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Darrel Williams


#55 Running Back

74 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 12
Experience: 3 Yr(s)
Age: 26
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 225
40 Time: 4.72

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Week 7 Projections
Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
65.9 0.5 2.4 17.3 0.1 11.9
Weekly Writeup
Williams garnered 87.5% of Chiefs RB carries vs. Washington and 8.5% of team targets in the 1st game after Clyde Edwards-Helaire went down.

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
43 0.4 2 15 0.1 8.8
Week 6
Williams delivered for fantasy owners in his first start in place of Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He saw 21 of 24 team RB carries, converting 2 into goal line scores. Williams even added 4 targets, the same number as receiving back Jerick McKinnon. A matchup with Washington helped, and we can’t expect another 24 touches going forward. Still, this was nice confirmation that Williams can provide spot-start value with CEH out. Next up is a fine road matchup with the Titans, who just played on Monday night.
Week 5
Williams rushed 5 times for 27 yards, adding 3 catches on 5 targets for 18 yards, in the Chiefs' Week 5 loss to the Bills.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire was knocked out of the game and landed on IR with a knee injury, so Williams should assume the lead back role going forward.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

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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Chiefs RB Darrel Williams is in concussion protocol, HC Andy Reid said after Friday night's preseason game. We're still 3 weeks away from the start of the season, so Williams should get cleared in time for the opener. We'll monitor his progress.

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Chiefs RB Darrel Williams (knee) returned to practice on Tuesday. He ended up missing just 1 practice with what was evidently just a minor knee issue. Williams remains the favorite to back up Clyde Edwards-Helaire in Kansas City.

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Chiefs RB Darrel Williams has a knee injury, HC Andy Reid said Monday. We don't have any other details on the severity or how long Williams will be sidelined. We'll monitor the situation. A healthy Williams is the favorite for the #2 RB job in Kansas City.

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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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