The Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason have improved by a wide margin, which they needed to do after a disappointing season with a record of 7-9 under Head Coach Bruce Arians. They went out and released their troubled Quarterback Jameis Winston, who despite throwing for 5,000 yards and 30 touchdowns, had one of the weirdest seasons ever. Winston became the first player in NFL history to throw for 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions, truly a statistical anomaly.
There are no doubt some potentially great fantasy football finds in this rookie class. From all of the quarterbacks and receivers to the running backs taken in the first and early second round. But some of the truest talent in any draft are those who can produce when drafted in the later rounds. That is why today, I will be telling you about three late-round (third or later) talents that could make an impact on your fantasy football season. Some of these guys could be the next Terry McLaurin.Continue reading →
The new Soundboard for the Podcast is here, and hopefully, the show is sounding a lot better!
I brought in MJ Hurley, (@mjhurley47) from the Next Man Up with MJ Podcast, to break down the schedule, some draft thoughts, and as well as what a possible return to sports with fans may look like. Continue reading →
The past season and offseason have been one to remember for Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans. The team’s starting quarterback was the first one to throw 30 touchdowns as well as 30 interceptions. Flash forward to the present and they have Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski without losing any of their significant players. Here are five bold things for the 2020 season for the Buccaneers.
The NFC South is arguably one of the most offensive driven divisions. As well, each offense has improved over the offseason, but the biggest addition is Tom Brady. With Brady and other quarterbacks like Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Teddy Bridgewater, the division has no clear winner. With the extra playoff spot open, this division could have three teams compete in the playoffs. With the 2020 schedule set, there are some significant games each NFC South team will play. With that said, this is an eight-part series where our Scorecrow NFL Analysts do an early prediction of the wins and losses of each team. We projected all 256 games and have the winners and losers of each division!Continue reading →
Every NFL season is full of surprises. Last year it was the emergence of Lamar Jackson and the Tennessee Titans making it to the AFC Championship game. After one of the craziest offseasons and drafts to date, this year is going to be full of surprises. Here we will look at five unthinkable things that could possibly happen this upcoming season.
After an incredible free agency period acquiring their new star quarterback in Tom Brady along with Rob Gronkowski coming out of retirement, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were looking to draft the few remaining holes on their team. The Bucs were able to retain most of their defensive talent but still needed help on the offensive line. How did the Bucs fare in the 2020 NFL Draft? Let’s dig into these picks and find out.Continue reading →
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defenses from 1996 to 2005 were absolutely electric. They were rated in the top 10 in points allowed during every season of this stretch. They were led by defensive tackle Warren Sapp, who is the franchises leader in all-time sacks, Derrick Brooks, who was a do it all linebacker, and Ronde Barber, who is the franchises all-time leader in interceptions. These defenses were built by excellent drafting, excellent coaching, and all of the stars aligning. The first four years of the Buccaneers’ great defense were the building block pieces to a historically great defense. Continue reading →
Yes, there are no live sports going on but the NFL draft is only a few days away and we got massive news! Rob Gronkowski is unretiring and will be playing with his quarterback, Tom Brady, once again, this time in Tampa Bay.
For the first time in twenty years, Tom Brady will be playing for a team other than the New England Patriots. In what was the biggest move in franchise history, if not NFL history, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have seemingly decided to go “all-in” when they signed the 42-year-old quarterback on a two-year $50 million dollar deal back in March.
Entering the 2019 season the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had hopes of making the playoffs. In reality, they were never playoff contenders. The season was highlighted by three things. One, Jameis Winston because the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 30 plus touchdowns and 30 plus interceptions. Ironically, the Buccaneers’ season ended in overtime against the Atlanta Falcons on a pick-six that gave Winston his 30th interception of the season. Two, Chris Godwin‘s breakout season. Despite missing 2.5 games because of a hamstring injury, Godwin finished third in the league with 1,333 receiving yards. The duo of him and Mike Evans might be the best in the league. Three, Shaquil Barrett had a breakout season, leading the league with 19.5 sacks. Entering the season he had 14 career sacks.
