WR Mike Williams - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-4, 218||Born: 10-4-1994||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2017|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Williams has taken a backseat to Tyrell in the Chargers passing game and is just a bench stash for now heading into a matchup with Tennessee.
Week 7: vs Tennessee Titans
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Chargers passing offense led by Phillip Rivers is off to a hot start in 2018 with a whopping 15 passing touchdowns compared to only three interceptions. Rivers has multiple passing touchdowns in each game while he has averaged over 10 yards per pass attempt in back-to-back outings. Rivers is surrounded by weapons capable of making big plays at any moment. Last week, we saw Tyrell Williams explode for 118 yards and two touchdowns on only three receptions after surpassing 50 receiving yards only once this season. Mike Williams was minimally involved last week, but he has also posted a couple big games this season. Keenan Allen continues to be the top and most consistent target for Rivers despite his lack of touchdowns, now averaging six receptions per game with no outing below 44 receiving yards. The backfield duo of Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler are also having spectacular seasons as receivers, notching six receiving touchdowns between the two of them while they each are averaging over 40 receiving yards per game. The Titans defense has benefitted from some plush matchups and game scripts to help propel this secondary to allowing just 215 passing yards per game--fifth-fewest in the league. This secondary is worse than this number suggests though, as Josh Allen could only muster 85 passing yards in Week 5 to help suppress this stat. The Titans secondary has played better in recent weeks, but they can certainly be exploited by opposing receivers. Malcolm Butler has been the target of more than his fair share of long plays this season, giving up well over two yards per route covered and with a catch rate of over 70 percent against him. The Chargers receivers move all over the field, so everyone should have a chance against Butler here. The Titans pass rush has been up and down this season, but they took a blow with the loss of Derrick Morgan for a few weeks due to a shoulder injury. While rookie Harold Landry is a spectacular backup option, losing Morgan still will have an impact to this unit's depth and pass-rushing effectiveness. The Chargers offensive line has given up an average of just 1.3 sacks per game, good for the third lowest rate in the league--so this matchup points to Rivers having plenty of time to find an open receiving option.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Mike Williams's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
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 NewsChargers | Mike Williams quiet in Week 6 (Sun Oct 14, 04:46 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams caught one pass for four yards against the Cleveland Browns in Week 6. He also rushed for 10 yards on one carry during the game. link to story
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