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Player Outlook
Williams is worth drafting as a sleeper this season with a mid-round pick, and he could finally perform at a high level in his third year in the NFL. The first two seasons of his career have been frustrating. He was limited to six games in his rookie campaign following a torn ACL in his final collegiate game at Alabama. And he started his second year dealing with a suspension for gambling. The result has been a combined 95.4 PPR points in two years, but now is his time to shine. With Josh Reynolds gone, Williams is locked into a starting role, and Reynolds leaves behind 64 targets. Hopefully, Williams gets most of those chances from Jared Goff, and Williams could emerge as a top-30 Fantasy receiver this year. We recommend drafting Williams around pick 100 overall, and he will hopefully turn into a weekly starter in three-receiver leagues.

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Year rec
Receiving Yards
Average Yards per Reception
Receiving Touchdowns
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2023 24 354 14.75 2 29 9.67 504.2
2022 1 41 41.00 1 40 40.00 142.3
3y Avg. 12 198 16.50 2 34 17.00 252.8
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Making improvements

    Coach Dan Campbell said Thursday that Williams is "a man on a mission" and has made notable improvements this offseason, Eric Woodyard of reports. Williams hasn't yet lived up to his 12th overall draft capital from back in 2022, but he's also faced unique hurdles to begin his NFL career. His big-play ability is undeniable, as is the opportunity for a third playmaker to emerge in Detroit's passing game behind standouts Amon-Ra St. Brown and Sam LaPorta, though plenty of targets should be distributed to running backs Jahmyr Gibbs and David Montgomery. Potential for a year-three breakout is still there, but it depends on Williams truly logging an impressive offseason and earning consistent targets in a crowded offense.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Logs full practice Wednesday

    Williams (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. After injuring his ankle during the Lions' Week 17 loss at Dallas, Williams kicked off Week 18 prep with an absence from drills. He continued to sit out practices Thursday and Friday, but he was listed with an illness on both occasions and eventually was ruled out ahead of this past Sunday's regular-season finale against the Vikings. Head coach Dan Campbell told Kyle Meinke of on Monday that Williams was expected to practice this week and should be good to go for Sunday's wild-card matchup with the Rams, and after Wednesday's uncapped session, the wide receiver is in the clear to return to action. In eight appearances since Detroit's Week 9 bye, Williams averaged 15.7 yards on his 18 catches, notched three carries for 29 yards and scored two touchdowns.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Practicing to start week

    Williams (ankle/illness) is practicing Wednesday, Kyle Meinke of reports. Williams sprained his ankle Week 17 and missed the Lions' Week 18 win over the Vikings, but head coach Dan Campbell said Monday that the wide receiver should return for the start of the playoffs. His participation Wednesday confirms that he's on the right track to be available for Sunday's wild-card game against the Rams.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Expected to play versus Los Angeles

    Coach Dan Campbell said Monday that Williams (ankle/illness) is expected to be good to play Sunday against the Rams, Kyle Meinke of reports. Williams missed practice last Wednesday with an ankle injury and then came down with an illness Thursday. He sat out the Week 18 finale against the Vikings but is expected to practice this week leading up to Sunday's playoff game. Williams could take on a bigger target workload if Sam LaPorta (knee) is unable to play.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Comes down with illness

    Williams (ankle/illness) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice. Williams' listed absence Wednesday was due to the ankle injury that forced him out of this past Saturday's game at Dallas, but an illness now is afflicting the second-year wide receiver as well. Per Eric Woodyard of, coach Dan Campbell termed the ankle issue "nothing significant" Monday, but the new ailment clouds Williams' status as the Lions make their way through Week 18 prep. Friday's practice report could be telling for Williams' odds to suit up Sunday against the Vikings.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Starts Week 18 prep with absence

    Head coach Dan Campbell said Williams (ankle) won't practice Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Campbell downplayed Williams' injury Monday, but the ankle issue is significant enough to keep the wide receiver off the practice field as the Lions begin Week 18 prep. The coach said that the team plans to play its starters as usual against the Vikings in Sunday's regular-season finale, but injured players could get the week off to heal up in advance of the playoffs. With that in mind, Williams may be held out as a precaution even if the injury isn't especially significant.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Injury not deemed significant

