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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. Nov 28 - 3:03 AM

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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.
Nov 20 - 2:21 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.
Nov 14 - 2:07 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.
Nov 7 - 3:57 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.
Oct 31 - 3:48 AM

The Tampa Bay Times notes turnovers as the likely key to the Week 7 matchup between the Buccaneers and Washington Redskins.

The Times highlighted the success of both teams when their quarterbacks avoid interceptions, as Washington and Tampa Bay are each 2-0 when Jameis Winston and Kirk Cousins are interception-free. Cousins is fourth among NFL quarterbacks with eight interceptions this season, and has thrown multiple picks in four different games through six weeks. The Bucs D/ST will be a mid-range fantasy option in Week 7 due to the turnover potential in this matchup.
Oct 24 - 1:34 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are allowing 29.6 points per game this season, the most among all 32 NFL teams.

Coach Lovie Smith is not pleased with his team's defensive effort, saying, "We're going to be a heck of a defense this year, but that many points is too many, simple as that. We need to get that down." Smith was speaking after last week's game where the Bucs allowed 38 points to Jacksonville, which came on the heels of allowing 37 to Carolina in Week 4. Tampa Bay is on bye this week and will travel to Washington in Week 7.
Oct 15 - 10:02 PM

The Tamp Bay Buccaneers will look to slow Jacksonville rookie running back T.J. Yeldon, who is coming off a 109 total yard effort in Week 4.

The Bucs are well aware of the challenge of containing Yeldon, as DC Leslie Frazier said, "He carried the ball and did a good job of making people miss. But he showed some power, too, being able to run through some tackles." The Bucs D/ST has been surprisingly effective against the pass this season, but is 30th among NFL teams in stopping the run, allowing 136.8 rushing yards per game. The Jacksonville offense hasn't been the sack and turnover machine it has been in the past, leaving the Bucs outside the top-12 fantasy defenses this week.
Oct 10 - 3:44 PM

Tampa Bay DT Gerald McCoy is playing through injury after hurting his shoulder in Week 2.

McCoy does have two sacks on the season, but has been slowed by the shoulder issue that popped up in Week 2 against the Saints. Tampa Bay DC Leslie Fraizer said of McCoy, "He’s not 100 percent, but there’s a lot of guys that aren’t 100 percent. He joins that club." Tampa Bay faces Carolina at home this week, but the 30th ranked run defense of the Bucs will likely have trouble slowing the Panthers, who average 132 rushing yards per game on the season. The Bucs D/ST is not a starting fantasy option this week.
Oct 3 - 3:07 PM

The Tampa Bay Times reports all signs indicate that Tim Jennings will get his first start with Tampa Bay in Week 3.

This change to the Tampa Bay secondary won't have a substantial impact on Tampa Bay's Week 3 fantasy outlook, as they will remain a lower-tier D/ST option. However, the change is worth noting as coach Love Smith attempts to bolster a defense that got slaughtered by the Tennessee Titans in Week 1, then regrouped to beat New Orleans in Week 2. The Buccaneers will look to take advantage of Ryan Mallett this week, as the Houston quarterback has completed just 35 of 71 passes (49.3%) in 2015.
Sep 26 - 3:37 AM

The Tampa Bay Times listed stopping the screen game of the New Orleans Saints as a key part of Tampa Bay's Week 2 game plan.

The Times noted the success of the Saints running backs in Week 1 and the fact that Drew Brees only attempted four passes over 20 yards against Arizona in the season opener. With C.J. Spiller on the mend, the Buccaneers defense could have another speedy receiving back to account for and will need to corral the New Orleans running backs if they want to stop the Saints from moving the ball. The Tampa Bay D/ST is a bottom-dwelling unit in fantasy leagues for Week 2 in a tough road matchup.
Sep 19 - 2:40 AM

The Tampa Bay defense is struggling with injuries at the defensive end position.

The Bucs lost DE Larry English to a "significant" knee injury in the team's fourth preseason game, and that puts a cherry on top of an offseason full of injury woes at the defensive end spot. DC Leslie Frazier will need to get creative in order to dial-up pressure this season in hopes of improving the Tampa Bay defense that struggled against the pass in 2014.
Sep 5 - 2:30 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recorded just one sack and zero turnovers on Saturday as they fell to the Cleveland Browns 31-7.

Despite the poor showing, the Bucs D/ST should be in the forefront of the minds of fantasy defense streamers, as Tampa Bay will host the Tennessee Titans in Week 1 of the regular season. The Titans allowed the sixth most sacks among NFL teams in 2014 and will be handing their offense to rookie Marcus Mariota, who may provide a reasonable streaming target as the regular season gets underway.
Aug 30 - 2:15 AM

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3Ryan Griffin
RB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3Bobby Rainey
GLB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3RB1Charles Sims
2Bobby Rainey
FB1Jorvorskie Lane
WR11Mike Evans
2Russell Shepard
3Adam Humphries
WR21Vincent Jackson
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WR31Donteea Dye
TE1Austin Seferian-Jenkins
2Brandon Myers
3Luke Stocker
4Cameron Brate
LT1Donovan Smith
2Kevin Pamphile
LG1Logan Mankins
2Jeremiah Warren
C1Donovan Smith
2Joe Hawley
RG1Ali Marpet
2Matthew Masifilo
RT1Demar Dotson
2Gosder Cherilus
K1Connor Barth