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Caleb Williams

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College: USC | Rookie
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 215 lbs
Birth Date: 2001-11-18
2024 Bye Week: 7

Rostered: 61.9%
Started: 13.2%
Total Pts: 0
Avg Pts: 0

Free Agent

2024 RTSports Outlook

Williams was the first pick in this year's draft, getting picked by the Bears to be their franchise quarterback for years to come. He should start immediately in an offense that has plenty of weapons for him. He is setup as well as any rookie quarterback this season. Williams has a great arm and makes plays well on the move. He is good at improvising and making the big play. He also will make plays with his legs, making him a solid dual threat. Williams has room for improvement, though, especially when it comes to staying in the pocket longer and making the right reads. He will try to improvise too much. He also hasn't thrown a great deep ball just yet, but he could get it going in that area. 

FANTASY OUTLOOK:  Williams probably isn't a surefire No. 1 fantasy quarterback, but he could become that before long. Take him as more of a platoon player this year. He certainly will have some big games along the way. Look for around 4,000 passing yards, 400 rushing yards, and 30 total touchdowns.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

Caleb Williams was selected first overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2024 NFL Draft to lead the offense for years to come following the trade of Justin Fields to Pittsburgh. The Bears' new franchise QB steps into an upgraded offense, with Keenan Allen and D'Andre Swift joining DJ Moore and Cole Kmet. Chicago also spent the ninth overall pick on Rome Odunze. Williams blossomed after following Lincoln Riley to USC as a sophomore, throwing for over 4,500 yards with 42 touchdowns. Lesser numbers as a junior were still bumped by highlight-reel plays that flashed his upside. The arm talent and ability to create from broken plays are real, with plus mobility able to extend the play. His legs led to 27 total rushing TDs in three years of college ball. While the long-term upside is clear, rookies will have volatility baked into their fantasy projection. Therefore, it's difficult to place him into the top-12 QB list for redraft leagues given 2024's player pool. He'll open as a bench stash/streamer in most 12-teamers that start one QB, while those in Dynasty/2QB/Superflex leagues will be more aggressive.

Caleb Williams was selected first overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2024 NFL Draft to lead the offense for years to come following the trade of Justin Fields to Pittsburgh. The Bears' new franchise QB steps into an upgraded offense, with Keenan Allen and D'Andre Swift joining DJ Moore and Cole Kmet. Chicago also spent the ninth overall pick on Rome Odunze. Williams blossomed after following Lincoln Riley to USC as a sophomore, throwing for over 4,500 yards with 42 touchdowns. Lesser numbers as a junior were still bumped by highlight-reel plays that flashed his upside. The arm talent and ability to create from broken plays are real, with plus mobility able to extend the play. His legs led to 27 total rushing TDs in three years of college ball. While the long-term upside is clear, rookies will have volatility baked into their fantasy projection. Therefore, it's difficult to place him into the top-12 QB list for redraft leagues given 2024's player pool. He'll open as a bench stash/streamer in most 12-teamers that start one QB, while those in Dynasty/2QB/Superflex leagues will be more aggressive.

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Player Notes
May 31 4:20pm ET

Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Williams reportedly had plenty of expected rookie struggles at last week's OTAs, but Zach Pearson of Bear Report said he had one of his best showings during Friday's seven-on-seven period. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft out of USC completed 13 of his 14 passing attempts and threw a touchdown to DJ Moore. Needless to say, it's not a good idea to overvalue reports from practices with no live rushers on defense, but any sign of growth is encouraging. While rookie quarterbacks usually struggle in real life and fantasy football, Williams arguably has the best supporting cast any No. 1 overall pick has ever had. With pass-catchers like Moore, Keenan Allen, Rome Odunze, D'Andre Swift, Cole Kmet, and Gerald Everett surrounding him, he could post low-end QB1 numbers in Year 1.

