The 53 man roster cuts are in and there a few notable changes fantasy players should be aware of out there. With changes to teams there are players moving up, down, and out of depth charts fantasy team owners should take note and make changes accordingly.
Mike Williams – Yes the Mike Williams that Detroit drafted and then faded into obscurity is now slated to be the starting wide receiver opposite of Deion Branch. Williams has great size at 6 foot 5 and has good speed, he is also under his former college coach in Pete Carroll who probably knows best how to utilize him. His value should be up high with this announcement. His preseason production was significant, he played well and appeared to be a go to guy for Matt Hasselbeck. He still has yet to prove he can play at the NFL level so don’t reach for him if your in a late draft, but if your draft is over grab him off waivers. With Williams only showing as picked up in around 15% of leagues your likely to find him out there.
TJ Houshmandzadeh – Housh was cut by the Seahawks after one season, but will not stay on the market for long. His contract states that Seattle will have to pay the difference for his 7 million dollar contract meaning a team could sign him for a league minimum and he would still get paid the 7 million. This leaves all sorts of teams open to sign him. So he will probably go to a contender. Keep an eye on him if you own him in your league. His production will depend on the team he goes to which could increase or reduce his playing time significantly.
Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben has had his suspension reduced this week from 6 games to 4, but will not be slated to return until week 6 because of the bye week. He threw for over 4,000 yards last season and was among the top 10 in fantasy point in standard rankings. He is not owned in most leagues and could serve as a great backup to your starter or even great trade bait later in the season if another team suffers an injury.
Vincent Jackson – Jackson will now miss up to 6 games this season and that’s IF he decides to report to the Chargers. With a 6 game suspension any possibility of a trade will wait until around week 6 which is the trade deadline. It wouldn’t be a bad thing to dump Jackson if you have him, but if you do keep an eye on teams suffering at the wide receiver position as those teams will like become more desperate and willing to trade than they will now. Either way Jackson’s stock is way down right now and there is a very real possibility that he will sit out the season.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.