News: 4 days agoEvans secured six of eight targets for 171 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 27-17 win over the Bears on Sunday.
Spin: Evans exploded for his second-highest yardage total since the 2020 season, with a 70-yard catch-and-run play that kicked off the Buccaneers' third possession serving as one of his main highlights of the afternoon. While Evans ran out of gas before reaching the end zone on that play, he made up for it with a key 32-yard scoring grab in the latter portion of the third quarter that extended a 13-10 lead. Evans and Baker Mayfield have flashed excellent chemistry over their first two games, as the multi-time Pro Bowl receiver will go into a Week 3 home matchup against the Eagles on Monday, Sept. 25 with a 12-237-2 line on 18 targets this season.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Evans has finished all nine of his NFL seasons as a top-25 fantasy WR, but that streak seems to be in doubt as he enters his age-30 season with major QB uncertainty. Despite Tom Brady setting the single-season completion record last season, Evans finished 21st among WRs in receptions and 17th in fantasy points. The latter is a bit misleading, as he finished outside the top 30 in 60% of his games but was bailed out by a late-season 207-yard, three-TD game (48.7 fantasy points). Evans saw a career-low 10 end zone targets and was limited to six TDs after totaling 27 during Brady's first two seasons. With Brady retired and Baker Mayfield and/or Kyle Trask under center, Evans' upside appears limited. The vertical target is best valued as a WR3.