Buccaneers Fantasy News

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6:46pm

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (right shoulder) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Winston looks iffy for a tough matchup against the Bills.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston on track to play

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 10:42am

Greg Auman - [Full Article]

Jameis Winston "did everything but throw Wednesday" and the team didn't sign another quarterback, indicating they have faith Winston will suit up this week—either as their starter or to backup Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Fantasy Impact:

In what is the second-toughest QB matchup of the week, according to our aFPA metric, we have Winston ranked as our No. 18 signal-caller. A tough matchup plus an injury are valid reasons for keeping Winston on your bench this week. If you're in need of a replacement streamer, we have C.J. Beathard ranked one spot ahead of Winston in a very good matchup vs. the Cowboys.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 6:55pm

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (right shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Winston has a sprain to his throwing shoulder, so he’s a dicey start in a tough matchup against the Bills.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston's (shoulder) status depends on pain tolerance

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10:40am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The team will make a decision to determine if QB Jameis Winston can play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills later this week. The issue is more about pain tolerance than anything. HC Dirk Koetter said there is no risk of further injury.

Related players: Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fantasy Impact:

The story said there is no danger to further damage the shoulder so it's all about the pain. It added Winston would have struggled to push the ball down field which is why Fitzpatrick remained in the game. He'll throw later in the week, but he's not ruled out as of yet, which the team thinks is good news.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston has AC joint sprain

Monday, October 16, 2017, 12:29pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

QB Jameis Winston suffered an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder, source said. It may be something he’ll be able to play through.

Related players: Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fantasy Impact:

Reports said Winston was throwing on the sideline after the injury but whether the team didn't want to risk playing him or he wasn't comfortable is unknown. Winston said he expects to play in Week 7, but like we said in the earlier report, we can't always trust what a player says when it comes to an injury.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston thinks shoulder injury is minor

Monday, October 16, 2017, 9:52am

USA Today - [Full Article]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, who left Sunday’s game versus the Cardinals with a shoulder injury, says that his X-rays came back negative but he will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extend of the injury.

Winston was hurt attempting a throw during the second quarter of the game when Cardinals pass rusher Chandler Jones dropped the 23-year-old gunslinger to the ground while the Bucs were being shut out by Arizona. Shortly after, Ryan Fitzpatrick took over for Winston. Fortunately for Tampa Bay, Fitzpatrick carried the workload well, completing 22 of 32 passes for 290 yards, three touchdown passes and two interceptions.

Fantasy Impact:

Winston was seen on the sidelines throwing as if he was going to return to the field but never did. Following the game, Winston seemed optimistic and felt that the injury was minor, the story said. Winston told Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, that he was in pain but didn’t feel that it was anything serious at all. Rick Stroud's tweet within the story said Winston expects to play Week 7. Keep in mind it's hard to trust a player's stance on an injury so we'll monitor the situation this week.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston leaves game with shoulder injury

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 7:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has left the Bucs' game against the Arizona Cardinals with a shoulder injury.

His return is doubtful, according to team officials.

On third down of the opening possession of the game, Winston took a hit from Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones and fell awkwardly onto his right shoulder.

Related players: Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fantasy Impact:

After the offense left the field, Winston was seen tossing the ball on the sideline to try to loosen his arm up, and he briefly returned to action. Based on sideline shots, it seemed like Winston was upset he wasn't able to continue to play.

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 2:39pm

Buccaneers Inactives
Kwon Alexander MLB
Antony Auclair TE
Joe Hawley C
Josh Robinson DB
Ryan Russell DE
Keith Tandy SS
Leonard Wester OT

Bucs RB Doug Martin prepared for an increased workload

Friday, October 13, 2017, 9:55am

Florida Football Outsiders - [Full Article]

Martin made his debut last week, playing on 26 of the team's 72 snaps—second-most at the RB position behind Charles Sims (32)—but he's ready to take on more work this week.

“I feel like I can handle anything coach asks me to do,’’ Martin said. “I’m prepared to do everything.’’

