Tag: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Today’s Ultimate NFL Fantasy Picks from QB to Defense.
QB – Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams
UT – Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams
UT – Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams
UT – Darrell Henderson Jr – Los Angeles Rams
UT – Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
D – Los Angeles Rams
UT – Josh Reynolds – Los Angeles Rams
Complete NFC South Preview
Here is a look at what you can expect from the Falcons, Saints, Panthers and Bucs this season…
New Orleans Saints
The Saints are the class of the NFC South and ready to compete with the Eagles, Vikings, Rams and Packers for NFC supremacy. The offense remains one of the most dynamic in the NFL, and the talented young defense should only be better with experience. The Saints face a brutal schedule and will do well to equal last year’s 11-5 record, but they’ll again be a factor in the NFC playoff race and are a solid sleeper pick to go all the way.
The Falcons are never the flashy arrival to the ball, but they stand to be one of the more competitive teams in the NFL this season. The addition of wide receiver Calvin Ridley to the offense could be a stroke of genius to get back to their high-scoring ways. Rookie Isaiah Oliver might be the final piece to what could be a dominant secondary, and the youth on the defensive line could give the team some extra push in the pass rush and run support. Still, offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian’s maturity into a capable play caller is the story to watch going forward and could be what separates a good Falcons team from a great one.
The Panthers don’t look that much different on paper from the team that finished 15-1 in 2015 and made it to the Super Bowl. Many of the core players from that memorable squad remain. But it is fair for Panthers fans to wonder if the team is wasting QB Cam Newton and MLB Luke Kuechly prime years. Personnel holes and various injuries in the secondary, at wide receiver and in the offensive line have hamstrung much of the past two seasons — and Newton has never totally regained his NFL MVP form of 2015, either.
This team could go a long way, but a lot of things have to break right. Kuechly and Newton have to stay healthy and play at an elite level. Another legitimate receiving threat must emerge. The secondary has to be better. Running back Christian McCaffrey has to take another step forward.
If all of that happens, the Panthers could win it all. More likely, this is a team that will remain in the postseason picture in the increasingly difficult NFC South.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Coach Dirk Koetter and general manager Jason Licht are on the hot seat. Licht is well aware that his reshaped roster needs to produce. And he’s confident the right moves have been made.
“Last year, there’s no sugar-coating the disappointment,’’ he says of a season in which the Bucs were 3-7 in one-score games. “I feel like we were a much better team than our record suggested, and we’ve talked over and over about the close games that we were in and the ones that we couldn’t find a way to finish. I feel like we’ve added some really quality players that have been in those situations. Not that that’s always the answer, but I just love this locker room. I love the heartbeat of this locker room. I love the vibe, and I think we’re a lot closer than some people think. I think we have a chance to do something really good.”
Quarterback Jameis Winston needs to re-establish himself as a quarterback capable of getting his team to the postseason. The schedule is much tougher, especially in September. If the rebuilt defense is successful and running back Ronald Jones II restores balance to the offense, the Bucs will be contenders again in a tight division. If not, they could easily repeat their last-place finish.
Download the FanPicks Fantasy App. Click on the links below.
NFL Season Preview
2016 NFC South Fantasy Football Season Preview
With the NFL season kicking off in 4 weeks, the excitement is electrifying for this upcoming campaign and FanPicks will be previewing all eight divisions these upcoming days, continuing by the NFL’s NFC South. Take advantage of our MLB and NFL Cross Sports contests, unique in the fantasy industry but first enjoy this 2016 NFC South Fantasy Football Season Preview article brought you by Fanpicks.
Just when Devonta Freeman looks like a good Fantasy pick, the Falcons schedule hits you like a ton of bricks. Four road games in the first six weeks include back-to-back games at Denver and at a rested Seattle team. They also play at Tampa on a short week and at Carolina in Week 16. Home games include the Chargers, Packers, Cardinals and Chiefs — not easy games. Freeman’s going to have to get a lot done in the passing game.
Key Additions: C Alex Mack, DE Derrick Shelby, WR Mohamed Sanu
Key Losses: DT Paul Soliai, DE O’Brien Schofield, DE Kroy Biermann, G Chris Chester, WR Roddy White
It’s a tougher slate than what they had in 2015 but it’s not a dangerous gauntlet. Maybe the biggest issue is that there’s no stretch where they can dominate offensively for five or six weeks at a time. Leading off at Denver, then taking on the Vikings in Week 3, then a showdown with the Cardinals in Week 8 is an example. Back-to-back West Coast games are brutal. Cam Newton should remain productive but don’t expect a year like the one he just had.
