Wednesday, July 4, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football Projections: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In addition to viewing our 2018 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2018 fantasy football projections for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.



Jameis Winston45428635412012.332.5123.51.65.5207.99
Going into his fourth NFL season, Winston will miss (at least) the first three games due to league suspension. The Bucs begin the season with games against the Saints, Eagles and Steelers, who combined for a 37-11 record last season. Due to the suspension, Winston is not draftable in standard-sized (one-QB) leagues, but he could be worth a waiver-wire pickup once the suspension is over.
Ryan Fitzpatrick104.862.97234.
Given Winston's three-game suspension, it's possible (not necessarily likely) that Fitzpatrick plays more than the first three games if the team gets off to a good start. Given the difficult matchups, it's more likely that the Bucs instead start 0-3 to begin the season. In fact, it's not out of the question that Ryan Griffin won't leapfrog Fitzpatrick to start in Winston's absence.
Ryan Griffin223.314.21750.
As noted above, there is at least some speculation that Griffin — not Fitzpatrick — could start during Winston's suspension.

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Running Backs


Ronald Jones158.3704.44.425212.51.10.8123.09
While he may lack the size (205 pounds) of being a workhorse back, Jones has elite burst and explosiveness and has drawn his share of comparisons to Jamaal Charles. With Doug Martin released and now in Oakland, Jones figures to lead the backfield in touches even if he's sharing the workload with Peyton Barber and Charles Sims.
Peyton Barber119.8491.24.111.880.20.20.581.94
Tampa's leading rusher in 2017, Barber had 335 rushing yards (15th-most in the NFL) on 78 carries (4.29 YPC) from Weeks 13 to 17. As much as most expect Jones to lead the backfield in workload and production, Barber will get plenty of opportunities and wants to "be the lead guy." Perhaps unrealistic, Barber's goal: “I want to get 1,000 yards – and more. That’s my goal this year.”
Charles Sims36.5149.70.437.1330.
Jacquizz Rodgers38.6156.

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Wide Receivers


Mike Evans73.91064.28.10000.2154.62
Even though he posted a career-low 1,001 yards last season, Evans has now begun his career with four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Only two other players — Randy Moss and A.J. Green — have started their careers with four 1,000-yard seasons. Over his four NFL seasons, Evans has 32 touchdowns and a pair of 12-score campaigns.
DeSean Jackson49.3778.94.20000.1102.89
Jackson had a disappointing first season (50/668/3) in Tampa and averaged a career-low 13.4 Y/R. The speedster should improve upon last year's numbers, but he's likely to fall short of the 1,000-yard mark he hit in three of his previous four seasons.
Chris Godwin39.1578.720000.169.67
If it weren't for Evans and D-Jax ahead of him on the depth chart and a talented TE duo also on the roster, Godwin could be poised for a breakout season. The second-year receiver has had a good offseason and (as Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times tweeted) "makes a lot of plays everyday."
Adam Humphries47.1494.61.40000.357.26
Justin Watson3.151.20.30000.16.72
Bobo Wilson3.5490.30000.16.5

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Tight Ends


Cameron Brate43.6527.65.20000.183.76
Brate and the Bucs agreed to a six-year contract this offseason and the veteran tight end has a combined 105/1,251/14 over the past two seasons.
O.J. Howard37.3529.75.20001.581.17
The Bucs used the 19th-overall pick on Howard, who slipped further than most expected in the 2017 NFL Draft. Even though Brate was more involved in the passing game, Howard played more snaps than Brate as a rookie.
Alan Cross2.422.60.200003.46

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