Roy Williams Goes To Chicago Bears: Fantasy Implications
Last night I reported that the New England Patriots acquired Chad Ochocinco, putting the lanky receiver back on the fantasy map, and now I am reporting that the Bears have acquired WR Roy Williams (per Adam Schefter on Twitter), putting HIM back on the fantasy map.
Williams will be reunited with his old coach Mike Martz—the one guy who tailored Williams so well, it sent him to his only Pro-Bowl back in 2006—thus providing the Bears with a sizable target on the outside.
After losing Devin Aromashodu to the Vikings, it was agreed that the Bears were looking for another vet on the outside, and this move could help increase the overall value of Johnny Knox, Jay Cutler, Earl Bennett and of course, Williams himself.
The Bears now have more reason to utilize additional looks out of the three-wide receiver formation, which is where quarterback Jay Cutler—currently ranked 16th in my Quarterback Rankings—excels the greatest.
Good news for fantasy owners looking for a late-round receiver in their draft, but that’s not all.
But the reflection of Williams’ presence in Chicago should prevent teams from fully focusing their defensive efforts on Johnny Knox, as well as, take defensive pressure away from fantasy football sleeper candidate Earl Bennett, in the slot.
In other words, it could be money all day with these three receivers if Martz gets everyone on the same page.
I believe it will be a slow process in the beginning though, so don’t look at these guys as elite draftees, rather solid mid-rounders.
Also, you can officially consider Roy Williams a borderline fantasy football sleeper with this move!