Doug Martin - RBPosted 6/16/17 9:12am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is receiving a ton of offseason praise from a number of sources, not the least of which is general manager Jason Licht. '(Martin) looks lean, he looks like he's finishing his runs - obviously, there is no contact in the spring - but it looks like he's finishing his runs. He looks like he's got that burst. ... He looks like the Doug Martin of 2015,' Licht told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
Huddle Up: It's important to remember Martin will miss the first three games due to suspension and doesn't boast the best track record when it comes to staying healthy. While it is entirely possible he can return to being a fantasy RB1, those two factors alone make him a risky bet and someone owners should not be trying to move up draft boards just because he is looking good in non-padded practices.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 6/14/17 9:10am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin looks quicker and bulkier than he did only two or three weeks ago, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Thought to be a cut candidate earlier this spring, Martin appears primed to enjoy a bounce-back year once he is able to return from his season-opening three-game suspension. Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims and rookie Jeremy McNichols figure to pick up the slack in his absence. Once Martin returns, he could easily be an upside RB2 in what should be a very good offense.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 6/11/17 8:25pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 4,000 yards and 20-plus touchdowns in each of his first two seasons.
Huddle Up: Another year of experience and the additions of DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard to the passing attack could push Winston into QB1 territory this season.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 6/10/17 6:22pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate and QB Jameis Winston have a chemistry that is 'going to be tough to dethrone,' according to Trevor Sikkema of PetwerReport.com, and Sikkema believes Brate could make it difficult for TE O.J. Howard to be the No. 1 option at the position.
Huddle Up: Howard has long-term upside as a TE1 and is the preferred option in keeper leagues. However, Winston looked Brate's way a lot in the red zone last year, and his touchdown potential should allow Brate to remain a quality TE2 this season.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 6/7/17 6:50am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has the fifth-best passer rating when targeting tight ends since he entered the league three years ago, according to Pro Football Focus. However, he is third-worst in the league when targeting other positions.
Huddle Up: The latter number isn't too surprising because the team hasn't had a lot of receiving options outside of Mike Evans, and Winston probably tried to force the ball to him sometimes. The addition of DeSean Jackson should help. Winston is in the conversation of a low-end QB1 in fantasy.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 6/1/17 8:43pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims showed good burst in practice Thursday, June 1, according to beat writer Jenna Laine, and Laine believes Sims could be used from the slot this season and will be more involved in the passing game.
Huddle Up: At the very least, Sims should see some action on third down as a receiver out of the backfield. His value will only go up if he also lines up as a receiver. Grab him in the later rounds of PPR formats and see how his role develops.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 5/23/17 8:56am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has been working with the first-team offense in organized team activities Tuesday, May 23.
Huddle Up: Martin still has three games to serve on his suspension, but the reports have been glowing on him this offseason. Of course, it could be smoke and mirrors in an attempt to trade him, but he could be a bounce-back RB3 candidate in fantasy.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 5/23/17 12:07pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (shoulder) practiced during organized team activities Tuesday, May 23, after being cleared to practice Monday, May 22. Sims underwent shoulder surgery sometime this offseason.
Huddle Up: Doug Martin will miss the first three games of the season due to a suspension, so Sims will primarily be fighting for playing time with Jacquizz Rodgers and Jeremy McNichols. Rodgers and Sims will likely see most of the touches in those three games, but a committee is inevitable. Martin has the most potential as far as the whole season is concerned as long as he's healthy. While Sims and Rodgers have more appeal in PPR leagues, they're simply flex options.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 5/22/17 9:41am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard signed his rookie four-year contract Monday, May 22. All first-round picks have options for a fifth year.
Huddle Up: Howard is a tricky one to project this season because Cameron Brate will remain heavily involved. Howard is probably better as an upside TE2 in fantasy.
Nick Folk - PKPosted 5/21/17 1:16pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Roberto Aguayo said he is ready to compete with PK Nick Folk for the kicker job during training camp and the preseason.
