Chris Godwin Shares a Thought-Provoking Message About Fantasy Football: ‘They Don’t Even Consider the Emotional Toll’

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin has become one of the top pass-catchers in the NFL. He not only helped lead the Bucs to an excellent season in 2020 and even a Super Bowl win, but Godwin has become one of the league’s top players in terms of fantasy football performers.

However, while Godwin sees the benefits of fantasy football, the 2019 Pro Bowl selection sent out a strong message about it in a recently written column.

Chris Godwin has been a top fantasy football performer

After going to the Buccaneers in the third round of the 2017 NFL draft, Godwin had a nice rookie season, catching 34 passes for 525 yards and one touchdown. However, his production took a significant leap in 2018, as he caught 59 passes for 842 yards and seven touchdowns that year.

During the 2019 campaign, though, Godwin had a breakout season, becoming a Pro Bowler for the first time by catching 86 passes for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns in only 14 games. He then continued his success in 2020 by catching 65 passes for 840 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games. Godwin also ultimately helped lead the Buccaneers to a win in the Super Bowl last season by recording 16 catches for 232 yards and a touchdown in the playoffs.

So, how has he performed in terms of fantasy football points? Here’s a look at Godwin’s fantasy points and rankings since coming into the league. The totals are based on NFL.com’s “default NFL-managed scoring.”

  • 2017: 58.50 fantasy points (36th among wide receivers)
  • 2018: 126.20 fantasy points (22nd about wide receivers)
  • 2019: 190.10 fantasy points (2nd among wide receivers)
  • 2020: 126 fantasy points (28th among wide receivers)

He sent out a thought-provoking message about fantasy football

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin in 2018.
Chris Godwin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a game against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 21, 2018. | Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Godwin recently filled in for NFL writer Peter King in his column Football Morning In America. The receiver ultimately addressed various topics, including how he first got into football, Tom Brady, and what the Buccaneers are doing to prepare for the 2021 season.

Another topic he briefly touched on, though, was fantasy football.

“I think fantasy football was a nice way to get fans more invested in teams/players that may not be on their favorite team, but far too often it seems like it’s caused fans to see players as objects in a game and not people,” Godwin wrote.

He then pointed at how if a player has a season-ending injury, fans get upset because the injury could keep them from winning their fantasy football leagues.

“They don’t realize the player who was injured will still be injured and going through a tough recovery process whenever their fantasy season is done,” Godwin wrote. “They don’t realize that for the rest of the year, that player can’t do what he does to provide for his family. They don’t even consider the emotional toll that injuries take on players.”

He continued: “Before we were professional athletes, we were people just like everyone else, and we will always be people just like everyone else. Please consider that next time you play fantasy football.”

Chris Godwin isn’t the first NFL player to complain about fantasy football

Godwin isn’t the first player who has expressed frustration with fans who take fantasy football a little too seriously.

“No offense. I could care less about ur fantasy teams,” Odell Beckham Jr. tweeted in 2017 just weeks before suffering a season-ending injury. “This is my Real Life. Focusing on gettin healthy and gettin better. 1 day at a time.”

Richard Sherman also addressed the issue in 2017.

“I think a lot of people, a lot of fans out there have looked at players even less like people because of fantasy football and things like that,” Sherman said, per ESPN. “You go and say, ‘Oh man, this guy got hurt.’”

He continued: “You’re not thinking, ‘Hey man, this guy got hurt — he’s really physically hurt and he’s going to take time to recover and it’s probably going to affect his mental state and his physical state and now he has a long, rigorous rehab.’ You’re thinking, ‘Oh, man, he’s messing up my fantasy team.'”

Win or lose, fantasy football is fun for almost anyone who plays it. However, some fans still need to think before tweeting players. While fantasy helps bring more money into the game by attracting new fans, players still have a lot more to worry about than your fantasy football team and how it’s doing this year.

Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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