O.J. Howard - TEPosted 7/8/18 8:15pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard caught five of his six targets for 157 yards and two touchdowns on deep passes last year, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Howard's big-play upside is undeniable, and the only thing standing between him and TE1 status is more targets. Cameron Brate is still lurking, but Howard's role should only grow. At worst, he's a high-end TE2.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 6/21/18 7:58am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is expecting a suspension by the NFL for an incident with an Uber driver in 2016, according to ESPN Radio 97.9 in Tallahassee's Jeff Cameron. Cameron's sources told him that the maximum is likely three games, but the most likely event is that he's suspended one game. Winston was accused of groping a female Uber driver in Scottsdale, Ariz., and the suspension would stem from his failure to report the incident to the league. The personal conduct policy states players are 'to promptly report any matter that comes to their attention (through victim or witness reports, law enforcement, or media reports) that may constitute a violation of this policy.' It's unknown if Winston would appeal.
Huddle Up: Winston is a midrange QB1 with some upside due to the talent around him. The Bucs have a bye in Week 5, and if he misses three games, then you have him for one game in the first five weeks of the season. You would have to draft another starting option with him in that event. If he misses one game, his value doesn't falter too much.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 6/21/18 3:42pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is expected to be suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, according to sources. The suspension could increase or decrease depending on the circumstances surrounding the off-field incident.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see when a suspension will officially be announced. Winston could still be a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues, but owners would need a strong backup to use early in the season. Ryan Fitzpatrick probably would start if Winston sits out but is not a great fantasy option.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 6/17/18 11:05am ET
Tampa bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones could post the biggest numbers of the team's defense-heavy draft class since he should get 15 to 20 touches per game, according to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times.
Huddle Up: It's unclear whether or not Stroud meant he can see Jones eventually take on that kind of workload right away or down the road. It has been widely assumed and reported Jones will begin his rookie season by sharing early-down touches with Peyton Barber while ceding third-down work to Charles Sims. That should still be the expectation for now, but Jones is also a solid bet to move into the role Stroud is describing later in the season. He should be drafted as a RB3 but has immense upside.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 6/17/18 1:18pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard 'showed how versatile and explosive he can be during minicamp,' according to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times.
Huddle Up: Howard caught 26 passes for 432 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie, and a strong case can be made Tampa Bay used him much too often as a blocker and not nearly often enough as a receiver in 2017. While Cameron Brate figures to remain a factor in the red zone for the foreseeable future, Howard is too talented not to become one of the top 10 tight ends in the league early in his career. It could happen as soon as this season. He's well worth investing in as a high-upside TE2 late in drafts.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 6/14/18 10:56am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones signed his four-year rookie deal Thursday, June 14. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Jones provides the Buccaneers with an immediate threat out of the backfield, particularly in the passing game. He'll lose a decent amount of touches to Peyton Barber and Charles Sims, but Jones has RB3 appeal at worst with added value in PPR leagues.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 6/7/18 11:07am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston could be running some more read-option plays in 2018, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.
Huddle Up: The read-option has the ability to open up the offense and inflate Winston's running numbers a little bit. The Buccaneers don't want to further risk injury to their franchise quarterback, though. Either way, Winston is primed for a rebound season and needs to be drafted as a QB1.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 6/5/18 2:15am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones is being envisioned as a 'three-down back' by running backs coach Tim Spencer, who added that he would want Jones 'to be able to catch the ball because we have some things we'd like to give him with his speed.'
Huddle Up: Jones will be one of this year's rookies that is put in a meaningful position for his club right out of the gate, as it's even possible he leads the Bucs' running game in touches by the end of the season. Although Peyton Barber emerged at the end of last season and did a respectable job, Jones might have the higher ceiling, making him a worthwhile FLEX pick in fantasy drafts.
Chris Godwin - WRPosted 6/3/18 7:29am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin experienced stamina and breathing issues for much of last year due to problems with his mouth guard. Those issues have since been corrected and Godwin appears poised to have a breakthrough season in 2018, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jenna Laine.
Huddle Up: Godwin had 34 receptions for 525 yards during his rookie campaign and improved as the season went on. The 22-year-old has a decent shot of starting alongside Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson in 2018 and is worth keeping in mind as a late-round flier in standard fantasy football leagues.
