Week 8 vs Minnesota
Williams took over the starting role in Week 7 against Houston while Aaron Jones sat out with a calf injury. Williams delivered in a major way as he finished with 19 carries for 77 yards and one touchdown and he also turned five targets into four receptions for 37 yards. Most importantly, Williams saw a true workhorse role in Jones’ absence as he out-touched second-round rookie AJ Dillion by a count of 23 to 5.
A Week 8 contest against the Minnesota Vikings shows promise, as they are ranked 14th in aFPA to RBs this season and they traded away Pro Bowl DE Yannick Ngakoue over the bye week. In their Week 1 matchup, Minnesota gave up a total of 23 carries for 87 yards and one touchdown to both Williams and Jones, and the backfield saw a total of 10 targets for eight receptions. With only Williams expected to play, there will be plenty of touches and opportunity to keep him as a solid RB1 in this matchup.