Cardinals TE Maxx Williams (ankle, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 2. Last week, Dan Arnold ran the 13th-most routes (30) among tight ends while splitting time with Williams (15), so he could potentially run 40+ routes in Week 2.
BAL TE Maxx Williams - 2017 Fantasy Football Outlook
Maxx Williams showed flashes of his receiving skills as a rookie in 2015, catching 32 passes for 268 yards. He’s a big target at 6-foot-4 and he has the talent to develop into a nice red zone option for the Ravens. He had 13 touchdowns in two seasons at the University of Minnesota. With veteran Ben Watson coming back from a torn Achilles and Crocket Gillmore waived after a knee injury, Williams has a chance to earn a starting job in Baltimore.
Williams is coming off a knee injury of his own, and the depth chart is crowded with Watson, Nick Boyle, and Larry Donnell all vying for snaps at the position. Williams will need to separate himself from the pack and will need to convince the coaching staff he can stay on the field and provide a consistent safety valve in the passing game in order to develop into a viable fantasy option.
2017 Bottom Line
Someone coming out of the Ravens crop of TEs may develop into a good fantasy option, but it’s hard to bank on any one of them right now with the depth at the position. Other than as a dynasty stash in leagues with large rosters, it’s hard to recommend banking on Williams in most league formats. He should probably go undrafted and remain on waivers until he carves out a prominent role.