Sneaky pickup for Week 2 

September, 17, 2010

The news out of the Arizona Cardinals offices that No. 3 wide receiver Early Doucet is scheduled for sports hernia surgery probably doesn't send shock waves throughout the fantasy football world, but to me that's where we find one of Week 2's sneaky pickups of the week. Undrafted Toledo wide receiver product Stephen Williams was impressive this preseason, spending time with the first-team offense and producing interesting numbers, and certainly his 6-foot-5 frame makes him intriguing. With Doucet out indefinitely, opportunity could knock soon. As we like to say in the biz, why not get ahead of the curve?

Stephen Williams
Dennis Wierzbicki/US PresswireStephen Williams had 11 catches for 187 yards and a touchdown in the preseason.
Say what you will about erratic Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson, but he threw 41 times for 297 yards in Week 1, and I see no reason to believe those numbers are grossly inflated. He's going to keep doing this, and remember, the interceptions do not get charged to the wide receivers. The Cardinals will not suddenly turn into the New York Jets and rely a great deal on the running game, and I suspect even a healthy Beanie Wells won't change that. Larry Fitzgerald is obviously the top dog for Anderson, but he and his bum knee seemed a bit slower against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Don't adjust his value yet, but I could see a scenario, especially if the Cardinals start something like 2-6 this season, where his workload is lessened because of continuing knee issues.