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by Chris Kucharski

BUF RB Karlos Williams - 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Karlos Williams was a major contributor to the Buffalo running game and might have been the Bills' most effective back. He averaged 5.9 yards per carry and produced 9 touchdowns. Williams will probably have more touchdown opportunity in goal line situations with his 230-pound frame.

Fantasy Downside
Williams will miss the first four games of the season because of violating the NFL’s substance policy. Several things could happen from this, one being his job as the backup to LeSean McCoy might not be available when he returns. He also could be out of shape, like it was reported this summer.

2016 Bottom Line
Williams blew it. After an impressive rookie season, he took a major step back with the suspension. He still has some fantasy value, but his ADP has fallen to 163 and he is going a lot later round than he should. When he returns, he should be a part of the Bills offensive plans, but drafting him in the later rounds is probably an accurate assessment. Keep an eye on the fact the Bills brought in Reggie Bush although he would probably have a different role than Williams

by Chris Kucharski

BUF RB Karlos Williams - Week 17, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs New York Jets

With LeSean McCoy out, Karlos Williams got a full workload last week with 17 carries and 97 yards from scrimmage. He scored a touchdown but also a fumbled. Williams did play 61% of the snaps so Buffalo will again give him the majority of the carries this week. He is listed as probable with a shoulder that has bothered him most of the season.

The Jets are touch against the run, ranked 8th in aFPA to running backs. If you look at last week's breakdown, the Bills want to run the ball first. We expect that to be the case again. Williams is a solid RB2 for Week 17 so put him in your lineup.

by Chris Kucharski

BUF RB Karlos Williams - Week 16, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs Dallas
With LeSean McCoy out, Karlos Williams could get an opportunity if he plays. He is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury and has been limited in practice. He returned last week and carried the ball four times in his first game since November 29.

Dallas is 21st in aFPA to running backs, so the matchup slightly favors the Bills. As long as Williams plays, we expect him to get the bulk of the workload which pushes him up to a solid RB2 for Week 16.

by Chris Kucharski

BUF RB Karlos Williams - Week 12, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 at Kansas City

Karlos Williams' production was very limited on Monday with only six carries for 11 yards. He did not see the volume because Shady McCoy is healthy and playing well. We know Williams can produce when given the opportunity, but those chances might be limited unless something happens to McCoy. It's not a great matchup against the Chiefs run defense for Williams, and coupled with limited touches, keep the rookie on your bench for Week 12.

by Chris Kucharski

BUF RB Karlos Williams - Week 11, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 11 at New England

Karlos Williams is not getting a lot of touches as the backup to Shady McCoy, but he is scoring a lot of touchdowns. In fact, in the six games he has played this season, he has scored a touchdown in every one. The rookie has had a couple 100-yard rushing performances as well so he has really done a nice job piling up fantasy points.

It won't be that easy this week when the Bills face New England, who is 6th in aFPA to running backs and it's always risky when the majority of a running back's success is coming via touchdowns. We still like Williams in Week 11 as a high-end RB3 or flex. As long as the touchdowns keep coming, he is viable fantasy option every week.

by Chris Kucharski

BUF RB Karlos Williams - Week 10, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 10 at New York Jets

Karlos Williams had some surprising numbers last week as the Bills running game was outstanding. He rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns and the Bills starting running back LeSean McCoy also eclipsed the 100-yard mark.

Williams only had nine carries, but that number could rise with McCoy nursing a shoulder injury (though he is expected to play). One issue for the next game is the Week 10 opponent, New York. The Jets are 2nd in aFPA to running backs. If McCoy wasn't playing, Williams would be in play, but because of the opponent, he is a borderline RB3 or flex player for Week 10. Most likely, he should not be in your starting lineup.

by Chris Kucharski

BUF RB Karlos Williams - Week 9, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 9 vs Dolphins

Karlos Williams returns from a concussion that had kept him out since October 4th and he will see some touches (although Shady McCoy is definitely the primary ball carrier). The Bills like Williams, but also have a lot invested in McCoy and will use him more on all three downs.

It's a good matchup for Williams this week, as Miami is 29th in aFPA to running backs, but that's still not enough to get him in your starting lineup. Keep Williams on the bench and wait to see how Buffalo uses him and McCoy, as they are both now healthy.

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