I hopped on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers bandwagon the minute Bruce Arians was named head coach. I’m buying everything about this offense, from on-the-rise coordinator Byron Leftwich to mercurial quarterback Jameis Winston and the Mike Evans-Chris Godwin-O.J. Howard pass-catching trio in between.
Arians is not shy about implementing aggressive, pass-heavy attacks. With the talent present in the Bucs’ passing game, why wouldn’t he unleash his aerial wizardry in Tampa? Mike Evans is the unquestioned leader of this pass-catching group, but that won’t necessarily preclude Chris Godwin from emerging as a top tier receiver in 2019.
I’m betting on a significant lean to the pass in Bruce Arians’ offense, so there will be no shortage of targets to distribute. Especially considering the 179 targets that became available following the departures of DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries. Godwin will only need to see roughly 20 percent of the targets to offer a strong return. Anything he delivers above and beyond that will serve as profit. Godwin is technically the No. 2 wide receiver, but owns elevated odds to serve as a WR1 for fantasy purposes.
Winston hasn’t proven to be the most reliable option under center. However, he’s demonstrated enough at the NFL level to suggest he can be molded into a quality passer by Arians — a widely regarded (and self-proclaimed) quarterback whisperer — and Leftwich. If Winston doesn’t put it all together in this environment, he’ll almost certainly be looking for a new job.
CWi Last Word: Chris Godwin
I’m valuing Chris Godwin well above some of the market’s preferred (based on average draft position) receivers. Kenny Golladay, Adam Theilen and Stefon Diggs play in less voluminous pass offenses. Meanwhile, Julian Edelman is simply one of the worst investments on the 2019 draft board.