Chris Godwin Fantasy Value Skyrockets Following Dominant Preseason Performance

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 09: Chris Godwin #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is forced out of bounds after a catch by Justin Layne #31 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of a preseason game at Heinz Field on August 9, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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If you've done even the slightest amount of fantasy football research, you've likely stumbled upon the name Chris Godwin. The much-hyped Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver has become something of a fantasy darling, and it seems most analysts agree Godwin is primed for a breakout campaign.

Through three preseason games, Godwin has shown enough to not only justify the hype, he's proven he may actually be undervalued.

Godwin looks poised to take over as the Buccaneers No. 2 WR across from Mike Evans. He's been on the field for all 58 of QB Jameis Winston's preseason snaps thus far, and he's turned eight targets into six receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown.

He was also really effective last season, racking up 59 receptions for 842 yards and seven TDs, despite often losing playing time to Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson. With both WRs (and their combined 179 targets in 2018), now out of the picture, Godwin's target share could grow exponentially.

That could mean big things for Godwin, who was quietly one of the most efficient WRs in football last season. Godwin averaged 14.3 yards per reception in 2018, which was the ninth-highest mark among all WRs that hauled in at least 50 passes.

One thing that could separate Godwin from the pack is his ability as a red-zone threat. Godwin saw 16 targets inside the 20-yard line in 2018, which led the Buccaneers and tied him for No. 12 among WRs. Red-zone targets often lead to touchdowns, which is huge for his fantasy value.

Currently being drafted as WR19, according to FantasyPros.com, Godwin's ideal marriage of talent and opportunity could allow him to massively outperform his average draft position.

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