Charles Sims - RBPosted 10/30/14 4:36pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) is making progress, but it is not known if he will play in Week 9, according to head coach Lovie Smith. If he plays, Sims could have 10 or more touches in the opinion of beat writer Greg Auman.
Huddle Up: The possible debut of the third-round pick has generated some definite fantasy buzz this week -- especially with starter Doug Martin expected to miss Sunday's favorable fantasy matchup against the Browns -- but his fantasy owners are going to have to wait until Friday (and likely Sunday morning) before they'll know if they can take the wraps off the rookie this week.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 10/30/14 4:48pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 30.
Huddle Up: On the positive side, Martin reportedly shed his walking boot Thursday, but his status for Sunday's game in Cleveland remains very much in doubt.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 10/29/14 4:21pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) was in a walking boot and is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Huddle Up: It's early, but it very well could be Bobby Rainey and rookie Charles Sims handling the Bucs' RB chores Sunday in Cleveland. See, though, if Martin is able to get on the practice field over the next 2 days.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 10/28/14 5:03pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin and WR Vincent Jackson were not traded as the NFL trade deadline passed Tuesday, Oct. 28, despite several rumors leading up to the deadline.
Huddle Up: Martin and Jackson failed to land in more favorable fantasy destinations, and expect the struggles to continue, especially for Martin, who has gained all of 210 total yards and has scored one TD on 67 touches in 5 games this season. Also don't be surprised if Bobby Rainey and/or soon-to-be returning Charles Sims start assuming more of the team's RB workload.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 10/28/14 5:12pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans could receive more targets moving forward, because head coach Lovie Smith said the team wants Evans to be more involved.
Huddle Up: If anything, Evans has been consistent, finishing with exactly 4 receptions in each of his last 5 games and drawing between 7 and 9 targets in 5 of his 6 contests. Vincent Jackson wasn't traded Tuesday and remains very much in the mix, but Evans was the first draft pick of the new Tampa regime and expect to see his workload bumped up during the second half of the season.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 10/27/14 4:48pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon will remain the starting job even though head coach Lovie Smith said the team has two quarterbacks capable for starting.
Huddle Up: Glennon has played decent, even though the Bucs aren't winning. However, there's a chance we see Josh McCown again at some point this season. Either way, Glennon is nothing more than a middling QB2.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 10/26/14 11:59pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are fielding offers for RB Doug Martin, and are more likely to deal him than WR Vincent Jackson, according to sources. Teams have approached the team about Martin, who could be had at the right price. He is believed to be expendable with RB Charles Sims eligible to come off the injured-reserve designated-to-return list.
Huddle Up: The Bucs are high on Sims and regardless of what happens with Martin, Sims is expected to have a big role once he's healthy. Sims is a player to target on the waiver wire this week.
Mike Glennon - QBPosted 10/22/14 3:43pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon is expected to be the starting quarterback in Week 8.
Huddle Up: Glennon has been solid fantasy-wise throwing 2 TDs in each of his 3 starts this season while averaging 288.3 passing yards per game.
Vincent Jackson - WRPosted 10/20/14 8:31pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson's name came up over the weekend in reports that the team was fielding phone calls from interested teams, but head coach Lovie Smith said Monday, Oct. 20, that the team isn't interested in trading their star receiver.
Huddle Up: Jackson is averaging 10 targets a game, which ranks sixth among WRs, but only has caught 25 of the 60 passes thrown his way for 344 yards and 2 TDs. Still, that might have as much to do with the team's struggles at QB and other areas, and V-Jax remains one of the few valuable commodities the 1-5 Bucs possess.
Charles Sims - RBPosted 10/18/14 8:38pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Charles Sims (ankle) could return to practice soon and is eligible to return after the team's game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday. Nov. 2. Sims underwent ankle surgery this offseason and is on the Reserve/Injured list with a designation to return.
Huddle Up: Sims could help add a spark to a dormant Buccaneers running game. Sims is an excellent receiver out of the backfield and was expected to have a big role in the offense before getting injured. He's worth stashing in PPR leagues if you have the room.
