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RB Kerwynn Williams - Arizona Cardinals

5-8, 195Born: 6-9-1991College: Utah StateDrafted: Round 7

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): The Kerwynn Williams experience is over, as he was outplayed by Chris Johnson.

Week 3: vs Dallas Cowboys

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Cardinals backfield is a mess with the injury of David Johnson in Week 1. Their three backs rushed for only 77 yards last week, with veteran Chris Johnson leading the way (11 carries for 44 yards) despite being out-snapped 18 to 17 by Kerwynn Williams, who rushed nine times for only 22 yards. Andre Ellington was in the backfield for 30 snaps but was only allotted two carries as he is their pass-catching threat. The Cardinals had a tough time sustaining drives, which can mainly be attributed to this struggling run game. Their offensive line was decent despite the loss starting left tackle D.J. Humphries in Week 1. The Cowboys run defense was gashed repeatedly by CJ Anderson and Jamaal Charles on Sunday night last week. Both Broncos backs combined for a total of 164 rushing yards on 34 attempts, with Anderson breaking off a 23-yard touchdown run in the third quarter in addition to another receiving touchdown out of the backfield earlier in the game. The Cowboys defensive line simply could not get off blocks to catch Anderson, who routinely made the secondary miss and ran through tackles. Demarcus Lawrence played very well on the left side with four run stops, and this week he will match up against the Cardinals weaker right side tackle. This Cowboys defense really took a step back next week, but the Cardinals backfield is one that is tough to trust given the uncertainty brewing among their three backs competing for snaps.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at DET 9 5 10 1 1 1 2 0 0 7.2
2 at IND 18 9 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.2
3 vs DAL PROJ-Dodds * 8 * * 1 * * * *
3 vs DAL PROJ-Tremblay * 9 * * 0 * * * *
3 vs DAL PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 1 vs DET (5 / 10 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Despite the glory of scoring a touchdown, Williams did not a fare any better than Johnson when running against the Detroit defense on Sunday. Whether the team looks for additional help outside in the event of a long-term injury to Johnson remains to be seen, but Williams will serve as the primary back in that situation. Williams has seen success in games in which he has been more prominently featured, but with the Cardinals offensive line looking so ineffective, it is hard to imagine anyone having much success running behind it.

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Latest News

Cardinals | Kerwynn Williams will start this week (Wed Sep 13, 05:00 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams will be the starting running back this week with RB Andre Ellington serving as the No. 2 running back, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Our View: At least we have some clarity now after Arians hinted on Sirius XM that Ellington might be the lead back. Either way, fantasy owners are looking at a two- and maybe three-headed RBBC that includes the newly signed Chris Johnson.
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Cardinals | Kerwynn Williams finds end zone (Sun Sep 10, 07:30 PM) - Arizona Cardinals RB Kerwynn Williams rushed five times for 10 yards in Week 1 at Detroit, and he added a catch for two yards.

Our View: Williams will be a solid flex play against the Colts next week off of the waiver wire if David Johnson is out.
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Schedule

3vs Dallas Cowboys
4vs San Francisco 49ers
5@ Philadelphia Eagles
6vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7@ Los Angeles Rams
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9@ San Francisco 49ers
10vs Seattle Seahawks
11@ Houston Texans
12vs Jacksonville Jaguars
13vs Los Angeles Rams
14vs Tennessee Titans
15@ Washington Redskins
16vs New York Giants
17@ Seattle Seahawks