Buccaneers Fantasy News

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 6:36pm

Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (hip) took limited practice reps Thursday. Brate should play, but his snaps have declined in recent weeks.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah hopes to get another chance

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 6:08pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Lions running back Ameer Abdullah has not played the last two weeks, but said on Tuesday that he feels 100 percent recovered from the neck injury he suffered against the Vikings on Thanksgiving.

That may not be enough for him to return to his spot in the lineup, however. Abdullah participated in practice last week before being declared inactive for the game against the Buccaneers and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that his spot on the bench had more to do with his play than his health.

Related players: Tion Green, Theo Riddick

Fantasy Impact:

As the Lions have struggled to run the ball again this year, the story noted that the team called passes on 71 percent of their plays against the Bucs last week. Riddick carried the ball 10 times for just 29 yards but did have two TDs.

Lions don't commit to starting RB Ameer Abdullah

Monday, December 11, 2017, 5:15pm

Detroit Free Press - [Full Article]

The Detroit Lions spent half a year championing Ameer Abdullah as their No. 1 running back, then changed course abruptly on Sunday.

Lions coach Jim Caldwell declined to name Abdullah his starting running back after Sunday's 24-21 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when Abdullah did not play despite being cleared to return from a neck injury.

Related players: Theo Riddick, Tion Green

Fantasy Impact:

The team said Abdullah is still nursing his injury but didn't go into detail about that. Riddick played a big role in the team's win over the Bucs so it's quite possible he continues to see a key role in the offense.

Bucs RB Doug Martin believes he was benched for fumble

Monday, December 11, 2017, 12:49pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin believes he was benched after fumbling on a key play at the Lions' 23-yard line during a 24-21 loss to Detroit on Sunday.

"When you turn the ball over and you fumble, your chances get cut pretty short, so that’s what happened there," said Martin, who started the game and had 10 touches in the first half, including a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Related players: Peyton Barber

Fantasy Impact:

The story said Martin fumbled on a play where he was against nine men in the box and also had a teammate fall on him. He didn't get a touch the entire second half after the fumble. Meanwhile, Barber had just three touches in the first half followed by nine in the second half. Barber was coming off a 100-yard game last week and owners were hoping he'd be more involved even with Martin back after injury. Going forward, this RB situation certainly appears cloudy.

Friday, December 8, 2017, 6:33pm

Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) took full practice reps all week. Njoku caught 4 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers last week, and they were No. 1 in TE aFPA. It was the fifth time in the last seven games he's seen at least 5 targets and he played 54% or more of the snaps for the third time in the last four games after not clearing that mark at all in his first eight games. The Packers have been tough on tight ends this season, but they gave up two touchdowns to Cameron Brate in Week 13.

Friday, December 8, 2017, 6:33pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (concussion) took full practice reps all week. Martin will apparently retain his starting job since HC Dirk Koetter doesn’t believe players should lose their role due to injury, making this a dicey situation. Peyton Barber posted 140+ yards against the Packers in Week 13 and is the more confident play against a leaky Detroit defense.

Friday, December 8, 2017, 6:33pm

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (ankle) took full practice reps all week. Winston returned last week to throw for 270 yards and 2 touchdowns in a great matchup against the Packers. He has another good matchup against the Lions, who have yielded an average of 276 yards and 2.0 touchdowns to Joe Flacco and Case Keenum in the last two weeks.

Bucs RB Doug Martin (concussion) expected to start in return

Friday, December 8, 2017, 2:18pm

Rick Stroud - [Full Article]

It appears the productive play of Peyton Barber last week in the absence of Doug Martin won't factor into the team's decisions as to who will start when Martin returns this week.

According to a tweet from Rick Stroud, Martin will resume his starting role as the team "doesn't believe in players losing their role as the result of an injury."

Fantasy Impact:

Martin returning and resuming his role as the starting RB muddies up the position and will impact our rankings of Bucs RBs. We had Barber ranked the highest of the bunch before this Martin news. He is coming off a game where he ran the ball 23 times for 102 yards and caught 4 passes for 41 yards. Check back Sunday morning for an update to our rankings.

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6:56pm

Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) took full practice reps again Thursday. Njoku caught 4 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers last week, and they were No. 1 in TE aFPA. It was the fifth time in the last seven games he's seen at least 5 targets and he played 54% or more of the snaps for the third time in the last four games after not clearing that mark at all in his first eight games. The Packers have been tough on tight ends this season, but they gave up two touchdowns to Cameron Brate in Week 13.

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6:56pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday. Martin may return this week but it looks like he’s lost the starting job to Peyton Barber, who posted 140+ yards against the Packers in Week 13.

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6:56pm

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Winston returned last week to throw for 270 yards and 2 touchdowns in a great matchup against the Packers. He has another good matchup against the Lions, who have yielded an average of 276 yards and 2.0 touchdowns to Joe Flacco and Case Keenum in the last two weeks.

Bucs RB Doug Martin clears concussion protocol

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 3:13pm

Jenna Laine - [Full Article]

Martin has been cleared to return to the field but it's uncertain what his role will be with Peyton Barber playing so well in his absence.

Fantasy Impact:

While it's great to see a healthy Martin back, his return muddles the Bucs RB situation. Barber was named the surprise starter last week and he rewarded the Bucs with the team's first 100-yard rushing performance of the season, carrying the ball 23 times for 102 yards. He also added 4 catches (on 4 targets) for 41 yards. Martin's season high is 74 yards. We have Barber ranked as our No. 21 RB this week and he's the Bucs back you want to start.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:53pm

Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) practiced fully Wednesday. Njoku caught 4 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers last week, and they were No. 1 in TE aFPA. It was the fifth time in the last seven games he's seen at least 5 targets and he played 54% or more of the snaps for the third time in the last four games after not clearing that mark at all in his first eight games. The Packers have been tough on tight ends this season, but they gave up two touchdowns to Cameron Brate in Week 13.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:53pm

Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday. Martin may return this week but it looks like he’s lost the starting job to Peyton Barber, who posted 140+ yards against the Packers in Week 13.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:53pm

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. Winston returned last week to throw for 270 yards and 2 touchdowns in a great matchup against the Packers. He has another good matchup against the Lions, who have yielded an average of 276 yards and 2.0 touchdowns to Joe Flacco and Case Keenum in the last two weeks.

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