Jameson Williams

#18 WR / Detroit Lions / EXP: 0YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 179 lb Age: 21 College: None Bye 6
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The Lions liked Williams so much they traded back up into the top half of Round 1 for him, but his recovery from a torn ACL could keep him out until October. Without preseason hype to push his value up, Williams could end up as a screaming value if you have the bench space and patience to carry him. His breakout 2021 (1,572 yards, 19.9 yards per catch, 15 touchdowns in as many games) is undeniable as Williams consistently displayed incredible speed. It's that trait that puts him in the Tyreek Hill mold, except he's taller. Where Williams falters is that he struggled with physical defensive backs and also struggled to earn playing time after his high school days. It wasn't until he left his burial on the Ohio State depth chart that Williams found a chance to play. The other obvious issue? He's in Detroit, where quarterback Jared Goff isn't among the league's best deep-ball passers. Williams figures to be a stash-and-see receiver in seasonal leagues, taken with a pick in Round 11 or later. But it's a different story in Dynasty, where it wouldn't be a surprise to see Williams go as high as second overall. Last thing: the past two times we faded first-round draft picks at WR who missed all of August were Justin Jefferson and Odell Beckham Jr. Might not want to do the same with Williams.

Player News
  • Coach Dan Campbell (knee) said Thursday "I don't see" Williams (knee) being ready for the start of training camp, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports. Campbell said he's "very hopeful" about Williams, but that he doesn't expect the rookie first-round pick to be ready for the start of training camp. Still, that leaves a potential window for Williams to return to the field at some point in camp, and the idea of him suiting up at some point during the first months of the regular season has been floated previously. Williams is coming off a left ACL tear suffered back in January, and when ready for game action, he stands to join Amon-Ra St. Brown and DJ Chark atop Detroit's wide receiver depth chart.

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  • Williams (knee) isn't practicing during Tuesday's mandatory minicamp, Jeremy Reisman of SB Nation reports. This isn't surprising given that the 2022 first-round pick tore his ACL during the National Championship Game in January. Williams will be roughly eight months removed from the injury when the NFL regular season kicks off and has already targeted training camp as a potential return date. However, the Lions are expected to be extremely cautious with him, so while there's optimism Williams will be available Week 1, he may not make an impact right away.

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  • Williams (knee) could have "a realistic timeframe" to make his NFL debut "late September early October," Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Williams will be roughly eight months removed from having torn his left ACL when the 2022 regular season kicks off, and such injuries generally carry a recovery timeframe of at least nine months. However, the orthopedic surgeon who oversaw Williams' procedure recently indicated that the Alabama star's injury may have been less severe than most ACL tears, which led to Williams receiving a 5-to-7 month timeline. Williams has said he's targeting a return to on-field activity by training camp in August, which could be possible as long as he avoids any setbacks. Expectations for Williams to be available Week 1 could still be optimistic, but Twentyman said he believes the rookie first-round pick could be "on the field and making an impact" by Week 4.

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  • The orthopedic surgeon who oversaw Williams' reconstructive ACL surgery indicated that the receiver's knee injury didn't involve damage to other ligaments, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. "Jameson's goal is to play first preseason game, obviously. I told him, I said, 'Look, depending on which team you go to, most teams are probably - they're going to be very conservative. You've got to understand that,'" Dr. Lyle Cain of Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center said. Initially, the prospect of Williams being ready for training camp this summer seemed highly optimistic, given that he underwent knee surgery six-and-a-half months earlier. However, based on the comments from Williams' surgeon, his knee injury doesn't appear to be as severe as most ACL tears, which led doctors to prescribe a 5-to-7 month timeline for recovery that would align with the start of training camp. The fact that Williams has already resumed running and regained the range of motion in his knee provides evidence that his recovery is going smoothly. With that said, even if Williams remains setback-free, the Lions' coaching staff might still take a conservative approach with his return to the field come training camp. Fantasy managers should prepare accordingly, as it remains a possibility that Williams starts the 2022 campaign on the sidelines.

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  • Williams (knee) is hoping to participate in training camp, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. Williams tore his ACL on Jan. 10 and will be over seven months removed from surgery by the time training camp commences this summer. Despite modern advancements in medical treatments, expecting him to be ready for the start of training camp seems optimistic, and it's not certain that he will even be able to work himself into individual drills before the preseason begins. In the end, fantasy managers will likely need to be patient with Williams as a rookie, with Meinke noting that the receiver most likely won't be ready for game action until October.

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Scheduled Games

WK DATE OPP OPP RANK OPP FPTS
1 09/11 Philadelphia Eagles 4 17.67
2 09/18 Washington Commanders 27 23.59
3 09/25 @Minnesota Vikings 32 26.53
4 10/02 Seattle Seahawks 6 19.00
5 10/09 @New England Patriots 5 18.56
6 BYE - - -
7 10/23 @Dallas Cowboys 25 22.78
8 10/30 Miami Dolphins 10 20.06
9 11/06 Green Bay Packers 14 20.67
10 11/13 @Chicago Bears 26 23.00
11 11/20 @New York Giants 11 20.35
12 11/24 Buffalo Bills 1 14.05
13 12/04 Jacksonville Jaguars 17 21.47
14 12/11 Minnesota Vikings 32 26.53
15 12/18 @New York Jets 13 20.65
16 12/24 @Carolina Panthers 7 19.24
17 01/01 Chicago Bears 26 23.00
18 01/08 @Green Bay Packers 14 20.67

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