Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans had a rough outing in the NFC Championship game. Targeted eight times, he only managed to catch three passes for 51 yards. And while he did score a touchdown, he also had trouble with drops, and he and quarterback Tom Brady never really looked like they were on the same page. It creates a difficult fantasy decision for whether or not the play Evans in the Super Bowl.
Fantasy Football analysis: Bucs WR Mike Evans, $12,600
The most troubling part of the Evans-Brady connection was that all three of Brady’s interceptions in the NFC Championship game came on throws to Evans. He also struggled the week before, in the Divisional round when the Saints matched him up against cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who’s always had a big edge over Evans on the field. Evans caught just one pass on three targets in that game.
The Chiefs boast a pretty good pass defense; they’re the second-ranked team against wide receivers in fantasy. However, the last time the Chiefs and Bucs played, back in Week 12, Evans caught just three passes on nine targets for 50 yards, but he did score twice. And that’s where Evans’ fantasy value is tied, to his scoring potential as a big red zone target.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
This a tough decision for fantasy owners. It’s that much harder in DFS because Evans is the third-most-expensive wide receiver. And you’re mostly picking him for his touchdown potential. I still think he’s a decent play, with a lot of people likely scared off from him because of his last two outings.