From RotoBaller

May 24 3:13pm ET

Dynasty | Caleb Williams is reportedly struggling to pick up the Chicago offense. Dynasty Analysis: In what amounts to be nothing more than an overreaction news piece, it seems Williams is reportedly being thrown into the fire early in Chicago and struggling against the Bears first-string defense. Dynasty managers should keep in mind we're not even into June, so this is nothing more than a rookie getting his feet wet in the NFL. Williams remains the favorite to be the 1.01 in Superflex drafts this off-season.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

May 24 1:30pm ET

Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Caleb Williams, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL draft out of USC, has looked like a rookie in the early going at organized team activities this week. The Bears are hoping that their strong defense will prepare the rookie QB and help him improve by the time he's facing other teams in games that matter. The Bears are installing a new offense under coordinator Shane Waldron and have a rookie signal-caller learning the speed and intricacies at the next level, so it's not exactly a surprise that he's struggling early on. Williams also hasn't had first-rounder Rome Odunze or Keenan Allen to throw to. Odunze is sitting out with a minor injury. Fantasy managers shouldn't read too much into Williams' early struggles against a strong defense in voluntary offseason workouts, but it's certainly worth noting.

From RotoBaller

May 15 4:40pm ET

Chicago Bears quarterback and No. 1 overall pick Caleb Williams will begin his career at home against the Tennessee Titans, according to Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report. The former USC star will have no shortage of weapons to work with to begin his career, so he could get out to a hot start with Keenan Allen, DJ Moore, and Rome Oduzne out wide. Tennessee was a middle-of-the-pack team against the pass last season, but the organization signed former Baltimore Ravens defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson as their defensive coordinator and added cornerbacks L'Jarius Sneed and Chidobe Awuzie to the back end of the defense. Overall, it should be a great first test for one of the highest-regarded quarterback prospects of the 21st century.

From RotoBaller

May 10 1:10pm ET

Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus officially named rookie quarterback Caleb Williams as the team's starting QB on Friday at rookie minicamp. Everyone already knew that Williams would be Chicago's starting signal-caller when they selected him first overall in last month's NFL draft out of USC. The path was cleared for the 22-year-old when they traded Justin Fields to the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier in the offseason. There's always a learning curve for rookies that start right out of the gates in the NFL, but Williams may have the best chance for immediate success given all the weapons he has around him, especially in the passing attack. The trio of DJ Moore, Keenan Allen and rookie first-rounder Rome Odunze -- not to mention tight end Cole Kmet -- will help Williams immensely. As far as his fantasy value for Year 1 in the NFL, Williams will be on the QB2 map with upside.

From RotoBaller

Apr 26 12:13am ET

Dynasty | After getting a big quarterback upgrade with the selection of Caleb Williams, Moore gets some serious competition for targets as the Bears pick Rome Odunze. Dynasty Analysis: The excitement of Williams throwing to Moore and Co. lasted all of eight picks, as the ninth overall selection of Odunze poses a threat to Moore's workload. While Odunze's downfield prowess compliments the short-mid range deployment of Keenan Allen, Odunze will directly compete with Moore for downfield and perimeter targets. Moore will continue to line up as the WR1 in the offense, but his WR16 dynasty ranking at DLF isn't likely to hold up with his diminished target share.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

Apr 26 12:13am ET

Dynasty | The Chicago Bears drafted wide receiver Rome Odunze with the ninth overall pick in the 2024 overall draft. Dynasty Analysis: Many mock drafts had put Odunze at #9 to Chicago and that's exactly where he ended up. His dynasty prospects are going to be a little cloudy early as he attempts to navigate his way to targets with the likes of Keenan Allen and DJ Moore early in his career but he has the chops to be a dominant dynasty performer in time. His career arc should match that of Caleb Williams and while the early returns could be hit and miss he still looks like a top three wide receiver and top five rookie pick this off-season.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

Apr 26 12:13am ET

Dynasty | The Chicago Bears drafted USC quarterback Caleb Williams with the top overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Dynasty Analysis: As expected. The Bears made this all but a certainty when they traded Justin Fields to the Steelers earlier this off-season. Williams will immediately take over the franchise and will be in a unique situation as a rookie starter with an offense that isn't exactly lacking talent. The likes of Keenan Allen, DJ Moore and D'Andre Swift should be enough to keep his dynasty value high even as he learns the position. Williams should be immediately installed as a low-end QB1 and an easy pick at the top of a Superflex league rookie draft.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

Apr 25 8:30pm ET

The Chicago Bears selected USC quarterback Caleb Williams with the first overall pick, as expected, in the 2024 NFL draft on Thursday night. Last year's draft trade with the Carolina Panthers allowed Chicago to move to the No. 1 spot this year. Williams was the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick to the Bears for the entire pre-draft process, and it became more apparent when they dealt Justin Fields to the Pittsburgh Steelers a month ago. Not only is the 22-year-old the safest QB prospect in this year's class, but he's entering a situation in Chicago that should be conducive to immediate success in real life and in fantasy. The 2022 Heisman Trophy winner will be the clear top pick in rookie-only fantasy drafts this fall and should be in play in two-QB leagues in 2024 as well.

