To say Mike Williams is getting off to a decent start in Tampa Bay is an understatement. I’m sure they are smiling ear to ear about the decision to draft Williams in the 4th round of the 2010 draft. Williams led all rookies with 65 receptions for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 11 touchdowns marked a new Buccaneers franchise record for most receiving touchdowns in a single season. That’s how you come in and make an impression! Williams will continue to be the go to #1 receiver this year in Tampa, making him a receiver to draft this year. Tampa is an exciting, young up and coming team in the league. The other rookie WR from last year, Arrelious Benn will still play a role in the offense, as the Bucs will look to him to step up production. Keep an eye on him as the season picks up…he may make a difference. The only other receiver worth mentioning in the realm of Fantasy Football is veteran TE Kellen Winslow. Winslow had a productive season with 730 yards, and 5tds–certainly not top tier among all NFL Tight Ends, but not bad. The Bucks did add TE Luke Stocker in the4th round…he will have to work his way into the offense…
I like Cadillac’s, but I know from personal experience that they break down. I like Graham crackers, but if you apply enough pressure, they crumble. That goes double when it comes to the Bucs running game. Lucky for them, they can confidently place the ball in the hands of LeGarrette Blount. This kid is a MONSTER! Blount came in the league with a HUGE chip on his shoulder pads following his tumultuous final year in college. He started off his rookie season in Tennessee but landed softly in Tampa. The Bucs used him sparingly in the beginning of last season, but he forced his way into the starting lineup in week 8 with his break away speed and counter punch mentality. In 13 games played, he managed 1007 rushing yards, a 5 yard per carry average, and 6 TDs. In his last 4 games, he had 408 rushing yards, with a 6.1 yard per carry average. I know that the Bucs will use both Cadillac Williams and Earnest Graham for a change of pace, but Blount is the man. I think he should garner a 3rd or 4th round draft pick, though I’m sure there are some who will draft him too early. Regardless of how early he goes in your draft, this guy will produce for you.
Very few up and coming NFL QBs have made the Fantasy impact that the Bucs’ Josh Freeman has made. In just his second year in the league, Freeman went from Fantasy sleeper to “this guy is too hot to bench”. I have to admit, I had no thought whatsoever about Freeman in the beginning of last season. In fact, I didn’t think much of the Bucs going into the season. But they surprised me and a lot of other people. Last year, my Fantasy team struggled at the QB position. I started 4 different QBs over the course of the first 12 or 13 Fantasy weeks till I discovered Freeman was available on the Waiver Wire. I picked him up when the Bucs were fighting for a playoff spot. Freeman was the main reason why they were in contention. In the his last 4 games, he threw for 1009 yards, 9 TDs, and 0 INTs. That 4 game stretch include a 5 TD performance against the Seahawks, which helped me win my league championship. The thing I really like about Freeman is that he makes very few mistakes. For the whole season, he only had 6 INTs. He also had a good overall season performance with 3451 yards and 25 TDs. I believe that this guy has to be drafted. If you can’t get your hands on a Rodgers, Brady, Brees, or P Manning, Josh Freeman is a great alternative.
The Bucs spent the majority of their draft picks on the defensive side of the ball. I would look to this defense to be a contender Sundays. They ranked a respectable 9th in the league in Defense in the 2010-2011 season with 19 ints, 3 TDs. With only 26 sacks (fewest in the NFC South), the Bucks needed a better pass rush and this year they drafted help. I think with the opportunities to create more turnovers, the Bucs are going to make life a little more difficult for Brees, Matty Ice, and rookie Cam Newton