Doug Martin - RBPosted 3/19/17 10:03am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin completed his stay at an undisclosed rehab center in February, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud. He will still miss the first three games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy in December.
Huddle Up: There's been much speculation that Martin won't even make it to training camp based on his injury history and the fact there is no guaranteed money left on his contract. If Tampa Bay uses an early pick on a runner next month, it's a good bet he'll need to find another job, as the Bucs like Jacquizz Rodgers and value Charles Sims as a weapon in the passing game.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 3/19/17 5:52pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head Dirk Koetter said it is hard to feature two running backs in an offense, and offensive coordinator Todd Monken said he is looking forward to having RB Doug Martin back. 'It will be great getting a guy like Doug back to where he was that will add to that explosion, because we just didn't have that in the run game last year, with all the injuries,' Monken said. 'We had six different guys carry the ball last year.'
Huddle Up: Despite Monken's optimism, there is no guarantee Martin will even be back with the team, let alone be an effective starter. He will also be suspended for the first three games, so his fantasy value is up in the air at this point.
DeSean Jackson - WRPosted 3/11/17 9:23am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson will return punts with the Buccaneers, but head coach Dirk Koetter said the team will be selective when to use him in that role.
Huddle Up: In other words, Jackson will not be the primary punt returner, but he will be asked to field a punt when the team could use a big play on special teams. It's unlikely to result in more than 10 or 15 returns per season, but it could serve as a small boost to his fantasy value in return-yardage leagues. Jackson should be able to maintain his WR3 value in Tampa Bay.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 3/9/17 5:19am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent QB Mike Glennon is close to finalizing a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears, which would pay him $14.5 million per season.
Huddle Up: Glennon would enter the '17 campaign as the starter, but they'll have to fortify some weapons around him. He's a midrange QB2 option for now.
Jacquizz Rodgers - RBPosted 3/7/17 7:17am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent RB Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to re-sign with the Buccaneers, according to a source.
Huddle Up: With Doug Martin's situation with the team up in the air, Rodgers could be an RB3 flyer in fantasy drafts. He'll have value in any event. Stay tuned throughout the offseason to see how it unfolds.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 3/5/17 7:29pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent QB Mike Glennon is expected to receive a deal worth $14-$15 million per year, according to multiple sources.
Huddle Up: Glennon has a good chance to land a starting gig somewhere during free agency, but don't expect him to be more than a low-end QB2.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 3/4/17 3:35pm ET
Impending free-agent QB Mike Glennon (Buccaneers) is expected to be pursued heavily by the New York Jets when the new league year begins Thursday, March 9, according to Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.
Huddle Up: Pauline states the vast majority of the league personnel believe Glennon will sign with the Chicago Bears instead. The Jets are in the midst of a massive roster overhaul, whereas the Bears may be more enticing to Glennon with receivers Kevin White and Cameron Meredith as well as Jordan Howard in the backfield. While he would represent an upgrade in either city, Jameis Winston's backup would be no more than a middling fantasy QB2 option in 2017.
Vincent Jackson - WRPosted 3/2/17 5:01pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson and the team have met this offseason, though no plans have been revealed about his future. Retirement is a 'possibility,' as he has finished the last two seasons on injured reserve with knee injuries. General manager Jason Licht said 'we'll always want Vincent to be around the organization.'
Huddle Up: As a result of his injuries, the 34-year-old wide-out has missed 17 games over the last two years, after playing in all 48 games prior in his first three seasons with the Bucs. However, at this point in time, it's clear Jackson is near the end, and even if he lands elsewhere, it doesn't seem likely he can be relied upon as a regular fantasy contributor like he has in the past.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 3/2/17 8:54pm ET
Florida State RB Dalvin Cook said it would be a 'dream come true' to play with Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston.
Huddle Up: With Doug Martin's future in doubt, Tampa Bay could be in the market for a running back. Cook could shine alongside Winston and Mike Evans.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 3/1/17 6:31pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is unlikely to find out his fate regarding his status with the team anytime in the near future, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. 'Doug's under contract right now and no decision has to be made on that right now, so we don't have to rush it. ? But one of the things high on our list is what's going to happen with our running back situation? But we don't have to make a decision on that right now,' Koetter said.
