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The 2021/22 NFL season kicks off on Thursday, 9 September as Dallas Cowboys face current champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The new NFL season is imminent as Dallas Cowboys face Super Bowl Champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicking off Thursday, 9 Sepember in Florida. AS EnglishNFL 2021 schedule: when do regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl LVI start?
We are just days away from the official start of the 2021 NFL season, but not everyone will be healthy and ready to roll. Two days before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick off the season against the Dallas Cowboys, star wide receiver Chris Godwin was added to the injury report with a quad issue.
According to the Buccaneers, Godwin was a limited participant in practice Tuesday after being a full participant Monday. A few other notes concerning the Bucs were that fellow wideout Antonio Brown was held out of practice Tuesday due to his knee injury after being a full participant yesterday, but one could speculate this was a move to manage his workload leading up to game day. Additionally, safety Jordan Whitehead was ruled out for Week 1 with a hamstring injury. Mike Edwards will likely fill his spot in the starting lineup.
Godwin caught 65 passes for 840 yards and seven touchdowns last season despite playing in just 12 games due to injuries. The Buccaneers placed the franchise tag on him this offseason, as they were unable to agree on an extension with the 25-year-old. The Penn State product made his first Pro Bowl in 2019 after catching 86 passes for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns.
At this point, there's no reason to expect that Godwin will miss Thursday night's matchup, but there is reason to worry that he won't be 100 percent. The same goes for Brown, who is still recovering from offseason surgery.
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Looking for help at running back ahead of Week 1? We take a look at some players available in at least half of all leagues.
Roster percentages are courtesy of ESPN.
Ryan has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the league, starting 205 games in his career. He has 10 straight seasons of at least 4,000 passing yards and is once again set to be in a pass-heavy offense. The veteran has some great weapons at his disposal with Calvin Ridley, Kyle Pitts and Russell Gage, but the loss of Julio Jones makes Ryan a streaming option against favorable matchups. The Eagles present that great matchup in Week 1 for owners needing quarterback help.
Winston is a volatile quarterback, putting up plenty of yards but also throwing interceptions left and right. The latter part of the equation should improve under Sean Payton, but New Orleans will be without star receiver Michael Thomas for at least six weeks. Marquez Callaway has emerged as a threat and Winston is never shy about putting the ball in the air, but turnovers are going to negate a lot of the points the quarterback does put up. It may take a few weeks for him to truly be trusted by fantasy owners.
This is another frustrating player when it comes to fantasy football, but Cousins has two great weapons in Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. That makes him a viable fantasy option at quarterback, especially against favorable defenses. The Bengals fit the bill in Week 1, bringing last year’s 19th ranked passing defense into the contest. Cousins himself is coming off a career season with 35 touchdown passes.
This is the same logic as Winston, but with far more of a sample size. Fitzpatrick has decent weapons in Washington and isn’t going to be afraid to use them. Even if Antonio Gibson leads a strong running game, the Football Team needs balance. A great defense will allow Washington to take some risks offensively, something Fitzpatrick has plenty of experience doing. In a decent matchup against the Chargers Week 1, Fitzpatrick could offer good DFS value as well as a streaming option for owners shorthanded at the position.