Vita Vea

Vita Vea

29-Year-Old Defensive TackleDT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Vea recorded his best all-around season yet in 2023, posting a career-high 43 tackles and two forced fumbles while compiling the second-highest sack total of his career (5.5) across 15 games. The formidable anchor of the Buccaneers' front should continue serving as one of the league's most versatile interior defensive linemen, and the knack he's shown for getting to the quarterback as his career has progressed gives him more IDP value than many defensive tackles. Vea also has shown excellent durability, appearing in 45 of a possible 51 regular-season contests in the last three seasons. Read Past Outlooks
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#1635
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$Signed a four-year, $73 million contract with the Buccaneers in January of 2022.
Drops weight for third downs
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
June 11, 2024
Coach Todd Bowles said Tuesday that Vea has dropped weight this offseason in the interest of playing increased snaps, including third downs, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
Vea is coming off a career 2023 campaign, with a new high of 43 tackles (28 solo), while his 5.5 sacks fell just one short of tying a career-best mark. An ability to pressure opposing quarterbacks provides Vea with more IDP value than the usual defensive tackle, so if he can keep racking up sacks despite dropping weight, the addition of third-down reps could provide a significant boost to the 29-year-old's fantasy prospects.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Snap Counts
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Tampa Bay BuccaneersBuccaneers 2023 DT Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
#% of Team Snaps

65654%
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Measurables Review
How do Vita Vea's measurables compare to other defensive tackles?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
347 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
5.10 sec
 
Bench Press
41 reps
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
32.67 in
 
Latest Fantasy Rumors
Unavailable Sunday
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 17, 2022
Vea, who is dealing with a calf injury, will not play Sunday against the Bengals, Jenna Laine of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The absence of the massive defensive tackle could make the Buccaneers' run defense a bit more exploitable, which should aid Joe Mixon and the Bengals offense. Sunday will mark the first time Vea has missed a game all season and just the second game total dating back to the end of the 2020 campaign.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2018
Vea, already one of the league's elite run-stopping interior linemen, became more of a factor in the pass rush than any other season prior in 2022, recording a career-high 6.5 sacks that surpassed the high-water mark of four he'd established the previous year. The 2018 first-round pick continued to contribute his usual tackle numbers as well, tallying 31 stops while also logging one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Vea also saw over 500 defensive snaps for the second straight season and should have a similar role in the upcoming campaign.
Vea is the proverbial roadblock in the middle of a defensive line that teams crave, and his 6-4, 347-pound frame projects to pay off in multiple ways this season. Unfortunately for Vea's IDP prospects, the fantasy benefits of his presence are likely to be reaped mostly by defensive teammates. Vea will assuredly prove a difficult load to budge in the running game, which should allow him to notch his fair share of tackles. Additionally, the double- and triple-teams that he'll draw should go a long way toward affording the proficient pass-rushing trio of Vinny Curry, Jason Pierre-Paul and Gerald McCoy a robust share of one-one matchups. While Vea certainly isn't devoid of ability to get to the quarterback - as his 9.5 career college sacks attest - he'll likely be tasked with stopping the run first and foremost during his rookie campaign.
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Another productive season in books
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
February 6, 2024
Vea recorded 43 tackles (28 solo), including 5.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles across 15 regular-season games in 2023. He added three stops (two solo), including a half-sack, in two postseason contests.
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Logs full practice Thursday
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 21, 2023
Vea (toe) was a full participant at practice Thursday.
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Still nursing toe injury
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
Toe
December 20, 2023
Vea (toe) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday.
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Available Sunday
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 17, 2023
Vea (toe) is good to go for Sunday's tilt against the Packers, Scott Smith of the Bucs' official website reports.
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Upgraded to questionable
DTTampa Bay Buccaneers
Toe
December 16, 2023
Vea (toe) has been upgraded to questionable from doubtful for Sunday's game against the Packers, Greg Auman of Fox Sports reports.
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