News: Giants running back Kregg Lumpkin played a bigger role than expected on offense Week 15 at Atlanta with starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw sidelined by a knee injury. Lumpkin managed nine carries for 42 yards, which barely trailed David Wilson's team-high 55 rushing yards on 12 carries. Lumpkin had no catches in the game and lost a fumble late in the fourth quarter.
Analysis: We expected Lumpkin to primarily play on passing downs Sunday, but he saw more playing time after he effectively ran the ball in the first half. Lumpkin had 42 rushing yards and averaged 6.0 yards per carry by halftime. Unfortunately, the Giants faced a huge deficit Sunday, so they became a passing team in the second half and the running game didn't get many chances to make plays after halftime. Even if Bradshaw sits out Week 16 at Baltimore, Lumpkin will be at best in a timeshare situation with Wilson and be more of a desperation Fantasy start.
News: Multiple sources report the Giants have signed running back Kregg Lumpkin to take Andre Brown's spot on the roster. Brown suffered a broken fibula Week 12 vs. Green Bay and is being placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list.
Analysis: The Giants reportedly brought in a lot of veteran running backs to try out Tuesday, including Ryan Grant and Cadillac Williams, but they chose to sign Lumpkin, who has just 124 rushing yards and 325 receiving yards in 29 career games. Lumpkin is a good pass-catching back and perhaps that is why New York signed him. Still, he will be behind Ahmad Bradshaw and David Wilson the depth chart, so don't add him in Fantasy just yet.
News: Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested early Saturday morning in Oakland on suspicion of DUI. No charges have been filed but a suspension by the NFL is likely. That opens the door for Seahawks rookie running back Robert Turbin and veterans Leon Washington and Kregg Lumpkin to split Lynch's reps while he's suspended (we think he'll be sidelined at least four games). Washington is a speedster who has done more damage on special teams than on offense since arriving in Seattle while Turbin, a fourth-round pick, missed all of the 2010 season with a torn right ACL but bounced back in 2011 by rushing for 1,517 yards and 19 touchdowns in helping Utah State to a bowl game. Lumpkin has 449 total yards in four seasons.
Analysis: We love Turbin's upside as he's far more versatile than Washington and is better than Lumpkin. Training camp will sort out just how much work these guys get, but the potential in Turbin makes him the most appealing in Fantasy drafts. We'd take Turbin with a middle- to late-round pick, especially if you draft Lynch with a choice earlier. Washington is more of a late-round choice in standard formats. Lumpkin isn't worth a pick for now.
News: The Buccaneers did not tender running back Kregg Lumpkin, making him an unrestricted free agent this spring.
Analysis: Lumpkin wasn't productive in limited playing time for the Bucs and isn't expected to land a sizable role in free agency. Ignore him in Fantasy play until further notice.
News:Kregg Lumpkin saw the majority of the carries for Tampa Bay in Week 16 against the Panthers. With LeGarrette Blount sitting out most of the first half, he gained 24 yards on seven carries. He also caught four passes for 38 yards in the 48-16 loss. Lumpkin had a long run of 9 and averaged 3.4 yards per carry. Lumpkin led the Buccaneers in rushing in the defeat.
Analysis: Lumpkin has seen his role improve in recent weeks and has proven to be a nice option out of the backfield for QB Josh Freeman. But considering that he has not rushed for more than 31 yards in a game this season, he is not on the verge of becoming a solid Fantasy option. While he could see an improved role in Week 17 against the Falcons, owners that are still playing should continue to view Lumpkin as a low-end Fantasy RB.
News: Buccaneers RB Kregg Lumpkin turned in one of his more productive games of the season in Week 15 against the Cowboys. Lumpkin finished with a team-high five receptions for 50 yards in the 31-15 defeat. He did not register a carry in the game, but was targeted a time-high eight times by Josh Freeman.
Analysis: Lumpkin continues to serve as the third-down back in Tampa Bay and the fact that he led the Bucs in receiving yards and receptions says all you need to know about the kind of night Tampa Bay's offense had. As long as LaGarrette Blount is healthy, Lumpkin's touches will remain limited, so leave him on the bench heading into Week 16 against the Panthers.
News: Tampa Bay RB Kregg Lumpkin did next to nothing on Sunday of Week 13 during a loss to the Panthers. Lumpkin rushed just twice in the game for 1 yard. He did not make a catch from QB Josh Johnson, either. Lumpkin was held in check due mostly to LeGarrette Blount struggling and the Buccaneers going down big after halftime.
