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Chargers Fantasy Preview: Mike Williams is a good flex option in Week 16

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 15: Mike Williams #81 makes a catch for a touchdown, to take a 10-9 lead over the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 15: Mike Williams #81 makes a catch for a touchdown, to take a 10-9 lead over the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 15: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers on the bench in the second half of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 15: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers on the bench in the second half of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 15, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Chargers fantasy preview: Philip Rivers and Mike Williams

The Passing Game

Rivers’ gratuitous decline from his 2018 form continued against the Vikings. Three interceptions and a bad fumble returned to the end zone sunk the Chargers from a Rivers standpoint. That puts Rivers at seven touchdowns and eight interceptions over the last four weeks.

While Rivers has an optimal matchup vs. the Raiders pass defense, it’s hard to expect him to take advantage. He went against the same porous Raiders’ defense the first time in November, and unfortunately, it didn’t go so well. He threw 207 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions in that game.

If Rivers could manage to limit the turnovers this year, it might be a different story in terms of him as a fantasy option. But with the current state of the Chargers’ offense as well as Rivers’ turbulent 2019, there’s just no way it’s possible to rely on him in championship week. Unless you’re in a really, really deep league, stay far away.

The Receiving Game

Williams has really caught fire the last few weeks, regaining a little bit of that 2018 magic that made him so special down the stretch last year. Over the last four games, Williams has averaged 81 yards per contest and has found the end zone twice.

He’s putting up around the same production as Allen over the last month, and through the end of the season, that can be expected to continue.

The Chargers don’t have a third receiver between Jason Moore, Andre Patton, and Jalen Guyton. Rivers is only going to Allen and Williams, so expect both to have at the very least decent production. Both are probably starts with the tear Williams has been on lately, unless you’re in a smaller league.

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