When fantasy football owners drafted Mike Evans as the eighth best wide receiver in the NFL with an average draft position at No. 22, they were expecting a lot more than what Evans produced through his first two games of the season. The 26-year-old caught two passes for 28 yards in his season debut against the San Francisco 49ers and then had four catches for 61 yards against the Carolina Panthers. He didn’t score in either game.
Fantasy owners that stuck with Mike Evans were rewarded to the tune of eight catches for 190 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday’s 32-31 loss to the New York Giants. This is the type of performance that the Buccaneers and fantasy owners were looking for.
Of course, Evans won’t put up these kinds of numbers every week. But with five straight 1000-yard receiving seasons, the Bucs’ star is one of the most consistent wide receivers in the game. It was only a matter of time before his production saw an uptick.