Player Outlook
Williams looked like a Hall of Famer through the first five games of the 2021 season, and hopefully he can play like that all year in 2022. He's worth drafting as a low-end No. 2 receiver in all leagues as early as Round 5. Williams scored at least 22 PPR points in four of his first five games last season, including scoring six touchdowns over that span. He had some quality performances at the end of the season, scoring at least 12 PPR points in five of his final seven games, and we hope he can build off that breakout season in 2022. The Chargers are confident in Williams after giving him a three-year, $60 million contract this offseason, with $40 million guaranteed. And Fantasy managers should trust Williams as well as a starter this year.

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2021 76 1146 15.08 9 0.00 17010.6
2020 48 756 15.75 5 1 1.00 1057
3y Avg. 58 968 16.69 5 1 1.00 1268.4
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Fantasy News

  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Agrees to three-year extension

    The Chargers and Williams have agreed on a three-year, $60 million deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Per the report, Williams' new contract includes $40 million guaranteed. The 27-year-old is coming off a 2021 season in which he logged 76 catches on 129 targets for 1,146 yards and nine TDs in 16 games. Now that he's back in the fold, Williams will reprise his starting role opposite Keenan Allen, giving the Chargers and QB Justin Herbert a quality 1-2 punch at wide receiver.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Incredible finish comes up short

    Williams registered nine receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown across 17 targets in Sunday's 35-32 overtime loss to the Raiders. It's a bit ironic that Williams tallied his most receiving yards since Week 5 in the team's finale, especially considering the big-bodied target appeared to be one of the league's breakout starts through the first month of the campaign only to completely tail off as the season progressed. While the Raiders would ultimately come away with the playoff-securing win, Williams' 12-yard reception on the final play of regulation put the game into extras, and his 47-yard reception during the Chargers' lone overtime possession was paramount in setting up the game-tying field goal. While the 2017 first-round pick slumped considerably following his scintillating start, Williams easily put together his most complete year as a professional, recording season highs in receptions (76), targets (129), receiving yards (1,146) and receptions of 40-plus yards (nine). That should net Williams, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, a pretty payday from someone -- with the Chargers and their sixth-highest-available cap space likely first in line.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Late touchdown salvages fantasy day

    Williams (illness) caught three of his four targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Broncos. Williams was kept in check for most of the afternoon until his beautiful diving 45-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter completely put the game out of reach. One week after missing the devastating Week 16 loss to the Texans, Williams immediately re-asserted himself as a dangerous deep threat. While Sunday's touchdown marked just the second score for Williams since mid-October, he'll likely be leaned on heavily as the Chargers face off against the Raiders next week in a win-and-you're-in situation.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Back from COVID list

    Williams (illness) has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Williams and fellow wideout Jalen Guyton both missed Los Angeles' Week 16 loss to the Texans, but both players are off the COVID list, which sets the stage for the Chargers to have their nucleus of key skill players available for Sunday's game against the Broncos. To date, Williams has logged a fantasy-worthy 64 catches (on 108 targets) for 964 yards and seven TDs through 14 contests.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Could be cleared for Week 17

    Williams (illness), who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, will be eligible to play Sunday against the Broncos if he's asymptomatic or showing improvement in his recovery from the virus at the conclusion of a five-day quarantine, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register previously relayed that Williams, who is unvaccinated, was in line to miss his second straight game this weekend while subject to an automatic 10-day quarantine from his initial positive test. However, with the isolation timeline for all players having now been cut in half after the NFL and NFL Players Association reached agreement Tuesday on changes to the COVID-19 return-to-play protocol Tuesday, the wideout has a chance to play Week 17. Until Williams and Jalen Guyton (illness) are officially cleared from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Chargers' top available wideouts are Keenan Allen, Joshua Palmer and Jason Moore.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Not eligible for Week 17

    Chargers head coach Brandon Staley confirmed Monday that Williams, who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, won't be eligible to play Week 17 against the Broncos, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports. Los Angeles placed Williams on the list Saturday and ruled him out ahead of Sunday's eventual loss to the Texans, but the team didn't provide any specifics behind why he was deactivated. Though Staley didn't go into much detail when talking to the press Monday, his acknowledgement that Williams won't be available for Week 17 confirms that the wideout was placed on the list as an unvaccinated player who tested positive for the virus. As a result, Williams will have to complete a 10-day quarantine dating back to when he first tested positive (Saturday), thereby keeping him out for a second straight game. While Jalen Guyton (illness) also was on the reserve/COVID-19 list for the Week 16 loss, Joshua Palmer (five catches for 43 yards and a touchdown on six targets) was one of the main beneficiaries of extra playing time and looks at receiver.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Lands on COVID list

    Williams has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Chargers. Williams joins Jalen Guyton on the list, which sets the stage for Keenan Allen and Joshua Palmer to serve as the Chargers' top two wideouts Sunday against the Texans.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Inefficient with targets

    Williams (heel) caught just three of his nine targets for 49 yards in the 34-28 loss to the Chiefs on Thursday. Williams briefly left the game in the first quarter after appearing to injure his shoulder on a dropped touchdown pass, but the big-bodied target returned shortly after and looked no worse for the wear. After a scintillating start to the season, the 2017 first-round pick has cratered back down to earth with just one touchdown over the last eight games. That could change with a relatively easy matchup against the Texans on tap for Week 16, a game in which the Chargers need to win in order to stay in the hunt for a possible wild-card berth.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Cleared for Thursday