The football regular season is all but over. Welcome to the final week of the regular season where things get preseason-ish and downright wacky. The plan needs to be attacking players who we feel will have solidified roles, as many teams will be resting its starters for the postseason, or seeing what they have out of some of their youngsters for next year. Continue reading →
Only two more weeks remain in the 2019 NFL season. It seems like only yesterday preseason was winding up and everyone was waiting for kickoff Sunday. Now we are waiting for the final teams to punch their ticket to the postseason. There are two slots left in both the NFC and AFC and even a couple divisions still in play. It has definitely been a wild year so far and the final two weeks look to continue that trend. Injuries play a big role in a team’s success or failure, but unfortunately, injuries sometimes come at the worst possible times. Let’s take a look at what injuries might play a role in finalizing the playoff picture and possibly the playoffs as well. Continue reading →
This is a special slate as it is the only Saturday this season with NFL regular season games on. There are three games on this slate. The first game is going to be an offensive masterpiece with the Houston Texans going into Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers. The second game is going to be a defensive masterpiece with the Buffalo Bills heading into Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots. Last but not least the third game is an NFC West battle between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. Below are my top players and game predictions for all three games.
It simply rolled on. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team that looks to be on the come-up, beat a Detroit Lions team that looks simply defeated. There’s no doubt that injuries have plagued this team. There’s also no doubt that the Lions will not quit, despite elimination on Thanksgiving. Just about everything that could go wrong did, and there isn’t too much more to it. But, like every other game, there are three points to take from it. Let’s look at them now. Continue reading →
I knew an injury report without quarterbacks was too good to be true. As we get ready for Week 15 in the NFL, we return to having a quarterback on the report plus a number of other important pieces for each of the injured player’s teams. Continue reading →
If you were booted from season-long fantasy football playoffs last week, have no fear. DFS doesn’t care whether you lost last week or not. That’s the beauty of it. With that said, welcome. For those of you returning readers that have been grinding it out all season, you know the drill. Let’s get it cracking with some money plays for Week 15. Continue reading →
Lions fans were served elimination from the playoffs at the Thanksgiving Dinner table last week. Unfortunately, this week, they were served seconds. A 20-7 loss in the first game all season in which they did not have a lead brings the already-eliminated team to 3-9-1. As for Minnesota, they got a much-needed victory for their playoff hopes and improve to 9-4 on the year.
As always, let’s look at the three takeaways from this Lions loss. “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.”
Fantasy football playoffs are just beginning for some of you. For others, the season came to an abrupt halt. Maybe that’s why you’re here, to find success playing DFS. With that said, welcome. For those of you returning readers that have been grinding it out all season, you know the drill. Let’s get it cracking with some money plays for Week 14. Continue reading →
Yes, you read that right. At 3-8-1, the Detroit Lions have become the first team in the NFC to be eliminated from playoff contention. This brings another two questions to my plate that came a lot sooner than I’d anticipated. “What’s the point of the last four games? What’s the point of these recaps now?”
Those questions will be answered in the three recap points. Simply put, the Lions went from a 2-0-1 team that showed some promise to a 3-8-1 team that’s looking for its identity again. Whether you’re a player, coach, front office member or fan, going 1-8 in a nine-game stretch is never fun. Let’s look at the three points.
We are less than two weeks away from Thanksgiving and that means the playoff races are heating up. With the Seattle Seahawks defeating the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night, there are no more undefeated teams left in the NFL. The Seahawks are on a bye this week while the 49ers are the biggest favorites of the week at -10.5 against the Arizona Cardinals. With several close matchups this week, including one in Mexico City, expect a lot of entertaining football tomorrow.
Did we have an impressive group of rookies in week nine or what? While most weeks we’ve had a few remarkable performances, this past week was full of breakout performances from players we were waiting to go off. While week one saw four pass catchers with 100 or more yards, week nine saw several receivers, running backs, and defensive players alike put up career games. Who stepped up big time? Who thrived under pressure? Find out in this week’s edition of the NFL Rookie Rankings. As always, let’s begin with a couple of honorable mentions. Continue reading →
The 2019 NFL trade deadline was Tuesday but it was a quiet day as only Aqib Talib was traded in a salary dump move by the Los Angeles Rams. However, on Monday, the Miami Dolphins traded Kenyan Drake to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional sixth-round draft pick. On Thursday night, Drake had his best game of the year, totaling 19 touches for 162 scrimmage yards. The San Francisco 49ers won the game 28-25 but the game was much closer than the 9.5 or 10 points the road team was favored by.
