Peyton Barber - RBPosted 8/13/18 10:43am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber is currently considered the team's starting running back, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. Koetter said the team also plans to use RB Ronald Jones this season but thought Jones' performance in the first preseason game was average.
Huddle Up: Barber may be the starter but will be sharing touches with Jones and Jacquizz Rodgers. There is a good chance that Jones will take over the starting job at some point during the 2018 season. Barber could be a No. 3 fantasy running back at this point, but owners may also want to select Jones if they draft Barber.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 8/10/18 6:26pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones' performance in his first preseason game was called 'average' by head coach Dirk Koetter, but Koetter praised Jones for his pass protection.
Huddle Up: Jones should receive his share of opportunities on early downs, and if he can continue to progress in pass protection, he could start to expand his role on passing downs and his fantasy value. He's a better option in keeper leagues, but he could be a useful flex play in redraft leagues by the end of the year.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 8/9/18 6:53pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed 11 of his 13 passes for 102 yards against the Miami Dolphins in the preseason Thursday, Aug. 9.
Huddle Up: Winston will serve a suspension to open the year, but he is still worth drafting as a QB2. Consistency has been an issue, but he will deliver some QB1 efforts.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 8/9/18 8:26pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones rushed eight times for nine yards and a touchdown and failed to catch his only target in a 26-24 preseason win over the Miami Dolphins Thursday, Aug. 9.
Huddle Up: Jones was drafted to add some explosiveness to the running game, but it remains to be seen how big of a workload he will handle as a rookie. He has the most upside of any of Tampa Bay's back, but it's best to draft him as a RB3 for now.
Chris Godwin - WRPosted 8/6/18 8:40am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin is expected to start opposite of WR Mike Evans. Godwin is viewed as a more complete receiver than WR DeSean Jackson, and he has the size to block for the run game.
Huddle Up: Godwin may be ahead of D-Jax on the depth chart, but he's unlikely to usurp him in fantasy points. Godwin is a risky WR5.
Jacquizz Rodgers - RBPosted 8/6/18 2:15pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones is listed as the third running back on the Buccaneers' first unofficial depth chart behind RBs Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers.
Huddle Up: Take this with a grain of salt. Early depth charts don't carry a lot of importance. Jones possesses the most upside of any Tampa Bay running back no matter where he's listed. Barber warrants consideration in the middle to late rounds as more of a standard draftee.
Chris Godwin - WRPosted 8/2/18 8:21pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin has been excellent in training camp, according to Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com, and Smith believes Godwin's play could force the coaching staff to find 'new ways to increase his snap total.'
Huddle Up: Godwin showed some flashes as a rookie, but he would need to make a big leap to become a reliable fantasy contributor. He's a late-round lottery ticket for now.
Ryan Fitzpatrick - QBPosted 7/26/18 8:28am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to start Week 1, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.
Huddle Up: Fitzpatrick has some weapons at his disposal, and the Bucs play the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers in the first three games. Maybe he can be a matchup play in Week 3 if something crazy happens to your starter, but he doesn't have a lot of upside.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 7/8/18 8:15pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard caught five of his six targets for 157 yards and two touchdowns on deep passes last year, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Howard's big-play upside is undeniable, and the only thing standing between him and TE1 status is more targets. Cameron Brate is still lurking, but Howard's role should only grow. At worst, he's a high-end TE2.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 6/21/18 7:58am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is expecting a suspension by the NFL for an incident with an Uber driver in 2016, according to ESPN Radio 97.9 in Tallahassee's Jeff Cameron. Cameron's sources told him that the maximum is likely three games, but the most likely event is that he's suspended one game. Winston was accused of groping a female Uber driver in Scottsdale, Ariz., and the suspension would stem from his failure to report the incident to the league. The personal conduct policy states players are 'to promptly report any matter that comes to their attention (through victim or witness reports, law enforcement, or media reports) that may constitute a violation of this policy.' It's unknown if Winston would appeal.
