2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Outlook
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Buccaneers Offense Outlook
Tampa would love to run the ball better to take the pressure off their young, restructured defense. Unfortunately, game score will lead to a ton of passing attempts. In 2018, the Bucs ran the ball 38.4 percent of the time while ranking fourth in the NFL in passing attempts (625).
QB Jameis Winston, --- - Quality Backup
Update 12/29/19With a downgrade at WR in Week 16, Winston still passed for 335 yards with one TD while tossing four balls to the other team. This season he threw for over 300 yards in eight games plus three other outings with over 400 yards. Over his previous ten games, Wintson delivered 20 TDs and 23 Ints with 354 passing yards per contest. In Week 12, he passed for 313 yards with three TDs against the Falcons. Atlanta worked its way to 26th in QB defense (23.88 FPPG) after holding QB to short Fantasy points in the last two games (14.60 and 16.65). Three teams scored over 30.0 Fantasy points (46.00, 32.20, and 31.70) vs. the Falcons. They allow 7.7 yards per pass attempt with QBs tossing 26 TDs. I get the attraction, but his questionable depth at WR with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin injured does limit his ceiling in TDs.
RB Ronald Jones, TB - Gamble (high risk)
Update 12/29/19Jones played well last week (109 combined yards with a TD and three catches on 17 touches). His only other game of value came in Week 10 (23.60 Fantasy points). After 15 games, he gained 917 combined yards with six TDs and 29 catches while averaging 12.7 touches per game. In Week 12, Jones had 67 yards with a TD and three catches vs. the Falcons. Atlanta moved up to 12th in RB defense (22.73 FPPG) with three teams scoring over 30.0 Fantasy points (31.70, 42.90, and 32.90). A rotational player with some scoring ability and occasional chances in the passing game.
RB Peyton Barber, WAS - Bye Week Fill-in
WR Mike Evans, TB - Stud (low risk)
Update 12/06/19Evans hasn’t helped Fantasy owners in any of their previous four games (4/82. 4/69, 4/50, and 4/53) while receiving 33 combined targets. His best value came over three explosive games (8/190/3, 11/198/2, and 12/180/1), which accounted 31 catches for 568 yards and six TDs or 123.8 Fantasy points in PPR leagues. In essence, Evans scored 56.4 percent of his Fantasy points in three of his 12 games. CB Pierre Desir has a ton of downside risk based on his previous four starts (@KC, HOU, @HOU, and TEN). Over this span, Desir struggled in all areas while allowing plenty of big plays and TDs. Evans’ regression and matchup point to a huge correction game. Possible 100-plus receiving yards with multiple TDs. Injury Status: Injured Reserve
WR Chris Godwin, TB - Solid/Safe Pick
Update 12/14/19With Mike Evans out for the season, Godwin can’t help but have double-digit targets in most games going forward. Over his last seven games, he only has one game of value (7/184/2) with weakness in six showings (4/43, 7/61, 6/74, 3/47/1, 4/50, and 7/91). Starting in Week 2, he dominated in four of his next five games (8/121/1, 12/172/2, 7/125/2, and 10/151). Heading into Week 15, Godwin is the second-highest scoring WR in PPR leagues (19.92 FPPG). The Lions rank 24th defending WRs (38.29 FPPG – 174/2373/13 on 295 targets). Twice over the past month, the Lions allowed big yardage to WRs (16/301/1 and 22/282/1). Five WRs (Larry Fitzgerald – 8/113/1, Stefon Diggs – 7/142, Michael Gallop – 9/148, Randall Cobb – 4/115/1, and Anthony Miller – 9/140) have over 100 yards receiving vs. Detroit. CB Darius Slay remains one of the better CBs, but he will allow some big plays while shadowing WRs on most plays over the previous four weeks. Torn based on his expected opportunity, but Detroit will do their best to make the other WRs on Tampa beat them in Week 15.
WR Justin Watson, TB - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
Fair Evaluation: Player to follow this summer as he may emerge as the WR3 option for Tampa in 2019.
Watson had an impressive career at Penn where Watson improved in every season. He brings size (6'3" and 225 lbs.) to the wide receiver position while flashing better than expected speed (4.40) on his pro day. His game played well in college due to his TE type frame, but his initial quickness may lead to a tighter passing window in the pros. His route running and hands project well, but Justin needs to add more to his base foundation skill set. He works hard with the smarts to address his weakness. His next step is proving he can beat better players in the NFL. In his rookie season, Justin only had one catch for five yards on three targets.