• Damien Williams
  • RB
  • , Kansas City Chiefs
  • 27
  • 222 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Scouting report

by Jordan Heck

KC RB Damien Williams - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Oakland Raiders

Damien Williams had a solid fantasy outing, but not a spectacular 2019 debut. He carried the ball 13 times for 26 yards (2.0 ypc) while newly acquired LeSean McCoy outperformed him by running 10 times for 81 yards. Williams did add a touchdown and six receptions for 39 yards, but McCoy's role could expand if Williams continues to struggle on the ground.

We do like Williams this week, though. He gets a favorable matchup as the Raiders gave up 95 rushing yards in Week 1 and the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing backs in 2018. Williams played over half of the team's offensive snaps in Week 1, so McCoy shouldn't be too much of a concern. Williams is a strong RB2 vs. Oakland.

by Jordan Heck

KC RB Damien Williams - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Jacksonville Jaguars

Damien Williams emerged as a star last season after Kareem Hunt was released and Williams was thrust into the starting role. He averaged 110 yards per game in his five starts (including the postseason), doing damage both as a runner and as a receiver. He'll be the starting back to open 2019, but his role got a little more interesting once the team signed LeSean McCoy in the week before the season opener.

McCoy's presence certainly adds a little more drama, but Williams should still be the feature back in Kansas City. He doesn't get a great Week 1 matchup against Jacksonville as the Jaguars allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing backs last season. Still, Williams is a low-end RB1 or a strong RB2 play this week.

by Jordan Heck

KC RB Damien Williams - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Damien Williams was virtually unknown heading into last season, but he made a name for himself filling in for Kareem Hunt late in the year. In three regular season games, he averaged 107.3 yards and carried that dominance into the postseason, averaging 125 yards per contest. He was effective as a rusher (averaging 5.1 ypc) and as a receiver (5+ receptions in four of his five starts). He’ll enter 2019 as the Chiefs starting back, paving the way for what should be another successful season.

Fantasy Downside
We have a very small sample size of Williams’ production. In his five starts last season, he only had more than 13 carries in one game. Will he be able to last over the course of a 16-game season and keep up the level of production he had last year? Also, Carlos Hyde has been added to the backfield, giving Williams competition he didn’t have a season ago.

2019 Bottom Line
While Hyde adds some competition, it likely won’t be enough to devalue Williams too much. There’s a lot to like about Williams in this high-powered Chiefs offense, especially in PPR formats. We have him ranked as a top 10 back and his ADP has him going outside of the top 10, so as of now, he’s a good value pick.

by Jordan Heck

KC RB Damien Williams - Week 19 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 19 vs. Indianapolis Colts

Spencer Ware is still listed as questionable and Damien Williams has been the lead back in his absence to finish the last three games of the season. In his first two starts he topped 100 all-purpose yards, but in Week 17 he was limited to just 51 rushing yards on 11 carries (backup Darrel Williams also received 11 carries). It was still a solid game for Williams as he also had a touchdown, something he's done in every game since Ware's absence.

He gets a somewhat tough matchup this week against the Colts, who became better at stopping the run as the season went on. However, Indy gave up 110 receptions to backs (second-most in the league) so there's a chance for Williams to make an impact as a receiver. There are some elite backs ahead of Williams on the rankings this week, but he's not a bad choice.

by Jordan Heck

KC RB Damien Williams - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Oakland Raiders

Damien Williams has filled in nicely after the team released Kareem Hunt and Spencer Ware has been out with injury. In fact, Kansas City gave him a 2-year contract extension, which leads us to believe he'll continue carrying the rock even though Ware is expected back this week. Williams has scored five times in the last three games while going over 100 yards in his last two outings. He gets a great matchup against the Raiders so we like him as a must-start RB1 option.

by Jordan Heck

KC RB Damien Williams - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Seattle Seahawks

Damien Williams exploded last week while Spencer Ware sat out, finishing with 123 total yards and two touchdowns. He did most of his damage as a receiver, catching all six targets for 74 yards. Spencer Ware has been practicing this week, and he received extra rest due to K.C. playing on Thursday last week, so it's expected that Ware returns. What will Williams' role be with Ware back in? It's somewhat hard to determine.

We'd expect some sort of committee, but it's impossible to predict what the split would be. All we know is this is a decent matchup against the Seahawks, and Williams has scored four times in the last two weeks. Williams can be viewed as a flex play.

by Jordan Heck

KC RB Damien Williams - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Damien Williams vultured two touchdowns last week, one on the ground and one in the air. He didn't look too impressive as a runner, averaging 1.8 yards on his eight carries, but he did catch four of his five targets, giving him some added value in PPR formats. Williams will take over lead duties this week as Spencer Ware is listed as doubtful for Thursday.

He gets a decent matchup this week against the Chargers who are in the middle of the league when it comes to defending backs this season. We don't expect Kareem Hunt numbers from Williams, but he should be good enough for RB2 stats.

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