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Chris Godwin likely to miss fantasy championships with hamstring injury

Chris Godwin hurts hamstring and is in doubt to play next week against Houston.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin looks on during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

After losing Mike Evans last week to a hamstring injury, it was Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller’s turn in Week 15. Godwin’s injury came on a deep route where he wasn’t targeted. He was running and fell to the ground in pain, grabbing the back of his leg. All three of these receivers injuries came while running untouched.

Coach Bruce Arians didn’t sound optimistic about Godwin’s injury, saying, “it doesn’t look good,” according to the Tampa Bay Times. That’s pretty much what he said about Mike Evans’ injury after the game last week and Evans is done for the season.

With two games left and nothing to play for other than statistics and pride, there is no reason for the team to push Godwin, which more than likely means he is out next week against Houston. We’ll learn more later, but if Breshad Perriman, who caught three touchdowns in Detroit this week, is available, grab him.

Godwin has had a monster season, catching 86 passes for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns. His and Mike Evans’ injuries are tough for fantasy players who they helped get them this far in the season.

Arians did wonder out loud if he is working his receivers too hard in practice, wearing them down and setting them up for injuries like this, especially late in the season. The Bucs do have a new sports science team and Arians says he will confer with them about the problem.

Perriman is the obvious pick up in fantasy, but Justin Watson, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate all should see increased workloads next week against a weak Texans secondary.