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Mike Williams: Buying or Selling Buccaneers WR as Fantasy Must-Start

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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Nick KostoraContributor IIIOctober 18, 2012

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams has burst onto the scene in recent weeks and is quickly becoming a viable fantasy option.

The 6'2" 212 pound product of Syracuse struggled statistically out of the gates, catching only seven passes for 104 yards through the Buccaneers first three games.

It was not so much that he was making silly mistakes or running bad routes—he managed two touchdowns in that time—but Williams and QB Josh Freeman were clearly not on the same page.

The early season passes were going mainly to newbie Vincent Jackson. Well, that relationship continues to blossom, with Jackson receiving 19 targets in the last two games. The difference now is that Williams is getting his fair share of touches as well.

He has 14 targets in the last two contests, catching eight passes for 228 yards and a touchdown. Williams has the speed and versatility to be a legitimate nightmare for defensive backs, but he needs Freeman to consistently find him on vertical routes and even over the middle of the field.

If the last two games are any indication, that is finally becoming the trend this season, and playing the 26th ranked New Orleans Saints pass defense in Week 7 should only help matters.

The Saints are giving up an astonishing 283 passing yards per game, and Tampa Bay has a decent enough rushing attack that New Orleans can ill-afford to drop six or seven guys into coverage every play.

Williams is certainly a fantasy must-start this week and beyond because he is hitting all the right notes at the proper point in the season. Tampa Bay is a 2-3 football team, but their passing attack is really hitting its stride as of late.

Is Williams a WR1? Not yet, and with Jackson still the top guy in Tampa Bay, he may never make it that far up your fantasy depth chart.

However, he is a quality WR2 or Flex option moving forward, and this week against the Saints, he should be a huge producer.

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