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Mike Williams

WR LAC

College: Clemson | 7 years
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 218 lbs
Birth Date: 1994-10-04
2024 Bye Week: 12

Total Pts: 55.2
Avg Pts: 3.25
Rank: 106 WR

Free Agent

2024 RTSports Outlook

Williams played three games before tearing his ACL. He was off to a good start, having 16-plus fantasy points two of three games. If he plays a full season, Williams finishes with 107 receptions for 1,411 yards and six touchdowns. Those are monster numbers. He is returning from a major injury, though, and could be slowed some early in the season. Plus, he has fewer than 900 yards two of three seasons. He has been inconsistent throughout his career. Williams has 1,000-yard seasons two of his last five. He signed with the Jets this offseason and will serve as their No. 2 alongside Garrett Wilson. Williams is a tall, physical receiver that does well at catching nearly everything thrown his way. He is a tough cover because of his size and strength. His route running still isn't top notch but improved. He will have some drops along the way.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Williams has a high weekly upside but will disappear some weeks. Plus, returning from a torn ACL is always a concern. He might be a little slowed the first half of the season. Take him as a No. 3 fantasy receiver and hope for a big finish. He can get around 60 receptions for 850 yards and six touchdowns.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

New York Jets wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) enters the 2024 season with a fresh opportunity to make an impact both in the NFL and fantasy football. Williams' final campaign with the Los Angeles Chargers was cut short when he tore his ACL in Week 3 last year. He's totaled 82 catches, 1,144 yards, and five touchdowns over his last 16 games (2022 and 2023). This type of production could make him a very real threat in New York, but that's contingent on him playing a near-full season at 100 percent health. The 29-year-old is still recovering from last season's ACL tear, and head coach Robert Saleh notes that Williams isn't a lock to play Week 1. He likened the wide receiver's rehab process to that of Breece Hall, who tore his ACL in 2022. Hall was able to play in Week 1 last year, but he spent the early part of the season on a snap count, splitting time with Dalvin Cook. When talking about Williams' recovery and timetable, Saleh said, "He knows he's got a road to trek, but at the same time, if he does it the right way, we're very confident that we'll have them ready for Week 1." We'll likely get some more clarity as the season gets closer, but for now, we can hope that Williams will be back to 100 percent within the first few weeks of the regular season. He's a decent investment at his current ADP of 114 (WR52). In 2022, Williams ranked 37th among wide receivers in expected fantasy points per game, 26th in expected points added, 24th in route win rate, and 12th in yards per target. Playing for the Jets allows him to benefit from the quarterbacking prowess of Aaron Rodgers, who excels versus man coverage and can support several fantasy relevant wide receivers. That's important because Williams will likely spend 2024 playing behind Garrett Wilson. Outside of Wilson, though, Williams lacks competition, which bodes well for his ability to produce. Volume leads to production, and Williams is shaping up to be a strong WR3/FLEX option as long as he can stay healthy.

New York Jets wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) enters the 2024 season with a fresh opportunity to make an impact both in the NFL and fantasy football. Williams' final campaign with the Los Angeles Chargers was cut short when he tore his ACL in Week 3 last year. He's totaled 82 catches, 1,144 yards, and five touchdowns over his last 16 games (2022 and 2023). This type of production could make him a very real threat in New York, but that's contingent on him playing a near-full season at 100 percent health. The 29-year-old is still recovering from last season's ACL tear, and head coach Robert Saleh notes that Williams isn't a lock to play Week 1. He likened the wide receiver's rehab process to that of Breece Hall, who tore his ACL in 2022. Hall was able to play in Week 1 last year, but he spent the early part of the season on a snap count, splitting time with Dalvin Cook. When talking about Williams' recovery and timetable, Saleh said, "He knows he's got a road to trek, but at the same time, if he does it the right way, we're very confident that we'll have them ready for Week 1." We'll likely get some more clarity as the season gets closer, but for now, we can hope that Williams will be back to 100 percent within the first few weeks of the regular season. He's a decent investment at his current ADP of 114 (WR52). In 2022, Williams ranked 37th among wide receivers in expected fantasy points per game, 26th in expected points added, 24th in route win rate, and 12th in yards per target. Playing for the Jets allows him to benefit from the quarterbacking prowess of Aaron Rodgers, who excels versus man coverage and can support several fantasy relevant wide receivers. That's important because Williams will likely spend 2024 playing behind Garrett Wilson. Outside of Wilson, though, Williams lacks competition, which bodes well for his ability to produce. Volume leads to production, and Williams is shaping up to be a strong WR3/FLEX option as long as he can stay healthy.

