RB Damien Williams - Kansas City Chiefs
|5-11, 222||Born: 4-3-1992||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: ---|
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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 19 vs HOU (12 / 47 / 2 rush, 6 / 2 / 21 / 1 rec)
Damien Williams rushed 12 times for 47 yards and two touchdowns, while also catching two passes for 21 yards, one of which went for another touchdown for Williams. On any other day, Williams nose for the end zone would have given him player of the game, but that went to either Kelce or Mahomes. Williams opened the flood gates for Kansas City's offense in the second quarter, catching a 17 yard pass from Mahomes. Williams gets credit for completing the catch, but the truth is the ball was in the exact perfect spot that it needed to be in. As Williams turned around to look back for the ball, the pass was nearly implanted on the left side of his stomach, which made it easy for Williams to keep his momentum moving upfield and outrun the Texans secondary and get the Chiefs on the scoreboard. The next time Williams scored, the Chiefs had run up three more touchdowns and were now leading 28-24. Williams was lined up to Mahomes right and took the handoff straight up the middle for an easy one yard touchdown, a touchdown that happened to be the deciding score for Kansas City. Williams wasn't done though, as he added a second touchdown on the ground, this time with the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Texans five yard line. Williams was lined behind Mahomes in the backfield, and was able to get a full head of steam while running up into the middle of the line. Williams used a hard jump-cut forward as he fit himself into the small hole that his offensive line had opened. Williams kept his momentum moving forward and catapulted himself across the goal line for the five yard touchdown. Williams is a perfect fit for the Chiefs offense, as he excels when put in advantageous situations, and he's versatile enough to fit in with all the different packages and the pre-snap RPO that Reid likes to run.
2019 Week 17 vs LAC (12 / 124 / 2 rush, 7 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed 12 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns with four catches for 30 yards on seven targets. Williams broke the game open for the Chiefs on an 84 yard touchdown run in the third quarter that perhaps the most impressive run of the season. With the Chiefs facing a first and ten from their own 16 yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and handed off to Williams, who was running an off-tackle to the left side of the field. He was met by several Chargers defenders at the line, and he hit two of them straight on while spinning off the tackles. Williams then gathered himself and sprinted up the sideline, outrunning the entire Chargers secondary on his way to an 84 yard touchdown. The touchdown essentially put the game away and it showcased Williams ability to break the big play with his combination of strength, balance and vision as a runner. Williams second touchdown was nearly as impressive, and was set up by a 47 yard catch by Hill. With the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Chargers seven yard line, Williams took the handoff from Mahomes and darted to the right side of the line where his offensive line had opened up a small hole for him. Williams got through the hole and then cut back, where he was met by two Chargers defenders, one from the back and another who put a hard hit on Williams at thigh level. Williams absorbed the hit, but didn't go down, keeping his balance with his hand on the ground before diving ahead and crossing the goal line. Williams played an incredible game and made his case for being the Chiefs bell-cow running back in the playoffs.
2019 Week 16 vs CHI (16 / 65 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 27 / 1 rec)
Damien Williams rushed 16 times for 65 yards and caught three passes on three targets for 27 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs win over the Bears. Williams returned to the starting lineup after sitting out three weeks with a rib injury and looked refreshed as the Chiefs lead back. LeSean McCoy was a healthy scratch in this game, so Williams ended up splitting time with veteran Spencer Ware. Williams saw the bulk of the work though, out-touching Ware 19 to eight, and was the preferred option on early downs and specifically in the red zone. Williams had four carries of five or more yards, and all three of his catches went for six or more yards, including the 14 yard touchdown catch mentioned above. The Chiefs had seemed content on resting McCoy until the playoffs, referring to it as the NBA-esque term "load management. This means Williams should once again be looking at the majority of the touches in next week's finale against Chargers, especially considering that Ware left the game in the fourth quarter with what was described as a shoulder injury.
2019 Week 11 vs LAC (4 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed four times for seven yards and had one catch for six yards before leaving the game with a rib injury just before halftime. His injury status has not been updated yet but look for more news on Wednesday regarding this injury.
2019 Week 10 vs TEN (19 / 77 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed 19 times for 77 yards, while also catching five passes on five targets for 32 yards in the Chiefs loss to the Titans on Sunday. With fellow running back LeSean McCoy a healthy scratch for the first time all season, Williams nearly had the entire offense to himself, with Darrell Williams appearing on only 17 of 82 snaps on the day. If Williams had designs on keeping the backfield for himself though, he may have done the one thing that will prevent him from doing so, fumbling. It was arguably the reason why McCoy was scratched this week and taken out of the game the week before. Williams fumble against the Titans was returned for a touchdown, and although it didn't cost him playing time in this game, it will be interesting to see if McCoy or Darrell Williams benefit from this going forward. Outside of the fumble, Williams played well, averaging 4.1 yards per carry while at the very least, keeping the Titans defense from dropping all of their linebackers into coverage. It was first time since week one where Williams caught more than three passes, something he did with regularity last season.
