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Bucs’ Mike Evans creates memorable fantasy football experience

Evans pays a visit to team’s FANtasy Football Challenge and promises productivity to his “new owner.”
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) runs drills during training camp at the AdventHealth Training Center on July 29, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times  [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) runs drills during training camp at the AdventHealth Training Center on July 29, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. MONICA HERNDON | Times [MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times]
Published Aug. 23, 2019

TAMPA — Ever wish you could get a little reassurance that top-round fantasy football pick was the right one to make?

Well, one fan received just that when Bucs receiver Mike Evans made a surprise visit to a Bucs-hosted fantasy football draft on Thursday night and told her, "I'm going to get you a lot of points this year, OK?"

Nine fans were selected to participate in a fantasy football league with Bucs senior writer Scott Smith, staff writer Carmen Vitali and team reporter Casey Phillips. The draft took place Thursday evening in the same draft room the Bucs use every April at the AdventHealth Training Center.

And if any of the nine fans win the 12-team league, they win a trophy, custom game jersey, a tour of the team facility, and pregame field passes and club tickets to the Bucs' Dec. 29 home game against the Falcons.

Becky Hartman of Davenport drafted Evans, and not long after, Evans walked through the door of the draft room, looked at the draft board and asked who drafted him. Hartman told Evans she took him in the second round.

“You look like the smartest one in the room,” Evans said, walking over to Hartman and giving her a hug.

"I've had you for three years, no joke," Hartman said, as she snapped a selfie with Evans.

Kinda beats you’re fantasy draft, huh?

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.

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