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  • Buccaneers Defense A Risk-Reward Option

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense prepares to face Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game. Tampa Bay had a strong showing against the Saints last week, creating four takeaways, though they didn't register a sack. They will need to put more pressure on Rodgers than they did Brees, or they'll have a long day. If the Buccaneers follow their Week 6 formula- they sacked Rodgers four times and intercepted him twice- they'll be in a great position to win, as well as delivering for fantasy managers who turn to them.

    Jan 22 · Source via Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Cameron Brate Looks To Keep Rolling

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate is playing well heading into a playoff matchup with Green Bay. Brate has at least 50 receiving yards in each of his last two games and has seen 11 targets in that span. However, he's been out-snapped by Rob Gronkowski in both playoff wins, which makes it hard to trust him fully. Both tight ends could have good games, with Gronkowski being more of a touchdown favorite- and Brate more of a between-the-20s guy.

    Jan 22 · Source via Buccaneers Cameron Brate
  • Rob Gronkowski A Solid Option Against Green Bay

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski takes on the Packers in the NFC Championship game on Sunday. Gronkowski has been out-produced by his teammate Cameron Brate lately, but the former has been on the field far more than the latter. The former Patriot also saw the same amount of targets as Brate last week and even had a touchdown catch fall just out of his reach. Both players could have good games, but Gronkowski is due for a strong performance- and he's no stranger to big games. Bet on Gronkowski seeing more looks with Antonio Brown (knee) sidelined against Green Bay, a team who allowed a 5-78-1 line to the big tight end in Week 6.

    Jan 22 · Source via Buccaneers Rob Gronkowski
  • Antoine Winfield Jr. Questionable For Buccaneers Defense

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) is listed as questionable for the NFC Championship game against the Packers after missing practice on Friday. The 22-year-old safety practiced in full on Thursday, so this is definitely something to keep an eye on as Sunday's big game approaches. Losing the talented defensive back would be a downgrade for the Buccaneers Defense in fantasy in an already tough matchup against Aaron Rodgers and company. Winfield had a combined 94 tackles (64 solo), one interception, six passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and three sacks in 16 regular season games. He also had a big forced fumble in the win over the Saints in the Divisional Round last weekend.

    Jan 22 · Source via Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Scotty Miller In Line For More Targets

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Scotty Miller may have a bigger role in the NFC Championship game against the Packers. Miller saw more playing time last week when Antonio Brown (knee) left the field with an injury, hauling in a 29-yard reception. Now, Brown has been ruled out- while Tyler Johnson could be a factor in the passing game, the coaching staff appears to favor Miller a bit more. The 23-year-old has exceeded 70 receiving yards in four games this year, as he and Tom Brady showed nice chemistry on passes downfield. Miller does have some risk, but he is a low-cost option with decent upside against the Packers this week.

    Jan 22 · Source via Buccaneers Scotty Miller
  • Buccaneers Defense Activates Vita Vea

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are officially activating defensive tackle Vita Vea (leg) from Injured Reserve on Friday, and he will be eligible to play in the NFC Championship game against the Packers on Sunday, according to a source. Vea has been out of action since fracturing his leg in Week 5, but he'll be in the trenches for Tampa's strong defensive front in an effort to slow down quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense. Rakeem Nunez-Roches has been holding down the fort at defensive tackle with Vea out this year. We wouldn't be surprised if Vea is limited in how many snaps he can play in his first game back, though, so don't be surprised if Nunez-Roches continues to play a big role. Either way, it's a slight upgrade for a Buccaneers Defense that has a tall task ahead of them at Lambeau Field.

    Jan 22 · Source via Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Antonio Brown Ruled Out For NFC Championship Game

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) has been ruled out for the NFC Championship game against the Packers. Brown's knee injury that he suffered in the divisional round win over the Saints wasn't deemed serious- though he was unable to take the practice field on Wednesday and Thursday. While head coach Bruce Arians said that his star wideout wouldn't need to practice to play, he also noted this morning that the knee would swell from the team's flight to Green Bay, so playing him wouldn't make much sense. Fellow wideouts Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller will take on a larger role in the offense. Miller makes for a potential value DFS play, as he and Tom Brady showcased the ability to make big plays down the field earlier this season.

