News: The Chiefs announced that the signed free agent safety Sabby Piscitelli on Thursday, with the terms of the deal undisclosed. He will compete for playing time as a reserve, though he has starting expiration in the NFL. Piscitelli was a backup in Cleveland last season, notching just 23 tackles and one interception.
Analysis: Piscitelli has played 47 of 48 possible games since 2008, so he will provide quality reserve play and special teams help. Though it will be a solid value for the team, it won't help Fantasy owners in the same light. Ignore Piscitelli on Draft Day in all IDP leagues.
News: The Browns signed DB Sabby Piscitelli off waivers from the Buccaneers on Wednesday.
Analysis: Piscitelli began the year as a starter in Tampa, but was then sent to the bench. He clearly just never got back in favor with the coaching staff and can continue to be ignored in IDP Fantasy play until he earns a starting role with the Browns.
News: Buccaneers DB Sabby Piscitelli was released on Tuesday.
Analysis: Piscitelli began the year as a starter in Tampa, but was then sent to the bench. He clearly just never got back in favor with the coaching staff and can continue to be ignored in IDP Fantasy play until he finds a starting job somewhere.
News: Buccaneers DB Sabby Piscitelli made seven tackles and picked off QB Carson Palmer in a Week 5 win at Cincinnati.
Analysis: Piscitelli has been adjusting to life as a backup most of this season, but took advantage of a back injury to starter Sean Jones on Sunday by making a solid impact. For now, Piscitelli remains unworthy of ownership in Fantasy play, but keep an eye on his numbers over the next few weeks if Jones is out for a while. Tampa Bay hosts New Orleans in Week 6.
News: Buccaneers S Sabby Piscitelli suffered what the team described as a mild concussion during Saturday's game against the Jaguars. He did not return, finishing with two tackles.
Analysis: Piscitelli started 15 games last season, recording 80 tackles and two interceptions. Nice numbers, but not enough to make him a viable Fantasy option in most IDP leagues. He can be ignored on Draft Day.
News: Buccaneers DB Tanard Jackson (nine tackles, fumble recovery), DB Sabby Piscitelli (nine tackles, forced fumble), LB Barrett Ruud (eight tackles) and LB Quincy Black (seven tackles, interception) all had solid Fantasy outings in a Week 10 loss to the Dolphins.
Analysis: Ruud, who is currently seventh in the NFL in tackles, is a must-start IDP option, while Jackson and Piscitelli have value in deeper leagues. Black is the only one on this list not worth worrying about in Week 11 vs. New Orleans.
News: Tampa Bay DB Sabby Piscitelli led the Bucs in tackles with 10 stops in a Week 6 loss to Carolina.
Analysis: Piscitelli now has 37 tackles on the season and one interception. Despite his nice effort in Week 6, he really only has minimal Fantasy value for Week 7 against New England.
News: Tampa Bay DB Sabby Piscitelli had an eventful game Week 2 against the Bills. Piscitelli picked off a Trent Edwards pass in the second quarter and returned it 72 yards the other way. He also recovered a fumble in the game and had nine total tackles.
Analysis: Piscitelli has made an impression in the first two weeks of the season, with eight tackles last week and an interception and fumble recovery Week 2. He was expected to play a bigger role this season and has lived up to those expectations. Think about getting him active as a No. 2 Fantasy option for Week 2's game against the Giants.
News: Bucs DB Sabby Piscitelli had a team-high eight tackles -- all solo -- during a Week 1 win against the Cowboys.
Analysis: The third-year safety is expected to take more of a starring role in 2009 now that he has moved into the starting lineup on a full-time basis. He could be in for a breakout season, but until his stat lines become consistent, Piscitelli remains a low-end Fantasy option.
News: Following their Week 15 loss at Atlanta, the Buccaneers lost strong safety Jermaine Phillips for the season with a broken right forearm. This is his third broken forearm in his career and the second this season (he broke his left forearm earlier in the year).
Analysis: Phillips will be sorely missed against the run, and Fantasy owners can't rely on him as a No. 3 Fantasy DB any longer. Sabby Piscitelli will take his place in the starting lineup but isn't expected to produce good Fantasy numbers.
News: Bucs DB Sabby Piscitelli (elbow) was activated for Week 6 vs. Carolina despite being listed as questionable.
Analysis: Piscitelli is a backup DB with the Bucs, but he is talented enough to see the field on a regular basis. Until he can earn a starting role, however, he isn't worth using in IDP Fantasy leagues.
News: Bucs QB Josh Johnson, DB Sabby Piscitelli, RB B.J. Askew, WR Joey Galloway, DL Greg Peterson and QB Luke McCown have all been ruled inactive for Week 5 at Denver.
Analysis: Galloway continues to miss time with a foot injury and the Bucs still have no firm timetable for his return. He is about the only player worth owning in Fantasy when active. Keep them all reserved Week 5.
News: Buccaneers DBs Aqib Talib and Sabby Piscitelli both picked up interceptions in a Week 2 win over the Falcons. It was the first career interception for both players.
Analysis: Talib and Piscitelli are both backup DBs with the Bucs, but they're talented enough to see the field on a regular basis. Until they earn starting roles, however, they aren't worth using in IDP Fantasy leagues. The Bucs head to Chicago in Week 3.
News: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed rookie safety Sabby Piscitelli on injured reserve and promoted receiver Chad Lucas from the practice squad to the active roster Wednesday. Piscitelli, a second-round draft choice, suffered a foot injury during the first half of last Sunday's 24-3 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
Analysis: The Bucs had high hopes for the rookie Piscitelli, but now this injury puts his progress on hold until 2008. Drop him in all Fantasy leagues.
News: According to The Sports Xchange, Buccaneers S Sabby Piscitelli has a broken right foot and will miss 6-8 weeks. He was injured in Sunday's Week 3 game against the Rams.
Analysis: Piscitelli was expected to be a bigger contributor to the Bucs this season, but will have to wait a couple of months to make ANY contribution after breaking his foot. Drop him in all IDP leagues.
News: The St. Petersburg Times reports that rookie DB Sabby Piscitelli was wearing a walking boot and using crutches in the locker room after the game. He said he heard something pop in his right foot and will be examined later.
Analysis: Piscitelli was expected to be a bigger contributor to the Bucs this season. Monitor his injury throughout the week if he is of interest to you.
News: Bucs DB Sabby Piscitelli (undisclosed) was able to play during Saturday's preseason game against the Jaguars. He had four tackles (one solo).
Analysis: We're big fans of Piscitelli, a hard-hitting DB in the mold of ... dare we say it? ... John Lynch, and so are the Bucs coaching staff. Piscitelli is also a speedy guy, so expect the second rounder to be of value in deeper IDP leagues.
News: Ryan Nece started at middle linebacker for the Bucs during Friday's preseason game against the Patriots in place of Barrett Ruud (bruised knee). Also, Michael Clayton and Sabby Piscitelli did not play because of undisclosed minor injuries.
Analysis: We're big fans of Piscitelli, a hard-hitting DB in the mold of ... dare we say it? ... John Lynch. Piscitelli is also a speedy guy, so expect the second rounder to be of value in deeper IDP leagues. He should be ready for the start of the season.
News: The Tampa Tribune reports that the Bucs and second-round pick Sabby Piscitelli have agreed to a contract. Piscitelli will compete for a starting safety spot in training camp.
Analysis: We're big fans of Piscitelli, a hard-hitting DB in the mold of ... dare we say it? ... John Lynch. Piscitelli is also a speedy guy, so expect the second rounder to be of value in deeper IDP leagues.