May 30, 2016

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC South

2016 Schedule

  • Week 1

    TB @ ATL


    1:00 pm

  • Week 2

    TB @ ARI


    4:00 pm

  • Week 3

    LAR @ TB


    5:00 pm

  • Week 4

    DEN @ TB


    5:00 pm

  • Week 5

    TB @ CAR


    8:30 pm

  • Week 6


  • Week 7

    TB @ SF


    5:00 pm

  • Week 8

    OAK @ TB


    1:00 pm

  • Week 8

    ATL @ TB


    8:30 pm

  • Week 10

    CHI @ TB


    1:00 pm

  • Week 11

    TB @ KC


    1:00 pm

  • Week 12

    SEA @ TB


    4:00 pm

  • Week 13

    TB @ SD


    4:30 pm

  • Week 14

    NO @ TB


    1:00 pm

  • Week 15

    TB @ DAL


    1:00 pm

  • Week 16

    TB @ NO


    1:00 pm

  • Week 17

    CAR @ TB


    1:00 pm

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview




Alright, alright, alright. Let’s get this Tampa Bay preview rolling by discussing… the Chicago Bears.  If you read my Pyro Index vol. 1, then you know the Chicago Bears have the most wins of any organization in football.


At the end of the 2013 season, they had a combined total of 747 wins, including the playoffs. Obviously, any coach is going to feel the heat in the windy city if they are not successful in with this organization. So, when Lovie Lee Smith coached the team in 2012 and they failed to reach the playoffs for the fifth time in six years, he was canned. That man was CANNED after all the HEAT.




So, fast forward to 2014, and Smith is in the coaching seat once again, this time in Tampa Bay. The Bucs were in the NFC North division once upon a time, but now round out the NFC South along with Atlanta, Carolina, and New Orleans. Smith, not known for his offensive prowess, will have a difficult time putting up points in that division. In his nine years coaching in Chicago, his average offensive rank for total points was 18th.



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According to the projected Pyro Power Rankings for 2014, Carolina and New Orleans are in the top four for stingiest defenses. Those defenses are going to be tough this year, and teams facing them may find it difficult to put points on the board.  To quote Dawg on the subject of Lovie Smith: “Lovie’s name should be changed to Hatie for fantasy owners”. Truly, I have not heard such linguistic beauty since Keanu Reeve’s Shakespearian performance.



Take that Bill and Ted! Quarterbacking the Bucs through an excellent adventure this year is Josh McCown. He did a masterful job filling in for Cutler last year. He played in eight games but started only five. He was 149 for 224 on the season and totaled 1,829 yards. Amazingly, he tossed 13 touchdowns with only 1 interception, plus he ran another one in for a score. Of the five games he started, he went over 300 yards three times. The other two games were both over 200 yards. The important thing to remember, this was done under Marc Trestman. This is a huge reason why Pyro’s final draft kit ranking has McCown rated #24 at the position.  Some people have been touting McCown and his reunion with Smith. Alright, the two worked together, but when McCown was on fire last year, Lovie was no longer on staff. They don’t call Trestman the quarterback whisperer for nothing. I have serious doubts that McCown will put up the same caliber performance under Lovie Smith. Do not get caught up in the douche canoe hype. I have seen McCown on some crazy lists from some of those top 40 fantasy sites out there all claiming McCown is going to breakout. Tap the brakes, and remember Lovie Smith is no Jack Kennedy and he sure as hell isn’t Marc Trestman!


Mike Glennon is the backup to the 35 year old McCown. This is just Glennon’s second year in the league. Last year for Tampa, he started 13 games. On his biggest day, he threw for just 275 yards. On his worst day, he threw for 90. His completion percentage was just below 60%. He totaled 2,608 yards and tossed 19 TDs and 9 INTs. I could see Glennon getting some action this year. I just don’t know if McCown can with stand a full season as a starter. Glennon will have a better supporting cast this year, but the guy is wildly inconsistent. Pyro puts him at #41 for their final preseason ranking.


The Tampa 2 may no longer be defined as a defensive scheme created by Monte Kiffin and Tony Dungy after seeing the two Tampa receivers take the field this year. Sometimes, “it takes two to make a thing go right, it takes two to make it outta sight”.



