Buccaneers Fantasy News
Jamaal Charles will "stack Pro Bowls on Pro Bowls" in new offense
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 6:40pm
“This offense might be the best thing that ever happened to me,” Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles said. “I think this offense will get me open. They’re going to throw me the ball more. I think I’ll continue to stack Pro Bowls on Pro Bowls if I can stay healthy.
“I definitely know my role. I’ve got a lot of stuff to program in my mind right now. There’s a lot of stuff in the Andy Reid offense, the same stuff he did with [Brian Westbrook] and [LeSean McCoy], and I think I fit his scheme as well as they did. Definitely more studying and definitely more knowing the scheme of the defense, especially when I go out there and play another position like wide receiver. I go in there and try to read the defense. I feel like this year it will be more than I catch out of the backfield.”
We have Charles as our #4 RB in standard formats and #3 in PPR. He is right there with Doug Martin in both formats.
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Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10:44am
Chargers QB Philip Rivers, 31, seems determined to show he can be a better version of the quarterback that once led the NFL in passing yards (2010) and touchdowns (2008), and not the one who threw 25 interceptions, lost 12 fumbles and was sacked 79 times in the past two seasons.
He told USA TODAY Sports he has been reinvigorated by the new offense of head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
"I think my best football is ahead of me, I really do," Rivers said. "That's being optimistic, because we've had a lot of really good years. I am probably on the second half of my career, the back end, but I think I've got a lot of good football left.
After four consecutive top 10 seasons, Rivers fell to 20th in total fantasy points and 22nd in PPG. This can be partly attributed to the departure of Vincent Jackson and the fact that Antonio Gates simply isn't a dominant tight end anymore. Rivers is not an elite QB who can overcome a talent drop off, but he is capable enough to post good-to-great numbers if he's surrounded by good players. Hiring former Denver OC Mike McCoy and re-signing Danario Alexander should help. Of the QBs available in the later rounds, he has quite a bit of upside.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 8:58pm
The reality is big contracts rarely get done until there’s a deadline — such as June 17 when the Giants can reduce Cruz’s tender offer from $2.879 million to $630,000. There remains optimism on both sides that a deal will eventually be reached, and it’s a pretty good bet that he’ll either have a new contract or sign his tender by then
It's going to take more than optimism to get a deal done. Cruz could always sit out most of the season (a la Vincent Jackson) only to come back towards the end to accrue his year of service and become an unrestricted free agent next season. This is unlikely but not unprecedented.
Rivera: Steve Smith looks "like he's 25" in OTAs
Sunday, May 26, 2013, 11:18am
Panthers HC Ron Rivera said WR Steve Smith has looked like he's 25 again during OTAs. Rivera said the veteran wideout has been diving for balls--something the coaching staff isn't wild about. And even though we're more than three months from Week One, he still shows his frustration when the ball doesn't come his way.
There is often value to be had with the aging (yet still productive) veteran as other owners are more interested in making sexier upside picks. Smith scares people off due to his age (34), but keep in mind that he has finished in the top 20 in seven of the last eight seasons, including the last two. There is a chance that Father Time comes calling, but Rivera's comments certainly quell some of that concern. We currently have him ranked as our #26 receiver in standard formats.
Michael Crabtree has a torn Achilles
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 1:58pm
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles tendon during organized team activities Tuesday and will soon undergo what could be season-ending surgery, a person informed of the injury told USA TODAY Sports.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the 49ers haven't commented on the injury, which used to be an automatic season-ender but has since become one that can sometimes be rehabbed in a matter of months -- as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers did last year.
Both players tore the tendon in the spring and returned to the field after starting the year on the physically unable to perform list.
Crabtree will miss a minimum of six months which means 2013 will be something of a lost season for him. It's a huge blow to the 49ers passing game and especially Colin Kaepernick. Anquan Boldin, Mario Manningham, A.J. Jenkins and Kyle Williams figure to split up his snaps and targets. Rookie Quinton Patton may be in the mix as well. The 49ers could also rely on Vernon Davis more heavily, though that's no sure thing given his history of erratic targets.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 10:15am
The good news for CB Darrelle Revis and the Bucs (and the bad news for everyone they play) is that Revis now has clearance to cut and change directions.
“I feel very confident,” Revis tells Andrea Kremer of NFL Network in the latest installment of Health of the Game: Project Revis. “If Todd tells me to cut, I am cutting. I am not trying to think about [it].”
Revis remains confident that he’ll return to the form that made him the best cornerback in the league.
If healthy, Revis should provide a big boost to a Buccaneers pass defense that was pretty dreadful in 2012.
Schiano "not against" Mike Glennon winning QB job
Monday, May 20, 2013, 10:14am
Buccaneers HC Greg Schiano said he believes QB Mike Glennon “can play quickly” if he is needed. “But our situation will be only if he’s needed,” he said. “Or if he wins the job. Look, I’m not against that. We have a starting quarterback. It’s not like we’re looking to find a starter. But competition is competition. Mike Glennon is a fierce competitor. I knew that when he was coming out of high school. Now being able to work with him a little, you can see it on the practice field.”
