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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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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 12): Williams only has more than one catch in one of the last six games. He's only an injury upside deep league stash.

General News (Fri Nov 16): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report.

General News (Fri Nov 16): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report.

General News (Thu Nov 15): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

Week 11: vs Denver Broncos

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Philip Rivers had a very quiet game again last week as he didn't need to throw very often with a struggling Raiders offense on the other side. Rivers continues to be efficient though, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes last week while maintaining his streak of passing for multiple touchdowns in every game this season. With as well as Melvin Gordon is running, it is tough to expect a high ceiling from Rivers as the Chargers continue to lean on their ground game. Keenan Allen continues to lead this receiving group as he finally found the end zone last week for the first time since Week 1. Allen has been a very reliable target for Rivers this season, but he has not shown the big play ability of his wide receiver counterparts as Allen is not seeing very many downfield targets. At least he is seeing targets though, as Mike Williams didn't get a single look last week, showing off his floor as a pure touchdown-dependent option. Tyrell Williams has been more consistently involved in the offense as he has posted a couple big games and has multiple receptions in every game this season. Melvin Gordon also continues to be a big factor in this passing offense as he found the end zone for the fourth time through the air last week with five receptions for 72 yards. Gordon is now averaging four receptions and 45 receiving yards per game to help raise his fantasy floor while providing another great playmaker for Rivers to call upon--as if he didn't have enough! The Broncos passing defense has been up and down this season, ranking average at best in most categories against the pass. They got off to a very sluggish start on the season, allowing over 270 passing yards in four straight games. Since Week 5 though, the Broncos have allowed over 215 passing yards just once--to Patrick Mahomes. They received the benefit of a sluggish weather game against the Rams along with some soft matchups with Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold over that span, but this defense has at least looked serviceable since their slow start. The pass rush has been hot for Denver recently. In the four games leading up to their Week 10 bye, the Broncos racked up a league-leading 17 sacks, with the dynamic duo of Von Miller and Bradley Chubb accounting for 11.5 of those. The secondary has been subpar with only Chris Harris to lean on as a solid slot cornerback. Bradley Roby started to play better for a couple games, but he suffered an injury in Week 8 and remains questionable to return. Harris should help keep Keenan Allen in check, but both Tyrell Williams and Mike Williams should have opportunities on the outside to make some big plays in this one.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 vs TEN 30 1 3 0 3 1 55 1 0 11.8
9 at SEA 15 0 0 0 3 1 30 1 0 9
10 at OAK 26 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 vs DEN 0 0 0 0 3 2 56 0 0 5.6
11 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 2 * * * *
11 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 1 * * * *
11 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 2 * * * *

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 10 vs OAK (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

The Chargers only threw 26 passes, but nonetheless Williams' usage pattern continues to be inconsistent. He wasn't thrown to once in the passing game, but got a rushing attempt in the second half on an end-around that went for no gain.

2018 Week 9 vs SEA (3 / 1 / 30 / 1 rec)

Williams had just one catch in the game, but boy did he make it count. On a back shoulder pass along the sideline, Williams hauled it in with the defender hanging all over him. He then spun out of the tackle, somehow tip-toed the sideline while remaining inbounds, and took off for the end zone. Replays appeared to show Williams' heel touching the sideline at around the 8-yard line, but after review the officials ruled that the touchdown stood. It was surprising even to the announcers, who assumed it was going to be ruled a catch and out of bounds at the 8. Williams had earlier come close to bringing in a deep jump ball down the right sideline. He actually did come down with the pass initially, but couldn't hang on as he went to the ground. It would have been a really nice catch, but he just didn't squeeze it and the force of the ground popped it loose.

