Mike Williams: Updated Fantasy Analysis and Outlook for Buccaneers WR

Nick KostoraContributor IIIOctober 26, 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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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams has been an inconsistent player over the course of his career, but he seems to have finally found a consistent style of play.

The 6'2", 212-pound product of Syracuse has seen an increase in production over the past few weeks and looks comfortable in both his route running and his chemistry with QB Josh Freeman.

Let's breakdown his fantasy analysis and outlook moving forward.


Fantasy Analysis

Williams was one of the biggest fantasy letdowns in the NFL a season ago, registering just three touchdowns and 771 receiving yards the entire season.

2012 has been a return to form of sorts, as Williams already has four touchdowns and 436 yards receiving.

Is he ever going to be a WR1 in your lineup?

No, and he is still a risky WR2 because Vincent Jackson gets more targets from Freeman. However, Williams has caught at least four passes each of the past four weeks and has two 100-yard games already this season.

He is a solid WR3 play, and if the Tampa Bay offense continues on its current path, he should see more targets moving forward.


Fantasy Outlook

Do not rush to force Williams into your lineup, but he is not going to hurt your team as a consistent WR3 or spot starter.

Williams should finish this season with seven or eight touchdowns and 850-950 yards receiving. He is the clear No. 2 option in Tampa Bay, which hurts his potential somewhat, and the emergence of Doug Martin in the backfield means a more balanced offensive attack with fewer passing opportunities.

Still, Freeman and the passing game continue to improve and make the most of opportunities. Williams is no longer the risky proposition of last season. He is rarely going to light the fantasy world on fire, but Williams is finally a consistent player who will find the end zone in one out of two games.