The 2 I am referencing are the Tampa receivers in 2014: Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. These two monsters are both 6”5’. So, you may ask yourself: Does height matter for wide receivers? Thank goodness Pyro has got your back on this one.



Starting off with Vincent Jackson, he is entering his 10th year in the NFL and 3rd in Tampa Bay. Since arriving, he finished 6th and 14th respectively for fantasy wide receivers. Last year he was targeted 159 times and pulled in 78 receptions. After doing some strenuous calculations, I have determined that is a 49% catch rate. Out of the top 35 targeted guys from 2013, that is 2nd worst (Torrey Smith 48.1%). It gets worse, his average yards per target was 7.85 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.  The average is 7.8 yards down field with a 58.5% catch rate. So, he was just average for his targets downfield, yet his catch rate was almost 10% worse than the norm.  He averaged 15.7 yards per catch. So, he doesn’t do too bad once he actually catches the ball, although the average yards per catch for receivers last year was 13.3. But the problem is the ball falls incomplete more often than not when thrown to him. Look, he can put up some big numbers. He had four games where he went for over 100 yards and on three of those occasions he also crossed the end zone. At those times, you love him on your team, he can win you a handful of weeks. Generally however, I want consistency on my fantasy roster. A Vincent Jackson is not bad if you have a couple other receivers that are giving solid performances week in and week out.  Pyro puts him just inside the top 20 for the final preseason rankings. My problem with him is the ADP, well, that and all the drops. As of the end of August, he is going in the 3rd round for 12 team leagues. That is a heavy price tag on a guy whose catch rate is just below 50%.



Continuing to look at the new Tampa 2, we turn our attention to Mike Evans. As of the latest ADP data, you can grab him 6 rounds later. He is going at the tail end of the 9th round for 12 team leagues. As stated, he is also 6”5’ but about 10 pounds lighter than Jackson. Evans weighs 231 and ran a 4.53. He played 2 years with Johnny Freefall at Texas A&M.  He had more receptions his first year, 82 to 69. But in his final year he had more yards and more TDs. In 2012 he had 1,105 yards and went to 1,394 last year. Then, his touchdowns rose from 5 to 12. He played in 13 total games last year. He went for over 100 yards 5 times, 2 of which went for over 200. He did have a tendency to disappear for a game here and there. There were a total of 5 games he totaled less than 60 yards, his worst being an 8 yard outing on 4 receptions. Pyro has him ranked at number 39, the third highest rookie receiver. Check out some of his college highlights.



Doug Martin burst onto the scene in 2012 and was just 74 shy of 2,000 all purpose yards. Stagg Party is highest on him with D-rx lowest. On the last tier sheet of the preseason, Staggs has Martin as high as #7 where as D-rx has him at #12. According to ADP’s from the end of August, he is going as the 12th running back off the board. Personally, I think there is a lot of hype on this kid who really has not shown us that much. In 2012, he totaled 12 touchdowns (11 rushing). He averaged 4.56 yards per carry. But his total rushing yards (1,454) were skewed with some heavy performances. He put up 251 yards in one game. Looking just a bit closer, you discover he did that against Oakland. He only had 4 other games were he rushed for over 100 yards that year. Then, there are the six games he played in 2014. He only went for over 100 yards once. He averaged a pedestrian 3.59 yards per carry. All of that was before the injury mind you. Plus, he only scored one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown and both of those came in week 1. Tampa is tied for the 14th easiest schedule against the run this year. By the way, in 2012, when he was at his best, Tampa had the 6th easiest rushing schedule. It’s not that I need to see it from a guy for several years before I am drinking the Kool-aid, hell, I am dancing to the Duke (Andre Ellington) in most of my drafts this year. But to me, Martin built a huge reputation on just one amazing game versus Oakland and has done little else since.  It’s not that he doesn’t have talent. But, I have him as my 15th running back, just below Le’veon Bell and Zac Stacy.





