With the addition of Sidney Rice to the Seattle roster, the 6-5 230 pound Mike Williams will no longer be the number one wide out on the squad. Mike Williams had a great year in 2010, catching 65 balls for 751 yards in just fourteen games played. He figured to be the perfect sleeper in fantasy drafts this year but it is no longer the case. Before the trade Williams was rated as a borderline WR3/WR4 but now he is certainly a mid tier WR4. With Sidney Rice you’re getting an explosive playmaker and an even better red zone target than Williams. Rice’s value now appears to be a top 25 wide out and a WR2 with the potential for more if he stays healthy.
Deion Branch was another sleeper that was going to have himself a huge fantasy campaign with a full season with Tom Brady. But fast forward to August 2011 and you have another WR4 who will not be getting the looks in the red zone to be fantasy relevant on a consistent basis. The addition of Chad Ochocinco doesn’t hurt the Patriot tight ends as much as it does Branch. This is just another case of a potential sleeper gone bad due to trades and/or free agency.