    Jan 22 · Source via Buccaneers Antonio Brown
  • Chris Godwin An Excellent Play In The NFC Championship Game

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin is poised for a great showing against the Packers in the NFC Championship game. Godwin has 19 targets in the Buccaneers' two playoff games, a mark that leads the team. He could be in line to receive more work than usual, as Mike Evans will likely have to deal with star corner Jaire Alexander and Antonio Brown (knee) is a game-time decision. The drops have been an issue for Godwin in the postseason, but Tom Brady's trust in him hasn't wavered. He won't be as pricey as Stefon Diggs or Davante Adams, but he could provide similar production, making him a great DFS value play this week.

    Jan 21 · Source via Buccaneers Chris Godwin
  • Mike Evans Faces Tough Matchup On Sunday

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans will likely face off with Packers' star corner Jaire Alexander in the NFC title game. This is fresh off of being held to one catch by Marshon Lattimore- though his lone reception was a touchdown. Evans and Alexander went toe-to-toe in Week 6, with Alexander following him on 76 percent of the routes, holding him to zero catches, per Pro Football Focus. Evans is talented enough to beat any corner, but this is legitimately a matchup to fear. He should be faded in DFS tournaments this weekend.

    Jan 21 · Source via Buccaneers Mike Evans
  • Ronald Jones II Has Upside Against Green Bay

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps) said he's "good" after returning last week from a quadriceps injury in a win over New Orleans. Jones has since gotten in two limited practice sessions and seems poised to be out there again on Sunday against Green Bay. While he's likely looking at a timeshare with Leonard Fournette, Jones has the upside to be the better valued running back this weekend in DFS. He only had 13 carries last week but ran hard against the Saints' stingy run defense- it's also worth noting that he had 20+ carries in a game three times this season, one of which was against the Packers. Jones is riskier than Fournette but could provide more bang for your buck, especially if he runs like he did last week.

    Jan 21 · Source via Buccaneers Ronald Jones
  • Leonard Fournette Looks To Keep Rolling Against Packers

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette has been on a roll in the playoffs. With fellow back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps) battling injury, Fournette has taken the reins of the backfield with 45 total touches in his last two games, the most for him in any two-game stretch this season. Jones seems to be getting healthier, but expect Fournette to have the slight carry edge if it turns into a timeshare. Green Bay's run defense has tightened up in the second half of the season, though it's still not a matchup to fear. Don't expect 20+ touches again, but Fournette could have himself a solid day against the Packers.

    Jan 21 · Source via Buccaneers Leonard Fournette
  • Tom Brady A Dependable Option Against Packers

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has led his team on a six-game winning streak all the way up to Aaron Rodgers' doorstep at Lambeau Field for the NFC title game. Brady is playing some of the best football of his career in those six games, a stretch that includes the playoffs, where he's thrown for 580 passing yards, four passing scores, and one rushing touchdown against two of the league's better overall defenses. Tampa Bay may try to attack the Packers with the ground game, a formula that helped lead to their Week 6 blowout win. Brady might not provide the upside that the other quarterbacks on the slate can deliver, but he's been a safe, dependable option. That should continue on Sunday against Green Bay.

    Jan 21 · Source via Buccaneers Tom Brady
  • Antonio Brown To Be Game-Time Decision Against Packers

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) hasn't practiced yet this week and will be a game-time decision for the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Brown is still being listed as day-to-day, but fantasy managers should consider him very questionable to suit up this weekend. Even if the 32-year-old veteran does play, he'll be a risky touchdown-dependent option and will be at risk of seeing fewer snaps in an offense with plenty of pass-catching weapons. He'll need to get in at least a limited practice on Friday to have a chance at playing. Rookie Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller should see more opportunities behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin if Brown is inactive against the Packers.

    Jan 21 · Source via Buccaneers Antonio Brown
  • Ronald Jones II, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin Practice Wednesday

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps) and wide receivers Mike Evans (knee) and Chris Godwin (quadriceps) were all limited participants during Wednesday's practice. Jones was able to practice in a limited fashion last week before ultimately suiting up against the Saints, while Evans' and Godwin's reps are being managed as precautions. Jones has a good matchup against Green Bay's front, though he and Leonard Fournette are trending towards a timeshare after head coach Bruce Arians described them as a "1-2 punch." Meanwhile, Evans will likely tango with star corner Jaire Alexander on the outside, as tough a matchup as any. Godwin is due for a rebound performance after dropping a surefire touchdown last week and could see more targets if Evans struggles and Antonio Brown (knee) is banged up.

