RB Andre Williams - Free Agent

5-11, 230Born: 8-28-1992College: Boston CollegeDrafted: Round 4, pick 113 (2014)

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2017 Week 14 vs WAS (7 / 23 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Williams saw the majority of the "garbage time" work, getting all of his work in the fourth quarter with the Chargers already up big. He didn't pick up very many yards, but it's difficult to know whether that was his fault or whether it was just the fact that Washington knew the Chargers were running the ball to waste the clock.

2016 Week 17 vs KC (18 / 87 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Williams, who mostly looked slow and sluggish before wearing out his welcome as a Giant, was signed off the practice squad this week following the injury to Kenneth Farrow. Despite Ronnie Hillman getting the early work, it was Williams who ended up with the lion's share of the running back workload. Williams had 18 carries to Hillman's 7, and just looked really good throughout. He showed a lot of elusiveness and tremendous lateral quickness in tight spaces, and strength and power previously unseen when met by defenders. Time after time he was met by defenders right at the line of scrimmage, and on nearly every occasion he side-stepped the hit or slithered through the mass of tacklers for positive yardage. He continued to be featured throughout the game, and certainly opened a lot of eyes with his performance. He still showed poor hands on the handful of pass attempts in his direction, but there's no question that he was extremely effective as a runner and likely earned himself a look for a far more significant role in 2017, either in San Diego or elsewhere.

2015 Week 1 vs DAL (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams didn't see the ball very often in this game and caught no passes. Williams was still used in his traditional role as a power back that will fight for the tough yards to gain at the line of scrimmage. Williams fought hard and picked up all he could on the ground but Dallas was stout at the line of scrimmage often. Williams had very little room to work with once he received the handoff. With only 6 carries, no receptions and no goal line work it is hard to trust him as a fantasy option going forward in a crowded Giants backfield. He is a physical back but the Giants have a steady rotation with Jennings as the lead back and this is unlikely to change without an injury occurring.

2015 Week 2 vs ATL (6 / 43 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams was the leading rusher for the Giants on just 6 carries but got most of these on a 35 yard burst late in the game. Williams found it difficult to find room against the Falcon front 7 for most of this game but did his best to pick up any available yards with his typical tough running style. He was often met immediately after he met the line of scrimmage and did his best to push the pile forward. Williams did pick up a big gain late in the game as the Giants opened a big running lane for him on the right side. Williams burst down the field and carried Falcon defenders for a few yards also after initial contact. Unfortunately the Giants did not have enough red zone opportunities for guys like Williams to score and the backfield is crowded as he has to share time with Vereen and Jennings. Williams should not be started at this point of the season as a fantasy option because of this.

2015 Week 3 vs WAS (14 / 29 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Williams was not able to run all over the Redskins in this game but he had the most carries for any Giants RB and did manage to score a touchdown. Williams was given the ball as a goal line back in the first half. Williams was stuffed on his first attempt but ran left and cut inside with help from his offensive line for the score. Williams showed great power and leverage as he knocked over a Redskins LB on a carry outside and picked up the first down. Williams was somewhat ineffective with most of his other carries however, as the Giants used him primarily to pick up short yards at the line of scrimmage to convert third downs which he did successfully for the most part. It is encouraging that the Giants gave him the ball on the goal line and he had the most carries but production is still wildly inconsistent in the Giants backfield. Williams is a low number 2 back at best in the crowded backfield of New York.

2015 Week 4 vs BUF (11 / 35 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams did not have great production on the ground despite having the most carries for his team and caught no passes out of the backfield. The Giants used Williams to spell Jennings for a lot of the game but did rely on Williams to convert short yard situations which he was very good at. Williams' power and ability to get low helped as he pushed back defenders at the line and was able to fight for as many yards as was available. Williams has been very useful as a goal line back due to his power and small stature but the Giants were throwing the ball more in the redzone and rarely reached the goal line to allow such opportunities. Williams did get help from his blockers up front and ripped off a few nice gains on the ground but also was stopped quickly at the line other times which kept his average per carry low.

