Colts HC Frank Reich said Monday that RB Marlon Mack (hand) won't play against the Titans this weekend. RB Jonathan Williams surprisingly played a workhorse role with Mack out this past Thursday night, handling 26 carries and 3 catches. He'll be a volume-based RB2 in Week 13 fantasy lineups.
Colts RB Jordan Wilkins (ankle) is officially active for tonight’s game against the Texans. RB Jonathan Williams is expected to draw the start, leaving Wilkins as just a fantasy flier.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Colts RB Jonathan Williams will start tonight's game against the Texans. Williams has been "killing the Colts' 1st-team defense" in practice throughout the year, Rapoport adds. This, of course, doesn't mean that RB Jordan Wilkins won't be involved. And RB Nyheim Hines will continue to play in passing situations. But it does make Williams the best fantasy bet of the trio.
Colts RB Jordan Wilkins (ankle) isn't listed on the final Week 12 injury report and will play against the Texans on Thursday night. That puts a wrench in the plans of anyone who was hoping to use RB Jonathan Williams. It's completely unclear how early-down work will be divvied between Williams and Wilkins -- and Nyheim Hines figures to dominate passing-down snaps.
Colts RB Jordan Wilkins (ankle) got in a limited practice on Tuesday. That gives him a shot to return for Thursday night's game against the Texans. It'd be a complete guess how the Colts would split carries between Wilkins and Jonathan Williams. Nyheim Hines is locked in as the primary pass-catching back. We'll get another update on Wilkins tomorrow.
Colts RB Jordan Wilkins told reporters on Monday that his injured ankle "feels great" and that he expects to play against the Texans on Thursday night. Players tend to be over-optimistic about their injuries, so take this with a grain of salt. We'll see if Wilkins is able to practice on Tuesday. His availability would turn the Colts' backfield into a 3-man committee along with Jonathan Williams and Nyheim Hines.
Colts HC Frank Reich said that RB Marlon Mack had surgery on his fractured hand on Monday morning. There's not yet a timetable for his return, but we should get one soon. Fantasy owners should be bracing for Mack to miss multiple games. With RB Jordan Wilkins dealing with an ankle injury, Jonathan Williams and Nyheim Hines are the Colts' healthy RBs for Thursday night's game against the Texans.
Update: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Mack is expected to miss a "few weeks" beyond Thursday night's game.
Colts RB Marlon Mack suffered a fractured hand in Sunday’s win over Jacksonville. Jordan Wilkins sat out today with an ankle injury, so the Colts might need to roll out a Jonathan Williams-Nyheim Hines tandem Thursday against Houston. Williams was particularly impressive against the Jags on Sunday, rushing 13 times for 116 yards.
Colts RB Marlon Mack was knocked out of Sunday's game against the Jaguars with a hand injury and won't return. RB Jordan Wilkins (ankle) is inactive today, leaving Indy with RBs Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Williams.
The Saints on Saturday promoted RB Jonathan Williams from the practice squad. It continues a weird circuit that started with him looking like Mark Ingram's main fill-in, then found him cut and signed to the practice squad. We'll see exactly how Saints RB touches get allotted in the opener. Don't trust any New Orleans RB beyond Alvin Kamara in fantasy lineups.
The Saints have cut RB Jonathan Williams, who seemed on track to pick up early carries in Mark Ingram's absence. Williams' departure leaves Trey Edmunds and rookie Boston Scott as potential early touch collectors during Ingram's 4-game suspension. Don't go out of your way to draft any non-starting Saints RB over the next week, though.
ESPN's Mike Triplett believes Saints RB Boston Scott will see playing time during RB Mark Ingram's 4-game suspension to open the season. Scott got the start in Thursday night's preseason finale and finished with 68 yards and a score on 12 carries. RB Jonathan Williams also played and ran it 16 times for 64 yards and a TD. "I don’t think it’s set in stone that Williams will be the clear-cut No. 2 RB behind Alvin Kamara to start the season," Triplett writes. "I think the timeshare between Williams and Scott could continue into the regular season after Scott has impressed in recent weeks and drawn praise from Sean Payton." The playing time split will be something to monitor in Week 1. We can't trust either guy in fantasy lineups to open the season.
The Saints have released RB Terrance West. He lasted just a couple of months with the team, carrying 7 times for 36 yards in 2 preseason games. RB Jonathan Williams seems to have emerged as the favorite for #2 RB duties during Mark Ingram's suspension. He was the 2nd RB into last weekend's preseason game (Alvin Kamara didn't play) and finished with 37 yards on 8 carries.
The Saints have signed RB Jonathan Williams off Denver's practice squad, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 2nd-year back was surprisingly cut by Buffalo before the season and hadn't been heard from since. He obviously has no immediate fantasy value in New Orleans. But an injury to either Mark Ingram or Alvin Kamara could change that.
The Broncos have signed RB Jonathan Williams to their practice squad. The 2nd-year back was surprisingly cut by the Bills over the weekend and then went unclaimed on waivers. Williams looked good all preseason, averaging 5.8 yards per carry, and remains an intriguing prospect. He has major depth-chart climbing to do in Denver, but there's opportunity in an unsettled backfield. We'll continue to keep an eye on him.
The Bills surprisingly cut RB Jonathan Williams on Sunday. The 2nd-year back enjoyed a good preseason and looked like the #2 RB behind LeSean McCoy. We can't help but wonder if there are off-field issues at play here. He had a DWI arrest in June but didn't face any discipline, and we haven't heard of any further issues. The move leaves Joe Banyard, Taiwan Jones and Mike Tolbert behind McCoy in an offense that seems to look worse by the day. If you're drafting today and happen to land McCoy, don't bother reaching for any handcuff. We'd bet on Williams being quickly picked up by another team -- unless there's something else below the surface here.
Bills RB Jonathan Williams practiced on Friday night, according to the Buffalo News' Jay Skurski. So much for the hamstring injury HC Sean McDermott said he suffered in Thursday's preseason opener. Williams was impressive in that one, carrying 4 times for 39 yards. If healthy, he's in line to serve as Buffalo's #2 RB.
Bills RB Jonathan Williams turned 4 carries into 39 yards in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Vikings. He had runs of 8, 15 and 17 yards -- plus a 9-yarder called back by a holding penalty. Unfortunately, Williams' night ended with a hamstring injury. We'll see how long that keeps him out, but he certainly looks like the #2 RB in Buffalo -- and the handcuff to LeSean McCoy.
Bills RB Jonathan Williams likes how he fits in new OC Rick Dennison's zone-blocking scheme. “There’s a lot of room for you to use your instincts,” Williams said. “It’s that stretch, one step, downhill cut and I think that fits my game just because that’s the type of back I am. A lot of people think I’m a big bruiser, but I feel I’m more of a slasher and I feel like slashing fits this offense.” Williams will head to training camp as the favorite for the #2 RB job. That spot has produced a pair of top-31 non-PPR RBs (and top 40 in PPR) over the last 2 seasons in Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee. Williams could present some standalone fantasy value in 2017 -- and be a weekly starter if LeSean McCoy goes down.
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