011 and 2012. He then went to Tampa Bay in free agency in 2013, but didn't quite live up to his five-year, $41 million deal. When you factor in that Goldson is 30 years old and has been fined an NFL-high eight times since the beginning of the 2012 season, you have to wonder if the Redskins made the right move taking on his salary, even if a low draft pick was all they needed to acquire him.

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The Bears and linebacker, Mason Foster, agreed to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Specifics about that deal have yet to be released. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Mason Foster is a solid linebacker. He has played in three systems in four years, but has still shown success. Foster will be better suited for Defense Coordinator, Vic Fangio's 3-4 defensive system. Foster allows the Bears to draft best player available in the upcoming draft. Look for Foster to start for the Bears as an inside backer, while Jon Bostic and Christian Jones battle for the other inside spot. Foster will make a solid late round draft pick with high upside in IDP leagues.

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Michael Johnson has shared an injury plagued season with many of his fellow teammates but when he has been healthy, he's been a force. He showed his ability again on Sunday when he came up with a huge strip sack of none other than Aaron Rodgers. He also helped lead the Buccaneers defense to a decent showing against the potent Green Bay offense. (Source: Buccaneers.com)

Fantasy Impact: If Michael Johnson had not been hurt throughout the season, especially in the beginning, he might have had a great fantasy season. Fantasy owners should keep him on their radars for next season since the Buccaneers should improve as a whole.


After being cut by the Bills, Jacquies Smith has been productive in Tampa Bay earning him praise from Lovie Smith. On Sunday, he added another 2 tackles, 2 assists and an assisted sack to his season. (Source: SB Nation)

Fantasy Impact: It will be important for the Bucs' success that Jacquies Smith continues his impressive development. The Bucs desperately need better pass rushers so Smith's specialty fits in nicely. However, it would not be a surprise if the Bucs spent a draft pick on a pass rusher.


Danny Lansanah has been one of the few bright spots on the Bucs this season and he added another 1.5 sacks to his season on Sunday. He ended the game with 3 tackles, 5 assists, and 1.5 sacks. (Source: Buccaneers.com)

Fantasy Impact: After bouncing around the league, Danny Lansanah has finally found a home on the Bucs. In fact, Lovie Smith has already claimed that Lansanah is important to the Bucs future. So with most fantasy leagues nearing their end, Lansanah will probably end the year on the waiver wire but he could end up being a decent last round pick in next year fantasy drafts.


Adrian Clayborn has been place on IR, ending his season. (Source: Scott Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There was lots of optimism for Clayborn starting the season but a bicep injury will end it after one game. After declining his fifth year option at the start of the year it may be the last time we see the 26-year-old in pewter. He tallied a disappointing 13 sacks in in 36 games over his four years in Tampa. He shouldn't have been on your IDP radar this season.


Mark Barron had seven tackles with five of them being solo and two of them being assisted. However, he had a relatively quiet night in the sense that he did not have any turnovers or sacks. (Source: Buccaneers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Since Lovie Smith puts a ton of focus into forcing turnovers, I'm sure that both fantasy owners and Smith were disappointed in the Bucs' lack of production against a backup QB. Since the Bucs have undergone a couple makeovers in the offseason it makes sense that it might take a couple of games for the Bucs to start generating turnovers. But, until then, Barron should be a match-up based fantasy play.


The Bucs continue to struggle getting to the quarterback. Gerald McCoy was not much help in that area on Sunday. He finished with only one tackle and two assisted tackles.

Fantasy Impact: McCoy is someone that should be worth owning in IDP leagues that have a roster spot for the DT position. Unfortunately, he has not had a great game since Week 1. It may be time to cut ties with the veteran. It will all depend on who is on the waiver wire.

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The Bucs struggled to maintain pressure on the Rams and only finished with one sack on the day. Clinton McDonald did not help much in that department, but finished with four solo tackles and three assisted tackles.

