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RB Damien Williams - Kansas City Chiefs

5-11, 222Born: 4-3-1992College: OklahomaDrafted: ---

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17 vs OAK 28 11 51 1 1 1 8 0 0 11.9
19 vs IND 65 25 129 1 6 5 25 0 0 21.4
20 vs NE 41 10 30 1 8 5 66 2 0 27.6

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

Percentile ranks

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

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 20 vs NE (10 / 30 / 1 rush, 8 / 5 / 66 / 2 rec)

Damien Williams rushed 10 times for 30 yards and a touchdown, while also catching five passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Williams continued to play inspired football throughout the postseason, finishing with four total touchdowns in two playoff games and proving that he deserves the first crack at leading the Chiefs backfield in 2019. While the Patriots did a good job of shutting down Williams in the run game (he averaged 5.1 yards per carry this season), this was more of a case of the Chiefs not putting him in advantageous running situations. When Kansas City started to move the ball with ease in the second half, Williams came up big with three touchdowns. Williams first touchdown came with the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Patriots one yard line. Mahomes took the snap under center and immediately rolled out to his right, where Williams was running hard to the right side of the end zone. Mahomes waited as long as he could for Williams to clear his man and then threw a tight pass to Williams, who made a really nice catch, getting both of his feet in bounds for the touchdown. Williams next touchdown came with the Chiefs facing a second and ten from the Patriots 23 yard line. Mahomes took the snap in shotgun and play-action faked to Williams who came across the formation from the right side. Mahomes faded to his left before throwing a lobbed screen pass to Williams on the right side. The play was designed perfectly, and Williams was able to cover the 23 yards untouched on his way to the endzone. Williams final touchdown came right before the two minute warning in the fourth quarter, where he rushed right up the gut for a two yard score that put the Chiefs up 27-24.

2018 Week 19 vs IND (25 / 129 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 25 / 0 rec)

Damien Williams rushed 25 times for 129 yards and a touchdown, while also catching five of six passes for 25 yards in the Chiefs win over the Colts on Saturday. This was an incredible performance from Williams, who received all the touches he could handle with Spencer Ware inactive for the game. The Colts came into the game playing some of the best run defense in the league over the second half of the season, but they had no answer for Williams, especially in the second half when the Chiefs were working the clock. Williams kicked off the scoring with a ridiculous 10 yard touchdown run on the Chiefs first drive. With the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Colts 10 yard line, Williams lined up to Mahomes left in the shotgun. Mahomes took the snap and handed off to Williams coming across him towards the right side of the formation. The play looked to be called for an outside rush, but Williams stopped on a dime when he was cut off from bouncing the run outside, and instead cut back inside. After cutting back to the middle of the field, Williams found himself facing two Colts defenders. Both defenders lunged at Williams, but he threw a subtle outside fake and then did a quick jump back to the right move that made both Colts defenders look really bad as they did not get a hand on him and fell over one another. From there Williams hit the turbo button and accelerated through the rest of the Colts secondary. It was the type of play you'd expect from a top 10 running back in the league, not a journeymen third stringer, but the world is just starting to see how talented Williams really is. That play was a microcosm of Williams skills, as he is a tough and compact inside runner with brilliant vision, but he also has the speed and quickness to bounce the ball outside and create big plays. Losing Kareem Hunt looked to be a big blow to a team that depended on his big plays more than people think, but Williams has stepped in and done nearly everything Hunt did for the Chiefs offense. While the Chiefs only scored seven points in the second half, Williams was able to pick up 83 yards on the ground and kill the clock, ending a Colts comeback attempt before it even had a chance to start.

2018 Week 17 vs OAK (11 / 51 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Damien Williams rushed 11 times for 51 yards and a touchdowns, while also catching one passes for eight yards on one target. Williams was not asked to carry a big workload against the Raiders, due in large part to the fact that the Chiefs were scoring on long plays, shortly after receiving the ball. Williams was his usual efficient self, averaging 4.6 yards per carry on 11 carries. Williams also scored a rushing touchdown, which marked the fourth straight game he's scored a touchdown, and six total touchdowns in his last four games. Williams touchdown came with the Chiefs facing a second and goal from the Oakland four yard line. Mahomes lined up in the shotgun with Williams to his left. Mahomes took the snap, and handed it to Williams who crossed in front of him moving to the right side of the formation. Williams used tiny chops with his feet to keep his legs moving and find a crease between his blockers and the Raiders offensive line before accelerating into the pile and using his forward momentum to cross over the goal line. Williams is an excellent red zone runner because he is always keeping his feet and body moving, and he understands how to use the momentum of his legs to propel his upper body, whether he is twisting away from tacklers or just leaning into them. With the Chiefs securing home field advantage in the playoffs, look for Williams to play a big part in how far they go in the postseason.

