Buccaneers Fantasy News

Bucs pick Todd Bowles to run the defense

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 4:16pm

Yahoo - [Full Article]

Todd Bowles, recently fired as the New York Jets head coach, had an interesting choice.

If Bowles wants to be a head coach again, he had to be a coordinator again first. He was a fine defensive coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals; that’s why he got the shot to lead the Jets.

When Bruce Arians took the job as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach, it was expected that Bowles would reunite with him to run the defense. Then an interesting option came along: Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio became the Denver Broncos’ head coach. Bowles reportedly had an opportunity to lead the Bears’ defense. From the outside looking in, it would seem that running the Bears’ elite defense would give Bowles his quickest path back to being a head-coaching candidate.

ESPN reported Bowles will join the Buccaneers after all, as their new defensive coordinator. He must like a challenge.

Fantasy Impact:

Bowles' defenses have been a little up and down. Working backwards, here's how they ranked in yards allowed: 25th, 25th, 11th, 4th (all Jets), 24th, 6th (both with the Cardinals), 15th (Eagles) and 15th (Dolphins). It's not a great sign that the Jets' defense got significantly worse over his two-year tenure or that the Cardinals dropped from 6th to 24th in 2013 and 2014. Bowles did have five-year run from 2011 to 2015 where his defenses where in the top 10 in fewest points allowed in four out of five seasons.

Falcons hire Dirk Koetter to be OC

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 8:07pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Atlanta Falcons have hired former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter to again be their offensive coordinator, the team announced Tuesday.

"We are fired up to have Dirk join our staff as our offensive coordinator," Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said in a statement. "His experience and familiarity with our division will also pay dividends as we move forward."

Mike Mularkey, who parted ways after going 20-21 in parts of three seasons as head coach of the Tennessee Titans, was named the Falcons' tight ends coach on Tuesday. Mularkey also previously served as offensive coordinator in Atlanta.

Fantasy Impact:

Koetter, who turns 60 next month, previously was the Falcons' offensive coordinator from 2012 to 2014. He helped the Falcons to the NFC Championship Game in 2012 as the offense averaged 26.2 points per game and 369.1 yards per game. During his first three-year stint in Atlanta, the Falcons averaged 363.5 yards per game, 277.2 passing yards per game, and 24.0 points per game.

Buccaneers to hire Bruce Arians as next head coach

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 8:03pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finalizing a deal to make Bruce Arians their next head coach, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini.

Arians, who retired following the 2017 season coaching the Arizona Cardinals, has spent the 2018 NFL season working as a game analyst for CBS.

Related players: Jameis Winston

Fantasy Impact:

Todd Bowles will be Arians' defensive coordinator according to the story and Byron Leftwich, former Cards OC, will a passing game coordinator. Perhaps Arians' biggest task will be getting the most out of Winston, who the team said would return prior to hiring Arians. The story added Winston attended Arians' football camp as a youth in Alabama.

Buccaneers owner Jason Licht says QB Jameis Winston will be back

Monday, December 31, 2018, 2:49pm

Greg Auman on Twitter - [Full Article]

Jason Licht: “Jameis Winston will be here next year.”

Fantasy Impact:

Licht said the team has no plans to cut Winston. As the story said, it shouldn't be much of a surprise because the team played Winston over the final weeks of the season - had he suffered an injury it would have guaranteed his contract for 2019. Winston was suspended and benched twice in 2018, and as the story pointed out, he has 76 turnovers in 56 games.

Buccaneers fire HC Dirk Koetter

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 8:07pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Post-season firings are underway: Buccaneers relieved HC Dirk Koetter of his duties, source tells ESPN.

Fantasy Impact:

Black Monday gets an early start with a Sunday firing. The Bucs have a tough decision to make at the QB position going forward as Jameis Winston wasn't all that impressive and barely held off Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job.

Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson doubtful for Week 17

Friday, December 28, 2018, 8:24pm

Buccaneers official injury report

The Buccaneers have listed DeSean Jackson (Achilles) as doubtful for Week 17.

