The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had to try to compete without their best wide receiver in week one. In week two, they might get him back. Per reports, star wide receiver Mike Evans practiced again on Friday and is “leaning” toward playing against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Evans dealt with a hamstring issue that kept him from playing last week, but is now seemingly on the mend.
#Bucs WR Mike Evans practiced again Friday. Officially, it will be a game time decision, but lean heavily toward Evans playing vs. Saints
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) September 18, 2015
Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston badly missed his top receiver last week, throwing two interceptions and struggling mightily in a 42-14 home loss. Things get more difficult on the road in the Superdome, but the Saints’ defense isn’t an elite group and the presence of Evans could make life easier for Tampa Bay’s offense. Vincent Jackson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins would stand to hog most of the targets if Evans were to sit for the second week in a row.
Winston is a key piece to the puzzle in Tampa Bay, but a healthy and effective Mike Evans could go a long way in helping him and the offense. Evans is easily their best talent on offense and if he’s anything close to 100%, he’ll be an elite WR1 play in week two. He’s shaping up as a must-start in regular leagues, but for daily fantasy football leagues he’s still going to be tough to trust. If he sits, both Vincent Jackson and ASF could be tremendous value plays again this week as they face a bad Saints defense that gave up over 300 passing yards in week one.