2012 Team Outlook: Tampa Bay
WR Vincent Jackson, TB - Solid/Safe Pick
Vincent Jackson posesses every physical tool necessary to develop into an elite fantasy wide receiver, but it is hard to imagine that after leaving San Diego as a free agent this past offseason, that it will happen now in a new system with a new less-experienced quarterback. Despite eclipsing 1,000 yards receiving in three of the last four seasons, Jackson has never caught more than 70 passes in a season or scored double-digit touchdowns. The talent and upside is there, but there are also reasons to be wary of overpaying for Jackson on draft day.
WR Mike Williams, --- - Gamble (high risk)
Fantasy owners expecting Mike Williams to follow up his outstanding rookie campaign were extremely disappointed last season. Williams put up nearly identical numbers to his rookie season in both catches (65) and receiving yards (771), but his touchdown total fell from 11 as a rookie to just three last season. With former Charger wideout Vincent Jackson signing with the Buccaneers this offseason, Williams may see his numbers decline even further than his sophomore slump.
TE Luke Stocker, TB - Deep-league Only
Unless Luke Stocker, who caught just 12 passes for 92 yards last season, manages to supplant veteran Dallas Clark, who was acquired in the offseason to replace Kellen Winslow, as the Buccaneers' starting tight end, his fantasy value is non-existent.
TE Dallas Clark, --- - Deep-league Only
You know the name, you remember the fantasy production. That Dallas Clark no longer exists, so it seems. The oft-injured tight end hopes to resurrect his career with the Bucs, a franchise that parted ways with Kellen Winslow. The 33-year-old Clark likely battles Luke Stocker for the starting job, but seeing as he's missed 15 games over the past two seasons, he shouldn't be on your fantasy radar barring a stunning preseason.
UPDATE 8/19: Clark made his preseason debut in the Bucs second game, but did not catch a pass and received little playing time, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Early reports in camp on the former Colts tight end have been positive, but of the "he's working hard" sort of way. Continue to ignore him in fantasy drafts in all but the deepest of leagues until there is tangible reason to pay attention.
PK Connor Barth, CHI - Bye Week Fill-in
Connor Barth was actually a pleasant surprise for the Buccaneers last season, connecting on 26-of-28 field goal attempts (93%) last season. Barth, who received Tampa Bay's franchise tag during the offseason, also made 2-of-3 from over 50 yards last season. If the Buccaneers offense improves then Barth becomes a sneaky pickup for fantasy owners this season.
Tampa Bay - Deep-league Only
The Buccaneers defense was atrocious against the run last season and they struggled to hold their opponents under 400 yards of total offense per game last season. The addition of Alabama safety Mark Barron was a controversial move at the time, but it should pay off down the road. The bottomline is that this defense is rebuilding and playing in a loaded division offensively doesn't help their fantasy prospects anytime soon. Fantasy owners would be wise to stay away from this defense alltogether.