Luke Stocker Fantasy News

Tim Wright may see increased playing time
Wednesday, November 27, 2013, 12:31pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

More than ever, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going to be leaning on rookie tight end Tim Wright.

With Tom Crabtree recently lost for the season, the Bucs now have three tight ends on injured reserve (Luke Stocker and Nate Byham already were there). Wright, who played wide receiver in college, already has made an impact. He has 34 catches for 366 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bucs almost certainly will add another tight end to the roster. But Wright’s playing time is going to keep increasing. He was viewed mostly as a receiver early in the year. But, now, Wright’s going to get a chance to be an every-down tight end.

Fantasy Impact:

Wright hasn't found the endzone since Week 9, but he had eight catches for 75 yards last week. He's back in the mix as a streaming option.

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Monday, September 23, 2013, 5:09pm

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The Bucs placed tight end Luke Stocker on injured reserve.

With Stocker gone for the season, the Bucs are thin at tight end. Nate Byham started in Stocker’s place Sunday. Tom Crabtree has missed the first three games with an ankle injury, but coach Greg Schiano said Monday that Crabtree is making progress. If Crabtree is healthy by Sunday, he could be the starter against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013, 11:27pm

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Buccaneers TE Tom Crabtree down with a leg injury. Looks serious at this stage. Cart coming out to get him.

Fantasy Impact:

Crabtree was competing with Luke Stocker to start for the Bucs.

Monday, August 5, 2013, 1:13pm

Tampa Bay Times - [Full Article]

Buccaneers tight end Luke Stocker (calf) was activated from the physically unable to perform list, meaning he can participate in practice. But HC Greg Schiano cautioned against assuming Stocker is ready to go.

“Progress is a good way to put it,” Schiano said. “He’s not ready to go, but he was taken off PUP because he was going to do some things with pads on, which is the rule. He’s moving in the right direction.”

Stocker was sidelined for full-team drills where contact was a part of the day’s practice.

Monday, July 15, 2013, 9:34pm

Tampa Tribune - [Full Article]

When discussing the tight end position for Tampa Bay, there’s a deeper conversation to be had. Luke Stocker might be the incumbent to the job and he’s the guy you’d most expect to become the so-called starter – he already knows the offense, he’s the highest draft pick in the group and he has ability – but Stocker has company.

Stocker has significant competition. Most notable among his rivals is Tom Crabtree, signed from the Packers early in the offseason.

Don’t be surprised when you start hearing more about guys like Nate Byham, Danny Noble and Zach Miller. None, including Stocker, is a very accomplished NFL player. But each has varying degrees of experience and intriguing skills.

Fantasy Impact:

The article mentioned that TE is not a position featured in OC Mike Sullivan’s scheme, but, Dallas Clark was targeted 76 times and caught 47 passes last season. Still, we predict Stocker to catch under 30 balls and he's ranked just 39th on our list.

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Bucs trade Kellen Winslow to Seahawks, sign Dallas Clark
Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 2:33am

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded tight end Kellen Winslow to the Seattle Seahawks for a draft pick on Monday night and signed former Colts star Dallas Clark to replace him.

Earlier in the day, Winslow told SiriusXM radio that first-year coach Greg Schiano was "kind of upset" that Winslow has not been working out with the team during the offseason.

"That's kind of shocking, but that's what it is," Winslow said, adding that Schiano told him the coach "would help me out with a trade."

Tampa Bay received a conditional 2013 draft pick in the deal, which a source told ESPN.com's Mike Sando is a seventh-rounder that can elevate to sixth-round choice.

Winslow will join a tight end unit that already includes Zach Miller, who Seattle gave a big contract last offseason, and promising young prospect Cameron Morrah, who has struggled with injuries early in his career. The Seahawks lost tight end John Carlson in the offseason after he signed with Minnesota.

Tampa Bay gets a player who was one of Peyton Manning's favorite targets.

Clark, who turns 33 next month, spent nine seasons with Indianapolis and had 427 career receptions for 4,887 yards and 46 touchdowns. Last season, without Manning and limited by injuries to 11 games, Clark had 34 catches for 352 yards and two touchdowns. He worked out for the Bucs last week.

"Dallas Clark is a consummate pro and proven playmaker," Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik said. "He will be another asset, on and off the field, for our team. In addition to Luke Stocker's continued improvement in his ability as an every-down tight end, we feel we have both talent and depth at the tight end position."

Fantasy Impact:

Interestingly, the Bucs GM referred to Stocker as an "every-down tight end," so perhaps the team is planning to play him ahead of Clark, who can't have much left in the tank. Winslow's value in Seattle takes a nosedive as he will likely serve as Zach Miller's backup.

LeGarrette Blount inactive for Bucs as expected
Sunday, October 16, 2011, 3:14pm

Bucs Inactives
LeGarrette Blount RB
Zac Diles LB
Derek Hardman OT
James Lee T
Gerald McCoy DT
Luke Stocker TE
Sammie Stroughter WR

Fantasy Impact:

LeGarrette Blount is inactive for the Bucs as expected. Earnest Graham should receive the bulk of the work.

Sunday, October 9, 2011, 2:45pm

Bucs Inactives
Quincy Black OLB
Zac Diles LB
Derek Hardman OT
Devin Holland DB
James Lee T
Luke Stocker TE
Sammie Stroughter WR