WR Preston Williams - Miami Dolphins

6-4, 211Born: 3-27-1997College: Colorado StateDrafted: ---

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Williams is out for the season with a knee injury

Week 11: vs Buffalo Bills

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Dolphins continue to put forth arguably the NFL's most anemic passing game. On the season, they're producing just 4.8 adjusted yards per attempt (31st) and 215 per game (31st). For the moment, Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain under center, though it's hard to follow the logic. Josh Rosen hasn't been anyone's idea of a quality prospect, but playing the -year-old Fitzpatrick serves no real function in the lineup. He has posted a pair of 280+ yard starts, including one in this very matchup back in Week 7. But that's his absolute ceiling, especially with top receiver Preston Williams on injured reserve. DeVante Parker could take on a volume boost - he drew 10 targets last Sunday - but will find himself in TreDavious White's coverage for much of Week 11. Behind him, Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns divvy up a small pie as peripheral options in a low-impact attack. Second-year tight end Mike Gesicki has the opportunity, but continues to lose ground the more he's worked in. Last week, he turned 6 targets into just 28 yards and fumbled away a catch. His 95-yard eruption in Week 9 makes for an even 20% of his career yardage. The Bills pass defense remains among the league's most dominant, giving up just 205 yards a game and 7 touchdowns. It has to be noted that, along the way, they've faced a wildly ineffective batch of opposing quarterbacks. But they did answer the bell nicely in strong performances against Tom Brady (18 of 39 for 150 yards, with an interception) and Carson Wentz (17 of 24 for 172 and a touchdown). Overall, as fantasy matchups go, it's fair to view this unit as a borderline-shutdown one. Cornerback Tre'Davious White has built on a fantastic rookie 2018 and stands as one of this year's three or four best cover men. White doesn't always shadow top receivers, but he's been the primary force in limiting wideouts Alshon Jeffery (64 yards), Odell Beckham (57), and Terry McLaurin (39) recently. Behind him, Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer make up an elite safety duo. They're willing in downfield coverage, and both have flashed playmaking ability on the ball. Ryan Fitzpatrick has looked marginally passable as the Dolphins' starter, but he's simply not in good Week 11 position against this group.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 at BUF 66 0 0 0 8 6.0 82 0 1 7.2
8 at PIT 53 0 0 0 7 4.0 42 0 0 4.2
9 vs NYJ 51 0 0 0 9 5.0 72 2 0 19.2

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Preston Williams's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 9 vs NYJ (9 / 5 / 72 / 2 rec)

After quietly meddling away as the best receiving option on a very bad team, Williams finally had a true break out game. Williams caught 5 of his 9 targets for 72 yards and found the end zone twice this week. He had the second longest play for either team with a 26-yard reception and was a reliable source for big chunks or yards and first downs this week. His first touchdown catch went for 12 yards and was a blown coverage by the Jets defense. Williams ran a skinny post and saw both the corner and safety jump into the flat to try and cover the running back as he leaked out of the back field. Williams was standing all alone in the end zone in the exact place the safety should have been. IT was an easy pitch and catch from there for the score. His second touchdown went for 5 yards and was a quick hitting slant route. Williams stutter stepped off the line and cut to the inside and Fitzpatrick delivered a strike to his chest between 2 defenders for the touchdown. Williams has been one of the lone bright spots for the Miami offense so far this season and this was his best game by far. Unfortunately, he suffered an ACL tear and is out for the season.

2019 Week 8 vs PIT (7 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)

One of the lone bright spots for the Dolphins this year has been Williams. He has traded top weeks with Parker and has been good for a few plays. This week he caught 4 of his 7 targets for 42 yards and had his longest catch go for 14 yards. The offense did not try and push the ball down the field this week and outside of the poor tackling on the Hurns touchdown, the Steelers wrapped up the other receivers and did not leave many yards after the catch. Williams has been one of the best undrafted rookies this season and looks to be safe in Miami for next season.

2019 Week 7 vs BUF (8 / 6 / 82 / 0 rec)

After a down week last week everything was getting back on track for Williams. He caught 6 of his 8 targets and had a long 35-yard catch to help setup a score. Unfortunately, Williams fumbled the ball in the 4th quarter when Miami was down just 3 and the Bills next drive went for a touchdown and a 10-point lead. Williams caught a 6-yard slant across the middle and had the ball stripped as he was going to the ground. Williams has been the most productive player for the Dolphins so far this year, but it is mistakes like these that has Miami sitting at 0-6 for the season.

