Keenan Allen owners: I feel your pain. of the 6 leagues I currently take part in, I drafted Allen in 2 of them. As I write this, there has been no official injury designation for the 4th year receiver out of Cal, but the Chargers fear it is a torn ACL. Whether that is the case or not, it looks like the former Golden Bear will be forced to miss a significant portion, if not all of the fantasy season.
Hopefully, you drafted solid backups at the wide receiver position, but regardless of your draft strategy, you are likely looking to replace a roster spot. Enter my #ManCrushMonday pick for the week: San Diego Charger Tyrell Williams.
If you have never heard of Williams, you probably aren’t alone. Williams is a 2nd-year wide receiver out of Western Oregon. He is a tall receiver at 6’3″ yet also quick. (4.43 forty time)
During the pre-season, Williams was 2nd on the team in both receptions (7) and yards. (83) Quarterback Phillip Rivers has been singing the praises of Williams throughout the offseason. In yesterday’s loss, Williams had 2 catches for 71 yards.
Why Should You Pick Him Up?
By the power of injuries, Tyrell Williams finds himself as a de-facto starter for the Chargers. Not only is Allen likely done for the year, but Stevie Johnson has already been put on the IR and will not play in 2016. The only other wide receiver who will give Williams legitimate competition for targets is free agent signee Travis Benjamin.
The Chargers defense is still very much a work in progress. The average Chiefs offense sans their best play-maker (Jamaal Charles) still managed to put up 33 points on San Diego. That means that the Chargers will almost always be in situations where they will need to pass the ball, and that volume is a very positive sign for Tyrell Williams. Williams can get open and get open deep, meaning he may only need to get open a couple times a game to make him worth a flex play.
At the very least, he is worth a stash on your roster to see how he develops his place in the Charger’s offense. At best he becomes a reliable WR2 with his ability to take the top off of a defense. Grab him now and hope for the best. I wouldn’t recommend starting him right away unless you are very desperate at the position. However, the Bolts may find themselves in a shootout playing against the pass-happy Jaguars next week, so if you have to start him, he may find the opportunities to produce.
As always, head over to The Fantasy Authority to stay up to date with everything fantasy football. Look out for my article tomorrow that will outline my picks for weekly streaming, Williams may just make an appearance. Remember kids, it’s week 1. No need to panic yet!