2015 Week 5 vs SF (3 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams did not produce a single fantasy point and had a completely forgettable game. Williams should not be started in fantasy as his only potential value lies in the Giants using him as a goal line back. The Giants score often from behind the goal line however and this is not always a useful feature. Williams did get 2 goal line carries in this game but was simply stuffed at the line of scrimmage and found no running room. Williams was invisible as Jennings took the lead role and this trend will likely continue.

2015 Week 6 vs PHI (5 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams was highly ineffective for the Giants on Monday night and failed to record a reception. The Giants leaned on Jennings as the primary ball carrier and used Williams only to spell the veteran back. Williams was never able to evade the Eagle pursuit at the line of scrimmage and never got going downfield. The Giants were also rarely near the goal line and Williams got no goal line touches. The Giants had to abandon the run in the second half which further hurt his production.

2015 Week 7 vs DAL (4 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams hardly saw the field for the Giants and should not be owned in fantasy at this point. Williams had one very impressive run up the middle, as he knocked Cowboys LB McClain back easily at the point of contact. Williams had very few other carries for minimal yards however as the Giants leaned more heavily on Darkwa and Vereen. Williams does not have the football intelligence and ability in the passing game as Vereen. He may lose out on further touches in the future to Darkwa, who may be an emerging back in this offense.

2015 Week 8 vs NO (5 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams got a few carries on Sunday but no catches out of the backfield and continues to be forgotten about in this offense. He should not be started or even owned in most fantasy leagues as he is buried under the depth chart. Williams got a few shots at the goal line early in the game but came up empty every time as he was stoned at the line of scrimmage. The Giants limited his carries after this despite the injury to Darkwa. Williams can only run north/south well in this offense but still rarely scores touchdowns despite getting a decent amount of goal line work for this offense.

2015 Week 9 vs TB (7 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams is another substandard fantasy player that should not be owned or played and this is unlikely to change for this season. The Giants have a very busy backfield and Williams will not be able to steal the show without key injuries. He is at best the third option behind Jennings and Vereen, although he has a role as a tough short yardage runner. Williams was used again in this role on Sunday as he is a short back but powerful upon contact. Williams was able to knock back defenders at the line of scrimmage occasionally and get first downs up the middle of the defense. Williams did take a delayed handoff into the second level and delivered a nice hit upon first contact to a Tampa bay defender when he was afforded a lot of time in the backfield. He does not get enough touches however and his only chance at fantasy points is as a goal line runner which he is not able to score enough consistently to make this worthwhile.

2014 Week 1 vs DET (5 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams was sparingly used against Detroit on Monday and should not be considered as a serious fantasy starter. Williams was primarily used just to spell teammate RB Jennings as the RB depth chart for New York is thin and lacking big time talent. Williams got some simple dive plays up the middle but had very mediocre production with these carries as the Detroit front 7 swarmed him quickly. Williams failed both on 3rd and 1 and 4th and 1 situations up the middle of the defense late in the game and is a long way from being fantasy relevant for players.

2014 Week 2 vs ARI (8 / 12 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams should not be owned or started as a fantasy option right now for New York. Williams was used to provide relief to teammate Jennings and was ineffective on the ground. He was given only simple dive plays to work with and the defense routinely stuffed him at the line of scrimmage. Rashad Jennings is the Giant running back worth owning currently and Williams will have to wait his turn or take advantage of an injury to showcase if he has any talent in this league.

2014 Week 3 vs HOU (6 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams only got 6 carries for 18 yards in a game where the Giants were able to run the ball very well. Williams was used to provide relief to Jennings who was the primary ball carrier. Williams got some dive and stretch plays late in the game against Houston but the gains were minimal and far less than those gained by his teammate Jennings. Williams has yet to show anything outstanding on the field for New York as a smaller running back and he rarely sees the field unless he is spelling Rashad Jennings.

