Fantasy Football Quarterbacks to Own –
For the past few years, it’s been tough to say the words “Buccaneers” and “fantasy relevance” in the same sentence. This year should be no different. If you must own a quarterback from this team, I’m assuming you face one of two issues: 1) You waited until very late in your draft to pick a quarterback, or 2) you are in a league that starts 2 QB’s per week. Josh Freeman is the only quarterback on the team worth talking about, and his 16 touchdowns to 22 picks in 2011 leave a ton to be desired. He showed some major flashes of brilliance in 2010, and his team plays a lot of catch-up football (meaning he will be throwing th pigskin around). He doesn’t possess blazing speed but the kid knows how to use his wheels. Thus far in his young career Freeman has averaged over 300 yards rushing per season. Many “Experts” feel that that the signing of Vincent Jackson will automatically propel him into the “elite” category. I don’t see this happening because there isn’t much else on this team. They look to be leaning on a rookie running back and no other outside weapons. While Freeman’s outlook is better than last season, I still feel he is no better than a backup/plug-n-play type until he proves otherwise. Tread lightly here.
Fantasy Football Running Backs to Own –
We have a full-blown running back competition here. Rookie Doug Martin may very well be the fantasy football Running Back to own. He shows a great mixture of speed and surprising strength. LeGarrette Blount ran into some serious butter finger issues last season and history shows when a player’s all around stats fall, his leash becomes very short. While Blount will still get a chance to be a major part of this football team, Doug Martin seems to have the upper hand as the lead back. If he can seize the first team duties early, I see Martin as a very good value pick with endless upside potential (Top 10 potential). The rookie could post better fantasy numbers than the likes of Trent Richardson in PPR Point per reception) leagues. In conclusion, Doug Martin is the running back to own with Blount as nothing more than a goal line vulture and handcuff. Draft Martin in the mid-6th or 7th round.
Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to Own –
Many fantasy footballer’s drafted Mike Williams with extremely high expectations in 2011. Don’t let this happen to you again. While Vincent Jackson is a much larger and skillful receiver, he won’t have Phillip Rivers throwing balls to him anymore. I still envision him approaching 1000 yards, but only because the only other fantasy football wide receivers worth mentioning in Tampa Bay are Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams. I don’t see either one of them with fantasy relevance, and Vincent Jackson should be a strong number 3 fantasy wide receiver for you, or solid number 2 at the very best. As stated with Freeman, tread lightly here. A fantasy football wide receiver’s value is directly correlated with the starting quarterback’s value and Freeman is nowhere near rivers at this point in his career.
Fantasy Football Tight Ends to Own –
I will be short and sweet here. While the signing of Dallas Clark may seem like a huge deal for Tampa Bay, his best days are behind him. Injuries and lack of Peyton Manning will slow him. If any of your opponents are dumb enough to draft him, feel free to snicker under your breath. If he goes undrafted, fee free to add him as a backup with hopes of a rejuvenation of sort.
Defense/Special Teams Preseason Analysis –
Stay away, ranked last in points per game and 30th in total yards allowed. The Bucs added a bit with the draft and have some young talent, but none is enough to make them fantasy-team-worthy. The team will most likely be down giving opposing teams ample opportunity to run out the clock. One of those linebackers will be forced to make a ton of tackles giving him great IDP value, the question which one?
Fantasy Football Kickers to Own –
Connor Barth is a very solid fantasy football kicker, who made over 90% of his kicks in 2011. His one downside, the Bucs simply don’t score or move the football. He attempted only 28 FGs last year, and this will not change. No reason to own this Buccaneer until his offense improves.
Individual Defensive Players Expert
Robert comes from an extensive background in fantasy football. He has competed in top leagues for over 10 years, which he has won on numerous occasions. He brings a fresh perspective to a side of fantasy football looked over by the bulk of fantasy informers. Individual defensive players are possibly the most important element to having a well-rounded fantasy football team, as most people look to the big names to carry their team. Robert comes from a background in sports, where he played D3 college basketball at Millsaps College. As an intense competitor he wants to share his knowledge to help you compete in this years fantasy football season.
In preparation for the 2012 Fantasy Football draft day our experts will be going though the entire league team by team highlighting players worthy of a roster spot on your fantasy football team! Check back each day for a new teams and info and as always feel free to write in anytime for free unlimited roster analysis!