RB Jonathan Williams - Indianapolis Colts

5-11, 220Born: 2-2-1994College: ArkansasDrafted: Round 5, pick 2016

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Williams was basically benched in the second half for Jordan Wilkins. He can be dropped across formats.

Week 14: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Up until last week, the Marlon Mack-less Colts backfield seemed clear enough with Jonathan Williams leading the way after back-to-back 100+ yard outings. Things were certainly muddled last week though, as it was Jordan Wilkins who led the way with 11 carries, followed by Williams with eight and Nyhiem Hines with four. Wilkins looked like the better back as he saw a near-majority of the snaps in his first action since a Week 10 ankle injury. With Wilkins now back to full health, this backfield will remain a committee until the return of Marlon Mack, which could be as soon as this week pending his practice participation. Keep an eye on his status, as a return from Mack would immediately eliminate any upside coming from Wilkins or Williams. Regardless of who is running for the Colts, they will remain behind one of the top offensive lines in football that has been playing very well and remains healthy coming into the final stretch of this season. Tampa Bay continued to prove last week why they may have the best rushing defense in football as they limited Leonard Fournette and the Jaguars to just 49 rushing yards and no rushing touchdowns, with Fournette averaging a meager 2.7 yards per attempt. Opposing running backs are averaging a league-low 60 rushing yards per game and just 3.1 rushing yards per attempt on the season. Since their Week 7 bye, Tampa Bay is holding running backs to the fewest fantasy points per game and has given up just one rushing touchdown to the position. With massive interior defenders like William Gholston and Vita Vea, it is no wonder teams have struggled to run effectively on this team. Linebacker Lavonte David has also been a big part of their success as he has been a consistent leader in tackles and playmaker against the run. The Colts offensive line is indeed an elite unit, but even they should have issues with this equally elite run defense.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 vs MIA 7 2 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.1
11 vs JAX 31 13 116 0 1 1.0 31 0 0 14.7
12 at HOU 45 26 104 1 3 3.0 17 0 0 18.1
13 vs TEN 16 8 14 0 1 1.0 11 0 0 2.5
14 at TB PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * 0.0 * * * *
14 at TB PROJ-Tremblay * 6 * * 0.7 * * * *
14 at TB PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0.0 * * * *

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

Percentile ranks

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

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 13 vs TEN (8 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Jonathan Williams was benched in the second half due to his inefficiency running the ball. Williams seemed hesitant and looked to bounce runs to the outside instead of taking what the defense gave him.

2019 Week 12 vs HOU (26 / 104 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

Johnathan Williams was the focal point of the Colts' offense against the Texans. Williams saw heavy usage and played well. Williams was hit at or behind the line of scrimmage on a number of occasions. Williams made a catch underneath on 3rd and short and picked up 8 yards. Williams followed a block from a pulling Jack Doyle to spring him to the second level for 12 yards. Williams was met in the hole but bounced off a tackler, bounced the run to the outside, and evaded another defender on his way to a 13 yard touchdown. Williams made a catch in the flat for 5 yards. The Colts rushing attack did find a little more success as the game went on. Williams got 4 consecutive carries and totaled 22 yards. Williams functioned as a work horse for the Colts with 29 total touches on a short week. In terms of opportunity Williams is a must start while Marlon Mack is sidelined.

2019 Week 11 vs JAX (13 / 116 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 31 / 0 rec)

Johnathan Williams looked great in relief of Marlon Mack. Williams picked up 16 yards with a series of quick and impressive cuts on a sweep play. Williams picked up 31 yards on 3rd and long on a screen pass. Williams did a great job of waiting for his blocks to develop before exploding into the open field. Williams ability to change direction stands out. Williams found a huge crease up the middle and broke into the open field after shaking off an ankle tackle for a 48 yard run. Williams has impressive speed but his quickness seems to be what sets him apart. Williams seems to have great awareness of where his blockers and defenders are. Williams accelerated through a very small hole that closed as he ran through it and found room down the side line for 17 yards. Expect Williams to step into the Marlon Mack role with Nyheim Hines playing a complimentary role if Mack were to miss time.


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