The official back up to Doug Martin is still a bit murky. Before they lost the rookie Simms for the season (most speculate), Rainey was the #2. At the end of last season, most bets were on Mike James. But, Rainey had an excellent camp. Both guys filled in nicely when Martin went down. In fact, I had both on my dynasty team at one point last year. Rainey has dominated the carries in the preseason but has not done much with it, maintaining an embarrassing 2 yards per rush on 32 carries. Although James has a better average (5 yards per carry) they have only handed it to him 6 times. Clearly, Rainey has been getting the reps, which indicates the team’s confidence in him as their #2.  In 12 team leagues with 16 roster spots, neither guy is being drafted according to late August ADPs. Instead of handcuffing Doug Martin, I would spend late round picks on guys like James White or Alfred Blue. You should be able to get a Martin backup off waivers if the need should arise.


Now that Tim Wright has become a Patriot, it leaves the tight end position a bit suspect in Tampa. While they solidified their offensive line in the deal, the remaining tight ends are the rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Myers. Pyro has Jenkins as their highest ranked Tampa tight end. He is another converted basket ball player which seems to be the trend these days. He set Washington school records with 146 receptions, 1,840 receiving yards, and 21 touchdowns for a tight end. The guy has talent, and now it looks like he will have the opportunity. Keep this in mind, rarely do rookie tight ends ever make an immediate impact. It generally takes several years for them to get going. Granted, we have witnessed that learning curve shorten as of late with the likes of the Jordans  (Cameron & Reed). But, chances are, this kid is still a year or two away from breaking out. He could be a guy to watch, but there is just too much talent at the position this year. If you end up waiting on tight end, take a Zack Ertz, Travis Kelce, or a Dwayne Allen instead. Seferian-Jenkins can be claimed off the wire if he ends up being the real deal.




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Errict Rhett was a superstar running back for the Florida Gators and a second round, 34th overall, selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1994 NFL Draft. Errict Rhett had the potential to be one of the greatest running backs the NFL had ever seen, but a holdout for money would be the undoing to all that potential. 

Rhett is a player that has faded from memory for a lot of people, but I remember him as being a beast for the Florida Gators. The Gators have produced some of the greatest running backs in the NFL like Fred Taylor, Neal Anderson and of course Emmitt Smith. Although, Errict Rhett was the best running back to ever play at Florida, and he is still their all-time leader in yards. Here is how he stacks up to Emmitt Smith, who ranks second all-time behind Rhett. 

1. Errict Rhett: 1990-1993, Total Yards: 5393 yards (4163 rushing, 1230 rec) 34 td
2. Emmitt Smith: 1987-1989, Total Yards: 4391 yards (3928 rush, 463 rec) 36 td

When the Buccaneers selected Rhett in 1994, they were coming off a 5-11 season, and lacked any real firepower on offense. The Florida star stepped in and was welcomed with open arms in his home state, and did not disappoint with his rookie performance. Rhett became the starter halfway through the season, and finished with 1,011 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. The following season he had 1,207 rushing yards, while scoring 11 times. The feat was made even more impressive when you consider that the Bucs offensive line was one of the worst in the league at the time. Rhett also ran for 192 yards against the Redskins, which was the third best rushing game in team history. 

Heading into the 1996 season Rhett was under contract for $336,000, which was only $130,000 more than the lowest-paid running back in the league. So for a player that had been as effective as he was, it seemed fitting that he would want to holdout for a better deal. For Rhett, that was complicated by the fact that his agent was Drew Rosenhaus. Rosenhaus was known for dramatic holdouts to get his clients more money, but just about every general manager in the league also hated him. There was yet another issue with complicated things, and that was Buccaneers new head coach Tony Dungy.

Rhett, Rosenhaus and the Buccaneers were unable to reach an agreement before the start of the 1996 season. It was reported that Rhett turned down a six-year contract worth $2.3M per year. Rosenhaus was pushing for $3M per year with a $5M signing bonus, and thus began Errict’s 93-day holdout. Rhett, through Rosenhaus, said that he would not play unless he got a contract extension. Then Rosenhaus demanded the Bucs trade Rhett before the trade deadline that season, and that fell upon deaf ears as well. In the end, Rhett got nothing, and returned to the team under his same original contract.

When he returned to the team, he was not welcomed back with open arms. Tony Dungy was the new head coach, and his star running back had held out for half of the season on him. As far as Dungy was concerned, he did not need him. Errict would only run for 539 yards and three scores, with 3.1 YPC average. After the season ended, Dungy and the Buccaneers began to move the team in another direction.