Huddle Up: Aguayo made only 71 percent of his field goals last season, so he will have to have a solid performance during the preseason to beat out Folk for the job. The Buccaneers should have one of the better offenses in the NFL in 2017, so the winner of the competition will have some fantasy value.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 5/18/17 6:19pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans said it will be 'awesome' to play with WR DeSean Jackson, and he believes they 'could be one of the best tandems in the league.'
Huddle Up: Evans was already one of the top fantasy receivers, and having Jackson to take the top off defenses should only help his value. Jackson can be a little big-play dependent, but he has enough upside to use as a WR3.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 5/15/17 7:08am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate will still remain a 'very valuable part of the offense,' which was a sentiment the team has emphasized repeatedly after drafting TE O.J. Howard.
Huddle Up: Brate is coming off a 57-660-8 breakout, but he may not be able to repeat it in 2017. He'll be a low-end TE1 option in fantasy.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 5/7/17 5:14pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard 'can do everything' a tight end needs to do, head coach Dirk Koetter said after the first day of rookie minicamp, and Howard said the similarities between Koetter's offense and the system he ran in college has helped make the transition easier.
Huddle Up: Rookie tight ends don't typically make an instant impact, but Howard is still worth a look as a high-upside TE2 this year, and he has TE1 potential long term.
Jeremy McNichols - RBPosted 5/7/17 5:25pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jeremy McNichols is a 'very well-rounded guy' with 'three-down value,' according to general manager Jason Licht, and Licht also praised McNichols for his pass protection.
Huddle Up: With Doug Martin serving a suspension to start the year, McNichols could become a sneaky sleeper, especially in PPR formats. He is worth a flier in the final rounds of drafts.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 5/7/17 5:43pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (back) said he has been fully recovered for more than two months and will be able to participate in OTA workouts without limitations when they begin.
Huddle Up: Brate's fantasy value took a big blow this offseason when Tampa Bay added DeSean Jackson in free agency and drafted O.J. Howard. However, he hauled in eight touchdowns last year, and his impact in the red zone could keep him in the TE2 conversation.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 5/5/17 9:16pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard played on the line of scrimmage and in the slot at rookie minicamp Friday, May 5, and he was uncoverable in 11-on-11 drills, according to beat writer Scott Reynolds.
Huddle Up: Howard should be considered a high-upside TE2 in redraft leagues, and he has TE1 potential long term.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 5/4/17 2:14pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin suffered minor cuts and bruises as a result of a car accident Thursday, May 4, according to a report from the Tampa Police Department.
Huddle Up: Martin has plenty of traffic to maneuver through in his own backfield, too. Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers will stint Martin's receiving game and take away some of his carries. Injuries forced Martin missed eight games last year, paving the way for Sims and then Rodgers to earn more playing time. Given the crowded backfield and the fact that he has only played a full season in two of his five years, Martin is merely a flex consideration.
Jeremy McNichols - RBPosted 4/30/17 7:51pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jeremy McNichols (shoulder) had surgery on a torn labrum after the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine but should be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.
Huddle Up: With Doug Martin serving a suspension, McNichols will have a chance to stake his claim to a role early in the year. He probably won't overtake Martin, but becoming the third-down back isn't out of the question. McNichols could be a sneaky late-round pick in PPR formats.
Jeremy McNichols - RBPosted 4/29/17 11:56am ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Boise State RB Jeremy McNichols with the No. 162 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Saturday, April 29.
Huddle Up: McNichols was highly productive at Boise State and brings an electric style to the Buccaneers. Doug Martin's future is in question, but this backfield has ample talent that presumably will begin ahead of McNichols. The rookie probably will play a special teams role in 2017, barring injuries around him, and attempt to earn a spot in 2018's backfield rotation.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 4/28/17 5:20am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has been the most impressive player in training thus far, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Buccaneers passed on RB Dalvin Cook in the first round, in part, because of this, according to the source. Martin still has a ways to go before he can make a comfortable RB2, and he still has three games left to serve on his suspension. He'd be a good RB3 in fantasy.
