Bolting Past the Competition [Mike Williams 2019 Fantasy Outlook] #MakingTheLeap

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Mike Williams

2018 Stats

66 Targets

43 Receptions

664 Receiving Yards

11 Touchdowns

Mike Williams is a prototypical WR1. He is a big, tough, athletic receiver able to contest any play and make defenses pay after the catch. The 7th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Williams has flown under the radar for the last couple of seasons due to an injury riddled 2017 Rookie campaign. So what does Mike Williams bring to the table and what will he provide in 2019?

Player Profile

Mike Williams is everybody’s view of a prototypical number one receiver. He is 6’4” and weighs 218 LBs, making him a big and physical receiver capable of fighting for any ball thrown his way. Despite his lack of speed, he is a big play threat down the field as his 15.4 Yards Per Reception indicates. He doesn’t get much separation on his routes, something his 1.22 yards of separation per target indicates. Still, that is negated by his astounding 50% contested catch rate. In short, he has every physical attribute you look for in a number one receiver while playing in one of the most powerful offenses in the league.

2018 Review

After spending most of 2017 hobbled by back and knee injuries, Williams showed the potential that led to him being the 7th overall pick in 2017, catching 43 passes for 664 yards and 11 total touchdowns. He was one of the most efficient players at the fantasy position, making the most of his targets and opportunities by converting them into touchdowns. Williams truly broke out in Week 15 vs the Kansas City Chiefs, catching 7 passes for 76 yards and 2 receiving touchdowns, while also rushing one in. This game happened largely without the presence of Keenan Allen, giving credence to the notion that Mike Williams has what it takes to be a number one receiver. 2018 was a massively successful year for the 2017 draft pick and there is reason to believe that it is only the beginning.

2019 Outlook

There is no reason to believe that Mike Williams will not continue to improve. Williams has every tool necessary to be a top ten receiver in this league. He has the hands, body control, and physicality to make contested down the field catches. If Mike Williams is able to continue to hone his route running Williams could easily become one of the better receivers in the league.

Looking beyond, Mike Williams is a must have for any fantasy owner in dynasty leagues. With Philip  Rivers is nearing the end of his career some owners might be scared of the prospect of a Chargers offense without the Star QB. If that’s the case, buy from them now and reap the rewards for years to come. Williams makes his living on 50-50 throws and he will do so regardless of QB. Williams will be a big factor in 2019, but he could be even better beyond. With Tyrell Williams leaving for the rival Raiders, Williams should be able to gain more targets and a bigger share of the offense. Even if his touchdown rate decreases, his increased targets should result in more catches, yards, and a similar amount of TDs. Even with the return of Hunter Henry, expect Williams to continue to improve and have a successful third season,

Projection. Low End WR2

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