Buccaneers Fantasy News

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 1:25pm

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The Bucs didn’t get a lot of production out of the tight end position last year. But that’s almost certain to change. New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter had the tight ends very involved in the passing game during his stops in Atlanta and Jacksonville.

That’s good news for second-year pro Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He had only 21 catches during an injury-filled rookie season. But the Bucs believe Seferian-Jenkins can be a big producer in the passing game.

The team also picked up Tim Wright in the offseason. Wright isn’t much of a blocker, but he has good receiving skills and that could mean some two tight end sets.

Brandon Myers and Luke Stocker are strong blockers, but they likely will be competing for one roster spot.

Fantasy Impact:

Koetter coaxed a 58-700-10 season out of Marcedes Lewis in 2010 to go along with the 176 catches for 1,965 yards and 16 touchdowns in two seasons with Tony Gonzalez in 2012-2013. Seferian-Jenkins is a breakout candidate in his second season with a new quarterback and offensive coordinator and is a high-end TE2 option heading into drafts.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 8:35am

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Tampa Bay has one of the league's best tandems of starting receivers with Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. Each of them had over 1,000 receiving yards last season, which came despite some shaky quarterback play.

With the arrival of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, Evans and Jackson could put up better numbers than last season. They developed good chemistry with Winston during offseason workouts and they should make life easy for the rookie.

Camp figures to be a wide-open competition for the other roster spots. Veteran Louis Murphy enters with a slight edge over rookies Kenny Bell and Kaelin Clay and second-year pro Robert Herron. But all three of the young receivers will have a chance to compete with Murphy for the third receiver spot. Clay has added value because he is expected to be the primary kickoff and punt returner.

Fantasy Impact:

Our bet is on Murphy at this point, but he only comes in 84th on our WR list. He got some attention in Weeks 4 and 5 last season when he had back-to-back TDs, but the rest of the way had just one game over 18 yards receiving.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 3:11pm

Buccaneers.com - [Full Article]

Louis Murphy, who served as the Buccaneers’ No. 3 receiver a year ago, should be the leading candidate heading into training camp, but fifth-round draft pick Kenny Bell, among others, will compete for the spot.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 10:30am

Buccaneers.com - [Full Article]

Ronde Barber knows a thing or two about quarterbacks after spending his entire 16-year NFL career trying to intercept them. So what does he think about the Bucs’ new signal-caller, Jameis Winston? Last week, the Buccaneer great sat down with CBS to discuss.

“He gives you the spectacular, but he also gives you the rookie," Barber said, via JoeBucsFan. “But what I will say about (Jameis) is he plays with zero fear. He’ll let go of any ball. He has that confidence. I’ve played against guys that have supreme confidence in themselves and their ability to make plays. You can already see it. He has no fear letting the ball go."

It’s easy to draw the comparison between Winston and Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel. Winston succeeded Manuel as Florida State’s starter and both were first-round picks in the NFL Draft. But according to Barber, they’re nothing alike.

“The guy that preceded him at Florida State, E.J. Manuel, I did a couple of games of Buffalo over these two years that I’ve been working at FOX, and he is the other way,” Barber said. “He’s timid. He holds the ball. He’s scared to deliver it when he needs to. This guy (Winston) is the complete opposite, maybe to a detriment at times; he throws a lot of interceptions."

Fantasy Impact:

Winston will likely see many highs and lows this season, as any rookie does. But the good news is he's got two, star WRs to throw to in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. The bad news is the offensive line is a question. It may be a tough go at first, but things should start to click with game experience. We rank Winston 24th, which puts him outside QB2 range in ten team leagues, but he could end up being a waiver wire pickup at some point this season with QB2 value and a chance to be a streaming starter.

Monday, June 29, 2015, 9:52am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Bucs WR Mike Evans helped make the 2014 rookie receiver class one of the best in NFL history.

Along with Odell Beckham Jr., Sammy Watkins, Kelvin Benjamin, John Brown, Martavis Bryant, Jordan Matthews and others, the young group boasts a potent combo of playmaking and stardom.

When asked by USA Today's Tom Pelissero recently if there is a competition within the group to be the best, Evans wouldn't constrain it to merely his own draft class.

"I'm just trying to be the best, period," he said.

