Who to Draft: Mike Williams vs Calvin Ridley – N. Lalani

by Nabeel Lalani

Calvin Ridley

Calvin Ridley‘s rookie season was great, but he was not a very constant fantasy WR. His best game came week 3 against New Orleans with 3 TDs and 146 rec yards. However, he did not post double digit points in 10 games last year. There were many times when you did not even see Ridley on the field. This was also with a Steve Sarkisian offense that eventually lead the Falcons to look for a new offensive coordinator. That being said, Ridley showed a lot of potential last year which gives many fantasy owners hope for this year.

Coming in as the legit number 2 wide receiver behind Julio Jones this year, I would expect Calvin Ridley to take a step forward in Dirk Koetter’s new offense, which should spread the ball all over the field. Even though Koetter does run the ball more than Sarkisian, with the offensive pieces for the Falcons’ offense they should find a way to target Ridley more this season.

I would look for a big step forward this year for Calvin and for him to post:
80 REC, 1200 YRDS, 12 TD

Mike Williams

Mike Williams‘ rookie year was a huge disappointment. His sophomore year was also very inconsistent. However, entering his third year on the Chargers, many fantasy players are very bullish on 2019 being Mike Williams’ break out year where he could become the number one WR on the Chargers. With an injury prone Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon holding out, Mike Williams should be the one to see more targets.

I would look for Mike Williams to be more consistent this year and eventually emerge at the no one WR on the Charges and for him to post:
70 REC 1350 YRDS and 11 TD

When deciding who to draft between Calvin Ridley and Mike Williams it will be more of would you rather take a WR who will be the number two WR on the team or take someone who has the potential to move up to number one. Calvin Ridley is cemented in his role and it will not change barring injury. Mike Williams is coming in as the No. 2 WR but could take over Keenan Allen’s number one WR role.


Mike Williams should be drafted before Calvin Ridley. Ridley is already on a stacked offense which is switching over to a new offense that could include run first elements with Dirk Koetter. Ridley will be a huge piece on this offense but will always be behind Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman and having to share targets with Mohamed Sanu and Austin Hooper. Mike Williams on the other should already see an increase in targets with Melvin Gordon’s status currently in question. Keenan Allen is also a player that can not always be counted on this should lead to Williams to getting more targets which should lead to more opportunities for him to put up numbers.

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