Williams caught five of seven targets for 94 yards in Sunday's 41-28 divisional-round loss to the Patriots. Williams led the Chargers in receiving yards while tying Antonio Gates and Mike Williams for the team lead in catches, but that fact is little consolation given that his team's Super Bowl hopes were unceremoniously dashed in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the final score indicates -- New England led 35-7 at halftime. The 26-year-old wide receiver will try to use this productive outing to gain a bigger contract as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Williams finished the regular season with 41 receptions for 653 receiving yards and five touchdowns on 65 targets across 16 games. While he'll still have a chance to raise his production in the postseason, it's fair to suggest Williams' 2018 numbers were more than disappointing for a full-time starter. Keenan Allen, Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Mike Williams accounted for the vast majority of the team's target share, relegating Tyrell Williams to no better than fifth in the pass-catching pecking order. It would probably be an even more pedestrian statistical season for Williams if not for a two-week stretch in which he recorded seven receptions for 236 receiving yards and three touchdowns, capitalizing on porous man coverage to record multiple 40-plus-yard catches. An unrestricted free agent this offseason, it would be a surprise if Williams returned to the Chargers given the higher price tag he'll likely command on the open market in addition to the emergence of Mike Williams in his second NFL season.
Williams caught one of his two targets for 12 yards in Saturday's 22-10 loss to the Ravens. Williams was on the field for 58 of the Chargers' 63 snaps on offense in Week 16, but was unable to muster much production, which has been the norm for him of late, with a six-catch, 71-yard effort Week 15 being his most recent outlier on that front. He profiles as a hit-or-miss fantasy option in the Chargers' regular-season finale this coming Sunday against the Broncos.
Williams caught six of his 12 targets for 71 yards in the 29-28 win over the Chiefs on Thursday. Williams was forced into the No. 2 role behind Mike Williams after Keenan Allen went down with a hip injury in the second quarter, and the 26-year-old promptly record his most catches and third-most receiving yards of the 2018 campaign. It's unclear how serious Allen's injury may be, but should the star receiver be forced to miss any time, Williams immediately becomes a viable fantasy option in nearly all formats, even with a difficult matchup against the Ravens defense on tap next Saturday.
Williams caught all three of his targets for 14 yards in the 26-21 win over the Bengals on Sunday. At this point, it's clear that Williams' run through Week 6 and 7, where he totaled 236 receiving yards and three touchdowns, was just an aberration. From Week 9 through Week 14, the fourth-year receiver has caught just 11 passes for 119 yards and one touchdown, remaining at best a longshot to post even adequate fantasy numbers.
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