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

General News (Thu Sep 19): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Sep 18): practiced fully on Wednesday.

Week 3: vs Houston Texans

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FBG says: Good matchup. Philip Rivers was mediocre in last week's loss to the Lions as he failed to find the end zone and ended with 291 passing yards. His offensive line couldn't handle the pressure from the Lions, which led to Rivers being consistently hurried and forced into making some questionable throws. Rivers was missing a key safety blanket in Hunter Henry, who is done for most of the year with a knee injury. Mike Williams was also limited last week as he deals with a knee injury. These limitations for Rivers basically caused him to force-feed Keenan Allen targets last week. Allen has 42 percent of the team's targets through the first two weeks and has finished with 123 and 98 receiving yards in each game. Austin Ekeler is also seeing a high volume of targets, and he has hauled in all but one of them for a total of 163 receiving yards and two touchdowns to start the season. Both Allen and Ekeler will remain high ceiling assets in this passing offense. The Texans played decent defense last week as they displayed improvements on the defensive line and secondary. J.J. Watt got back on track while Whitney Mercilus continued his spectacular start to the season as the primary replacement to Jadeveon Clowney. The pair of edge rushers accounted for four hits on Gardner Minshew while Mercilus notched two sacks and Watt recovered a fumble. The Chargers offensive line received a mediocre C+ grade in pass protection by Footballguys offensive line guru Matt Bitonti, so they will be expected to struggle against the talented Texans defensive line. The secondary continues to adjust after cutting cornerback Aaron Colvin. Rookie Lonnie Johnson Jr. started and struggled last week while Bradley Roby moved to the slot and held Dede Westbrook to just one reception for three yards. Johnson Jr. will be a liability due to his lack of experience, which should pose an opportunity for Mike Williams and Travis Benjamin from the edges. Bradley Roby may have had a nice game against the Jaguars, but he is not an extremely talented cornerback and will afford Keenan Allen a clear advantage in the slot. The Texans have also given up decent production to running backs to start the season, allowing 4-40 to Leonard Fournette and 7-72 to Alvin Kamara. Austin Ekeler will have a good chance at meeting or exceeding that level of production from the backfield.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs IND 41 0 0 0 3 2.0 29 0 0 2.9
2 at DET 41 0 0 0 5 3.0 83 0 0 8.3
3 vs HOU PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3.2 * * * *
3 vs HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 2.7 * * * *
3 vs HOU PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4.0 * * * *

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

2019 Week 2 vs DET (5 / 3 / 83 / 0 rec)

Mike Williams had an up and down day against the Detroit Lions. He drew two end zone targets and could not catch either early in the game. He made up for it making a spectacular play at the end of the half to set up a field goal attempt. He also had a good catch on a dig in a tight window across the middle of the field. Williams missed practice time during the week with an injury, so but came out of the game unscathed. His status during the week is important to monitor as the Chargers head to Houston in week three.

2019 Week 1 vs IND (3 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)

The early passing targets were dominated by Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler. In fact, Williams' first catch didn't come until there was 3:24 left in the first half. He and Rivers just didn't seem to be on the same page on multiple occasions. Williams made a big catch over the middle in the second half for 17 yards, but tried making a few cuts after the catch to pick up extra yardage. It initially appeared that he had injured his hamstring, but it was later reported as a knee injury. For what it's worth, Williams remained on the sideline in the second half after the injury.


Latest News

Chargers | Mike Williams participating in full (Thu Sep 19, 06:40 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) got in another full practice Thursday, Sept. 19.

Our View: Williams made a few big plays last week despite the Chargers being concerned about his knee going into the game. He could be a solid play this week against a vulnerable Texans secondary.
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Chargers | Mike Williams practices in full (Wed Sep 18, 07:26 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Our View: That's a good sign for Williams. He was able to play with this knee injury last week and he seems to be on track for Week 3.
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Chargers | Mike Williams plays well (Sun Sep 15, 04:40 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams caught three passes for 83 yards against the Detroit Lions in Week 2. He was targeted five times during the game.

Our View: Williams should play more next week and he made a couple of big plays downfield to help the struggling Chargers offense. He could bounce back next week if he is feeling good. We'll watch his practice status.
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Chargers | Mike Williams will be on the field (Sun Sep 15, 12:10 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) is officially active for the team's Week 2 game.

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Chargers | Mike Williams expected to see limited snaps (Sun Sep 15, 08:22 AM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) showed improvement in practice later in the week and is likely to be used in red-zone situations for Week 2's game against the Detroit Lions, according to a source.

Our View: Williams is a risky play and might only be active because the Chargers lost Hunter Henry.
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