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson's absence gives Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries a chance to finish the season strong against a poor Falcons pass defense. Both players have been up and down the last month, rendering neither as a trustworthy option, but each of them has upside if the starts line up.

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (achilles, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 17. His absence is a boost for Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries.

Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:10pm

Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (thumb, questionable) took full practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 16. His return downgrades Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries.

Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:10pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (right shoulder, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. The Panthers have decided to shut Newton down for the season. Taylor Heinicke will draw the start, but the Old Dominion product is largely an unknown from an NFL standpoint. In the preseason, he completed 24 of 36 passes for 323 yards (9.0 YPA) and two touchdowns against one interception. He also rushed five times for 23 yards and a score. That 7.2 pass-to-rush ratio would fall between Jameis Winston (6.9) and Blake Bortles (7.4) this year, so Heinicke can add points with his legs. He’s obviously a risky start, but there’s some upside here due to the competence he showed in the preseason and his home matchup against the Falcons, who are No. 30 in QB aFPA. Consider this news a slight downgrade for the entire offense, though we weren’t expecting Newton to tear it up this week given his shoulder. John Paulsen watched Heinicke’s preseason throws and runs and came away fairly impressed. He showed some fast feet, threw a couple of darts downfield and his sole interception was not his fault.

Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson to play Week 16

Friday, December 21, 2018, 1:36pm

Jenna Laine on Twitter - [Full Article]

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter announced that DeSean Jackson will be active against the Dallas Cowboys after missing three games with a thumb injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries have already been a bit hard to trust the last few weeks, something Jackson's presence won't help in the least. All three are WR4s in a difficult matchup against the Cowboys.

Thursday, December 20, 2018, 7:15pm

Falcons QB Cam Newton (right shoulder) was removed from the injury report Thursday. The Panthers have decided to shut Cam Newton down for the season. Taylor Heinicke will draw the start, but the Old Dominion product is largely an unknown from an NFL standpoint. In the preseason, he completed 24 of 36 passes for 323 yards (9.0 YPA) and two touchdowns against one interception. He also rushed five times for 23 yards and a score. That 7.2 pass-to-rush ratio would fall between Jameis Winston (6.9) and Blake Bortles (7.4) this year, so Heinicke can add points with his legs. He’s obviously a risky start, but there’s some upside here due to the competence he showed in the preseason and his home matchup against the Falcons, who are No. 30 in QB aFPA. Consider this news a slight downgrade for the entire offense, though we weren’t expecting Newton to tear it up this week given his shoulder.

Thursday, December 20, 2018, 7:15pm

Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Jackson is on track to return, so he’s been added to the rankings. His return downgrades Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 6:34pm

Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) took limited practice reps Wednesday. His potential return would put a dent in Adam Humphries and Chris Godwin’s playing time.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 6:34pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (right shoulder) did not practice Wednesday. The Panthers have decided to shut Cam Newton down for the season. Taylor Heinicke will draw the start, but the Old Dominion product is largely an unknown from an NFL standpoint. In the preseason, he completed 24 of 36 passes for 323 yards (9.0 YPA) and two touchdowns against one interception. He also rushed five times for 23 yards and a score. That 7.2 pass-to-rush ratio would fall between Jameis Winston (6.9) and Blake Bortles (7.4) this year, so Heinicke can add points with his legs. He’s obviously a risky start, but there’s some upside here due to the competence he showed in the preseason and his home matchup against the Falcons, who are No. 30 in QB aFPA. Consider this news a slight downgrade for the entire offense, though we weren’t expecting Newton to tear it up this week given his shoulder.

Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) hopes to play Week 16

Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 4:57pm

Rick Stroud on Twitter - [Full Article]

WR DeSean Jackson is hopeful to play Sunday.

Related players: Adam Humphries, Chris Godwin

Fantasy Impact:

The Bucs travel to Dallas and Jackson has missed three-straight games with the thumb. There really isn't a need to rush him back, but his status vs. the Cowboys likely depends on getting back to the practice field. His return could put a dent in Godwin and Humphries' value.