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Bucs place WR Scotty Miller on injured reserve

The Bucs receiver corps is decimated. We break down the Week 16 fantasy football implications.

Scotty Miller of the Bucs turns after making a catch during the regular season game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 17, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed wide receiver Scotty Miller on injured reserve Tuesday afternoon due to a hamstring injury he aggravated in Week 15. Chris Godwin also suffered a hamstring injury in that game and Mike Evans suffered one in Week 14, but neither has been placed on injured reserve at this point.

With both Godwin and Evans likely to miss the final two games of the season, Justin Watson emerges as the next option alongside Breshad Perriman. The Bucs signed wide receiver Cyril Grayson to shore up their depth, but Perriman and then Watson are the two receivers likely to figure most prominently in their passing game.

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Perriman will be a solid fantasy receiver option against an inconsistent Texans defense. He’s not a must-start, but he’s very much in the discussion.

Watson is someone to consider in deeper leagues. Two weeks ago he caught five passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. This past week he only caught two passes for 17 yards even with Godwin and Miller both getting hurt. He’s got limited upside, but for deeper league, he’s worth a look.

Quarterback Jameis Winston takes a hit without either of his top two receivers available. I suspect he’ll still be productive, but his ceiling comes down without Godwin, Evans, or Miller in the mix.