    Jan 20 · Source via Buccaneers Mike Evans Chris Godwin Ronald Jones
  • Antonio Brown Unable To Practice On Wednesday

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) was listed as a non-participant for Wednesday's practice. Brown sustained the knee injury during the divisional-round win over the Saints, with Tampa Bay officially listing him as day-to-day. The veteran wideout will look to ramp up his activity during Thursday and Friday's sessions to give him a chance at suiting up against Green Bay in the NFC title game. Fellow wideouts Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson- who both made big plays in the victory over New Orleans- would be in line to receive more targets if Brown isn't healthy enough to play.

    Jan 20 · Source via Buccaneers Antonio Brown
  • Ronald Jones II Says He's Good

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps) said he's all good and is already feeling better than last week when he was questionable heading into the Divisional Round against the Saints. Jones couldn't get loose during pre-game warmups before the wild-card win against Washington and didn't play at all in that contest, but he returned last Sunday and carried the ball 13 times for 62 yards in the 30-20 win over New Orleans. However, he saw four fewer carries than Leonard Fournette. The 23-year-old appears to be close to full health at this point, but his workload should be a concern for those that roster him in the NFC Championship, as Jones and Fournette appear headed for a 50-50 split in touches. Fournette had five catches on six targets for 44 yards and a touchdown against the Saints, too, while Jones missed his only aerial target.

    Jan 20 · Source via Buccaneers Ronald Jones
  • Vita Vea Has A Chance To Play Sunday

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said on Wednesday that defensive tackle Vita Vea (ankle), who has been out since Week 5 with a fractured ankle, looked good after taking part in the team's walkthrough practice. Arians thought that Vea had a chance to return after watching him run in a pool around three weeks ago. Vea was designated to return from Injured Reserve on Monday, but it remains to be seen if he'll come off IR by Sunday to play in the NFC Championship against the Packers. If the 25-year-old is able to suit up against Green Bay, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, who has handled nose-tackle duties in Vea's absence, will move back to more of a rotational role along Tampa's strong defensive line.

    Jan 20 · Source via Buccaneers Rakeem Nunez-Roches Vita Vea
  • Kenjon Barner Designated To Return From Injured Reserve

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers designated running back Kenjon Barner (groin) for return from Injured Reserve on Tuesday, allowing him to resume practicing with the team. The team also placed linebacker Jack Cichy (arm) on Injured Reserve after he broke his arm in the Divisional Round against the Saints and signed linebacker Deone Bucannon from the practice squad to the active roster in a corresponding move. Barner will be allowed to practice with the team this week, but it doesn't mean he'll come off IR and join the active roster for the NFC Championship against the Packers on Sunday. Barner, a sixth-round pick of the Panthers in 2013, was active for six games this season but didn't receive a single carry and was targeted once in the passing game.

    Jan 19 · Source via Buccaneers Kenjon Barner
  • Antonio Brown Considered Day-To-Day

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) did not suffer a serious knee injury in the Divisional Round win over the Saints, according to sources. Brown is considered day-to-day after undergoing an MRI exam on Monday. The 32-year-old should have a chance to suit up in the NFC Championship against the Packers on Sunday, but we'll keep a close eye on his practice participation throughout the week. If Brown is unable to go or is limited, Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson could see more opportunities in the passing game behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Brown played only 27 offensive snaps last weekend, missing most of the second half with his injury. He caught one of three targets for 10 yards against the Saints. Brown will be a touchdown-dependent fantasy option if he plays against Green Bay.

    Jan 19 · Source via Buccaneers Antonio Brown
  • Buccaneers Defense Could Get Vita Vea Back Soon

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are designating defensive tackle Vita Vea (ankle) for return from Injured Reserve on Monday. He will begin practicing with the team on Wednesday and could be activated in time for the NFC Championship on Sunday against the Packers. Vea fractured his ankle against the Bears in Week 5 back in October. Tampa has a 21-day window to return Vea to their active roster, but he could be available this weekend if he shows enough in practice this week. If the Bucs decide that the 25-year-old is not ready to return this weekend, Rakeem Nunez-Roches will continue to handle nose-tackle duties for the Buccaneers Defense. Vea's return, though, would make Tampa even more dangerous at Lambeau Field against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense.

