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Mike Evans injury update: How to handle the Buccaneers receiver vs. 49ers

The Bucs receiver is dealing with an illness. Here’s what that means for your fantasy lineups.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans makes a reception against Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones at AT&T Stadium. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Editor’s update: Although Mike Evans is dealing with an illness, he is expected to play on Sunday when the Buccaneers host the 49ers, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

There’s something going around the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ locker room, a nasty bug that’s bitten at least three players as of the end of the work week, including stud receiver Mike Evans. He is officially listed as questionable on the injury report, and did not practice on Friday.

New head coach Bruce Arians was hopeful about Evans’ status for this week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. It would be a shock not to see him on the field as he’s only missed three games in his entire NFL career going into his sixth season.

Evans is a sure-fire No. 1 receiver every week, one of those guys you just can’t leave on the bench. He’s topped 1,000 receiving yards every year, hitting a career-high of 1,524 in 2018. The Bucs are expected to get Chris Godwin into the mix more this season, but since Arians’ offense revolves around passing the ball, that shouldn’t have a negative impact on Evans’ overall production this year.

Fantasy impact: With a little rest and a big shot of B12, Evans should be fine to suit up this week. You will want him in your lineup. This game figures to be a shootout. The Niners’ defense gives up a lot of points to receivers, and Arians will have Jameis Winston throw the ball. At $7,900, has the third-highest DK salary of any wide receiver available, but even at that rate, he’s still a bargain for your DFS lineup.