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Javonte Williams Injury History & Updates

Basic StatsJavonte Williams's Basic Stats

Javonte Williams
ADP: 8.4
Bye: 14
Experience: 3
Age: 24.2
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 220
40 Time: 4.62

SPARQx (Rank): 122.40 (82%)
Burst Score (Rank): 122.70 (72%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.02 (90%)
Three Cone Drill (Rank): 6.93

Injury PredictorJavonte Williams's Injury Guide

Very High Risk

Chance of Injury in 2024

79.6%

% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game

8.9%

1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2024

2.40

Durability

2.50

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

Injury analysis powered by Draft Sharks Injury Guide, formerly SIP Logo

Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Nov 2, 2019 Non-NFL Knee MCL Pull Grade 1 Williams suffered a leg injury during the loss to Virginia. He was available for the next game against Pitt on November 14.
Oct 2, 2022 NFL Knee ACL Tear Grade 3 Williams suffered the injury on the first play of the 3rd quarter.
Oct 2, 2022 NFL Knee LCL Tear Grade 3 Williams suffered the injury on the first play of the 3rd quarter.
Oct 1, 2023 NFL Inguinal Hip Strain Williams sustained a hip flexor injury during Week 4 vs. the Bears. He returned to play after missing just one game.

Basic StatsJavonte Williams's Preseason Player Analysis

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Bottom Line

Williams sports a wide range of outcomes in 2024.

If he can bounce back from an underwhelming 2023 season that might have been impacted by a serious 2022 knee injury, he should maintain lead duties in a Sean Payton-led offense that’s consistently produced strong fantasy scorers at RB.

But if Williams remains inefficient, he could find himself in a two or even three-RB committee and be tough to trust as a weekly fantasy starter.

He’s worth gambling on at RB3-level prices. Any more expensive than that and he becomes a risky pick.

What We Learned Last Year

  • Williams ran for 774 yards and three TDs across 16 games last year, adding 47 catches for 228 yards and two TDs.
  • He suffered a hip injury early in Week 4 and missed Week 5.
  • Williams’ scoring averages in 15 healthy games ranked:
    • 31st among RBs in PPR points
    • 33rd in half-PPR
    • 35th in non-PRR
  • Williams’ playing time, volume, and production climbed from Week 7 on. Over that stretch, he averaged 15.4 carries and 3.9 targets per game and scored as the:
    • RB18 in PPR points
    • RB23 in non-PPR
  • Williams was one of the least effective runners in the NFL last year. Among 49 RBs with 90+ carries, he ranked:
    • 41st in yards per carry
    • 42nd in NFL Next Gen Stats’ Rush Yards Over Expected Per Attempt
    • 36th in yards after contact per attempt
    • 38th in Pro Football Focus Elusive Rating
    • 45th in PFF rushing grade
  • He was better as a receiver. Although he averaged just 4.9 yards per catch, Williams caught 81% of his 58 targets and ranked 10th among 43 qualifying RBs in yards per route.
  • It’s certainly worth considering that Williams was returning last year from a nasty injury. He tore the ACL, LCL, and posterior lateral corner in his right knee on October 2, 2022. Williams was cleared for the start of training camp last summer, but it’s fair to wonder if the knee was still a factor throughout the season.
  • Williams was more effective in a healthy 2021 rookie season. Among 52 RBs with 90+ carries, he ranked:
    • 19th in yards per carry
    • 21st in NFL Next Gen Stats’ Rush Yards Over Expected Per Attempt
    • 7th in yards after contact per attempt
    • 5th in Pro Football Focus Elusive Rating
    • 21st in PFF rushing grade

What to Expect in 2024

  • Williams will likely need to be better – at least returning to his rookie-year form – in order to match last year’s volume.
  • HC Sean Payton has a long history of deploying two- and even three-RB committees. The Broncos return RBs Jaleel McLaughlin and Samaje Perine and added rookie RBs Audric Estime and Blake Watson.
  • That said, Payton’s offense has been good for RB fantasy production.
    • His lead back has topped 15.5 touches per game in 13 of 16 seasons, averaging 17.3 touches per game.
    • Payton produced a top-22 RB in PPR points per game in each of his first 15 seasons.
    • Although that streak was snapped last year (Williams finished 34th in PPR points per game), the Broncos as a team ranked sixth in total RB PPR points. That was largely fueled by 131 RB catches – 15 more than any other team.
  • The 2023 Broncos ranked:
    • 9th in run rate
    • 18th in carries
    • 21st in RB carries
    • 1st in RB catches
  • With rookie QB Bo Nix likely under center and an underwhelming group of WRs and TEs, the Broncos figure to remain a run-leaning offense in 2024. And the RBs should again be heavily involved in the passing game.
  • The 2023 Broncos ranked:
    • 4th in Pro Football Focus run-blocking grade
    • 14th in Adjusted Lined Yards
  • They return four of five starters on the offensive line this year, with C Lloyd Cushenberry departing for Tennessee in free agency. He ranked 13th among 32 qualifying Cs in PFF’s 2023 run-blocking grades. It’s unclear who will replace Cushenberry, but this still projects to be an above-average O-line in 2024.

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Samaje Perine, RB DEN

8:49pm EST 12/8/23

Samaje Perine questionable for Week 14

Broncos RB Samaje Perine (knee) is questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Chargers. He was a full-go on Wednesday and Thursday but did not practice on Friday. Hopefully Perine wasn’t in your Week 14 fantasy plans. But his absence would be a boost to RB Javonte Williams’ target projection. Perine has averaged 3.3 targets per game this season.

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Broncos RB Javonte Williams is questionable to return to Sunday's game vs. the Browns with a neck injury. We'll update his status when we know more. Williams' absence leaves Denver's backfield to Samaje Perine and Jaleel McLaughlin.

Update: Williams returned on Denver's second possession.

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Broncos RB Javonte Williams (quad) is not listed on the final injury report for Thursday night's game vs. the Chiefs. He put in full practices on Tuesday and Wednesday, so it doesn't look like that injury will be an issue tomorrow. Williams was sitting 31st among RBs in PPR points through three weeks. He's just a RB3 or flex in Week 6 fantasy lineups with the Broncos 10.5-point underdogs.

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Broncos RB Javonte Williams (quad) was listed as a full participant in Tuesday's practice. He was also full last Friday before missing the Jets game, so this doesn't necessarily mean that he'll play vs. the Chiefs on Thursday night. We'll see how Williams is listed on the final injury report tomorrow.

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The Broncos want to work out RB Javonte Williams (quad) before today's game before deciding whether he'll play vs. the Jets. It's a slight surprise after Williams was a full participant in Friday's practice. We'll look for further updates on Williams but won't get Denver's inactives until a little before 3 pm ET. You need to have a late-game replacement lined up if you're hoping to start Williams.

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