Are Chris Godwin, O.J. Howard Poised for Year 3 Fantasy Breakouts?


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Sep 01, 2019, 11:13 AM EDT
  • Ian Hartitz analyzes the fantasy breakout potential of Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard in Tampa Bay.
  • Expectations are rising for the 2019 Buccaneers. The only question is how many fantasy superstars can the offense support?

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There’s a lot to like about the potential of the Buccaneers entering the 2019 season. New head coach Bruce Arians has quite the history of enabling high-powered offenses that have produced league-winning fantasy football talent, with examples stretching from David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald to Willie Parker and Santonio Holmes.

The renowned quarterback whisperer is apparently working with one he loves, as Arians was quick to gush over Jameis Winston shortly after accepting the job back in January:

“I feel like I’ve got a great feel for him, his excitement for the game. His willingness to work is unbelievable. He’s in the office at 5 o’clock in the morning. … The whole thing is going to be built around him. I think he can win it all. I mean, he has the intelligence, the toughness, and obviously the arm, ability to lead a team.”

The rest of the league’s 12th-ranked scoring offense from a season ago offers even more reason for optimism.

Mike Evans remains the offense’s undisputed No. 1 target, joining A.J. Green and Randy Moss as the only players in NFL history to start their career with five consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards. Losing DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries wasn’t ideal, but more targets for potential Year 3 breakouts Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard might not be such a bad thing.

Let’s break down what the new-look Buccaneers offense could mean for the unit’s complementary options and dive into the fantasy football outlooks for Godwin and Howard.

Chris Godwin Is One of the NFL’s Better Talents at WR

It’s a bit unclear how Godwin fell all the way to the third round of the 2017 draft. He’s 6-foot-1 and 209 pounds with a 4.42-second 40-yard dash and an absurd agility that gives him a SPARQ-x athletic score in the 96th-percentile among all wide receivers.


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