Damien Williams
Damien Williams
27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Kansas City Chiefs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Picked up from the Dolphins last offseason, Williams had trouble staying healthy in preseason but still won the No. 3 RB job behind Kareem Hunt and Spencer Ware. There he stayed for 11 games, playing 17 offensive snaps before Hunt's release pushed Williams into a prominent role. Over Kansas City's final five games, including two postseason games, Williams averaged 5.2 YPC, produced 100 scrimmage yards three times and scored eight TDs (five rushing, three receiving) --- a finish good enough to earn him a two-year, $5.1 million contract extension. While he doesn't have any standout traits, Williams fits the Chiefs offense well, as his receiving skills can keep him on the field in all situations and nimble feet help him keep his balance in traffic. The late addition of LeSean McCoy suggests the team might not view Williams as a true starter and will instead look to deploy a timeshare in the backfield (perhaps a prudent decision given his injury history) but even if Williams gets capped at 12-15 touches per game, he demonstrated in 2018 that he can be productive in coach Andy Reid's system with that kind of workload. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.1 million contract with the Chiefs in December of 2018.
Eclipses century mark in SB LIV win
RBKansas City Chiefs
February 2, 2020
Williams rushed 17 times for 104 yards and a touchdown and brought in four of eight targets for 29 yards and another score during the Chiefs' 31-20 win over the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday. He also fumbled once, but it was recovered by the offense.
ANALYSIS
Had it not been for Patrick Mahomes' spectacular second-half performance, Williams arguably had a rightful claim to MVP honors with his impressive performance in a stadium he once called his home field. The former Dolphin consistently fought successfully for yardage against a stingy 49ers defense, and he sealed the victory courtesy of a back-breaking 38-yard scoring scamper with 1:12 remaining in the contest. A drive earlier, Williams got into the end zone through the air, successfully getting the ball across the goal line just before his foot stepped out of bounds for a five-yard, go-ahead touchdown. Williams missed five games during the regular season due to injury, but he played a pivotal role in the postseason with six total scores (four rushing, two receiving). Williams enters the final year of his contract in 2020 and is on the books for $1.85 million, a highly reasonable figure for a lead back with his upside.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Damien Williams' 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
11.7%
 
Positive Run %
82.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
71.7%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.2
 
Rushing TD %
4.5%
 
Touches Per Game
12.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
39.9%
 
Air Yards Per Game
2.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.06
 
% Team Air Yards
0.5%
 
% Team Targets
6.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
81.1%
 
Drop Rate
2.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.3
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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Overall QB Rating Against
68.2
 
Cornerbacks
76.8
 
Safeties
73.9
 
Linebackers
42.4
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Damien Williams' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
224 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.45 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.25 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.37 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
Hand Length
9.13 in
 
Arm Length
30.63 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A backup in each of his first four campaigns, Williams drew the first four starts of his career during the 2017 campaign. However, he toted the rock just 46 times over 11 games total last season, making the majority of his impact -- 20 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown -- as a pass-catching back for the Dolphins. Charcandrick West filled that role for the Chiefs behind Kareem Hunt during the 2017 season and remains on the roster. Moreover, the eventual return of Spencer Ware from a PCL and LCL injury, along with with the signing of Kerwynn Williams complicates the team's backfield further. Williams, at best, will likely slot into a supplementary role for Kansas City in 2018.
Williams figures to open the season as the primary backup to Jay Ajayi. In three NFL seasons, Williams only has 87 rushing attempts versus 65 receptions, the latter of which signifies where his utility lies. Consequently, if Ajayi were ever to go down, the Dolphins may roll with a running back by committee rather than increase Williams' carry count.
With the signing of Arian Foster, Williams is still no better than third on the RB depth chart and will likely be fighting for a roster spot in training camp. In two seasons with Miami, Williams has only had 52 carries for 181 yards. Those hare hardly statistics that scream future starter. Still, a strong showing in camp could put Williams in line for a larger role this season, as Miami has more quantity than quality at RB at this point in time.
Williams was signed as an undrafted free agent by Miami last May and did little to suggest he will be provide the Dolphins with anything more than depth at running back, something the team may no longer need due to the addition of Jay Ajayi in the fifth round of this year's draft. With Ajayi in tow, the Dolphins sport five running backs on their roster, possibly one more than they will carry into the season. This could mean that whomever performs best on special teams out of LaMichael James, Mike Gillislee and Williams will ultimately have the best chance at making the team. It also means that special teams could be Williams' biggest contribution to the 2015 Miami Dolphins.
Williams was signed as an undrafted free agent in May and will give the Dolphins some depth at running back but he's fighting an uphill battle to make the team.
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Scores with 89 scrimmage yards
RBKansas City Chiefs
January 19, 2020
Williams carried 17 times for 45 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Titans. He also caught five passes for an additional 44 yards in the 35-24 win.
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Three scores in divisional round
RBKansas City Chiefs
January 12, 2020
Williams ran for 47 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and caught two of six targets for 21 receiving yards and an additional TD during Sunday's 51-31 divisional-round win against Houston.
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Strikes twice in huge win
RBKansas City Chiefs
December 29, 2019
Williams ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries during Sunday's 31-21 win over the Chargers. He added 30 yards on four receptions.
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Leads backfield and scores
RBKansas City Chiefs
December 22, 2019
Williams rushed 16 times for 65 yards and caught three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-3 win over the Bears.
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Good to go this week
RBKansas City Chiefs
December 20, 2019
Williams (rib) has been cleared to play in Sunday night's contest against the Bears, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
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