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2010 Super Sleeper Radar Watch

“You pulled that guy out of your rear”or “I’ve never even heard of that guy” or “You got lucky with that one.” There is no better feeling than watching your pet project super sleeper go off Week 7 and watching your league mates search the waiver wire just to find out he’s been sitting on your bench since the draft. It is one of the many aspects of fantasy football that we love. The problem is finding one.

This year put

Tampa
Bay
’s rookie receiver Mike Williams on your radar. At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, he’s a deep-threat receiver with sub-4.5 speed and vertical ability that translates into yardage and touchdowns. I know that conventional wisdom puts rookie wide receivers as a fantasy pariah but give me a chance to sell you.

First let’s look at his statistics. Williams played 2 1/2 seasons with the Syracuse Orange in the Big East. In his freshman year he racked up 24 receptions for 461 yards and 4 touchdowns. In his sophomore season Williams blew up for 60 receptions, 837 yards and 10 touchdowns, tying the school record by a receiver. He was suspended his junior year for academics and came back for only seven games his senior year but racked up 746 yards and six touchdowns. His career 20 touchdowns is tied for second in school history with a receiver by the name of Marvin Harrison, who did it in four years.

Now let’s see how his situation in

Tampa
Bay
looks. Looking for offensive punch the Buccaneers selected two wide receivers with their early picks in this year’s draft and Williams was one of them. Their only receiving threat Antonio Bryant was traded to the Bengals so the receiver positions are up for grabs. The No. 1 and No. 2 receiver slots are projected to go to rookies Williams and Arrelious Benn. Williams’ size, strength and vertical ability translates into the Buccaneers’ primary red zone threat.

Let’s take a look at what the scouts said about him. The
St. Petersburg Times is reporting that Williams is currently ahead of Benn on the depth chart due to his grasp of the offense. Rookieblitz.com says Williams was first-round talent at a fourth-round price and is highly probable that Williams could emerge as the best receiver in the 2010 draft. During the combine and private workouts, scouts were likening him to Brandon Marshall. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that from what he’s seen Williams is “going be good.”

There is still plenty of time left before the season to see how he and the situation in

Tampa
Bay
will play out. Training camp will be telling on his starter status and preseason will give us a glimpse of what he’s capable of. As a rookie receiver I would normally advise against drafting him, but if he earns first wide receiver on

Tampa
Bay
’s depth chart and is their top red zone threat, for a very late round flier he could pay big dividends. He’s definitely worth keeping on the radar.

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