Fantasy Football Trader’s Redraft Debate: Mike Williams or Jeremy Maclin

Mar 16, 2011


This week’s topic:
Would you rather have Tampa Bay’s Mike Williams or Philadelphia’s Jeremy Maclin in a redraft league for next year?
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My response:
Another tough choice. I like both Mike Williams and Jeremy Maclin, as I’m sure the majority of fantasy football players do. What’s not to love? Mike Williams was a beast as a rookie catching 65 passes for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns. He scored four touchdowns in the final three weeks of the season. He was only held without a score in six games last year. If you want a downside, it’s that Williams never had a monster game. He only topped 100 yards once, back in Week 8 against a bad Cardinals team. He also was held below 80 yards in eleven games last year.
Jeremy Maclin was held below 80 yards in 12 games, but he did have some bigger games. He had two 120+ yard games, as well as three multiple touchdown games. Their numbers are virtually identical. Maclin caught 70 passes for 964 yards and ten touchdowns. Maclin’s big games made him less consistent. He was held without a touchdown in nine games.
They both have pros. Maclin has to share looks with DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, and Brent Celek. He also has a quarterback (Michael Vick) that piles up a ton of yards and touchdowns on the ground. Quite simply, there are more mouths to feed in Philly. That said, at least at this point, if their starting quarterback were to go down, the Eagles are in a much better spot with Kevin Kolb waiting in the wings.
I don’t think you can go wrong either way. It’s really just a preference thing. Despite Mike Williams being an Orangeman like myself, I’m going to have to go with Jeremy Maclin. He has a longer track record with two solid seasons under his belt. Williams set the bar much higher in his rookie year than Maclin did, but he has to prove that he can come back and do it again.

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