    Jan 18 · Source via Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Antonio Brown Undergoing MRI On Knee

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) is undergoing an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of a knee injury he suffered during Sunday's playoff victory. Brown suffered the ailment sometime in the first half and was seen on the sidelines, though he was never officially ruled out of the game. Provided there is no structural damage to the knee, Brown's activity levels in this week's practice will be worth watching ahead of an NFC Championship clash with the Packers. If he's unable to play, fellow wideouts Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller would be in line to see more work in the passing game.

    Jan 18 · Source via Buccaneers Antonio Brown
  • Buccaneers Defense Leads The Way In Playoff Victory

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense put together a strong performance in a 30-20 playoff win over the New Orleans Saints. Tampa Bay allowed 20 points and failed to register a sack, though they generated four turnovers. The secondary delivered a strong performance on tape, surrendering just 190 passing yards and picking off Drew Brees three times. Linebacker Devin White, a rising star, was arguably the player of the game, as he was all over the field with 11 tackles and an interception, which he returned for 28 yards. Tampa Bay will travel to Lambeau Field to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the NFC title game. They hammered Rodgers and the Green Bay offense for four sacks and two interceptions in a 38-10 regular season drubbing.

    Jan 17 · Source via Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Rob Gronkowski Sees Five Targets In Victory Over Saints

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski caught one of five targets for 14 receiving yards in a 30-20 win over New Orleans. Gronkowski had yet another quiet outing as a pass-catcher, though he was far more involved in the gameplan this time. Tom Brady looked his way in the red zone, so the usage was pretty promising for fantasy purposes. The problem is, Gronkowski has been out-produced by fellow tight end Cameron Brate, who has 130 yards over the last two games. Still, Gronkowski should remain a part of the offense next week against the Packers, who surrendered a 5-78-1 line to him in their regular-season meeting.

    Jan 17 · Source via Buccaneers Rob Gronkowski
  • Cameron Brate Leads Team In Receiving Yards

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate led the team in receiving yards in a playoff win over the Saints. Brate hauled in four of five targets for 50 receiving yards, as he once again showed some good chemistry with Tom Brady down the field. The veteran tight end has produced eight catches for 130 yards in two playoff games, while fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski has just one reception. Clearly, Brady will continue to look Gronkowski's way in the red zone, though Brate has carved out a role for himself as a pass-catcher between the 20s. He'll get ready to take on the Packers at Lambeau Field next week with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

    Jan 17 · Source via Buccaneers Cameron Brate
  • Antonio Brown Musters One Catch, Battles Knee Injury

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown caught just one pass for 10 receiving yards in Sunday's 30-20 divisional-round win over New Orleans. Brown was held in check for much of the game, though it should be noted that he was tending to a knee issue. It occurred sometime in the first half, with Brown requiring some attention from the team trainer- though the team didn't offer much more information on his status. This game snapped a streak of four straight contests with a touchdown reception for Brown, whose practice reps will be worth monitoring ahead of a huge title game clash with Green Bay.

    Jan 17 · Source via Buccaneers Antonio Brown
  • Chris Godwin Paces Team In Targets

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin hauled in four of seven targets for 34 receiving yards in Sunday's victory over New Orleans. Godwin did lead the team in targets, though it could have been a far more productive day had he hauled in a long pass from Tom Brady in the end zone. The drops have certainly been an issue for the fourth-year pro- he has six in two playoff games- though he remains one of Brady's favorite pass-catchers on the roster. Godwin has seen at least six targets in 12 of 14 games, a role that makes him enticing to turn to for fantasy purposes. He'll look to be more productive with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line next week against Green Bay.

    Jan 17 · Source via Buccaneers Chris Godwin
  • Mike Evans Hauls In Touchdown Against Saints

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans caught one of three targets for a three-yard touchdown in a 30-20 win over the Saints. Evans was held in check for most of the day by Saints' corner Marshon Lattimore- though he was able to beat him in the end zone for a score. That's his 14th touchdown of the year, including the regular season and playoffs, as he continues to be one of Tom Brady's favorite red-zone targets. Evans will look to be more of a factor between the 20s in an NFC Championship game matchup against the Packers.

    Jan 17 · Source via Buccaneers Mike Evans
  • Ronald Jones II Picks Up 62 Rushing Yards In Return

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II carried the ball 13 times for 62 rushing yards in a playoff victory over New Orleans. Jones averaged 4.8 yards per carry and showed some good burst in his first game back from a quad injury. He ripped off a long run that was called back due to a holding penalty and appeared to grimace after the play, though he was never taken out. Jones was out-touched by Fournette 22-13, though he may eat into those carries a bit if he can put in a full practice ahead of next week's NFC title game against Green Bay.

