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Mike Williams: Fantasy Starter Or Fantasy Benchwarmer?

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It's Friday of the first NFL week of the season -- do you know what your final fantasy football lineup looks like yet?

I do -- or at least I thought I did.  Here's my conundrum:

After putting the finishing touches on the lineup for my Ignorant Sluts (yes, that's the name of my fantasy team. If you're not old enough to quite get it, might I direct you here: Jane, you ignorant slut.) I decided to run my selections through one of those online lineup coach helper things. 

Guess what it suggested to me?

I should start Mike Williams. Rookie wideout. Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


I hadn't planned on playing young Mr. Williams -- my wide receiver starters at the moment are Roddy White and Devin Aromashodu. But these cyber prognosticators make an interesting argument:

The rookie Williams quickly staked his claim to a starting job by outplaying every other receiver on the roster. With Freeman looking improved, Williams could lead all rookie wide outs in catches. If you’re looking for an excuse to start Williams as a flex option, his matchup against Cleveland’s 29-rated pass defense is obviously favorable. ( 4 catches for 68 yds and 1 TD ) (from Fantasy Football Sharks)

Must say, I'm tempted to throw Williams into the mix and see what happens. Or perhaps I should wait a week to let him settle in and then take a look at the numbers for next week. Decisions, decisions. At least until 12:59 pm EDT on Sunday.

I rather like the idea, though, of starting my Buccaneer. Even though I can't watch him live on the telly, I can watch those stats roll in on the fantasy site. 

Which is better than nothing.

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