Damien Williams Injury Update Could Destroy Darwin Thompson Fantasy Outlook for Week 14

Jason Schandl
Damien Williams carries the ball in game vs Tennessee Titans
Damien Williams carries the ball in game vs Tennessee Titans / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
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The Kansas City Chiefs' backfield has been a messy situation dating all the way back to the summer, when now-Houston Texan Carlos Hyde was briefly rumored to be taking over the starting role.

Throughout the season, injuries have given the situation a different dynamic nearly every week, and with Damien Williams potentially returning to action now, Week 14 is no different.

Week 13 looked like it was finally the start of a potential Darwin Thompson breakout. Damien was on the shelf and Darrel Williams went down with an injury, and Thompson ended up playing the same number of snaps (24) and handling more touches (11) than LeSean McCoy.

Thompson is still worth a waiver wire add with Damien's health far from certain, but he will quickly fall back to No. 3 on the depth chart if Damien suits up.

The last two full games he played saw Damien record his two highest snap shares of the season (73 percent each week), touching the ball a combined 38 times and tallying 34.7 PPR fantasy points.

Of course, having "a chance" to play means he's nowhere near a lock, and even though it's an emergency signing, the addition of Spencer Ware is a red flag.

Accounting for the messy backfield situation and Williams sitting out in a tough matchup with the New England Patriots, LeSean McCoy (RB33) is the only Chiefs running back to land in the top 36 at the position in our Week 14 PPR fantasy football rankings. With confirmation that Damien is out, Thompson could become a viable play later in the week as well though, and if Damien plays then he'll jump ahead of the rest of the KC backs as a solid RB2 option.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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