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The Los Angeles Chargers haven't had the start to the season they wanted after double-digit losses to the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams and a 1-2 overall record. The team hasn't played terribly, they've just run into two of the best teams in the NFL at this point in the season. 


But one positive for the Chargers through three games is second-year receiver Mike Williams finally seems to be coming into his own as a big target for Philip Rivers. The No. 7 overall pick from the 2017 NFL Draft, Williams dealt with back problems for most of his rookie year, recording only 11 receptions for 95 yards. 


This year it appears that his back is feeling better.

​​This was just Williams' first of two touchdowns on the day as he had four receptions for 81 yards and those two touchdowns against a stout Rams secondary. He's already nearly surpassed all his totals from last season, as he sits at 11 receptions for 189 yards and three touchdowns through three games.


After this huge performance, Williams has easily become a startable wide receiver, having put up 10.6, 9.7 and 22.1 points in his games this year. He's quickly becoming a stud thanks to his touchdowns, even with Keenan Allen lining up alongside him. For reference, Allen has 17 receptions for 219 yards and one touchdown on the season. Allen has also been targeted 26 times to 15 for Williams. 


So, Allen is still the team's No. 1 receiver, but after his performance this week Williams is surely the No. 2 option for Rivers. Anyone who is a top option for Rivers will quickly become a fantasy stud. 


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