RB Damien Williams - Kansas City Chiefs
|5-11, 222||Born: 4-3-1992||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: ---|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 16): Williams left with a knee injury. While it doesn't appear to be serious, it's never good when the injury seal is broken this early in the season.
General News (Wed Sep 18): did not practice on Wednesday.
Week 3: vs Baltimore Ravens
FBG says: Bad matchup. The Chiefs haven't been effective on the ground thus far in 2019, with their running backs averaging just 3.2 yards per carry. But they demand fantasy attention, if only due to the dynamism of the Kansas City offense. As a result, the statuses of Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy should be monitored closely - both left Week 2 early with injuries that have yet to be clarified. If one or both can't suit up, rookie Darwin Thompson, who dazzled in all phases of the offense throughout training camp, will dominate the backfield. If his preseason was any indicator, he could equal or top Williams' production from late last season. All of the Chiefs' backs benefit greatly from Patrick Mahomes' brilliance, which keeps defenses honest and provides plenty of scoring opportunity. They also operate behind a strong run-blocking line, led by All-Pro right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. The team might get left tackle Eric Fisher back this week, though backup Cameron Erving is solid in relief. The Baltimore run defense remained its usual, dominant self in Week 2, holding the Cardinals to a total of 20 ground yards on the day. That came on the heels of giving up just 21 yards to the Dolphins in Week 1. The competition hasn't been robust, but it's still been impressive to see the Ravens smother these two attacks. Even with major offseason turnover - C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs, and Eric Weddle all left town - they still dominate in the trenches and fill effectively in the box. The second level benefits greatly from the play of an elite line, led by Michael Pierce and Brandon Williams. New middle linebacker Patrick Onwuasor isn't on Mosley's talent level but has stepped in commendably thus far. When runners test the edges, they're pursued by rising star Matt Judon and a strong-tackling secondary. The Chiefs present far more of a challenge than they've faced thus far, but this unit has earned its reputation as a prohibitive fantasy matchup.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Damien Williams's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 2 vs OAK (9 / 8 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed nine times for eight yards, while catching three of five targets for 48 yards in the Chiefs win over the Raiders. Williams has found himself in a full-blown timeshare with veteran LeSean McCoy, with McCoy receiving more touches in the run game, while Williams continues to operate as the Chiefs third down back. The Raiders did a very good job of containing the Chiefs running backs, as Williams averaged .9 yards per carry and actually lost yardage on three of those rushes. Williams fared better in the passing game though, with his long reception of the day being a 32 yard catch that set up the Chiefs for their third touchdown of the second quarter. With the Chiefs facing a second and 11 from their own five yard line, Mahomes lined up in the shotgun with Williams to his right. Williams immediately broke off into the flat after the snap and made it look like he was setting up for a screen pass. Instead, Williams turned the corner and took off up the field. Mahomes threw a great pass to his running back in stride, with Williams gaining yards after the catch and if not for a desperation tackle by a Raiders defender, might have gone all the way for a 95 yard touchdown. Williams would have to settle for the 32 yard reception, and unfortunately that was his only play of consequence on the day. Williams injured his knee late in the fourth quarter, although is not known how serious the injury is at this time.
2019 Week 1 vs JAX (13 / 26 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 39 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed 13 times for 26 yards and a touchdown, while also converting all six of his targets for six receptions for 39 yards. Williams was given the start after playing very well down the stretch last season, and although he was unable to break any big plays, he has proven himself capable of being a versatile and important component of the Chiefs offense. Williams does most of his damage in the passing game and in the red zone, and this game was no different. With the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Jaguars one yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and handed the ball off to Williams. Williams is a very patient runner in the red zone, and on this play he followed his blockers and made one cut inside to convert an easy touchdown. The signing of LeSean McCoy will undoubtedly take away from William's volume, but he will continue to see high quality touches on the best offense in football, making him a very valuable commodity.
Latest NewsChiefs | Damien Williams out of practice (Wed Sep 18, 01:19 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams (knee) won't practice Wednesday, Sept. 18. Our View: Williams is banged up and so is LeSean McCoy (ankle). Check back on their practice status for Friday. Darwin Thompson would be the next man up if either Williams or McCoy (or both) have to miss time.
link to story Chiefs | LeSean McCoy, Damien Williams hurt in Week 2 (Mon Sep 16, 03:36 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams (knee) carried nine times for eight yards but hauled in three of his five targets for 48 yards in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders. RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) rushed for 23 yards on 11 carries and did not gain a yard on his three receptions. However, Williams left late due to a right knee contusion, while McCoy suffered an ankle injury. link to story Chiefs | Damien Williams receives 19 touches (Sun Sep 8, 04:37 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams rushed for 26 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1. He also caught six passes for 39 yards during the game. link to story
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