Analysis: Lumpkin sees carries behind Blount in the offense and is nothing more than a backup to the starter for Tampa Bay. Lumpkin has had some moments this season, but his best rushing effort was 31 yards Week 10 against Houston. Unless something happens to Blount, Lumpkin will just be a backup for the Bucs. Fantasy owners can look to better options Week 14 against the Jaguars.
News: Tampa Bay RB Kregg Lumpkin has a very favorable matchup coming up Week 13 against Carolina. The Panthers are giving up more Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs than any other team in the NFL. The Panthers have given up 17 total touchdowns to the RB position this season. Just last week Indianapolis' Donald Brown totaled 97 total yards with a touchdown against the Panthers. Detroit's Kevin Smith went off Week 11 with 16 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns against the hapless Carolina rush defense.
Analysis: Unfortunately for Lumpkin, LeGarrette Blount still gets the prime-choice carries for the Buccaneers. Lumpkin has totaled 3 rushing yards the last two games and really hasn't been much of a Fantasy factor this season. Because the Panthers are terrible against the run, Lumpkin could surprise and score some Fantasy points this week. That said, he is still a last-resort option in Fantasy play.
News: Buccaneers RB Kregg Lumpkin played a minimal role in the offense in a Week 12 loss to the Titans. He carried the ball only once for 3 yards, and he made three catches for 10 yards.
Analysis: Just two weeks ago, Lumpkin was coming off a string of games where he was getting targeted frequently, but with just four targets over the last two weeks, he is doing little offensively. Given this recent trend, owners can ignore Lumpkin in all formats.
News: Buccaneers RB Kregg Lumpkin has gained more than twice as many yards receiving (148) as rushing (73) this season, and his reliance on receptions for production may work in his favor in Week 12. Lumpkin will face the Titans, who rank just 22nd in the league against the run. Given how few touches he gets, that favorable aspect of the matchup won't help Lumpkin much. However, the Titans are not much better against the pass, at least when running backs are the target. They rank 18th in fewest receiving yards allowed to running backs.
Analysis: Lumpkin is a minor threat in Fantasy, as he doesn't get the ball often, whether on the ground or through the air. Still, with a relatively favorable matchup, Lumpkin remains an option worth considering in very deep leagues.
News: Coming off of his biggest game of the season, Buccaneers RB Kregg Lumpkin contributed little to a 35-26 loss to the Packers in Week 11. Lumpkin did not carry the ball a single time in the defeat, and he was targeted in the passing game only once. However, he did make a reception on that single throw, getting an 8-yard gain on the play. In Week 10, Lumpkin set a season high with 61 all-purpose yards.
Analysis: Even at his best, Lumpkin is not involved enough in the Tampa Bay offense to provide decent Fantasy production. Even in deeper leagues, owners should plan on leaving Lumpkin on reserves or waivers for Week 12.
News: Buccaneers RB Kregg Lumpkin produced a season-high 61 all-purpose yards in Week 10 against the Texans, and he could approach or exceed that total in Week 11. He will face the Packers, who have been tough on running backs overall, but not when they have been used as receivers. While Green Bay boasts the league's eighth-best rushing defense, they rank 30th in receiving yards allowed to opposing running backs on a per-game basis. Lumpkin has caught 15 passes for 98 yards over the last three games.
Analysis: Lumpkin can do some damage as a receiver, but his overall value is limited, since he doesn't get many rushing opportunities. Use him only in deeper formats for Week 11.
News: Tampa Bay RB Kregg Lumpkin was more involved in the passing game than the running game on Sunday of Week 10 against Houston. With the Texans going up big in the game, Lumpkin rushed just four times for 31 yards behind starter LeGarrette Blount. Lumpkin added five catches for 30 yards in the game.
Analysis: We expect the Buccaneers to pass the ball more in Week 11 as the team heads to Lambeau Field at Green Bay. The Packers give up hordes of passing yardage, but are pretty stout against the run. That doesn't sound like it is going to bode well for Lumpkin. As the backup to Blount, who we don't expect to run wild in the game either, Lumpkin is not a recommended Fantasy start heading into Week 11.
News: Tampa Bay RB Kregg Lumpkin heads into Week 10 against Houston as the clear-cut passing downs back for the Buccaneers. LeGarrette Blount is expected to see the bulk of the carries against the Texans, but Lumpkin proved last week that he's going to be the pass-catcher in the backfield. Lumpkin caught four passes for 31 yards in New Orleans Week 9.
