Mike Evans has worked relentlessly this off-season to fix the drops problem that plagued him last year. Despite the issue, he still went on to have 74 catches for 1,206 yards and three touchdowns. Another year under Koetter, another year with Jameis, and those numbers are likely to grow yet again.
Evans is officially the number one receiver of this team and now an offensive minded guy is calling the shots as head coach. Evans is going to have a monster season and fantasy owners will reap the benefits.
With Josh Norman out of the NFC South, six of the Bucs’ games don’t feature a true, top corner that will be able to match up with Evans in terms of size or talent. That means that, since the Bucs have three divisional games in the last four weeks, 23% of fantasy weeks will feature divisional matchups. Add to that the 49ers, Chargers, and Bears – all of whom are poor teams – you’re starting to pile up some potentially solid games for Evans.
And, to play devil’s advocate, let’s say the schedule gets the best of the Bucs and they trail a lot. What’s better for your fantasy team than a big number one receiver in garbage time? Now, I think the Bucs will be competitive in virtually every game this season, but blowout happen. This team isn’t a finished product and they will likely be trailing in games throughout the season. That’s just common sense.
Evans is on the way to being a top ten, potentially top five receiver in this league. Look to draft him in the second round. By the third, he’s going to be gone.
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