    Williams (heel) doesn't have an injury designation for Thursday's game against the Chiefs, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports. Meanwhile, fellow wideout Keenan Allen is back from the reserve/COVID-19 list after missing Sunday's 37-21 win over the Giants, and running back Austin Ekeler -- who is questionable with an ankle injury -- also has a shot to play Thursday after limited practices Tuesday and Wednesday. Things have gone better for Williams in recent weeks following a midseason slump, but he's still ranked as a distant No. 2 option in the passing game behind Allen, seeing between five and eight targets in each of the past eight games.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Bumps up the limited Tuesday

    Williams (heel) was listed as limited on Tuesday's estimated report. After not holding practice Monday, the Chargers ran a walkthrough one day later, so Williams' ability to join his teammates on the field is a positive sign he'll be able to play through a heel injury. In the end, though, his listing -- or lack thereof -- on Wednesday's report will be telling for his ability to suit up Thursday versus the Chiefs. If Williams ultimately is active, he'll be joined by Keenan Allen, who will return from a one-game absence following a bout on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Listed as DNP on practice estimate

    Williams (heel) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice estimate. Williams was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list in advance of Sunday's win over the Giants and ended up logging 59 of a possible 71 snaps en route to catching all six of his targets for 61 yards. At this stage, there's nothing to suggest that the wideout is in danger of missing Thursday night's game against the Chiefs, though a listed upgrade in his participation level come Tuesday would no doubt support that notion.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Efficient on six targets

    Williams caught six passes for 61 yards on six targets against the Giants on Sunday. Williams' fantasy investors might be disappointed to see each of Jalen Guyton, Josh Palmer and Jared Cook catch a touchdown pass in this game, leaving Williams with just one touchdown in his last eight appearances, but Williams did well for himself considering he saw the most of top Giants corner James Bradberry. Williams is a candidate to see targets early and often as the Chargers face the Chiefs for a high-stakes rematch in Week 15.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Ready to go Sunday

    Williams was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and will play in Sunday's matchup against the Giants. This always seemed like the expectation after Williams was originally placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list due to being a close contact to Keenan Allen. With Allen officially sidelined ahead of Sunday's matchup, the 2017 first-round pick will operate as the team's No. 1 option with less heralded targets such as Jalen Guyton and Josh Palmer likely forcing a larger funnel toward the big-bodied pass catcher.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Trending toward playing Sunday

    Coach Brandon Staley indicated Friday that Williams, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday after being deemed a close contact of teammate Keenan Allen, should play Sunday against the Giants, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports. The report notes that Allen, who also is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, is not in line to play in the contest. As long as Williams gains clearance as hoped, he should be busy Sunday while heading a Week 14 wideout corps that will include Jalen Guyton and Josh Palmer. In any case, the Chargers have until Saturday afternoon to activate Williams from the COVID list.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Could play Sunday

    Williams, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday after being deemed a close contact of teammate Keenan Allen, has reportedly tested negative for the virus, according to Tyler Dragon of USA Today. The report adds that the Chargers are optimistic Williams will be able to play Sunday versus the Giants. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Williams could be cleared by Saturday, based on his understanding that the high-risk close contact occurred Monday.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Not ruled out for Week 14

    Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said Wednesday that Williams was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after being deemed a close contact of teammate Keenan Allen and is considered "day-to-day" in advance of Sunday's game against the Giants, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Cornerback Chris Harris was also placed on the list after being deemed a close contact of Allen, who tested positive for the virus Monday. Staley's comments indicate that both Williams and Harris are following NFL protocols for unvaccinated players, as vaccinated individuals are only placed on the list as a result of positive tests. Williams will be eligible to rejoin the Chargers as long as he tests negative for the virus for five straight days. Assuming his five-day count began Monday when Allen tested positive, Williams should have a chance to report back to the Chargers' facility as soon as Saturday.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Lands on COVID list

    The Chargers placed Williams on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Fellow starting wideout Keenan Allen was placed on same list Monday, making the statuses of both players worth monitoring closely as Sunday's game against the Giants approaches. Beyond Allen and Williams, the Chargers have Jalen Guyton, Josh Palmer and Andre Roberts on hand at receiver, while running back Austin Ekeler and tight ends Jared Cook and Donald Parham could also take on pronounced roles in the passing game if the team's top two wideouts are sidelined Week 14.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Back over 100 yards receiving

    Williams caught five of seven targets for 110 yards in Sunday's 41-22 win over the Bengals. Williams' 47-yard reception marked just his second 40-plus yard catch since Week 10. Not coincidentally, Sunday's game was also just the second since early October during which the big-bodied target went over 90 receiving yards in a contest. While his second half of the season has been devoid of touchdowns, it's encouraging to see Williams rack up at least six targets in four consecutive games after a near month-long stretch during which he averaged just five. Williams will look to build on the momentum when the Chargers take on the struggling Giants in Week 14.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Non-factor once more

    Williams caught four of his eight targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Broncos. Justin Herbert repeatedly tried to connect with Williams on a number of deep throws, but the end result saw the big-bodied target held under 50 yards for the fourth time in the last six games. After a blazing start to the season which appeared to highlight a rejuvenated Williams, the Chargers have essentially transitioned away from the 27-year-old as a top target, instead turning to Keenan Allen as the main focal point.
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  • Chargers' Mike Williams: Nets game-winning TD

    Williams caught five of six targets for 97 yards and a touchdown in the 41-37 win over the Steelers on Sunday. Williams had essentially been shut down for most of evening until the team's final possession, when Justin Herbert beautifully identified a corner blitz and lofted a pass to the big-bodied target, setting up a 53-yard catch-and-run touchdown that put the Chargers on top for good. After a blazing start to the season, Williams has been directly tied down by the offensive struggles over the last four weeks. While Sunday's outing may look good on the surface, it took until the final drive for the 27-year-old to cross 50 yards receiving for just the second time since Week 5. Up next is a difficult matchup against a gamey Broncos secondary.
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