Tyrell Williams Injury Update Points to Solid Fantasy Value in Week 8 Against Texans

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 29: Tyrell Williams #16 of the Oakland Raiders runs the ball during the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Tyrell Williams started his first season with the Oakland Raiders in great fashion, as the only player in the NFL with a receiving touchdown in four straight games. Since then though, Williams has been out of action, missing the team's last two contests while battling a case of plantar fasciitis.

However, Williams has gotten in a limited practice every day this week, tentatively putting him on track to play Sunday against the Houston Texans.

The matchup is a very attractive one on paper, as the Texans have given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers through seven weeks.

In Williams' absence, the Raiders have gotten by with a group of pass-catchers led by star tight end Darren Waller, as well as rookies Hunter Renfrow and Keelan Doss.

However, assuming he's healthy, Williams brings an entirely different element to Oakland's offense. He's a dangerous downfield weapon, having led the Raiders' with a 39 percent market share of the team's air yards through four weeks, which is tied for the eighth-highest mark in the NFL during that span.

Additionally, Williams draws a very exploitable matchup on the outside against a Texans secondary that is riddled with injuries. In fact, Houston traded a 2019 third-round pick to Oakland in exchange for CB Gareon Conley to compensate for the losses.

While fantasy owners would be wise to monitor his status throughout the weekend, Williams is best viewed as a high-upside WR3, assuming he suits up on Sunday. He comes in at WR22 in our Week 8 fantasy football PPR rankings.

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