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Mike Evans 2021 Fantasy Football Tip: Can Buccaneers Receiver Regain WR1 Status?

Posted: Jun 29, 2021Last updated: Jun 29, 2021

Juan Carlos Blanco offers his Mike Evans 2021 Fantasy Football Tip And Outlook. See The Game Day’s full 2021 fantasy football draft coverage.

Mike Evans 2021 Fantasy Football Tip

Mike Evans 2020 Fantasy Football Recap

Mike Evans 2020 Fantasy Football Ranking (PPR)

34th Overall, WR11 (Per FantasyPros)

Mike Evans 2020 Stats

  • 109 targets
  • 70 receptions
  • 1,006 receiving yards
  • 13 touchdowns
  • 14.4 yards per reception
  • 16 games

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Mike Evans 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Despite being more boom-or-bust than usual last year, Evans still finished 2020 with excellent numbers, topping 1,000 receiving yards for the seventh consecutive season and hauling in a career-high 13 touchdowns.

While his overall figures were impressive, Evans’ production varied wildly from week to week. He had four games with over 100 yards, for instance, and three games with 10 yards or fewer. His monster-game potential and reliable touchdown production helped mask the fact that he had several weeks where he was a non-factor, including five games where he received four targets or fewer.

Accordingly, Evans’ per-game totals were somewhat disappointing. Despite playing a full season, his 109 targets and 62.9 yards per game were career-worsts, while his 1,006 yards and 14.4 yards per reception were the second and third-lowest marks of his career, respectively. Evans only had six games with more than 60 yards, making him more of a touchdown-dependent fantasy option rather than a volume-driven one.

Thankfully for Evans and his fantasy managers, his 13 receiving touchdowns ranked fourth in the NFL, making him an elite fantasy option when all was said and done. While six of those scores were clustered during his first five games, Evans ultimately found the end zone in 10 of his 16 games, making him a weekly scoring threat.

Touchdowns can be fluky, however, which makes Evans a riskier fantasy option than he’s been in the past. With such a talented supporting cast and a quarterback who likes to spread the ball around via shorter passes in Tom Brady, Evans is going to have more quiet and modest games than he used to. His ceiling isn’t as high as it once was, and his floor is considerably lower now, especially if Brady begins to show signs of decline this year.


Mike Evans 2021 Fantasy Football Draft Value (PPR)

After years of being a perennial second or third-rounder in fantasy drafts, Evans can now be had in the fourth round in many fantasy drafts. The former WR1 is now being drafted as a high-end WR2 alongside Allen Robinson II and Terry McLaurin, which feels right based on where his production will likely end up. Evans is no longer a top-10 receiver with Brady under center, but he’s still a good bet to finish in the top 15 or 20 with over 1,000 receiving yards and close to double-digit touchdowns.

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Juan Carlos Blanco

Juan Carlos Blanco has been playing fantasy sports since 1997 and actively writing about the fantasy sports and sports betting industries since 2015 for multiple websites. He has covered a wide variety of professional sports leagues, including the NFL, MLB, NBA, CFL, Arena Football League, Alliance of American Football, XFL, NPB and KBO. He was the recipient of the FSWA's 2016 Newcomer of the Year award for his work with RotoWire.

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