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Chris Godwin Injury Update Boosts Mike Evans' Fantasy Outlook for Week 2

Max Staley
Chris Godwin fantasy outlook hurt by injury update.
Chris Godwin fantasy outlook hurt by injury update. / Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Fantasy managers are going to have another mid-week headache caused by a surprising injury to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers' wide receiver. It's not Mike Evans this time around, though, as Chris Godwin reportedly entered the NFL's concussion protocol on Wednesday afternoon.

While Godwin hasn't officially been ruled out just yet, this update does call his availability into question. If he's sidelined, Evans, Scotty Miller and O.J. Howard would all get a decent fantasy boost in a juicy matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

Mike Evans Fantasy Outlook

This won't impact Evans' fantasy value too much, to be honest. That bum hamstring is reportedly recovering well and Evans looks on track to play in Week 2. Fantasy managers were always going to play Evans if he was healthy, and Godwin's injury update certainly does nothing to change that.

It does raise Evans' Week 2 floor and ceiling, though. Fantasy managers can expect an uptick in targets if Godwin misses time. Against a defense as bad as Carolina's (surrendered top-12 fantasy production to WR in 2019), Evans should be in for a bounce-back game.

Scotty Miller Fantasy Outlook

This move arguably has the biggest impact on Scotty Miller's value. Miller was quietly generating some buzz all throughout training camp and he showed why on Sunday. He caught 5 of 6 targets for 73 yards, putting him just 6 yards behind Godwin for the team lead. His 6 targets were tied for the second most on the Bucs.

Godwin's 7 targets also paced the team, and if he's out on Sunday expect Tom Brady to look Miller's way early and often. If Godwin sits, it's Miller time.

O.J. Howard Fantasy Outlook

O.J. Howard is looking like the tight end to own in Tompa Bay. Howard looked far more athletic than Rob Gronkowski, who looked like a shell of himself, frankly.

Like Miller, Howard saw 6 targets, turning that into 4 catches for 36 yards and a TD. Also like Miller, it'd be fair to expect Howard to get a few extra looks if Godwin sits. Howard is a great Week 2 streamer and an intriguing season-long pickup to boot.

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