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What to do with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin in Week 13 fantasy football

When you combine two stud receivers with a boom-or-bust, high-volume quarterback, you always reap your fantasy rewards. That is what this Tampa Bay offense has done all season long: racked up points. We take a look at Evans’ and Godwin’s values entering Week 13.

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Tampa Bay have the perfect trifecta of fantasy football players in Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Jameis Winston. Yes, you read it right, I included Jameis Winston. I get the talk about “oh wow, imagine how good Evans and Godwin would be playing for a better quarterback weekly!” in real life, but Winston is a fantasy football darling. Godwin’s and Evans’ numbers speak volumes. They are the WR2 and WR3 on the season respectively. Both of them have accrued more than 210 fantasy points already through 11 games (21.3 and 19.1 on average), have broken the 1000-yard mark (only Michael Thomas has too), and have scored nine (league-leading) and seven (third-most) touchdowns respectively. What’s not like?

Well, for one, Evans has been a little disappointing as of late. In his last three games combined, Evans has “only” caught 12 passes for 200 yards with no touchdowns to his name. Not bad, but far from his averages on the 2019 season. In fact, he hadn’t fallen short of nine receptions or 96 yards in a single game since Week 5. He’s averaging a paltry 10.7 fantasy points in his last three games, which is something he should be looking to fix sooner rather than later.

Godwin hasn’t been much better in his last five games, although he exploded last weekend against Atlanta when he caught seven of his eight targets for a season-high 184 yards and two scores. His 37.4 fantasy points on the day made him the second-best fantasy player of the week, and for the third consecutive week in a row he bested Mike Evan’s performance. Godwin looks like the best attacker on Tampa Bay’s offense through 11 weeks.

Fantasy football analysis: Tampa Bay Buccaneers WRs Mike Evans, Chris Godwin

There is not a lot to discuss here. We’re talking about two of the best three receivers in the game right now in Evans and Godwin. Of course, some weeks one will get shadowed and allow the other to rack up points, and vice versa, but overall you can’t sit either of them at this point. The Jaguars are the 12th-best team at stopping WRs from scoring fantasy points, but that is nothing when you face two studs like Evans and Godwin. In fact, Jacksonville has allowed a receiving touchdown to receivers in each of their last three games (Texans, Colts, Titans) and got torched by Tennessee’s receiving corps for 198 yards last weekend.

Don’t give it too much thought and start both—if you’re so lucky to have the two of them—this weekend. You have nothing to lose and even if they put on a dud, that would probably award you more points than any other of the options you’d leave on the bench. So high are their floors.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Mike Evans
Start Chris Godwin