On a Tampa Bay team where many thought Sammy Stroughter and Michael Clayton were a lock as starters this season, reality has a decidedly rookie flavor. Clayton is about washed up in TB, and Stroughter is nothing more than a complimentary WR. QB Josh Freeman has to be particularly excited with the addition of WR's Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams, who were drafted in the 2nd and 4th rounds respectively this spring.
While many people are big on Benn, so far in camp, it's Williams who is getting noticed. Williams is a major talent with red zone proficiency and the skills to get up and over defenders to grab jump-balls.
Williams was pegged by many football experts as the second best wide receiver in this year's draft, behind on Dez Bryant. He slipped into the 4th round due to character concerns that cropped up in his time at Syracuse, which may prove to be a blessing for fantasy owners looking for a solid sleeper pick.
- So far reports out of the Bucs camp have the coaches and players raving over Williams' skill, and he seems to be locked in on the number 1 WR spot heading into preseason games.
- Buc's head coach Raheem Morris has confirmed that Williams has been practicing as the team's No. 1 wideout. "He has been working at the X-position with the ones (first team offense). He has been out there a lot of the time... and Mike Williams had a dynamic offseason. He has come in and done everything we have asked. He has been one of the guys that has caught the ball, stood out and has been standing out since he has been here."
- Williams already seems to have developed a solid chemistry with QB Josh Freeman which could make Williams a high value target throughout this fantasy season.
- Other than fellow rookie, Arrelious Benn, Williams doesn't have any legit competition for the WR1 role.
Summary: Williams has the tools to be an elite fantasy receiver, and now it seems like he will get the opportunity to shine from Week 1 in 2010. The Bucs will play from behind often this season, and the passing game will be a huge factor most weeks for TB. He should make a decent impact this season in redraft leagues, and could even lead all rookie WR's in scoring. He's a definite grab for dynasty and keeper leagues.