    Jan 17 · Source via Buccaneers Ronald Jones
  • Leonard Fournette Powers Offense With 107 Yards And A Score

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette was the engine of his team's offense in a 30-20 divisional-round win over the Saints. Fournette turned 22 touches into 107 scrimmage yards, adding a touchdown to yet another solid outing. With Tom Brady struggling a bit, the 25-year-old came up with some timely runs and receptions, none bigger than a six-yard touchdown catch that tied the game late in the third quarter. Fournette has topped 20 touches and 100 yards in each of his last two games- he should remain a focal point of the offense when the Buccaneers travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers next week.

    Jan 17 · Source via Buccaneers Leonard Fournette
  • Tom Brady Responsible For Three Scores In Playoff Win Over Saints

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady completed 18 of 33 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns, adding a rushing score in a 30-20 win over the Saints. Brady struggled to move the ball for much of the game but came up with big plays when they were needed. He fired touchdown passes to Mike Evans and Leonard Fournette, then scored on a quarterback sneak to give his team the lead for good in the fourth. Brady has thrown for 580 yards and scored five total touchdowns in his past two playoff games, both against top-five pass defenses from the regular season. He'll get ready to travel to Lambeau Field for an epic clash in the NFC Championship against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

    Jan 17 · Source via Buccaneers Tom Brady
  • Tampa Bay Deems Ke'Shawn Vaughn Inactive, LeSean McCoy In

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers backfield is shaping up to feature Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones II, and LeSean McCoy for Sunday's Divisional Round showdown with the Saints. Head coach Bruce Arians is set to stick with Fournette as the starter, with Jones planned to be rotated in; that leaves McCoy as the team's third RB option, one that cannot be relied upon for DFS purposes. Ke'Shawn Vaughn has been utilized in bunches this year, including receiving five carries during the Wild Card round, although his lost fumble likely has an impact on his inactive status Sunday. The Bucs' backfield rotation will continue to be a point of focus should the team advance to the NFC Championship Game next Sunday versus the Packers, but for this week, it'll likely be a Fournette/Jones split with a dash of McCoy, if necessary.

    Jan 17 · Source via Buccaneers LeSean McCoy Ke'Shawn Vaughn
  • Ronald Jones II Receives Green Light To Suit Up Sunday

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (quad/finger) has been given the thumbs up to take the field for Sunday's game versus New Orleans, marking his return following a one-game absence. Leonard Fournette served as Tampa's top back during the Wild Card round, but he is likely to see a decreased role with Jones cleared to suit up. Despite being banged up late in the season, Jones came just 22 rushing yards shy of 1,000 on the season, adding seven rushing scores, including one in each of his last two appearances. The Saints Defense has been among the game's elite this year, but for those fantasy managers who are committed to rostering a Bucs running back, Jones is the more coveted option.

    Jan 17 · Source via Buccaneers Ronald Jones
  • Rob Gronkowski Eyes Return For 2021 Season

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski returned from retirement to join long-time teammate Tom Brady for the 2020 year. With Brady not planning on hanging up his cleats anytime soon, it appears that Gronkowski wants to continue his career as well, saying that he could see himself in the mix again next season, helping to push the team toward success. During the regular season, Gronkowski compiled 623 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, having made himself into a consistent TE fantasy commodity. Considering his All-Pro pedigree and the fact that would play the '21 season as a 32-year-old, Gronkowski can be relied upon to be in the mix in season-long formats of all sizes next year.

    Jan 17 · Source via Buccaneers Rob Gronkowski
  • Ronald Jones II Has Good Chance To Play

    After not playing last week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (quad/finger) went through a walk-through on Saturday and as a good chance to play in Sunday's NFC Divisional Round contest against the New Orleans Saints. Jones would split carries with Leonard Fournette, limiting the fantasy upside for both backs in a game where the Bucs are already facing a tough defensive matchup. Both players would still be playable in DFS, but would see their ceilings drop.

    Jan 17 · Source via Buccaneers Ronald Jones
  • Buccaneers Defense A Solid Option Against Saints

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense is a solid option ahead of a huge playoff matchup with the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. At one point, Tampa Bay looked like the best defense in the league, but they've since fallen on hard times. Despite this, the Buccaneers still possess talent at all three levels of the defense. Tampa Bay can stop the run and rush the passer, a combination that could lead to turnovers committed by Saints quarterback Drew Brees. The Bucs will need to find their defensive mojo if they want to advance- it's worth betting on for DFS purposes.