Analysis: Lumpkin has 16 receptions for 110 yards and no touchdowns on the season to go with his 14 carries for 42 yards. He does not have a favorable matchup coming up, either, as Houston is allowing the third-fewest Fantasy points per game to opposing running backs on the season. Only the Ravens and 49ers have been stingier. In fact, Houston has only given up two rushing touchdowns in the last five weeks and has only allowed two 100-yard rushers all year. Consider Lumpkin just a last-resort Fantasy option for Week 10.
News: The Buccaneers play calling made this crystal clear: Kregg Lumpkin is the team's passing downs back. On nearly every third down and on every snap of the hurry-up offense, Lumpkin replaced starter LeGarrette Blount. He had two carries for 7 yards and picked up another 31 yards on four catches, including three during the Bucs' last two possessions of the game. He was targeted on a wheel route on a first down early in the second half that would have been an easy touchdown except he couldn't come up with it.
Analysis: Lumpkin might be a sleeper to consider in PPR formats, but that's about it. Blount still remains the starter for Tampa Bay and will see more carries so long as he's healthy. Don't count on much for Lumpkin headed into Week 10 vs. Houston.
News: With Earnest Graham out for the season due to an Achilles' injury, Buccaneers RB Kregg Lumpkin could see an improved role in Week 9 against the Saints. New Orleans ranks 24th in the league in run defense, giving up over 124 yards per game, and have allowed an average of 17.2 Fantasy points to opposing running backs. When Lumpkin faced the division foe earlier in the year, he carried the ball two times for 13 yards.
Analysis: Lumpkin totaled 52 yards his last time out and while LeGarrette Blount is expected back on Sunday, he should see a larger role with Graham out. He could be used as the third-down back and should be able to rack up some yards on dump passes. Keep an eye on how he is used going forward but consider Lumpkin as more of a No. 4 Fantasy RB or flex option for Week 9.
News: Buccaneers RB Earnest Graham, who got the start in place of injured RB LeGarrette Blount in London, was hurt on a first-quarter play and had to leave the game. He would not return. In his absence, Kregg Lumpkin rushed the ball eight times for 15 yards. He added six catches for 37 yards.
Analysis: Graham, who left very early in the game, put up just two fewer yards than Lumpkin. With LeGarrette Blount out for a second consecutive week due to injury, Lumpkin was the only healthy halfback on the active roster. The team did not look to feature him much in the running game, however. The Bucs will be on a bye in Week 8 and figure to have a solution in place at running back by Week 9. We do not expect Lumpkin to be the team's No. 1 RB against the Saints, but Lumpkin may be worth taking a flier on off the waiver wire for Blount owners -- just in case.
News: Buccaneers RB Kregg Lumpkin was not much of a factor in Week 6 against the Saints. Lumpkin finished with 13 yards on two carries in the 26-20 win and had a long of 9 yards.
Analysis: With LeGarrette Blount ruled out with a knee injury, many thought Lumpkin would see an extended number of touches on Sunday. However, that was not the case, as Graham shouldered most of the load in the contest. While Blount could miss a few more gams before he returns, Lumpkin does not appear to be a big part of the team's plans moving forward. Leave him on waivers heading into Week 7.
News: With LeGarrette Blount's status in doubt for Week 6 against the Saints, Buccaneers RB Earnest Graham is expected to make his first start of the season. Graham, who is the second oldest player on the team, is expected to be spelled by RB Kregg Lumpkin. New Orleans enters Sunday's contest ranked 15th in run defense, allowing 107 yards per game. The Saints have surrendered three touchdowns on the ground and allowed an average of 15.6 Fantasy points to opposing RBs on the season.
Analysis: While Blount hasn't been officially ruled out of Sunday's contest just yet, all signs point to him sitting this one out. That means Graham will get the bulk of the carries and Lumpkin will spell Graham, whenever he needs a break. The 27-year-old has only carried the ball four times in his career, so it would be a bit of a reach to start him. However, owners in deeper formats desperate for another RB might want to take a chance on Lumpkin on Sunday against the Saints.
