Williams did not record a target in the 20-6 win over the Raiders, but he carried the ball once for zero yards Sunday. It was a disappointing day for Williams as the second-year wide receiver saw Keenan Allen (nine targets, six receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown) and Tyrell Williams (six targets, four receptions for 46 yards) receive the vast majority of the looks on offense. It's clear the 2017 first-round pick is at best the fourth option heading into any given game, and as a result, makes for a risky play even in standard scoring formats.
Williams caught a 30-yard touchdown in the 25-17 win over the Seahawks on Sunday. Williams has turned his only catch into a touchdown in back-to-back weeks as the second-year receiver continues his surprisingly productive season. The lack of targets will continue to hold Williams back from emerging as a true fantasy asset, but owners could do worse when looking for a flex play, particularly next week against the struggling Raiders.
Williams caught just one of his four targets for four yards and also carried the ball once for 10 yards in the 38-14 win over the Browns. A couple of errant throws could have resulted in a bigger day for Williams, but the end result is another down performance after he tallied 189 receiving yards through three weeks. Instead it was Tyrell Williams who put together an explosive afternoon, turning four targets into 118 yards and two touchdowns, including a spectacular reception over three defenders for a score. Mike Williams owners can take solace in the fact that the second-year receiver was one of only four Chargers to see four-plus targets, but at this point it appears to be a guessing game as to when the former No. 7 overall pick will string together another positive performance.
Williams caught three of four targets for 45 yards during Sunday's 26-10 win over Oakland. He added a three-yard run during the contest. The Chargers pass offense is somewhat unique in that running back Melvin Gordon is -- in many ways -- the team's No. 2 receiver. Williams has been targeted more than four times just twice thus far this season, but his size has helped him garner value in the red zone. Three of his 15 receptions have gone for touchdowns. Williams is a solid option in games in which the Chargers offense has an opportunity to provide him with several shots in the red zone. That doesn't figure to be the case on Sunday as Los Angeles travels to Cleveland to take on one of the league's best pass defenses.
Williams caught one of his three targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 29-27 win over the 49ers. After a three-week stretch in which Williams caught 11 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns, the second-year receiver nearly laid an egg against what figured to be a nice matchup in the 49ers. While Travis Benjamin (foot) did play Sunday for the first time in three weeks, the speedy receiver didn't even make it through the whole game, creating a puzzling outcome for fantasy owners hoping for another showcase game by Williams. Quarterback Philip Rivers seemed content to throw short passes all afternoon, evidenced by his 25 completions for just 250 yards, which likely resulted in the muted performance by Williams. He still figures to be a factor most weeks, particularly when the Chargers make it in the red zone, but it's a bit concerning to see the team ignore Williams after such a strong start to the 2018 campaign.
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