2018 Week 7 vs TEN (3 / 1 / 55 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Williams was given several opportunities to make plays in the passing game, although only one of them ended up being converted. He was targeted in the first half on an end zone pass attempt, but the defender was all over him and knocked the ball away. It would have been a really difficult catch, but instead the team settled for a field goal. Williams did connect on a long completion with Rivers in the second half, getting wide open behind the defense with nobody around him for a 55-yard touchdown. The defense was caught peeking into the backfield, and Williams got by them in an instant. The ball hung up just a bit, but Williams was so open that it didn't really matter. He had a chance to add to the touchdown tally later in the game when he was targeted on a red zone attempt over the middle. Again the defender had tight coverage on him, but the ball was perfectly thrown and right on his hands. Williams, however, couldn't haul it in and then he was shaken up on the play. He eventually got up and gingerly jogged off the field with an apparent hip injury of some sort, so the Chargers upcoming bye week will come at a good time for him.

2018 Week 6 vs CLE (4 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)

With the Chargers completing just twelve total passes in the game, there wasn't a lot of action for the secondary receivers. Williams was targeted on a deep ball from the shadow of his own end zone, but there was missed timing between he and Rivers. Williams did have a quick inside cross for a minimal gain on a second down slant, but that was his only catch of the game. With Keenan Allen having so much success running the ball, the Chargers opted to get Williams involved in the same way. He also picked up ten yards on his lone rush attempt, as the Browns were just powerless to stop that play.

2018 Week 5 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Williams was targeted on a deep ball down the left sideline on a third and long early in the game, but the pass never had a chance of being completed due to good defense. He did come up with a couple of big plays despite that, two nice receptions over the middle and one end-around reverse handoff (which was negated by an illegal block in the back penalty).

2018 Week 4 vs SF (3 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

A week after breaking out for two scores, Williams was largely a non-factor in this game. His first catch didn't come until late in the third quarter. He made a tough grab in traffic for 15 yards, taking a big hit right as he caught it with the defender's arm draped in front of him. Later, Williams was targeted on a deep ball down the sideline, but Rivers overthrew him by several yards.

2018 Week 3 vs LAR (7 / 4 / 81 / 2 rec)

Williams started off his afternoon about as good as can be, with a spectacular leaping/diving touchdown catch from 42 yards out. He had defenders right on him, but he managed to maintain a laser focus on the ball all the way through the catch and to the ground. Replays showed he actually hit the ground pretty hard and it took him awhile to get to his feet, but he remained in the game and seemed no worse for wear. He proved that by adding a second touchdown grab in the second half. Facing a fourth down, Philip Rivers put a pass right on Williams' hands. With the defender hanging all over him, he kind of flopped his body forward and lunged over the goal line for the score. It was another tremendous individual effort, and this performance will certainly go a long way towards him being the second option in the passing game after Keenan Allen (who limped off the field late in the game).

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.


Latest News

Chargers | Mike Williams is full participant (Fri Nov 16, 04:38 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (groin) was listed as a full participant in practice Friday, Nov. 16 and he was removed from the injury report ahead of the Week 11 game with the Denver Broncos.

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Chargers | Week 11 injury report for LAC (Fri Nov 16, 04:22 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers CB Trevor Williams (knee) did not practice Friday, Nov. 16 and he has been ruled out for the Week 11 game against the Denver Broncos. TE Antonio Gates (knee) and DE Joey Bosa (foot) were each limited participants and are listed as questionable. WR Keenan Allen (hip, finger) practiced on a limited basis, while WR Geremy Davis (hamstring), LB Kyle Emanuel (hip), LB Chris Landrum (hip), DT Darius Philon (ankle) and WR Mike Williams (groin) were able to practice in full and have been removed from the injury report.

Our View: Bosa has a chance to return this week, but he shouldn't be back in IDP lineups until next week's plum matchup against the Cardinals.
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Chargers | Mike Williams limited Thursday (Thu Nov 15, 06:14 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (groin) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 15.

Our View: Williams should be good to go against the Broncos on Sunday. His size should present problems for the Denver secondary. Consider the second-year pro a 'what the heck' flex in Week 11.
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Chargers | Mike Williams not targeted against Raiders (Mon Nov 12, 02:10 AM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams carried the ball once for no gain and was not targeted as a receiver against the Oakland Raiders in Week 10.

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