The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play the Jacksonville Jaguars in their first preseason game tonight, which starts at 7:30 p.m. ET. Once that game takes off, we'll be watching a lot of different players for the purposes of determining their status on the Bucs' roster. But we could look at another group of players to see how well they'd do as fantasy sleepers. So let's do that.
The tight ends
The Bucs have three tight ends, all of whom could be worth a fantasy pick. If only you could predict which one of them is likely to see the biggest workload.
I'll go with Tim Wright in this instance. He's likely to play a role similar to what Aaron Hernandez did in New England, before being exposed as an (alleged) murderer. Let's hope that doesn't happen to Wright. But Wright will see the field a lot as a receiving tight end aligning all over the formation, as oppose to Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Brandon Myers who are seen more as traditional in-line tight ends.
That doesn't mean those two won't catch passes, though, and depending on Seferian-Jenkins development (which has been very promising so far), he too could become a weapon all over the offensive formation. Myers has barely been used that way or even as a receiver at all in training camp. So keep an eye out for the way the Bucs use Wright, Myers and Seferian-Jenkins tonight, and look at their workloads and production. Using a flier on the most-productive player may not be a bad idea.
WR Chris Owusu
Owusu has quietly been making a name as the third receiver in training camp, and was even named a starter on the latest depth chart -- though he'll undoubtedly relinquish that spot to Mike Evans later during the preseason. That doesn't mean Owusu is useless, however. He's a talented receiver who's farther along in his development than Evans, and has a little potential as a returner, too. That combination may make him a valuable very late-round pick in some deep leagues.
The question for Owusu has never been talent, but rather his ability to play up to speed during games. He's a sharp route-runner with good hands and enough speed and size to produce in the NFL, but he's played too tentatively and with too many mental errors in recent years. That may have been due to a history of concussions -- and if he can get past that hurdle, he could be a very productive player.
RB Charles Sims
Charles Sims isn't worth drafting except as a handcuff to Doug Martin, but how valuable he is as a handcuff will be interesting. He might be a useful bye week fill-in or even starter in very deep drafts, depending on how much he'll see the field as both a
Crucial to his ability to produce as a receiver will be his pass-blocking. It's something rookie running backs always struggle with, and if he can't pick that up quickly, we might see more Mike James or Bobby Rainey instead of Sims on third downs during the regular season. That will eat into his value, and may be the difference between being worth a draft pick or not.
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