Vincent Jackson - WRPosted 10/14/14 8:03pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson is fifth among wide receivers in targets (60) but has converted just 25 of them into catches.
Huddle Up: The Bucs' downer of a season certainly applies to V-Jax, who's tied for 30th among fantasy wideouts with 46 points in standard-scoring leagues. At least, though, he's still getting the looks, and maybe the passing offense can work out some of the kinks during the bye this week.
Vincent Jackson - WRPosted 10/10/14 6:39pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (rib) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 10, and is questionable for Week 6.
Huddle Up: Good news for Jackson's fantasy owners as Mike Glennon's favorite target returned to the field Friday after sitting out Wed. and Thur., but they're still going to need to check his status before kickoff Sunday.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 10/8/14 3:25pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (groin) returned to practice Wednesday, Oct. 8.
Huddle Up: The rookie sat out the Week 5 loss to the Saints, but is on an early track to return Sunday. See if he's able to maintain his momentum the rest of the week.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 10/8/14 5:34pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is averaging just 2.5 yards per carry this year, but quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, who is acting as the interim play-caller, is happy with the play of Martin. 'I like the things Doug has done,' Arroyo said. 'Our run game has to improve, obviously, overall. We believe that as a staff that starts with us. I think wholeheartedly we need to continue to find out what exactly it takes to get us back on track in the run game. There's going to be some finer points, detail and those things execution-wise.' Arroyo doesn't mind giving RB Bobby Rainey carries, but he believes that Martin is still the team's leading running back.
Huddle Up: Martin did have a season-high 74 total yards on Sunday and has received 33 touches to Rainey's 14 over the last 2 games. But even if he's the Bucs' No. 1 back doesn't mean he's going to live up to his fantasy RB1 status this season.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 10/3/14 10:57pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (groin) did not practice Friday, Oct. 3, and he has been ruled out for the Week 5 game against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: As expected, Evans won't play this week. Louis Murphy will start in his place. Even with the Saints struggling on defense, Murphy is nothing more than a WR4/5 for fantasy owners.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 10/1/14 9:50am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (groin) will reportedly miss two or three weeks with a strained groin.
Huddle Up: Louis Murphy will start in Evans' absence. He had six receptions for 99 yards against the Steelers on Sunday. Murphy will be a WR4/5 over the next couple of weeks until Evans returns.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 9/29/14 7:06pm ET
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not decided if QB Josh McCown (thumb) will regain the starting job when he returns from his injury or if Mike Glennon will keep the job, according to head coach Lovie Smith. Smith said the team will go with whichever quarterback gives them the best chance to win.
Huddle Up: Glennon was merely OK stat-wise Sunday, completing 21-of-42 passes for 302 yards, 2 TDs and a pick against the Steelers, but the most important number is the "1" now located under the W column for the Bucs after Glennon rallied the team to the last-second victory. In the least, that has earned the second-year QB another start or two.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 9/27/14 10:07am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon remains on track to start in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers with QB Josh McCown (thumb) listed as a doubtful.
Huddle Up: All indications are that Mike Glennon will indeed start Sunday for the Bucs. While Glennon should give the Tampa Bay offense a boost, he isn't worth much fantasy attention at this time. But the fact that he's favored WR Vincent Jackson in the past is.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 9/25/14 2:47pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) said he expects to return in Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. "The knee's coming along just fine," Martin said. "Full go in practice, and I expect to play in this upcoming game."
Huddle Up: Martin hasn't seen the field since his 10-touch, 16-yard disappointment in Week 1 and, again, figures to be coming back to timeshare with Bobby Rainey. Keep your expectations low until he puts up some usable fantasy figures.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 9/25/14 5:44pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (thumb) is unlikely to need surgery on his injured right thumb. McCown is doing therapy on his thumb, and he's focused on regaining strength. He's not ruling himself out for Week 4 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the team is saying he'll miss at least one start. QB Mike Glennon is expected to start against the Steelers this weekend.
Huddle Up: McCown is off to quite the rough start in Tampa (420 yards, 2 TDs, 4 INTs), and it wouldn't be a shock to see Glennon get an extra start or two beyond Sunday if he performs well in the Steel City.
