RB Damien Williams - Kansas City Chiefs
|5-11, 222||Born: 4-3-1992||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: ---|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 14): Williams still has some flex appeal because of his role in the passing game, but the team is waking up to the reality that he is not their best runner.
Week 7: at Denver Broncos
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
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Damien Williams's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 6 vs HOU (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 1 rec)
Damien Williams rushed one time for six yards and caught one pass on one target for 14 yards and a touchdown. Looking at the total touches shared among the Chiefs backfield, the first thought would be that Williams lack of touches was due to game flow or Reid riding the hot hand. That would be incorrect though, as Williams led the Chiefs backfield in snaps, being on the field for 56% of the Chiefs offensive plays. That fact makes his two touches even more curious. Williams was able to take advantage of one of his two touches by scoring a touchdown on a designed screen play where he got great blocking out in front of him and was able to cut once back to the middle of the field for an easy 14 yard touchdown. This backfield has become very difficult to project as McCoy led the Chiefs in rushing yards and Darrel Williams led the backfield in receiving yards, despite seeing only two targets. It would be one thing if the Chiefs were winning while playing three running backs, but after their last three games and a lack of production from their backfield, it will be interesting to see if Reid reverts back to having one player dominate the touches.
2019 Week 5 vs IND (9 / 23 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed nine times for 23 yards and caught three passes on four targets for 15 yards. After missing most of the last two games, Williams returned to the starting lineup against the Colts. He was unable to get much going though, as the Colts defensive front held the Chiefs to 2.5 yards per carry on 14 rushing attempts. Williams out-snapped and out-touched McCoy and Darrell Williams by a big margin, but he wasn't able to make much of a difference with those touches. When the Chiefs are playing with a lead, and are at full strength at the receiver position, Williams has shown he is capable of turning in some big games, especially when he sees touches in the red zone. He doesn't have an elite aspect to his skillset though, so depending on him to create on his own just isn't going to happen. He is at his best when the Chiefs can create holes for him, as he has very good vision and is a patient runner. He should continue to be the Chiefs starter next week, but you cannot rule out Andy Reid going with the hot hand between the two Williams and McCoy.
2019 Week 2 vs OAK (9 / 8 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed nine times for eight yards, while catching three of five targets for 48 yards in the Chiefs win over the Raiders. Williams has found himself in a full-blown timeshare with veteran LeSean McCoy, with McCoy receiving more touches in the run game, while Williams continues to operate as the Chiefs third down back. The Raiders did a very good job of containing the Chiefs running backs, as Williams averaged .9 yards per carry and actually lost yardage on three of those rushes. Williams fared better in the passing game though, with his long reception of the day being a 32 yard catch that set up the Chiefs for their third touchdown of the second quarter. With the Chiefs facing a second and 11 from their own five yard line, Mahomes lined up in the shotgun with Williams to his right. Williams immediately broke off into the flat after the snap and made it look like he was setting up for a screen pass. Instead, Williams turned the corner and took off up the field. Mahomes threw a great pass to his running back in stride, with Williams gaining yards after the catch and if not for a desperation tackle by a Raiders defender, might have gone all the way for a 95 yard touchdown. Williams would have to settle for the 32 yard reception, and unfortunately that was his only play of consequence on the day. Williams injured his knee late in the fourth quarter, although is not known how serious the injury is at this time.
2019 Week 1 vs JAX (13 / 26 / 1 rush, 6 / 6 / 39 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed 13 times for 26 yards and a touchdown, while also converting all six of his targets for six receptions for 39 yards. Williams was given the start after playing very well down the stretch last season, and although he was unable to break any big plays, he has proven himself capable of being a versatile and important component of the Chiefs offense. Williams does most of his damage in the passing game and in the red zone, and this game was no different. With the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Jaguars one yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and handed the ball off to Williams. Williams is a very patient runner in the red zone, and on this play he followed his blockers and made one cut inside to convert an easy touchdown. The signing of LeSean McCoy will undoubtedly take away from William's volume, but he will continue to see high quality touches on the best offense in football, making him a very valuable commodity.
Latest NewsChiefs | Damien Williams goes nowhere in Week 7 (Fri Oct 18, 12:27 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams had nine carries for seven yards against the Denver Broncos on Thursday, Oct. 17. Williams also caught two passes for minus-one yard. link to story Chiefs | Damien Williams gets just two touches (Sun Oct 13, 07:44 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams rushed just once for six yards and he added a 14-yard catch for touchdown in Week 6 against the Houston Texans. link to story Chiefs | Damien Williams does little in return (Mon Oct 7, 02:30 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams (knee) carried the ball nine times for 23 yards against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Oct. 6. He also caught three passes for 15 yards. link to story Chiefs | Damien Williams active for SNF (Sun Oct 6, 07:05 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams (knee) is active for the Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts. link to story Chiefs | Damien Williams likely to play (Sun Oct 6, 09:12 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams (knee) is expected to play in Week 5's game against the Indianapolis Colts, according to a source. Our View: Williams got in full practices this week, so start him as you normally would, but have a night game hedge on hand just in case considering his questionable designation.
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