2019 Week 6 vs WAS (6 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)

After being a quiet contributor over the past few weeks, teams finally keyed in on Williams. He was targeted 6 times this week but was only able to make 2 catches. A lot of that had to do with a very ineffective Rosen for 3 quarters of the game but Washington also rolled their coverage to the leading receiver for Miami this week. Williams' biggest play came on a 21-yard catch and run that accounted for 2/3 of his total yardage for the game. Williams is constantly having to adjust to the Dolphins making quarterback changes and their ineffective play has led to catching just 17 of the 36 targets that have come his way. The extra attention paid to Williams this week allowed for Parker to break free, but there is not enough support around him to keep honest coverage. Until someone like Allen Hurns or Albert Wilson steps up in the offense it is going to be tough for Williams to continue to break free.

2019 Week 4 vs LAC (7 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)

Another week and another quietly productive day for Williams. He caught 4 of his 7 targets and was even given the chance on a trick play to throw the ball this week before being sacked for a loss of a yard. Williams got lucky on his 25-yard reception this week. There were multiple Miami receivers in the same area, and it was difficult to tell who the ball was intended for. The pass ended up being tipped by another receiver and fell into the lap of Williams who had fallen to the ground when he tried to change direction. It was his biggest play of the game and accounted for a little more than half of his total yardage this week. Williams is pushing Parker for top receiver on the team and has been one of the lone bright spots for this offense.

2019 Week 3 vs DAL (12 / 4 / 68 / 0 rec)

There will be several names that pop up with big plays over the course of the season for Miami that no one has heard of, but Williams is starting to gain some attention for the 3rd week in a row. He was targeted a team high 12 times this week and that type of volume cannot be ignored. Unfortunately, he only caught 4 of those targets and is still trying to gain some chemistry with Rosen. His big 25-yard catch came when Fitzpatrick was in the game after an injury to Rosen. Fitzpatrick escaped a collapsing pocket and heaved up a prayer of a pass down the field. Williams went up and over his defender to make an amazing catch and put the Dolphins in field goal range. The team also called his number on a flea flicker in the 1st quarter that went for 24 yards. Rosen had to scramble to his right and let Williams trail too far towards the sideline, otherwise he could have turned up field and run much further. Williams leads the team in receiving yards so far this season and has been the only pleasant surprise for that offense.

2019 Week 2 vs NE (6 / 4 / 63 / 0 rec)

With the way the offense is going, Williams may have the first and only touchdown for quite some time. This week he brought in 4 of his 6 targets for a team leading 63 yards. He was the only player that seemed to be able to move the ball down the field and averaged 15.8 yards per reception. Williams has not supplanted Parker as the top receiving option but certainly has the best number on the team so far this season. His longest catch was 17 yards this week and he continues to move the chains on drives where Miami actually moves the ball.

2019 Week 1 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 24 / 1 rec)

With all the other receivers on the team, it was surprising to see Williams be the one to score the touchdown. However, it took a Baltimore defender running into another player and falling to make that happen. Williams rubbed his defender off in the red zone and was standing all alone in the back of the end zone for what should have been an easy touchdown. That is when Fitzpatrick let go a high pass that Williams had to leap for and fight to get both feet down in the back of the end zone. Williams chipped in another 2 catches and totaled 24 yards on the day. Williams is going to have to fight for targets in the offense and will have to continue to succeed in order to cut out a bigger role.


Latest News

Dolphins | Preston Willams is long-term piece (Wed Nov 6, 09:53 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Preston Williams (knee) is on the season-ending Reserve/Injured list now, but the team is convinced he is a long-term piece. 'He's come a long way since his arrival here,' receivers coach Karl Dorrell said Wednesday, Nov. 6. 'I'm very encouraged he's going to have an excellent NFL career.' The team would like him to work on improving after three drops, but they feel it will come with knowledge and experience.

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Dolphins | Preston Williams placed on IR (Tue Nov 5, 04:43 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Preston Williams (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Our View: Sad to see the undrafted rookie see his season end this way. He should be back in time for the start of the 2020 regular season.
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Dolphins | Preston Williams done for the year (Mon Nov 4, 03:10 PM) - Updating a previous story, Miami Dolphins WR Preston Williams (knee) suffered an ACL injury, according to a league source Monday, Nov. 4.

Our View: Coach Brian Flores confirmed the rookie wide receiver will miss the remainder of the 2019 season. It's a blow to the Dolphins offense as the undrafted receiver out of Colorado State had done a fantastic job this year as a starter, finishing the 2019 season with 32 catches for 428 yards and three touchdowns. The Dolphins now move on with DeVante Parker as their top wideout. Allen Hurns, Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant should get more work with Williams out.
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Dolphins | Preston Williams' rookie season ends (Mon Nov 4, 02:36 PM) - Updating a previous story, Maimi Dolphins WR Preston Williams (knee) will miss the remainder of the 2019 season due to a knee injury after undergoing an MRI Monday, Nov. 4.

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Dolphins | Preston Williams undergoing MRI (Mon Nov 4, 12:04 PM) - Miami Dolphins WR Preston Williams (knee) is undergoing an MRI Monday, Nov. 4.

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