Buccaneers Fantasy News

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 7:27pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Buccaneers rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins suffered a back injury.

Fantasy Impact:

ASJ didn't return to the game and no further information was available. Brandon Myers would likely have to pick up the slack if ASJ misses any time going forward. Myers had just one catch for nine yards in Week 12.

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Bucs say Doug Martin's role will be to get 'back into the mix'

Friday, November 21, 2014, 11:10pm

Tampa Bay Times - [Full Article]

Buccaneers HC Lovie Smith called Doug Martin the team's bell cow in August, and Martin's photograph stares out from billboards near Raymond James Stadium. Martin, who hasn't addressed reporters this week, got many of the reps with the first team during drills.

Smith said Martin's role will be to get "back into the mix." Martin's health will help determine how many offensive touches he gets and whether he can step into the role Smith envisioned for him months ago.

"Yes, we would like to see one of our running backs rush for 200 yards and he becomes the bell-cow role," Smith said. "But Doug is back this week, and that's a good thing. He's looked pretty good in practice, and we feel real good about that group, whatever three or four we go with."

Fantasy Impact:

It's shaping up to be an ugly three-headed committee in Week 12, but we believe the team wants to see what they have in Charles Sims. Unfortunately, he's questionable with an ankle injury after sitting out most of the season (with an ankle injury), so that certainly limits his upside.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 12. Charles Sims (ankle, questionable) is also iffy. Sims likely gets the lion’s share if they both play, but neither is an attractive start at this point.

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm

Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 12. Doug Martin (ankle, questionable) is also questionable. Sims likely gets the lion’s share if they both play, but neither is an attractive start at this point.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Martin will return, but it appears that the team wants to feature Charles Sims at this point.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm

Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. It’s a midweek downgrade for Sims, which is typically a bad sign. He missed most of the season with an ankle injury. If Sims can’t play Bobby Rainey and Doug Martin would likely form a committee against the Bears.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. It looks like Martin will return, but it appears that the team wants to feature Charles Sims at this point.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. This is probably a day of rest for Jeffery, but we’ll monitor his progress this week. Owners will want him available for a great matchup against the Buccaneers.

Broncos want to get back to running the ball

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 9:14am

ESPN - [Full Article]

As the Denver Broncos sifted through the what-happened list from Sunday's 22-7 loss to the St. Louis Rams, there were plenty of numbers they didn't like, starting with the ones on the scoreboard.

But one of the other red-flag numerals was the team's rushing attempts against the Rams, as in just 10 for the entire game, one of those a kneel-down from quarterback Peyton Manning just before halftime. The Broncos finished with just 28 yards rushing and as a result held on to the ball for just 24 minutes, 10 seconds in the game.

It was the third game this season when the Broncos have finished with fewer than 50 yards rushing and the Broncos are 0-3 in those games, with road losses at Seattle, New England and Sunday's in St. Louis.

"There's no doubt to be the kind of team we want to be, we have to run the ball more," said Broncos head coach John Fox. "There's a mindset, mentality, whether you're on defense trying to stop the run and whether you're on offense running the football … Right now it's something we have to do more, we have to execute better."

Fantasy Impact:

Based on last week against the Rams, maybe even Peyton Manning and the Broncos can't get away with dropping back to pass as much as they have as defense can eventually adjust. The story went on to say the 10 carries tied for the Broncos' lowest total since the start of the 1981 season -- two years before the team traded for uber quarterback prospect John Elway. The Broncos had 11 rushing attempts against the San Diego Chargers last season -- the previous low since quarterback Peyton Manning signed with the team -- and the Broncos had 10 carries against the Chargers in the 2008 season finale, Mike Shanahan's last game as the team's head coach. The story went on to say the Broncos are also one of seven teams in the league with fewer than 245 rushing attempts for the season and Denver is the only one of those seven teams with a winning record -- the other six teams have a combined 13-47 record, a list that includes the 0-10 Oakland Raiders as well as the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, both 2-8. This week may not get much easier with the Dolphins in town. C.J. Anderson looks like he's going to have to carry the load with both Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman out.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (back, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 11. McCown looks to be good to go for a great matchup with the Redskins.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle, out) took limited practice reps again Friday and is out for Week 11. Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey will split the work against the Redskins, though the backfield seems to be tilting Sims’ way.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm

Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (back) took full practice reps again Thursday. McCown looks to be good to go for a great matchup with the Redskins.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Martin’s possible return would muddy the waters further. He’s likely behind Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey at this point, but we won’t know for sure until the game begins.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:52pm

Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (back) practiced fully Wednesday. McCown looks to be good to go for a great matchup with the Redskins.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:52pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Martin’s injury continues to linger, so he may have a high-ankle sprain. He has missed two games so far. Charles Sims and Bobby Rainey will continue to share the RB work in Tampa.