The Buccaneers defense is a hot mess for fantasy football players with several injuries affecting the defensive line. Starting left defensive end Adrian Clayborn is out for the season with a biceps injury and starting right end Michael Johnson missed the entire week of practice with a sprained ankle.
With the Bucs having to pick to ends to start out of the group of unheralded players like Will Gholston, Scott Solomon and Larry English, it might be best to stay away from Tampa Bay’s defense, which also lost veteran cornerback Mike Jenkins to a season-ending pectoral injury this week, even though the Bucs are facing a backup quarterback in St. Louis.
Offensively, left guard Logan Mankins practiced on his injured leg and is expected to play against St. Louis. Running back Doug Martin sustained a knee injury against Carolina, but returned to action and was limited earlier in the week in practice. He’ll play on Sunday, but how effective will he be? He may not be worth starting this week due to St. Louis’ stout defense. Backup running back Bobby Rainey, who had a touchdown catch last week, might be a more sound fantasy option.
Bucs rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins hasn’t practiced all week due to a sprained ankle and likely won’t play. Tight end Brandon Myers was the Bucs’ leading receiver last week with six catches for 41 yards and might be a better fantasy pick up, especially if Tampa Bay’s offensive line has a hard time handling St. Louis’ front four. Quarterback Josh McCown might be forced to get rid of the ball quickly.
McCown, who threw two touchdowns and two interceptions last week, and wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who had four receptions for 36 yards against the Panthers. Need to step up this week and have better performances. Both are worth starting, in addition to rookie wide receiver Mike Evans.
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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: email@example.com
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