Mario Williams | Buffalo Bills | DE
2013 Experience: 8th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: The Bills continue to tick me off as they won’t commit to deciding whether they will play a 4-3 or 3-4 base defense, once again. This has gone on too long over the years and it’s no surprise this franchise can’t get over the hump and make the playoffs when they continue to make changes.
Williams struggled with an arm injury early on last season, but when he returned to form he was rock solid and a DL1 producer. Coming into his second year, I’m willing to rank him close to a top five option as he deserves the benefit of the doubt, producing as a linebacker when he had to play without a hand down in Houston a few years ago.
I think he will keep his defensive end eligibility in IDP leagues but it’s worth keeping an eye on where he lines up in the preseason.
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
It will be interesting to see if Mario Williams can reach 40 solo tackles with his new team. If so, he will deliver on his expectations of being a top five lineman on draft day. Williams consistency and big play upside make him a DL1, but I’m likely to pass on him, because I think his value tends to be a little overrated for his low number of tackles.
What should help Williams is that he has Marcel Dareus and Mark Anderson on the front line. Back in Houston he didn’t have this kind of talent around him, so this could be good news for his chances of success. Even if I fail to draft him, both Williams and the Bills will be an interesting team to keep an eye on during the season.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
Get ready for an interesting season for Mario Williams no matter how he does on the field, as the Texans are switching to a 3-4 defensive scheme and are planning on moving Williams from and end to an outside linebacker. Williams is preparing for the transition by trying to lose weight an while some will say he will be a better sack master because of the move, I’m not sure it will happen in year one.
Then again, Williams main issue in his production for the past couple seasons has been his tackle total more than his sack numbers. Again, this is going to be an interesting season, but at least Williams will have defensive lineman eligibility and that should make him a potentially better value this year. Don’t look to Williams as your first lineman to draft this summer, but he makes for a nice gamble as a No.2 lineman. That probably means you will not get him as his name alone tends to over inflate his value with newer IDP owners.
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2010 IDP Fantasy Football Outlook
For all the success Mario Williams has had since being drafted over Vince Young and Reggie Bush some people still don’t like this talented player. It’s seems in IDP fantasy football that we have those that feel Williams is overrated for his ranking and others that see him as a legit star in the league.
No matter what you think of Williams, he is a great player and produces good IDP fantasy numbers every year. Expect another season of around double digit sacks and 50 tackles as he leads the way for the Texans’ defense.