S Shawn Williams - Cincinnati Bengals

6-0, 213Born: 5-13-1991College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 3, pick 84 (2013)

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Summary

With the addition of Vonn Bell there are questions about the role of Shawn Williams going forward. Some believe Bell was signed to replace Williams at strong safety but that is not necessarily the case. Williams has played and produced well in each of the last two years, contributing greatly both as an in the box run supporter and an intimidating presence over the middle in the passing game. He has not been a liability and indeed has done nothing to suggest Bell would be an upgrade. It seems more likely the Bengals will put both Williams and Bell on the field at the same time and join the growing trend of NFL teams using a big nickel as their base defense. Williams was the fantasy game's top defensive back in 2018. While his tackle totals were virtually the same last season, reduced big-play production dropped him into the DB2 range statistically. Clearly, there is some risk and uncertainty with Williams' fantasy value heading into the season, but we should not write him off by any stretch. (May 8)

FBG Staff Rankings

S Redraft - 22, 16, 31
S Dynasty - 18, 16, 22

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2017 CIN 11.0 33.0 15.0 0 0.0 2.0 1.0 3.0 0.0
2018 CIN 16.0 78.0 29.0 1 1.0 0.0 5.0 10.0 1.0
2019 CIN 16.0 78.0 33.0 1 0.0 0.0 1.0 3.0 0.0
2020 PROJ-Rudnicki 16.0 55.0 * * * * * * *
2020 PROJ-Norton 16.0 72.0 * * * * * * *

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