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This week's projections concern the WR position. According to the CBSSports.com projections, they see Miles Austin as the #8 WR with 79 catches for 1,251 yards and 9 TDs. Dez Bryant is rated as the #45 WR with 43 catches for 643 yards and 6 TDs, while Roy Williams is rated as the #47 WR, projecting at 43 catches for 633 yards and 6 TDs.
Last year, Miles Austin surprised the league when he was inserted into a starting role due to an injury to Roy Williams. This year, he's no longer a surprise and is ranked as a Top 10 WR in virtually every projection. The Cowboys have a potent offense, Jason Garrett loves to throw the ball and Tony Romo is the kind of QB that likes to get the ball downfield. All of this leaves one to believe that Austin will be a stud again in 2010.
Where things get a little tricky is when you get to Dez Bryant and Roy Williams. Roy is still the starter opposite Miles Austin, but no one doubts that Bryant will get plenty of playing time. His unfortunate injury will keep him out of the preseason games and this could effect his early season production. He won't have the opportunity to work in game situations and hasn't been able to for a long time due to his suspension last year in college. Down the road, we're all pretty sure he's going to be a productive WR, but for the early part of the year in the 2010 fantasy season, he's a risky option.
But is Roy Williams any better of an option? Roy seems motivated this year to prove his worth, and to keep his job in the future with Bryant breathing down his neck. But is he a true option as a fantasy WR?
We go to Jamey Eisenberg who had this to say about Roy after noting that Austin is the undisputed #1 WR in Dallas:
That leaves Williams with the chance to surprise Fantasy owners, and he's worth a late-round pick on Draft Day. I would take Williams ahead of Bryant. Keep in mind, Williams is only 28, and he's had three years with at least 50 catches and 815 yards and four years with at least seven touchdowns. He could still put together a good campaign, especially with all the single coverage he'll get.
Now, is Williams going to develop into a starting Fantasy option again? No. But can be a useful reserve or a bye-week replacement? Absolutely. Don't be surprised if Williams proves to the Cowboys that, finally, he was worth the price they paid to get him from the Lions.
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