    Jan 15 · Source via Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Rob Gronkowski Could Bounce Back Against Saints

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski had a catchless game last week against Washington but could bounce back in Sunday's matchup with the Saints in the Divisional Round. Gronkowski wasn't a big part of the game plan last week, at least as a receiver, though that could change against the Saints. The veteran tight end has risen to the occasion in big games this year -- 6-106-0 and 5-78-1 lines against the Chiefs and Packers, respectively -- and this would be the biggest stage yet this season. The Tom Brady-Gronkowski connection failed fantasy managers last week and has been spotty in 2020, but it's worth going back to the well again if you're looking for a cheaper tight end.

    Jan 15 · Source via Buccaneers Rob Gronkowski
  • Antonio Brown Has Upside Against Saints

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown possesses upside for fantasy purposes in a playoff matchup with the Saints. Brown had only just signed with the team when he took part in his team's blowout loss to the Saints. Since then, he has rounded into form, with five touchdowns in his last four contests, including two games with at least 90 yards receiving. Brown is looking more and more like the dynamic playmaker who made a name for himself in Pittsburgh- and he could be a real x-factor in this game. He's probably a bit riskier than his two fellow wideouts, though he has the most upside against New Orleans' tough defense.

    Jan 15 · Source via Buccaneers Antonio Brown
  • Chris Godwin A Strong Start Against Saints

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (hip, quadriceps) has no injury designation and will be out there for the Divisional Round battle against the Saints on Sunday. Godwin is rolling right now, as he has averaged 9.3 targets per game over his last three contests, having produced at least 79 yards and a touchdown in each of them. Fellow wideout Mike Evans will likely have to deal with Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who could potentially take him out of the game. Godwin would likely see more targets if that happens, though he makes for a good DFS play despite the Saints fifth-ranked pass defense. There should be enough targets to go around for Godwin to be a solid WR2 this weekend.

    Jan 15 · Source via Buccaneers Chris Godwin
  • Mike Evans Has Tough Matchup In Divisional Round

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans takes on the Saints in the Divisional Round of the playoffs on Sunday. Evans comes into the contest having exceeded 100 receiving yards in three of his last four games, with two touchdowns scored. However, he'll be in for a tough test against New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who has yet to allow a catch to Evans in coverage in their last three meetings on six targets. The big-bodied wideout is talented enough to beat any corner, Lattimore is also unlikely to follow Evans when he moves around the formations. If you turn to Evans in DFS this week, you're probably just hoping he finds the end zone as one of Tom Brady's favorite red-zone weapons. Evans has just nine catches on 20 targets for a touchdown in eight games against Lattimore.

    Jan 15 · Source via Buccaneers Mike Evans
  • Leonard Fournette Could Face Tough Sledding Against Saints

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette will be in for a tough test against the Saints' stingy defense this weekend. Fournette will get the start after teammate Ronald Jones II (quad, finger) was deemed a game-time decision. The veteran back is coming off a season-high 19 carries against Washington, though the Saints Defense is a much different beast against the run. They were one of just five teams to allow under 100 rushing yards per game this season, and they held Tampa Bay to just 94 rushing yards in two regular-season games. Even if Fournette gets the backfield to himself, this is far from an ideal matchup. He should be avoided this week in DFS.

    Jan 15 · Source via Buccaneers Leonard Fournette
  • Tom Brady A Good Play Against Saints

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady gets a tough matchup against the Saints in the Divisional Round on Sunday. Brady is coming off of a 381-yard, two-touchdown performance against the league's second-best pass defense last week and gets another top-five unit in New Orleans this weekend. The veteran signal-caller tossed five interceptions in two regular season losses against the Saints, though the Buccaneers offense is more dangerous lately, having scored 30-plus points in each of their last four games. Brady will be motivated to prove that the regular season losses were flukes and may have to use his arm to do so. He's a good fantasy option in what could be a very competitive game and high-scoring game.

