It's time to start thinking about fantasy football, and we have started going team by team to let you know what each NFL franchise can do for your fantasy squad. You can click here to see if your team has been previewed yet. If it isn't there, chances are it's coming soon. We have finished the NFC and AFC West, and move on to the "South" divisions.
*Rankings are based on a 12-team, standard scoring format.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
2011 RECORD: 4-12
2012 BYE WEEK: 5
TOP DRAFT PICKS: (2) Johnthan Banks- CB- Mississippi State
(3) Mike Glennon- QB- North Carolina State
(4) Akeem Spence- DT- Illinois
QUARTERBACK: While Freeman didn't quite get back to 2010 form last year, he was leaps and bounds better than he was in 2011. The big issue still remains interceptions, though he trimmed that number down to 17 from 22. He did, however, set career highs in passing yards (4,065) and touchdowns (27). Freeman is an up and down player, obviously, but if you have him going on the right week he can be a game-changer. As deep as the position is this year, I think he is still a low-end QB2 option, with the potential to greatly outperform that. Rookie Mike Glennon could be the quarterback of the future, but even if Freeman is injured, you can do much better than him this season.
RUNNING BACK: The Bucs decided to gamble last season on draft day and trade up for a second 1st round pick, and it paid huge dividends. 31st overall pick Doug Martin was sensational last season, running for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also added in 472 yards receiving. Whether or not he can do it again is to be seen, and he has already dealt with a head injury in the preseason, but Martin is definitely an RB1. He is one of the several backs in the discussion for #2 running back behind Adrian Peterson on draft day. Brian Leonard is the backup, but I wouldn't worry about handcuffing.
WIDE RECEIVER: The Bucs brought in Vincent Jackson from San Diego last season, and he settled right into the #1 WR slot. It was a breakout season of sorts, with Jackson setting career highs in receptions (72) and yards (1,384). He is going into his 9th season, but I think he still has a couple of years of solid productivity left in him. Mike Williams fell off a little in his second year after a great rookie season, but returned to form last season. He finished just short of 1,000 yards receiving, and scored 9 touchdowns.Kevin Ogletree and Tiquan Underwood fill out the depth chart. Jackson is a borderline WR1, and a great value as a WR2. Williams is a nice WR3. No other receivers on the team need to be drafted.
TIGHT END: Luke Stocker is the top tight end on the roster, but that really isn't saying a whole lot. He had 165 yards and a touchdown last year. Tampa just doesn't utilize the tight end enough to warrant drafting one of their guys. Look elsewhere.
KICKER: Connor Barth is out, Lawrence Tynes is in at kicker for Tampa Bay. Tynes hit 33 of 39 field goals last year for the Giants, with 3 coming from 50 yards out. He is a serviceable fill-in, but you can do better in a weekly kicker.
DEFENSE-SPECIAL TEAMS: The Bucs improved defensively, especially against the run. They still give up too much in the passing game, but added Darrelle Revis to aid in that department. Playing in a division with 3 of the top 5 quarterbacks in fantasy football is reason enough for me to avoid them on draft day.