Shark Bites

The Buccaneers have ruled DT Gerald McCoy (calf) and DE Vinny Curry (ankle) out for Sunday's game against the Browns. Neither is a big IDP factor, but the absences of both starters can only help an already-bright fantasy outlook for Browns QB Baker Mayfield.

11:10am EDT 10/14/18

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (knee) is active for today’s game against the Falcons. There’s certainly a chance he’s limited after spraining an MCL 2 weeks ago. But there’s enough upside in what should be a shootout to make Howard an low-end fantasy option.

Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard is expected to play today against the Falcons, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Howard is officially questionable with the MCL sprain that knocked him out of Week 4 early. He practiced all week, though, including a full workout Friday. He'll be a risky fantasy option on his own. Howard's return complicates the outlook, however, for Cameron Brate -- 1 of the week's most popular fantasy options at TE. There's still room or Brate to produce worthwhile fantasy numbers with Howard in the lineup, but Howard's return will likely hurt Brate's playing time. In DFS lineups, especially, you might want to pivot to someone such as Steelers TE Vance McDonald at similar prices and lower expected ownership.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (knee) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Falcons. He put in a full practice on Friday, suggesting he's on track to play. We'll find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. If Howard is active, both he and Cameron Brate will be low-end-but-high-upside fantasy plays in what should be a shootout.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard (knee) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. He's a week-and-a-half removed from spraining his MCL, which was reportedly a 2-4 week injury. We'd still consider Howard no better than 50/50 to play against the Falcons on Sunday, but we'll get another update tomorrow.

Bucs HC Dirk Koetter confirmed on Monday that QB Jameis Winston will be the team's starter coming out of the Week 5 bye. Winston replaced QB Ryan Fitzpatrick at halftime of yesterday's game in Chicago, completing 16 of 20 passes (80%) for 145 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. He scored as the #4 QB in his 11 healthy games last season, averaging 307 passing yards and 1.7 TDs. Winston will be in the QB1 mix for a plus Week 6 matchup against the Falcons.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It's the same injury and timetable as Giants TE Evan Engram. The good news for Howard is that Tampa has a Week 5 bye, so it's possible that he only misses 1 game. He's worth hanging on to in most leagues considering the dearth of fantasy-viable TEs. Between Howard's injury and the return of QB Jameis Winston, TE Cameron Brate's stock is trending up.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard injured his knee in Sunday's loss to the Bears, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The team doesn't believe it's serious, but Howard will undergo an MRI on Monday. Tampa has a well-timed Week 5 bye. We'll update Howard's status when we learn more.

Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched at halftime of Sunday's game in Chicago. Tampa's defense was just as much to blame for the 35-point deficit, but Fitzpatrick completed just 9 of 18 for 126 yards and an INT. QB Jameis Winston will finish out this game -- and we're expecting him to be under center when the Bucs come out of their Week 5 bye.

11:09am EDT 9/30/18

Bucs RB Ronald Jones is active for today’s game against the Bears. The rookie had been a healthy scratch for the first 3 weeks. We’d try to avoid Tampa’s backfield today, but Jones certainly has the talent to take over lead duties.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will start today's game against the Bears. Fitz is buried in our Week 4 QB Rankings in Chicago, where the Bears have allowed just 16.4 points and .9 pass TDs per game across 9 outings dating back to the start of last season. His performance today will go a long way toward determining whether Fitzpatrick or Jameis Winston is under center when the Bucs come out of their Week 5 bye.

The Buccaneers have placed S Chris Conte on IR with a PCL tear. The veteran reportedly suffered the injury in the Week 2 win over the Eagles and then played on it in Monday night's loss to the Steelers. Conte has a chance to return this season but shouldn't be on any IDP rosters.

Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick took the "majority" of 1st-team snaps at Wednesday's practice, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That'd be ahead of QB Jameis Winston, who has rejoined the team after serving his 3-game suspension. The Bucs have yet to announce a starter for Sunday's game against the Bears, but all signs point to Fitzpatrick getting the nod.

Buccaneers S Chris Conte left in the 1st half of Monday night's game against the Steelers with a knee injury and will not return. We'll see about the severity of the issue later this week.

Buccaneers S Chris Conte left Sunday's win over the Eagles early with a knee injury. He wound up playing just 54% of the defensive snaps after staying on the field for every play in Week 1. We'll see about Conte's status leading up to Week 3.

Bucs RB Ronald Jones is a healthy scratch for the 2nd straight week. The rookie isn't worth rostering outside of deep redraft leagues and keeper/dynasty leagues. Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers will continue to handle backfield duties for Tampa.

Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) is active for today's game against the Eagles. He began the practice week sidelined but returned to practice Thursday and Friday. He appears fine for normal IDP use.

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 QB Jameis Winston might not start in Week 4 when he's first eligible to return from suspension, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. We imagine whether Winston gets right back under center will depend largely on how QB Ryan Fitzpatrick plays these next 2 weeks. He was excellent in the opener but has trouble stringing quality outings together throughout his career. Tampa does have a Week 5 bye, so it's possible they give Winston that extra time to re-acclimate himself before getting him back out there in Week 6.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Buccaneers consider DE Jason Pierre-Paul's knee injury to be minor. That suggests JPP should be able to play through his "questionable" tag against the Eagles today. We'll confirm his status when early-game inactives come out, but plan to use Pierre-Paul as you normally would in IDP leagues.

 
 
 

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