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Week 18.50Mike Williams 4 receptions (4.00 pts)
Mike Williams 45 receiving yds (4.50 pts)
Week 216.60Mike Williams 3 rushing yds (0.30 pts)
Mike Williams 8 receptions (8.00 pts)
Mike Williams 83 receiving yds (8.30 pts)
Week 330.10Mike Williams 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Mike Williams 49 yd TD pass from Keenan Allen
Mike Williams 7 receptions (7.00 pts)
Mike Williams 121 receiving yds (12.10 pts)
Mike Williams 121 receiving yds (5.00 pts)
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Player Notes
Jun 14 10:13pm ET

New York Jets WR Mike Williams (knee) said he believes he can complement WR Garrett Wilson. 'I can be that big, physical receiver who can make plays downfield, catch slants or do whatever it takes,' Williams said.

Fantasy Spin: Williams is recovering from ACL surgery, and while the injury concerns are real, he also has intriguing upside as a big-play weapon for Aaron Rodgers. Williams could end up being a steal as a WR3.

From TheHuddle

Jun 12 2:13pm ET

New York Jets WR Mike Williams (knee) expects to be ready for the start of the 2024 season, he said on Wednesday, June 12.

From TheHuddle

Jun 12 12:00pm ET

New York Jets wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) will likely be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list when teams are required to do so in late July, but head coach Robert Saleh said Williams is on a similar recovery timeframe as Breece Hall from last season, who was activated off the PUP list in mid-August. This is good news for the New York offense that desperately needs wide receiver help behind Garrett Wilson. Williams suffered a torn ACL in Week 3 of last season, meaning he could realistically be ready for Week 1. That said, it could take a few weeks for the former Chargers first-round pick to get into game shape. The 29-year-old has been an up-and-down fantasy option for most of his career, and it'll likely be more of the same in his first season with Gang Green. He's an attractive asset in best ball formats, but fantasy managers should expect down weeks in "start 'em, sit 'em" leagues.

From RotoBaller

May 29 2:40pm ET

New York Jets wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) has been rehabbing, and head coach Robert Saleh said he is progressing and looks good. However, Saleh told reporters on Wednesday at organized team activities that he doesn't have a timeline on Williams' return to practice. Williams suffered a torn left ACL in Week 3 last year in his final season with the Los Angeles Chargers and then signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Jets in free agency this offseason. The 29-year-old big-bodied wideout could be ready to go for the Week 1 regular season opener, but he's currently missing valuable offseason repetitions with the Jets' first-team offense and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. When he's healthy, he figures to be the team's No. 2 wideout behind Garrett Wilson, which will give him plenty of touchdown appeal as long as both he and Rodgers can stay healthy.

From RotoBaller

May 21 2:10pm ET

New York Jets wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) is not cleared yet for football activities and was seen working off to the side during organized team activities on Tuesday. It shouldn't be much of a surprise after Williams suffered a season-ending torn left ACL while playing for the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3 in 2023. The 29-year-old is missing valuable repetitions as he tries to learn a new offense in New York, but barring setbacks in his rehab, he should be ready for on-field work for the start of training camp at the end of July. When healthy, he'll give quarterback Aaron Rodgers a big-bodied target down the field and in the red zone across from young stud receiver Garrett Wilson. Fantasy managers aren't going to spend much to roster Williams because of his lengthy injury history, and he's likely to be a boom-or-bust, touchdown-dependent wideout in an offense with a lot of mouths to feed.

