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Should you trade James White?

Plus, what’s with Mike Williams’ slow start to the season?

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Q: Will Mike Williams ever be good for more than one game a year? Would changing his number to 85 help him be seen by Rivers?
— @PaddiCooper

Mike Williams on paper feels like he should be one of the best receivers in fantasy: a big guy who can get downfield with ease and a lock for double digit touchdowns year-in and year-out. However, it certainly doesn’t feel like that when watching the Chargers offense work and when his sitting in your starting lineup getting you average to sub-average production.

All this being said my young Paddi-won (see what I did there? That might be the single greatest accomplishment of my life), you might actually be surprised at how good Williams has been to start this season. You joke would changing Williams’ number help him get noticed by Philip Rivers, when Williams is actually averaging one more target per game than he did last year and is on pace for 80 targets—a career high. He’s also on pace for a career high in yardage with 837.

Now what feels like the the biggest difference so far this year is that he has yet to catch a touchdown. But I would not worry about that my friend. Once you sprinkle in the occasional touchdown, we’ll realize how strong Williams’ start to the season has been.

Q: Should I drop james white?
— @SupremeManBoy

Why drop a player who has trade value? If you can trade, always try and trade.

Now, should you move on from James White? No. Julian Edelman is a lunatic who is certain to get himself killed, Josh Gordon is banged up, N’Keal Harry is already on IR and Jakobi Meyers is an undrafted rookie. The healthiest pass catchers in this offense who Tom Brady trusts are White and the GOAT Phillip Dorsett. Plus, given Sony Michel’s struggles and the loss of James Develin, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Patriots run the football out of the shotgun more which opens up even more touches for White. Give him at least two games before you think again if he’s worth getting rid of.

Follow up Q: What do I do about Diggs, and now Adams with turf toe

Keep Diggs, trade Adams. After what I saw last night, I don’t trust Matt LaFleur and this offense to do the right thing and just pass all over the place and say to hell with the run. When you have Davante Adams go for over 100 yards in the first quarter and you still run the ball on first and second downs, it’s time to cut the cord. Lucky for you he’s coming off his best game of the season so you can sell high on him.

Now I’ve said previously that trading Stefon Diggs is your only option and that is still true, but maybe it will happen in actual football and not fake football. There seem to be some rumblings that maybe Diggs isn’t happy being a third/fourth wheel in this offense and could ask for a trade. The Vikings might not say no given that he’s kinda useless (and expensive) if they want to truly be a run dominant team. If Diggs does get traded, his fantasy value will suddenly spike regardless of where he goes. Now, I think it’s only really worthwhile holding onto Diggs for another two or so weeks to see if these trade murmurs become louder. If they do, keep him, if not, ditch him.

Q: I have Mecole Hardman, Robert Woods, Allen Robinson, Adam Thielen, and Mike Williams, and I need to know which two to play this week please?
— @a_a_ron_att

I have a hard time saying no to anyone in the Chiefs offense right now, so I’m breaking towards Hardman. New JUST broke that Mike Williams is out for Chargers v Dolphins so that eliminates him and I’m lukewarm on Robinson against the Vikings pass defense. I think you have to go with Thielen as your second guy. He’s proven himself to have fantasy value even when the Vikings don’t want to pass the ball so he’s a WR1 for me until he proves otherwise.

Q: What’s the meaning of life?
— @CrosbySpencer1

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