    Jan 15 · Source via Buccaneers Tom Brady
  • Ronald Jones II A Game-Time Decision, Leonard Fournette To Start

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that running back Ronald Jones II (calf, finger) was feeling better on Friday, but he will be a game-time decision against the Saints in the Divisional Round on Sunday. Leonard Fournette will start the game. Jones was limited in practice on Thursday after not playing in the wild-card win over Washington. It sounds like Jones has a chance to see some action against New Orleans, but he won't start and will be an extremely risky fantasy selection in the Divisional Round. Fournette saw the lion's share of backfield work last weekend and had a season-high 19 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown on the ground, adding four catches for 39 yards. He'll have a much tougher go of it this weekend, though, against a Saints Defense that allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to RBs in 2020.

    Jan 15 · Source via Buccaneers Leonard Fournette Ronald Jones
  • Bucs Sign Earl Watford

    Jan 15 · Pro Football Rumors Buccaneers Earl Watford
  • Mike Evans, Chris Godwin Limited In Practice

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receivers Mike Evans (knee) and Chris Godwin (hip, quadriceps) and cornerback Carlton Davis (groin) were limited in practice Wednesday. Edge rusher Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) did not practice. Barring any setbacks, Evans and Godwin should be good to go against the Saints in the Divisional Round on Sunday night. Evans had six catches (10 targets) for his fifth 100-yard game of the season in the wild-card win over Washington. He managed only five receptions (10 targets) for 66 yards and one score in two games against New Orleans in 2020. He's a volume-based WR1 and is Tom Brady's favorite target, especially in the red zone. Godwin caught five of 12 targets last week for 78 yards and a touchdown last week. He caught nine of 13 targets for 120 yards in two games against the Saints this year and should also see plenty of volume this Sunday night.

    Jan 13 · Source via Buccaneers Mike Evans Chris Godwin
  • Ronald Jones II Doesn't Practice Wednesday

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that running back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps) didn't practice on Wednesday, but he's improving and is hoping to return to practice on Thursday. The 23-year-old couldn't get his leg loose in the wild-card round against Washington and didn't play at all, paving the way for Leonard Fournette to see the lion's share of carries in the backfield. Jones has an extra day to heal up, but he should be considered questionable and a pretty risky fantasy RB with the game against the Saints in the Divisional Round on Sunday night. Both Jones and Fournette will be volatile RBs this weekend against a Saints Defense that allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to the position during the regular season. There's also the possibility that Jones sees fewer snaps on Sunday if he returns to the fold.

    Jan 13 · Source via Buccaneers Ronald Jones
  • Ronald Jones II's Status Up In The Air For Divisional Round

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that he doesn't know if running back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps) will be able to play on Sunday in the Divisional Round against the New Orleans Saints. Arians said that Jones was fine last Thursday and Friday but was a little sore. The running back didn't feel like he could "open up" on Saturday, so he didn't play at all despite being active. Consider the 23-year-old highly questionable for now, and even if he's active, he could take a back seat to Leonard Fournette, who racked up 132 total yards and a touchdown in the wild-card win over Washington. Rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn and veteran LeSean McCoy could have bigger roles behind Fournette if Jones cannot play. The Saints Defense allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to RB2 in 2020, however, so this is an extremely difficult matchup for Tampa's ground game.

    Jan 11 · Source via Buccaneers Ronald Jones
  • Buccaneers Defense Getting Devin White Back

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated linebacker Devin White and defensive tackle Steve McLendon from the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday. They are both expected to play in the Divisional Round against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. White and McLendon have missed the last two games. Getting White back is huge, as the second-year linebacker has arguably been their best defensive player in 2020, recording a team-high 140 tackles while adding nine sacks and 15 tackles for loss. McLendon will also improve the Bucs pass rush against veteran Drew Brees and a high-scoring Saints offense. While Tampa's defense has been much improved this year, they won't have a ton of upside in what should be a high-scoring Divisional Round game this Sunday.

    Jan 11 · Source via Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Ronald Jones II's Status To Be Determined

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (quadriceps) couldn't get his leg loose before the wild-card win over the Washington Football Team on Saturday night, and swelling he sustained during pre-game warm-ups forced him to stay on the sidelines for the entire game. Jones didn't exacerbate the injury, but his status for the Divisional Round is to be determined and will likely depend on how much he can do in practice this week. You took a fat zero if you had the 23-year-old in your wild-card lineups this weekend, and he'll be hard to trust again next weekend, even if he's active. Leonard Fournette saw a season-high 19 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown against Washington, adding four catches for 39 yards. The Bucs will face either the Rams or the Saints in the Divisional Round, setting up a tough matchup for Fournette and/or Jones in the next round of the postseason.

