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Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) is active for today's game against the Saints. He put in just a limited practice Friday and carries some extra risk into an already low-floor matchup. Consider other options for your IDP lineup today.

The Buccaneers have ruled S Justin Evans (toe) out for Sunday's game against the Saints. DE Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) is questionable. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday before returning to a limited Friday workout. That marked a downgrade from his participation level last week with the same injury. We'll check JPP's status Sunday morning. The issue plus the poor sack matchup with New Orleans make him much more of a "sit" candidate than usual.

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) missed practice all week and is out for Sunday’s game against the Saints. That again makes Chris Godwin a WR2 with upside and also gives WR Adam Humphries a slight bump in his target projection.

Buccaneers S Justin Evans left Sunday's game against the Panthers early after aggravating the injury to his right big toe. Evans missed Wednesday's practice and was seen in a walking boot. That bodes ill for Evans' Sunday availability -- and durability even if he plays. Evans practiced every day last week, including a full workout Friday. We've removed him from the Week 14 DB rankings (for now, at least).

Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson didn't practice Wednesday because of the left thumb injury that kept him out of Week 13. Chris Godwin owners certainly wouldn't mind if Jackson continues to miss game time. The 2nd-year wideout has reached 98 receiving yards in all 3 games he has played without Jackson active to date.

Buccaneers S Justin Evans (toe) and LB Lavonte David (knee) are active for today’s game against the Panthers. Each carries some extra durability risk coming off a multi-week injury, but use either as you planned in IDP lineups.

Buccaneers LB Lavonte David (knee) and S Justin Evans (toe) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Each player graduated to a full practice Friday, though, after limited workouts the 1st 2 days. Each player appears to be on the verge of returning after missing the past 2 contests. We'll confirm the status of each Sunday morning.

Bucs RB Ronald Jones will play against the Panthers this weekend, HC Dirk Koetter said Friday. The rookie has been either injured or a healthy scratch in 4 straight games. He’s unlikely to see more than a handful of touches on Sunday and isn’t a fantasy option. Peyton Barber remains a fine RB3 or flex.

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson (thumb) is out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. He's played 54% of the offensive snaps and averaged 6.4 targets per game, so this is a significant loss. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Adam Humphries and Cameron Brate should all pick up an extra target or 2. Godwin, who's playing time has yo-yoed all season, is the biggest winner.

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson had a cast on his left thumb at Thursday's practice, insider Rick Stroud reports. D-Jax was on the practice field but not catching passes. It's unclear if he'll try to play through the issue against the Panthers this weekend, but he'll obviously be a high-risk fantasy start if he does. WRs Chris Godwin and Adam Humphries will benefit from a limited or sidelined Jackson.

The Buccaneers will face the Giants on Sunday without OLB Lavonte David (MCL sprain), S Justin Evans (toe) and DE Vinny Curry (ankle). The 1st 2 are starter-level IDP options when healthy. We wouldn't bother chasing their backups. Curry hasn't been an IDP factor, but Carl Nassib has delivered recently amid Curry's inconsistent availability. Nassib has tallied 4 sacks and 6 total QB hits over the past 4 games. He's questionable for Sunday's game as well with an elbow issue but put in limited practice Thursday and a full Friday workout after sitting Wednesday. If Nassib's active Sunday, he'll be an upside option in DL2 territory.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin (ankle) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Giants. He sat out on Wednesday and Thursday but put in a full practice on Friday. We’re expecting Godwin to play and will find out for sure by noon ET on Sunday. Consider him a risk/reward WR3 for Week 11.

Bucs RB Ronald Jones (hamstring) was limited in practice all week but is out for Sunday’s game against the Giants. Peyton Barber will continue to dominate carries in Tampa’s backfield, with Jacquizz Rodgers playing on passing downs.

Buccaneers S Justin Evans has missed practice Wednesday and Thursday this week because of a toe injury. That doesn't seem to bode well for his chances of playing Sunday against the Giants. LB Lavonte David also continued to miss practice Thursday, coming off an MCL sprain. If he sits, the Bucs would be without their top 2 LBs and 2 starting safeties. (Chris Conte has been out with a knee injury.) An upside spot already for the Giants' offense is only looking better. We'll keep an eye on Evans and David for IDP purposes.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He now seems in real danger of missing this weekend's game against the Giants. WR DeSean Jackson would get the biggest playing-time boost if Godwin sits. Mike Evans, Adam Humphries and O.J. Howard would also pick up some extra targets.

Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin missed Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury. It's a new issue, but Godwin participated to the end of last week's game against Washington -- catching a pass on the final play. Godwin did match his lowest snap share of the season (49%), though we have no idea if that's related to the ankle. We'll keep an eye on his status heading into Sunday's visit to the Giants.

Bucs RB Ronald Jones (hamstring) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a chance to play against the Giants this weekend after missing the last 3 games. Jones isn't a fantasy option but would put a dent in RB Peyton Barber's value.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Buccaneers LB Lavonte David sprained the MCL in his right knee in Sunday's loss to Washington. The Bucs haven't yet ruled him out for this Sunday's visit to the Giants, but the injury makes him seem unlikely for that contest -- and perhaps more time beyond that. We'll see how this situation progresses.

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The Bucs have signed K Cairo Santos to replace K Chandler Catanzaro. Santos filled in for Greg Zuerlein in Los Angeles earlier this season, connecting on 5 of 6 FGs and 5 of 6 XPs. He'll be a viable fantasy option in the high-scoring Tampa offense. Catanzaro averaged 1.7 FG attempts and 3 XP attempts per game.

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.

 
 
 

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