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Mike Evans likely to miss fantasy playoffs

Mike Evans hurts hamstring and is in doubt to play again this season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans runs with the ball as New Orleans Saints cornerback P.J. Williams defends during the second half at Raymond James Stadium.  Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Evans injured his hamstring as he outran the Colts defense on a 61-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. He would not return. According to ESPN beat writer Jenna Laine, after the game, coach Bruce Arians was asked about Evans’ injury and he said, “It’s not good. I’ll be shocked if Mike makes it back before the last week.”

Evans loss is big for the fantasy community, as we are smack-dab in the middle of the fantasy playoffs. His 61-yard touchdown helps balm some of the sting, but Evans could have easily had another one of his blow up games this week. The Buccaneers have been eliminated from playoff contention and there is no reason to rush their star receiver back. If this is Evans’ last game of the season, he’ll end with 67 receptions for 1,157 yards and eight touchdowns.

With Evans out, Justin Watson took over for him. Watson ended up with five receptions on eight targets for 59 yards and a touchdown. In a 38-35 win there will be elevated statistics, as Breshad Perriman also had a good game, going for 70 yards and a touchdown, but Watson was second on the team in targets and could be a worthy replacement for Evans on your fantasy team. But in the end, his injury boosts Chris Godwin up into the no-doubt lead target on a pass-happy offense and even more fantasy prominence.

With Detroit and Houston up next on the Bucs’ schedule, Perriman and Watson have good upside, but will be risky to go all in on for the fantasy playoffs. But Godwin will be a daily fantasy darling these next two games.