The Cowboys’ trade for Roy Williams on Tuesday immediately moves the former Lions wideout into Dallas’ starting lineup alongside Terrell Owens. Williams’ presence can help alleviate constant double teams on Owens, whose fantasy value shouldn’t be adversely effected.
Williams, who didn’t post great numbers this season in Detroit, should see a rise in value in the Cowboys’ explosive offense, but not too dramatic until Tony Romo returns from injury.
This move also makes Brad Johnson a more viable fantasy replacement while Romo is out.
When Romo does return to action, he’ll have an embarrassment of riches at his disposal. Besides T.O. and Williams, Romo will also have Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Jason Witten, Patrick Crayton and Miles Austin. With all of this talent, fantasy owners will be counting the days until Romo returns.
In Detroit, Jon Kitna has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the season. Dan Orlovsky will start in his absence and now has some added value in larger formats. The UConn product won’t have Williams, so he’ll look in the direction of Calvin Johnson a lot down the stretch.
Shaun McDonald, who caught an 79 passes last season, will move into a more prominent role for the Lions and is now worth a roster spot in all fantasy leagues with 12-plus teams.