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Damien Williams' Fantasy Outlook Takes Hit After Andy Reid's 'Running Back by Committee' Comments

Jason Schandl
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After taking over the Kansas City Chiefs' backfield and racking up some massive production toward the end of the 2018 season, fantasy football players have been understandably high on Damien Williams this offseason.

That hype has made him an expensive player to add to your fantasy football squad, with an average draft position (ADP) of RB13, being drafted on average in the late second or early third round.

There have been some signs that it's time to pump the breaks a bit though. The team signed Carlos Hyde, giving him almost as much guaranteed money as they gave Williams. More recently, Williams got hurt and started losing reps to Hyde.

Now there's been yet another blow to Williams' outlook. On Thursday, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid made clear his intentions to use a running back by committee approach to the position.

Williams has never tallied more than 85 rush attempts in a full season (playoffs included), and he has run the ball only 221 times across his five NFL seasons. There was already some room for concern as to whether or not he could shoulder a bell cow workload for an entire season, and now it sounds like he may not even be asked to try.

This isn't to say he can't put up some serious fantasy production without a full workload. The Chiefs' offense projects to be one of the best in the league, and any skill position player in the group will be a threat to put up big numbers. But with his current ADP, you need a huge year out of him just to break even. If he was locked into to a workhorse role, he'd be a lot more likely to hit that end of his range of outcomes.

Carlos Hyde is being drafted as the RB45, with an ADP in the 10th round, making him a much cheaper way to get exposure to that high-powered backfield. Even if Williams stays healthy, a committee approach could point to Hyde offering a better return relative to draft cost. If Williams stays banged up and Hyde keeps taking first-team reps, drafting Hyde becomes even more exciting.

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