2018 Week 16 vs SEA (13 / 103 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 37 / 1 rec)

Damien Williams rushed 13 times for 103 yards, while also catching seven passes for 37 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. Mahomes stats in this game were pretty good, but the reality is that Williams was the Chiefs most important player, as without his ability to pick up yards in the run game, the offense would have continued to stall against a Seahawks defense that took away their ability to create plays down the field. A great example of this came with the Chiefs facing a first and ten from their own 25 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and handed off to Williams came across the front of Mahomes and rushed to the left side of the line. Despite getting cut off in the backfield, Williams cut back to the center of the field and then bounced the ball back outside to the left sideline. He was chased to the sideline and looked to pick up a solid 10 yard gain, but Williams wasn't done. He managed to tip-toe along the sideline and pick up another 15 yards before finally being pushed out of bounds. Williams had four runs of 15+ yards and was also active in the passing game, catching all seven of this targets. Williams receiving touchdown came with the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the two yard line. Mahomes took the snap under center and dropped back and Williams took off immediately to the right flat on an our-route. Williams was wide open and Mahomes dumped off the pass to him for the easy two yard touchdown

2018 Week 15 vs LAC (10 / 49 / 2 rush, 6 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)

Damien Williams rushed 10 times for 49 yards and two touchdowns, while also catching six passes for 74 yards. Williams fits into the Chiefs offense seamlessly as a shifty runner who hits the hole with explosiveness. He showed off his ability to make defenders miss and make plays happen in the open field on the Chiefs first drive of the game. Williams took the handoff from Mahomes in the shotgun and ran towards the left tackle, who was supposed to get his defender sealed from the inside. The defender had pushed back on the left guard too far though, which cut off Williams ability to get out wide. Williams stutter-stepped and cut back to the inside and came face to face with two Chargers defenders who were standing straight up. Williams then took off to the right sideline, juking another defender on his way before getting to the outside and up the right sideline for a really impressive 23 yard gain. Williams looks like he is shot out of a cannon when he touches the ball, as he depends on his short-area burst and quick feet to gain separation. Williams first touchdown run of the game came with the Chiefs facing a second and goal at the Charges two yard line. Mahomes set up in shotgun and motioned Williams from his left to his right side before the snap. He then took the snap and handed off to Williams for a trap to the left side of the offensive line. Williams kept his feet moving with short little chops as he hit the line and managed to push his way through for an easy two yard touchdown. Williams second touchdown run of the night came on a first and goal from the Chargers one yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of shotgun and handed off to Williams, who was set up to his right. Williams received the handoff and got his helmet and pads very low to the ground, almost sneaking his way in through the offensive line. While his two touchdowns were rather straight forward runs, it is clear that Williams understands how to make himself small and score in short space. Williams was also responsible for 57 of the Chiefs 80 yards on the Chiefs second scoring drive (Mahomes to Darrel Williams touchdown pass). While there is no doubt that Spencer Ware will have some role in the offense when he gets back, it is hard to imagine him stepping back into the high volume role he held previously, as Williams has showed out in his two week audition, totaling 153 yards and four touchdowns with ten receptions and an average of 5.4 yards per touch. He also has a penchant for breaking big plays, something the Chiefs desperately need out of their backfield.

2018 Week 14 vs BAL (8 / 14 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 16 / 1 rec)

Damien Williams rushed eight times for 14 yards and a touchdown, and caught four of five targets for 16 yards and a touchdown. Williams was not very effective with his touches, but he managed to vulture a short touchdown run from Ware, and then completely take him off the field in the fourth quarter. The fact that the Chiefs felt comfortable going to Williams on fourth down, late in the fourth quarter, needing a touchdown, says something about what his role is going to be moving forward. Ware is still the preferred option in terms of volume, but Williams has carved out a nice role for himself as a red zone and third down option for one of the best offenses in football. There is certainly value to be had here, the question is will he continue to take advantage of the limited opportunities.

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