College: Clemson | 3 years
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 220 lbs
Birth Date: 10/4/1994
Depth Chart: WR2.1
2019 Bye Week: 12
Total Pts: 16.2
Avg Pts: 8.10
Rank: 28 WR
Williams didn't have quite the breakout season as expected but was a big-time red-zone target for the Chargers. He had 10 touchdowns on 43 receptions. He made plenty of big plays, averaging 15.4 yards per reception. He will look to be more consistent this year, getting a chance to start opposite Keenan Allen from day one. 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. He needs to work on his route-running some and will have some bad drops.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Williams took some steps forward last year, finishing 33rd in fantasy receiver scoring. He should improve on that and get more consistent targets in the Chargers pass-heavy offense. Consider him a low-end No. 2 or 3 fantasy receiver. He can get around 60 receptions for 900 yards and double-digit scores.
Being drafted number seven overall in 2017 may have been the worst thing to happen to Mike Williams. After suffering through an injury-plagued rookie season Williams was already being unfairly discussed as a potential bust.In 2018 Williams came back to show everyone we should calm down and let players develop before labeling them. Jared Goffwould also like you to consider doing this.With Hunter Henry missing the season after a torn ACL, Williams became the go-to receiver in the red zone and at 64 and 220 pounds he is a big target in this area of the field. Playing in all 16 games and only having 43 receptions for 664 yards may not seem like a season to plant your flag on. But he turned those 43 receptions into 10 receiving touchdowns and he was also playing a hybrid role. A role somewhere between the role he will be playing this season and the tight end role vacated by the injury of Henry and the age of Antonio Gates. As he finally gets into his preferred role across from Keenan Allen, and with Tyrell Williams now in Oakland, the numbers will only increase in year three.With Allen still being the top WR in the offense, defenses will need to use their second cornerback on Williams. At his size, he could eat them alive and come down with contested catches downfield for Philip Rivers. A young Vincent Jackson in his time with Rivers would be a good comparison.An increase from 43 receptions is more than possible. However, to obtain his services at the back end of the fifth round of drafts as the WR24 is good but not great value. Hunter Henry coming back will likely hurt his touchdown production, which may drop below 10. However, the potential increase in receptions and yardage, should more than makeup for the TD drop. If you take him in the fifth round, he should make a great WR3 for your team. Or if you decide to go with one of the tight ends or Patrick Mahomes early, he could even be a solid WR2.
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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams caught three passes for 45 yards on Sunday, including a critical one to give the team a chance to tie the game right at the end. Unfortunately, the team fell short. Williams has clearly shown he's got the talent to succeed in the NFL, but it's becoming clear that quarterback Philip Rivers' rapport with Keenan Allen is going to trump just about everything else. Williams is still a big body that can get open, but Rivers is clearly looking Allen's way on every route. At this point, it appears Williams is entirely dependent on catching an odd TD here and there.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams caught three of his seven targets for 45 yards in a 27-20 loss to the Houston Texans in Week 3.
Fantasy Spin: Even with Melvin Gordon, Tyrell Williams and Hunter Henry out of the picture, Williams has yet to score or log more than three catches in a game this year. He looks like he may remain a boom-or-bust flex candidate again this season, but with a Week 4 matchup against a Miami team allowing 44.3 points per game on tap, he needs to be starting.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 20, and is not on the injury report for Week 3.
Fantasy Spin: Williams was a full participant all week and likely will not have any restrictions this week. He played well despite the injury last week and can be at least a No. 3 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) got in another full practice Thursday, Sept. 19.
Fantasy Spin: Williams hasn't found the end zone through two games but he caught three passes for 83 yards in Week 2. He's a more valuable asset in standard formats than PPR, but he should remain a viable WR3.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams will be facing off against his college teammate Deshaun Watson for the first time as a pro on Sunday. Obviously, the two won't be going head-to-head on any given snap, but it will be the first time they've been on opposite sidelines on the field. Williams and Watson gained national attention their starring duo helped lead Clemson to a national title in 2016, and they're still close friends. Williams will be trying to build on his career-high 83-yard game from last week, and he'll be facing a secondary that has struggled so far. Williams is still a home run play because Keenan Allen is the man in LA, but owners should be prepared for Williams to break out in any game.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Fantasy Spin: Williams was expected to be limited last week but still finished the game with 83 yards. He should receive more targets this week and can be a No. 3 fantasy receiver.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams was a last-minute start due to a knee issue, but he played like it was no big deal. Williams hauled in three passes for 83 yards, and he told reporters after the game that he felt the injury was minor, would improve throughout the season, and wouldn't have to be managed. Williams is one of those No. 2 receivers that could be a solid No. 1 if given the shot, but the connection between Philip Rivers and Keenan Allen is untouchable. Williams will likely see some chances in the red zone throughout the season, but with the Chargers' bevy of offensive weapons, he's always going to be hit-or-miss from game to game.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams caught three passes for 83 yards against the Detroit Lions in Week 2. He was targeted five times during the game.
