Luke Willson has long been a good contributor on the football field, but not a good contributor for Fantasy. He has 11 touchdowns and an average of 17 catches per year over in six seasons. The Raiders signed Willson to help provide depth at tight end, not to replace all the numbers left behind by Jared Cook. Both Ravens tight ends are better Fantasy picks than Willson.
Willson has impressed as a receiver in spring workouts, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports. With Jared Cook now in New Orleans, the Raiders have a void to fill at tight end. While Darren Waller has received the majority of offseason hype among Oakland tight ends, Willson can't be forgotten about in advance of the 2019 season. After all, Willson may have a higher chance of being an every-down player given his advanced blocking skills. His odds in that regard will only rise if Willson continues to establish himself as a worthwhile option in the passing game.
Willson (concussion) signed a one-year contract with the Raiders on Friday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports. Since Jared Cook signed a contract with the Saints, Willson is being brought in to reinforce the team's tight-end corps. Willson was serviceable with the Seahawks, posting 11 touchdowns over five seasons, but he recorded just 13 catches for 87 yards and zero scores while with the Lions in 2018. He'll battle veteran Lee Smith for the No. 1 role in Oakland, but fantasy owners shouldn't be picking up Willson anytime soon.
Willson (concussion) caught 13 passes for 87 yards and no touchdowns over 14 games for the Lions in 2018. Willson came over from Seattle last offseason with a prime opportunity to take over an every-down role for a Detroit team that had no clear answers at the tight end position. However, he failed to emerge as either a consistent blocker or receiving option and ultimately fell behind the uninspiring Levine Toilolo on the depth chart before sitting out the Lions' regular-season finale due to a concussion. Willson will look to get back to full health before re-entering the free-agent market at the end of the league year.
Willson (concussion) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. Willson sustained a concussion during last week's loss to the Vikings, and will not clear the league-mandated protocol in time to suit up Week 17. The sixth-year pro has 13 receptions for 87 yards on the season.
Willson (concussion) did not participate in Wednesday's practice. Willson never returned to last Sunday's game against the Vikings after exiting to be evaluated for a head injury. His absence from Wednesday's practice suggests he remains under the concussion protocol. If he isn't able to return to practice Thursday or Friday, Willson's 2018 campaign is likely in the books.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||Kansas City Chiefs||31||9.56|
|7||10/20||@Green Bay Packers||8||5.50|
|10||11/08||Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
|12||11/24||@New York Jets||6||4.88|
|13||12/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||9.56|
|16||12/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
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