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.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 12/26/16 4:15pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter would not say if RB Doug Martin will be active for the team's Week 17 game. Martin was a healthy scratch in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to check on the inactive list to see which Buccaneers running back will be held out in Week 17. Martin probably would be part of a committee at the position if he plays and would not be more than a flex option.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 12/25/16 12:18am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans caught seven passes for 97 yards and a touchdown Saturday, Dec. 24, in a 31-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: Evans was targeted eight times, and his almost perfect day on the field ended up going for naught in the end. Still, Evans remains a strong WR1 as he is clearly Jameis Winston's top target on a weekly basis.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 12/25/16 6:06pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin was inactive against the New Orleans Saints in Week 16 because head coach Dirk Koetter believed RB Jacquizz Rodgers would be a better fit for the matchup, and Koetter said it was a 'decision for today.'
Huddle Up: It is no secret that Martin has struggled since returning from injury, and there is no guarantee he will play in Week 17. Even if he does suit up, fantasy owners should look for a safer option.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 12/24/16 12:09pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has been declared inactive for the team's Week 16 game.
Huddle Up: Martin was not on the injury report this week, so it appears he is a healthy scratch. Charles Sims may see most of the work at running back during the game and can be a No. 2 running back or a flex option for owners.
Jameis Winston - QBPosted 12/24/16 11:41pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston threw for two interceptions Sunday, Dec. 24, in a 31-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Winston finished 23-of-35 for 277 yards and two touchdowns.
Huddle Up: Jairus Byrd was a nightmare for Winston all day, but it was quite a competitive contest for the Bucs QB. Winston has helped Tampa Bay become stronger on the field, but he's still too up-and-down to rank as a QB1. He works better as the second signal-caller on your team.
Jacquizz Rodgers - RBPosted 12/24/16 11:52pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries Saturday, Dec. 24, in a 31-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: With Doug Martin off the canvas due to a coach's decision (it was not injury-related), Rodgers will likely see a larger role in Week 17 if Martin doesn't play. And with the Buccaneers nearly out of playoff contention, they may not rush Martin back. Rodgers could see a larger chunk of time in the coming game as well.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 12/21/16 9:11am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (rest) said he'll return to practice Wednesday, Dec. 21. Head coach Dirk Koetter said not to read much into Evans' rest day Tuesday, Dec. 20.
Huddle Up: Evans has had three off games in a row with an 11-139-0 line combined. He has a midrange matchup against the New Orleans Saints. You play him if you have him, but his recent stretch is concerning that he is wore down in these late stages.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 12/20/16 11:15am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (undisclosed) did not practice Tuesday, Dec. 20. He did do some work on the side, however.
Huddle Up: Evans' issue was not disclosed, but it doesn't seem too serious. He's had a disappointing couple of weeks lately, but he has one of his best matchups of the season this week against the New Orleans Saints. He's easily in WR1 territory despite his recent struggles.
Mike Evans - WRPosted 12/20/16 2:16pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter is not concerned with WR Mike Evans (undisclosed) not practicing Tuesday, Dec. 20, believing, 'I wouldn't read too much into anybody who was or wasn't out there today.'
Huddle Up: This should be a relief for his fantasy owners, as it appears the team is just managing Evans' reps after Sunday night's draining game in Dallas. While it's certainly at least a little concerning that the 23-year-old hasn't reached 60 receiving yards, nor scored a touchdown, over the last three weeks, owners can take solace in the fact that he's healthy. As is normally the case, Evans is in the WR1 picture for upcoming fantasy championship games.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 12/19/16 5:36am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate had five catches for 73 yards and a touchdown Sunday, Dec. 18, against the Dallas Cowboys.
Huddle Up: Brate's 56-648-7 line isn't receiving a lot of fanfare, but he's having a breakout year. He's a solid midrange TE1.
Adam Humphries - WRPosted 12/18/16 4:29pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Adam Humphries (concussion) is active for the Week 15 game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Huddle Up: Humphries will likely be fighting for crumbs with Freddie Martino and Russell Shepard behind Mike Evans. He is only worth a look in the very deepest of fantasy formats.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 12/18/16 4:28pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RBs Doug Martin and Charles Sims are the two top active running backs for the Week 15 game against the Dallas Cowboys with RB Jacquizz Rodgers a healthy scratch. RB Peyton Barber is also active.
