Bucs QB Jameis Winston (thumb) is listed as questionable but is fully expected to play against the Lions this weekend. Winston didn’t throw on Wednesday, threw with a tennis ball on Thursday but graduated to a football on Friday. “He threw fine,” HC Bruce Arians said after Friday’s workout. “He'll be ready to go.” Winston carries elevated risk in Week 15 fantasy lineups but still boasts big upside.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston (thumb) was limited in Wednesday's practice. QB Rya Griffin took all the 1st-team reps, according to insider Rick Stroud. Winston played through this injury last week and is still expected to play against the Lions on Sunday. But his status is worth monitoring over the next few days.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston (thumb) has been cleared to play against the Lions this weekend. He suffered a hairline fracture to his throwing thumb in the 1st half of Sunday's win over the Colts. But after missing the 1st series of the 2nd half, Winston returned to throw for 179 yards and 2 TDs the rest of the way. He'll remain a QB1 for Week 15's plus matchup vs. Detroit.
Bucs HC Bruce Arians said after Sunday's win over the Colts that QB Jameis Winston has a "small fracture" in his right (throwing) thumb. He suffered the injury at some point in the 1st half, missed the 1st series of the 2nd half but returned for the rest of the game and didn't seem hindered. We'll keep an eye on Winston this coming week but would expect him to play against the Lions on Sunday.
The forecast for today's Bucs-Jags game calls for a slight chance of rain with winds of 17-20 mph. Gusts could come in at 25-30 mph. That's enough wind to impact the passing and kicking games. QBs Jameis Winston and Nick Foles come with increased risk in Week 13 fantasy lineups. Try to avoid Ks Matt Gay and Josh Lambo.
The Bucs have hired Bruce Arians as their new HC. Byron Leftwich will serve as the OC, but it'll be Arians running the show. He was out of coaching this past year but spent the previous 5 seasons as the Cardinals' HC and also has 9 years of experience as an NFL OC. After struggling early in his career, Arians has landed 7 of his last 9 offenses inside the top 14 in total yards. He tends to lean toward the pass, with just 1 of those last 9 offenses ranking higher in rush attempts than pass attempts. All 9 of those units finished top 15 in pass yards, with 5 cracking the top 10. We'd expect a pass-leaning attack in Tampa Bay -- good news for QB Jameis Winston and WRs Mike Evans and Chris Godwin
Bucs GM Jason Licht said at his end-of-season press conference on Monday that QB Jameis Winston will be the team's starter in 2019. "There’s a lot to like about Jamies and he’ll be here next year," Licht said. Winston's 2018 got off to a rough start. He was suspended for the first 2 games and then got benched in his 3rd start. But he took back over in Week 12 and completed 63.3% of his passes with 11 TDs vs. just 3 INTs over the final 6 games. Winston was 12th among QBs in fantasy points over that span. Returning Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard, Winston should be in the QB1 mix again next year.
The Bucs have fired HC Dirk Koetter, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. After going 9-7 in his 1st season at the helm, Koetter's Bucs went 5-11 in each of the last 2. We'll see who Tampa tabs as his replacement -- and whether they keep OC Todd Monken.
Bucs HC Dirk Koetter said QB Ryan Griffin could get some snaps in Sunday's finale against the Falcons. "The guy's been here for three years," Koetter said. "He's worked his tail off ... I think Ryan Griffin is a really good quarterback. He tears it up in practice everyday, but he's never had the chance to prove it in a real game." Griffin has never appeared in a regular season game but completed 68% of his passes with 4 TDs and 0 INTs this preseason. He's not a Week 17 fantasy option, but this news obviously adds risk to QB Jameis Winston's profile.
Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter said Monday that he'll stick with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick as his starter for Sunday's visit to the Giants. Fitzpatrick threw a pair of INTs and lost a fumble in the Week 10 loss to Washington but also threw for 406 yards while piloting an offense that topped 500 yards for the game. Another rough outing, however, seems likely to get him the hook. As always, we'll keep watching this QB situation. Whoever's starting carries intriguing fantasy upside just about every week.
Bucs HC Dirk Koetter admitted that he'll consider going back to QB Jameis Winston after Sunday's loss to the Redskins. "Of course, yes ... We'll talk about all personnel issues tomorrow," Koetter said in his post-game presser. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick chucked for 406 yards vs. Washington, but he finished with 0 TDs, threw 2 INTs and lost a fumble. We'll see who the Bucs roll with for Week 11. Whoever it is will be a viable QB1 against the Giants.
Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter announced Monday that QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will start the Week 9 game at Carolina. It was basically a necessary move after Jameis Winston threw his way to 4 INTs and a double-digit deficit at Cincinnati, and then Fitzpatrick marched them back for a late tie. We've seen both extremes of Fitzpatrick this season, from the 1st 3 weeks that had him leading all fantasy QBs in scoring to the Chicago game that got him yanked. The Panthers arrive as a neutral scoring matchup for QBs on the year, though slightly positive according to our adjusted fantasy points allowed. Fitzpatrick will be a streaming-level option for Week 9. We'll see how he performs there before projecting this situation beyond Week 9. Matchups with Washington and the Giants over the following 2 weeks don't present special fantasy upside, but then come 3 straight potential spot-start home matchups: 49ers, Panthers and Saints. Go ahead and pick up Fitzpatrick if you're shopping the QB market this week. We'd hold off on dropping Winston for now, though, if you can sacrifice the roster spot.
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