From RotoBaller

May 21 12:03pm ET

New York Jets WR Mike Williams (knee) has not been cleared for organized team activities.

Fantasy Spin: He's not expected to be ready for training camp either, so no surprise here. If he's ready to rock for the start of the season he'd be an upside WR3 in PPR leagues.

From TheHuddle

Mar 25 4:50pm ET

New York Jets wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) is unlikely to take part in training camp, according to general manager Joe Douglas. "Mike's rehabbing the knee injury. I would say he's not gonna be ready for the start of training camp, but again, there's a lot of time, so we'll see how the rehab progresses, Douglas said. "There's a lot of checkpoints to hit, but we do feel confident that he's gonna be ready for the year." The 29-year-old is coming off an ACL tear he suffered in Week 3 of last season, so the injury update is not much of a surprise. The longtime Los Angeles Charger is expected to fill the WR2 role behind Garrett Wilson this season. Although he has durability concerns, the contested-catch specialist could do serious damage with Aaron Rodgers at the helm, making him an intriguing best ball target in 2024.

From RotoBaller

Mar 25 4:33pm ET

New York Jets WR Mike Williams (knee) will not be ready for the start of training camp, but general manager Joe Douglas said the team hopes Williams will be ready for start of the regular season.

Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players will need to monitor his progress during training camp to see when he will be able to play. There is a chance he will miss a game or two because of the injury, but he will still have fantasy value in fantasy leagues. He can be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy receiver when healthy.

From TheHuddle

Mar 20 2:10pm ET

New York Jets wide receiver Mike Williams (knee), who is four-plus months removed from surgery to fix a torn ACL, said that he will be ready for Week 1 this fall. Williams tore his ACL in Week 3 with the Los Angeles Chargers last year and missed the rest of the season. The 29-year-old was cut by the Bolts for salary cap purposes this offseason and quickly signed a one-year deal with the Jets worth up to $15 million in 2024. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound former first-rounder will give quarterback Aaron Rodgers a big target across from Garrett Wilson, which should allow him to put up some spike weeks for fantasy managers. However, it remains to be seen how effective the oft-injured wideout will coming off his significant knee injury. Most likely, Williams will be a boom-or-bust fantasy receiver in 2024 with plenty of injury risk.

From RotoBaller

Mar 20 11:33am ET

New York Jets WR Mike Williams (knee) said he's four months removed from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and said he'll be ready for Week 1.

Fantasy Spin: Williams has always been a productive, yet frustrating fantasy asset because he goes off and gets hurt. He'll be a WR3 option that is in position to succeed opposite of Garrett Wilson.

From TheHuddle

Mar 19 5:03pm ET

Free-agent WR Mike Williams (Chargers) reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth up to $15 million with the New York Jets on Tuesday, March 19.

Fantasy Spin: Williams was reportedly expected to visit the Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers this week, but it comes as little surprise that New York refused to let him leave Florham Park without agreeing to terms. Although Williams is recovering from a torn ACL, the injury happened early enough last season that he should be ready for training camp. The biggest question with him - as it has been since his college days - is his ability to avoid injury all season long. If he can do that, he should thrive opposite Garrett Wilson while catching passes from Aaron Rodgers. Consider him a high-risk fantasy WR3 option in early drafts.

From TheHuddle

Mar 19 5:00pm ET

Former Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams is signing with the New York Jets, according to NFL insider Adam Schefter. The 29-year-old will ink a one-year deal worth up to $15 million. Williams was recently released by the Chargers after seven seasons with the organization. He totaled 309 receptions for 4,806 yards and 31 touchdowns with the Bolts. He'll now join an offense with Aaron Rodgers, Breece Hall, and Garrett Wilson, so assuming he has a successful recovery from a torn ACL suffered in Week 3 of last season, he could be due for spike weeks in 2024 fantasy football. That said, he has struggled to stay on the field over the last two years after a 1,146-yard season in 2021, so fantasy managers should proceed with caution when considering him in drafts this year.

