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Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said that wide receiver Mike Williams and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. are not out for Sunday against the New York Giants after going on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Both were close contacts of receiver Keenan Allen, who tested positive for the virus. Staley called Williams and Harris "day-to-day," so they could return before Sunday if they continue to test negatively. So Williams has a better shot of playing than Allen this weekend. Fantasy managers need to prepare as if neither will be available, though. In that scenario, Jalen Guyton and Josh Palmer would be quarterback Justin Herbert's top two receivers .Tight ends Jared Cook and Donald Parham would see more targets as well as running back Austin Ekeler.
The Los Angeles Chargers placed wide receiver Mike Williams and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday. Receiver Keenan Allen is also on the COVID-19 list, so the Chargers could be down their top two receivers this weekend against the New York Giants. If both Williams and Allen are vaccinated, they could be cleared to return if they are asymptomatic and return two negative tests 24 hours apart before Sunday's game. However, fantasy managers can't count on that and should prepare to be without them just in case. Jalen Guyton, who caught his first touchdown of the year last week, is now a hot waiver-wire pickup as a plug-and-play option if both Williams and Allen don't get cleared. Rookie Josh Palmer would serve as the No. 2, while tight ends Jared Cook and Donald Parham would see more targets as well.
Despite struggling in the second half of the season, Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams came alive versus the Cincinnati Bengals in a Week 13 victory. The big receiver had a big 47-yard grab in the first quarter that would lead to a Chargers touchdown by wide receiver Keenan Allen and he would finish his day targeted seven times with five receptions for 110 yards. It was the first time since Week 5 that Williams has reached the century mark through the air. In his contract year, Williams has been the true definition of a boom or bust option and that makes for a frustrating situation for managers, but when Williams shows up, it can be the difference in a win or loss for managers. Moving forward, Williams should be treated as a WR3 with upside versus the New York Giants in Week 14.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams had another underwhelming outing in Week 12 versus the Denver Broncos, but he will look to get back on track versus the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13. The big receiver has taken a big downturn since his hot start to the season and will face a Bengals defense that has been in the middle of pact versus the position. Williams will face a defense allowing 161 yards per game, but just seven touchdowns on the year. Entering Week 13, Williams remains a player that can either make or break a manager's week and should be considered a WR3.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers Auden Tate (calf) and Mike Thomas (illness) both missed practice again on Thursday. Tate has been out since Week 7 and had been dealing with a thigh injury before the calf issue cropped up. In any event, he appears unlikely to return in Week 13 against the Los Angeles Chargers. Thomas could have a chance to play Sunday if he returns to practice on Friday. If neither Tate nor Thomas can play this weekend, Stanley Morgan would serve as the No. 4 receiver behind rookie Ja'Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins. Tate has just three catches for 39 yards in a touchdown in seven games this year, while Thomas has five receptions for 52 scoreless yards in eight contests.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams was targeted eight times in a Week 12 loss versus the Denver Broncos, but caught just four balls for 39 yards. The big receiver started the season with MVP numbers through the first five weeks, but has taken a huge downturn since then, with the exception of a big game in Week 11. Williams has become hard to trust in all formats and will draw a tough matchup versus the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13. Moving forward, Williams should be considered a risky WR3/WR4 option in all formats.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams finally broke out of his rut in a Week 11 victory versus the Pittsburgh Steelers with five receptions for 97 yards to go along with a touchdown and he will look to carry that momentum into a Week 12 date with the Denver Broncos. The big receiver had a dismal four-game stretch, but managers are hoping that his Week 11 performance will carry over against a Broncos defense that has been solid versus the position this season. On the year the Broncos secondary is allowing just 156 yards per game to the position, but have allowed 1.5 touchdowns. Overall, Williams has shown that he can be a difference maker on a weekly basis, but in a good or bad way and managers should consider him a WR2/WR3 with upside on Sunday.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams caught 5-of-6 targets for 97 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. QB Justin Herbert connected with Williams for a 55-yard touchdown strike with just over a minute remaining to give Los Angeles the lead. It was the Chargers wideout's first touchdown since Week 5. Williams bounced back on Sunday after four disappointing performances from Weeks 6 through 10. The 27-year-old's campaign has been up-and-down this season, catching 46 passes for 705 yards and seven touchdowns over 10 games in 2021. Williams will look to build on his Week 11 performance against the Denver Broncos in Week 12.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams has really struggled over the last four weeks and will look to get back on track versus the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11. The big receiver put up MVP type numbers over the first five games of the year with 471 yards on 31 catches with six touchdowns over his first five games. Since that time, Williams has struggled over his last four games with 10 catches for 137 yards and zero touchdowns. Managers missed the boat selling high on the oft-injured receiver, but he still remains the third option in a good Chargers offense. Heading into Sunday, Williams will face a Steelers defense that has yielded 13 receptions and 161 yards per game to the position. Even with his recent struggles, Williams should continue to see targets and be treated as a WR3 with upside on Sunday night.
