Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC South

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter told the media that "it's impossible to say" Doug Martin will remain the team's starting running back when he is eligible to return from his suspension in Week 4. (Source: Rick Stroud on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Martin, who rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown on five carries Thursday night against the Jaguars, is continuing to impress this offseason. However, since he will serve the remainder of his four-game suspension to open the year -- he will miss the first three games -- Koetter is declining to name him the starter upon his Week 4 return. From a fantasy perspective, Jacquizz Rodgers is the favorite to emerge as the starter while Martin is out, with Charles Sims working as the team's primary receiver out of the backfield. If Rodgers struggles, I'd fully expect Martin to start, but if he shines, Martin could be in trouble as Tampa could roll with the hot hand, which negatively impacts his fantasy value.

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O.J. Howard reeled in two of his three targets for 28 yards in a win over the Jaguars. Howard was stopped a few yards short of the goal line on one of his receptions.

Fantasy Impact: Howard was playing with the starters throughout the first half, and I think we saw what we expected. Both Howard and Cameron Brate were solid, but pulled targets away from each other. It's hard to rank either one as a TE1 in fantasy as long as both are present. Brate is the better bet this season in my mind, as rookie TEs do no often have great success. However, I'm not targeting either one. O.J. Howard is currently being drafted at TE13, which I can't explain. I'd prefer Jack Doyle or Coby Fleener, who are both going later. Howard is a great dynasty prospect, and should be taken in the 6-9 range in most rookie drafts.

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Cameron Brate caught both of his targets for 17 yards against the Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: Brate was playing with the starters, including O.J. Howard, throughout the first half, and I think we saw what we expected. Both TEs were solid, but they eat into each other's targets and make it hard to justify ranking either one too high in drafts. Brate is the better bet this season in my mind, as rookie TEs do no often have great success. However, I'm not targeting either one. Brate, at an ADP of TE20, probably won't be drafted in many leagues.

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Chris Godwin caught two of his five targets against the Jaguars for 30 yards, and had a deep target intercepted on an overthrow by Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Fantasy Impact: Godwin would have had a good chance to score on the play if the pass wasn't overthrown. Of his two catches, one came from Jameis Winston in the first half while Godwin was running with many of the starters. This is a good sign, and Godwin has gotten a lot of good reviews throughout camp. I believe he is one of the most underrated WRs in the rookie class of 2017, and am all over him in dynasty formats, but with Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson in the way, it's tough to see Godwin getting significant targets in 2017. He is well off the draft board for most leagues.

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Adam Humphries caught all 5 of his targets in week 2 of the preseason against the Jaguars for 42 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Humphries was efficient on mostly short passes against the Jaguars. He could be flex-worthy in some weeks in PPR formats, but there just aren't enough targets to go around for me to want to draft him in most leagues.

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DeSean Jackson caught 2-of-4 targets for 17 yards and added 15 yards rushing on his lone carry.

Fantasy Impact: This shows the versatility of the speedster and the Buccaneers are clearly willing to utilize him in multiple ways. Jackson adds a new dimension to the passing offense of the team, and could help draw attention away from Mike Evans and others. Jackson will be frustrating to own in season-long leagues due to his weekly fluctuation, but has the ability to strike at any time, so could win you a game in any given week. He's also a good target in best ball formats and in DFS.

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Mike Evans led the Buccaneers with 6 targets in preseason action against the Jaguars. He caught 5 passes for 57 yards.

Fantasy Impact: More of the same from last year. Evans and QB Jameis Winston clearly have a connection that Winston will utilize plenty this season. Evans is a surefire first round pick, most likely to come off the board in the 6-10 range depending on format and other owners. His ceiling is a bit lower than last year with the addition of DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard who will both get some targets, but Evans is efficient and a red-zone monster, so don't shy away.

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Peyton Barber carried the ball 9 times for 42 yards against the Jaguars in week 2 of the preseason.

Fantasy Impact: This was a good showing from Barber, albeit against the backups. Barber is buried in the depth chart and will not be on the radar this year for fantasy owners. He's worth a stash in deep dynasty leagues if you have the roster space, but not much more.

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Jeremy McNichols carried the ball 11 times for 32 yards against the Jaguars in preseason week 2.

Fantasy Impact: Of the backs that carried 5 times or more, McNichols was easily the lowest in yards per carry. Doug Martin averaged 6.0 YPC and Peyton Barber averaged 4.7 YPC. This alone is not enough to write him off, but he's going to need to be more efficient to creep onto the fantasy radar. He's a good later-round pick in dynasty rookie draft formats, but not on the redraft radar this year with Martin, Sims, and Rodgers all in front of him for touches.

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Jacquizz Rodgers carried the ball 3 times for 4 yards, and caught his only target for 2 yards in preseason action against the Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: Rodgers looked very good in 2016 when he started games, and is a good later-round option in fantasy drafts. He is almost certain to start the first three weeks while Doug Martin is suspended, and a good bet to see a heavy workload during that time. On the chance that he keeps the job when Martin returns, Rodgers could return a lot of value. I am personally betting on Martin, but Rodgers is still a solid way to fill gaps early on if you draft Martin or Ezekiel Elliott.

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Charles Sims carried the ball 2 times for 6 yards in preseason action against the Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: Not much to see here. Sims remains the best bet to see most of the passing down action of the team's RBs, but will not likely carry the ball enough to be relevant for fantasy. He could be flex-worthy in some weeks, mostly in PPR formats, but not much more.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 6-of-9 passing attempts for 47 yards and one interception in preseason action against the Jaguars.

Fantasy Impact: Nothing to see here. Fitzpatrick is surely the backup to Jameis Winston, and didn't even look as good against the backups as Winston did against the starters. Fitzpatrick is firmly off the radar this season, and is a decent streaming option only if Winston misses time, solely due to the weapons on the offense.

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Jameis Winston completed 21-of-29 pass attempts for 196 passing yards. He did not throw and TDs but did not throw and interceptions either.

Fantasy Impact: This is a good showing against a Jaguars defense that is loaded with talent in the secondary. This seems to be the expectation with Winston now that the Buccaneers have loaded up with receiving talent. Winston has a huge ceiling this year, and could finish inside the top 6 as long as he can limit turnovers.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Chicago Bears have signed kicker Roberto Aguayo on Sunday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bears have taken a flier on Aguayo despite his struggles in his first year and a half as a pro. He'll compete with Connor Barth for the Bears' starting placekicker job in 2017.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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