Kareem Hunt’s abrupt release has fantasy owners scrambling to figure out if Spencer Ware or Damien Williams is the running back to pickup? To be clear, Hunt’s actions displayed on tape are reprehensible, but we will be focusing on the fantasy fallout from the unfortunate event.
Ware is the Chiefs running back to own in fantasy until proven otherwise. At this point, Williams is only worth a waiver wire add in dynasty leagues or season-long formats with deep rosters. If you are playing in a standard redraft league, Williams is not worth adding at this time unless you have a roster spot to burn.
The Chiefs have leaned on Ware in the past, and all indications are he is going to get the first crack at being Kansas City’s new lead back. That does not mean you should not have your eye on Williams who has been especially productive throughout his career in passing situations.
Williams spent four seasons with the Dolphins before joining the Chiefs in 2018. Williams best season came in 2016 when he had 23 receptions for 249 yards and three touchdowns. The running back also had 115 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.
CBS Sports’ Dave Richard noted that Williams will likely get working as the third-down back, giving him more value in PPR leagues.
“I’m working under the assumption Spencer Ware will pick up a lot of the KC RB snaps. Damien Williams is a third-down specialist, so he has a little value. Darrel Williams, Anthony Sherman minimal value. I’d be surprised if KC didn’t address the position in the 2019 draft,” Richard tweeted.
Williams is worth a flyer in deeper leagues, but fantasy owners in traditional redraft leagues should hold off adding him.
Source: Heavy Sports