Should You Start the Titans Damian Williams Today?
Tennessee's receiver has played well the last few weeks. Can he keep it up?
By: Corby Yarbrough | 12/4/11, 10:22 AM EST
Which Damian Williams are we going to see in Week 13 at Buffalo? Will he be the one that catches the random TD or the one that produces as a high-target receiver?
I will take the gamble on either and insert the Tennessee receiver as a flex option against a Bills team that has been friendly to opposing teams’ No. 2 receivers over the last few weeks.
The Bills have allowed 11.1 fantasy points per game over the last three weeks, and are coming off a game where they allowed New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez to throw four touchdowns. It’s worth repeating: Mark Sanchez with the “run-oriented” Jets just threw for four scores a week ago against Buffalo.
Williams is coming off a three-catch, 33-yard performance that was saved, in fantasy circles, by his game-winning touchdown against Tampa Bay.
It was Williams’ third double-digit fantasy effort in the last four games and his fourth of the 2011 season. Picking up the slack when stud receiver Kenny Britt went down for the season in a Week 3 game against Denver has relatively been split between Nate Washington and Williams.
Williams can be a favorite of Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck one week and then disappear the next. Williams had just four targets last week, but the TD made it look like a productive day. A week earlier, Williams tied his season high in targets with 11 against Atlanta. Prior to last week’s four-target game, Williams had led or tied for the team lead in targets for three straight weeks.
Williams has 58 targets on the season, which he has turned into 27 catches for 349 yards and five scores. Washington has 73 targets for 49 catches, 628 yards and four scores. However, Washington has not been above nine targets since Week 2 and caught 21 of his 49 passes in the first three weeks with Britt.
If you want to take anything away from it, Williams has led the team in targets (4, 11, 7 and 11) in the road games since Britt’s injury. So that’s a trend he can take with him to Buffalo in Week 13.
It’s always a crapshoot with the Titans receivers, but Williams has been a decent target and can score and the Bills are willing to give up the points. So give Williams a shot at your flex spot in Week 13.
By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter
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