Mike Williams, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FANTASY FOOTBALL ANALYSIS
The Buccaneers signing Vincent Jackson was probably the best thing that could happen to Mike Williams. The problem in 2011 was that Williams was being relied upon to be the #1 receiver on the team without much help on the other side of the field. It doesn’t look like he will ever be a #1 receiver, but he is a very solid second option on any team. When Jackson was added to the fold, it took the pressure off Williams and he nearly reached 1000 yards. He ended up totaling 63 catches for 996 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Another problem with Williams a couple years ago was where he was catching the ball. He was catching a lot more underneath routes and he isn’t a particularly good yards after the catch guy, lacking some elusiveness, which reflected in his yards per catch average. In 2010 and 2012, his ypc was around 15, but in 2011, it was a shade under 12. Dallas Clark helped with the underneath routes last year, but as soon as they get a better possession receiving option, Williams will be all the more effective.
Williams finished 18th in fantasy points among receivers last year and really should be viewed right around the same this year. He should consistently put up 900-1000 yards with 8-10 touchdowns throughout his career and should be viewed as a mid-to-low WR2 heading into drafts in 2013.