2010 NFL Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jun 29, 2010

The Bucs do not bring much to the table for fantasy owners. Aside from Kellen Winslow, there isn’t a reliable option. That doesn’t mean you should avoid them all together.

 

Fantasy Playoffs Schedule:  Favorable
Too bad the Bucs don’t have more fantasy options because their schedule, on paper anyway, is very soft. They start off against the Redskins at home in Week 14. Then they have two home games against fellow bottom dwellers Detroit and Seattle.

 

Five Star Fantasy Options
None

 

Four Star Fantasy Options
Kellen Winslow – Winslow is forever an injury risk, but he has shown enough toughness to fight through the pain that you can rely on him. He has had at least 77 catches and 875 yards in three of the last four seasons.  The main knock on  him is that he doesn’t score TDs (only 16 career TDs). He has added value in PPR leagues.

 

Three Star Fantasy Options
None

 

Two Star Fantasy Options
Cadillac Williams – The Auburn duo of Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown have had more of their share of injuries. There aren’t many players that I pull for more than Cadillac because of everything he’s endured. He was overlooked last year because of the acquisition of Derrick Ward, yet managed to compile a 1040 total yard (823 rushing), 7 TD (4 rushing) season. You have to be a little skeptical that Ward will play a larger role, but as of now it appears Williams is the Bucsback to own.

 

Reggie Brown – Newcomer Reggie Brown has a chance to start over in Tampa Bay. He was passed in Philly’s depth charts by youngsters DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. He’ll have to hold off veteran Michael Clayton and rookies Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams.

 

Buccaneers Defense/Special Teams – For starters I like their Week 15 and 16 match-ups against the Lions and Seahawks respectively. They also take on the Browns (Week 1) and Rams (Week 7).  Plus, their second match-up against the Saints is after the fantasy season.

 

One Star Fantasy Options
Josh Freeman – Freeman has the tools to become a good NFL QB, but it’s going to take some size. Without quality options at the WR position or a solid ground game, it will take a little longer. He’ll have his moments, but they will be few and far between.

 

Derrick Ward –  Ward did not exactly live up to the hype last year combining for 559 total yards (409 rushing) and 3 TDs (1 rushing). His paltry 3.6 yards per carry didn’t help matters. He could make a run at the starting gig this summer, but until he earns the gig, his stock is very limited.

 

Michael Clayton, Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams – After an impressive 80 catch, 1193 yard, 7 TD rookie season, Clayton has just 141 catches for 1743 yards and 3 TDs over the past  five seasons. Surely you don’t expect him to suddenly remember how to be an elite fantasy WR. Benn could beat out Clayton or Brown for a chance to start, but I wouldn’t put much faith in a rookie WR given Tampa Bay’s offense. Williams has the tools, but will likely take longer to make an impact.

 

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8 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rotoprofessor
    June 29th, 2010 at 6:30 am #

    No love for Benn, huh? I agree their offense is less then spectacular, but someone needs to make plays in the offense. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him as a fantasy starter by mid-year.

  2. LestersLegends
    June 29th, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    I think he will have his moments, but they are bad. Not as bad as when they rocked those white and orange uniforms, but pretty bad. Trusting a rookie WR in that system is more than I’m willing to gamble.

  3. A
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    At least one of Benn and Williams will be the number one or 2 WR starting the season…my money is on Williams and I think he might surprise everyone.

  4. LestersLegends
    June 29th, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    I can see that. Clayton has disappointed for two long. When the pecking order is established, we will have a better idea of who is going to get the ball. That said, I’m not smitten over anybody in Tampa’s offense.

  5. Suchislife
    June 30th, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    Do you owe Reggie Brown money?

  6. Suchislife
    June 30th, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    In all seriousness this team has been in super duper rebuild mode since year. All signs point to them standing by their rookies this year, for better or worse. Even though they have a bad team there is the chance that this core of young athletes could grow into a strong team by the end of the year. The rb situation is a mess playing cadidy is like playing catch with an egg and moving further away from each other after each toss. Other than that I wouldn’t turn a blind eye on these guys for a late season run and especially dynasty wise. except for ward clayton and brown.

  7. Suchislife
    June 30th, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    My apologizes, super duper rebuild mode since last year.

  8. LestersLegends
    June 30th, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    such – way to break it down. no i don’t owe brown money, lol. i just think he can surprise some guys. the rookies will have their chances, i just won’t be counting on them personally.

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