Mike Williams: Fantasy Owners Must Start Buccaneers WR in Week 7 vs. Saints

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2012

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 30:  Receiver Mike Williams #19 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is tackled by defender Josh Wilson #26 of the Washington Redskins during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football owners must start Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams in Week 7 against a New Orleans Saints team that has one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.

Williams started the year with a touchdown in each of the Buccaneers' first two games, but his receiving-yard totals were unimpressive through the first three weeks of the season.

After a Week 5 bye, Williams now has two straight games of 100-plus receiving yards with four receptions (season-high) in each of those games.

The Buccaneers offense was clicking on all cylinders in Week 6 versus the struggling Kansas City Chiefs, and there's a great chance that this strong play continues against a Saints defense that is ranked 26th against the pass.

New Orleans allows 283.2 passing yards per game and hasn't allowed less than 24 points in all five of its games this season. The Saints also have the third fewest interceptions in the league and have given up nine passing touchdowns in five games.

Since their pass rush is also weak, expect Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman to have plenty of time in the pocket to find Williams and other targets such as Vincent Jackson.

Speaking of Jackson, he has also been far more productive over the past two weeks. The former San Diego Chargers receiver has been targeted 10 times and racked up 175 receiving yards in the last two games—he's starting to flourish in the Buccaneers offense.

Jackson's improvement has forced defenses to pay a lot of attention to him at all times, which allows Williams to get some favorable one-on-one matchups to take advantage of with his great speed.

Williams has a great matchup against a terrible Saints pass defense on Sunday, and he's playing in an offense that has improved nicely since the team's bye week.

There's no reason to bench Williams against New Orleans, even if you don't have any receivers on a bye week. If you don't have a wide receiver spot for him, give strong consideration to starting Williams in your team's flex spot.

You can rely on Williams to have a good performance versus the Saints in Week 7. He had his best game of the season last week against the Chiefs (four catches for 113 yards and a touchdown), and should give fantasy owners similar production on Sunday.