Bucs WR Chris Godwin (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He now seems in real danger of missing this weekend's game against the Giants. WR DeSean Jackson would get the biggest playing-time boost if Godwin sits. Mike Evans, Adam Humphries and O.J. Howard would also pick up some extra targets.
Bucs WR Mike Evans (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. We noticed him get shaken up late in the OT loss to the Bengals, but we never got an update from the team. We'll continue to monitor his status throughout the rest of the week If Evans can't play against the Panthers on Sunday, Chris Godwin and DeSean Jackson would turn into every-down players.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson has requested a trade, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. D-Jax has been part of a WR rotation behind Mike Evans this season, playing just 50.4% of the offensive snaps. Tampa is reportedly inclined to hang on to Jackson, but we'll see if that changes before Tuesday's trade deadline. WR Chris Godwin would be a big winner if Jackson is dealt.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (concussion, shoulder) is active for today’s game vs. the Eagles. The shoulder issue adds some risk to his outlook, but there’s plenty of upside here for D-Jax against his former team.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (concussion, shoulder) is expected to play vs. the Eagles today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. D-Jax is coming off a big 5-146-2 line in the opener and will have plenty of motivation against his former team today. Consider Jackson a risk/reward WR3 for Week 2.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Buccaneers expect WR DeSean Jackson to clear the concussion protocol in time to play Sunday against the Eagles. We'll obviously watch for confirmation before the 1 p.m. ET kickoff. Jackson's return would cloud the outlook of Chris Godwin a bit, but Godwin actually played more snaps than Jackson in Week 1 -- despite Jackson putting up the huge game. Both would be in play for fantasy. Jackson's return does lower Godwin's ceiling, though.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (concussion, shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Eagles. He put in a full practice on Friday, though, suggesting that he’s likely to play. We’ll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. If Jackson is active, both he and Chris Godwin will be risk/reward WR3 options.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (concussion, shoulder) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. It gives him a shot to play against the Eagles this weekend. We'll see what he's able to do in Friday's workout.
Bucs insider Greg Auman reports that WR DeSean Jackson injured his shoulder in Sunday's win over the Saints. That'd be in addition to the concussion that knocked him out of the game in the 4th quarter. It's unclear when the shoulder injury occurred and exactly how serious it is, but Auman considers D-Jax a "major question mark" for this weekend's game against the Eagles. His absence would leave Chris Godwin as the clear #2 WR.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson sustained a concussion in the 4th quarter of Sunday's win over the Saints. It was a disappointing end to a big day that saw D-Jax haul in all 5 of his targets for 146 yards and 2 scores. We'll track his progress through the protocol this week. Jackson's absence would mean more snaps for WRs Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries.
The Bucs "plan to start" WR Chris Godwin, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud. "Starter" labels are blurry in an increasingly matchup-based NFL. And most teams run plenty of 3-WR sets. But this is an especially important distinction in Tampa, where the Bucs figure to have 2 TEs (Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard) and 2 WRs on the field a lot of the time. According to Stroud, Godwin is in line to start on the outside opposite Mike Evans. DeSean Jackson has been working in the slot when the Bucs go with 3 WRs. This is the best way for Tampa to get its best 3 wideouts on the field -- but it'd still be a knock to Jackson's fantasy value and a boon to Godwin's. We'll be keeping a close eye on this 1st-team offense in preseason action over the next few weeks. But Godwin, who's going 2-and-a-half rounds later than Jackson in drafts, looks like the better value right now.
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.
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