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Is Godwin already being underestimated for 2018?

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Fantasy nerds aren’t buying into the Buccaneers young receiver.

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There are big expectations for Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin. After scoring the game-winning touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the final week of the season, may are beginning to believe in his ability.

More importantly, when his number was called, he produced. He recorded 34 receptions off of 55 targets for 525 yards his rookie season in a very limited role. His production last season earned him high honors from Pro Football Focus as they graded the Penn State product the second best rookie receiver of 2017.

But that kind of success and recognition isn’t enough to sway the fantasy projections. Sites like CBS has the Bucs’ second-year receiver barely sniffing 60 fantasy points this season which is very minimal production. Over at Fantasy Pros, their projection is as follows: 34 receptions, 474 yards, and two touchdowns.

That kind of stat line seems a bit underwhelming, yardage-wise. With the way the Buccaneers’ coaching staff views Godwin this season and with an increased role, those stats would be a disappointment.

Despite all that, Godwin remains focused on building from a 2017 rookie season. And that is a good thing for the Bucs.

“I’m just trying to get better one day at a time and I feel like that mindset has gotten me to where I’m at now and I’m not going to change it,” Godwin said. “I take it one day at a time and whatever happens this season is what happens. But I’m going to go out there and give it my all and I always have.”