    Lions head coach Dan Campbell said Monday that Williams' ankle injury is "nothing significant," Eric Woodyard of reports. Williams hurt his ankle in the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to Dallas and was unable to return. However, the injury doesn't appear to be serious, and the second-year wideout is considered day-to-day, per Campbell. That being said, the Lions are unlikely to move out of the No. 3 playoff seed in the NFC, so it wouldn't be surprising if Williams is put on a snap count or held out altogether for Sunday's regular-season finale versus Minnesota.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Targeted seven times

    Williams recorded four receptions on seven targets for 47 yards in Saturday's 42-17 win over the Broncos. Williams' overall stat line may not look significant, but he topped three targets for only the second time this season. He also showed ability as a possession receiver rather than just a deep threat, as he was targeted primarily in short areas of the field with the majority of his yardage coming after the catch. Amon-Ra St. Brown and Sam LaPorta will continue to be prioritized as pass catchers, but Williams is still plenty capable of emerging as the third receiver in Detroit.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Held catchless in loss

    Williams carried once for four yards and failed to secure either of his targets in Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Bears. Despite playing the second-most offensive snaps (38) at wide receiver behind Amon-Ra St. Brown (57), Williams was held without a reception for the second time in nine appearances on the season. The 22-year-old wideout's big-play potential is intriguing, but his production is far too inconsistent to make him a reliable fantasy option.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Scores on double reverse

    Williams secured his only target for 11 yards while rushing once for 19 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's win over the Saints. Williams again logged around 60 percent of the offensive snaps, but an increased workload in the passing game has yet to follow the jump in playing time he is seeing. At least Williams made the most of the touches he had, with one of the game's highlights being a double reverse that saw Willams display his high-end speed for a 19-yard rushing touchdown. The Alabama product will next take aim at a Chicago defense allowing the sixth-most points per game (24.7) in 2023.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Totals 51 yards

    Williams caught two of three targets for 51 yards during Thursday's loss to the Packers. While Williams' 58 percent snap share is a downturn from the career-high 68 percent he saw last week, he set a new career high with 49 offensive snaps on a day the Lions ran 84 offensive plays. That figure matched No. 2 wide receiver Josh Reynolds, who had consistently been seeing around three quarters of the offensive snaps when healthy this year, though Kalif Raymond and Donovan Peoples-Jones saw added snaps as well. However, even though the recent increase in playing time has been a positive development for Williams, he'll likely need to evolve into the clear No. 2 wide receiver behind Amon-Ra St. Brown in order to gain fantasy relevance in a passing game otherwise headed by tight end Sam LaPorta and running back Jahmyr Gibbs.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Two catches in Week 11 win

    Williams caught two of three targets for 44 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 31-26 win over the Bears. Most of Williams' yardage came on a 32-yard touchdown catch, which is his second-longest play of the season after a 45-yard touchdown reception against the Buccaneers in Week 6. The big-play threat has drawn more than three targets only once in six 2023 appearances heading into Thursday's home game against the Packers on Thanksgiving.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Takes step in right direction

    Williams secured both of his targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 41-38 win over the Chargers. While Williams has yet to put together a breakout performance, he seemingly took a step in the right direction while logging a career-high 52 percent of the offensive snaps coming out of Detroit's bye week. In addition to not dropping any of his passes, Williams made a key block during David Montgomery's 75-yard touchdown scamper that contributed heavily to the Lions' three-point win. Given that offensive coordinator Ben Johnson reportedly told Williams that his involvement in the offense won't grow unless he first improves as a blocker, per John Maakaron of Sports Illustrated, this performance should lead to a bigger role. However, one complicating factor is the presence of the recently acquired Donovan Peoples-Jones (ribs), who has yet to play a snap for the Lions as he gets healthy and learns the playbook.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Another forgettable showing

