Damien Williams Injury Update Makes LeSean McCoy and Darrel Williams Fantasy Viable in Week 13

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 15:  LeSean McCoy #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter of an NFL football game at RingCentral Coliseum on September 15, 2019 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs v Oakland Raiders | Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Damien Williams has officially been ruled out for the Kansas City Chiefs' Week 13 clash with the Oakland Raiders. His absence should create some fantasy value for KC's other running backs, in LeSean McCoy and Darrell Williams, as the Chiefs take on a Raiders defense that has allowed the 13th-most fantasy points to the RB position this season.

McCoy was looking solid to open the season, but his value has declined significantly, recording at least 10 carries just once over the past six games. In fact, McCoy was actually out-touched by Darrell, 13-11, in Kansas City's Week 11 contest. McCoy did have a larger snap share, playing 40 percent of the snaps to Darrell's 19 that week, but with rookie Darwin Thompson also a potential threat to steal some work, all of these backs are tough to trust in Week 13.

As mentioned above, the Chiefs do have a great matchup against the Raiders, but the uncertainty in the backfield makes starting any of the KC running back a gamble.

Damien was ranked as RB12 in our initial Week 13 fantasy football PPR rankings, prior to his being ruled out, and it's likely that McCoy is the safer play in standard scoring leagues, while Darrell could have some sneaky value as a FLEX play in PPR formats.

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