Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (foot) is inactive for today’s game against the Bills. That opens up extra snaps for Tyrell Williams and especially Mike Williams. Both guys are upside WR4s.
Chargers WR Travis Benjamin (foot) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Bills. He was in a walking boot as of Wednesday. We’ll get Benjamin’s official status by noon ET on Sunday, but he shouldn’t be in your Week 2 fantasy plans. His absence would push a few extra targets to WRs Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Mike Williams.
Chargers WR Travis Benjamin has missed the first 2 practices of the week with a right foot injury. He was in a walking boot on Wednesday. Benjamin played 57% of the offensive snaps and saw 5 targets last week, so his absence would be significant -- and a boost to WRs Tyrell and Mike Williams.
Chargers WR Mike Williams has been the star of training camp so far, according to the team's official website. He had a pair of TDs in Saturday's scrimmage, plus a big play downfield in a contested-catch situation. "He's just continuing to get better and better,” QB Philip Rivers said of Williams. “Shoot, we know what Mike is capable of. It's just a matter of being out here each and every day, as he has been. He continues to make plays every day, and with those plays comes more confidence. He will be a big part of our offense." HC Anthony Lynn noted that Williams is more comfortable in the scheme with a healthy offseason under his belt. Set to play a significant role in a strong passing game, the 7th overall pick of last year's draft has some breakout potential this year. Williams is a strong value at his 14th-round ADP.
Chargers TE Hunter Henry suffered a torn ACL in Tuesday's OTA session, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. "Did it during a drill, running downfield, untouched," Schefter tweeted. Freed from Antonio Gates' shadow, Henry was a prime breakout candidate entering his 3rd NFL season. He'll now miss the entire 2018 campaign. With Virgil Green now sitting atop the depth chart, the Chargers might consider bringing Gates back. The loss of Henry dings QB Philip Rivers' fantasy outlook and frees up targets for WRs Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin.
Chargers WR Mike Williams suffered a bone bruise on his knee in Thursday's win over the Cowboys, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie will miss Week 13 and is considered "week-to-week" beyond that. Williams' role had been slowly growing, but this injury kills any chance he had of being a fantasy factor this season. He can be dropped from redraft rosters.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) is active for today's game against the Cowboys. So is WR Travis Benjamin (abdomen). Both entered the day questionable. Neither is a worthwhile fantasy option, though.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) will make his NFL debut against the Raiders today. The rookie figures to be on a snap count and play a limited role. He's not a fantasy option this week but is worth stashing in deeper leagues as a potential 2nd-half asset.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) is expected to make his NFL debut next week against the Raiders, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 7th overall pick of this spring's draft missed almost all of the offseason but has been practicing since mid-September. He figures to open in a limited role but could see more action down the road -- especially with the Chargers already sitting at 0-4. Williams is worth a stash if you have a free roster spot.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) put in a limited practice on Friday -- his 1st official workout of the season. He's out for this weekend's game against the Dolphins, but he's at least making progress. Williams is worth monitoring and could become a waiver-wire target in October.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Chargers will be activating rookie WR Mike Williams from the PUP and adding him to the 53-man roster. That's a surprising move after Williams spent the summer dealing with a back injury. He seemed a strong candidate to open the regular season on the PUP. This decision signals that Chargers coaches expect the 1st-round pick to be ready to contribute within the season's 1st quarter. We'd still be wary of expecting any fantasy value from Williams, but the added pass-catching talent can only help Philip Rivers.
The Chargers are "eyeing" an October debut for WR Mike Williams (back), according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That likely means he'll land on the reserve PUP list, opening up a roster spot but costing Williams the first 6 games of the season. The rookie has resumed sprinting and is "making solid progress," per Rapoport. So it at least looks like the Chargers will get to see their 1st-rounder on the field this year. But he figures to be used in a limited role early on. Williams won't be a fantasy factor until the 2nd half of the season, at the earliest.
Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) has resumed running. "He’s back on the grass," HC Anthony Lynn said. "He’s running. He’s doing well. We just want him to keep progressing and not have any setbacks." It's a step in the right direction, but the rookie still doesn't seem close to being a full-go. He remains a candidate to open the season on the PUP list and is a long shot to make an early fantasy impact.
Chargers HC Anthony Lynn conceded Sunday that rookie WR Mike Williams "could be" out for the season with his back injury, according to the Los Angeles Times. The team had previously announced that Williams wouldn't practice at all during training camp, and it's clear that everyone involved is waiting with crossed fingers to see how the situation plays out. Don't bother with him in your redraft fantasy football league. Chargers WR Tyrell Williams looks like a solid value with plenty of upside at his current WR42 ADP in MyFantasyLeague.com public drafts. We'll see if his ADP climbs with Mike Williams out.
The Chargers announced that WR Mike Williams (back) will not practice in training camp. The team is still hoping that he can avoid surgery on his herniated disc. He's rehabbing now, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and has resumed running. "They just don't want any setbacks," Rapoport adds. "No rush." Williams is falling further and further behind, though, and certainly seems like a candidate for the reserve PUP list -- which would cost him the first 6 weeks of the regular season. Williams is basically undraftable in redraft leagues right now. WR Tyrell Williams' stock continues to rise.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that "there is concern" that Chargers WR Mike Williams will need season-ending back surgery. The rookie suffered what was deemed a "mild disc herniation in his lower back" in mid-May and has been sidelined since. According to Schefter, the Chargers are hoping that a 2nd epidural Williams recently received will allow him to avoid surgery and return to the field at some point during training camp. "This may be a lot more serious than people thought," a source told Schefter. Another source, though, was optimistic that Williams will not need surgery. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, meanwhile, hears from 2 sources that surgery is "NOT on the table now." We'll keep an eye on this. But even if Williams avoids surgery, he's way behind the 8-ball and can't be expected to make an early-season impact. He's pretty much undraftable in redraft fantasy leagues. Tyrell Williams figures to open the year as the Chargers' #2 WR and is a nice value at his recent WR47 ADP.
The Chargers announced that WR Mike Williams will miss the final 2 weeks of the offseason program with "a mild disc herniation in his lower back." He suffered the injury on the 1st day of rookie minicamp. It's unclear whether Williams is in danger of missing the start of training camp next month. Either way, it's not an ideal start for the rookie, especially considering San Diego's deep pass-catching corps.
Chargers WR Mike Williams has been sidelined for nearly 2 weeks with a back injury. He went down on the 1st day of rookie minicamp with what ESPN's Eric Williams describes as "tightness." There's no indication that the issue is at all related to the fractured vertebrae that ended Williams' 2015 season. Still, the missed practice time is a concern. "I'd like to see him out there next week because he's getting behind right now, and we've got to get him back out on the field," HC Anthony Lynn said. "If he wasn't a rookie it would be different. But he has so much to learn, and some of this you can only learn on the field." We'll see when Williams is able to get back out there.
The Chargers selected Clemson WR Mike Williams with the 7th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He joins a loaded offense that also includes Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates. A scary neck injury cost Williams almost the entire 2015 campaign. But he turned in a strong 57-1,030-6 line as a sophomore and then exploded for 98 catches, 1,361 yards and 11 TDs this past year. Williams is a mediocre athlete who doesn’t create much separation at the top of his routes, but strong body control and hands make him dominant in contested situations. The question is whether those skills will translate to the next level against stronger DBs. Los Angeles isn’t an ideal landing spot, with loads of target competition in the short term and a QB question long term (Philip Rivers is 35).
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