The NFL officially announced Bucs QB Jameis Winston's 3-game suspension for violating the personal conduct policy. Winston issued a statement and made no mention of appealing the ruling. "I now look forward to putting this behind me and I will continue to work hard every day to be a positive influence in my community and be the best person, teammate and leader I can be," Winston wrote. So he'll miss the first 3 games of the season against the Saints, Eagles and Steelers. He'll return for Week 4 before going on a Week 5 bye. It makes Winston undraftable in standard-sized, lineup-setting leagues -- but he still makes sense as a late-round QB2 or QB3 in best ball. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is the favorite to start those first 3 weeks but will likely only be an option in 2-QB leagues. Fitzpatrick should at least be able to keep the Bucs offense on track. Tampa averaged 24.5 points in the 4 games Fitzpatrick saw extensive action in last year.
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.
Jeff Cameron of ESPN Radio 97.9 in Tallahassee, Fla., reports that Bucs QB Jameis Winston and his "camp" expect a league suspension over 2016 charges that Winston groped a female Uber driver. Winston's crew reportedly expects "a maximum of 3 games." Guess we'll see about this case, which surrounds an ongoing investigation. Obviously, any missed time would alter Winston's fantasy outlook. Losing the 1st 3 weeks would cost him a trip to New Orleans plus home matchups with Philly and Pittsburgh. Those defenses ranked 5th, 8th and 7th, respectively, in Football Outsiders' pass-D efficiency last season.
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 QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) is active and starting against the Packers today. There was never any doubt about his status after he put in a full week of practice. There’s still risk with a QB returning from a shoulder injury, but the plus matchup makes Winston a QB1 consideration.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Packers. He put in a full week of practice, and HC Dirk Koetter named him the Week 13 starter on Wednesday. Winston is a risk/reward fantasy play coming off the shoulder injury in a plus matchup.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) will start this weekend's game against the Packers, HC Dirk Koetter announced. Winston must have looked and felt good in Wednesday's practice. There's some risk to a QB coming off a throwing shoulder injury, but Winston has a plus matchup vs. a Green Bay squad ranked 22nd in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) is expected to take all of the 1st-team reps in Wednesday's practice, according to insider Rick Stroud. If all goes well over the next few days, Winston will start against the Packers on Sunday. He'd be a risk/reward fantasy play in that plus matchup
Bucs QB Jameis Winston's return is "coming rather quickly," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Winston recently had a platelet-rich plasma injection to help speed up the healing in his throwing shoulder and is scheduled for an MRI on Monday. It sounds like he could be back for Week 13 if that goes well. Winston was struggling before missing time, so we'd make him earn his way back into fantasy lineups. But he could be an option in Weeks 14 and 15 in decent matchups at home for the Lions and Falcons. He travels to Carolin for Week 16.
Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter announced Monday that QB Jameis Winston will miss a 3rd straight game with his injured right shoulder. That means a 3rd straight start for Ryan Fitzpatrick, this time at the Falcons. Atlanta has presented a negative scoring matchup for fantasy QBs so far, but Fitzpatrick will be a fringe streaming option again -- especially in an offense that can't run the ball. He has tossed 2+ TD passes twice this season after 2 starts and a pair of relief appearances.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston is under investigation by the NFL for a sexual assault allegation. He's being accused of inappropriately touching an Uber driver in March of 2016. The league sent a letter to the alleged victim informing her that they're looking into the matter. Winston, of course, is no stranger to off-field issues. We'll continue to track the story.
Bucs HC Dirk Koetter announced Monday that he's shutting down QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) for "several weeks." It's the right move. Winston is dealing with an AC joint sprain and rear deltoid issue, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He's been unable to make it through 2 of Tampa Bay's last 4 games and completed under 56% of his passes in 3 of them. The Bucs have already had their bye, so Winston won't get any help there. He's certainly droppable in shallower fantasy leagues. Ryan Fitzpatrick draws the start vs. the Jets this week and is a viable QB2.
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