“He has pocket presence, ability to feel the rush and move in the pocket,” Schiano said. “He can extend the play. Can he tuck the ball and run away from people? No. He is not going to be the guy who makes the 30 yard run. Can he tuck it and keep himself safe? Yes, he shows that he does that on college tape a lot. He takes off to run to get out of bounds.”
Through Week 14 of the 2012 season, Josh Freeman had thrown 25 TDs and only eight interceptions, and was fantasy football's #11 QB heading into the final three games. Unfortunately, he threw just two TDs (against nine interceptions) against the Saints, Rams and Falcons to close the season, and now he doesn't seem to have the full confidence of his head coach. This will be a situation to watch in 2013.
OC Gruden: Gio Bernard will compete "for the third-down spot"
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 10:03am
OC Jay Gruden loves the pick of North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard in the second round. He's a three-down back, Gruden says, who upgrades the Cincinnati passing game with an exciting sizzle.
"We had a need and we filled it with two guys. Bernard and [Rex Burkhead] are both good in that role," Gruden says. "They'll be competing for the third-down spot."
Gruden covets Bernard's versatility, and his size, 5-9, 205 pounds, he says, is no different than three-down backs coming into the league. Like Tampa Bay's 5-9, 220-pound Doug Martin in the last draft: "(Bernard) ran the ball in and outside zones and caught it as well. A lot of guys his size are doing it."
He also calls Bernard a three-down back which shouldn't make BenJarvus Green-Ellis sleep any better at night. We expect BJGE to get most of the early down work, with Bernard being used as the change-of-pace and third-down back. In other words, this looks like it's turning into a RBBC.
Josh Freeman the clear starter in Tampa
Monday, April 29, 2013, 10:02pm
HC Greg Schiano on QB Mike Glennon: “Competition and quality depth across our roster is critical for us to be a championship team. I think that applies to every position. I’m looking forward to it; I think that’s going to make us a better football team.
“He fits the things we’re trying to do – run the football, play-action pass, throw the ball down the field like we did this past season. You always want to be able to do that. God forbid something were to happen to Josh, you want to be able to continue with your offensive philosophy if you can. You can’t always do that.”
The key phrase is "God forbid something were to happen to [Josh Freeman]" so it doesn't sound like Freeman's job is in any jeopardy.
Patriots acquire LeGarrette Blount
Sunday, April 28, 2013, 12:21pm
Saturday, the Bucs got Demps in a swap of running backs, sending LeGarrette Blount to Foxborough in exchange for Demps and a seventh-round draft pick.
Jets, Bucs have trade in place for Darrelle Revis
Sunday, April 21, 2013, 2:30pm
Are the New York Jets close to moving Darrelle Revis? It appears so.
The Jets have granted the cornerback permission to visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and take a physical, a Jets source told NFL.com's Albert Breer. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news. Breer reported that the physical is expected be given Sunday.
Revis is rehabbing from a torn ACL he suffered last season. The Buccaneers, who will want to know as much about the knee before committing to a trade for Revis, hold the No. 13 slot in the 2013 NFL Draft and likely would have to give up that and a second-rounder. Another later pick is probable. The Jets already own the No. 9 spot.
The Buccaneers were last in the league in pass defense and 28th in pass TDs allowed. A healthy Revis would go a long way to improving those numbers. Revis turns 28 in July and is coming off an ACL tear.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 1:29pm
Saturday, March 9, 2013, 11:42am
The team has announced the move. But a source said Blount will receive $1.25 million in base salary. He also can earn a $350,000 reporting bonus and a $150,000 workout bonus.
Blount will continue to serve as Doug Martin's primary backup.
Monday, March 4, 2013, 10:04am
Former coach Pat Shurmur and his staff were not thrilled with WR Josh Gordon's approach during the 2012 training camp. The coaches taught him how to prepare for practice and film work. He seemed to believe his immense natural talent was enough. By midseason, they thought Gordon had made enormous progress, with former offensive coordinator Brad Childress praising Gordon for "always carrying his notebook" and taking notes.
But at the NFL Combine last week, CEO Joe Banner said: "I think Josh has to keep working hard and improving. ... A top-of-the-second-round pick on a wide receiver, you would hope by the second or third year you'd have a big, big impact player."
Gordon did not finish strong, having only eight catches for 73 yards in his final three games. He had only one touchdown in his last nine games.
Gordon should have a nice year in Norv Turner's vertical passing game, which treated Vincent Jackson quite well while he was in San Diego. WR is a very deep position right now, so fantasy owners would be wise not to reach for Gordon too early. Remember, he failed three drug tests (marijuana) while in college.
Friday, February 22, 2013, 6:24pm
Snead went on to compare Quick to Vincent Jackson (out of Northern Colorado), who only caught three passes in his rookie season.