Vincent Jackson - WRPosted 9/25/14 7:57pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson has been drawing heavy coverage early in the season, and he has just 10 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown in the first three weeks. The Buccaneers haven't been good at getting the ball to their best receivers on a consistent basis, either. "We've had the opportunities to get Vincent the ball and we're going to continue to do that. The coverage will dictate where he is and how he gets open. Again, if they're going to double-cover him in heavy personnel or they're going to play off coverage and certain things, then we have to play in front of them much like we did two weeks ago and play off that a little bit and spread the ball around,' quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo said.
Huddle Up: The Bucs' poor QB play also share in the blame here for Jackson's slow start as the WR has been targeted a team-high 25 times but has caught only 40 percent of those throws (10) for 102 yards and a TD. See if the Week 4 starting switch to Mike Glennon translates into a boost as the two certainly had a strong connection last season.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 9/24/14 6:05pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Huddle Up: It would seem that the RB is on track to play Sunday in Pittsburgh but even if so, Martin figures to be coming back to a time-share with Bobby Rainey.
Vincent Jackson - WRPosted 9/23/14 7:27pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson wasn't limited in practice Monday, Sept. 22, after sustaining a slight wrist fracture in Week 3. He had his wrist wrapped Monday.
Huddle Up: Jackson, with 10 receptions on 25 targets for 102 yards and a TD, is off to a slow start like almost every other member of the Bucs. See if the wrist is a problem during practice later this week, but for now plan on starting him if you need him.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 9/22/14 7:03pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) returned to practice Monday, Sept. 22. He did not play Week 3 with a knee injury.
Huddle Up: Martin should return this week against Pittsburgh. Although, if the Bucaneers offensive line doesn't start playing any better, it's going to be hard to trust Martin as a RB2 every week.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 9/19/14 9:35am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said it is too soon to tell how long QB Josh McCown (thumb) may be out following his thumb injury suffered Thursday, Sept. 18, in a 56-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Smith also didn't address whether or not QB Mike Glennon might get a chance to start at quarterback even if McCown is healthy.
Huddle Up: Remains to be seen if McCown was truly injured or if the thumb injury was just a nice way of getting him off the field during Thursday night's debacle. Glennon fared only slightly better but could take the opportunity and run with it in McCown's absence.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 9/19/14 10:44pm ET
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown (thumb) is undergoing a second test on the thumb injury he suffered in Week 3. He is expected to miss several weeks.
Huddle Up: Mike Glennon will now be the Bucs starter. He showed some flashes last season as a rookie and Glennon does have a couple of weapons at receiver in Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. However, he's nothing more than a low-end QB2 right now on a struggling Tampa Bay offense.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 9/18/14 10:02am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) and RB Bobby Rainey are expected to split carries in Week 3 and in the near future.
Huddle Up: Rainey looked good last week in relief of Martin, who has struggled even when healthy thus far this season. It's likely to be a jobshare while Martin is nicked, with Rainey playing well enough to keep it a jobshare the rest of the season.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 9/18/14 3:36pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) is unlikely to play in the team's Week 3 game due to a knee injury, according to a league source. Martin will test the knee out pregame to be sure.
Huddle Up: If Martin can't go, it'll be his second straight week on the sideline while leaving the extremely tasty matchup -- the Falcons surrender the most points to opposing fantasy RBs -- to Bobby Rainey.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 9/18/14 7:53pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) is officially inactive Thursday, Sept. 18.
Huddle Up: It'll be Bobby Rainey with some Mike James sprinkled in in a juicy matchup against what has been a porous Falcons' run D.
Josh McCown - QBPosted 9/18/14 10:44pm ET
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh McCown suffered a right thumb injury in the second quarter of the Week 3 game Thursday, Sept. 19 and did not return.
Huddle Up: McCown had hit his throwing hand on a helmet following through and was taken the lockerroom a series later. McCown was off to a poor start, completing 5-of-12 passes for 58 yards and an interception as the Bucs fell behind 35-0. He was replaced by Mike Glennon.
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