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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense12th104.9 (17th)257.3 (13th)
Defense22nd116.1 (25th)249.9 (15th)

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Sun Sep 11
W 31 - 24at ATL
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Sun Sep 18
L 40 - 7at ARI
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Sun Sep 25
L 37 - 32LAR
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Sun Oct 2
L 27 - 7DEN
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W 17 - 14at CAR
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Sun Oct 23
W 34 - 17at SF
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Sun Oct 30
L 30 - 24OAK
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Thu Nov 3
L 43 - 28ATL
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W 36 - 10CHI
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W 19 - 17at KC
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W 14 - 5SEA
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W 28 - 21at SD
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Atlanta7-5-03-1-0
Tampa Bay7-5-02-1-0
New Orleans5-7-01-2-0
Carolina4-8-01-3-0
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Buccaneers' Charles Sims: Officially activated from IR
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Sims (knee) was officially activated from injured reserve Saturday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

As expected, Sims officially makes his highly anticipated return to the active roster and will join Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers in helping provide the Bucs with a three-headed monster at tailback, where Sims projects to be the pass-catching specialist of the bunch. However, for fantasy purposes, it isn't clear how carries will be distributed right off the bat.

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Buccaneers' Charles Sims: Set to be activated
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Sims (knee) will be activated from injured reserve to the Buccaneers' active roster Saturday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Sims has been unavailable for game action since Week 4, but he's slated to make his long-awaited return Sunday against the Saints. Given his lengthy absence, Sims' volume could be limited at this point with fellow running backs Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers both healthy. Although the trio of backfield options results in a fantasy mess, the group could have plenty of opportunities to produce against a Saints defense that struggles against opposing running backs.

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Buccaneers' Donteea Dye: Promoted to active roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Dye was promoted to the Buccaneers active roster from the practice squad Saturday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

With Adam Humphries ruled out due to a concussion, the Bucs were looking to add depth at receiver. In 10 games with Tampa Bay during the 2015 season, Dye notched 11 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown on 30 targets, but he'll likely be the No. 4 or No. 5 option at receiver in Week 14 for the Buccaneers.

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Buccaneers' Chris Conte: Out Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Conte (chest) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Conte miss his second consecutive game, while Keith Tandy is expected to fill in as the Buccaneers' starting free safety.

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Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: Credited with overcoming barrage of WR injuries
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

In the eyes of offensive coordinator Todd Monken, Winston's confidence and work ethic has helped carry the offense through the Bucs' recent barrage of receiver injuries, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "That confidence gets developed every day after practice, every day that gets developed," Monken said. "A lot of those guys that were in the game had run routes with Jameis before and had a pretty good rapport, because they've put in the time and Jameis is out there leading that ... There's not a lack of confidence from Jameis ... he spreads the ball around as good as I've been around."

Monken was specifically commenting on Winston's stellar effort against the Chargers in Week 13 after losing both Cecil Shorts (knee) and Adam Humphries (concussion) in the first half, but his assessment is fitting for the second-year signal caller's overall body of work this season. Factoring in the since-released Louis Murphy, who never got on the field this season after an October 2015 ACL tear, Winston has seen a total of five pass catchers either exit the roster or miss time in 2016, with two of them -- Vincent Jackson and Shorts -- out for the season. However, the 2015 first-round pick's willingness to put in extra reps with all of the receivers on the roster has paid off given how thin the position has gotten, since Winston has developed some degree of rapport with each. That most recently manifested itself against the Chargers, when former practice squad wideout Freddie Martino seamlessly stepped in after Shorts and Humphries were sidelined and hauled in four receptions for 56 yards. Similarly, Winston has put in extra time this week with the just-promoted Josh Huff, who is expected to be active for the first time in a Bucs uniform in what could be a high-scoring affair against the Saints. Winston's ability to consistently spread the ball around has also led to a career season for tight end Cameron Brate, who's become a legitimate red zone threat, and has helped the offense become somewhat less dependent on No.1 receiver Mike Evans overall.

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