Monday, August 2, 2021

Fantasy Football Projections 2021: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Below you will find our 2021 fantasy football projections for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Tom Brady623.3406.74674.836.7711.8432.132.12.25327.1
Blaine Gabbert29.416.9199.91.230.7411.4200.0613.8

Tom Brady: In his first season in Tampa, Brady scored the eighth-most fantasy points and only three quarterbacks had more top-five weekly finishes than the future Hall-of-Famer. Brady's 40 touchdowns thrown were the second-most of his career and his 4,633 passing yards were a five-year high. Brady will have all of the team's starters and top pass-catchers back as he enters his age-44 season.


Leonard Fournette161.5654.15.0930.3214.51.7142.75
Ronald Jones156.3687.75.6320.8148.71.4136.22
Giovani Bernard41.4161.50.8335.8302.22.684.85
Ke'Shawn Vaughn8.334.90.172.517.10.28.67

Leonard Fournette: The Buccaneers leaned on Playoff Lenny in their Super Bowl run as Fournette tallied 448 scrimmage yards and four all-purpose touchdowns on 82 touches including 18 receptions over four playoff games. With the addition of Giovani Bernard to the backfield as a viable threat to steal valuable passing-down reps, Fournette enters the season no better than a flex option even if he's Tampa's 1(a).

Ronald Jones: Despite missing a couple of games and the fact that Fournette emerged as the team's primary back, Jones had his best season as a pro with career highs as a runner -- 192 carries, 978 yards, 5.1 YPC and seven touchdowns. RoJo took a step back as a receiver, however, with a 66.7% catch rate (77.5% in 2019) and 5.9 Y/R (10.0 in 2019).

Giovani Bernard: Signed primarily due to Tampa's woeful 14.4% drop rate for its running backs, Bernard is the best bet to lead the backfield in receptions, but he's unlikely to get another volume to be more than the team's third-most productive running back.


Mike Evans71.41001.87.8000182.68
Chris Godwin76.7984.77.4000181.22
Antonio Brown65.77195.
Tyler Johnson10.6146.2100025.92
Scotty Miller9.5126.
Jaelon Darden5.353.60.400010.41

Mike Evans: Although he set a career low in yards per game (62.9), Evans exceeded the 1,000-yard mark -- now seven consecutive seasons to begin his career -- and set a career high with 13 scores. The Bucs have franchise tagged Chris Godwin and re-signed Antonio Brown, which could lead to more week-to-week inconsistency for all of the team's receivers.

Chris Godwin: Missing four games in the first half of the season, Godwin finished a disappointing 2020 campaign with a receiving line of 65/840/7 as he averaged 25.2 fewer yards per game than in 2019. An assortment of injuries and the presence of Antonio Brown (7.75 targets per game) interfered with Godwin's consistency last season. Godwin ranked third in targets (55) over the final eight games behind Evans (63) and Brown (62).

Antonio Brown: In a half season of action, Brown posted a respectable 45/483/4 line on 61 targets in 2020. Ranked as a WR4 in fantasy, it will likely take an injury to either Evans or Godwin for Brown to become a weekly starter.


Rob Gronkowski43.4560.64.3000103.56
O.J. Howard34.5433.83.400081.03
Cameron Brate17.2165.71.200032.37

Rob Gronkowski: Not there to just "block," Gronkowski didn't score his first touchdown until Week 6, but he finished 2020 as fantasy's TE8 and ended the year with 45 catches for 623 yards and seven touchdowns. O.J. Howard tore his Achilles in Week 4, but his return limits Gronk's 2021 upside.

O.J. Howard: Through four NFL seasons, Howard has averaged an impressive 15.3 Y/R and 10.1 Y/TGT. With so many talented options on the roster, however, there is unlikely to be enough volume for Howard to be fantasy-relevant outside of the deepest leagues.

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