The NFL is expected to suspend Bucs QB Jameis Winston 3 games for violating its personal conduct policy, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The ban stems from a March 2016 incident when Winston allegedly groped an Uber driver. Charges were never filed against Winston, but the NFL has taken a hard line in these situations since the Ray Rice debacle. Schefter does add that "the league still has not notified Winston of its official decision, and the circumstances surrounding it still could lead to an increase or decrease of the three games." So this doesn't sound officially official yet. But fantasy drafters should be planning for now on Winston missing the first 3 games of the season vs. the Saints, Eagles and Steelers. It's a blow to his best-ball value and makes him tough to draft in standard-sized lineup-setting leagues. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is in line to start while Winston serves his suspension. Fitzpatrick was serviceable in 5 appearances last year, completing 58.9% of his passes with 7 TDs vs. 3 INTs. He's unlikely to be more than a QB2 option -- especially with no teams on bye during those first 3 weeks -- but is at least capable of keeping the Bucs' skill-position guys afloat.
Bucs WR Chris Godwin lined up on the outside with the 1st-team offense during Tuesday's minicamp session, according to Pewter Report's Trevor Sikkema. Mike Evans was the other outside WR, with DeSean Jackson in the slot. This is clearly Tampa's most dangerous 3-WR grouping (despite how reliable Adam Humphries has been) and would make Godwin a potential breakout candidate this year. He closed his rookie campaign with 10 catches for 209 yards and a score over the final 2 weeks and has been buzzing all spring. We'll continue to watch how this WR corps shapes up. Jameis Winston, meanwhile, continues to look like 1 of the most undervalued QBs in early fantasy drafts.
Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston tweeted Friday, "I personally will make sure we show how valuable [WR DeSean Jackson] is to our team and [the NFL]." The tweet came in response to a Tampa Bay Times story link pondering what the Bucs would do with Jackson after a somewhat disappointing 2017. Offseason is obviously time for dreaming and big talk for all players and teams, but D-Jax ranked 2nd among Bucs in targets last year, averaging 6.4 per game. He endured the worst yards per reception rate of his career, though, and sported his lowest catch rate since 2012. There's plenty of room for 2018 stat improvement, and a better connection would likely help Winston's fantasy numbers as well. With an ADP at the end of Round 11 in MFL10 drafting so far, Jackson looks like a solid best-ball value -- especially when he slips beyond that range.
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%.
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 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.
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.
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.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (foot) is active for today’s game against the Packers. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport noted this morning that D-Jax is “hobbled a bit,” so consider him a risk/reward WR3 at less than 100% in a plus matchup.
Bucs WR Desean Jackson (foot) is expected to play against the Packers today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. D-Jax was limited in practice this week, and Rapoport notes that he's "hobbled a bit." Consider him a risk/reward WR3 for Week 13.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (foot) is questionable for this weekend’s game against the Packers. He was limited on Thursday and Friday after sitting out on Wednesday. We’ve heard nothing to suggest D-Jax is in danger of missing this one, but it’s possible the foot is a factor. It adds some risk to his Week 13 outlook.
The NFL has moved the Bucs-Dolphins game originally scheduled for this Sunday to Week 11. Both teams were scheduled to have a bye that week but will now play 16 straight weeks from Week 2 to 17. We just removed all Bucs and Dolphins from the Week 1 Rankings. The winner here is RB Doug Martin, whose 3-game suspension will now cost him a game against the tough Giants run defense rather than the Dolphins.
Sunday's opener between the Bucs and Dolphins is in limbo as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida. The league held a conference call this morning to discuss the situation, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, but no decision was made. The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud hears that the Bucs are expecting the game to be moved to Week 11, when both teams currently have a bye week. The other option is to move the game elsewhere. We're expecting to have clarity on the situation within the next 24 hours.
The Bucs have reached an agreement with WR DeSean Jackson that will become official later today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This is a perfect fit on paper. Tampa was desperate for a #2 WR after using Adam Humphries in that role for much of last season. D-Jax is a huge upgrade and will provide a field-stretching presence opposite Mike Evans. Evans is unlikely to see the 173 targets or 30.3% target share he did last season. But he'll remain the clear top dog and should be more efficient with Jackson drawing away some defensive attention. Jackson, meanwhile, has proven capable of producing without big volume. Five different times he's finished as a top 30 non-PPR WR on fewer than 120 targets. QB Jameis Winston is also a big winner here.
Washington WR DeSean Jackson caught just 3 passes on a mere 4 targets in Sunday's win over the Eagles. But that included an 80-yard TD, which powered a 102-yard performance. The 4 targets marked Jackson's lowest total since Week 4. The TD was his 3rd in 4 games. Jackson -- as always -- will remain a boom/bust fantasy option the rest of the way.
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder) is active for today's game against the Cowboys. He put in a full practice on Wednesday and shouldn't be limited at all today. D-Jax is fine to fire up as a boom/bust WR3.
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