Chris Godwin Fantasy Output Surprisingly Makes Him No. 1 PPR WR Despite Playing With Mike Evans

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Chris Godwin #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rushes against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Tampa Bay won 55-40. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
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Entering the 2019 season, Chris Godwin was one of the trendiest breakout candidates in the fantasy football community. Through five weeks, Godwin has not only delivered, he's actually exceeded even the most optimistic of projections.

Entering Week 6, Godwin is the highest-scoring wideout in PPR formats, putting up 120.1 points thus far.

Godwin's meteoric rise to fantasy excellence is certainly a pleasant surprise for any owner that drafted the third-year WR. In fact, Godwin is currently on pace to catch 106 passes for 1,635 yards and 19 TDs.

While he's unlikely to sustain that production over the full course of the season, it seems that he's supplanted Mike Evans as the top option in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' passing game.

Evans has been out-targeted by Godwin this year, 43 to 38. Godwin has also seen more targets than Evans in four of Tampa Bay's five games this season. The lone exception came in Week 3, when Evans caught eight of his 15 targets for 190 yards and three TDs.

While Godwin has seemingly established himself as the No. 1 wideout in Tampa Bay, Evans' owners shouldn't be too concerned.

Evans and Randy Moss are the only WRs in NFL history to have posted at least 68 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in each of their first five seasons as a professional. That puts Evans in some rarified air, and suggests he'll likely turn it around in the not-too-distant future.

Even if Godwin has indeed surpassed Evans in Tampa Bay's pecking order, both wideouts are likely to remain in the WR1 conversation going forward.

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