Huddle Up: Martin signed a five-year deal worth $35.75 million last offseason, but his late-season PED drug suspension allows the team to void the rest of his guaranteed money ($7 million) and cut him without much incident. The Bucs are high on Jacquizz Rodgers and should be considered one of the favorites to add a running back in one of the first three rounds of the NFL Draft next month. If they do, expect Martin to be released shortly thereafter.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 2/28/17 8:25am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers exclusive rights free-agent TE Cameron Brate was tendered Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Huddle Up: Brate had a breakout 57-660-8 campaign in 2016, and he'll enter '17 as a low-end TE1 option in fantasy.
Vincent Jackson - WRPosted 2/17/17 8:50pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent WR Vincent Jackson isn't likely to be back with the team in 2017 and could be finished in the NFL, according to beat writer Scott Reynolds.
Huddle Up: After topping 1,000 yards six times in seven years, Jackson has been limited to just 15 games and 716 yards over the last two years combined. If he plays in 2017, he isn't likely to have any fantasy value.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 2/16/17 10:23am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin was expected to be released or traded before the 2017 NFL season, but the front office may be willing to keep Martin around and 'play the situation out,' according to Roy Cummings, of FloridaFootballInsiders.com. Martin is suspended the first three games of 2017 and will not cost the team any money if he is indeed released.
Huddle Up: Martin is coming off his worst season as a pro and has a lengthy injury history. Unless the draft or free agency bears a better option, he may stick around. Tampa could look to restructure his deal with incentives, as well. For fantasy purposes, assuming he is retained, Martin is a shaky RB3 in most setups.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 2/12/17 5:03pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate tied the single-season franchise record for touchdown receptions by a tight end with eight in 2016.
Huddle Up: Unless the Buccaneers add a tight end during the offseason, Brate looks like a low-end TE1 candidate heading into 2017.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 2/4/17 3:20pm ET
Impending free-agent QB Mike Glennon may be the most likely candidate to fill the New York Jets' need at quarterback, according to NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes.
Huddle Up: ESPN's Adam Schefter has estimated Glennon's market would be in the $13 to 15 million per year neighborhood, which would put him on the low end for starting quarterbacks. He would be an upgrade over what the Jets have had at the position lately and give them someone slightly more seasoned than what they currently have (Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg). If New York makes it happen, Glennon would be a serviceable fantasy QB2.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 1/29/17 10:06am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is entering this final season of the four-year rookie contract he signed in 2014 - the team has a club option for 2018 as well - and is due to make only $690,000 (plus a $1.7 million roster bonus in 2017). Despite the low pay relative to his position, Evans has yet to express any concern about being compensated on the level of some of the game's elite receivers. 'I?m not worried about that stuff. It?ll come, but I?m mainly focused on getting better and helping this team win,? Evans said of a possible contract extension in 2017.
Huddle Up: The expectation is the Bucs will approach Evans about an extension this summer on par with the five-year, $71.25 million contract Julio Jones signed in 2015. The club option makes doing a deal less urgent, but Tampa Bay would be wise to lock up one of the game's best receivers long-term as quickly as possible. After posting 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2016, Evans will be a first-round lock in fantasy drafts this spring and summer.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 1/27/17 4:23pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans caught 51 passes for 668 yards and six touchdowns at home this season. He caught 45 passes for 653 yards and six touchdowns on the road.
Huddle Up: Evans was one of the most consistent option for fantasy owners this season and led the league in targets. He will continue to be the main target in the team's passing game and should be a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy leagues next season.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 1/25/17 9:41am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is not part of the short- or long-term plans of the Buccaneers, in the opinion of Rick Stroud, of the Tampa Bay Times. Martin signed a five-year, $33.75 million contract, with $15 million guaranteed, in March of 2016, but that guaranteed money is voided because of his four-game suspension after testing positive for Adderall.
Huddle Up: Martin is an injury waiting to happen, and at age 28, prospective teams have to consider him to be little more than a risky stopgap or committee component. His fantasy value should not exceed midrange RB2 on draft day in any setting.
Jacquizz Rodgers - RBPosted 1/23/17 5:02pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said he hopes the team will be able to re-sign impending free-agent RB Jacquizz Rodgers this offseason.