Peyton Barber - RBPosted 6/1/18 8:32pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber said he turned his excess fat into muscle this offseason, and running backs coach Tim Spencer said Barber appears faster and more agile.
Huddle Up: Although Tampa Bay added Ronald Jones in the draft, Barber is still a good bet to see carries on early downs and near the goal line. He's a risky RB3.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 5/22/18 3:36pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is focused on improving his awareness and his yards after catch heading into his fifth season. 'I've got another hurdle to jump over, and I think I'll be much better this year,' Evans said. 'I've got to do better in [yards after catch], and I think if I do, I'll be the most complete receiver.'
Huddle Up: Four years in a row now Evans has reached at least 1,000 yards. His touchdowns were down last year, but Tampa Bay's offense as a whole sputtered based on expectations. Still, Evans is an elite wide receiver, worthy of WR1 consideration.
Chris Godwin - WRPosted 5/17/18 10:04am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin has earned the opportunity to begin the regular season as a starter, according to offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
Huddle Up: One can deduce that this means Godwin would start over Adam Humphries and alongside Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. Godwin showed flashes as a rookie, gaining 525 yards on just 34 catches. He's more of a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 5/17/18 2:49pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims is expected to be a third-down back this upcoming season because of his ability to pass protect and catch the ball out of the backfield, according to offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
Huddle Up: Sims has a good chance to make the 53-man roster and likely would see a handful of touches each game. He could be a late-round option in point-per-reception leagues but will not be a weekly starting option for fantasy owners.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 5/13/18 6:56pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones has been catching a variety of passes during rookie minicamp and will have the opportunity to play in space and line up as a receiver in head coach Dirk Koetter's offense.
Huddle Up: Jones is positioned to be one of the more impactful rookie backs this season. He's a potential RB3 in redraft leagues, and he is worthy of a top-five pick in rookie drafts.
Peyton Barber - RBPosted 5/9/18 7:14am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber will likely share the load with RB Ronald Jones to start the season with RB Jacquizz Rodgers and RB Charles Sims behind them.
Huddle Up: Barber seems like a placeholder for now, and if Jones can learn the offense and pick up pass protection quickly, it could be a matter of time before Barber is usurped. Barber is an RB3 in fantasy, but he has a caution sign on him.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 5/3/18 7:24pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones adds 'juice' that the backfield has been lacking, according to general manager Jason Licht.
Huddle Up: Jones instantly becomes the biggest home run threat in Tampa Bay's backfield, and he could quickly emerge as the lead back. He's a RB3 with upside in redraft leagues and a top-five pick in rookie drafts.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 5/3/18 7:35pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (ankle) said Thursday, May 3, that he is fully recovered from the ankle injury that shortened his rookie season.
Huddle Up: Howard was inconsistent as a rookie, but he has also flashed his upside as a receiver. He'll be a must-own TE2 to start 2018.
Ronald Jones - RBPosted 4/27/18 4:33pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Southern California RB Ronald Jones with the 38th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Friday, April 27.
Huddle Up: Jones should have a chance to compete for the starting running back job during training camp. He could be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in all leagues if he receives a majority of the carries in 2018.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 4/26/18 6:56am ET
Free-agent RB Charles Sims (Buccaneers) agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, April 26. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
Huddle Up: Sims will slot in behind Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers, and there's a good chance they draft a running back this weekend. Sims has RB5 flyer potential, but there isn't much upside beyond depth.
O.J. Howard - TEPosted 4/23/18 11:00pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard has the potential to 'take a big leap' in his second year, according to head coach Dirk Koetter, who added that 'there are so, so many little things that he can do better.'
Huddle Up: Howard registered 26 catches for 432 yards and six scores across 14 ballgames in his rookie campaign before missing the final two with an ankle injury. Other than his touchdowns, more was expected from the 2017 first-round draft pick, but as Koetter said, if he improves on the little things, there could be an immense jump from Howard. That being said, it's worth at least having him on fantasy rosters as a TE2 just for his high ceiling alone.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 4/19/18 9:24am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston and WR DeSean Jackson have already spent time together this offseason to improve their deep-ball chemistry. Winston said they're going to find more time to work outside the team facility and build their connection.
