Fantasy football flex of the week: Tyrell Williams

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Once again, my last fantasy football flex play didn’t stand out. Shane Vereen was fine. He went for 66 total yards with three receptions, but it was less than expected in a game that had an over/under near 55 points.

This week, my confidence is through the roof and I’m backing a guy who no one drafted before the season started.

At the beginning of the week, Tyrell Williams was owned in 48% of Yahoo leagues and 43.4% of ESPN ones. Expect that total to go a little higher with his upcoming matchup.

While Williams only had three receptions in his first start since Keenan Allen’s injury, he still managed three receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown. The main takeaway is that he had as many targets as top receiver Travis Benjamin.

But in a game that the Chargers dominated, Philip Rivers didn’t need to throw the ball that much, finishing with just 24 pass attempts. Surely, that will change this weekend in Indianapolis against Andrew Luck in what could be a repeat of the Colts-Lions game in Week 1.

Rivers looks as good as ever, even without Allen, and in this quick-passing offense, he’ll find plenty of success against a Colts defense that picks up a new injury every day.

A past-his-prime Antonio Cromartie is Indy’s top corner with everyone else a question. Trevor Siemian couldn’t fully exploit the Colts last weekend, but we saw what Matthew Stafford did to them in the opener.

With Rivers and his quick release, expect at least 300 yards in this game. And it won’t be a repeat of San Diego’s last game because Luck is on the other side of the field.

There are still plenty of questions surrounding the Jaguars’ offense, but one thing that’s known about the Colts is that Andrew Luck will put points on the board. Maybe he struggled against the Broncos, but that’s the Broncos. Against the Chargers, 60 total points could be expected.

That only means that Williams could be in line for 10-plus targets and a breakout game in just his second NFL start.

I’m labeling him a near must-start in all leagues as a top-30 wide receiver.

At DraftKings, he costs $4,300 and at FanDuel he’s $6,100. Similarly priced players include Anquan Boldin, Steven Smith and Devin Funchess.

For me, there’s no question who I am adding as my flex or WR3 in daily fantasy leagues.

The Chargers have talked up Williams since Allen went down, and while that’s not the best barometer for projecting success, he was clearly a factor against the Jaguars.

Dontrelle Inman led the Chargers in snaps, but that didn’t translate to receptions as he collected one of three targets for seven yards. Williams played more snaps than Travis Benjamin, San Diego’s best receiver of the week, so clearly snap count didn’t project to fantasy numbers as the Chargers ran a lot more than projected.

But against the weak secondary of the Colts, Williams could be headed for 100-plus yards. In a game that’s almost guaranteed to be high scoring, this No. 2 WR should be in for a nice game.

Fantasy football flex of the week: Tyrell Williams

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