Mike Williams active for Buccaneers, but would be risky start for fantasy owners

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The Buccaneers' passing attack will get a boost with wide receiver Mike Williams in action Thursday night versus the Panthers. We break down the fantasy implications.

Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams is active for Thursday night's game versus the Panthers.

Williams sustained a hamstring injury that kept him out of the team's Week 6 game against the Eagles, but he returned on Sunday to contribute in the receiving game against the Falcons. In that contest, Williams caught a modest four passes for 32 yards. Despite the low totals and the recent injury, Williams was hardly limited, playing in 76-of-86 snaps.

Fantasy Spin: New quarterback Mike Glennon has picked a clear favorite receiver, and unfortunately for Williams' fantasy owners, it happens to be Vincent Jackson. Jackson was targeted 14 times in the game Williams missed, and a whopping 22 times on Sunday versus the Falcons.

That leaves Williams as the odd man out, and it never bodes well for a receiver to have limited chances to capitalize amid an offense that has been unspectacular in recent weeks. At less than full health versus a stout Panthers defense, owners would be wise to consider other options besides Williams at the wide receiver position this week.

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