Terrance Williams has a great opportunity in 2014 to blossom in his second year and take both the NFL and fantasy leagues by storm. While Dez Bryant will be the main man—and rightfully so—in the Cowboys' passing game, Williams can be a star in his own right when it comes to fantasy football.
With the release of veteran receiver Miles Austin in the offseason, Williams will go from the No. 3 receiver on the Cowboys' wide receiver depth chart to to No. 2. When you combine that with the fact that Williams plays in a loaded offense, has a reliable quarterback (Tony Romo) throwing him the ball, has the opportunity for a significant increase in targets, and is both young and still maturing, he has all the variables you want in a potential breakout player.
In his rookie year, Williams showed flashes of brilliance, tallying 44 receptions for 736 receiving yards and five touchdowns. In weeks 5-8, Williams scored a touchdown in four straight games. It all started with his breakout game in Week 5 against Denver, when he recorded four catches for 151 yards and a touchdown.
Those are fine numbers for a rookie receiver, but the potential for Williams to build on those numbers in his sophomore campaign is both palpable and predictable.
Here's what Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com had to say about Williams, whom Prisco labeled as a Top-25 breakout player for 2014:
Terrance Williams, WR, Dallas Cowboys -- With Miles Austin now gone, this second-year player takes over as the starter opposite Dez Bryant. That should mean a lot of single coverage and a chance for big plays. Look for his numbers to go up dramatically from his 44 catches a year ago.
With the aforementioned coverage Bryant will receive, Williams will make teams pay for double- and triple-teaming Bryant. With great size (6'2”, 200 pounds) and speed, it's only a matter of time before Williams fully grasps the finer nuances and intricacies of the game.
He and Bryant will make for a great duo in the mold of Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne in their halcyon days in Indianapolis, or more recently like Roddy White and Julio Jones in Atlanta. To put it bluntly, the combo of Bryant and Williams will be hard to contain.
As for projections, I would expect anywhere from 65-80 receptions, 850-1000 receiving yards and 6-8 touchdowns from Williams.
When hunting for fantasy sleepers, breakouts, or bargains, always choose young players with great skills and a newfound opportunity in front of them. And that is exactly what Williams will be afforded in 2014.
Aim to draft Williams in rounds 7 or 8 as a high-end No. 3 receiver with upside for tremendous growth.
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