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Mike Williams: Early waiver wire option for Week 9

Mike Williams is a waiver wire wide receiver worth keeping an eye on ahead of Week 9.

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (81) makes a one handed grab on a pass down the sideline in the first quarter of the NFL Week 1 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium in downtown Cincinnati on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene/Cincinnati Enquirer-USA TODAY NETWORK Cincinnati Enquirer-USA TODAY NETWORK via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Before the regular season kicked off, most fantasy managers were eyeing either Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen or tight end Hunter Henry as players to draft in their respective leagues. When healthy, both players can provide fantastic top-10 value at their position.

However, one player as a late is starting to emerge, and that is veteran wide receiver Mike Williams. The former first-round pick had five receptions (eight targets) for 99 yards and a touchdown on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. This is the second time in three games that Williams has scored a touchdown.

Last week, Williams was only held to one reception for four yards by the Jacksonville Jaguars. But on Sunday, the former Clemson wideout made plays that reminded us of his 2018 season, where he had 43 receptions for 664 yards and 10 touchdowns. If Williams can continue to win on the perimeter for rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, he will become a high-priority waiver claim. The 6-foot-4 wide receiver is rostered in 53 percent of Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

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