Williams caught four of his seven targets for 81 yards and two touchdowns in the 35-23 loss to the Rams on Sunday. Williams tied for the team-lead in targets as the second-year wide receiver easily put together his best game as a pro. A spectacular diving touchdown reception in the first quarter appeared to leave Williams groggy, but he ultimately never missed a snap. While Williams might be the No. 4 wide receiver on the team's official depth chart, he's arguably the number two option behind Keenan Allen when it comes to pass catchers and has quickly emerged as a threat whenever he's on the field. Game script will likely dictate how much Williams is utilized moving forward, but considering the Chargers defensive struggles to date, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft figures to be an excellent fantasy option for owners savvy enough to invest in the 24-year-old after a rookie season decimated by injuries.
Williams caught both of his targets for 27 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-20 win over the Bills. It was a bit disappointing to see Williams only targeted twice as No. 3 wide receiver Travis Benjamin (foot) was inactive for Sunday's contest. Still, Williams corralled his first career touchdown early in the first quarter, holding onto the catch despite being hit by two different defenders. After the game Williams hinted the pass was drawn up specifically for him, which would seem to suggest the second-year player is becoming a more prominent target in the red zone. Given his large frame (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) it wouldn't be a surprise to see Williams gain more looks near the end zone as the season progresses.
Williams could be in line for additional snaps in Week 2 if Travis Benjamin (foot) is unable to play, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports. Benjamin was spotted in a walking boot Wednesday and has failed to practice at all this week. In other words, all signs point to the speedy wide receiver missing Week 2, which would open the door for Williams to vault into the No. 3 spot on the depth chart behind Tyrell Williams and Keenan Allen. Williams put together favorable numbers last Sunday (five catches for 81 yards on six targets) as the Chargers attempted to rally back from a second half deficit, but nearly all of his targets came in the second half. Furthermore, it's unlikely quarterback Philip Rivers will get anywhere close to the 51 attempts he threw against the Chiefs last week, as the Chargers are expected to be heavy favorites against the Bills on Sunday. Arguably one of the team's best red-zone targets, Williams certainly has some fantasy viability, particularly in standard scoring, but fantasy owners may want to proceed with some trepidation until the second-year receiver displays some level of consistency.
Williams played a career-high 44 snaps on offense in Sunday's 38-28 loss to the Chiefs, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Williams took advantage with five catches for 81 yards on six targets, but he actually played fewer snaps than Keenan Allen (72), Tyrell Williams (62) and even Travis Benjamin (47). There was plenty of passing volume to go around in a game that saw Philip Rivers air it out 51 times on 82 snaps. While the production is at least encouraging, (Mike) Williams will have a hard time establishing week-to-week consistency if he's essentially splitting the No. 3 receiver job with Benjamin. A Week 2 contest in Buffalo should work more in favor of Melvin Gordon and the rushing attack.
Williams grabbed five of six targets for 81 yards in Sunday's 38-28 loss to the Chiefs. Williams trailed only Keenan Allen in catches and yards among Chargers' wideouts Sunday, although Tyrell Williams caught a short touchdown pass. The second-year player had a nice training camp, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him take a step forward in 2018.
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|4||09/30||San Francisco 49ers||27||29.00|
|15||12/14||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||25.33|
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|3 Year Avg||23||11||95||0||7||8.64||9|