Preston Williams Fantasy Outlook Improves Following Positive Injury Update

By michael obermuller
Preston Williams 2020 fantasy outlook after a positive injury update.
Preston Williams 2020 fantasy outlook after a positive injury update. / Mark Brown/Getty Images

There were no shortage of hyped-up rookie wide receivers heading into the 2019 NFL season: Marquise Brown, Deebo Samuel, A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf and more. Way down the list you'll find Preston Williams, who began his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent.

Up until his torn ACL at the midway point, the Colorado State product was extremely efficient for Miami. In eight games, Williams totaled 428 yards (53.5 per game), adding 3 touchdowns and 24 first downs off his 32 receptions.

Coming off the surprising breakout followed by a concerning injury, Preston Williams will be a tough player for fantasy football managers to gauge heading into year two.

Preston Williams Fantasy Value/Outlook

Williams seemed to develop a chemistry with veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Through Week 9 (when Williams got hurt), he was actually the team's leading receiver. His 60 targets, 32 receptions and 428 yards were all more than the second-placed DeVante Parker managed (52 targets, 28 receptions, 400 yards).

Even if rookie Tua Tagovailoa does take over however, it may not change much for Williams. He caught just 53.3 percent of his targets from the notoriously inconsistent Fitzpatrick in 2019, and it would be hard to get much worse than that.

With few impressive receiver options on the roster outside of Parker, Williams should figure to jump right back into a key role when healthy, and reports around camp are saying he looks to be.

Williams is a primer fantasy football sleeper breakout candidate for the 2020 season.

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