2019 Week 9 vs MIN (12 / 125 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams 12 times for 125 yards and a touchdown while also catching two passes on two targets for 3 yards. Williams was having trouble penetrating the Vikings defensive front for most of the game, although it didn't stop the Chiefs passing attack from moving the ball. Where it really hurt them was in the red zone, as Williams, and the rest of the Chiefs running backs, were unable to give the offense advantageous situations on second and third down, which led to four Butker field goals. Williams saved his day however, by ripping off a 91 yard touchdown run straight up the middle of the Vikings defense. While the Chiefs offensive line gets the credit for opening up the hole, Williams deserves of the spotlight for weaving his way up the seam before putting on one of the nastiest jukes I've ever seen. In fact, the Vikings defender is still looking for his jock-strap, and I'm not sure he's going to find it anytime soon. Given the flow of the game, and the Chiefs difficulty in the red zone, it was a very important play that gave the Chiefs the lead. Without that run, who knows if the Chiefs win this game, and 5-4 is a lot different than 6-3, especially when the Chiefs get their star quarterback in Patrick Mahomes back this week. Williams out-touched McCoy 12-3 rushing the ball, and it look as though he will start to see a majority of the carries after McCoy's fumbling problems have come to the forefront.
2019 Week 8 vs GB (7 / 30 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed seven times for 30 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs loss to the Packers on Sunday night. Williams took a backseat to McCoy for much of the game until McCoy fumbled late in the third quarter. Williams ended up playing all of the fourth quarter and capitalized on a Packers penalty in the red Zone by converting a close carry for a touchdown. With the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Packers three yard line, Williams took the carry out of the shotgun and looked spry breaking quickly off the left tackle before cutting back to the middle of the field for an easy touchdown run. The blocks were set up well for Williams, but he also showed some quickness by converting two crisp jump cuts on the touchdown run. Williams is a product of volume, he isn't going to break many big plays unless he sees 20 touches a game, which isn't going to happen, so he has become touchdown dependent and McCoy is even seeing more work on early downs in the passing game.
2019 Week 7 vs DEN (9 / 7 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)
Damien Williams rushed nine times for seven yards while also catching two passes for negative one yards on three targets. This was another awful night for Williams, and he was out-touched by McCoy 14-11, while McCoy outgained him by 70 yards. With Patrick Mahomes being sidelined, it is time for Williams to see the bench on fantasy rosters, as his touchdown upside has all be disappeared.
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 | KC's fantasy recap of AFC title game (Sun Jan 19, 06:15 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes completed 23-for-35, passing for 294 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions Sunday, Jan. 19, against the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game. He also ran for 53 yards and a touchdown. RB Damien Williams rushed 17 times for 45 yards and a touchdown, adding five receptions for 44 yards. WR Tyreek Hill caught five of seven targets for 67 yards and two touchdowns, while WRs Sammy Watkins paced the team with seven catches on 10 looks, 114 yards and a touchdown. TE Travis Kelce was held to three catches for 30 yards on four targets. SS Tyrann Mathieu led all Chiefs with nine total tackles (six solo), chipping in a pass deflection. link to story Chiefs | Kansas City advances to AFC Championship Game (Sun Jan 12, 06:36 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes completed 23-of-35 passes for 321 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's AFC Divisional Round win over the Houston Texans. He also led the team with 53 rushing yards on seven attempts. RB Damien Williams ran 12 times for 47 yards with two touchdowns, while adding two grabs for 21 yards and a third score. TE Travis Kelce had a monster game with 10 grabs, 134 yards and three touchdowns. WR Sammy Watkins had two grabs for 76 yards and he added 14 rushing yards. WR Tyreek Hill ran three times for 41 yards with a four-yard run and one lost fumble. WR Mecole Hardman was good for two receptions and 19 yards, while WR Demarcus Robinson ended his day with one catch for four yards on four targets. Our View: Mahomes was a cool customer and the Chiefs got even more special teams and defense breaks than the Texans by the time the game was over. The Chiefs offense is clicking at the right time although the Titans beat them earlier this year. Kelce had a record-breaking performance as the first player to catch three touchdowns in a quarter in the postseason.
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