Mike Williams | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | WR
Height: 6-2 Weight: 204 | Born: 5/18/1987
2013 Experience: 4th Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: Perhaps Williams isn’t good enough to be a No.1 receiver in the NFL, but with Vincent Jackson on the other side of the field, we now know he can be a fantasy relevant No.2 option in an offense.
While the Buccaneers will likely look to Doug Martin and Jackson as the first two options in the offense, Williams should be a threat for over 1,000 yards while posting at least seven touchdowns. Going as the 41st receiver in standard ADP rankings as of the spring, we should look to Williams as a value mid-round pick.
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To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for Mike Williams here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.
Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
While I had Mike Williams listed as a WR2 last year, I did warn fantasy owners he was primed for struggles in his second year. The Buccaneers came out of nowhere in 2010 and you just knew teams were going to be prepared, with a year worth of game film to analyze.
Couple lack of preparation and work ethic (Charlie Campbell article, Jan. 30th) of Williams and other key players and you have a horrible season.
Williams isn’t the No.1 receiver in this offense anymore as Vincent Jackson is in town, but if Williams wins a starting job, he could hold WR3 value at some point. That will depend on the development of Josh Freeman, another young player who struggled badly last year.
Expect the Buccaneers to focus their game scripts on the running game first, but it will be interesting to see if they can play that way consistently. With the Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan in the division, the Buccaneers will likely be forced to throw often, in the second half of games.
Currently Williams ADP trend has him going as the 40th receiver off the board; that’s is fair value as a WR4 on draft day.
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
Heading into last season I have Mike Williams as a sleeper to keep your eye on as he wasn’t owned in many leagues to begin the season. Williams fell in the 2010 draft because of issues he had at Syracuse and has his former coach pointed out, only three teams contacted him about Williams before the draft.
We must assume that the Buccaneers were one of those teams and thus far, his addition as a mid round pick has been a success for a team that was desperate for receiver help. Williams made an impact for the Buccaneers throughout as he failed to reach at least three receptions in only three games. Williams was quickly picked up in all leagues as he became a viable weekly starter on the season with 65 receptions for 964 yards an eleven touchdowns.
He wasn’t much of a distraction but he did have a DUI charge in the middle of the season. While that incident didn’t seem to become a festering issue, I’m still concerned that this young receiver will regress to previous problems in the long run. Too many times I’ve seen “problem child receivers” play well when they have something to prove and then their ego comes out when they’re on top.
In Williams defense, he hasn’t seemed to be an issue of any kind this off-season as Dez Bryant has been with Dallas, so here’s hoping the young man can make the most of his career in Tampa Bay.
Coming into the summer Williams ADP value on Mock Draft Central lists him as the 10th receiver (31.84 average pick) going in standard leagues and 8th receiver (26.46) taking on average in PPR leagues. This young man has the tools to play at that level for fantasy football, but I believe he’s more of a No.2 receiver for ten team leagues, not a No.1 as he is currently going.
I don’t disagree that Williams should hold better value in PPR leagues but for a player with previous off the field problems, I will always have a red flag on him when his value is high. Another thing to consider is teams around the NFL, weren’t giving the Buccaneers offense much consideration (before the season) and with good reason as they had a first year starter at quarterback, both receivers and eventually running back when LeGarrette Blount took over.
By December, everyone started to pay attention to this young offense, and they will be given attention this season. Look for defenses to make stopping Williams a top priority in the passing game and that means he will have some maturing to do in his natural development, at the pro level. This could make things difficult for a stretch, and I just wonder if his past character issues will rise to the surface when frustration sets in.
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Mike Williams has not only won a starting job as a rookie but he’s been a productive fantasy option early on. Look for Williams to be the Buccaneers top receiver for years to come as long as he keeps his off the field problems taken care of.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
College / 2010 NFL Draft: Mike Williams has always had talent but he had character concerns coming out of Syracuse. This was the major reason Williams fell into the forth round at the 2010 NFL draft as the Buccaneers swiped him up.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: For all the other receivers that were drafted before Williams it could be these very pass catcher that has the best rookie season. I do believe Dez Bryant is primed for very good things but don’t over look this highly talented young receiver.
So far, in camp Williams has had success and will be a starting receiver for the Buccaneers when it’s all said and done to begin the year. Between Williams and fellow rookie Arrelious Benn, it is Williams that is the vertical threat for this offense, and he may be out to prove a few things this season.
Many teams past on Williams and for his talent he probably should have been a second round pick this year. With lots of motivation and good play in practices I like Williams as a player you need to pay attention to for your fantasy draft as a late round pick.
- Solid Physical Skills
- Should Start Right Away
- Easiest Schedule To Pass Against In Football
- Troubled Past
- Young Quarterback
More Fantasy Football Player Info About Mike Williams
Bye Week Conflicts (WK 4): Vikings, Cowboys, Chiefs
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