Fantasy Impact:

While Beckham bathed in the spotlight in 2014, especially after his ridiculous one-handed catch on Sunday Night Football, Evans put up his 12-touchdown, 1,051-yard season relatively quietly on a two-win Buccaneers team. You can argue Evans' QB situation was among the worst of that group. But with Jameis Winston under the helm and Evans taking over the "X" receiver role in the Bucs' new offense under coordinator Dirk Koetter, the second-year pass catcher is confident he can push his name further into the national consciousness. We think so too as Evans is ranked eighth among our WRs this season heading into camps. He has an ADP of the third round and we project him for over 10 TDs and 1,200 yards.

Monday, June 29, 2015, 8:22am

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Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller is a No. 3 or 4 option for the offense but nothing more.

He might’ve been a 1,000-yard receiver as a 25-year-old in Haley’s offense. Miller’s scoring rate is concerning. After 27 touchdowns in his first five years, Miller has 16 in his last five, for an average of 3.2 per year. He surpassed three scores in one of those five seasons.

The Steelers placed a waiver claim for tight end Tim Wright, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. When coupled with reported interest in second-round tight end Maxx Williams during the draft, the Wright claim indicates the franchise is at least exploring tight end alternatives.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say Miller isn’t an elite tight end but he’s still very solid. He can put up 600 yards in this offense at age 32. And the truth is the Steelers still need him. He’s a safety valve for QB Ben Roethlisberger. In fact, we predict Miller for 588 yards and just under 3 TDs for 2015. However he's ranked 20th on our list and likely won't get a lot of draft attention in typical leagues. With Antonio Brown, LeVeon Bell and Martavis Bryant, that's a strong core of talent to monopolize the red zone touches.

Lovie: Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is 'a gym rat' and a 'football junkie'

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 9:37pm

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Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has exceeded everyone's expectations. The first-overall pick arrived in Tampa Bay with plenty of questions, most of them off-field-related. But he's shined through minicamp and OTAs, and even if coach Lovie Smith won't anoint Winston the starter, there's no denying the quarterback's work ethic.

“I thought he would be a certain way, and that's what he's been," Smith said, via the team's website. "All of the positive things you've heard about Jameis is what we've been able to see. He is very smart. He is a gym rat -- football junkie. He does have personality. His glass is half full every day."

Fantasy Impact:

By all accounts, Winston has had a great offseason and is fitting in well with the Buccaneers. He is a shoo-in to start immediately, so opportunity is plentiful. He has two established weapons to throw to in receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is expected to make strides in his second season. The situation from a skill position standpoint is very good, though the offensive line isn't. The Bucs did add two offensive linemen in the 2nd round, so there should be improvement up front. Rookie QBs are generally poor fantasy bets, but Winston should be a committee/streaming option in 12-team leagues.

Bucs Beat: RB Doug Martin 'had his best offseason in three years'

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 12:52pm

Tampa Tribune - [Full Article]

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin had his best offseason in three years, and the upswing in his play could not have come at a better time. Charles Sims is good enough to start and he’ll push Martin hard for the bell-cow role. But the Bucs are probably better with Martin in the lead, Sims filling a third-down pass catcher’s role and Bobby Rainey backing up both.

Fantasy Impact:

The coaching staff reportedly loves Charles Sims, but OC Dirk Koetter fought to keep Martin with the team during the offseason, and he still sits atop the team's depth chart after a strong offseason. He's going in the 8th or 9th round, so he's a good target for those owners who are looking for potential starters in the later rounds.

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 10:53am

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Fred Davis’s tenure in New England didn’t last long.

Davis, the tight end who signed with the Patriots last month, was released by the team today. The Patriots apparently decided after this week’s minicamp that Davis simply didn’t fit on a tight end depth chart featuring star Rob Gronkowski and veterans Michael Hoomanawanui and Scott Chandler.

Fantasy Impact:

The Patriots cut Tim Wright earlier in the offseason. Scott Chandler is a solid tight end and is shaping up to be a sleeper at the position since the team utilizes a lot of two-TE sets.

Bucs' Austin Seferian-Jenkins 'most active' of 'highly productive' TE group

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 11:05pm

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The Buccaneers’ tight ends, as a group, were highly productive during practice. But Austin Seferian-Jenkins may have been the most active. He worked with several different groups and came on strong for 11-on-11 drills during the final 30 minutes of practice.

