|ADP:||Round: 13, Pick: 10|
|Team:||Las Vegas Raiders|
|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 200 lb.|
|Born:||February 12, 1992|
|Drafted:||2015 / UDFA|
Williams dealt with plantar fasciitis in both feet last season, but he's believed to be healthy now, ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez reports.
Analysis: Williams technically missed only two games in the first season of a four-year, $44 million contract, but he didn't make much noise after Week 8. He scored five of his six touchdowns in his first five games, while his final nine appearances yielded only 344 yards and one score. In terms of per-target efficiency, he built on his excellent track record from his time with the Chargers, with 10.2 YPT placing seventh among qualified pass catchers. Williams made a strong case to see more work if he can stay healthy, but the Raiders may have other ideas after using a first-round pick on Henry Ruggs and a third-round pick on Bryan Edwards. There's also a lot of touch competition coming from other positions, namely Josh Jacobs, Jalen Richard and Lynn Bowden in the backfield and Darren Waller and Jason Witten at tight end.
Coach Jon Gruden said Williams (foot) is approach 100 percent health, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Williams was hobbled by plantar fasciitis throughout much of his first season with the Raiders, recording 47 percent of his receiving yards and five of his six touchdowns within his first five games. He's now entering the second season of a four-year, $44.4 million contract, with his $11 million base salary for 2020 vesting to a full guarantee earlier this month, per overthecap.com. The Raiders are probably still in the market for a true No. 1 receiver, but they at least have a diverse group of weapons between Williams, Darren Waller, Hunter Renfrow, Josh Jacobs and Jalen Richard. While the target upside may be limited, a healthy Williams could be a regular source of big plays and touchdowns. It sounds like he'll be healthy for the offseason program, though plantar fasciitis is known to linger or reappear later on.
Williams (foot) is making good progress in his recovery from his Plantar fasciitis injury, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Analysis: Williams began the 2019 regular season strong, recording four straight contests with a touchdown grab, but he was then forced to sit out back-to-back games due to Plantar fasciitis issues. The 28-year-old wideout toughed out the remainder of the season but was clearly hobbled by his linger foot injury, culminating in a Week 17 tilt in which he wasn't targeted. Coach Jon Gruden blamed Williams' dwindling production on injury, saying "it's hard to play when your feet are on fire" following the season-ending loss. Williams remains under contract for the next three seasons with a salary of $11 million per year, so he'll be in line to reprise a key role in the Raiders' receiver corps provided he can get healthy during the offseason.
Williams (foot) didn't receive a target in Sunday's 16-15 loss to the Broncos, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Coach Jon Gruden attributed Williams' lack of production to his injury status. "We still think he's an excellent player, Gruden said, according to Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. "But it's hard to play when your feet are on fire. His feet were hurting." Williams has been dealing with plantar fasciitis, and it has affected his performance lately. The 27-year-old wideout had his best game in Week 1 against the Broncos, as he set season highs in catches (six) and yards (105) while finding the paydirt, but he surpassed 50 receiving yards just three more times. Williams remains under contract for the next three seasons at $11 million per year, so the Raiders hope he can shake off the injury before the 2020 campaign.
Williams (foot) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday game against the Broncos after logging a limited practice Friday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Williams was added to the Raiders' Week 17 injury report after sitting out Thursday's practice, but his return to the field Friday sets the stage for him to suit up for the team's regular-season finale, a game that 7-8 Oakland needs to win in order to have any chance of making the playoffs. Williams -- hauled in all four of his targets for 82 yards in Week 16's win over the Chargers -- began the season on a TD roll, but he's been a hit or miss option since Week 9, while logging starters' snaps.
Williams (foot) didn't practice Thursday.
Analysis: Williams wasn't listed on Wednesday's practice/injury report estimate, so the wideout's Thursday addition makes his status for Sunday's game against the Broncos worth monitoring. Williams, who brought in all four of his targets for 82 yards in the Raiders' Week 16 win over the Chargers, heads into his team's regular-season finale with a 42/651/6 stat line through 13 contests.
Williams hauled in all four of his targets for 82 yards in the team's Week 16 win over the Chargers.
Analysis: Williams provided his usual big play ability, recording catches of 43, 20 and 13 yards to account for the majority of his production. His longest reception came in the first quarter on a slant pass across the middle that he subsequently turned upfield for a big play. Williams was outplayed by rookie Hunter Renfrow but managed to work efficiently and produce an effective stat-line for the second consecutive contest. He'll look to keep that stretch going in the team's Week 17 matchup against the Broncos.
Williams caught two of three targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-16 loss to the Jaguars.
Analysis: A battle with plantar fasciitis seems to be the cause of his recent swoon, but Williams still supplied the Raiders' only TD of the day on a 40-yard strike from Derek Carr in the first quarter -- the receiver's first trip to the end zone since Week 8. Williams has seen six targets or less in eight straight games, making him a risky fantasy option, but he'll try to finish the season on a high note beginning next Sunday in Atlanta.
Williams doesn't appear on the Raiders' Week 15 injury report, but offensive coordinator Greg Olson acknowledged Thursday that the receiver is still "battling" the plantar fasciitis that kept him sidelined for two games earlier this season, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports. "Plantar fasciitis, it's a pretty significant injury," Olson said. "He's taking medication before every game trying to manage the pain."
