RB Darrel Williams - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-1, 229||Born: 4-15-1995||College: LSU||Drafted: ---|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Williams hurt his hamstring against Oakland and will probably miss Week 14 at a minimum. He can be dropped in redraft leagues.
General News (Thu Dec 5): was placed on the Reserve/Injured list on Thursday, Dec. 5.
General News (Wed Dec 4): did not practice on Wednesday.
General News (Mon Dec 2): was knocked out the team's Week 13 game with a hamstring injury and faces a "good chance" of not being able to play in Week 14 versus the New England Patriots, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Week 14: at New England Patriots
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Chiefs running back situation continues to be a revolving door as Darrell Williams was injured early in the game last week with a knee and hamstring injury that will likely keep him out this week. Damien Williams looks like he also is unlikely to play with a rib injury leaving just LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson as the two running backs for the Chiefs. This caused the Chiefs to go out and sign Spencer Ware this week. Ware who knows the offense after spending the last four years in Kansas City should be able to immediately come in and contribute after the Chiefs. It will likely be a rotating backfield as LeSean McCoy just does not look like he can handle a workload any longer after having just five carries for 10 yards last week, and Darwin Thompson has just 16 career carries with 11 of them coming out of necessity last week. The Patriots run defense outside of a few performances has held opposing running backs in check as they have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs on the season. They did a tremendous job shutting down Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson holding the pair of running backs to just 53 yards on 19 carries. This has been a theme for the Patriots as they are near dominant against average to below-average run games as they have only allowed five running backs to rush for over 40 yards. When the Patriots want to sell out to shut down the run particularly in the red zone they are one of the best at it as they have only allowed one rushing touchdown on the season. This is by no means a dominant defense as they have allowed 4.4 yards-per-carry on the season, but where they have been vulnerable have been in games that they have in control such as the Jets, Bills, or Browns this season and teams committing to the run while the Patriots have their dime prevent defense to stop the pass.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Darrel Williams's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs OAK (6 / 13 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 1 rec)
Williams scored on a swing tackle when he showed enough speed to win a race to the pylon, and he had another early carry that resulted in a big gain when a huge hole opened, but he was otherwise lackluster and then left with a hamstring injury. He wasn't able to show elusiveness in space or power in tight quarters. In one sequence the Chiefs turned the ball over after two consecutive carries for no gain by Williams on third and four and short.
2019 Week 11 vs LAC (11 / 35 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Darrel Williams rushed 11 times for 35 yards and a touchdown, while also catching two passes for eight yards on three targets. Williams saw all of his work in the fourth quarter after Damien Williams and McCoy were both forced to leave the game with injuries. Williams doesn't have the dynamic skillset of McCoy, or the overall ability of Damien Williams, but he is a consummate pro and a player that Andy Reid trusts and depends on. In many ways he reminds me of Jamaal Williams (Packers), as he is not going to come in and make plays all on his own. However, if you put him in the right position with playmakers around him, he will take advantage of the opportunities he is given. With the Chiefs facing a second and two from the Chargers six yard line, Mahomes took the snap under center and handed the ball off to Williams on a play that resembled the off-tackle-right play that McCoy scored on earlier in the game. This time though, the Chargers sealed off the right edge and forced Williams back to the middle of the field. Williams stopped with a jump cut back to the left and patiently found a hole in the middle of the line to squeeze through. He then put his head down and ran over a Chargers defender at the goal line for the six yard touchdown. Williams is really good in the red zone, as his patient running style and vision give him an advantage when the Chiefs spread out the defense in the short field. The Chiefs do not play again until week 13, so it will be interesting to see how McCoy and Damien Williams fare with their injuries. If Williams is the lone healthy back for the Chiefs, he becomes the most important free agent pickup of the season.
2019 Week 4 vs DET (8 / 13 / 2 rush, 4 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Patrick Mahomes completed 24 of 42 passes for 315 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. Mahomes also rushed six times for 54 yards. This was only the third time since Mahomes became the Chiefs starter last season that he failed to throw a touchdown pass. Coming into the game, Mahomes had thrown for 10 touchdowns in the first three games of the season. He did keep his streak of 300 yard passing games alive, with four consecutive games to start the season. The Lions surprisingly kept Mahomes in check by playing man to man defense and double teaming Travis Kelce on a lot of plays, while also choosing to double Watkins, Hardman and Robinson on certain looks. This was surprising not only because of Mahomes prior production (and talent), but also due to the Lions missing star cornerback Darius Slay and losing safety Quandry Diggs to an injury in the first quarter. The Chiefs offensive production is a mix of Mahomes innate talent and the scheming of Andy Reid, but without the deep ball open to him, Mahomes had difficulty getting the ball to Hardman and Robinson, with the two combining for six catches for 44 yards on 14 targets. Mahomes did find a small way to exploit the Lions defensive scheme in the second half, which was to run when they dropped a second linebacker in coverage. This was highly apparent on the games biggest play, a fourth and eight from the Chiefs 34 yard line with 1:55 left in the game and the Chiefs down 39-27. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun, and after dropping back he noticed that Kelce was being double teamed. He tucked the ball and split the line rushing straight up the middle for a 15 yard gain that kept the drive alive and allowed them to score the winning touchdown. This type of game is super rare for Mahomes, and while other teams will try and copy the Lions game plan, in the end the Chiefs still won the game.
2019 Week 3 vs BAL (9 / 62 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
Darrel Williams rushed nine times for 62 yards and caught five passes on five targets for 47 yards in the Chiefs win over the Ravens. It was Williams first chance at extended duty after McCoy tweaked his injured ankle. Williams responded with impressive vision and decisive running, hitting the holes hard that his offensive line had opened up for him. Williams fits very well into the Chiefs offense because he is explosive with the ball in his hands and is able to take advantage of the spacing that the Chiefs offense provides. His long gain of the day came on a 41 yard rush out of the shotgun where he was able to able to bounce the run outside and beat the Ravens defenders to the edge. Williams gained eight or more yards on four of his nine carries and looks to have the clear edge over rookie Darwin Thompson in the running back pecking order.
Kansas City Chiefs Team LinksDepth Chart Season Stats Targets Red Zone Game Logs
Footballguys ArticlesInjury Expectations | Midweek Update | Week 14
Jene Bramel - December 4
The Gut Check No.495: Revisiting the Chiefs Backfield
Matt Waldman - December 3
Monday Injury Rounds: Week 14
Jene Bramel - December 1
Roundtable Week 4
FBG Staff - September 26
The Best of Footballguys Week 4
Matt Waldman - September 26
Roundtable Week 1
FBG Staff - September 4
Monday Injury Rounds: Week 15
Jene Bramel - December 8
Gameday Injury Expectations: Week 14
Jene Bramel - December 7
Week 14 Offensive Sleepers
Sigmund Bloom - December 5
Waivers of the Future: Week 14
Daniel Simpkins - December 3
Articles from around the web100 facts for the 2019 fantasy football season
Matthew Berry - July 2
2019 fantasy football handcuffs: Austin Ekeler among top options
Mike Clay - July 17
Consensus Busts from 65+ Experts
Fantasy Pros Staff - August 12
Fantasy football takeaways from the preseason RB usage
Jeff Ratcliffe - August 27
|14||@ New England Patriots|
|15||vs Denver Broncos|
|16||@ Chicago Bears|
|17||vs Los Angeles Chargers|