The NFL is expected to suspend Bucs QB Jameis Winston 3 games for violating its personal conduct policy, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The ban stems from a March 2016 incident when Winston allegedly groped an Uber driver. Charges were never filed against Winston, but the NFL has taken a hard line in these situations since the Ray Rice debacle. Schefter does add that "the league still has not notified Winston of its official decision, and the circumstances surrounding it still could lead to an increase or decrease of the three games." So this doesn't sound officially official yet. But fantasy drafters should be planning for now on Winston missing the first 3 games of the season vs. the Saints, Eagles and Steelers. It's a blow to his best-ball value and makes him tough to draft in standard-sized lineup-setting leagues. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is in line to start while Winston serves his suspension. Fitzpatrick was serviceable in 5 appearances last year, completing 58.9% of his passes with 7 TDs vs. 3 INTs. He's unlikely to be more than a QB2 option -- especially with no teams on bye during those first 3 weeks -- but is at least capable of keeping the Bucs' skill-position guys afloat.
Bucs WR Chris Godwin lined up on the outside with the 1st-team offense during Tuesday's minicamp session, according to Pewter Report's Trevor Sikkema. Mike Evans was the other outside WR, with DeSean Jackson in the slot. This is clearly Tampa's most dangerous 3-WR grouping (despite how reliable Adam Humphries has been) and would make Godwin a potential breakout candidate this year. He closed his rookie campaign with 10 catches for 209 yards and a score over the final 2 weeks and has been buzzing all spring. We'll continue to watch how this WR corps shapes up. Jameis Winston, meanwhile, continues to look like 1 of the most undervalued QBs in early fantasy drafts.
Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston tweeted Friday, "I personally will make sure we show how valuable [WR DeSean Jackson] is to our team and [the NFL]." The tweet came in response to a Tampa Bay Times story link pondering what the Bucs would do with Jackson after a somewhat disappointing 2017. Offseason is obviously time for dreaming and big talk for all players and teams, but D-Jax ranked 2nd among Bucs in targets last year, averaging 6.4 per game. He endured the worst yards per reception rate of his career, though, and sported his lowest catch rate since 2012. There's plenty of room for 2018 stat improvement, and a better connection would likely help Winston's fantasy numbers as well. With an ADP at the end of Round 11 in MFL10 drafting so far, Jackson looks like a solid best-ball value -- especially when he slips beyond that range.
Bucs WR Chris Godwin (ankle) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. It looks like he's in danger of missing this weekend's finale against the Saints. With WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) trending toward playing, Godwin wouldn't have been a fantasy option anyway.
Bucs WR Chris Godwin has "consistently made the most plays" among the team's pass-catchers in OTAs, according to insider Rick Stroud. That's among a group that includes Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. HC Dirk Koetter agreed with Stroud's assessment, tabbing Godwin (along with Adam Humphries) the most consistent guy of the group. "I'm real happy with what Chris is doing," Koetter said. "He can play (inside) or out, either one." Godwin's path to playing time on the outside is blocked by Evans and Jackson, but he could certainly push Humphries for primary slot duties. That still might not be enough to make him a 2017 fantasy asset, though. The rookie remains more of a dynasty stash than redraft option.
The Bucs stopped a falling Penn State WR Chris Godwin with the 84th overall pick. He’s surprisingly the 11th WR off the board. Godwin broke out as a true sophomore in 2015, racking up 69 catches for 1,101 yards and 5 scores. His numbers weren’t as big this year (59-982-11). But he finished strong, tallying 34 catches, 618 yards and 8 TDs over his final 7 games. That included a 187-yard, 2-TD stomping of USC in the Rose Bowl — 1 of the most impressive single games we saw from any WR in this class. Godwin’s momentum continued with a strong performance at the Combine that earned the 6’1, 209-pounder a 90th percentile SPARQ score. While there’s some inconsistency on tape, this guy flashes a big catch radius and high-end contested-catch ability. In fact, WR guru Matt Harmon charted Godwin with an 85.7% contested-catch conversion rate — the highest of any WR in the last 2 draft classes. Godwin is also 1 of the best blocking WRs in this year’s class, which boosts his odds of getting and staying on the field. Of course, it’ll be tough for him to get on the field in a loaded Bucs offense that features WRs Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. Godwin could win the #3 WR job but would still be competing for leftovers with TEs O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate. He’s unlikely to emerge as a 2017 fantasy asset. Longer term, though, the Bucs figure to be trotting out Godwin alongside Evans for QB Jameis Winston.