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2013 Team Outlook: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A fantasy football preview of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season. Profiled players include Mike Glennon, Doug Martin, Mike James, Bobby Rainey, and Brian Leonard.
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Free agent wide receivers don't typically make a big splash in the way Vincent Jackson did in 2012. The big-play receiver that he is, the Bucs did a fantastic job playing to his strengths. Josh Freeman put it up only where his 6'5", 230-pound receiver could get it. It'll really surprise me, in the same way he did a year ago, to see Jackson equal his numbers. VJax enjoyed career highs in receptions, targets, receiving yards, yards per reception and came close in touchdowns. That's really hard to do considering it was his eighth season in the league. Jackson's numbers shouldn't fall off a cliff or anything, but don't expect him to overachieve yet again.

Mike Williams was about as reliable as they come in 2012. He scored double-digit fantasy totals in half his games in standard formats, no easy task for a No. 2 receiver on a run-first team. Williams is a guy I'd relish if I could grab him as my flex. There just isn't enough upside to get me really excited about him, even though he's been pretty reliable throughout his career. Over his three year career, he has seen 127, 124 and 127 targets respectively. And check this out, over the same span, he has caught 65, 65 and 63 passes. Unreal consistency. Impressive, right?

Injury Status: Injured Reserve

Tiquan Underwood joined the Tampa Bay Bucs in 2012. It was his third team in as many years. So what did he have going for him? Well he played formerly under head coach Greg Schiano over at Rutgers. The Bucs have brought in a slew of receivers to challenge Underwood's incumbency. He had a solid year, but he already dropped down a peg when Tampa added Kevin Ogletree. There's no fantasy value here.

UPDATE (10/22): Despite assuming the starting job a couple weeks ago, Crabtree is used almost exclusively as an in-line blocker. He has no business being anyone's fantasy squad.

Tom Crabtree was that guy with the Green Bay Packers the last couple years who'd score a touchdown and everyone would groan because he's the one eligible receiver with no fantasy value. He has spent most of his career as an extra in-line blocker, playing second fiddle to Jermichael Finley. Crabtree, no relation to Michael, will likely assume a similar role with the Bucs.

Injury Status: Injured Reserve

With the Bucs getting back some of their muscle in their interior offensive line, they may need to ask less of Luke Stocker as a blocker and more as a receiver. This third-year tight end has mostly been under the radar and used sparingly. He only had 27 targets in 2012, so he obviously has a ways to go. Of the Bucs' many young TEs, he has the slight edge in fantasy value, but only in dynasty formats.

UPDATE (10/22): Stocker was placed on injured reserve back in September.

Injury Status: Injured Reserve

For those crazy enough to utilize a backup kicker, Connor Barth is worth consideration. The Bucs are a young, blossoming team with an improving defense. Their offense can consistently move the chains with Doug Martin, which allows them to extend drives and possibly move into field goal range. Barth's 28 FGM and 33 FGA were all career-highs a year ago. Another improvement on those stats and he would push for Top 10 status.

UPDATE: Barth is out for the 2013 season due to a torn Achilles. Lawrence Tynes signed with Tampa. Tynes previously kicked for the New York Giants over the past six seasons.

Injury Status: Out - Achilles
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