Duke Williams will compete to be the No. 4 receiver in Buffalo this season, but he has minimal Fantasy value in that role. He should not be drafted in any leagues. The Bills' top three guys on the roster are set with Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley. Williams will compete for the No. 4 role with Isaiah McKenzie, Robert Foster and rookies Gabriel Davis and Isaiah Hodgins, but even if Williams wins that job he won't produce enough stats on a consistent basis to matter in most formats.
Williams had four catches (10 targets) for 49 yards in Saturday's wild-card loss to the Texans. Williams went from being a healthy scratch for most of the season to leading the Bills with 22 targets over its last two contests. Last week's pronounced role came in a meaningless game where plenty of starters rested, but the team kept him heavily involved with the season on the line. The undrafted rookie displayed good athleticism, and he is the only Buffalo wideout checking in above six feet tall (6-foot-3, 225 pounds). Veterans John Brown and Cole Beasley are entrenched as the team's outside and slot options, but Williams has put himself in position to compete for the other outside wideout role during training camp next season.
Williams is expected to be active for Saturday's wild-card tilt against the Texans, Jenna Harner of News 4 Buffalo reports. Williams had a productive regular-season finale, as he hauled in six of 12 targets for 108 yards. He had not suited up since Week 8 prior to that, but with the team resting several starters to keep them healthy for the playoffs, the rookie got an opportunity to shine. It looks like he did enough to earn an active designation, but he is simply expected to provide depth at wide receiver.
Williams caught six of 12 targets for 108 yards to lead all receivers during Sunday's loss to the Jets. The rookie hadn't suited up since Week 8, having been a healthy scratch across several games in favor of smaller, speedier receivers. Williams showed he was ready, making himself the main part of the offense in what certainly was an audition for the future. We'll see if it's enough to get him bumped ahead of Robert Foster -- who's done nearly nothing all season and didn't catch a pass even though he was active Sunday -- when the Bills travel to Houston for the wild-card round next weekend.
Williams is not among the inactives for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Jets, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. The athletic receiver is expected to suit up for the first time since Week 8. While he likely won't have starting quaterback Josh Allen for much of the game and will have to share the workload with Isaiah McKenzie and Robert Foster, Williams is one of the better red-zone targets the team has to offer. His production probably won't be off the charts, but Williams seems like one of the leading candidates to see some key throws if the Bills do score a couple of times in this game of subs.
Williams is inactive for the fifth straight game Thursday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. Even with a gimpy Robert Foster muddling his way through practices, Williams can't find a spot in the lineup. He's done a good job just making the team following a troubled college career that turned into a CFL stint, but for now, he's come down a long way from his Week 5-8 relevancy.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||New York Jets||25||23.50|
|3||09/27||Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|4||10/04||@Las Vegas Raiders||22||22.63|
|6||10/16||Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|7||10/25||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
|8||11/01||New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|12||11/29||Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|13||12/08||@San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|16||12/29||@New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|3 Year Avg||19||12||166||1||8||13.83||22|