Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC South

2017 Schedule

  • Week 1

    TB @ MIA


    1:00 pm

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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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Mike Alstott: The A-Train

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TB Grabs 3rd Round WR

Pyro's take: The Bucs have made a lot of splashes on offense adding DJAX, Howard and now Godwin as they look to give Winston a plethora of weapons.

Fantasy Goo: Like many other WRs in this draft, he will have to work his way into a starting role that Humphreys already has staked his claim on.

05/15/17, 02:49 PM CDT by The Hartbeat
Source: www.nfl.com

Bucs Amp Up Winston's Offense

Pyro's take: The Bucs grab the consensus best TE in the draft in Howard. He should have an instant impact on the field. Let's just hope he finds more success off the field than the other O.J.

Fantasy Goo: If you look at Brate's 8 TD that would probably be what you expect to see from Howard. This is a good fit for him so he instantly becomes a lower end TE1.

04/28/17, 02:49 PM CDT by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Winston to D-Jax

Pyro's take: DeSean Jackson has reportedly joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He will continue to play the deep threat role for Jameis adding a valuable second option.

Fantasy Goo: Mike Evans saw the most targets in the NFL last year so this number should regress with Jackson. It should open up lanes for TE Cameron Brate. Expect Jackson to be a boom or bust player weekly and remain around the 1000 yard mark in the Bucs offense.

03/13/17, 11:48 AM CDT by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Myers is a Great TE Option in DFS

Pyro's take: Brate is out and Brandon Myers was the TE who got the work in his absence last week, garnering six targets.

Fantasy Goo: In fact in the redzone, only 2 teams have a higher percentage of RZ TDs come from the TE spot

12/30/16, 09:14 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Tampa Goal Line RB only $3K on Draft Kings

Pyro's take: With Drug Martin ruled out for Sunday, Peyton Barber is the site minimum on both Draft Kings and Fan Duel. Certainly Quizz will get his fair share and perhaps the lion share, but when they are in close, chances are Barber gets the goal line work.

Fantasy Goo: If he gets a TD and just 20 yards, he hits 3X value on draft Kings. That seems well within reason considering Tampa is playing for a shot, albeit a long-one, at making the playoffs.

12/30/16, 09:05 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.buccaneers.com

Bucs Are in Must-Win Mode

Pyro's take: The Buccaneers need a lot to go their way in order to make the playoffs, and when I say a lot I mean a lot, like they have a .26% chance to make the playoffs.

Fantasy Goo: They need to win, and that is all the motivation you need to start your Bucs.

12/28/16, 03:59 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Headed to I.R.

Pyro's take: These guys have been put on the shelf until 2017.

12/28/16, 03:43 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Martin Suspended 4 Games

Pyro's take: Martin will begin suspension and be out through Week 3 of 2017.

Fantasy Goo: Short term beneficiary is Rodgers, gets the full workload Week 17.

12/28/16, 03:32 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Sims a Floor Streamer for Week 16

Pyro's take: You know my love for this kid. He has been back for 2 games now. In that time he has 9 targets to Martins 2; Sims is out catching him 3 to 1. This game is going to score the points and should favor the pass for the Bucs.

Fantasy Goo: When you adjust for schedule – in PPR formats, the Saints come in at 29th in other words, if you were going to pick 4 teams to play your RB against in PPR formats, the Saints would be on your short list.

12/23/16, 06:15 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.fftoday.com

A Nice Day in Store for JW

Pyro's take: The Cowboys will be without their starting CB and DE. Plus they have numerous other defensive guys, including 3 CBs listed as Questionable. Even Sean Lee, their best LB, is listed as Questionable. That should set up for a nice day for Winston and especially Evans.

Fantasy Goo: Using Pyro's Positional Points Against chart, against opposing #1 QBs, no other defense allows more completions than the Cowboys.

12/18/16, 11:05 AM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Brate to Face a Beat Up Dallas D

Pyro's take: Dallas has 3 starters listed as questionable. Plus, starting DE DeMarcus Lawerence and CB, Morris Claiborne have both been ruled out.

