Buccaneers Fantasy News

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 11:44am

Tampa Tribune - [Full Article]

Five months after a promising rookie season ended with a broken left ankle, Buccaneers running back Mike James said he's pleased with his recovery and is running and cutting.

"The healing process is going well," James said. "I've got a good opportunity to do what I need to do to get back in the swing of things and get acclimated with everything."

Asked if he has been cleared to participate in the first minicamp (April 22-24), James said the team is still "taking everything day by day." His focus is on getting back to full strength and full speed.

Fantasy Impact:

James will compete with Bobby Rainey for touches behind Doug Martin.

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Doug Martin still the 'main ball carrier' for Bucs
Monday, April 14, 2014, 11:07am

Pat Yasinskas, ESPN - [Full Article]

Even though coach Lovie Smith has said he plans to use a rotation in his backfield, don't go dropping Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin from your fantasy team.

Martin still is going to be the main ball carrier and that means he still will be a fantasy force. Smith and his staff will work Mike James and Bobby Rainey into the rotation, but that’s not going to diminish Martin’s impact.

If anything, not having to handle virtually all the carries, the way he did under former coach Greg Schiano, should help keep Martin fresh. James and Rainey showed they’re capable runners last year when Martin was out with a shoulder injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Martin should bounce back in 2014, though he has a couple of solid RBs behind him in Rainey and James. Rainey was particularly good down the stretch, racking up 559 total yards and six TDs on 148 touches. His YPC (3.9) wasn't great, but that should improve in a smaller role. Martin's ADP will likely settle in around the 1/2 turn in fantasy drafts.

Mike Williams: 'I do have to grow up.'
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 10:48am

Tampa Tribune - [Full Article]

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams believes he has some growing up to do.

Williams, who was traded Friday to the Buffalo Bills for a 2014 sixth-round draft pick, admitted as much during an introductory press conference in Buffalo on Monday.

“Yes, I think I do need to grow up a little bit more,” Williams, 26, told The Buffalo News. “I think with me having a son, it made me realize things a little bit more and how important it is, and what type of future I have for him and my family. A lot of people are depending on me, so you’re right, I do have to grow up.”

Williams, who averaged 65 catches for 910 yards and seven touchdowns during his first three years in the league, was traded during what has been a problematic offseason for the 2010 fourth-round draft pick. His name surfaced three times in connection with off-field incidents.

Fantasy Impact:

It's good to hear Williams admit that he has some work to do in the maturity department. From a fantasy standpoint, he's not entering a good situation in Buffalo. The Bills were very run-oriented in 2013 and Steve Johnson is still the team's WR1, but things could change quickly if the rumors are true and the team parts ways with Johnson.

Monday, April 7, 2014, 3:06pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

The Buccaneers announced that they had inked receiver Lavelle Hawkins to a contract.

Bills trade for Mike Williams
Friday, April 4, 2014, 11:38am

James Walker, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills trade a sixth-round pick to Buccaneers in exchange for WR Mike Williams, according to a league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Williams was born in Buffalo and played (briefly) for Bills HC Doug Marrone while at Syracuse in 2009 before leaving the team to avoid a possible suspension due to his involvement in a car accident with teammates. Marrone clearly feels that Williams' talent is worth a 6th round pick. He's penciled in as the Bills' WR2 or WR3, depending on the status of Steve Johnson.

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 2:15pm

TampaBay.com - [Full Article]

A kitchen fire in the home he rented last summer continues to cause problems for Buccaneers receiver Mike Williams, who faces a lawsuit from the insurance company that paid for repairs.

Fantasy Impact:

Not much fantasy news here other than to remind folks that the offseason headaches continue for Williams.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 8:24pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

The Detroit Lions have filled their backup quarterback vacancy by signing veteran Dan Orlovsky.

Yes, that Dan Orlovsky.

The Lions originally selected the quarterback out of Connecticut in the fifth round of the 2005 draft. He spent four years here, and started seven games, all of which came during the club's winless 2008 season.

Fantasy Impact:

He went on to play for Houston (2009-10), Indianapolis (2011) and Tampa Bay (2012-13). He started five games for the Colts - then coached by Jim Caldwell - but has attempted just seven passes since, and none in the past two years.

Doug Martin medically cleared
Monday, March 31, 2014, 9:30am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Bucs RB Doug Martin announced he's been medically cleared from a torn labrum that cost him the entire second half of the 2013 season.

Fantasy Impact:

Martin confirmed in a tweet that he's officially cleared. Head coach Lovie Smith added over the weekend the team will lean on Martin this season, but also likes the other backs - as Mike James and Bobby Rainey both proved worthy in their time last year and will probably take away some work. Martin will likely slip a little from his top-three RB ranking a year ago, but should fall in the low-end RB1, high-end RB2 area.

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 6:06pm

Tom Krasniqi on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bucs RB Doug Martin says he's "about to get cleared" regarding his shoulder injury. Should be good to go for OTAs on April 7.

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 2:20pm

Tampa Bay Times - [Full Article]

Bucs kicker Connor Barth said he is completely healed from an Achilles injury that cost him the 2014 season. "I'm making 61-yard field goals," he said.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:30pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed free agent receiver Louis Murphy.

Murphy spent for the first three years of his career with the Oakland Raiders after being selected in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. He was traded to Carolina in 2012 and played for the New York Giants last season.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:20am

Rick Stroud on Twitter - [Full Article]

Bucs new head coach Lovie Smith says their offense is a running attack that can pass the football. RB Doug Martin will be the bell cow, but they will have backup help.

Fantasy Impact:

Looks like Martin could bounce back this year, but previous owners will likely use caution after high expectations with Martin likely cost them in 2013. In our Never-Too-Early RB rankings, John Paulsen has Martin 12th.

Mike Williams hospitalized after stabbing
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 8:55pm

WTSP - [Full Article]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams is at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa after a spokeswoman with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says Williams was stabbed in the thigh at his exclusive home in the gated community of Avila at 17027 Candeleda De Avila.

Cristal Bermudez Nunez says it happened Sunday afternoon and the football player's brother is suspected of stabbing him. Nunez is not releasing the brother's name at this time but says they are looking for him this evening.

Update: Williams was released late Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

The saga of Mike Williams continues. Hopefully he'll make a full recovery, but we are never optimistic about a player with this many off the field issues.

Panthers sign Tiquan Underwood
Friday, March 21, 2014, 12:35pm

Aaron Wilson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Tiquan Underwood has agreed to terms with the Panthers, according to a league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Underwood did well with the limited number (46) of targets that he saw in 2013, posting the #10 FP/target in the league (1.48). He's a 4.31 speedster and a good athlete, but hasn't done much in his five seasons in the league. There should be plenty of opportunity in the Carolina offense due to the lack of playmakers in the receiving game. Underwood could be fantasy relevant in 2014 if he sees starter's snaps. At a minimum, Underwood should be this year's Ted Ginn, who was the #53 WR in standard formats.

Bucs say that Josh McCown is their starter
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 5:09pm

Michael Fabiano, Twitter - [Full Article]

Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith, when asked if Josh McCown is his quarterback: "Yes, he is."

Fantasy Impact:

So much for any potential QB battle that was brewing in Tampa. Mike Glennon, the best rookie QB of his class, will apparently back up McCown in 2014.