Williams finished the regular season with 53 catches on 78 targets for 568 yards and added two rushes for 15 yards. After signing a four-year contract in the offseason to stay in Dallas, Williams then delivered the worst season of his NFL career, failing to crack the 600-yard mark for the second straight campaign while posting a career-low 10.7 yards per catch and failing to score a touchdown after averaging five a season through his first four years in the league. Dak Prescott's difficulty stretching the field certainly played a part in Williams' poor performance, but the receiver also struggled to get open on the routes he was given. The Cowboys are expected to revamp their passing game in the offseason, and while his spot on the roster appears safe for now, Williams could face additional competition for targets in 2018 if the team brings in new blood through the draft at wide receiver.
Williams snatched three of five targets for 19 yards during Sunday's 20-17 win over Oakland. Williams was held for three or fewer catches for 25 or fewer yards for the third consecutive week. The big-bodied receiver has never quite found a groove this season, with just three games with 50 or more yards and no touchdowns. It's more likely that things get worse than better. The return of Ezekiel Elliott should facilitate a more smash-mouth style of offense for Dallas, in turn docking the passing game.
Williams caught three of six targets for 25 yards in Sunday's win over the Giants. He's still looking for his first touchdown of the season, and Williams hasn't topped 54 yards or four catches in any of the last five games. He's still locked in as the Cowboys' No. 2 receiver, but that role affords little fantasy value in the team's low-volume passing attack.
Williams caught two of three targets for 21 yards during Thursday's 38-14 victory over the Redskins. The Redskins seem to have Williams figured out, as the lanky receiver has averaged just 1.3 receptions for 16.8 receiving yards during his last four games against Washington. The Cowboys didn't need him to do much more than that on Thursday, though, given the blowout nature of this contest. Up next for Williams is another NFC East foe, but one that he's had some success against: the Giants. In three matchups since the beginning of the 2016 season, Williams has averaged 4.6 receptions for 59.3 receiving yards. It only helps that New York's top corner, Janoris Jenkins (ankle), is done for the year.
Williams caught four of five targets for 54 yards in Thursday's 28-6 loss to the Chargers. Aside from a 38-yard grab in the fourth quarter when the Cowboys were trying to mount a desperate comeback, Williams and the entire passing game were ineffective on the day. It still resulted in his third best yardage total of the season, which speaks to how risky a fantasy play the 27-year-old is right now, especially with Dak Prescott having the worst stretch of his career.
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