With kickoff returner Marquise Goodwin back from a hamstring injury, Mike Williams was deactivated in Week 10 against Kansas City. Doug Marrone said afterward that Williams had his best week of practice made a stronger case to be active. (Source: ESPN.com)
Fantasy Impact: Buffalo dressed just four wide receivers, so in a different game plan, Williams could potentially suit up. The Bills have had trouble scoring touchdowns in the red zone, and one would think Williams can be an asset there. But until he is, he's not worth fantasy consideration.
The NFL's trading deadline is Tuesday at 4 p.m. Eastern time. One of the names that's been mentioned as a possibility is Mike Williams, who has fallen to fourth, at best, on the Bills' receiver depth chart. He played only 12 snaps in Week 8 with no targets, despite Robert Woods missing much of the game with a back injury.
Fantasy Impact: Cave Man Mike is in the second year of a six-year, $40 million deal signed with Tampa Bay. That and his widely reported attitude problems would seem to be deterrents to giving up anything for him. A deal to a receiver-needy team is the only way Williams can get anywhere near the fantasy radar.
After his Week 6 benching, Mike Williams was activated for the Bills' game against the Vikings, but that was with Marquise Goodwin out. Williams was on the field for five snaps and didn't receive a single target (even Frank Summers got one).
Fantasy Impact: Cave Man Mike has been the subject of trade rumors, and unless he's dealt to a team with a need at receiver, he shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters.
Following up on an earlier report by the NY Daily News this morning, nj.com has confirmed that the Giants have no interest in trading for Williams due to salary cap concerns and the likelihood Buffalo would want a draft pick in return. (Source: nj.com)
Fantasy Impact: Williams should continue to remain off the fantasy radar at this point.
In wake of the season-ending injury to Victor Cruz, the Giants are exploring all options and have some interest in potentially acquiring Mike Williams from the Bills, who has requested a trade. (Source: NY Daily News )
Fantasy Impact: The NY Daily News considers any such deal a "longshot," given reports that Buffalo would seek a large return; but the Giants are suddenly thin at WR, having now lost Cruz, Mario Manningham, Jerrel Jernigan and Trindon Holliday to season-ending injuries. Williams has not been fantasy relevant this season, but could generate some fantasy value if he is traded to the Giants, where he could potentially assume third WR duties with Preston Parker.
Mike Williams, who was absent from the weekly injury report, has been ruled inactive for Week 6. (Source: Sal Maiorana via Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Sal Maiorana states that this deactivation was simply a performance issue, which does not signal big things for Williams's future. Williams has always had an intriguing skill-set, but hasn't been fantasy relevant since 2012. If he's currently on your roster, go drop him for someone with a hint of upside.
Mike Williams' 80-yard touchdown in Week 4 was, as expected, just a blip. In Week 5 at Detroit, he caught one pass for eight yards on two targets.
Fantasy Impact: He also lost some looks to Marquise Goodwin and Chris Hogan, who combined caught all three of their targets for 69 yards. Williams' snaps fell from 43 to 26. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Mike Williams took advantage of busted coverage for an 80-yard touchdown in Buffalo's only offensive highlight of its Week 4 loss at Houston. He caught one other pass for four yards and was targeted six times.
Fantasy Impact: Ignore this. Take away this textbook fluke, and he has six catches for 54 yards and no scores this year. He's still the third wide receiver for a quarterback who has a lot of trouble throwing to wide receivers. Let someone else naively grab him off the waiver wire.
It was a big day for Buffalo native Mike Williams as he caught three passes for a team-high 46 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown, in his first game in his home area and against his former Tampa Bay teammates. It was also the first TD the Bills' first-team offense scored in four preseason games.
Fantasy Impact: The caveats are that it came in the second half against the Bucs' second-team defense, and Sammy Watkins didn't play. But Williams is an attractive red-zone target, and he's a low-cost flier at the end of drafts.
Mike Williams made one catch Friday night against Carolina, but it was a beauty as he won a jump ball with a DB draped around him for a 28-yard gain. He started the game for Buffalo in a two-WR set.
Fantasy Impact: This was the kind of catch the Bills envision for Williams. He didn't play during the next drive but returned for the third series as the Bills rotated receivers with the first team. Their crowded receiving corps makes Williams strictly a potential late-round flier in drafts.
Mike Williams was the starter opposite Sammy Watkins for the Bills in the Hall of Fame game Sunday night. He caught one pass for 11 yards and almost converted an end-zone target. Chris Hogan played in the slot, and Robert Woods came in with the 2s.
Fantasy Impact: This is a change from the Bills' own depth chart that was released at the start of camp. If Williams remains a starter, he becomes draftable. The tallest of the Biils' top three wideouts was a good bet to score more TDs than Woods anyway.
Mike Williams "stole the show" at Friday's practice with his high-pointing ability in the red zone, which is why the Bills traded for him. (Source: Joe Buscaglia)
Fantasy Impact: With Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods in front of him on the depth chart, Williams won't get a lot of targets, but he could lead the team in TD catches. He's off most draft boards and rightfully so, but if you need a desperation plug during the season, you could gamble that he'll find the end zone that week. And that's if he stays out of trouble.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Mike Williams told Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News that he is fully healthy to start training camp. Williams ended last season on IR after tearing his hamstring. (Source: The Buffalo News)
Fantasy Impact: Williams is not guaranteed a spot with the Bills, and there were earlier reports that he was in danger of being cut. Still, if he can return to previous form, the Bills have a receiver that averaged 64 catches for 910 yards his first three NFL seasons.
Mike Rodak reports that Williams didn't stand out in OTAs and he doesn't bring a specific skill to the WR group. (Source: Mike Rodak)
Fantasy Impact: The news is hardly surprising. The Bills have surprisingly good depth at WR with Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, and Chris Hogan. Williams looks like the odd man out and she should be missing from your fantasy draft board as well.