Bucs Fantasy Brief: Will Bucs Defense Be a Hit or a Miss vs. the Eagles?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had unexpected fantasy success at each of their offensive positions. Josh Freeman, Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin, Connor Barth and Mike Williams have all come alive since the bye week and all currently sit at a higher fantasy point ranking than they were predicted during drafts. And within the last five weeks, tight end Dallas Clark has made his emergence as well, making his way onto fantasy teams by way of three touchdowns in his last four games.

The only fantasy football position that has been unreliable this year out of Tampa Bay has been the defense. In terms of fantasy points, that crew has been all over the board: four games of 12 or more points; five games of two or fewer. Their highest-scoring performance of the year came in Week 10 against the San Diego Chargers at home when they put up 17 points. In the three games since: a total of seven points.

It is certainly not a trustworthy play this week, but looking at the Buccaneers this season and looking at their Week 14 opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles, might make them a solid sleeper play if you are in a pinch.

Fantasy defenses this season are scoring an average of 6.7 points per game. Bad news: the Buccaneers sit .9 points under that average. Good news: the Philadelphia Eagles offense is allowing opposing defenses to score 10.9 fantasy points per game, 4.2 points higher than the league average.  Only once have they held a fantasy defense to less than five points, while opposing defenses have scored in double-digits six times (and broken 15 points four times).

While the Buccaneers defense does surrender yards, it is the turnover game that is really the key factor in getting high fantasy production. Because of this, I believe that the Buccaneers defense is a solid play this week. Throughout the year the Bucs have forced 23 turnovers, just shy of two per game. It would be no surprise if they were to boost that average this week against an Eagles offense that has turned the ball over 28 times this year, 2.15 times per game, second most in the NFL.

The Eagles have also allowed seven defensive or special teams touchdowns this season – four of them coming in the last four weeks. On top of all this, Eagles quarterbacks have been sacked 35 times this season, the sixth highest mark in the league.

With a defense that features 10 different players with at least one interception, a front four with 14 sacks on the season and a linebacker duo of Lavonte David and Mason Foster that have accounted for 148 solo tackles, the Buccaneers defense could easily be classified as a sleeper play this Sunday.

One comment on “Bucs Fantasy Brief: Will Bucs Defense Be a Hit or a Miss vs. the Eagles?

  1. Kevin Strickland on said:

    This Defense is getting better with each week it seams no one does a vary good running against them and the pass defense is improving. I truly believe that Tampa Bay’s Defense can move up to one of the elite with some improvements on the corners they have the talent just need a little more time working together. These guys are going to pull it all together and take out the Eagles to start their run for the playoffs. I have been a Buccaneer fan since day one in 1976 my graduation from high school year and would love to catch this game in person but just cant do that right now so I assure you that i will be glued to the TV this Sunday watching the game on NFL Sunday Ticket the next best thing to being there. I cant wait to or at least I hope I get to see the halftime presentation of the 2002 Superbowl team and coaches. As I have already told you I am and will always be the # 1 fan in Illinois unless someday I can convince my wife to move back to Tampa with me were I supported my Tampa Bay Buccaneers through 26 straight losses and was waiting at the Airport after their first win against the Saints 34 to o then their first win in Tampa Stadium. I believe in the New coach and in the Team and especilly Ronde Barber and I know you guys can make it to the playoffs. Heck we make it through the playoffs we or you can win it all. GO BUC’S

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