the rumor that’s circulated since mid-November has Gruden leaving the ESPN broadcast booth to return to coach the Bucs.
Gruden has openly expressed his admiration for quarterback Jameis Winston, and has reportedly told friends if he returns to the NFL, he’d prefer to return with Tampa Bay.
NFL Network reported Sunday Gruden was reaching out to assistant coaches and friends around the league he might consider if he needs to assemble a coaching staff.
With rumors swirling, Koetter must stay focused on the task at hand, the Bucs’ season finale against the Saints on Sunday. He says he has not talked with the Glazer family about his status for 2018.
I do not have discussions with them about that, no, Koetter said.
The highest-scoring player in fantasy football managed to find his way onto the greatest percentage of ESPN championship rosters in 2017.
How about that!
In a development that surely came as no surprise, Todd Gurley II, whose 383.3 PPR fantasy points this season was 35.38 more than any other player, and whose 319.3 non-PPR points trailed only Russell Wilson’s 347.92 (remember that quarterbacks have a significant scoring advantage in that format), carried his teams to championship glory in a whopping 34.4 percent of ESPN leagues. You read that right: More than one-third of ESPN champions had Gurley on their rosters. That’s a higher percentage than 2016 leader David Johnson (23.6), 2015 leader Tim Hightower (33.6) or 2014 leader Odell Beckham Jr. (31.0) had.
A quick glance at the list of most common players on championship rosters reveals that it’s the waiver wire, not your draft-day moves, that are largely responsible for your team’s ultimate fate. Ten of the 15 players most commonly found on championship teams went undrafted in ESPN standard leagues, meaning they were selected beyond the 160th pick on average.
That said, Gurley’s presence — as well as Johnson’s and Beckham’s in 2016 and 2014, respectively — shows that it’s every bit as important to hit on a key draft-day move. Twelve of the 31 players who resided on at least 12.5 percent of ESPN champions’ rosters — you can see the full list in the chart below — were selected within the first six rounds of preseason drafts. Two of them, Le’Veon Bell (14.8 percent, ADP 2.1) and LeSean McCoy (12.6 percent, ADP 7.5), were first-round selections on average.