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RB DeAngelo Williams - Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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DeAngelo Williams underwent a knee scope on November 9th, and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. He was ruled out for Week 12, and his status for Week 13 is still unclear.

He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 28): Williams is trying to get back for next week's game against the Giants, and he should resume the backup to LeVeon Bell role by Week 14 at the latest. If Bell gets hurt, Williams has shown he can be a league winner. Even if his knee issue calls that into question, you'd rather have him on your bench than an opponent in case Bell does go down.

General News (Fri Dec 2): is out for this week's game.

General News (Thu Dec 1): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 30): did not practice on Wednesday.

General News (Tue Nov 29): is "perking up" and appears to be on track to return Week 13 against the New York Giants after undergoing minor knee surgery about three weeks ago, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

Week 13: vs New York Giants

All RB vs NYG

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. LeVeon Bell tore through the Colts last week, with 23/120/1 rushing and five targets for 4/22/0 receiving - he's scored a rushing TD in three straight games, and has been over 100 yards rushing in each of his last two games. Bell is getting a head of steam up entering the stretch run into the playoffs. The Giants' rush defense surrendered just 21/58/0 rushing to the Browns last week (but they also gave up 9/73/0 receiving to Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson Jr.) after they held Chicago to 25/93/1 rushing two games ago. From Week Nine to Week 12 of regular season (the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on byes during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), the Giants average 17.6 fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs per game (13th-most in the NFL). To date, they have averaged 89.1 rushing yards allowed per game (fifth in the NFL) with nine rushing scores given out so far. This looks like a good matchup for Bell.

Recent Stats and Projections

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9 at BAL 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1
13 vs NYG PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
13 vs NYG PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs MIA (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

DeAngelo Williams was once again used primarily as a backup to LeVeon Bell.

2016 Week 5 vs NYJ (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

DeAngelo has been a forgotten man since LeVeon Bell returned from his suspension. Williams had 1 rush in the game.

2016 Week 4 vs KC (4 / 7 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

The Steelers started the game with Williams lined up in the backfield while Le'Veon Bell was split out wide. But, Williams only received 2 carries during the first half for minimal yardage. Mid 4th quarter, Williams entered the game after Bell was tackled after a 44-yard gain. Williams ran untouched off the left tackle for an easy 2-yard touchdown run.

2016 Week 3 vs PHI (8 / 21 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)

DeAngelo Williams only had 12 touches as the Steelers fell behind early and Williams was an afterthought. Early in the game, Williams has little room to run as the Eagles smothered the Steelers rushing game. Late 3rd quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for a 10-yard reception.

2016 Week 2 vs CIN (32 / 94 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 38 / 1 rec)

DeAngelo Williams was the focal point of the Steelers offense with 36 touches. Williams patiently followed his blockers to grind out hard-fought yards on the majority of his touches. On the first play from scrimmage, Williams took a draw for an 8-yard gain. Mid 1st quarter, Williams ran a sweep to the right sideline for an 11-yard gain. Early 3rd quarter, Williams took a draw and run up the middle through a seam in the defense for an 8-yard gain. Early 4th quarter, Williams caught a short pass, juked the defender, and ran down the right sideline for a 20-yard gain. Later in the drive on 3rd and goal, Williams ran an out-route and was left uncovered for an easy 5-yard touchdown reception.

2016 Week 1 vs WAS (26 / 143 / 2 rush, 9 / 6 / 28 / 0 rec)

DeAngelo Williams patiently followed his blockers and fought hard for additional yardage on the majority of his touches. Late 1st quarter on a 2nd and 22, Williams caught a screen pass and followed his blockers for a 14 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Williams ran a cutback exploding through the hole for a 8 yard gain. Mid 2nd quarter, Williams ran a draw and followed his blockers for a strong 8 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Williams ran a quick slant for a 4 yard reception. Williams started the second half running off tackle for a 7 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Williams cutback and exploded off the left side for a 17 yard gain. Mid 3rd quarter, Williams caught a screen pass for a 7 yard gain. Williams was effective moving the chains and grinding the clock during the second half. Early 4th quarter, Williams ran a draw and cutback to the left sideline for a 8 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Williams ran up the middle for a 8 yard gain. A few plays later, Williams ran a draw off the left tackle for a 15 yard touchdown run. On the play, Williams weaved through 2 tackles at the line of scrimmage and bounced to the left sideline for the touchdown. Late 4th quarter, Williams ran off the left tackle for a 12 yard gain. A couple of plays later, Williams ran a counter and to the left sideline for his second touchdown of the game.

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Latest News

Steelers | Week 13 inactives for Steelers (Sun Dec 4, 03:05 PM) - The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared OL Brian Mihalik, PK Chris Boswell, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, RB Daryl Richardson, RB DeAngelo Williams, TE Xavier Grimble, QB Zach Mettenberger inactive for Week 13.

Steelers | Friday injury report for Steelers (Fri Dec 2, 04:55 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (knee) and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 2, and have been ruled out for Week 13. OG David DeCastro (illness), TE Xavier Grimble (quadriceps) and SS Shamarko Thomas (groin) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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Steelers | Pittsburgh's Thursday injury report (Thu Dec 1, 06:26 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers OG David DeCastro (illness), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot) and RB DeAngelo Williams (knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 1. TE Xavier Grimble (quadriceps) and SS Shamarko Thomas (groin) participated fully.

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Steelers | Wednesday injury report for Steelers (Wed Nov 30, 04:10 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (knee) and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 30. TE Xavier Grimble (quadriceps) and SS Shamarko Thomas (groin) fully participated in practice.

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Steelers | DeAngelo Williams could return Week 13 (Tue Nov 29, 12:56 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams (knee) is 'perking up' and appears to be on track to return Week 13 against the New York Giants after undergoing minor knee surgery about three weeks ago, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.

Our View: If Williams is out there, he's a valuable handcuff to grab off the waiver wire for Le'Veon Bell fantasy owners. If anything happened to Bell, Williams would post RB1 numbers during the fantasy playoffs which start Week 14 in most leagues.
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Schedule

13vs New York Giants
14@ Buffalo Bills
15@ Cincinnati Bengals
16vs Baltimore Ravens
17vs Cleveland Browns