WR Chris Godwin - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-1, 209Born: 2-27-1996College: Penn StateDrafted: Round 3, pick 2017

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Week 11: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. By now, those playing Jameis Winston in fantasy have to be used to his volatility. They're happy and confident with his volume (39 attempts per game) and big-play tendencies (13.0 yards per completion), but they also know he's a weekly candidate to collapse into a mess of turnovers and missed opportunities. He's sporting a high 3.9% interception rate, and he's had even more dropped by opposing defenses. Luckily, he teams with one of football's most imposing and dynamic groups of receivers. Mike Evans remains a walking mismatch, dominating down the field en route to 17.1 yards per catch. He's averaged 103 per game, the best of his scintillating 6-year career, and has already topped 180 three times. Evans was held catch-less in this matchup back in Week 5, but if he doesn't have to deal with Marshon Lattimore Sunday, he'll project through the roof. When opponents do move their attention to him, Chris Godwin absolutely excels in the slot. Godwin has drawn 8+ targets in 7 of 9 games thus far, and he's averaging 93 of his own. Even forgotten man O.J. Howard got in on the party last week, turning a season-high 7 looks into 47 yards and a touchdown. This passing game is so electric that it succeeds even when Winston is off his game, and the receivers are weekly fantasy studs. For his part, Winston yo-yos from erratic to explosive as much as anyone, but always has volume and deep-ball opportunity on his side. The Saints pass defense has been one of the league's best over the past 6 weeks, allowing just 207 yards per game and 6 touchdowns. Over that span, they've held a handful of strong passers - including this week's opponent, Jameis Winston - to near-season lows. But it's fair to wonder how they'll show without shutdown cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who's week-to-week with a hamstring injury. Lattimore was the driving force in stifling Mike Evans (catchless on three targets) back in Week 5, as well as the likes of Julio Jones, Amari Cooper, and D.J. Chark. Eli Apple has been strong across the field, but now P.J. Williams will be put on the spot, and he's been one of football's weakest cover men for most of the past two seasons. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson will likely move into the slot, where faces a daunting welcome from Chris Godwin. At least they can count on dynamic help coverage from free safety Marcus Williams, who's developed into an explosive playmaker on the ball. And their job is made easier by a top-tier pass rush, currently fourth league-wide in pressure rate. But overall, the one-on-one matchups take a big hit without Lattimore, which keeps both Evans and Godwin in firm WR1 consideration.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at TEN 82 0 0 0 8 4.0 43 0 0 4.3
9 at SEA 76 1 8 0 9 7.0 61 0 0 6.9
10 vs ARI 79 0 0 0 12 6.0 74 0 0 7.4
11 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5.9 * * * *
11 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5.4 * * * *
11 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 6.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Chris Godwin's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 10 vs ARI (12 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)

Godwin drew a team-high 12 targets, but couldn't get on the same page with Winston, who threw two interceptions while trying to force the ball to Godwin. Godwin picked up most of his 74 yards on a gritty 49 yard catch and run late in the 4th quarter. He had another nifty catch and run on a bubble screen that was called back for a holding penalty on Breshad Perriman in the 3rd quarter, costing him a huge chunk of yardage. Godwin caught a beautiful toe-tapper on the sideline to convert 3rd down on a 3rd quarter drive. HIs big highlight came late in the 4th, as Winston hit him in stride on a deep post route. Godwin absorbed a hard hit while collecting the ball, but bounced off of the defender and turned on the jets, picking up 49 yards total. Winston targeted Godwin in the end zone at the end of the drive, but the receiver couldn't secure the pass against tight coverage.

2019 Week 9 vs SEA (9 / 7 / 61 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Godwin was second to Evans with 9 targets, snagging 6 total on a day that he was unable to break the big plays. Evans had another monster day, but Godwin was still able to generate a respectable 61 yards. He grabbed his first target late in the 1st quarter for short gain on an out route. He had a nice run after the catch on a WR bubble screen later in the 2nd quarter. Godwin set up Mike Evans' touchdown at the end of the 2nd quarter with a slant route that he took to the Seattle 6 yard line. He came up short of first down yardage with a bubble screen on 3rd and long in the 3rd quarter. Godwin also had an 8 yard carry on a end-around in the 4th quarter.

2019 Week 8 vs TEN (8 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)

Godwin played second fiddle to Mike Evans in this one as Evans dominated the downfield passing game as well as red zone looks. Godwin made lemonade out of lemons on a broken play in the 1st quarter, catching a shallow crossing route from Winston and making some nice moves after the catch to pick up positive yardage. He was targeted in the end zone but overthrown by Winston on a 1st quarter drive that eventually ended in a field goal. Godwin picked up a two-point conversion on the Bucs' first drive of the 2nd half of play. He made an impressive leaping effort on a 3rd quarter out route, then finished with a short reception on the final drive of the game. Godwin finished with 8 targets, second to Evans with 12.

