Buccaneers Fantasy News

Cardinals re-work deal to keep WR Larry Fitzgerald

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 3:20pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

As PFT reported earlier, the Cardinals have gained nearly $13 million in cap space thanks to a new deal with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, guaranteeing that one of the franchise’s icons will remain in the fold after months of uncertainty because of Fitzgerald’s salary and cap hit for the 2015 season.

PFT has learned a bit more about the deal via a league source. Fitzgerald’s old deal ran through the 2018 season and was set to pay him a non-guaranteed $16.5 million in 2015 while counting $23.6 million against the cap. He was also set to make a non-guaranteed $15 million salary.

That deal has been replaced by one that guarantees Fitzgerald $11 million per year over the next two seasons.

Fantasy Impact:

$11 million per season is a high price to pay for a soon-to-be 32-year-old who is coming off of his worst fantasy season of his career. However, there is a reason for optimism: Fitzgerald averaged 5.3 catches for 81 yards and 0.33 TD in six games with a healthy Carson Palmer. Extrapolate that pace over a full season, and it's about what Mike Evans (PPR) and Golden Tate (standard) scored as last season's #13 WR. Assuming Palmer is good to go, Fitzgerald could be a nice middle round value heading into 2015 fantasy drafts.

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Bucs release QB Josh McCown

Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 5:49pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Buccaneers announced they released QB Josh McCown, the top free-agent QB from last off-season.

Fantasy Impact:

It appears that the Bucs are planning to draft a quarterback with the top overall pick.

Buccaneers hire Dirk Koetter as offensive coordinator

Friday, January 9, 2015, 10:44am

Tampa Bay Times - [Full Article]

Dirk Koetter, 55, agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Buccaneers with an option in 2017. He interviewed for the job last week and brings familiarity with the NFC South. Before coming to Atlanta, he spent five seasons as the Jaguars' offensive coordinator, following stints as head coach at Boise State and Arizona State.

During his three seasons in Atlanta, the Falcons ranked eighth, 14th and eighth in total offense. The Falcons' Matt Ryan posted the three highest passing yardage seasons in franchise history under Koetter, as well as three of the four highest completion percentage seasons.

That's important because the Bucs have the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft and are in position to select either Florida State's Jameis Winston or Oregon junior Marcus Mariota, who has yet to declare.

Koetter runs a pro-style offense that is heavy on the passing side, which could be a fit for Winston. But he also has a strong connection on the Mariota side — Oregon coach Mark Helfrich was Koetter's quarterbacks coach for eight years, at Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-05).

Fantasy Impact:

This looks like a good hire for whomever the Bucs tap to be quarterback in 2015.

Monday, December 29, 2014, 10:04am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Marques Colston might be back with the New Orleans Saints next year. But just in case he isn’t, the Saints cherished his game-winning touchdown in Sunday’s 23-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for all it was worth.

Colston was awarded a game ball after turning a short pass into a 36-yard TD with 1:57 remaining. And the usually-stoic veteran even shed a tear, fellow receiver Robert Meachem told The Advocate.

“You couldn’t have scripted a better ending,” said Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who acknowledged that assistant coach Joe Vitt had made the team aware of certain milestones they could reach in the season finale -- including the fact that Brees and Colston could move into fifth place in NFL history with 68 touchdowns as a duo (they broke a tie with Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne).

Fantasy Impact:

Brees, Meachem and receiver Kenny Stills all insisted that they expect Colston to be back in 2014, even though his future is in doubt since he’s due $7 million in salary and bonuses. But the emotion they all expressed made it clear that they’re prepared for the possibility Colston, 31, might be done after nine seasons with the Saints. Colston could take a pay cut to stay, the story pointed out, but Saints may want to move on with a healthy Brandin Cooks back next year to go along with Stills, who emerged this year after injuries slowed his start to 2014.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey (wrist, questionable) took full practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17.

Bucs WR Mike Evans closing in on 1,000-yard season

Friday, December 26, 2014, 1:28am

Sun Herald - [Full Article]

Barring an early injury, Buccaneers WR Mike Evans likely will gain the three yards he needs to become the second Buccaneers rookie to reach the 1,000-yard receiving plateau.

"I've grown a lot," Evans said. "I can read coverages better. Early on, I knew the offense well, but not as well as when I was in a couple of games and then, I started playing fast. Now I know cornerback tendencies and things like that, so next year, it's going to be a lot of fun."

Fantasy Impact:

Not only is Evans closing in on 1,000 yards, but he's also tied for 4th in receiving touchdowns (11), making him the #12 WR in standard formats and #14 in PPR leagues.

Aaron Rodgers has pulled calf muscle

Monday, December 22, 2014, 9:36am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Aaron Rodgers was stunned that he pulled a calf muscle in his left leg early in Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He figured all the liquids he drank to combat the flu in the days before the game would've protected him from any muscle pulls.

Aaron Rodgers says he suffered a calf injury early during the Packers' win Sunday, but does not think it will be a factor going forward. But Rodgers felt it on the second series of the Green Bay Packers' 20-3 win on Sunday, and it impacted him the rest of the game.

"I battled the flu the last couple of days pretty bad, and that's why I was surprised I hurt my calf because I hydrated like no other," Rodgers said. "I had a great hydration test this week and was drinking a ton of water before the game. Unfortunately the calf kind of gave up on me there."

Fantasy Impact:

Rodgers walked out of the locker room slowly on Sunday afternoon after the game but did not think the injury would be a factor in next Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field, where the NFC North title will be decided. Rodgers said: "It's too early to give a 100 percent guarantee, but it would definitely take a lot to hold me out of that game."

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey (wrist, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey (wrist) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking full practice reps.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 15. The Tampa backfield is a mess and Rainey’s return makes it even messier.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Buccaneers TE Brandon Myers (calf, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 15.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 15. Seferian-Jenkins may make his return this week, but he isn’t a good fantasy option.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Buccaneers RB Bobby Rainey (ankle) was ruled out for Week 15.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Buccaneers TE Brandon Myers (calf) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (back) took limited practice reps again Thursday.