Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NFL's Greatest Fantasy Football Franchises: Tampa Bay Buccaneers No. 31

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are known for being the worst. The franchise holds NFL records for longest-losing-streak (26 games), most consecutive 10-loss seasons (12 seasons), and was the last franchise to return a kickoff for a touchdown. Tampa generally finds their way to the bottom, and their 31st place ranking among the greatest fantasy football franchises is par for the course.

Team Points: 1645.74

QB: Doug Williams (1980) - 244.84 Fantasy Points

Like Steve Young, Doug Williams was once a member of the Buccaneers. Tampa has never appreciated talent, and Williams was no different. He propelled the team to their first three playoff appearances before he left for the USFL after a contract dispute. He would later return to the NFL and become the first African-American Quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Tampa makes their home on the wrong side of history.

HB1: James Wilder (1984) - 300.90 Fantasy Points

Only two running backs have carried the ball more than James Wilder's 407 carries in 1984, and they're a part of this countdown so we won't spoil your fun by naming them here. Wilder totaled 2,229 yards from scrimmage and found the end zone 13 times to earn his spot in Buccaneers' fantasy history.

HB2: Doug Martin (2012) - 264.60 Fantasy Points 

Doug Martin, aka the reason you lost your 2013 fantasy season, had a tremendous rookie campaign in 2012. Many thought he would build on that success, but if you were reading RabbleFootball, you would have known better. 

WR1: Mark Carrier (1989) - 196.20

What can we say about Mark Carrier besides, "Who?" Here's some information to get you started on your discovery. Mark played with quarterback Vinny Testaverde, and caught 86 passes for 1422 yards and 9 touchdowns in 1989. Tampa Bay went 5-11 that year.

WR2: Joey Galloway (2005) - 189.19

Joey Galloway was one of the fastest humans to ever step foot on the gridiron. Galloway played for 16 seasons and was productive for all but his last three. His 2005 season was his 10th in the league, and by all measures his best with career-highs in both yards (1,287) and receptions (83). He also found the end zone 10 times. Not bad for a 34 year-old vertical threat. 

TE: Kellen Winslow Jr. (2009) - 118.40 Fantasy Points
If nothing else, Kellen Winslow Jr. has always been a solid fantasy-league tight end. He possessed the unique ability to find himself on teams that consistently trailed late in the fourth quarter. Aside from garbage time, one could always find Winslow Jr. on the injury report. File Kellen Winslow Jr. under: If he only had a quarterback.

FLEX: Erricht Rhett (1995) - 197.70 Fantasy Points

Before Doug Martin, Cadillac Willaims, Mike Allstot, and Warrick Dunn, there was Erricht Rhett. Yes, that's how his name is spelled. We believe the "t" and the second "r" are silent. Rhett totaled 1,210 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1995 which is good enough for third-best fantasy points among non-quarterbacks in Buccaneers' history. 

K: Matt Bryant (2008) - 134.00 Fantasy Points

We're certain everyone wishes Martin "Automatica" Gramatica was the highest scoring fantasy kicker in Bucs' history. If you recall, Gramatica also had a brother, Bill Gramatica, who was a kicker for the Arizona Cardinals. Bill is famous for tearing a knee ligament during a celebration of a made field goal in 2001. The injury was not career ending. 

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