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Chris Godwin Injury Update Poses Word of Caution Towards Week 1 Fantasy Outlook

Adam Taylor McKillop
Chris Godwin's latest injury update is trending towards a boost, but offers a word of caution for his fantasy outlook in Week 1 against the Cowboys.
Chris Godwin's latest injury update is trending towards a boost, but offers a word of caution for his fantasy outlook in Week 1 against the Cowboys. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The news for Chris Godwin fantasy managers keeps getting better and better as we inch towards Week 1 of the NFL season.

Last year's WR15 in PPR leagues, Godwin continues to rehab from his torn ACL suffered late in the 2021 campaign. In what was once viewed as an improbable outcome, the news from Tampa Bay's camp this week points to a strong possibility of Godwin suiting up in Week 1.

This, of course, is a huge win for fantasy managers who gambled on his health during draft nights.

Chris Godwin Injury Update

Godwin was officially listed as a full participant in Buccaneers practice on Wednesday, just two days after he finally stopped wearing a knee brace.

Head coach Todd Bowles and his staff aren't ready to give Godwin the 100% green light in playing against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night just yet, but the thought of him suiting up at all is way ahead of schedule.

Chris Godwin Fantasy Outlook

The news may be exciting, but fantasy managers must temper their expectations. It's a long season and Tampa Bay has been adamant that Godwin won't be cleared to play until he's 100% ready to go. Even if he does suit up, there's inherent rust to be shaken off coming off a major knee injury.

Godwin currently checks in at WR43 in Week 1 PPR rankings, reflecting the fear that he'll either not suit up at all or be limited upon his return.

This is a wideout that played at least 90% of snaps in at least nine of his 14 games played last year and led the team in targets (127), receptions (98), and receiving yards (1,103). Godwin is not only integral to this offense, but he also demands the biggest share of Tom Brady's attention.

Don't expect Bowles to simply thrust his star wideout back into such a large workload right off the bat, though. The Buccaneers have plenty of receiving depth beyond Godwin with Mike Evans, Russell Gage and Julio Jones.

Even if Godwin is cleared to play in Week 1, it might be wise to wait a week before inserting him back into fantasy lineups. Considering that he held an ADP of WR24 heading into the season, fantasy managers should exercise caution and keep Godwin on the bench for Week 1 rather than deploy him as a WR2 or FLEX option.


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