Oct 14,2010

Looking to Week 6: One for the Money, Two for the Show, and Three to Let Go

The Money: Roy E. Williams

Five years ago, Roy E. Williams was six weeks into what would prove to be his most impressive year in the NFL to date. That same 2006 season was my first year of playing fantasy football and the only season in which I’ve maintained a 17-0 record. I credit Williams with much of my rookie success. Despite being laughed at by the boys in my league, I confidentially drafted the third year Lion and counted on him week after week to show up as my WR2. It’s no surprise then that while I haven’t drafted him since, I’ve continued to follow his career.

Now in his third year with the Cowboys, Williams is stepping up and surprising people all over again. In his past two games, the former Longhorn has caught 11 passes for 204 yards and scored 3 TDs. While opposing defenses have busied themselves with shutting down Miles Austin, Williams has managed to stay wide open and available for anything and everything Tony Romo throws his way. This week Dallas will play host to the 1-4 Vikings. Given the particular egos involved, I expect this game to provide plenty of theatrics and thus a good number of chances for Williams to recapture some of that ’06 glory.

Bottom Line: Despite outscoring Larry Fitzgerald, Brandon Marshall, and Andre Johnson (non-PPR, standard Yahoo! scoring), fantasy owners are still dubious to buy into the Roy Williams hype. As of right now, he’s only owned in roughly 65% of fantasy leagues. The other three aforementioned receivers, on the other hand, are owned in 100% of leagues. By no means do I believe Williams to be a must start WR, but he’s a solid flex or bye week option who should be owned in all leagues.

The Show: Danny Amendola

One man’s loss is another man’s gain. Such is the case for Danny Amendola in St. Louis. After Mark Clayton‘s knee quite literally crumpled beneath him early in the Rams 6-44 loss to the Lions last Sunday, Bradford scrambled to find another target. Amendola must have had a bulls eye on his chest because Bradford looked to him on 19 separate occasions. The former Hard Knocks star was able to connect for 12 receptions and 95 yards. He did not, however, see the end zone.

Amendola appears to be many analysts’ waiver wire darling of the week. While I’m not ready to jump on the “mini Wes Welker” band wagon quite yet, I do have to admit that he’s solid in the slot and therefore a fantastic PPR option. I expect he’ll get a ton of looks, but I just don’t see him picking up where Clayton left off. That being said, he’s a guy who was drafted by the Cowboys as a free agent and then signed to various practice squads. This is his first real shot of not just starting, but mattering. With that kind of motivation… almost anything is possible.

Bottom Line: It might take a week or two for the receiver situation in St. Louis to figure itself out. As of right now, Amendola is a safer option than either Laurent Robinson and/or Brandon Gibson. I’m not crazy about his match-up this week against the Chargers, but due to the quantity (not quality) of his expected receptions he’s a good start in PPR leagues.

To Let Go: Cadillac Williams

In his sixth season with the Bucs, it seems as though there may not be much left in this Caddy’s tank. Despite showing flashes of his former self last season, Williams hasn’t done much in 2010. In the past four weeks, he’s carried the ball 66 times for 172 yards, caught 8 receptions for 64 yards, and laid a goose egg in the end zone.

Coach Morris has stated that he plans to spell Williams by working in LeGarrette Blount and Kareem Huggins. Together, however, the first year backs have only touched the ball a total of 11 times and have accumulated an abysmal 34 rushing yards. To his credit, Blount did score a TD in Week 3 against the otherwise impenetrable Steelers DEF, but one rushing TD between three backs in four weeks isn’t a whole heck of a lot. On the other hand, fullback Earnest Graham has turned a few heads by scoring in the air in Week 2 and on the ground in Week 5. Basically, Tampa Bay appears to be employing a whole lot of nothing approach to the run game. In order for that to change, it’s up to Williams to do something.

Bottom Line: With a mutiny in the backfield, it’s about time to jump ship on Williams.