News: 7 days agoThe Chargers placed Williams (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday.
Spin: This is merely a procedural move after an MRI confirmed Monday that Williams suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Week 3 action against the Vikings. He'll end his 2023 campaign with 19 catches on 26 targets for 249 yards and one touchdown in three appearances. In Williams' place, Joshua Palmer and rookie first-rounder Quentin Johnston are expected to see bigger roles alongside No. 1 wide receiver Keenan Allen.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Williams is infamous for his boom/bust production, but his overall production (when healthy) has been pretty consistent the last two seasons. In 11 full games in 2022, Williams posted a 58-848-4 receiving line (20% target share) and was 13th among WRs in fantasy PPG (15.2). In 15 full games in 2021, Williams posted a 74-1119-9 receiving line (21% share) and was 14th in fantasy PPG (16.1). "When healthy" shouldn't be glossed over, however, as Williams has missed six games over the last three seasons and left six others early. We can't count on 17 healthy games, but the 28-year-old is a featured perimeter target in a good offense, so he'll remain a viable WR3 is long as Justin Herbert is under center.