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Damien Williams


#86 Running Back

34 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 10
Experience: 7 Yr(s)
Age: 29
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 221
40 Time: 4.45

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High Risk

Chance of Injury in 2021


% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game


1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2021




Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

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Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Nov 26, 2017 NFL Shoulder A/C Joint Separation Williams missed the final 5 games and underwent offseason surgery.
Jul 28, 2019 NFL Thigh Hamstring Strain Grade 2 Williams left Chiefs' practice with a hamstring issue during the preseason. He was available for Week 1
Sep 15, 2019 NFL Knee Bruise Williams exits late vs. Raiders with a knee injury in Week 2 game. he missed two games
Nov 18, 2019 NFL Chest Rib Bruise Williams suffered a rib injury during the Week 11 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

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What You Need to Know:

  • Williams opted out of 2020 for COVID reasons.
  • Kansas City released him in March, clearing $2.25 million in cap space. He then signed a 1-year deal with the Bears worth $1.125 million, with just $125,000 guaranteed.
  • Williams led the 2019 Chiefs in rushing, but he reached double-digit carries just 5 times in 11 regular-season games.
  • His usage picked up in the playoffs, with 46 carries and 20 targets over 3 games. Williams scored 6 total TDs over that span.
  • Williams turned 29 in April.
  • 2019 -- his 6th NFL season -- marked the 1st time he topped 50 carries in a year.
  • Before averaging 4.7 yards per carry over 2 years with the Chiefs, Williams averaged 3.6 per rush across 4 seasons in Miami.
  • He has caught 20-30 balls every year since entering the NFL.
  • Bears RB Tarik Cohen is coming off an ACL tear but is expected to be ready for the season.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Williams’ contract isn’t even big enough to guarantee he makes the regular-season roster. He has played a fair amount on special teams for most of his career -- not so in 2019 -- which could help. Chicago might just have Williams around as insurance on Tarik Cohen’s return from the ACL tear, though he faces weak competition vs. the rest of the Bears’ RB depth chart. Sixth-round rookie Khalil Herbert looks like the toughest challenger for the #3 role. We’ll see how things play out this summer. In the meantime, you can do better than Williams late in best-ball drafts.


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The Bears have agreed to a 1-year deal with RB Damien Williams, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 29-year-old (as of April 3) spent 2 seasons with the Chiefs before opting out of 2020 over COVID concerns. Williams shined over late-season stretches in both of those years but totaled just 161 regular-season carries and 53 receptions over those 2 campaigns. He previously played under new Bears OC Bill Lazor in Miami but totaled a mere 51 rushes and 60 targets over those 2 shared seasons. Williams will join a Chicago backfield that finds David Montgomery heading into his 3rd season and coming off a torrid fantasy finish to 2020, plus Tarik Cohen coming off a September ACL tear. We'll see how all these pieces fit together, but we don't head toward 2021 with big expectations for the former Chief.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Chiefs are releasing RB Damien Williams. The veteran, of course, opted out of the 2020 season for COVID reasons. His departure now creates a potential opportunity for Darwin Thompson to fight for the #2 job. Neither Darrel Williams nor Le'Veon Bell is under contract for 2021, leaving only Thompson and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. We'd bet on the Chiefs adding more either in free agency or the draft. Thompson is a fine shot to take late in best-ball drafts right now, though, in case he reaches the season as K.C.'s 2nd back.

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Chiefs RB Damien Williams has opted out for the 2020 season. This one has huge fantasy implications, as Williams was set to battle with rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire for the majority of the RB work in 1 of the game's top offenses. Kansas City's depth chart behind CEH now reads: Darwin Thompson, DeAndre Washington, Darrel Williams and Elijah McGuire. Thompson and Washington are both undersized, change-of-pace types. Williams and McGuire have more size but look like career journeyman. So Edwards-Helaire is now a virtual lock to lead the 2020 Chiefs backfield in touches -- and he'll likely dominate them. That's a pristine spot to be in, with QB Patrick Mahomes and a HC in Andy Reid who's produced a top-16 PPR RB in 16 of his 21 seasons as a HC, including 10 top-10 finishers. Check out Edwards-Helaire's updated projections and spot in the RB rankings.

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Chiefs RB Damien Williams (rib) practiced all week and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll return for Sunday night’s game against the Bears — his 1st action since Week 11. Williams averaged 9.9 carries and 3.3 targets over his first 8 games of the season. That feels like a fair projection for Week 16, making him a RB3 with some upside in this explosive offense.

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Chiefs RB Damien Williams (rib) is inactive for today’s game against the Broncos. That again leaves Kansas City with RBs LeSean McCoy, Darwin Thompson and Spencer Ware. McCoy is the best fantasy bet in the committee but should only be considered a RB3 or flex option.

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