- Will Tyrell Williams play against the Bears?
News: 19 hours agoWilliams said he's "over the hump" in dealing with the plantar fasciitis that bothered him last season, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
Spin: Williams was hampered by both of his feet, missing two games in October and ultimately failing to maintain his strong start to the season. He finished with a 42-651-6 receiving line on 64 targets, with both his stat line and snap count (727) looking oddly similar to what he had done the previous two years with the Chargers. The 28-year-old is entering the second season of a four-year, $44 million contract, and while better health might theoretically lead to more targets, he's now facing tougher competition after the Raiders picked up Henry Ruggs (Round 1) and Bryan Edwards (Round 3) in the 2020 NFL Draft. The team also brings back slot specialist Hunter Renfrow and tight end Darren Waller, along with an impressive, versatile backfield led by Josh Jacobs.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Williams' first season with the Raiders had its ups and downs. Forced atop the depth chart by Antonio Brown's shenanigans, Williams opened the season with a touchdown in each of the first five games. However, he scored just one more touchdown while averaging 4.5 targets per game the rest of the season. Williams has now finished between WR45 and WR50 in fantasy points in each of the past three seasons and his 10.6% drop rate was worst at the position in 2019. Almost exclusively a deep threat, Williams will continue to struggle for targets with super-conservative Derek Carr under center and rookies Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards and Lynn Bowden added to the fold. At best, Williams should be stashed on fantasy benches.