Chris Godwin
Bruce Arians has some high praise for Chris Godwin. He might be a fantasy football darling to pick in 2019 #Bucs (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

I’m so excited for the Bruce Arians regime to start in Tampa Bay. The Bucs have been that team that has more talent than you realize. They have just been getting coached by a total moron. There are a couple of guys on the Bucs who have the chance to take the leap with Arians. Chris Godwin was one who Arians pointed out.

“I think Chris Godwin is going to be close to a 100-catch guy, especially because I think he can play in the slot,” Arians said at the Annual League Meeting in Phoenix this week, per the team’s official website. “He’s never coming off the field.”

That’s some high praise right there but there seems to be a pathway to it. Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson are gone. That inserts Godwin into a full-time roll. Godwin will start with Mike Evans on the other side who always commands double teams. Godwin caught 59 balls a year ago but he’s going to get more targets now that Humphries and Jackson have gone elsewhere.

Godwin has some talent so it wouldn’t be too surprising to see him catch 100 balls. Jameis Winston should be better with Arians. Plus, Godwin did catch 7 touchdowns last year including 3 – 100-yard games in 2018. Tampa did bring in Breshad Perriman but he was sort of considered (probably still is considered) a bust until last year.

Looking for a fantasy sleeper to pick? Godwin is a good call. Receivers usually take the leap in year 3 for whatever reason. When you look at that 2017 NFL Draft class, Godwin is probably better than Corey Davis and John Ross who were picked in the top 10. OJ Howard took a similar type of leap a year ago. Now it’s Godwin’s turn.