Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NFC South | 7-9-0
Rank: 3rd
Avg Yds
Rank: 3rd
Avg PYds
Rank: 1st
Avg RYds
Rank: 23rd
Posted 8/05/2020 7:39 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB LeSean McCoy probably will have a role in the passing game this season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: It appears like McCoy may be in line for the third down back job, but fantasy players should keep an eye on the situation. McCoy probably would see a handful of touches each games if he makes the roster but may only be a depth option in fantasy leagues.
Posted 8/05/2020 6:08 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Scott Miller has added around 10 pounds since the end of last season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Miller is competing for the No. 3 receiver job and could have an edge since he played in 10 games last season. The Bucs will have multiple options in the passing game, but Miller could be a late round pick in some leagues if he wins the job.
Posted 8/05/2020 5:51 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones will be the main ball carrier for the Buccaneers this season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Jones rushed for 724 yards and six touchdowns last season and should improve those stats with more playing time and touches. He will be a part of one of the better offenses in the NFL and can be considered a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Posted 7/30/2020 9:58 pm UTC
Free-agent RB LeSean McCoy (Chiefs) reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, July 30.
Huddle Up: McCoy will have a chance to compete with Ronald Jones II and rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn. He's unlikely to earn a big enough role in order to be a reliable fantasy asset this season.
Posted 7/29/2020 1:33 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady is 'way ahead of the curve,' according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'He's a very bright guy - the terminology was the big thing,' Arians said. 'As we now get together starting tomorrow, we'll start to collaborate a little bit more. So yeah, I think he's in a great spot right now as far as that goes.'
Huddle Up: Brady may have more talent running routes than he has had in his career, and he could have a bounce-back year. The ceiling is probably upper-middle QB1, though, so don't go overboard in drafts.
Posted 7/27/2020 10:00 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn (illness) was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, July 27.
Huddle Up: Vaughn will be sidelined for the time being, but it is not known if he has tested positive for the virus. He will have a good chance to win the No. 2 running back job and could see a handful of touches each game. Vaughn can be a handcuff to Ronald Jones or a late round pick in drafts.
Posted 7/24/2020 6:20 pm UTC
Free agent RB LeSean McCoy (Chiefs) said Friday, July 24, that he's had recent discussions with a 'few' unnamed teams as he seeks to continue his career. 'But I think the biggest thing is to find the right fit,' McCoy said on NFL Network. 'Find the right fit for me. I think at the point in my career, not just playing football. I want to play for the right team. I want to be able to contribute. I want to be able to win another championship. You can't go from playing with the Chiefs with all that talent and winning a championship to now just trying to play. I'm the type of guy, I want to come in a room, challenge the running backs get them better. Be a veteran leader. All the type of things I want to bring to a team. So, just got to find the right fit for me.'
Huddle Up: A household fantasy name only a few seasons ago, McCoy, 32, has fallen into the older RB free agent netherworld and doesn't belong on fantasy radar screens unless he hooks on somewhere.
Posted 7/22/2020 11:16 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers third-round draft choice RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Buccaneers Wednesday, July 22. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Vaughn is not expected to start this season but should have a solid role in the offense as the No. 2 running back for the Bucs. He should be at least a handcuff to Ronald Jones in fantasy leagues and can also be a depth running back for players.
Posted 7/16/2020 11:36 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones said he has been working on his hands this offseason in order to contribute more in the passing game in 2020. 'My hands are better,' Jones said 'Just catching more passes, every day. Like 300 a day on the JUGS (machine), and I've been working out here with high school and college quarterbacks and working with (Tom) Brady, so I've caught every kind of ball you can imagine. I'm ready for that challenge.'
Huddle Up: Jones gave way to Peyton Barber for some of the pass-catching work in 2019, but he will have an opportunity to step up with Barber moving on in free agency. Jones has 38 career receptions on 49 targets for 342 yards and no touchdowns. He should be viewed as the No. 1 RB in Tampa Bay and could be an excellent sleeper target in PPR leagues while working with Brady.
Posted 7/16/2020 6:32 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones said he has bulked up to 225 pounds this offseason.
Huddle Up: Jones probably is the leading candidate for the starting running back job, but it is not known if he would have to share snaps with other backs. He can be considered at least a No. 3 fantasy running back if he receives most of the work in the backfield.
