Mike Evans Injury Update Boosts Antonio Brown and Tyler Johnson Fantasy Outlook Ahead of Week 16

Mike Evans latest injury update boosts Antonio Brown and Tyler Johnson's fantasy outlooks ahead of Week 16.
Mike Evans latest injury update boosts Antonio Brown and Tyler Johnson's fantasy outlooks ahead of Week 16. / Douglas P. DeFelice/GettyImages

Fantasy managers are already reeling from Chris Godwin's season-ending injury, and now another WR1 on the Buccaneers roster will be missing time in Week 16.

Bruce Arians recently revealed that Mike Evans will be out for Tampa Bay's Week 16 clash with the Carolina Panthers, and that has huge fantasy football implications as the playoffs roll on.

Mike Evans Injury Update

Evans picked up his hamstring injury in Week 15 and the combined absences of Tampa Bay's 1-2 punch at WR leaves 37.8%, or 227 of the roster's 600 targets up for grabs.

Antonio Brown Fantasy Outlook

Antonio Brown is clearly the biggest beneficiary of Evans' absence. The veteran wideout ranks second on the team with 8.40 targets per game, seeing 42 across just 5 games played.

Brown checked in at WR10 in The Duel's Week 16 PPR rankings. He has legit WR1 upside, even against a Panthers secondary that allows the sixth-fewest PPR points to opposing wideouts. Start Brown with confidence in his return from suspension.

Tyler Johnson Fantasy Outlook

Tyler Johnson stepped into his biggest role of the season after Evans went down in Week 15, playing a season-high 95% of the offensive snaps. He pulled in 4 receptions on 7 targets for 41 yards or 10.25 yards per reception.

Evans and Godwin also combine for 40.6% (41 of 101) of Tampa Bay's red zone targets, and there's plenty of opportunities for both Johnson and Brown to put up big fantasy numbers in Week 16.

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