2014 Fantasy Football Stock Rising: Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams
It is very easy to judge all on the bad decisions Jerry Jones has made during his tenure as Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager, but drafting wide receiver Terrance Williams was not one of those. At certain times during his rookie year in 2013 the former Baylor Bear was electric for Dallas. He played in all 16 games and managed 44 receptions for 736 yards and five touchdowns for an average of 16.7 yards per catch. According to Pro-Football-Reference, Williams posted 102 fantasy football points in standard scoring leagues, ranking him as the 40th overall receiver in 2013. Not many expected Williams to break out like he did but his fantasy situation looks a lot brighter in 2014.
Towards the end of 2013, Miles Austin came back from his nagging hamstring injury and took over the No. 2 receiver role in the Cowboys offense from Williams. Austin appeared to be in slow motion, and he is due $5.5 million this offseason so it seems highly probable that Dallas will release him. Williams will slot in as the permanent No. 2 receiver behind Dez Bryant.
Looking ahead to the 2014 NFL season, fantasy owners should be very excited with Williams. The Cowboys desperately need some consistent production behind Bryant who tends to draw double coverage more and more lately. That being said, Williams should see more open field due to Bryant drawing a lot of attention. Tony Romo will gain much more of a rapport with Williams this offseason and his value should increase greatly.
Fantasy football owners should head into the 2014 fantasy draft viewing Williams as a high-end WR-3 or low-end WR-2. He has the ability to break off long plays as shown in his 16.7 yards per catch last season. If Romo develops more trust with Williams expect him to creep up in mid-range WR-2 status by the end of the upcoming season. One thing is for sure; the future looks great for Terrance Williams, and fantasy owners should take notice of that.