News: The St. Petersburg Times reports that Buccaneers RB LeGarrette Blount (knee) will have his status determined this week in practice. Blount left Week 5 against the 49ers after taking a shot to his left knee in the third quarter and did not return. "I dont want to rule him out, but I'm not looking at him to do whatever,'' coach Raheem Morris said. "Itll be what it is. It'll be next man up, or hell be ready to go practice and play for us.'' Morris said Earnest Graham, Kregg Lumpkin and Allen Bradford are options at tailback if Blount is unable to play.
Analysis: Morris said if If Blount practices on Wednesday he'll call him "day to day. If he doesn't, we'll wait and see.'' Fantasy owners will need to monitor his status closely this week throughout the team's practice sessions. Graham and Lumpkin would likely get a chance at a shared role in Week 6 against the Saints if Blount were to be ruled out. Graham seems more likely to carry a heavier workload than Lumpkin at this stage, but Lumpkin could be worth a look in deeper leagues. Continue to monitor this situation.
News: Buccaneers RB Kregg Lumpkin saw his first carries of the season in Week 5 against the 49ers. He gained 7 yards on two carries and also had one catch for 4 yards in the 48-3 loss.
Analysis: Lumpkin is mainly used on third down for the Bucs and poses minimal Fantasy value at this point. Continue to ignore him in all leagues.
News: Bucs RB Kregg Lumpkin is getting more action in practices and could become a more prominent contributor on third downs and passing situations, offensive coordinator Greg Olson said.
Analysis: Lumpkin hasn't totaled any carries in 2011 and has five catches for 38 yards. It's clear he isn't going to see a wealth of touches as long as LeGarrette Blount and Earnest Graham are healthy. Continue to ignore Lumpkin in Fantasy until further notice.
News: Buccaneers RB Kregg Lumpkin did not receive any carries in Week 4 against the Colts but saw some passes thrown his way. He was targeted three times by QB Josh Freeman, catching all three for 25 yards in the 24-17 win.
Analysis: Lumpkin had his most productive game of the season on Monday but as long as he is buried behind LeGarrette Blount and Earnest Graham on the depth chart, continue to ignore him in the majority of Fantasy leagues.
News: The reports that the Rams have agreed to terms with free-agent RB Cadillac Williams, citing league sources. The Tampa Tribune has reported that Kregg Lumpkin could be used to take Williams' place as a third-down back this season.
Analysis: Lumpkin saw just one carry in 2010 for the Bucs, going for 11 yards. The team does not have much depth at the RB spot in the depth chart and Lumpkin could find himself with his first chance at a semi-significant role in the NFL. He has just two career NFL carries under his belt, but may be worth keeping on your radar as a potential sleeper in deep, deep leagues.
News: The Tampa Tribune reports that Cadillac Williams is in contract negotiations with the St. Louis Rams. If Williams leaves the Buccaneers to join the Rams, the report notes that inexperienced RB Kregg Lumpkin could be used as the team's third-down back.
Analysis: Lumpkin saw just one carry in 2010 for the Bucs, going for 11 yards. The team does not have much depth at the RB spot in the depth chart and Lumpkin could find himself with his first chance at a semi-significant role in the NFL. He has just two career NFL carries under his belt, but may be worth keeping on your radar as a potential sleeper in deep, deep leagues if this situation develops in his favor.
News: Tampa Bay RB Kregg Lumpkin left Sunday's game with Atlanta with a knee injury in the first half.
Analysis: Lumpkin has one rush this year and no yards to show for it. He is not a player to pay attention to in any Fantasy league.
News: With RB Kareem Huggins (torn ACL) gone for the season, running backs Kregg Lumpkin and LeGarrette Blount should expect more opportunity, coach Raheem Morris said. "Hopefully (Lumpkin and Blount) will come on strong," Morris said. "Now is the time."
Analysis: Lumpkin, out of Georgia, played in two games for the Packers in 2008-09. He ran the ball one time for 19 yards and made three catches for 22 more. He has yet to see a carry this season but the injury to Huggins should open up the door. Still, the Bucs have a healthy Cadillac Williams, Earnest Graham and LeGarrette Blount possibly in front of him. Continue to ignore Lumpkin in Fantasy play until he moves up the depth chart.
News: Tampa Bay has added running back Kregg Lumpkin on Sunday. The Packers waived Lumpkin on Saturday.
Analysis: Lumpkin, out of Georgia, played in two games for the Packers in 2008-09. He ran the ball one time for 19 yards and made three catches for 22 more. Lumpkin should not be on Fantasy rosters right now.
