WR Preston Williams - Miami Dolphins

6-4, 211Born: 3-27-1997College: Colorado StateDrafted: ---

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Williams is out for the season with a knee injury

Week 14: at New York Jets

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FBG says: Good matchup. For better or worse, Ryan Fitzpatrick has cemented himself as the 3-9 Dolphins' starter to close the season. That's a strong indictment of youngster Josh Rosen, who may have already worn his welcome out in Miami after just six appearances. Fitzpatrick has moved the ball much better than Rosen did, and his output has at least been strong in alternating weeks. Dating back to Week 6, he's posted 4 days of 280+ yards and 4 multi-touchdown games. Last Sunday represented one of his best starts in several years, going 27 of 39 for 365 yards and 3 touchdowns (with an interception) in an upset win over the Eagles. Fitzpatrick doesn't throw to much firepower, though he clearly has something going with DeVante Parker. Over 4 games since Preston Williams' injury, Parker has turned 41 targets into an average of 6 receptions and 114 yards. Last week he hauled in two impressive touchdowns, from 43 and 17 yards out, and also drew a big pass interference call in the end zone. He's now a weekly fantasy consideration, though it's always hard to pinpoint who else will produce in this attack. Tight end Mike Gesicki has drawn 6+ targets in 5 straight games, though he's only cleared 30 yards twice over that span. He's volatile, but he's the closest thing this unit has to a second fantasy option. The Jets pass defense remains a work in progress. They've shown progress of late, holding their last 3 opponents to just 5.7 yards per attempt and 201 a game. But those numbers were built on matchups with Dwayne Haskins, Derek Carr, and Andy Dalton. Prior to that, they'd been worked over by the likes of Daniel Jones (308 and 4 touchdowns), Ryan Fitzpatrick (288 and 3), and Gardner Minshew (279 and 3). Over that span, they gave up huge receiving lines to the likes of Darius Slayton (10 for 121 and 2), Chris Conley (4 for 103 and 1), and Mike Gesicki (6 for 95). The going will be even tougher if Jamal Adams, arguably the NFL's premier safety, is sidelined by an ankle sprain. Adams is counted on heavily to help a young, shaky cornerback group down the field, and his absence would make the deep ball much more attractive for Ryan Fitzpatrick. This is a favorable fantasy matchup even at full strength, though, making Fitzpatrick's sneaky Week 14 appeal even brighter.

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

Percentile ranks

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

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 9 vs NYJ (9 / 5 / 72 / 2 rec)

After quietly meddling away as the best receiving option on a very bad team, Williams finally had a true break out game. Williams caught 5 of his 9 targets for 72 yards and found the end zone twice this week. He had the second longest play for either team with a 26-yard reception and was a reliable source for big chunks or yards and first downs this week. His first touchdown catch went for 12 yards and was a blown coverage by the Jets defense. Williams ran a skinny post and saw both the corner and safety jump into the flat to try and cover the running back as he leaked out of the back field. Williams was standing all alone in the end zone in the exact place the safety should have been. IT was an easy pitch and catch from there for the score. His second touchdown went for 5 yards and was a quick hitting slant route. Williams stutter stepped off the line and cut to the inside and Fitzpatrick delivered a strike to his chest between 2 defenders for the touchdown. Williams has been one of the lone bright spots for the Miami offense so far this season and this was his best game by far. Unfortunately, he suffered an ACL tear and is out for the season.

2019 Week 8 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)

One of the lone bright spots for the Dolphins this year has been Williams. He has traded top weeks with Parker and has been good for a few plays. This week he caught 4 of his 7 targets for 42 yards and had his longest catch go for 14 yards. The offense did not try and push the ball down the field this week and outside of the poor tackling on the Hurns touchdown, the Steelers wrapped up the other receivers and did not leave many yards after the catch. Williams has been one of the best undrafted rookies this season and looks to be safe in Miami for next season.

