RB Darrel Williams - Kansas City Chiefs

6-1, 229Born: 4-15-1995College: LSUDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 14): Williams had a long catch and run but curiously wasn't given any other touches in this one. He's a stash as long as your bench is long enough given the injury-prone nature of the backs ahead of him and his quality of play when he got an opportunity earlier this year.

Week 7: at Denver Broncos

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FBG says: Tough matchup. What has happened to the Chiefs rushing offense? The past two weeks have been far from kind to this unit as their trio of running backs has amassed just 73 rushing yards from only 18 attempts. It is clear that this coaching staff will be quick to put the game in the hands of Patrick Mahomes and abandon the run when the going gets tough. The Chiefs have been a pass-first team all season though--it has just been magnified in these last two weeks with the losses. On the season, they rank 24th in rushing yards per game (82.7) and 28th in rushing attempts per game (20.5). Injuries have not helped as both LeSean McCoy and Damien Williams have been banged up at times. Both were playing last week though, and neither looked to be effective at all. McCoy has actually seen the majority of rushing attempts in two of his last three games, including last week as he rushed eight times to just one rush from Damien Williams. McCoy has looked like the better back and is averaging over five yards per carry compared less than two yards per carry from Damien Williams. Williams did lead the backfield in snaps, but he can't be expected to shoulder the load for this backfield with how well McCoy is playing right now. Either way, however, this is a low-volume backfield running behind an offensive line that may again be without starting left guard Andrew Wylie. Denver's run defense has had two outstanding showings in back-to-back weeks, holding Derrick Henry to just 28 yards on 15 carries last week and holding the duo of Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler to just 38 yards on 15 carries the week prior. Recent changes on the defensive line continued to pay dividends last week as Mike Purcell is excelling at nose tackle while Shelby Harris fits well on the end. A.J. Johnson is also proving to be a spectacular addition to this linebacker group as he has looked sharp in his first two career starts and has solidified his starting role for the remainder of this season. Their slow start to the season can't be ignored though, as this group did give up that huge game to Leonard Fournette in Week 4 after allowing five rushing touchdowns in the three games prior. However, outside of the big game to Fournette, Denver has held every other lead running back they have faced to less than 3.7 yards per carry. This is a run defense on the rise while the Chiefs low-volume rushing offense comes into town on the struggle bus.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs BAL 37 9 62 0 5 5.0 47 0 0 10.9
4 at DET 36 8 13 2 4 3.0 43 0 1 16.6
5 vs IND 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
6 vs HOU 7 0 0 0 2 1.0 52 0 0 5.2
7 at DEN PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * 1.0 * * * *
7 at DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 1.3 * * * *
7 at DEN PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * 1.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Darrel Williams's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

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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