Buccaneers Fantasy News

Koetter: Peyton Barber is the starting running back, 'right now'

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 10:16am

ESPN - [Full Article]

"Peyton Barber is our starting running back right now," said Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter, adding that his confidence level in him is "high." But he also indicated that it could change. They did target a free agent running back and that it's a talented draft class.

Fantasy Impact:

In the seven games in which Barber carried the ball at least 10 times, he averaged 14.1 carries for 59 yards (4.20 YPC). In those games, he also added 2.0 catches for 15 yards. The Bucs are likely to draft a running back, but depending on the draft capital that they spend, Barber may have the inside track to start this year.

Buccaneers trade for DE Jason Pierre-Paul

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 11:07am

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

The New York Giants have traded Jason Pierre-Paul to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 2018 third-round pick, and the two teams will also swap fourth-round picks. Pierre-Paul recorded 47 tackles and eight sacks last season, which would have led the Bucs' defensive linemen in both categories.

Bucs to re-sign TE Cameron Brate

Monday, March 12, 2018, 2:43pm

Jenna Laine - [Full Article]

ESPN reporter Jenna Laine tweeted that a source close to her said the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed tight end Cameron Brate to a six-year deal worth $41 million, with $18 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

Brate was the eighth-highest scoring fantasy tight end last season, and led the team in targets (77), receptions (48), and yards (591) at the tight end position. He and OJ Howard each scored six touchdowns.

Bucs GM: WR Chris Godwin has earned a bigger role

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 1:26pm

Rick Stroud - [Full Article]

Buccaneers GM Jason Licht says Chris Godwin has earned the right for a bigger role in 2018. Says he represents what they want in a Bucs player. Smart, hard working and unselfish.

Fantasy Impact:

Godwin played 70%+ of the snaps three times last season and averaged 5.0 catches for 92 yards and 0.33 touchdowns. He'll probably need an injury to Mike Evans or DeSean Jackson to become a fantasy starter, but he's definitely a player who should be on the draft radar in the later rounds.

Buccaneers release RB Doug Martin

Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 1:19pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released running back Doug Martin, the team announced Tuesday. The two-time Pro Bowler was due to make nearly $7 million in 2018 but averaged just 2.9 yards per carry over the past two seasons.

Martin, 29, was benched in favor of second-year back Peyton Barber for the final three games of the 2017 season and was a healthy scratch for the Monday Night Football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15 for violating a team rule.

The move was hardly a surprise. When asked by ESPN about Martin's struggles in 2017 and whether he had a future with the team, general manager Jason Licht said, "Without going into much detail, it's safe to say that we need more out of our running game in general. We need to get better run-blocking, we need more explosive plays out of the running back position. I was really happy [and] we were really happy with Peyton [Barber] with the way he came on at the end of the season, so that was positive. Obviously Doug had a down season by his standards and by our standards."

Fantasy Impact:

As the article notes, this is not a big surprise. But where do the Bucs go from here? With Martin cut and Charles Sims entering free agency, the Tampa backfield could look very different in 2018. In the seven games in which Peyton Barber carried the ball at least 10 times, he averaged 14.1 carries for 59 yards (4.20 YPC). In those games, he also added 2.0 catches for 15 yards. The Bucs are likely to draft a running back, but depending on the draft capital that they spend, Barber may have the inside track to start in 2018.

Bears hire former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator

Thursday, January 11, 2018, 9:46am

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

The Bears are expected to hire former Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich as offensive coordinator. Helfrich has not worked in the NFL previously but he has spent time as an assistant under Chip Kelly and Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter.

Fantasy Impact:

Nagy said he will call the plays and the offense will be his design but Helfrich will obviously have plenty of influence.

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) OUT for Week 17

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 3:15pm

Buccaneers Inactives
Robert Ayers DE
Devante Bond LB
Adam Gettis OG
Ryan Griffin QB
DeSean Jackson WR
Pat O'Connor DE
David Rivers CB

Related players: Chris Godwin

Fantasy Impact:

Godwin will get the start opposite of Mike Evans for Week 17.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17. If he’s out, Chris Godwin would be a good start again this week, but it looks like Jackson will play in a meaningless game (for the Bucs).

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. DeSean Jackson is questionable, so Godwin’s Sneaky Start status depends on Jackson’s availability.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 6:01pm

Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip, knee, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. It looks like Brate will play against the Saints. He’s typically been very productive as the starter with Jameis Winston at quarterback.

Friday, December 22, 2017, 5:37pm

Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip, knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 16. Brate finished the game on Monday night so he should be able to play in Week 16, though owners should confirm his availability on Sunday. With O.J. Howard on injured reserve, Brate is a Sneaky Start. In 26 games with Jameis Winston over the last two seasons, Brate has averaged 3.7 catches for 45 yards and 0.54 touchdowns per game.

Friday, December 22, 2017, 5:37pm

Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. With Jackson out, Chris Godwin will start in his place. When Mike Evans was out in Week 10, Godwin caught 5-of-10 targets for 68 yards against the Jets. He’s a Sneaky Start in a pretty good matchup against the Panthers.

Thursday, December 21, 2017, 6:12pm

Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip, knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Brate finished the game on Monday night so he should be able to play in Week 16. With O.J. Howard on injured reserve, Brate is a Sneaky Start. In 26 games with Jameis Winston over the last two seasons, Brate has averaged 3.7 catches for 45 yards and 0.54 touchdowns per game.

Thursday, December 21, 2017, 6:12pm

Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Jackson looks pretty iffy for Week 16. If he’s out, Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries would see a bump.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 6:24pm

Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip, knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Brate finished the game on Monday night so he should be able to play in Week 16. With O.J. Howard on injured reserve, Brate is a Sneaky Start. In 26 games with Jameis Winston over the last two seasons, Brate has averaged 3.7 catches for 45 yards and 0.54 touchdowns per game.

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