2014 Week 4 vs WAS (15 / 66 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams got a lot more work in this game as the Giants pulled away easily as the game progressed late. The Giants decided to rest lead back Jennings in the fourth quarter and backup running back Williams was given many chances to show his talent. Williams may be a small back but he ran with power and a low pad level on many rushing attempts for New York. Williams is tougher than he looks and fought routinely at the line of scrimmage to push defenders back to gain as many yards as possible. Williams was able to break a tackle on a dive play up the middle, getting away from a defender before turning upfield. Williams was rewarded for his play as he scored a touchdown late in the second half. Williams several dive attempts on the goal line but was finally able to score as he outstretched the ball just enough so it grazed the white paint. Williams ran with a low pad level and pushed back defenders just enough for the touchdown. Williams got a higher volume of carries this week as Jennings was rested. The passing game was also dominant with Manning and the Giants did not have to lean heavily on the ground game this week. These factors must be taken into account when judging Williams' play but there's no doubt he's earned his spot as the number 2 running back in this offense but should not be started as a starter just yet.

2014 Week 5 vs ATL (20 / 65 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams had a much larger role in this offense than usual to the injury to teammate Jennings. Jennings left the game in the second half and the bulk of the carries were transferred to Williams, which became Williams' big opportunity to show what he could do. Williams played well for the Giants and was a key cog in their offense. Williams was not able to rush for many yards or score multiple touchdowns but his value was in the short yardage running game. He was able to convert many 3rd and short situations on the ground. Williams was given a lot of simple carries up the middle and he displayed great toughness as he hit the hole hard routinely. Williams seemed to relish contact as he lowered his pad level and put forth great effort when delivering blows to defenders. Williams managed to score a touchdown on the goal line in the second half. Williams got a carry inside the 5 yard line and simply overpowered a defender at the line of scrimmage to fall over the goal line. Williams got a lot of explosive carries up the middle and his offensive line certainly deserves some credit for his production. The line managed to keep defenders off him for as long as possible and Williams took advantage. Perhaps the most impressive and important run of the night belongs to Williams. Williams got hit by a defender in the open field but stayed on his feet and overpowered the defender over the first down marker for a very physically impressive first down. Williams is not a big back but packs a punch as he showed against the Falcons. He will be the lead back with Jennings out and he will have a lot of opportunity in this offense to further showcase his talent.

2014 Week 6 vs PHI (16 / 58 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams found very little running room against the Eagles on Sunday night and the ground game was overall very poor for the Giants. Williams got a lot of his yards towards the end of the game during garbage time which further illustrates his ineffectiveness against Philadelphia. Williams was hit at the line of scrimmage straight away on almost every carry he got. The offensive line did not do a good job of keeping linebackers off him and he went down quickly. The Giants gave him stretch plays and basic inside runs up the middle but the result was often the game; a short run for minimal gain. The Giants passing game was also ineffective which allowed Philadelphia to key on the Giants running game in early down situations and force third and long situations. Williams got some bursts on the ground for decent yards late in the game but the Eagles were playing very soft and the game was long decided at that point. Williams did run tough as always and was able to push back Eagle players at times in the running game but it wasn't enough. His explosive runs were too few and he just could not get out of the backfield and into the secondary for the most part.

2014 Week 7 vs DAL (18 / 51 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It was tough-sledding for Williams throughout the game against the Cowboys. Williams gained a majority of his yards on three carries as Dallas shut down Williams from gaining momentum most of the time. Late in the game, Williams made his best run, showing agility and power, converting a third-and-short off-tackle play. Williams did not have a role in the passing game as Peyton Hillis was the preferred option on third downs and in the hurry-up offense.

