Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC South

Kwon Alexander has practiced in full, which should mean he’ll be able to play on Sunday vs. the Buffalo Bills. The hamstring injury he suffered in Week 1is likely now fully healed. (Source: bucsnation.com)

Fantasy Impact: Alexander has not played any meaningful snaps to date, vaulting rookie Kendell Beckwith into relevancy. With Lavonte David returning last week and Alexander being ready to go, Beckwith fantasy owners should be concerned. He'll likely be relegated back to the strong side linebacker position which in turn will probably mean he'll no longer receive the every-down player status. His fantasy ride to stardom may be coming to an end.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat writer Rick Stroud is reporting quarterback Jameis Winston (shoulder) is day-to-day with a sprained AC joint. (Source: Rick Stroud on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After spraining his AC joint in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals -- Ryan Fitzpatrick played most of the game in the starter's absence -- Winston is up in the air for this week's matchup against the Bills. With their season hanging in the balance, Winston could go the Derek Carr or Marcus Mariota route -- albeit his injury isn't viewed as severe -- and attempt to play through the pain in Week 7. If Winston is ultimately ruled out, Fitzpatrick will garner his first start of 2017.

Category: Injury Updates


Doug Martin gained 53 yards on 14 carries, and 11 yards on one reception on Sunday against the Cardinals. He also rushed for his second touchdown of the season and a two-point conversion.

Fantasy Impact: It was encouraging to see Martin get 15 touches in a game where the Bucs were in a huge hole, particularly with Jameis Winston out of action. Martin has already shown himself to be a reliable fantasy option in his brief time back in action, and should continue to be one next week against the Bills.

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Adam Humphries caught six of seven targets for 51 yards on Sunday against the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Humphries has become a very reliable wide receiver for fantasy, totaling between 51 and 70 yards receiving in each of his last four games. He hasn't yet scored a touchdown on the year, but with injuries all throughout the game and in the middle of bye weeks, fantasy owners could do worse than Humphries for their WR3/4.

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DeSean Jackson caught three of six targets for 38 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the touchdown, this was actually one of Jackson's worst games of the season, as he had his fewest targets (six) and second-fewest yards (38) and receptions (three) on the season. Jackson has caught just 17 of 36 targets, and hasn't yet had a connection with Jameis Winston. Assuming Winston plays next week, but most likely even if not, Jackson will make a boom or bust WR3 against the Bills.

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Mike Evans hauled in three of eight targets for 95 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Evans was largely held in check by Patrick Peterson, but scored a long touchdown against Justin Bethel with a little over two minutes remaining. He's caught only 27 of 47 targets this year, but he's on pace for nearly 1200 yards and 10 touchdowns, so fantasy owners aren't complaining. Evans and the Bucs will take on the Bills next week.

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Cameron Brate hauled in six of eight targets for 76 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Cardinals. It was his fourth straight game with a touchdown.

Fantasy Impact: Brate has simply been awesome this season, with at least four catches in each of his last four games, to go along with the touchdown catches. He's matchup-proof at this point, and is a strong start next week against the Bills, even if Jameis Winston is forced to miss the game.

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Brent Grimes now has the fifth-most interceptions in the league among active players. His interception may have been a highlight in this contest but his eight total tackles also lead the Tampa Bay defense. But his best effort here did not secure the win vs. Arizona as the Tampa Bay defense struggled to stop Adrian Peterson in the run game.

Fantasy Impact: Grimes effort did reward any fantasy owners who might have had him in play this week. He is that good that many NFL quarterbacks can intentionally avoid whoever the wide receiver is he is covering any given game resulting in a fantasy point failure. Owners should proceed with caution. So far he has only been fantasy point relevant every other contest.

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Kendell Beckwith may not have had his best game in Week 6 vs. Arizona. With Kwon Alexander out once again he manned the middle linebacker position that allowed Adrian Peterson to record 134 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. Granted we are talking about Adrian Peterson here. But Beckwith recorded five total tackles which were his lowest amount since stepping in for the injured Kwon Alexander (hamstring).

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners should be on notice with Kwon Alexander (hamstring) returning to practice last week even if Alexander was inactive this contest. Despite Beckwith filling in admirably since Alexander has been inactive, he should not man the middle linebacker position when Alexander returns. That return should possibly be as soon as next week if Alexander doesn't have a setback in his recovery. With Lavonte David also healthy now Beckwith should be relegated back to the strongside linebacker position that won't be as productive surrounded with talents such as Alexander and David. Returning to the strongside linebacker position could possibly even reduce Beckwith's snap count as much as by half. His fantasy owners will want to monitor Alexanders situation this coming week closely.

