Buccaneers: Chris Godwin Out vs. Panthers

Fantasy owners: adjust your line-ups quickly, because Tampa Bay Buccaneers star wide receiver Chris Godwin has been ruled out for this Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.

Previously listed as doubtful to play as of Friday, Adam Schefter reported the change in playing status on Saturday; Godwin has been in concussion protocol since Wednesday. The Buccaneers will hope to have him back Sunday, but it’s unclear how long he’ll be out.

Last week against the New Orleans Saints, Godwin was the Buccaneers’ leading receiver. He finished the day catching six passes for 79 yards. His seven targets were the most on the team on Sunday.

Scotty Miller will fill-in as the number-two receiver, and Justin Watson will see more playing time in Godwin’s absence.

FANTASY ADVICE

From a fantasy standpoint, this is a big loss.

Drafted in the second and third round in many leagues, Godwin and teammate Mike Evans are expected to be top-ten fantasy receivers this season. If healthy, I would start Mike Evans every week, no matter the opponent or league format.

Last week, Scotty Miller tied with O.J. Howard for the second-most receiving targets in the Bucs offense. I would start Miller against the Panthers this week as a WR2. I would also recommend keeping an eye on Howard, as well; Howard had more catches, receiving targets, yards, and touchdowns last week than starter Rob Gronkowski. If he outproduces Gronk again, I would advocate Howard being the Tampa Bay tight end to own in fantasy, of the two.

Start Ronald Jones II against the Panthers. Carolina couldn’t stop Josh Jacobs last week; therefore, in no uncertain terms, start any running backs playing that Carolina defense.

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