Jameis Winston Injury Update Solidified Buccaneers Fantasy Outlook vs Lions in Week 15

Tristan Jung
Jameis Winston throws a pass against the Indianapolis Colts.
Jameis Winston throws a pass against the Indianapolis Colts. / Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Jameis Winston is expected to start the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Week 15 matchup against the Detroit Lions despite breaking his right thumb last week. That news will reassure fantasy owners that are counting on him after a huge performance in Week 14.

Winston suffered a hairline fracture in his right thumb last week during the Buccaneers' 38-35 win over the Indianapolis Colts. The Bucs' QB missed one series after halftime, but returned to the game after that, eventually ending the day with a career-high 456 passing yards and four touchdowns.

Chris Godwin Fantasy Outlook

Winston's health should be a boon to fantasy owners banking on Chris Godwin in Week 15. Godwin was already a good play after Evans' injury was announced, as he ranks second in the Buccaneers in targets with 112 and will no longer be competing for targets with the injured Mike Evans. Godwin has already tallied 1,212 yards this season and has proven himself to be a solid fantasy contributor, ranking second among WRs in PPR fantasy scoring.

In the series Winston missed, backup Ryan Griffin threw for 18 yards on 2-of-4 passing before being replaced. It's safe to say that Winston should lead to far more fantasy production than his backup.

While Winston will likely miss some practice time, fantasy owners will be glad to hear that he's cleared to play. The Buccaneers are set to face a Lions defense that has allowed the third-most passing yards in the NFL this season, representing a great matchup for Winston and Godwin.

Accounting for Winston suiting up, he checks in at QB5 while Godwin sits at WR2 in our Week 15 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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