Healthy and hungry, second-year wide receiver Mike Williams is eager to showcase the talents that got him selected seventh overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Fantasy owners may want to take note.
NFL Network’s James Koh joined Chargers Weekly to discuss his recent NFL.com piece on 2018 fantasy bargains, which included Williams. Koh also sees the Clemson product as a fantasy breakout candidate this upcoming season.
“To me, Mike Williams is a lock to be a top-30 fantasy wide receiver,” Koh said. “And he has the talent level -- and he has the opportunity now -- to really explode onto the scene.”
Williams caught 11 balls for 95 yards in a rookie year that began with an offseason back injury. He didn’t make his NFL debut until Week 6 against the Oakland Raiders.
According to Koh, Williams’ current average draft position (ADP) is between 110 and 200, meaning he’s largely available in Round 11 or later. That’s big-time value for a player that Koh expects to be a 70-catch, 1,000-yard wide receiver.
The absence of Hunter Henry could also mean increased scoring opportunities for the 6-foot-4, 220-pound receiver in the red zone.
“As it stands today, Keenan Allen (is) in the slot goal-to-go,” Koh said. “You got big Mike Williams on the outside potentially running a fade as well right over the top of a smaller DB. … I mean, goal-to-go, this is a very dangerous team.”
Koh also lists quarterback Philip Rivers (ADP: 105-185) and running back Austin Ekeler (ADP: undrafted) as fantasy bargains in 2018.