Description: Browns quarterback Josh McCown will open training camp as the Browns starting quarterback according to CBS Cleveland.
Insight: Coach Mike Pettine didn't flat out say McCown will be the team's starter, but he phrased it "fair to say" McCown would be the starter. This shouldn't be a surprise. The Browns didn't draft a quarterback, McCown is due $6.25 million, and Johnny Maziel is, well, still Manziel. McCown, however, should only be drafted in very deep or two-quarterback fantasy leagues.
Description: The Buccaneers want second-year running back Charles Sims to be the "feature" back this season, according to the Pewter Report.
Insight: While Sims may turn into Tampa Bay's lead back, there is too much uncertainty surrounding the Buccaneers backfield for us to recommend starting him ... yet. He played the final eight games in 2014, averaging just 2.8 ypg, but caught 19 balls for 190 yards. Lovie Smith seems to like his pass-catching ability and Doug Martin could be on his way out of town.
Description: The Browns have signed quarterback Josh McCown to a three-year contract.
Insight: This will likely end Brian Hoyer's tenure in Cleveland. McCown will fight for the starting job with Johnny Manziel, but really does not excite you from a fantasy perspective, even if he wins the job.
Description: Former Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown left his Buffalo visit without a contract offer.
Insight: McCown lasted just one season in Tampa Bay, after playing well in a substitute role in Chicago. He isn't likely to land a starting job, though his best hope is probably in Buffalo where he would have to beat out E.J. Manuel.
Description: Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins should be on the sleeper watch for next season.
Insight: New Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter praised the talent he has to work with on offense in Tampa Bay and included Seferian-Jenkins. Koetter worked with Tony Gonzalez in Atlanta for two years, so he definitely knows how to incorporate a big, pass-catching tight end. Seferian-Jenkins is 6-foot-5 and 262 pounds with blazing speed. For owners who love to take flier tight ends late in drafts, this might be the best guy to take next season.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin finished the 2014 season strong.
Insight: Martin didn't run well last week, but Martin did run for 96 yards two weeks ago, and finished the season with 108 yards on the ground against the Saints. That was Martin's first 100-yard game since Week 2 of 2013.
Description: Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown completed 14-of-23 passes for 115 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Insight: McCown finished with 2,206 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 11 starts this season. Tampa Bay needs a franchise quarterback, and they will have the first overall pick to choose one.
Description: Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson had six catches for 70 yards on Sunday.
Insight: Jackson continues to stick around and annoy fantasy owners who believed Mike Evans was ready to take over as the No. 1 option in the Buccaneers passing attack. Jackson had 10 targets versus Evans' eight.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin should see a slight increase in snaps on Sunday.
Insight: Bobby Rainey is out, so Martin and Charlie Sims will split the workload. However, with a tough matchup against the solid run-defense of the Lions, we do not recommend Martin as anything more than a flex.
Description: Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson had three catches for 43 yards versus Washington on Sunday.
Insight: With Mike Evans breaking out, Jackson isn't left with much with Josh McCown under center. Jackson will remain the second-best receiving option for McCown going forward as we expect Evans to continue to dominant.
Description: Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown completed 15-of-23 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Buccaneers to their second victory of the season.
Insight: McCown was obviously emotional after the loss last week, so it isn't a huge surprise to see him come out and lead his team to a victory against another well below average team. McCown is a risky QB2 moving forward.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (ankle) is not practicing again Thursday.
Insight: He still has not been cleared to practice, leaving Bobby Rainey (19 rushed for 87 yards in Week 9) in line for another big workload. Rookie Charlie Sims is also expected to see his first action during Week 10, but he's more a third-down receiving back.
Description: Buccaneers rookie receiver Mike Evans easily had his best game as a pro on Sunday against the Browns.
Insight: He caught seven passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Evans and fellow receiver Vincent Jackson look about equal in fantasy value at this point. Evens had 11 targets, and Jackson received 12 on Sunday.
Description: Buccaneers backup/change-of-pace running back Bobby Rainey was a decent emergency play in Week 9.
