I was planning to discuss Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Arrelious Benn in this space even before rookie teammate Mike Williams was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of DUI. While Williams and second-year quarterback Josh Freeman have become fantasy darlings -- Williams ranks 19th for the season in wide receiver standard scoring, Freeman is 11th at his position -- the team's other big-name rookie wide receiver has scored touchdowns in consecutive games.
Remember, while it's relatively meaningless today, Benn was the Bucs' second-round pick in the 2010 draft out of Illinois, while Williams was a fourth-rounder from Syracuse. Each was supposed to be a big-time player considering his talent and the team's lack of options, though. Williams is owned in more than 93 percent of ESPN standard leagues (um, why isn't it 100 percent?), while Benn is owned in 0.5 percent. That's not 5 percent, but half of 1 percent. I'm not comparing the two by any means, but Benn caught a 14-yard touchdown in Week 9 against the Atlanta Falcons and a week ago helped open the scoring against the Carolina Panthers with an 8-yard scoring pass from Freeman. He's going to keep improving, and ultimately should become fantasy relevant.
We'll certainly need to see more than a mere reception or two per game before trusting Benn in most any league, but maybe this is how it begins. Some fellows take their time. Williams is a fixture and was since September, but it looks like Benn is starting to establish himself as well, at least in the red zone. Those in deeper leagues should look his way because with the defensive attention Williams gets, running back LeGarrette Blount becoming reliable and Freeman continuing to emerge, there's opportunity for another Tampa Bay wide receiver to break out.
Back to Williams for a moment: As of now we haven't heard of any internal disciplinary action coming his way from Friday's incident, so assume he remains a terrific start -- I ranked him 20th at wide receiver -- for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. Just keep an eye on the team's other rookie wideout, as well.
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