In a week that saw three fights break out across the NFL landscape on Sunday, only Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans received word from the league office that he would be suspended. Evans, who remained in the game against the New Orleans Saints after his blindside hit on Saints' cornerback Marshon Lattimore during a stoppage of play, already announced he will appeal the suspension.
The news that Evans is the lone player to be suspended is surprising. A.J. Green, who grabbed Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey by the neck and choke slammed him to the ground then threw multiple punches, will only receive a fine. While referees in the Jacksonville-Cincinnati Bengals game ejected Green immediately, it still comes as a significant surprise he didn't receive at least a one-game ban.
Evans' suspension could allow him to suit up for Week 10, but the early appeal and a one-game suspension could result in the appeals process only taking a few days. For now, fantasy owners should operate under the belief that Evans will not suit up in Week 10 against the New York Jets.
While it comes as a blow, Evans already took a fantasy hit earlier in the day when Tampa Bay announced quarterback Jameis Winston would miss several weeks due to renewed issues with his shoulder. While Ryan Fitzpatrick is one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL, it's hard to trust his consistency and accuracy. If Evans is out and with Fitzpatrick at QB, DeSean Jackson will be a risk-reward, fringe WR2 play for this week.