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Buffalo
11:37am EDT 10/17/21

Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) is active for today’s game against the Ravens. He missed all 3 practices this week with what HC Brandon Staley said was swelling in his knee. There’s been no report on Williams being limited or on a snap count today, but he still comes with elevated risk in Week 6 fantasy lineups.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) is expected to play vs. the Ravens today. We heard the same from ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Saturday night. We'll see if we hear anything about Williams being on a snap count over the next few hours. For now, consider him a risk/reward Week 6 fantasy play.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) is expected to play vs. the Ravens on Sunday, "barring a pregame setback," ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports. We'll look for further updates on Williams' status tomorrow morning. He'll obviously carry elevated risk in fantasy lineups after missing all 3 practices this week. But it'd also be difficult to bench Williams -- unless we hear that he'll be limited -- considering how awesome he's been through 5 weeks.

Chargers HC Brandon Staley said Friday that he's "hopeful" WR Mike Williams (knee) can play vs. the Ravens this weekend. Williams is listed as questionable after missing all 3 practices. "We were being careful with him early in the week," Staley said, adding that Williams has been dealing with swelling in that knee. We'll continue to look for updates on Williams' status and will get the Chargers' inactives around 11:30 am ET on Sunday.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens. He didn't practice all week and seems to be in real danger of missing this one. We'll look for an update on Williams' status on Sunday morning and will find out whether he's active around 11:30 am ET.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. His availability for this weekend's game vs. the Ravens is now in question. Check back tomorrow for another update on his status.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. He played through this issue last week and should be fine for Sunday's game vs. the Ravens. But check back for another update on Williams' status tomorrow.

We’ve seen Chargers coaches talking up WR Mike Williams. Sounds like the QB agrees. “We need to get him the ball more,” Justin Herbert said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “He’s one of those guys that you just have to find out there. He’s going to get open. He’s so physical, fast and strong that he’s going to win — jump balls, deep balls and intermediate routes. I think we need to get him more involved in the short game and the quick game because he’s an incredible player.” Williams’ ADP has climbed since the beginning of draft season but he remains a solid-to-good value in most places.

SI Chargers reporter Fernando Ramirez says Chargers coaches believe Mike Williams "is a WR that corners can't cover ... and they feel a big breakout is coming this season," according to NFL.com's Michael Florio. We can certainly see that kind of path for Williams in his 2nd year with QB Justin Herbert. He already has a 10-TD season behind him (2018) and looks set for positive regression in that area after catching just 2 of 12 end-zone targets last year.

New Chargers OC Joe Lombardi wasn't shy when asked about WR Mike Williams' outlook in his offense. “I see a big role for him," Lombardi said. "If I were a betting man, I’d bet on nice numbers coming from him on the stat sheet, that’s for sure.” Lombardi spent 12 seasons -- including the last 5 -- working under Sean Payton in New Orleans. Williams will be playing the same 'X' receiver spot for the Chargers that Michael Thomas plays for the Saints. “As much as this offense will resemble New Orleans, he plays the ‘X’ and the ball has always kind of found the ‘X’ receiver in this offense,” Lombardi explained. “I think that there will be some natural production that comes his way because of the nature of the offense.” Don't expect anything close to Thomas-level production from Williams this season. But he looks like a nice value at his current WR50 ADP in FFPC best balls.

The Chargers nabbed Tennessee WR Josh Palmer with the 77th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. The 6’1, 210-pounder clocked a decent 4.51-second 40 time at his Pro Day but disappointed with a 34-inch vertical. That was a surprise because Palmer shows plenty of contested-catch ability on tape. He also has some of the stickiest hands in this year’s WR class, with only 4 drops on 164 career targets (2.4% drop rate). Palmer never reached even 500 receiving yards in any of his 4 college seasons, though. And even as a senior last year, he accounted for a modest 23% of Tennessee’s receiving yardage. Palmer will compete with Tyron Johnson and Jalen Guyton for snaps behind Keenan Allen and Mike Williams this year. Williams is set to become a free agent next offseason, though, so there could be opportunity for Palmer.

The Chargers have named Brandon Staley their new HC. The 38-year-old has been a fast riser, going from a LBs coach in Chicago and Denver to Rams defensive coordinator to Chargers HC in just 5 years. Staley's 2020 Rams defense was better than Wade Phillips' 2019 unit in points allowed, total yards allowed, yards per play allowed and Football Outsiders' DVOA. This at least looks like a good hire for the Chargers defense. We'll see who joins Staley to run the offense.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen has been placed on the COVID list. He was already expected to miss Sunday's finale with his hamstring injury, but now he's definitely out for that one. Allen finishes the 2020 campaign with a 100-992-8 line. It snaps his 3-year streak of 1,100+ yards but marks his 3rd 100+ catch season among the last 4. Mike Williams, Jalen Guyton and Tyron Johnson will close out the season as the Chargers' top 3 WRs.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) is not expected to play vs. the Chiefs this weekend, according to The Athletic's Daniel Popper. Allen has been battling this hamstring for a few weeks and has no reason to rush back for a meaningless finale. Mike Williams, Jalen Guyton and Tyron Johnson will close out the season as the Chargers' top 3 WRs.

Buffalo
2:12pm EST 12/27/20

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Broncos. That leaves Mike Williams, Tyron Johnson and Jalen Guyton as QB Justin Herbert’s top 3 WRs today. L.A. is also without TE Hunter Henry.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn on Thursday labeled WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) a game-time decision for this weekend's tilt vs. the Broncos. Allen still has a few days to rest up -- but the takeaway here is that he's unlikely to be at 100% by Sunday. That makes him a risky fantasy play after drawing just 3 targets on a 36% snap share last week. With Allen banged up and TE Hunter Henry out, WR Mike Williams is looking like a better and better Week 16 start.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) isn't listed on the Week 16 injury report. He was limited to a 42% snap rate last Thursday night but looks set to return to his regular role vs. the Broncos on Sunday. That puts Williams back in the WR3 mix, especially with WR Keenan Allen still dealing with a bum hamstring.

Chargers WRs Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (back) are active for tonight's game against the Raiders. Williams is a surprise after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier today that he wasn't expected to play. We'd still try not to use him in fantasy lineups. Allen was reportedly a game-time decision and figures to be operating at less than 100% tonight. Consider him more of a risk/reward WR2 than his usual WR1 status. Allen and Williams' presence does make QB Justin Herbert a more attractive fantasy play.

Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Allen and Williams will both be on a "rep count" tonight.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) is not expected to play vs. the Raiders on Thursday night, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. We'll get the official inactives around 7 pm ET, but Williams should be on fantasy benches.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Chargers WRs Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (back) are game-time decisions for tonight's meeting with the Raiders. "Both receivers were sore Sunday and the short week doesn’t help," Pelissero adds. We'll get Chargers inactives around 7 pm ET. We'd try to avoid Williams at less than 100%. Allen will obviously carry more risk if active but would still be tough to bench. Tyron Johnson and Jalen Guyton are the healthy WRs behind Allen and Williams. RB Austin Ekeler and TE Hunter Henry could also get target bumps tonight.

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