Updated (Monday, Dec. 20, 2:42 p.m. EST): Chris Godwin has officially been ruled out for the rest of the year after an MRI revealed a torn ACL. It's a brutal development for the Bucs and Godwin himself, as the wideout is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason. In his absence, Antonio Brown should be a legit WR2 for the rest of the fantasy football playoffs.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were shut out at home by the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football in an embarrassing Week 15 loss. To make matter worse, both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin suffered lower-body injuries that are expected to keep them out for at least the next few weeks.
This development obviously boosts the fantasy outlook of fellow wide receiver Antonio Brown.
Mike Evans & Chris Godwin Injury Update
Evans left the game early in the second quarter after he felt some pain in his hamstring. Nothing is definitive yet, but it looks like he will need at least a week or two to recover. Meanwhile, Godwin is out for the rest of the regular season with an MCL sprain he suffered after taking on a low hit to his leg.
Antonio Brown Fantasy Outlook
This is the moment fantasy managers that kept Brown stashed on the bench have been waiting for. The 12th-year pro's three-game suspension for falsifying his vaccination card expired after Sunday night's contest. He will be reinstated in time to play in Week 16 against the Carolina Panthers.
Brown ranked as the No. 15 WR in PPR scoring leagues through the first six weeks of the season before he suffered an ankle injury. It is clear he has become a favorite option for quarterback Tom Brady as he is averaging 8.0 targets and 69.3 receiving yards per game as a Buccaneer (13 games).
Without Evans or Godwin out on the field, Brady will have to rely on Brown more than ever as Tampa Bay attempts to earn NFC's No. 1 seed. Brown checks in at WR10 in The Duel's Week 16 fantasy football rankings and is a rock-solid WR1 over the last three weeks of the regular season.
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