Huddle Up: Tampa Bay's offense was relatively disappointing last year. Winston and Jackson's chemistry, or lack thereof, was part of that disappointment. The two can only build on how they performed in 2018. That being said, Winston has QB1 appeal and Jackson, who is primarily a one-trick deep threat, has WR3 to WR4 value.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 4/17/18 8:15am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston's fifth-year option was exercised Tuesday, April 17. It's worth $20.922 million guaranteed for injury.
Huddle Up: Winston has improved his completion percentage every year in his three-year career. He was on his way to surpassing his career-high 4,090 passing yards before injury last season. He'll be a solid midrange QB1 with some upside in fantasy.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 4/8/18 9:16am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson finished with 50 catches for 668 yards and three touchdowns in his first year with the team in 2017. QB Jameis Winston took to social media on Friday, April 6, vowing he 'personally will make sure' to show valuable Jackson is to the team and the NFL in 2018.
Huddle Up: Jackson saw 90 targets in 14 games last year, which is roughly the amount of volume he has been accustomed to over his long NFL career. The main difference was Jackson's lack of touchdowns and his average yards per catch, which fell from 17.7 to a career-low 13.4. Whether Winston is to blame for inaccuracy, head coach Dirk Koetter failed Jackson with his play-calling or Jackson lost a step is worth debating. At any rate, it appears Jackson could become a bigger part of the offense in 2018.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 4/7/18 7:25pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston posted on Twitter that he will 'personally' make sure to show how valuable WR DeSean Jackson is to the offense in 2018.
Huddle Up: Tampa Bay's passing attack never really clicked last year, and Winston and Jackson struggled to connect on big plays. Another year together could help matters, and Jackson still possesses WR3 upside because of his ability to stretch the field.
Peyton Barber - RBPosted 3/27/18 9:34am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber is the starting running back 'right now' and the team's confidence in him is 'high,' according to head coach Dirk Koetter.
Huddle Up: Barber was solid for the Bucs near the end of the season, but they need to aim higher if they want to put a spark back into an offense that disappointed last season. Koetter loves the vertical passing game and has all the ingredients necessary to have a successful one except a running back that can put some fear into defenses on play-action. If a top-five back like LSU's Derrius Guice or Georgia's Sony Michel is still on the board in the second round next month, don't be surprised to see Tampa Bay make the pick.
Peyton Barber - RBPosted 3/13/18 6:53am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers exclusive rights free-agent RB Peyton Barber signed a one-year, $630,000 deal with the Buccaneers Tuesday, March 13.
Huddle Up: Barber is in line to start, but the team is probably looking to add depth at the position. Barber could be worth an RB3 pickup if major changes don't come.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 3/12/18 11:39am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate agreed to a six-year contract extension with the Buccaneers Monday, March 12, worth $41 million, according to a source. The deal includes $18 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: Brate has been a solid pass catcher for the Buccaneers over the last two seasons with 1,251 yards and 14 touchdowns over that span. He will continue to have a role in the passing game and can be a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 3/9/18 1:07pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $82.5 million on Friday, March 9. The deal includes $55 million guaranteed, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Evans, who has topped 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons, is now the second-highest paid receiver in football behind Antonio Brown. Although his 2017 campaign was a disappointment for most of his owners, he already has two 12-touchdown seasons on his resume and remains an elite WR1 for fantasy purposes. The 24-year-old should be entering his prime within the next year or two, which is a scary thought for defenses if Jameis Winston can eventually become a top-10 quarterback in the league.
Chris Godwin - WRPosted 2/28/18 10:19am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin earned the right to have a bigger role in Tampa Bay's offense this year, according to general manager Jason Licht. Licht lauded Godwin as a smart, hard-working and unselfish player.
Huddle Up: Godwin is expected to serve as Tampa Bay's No. 3 wide receiver behind Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. His fantasy ceiling will be low as long as those two are healthy, but he's a prime example of a potential late-round sleeper and is better suited for standard leagues.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 2/28/18 10:57am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson did not see as many opportunities as he should have last season, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. 'That has to change and we're working on concepts right now.'
Huddle Up: Coach speak is commonplace in the offseason, but Koetter sounds serious about increasing Jackson's involvement. It was his first year with the scallywags, after all. Jackson possesses WR3 upside as a more suitable selection in standard formats.
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