Fantasy Impact:

While Martin was second in snaps to Sims last week, he led the team in carries (13) and rushing yards (74). He also scored a touchdown—something he didn't do much of last season, scoring only 3 TDs in eight games. It's good to hear Martin is ready for more work as fantasy owners could use another reliable option at RB each week. In a somewhat difficult matchup versus Arizona this week, according to our aFPA metric, we have Martin ranked as our No. 15 RB in standard leagues.

Report: Bucs cut K Nick Folk, sign Patrick Murray

Monday, October 9, 2017, 1:39pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

The Bucs new kicker is Patrick Murray, who has played for the Saints and Browns.

Related players: Nick Folk

Fantasy Impact:

Folk missed three more field goals this week against the Patriots. Ideally, the Bucs kicker should have fantasy value, given the talent of the offense and the ability to move the ball.

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 7:07pm

Buccaneers Inactives

Safety Keith Tandy
Safety T.J. Ward
Linebacker Lavonte David
Linebacker Kwon Alexander
LT Leonard Wester
Center Joe Hawley
DT Sealver Siliga

Bucs RB Doug Martin to be 'significantly in the mix' tonight vs. Patriots

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 1:59pm

Dan Graziano - [Full Article]

ESPN Staff Writer Dan Graziano believes Doug Martin will be "significantly in the mix" versus the Patriots tonight in his return from suspension.

Fantasy Impact:

Graziano also goes on to speculate that the Bucs didn't activate Martin just to split the workload with Jacquizz Rodgers. Going off of Graziano's feelings, it seems Martin will be the lead back; however, it's hard to base starting lineup decisions just on a feeling. Blue Swede, we are not. In what is a great matchup according to our schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed (aFPA) metric, we have Martin ranked higher than Rodgers in both standard (RB22 vs. RB49) and PPR leagues (RB23 vs. RB47). The Pats are allowing 132.8 rushing yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry this season. With four teams on a bye, Martin is a solid RB2 option this week.

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (thigh) expected to play; will be limited

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 11:23am

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is dealing with a late-week thigh injury. While the expectation is he suits up versus the Buccaneers in their Week 5 Thursday Night matchup, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported early Thursday morning he could be limited.

Fantasy Impact:

Gronkowski is our No. 1 rated tight end for the week in a neutral matchup versus the Bucs, according to our schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed (aFPA) metric. If he suits up, you have to roll the dice and start him, as Gronk is one of very few matchup difference makers in fantasy land. Monitor his status leading up to kickoff to ensure he's active.

Bucs RB Doug Martin will be 'as ready as he can be' for TNF

Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 9:20am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Running back Doug Martin was reinstated to the Buccaneers’ active roster on Monday and he won’t have much time to ease himself back into the mix before the team’s next game.

Martin, who finished serving a four-game suspension handed down late last season, will have his only one real practice of the week on Tuesday as the Bucs play the Patriots on Thursday night. Given the short week, that practice isn’t likely to be a particularly intense one and that left Martin to joke that he’ll “run into the wall a couple times” to prepare himself for his first action of the 2017 season.

“I’m gonna go out there and just do the best that I can do, be as ready as I can be, just play for these guys,” Martin said, via ESPN.com. “I’m not sure [how many snaps]. I’m just going to go out there and play to the best of my ability. Whatever that is, it’s coach [Dirk Koetter’s] decision, it’s what he decides to do. I’m for it.”

Related players: Jacquizz Rodgers

Fantasy Impact:

Couple all of that with the fact Rodgers was pretty effective last week, and solid over the team's first three games, and Martin doesn't seem like a great fantasy option just yet.

Bucs move RB Doug Martin to active roster

Monday, October 2, 2017, 4:39pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Buccaneers running back Doug Martin‘s four-game suspension came to a slightly delayed end after Sunday’s victory over the Giants and he’s now back on the team’s active roster.

The Bucs officially made the move on Monday when they waived tight end Alan Cross to make room for Martin’s return. Martin will be eligible to practice with the team right away and can play against the Patriots in Thursday night’s game.

Related players: Jacquizz Rodgers

Fantasy Impact:

The story pointed out HC Dirk Koetter said the team would need to see how Martin practices before deciding how to use Martin. Rodgers carried 16 times for 83 yards against the Giants. Martin may not have a full role his first game back, especially when you consider it's a short week.

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