2014 Week 9 vs IND (12 / 22 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams got the bulk of the carries on Monday night but strangely had more passing yards recorded than rushing yards despite only one catch. Williams accomplished next to nothing on the ground in the first half. The Colts routinely met him at the line of scrimmage and never let him get into the secondary. The Giants did not block well up front and defenders always found a quick route to take the running back down quickly. Williams had one nice run to the outside, getting away from the first defender and picking up a key first down. Williams later had a big catch out of the backfield and got away from another defender to set up his touchdown run. Williams got a carry very near the goal line and simply powered over defenders to get the necessary yards for the score. However, apart from a few plays and his touchdown, Williams was not a factor on the ground. The Giants could not afford to stick with the running game as the game was quickly out of hands. They were behind by a lot in the second half and the running game was then forgotten.

2014 Week 10 vs SEA (13 / 33 / 1 rush, 5 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams was afforded little room to work with on Sunday against the Seahawks. Seattle focused on stopping the running game often and Williams could rarely get out of the backfield. The Giants used Williams with simple dive plays up the middle of the defense to try and catch the defense off guard when checking out of a pass play. Williams ran hard as usual and managed to pick up a lot of yards via pure determination at the line of scrimmage. Williams's touchdown was very impressive however and was well deserved with the effort he was giving. Williams got a simple handoff up the middle near the goal line and took a hit at the line of scrimmage but he finished the run in style as he overpowered Seahawk defenders to ensure the score. Williams was not able to accomplish much else on the ground however as the Seahawks did a good job at minimizing his impact. The Giants found success with the passing game in the first half which somewhat reduced his workload also. Unfortunately the Giants completely fell apart with turnovers in the second half and Williams was never near the goal line. The Giants were also forced to throw the ball most of the time as the game got out of hand and somewhat abandoned the running game at that point.

2014 Week 11 vs SF (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams' role in this offense has diminished greatly with the return of teammate Rashad Jennings. The Giants gave Williams only 2 carries on Sunday and he is nowhere near startable as a fantasy option again. Jennings was clearly the lead back and Williams, though he showed flashes these past months, isn't as talented or as experienced. Williams will continue to spell Jennings when needed and may get lucky with a goal line rushing attempt occasionally but his production will always be minimal as the number 2 back.

2014 Week 12 vs DAL (10 / 35 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams was again in the backup role to Jennings as the #2 running back for New York but it was Williams who managed to score the only rushing touchdown. Williams got a nice seal off the right side of the offensive line on the goal line and walked into the endzone untouched thanks to his blocks up front. Williams ran hard as usual and was able to push piles after defenders made contact with him. Williams almost scored on in the redzone in the first half but was taken down 3 yards shy of the goal line unfortunately. Williams' carries were more productive than Jennings' as he found more room up the middle of the defense with simple dive plays. Williams got some nice pushes up front from his offensive line and pushed back defenders to get the biggest gains where possible. Williams almost fumbled in the second half but fortunately he was ruled down by contact before he lost the ball. Williams also made a nice play of the backfield late in the game, securing a first down on a checkdown pattern from Manning. Williams got several goal line attempts on Sunday night and should continue to see redzone work as he often spells Jennings when the Giants are in opposing team's territory. He will remain the #2 back in this offense but worth a start if your options are somewhat limited.

2014 Week 13 vs JAX (8 / 21 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Williams got 8 carries and 2 catches but accomplished very little for the Giants in terms of production. Williams hit the pile at the line of scrimmage hard and fought his way forward but rarely found any decent running room. Williams had several carries in the redzone against Jacksonville but could never find enough room to score a touchdown. Williams was able to push is way forward at times for yards after contact with defenders but he was primarily used a #2 back to provide rest for Jennings when necessary. Williams made a few plays in the passing game, especially on a well executed screen pass from Manning which was also blocked well by his offensive line. The workload for Williams was too small as a whole however and Jennings received most of the goal line/redzone work.

