Keiland Williams Fantasy News

Monday, August 26, 2013, 12:32pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

According to the Washington Post, the Redskins will have some tough decisions to make as far as RB cuts go:

Keiland Williams seems to have overtaken Evan Royster, having gotten more opportunities and tasting success, as well. Rookies Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison haven’t done a lot. Thompson has two fumbles, but could help himself with special teams play – mainly returns. Not sure you can justify keeping four running backs, though.

Fantasy Impact:

Alfred Morris is the starter while Roy Helu is the third-down back and RB2.

Sunday, August 11, 2013, 1:15pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

As he came away from the Redskins’ preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, Coach Mike Shanahan expressed encouragement over the performances of running backs Roy Helu Jr. and Evan Royster.

Each back averaged an effective 4.4 yards per carry against Tennessee. Helu, who got the start, gained 57 yards on 13 carries, while Royster rushed for 62 yards on 14 carries.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story points out, each has a different style. While starter Alfred Morris is a bruising runner, Helu excels because of his speed and big-play ability. His receiving skills also make him an effective third-down back. Royster, meanwhile, is a smoother runner, has good field vision and picks up yards in chunks. With backs like Keiland Williams and rookies Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison also on the roster the Skins are deep. Helu's third down ability perhaps gives him an advantage which could make Royster expendable. In terms of a Morris handcuff, it's something worth watching.

Roy Helu first to back up Alfred Morris

Friday, July 26, 2013, 7:58pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The running backs vying for time behind Redskins RB Alfred Morris saw time in this order: Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Keiland Williams, Tristan Davis, Chris Thompson, Jawan Jamison. Morris is the unquestioned starter, and the rest are all battling for that backup/third-down back role.

Fantasy Impact:

If healthy, Helu would make a fine third-down RB. He caught 49 passes back in 2011.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 10:32am

Washington Times - [Full Article]

The Redskins, overall, are deeper at running back than they were last season because Roy Helu is expected to be fully recovered from his left big toe injury.

Helu's speed and elusiveness on the second level set him apart from starter Alfred Morris. A healthy Helu would reduce Morris’ physical burden after Morris carried 335 times last year. Helu also could join Morris and quarterback Robert Griffin III in an extremely potent triple option.

Fantasy Impact:

Helu is a quality third-down back because of his hands, his ability to gain yards after the catch along with his pass blocking. He improved his blitz recognition as his rookie season progressed in 2011. Morris improved but continued to struggle as a third down back last year and as a result didn't pile up receptions and yards. The Skins also drafted Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison in the late rounds. Keiland Williams is also on the roster.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 12:52pm

John Keim on Twitter - [Full Article]

The Redskins cut RB Ryan Grant to make room for Keiland Williams.

Kevin Smith Week 1 status "up in the air"

Sunday, August 26, 2012, 1:27pm

Dave Birkett on Twitter - [Full Article]

Lions RB Kevin Smith conveyed to reports on Saturday night that X-rays came back negative on his right ankle and he does not have a high ankle sprain. His status for Week 1 is still up in the air but more news to follow over these next couple days.

Fantasy Impact:

With Mikel LeShoure suspended for the first two weeks, it would likely be Keiland Williams getting the nod if Smith can't go. He could be worth a desperation start against the Rams in week 1.

Friday, December 9, 2011, 6:31pm

Lions RB Kevin Smith (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 14. Smith couldn't cut on his injured ankle and cut his practice short on Friday. Maurice Morris looks like a decent start against the Vikings. Keiland Williams will rotate in.

Thursday, November 17, 2011, 12:43pm

Chris McCosky, Twitter - [Full Article]

Lions RB Kevin Smith continues to work as the team's third-string RB.

Fantasy Impact:

Smith saw some reps towards the end of the blowout loss to the Lions, but based on this information, we shouldn't read into it. Keiland Williams appears to be the RB2 in Detroit for now.

Friday, November 11, 2011, 6:38pm

Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 10. Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams will get most of the work, with newly acquired Kevin Smith possibly rotating in.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 7:41pm

Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Best seems no closer to returning than he was two weeks ago. The silence out of Detroit is deafening. It might be the Maurice Morris/Keiland Williams show the rest of the season.

Source: Jahvid Best likely out for week 10

Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 1:35am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best is unlikely to play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday as he continues to recover from his most recent concussion, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Best, who has dealt with concussions dating back to college, is scheduled to meet with more doctors this week and will undergo further testing, the source said.

Best has not played since experiencing concussion-like symptoms following Detroit's Week 6 loss to San Francisco.

Without Best, Detroit has gone to a running-back-by-committee look, deploying veteran Maurice Morris and second-year player Keiland Williams almost equally. The duo has rushed for 177 yards and one touchdown.

Fantasy Impact:

It's not sounding good for Best, who has been out since week 6. This continues to be a week to week situation.

Friday, October 28, 2011, 6:15pm

Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 8. Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams will split the work in the Detroit backfield. Neither is a great start given the Lions lack of commitment to the running game.

Thursday, October 27, 2011, 6:13pm

Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. According to a source close to Best, he is not expected to play this week. Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams will continue to split the touches for the Lions.

Jahvid Best not likely to return until Week 10

Thursday, October 27, 2011, 10:56am

The Detroit Free Press - [Full Article]

The headaches have mostly subsided, and Jahvid Best is feeling “pretty normal,” but the Detroit Lions running back is likely to miss his second straight game Sunday with a concussion, a person close to Best said today.

Best, who suffered his second concussion of the season two weeks ago in a loss to the San Francisco 49ers, did not practice today, and it’s unknown whether he’ll travel with the team to Denver.

Fantasy Impact:

We're expecting Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams to split the work in the Lions' backfield.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 7:17pm

Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. According to Adam Schefter, Best is not expected to play this week. Maurice Morris and Keiland Williams will continue to split the touches for the Lions.

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