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Bucs coach Bruce Arians is now calling Leonard Fournette his "nickel" running back. (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This basically means that Fournette has usurped LeSean McCoy as Tampa Bay's RB in obvious passing situations. Ronald Jones is still the preferred options on early downs, but Fournette's new role might make him the preferred RB to roster in PPR formats. The Bucs take on the Giants on Monday night in Week 8.


Bucs WR Scotty Miller (hip, groin) was once again limited in Thursday's practice. (Source: Buccaneers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Miller is likely to play in Week 8 against the Giants on Monday night. With Chris Godwin (finger) ruled out and Antonio Brown not yet eligible to play, Miller will retain WR3 value for at least one more week.

Category: Injury Updates


WR Antonio Brown "looks fantastic," said Buccaneers' HC Bruce Arians. "He is already in meeting and working with strength staff, in great shape and ready to go next week." (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brown officially signed his one-year deal with the Buccaneers on Tuesday. His eight game suspension comes to an end Week 8 and is ready to go next week. Chris Godwin is out with a fractured left index finger, Brown will have an significant role with his new team right away once he returns from suspension. The 31-year-old WR should be rostered in all league formats and currently 39th among all wide receivers in the latest rest of season expert consensus rankings.


Bucs' WR Chris Godwin underwent surgery after fracturing his left index finger and has been ruled out for the teams Week 8 game against the Giants. (Source: Dov Kleiman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's unclear when Godwin suffered the injury but it's just another disappointment in what's been a rather frustrating season. This is now the third unique injury that will force Godwin off the field and it's not yet known if he will be able to return for the Bucs' Week 9 matchup against the Saints. Coming off a six-catch, 109-yard performance, Scotty Miller should be busier than usual in Godwin's absence this week. If Godwin's absence is extended, the recently-signed Antonio Brown, who is eligible to return after Week 8, could jump into a significant role immediately.

Category: Injury Updates


Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate caught his lone target for an eight-yard gain in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: With Rob Gronkowski taking off, Brate is a blip on the fantasy radar. He is just a guy entering Week 8 at the Giants.

Category: Game Recaps


Tyler Johnson getting going

Mon, Oct 26th 9:20am EDT
By Anthony Cervino

Buccaneers WR Tyler Johnson caught both of his targets for four yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson was a non-factor earlier in the year but has now gone for 61 yards or a touchdown in each of his past three games including back-to-back outings with a score. Despite his recent usage, Tampa employs a crowded cast of weapons, making it hard to predict when the low-end guys will produce. Johnson is a boom or bust play in Week 8 at the Giants.

Category: Game Recaps


Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones rushed 13 times for 34 yards and one touchdown while adding another two yards on 1-of-2 targets in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: With Leonard Fournette back in the fold, Jones did not get it going yardage wise. In fact, Fournette out-gained him and out-touched him. However, Jones did manage to score, which salvaged the day for his fantasy managers. Both Fournette and Jones are quality flex options moving forward but will eat into each other's ceilings in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps


Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski caught 5-of-8 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: Gronkowski has now scored in back-to-back games. He has also drawn at least six targets in three of his past four games as well. Despite a slow start, Gronkowski has picked it up of late with O.J. Howard on injured reserve. Gronkowski will get the Giants in Week 8.

Category: Game Recaps


Mike Evans shut down again

Mon, Oct 26th 9:07am EDT
By Anthony Cervino

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans caught both of his targets for 37 yards in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: After scoring a touchdown in his first five games of the year, Evans has blanked in each of his past two. In those two games, he has only drawn fewer than two targets and fewer than 37 yards. Evans is clearly a secondary option while Chris Godwin is healthy. Evans will look to get back on track in Week 8 at the Giants.

Category: Game Recaps


Tom Brady lights up Raiders

Mon, Oct 26th 9:05am EDT
By Anthony Cervino

Buccaneers QB Tom Brady completed 33-of-45 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns and carried the ball one time for a one-yard score in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: Brady was terrific in the win. He has now passed for at least 360 yards and four touchdowns in two of his past four games. Brady will look to keep it rolling in a terrific Week 8 matchup at the Giants.

Category: Game Recaps


Buccaneers K Ryan Succop was successful on his lone field goal attempt and on all six of his extra-point tries in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: Succop had another reliable day for his fantasy managers. As long as the Tampa offense is rolling, Succop will be a weekly fantasy starter.

Category: Game Recaps


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers D/ST surrendered 347 total yards and 20 points in Sunday's Week 7 win over the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact: The Tampa defense was not as stout as normal, but they did sack Derek Carr three times and pick him off once. They had a decent day for their fantasy managers. They get a terrific matchup at the Giants in Week 8.

Category: Game Recaps


Buccaneers RB LeSean McCoy gained one yard on four carries and caught his lone target for a six-yard gain in Sunday's Week 6 win over the Packers.

Fantasy Impact: McCoy saw five touches in the win. He was out-gained by Ke'Shawn Vaughn by a wide margin. McCoy is off the fantasy radar while the players slated ahead of him are healthy and productive.

Category: Game Recaps


Buccaneers RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn rushed five times for 42 yards and did not catch his lone target in Sunday's Week 6 win over the Packers.

Fantasy Impact: With Ronald Jones having a terrific game, Vaughn was playing the change of pace role and did not contribute in fantasy. Vaughn's role will diminish even more once Leonard Fournette returns.

Category: Game Recaps


Bucs CB Carlton Davis (abdomen) is questionable for Week 6 against the Packers. (Source: Tom Silverstein on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Davis is a true game-time decision after getting in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. His absence would be a big boost for Davante Adams, though the Packers' No. 1 wideout is a top-five play either way.

Category: Injury Updates


The Bucs placed DT Vita Vea (leg) on season-ending IR. (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was unfortunately expected. Vea was having a tremendous season prior to his injury and will surely be missed along Tampa Bay's defensive line.

Category: Injury Updates


Buccaneers TE Tanner Hudson caught 1-of-4 targets for nine yards in Thursday night's Week 5 loss to the Bears.

Fantasy Impact: Hudson drew four targets but only caught one of them for nine yards. He is the next man up in the tight end rotation if Cameron Brate or Rob Gronkowski are lost to injury.

Category: Game Recaps


Buccaneers WR Jaydon Mickens caught both of his targets for 22 yards in Thursday night's Week 5 loss to the Bears.

Fantasy Impact: With all the injuries in the Tampa receiver room, Mickens saw expanded playing time but only put up a 2/22/0 line on his pair of targets. He will be far off the fantasy radar in Week 6.

Category: Game Recaps


Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Justin Watson has been ruled out for the team's Thursday night game against the Chicago Bears. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Watson had played heavy snaps for the Buccaneers with the team dealing with injuries at the position, so rookie Tyler Johnson could see a significant increase in snaps with Chris Godwin also ruled out. The Buccaneers will still likely use a lot of 12 personnel looks due to Cameron Brate being a starting-caliber tight end. Tom Brady will not lack for weapons despite the massive injury report.

Category: Injury Updates


Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Kenjon Barner has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Barner received one target against the Chargers in Week 4, but he'll miss the next four games due to violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. Barner is not fantasy-relevant, and the Bucs will continue to roll with Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette, and rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn going forward.

Category: Transactions, Rumors