Three and out: Evans’ stock rises with trade to Baltimore

Lee Evans traded to Ravens: Once upon a time, it looked like Lee Evans was going to develop into a legitimate fantasy receiver after a breakout season in 2006, when he posted 1,292 yards and eight touchdowns. But in the past two seasons, he became an afterthought in both the Buffalo Bills’ offense and on fantasy rosters. In 2010, Evans had career-low numbers in receptions (37) and yards (578) while playing second fiddle to Stevie Johnson. Most of that production came in Week 7 when he caught six passes for 105 yards and three touchdowns against the Baltimore Ravens. Call it a case of “if you can’t beat ’em, add ’em.” With the trade to Baltimore, Evans figures to be the starter across from Anquan Boldin and gives the Ravens the deep threat they’ve been missing. Expect him to get more targets from Joe Flacco, but even with the bump, Evans doesn’t figure to be better than a No. 3 option for most fantasy owners.

Cardinals’ No. 2 receiver spot open: Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt isn’t in a hurry to fill the team’s No. 2 receiver slot in the wake of Steve Breaston’s departure for Kansas City. On Thursday, he told The Arizona Republic that the team has “a lot of guys at that position who are making plays. It’s a good problem to have.” It may be a good problem for Whisenhunt, but for fantasy owners … not so much. Andre Roberts got the start across from Larry Fitzgerald on Thursday night, but Early Doucet and free-agent signing Chansi Stuckey are also in the mix. Add to it that rookie DeMarco Sampson has opened eyes in training camp and suddenly every Cardinals receiver not named Fitzgerald becomes a major risk-reward option on draft day.

Jimmy Clausen to start vs. Giants: Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera announced on Friday that Clausen would take the opening snaps in the team’s preseason opener on Saturday. Clausen has been getting first-team snaps during practice, so the move isn’t a major surprise, but top overall pick Cam Newton is expected to see plenty of playing time as the two young quarterbacks compete to be the Panthers’ starter for the regular season opener. Neither Clausen nor Newton will be a major commodity in most leagues, and with potential No. 2 wideout option David Gettis gone for the year with an ACL injury, whoever the starter is will have to lean even more heavily on Steve Smith and the tight end combination of Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey while they learn coordinator Rob Chudzinkski’s new offense.

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