The Buccaneers had drafted Mike Alstott in 1996 as a fullback to block for Rhett, but with Rhett missing games he was also used a lot as a rusher. Tony Dungy liked him so much, that he did not feel he needed the 5’11” 210 pound Rhett anymore. In 1997, with the 12th overall pick the Bucs looked to replace the former Florida star, with a then current Florida State star, Warrick Dunn. That pick was a death sentence for Rhett in Tampa. He did play the following season, but only had 31 carries for 96 yards and three scores in 11 games played. Dunn became the feature back, and Rhett was never the same player again.

The story of Errict Rhett did not have a good ending, and Rhett has only himself and his trust in Drew Rosenhaus to thank for that. It was poor decision after poor decision by Rosenhaus, coupled with Tony Dungy and his lack of respect for Rhett that derailed this once promising career.


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Connor Barth heads to division rival Saints

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Pyro's take: Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers K Connor Barth has agreed to terms on a contract with the New Orleans Saints. Barth was released following the Buccaneers' selection of Roberto Aguayo in the second-round of the 2016 Nfl draft.

It didn't take long for Connor Barth to find a new team as he signed with the division rival New Orleans Saints. The veteran kicker finished 2015 with 103 fantasy points through 12 games and will likely compete with Kai Forbath for the starting job in New Orleans.

05/21/16, 11:28 PM CDT by PK Ripper
Source: www.twitter.com

Free agent Doug Martin says he wants to re-sign with the Bucs.


Pyro's take: After a resurgent 2015 campaign that saw Martin rush for 1,402 yards and six touchdowns, Martin has put himself among the top running backs that could hit the market when the new league year starts in March.

“I love Tampa and Tampa loves me,” Martin said. “I’ve got a house out there so I do wish I’ll go back to Tampa.”

“I’ll play the year and we’ll see what happens,” Martin said regarding if he was designated a franchise player. “Those negotiations are being talked about behind the scenes.”

02/04/16, 10:00 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Mike Smith could emerge as the front runner for Tampa Bay


Pyro's take: Jason La Confora via Twitter "I'd be very surprised if Mike Smith does not emerge as a strong head coach option with Tampa"

01/09/16, 01:21 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Evans Draws the Bates Motel


Pyro's take: Mr. Evans will be matched up against arguably the league's best corner, Josh Norman. The last time these teams faced off, the Carolina D did not give Winston much time in the pocket. Evans finished with just 3 catches for 32 yards. I am fading Evans today in DFS.

01/03/16, 11:08 AM CST by M O

Doug Martin in contract talks


Pyro's take: “We’ve already talked a little bit,’’ Licht said. “We will definitely be talking (more). We’d love to have Doug back.’’

The feeling is apparently mutual, with Martin reiterating that returning to Tampa is his top priority.

“I love it here and I have a beautiful home here,’’ Martin said. “I’d love to come back. But right now I’m focused on our last game. I’m aware they’re talking, but I’ll let them handle that for now.’’

Martin is on the cusp of finishing up his best season since 2012, when he ran for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 49 passes for 472 yards and one touchdown as a rookie.--Roy Cummings

01/03/16, 02:06 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.tbo.com

Dirk Koetter said Wednesday that he'll "lobby hard" for the team to re-sign impending free agent Doug Martin.


Pyro's take: Rick Stroud via Twitter "#Bucs Koetter on re-signing Doug Martin: "“I’ll lobby hard.''

Doug Martin became the "monster hamster" this season, and with only being 64-yards shy of NFL rushing leader Adrian Peterson he will be asking for a monster contract.

12/30/15, 08:31 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

No Jackson Means Targets for Evans


Pyro's take: Vincent JAckson has been ruled out for Week 16. So, Mike Evans will be in store for another big game. In full games without Jackson, Evans has thrived.In fact, Evans averages 14.5 targets per game when Jackson does not play. In those games, Evans averages over 121 receiving yards.

12/27/15, 07:34 AM CST by M O

Vincent Jackson (knee) remained sidelined at Tuesday's practice.


