Damien Williams

Damien Williams

Height: 5' 11"Weight: 224 lbsAge: 27College: Oklahoma

2019 Outlook

Strength of Schedule
RB Rank: 17th
Draft Rank (ECR) #28
Best / Worst #6 / #157
ADP #22


Damien Williams named starting RB by Reid

Head coach Andy Reid has named Damien Williams as the Chiefs’ starting RB for the 2019 season.

Fantasy Impact

In a recent statement, Reid gave a vote of confidence to Damien Williams as the Chiefs’ starting RB. “We’re asking him to be the full-time starter for the year,” Reid said, adding, “He’s earned the right to be that guy.” Reid’s comments come a little more than a month after Chiefs’ offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy expressed the same sentiment regarding Williams. The confirmation by the head coach is welcome news to fantasy players, as rumors of a Williams-Carlos Hyde timeshare have been circulating in recent weeks. Williams excelled for Kansas City last season as a dual-threat back with dangerous skills as a receiver out of the backfield. If he can secure a lion’s share of the running back touches in 2019, an RB1 finish wouldn’t be an unreasonable expectation.

Zachary Hanshew6 days ago
Damien Williams named starter by offensive coordinator

Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has named Damien Williams as the Chiefs’ starting running back in recent comments.

Fantasy Impact

According to Bieniemy, “Damien Williams is our starter. We expect him to excel in that role.” The comments are a huge vote of confidence from a team that picked up Carlos Hyde in the off-season and Darwin Thompson in April’s draft. Williams showed off his skills as Kansas City’s starter in the last three games of the 2018 season, piling up 203 rushing yards and three rushing TDs on 34 attempts and snagging 14 receptions for 119 receiving yards and an additional score. If his role atop the depth chart remains firm heading into the season, his ADP is sure to skyrocket as the starting running back on one of the league’s most explosive offenses.

Zachary Hanshew7 weeks ago
Damien Williams: Chiefs RB is his job to lose

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach says the Chiefs' starting running back job is Damien Williams' to lose.

Fantasy Impact

Williams signed a contract extension before the season ended, which is another sign the Chiefs view him in high regards. They will undoubtedly bring in a veteran through free agency or a rookie through the draft as depth, but Williams could have major upside in fantasy next year should he wind up the starter.

Damien Williams scores three TDs in AFC Championship

Damien Williams rushed 10 times for 30 yards and a score as the Chiefs fell to the Patriots 37-31 in overtime, adding five catches for 66 yards and two more touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact

The 26-year-old former backup finishes the season on a tear and there's reason to believe he could have another big role to begin 2019. Williams signed a two-year extension in December, which shows how highly the Chiefs think of him. They will likely add a running back via the draft this year. Williams' fantasy stock will be an important off-season story line to follow. He has monster upside if everything breaks his way.

Damien Williams gets 30 touches, scores vs Colts

Damien Williams rushed 25 times for 129 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' 31-13 divisional round win over the Colts.

Fantasy Impact

Williams also caught five passes for another 25 yards. He operated as the team's lead back with Spencer Ware (hamstring) inactive. Williams has a chance to enter 2019 as KC's lead running back.