2010 Fantasy Football Rankings - Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Josh Freeman, QB, Buccaneers. Bye: 4.
Josh Freeman had a very frustrating rookie season. At times he showed brilliant flashes - 205 yards, 3 TDs against the Packers; 250 yards, 2 TDs at Atlanta. But on other occasions, he was horrific - 93 yards, 3 INTs against the Jets; 5 INTs at Carolina; 174 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs against the Falcons.
Freeman, now in his second season (and first as a full-time starter), will be more consistent. The Buccaneers added two physically talented rookies in Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams, which should also help Freeman. The offensive line is still an issue and the running game is a huge question mark, but Freeman should be a solid QB2 in 2010.
Cadillac Williams, RB, Buccaneers. Bye: 4.
Cadillac Williams is always a huge injury risk, but he does have upside this fantasy season. Cadillac rushed for 836 yards and seven total touchdowns on a 3.9 average last year despite playing with abysmal quarterbacks. Now that Josh Freeman is in his second year and has talented receivers (Arrelious Benn, Mike Williams) to work with, defenses won't be able to focus entirely on Cadillac. Tampa's expected improved offense will also give Cadillac more goal-line opportunities. The only question is if he can stay healthy.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 860 rushing yards. 18 catches. 220 receiving yards. 8 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 156. Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 174.
Derrick Ward, RB, Buccaneers. Bye: 4.
Derrick Ward was a huge disappointment in 2009. After signing a 4-year, $17 million deal, Ward rushed for just 414 yards and caught only 20 passes for 150 more yards. He'll once again play behind Cadillac Williams, and is only worth owning in the event that Cadillac suffers an injury.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 520 rushing yards. 25 catches. 200 receiving yards. 4 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 96. Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 121.
Mike Williams, WR, Buccaneers. Bye: 4.
Like Arrelious Benn, Mike Williams will be in the starting lineup despite being a rookie. Williams has attitude issues, but so far so good - the Syracuse product has been brilliant in Tampa Bay minicamps. Williams isn't the consensus favorite to lead the Buccaneers wideouts in receiving yardage, but he's mine.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 53 catches. 860 yards. 4 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 110.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 163.
Arrelious Benn, WR, Buccaneers. Bye: 4.
Arrelious Benn is a very talented receiver, but will have to transition from Ron Zook's goofy offense. He also drops too many passes. Benn will be in the starting lineup, so he could be worth a late-round flier.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 49 catches. 710 yards. 4 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 95.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 144.
Sammie Stroughter, WR, Buccaneers. Bye: 4.
Sammie Stroughter will be Tampa's slot receiver this season. He should be a decent PPR backup, but nothing more.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 55 catches. 600 yards. 2 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 72.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 127.
Kellen Winslow Jr., TE, Buccaneers. Bye: 4.
Kellen Winslow Jr. was the top receiver on the Buccaneers last year, catching 77 passes for 884 yards and five touchdowns. He's a very good TE1, but there are some risks involved. Winslow just had arthroscopic knee surgery, which marks the fifth time in six years that he's had an operation on his knees. Also, the arrival of Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams means that Winslow's targets will dip just a bit.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Stats: 64 catches. 760 yards. 6 total TDs.
Projected 2010 Fantasy Points: 112.
Projected 2010 PPR Fantasy Points: 176.
Connor Barth, K, Buccaneers. Bye: 4.
Connor Barth hit just 14-of-19 attempts last year, but was 3-of-4 from 50-plus. Barth plays for a young, mediocre offense and there's no guarantee he'll keep his job. Avoid.
Projected 2009 Fantasy Stats: 21-27 FG (2-5 from 50+; 7-9 from 40-49). 31 XP.
Projected 2009 Fantasy Points: 104.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bye: 4.
Not a fantasy defense I'd like to own. The Buccaneers' pass rush isn't particularly effective, and the team won't be blowing any opponents out, which means sacks and turnovers won't be maximized. Tampa does have good special teams though, so this fantasy unit won't be ranked last.
I would bet 10 units on both the Packers and Patriots, and then 5 units on the Packers in the Super Bowl. The Packers will obviously blow out the Falcons and Tom Brady is the best QB of all time. They've both won 7 consecutive games (Rodgers and Brady) and they are both unstoppable. Rodgers will obviously throw a touchdown in the final seconds to win the Super Bowl. I would bet a million dollars that this will happen.
So Big Ben, who has struggled all year on the road despite the competition and is banged up, is just going to magically find his groove and torch us? Anything's possible, but using the Seahawks game, which was ages ago and came shortly after we had to adjust after the Jamie Collins trade, is pretty dumb on your part.