Game day update: The addition of Antonio Brown was expected to make the Bucs’ wide receiver unit more explosive, but that has not happened yet. Brown hasn’t found his stride with Tom Brady like he did briefly in New England.
Mike Evans has became one of Brady’s favorite red zone targets, but that is about it. He’s got 11 touchdowns this season but only two games where he’s had at least 100 receiving yards. Chris Godwin has been dealing with nagging injuries this season, but he’s been productive when on the field.
With all that being said, can the Bucs’ wide receivers breakout against the young Vikings’ cornerbacks on Sunday? It’s a possibility as they are allowing 19 touchdowns and 28.8 fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts. ESPN projects Evans to score 9.9 fantasy points, while Godwin to score 9.4 and Brown to score 7.9 points.
Fantasy Football analysis: Bucs WRs Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown
Evans has been downgraded from limited in Wednesday’s practice to DNP in Thursday’s due to a hamstring injury, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. If he’s good to go in Week 14, Evans has been as reliable as it gets from a touchdown-scoring standpoint. Though his 11 receiving touchdowns are good enough for third-best in the league, Evans has surpassed 75 yards receiving just three times. He’s been denied of the end zone in three games this year, averaging just over six points in those games. The lack of yardage to go along with his high-end scoring ability sits Evans as the 18th-ranked receiver in PPR fantasy leagues, leaving him as a touchdown-dependent WR2.
Godwin returned to practice Thursday after having pins removed from a broken finger. In eight games played this year, he’s proven to be a reliable play when healthy, averaging 15.40 points per-game. Though he hasn’t broken 100 yards receiving in a game yet, Godwin has five or more receptions in every game played but one. This is a great matchup against a defense that is 26th in receiving yards allowed this year and allowed Mike Glennon to pass for 280 last week.
After seeing a steady increase in targets through his first three games of the year, Brown put up a stinker in Week 12, catching just two of Tom Brady’s 41 pass attempts for 11 yards. Though this is a good matchup, I can’t confidently play Brown, who’s yet to break 13.80 points in a game this season. I’d wait this week out and reevaluate for Week 15’s game against Atlanta.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Mike Evans (if active) and Chris Godwin (if active). Sit Antonio Brown.