Player News - Buccaneers

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The Bucs plan to reevaluate Jameis Winston (shoulder) this week.

Winston has been shut down the last two weeks. The Bucs never gave Winston a timetable, but he could return in Week 12 if he gets cleared. With Ryan Fitzpatrick leading Tampa to two straight wins, it's possible the Bucs move Winston slowly. Winston was having a career-worst year before going down.
Nov 19 - 7:50 PM

Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 22-of-37 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns with nine yards rushing in Sunday's Week 11 victory over the Dolphins.

Fitzpatrick was continuously put in good spots after three Miami turnovers in the first half. He hit O.J. Howard for a 6-yard score and DeSean Jackson from 4-yards out which had the Bucs up 20-7 at the half. When he plays clean games, Fitzpatrick is capable of being a startable fantasy option, but will enter his Week 12 matchup against the Falcons as a QB2.
Nov 19 - 5:37 PM

Cameron Brate caught 1-of-3 targets for 12 yards in Sunday's Week 11 win over the Dolphins.

Brate's involvement in the offense continues to dwindle, as he now has exactly one catch in three consecutive games. With Fitzpatrick under center, Brate has collected just 11.1 percent of the Tampa Bay targets after receiving 16 percent of the targets from Jameis Winston. He can longer be counted on in lineups next week against the Falcons.
Nov 19 - 5:28 PM

O.J. Howard caught 3-of-4 targets for 52 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 11 win against the Dolphins.

Howard was involved in the game plan early on. He caught passes of 22 and 24 yards on Tampa's second possession, helping to set up their opening score. He reeled in a 6-yard touchdown for their first touchdown of the game on the ensuing drive. After failing to catch a pass in Week 10, it was promising to see Tampa Bay get Howard back involved this week. The rookie is now up to four touchdown receptions on the season, but is still not a fantasy option next week against the Falcons.
Nov 19 - 5:15 PM

DeSean Jackson caught 2-of-3 targets for 28 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 11 win over the Dolphins.

Jackson secured a 4-yard touchdown on a drag to put Tampa Bay up 20-7 right before the end of the first half. With the Bucs nursing their lead, Jackson was hardly involved for the remainder of the game. Jackson has now been held to fewer than 40 yards receiving in six of his 10 games this season, but two of his three touchdowns on the season have come from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Jackson is a boom or bust WR3 next week in Atlanta.
Nov 19 - 5:07 PM

Doug Martin rushed 19 times for 38 yards while catching two passes for six yards in Sunday's Week 11 win over the Dolphins.

In an outstanding with perfect game script, Martin was once again nondescript on Sunday. He continually found little running room, but with the Buccaneers staked to an early 20-7 lead, managed to stack volume. The volume has regularly been there for Martin, but he's been a black hole of opportunity for fantasy purposes. After rushing for 5.7 yards per carry in his first game of the season, Martin has carried 99 times for 269 yards (2.7 YPC) over his past six games. While backs with his touch floor are in few supply for fantasy, Martin cannot be counted on as more than a low-end RB2/flex option next week versus Atlanta.
Nov 19 - 4:54 PM

Mike Evans caught 5-of-10 targets for 92 yards in Sunday's Week 11 win over the Dolphins.

After serving a one-game suspension, Evans returned to lead the Bucs in targets, catches and yards. Evans's day could've been bigger as Ryan Fitzpatrick missed him on easy end zone look in which Evans beat his defender on a slant. He still has yet to have a 100-yard receiving day on the season, but Evans will remain a WR1 option next week at Atlanta.
Nov 19 - 4:39 PM

Buccaneers CB Vernon Hargreaves (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's Week 11 game versus Miami. OL Caleb Benenoch, DE William Gholston, C Joe Hawley, DT Sealver Siliga, TE Luke Stocker and QB Jameis Winston are also inactive for Sunday's game.

Ryan Smith will step in and start for Hargreaves. Given that Hargreaves is Pro Football Focus' 81st graded cornerback on the season, him being unavailable could be addition by subtraction. The Tampa Bay secondary has struggled all season long, ranking 30th in passing yards allowed to opposing quarterbacks on the season.
Nov 19 - 11:36 AM

Eagles CB Ronald Darby said he was in the car with Jameis Winston on the night of his alleged groping incident and claims Winston did "nothing inappropriate."

Winston has been accused of groping a female Uber driver while waiting for a fast-food pickup on March 13, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona, though Winston's camp has denied the allegations. Darby, a college teammate of Winston's, has corroborated Winston's claim that he was not alone in the car, claiming there were "three of us" and that "Jameis did not have any physical contact with the Uber driver." The NFL is still looking into the incident.
Nov 19 - 8:42 AM

Multiple league sources tell The Ringer’s Mike Lombardi that Bucs coach Dirk Koetter’s job is in jeopardy.

"I think we can officially put Dirk Koetter on the hot seat. Nobody outside the NFL is talking about it, but everybody I talk to in the NFL is and they think it’s going to end up being over for Koetter if he doesn’t get this turned around." The Bucs have lost 5-of-6 games and are averaging nine points over the last three weeks. It’s a huge disappointment given Tampa’s roster and expectations going into the season. Barring a strong finish, Koetter looks unlikely to be back in 2018.
Nov 18 - 6:16 PM

Bucs CB Vernon Hargreaves (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 11.

It's the first missed game of his career. Hargreaves has struggled this year and didn't start before going down last week. Ryan Smith will take on a larger role opposite Brent Grimes.
Nov 18 - 3:07 PM

NFL Network's Steve Wyche reports the league isn't expected to take "any immediate action" against Jameis Winston.

Winston is week to week with a shoulder injury, but will be eligible to play when healthy. He's not a candidate for the commissioner/exempt list because there's no police report in his March 2016 incident. The NFL is reportedly "still in the early fact gathering stage." Winston will likely play out the rest of the year while the investigation unfolds.
Source: NFL Network
Nov 17 - 5:34 PM

The NFL is investigating Jameis Winston for allegedly groping an Uber driver in March 2016.

The driver says Winston groped her crotch at a fast food restaurant drive thru as they were waiting for Winston's food around 2 AM on March 13 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The driver, "Kate", reported the incident to Uber but did not go to police. Winston was accused of rape in 2012 at Florida State but wasn't charged in the matter. 2017 is only becoming more of a headache for the Bucs.
Nov 17 - 12:44 PM

Bucs OC Todd Monken said the offense has to continue running the football despite their struggles in recent weeks.

Doug Martin has rushed for just 231 yards on 80 carries (2.89 YPC) in the last five games, but the coordinator does not plan to abandon the run. "It helps our offense as a whole, makes play-action work, helps defense play fewer snaps," Monken said. "Have to keep hammering at it." With the coordinator committed to the run and the schedule opening up over the next couple weeks, Martin could bounce back just in time for the fantasy playoffs.
Nov 16 - 12:09 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter thinks Jameis Winston (shoulder) will return this season.

"From what I know, I do," Koetter said. "I know Jameis is planning on playing again and there's been no discussion between [GM Jason Licht], myself of him not playing again. That would all be something that would have to come up in the future." Winston will sit out at least this week, and Licht has made it sound like he will miss even more time after that. With his return at best uncertain, Winston is not a must-hold in standard-sized leagues.
Nov 14 - 9:08 AM


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