RB Damien Williams - Kansas City Chiefs
|5-11, 222||Born: 4-3-1992||College: Oklahoma||Drafted: ---|
He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
General News (Fri Dec 6): is out for this week's game.
General News (Thu Dec 5): did not practice on Thursday.
General News (Wed Dec 4): did not practice on Wednesday. Williams has a chance to return to Sunday, Dec. 8, against the New England Patriots, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.
Week 14: at New England Patriots
FBG says: Tough matchup. The Chiefs running back situation continues to be a revolving door as Darrell Williams was injured early in the game last week with a knee and hamstring injury that will likely keep him out this week. Damien Williams looks like he also is unlikely to play with a rib injury leaving just LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson as the two running backs for the Chiefs. This caused the Chiefs to go out and sign Spencer Ware this week. Ware who knows the offense after spending the last four years in Kansas City should be able to immediately come in and contribute after the Chiefs. It will likely be a rotating backfield as LeSean McCoy just does not look like he can handle a workload any longer after having just five carries for 10 yards last week, and Darwin Thompson has just 16 career carries with 11 of them coming out of necessity last week. The Patriots run defense outside of a few performances has held opposing running backs in check as they have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs on the season. They did a tremendous job shutting down Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson holding the pair of running backs to just 53 yards on 19 carries. This has been a theme for the Patriots as they are near dominant against average to below-average run games as they have only allowed five running backs to rush for over 40 yards. When the Patriots want to sell out to shut down the run particularly in the red zone they are one of the best at it as they have only allowed one rushing touchdown on the season. This is by no means a dominant defense as they have allowed 4.4 yards-per-carry on the season, but where they have been vulnerable have been in games that they have in control such as the Jets, Bills, or Browns this season and teams committing to the run while the Patriots have their dime prevent defense to stop the pass.
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 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 | Week 14 Kansas City Chiefs inactives (Sun Dec 8, 03:01 PM) - The Kansas City Chiefs have declared QB Chad Henne, CB Rashad Fenton, RB Damien Williams, OT Jackson Barton, CB Morris Claiborne, TE Deon Yelder and OG Nick Allegretti inactive for Week 14. link to story Chiefs | Kansas City's Week 14 injury report (Fri Dec 6, 05:41 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder), CB Rashad Fenton (hamstring) and RB Damien Williams (rib) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 14 versus the New England Patriots. DE Frank Clark (shoulder) and S Jordan Lucas (shoulder, illness) did not practice Friday, Dec. 6, and are listed as questionable. OT Eric Fisher (groin), CB Kendall Fuller (thumb), WR Tyreek Hill (hamstring), QB Patrick Mahomes (knee), DT Derrick Nnadi (elbow) and DE Alex Okafor (ankle) practiced in full all week and no longer appear on the injury report. link to story Chiefs | Damien Williams to miss Week 14 (Fri Dec 6, 02:39 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams (ribs) did not practice Friday, Dec. 6, and was ruled out of Week 14 by head coach Andy Reid. Our View: LeSean McCoy, Darwin Thompson, and Spencer Ware will be active for the game but the split of touches between the trio is difficult to forecast. McCoy is the safest, but Thompson has the highest ceiling.
link to story Chiefs | Damien Williams remains sidelined (Thu Dec 5, 12:52 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams (ribs) will not practice Thursday, Dec. 5, according to the team. Our View: We should see LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson in the backfield for the Chiefs this week against the Patriots. Spencer Ware might even factor in as Williams is unlikely to play in Week 14.
link to story Chiefs | Damien Williams not on the field (Wed Dec 4, 07:44 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams (rib) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. link to story More News
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