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RB Charcandrick West - Kansas City Chiefs

5-10, 205Born: 6-2-1991College: Abilene ChristianDrafted: ---

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Week 20: vs New England Patriots

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Chiefs rushing offense has yet to miss a beat without Kareem Hunt with Damien Williams leading the backfield in spectacular fashion. With versatility as a rusher and receiver along with injuries plaguing Spencer Ware, Williams has been the primary producer in this backfield since Week 14, scoring seven touchdowns (5 rushing, 2 receiving) over that five-game span. In last week's victory, Williams was fed 25 carries--nearly double what he had seen in any game leading into last week. His only active threat to volume, Darrel Williams, saw just three carries while also scoring a touchdown last week. Ware remained sidelined for his fourth straight game last week, but he had been practicing on a limited basis and should have a shot at playing this week. Even if Ware suits up, however, it will be tough to expect him to dethrone Williams from this role of lead back considering the versatility Williams offers as a receiver above and beyond what Ware has displayed. Any running back in this offense is set up for success though, given the lanes opened up by Patrick Mahomes and his dynamic pass-catching weapons. The offensive line has played exceptionally well also, grading out as an above average unit with talented tackles and a rock solid center in Mitch Morse. The Patriots run defense is coming off a dominant performance in which they shut down the Chargers ground game to the tune of only 19 rushing yards allowed from 10 carries. The game script of a blowout at halftime certainly favored New England, but it is tough to imagine the Chargers running backs averaging many more than two or three yards per attempt even with twice as many rushes based on how well this Patriots defense was playing. This unit was up and down during the regular season, allowing just seven rushing touchdowns (2nd fewest) but ranking 29th with 4.9 rushing yards per attempt given up through 16 games. They have a strong secondary that helps chip in against the run and can tackle with the best of them, but this interior line and linebacker group lack elite playmaking to get the job done consistently on the inside. Thankfully for the Patriots, the weakness for the Chiefs offensive line has been at the guard position. This will make it tough on the Chiefs line to make those interior running lanes wide enough. The Patriots have strong edge defenders and run-defending cornerbacks, but their linebackers still pose a relative weakness despite their strong showing last week. Overall, the Chiefs offensive line as a unit is strong and outside runs could hurt the Patriots, but this Patriots defense has played well as of late and shown very strong tackling ability--so it should be an interesting matchup to watch.

Recent Stats and Projections

16 at SEA 19 1 1 0 3 2 37 1 0 9.8
17 vs OAK 10 1 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.2
19 vs IND 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Charcandrick West's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

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