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What to do with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin in Week 12 fantasy football

Chris Godwin and Mike Evans are the best fantasy wide receiver duo in the league. Are they set to go off in Atlanta this week?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans dives for the first down against Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

The duo of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin has statistically been the best in the league by a wide margin this year. In standard and PPR leagues, they rank second and third in fantasy points per game for wide receivers. They rank fifth and six if out of all the non-quarterbacks and 11th and 13th if you add the quarterbacks back in! And those numbers include a relatively long slump for Godwin and a couple down games for Evans in a row.

Targets have remained good for Evans and Godwin with 9.7 a game for Evans and 8.9 for Godwin. Their targets do fluctuate more than some No. 1 wide receivers since they have two on their team. The good news is that they throw the ball a ton because their defense gets them in holes more often than not.

Fantasy football analysis: Tampa Bay Buccaneers WRs Mike Evans, Chris Godwin

This week the wide receiver duo faces an Atlanta defense that has stepped up in their last two games but still allowed 152 yards to Michael Thomas and 95 to DJ Moore. Kyle Allen was awful in their previous game as well, so I’m not buying a complete turnaround for a secondary that’s given up the fourth-most receiving yards to wide receivers on the year.

Both players have tremendous upside while also keeping higher floors than other wide receivers. Even in Godwin’s recent struggles, he’s managed to stay relevant with three straight games above 13 fantasy points. That’s a far cry from his four games over 25 FP but still keeps him as a safe play with tremendous upside.

Evans has a lower floor due to his deep routes, but his upside has been higher with two games over 40 FP, and he’s only dipped below double-digit FP twice this season. You’re going to start both no matter what, but the matchup and likely good game script in the dome, makes them both smash possibilities.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start both Evans and Godwin.