    Jan 10 · Source via Buccaneers Ronald Jones
  • Bucs RG Alex Cappa Suffers Fractured Ankle

    Jan 10 · Pro Football Rumors Buccaneers Alex Cappa
  • Buccaneers Defense OK In Playoff Win

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense struggled a bit in a 31-23 win over the Washington Football Team. Tampa Bay had two sacks and an interception but allowed 375 yards and 23 points. The Buccaneers did rack up six quarterback hits- a good sign for their ability to pressure the passer. They'll either face the Saints or Rams next week, depending on the events of Sunday. Tampa Bay should be considered a decent option for the divisional round.

    Jan 10 · Source via Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Rob Gronkowski Has Quiet Game

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski saw just one target in a 31-23 win over the Washington Football Team. Gronkowski was used as a blocker against Washington's tough front, which limited his opportunities as a pass-catcher. The veteran tight end was overshadowed by Cameron Brate's strong performance, as the latter delivered 80 yards. While it's certainly possible the Buccaneers use Gronkowski similarly next week, it's also worth noting that he's arguably Tom Brady's favorite target ever. He should be a threat in the red zone in the divisional round.

    Jan 10 · Source via Buccaneers Rob Gronkowski
  • Cameron Brate Posts Season-High 80 Yards

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate caught four of six targets for 80 receiving yards in a playoff win over Washington. Brate was a threat downfield for Tom Brady, as he averaged a robust 20 yards per reception en route to a season-best receiving performance. The veteran tight end saw more looks as a receiver- as Rob Gronkowski was utilized as a blocker against Washington's defensive line. Brate's usage has been a bit hard to discern, though it's certainly possible he sees more work next week as well, given the strong pass rushes possessed by both possible matchups, the Rams and the Saints.

    Jan 10 · Source via Buccaneers Cameron Brate
  • Antonio Brown Catches 36-Yard Touchdown In Victory

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown made his mark on a 31-23 playoff win over Washington, despite only seeing two targets. Brown made a huge first-quarter play, hauling in a 36-yard touchdown from Tom Brady to give Tampa Bay a 9-0 lead. The big plays keep coming for Brown, as he has now found the end zone five times in the last four weeks, in addition to his 315 receiving yards in that span. The 32-year-old should remain a threat in the offense regardless of the matchup, though it seems more likely that Tampa Bay and New Orleans will meet for a third time this season next week.

    Jan 10 · Source via Buccaneers Antonio Brown
  • Chris Godwin Finds End Zone, Has Drop-Filled Performance

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin hauled in five of 12 targets for 79 yards and a score in a playoff victory over Washington. Godwin caught his first career touchdown on a 27-yard throw from Tom Brady but also struggled with drops. He had just four in his career coming into the game before dropping four in the contest, including one that would have gone for six. Still, it didn't stop Brady from looking his way a team-high 12 times, something that bodes well for Godwin's production next week. He'll either face the Saints or the Rams in the divisional round, depending on what happens on Sunday.

    Jan 10 · Source via Buccaneers Chris Godwin
  • Mike Evans Battles Through Injury For Team-High 119 Yards

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans caught six of 10 targets for 119 receiving yards in a win over Washington. Evans wasn't at full strength, though it sure didn't seem like it, as he reeled off big play after big play. His biggest play came in a fourth-quarter drive, where he hauled in a 35-yard reception that led to a field goal. The star wideout broke the franchise record for most receiving yards in a playoff game, breaking Keyshawn Johnson's record from 2000. He'll get a week to rest up before the divisional round, where the Buccaneers will take on either the Saints or Rams.

    Jan 10 · Source via Buccaneers Mike Evans
  • Leonard Fournette Fills In Admirably With 132 Yards, Touchdown

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette was pushed into the starter's role during Saturday night's 31-23 playoff win over Washington after teammate Ronald Jones II (quad) suffered a pre-game injury. Fournette earned a season-high 23 touches in Jones' absence- and looked like the player who posted two 1000-yard seasons in Jacksonville. This backfield has gone either way this season, though head coach Bruce Arians thought this was Fournette's best game of the season, which should count for something if and when Jones returns. If Jones can't go, it'll be Fournette as the lead back against either New Orleans or Los Angeles next week.

    Jan 10 · Source via Buccaneers Leonard Fournette