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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 - 38, 20, 28, 29, 30, 30, 32, 35, 37, 40, 40, 41, 46, 47, 49, 49, 49
Overall Redraft - 84, 46
RB Redraft PPR - 37, 23, 26, 29, 30, 30, 32, 32, 35, 37, 37, 39, 40, 40, 46, 49, 50, 50
Overall Redraft PPR - 96, 58
RB Dynasty - 48, 38, 42, 60, 69

Stats and Projections

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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 * * 28 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 115 * * 20 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 164 * * 31 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 81 * * 15 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 119
RB: 41
Overall-PPR: 118
RB-PPR: 42

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Latest News

Steelers | DeAngelo Williams feeling great (Wed Jul 20, 07:43 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams said he has recovered from the foot injury he suffered last season and is in the best shape he has been in his life.

Our View: Fantasy owners need to be considering Williams in drafts...even if you don't own Le'Veon Bell. Williams proved last year that he had plenty in the tank and could be a top RB in fantasy football. This year, Williams has a current ADP of RB40 (9.01) in 12-team PPR leagues. He's a great player to take a chance on right before other 'handcuff' RBs start coming off the board.
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Steelers | Pittsburgh may have two RBs in backfield (Sun Jul 17, 05:55 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he believes there will be times that he and RB DeAngelo Williams will be on the field at the same time. 'There are definitely going to be packages where me and 'D-Lo' are going to be out there at the same time,' Bell said. 'I'm ready for that.'

Our View: That's the smart thing to do. Williams is the backup, but he proved last year that he could still play at a high level and deserves to be on the field more than other reserve players. We still don't think that cuts too much into Bell's fantasy value, and he should easily be one of the first few players picked in every fantasy draft.
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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
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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