The name Mike Williams is very common.
There has to be thousand’s of them walking the streets of America. It just so happens that two of them are players in the NFL. Not only to they share the same name and profession, but both guys are receivers as well.
One of them exploded on the scene in 2010 and helped lead a young Tampa Bay Buccaneers team to a surprisingly strong season. The other was the top wideout for an equally surprising Seattle Seahawks squad.
So which one would you rather have on your fantasy team? Here's why the choice is an easy one:
Mike Williams- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pro’s- He’s the No. 1 target for Josh Freeman after collecting 964 yards and 11 TDs. Williams is a terrific deep threat that averaged over 14-yards a catch in 10 of 16 games. You can expect over 100 targets and similar redzone production.
Con’s- The Bucs offense has really struggled this preseason because receivers aren’t getting open. Williams is picking up where he left off after struggling the last six weeks of the season.
Mike Williams- Seattle Seahawks
Pro’s- Williams finished extremely strong last season by scoring three TDs in two playoff games for Seattle. He’s capable of taking a long pass to the house on any given play.
Con’s- This guy is the definition of inconsistency. He failed to reach 40 yards in eight of the 14 games he played in last season. He turned into an “all or nothing guy”.
Even worse, he collected a mere two TDs in the regular season. While you can expect that number to rise in 2011, that sort of production is not worth a spot on your bench.
Verdict: Take the Bucs Mike Williams.
He had better production in ’10, and is projected to have an even better season this year. At the age of 24, he has a very bright future ahead of him.
The Seattle version was lucky to have his career resurrected last season. He’s way to unpredictable to trust.
Factor in the QBs involved (freeman and Tavaris Jackson) and it makes the decision that much easier.