Buccaneers Fantasy News

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (right thumb) took limited practice reps Wednesday. We’re expecting Mike Glennon to continue to start for the Bucs.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:13pm

Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jackson is still dealing with a rib injury, though he should be able to play through it against the Vikings.

Monday, October 20, 2014, 6:24pm

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For the first time in over a month, Bucs HC Josh McCown practiced Monday. But coach Lovie Smith wasn’t about to say if the quarterback would step back into the starting job.

McCown suffered a sprained right thumb in the Week 3 loss to Atlanta and Mike Glennon has been starting since. There are no official injury reports on Mondays and Smith wasn’t about to break tradition.

“Wednesday I can talk a little bit more,’’ Smith said. “Monday is kind of an extra day. As we talked about (at the start of the season) on Monday practices I’m not going to talk about injuries. That part hasn’t changed. But Wednesday we’ll talk a little bit more.’’

Smith couldn’t have talked less about his quarterback situation. He gave a quick answer when asked how McCown looked.

“He was able to practice and get reps in today,’’ Smith said. “So he’s making progress.’’

Fantasy Impact:

The author said Glennon should be the starter in Week 8, but also added that nothing would be surprising.

Doug Martin feels breakout game coming soon

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 4:56pm

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Doug Martin hasn't found the right footing since his breakout rookie campaign in 2012. After missing most of last season with a shoulder injury, Martin missed two games for the Buccaneers this year with a knee injury. In the time he has been on the field he hasn't looked great.

Martin hasn't had a 100-yard outing in his past seven games, and this season he has fewer than 50 rushing yards in all three contests he's participated in. The problem hasn't been just the Buccaneers' blocking. Martin has caused just three missed tackles on his 37 carries and six receptions this season. That low percentage ranks him 39th out of 43 running backs with at least 25 percent of a team's attempts.

Still, Lovie Smith said this week he plans to stick with Martin, and the young runner has shown positives the past two weeks.

Fantasy Impact:

Martin believes that a much-needed breakout game is coming soon. Martin said he's been "close" to busting out, and that he "can't wait until it happens." Owners probably feel the same way. Unfortunately, Martin will find the sledding tough again this week against a stingy Baltimore Ravens run defense. But softer defenses are on the horizon after a Week 7 bye: Vikings Week 8, ranked 21st in allowing fantasy points to RBs; Browns Week 9 ranked 23rd and the Falcons Week 10 ranked 32nd.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (right thumb, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 6. Mike Glennon should continue to start for the Bucs. He has played pretty well.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (groin, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 6. It looks like Evans will play, though the Bucs play early so we should know for sure on Sunday morning. He’s a WR4-type in his first game back in a so-so matchup against the Ravens.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm

Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 6. Jason La Canfora reported that the Bucs expect V-Jax to play in Week 6. We’re probably more worried about Ravens CB Jimmy Smith than we are the rib injury. Tampa plays early on Sunday.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (right thumb) missed practice again Thursday. McCown has apparently lost his job to Mike Glennon, per head coach Lovie Smith. Mike Glennon has a tough matchup with the Ravens, but he has played well thus far.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (groin) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Consider him a WR4 type if he’s able to face the Ravens.

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:46pm

Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib) missed practice again Thursday. Jason La Canfora reported that the Bucs expect V-Jax to play in Week 6. We’re probably more worried about Ravens CB Jimmy Smith than we are the ribs, though it would be good for Jackson to get a practice in on Friday.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm

Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (right thumb) did not practice Wednesday. McCown has apparently lost his job to Mike Glennon, per head coach Lovie Smith.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm

Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (groin) took limited practice reps Wednesday. This comes as something of a surprise as Evans was expected to miss at least two weeks with the injury. We’ll see how much he’s able to participate throughout this week’s practice. Consider him a WR3/WR4 type if he’s able to face the Ravens.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 6:37pm

Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib) did not practice Wednesday. Jason La Canfora reported that the Bucs expect V-Jax to play in Week 6.

Bucs don't blame RB Doug Martin for team's weak running game

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 3:46pm

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' running game may be struggling. But don’t put the blame on running back Doug Martin.

At least that’s the message from quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, who is working as the playcaller with offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford on a leave of absence. Arroyo said Wednesday he’s happy with how Martin has played.

“I like how hard he works,’’ Arroyo said. “I like how hard he runs. I like that he’s trying to find ways to get it done. He has zero flinch. He’s a team guy. I like those things.’’

Fantasy Impact:

This is a vote of confidence in Martin's workload, at least. He should continue to lead the team in touches. He has seen 69 percent of Tampa's running back touches in the last two games.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 5:55pm

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Back in training camp and the preseason, Buccaneers rookie receiver Robert Herron often looked lost. That’s mainly because he was.

“I was thinking about 100 things at a time instead of playing and going out and making plays like I know I can,’’ Herron said.

The sixth-round pick out of Wyoming made the roster, but he was buried on the depth chart -- until Sunday. One week after being inactive for a game at Pittsburgh, Herron played a key role for the Bucs in Sunday’s loss to New Orleans.

Herron caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Mike Glennon to give the Bucs a 31-20 lead with 13:28 remaining. It was the kind of play Herron wasn’t making in the preseason.

Fantasy Impact:

Herron is getting more comfortable in the offense and is looking to take advantage of Mike Evans missing time. Herron was active in large part because Evans was out with a groin injury. But Herron made the most of his opportunity and that might help him stay active for the remainder of the season. Ideally, the Bucs would like to use Herron as their slot receiver. That’s what he was drafted for the story pointed out. He's at least behind Vincent Jackson and Louis Murphy at this point but could stick around when Evans returns if he continues to play well.