Mike Williams: Buccaneers WR Confirms Status as Ideal Flex Play

Darin PikeContributor IOctober 26, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 25:  Mike Williams #19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates a touchdown with teammate D.J. Ware #28 against the Minnesota Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on October 25, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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Mike Williams has been a difficult player to peg in a fantasy lineup. He hasn't seen ample targets thus far in 2012 to make him a top receiving option, but he's still been producing.

Week 6 was a breakout performance for Williams. He caught four passes for 113 yards with a touchdown. He became an overnight target with waiver claims, but he's still available in 17 percent of the leagues on ESPN.com.

Owners were expecting another big performance against the New Orleans Saints and their suspect defense. He caught just four of eight targets, as Vincent Jackson was targeted 14 times and scampered for 216 yards and a touchdown.

Fantasy fans were reminded on Thursday night why they should keep him in their flex position. He was targeted 11 times in Minnesota and found the end zone while gaining 68 yards. 

Owners should see this as the expectation for Williams going forward, not the exception.

How does Mike Williams keep doing that?! It doesn't seem to matter if he's covered on those deep throws. A HUGE 34 yards.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) October 26, 2012

Williams is averaging 9 points a week through his first seven games. This is reflective of a slow start, as Tampa Bay struggled to find their offensive identity early in the season.

The Buccaneers have several tempting matchups lingering on their schedule.

Games against the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Carolina Panthers and the rematch with the Saints should all be point-magnets for Williams. Perhaps the toughest passing defenses in their path are the Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams, but both of those games will be played in Tampa Bay.

Williams has a lot of points waiting or owners as a No. 2 wide receiver or in a flex position. He should be considered a weekly starter.


Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.