Fantasy Impact: McDonald is another guy who does not hold any fantasy value. Tackles are difficult to own in most IDP leagues because they often hold more football value than fantasy value. Even if your league has a roster spot strictly for the DT position, McDonald is not worth a look at this point.

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The Bucs have allowed 77 points in two weeks. Granted, not all of the scoring came against the defense, but it is hard to win when you let up that kind of point total. William Gholston had his best game of the year thus far. He finished with six solo tackles.

Fantasy Impact: This was a decent game from Gholston, but he does not maintain the sack numbers needed for a defensive end to make him relevant in IDP leagues. Look elsewhere if you need an end on your roster.

Category: Game Recaps


Leading up to the game, Robert Ayers was limited in practice by an ankle injury. He left in the first half after clutching his left foot. He finished with only two tackles and had a boot on his foot after the game.

Fantasy Impact: Ayers is a decent defensive end to own in IDP leagues. He racks up decent tackle numbers and can produce sacks or tackles for loss. If he misses time, this could be a big blow in deeper IDP leagues. Keep an eye out for updates, but you may need to find a replacement if you do not roster backup defensive players.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps


Michael Johnson has shared an injury plagued season with many of his fellow teammates but when he has been healthy, he's been a force. He showed his ability again on Sunday when he came up with a huge strip sack of none other than Aaron Rodgers. He also helped lead the Buccaneers defense to a decent showing against the potent Green Bay offense. (Source: Buccaneers.com)

Fantasy Impact: If Michael Johnson had not been hurt throughout the season, especially in the beginning, he might have had a great fantasy season. Fantasy owners should keep him on their radars for next season since the Buccaneers should improve as a whole.


After being cut by the Bills, Jacquies Smith has been productive in Tampa Bay earning him praise from Lovie Smith. On Sunday, he added another 2 tackles, 2 assists and an assisted sack to his season. (Source: SB Nation)

Fantasy Impact: It will be important for the Bucs' success that Jacquies Smith continues his impressive development. The Bucs desperately need better pass rushers so Smith's specialty fits in nicely. However, it would not be a surprise if the Bucs spent a draft pick on a pass rusher.


Adrian Clayborn has been place on IR, ending his season. (Source: Scott Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There was lots of optimism for Clayborn starting the season but a bicep injury will end it after one game. After declining his fifth year option at the start of the year it may be the last time we see the 26-year-old in pewter. He tallied a disappointing 13 sacks in in 36 games over his four years in Tampa. He shouldn't have been on your IDP radar this season.


Lavonte David tried to set his team up for success by forcing a fumble on Jimmy Graham that he returned 53 yards to the Seattle 25-yard line. Unfortunately, after a penalty nullified a Cameron Brate touchdown catch, Jameis Winston threw and interception in the end zone on the next play. He finished with five solo tackles and two assists on the day.

Fantasy Impact: David has been a disappointment this season. His tackle numbers are down from what everyone expected and he just has not hit value based on his draft position. He still has great upside and is a must own in most IDP leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Kwon Alexander did not put up many stats on Monday. The Bucs were able to hold on for the win, but Alexander only finished with three tackles and two assists. He also had a pass deflection.

Fantasy Impact: After a hot start that has him leading most IDP formats, Alexander took a back seat to Luke Kuechly on Monday night. Alexander has a bye in Week 6, but remains a top option in all IDP leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


The Bears and linebacker, Mason Foster, agreed to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Specifics about that deal have yet to be released. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Mason Foster is a solid linebacker. He has played in three systems in four years, but has still shown success. Foster will be better suited for Defense Coordinator, Vic Fangio's 3-4 defensive system. Foster allows the Bears to draft best player available in the upcoming draft. Look for Foster to start for the Bears as an inside backer, while Jon Bostic and Christian Jones battle for the other inside spot. Foster will make a solid late round draft pick with high upside in IDP leagues.

