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Are Bucs going to help your Fantasy Football Super Bowl?

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Week 16 of the NFL season begins on a new day this week. Instead of Thursday night football, we get a three-game Saturday slate before the Sunday games. That also means the fantasy super bowls for this week, as well. If you got here, congratulations. And if you didn’t, maybe you can still grab a top-three finish in a consolation game.

If you finished in dead last, then perhaps you play DFS.

Injuries will have a huge impact this week that possibly created a big hole in your lineup and now, you don’t know who to start over whom. Allow us to help you with that hard decision as you go for the crown:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play host to the Houston Texans in the first game of the day Saturday. Jameis Winston has been playing like a mad man the past two weeks throwing over 450 yards back to back games. He is locked into a top 3 QB this weekend. The problem is, he has now lost both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin to injury.

We saw Breshad Perriman (above) go off last week, scoring three touchdowns. Hopefully, you grabbed him last week, because he’s likely not available in any league, now.

Now with him elevated to the number one role, there are targets to pick up behind him. The first thought would be Justin Watson, who scored after Mike Evans went down against the Colts. Two under the radar pickups will be O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate. Both play tight end, and it is possible you are still streaming the position up to this point. We know Winston loves Brate, and O.J. has the athleticism to help replace the two wideouts.

The Texans have a very leaky defense that Winston could light up for a lot of yards once again. The running game still appears something to stay away from. The committee has not led to any clear-cut success in fantasy for either back.

The Miami Dolphins will play host to the Cincinnati Bengals. This game was once looking like the battle for the number one pick, but the Bengals have that almost all wrapped up in time for Christmas. The only Dolphins that should be looked at remain the same. Ryan Fitzpatrick has done a steady job and again had two touchdown passes last week against the Giants. He should be able to find the endzone two more times again here.

DeVante Parker continues his great season scoring again last week and being the only true reliable guy in the offense. The rushing attack continues to be a mystery and one to stay away from. Both Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin finished under 50 yards, and less than 15 carries each.

The Jacksonville Jaguars will go on the road to face the Atlanta Falcons. Last week, in a good matchup, Leonard Fournette surprisingly struggled. This week look for him to break out of last week’s funk. As for the rest of the offense, they also have good matchups. D.J. Chark has been limited at practice and could possibly play.

That would be a big boost for the Jags offense and anyone’s fantasy teams. His return would eat into the targets of Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley. If Chark does miss that makes both Westbrook and Conely interesting plays. Either could be a good flex play this week.

Conley was able to find the endzone twice in the fourth quarter.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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Bucs coach Arians again non-committal Tuesday on QB Winston

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It’s become increasingly apparent, that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ready to move on from potential free agent quarterback Jameis Winston. And Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, coach Bruce Arians gave the latest example that he and the Buccaneers front office will look at the other options available first.

Arians spoke at a podium on numerous subjects, but the most prominent is what Tampa Bay will do in the coming days with Winston?

Arians was asked directly about potential for a franchise tag for his starter a year ago and what the Bucs might proceed to do? But, he refused to endorse that option on the former number one overall pick Winston. And, the Bucs coach maintained that the team will possibly us the franchise tag for defensive end Shaq Barrett.

Further, Arians gave a pointed specific answer on Winston’s poor play last December as the team finished 7-9 and that has the team looking at other options,

Arians has consistently refused back Winston since the off-season began. This included at an NFL coaching seminar earlier this month in Tampa. He said to the media at that time:

“Really nothing has changed,” Arians said. “What’s Door No. 2? You know? Can we make the one we have better? All those things you go through right now.”

“You’re just sitting there waiting to see is there someone available? … Is he a better option? 

The Buccaneers faltered in the middle of the season to drop to 3-7 and then, Winston and Co. blew its final two games to finish 7 – 9 with Winston throwing a career-high 30 interceptions.

After their final loss at home to Atlanta in overtime, where Winston threw the game losing “pick six,” Arians was candid after the final game by saying about Winston’s play that it would have to be evaluated pass by pass and game by game in the off-season. Further, he told the media then, that there “was some great and some terrible…. and you have to decide, if the great outweighs the terrible.”

While Winston did throw for a career-high 5000 + yards in 2019, his interceptions and total turnovers continued to be his downfall throughout the season. The Buccaneers finished 1 – 6 in games against teams with winning records and Winston had 17 total turnovers in those seven games. He finished with the 30 picks that included 10 of them in the Bucs final four games.

Tampa Bay obviously will have the opportunity to go after a free agent quarterback or two, as there is much speculation about the likes of Tom Brady with the Patriots. Plus, Philip Rivers will not be re-signed by the Chargers and is available come March. And, now that Drew Brees has announced he wants to play at least one more year for the Saints, their backup Teddy Bridgewater will be in demand on the market.

The Bucs are also continuing the evaluating the QB class for the Draft the next few days in Indy, which could have some interesting names still available in the second and third rounds and beyond.

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Bucs confirmed Monday they will have new uniforms in 2020

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On Monday, the Bucs confirmed what they have been hinting at, they will have new uniforms in 2020. But the real question is: what does “new” mean in this instance?

First, the team released another video with clues about them intending to change their uniform and potentially alter their logo:

The Bucs also released a statement through their website confirming that April will be the unveiling of the new uniforms, as well as, potential new color scheme, logo, etc. and had these comments from co – owner, Ed Glazer:

“We have heard the feedback from our fans loud and clear and have been working with the NFL and our league partners at Nike to usher in a new look as we enter this next decade of Buccaneers football. We look forward to revealing more details in the near future about our official unveiling event which will take place later this spring.”

As we wrote earlier this month, the Buccaneers have been hinting at trying to enhance their uniforms and there is some belief there will be more orange, the original color of the franchise. There is also educated speculation that the team may go back to a white helmet, which will enable them to have “throwback uniform games” that they’ve not been able to have for the last seven seasons.

This is because under league concussion protocol, players must have the same helmet all season and the Bucs primary one has been pewter in color since their chance in colors and logo in 1997,

The Bucs last altered their uniforms in 2014 by brightening the color red and slightly changing the logo and making it bigger on their pewter helmet. Teammates Ryan Jensen and Mike Evans are shown in the current color scheme, etc. above.

NFL teams have to submit changes in their colors and logos a year in advance. So obviously, this has been in the works for the Glazer family that owns the team for some time.

It should be noted that the Buccaneers NFC South Rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, have already made mention that they are changing their uniforms and color scheme. And, it’s believed that they will go back in 2020 to their original base color of red including possibly red helmets and potentially, primarily gray pants that they wore for over twenty years.

The Falcons have had black helmets for the better part of 30 years going back to Jerry Glanville changing the color scheme to primarily black jerseys in his days at the Falcons coach in the early 1990s.

Back to the Bucs. There is no other team in the NFL that has orange as their primary jersey color. The Bengals Broncos and Browns have occasionally worn orange “alternate jerseys” but not full time.

So, if the Glazers are again embracing a change to mostly orange jerseys, it will be unique. The video Monday showed a red jersey on a sewing machine, which could be a clue or could be misdirection of what the team actually intends to unveil in April.

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