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The Tampa Bay Bucs will host the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12, who have averaged 429.5 total yards and 28.5 points per game in the last two weeks.
The Seattle offense has been rolling as quarterback Russell Wilson has gradually gotten healthier after dealing with knee and ankle issues early in the season. Tampa Bay has forced six turnovers and and allowed just 27 total points in the last two weeks, but are looking at a tough matchup against the Seahawks. Seattle has turned the ball over only six times in 2016, the lowest total in the NFL, making the Bucs D/ST an avoidable fantasy option in Week 12. Nov 26 - 12:38 PM

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Tampa Bay will face the NFL's top scoring offense in Week 9 when they host the Atlanta Falcons.

Atlanta has scored at least 23 points in every game this season while piling up an impressive 425.3 total yards per game. Tampa Bay failed to force a turnover but sacked Matt Ryan three times in a Week 1 win over Atlanta, and will hope to limit damage from the Falcons' offense in Thursday's rematch. The Bucs D/ST won't be a startable fantasy option in Week 9 on short rest after being shredded by Oakland QB Derek Carr in Week 8.
Nov 2 - 6:38 PM

Tampa Bay starting DT Clint McDonald (hamstring) will miss Week 7 when the Bucs take on the San Francisco 49ers.

Akeem Spence will start in place of McDonald, who last played in Week 4 and was unable to get healthy during Tampa Bay's Week 6 bye. The Bucs have been strong against opposing passing games recently in three-straight soft matchups and draw another underwhelming quarterback this week in San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick. The Bucs D/ST is worth a look as a streaming option in Week 7.
Oct 22 - 4:00 PM

With injuries piling up along the Tampa Bay defensive line, the Bucs could have just one of their top five defensive linemen healthy on Monday night.

DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), DT Gerald McCoy (calf), DE Noah Spence (shoulder), and DE Robert Ayers (ankle) all missed practice on Friday and are in danger of missing Tampa Bay's matchup with Carolina. The Bucs are surrendering 32.0 points per game and improvement will be hard to come by with injuries hammering their defense. The Buccaneers D/ST is off the fantasy radar, even in a potential matchup against Carolina backup QB Derek Anderson.
Oct 8 - 12:45 AM

Tampa Bay has yet to force a turnover in 2016 and is last among NFL teams with a -6 turnover differential.

The Bucs are one of three teams without a forced turnover through two weeks and their offense handed the ball over five times in Week 2. "We work on it a lot, and I think when they come they usually come in bunches," said coach Dirk Koetter of forcing turnovers. The Bucs D/ST hosts the Rams in Week 3, where they will be a streaming option worth consideration against Rams QB Case Keenum.
Sep 23 - 6:17 PM

The Tampa Bay defense is allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete 69.5 percent of their passes, the highest mark among NFL teams.

The Bucs are 17th in passing yards allowed per game, suggesting that the Tampa Bay defense is being taken advantage of on shorter and intermediate routes this season. Week 17 brings a matchup with Carolina's Cam Newton, who has accounted for 41 total touchdowns in 2015. The Bucs D/ST won't be a recommended fantasy option in Week 17 in a rough matchup on the road at Carolina.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 11:21:00 PM

The Tampa Bay defense has forced just one turnover since Week 11.

The Bucs went 1-3 in their recent turnover slump, and will look to create more takeaways in Week 16 when they host Chicago. Bears QB Jay Cutler has not thrown more than one interception in any single game this season, although the Bucs may catch a break if WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) is unable to play. Either way, the Bucs D/ST will be a mid-tier fantasy option in Week 16.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 01:48:00 AM

The Tampa Bay defense will face St. Louis quarterback Case Keenum on Thursday night, who has been held under 140 passing yards in both of his 2015 starts.

Keenum is the last of Tampa Bay's worries this week as they travel to St. Louis. Corralling running back Todd Gurley will be a much tougher task, but the Tampa Bay defense has allowed under 90 rushing yards in four of the last five weeks. The Bucs D/ST will be a back-end top-10 fantasy option in Week 15.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 12:20:00 AM

The Tampa Bay defense will face New Orleans running backs Tim Hightower and C.J. Spiller on Sunday, with RB Mark Ingram (shoulder) lost for the season.

The loss of Ingram is a big blow for New Orleans, as Ingram handled 62.6 of the running back rushing attempts for the team through 13 weeks. The Bucs, who lead the NFL in yards allowed per rush at 3.5, should be able handle the Saints' ground game with ease on Sunday and are a mid-tier fantasy option in Week 14.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 03:27:00 AM

The Tampa Bay defense will likely be without DT Gerald McCoy (hand) on Sunday when they host the Atlanta Falcons.

McCoy injured his hand last week at Indianapolis and missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday before being "limited" on Friday. "He was out here, dressed. It's not a full-speed practice, so you can be limited and do very little. He did very little. … If you have pain, you play. If it's an injury, you don't," said Bucs coach Lovie Smith. The Bucs D/ST is a middling Week 13 fantasy option against Matt Ryan and the Falcons.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 03:13:00 AM

The Tampa Bay defense has forced 11 turnovers over the last four weeks.

The Bucs have racked up four fumble recoveries and seven interceptions over that span, and the team has gone 3-1 as a result. This week, Tampa Bay travels to Indianapolis as they look to keep their turnover success rolling. Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck has thrown only two interceptions in three starts this season, but both came in Week 11. The Bucs D/ST is a middling Week 12 fantasy option on the road.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 03:03:00 AM

The Tampa Bay defense will likely face Philadelphia QB Mark Sanchez on Sunday with Sam Bradford (concussion) still in the NFL's concussion protocol.

Sanchez has thrown 12 interceptions in 10 games with Philadelphia over the last two seasons and makes the Bucs D/ST a reasonable streaming target in Week 11. Sanchez completed 14 of 23 pass attempts with no touchdowns and one interception after Sam Bradford's injury in Week 10.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 02:21:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without DE Jacquies Smith (ankle) when they host the Dallas Cowboys in Week 10.

Smith missed practice on Friday and has been ruled out for Sunday's game. The young defensive end has five sacks on the season, so the Tampa Bay defense will be looking for help elsewhere to put pressure on Dallas QB Matt Cassel. The Bucs D/ST is an interesting fantasy option this week while facing Cassel and can be used as a streaming option for fantasy owners in need.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 02:07:00 AM

The Tampa Bay defense will face QB Eli Manning in Week 9, who is coming off a huge performance in Week 8.

Manning hit a bit of a lull this season in weeks six and seven, but roared back in Week 8 as he threw for 350 yards and six touchdowns at New Orleans. The Bucs defense is aware of Manning's capabilities, as DT Gerald McCoy said, "He's a road warrior, a tough guy, very smart, and he'll light you up if he gets going. So we've got a tough one ahead of us this week." The Buccaneers D/ST is allowing a robust 71.1 percent completion rate to opposing quarterbacks and will be a middling Week 9 fantasy option.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 03:57:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have used five combinations of players in six games in their secondary.

This nugget is courtesy of the Tampa Bay Times and could have a part in the struggles of the Bucs' defense this season. Lovie Smith's defense is tied for last in the NFL in scoring defense, allowing 29.8 points per game. The Tampa Bay secondary will continue to look for stability this week as they travel to Atlanta to face Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and the Falcons. The Bucs D/ST won't be a viable fantasy option in Week 8.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 03:48:00 AM

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