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Preseason stats and fantasy value

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When fans speak of the preseason the talk often turns to how meaningless the games are and how stats can't be counted on for regular season production. Troy Williamson just may be the exception to the rule, and fantasy owners are taking notice.

When Williamson was drafted fantasy owners took notice. The problem was that he didn't bust out in Minnesota as predicted, thus turning fantasy owners from believers to skeptics. Now we skip forward five years, his second season with his new team and Williamson looks to be reinventing himself as a hot waiver wire addition.

In week 1 of the preseason Williamson had four catches for 74 yards; this week he added three catches for 147 yards and a touchdown. Because of those very stats Williamson has seen his waiver wire adds spike this week, and the trend is sure to stay true after this week's performance.

We all know David Garrard is the QB; Maurice Jones-Drew is the RB; Torry Holt is the WR, but now Troy Williamson appears to have taken over the WR2 spot. When the season started the Jaguars had Mike Walker slotted to start opposite Holt, but an ankle injury has kept him out of both preseason games and possibly a starting job.

If you are holding onto someone like Domenik Hixon or Michael Crabtree, now is time to cut them loose and pick up Williamson. Williamson may just be one of the few instances where reality translates into fantasy.

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