Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Coach: Bruce Arians
OC: Byron Leftwich
QB: Jameis Winston, Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Griffin, Nick Fitzgerald
RBs: Peyton Barber, Ronald Jones, Dare Ogunbowale, Andre Ellington, Bruce Anderson
WRs: Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Breshad Perriman, Justin Watson, Scott Miller, DaMarkus Lodge, Anthony Johnson, Xavier Ubosi, Cortrell Simpson, Spencer Schnell, Bobo Wilson, KJ Brent, Bryant Mitchell
TEs: OJ Howard, Cameron Brate, Antony Auclair, Jordan Leggett, Donnie Ernsberger, Tanner Hudson
2019 Draft (offense only):
Round 6, Pick 208 – WR – Scott Miller – Bowling Green
2019 Undrafted Free Agents (fantasy offense only):
QB – Nick Fitzgerald – Mississippi State
RB – Bruce Anderson – North Dakota State
WR – DaMarkus Lodge – LSU
WR – Anthony Johnson – Buffalo
WR – Spencer Schnell – Illinois State
WR – Cortrelle Simpson – Richmond
WR – Xavier Ubosi – UAB
Key Offseason Additions (fantasy offense):
QB – Blaine Gabbert
RB – Andre Ellington
WR – Breshad Perriman
TE – Jordan Leggett
Training Camp Preview: Rookies 7/21, Veterans 7/25
New head coach Bruce Arians takes over for Dirk Koetter. Arians brought along Byron Leftwich to be the offensive coordinator. This is a pairing we should be excited about, especially for Jameis Winston. The Bucs ranked 3rd in total offense last year, 1st in passing and 29th in rushing. Ryan Fitzpatrick started five games last year so these numbers might be a bit skewed. The Bucs defense was a complete disaster last year though, so Tampa was constantly playing from behind or involved in shoot-outs. The defense should be slightly better this year, but still has a ways to go. This should make us excited to target the Bucs passing game for fantasy again this year.
Jameis Winston is back in charge and should be primed for a breakout year. The Bucs signed Blaine Gabbert this off-season, so there will not be any QB controversy like we had last year with Fitzmagic. Winston managed to finish as the QB21 last year in 11 games. His 23.6 fantasy points per game ranked 9th best, suggesting he has top 10 upside at the position this year. His decision making will always be his downfall, but his passing yardage and rushing totals will help balance those interceptions out. Winston’s ADP is around QB12 and presents a solid value for us here in the double digit rounds. I mentioned that Gabbert is the backup earlier. Ryan Griffin and Nick Fitzgerald will battle for the number three spot.
Peyton Barber is the incumbent starter on a pass heavy team. Barber finished as the RB31 last year, rushing for 871 yards and 5 TDs while adding 20 receptions for 92 yards and 1 TD through the air. Early camp reports suggest that Barber will be used a lot more in the passing game this year. Barber is an under-rated runner and is the favorite to start again this year. If he can hold off Ronald Jones, I’ll be targeting Barber heavily in drafts. His ADP is around RB60, providing us with a massive value, even if Ronald Jones gets more work. With that said, Jones will be one of the most important names to monitor in camp. The coaches have all said very good things about him in OTA’s and minicamp, we just need to see it on the field before we invest. Behind these guys, we have Andre Ellington, Dare Ogunbowale and UDFA Bruce Anderson. Anderson is the most intriguing option here, so make sure to monitor his pre-season as well as Jones’.
Mike Evans and Chris Godwin headline the receiving group. DeSean Jackson was traded to Philly and Adam Humphries signed with the Titans. This allows Chris Godwin to move into the slot and stay on the field at all times. Godwin finished as the WR26 last year and is being drafted around the WR20 range. Everybody seems to be all-in on Godwin this year, so his ADP is likely to continue to rise. He has top 15 upside this year. Not much needs to be said about Mike Evans. He’s a WR1 and is being drafted in the WR8 range at the end of round 2. The real interesting camp battle to watch will be for the 3rd and 4th receiver spots. They signed Breshad Perriman to compete with Justin Watson. Both are big bodied receivers who can stretch the field, but Watson is the better route runner. He has been getting some time in the slot, so watch out for this battle. The Bucs also drafted a slot receiver in Scotty Miller out of Bowling Green. He’ll have an outside chance at cracking the top 4 spots, but is most likely the #5. Guys trying to make the team include; DaMarkus Lodge, Anthony Johnson, Xavier Ubosi, Cortrell Simpson, Spencer Schnell, Bobo Wilson, KJ Brent and Bryant Mitchell. Lodge and Johnson would be the names to highlight.
OJ Howard and Cameron Brate are the starting tight ends. Howard was fantastic last season before he was placed on IR with an ankle injury. Health is now becoming a concern with Howard, missing 9 games in his first two seasons. When he’s on the field, he’ll be a top 5 tight end. His ADP is around TE5 and is going in the 5th/6th round of drafts. If you miss out on Evans or Godwin, Howard is a solid consolation. Brate is the primary backup and will only have value if Howard misses time. Brate could be taken with your last pick in best ball leagues, however. Winston has great chemistry with him, so he should be good for a handful of touchdowns this year. After these two, Antony Auclair, Jordan Leggett, Donnie Ernsberger and Tanner Hudson will battle for the remaining roster spots.
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