Fantasy football injury updates: Chris Godwin, Rashod Bateman, Mike Evans (2022)

It’s never too early to check player injury status ahead of the 2022 season, and our news desk has you covered. Let’s take a look at the latest injury news and notes around the NFL.

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Chris Godwin (ACL) returns to training

According to Greg Auman, Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin has returned to practice. (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter)

Fantastic Impact: This is Chris Godwin’s first practice with the team since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the Week 15 loss to the Saints last season. Godwin’s return so soon is a great sign for his fantasy value, as it likely means he could be ready to go when Week 1 rolls around. The former Penn State Nittany Lion was WR6 in the full PPR leagues before his 2021 season was cut short, so he’ll be looking to pick up where he left off. Godwin saw 9.1 targets per game, which was good enough for the 10th most in the NFL. The additions of Julio Jones and Russell Gage will be offset by the losses of Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski, so the target share shouldn’t decrease for the sixth-year pro. Godwin is currently drafted as a WR21, but his ADP will skyrocket if the team confirms he’ll be ready for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

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–Brock Anderson


Mike Evans suffers from a ‘mild hamstring injury’

According to Jordan Schultz, Buccaneers WR Mike Evans suffered a “minor hamstring injury” during the team’s practice Friday. (Source: Jordan Schultz on Twitter)

Fantastic Impact: Schultz added that “there is nothing to worry about” regarding Evans’ injury, indicating he should be back on the training ground as soon as possible. Evans has plenty of time to get back to 100% with the season opener over a month away.

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Rashod Bateman misses training

Rashod Bateman, who is suffering from an undisclosed minor injury, did not practice on Friday. (Source: baltimoreravens.com)

Fantastic Impact: Bateman taking time off from training appears to be purely a precautionary decision, with coach John Harbaugh saying the WR probably could have trained, but he also said it’s also possible he could be left out. training on Saturday. That being said, Bateman is clearly the No. 1 WR for the Ravens, so it’s no surprise they’re vigilant when it comes to his health. But, offshore’s status will certainly be one to watch day to day until he returns to full training. As far as fantasy goes, the second has the potential to be a high-end WR2 with immense upside as one of Lamar Jackson’s prime targets.

– Evan Ritter

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