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Mike Evans Fantasy Outlook Downgraded by Matchup in Week 1

Jason Schandl
Mike Evans' Week 1 fantasy outlook gets a downgrade from a tough matchup.
Mike Evans' Week 1 fantasy outlook gets a downgrade from a tough matchup. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

A team with two potential top-10 fantasy football wide receivers is impressive, but it can also be a headache for fantasy managers. Both can thrive in any given week, but we often see the success of one come at the expense of the other.

In the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offense, that's the case with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. In Week 1's matchup against the New Orleans Saints, it looks like Evans might be in for a down week thanks to a tough matchup with Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

Lattimore was a rough fantasy matchup in 2019, allowing just a 50.0 percent completion rate when targeted in coverage.

Mike Evans Fantasy Outlook Week 1

In two matchups with the Saints, Evans combined for just 4 receptions, 69 yards and 0 touchdowns on 11 targets. He laid a goose egg with 0 fantasy points in the Week 5 matchup before posting a still mediocre 10.9 in Week 11.

Chris Godwin Fantasy Outlook Week 1

Godwin, on the other hand, feasted against the Saints. In Week 5 he went off for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns on 7 receptions. In Week 11 he added 47 yards and 1 touchdown on 3 receptions.

Evans certainly has huge upside in any given week (he had at least 180 receiving yards in three different games last year), and you're not going to want to bench him over this matchup. Fantasy managers should certainly temper their expectations, however, and if you're deciding between Evans and Godwin in daily fantasy, then this matchup could help guide your decision.

Our Week 1 fantasy football rankings have Evans at WR7, while Godwin checks in at WR5.

Mike Evans Injury Update

Since this story was first published, Evans also missed practice with a soft tissue injury on Wednesday, downgrading his Week 1 outlook even further.

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