The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had several down seasons with finishing under .500 the last few season. In 2016 they seem to finally be turning things around. They finished 9-7 and in second place in the NFC South. While they did miss the playoffs for the ninth straight season. With Jameis Winston at quarterback and a solid defense they are going in the right direction. Below is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2016 fantasy football recap.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2016 Fantasy Football Recap
Jameis Winston was the number one pick in the 2015 NFL draft. He has been solid in his first two seasons passing for 8,132 yards and 57 total touchdowns. In 2016 he had 4,090 passing yards and 28 touchdowns. His biggest problem was that he threw 18 interceptions and had only one rushing touchdown. He finished with 243 fantasy points and averaged only 15 fantasy points per game. Winston finished as the 17th ranked quarterback in fantasy. He is a solid bye week will in quarterback and is a solid option for owners who drafts a quarterback late next season.
The Buccaneers used a running back by committee and it was mostly due to the fact that none of there running backs could stay healthy. In the off-season the Buccaneers gave running back Doug Martin a five year $35 million dollar deal. Martin was coming off a 2015 season where he had 1673 total yards and seven touchdowns. He finished with 209 fantasy points, 2016 however was not as productive. Martin only played in eight games and totaled 555 yards and three touchdowns for a total of 73 fantasy points. He was suspended at the end of the season for P.E.D and will miss the first few games of next season. There are rumors that he might not be back with the Buccaneers next season. As on now he is worth a middle round draft pick.
Veteran running back Jacquizz Rodgers was the Buccaneers leading rusher this season with 560 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He totaled 658 total yards for 68 fantasy points. When he was the lead back he averaged around 12 fantasy points per game. Rodgers had a hard time staying healthy as well this season. Overall the Buccaneers back field is a mess and hopefully fantasy owner will have some clarity next season as to whom is the lead back.
Wide Receiver Mike Evans has the best season of his young career with 1321 yards and 12 touchdowns. He finished as the number one wide receiver in fantasy with 200 fantasy point. Evans averaged 12 fantasy points per game in 2016. Evans still has room for improvement, as he catches around 55 percent of his targets. He is definitely going into the 2017 season as one of the top receivers in fantasy football. He will more then likely be drafted in the back end of the first to early second round in next years drafts.
The next leading receiver was Adam Humphries with 622 yards and two touchdowns. He had 74 fantasy points and was very inconsistent in his production. He had five games of six or more fantasy points, and 10 games of four or fewer fantasy points. Humphries is not much more than a late round flier. They lost veteran wide receiver Cecil Shorts and Vincent Jackson to injury early in the season. The Buccaneers need to add a second wide receiver to play opposite Mike Evans.
The Buccaneers started off the season with Austin Seferian-Jenkins as there number one tight end. He had a few off the field issues that resulted in him being released from the Buccaneers. With the departure of Jenkins it opened the door for Cameron Brate to become the Buccaneers number one tight end. He totaled 660 yards and eight touchdowns he finished with 106 fantasy points. Brate finished as the sixth ranked tight end averaging six and a half fantasy points per game. He is a solid tight one for fantasy owners next season and could be targeted in the middle rounds next season.
Rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo was drafted in the second round of last years draft and had a decent rookie season. He made 22 of his 31 field goal attempts and 32 of 34 extra points. He totaled 93 fantasy points and finished as the 24th ranked kicker averaging six fantasy points per game. There are better options then Aguayo for fantasy owners but he is a kicker to keep an eye on going into next season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense was a match up based play in regards to fantasy football last season. They finished as the 11th ranked defense with 108 fantasy points and averaged seven points per game. They had six games in the double digits and three games in the negatives. The Buccaneers defense has a hard job as they go up against the NFC South six times which are usually tough on defenses. They are a solid match up or bye week defense for next season.
The Buccaneers are coming off there best season in several years. If there offense can take the next step next season and hang with the rest of the division the should continue to be successful in 2017. if the Buccaneers can continue there success there players should produce solid production for fantasy owners in 2017.