2019 Week 7 vs BUF (8 / 6 / 82 / 0 rec)

After a down week last week everything was getting back on track for Williams. He caught 6 of his 8 targets and had a long 35-yard catch to help setup a score. Unfortunately, Williams fumbled the ball in the 4th quarter when Miami was down just 3 and the Bills next drive went for a touchdown and a 10-point lead. Williams caught a 6-yard slant across the middle and had the ball stripped as he was going to the ground. Williams has been the most productive player for the Dolphins so far this year, but it is mistakes like these that has Miami sitting at 0-6 for the season.

2019 Week 6 vs WAS (6 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)

After being a quiet contributor over the past few weeks, teams finally keyed in on Williams. He was targeted 6 times this week but was only able to make 2 catches. A lot of that had to do with a very ineffective Rosen for 3 quarters of the game but Washington also rolled their coverage to the leading receiver for Miami this week. Williams' biggest play came on a 21-yard catch and run that accounted for 2/3 of his total yardage for the game. Williams is constantly having to adjust to the Dolphins making quarterback changes and their ineffective play has led to catching just 17 of the 36 targets that have come his way. The extra attention paid to Williams this week allowed for Parker to break free, but there is not enough support around him to keep honest coverage. Until someone like Allen Hurns or Albert Wilson steps up in the offense it is going to be tough for Williams to continue to break free.

2019 Week 4 vs LAC (7 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)

Another week and another quietly productive day for Williams. He caught 4 of his 7 targets and was even given the chance on a trick play to throw the ball this week before being sacked for a loss of a yard. Williams got lucky on his 25-yard reception this week. There were multiple Miami receivers in the same area, and it was difficult to tell who the ball was intended for. The pass ended up being tipped by another receiver and fell into the lap of Williams who had fallen to the ground when he tried to change direction. It was his biggest play of the game and accounted for a little more than half of his total yardage this week. Williams is pushing Parker for top receiver on the team and has been one of the lone bright spots for this offense.

2019 Week 3 vs DAL (12 / 4 / 68 / 0 rec)

There will be several names that pop up with big plays over the course of the season for Miami that no one has heard of, but Williams is starting to gain some attention for the 3rd week in a row. He was targeted a team high 12 times this week and that type of volume cannot be ignored. Unfortunately, he only caught 4 of those targets and is still trying to gain some chemistry with Rosen. His big 25-yard catch came when Fitzpatrick was in the game after an injury to Rosen. Fitzpatrick escaped a collapsing pocket and heaved up a prayer of a pass down the field. Williams went up and over his defender to make an amazing catch and put the Dolphins in field goal range. The team also called his number on a flea flicker in the 1st quarter that went for 24 yards. Rosen had to scramble to his right and let Williams trail too far towards the sideline, otherwise he could have turned up field and run much further. Williams leads the team in receiving yards so far this season and has been the only pleasant surprise for that offense.

2019 Week 2 vs NE (6 / 4 / 63 / 0 rec)

With the way the offense is going, Williams may have the first and only touchdown for quite some time. This week he brought in 4 of his 6 targets for a team leading 63 yards. He was the only player that seemed to be able to move the ball down the field and averaged 15.8 yards per reception. Williams has not supplanted Parker as the top receiving option but certainly has the best number on the team so far this season. His longest catch was 17 yards this week and he continues to move the chains on drives where Miami actually moves the ball.

2019 Week 1 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 24 / 1 rec)

With all the other receivers on the team, it was surprising to see Williams be the one to score the touchdown. However, it took a Baltimore defender running into another player and falling to make that happen. Williams rubbed his defender off in the red zone and was standing all alone in the back of the end zone for what should have been an easy touchdown. That is when Fitzpatrick let go a high pass that Williams had to leap for and fight to get both feet down in the back of the end zone. Williams chipped in another 2 catches and totaled 24 yards on the day. Williams is going to have to fight for targets in the offense and will have to continue to succeed in order to cut out a bigger role.

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Schedule

14@ New York Jets
15@ New York Giants
16vs Cincinnati Bengals
17@ New England Patriots