Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fantasy Football Preview

Honestly, I’m a little confused on how I really feel about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There is a lot of young talent on the team that could end up being great for Fantasy Football owners. At the same time, the entire team can implode and everyone will be terrible for owners.


Must Draft Players

  • Doug Martin – Running Back
  • Mike Evans – Wide Receiver


Doug Martin was terrible last year, but it was because he was injured. He obviously took some supplements to help him get back on the field sooner as he was suspended for the last game of the season last year and will be suspended for the first 4 games this season. All reports from camp is he is looking like he did before the 2015 season. When he looked like that before, he finished with 1,673 total yards, 33 receptions and 7 touchdowns. Martin is being drafted later because of the suspension, but if he can average 15 points a game like he did in 2015, he is going to win you your Fantasy Football league.


Mike Evans is coming into his own as a football player, and Fantasy Football fans are excited at what they see! Mike Evans has increased his yard and reception numbers every year. Last year he had 96 receptions for 1,321 yards. What upset owners in 2015 was that he scored 3 touchdowns. In his rookie year and last year, he scored 12 touchdowns. In my eyes, Mike Evans is an 80 reception, 1,250 yard and 12 touchdown guy. My guess is that most everyone would enjoy those numbers from their #1 receiver!


Players You Should Probably Be Drafting

  • Jameis Winston – Quarterback
  • Jacquizz Rodgers – Running Back
  • DeSean Jackson – Wide Receiver
  • Cameron Brate – Tight End


Jameis Winston is very appealing to me this year. In his two seasons as the Buccaneers starting quarterback, he has averaged 4,066 passing yards and 25 touchdowns. What is also nice is that he has averaged 189 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns as well. His primary issue is turnovers and ball control. He has averaged 17 interceptions and 8 fumbles per season in two years. I chalk that up to immaturity and not fully understanding the difference between college and the pros. I believe that Winston will make the necessary changes to ensure that he helps his team make the playoffs, which they almost did last year.


Jacquizz Rodgers is going to be the starting running back for the Buccaneers while Doug Martin serves his 3-game suspension. With his 142 total touches last year, he averaged 4.6 yards per touch. What hurt his overall value was that he only scored 2 touchdowns on the year. There has been talk that Rodgers could take over as the starter if he performs well in Martin’s absence. I don’t really believe that, but I do believe we could have a messy timeshare if he plays well, so you should be interested in having him on your team.


DeSean Jackson said goodbye to Washington and joined the Bucs this offseason. He brings the upside of a players who can have 82 receptions for 1,332 yards and 9 touchdowns (his career season in 2013). He has also not had the caliber of wide receiver as he will this season with Evans opposite of him on the field. I think it’s realistic that he has 60 receptions for 1,000 yards and 6 touchdowns this season, which would give him an average of 12 points a game. Sounds like a great #2 receiver if you ask me!


Cameron Brate’s draft price has plummeted thanks to the arrival of O.J. Howard arriving in Tampa. What people don’t understand is that most rookie tight ends suck in their first year, and Brate is going to be a tight end that will win owners a week this season. Brate played 15 games last season and averaged over 11 points per game. I know I’m a broken record, but if my tight end averages double digit points and I can take him late, I will win every Fantasy Football league that I’m in!


Players You Could Draft If Your Rosters are Deep

  • O.J. Howard – Tight End


It is possible that O.J. Howard could be good this year. This year was a particularly great year for tight ends coming into the NFL. However, I wouldn’t be willing to draft Howard unless I am drafting 18 rounds, and understand that he will likely be my first cut for waivers after week 1. I would prefer to wait and see on Howard.


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