Chris Godwin broke out in 2019 with over 1300 yards and nine touchdowns in just 14 games. He regressed some in 2020, as volume went down and injures held him to just 12 game appearances. His numbers were still strong, but a let down from the previous season. Health and a second season with Tom Brady should could lead to another big fantasy year.
To commemorate the 2021 NFL season, we’ll be counting down the 75 best fantasy football players in the league. Picking a Top 75 is subjective, especially when you are projecting a whole season of accumulated fantasy points, but that’s part of the fun. We’ll assume what I see as an average league, which is 12 teams, .5 PPR scoring and a roster of 1QB, 2RB, 3WR, 1TE, & 1RB/WR/TE. Kickers and defenses need not apply.
Change is the nature of the NFL beast, so trades and injuries will likely impact this list as we go along, but hey, this isn’t rocket science. We’re here to have a little fun and build up some much needed anticipation for a league cast in the shadow by baseball, soccer, hockey, etc. Sarcasm aside, the NFL is addictive and we’re here to give your daily fix as we close in on the season.
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No. 27, Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WR
Godwin caught 65-of-84 targets for 840 yards and seven touchdowns through 12 games. A full season would have still given him big fantasy points and if he can stay healthy this year, we should expect those fantasy points and even more.
Competition for touches
Godwin averaged more targets per game than Mike Evans and was on pace for 87 receptions compared to Evans’ 70 he had through 16 games. Antonio Brown could end up pushing for more targets this season, but it seems like he is firmly in that No. 3 spot. None of the receivers will see the huge target loads they had with Jameis Winston as quarterback, but efficiency should continue to get better under Brady.
Team offensive expectations
The Buccaneers offense didn’t really get on track until the latter part of 2020 after a shortened offseason and quarterback change. A full offseason with Brady after getting their offense on point on their Super Bowl run should lead to a better offense from the beginning of 2021.
What’s his upside?
Godwin’s upside is great, as he’s in the prime of his career and on a well balanced and high-scoring offense. His ability is off the charts and if this team can put together the kind of offense that pushed them to the Super Bowl win last season, but for the whole season, Godwin will put up big numbers.
What’s his downside?
Injuries have held Godwin from reaching his upside and injuries are probably the only thing that can keep him from a good to great fantasy season this year.
90 receptions, 120 targets, 1250 yards, 10 touchdowns