2021 Fantasy Football Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview

by Jonathan Chan

The 2021 Fantasy Football season is approaching and the Fantasy Six Pack Team has been hard at work to roll out a preview for all 32 teams. This time, I'm here with the defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The club traded in the former No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston for some sixth-rounder named Tom Brady and improved from 7-9 to 11-5. The Bucs made the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and won the Super Bowl for the first time since 2003. They also became the first team ever to play and win the Super Bowl in their own stadium.

On the surface, there should be no championship hangover for the Buccaneers, as they will be the first team since 1977 to bring back all 22 Super Bowl starters.

With the band back together and another year for Brady to work into head coach Bruce Arians' system, the Buccaneers will once again be a serious contender to take home the Lombardi Trophy. Unsurprisingly, Tampa Bay currently has the second-best odds to win the Super Bowl at +650, only behind the Kansas City Chiefs.

All of the information in the 2021 Fantasy Football Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview is up to date as of June 21st.

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Brady played the 2020 season apart from Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots for the first time in his 21-year career. It's safe to say to put any "system QB' talk to rest. The 43-year-old became the first QB in league history to reach the 40 passing touchdown mark at 40 years or older. His 40 touchdowns were the second-highest total of his career only behind his 50-touchdown season in 2007.

Brady finished the season with 4,633 passing yards, 40 touchdowns, and a 65.7 completion percentage and finished as QB8 in 2020. Expectations are all over the map for the future Hall-of-Famer in his age-44 season. His current FantasyPros consensus rank in QB9, which already has the "this is the year he falls off" price baked into it.

Ono the other hand, Brady did have one of the best statistical seasons of his career after joining a new team with a completely different offensive philosophy and no offseason to adjust to the changes. With a full offseason to prepare and build more chemistry with his weapons, some, including Brady himself, believe he'll be even better when he steps onto the field for his 22nd NFL season.

"As long as I'm playing, I want to improve and get better. I feel like next year is going to be a lot better than this year," Brady said on a Zoom call in February. "I feel like I'll be in a much better place mentally. I'm going to train a lot better this year, physically, next year I'll be in a better place."

It seems almost impossible that he could improve on last season's numbers, but at this point, Brady has given us no reason to doubt him.

Running Backs

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The Buccaneers' backfield could be one of the most frustrating situations in all of fantasy. As last season wore on it looked like things were sorting themselves out. Jones was looking like the lead back, and Fournette was taking a back seat. Jones finished 2020 with 192 carries, 978 yards, and seven touchdowns in 14 games. Fournette finished with just 367 yards on 97 carries in 13 games and was in danger of being cut.

And then Playoff Lenny showed up.

Fournette was one of the Buccaneers' most important players during their Super Bowl run, gaining 300 yards on 64 carries and scoring three touchdowns. The former Jacksonville Jaguar stepped up after Jones sustained a quad injury and did not look back. Jones did return for three games but was out carried by his backfield partner in each game.

Fournette re-signed with the Bucs after the magical postseason run and has likely earned himself a near 50/50 split with Jones, at least to start the season.

Jones is ranked as RB30 while Fournette is RB36. Jones was more heavily involved in the passing game last season but the addition of pass-catching specialist Gio Bernard will eat into the 47 targets he saw last season.

Both Jones and Fournette will have good games, but neither will be consistent throughout the season. Jones, who nearly had 1,000 yards, posted four games of more the 100 yards. However, he also had four games under 25 yards. Fournette had just one game of more than 52 yards during the regular season.

Both running backs have shown the necessary skill to break out in the Buccaneers' offence. But in their current situation, neither should be drafted as more than an RB3/FLEX.

Bernard will see some passing-down work and could work in the "James White" role for Brady. But with so many pass-catching options on the roster already, Bernard is not worth drafting.

Vaughn is a non-factor in redraft leagues unless Jones or Fournette get hurt.

Wide Receivers

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The Buccaneers arguably have the best wide receiver corps in the NFL. The combination of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown make up three of the most talented and dangerous pass-catchers in the league.

Evans has been one of the most consistently productive wide receivers since entering the league. Evans caught surpassed 1,00 yards in all seven seasons of his career and has caught 61 TD's over his 106 career games.

Godwin broke out during the 2019 season, catching 121 passes for 1,333 yards, pushing Evans for the WR1 job, Despite the competition the two were remarkably even last year, in the games they played, Evans averaged 11.2 standard points per game, good for WR10. While Godwin averaged 10.5 PPG, finishing as WR13 in points per game.

Both are elite receivers and the workload they see isn't as different as some might believe. Last season, Evans averaged 6.8 targets per game, while Godwin averaged 7.0 targets per game. If the workload remains similar for Brady's second season in Tampa Bay there's no reason to think their production shouldn't follow the same pattern it did last season.

Brown is the wildcard in the equation. He has the potential to be the best WR in the league and also has a pre-existing relationship with Brady which will help him find more targets in the offense. Brown currently ranked WR46, just between Michael Gallup and Marvin Jones. Despite being the WR3 in this offense, he has a higher upside than the players around him. The former WR1 is a solid dart throw as a bench WR in the late rounds.

Scotty Miller had some blowup games last season but is not worth drafting for season-long leagues as his production will not be consistent week to week. Johnson is a legend at the University of Minnesota and can the potential for some good games. but like Miller, is not worth drafting in season-long leagues.

Tight Ends

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Gronk finished last season as the TE8 despite just coming out of retirement and catching only 12 passes over the first five weeks of the season. O.J. Howard ruptured his Achilles tendon in Week 4 and should be back to start the 2021 season. He wasn't the every-down starter while healthy, but Arians is very excited to get his young tight end back in the mix.

"What a huge addition to have him back because he was having a great year," said Arians, during a press conference in March. "I think, again, the sky's the limit for what he can do in this offense."

Gronkowski had a great return season with a familiar QB but it's unrealistic to expect him to repeat the same production if Howard is healthy. Gronk will always have the rapport with Brady in the endzone so his current price of TE14 is likely closet o where he'll finish the season, despite the week-to-week inconsistency as he fights his teammates for targets.

Final Verdict

The Buccaneers will have a high-powered, balanced offense in 2021 and the wide receivers are the only players who could become truly elite fantasy options. Evans and Godwin are rightly ranked as WR1 options but the log-jam at running back and tight end will keep those players from becoming elite fantasy players.

The Buccaneers will have a great offense all year but, barring injury, it will be tough to pinpoint who will be the main beneficiary week-to-week. Except for Brady. A motivated Tom Brady is never someone you should bet against.

I hope you enjoyed the 2021 Fantasy Football Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview. Follow me on Twitter @jchan_811.

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