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RB DeAngelo Williams - Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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Summary

With Le'Veon Bell suspended the first three weeks of the 2015 season, the Steelers will be leaning on veteran DeAngelo Williams. Last year, Williams struggled to stay healthy and put up the worst numbers in his nine-year pro career. The Steelers picked him up after the Panthers cut him earlier this year with the idea that he'll provide valuable veteran depth. Williams isn't the same player he used to be, but he should be able to be a solid starter for the Steelers while Bell is out. During those first three weeks, the Steelers should rely less on the rushing attack and more on Ben Roethlisberger and the passing game. (May 17)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 52, 42, 44, 45, 45, 46, 47, 47, 47, 48
RB Redraft PPR - 51, 39, 42, 44, 46, 46, 47, 47, 48, 48, 49
RB Dynasty - 69, 49, 60, 64, 68, 69

Stats and Projections

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2012 CAR 16 173 737 5 20 13 187 2
2013 CAR 15 201 843 3 36 26 333 1 2
2014 CAR 6 63 219 0 6 5 44 0 1
2015 PROJ-Dodds 14 100 * * 13 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 105 * * 11 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 150 * * 12 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 100 * * 24 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 146
RB: 51
Overall-PPR: 149
RB-PPR: 51

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Latest News

Steelers | DeAngelo Williams unsure of workload (Tue Jul 28, 02:31 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams isn't sure how often he'll be used in training camp or in the first few games of the season yet. RB Le'Veon Bell's fate is tied to his three-game suspension that lies in limbo. Williams said he'll be ready for whatever he's asked to do.

Our View: While Bell is suspended for two games, we'll see Williams as the lead back. He can easily be a RB2 for fantasy owners during that time.
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Steelers | DeAngelo Williams busy as backup (Sun Jul 26, 08:39 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams said he 'absolutely' received enough work as the backup during the first day of training camp Sunday, July 26, and he expects to be ready to start Week 1 if RB Le'Veon Bell is suspended.

Our View: Bell currently is on the books for a three-game suspension. That could be reduced, but we do not think the suspension will be completely eliminated. That means Williams is likely to start at least one game when the regular season kicks off. He's a capable veteran who could perform like a RB2 in PPR leagues while Bell is out.
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Steelers | DeAngelo Williams being challenged (Sat Jul 25, 08:11 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams is not receiving any first-team reps despite RB Le'Veon Bell facing a three-game suspension, head coach Mike Tomlin said. Tomlin also said he is challenging Williams in ways that are uncomfortable for a 10-year veteran.

Our View: Williams is still clearly the best running back on the roster after Bell, and he'll get at least enough touches to be flexworthy while Bell is out. He is usually going in the double-digit rounds, so the price for Bell owners to cover his lost starts is relatively cheap. Williams looked like he still had some game left when he wasn't banged up last year.
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2015 Schedule

1@ New England Patriots
2vs San Francisco 49ers
3@ St. Louis Rams
4vs Baltimore Ravens
5@ San Diego Chargers
6vs Arizona Cardinals
7@ Kansas City Chiefs
8vs Cincinnati Bengals
9vs Oakland Raiders
10vs Cleveland Browns
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Seattle Seahawks
13vs Indianapolis Colts
14@ Cincinnati Bengals
15vs Denver Broncos
16@ Baltimore Ravens
17@ Cleveland Browns