Damien Williams Fantasy Football News 2019

"Damien Williams is our starter. We expect him to excel in that role." That's what Chiefs OC Eric Bienemy said Thursday, according to Brandon Kiley of 610 Sports in Kansas City. It's not a shocking revelation, but it does add some clarity to a backfield that added Carlos Hyde early this offseason for basically the same annual salary as the team is paying Williams. We're tempering our expectations a bit for Williams, who has never topped 50 carries or 23 catches through 5 NFL seasons (after arriving as an undrafted free agent). But his tremendous finish to 2018 and the numbers Kareem Hunt delivered over the previous year and a half point to the high ceiling that comes with his new job. Hyde, meanwhile, looks like more of a handcuff for fantasy purposes than a weekly flex candidate.

12:03pm EDT 3/10/19

The Chiefs signed RB Carlos Hyde to a 1-year, $2.8 million deal. He was unemployed for just about 24 hours after getting dumped by the Jaguars. Hyde is still just 28 but has struggled to 3.9 and 3.3 yards per carry over the past 2 seasons. He ranked 33rd last year among 47 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus' Elusive Rating, which measures a runner's impact beyond the blocking he receivers. Hyde joins a Chiefs backfield with Damien Williams, who inked a 2-year, $5.1 million deal in December. Both Hyde and Williams got $1.6 million guaranteed. They'll duke it out for carries this summer.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) is not listed on the final injury report after putting in full practices on Thursday and Friday. So he'll presumably be active for Sunday's AFC Championship against the Patriots. Ware was atop Kansas City's depth chart prior to the injury but figures to return as Damien Williams' backup. It's unclear exactly how much work Ware will siphon.

3:01pm EST 1/12/19

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) is inactive for today's game against the Colts. That again leaves Damien Williams as the clear lead back. He averaged 11.3 carries and 4.7 targets per game over the last 3 and should be looking at a similar workload today.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Colts. He was limited in practice all week -- notable after Ware was a full-go in practice before sitting out the regular-season finale. We'll see if Ware is up when inactives come out around 3 pm ET on Saturday. Even if he is, though, we're expecting Damien Williams to serve as Kansas City's lead back.

2:12pm EST 12/30/18

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) is inactive for today's game against the Raiders. It’s a surprise after he put in a full week of practice. Ware’s absence makes Damien Williams a RB1 in fantasy lineups.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. He should play after putting in a full week of practice, but we’re expecting him to be in a committee backfield alongside Damien Williams. Williams is the safer fantasy bet.

The Chiefs and RB Damien Williams have agreed to a 2-year extension worth up to $8.1 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He's now signed with Kansas City through the 2020 campaign. Williams has stepped up for 263 yards and 3 scores over the past 2 weeks, averaging 6.6 yards per carry and 8.5 yards per catch. He should remain a big part of the offense the rest of this season, even with the return of RB Spencer Ware. We'll see what the Chiefs add to the backfield this offseason.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) put in a full practice on Wednesday, putting him on track to return for this weekend's game against the Raiders. Ware was operating as Kansas City's lead back before the injury (and after Kareem Hunt's suspension), but he might return to more of a committee with Damien Williams. Consider both guys RB2s for Week 17 -- but with plenty of upside in a plus matchup.

7:12pm EST 12/23/18

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Seahawks. Damien Williams handled 10 carries and 6 targets with Ware out last week and should be looking at a similar workload tonight. He’s a RB2 with RB1 upside.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) is listed as doubtful for Sunday night’s game against the Seahawks. He was limited in practice all week but evidently isn’t ready yet. That again leaves Kansas City’s backfield to Damien Williams and Darrell Williams. Last week, Damien played 73% of the offensive snaps and handled 10 carries and 6 targets. Darrell played 25%, carried twice and saw 2 targets. Expect a similar split on Sunday night.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) was limited in Wednesday's practice. He missed last Thursday night's game against the Chargers but seemingly has a shot to return for Sunday night's game against the Seahawks. Ware might cede more touches to Damien Williams, though, after Williams' strong showing last week.

6:12pm EST 12/13/18

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (shoulder, hamstring) is inactive for tonight’s game against the Chargers. So it’s Damien Williams, Darrell Williams and Charcandrick West in Kansas City’s backfield. Damien is the best bet for touches and is in the RB2 mix.

The Chiefs list RB Spencer Ware (shoulder, hamstring) as doubtful for Thursday night's game against the Chargers after he missed practice all week. Ware was able to play through the injuries last week, but it doesn't look like he'll be able to tomorrow. His absence would leave Damien Williams as Kansas City's lead back. Charcandrick West and Darrell Williams also figure to mix in, but Damien projects for 12-15 touches. That makes him a RB2 option.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (shoulder, hamstring) will not practice on Tuesday, HC Andy Reid said. Ware was able to finish out last weekend's OT win, so we're expecting him to play against the Chargers on Thursday night. But backup RB Damien Williams should be rostered everywhere in case Ware can't go.

And now the Chiefs have announced they're releasing RB Kareem Hunt. It's a stunning fall overall but not a shocking development given today's video release. We'll see if Hunt gets claimed on waivers like Reuben Foster did recently. Either way, Spencer Ware is your starting RB in K.C. for the rest of 2018. Damien Williams sits behind him on the depth chart and is worth a look in many leagues. Don't overreach/overpay to add Williams.

Dolphins RB Damien Williams (shoulder) is inactive for today’s game against the Bills. Kenyan Drake will again operate as Miami’s feature back in a pristine matchup.

Dolphins RB Damien Williams (shoulder) is doubtful for Week 17. Kenyan Drake will again operate as Miami’s feature back in a plus matchup against Buffalo’s 32nd-ranked RB defense.

Dolphins RB Damien Williams (shoulder) is inactive for today’s game against the Chiefs. Kenyan Drake will be super busy again after racking up 64 carries and 14 catches over the past 3 games.

Dolphins RB Damien Williams (shoulder) is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. Kenyan Drake will remain in a feature-back role. He’s racked up 64 carries and 14 catches over the past 3 games.

 
 
 

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