Week Fifteen Analysis: After a trio of disappointing fantasy performances, Mike Williams has scored in each of the last two weeks. More importantly, Williams has been targeted 19 times over those last two weeks, a total he couldn't attain in the previous three weeks combined. Williams is third in the NFL in receptions of 40 or more yards, while his opponent this week, the New Orleans Saints, have allowed the second most passing plays of the same distance. The Saints have also given up a league-high 18 touchdown receptions to enemy wideouts including two to the Buccaneers receivers in their first meeting.
Week Fourteen Analysis: Mike Williams broke out of a cold streak with six catches, 93 yards and a score last week in Denver. You might not know that Williams is fourth in the NFL in pass receptions of 30 or more yards. It just so happens that this week's opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles, have allowed the second-most pass plays of 30 or more yards this season. Over the last four weeks, Philly has allowed four touchdown passes of at least the 30-yard distance as well. Since Williams is responsible for two of the Bucs' longest passing scores this season, it looks like a good matchup play this week.
Week Ten Analysis: Mike Williams has now been targeted 19 times to Vincent Jackson's 11 in the last two weeks and has scored a touchdown in three of the last four. Jackson will have the full attention of his former team, which means Williams could pick San Diego apart. The Chargers have allowed 18 receptions of 20 or more yards in just the last five games. Don't forget that in three of those five games they faced off against the less than stellar passing attacks of Cleveland and Kansas City (who they took on twice).
Week Eight Enalysis: It appears that the 2012 version of Mike Williams is closer to the 2010 version that scored 11 touchdowns than the 2011 version that averaged only 48 yards and had three scores on the season. This year's Mike Williams has now topped 100 yards or scored in five of seven games and displayed flashes of great athletic ability. Williams received a season-high 11 targets from Josh Freeman last week as the chemistry between the two seems to continue to grow. This week he takes on an Oakland defense that is very beatable. This season four wideouts have been targeted 10 or more times against the Raiders and each has topped 79 yards and three of the four have scored. If the passes go his way, Williams should do the same this week.
Week Seven Analysis: Very few NFL wonks are inspired by the passing ability of Josh Freeman. It might surprise you to learn that the Bucs are currently second in the NFL in passes of over 40 yards with seven. Much of that has to do with Mike Williams averaging just over 22 yards per catch. This matches up well with a Saints secondary allowing the second-most yards per reception in the league, and 8.6 yards per catch. Williams has scored in three of five and topped 110 yards in each of his last two games while the Saints have allowed five different wide receivers to top 90 yards this season.