Editor’s note: To help you prepare for your fantasy football draft, NESN.com will profile each NFL team and analyze which players are worth picking and which players aren’t worth your time. Today, we look at the Buccaneers.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have plenty of young talent, but that doesn’t mean they are bursting with top-tier fantasy football players. But there still are a few names owners should keep their eyes on during the upcoming draft season.
Let’s take a look at some of Buccaneers players you should draft, potential sleepers and the ones you should avoid for this season.
Doug Martin, Running Back: Martin ran for 1,402 yards with six touchdowns in a resurgent 2015 campaign after two straight seasons with less than 500 rushing yards. He likely will be the first Buccaneer selected in fantasy drafts, but he’s still been wildly inconsistent during his first four seasons in the NFL. Someone might pick him late in the second round, but he should be considered more of a third rounder.
Mike Evans, Wide Receiver: It hasn’t taken long for Evans to emerge as the Buccaneers’ No. 1 receiver. He’s had over 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first two NFL seasons, although his touchdown total dipped significantly in Year 2 from 12 to three. He should be considered a third-round pick.
Charles Sims, Running Back: While Martin likely will get a majority of the rushing attempts, that was the case in 2015 and Sims still put up big numbers for fantasy owners. He is a big threat in the passing game, making him a solid RB2 option if selected in the middle of the draft.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tight End: Seferian-Jenkins has potential, but he’s played a total of 16 games in his first two NFL seasons due to injuries. He could turn into a sleeper if he ever turns in a healthy season, but he’s not worth the risk unless you are picking him in one of the later rounds.
Jameis Winston, Quarterback: Winston is a different kind of sleeper than most, considering few people still don’t know about him. He had OK numbers as a rookie, and if he takes the next step forward, someone who took him in the later rounds and stashed him on their bench as a QB2 will have found a steal.
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