The Raiders have released WR Seth Roberts. Oakland has completely remade its WR corps this offseason and will now trot out Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams on the outside with Ryan Grant and J.J. Nelson vying for the #3 job. Roberts never reached 500 yards in 5 seasons with the Raiders and is averaging a ho-hum 11.6 yards per catch. He should latch on elsewhere but is unlikely to be a 2019 fantasy factor.
The Raiders have released WR Jordy Nelson, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Nelson posted a 63-739-3 line in his lone season in Oakland, hauling in 71.6% of his targets but averaging just 11.7 yards per catch. Turning 34 in May, he's on his last legs. The Raiders have re-tooled their WR corps with the additions of Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams. Williams looks like at least a WR3 in his new digs.
The Raiders have agreed to a deal with former Chargers WR Tyrell Williams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Williams' playing time dipped by a few percentage points each of the past 2 years. And he went from 119 targets with Keenan Allen out in 2016 to just 69 and 65 the past 2 years. Oakland gives him the chance to settle in as the 2nd target behind WR Antonio Brown, though Williams will need to fend off WR Jordy Nelson for that role. TE Jared Cook led the 2018 Raiders in targets but will hit unrestricted free agency this afternoon. Williams adds upside to Raiders QB Derek Carr, giving Carr a pass-catcher with the ability to win deep and create yards after the catch.
Update: Schefter reports it's a 4-year, $44 million deal with $22 million guaranteed and a max value of $47 million. That certainly points to Williams serving as the team's #2 target.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Chargers WR Keenan Allen is expected to play Saturday night against Baltimore. Allen returned to a limited practice Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday with his hip injury. We'll certainly keep an eye on his status the rest of the week, right up until Saturday night's kickoff. If he's active, Allen will belong in nearly all fantasy lineups. His presence knocks Tyrell Williams down the Week 16 WR rankings.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen has been diagnosed with a hip pointer, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "No structural damage and nothing that’ll affect him long-term. He could miss some time, but it’s unlikely to be much," Rapoport adds. Allen has some extra time to heal up after going down in Thursday night's win over the Chiefs. We'll keep an eye on him when the Chargers return to practice next week. If Allen misses Week 16, WRs Mike Williams and Tyrell Williams will both be fantasy starters, despite a tough matchup against the Ravens.
Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (groin) is active for tonight’s game against the Steelers. He played just 9 snaps with his injury last week, so Williams can’t be trusted in fantasy lineups.
Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (groin) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Steelers. He was active with this injury last week but played just 9 snaps. He can’t be trusted in Week 13 fantasy lineups. WR Mike Williams should play an expanded role again on Sunday night.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the 49ers. He returned to a limited practice on Friday after sitting out the previous 2 days. HC Anthony Lynn said he's "comfortable" that Allen will be ready come Sunday. Chargers-Niners doesn’t kick off until 4:25 pm ET, but we’ll look for an update on Allen’s status Sunday morning.
Chargers WR Keenan Allen missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He's now listed on the injury report with a knee and a tooth. We'll get another update on Allen's status tomorrow, but it looks like he's in legitimate danger of missing Sunday's game against the 49ers. That'd mean big boosts for WRs Mike and Tyrell Williams.
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 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 HC Anthony Lynn said WR Tyrell Williams was held out of Saturday night's preseason game with a "sore groin" and is "day-to-day." This doesn't seem like a significant issue but will be worth keeping an eye on over the next couple of weeks. Williams remains a nice value at his 9th-round ADP.
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 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).
On the same day they announced their relocation to Los Angeles, the Chargers named Anthony Lynn their new HC. Lynn has 17 seasons of experience in the NFL, but all but 1 of those were spent as a special teams or RB coach. Lynn was promoted to OC in Buffalo prior to Week 3 of this past season and was then named interim HC for the season finale. The Bills averaged 25.8 points per game under Lynn's watch -- a mark that would have ranked 8th league-wide. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Chargers are hoping to retain OC Ken Whisenhunt and hire Gus Bradley as DC.
Chargers WR Tyrell Williams caught just 2 passes for the 2nd straight game in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. His 5 targets tied for just 4th on the team. Williams did go for 68 yards, including a 46-yard gain on 1 of his receptions. We'll be interested to see his Week 14 snap count. Williams played all but 2 snaps in Week 13 and then put in a full practice before the Carolina game. His involvement the past 2 weeks, though, leaves us wondering if his shoulder injury is getting in the way. Positive matchups the rest of the way will probably keep Williams in fantasy lineups as long as he doesn't see his playing time decline.
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