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RB Damien Williams - Kansas City Chiefs

5-11, 222Born: 4-3-1992College: OklahomaDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 10): Williams wasn't a huge part of the Chiefs offense, but he still scored twice and created some hope as a desperation play when you combine that outcome with Spencer Ware carrying a shoulder issue into Week 15 on a short week of rest, and perhaps more if Ware can't play.

Week 15: vs Los Angeles Chargers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The combination of Spencer Ware and Damien Williams split snaps for the second straight week with Ware winning out on the ground again in terms of yardage, but Williams sneaking in for the goal line touchdown in place of Ware. Ware ran well despite the very stout matchup with Baltimore, averaging five yards per rush attempt despite a long run of just 13 yards. He was consistently gaining positive yards on every carry compared to Williams who found very little room to run with just two of his eight rushes going for more than three yards. Ware was forced from the game briefly with a shoulder injury but later returned. He landed on the injury report this week with both shoulder and hamstring injuries and remains day to day having yet to practice as of Tuesday afternoon. His status should be monitored closely as Ware's absence would result in a significant bump to the outlook for Damien Williams--especially considering how well this Chiefs offensive line played now that they are back to full strength with center Mitch Morse back in action. The Chargers run defense showed some vulnerability last week as they allowed Joe Mixon to rush for 111 yards and a touchdown--the most yards a running back has amassed against this unit so far. Limiting touchdowns had been a strong suit of this defense, but they have now given up six rushing touchdowns to running backs in the last four weeks after allowing just three through their first nine games. Injuries certainly play a part in the recent dip in efficiency for the Chargers run defense, as the losses of linebacker Denzel Perryman and interior lineman Corey Liuget were significant. There has yet to be a key playmaker emerge to replace either of those two impact players. While this defense may remain solid enough to stave off mediocre offenses, the stout Chiefs offensive line and high-powered playmakers may expose this Chargers run defense in a bad way this week.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at LAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 at OAK 19 5 38 0 2 2 7 0 0 4.5
14 vs BAL 43 8 14 1 5 4 16 1 0 15
15 vs LAC PROJ-Dodds * 15 * * 4 * * * *
15 vs LAC PROJ-Tremblay * 13 * * 2 * * * *
15 vs LAC PROJ-Bloom * 12 * * 3 * * * *

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

Percentile ranks

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

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 14 vs BAL (8 / 14 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 16 / 1 rec)

Damien Williams rushed eight times for 14 yards and a touchdown, and caught four of five targets for 16 yards and a touchdown. Williams was not very effective with his touches, but he managed to vulture a short touchdown run from Ware, and then completely take him off the field in the fourth quarter. The fact that the Chiefs felt comfortable going to Williams on fourth down, late in the fourth quarter, needing a touchdown, says something about what his role is going to be moving forward. Ware is still the preferred option in terms of volume, but Williams has carved out a nice role for himself as a red zone and third down option for one of the best offenses in football. There is certainly value to be had here, the question is will he continue to take advantage of the limited opportunities.

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Latest News

Chiefs | Damien Williams may receive start (Wed Dec 12, 09:52 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams is expected to be the starting running back for the Chiefs in Week 15 if RB Spencer Ware (hamstring, shoulder) is not able to play.

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Chiefs | Damien Williams scores twice (Sun Dec 9, 09:11 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams rushed eight times for 14 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 16 yards and another score in a 27-24 win over the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14.

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Schedule

15vs Los Angeles Chargers
16@ Seattle Seahawks
17vs Oakland Raiders