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said that wide receiver Mike Williams' knee injury hasn't been a factor in him posting disappointing numbers in the last four games. "The knee is not an issue. It's a non-factor," Staley said. Big Mike caught just four of his six targets for a disappointing 33 yards in the Week 10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, and has totaled 10 receptions for 137 yards and no touchdowns on 21 targets in his last four games combined. It's an understatement to say his sell-high window has closed in fantasy, but the Chargers may look to get him more involved in Week 11 against a Steelers secondary that could be missing both safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and cornerback Joe Haden (foot).
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams put together his fourth consecutive underwhelming performance in a Week 10 loss versus the Minnesota Vikings. The big receiver was targeted six times on the afternoon and caught four balls for 33 yards. After a scorching hot start to the season that saw him put up 471 yards on 31 catches with six touchdowns over his first five games, Williams has really struggled over his last four games with 10 catches for 137 yards and zero touchdowns. The sell-high window appears to officially have closed on Williams and managers should hope that he can turn his season around moving forward. The upcoming free-agent will have that opportunity in Week 11 against a tough Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Moving forward, Williams remains a shaky WR3 option in deeper leagues.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams has struggled mightily over his last three games, but will draw a favorable matchup versus the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10. The big receiver got off to a scorching hot start this season, but has mustered just six receptions for 104 over his last three games. Despite the recent struggles, Williams has caught 37 balls for 575 yards and six receptions on the season. Going up against a Vikings secondary that has allowing opposing pass catchers to go for 187 yards per game and just over a touchdown, Williams is in a prime spot to get back on track. Due to his recent struggles, Williams should be treated as a WR3, but with plenty of upside.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams caught two of his five targets for 58 yards in a Week 9 victory versus the Philadelphia Eagles. The big wide receiver entered the season on fire with six touchdowns over his first five games, but he has cooled off significantly over his last three contests. The oft injured receiver was dealing with a sore knee in Week 6 and it's certainly possible that his knee has been lingering. If Williams is healthy or not is unknown, but what's known is that he has just six receptions for 104 over his last three games. Moving forward, managers should downgrade Williams to a WR3 with upside for now. The free-agent to be will look to get back into the end zone versus the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams got off to a hot start this season, but has struggled in his last two contests to the tune of four receptions for 46 yards over that span. Things won't get easier in Week 9 versus a Philadelphia Eagles secondary that has allowed just 123 yards and one touchdown per game to wide receivers. Despite the recent struggles, Williams has 35 receptions for 517 yards and six touchdowns on the season and quarterback Justin Herbert is sure to look his way on Sunday. Even in a tough matchup, Williams should be viewed as a WR2 in Week 9.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams posted his second straight poor performance in a row during a Week 8 loss versus the New England Patriots. The big receiver has been healthy this season and started the season on fire, but had just two catches for 19 yards and has just four receptions for 46 yards over his last two games. Overall, Williams has been having a great season, but he shaping up as a boom-or-bust option. Compared to his teammate and wide receiver Keenan Allen, Williams has proven to have a high ceiling, but low floor and Allen has proven to be more consistent and the safer Chargers wide receiver to roster. Quarterback Justin Herbert has struggled over the past two contests and that could be a reason for Williams and his back-to-back poor performances. The Chargers have an explosive offense when their offense is going in the right direction and managers shouldn't worry too much about Williams moving forward. Facing the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 9, Williams will look to get back on track. He remains a WR2 with WR1 upside moving forward at the moment.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams will look to continue his career year in Week 8 versus the New England Patriots. Williams has been a beast this year and has elevated himself as the top option for quarterback Justin Herbert with 33 receptions for 498 yards and six touchdowns in six games. The injury prone receiver had been dealing a knee injury and almost missed Week 6, but he has had time to rest and recover with the team having a bye week in Week 7 and has practiced in full this week. It's very encouraging news for managers and he should continue to have WR1 upside against a Patriots secondary that has allowed seven touchdowns to wide receivers and has been giving up 172 yards per game to the position. One of the best bargains of the season, managers should continue to enjoy the success they are getting from the big receiver.