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Bucs WR Spot a Position to Watch for in Fantasy in 2010

The National Football Post is getting ready for Fantasy Football in 2010, and one spot they have put a target on is the Bucs wide out spot. Here is what they have to say:

Battleground: Tampa, Florida
Position: Wide receiver
Players in the mix: Arrelious Benn(notes) (6-1, 219, rookie), Mike Williams (6-1, 221, rookie), Reggie Brown(notes) (6-1, 197, 6th season), Michael Clayton(notes) (6-4, 215, 7th season)
Frontrunner(s): Benn and Williams
Better Value: Williams

Benn was the higher draft pick, but will he emerge as the No. 1 target in Tampa?

Analysis: The departure of wideout Antonio Bryant via free agency has left a big hole on a Tampa Bay offense that ranked 11th in the league in pass to run ratio last season (58.1%). The Buccaneers responded by signing free agent underachiever Reggie Brown and drafting Arrelious Benn (Illinois, 2nd round) and Mike Williams (Syracuse, 4th round) this past April. As we always say in situations like this, somebody HAS to catch the football in Tampa.

Owners can go ahead and take both Brown and Michael Clayton off their draft boards this summer. With a combined 11 years of NFL experience between them, we’ve already seen all there is to see. Brown has scored just five touchdowns over the last three years and has topped 50+ receptions in a season only one time (2007). Clayton hasn’t looked much better, having scored only three touchdowns over the last five years. He also hasn’t topped 500+ receiving yards in a season since his rookie year in 2004.

That leaves Benn, who posted a disappointing 38-490-2 stat line at Illinois last season and Williams, who quit the Syracuse Orange at the beginning of November despite leading the Big East in receiving. Both rookies bring several question marks to the table which is why they have both been assigned late-round draft grades. However, someone has to emerge as the No. 1 target for second-year quarterback Josh Freeman and we’re giving the edge to Williams entering camp.


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