Huddle Up: Winston is a midrange QB1 with some upside due to the talent around him. The Bucs have a bye in Week 5, and if he misses three games, then you have him for one game in the first five weeks of the season. You would have to draft another starting option with him in that event. If he misses one game, his value doesn't falter too much.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 6/21/18 3:42pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is expected to be suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, according to sources. The suspension could increase or decrease depending on the circumstances surrounding the off-field incident.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see when a suspension will officially be announced. Winston could still be a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues, but owners would need a strong backup to use early in the season. Ryan Fitzpatrick probably would start if Winston sits out but is not a great fantasy option.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 6/17/18 11:05am ET
Tampa bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones could post the biggest numbers of the team's defense-heavy draft class since he should get 15 to 20 touches per game, according to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times.
Huddle Up: It's unclear whether or not Stroud meant he can see Jones eventually take on that kind of workload right away or down the road. It has been widely assumed and reported Jones will begin his rookie season by sharing early-down touches with Peyton Barber while ceding third-down work to Charles Sims. That should still be the expectation for now, but Jones is also a solid bet to move into the role Stroud is describing later in the season. He should be drafted as a RB3 but has immense upside.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 6/17/18 1:18pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard 'showed how versatile and explosive he can be during minicamp,' according to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times.
Huddle Up: Howard caught 26 passes for 432 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie, and a strong case can be made Tampa Bay used him much too often as a blocker and not nearly often enough as a receiver in 2017. While Cameron Brate figures to remain a factor in the red zone for the foreseeable future, Howard is too talented not to become one of the top 10 tight ends in the league early in his career. It could happen as soon as this season. He's well worth investing in as a high-upside TE2 late in drafts.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 6/14/18 10:56am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, June 14. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Jones provides the Buccaneers with an immediate threat out of the backfield, particularly in the passing game. He'll lose a decent amount of touches to Peyton Barber and Charles Sims, but Jones has RB3 appeal at worst with added value in PPR leagues.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 6/7/18 11:07am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston could be running some more read-option plays in 2018, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.
Huddle Up: The read-option has the ability to open up the offense and inflate Winston's running numbers a little bit. The Buccaneers don't want to further risk injury to their franchise quarterback, though. Either way, Winston is primed for a rebound season and needs to be drafted as a QB1.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 6/5/18 2:15am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones is being envisioned as a 'three-down back' by running backs coach Tim Spencer, who added that he would want Jones 'to be able to catch the ball because we have some things we'd like to give him with his speed.'
Huddle Up: Jones will be one of this year's rookies that is put in a meaningful position for his club right out of the gate, as it's even possible he leads the Bucs' running game in touches by the end of the season. Although Peyton Barber emerged at the end of last season and did a respectable job, Jones might have the higher ceiling, making him a worthwhile FLEX pick in fantasy drafts.
Chris Godwin - WRPosted 6/3/18 7:29am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin experienced stamina and breathing issues for much of last year due to problems with his mouth guard. Those issues have since been corrected and Godwin appears poised to have a breakthrough season in 2018, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jenna Laine.
Huddle Up: Godwin had 34 receptions for 525 yards during his rookie campaign and improved as the season went on. The 22-year-old has a decent shot of starting alongside Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson in 2018 and is worth keeping in mind as a late-round flier in standard fantasy football leagues.
Peyton Barber - RBPosted 6/1/18 8:32pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber said he turned his excess fat into muscle this offseason, and running backs coach Tim Spencer said Barber appears faster and more agile.
Huddle Up: Although Tampa Bay added Ronald Jones in the draft, Barber is still a good bet to see carries on early downs and near the goal line. He's a risky RB3.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 5/22/18 3:36pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is focused on improving his awareness and his yards after catch heading into his fifth season. 'I've got another hurdle to jump over, and I think I'll be much better this year,' Evans said. 'I've got to do better in [yards after catch], and I think if I do, I'll be the most complete receiver.'
Huddle Up: Four years in a row now Evans has reached at least 1,000 yards. His touchdowns were down last year, but Tampa Bay's offense as a whole sputtered based on expectations. Still, Evans is an elite wide receiver, worthy of WR1 consideration.
