Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fantasy Football News 2019

Buccaneers CB Jamel Dean (shoulder) is active for today's game against the Colts. He left last week's game in the 1st quarter but made it back to full practices during the week. Dean carries upside as a CB in IDP lineups. Slot CB M.J. Stewart (knee) is also active after missing the past 3 games and 5 of the past 6. He has likely been replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Sean Murphy-Bunting moving inside -- with Dean starting outside opposite Carlton Davis. We'll seek confirmation on that in today's game.

Buccaners CB Sean Murphy-Bunting left Sunday's win over the Falcons early with a knee injury. We'll see this week whether it will keep him out for Week 13's visit to Jacksonville.

Buccaneers EDGE Carl Nassib (groin) is active for today's game against the Falcons. It's an upside sack matchup, and he hit the weekend expected to return despite the "questionable" tag. Nassib makes for a solid IDP option this week.

Buccaners EDGE Carl Nassib (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Nassib progressed from limited early-week practices to a full workout Friday. That points to him likely playing in the upside sack matchup with Atlanta. We'll confirm his status Sunday morning.

Update: ESPN's Jenna Laine reports that Nassib will play.

Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis (hip) is active for today's game against the Saints. He missed the past 2 but should see a lot of Michael Thomas coverage in his return.

The Buccaneers have ruled EDGE Carl Nassib (groin) out for Sunday's game against the Saints. That will mark his 2nd straight missed game. CB Carlton Davis (hip) is questionable. He returned for a limited practice Thursday and then a full Friday workout, which makes Davis seem likely to play. His status doesn't alter the outlook for any Saints WRs or Drew Brees.

The Buccaneers on Tuesday waived starting CB Vernon Hargreaves. Tampa Bay drafted Hargreaves 11th overall in 2016, but he has never lived up to that status. Hargreaves leaves the Bucs with 2 career INTs through 3.5 seasons, though he did lose nearly all of 2018 to injury. Bucs coaches yanked the veteran from Sunday's win over the Cardinals for lack of effort. Jamel Dean stepped in for Hargreaves in that game, but Carlton Davis should rejoin the lineup across from rookie Sean Murphy-Bunting when he returns from a hip injury.

Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians said in his Friday press conference that edge Jason Pierre-Paul could be activated for Sunday's game against the Titans. Pierre-Paul returned to practice this week for the 1st time since suffering a neck injury in an offseason car accident. Arians said doctors still need to clear JPP for game action but that he had a good week of practice. We wouldn't use an active Pierre-Paul in his 1st game back, but he's worth stashing in deeper IDP leagues.

Buccaneers OLB Shaq Barrett is active for today's game against the Panthers. He arrived questionable with an oblique issue but is available for your IDP lineups. S Mike Edwards (hamstring) is also active despite a "questionable" tag.

Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians said in his Monday press conference that LB Devin White was active only as an "emergency" option for the Week 5 loss to the Saints. He said they put White on the gameday roster because an injury to fellow LB Jack Cichy left the team with only 3 ILBs. Arians added that White will be "ready" for the Week 6 clash with the Panthers. That indicates we should trust the 1st-round pick returning to his full-time role and take fill-in Kevin Minter back out of consideration.

The Buccaneers expect to have LB Lavonte David in the lineup for their regular-season opener against the 49ers, ESPN reports. David suffered a slight tear to his left meniscus early in training camp and had surgery. Asked about David's status Friday, HC Bruce Arians said, "Lavonte's fine. He'll be practicing Tuesday." About David's availability for the game, the coach added, "It'll be close, but I think he'll be there." It'll be risky to put David in your IDP lineups for the opener. Try to go another direction if you can. But the veteran belongs on fantasy rosters.

ESPN's Jenna Laine reports that Buccaneers edge star Jason Pierre-Paul has gained doctor clearance to begin rehabbing his neck injury. That doesn't necessarily mean a return to the field is near, though. "There is no timetable for the recovery," Laine writes. "They absolutely will not rush this." Expect JPP to not be available for your IDP league this season. He's still worth holding in dynasty formats, though. And reports around the time of his car accident indicated playing late in 2019 might be within reach.

Buccaneers S Justin Evans practiced Wednesday for the 1st time since training camp began, according to Pewter Report. Evans also spent offseason workouts on the sideline thanks to multiple surgeries on the foot he injured late last year. A healthy Evans should be able to work his way back into the starting lineup. But getting there in time for Week 1 might be a bit too much to expect. M.J. Stewart joined SS Jordan Whitehead in the starting lineup for Friday night's 3rd preseason game.

Buccaneers LB Lavonte David had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Sunday to repair a "minor" meniscus tear, the Tampa Bay Times reports. HC Bruce Arians called the surgery "nothing serious" and said David should be ready for the regular season. We'll be watching David's return to confirm that. In the meantime, we've knocked David down the LB rankings a bit.

Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians told the Tampa Bay Times this week that he has "no idea" when S Justin Evans will return to the field. Evans missed the end of last season with turf toe and has added a heel injury. He missed the entire offseason program. "If he had practiced all spring and been penciled in as a starter, I'd be concerned," Arians said. "But I haven't seen him play. I've seen the other guys play." Evans shouldn't be in 2019 IDP plans right now. We'll see how he progresses.

As many have expected for a while, the Buccaneers spent the 5th pick of the NFL Draft on LB Devin White. The former LSU star delivered the class' top speed score at the position (124.2) after a productive pair of starting seasons. White racked up 133 and 123 tackles the past 2 years, including 13.5 and 12.0 tackles for loss. He also tallied the class' 6th-highest market share of solo tackles for 2018: 15.0%. White should step right into the MLB role vacated by Kwon Alexander's free-agent departure and deliver quick IDP value.

The Buccaneers have reached a 1-year deal with LB Deone Bucannon, according to multiple reports. That's not the kind of contract that will guarantee Bucannon a starting job, but he rejoins the HC (Bruce Arians) who led the team that drafted him back in 2014. Bucannon also joins a Bucs D that's about to lose MLB Kwon Alexander to the 49ers. Bucannon's likely headed to that spot, barring some other addition to the corps this offseason. He might have to compete with 2018 rookie Adarius Taylor for that job. It'll be an interesting LB corps to watch this offseason.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the 49ers have reached a 4-year, $54 million deal with LB Kwon Alexander. They can't finalize the contract until Wednesday afternoon. Alexander will join a LB corps that saw rookie Fred Warner play mostly on the inside last year. We'd bet on Alexander taking over the middle, though, and Warner playing the weak side. There's room for both to produce quality IDP numbers. Alexander is coming off a left ACL tear, but the new contract indicates little concern over his recovery. We'll certainly keep an eye on his progress through the spring and summer. We'll also see whether the Bucs stick with 2018 rookie Adarius Taylor at MLB or go in another direction.

Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee, shoulder) is active for today's game against the Falcons after arriving questionable. DE Carl Nassib is inactive, as expected. A shoulder injury rendered him doubtful.

 
 
 

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