WR Mike Williams - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-4, 218||Born: 10-4-1994||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2017|
Week 21: bye week
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 19 vs NE (11 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec)
Mike Williams had an inefficient day in the box score against the New England Patriots. Williams dropped a deep pass that would have gone for at least a 40-yard reception on the second play of the game. However, the inefficiency was not all his fault, as Philip Rivers missed him on multiple throws and threw balls into uncatchable areas his targets. Williams did have a good third down conversion on a skinny post and showed off his catch radius on a slant in traffic. He added another tight window reception across the deep middle later in the game. Williams was the most targeted receiver with Keenan Allen largely taken out of the game by New England's defensive game plan.
2018 Week 18 vs BAL (5 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)
Mike Williams had a quiet game against the Ravens largely because of a conservative offensive game plan. Williams was first targeted in the second quarter on a ball that skipped to his feet, but later caught a comeback along the sideline. He later caught a pass down the seam from the slot that set the Chargers up in the red zone and added a two-point conversion on a blown coverage in the end zone. Williams will look to benefit from what projects to be a higher scoring game next week at New England.
2018 Week 17 vs DEN (6 / 5 / 65 / 1 rec, 1 / -11 / 0 rush)
Williams has emerged as a premier red zone threat for the Chargers, but has made his presence felt "between the 20's" in recent weeks as well. He made a terrific leaping grab along the sideline for 18 yards on his first catch, going high and catching the ball entirely with his hands after beating the defender back to the football. He later grabbed a bullet pass over the middle, juggling it a bit momentarily but then regrouping to pick up the first down catch. In the second half, he had a similar catch where he displayed nice concentration in traffic with the defender all over him. He used his big body to screen out the defender from the ball and make the catch. And he made another nice similar catch over the middle late in the game with a defender again draped on him. He somehow maintained focus to haul that one in as well. Along the way, he added his 10th touchdown reception of the season. With Denver selling out on the run, Williams used a quick slant inside from the 3-yard line in single coverage to get open. The ball was actually thrown a bit behind him, but Williams made a nice adjustment on it to bring it in for the score.
2018 Week 16 vs BAL (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
One week after a career game, Williams came crashing back to earth against the stout Ravens defense. Williams' day started off with an unfortunate result, as he was the target of a deep ball down the sideline on the first offensive play of the game. The pass was thrown into tight coverage and ended up getting intercepted. Later on, Williams hauled in what appeared to be a 28-yard gain over the middle on a perfect touch pass from Rivers. But an illegal motion penalty on Keenan Allen negated that grab. Later on, Williams had his defender beaten down the sideline but Rivers couldn't quite get it to him in stride. It may have been pass interference, but no call was made. Finally, Williams made a play that counted when he took a handoff up the right side for a 4-yard gain and got absolutely drilled at the end of it. Soon after, he finally made a catch that counted but it went for very minimal yardage.
2018 Week 15 vs KC (9 / 7 / 76 / 2 rec, 1 / 19 / 1 rush)
With Keenan Allen exiting the game early due to an injured hip, it fell to the shoulders of Williams to pick up the slack. And from all indications, he was more than ready for the challenge. After hauling in a deep ball down the left sideline (that could have gone for a score if it hadn't been underthrown), Williams appeared primed for a big day. Two plays after Allen was hurt, Williams went high in the end zone to scare a touchdown reception. He had a couple other key receptions in the first half, one of which was a back shoulder pass to convert a huge third down and 12. He was targeted in the end zone on the next pass, but Rivers was hit as he threw and the ball sailed way too high and out of the back of the end zone. In the second half, Williams took over. He took a toss on a reverse, found a slot between defenders to dart through, then took off for the end zone like a bullet. He got to top speed very quickly, showing a very strong burst to shoot through the defense and get into the end zone. A nice head fake at the goal line was all it took to get over the line. Late in the game with the Chargers driving for what was supposed to be the game-tying score, Williams drew a questionable pass interference penalty in the end zone. It looked like the officials called the defender for dragging Williams' arm down, even though it seemed like he wasn't even trying to use that arm to catch the ball and the pass may have been uncatchable anyway. Regardless, it set the Chargers up near the end zone and once again Rivers went right back to Williams. He snagged a score along the sideline to make it a 28-27 game. Officials went to replay to confirm the score since the ball kind of appeared to move in Williams' hands, but it was determined that the catch was clean. After review, the Chargers opted to go for a game-winning two point conversion attempt. Rivers lofted a pass to a wide open Williams for the conversion and the win. If Keenan Allen is forced to miss any time going forward, Philip Rivers' decisions in this game emphatically suggest that he is willing to trust Williams in the absolute biggest of situations at any time.
2018 Week 14 vs CIN (6 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Williams continues to get oh so close to fantasy relevance with each performance, but tends to always come up just short of being useful. In this game, he had three nice grabs that went for first downs. One of them was a terrific play where he used his length to go high over the middle to snatch a third and 10 pass from over the outstretched arm of a defender to pick up a key conversion at a big moment. But he just missed out on a 17-yard highlight-worthy sideline catch in the first half when he juggled the ball as he went to the ground. And later in the game, he had his hands on a pass in the end zone but some nice defense knocked the ball away at the last second before he could secure it (the ball may have actually been intended for Tyrell Williams, who was behind him).
2018 Week 13 vs PIT (3 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
Williams made two nice sliding grabs over the middle to convert first downs, one in the first half and one in the second. The first one set up the long Travis Benjamin touchdown. His last reception of the game was probably his most impressive, going high in the air to pick up 18 yards on a third and 14 with the Chargers trailing 23-7. He appeared to be injured on the play and was looked at on the sideline for quite awhile. So while Williams didn't get a heavy volume of passes thrown his way, he more than made up for that on the degree of difficulty.
2018 Week 12 vs ARI (4 / 4 / 25 / 2 rec)
Williams took full advantage of his four targets, turning two into touchdowns. Williams is at his best on high-point opportunities and converted both against Arizona. Williams has struggled to separate with most of the route tree, but with the ball in the air, Williams excelled this week. Williams is up to seven touchdowns on a mere 24 receptions on the season, a disappointing volume for the second-year receiver drafted in the top-10. This week had Tyrell Williams out, which did not aid Mike Williams in terms of volume. Williams has not seen more than four targets in a game since Week 3.
2018 Week 11 vs DEN (3 / 2 / 56 / 0 rec)
Williams had two long catches in the game to make the most of his limited opportunities. He shook loose down the sideline for a wide open gain on third and 10 early on. Williams later added a terrific grab deep down the right sideline to convert a third and 3. He went up high to snag it at the highest point (all hands), and managed to hang on despite the defender hanging all over him and trying to drag him down. In the second half, Williams dropped an easy third down quick slant that would have kept a drive alive, a really bad drop. He didn't see another target.
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.
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