From RotoBaller

Apr 25 4:50pm ET

The Chicago Bears are expected to select USC quarterback Caleb Williams with the first overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft, but they are willing to trade down from the No. 9 overall selection, according to Dianna Russini of The Athletic. Chicago only has four total picks in this year's draft, so moving down to acquire more selections makes plenty of sense. The team has been linked to Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze, Alabama edge rusher Dallas Turner, and UCLA edge rusher Laiatu Latu if they stay put, but the options become plentiful if they decide to move down the board. QB-needy teams like the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders could be potential trade partners. Quarterbacks Bo Nix, Michael Penix Jr., and J.J. McCarthy could still be available at that spot.

From RotoBaller

Apr 23 2:30pm ET

The New England Patriots currently own the No. 3 overall pick in this week's NFL draft. Unsurprisingly, many teams are interested in trading up to the third spot this year to take a quarterback of the future. The problem is the Patriots need a new franchise QB of their own after cutting the cord on Mac Jones this offseason. Also, according to a source, the Patriots are still waiting on a "serious" offer for the pick. So far, the offers they have received have been "laughable," suggesting New England is more likely to stick in the stop and take a young signal-caller to compete with veteran Jacoby Brissett this summer. USC's Caleb Williams is a near certainty to go first overall to the Bears, but the Pats are expected to be picking among LSU's Jayden Daniels, North Carolina's Drake Maye or Michigan's J.J. McCarthy if they stay at No. 3.

From RotoBaller

Apr 11 2:20pm ET

The Washington Commanders will host Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy, North Carolina QB Drake Maye and LSU QB Jayden Daniels for visits next week, according to sources. The Commanders are taking a long look at all three signal-callers as they hold the second overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. The Chicago Bears are fully expected to take USC QB Caleb Williams first overall, but if the Commanders don't trade out of the No. 2 pick, they'll have their choice of McCarthy, Maye and Daniels after trading last year's starter, Sam Howell, to the Seattle Seahawks this offseason. McCarthy going second overall would be a pretty big surprise despite the fact his draft stock has been rising since his impressive pro day. If any team is going to trade up to No. 2, it might be the Las Vegas Raiders in order to take Daniels.

From RotoBaller

Apr 3 10:20pm ET

USC quarterback Caleb Williams, the potential No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL draft, made his top-30 facility visit to the Chicago Bears on Wednesday, according to sources. Williams was in town for dinner on Tuesday night as well. It's likely his only visit with Chicago before they most likely take him with the No. 1 overall pick later this month. The 2022 Heisman Trophy winner is the consensus top QB prospect in this year's draft class. The Bears tipped their hand by already trading Justin Fields to the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason, so Williams is fully expected to be taken first overall as Chicago's next franchise signal-caller. Williams' college production fell off in his final year in 2023, but he's still likely to start right away in Week 1 of his rookie season in the NFL this fall.

From RotoBaller

Mar 25 2:10pm ET

The Chicago Bears will host USC quarterback Caleb Williams for a visit at Halas Hall in the first week of April, at which point the Bears will get their medical evaluation of Williams. The Bears traded Justin Fields to the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason, signaling that they will almost certainly hold onto the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL draft to select Williams as their future franchise signal-caller. Williams didn't work out at the scouting combine in Indianapolis and didn't disclose any medical information, either, so the Bears will get a closer look at their future QB soon. Not only does the 22-year-old have the most long-term upside of any passer in this year's class, but the Bears have upgraded their offense this offseason so that hopefully Williams can come in and hit the ground running from Day 1.

