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 Dec 2): Williams had multiple clutch catches in the good matchup at Denver. He'll be worth a WR3/Flex look against the Jaguars this week.
General News (Fri Dec 6): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.
General News (Thu Dec 5): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Dec 4): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 14: at Jacksonville Jaguars - $4500
FBG says: Neutral matchup. If not for a stellar second half last week, Philip Rivers may not have been in line to start in Week 14 against the Jaguars. Play from Rivers has certainly dropped off this season, as he is on pace for near a career-high in interceptions and his fewest passing touchdowns in 12 years. While the yards are there with the Chargers often playing catch-up or in tight games, Rivers has simply been off in many cases this year. Still, he is supporting reasonable fantasy performances from the likes of Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, and Austin Ekeler. Allen has slightly picked things up over the past few weeks, hauling in 22 receptions from 29 targets for 207 yards and two touchdowns over his last three games. Ekeler has also continued to contribute through the air with either a touchdown or over 100 receiving yards in five of his last six games. Hunter Henry did have a clunker last week with just two receptions for 10 yards, but he had been steadily producing in all preceding games and sees a plus matchup this week. The Jaguars secondary had another impressive outing last week as they held both Chris Godwin and Mike Evans in check, holding each to just four receptions and a combined 103 receiving yards with no touchdowns. Play from both A.J. Bouye and D.J. Hayden has been relatively solid. However, Tre Herndon has been a liability and is battling through an injury that further weakens his ability to perform. In addition, the Jaguars safeties have been very inconsistent while starter Ronnie Harrison has been sidelined since early in Week 12 and could miss this week as well. This should all help add upside to boom or bust receiver Mike Williams, who relies upon deep ball production for his fantasy viability. Keenan Allen, on the other hand, should be in for a decent challenge primarily against Hayden. Hunter Henry looks to have a ton of upside, especially if linebacker Myles Jack is unable to suit up again after missing Week 13 with a knee injury. The Jaguars defense has not given up a ton of fantasy points to tight ends, but reasonably strong coverage from these cornerbacks along with clear weaknesses and injuries at safety and linebacker should afford a solid opportunity for Henry to be productive--especially considering this defense gave up five receptions for 61 yards to the struggling O.J. Howard last 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
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.
Latest NewsChargers | Full practice for Mike Williams (Fri Dec 6, 08:03 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 6, and is not on the injury report for Week 14. link to story Chargers | Week 14 injury report for LA Chargers (Fri Dec 6, 05:45 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers LB Nick Dzubnar (concussion) practiced in full for a second straight day on Friday, Dec. 6, but is listed as questionable for Week 14 versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. WR Mike Williams (knee), OT Russell Okung (groin), OT Sam Tevi (knee) and LB Thomas Davis (non-injury) practiced in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report. link to story Chargers | Mike Williams limited (Thu Dec 5, 04:54 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 5. Our View: Williams has a great matchup against the Jaguars lesser corners when AJ Bouye is on Keenan Allen this week. He's due for a touchdown or two and worth a look in deeper leagues.
link to story Chargers | Mike Williams listed as limited (Wed Dec 4, 05:09 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. link to story Chargers | Mike Williams keeps piling up the yards (Mon Dec 2, 12:52 AM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams had five receptions for a season-high 117 yards in Week 13 against the Denver Broncos. link to story More News
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