by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12:45 pm ET) The Buccaneers DST came through for Fantasy owners in Week 14, racking up a season-high 36 Fantasy points, as Tampa Bay routed Buffalo. Though, it will be a challenge for the Bucs to have a repeat performance Week 15 with the 49ers coming to town.
The 49ers might rank 28th in total offense (311.5 yards per game), but they rank tied for 11th in scoring offense (24.3 points per game). DSTs average just 7.4 Fantasy points per week against San Francisco, which is the seventh-lowest average. DSTs have scored more than 10 Fantasy points just four times against the 49ers and no DST has scored more than 10 points in the last three games.
The Bucs DST has been a pretty good Fantasy option as of late, scoring at least 12 Fantasy points in four of the last five games. However, the Bucs DST had just four Fantasy points Week 13 against a very good Carolina team, so it could be another low-output week with another very good team on the schedule. It's probably best to start an alternative DST Week 15.
Mason Foster picks one off in blowout win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Buccaneers linebacker Mason Foster had a solid game Sunday, in a Week 14 win over the Bills, 27-6. Foster matched the team high in tackles with nine -- seven solo -- and added one of the team's four interceptions.
Foster has 73 tackles and three interceptions on the season, two of which have come in the last three games.
Johnthan Banks picks off another
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Buccaneers defensive back Johnthan Banks recorded his second interception in three games Sunday, in a 27-6 win over the Bills in Week 14. Banks picked off Bills quarterback EJ Manuel once, while adding three tackles.
Banks is having a solid rookie season, recording 43 tackles and three interceptions in his first 13 games.
Lavonte David dominates in win over Bills
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David continued his strong play in Week 14 against the Bills Sunday, as he recorded his third straight game with an interception in a 27-6 win. David led the team with nine tackles - eight solo -- and added two interceptions, to give him five on the season. He also added his sixth sack in the win.
Davis is enjoying a breakout season, after a pretty solid rookie year. He has 116 tackles, six sacks and five interceptions in 13 games.
Seven Buccaneers record a sack vs. Bills
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/8/13) The Buccaneers terrorized Bills quarterback EJ Manuel in Week 14, as they racked up seven sacks in a 27-6 win. Seven players took part in the sack party, with defensive end William Gholston standing as the only player to record more than one sack in the game.
Tampa Bay's run defense was excellent in 2012, but its pass defense left a lot to be desired. The Bucs allowed just 1,320 rush yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground over 16 games but yielded over 4,700 passing yards and 30 scores through the air. Hence why the team acquired cornerback Darrelle Revis from the Jets and drafted Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks while bringing back corner Eric Wright, in addition to signing Dashon Goldson to play safety. The secondary, at least on paper, is one of the best in the league (don't forget safety Mark Barron) but questions persist about how much work they'll deal with given the lack of an established pass rush. The Bucs will welcome back pass rusher Adrian Clayborn, who missed most of the 2012 campaign with a knee injury and have Da'Quan Bowers in the fold there too. If both players play to their potential then this defense, complete with a quality defensive line including Gerald McCoy and a great pair of linebackers in Lavonte David and Mason Foster, then this defense could be among the best in the league. A great Week 1 matchup at the Jets also gives some appeal but matchups against the Saints and Patriots in Weeks 2 and 3 will make them difficult to start. They also play several other tough offenses along the way. If you're the kind of Fantasy owner to draft multiple DSTs then the Bucs should make your list. If you prefer to take one DST, which is typical, the Bucs will be the team you draft for Week 1 and either bench or cut because of tough matchups thereafter. (Updated 5/15/13)