WR Mike Williams - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-4, 218||Born: 10-4-1994||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2017|
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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
2019 Week 17 vs KC (5 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec - 5.8 points, $5000)
Williams only caught two passes in the game, but it was just enough for him to join fellow wideout Keenan Allen in eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark. With target data only available since 1992, it is presumed that Williams is the first wide receiver to gain 1,000 yards on fewer than 95 passing targets. It was a very efficient season for Williams, who did a lot of damage without seeing a huge volume of passes in his direction. His first catch of this game was an incredible leaping grab along the sideline with the defender all over him. Williams snagged the ball at its highest point, using his body to shield the defender. He brought in a pass for 22 more on the very next play, showing excellent timing with Rivers on the deep comeback. He may have gotten away with a bit of a shove on the defender on the play, but there was no call. Shortly thereafter, Williams was seen crouching on the sideline seemingly shaken up on the play. But he came back in two plays later. Williams was targeted on a jump ball in the end zone, but it was a poor pass by Philip Rivers that ended up getting intercepted.
2019 Week 16 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec - 8.1 points, $5000)
Williams' first reception came at the middle of the second quarter, converting a third down play for nice yardage along the sideline. Later, he drew a pass interference penalty in the end zone when the defender dragged him down in the corner. It was a curious decision by the defender, who actually appeared to have good position and could have played it straight. Regardless, the flag led to a Melvin Gordon touchdown on the next play. Williams' name wasn't called again until late in the fourth quarter when he got wide open over the middle for another big gain and then backed it up with a first down reception two plays late. Williams was targeted on a high pass in the corner of the end zone late in the contest; the ball was in his hands, but the defender did a nice job of getting in his face to perhaps distract him and cause the incompletion.
2019 Week 15 vs MIN (9 / 4 / 71 / 1 rec - 17.1 points, $4600)
Williams did most of his damage in the first half, making a nice grab on a floater down the seam where he glided in front of defenders to snatch the pass that they thought they had lined up for an interception. Soon after, Williams hauled in a deep bomb down the left side for 39 yards, making a nice adjustment to snag it in front of the defender. For the second straight game, Williams also managed to bring in a score. From the 2-yard line, Rivers stepped back and tossed up a 50-50 jump ball. Williams had a significant height advantage over his defender, and went up to get it at its highest point for the touchdown. There were no real plays of positive significance involving Williams in the second half, despite the Chargers trailing throughout.
2019 Week 14 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 63 / 1 rec - 14.3 points, $4500)
Williams was extremely quiet for most of the game, with his first catch coming with less than six minutes remaining in the third quarter (it did go for a first down). But as has been typical for him, he got open for a deep ball that salvaged his fantasy afternoon. Rivers connected with Williams on a 44-yard bomb down the seam. There was excellent coverage by the defender on the play, but a little better effort by Williams to get his hands on the ball and eventually corral it for the score. There was actually simultaneous possession on the play, which by rule goes to the offensive player. Amazingly after being one of the league's best scorers a year ago, this was the first touchdown of the season for Williams.
2019 Week 13 vs DEN (7 / 5 / 117 / 0 rec - 19.7 points, $4600)
Williams continues to be wildly efficient even with a somewhat limited target count. Despite seeing just seven targets in this game, Williams went over 100 yards and hauled in arguably the two biggest plays of the game for the Los Angeles offense. Late in the first half, his defender appeared to fall down and Williams shook loose for a 52-yard bomb. It was his seventh reception of at least 40 yards this season, which leads the league. It also helped set up the ensuing play, a touchdown pass to Austin Ekeler that put the Chargers within a touchdown. Late in the game with the Chargers season on the line and facing a fourth and 11, Rivers again looked to Williams, this time on a floater up the sideline. With a defender hanging all over him, Williams snagged the ball with one hand while pinning it against his body, somehow hanging onto it as he hit the ground. It was a truly outstanding catch, and probably the most impressive and important play by a Charger offensively this season - especially when considering the context. It got the team in range to connect for a game-tying field goal that would have sent the game to overtime, but the Charger defense allowed Denver to march down and kick the game-winner in regulation.
2019 Week 11 vs KC (5 / 2 / 76 / 0 rec - 9.6 points, $4800)
Williams may not have seen a great deal of targets, but he made them count. He went up high on a deep ball down the sideline and looked like he had the ball in his hands as he was being dragged down, but it popped out just as he hit the ground. He made up for that on the ensuing drive to pick up 26 yards on a deep shot over the middle. He went high over the defender to snatch the pass at its highest point to come down with it. In the second half, he drew a 25-yard pass interference penalty on a fade pattern down the sideline. But he saved his best for last on the team's final desperation drive. With the Chargers backed up on their own side of the field and no timeouts remaining, Williams made one of the best plays of the year in hauling in a 50-yard bomb down the sideline. He was ruled to have gotten out of bounds to stop the clock, which enabled the team to settle in and get the ball into scoring position. Unfortunately for the Chargers, the drive stalled there as Williams wasn't targeted again with the team in the red zone.
2019 Week 10 vs OAK (3 / 2 / 55 / 0 rec - 7.5 points, $4500)
Williams' name wasn't even mentioned until just over ten minutes remained in the third quarter. He finally got on the statistical board with 3:46 left in the third quarter when he picked up 45 yards on a jump ball down the middle of the field. Rivers flipped it up into coverage, but Williams went high for it, juggled the ball briefly, and regrouped to haul it in. He later made a very strong catch over the middle of the field with several Raider defenders all over him. He managed to hang on as he was being dragged down, and it was an impressive display of strength. The play probably shouldn't have even counted because a Los Angeles lineman should have been whistled for a false start, but the officials missed it.