Key Additions: Di Paul Soliai, C Gino Gradkowski
Key Losses: ED Jared Allen (Retired), WR Jerricho Cotchery, P Brad Nortman
New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees’ arm is going to fall off. The matchups are either sweet for the Saints passing game or will require the Saints to put up a ton of points to keep up. Then again, is that really different than normal? Check out this horrid six-game stretch starting in Week 6: at Carolina, at Kansas City, Seattle, at San Francisco, Denver and at Carolina on a Thursday. That stretch could be an eyesore for Mark Ingram.
Key Additions: TE Coby Fleener, LB James Laurinaitis, LB Nathan Stupar
Key Losses: WR Marques Colston, TE Ben Watson, CB Brandon Browner, HB Khiry Robinson, G Jahri Evans
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
t’s a tough start for the Buccaneers — they play at Arizona, vs. Los Angeles, vs. Denver and at Carolina in Weeks 2 through 5. But after their Week 6 bye they have a lot of good-looking matchups including a potential foursome of shootouts in Weeks 13 through 16 (at San Diego, vs. New Orleans, at Dallas, at New Orleans). Draft the Bucs and be patient with them.
Key Additions: ED Robert Ayers, G J.R. Sweezy, LB Daryl Smith, CB Brent Grimes, CB Josh Robinson
Key Losses: G Logan Mankins (retired), LB Bruce Carter, LB Danny Lansanah
NFL Fantasy Draft Needs Preview
While the first wave of free agency is settling quietly, draft needs are clearer. Only a few days until the 2016 NFL Draft and the next 72 hours will be extremely busy strategically. With so many speculations going on in the league, FanPicks will be providing a special draft contest for you starting on April 28th 2016. This NFL Fantasy Draft Needs preview is brought you by FanPicks.com.
With only 5 picks this draft, the Falcon’s priority should lie in getting more pass rush to pair up Vic Beasley off the edge. On top of that, their back end of their secondary could use a little help if their willing to get a safety. The question is however, how early in the draft would they make that movie? They need some kind of leader in defense to reminisce the last few years when they had some of the most talented linebacking corps in the league. They’ve been attempting to upgrade their offensive line aggressively but there’s still some room to improve in that sector.
Top 3 round picks: 17th and 50th, 81th selections.
With Josh Norman gone and rescinding his franchise tag, this leaves a huge gap to fill at the cornerback position. Their GM is sure that their pass rush can make any cornerback look good, explaining his move on letting go Norman. They need to replace Charles Johnson in the long run at defensive end and will definitely try to get the best available player left at that position.
Top 3 round picks: 30th and 62nd, 93rd selections.
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans has had trouble stopping passing teams and despite 3rd round CB P.J. Williams being on the injured reserve list, they should try to find more talent for that position. They’ve had a track record of stockpiling picks but this year for the first time since 1997, will be trading down. As they tried to rebuild their base, they went from 9 picks in 2015 to only 6 picks this year to work with. Not only they need to strengthen defensively, but a big guy that could blow some holes for Mark Ingram and guard Drew Brees could put them back as threats in the league.
Top 3 round picks: 12th and 47th, 78th selections.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucks need to focus on defense since they just drafted one single defensive player the past 2 years. They should look for an athletic young replacement for Gosder Cherilus, something we may see in the first 2 or 3 rounds. Robert Ayers’s arrival may help at defensive end, but Tampa Bay could use more competition in the CB and Safety positions. Look out for them to really go full out on D this draft.
Top 3 round picks: 9th and 39th, 74th selections.
NFL Week 17 Stacks to look out for
Choosing your stack in week 17 is a difficult thing to do. Most playoff implications are already determined so a Cam Newton/Ted Ginn stack will not be beneficial, even against the Bucs. The other side is true as well, even against the Saints defense, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones may not bring full effort with nothing on the line.
Stafford and Johnson Stack
While Calvin Johnson has been very unproductive lately, catching only one pass in each week 14 and 15, he has since turned things around with 6 catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. While not huge fantasy value, this is a good sign going into week 17 against the Bears. While neither team has much to play for, Stafford and Johnson may be able to load up on the garbage time points.
Eli Manning and Odell Beckham
While the Giants don’t have anything on the line this week against the Eagles, Odell could be looking to have a big game after his week 16 suspension. The Eli Manning and Odell Beckham connection is one of the most dangerous in the NFL, and facing the Eagles poor secondary, they will connect for more than a couple long balls.
Kirk Cousins and Jordan Reed
After two consecutive high scoring weeks between these two, it may be too much to ask for another one. Reed has shown to be the Redskins top receiver scoring 4 touchdowns in the past 2 weeks. Although they have locked up their spot in the playoffs, they may come out strong against the Cowboys before starting to rest up starters.
