RB Darrel Williams - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-1, 229||Born: 4-15-1995||College: LSU||Drafted: ---|
Week 21: vs San Francisco 49ers
FBG says: Bad matchup. The Kansas City backfield looked crowded entering the postseason, but has ultimately boiled down to a one-man show. Through 2 playoff games, Damien Williams has commanded 91% of offensive snaps and 29 of 30 running back carries. Seemingly at his season peak, Williams is dominating the backfield on all three downs as the clock-control component of this dynamic machine. He's been only marginally effective, turning those 29 rushes into 92 yards (just 3.2 apiece). But with his versatility and occasional explosiveness, coach Andy Reid has had little reason to turn to backups Darwin Thompson and LeSean McCoy. Still, the ground game is mostly secondary in this offense, which finished the regular season 27th in rushing attempts and 23rd in yardage. Here in the playoffs, over 45 snaps with the score within a touchdown, Kansas City backs have taken just 12 called runs (27%). Of course, quarterback Patrick Mahomes has dazzled on the ground in the postseason, racking up 106 yards and a game-changing long touchdown. But Mahomes' mobility is most valuable in the passing game, biding his receivers time by darting in and out of the pocket. He only cleared 25 rushing yards twice during the regular season. The San Francisco defense has been fantastic for most of the 2019 season, but markedly less effective against the run than the pass. The 13-3 49ers didn't face much rushing volume, but gave up the league's 10th-most yards per carry (4.5) and allowed 7 different runners to top 75 yards. The front line is stout, with DeForest Bucker and Arik Armstead true forces against the run and prized rookie Nick Bosa excelling on all three downs. That since Week 12 has been a different unit as it struggled with Dre Greenlaw filling in for Kwon Alexander early on. Since Week 12, Greenlaw has been excellent and the results have showed as they have not allowed a running back to top 70 yards and have faced stiff competition in Aaron Jones twice, Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, and Todd Gurley. The 49ers do boast a strong run-support secondary, with Jimmie Ward and Richard Sherman consistently giving help in the box. Still, a successful unit shouldn't rely quite so much on its last line of defense. Unless Kansas City can bust off a big play, expect them to struggle in this game.
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.
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