Buccaneers Fantasy News

Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 9. Martin will very likely sit, allowing the team to get a look at Charles Sims, who is a good bet to be active in Week 9. (We will know on Saturday if the team activates him from the designated-for-return list.) Bobby Rainey would figure to get a majority of the touches with Sims in line for 10-12 touches if things go to plan.

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Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm

Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 9. Jackson continues to nurse the rib injury but will be fine for a solid matchup against the Browns. He has been outplayed by rookie Mike Evans thus far, but should eventually get it going.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Martin is out of his walking boot, but is looking very iffy for Sunday’s game against the Browns. The team may elect to sit him to get a look at Charles Sims, who is a good bet to be active in Week 9. Sims and Rainey would likely form a committee in a good matchup.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm

Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Jackson continues to nurse the rib injury but should be fine for a solid matchup against the Browns.

Bucs Beat: RB Charles Sims will see 10-plus touches in Week 9

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 12:29pm

Greg Auman, Twitter - [Full Article]

Buccaneers beat writer Greg Auman predicts 10-plus touches for RB Charles Sims in his first game back.

Fantasy Impact:

Doug Martin is nursing an ankle injury and the current regime in Tampa has more invested in Sims than in any running back on the roster. He's a real threat to take over feature back duties given Martin's production (2.9 YPC) and Bobby Rainey's ball security problems this season. Sims averaged 21.1 touches per game as a senior at West Virginia. We're expecting Sims and Rainey to form a committee in a nice matchup against the Browns if Martin is sidelined.

Bucs Beat: Team wants to get the ball to WR Mike Evans 'more often'

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 10:05pm

Buccaneers.com - [Full Article]

If there's one subject that has been met with nothing but positive commentary this week, following the Buccaneers' overtime loss to Minnesota, it's the ever-improving play of Mike Evans, the seventh overall pick in this year's draft. By the raw numbers, Evans has been consistent all season catching at least four passes in each game he's played and usually falling somewhere between 50 and 80 yards per week. But everyone from his quarterback to his coordinator to himself believes that Evans is riding an upward trajectory towards potential stardom.

After Evans caught four passes for 78 yards (and had one other big play erased by a holding penalty back at the line), Head Coach Lovie Smith said in his day-after-game press conference that the Bucs' offense needs to get the ball in Evans' hands more often.

Fantasy Impact:

Evans' per game numbers are very similar to Andre Johnson, who is fantasy football's #28 receiver. Evans has been outproducing Vincent Jackson, who is having a disappointing season.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Martin’s injury could open the door for Charles Sims, who is a good bet to be active in Week 9. The Bucs may want to proceed with caution, but a Martin injury would press Sims into service sooner rather than later.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm

Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jackson continues to nurse the rib injury but should be fine for a solid matchup against the Browns.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:37pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Rams shipped fourth and sixth-round picks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for safety Mark Barron, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Scheffer. In making the trade, the Rams add the No. 7 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

On paper, adding any talent to a secondary ranked last in the league in opponent completion percentage is a good move, and Barron has long been considered an emerging talent with upside. The Rams liked him coming out of Alabama but passed on him to move down in the 2012 draft before selecting defensive tackle Michael Brockers with the 14th pick.

But the question the Rams must now answer is where, exactly, Barron fits within coordinator Gregg Williams' defensive scheme. At first blush, one would think that Barron could slide in and play alongside T.J. McDonald while the Rams keep tabs on injured safeties Rodney McLeod (knee) and Cody Davis (concussion).

Doug Martin suffers ankle injury

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 7:32pm

John Clayton on Twitter - [Full Article]

Tampa bay RB Doug Martin suffered an ankle injury.

Fantasy Impact:

He did not return to the game and Bobby Rainey took over. Martin was also in the news concerning trade rumors, however he continues to get banged up and his latest injury certainly won't help his value. However, coming into Sunday, teams were at least interested and the Bucs are listening. Rainey seems to be a better option but the Bucs offense is a struggle at times. Rainey did catch six passes today for 41 yards so he's at least a factor in the passing game.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (right thumb, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 8. We’re expecting Mike Glennon to continue to start for the Bucs.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 6:26pm

Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 8. Jackson is still dealing with a rib injury, though he should be able to play through it against the Vikings. Tampa plays early on Sunday. If V-Jax happens to sit, Mike Evans and Louis Murphy would both get a bump against a so-so Minnesota pass defense.

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

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

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:04pm

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

Bucs Beat: 'Wouldn't surprise' if team goes back to QB Josh McCown

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 12:06pm

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Buccaneers beat writer Pat Yasinskas: Coach Lovie Smith has been coy about his plans. My best guess is Mike Glennon will get at least one more start because Josh McCown returned to practice only this week and was out for more than a month. I think Glennon has played well enough to be the full-time starter, but I'm not sure Smith sees it that way. McCown was Smith's hand-picked quarterback and the two have history together from their Chicago days. Smith's history has shown he prefers to go with veterans. Back in Chicago, he once benched Kyle Orton, who was playing well, as soon as Rex Grossman got healthy. It wouldn't surprise me if Smith goes back to McCown.

Fantasy Impact:

Given the way that Glennon has played (solidly), this move wouldn't make much sense, but it's something for Glennon, Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans owners to file away.