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Mike Evans Leaves Buccaneers Training Camp With Injury, Chris Godwin Returns to Practice

Fantasy Football 5 Up, 5 Down: Mike Evans

The Tampa Bay wide receiver was forced off the field after tweaking his hamstring.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans left practice early on Friday after he appeared to tweak his hamstring.

The 28-year-old receiver has dealt with hamstring issues before, but fortunately those issues led to missing only one game in 2021.

Evans is currently the ninth receiver coming off the board in early fantasy football drafts and the first of a talented Tampa Bay receiving corps. The veteran wideout has not posted fewer than 1,000 yards in a single season since entering the league nine seasons ago. In 2021 Evans commanded only a 16 percent target share, but still logged 1,035 yards and a career-high 14 touchdowns.

There was also some good news for the Bucs today as star receiver Chris Godwin took part in practice for the first time since tearing his ACL in December. In 2021, Godwin commanded a 21 percent target share before his Week 15 injury and finished the season as the WR8 on a per-game basis. Godwin is coming off the board at pick 60 in fantasy drafts and could present value if he returns earlier than expected.

The Tampa Bay receiving room has seen a lot of volatility according to fantasy Average Draft Position (ADP), as fantasy managers try to guess how new head coach Todd Bowles and veteran QB Tom Brady will use their bevy of weapons.

Related: Fantasy Football Wide Receivers ADP

Most recently, the Bucs signed veteran Julio Jones to a one-year, $6 million dollar contract. The 33-year-old, seven-time Pro-Bowler saw his ADP shoot up from pick 236 in May to pick 116.

Wide receiver Russell Gage, newly acquired from Atlanta, continues to climb in ADP despite the signing of Jones and Godwin participating in camp. Gage, an early sleeper for many fantasy football enthusiasts, was going at Pick 116 in May but now is coming off the board at pick 87.

No matter which receiver you choose, having a piece of the Tom Brady-led offense that threw for 5,229 yards and 43 passing touchdowns, leading the league with 307.6 passing yards per game in 2021, is a good idea.

Related: Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings for 2022