Sep 9, 2010
Last year at this exact time I told people here to pick up WR Mike Sims-Walker and I think I have the 2010 version of Sims-Walker in my back pocket.
Believe it or not, I think it is Seattle WR Mike Williams.
We’ve been on Williams all along, and although it was fair to be skeptical, I think we should have pushed him a little more than we did. But for most of you, it’s not too late, so I’d grab him now if I could. I can’t, because I missed the initial WW period in every single one of my league – working too much – and he’s gone in all of them, which is typical for an expert league.
I have to say, I really have a feeling Williams will surprise this year. He’s certainly not a stud, but neither is Sims-Walker, and while the Seahawks have other receivers, unlike the Jags last year, I think Williams is looking like a real key here, like MSW for the Jags last year, and that’s a point that our Greg Cosell agreed with in today’s Matchup Podcast. I felt Williams was running really well (for him) in the preseason, and while Greg was skeptical when I brought that up 3-4 weeks ago, he’s kind of seen the light. Of course, he said that was in comparison to Williams previously, when he ran, according to Greg, like his daughter.
I also think the Seahawks will struggle to run the ball, and that this will be an offense that hangs it hat on the passing game and their solid QB Matt Hasselbeck. So that’s another thing working in Williams’ favor, in addition to the fact that he has the size they need in that offense. We know Pete Carroll loves to throw the ball to those big receivers, and of course Williams played for Carroll at USC.
I’m not saying Williams is going off this year, but if you can add him now as a #4 WR, I think he could be quite good in a PPR. I’m thinking if Hasselbeck plays all year he can catch about 65-70 passes for about 900 yards and 5-6 TDs.