Posted 6/25/2020 1:58 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Shaquil Barrett said he's about 50-50 if he'll sign the franchise tag, and he'll find out more information Friday, June 26. The tender is worth $15.8 million.
Huddle Up: Barrett's 19.5 sacks led the NFL last season, and he was one of the major boomers in fantasy among IDPs. He ranked sixth among linebackers in fantasy points, and the book is out on him now in the fantasysphere. View him as a midrange option, but don't overvalue him.
Posted 6/16/2020 9:05 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Scott Miller is the team's best fit as the Week 1 WR3, according to Jon Ledyard of PewterReport.com. Miller provides the best skill set with the vertical ability to stretch defenses and post-catch abilities, according to Ledyard.
Huddle Up: There won't be a lot of consistent work for Miller (or whoever wins the No. 3 job) behind Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and TE Rob Gronkowski, but he could become a streaming option as a bye-week replacement or if any of those ahead of him on the depth chart misses any amount of time due to injury.
Posted 6/11/2020 1:51 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers third-round pick RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn should at least replace the snaps RB Peyton Barber took last season. 'The idea is to get him here and see what he does best,' said general manager Jason Licht. 'We know that he's got good speed. We know that he can catch the ball. We know that he's good in space - he's been very productive there. I think he's capable of playing on all three downs so you can't have too many good backs. You can't just rely on one good back. If you have a guy who can do multiple things, it makes him even more valuable to your team.'
Huddle Up: Vaughn has been pegged as a top-20 back by the end of the year, and that could very well happen as Ronald Jones has developed slowly. You'll likely have to take some risk and select Vaughn as a low-end RB2 to land him.
Posted 6/10/2020 12:18 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones drew raves from the coaching staff for how he played near the end of the 2019 season, and beat writer Mark Cook believes that he doesn't 'think there is any question at this point that (Jones) is the starting running back ... unless he completely melts down in (training) camp - or gets injured.'
Huddle Up: While Cook notes that the team does like Ke'Shawn Vaughn, the absence of any pre-camp work for rookies should have been a fairly clear indication that the odds were going to be stacked against him in 2020. Cook also noted that he believes Jones will become the team's first 1,000-yard rusher since Doug Martin in 2015 if he can stay healthy. If his ADP continues to hang around the sixth or seventh round in drafts, Jones could easily end up becoming one of the best value picks in fantasy this season.
Posted 6/05/2020 12:48 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TEs Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate will all spend plenty of time on the field in 2020, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'That's our base offense,' Arians said when asked about the Buccaneers using 12 personnel with one running back and two tight ends, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: Howard seems to be the real winner here, as it had been assumed Gronkowski would supplant him as the starter at the position. Howard struggled in 2019, his third year in the NFL, finishing the season with just 34 receptions, 459 yards and one touchdown. He should be serviceable as a TE2 behind Gronkowski, while Brate won't have much value unless one of the other two misses time.
Posted 5/21/2020 8:30 pm UTC
Free-agent RB Devonta Freeman (Falcons), RB Carlos Hyde (Texans) and RB LeSean McCoy (Chiefs) are the three running backs the Philadelphia Eagles are currently considering signing, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Miles Sanders likely will receive most of the work at running back, but the team wants to have a veteran backup that can receive some carries each game. Fantasy players should keep an eye on the situation because the running back that signs with the Eagles will have some fantasy value.
Posted 5/21/2020 7:32 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski said he is around 257 pounds at this point and expects to play at 260 to 265 pounds this upcoming season. He was at 240 pounds during his retirement.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski is joining a crowded tight end corp with the Bucs but should be the starter because of his relationship with Tom Brady. He has struggled with injuries in the past but can be a No. 1 fantasy tight end if he can stay healthy.
Posted 5/19/2020 8:02 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady and approximately eight of his new teammates took part in a two-hour throwing session at Berkeley Preparatory School Tuesday, May 19.
Huddle Up: It's unknown when the Buccaneers will be able to begin offseason programs and official workouts and practices at the team facility. There should be little worry about the veteran Brady getting up to speed ahead of his first season with the Buccaneers, and he'll be a high-upside late-round option in redraft leagues.
