The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-14 record and 4th in the NFC South) had a 2014 season where they saw just two wins all season, even with new Head Coach Lovie Smith. The Bucs brought in former Chicago Bear and journeyman quarterback Josh McCown, who did not pan out and was released at the end of the season. They did see promise from rookie wide receiver Mike Evans, who was a part of arguably the best class of rookie receivers in the history of the NFL. With the worst record in the NFL last season, the Bucs with the first overall pick in this year’s draft went with former Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston. With the Winston pick, the Bucs look to find stability at the quarterback position in a longtime. The team also drafted a couple of offensive lineman early on the draft to help protect their new “franchise” quarterback. The Bucs look to fortify their defense this coming season, and to match that with a more consistent offense with a new quarterback and receiver tandem in Jamies Winston and Mike Evans.
Fantasy Football Team Showcase: New Orleans Saints Myles Gorham This is an installment of a twice a week presentation of each NFL team’s top fantasy players by position. This week’s analysis will focus on the NFC South Division. Check out our analysis on the Atlanta Falcons. With these articles you will find a player from […]
The Atlanta Falcons (6-10 record and 3rd in the NFC South) are coming off of a 2014 season where they underperformed and missed the playoffs for the second straight season. With a franchise quarterback leading the way, and a new head coach in Dan Quinn, the defensive minded coach the former Seahawks Defensive Coordinator. On the defensive side of the ball, where the Falcons need the most help, look to build a strong defense with Dan Quinn at the helm. During this year’s draft, with the 8th overall pick, the Falcons selected the pass rush specialist Vic Beasley out of Clemson. This addition should create some matchups problems in their favor. Then, they proceeded to add some depth to their defensive backfield with Jalen Collins, and then two effective offensive players with speed threat RB Tevin Coleman and NCAA career receptions leader Justin Hardy, to replace slot receiver Harry Douglas. The Falcons look to bounce back after two tough seasons, and to get back to the playoffs in a fairly weak division.
The Carolina Panthers (7-8-1 record and 1st in the NFC South) are coming off of a 2014 season where they won their division with a losing record, and won a playoff game. The Panthers were beat by the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs. With a franchise type quarterback leading the way, the Panthers brought in some extra help for the receiving core, in free agency and through the draft. On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers look to have another strong season with the addition of first round linebacker Shaq Thompson in this year’s draft. The Panthers have a plethora of fantasy talent on both sides of the ball, and have a few key rookies who might make an immediate impact.
The Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1 record and 2nd in the AFC North) are coming off of a 2014 season where they once again could not get passed the first round of the playoffs. The Bengals were by the Indianapolis Colts during Wild Card weekend. The Bengals found their feature running back last season in Jeremy Hill, who burst onto the scene with over 1,000 yards rushing. They also moved on from former first round tight end Jermaine Gresham and is looking for Tyler Eifert to be a big part of the offense. On defense, the Bengals brought back former defensive standout Michael Johnson after one season in Tampa Bay. The Bengals beefed up their offensive line this offseason through the draft, who could come in and play early on. They also added some pieces on defense that should not be expected to make an impact as rookies.