Matt Ryan and Julio Jones
This stack is somewhat risky with both of these two showing poor performances as of late. After a strong start to the season, the Falcons seem to be falling apart. They however did upset the undefeated Panthers last week, moving in a positive direction for these two players. We all know how valuable this stack can be when they are both on their game. Plus, with the Saints secondary on pass coverage, Julio should not have much opposition.
Week 16 Value Picks
The shootout of the weekend should be between Jacksonville and New Orleans, assuming Drew Brees is healthy enough to take the field after tearing his plantar last week (the same injury Peyton Manning is struggling with). These two quarterbacks love to throw the ball and their defenses love to let the ball be thrown. I give Bortles the fantasy edge though since the Saints defense is more flawed fundamentally and Bortles just loves to throw the ball way down the field.
Kirk Cousins could be a great value pick this weekend as well. He has been on fire lately and we see the weapons he has in Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson (even Alfred Morris as well). Thats not even considering the fact that the Eagles secondary is great at making any quarterback look like Tom Brady out there.
As you can see from the above, there are not many great options at running back this week with the highest projected running back as Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) with only 20.6 projected points. You can spend the money at Running back if you wish and go with the likes of Doug Martin (CHI @ TB) and Matt Forte (CHI @ TB) in what should be a run off, or you can save your money for the higher value at the Receiver position and go for the bargain picks of Darren Sproles (WAS @ PHI), Tim Hightower (JAX @ NO), Christine Michael (STL @ SEA), or Ameer Abdullah (SF @ DET).
The stack of the week should be Allen Robinson and Blake Bortles against the Saints. There is no denying that the Big Ben and Antonio Brown connection has been unstoppable this year, no matter what the matchup. He is going to cost you a pretty penny but fading Antonio Brown may just kill your chances of winning big, as it has plenty of weekends this year already.
Or you can go with Doug Baldwin who has scored over 10 touchdowns in the past 4 weeks. Can he keep this streak going against the Rams? I’m saying yes, not that he will score another 3 touchdowns, but he should be able to haul in 1 or 2 providing some good fantasy value. Seattle doesn’t seem to be stopping this charge until the season ends.
If you are trying to find a cheap value receiver to fill that last spot in your lineup with limited funds, you can look to Jeremy Maclin (CLE @ KC), John Brown (GB @ ARI), Michael Floyd (GB @ ARI), Willie Snead (JAX @ NO), Bradon Cooks (JAX @ NO), or Golden Tate (SF @ DET).
The tight end decision has been made easier in the previous couple weeks with Gronk out. Up until then the decision was go for Gronk, accept the 50+% ownership and $7000+ price tag and hope its his week, or choose from the list of alternative tight ends. The Gronk versus the field decision is back. This week it is easy though.
Gronk has not shown his dominance of previous years this season and is only projected about 1 point higher than the Saints‘ Benjamin Watson. The value picks here are Ebron and Kelce. Kelce has been stagnated slightly since his explosive start to the season and his salary reflects that decline. However, he has high end potential against the Browns, which is what you are going to need to win any big NFL Daily Fantasy Tournament. Ebron as well has shown brilliance at times this year and is getting more action lately with Calvin Johnson all of the sudden becoming obsolete in their offense. Ebron comes much cheaper than the other highly projected options and allows you to spend the cash where you want this week, with the receivers.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus St Louis Rams Thursday Night Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 12-17-2015
Thursday Night Football on December 17th will feature the St Louis Rams at home to battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL fantasy draft GM’s can tune to NFL Network at 8:25PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results of their DFS one day league picks.
Tampa Bay took a serious hit to their playoff chances after the team dropped a 24-17 home decision to the New Orleans Saints. They have been held to under 20 points in four of their past six games. The Buccaneers are 11th in total offense and defense this year as they have shown improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage. On the injury front the team will be without Vincent Jackson as he is suffering a knee injury. The Bucs have ran the football extremely well as they sit fourth in the NFL at 141 yards on the ground per game.
