2022 Fantasy Football Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview

by Michael Tomlin
2022 Fantasy Football Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview

The 2022 Fantasy Football Tampa Bay Buccaneers preview would be remiss to not mention what a valiant Super Bowl defense the Bucs put up in 2021.

Tom Brady came to town in 2020 and they won it all. They followed that up with a last-second loss to the eventual champion Los Angeles Rams in the playoffs. So what is next for Tampa?

The Buccaneers bring back their top four offensive skill players from the past two seasons. They lose offensive-minded Bruce Arians at head coach, but with Tom Brady calling the shots, I do not think this is a downgrade.

So, can this team repeat as an offensive juggernaut in 2022?

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Quarterbacks

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Tom Brady has had a mid-life resurgence instead of the more common crisis. He has finished as QB8 and QB3 his two years in Tampa Bay and sneakily had one of the best passing seasons ever in 2021.

Brady had the third most passing yards and tenth most passing touchdowns in a season in NFL history. I know, he had an extra game, but still, that is hugely impressive for a 44-year-old.

The craziest part about his numbers? He threw for 673 more yards and three more touchdowns with the same amount of interceptions as 2020. Yet, he only had 0.9 more Fantasy Points per game.

What should we expect from the soon-to-be 45-year-old signal caller? I honestly do not see why anything changes. The news dropped today that Rob Gronkowski is retiring. That will hurt, but don’t be surprised if the Bucs pull in a veteran tight end that’s still a free agent.

Brady will have his best two receivers, albeit Chris Godwin might be slow out of the jump. Most importantly, Bruce Arians is out and Todd Bowles is in.

That means that Brady and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will be running the entire offensive show. I expect Tampa to still sling the air out of the ball until Brady’s arm falls off.

I understand that Brady has no rushing upside (although he does have multiple rushing touchdowns in each of the last four seasons). But his passing production floor is too great to be going as QB15 by current ADP and ECR.

Running Backs

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Leonard Fournette was one of the best values in Fantasy Football drafts last season. Fournette’s ADP was RB36 going in the middle of Round Eight, yet he finished the year as RB5 in half-PPR scoring.

He did this despite missing three games and receiving only 180 carries, 21st among running backs. What was the secret sauce for Fournette?

As I pointed out in my Blind Resumes A-to-Z article, Leonard Fournette has caught at least 69 passes in two of the last three seasons. The third-year was when he was traded midway through the season, so understandably he was not as featured.

Brady has always featured a back he trusts in the passing game, back to James White, Danny Woodhead, and Kevin Faulk. Fournette is that guy now in Tampa Bay.

Third-round pick Rachaad White should fill right into Ronald Jones’ role from last year. As some may point out, White did catch 43 passes last year at Arizona State.

I counter: do you think Tom Brady is going to have a rookie back there pass protecting? Doubtful. This is still Fournette’s show.

Wide Receivers

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This is quite the group, especially after the top three. Russell Gage is in the role that Antonio Brown briefly filled before WWE-heel turning his way off the field against the Jets.

Chris Godwin is still working his way back from a torn ACL in December. However, reports are becoming more frequent that he may be back for Week 1.

Mike Evans is back after cracking the 1,000-yard mark for the eighth time in eight seasons. He has proven to be one of the best Red Zone receiving threats in the league with 27 touchdowns since Brady arrived on only 223 targets.

After the top three, it seems to be anyone’s guess on who even makes the roster. Depending on which beat reporter you read that day, one or two of the other five guys listed won’t make the team come September.

With Godwin and Evans both not pictures of health, and Russell Gage never crossing 800 yards in a season, there may be a diamond in the rough here.

I would definitely keep an eye on the WR4 battle here as that player may end up being Fantasy Football relevant sooner rather than later.

Tight Ends

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With the not-so-shocking Rob Gronkowski retirement news, there is a bit of a hole in this group. Cameron Brate has produced before, finishing as TE7 and TE9 in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Hoever, he has yet to come anywhere near those numbers again despite not missing a single game. Part of it was Rob Gronkowski signing and part of it was quarterback issues.

Nevertheless, I do not see how he can be counted on in any league formats at this point.

Tampa did draft Cade Otton in the fourth round and Ko Kieft in the sixth round this past draft. I’m not sure you can expect anything receiving wise out of either in their rookie seasons though.

As I said, this is now a prime candidate for one of the veteran free agents out there. Jared Cook, Jimmy Graham, Blake Jarwin, and Eric Ebron are all still available. If one of them signs with the Buccaneers, they would at least be worth a late-round flier.

Final Verdict

Shockingly, Tampa Bay might be the most under-rated skill position group heading into 2022 drafts. They had the QB3 last season, currently being drafted as the QB15, without much change other than age (which he has shown he is immortal).

The Bucs had the RB5 who is now being drafted as RB19. That’s even though his main competition for usage is on another team.

Their top-two receivers were the WR9 and WR12 but are now being drafted as the WR12 and WR18, respectively.


This offense has suddenly become very easy and inexpensive to stack; excuse me while I go draft a Best Ball Mania III team immediately.


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