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The Bucs have signed TE Cameron Brate to a 6-year, $41 million contract. It's a bit surprising that they're willing to invest so much in Brate after spending a 1st-round pick on TE O.J. Howard last spring. Both guys will be big parts of the offense moving forward, but the move is a bit of a hit to Howard's dynasty value. Brate has hauled in 105 of 158 targets (66.5%) for 1,251 yards and 14 TDs over the past 2 seasons. Only 7 TEs have totaled more PPR points during that stretch.

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson has already spent time working with QB Jameis Winston, he said in an interview with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe last week. "We got to get that timing down pat," D-Jax said. "Last year we were missing a couple of big-time hits. This year we can’t afford that." We don't have any official numbers, but Winston missed Jackson on potential big plays multiple times in 2017. What was a 45th-place finish in PPR scoring could have easily been a top-30 season for Jackson. He'll likely be a value in 2018 fantasy drafts -- although the emergence of WR Chris Godwin is a potential concern.

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Saints. WR Chris Godwin (ankle) is active and should start opposite Mike Evans. The rookie is a risk/reward WR3 at less than 100%.

Buccaneers DE Robert Ayers (shoulder) is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Saints. He was limited in practice all week but appears on track to play. WR Chris Godwin (ankle) is also listed as questionable but only got in a limited practice on Friday. He’s off the fantasy radar if Jackson plays this week.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. It looks like he's in danger of missing this weekend's finale against the Saints. With WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) trending toward playing, Godwin wouldn't have been a fantasy option anyway.

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) returned to practice on Wednesday. That seemingly puts him on track to play against the Saints this weekend -- although Tampa would be better off getting rookie WR Chris Godwin another start.

Buccaneers OLB Lavonte David (hamstring) and DT Gerald McCoy (biceps) are active for today's game against the Panthers. Each entered the day questionable after missing Week 15. David's the better option to go ahead and use. Neither sits high at his position in our Week 16 IDP rankings, though. CB Ryan Smith (ankle) is inactive after entering the weekend doubtful.

The Buccaneers have ruled out DE Robert Ayers for Sunday's game against the Panthers with a shoulder injury. DT Gerald McCoy (biceps) and OLB Lavonte David (hamstring) are questionable after missing Monday night's loss to the Falcons. David put in limited practices all week. McCoy progressed to a full Friday practice after beginning the week limited. Both appear to be trending toward playing. We'll confirm their statuses Sunday morning.

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against the Panthers after missing practice all week. That’ll move WR Chris Godwin into the starting lineup. The 6’1, 209-pound rookie posted a 5-68 line on 10 targets with WR Mike Evans out earlier this season. Looking at 6-8 targets in this weekend’s plus matchup, Godwin is on the WR4 radar.

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. D-Jax never returned to Monday night's game and was spotted in a walking boot afterward. He seems like a poor bet for this weekend's game against the Panthers -- especially with the Bucs having nothing to play for. Jackson's absence would thrust rookie WR Chris Godwin into the starting lineup.

The Bucs have placed TE O.J. Howard (foot) on IR. We'll look for details on the injury, but it shouldn't impact his 2018 offseason. Howard's absence leaves Cameron Brate as Tampa's lead TE -- and a low-end spot starter for Week 16.

Bucaneers S Justin Evans left Monday night's game in the 2nd quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. We'll see about his participation heading into Week 16, but the situation makes an already-inconsistent IDP option worth benching.

Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard took a shot to the outside of his right ankle at the end of his 1st-quarter TD Monday night against the Falcons. He limped off the field -- with some help from QB Jameis Winston -- and to the bench to have trainers check it out. We'll see if it keeps Howard off the field. The play came shortly after TE Cameron Brate left with an apparent lower-body issue.

Update: Howard reportedly hurt his right foot on the aforementioned play. He and Brate are both questionable to return against Atlanta.

Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson left late in the 1st quarter and could be seen getting his left foot/ankle checked out on the trainer's table on the sideline. We'll see if he's able to return.

Update: Jackson returned on the next possession.

Update: The Bucs deemed Jackson doubtful to return with an ankle injury in the 3rd quarter.

The Buccaneers have ruled LB Lavonte David (hamstring) and DT Gerald McCoy (biceps) out for Monday night's game against the Falcons. That should mean a near-full snap allotment for Bucs rookie LB Kendell Beckwith.

Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy appears to have avoided the biceps tear he thought he suffered in the Week 14 loss to the Lions. According to the team website, he is not scheduled for surgery and says he might play Monday night against the Falcons. McCoy has proved tough while playing through multiple injuries throughout his career. He didn't practice Thursday, so we'll see what the rest of the week holds. He'll be tough to like in IDP lineups even if active against a solid Atlanta O-line. But IDP owners can at least hold off on cutting him for now (in many cases). Elsewhere on the Bucs defense, OLB Lavonte David also missed practice Thursday with a hamstring issue. We'll keep an eye on that situation, but he played 100% of the snaps against Detroit and delivered a season-high 13 tackles.

Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy believes he suffered a torn biceps in Sunday's loss to the Lions, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McCoy is familiar with the injury, having suffered it twice earlier in his career. He left the game early and did not return. A biceps tear would almost certainly end his season, taking arguably the Bucs' best defensive player out of the lineup.

Buccaneers DE Robert Ayers cleared the concussion protocol Thursday. That clears the path for him to return Sunday against the Lions after missing the past 2 games. Ayers generated 5 QB hits over his past 2 games and carries some upside for deeper IDP leagues this week and beyond.

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Bucs TE Cameron Brate (hip) is active for today’s game against the Packers. We’ll see if QB Jameis Winston can get him back on track, but Brate isn’t a recommended Week 13 fantasy play vs. the league’s #1 TE defense.


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