Fantasy Goo: In the last 2 weeks, Brate is responsible for nearly 26% of the team's target share. Only 3 TEs are more involved in that time.

12/18/16, 10:17 AM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.dallascowboys.com

Pump the Breaks, Can You Count on Evans?

Pyro's take: After starting the season as the number one overall fantasy receiver, Evans has his a cold streak seeing only 14 targets for 80 yards and one score over the past two games.

Fantasy Goo: The Bucs draw the Cowboys who have given up a wide array to opposing WR1's from 150+ yards and a score to 1 catch for 3 yards. Roll with Evans as through his struggles Evans has a high floor.

12/14/16, 11:21 AM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Winston - I Lay this Play on You!

Pyro's take: Vegas has the Bucs as the highest scoring offense this weekend. I want some of that action.

Fantasy Goo:
•Positional Points Against show Saints giving up the 2nd most yards per game to opposing QB1s
•Since his week 6 bye, he is fantasy's 6th best QB

12/10/16, 10:28 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Killer Matchup for D-Jacks in a Revenge Game

Pyro's take: DeSean will face his old team, the Eagles, in Week 14.

Fantasy Goo: Not only do you have the revenge narrative, but he flat out has an amazing matchup. Jackson will square off against the Eagles corner McKelvin. He gives up a full FF Point for every two routes run. Of the 96 starting corners this week, there is not a single one that gives up as much fantasy production to opposing WRs.

12/10/16, 06:29 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Brate Takes a Que from George Jefferson: Moving On Up

Pyro's take: TE #2, Luke Stocker, has already been ruled out for Week 13. Now, Humphries has been ruled out as well.

Fantasy goo: Humphries was in question all week. On the latest episode of the Pyro Light, I mentioned Brate as a potential streamer. I added the caveat that much of Brate's potential success is contingent upon Humphries status. Well, Brate is now shaping up as a great TE call. He already has 25% share of the team's passing TDs. Finally, the Buccs have the highest implied point total of the week.

12/10/16, 03:09 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: www.bucsnation.com

Sims Activated for Week 14

Pyro's take: Sims, who last took a snap in Week 4, has been activated.

Fantasy Goo: While he is likely a change of pace for Martin, it should spell far fewer opportunities for JacQuizz Rodgers. Roto Wire has Sims listed as the #2 back on the depth chart.

12/10/16, 02:26 PM CST by PyromaniacMo
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

GPP Fire In Revenge Game

Pyro's take: DeSean is priced at 5800FD/ 5200DK is a solid boom play. Cousins forces Jackson the ball vs his old team with 9 targets last time they faced up which led the team.

Fantasy Goo: He is slated to be covered by Leodis McKelvin, who gives up a fantasy point per every 2 routes. He has been torched the last two weeks by Jordy & Adams (200yds 2TDs) and LaFell (95yds 1TD). DeSean should be a stud in this one.

12/09/16, 03:15 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Evans a Pillar in DFS

Pyro's take: Now, is this price steep yes, in fact, you might be able to get near this production for less elsewhere, but you have to love the situation.

For $8900FD/8900DK you get one of the league's best receivers who will be seeing PFF's 114th best corner. He is averaging over 30% of teams market share and over 40% of teams TD share

12/09/16, 03:08 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Bucs DST is Pyro Hot

Pyro's take: Tampa's DST since Week 10 is First in takeaways, PPG allowed and QB passer rating. Would be a nice DST to ride into the playoffs.

12/05/16, 04:49 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com

Mo's Preaseason Sweetheart Back in Action

Pyro's take: Charles Sims returned to full practice today off the IR. He's available to return December 5th.

Fantasy Goo: As many may think this is bad for Doug Martin down the stretch, it should help him. Martin hasn't been fighting for extra yards like we're used to, him getting a breather should help him stay fresh.

11/23/16, 12:20 PM CST by The Hartbeat
Source: twitter.com


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