Insight: Rainey was likely available in a lot of weeks on Sunday morning when it was announced that Tampa Bay running backs Doug Martin and Charles Sims would be inactive. Rainey had 123 yards from scrimmage, including 87 rushing yards, but 80 of those rushing yards came in the first half.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is no longer in a walking boot, but missed the final practice of the week and is unlikely to go Sunday.
Insight: This Doug Martin, the one we have witnessed all season, isn't fantasy worthy even when healthy. In five games, he's failed to run for more than 45 yards. Bobby Rainey should get the majority of the work, though Charles Sims is also available.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was in a walking boot on Wednesday due to an ankle injury he suffered in Week 8 against the Vikings.
Insight: He did not practice on Wednesday, and his status for Week 9 is unclear. Bobby Rainey and Charles Sims will have a chance to start if Martin can't go. Check back on Thursday for another Martin update.
Description: Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson had a day to forget on Sunday.
Insight: He had only one catch for 13 yards, as his inconsistent play continues. Playing on a team like Tampa Bay only hurts Jackson's value, as owners will hope he is dealt by Tuesday's trade deadline.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was forced out of Sunday's contest against the Vikings.
Insight: He left with an ankle injury during the third quarter, and had his helmet offf and ankle wrapped. It looks like Martin is done for the day after posting 27 yards on 10 carries. Bobby Rainey will handle the halfback duties, with Martin out.
Description: Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown (thumb) is active, but Mike Glennon is still expected to start.
Insight: Glennon is 1-2 in the last three games, but has produced solid fantasy numbers, so fantasy owners hope he continues to start. McCown failed to crack the 185-yard passing mark in three games and will be his backup.
Description: Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson has been the subject of trade talks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Insight: Rapoport reports that the Eagles, Patriots, and Seahawks are among the teams that have called Tampa Bay regarding Jackson. If he is traded to any of these three teams, his fantasy value will skyrocket.
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, teams have been calling about the availability of Buccaneers running back Doug Martin, via trade.
Insight: A change of scenery could be nice for Martin, as he has only 139 rushing yards, on 2.9 yards per carry. With only one touchdown, and after missing most of the 2013 season, Tampa Bay probably would not fetch more than a late-round pick in return.
Description: Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy signed a seven-year, $98 million extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The new deal will average $14 million per year with $51.5 million guaranteed.
Insight: The guaranteed money is the most ever awarded to a defensive tackle in NFL history. McCoy had 9.5 sacks and 35 tackles last year on his way to the Pro Bowl. He is 26-years old.
Description: Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (ribs) did not practice on Wednesday.
Insight: Tampa Bay is seemingly playing it safe with Jackson, as he should be back at practice tomorrow. He is expected to be a full-go for Week 8 against Minnesota, and should be cosidered a WR2 for the matchup.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin disappeared in Sunday's loss to the Ravens.
Insight: With the game out of hand early, Tampa Bay had to essentially abandon the running game. Martin finished the day with 11 carries for 45 yards, along with one catch for only three yards. He is no more than a RB3 for now.
Description: Tampa Bay QB Mike Glennon had a solid day against the Ravens.
Insight: While his team got destroyed 48-17. Glennon was able to pick up garbage stats. He went 24-of-44 for 314 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Glennon should be the Bucs' starting quarterback for the rest of the season.
Description: Tampa Bay rookie receiver Mike Evans returned to practice on Wednesday.
Insight: He was limited to individual drills, but this is good news nonetheless. Evans was not expected back until after Tampa Bay's Week 7 bye, but now will have a great chance to play this week against the Ravens.
Description: Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson caught eight passes for 144 yards against the Saints on Sunday.
Insight: The Saints continue to have problems with No. 1 wide outs from the opposition. Jackson seems to have really benefitted from the quarterback switch to Mike Glennon. Since the change due to Josh McCown's injury, Jackson has a touchdown catch in each of the last two games and now a 100-yard day.
Description: Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith failed to endorse Josh McCown as his starting quarterback according to PewterReport.com.
Insight: Who can blame him? McCown quarterbacked Tampa Bay to a 56-14 loss in Atlanta while second-year man Mike Glennon led the team to an upset victory in Pittsburgh. Smith may finally realize that Glennon gives his team the best chance to win. Owners can drop McCown in all leagues.
