There’s a lot going on with Tampa Bay’s passing attack as we make our way into Week 15. First and foremost, in true Buccaneers’ fashion, Mike Evans suffered a season-ending hamstring injury last weekend while scoring a 61-yard touchdown in an eventual 38-35 victory over Indianapolis. It might be a little too on the nose as a microcosm of Tampa Bay’s season as a whole, you know, even when they score as much as they do they’re always losing; but it’s an event that will obviously have a massive ripple effect across the team’s entire roster. Somewhat lost in the Evans news was the fact that Jameis Winston had also succumbed to a hairline fracture in his right thumb, yet Bruce Arians has stated that the QB will be able to play through the ailment versus Detroit. All caught up? Perfect.
This leaves us with a question of causality from a fantasy perspective. Is Tampa Bay’s offense a product of amazing skill-position players like Evans? Or is it the system that helps propel the pieces? Honestly, the answer probably lies somewhere in the middle. While there’s no denying that Evans is a Top-10 wide receiver in all of football, it certainly helps matters when you play for a team that’s averaging an NFL-high 340.3 passing yards per game dating back to the beginning of Week 12. On top of that, it’s not like Breshad Perriman hasn’t shown some interesting flashes so far in 2019. In fact, across that same three-week span, the former first-round pick of the Ravens has produced an eye-popping 3.90 PPR points per touch - the fourth-highest mark of any WR with at least double-digit targets. He was drafted as a big play threat and he’s about to play heavy snaps for the squad that sits second in the NFL in 20-plus yard passing plays. Seems like a pretty good fit as an emergency plan.
Fantasy Football Analysis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WRs Chris Godwin, Breshad Perriman and Justin Wilson
Evans was only able to play 18 offensive snaps before leaving last Sunday’s contest. Due to the early nature of the injury, Perriman stepped in and logged a season-high 83.3% snap share. The case could be made that Evans’ absence will simply mean more volume for Chris Godwin - who already enters Week 15 ranked as WR2 in PPR formats - or maybe even that O.J. Howard will finally have to emerge from the shadows; however, I find it hard to fathom that a wideout with that level of opportunity within this high octane passing attack won’t be able to find some value. While Justin Wilson is a flyer option in deeper formats, Perriman is a high-end WR3 this weekend and someone who should be highly considered in DFS.
Start Godwin. Start Perriman. Sit Wilson.