Fantasy Sleeper Tyrell Williams Could Excel as Deep Threat For the Oakland Raiders

Dan Israeli
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With a nickname like "Tyrell the Gazelle," it's safe to say that new Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tyrell Williams is a burner on the football field.

The former Los Angeles Charger, who signed a four-year, $44 million deal with the Raiders, should easily step in as the WR2 opposite fellow newcomer Antonio Brown. And while Brown is a master route-runner who can do damage anywhere on the field, Williams will likely be responsible for taking the lid off opposing defenses.

Williams experienced a major dip in targets over the past two seasons, as the Chargers limited his role in the offense in favor of players like Mike Williams, a big-play threat in his own right. When Tyrell did get the targets, he was a major force in fantasy football, as he totaled 69 catches, 1,059 receiving yards and seven touchdowns (on 119 targets) back in 2016.

With limited WR depth competing for targets and no major threat at the TE position after losing Jared Cook in free agency, it's likely that Williams returns to the 100-plus target range in 2019. More targets means more balls downfield for Williams, which can result in some monster fantasy weeks, just as long as Derek Carr can connect with his new deep threat.

Luckily for Williams, Carr was one of the most accurate deep passers in the league last season, according to Pro Football Focus. Williams is a fantasy sleeper with major upside for the 2019 season.

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