The Rams expect CB Janoris Jenkins (concussion) to play tonight against the Bucs. He passed through the league protocol Tuesday night and is officially probable. Go ahead and use him in your IDP league if he's active. For Tampa Bay, DE Jacquies Smith (hamstring) is questionable after missing the past 2 games. He remained limited in practice all week and looks like a shaky fantasy prospect. Smith's a boom/bust option even when healthy. Try not to use him. Bucs MLB Bruce Carter is doubtful with the ankle sprain that knocked him out of last week's game. Danny Lansanah's an OK fill-in if you need him, but the Rams have presented a poor scoring matchup for LBs all season.
The Buccaneers might need to turn to their 3rd MLB in Week 15 after Bruce Carter suffered a right ankle injury in Sunday's game. He played well, delivering 8 tackles (6 solo) and a sack against the Saints. With a Thursday night kickoff in Week 15, Carter might have a tough time bouncing back for the game. Danny Lansanah would likely be the next guy up in the middle, where the Bucs already lost rookie Kwon Alexander to a PED suspension.
The league has denied the appeal of Buccaneers MLB Kwon Alexander for his PED suspension, according to the Tampa Tribune. That means the rookie will miss the final 4 games of the regular season and be eligible to play again this year only if the Bucs make the playoffs. That's a shame for Tampa and IDP owners, as Alexander had turned into a top-10 producer among fantasy LBs. HC Lovie Smith hasn't indicated whether Bruce Carter or Danny Lansanah will replace Alexander in the middle. We'd bet on Lansanah playing in passing sub packages (alongside Lavonte David) over Carter either way, though, making him the better fantasy pickup in deeper IDP leagues.
Bucs strong-side LB Danny Lansanah left Sunday's loss to the Titans with an ankle injury. We have yet to see an update on the severity, so we might have to wait to see if Lansanah practices this week. Lansanah already sat 3rd among Tampa LBs in fantasy upside, given that he leaves the field in passing sub packages. Lansanah should be waiver fodder in the average IDP league.
Bucs rookie LB Kwon Alexander lined up at MLB with the 1st team in Monday's practice, in place of free-agent addition Bruce Carter. That came after HC Lovie Smith praised the rookie for his performance in the preseason opener vs. Minnesota. “We knew about the athletic ability, but the thing that’s impressed us from the day we got Kwon is his smarts,’’ DC Leslie Frazier told the Tampa Tribune. “He works so hard in the classroom and he’s able to bring it out to the field.’’ Don't be surprised if this sticks. Carter disappointed repeatedly as an OLB in Dallas, so we never believed in him as Tampa's answer in the middle. We'll see if Alexander can prove to be a 3-down player. Strong-side starter Danny Lansanah -- who played well in the middle, including coverage, when Mason Foster got hurt last year -- continues to look like a good bet for full-time duty. Both will be interesting to watch for your IDP league.
The Buccaneers have been working rookie LB Kwon Alexander exclusively at MLB behind free-agent pickup Bruce Carter so far in camp. That has left LB Danny Lansanah as the unchallenged starter on the strong side, with Lavonte David -- of course -- on the weak side. Lansanah posted big numbers when filling in for an injured Mason Foster in the middle last season but carries less upside on the edge -- especially with the speed of Carter and David. Carter will be interesting to watch, particularly to see if the Bucs will give him 3-down duties. The former Cowboy struggled most in coverage, an area Lansanah played well last year. For now, Lansanah and Carter are merely reserve options in your IDP draft.
Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (concussion) and DT Gerald McCoy (knee) are active for today's game at Carolina. Both had been questionable but expected to play. The Bucs won't, however, have DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring) or LB Mason Foster (Achilles'). Both are inactive but not huge losses for IDP owners. Go ahead and use David and McCoy as you normally would. Foster's continued absence should also keep LB Danny Lansanah a solid fantasy play.
Buccaneers LB Mason Foster and DT Clinton McDonald are inactive for today's game at Detroit. LB Lavonte David, however, will return after missing the past 2 weeks. Foster's absence should keep OLB Danny Lansanah in a full-time role, which gives him significant upside. He and David both look good for IDP usage this week.
Bucs LB Lavonte David put in limited practices Wednesday and Thursday, which would seem to have him on track to play at Detroit on Sunday. The weak-side starter took part only in a limited Friday workout last week after sitting out Wednesday's and Thursday's practices. He then missed his 2nd straight game with a knee injury. If David does play against the Lions, expect fellow OLB Danny Lansanah to return to a 2-down role. Lansanah has contributed surprising numbers when allowed to play full time this season, though.
Bucs LB Lavonte David will miss his 2nd straight game with a knee injury today against the Bengals. David had returned for a limited practice Friday and said he expected to play against Cincinnati. Instead, IDP owners will again need to start a replacement. Bucs LB Danny Lansanah remains a full-time player with David out again, but the Bengals matchup doesn't favor his fantasy outlook.
Bucs LB Lavonte David is inactive for today's game at Chicago because of a knee injury that limited his practice time the past 2 weeks. That should mean more playing time for OLB Danny Lansanah, who has produced big plays in coverage when given the opportunity this year. The Bucs D will at least have top corner Alterraun Verner, who had been questionable with hamstring trouble.