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Mike Williams
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#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

Weekly Outlook

3d Projection

Low Floor

0

DS Projection

9.7

Consensus

38 other sites
10

High Ceiling

15

Rest of
Season

10.3

Week 6 Projections
Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
4.8 67 0.5 9.7
Weekly Writeup
Williams has finished as a top 14 half-PPR WR in 4 of the season's first 5 weeks. He ranks 7th among WRs in expected fantasy points. Every-week WR1.

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
5 73 0.5 10.3
Week 5
What is there to say about Mike Williams this season? He has clearly broken out in a contract year and will look to secure a big payday as long as he can stay healthy. Williams leads the NFL in receiving TDs and is 5th in receiving yards. It’s not like all this production has come at the expense of Allen as he currently sits 5th in receptions and 17th in yards. We should point out Williams did have a big day vs. a Browns secondary in Week 5 that lost 3 DB starters. However, Williams saw 15 targets. Even in tough matchups, 15 targets will keep Williams fantasy relevant throughout the season.
This week the Chargers will have a tougher test vs. the Ravens. The Ravens did just allow a solid day to Michael Pittman (6-89-1). This makes Mike Williams a must start again in Week 6.
Week 4
Williams caught 1 of 4 targets for 11 yards in the Chargers' Week 4 win over the Raiders.
Justin Herbert missed Williams on what likely would have been an 82-yard TD in the first half when Williams torched backup CB Damon Arnette off the line. Williams had multiple steps on the defender only to see Herbert sail the ball over his head.
It was a shame to see Williams get only 4 targets as the Raiders had several injured DBs, but the Chargers built an early lead and then relied on their strong run game.
Williams is an every week WR2 with WR1 upside.
Week 3
Williams continued his superhuman start to the 2021 season, snagging 7 balls for 122 yards and 2 scores. Williams roasted the DB on one 20-yard score. On another, he simply used his size to box out the DB for an end zone fade. Williams’ usage continues to be encouraging, as he’s no longer a strict deep threat. That figures to keep his floor high going forward. And we love what we’ve seen from Justin Herbert, who’s arm talent, arm strength and anticipation have all looked elite. Fire up Williams as a WR1/2 for a Week 4 date against Vegas.
Week 2
Williams made 7 catches on 10 targets for 91 yards and LA’s only receiving TD, his 2nd this season. Another pass against Dallas that would have gone for 31 yards was negated by a penalty. He is performing like a player in the last year of his contract who wants to sign a big deal beginning next season – which he is. Two of the next 3 opponents, Kansas City and Cleveland, have been among the top 10 pass defenses thus far. Don’t be surprised if Williams has another big game on Sunday when the Chargers try to play catch-up against the Chiefs.
Week 1
After failing to reach 90 targets (or 6 per game) in any of his first 4 years in the league, Williams was heavily utilized in Joe Lombardi’s new offense to the tune of 12 targets and one of his better fantasy finishes over the past few years. That said, his day could’ve been even better, but he dropped a couple of very catchable passes that also kept him from hitting the 100-yard mark.

After 1 game, it looks like Lombardi’s preseason talk about making Williams his ‘X’ WR seems to have merit, and although things can change quickly, there’s reason to believe that he’ll be a major component of the passing attack. As a former top-10 pick in the NFL draft, he’s never had his talents fully put on display, and if given the chance, there’s no reason to think that he can’t have a breakout season. Since his stat line wasn’t massive, he’s still a player who may be acquired via trade if the fantasy GM rostering him isn’t sold on him.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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