Chiefs RB Damien Williams announced he is opting out of the 2020 season on Wednesday.
This is the first opt out to have big fantasy implications as Williams was slated to have a significant role in the Kansas City backfield. This news should send rookie Clyde Edward-Helaire's fantasy stock soaring, and for good reason. The Chiefs boast a prolific offense and Edwards-Helaire's skillset is a perfect match for Andy Reid's scheme. Williams opting out clears the way for him to have a huge role working alongside Patrick Mahomes. It is possible that this move revives interest in former fantasy darling Darwin Thompson, but the smart money is on Edwards-Helaire having a huge fantasy impact in his first season.
Damien Williams has been training for the upcoming season in Miami, as he has done in the past. For the second consecutive year, Williams is projected to be the Chiefs’ starter. That said, the Chiefs selected a running back, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, a few months ago with their first pick to close out the first round of the NFL Draft. Williams hasn’t made public comments since then, but the Chiefs understand this season will be a pivotal one for him, as he enters the final year of his contract.
The story said Williams has battled injuries over his career and both he and the Chiefs are looking for consistency. It's hard to believe Edwards-Helaire won't cut into Williams' workload, but with a potential shutdown of preseason games, Williams could start off with a lot of reps before Edwards-Helaire begins to make a dent later in the season. Either way, Williams drops in our rankings compared to last year, but we don't think the keys get handed over solely to Edwards-Helaire.
Jan 17 · 5:23 PM EST
Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy (illness, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 20. McCoy is well behind Damien Williams at this point in the season.
Dec 22, 2019 · 1:01 AM EST
Chiefs RB Damien Williams (rib) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week. It looks like Williams will return this week. He's likely to lead the backfield in touches given his production prior to the injury and the lack of production that Andy Reid has gotten out of his backfield in Williams' absence. Williams turned 38 touches into 237 total yards and a touchdown in his two healthy games before his injury game in Week 11.