Fantasy Spin: Williams was expected to have a limited role in the game because of his knee injury but was able to have a solid outing this week. He should be more involved in the passing game in Week 3 and can be a No. 3 fantasy receiver.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) is officially active for the team's Week 2 game.
Fantasy Spin: Williams is expected to be limited to only red zone snaps, which hurts his fantasy value. Fantasy players probably should look for other options and keep Williams on the bench.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) is active for Week 2 against the Lions. It was reported early Sunday that Williams would likely be just a red-zone threat for the Bolts on Sunday if he played. That means that the Chargers will predictably lean on running back Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen with tight end Hunter Henry (knee) out indefinitely. Williams is an extremely risky and touchdown-dependent WR4/5 while playing through his injury. Travis Benjamin has a better shot at big-play potential with Williams' snaps being limited, but he's an even worse flex option in deep leagues.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) showed improvement in practice later in the week and is likely to be used in red-zone situations for Week 2's game against the Detroit Lions, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Williams had been listed as questionable on the injury report after taking part in only one of three practice sessions during the week on a limited basis. He is a risky fantasy option due to the likelihood that he will see fewer offensive snaps than normal, so owners may want to look for safer alternatives.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) will likely play against the Lions. Williams returned to practice on Friday after sitting out the previous two days, but even though he is likely to suit up, the plan is to utilize him in red-zone situations only. With tight end Hunter Henry (knee) not available in Week 2, Williams could get some targets but not enough to justify his place in formats outside of 14-team leagues.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) will be a game-time decision for the Week 2 game, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.
Fantasy Spin: The Chargers play in one of the early games, so fantasy players will have plenty of options in case Williams is ruled out. Williams could be limited if he plays, which would make him a risky fantasy option. Fantasy players may just want to keep Williams on the bench this week.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 13, and is listed as questionable for Week 2.
Fantasy Spin: Williams probably will be a game-time decision this week, so fantasy players will need to check the inactive list for his status. Williams will be a risky option if he plays because of the injury, so players may want to bench him and look for a more reliable option.
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said that wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) will be a game-time decision for Week 2 against the Lions. "I just need to see that he can go out and play, and not hurt himself," Lynn said. "He has a couple more days, so we'll go day by day," Lynn said. The good news is we'll know Sunday morning if Williams is playing. The bad news is that Williams could have his snaps limited if he's active, making him a very risky WR4/flex in deeper leagues. Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman would see more run if Williams sits out. Hunter Henry (knee) is out indefinitely, so this offense will run through running back Austin Ekeler and receiver Keenan Allen.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) was a limited participant in practice Friday, Sept. 13, and is listed as questionable for Week 2 against the Detroit Lions.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) is practicing Friday after sitting out the last two days. It's definitely a positive, but Williams could still be questionable for Week 2 against the Lions and might be a game-time decision. If Williams is able to play at Detroit, he would be a risk/reward WR3 with more potential targets now that tight end Hunter Henry (knee) is back on the shelf. If Williams is inactive, Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman would likely be in on three-receiver sets alongside Keenan Allen, with Allen and running back Austin Ekeler being featured heavily in the offensive attack.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday. Unless Williams gets in some practice time on Friday, he looks destined to sit out of Week 2 on the road against the Lions. That's bad news for a Chargers offense that discovered that tight end Hunter Henry has a fractured kneecap. If Williams sits out on Sunday, running back Austin Ekeler and wide receiver Keenan Allen should dominate the touches, while Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman would likely accompany Allen in three-wide sets. Benjamin would have some boom potential as a WR5.
Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) did not participate in practice for a second straight day Thursday, Sept. 12.
Fantasy Spin: It's not looking good for Williams, who went down late in Week 1. With Williams and Hunter Henry both likely to be out for Week 2 against the Detroit Lions, expect a heavy dose of Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler in the passing game. Travis Benjamin may also be worth a look as a high-upside play in deeper leagues.
Per head coach Anthony Lynn, Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) could miss the team's Week 2 contest against the Detroit Lions. Williams initially was injured near the end of the Chargers overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts, and on Wednesday Lynn indicated that the injury was somewhat serious. Expect the wide receiver to be day-to-day. If he plays, Williams will see more targets with tight end Hunter Henry's (knee) injury. If Williams is forced to miss Week 2, Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler will play huge roles, while Travis Benjamin and Geremy Davis would be forced into three-receiver sets.