Pyro's take: Vincent Jackson hasnt practiced since spraining his MCL against the Saints in week 14. With the Buccs already eliminated from the playoffs, it will be doubtful he will play again this season. Look for Mike Evans to have another monster game.

12/23/15, 02:59 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.tampabay.com

Lovie Smith said he expects "big things" from WR Kenny Bell in 2016.


Pyro's take: Greg Auman via Twitter "Lovie Smith today had praise for rookie WR Kenny Bell of @Huskers, on IR with hamstring injury. "We're expecting big things of him" in 2016."

He didnt see much of the field, as he went down with an injury in training camp. He makes an interesting dynasty prospect.

12/23/15, 02:55 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Doug Martin named to the Pro Bowl


Pyro's take: Doug Martin was named to the Pro Bowl among five other running backs

12/23/15, 12:11 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: probowl.fantasy.nfl.com

Vincent Jackson will miss "several games" with a sprained MCL.


Pyro's take: Ian Rapoport via Twitter "#Bucs WR Vincent Jackson suffered an MCL sprain, per source. He'll miss several games. His availability depends on when 2015 ends #playoffs"

12/14/15, 05:02 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Vincent Jackson (knee) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.


Pyro's take: Vincent Jackson will be ready to go at it against the Saints, and should put up some decent numbers against that sieve of a defense.

12/10/15, 09:32 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Making His 1st Return to the Field Since Week2:ASJ


Pyro's take: ASJ is the only player on the Bucs to CATCH 2 TDs in one game this year, despite only playing in 2. He has a nice matchup agaisnt Atlanta. The only question is his health. However, considering he has practiced quite a bit over the last month, it has only been the medical staff that has not cleared him for play. I am willing to gamble on AJS, I think they will play him without restriction.

12/06/15, 10:09 AM CST by M O
Source: twitter.com

Vincent Jackson (knee) did not practice Wednesday.


Pyro's take: Rick Stroud via Twitter "LB Bruce Carter (concussion), T Gosder Cherilus (knee), DT Gerald McCoy (hand), Vincent Jackson (knee) did not practice."

12/02/15, 09:27 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice.


Pyro's take: ASJ has missed the last nine games, but perhaps its finally time for him to get back on the field. He still needs clearance by the doctors to return.

12/02/15, 09:02 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Jameis Winston could be in for a good game


Pyro's take: It's time to start giving Jameis Winston a closer look. His five-touchdown performance in routing the Eagles is a product of his growing confidence and comfort with offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. Also, Vincent Jackson's return from a knee injury after a three-game absence gives Tampa Bay's offense an added dimension, which is bad news for opponents. As head coach Lovie Smith said Monday, Winston is "exceptional." Who would argue at the moment? Look for the rookie to continue to play in a way that's beyond his years. -- Andrew Astleford

11/28/15, 11:43 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) still hasn't been cleared for contact.


Pyro's take: Roy Cummings via Twitter "#Bucs coach Lovie Smith says TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins still has not been cleared for full contact"

Will this guy ever play?

11/25/15, 02:27 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Continue to roll with Mike Evans


Pyro's take: With both Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Vincent Jackson both out, continue to roll with Mike Evans.

He had eight catches in each of the past two games, and he was targeted 32 times in that span. When asked by ESPN.com if it's hard to carry the Bucs' receiving load, he said, "I'm just going to do what I'm asked to do, and if that's getting a lot of targets or a little bit of targets -- whatever it is, I'm going to do it." -- Andrew Astleford

11/22/15, 03:37 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Evans is Due for a TD and Week 11 Could Be It


Pyro's take: In the last 6 games, Evans has accounted for 42% of the team's redzone target share, yet nary a TD in that time. Positive regression is coming. He faces Philly and only 2 teams have given up more Fantasy Goo to the position. They have given up multiple TDs to WRs in each of the last two games. On the season, they have allowed a total of 12 TDs to wide receivers. The Buccs are still without ASJ and Vincent Jackson.

11/21/15, 05:23 PM CST by M O

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) remained limited in Thursday's practice.


Pyro's take: ASJ continues to practice in a limited fashion and the doctors continue to keep him from playing on Sunday. It looks like we will have another round of this against the Eagles.

11/19/15, 09:31 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com


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