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Danny Lansanah has been one of the few bright spots on the Bucs this season and he added another 1.5 sacks to his season on Sunday. He ended the game with 3 tackles, 5 assists, and 1.5 sacks. (Source: Buccaneers.com)

Fantasy Impact: After bouncing around the league, Danny Lansanah has finally found a home on the Bucs. In fact, Lovie Smith has already claimed that Lansanah is important to the Bucs future. So with most fantasy leagues nearing their end, Lansanah will probably end the year on the waiver wire but he could end up being a decent last round pick in next year fantasy drafts.


Mark Barron had seven tackles with five of them being solo and two of them being assisted. However, he had a relatively quiet night in the sense that he did not have any turnovers or sacks. (Source: Buccaneers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Since Lovie Smith puts a ton of focus into forcing turnovers, I'm sure that both fantasy owners and Smith were disappointed in the Bucs' lack of production against a backup QB. Since the Bucs have undergone a couple makeovers in the offseason it makes sense that it might take a couple of games for the Bucs to start generating turnovers. But, until then, Barron should be a match-up based fantasy play.


The Bucs beat the Seahawks 14-5 on Sunday. Chirs Conte led the team with seven solo tackles. The tackles were his only stats.

Fantasy Impact: Conte is not a good football player. That said, he actually holds some value in fantasy. He sees decent tackle numbers every week and is worth a look in deeper leagues. Conte has 55 solo tackles on the year along with two interceptions and four pass deflections. His 55 solo tackles is 10th best among defensive backs.

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The Bucs were able to hold onto a close win over the Panthers on Monday night. Turnovers helped and Brent Grimes was able to come away with a big one in the red zone. He finished two solo tackles, two assists, two pass deflections and the interception.

Fantasy Impact: Corners do not have as much value as most safeties in IDP leagues because their tackle numbers are typically lower. Interceptions help and Grimes is a guy who can definitely take advantage in that category. He is worth a look as a spot start in some leagues after the Bucs bye week in Week 6.

Category: Game Recaps


The Bucs held on to beat the Panthers 17-14. Backup CB Jude Adjei-Barimah finished with three solo tackles.

Fantasy Impact: Adjei-Barimah is not fantasy relevant in any IDP formats. His playing time is too minimal at this point and is not even worth considering.

Category: Game Recaps


The Bucs held on to win a close game on Monday. They did not record a sack, but did create four turnovers. Bradley McDougald lead the team in tackles with six solo and two assists. He also had a pass deflection.

Fantasy Impact: McDougald has not shown enough tackling consistency to be used in IDP leagues. He has now recorded back-to-back solid games and deserves to be added to watch lists for bye weeks.

Category: Game Recaps


When your team consists of Brent Grimes and Alterraun Verner it may be difficult to find playing time. That does not seem to be the case for Vernon Hargreaves. Hargreaves, a rookie, has seen consistent playing time and has improved every week. There will be growing pains, but he has continued to get better with each game. He finished Sunday with five solo tackles and a pass deflection.

Fantasy Impact: The Bucs need some playmakers to step up on defense. They are hoping Hargreaves can be that guy. He is not quite fantasy relevant, but his stats continue to improve. Right now, Hargreaves should be on your watch list. If he continues to improve he may be worth an add in deeper leagues that differentiate the CB and S positions.

Category: Game Recaps


The Bucs have benched Alterraun Verner and will go with Tim Jennings, who was released by Chicago and then scooped up by the Bucs and reunited with coach Lovie Smith. (Source: Rick Stroud on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This news upgrades DeAndre Hopkins today.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded safety Dashon Goldson to the Washington Redskins for a 2016 sixth-round draft pick. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Goldson started his career with the San Francisco 49ers, being selected to the Pro Bowl in 2011 and 2012. He then went to Tampa Bay in free agency in 2013, but didn't quite live up to his five-year, $41 million deal. When you factor in that Goldson is 30 years old and has been fined an NFL-high eight times since the beginning of the 2012 season, you have to wonder if the Redskins made the right move taking on his salary, even if a low draft pick was all they needed to acquire him.

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