Sunday, September 3, 2017

2017 Fantasy Football Projections: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In addition to viewing our 2017 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2017 fantasy football projections for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:




Jameis Winston362.5579.98433327.816.146.6168.71.81280.05
A top-15 fantasy quarterback in each of his first two seasons, Winston has the potential to post his first top-10 fantasy season in 2017. The Buccaneers added DeSean Jackson, one of the league's best vertical threats, in free agency and O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin via the draft, all of whom should take some pressure off of Mike Evans and really open things up for the passing offense in general.
Ryan Fitzpatrick17.328.521991.

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Running Backs


Doug Martin209.2883.95.622.6189.60.1141.55
In his first five NFL seasons, Martin has rushed for 1,400-plus yards twice -- and under 500 yards three times. Playing a full 16-game slate in both 1,400-yard seasons, Martin has played a total of 25 games in his other three seasons combined. At a minimum, Martin will miss three games to start the season as he completes serving a four-game suspension.
Jacquizz Rodgers111.1472.72.324.4184.5079.52
With Martin suspended for the first three games this season, Rodgers will get a minimum of three starts. Considering Martin's durability track record, it's certainly possible that he starts more than three games this season. Generally productive with Martin out, Rodgers had back-to-back 100-yard rushing games last October.
Charles Sims52.3210.31.441.33601.675.03
Peyton Barber10.642.503.118.706.12

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Wide Receivers


Mike Evans89.712619.8000184.9
No receiver scored more fantasy points in standard-scoring formats and only Antonio Brown and Jordy Nelson scored more in PPR formats last season. Setting career highs in receptions (96) and yards (1,321) with 12 touchdowns for the second time in his three NFL seasons, Evans also led the NFL in targets (175). The addition of DeSean Jackson will mean a few less targets for Evans but less defensive attention as well.
DeSean Jackson65.51068.25.74.827.40143.76
Signing a three-year free-agent deal this offseason with the Buccaneers, Jackson posted a 56/1,005/4 slash line with Washington last season. Likely to score more touchdowns in 2017, D-Jax may not significantly exceed his receptions or yards totals in 2017 with Evans as the team's clear No. 1 receiver. With a 17.7 career Y/A average, the explosive wideout will likely have his share of big games with a few duds thrown in.
Adam Humphries36411.
Chris Godwin17.2222.41.600031.84
Bernard Reedy1.619.300001.93

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Tight Ends


Cameron Brate51.2607.75.794.97
Brate broke out in his third NFL season with 57 catches for 660 yards and eight touchdowns, second on the team to only Mike Evans. Not only did the Bucs upgrade their No. 2 wide receiver by adding DeSean Jackson in free agency, the team used its first-round pick on tight end O.J. Howard. Even though rookie tight ends tend to struggle and I project Brate to score more fantasy points than Howard, Howard has an elite skill set and his presence puts a damper on Brate's outlook.
O.J. Howard28.4326.62.950.06
Slipping further than expected to 19th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, Howard excels as both a blocker and a receiver although he was under-utilized in the passing game at Alabama. Testing well in Indy, Howard ran a 4.51 forty at the NFL Scouting Combine and should develop into one of the top fantasy tight ends for years to come. That said, it's rare for rookie tight ends to make an immediate impact so it's likely that 2018 (and beyond) production vastly exceeds his 2017 numbers.
Luke Stocker3.833.603.36
Alan Cross1.61201.2

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