WR Tyrell Williams - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-4, 205||Born: 2-12-1992||College: Western Oregon||Drafted: ---|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Williams dropped a long score in Week 1, but made up for that with a touchdown catch in triple coverage against the Browns. He has demonstrated the weekly ceiling we have been looking for to justify rostering him.
Week 7: vs Tennessee Titans
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Chargers passing offense led by Phillip Rivers is off to a hot start in 2018 with a whopping 15 passing touchdowns compared to only three interceptions. Rivers has multiple passing touchdowns in each game while he has averaged over 10 yards per pass attempt in back-to-back outings. Rivers is surrounded by weapons capable of making big plays at any moment. Last week, we saw Tyrell Williams explode for 118 yards and two touchdowns on only three receptions after surpassing 50 receiving yards only once this season. Mike Williams was minimally involved last week, but he has also posted a couple big games this season. Keenan Allen continues to be the top and most consistent target for Rivers despite his lack of touchdowns, now averaging six receptions per game with no outing below 44 receiving yards. The backfield duo of Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler are also having spectacular seasons as receivers, notching six receiving touchdowns between the two of them while they each are averaging over 40 receiving yards per game. The Titans defense has benefitted from some plush matchups and game scripts to help propel this secondary to allowing just 215 passing yards per game--fifth-fewest in the league. This secondary is worse than this number suggests though, as Josh Allen could only muster 85 passing yards in Week 5 to help suppress this stat. The Titans secondary has played better in recent weeks, but they can certainly be exploited by opposing receivers. Malcolm Butler has been the target of more than his fair share of long plays this season, giving up well over two yards per route covered and with a catch rate of over 70 percent against him. The Chargers receivers move all over the field, so everyone should have a chance against Butler here. The Titans pass rush has been up and down this season, but they took a blow with the loss of Derrick Morgan for a few weeks due to a shoulder injury. While rookie Harold Landry is a spectacular backup option, losing Morgan still will have an impact to this unit's depth and pass-rushing effectiveness. The Chargers offensive line has given up an average of just 1.3 sacks per game, good for the third lowest rate in the league--so this matchup points to Rivers having plenty of time to find an open receiving option.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Tyrell Williams's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 6 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 118 / 2 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
With the Chargers having so much success on the ground, Williams needed to be efficient with the targets he got. And efficient he was, going over 100 yards and two scores on a day where he saw just four targets. He made a tough grab on a deep ball down the seam from the shadow of his own end zone. Right after that, he was targeted on another deep ball in the end zone. Despite the fact that three defenders were surrounding him, one of them looked to be in position for an interception, and the other actually appeared to have his hands on it first, Williams skied high in the air to get his hands on it too and then wrestled it away from the defenders while they were on the ground. He added another touchdown later in the first half by again skying high above the defenders. It almost looked like he was floating to the ball, he was in the air so long. It was a perfect pass from Rivers, but Williams still made two phenomenal efforts for the pair of scores.
2018 Week 5 vs OAK (3 / 3 / 66 / 0 rec)
Williams' large contribution was early in the second half. Following a defensive interception, the Chargers were backed up against their own end zone. Rivers hoisted a ball deep downfield as Williams shook loose from the defense down the left side. The ball hung up just a bit, otherwise it may have gone for a 95-yard touchdown. But even though Williams had to wait a bit, it had enough air for him to get under it and complete the 48-yard reception. He had two heads-up plays as well; late in the first half, he brought in a quick slant over the middle and immediately went to the ground to save clock and set up one final play (but it went incomplete). And then late in the fourth quarter, he brought in a crossing route from Rivers and smartly went to the ground inbounds to keep the clock moving.
2018 Week 4 vs SF (5 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
Williams had just three catches, but two of them had an extremely high degree of difficulty. And one of those will be on every highlight reel you'll see, because it was an absolute circus catch. On the more standard catch of the two, he did a great job of making a tough catch with a defender all over him, and managed to stretch out over the first down marker as he was being tackled to extend a drive. But he saved his very best for last on an incredible second half reception. The defender had his back to Rivers, who floated a pass down the sideline to Williams. Williams jumped, then had to actually reach over the defender's back and also reach down to scoop it up and pull it back over the top of the defender's head to cradle it in for the reception. It kept the drive moving, and was just an outstanding athletic play.
2018 Week 3 vs LAR (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
On a day when Travis Benjamin was inactive and the Chargers trailed throughout, one would have expected Williams to have more involvement in the passing gameplan. As it stood, second-year man Mike Williams was the big recipient of the extra looks, as he went for two scores and a team high four receptions for 81 yards. For his part, Tyrell Williams didn't record his first catch until early in the fourth quarter on a crossing route. He added a reverse for 14 yards and another short catch, but he wasn't a focal point of the passing game - neither over the middle nor on deep routes.
2018 Week 2 vs BUF (3 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
Williams had two receptions in the first half, both wide open over the middle. On the second catch, he was upended during the tackle and the ball popped loose for a fumble. It appeared that the Bills had recovered the ball and even came out of the pile in possession, but the officials ruled that Williams had recovered it himself. Buffalo challenged, but the ball was returned to the Chargers. In the second half, the Chargers kind of took the air out of the ball and focused more on the ground game. But after just four total yards of offense through the entire third quarter, Williams broke loose for 18 yards on a crossing route to beat the blitz and restore some semblance of an offense for Los Angeles.
2018 Week 1 vs KC (5 / 2 / 8 / 1 rec)
Williams somewhat salvaged his fantasy owners with a late touchdown where he got loose in the back of the end zone, but it could have been so much more. On a day when several Charger receivers let Philip Rivers down with some drops, Williams had perhaps the most egregious of them all. Earlier in the game, he was targeted on a deep ball that went through his hands. It would have been a difficult catch and he may have been interfered with a bit when his arm was grabbed at the last moment, but the end result was an incomplete pass. But later in the first half, he shook loose from the defense and was wide open in the end zone. Actually the defender inexplicably dropped his coverage on Williams and he had nowhere near him when Rivers lofted the easy pass attempt for him. But the ball somehow bounced right through Williams' hands for an incompletion on what should have been one of the easiest touchdown receptions of his career.
Latest NewsChargers | Tyrell Williams accounts for two TDs (Sun Oct 14, 04:37 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Tyrell Williams caught three passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns in Week 6. Our View: Williams came down with one score in triple coverage and left a mark on the Browns defense in this one. With this kind of ceiling and the deep passing game getting into focus, Williams will be worth a what the heck flex start against Tennessee.
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