Description: Tampa Bay rookie receiver Mike Evans is expected to miss 2-3 weeks, according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1.
Insight: The No. 6 pick of the 2014 NFL Draft had scored the first touchdown of the game out-muscling the Steelers defenders and caught four balls for 65 yards and a TD. Louis Murphy figures to see more playing time in the interim.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (knee) calls himself 100 percent according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.
Insight: To say Martin has struggled this season is a huge understatement, but it sounds like he is at least motivated to prove his doubters wrong. It looks like Mike Glennon will get the start at quarterback, which means Martin should be heavily involved. He also has a good matchup against a weak Steelers run defense.
Description: Expect Bucs QB Mike Glennon to start in Week 4 and Josh McCown's thumb injury was always expected to take more than one week to heal.
Insight: Glennon (19 TD, 9 INT in 2013) did an admirable job last season, but wasn't very good in the debacle against Atlanta. He'll face a Steelers defense that lost three starters to injury last week.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (knee) practiced on Monday according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Martin "looked like he was practicing without limitations." This is good news for the Buccaneers as backup running back Bobby Rainey has lost three fumbles through three games. Tampa Bay faces Pittsburgh in Week 4.
Description: Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown is expected to miss two weeks due to his thumb injury.
Insight: McCown hasn't been anywhere near as good as he was last season with Chicago. He has two touchdowns and four interceptions this season. Second-year quarterback Mike Glennon will presumably take over and if he plays well he could stay in there longer.
Description: Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown could miss one or two games according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: This might not be a bad thing the way McCown is playing. We don't wish injury on anyone, but McCown has looked awful, throwing four interceptions in three games and losing all three starts to begin 2014. Second-year quarterback Mike Glennon will presumably take over, but head coach Lovie Smith says McCown will be the starter when healthy.
Description: Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey somehow manufactured a respectable night from the Thursday night disaster.
Insight: Starting running back Doug Martin wasn't available and Rainey managed to combine for 105 yards from scrimmage. Considering the ugliness of the 56-14 massacre, his owners have to be grateful for double-digit points.
Description: Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown, who injured the thumb on his throwing hand Thursday night, is quickly becoming a "worst offseason signing" candidate.
Insight: McCown ha been ineffective all season including last night before the injury. He was supposed to rebuild the passing game in the image of the Bears where he averaged more than 300 ypg in five starts, but he's been horrible. Even if healthy he cannot be counted on in fantasy leagues.
Description: Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown injured the thumb on his throwing hand and his return is questionable.
Insight: McCown had been ineffective while out there as the Falcons have demolished the Bus in the first half. McCown was 5-of-12 passes for 58 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. Mike Glennon should play the rest of the way.
Description: Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey has a chance to start again on Thursday against the Falcons.
Insight: Starting running back Doug Martin will try to give it a go, but if in pregame warmups it is decided Martin cannot play, the Buccaneers will turn to Rainey, who gained 167 yards on 32 touches against Atlanta in Week 11 last season. The Falcons defense does not look much better this year as it has allowed 284 yards and five touchdowns to opponents' tailbacks so far this year. Rainey is a borderline RB1 in Week 3 and must-start if Martin is out.
Description: Tampa Bay rookie receiver Mike Evans pulled down all four targets, but posted just 49 yards in Week 2 against the Rams.
Insight: The No. 6 pick of the 2014 NFL Draft is the second target for Josh McCown behind Vincent Jackson, but needs to be more productive with his receptions. He's got 86 yards and zero touchdowns from nine receptions.
Description: Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson caught four passes for 51 yards in the Bucs 19-17 loss to the Rams.
Insight: Jackson is Josh McCown's favorite target with a team-leading 16 targets, but hasn't done anything with them. He's totaled just 87 yards and zero touchdowns through two games. Still, we like that he's getting plenty of opportunities.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (knee) is not expected to play in Week 2 against the Rams according FOX's Jay Glazer.
Insight: Coach Lovie Smith was adamant all week that Martin was not benched in the Week 1 loss. The coach also reassured the media that the Buccaneers would stay committed to the running game. Apparently it really was an injury keeping him out of the end of the season opener. Bobby Rainey jumps up in value.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (knee) is expected to play in Week 2 against the Rams according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: Coach Lovie Smith was adamant all week that Martin was not bench in the Week 1 loss. The coach also reassured the media that the Buccaneers would stay committed to the running game. Martin is a RB2 this week.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin (knee) returned to practice on Thursday.