2019 Week 6 vs CAR (12 / 10 / 151 / 0 rec)

Godwin topped 100 yards again with another outstanding performance. He was second to Mike Evans(17 targets) with 12 targets, but he was much more efficient. With Winston turning the ball over like it was his job, Tampa Bay quickly fell behind and had to ramp up the passing attack. Godwin was able to get open consistently all over the field, though he and Winston couldn't connect deep as the Panthers kept a tight lid on the pass coverage. Godwin showed off some nifty running after the catch after securing 19 yard gain on a WR bubble screen in the 1st quarter. His longest reception was a seam route from Winston that picked up 26 yards in the 4th quarter. Godwin didn't score this week, but he sniffed the end zone in the 4th quarter when he caught a curl route and was tackled at the 2 yard line.

2019 Week 5 vs NO (9 / 7 / 125 / 2 rec)

With the Saints game-planning to stop Evans with extra coverage, Godwin was able to work open on short and intermediate routes from the slot, drawing a team high 9 targets that he converted into two touchdowns and 125 yards. He was the only receiver Winston could get anything going with. Godwin capped a late 1st quarter drive with a touchdown, working his way across the field from the right slot where Winston found him behind the linebackers in coverage. Godwin caught a slant in the New Orleans red zone and nearly found the end zone again as he was tackled at the 2 yard line. Peyton Barber eventually finished that drive off with a 2 yard touchdown run. Godwin's longest catch of the day was a 26 yard gain on a deep post route in the 4th quarter. Godwin broke several tackles and scored with a few seconds left in the game on a skinny post from Winston. The final touchdown narrowed the Saints' lead to seven points, but the Bucs couldn't recover the onside kick with less than a minute left in the game.

2019 Week 4 vs LAR (14 / 12 / 172 / 2 rec)

Godwin drew the winning matchup this week as Winston peppered him with 14 targets total, twice as many as Mike Evans or any other receiver. Winston hit him up the seam on the first play of the game. Winston hit him on a deep post later in the drive and Godwin was tackled inside the 5 yard line. Godwin caught a bubble screen behind the line of scrimmage and turned in into a nice gain in the 2nd quarter. Godwin was tackled inside the red zone again in the 2nd quarter when he took a deep post all the way to the 3 yard line, but he did manage to cap that drive with a touchdown catch two plays later on an out route from Winston. Godwin scored again on the next drive after Lavonte David returned an interception of Jared Goff down to the 9 yard line. Godwin caught a WR bubble screen behind the line of scrimmage and lowered his shoulder to blast a defensive back on his way to a touchdown at the front pylon. Godwin secured 12 of his 14 targets, posting the best stat line of his career.

2019 Week 3 vs NYG (4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

Godwin was demoted back to his "1b" roll as Mike Evans and Jameis Winston took advantage of a big mismatch with Janoris Jenkins. There weren't many scraps to go around as Winston stayed locked on to Evans to the tune of 190 yards and three touchdowns. Godwin only drew four targets to Evans' fifteen, securing three for 40 yards total. At this point Godwin and Evans have both shown the potential to have big days in this offense, depending on the matchups.

2019 Week 2 vs CAR (9 / 8 / 121 / 1 rec)

Godwin was again more effective than Evans, turning nine targets into a team-high eight receptions and 121 yards. Winston hit him on an out route for the first play of the game, with Godwin dodging a tackle and darting up the sideline for extra yards. The two connected on a skinny post for a nice gain later in the 1st. Godwin made a tough catch on a slant route that was thrown behind him at the end of the 1st quarter. Godwin found paydirt again as he split out wide right and got open on a post route for a touchdown late in the 2nd quarter. Godwin got loose on a deep crossing route in the 3rd for his biggest gain of the day, 24 yards.

2019 Week 1 vs SF (6 / 3 / 53 / 1 rec)

Godwin shined as Howard turned the ball over and Evans was ineffective. He worked mostly as the slot receiver with Perriman and Evans outside. His first catch showed some nifty athleticism as he secured the ball while simultaneously spinning away from a defender who got to him the same time the ball did. Godwin dodged the tackle and darted up the sideline for extra yardage after the spin. Godwin scored in the third quarter, working his way open on a crossing route in the end zone as Winston scrambled to extend the play. He finished with a team-high six targets and five completions.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Six snares for Chris Godwin (Sun Nov 10, 09:21 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin posted six receptions for 74 yards on a game-high 12 targets in Week 10 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Buccaneers | Chris Godwin tallies seven receptions (Mon Nov 4, 01:56 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin caught seven of his nine targets for 61 yards in Week 9 against the Seattle Seahawks. He also added eight yards on his only rushing attempt.

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