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Lavonte David didn't fill the stat sheet with tackles (three), but he did record two fumbles and one was returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter vs. Arizona.

Fantasy Impact: David managed to reward his fantasy owners with the fumbles and the touchdown after missing a couple of weeks with an ankle injury. There is no reason he won't return to gathering tackles for the scoreboard in fantasy going forward. If he can stay healthy he'll remain one of the more solid plays for IDP owners.

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Rookie free safety Justin Evans received the start again vs. Arizona in Week 6. He recorded a stat line of seven total tackles but did have a "rookie" moment. He blew a coverage that led to a touchdown at one point but recovered to make a few nice plays.

Fantasy Impact: This is a great situation for fantasy owners if the rookie can continue to secure the starting free safety position. Due to injuries in Week five, Chris Conte was moved to strong safety and Evans took over the more productive position on the Tampa Bay scheme at free safety. There are not a lot of teams using a defensive scheme that the free safety has more opportunities than a strong safety to make plays on a weekly basis. Owners should take note that Keith Tandy (hip) was inactive while T.J. Ward was active after missing some time with his own hip injury. According to reports Conte and Evans received the start and Ward rotated in. Caution should be taken heading into Week 7 as this situation could possibly change now that Ward has got his feet wet and could have been on a snap count of sorts in Week 6. Evans is definitely got an advantage to remain the starter and a complete hold at this point.

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Charles Sims had one carry for three yards and added five receptions on seven targets for an additional 31 yards in last night's loss to the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: Sims remained the pass catching back with the return of Doug Martin as expected. Sims value in PPR leagues should remain unchanged, although it is worth noting that Martin was targeted three times. It will remain to be seen how Tampa Bay will rotate their running backs going forward, but Sims for now is locked into the pass catching role giving him value but only in PPR leagues.

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Jacquizz Rodgers had three carries for two yards and added an addition 12 yards while catching his only target in last night's loss to the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: With the return of Doug Martin it looks that the end of Rogers' value came with it. He was clearly and after thought and a change of pace back, and even with Martin not playing most of the fourth quarter he still only managed four touches. Rogers is however the clear handcuff should something happen to Martin. Although it was just one game, it was pretty clear who the better back was and who Tampa Bay will be rolling with going forward. Rogers is still worth hanging on to, but with bye weeks upon us he should be one of the first you consider dropping.

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The Tampa Bay defense sacked Tom Brady three times, including a strip sack, to go along with one interception in the Thursday night game against the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: Tampa Bay has a solid defense which can for sure be streamed on a regular basis. With their bye moved to Week 1, they will also be a defense you will not have to replace for the rest of the season.

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Nick Folk missed all three of his field goal attempts on Thursday against the Patriots.

Fantasy Impact: Folk is just another in a long line of mundane kickers in the NFL. This said, look for him as a likely cut candidate for the Buccaneers this week. If he is on your roster make sure to find a replacement.

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DT Gerald McCoy recorded his first sack of 2017 Thursday night vs. New England. He added 4 combined tackles in the losing effort.

Fantasy Impact: McCoy remains a solid play for fantasy in leagues requiring defensive tackles.

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With T.J Ward (hip) and Keith Tandy (hip) both out Tampa Bay choose to move Conte to strong safety and insert rookie Justin Evans into the free safety position. Conte only managed four tackles.

Fantasy Impact: It's a situation Conte owners likely won't want to happen again. The type of defense that Tampa Bay plays is a prime spot for the free safety position. Conte had been the beneficiary of that fact up until this contest. It's a situation going forward that fantasy owners will want to keep up to date on.

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O.J. Howard had no catches and was only targeted once.

Fantasy Impact: Howard was non-existent in the passing game and helped stall a struggling Buccaneer offense with two costly penalties. The rookie tight end sits firmly behind Cameron Brate in the tight end pecking order and isn't startable in any format.

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T.J Ward (hip) is inactive vs. New England. (Source: usatoday.com)

Fantasy Impact: The rookie Justin Evans should be getting the start with Keith Tandy also out.

Category: Injury Updates


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have waived defensive end Jacquies Smith, per ESPN. (Source: espn.com)

Fantasy Impact: DE Smith was at one time a "hot" add for fantasy in IDP leagues. At this point, if owners still have him rostered it may be time to let him go. He may have an opportunity elsewhere if signed. But at this point, no one should be depending on that to happen.

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