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Mike Evans Injury Update Gives Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson Fantasy Outlook a Boost for Week 15

Jason Schandl
Mike Evans injured his hamstring in Week 14 against the Indianapolis Colts.
Mike Evans injured his hamstring in Week 14 against the Indianapolis Colts. / Julio Aguilar/Getty Images
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Mike Evans went down with a hamstring injury against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, making it through only 18 snaps before his day ended.

It looks like this injury will cost him some additional games (and possibly the rest of the season), which gives Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson's fantasy outlooks a huge boost going forward.

Having played 90 percent of the Buccaneers' offensive snaps while accounting for 25 percent of the targets and 37 percent of the air yards in the offense through Week 13, Evans' absence obviously creates a huge void in the passing game.

On Sunday Perriman and Watson both stepped up with significantly increased roles. Perriman saw an 83 percent snap share and Watson saw a 55 percent share. Despite the lower snap count, Watson finished the game with eight targets and 91 air yards, while Perriman recorded five targets and 80 air yards.

Chris Godwin saw nine targets in the game, and his role could also get a slight boost from Evans' absence, but he's already seeing enough volume (9.4 targets per game) that he doesn't have a ton of room to expand.

Watson and Perriman shouldn't have too much trouble converting their increased volume to production over the next couple weeks either. In Week 15 they take on the Detroit Lions (20th in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings), then in Week 16 they get the Houston Texans (15th).

That edge in snaps is likely a better indicator of their future roles than Watson's edge in targets, especially when we're dealing with a sample size of less than one game.

Both guys are worth a look for the fantasy football playoffs, but it's Perriman that comes in as one of our top waiver wire targets for Week 15.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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