Stay far away from the Buccaneers in your 2021 fantasy football draft.
The 2021 Buccaneers have the potential to be one of the best football teams of all time, but their outlook on the fantasy football stage is less than ideal.
Fantasy football has grown in popularity over the years, and today, there are hundreds of options to stay involved with the game and mix it with players from the team you support. As fans of a team like the Bucs, it may be hard to stay away from your favorite team, but you need to if you want to win.
In recent years, players like Mike Evans and Chris Godwin were able to perform at extremely high levels on this front, but they are generally the only reliable ones. Even with Evans and Godwin staying on the team, they are trap options in most leagues.
Betting on specifics with the Buccaneers is dangerous
As it stands, the Buccaneers have six starting-caliber receivers, two tight ends that just caught touchdown passes in the Super Bowl run with another set to return that is the same size but as fast as a receiver, and a running back that has been one of the most productive in the NFL through the air during his career.
For those keeping track, that is ten viable pass-catchers on any given day, and that doesn’t even mention the fact that Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette could both hold the ball wrong on their first carry and lose the rest of their touches for the game, or play every snap for seemingly no reason.
The only player that seems safe is Tom Brady, who should have a dominant season with great weapons and one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, but he is also about to be 44 years old. We’ll give Brady the benefit of the doubt for now, especially after his MVP-caliber season last year, but you certainly aren’t holding onto him in any keeper leagues.
Evans, Godwin, and Gronk seem like good options on paper, especially outside of the first few rounds, but there is no way to know who will click on which day. Brady loved Scotty Miller at the start of the season. Maybe he will feed Antonio Brown looks early in the year to help him get his bonus again. Jaelon Darden could be an unstoppable force of nature in year one, and Tyler Johnson would be a starter on any other team in the league. How do you decide?
It goes without saying that this team is extremely hard to read from a fantasy standpoint right now, but that’s a good thing for those who care about team success. A bad fantasy team only means one of two extremes, and this one holds that the Bucs could field one of the deepest offensive units ever in 2021, which is more than fine by us.
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