News: The Buccaneers continued trimming their roster Friday in preparation for the regular season and released the following players: defensive linemen Frank Okam and Amobi Okoye; defensive backs Larry Asante, Keith Tandy and Cody Grimm; linebacker Rennie Curran; and running back Mossis Madu.
Analysis: Okoye, a first-round pick at the age of 19, has already been rumored to rejoin the Bears. He had four sacks for Chicago last season. The other players were able to make an early impression in training camp and survive the first round of cuts. However, neither of them were ultimately expected to make a Fantasy impact this season and should be left on waivers at this point.
News: The Buccaneers added more quality talent to their defense in the NFL draft, selecting Alabama strong safety Mark Barron with their first pick. They backed him up with Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David, West Virginia linebacker Najee Goode and West Virginia cornerback Keith Tandy. And in the days following the draft it was learned that the Bucs are likely to move Ronde Barber to safety.
Analysis: There's a lot to like here for Fantasy. Barron, David and Goode should all be contributors for the Bucs, though at different times. This year, Barron and David should see the field a lot. Barron is worth a middle- to late-round pick in seasonal drafts and dynasty/keeper leagues and is a solid second-round pick in rookie-only drafts. David isn't quite as valuable: Take him late in seasonal leagues and dynasty/keeper leagues with a mid-to-late pick in rookie-only formats. Goode is worth holding on to for a while, so pick him up late in dynasty/keeper leagues and rookie drafts. Tandy isn't expected to be productive enough to use in Fantasy.