The St Louis Rams are a 5-8 football team and are coming off a 21-14 home victory to Detroit which broke a four game losing streak. It has been a struggle for St Louis on offense as the team is moving the football for just 297 yards and scoring only 16 points per contest. They rank 31st and second to last in the NFL in both areas. The Rams have a good defense but has struggled in recent games against good passing teams like the Cardinals, Bengals and Bears. Their past three wins have come against losing teams in the Browns, 49ers and Lions. Prior to putting up 21 points on the Lions last week the Rams had been held to total of 36 points over their past four games all resulting in losses. In those four games their point total did not go over 13 points.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB:
The rookie quarterback for the Buccaneers is showing signs that he may stick in the NFL as a starting quarterback. Winston is completing 58.4% of his throws for 3059 yards with 18 touchdowns and 11 picks. He has a touchdown completion in four straight games including five touchdown passes back in Week 11 at Philadelphia He has a touchdown completion in every road game this year.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB:
After a slow start to the season Martin has kicked it into gear for Tampa Bay. He has rushed for 1214 yards in 2015 with five touchdowns. He posts a career high 5.1 yards per catch on the season. Doug Martin has a rushing touchdown in two straight games. In his past two road games he had 97 rushing yards at the Colts and 235 yards at the Eagles. He rushed for 6.9 yards a carry at Indianapolis and 8.7 yards per attempt at Philadelphia.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR:
Evans leads Tampa Bay with 57 catches for 889 yards with three touchdowns. He is averaging 15.6 yards per catch on the year which is on pace for his totals in in rookie campaign in 2014.
St Louis Rams QB:
The four year veteran journeyman saw action last week and hit on 63% of his passes for 124 yards with a pick. He has started a total of 12 games during his career as he spent the first 2 ½ years of his career with the Houston Texans.
St Louis Rams RB:
One of the few bright spots for the Rams in 2015 has been the play of their rookie running back Todd Gurley. He is coming off a nice performance last week in the win against Detroit where he rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. That amounted to 8.8 yards per attempt. The concern heading into Thursday night is that the rookie running back has a knee injury and has been listed as probable for this quick turnaround since their win on Sunday.
St Louis Rams WR:
Britt has been banged up with a shoulder injury but is expected to play against Tampa Bay He leads the team with 28 catches for 480 yards with a touchdown and a very good 17.1 yards per catch average.
NFL Thursday Night Football Fantasy League Picks
QB: Jameis Winston (Buccaneers)
RB: Doug Martin (Buccaneers)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense
NFL Fantasy Draft News 12-13-2015
Washington Redskins versus Chicago Bears NFL Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015
A couple of 5-7 teams from the NFC meet on Sunday afternoon as the Chicago Bears will be hosting the Washington Redskins. NFL fantasy football draft managers can tune to CBS TV at 1PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.
It will be a short week for the Washington Redskins as the team dropped a 19-16 decision to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football to drop them in a three way tie for the NFC East division lead. The team has yet to win on the road in five tries and has been held to an average of 17 points on the highway.
The Bears look to bounce back after an overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers as Chicago’s secondary gives up a big play touchdown in defeat. The team has defended the pass very well this year by allowing 210 yards per game through the air which is second best in the NFL.
Here is the Fantasy Football Pick:
The Bears have held four of their past five opponents to 19 points or fewer. There are some good offensive teams they had recently to 19 or fewer points and they were the San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers. With a Redskins offense that struggles on the road the Chicago Bears are a solid defensive pick for daily money leagues.
Play on Chicago Bears Defense
New Orleans Saints versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NFL Real Money League Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015
It will be rivals from the NFC South going head to head as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be home to the New Orleans Saints. DFS draft GMs can tune to FOX at 1PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 6-6 and in the hunt for an NFC wildcard playoff spot. They are an improved team and have won three of their past four games after defeating Atlanta. The team is ninth in the NFL in total offense as they average 369 yards per game.
The New Orleans Saints are 4-8 and it looks like a lost season. They are just 1-5 on the road and are giving up 31 points per game in those six games. It has been ugly in recent games for the Saints as the team has allowed 41 or greater points in three of their past five games including a 41-38 home defeat to Carolina. New Orleans put a lot of emotion and effort into last week’s game and with the loss the team is pretty much hopeless for a playdavioff spot. Look for Tampa Bay to have success moving the football on Sunday against a Saints defense that is 32nd and last against the run and in points allowed. They don’t defend he pass very well by allowing 287 yards per game which is 31st and second to last in the NFL.
Here is the NFL Fantasy Pick for your Real Money League:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB
Play on Jameis Winston
Jamais Winston is developing nicely as an NFL quarterback. He has thrown for 2877 yards with 17 touchdowns and 11 picks. Winston has thrown for a touchdown in three straight games. He had a notable game in Week 11 at Philadelphia where he threw for 246 yards and five touchdowns.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB
Play on Doug Martin
The Buccaneers run game has risen to second best in the NFL as they rush for 143 yards per game. They are greatly aiding Winston in the passing game with a solid rushing attack. Doug Martin is putting up career numbers in many rushing categories. He has rushed for 1133 yards and ran for 5.0 yards per carry and will be facing the second worst rushing defense in the NFL.