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Monday, September 2, 2013

Team Talk: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Here you go, Brainiacs...  One more today.  We'll see if we can wrap this series up before the regular season starts.  We hope you have enjoyed it!

Up next is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as seen by Adam Filadelfo.  Follow Adam on Twitter: @Frostt24.

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Things really started to look up for the Buccaneers in a hurry. They have fantasy value at a few positions and should continue to help owners again this year. With one of the top running backs and a quarterback expecting to take the next step, the Buccaneers should put smiles on owners faces.

Josh Freeman - Freeman had a pretty good season in 2012 but still needs to take the next step in order to become a fantasy superstar. At this point, he's nothing more than a backup fantasy quarterback since he cannot be trusted to help your team most weeks. He will throw some costly interceptions that could cost owners a victory but has all the weapons to turn himself into a quality fantasy star. While his arrow is pointing up, make sure he isn't your starting quarterback or you may regret it.

Vincent Jackson - Jackson is a true number one receiver who should be a fantasy stud for owners again. He has help in Mike Williams so that will help Jackson garner less attention. He's great in any format since the receptions are there as well as the yards and touchdowns. He does have a little history with injuries but shouldn't be injured enough for owners to be scared away from him on draft day. He's being taken as a receiver two in drafts but should produce numbers closer to a receiver one by the end of the season.

Mike Williams -Williams is a fine value later in drafts but he has too many weeks where he disappears and leaves owners wondering what happened to him. What makes owners target him is the number of red zone looks he gets. He has big games now and then but counting on him every week could cause his owners headaches.

Doug Martin - Martin is a dream come true for fantasy owners. He catches passes out of the backfield, gets all of the red zone carries, and has no competition behind him to vulture his touchdowns. He had monster games last season and at times won weeks for owners by himself. He's a top three back and will provide plenty of value again this year. He's in an offense that looks to run more than pass and Doug Martin is the perfect man for that job.

D/ST
- Last year, the Buccaneers run defense was one of the best. It was their passing defense that needed a lot of work. That issue was addressed this offseason with the addition of Revis and Goldson. Now it looks like the Tampa Bay defense is ready to stop any team's offense. They should be considered once all of the top options are off the board and this defense could end up surprising fantasy owners. They may not have the appeal of some of the other defenses, but they could very well end up having the numbers of some of those top fantasy defenses. This squad is definitely a sleeper defense going into drafts.