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Mike Williams
LAC

WR LAC

#32 Wide Receiver

133 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 4 Yr(s)
Age: 27
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 225
40 Time: 4.54

Injury Predictor Injury Predictor

High Risk

Chance of Injury in 2021

95%

% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game

16.2%

1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2021

2.60

Durability

2

Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

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Injury History

Date League Injury Details
May 12, 2017 NFL Back Vertebral Disc Hernia Williams suffered what the team called a "mild disc herniation in his lower back" on the 1st day of rookie minicamp. He didn't return to practice until September and didn't play until mid-October (Week 6).
Sep 5, 2015 Non-NFL Cervical Neck Fracture Williams fractured the C6 vertebrae at the base of his neck in the 1st game of the 2015 season at Clemson.
Nov 23, 2017 NFL Knee Bruise Williams missed 1 game with a bone bruise on his right knee.
Sep 25, 2019 NFL Back Lower Lumbar Muscle Spasms Williams suffered a back injury that kept him out of the Chargers’ practice ahead of Week 4 game vs. Miami. He missed the game
Aug 23, 2020 NFL Shoulder A/C Joint Sprain Williams suffered a sprained AC joint in training camp. He was active for the Week 1 game against the Bengals
Sep 27, 2020 NFL Thigh Hamstring Strain Grade 2 Williams injured his hamstring during Week 3's contest against the Panthers. He missed the next game
Dec 13, 2020 NFL Back Lower Lumbar Sprain Williams suffered a back injury during the Chargers' Week 14 win against the Falcons. He didn't miss any game

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What You Need to Know:

  • Williams dealt with a few different injuries last year. He sprained his shoulder in late August but was available for Week 1. He exited Week 3 with a hamstring injury and missed the following game. Then a back injury knocked him out 2 snaps into Week 14 and limited him to just 42% of the snaps in Week 15.
  • In his 12 healthy games, Williams averaged 6.8 targets, 3.8 catches, 60 yards and .4 TDs.
  • His scoring averages in those games would have ranked 40th among WRs in PPR points and 36th in non-PPR.
  • Williams finished 32nd and 39th in PPR points in 2018 and 2019; 21st and 37th in non-PPR.
  • He missed 1 game in 2019 with a back injury and 6 games as a rookie in 2017 -- 5 with a mild disc herniation in his lower back and 1 with a bone bruise on his right knee. He fractured the C6 vertebrae at the base of his neck in the 1st game of the 2015 season at Clemson.
  • QB Justin Herbert is back for his 2nd season with the Chargers after an impressive rookie campaign.
  • WR Keenan Allen and RB Austin Ekeler, who ranked 1st and 4th on the team in targets last year, are back.
  • But the Chargers lost TE Hunter Henry, who finished 2nd on the team with 93 targets in 14 games last year. TE Jared Cook was signed to a 1-year deal but is unlikely to soak up all of those targets Henry leaves behind.
  • So there’s an opportunity for Williams to claim a bigger target share in 2021.
  • He’ll be playing in a new offense under OC Joe Lombardi.
    • He served as Lions OC in 2014 and 2015, leading the team to 12th- and 9th-place finishes in passing yards.
    • He also spent 12 years in New Orleans working under HC Sean Payton.
    • We’re expecting Lombardi to be an upgrade over the previous offense under HC Anthony Lynn and OC Shane Steichen.
  • Lombardi talked up Williams’ potential in his offense in early June: “I see a big role for him. If I were a betting man, I’d bet on nice numbers coming from him on the stat sheet, that’s for sure. 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. I think that there will be some natural production that comes his way because of the nature of the offense.”

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Injuries -- specifically to his back -- have been a problem for Williams. But he’s produced as a borderline WR3 when on the field over the past 3 seasons.

There’s upside for even better in 2021 if QB Justin Herbert takes a step forward and OC Joe Lombardi proves to be an upgrade.

Highlight Williams on your MVP Board as an upside bench stash.

 

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Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll be in his usual role in Sunday’s game vs. the Patriots.

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Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) put in a full practice on Wednesday. He was limited to 38% of the offensive snaps in Week 6, but it looks like he'll be back to a full-go for Sunday's game vs. the Patriots.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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