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Breshad Perriman Fantasy Outlook Skyrockets Following Chris Godwin Injury Update

Zach Brunner
Breshad Perriman had 113 yards and three TDs in Week 15 against the Detroit Lions.
Breshad Perriman had 113 yards and three TDs in Week 15 against the Detroit Lions. / Leon Halip/Getty Images

The wheels are falling off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' passing attack as they approach the final weeks of their season.

With Mike Evans being placed on IR and Chris Godwin officially being ruled out for Week 16, Breshad Perriman's fantasy outlook gets a significant boost, as he'll likely serve as the team's de facto WR1.

After a disappointing start to his NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens, Perriman has found success in Tampa, especially recently. He has seen 17 targets across his last three games, catching 13 passes for 270 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

It's no coincidence that Perriman's production improved once Godwin and Evans got banged up, either. Prior to Week 14, Evans and Godwin combined to post a 47 percent target share. Clearly, their absence will open up a lot of opportunities in the Tampa Bay passing game.

It's also worth noting that the Buccaneers just sent another wideout, Scotty Miller, to the IR, so Perriman will likely see a ton of volume this weekend.

Tampa Bay will take on an exploitable Houston Texans' defense in Week 16. Houston checks in at No. 26 in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings, and the Texans have surrendered the 13th-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts in standard-scoring leagues, so this looks like a solid spot for Perriman.

Given the injuries and the matchup, Perriman is ranked as WR17 in our Week 16 PPR rankings, and he has the potential to be a league winner in the fantasy football championships.

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