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Andy Reid's History of Rushing Success Could Yield Huge Boost to Damien Williams' 2019 Fantasy Value

Zach Brunner
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Say what you want about Kansas City Chiefs' head coach Andy Reid, but he has quite a track record of orchestrating productive NFL offenses.

At the core of these offensive schemes is the running back, a position that has evolved over the years, but has often remained successful in Reid-led teams. Following all of the Kareem Hunt drama, Damien Williams is the next man up in KC as the new starting running back for the Chiefs.

Currently projected as a top-15 fantasy RB, according to, Williams certainly has the potential to thrive this season. Williams started five games for Kansas City last season, including two playoff games. In these five appearances, he averaged 114.4 total yards and 2.2 touchdowns per game.

This average equals 24.64 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues, or 29.44 points in points per reception (PPR). On a PPR fantasy basis, this would have been the highest in fantasy football last season, beating out Todd Gurley's 26.6.

That average production probably isn't sustainable over the course of an entire season, but he could easily be Reid's 13th running back to finish as a fantasy RB1. The Chiefs featured the highest-scoring offense in the league last season, which means Williams will be in scoring position often. Patrick Mahomes has tremendous arm strength that defenses have to respect, opening up running lanes between the tackles.

The Chiefs addressed defense in free agency, which means Kansas City is likely to be in position to run the ball more often instead of relying on a high volume of points to win. Williams is also a true three-down back. He can be just as successful in the receiving game as passing, which means he could find more ways to be successful consistently.

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