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RB DeAngelo Williams - Pittsburgh Steelers

5-10, 217Born: 4-25-1983College: MemphisDrafted: Round 1, pick 27

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Williams is the clear handcuff to Le'Veon Bell, who is no sure thing to be ready for training camp. He was the #1 running back in fantasy football during both of Bell's absences last year, and Bell's injury history combined with the small but devastating possibility of another suspension make Williams a potential league-winner again in 2016.

Summary

With Le'Veon Bell suspended, DeAngelo Williams started the first two games for the Steelers and he produced like a high-end RB1. With Bell back for six games, Williams took a back seat but when Bell was hurt with a knee injury Williams was back as the lead back--and a top fantasy performer. Bell looked great as a runner and receiver out of the backfield, but a foot injury knocked him out of action in the playoffs. He doesn't need surgery on the foot injury, and all signs point to him being a full participant in training camp. With Bell still recovering from his knee injury, Williams had a chance to be the guy start the year as the Steelers lead back once again, and with the news of Bell facing a four-game suspension for a missed drug test, that seems near certain. Williams having four games that we will project in strong/elite RB1 territory is likely enough to make him worth a 7th/8th round pick at worst, and he'll still Bell injury upside and the chance at a flex-worthy role even when Bell returns. (July 22)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 32, 23, 26, 27, 29, 29, 29, 29, 30, 32, 33, 33, 34, 35, 35, 35, 39, 49
Overall Redraft - 92, 53
RB Redraft PPR - 31, 15, 26, 27, 28, 29, 29, 30, 30, 31, 32, 32, 34, 35, 35, 35, 36, 40, 44, 49
Overall Redraft PPR - 94, 58
RB Dynasty - 40, 38, 43

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2013 CAR 15 201 843 3 36 26 333 1 2
2014 CAR 6 63 219 0 6 5 44 0 1
2015 PIT 16 200 907 11 47 40 367 0 2
2016 PROJ-Dodds 14 130 * * 26 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 143 * * 30 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 164 * * 31 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 117 * * 22 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 76
RB: 30
Overall-PPR: 79
RB-PPR: 30

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Latest News

Steelers | PIT starters out second preseason game (Tue Aug 16, 11:42 AM) - Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Le'Veon Bell, RB DeAngelo Williams and WR Antonio Brown won't play in the second preseason game Thursday, Aug. 18.

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2016 Schedule

1@ Washington Redskins
2vs Cincinnati Bengals
3@ Philadelphia Eagles
4vs Kansas City Chiefs
5vs New York Jets
6@ Miami Dolphins
7vs New England Patriots
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9@ Baltimore Ravens
10vs Dallas Cowboys
11@ Cleveland Browns
12@ Indianapolis Colts
13vs New York Giants
14@ Buffalo Bills
15@ Cincinnati Bengals
16vs Baltimore Ravens
17vs Cleveland Browns