Chris Godwin is now the clear-cut No. 2 receiver for the Bucs now that Desean Jackson as well as Adam Humphries have left town. Not that he wasn’t already even with Jackson and Humphries in Tampa.
Godwin finished last season with a 59/842/7 stat-line. Nothing crazy, but he showed enough potential in his gameplay that it makes me excited to see what this year has in store. Head coach Bruce Arians seems to see the potential just as much as anybody else. He seems to think that Godwin is a 100-catch guy and that he’ll be a massive part of the Tampa offense this season. Let’s also forget that Arians is somewhat of a “QB Whisperer” and he should gel well with Jameis “Let’s eat a W” Winston.
Now 100 catches may be a little steep, as not many No. 2 receivers catch 100 balls, but it’s not out of the question. I do think that Godwin will be in store for around 75-85 catches next season, on around 125 targets or so. That would be an ideal mark for a WR-2 in your lineup.
According to Fantasy Football Calculator, Godwin currently has an ADP of 6.02, or the second pick in the sixth round. I’ll start off by saying, yes please. If I can secure a solid No. 2 receiver in the sixth round, and use my first five picks to draft a stud WR & possibly two stud RB’s to go along with even more depth at skill positions, I’m all for it. Unfortunately I do not see Godwin actually being taken that late, and I see him realistically going in the fourth to fifth round. I would draft Godwin ahead of Alshon Jeffery, Cooper Kupp, and Kerryon Johnson now that the Lions signed C.J. Anderson. Players I’d take before Godwin include Amari Cooper, Mark Ingram, and Stefon Diggs.
I think if you’re able to get Godwin in the sixth round, do it without a doubt. He would have more value there than taking Mike Evans in the second round. Personally, I would take him and hope he lives up to the hype.
2019 Stat Projection: 83/1,098/10