Fantasy Impact:

New OC Dirk Koetter has a history of featuring the tight end, coaxing a 58-700-10 season out of Marcedes Lewis in 2010 to go along with the 176 catches for 1,965 yards and 16 touchdowns in two seasons with Tony Gonzalez in 2012-2013. Seferian-Jenkins had an injury-riddled rookie season, but is a breakout candidate in his second season with a new quarterback and offensive coordinator.

Saints HC Sean Payton 'couldn't say specifically' how much TE Josh Hill will play

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 12:55pm

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Saints TE Josh Hill only needed 14 receptions in order to post his five touchdowns. But while his touchdowns-to-receptions ratio is sure to decrease this year, his opportunity to be on the field in myriad offensive sets figures to increase exponentially.

“It just depends on how much two tight end sets we’re in, how much sub (packages),” Coach Sean Payton said. “I couldn’t say specifically that he is going to have 25 percent more playing time but certainly his playing time will increase.

“We utilize multiple tight end sets and obviously that’ll affect him with his number count (of snaps). He has good position versatility. We think he is a guy that can run and stretch the defense. A lot of it will be by game plan and what we are trying to do.”

Fantasy Impact:

Hill is one of our favorite sleepers, but it's a bit worrisome that Payton is talking about two-TE sets when discussing Hill's potential playing time. It doesn't sound like he's a shoo-in to start over Ben Watson. The Saints have been kicking the tires on Jermaine Gresham and put in a waiver bid for Tim Wright.

Buccaneers 'very happy' with how QB Jameis Winston has progressed

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 12:24pm

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Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has made huge strides since he was drafted. He has picked up the playbook well and is comfortable making calls at the line of scrimmage. He has started to build chemistry with wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. Winston still needs to working on not forcing throws into heavy coverage, but the Bucs are very happy with how he has progressed so far.

Fantasy Impact:

Winston is a shoo-in to start immediately, so opportunity is plentiful. He has two established weapons to throw to in receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is expected to make strides in his second season. The situation from a skill position standpoint is very good, though the offensive line isn't. The Bucs did add two offensive linemen in the 2nd round, so there should be improvement up front. Rookie QBs are generally poor fantasy bets, but Winston should be a committee/streaming option in 12-team leagues.

Slimmed-down Doug Martin likes how the offensive line has 'gelled'

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 11:29am

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Doug Martin returned to the Buccaneers’ training facilities having shed some body fat, and re-gained the weight in muscle.

“What you’re not seeing that makes me look a little slimmer is my body fat,” Martin said. “I got my body fat down by like four or five percent so I’m in great shape. I feel good and I’m ready to go.”

Martin could have a few new faces blocking for him after the Bucs’ selected tackle Donovan Smith and guard Ali Marpet in this year’s draft. Although the Bucs have only gone through non-contact OTA practices, he can already see improvement along the offensive line.

“They’re doing pretty good,” Martin said. “There’s more communication between the line. We’re more gelled than we were last year. I feel like it’s going to be a good season for us and the line’s doing a good job proving that… or (are) going to prove that.”

Fantasy Impact:

The coaching staff reportedly loves Charles Sims, but OC Dirk Koetter fought to keep Martin with the team during the offseason, and he still sits atop the team's depth chart. He's going in the 9th round, so he's a good target for those owners who are looking for potential starters in the later rounds.

Buccaneers claim TE Tim Wright

Friday, June 12, 2015, 4:12pm

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Buccaneers, with top priority on waiver wire, claim TE Tim Wright, whom they dealt to New England last summer.

Fantasy Impact:

Wright ends up back in Tampa, where he'll compete for snaps behind Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

Bucs Beat: Bobby Rainey's pass-catching 'helping his case'

Friday, June 12, 2015, 2:39pm

Buccaneers.com - [Full Article]

Joe Kania of Buccaneers.com:

Last week it was Doug Martin that caught our eye. This week, a different running back stood out. While Martin and Charles Sims were used often in the screen game, Bobby Rainey ran a few of the deeper routes out of the backfield. Rainey, Martin and Sims are all battling to be the Bucs’ No. 1 running back, and Rainey’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is helping his case.

Fantasy Impact:

Rainey was by far the best Bucs running back last season, averaging 4.3 YPC, while Martin (3.7 YPC) and Sims (2.8) struggled mightily. Rainey also led the backs in receptions with 33 for 315 yards and a touchdown. He hasn't been discussed much this preseason as the focus has been on Martin and Sims, but he's a player to have on speed dial if either player suffers an injury.

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