Posted 5/15/2020 2:14 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones' limitations in the passing game have cost him playing time at various points throughout his two-year NFL career, but he is focusing his offseason work on running sharper routes and being more consistent with his hands. In addition, his workout coach also stated that Jones is 225 pounds.
Huddle Up: The overwhelming majority of fantasy owners seem to believe the lead role is rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn's for the taking. While it is possible the third-rounder overtakes Jones at some point, it appears many folks are unwilling to appreciate the strides the second-year back made last season. It's just as likely Jones takes over the backfield in 2020 as it is that he splits time with Vaughn, but the veteran would have to fall on his face in order to be cast aside. Jones boasts significant fantasy RB3 upside as a result.
Posted 5/07/2020 11:52 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady will have his team in the NFL spotlight in 2020, as the Bucs are scheduled to play in five prime-time games this season. They'll visit the Chicago Bears Thursday, Oct. 8, the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday, Oct. 25, New York Giants Monday, Nov. 2, and host the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Nov. 8 and the Los Angeles Rams Monday, Nov. 23.
Huddle Up: The games against the Raiders, Saints and Rams particularly standout as potential offensive shootouts. Brady topped 300 yards passing in just one of his final 10 regular-season games with the New England Patriots last season, but he'll have plenty of pass-catching weapons that should allow him to keep up with the likes of QB Drew Brees and Jared Goff.
Posted 5/02/2020 4:55 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady's over/under total on his 2020 passing yards has been set at 4,099.5 by Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
Huddle Up: Last season, in his final year with the Patriots, Brady threw for 4,057 yards -- his lowest 16-game total since 2010 -- all while totaling the fourth most attempts (613) of his career. With better weapons in Tampa, looks for Brady's totals to see bump, and expect him to finish as a low-end fantasy QB1 for the second straight season.
Posted 4/29/2020 11:38 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin is a player the Buccaneers would like to sign to a long-term extension, but general manager Jason Licht said the two sides have not started extension talks at this point.
Huddle Up: Godwin is scheduled to be a free agent next offseason, so he is a candidate for an extension. He is coming off an outstanding 2019 season and will be working with Tom Brady next season. He should be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues.
Posted 4/29/2020 5:45 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn feels like being drafted by the Bucs was a best-case scenario. 'To be in this situation where you have Tom Brady as your quarterback, who loves throwing check-down routes ... I feel like that's the best opportunity that I could ask for,' Vaughn said. Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said he thinks Vaughn is capable of being a three-down back. 'If you have a guy who can do multiple things, it makes him even more valuable to your team. We'll see how it goes. We have to get him here, and we'll get him in the mix, and we'll see how it all shakes out,' Licht said of his new running back. Vaughn believes he has home-run ability out of the backfield as both a runner and a pass-catcher.
Huddle Up: We've seen Brady utilize the running back position with success for years; will Vaughn be the next back to be counted on? He'll get every opportunity to contribute, but shouldn't be counted on as more than a RB5 in PPR formats at this time.
Posted 4/23/2020 9:31 pm UTC
Updating a previous story, Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard is unlikely to be traded, according to general manager Jason Licht Thursday, April 23. 'We're excited about having O.J. Howard play with Rob Gronkowski. Why wouldn't you want to have many weapons at that position? We have an excellent tight end group right now.'
Huddle Up: The fantasy value of both Howard and Cameron Brate and even Gronkowski will be capped if all three are to remain in Tampa Bay this season, but it would be a positive for QB Tom Brady.
Posted 4/22/2020 7:35 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski told reporters Wednesday, April 22, he's currently 250 pounds and hasn't lost as much weight as people think.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski has been out of football for over a year, but it appears he's still in game shape and may not show as much rust as initially thought. Coupled with having the time to heal up old injuries, Gronk will still be a physical force and is instantly one of the top fantasy options in the tight end pool.
Posted 4/22/2020 7:19 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard remains 'a distinct possibility' to end up with the New England Patriots, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports Wednesday, April 22.
Huddle Up: The Patriots have a clear need at tight end and in the overall passing game. Matt LaCosse currently sits atop the depth chart at tight end, with Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry and Mohamed Sanu the top receivers. Howard's coming off a down year, but he's still just 25 years old and a former first-round pick. Even while working with QBs Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham, his fantasy stock would likely rise after the Buccaneers brought in TE Rob Gronkowski Tuesday, April 21.
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