Analysis: Williams opened his tenure with the Raiders with a bang, scoring a touchdown in each of his first four games before the foot injury sidelined him for three weeks. He returned to action in Week 8 and kept his touchdown streak going, but he's been held out of the end zone in the six games that followed and has only topped 50 receiving yards on one occasion. Though Williams' case of plantar fasciiitis doesn't look like it'll threaten his availability for the remainder of the season, the injury may at least partially explain his diminished production of late. Even with a favorable matchup on tap Sunday against the Jaguars, Williams won't necessarily make for a must-start fantasy option.
Williams caught three of four targets for 35 yards during Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: Williams led Raiders wideouts in targets and hauled in 75 percent of his looks. Unfortunately, the volume was low and his long gain went for just 18 yards, so the overall output wasn't particularly impressive. Williams has been held under 50 receiving yards in five of the last six games and will look to break out next Sunday against Jacksonville.
Williams caught one of four targets for nine yards in Sunday's 40-9 loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: His lone catch didn't come until the fourth quarter, when the game was long out of reach. Williams hasn't found the end zone since Week 8, and hasn't topped 25 receiving yards in three of the last four games, disappearing just when the Raiders seemed to be pushing themselves into playoff contention. The fifth-year receiver will try to reverse his fortunes in Week 14 against the Titans.
Williams caught two of six passes for 18 yards in Sunday's 34-3 loss to the Jets.
Analysis: Drops doomed the Raiders before this one got away from them, and Williams was among the culprits. Expectations were high for him coming into this meeting with an underwhelming Jets secondary, but Williams failed to live up to them with season lows in both catches and receiving yards. Oakland's No. 1 receiver will have to be better for the team to stand any chance against Kansas City in Week 13.
Williams caught all four of his targets for 82 yards during Sunday's 17-10 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: Williams led the team in receiving yards while averaging an impressive 20.5 yards per reception. He finished third on the team in targets, but his efficiency buoyed him to his third-best receiving output of the campaign. Williams hasn't reached the end zone in the last three games after scoring in his first five appearances of the season, but his involvement should afford him some upside heading into next Sunday's matchup against the Jets.
Williams (foot) won't play Sunday against the Packers, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: With Williams -- who is dealing with a case of plantar fasciitis -- still sidelined even after the Raiders' bye week, look for the team's Week 7 wideout corps to be led by Trevor Davis, Keelan Doss and Hunter Renfrow, with Marcell Ateman and recently-acquired Zay Jones also in the mix. Neither represent a high-percentage fantasy play, but it's worth noting that in Week 5 Davis paced Oakland's wide receivers with four catches on four targets for 42 yards.
Williams (heel) isn't taking part in Thursday's practice, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Williams' absence from practice for the second straight day doesn't come as much of a surprise after coach Jon Gruden said Wednesday that the wideout was still bothered by plantar fasciitis coming out of a Week 6 bye. Unless Williams demonstrates some progress and is able to log some on-field work Friday to keep hope alive for an appearance this weekend, the Raiders are likely to rely on Hunter Renfrow, Trevor Davis, Keelan Doss and Zay Jones as their primary receivers Sunday in Green Bay.
Coach Jon Gruden revealed Wednesday that Williams has a case of plantar fasciitis, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Williams sat out Week 5 due to an undisclosed foot injury, and even after the Raiders' bye, he didn't make an appearance at practice Wednesday, according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic. Afterward, Gruden revealed the reason for Williams' continued absence, which seemingly could extend for some time. Aside from Williams, Dwayne Harris (ankle) was listed as limited on Wednesday's injury report, leaving five health players (Hunter Renfrow, Zay Jones, Trevor Davis, Keelan Doss and Marcell Ateman) in the Raiders' receiving corps at the moment.
Williams (foot) is not practicing Wednesday, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Williams wasn't able to make tangible progress in his recovery during Oakland's bye week. His availability for Sunday's game against Green Bay will likely be determined by the extent of his participation in practice Thursday and Friday. If Williams is unable to go Week 7, the Raiders will be forced to make do with the likes of Hunter Renfrow, Zay Jones, Dwayne Harris (ankle) and Trevor Davis at wideout.
Williams (foot) was present for the Raiders' practice Monday but looked to be a non-participant, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: The Raiders won't reveal their first injury report of Week 7 until Wednesday, but Williams' lack of activity during Monday's session suggests the Raiders' recent bye week wasn't enough for him to fully overcome the foot issue. If Williams doesn't gain active status for Sunday's game in Green Bay, the Raiders would be down to a green receiver room that counts recent pickup Zay Jones (90 career receptions) as its most established member.
Williams (foot) is inactive for Sunday's Week 5 tilt against the Bears in London.
Analysis: Williams was trending downward earlier in the weekend, and his inactive status is now confirmed. With fellow wideouts J.J. Nelson (knee) and Dwayne Harris (ankle) also on the shelf Sunday, the Raiders are down to a top receiver trio of rookie Hunter Renfrow, Keelan Doss and Trevor Davis against a ferocious Bears defense. Tight end Darren Waller may be in line for a bump in his already massive workload as a result, but quarterback Derek Carr's prospects, already shaky to start with versus Chicago, become downright grim in the wake of the multiple absences.
Williams (foot), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears, is viewed as a "long shot" to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The Raiders will presumably put Williams through a pregame workout before deciding on his fate, but it doesn't sound like the team expects him to demonstrate enough progress to get the green light to play. If that's the case, a weak Raiders passing attack would likely become more reliant on tight end Darren Waller, while receivers J.J. Nelson (knee) and Hunter Renfrow may also notice heightened roles.
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