Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 8 TNF: Mike Williams

Scott Cunningham

The Buccaneers No. 2 receiver has been quiet this season. Can he break through Thursday night? We break down the fantasy implications.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams is in the first year of a six-year, $40.25-million contract extension, signed with the team in July. He hasn't done a lot under the deal so far, though, with only 196 receiving yards and two touchdowns -- plus one game missed to injury -- so far in 2013. Williams will look to improve on his season Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers.

Williams missed Tampa Bay's Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a hamstring injury, which still has him questionable entering Thursday night's game. He played through the injury Sunday against the Falcons, though, so odds are he will play.

Fantasy impact: Williams has been held under 40 yards receiving in both games with new starting quarterback Mike Glennon. Under former starter Josh Freeman, the fourth-year receiver had two games over 50 yards, but was also held to a nine-yard outing in Week 2 against New Orleans.

The team's No. 1 receiver, Vincent Jackson, appears to be Glennon's favorite target and was thrown the ball 22 times a week ago, compared to only five times for Williams. With Glennon's limitations and a strong pass defense on the other side of the ball, Williams should only be a desperation play Thursday night.

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