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What to do with Mike Evans, Scotty Miller in Week 5 fantasy football

The Bucs wide receivers are banged up heading into Week 5. We break down Mike Evans and Scotty Miller and what to make of them for Thursday Night Football.

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Game status: Mike Evans and Scotty Miller are both ACTIVE.

Pre-game workouts: Here’s some video of Mike Evans testing out his ankle. We’ll get inactives for the game at roughly 6:50 p.m. ET.

Game day update: The Bucs expect Miller to play, and while there is optimism around Evans, it will depend on how his ankle feels during his pre-game workout, per Ian Rapoport.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ receiving corps might be extremely short-handed on a short week. Chris Godwin has already been ruled out for a second straight game due to a hamstring injury, and Justin Watson will not be playing either.

That should mean good things for Mike Evans and Scotty Miller, but both of them are listed as questionable and will be game-time decisions Thursday versus the Chicago Bears. Evans didn’t practice at all this week after fighting through last Sunday’s game with a sprained right ankle. The outlook is a little rosier for Miller, who returned to practice Wednesday in limited fashion. He has been dealing with hip and groin ailments.

Fantasy Football analysis: Bucs WRs Mike Evans, Scotty Miller

Both men were just fine for fantasy owners in Week 4 despite their maladies. Evans limped around the field for most of the afternoon, but he still caught seven of eight targets for 122 yards and a touchdown. Miller posted a 5-83-1 line on seven targets. That’s probably going to be the case this week as well considering who’s not available for the Bucs. In addition to Godwin, wideout Justin Watson, who led this group in snaps last week, has also been ruled out. Calvin Ridley is the only wide receiver to top 100 yards against the Bears this season, but Chicago’s schedule hasn’t pitted it against a murderer’s row of receivers. The Bears have faced the Giants, the Colts, the Julio Jones-less Falcons and the Kenny Golladay-less Lions.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Evans is a must-start in season-long leagues if he is active Thursday. Despite playing through pain all year long, he has scored each week. Conversely, he carries probably too much risk on a short week to pay $6,600 for him on DraftKings if you’re playing in a full-slate game.

Even if Evans is on the field, Miller makes for a decent WR3 who has shown he can make plays downfield. His $4,500 price on DraftKings makes him very attractive in all game types, especially if Evans is ruled out prior to kickoff.