RB - FA
Week 6 Outlook
The Chargers have cut 4th-year RB Andre Williams.
Williams was thrust into fantasy relevance early in his career due to injuries on the Giants depth chart but wasn't able to hold his spot. Coming off a dreadful preseason (33 carries, 51 yards, 0 touchdowns) the arrow could not be pointing more downward for the former 3rd-round pick. With only two running backs on the roster (Melvin Gordon, Branden Oliver) the Chargers will look outside of the organization for their 3rd RB. Returning from a major knee injury, Oliver is shaping up as an interesting late-round stash in deeper formats.
San Diego Chargers running back Andre Williams carried the ball 18 times for 87 yards in the team's loss to the Chiefs. Williams failed to catch either of the two passes thrown his way.
Williams took over the lead running back role for the Chargers after Melvin Gordon and Kenneth Farrow missed the game due to injury. With Gordon expected to be fully healthy and ready for next season Williams has no value in keeper leagues.
Newly signed RB Andre Williams was surprised by his recent release from the New York Giants but felt positive about landing in San Diego. â€œIt feels really good to be a Charger,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™m very happy, flattered and honored that this team claimed me off waivers. That they thought that much of me that they want me to be part of their team. I want to contribute, so first I need to learn what I have to do in order to perform on the field. Right now that means learning the playbook.â€
Williams had a breakout rookie season for the Giants in 2014 but struggled to find his groove last year. He is currently listed as the No. 4 RB on the Chargers depth chart and should remain on the waiver wire until he learns the playbook and gets on the field.
Andre Williams rumbled for 41 yards on just nine carries in the Giants' pre-season opener against the Dolphins on Friday evening at MetLife Stadium.
Williams holds no fantasy value and should be ignored in fantasy drafts in all formats.
ESPN's Jordan Raanan reports that New York Giants running back Andre Williams is the favorite for No. 2 duties behind Rashad Jennings and has seen first-team reps this summer.
The Giants refuse to give up on their fourth round pick from 2014, despite his pedestrian 3.3 YPC from last year. The team reportedly wants to give Williams a few series each game, likely in short-yardage situations. He has very little standalone value in fantasy, and even an injury to Jennings does not guarantee that he becomes fantasy relevant.