Welcome to the Week 9 Fantasy Streamers! The Saints and Falcons are on bye this week, so here are some options you can use to replace at quarterback, tight end, defense/special teams, and kicker. Continue reading →
There was a ton of movement in the weekly rankings this week. The one constant in the NFL seems to be the Patriots while the 49ers are legit and the Ravens might be the biggest threat to the Patriots in the AFC.
There’s no shortage of talking points from Week 6 of the NFL. This edition of my notebook features several quarterbacks making the headlines for different reasons. The Los Angeles Chargers stink, Dan Quinn’s seat is hot and the Carolina Panthers pound the ground in London. Russell Wilson is an MVP candidate, and a brilliant San Francisco 49ers performance concludes this edition of Woz’s NFL notebook. Continue reading →
Week five of the NFL season did not disappoint, it had everything we come to expect in pro football. This Sunday’s notebook features a London game, a big performance by a Carolina Panthers’ running back, Steelers injury worries and another lively performance by Gardner Minshew. The New York Jets had another week to forget.
All my plays are based on DraftKings pricing. Its also important to note that when I list a player as a fade, I do not mean I will have 0% of them, but I will be way under the field as far as exposure goes, and likely will not play them on single entry lineups. Continue reading →
The 2019 NFL season is already a quarter of the way finished and team’s identity are starting to shape into form. At this point, there are only three undefeated teams left in the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and surprisingly the San Francisco 49ers. Meanwhile, there are six winless teams and almost half the league is sitting at 2-2. If this course continues, the playoff race will be as exciting as ever, but what have we learned over the first quarter of the season? The Scorecrow family has put together another roundtable giving you their opinions on five NFL questions. Be sure to follow all the writers on twitter and ask any questions you may have regarding their answers. Without any further ado, let’s get into it.
The Los Angeles Rams are currently one of the best teams in the NFL with a 3-0 record. However, with success follows complacency. A trap the Rams are trying to resist falling into as they prepare to play the 1-2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Well, it happened again and if you had Saquon Barkley like me, you know the agony of his injury. If you are in an IDP league though, you know that two individuals from last week’s report should’ve carried you to a win! I know it did for me and that is the ups and downs of being in IDP leagues. Those defensive players can help carry you to a win or they can be duds and not help at all.
There was a lot movement in my rankings this week but that is a result of it still being early in the season and still finding out the identity of teams. The Giants are the biggest movers this week as they moved up nine spots with the play of Daniel Jones.
Welcome in. Hopefully, everyone had a great week and is as excited as I am for this week’s games. The goal of the cash game article is to outline some of the safer plays, while also, providing options that will help you create the most optimal builds. The whole point of it all is to make some money. Sometimes we won’t, but putting ourselves in the best position to is the main thing. That goes without saying, but can sometimes get overshadowed by the results on a week to week basis. All people want to know is how many points a guy scored, and not necessarily the route in which they got there. DFS is not only a science but a math equation. Let’s dive in, put the pieces together, and try to solve it. Here are my favorite Cash Game Plays for Week 3. Continue reading →
All my plays are based on DraftKings pricing. It’s also important to note that when I list a player as a fade, I do not mean I will have 0% of them, but I will be way under the field as far as exposure goes, and likely will not play them on single entry lineups.
Well, week two was a bit of a disaster. The big Raiders trap was set, and we all fell for it. Granted Tyrell Williams did score and Darren Waller didn’t kill you, when you have 40-50% of them when you enter 150 lineups, it’s going to cause some issues.