Huddle Up: It's interesting, as Martin was not going much recently and it sounded like Rodgers would see a bigger piece of the offensive pie. Now, a week later, he is a healthy scratch. Martin and Sims could each split the carries since both have been injury prone, making for a tough fantasy situation.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 12/13/16 9:02am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin has run the ball 103 times for just 294 yards (2.9 yards per carry) since his return from a hamstring strain five weeks ago, but head coach Dirk Koetter doesn't appear to be overly concerned about the lack of production so far from his running back. ?Doug has been running hard. I mean, when I see people (complaining) about (his) two-something rushing average or whatever it is, I say (look) at that 2-yard run he had in San Diego ? and that 1-yard run he had (Sunday against the New Orleans Saints). I sure liked those. I mean, he broke about 10 tackles to get that 1-yard (touchdown run against New Orleans) and that was our only touchdown of the game. So there?s nothing wrong with Doug Martin. What we?ve got to do is give him more (running) lanes,' Koetter said.
Huddle Up: As the Tampa Bay passing game has been reduced to Mike Evans and Cameron Brate due to a number of injuries at receiver, defenses have been able to load up the box on Martin. Still. it would appear Martin's power has returned based solely on his recent touchdown runs. It is unlikely things are going to get much better for him anytime soon with the Dallas Cowboys and Saints next up on the schedule, so owners need to view Martin as a touchdown-dependent RB2 the rest of this season.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 12/12/16 5:18am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin rushed 23 times for 66 yards and a touchdown Sunday, Dec. 11. He also had two catches for 19 yards against the New Orleans Saints.
Huddle Up: It could have been better, but the touchdown evened things out. Martin continues to be a high-end RB2.
Josh Huff - WRPosted 12/10/16 7:18pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Josh Huff is 'blazing,' according to QB Jameis Winston, and Winston believes Huff's abilities will add to the offense as the two continue to develop chemistry.
Huddle Up: Injuries to the receiving corps will likely thrust Huff into a sizeable role in Tampa Bay's passing attack against a weak Saints defense in Week 14, but he will no more than a shot-in-the-dark DFS option in his team debut.
Adam Humphries - WRPosted 12/8/16 6:59pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Adam Humphries (concussion) returned to practice and was a limited participant Thursday, Dec. 8.
Huddle Up: Humphries will likely be the No. 2 receiver for Tampa Bay in Week 14, and a friendly matchup with New Orleans makes him potential sleeper in DFS games.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 12/7/16 10:55pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin suffered a minor injury in the Week 13 game against the San Diego Chargers, giving way to RB Jacquizz Rodgers more in the fourth quarter. Rodgers may cut into Martin's touches this week, depending on the game flow and level of production early on, according to ESPN's Jenna Laine.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners never want to hear about a potential scaling back of a role, but Martin could be in for fewer touches. The Saints are so-so against the rush, allowing 97.9 yards per game with 13 touchdowns in 12 games. Martin should be treated as more of a low-end RB2 this weekend.
Jacquizz Rodgers - RBPosted 12/7/16 10:54pm ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers might see added playing time in Week 14 against the New Orleans Saints. 'It was good to get him back,' offensive coordinator Todd Monken said Wednesday, Dec. 7. 'I would assume he'll only be better this week in a little more of an expanded role.'
Huddle Up: Rodgers was lighting it up before his injury, but that was also when Doug Martin and Charles Sims were on the shelf. He now has Martin and Sims to contend with for touches. Still, Rodgers is worth a look again in deeper PPR leagues, especially against a porous Saints pass defense.
Cameron Brate - TEPosted 12/5/16 5:17am ET
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate had a game-high six catches for 86 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 Sunday, Dec. 5.
Huddle Up: Brate has averaged six targets per game over the last five games, and he has three touchdowns in that time. He has worked his way into the low-end TE1 mix, but he's not a sure thing.
Doug Martin - RBPosted 12/5/16 5:16am ET
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (undisclosed) came out of the game OK, Sunday, Dec. 5, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.
Huddle Up: Martin struggled with 17 rushes for 45 yards but salvaged his day with a touchdown in Week 13. The New Orleans Saints have been better against RBs of late, but Martin will be a strong RB2 next week.
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