Jameis Winston - QBPosted 8/20/17 7:31pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard showed improved chemistry with QB Jameis Winston during practice Sunday, Aug. 20, according to Mark Cook of PewterReport.com.
Huddle Up: Howard has loads of long-term potential, but the Buccaneers have several weapons in the passing game, including tight end Cameron Brate. Howard is a must-own option in dynasty formats, but he doesn't need to be owned in redraft leagues.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 8/17/17 8:07pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston went 21-for-29 for 196 yards in the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, Aug. 17.
Huddle Up: Winston is coming off a solid 2016 season when he is 4,090 yards and 28 touchdowns and should be able to improve on those stats. He will have new options to throw to this season in DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard, which will help his fantasy status. He probably should be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in most leagues.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 8/17/17 8:19pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin rushed for 30 yards and one touchdown on five carries in the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, Aug. 17.
Huddle Up: Martin will miss the first three games of the regular season because of a suspension, so it is not known what his role will be when he returns. He has a chance to be a No. 2 fantasy running back if he is the starter when he returns from his suspension.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 8/17/17 8:31pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans caught five passes for 57 yards in the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, Aug. 17.
Huddle Up: Evans finished in the top six in receptions (96), receiving yards (1,321) and touchdowns (12) in 2016 and will continue to be one of the top receivers in the NFL. He will be a No. 1 fantasy receiver in all leagues and likely will be a first- or second-round pick in drafts.
Roberto Aguayo - PKPosted 8/13/17 1:20pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Roberto Aguayo was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Bears Sunday, Aug. 13, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Aguayo will compete with the Connor Barth for the kicking job during training camp but can be avoided in all leagues if he wins the job because of his struggles over the last few seasons.
Roberto Aguayo - PKPosted 8/12/17 7:18am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Roberto Aguayo converted a 20-yard field goal attempt in the club's preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals Friday, Aug. 11, but missed an extra point and a 47-yard attempt.
Huddle Up: Aguayo struggled throughout the 2016 preseason and only hit 71 percent of his field goal attempts during his rookie campaign. There's no guarantee Aguayo will make the 53-man roster and fantasy owners should look for more consistent options.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 8/11/17 8:07pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans caught four passes on seven targets for 58 yards in a 23-12 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the preseason Friday, Aug. 11.
Huddle Up: Evans led the NFL in targets last season, and despite some offseason additions to the passing attack, he was still the clear No. 1 option for Jameis Winston in this one. Evans is a midrange WR1 in any format.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 8/9/17 8:35am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston will play one quarter in the preseason opener, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. Winston will play one half in the second game and into the third quarter in the third game.
Huddle Up: Winston's added weapons and increased experience make him an interesting low-end QB1 in fantasy.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 8/4/17 6:31pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard saw time with the first-team offense and the second unit during practice Friday, Aug. 4, and he caught most of the passes thrown his way and blocked well in the run game, according Joe Kania to of Buccaneers.com.
Huddle Up: Howard has elite athleticism for a tight end. He is worth a flier as a high-upside TE2 this year, and he is a long-term TE1 prospect.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 7/30/17 9:17am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin told ESPN's Jenna Laine he trimmed off about two percent body fat this offseason with high intensity training and by cutting out carbs.
Huddle Up: Martin has yet to draw a single negative comment this offseason and has consistently been the focus of admiration of teammates and front office personnel alike. While he will miss the first three weeks of the regular season as he wraps up his PED suspension from late in 2016, he figures to reclaim his starting job upon return and could easily be a high-end RB2. Owners are advised to take the plunge if he falls near the sixth-round area or later in drafts this summer.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 7/30/17 10:00am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin will not be guaranteed his starting job in Week 4 when he completes the remainder of his three-game PED suspension, according to general manager Jason Licht. 'Look, he has done everything we've asked him to do, and he looks reminiscent of 2015 when he was playing for his contract. ? So he might be one of those guys that needs a carrot. And he's got a pretty big carrot in front of him right now, because there's no guarantees that he's going to be here. And he knows that. We've talked to him, and he's good with it,' Licht said.
Huddle Up: It's tough talk from Licht, but what he should do as a general manager. Jacquizz Rodgers would have to drop some jaws and stay healthy in order for Martin to be in any real danger of losing his early-down gig. Owners with an eye toward rolling the dice on Martin should hope for more reports like this, as it could make him cheaper on draft day. For now, consider Martin a high-end RB3 with the potential to be a low-end RB1 upon his return.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 7/28/17 12:52pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers is being counted on to 'step up' for the first three games of the season while Doug Martin serves the remainder of his PED suspension from last season, according to ESPN.com's Jenna Laine.
Huddle Up: Rodgers, who reportedly dropped about seven pounds in the offseason, showed well when called upon in 2016. Owners looking to handcuff Martin should be looking initially at Rodgers, but his role beyond Week 3 is unclear. Still, he figures to be a popular DFS option early on and a solid play for zero-RB advocates in September.
Jeremy McNichols - RBPosted 7/26/17 8:16am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jeremy McNichols (shoulder) passed his physical Wednesday, July 26, and was cleared for training camp.
Huddle Up: The fifth-round pick could have an opening with Doug Martin suspended in the early going. However, he'll have to stand out in camp. He's someone to watch for a late-round flyer in fantasy.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 7/6/17 9:40am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans isn't expected to make a big jump in numbers with the addition of WR DeSean Jackson. 'I'm not sure (how much better he can get) from a numbers standpoint, but Mike's confidence is at an all-time high right now,'' head coach Dirk Koetter said. 'And I think with Mike, like with a lot of our guys, the main goal is to win, not create stats. The goal is to win games.''
Huddle Up: Evans solidified himself as a WR1 last season with a 96-1,321-12 line. There isn't much room for improvement there, and if the team is cautioning expectations, it's a good idea to do so from a fantasy expectation. Evans is still in the WR1 window and can be considered after the first few are off the board.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 7/1/17 7:30pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston said TE O.J. Howard is going to do 'amazing' things for the offense. 'This is the fastest, most athletic 6-6, 255 guy I've ever seen in my life,' Winston said Saturday, July 1. 'It's unreal.'
Huddle Up: Howard's physical tools are off the charts, but he is likely going to be involved some type of timeshare with Cameron Brate, making Howard an upside TE2 in redraft leagues.
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.
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