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Bucs HC Bruce Arians admitted Wednesday that it'd be "very optimistic" to expect WR Chris Godwin (finger) to return for Week 9. "But it could be possible. We don’t know, really, how long," Arians added. According to our colleague Dr. Jesse Morse, Godwin could miss anywhere from 1-4 weeks depending on the type of surgery he needed on that broken finger. We'll continue to monitor his rehab, but fantasy owners should prepare to be without Godwin for more than just Week 8.

Bucs HC Bruce Arians said Monday that Leonard Fournette is now the team's "nickel" RB, playing in "hurry-up and obvious passing situations." Fournette racked up 6 catches on 7 targets in last weekend's win over the Raiders, while RB Ronald Jones caught just 1 of 2 targets, dropping the other. Fournette also trailed Jones by just 2 carries (13 to 11), so it seems to us that he was more than just the "nickel" RB. We'll see how the situation evolves over the next few weeks. Jones has run well this season and might hang on to lead ball-carrying duties. But Fournette already appears locked in as the primary pass-catching back.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin underwent surgery to repair a fractured left index finger and is out for "at least" Monday night's game against the Giants, according to insider Dov Kleiman. We'll see if Godwin can make it back for Week 9. Tampa's bye isn't until Week 13. Godwin's absence should put rookie WR Tyler Johnson back into the starting slot role. He posted a 4-61 line on 6 targets in the last game Godwin misses.

The Buccaneers have agreed to a 1-year deal with WR Antonio Brown, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "Language still has to be finalized, COVID protocols passed, but Brown is likely to make his Bucs' debut in Week 9 against the Saints," Schefter adds. Brown joins a loaded offense that figures to cap his target ceiling, but he also has at least some experience with Tom Brady. Brown played primarily on the outside with the Steelers but split between outside and the slot in his lone game with the Patriots last season. We'll see about his exact role with the Bucs and how it affects where Chris Godwin lines up. We'd bet on each of them splitting their time between outside and the slot. Brown should be picked up in just about any fantasy football league where he's still available. Brady's fantasy ceiling rises. And Mike Evans faces even more competition for targets.

According to multiple reports, WR Antonio Brown and the Buccaneers are "very close" to finalizing a deal. That would reunite Brown with Tom Brady, who threw passes to him for a week in New England last season before off-field issues ended his stint. He's currently on league suspension but will be eligible to join the team after Week 8. He'll obviously crowd the target picture for Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, who has already seen his targets dwindle in games that have included a full-time Godwin. Brown's arrival can only help the upside for Brady as well. We'll watch for confirmation, but Brown should be added pretty much anywhere he's available.

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. HC Bruce Arians said Friday that Fournette will "reassume his role” in this weekend’s game against the Raiders. We’ll see exactly what that means. Fournette would be a flier in Week 7 fantasy lineups. His return does add some risk to RB Ronald Jones’ profile.

The NFL has moved this week's Bucs-Raiders game from Sunday at 8:20 pm ET to 4:05 pm ET. The league is clearly concerned about Vegas' COVID outbreak and the possibility that this game needs to be postponed. We'll keep an eye on that. Meanwhile, the Seahawks-Cardinals game has been moved to Sunday night. The only fantasy impact there is that the game will no longer be on the DFS main slate.

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. That presumably puts him on track to return for Sunday night's game against the Raiders. Ronald Jones has taken control of Tampa's backfield with Fournette out over the past 3 weeks, so Fournette can't be trusted in Week 7 fantasy lineups. But his return does add a bit of risk to Jones' profile.

The Seahawks are "positioned to make a push to sign" WR Antonio Brown, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. "Other teams also are interested," Schefter adds. Brown still has 2 weeks left on his 8-week suspension, but it sounds like he'll land a job soon. It's completely unclear what kind of physical and mental shape Brown is in -- and joining a new team midway through the season is tough. Still, Brown might be worth adding now in deeper fantasy leagues.

Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis (abdomen) is active for today's game against the Packers. He's a solid option for IDP lineups.

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) is inactive for today’s game against the Packers. RB LeSean McCoy is back today and, along with RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, will play behind Ronald Jones.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) will be "active but limited" against the Packers today. "It is not expected to be a regular workload for Fournette, who is improved from his ankle injury, but still not 100 percent," Schefter adds. Fournette obviously isn't a fantasy option with that expectation. Ronald Jones is a good bet for 15+ touches today.

Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis (abdomen) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers. Davis missed practice Wednesday before putting in limited workouts the next 2 days. We'll check his status Sunday.

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Packers. Fournette can’t be trusted in Week 6 fantasy lineups, but his return would add a threat to RB Ronald Jones’ workload. RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) is set to return this weekend after missing last Thursday night’s game.

Bucs WRs Chris Godwin (hamstring), Mike Evans (ankle), Scotty Miller (hip groin) and Justin Watson (chest) were all left off the final injury report. Godwin practiced all week, including a full workout on Friday. Evans put in just 2 limited practices, so it looks like he’s more banged-up than Godwin at this point. Both guys are still virtual must-starts in what should be a shootout vs. Green Bay. Miller and Watson aren’t really useable with Godwin and Evans active.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin (hamstring) remained limited in Thursday's practice. It's still unclear whether he's ready to return for this weekend's game vs. the Packers. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Bucs RBs Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy were limited in Wednesday's practice with their ankle injuries. Both guys missed last Thursday night's loss to the Bears but have a chance to return for this weekend's game vs. the Packers. Check back tomorrow for another update on the Bucs backfield.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin (hamstring) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. That's an upgrade over last week, when Godwin didn't practice at all. He seemingly has a shot to return for Sunday's showdown with the Packers. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

Bucs WR Mike Evans (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Bears. He was reportedly a game-time decision, so don't expect him to be at 100%. But he also played through this injury last week, posting a 7-122-1 line. WR Scotty Miller (hip, groin) is also active, as expected.

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Bears. It's a major surprise after he was listed as doubtful. Fournette didn't practice all week and might just be up as an emergency option. We wouldn't use him in fantasy lineups. Ronald Jones remains a solid RB2.


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