Huddle Up: Rodgers did not start the season as the starter but received a better role during the season and finished as the team's leading rusher with 560 yards. Rodgers probably would have a decent chance for the starting job if he returns to Tampa and would be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in fantasy leagues.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 1/21/17 6:25pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was pressured on 34.9 percent of his drop-backs in 2016 but posted a QBR of 80.7 in those situations, the best mark by any quarterback since 2009.
Huddle Up: Winston didn't make much of a leap statistically from his freshman to sophomore season in the NFL and still commits too many turnovers, but his ability to thrive under pressure like this bodes well for his future. The first overall pick in the 2015 draft could be poised to take the next step next season if Tampa Bay is able to find a capable sidekick for Mike Evans at receiver.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 1/6/17 8:32pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans led the NFL with 175 targets during the 2016 season.
Huddle Up: Jameis Winston looked Evans' way early and often, and it should be more of the same in 2017. Evans should be one of the first receivers off the board next year.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 1/2/17 2:09pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is the first player in NFL history to throw for at least 4,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons. He is the fifth player ever to throw for at least 50 touchdowns in his first two seasons.
Huddle Up: Winston has had his ups and downs in his young career, but he has been a borderline QB1 in those two seasons. Ideally, he will get even better as his career progresses, so he should not be considered a QB2. Draft him as a low-end QB1 in 2017.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 1/1/17 7:51pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans posted five receptions for 65 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets in the Week 17 game against the Carolina Panthers.
Huddle Up: Evans ended up with 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns, and he was targeted 175 times. Very rarely did he let his fantasy owners down in 2016, and he'll be a bona fide WR1 in all fantasy leagues for years to come.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 1/1/17 7:51pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed 20 of his 35 pass attempts for 202 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Week 17 game against the Carolina Panthers. He also rushed three times for 18 yards.
Huddle Up: Winston ended up throwing more interceptions (6) than touchdowns (5) in the final three games, but overall it was a successful season for Winston. He threw for 4,090 yards with 28 TDs and 18 INTs, completing better than 60 percent of his passes. He will be a low-end QB1 heading into 2017 in most fantasy formats.
Jacquizz Rodgers - RBPosted 12/30/16 8:45pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to see a heavy workload against the Carolina Panthers in Week 17.
Huddle Up: Injuries have paved the way for Rodgers to lead the backfield, and when he started against Carolina earlier in the year, he topped 100 yards on the ground. He should sneak into RB2 territory in Week 17.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 12/28/16 1:09pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (personal) is stepping away from the team to tend to personal issues, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Just how long Martin is stepping away for is unclear, but he could still return to the Bucs in 2017. As for Week 17, Jacquizz Rodgers should be the primary running back again with Charles Sims on IR. He's a great start in daily contests (mainly PPR formats) at a cheap price and is a sleeper option for Week 17 fantasy championships.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 12/28/16 1:26pm ET
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's drug policy. Martin will begin the suspension immediately and enter a treatment facility.
Huddle Up: This gives a little more clarity to Martin's situation. He'll serve his suspension and return to the Buccaneers early on next season. As stated earlier, Jacquizz Rodgers is not a bad starting option in PPR formats this week with Martin and Charles Sims both out.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 12/28/16 1:44pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin's four-game suspension will make void his $7 million in guaranteed money next year, according to sources.
Huddle Up: This stipulation certainly puts Martin's future with the Bucs in jeopardy. He'll focus on his personal issues before trying to get his mind back on football, no doubt, but Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims could take over Tampa Bay's backfield next year.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 12/27/16 5:22am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin will be inactive again in Week 17 against the Carolina Panthers.
Huddle Up: The team is mum on the reason for this, but they signed Russell Hansbrough to take his spot on the active roster. Jacquizz Rodgers was the primary rusher last week and Charles Sims pitched in with 12 yards rushing and four catches for 30 yards. Rodgers had a 15-63-1 line and two grabs for 15 yards. He'll have a midrange matchup as a low-end RB2. Sims could be a flex option in PPR formats.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 12/27/16 1:17pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate (back) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Luke Stocker and Brandon Myers will take over duties at tight end for the last week of the regular season. Neither can be trusted for Week 17 fantasy championships, but they're dirt cheap in daily formats. Myers is probably more trustworthy for those who want to start one.
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