• Jonathan Williams
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  • , Indianapolis Colts
  • 26
  • 220 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

IND RB Jonathan Williams - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After two consecutive 100-plus yard performances, Jonathan Williams was limited to just eight carries and 14 yards last week against the Titans. He looks to be in a full timeshare, surprising after carrying the load two weeks ago, limiting his fantasy value. The Buccaneers have been solid against the run this year and with questions surrounding his workload, fantasy owners should stay away from the entire Colts’ rushing attack if possible.

by Brandon Niles

IND RB Jonathan Williams - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 vs. Tennessee Titans

After being largely forgotten, Jonathan Williams has now rushed for over 100 yards in two straight games in relief of the injured Marlon Mack. Last week, he carried the ball 26 times for 104 yards and a touchdown, and he also caught three passes for 17 yards, showing he’s not a complete liability in the passing game. Williams may be challenged by Jordan Wilkins at some point and Marlon Mack’s long-term status is still up in the air, but for now, he seems like the starting back on a run-first team.

Mack has been declared out this week against the Titans, so Williams will face the 17th ranked defense in aFPA to opposing running backs. Leonard Fournette just 159 total yards from scrimmage and a pair of touchdowns against the Titans last week, and expect a heavy run-based approach by both teams as they jockey for a potential playoff spot. Fantasy owners should consider Williams a viable RB2 option with the potential for 20-plus touches again.

by Brandon Niles

IND RB Jonathan Williams - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 at Houston Texans

Jonathan Williams entered last week’s contest against the Jaguars with only two carries and one yard on the season, but the 25-year-old out of Arkansas wound up getting 13 carries in relief of the injured Marlon Mack on Sunday and wound up with 116 yards. He also added a thrilling 31-yard reception.

This week watch the health status of the rest of the Colts’ running backs. Mack is out for sure, but Jordan Wilkins is questionable with an ankle injury and if he misses the game, Williams will be in line for a full workload and a lot of upside against the Texans. Houston ranks 14th in aFPA to opposing running backs this year and just got tore up by the combination of Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards last week. If Wilkins is out, Williams has RB2 upside. If Wilkins plays, he’s a risky RB3 with upside.

by Chris Kucharski

BUF RB Jonathan Williams - 2017 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

The good news for Jonathan Williams is that LeSean McCoy is ahead of him on the depth chart. Why? Shady is not a goal-line back, and with Mike Gillislee gone, Williams will get the coveted scoring opportunities. Williams will get more than the 27 carries he had his rookie year and will most likely carry the ball 10 times per game.

Fantasy Downside

The bad news for Williams is that LeSean McCoy is ahead of him on the depth chart. If Shady stays healthy, he won't come off the field much except in goal-line and short-yardage situations. That will limit his productivity.

2017 Bottom Line

Williams is a solid backup, but McCoy is a legit top-5 fantasy back. Williams will not put up any crazy numbers, but his role with the Bills is pretty much set. He is definitely depth, and if he scores touchdowns, he will justify his RB46. He is not worth drafting until the later round as a fourth back, at best.

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