News: Packers RB Kregg Lumpkin (hamstring) was able to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Colts. He carried the ball a team-high nine times for 26 yards, including a 1-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Analysis: Lumpkin saw most of the touches out of the backfield once the starters were removed from the game in the second half. Despite that, and the score, he is not a player we envision seeing many touches during the regular season and is a player that can go undrafted in just about all Fantasy formats as a result.
News: The Packers signed the following players to Reserve/Futures contracts: cornerback D.J. Clark, tight end Tom Crabtree, linebacker Robert Francois, wide receiver Khalil Jones, running back Kregg Lumpkin, quarterback Chris Pizzotti and defensive end Ronald Talley.
Analysis: None of these players are expected to produce enough stats to warrant Fantasy use. Keep them off of rosters for now.
News: Green Bay RB Kregg Lumpkin cleared waivers and was resigned by the Packers on Sunday to the practice squad. The Packers also re-signed DE Ronald Talley.
Analysis: Lumpkin finished last season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He will be the team's insurance policy should Ryan Grant, Brandon Jackson and DeShawn Wynn need to miss extended time. Lumpkin has no Fantasy value until those three backs get injured. Talley has no value at this time, either.
News: The Packers placed running back Kregg Lumpkin on the injured reserve list prior to their Week 6 game at Seattle. That means he'll be out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. They added DeShawn Wynn off the practice squad.
Analysis: Lumpkin had a decent showing with Ryan Grant ailing Week 2, but he was too far down the depth chart to consider useful in Fantasy anyway. The same goes for Wynn now.
News: The Packers listed the following players as inactive for Week 5 vs. Atlanta: QB Brian Brohm (third QB), RB Kregg Lumpkin, RB Korey Hall, DB Atari Bigby, DB Al Harris, DB Aaron Rouse, DL Jason Hunter and OL Breno Giacomini.
Analysis: Aside from Harris and Atari Bigby, who are out due to injury, none of the players on this list are going to be in line for considerable playing time anytime soon. Leave them on the waiver wire in all Fantasy leagues until further notice. They've got some depth chart climbing to do.
News: The Packers have announced the inactives for their Week 4 game at Tampa Bay. Not in uniform will be: DB Atari Bigby (hamstring), RB Kregg Lumpkin (hamstring), DB Al Harris (spleen), FB Korey Hall (knee), WR James Jones (knee) and DE Jeremy Thompson (coach's decision).
Analysis: Bigby and Harris have minimal Fantasy values as individuals, but their loss will be felt in a big way by the Packers DST. Jones also has some value in deeper leagues, but he was listed as doubtful coming in. Just make sure you bench him. None of these other players have any Fantasy value.
News: Packers RB Kregg Lumpkin, RB John Kuhn, TE Tory Humphrey, TE Jermichael Finley and QB Matt Flynn didn't record offensive statistics Week 3 against the Cowboys.
Analysis: Lumpkin had a decent showing with Ryan Grant ailing Week 2, but he played like a third-string running back again Week 3. Leave him and each of these other players on waivers.
News: Packers RB Kregg Lumpkin had one carry for 19 yards and three catches for 22 yards Sunday at Detroit.
Analysis: Lumpkin is the No. 3 RB for the Packers and has minimal Fantasy value. Do not use him in Week 3 against Dallas.
News: Packers RB John Kuhn, WR Jordy Nelson, RB Kregg Lumpkin and QB Matt Flynn all dressed, but failed to record an offensive stat Week 1 against the Vikings.
Analysis: Most of these players are either reserves or play a marginal role in the Packers offense. They have little to no Fantasy value heading into Week 2 against the Lions.
News: The Packers rushed for 94 yards as a team in Saturday's preseason game at Denver. Kregg Lumpkin led the team with 11 carries for 39 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Analysis: Kregg got most of the playing time in the second half with the starters out of the game, so you shouldn't look too deep into this. He's going to struggle just to make the team out of the preseason and doesn't figure to get a lot of playing time even if he does. He does have two touchdowns this preseason, which could only help his chances of making the team. At this time, we don't recommend drafting him in Fantasy.
News: Packers rookie RB Kregg Lumpkin capped the scoring in a 20-17 preseason loss to the Bengals Monday with a 11-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. The rookie from Georgia had seven carries for 36 yards and two catches for 20 yards.
Analysis: Lumpkin is a longshot to make the Packers' roster as he is buried on the depth chart. But if he keeps performing well, anything can happen. Regardless, Fantasy owners should ignore him.