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Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Draft: 2018 Round 5 (7)
College: Pennsylvania
Ht: 6’3”  Wt: 225 DOB: 1995-04-04 Age: 25
WR Rank Tier ADP-12
#130 8 -

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  ReceivingRushing Fantasy
Season Team G Target Rec Yard Avg TDAtt Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2018 TB 3 3 1 5 5.0 0 0 0 - 0 0.5 0.2
2019 TB 16 26 15 159 10.6 2 0 0 - 0 27.9 1.7
2020 TB 2 5 3 54 18.0 0 0 0 - 0 5.4 2.7
2020 (Projected) TB     6 75 12.5 0 0 0 - 0 7.5  

2020 Outlook
Depth Chart
It's a bit difficult to know who will emerge as the third option in the Bucs' passing game. Breshad Perriman filled the role in 2019 with a fair amount of success, but he signed with the Jets this offseason. That leaves Justin Watson, who had a few nice moments in 2019, the rookie Tyler Johnson and slot player Scotty Miller. My money is on Watson.

There are a few reasons for that. First, he is an athletic freak. He played at Penn, so he didn't get much recognition, nor did he get invited to the Combine. But at his pro day, he raised many eyebrows, running the 40-yard-dash in 4.42, benching 225 pounds 20 times, and posting a 40-inch vertical jump. He showed that he has elite athleticism, and could excel at the pro level if given a chance.

Second, he can play the slot or outside. He played 38% of his snaps in the slot, and has the size to play outside at 6'3", 213 pounds. Many like Miller, but he is purely a slot player. Since Godwin prefers to run routes from the slot, Watson is more likely than Miller to play when they are in 11 personnel (3 wide receivers), so that Godwin has the flexibility to play either in the slot or outside.

Finally, many are talking up Tyler Johnson, but he is a raw rookie and will need time to learn the pro game. I don't see him making an impact this season.

In limited chances last season, Watson flashed potential. In the final four games, during which Mike Evans was mostly out with injury, he posted 14 receptions for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns. If he can develop a rapport with Brady early, he could be a waiver wire darling early in the season.
Fan. Tm. Player
WR1WR1 Mike Evans
WR2WR2 Chris Godwin
WR3WR3 Scotty Miller
WR4WR4 Justin Watson
WR5WR5 Tyler Johnson
WR6WR6 Jaydon Mickens
Buccaneers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Injury Chris Godwin listed as Doubtful
Returned to practice Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Sep 18, 3:15 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tight end Antony Auclair is officially out against the Panthers. Chris Godwin is doubtful. Bruce Arians said he'll consider bringing someone up from the practice squad. Tanner Hudson does play special teams and that player's primary job Sunday would be special teams. (Jenna Laine on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Godwin did return to practice on Friday but is officially listed as Doubtful. Mike Evans did end up playing last week after initially being listed as Doubtful, but returning from a concussion requires more hurdles to jump. It's looking like Godwin will sit which should give more playing time to Justin Watson. Mike Evans is in the WR1 and Scotty Miller is viable Flex option.


Injury Mike Evans upgraded to Questionable
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Sat Sep 12, 11:30 am

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
An encouraging step for Mike Evans, as the Bucs receiver is upgraded to questionable for Sunday vs. Saints as he deals with hamstring injury. (Greg Auman on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Evans was previously listed as Doubtful. Even if he's active for Sunday against the Saints, it will be difficult for fantasy owners to press the submit button on Evans in Week 1. Scotty Miller and Justin Watson would help fill the void if Evans sits.


Injury Mike Evans listed as Doubtful
Hamstring injury
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Sep 11, 4:00 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is listed as doubtful for Sunday's season opener against the New Orleans Saints because of a hamstring injury. Evans was listed as a limited participant in practice Friday after not participating at all on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Bucs will be without one their key weapons in a marquee matchup against the Saints. Arians is classifying him as a gametime decision but players listed as Doubtful very rarely make it on the field for gameday. Justin Watson and Scotty Miller will pickup the slack. Expect to see Rob Gronkowski and Chris Godwin targeted heavily on Sunday.


Injury Mike Evans uncertain for Week 1
Soft tissue injury
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Sep 9, 2:17 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Evans has an undisclosed soft tissue injury that could jeopardize his availability to play against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Coach Bruce Arians described Evans' status as day-to-day. "We'll take it all the way to the wire with him," Arians said of Evans. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: It sounds like Evans is going to be a true gametime decision making it difficult for fantasy owners to trust him in Week 1. If he sits, Chris Godwin and the trio of tight ends (Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard, Cameron Brate) could all be standout plays. Justin Watson and Scotty Miller would likely fill in the gap at receiver left by Evans.



2020 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  ReceivingRushing Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TDAtt Yard Avg TD FPts
1 at NO L 23-34 2 1 6 6.0 0 0 0 - 0 0.6
2 CAR W 31-17 3 2 48 24.0 0 0 0 - 0 4.8

2019 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  ReceivingRushing Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TDAtt Yard Avg TD FPts
4 at LAR W 55-40 1 1 13 13.0 0 0 0 - 0 1.3
13 at JAC W 28-11 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 - 0 0.0
14 IND W 38-35 8 5 59 11.8 1 0 0 - 0 11.9
15 at DET W 38-17 2 2 17 8.5 0 0 0 - 0 1.7
16 HOU L 20-23 10 5 43 8.6 1 0 0 - 0 10.3
17 ATL L 22-28 4 2 27 13.5 0 0 0 - 0 2.7

2018 Gamelog Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  ReceivingRushing Fantasy
Week Opp Result Target Rec Yard Avg TDAtt Yard Avg TD FPts
8 at CIN L 34-37 1 1 5 5.0 0 0 0 - 0 0.5
13 CAR W 24-17 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 - 0 0.0
17 ATL L 32-34 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 - 0 0.0

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