Last week’s Thursday Night Game was a boring game, in large part due to two impressive defenses and two underwhelming offenses. The matchup this week should be more entertaining between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers. Entering week two, several fantasy storylines have changed due to injuries and underwhelming opening week performances. One of those players was Jameis Winston, who had a horrible game against the San Francisco 49ers, throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble. Will he bounce back in week two? Continue reading →
Week one is complete and it definitely did not disappoint. Week two gets started with a divisional battle between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs the Carolina Panthers. This game will not be anything like last week’s offensive snooze fest. In fact, there will be more scoring in the first half, maybe even the first quarter than all of last week’s game. Let’s take a look at this week’s DFS matchups on FanDuel and DraftKings.
Welcome to the first edition of our 2019 NFL Weekly Rookie Rankings! We will be taking a look at the previous week of football and showcasing 15 of the best rookie performances. Week one brought us a lot of offensive skill players who either showed their worth or surprised us and outperformed their expectations, including four pass-catchers eclipsing the century mark in yardage. Let us start with a couple of honorable mentions. Continue reading →
Another week of preseason games has gone by which means we are one week closer to the regular season starting, as well as roster cuts. Here is another batch of players that have improved their chances of making an NFL roster come week one. Continue reading →
The Buccaneers 2018 season was a roller coaster, to say the least. Jameis Winston started the season suspended so Ryan Fitzpatrick opened the season as the starter. Then, “fitzmagic” happened. They opened the season 2-0 after wins against New Orleans and the then Super Bowl champion Eagles. Once Winston returned, he and Fitzpatrick each traded off the starting role multiple times. After the impressive start, the team stumbled its way to a 5-11 finish, missing the playoffs for the tenth straight year, resulting in the firing of coach Dirk Koetter. Koetter’s replacement is former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who has the difficult task of taking this team from the NFC cellar to super bowl contenders. Continue reading →
As the calendar turns to August, your attention turns back to your dynasty team after months of scouting, studying, and preparation. The time has come to make the final trades necessary to ensure your team is on the right path headed into the 2019 season. And, of course, football is officially BACK tonight!Continue reading →
Welcome to the wonderful world of Fantasy Battles! We are going to evaluate two players with similar average draft positions in 12-team PPR scoring. Our challengers today are Chris Godwin and Sony Michel. Both players are currently being selected around the 4/5 turn according to Fantasy Football Calculator, making a compelling argument for which one we would rather roster at this price.
FOOTBALL IS BACK BABY! Well almost back. In just over seven weeks, the NFL kicks off its 100th season with a matchup between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. These next seven weeks can’t go by fast enough. However, training camp officially kicks off today for the Denver Broncos with all the other teams to start within the next or so. In the meantime, the Scorecrow family has started a mini-series with a handful of writers giving you their opinions on NFL questions; five at a time. Be sure to follow all of the writers on twitter and ask any questions you may have regarding their answers. Without any further ado, let’s get into it.
This is a make or break year for you. This is the last year on your contract and you haven’t shown much in the last two years that would make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to keep you and your off the field issues. You got replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick for a brief time last year even after your three-game suspension was finished. The Buccaneers picked up your fifth-year option for some reason and you’re still on the team somehow. I’m still hoping you can turn your career around, but that doesn’t seem like it has a good possibility of happening.
Welcome to the first NFL Player Interview that I’ve conducted. I spoke with Lukas Denis, rookie safety for the Buccaneers out of Boston College, about his experiences at Boston College and who has impacted his career the most so far. Thanks to Lukas for taking time out of his day to speak with me and give a great interview.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were focused on defense early in the 2019 NFL Draft, picking a potential top linebacker in this class, in Devin White and then grabbing a talented corner out of Central Michigan, Sean Bunting. Two sensible picks that shouldn’t backfire. Following the Bunting selection, they grabbed two more defensive backs, including another corner, as well as a safety. Given Tampa Bay’s pass defense was a real mess last season, surrendering 259.4 yards per game to rank 25th in the NFL. Deciding to go defensive back early and often, they did a good job of focusing on that deficiency and trying to fix it. Continue reading →
The 2019 NFL draft is less than a month away and teams are putting the finishing touches on their player evaluations. Every year we see several surprising picks that come out of nowhere like when the Seattle Seahawks drafted Rashaad Penny in the first last year. Everyone loves mock drafts so here is a seven round mock draft predicting every Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ pick. Continue reading →