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. He was a game-time decision and ended up suiting up in Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens. The Chargers wide receiver caught two of his five targets for 27 yards in a Week 6 blowout loss versus the Ravens. He was on the sidelines most of the fourth quarter, but reportedly it was a precaution due to the game's blowout nature. Williams had the bye in Week 7 to rest his knee and appears fully recovered after logging a full practice on Wednesday. The 27-year-old is having a break-out season in 2021, hauling in 33-of-56 targets for 498 yards and six touchdowns over six games. Williams is a borderline WR1 against the New England Patriots in Week 8.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams caught two of his five targets for 27 yards in a Week 6 blowout loss versus the Baltimore Ravens. The oft injured receiver entered the game battling a knee injury and with the game out of hand, he sat out most of the fourth quarter. The Chargers offense as a whole was ugly on Sunday and managers should chalk this up as just a bad game for Williams. The upcoming free agent has been enjoying the best season of his career with 33 receptions, 498 yards and six touchdowns on the season. The good news for both Williams and managers is that he will get a bye in Week 7 to rest his knee. The hope is that Williams will be good to go for a Week 8 matchup against the New England Patriots.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) is active for the Week 6 contest against the Ravens despite missing practice all week with swelling in his knee. Williams has been great this season, with six touchdown receptions, but it's fair to wonder what his workload will look like this week. Managers in season-long leagues probably need to play him because of the upside, but be aware that he could end up serving more as a decoy than a real downfield threat.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee), listed as questionable, is expected to suit up for Sunday's game against the Ravens. Williams was unable to practice all week, as his knee was swelling up, though it seems like the team was taking the cautious approach with their star wideout. The 27-year-old should be out there Sunday as long as he doesn't experience a setback in the pregame. Despite the injury, Williams belongs in all lineups, as he's exceeded 80 receiving yards with at least one touchdown in four of five games. Fantasy managers should only consider other options if they possess a deep bench.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) missed practice all week and is listed as questionable for a Week 6 showdown with the Baltimore Ravens. This one looks like it'll come down to a game-time decision, but the good news is that fantasy managers will know before the early games begin on Sunday. Williams is in the midst of a true breakout season in 2021, so an absence would be a huge disappointment. The 27-year-old is the WR1 in fantasy through five weeks with 31 catches (51 targets) for 471 yards and a league-leading six touchdowns as quarterback Justin Herbert's go-to receiver. Big Mike is a must-start if he's active. If he can't go, Keenan Allen, Jalen Guyton and rookie Joshua Palmer would likely feature in three-receiver sets, while tight ends Jared Cook and Donald Parham could also be targeted more often.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) recorded his third consecutive DNP on Friday. His status is up in the air for Sunday, but his availability doesn't seem likely considering he hasn't practiced this week. If he is unable to play, Keenan Allen gets a slight increase in value as he would likely see all the targets he can handle, albeit in a tough matchup against stud cornerback Marlon Humphrey. Jalen Guyton and Josh Palmer would see an increase in playing time and could possibly warrant FLEX consideration in deep formats if Williams is deemed inactive before kickoff.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) is missing his second straight day of practice on Thursday. Williams is now looking very questionable for the Week 6 showdown against the Baltimore Ravens. The No. 1 fantasy wideout through five weeks will need at least a limited practice on Friday to ease everyone's concerns about his status this week. Williams went off for eight catches on 16 targets for 165 yards and two touchdowns last Sunday, and he has an impressive 31 catches (51 targets) for 471 yards and a league-leading six touchdowns as quarterback Justin Herbert's favorite target. If Big Mike is unable to go this weekend, it would surely lower Herbert's ceiling as a QB1. Keenan Allen, Jalen Guyton and rookie Joshua Palmer would serve in three-wide sets.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) was listed as a non-participant in practice on Wednesday to begin the practice week. Williams is a surprise addition to the Week 6 injury report after he caught eight of his whopping 16 targets for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 5 win over the Cleveland Browns. It's possible that the Bolts are just resting him early in the week, but we'll know more on Thursday. The 27-year-old is in the midst of a breakout season through the first five games of 2021. He's the No. 1 fantasy wideout with 31 catches on 51 targets for 471 yards and a league-leading six touchdowns as quarterback Justin Herbert's go-to guy. As long as Williams is playing, he's become a must-start WR1 for fantasy managers. Keenan Allen, Jalen Guyton and Joshua Palmer would be the three receivers if Williams were to miss any time.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams certainly made up for his dreadful Week 4 performance, finishing with eight catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns during the win over the Browns on Sunday. The 27-year-old received 16 looks from Justin Herbert, and he certainly benefited from the sophomore's nearly 400-year performance. He now has six trips to the end zone on the year. With Herbert playing at an elite level, Williams should continue to be featured in starting lineups of all fantasy formats moving ahead, including for the Bolts' upcoming outing in Baltimore.
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