From RotoBaller

Mar 24 2:00pm ET

New Washington Commanders head coach Dan Quinn admitted on Saturday that "it'd be fair to envision we'd be taking a quarterback" in next month's NFL draft. "To say where it'll be happening, I think that's a better question for (general manager) Adam (Peters)," Quinn said. The new head coach said there's still a lot of work to do on who the team will take if they decide to stay at No. 2 overall. Washington added veteran QB Marcus Mariota in free agency and also traded 2023 starter Sam Howell to the Seattle Seahawks, so they have a clear need at the position heading into 2024. The Chicago Bears are fully expected to take USC QB Caleb Williams at No. 1 overall, with the Commanders most likely deciding between LSU's Jayden Daniels and North Carolina's Drake Maye.

From RotoBaller

Mar 15 3:13am ET

Dynasty | The Chargers have traded wide receiver Keenan Allen to the Bears in exchange for a fourth round pick. Dynasty Analysis: The cash-strapped Chargers have already released Mike Williams and now Allen is on the move. The ridiculously consistent receiver now joins the likes of DJ Moore, Cole Kmet and D'Andre Swift in a totally re-worked offense. Allen has a whopping 904 career catches, good for 26th all-time. He also has a total of five different 100-catch seasons. While his numbers are bound to dip a bit with a likely rookie quarterback (Caleb Williams, anyone), he should provide WR2 value at worst based on volume alone.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

Mar 4 2:30pm ET

The Chicago Bears are expected to meet with USC quarterback Caleb Williams after his pro day on March 20, but they initially wanted to talk to him after the NFL scouting combine, which would be incredibly early. In an ideal world, Chicago would be able to assess this year's QB class before deciding what to do with Justin Fields. But it's not practical for the Bears to wait until mid-August to trade Fields, when the spots available for veteran signal-callers across the NFL have filled up. The Bears also want to do right by Fields and trade him before the start of free agency next week, if possible, to maximize his value. It would be a pretty big surprise at this point if the Bears don't hold on to the No. 1 overall pick in the draft to select Williams as their franchise QB.

From RotoBaller

Mar 3 2:40pm ET

ESPN's Dan Graziano writes that some thought early this week that a trade down out of the No. 3 overall pick in this year's NFL draft was possible for the New England Patriots, but by the end of the week, the sense seemed to be that the Patriots would stay put and take one of the top three quarterbacks -- USC's Caleb Williams, North Carolina's Drake Maye and LSU's Jayden Daniels. Taking a QB at No. 3 overall wouldn't preclude New England from pursuing a veteran signal-caller such as former Patriot Jacoby Brissett in free agency, in case they decide it doesn't want to rush the rookie prospect they take at No. 3. After two straight poor seasons running the Patriots' offense, New England is fully expected to move on from Mac Jones this offseason.

From RotoBaller

Mar 3 2:30pm ET

The Washington Commanders have received trade inquiries from teams on the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft. These inquiries might not be hard, actionable offers, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, but there is interest from teams in moving up. Among the clubs that could be on the quarterback radar are the New York Giants (No. 6 overall pick), Atlanta Falcons (No. 8), Minnesota Vikings (No. 11) and the Las Vegas Raiders (No. 13). However, Fowler writes that he would be surprised if the Commanders, who are themselves looking to upgrade at the position over Sam Howell, moved off the No. 2 overall pick. The Bears are expected to take USC QB Caleb Williams first overall, with North Carolina's Drake Maye and LSU's Jayden Daniels being prime QB prospects to come off the board at No. 2 overall.

From RotoBaller

Feb 29 2:20pm ET

The New England Patriots have a plan in place to reshape their quarterback position in new head coach Jerod Mayo's first year running the team, according to multiple sources. The Patriots' plan is to sign a veteran in free agency, draft a quarterback at No. 3 overall in the upcoming NFL draft and potentially sit the rookie if need be. Mac Jones is on his way out. One NFL executive relayed that it's widely expected in league circles that QBs will be taken with the first three picks in April's draft. USC's Caleb Williams is expected to go first overall, with New England's decision likely to come down to either LSU's Jayden Daniels or North Carolina's Drake Maye. The Pats interviewed both prospects at this week's scouting combine and have been heavily focused on QBs at the combine. No matter what, whichever QB they select in the draft isn't going to be rushed into a starting role in 2024 if they aren't ready.

From RotoBaller

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