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How to handle Mike Evans injury in the 2021 NFL Playoffs

Mike Evans is on the Buccaneers final injury report for the Wild Card round of the 2021 NFL Playoffs. We break down what it means for fantasy football roster decisions.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) works out prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Raymond James Stadium.  Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Game status: Mike Evans is ACTIVE for Tampa’s Wild Card round game against Washington.

UPDATE: Bucs head coach Bruce Arians told Sal Paolantonio that Mike Evans will be ACTIVE for Saturday evening’s game.

Game day update: Evans “is going to do everything in his power” to play in Saturday’s game, but he remains a game-time decision, per James Palmer. If he is limited or can’t play, Palmer is hearing Antonio Brown will be a primary beneficiary.

It’s going to be a game-time decision for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans. He’s still dealing with the knee injury he suffered in a Week 17 game against the Falcons. The Bucs officially listed his as questionable for Saturday’s Wild Card playoff game against Washington. Here’s how to handle the situation for fantasy football.

Fantasy impact: Mike Evans (knee)

After sitting out Tuesday and Wednesday, Evans was able to practice on Thursday, in a limited role. Head coach Bruce Arians talked up his big receiver, making it sound as if there’s a better chance of him playing than sitting out.

However, even if Evans does play, it’s one of those situations where the team could limit the number of reps he sees. The Bucs are favored by more than a touchdown over Washington. They’re also loaded with receiving talent, and Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin are worthy fantasy additions in their own right. Scotty Miller would see extra work, but if Evans can’t play, it might be tight end Rob Gronkowski who gains the most as a big receiving threat in the red zone.