The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense looks very different this year than it did in 2017. The addition of many players [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-jason-pierre-paul-jersey]Buccaneers Jason Pierre-Paul Jersey[/url] , young and old, and the arrival of new defensive line coach Brentson Buckner has built a lot of excitement around what the unit might be able to do in 2018.So, how does Tampa Bay’s DST look in fantasy football projections?Let’s dive in to the stats, projections and Pro Football Focus rankings to find out.*Statistics provided by Pro Football FocusTampa Bay Buccaneers Defense and Special Teams (DST26 in 2017)2017 Fantasy Football Statistics:- 23 sacks- 13 fumbles recovered- 13 interceptions- 382 points allowed- 3 defensive touchdowns- 0 special teams touchdowns- 109 points (6.8 points per game)As defenses go, there weren’t much worse than the Buccaneers’ own squad. However, a influx of talent and new coaching up front figures to see improvement on the front line.Typically [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-lavonte-david-jersey]Cheap Lavonte David Jersey[/url] , front line improvement leads to improvements throughout the defense. How does PFF see this change impacting the group as a whole?2018 Fantasy Football Projections:- 33 sacks- 11 fumbles recovered- 13 interceptions- 3 defensive touchdowns- 0 special teams touchdowns- 101.1 points (DST17)Overall, the site sees the Buccaneers defense getting to the quarterback more while forced turnovers actually goes down, as does the overall fantasy scoring of the defense and special teams group.However, against the other projections across the league, the Tampa Bay rankings goes up significantly jumping from 26th in 2017 to being the seventeenth ranked group entering 2018.Of course, this is relative as is everything [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-ali-marpet-jersey]Buccaneers Ali Marpet Jersey[/url] , and the top ranked defensive projection lands in Jacksonville with the group that finished first in 2017. The actual scoring last season versus the Jaguars’ expected score this year is a 100-point difference.Still, seventeenth is encouraging as it shows people outside of the organization and not closely tied to it are seeing big improvements in Tampa Bay’s defense.2018 Fantasy Football Outlook: Tampa Bay Buccaneers DSTBest Match-Up: Week 7 vs Cleveland BrownsWorst Match-Up: Week 1 @ New Orleans SaintsWhere to Draft: Free-Agent to WatchFantasy Playoff Potential: There’s not a whole lot of in-season value with this group just yet, but that could change. Keeping an eye on this defense is something worth doing as they could be the surprise of the NFL in 2018. A playoff stretch against the New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys could be friendlier than most expect entering the season. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY SportsThis group is an enigma and will continue to be a mystery until we see them unveiled in the regular season.As a streaming option, target Week 7 as the week to possible insert them into your lineup as the Bucs face the Browns at home. Simply put, the Browns are the Browns until they’re not anymore.If the Ravens can’t rebound to become serious playoff contenders again and the Dallas Cowboys find out Dez Bryant was more valuable than they thought [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-donovan-smith-jersey]Cheap Donovan Smith Jersey[/url] , then Tampa Bay’s fantasy football playoff relevance may come back this year.Bottom line, I still wouldn’t recommend spending a draft pick here, but putting them on your watch list as a streaming play or late-season pick-up may not be the worst strategy.Arians feels Jameis Winston should have a chance at repairing his image The Jury is still out for Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston. There are many out there who feel he should not be the franchise quarterback for the Bucs — doesn’t matter if it’s due to off or on the field issues.However, you will find those who are or have been in the league that feel Winston is Tampa Bay’s guy. Anyone from players to coaches have spoke about the 24-year-old’s three-game suspension to start the 2018 season and there are many who feel he can bounce back from it.Former Arizona Cardinals head coach and now CBS broadcaster Bruce Arians spoke to Greg Auman of The Athletic about the Winston situation (must subscribe to read full article). Arians was Ben Roethlisberger’s offensive coordinator while at Pittsburgh from 2007 to 2011, but came on to the Steelers’ coaching staff in 2004 when Big Ben was drafted. He knows a thing or two about quarterbacks who have gotten themselves in trouble while in the league.He told Auman that Winston should be given a chance to get straighten things out.Wins won’t be good enough. Some already have their minds made up. So what truly matters is how the team approaches the matter, from ownership all the way down into the locker. That’s how the Steelers moved forward.That is what’s going on inside One Buc Place.The staff and the players are behind Winston while ownership had no issues with the team picking up his fifth-year option. That may not mean much now [url=http://www.buccaneerscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-peyton-barber-jersey]Peyton Barber Jersey[/url] , but it does mean that if he performs well in 2018, it almost guarantees that the team has no problems giving him a new contract.And that’s a positive step forward.Sign up for Bucs Nation Fan Pulse!
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