Thu. Nov 14th, 2019

Mike Evans Fantasy Outlook 2019: Player Profile

Here lies a defender, left in the wake that is Mike Evans. Imagine him in an Arians offense?

2018 Stats: WR9, 284.4 pts, 17.8 pts/game

2019 ADP: WR8 | 2.10

It seems almost impossible to forecast Mike Evans fantasy production since last year we had no clue who would be throwing him the ball every game. With Ryan “Fitzmagic” Fitzpatrick on the Dolphins, that leaves Jameis Winston in line to eat some W’s while throwing him the ball.

At first glance, it may be concerning that Mike Evans averaged more fantasy points per game while Fitzpatrick was under center (splits listed below), but the difference in points for each split should not be considered when viewing Mike Evans status for the 2019 season as some of Evans’ best games were when both quarterbacks got playing time in the same game.

Games with Ryan Fitzpatrick: 17.48

Games with Jameis Winston: 16.53

Mike Evans should see solid production from his new coach, Bruce Arians, for Arians has produced solid fantasy seasons for the respected WR1 on each team. Arians WR1 history is listed below for his last 3 seasons with the Cardinals.

2015: Fitzgerald (WR4), 16 games—> 261.4 pts

2016: Fitzgerald (WR11), 16 games—> 244.9 pts

2017: Fitzgerald (WR7), 16 games—-> 280.5 pts

In that three-year stretch, Arians also tailored his offense to the passing side when it came to his run/pass ratio. Splits for the same three years listed below.

2015: 40/60

2016: 38/62

2017: 45/55

My Projection

Mike Evans, for the 2019 season, will be a low-end WR1 and a high-end WR2. He will not provide the “elite” fantasy production required to be a Tier 1 fantasy wide receiver, but he will sustain enough production which can allow you to address running back early in your draft and still be content with drafting Evans in the late second round. I am giving Mike Evans a risk rating of three for the 2019 season with one being low and 10 being high. Every year, Evans produces at one of the safest floors when it comes to wide receivers in fantasy, but with a small sample size of games with Winston, there is some caution as to if he can sustain WR1 status for the 2019 season.

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