2014 Week 14 vs TEN (24 / 131 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams got the starting role in this game for the Giants due to the injury Jennings sustained in the previous game. Williams showed he was more than capable of taking the lead spot with little notice as he ran for over hundred yards and punished the Titans defense throughout the game. Williams ran consistently well up the middle and managed a very healthy average per carry. The Giants relied heavily on this running game and the Titans were not able to stop it over the course of the game. Williams ran tough as he typically does and frequently was able to push back defenders at the point of first contact. He got a lot of yards after contact due to his physical style of running. The offensive line also played their part and set up key blocks for big runs. Williams only scored one rushing touchdown which was unfortunate for him as he had several over carries stopped just shy of the goal line. Williams also showed consistent hands as he caught several passes out of the backfield, something which he did not do at the college level. Williams managed to score a touchdown on a long run with an outside run to the left. The Giants offensive line and fullback did a great job of blocking the free Titan players and left a huge gap for Williams to burst down the sideline. Williams is a small physical runner but also possesses decent speed when he can break free. Williams broke a lot of tackles and used stiff arms well at initial contact and picked up many first downs on simple dive plays up the middle.

2014 Week 15 vs WAS (18 / 44 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams was forced into the role as lead back in this offense due to another injury sustained by Jennings which forced him out of the game early in the first quarter. Andre Williams and the rushing game was a non factor on Sunday however as the Giants could not run the ball well. The Redskins made a clear effort to halt the Giants rushing attack as they swarmed to the football well when a rushing play was diagnosed. The Giants offensive line also did not block particularly well and Williams could rarely get past the line of scrimmage without being tackled immediately. Williams had a shot at scoring in the redzone at times on the ground but he couldn't find enough room to break free from the pursuit. Williams also dropped a pass in the redzone late in the game as he was facing the wrong direction and it fell incomplete. The Giants were not very creative with their running game as Williams got mostly simple dive carries up the middle. The passing game was key to their offensive success but despite the distraction of a successful passing offense, the ground game could never get started.

2014 Week 16 vs STL (26 / 110 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams started off somewhat slow against the Rams but wore down St. Louis as the game progressed and he ended up having a nice fantasy day. The Giants did not use Williams in many different ways, mostly giving him the ball on carries up the middle of the defense to use his toughness and strength to push piles at the line of scrimmage. Williams got some carries to the outside but this is not his strength as his speed laterally is not as good as his straight ahead speed. Williams and the Giants offensive line found more and more holes in the Rams defensive front as the game went on however and Williams began to pick up chunks of yards every time he forced his way up the middle. Williams had a very explosive run up the middle thanks to his blockers up front. The Giants blocked every Ram defender in the box on the play and Williams was free to explode down the field as he also shook off the first few tackle attempts. Williams did not get his hands on the football in the passing game at all, partly due to the fact that the Giants were having great success against the Rams through the air. This took defenders out of the box and made Williams' job easier as a result. Williams did also not get many redzone opportunities as the Giants were scoring beyond the redzone with big pass plays and teammate Darkwa scored the only rushing touchdown for the Giants.

2014 Week 17 vs PHI (15 / 43 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Andre Williams was the lead back in this offense against the Eagles but managed only average production that was mostly rescued by his touchdown. Williams found little running room against the Philadelphia front and had to fight for every yard he gained on the ground. Williams was often met quickly at the line of scrimmage and forced to settle for small gains. Williams scored his touchdown on a simple dive play at the one yard line which was well set up previously by the Giants. Williams had two carries inside the 5 yard line on a different drive for New York but was unfortunate not to score again as he was taken down just one yard shy of the goal line. Williams got a few short carries in the redzone in the second half but never could find enough room to cross the goal line. Williams was also useful and showed good hands out of the backfield as he caught checkdown passes from Manning and was able to separate enough from linebackers. He shared time a lot with teammate Jennings which helped to keep him fresh as a runner but reduced his number of carries and downs on the field.