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How to handle Chris Godwin, Justin Watson injuries in Week 5 fantasy football

The Bucs will need other players to pick up the slack with Godwin and Watson sidelined Thursday

Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Photo by Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without both Chris Godwin and Justin Watson for Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bears. Neither wide receiver practiced this week, and they have already been officially ruled out. Godwin has been sidelined since suffering a hamstring strain late in the Bucs’ Week 3 victory at Denver. Watson played 56 offensive snaps in Week 4, the most of any Tampa Bay wideout, and turned in a 4-40-0 line on six targets. However, he will sit this one out because of a chest injury.

Fantasy impact: Chris Godwin, Justin Watson injuries

The Bucs’ receiving corps is a mess right now. Besides Godwin and Watson, wideouts Mike Evans (ankle) and Scotty Miller (hip, groin) are both game-time decisions this week, and tight end O.J. Howard is done for the year after rupturing his Achilles’ tendon in Week 4.

Evans has been hobbled all year long and basically limped through Tampa Bay’s win over the Chargers, but he still gained 122 yards and a score. He remains a must-start if he’s active.

Miller has surpassed 70 yards in three of four games and got into the end zone for the first time this season on Sunday. He is a serviceable WR3 with upside for more if Evans can’t answer the bell.