Fantasy Football 2011: Can Roy Williams Revive His Career with Mike Martz?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IAugust 6, 2011

BOURBONNAIS, IL - JULY 30: Free-agent signees of the Chicago Bears Sam Hurd #81 (L) and Roy Williams #11 watch during a summer training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene University on July 30, 2011 in Bourbonnais, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Roy Williams was a highly coveted wide receiver when he came out of Texas in 2004. In seven of his eight seasons, he has finished with fewer than 65 catches. Six times he’s finished with fewer than 55. Four times he finished with 45 of fewer catches. Chew on that. Williams has had 45 or fewer catches in half of his seasons in the league.

He has also had fewer than 840 yards in seven of his seasons and fewer than 700 in six. In half of his seasons he’s had less than 600 yards. His one saving grace has been four seasons with seven or eight touchdowns and six with five of more. The bottom line is Roy Williams has been mediocre at best in all but one season.

In that season, Williams caught 82 passes for 1,310 yards and eight touchdowns. That fool’s gold season earned him a big paycheck and a run of preseason fantasy love that never matched his production.

Well, the love is back…somewhat. Obviously I won’t buy in on Williams like I once did, but there is reason for optimism. Unlike Sidney Rice who landed in a bad quarterback situation in Seattle, Williams gets Jay Cutler.

He may lack in the intangibles, but physically, he’s as good as any quarterback in the league. He also doesn’t have to compete with an elite wide receiver.

Since 2007, Williams has had to share the field with Calvin Johnson, Terrell Owens, Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. That’s not entirely a positive though because it means he’ll likely draw the top opposing cornerback.

Finally, Williams is reunited with Mike Martz, who was the offensive coordinator for the Lions when Williams had his monster year. Martz believes in him. It’s funny how players play differently when they feel wanted. It’s funny how a new start is all some players needs.

Will that be the case for Williams? Hard to say, but with a MockDraftCentral ADP of 62, he’s well worth the risk.


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