Tampa Bay Buccaneers Depth Chart
- NFC South
- Raymond James Stadium
- Head Coach
- Bruce Arians
- Offensive Coordinator
- Byron Leftwich
- Defensive Coordinator
- Todd Bowles
- Special Teams Coach
- Keith Armstrong
- Defensive Scheme
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that backup center A.Q. Shipley (neck), who started the last two games, is out for the season and has been advised to end his playing career after his latest injury. The 34-year-old suffered a neck injury late in the fourth quarter of the Monday night loss to the Rams in Week 11. "He had had this injury back in 2013 I believe," Arians said. "Once we did the MRI and X-rays, it was determined that he really shouldn't play anymore." Shipley will finish his career with 110 games played and 72 starts and will go into coaching, according to Arians. Arians was the offensive coordinator with the Steelers when the team selected Shipley in the seventh round of the 2009 draft.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense should be avoided in Week 12 when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City has just seven total turnovers on offense and has allowed 12 sacks. Not only is there limited upside for the Buccaneers defense, but the Chiefs also lead the league in points per game. Stay away from Tampa Bay's defense this week, if possible.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski prepares to face off with the defending-champion Chiefs in a Week 12 battle. Gronkowski has been giving to fantasy owners in all formats lately, as he's scored at least 10 standard points and 13 PPR points in four of his last six games, averaging 5.8 targets per contest. With the tight end position more of a dice roll than usual, Gronkowski offers something of good value and checks in among the leaders at the position in red-zone targets. That makes him worth starting as a solid TE1 in a game that could end up with a high point total.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been a strong producer since joining the team. Aside from the blowout loss to New Orleans, Brown has put up 7-69-0 and 8-57-0 receiving lines on eight and 13 targets, respectively. Those are essentially WR2-level workloads, though the matchup against the Chiefs is certainly a tough one. Considering that Kansas City has surrendered the third-fewest targets to wide receiver this year, a slight downgrade to Brown's prospects is necessary. However, this game could go the way of the shootout, which would give Brown WR2 upside.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin has developed a nice chemistry with Tom Brady over the last few games. Godwin has compiled at least six receptions and 50 receiving yards in each of the last two games against relatively tough matchups. He has proven to be a reliable receiver over the middle of the field, as Brady has looked deep less often recently. Godwin is a good bet for around seven to 10 targets again in what is looking like a high-scoring contest, even though the Chiefs have been tough against wideouts. Lock him in lineups as a strong WR2 option.