Week 13
December 01, 2015

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC South

2015 Schedule

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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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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

Vincent Jackson (knee) is expected to miss Week 11 against the Eagles.


Pyro's take: Ian Rapoport has mentioned via Twitter "#Bucs WR Vincent Jackson, who injured his knee in Week 7, is expected to be out this week, once again. Mike Evans’ emergence must continue."

11/19/15, 02:59 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) has yet to be cleared for contact.


Pyro's take: Andrew Astleford has mentioned via Twitter "Smith said Seferian-Jenkins hasn't been cleared for full contact yet."

The only way ASJ can get on the field is with medical clearance, until then all he will see is reps at a limited practice.

11/19/15, 02:56 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Out Again - Week 10


Pyro's take: This is a head scrtcher. Two Friday's ago, ASJ logged a full practice. Then was inactive for Week 9. Then, he was only limited in practice all week, and still he is inactive. Going forward, he could be a nice stream or DFS play, but obviously that depends on his health.

11/15/15, 11:32 AM CST by M O
Source: twitter.com

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


Pyro's take: ASJ has been practicing for the last two weeks and every week it seems as though he will play. This strategy of practicing but not playing is getting kinda old. Hopefully this will be the week he returns

With Vincent Jackson, ASJ could be looking good on the target scale.

11/12/15, 01:49 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) was limited at Thursday's practice.


Pyro's take: Greg Auman has reported via Twitter "Seferian-Jenkins will be listed as limited again, but going through all the drills with tight ends. Hard to read for Sunday."

Coach Lovie Smith described Seferian-Jenkins as "not there yet" mixed in with hard to read doesnt appear like great news.

Friday and Sunday will be the deciding factor and stay up dated if you are planning to put him in your lineup on Sunday.

10/29/15, 11:38 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Louis Murphy confirms he has a torn right ACL


Pyro's take: ESPN reporter Josina Anderson reported via twitter "WR Louis Murphy told me he has a torn ACL. "Minor setback for a major comeback," he added."

Murphy can be dropped from all leagues and formats

10/27/15, 03:37 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.rotoworld.com

Evans has a Tastey Matchup in Week 7


Pyro's take: Both starting CBS for Washington, Culliver, and HAll are both out again this week. Evans is $6400 on DK.

10/25/15, 10:43 AM CDT by M O

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) was held out of Tuesday's practice.


Pyro's take: Rick Stroud reported that Austin Seferian-Jenkins was held out of practice on Tuesday. Seferian-Jenkins feels that he is capable of playing this Sunday, but missing a practice isnt a strong sign that will happen.

10/21/15, 12:37 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Charles Sims has been the sixth-most efficient pass blocker


Pyro's take: Charles Sims is doing the tiny things well and its getting recognized by the coaching staff. Important aspects such as blocking and receiving are getting him more on the field, and he is using that to his advantage. He may not pick up a lot of yardage running the ball, but he could be a nice pick up for PPR owners. He ranks second on the team in receptions (10) and is third in receiving yards (108).

10/07/15, 03:44 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.buccaneers.com

VJacks Tied for 1st w/ Most Reds Zone Targets after 2 Weeks

Vincent Jackson has 6 red zone targets

Pyro's take: Vincent Jackson has 6 red zone targets after 2 weeks. This puts him tied for first with Nuke. Heading into week 3 he should be matched up against Johnathan Joseph. PFF has Joseph rated at the bottom for CBs in coverage. Only 3 guys have a worse rating out of 97.

09/26/15, 07:20 PM CDT by M O

ASJ Shoulder injury


Pyro's take: Adam Schefter has reported via twitter "TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins suffered strained shoulder expected to sideline him 4-6 weeks, per source. Doctor's 2nd opinion coming."

09/22/15, 12:55 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

V-Jackson Should Have Good Game vs. Banged Up Saints Secondary

Good Game week 2 VJAcks

Pyro's take: The Saints will be with out two of their Safetys in week 2. Thus they will be vulnerable to the pass, which is exactly what Tampa will need to do to stay in this game. V JAckson could surprise a few folks this week.

09/20/15, 11:48 AM CDT by M O
Source: www.neworleanssaints.com

Mike Evans game time decision but probable


Pyro's take: Rick Stroud via twitter has stated "WR Mike Evans practiced again Friday. Officially, it will be a game time decision, but lean heavily toward Evans playing vs. Saints"

Watch for Mike Evans to blow the top off of the Saints defense, while ASJ and VJax run routes underneath

09/18/15, 10:21 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Mike Evans looks promising for week 1


Pyro's take: Lovie Smith mentioned that Mike Evans looked good running. The article explains that Evans looks like a sure thing to start on Sunday.

09/11/15, 01:18 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.tbo.com

Mike Evans not practicing


Pyro's take: According to Buccs beat writer Rick Stroud "Bucs WR Mike Evans (hamstring) is not practicing today."

A bit too early, but the warning bells are going off if Mike Evans will be ready to go before the Sunday kickoff. Keep tuned in.

09/09/15, 01:30 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com


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