Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams: I'm a first-round fantasy pick because 'we have no receivers'
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Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams: I'm a first-round fantasy pick because 'we have no receivers'

I hope I can get DeAngelo Williams @DeAngeloRB to play in my fantasy league, but I would love to see him choose (overdraft) himself in the first round of the draft. Because that's where he thinks he belongs.
During an appearance on NFL Network's "NFL AM" last week, Williams said, "I joked with people that my fantasy value went up after we got rid of our four receivers, but it's the truth," Williams said. "I went from probably being drafted in the fifth and sixth round to being in the first round – me and Jonathan (Stewart) alike because we have no receivers."
The Panthers still have their leading receiver from last year, tight end Greg Olsen @gregolsen82. But they lost Steve Smith, Domenik Hixon, Brandon LaFell, and Ted Ginn Jr. in free agency. So far, they have filled the void by signing Jerricho Cotchery @cotcheryfoundat, Tiquan Underwood @TiUnderwood, and Jason Avant.

Fantasy Analysis:

Well, he is correct about the lack of receivers. Williams is wrong to even assume that his value was in the fifth or sixth round to start. That's probably at least three rounds too optimistic. Williams will turn 31 years old next week, and with Jonathan Stewart @Jonathanstewar1, Mike Tolbert, and Kenjon Barner all around to siphon touches, Williams won't handle the ball more than 250 times. That's not first-round material. But you weren't really taking him seriously, right?

Charlotte Observer

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I have played fantasy sports since 2001. I've played mostly in fantasy football and baseball leagues. I wrote for FFToolbox from 2002-2005 and re-joined in 2009.

I was an undergraduate from the University of Central Florida, and a master's graduate from Cal State University, Northridge specializing in journalism/mass communication. I make my home in Long Beach, Calif.

While I grew up in California, my favorite football team has always been the New York Giants.

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