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.
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.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game vs. the Raiders. He was knocked out of last weekend's win but got in limited practices on Tuesday and Wednesday. We'll get Williams' status when inactives come out around 7 pm ET tomorrow. He'll be a risk/reward WR3 if active.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) got in a limited practice on Tuesday. It gives him a shot to play against the Raiders on Thursday night after getting knocked out of this past weekend's win over the Falcons. If active, Williams would be a boom/bust WR3 in Week 15 fantasy lineups.
The Chargers estimated multiple key starters as missing practice on their Monday injury report, ahead of Thursday night's game against the Raiders. WRs Keenan Allen and Mike Williams look like the 2 biggest to watch. Williams made it through just 2 snaps in Sunday's win over the Falcons before succumbing to a back injury. He looks unlikely to play Week 15. Allen left late in that contest with what has been deemed hamstring "soreness," according to The Athletic's Daniel Popper. We'll see about Allen's progress over the next couple of days. The Chargers also listed Austin Ekeler (quad) and Hunter Henry (hip) as non-participants on Monday's practice estimate. We'll certainly keep an eye on them as well, but both saw their usual playing time vs. Atlanta. It doesn't seem like there's real concern for either.
Chargers WR Mike Williams injured his back in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Falcons and is officially questionable to return. We'll update his status when we know more.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (hamstring) is active for tonight's game against the Saints. He's a risk/reward fantasy play after missing last week.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Saints. He put in limited practices on Friday and Saturday. We'd make Williams prove that he's healthy before tossing him back in fantasy lineups. His return would be good news for QB Justin Herbert, though.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (hamstring) returned to a limited practice on Friday. That gives him a chance to play against the Saints on Monday night, although fantasy owners still shouldn't be counting on him at this point. We'll get another update on Williams tomorrow.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (hamstring) did not practice on Thursday. It doesn't look like he'll make it back for Monday night's game against the Saints, leaving WR Keenan Allen and TE Hunter Henry as the clear top 2 options in the passing game.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (hamstring) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bucs. WR Keenan Allen, TE Hunter Henry and RB Austin Ekeler should dominate targets for L.A.
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