Update: Michael Fabiano of NFL.com is reporting on the strong offseason that rookie receiver Mike Williams has been having for the Buccaneers, and the value he could bring as a mid to late-round sleeper.
Fantasy Impact: I’m not expecting a monster year or some sort of rookie of the year nomination for Williams, but I do detect a case of DHB syndrome. What this refers to is how, last year, the Oakland Raiders selected receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey seventh overall and selected receiver Louis Murphy in the fourth round. Murphy took this as well as the stigma of playing for a team with such a recent marred history as motivation for a 35-catch, 500-yard season. These are hardly eye-popping numbers but given that Murphy went undrafted in most leagues, and many receivers who contributed little to nothing were scooped up in the mid to late rounds, a player like Williams is definitely worth taking as, say, a no. 4 WR. Similarly to Heyward-Bey and Murphy, Mike Williams is fully aware of how highly touted fellow rookie wideout Arrelious Benn is, and playing for a team with a bad defense but a bright, young quarterback who should be well-protected and a Prop Bowl tight end like Kellen Winslow to create one-on-one matchups on the outside, should give Williams plenty of opportunities to prove his worth.