Insight: This isn't a surprise as Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith called the injury minor. The bigger concern, however, is Martin's seemingly short lease with Smith. Plus, at less than 100 percent, Martin is a low-end RB2.
Description: Wednesday Tampa Bay placed rookie running back Charles Sims (broken ankle) on injured reserve/designated for return.
Insight: Sims' absence could help Doug Martin get more involved in the Bucs passing game and that was expected to be the rookie's role in the offense. Sims' timetable for return is still 2-3 months away at best.
Description: Bills wide receiver Mike Williams made three catches for 46 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against his former team, the Buccaneers.
Insight: Williams caught three out of four passes thrown in his direction, including a 14-yard touchdown. He will play opposite Sammy Watkins to start the season and has the potential to be a valuable WR plug-in during the bye weeks.
Description: Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson caught five passes for 43 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Bills.
Insight: Jackson was clearly Josh McCown's favorite target, and the quarterback looked a lot better on Saturday then he did in previous preseason games this month. Jackson caught all five balls thrown his way. The receiver is a high-end WR2.
Description: Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown completed 13-of-16 passes for 112 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the Buccaneers third preseason game.
Insight: McCown led the Bucs to three scoring drives before Mike Glennon replaced McCown in the second half. His touchdown was a 26-yard strike to Mike Evans in the back of the endzone. McCown has completed 20-of-27 passes for 178 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in three preseason starts. McCown is a low-end QB2.
was 2-for-4 for 20 yards and a "pick-six." He didn't get much help from his offensive line. They will all have to be much better or fantasy owners will start to devalue everyone on the Bucs' offense.
Description: Buccaneers running back Doug Martin had 12 carries for 38 yards with a touchdown and two catches for 27 yards in Saturday's preseason game.
Insight: Head coach Lovie Smith said this week that Martin was going to be his "bell cow" and he was on Saturday. Martin touched the ball 14 times before half and Bobby Rainey was mostly used only on third downs. Through three preseason games, Martin has 100 total yards on 25 touches. He is a lock to be the every-down back. If Martin is there in the third round, which is his currect ADP, take him.
Description: Coach Lovie Smith called running back Doug Martin his "bell cow".
Insight: It is a little curious why Martin's ADP has slipped to the early third round as Martin is going to be the focal point of a run heavy offense. There are still questions about the Buccaneers offensive line but Martin provides tremendous value at where his ADP is right now.
Description: Tampa Bay rookie receiver Mike Evans caught two balls for 52 yards, though he lost a touchdown when the ball was stripped out of his hands by Brent Grimes.
Insight: We hope the No. 6 pick of the 2014 NFL Draft learns how to hold the ball when the games begin to count. Evans doesn't have any real competition for the spot opposite Vincent Jackson and should be a solid WR3 and one of the top-two rookie receivers this season.
Description: Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown did not look very good in his debut under center.
Insight: McCown was 2-for-4 for 20 yards and a "pick-six." He didn't get much help from his offensive line. They will all have to be much better or fantasy owners will start to devalue everyone on the Bucs' offense.
Description: According to the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith indicated Tuesday that he has a high opinion of running back Doug Martin but understands the need for more than one back.
Insight: Bucs OC Jeff Tedford said last week that he believes in alternating running backs. "I think you have to alternate,'' Tedford said. "Even when we had two 1,000-yard rushers (at California), J.J. Arrington was a 2,000-yard rusher and and we had a couple times guys had 1,000 yards apiece. But I don’t believe that one back can carry the load. It's just too physical. I think you probably need to have two to three guys to bring different things to the table. But I think you at least need to have two to be able to spell them here and there and keep them healthy and that type of thing." Bobby Rainey and Mike James both played well last season when Martin was out with a shoulder injury, and the team drafted receiving back Charles Sims in the third round this year. Martin saw 368 touches as a rookie and was on pace for 371 last year before his season-ending injury. He'll probably be closer to 300 this year.