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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

ARI RB Kerwynn Williams - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Seattle Seahawks

Kerwynn Williams got a full workload last week and finished with 51 yards on 16 carries. He also caught 2 passes for another 14 yards in the passing game. Williams has been an ineffective starter over the past few weeks since Adrian Peterson got hurt, and his workload may be limited this week against the Seahawks with rookie Elijhaa Penny getting change-of-pace work. Fantasy owners should expect very little out of the Arizona run game, and Williams is no better than a deep-league RB3 option at best.

by Brandon Niles

ARI RB Kerwynn Williams - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. New York Giants

Kerwynn Williams had 17 carries last week against Washington, but he only averaged 3.6 yards per carry, and Elijhaa Penny cut into his workload with 10 carries of his own. Williams is still the favorite to start if a quad injury suffered against Washington doesn’t keep him out, but there’s a lot of risk associated with him. If he starts however, he has RB2 upside against a Giants team that has given up 11 touchdowns to opposing running backs this season.

by Brandon Niles

ARI RB Kerwynn Williams - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 at Washington

Kerwynn Williams got a full workload last week with Adrian Peterson still out, and he wound up with 73 rushing yards on 20 carries. Williams has upside this week against a Washington defense that's given up 10 rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs this year. However, with how badly the Cardinals have struggled and the injuries they’ve suffered along the offensive line, he’s a risky option in most leagues. Fantasy owners should consider him a low-end RB2/FLEX option since he's likely to get another full workload with Peterson now on IR.

by Brandon Niles

ARI RB Kerwynn Williams - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs. Tennessee Titans

With Adrian Peterson still not practicing, Kerwynn Williams is likely to get another start. He was productive last week against the Rams, carrying the ball 16 times for 97 yards as the starter. However, Williams isn’t well-suited to a feature-back role, and the Cardinals may use a committee approach. Williams should probably stay on the bench in most leagues, especially against a Titans run defense that has been surprisingly effective, allowing only 3.5 yards per carry and only 86.3 rushing yards per game this season.

by Brandon Niles

ARI RB Kerwynn Williams - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 vs. Dallas Cowboys

Kerwynn Williams had a disappointing game against the Colts last week, rushing only 9 times for 22 yards. He was out-rushed and out-played by veteran Chris Johnson, and the coaching staff has indicated this week that more work will go to Johnson moving forward. Williams is probably still worth carrying on your roster in most leagues, but I would steer clear of the Arizona backfield until we see a more consistent distribution of touches.

by Brandon Niles

ARI RB Kerwynn Williams - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Indianapolis Colts

Kerwynn Williams had a touchdown last week, but only had 5 carries and 1 reception for 12 total yards from scrimmage. Williams has been productive in small doses in the past, including gaining 60 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries in the regular season finale last year.

With David Johnson now sidelined for the next few months, Williams will get the first crack at full-time touches against a vulnerable Colts defense this week. That gives him upside, but the Cardinals also re-signed veteran Chris Johnson this week and scooped up D.J. Foster off of New England’s practice squad. Andre Ellington is still lurking as well. Williams has high upside, but fantasy owners should probably wait out the Arizona running situation until a clearer picture of the snap count emerges.

by Bob Harris

ARI RB Kerwynn Williams - 2017 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

According to the Arizona Republic, head coach Bruce Arians raised some eyebrows early in training camp when he said outside of David Johnson, there was no set pecking order among the rest of his running backs and that there were four players up for the final three spots at the position. One of them is Williams, a fourth-year pro out of Utah State. “Kerwynn’s one of those guys that if you give him his opportunity, he does great with it every time,” Arians said. “You’re kind of stupid if you don’t give him one because every time, he does it.” In the team's Aug. 12 exhibition game against the Raiders, Williams worked ahead of Andre Ellington at halfback in addition to getting the first shot to be the team’s top punt and kickoff returner since rookie T.J. Logan was placed on injured reserve with a dislocated wrist. And when the Cardinals released their latest depth chart (Aug. 15), Chris Johnson and Williams are listed co-backups at running back behind David Johnson.

Fantasy Downside

In terms of offensive role, there are going to be limited opportunities behind David Johnson if all goes according to plan. And by limited, I mean essentially scraps.

2017 Bottom Line

Williams' most notable fantasy impact could lie in the possibility he knocks Ellington off the roster. Short of that (and it's certainly not chiseled in stone), Williams will be a non-factor fantasy wise, barring injuries to either of the Johnsons.

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