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WR Mike Williams - Los Angeles Chargers

6-4, 218Born: 10-4-1994College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 1, pick 2017

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Week 3: at Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Phillip Rivers and the Chargers passing game are off to another solid start in 2018. The Chargers should get Travis Benjamin back this week after he missed last week, and that provides a nice increase to the Chargers who utilize Benjamin more of a decoy than as a receiving target as if you don't respect his speed they will throw the ball to the deep threat. Keenan Allen continues to be the focus of this offense, but after that the Chargers have shown that they will target whoever is open as Rivers does a tremendous job spreading the ball around whether it is to the pair of running backs in Austin Ekeler (8 receptions) and Melvin Gordon (15 receptions) or to the secondary receivers in Mike Williams and Tyrell Williams. One thing to watch is that Virgil Green got 74% of the snaps last week where Antonio Gates had just 19% of the snaps. This is something intriguing as Green has always had talent and now has 5 receptions in his first two games this year. Simply put, this is a secondary that you want to avoid. While they have not faced the best offenses in football so far this season, the secondary led by Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib leaves very little options for quarterbacks on where to throw the ball. Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib have only allowed 37 total yards when they have been targeted which through two weeks is simply amazing. This is a unit that combined with one of the better slot corners in football in Nickell Robey-Coleman is one that you just want to avoid targeting against as it has a chance to be one of the best in a very long time.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs KC 44 0 0 0 6 5 81 0 0 8.1
2 at BUF 39 0 0 0 2 2 27 1 0 8.7
3 at LAR PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
3 at LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 2 * * * *
3 at LAR PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 3 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Mike Williams's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 27 / 1 rec)

Williams had a quick start to his afternoon, leaping high in the end zone for the team's first score of the game. Philip Rivers kind of floated it up there, and Williams went high while taking a big hit from the safety. But he managed to sort of shield his body and cradle the ball in so it wasn't knocked away. It was his first career touchdown, and demonstrated the trust Rivers has in him in the red zone. He made another tough grab to convert a third and long shortly thereafter, with a veteran move of coming back to the football rather than waiting for it to get to him. Like much of the Los Angeles offense, he went quiet in the second half as the Chargers really kept the ball on the ground (and didn't really have success when they DID throw it).

2018 Week 1 vs KC (6 / 5 / 81 / 0 rec)

After a rookie season that was almost a total loss, fantasy owners were excited to see what Williams had in store for his first fully healthy extensive NFL action. The end result was mostly positive. He was targeted on an early two point conversion attempt that the defender made a nice play on, but he showed a real knack for being able to get open almost at will in the second half. The announcers mentioned that Rivers compared him to Vincent Jackson or Malcom Floyd, a big-bodied receiver who can win the jump balls deep down the field and use his frame to shield out defenders. Williams had several such opportunities in this game, and ran good routes featuring nice cuts. Additionally, he was one of the few Charger targets who didn't drop a pass in this game, which certainly endeared him to Philip Rivers as the game went down the stretch.

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Latest News

Chargers | Mike Williams reaches end zone (Sun Sep 16, 05:36 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams caught two passes for 27 yards and one touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in Week 2.

Our View: Williams got a score early, but wasn't a big part of the game plan after that. The Chargers are going to run their offense through the backfield, so Williams is only emergency depth as long as Keenan Allen is healthy.
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Chargers | Mike Williams targeted six times (Sun Sep 9, 11:05 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams finished with five receptions for 81 yards on six targets in the Week 1 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Schedule

3@ Los Angeles Rams
4vs San Francisco 49ers
5vs Oakland Raiders
6@ Cleveland Browns
7vs Tennessee Titans
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9@ Seattle Seahawks
10@ Oakland Raiders
11vs Denver Broncos
12vs Arizona Cardinals
13@ Pittsburgh Steelers
14vs Cincinnati Bengals
15@ Kansas City Chiefs
16vs Baltimore Ravens
17@ Denver Broncos