From RotoBaller

Mar 18 7:23pm ET

Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Mike Williams (Chargers) is scheduled to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, March 21, according to a source.

From TheHuddle

Mar 17 9:50pm ET

Free-agent wide receiver Mike Williams reportedly has scheduled visits with multiple teams this upcoming week. The Los Angeles Chargers made Williams a cap-casualty late last week. Since then, the Chargers have traded fellow wideout Keenan Allen and expressed interest in bringing back Williams. Despite that, Williams is scheduled to visit with the New York Jets, Carolina Panthers, and Pittsburgh Steelers this week. All three teams have a need for Williams, so he'd likely be a legitimate threat on any of them. Williams does have a lengthy injury history but has proven to be reliable when healthy.

From RotoBaller

Mar 17 7:53pm ET

Free-agent WR Mike Williams (Chargers) is scheduled to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, per source on Sunday, March 17. Williams also has meetings lined up with the Carolina Panthers and New York Jets.

From TheHuddle

Mar 17 7:53pm ET

Free-agent WR Mike Williams is drawing interest from the Los Angeles Chargers, per source on Sunday, March 17.

From TheHuddle

Mar 16 2:03am ET

Free-agent WR Mike Williams (Chargers) is scheduled to visit with the New York Jets on Monday, March 18.

From TheHuddle

Mar 15 10:40pm ET

The Carolina Panthers plan to host former Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) for a visit next week, according to a league source. Williams, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL in Week 3 of last year, was released earlier this week due to salary cap purposes. The 29-year-old they call Big Mike was set to make $20 million in the final year of his three-year extension in 2024. Now that most of the big free agents have already chosen new teams, Williams is one of the biggest names available on the open market and would give young quarterback Bryce Young a big new target in the passing game after Carolina already traded for wideout Diontae Johnson. The former seventh overall pick in 2017 by the Bolts out of Clemson has two 1,000-yard seasons in his seven NFL campaigns and scored nine touchdowns in 2021, but his lengthy injury history outweighs his upside at this point.

From RotoBaller

Mar 15 10:03pm ET

Free-agent WR Mike Williams (Chargers) is scheduled to visit the Carolina Panthers next week, according to a league source.

From TheHuddle

Mar 14 2:13am ET

Dynasty | The Chargers have released wide receiver Mike Williams. Dynasty Analysis: The Chargers could certainly use him but the move saves them $20 million against the salary cap, so this makes sense. Williams has been in the league for seven years and those have been marked by stretches of dominance and lots of injuries, including a torn ACL that derailed his 2023 season. He'll enter the free agent market and should find a lot of interest as he's shown great contested catch ability and touchdown potential throughout his career. Williams' dynasty star is fading but his ranking will be settled with his next landing spot.

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Player Transactions
  • 19-Mar-2024: Mike Williams - SGN - The New York Jets signed WR Mike Williams.
  • 13-Mar-2024: Mike Williams - REL - The Los Angeles Chargers released WR Mike Williams.
  • 26-Sep-2023: Mike Williams - IR - The Los Angeles Chargers placed WR Mike Williams on injured reserve.
  • 08-Mar-2022: LAC Mike Williams - Re-signed - Three-year extension (through 2024)
  • 30-Dec-2021: LAC Mike Williams - Reinstated
  • 25-Dec-2021: LAC Mike Williams - Reserve, Non-Football Injury - COVID-19
  • 11-Dec-2021: LAC Mike Williams - Reinstated
  • 08-Dec-2021: LAC Mike Williams - Reserve, Non-Football Injury - COVID-19
  • 30-Apr-2020: LAC - Exercised Option - Fifth-year option on rookie contract
  • 11-May-2017: LAC - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (fifth-year option)
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