by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/20/13) Buccaneers safety Mark Barron (hamstring) is the lone player on the defensive side of the ball whose status for Sunday's game against the Rams is up in the air as of Friday's injury report. Barron is officially questionable for Week 16 against the Rams as a result of an injury that limited him throughout the week.
Akeem Spence, Lavonte David expected to play
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (12/20/13) A pair of Buccaneers defensive players are expected to play through their lingering injuries in Week 16 against the Rams, based on Friday's injury report. Linebacker Lavonte David (hamstring) and defensive lineman Akeem Spence (wrist) are both probable for Sunday's game, after getting through practice throughout the week without issue.
Buccaneers DST a questionable starting option in Week 16
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/20/13) The Buccaneers DST is a questionable starting option for Fantasy owners heading into Week 16 at the Rams.
In their past six games, the Buccaneers DST has scored at least 14 Fantasy points in four games. But in the other two outings they scored six points or less, including last week against San Francisco.
The Bucs have 13 interceptions over that stretch with 16 sacks, two touchdowns and three fumble recoveries. And we could see them playing well against the Rams, who have allowed eight teams to reach double digits in Fantasy points this season, including two of their past three opponents.
We hope the good Buccaneers DST shows up this week, but use caution in who you are comparing them against. I like them better than the Cardinals and Ravens, but I would rather pick up another free agent option like the Lions or Chargers.
Adrian Clayborn surpasses 50 tackles
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/16/13) Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn totaled two tackles, including one sack during a 33-14 loss Week 15 vs. San Francisco. He finished with two quarterback hits.
Clayborn is up to a career-high 51 tackles (36 solo) through 14 games. He also has five sacks, which is 2 1/2 behind the career-high 7 1/2 he had as a rookie in 2011.
Gerald McCoy has six sacks in last six games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (12/16/13) Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy recorded a sack for the second straight game during a 33-14 loss Week 15 vs. San Francisco. McCoy has six sacks in his last six games after managing just two in his first eight games.
McCoy, who has a career-high eight sacks, also has a career-high 43 tackles (30 solo). McCoy had three tackles (two solo) during Sunday's loss.
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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)