Is Mike Williams Injured? Fantasy Football Injury Update – RotoBaller

  • October 25, 2022

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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams has turned into a fantasy star over the past year. After averaging only 7.9 half-point PPR fantasy points per game over the first four years of his career, the former first-round pick averaged 13 fantasy points per game in 2021, a career-high.
Coming off the best year of his career, the Chargers re-signed Williams to a massive long-term extension in the offseason. Unfortunately, Keenan Allen suffered a hamstring injury in Week 1 and missed the next five games.
With the veteran unable to play, Williams stepped up as Justin Herbert’s No. 1 wide receiver. The former Clemson star averaged 9.2 targets and 13.2 half-point PPR fantasy points per game in the five games Allen missed.
 
Thankfully, Allen returned in Week 7 against the Seattle Seahawks. However, Williams suffered a terrible-looking ankle injury in the fourth quarter.
Initially, everyone feared his season would be over. Instead, Williams only suffered a high ankle sprain. While he will time with the injury, the star receiver will return at some point this season.

#Chargers WR Mike Williams is out "weeks not days" with the ankle injury he suffered on Sunday, coach Brandon Staley said. Injuries are piling up.
 
Los Angeles has their bye in Week 8, giving fantasy players a small break with Williams’ ankle injury. However, the odds that he is ready to play in Week 9 against the Atlanta Falcons are slim.
Therefore, fantasy players need to find replacement options on the waiver wire. The most obvious target is Joshua Palmer.
The third-year receiver from Tennessee has been solid this season, filling in for Allen. He has averaged 7.2 targets and 8.2 half-point PPR fantasy points per game in the five contests the veteran receiver was out.
While Palmer is available in over 70% of ESPN leagues, my favorite waiver wire wide receiver target this week is Wan’Dale Robinson. He is available in over 85% of ESPN leagues.
The New York Giants rookie receiver has missed time this year with a knee injury. However, he has played well in the two games since returning. More importantly, Robinson played more of a role in New York’s offense in Week 7 than in Week 6.

Wan’Dale Robinson’s route participation increased from 35% in Week 6 to 81% in Week 7, per PFF data.

Led Giants w/ 27% target share & has 28% target rate (TPRR) over the last two.

Could lead Giants in targets the rest of way — not much competition. Moves into WR3 territory.
Whether fantasy players need a replacement for Williams or not, Robinson is the top wide receiver waiver wire target this week.

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