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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Team Talk: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)

It's time to finish off the NFC South by taking a look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not many fantasy relevant players came from Tampa Bay in 2013 but 2014 could be a whole different story. A retooled offense may help fantasy owners make some noise this season. Let's see who Tampa Bay will lend to fantasy owners this year.

Josh McCown- Coming over from the Bears where McCown had a reemergence of his career, he passed for over 1,800 yards and 13 touchdowns in just eight games taking over for an injured Jay Cutler. McCown performed so well in the absence of Cutler that some fantasy owners weren't missing Jay Cutler all that much and were a little disappointed when Cutler did return and McCown was benched. In those eight games McCown played, he averaged almost 20 fantasy points per game and saved some fantasy seasons as well. Most owners are expecting McCown to start for the Buccaneers in 2014 and with the receiving tandem of Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, may be able to recreate what he had in 2013 with Marshall and Jeffery.

Mike Glennon- With most fantasy owners expecting Josh McCown to be under center when the season starts, Mike Glennon may not have much fantasy relevance at all. Last season when he was inserted three weeks into the season, he averaged just over 16 fantasy points per game. As of now, it looks like Josh McCown will be the starter leaving Glennon to watch.

Doug Martin
- Playing in only six games before going down with a shoulder injury, Doug Martin wasn't exactly living up to his first round ADP in 2013. He was averaging just under 10 fantasy points per game down from his 16.5 in 2012. In his absence, both Mike James and Bobby Rainey ran well and can't be discounted heading into 2014. Martin is obviously not a first round pick going into the season and it's hard to say who the lead back will be seeing how there's a new coaching staff in Tampa Bay.

Mike James- Taking over for an injured Doug Martin, Mike James was running the ball until he went down with a broken ankle. He was averaging almost five fantasy points per game. It wasn't enough to impress fantasy owners heading into 2014 and it's more than likely that James won't see much action with a healthy Doug Martin and Bobby Rainey running a little better than he did and he probably shouldn't crack many fantasy rosters in 2014.

Bobby Rainey- Rainey ran well taking over for Mike James and could very well be in the mix for touches in 2014. He averaged 6.5 fantasy points per game and had five touchdowns and might have done enough to warrant attention from fantasy owners in 2014.

Vincent Jackson- As the number one receiver last season, V-Jax averaged double digit fantasy points and had 159 targets tossed his way. From those 159 targets, he hauled in 78 catches for over 1,200 yards and seven scores. With Mike Evans playing opposite Jackson, things should open up a little more for him as there may finally be a threat opposite him to take attention away. Fantasy owners should expect more of the same from V-Jax in 2014.

Mike Evans- The big rookie from Texas A&M could make quite the name for himself in 2014. With Vincent Jackson demanding so much attention from defensive backs, Mike Evans could end up making a lot of plays and making fantasy owners happy in the process. In his two seasons at Texas A&M, Mike Evans had 151 catches for almost 2,500 yards and 17 touchdowns. He's obviously capable of being a dependable fantasy receiver at some point. He's the perfect candidate for keeper and dynasty leagues.

Tim Wright- Wright got his name on the fantasy map in 2013 by catching 54 balls for 571 yards and five touchdowns. As a tight end, he averaged over six fantasy points per game and gave fantasy owners another tight end to consider in 2014 drafts.

Austin Sefarian-Jenkins- The second round pick out of Washington could possibly become a breakout star sooner rather than later at the tight end position. With numbers like 110 catches for 1,390 yards and 13 touchdowns in just two seasons, it's not hard to see Jenkins becoming a star fantasy tight end at some point. He also set records for tight ends in just his sophomore season in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. Let's not forget that he play a little basketball his freshman year and fantasy owners may be a little familiar with NFL tight ends that played basketball in college. A few of them made a name for themselves. Fantasy owners should temper expectations in his first season, but in keeper and dynasty formats, Jenkins could make quite an impact in fantasy football.