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Darrel Williams


#54 Running Back

74 Projected Points

ADP: 19.6
Bye: 12
Experience: 3 Yr(s)
Age: 26
Height: 0'0"
40 Time: 4.72

2021 Projections & Outlook


#54 Running Back

74 Projected Points

ADP Rush Atts Rush Yds Rush TDs 100 Fum Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs
19.6 72 312 3 0 0 24 191 1

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What You Need to Know:

  • Playing behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire and/or Le’Veon Bell for most of last season, Williams reached double digit carries just once: a 10-carry, 46-yard outing in Week 16 with Edwards-Helaire sidelined.
  • Williams carried 13 times in each of the Chiefs’ first 2 playoff games -- the first with Edwards-Helaire still out but the 2nd with CEH back.
  • In the Super Bowl, Williams was out-carried 9 to 2 by Edwards-Helaire but out-targeted the rookie 7 to 3.
  • Edwards-Helaire beat Williams in Elusive Rating, Pro Football Focus rushing grade, yards per route run and PFF receiving grade last year. Williams beat CEH in PFF pass-blocking grade but still wasn’t particularly strong in that department.
  • The Chiefs re-signed Williams in March to a 1-year, $1.6 million deal with $880K guaranteed. They parted ways with Le’Veon Bell but added Jerick McKinnon on a 1-year deal worth a shade less than $1 million. Darwin Thompson and Elijah McGuire also return.
  • Williams figures to at least open the season as the #2 RB behind Edwards-Helaire, who the Chiefs took with the 32nd overall pick of last year’s draft.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Although Clyde Edwards-Helaire was slightly underwhelming as a rookie, he’s still the clear favorite to open the season as the Chiefs’ lead back.

Williams should be #2 on the depth chart, though. That makes him a top-end handcuff at minimum. And if CEH doesn’t take a step forward, Williams could take on a bigger role in this high-scoring Chiefs offense.

He’s a solid late-round lottery ticket.


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The Chiefs have re-signed restricted free-agent RB Darrel Williams to a 1-year deal. As the depth chart stands now, Williams and Darwin Thompson would be competing for #2 RB duties behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire. We'll see if Kansas City adds anything else to the backfield this offseason.

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The Athletic's Nate Taylor believes Darrel Williams will enter the season as the Chiefs' #2 RB. Williams has reportedly been splitting 1st-team reps with rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire and showing well in all aspects. “He’s done a hell of a job,” OC Eric Bieniemy said. “He’s smart, he can run it, he does a great job of picking up the blitz, and he’s also good in the pass game, as far as catching passes out on the perimeter.” Williams has mustered just 3.4 yards per carry on 54 attempts in Kansas City over the past 2 seasons -- although he's averaged a nice 10.8 yards on 18 receptions. We're ultimately still expecting a committee backfield with Williams, DeAndre Washington and potentially Darwin Thompson if Edwards-Helaire misses time. So we're not going out of our way to draft any of these Chiefs backups. But Williams is worth a look in super deep fantasy leagues.

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The Chiefs have placed RB Darrel Williams on IR with his hamstring injury. LeSean McCoy, Darwin Thompson and Spencer Ware are Kansas City's healthy RBs right now. Damien Williams (rib) remained sidelined on Wednesday. McCoy is looking like the favorite to lead this backfield in touches against the Patriots this weekend, although he hasn't topped 14 touches in a game all season.

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Chiefs HC Andy Reid conceded that there's a "good chance" RB Darrel Williams (hamstring) misses Sunday's game against the Patriots. There was no update from Reid on RB Damien Williams, who missed Week 13 with a rib injury. If both Williamses are out this weekend, Kansas City would be down to RBs LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson.

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Chiefs RB Darrel Williams suffered a non-contact leg injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Raiders. The leg just buckled underneath him as he took the ball off left tackle. Williams was able to hobble off the field under his own power. We'll update his status when we learn more. With RB Damien Williams (rib) out, Kansas City is down to RBs LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson.

Update: Williams is officially questionable to return with a hamstring injury.

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