    Williams caught two of three targets for 16 yards during Monday's win over Las Vegas. After a brutal Week 7 showing that saw Williams catch zero passes on six targets, Williams dropped another pass on his first target of the game before getting leveled on a jet sweep that counted as a reception for Williams. While he otherwise managed to catch a pass for a positive gain, Williams has only one of those over the past two weeks despite now running as the clear No. 3 receiver behind Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds. The bright side is that Williams is earning targets at a much higher rate than Reynolds, and the absence of Marvin Jones (personal) only bodes well for Williams' playing time going forward. After a Week 9 bye, Williams will return for a Week 10 date with a Chargers team allowing the most yards per reception league-wide (8.4) and 33.9 more passing yards per game to the next-closest team through eight weeks.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: No output despite six targets

    Williams saw six targets but did not catch a pass during Sunday's loss to Baltimore. Williams turned in a disappointing performance despite a new career high in usage, not only dropping a pair of fourth-quarter passes but also stopping short on another route and being the intended target on Jared Goff's lone interception. Outside of catching a pair of long touchdowns thus far into his young career -- a 41-yard catch in Week 14 of last season and a 45-yarder last week against Tampa Bay -- Williams has otherwise caught just three of 19 targets for 10 yards through nine career games. With each of Amon-Ra St. Brown, Sam LaPorta and Jahmyr Gibbs commanding the majority of Goff's attention lately, Williams will be nothing more than the fourth option in the passing game entering a Week 8 matchup with the Raiders.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Makes most of limited role

    Williams recorded two receptions on three targets for 53 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Buccaneers. Amon-Ra St. Brown and Sam LaPorta accounted for 26 targets, while no other Detroit receiver saw more than three. Williams was among that group, though he managed to stand out thanks to a long 45-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter. In addition to showing off his deep speed, Williams made an impressive adjustment on the underthrown ball and managed to out-maneuver a defender blanketed on him. He has only six targets across his first two games of the season, though his performance Sunday could earn him a more significant role moving forward.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Limited role expected in debut

    Williams (not injury related), who is listed as questionable but on track to play Sunday against the Panthers, is expected to be limited to around 20 snaps in his season debut, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. After missing the first four games of the season while serving a suspension for violating the NFL's gambling policy, Williams was cleared to return to practice this week and was a full participant in sessions Wednesday through Friday. Though the time off while he served his suspension has allowed Williams to heal up from his preseason hamstring injury, the Lions don't appear ready to turn him loose for a full-time role in his 2023 debut. Even though he'll likely be in store for a light snap count Sunday, Williams could still be heavily targeted during his limited time on the field, as the Lions are expected to be without two of their top pass catchers in Amon-Ra St. Brown (abdomen) and Jahmyr Gibbs (hamstring).
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Expected to play Sunday

    Williams (non-injury) is expected to play in Sunday's Week 5 game against the Panthers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Williams had his six-game gambling ban reduced to four games earlier in the week and was immediately eligible to return to the team. He practiced this week and showed enough to get on the field Sunday. Even with Amon-Ra St. Brown (abdomen) doubtful and not expected to play, Williams shouldn't be counted on for a full-time role. Josh Reynolds and Kalif Raymond are the favorites for snaps.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Listed as questionable

    Williams (not injury related) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Carolina. This would seem to be the Lions' way of suggesting that Williams may not be ready to play even though he's healthy and no longer suspended. It also adds to concerns about his potential workload in the event he's active ahead of the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff, though the Lions don't exactly have great WR alternatives with No. 1 Amon-Ra St. Brown (abdomen) listed as doubtful and Josh Reynolds (groin) deemed questionable. Reynolds was a full practice participant Friday and at this point looks like the safest bet for snaps and targets among Detroit's WRs.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: WRs to Sit

    Williams got his six-game suspension for violating the NFL's gambling policy reduced to four games, so he's eligible to play in Week 5. That's great news, but I wouldn't plan to start him in the majority of leagues against Carolina. While there's clearly plenty of upside for Williams as a Fantasy asset, let's see how the Lions use him in his first game back -- if at all. Dan Campbell even said Williams will have a limited role. I expect Williams to make plenty of plays as the season goes on, and I want him on my Fantasy roster. But I won't be starting him in most leagues in his 2023 debut.
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