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Roy Williams has been a tough fantasy player to figure out. He was fairly productive in Detroit, then he gets traded to Dallas and you figure his fantasy value can only go up in a better offense, right? Wrong.
Then the next season roles around and you figure he has had more time to work with Romo, he’s got to at least have a solid year. However, Miles Austin had other things to say about that last season. Now finally it appears he has reemerged again, as a go-to red zone target, if nothing else.
Here are some players that are generally available in most leagues who are worth a look depending on your roster construction. The percent that each player is are owned in standard ESPN leagues is included.
Roy E. Williams, WR, Cowboys (66.1 percent owned)
Though Williams is still on rosters in most league, he remains available in almost 35 percent of ESPN standard leagues even after producing 5 touchdowns in his last 3 games. Williams and QB Tony Romo seem to finally be on the same page, especially in the all-important red zone. I suggest snatching him up if no one has done so yet in your league.
Jabar Gaffney, WR, Broncos (48.1)
Gaffney has been on this list before, but continues to be looked over in many leagues. He is not going to put up huge numbers every week, but he seems to be Kyle Orton’s go-to guy and will continue to rack up the receptions. He may never be a fantasy starter, but he is a reliable option off the bench in most leagues.
Chris Ivory, RB, Saints (2.1)
The Saints’ backfield is always unpredictable, but with 158 yards on 15 carries this week, Ivory has cemented his role as lead back at least until Pierre Thomas returns. When Thomas returns is a bit up in the air as the Saints have made it seem as if he is close to returning every week since the injury. Its anyone’s guess how the carries will be split after that though.
Mike Williams, WR, Seahawks (49.4)
Williams was a big sleeper coming into the year, but did not put up huge numbers early. After a 10-reception, 123-yard week following the trade of Deion Branch, he looks to be someone who may be relied on more heavily in this offense.
Danny Woodhead, RB, Patriots (6.3)
Woodhead has become a bigger part of the Patriots’ gameplan every week since he was signed. With Fred Taylor out he looks to be the most fantasy-viable option out of New England and continues to open eyes. He also will come up with receptions, making him useful in PPR leagues.
Matt Cassel, QB, Chiefs (10.4)
Cassel has been coming on strong the last few weeks, including three-touchdown performances this week and week 3. He has a young offense that seems to be jelling and a strong offensive coordinator, so the upside is there. He is also facing the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, who have been terrible at stopping opposing QBs this season.
Each week I select one defense that is available in most leagues and has a favorable match-up.
Seahawks D (37.8 percent owned) vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals defense has been a mess this season, while Seattle’s defense has been surprisingly strong.
Deon Butler, WR, Seahawks (1.3 percent owned), Donario Alexander, WR, Rams (3.2), Buster Davis, WR, Chargers (1.5), Patrick Crayton, WR, Chargers (1.4).