RB Damien Williams - Kansas City Chiefs

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

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Summary

Filling in for Kareem Hunt after the Chiefs cut its star runner, Williams scored six touchdowns during the final four weeks of the 2018 season--include two games with over 100 yards from scrimmage. Williams has excellent long speed and consistent hands. He runs with enough pad level and balance to earn yards through contact. He earned a free agent contact with the Chiefs last year after proving trustworthy as a third-down back and change-of-pace option for the Dolphins. A capable runner and receiver, Williams lacks dynamic creativity that top starters possess in the NFL. Although Carlos Hyde and Darwin Thompson have more upside, Williams' strengths make him the safest fantasy option of this backfield because he'll likely earn change-of-pace playing time even if Hyde and/or Thompson leapfrog him on the depth chart or force a strict committee. (August 9)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 19, 12, 12, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 24, 24, 24, 30
Overall Redraft - 39, 21, 24, 27, 29, 38, 38, 38, 51, 53, 55
RB Redraft PPR - 15, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 14, 16, 17, 18, 18, 18, 18, 20, 22, 22, 24, 24
Overall Redraft PPR - 34, 15, 17, 22, 25, 27, 31, 33, 38, 39, 39, 40, 44, 45, 47, 57
RB Dynasty - 22, 15, 19, 20, 24, 25, 25
Overall Dynasty - 47, 29, 41, 46, 64, 64

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2016 MIA 15 35 115 3 31 23 249 3 1
2017 MIA 11 46 181 0 28 20 155 1
2018 KC 16 50 256 4 24 23 160 2 1
2019 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 180.0 * * 41.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 14.0 135.0 * * 50.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 14.0 160.0 * * 51.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 159.0 * * 55.9 * * *

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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.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 30
RB: 15
Overall-PPR: 30
RB-PPR: 15

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Footballguys Articles

The Gut Check No.479: 2019 Tiers And Confidence Levels
  Matt Waldman - August 15
The Gut Check No.478: The Devil's Advocate Top 50
  Matt Waldman - August 6
Damien Williams: Can we Trust a Small Sample Size?
  Phil Alexander - June 11
The Master Plan for 2019
  Sigmund Bloom - August 16
If You're Drafting This Weekend
  Dan Hindery - August 16
ADP Risers and Fallers, August 14
  Clayton Gray - August 14
5 Late-Round Running Backs You Should Be Targeting
  Justin Bonnema - August 14
RB2 By Committee
  Jeff Pasquino - August 13
21 Value Plays at Running Back
  FBG Staff - August 13
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  Jeff Tefertiller - August 13

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Latest News

Chiefs | Damien Williams returns to practice (Wed Aug 7, 09:51 AM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Our View: Good news for Williams here. Williams is the top back and set to produce in a big way for Fantasy GMs. However, he needs to stay healthy and not open any sort of opportunity for Carlos Hyde to do more in 2019. Williams has a current ADP of RB12 (2.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Chiefs | Damien Williams has support (Sun Aug 4, 08:39 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams (hamstring) remains the lead back and will be given time to recover, according to offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. 'He's the starter,'' Bieniemy said. 'We need to make sure than Damien continues to do the things he needs to do in order to help himself be ready when called upon.''

Our View: More than his status on the depth chart, this injury is worrisome for his ability to hold up all year under a feature back workload. Williams is still worth a third round pick on the upside of his 2018 finish and the quality of the backfield, but there is plenty of risk to taking him with a premium pick.
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2019 Schedule

1@ Jacksonville Jaguars
2@ Oakland Raiders
3vs Baltimore Ravens
4@ Detroit Lions
5vs Indianapolis Colts
6vs Houston Texans
7@ Denver Broncos
8vs Green Bay Packers
9vs Minnesota Vikings
10@ Tennessee Titans
11@ Los Angeles Chargers
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13vs Oakland Raiders
14@ New England Patriots
15vs Denver Broncos
16@ Chicago Bears
17vs Los Angeles Chargers