The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be without their top offensive weapon in week one, as star wide receiver Mike Evans is “not looking good” to face the Tennessee Titans. Evans has missed practice with a lingering hamstring injury. Evans was believed to be fine and was expected to be ready for the start of the 2015 NFL season, but recent resports project a gloomy outlook for week one.
#Bucs WR Mike Evans remains sidelined at practice. Looking more and more doubtful for him for Sunday with each passing day
— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) September 10, 2015
Should Evans indeed sit out, it could be a rough rookie debut for Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston, as he’d have one less option to work with in the passing game. More specifically, his best option would be gone.
While Winston would naturally be downgraded for week one, everyone else on the Buccaneers could get a boost with the extra looks sans Evans. Vincent Jackson would step up as the full-fledged #1 wide receiver in the passing game, while tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins could also gain some steam as a sneaky week one fantasy sleeper. The man to benefit the most oddly could be running back Doug Martin, who was already slated for a big role in a good matchup with the Titans.
Tennessee was 31st against the run in 2014 and the Muscle Hamster projects well in this week one meeting. Mike Evans is now becoming a risky play in standard leagues, as there would be real concern that he’d be limited, used as a decoy or he could further injure himself. With Evans likely sitting out as a precaution, the other Buccaneers offensive players get a solid boost across standard season long leagues, while their DFS value sees a considerable spike, as well.