Chris Godwin - WRPosted 5/17/18 10:04am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin has earned the opportunity to begin the regular season as a starter, according to offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
Huddle Up: One can deduce that this means Godwin would start over Adam Humphries and alongside Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. Godwin showed flashes as a rookie, gaining 525 yards on just 34 catches. He's more of a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 5/17/18 2:49pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is expected to be a third-down back this upcoming season because of his ability to pass protect and catch the ball out of the backfield, according to offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
Huddle Up: Sims has a good chance to make the 53-man roster and likely would see a handful of touches each game. He could be a late-round option in point-per-reception leagues but will not be a weekly starting option for fantasy owners.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 5/13/18 6:56pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones has been catching a variety of passes during rookie minicamp and will have the opportunity to play in space and line up as a receiver in head coach Dirk Koetter's offense.
Huddle Up: Jones is positioned to be one of the more impactful rookie backs this season. He's a potential RB3 in redraft leagues, and he is worthy of a top-five pick in rookie drafts.
Peyton Barber - RBPosted 5/9/18 7:14am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber will likely share the load with RB Ronald Jones to start the season with RB Jacquizz Rodgers and RB Charles Sims behind them.
Huddle Up: Barber seems like a placeholder for now, and if Jones can learn the offense and pick up pass protection quickly, it could be a matter of time before Barber is usurped. Barber is an RB3 in fantasy, but he has a caution sign on him.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 5/3/18 7:24pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones adds 'juice' that the backfield has been lacking, according to general manager Jason Licht.
Huddle Up: Jones instantly becomes the biggest home run threat in Tampa Bay's backfield, and he could quickly emerge as the lead back. He's a RB3 with upside in redraft leagues and a top-five pick in rookie drafts.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 5/3/18 7:35pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) said Thursday, May 3, that he is fully recovered from the ankle injury that shortened his rookie season.
Huddle Up: Howard was inconsistent as a rookie, but he has also flashed his upside as a receiver. He'll be a must-own TE2 to start 2018.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 4/27/18 4:33pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Southern California RB Ronald Jones with the 38th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Friday, April 27.
Huddle Up: Jones should have a chance to compete for the starting running back job during training camp. He could be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in all leagues if he receives a majority of the carries in 2018.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 4/26/18 6:56am ET
Free-agent RB Charles Sims (Buccaneers) agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, April 26. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Huddle Up: Sims will slot in behind Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers, and there's a good chance they draft a running back this weekend. Sims has RB5 flyer potential, but there isn't much upside beyond depth.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 4/23/18 11:00pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard has the potential to 'take a big leap' in his second year, according to head coach Dirk Koetter, who added that 'there are so, so many little things that he can do better.'
Huddle Up: Howard registered 26 catches for 432 yards and six scores across 14 ballgames in his rookie campaign before missing the final two with an ankle injury. Other than his touchdowns, more was expected from the 2017 first-round draft pick, but as Koetter said, if he improves on the little things, there could be an immense jump from Howard. That being said, it's worth at least having him on fantasy rosters as a TE2 just for his high ceiling alone.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 4/19/18 9:24am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston and WR DeSean Jackson have already spent time together this offseason to improve their deep-ball chemistry. Winston said they're going to find more time to work outside the team facility and build their connection.
Huddle Up: Tampa Bay's offense was relatively disappointing last year. Winston and Jackson's chemistry, or lack thereof, was part of that disappointment. The two can only build on how they performed in 2018. That being said, Winston has QB1 appeal and Jackson, who is primarily a one-trick deep threat, has WR3 to WR4 value.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 4/17/18 8:15am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston's fifth-year option was exercised Tuesday, April 17. It's worth $20.922 million guaranteed for injury.
Huddle Up: Winston has improved his completion percentage every year in his three-year career. He was on his way to surpassing his career-high 4,090 passing yards before injury last season. He'll be a solid midrange QB1 with some upside in fantasy.
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