Jameson Williams

Jameson Williams

23-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Detroit Lions
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Returning from an ACL tear at the end of his Alabama career, Williams was held out for the first 11 games of 2022, taking only 78 offensive snaps in six appearances. His one catch on nine targets went for a 41-yard touchdown, at least, and he had another distance TD wiped out by a penalty. There's not much to work with from his rookie season, so it's probably best to view Williams as a rookie again this year. However, the 22-year-old's 2023 season debut will be delayed after he was suspended for the first six games of the season for violating the league's gambling policy. Once Williams -- who went 12th overall last year, right behind Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson -- is eligible to play again, he could potentially see a high volume of perimeter snaps in Detroit's offense following the offseason departure of DJ Chark. In terms of pure speed, Williams is in the same league as former college teammate Jaylen Waddle, though with a slightly narrower build (6-1, 180) and only one season of big-time college production (79-1,572-15 in 2021). Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $17.46 million contract with the Lions in May of 2022
Pushing to be 'full-time starter'
WRDetroit Lions
February 27, 2024
Head coach Dan Campbell indicated that Williams is set for an increased role in 2024, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. "[Williams] is going to push to be a full-time starter, and that's what we're looking for. Everybody grows at a different rate. Maybe it's taken him a little bit longer, but he is developing and growing. The kid has come on. We got high hopes for him and see him continuing to grow," Campbell said Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.
ANALYSIS
Williams technically became a starter Week 7 of last season, but he never topped 70 percent of the offensive snaps in a single game until Detroit's season-ending loss to the 49ers in the playoffs. The 2022 first-round pick also saw just 3.5 targets per game after joining the starting unit. Given that the likes of Josh Reynolds and DJ Chark have regularly topped 80 percent of the offensive snaps while serving as the No. 2 wideout behind Amon-Ra St. Brown in recent years, Williams at least has considerable room to grow from a playing-time standpoint, especially with Reynolds set to become an unrestricted free agent. However, neither Reynolds nor Chark saw more than 4.7 targets per game in a season with Detroit, and none of the top-36 wide receivers in per-game half-PPR scoring saw less than 5.6 targets per game in 2023. With St. Brown and Sam LaPorta presumably the centerpieces for the passing game of a run-first Lions offense, Williams may need to rely upon touchdowns and explosive plays to pay off as a difference-making fantasy asset in 2024.
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How do Jameson Williams' 2023 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
55.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.53
 
% Team Air Yards
16.7%
 
% Team Targets
7.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
15.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
57.1%
 
Drop Rate
7.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.6
 
% Targeted On Route
18.7%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.57
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Ruled out for season finale
WRDetroit Lions
January 5, 2024
Williams will not play in Sunday's Week 18 clash against the Vikings due to an ankle injury, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Woodyard notes Williams appeared to roll both ankles on a 63-yard catch in the Lions' Week 17 loss to the Cowboys, with the speedster limping as he left the visitors' locker room following the contest. Williams' injury was labeled as "nothing significant" by head coach Dan Campbell on Friday, implying the second-year wideout should have a good chance of playing in Detroit's first postseason contest.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
Williams might've been the first WR selected in the 2022 Draft if not for his ACL tear in the national title game last season. It was a disappointing end to a phenomenal year, with Williams averaging 104.8 yards and a TD per game in his lone season at Alabama after transferring from OSU. The Lions took him 12th overall, despite the knee injury and his lack of production at OSU pre-transfer. Naturally, two of the guys who played ahead of Williams at OSU were drafted right ahead of him - Chris Olave (Saints) and Garrett Wilson (Jets). None has an ideal situation for rookie-year production, but it'll be especially difficult for Williams given the timing of his injury. It's possible he's eased into action once he returns from his stint (at least four games) on the NFL list and he may fall behind Amon-Ra St. Brown and DJ Chark when it comes to building chemistry with QB Jared Goff. On the other hand, Williams is blazing fast, young for his draft class and coming off a dominant campaign in the SEC, making it unwise to bet against him long term.
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Totals 383 total yards in 2023
WRDetroit Lions
February 11, 2024
Williams caught 24 passes (on 42 targets) for 354 yards and two touchdowns while rushing three times for 29 yards and one touchdown over 12 regular-season games in 2023.
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Logs full practice Wednesday
WRDetroit Lions
January 10, 2024
Williams (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday.
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Practicing to start week
WRDetroit Lions
Ankle
January 10, 2024
Williams (ankle/illness) is practicing Wednesday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
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Expected to play versus Los Angeles
WRDetroit Lions
Ankle
January 8, 2024
Coach Dan Campbell said Monday that Williams (ankle/illness) is expected to be good to play Sunday against the Rams, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
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Ruled out for Week 18
WRDetroit Lions
Ankle
January 5, 2024
Williams (ankle/illness) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Minnesota.
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