2019 Week 9 vs GB (4 / 3 / 111 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush - 17.3 points, $4600)
Williams only saw a handful of catchable passes, but he sure made them count. He picked up 57 yards on a crossing route early on when the defender tried jumping the route and going for the interception. Williams snagged the ball with one hand, then raced up the sideline to stay away from defenders and take it to the 13-yard line. Williams' other big gain was a second half deep ball down the seam. At first, it appeared he had jumped a bit too soon. But upon replay review, it looked like it was intentionally early so that he could kind of shield the defender out with the back of his body. Williams went up and plucked it out of the air, tallying 46 yards on the play. It was the first play from scrimmage for the Chargers since Green Bay's first points of the game, so it was a pretty big statement play on an afternoon that was full of them.
2019 Week 8 vs CHI (6 / 3 / 69 / 0 rec - 9.9 points, $4000)
Despite seeing roughly half the number of targets and receptions as Keenan Allen, Williams out-gained him through the air thanks to a 43-yard first half bomb. He went deep down the sideline and made a tremendous effort to sky high for the deep ball, out-leaping both defenders who were converging on the football. Williams sort of owed that kind of effort to Rivers after making a weak effort to come back to the ball on a Rivers interception. The pass was woefully underthrown, but Williams waited for the ball while the defender made a big break on the pass, and picked it off. Williams could have had a much bigger day, as he allowed a deep ball to go through his hands in the end zone. He had beaten his defender and Philip Rivers put the ball exactly where it needed to be, but Williams couldn't corral the pass. Williams came up hobbling after the play and briefly left the game. He came back in two plays later, but his relevance to the game ended with yet another dropped pass.
2019 Week 7 vs TEN (6 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec - 8.7 points, $4600)
Williams had a relatively quiet game, but he was involved in some of the most key plays of the game. He was targeted on an end zone pass over the middle early on, but the ball was fired way over his head and into double coverage. Williams, who has dealt with some various bumps and bruises this season, hit the ground hard after the incompletion. But he appeared to be fine with no lasting effects. Later in the first half, he made a spectacular catch on a ball thrown over his head. He managed to hang onto the ball with his fingertips and toe-tapped the sideline to remain in bounds. It was initially ruled incomplete, but the Chargers challenged the call and it was overturned after the replay review. Williams had a key third down reception on the last drive of the game, bouncing off the defender and diving ahead to get the Chargers into field goal range (which would have tied the game). He was then targeted on a jump ball in the end zone for what would have been the go-ahead score. While Williams didn't catch the ball, he did draw a pass interference penalty to set up a first and goal at the goal line.
2019 Week 6 vs PIT (10 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec - 12.2 points, $4600)
Williams was a frequent target and when he wasn't making sprawling catches or breaking/eluding tackles, he was in position to get the ball only for good defensive plays to either force bad throws or break up the pass at the moment of truth. One end zone target was broken up on a good play and another deep target was over the outside shoulder when Williams was expecting it to over the inside shoulder - if it was thrown there, it could have been a long score. Williams was the team's best wide receiver in the loss.
2019 Week 5 vs DEN (13 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec - 13.4 points, $4500)
Williams was essentially the go-to guy for Philip Rivers in terms of the wide receivers. With Keenan Allen being blanketed in coverage all game long, and the running backs largely doing their passing game work on checkdowns and swing passes, the responsibility fell on Williams to be the primary playmaker down the field. The results were a bit of a mixed bag, with Williams making several key long receptions down the seam but also hauling in less than half of the passes that were intended for him. His day had an inauspicious start, when he was targeted over the middle on a pass that was just a bit too high. He got a hand on the pass, but all he could manage was a deflection which then bounced right into the waiting arms of a defender for the interception. His afternoon didn't get much better soon after when he was targeted on a sideline out route. The pass was incomplete, but more importantly Williams took a hard fall along the sideline. He remained on the ground for several moments and appeared to injure either his back or his ribs on the play. He left the field walking very gingerly. Surprisingly, he came back in the game and grabbed a quick slant over the middle with about five minutes left in the first half. He added several more key grabs over the middle as the Chargers began moving it a bit. He did get a red zone target from ten yards out, but the timing was disrupted by the pressure on Rivers. He then added a short grab that he took to the 3-yard line, trying to lean into the end zone but the defense held up. In the second half, the running backs dominated the targets but Williams still added a few grabs on the late game "garbage time" drive with the Chargers down by ten. But he never really got close to scoring again.
2019 Week 3 vs HOU (7 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec - 7.5 points, $4900)
Mike Williams had a decent game in a loss to Houston on Sunday. He made catches to move the chains across the middle but had multiple near misses that could have provided a big fantasy output. He drew a defensive pass interference along the perimeter, fell down coming out of a break deep down the sideline, and had a catch that would have set the Chargers up in the red zone called back by holding. Williams drew another desperation target in double coverage at the goal line that was well defended by the Texans. Keenan Allen had his way on the day against the Texans, but Williams was the second most targeted receiver and played noticeably better than Travis Benjamin. He will look to improve his prospects next week against the Miami Dolphins.
2019 Week 2 vs DET (5 / 3 / 83 / 0 rec - 11.3 points, $5500)
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 - 4.9 points, $5300)
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.
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