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| It's astonishing to think that Tyrell Williams finished 13th overall at wide receiver in fantasy production in 2016 - ahead of the likes of Amari Cooper, Larry Fitzgerald and Julian Edelman - but it's true. That type of production from a relatively unknown receiver is exactly what Philip Rivers has been orchestrating throughout the majority of his career.
Much of Williams' production was due to the lack of options around him, especially with injuries to Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead; but there's still a role for him in this offense in 2017. It's looking like he could begin the season in the starting lineup as Mike Williams is missing valuable practice time. Tyrell doesn't have the upside that he flashed in 2016 but he's a sneaky late-round pick who could provide WR2 numbers if either Allen or Mike Williams continue to struggle with injuries, and WR3 numbers even if everyone stays healthy.
| Mike Williams not a candidate for surgery?|
Rookie WR's herinated disc "improving"
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jul 20, 7:00 pm
|Surgery was on the table 3-4 weeks ago (for Mike Williams' herinated disc). Two sources with direct knowledge say it is NOT on the table now. Williams is improving. (NFL.com - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: The Tyrell Williams bandwagon has hit its first speed bump. Mike Williams sounds like he is destined to open training camp on the active/PUP list, but he may be able to go Week 1 after all. He wasn't necessarily expected to make a huge rookie-year impact anyway, so owners in smaller leagues can probably leave on the waiver wire for now.
| Chargers Mike Williams may need back surgery|
Second epidural given for herniated disk
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Jul 19, 3:27 pm
|The Los Angeles Chargers are still hoping to avoid it, but first-round pick Mike Williams might need back surgery on his herniated disk that would end his rookie season, league sources tell ESPN. The team still is hoping that Williams will respond positively to the second epidural but also knows there's a real chance he will not and his rookie year will be over before it begins. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Bad news for the rookie wideout. It sounds like the best case scenario is for him to get back on the practice field at some point during training camp. Even if he does, he's missed so much time it would be a minor miracle for him to contribute in any meaningful fantasy way in 2017. Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin would be the biggest benefactors if Mike Williams were to miss significant time.