Mike Williams
Mike Williams expects expanded role in 2019 (Jake Roth / USA TODAY Sports)

Tyrell Williams left the Chargers via free agency and landed in Oakland with the Raiders. That left a void in the LA receiving core. One man claims that all of Williams’ targets are his. That man is Mike Williams, the former first round pick from Clemson. Williams claims that he expects a bigger role in the offense now that Tyrell is gone.

“Well, this is my third year going into the offense,” Mike Williams said, via Ricky Henne of the team website. “I’m a lot more confident coming out here and playing. My role is going to expand with Tyrell leaving. I’m looking forward to that. I’m ready to make some plays this upcoming season.”

“We lost a big weapon in Tyrell [Williams to the Raiders, so] a lot of people in the room have to step up,” Mike Williams told reporters via the team website. “I feel like me being the player that I am, I feel like I can do that… I feel like the role is going to change. I feel I’m going to get a lot more opportunities than I did last year. A lot more balls coming my way. I’m looking forward to it.”

Williams is probably right in his assessment. Travis Benjamin is the other notable receiver on the roster and he only does one thing… go deep. Williams, the 3rd year man from Clemson, is a huge target at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds. From year one, Williams took a huge step forward. He went from 11 catches for 95 yards as a rookie to 43 catches for 664 yards and 10 touchdowns in year 2. I expect an even bigger jump in year 3.

From a fantasy perspective, I love the thought of adding Williams to your squad. In 2018, he led all receivers with 83.7 percent of receptions going for first downs. That’s a solid combo of trust and big play ability. His frame also makes him an ideal target in the red area. Keep an eye on Williams. He may be worth your time as a fantasy darling.