Chris Godwin - WRPosted 4/28/17 7:39pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected WR Chris Godwin with the 84th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Godwin needs to work on his route running, but he has the physical tools to develop into an NFL starter. He is worth stashing in keeper formats, but it will probably be a couple of years before he makes an impact for fantasy owners.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 4/28/17 9:48pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate is a 'heck of a player' and will still be involved in the offense despite the addition of TE O.J. Howard, according to general manager Jason Licht. 'In our offense and a lot of offenses in today's day and age, you have two tight ends,' Licht said.
Huddle Up: Brate will undoubtedly lose targets to Howard and DeSean Jackson, and his chances of being a TE1 in 2017 have disappeared. That being said, his impact in the red zone could keep him in the TE2 conversation.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 4/27/17 7:32pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Alabama TE O.J. Howard with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday, April 27.
Huddle Up: The Buccaneers have added another weapon in their passing game with Howard, but he may not start right away with Cameron Brate on the roster. He can be considered a low-end No. 2 tight end in 2017, but he should be a solid pick in keeper leagues since he has the potential to be a starting fantasy tight end in a few years.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 4/17/17 6:27am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has completed rehab and re-joined the team for offseason conditioning.
Huddle Up: Martin's status with the team is dicey, and he still has three games to serve in his suspension. He'll be an RB3 with bounce-back potential at best in fantasy drafts.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 4/17/17 7:17am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers exclusive rights free-agent TE Cameron Brate signed his tender Monday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Brate broke out with a 57-660-8 year last year, but there are concerns whether he can repeat that. The Bucs really didn't have anyone to throw to besides Mike Evans, who was drawing double coverages. Now they've added DeSean Jackson to open things up. So temper expectations a bit, but Brate is a low-end TE1 option in fantasy.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 4/17/17 9:09am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Evans had a monster 96-1,321-12 season last year, but he had very little help. He might not receive 175 targets again with DeSean Jackson in town. However, that addition should free up Evans more, and he's in the low-end WR1 mix in fantasy.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 4/17/17 2:20pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent TE Cameron Brate signed his exclusive rights tender Monday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Brate is coming off a career year in which he caught 57 passes for 660 yards and eight touchdowns. The eight touchdowns were tied for most among tight ends (Hunter Henry). Assuming Brate stays healthy and maintains his starting role, he'll be in the running for TE1 status again this year.
Vincent Jackson - WRPosted 4/15/17 4:06pm ET
Free-agent WR Vincent Jackson (Buccaneers) hopes to continue playing in 2017, and he hinted recently he would like to do so with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 'I pride myself on being a receiver that not only can stretch the field on the outside one-on-one, but can run those intermediate routes, those third-down routes that can keep drives alive. (Head coach Dirk Koetter) is a very, very smart guy. I?m sure that he would put plenty of work in to put everybody in the best position to be successful. So, you know, there?s a lot of different things I could bring to the table,' Jackson said.
Huddle Up: The Bucs are set on the outside with Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, while Adam Humphries has emerged as a capable slot. As such, Jackson would likely serve as the top backup to the first two and split slot snaps with Humphries. Even if Jackson returns to Tampa Bay, his days as a useful fantasy receiver are quite possibly over.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 4/9/17 12:56pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is expected to be with the team for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 17, according to Florida Football Insiders' Roy Cummings.
Huddle Up: According to Cummings, Martin has been to and apparently completed a drug rehabilitation program, and the team is apparently 'all good' with the situation at the moment. While Buccaneers may still very well add a running back in the draft later this month, they didn't do so in free agency, signaling they have at least a little bit of faith Martin can recapture his old form. With that said, Martin remains a question mark to make the roster this summer and must sit out the first three games of the season if he does.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 4/1/17 12:51pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said the team will continue to have some plays that call for QB Jameis Winston to throw outside the pocket because he had success with those plays in 2016.
Huddle Up: Winston played well in his second season and finished with 4,090 yards and 28 touchdowns. He has thrown 33 interceptions in his first two seasons but can still be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues next season.
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